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ABC announces mid-season slate: 'Grey's Anatomy'/'Station 19' crossover, the farewell season of 'How to Get Away with Murder' and more

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday, ABC announced its mid-season line-up, which includes the final season of the award-winning drama How to Get Away with Murder, as well as another go 'round of American Idol, a new drama from Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson called For Life, and a feature-length crossover between Grey's Anatomy and Station 19

Also added to the 2020 slate was the just-announced Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time match-up, another season of The Bachelor, and the return of The Rookie, and the well-received new drama Stumptown

Here's the schedule: 


7:00-8:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos


8:00-11:00 p.m. The Bachelor (SEASON PREMIERE)


8:00-9:00 p.m. JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time

9:00-9:30 p.m. mixed-ish

9:30-10:00 p.m. black-ish

10:00-11:00 p.m. Emergence


9:00-9:31 p.m. Modern Family

9:31-10:00 pm. Single Parents

10:00-11:00 p.m. Stumptown


10:00-11:00 p.m. The Good Doctor


8:00-8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs

8:30-9:00 p.m. Schooled


8:00-8:30 p.m. American Housewife

8:30-9:00 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat


8:00-8:30 p.m. The Conners

8:30-9:00 p.m. Bless this Mess


Grey's Anatomy/Station 19 crossover: 

8:00-9:00 p.m. Station 19 (NEW TIME)

9:00-10:01 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (NEW TIME)

10:01-11:00 p.m. A Million Little Things (NEW TIME)


8:00-11:00 p.m. The Oscars


10:00-11:00 p.m. For Life (SERIES PREMIERE)


8:00-10:00 p.m. American Idol (SEASON PREMIERE)


10:00-11:00 p.m. The Rookie


10:01-11:00 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder


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Watch Michael B. Jordan grapple with his mission in first-look teaser of 'Without Remorse'

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael B. Jordan has unveiled a short teaser for his upcoming action drama Without Remorse.

The film, based on the Tom Clancy novel, follows Jordan as John Clark, aka John Terrence Kelly, a former Navy SEAL who goes to work for the CIA.

Black Panther star Jordan stars alongside Queen and Slim star Jodie Turner-Smith, who will play Karen Greer, the daughter of CIA Deputy Director James Greer, who's a character in many of Clancy's Jack Ryan novels and movies.

"Something ain't adding up," Jordan ponders to himself in the promo, where he's dressed in his Navy SEAL fatigues. "I want to get some answers."

As previously reported, Without Remorse will detail the backstory of how John Clark came to work for the CIA.  The character has appeared in 17 Tom Clancy novels, and Paramount intends to build a franchise around Jordan's portrayal of Clark. This is the first time that the character will be played by an black actor. Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber previously played the character in the Jack Ryan films Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears, respectively.

Jordan is also expected to star in the adaptation of the Clancy novel Rainbow Six, with production scheduled for this year. 

Without Remorse, also starring Jamie Bell, Luke Mitchell, Jacob Scipio, Cam Gigandet and Brett Gelman, comes to theaters in 2020.

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Check out a sneak peek of the latest adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Emma'

Focus Features(LOS ANGELES) -- Focus Features has released a teaser of director Autumn de Wilde's take on Jane Austen's classic comedy Emma.

And a tease it is.  The period comedy about rich, restless Emma Woodhouse -- this time played by Anya Taylor-Joy -- is shown in a series of quick cuts, showing off some stunning costumes and settings and the film's impressive cast, including Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Rupert Graves, and Johnny Flynn.

First published in 1815, Austen's coming of age story has been adapted several times, the most recent being a BBC miniseries serial in 2009 starring Romola Garai in the title role. 

In 1996, Gwyneth Paltrow played the lead role in a big screen bow of the film, while actual British person Kate Beckinsale did so in a made-for-TV movie a year later. 

This version of Emma premieres in theaters February 21, 2020.

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Jamie Foxx parties hard, tips harder in NYC

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- For a guy who cut his teeth in the entertainment industry throwing get-togethers for the likes of P. Diddy and other stars, it should be no surprise that Jamie Foxx knows how to have a good time.

Page Six reports he did just that Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning in New York City. The Oscar-winning actor and musician started the night with a performance at a benefit for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, entertaining a well-heeled crowd that reportedly included music mogul David Geffen, producer David Foster and his wife, singer Katharine McPhee.

