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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- The Bad Boys TV spinoff starring Gabrielle Union is on its way to become an official series.  According to The Wrap, it's landed a pilot order from NBC.

In the potential series, Union will reprise her Bad Boys 2 role, Syd Burnett. Her character, however, has now moved to L.A. and is working as an LAPD detective. Unfortunately, her new partner, Nancy McKenna, believes Syd's lifestyle is a front for a "greater personal secret."

As previously reported, The Blacklist writer-producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier have already signed on to write the script. In addition to starring in the series, Union will executive produce.

The Bad Boys series news comes after BET announced the cancellation of Union's Being Mary Jane, ending the series with a fifth-season two-hour movie special.

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CBS News(NEW YORK) -- Dylan Farrow's accusations that she was sexually molested by her adopted father, filmmaker Woody Allen, aren't new.  But now Farrow has made the accusations for the first time, on camera.

In an interview Thursday with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, a tearful Dylan Farrow, 32, detailed how, at the age of seven, Allen allegedly molested her in an attic of her mother's Connecticut home, touching her genitals after Allen told her to lie down on the floor and play with a toy.

Farrow first made her accusations public in an open latter to the New York Times in 2014.

Allen has always denied the claims, asserting that they were made as revenge after Dylan Farrow's mother, actress Mia Farrow, learned of Allen's relationship with Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, to whom he's been married for nearly two decades. 

After the interview aired Thursday, Allen issued a statement reiterating his innocence.

"When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare," the statement declares. "They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup."
 
The statement continues, “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that -- relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked -- and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says."
 
Allen's statement concludes, “But even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter -- as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago.”

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Photo by Justina Mintz/A24(LOS ANGELES) -- After skipping last week's Critics' Choice Awards, The Disaster Artist director and star James Franco reportedly will be attending the Screen Actor's Guild Awards on Sunday, a source tells Entertainment Tonight.

“James will still attend the SAG Awards because there is no reason not to,” explains the insider. “He will carry on supporting the cause and moving forward.”

Five women have previously come forward to accuse Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior. Four were his acting students, while another claims he was her mentor.

Franco’s attorney has denied the women’s allegations.

The source tells ET, “James is in distress [because] this has been incredibly difficult to deal with and navigate, not because he feels guilty. He is navigating this situation and wants to ensure he is doing the right thing, supporting the movement and not undermining any women.”

The 39-year-old actor picked up a Critics' Choice Award and a Golden Globe for his performance in The Disaster Artist. Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, famous -- or infamous -- for directing and starring in The Room, which has been called one of the worst movies of all time.

The 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, will air live from Los Angeles Sunday at 8 p.m. on both on both TNT and TBS.

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ABC/Lisa Rose(LOS ANGELES) -- On Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, comedienne and Another Period star Natasha Leggero claimed she was sexually harassed by director James Toback when she was just starting her career.

The comic was able to make the otherwise grim tale funny, but noted that “every woman has” been sexually harassed and that it happened so much to her that she’d actually forgotten the incident until she was reminded of it on social media.

Toback, a screenwriter, director and producer who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1991 for Bugsy and directed films including The Pick-up Artist and Two Girls and a Guy, has been accused of sexual harassment by 395 women, which he has denied.

Leggero claimed that as a young actress, she was approached by Toback in New York City. He introduced himself with a number of his own press clippings and then complimented her and told her he wanted her for his next movie, Two Girls and a Guy. One thing, he stipulated: She would need to grow out her armpit hair.

Later, when her armpit hair was four inches long, she claimed, Toback asked to meet her in Central Park and took her to a famous hookup place, called “The Ramble.” Once there, he asked her to show him her armpit hair and then proceeded to pleasure himself against a tree, she alleged.

She didn’t elaborate on how she handled the situation at the time but Leggero did not appear in the film.

The third season of Another Period premieres on Comedy Central on January 23.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.

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ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- After nearly 15 years as the lead of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo will now be the highest-paid woman in TV. Her new deal has her making $575,000 per episode, or $20 million per year.

"I'm 48 now, so I've finally gotten to the place where I'm OK asking for what I deserve," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that's a f*****g skill."

Pompeo also spoke about how Patrick Dempsey leaving the show in 2015 helped put her in a more powerful position.

"They could always use him as leverage against me -- 'We don't need you; we have Patrick' -- which they did for years," she says. "So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that"

But then, Pompeo continues, "The ink wasn't even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation...and they're calling me, going, 'What do you think of this guy?' 'What do you think of this guy?...I couldn't believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there."

Ultimately, Pompeo credits Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes for her new deal. 

"I was always loyal to her, and she responds well to loyalty," says the actress. "So, she got to a place where she was so empowered that she was generous with her power." 

Pompeo thanks Rhimes for "letting me be the highest-paid woman on television, letting me be a producer on this show...and signing off on the...unprecedented...deal that the studio gave me."

