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Rob Gronkowski announces incredible opportunity for NFL fans to watch the Big Game from his home

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Although Rob Gronkowski will not play in this year's Big Game, he's paying it forward to the NFL fans who supported him through another tremendous season.

The Buccaneers tight end teamed with Groupon and is handing the keys to his 4,486 square-foot Foxborough, MA, home over to one lucky fan so they can watch the Big Game in style. Oh, and they can invite up to 15 friends, too.

"I got the whole setup down to perfection at my house," he told ABC Audio, saying it is more than just ensuring his guests have their fill of good, local food and drink.  "We got a pool... we got an indoor bounce house!  We got indoor mini golf.  These experiences are going to be amazing."

Gronk says part of the experience is seeing what it's like to party like a football player.  "Everyone knows me.  I used to party back in the day.  I still have a good time, but obviously, I'm not 22, 23 anymore," he laughs.  "It's going to be popping."

Because he is going over-the-top with his "Party like a Player" experience, he said he wanted the winner to not stress or feel pressure about who to invite. "You're going to be able to bring everyone that you know," promises Gronk. "It's a true party experience."

So, who does he think his guests will watch play on one of his big screen televisions?

"I'm going to go with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Their offense is red hot," said Gronk, noting their intense match against the Buffalo Bills. "And I'm going to say the San Francisco 49ers... That's my prediction." 

Those over 21 and are U.S. residents have until February 2 to enter on Groupon's Party Like a Player website.

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Tiffany Haddish addresses grief and her DUI arrest on 'The Tonight Show'

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Tiffany Haddish appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night, and while other celebrities might have, she didn't shy away from her recent DUI arrest. 

Haddish was arrested on suspicion of DUI early in the morning of January 14, after cops investigated a report of a driver asleep behind the wheel of her car on a Georgia highway.

Haddish told Fallon in the Zoom interview, "I've been praying to God to send me a new man. A good man. And God went ahead and sent me four...in uniform."

Haddish added, "And now I got a really great lawyer, and we're going to work it out. I've got to get my asking of things to God a little better!"

Tiffany explained the last few months have been rough for her, what with her break up from boyfriend Common, and the deaths of both her friend and "mentor" Bob Saget and her grandmother.

"[Saget] was like a big mentor to me, a big brother, a father figure," she explained.

"He meant a lot to me. Funny man. He was the first white man to ever tell me, 'Just be yourself, just be who you are, Tiffany. Don't worry about nothing. Just be you.' That was huge for me."

The Girls Trip star added solemnly, "And then, my grandma passed away, and she saved my life. That's my heart. She was like my soulmate. So that's been... really hard to process, all this...grief."

"My next special is going to be about grief. And it's going to be hilarious," she added, explaining that would help her, "figure out how to process it all."

"Kids get to cry whenever they want to, wherever they want to. As an adult you can't do that," Haddish joked.

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Amy Schneider now has second-longest 'Jeopardy!' winning streak in history

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Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider is officially in second place for consecutive wins on the iconic quiz show with her 39th victory.

Schneider, whose Jeopardy! run began Nov. 17, overtook Matt Amodio's 38-game winning streak with Monday's victory. She is now about halfway to overtaking Ken Jennings' 74-game winning record, which he has held since 2004.

Already the winningest woman in Jeopardy! history, Schneider's total winnings are now $1,319,800, the fourth-highest ever in terms of regular-season play. This puts her in striking territory of Amodio, who earned $1,518,601 last year.

Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, has a ways to go if she wants to overtake the top two Jeopardy! earners, as she is still more than $1 million behind James Holzhauer and Jennings, who won $2,462,216 and $2,520,700, respectively, during their original runs.

In an interview Monday, Schneider told Good Morning America that Jennings is "limited" in what advice he can give her so he can "stay neutral" as host. So, he gives all contestants the same tip: "to relax and have fun and enjoy the moment."

Schneider also said she is looking forward to the next Tournament of Champions, which will see her face off against Amodio. "It's going to be really challenging; a lot of strong players there, but it should be a lot of fun," she said.

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Lady Gaga describes deleted 'House of Gucci' Salma Hayek love scene, "We started making out"

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Lady Gaga is spilling the tea on the House of Gucci love scene with Salma Hayek fans never got to see. 

