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Ruby Rose reveals she left 'Batwoman' due to a back injury and COVID-19

CW(LOS ANGELES) -- After Ruby Rose dropped the bombshell in May that she was departing Batwoman after one season, the actress candidly revealed what led her to make the difficult decision.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 34-year-old actress explained how the COVID-19 pandemic inspired her to leave the CW series.

Rose suffered a serious back injury when shooting Batwoman, which she disclosed to fans back in September.

The Australian actress said on Instagram last year, "A couple of months ago I was told I needed an emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed.  I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal chord [sic]."

"Being the lead of a superhero show is tough," Rose told EW.  "But as far as being a lead of a show or a film —  regardless if it's action or if it's emotional — in whichever ways it's taxing."

"The challenge is sort of outweighed," she furthered. "The accomplishment and the trust that people put in you to do that role and then there's also the vibrancy of being able to come on set and set the mood and the tone and the trust being put into it is something that's been such an honor."

The actress admits that, injuries aside, having her life put on pause due to COVID-19 allowed her to really think about her career. 

"You know, you have time in quarantine and sort of isolation to just think about a lot of different things and what you want to achieve in life and what you want to do," detailed Rose.

While Rose is "very honored to have been able to play" Batwoman on the pioneering superhero series, she is confident that Javicia Leslie, who is next to don the bat suit, will be "fantastic."

By Megan Stone
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Media mogul Sumner Redstone dead at 97

Redstone in 2013 - Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Sumner M. Redstone, the media mogul who turned his father's drive-in theater into National Amusements, a powerhouse company the assets of which span nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry, has died. 

The WWII veteran and Harvard Law graduate was 97, and reportedly died at his home in Beverly Hills, according to a statement from ViacomCBS. 

Redstone served as chairman of Viacom from 1987 to 2016, and as CEO from 1996 to 2005. "Under his leadership, Viacom acquired brands that make the ViacomCBS portfolio strong today -- including MTV in 1985, Paramount Pictures in 1994, and BET in 2001," the statement reads, noting his passing "with profound sadness." 

Redstone -- whose mantra "content is king," along with his business savvy, built one of the largest portfolios of assets in the world of motion pictures and television -- was a self-made billionaire whose legacy and influence will continue through his daughter, Shari, who is the chair of ViacomCBS, and son Tyler.  The pair will continue to oversee National Amusements' portfolio. 

In a statement from ViacomCBS, Shari Redstone said, "My father led an extraordinary life that not only shaped entertainment as we know it today, but created an incredible family legacy. Through it all, we shared a great love for one another and he was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I am so proud to be his daughter and I will miss him always."

By Stephen Iervolino
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The long goodbye: The stars of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' on tonight's series finale

ABC/Mitch Haaseth(NEW YORK) -- Tonight, after seven seasons, ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. says goodbye with a two-hour finale starting at 9 p.m. ET. The episode, called "The End Is At Hand," has our heroes making a final stand against the nefarious Chronicoms, who want to erase S.H.I.E.L.D. from history. 

Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel movies and on AOS, told ABC Audio that over the years, the cast was convinced the show was kaput several times -- but now, it's for real.

"We've had a number of goodbyes, which has been kind of odd," he said. "[For] several seasons we...didn't know if we were coming back, so we would say goodbye to everybody...Definitely at the end of season five, the last episode was called 'The End', and it looked like we weren't coming back." 

Gregg credits the fans with saving the show, noting, "[They] stuck with us and really became a kind of vocal crowd backing the show and pulling us off the bubble every year, so that by the end of it, we turned around and we'd done seven seasons and had this amazing journey."

Chloe Bennet, who plays Daisy Johnson/Quake/Skye, agreed, telling ABC Audio, "I really feel like I've grown up with [my character]...on and off screen...Y'know, I was so young when I started and it's just been special to kind of take that journey along with so many other people -- like our fans."

