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“Game of Thrones” Star Kit Harington Says It’s ‘Demeaning’ to Call Him a Hunk

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO (NEW YORK) — Don’t call Kit Harington a hunk.

“To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning,” the Game of Thrones star tells the New York Post’s Page Six of the attention he receives for his looks. “It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty, it can be quite offensive.”

“I’m in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don’t like that,” he continues.

“In this position you get asked a lot, ‘Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?’ Well, my answer is, ‘That’s not what I got into it for,'” Harington adds.

Still, he does like receiving one compliment — on his flowing hair. “People become fascinated by very particular things and I find that really interesting, whether it’s a catchphrase or someone’s hair…But I love that I seem to have brilliant hair. I suppose it’s a great thing in life, isn’t it?” he admits, with a laugh. “Especially that [because] I’m terrified of going bald.”

As for his personal life, Harington tells the Post, “I’m single and I have been for a while.” Still, he is looking for love, adding that he prefers to date “redheads.”

“I’m a hopeless romantic, maybe to a fault at times, because it’s gotten me into trouble. But I love romance. I think it’s one of the greatest pleasures in life,” he says. “It’s about giving each other something, it’s giving something away and it should be a most unselfish act. It’s saying, ‘I’ve hired a little cottage somewhere. We’re going away! Surprise!'”

“And when I said that I’m a hopeless romantic, I’m trying not only to search for the love of my life, but to learn to be happy with myself and who I am as a person,” he adds. “Hopefully that lovely lady will come along one day. And although I love romance, I’m trying to live without it at the moment.”

Previously, Harington has been linked to his Game of Thrones co-star, Rose Leslie, and his Pompeii co-star, Emily Browning.

Game of Thrones is set to return for season five April 12 at 9 p.m. Eastern time on HBO.

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“General Hospital” Leads Daytime Emmy Nominees

Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(NEW YORK) — General Hospital overtook The Young and the Restless to lead in nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday.

The long-running ABC soap received 28 nods, followed by CBS’ The Young and the Restless, which led in nods for the two years prior. This year, it received 25 nominations.

CBS topped all networks with a total of 62 nominations, followed by PBS with 50 and ABC with 35.

The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held April 26 at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California.

A complete list of nominees is available at EmmyOnline.com. Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Outstanding Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Days of Our Lives, NBC
General Hospital, ABC
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Peggy Mccay, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Alison Sweeney, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Gina Tognoni, The Young and the Restless, CBS
Maura West, General Hospital, ABC
Laura Wright, General Hospital, ABC

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless, CBS
Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless, CBS
Jason Thompson, General Hospital, ABC
Anthony Geary, General Hospital, ABC

Outstanding Morning Program
Good Morning America, ABC
Today, NBC
CBS Sunday Morning, CBS
CBS This Morning, CBS

Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated
Live! with Kelly and Michael, syndicated
The Wendy Williams Show, syndicated
The Talk, CBS

Outstanding Talk Show/Informative
Steve Harvey, syndicated
The Dr. Oz Show, syndicated
The Chew, ABC
The Kitchen, Food Network

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon, The Chew, ABC
Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show, syndicated
Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey, syndicated

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
All Hail King Julien, Netflix
Arthur, PBS
The Fairly OddParents, Nickelodeon

Outstanding Game Show Host
Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game, syndicated
Steve Harvey, Family Feud, syndicated
Todd Newton, Family Game Night, Discovery Family Channel
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune, syndicated

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Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe Talk Bruno Tonioli, the Nobel Prize and More

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) — Ousted Dancing with the Stars contestant Charlotte McKinney has strong words for judge Bruno Tonioli, who told her Monday night that she’s “never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes.”

Fresh from their appearance on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, during which McKinney blasted Tonioli’s comment, McKinney, 23, and her pro partner, Keo Motsepe, played a word-association game with ABC News.

“Unfair,” said McKinney, when asked about “Tonioli.”

“Rude,” added Motsepe.

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Comedy Central Supports New “Daily Show” Host Trevor Noah After Backlash

Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — Comedy Central said they stand by Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart’s successor on The Daily Show, after the South African comedian came under fire for some controversial comments he’d tweeted in the past.

