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Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- With two Academy Awards, and more nominations than he can shake those trophies at, you'd figure no performing would rattle Tom Hanks, but you'd be wrong. It's doing Saturday Night Live.

Hanks earned positive reviews for his most recent -- ninth -- turn hosting the show this past weekend, which saw him open by spoofing both presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace from Fox News and playing a sure-to-be Halloween cosplayed character called David S. Pumpkins -- in a sketch he admitted to not understanding.

As he told Kelly Ripa and her guest Live with Kelly Co-host Michael Buble, the work behind the scenes of the comedy show is no joke. "It's petrifying, because...you have this vision of everyone you have ever known in your life sitting in their living room watching it...That's crazy."  

Ripa joked that the debate itself was so bizarre that it basically "wrote itself" as a sketch. "It truly did," Hanks agreed. "It was a bonanza, man. Between 'bad hombre' and 'nasty woman,' I think all the world was like, 'I'm just gonna wait and see what Alec does.'"

The opening sketch once again pitted Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump against Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton. 

Hanks added, that for all the work, "There's nothing like it in the world."

The hard work paid off: the Oct. 22 edition of Saturday Night Live delivered season-high ratings, and the best results for any October telecast in eight years, NBC touted.

Hanks will be seen next in Inferno, his third go 'round as The Da Vinci Code hero Robert Langdon; the movie opens Friday.

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AMC - Gene Page(LOS ANGELES) -- (SPOILER ALERT) After last season's gut-wrenching cliffhanger that left us wondering who fell victim to Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan, fans finally bid farewell to not one, but two heroic favorites on Sunday’s premiere of The Walking Dead.

Just like the fans this morning, Danai Gurira, AKA Michonne, is in mourning. She stopped by Good Morning America today to discuss the shocking outcome, plus the aftermath of saying goodbye two beloved cast members on the show.

Sunday night's episode revealed that Michael Cudlitz' Sgt. Abraham Ford was defiant to the end, even after he was struck the first time by Negan's barbed wire bat, "Lucille."

However, even though his death was forecast in the comics, the death of Steven Yeun's Glenn came as a shock -- it was Negan's swift punishment for Daryl's punching the bat-wielding baddie in the face after he murdered Abraham. 

"Maggie, I'll find you," were a mortally wounded Glenn's devastating last words to his pregnant wife, Maggie. Much of the episode's closing focused on Lauren Cohan's character processing the loss.

"The heart and soul of the show, to lose them, I thought it was very important to see and to feel that loss because that loss transforms everybody," Gurira said. "It's devastating and I thought it was beautiful that we walked through it together, though it's the most horrible thing to walk through. ... Everyone's response is utterly valid.

She added: "It was horrifying to sit through that experience … the transformation that it causes us as a group couldn't really have been experienced unless you walked through that experience with us."

Gurira said the audience will see a change in her character, Michonne, in the wake of both characters’ deaths.

"The loss upon loss and then what almost happens to Carl, to her it was the most devastating thing because she's doing the math as she's sitting there," she said. "She cannot help in any actual way. She tries everything she can do.

She talks to Negan and tries to talk him down, which she's the only one who tries that tactic because that's how desperate she gets. But there's no way around it and to be that disempowered, and that helpless to her this is a woman who gets up and gets it done."

At the end of season 6, Michonne develops a romance with the group leader, Rick Grimes.

Gurira said the introduction of Negan as the show's newest villain could affect the relationship between Michonne and Rick.

"We'll have to see what the aftermath will be for these two," she said. "They are very much in a committed, love-filled relationship. They fell in love as best friends but they are in a moment of complete and utter transformation and what will happen as they pick up the pieces. Nothing's the same.

"This man [Negan] has changed everything. He's walked in their lives and everything they knew and everything they thought they knew is completely transformed."

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Bill Murray received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center Sunday night, as well as razzing from friends in the business, including a rare appearance from David Letterman.

However, it was Miley Cyrus' attempt to honor him musically -- with a rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" -- that made headlines, because the singer screwed it up. "F***, I f***ed up," Cyrus was reportedly heard saying, adding to the celeb-heavy crowd, "Sorry guys, I got too stoned."   

To Paul Shaffer, the band leader, she apologized, saying, "We worked on this. He told me not to smoke too much and I forgot." 

