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HBO/Helen Sloan(NEW YORK) -- With nearly four months to go before the premiere of the penultimate season, HBO has shared a new promo clip teasing the premiere of Game of Thrones season seven.

The 90-second clip, titled "Long Walk," shows footage of Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen walking, while James' "Sit Down" plays in the background.

Cersei, Queen of King's Landing, played Lena Headey, is sauntering towards the Iron Throne; Jon, played by Kit Harington, solemnly paces through Winterfell; and Emilia Clarke's Daenerys, Mother of Dragons, is walking through a new location that some theorize could be the throne room in Dragonstone, the original home of House Targaryen.

The clip ends with Cersei exhaling cold mist -- a sign that winter is no longer coming, it's here.  That's followed by confirmation: a haunting close up of the blue eye of the Night King, the villainous leader of the icy zombie White Walkers.

Game of Thrones season 7 premieres July 16 on HBO.

 

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ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Chandra Wilson, who plays a doctor on ABC's long-running hit drama Grey's Anatomy, has been involved with her family in a real-life medical saga.

Wilson, who has played Dr. Miranda Bailey on Grey's Anatomy for the past 13 seasons, told Thursday's Good Morning America about the uncertainty and fear she faced when her 23-year-old daughter, Sarina McFarlane, first became ill as a teenager.

It began with nausea, vomiting and crippling abdominal pain, the cause of which baffled doctors.  Wilson said they went nearly 10 months before she finally got a diagnosis -- cyclic vomiting syndrome, or CVS, a neurological disorder characterized by a series of prolonged attacks of severe nausea and vomiting, with no apparent cause.

"It presented itself like a real bad case of food poisoning," Wilson explained. "It didn't go away for four or five days so because of that we went to the ER."

Wilson said emergency room doctors hydrated her daughter but none of the tests shed any light on the cause.

"A month later, the exact same presentation happened and this was month after month after month for 10 months," she said.

Wilson kept a running log of her daughter's symptoms in multiple, 5-inch thick binders to note any progress or changes, and to streamline the often-arduous check-in process at hospitals.

According to Dr. Richards Boles, medical director at Courtagen Life Sciences -- a medical facility that specializes in genetic testing -- Wilson's could have suffered years had it not been for her mom's tenacity.

"Serena was lucky because of the care and persistence of her mother," Boles said. "Most patients go many years without a diagnosis."

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ABC/Paul Hebert(OHIO) -- Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy has given us an update following his being sidelined with a calf injury. 

Captioning the Instagram pic "gettin' un-broken," a hospital gown-wearing Maks is throwing a peace sign to the camera, showing off a pre-op IV in his the back of his hand.

The 37-year-old dancer hashtagged the snap "seedsorthopaedics," referencing renowned Ohio surgeon William A Seeds, M.D., whom People reports previously treated Chmerkovskiy's fiancee, Peta Murgatroyd, as well another DWTS pro, Artem Chigvintsev.

Maks, a season 18 DWTS champion, had been paired up in season 24 with Heather Morris, a former backup dancer for Beyonce and star on Glee.

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Getty Images/Clemens Bilan(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney is ready to assume all the responsibilities that come with fatherhood.

The actor tells Extra that his wife, renowned human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, is doing well with her pregnancy.

"She is doing really great," he said. "She is amazing. I don't have anything to do. There is nothing I can do to help but make tea and stuff."

Thirty-nine-year-old Amal Clooney is pregnant with twins and is expected to give birth this summer.

Her 55-year-old husband did say he already possesses some of the necessary skills a new dad requires.

"I know swaddling," he said. "I know what I'm in for."

Clooney also joked about his age, noting that he'll become familiar with diapers, "for me, not for the kids."

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Getty Images/Sunset Boulevard(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie volunteered to undergo random drug tests in order to get the part as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, according to excerpts of a new book published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Jolie wanted the role, and director Simon West wanted her for it.  But according to the book -- a biography of Sherry Lansing, former Paramount CEO and the first woman to head a Hollywood studio -- Jolie's reputation, rumors about her relationship with her brother and about drug use, made the studio unsure.

"She said: 'Look, I want to do it, but I know what my reputation is, and I'll do anything you want to prove that I'm worthy," West is quoted as saying in the excerpt. "She said, 'I don't care if the studio wants to drug test me every day.'"