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday, the Oscar winner admitted that she's not sure who's responsible for cutting the scene from the film, but did reveal how the idea of their characters becoming more than friends came about. 

In the film Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, who hires a hitman to kill her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, with the help of her friend and spiritual advisor, Pina, played by Hayek.

Recalling her conversation with Hayek, Gaga says, "I was like 'Okay, listen. So before we do this scene, I just want your consent to do something together'...And I said 'Okay, so I was thinking, you know, after the hit gets put out on Maurizio and you get the phone call that he is dead, that I will go over to you and kiss you.'"

After getting Hayek on board, the "Rain on Me" singer went to get approval from director Ridley Scott and his wife, who was working production on the film.

"They were like 'Yeah, sure, try it.' And we did it," Gaga explained. "The only reason it's not in the movie is because that whole scene was cut. But it was an awesome scene. "

As for what the scene looked like, the Grammy award winner dished, "So Salma is walking around the house and the cats are following her, and then we're surrounded by cats, and we started making out." 

"I made out with Salma Hayek," she adds. "But I'm like that really annoying kid in school that's like bragging that they made out with the popular girl but has no proof."

 

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In Brief: Duhamel in on 'Mighty Ducks'; Academy highlights Latinx filmmakers, and more

Deadline reports Josh Duhamel has been tapped to star opposite Lauren Graham in season two of Disney+’s The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. He'll will play new character NHL player-turned-coach Gavin Cole in the hockey-themed sequel series. Duhamel replaces Emilio Estevez, who told the outlet he left the series over a contract dispute and creative differences after a bout with long-haul COVID. Duhamel will next be seen starring in NBC’s limited crime drama, The Thing About Pam, alongside Renee Zellweger, premiering March 8...

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday launched Seen, a new series hosted by Argentinean-American journalist, director, writer and producer Nick Barili, who interviews some of the film industry’s most influential Latinx artists and filmmakers, including John Leguizamo, whose segment is available now on the Academy's YouTube page. Upcoming episodes will feature Edward James Olmos visiting students in the Youth Cinema Project program at Los Angeles County’s Bell Gardens Intermediate School and Eva Longoria touring California State University, Northridge, where she received a master’s degree in Chicano Studies in 2013...

Jodie Turner-SmithMark StrongMélanie LaurentKuhoo VermaEnrique ArceTony GoldwynAnnie Mumolo and Zurin Villanueva will join Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, for Murder Mystery 2, according to The Hollywood ReporterAdeel Akhtar and John Kani are also set to reprise their characters from the original 2019 film. Plot details for the sequel are being kept under wraps. Filming is currently underway in Hawaii. The movie became the streaming service’s most watched feature of 2019, according to the streaming service...

Tales of the City and When We Rise actress Ivory Aquino has been cast in the HBO Max feature film Batgirl, according to Variety. She'll play Alysia Yeoh, the best friend of the titular superhero, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon -- played by Leslie Grace. Both Aquino and Yeoh are transgender, marking the first time a live-action feature film adaptation of a DC Comics title will feature an openly trans character. While plot details have been kept under wraps, the film centers on the heroine, whose real identity is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon -- played by J.K. Simmons, reprising his role from Zack Snyder’s Justice LeagueBrendan Fraser will play Firefly, a sociopathic villain with a passion for pyrotechnics. Batgirl is slated for a 2022 release...

 

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'The Bachelor' recap: "The wicked witch is gone," but not the drama

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Monday's episode of The Bachelor began with host Jesse Palmer telling Clayton he could "do whatever you want" with regards to taking back the rose he gave to Cassidy after hearing a rumor that she was dating a guy back home.

When confronted with the rumor, Cassidy initially denied it, before clarifying that the man in question was "a friend" of hers who "does not want a relationship" and she had no interest in resuming it.

Despite her assurances that there was no one in the competition as "excited" about him as she was, Cassidy was sent home.

"The wicked witch is gone," replied Kate, who would soon be gone herself.

But if Cassidy was the Wicked Witch of the East, Shanae, whose aggressive play for Clayton during a group date two weeks ago ended in disappointment, would end up being the Wicked witch of the West.

