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Diyah Pera/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix is ringing in the new year by marking the end of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The final season of the show hits the streaming platform on December 31.

Coinciding with the announcement of the series end, Netflix released a teaser of the final chapter that finds half-human, half-witch Sabrina Spellman and the town of Greendale up against the Eldritch Terrors -- sinister beings that threaten humanity and which Sabrina and the town must work together to defeat. 

"My name is Sabrina Spellman and I will not sign it away," she proclaims defiantly in the announcement clip that's filled with supernatural happenings, killer cheerleaders and spooky rituals. 

The story unfolds over the course eight one-hour episodes.

The adaption of Sabrina the Teenage Witch premiered in 2018 and stars Kiernan Shipka in the title role. Netflix announced in July that it was cancelling the series after two seasons. 

The Netflix adaptation is actually the sixth Sabrina TV series, the first of which was a 1970s animated comedy, and best-known of which is the 1996 live-action version that starred Melissa Joan Hart and aired for seven seasons, through 2003.

By Cillea Houghton 
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Will Heath/NBC (NEW YORK) -- John Mulaney is stepping back into hosting duties on Saturday Night Live. 

Entertainment Weekly reports that the former writer on the show will host the upcoming Halloween episode, with rock veterans The Strokes as the musical guest.

This is Mulaney's fourth time hosting the show and his second time this year -- he also hosted February 29, the second-to-last show filmed in-studio before production shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and SNL went remote for the reminder of its 45th season.  The iconic show returned to Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center with its season 46 premiere on October 3.

Mulaney was a writer on SNL from 2008-2012 and helped create Bill Hader's fan-favorite Stefon character. He, Seth Meyers and Justin Timberlake won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2011 for Timberlake's monologue.

By Cillea Houghton 
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Monica Schipper/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- After the heartbreaking loss of their French bulldog Pepper, who lost her battle to cancer last Monday, Reese Witherspoon's daughter delighted fans by showing off the family's newest four-legged family member.

Ava Phillippe, who is 21, announced she recently rescued a mixed breed named Benji.  As it turns out, his "gotcha" day coincided with Pepper's unexpected death.

"What a wild & bittersweet week. The day we lost Pepper just so happened to be the day I brought this sweet boy home with me," Philippe shared on Sunday, alongside a series of photos of her adorable new fur baby. "This is Benji! He’s from the @bestfriendsanimalsociety sanctuary in Southern Utah and is a dream of a rescue dog."

As it turns out, Benji has been crucial in helping the family heal from losing Pepper so suddenly.

"He loves to cuddle and meet new friends (human & canine) and has quickly adjusted to life in his new home environment," detailed Philippe. "He is the happiest, smartest boy, and I’m so grateful to be his person."

The 21-year-old also shouted out the shelter that connected her with Benji, endorsing, "I want to give many thanks to Best Friends Animal Society for all the work they do to save the lives of animals big and small and for helping me and Benji find each other."  

"Even though we just entered each other’s lives, I feel like I’ve known Benji forever," Philippe sweetly continued. "I’m super excited for many adventures with this guy by my side!"

Phillippe honored Pepper on Tuesday, telling fans she had been battling an "aggressive cancer" for months and was showing signs of improvement before her health took a turn for the worse.  

By Megan Stone
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Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Felicity Huffman has cleared the last hurdle of her punishment stemming from being found guilty of cheating the college admissions process last year.

People reports that the Desperate Housewives alum wrapped up her supervised release on Sunday, fulfilling the last stipulation of her sentence after pleading guilty of arranging for her daughter's SAT score to be manipulated.

Prior to entering the final phase of her punishment, which was a year of supervised release, Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison, was ordered to pay a a $30,000 fine and serve 250 hours of community service.

Huffman fulfilled her two week prison sentence in October 2019.

The Academy Award nominated actress is expected to have her passport returned to her in the coming days after relinquishing it to the probation department at the start of her sentence.