A former Paramount exec says the star in fact underwent random urine and blood tests before landing the part.

But even after she got the role, the studio was concerned about Jolie, the book alleges.

A member of the movie's production crew is quoted as saying that a team was put together, "to give her spiritual and psychological support" during the filming.  But, the book alleges, the studio balked when director West wanted to hire a health expert who wanted the actress to take milk baths, and practice yoga and meditation as part of her preparation for the role.

The book, Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, by author Stephen Galloway, is due April 25.

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ABC/Eddie Chen(LAS VEGAS) -- Matt Damon reports that his buddy, Ben Affleck is doing "fantastic" following his stint in rehab for alcohol addiction.

During an appearance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to promote his new film, Suburbicon, on Tuesday, Damon told Entertainment Tonight, that Affleck is "with the kids now" and "couldn't be happier."

Matt says Ben is "Mr. Mom-ing it right now," while his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, is in Atlanta filming her upcoming movie, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, adding, "and that's what he wants to be doing."

Affleck is "lucky" to be surrounded by such a solid group of guys, says The Great Wall star. "I have a good group of friends...We always keep track of each other and look out for each other."

Earlier this month, Affleck, 44, announced that he successfully completed a rehab program.

Suburicon, co-written and directed by another Damon pal, George Clooney, and co-starring Josh Brolin and Julianne Moore, opens nationwide in November.

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FOX/Jordan Althaus(NEW YORK) -- Adam Pally, best known for his roles as Peter Prentice on Hulu's The Mindy Project and Max Blum in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, reportedly was arrested for alleged marijuana and cocaine possession in New York City on Tuesday night.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department told People magazine on Wednesday, that officers observed the 35-year-old actor smoking marijuana in public from an e-cigarette, confirming a story first reported by TMZ.

The officers reportedly placed Pally under arrest and conducted a search, during which they say they found he also was in possession of a small amount of cocaine.

Adam, who currently stars on the Fox comedy Making History, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance for the cocaine, and criminal possession of marijuana -- both misdemeanors, according to the spokesman.

Pally received a desk appearance ticket and subsequently released, but must return to court in June, adds the spokesman.

The news comes the same day as Pally's upcoming big screen comedy Most Likely to Murder began filming.

 

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© 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED(LOS ANGELES) -- A spate of creepy clown sightings all over the world has died down, but New Line is now stoking everyone's fear of them with the first footage of its big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It.

The film, directed by Andy Muschietti -- who earned the gig after directing the horror hit Mama -- features some genuinely disturbing shots of Pennywise, the terrifying clown who is essentially the embodiment of evil.

As in the King book and the 1990 made-for-TV miniseries, Pennywise prowls the sewers of the little hamlet of Derry, Maine, terrorizing the town and preying on its youngest residents.  

In this latest take, Allegiant actor Bill Skarsgard plays the scary villain.

The movie's cast of young actors includes Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard and Wyatt Oleff, who played young Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy.

It hits theaters September 8.

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ABC/Eddy Chen(HOLLYWOOD)-- It's not the kind of talked-about moment Oscar producers wanted, and they're taking steps to make certain it doesn't happen again.

We're talking of course about how La La Land was erroneously announced as the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards last month, when Moonlight was the actual winner.  An envelope mix-up by PriceWaterhouseCoopers was to blame. 

The accounting firm can breathe a sigh of relief -- the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is keeping them, but there will now be three PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountants on hand who know the winners: two backstage, and one in the control room who can immediately alert the broadcast's director if there’s an issue.

Also, all electronic devices will be banned from backstage.  It’s thought the PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountant who screwed up was distracted because he was tweeting pictures of winners, including Emma Stone, minutes before the screw up.

The Academy also announced there will be "improvements to onstage envelope category verification" as well as "ongoing evaluation of backstage protocols and procedures."

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GMA After Hours(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Anderson is well aware of the controversy surrounding tonight's black-ish episode, which guest-stars troubled R&B singer Chris Brown. While Anderson says it wasn't his decision to have Brown appear, he's fine with it.

