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Dexter star Michael C. Hall finds a "sense of ownership" with new band, Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum

Photo by Bonnie Biess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michael C. Hall has officially entered the music world.

The former Dexter star fronts a new band called Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum. The group also features keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen and drummer Peter Yanowitz, both of whom Hall met while working on a Broadway production of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The result of the collaboration is the self-titled debut Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum EP, a collection of dance jams that combines Hall's theatricality, the twinkling keyboards of Katz-Bohen -- who currently plays in Blondie and has worked with Boy George and Cyndi Lauper -- and the Swiss Army knife-drumming style of Yanowitz, who's played with everyone from Yoko Ono and Allen Ginsberg to The Wallflowers and Andrew W.K.

"We didn't really have any rules," Katz-Bohen tells ABC Audio. "It was just sort of the sum total of everything we'd experienced as musicians."

Hall has long been involved with musical theater -- in addition to his leading role in Hedwig, he also starred in the David Bowie musical, Lazarus -- but Princess marks the first artistic project he can truly call his own. That, he explains, is the biggest difference between acting and playing in a band.

"It's something that the three of us have created," Hall says. "We're sharing, not our interpretation of someone else's work -- we're not breathing life into somebody else's words or music -- we're actually sharing what emerged from us. So there's a sense of ownership."

Hall adds that he doesn't prefer either playing music or acting, he just doesn't want to be "bound to just one way of expressing yourself."

"I'd prefer to just continue to mix it up," he says.  

The Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum EP is out now.

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'Tiger King' reportedly seen by at least 34 million American viewers in first 10 days

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- If it seemed like everybody you know has seen Netflix's true crime series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, new numbers show that's likely the case.

According to Nielsen numbers, more than 34 million people in the U.S. were introduced to Joe Exotic, his arch-nemesis Carole Baskin, and the rest of the colorful cast of characters in the first 10 days Tiger King was available for streaming on March 20, the trade reports. 

In fact, Nielsen notes the seven-episode show's debut only attracted 280,000 people on its launch day, but as word of mouth spread, the viewership grew by the millions every day.

Put an asterisk by those numbers, though.  Netflix generally doesn't reveal or verify its true viewership numbers and the Nielsen numbers only reflect the people that streamed the show to their TVs, meaning the true number of folks who watched -- including those who binged on their phones and other digital devices -- is likely way higher.  Netflix does confirm that Tiger King is currently its most-watched show in the U.S.

For the record, Netflix's most-watched show ever is Season 3 of Stranger Things, which attracted 36.3 million to the streaming service in its first 10 days of streaming, according to Neilsen numbers.

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Oops: Cops in Louisiana apologize for blaring the siren from 'The Purge' to warn of a COVID curfew

iStock/Chalabala(LOS ANGELES) -- As if residents of Crowley, LA didn't have enough to worry about -- with the COVID-19 pandemic situation and all -- they got an extra dose of anxiety Sunday night, when the local cops blared the siren from the Purge movies to signal a coronavirus curfew was beginning.

For the uninitiated, The Purge movies imagined an America in which every crime -- including murder -- is legal for one night only, and the signal to start your crime spree happens to be the same siren that cops played throughout the town in real life. 

Jimmy Broussard, the city’s police chief, apologized to the public. He told local ABC affiliate KATC-TV that he didn't know the siren was used in the movies and said they won't be using a siren going forward.

"Last night a 'Purge Siren' was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew. We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process," Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson said in a statement to the news station.

"We were not involved in the use of the 'Purge Siren' and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose."



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'Grace & Frankie' goes live for COVID-19 relief

Melissa Moseley/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- The Netflix series Grace & Frankie, whose production has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return on Thursday with a special live event, according to Deadline

The comedy series starring, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, will host an online table read benefiting the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 relief program.  The presentation, an episode from the yet-unaired seventh season titled "The Fallout," will be followed by a live Q&A, moderated by co-showrunner Marta Kauffman

Co-stars Sam WaterstonMartin SheenJune Diane RaphaelBrooklyn DeckerBaron Vaughn and Ethan Embry will also take part in the reading of the episode. The event can be seen live and direct on the Netflix is a Joke YouTube page

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COVID shut-downs and family lock downs leads CBS to bring back Sunday night movies

ViacomCBS/Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- In response to the shutdown of production on its original programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CBS announced on Friday that it is bringing back a tradition from an earlier time: Sunday night movies. 