During a group date on Monday that featured former Baywatch star Nicole Eggert taking some of the ladies through some romantic lifeguard training, Shanae once again tried to grab Clayton's attention by throwing herself at him every chance she got. Once again though, she came up empty as Gabby snagged the date rose.

Finding herself in a "do or die" situation, Shanae escalated her ongoing fight with Elizabeth, telling Clayton that Elizabeth was bullying her and causing the other women to avoid her when they were in the room together. Shanae seemed to acknowledged it was all a show, by bragging to the camera, "I was good!"

Whether the ploy worked or not will be answered on next week's episode.

Elsewhere, Kaitlyn Bristowe made a surprise appearance, leading an emotional date where Clayton and the women opened up about their insecurities, ending with Eliza picking up a rose.

Sarah, who earned a rose after a one-on-one date that featured Becca Kufrin sending her and Clayton on a semi-naked scavenger hunt.

Kate, Ency and Tessa were sent home after the rose ceremony.

The Bachelor returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Kevin Hart's got "more problems" in trailer for new season of 'Real Husbands of Hollywood'

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Kevin Hart is returning to the small screen for a new season of the Real Husbands of Hollywood series that premieres February 10, and he'll be joined by fellow cast members Duane Martin, JB Smoove, Nelly, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe and Robin Thicke.

The new trailer for BET+'s Real Husbands of Hollywood: More Kevin, More Problems just dropped, and once again, Hart and his buddies -- playing fictional versions of themselves -- bring the funny. 

Cynthia McWilliams and Jackie Long return to the cast, to which Michele Weaver and Angela Rye have been added for this go 'round. As usual, the show also boasts a variety of celebrity guests. The trailer alone features Tiffany Haddish, Dr. Phil and Neil DeGrasse Tyson -- who Kevin thinks is Mike Tyson's "astronaut" father.

All six episodes of Real Husbands of Hollywood: More Kevin, More Problems will stream on BET+.

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Sidney Poitier memorial service, 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' to resume production, and more

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Sidney Poitier's memorial service will be private due to the pandemic.

“The Poitier family so appreciates the wonderful outpouring of love, support and affection for Sidney,” reads the family statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “There have been many inquiries about an event to honor his life. At this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, a private memorial service has been arranged for the family with the possibility of a more public memorial service should the virus’ numbers subside in the near future.”

The Guess Who's Coming to Dinner star, who was the first Black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, died on January 6. He was 94. As previously reported, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that Poitier passed away from a combination of cardiopulmonary failure, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s dementia

In other news, production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected to resume Monday, according to Entertainment Weekly. Shooting was halted in November as Letitia Wright, who portrays T'Challa's sister, Shuri, recovered from an injury she sustained while filming a stunt in August. Production was initially scheduled to resume last week, however, it was pushed back after several people involved in the production — including Lupita Nyong'o, who stars as Nakia — tested positive for COVID-19.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to open November 11.

Finally, Kandi Burruss has a new reality show. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, and her husband, Todd Tucker will feature their A-T-L restaurant, OLG, in the new series, Kandi & The Gang. They operate OLG with Kandi’s mother, Joyce, and aunts Nora and Bertha. Kandi & The Gang will premiere on Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

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Cap meets The Rock: Chris Evans teaming up with Dwayne Johnson for holiday action movie 'Red One'

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Chris Evans is joining forces with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for the latter's big holiday movie Red One

Marvel Studios' Captain America has signed on to join the DC Universe's Black Adam for the hush-hush Amazon Studios project, which was previously touted to Deadline by producer Hiram Garcia as, "Hobbs [& Shaw]-meets Miracle on 34th Street."

Garcia, who is credited with coming up with the story, is Johnson's producing partner at their successful Seven Bucks production company. 

The trade reports Red One is slated to get underway later this year, reuniting Johnson with Jake Kasdan, the director of The Rock's hit Jumanji movies.

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Full scene from Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' shows Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne in conflict

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While the film doesn't come out until March 4, a two-minute clip of the upcoming The Batman has hit the Interwebs.

