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Netflix - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- In an announcement that was no mystery, Netflix has renewed its creepy hit StrangerThings for a second season. It did so, naturally, with a creepy coming attraction.

While the footage doesn't reveal any upcoming scenes, the random red words that appear against a black field during the sneak are reportedly the slightly spoiler-y titles of every upcoming episode -- so viewers beware.

The nine-episode second season of the show will debut in 2017 on the subscription streaming service.

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© Guinness World Records 2016(LONDON) -- The latest edition of The Guinness Book of World Records will hit stores September 8, but the officials have already leaked some winners in the world of entertainment.

Game of Thrones earned two records -- one, laudable, and the other, slightly dubious. On the bright side, the HBO show earned the "Most Emmy Awards Won by a TV Series in One Season" title with season 5's 12.

However, the show's popularity also led to it being Guinness' "Most Pirated Show" for 2016. Reportedly, each episode of the HBO series racks up  14,400,000 illegal downloads. 

Gordon Ramsay snatched a title for earning the "Most Money for a TV Chef." Between June 2014 and 2015, the multitasking host of Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel HellMasterchef USA, and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, really brought home the bacon -- to the tune of 60 million bucks.

In film, the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, earned titles for the fastest movie to gross $500 million at the US box office, the highest box-office weekend with $247.9 million generated, and most views on YouTube, thanks to its movie trailer snagging some 91,512,152 views.

In the world of music, Justin Bieber took home an armful of records -- six -- including the most-viewed music channel on YouTube for an individual, the most followers on Twitter for a male, and the most simultaneous tracks on the U.S. singles chart, with 17.

On the other end of the musical spectrum, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr shattered a record with one of his own: his personal mono copy of the Beatles White Album sold by Ringo fetched $790,000 at Julien’s Auction house in Los Angeles in December of 2015, making it the "Most Expensive Vinyl Record Sold at Auction." The hot wax was a first pressing of the 1968 chart-topper, number 0000001, that he stored in a vault for 35 years in near mint condition. 

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Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedian, author, activist, and self-described "Science Guy" Bill Nye is returning to the small screen with a new Netflix project called Bill Nye Saves the World

Nye, famous for his Emmy winning edu-taining show Bill Nye the Science Guy from the 1990s, will bust myths, and refute "anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry," says Netflix.

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Nye. The new show, he explained will, "discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change...And, perhaps we'll change the world a little."

Bill Nye Saves the World will launch spring of 2017.

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MARVEL - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- With the exception of the fact that both share an Olsen sister, one could think the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that of Full House don't have much in common.  You'd be wrong. 

Proof comes in the handiwork of a YouTube user called Zach Ace, who's expertly re-cut scenes from many of the Marvel films -- and their outtakes -- so they time out exactly to the sunny opening to the popular '80s family sitcom.

The end result is as funny as it is meticulously researched

Naturally, the finished product is set to "Everywhere You Look," the Full House theme song.  And of course, Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark is this version's Uncle Jesse.


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ABC/Kevin Foley(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Minnie Driver was on hand Tuesday to promote her new show, Speechless, in which she plays Maya DiMeo, the mother of a family dealing with a special needs child.

But she paused to remember the late Gene Wilder, who died Monday at the age of 83.

"He was just one of the great souls," said Driver, who noted that his quiet demeanor belied the intensity of his wildly comic performances.

"Young Frankenstein is probably [one of my] top-five favorite movies of all time," she said of the 1974 Mel Brooks classic in which Wilder starred. "And The Producers, I mean, it doesn't get any better than that." 

Speechless premieres Wednesday, September 21, at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- The new Bachelor is...Nick Viall.

ABC made the announcement on Tuesday night after Bachelor in Paradise, revealing that Viall would be the next star looking for a shot at love. He will get to hand out his roses in season 21.

Fans knew the big news was coming earlier today, when the show tweeted out a very cryptic, exciting message.

"Who will it be? The wait is over! #TheBachelor will be revealed on #AfterParadise TONIGHT at 9|8c on ABC!" the tweet read, along with a 5-second clip.

The two-time runner up follows in the footsteps of Ben Higgins, who chose Lauren Bushnell this past March. The duo are now engaged to be married.

The Bachelor returns to ABC in January.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Mel Brooks says he's "still reeling" from the death of his good friend and frequent film partner, Gene Wilder, who died Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83.

"He was sick and I knew it," Brooks, 90, told Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night's The Tonight Show.  "I expected he would go.  When it happens, it's still tremendous...it's a big shock...I'm still reeling...he was such a wonderful part of my life."