Each week at 8 p.m. ET during the month of May, the network will feature five acclaimed films from the Paramount Pictures library, including Forrest Gump, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Mission: Impossible and Titanic

"It’s a five-week programming event with epic films, iconic stars and brilliant stories that viewers love…and love to watch together," Noriko Kelley, Executive Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Jake Gyllenhaal reveals the reason why Heath Ledger refused to present at the 2007 Oscars

FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jake Gyllenhaal shined new light on his late Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger by revealing why he famously declined presenting at the 2007 Academy Awards.

Speaking to Another Man magazine for their Summer/Autumn 2020 issue, Gyllenhall opened up about his profound respect for Ledger and his unshakeable morals.

The 39-year-old explained that the 2007 Oscars had written in a not-so-savory joke about Brokeback Mountain in the opening monologue, which irked Ledger.

"I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it," The Spider-Man: Far From Home star explained.  "And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, 'Oh, okay... whatever.'  I’m always like: it’s all in good fun. And Heath said, 'It’s not a joke to me – I don’t want to make any jokes about it.'"

Gyllenhaal touched upon how Ledger's stance was probably considered revolutionary back then, adding that his late co-star's decision to sit out the Oscars was "absolutely" smart.

Opening up more about Brokeback Mountain, the actor opened up about why he became involved in the Ang Lee movie even though he, a straight man, didn't fully understand the romantic relationship in the film.

"There are things you’re chosen for – a quality, an essence – and Ang did that," said Gyllenhaal. "And it’s still a mystery to me. And something that Heath and I shared: that it was a mystery to us at the time."

Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose on January 22, 2008.  He was 28.

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Rachael Ray donates $4 million to COVID-19 relief fund for people and pets

John Lamparski/Getty Images for NYCWFF(LOS ANGELES) -- Another day, another celebrity pledging to make a difference. Rachael Ray announced that she will donate $4 million to COVID-19 relief efforts. 

"My overall goal with these donations is to support American families affected during the COVID-19 crisis with assistance for two-legged and four-legged family members," Ray shared on her website. "We felt it was important to help offset the decline in donations organizations have experienced, from a combination of the cancelation of fundraising events and reduced private donations."

The chef and talk show host made the generous contributions through her two charities The Rachel Ray Foundation and Yum-O and "will help fund critically needed food and services delivered through a network of national, regional and local geographically distributed organizations around the country." 

Some of the organizations that will receive aid include Feeding America, Share Our Strength, World Central Kitchen, The National Restaurant Association, City Harvest, Hunger Free America, Wholesome Wave and ReThink Food.

The organizations receiving funds to help man's best friend are North Shore Animal League, Best Friends Animal Society, Austin Pets Alive, Big Dog Ranch, San Antonio Pets Alive and Lost Our Home Rescue. Additional donations will be managed and distributed by Best Friends Animal Society. 

Ray is no stranger to lending a helping hand, though. The 51-year-old shared that she's been doing this for a long time. 

"We have been at this for a decade, and I never wanted to ask people to donate to the philanthropies I personally care about," Ray continued, "so we have always directed portions of the proceeds from the sale of many of our products — from pet food to pots and pans — to charitable giving."

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Nolan Gould jokes that after Modern Family ends, he'll be unemployed for the first time in a decade

ABC/Jill Greenberg(LOS ANGELES) -- Hard to believe that after spending a remarkable 11 seasons on air, Modern Family ends Wednesday night.  The sitcom has left an indelible mark in television since it first aired in 2009, scoring a whopping five Emmys for best comedy.

Actor Nolan Gould, who has been an integral part of the show since he was 10, spoke to ABC Audio about what the past 11 years have been like and, more importantly, what he's learned from the decade-long experience.

"The cast crew will forever be part of my life and the experiences and the memories," Gould gushed.  "It’s changed me, like, to the core."

Beyond missing his fellow co-stars and crew members, there is something -- above all else -- that he is going to miss dearly.

"Free Food. Free food is pretty awesome. I've made out like a bandit over the years," he laughed before admitting that he shamelessly took advantage of it.

"Sometimes, like, I bring Tupperware in with me and like, you know, we have leftovers. Like I bring it home with me," he explained with a smile.  "That’s great, especially as a young man, 21 years old, that's how I survive."