Miley reportedly walked offstage, and her pal Murray attempted to cover for her, throwing jokes from his balcony seat. "This is happening right now in Washington DC, the 51st state in the union!" he exclaimed to laughs.

Eventually, Cyrus came back out, and the second go-'round went more smoothly. 

Other guests there to honor -- and gently roast -- Murray were Ghostbusters his co-star Sigourney Weaver, along with Jimmy Kimmel and Aziz Ansari.

Before the show, Murray -- who also got to meet President Barack Obama over the weekend -- was asked what the two of them talked about. "Putting," he replied.

The ceremony will air on PBS October 28th at 9:00 P.M.

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Gene Page/AMC(LOS ANGELES) -- (SPOILER ALERT) Season seven of AMC's The Walking Dead promised to be a dark one, and on that front, it didn't disappoint.

Fans were left hanging at the end of season six as to whom Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan executed with his barbed wire bat, Lucille. 

Long story short: it was Abraham.  Longer story? It was Abraham AND Glenn.

When the show begins, the executions have already happened, and Rick, still kneeling, vows he's going to kill Negan. In response, Negan drags Rick away, into the RV, and takes him for a ride, tempting him with his own hatchet within reach.

Rick reaches, but Negan holds him at bay with a rifle, then beats him into submission before parking in a walker-infested area.

As flashbacks of every hero flash by Rick's eyes -- the victims still unknown to the viewer -- Negan says of the hatchet, "This is mine," and of Rick, "You are mine. Those people out there are mine."

Negan then throws the axe into the walkers and forces Rick to fetch it. Rick fights off the walkers and scrambles to the top of the RV, axe in hand.

Then at the 20-minute mark, the episode flashes back to the execution, revealing Negan killed Abraham. After the first blow, Abraham stands up tall and tells Negan, to put it politely, to suck a certain part of his anatomy. 

Negan smashes Abraham's head into pieces.  He then teases Rosita -- Abraham's ex -- with the bloody Lucille .... until Daryl gets up in a rage and punches him. Negan's thugs grab Daryl, but Negan orders them to not kill him.  Instead, as punishment, Negan spins around and brains Glenn, who manages to say "Maggie...I'll find you," before Negan delivers the coup de grace.

And with that we return to the present, with Rick on the RV roof. Negan fires through the roof, forcing Rick to jump to a walker, hanged from a bridge. Rick is surrounded -- walkers at his feet and the walker's neck about to give way, sending Rick into a sea of them.

But Negan starts shooting, covering him. As he does, Rick sees visions of Rosita, Maggie, Aaron, Michonne, Carl, and the rest getting clubbed by Negan, as Rick scrambles into the RV. 

Negan reveals who was killed -- the rest were Rick's imagination -- and cleans the hatchet with alcohol, making it seem Rick's hand is next. Instead, Negan gives him the axe, telling him it's his to use to work for him.

Back at the campsite, Negan tells Rick that despite it all, he still sees defiance in Rick. He orders guns trained on the heads of the survivors and Carl to the ground, then wraps his gun belt around the boy's arm.  He uses a marker to draw a line on the boy's arm and orders Rick to chop it off with his own hatchet -- to prove Rick's obedience and spare the others, as well as those at Alexandria.

Rick struggles; desperate and trapped. "Dad: just do it," Carl whispers.

Rick and Michonne plead for another choice. Negan offers none.

As Rick's axe is about to fall, Negan spares him from making the terrible decision. It was all about breaking Rick -- finally, Negan gets the submissive look he's been wanting.  He orders Daryl into a van, promising Rick he'll cut pieces off of him if he ever disobeys. 

"Welcome to a brand-new beginning," Negan tells the gang, before telling them he's leaving them a truck with which they're going to get him his stuff. 

Negan and his gang decamp, the heroes are left to mourn in slow-mo. Maggie starts flipping out, understandably, demanding the rest leave her to bury Glenn and get ready to fight Negan's Saviors.

"They have Daryl, they have an army," Rick protests.

They all agree they won't leave Maggie, who says she won't leave Glenn where he was killed. Rick and the others prepare to take Glenn, while Eugene, Rosita, and Sasha take Abraham.

The show ends with an idyllic what-if: Glenn and Abraham are still alive, eating with the rest of the gang in sunlight.

