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ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) -- Last week's headline-grabbing episode of ABC’s black-ish focused on the presidential election and the Johnson family’s reaction to it. But despite the characters' occasionally negative take on the results, the stars of black-ish, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, are very clear: they’re rooting for Donald Trump.

“We want  President Trump to succeed,” Ross tells ABC Radio.  Anderson agrees, adding, “I want him to prove all the naysayers wrong.”

That doesn't mean they don't have concerns, however, which is why Ross is joining the Women's March on Washington, taking place Saturday.

“The experience of actually being in a sea of women and feeling the magnitude of our power, as a collective group, in and of itself is important,” says Ross.  “And I think as women we have an ability and we have for, since the beginning of time, been representing more than just ourselves. And I think that we will continue to do that and that's part of what the march will be about.”  

There are marches planned in D.C. and across the country Saturday.  black-ish airs on ABC Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres made People’s Choice Awards history Wednesday night, winning three trophies to bring her lifetime total wins to 20, the most of any person in People's Choice history.

Ellen won Favorite Animated Film Voice for Finding Dory, Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Favorite Comedic Collaboration, for the “Mall Mischief” bit she did on the show last month with Britney Spears.

DeGeneres joked when she accepted her record-breaking award: "Seventeen, I get it; eighteen, sure; nineteen, I can see that.  But twenty is outrageous."

It was also a big night for country star Blake Shelton, who became the first country artist to take home the all-genre Favorite Album Award.  The Voice coach also won his second consecutive People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist, and gave a shout-out in his acceptance speech to girlfriend and fellow The Voice coach Gwen Stefani, whom he called "the hottest date here tonight."

Favorite Humanitarian recipient Tyler Perry used his acceptance speech to note that, "As I look at the state of the world and the state of our country and everything that is going on, it is so important that we know that no matter how dark it gets, we all know that we have to be light for each other."

Johnny Depp, winner for Favorite Movie Icon, referenced his highly publicized divorce from actress Amber Heard, noting, "I was very deeply affected by the kindness of your recognition and by your well-wishes to my family and myself, which is why it's especially meaningful for me to be here in front of you to say thank you,"

Thursday night also marked the debut of all-girl singing group Fifth Harmony as a quartet, following the recent departure of original member Camila Cabello. They also won for Favorite Group.

The Great Indoors star Joel McHale hosted the awards, which were broadcast live from the the Microsoft Theater on CBS.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Favorite Movie
Finding Dory

Favorite Movie Actor
Ryan Reynolds

Favorite Movie Actress
Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Action Movie

Favorite Action Movie Actor
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Action Movie Actress
Margot Robbie

Favorite Animated Movie Voice
Ellen DeGeneres, Finding Dory

Favorite Comedic Movie
Bad Moms

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
Kevin Hart

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Melissa McCarthy

Favorite Dramatic Movie
Me Before You

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
Tom Hanks

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
Blake Lively

Favorite Family Movie
Finding Dory

Favorite Thriller Movie
The Girl on the Train

Favorite Movie Icon
Johnny Depp

Favorite TV Show

Favorite Network TV Comedy
The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Comedic TV Actor
Jim Parsons

Favorite Comedic TV Actress
Sofia Vergara

Favorite Network TV Drama
Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
Justin Chambers

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress
Priyanka Chopra

Favorite Cable TV Comedy
Baby Daddy

Favorite Cable TV Drama
Bates Motel

Favorite Cable TV Actor
Freddie Highmore

Favorite Cable TV Actress
Vera Farmiga

Favorite TV Crime Drama
Criminal Minds

Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor
Mark Harmon

Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress
Jennifer Lopez

Favorite Premium Drama Series
Orange Is the New Black

Favorite Premium Comedy Series
Fuller House

Favorite Premium Series Actor
Dwayne Johnson

Favorite Premium Series Actress
Sarah Jessica Parker

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
The Walking Dead

Favorite Premium Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Sam Heughan

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Caitriona Balfe

Favorite Competition TV Show
The Voice

Favorite Daytime TV Host
Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team
Good Morning America

