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Jenna Dewan says she dealt with "postpartum anxiety" after birth of first child, Everly

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Jenna Dewan is getting candid about her first time experiencing motherhood. 

The 40-year-old actress, who welcomed daughter, Everly, with ex-husband Channing Tatum in 2013, opened up about the "difficult" time following the birth while on the Dear Gabby podcast.

Revealing that she had to travel to Vancouver, Canada to return to work while Tatum remained in London, where she gave birth and where he was working on a project, she explained, "I had to travel with [Everly] and at the time, Chan wasn’t available to be with us for the most part. So, it was me, my doula and Evie all by ourselves traveling at six weeks."

The Witches of the East End alum recalled that it was "really hard because that was long hours" and added that she kept her daughter on set with her "constantly." 

"I had a lot of postpartum anxiety, I would say," she continued. "It was like, I just never stopped. You know, you’re up a couple times in the night and then you’re working all day. I was breastfeeding, I was pumping, I was without a partner, I mean, it was just craziness."

When Dewan welcomed her second child, Callum, in 2020 with fiancé Steve Kazee, it was a much "different" story. 

"This time around, I was so grounded," she recalled. "Even though the world was crazy, I was home and in this love nest and it was different."

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'Barbershop,' 'Rick & Morty' star Keith David, 'The Craft''s Rachel True ring up thriller 'The Last Call'

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Emmy winning veteran character actor Keith David is teaming up with Oscar nominee Bruce Davison, and The Craft's Rachel True, for the supernatural thriller The Last Call. The movie gets underway this upcoming Monday for director Mike Sargent.

In the film, True plays a documentary filmmaker whose deep dive into what was thought to be a mass cult suicide uncovers that those who survived the incident are being hunted. 

David, a veteran of horror classics including They Live, and The Thing -- and who currently can be heard as the President of the United States on Rick & Morty -- plays a former colleague of the cult leader, played by X-Men series veteran Davison. 

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Matt Damon denies using gay slur, saying, "I stand with the LGBTQ+ community"

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Following a headline-making interview with U.K. newspaper The Sunday TimesMatt Damon has issued a statement denying he ever used a gay slur. 

In the article, Damon explained that he quoted a line from his film Stuck on You -- itself derided at the time for poking fun of conjoined twins -- which used the word "f**" -- as "a joke."

What resulted, Damon said, was a "long, beautiful treatise" from his daughter explaining how the word was hurtful.

In a statement to Variety, the Oscar winner explained, "During a recent interview, I recalled a discussion I had with my daughter where I attempted to contextualize for her the progress that has been made -- though by no means completed -- since I was growing up in Boston and, as a child, heard the word 'f**' used on the street before I knew what it even referred to."

He continued, "I explained that that word was used constantly and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a movie of mine as recently as 2003."

Damon said that his daughter, "in turn, expressed incredulity that there could ever have been a time where that word was used unthinkingly." He added, "To my admiration and pride, she was extremely articulate about the extent to which that word would have been painful to someone in the LGBTQ+ community."

To Variety, Damon clarified, "I not only agreed with her but thrilled at her passion, values and desire for social justice." The Stillwater star then insisted, "I have never called anyone 'f*****' in my personal life and this conversation with my daughter was not a personal awakening. I do not use slurs of any kind."

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Jack Whitehall says character's "coming out" scene in 'Jungle Cruise' was important "to get right"

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In Disney's new movie Jungle Cruise, actor Jack Whitehall plays McGregor, the brother to Emily Blunt's Dr. Lily Houghton, who joins her on a perilous journey into the Amazon.

When Whitehall got the part, he didn't realize the character was gay, but in a scene at a bar, he all but "comes out" to Dwayne Johnson's Frank Wolff. 

For all involved, it was an important scene, said star and co-producer Johnson at a recent press event. "Really, I felt that the scene was really exactly what it was, which was two men talking about what they loved and who they loved, and it was as simple as that. And we were sharing a drink."

Whitehall agreed, declaring, "I think it was a scene that we really wanted to get right."

The actor explained further, "I think what's so great about this movie is that all of the characters feel so fleshed out and all of them have...interesting backstories..."

He adds, "You know, in a lot of movies of this kind of genre, sometimes you'd have characters that are a little bit kind of two-dimensional. But I think it's so great that we get to understand so much about each of these characters and it makes you invested in them, and it makes you care about them, and it makes you really on that journey with them."

Jungle Cruise is currently the number-one movie in America. 

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Watch now: Teaser for Disney+'s reboot 'Doogie Kamealoha M.D.'

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Disney+ has unveiled the first teaser for Doogie Kamealoha M.D., the reboot of the Neal Patrick Harris medical dramedy Doogie Howser, M.D.