Huffman, 57, and more than 30 other wealthy parents were caught in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, which was dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.

Huffman was accused of making payments to William "Rick" Singer, a college-entrance tutor guru whom prosecutors identified as the ringleader of the nationwide scam, to help her daughter Sophia cheat on the SAT.

The 57-year-old actress pleaded guilty and admitted that she paid Singer $15,000 to falsify her daughter's score by arranging for a college entrance exam proctor to correct the answers.  The payment also arranged for Sophia to have more time to take the test.

With Huffman finishing her sentence, another high profile name involved in the scandal is due to report to prison on November 19 -- Lori Loughlin.  The Full House alum has been sentenced to serve a two month jail sentence, pay a $150,000 fine and complete 150 hours of community service.

By Megan Stone
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Congratulations are in order for Hilary Duff, who is pregnant with her third child.  The Younger star, alongside husband Matthew Koma shared the good news on Saturday.

"We are growing!!! Mostly me ...," Duff happily captioned the boomerang video of Koma excitedly rubbing her growing stomach.

Of course, the 32-year-old actress' friends were quick to shower her with their heartfelt excitement.

Mandy Moore, who recently announced that she, too, is expecting a baby, gushed in the comment section, "Yay!! The best news!!! Love you two and can’t wait to be mamas together!"

Other well wishes came from Amanda Kloots, who called the announcement "amazing news," while singer Meghan Trainor, who is expecting a baby boy next year, called Duff a "beautiful mama!"

However, the most hilarious reaction came from the soon to be dad of two, with Koma deadpanning, "Wow congrats."

The couple, who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on December 21, share two-year-old daughter Banks Violet Blair.  Duff is also the mother of eight-year-old Luca Comrie, whom she shares with ex husband Mike Comrie.

The baby news coincided with Bank's second birthday, with both parents gushing over their soon-to-be middle child.

"My love, my sweet sweet angel girl," the Disney Channel alum praised on Sunday when posting an emotional slideshow of Banks over the years. "I love you so so so many times and again. Thanks for choosing us!"

As for Koma, he shared a hilarious photo of Banks during potty training and sweetly penned, " It’s the greatest privilege of my life to be your dad and I’m endlessly proud / in awe of the little human you are, and the big human you’re becoming."

Neither parent has disclosed Duff's due date.

By Megan Stone
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NBC(NEW YORK) -- This weekend's Saturday Night Live skewered Thursday's final presidential debate, with Alec Badwin and Jim Carrey reprising their roles as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, respectively.

Maya Rudolph also returned, this time as debate moderator Kristen Welker.

Highlights included the president's assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic: “We’re rounding the corner.  In fact we’ve rounded so many corners we’ve gone all the way around the block and we’re back where we started in March.”

After Baldwin's promise that if elected "everyone in America will be on a big, beautiful ventilator,” Carey's Biden described his plan for "Biden Care," which “may not talk as smooth" and "may need a little bit more sunscreen than the previous melanin-rich plan, but damn it, it’s got heart and it works.”

On the subject of fracking, Carey's Biden declared, “Oil, no; wind, yes; fracking, depends on what state I’m in."

“I know more about wind than anyone," Baldwin shot back.  “It makes golf shots go real bad” and “sometimes it goes into a twister and throws a cow right on top of Helen Hunt.”

Baldwin's Trump closed with “Just remember how good things used to be back before the China plague...lowest unemployment numbers in all categories: Blacks, Asians, Latinxes, brunettes, MILFs, LGBTQAnon..."

Carrey’s Biden said in rebuttal, “You know who he is, and you know who I am.  I’m good old Joe...I don’t have a golden toilet seat, I have the soft, spongey one that hisses whenever I park my keister."

Spoofing Rudy Giuliani's appearance in Borat 2, Kate McKinnon appeared as the former New York City mayor who, after fiddling with his "microphone," threatened to drop a “truth bomb” about Hunter Biden.