Rick gets into the RV and drives away, as a lone walker snacks on the two red pools left behind.

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, October 30 on AMC.

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L-R: Cassi Davis, Tyler Perry and Patrice Lovely in “Boo! A Madea Halloween”; Eli Joshua/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Even the star power of Tom Cruise is no match for Tyler Perry in drag.  Boo! A Madea Halloween, once again starring Perry as the character that made him famous, debuted in first place at the weekend box office, taking in an estimated $27.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Tom Cruise's second take on the former military police officer turned troubleshooter, finished in second, earning an estimated $23 million.  That's better than the $15.2 million opening the first film enjoyed in December, 2012, when it finished a distant second to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Last week's top movie, Ben Affleck's The Accountant, slipped to fourth with just over $14 million, narrowly beaten by the debut of horror sequel Ouija: Origin of EvilKevin Hart: What Now?, which opened last weekend just shy if $12 million, saw a big drop-off, falling to eighth place with just $4.1 million.

This weekend's other new release, the much-hyped comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, opened weak with $5.6 million, placing seventh.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Boo! A Madea Halloween, $27.6 million.
2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, $23 million.
3. Ouija: Origin of Evil, $14.060 million.
4. The Accountant, $14.025 million.
5. The Girl on the Train, $7.270 million.
6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, $6.0 million.
7. Keeping Up with the Joneses, $5.6 million.
8. Kevin Hart: What Now?, $4.110 million
9. Storks, $4.085 million
10. Deepwater Horizon, $3.625 million.

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Will Heath/NBC (NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin returned in the role of Donald Trump as last weekend's Saturday Night Live tackled the third and final presidential debate between the GOP candidate and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, again played by cast member Kate McKinnon.

Guest host Tom Hanks, taking the role of moderator Chis Wallace, set the tone for the sketch by declaring, "Tonight is going to be a lot like the third Lord of the Rings movie: you don’t really want to watch, but hey, you’ve come this far."

Saturday's cold open touched on all of the key moments of the debate, from Trump's pro-life stance, to Clinton's refusal to discuss her emails.

After announcing that he would start the debate "in the quietest voice possible," Baldwin's Trump answered a question on reproductive rights by shouting, "They're ripping babies out of women's vaginas!"

In response to a question about her leaked emails, McKinnon's Clinton "pivoted" by pretending to hear her friend "Carol" call her name, before getting back to Wallace's question about "how Donald treats women."

Hanks also joined cast members Sasheer Zumata, Leslie Jones and Keenan Thomson for another edition of "Black Jeopardy," in which he played a Trump supporter who surprisingly answered several questions correctly.

In another sketch called "Cockpit," Hanks parodied his role as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger from film Sully. This time, the "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot had a hard time playing second fiddle to the flight's rightful captain, played by Alec Baldwin.

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Michael Tran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Let's pray they don't alter this deal any further: Donald Glover will play young Lando Calrissian in an upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film, according to Disney.

The untitled movie, which is expected to be released in 2018, will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and will star Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo.

The film will focus on Lando and Han Solo as young men.

“We're so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” Lord and Miller said in a joint statement. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations.  Also, we'd like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

The directors did not add that Glover "truly belongs here with us among the clouds," but they might as well have.

Glover, 33, has had a banner 2016. In June, it was revealed that he will appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more recently, Atlanta, the FX show which he created and stars in, premiered to rave reviews.

He has not yet commented on his Star Wars role.

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2016 - Funko(WASHINGTON) -- Funko, the company that set the Internet on fire with its Golden Girls action figures that debuted at New York Comic Con, is taking two more female TV heroes and giving them the toy treatment: Lorelai and Rory Gilmore

That's right, the mother-daughter stars of the beloved show The Gilmore Girls -- played by Lauren Graham and Alexis Biedel, respectively, who will be returning to Netflix in November in a new limited series -- will be immortalized in plastic as part of the company's hugely popular Pop! figure line.

The set also includes their pal Sookie St. James.

Put 'em on your holiday list, as the figures are coming in December.

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Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Norman Reedus' character Daryl Dixon in the hit AMC series The Walking Dead is arguably one of the most buzzed about heroes on TV.

