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The boys are back! With new trailer, Adult Swim announces 'Rick and Morty' returning May 3

Adult Swim(LOS ANGELES) -- The final five episodes of the fourth season of the beloved, Emmy-winning animated series Rick and Morty kick off Sunday night at 11:30 p.m., Adult Swim has announced in a new trailer.

For the uninitiated, the show stars the voices of co-creator Justin Roiland as both lead characters: Rick, a brilliant, substance-abusing sociopath scientist, and Morty, his awkward grandson, whom Rick drags along on inter-dimensional adventures across space and time.

Set to Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," the trailer shows R&M donning anime-inspired Gundam robot suits, on an apparent rescue mission for Morty's sister, Summer, who has apparently been brainwashed by an alien facehugger. Along the way, Rick takes a potion that gives him multiple arms to shoot more enemies, and Morty fires on enemy ships from a never-before seen gun pod in Morty's trusty flying saucer. 

If it sounds weird, it is, and that's just par for the course for the series, says Chris Parnell, who voices Morty's sad-sack dad, Jerry. This season, Jerry's apparently started his own honey company, impressing no one, as usual. 

Parnell explained recently what it's like to bring the show's characters to life, from just a script in a recording booth. "Yeah. You know, it's you just use your imagination and, you know, it's so much fun to see it once it's finally all animated and put together," he says.

He adds of the dubbing process, "I was just doing some ADR a couple of days ago and got to see a little bit of it. And I was like, 'Oh my God, this is so good.'" 

Rick and Morty's regular cast includes Sarah Chalke and Spencer Grammer.

Oprah Winfrey donates $10M to COVID-19 relief organizations

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey has ponied up big time to try to help those battling the COVID-19 pandemic, to the tune of ten million bucks.

She revealed on Instagram that she'll give a million-dollar donation to the charity America's Food Fund (AFF), and nine million dollars will be distributed to various coronavirus relief organizations. 

AFF was launched by Leonardo DiCaprio, Apple and the Ford Foundation, among others, and is focused on fighting food insecurity.

As part of her AppleTV series Oprah Talks COVID-19, she surprised Chef José Andrés and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, with a million-dollar donation to America's Food Fund. "I know I can trust my money in your hands," she told the grateful philanthropists. 

Winfrey revealed the rest of the 10 million bucks would be disbursed "to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up." Winfrey grew up in Tennessee and Mississippi.

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'Top Gun: Maverick' flying to new release date amid COVID-19 pandemic

Credit: Scott Garfield. © 2019 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- For fans eager to feel the need for speed with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick, you're going to have to wait a little longer. 

The long-awaited sequel to the 1986 hit had already been bumped a year to June 23, 2020, to accommodate the movie's flying sequences.  It's now been grounded again by the coronavirus.

It will now open December 23, 2020.

Paramount's first COVID-19-related delay was writer/director John Krasinski's sequel A Quiet Place Part II, which was pulled from last month's scheduled date and now will hit theaters Sept. 4, 2020, Variety reports. 

Other Paramount movies that have been bumped include The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, moved from May 22 to July 31, 2020. 

Another movie, The Tomorrow War, was pulled from Paramount's December 25th slot altogether.  No rescheduled date was given. 

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John Stamos stuns his 'Full House' cast members by revealing he's the one who stole the set's couch

Michael Yarish/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the pivotal props on Full House was the Tanner family couch, situated in the center of the household's living room by the front door.  For those curious as to what happened to it following the show's finale can rest easy knowing that it was John Stamos who took it.

The actor, who played Uncle Jesse, casually announced on Tuesday that he had the signature prop in his possession the entire time. 

Uploading a photo of his toddler Billy trying to sneak past the recognizable couch to either get to the front door or to the stairs leading to a lower level, the You star blithely questions, "Baby safety gate or one of the most iconic couches in pop TV history?" 

He then urges fans to "make the call."

While some followers believed the 56-year-old was just teasing as a pre-April Fools prank, several Full House alum immediately recognized the furniture for what it was.

Jodie Sweetin had the most hilarious reaction, expressing her disbelief in all caps with a simple, "WHAAAAATTTT?!" 

Meanwhile, Bob Saget who played family patriarch Danny Tanner hilariously quipped, "I don’t know what it is John, but it comforts me."  Saget later sarcastically asked, "Did you take the alcove too?"