Elizabeth Henstridge, who plays Jemma Simmons, reminisced about her on-screen romance with co-star Iain De Caestecker, who plays fellow scientist Leo Fitz. The pair were dubbed FitzSimmons by fans early on, but De Caestecker had his own ideas. "What's weird to season one me and Elizabeth, I mean, we protested as desperately as hard as we could that these two are brother and sister. There was no romance between them. And if there ever was, it would ruin the whole foundation of it, you know."

Henstridge laughed, adding, "You protested more than I did, FYI...I won." De Caestecker laughed, but allowed of the onscreen coupling, "sure enough, they wrote it in such a way that was like it's you know, it's impossible not to become invested in it."

For her part, Ming-Na Wen, who played steely Agent Melinda May, said of her last day on set, "It was a mixed bag, for sure. It was a sense of accomplishment that, 'Wow, we did this!' and we were able to celebrate that, and you know, [it was] very melancholy in other ways."

Bennet explained how she feels going into the home stretch. "I don't think it's still going to hit. You know, we still have the finale airing. And I think after that, I might feel different."

By Stephen Iervolino
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Maya Rudolph is completely on board to play Kamala Harris again on 'Saturday Night Live'

NBC/Will Heath(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his running mate on Tuesday, California Senator Kamala Harris. While Hollywood celebrated Biden's VP pick, no one was more excited than Maya Rudolph, who played the spitfire senator on Saturday Night Live.

Even funnier, her genuine reaction was caught by Entertainment Weekly, who was in the middle of an interview with the 48-year-old actress and other Emmy nominees when the news broke.

In a twist of irony, Rudolph is up for an Emmy this year due to her depiction of the California Senator-turned-presidential hopeful on SNL.

"Oh s***," the actress exclaimed once she finished processing the veep announcement.

Wanda Sykes, who was also part of the group interview, joked "Somebody's gonna be very busy now" to which Rudolph shot back with a very pleased "Ruh-roh."

She was then asked if she would be interested in heading back to suit up as Harris once more for SNL. 

"I love going to the show. Any excuse I can get, I love," Rudolph gushed.  "I just didn't really anticipate traveling during a pandemic, but if there's anyone that can work it out I'm sure Lorne [Michaels] has some sort of invisible helicopter that can get me there."

"I don't know that I'm ready to go right this minute, but it's so nice to have this nomination be associated with the show because it's my true love," continued Rudolph.

"I'm so thrilled to even be associated with the show and that I got to go back. It's like the gift that keeps on giving," the Emmy nominee furthered.  "Honestly, it's my favorite place to play."

When asked how she felt about Biden choosing Harris as his running mate, Rudolph claimed, "I'm as surprised as you are, guys. That's spicy."

By Megan Stone
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Celebrities rejoice at Kamala Harris VP nomination

Scott Olson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kamala Harris will be Joe Biden's running mate for the 2020 presidential election, and Hollywood is celebrating.

The highly anticipated announcement came on Tuesday afternoon. In a tweet Biden wrote, "I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate."

Harris is a U.S. Senator from California who campaigned for the upcoming 2020 election before dropping out of the race in December 2019 due to lack of funds. 

Since the news broke, celebrities have swarmed social media with their reactions to the vice president nomination.

Taylor Swift: YES

John Legend: Very happy for our friend and Senator and future Vice-President, @KamalaHarris, and very much looking forward to voting for the Biden-Harris ticket to begin the difficult work of recovering from this nightmare presidency and building an even better future. 

P!nk: Real actual tears of joy over here in the Hart household.

Lance Bass: This is great news!! I can tell you from personal experience that @KamalaHarris is one incredible person. Tough and with a huge heart. She would make the perfect VP! And herstory as the first woman. Excited for our upcoming interview on @thedailypopcast!

Mandy Moore: Kamala!!! I can’t wait to vote for Biden/Harris 2020!!!

Chrissy Teigen: f*** yes. excited to vote!! still amazed Election Day isn't a national holiday. it needs to be celebrated, with a post vote bar crawl.

Lebron James: Congrats and well deserved Sen. Kamala Harris!! Love to see and support it! Appreciate you JB

Magic Johnson: Cookie and I are very happy with Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s decision to select Senator @KamalaHarris as his running mate. We have happily supported Kamala throughout her career over the years!