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FX(NEW YORK) -- Following in the footsteps of the highly-rated and award-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, producer Ryan Murphy returns to FX with the network's second ACS season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Inspired by actual events, as its name suggests, Assassination centers on the murder of the world famous designer, which was perpetrated by Andrew Cunanan, a con man and brutal spree killer who murdered Versace after four others before taking his own life.

Glee veteran Darren Criss plays the killer, while actor Edgar Ramirez is nearly unrecognizable as his final victim; Penelope Cruz plays Gianni's equally famous sister Donatella Versace.

Cunanan was a cipher, an alleged gay gigolo who scammed wealthy men and ingratiated himself into various elite social circles. Cunanan became the subject of a nationwide manhunt that landed him on the FBI's Most Wanted List before he fatally shot himself on July 23rd, 1997.

Criss tells ABC Radio that calling Cunanan a multilayered character is an understatement. "He was such a chameleonic liar that you just -- we just don't know what's true or what's not." 

"I'm in the business of empathy...feelings, and psychology. So getting to get your hands on somebody who had such a massive array of emotions...that were so close to being the best of us, but were just 'off' enough to be the other side of that? That's fascinating."

Criss tells ABC Radio, that the project is very different than Murphy's O.J. series. "Ryan always joked he just had to get out of a beige courtroom...This is a very vibrant, operatic story...This ... takes place all over the country. I mean, it's a manhunt, it's a road movie..."

The series kicks off Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.

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(L-R) Marc and Mike Sorrentino - Photo by David Becker/WireImage(NEW JERSEY) -- Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has pleaded guilty in a New Jersey court to tax evasion charges.

Both Sitch and his brother Marc copped pleas in connection with allegedly hiding nearly nine million dollars' worth of earnings made by the reality star between 2010 and 2012, according to TMZ.

According to a court filing, obtained by ABC News, the Sorrentino brothers made a deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey that would help them avoid a trial, which was supposed to start in three weeks.

Mike was said to have been facing 15 years if found guilty in a trial; his brother, who acted as his manager, was facing 20. It remains to be seen what their punishment will be, or exactly to which charges they pleaded.

Meanwhile, Sitch is set to return with most of his former roommates for Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which will shoot in Miami this year.

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ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, Selena Gomez’s co-stars in the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York, announced this week that they would be donating their salaries from the film to Time’s Up and other charities.  Now, it seems that Selena has done the same.

A source close to the actress tells People that Selena has, in fact, already “made a significant donation anonymously” to Time’s Up that “far exceeded her salary for the film.”

Selena has yet to make a public statement against Allen, who has been accused of molesting his daughter Dylan Farrow, a claim which he denies.

Selena was asked by Billboard last November if she considered the director’s past before signing on to the movie.

“To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer -- not because I’m trying to back away from it,” she said. “[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.’”

As previously reported, Selena's mom Mandy Teefey told a fan on Instagram that she'd tried to warn the singer about appearing in Allen's film.

Teefey wrote, "No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to. I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click...No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”

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Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Congratulations are in order for Carrie Coon and her husband Tracy Letts -- the couple is expecting their first child together.

"It's true!" the 36-year-old Fargo actress tweeted on Tuesday, confirming a story reported by Us Weekly earlier in the day. Coons included a link to the article.

No further details, including a due date, were released.

Coon landed a nomination for best actress in a movie/miniseries at this year's Critics' Choice Awards for her role as Gloria Burgle in the FX series, and took home best actress in a drama series honors in 2016 for her role in HBO's The Leftovers.

Coon and Letts, 52, can both be seen in Steven Spielberg's The Post, now playing in theaters nationwide. Letts also stars alongside Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in the 2018 Golden Globes winner for best picture, Lady Bird.

The couple met while working at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where Tracy debuted his 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County. They tied the knot in 2013.

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Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Today anchor and NBC News correspondent Ann Curry spoke out Wednesday morning about her former co-host Matt Lauer, saying she was "not surprised" by the allegations against him.

Lauer was abruptly fired last year following allegedly inappropriate sexual behavior.

In an interview on CBS This Morning, Curry said she did not want to "do harm" or cause more "pain," but she address the atmosphere at NBC News she said she experienced while working there.

"I can tell you that I am not surprised by the allegations," she said of Lauer. "I can [also] say that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed...It was verbal sexual harassment."

Curry added, "We clearly are waking up to a reality and injustice that's occurred for some time."

Curry left Today in 2012 abruptly, after a year as a co-anchor and 15 years with the show. In 2015, she left NBC News for good and is currently promoting her PBS docuseries, We'll Meet Again.

When Lauer's termination from NBC News was first announced in November, Curry wouldn't speak specifically about it, but did tell People magazine at the time, "I'm still really processing it."

She also said she admired all women who have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, saying they "need to...be able to thrive without fear."

After his November termination, Lauer, 60, expressed his regret in a statement, saying in part, "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(BOSTON) -- Mila Kunis has been named the 2018 Woman of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding student theatrical group, according to The Harvard Gazette.