Reedus is greeted like a rock star, attracting hours-long autograph lines at fan conventions -- and his very fate on the show is fiercely protected by fans. "If Daryl dies, we riot," was a tweet that spawned tons of fan-made merch.

"No one is safe on the show," Reedus warned Peter Travers, host of ABC's Popcorn With Peter Travers.

The show is set to return for a new season this Sunday with at least one high-profile hero death at the hands of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's bat-wielding baddie Negan -- but fans don't know who it will be.

Did he, however, tip off fans that Daryl will survive? Reedus mentioned to Travers that season seven is one of those seasons that's just "pure suffering," and noted that it's, "an emotionally draining show sometimes." 

Does this mean his character will make it? Only time will tell. He didn't reveal anything specifically.

The actor says secrecy has become par for the course. "We used to get a bunch of scripts in advance and then the show became more popular," he said. "And now we know right at the last minute...But it’s actually kind of helped us...because it’s a lot like-life. You always feel like you have more time with people. And you never know when it’s gonna come. And when it does come it’s such a shocker."

See which hero dies -- ahem -- right of the bat, when The Walking Dead returns Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga appeared on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday to promote her new album Joanne, out now.  She also talked about her plans for the Super Bowl halftime show she'll be performing in February, saying she's most excited for her family to experience it.

Saying she's "absolutely elated" to be performing at the Super Bowl, Gaga added that she wants the show to include some songs from Joanne. The album was inspired by her late aunt, who died at age 19 from lupus. 

"I was thinking...about how wonderful it's going to be....at the Super Bowl with my grandmother, who was Joanne's mother," Gaga told Michael Strahan. "She's blind but she'll be able to hear...from the stands. And I think it'll be a proud moment for our family, and that means more to me than anything."

Gaga's been doing some intimate gigs in tiny venues in the lead up to the album release, and she spoke about the one she did in her hometown of New York City on Thursday night. The club where she played, the Bitter End, has a special significance for her.

"[It] was actually the first place I ever performed at in New York, when I was 15 years old," Gaga recalled.  She laughed, "And yet I didn't even realize it until the show was over 'cause I was just so focused on doing a great show for the fans!"

The singer didn't specifically comment on the election, but she did express her admiration for Michelle Obama.

"She is, I think, the greatest woman in our country right now," Gaga said of the first lady. "Her rhetoric, the way she speaks to the world, it's just been amazing to watch her candor and her love shine through on the TV every day, it makes us all feel safe, I think."

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ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- While fans bite their nails in anticipation to see who Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan went to bat for -- literally -- in the closing moments of season six of The Walking Dead, let's hope their hands are clean. And what better way to do that than with soap celebrating The Walking Dead

Creator Denise Mancuso and her family at AJSweetSoap are true TWD fans, and as such have crafted a line of clever soaps to celebrate AMC's runaway hit. Available are severed "ears" reminiscent of the walker trophies strung together by Daryl Dixon on the show: his real-life alter-ego Norman Reedus even happily posed with the unique take on "Soap on a Rope" -- at a fan convention.   

Other products offered are soaps shaped like Negan's barbed wire-covered, hero bashing bat Lucille, as well as photos of scenes and lines of dialog from the series immortalized in all their soapy glory. 

The season seven premiere of The Walking Dead airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC.

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Marvel - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- The premiere of the latest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange, took over Hollywood Boulevard Thursday night. Based on the comic book character that debuted in 1963, Dr. Strange is a surgeon who falls from grace who later becomes a sorcerer and master of the mystic arts.

The movie version of the comic book stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular hero, along with Tilda Swinton,Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Benjamin Bratt.

Director Scott Derrickson told ABC Radio he’s loved all the Marvel movies so far, but he’s glad he got to helmDoctor Strange, which is a much different entry into the Marvel Universe than say Captain America or Iron Man.

“I was ready for it to switch up, I was ready for some left turns,” the director said. “Guardians of the Galaxy was a hard left turn. Ant-Man was even a bit of a left turn. Like, I was satisfied that they were doing some things that were slightly unexpected. But as a fan I thought we need a hard left turn. We need some weirdness in here, you know? And Doctor Strange is the perfect comic for that.”

Tilda Swinton said making the trippy flick was like nothing she’s ever experienced.