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Jimmy Fallon

Favorite Actor in a New TV Series
Matt LeBlanc

Favorite Actress in a New TV Series
Kristen Bell

Favorite Animated TV Show
The Simpsons

Favorite New TV Comedy
Man with a Plan

Favorite New TV Drama
This Is Us

Favorite Male Artist
Justin Timberlake

Favorite Female Artist
Britney Spears

Favorite Group
Fifth Harmony

Favorite Breakout Artist
Niall Horan

Favorite Male Country Artist
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Group
Little Big Town

Favorite Pop Artist
Britney Spears

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist

Favorite R&B Artist

Favorite Album
Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest

Favorite Song
Justin Timberlake,  “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

Favorite Social Media Celebrity
Britney Spears

Favorite Social Media Star
Cameron Dallas

Favorite YouTube Star
Lilly Singh

Favorite Comedic Collaboration
Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears’ Mall Mischief

Favorite Humanitarian
Tyler Perry

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AMC/Gene Page(MIAMI) -- In response to feedback from viewers shocked by Negan's bloody rampage on the season premiere of The Walking Dead, producer Gale Ann Hurd says the creative team has adjusted the level of violence on the show. 

Some viewers balked at the premiere, which saw Glenn and Abraham bludgeoned to death -- and in Glenn's case, his head smashed into a puddle of goop -- by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's baddie and his barbed wire-covered bat. 

"We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season," Hurd explained Wednesday at the annual National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Miami. She added, of the highest-rated series on TV, "This is not a show that is torture porn." 

The Walking Dead returns to AMC February 12 at 9 p.m.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is aiming to bring an updated version of the 1992 sports comedy White Men Can't Jump to the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barris is teaming up with pro athletes and Mortal Media partners Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil to develop a remake of the Ron Shelton-directed hit.

As part of Bariss' overall film deal with Fox that he signed in September, he will produce and write the script for the upcoming project, while Griffin, Kalil,and their partner Noah Weinstein will help produce.

The original film, which starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as two streetball hustlers, follows the two as they team up to hustle an unsuspecting ballplayer. The title, White Men Can't Jump, comes from Snipes' assessment of Harrelson's character inability to dunk because of his race.

There is no official word on who might fill the high tops of Snipes and Harrelson.

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hris Haston/NBCU Photo BankFollowing a well-received viral video reunion last year, NBC has decided to bring Will & Grace back for real.

The network has ordered a new 10-episode run of the acclaimed comedy, set to air during the 2017-2018 season.  All four stars -- Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally -- will be back for the reboot, and the original series' creators are also on board as showrunners and executive producers.  Director James Burrows, who directed every single episode of Will & Grace during its original eight-season run, will also be back.

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement, "This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.”

Series co-creator Max Mutchnick added that he and fellow co-creator David Kohan are "absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017.”

During its original run from 1998 to 2006, Will & Grace was nominated for 83 Emmys, and won 16.  Last year, the four principals got together to make a Get Out the Vote video, in which Will and Grace try to convince Jack to vote for Hillary Clinton, while Karen tries to sway him towards her close, personal friend Donald Trump.

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Disney - 2017(IOWA) -- With Emma Watson starring as Belle in Disney's live action em>Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters in March, what better time to celebrate the handiwork of Joel Lynch?

Who's he? Once upon a time -- well, back in October -- the graduate student at Iowa State University decided he wanted to pop the question to his Beauty fangirl girlfriend Cara Szymanski in a really epic way.

He explained to Imgur that he'd never sewed a stitch before, but with trial and error -- and lots of coffee -- he managed to re-create, by hand, Belle's famous yellow ballgown.

He presented the finished piece to her on January 14, at a location that bookworm Belle would dig: inside the university's Parks Library.

