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Liu Yifei as Mulan/© 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the most bumped-about big budget movie releases is coming home, to Disney . 

Mulan, the live-action re-imagining of the 1998 animated classic, saw its release date moved repeatedly throughout the summer, as the COVID-19 pandemic refused to release its grip on the country. 

The film starring Yifei Liu, which was initially supposed to hit theaters in March of 2020, will be made available on Disney on September 4 for an added fee of $29.99. The movie will be released theatrically in some overseas markets, including Asia, where theaters are reopening.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Disney CEO Bob Chapek on an investor earnings call, which revealed the company took a COVID-related drubbing to its bottom line; because of theme park closures worldwide alone, the company took a $3.5 billion operating income hit, and an overall loss of $2 billion.

The one bright spot for the House of Mouse, incidentally, was Disney . Aside from the Mulan news, Chapek noted that the streaming service saw a boom in subscribers thanks to Hamilton and Beyonce's Black Is King. The exec says Disney now has 60.5 million paid subscribers globally. 

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By Stephen Iervolino
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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGLES) -- Sean Penn, 60, is now the son-in-law of actor Vincent D'Onofrio, 61, after Penn married D'Onofrio's 28-year-old daughter, Leila George. 

Penn confirmed the nuptials, and showed off his wedding band, during a video interview with Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The Mystic River Oscar-winner said, "We did a COVID wedding. By that I mean it was a county commissioner on Zoom and we were at the house, my two children and her brother. And we did it that way."

Penn joked that the pandemic afforded him some "socially liberating factors" regarding the stress-free event.

Penn shares two kids, 29-year-old Dylan Frances and 28-year-old-son Jack, with ex-wife Robin Wright. He was also famously married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989.

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Johnny Nunez/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Tiffany Haddish and Common are officially dating.

The actress and comedian confirmed their relationship status during a recent episode on "Steve-O's Wild Ride!" podcast. "I am in a relationship," she told Steve-O showing off her freshly shaved head to match Common's bald dome.

"We're twins now," she said sharing his reaction to her new hairdo. "He's like, 'Wow, you did it, man. You've got a lot of courage. You look so beautiful. I love it. And I'm like, 'Ah, put your head on my head.'"

According to Tiffany, the couple met when Common played her love interest in her 2019 film The Kitchen and bonded over a few occasional spades games. The comedian previously mentioned she had been quarantining with the rapper and John Wick 2 star. But it appears things have progressed since their virtual date on Bumble earlier this year to raise money for frontline workers and children.

She said so far this is "hands down the best relationship" she's ever been in, and adds that Common is her her first celebrity boyfriend.

"I've lost 20 pounds since I've been in this relationship. I feel more confident in me, and it's not him that's doing it," Tiffany shared. "I'm just way happier, and it's, like, knowing I got somebody that cares about me, that really has my back. It seems like he does anyway, and I love it. I love him."

Congratulations to the couple on their budding romance! 

By Rachel George
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Jackson Lee/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) During a new interview with the business website FastCompany, actor and entrepreneur Ryan Reynolds talked about his undeniable love and talent for marketing -- but things took a more serious turn when he apologized again to fans for the location of his 2012 marriage to Blake Lively. 

The pair were wed in South Carolina at Boone Hall, a former slave plantation just outside of Charleston. "It's something we'll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for," Reynolds says. "It's impossible to reconcile. What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy."

Reynolds says, "Years ago we got married again at home -- but shame works in weird ways. A giant f**king mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action. It doesn't mean you won't f**k up again. But repatterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end."

As far as moving to action, the pair have put their money where their mouths are, with millions in donations to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, and other causes. Recently, Reynolds announced he's launching the Group Effort Initiative, a program through which he'll use part of his next salary for a new Netflix film to train 20 people of color and other underrepresented groups on the set, as well as fly and house them there, so they can pursue a career in the film industry.

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Frederic REGLAIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The upcoming Whitney Houston biopic has landed a studio, and a tentative release date.

According to Deadline, Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the bidding for I Wanna Dance with Somebody and is laying claim to a Thanksgiving, 2022 release date. Sony reportedly beat out around six streaming companies and studios to score the project.

Music producer and Whitney’s mentor Clive Davis is producing the film, which has the blessing of the Whitney Houston Estate. Stella Meghie, whose most recent film is The Photograph, is on board to direct, with Bohemian Rhapsody scribe Anthony McCarten writing the script and co-producing.

The producers previously described the movie as a "joyous, emotional and heart-breaking celebration," while still being "very frank about the price that super-stardom exacted" from Whitney.

Whitney passed away in 2012 at the age of 48.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Courtesy of Magnolia Network(WACO, TX) -- Chip and Joanna Gaines, who have built a lifestyle and home improvement empire based on their hit former HGTV home renovation show Fixer Upper, are rebooting the series for their fledgling TV network. 

On their website, Chip noted, "The day we wrapped our final episode of Fixer Upper, we really believed it was a chapter closed. A bittersweet ending to a season of our lives that we couldn't have been more grateful for. In that moment, the future was a little uncertain, but Jo and I were sure of a few things. We knew we needed a break and a moment to catch our breath...But we also knew we weren't done dreaming about ways to make old things new again."