Whoopi Goldberg: Sen.KamalaHarris this is a great moment. Let’s take care of her and make sure we are supportive of her because this is a no nonsense race and she is ready. Go Kamala!!

The Daily Show/Trevor Noah: EXCLUSIVE: White House officials are exploring legal options to ensure Mike Pence can participate in the VP debate with Kamala Harris, a woman

Amy Schumer: The sexist and racist political attacks on @KamalaHarris have already begun. Let’s demand that the media keep these ignorant, bad-faith attacks out of their 2020 election coverage. Let her know: #WeHaveHerBack

Rosie O'Donnell:AMEN!!

Kathy Griffin: IT’S ABOUT F****** TIME #BidenHarris2020

Patton Oswalt: Not cool, Joe. You know Pence can't be alone onstage to debate Harris. Why put that poor, frail flower through all this angst?

Jamie Lee Curtis: So many people writing and feeling galvanized with the choice of @KamalaHarris to join @JoeBiden A BOLD CHOICE. A STRONG CHOICE. THE RIGHT CHOICE!

Debra Messing: BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden has chosen KAMALA HARRIS as his running mate. And . I. AM. ALL FOR IT!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited!!!!!!!!! @KamalaHarris

Sharon Stone: Congratulations @KamalaHarris. I am thrilled for you and relieved and excited for our country. God Bless America! PS I knew it would be you, because @JoeBiden respects those who confront him with dignity. Bravo! To both of you! #leadership #teamworkisdreamwork #BidenHarris2020

Kerry Washington:Overwhelmed by this historic moment. @KamalaHarris is the first Black woman & first Asian-American/Indian to be a VP nominee of major party. My heart is soaring for all the kids out there who see themselves in her and will dream bigger because of this. #KamalaHarrisForVP Excited for what’s to come. Now go register to vote.

Spike Lee: Love To My Sista Kamala And My Daughter Satchel. People, Folks-IT'S NATION TIME. Register To Vote And Vote. Wear Dat Mask. God Bless.

Jemele Hill: This is historic. @KamalaHarris as a vice presidential nominee is just a continuation of Black women walking into their power.

Mindy Kaling: Was there ever more of an exciting day? For our entire country of course, but especially for my Black and Indian sisters, many of us who have gone our entire lives thinking that someone who looks like us may never hold high office? We work so hard and contribute to the fabric of our lives in America, & now to see @SenKamalaHarris rise to the top like this? It’s thrilling!! I am filled with hope and excitement. Thank you @JoeBiden. Let’s do this!?

Robin Thede: here’s what we’re NOT going to do: argue about Kamala’s worthiness or Blackness here’s what are ARE going to do: GET TRUMP OUT

Jessica Biel: What a historic moment for women of color, little girls with big dreams, and mothers everywhere. We are cheering for you.

Patricia Arquette@KamalaHarris congratulations! I couldn’t be happier!! I am certain you will respect the constitution and hold those who have committed high crimes accountable.

Jessica Chastain: Queen Veep <3 @JoeBiden choose @KamalaHarris as his running mate and me & my kid are HERE FOR IT

Priyanka ChopraThis is a historical, transformational, and proud moment for all women. All women of colour, all Black women, and all South Asian women. Congratulations @kamalaharris on becoming the first Black woman and FIRST PERSON of Indian descent to compete on a major U.S. party’s presidential ticket.  #representationmatters  PS: To my younger self - look how far we have come!

George Takei: Kamala Harris is not only Black, she is of South Asian heritage. This is the first time an Asian American has been nominated to a major party ticket. #BidenHarris

Barack Obama: I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.

Bernie Sanders: Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, who will make history as our next Vice President. She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history. Let’s get to work and win.

Bill Clinton: This is a terrific choice! @KamalaHarris will be a great partner and she and @JoeBiden make a strong team.

Hilary Clinton: I'm thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket. She's already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected.

Mary Trump: We are going to take our country back!!! Thank you @JoeBiden@KamalaHarris is going to be our next VP! It's time. 

By Danielle Long
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Dwayne Johnson tops 2020's highest paid actors list, who else made the cut?

