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Nicole Kidman’s Father, Antony Kidman, Dies

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Nicole Kidman’s father, Dr. Antony Kidman, has died, ABC News Radio confirmed. He was 76.

According to the British newspaper The Independent, Dr. Kidman, who was a clinical psychologist, was visiting his daughter, Antonia Kidman, in Singapore when he accidentally fell. No other details about the fatal incident were released, including when the accident occurred.

A statement from Kidman’s rep reads, “Nicole and her family are in shock by the sudden death of her father. She appreciates the outpouring of support and kindly requests privacy during this very difficult time. Thank you.”

Dr. Kidman’s death was also confirmed by the University of Technology Sydney, where he served as director of health psychology.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of Dr. Tony Kidman’s sudden passing. During his 43 years at the University of Technology, Sydney, Tony has contributed greatly — as a colleague, as a researcher, and as a health practitioner,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said in a statement. “Tony will be missed by all at UTS. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Although Nicole Kidman hasn’t addressed her father’s passing, her husband Keith Urban canceled a gig Thursday night to be with his wife, a rep for Urban confirmed. The American Idol judge was supposed to perform at a charity event in Thousand Oaks, Calif., but as he was headed there, learned of his father-in-law’s passing and immediately got on a private jet to fly to Nashville to be with his wife.

Kidman’s father and her mother, Janelle, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year.

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Ellen Pompeo Ready to Move On from Acting After “Grey’s Anatomy”

ABC/JORDIN ALTHAUS(NEW YORK) — Ellen Pompeo’s days in front of the camera may be numbered. She’s suggested that she will give up acting once her TV series, Grey’s Anatomy, wraps up.

Pompeo addressed the direction of her career at BuzzFeed Brews with Facebook Live, where she was joined by fellow ABC stars Kerry Washington and Viola Davis. She commented, “I definitely don’t have a strong desire to act after Grey’s.”

Pompeo, who’s entering her 11th season as Meredith Grey on the medical drama, added, “I feel myself transitioning. I don’t find acting terribly empowering.”

Pompeo, 44, said she wants to take on new challenges. That includes working behind the camera as she’s started a production company. However, she stopped short of saying she’s retiring from acting.

Pompeo is under contract with Grey’s Anatomy through its 12th season. Season 11 begins Sept. 25 on ABC.

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Kerry Washington Talks “Scandal’s” Steamy Sex Scenes and Her Advice for Olivia Pope

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(NEW YORK) — Scandal fans can’t wait to see Kerry Washington portray Olivia Pope again when the ABC series returns later this month. They also can’t wait to see if Olivia rides off into the sunset with Jake or heads back to the White House to continue her affair with President Fitzgerald. Washington says her sex scenes with both men are actually what excites her about playing Liv.

“It’s freeing to play a character who is messy and fully human, who has big feelings and a big life. So the fact that my character has such a sense of passion is exciting as an actor,” Washington said Wednesday at a Buzzfeed Brews with Facebook Live event. “It’s thrilling to figure that stuff out and take those kinds of risks,” she added.

But if you think Washington is OK with her character being a mistress and having daddy issues, think again. The Emmy-nominated actress shared what advice she’d give Olivia.

“Go to therapy! If she was my girlfriend, I would be like, ‘Girl, there is this guy you should call,'” she quipped.

Scandal
returns to ABC Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Report: “Married…with Children” Spin-Off Is Possible

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Will Married…with Children follow in the footsteps of Full House and Boy Meets World and return to the small screen?

It’s possible. The production studio behind the 1987-1997 Fox sitcom, Sony Pictures Television, is considering a spin-off based on Bud Bundy, the son in the Bundy family, according to E! News. Bud Bundy was played by David Faustino in the original series.

So far, the idea is only being pitched within the TV industry, and is not a done deal.

It’s unclear whether Faustino’s co-stars would be involved, but Katey Sagal, who portrayed matriarch Peggy Bundy in the sitcom centered on a dysfunctional family living in a Chicago suburb, revealed this week that the cast talks about a reunion frequently.

“We’ve talked about it every year, but then there are so many pieces that have to be in alignment that for some reason it never happens,” she told E! News. “But we love each other. Well, we’re all working now, so it’s hard to find the time.”

Sagal is currently starring in FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Ed O’Neill, who portrayed her husband, Al Bundy, stars in ABC’s Modern Family. Christina Applegate, who played dumb daughter Kelly, recently starred in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, while Faustino voiced a character on Nickelodeon’s recently canceled series, The Legend of Korra.