Free food aside, saying goodbye to Modern Family is sentimental and bittersweet for Gould.  He also finds it a little terrifying. "I'm going to be unemployed for the first time in eleven years," the 21-year-old confessed.  

Thankfully, he's been saving his paychecks and plans to use those funds to help him secure his next step in his acting career. But, he's still keeping his options open and isn't above a shameless plug.  

"I've got some resumes if you guys know anybody passing out. Keep an ear to the ground for me," he joked.

Modern Family airs its final episode Wednesday 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Ryan Reynolds tweets "weirdly appropriate" scene from 'Free Guy', given COVID news cycle

20th Century Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds continues his dominance of feel-good COVID-19-era social media, to give us more to smile about during the lockdown. 

This installment comes via what he tweets is a "weirdly appropriate" clip of his movie Free Guy, the release of which was bumped from July 3 to December 11, because of the pandemic. 

The hook of the film is that Reynolds' character Guy doesn't know he's what gamers know as an NPC -- a non-player character, as in the background characters who live their daily lives amid the ultraviolence players unleash in games like Grand Theft Auto

The clip shows Guy eating his breakfast before a normal day at work, while a TV anchorman calmly discusses "a warm and sunny" Sunday, "with just a scattering of drive-bys," and other horrific calamities that seem perfectly normal to Guy, including a pair of military helicopters dogfighting right outside his apartment. 

The anchor also predicts a "great day for the beach," adding the caveat, "but not Hitman's Beach, which will be mined and sprayed with high-caliber fire from a renegade gunship stolen by a coked-up bandit and his band of bloodthirsty mercenaries."  

The clip appears to be an obvious comparison to the daily, real-life doom and gloom that's become normal during the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Shawn Levy, Free Guy also stars Killing Eve Emmy-winner Jodie Comer, JoJo Rabbit Oscar-winner Taika Waititi, and Lil Rel Howery.

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Alec Baldwin and wife, Hilaria pregnant again, 4 months after miscarriage

Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Congratulations are in order for Hilaria and Alec Baldwin who are expecting their fifth child.

The 36-year-old announced the exciting news by sharing a sweet video of their baby's ultrasound with her Instagram followers on Monday. 

"I'll let the baby do the talking because I don't have the words to express how this sound makes us feel," Hilaria captioned the brief clip.

"Just got the great news that all is well and all is healthy with this little munchkin. I wanted to share this with you," she added. "Here we go again."

The baby on the way will be the fourth for Hilaria and fifth for Alec. Together the couple has daughter Carmen Gabriela, who is six, and sons Romeo Alejandro David, 23 months, Leonardo Ángel Charles, who is three, and four-year-old Rafael Thomas. Alec, 62, also has 24-year-old daughter, Ireland, from his previous relationship with Kim Basinger.

The "great news" comes almost after the couple suffered two miscarriages within the last year -- one in April 2019 and another in November 2019. 

"We are very sad to share that today we learned that our baby passed away at 4 months," the Mom Brain podcast host previously wrote alongside a video of her herself with daughter Carmen in November. "We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be."

"We are so lucky with our 4 healthy babies—and we will never lose sight of this," the caption continued. 

These days Hilaria is social distancing with her family and loving it. 

She told People, "It’s wonderful because spending time with family is so precious...."

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'The Nanny' cast reunites for a Zoom read-through of the show's first episode

CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The cast of The Nanny reunited Monday to raise the spirits of fans who are in quarantine during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In the video, entitled The Nanny Episode 1: Pandemic Table Read, the sitcom's co-creator and star, Fran Drescher, was joined for a table read of the premiere episode by her ex-husband and co-creator, Peter Marc Jacobson, as well as all of her former co-stars.

They included Charles Shaughnessy who played Maxwell Sheffield; Daniel Davis, the beleaguered butler Niles; Nicholle Tom, who played Maggie Sheffield; Benjamin Salisbury who played Brighton Sheffield; Madeline Zima, who played Grace, and Renee Taylor, who played Drescher's mom, among others.

Singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway, who wrote the show's memorable theme song, was also on hand to perform it.

The only original cast member who did not join the table read was James Marsden, who appeared in the show as Maggie's boyfriend, Eddie.

Speaking to Variety, Drescher called the get-together a "once in a lifetime Pandemic Performance for our fans around the world who are currently stressing in isolation and could use a real upper!"