After killing it there, Foxx reportedly left with "an entourage of 30 friends" and headed south, to the Brooklyn Chop House. He performed there, too -- apparently impromptu -- and stayed long after closing time, but not before leaving a $2,000 tip when he departed at 5 a.m.

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Boo! Humbug! Check out FX's haunting take on 'A Christmas Carol'

FX/BBC(LOS ANGELES) -- From the network that's brought you American Horror Story and other spooky tales, perhaps it's not surprising that FX's take on A Christmas Carol really plays up the beloved classic's full title: "...Being a Ghost Story of Christmas."

The BBC co-produced project boasts a stellar cast: Guy Pearce plays Ebenezer Scrooge; Andy Serkis is the Ghost of Christmas Past; Jason Flemyng is the Ghost of Christmas Future; Charlotte Riley plays the Ghost of Christmas Present, Rocket Man's Stephen Graham plays Jacob Marley, Joe Alwyn plays Bob Cratchit, and Vinette Robinson his wife Mary.

The sneak peek leans into the frights, with Marley and Scrooge cursed to be tormented by ghosts and the sins of their past...and Scrooge's present. 

The film premieres December 19 at 7:30 pm Eastern on FX, and replays on December 22 at 7:30pm Eastern; December 24 at 8 p.m. and December 25 at 4 p.m.

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Jenny from Studio 8H: Jennifer Lopez to host 'SNL' again December 7

ABC/Jeff Niera(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Lopez, former One Direction star-turned solo act Niall Horan, and top Grammy nominee Lizzo are heading to Saturday Night Live next month.

J.Lo will be hosting the December 7 show, making this her third time hosting. Rapper DaBaby will be making his musical guest debut on the episode.

Niall, meanwhile, will be performing on the December 14 show, hosted by Scarlett Johansson. Johansson, who’s engaged to SNL’s Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost, is hosting for the sixth time.

"Dreams do come true," Niall tweeted Wednesday. "SNL December 14th, can’t wait @nbcsnl."

And in the wake of her eight Grammy nominations, Lizzo will be the musical guest for the December 21 episode, with previously announced host Eddie Murphy.

Lopez is currently in New York City, shooting her new romantic comedy Marry Me with Owen Wilson, in her native borough of The Bronx. The film debuts sometime next year.

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Apple abruptly cancels AFI Fest premiere of 'The Banker'

Apple TV (NEW YORK) -- Apple on Wednesday abruptly canceled its scheduled Thursday premiere of The Banker at the American Film Institute's AFI Fest in Hollywood, citing unspecified "concerns" surrounding the film.

"We purchased The Banker earlier this year as we were moved by the film’s entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy," Apple said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps.  In light of this, we are no longer premiering The Banker at AFI Fest," the statement continued.

Apple didn't elaborate, but according The Hollywood Reporter, the company is looking into allegations that Bernard Garrett Jr., son of the late Bernard Garrett, played in the film by Anthony Mackie, sexually assaulted his half-sisters, roughly 15 years his junior.  The younger Garrett served as a co-producer on the project.

The Banker, based on the true story of Garrett and Joe Morris -- played Samuel L. Jackson -- follows two African-American entrepreneurs in the 1950s who attempted to bypass the "racial limitations of the era" by hiring a white man to serve as the head of their real estate and banking business.  The two men were able to build their real estate empire while posing as a janitor and a chauffeur, until the federal government learns of their actions and threatens to take away all they've built.

Apple was reportedly set to make an awards season push for the film, set for a December 6 release, before heading to its Apple streaming service.

In place of The Banker, AFI Fest will screen Netflix's Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Merritt Wever and Laura Dern, to close the event.

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Brenda Song claims she couldn't audition for 'Crazy Rich Asians': "my image was basically not Asian enough"

Disney Channel/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Actress Brenda Song, who rose to fame playing an air-headed heiress on Disney Channel's Suite Life of Zach and Cody, claims she wasn't allowed to audition for Crazy Rich Asians.  

In a candid interview with Teen Vogue, Song opened up about her rejection.  She revealed that, when news of the movie first came out, she tried to set up an audition but was turned away. "Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words," She explained. 

The 31-year-old actress, who is half Thai and half Hmong, said the message "broke my heart."   