Brooks and Wilder's professional partnership began when Brooks cast Wilder as accountant Leo Bloom in his 1968 film The Producers, opposite Zero Mostel, as a down-and-out Broadway producer. The two hatch a plan to bilk money from investors by intentionally producing a flop, only to see their plan backfire when the play turns out to be a hit. Brooks recalls Wilder doubted the project would see the light of day.

"You're doing a play about two Jews who are producing a flop instead of a hit, knowing they could make more money with a flop, and the big number in it is 'Springtime for Hitler?'" Brooks recalls Wilder saying, then adding sarcastically, "Yeah, you're gonna get the money."

Brooks told Fallon that later, "I took the script and I said, 'Gene, we got the money. We're gonna make the movie, you are Leo Bloom.'"

"He burst into tears and held his face and cried, and then I hugged him," adds Brooks. "It was a wonderful moment."

Brooks visited The Tonight Show to plug his upcoming book, Young Frankenstein: The Story of the Making of the Film, coming out in October, as well as his tour, Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again, in which a screening of his classic comedy Blazing Saddles is followed by a conversation with the beloved funnyman.

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Comedian Tape Face performs on "America's Got Talent"; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- America’s Got Talent kicked off its semifinals rounds at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Tuesday night, with 11 quarterfinalists relying on fan votes to see which five of them would advance to the finals. Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were treated to performances from singers, magicians, comedians and dancers, all introduced by host Nick Cannon.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Edgar, a family band featuring Nikki and Rich Edgar and their daughter Jaslyn, performed Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road,” bringing the judges to their feet. Simon called the trio one of the most improved acts in the competition.

The 2016 Rio Olympics was one of the topics comedienne Lori Mae Hernandez, 12, tackled during her routine, in particular, USA gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who shares her name. Lori also poked fun at the judges and even Nick Cannon, joking that she outgrew her Barbie dolls “like Mariah [Carey] outgrew Nick.” Mandel called her a star, but thought her material needed work. Cowell called Tuesday’s performance her best so far, adding that Hernandez is “edgy and…fearless.”

Husband and wife knife-throwing act, Deadly Games, added whips and arrows to their routine, with Alfredo Silva using a crossbow to shoot balloons dangling from his wife Anna’s hands and mouth. Howie called the act “thrilling” and “sexy.” Mel B declared it the best performance of the night.

Comic mime Tape Face called an audience member to the stage and placed balloons between the volunteer’s arms and legs, as well as his own. The two proceeded to have a western-style shootout using staple guns, as the well known tune from Pulp Fiction -- “Misirlou” by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones -- played behind them.

National Football League star and magician Jon Dorenbos took the stage with a Velcro map of the United States behind him and had each judge throw a football, which stuck on random states. From a locked box, he pulled out coins with the names of the judges’ states, followed by a map with the judges faces stuck to the corresponding states. Heidi called it Jon’s best trick to date. Simon hailed Dorenbos as “a genius.”

Grace VanderWaal, a 12-year-old singer, songwriter and ukulele player wowed all four judges, as well as the audience, with an original tune. Mel B declared that the tween is “already a superstar.”

Young opera singer Laura Bretan dedicated Tuesday’s aria to her grandfather, who passed away earlier this year. Simon felt it was Laura’s best performance and said that if she’s not in the finals, something went wrong. Howie said he felt the 14-year-old’s heart.

America’s Got Talent returns Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.


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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Last night's Bachelor in Paradise focused on the fallout from the Caila Quinn-Jared Haibon- Ashley Iaconetti love triangle.

The triangle abruptly disassembled with Caila awkwardly packing her suitcase while Ashely tries to convince Jared that she is acting in his best interest, trying to protect him because she loves him.

Jared and Ashley talk for a minute but Jared leaves on a low-speed chase after Caila, who is in a car that is driving away very slowly. Amazingly, Jared manages to stop the vehicle without breaking the creases in his slacks and gets in with Caila. He tells her he wants to be in the car with her and says, “What am I gonna do?” and the two of them say goodbye to paradise. True love is, like, literally: so awesome.

Meanwhile, Ashely is crying. “I just lost one of my best friends,” she says, and moments later resolves to live for herself and puts on makeup.

During what looks like a lightning storm, Wells Adams and Canadian Jami Letain come over and have drinks. Wells doesn’t want to bum-out Ashley while Jami says that she’s “89 percent sure” that Wells is over Ashley. They hug.

