ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Lena Dunham is shuttering her digital newsletter, Lenny Letter.
The newsletter -- which had featured essays by Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o and many more during its publication -- announced the closure in its final letter to subscribers Friday morning. Lena founded Lenny Letter with her producing partner Jenni Konner three years ago.
“In the three years since we began, the Internet has opened up for underrepresented writers in ways we wouldn’t have predicted or believed from our 2015 bunker,” the farewell note reads. “It was an honor to be part of that brigade, and we can’t wait to see how those who forged that path keep holding space after Lenny is gone.
It continues, “While there’s no one reason for our closure, this change allows for growth and a shift in perspectives — ours and yours.”
The letter implores, “Please, continue to push forward the voices that need a platform, the untold stories that deserve to be heard, the diversity that the publishing industry claims to value but has never mastered.”
Dunham also tweeted about change on Friday, without specifically mentioning the closure.
“Change is the only way we learn and the only way we stay in touch with our capacity for joy,” she wrote. “I am celebrating every aspect of it today, even the ones that hurt (Literally: holes on the body. Figuratively: holes in the heart.).”
Netflix(NEW YORK) -- If you thought the story of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey ended with their verdict, think again. The hit Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer is back for even more revelations in Part 2.
The new episodes, which debut on Netflix today, follow the post-conviction process as Avery and Dassey’s lawyers -- including Avery's new powerhouse attorney Kathleen Zellner -- try to get their cases overturned.
As seen in Part 1, Avery and his then-teenage nephew were found guilty in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach.
Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos say the passionate response to Part 1 and the unanswered questions it left behind inspired them to continue telling the story.
"We thought if we go on this journey with them and their lawyers at this stage of the process we'll actually be bringing viewers into a lesser known phase of the process," Ricciardi tells ABC Radio. "That was really exciting to us."
If you’ve read recent headlines, you know Avery and Dassey have been unsuccessful in their appeals so far, but Ricciardi and Demos say Part 2 goes deeper than anything you'd be able to Google.
Demos compares the series to a cross-country train ride, rather than a flight. “If you took a train, you would learn a whole lot more," she explains. "You’d learn what that journey was like, what it meant to land on the West Coast and it would have a totally different meaning to you.”
She adds, “The headlines are the most surface level of the plot, and the plot is not the story."
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- On his fourth show from Brooklyn, Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night welcomed multiple Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in a triumphant appearance following her successful treatment for breast cancer.
The Seinfeld vet and Veep star came loaded for bear: "I'm really good, I'm not just saying that," she said to cheers, before saying with a laugh, "Let's get this cancer sh** out of the way, bring on the questions."
"Did you beat the breast cancer?" Kimmel asked, to which Louis-Dreyfus answered enthusiastically, "Yes!"
The actress' announcement that she had the disease stunned her fans, who followed her battle with cancer via social media. She explained how she came to be so public about her fight.
"Well, I did it for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, we had to stall Veep production because of my situation -- a lot of people work for me, and I knew I couldn't really keep it private --- because I had to tell everybody what was going on. And then I just sort of embraced that, and I got a lot of positive feedback. I think people liked having the fact that I had a sense of humor about it. And also I think it's an important conversation to have about health and health care."
As she's done in the past, Louis-Dreyfus tied her fight against cancer with the fight for health insurance for all -- which dovetailed into Kimmel's very public battle over health care when his newborn son needed heart surgery.
Louis-Dreyfus also admitted to being nervous about giving a speech after she receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this weekend. "They're giving you an award for being comedic, and now they're saying, at the same time, now prove that you deserve it with this speech..."
Credit: Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:
* Halloween -- Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in this direct sequel to the 1978 original. Still dealing with the violent attack she suffered 40 years earlier, she prepares to face Michael Meyers for once last confrontation, as he returns to try and finish her off. Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and Virginia Gardner also star. Rated R.
* The Hate U Give -- This film adaptation of the late Angela Thomas' novel of the same name follows a 16-year-old girl -- played by Amandla Stenberg -- who must decide if she'll stand up for what she believes after witnessing the shooting of her best friend by a police officer. Also starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Common and Anthony Mackie. Rated PG-13.
* The Old Man & the Gun -- Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker -- played by Robert Redford in what is reportedly his final role -- a career criminal who, at the age of 70, broke out of San Quentin prison and went on to rob 93 banks in five states over a two-year period. Also starring Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. Rated PG-13.
Opening in limited release on Friday:
* Can You Ever Forgive Me -- This dramedy, based on Lee Israel's memoir of the same name, stars Melissa McCarthy as Israel -- an out of step writer who attempts to revive her career by forging letters from dead authors and playwrights. Also starring Richard E. Grant and Jane Curtain. Rated R.