However, in the face of rejection, Song says she found a new opportunity.  After taking time to refocus on herself by traveling, she quickly returned to work.

Netflix offered her the lead role in Secret Obsession, a movie that became one of the streaming giant's biggest summer flicks of 2019.  Shortly after, she earned a starring role in the Hulu original series Dollface and the Disney Channel animated series Amphibia.

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu responded to Song's claims on Wednesday. "I love [Brenda Song] and that sucks if anything of that nature was ever communicated. It’s gross actually," He tweeted.  "The fact is, obviously I know who she is and didn’t need her to audition. I’m a fan of hers!"

In a separate tweet, the director said "I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason" and that it "makes no sense."

Song has yet to respond to Chu.

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Actor who played Elton John in 'Rocketman' gets Grammy nod for singing his songs

Taron Egerton as Elton John - Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- In his career, Elton John has won five Grammys and a Grammy Legend Award.  Now, the guy who played him in the biopic Rocketman has gotten his very own Grammy nomination.

Taron Egerton is nominated in the category of Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for the Rocketman soundtrack, which features his takes on Elton classics like "Your Song," "Crocodile Rock," "Bennie & the Jets" and, of course, "Rocket Man." It also features Taron's duet with Elton, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," written by Elton and Bernie Taupin especially for the film.

"I didn't see that coming!  Bloody hell!" Taron wrote on Instagram, next to a screenshot of the nominations list.

The Rocketman soundtrack is the only album in the category credited to just one person.  Most of the other nominees -- which include the soundtracks to The Lion King, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -- are credited to Various Artists. 

The final nominee in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category -- the soundtrack to A Star Is Born -- is credited to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

It's worth noting that last year, Oscar-winner Rami Malek wasn't nominated for the soundtrack of Bohemian Rhapsody, because even though he played Freddie Mercury in the movie, he didn't do his own singing.

Grammy winners will be revealed on Sunday, January 26, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.



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Jussie Smollett countersues city of Chicago for "maliciously prosecuting him in bad faith"

Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett has filed a counter lawsuit against the city of Chicago.

The lawsuit, filed by Smollett's attorneys in the Northern District of Illinois on Tuesday, claims that the city "maliciously" prosecuted Smollett "in bad faith" and filed criminal charges against him "without probable cause."

On Jan. 29, Smollett told police he was attacked near his Chicago apartment by two masked men who poured an "unknown chemical substance on him" and wrapped a rope around his neck. Police questioned two brothers in connection to the alleged attack, who told authorities Smollett allegedly paid them to help stage the crime.

Smollett was later indicted by a grand jury on 16 counts including felony disorderly conduct in relation to filing a false report. Those charges were ultimately dropped in favor of an "alternative resolution" that involved him performing community service and forfeiting the remainder of his $10,000 bond to Cook County.

Smollett's counter lawsuit was filed in response to a lawsuit the city filed against him in April, requesting $130,000 in civil penalties, damages and attorney's fees and costs arising from Smollett's "false statements."

Smollett's attorneys denied that Smollett orchestrated and planned a fake attack and admonished the police department for continuing to imply that Smollett was guilty after the charges were dropped, according to the court documents.

The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and that Smollett be awarded compensatory and punitive damages, the amount of which will be determined at trial.

A representative for the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

“The City stands by its original complaint and will continue to pursue this litigation. The judge in this case has already ruled in our favor once and we fully expect to be successful in defeating these counterclaims,” a spokesperson for the Chicago Law Department told ABC News in a statement.

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"He was a dog like no other": See Harrison Ford, and Buck, in the first trailer for 'The Call of the Wild'

Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- A grizzled Harrison Ford plays John Thornton in the latest cinematic adaptation of Jack London's classic book, The Call of the Wild.

Ford narrates the trailer, spinning the story of Buck, a big-hearted Saint Bernard mix who's kidnapped from his blissful life in California and forced to live and work in the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.

As in the book, Buck escapes his abusive captors and undertakes the adventure of a lifetime -- in this version, with the help of some digital wizardry to bring him to life.

"He was a dog like no other," says Ford's character, who comes to care for the determined dog. "He'd been spoiled, and he'd suffered -- but he could not be broken."

The Call of the Wild, which also stars Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan and Bradley Whitford, opens February 21. 2020.

