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Amy Schumer denies pregnancy rumors, announces new clothing line: “Thank you for thinking of my womb”

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — Amy Schumer isn’t giving birth to a baby, but a clothing line. 

The comedian had to deny pregnancy rumors Thursday after she posted a picture of herself in a red dress on Instagram where she seems to be pointing at her stomach. The caption reads, “@leesaevansstyle and I are cookin somethin up.” Fans immediately mistook the words and body language as a baby announcement.

Schumer was quick to squash the rumors in an Instagram video posted a few hours later, explaining she’s actually just launching a clothing line with friend and stylist Leesa Evans. 

“I am not pregnant,” Schumer says in the video. “It looked like I was pointing to a bump or something but I’m not. Leesa Evans and I have created a clothing line for all sizes and shapes and at a chill price point. That’s what I was trying to allude to but thank you for thinking of my womb.”

She captioned the video with a joke: “I always have a bump alert.”

Although Schumer married her husband Chris Fischer just last year, it doesn’t seem like it’s baby time just yet. 

“The best part is just having a partner and being like, ‘I got a team,'” Schumer told E! News about newlywed life. “It was just me and [my dog] Tatiana and now it’s cool, you got someone to go through life with together that you love and you want to be partnered up with.”

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Girl super-power: Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ movie gets female director

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Marvel’s Black Widow stand-alone movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, has found its helmer, according to Variety: Australian director Cate Shortland, best known for the female-centric films Lore and Berlin Syndrome.

It hasn’t yet been revealed whether the film will be an origin story or set after the next Avengers movie.

Shortland becomes the second female to solo direct a big-budget female-starring superhero movie, following Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins.

The Black Widow film is also just the second Marvel movie to feature a solo female superhero lead: Captain Marvel with Brie Larson, due out in 2019, is the first. Of course, Marvel’s current hit, Ant-Man and The Wasp, has a female co-lead, Evangeline Lilly.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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We’ve got a bleeder! ‘There’s Something About Mary’ turns 20

Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Saturday, the comedy that made us think differently about romantic comedies — and hair gel — turns 20 years old.

Sibling directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s follow up to their gross-out comedy hits Dumb and Dumber and Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary upped the ante in the over-the-top gag department — like that infamous prom night zipper mishap — but hid a rather sweet love story underneath its R rating.

As you may remember, Ben Stiller plays Ted, who hires a smarmy private detective, played by Matt Dillion, to find Ted’s high school crush, Mary, played by Cameron Diaz. Ted’s fondest memory — and his worst one, arguably — centered on his prom night with Mary, which ended with Ted in the hospital after the aforementioned mishap with the zipper on his rented tux. 

However, when the P.I. gets a glimpse of Mary, he soon finds, as the movie’s title suggests, there’s something about her: he makes a move on her — as does pretty much every guy who crosses her path. And yes, that includes NFL legend Brett Favre.

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The movie went on to make a mint at the box office, making $176.4 million domestically that year — making it the highest-grossing comedy of 1998, and one of the most successful R-rated comedies of all time, with a worldwide gross of more than $369 million.

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‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,’ ‘Skyscraper’ debut today

Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) — Here are the movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation — The third film in the 3D-animated franchise picks up a few months after the last one, with Dracula — once again voiced by Adam Sandler — taking the family on vacation, where he ends up falling in love.  Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher and Mel Brooks, all reprising their roles from the last film, are joined by new additions Kathryn Hahn and Jim Gaffigan. Rated PG.

* Skyscraper — This action film stars Dwayne Johnson as a former FBI agent who goes to great lengths to save his family from a skyscraper after it’s taken over by terrorists and set on fire. Neve Campbell also stars. Rated PG-13.

* Sorry to Bother You — In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green, played by Lakeith Stanfield, discovers a magical key that leads to material success and into into a macabre universe. Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover and Armie Hammer also star. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on FootJoaquin Phoenix stars in this dramedy based on the true story of John Callahan, a paralyzed alcoholic who gained a new lease on life through his passion for drawing subversive newspaper cartoons. Also starring Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black. Rated R.

* Shock and AweRob Reiner directs and stars in this drama about group of journalists who question President George Bush‘s justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden, Milla Jovovich and Jessica Biel also star. Rated R.

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Watch now: The incredibly creepy trailer to ‘Tales from the Hood 2’

ABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) — Ahead of its world premiere at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal on Friday, the first trailer for the Tales from the Hood sequel has arrived.