Other stars of the show weighed in on "the couch" with Candace Cameron-Bure, who reprised the role of DJ for the show's spinoff Fuller House quizzically asking, "You got it?! Not Bob?" while Andrea Barber accused Stamos of being a "Thief!"

As for Dave Coulier, who played Uncle Joey, he left the most on-brand comments, opting to first announce, "A lot of my farts are still in that couch" before doubling back to tell Saget, "I got the alcove and Manny the mannequin."

He then left a third comment, innocently asking, "Who got the sea pappy?"

Barber answered that burning question, urging Coulier to "ask @jodiesweetin."

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Kristen Bell was told she wasn't "pretty" enough to be famous

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollywood has changed quite a bit since Kristen Bell first stepped on the scene in the 90s.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 39-year-old actress broke down her career timeline and addressed the adversity she faced as she was entering the industry. 

"I remember early on, getting feedback, that I wasn't enough in either category," she recalled.

"I would get feedback from an audition like 'Well, you're not pretty enough to play the pretty girl, but you're not quirky enough or weird enough to play the weird girl,'" The Good Place actress added, explaining that the feedback left her confused.

"I was like, 'Okay, does that just mean I can't be an actor? What does that mean?'" she remembered thinking. "That's what I was getting feedback on, on every audition."

Nowadays, the entertainment industry is a bit different and has come a long way since Bell's first role in the 1998 film Polish Wedding

"It's not the '80s where you have to have the popular girl and then the nerd who gets the guy. It's not that anymore and I'm really grateful for that," she shared. "It opens up a lot of opportunities for everyone to play and pretend, which is the most fun part."

"I think as I've grown older, those boxes have changed... and [have] almost gone away," Bell said. "It's this huge gray area now of all these beautiful stories you can tell... that have dimensional people that don't have to be one thing."

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In birth announcement, Rachel Bloom mentions collaborator Adam Schlesinger, who died of COVID-19

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Rachel Bloom's baby girl is finally here.  The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend actress, along with husband Dan Gregor, showed off their new bundle of joy on Wednesday.

"She’s here. She’s home," captioned a relieved Bloom as she shared an adorable photo of her snuggling her newborn.  "Having a baby in the NICU during a pandemic while a dear friend was in the hospital 3,000 miles away made this by far the most emotionally intense week of mine and Gregor’s lives."

It should be noted that Bloom's baby girl is wearing a pretzel hat, a nod to Rebecca Bunch, the pretzel-loving main character Bloom played on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

The proud parents have not yet revealed their child's name.  Instead, they focused on thanking the tireless hospital staff members for keeping the family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Writes Bloom, who turns 33 on April 3, "As the lovely doctors and nurses helped my daughter get some fluid out of her lungs, we watched the maternity ward around us change hourly to prepare for the upcoming COVID storm."

"The whole family is now home safe and I am just so grateful to all of our medical workers," She continues. "From those in our NICUs to those directly helping COVID patients like Adam [Schlesinger], they are sacrificing so much to fight on the front lines of this war."

Shortly after Rachel published her post, it was tragically announced that Adam died due to complications related to COVID-19.

The Fountains of Wayne artist had collaborated with Bloom on numerous songs for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, such as fan favorites "The Math of Love Triangles" and "Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal" -- the latter of which won him an Emmy.

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On 'Kimmel', Samuel L. Jackson reads COVID-19 bedtime story, 'Stay the F*** at Home'

ABC News/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Samuel L. Jackson, the man who years ago so memorably narrated that children's book for snooze-deprived parents, Go the F*** to Sleep, has a new fable for the age of coronavirus: Stay the F*** at Home

Jackson, appearing from his home theater via video on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night, read the children's book sequel, which stressed, as only the Pulp Fiction Oscar nominee can, the importance of social distancing. 

He intones, "Stay the f*** at home. Corona is spreading, this sh** is no joke. t's no time to work or roam/ The way you can fight it is simple my friends, stay the f*** at home."

Jackson continued, "Now technically I’m not a doctor. But motherf****** listen when I read a poem/So here I am, Sam F**king Jackson, imploring you: Keep your a** at home/If you want things to get back to normal, don't panic. Just use your dome/Wash your hands, stop touching your face and stay the f*** at home."

Doctor or no, Jackson's advice has been watched more than 1.6 million times on YouTube -- a viral sensation,  pardon the pun.

