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Matt Damon and the 'Contagion' cast reunite "virtually" for COVID PSA

Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Life has unfortunately imitated art for cast of the 2011 film Contagion, which has seen an uptick in streaming since the real-life COVID-19 coronavirus began spreading.

That's why scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health tapped the stars of the film --  Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, and Kate Winslet -- to dispense some real-life advice on how to fight the disease.

"In the movie, I played a guy who was immune to the hypothetical virus that was spreading around the world," Damon says.  "That was a movie. This is real life."

"I have no reason to believe I’m immune to COVID-19 and neither do you, no matter how young you are," he adds. "This is a new virus. It’s gonna take some time for our bodies and our doctors to understand it and understand new ways to protect us."

Damon was joined by fellow Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, who played an epidemiologist in the film.

"To prepare for the role, I spent time with some of the best public health professionals in the world," she says.  "And what was one of the most important things they taught me? Wash your hands like your life depends on it because right now, in particular, it just might."

Touting the importance of social distancing, Damon also said, "We can all do this together just by staying apart. Please do your part."

Similarly, Fishburne talked about the danger of the traditional handshake, noting it was based on showing someone you weren't carrying a weapon.

"Now we may be carrying one, and not even know it," he intoned.

Dr. Ian Lipkin, the director of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity -- who was a consultant on the film -- revealed this week that he had tested positive for COVID-19.



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Killing time? 'Killing Eve' launching Season 3 two weeks early

AMC Studios/BBC America(LOS ANGELES) -- While most shows have been delayed by the COVID-19 situation, AMC and BBC America have just given you some new binging to look forward to: they're launching Season 3 of their Emmy winning Killing Eve 2 weeks ahead of schedule. 

Season 3 kicks off Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. Eastern on both AMC and BBC America. 

The announcement also came with a new trailer for the brand new season. 

"We know how adored this series is and we know how keen people are for great content right now," noted Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios in a statement.

"This season of Killing Eve digs deep psychologically, and with actors like Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and Fiona Shaw, the results are nothing short of astonishing." 

Barnett added. "We literally couldn’t wait for fans to see it."

The trailer hints that a death threat is putting Oh's spy Eve and Comer's assassin Villanelle on a collision course yet again -- once Villanelle learns that Eve is still alive, that is.

And since you've got time, if you've never seen the first and second seasons, now's the perfect time to catch up.

Killing Eve season two is available now on BBCAmerica.comAMC.com, and the BBC America and AMC apps. The first two seasons are also available on Hulu, digital download and Blu-ray/DVD.

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Aries Spears explains why "nothing's off limit in comedy": "Laughter is pain and pain is laughter"

Courtesy of Aries Spears(NEW YORK) -- Like other comedians around the world, Aries Spears is doing his best to make people laugh even during these trying times.

That's why it's not surprising that the MADtv alum and master impersonator, who recently posted some hilarious impersonations on his Instagram, told ABC Audio that when it comes to comedy, "Nothing's off limits." 

"No, but timing is everything in comedy," Spears clarifies. "If it's some tragic that just happened, you might want to hold up. But at some point, time heals."

"So, you've got to move forward," he continues. "And, you know, that's why the whole thing about laughter is pain and pain is laughter: The two go together."

Spears' thoughts on the importance of laughter definitely ring true for today. Since the news broke of the COVID-19 pandemic, the comedian-actor has been consistently posting funny videos and impersonations to help fans get through the difficult time.

"You know, no matter what goes on in your life, you've got to at some point figure out how to laugh at it to move on," he says. "Or, to take the sting off of it. So, yeah, no, nothing's off limits."

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'Jimmy Kimmel', 'Desus & Mero' returning with all new shows -- from home

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Some more late night talk shows are getting back on their feet, but like millions of Americans, under COVID-19 quarantine, they're working from home.