For this version, the setting shifts to O'ahu, Hawaii, and Andi Mack veteran Peyton Elizabeth Lee plays the title role: a 16-year-old child prodigy who's busy "juggling a budding medical career and life as a teenager." 

The teaser shows the series' title sequence: Lahela "Doogie" Kamealoha even gets her own Hawaiian-themed version of the original Doogie Howser theme song, composed by Wendy Wang and performed by famed ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro.

The series, which also stars a diverse cast including Kathleen Rose Perkins, Jason Scott LeeMatthew SatoWes Tian, Emma Meisel and Ronny Chieng, debuts on Disney+ on September 8. 

The original Doogie Howser, M.D. ran for four seasons on ABC, from September 19, 1989, to March 24, 1993.

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Sandra Oh says she's enjoying transitioning into "the mother stage of my career"

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Sandra Oh, who turned 50 last month, says she realizes that her roles are becoming more matronly as she ages, but says she's not terribly bothered by that.

Speaking to The Cut, the Killing Eve star revealed, "I am moving into the mother stage of my career, and I know classically, a lot of actresses my age are upset and say, 'Oh, I have to play the mother or the wife.'"

Instead, Oh said she's looking forward to the challenge, adding, "There is tremendous richness in all of these experiences and relationships."

The Golden Globe winner said she understands why some actresses may balk at playing the mom, adding, "When Me Too was happening, and many A-list actresses were getting together, and they realized that their experience was so isolated because many times in films, there’s only really one part for a woman."

Oh said that hasn't been her experience and referenced her 10-year run on Grey's Anatomy when explaining, "Cristina Yang changed in real time, she developed in real time, and it was believable."

The actress added that, while she's sought roles that offered "dimensionality," the pandemic further influenced her decision making.

"The pandemic shifted so many things for everyone, and I definitely opened and deepened and questioned my points of view and belief systems," she said.  "I feel in great creative shape and grateful to work on projects that are challenging the unbelievable pressure of being a modern woman."

Oh will play Ming, an overprotective mom, in the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated film Seeing Red, due out March 11, 2022.  

On the dramatic side, Oh's set to star as Amanda in the supernatural horror Umma, which she says delves into "generational trauma" and will "question how mothering is challenging."  A release date is forthcoming.

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The Property Brothers reveal what inspired them to evolve and improve their brand over the years

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The Property Brothers celebrated the 10th anniversary of their eponymous first show this year, which they reveal experienced some turbulence when they tried getting it off the ground.

Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott told ABC audio why they continue to challenge themselves to grow and evolve their brand, ten years into the journey.  It stems from not taking "no" for an answer, reveals Jonathan.

"What's interesting is, in the very beginning, [HGTV] actually turned down our show, initially," he explained, saying the network wasn't particularly interested in the idea of two brothers renovating homes.  So, the twins took their concept to Canada, where Property Brothers became a smash hit.

"We brought it here and the same thing happened," said Jonathan.

As for what inspired the Scotts to create Property Brothers, Jonathan said they wanted to create an accessible home renovation show that is "fun, but also educational."  The two also built their brand on positivity, saying they treat every property they touch as "if they were our own home."

"We want to do stuff that actually makes people's lives better," said Jonathan. "And then we evolved it."

The Property Brothers has sparked at least 10 spin-off programs, with both brothers promising more on the way.

Drew remarked how their brand has gone from keeping up with current trends to becoming a trendsetter.

"I think that's something that's really exciting for us to be able to bring forward new innovation and new ideas," he explained, noting how he and Jonathan embraced smart home technology, which is now increasing in popularity. "You know what they've been watching and you know how they got that!"

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Katy, Lionel and Luke returning for 20th season of 'American Idol'

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Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be back behind the judges' table when American Idol returns on ABC in the spring of 2022.  It'll be the show's fifth season on ABC, but its 20th season overall. Host Ryan Seacrest is also on board for this historic season.

American Idol's executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick said in a statement, "The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”

Auditions for the new season start this Friday, August 6 with the return of the virtual nationwide "Idol Across America" search, which will take place in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.  The most recent American Idol champ, Chayce Beckham, auditioned via "Idol Across America."

Visit AmericanIdol.com/auditions to find out how to sign up.  Here are the dates; you can audition on any date, regardless of where you live:

Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina (Aug. 6)
Connecticut, New Jersey, New York (Aug. 8)
Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas (Aug. 11)
Florida, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia (Aug. 13)
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi (Aug. 16)
Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee (Aug. 18)
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada (Aug. 21)
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming (Aug. 23)
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin (Aug. 25)
Open Call: Nationwide (Aug. 27)
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah (Aug. 31)
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont (Sept. 2)
Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. (Sept. 8)
Open Call: The South (Sept. 10)
Open Call: East Coast (Sept. 13)
Open Call: West Coast (Sept. 16)
Open Call: Nationwide (Sept. 21)

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Chris Evans responds to Lizzo's joke that she's pregnant with his baby

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Lizzo's love for Chris Evans has been an ongoing bit between the two. Most recently, the "Truth Hurts" singer joked that she was pregnant with his child -- and now Evans has responded. 