The honor, which is given to performers who have made a notable contribution to entertainment, will be given to the Bad Moms and A Bad Moms Christmas actress on January 25.

Kunis' other acting credits include TV's That 70s Show, and the movies Black SwanJupiter Ascending, Oz the Great and Powerful, Ted, Friends with Benefits, Date Night and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Previous recipients of the award have included Meryl Streep, Debbie Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, and Octavia Spencer.

The 2018 Man of the Year has not yet been announced.

Kunis will next be seen in The Spy Who Dumped Me, opening nationwide in August.

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ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Baldwin is defending Woody Allen as a spate of actors and actress have come out to express their regret about working with the director, who has been accused of molesting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, a claim which he has denied.

 "Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose," Baldwin wrote in the first of two tweets Tuesday. "But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career."

Baldwin's tweets came after actor Timothee Chalamet, the breakout star of Call Me by Your Name,  announced on Instagram that he was donating his salary from his role in Allen's most recent film, A Rainy Day in New York, to charities that fight sexual abuse and harassment.

Chalamet was the latest star to speak out after Dylan Farrow penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times questioning why the #MeToo movement has seemingly spared Allen.

Baldwin cautioned that such accusations should be "treated carefully."

"Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent? I think so," he tweeted.

In 2014, Farrow wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times, in which she told the story of how Allen allegedly sexually assaulted her at age 7.

Allen has consistently denied the abuse allegation, maintaining his ex-partner and Farrow's mother, actress Mia Farrow, coached their daughter into making the claims. The director was investigated on child molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident in Connecticut, but prosecutors elected not to charge him.

Allen's representatives did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

Dylan Farrow will give her first televised interview on the matter on CBS This Morning on Thursday. 

According to a preview released by CBS, Farrow tells Gayle King, "I am credible, and I am telling the truth, and I think it’s important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters. And that they are enough to change things."

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ABC/Heidi Gutman (NEW YORK) -- Matt Damon came under fire in December for suggesting that all men accused of sexual misconduct shouldn't be lumped together in the same category, and he used a Tuesday appearance on the Today show to deliver an apology.

"Boy, I really wish I'd listened a lot more before I weighed in on this," he began.

When host Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford insisted the Downsizing star was a good listener, he responded with, "Not in this case."

"I think, ultimately, what it is for me is I don't want to further anybody's pain with anything that I do or say," Damon continued. "So for that, I'm really sorry. This whole Times Up [movement], a lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change and go along for that ride."

"I should get in the backseat and close my mouth for a while," he added.

In addition to making headlines for all the wrong reasons, Damon's last three big screen outings, Downsizing, Suburbicon, and The Great Wall, all stumbled at the box office.

The actor, who starred alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the 2001 remake of Ocean's 11, and its sequels in 2004 and 2007, will reprise his role as Linus Caldwell in the female-centric Oceans 8, opening nationwide in June. 

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Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Selena Gomez’s mom reportedly advised her against working with Woody Allen on the upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York, but her concerns fell on “deaf ears.”

As seen in a screen grab of an exchange on Instagram, a fan messaged Selena's mom Mandy Teefey on her production company’s account, and suggested that Selena should “write an apology” for working with Allen.

Teefey responded, "Sorry, no one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to. I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click.”

She added, “Her team are amazing people. There is no fall person here. No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”

Two of Selena’s co-stars on the film, Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, have already donated their salaries to Time’s Up and other organizations. 

Allen has been accused of molesting his daughter, Dylan Farrow, though he denies the claims. 

This is the second time Teefey has spoken out about her daughter in the past few days. Her Woody Allen comments come after she spoke to Gossip Cop, telling the website that while she is “not happy” Selena is dating Justin Bieber again, she realizes her daughter, “can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe and healthy.”

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Chuck Hodes/Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Gabourey Sidibe says she's set on making 2018 about her health and wellness.

In a recent tweet, the Empire actress revealed she's planning to take this year off to recover from having her tonsils removed.

“I’ve decided to get a tonsillectomy and I deserve to take all of 2018 off as personal time to rest from this huge adult decision I just made,” Sidibe wrote. “Please respect my privacy at this time.”

Although it is uncertain if Sidibe will actually take the entire year off to recover from her procedure, fans of the actress wished her will.

"Bless your heart!!!!" wrote one fan. "Baby girl I got mine out 3 years ago and you will DEFINITELY need MONTHS to recover. This surgery s NO JOKE on Adults. I'll be praying for your speedy recovery and healing."

Another shared his experience, "Had mine out at age 42, now 49. Hurts like hell, for a good 70-90 days. But now, I’m rarely sick, and my previous fall allergies are almost non-existent now. Best of luck, and fight through it, knowing it’s 'better on the other side.' #icecream :)"

This is not the first major surgery for Sidibe. In 2016, Gabby underwent weight loss surgery, and shared the experience in her memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.

“It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful,” she wrote, that was excerpted by People. “I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”

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