By George Costantino
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Aidan Monaghan/NETFLIX © 2020(NEW YORK) -- Wunmi Mosaku admits she had to dig deep to play her His House character Rial, a woman who is haunted by the ghost of her daughter and other refugees lost at sea.

"I found playing her quite extraordinary because she's just different from me," Mosaku tells ABC Audio. "I'm not as composed."

In the Netflix horror film, Mosaku and actor Sope Dìrísù play a married couple who react very differently to the paranormal activity going on in their temporary housing. While Sope attempts to ignore the spirits, Mosaku seems attentive to them. The actress says Rial's reaction is nothing like her own.

"Like I am someone who would run for the hills," Mosaku jokes. "Like... Jurassic Park is scary for me."

Even though Mosaku admits Rial's behavior and reactions are very surprising, the Lovecraft Country star said she loved the challenge of playing an unpredictable character.

"I really love Rial because she dealt with this whole haunting in such an unusual way," Mosaku says. "Whereas someone would probably respond how Bo does in his fear, and like push it away, saying 'It doesn't exist.' Rial's like, 'What are you gonna say, let me hear.' She like listens to this thing and she's just feels fearless to me."

It's that fearlessness and confidence that Mosaku says ultimately attracted her to the role.

"There's just something about her that's just so intriguing and... [her] humor," she says. "She's the first to make a joke. She's also so in sync with her husband that she knows that he's no longer the same person. She knows that he's changed. And she's waiting for him to kind of get to that realization too."

His House is now available on Netflix.

By Candice Williams
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Starz(NEW YORK) -- On The Spanish Princess Part Two, one relationship is emerging as “couple goals,” and it’s not Queen Catherine and King Henry VIII.

It’s Lina and Oviedo, the Queen's trusted lady-in-waiting and crossbowman -- played by Stephanie Levi-John and Aaron Cobham, respectively. While Catherine and Henry’s marriage starts to crumble this season, Lina and Oviedo’s relationship blossoms.

Levi-John and Cobham say they're proud to represent two African-Iberian members of the 16th century royal English court -- a part of history that has often been overlooked.

“I always say that representation is important,” Levi-John tells ABC Audio. “Before I just didn't know that Black people and people of color were even around in England at this time.”

She continues, “It opened up Pandora's box for me because I just didn't know that we were here and I didn't know that we were a part of court. And I think this show has a great way of highlighting and showing Lina and Oviedo as two human characters and not subservient people. Their place within the court is definitely valid and they have a reason to be there.”

“I feel very proud that my family get[s] to see me in a show where I get to portray someone who is a positive role model for other people,” Cobham adds. “And I think historically, people need to see themselves where they were to understand their history and understand who they are now and where people have come from.” 

The Spanish Princess Part Two airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Rudy Giuliani is calling his headline-making Borat 2 appearance a "complete fabrication," but Sacha Baron Cohen is urging everyone to watch the movie and "make your own mind up," saying it's "pretty clear" what happened.

"I would say that if the president's lawyer found what he did there appropriate behavior, then heaven knows what he's done with other female journalists in hotel rooms," Baron Cohen, 49, said Friday on Good Morning America of President Trump's attorney's role in the movie, out today. "It is what it is. He did what he did."

News broke earlier this week, when embargo for the Borat sequel lifted, of the former New York City mayor being featured in an allegedly inappropriate position in a hotel room with Baron Cohen's female co-star, Maria Bakalova.

On GMA, Baron Cohen said he was "quite concerned" for Bakalova during the scene, but that he was in a hideaway so he could monitor what was happening. He said, "It's my responsibility as a producer as well to ensure that the lead actor is looked after.

"I've always felt safe with our team, with our crew, with Sacha in my corner," Bakalova said on GMA. "I actually never felt that I've been in danger. That's why I'm lucky, because I had them."

Giuliani tweeted a statement, writing, "The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar."

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, the follow-up to Baron Cohen's hit 2006 mockumentary, is out now on Amazon Prime Video.


