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Arnold Will Have Boardroom Help for New “Celebrity Apprentice”

Amanda Edwards/Getty ImagesThe Celebrity Apprentice‘s new boss Arnold Schwarzenegger, will get a hand from six additional boardroom advisors when he takes over.

Deadline reports Entertainment Tonight alum and previous Celebrity Apprentice champ Leeza Gibbons, chef Rocco DiSpirito, Extra co-host Tracey Edmonds, YouTube star Justine Ezarik, British finance expert Gemma Godfrey and The Biggest Loser host Bob Harper will join previously announced advisers Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.

Competitors include Laila Ali, Boy George, Carson Kressley, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Carnie Wilson.

Of course, Donald Trump, the show’s previous boss, has a new job: President of the United States of America.

The Celebrity Apprentice‘s eighth season premieres January 2 on NBC.

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“La La Land,” “Moonlight,” “Arrival” Top 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards Film Nominations

Photo by David Bornfriend, courtesy of A24(LOS ANGELES) — The nominations in the movie categories have been announced for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, and the musical La La Land leads this year with 12.

Along with scoring a Best Picture nod, La La Land earned nominations for the movie’s stars, Ryan Goslingand Emma Stone.

The indie smash hit Moonlight and the Amy Adams sci-fi film Arrival followed in second place with 10 nominations each.

Mel Gibson, in full comeback mode, scored a Best Director nomination for his war film Hacksaw Ridge, which also earned a nod for Best Action Movie and a nod in the lead actor category for Andrew Garfield, as well as a host of technical honors.

FX’s hit The People v. O.J. Simpson leads the TV nominations, which were previously announced. HBO was the network that received the most nods with 22, including five for Game of Thrones.

The Critics’ Choice Awards, honoring the best in TV and film, airs Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. ET on A&E. Silicon Valley and Deadpool star T.J. Miller is set to host.

Here are the main categories for the film nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards — the full list can be found here:

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Tom Hanks – Sully
Denzel Washington – Fences

Amy Adams – Arrival
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Viola Davis – Fences
Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Janelle Monáe – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Alex R. Hibbert – Moonlight
Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe
Sunny Pawar – Lion
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

20th Century Women
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Denzel Washington – Fences

Captain America: Civil War
Doctor Strange
Hacksaw Ridge
Jason Bourne

Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange
Matt Damon – Jason Bourne
Chris Evans – Captain America: Civil War
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Gal Gadot – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Scarlett Johansson – Captain America: Civil War
Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad
Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange

Central Intelligence
Don’t Think Twice
The Edge of Seventeen
Hail, Caesar!
The Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dwayne Johnson – Central Intelligence
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship
Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris
Kate McKinnon – Ghostbusters
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

10 Cloverfield Lane
Doctor Strange
Don’t Breathe
Star Trek Beyond
The Witch

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Ryan Reynolds on Baby Number Two: We Found a Name

Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris(TORONTO) — Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively welcomed their second daughter in September, but they still haven’t revealed her name.

Reynolds once joked that he was going to name his firstborn “Excalibur Anaconda Reynolds.”

He tells Canada’s eTalk in a new interview, “I had [suggested] the same name, except with all the letters in the name being silent, which again was confusing for everyone. Especially me.”

In all seriousness, he added, “We settled on the right one.” But again, he’s not revealing what it is.

Reynolds, 40, and Lively, 29, are already parents to nearly two-year-old James, who’s enjoying being a big sister.

“It was kind of profound,” the actor says. “I just love watching my older daughter take care of the newborn. That’s been kind of neat to see.”

As for fatherhood, the Deadpool star says. “It’s the best thing. You know, it’s the best thing that could ever happen to you.”

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“Jackie” and “Incarnate” Among This Weekend’s New Films

Natalie Portman in “Jackie”; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Jackie — Natalie Portman stars as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy who, in the wake of husband President John F. Kennedy’s assasination, must deal with her grief, and that of her children, while examining her husband’s legacy. Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup and John Hurt also star. Jackie opens in limited release only. Rated R.

* Incarnate — This horror thriller from the producers of Insidious, Paranormal and The Purge stars Aaron Eckhart as an unconventional exorcist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed. However, he meets his match when he’s asked to help an innocent 11-year-old boy — Gotham‘s David Mazouz — possessed by a powerful demon from his past. Game of Thrones actress Carice van Houten also stars. Rated PG-13.

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Review: “Jackie” (R)

L-R: Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy, Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy, Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy; Pablo Larrain/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — As if her Oscar for Black Swan weren’t enough, in Jackie, Natalie Portman continues to prove that her performances in the Star Wars movies were a function of bad directing, not a reflection of her ability as a world-class actress.

Director Pablo Larrain takes a script written by Noah Oppenheim and pulls off a neat cinematic trick: he turns Jackie Kennedy, an icon of opulence, glamour and grace, into the tragic and heroic protagonist of a narrative steeped in neorealism and David Lynch-like surrealism.

We meet Jackie Kennedy a week after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. She’s at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, where she greets a journalist (Billy Crudup) at the door. While Portman looks as poised and composed as we ever imagine Jackie Kennedy was or should be, her eyes, the quiver in her voice, and the way she smokes her cigarette suggest something otherwise.

Jackie proceeds to tells the story of the assassination. Oppenheim’s script weaves that story via Kennedy’s first-hand account to the journalist, which includes graphic, sobering flashbacks to the assassination, and its immediate fallout. There’s also a remarkable recreation of Jackie Kennedy’s famous live televised tour of the White House.