The tweets have caused some to accuse Noah of being anti-Semitic and sexist. One tweet from 2011, for example, reads, “A hot white woman with a** is like a unicorn. Even if you do see one, you’ll probably never get to ride it.” Others contain comments about Jews and Israel, which were perceived to be derogatory.

But in a statement provided to ABC Radio Monday, the cable network said, “Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.”

Noah has also received support from fellow comedians, including Chris Rock. When the news first broke about Noah replacing Stewart, he tweeted: “Thank you President Obama.”

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Harvey Weinstein Responds to Model’s Accusations

Fernando Leon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Harvey Weinstein’s representative has spoken out on behalf of the media mogul following accusations that surfaced on Monday.

Weinstein, 63, is “being investigated” after a 22-year-old model filed a complaint with police Friday evening, the New York Police Department confirmed to ABC News on Monday.

“We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are confident that we will be fully vindicated,” Weinstein’s rep told ABC News Tuesday.

The unidentified Italian woman claims Weinstein groped her in his office at the Tribeca Film Center in Manhattan, New York around 6 p.m. Friday. No charges have been filed at this point, police said.

Weinstein allegedly grabbed the woman’s breasts, a police source told ABC News.

After police look into the matter, it will be up to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to decide whether to proceed with charges against the famed movie executive.

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Which “Terminator” Film Does Arnold Schwarzenegger Say ‘Sucked’?

David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — In the first Terminator film, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he’d be back. Now he’s back for a fourth time in Terminator: Genisys. It’s actually the fifth film in the Terminator film series and marks the former California governor’s return to the science-fiction flicks after bowing out of Terminator Salvation, which was released in 2009.

“You didn’t do the fourth?” ABC News correspondent Nick Watt asked Schwarzenegger in an interview that aired on Tuesday’s Good Morning America.

The actor replied, laughing: “Thank God.”

“Why, was it bad?” Watt asked.

“It sucked,” Schwarzenegger said.

Thirty-one years after the original Terminator premiered, Schwarzenegger’s character fights his younger self in Genisys.

“Here the challenge was, how do I have the same frame as I had in the 1984 movie?” the 67-year-old former champion bodybuilder said, adding that he “wasn’t that far away from it.”

“I was an eight. So, I had to push it up to a ten. But within two months I got to that size,” Schwarzenegger said.

Genisys is the start of a new Terminator trilogy. “They paid a lot of attention to make this movie really work, to make this movie really go through the roof because then there’s a reason to do two more,” Schwarzenegger explained.

Terminator: Genisys also stars Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Jason Clarke as John Connor, and Divergent actor Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese.

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NBC Announces Live Production of “The Wiz” for December

The cast of the 1978 movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBC has officially announced The Wiz will be its next live musical production.

The network said Monday it will collaborate with Cirque du Soleil on The Wiz, which will air Thursday, December 3. A cast has not yet been announced.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — who have produced the past three Oscars telecasts as well as the NBC live musicals The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! — will return for the new production.

NBC noted that Cirque du Soleil will also work on a Broadway revival of The Wiz that will debut during the 2016-2017 season.

The Wiz initially opened on Broadway in 1975, re-imagining L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in an African-American context. A movie adaptation hit theaters in 1978, starring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor.

Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon is on board for the TV production and the Broadway revival in collaboration with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

NBC previously announced it has a Music Man production in the works. It is expected to premiere in 2016.

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Disney Working on Live-Action “Mulan” Movie

Disney(NEW YORK) — Disney is bringing back another princess for a live-action film. The studio will develop a live-action version of Mulan after acquiring a script for the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

An animated Mulan film, focusing on the titular female warrior, opened in theaters in 1998, featuring the voices of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Ming-Na Wen and Eddie Murphy.

Mulan
earned more than $300 million worldwide and was nominated for an Oscar for its musical score. A straight-to-video Mulan sequel was released in 2005.

Disney, the parent company of ABC News, currently has a box office hit with the live-action Cinderella. Last year, it found success with Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the Sleeping Beauty villain.