In a TikTok, Lizzo shared a screenshot of the DM Evans sent reacting to the news.

"Hi!" the message read. "Just heard about our little bundle of joy [crying laughing emoji] my mother will be so happy lol."

The Grammy winner was clearly ecstatic about the news, captioning the post, "OMG YALL — HE SAW THE BABY BUMP! WE DID IT! NOW YALL GOTTA NAME LIL MERICA!!!!! WHAT YALL BOUTA NAME MY BABY ?!"

Lizzo, 33, first joked a week ago that she and Evans, 40, were expecting when a fan messaged her, "Lizzo baby... we know your [sic] [pregnant emoji] and we know it's Chris Evans now spill the tea."

Blasting the Captain America theme, the character Evans has famously portrayed in a host of Marvel films, Lizzo jokingly confessed, "I've been sucking in... We're going to have a little America!"

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Ninety-one-year-old Gene Hackman trending on Twitter for all the right reasons

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Unfortunately, when a Hollywood legend of a certain age trends on Twitter, fans assume the worst -- but thankfully that's not the case with 91-year-old Gene Hackman

The two-time Oscar winner's name began trending on the social media service thanks to a tweet from film historian James L. Neibaur, who posted a picture of the iconic American actor, with a caption reading, "Gene Hackman retired from acting 17 years ago, but had this recent pic taken to show he is alive and well at 91, and living in New Mexico. He goes bike riding every day and remains active and engaged with hobbies, and friends."

The post went viral, with fans cheering on the star -- and with more than a few admitting they feared bad news when Hackman's name began trending.

Neibaur later tweeted a clarification, because he couldn't edit his original post, informing followers that the picture was actually two years old, but the sentiment still stands.

"I was informed that this pic is 2 years old, when he was a young, strapping 89 -- Grinning face with smiling eyes," Neibaur wrote, adding, "Still great that Mr. Hackman is alive and well, and has so many supportive fans."

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Hugh Jackman alerts fans he underwent skin biopsy following possible cancer scare

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Hugh Jackman hoped to inspire more fans to wear sunscreen when revealing Monday that he had to undergo a skin biopsy after his doctor noticed something "a little irregular" on his skin.

Taking to Twitter, the Australian actor shared a video where he pulled down his mask and showed his bandaged nose.  "I just want to let you know, I just went to see... my amazing dermatologists and doctors and they saw something that was a little irregular," the Greatest Showman star explained. "So they took a biopsy and they’re getting it checked."

Jackman, 52, assured fans they need not be concerned or "freak out" and promised to "let you know what's going on."

"It's probably fine," he continued. "But remember... wear sunscreen.  Don't be like me as a kid."

The actor revealed in a 2015 interview with ABC News that he spent most of his childhood playing in the hot Australia sun and neglected to wear sunscreen.  He was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, in 2013. 

In the years since, Jackman's continued to remind fans of the importance sunscreen, and revealed in 2016 that he had to undergo another biopsy.

"An example of what happens when you don't wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups," he shared on Instagram

In 2017, he shared a similar message about his ongoing battle with skin cancer and credited his "frequent checks" for catching it early.

The Mayo Clinic says basal cell carcinoma is believed to be caused by long-term exposure to UV sunlight and recommends the best way to prevent it is to wear sunscreen.

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Kathy Griffin's lung surgery "went well" following cancer diagnosis

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Kathy Griffin underwent successful surgery following her lung cancer diagnosis.

On Monday morning, Griffin, 60 revealed that she was about to have half of her left lung removed because of the cancer. The comedian's representative shared an update on her health with Good Morning America on Tuesday.

"Surgery went well and as planned," the statement read. "Kathy is now in recovery now and resting. Doctors say the procedure was normal without any surprises."

Before surgery, Griffin elaborated on her diagnosis and treatment plan on social media, writing, "Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!"

"The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung," she explained. "Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less."

"It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine," Griffin declared.

The comedian recently sat down with ABC News' Juju Chang to discuss her reaction to her diagnosis, admitting she was "in shock."

"Once a day, I'll just turn to nobody next to me and go, 'Can you believe this s---? Is this a b---- or what?" she said.

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Simone Biles wins seventh Olympic medal, taking bronze in balance beam finals

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Simone Biles is back on the winner's podium in Tokyo.

Following her withdrawals last week from individual competitions in vault, uneven bars and floor events, the Team USA gymnast took home the bronze medal in the balance beam finals at the 2020 Games.