By Carson Blackwelder
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Cindy Ord/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nearly a decade ago, Kesha dropped the colorful and chaotic music video for "Blow," which featured James Van Der Beek.

The Dawson's Creek alum on Thursday introduced his two eldest children to the music video, not telling them that he has a rainbow shootout with the "Praying" singer while surrounded by people wearing unicorn heads.

The music video ends with him losing the battle and Kesha mounting his head on a wall.

Of course, Van Der Beek captured Olivia, 10, and eight-year-old Joshua's wide eyed disbelief and confusion as they watched the wacky four minute music video.

The moment the actor struts on screen, Olivia dramatically rolls her eyes and cringes as she shouts, "Oh my gawwd!"

"End of era. Finally found some of my old work that mortifies my daughter," Van Der Beek cackled triumphantly in the caption, before revealing why he decided to star in the wild music video.

"About ten years ago, coming off a career ebb, I tried out a year of saying 'yes' to anything if I hadn’t done it before, and if it sounded like fun," the Dancing with the Stars alum explained. "It was an antidote to the preciousness that often rides side saddle with success (and almost always steers it off the road)."

"Make fun of the crying meme? Yes! Play a bizarro version of myself on TV? Sign me up," he continued. "Agree to do a Kesha video where I shoot unicorns who bleed rainbows? Why the hell not?"

While the music video was "shot great - and quite well-received at the time," his children critically panned the performance.

"I guess you can’t always predict what your kids are going to think ten years down the road. Nor should you even try," the Teen Choice Award winner snickered.

By Megan Stone
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ABC/John Fleenor(LOS ANGELES) -- Who Wants to be a Millionaire is giving back to frontline workers.

The new season of ABC's long-running game show is not only welcoming essential workers, they are ensuring that they'll be winners no matter what by giving them a guaranteed $32,000 prize to take home -- a gesture that personally resonates with host Jimmy Kimmel.

"I think it’s important to remember, and this is something I learned when I was in the hospital with my son, is that these people are doing this all the time, not just now," he explained in a short featurette video to Access Hollywood. "And that they work so hard when we need them the most."

The announcement also moved contestant and firefighter Oliver Fry to tears. 

"That’s more than some people make in a year," he said in the clip. "I could help out people."

Even with the guaranteed winnings, Kimmel is hoping that he's be able to hand out the much heftier, life-changing prize of $1 million to someone in the hot seat. 

"I have yet to see that happen, it rarely happens, when it does I don’t even know what it must feel like. But I do want to hand that giant check to somebody – preferably a nurse or somebody who’s been driving an ambulance or somebody who really could use it," he said. 

This season of Who Wants to be a Millionaire also features celebrities who will donate winnings to a charity of their choice.  

Who Wants to be a Millionaire airs Sundays at 9/8c on ABC.

By Danielle Long
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Steven Ferdman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, are celebrating an important milestone in the Deadpool actor's life: his first time voting in a U.S. election.

In a hilarious Instagram post Thursday, the Canadian-born actor, who reportedly became a citizen more than two years ago, jokingly thanked Lively for "making my first time so gentle and loving."

"It was super scary at first, then exciting and now I'm a little tired. But proud. #VoteEarly," Reynolds wrote.

Added Lively in her own post: "It was Ryan's first time. He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept. I pretended to weep. Then he called all his friend. #voteearly."

Reynolds, who turns 44 today, told The New York Times in 2018 that he holds dual passports, and considers his Canadian upbringing an advantage in Hollywood. "I've never felt like I'm in it, like this is my game," he explained.

Still, he appreciates the privileges that come with being a U.S. citizen. "I feel the compulsion to vote... especially now," he said.

But the couple's ballots weren't the only thing fans noticed about their Instagram posts. In her post, Lively drew a pair of strappy sandal heels on her bare feet. But in the photo Reynolds shared, the 33-year-old actress is barefoot and standing tip-toe.