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday, Forbes published its 2020 list of the highest paid actors and, for the second year in a row, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has landed the No. 1 spot. 

Not only did Johnson snag the coveted top slot, he did so by a landslide -- earning an estimated $16 million more than the second spot. The Forbes estimated figures are based on money earned between June 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020, which cuts into the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdowns, but still the actors on this list have racked in plenty. 

One thing a lot of the men have in common, Johnson included, is Netflix. Many of them have signed very lucrative deals with the popular streaming platform -- we're talking some that carry an eight-figure paycheck.

With that begin said, here are the Top 10 highest paid actors of 2020:

1. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: $87.5 million

2. Ryan Reynolds: $71.5 million

3. Mark Wahlberg: $58 million

4. Ben Affleck: $55 million 

5. Vin Diesel: $54 million

6. Akshay Kumar: $48.5 million

7. Lin-Manuel Miranda: $45.5 million

8. Will Smith: $44.5 million

9. Adam Sandler: $41 million

10. Jackie Chan: $40 million

By Danielle Long
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Disney+ 'Rogue One' prequel series reportedly casts '6 Underground' star

Ajona in "6 Underground" - Christian Black/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Adria Arjona, recently seen in Netflix's hit Ryan Reynolds action film 6 Underground, will soon be going to that galaxy far, far away, according to a report from Deadline

The publication says Arjona has been cast opposite returning player Gabriel Luna in the Disney prequel series Star Wars: Rogue One.  The series centers on Luna's Rebel spy character Cassian Andor, introduced in the 2016 film.

Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote Rogue One, is returning to write the pilot for the show, and direct some episodes as well.  Alan Tudyk, who motion-performed Cassian's towering droid sidekick K-2SO will also return, as will Genevieve O’Reilly, who played Rebel Alliance leader Mon Mothma in the film.

Marvel movie vet Stellan Skarsgard and Poldark's Kyle Soller also are on board, but Disney is officially mum on their characters -- or, for that matter, the report of Arjona's casting.

Even before The Mandalorian earned 15 Emmy nominations, Disney was forging ahead with other small-screen projects in the Star Wars universe, including a much-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring returning Jedi Ewan McGregor.

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By Stephen Iervolino
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'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' being rebooted as a drama with Will Smith as exec producer

Chris Cuffaio/NBCU Photo Bank(LOS ANGELES) -- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting flipped-turned-upside down. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the highly-celebrated family sitcom that made Will Smith a star is being adapted into a drama series, based on a viral YouTube trailer created by writer Morgan Cooper.

As a Fresh Prince super-fan and co-executive producer, Cooper reimagined the hit series as a serious drama that tells the story of a Philadelphia teenager adjusting to his new life with his rich family in Los Angeles. 

Cooper created and directed the four-minute trailer in March 2019.  It's since racked up over five million views, and ultimately caught Will's attention. 

The new series, titled Bel-Air, has reportedly been in the works for over a year with the show's original executive producers, who include Smith, Quincy Jones, and Benny Medina, as well as the show's creators, Andy and Susan Borowitz.

Multiple streaming outlets, including Peacock, Netflix, and HBO Max, are currently bidding on the potential series, which is a co-production between Smith's Westbrook Studios and the show's original producers Universal TV.

Produced by Jones and Warner Bros, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran from 1990-1996 on NBC. Smith became a  box office superstar after spending six seasons on the comedy series as the funny Philly street kid.

Smith virtually joined Alfonso Riberio, Tatyana Ali, Daphne Maxwell Reid, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and the rest of The Fresh Prince cast to pay respect to their late cast member James Avery, a.k.a. Uncle Phil, during a reunion special earlier this year. 

By Rachel George
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Need an escape from the present? Have a sleepover at the last Blockbuster, thanks to Airbnb

Airbnb(OREGON) -- Let's face it, nothing would be better than leaving 2020 and going back to -- well, any time.  But thanks to Airbnb, you can re-visit your presumably more carefree 1990s, with a sleepover at the last Blockbuster video store.