ABC announced on Thursday that Jimmy Kimmel’s ABC late night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will return to TV with new episodes, taped at his house, on Monday and throughout next week.  Jimmy’s guests will include, Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Tweedy, Grouplove and more.  Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 ET on ABC…

Also, Showtime announced on Thursday that the late-night series Desus & Mero, will return to air with all-new episodes taped at the hosts’ own homes, starting on Monday at 11 p.m. ET.  The show will continue to air new episodes on Monday and Thursday nights.  The show, features the duo -- Desus Nice, a.k.a. Daniel Baker, and The Kid Mero, a.k.a. Joel Martinez -- chatting with guests about pop culture, sports, music, politics and more

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Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz applaud health care workers -- literally -- amid COVID-19 pandemic

Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage(LONDON) -- Daniel Craig and his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, think health care workers deserve a round of applause, so they took to social media on Thursday to do just that and want others to join them.

In a video clip posted to the James Bond Twitter account, the couple, joined by his No Time to Die co-stars -- Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris and Rory Kinnear, are seen clapping, along with a message that reads, "Thank you to everyone, everywhere, who is working to keep us safe."

The message is followed by the hashtags, "#ClapForOurCarers #ClapForCarers #ClapForNHS."

No Time To Die’s release date was postponed until November 25 due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The royal family also joined in on the applause.  Kate Middleton and Prince William shared a cute video on Thursday of their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, joyfully clapping on the couple’s social media accounts.

The video was captioned, "To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you," the video was captioned.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also contributed to the #ClapForOurCarers movement, posting a message to their Instagram Stories that read, "Thank you for all that you continue to do! Applauding you from across the pond," followed by 19 clapping hands emojis.

The royal family also posted a video of applause from Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are currently staying.

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Mariska Hargitay pens heartfelt tribute to 'Law & Order: SVU' crew member who died from COVID-19

NBC/Virginia Sherwood(NEW YORK) -- There are less smiles and laughs on the set of Law & Order: SVU as it was announced on Wednesday that a beloved crew member succumbed to COVID-19.

Show star Mariska Hargitay penned a beautiful tribute to Josh Wallwork, a 45-year-old who worked as one of the series' costumers.

"Heartbroken we are. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face," reminisced Hargitay.  "He brought love and kindness everywhere he went."

The actress revealed just how profound the loss is for those working on the show, writing that Wallwork was "Always ready with the joke. The SVU [sic] Corredor will never be the same."

SVU showrunner Warren Leight was one of the first to announce the crew member's unexpected passing, calling Josh "a beautiful man" and that those working on the show are "heartbroken."

Wallwork previously lent his costuming talents to the productions Madam SecretaryBull and The Get Down.

Those who worked with the beloved costumer, such as Bull's Christopher Jackson, flooded Twitter to grieve Wallwork.  Commemorated Jackson, "He was my friend" who had a "Beautiful Soul."

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Ethan Hawke holds adorable family sing along while in self quarantine

Bruce Glikas/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Ethan Hawke showed off his family's musical gifts on Wednesday as they stay indoors to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In a video uploaded by his daughter Maya, whom he shares with ex-wife Uma Thurman, the 21-year old Stranger Things breakout star captioned the four minute video, "To Live is to fly" -- the name of the song by Townes Van Zandt that the family decided to perform together.

Ethan strums his guitar as he sings along with Maya, who is the lead vocalist, as well as his three other children -- 18-year-old Levon, 12-year-old Clementine, and nine-year-old Indiana.   Levon, whom he also shares with Thurman, shows off his guitar skills as he plays across from his dad.

Maya starts off the song going solo, but soon encourages her younger sisters to adorably harmonize along as she affectionately plays with their hair.

After the song ends, the 21-year-old actress admits to her dad "I messed with the arrangements a little because I forgot some of my words, but I feel like it worked."

For those craving to hear more of Maya's singing, her debut album Blush drops June 19.

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Evangeline Lilly apologizes for insensitive coronavirus comment

George Pimentel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Evangeline Lilly had a change of heart when it comes to her opinion about COVID-19.

In an Instagram post shared on Thursday, the Lost actress apologized for her March 16 comments about the precautions being taken by the government in an effort to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Despite the call for social distancing at the time, she declared life as business as usual. Now 10 days later, she's singing a different tune. 

Alongside a photo of some young children playing a monopoly-like board game, Lilly wrote, "I am writing you from my home where I have been social distancing since Mar 18th – when social distancing was instituted in the small community where I am currently living."