Although Sagal is on board with a possible reunion, Applegate still needs convincing to portray Kelly again. “We all kind of have other things going on. No one wants to see me in a miniskirt anymore,” she told E! “I’m 42 years old. I never wanted to see me in them back when I was 18. I don’t know if I could go that route.”

But there may be hope in a special project, Applegate teased. “We’re going to do something with Dave maybe. I don’t know if it will be in character,” she explained. “But I don’t really know. I don’t know what that’s going to be. I don’t know if I’m allowed to speak on that at all. So I should probably stop talking about it right now!”

The cast of Married…with Children reunited this week to see Sagal receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Report: “Married…with Children” Spin-Off Is Possible

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Will Married…with Children follow in the footsteps of Full House and Boy Meets World and return to the small screen?

It’s possible. The production studio behind the 1987-1997 Fox sitcom, Sony Pictures Television, is considering a spin-off based on Bud Bundy, the son in the Bundy family, according to E! News. Bud Bundy was played by David Faustino in the original series.

So far, the idea is only being pitched within the TV industry, and is not a done deal.

It’s unclear whether Faustino’s co-stars would be involved, but Katey Sagal, who portrayed matriarch Peggy Bundy in the sitcom centered on a dysfunctional family living in a Chicago suburb, revealed this week that the cast talks about a reunion frequently.

“We’ve talked about it every year, but then there are so many pieces that have to be in alignment that for some reason it never happens,” she told E! News. “But we love each other. Well, we’re all working now, so it’s hard to find the time.”

Sagal is currently starring in FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Ed O’Neill, who portrayed her husband, Al Bundy, stars in ABC’s Modern Family. Christina Applegate, who played dumb daughter Kelly, recently starred in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, while Faustino voiced a character on Nickelodeon’s recently canceled series, The Legend of Korra.

Although Sagal is on board with a possible reunion, Applegate still needs convincing to portray Kelly again. “We all kind of have other things going on. No one wants to see me in a miniskirt anymore,” she told E! “I’m 42 years old. I never wanted to see me in them back when I was 18. I don’t know if I could go that route.”

But there may be hope in a special project, Applegate teased. “We’re going to do something with Dave maybe. I don’t know if it will be in character,” she explained. “But I don’t really know. I don’t know what that’s going to be. I don’t know if I’m allowed to speak on that at all. So I should probably stop talking about it right now!”

The cast of Married…with Children reunited this week to see Sagal receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Report: “Married…with Children” Spin-Off Is Possible

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Will Married…with Children follow in the footsteps of Full House and Boy Meets World and return to the small screen?

It’s possible. The production studio behind the 1987-1997 Fox sitcom, Sony Pictures Television, is considering a spin-off based on Bud Bundy, the son in the Bundy family, according to E! News. Bud Bundy was played by David Faustino in the original series.

So far, the idea is only being pitched within the TV industry, and is not a done deal.

It’s unclear whether Faustino’s co-stars would be involved, but Katey Sagal, who portrayed matriarch Peggy Bundy in the sitcom centered on a dysfunctional family living in a Chicago suburb, revealed this week that the cast talks about a reunion frequently.

“We’ve talked about it every year, but then there are so many pieces that have to be in alignment that for some reason it never happens,” she told E! News. “But we love each other. Well, we’re all working now, so it’s hard to find the time.”

Sagal is currently starring in FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Ed O’Neill, who portrayed her husband, Al Bundy, stars in ABC’s Modern Family. Christina Applegate, who played dumb daughter Kelly, recently starred in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, while Faustino voiced a character on Nickelodeon’s recently canceled series, The Legend of Korra.

Although Sagal is on board with a possible reunion, Applegate still needs convincing to portray Kelly again. “We all kind of have other things going on. No one wants to see me in a miniskirt anymore,” she told E! “I’m 42 years old. I never wanted to see me in them back when I was 18. I don’t know if I could go that route.”

But there may be hope in a special project, Applegate teased. “We’re going to do something with Dave maybe. I don’t know if it will be in character,” she explained. “But I don’t really know. I don’t know what that’s going to be. I don’t know if I’m allowed to speak on that at all. So I should probably stop talking about it right now!”

The cast of Married…with Children reunited this week to see Sagal receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Keke Palmer Makes Her Broadway Debut in “Cinderella”

Jenny Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer made history when the curtain opened earlier this week in the Broadway production of Cinderella. The Akeelah and the Bee star became the first African-American to play the titular character on the Great White Way.