It was in the Periodical Room that Cara modeled the fancy frock, and with the title track from Beauty and the Beast playing, he took a knee and presented his real-life Disney princess with a ring. "Mustn't forget the ring," he joked.

Needless to say, Cara said yes.  

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ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Matthew McConaughey's new movie Gold is based on a real-life event: a down on his luck businessman named Kenny Wells, who travels to Indonesia in search of gold after literally having a dream about striking paydirt there.

"He's one of those guys like millions of people in America that ... were never given a ticket to the front row of the American dream," the 47-year-old Oscar winner tells ABC Radio, "and they're gonna have to hustle, and by any means necessary finagle their way into the back door..."

On Good Morning America, McConaughey said his father inspired his character and actions in his upcoming film.

"A lot of my father was in this role. A lot of the people my father dealt with [are] in this role," he explained. "I remember my dad would take me around the country when I was 12, and we’d go office to office to collect from people that owed him money. When you bring your 12-year-old son, you shame some people into paying you back."

"And also, he loved a shady deal," the actor said of his dad. "He’d much rather overpay for a hot watch behind an abandoned strip mall than he would go and actually buy the watch. It didn’t matter if he got took or whatever. He loved it."

The Texas native also had to gain 40 pounds for the role, which he said was "more fun" than losing weight for a film, allowing himself to eat "whatever, whenever" he, "wanted to eat or drink for six months, at any time of day."

His favorite indulgence? "Mainly cheeseburgers and beer," he added with a smile. "I never got tired of it. I thought I was going to get lethargic. I thought I wasn’t going to sleep well, I thought I was going to lose energy. And I learned another lesson on this thing: The only reason you get tired of indulging like that is when you think of quitting."

"I mean, I didn’t even take the stairs to the second floor. It was fun." 

Gold hits theaters nationwide Jan. 27. 

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Think you have what it takes to beat the gong?

A national talent search is underway for unique performers with unusual, one-of-a-kind talents to appear on ABC's upcoming reboot of the irreverent 1970s talent competition, The Gong Show. Will Arnett, star of the forthcoming The LEGO Batman Movie, will both host and executive-produce the show.

"Zany and creative acts of all kinds of all kinds" are encouraged to audition, and "nothing is off the table," according to the show's producers. "Singers, dancers, unique comedy acts, people who can pull off a random feat, skill, or stunning stunts, groups, individuals with special hobbies, comedians, and talented people of all ages" are all welcome.

If you think you've got the right stuff, upload a video submission of your act and complete the online application, available at GongShowCasting.com. If selected, producers will contact you to schedule an audition.

The original Gong Show series, which ran from 1976-78 on NBC and in syndication from 1976 to 1980, was hosted by Chuck Barris and featured performers of various levels of talent -- or a major lack thereof -- doing their thing for a panel of judges, who could bang a gong to give them the hook if things got too bad.

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Crackle(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld is making Netflix his new comedy home.

Seinfeld's Emmy-nominated series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which originally ran on Sony's streaming service, Crackle, will debut 24 new episodes on Netflix starting in late 2017, Netflix announced Tuesday. Fifty-eight older episodes of the streaming series, which features Seinfeld sharing stories with friends while cruising around in a classic car and sharing a cup of coffee, will also become available at the same time.

As part of the multi-faceted deal, Seinfeld will also shoot two, all-new stand-up shows exclusively for Netflix, the first of which will arrive later this year. Additionally, he'll help develop scripted and non-scripted comedy programming for Netflix, with other elements of the deal to be announced later.

“We are incredibly proud to welcome him to the Netflix comedy family,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said of Seinfeld, in a statement announcing the deal.

For his part, Seinfeld said, "When I first started thinking about Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the entire Netflix business model consisted of mailing out DVDs in envelopes."  He added, I am really quite charged up to be moving there."

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20th Century Fox - 2015(LOS ANGELES) -- In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Reynolds talked about his career ups and downs, including his most recent "up" - his unlikely smash movie Deadpool.  And Reynolds says that if the movie ends up snagging a Best Picture nod at the Oscars next week -- which could happen -- he'll reward fans with something special.