The superstar Olympian posted a score of 14.000, which placed her behind Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing, both of China, who took home gold and silver, respectively. Biles' teammate, Sunisa Lee, who won gold in the individual all-around competition, came in fifth in the balance beam event.

"I'm pretty happy. I wasn't expecting to medal. I just came out here and tried to do a good beam set," Biles said in a press conference. "To have these two next to me. I think they did absolutely amazing. I watched them train so hard so they are definitely deserving of one and two."

She continued, "Just to have one more opportunity to compete at the Olympics is amazing."

This marks Biles' second straight Olympic bronze medal on beam after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This seventh medal also makes Biles tied with Shannon Miller for the title of most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast. However, Simone still holds the record for most Olympic Gold medals of any U.S. gymnast.

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'The Bachelorette' recap: Katie threatens to leave after one relationship unravels

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Monday's episode of The Bachelorette opened with Katie about to meet the families of the three remaining suitors, but her attempts at being honest and straightforward backfired when one of them was pushed to his breaking point.

Once again, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the men from showing Katie their real hometowns, but each did his best to recreate some of the local flavor within the confines of New Mexico's Tanaya Resort & Spa.

First up, Blake, once a bartender in his hometown of Ontario, Canada, took Katie to a mock bar, where they drank maple syrup shots and tossed darts at a board covered in balloons -- each one containing dares and questions they must answer in an effort to learn a little more about each other.  They capped off the date with a game of street hockey.

Later, Katie met Blake's mother, brother and sister -- a crucial moment in their relationship for Blake, who hoped Katie's ability to bond with his family would help him decide whether he's ready to take the next step.

Katie, as she would go on to do on all of her hometown dates, answered the question of whether she was in love with Blake by saying that she could see them "getting there."  That, she explained, was out of fairness to the other men.  Aside from that, Katie was a hit with the family and the conversations went well.

When Blake and Katie parted company for the night, he knew he had to tell Katie how he felt about her, but when the opportunity arose, he seemed to lose his nerve.

Ahead of Justin's hometown date, we learned during a phone conversation between the Baltimore native and his parents that they would not be participating, explaining that while they would support him should his journey end up in an engagement with a woman he'd only known for a couple of weeks, they wouldn't necessarily approve.

Standing in for Justin's parents were two of his close friends, both of whom noticed his and Katie’s obvious chemistry.  Still, they were concerned that Justin's reluctance to be vulnerable, coupled with the fact that there are two other men vying for Katie's heart, could leave their buddy with a broken heart.

Unlike Blake, Justin used his final moments with Katie before the next rose ceremony to tell her he was falling in love with her.

After a fun day that included a recreation of their romantic kiss in a fake rainstorm, Greg, a New Jersey native, introduced Katie to his mother, brother and friend.  His two sisters weighed in via a video message.

One by one, they shared with Katie the grief Greg felt following the death of his father and their joy at finally seeing him fall in love.  Their concern was whether or not Katie felt the same way.  Katie, while not saying she was in love, gave the strongest indication of her feelings about Greg by replying that she "really can" see herself marrying him.

However, the date -- and potentially the entire relationship -- went south at the end of the night.  Greg expressed that Katie was the only one for him, but all he got in return was a guarantee that he would definitely advance in the competition.

"I can't be there at the end if I don't think it's us," he insisted, adding "I just don't understand how you don't know...that it's me and you at this point."

"I just need you to trust in our relationship," was her only response.

The following morning, Greg tried one more time to get Katie to say the words he wanted to hear, but again and again, he was met with the same response.  Their long, emotional conversation hit a dead end with Greg insisting he was done with the competition.

The episode ended with Katie insisting she was done with The Bachelorette as well.

"So, what do you want to happen?" asked mentor Kaitlyn Bristowe, to which Katie answered, "I want someone to book my flight home."

Is Katie's journey over?  We'll find out when The Bachelorette season 17 finale airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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'Queer Eye' star Tan France and husband Rob welcome son Ismail via surrogacy

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Queer Eye star Tan France is officially a daddy.

The fashion expert, 38, took to Instagram on Monday to announce he and his husband, Rob France, welcomed son Ismail France via surrogacy last month.

"Give our son a warm welcome," France began. "Ismail France, born July 10th."

"He came 7 weeks early, so he’s been in the NICU for the past 3 weeks," he continued. "But, today, we finally got to bring him home. We love him so, so much. Like, fully obsessed."

France went on to say their surrogate is "doing so great" and that he and Rob "couldn't be more grateful for the greatest gift in our lives."

The Naturally Tan author first announced he and Rob were going to become dads in April, sharing a playful photo to unveil the big news.

France, who is of Pakistani descent and was born in the United Kingdom, became a United States citizen in June 2020.

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