Your chance to relive that '90s-era mainstay of renting movies for an end-of-summer sleepover comes thanks to the listing in Bend, Oregon -- home of the last still-in-business Blockbuster store in the nation.

The Airbnb listing lets up to four people stay in a specially redesigned section of the store, which features a comfy living room complete with a pull-out couch, beanbags and, of course, a ready-to-run VCR with a whole store full of movies. 

Registration starts on Monday for the three one-night stays that are up for grabs, which will take place on 9/18, 9/19 and 9/20.

Oh, and just to make sure 2020 doesn't ruin the party, the listing makes it known that strict cleaning protocols are in place between visits, "in accordance to Airbnb's Enhanced Cleaning Protocol which is informed by recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." 

The listing adds, "Plus we'll provide you with a pack of face coverings, disinfectant wipes, and endless hand sanitizer!"

Way to harsh our '90s buzz.

Full details can be found on the listing's website.  And remember: Be kind -- rewind.

By Stephen Iervolino
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New York Comic Con canceled; going virtual with "Metaverse"

Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for ReedPOP(NEW YORK) -- Like San Diego Comic-Con before it, New York Comic Con -- which last year attracted 250,000 fans to the Big Apple's massive Jacob Javits Center -- has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier in the day, a rep for the convention told ABC Audio that a Newsday article stating that the event was going to take place was "poorly researched" -- and now we know why. 

In a brand-new statement from ReedPop, which runs the annual expo, as well as other pop culture conventions, fans were informed that doors won't be opening this October. 

"While we'd much rather be giving you an update today on joining us at the Javits Center in October, it likely comes as no surprise that NYCC 2020's physical event at the Javits will not be able to run as intended," the statement read.

"We very sincerely appreciate your patience as we worked with the Javits and local officials to figure out what, if anything, could go on as planned this October."

The convention will now be held virtually, via the new online portal New York Comic Con’s Metaverse, over the weekend of October 8-11.

"We are partnering with YouTube to bring to life four days of incredible content from the biggest studios, publishers and creators in the business," ReedPop's statement continued.

"This is your chance to interact with your favorite creators and celebrity guests, and most importantly, the opportunity to engage with other members of this vibrant community of ours."

Incidentally, the Javits Center was pressed into service as a makeshift hospital while New York City was in its darkest days during the pandemic. However, after a pricey retrofit by the Army Corps of Engineers, it was shuttered after tending to just 1,000 patients.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Sharon Stone gets literal with new memoir, 'The Beauty of Living Twice'

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Oscar-nominated actress and activist Sharon Stone has put pen to paper, with a new memoir called The Beauty of Living Twice, due out in March.

According to the publisher, 62-year-old Stone not only, "talks about the many roles she played, her life-changing friendships, and her accomplishments and disappointments," but her memoir also examines her violent and traumatic childhood, and her battling back from a massive, near-fatal stroke she suffered in 2001.

The publisher promises, "She writes in chilling detail about the day she nearly died...and about the effects that stroke had on her health and family and on her fame and fortune."

The book will also detail Stone's activism for AIDS research and other causes. 

Knopf publishing senior editor Tim O'Connell calls The Beauty of Living Twice, "one the bravest memoirs I've ever read," adding, "it's a celebration of strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism."

By Stephen Iervolino
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Portia de Rossi says wife Ellen Degeneres is "doing great" following toxic work controversy; says show will go on

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite a hat, face covering and sunglasses, a sharp-eyed paparazzo spotted Ellen Degeneres' wife Portia de Rossi on a dog walk in Santa Barbara, and asked her how Ellen was holding up in the wake of the toxic work environment controversy surrounding her show. 

"She's doing great," de Rossi insisted, according to PageSix, with the Arrested Development co-star adding that reports DeGeneres was considering walking away from the show have been exaggerated.

When pressed if Ellen planned to go on with the program, de Rossi said plainly, "Yes, she is." 

Buzzfeed article back in July saw former and current show staffers blast a "toxic" work environment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, touching off an investigation from Warner Bros. Television and prompting an apology from Ellen herself, who vowed the bullying and racial tensions some say they suffered on set would not be tolerated.