After the commercial break, Isabel “Izzy” Goodkind has a few things to say and then Lauren H from Ben’s season shows up. Brett Melnick says Lauren “looks scrumptious” and Wells says that he doesn’t want to get asked out again because he’s overwhelmed with all the women he’s juggling.

Shushanna Mkrtychyan has also shown up and Ashley does not like that, calling Shushanna “Eurotrash.” Shushanna, meanwhile, is wearing high-heels in the sand.

Next we find Lauren and Brett and Shushanna and Wells down at the beach where they are going to have surfing lessons, instead of behavioral psychotherapy, which everyone at this resort might benefit from.

The lessons seem like a thinly veiled excuse to get Lauren and Shushanna out of their Daisy Dukes and into revealing bikinis as they splash around. This is punctuated by Brett who says, “Lauren is looking pretty hot in a bikini. Shushanna also looks great. Today I brought my BEECHES to the BEACHES.”

Izzy is not happy that Brett is at the beach with Lauren.

Meanwhile, Lauren and Brett are together on the beach and Lauren is talking and her roots are showing and Brett says he is “super confused.”

Back in Ashley-land, Ash is concerned that she is competing with two other girls. When they cut to Wells, he is explaining Shushanna’s appeal and compares her to a Bond villain, though he neglects to point out which one. Since it’s unlikely Wells is familiar with From Russia with Love, let’s just say “Jaws.”

Back at the resort, Evan Bass is making out with Carly Waddell in such a manner that the network has to censor some of it. So there was that.

Later on, after a well-needed commercial break, Josh Murray is sitting down to dinner with Amanda Stanton. Josh clearly has his eyebrows waxed and puts gel in his hair at a resort that is probably a cool 72 degrees at night which should be a red flag, but he works hard to convince Amanda and her that he is serious about her. Amanda concentrates as hard as she can while Josh tells her that “everything is very real for me.”

Amanda says, “He’s like everything that I’ve ever wanted,” adding that, “after tonight I do love Josh.”

They embrace while fireworks explode in the distance, which begs the question: are there just always fireworks going off at Mexican beaches?

Ashley, again, trashes Shushanna and calls her “a Russian hooker” and then Jami has a drink that inspires her and she goes off with Wells to talk.

Next week promises “multiple proposals” but asks “who will go home brokenhearted?”

Ashley is probably a safe bet for the latter. And anybody who sleeps with Wells.

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Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after the passing of Gene Wilder, the tributes to the Oscar nominated actor are still rolling in -- this time, from the grown-ups who were just kids when they worked with him on the set of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

Pete Ostrum played good-natured Charlie Bucket in the 1971 classic -- and despite offers to continue a big-screen career, he decided to leave Hollywood behind. He became a Cornell-educated veterinarian who still works in Lowville, New York.

In an exclusive email to ABC News, Dr. Ostrum said, "Lots to remember...Few actors have had such a great impact on the film industry as Gene did. Gene’s wit and humor spoke to many generations of film audiences. He was a unique talent that brought joy to all of us that followed his long career. As a young actor filming Willy Wonka, I had the rare privilege of working with Gene who I greatly admired. He became my mentor and personal friend. For that I will always be grateful. So shines a good deed in a weary world."

They might not have gotten along with him onscreen, but the other children from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory remembered fondly the actor who immortalized Willy Wonka on the silver screen.

The remaining golden ticket winners -- who were ultimately undone by their bad behavior in the movie -- took to social media to pay tribute to the late Wilder.

Julie Dawn Cole, who played the bratty Veruca Salt, and Denise Nickerson, who played the gum-chomping Violet Beauregarde, expressed their condolences via Twitter.

"Such very sad news. Words not enough. Treasured memories," Cole wrote.

"RIP Gene. You were so talented and kindhearted. You will be sorely missed by so many. All of us have lost OUR Willy Wonka. Love, Violet" Nickerson tweeted.

Actor Paris Themmen, who played Mike Teevee, changed his Facebook cover photo to honor Wilder's life.

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Copyright Discovery Communications, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey's weight-loss journey has hit a distinct milestone, and her longtime boyfriend has the proof. 

The media mogul and Weight Watchers spokeswoman talked to People magazine Monday night at the red carpet premiere of her network OWN's drama Queen Sugar, where she was asked what her recent weight loss means for her beau Stedman Graham.

"I would like him to pick me up and carry me to the pool," she said. "I've lost enough weight, he can pick me up and carry me to the pool. I can straddle him without breaking his back."

Winfrey announced in January that she had lost more than 25 pounds, all -- famously while still eating one of her favorite staples: bread.