The snippet is a larger portion of a funeral scene glimpsed in the trailers: Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne is in a church, attending the funeral of a Gotham City official, when a woman prods the billionaire heir about the sad state of Gotham City. "You're not doing anything!" she points out. 

Pattinson, who doesn't say a word in the clip, also overhears Jeffrey Wright's Commissioner Gordon discussing with his boss the disappearance of a colleague. 

Just then, gunshots can be heard outside, and Pattinson's expression shows that he wishes he had his Batsuit. He spies a lone figure looking at him from the church's second floor who doesn't flinch as the choir around him runs in fear -- just as an SUV plows into the building and through pews, sending mourners scrambling. 

Wayne grabs a kid out of the way in the nick of time, as the vehicle slams into the altar.

Cops order the driver out of the vehicle, and he emerges with his mouth duct-taped shut, with a cellphone taped to his hand and a bomb strapped around his neck. It's the missing person.

As the phone rings, the man opens his coat to reveal a folder, on which is scrawled "To The Batman."

As the clip draws to an end, the camera slowly zooms to Pattinson.

Clearly, the scary scenario is the work of Paul Dano's Riddler, who tangles with Pattinson's Dark Knight this time around. 

The film, which is directed by Matt Reeves, also stars Zoe Kravitz as Selena Kyle/Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred, and Colin Farrell as The Penguin.

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No strings: Netflix releases teaser to 'Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio'

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Netflix has dropped the new trailer to Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, a stop-motion animated version of Carlo Collodi's children's tale from the visionary The Shape of Water Oscar winner.

Gregory Mann voices the titular wooden marionette who gets his magic wish to become a flesh-and-blood boy; guiding him along the way is Ewan McGregor's Sebastian J. Cricket.

"It's a story you think you know, but you don't. Not really," Cricket chuckles.

Game of Thrones and Hot Fuzz veteran David Bradley voices Pinocchio's creator Geppetto, and the voice cast also includes Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Stranger Things lead Finn Wolfhard; del Toro's Nightmare Alley co-star and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett; her fellow Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz; acclaimed actors John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson; and frequent del Toro collaborator Ron Perlman.

The film debuts exclusively on Netflix in December of 2022.

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First 'Pulp Fiction' NFT sells for $1.1 million

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The first of seven NFTs from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction has sold at auction for $1.1 million.

As previously reported, the filmmaker curated a set of seven non-fungible tokens related to his Oscar-winning crime classic, with each promising exclusive access to seven scenes, including audio commentary and handwritten notes that promise "a unique look into the mind and creative process of Quentin Tarantino."

After a bidding war -- including "multiple bids in the six to seven figure range," the first chapter, "Royale with Cheese," was just purchased for $1.1 million, by an NFT collective called AnonDAO. The collective is dedicated to "the advancement of infrastructure protecting people's right to privacy."

The remaining six NFTs are set to auction daily through January 31. According to SCRT Labs, which is orchestrating the auction, "Only the purchaser has the power to see, sell and show the art to other people."

"This groundbreaking NFT sale represents a monumental moment for our community, Quentin, and the Secret Network," said Guy Zyskind, Founder and CEO of SCRT Labs in a statement.

The remaining chapters will be auctioned on the following dates:

Chapter #2, "Pumpkin and Honey Bunny": January 24, 2022

Chapter #3, "Foot Massage": January 25, 2022

Chapter #4, "Check Out the Big Brain on Brett": January 26, 2022

Chapter #5, "Captain Koons Monologue - The Gold Watch": January 27, 2022

Chapter #6, "Bring Out the Gimp": January 28, 2022

Chapter #7, "Last Scene: Coffee Shop - Ezekiel 25:17": January 31, 2022

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Amy Schneider "never expected" to be the winningest woman in 'Jeopardy!' history

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Jeopardy! phenomenon Amy Schneider opened up to Good Morning America Monday about her experience on the quiz show.

Schneider, who is currently tied with Matt Amodio with the second-longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history, told George Stephanopoulos, "I never expected to do this well."

She added the "main secret" of her success is "just being curious and spending my life learning a lot of stuff." That said, Schneider was once voted by classmates as, "most likely to be on Jeopardy!" 

"I mean, I was good in school. I got good grades, I won the spelling bee. So yeah, I definitely -- I did expect to be on Jeopardy! and to do all right, just never expected to do it quite this well," she confessed. 