"I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again," DeGeneres said in part in an email to staffers.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Never-before-seen episode of 'black-ish' now available on Hulu

ABC/Lara Solanki(LOS ANGELES) -- A never-before-seen episode of the ABC series black-ish made nearly three years ago is now available to watch on Hulu.

"In November 2017, we made an episode of black-ish entitled 'Please, Baby, Please.' We were one year post-election and coming to the end of a year that left us, like many Americans, grappling with the state of our country and anxious about its future," series creator Kenya Barris wrote in a statement posted Monday on Instagram and Twitter accounts.

He continued, "Those feelings poured onto the page, becoming 22 minutes of television that I was, and still am, incredibly proud of. 'Please, Baby, Please' didn't make it to air that season and, while much has been speculated about its contents, the episode has never been seen publicly… until now."

The episode's description on the streaming site simply reads, "Dre reads a crying Devante a bedtime story."

Barris said he asked Walt Disney Television to make the episode available in the wake of renewed interest in the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd's death on Memorial Day.

"Recognizing the importance of this moment, they listened and agreed," he added.

"I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves and, as was the case nearly three years ago, we hope it inspires some much-needed conversation -- not only about what we were grappling with then or how it led to where we are now, but conversations about where we want our country to go moving forward and, most importantly, how we get there together," Barris explained.

Barris concluded by thanking ABC Entertainment "for allowing this moment to happen," and thanking the entire black-ish family "for never shying away from tough conversations, making telling stories like this possible."

By Carson Blackwelder
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Leslie Odom Jr. reveals that he almost walked out of the 'Hamilton' movie over pay equity

Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- Leslie Odom Jr. shocked Hamilton fans last week when he revealed he almost didn't appear in the filmed adaptation of the musical.

Odom, who originated the role of Aaron Burr that won him a Tony Award, recently told Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert why he nearly bowed out of the opportunity.

The 39-year-old explained when executives approached him about filming, he remained adamant that he would not "sell it away for magic beans" nor "give it away" because "This is my area of expertise. This is all I have. This is my life's work on the stage."

Odom understood that he was a major part of the production and wanted to ensure he would be compensated fairly. So, he did his homework and asked around to find out what Aaron Tveit, a white actor, made when performing Grease Live! on TV.

"So when I found out what he made, I didn't ask for a penny more. I didn't ask for one penny more, but I said, 'You must pay me exactly what that white boy got to do Grease Live!' That's the bottom line," Odom recounted.

Apparently, those behind the filmed adaptation didn't budge, which resulted in the Grammy Award-winner to make one final stand.

"The day before we shot that movie I called out. I was not kidding...I was not coming to work the next day to do the movie," Odom attested. "It was a principle for me."

While it is unknown what executives paid the Broadway star in the end, Odom did go on to appear in the movie, which was originally slated to hit theaters in October 2021.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was released early on Disney last July, much to the delight of fans everywhere.

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By George Costantino
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Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli drop $9 million on new house

Donato Sardella/Getty Images for LACMA(LOS ANGELES) -- Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli may be headed to the big house but not before they settle into their new one. 

The former Full House star and her fashion designer husband recently purchased a $9.5 million dollar home located in Hidden Hills, California, according to People

The six-bedroom, nine-bathroom contemporary farmhouse home is nuzzled within a gated community and boasts almost 12,000 square feet of living space. Aside from the "sweeping views" and "picturesque hills" outside, their new residence has a backyard complete with a pool, spa, fire pit and BBQ station. And the inside is just as luxurious with a walk-in wine cellar, gym, & movie theatre. 

The couple's purchase comes after they sold their Bel Air home for just under $18.75 million to Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen. 

Loughlin and Giannulli are currently awaiting sentencing for their involvement in the college admissions scandal. In May, they both agreed to plead guilty and serve time for paying bribes to get their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli, into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits. Neither of them row. 

If their plea agreement is approved by a judge, Loughlin will serve two months in prison, complete 100 hours of community service and pay a fine of $150,000. Giannulli will serve five months, perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $250,000 fine.

The couple’s next court date is set for August 21.

By Danielle Long
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