"I've known Chris Brown personally since he was fourteen years old and I had no idea that he was coming onto our show," Anderson tells ABC Radio.  He explains that it was an encounter between black-ish co-creator Kenya Barris and Brown that led to his appearance.

"Kenya was out one day having dinner and Chris was at the same restaurant and knew who Kenya was...," says Anderson. "He walked over and said, "Hey man, I love your show. I just wanted to let you know that I want to be on it. Can we make that happen?"

"And the next thing I know, this episode was written and they were like, 'Yo man...we got Chris Brown to do it!'" And I was like, 'That's great.'"

On tonight's episode, Brown plays Rich Youngsta, a popular rapper who collaborates with Anderson's character on an ad campaign that some find offensive. Anderson says Brown got the role because he fit the part.

"Our show is written as it is and whoever we feel is best to come in and be best at this character," he explains. "Chris expressed an interest in it and it was like, 'I think...we have that character for you."'
According to Anderson, black-ish remains "unique" because it does "not shy away from" controversial topics, and tonight's episode is no different.

"He did a masterful job at it," says the actor. "I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the work that he did."  

ABC's black-ish airs at 9:30 p.m ET. 

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AMC/Gene Page(ATLANTA) -- Lauren Cohan, who has played farm girl-turned-fighter Maggie since season two of The Walking Dead, isn't giving away any spoilers for the season seven finale. But she does acknowledge that it will be "heartbreaking."

"You’re certainly in for a lot of emotion," she tells Harpers Bazaar. "[It’s] incredibly bittersweet, beautiful and heartbreaking."

AMC's zombie apocalypse drama has always been heartbreaking -- evidenced in this season's premiere in which two of the show's beloved cast members fell victim to Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

As always, the cast held a traditional sendoff, or so called "death dinner," for their fallen cast members.

"It's funny when I stop to think about calling them death dinners. It's such a frequent part of our lingo that I forget how absurd it is, like spying on your own funeral," Cohan explained. "We've had some of our best nights together at them. There's always a lot of tears, but we also have bonfires and play games and get to tell the family member leaving how much we love them -- and, you know, completely embarrass them."

For Cohan, saying goodbye to Steven Yeun, who played Maggie's husband, Glenn, was especially hard. The actress hinted that her character, who is now pregnant with Glenn's baby, will grow as a leader without him.

"I hate saying anything that implies, 'Oh yeah, in the middle of season eight when I'm still alive...,' because I really don't know if I will be," she said. "But as a viewer, I am excited to see that arc being realized."

The Walking Dead’s season finale airs Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- The Tampa Bay Times reports that Viola Davis, the charismatic star of FencesThe HelpDoubt and ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, will appear at the USF University Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 4.

Organizers initially thought that the 900 seats in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom, and 700 seats to watch the live stream, would be sufficient, but student demand exceeded their expectations. The Center for Student Involvement quickly announced a move to the 10,411 seat Sun Dome, where members of the public will be able to attend as well.

Monica L. Miranda, who works with the student committee as director of the Center for Student Involvement, said, “The students truly wanted her. They didn’t want her because she was an Academy Award winner. That was a bonus to them.”

Davis is expected to speak about her personal and professional life, overcoming the adversity of poverty as a child, working through preconceived notions to become a stronger woman and elevating the voices of other women of color through artistic platforms.

The venerated actress was booked for $70,000. Despite Davis’ price tag, USF officials said her lecture didn’t cut too deeply into their budget for other speakers, and note that she was booked before she won the Oscar, which likely raised her quote.  

Doors open at 7:45 p.m. For more information, check out the USF site online.

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Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz"; Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- If there's one song you'd think would already be in the National Recording Registry, it's Judy Garland's classic take on "Over the Rainbow," from The Wizard of Oz.  That song's on the list of 25 recordings the Library of Congress revealed this morning have just now been added to the Registry, because of their "cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage."

This year's list of recordings is as varied as ever, spanning more than a century -- the oldest addition is an 1888 wax cylinder recording by a friend of inventor Thomas Edison; the latest, a 1997 album of operatic arias by soprano Renée Fleming.

The seminal 1988 rap album Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A is on the list, as is David Bowie's 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1980's Remain in Light by the Talking Heads, and the first Greatest Hits album by The Eagles, the second-best-selling album of all time.