With that in mind, he says the pair have "continued tackling renovations and projects that we’ve both been passionate about, including a few really special ones that we can't wait for you to watch unfold on the network when it launches."

Chip adds, "I'll be honest, Jo and I feel like a couple of kids trying our best to keep down a few butterflies. But we are mostly just giddy about getting the band back together again so we can share the story of these families and their homes with you."

The channel, which will feature other DIY shows, is a joint venture between the power tool-wielding power couple and Discovery. It launches in 2021.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Jenny Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in its 87-year history, the famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been cancelled.

Radio City Music Hall's owner, MSG Entertainment, notes in the official announcement, "We regret that the 2020 production of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase, has been canceled due to continued uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic."

The announcement continues, "We are disappointed for everyone involved with the show, as well as for the many fans who make the Christmas Spectacular a cherished part of their holiday tradition. We look forward to welcoming audiences back for the 2021 production, which is on sale now."

All tickets for the 2020 production will be automatically refunded at the point of purchase.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular debuted back in 1933.

By Stephen Iervolino
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(LOS ANGELES) -- While a few stars -- Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson, specifically -- have gone on record confirming some negative stories that have been reported regarding Ellen DeGeneres and her talk show, Katy Perry is stepping up to defend the host and the program.

"I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen & on the @theellenshow," Katy tweeted.

"I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades," Katy continued. "Sending you love & a hug, friend."

By and large, the responses to Katy's message were negative, with her fans asking Katy to check her privilege, nothing that "of course" she would have been treated well, being a huge star.  The employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show who have spoken out about experiencing misconduct, racism and intimidation in the workplace, and an internal investigation has been launched.

Following the claims, DeGeneres issued an email to her staff, obtained by ABC News, in which she wrote, in part, "As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done.”

"Clearly some didn't," the message continues.  "That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again." 

By Andrea Dresdale
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CBS Television Network.(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS’ daytime drama The Young and the Restless will start rolling out new episodes August 10, the network announced on Monday. 

It joins its CBS companion soap The Bold and the Beautiful, which began airing originals on July 20, ABC’s General Hospital, which returned with original episodes on Monday, and NBC’s Days Of Our Lives, which has has been airing first-run episodes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In January, The Young and the Restless, now in its 47th season, was renewed for four more years, taking it through 2024.

By George Costantino
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Disney Channel/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) --  Ronni Hawk, who stars in the Disney Channel sitcom Stuck in the Middle -- found herself stuck behind bars after allegedly beating up her boyfriend, according to TMZ.

Hawk was arrested Friday morning in Los Angeles and taken to the Van Nuys, California jail, booked on one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant.

Law enforcement sources tell the gossip website that police “got a call to a home for a domestic disturbance, and when they arrived, officers say a man on the scene had visible injuries including scratches.”

Cops add that a verbal argument took place between Hawk and her boyfriend, and at some point, “it got physical.”  Based on the victim’s apparent injuries, officers determined she should be arrested.

Bail for the 20-year-old actress, whose other credits include appearances on the TV shows Legacies and On My Block, was set at $100,000.

By George Costantino
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ABC/Craig Sjodin - John Fleenor(LOS ANGELES) -- Shortly after reports broke on Monday that original Bachelorette star Clare Crawley found love on set just two weeks into filming her upcoming season, it was rumored that Tayshia Adams will take over in handing out the roses.

Tayshia would become the second Black Bachelorette in franchise history, something that Rachel Lindsay is very excited to see. 

Lindsay, who was the series' first Black Bachelorette, spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the historic shakeup.

"When I stepped in as Bachelorette, I wanted to pave a way for more diversity, for more people who look like me and who didn’t look like the typical lead," she expressed. "So to see another Bachelorette of color, I’m thrilled."

Lindsay has remained outspoken about improving Bachelor Nation's lack of diversity and extensively lobbied to have more casting opportunities extended to people of color. 

"I have been fighting for inclusion, and I‘ve said before that Tayshia would be an excellent Bachelorette, so I am more than happy to pass the torch," the 35-year-old gushed. "I am so excited to see what she’s going to do, how she will represent herself and her journey to find love."

Lindsay admitted that while she is very happy for Tayshia, more needs to be done about the lack of diversity within Bachelor Nation. 

"I do still want to see some additional producers of all colors brought in," She expressed. "But change is being made and I’m happy to see it."

Lindsay also remarked that she is looking forward to the day where she isn't asked for her opinion on the show, "I’d love to get to shut up about all this and step back, and this is a big step towards that."

Overall, she plans to "watch this season as a proud fan."

The Bachelorette
returns to ABC this fall.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin -- John Fleenor(LOS ANGELES) -- Just as production was ramping up for the new season of The Bachelorette that starred Clare Crawley, a major shakeup is reportedly underway.

Entertainment Tonight reports that Crawley, who is the oldest Bachelorette in series' history, managed to find love just weeks into filming and no longer needs to complete her romantic journey.  Instead of cutting her season short, however, producers are rolling out with a backup plan.

