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Keegan-Michael Key Fulfills a 'Dream Deferred' in 2017 (Exclusive)

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There’s no doubting that Keegan-Michael Key is a funny guy, as he’s proven on the Emmy-winning Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele and with scene-stealing roles in everything from Pitch Perfect 2 to the first season of Fargo on FX.

But after Key & Peele came to an end in 2015, Key says he purposefully sought out work that would take him as far away from the sketch comedy world, which, also thanks to his years on MadTV, had defined much of his career up until that point. “I felt like we had done almost as much as we could do with the form,” he tells Et, and he was ready to set his career on a new course with roles that tapped into his classical training.

The first sign of that transition came in 2016 with Don’t Think Twice, a dramedy about standup comedians, and then a leading role as Ethan on Netflix’s Friends From College. But it was »


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Susan Sarandon Proves Why TV Is the Right Place to Be (Exclusive)

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Susan Sarandon is no stranger to television.

In fact, the longtime actress starred in several TV films early in her career. But outside of a handful of notable recurring roles, Sarandon, who won a Best Actress Oscar in 1995 for Dead Man Walking, had never starred on a series until 2017, when she portrayed Bette Davis in Ryan Murphy’s new FX anthology series, Feud, which launched with Bette and Joan. It seemed like a role that Sarandon was destined to play, with her likeness often having been compared to that of Davis.

Yet, portraying the Hollywood legend -- an opportunity she’d been offered time and time before -- wasn’t something Sarandon was keen to do, especially when the scripts she read were nothing more than “bitchy one-liners.” “It’s not enough to think Bette Davis is cool,” the actress told Et earlier this year. “What do you do with her then? It’s really »


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Lois Smith Delivers a Career Best With 'Marjorie Prime' (Exclusive)

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When it comes to collecting recent accolades like Windsor International Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award, Lois Smith, who made her film debut in 1955’s East of Eden opposite James Dean and has had notable roles in Twisterand on True Blood, says it’s mostly a matter of longevity. “Those words,” she tells Et, referring to lifetime achievement, “are a little alarming.” But all the recent fuss, as she describes it, comes as the longtime actress is earning the best reviews of her career for Marjorie Prime, a sci-fi film directed by Michael Almereyda based on the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Jordan Harrison.

“It’s not why one does the work, but it’s nice when it happens,” Smith says ever-so-diplomatically as she’s perched on a sofa in the lobby of the Thompson Hotel, just outside the Loop neighborhood of downtown Chicago.

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Ray Romano Reveals the Secret to Becoming a Better Actor (Exclusive)

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For comedian Ray Romano, 2017 has proven that it’s never too late to explore a new side to your career.

Made famous by starring as the titular character on Everybody Loves Raymond for nine seasons, Romano has managed to maintain a successful career even after the series took its final bow in 2005.

After an extended and beloved role on NBC’s Parenthood and a lead on the short-lived HBO series Vinyl, Romano proved he could take on serious and dramatic roles like the best of them -- but don’t expect him to forget his comedic roots anytime soon.

“If a good, full-out comedy came my way I would definitely consider it, and these ‘serious’ projects I’ve done have all had comedy mixed in with the drama. I do like the mixture of the two,” Romano tells Et about his recent pattern of more emotional roles.

Romano’s love for the mixture of comedy and drama was »


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Megan Mullally Savors a Surprising Career First With Return of ‘Will & Grace’ (Exclusive)

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“Sometimes I’ll see somebody and they just instantly burst into tears.”

Megan Mullally is talking about especially animated fans who recognize her as Karen Walker from Will & Grace, which returned to NBC in a roundly celebrated revival this fall. “I always just give them a big hug and I’m like, ‘I’m so boring! You don’t understand,” she adds.

But admirers old and new of Grace’s brassy assistant will agree that there’s nothing boring about Mullally’s scene-stealing character, whom audiences first met during the series’ original eight-season run from 1998 to 2006. When the sitcom’s famous foursome first reunited last September for a video to encourage viewers to vote in the 2016 presidential election, the biggest bombshell came with Karen’s choice of candidate.