"At the time of my Mar 16th post, the directives from the authorities here were that we not congregate in groups of more than 250ppl and that we wash our hands regularly, which we were doing," she explained.

Two days later, her community took on stricter guidelines and while the Canadian actress expressed her "intense trepidation over the socioeconomic and political repercussions," she did realize that her previous statements lacked empathy.  

"I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19," the caption continued. "...the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message." 

Lilly ended the apology on a positive note, acknowledging the beauty in seeing humanity rally together during this "vulnerable time" and sending well wishes. 

"Sending love to all of you," she wrote. "Even if you can’t return it right now."

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Duchess Meghan will narrate Disneynature film 'Elephant'

Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will narrate a new Disneynature film, Elephant, which hits the streaming service Disney April 3, the company announced Thursday.

A source close to Meghan tells ABC News that the duchess recorded the voiceover in London last fall and had been made aware of the film through mutual friends of the filmmakers.

This is Meghan's only project in the works with Disney, the source added, despite speculation to the contrary.

To mark the premiere of Elephant, which occurs during Earth Month, Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund are supporting Elephants Without Borders, an organization working in Botswana -- a country dear to Meghan and Harry -- to ensure the safety of people and elephants.

Among other goals, Elephants Without Borders is working to protect Botswana's elephants and provide resources to the communities living near them.

Meghan's involvement with Elephants, a documentary about a family of African elephants, marks the first professional endeavor for the duchess since she and Prince Harry announced in February that they were stepping down as "senior members" of the royal family.

Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, vacate their official royal roles on March 31. Their office at Buckingham Palace will close the next day.

Going forward, they will spend the "majority of their time" with their 10-month-old son, Archie, in North America, where they will no longer use their HRH titles. They'll also no longer represent Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, nor will they receive public funds for royal duties.

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James Van Der Beek and family in the Christmas (PJs) spirit while self-isolating

ABC/Jeff Niera(LOS ANGELES) -- For many, thinking of the holidays gives them the warm fuzzy feeling that we're sorely needing nowadays.   Some have even re-strung their Christmas lights to feel it

But for James Van Der Beek and his family, they're wearing that warm fuzzy feeling, in the form of matching Christmas pajamas they're sporting while social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Have officially entered the Wear-Christmas-Pajamas-And-Project-Movies-On-The-Dining-Room-Wall phase of the #Quarantine," Van Der Beek posted to Instagram, captioning the cozy snap of his family of five. 

"#StayHome and stream @pixaronward btw… either I’ve gone stir crazy or it’s my new favorite #Pixar movie," the doting dad said of the movie Onward, before giving a shout-out to its voice stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt.

Van Der Beek has been spending some quality time social distancing with his wife Kimberly Brook and their five children -- Olivia, 9, Joshua, 7, Annabel, 6, Emilia, 4, and 21-month-old Gwendolyn.

He recently captured one moment with his youngest on Instagram, calling right now "the perfect excuse to make other connections."

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Kim Kardashian receives more sarcasm than advice when asking Twitter how to entertain her kids during quarantine

ABC/Nicole Wilder(LOS ANGELES) -- It goes to show that parents, no matter how wealthy they are, are struggling to keep their kids entertained as households practice social distancing and self-quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kim Kardashian, who is a mother of four, turned to Twitter on Wednesday for suggestions on how to make the quarantine period easier for her little ones.

"What is everyone doing to keep your kids entertained???," the reality star tweeted.  "As a family we are social distancing but need some fun ideas of what to do! Any suggestions would help!"

Unfortunately for the 39-year-old, advice was scarce as most of the replies referenced her ongoing feud with Taylor Swift.

One of the top suggestions, with over 6,000 likes, was a snarky "we are listening to taylor swift."   Others recommended the Kardashian-West clan enjoy a relaxing movie, particularly Swift's documentary Miss Americana on Netflix.

Of course, others encouraged Kim to have her kids "help you, write an apology to Taylor." 

The fans are referencing the recent leak of the complete infamous phone call between Kim's husband Kanye West and Taylor, where he discussed his upcoming track "Famous."  