Multiple sources say Tayshia Adams will be brought on to continue handing out roses to the eligible suitors after Crawley's departure.  Adding fuel to the fire was Crawley herself, who liked -- and quickly unliked -- a tweet that stated Adams was replacing her.

ET asserts that Crawley left on great terms with the show that developed a habit of taking fans on wild rides over the past few seasons, from windmills to competitors having secret girlfriends.

On top of having two different Bachelorettes in one season, fans area already gearing up for another major difference as competitors won't be whisked across the globe in order to win the final rose. 

Instead, the Bachelorettes and their 42 suitors will remain in Palm Springs, California.

Adams appeared as a contestant during Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor.  She went on to compete on Bachelor in Paradise, but didn't find her true love in the end. 

She now stands to become the franchise's second Black Bachelorette, following Rachel Lindsay.

The Bachelorette is set to air Tuesdays this fall on ABC.

By Megan Stone
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Randy Holmes/Walt Disney Television via Getty Image(LOS ANGELES) -- Ahead of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s upcoming season and amid an internal investigation into alleged misconduct and racial prejudice on set, the show’s producers on Monday addressed staff accounts of the claims uncovered in a Buzzfeed report last month, according to Variety.

As more and more allegations surface, questions are mounting as to how much of an effect they’ll have on the lucrative talk show.

“What makes it difficult, with the kind of crisis this is…it’s not an acute problem,” Andrew Moesel, senior VP of issues and crisis management for Ketchum, the show’s producers, tells the industry trade.  “It’s more a challenge to her entire brand ethos, which is as a friendly, relatable person next door, which is really the way that viewers perceive her and her value as an entertainer.”

Following the claims, DeGeneres issued an email to her staff, obtained by ABC News, in which she wrote, "As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done.”

"Clearly some didn't.  That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

Entertainment publicist Danny Deraney thinks it’ll take a lot more repair the damage.

“[Ellen] has an image problem that clearly is going to need some work to salvage any kind of momentum that she has earned over this time or any kind of positive reputation that she has,” he tells Variety, adding, “it starts by offering a better apology and taking ownership of what she’s done, and really being better.”

The new season of Ellen is set to premiere on September 9, while the DeGeneres-hosted, Game of Games on NBC, is headed back into production the week of August 24.

By George Costantino
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Natalie Seery/HBO (NEW YORK) -- On the critically-acclaimed HBO drama series, I May Destroy You, Paapa Essiedu gets to work alongside his longtime friend and collaborator Michaela Coel, who also happens to be his boss. 

Essiedu tells ABC Audio that thankfully there's no egos involved when it comes to Coel, who he says is always open to support new ideas.

"I think that Michaela is good. She's humble with it. And...not precious," he says. "So like, she's up for taking the ideas. She's like a sponge. She absorbs it. And she's very eager to say yes to someone offering something up."

However, even with their close friendship, that dates back to drama school, Essiedu admits Coel is definitely not a pushover when it comes to getting down to business.

"But... I don't think... because I was friends with her, I actually got any more allowances than anybody else," he says.

In fact, because of their friendship, Essiedu notes that he's even a bit reluctant to offer his input when it comes to his character Kwame.

"And also, I didn't want to kind of push it that way... because I think it hurts more if your friend tells you, 'No, you can't do that.' You know? Rather than like it's just like some person that you're working with. So like, we keep it kind of professional to an extent."

Still, Essiedu says it's hard not to let their real-life camaraderie reflect on set.

"We're playing friends in the show. So obviously [it's] going to mirror what we're like in real life," he says.

"[But, Coel] is just like the most incredible collaborator, the most talented... person I ever worked with," he adds.

I May Destroy You airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Exciting things are in the works for Hannah Brown.  The 25-year-old opened up about her emotional journey that started in 2019 when she agreed to compete on The Bachelor.

"Today feels really symbolic for me. As I get ready to move into a new home, I realize that I am starting a new chapter and closing another," Brown penned on Saturday, who remarked that it was nice transition for her because "I’m usually rushing to the next chapter before I finish the one before!"

Although she didn't disclose what she has cooking up, the Dancing with the Stars champ hinted it was enough to make her look back at how much her life has changed since she was swept up in a whirlwind of new experiences last year.

"I took a trip down memory lane this morning, looking at footage and personal journals from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and couldn’t help but feel a little proud of how much I’ve evolved since then," She expressed, sharing a video recording she made after she watched the first few episodes of The Bachelor where she fretted over how people perceived her and her faith.

"Oh sweet baby Han didn’t know then it was just the start of all the crazy mess she’d get into," Brown cracked. "I’ve had lots of highs and a lot of lows, and although I would prefer some things to have gone differently, I wouldn’t change a single thing."

Once Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor ended, Brown found herself in the starring role of The Bachelorette but her season ended with her calling off her engagement to Jeff Wyatt. 

She then competed on DWTS, where she and partner Alan Bersten took home the Mirrorball Trophy.

"Cheers, to new beginnings y’all," she concluded her post. 

By Megan Stone
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