“She’s a Trump supporter on paper,” Mullally tells Et over the phone from her home in Los Angeles. The political tone of the PSA, which served as a precursor »


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Beanie Feldstein Is the Broadway Star-Turned-Movie Star Next Door (Exclusive)

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Eight shows a week, Beanie Feldstein takes the stage at the Shubert Theatre in New York City to perform in the revival of Hello, Dolly! Wearing a pastel pink bodice adorned with frilly violet lace, a bustling striped skirt and a mop of curls atop her head, the 24-year-old belts out a rousing rendition of “Motherhood” as shop girl Minnie Fay. "I stand for motherhood, America and a hot lunch for orphans / Take off your hat, sir, while your country's flag is passing," she sings alongside her co-star, Bette Midler.

It's quite a Broadway debut, one that Feldstein, who spent her formative summers at the prestigious acting camp Stagedoor Manor and her high school years obsessing over musical theater with best friend (and Dear Evan Hansen star) Ben Platt, could only have dreamed of. Being cast in the company of a legend of screen and stage in an award-winning production -- Midler won a Tony for Hello, Dolly »


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Lenny Kravitz Opens Up About His Infamous Nsfw Wardrobe Malfunction in Sweden

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Lenny Kravitz still isn't shy when it comes to his underwear preferences -- namely, that he prefers not to wear any.

The handsome 53-year-old rocker sat down for an interview with Mr Porter, in which he talks about his signature style over the years. Kravitz says he still prefers to go commando, and addresses his infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2015, when his leather pants split as he was performing onstage. Since Kravitz doesn't wear underwear, he ended up exposing himself to the entire crowd.

“Do I have any underwear on now? No. Thus the problems that I incur," Kravitz notes.

"I didn’t rip them,” he now laughs about the Nsfw incident in Sweden. “They became ripped. It was fine. But it was a little cold in Sweden. I would’ve warmed it up a little, had I known."

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Kravitz also candidly opens up about his love life in the interview, including his intense »


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How Ari’el Stachel Is Expanding Middle Eastern Visibility on Broadway (Exclusive)

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The stage door opens and, just as Ari’el Stachel is about to leave the Ethel Barrymore Theatre for the night, a young girl throws her arms around him for a hug to say ‘Thank you.’ “I feel like myself, but then realize I’m having this seismic impact on [her life], and it’s tremendous,” the 26-year-old tells Et of the response from audiences for his Broadway debut as Haled, one of the Egyptian police band members who gets stranded in a remote Israeli town in The Band’s Visit.

A year and half ago, Stachel, who’s had small roles on Blue Bloods and Jessica Jones, was on his couch waiting for the phone to ring with any acting job offer. After seven rounds of auditions within nine months, he landed the part in The Band’s Visit, which first premiered Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre in November 2016 before transferring to Broadway this fall. The musical, based »


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‘Glee’ Star Alex Newell ‘Provides’ in Broadway Debut in ‘Once on This Island’ (Exclusive)

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About halfway through the Broadway revival of Once on This Island, the god Asaka takes center stage during “Mama Will Provide,” a bombastic number about aiding the story’s heroine, Ti Moune (Hailey Kilgore), a peasant girl who falls for a wealthy boy from the other side of their Antilles island nation, on her journey to find love. Played by Alex Newell, the actor and singer famous for playing the transgender student Unique on Glee, the flamboyant and vibrant god sashays her way around the sand-covered stage, filling the Circle in the Square Theatre with song.

It’s a show-stopping moment that brings audiences to their feet. Suddenly, the energy of the show is lifted by Newell’s rousing Broadway debut, a standout performance among acting and Broadway veterans (Lea Salonga, Greenleaf’s Merle Dandridge and Quentin Earl Darrington) who play the island’s other three gods.

For Newell, the initial performances and subsequent reactions came as a surprise »


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‘Search Party’ Breakout John Early Has a Ball Playing a Mess Onscreen (Exclusive)

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“I don’t know people who are just the right balance of quirky, I only know people who are too much,” John Early tells Et.

It’s easily a sentiment that applies to the indelible characters Early has already created in his relatively short yet rising career -- most notably the shameless narcissist-turned-murder accomplice Elliott Goss on the TBS black comedy Search Party. The series, which returned for an even darker and more hilarious second season in November, sees Elliott unraveling in spectacular fashion -- making 2017 another standout year for the actor.

“I was really touched when I read all the scripts for this season,” Early tells Et of returning to Search Party, which also stars Alia Shawkat, Meredith Hagner, John Reynolds and Brandon Micheal Hall. “I just felt like [co-creators Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss] knew that I would have so much fun sh*tting in my pants, having a rash and watching my hair fall out.”