Through that lens, we get terrific performances from Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy, and Greta Gerwig as Jackie’s assistant. Caspar Phillipson makes an impressive JFK, and Billy Crudup’s performance as the unnamed journalist interviewing Jackie Kennedy — firm one moment, fumbling and backtracking the next, almost cowering when Mrs. Kennedy calls him on the carpet — is organic and up to the task.

This is Jackie Kennedy as we’ve never really seen her before — raw as raw can be and doing everything she can, in the days following the worst moment of her life, to protect her husband’s legacy, knowing full well his flaws as a husband.

Even with its stylistic panache and a tour de force performance from Portman, Jackie drags in places, and manipulates in others where it doesn’t need to. Nonetheless, it’s a stunning historical snapshot and nifty piece of filmmaking.

Four out of five stars.

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“Sons of Anarchy” Creator Revving Up “Mayans” Spin-Off

Vera Anderson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Kurt Sutter, the Emmy nominated creator of FX’s Sons of Anarchy is moving full speed ahead with a spin-off, centering on the Mayans, the Latino biker gang that crossed paths with the titular Sons.

The Hollywood Reporter notes a pilot has been ordered for the series, which will not be set in Northern California as its original predecessor was, and will take place after the events in the finale of the original series.

Sons, which ran seven seasons, remains FX’s highest-rated drama series.

The new pilot is tentatively titled Mayans MC, according to the trade.

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“Full House” Creator Buys “‘Full House’ House”

Copyright © 2016, Vanguard Properties(SAN FRANCISCO) — Talk about keeping it in the family: the original home used in Full House was sold to … the show’s creator.

The home was purchased in August, but at the time, the realtor declined to say who bought it. Well, surprise!

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Franklin, who created the famed 90s sitcom that starred John Stamos and Bob Saget, said he purchased the home in San Francisco to use in filming on the reboot Fuller House. He plans on renting the home at a later date.

It was on the market for more than $4 million.

“The house came on the market and really, I just thought, I have to buy this house,” he told the magazine about the home used in filming three decades ago. “I’m so sentimental about the house. It’s great to have the house in our Full House family and be able to preserve it for the fans.”

Franklin said hundreds of fans come each day to take photos outside the home. Over the next few months, the home will be updated and brought to code, and the front door will be red once again, like on the show. Previous owners had changed it.

Full House aired from 1987 to 1995. Fuller House debuted on Netflix earlier this year.

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Chris Pratt Pranking “Passengers” Co-Star J-Law on Instagram

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(MEXICO CITY) — Passengers co-stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are known to be goofballs: while she’s famous for photobombing her fellow stars, he’s now turning the tables by pranking her subtly on Instagram.

The two celebs have been touring the world promoting their new sci-fi film, which hits theaters Dec. 25. On Wednesday, Pratt took a selfie with her, captioned, “Finally got that selfie with Jen y’all wanted. #passengersmovie.” However, he cropped her out of the pic.

In another photo, she’s turned around, showing only her back.

A subsequent group shot has the two-time Oscar winning actress cropped mostly out; with this: photographic afterthought. “Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf,” the Guardians of the Galaxy star wrote.

And in a video posted by Pratt, J-Law also is shown — again, barely — running out of frame to avoid being splashed by glasses of liquid held in place by physics as her co star swings them upside down.

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First Look: Tom Cruise in The Mummy

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Star and producer Tom Cruise took to Twitter Thursday morning to give fans their first peek of The Mummy, his reboot of the classic monster movie series.

In a teaser to the full trailer — which will hit the Interwebs Sunday — both Cruise and co-star Russell Crowe are shown, as is Sofia Boutella, who played Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond, and in this film plays the fearsome titular unearthed villain.

“I saw her!” Cruise says of Ahmahnet. “She is real!”

“Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters,” a title card reads, hinting at Universal’s hopes for a Marvel-like “shared universe” for some of the studio’s oldest properties; indeed, Crowe plays Dr. Henry Jekyll, he of “Jekyll and Hyde” fame.

The Mummy hits theaters June 9, 2017.

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Marvel Heroes, “Walking Dead” Names Shoot Up 2016 Baby Names List

Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Bruce Banner/The Hulk; Marvel, Copyright 2015(SAN FRANCISCO) — BabyCenter, the #1 pregnancy and digital resource, released the results of its renowned Baby Names Survey for 2016, and with it its anticipated rankings of the Top 100 Names of 2016.

For the seventh year in a row, Sophia was most popular name for girls, while Jackson topped the list for boys for the fourth year straight.

However, names from comic books, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, and those from tech titans have begun marching quickly up the charts, according to Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. “It’s a direct reflection of millennial parents’ enthusiasm for shaking up the status quo,” she notes.

New millennial faves include Elon (as in real-life billionaire genius Elon Musk) Tony (as in fictional billionaire genius Tony Stark AKA Iron Man), and Jessica (up 6% thanks to Marvel’s Jessica Jones).

Banner of The Hulk fame shot up 48% from last year; Harley — after Suicide Squad‘s Harley Quinn jumped up 35%; Scarlett after Johansson’s roles in The Avengers and Captain America, bumped up 20%.

Even Rocket — the name of Bradley Cooper’s wise-cracking animated raccoon hero from Guardians of the Galaxy — jumped 25%.

Walking Dead fan parents were also responsible for the climb of Tyreese (up 48% since 2015), Hershel(up 37%), and Carol (up 18%).

Stranger Things viewers led to a 32% jump for Dustin, Mike (up 28%), and Joyce (23%).

The name Iris, Kathy Bates’ character from American Horror Story: Hotel jumped 16%.

Even virtual assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa saw some movement, with bumps of 36% and 10%, respectively.

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