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Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks on the set of "Sully"; Steve Sands/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- We've got our first trailer for Sully.  Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009 after losing both engines, an emergency landing that came to be known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."

In the clip, we see Sully dealing with the aftermath of the landing, especially the investigation into whether or not it was necessary.  There's also plenty of cockpit action with co-star Aaron Eckhart, who plays First Officer Jeffrey Skiles.

In an interview with People Wednesday, Eckhart said he and Hanks practiced the landing on a flight simulator. "We had the transcripts and the radio conversation between Sully and the tower, to hear how calm he was and how precise. It was great filming those scenes and everybody getting out on the wing and seeing Tom take charge," Eckhart says.  "It was a blast."

For the movie, director Clint Eastwood had an Airbus A320 disassembled and reassembled in a pool on a movie set. "I've been making movies for a long time, but whenever you see a complete plane in a pool right there -- it blew us away, everybody was very impressed with that," Eckhart tells People.

Sully is due in theaters September 9.

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D Dipasupil/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Actress Drew Barrymore made one of TV's most notorious appearances as a guest on a talk show -- climbing on top of David Letterman's desk to flash the host in 1995.  Now she may be getting ready to climb behind the desk.

Variety reports the actress and producer is in discussions about a talk show deal with Warner Bros.

Although the company had no official comment for the Variety report, the magazine cites sources as saying conversations have been going on for a while.

Whether or not the talk show materializes, you'll be able to see Barrymore in the upcoming Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, in which she stars with Timothy Olyphant.

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ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- It's been rumored for over a month, but now it's confirmed.  Dancing with the Stars pros Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are expecting their first child. 

"We couldn't be happier -- Baby Chmerkovskiy is coming " Peta tweeted Wednesday, complete with a picture of Maks planting a kiss on her prominent baby bump.

Chmerkovskiy, 36, and Murgatroyd, 29, learned they were in the family way just a few weeks into season 22 of Dancing with the Stars, they told People. "I was so sick," confessed Peta, who competed -- and eventually won, alongside Nyle DiMarco -- while secretly in her first months of pregnancy. 

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Samuel L Jackson and wife LaTanya Richardson/Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar nominated actor and for years the Guinness World Record holder for the highest-grossing star in Hollywood, was once a struggling actor addicted to booze and drugs -- and he credits his loved ones with turning his life around.

At Sunday's BET Awards, the Star Wars prequel and Marvel movie series star credited wife LaTanya and daughter Zoe with helping him get the help -- and more importantly the love -- he needed to save himself.

"They found me passed out on the floor after I left somebody's bachelor party and put my a** in rehab the next day and supported me and pushed me and give me a reason to get up and go and chase it day after day," Jackson said in accepting his trophy.

At the recent Hollywood premiere of his latest movie, The Legend of Tarzan, the 67-year-old actor explained his sobriety-related shout-out to People, "You look into people's eyes at a certain point, and you realize that they're not punishing you, they're actually telling you the truth. That you are at a point now that you can go this way [or] you can go that way."

Support is key, Jackson says, but getting clean starts with the individual. "You have to look in the mirror and say to yourself, 'Okay, I really need to do this for myself.' And you become a very selfish individual...But the most important thing to do is to save yourself first so that you can be of service to those people that you love."

And of his loved ones, Jackson said, "they made me understand that. It was great."

The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard in the title role, opens Friday.

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Image courtesy Universal(NEW YORK) -- The third installment of the Bridget Jones's Diary film series arrives in September and the movie's second trailer, released Tuesday, gives us a glimpse at the paternity battle brewing in the film.

Bridget Jones's Baby finds Renee Zellweger's Bridget pregnant but unsure of the identity of the baby's father -- ex-husband Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth, or new character Jack Qwant, played by former Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey.

The hijinks-filled trailer features plenty of Firth and Dempsey competing to be the baby's father, with a glimpse of two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson cracking wise as Bridget's obstetrician.

Bridget Jones's Baby arrives September 16.

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RCA Records(NEW YORK) -- No wedding reception is complete without a spin of Kool & the Gang's classic "Celebration," right? Not according to a new survey of wedding DJs conducted by Billboard magazine, which puts that song right at the bottom of the most popular tunes played at weddings across the country.

Billboard asked wedding DJs in 13 different cities, including Las Vegas, New York, L.A. and Washington, D.C., for their lists of their most frequently played songs.  The publication then compiled a list of the 100 most popular tunes.  Surprisingly, "Celebration" is #100.  What's #1?  "Uptown Funk," by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

The list includes nearly every musical genre, from classic rock, to country, to pop, to new wave, to Latin, to hip-hop.  The top 10 is a cross-section of eras and styles, and includes some surprisingly recent tunes in addition to "Uptown Funk."   