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'Blindspot' Sneak Peek: Patterson Starts to Lose It Working 24/7 to Take Down Hirst (Exclusive)

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The clock is ticking for the Blindspot team's secret quest to take down shady FBI Director Eleanor Hirst.

In Et's exclusive sneak peek from Friday's episode, titled "Fix My Present Havoc," the gang sets up shop, making Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Weller's (Sullivan Stapleton) apartment a second home base outside the official FBI walls as they work day and night to investigate Hirst (Mary Stuart Masterson), who they've just learned is working with the enemy.

The Blindspot crew's around-the-clock investigation, however, is clearly taking a toll on their mental state, as Jane and Weller observe when it comes to Patterson (Ashley Johnson). "Morse code? More like horse code. So dumb!" Patterson snickers on an early Saturday morning, slightly delusional from lack of sleep.

But Jane and Weller receive a surprise holiday present for Weller's young daughter, Bethany, from dear Roman (Luke Mitchell), the puppetmaster behind their current chaos. "Merry Christmas, Bethany. Love, Uncle »


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Why Molly Bernard Is the Most Reliable Ensemble Player on ‘Younger’ (Exclusive)

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When Molly Bernard -- a newcomer at the time, with a few TV credits to her name -- was first cast on Younger, it was only to be in a handful of scenes. In fact, her audition -- just six lines -- involved a discussion about Liza’s (Sutton Foster) lower body landscaping. But the locker room scene served as an early indication of what Darren Star’s creation would excel best at: multigenerational female bonding and a frank depiction of sexuality. Eventually, the TV Land series would feature moments like tram sex, with Hilary Duff’s character, Kelsey, in an outrageous encounter over Roosevelt Island, and more of Bernard as the scene-stealing Lauren, a pansexual, sex-positive millennial publicist and friend to Liza and Kelsey.

Over the course of the series, Lauren would introduce her friends to the “bad pancake” dating theory, host her own bat mitzvah, convince Liza to sell her used panties and often run away with »


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How Aubrey Plaza Broke Out of the Box in 2017 (Exclusive)

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To the naked eye, it looks as though Aubrey Plaza is reinventing herself. The 33-year-old actress, famous for her portrayal of the lovably sardonic April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, has spent the last year portraying characters far different than her familiar depictions of eye-rolling best friends in wacky comedies.

But to Plaza, it’s just a matter of scheduling. “Being on a television show for seven years, it's hard to break out of that box,” she says, speaking by phone with Et. “I guess to everyone else it's a reinvention, but for me, it's something that I've always been.”

With three projects in 2017 -- FX’s Legion, Ingrid Goes West and The Little Hours -- that showcased some of her best acting to date, Plaza has proved once and for all that she is a formidable talent, not just a sitcom trope.

Her year started off strong with a complex role on the first season »


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How Kumail Nanjiani Is Handling All That Award Chatter Surrounding 'The Big Sick' (Exclusive)

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For nearly all of 2017, Kumail Nanjiani has been promoting The Big Sick, the semi-autobiographical romantic comedy about a standup comedian who, against his Pakistani family's wishes, falls in love with a white girl, who then falls into a coma. First, for the movie’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and then in March, for a showing at South by Southwest, where it won Festival Favorite. He was at it again for the film's theatrical rollout this summer, and now Nanjiani is once again tasked to spread the gospel of The Big Sick.

"We had three or four weeks off in the middle, and now it's back," he tells Et late in the day on a Friday in November, during yet another press junket. "But this is the gearing up of this next round which we didn't know was coming. But honestly, we are thrilled for the reason that it's coming, which is that we're »


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Nelly's Rape Case Dropped by Prosecutors

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Nelly is no longer facing an investigation.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office tells Et that the woman who accused the 43-year-old rapper, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., of sexually assaulting her on his tour bus in Washington this past October is no longer pressing charges.

"Police responded to and investigated a sexual assault allegation involving Mr. Haynes. However, within days of her initial report to police, the complainant, through her attorney, informed investigators from the Auburn police department that she did not wish to assist in prosecution or the investigation of Mr. Haynes," reads the statement from the prosecuting attorney’s office. "While we have reviewed the existing investigative material, without the assistance of the complainant, this office is unable to proceed or fully assess the merits of the case."