Stay the F*** at Home was written by Go the F*** to Sleep's author, Adam Mansbach.

(Video contains censored profanity.)

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'The Official Robin Williams YouTube Channel' launches on YouTube

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- We can all use a good laugh these days, and YouTube did its part on Wednesday by launching The Official Robin Williams YouTube Channel, celebrating the late comic’s genius.

The channel features classic live performance clips from Williams’ HBO stand-up specials, including 2002’s Live on Broadway and 1978’s Off the Wall, as well as exclusive, recently shot interview clips with fellow comedians Lewis Black on Becoming Friends with Robin Williams, and Inside Look on Robin Williams' Genius with Robin’s longtime manager and friend, David Steinberg.

A brand new clip will be added to the channel each week.

"What a great time to enjoy the gift of Robin's genius," Steinberg said in a statement before referencing the current atmosphere the world is grappling with. "Who doesn't need a laugh?"

Williams died by suicide on August 11, 2014.  He was 63.  

You can visit the channel here.

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J.K. Rowling conjures up Harry Potter at Home to keep kids entertained in the age of coronavirus

Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- While we all wish we could make COVID-19 disappear, J.K. Rowling has conjured up Harry Potter at Home, a digital destination she designed for kids who are being kept away from school by the pandemic.

"Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic," the best-selling author tweeted Wednesday morning. 

"We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom," claims the free website, which contains stories, crafts, puzzles, games, and other distractions for magic-users and Muggles alike, all set in Rowling's Wizarding World.

Rowling had previously announced that she'd waive her licensing fees on all seven Harry Potter books, so teachers would be able to read them remotely to their home-bound students.

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Universal bumping next 'Minions' movie, 'Sing 2', and adaptation of 'Wicked' amid COVID-19 concerns

Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Universal Studios, among the first to move its newer films to streaming in the wake of coronavirus-related closures, has announced the pandemic has caused the delay of three more of its projects. 

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Minions: The Rise of Gru will now be moved a year from its original release date, and ill now hit theaters July 2, 2021.

In turn, that release date's former occupant, the animated sequel Sing 2, will now debut in theaters December 22, 2021. 

That date had been reserved for Wicked, Universal's big-budget take on the Broadway musical. The uncertainty surrounding Hollywood's fate amid the COVID-19 crisis led Universal to postpone re-scheduling that film's release at this time.

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Larry David, the king of social distancing, urges "idiots" to "stay home and watch TV"

John P. Johnson/courtesy of HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- If you're familiar with Larry David from Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm, you'll know he's been advocating social distancing even before it became potentially lifesaving defense against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With that in mind, he took to social media from an easy chair to admonish "idiots" who were violating the rules that can keep everyone safe. 

"Obviously, somebody put me up to this because it's generally not the kind of thing I do," David said in a video posted on the Office of the California Governor's official twitter feed. 

"I basically want to address the idiots out there, and you know who you are...You're going out, I don't know what you're doing, you're socializing too close," David griped.  "You’re hurting old people like me. Well, not me, I have nothing to do with you, I’ll never see you. But other, let’s say, other old people who might be your relatives, who the hell knows?"

David said those who aren't social distancing are missing out on "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in the house, sit on the couch, and watch TV. I don't know how you're passing that up. I guess you’re not that bright."

Larry says, "Go home and watch TV, that's my advice to you. If you've seen my show, nothing good ever happens going out of the house, you know that. It's just trouble out there. It's not a good place to be. Stay home and don’t see anyone."

David adds the caveat, "Unless maybe if you have a plumbing emergency. You can let the plumber in, and then, you know, wipe everything down when he leaves."

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Kristen Bell admits she and husband Dax Shepard are "at each other's throats" due to quarantine

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- As America endures another strongly-recommended week of self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some married couples are discovering that being around their significant other 24/7 is not all it's cracked up to be.

Frozen II star Kristen Bell admitted on Monday that isolating with husband Dax Shepard is becoming somewhat of a challenge.

During an Instagram Live interview with Katie Couric, the married couple spoke about the downside of having little to no personal time due to the family of four sheltering under the same roof.

Dax first opened up about his family's new normal, saying he and Bell are "getting along good with the kids" but the situation "has been stressful for mom and dad."

Bell, 39, nodded as she candidly revealed, "We've been at each other's throats real bad, real bad over the last couple of -- oh yeah."  

"It just ended, like, eight minutes ago," Shepard, 45, deadpanned. "America's sweetheart has a character defect."