Here's the top 10:

10. Isley Brothers -- "Shout Part 1," a.k.a. "That song from Animal House"
9. Michael Jackson -- "Don't Stop til You Get Enough"
8. Journey -- Don't Stop Believin'"
7. Usher, Lil Jon & Ludacris -- "Yeah"
6. Earth, Wind & Fire -- "September"
5. Whitney Houston -- I Wanna Dance with Somebody"
4. Justin Timberlake -- "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
3. WALK THE MOON -- "Shut Up and Dance"
2. Taylor Swift -- "Shake It Off"
1. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars -- "Uptown Funk"

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L-R: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen/Image courtesy of HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- Game of Thrones showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff tell Deadline they have a series ending planned.

"We’ve been talking about the ending, from the beginning,” Benioff says. “It’s a strange phenomenon, we’re in this territory where you are walking on your own and can’t rely on the written material anymore," because the show has now surpassed the books in content.

Thrones creator George R. R. Martin is still working on the next book.

Weiss said the goal is to have fans "leave while all the people watching this show are really into it. Get out at a high point and not have it be, 'Well, thank God that’s over.'"

Benioff added, "It’s two more seasons we’re talking about." "From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70 to 75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now," he added.

"We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it,” Benioff continues. “hose last images from the show that aired [Sunday] night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is King of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now."

There are reports the two seasons will be shorter, with as few as 13 episodes total between them.

For the pair, the most important thing is that it's one story, not an ongoing show. "We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story," Benioff said.

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Robert Knight Archive/Redferns(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Guitar legend Scotty Moore, who accompanied Elvis Presley on his original Sun and early RCA recordings, helping to lay the foundation for rock guitar, died Tuesday at 84, reports Memphis' Commercial Appeal.

Moore, who combined jazz and country influences into his distinctive style, played guitar on many of Elvis' early hits, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Jailhouse Rock."  He reunited with Presley in 1968 for the TV special Elvis, which launched the King's late-career comeback. 

Moore was named to Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the "Sideman" category in 2000, and in 2002 received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gibson guitar company.

Moore was elected to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame last November.  Although he was too sick to attend the ceremony, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards accepted the award on his behalf.  "I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric," Richards said at the ceremony, according to the Commercial Appeal. "That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys."

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Sofie Dossi on “America’s Got Talent”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- America’s Got Talent continued on Tuesday night with more singers, comedians and magicians.

Tuesday's showcase included a teen contortionist who ate an apple and shot a bow and arrow with her feet over her head.

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back behind the judges’ table to offer their opinions and decide which acts would advance. Also back this season is “The Golden Buzzer,” which gives each judge one opportunity to send an act straight to the live shows.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Ryan Beard is a home-schooled 18-year-old singer who lives with his parents and has never dated. He amused the judges with a tongue-in-cheek song about his situation, called “Ladies Man.”  Ryan got four “yeses” from the judges and moves on to the next round.

Magician Kaden Bart Brocket, 10, placed his assistant/sister Brooklyn Nicole Brocket, 8, in a cardboard box and sawed her in half with a chainsaw. He then removed the box to reveal Brooklyn laying there in two separate pieces. Kaden told the judges he wouldn’t put her back together until the next round. Luckily for his sister, the judges voted unanimously to send them on.

Patrick rescued his dog Ginger, and claims the pooch eventually rescued him from the crushing effects of OCD. Patrick guided the dog through a series of tricks that included jumping rope, balancing on a rope and doing back flips. They earned four “yeses” from the judges and advance to the next round.

Husband and wife duo Raii and Whitney Smith – A.K.A -- The Smiths -- sing background vocals for major recording artists. Their version of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need to Get By" floored the judges. Mel declared they were her favorite singing act so far. Howie felt it was a “great throwback,” adding that it was “amazing.” Simon thought it sounded “a bit karaoke” at first, but blew him away in away in the middle. They earned four ”yeses.”

 Another husband and wife act, Throwings, thrilled the judges with a dangerous acrobatic act. Perched high above the stage, Andre – the male half of the duo – threw his wife Annie high in the air and she performed a series of flips and spins. For Annie, it was a triumphant return to the stage after falling and breaking her spine four years ago. Simon declared “It wasn’t just good, it was incredible.” The duo received four "yeses" and advances.

Sword-swallower Dan Meyer insists his act is incredibly dangerous and has the scars to prove it. After swallowing a sword, he did the same with a car axle. For his finale, he pulled a car tied to a sword that he swallowed using just his stomach and his mouth. Mel B said “I don’t know why you would want to do this, but I couldn’t stop looking.” He racked up four "yeses" and advances to the next round.

Contortionist Sofie Dossi, 14, amazed the judges not just with her ability to bend her body in impossible positions, but her showmanship as well. During her routine, Sofie bent herself in half while balancing on her hands on pedestals, ate an apple with her feet, and hit a bull's-eye with a bow and arrow using her feet, over her head. Sofie earned four "yeses" and she moves on to the next round.

Brian Justin Crum, 28, was bullied in school for being overweight, gay and wanting to sing. His performance of Queen’s “Somebody to Love” drew a standing ovation from all four judges. Four “huge yeses” later, Bryan was on his way to the next round.

