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ABC, ABC/Lou Rocco(VANCOUVER, B.C.) -- In a tweet touting the importance of voting for green climate policy in his native Canada's elections on Monday, Ryan Reynolds buried some other big news by confirming he and wife Blake Lively have a third girl.

Prior to this, the couple only confirmed that they'd had a third child on October 4. Deadpool star Reynolds, 42, and actress Lively, 32, are also parents to daughters James, 4½, and Inez, 2½.

"I love B.C.," tweeted Reynolds, captioning a photo of he and Lively in a forest, with the actor holding the new baby in a chest carrier between them. The baby's face was hidden by a superimposed smiley face, however.

"I want my daughters to experience the same natural playground I grew up in," Reynolds posted.

"On Oct. 21, the candidate you vote for will SHAPE CLIMATE POLICY. I'm proud of the climate progress made the last 4 years." Click http://Elections.ca for voting info," the actor said, before adding the hashtag #Capilano, referring to their picturesque pic's apparent setting.

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- In a tweet on Wednesday, Netflix claimed that 64 million households viewed the third season of Stranger Things in its first four weeks on the streaming service, its best numbers to date.

Unlike Nielsen viewer numbers, Netflix's audience measurements and their methods aren't available for independent verification, but that being said, the show is unquestionably a phenomenon -- one that took co-star Matthew Modine by surprise, he tells ABC Audio.

The actor played Dr. Brenner, otherwise known as Papa, who performed horrific experiments on Millie Bobby Brown's "11" -- and who apparently met his end at the claws of another horrible creation.

"I was in Italy and and that's where I started to experience with people, you know, Italians yelling at me, 'Papa!' And I thought, 'How did they know my son and my daughter call me Papa?' Because we were there when that when the first season one broke. And it was -- I'd never experienced anything like that, and I mean, I've got a career that spans almost 40 years." 

Stranger Things, which is set in the 80s, follows a group of kids -- played by Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and  Brown -- who encounter supernatural events in their seemingly ordinary town of Hawkins, Indiana.

Modine says of the young cast, "I only I can compare it to...The Beatles or something, you know, that wherever they go, there are screaming rabid fans...that come to see them." 

Netflix has announced that the hit series has been renewed for a fourth season.

Modine will be seen next in the based-on-real-life drama Miss Virginia, starring Orange Is the New Black Emmy-winner Uzo Aduba, coming to theaters and video-on-demand services Friday.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) --  Amanda Bynes was apparently in talks to compete on this season's Dancing with the Stars and almost joined this year's lineup.  Almost.

Entertainment Tonight reports that the 33-year-old actress has been offered a spot on the show every year, but always passed.  A source told ET that this year, however, "She entertained the conversation more than other times."

The source claims DWTS sweetened the deal this year by being more accommodating and ponying up more cash.  Despite the new and improved offer, Amanda passed again.

The source claims, "In the end, it’s not the type of comeback she’s looking for.  If she were to go back into showbiz, she'd want to have a steady acting role."

Bynes talked with PAPER magazine about a potential comeback last year and said she wanted to act again.  

This is the first year Bynes has a little more control over the comings and goings in her life.  Now that she's moved on from rehab and into a sober home, she isn't restricted by curfews.  So, it is possible that we'll see some casting news about her soon.

As for seeing her do a Viennese Waltz on DWTS?  Not so much.

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Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Turns out Emilia Clarke wasn't acting when making all those heart eyes at Last Christmas co-star Henry Golding.  She admits she had a big fat crush on him, which explains their crazy chemistry.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the Game of Thrones star revealed she was smitten the second she first laid eyes on him when watching Crazy Rich Asians.  When he first came on screen, the actress said the first thing that came to her mind was, "Aw, god! Good Lord, that's the single most attractive man I've ever seen in my life."

It turns out Crazy Rich Asians did more for Golding than win him Emilia's heart.  Director Paul Feig said that Golding wasn't exactly on the studio's radar when casting Last Christmas.  

"The studio didn't know if he was going to be a star or not. Finally when Crazy Rich opened and did so well, it was like, 'Hey, I got a great guy for this role,' and then here comes Henry," Feig revealed to ET.

Last Christmas, which features music by the late George Michael -- who gave the film his blessing before his untimely death -- opens in theaters November 8.

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston has been on Instagram all of one day and she's already picked up a whopping 10 million-plus followers as of Wednesday night.

Aniston's first photo, a group shot of the entire Friends cast that temporarily crashed the platform, picked up a million followers in just five hours and 16 minutes, setting a Guinness World Record. That number has swelled to more than 11 million as of early Thursday.

"Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM," read the caption.

The Horrible Bosses star broke the record previously set by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose @sussexroyal account reached 1 million followers in five hours and 45 minutes earlier this year.

In a second post on Wednesday, the 50-year-old actress made fun of temporarily crashing Instagram with a short video from her upcoming Apple TV series, The Morning Show, in which she stares at her phone before slamming it down in disgust.

“I swear I didn’t mean to break it,” she captioned the clip.  “Thank you guys for the kind, glitchy welcome."