The leaked audio revealed West never told Taylor he planned on calling her a “b****” in the song, something Taylor claimed since initial portions of the call, which she claimed were "edited," were posted online.  

The leak sparked the trending hashtags #KanyeWestIsOverParty and #TaylorToldTheTruth on Twitter.

Drama aside, fans of Kardashian did eventually come forward with helpful advice, from recommending the family buy a Nintendo Switch and play the new Animal Crossing game to having each child tell a story campfire style.

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Lori Loughlin wants college bribery case against her tossed over "government misconduct"

Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Full House star Lori Loughlin -- along with husband Mossimo Giannulli -- face up to 50 years in prison if found guilty of bribing employees of the University of Southern California in order to secure their daughters' enrollment.

Now, they want to have the entire case against them tossed.

Following reports that the government allegedly  pressured& William "Rick" Singer, who has been identified as the ringleader in the college admissions scandal, to name Loughlin and Giannulli as his clients, the couple dispatched their lawyers to dismiss the charges.

"The extraordinary government misconduct presented in this case threatens grave harm to defendants and the integrity of this proceeding," said Latham & Watkins attorneys in a federal court filing on Wednesday, which was obtained by Deadline. The attorneys added "That misconduct cannot be ignored."

Currently, the married couple is set to face trial along with six other defendants in Boston on October 5.

Prosecutors have not responded to Wednesday's filing. A judge has since ruled that the U.S. Attorney's office has until March 27 to present their evidence against Giannulli and Loughlin.

As previously reported, both Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, have been named in an ongoing admissions scandal dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues," and stand accused of paying $500,000 to a sham charity enacted by Singer to get their kids in as recruits of the rowing team despite that their daughters never participated in the spot. 

In all, investigators have identified 53 wealthy individuals --  including Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman -- who used Singer's service to get their kids into prestigious universities by cheating the system.

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"I said no touching!" With 'Deadpool' scene, Ryan Reynolds reminds everyone about social distancing

TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds has emerged as a real-life hero of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, not only by cutting a million-dollar check with his wife Blake Lively to benefit food banks, but also by donating proceeds from his Aviation Gin brand to help out-of-work bartenders. 

However, the hero he plays in the movies,Deadpool, is also helping out -- with a public service announcement Reynolds just posted to Instagram remind everybody about social distancing. 

It's a scene from Deadpool 2, in which Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson, is tooling around a mostly empty X-Men mansion, complaining that nobody else is apparently there. However, when his steel-skinned pal Colossus grabs Wade by the shoulder, Deadpool hisses: "I said no touching!"

Reynolds captioned the post "Mood," and then, punning off  the name of one of Deadpool's allies, he hashtagged it QuaranTeenageWarhead."

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David Harbour says 'Stranger Things' Season 4 will "probably" be delayed over COVID-19

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Real-life strange days may lead to Stranger Things being delayed. 

Season four of the hit show may take a little longer than expected to hit Netflix, according to series star David Harbour. He broke the news during an Instagram Live, warning that while he didn’t “have authority on this,” that the show’s fourth season premiere, slated for 2021, will “probably be pushed back” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It wouldn’t be surprising, given that many other TV shows have been met with a similar fate. Harbour, who plays the town’s police chief Jim Hopper, stars alongside Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery and Cara Buono.

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel practice social distancing atop a stunning snow-covered mountain

Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are taking social distancing very seriously and here's the proof. 

In an Instagram post shared on Wednesday, the 39-year-old shared apicture of his Sinner producer wife in the middle of a bright white snow-covered landing lined with beautiful green trees cascading down the sides of a mountain. A few clouds hover in the bright blue sky behind her and a furry pup stands on all fours in front. 

"Out here social distancing with the fam," the Man of the Woods crooner wrote. "I hope you guys are staying safe and healthy. We need to stick together and look out for each other during this crazy time."

Timberlake then directed his followers to take a gander at his Instagram stories for ways to support their local communities. 

"While there's a lot of chaos and confusion right now, there's also a lot of good and so many ways to help," he added. "Spread the word."

The Grammy-Award winning musician and actor tagged four different organizations -- The American Red CrossFeeding AmericaSave the Children and World Central Kitchen -- in both his post and to stories. 

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