"@louboutinworld are you hiring? Barefoot iPhone doodler with vast experience avail.," Blake wrote on her Instagram story, pointing out her shoe art.

"Can you tell I was so happy to get outta a onesie and vote. Sure it was an absentee drop off ballot with a mask covering my look. But dammit I exercised my right to vote," she continued. "And to not wear shoes that ruined my outfit."

By Good Morning America
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Toni Anne Barson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Chelsea Handler just made her ex 50 Cent a pretty generous offer.

On Monday, the 45-year-old rapper publicly backed President Donald Trump after seeing that American's earning over $400,000 a year could potentially have to pay 62% in taxes under Joe Biden's proposed tax plan.

"WHAT THE... (VOTE ForTRUMP)," he tweeted. "IM OUT... I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya... mind."

In response, Handler threw a bit of shade, commenting, "You used to be my favorite ex-boyfriend."

The Power star replied with a plea for Handler not to let politics get between them but, instead of agreeing to disagree on the topic, the comedian proposed another option -- to take of the tax bill for him. 

"Hey... I will pay your taxes in exchange for you coming to your senses," she wrote. "Happily! Black lives matter. That’s you... Remember?"

50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, dated Handler briefly in 2010 after he appeared on her talk show Chelsea Lately.

The Get Rich or Die Tryin' artist received a ton of backlash over his original tweet with fans who accusing him of choosing personal gain over the greater well-being of the country. However, he also received support from the likes of well-known Trump supporters and political commentators Tomi Lahren and Candace Owens.  

Nonetheless, his current stance is ironic considering that he previously told James Corden he turned down $500,000 to perform at Trump's 2017 inauguration, saying, "Not all money is good money."

By Danielle Long
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Greg Doherty/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Bless This Mess co-creator and star Lake Bell has split with her husband Scott Campbell after seven years of marriage.

Bell and Campbell announced the news on their respective Instagram accounts on Thursday.

"After 9 years together, 7 years married, 2 sparkling children...Scott and I are ending our marriage, but continuing our loving family," Bell shared on Instagram.

"With respect and thoughtful guidance, we will continue to be parental comrades in arms and best friends for all of our days," she added.

Campbell expressed a similar sentiment, on his Instagram page, writing, "Nine years together, seven years married, two luminary children, countless miles, infinite laughs — I couldn't be more proud of every single [one] of them."

"Now we find ourselves ending our marriage and transitioning the love and friendship we've always had into a new chapter," he continued.

Added Campbell, "All the feelings are felt, and I have invincible confidence in us as parental warriors and as best friends for all our days."

Bell, 41, met the 43-year-old in 2011 on the set of Bell's HBO show How to Make It in America. and tied the knot in New Orleans two years later.  They shares daughter Nova, six, and son Ozgood, three.

By George Costantino
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iStock/filadendron (LOS ANGELES) -- Available for streaming rental Friday is Friendsgiving, a movie about a chaotic Thanksgiving celebration where almost nothing goes right.

The film features an all-star cast, including Kat Dennings, Aisha Tyler, Chelsea Peretti, Jane Seymour, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho and Billions actress Malin Akerman, who feels like chaos is something she missed out on at her family holidays.

"I love good chaos, good crazy, good chaos.  I love a lot of people.  I didn't grow up in much chaos, she tells ABC Audio.  "I came from sort of a split up family, so smaller little gatherings. And so I really enjoy, especially with an abundance of friends.

Friendsgiving writer Nicol Paone agrees, explaining, "That getting together around a table with people that you love is one of the best experiences in life.  And I think, well, we've all maybe taking it for granted due to COVID[-19].  And I hope that we get back there."

For co-star Aisha Tyler, that means chowing down on her mother's home cooking.

"My mom makes candied yams, which I think is the black version of sweet potato casserole. That's my favorite thing. It has like two pounds of butter in it and the edges are all crispy and caramelized.  So that is my favorite thing," she says.

By George Costantino & Jason Nathanson
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