As for how long the two have been grappling with the stress, Bell playfully gestured to the fact she's sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with Dax and cracked, "This is as physically close as we've been in a couple days 'cause we just found each other... revolting."

When Couric suggested the two should find separate spaces in the house to take some time apart, Bell sighed, "It's impossible. He's too big, Katie.  He's too loud and too big.  He's everywhere."

Despite the trying time, the couple, who tied the knot in 2013, were adamant that they will rise from the pandemic stronger than ever.

Bell also adorably revealed that her five-year-old daughter Delta has taken a shining to science during the quarantine and invented a "vaccine" for the virus, which consists of "just green food coloring and water."

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Ellen DeGeneres is throwing a prom on Instagram for high schoolers unable to celebrate theirs due to COVID-19

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Schools across America had to make the difficult decision to cancel important school dances and graduations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As expected, teenagers took to social media and lamented that they were robbed of experiencing some of high school's most memorable moments.

While most understood why such a call had to be made, they still found it a bitter pill to swallow.

With many cancelled proms supposed to take place this weekend, Ellen DeGeneres reached out to high schoolers and encouraged them to get dressed up and celebrate the milestone moment with her.

Posting a throwback photo of her own prom on Tuesday, the talk show host proposed in the caption, "If your prom was supposed to be this weekend, I wanna see your gorgeous prom outfits.  This was mine, so the bar is low."

Ellen's high school prom look was certainly eye catching.  She wore to her big dance a red, yellow and navy button down plaid dress with an oversized white lapel and belt.

It was possible at the time that her look was very in vogue, but the comic was quick to deflect the attention back to her fans by encouraging everyone to post their prom looks using the #ellenprom hashtag. 

"I promise you’ll wear them to prom soon," DeGeneres sweetly assured.

While some younger followers eagerly showed off the dresses, older fans were just as thrilled to have a reason to share their throwback prom photos.  

So, if you want to share your prom look, take this as your official invitation to the Ellen prom.

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Christopher Meloni’s Elliot Stabler is back in new 'Law & Order' spinoff

Photo by Wil R/Star Max/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Christopher Meloni is reprising his popular Law & Order: SVU role as Elliot Stabler for a new crime drama from the series creator Dick Wolf, according to Deadline.

The as-yet-untitled series, which has already gotten a 13-episode order, will center on the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler.

This will mark the first time Meloni has played Stabler since leaving Law & Order: SVU back in 2011.

Meloni, together with his SVU co-star Mariska Hargitay, who played Detective Olivia Benson, were one of television’s most popular duos during their 12 seasons together on the show, which ended with his character abruptly retiring from the police force.

Since then, Meloni guest-starred in a number of shows, including Pose and Surviving Jack, as well as playing the lead in the SyFy series Happy!

In February, Law & Order: SVU was renewed through its 24th season. Its current record-breaking 21st season pushed it past Gunsmoke and the first Law & Order series as the longest-running live-action primetime television show.

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Reese Witherspoon announces 'Shine On At Home' series and releases first episode

Witherspoon in "Little Fires Everywhere"/Hulu(LOS ANGELES) -- Reese Witherspoon is hoping to bring a little light into the world with her new series "Shine On with Reese At Home".

In a video posted to the 44-year-old's Instagram on Tuesday, the Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show actress announced the new series which she hopes will "guide" and "inspire" its viewers amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Trying to make sense of how to work from home, eat right, not stress, run two businesses, and care for three kids has been a full time job the last few weeks," the caption reads. "Luckily, I called some awesome friends who are experts in lots of areas for advice."

"We discussed parenting, marriage counseling, pre-natal needs, financial advice, and so much more," she continued. "I found them so helpful and I wanted to share a few of my chats with you all. I hope that these conversations can help guide you or inspire you or just make you laugh."

The first episode features Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play, and is available on Witherspoon's account now. 

"I’ve learned so much from Eve about how to have conversations with your partner about dividing household duties, how to adjust to homeschooling (three kids at home and two working parents is NO JOKE!) and what the “Dirty Dozen” bare minimum needs of every household are," she wrote. "I hope y’all find this helpful!" 

Witherspoon and her media company, Hello Sunshine, are partnering with the World Central Kitchen to raise awareness of their new #ChefsfForAmerica program that feeds medical workers and delivers fresh meals to underserved communities across the country. 

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