* Mid90s -- Jonah Hill wrote and makes his directorial debut in this coming of age comedy about a 13-year-old boy in 1990s Los Angeles -- played by Sunny Suljic -- who navigates his troubled home life and new friends he meets at a local skate shop. Also starring Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston. Rated R.
* What They Had -- Hillary Swank stars as Ruth, who returns to her hometown at the insistence of her brother -- played Michael Shannon -- to help him convince their father to put their Alzheimer's-stricken mother -- portrayed by Robert Forster and Blythe Danner, respectively -- in a nursing home and let go of their long life together. Rated R.
Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence(LOS ANGELES) -- U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka scored a date with Creed star Michael B. Jordan, thanks to a little matchmaking by Ellen DeGeneres.
The talk show host wished the 21-year-old tennis pro a happy birthday on Twitter by posting a shirtless photo of Jordan on her Twitter feed.
"Happy birthday," she wrote on Tuesday, Osaka's birthday. "I got you a present."
Osaka had previously shared with DeGeneres that she had a crush on the Black Panther star when she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show back in September. The appearance came after Osaka beast Serena Williams during a controversial match in the U.S. Open Women's Final.
After Ellen posted the photo, the tennis pro was mortified and asked the talk show host to block her -- but Ellen's move ended up getting the attention of none other than Jordan.
The actor posted another shirtless photo, and declared, "This one is better and more recent." He then invited Osaka to the premiere of Creed II as a belated birthday present.
A surprised Osaka tweeted, "LOL what is going on," but was happy to accept Jordan's offer. "If you're serious I would totally want to go," she wrote.
Ellen, who was clearly enjoying her handiwork, then tweeted, "You're welcome, Naomi."
Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Want to shop like Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman -- minus the rude saleswoman? Well, now you can win the chance to do it...courtesy of Julia Roberts herself.
In partnership with the charity site Omaze, the actress is offering one lucky fan and a friend the opportunity to join her for lunch in Los Angeles and then enjoy a $2,500 shopping spree on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive.
Rodeo Drive is, of course, where Julia's Pretty Woman character Vivian ended up spending an "obscene" amount of money, and then got to inform that rude saleswoman that refusing to serve her was a "BIG mistake. HUGE."
The winner's flights and accommodation in L.A. will be taken care of as well.
To enter, all you have to do is make a donation on Omaze.com to support GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. GLSEN is a non-profit that works to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ children.
The campaign has also launched in conjunction with the GLSEN Respect Awards, which take place Friday, October 19 in L.A.
Scott Kowalchyk/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Well, this is quite the visual. On The Late Show with Stephen ColbertWednesday night, Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage said he helped Jamie Dornan practice his lines for Fifty Shades Freed.
Dinklage said he helped Dornan rehearse for the erotic drama in their dressing room while the two were shooting the new film My Dinner with Hervé, in which they both star.
"I read some of the screenplay, though, in our dressing room,” Dinklage said. "I went in, he had to do some reshoots for Fifty Shades and I would help him out learning lines.”
He added, "I would read theDakota Johnson parts. I was just helping a friend learn lines. I nailed it. I really did.”
While Colbert tried to compare the intense fan bases of both Game of Thrones and Fifty Shades, Dinklage said they are “very different.”
"I think Game of Thrones fans would take issue with comparing the two because Game of Thrones fans are very specific and lovely,” he said. “Fifty Shades fans have issues. It’s all suppressed issues, I think.”
ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Just because Kristen Bell played Anna in Disney’s Frozen doesn’t mean she thinks all fairy tale princesses are good role models.
In a new interview with Parents magazine, the star of The Good Place says she uses the story of Snow White as a teachable moment for her two young daughters, five-year-old Lincoln and three-year-old Delta.
"Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, 'Don't you think it's weird that Snow White didn't ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?'” she says.
“I say, 'I would never take food from a stranger, would you?' And my kids are like, 'No!' And I'm like, 'Okay, I'm doing something right.'"
She also discusses the scene where the prince kisses Snow White. "Don't you think that it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?" Bell says she asks her daughters. "Because you cannot kiss someone if they're sleeping!"
While Bell uses the fairy tale to teach her kids lessons, Keira Knightley said on The Ellen DeGeneres Showthis week that she has flat-out banned certain Disney movies in the presence of her three-year-old daughter, Edie.
Knightley says she won’t let her daughter watch Cinderella or The Little Mermaid because the lead princesses depend too much on men, but Frozen is OK.
Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood; John P. Johnson/HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- The lead actors of HBO's existential sci-fi drama Westworld will all be getting raises in advance of the Emmy-winning series' third season.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton -- who reportedly earn in the $100,000-$150,000 per episode range -- will each make $250,000 an episode.
James Marsden and Tessa Thompson, who have prime roles in the drama, weren't included in the salary negotiations, suggesting their futures on the series may be up in the air.