Incidentally, Drescher, 62, is also developing a Broadway musical version of The Nanny along with Jacobson. Adam Schlesinger and Rachel Bloom, who won an Emmy for their work on Bloom's series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, were set to write the music for the show but sadly, Schlesinger died last month from complications of COVID-19.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend admit they are getting a little stir crazy in quarantine

ABC/Byron Cohen(LOS ANGELES) -- The stay-at-home order isn't starting to wear on Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

The famous couple appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday in a socially distanced remote interview and dished on how they are holding up amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"It was definitely getting to us a little bit," Teigen admitted. "We became more emotional about it, it just became a little real. It happened really fast … it’s fun to be able to be light-hearted and make jokes and try to make people happy and laugh about it, but then it really hits you and you go through these ups and downs."

The 34-year-old model has been holed up with her mother, Legend and their two children -- Luna, who turns four on April 14, and Miles, who will be two on May 16 -- in a rented beach-side California home.

"This is honestly unreal," the Cravings author said. "It’s just been an unreal, surreal experience for our family and everyone out there. So it’s just been crazy."

"We’re holding up fine," she added. "We are obviously making the best of it."

"I think the key for all of us is to love each other, take care of each other, and stay in touch with each other," chimed in. "Even though we can’t see each other in person, we can all virtually see each other, talk to each other, and make each other feel like we have each other we can hold on to."

When all of it's said and done, though, they hope the world becomes a better place. 

"If we can at least come out of this and change a bit, I think that would be a wonderful thing," Teigen shared.

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CBS' 'All Rise' to shoot "social distancing" episode via FaceTime

CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS’ freshman drama All Rise is rising to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic with a virtual episode focusing on the pandemic, and impact social distancing is having on the criminal justice system. 

The episode will be filmed extensively using FaceTime, WebEx, Zoom and other available social media and online technology, according to the network. 

The story centers on Marg Helgenberger’s Judge Benner, who authorizes Judge Lola Carmichael -- played by Simone Missick -- to preside over a virtual trial involving a dispute between brothers and a stolen car. 

Jessica Camacho’s Emily will represent the defendant, a graffiti artist that Mark -- played by Wilson Bethel -- will prosecute. 

In a statement, the network said, "The show's consulting producer, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, is providing insight into how the justice system continues in Los Angeles, even during the pandemic. Throughout the episode, the series’ characters will be shown managing their 'new normal' of everyday reality at home, in order to continue their professional and personal lives, parallel to what the nation is currently confronting."

The episode airs May 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Ellen Pompeo's daughter has hilarious message to those trapped with their siblings

ABC/Mike Rosenthal(LOS ANGELES) -- It's all fun and games until social distancing gets extended for another month -- just ask Ellen Pompeo's daughter Sienna May. 

The five-year-old took a minute to vent to her mother about how her three-year-old brother Eli Christopher was getting on her nerves, which Pompeo happily shared with her followers on Sunday in an Instagram post captioned, "Social distancing 101 from Sienna May #micdrop."

"He is so rude and it's just... he keeps testing me," Sienna explained in the adorable clip. "Eli, he keeps testing me. Even when I was four, he [kept] testing me and even now that I'm five, he [is] still testing me. Every day he is testing me."

When the Grey's Anatomy star asked what they should do about the situation, Sienna responded, "We should separate." An idea that Pompeo was fully on board with. 

"That's great idea," she agreed diplomatically. "Separate."

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'Justice League' star Ezra Miller caught on tape allegedly choking a woman on the street

Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Ezra Miller has garnered a lot of media attention lately and it's not for his acting. 

In a now-viral seven-second video, the Justice League actor appeared to grab a woman by the throat and proceed to shove her to the ground. 

"Did you want to fight?" Miller asked as the person filming attempted to verbally break-up the altercation.

"Whoa, bro. Bro," the bystander is heard saying before the video abruptly stops.

According to Variety, the incident occurred on April 1 at around 6 p.m. at a Prikið Kaffihús, "a trendy bar in central Reykjavik that Miller frequents when he is in town." A source at the establishment confirmed to the outlet that the altercation was serious enough that Miller was escorted off of the premises. 

So, what started it all? Apparently, a group of fans became "quite pushy" to the point where the 27-year-old Justice League star became upset and lost his temper.  He then took that frustration out on the young woman seen in the clip.

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