"I can certainly promise one f***ing crazy reaction video online. In the Deadpool suit. Guaranteed," Reynolds laughs. 

After 11 years of development, Reynolds recounts how he was able to get the movie off the ground, with co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and director Tim Miller.  As Reynolds explained, he felt that Deadpool was dead in the water after he starred in yet another superhero movie, Green Lantern.

"I thought, 'If Green Lantern is a huge hit, they're never gonna accept me as both," Reynolds said of Deadpool rights owners 20th Century Fox. "...and if Green Lantern is a huge failure — which it ended up being — they're never going to hire me.'"

But Reynolds revealed that one big bonus of the flop film is gave him a chance to work with Reese and Wernick on the script that became Deadpool  "in a house that was being paid for by Green Lantern's dime." 

"I look back — and hindsight is obviously 20/20 — but it knew what it was, and I always knew what it was," Reynolds said of Deadpool.  The movie went on to earn more than $780 million on a budget of less than $60 million.

"I knew exactly how to play this guy, and I felt, in some weird way...like I was born to play this guy."

The movie has so far earned nominations for the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, and the Golden Globes, to name a few.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Australian actress Margot Robbie transformed into the crazy comic bombshell Harley Quinn last year for Suicide Squad, but now she's taking a different turn for a biopic she's currently filming. 

Photos have popped up from the set of  "I, Tonya," which is set for release next year, according to IMDB. It's about disgraced skating champion Tonya Harding and in the photo, Robbie appears to be wearing a body suit and facial prosthetics to resemble Harding. 

The movie reportedly focuses on Harding's success at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and her subsequent downfall after a plot to put her rival Nancy Kerrigan out of commission unraveled in 1994. Both skaters then went to the Olympics, where Kerrigan rebounded and went on to win the silver medal. Harding finished eighth.

In real life, Tonya's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly hired a man to attack Kerrigan and break her leg. Her leg was only bruised, but she was forced to pull out of the Championship nonetheless; Harding later won.  Gillooly ended up taking a plea deal for his involvement in the attack that led to a two-year stint in prison, while Harding took a separate plea deal for obstruction of justice that resulted in no prison time.

In the movie, Captain America series star Sebastian Stan plays Gillooly.

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ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Steve Harvey is apologizing to fans for his recent comments suggesting Asian men are unattractive.

Harvey caused a social media firestorm last week when he joked that women were not interested in dating Asian men. Now, the comedian-host has taken to twitter to apologize for his insensitive remarks.

"I offer my humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community, last week," Harvey wrote. "It was not my intention and the humor was not meant with any malice or disrespect whatsoever."  Today is also Harvey's 60th birthday.

Harvey's apology comes after Eddie Huang, whose autobiography Fresh Off the Boat inspired the TV show of the same name, wrote an essay in the New York Times addressing Harvey's comments. In a letter entitled, "Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl?" the actor explains how the media has continued to marginalize Asian men.

"There were times I thoroughly believed that no one wanted anything to do with me," Huang wrote. "I told myself that it was all a lie, but the structural emasculation of Asian men in all forms of media became a self-fulfilling prophecy that produced an actual abhorrence to Asian men in the real world."

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Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- The world could use a little Elle Woods right about now.  At least, that's what Reese Witherspoon said about bringing back one of her most beloved characters for a third Legally Blonde movie.

"I do think it's a good time to do it," she told E! News at the Elle Women in Television dinner. "I think women need that kind of positivity right now."

Witherspoon said her team has mulled it over, but adds, "I need somebody really clever to come up with a great idea and we'll do it."

Asked about what she's thinks is ahead for women under a Trump administration, Witherspoon focused on the positive.

"It's a great privilege to be a woman in America," she said. "We have many rights and freedoms that a lot of women don't have all over the world. I try to celebrate that. I try to live that to its utmost, particularly the freedom of speech, being able to express myself, create shows like this to show how important women are in our world. That's what I try to focus on."