“This really is insane,” she said. “They'll sort of say, 'Okay, look up there at that tiny piece of sticky tape. That is a planet, and when you move this piece of, kind of, plywood, it's gonna move.' So you say, 'Okay!' like a six-year-old.”

Benedict Wong was a huge comic book fan as a kid but didn’t know Doctor Strange.

“No I didn't. I mean, I was always a Spider-Man comic fan as a teenager… It's just amazing just to be a part of this.”

Doctor Strange opens nationwide November 3 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by ABC's parent company Disney.

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L-R: Tom Cruise, Judd Lormand and Jason Douglas; Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -- Tom Cruise reprises the titular role from the 2012 original. In this sequel, Jack tries to prove the innocence of the Army major who leads his old investigative unit and is accused of treason. Cobie Smulders also stars in the movie, which is based on the Lee Child book of the same name. Rated PG-13.

Ouija: Origin of Evil -- In 1965 Los Angeles, a young girl is possessed by a spirit, and her family tries to save her from it. This is a sequel to the 2014 horror hit based on the spirit board. Rated PG-13.

Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween -- Tyler Perry brings Madea back to the big screen. This time, the hilarious elderly woman is haunted by ghosts and more during Halloween time. Rated PG-13.

Keeping Up with the Joneses --  A suburban couple welcome new neighbors -- the Joneses -- who turn out to be covert operatives. Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot star. Rated PG-13.

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Cobie Smulders and Tom Cruise; Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- In this story, former military police commander Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) gets embroiled in an unimaginative and predictable caper with trite dialogue when Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), the woman who took over his job, is arrested for espionage.

You see, Reacher has a crush on Turner and returns to Washington, D.C. to take her on a date. When he shows up at her office and finds out she’s been arrested and replaced, it’s time for Reacher to take action.

Further complicating matters: it seems Reacher may or may not have a daughter named Samantha (Danika Yarosh). We’re then treated to a cat-and-mouse game between Reacher and The Hunter (Patrick Heusinger), a former military specialist-turned-assassin and handsome cliché.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back isn’t just a title.  It’s a command to moviegoers, as in never go back to the theater to see another Jack Reacher movie.

I’m a fan of Tom Cruise. I liked the first Jack Reacher movie. But this one has to be, in my opinion, one of Tom Cruise’s worst movies, though I’m not sure Tom Cruise fans that aren’t movie critics are going to care. There are actually better and more original action sequences in a comedy coming out this weekend titled Keeping Up with the Joneses. But like Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, that’s not a good movie either.

One-and-a-half out of five stars.

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L-R: Jon Hamm, Zack Galifianakis, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot; Bob Mahoney; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) -- Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher play Jeff and Karen Gaffney, the former a human resources director for a tech company and the latter, an interior designer. They lead extraordinarily ordinary but happy lives, parents of two kids, living in a cul-de-sac in an Atlanta suburb near pretty much everybody Jeff works with.

Things become less ordinary when extraordinarily handsome and seemingly perfect couple Tim and Natalie Jones (John Hamm and Gal Gadot) move in next door. Tim claims to be a travel writer and Natalie raises money for Sri Lanka orphans, or something like that.

Karen isn’t buying it. She watches the Joneses, and in one case, follows Natalie around for a day, which leads to the film’s funniest sequence.  A film with this cast should’ve had a dozen sequences just as funny.  It does not.

One of the great mysteries of the movie business is the consistent ability of Hollywood executives to assemble a talented cast and still make a bad movie. Welcome to Keeping Up with the Joneses.

Zach Galifianakis is one of the funniest people on the planet. To put him in a movie and have him recite unfunny lines is like driving a Porsche in the slow lane and never shifting out of first gear. Furthermore, Isla Fisher has proven she’s also quite hilarious. Let’s throw in John Hamm’s ability to elicit laughter and the genius that is Patton Oswalt, along with proven supporting players like Matt Walsh and Bobby Lee, and this should be a comedy slam dunk. Instead, it’s maybe two laugh-out-loud moments, a few giggles, a smile and a whole lot of eye-rolling.

I will say this. There’s a terrific action sequence in this movie, better than anything you’ll see in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, another bad movie opening this weekend.

Instead of Keeping Up with the Joneses, might I suggest you keep up with whatever you haven’t binge-watched yet on Netflix.

Two out of five stars.

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