"I genuinely feel that it’s been easier this time than the other 3,000 times I’ve gone on a diet because I don’t even feel like it is a diet," she said back in May.

Along with her work for Weight Watchers, Oprah is also featured in a new scripted show for OWN, Greenleaf, which she is also producing. The show is generating a lot of positive buzz and she couldn't be happier.

"I am actually doing it. I really only do what I want to do when I want to do it. That’s the best life,” she said earlier this summer.

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2016 Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Murray channels his inner Baloo in the recording studio in this new video shot behind the scenes of The Jungle Book.

Good Morning America got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside the booth as Murray let loose while recording "Bare Necessities" for Disney's blockbuster reimagining of the Disney classic.

Helmed by Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau, the acclaimed film also features the voices of Marvel movie vets Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, and Idris Elba, as well as that of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.

The movie, which hit theaters in April, was recently re-released in IMAX and on DVD and Blu-ray; Murray's bear-y good crooning can be seen in the home format's supplemental material. 

Disney is the parent company of both Marvel and ABC News.

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John Lamparski/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- On The Late Late Show Monday night, host James Corden shared some fond memories of Gene Wilder, who died Monday at 83 of complications from Alzheimer's. Corden explained Wilder once came to visit him backstage after watching a play in which Corden performed in New York City. 

"It was incredible...If anyone else came backstage, they'd stay for five, six, maybe 10 minutes, tops. He sat in my room for a half an hour...I'll never forget it for the rest of my life...And all he wanted to talk about was...How my wife and son were adjusting in New York, and was it happy and was it fun."

Corden said the pair exchanged emails, and sometime later James asked Wilder to appear in the first episode of Corden's chat show, in a sketch that had Corden scoring a Wonka-like Golden Ticket, which meant he got to host the show.  But Wilder politely declined, Corden explained. 

"In the history of people saying no to things, it couldn't have been nicer," Corden said, then shared the email, "It just said, 'Dearest James: I don't do, or go, where you were hoping, but I'll be looking for you with my love,' Gene."

"Even the way he said no was so poetic -- even his emails sounded somehow like Willy Wonka," said Corden. "He was just this magical person."

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Andrew Burton/Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- With news that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin would be separating from her husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, after a third sexting scandal, Showtime wasted no time Monday announcing the television premiere of WEINER, a documentary that follows Weiner's aborted run for the New York City mayoralty in 2013.

The movie, which won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, will premiere on Showtime Saturday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after it came to light that he had tweeted explicit photos of himself to a woman while his wife was pregnant with the couple's son.  His 2013 run for mayor of New York collapsed during a second sexting scandal.

Sunday, The New York Post revealed Weiner had sent explicit messages and photos to another woman last month.  Less than 24 hours later, Abedin announced their separation.

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Lochte’s road to rehabilitating his post-Olympic image begins on Dancing with the Stars.  The 32-year-old gold medal-winning swimmer has joined the season 23 cast of the ABC dance competition.  The official announcement came Tuesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, following a sit-down with Amy Robach about Lochte's Rio controversy. 

"I want to move forward," the swimmer said of the intoxicated incident he had exaggerated as a gunpoint robbery -- for which he again apologized. "I want the whole world to move forward...Everyone's gotta be sick and tired of hearing about this...I just want to move forward and..." 

"...And put on your dancing shoes," Robach laughed. 

Lochte won’t be the only Olympian on the dance floor.  Gold medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez is also joining the cast.

Former pros Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke are returning this season, with Burke teaming with Lochte.  It was previously announced that Maksim Chmerkovskiy also would be returning after taking some time off.

Here’s the competitor rundown, with the full list of pro partners to come:

Laurie Hernandez, Olympic gymnast, with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy
Ryan Lochte, Olympic swimmer, with Cheryl Burke
Maureen McCormick, former Brady Bunch star, with Artem Chigvintsev
Amber Rose, model, with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Terra Jolé, actress, with Sasha Farber
Marilu Henner, actress, with Derek Hough
Rick Perry, former Texas governor, with Emma Slater
Jake T. Austin, actor, with Jenna Johnson
Calvin Johnson, NFL standout, with Lindsay Arnold
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, singer, with Allison Holker
Vanilla Ice, former rapper, with Witney Carson
James Hinchcliffe, pro IndyCar driver, with Sharna Burgess
Jana Kramer, country star and actress, with Gleb Savchenko

Dancing with the Stars returns Monday, September 12 with a two-hour live premiere at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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