Aniston's first post comes ahead of the November 1 launch of her new Apple TV show, The Morning Show, co-starring Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon.

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Image courtesy of Netflix(NEW YORK) -- A record number of households tuned in to watch the third season of Stranger Things, which launched July 4, making it the most popular season.

In a Wednesday tweet, Netflix claimed that 64 million households viewed the show in its first four weeks -- its best numbers to date.

It should be noted that Netflix defines a view as a member account that has watched 70 percent of one episode of a series, or 70 percent of a film.  Also, unlike Nielsen viewer numbers, Netflix's audience measurements and their methods aren't available for independent verification.

Last month, Netflix announced that the hit series was renewed for a fourth season, as the show's creators, twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, inked a big deal with the streamer.

Stranger Things, which is set in the 80s, follows a group of kids -- played by Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Millie Bobby Brown -- who encounter supernatural events in their seemingly ordinary town of Hawkins, Indiana.

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Spectrum/Sony Pictures TV(NEW YORK) -- Helen Hunt is home and doing okay after the SUV she was riding in flipped after being clipped by another car, according to TMZ. Hunt is known for her academy Award-winning performance in the 1997 film As Good As It Gets and the 90s sitcom Mad About You.

Video of the collision obtained by the gossip website appears to show the SUV flipping on its side after being hit by the car as it attempted to cross an intersection.

The 56-year-old actress was transported in stable condition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills after complaining of pain, sources tell TMZ, which also obtained a photo obtained by that appears to show Hunt leaving the hospital a few hours later.

Helen's rep tells TMZ she was "shaken, but suffered no major injuries."

Hunt was the only passenger in the SUV.  The status of the diver, as well as the operator of the other vehicle are still unknown.

No one has been cited for the crash, and drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the incident, reports TMZ.

Hunt and her Mad About You co-star Paul Reiser will reprise their roles as Jamie and Paul Buchman, respectively, in a reboot of the series, starting November 20 on Spectrum's On Demand platform.

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iStock/MicroStockHub(SANTA BARBARA, CA) -- Cameron Ely, the 30-year-old son of actor Ron Ely, was shot dead by police on Tuesday night at Ely's home in Santa Barbara, California.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a 911 call and found Ely's wife, 62-year-old Valerie Lundeen Ely, stabbed to death. The suspect was identified as the couple's son, Cameron Ely. When deputies found him outside the home, they determined that he posed a threat, and four deputies shot him, fatally wounding him.

Ron Ely, best known for his starring role in TV's Tarzan, was not injured. Autopsies on the victim and suspect are pending.

In addition to his role in Tarzan, which ran from 1966-68, Ely also appeared on such TV shows as Fantasy Island, Wonder Woman and the 1980s revival of Sea Hunt. He hosted the game show Face the Music and, in 1980 and 1981, replaced Bert Parks as the host of the Miss America pageant. He retired from acting in 2001, but then returned in 2014 with a role in a TV movie.

In the '90s, Ely also published two mystery novels,  Night Shadows and East Beach.

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Lionsgate/Eric Charbonneau(LOS ANGELES) -- Jada Pinkett Smith may be the next actor to board the highly anticipated sequel to The Matrix.

According to Deadline, Pinkett Smith is currently in negotiations to reprise her role in the The Matrix 4 as Niobe, the no-nonsense martial artist from Zion who appeared in both The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.

If confirmed, she'd join Neil Patrick Harris, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, the latter of whom's rumored to play a young Morpheus.

The new potential role for Jada comes after the actress starred alongside Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman in the action-thriller Angel Has Fallen. In addition to film, Pinkett Smith serves as a co-host to her wildly popular Facebook Watch talk show, Red Table Talk, alongside her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

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Freeform/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Margot Robbie and director Cathy Yan recently raised eyebrows with their trailer for their upcoming Suicide Squad spin-off Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.

ABC Audio wanted to know what another Harley Quinn -- that is, Kevin Smith's actress daughter, Harley Quinn Smith -- thought of the promo for the big-screen adventure of her comic book and cinematic namesake.

"[I] can't wait. I think it looks perfect in every way," the co-star of her dad's brand-new film Jay and Silent Bob Reboot said, confessing she'd watched it 20 times in a row when the trailer dropped earlier this month.

"Did you cry?" Smith asked, to which Harley confessed, "I cried every time I watched it."

Smith added of the trailer, "Seeing it well done -- seeing Harley with her hyena, it was pretty like, 'Oh, my lord, I can't believe [it].' You gotta remember, she debuted in the in the Batman: The Animated Series, like what? 25 years ago at this point? So to see like imagery that I saw when I was a kid now coming to life on the big screen is pretty magical."

Apparently, Harley Quinn Smith was equally emotional when she met Margot Robbie in person, most recently at the premiere for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in Los Angeles: "I wasn't gonna say anything because...I cried in front of her over how much I loved her."

"At the Suicide Squad premiere. Yeah, that was pretty embarrassing," her dad recalled.

"That was really embarrassing," Harley agreed, saying her more recent encounter was much better. "She was like, 'Hi, Real Harley!' I was like, 'OK, I can die now.'"