Aside from Mulan, Disney’s future live-action projects include new versions of Beauty and the Beast and, reportedly, Dumbo.

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New TV Land’s “Younger” Is ‘Like “Devil Wears Prada” Meets “Sex and the City”’

TV Land(NEW YORK) — In Younger, Broadway star Sutton Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old single mom who tries to return to the workforce after several years and a divorce, and finds that it’s not how she left it. So she pretends she’s in her 20s to score a job in the publishing industry after a dozen failed job interviews.

Debi Mazar stars as Maggie, the lesbian best friend of Liza, who suggests she “re-think things,” Mazar tells ABC Radio, especially after a much younger man mistakes Liza for a woman in her 20s at a Brooklyn bar.

Hilary Duff stars as junior editor Kelsey Peters. She describes the series as “kind of like Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City.” The actress also described her character. “I play this young girl, who’s kind of an animal in the work space where she’s gotten very high up quickly and she’s pretty aggressive, but her dating life is a hot mess,” she tells ABC Radio.

Initially, Duff didn’t want the role. “My agent calls me and she’s like, ‘[Creator] Darren Star sent this amazing script and this part will be really great for you and he wants to meet you and talk to you.’ And I’m like, ‘Nope! No, no, no! I don’t want to do it. I cannot move to New York right now.’ There was just so much going on in my life with a new baby and everything else,” she explains.

Eventually after a phone call, Duff agreed, telling Star, “‘OK! I’m gonna be there.'”

Mazar, however, jumped at her role. “I’m 50 playing 40. So I’m loving it,” she says. “I can tell you how blessed I felt when I got the part because I was older and I got to play younger and it’s just so nice. I usually age up. I’m like, ‘I’ll play the grandmother. I’ve got no problem with that.'”

Both actresses signed onto the series not only because of the script, but because of the opportunity to work with Star, who also created Sex and the City.

“It’s Darren Star so it has his mark on the show for sure,” says Duff.

“Darren Star loves women as you can see from all of his shows. He’s very specific. It’s like doing theater. He knows what he wants. He knows where he wants the comma [and] the period,” Mazar adds. “He’s a joy to work for just because he really celebrates women and their relationships.”

Duff says “the fashion is great” on the series, especially since Star reunited with Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field to create the looks. Mazar agrees, telling ABC Radio that Star told her he wanted her character to “be a lesbian and still be fierce, and sexy, and wear that lipstick and keep those heels on.”

Younger, which also stars Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella, premieres with back-to-back episodes on TV Land Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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Bravo TV Unveils 2015 Programming Slate

NBC Universal(NEW YORK) — Bravo TV announced Monday that its 2015 original programming slate will include 10 new shows and four returning series.

Bravo’s lineup of new shows includes Après Ski, which centers on the staff of a ski resort in Whistler, British Columbia, where the rich and famous vacation.

Fit Club centers on highly competitive celebrity fitness trainers living in New York City.

My Fab 40th
appears to be a twist on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16, where instead of centering on teen parties, the series showcases birthday celebrations for 40 year olds.

While Mother Funders centers on a parent-teacher organization in Locust Grove, Georgia, Tour Group follows those taking mind-blowing and exotic vacations around the globe.

Lastly, Recipe for Deception is another Bravo cooking competition. This time host Max Silvestri leads four new chefs into head-to-head competitions where they have to create a dish using one main ingredient.

The slate also includes several unscripted series, many of which are spin-offs of popular Bravo shows. NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches will center on Real Housewives’ Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak as they travel across the country to Los Angeles. Below Deck Mediterranean will follow the yacht charter season in the Mediterranean, while Ladies of Dallas and Married to Medicine Houston, will center on women in the Lone Star State.

Bravo also announced a second season for its first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, which follows House’s Lisa Edelstein as she portrays Abby, a self-help author who hides the fact she’s separated from her husband. The cable network also announced the premiere date of Odd Mom Out, which centers on the wealthy world of Manhattan mothers. The comedy series debuts with back-to-back episodes on June 8.

With Monday’s announcement, Bravo now has a total of 40 original shows on its slate.

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