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Todd Phillips developing sequel to billion-dollar-grossing 'Joker'

L-R - Phoenix, Phillips/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hollywood Reporter says that Todd Phillips is working on a sequel to Joker, and Warner Bros. is looking  toward having the filmmaker develop more DC Comics-based origin stories.

While the studio has a sequel option in place for star Joaquin Phoenix, there's no news yet on his participation as yet.

The Joker sequel should come as no surprise: it's already the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time globally, with over a billion dollars gross earnings since its release, as well as the most profitable DC film ever made.

With The Batman underway with writer-director Matt Reeves, a follow-up to the blockbuster Wonder Woman from director Patty Jenkins in production, and director James Wan developing, and possibly directing a sequel to his WB hit Aquaman, it's likely Phillips will explore more DC villains, the trade speculates.

By the way, THR reports Phillips' Joker payday could be 100 million bucks.  That's because instead of taking a director's salary on the film, he chose a bigger portion of the profits, called "back end" in the industry. When your movie crosses the billion dollar mark, that "backend" means somebody's backing up the Brinks trucks for you.

Incidentally, THR also notes Phillips opted for a similar deal with The Hangover. Made for a modest budget, like Joker was, the 2009 comedy raked in $467.5 million worldwide, which also spelled a sweet payout for Phillips.  All told, the three Hangover movies grossed $1.42 billion.


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Say what? 'Harriet' screenwriter says studio exec wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman

Glen Wilson/Focus Features(LOS ANGELES) -- Before Cynthia Erivo landed the coveted role in the historical drama Harriet -- based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman -- the film's screenwriter says one studio exec had the nerve, or the ignorance, to suggest Julia Roberts should portray the historical figure.

To avoid any confusion, yes, Julia Roberts is still a white woman.

In a recent Focus Features Q&A session with Harriet screenwriter Gregory Allen, Allen revealed the jarring 1994 conversation which he says reflected "the climate in Hollywood" some 25 years ago.

“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,'” Allen explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.'"

Thankfully, other studio execs did know the difference, and went against casting Roberts in the role. Since that encounter, Allen says business and profitability of diverse narratives has totally changed.

“When 12 Years a Slave became a hit and did a couple hundred million dollars worldwide, I told my agent, ‘You can’t say this kind of story won’t make money now,’" Allen said. "Then Black Panther really blew the doors open."

Clearly, black Twitter wasn't having it.

"I can't believe this is real," one person tweeted.

"Serious question: how often are black actors cast to play white people? Like, did anyone think of Morgan Freeman as Mr. Rogers?," another shared.

"The worst part is I bet that white studio exec never gave it another thought until this went public yesterday," said another fan. "Now he’s sweating, and he should be."

Harriet is in theaters now.

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Report: 'Star Trek' to boldly go on with Chris Pine and crew, for 'Legion' creator Noah Hawley

Chris Pine in "Star Trek: Beyond" - Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Paramount has announced a new Star Trek movie, with Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley set to write and direct, according to Deadline

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are also expected to return.  The film will would serve as the fourth installment of the franchise J.J. Abrams revamped in 2009. 

An earlier version, that would have reunited Pine's Captain James T. Kirk with his father, played by Chris Hemsworth, was shelved when negotiations with the two actors fell apart. 

It should be noted that the upcoming film is also separate from the R-rated "Pulp Fiction in space" Trek project to which Quentin Tarantino has been attached for two years.

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Henry Cavill not ready to give up playing Superman

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Despite reports that Henry Cavill won't return as Superman in any future Warner Bros. movies, he insists his run as the Man of Steel is not over yet.


The cape is in the closet,” Cavill tells Men’s Health in its December cover story. “It’s still mine."

I’ve not given up the role," he continues . "There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honest of the character I wasn’t to get into."

"I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me," adds Cavill.  "There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.

In the issue, Cavill also recalls being turned down for the role of James Bond in 2006's Casino Royale because of his weight.

"Looking a little chubby there, Henry," Cavill recalls director Martin Campbell telling him at the audition.

"I didn’t know how to train or diet," he admits. "And I’m glad Martin said something, because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better.” And added, “It’s terrifying going into auditions. You put your hand in a dark hole and just hope that something comes out. It’s not like being fast or strong, or being good at football. Sometimes the acting is just bad.”

Cavill will next be seen in The Witcher, premiering December 21 on Netflix.

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