Other individual songs added to the registry include Don Mclean's "American Pie," Sister Sledge's "We Are Family,"  "In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett, and Barbra Streisand's "People."

Country crooner Marty Robbins' 1959 classic Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs made the list -- the album's hit single outlaw ballad "El Paso" was famously featured in the final episode of Breaking Bad -- as did the original cast recording of the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, and comic Richard Pryor's 1978 recording Wanted: Live in Concert.

Here's the complete roster of this year's National Recording Registry additions.  More info on the individual recordings is at the Library of Congress website.

1.  The 1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud (1888)
2.  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (singles), Manhattan Harmony Four (1923); Melba Moore and Friends (1990)
3.  “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (single), Harry Richman (1929)
4.  “Over the Rainbow” (single), Judy Garland (1939)
5.  “I’ll Fly Away” (single), The Chuck Wagon Gang  (1948)
6.  “Hound Dog” (single),  Big Mama Thornton (1953)
7.  Saxophone Colossus, Sonny Rollins  (1956)
8.  The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, announced by Vin Scully (September 8, 1957)
9.  Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, Marty Robbins  (1959)
10. The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Wes Montgomery (1960)
11. “People” (single), Barbra Streisand (1964)
12. “In the Midnight Hour” (single), Wilson Pickett  (1965)
13. “Amazing Grace” (single), Judy Collins  (1970)
14. “American Pie” (single), Don McLean  (1971)
15.  “All Things Considered,” first broadcast (May 3, 1971)
16. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie (1972)
17. The Wiz, original cast album (1975)
18. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975), Eagles  (1976) 
19. Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Gunter Schuller, arr. (1976)  
20. Wanted:  Live in Concert, Richard Pryor  (1978)
21. “We Are Family” (single), Sister Sledge (1979)
22. Remain in Light, Talking Heads (1980)
23. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A (1988)
24. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Robert Shaw Festival Singers  (1990)
25. Signatures, Renée Fleming  (1997)

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ABC/Katie Yu(NEW YORK) -- Jenna Elfman returns to network TV with the ABC comedy Imaginary Mary, debuting Wednesday night. In it, she plays a woman who cares only about her career and herself, until she's forced to reevaluate things when she meets a guy with kids. Oh, and she has an imaginary friend.

"Her parents were very not there for her, and she had to create an imaginary friend to get her through, to have some person she felt guide her," Elfman explains of the imaginary title character, voiced by Rachel Dratch.

It's the first starring role for the Dharma & Greg star since her series Growing Up Fisher was canceled in 2014, and Elfman tells ABC Radio she's happy to be back in such an unconventional series.

"I think it's time that networks make bolder choices in their comedies," she says, noting the competition from cable and internet programming. "Networks must start making bold choice if they're to compete with all these other wonderful outlets doing great work. And if they're going to continue doing the same type of thing, they're going to get gobbled alive...."

Elfman says that although the series may be a little bit out-of-the-box, the situation her character finds herself in ought to be recognizable. 

"I think it's very common for women to lead with their careers these days," she says.  It's certainly a situation Elfman relates to.

"I always planned to, for myself, have children in my 20s, and then I just got so involved in my career I just, my 20s flew by, I was in my 30s and then I was like, 'Ah! Let's do it!" she says. "I've been with my husband like 26 years I was like, 'We gotta get this done.'" 

Imaginary Mary premieres tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin has revealed that he almost passed on playing President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

The actor told Vanity Fair for its April cover story that he originally passed on SNL producer Lorne Michaels' offer to play Trump but changed his mind after a film role fell through.

"I was supposed to do a film. And the people who were doing the film were supposed to escrow money to guarantee that I would get paid," he said in a video accompanying the cover story. "And they didn’t put the money in escrow. And that’s when I hung up and said I’m not going to go do the movie and I’m going to go do the thing with Lorne. And I think to myself, 'What if I hadn’t done that?' ... It’s turned out to be this incredible opportunity."

Baldwin's impression has been so popular that he has parlayed it into an upcoming satirical book and made his record 17th appearance as host of SNL earlier this year.

In the magazine, he talks about playing Trump, working with SNL stars Kate McKinnon and Tina Fey, and starring in the best role of his life in his new memoir Nevertheless, due out next month.

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