Westworld is set in a fictional resort where android "hosts" indistringuishable from humans play Wild West characters that interact with paying human visitors. The problems begin when some androids become self-aware and question their existence.
Westworld wrapped up its second season in June, a month ater being renewed for a third season.
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of its release on Friday, Anthony Mackie is breaking down The Hate U Give and it's "amazing story."
"[The film is] about this young lady who witnesses her boyfriend, best friend, being murdered by the police," Mackie tells ABC Radio. "And she has to make an interesting decision. Does she basically snitch, and tell the story of what happens and go against the police as well as the community and deal with the ramifications and the fallout of that? Or, does she keep her mouth shut like everybody is telling her to do?"
The Avengers star says the film is much more than just a Black Lives Matter narrative, it's a "coming of age story."
"[It's about] a young woman coming to power and coming to her personal independence of speaking her mind and being honest," he explains.
In the film Mackie plays King, a local drug dealer and former associate of Starr's father Maverick. Mackie, who's been a staple in the Avengers franchise playing the superhero Falcon, says he was quick to jump on the project.
"I wanted to do it, because it's very important," he says. "I've worked with George Tillman [director] three times now and seeing a young woman find her voice and get an opportunity as the star of a studio movie is few and far between. So, when I read the script I felt like... It was-- if I have any little bit of star to add to that, to make sure that that story is told, I would add that star to that."
The Hate U Give, also starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby, hits theaters nationwide on Friday.
Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Shay Mitchellwants to help you travel in style.
The former Pretty Little Liars actress and current You star has launched a new line of affordable travel gear. The brand, called BEIS (pronounced BASE), consists of seven items so far: the Duffle, the Weekender, the Backpack, the Dopp Kit, the Makeup Case, the Passport Holder, and the Luggage Tag.
The items come mostly in neutral beige and black colors, with the passport holder and luggage tags coming in more colorful options. The products run from $12 to $83 and are available for purchase on the BEIS website and through Nordstrom.com.
“Throughout my life and career, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world,” Mitchell writes on Instagram. “After countless trips and Shaycations, I realized there was a need for chic, affordable and durable pieces for travelers like myself.”
The brand is also partnering with Girl Up, a global leadership initiative for young women. A portion of the proceeds get donated to the initiative with every purchase.
And if you need some travel inspo, Mitchell has a series on her YouTube channel called "Shaycation," which showcases her travels around the globe.
ABC/Robert Trachtenberg(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems The Conners are doing just fine without Roseanne -- at least, so far.
The ABC spin-off series premiered Tuesday night to solid ratings, making it TV’s number-one series debut this season. It brought in 10.5 million viewers, topping NBC’s Manifest, which debuted with 10.4 million viewers on September 24.
The Conners was TV’s most-watched series debut since ABC’s The Good Doctor in 2017, as well as ABC’s most-watched comedy series debut in four years.
While the show certainly did well, it still debuted way below the premiere of the initial Roseanne revival earlier this year. The one-hour Roseanne premiere back in March drew a staggering 18.4 million viewers. The Conners was, however, on par with the ratings for the Roseanne season finale.
Tuesday night’s episode revealed Roseanne Conner died of an opioid overdose following knee surgery. Roseanne Barr was booted from the show in May over a tweet she made that was widely seen as racist.
MTV(CANNES, FRANCE) -- The Real World is ready for a real comeback.
MTV has announced that it's partnering with Facebook Watch to develop three all-new seasons of the reality show to debut in spring 2019.
The new seasons will take place in Mexico, Thailand and the U.S. The series will still feature “seven strangers” picked to have their lives recorded under one roof, but there will be extra opportunities for fan engagement this time around.
Facebook users will get to vote one housemate onto the show and they’ll be able to connect with the cast through Facebook Live.
“MTV’s The Real World helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them,” Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, says in a statement.
He adds, “By partnering with Facebook Watch and BMP, we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world.”
Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Tara Reid is hitting back at reports that she caused a “disturbance” on a Delta flight Monday and was kicked off the plane.
In a lengthy Instagram statement, the Sharknado actress says she left the plane willingly after a flight attendant would not allow her dog to sit with her.
She says her three-month-old puppy is her emotional support dog and that she had the proper paperwork to travel with it, but a flight attendant insisted she place the dog in an overhead bin or the belly of the plane.
Reid calls this a “ridiculous request” and says she was not about to abandon her dog, so she “gracefully declined and deboarded the plane on my own accord without any incident.”
"Within minutes, I was back on another plane with a different (dog friendly) airline which accepted that I carry my dog on the plane with me on my lap, heading to my destination," she says.
In a statement Monday, Delta had characterized the incident as a “customer disturbance” on their flight from Los Angeles to New York. Witnesses also told TMZ that Reid was removed for “complaining loudly.” But video taken by a passenger shows Reid calmly deplaning with her puppy in her arms.