Birds of Prey, which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Ewan McGregor, opens February 7.

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Photo credit: Eric Ray Davidson/Esquire(LOS ANGELES) -- If you're into Jason Momoa, head on over to Esquire.com. You can tell people it's "just for the article" about the hulking Aquaman star who graces the November issue, but the informative interview is framed by dreamy gifs of the 6'4" actor: the cover video snippet shows him staring into the camera as he strokes a kitten; another has him emerging from a hot tub, shirt soaked and transparent; in another, the former Game of Thrones star is exposing his chest, and hunched over an ironing board.

And if that's not irresistible enough, Momoa, 40, enthuses about a puppy he's raising, and talks about his "dream girl," wife Lisa Bonet, who's 51: "literally my childhood crush," the actor blushes, adding, "I mean, I didn't tell her that. I didn't let her know I was a stalker until after we had the kids." The pair have two children, son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, and daughter Lola Iolani Momoa.

The author of the piece, Rachel Syme, describes Momoa's run-in with a broken elevator, and confesses wanting to "hug" the self-deprecating star, whom she paints as "just a dude who takes bubble baths and razzes his friends and snuggles random dogs."

Amid the cuteness, Momoa does in fact talk shop, including his work on the AppleTV show See -- "The biggest pilot they ever shot" -- and his work as the King of Atlantis in the Aquaman series. "I came in with a big pitch," he says of the upcoming movies. "I came in with the whole thing mapped out, and they loved it."

The November issue of Esquire is on newsstands October 22.

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Netflix has released the first trailer for Arsenio Hall's highly anticipated comedy special Smart & Classy.

In the new promo, Hall jokes about the pressure to keep it "classy" -- and being mistaken for Blade star Wesley Snipes.

"Oh s***, when I first started stand-up, my comedy hero used to always say, 'A smart classy comic doesn't have to curse,'" Hall is seen telling the crowd.

He then delivers the punchline: "And I used to say, 'Okay, Mr. Cosby.'"

As previously mentioned, this project is Hall's first stand up comedy special for Netflix. He previously appeared in Adam Sandler’s Netflix film Sandy Wexler.

According to Netflix, Smart & Classy will feature Hall talking about today's political climate, what it was like to win Celebrity Apprentice, getting older, his favorite drug and the classic movie Coming to America, whose sequel he's starring in, along with Eddie Murphy.

Smart & Classy hits Netflix on October 29.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- While Joaquin Phoenix's take on the Clown Prince of Crime is currently raking it in at the box office worldwide, another person who's played the Joker is weighing in.

Even with Phoenix currently filling the role, Star Wars star Mark Hamill remains fan favorite for voicing the flamboyant villain for years on Batman: The Animated Series, and in best-selling video games.

Calling Joker "The Hamlet of villains," Hamill tells ABC Audio what makes the character so fun to play.

"The Joker is endlessly fascinating to me because he's insane and because he's insane, he's unpredictable and because he's unpredictable he's never boring," Hamill says.

"Every time I got behind the wheel of that clown car -- it's liberating! Because you can do all these horrible things..." he adds, with his famous Joker laugh, "...and you don't have to take responsibility for them. But I miss the guy."

Hamill says that particularly as a voiceover artist, Batman's nemesis was a blast to play. "If you're not seen, you can really just just let it all fly. And you know, I would say, 'Was that too big?' And then people would go, For the Joker? No! Of course not!'"

Hamill then adds, in his Joker voice, "Oh, good!" 

Director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix's Joker has so far earned $548.2 million worldwide.

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Lucasfilm(LONDON) -- Well, it certainly took a while, but some words that were first heard in 1977's Star Wars have finally been enshrined in the Oxford English Dictionary.

The tome just introduced "Jedi," as follows: "In the fictional universe of the Star Wars films: a member of an order of heroic, skilled warrior monks who are able to harness the mystical power of the Force."

On a related note, although "Force" had been previously OED-verified, this "mystical universal energy field" is now also complimented with the new entry "Mind trick," as in the power of suggestion Force users can employ on the weak minded of certain species. "See also Jedi," the OED notes on that front.

Other additions include "padawan," which is a Jedi apprentice being taught by a master -- which only came into Star Wars canon in 1999, with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace -- as well as "lightsabre."  The OED defines it as, "a weapon resembling a sword, but having a destructive beam of light in place of a blade."

It should be noted that the spelling of that "elegant weapon, from a more civilized age" as Obi-Wan Kenobi described it, is given its British spelling in the OED. It has always been referred to as "lightsaber" in the U.S.

Take a look for yourself online.

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NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The final season of NBC's Will & Grace, originally slated for a midseason start, has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 24, 9:30 p.m. ET, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It replaces the Kal Penn comedy Sunnyside, which drew the lowest ratings of any first-year show on the Big Four networks thus far this season. 

After one more airing this Thursday, The network will air the remainder of the Sunnyside on NBC.com, the NBC app and other digital platforms. 

Will & Grace, entering its 11th season, and third since it was revived in 2017, will run for 18 episodes.  Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally star.

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