Similar to the original 1995 film, the spooky feature will be executive produced by Spike Lee and written/produced by former Chapelle’s Show directors Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. It will also use the sinister funeral director Mr. Portifoy Simms to narrate the four short stories, which are all based on the harsh realities of the contemporary African-American experience. 

In the new trailer, Simms, who is now played by Greenleaf pastor Keith David, is heard speaking as the clip shows images of a zombie invasion, a flesh eating doll, and a live possession.

Tales from the Hood 2 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, digital and on-demand on October 2. 

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Shining bright like a diamond: Niecy Nash receives star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Claws star Niecy Nash was cheered on by fans during the ceremony for her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees on Wednesday.

“I am very, very grateful for this moment. I love my fans,” Nash said at her ceremony. “I love all of you who have shown up, but I am warning you now, this star right here is just the beginning, not the ending.”

Nash, who received her star on Hollywood Boulevard in the television category, said she’d dreamed about the honor since she first visited the Walk of Fame from Compton when she was 9 years old.

According to actress, actor Ed Asner happened to be there and Nash informed him then that she’d also be getting a star one day, just like him. “And he walked away, and I was yelling, ‘Remember my name,'” she said.

Asner did remember. He, including producer Ryan Murphy, and Cedric the Entertainer showed up at the ceremony to celebrate with her.

“She not only deserves a star on the Walk of Fame, she deserves a star on the walk of life,” Cedric the Entertainer said. “Niecy is, she really is, all things.”

“She is literally a breath of fresh air in this world,” Murphy said.

The Californian native has been nominated for two Primetime Emmys and won a Daytime Emmy as the producer and host of Clean House.

In addition to Claws, Nash’s credits include Reno 911!, Getting On, The Soul Man, Dancing with the Stars and Scream Queens.

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Emmy nominees jump on social media to say thanks

(LOS ANGELES) — Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, and many of the stars who will be recognized for their work come September expressed their gratitude on social media.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was nominated for his guest-starring role on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, responded to his nomination with a quip reminiscent of something Larry David’s character on the comedy might say: “Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful.”

Alison Brie, who stars in Netflix’s GLOW, reacted to her show’s Best Comedy nomination by sharing a photo from set. “GLOW was nominated for an EMMY!! And so was our INCREDIBLE #BettyGilpin!!!” she captioned it. “So proud of all my girls and of our fantastic show.”

Tiffany Haddish, whose stint guest-hosting Saturday Night Live earned her her first Emmy nomination, added that she was “overjoyed.” Referencing her monologue — and a well-worn Alexander McQueen dress she wore, she noted: “I might even splurge for a new dress for this one!!” she tweeted. “Thank you everyone for your love and support! #sheready”

The 2018 Emmy Awards will broadcast live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 17. The ceremony will be hosted by Saturday Night Live stars Colin Jost and Michael Che.

Here are some other reactions:

Louie Anderson, who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Baskets, tweeted, “I’m speechless!!! Thanks Everyone who voted @TheEmmys @FXNetworks @galifianakisz Jonathan Krisel @MarthaKelly3 @BasketsFX”

This is Us star Justin Hartley wrote, “A huge congrats to @MiloVentimiglia @SterlingKBrown and my entire @NBCThisisUs family on the @TheEmmys noms!!!! Lots of talent, hard work, and heart is poured into this incredible show.  Couldn’t be prouder to be part of it!!”

Emmy winner Sterling K Brown, nominated again for This Is Us, posted a grateful video message, captioned with, “THANK YOU @TelevisionAcad ???? #Emmys #ThisIsUs”

John Legend, nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series category for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, appropriately tweeted three praying hand emoji, adding, “thank you!!”

Incidentally, Legend is one step closer to joining the very exclusive club of 12 entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, known as EGOT, with his nomination Thursday.

His wife Chrissy Teigen’s show, Lip Sync Battle, was also nominated this year.

Ricky Martin, nominated for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for FX’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, tweeted “Yes yes yes!!!!!! I’m so happy and humbled about this nomination. I think my head is about to explode. Joy joy joy THIS IS CRAZY!!! Thank you @MrRPMurphy,”

Emmy nominee RuPaul issued the following statement after the announcement:

“Making ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is a labor of love. The fact that members of the Television Academy have recognized that passion by nominating us for 12 Emmy’s is a true honor. It takes a village, people. I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of my partners at VH1 and World of Wonder, our dedicated cast and crew, and most of all, the amazing queens that help us celebrate the heart and soul of drag. Condragulations to our fellow nominees.”