Schneider admitted she had an interesting way of getting ready for the game show's "buzzer," which contestants use to offer their answers to the hosts. "I practiced at home with a ball-point pen," she said.

However, Schneider said, "that first game, it wasn't quite working as well as it needed to." She added, "For whatever reason I decided to throw that out and stop thinking about it and purely try to go on instinct..."

One other thing Schneider wasn't prepared for? Fame, she told Stephanopoulos. "There's a bit of a gap between the taping and the airing, so I did have some time to like get used to the idea," she laughed. "I didn't really know what it would be or how famous is Jeopardy! famous. So it's been a lot, but it's mostly been just really fun."

Schneider added, "I think that the best part for me has been being on TV, you know, as my true self, expressing myself and representing the entire community of trans people and ... just being, you know, a smart, confident woman and doing something super normal like being on Jeopardy!"

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Train in vain: All aboard for season three of TNT's 'Snowpiercer'

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The third season of TNT's Snowpiercer debuts Monday night at 9 p.m. ET. The action-packed drama concerns a massive train carrying the last remnants of humanity on a non-stop journey around the globe, after the entire planet becomes a frozen wasteland. It's a high-concept plot, but star Daveed Diggs believes that everyone can see themselves in Snowpiercer's diverse cast.

Diggs plays Andre Layton, a former detective who leads a rebellion against the train's oppressive class system and its maniacal designer, played by Sean Bean. "There are a lot of points of entry for people," Diggs tells ABC Audio.

"Every actor on there is giving these characters really full, lived experiences...and so I think there are a lot of ways to find yourself on Snowpiercer," he explains. "It's a pretty representative group of people...[and] if you have an 'in' to a story, then all of a sudden you can participate in it."

And that representation has literally changed lives. Mickey Sumner plays security guard-turned-rebel Bess Till, who's gay. Sumner says, "I had actually a woman reach out who was a cop, and she told me that because of Bess Till, she was able to come out to her colleagues at work and her family."

Sumner's amazed by the show's fan engagement: Viewers create Snowpiercer-inspired artwork and dissect every plot detail online.

"People become really attached to these characters and really own them," she says. "And I love that."

But Snowpiercer's also a cautionary tale.

"This is an allegory of the present," says Sumner ruefully. "There's a lot of warnings about what not to do. And there's also, sadly, lot, of similarities about how we treat people and how leadership fails people. So it's been really interesting, at this time, to be part of this show."

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French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler dead at 73

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French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler has died, a statement on his official Instagram account confirmed Sunday. He was 73.

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

Mugler was known for his adventurous, theatrical designs, which have been worn by supermodels, Hollywood royalty and fashionistas all around the world.

Model Bella Hadid reacted to the post in a comment on Mugler's Instagram. "Nonononono," she wrote, along with a sad-face emoji.

"Fashion visionary and one of the most influential and admired designers of his generation Manfred Thierry Mugler passed away today," the CFDA tweeted, along with a photo of supermodel Iman wearing one of Mugler's designs on the runway.

"Gone to soon ... God of fashion .. a rarely REAL, kindness , sweetest .. u ll be always missed by your Russian...," model Irina Shayk wrote in an Instagram post, alongside a photo of herself with Mugler.

His death comes less than a week after fellow industry icon and former Vogue editor André Leon Talley died, also at age 73.

Mugler was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1948. While he was always interested in design, he was also passionate about classical dance, theater and cinema, and practiced ballet. His love of fantasy and Hollywood drama carried into his couture designs, making him an international sensation.

It was in the 1980s and 1990s when his career truly thrived, though in recent years, several of his inventive designs caused shockwaves on the red carpet. In 2019, he was responsible for Kim Kardashian's "wet look" dress for the Met Gala, and that same year dressed Cardi B in a pink and black "stormy Venus" dress for the Grammy Awards.

The designer also released various popular perfumes and a cosmetics line, Thierry Mugler Beauty.

He was also an author and artist. In 1988, his book of photography hit the stands, and 10 years later, he published Thierry Mugler: Fashion Fetish Fantasy, which offers an overview of his work as a designer and creator.

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