America’s Got Talent returns next Tuesday at its normal time, 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Owen Wilson is in negotiations to join Julia Roberts in Wonder, an adaptation of the R.J. Palacio YA novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Child actor Jacob Tremblay, who had a breakout performance in Room opposite Brie Larson, will star in the film as Auggie Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial deformity. Wilson would play the boy’s father and Roberts will play his mother.

Fault in Our Stars and Divergent series actor Ansel Elgort is in early talks to star in Dungeons & Dragons, also according to The Hollywood ReporterThe film is based on the classic role-playing game.

And Will & Grace’s Megan Mullally and Fresh off the Boat’s Constance Wu have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming sci-fi anthology series Dimension 404, reports Variety.  Mullally and Wu join previously announced cast members including Lea Michele, Robert Buckley, Ryan Lee, Sarah Hyland, Joel McHale, Ashley Rickards and Patton Oswalt.

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Promotional image from "The Amityville Horror"; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Want to buy a house that's either guarateed to attract trick-or-treaters -- or maybe, frighten them away?

The infamous house that inspired the 1979 film The Amityville Horror is on the market for $850,000.  

According to a real estate listing, the home is a "stately center-hall Colonial on Amityville River with large boat house and slip. Two-car garage. Living room with fireplace. Formal dining room, heated sun room. Master bedroom w/bath."

However, the listing neglects to mention that on Nov. 14, 1974, Ronald "Butch" DeFeo Jr. shot to death his mother, father and four siblings in that house. At trial, Defeo testified he was possessed by Satan when he committed the murders.

That claim inspired the 1977 book The Amityville Horror, and the films and legends that followed.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Looks like Lena Dunham took Kanye West's bait.  No, the Girls creator wasn't depicted nude in West's "Famous" video and hasn't sued the rapper, but she did take to Facebook to excoriate West for what she called "one of the more disturbing 'artistic' efforts in recent memory."

Dunham compared the video's image of inert wax figures of famous people naked in bed to the recent spate of very public controversies over sexual crimes and allegations. 

As convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner "is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat" and as sexual assaults are Periscoped, Dunham writes, "Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they've been drugged and chucked aside at a rager?  It give me such a sickening sense of dis-ease."

She also defended her friend Taylor Swift -- who is depicted in the video -- writing, "seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift..., a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna [Wintour], reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films."

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Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister; image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) -- Game of Thrones aired its sixth-season finale Sunday night to a record show audience.

Some 8.9 million people watched the episode, which featured some of the most ruthless ever dispatching of characters both liked and hated, in a show known for its unsentimental killing off of fan favorites.

That number is the show’s biggest audience ever, according to Variety, which notes last season’s final episode drew 8.1 million viewers, which was then also a record audience.

Indeed, the audience for Game of Thrones has grown steadily in the six years it’s been on the air, beginning with the 2.2 million who watched the series premiere and the three million who watched the first season finale.

When you add in everyone who watched Sunday’s finale on all available platforms, the total audience estimate nearly triples, to 23.3 million, notes Variety.

If you’re not yet a fan, there’s plenty of time to binge-watch the first six seasons.  Game of Thrones season seven – which will either be the show’s final season or the next-to-last one, depending on reports – returns in April, 2017.

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Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in 1990; Barry King/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Winona Ryder, who was engaged to Johnny Depp in the early 1990s, says she finds it hard to imagine the actor as violent and abusive.  In divorce proceedings the actor has been accused of domestic violence by his estranged wife, Amber Heard.

"It’s just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is unimaginable," Ryder tells TIME. "You know with certain people you hear something and go, 'I can see that.' But this isn’t that."

Ryder is quick to add that she's not necessarily doubting Heard's claims. "It’s like anybody who says anything about it is a victim-blamer," she said. "I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar. I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it."

"He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me," she said. "I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves."

But, Ryder added, "All I have to offer is my own experience, which was a very, very long time ago."

Ryder is starring in the upcoming Netflix thriller Stranger Things, which debuts July 15.

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Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the brutally honest way fans have come to expect and admire, Chelsea Handler admitted in an essay for Playboy's "Freedom Issue" that she had two abortions at the age of 16.

The comedian, now 41, used her own “irresponsible” actions, and the opportunity she had to safely correct them, as the launching point for a fierce defense of a woman’s right to choose.

Handler wrote that as an angsty teen she “wasn’t really playing with a full deck of cards.” With little parental guidance and a boyfriend she admits she probably shouldn’t have been having sex with in the first place, Handler said her first reaction upon finding out that she was pregnant was to keep the baby.

“Of course, the idea that I would have a child and raise it by myself at that age, when I couldn’t even find my way home at night, was ridiculous,” she wrote. Her parents recognized this reality, she said, and took her to Planned Parenthood, where she safely had the child aborted.

But then she got pregnant again.

This time, she was left to collect the $230 needed herself. Once she did, she was once again able to take care of the situation safely.

“I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally without risking my health or bankrupting myself or my family,” she continued.

Using her own experiences as an illustration, Handler argued the importance of upholding Roe v. Wade, though she refuses to accept that the ruling is really in danger.

Pointing to other issues such as gay marriage, the comedian noted that, “Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward.”

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