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Emmy nominees jump on social media to say thanks

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) — Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, and many of the stars who will be recognized for their work come September expressed their gratitude on social media.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was nominated for his guest-starring role on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, responded to his nomination with a quip reminiscent of something Larry David’s character on the comedy might say: “Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful.”

Alison Brie, who stars in Netflix’s GLOW, reacted to her show’s Best Comedy nomination by sharing a photo from set. “GLOW was nominated for an EMMY!! And so was our INCREDIBLE #BettyGilpin!!!” she captioned it. “So proud of all my girls and of our fantastic show.”

Tiffany Haddish, whose stint guest-hosting Saturday Night Live earned her her first Emmy nomination, added that she was “overjoyed.” Referencing her monologue — and a well-worn Alexander McQueen dress she wore, she noted: “I might even splurge for a new dress for this one!!” she tweeted. “Thank you everyone for your love and support! #sheready”

The 2018 Emmy Awards will broadcast live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 17. The ceremony will be hosted by Saturday Night Live stars Colin Jost and Michael Che.

Here are some other reactions:

Louie Anderson, who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Baskets, tweeted, “I’m speechless!!! Thanks Everyone who voted @TheEmmys @FXNetworks @galifianakisz Jonathan Krisel @MarthaKelly3 @BasketsFX”

This is Us star Justin Hartley wrote, “A huge congrats to @MiloVentimiglia @SterlingKBrown and my entire @NBCThisisUs family on the @TheEmmys noms!!!! Lots of talent, hard work, and heart is poured into this incredible show.  Couldn’t be prouder to be part of it!!”

Emmy winner Sterling K Brown, nominated again for This Is Us, posted a grateful video message, captioned with, “THANK YOU @TelevisionAcad ???? #Emmys #ThisIsUs”

John Legend, nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series category for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, appropriately tweeted three praying hand emoji, adding, “thank you!!”

Incidentally, Legend is one step closer to joining the very exclusive club of 12 entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, known as EGOT, with his nomination Thursday.

His wife Chrissy Teigen’s show, Lip Sync Battle, was also nominated this year.

Ricky Martin, nominated for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for FX’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, tweeted “Yes yes yes!!!!!! I’m so happy and humbled about this nomination. I think my head is about to explode. Joy joy joy THIS IS CRAZY!!! Thank you @MrRPMurphy,”

Emmy nominee RuPaul issued the following statement after the announcement:

“Making ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is a labor of love. The fact that members of the Television Academy have recognized that passion by nominating us for 12 Emmy’s is a true honor. It takes a village, people. I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of my partners at VH1 and World of Wonder, our dedicated cast and crew, and most of all, the amazing queens that help us celebrate the heart and soul of drag. Condragulations to our fellow nominees.”

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Attorney says charges dropped against adult film star Stormy Daniels after strip club bust

ABC/Heidi Gutman(OHIO) — Authorities dropped the charges against adult film star Stormy Daniels Thursday after she was taken into custody during a performance at a strip club in Ohio, according to her lawyer, who previously called the arrest a “politically motivated” setup.

Daniels, who made headlines earlier this year over her claims of an alleged affair with President Donald Trump 12 years ago, was arrested Wednesday night while performing at the Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in Columbus after she allegedly allowed “a customer to touch her while on stage,” her attorney, Michael Avenatti, said via Twitter early Thursday morning.

In fact, Daniels was charged with three violations of illegal sexual orientation activity in a sexually oriented business. According to ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV, cops said she not only “smacked” patrons with her exposed breasts, but groped patrons. Some of those touched reportedly included law enforcement officers at the scene. 

Those charges were dropped Thursday afternoon, according to documents Avenatti posted.

ABC News reached out to Avenatti, who declined to elaborate beyond his tweets.

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Anthony Bourdain posthumously nominated for 2018 Emmy

CNN(LOS ANGELES) — Just over a month after his death, famed chef Anthony Bourdain was nominated for a 2018 Emmy on Thursday.

Bourdain earned the nod for his acclaimed CNN show, Parts Unknown, a show he starred in and produced.

Bourdain is no stranger to the Emmys, his show having won the award for “Outstanding Informational Series or Special” for the past four years. Parts Unknown earned a total of six nods Thursday.

The chef and TV host took his own life on June 8 at the age of 61. He was in France filming an episode of his show at the time of his death.

His network, CNN, released a statement honoring the man after he died, noting in part, “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.”

This year’s Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 17.

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