“It feels really awesome. I guess I feel an overwhelming feeling of gratitude,” the actress told ABC News Radio.

Palmer, who’s also making her Broadway debut, explained what she’s most looking forward to in the role.

“I naturally have always had that feeling of wanting to bring joy to people. Always! Whether it’s with jokes, being silly, any type of anything. I love people. I love expression,” she explained. “And so I think that’s going to be the best part for me — being able to perform out there in front of all those people and getting that immediate feedback.”

Palmer is currently starring alongside former View co-host Sherri Shepherd, who’s portraying Madame, the evil stepmother in this version of Cinderella. Nene Leakes will take over Shepherd’s role Nov. 25 until Jan. 3. Palmer’s run in the title role also ends January 3.

“I love the message in our story of Cinderella because it reminds people that it’s all about you,” Palmer says of the show. “Your reality is what’s relative to you. If you want your reality to be bigger, better, more positive that’s what you have to be in order to make it happen.”

Cinderella is now playing in New York City’s Broadway Theatre.

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Keke Palmer Makes Her Broadway Debut in “Cinderella”

Jenny Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer made history when the curtain opened earlier this week in the Broadway production of Cinderella. The Akeelah and the Bee star became the first African-American to play the titular character on the Great White Way.

“It feels really awesome. I guess I feel an overwhelming feeling of gratitude,” the actress told ABC News Radio.

Palmer, who’s also making her Broadway debut, explained what she’s most looking forward to in the role.

“I naturally have always had that feeling of wanting to bring joy to people. Always! Whether it’s with jokes, being silly, any type of anything. I love people. I love expression,” she explained. “And so I think that’s going to be the best part for me — being able to perform out there in front of all those people and getting that immediate feedback.”

Palmer is currently starring alongside former View co-host Sherri Shepherd, who’s portraying Madame, the evil stepmother in this version of Cinderella. Nene Leakes will take over Shepherd’s role Nov. 25 until Jan. 3. Palmer’s run in the title role also ends January 3.

“I love the message in our story of Cinderella because it reminds people that it’s all about you,” Palmer says of the show. “Your reality is what’s relative to you. If you want your reality to be bigger, better, more positive that’s what you have to be in order to make it happen.”

Cinderella is now playing in New York City’s Broadway Theatre.

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“Dolphin Tale 2,” “No Good Deed,” “The Drop” Open Friday

Sony/Screen Gems(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide on Friday:

Dolphin Tale 2
— In the sequel to the 2011 family film, the marine hospital that cares for Winter the dolphin faces the possibility of losing the mammal to another aquarium. Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson star. Rated PG.

No Good Deed
— Taraji P. Henson is a wife and mother terrorized by an escaped convict, played by Idris Elba, who shows up at her doorstep. Rated PG-13.

And opening in limited release:

The Drop
— The drama marks the late James Gandolfini’s final film. He plays the employer and cousin of Tom Hardy’s Bob, a bartender entangled in a robbery gone awry. Noomi Rapace also stars in the film, which was written by Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone author Dennis Lehane. Rated R.

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Jennifer Garner Jokes About ‘Sexy Polaroids,’ Discusses How Social Media Has Changed Relationships

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — In her new film, Men, Women and Children, Jennifer Garner attempts to portray the way social media, including Twitter and Facebook, has changed relationships.

Garner is part of one of the most famous households in America, married to Ben Affleck, and mother to their three children — Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2.

“It makes you feel kind of sick to your stomach to watch the movie,” she told Vanity Fair of the content of the film, especially as a mother and wife. “With parenting, how I feel about it and, specifically, about my character is we are just trying to get it right. You’re trying to do right by your kids and protect them.”

Garner — who was in Toronto for a film festival and promoting her new movie — added that a teacher in a parenting class she took in Los Angeles told her, “Prepare your child for the road, not the road for your child.”

Explain to your kids, she added, that “this is why they are selling [things] this way.”

“You have these really hard conversations already,” she said.

When it came to her husband taking on the role of Batman, Garner said, “Everybody’s excited for Batman.”

She also addressed the fact that the movie doesn’t come out till 2016.

“I’ve been asked all these questions about it,” she said, “and Ben just said to me on the phone, ‘Jennifer, next year at Toronto it will still be months from coming out.'”

As for how Affleck and Garner spice things up, she said, “Polaroids, that’s what we do at the Affleck house, we have a stack of sexy Polaroids.”

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