This doesn't come as a surprise as the woman's lawyer, Karen Koehler, noted back in October that her client told the local police that she »


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Kevin Hart Shares Adorable Snap of Baby Kenzo's First Photoshoot

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Kevin Hart's newborn son, Kenzo, is already a natural in front of the cameras!

On Thursday, Hart shared a photo from Kenzo's first photoshoot, featuring him adorably sleeping in a baby bed while holding a tiny stuffed animal. 

"Stunting like his daddy already...Baby Kenzo killed his first photoshoot #Harts P.S that’s my bed," Hart joked.

Hart -- who also has 12-year-old daughter Heaven and 10-year-old son Hendrix from a previous marriage -- and his wife, Eniko Parrish, welcomed Kenzo last month. Et later spoke with the 38-year-old comedian at the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle junket in Hawaii, where he talked about the one task he's avoided as a new father. 

"I have not changed a diaper," he shared. "I'm around when the diaper is being changed, which makes me a part of the process within the moment."

"All you have to do is find other stuff to do while it's going down to keep »


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Alison Brie Explains Why 'Glow' Nude Scenes Were 'Freeing and Empowering' for Her

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Alison Brie was very pleased with how her nude scenes in Glow  were handled.

The 34-year-old actress is featured in Net-a-porter’s weekly digital magazine, The Edit, and says that she took no issue with stripping down for some of the steamier scenes on the Netflix show.

"Very early on in auditioning it was a case of, ‘Don’t come to any more auditions unless you’re comfortable with nudity, because it is a part of the show.’ It was a deal-breaker, for sure," Brie recalls. "At that time, I just wanted to be on the show so much that I really didn’t care. It was important that the show be a realistic portrayal of life in the way people live and the way they have sex. And also that our show be about every aspect of women’s bodies, and women not being ashamed of their bodies."

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Diane Kruger Wants Justice in Clip From Golden Globe-Nominated Thriller 'In the Fade' (Exclusive)

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Perhaps you've not yet heard of the acclaimed film, Aus dem Nichts, but that will change soon enough. The drama, titled In the Fade here, was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language, and star Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award for it at Cannes earlier this year. Next up? The Oscars.

In this clip from the film, debuting on Et, Kruger's Katja Sekerci is seeking out justice against the neo-Nazis responsible for killing her husband and son. "These are my friends. Have you seen them?" Katja asks a hotel concierge in the scene, a tense encounter that quickly becomes a matter of life or death.

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The crime thriller from director Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) is Germany's official 2018 Oscars entry, competing in a race that includes films from a record-setting 92 countries. Still, In the Fade is expected to make the Academy's Best Foreign Language Film category along with buzzed-about »


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Inside Jamie Foxx's Birthday Party With Katie Holmes and Leonardo DiCaprio

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Jamie Foxx's 50th birthday party was a star-studded affair, which included a rare appearance from his rumored girlfriend, Katie Holmes.

Foxx celebrated his big day in Los Angeles, and also performed for his guests onstage, an eyewitness at the bash tells Et. The eyewitness says Holmes sat with Foxx's Django Unchained co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, at a private table surrounded with a few friends to watch the performance.

Holmes was snapped in the crowd, wearing a pearl necklace and sporting her new pixie cut. 

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Foxx apparently wasn't shy when it came to their rumored relationship. According to our eyewitness, the Oscar-winning actor sang along to a song with “I love you” lyrics and looked directly into Holmes' eyes.

Other celebrities in attendance were DiCaprio's best friend Tobey McGuire -- who at one point, our eyewitness notes, stood on the booth and sang along with the music -- and Snoop Dogg, who had his own »


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Why 'Daily Show' Correspondent Hasan Minhaj Chose the Hard Path in 2017 (Exclusive)

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Hasan Minhaj found himself at a crossroads in 2017. The Daily Showcorrespondent had to choose between doing what was easy and safe and doing what was hard, but exciting. Lucky for us, he chose the latter path. “I just ended up saying, 'Hey, burn the boats, we're gonna turn left when everybody's turning right,’” Minhaj tells Et.

The results of that left turn were Minhaj’s boldly disparaging speech at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and his critically acclaimed Netflix special, Homecoming King, which examines the comedian’s life from a very intimate and personal viewpoint.

When Minhaj was approached about hosting the this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which was mired in controversy following the election of Donald Trump, he said that his reaction was far different from other comedians who were asked to perform. “This was a hot potato gig; nobody wanted to touch it,” he recalls. In fact, Samantha Bee, host of [link »


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