Witherspoon was referring to her newest show, the HBO series Big Little Lies, which she produced and stars in alongside Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern.  It's about three mothers of young children whose seemingly-perfect lives crumble around them.

"I think diving deeply into issues that affect women so profoundly, it's not just a sort of desired mission statement," Witherspoon told E! News. "It's sort of a mandate in my life. Women are much more complex than what we're seeing on screen and I feel it's important to see how women behave with each other. And I think that's a unique thing about this show. It's how women really speak to each other about issues that really affect them."

Big Little Lies premieres on Feb. 19.

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Lifetime/Eike Schroter(NEW YORK) -- Actress Nia Long said that remaking the classic 1988 film Beaches was "very intimidating" while discussing her role in the upcoming Lifetime TV movie in an interview with Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer that aired today.

"I grew up watching the film," Long said. "I'm such a huge fan of Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. They're powerful women. They're iconic."

In the remake, Long plays Hillary, a lawyer who puts her career on hold when she gets married. The role was made famous by Hershey in 1988. Long stars alongside Idina Menzel, who will play the role of C.C., originally played by Midler in the 1988 original.

"When this opportunity came along, I was very nervous," Long said. "But Lifetime has such a way of celebrating women."

Long said that in many ways the new film is different from the original.

"Obviously, I'm an African-American woman," Long said, adding that there were things about her character that she wanted to play, "a little closer to home."

Long said that making the movie was "so emotional."

"I think everybody knows the ending to Beaches," Long said, "which makes it tricky."

The actress called her co-star Menzel as "amazing" and "strong."

"I fell in love with her when she was doing Wicked," Long said, referring to Menzel's role in the popular Broadway musical. "I remember going to see 'Wicked,' and I was like 'Who is this girl?'"

Menzel will perform her own version of the 1990 Grammy Award-winning song, "Wind Beneath My Wings," for the upcoming movie, and Long told GMA how exciting it was to be able to sing with the Broadway star.

"There's a part in the film where we sing, and I'm like, 'I can't believe I'm singing with her,'" Long said. "She's like, 'No, you have a really good voice,' but my voice is really teeny tiny.

"I made my voice smaller," Long added with a laugh, "because I wanted her voice to be the one that everyone hears."

Lifetime TV's version of Beaches will air on Saturday.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- In 1975, beloved low-budget filmmaker Roger Corman strapped a pre-Kung Fu David Carradine and a pre-Rocky Slyvester Stallone into some deadly-looking cars for the cult classic Death Race 2000.  

Now, at 90 years young, Corman -- credited with launching the directing careers of the likes of Ron Howard, Francis Ford Coppola, and James Cameron -- just got behind the wheel again for another lap, producing Roger Corman's Death Race 2050

In the original Death Race 2000, the year 2000 was envisioned as a dystopian future in which the national pastime is a race features drivers mowing down pedestrians for points.  The movie was remade with Jason Statham in 2008 as Death Race, which spawned a 2010 sequel starring The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan, but neither captured the humor of the original, Corman tells ABC News. 

"I started thinking about that," he says. "And so I called [the producers] and they...said, 'Why don't you make one, and put the humor back in, and let's put the killing of the pedestrians, and a little bit of the social comment and so forth, as back in the original..."

In their version, Malcolm McDowell plays a strongman U.S. president with a very familiar bouffant-like hairdo. "The Donald Trump thing was not in the script," Corman explaines"It was just an idea we had while shooting during the primary season -- to give him the hairdo of Donald Trump...we thought it might be funny -- we never dreamed he'd actually be president."

"Just by a fluke, or stroke of luck, I think we have the first picture out with Donald Trump as President of the United States," Corman laughs. 

Roger Corman's Death Race 2050, which stars Arrow's Manu Bennett, comes out on download, DVD, and Blu-ray on Tuesday.

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