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Gambler James Holzhauer’s loss was a huge win for ‘Jeopardy!’

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Jeopardy! Productions(LOS ANGELES) — As previously reported, James Holzhauer’s Jeopardy! loss ended up being a big win for for the long-running game show. But now that all the numbers are finally crunched, Vulture reports the professional gambler-turned quiz show champ’s final episode was watched by 14.5 million people — the show’s largest same-day audience since November 30, 2004, when reigning money champ Ken Jennings drew 18 million viewers.

To compare it to other shows, Holzhauer’s losing episode ranks as the third most-watched regularly scheduled series episode of the 2018-19 season, behind the series finale of The Big Bang Theory and a December episode of 60 Minutes, which drew 18.5 million and 14.6 million viewers, respectively.

Holzhauer earned earned more than $2.4 million during 33-day run, passing that $2 million high water mark in record time.

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Paul Simon, Alice Quinn honored by Poetry Society of America

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Paul Simon was honored by the Poetry Society of America and celebrated by reading a couple of poems and singing a few songs

Eddie Murphy joins Jerry Seinfeld for a new season of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

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Courtesy of Netflix(NEW YORK) — Eddie Murphy is among the comics who’ll be taking a ride with Jerry Seinfeld for season 11 of his hit Netflix talk show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Seinfeld made the announcement Tuesday on his Instagram with an image featuring the names of the upcoming season’s guests. 

“I love the coffee. I love the cars. I love the comedians,” Seinfeld wrote.  “And yes, doing the show with Eddie was really special.”

Also sharing coffee, cars and laughs with Jerry this go-round will be Seth Rogen, Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, Jamie Foxx and Martin Short, along with Saturday Night Live‘s Melissa Villaseñor, stand-up comics Sebastian Maniscalco, Bridget Everett and Mario Joyner, and Bee Movie writer Barry Marder.

The new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee debuts July 19 on Netflix.

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Fever’s McCall performs with Carrie Underwood

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Erica McCall is still in a state of shock after rapping on stage with Carrie Underwood

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Wayne Newton tells Vegas jury he fired shot as burglars fled

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Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton told a jury he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars he and his wife and daughter found fleeing their home a year ago

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Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton told a jury he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars that he and his wife and daughter encountered fleeing their home a year ago

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Netflix announces 2 more seasons of ‘Queer Eye’

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Netflix’s show ‘Queer Eye’ says it’s bringing fabulousness to the masses for two more seasons

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Weekend memorial events set for singer-musician Dr. John

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Memorial services have been scheduled in New Orleans musician Malcom "Mac" Rebennack Jr. _ better known by his Voodoo-inspired stage name, Dr. John

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Final 2 competitive games help NBA Finals in ratings

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The NBA Finals, suffering in the ratings through the first four games, recovered with two competitive games at the end

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John Cusack apologizes for anti-Semitic tweet

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John Cusack has apologized for tweeting an anti-Semitic cartoon and quotation after initially defending the post

Idris Elba visits New York comedy club where he used to be a bouncer

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Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — Idris Elba recently took a trip down memory lane while in New York City.

On Monday night, Elba made a surprise visit to Caroline’s on Broadway, where the actor and DJ previously worked as a bouncer in his pre-stardom years.

According to Page Six, Elba stopped by with his family at 9:30 p.m. to take in a show.

“He was gracious to everybody and very low-key. He talked to a couple of the employees that are still here from when he worked here,” a source told the gossip site.

During his Saturday Night Live hosting gig in March, Elba first revealed that when he first moved to the U.S. from London, he ended up as a bouncer.

“About twenty years ago I was working down the street from this building on Broadway — not as an actor — but as a doorman,” he said.

“I was a bouncer at Caroline’s Comedy Club on 49th and Broadway,” he continued, adding that he made some “decent contacts” by selling weed.

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The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

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The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

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The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

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This week’s top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store

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Robert Downey Jr. recruits heroic teen shark attack victim for his climate change coalition

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — After hearing she was a big fan of both Iron Man and marine sustainability, actor and philanthropist Robert Downey Jr. sent a special message to 17-year-old Paige Winter, recruiting her for his Footprint Coalition climate change venture.

Winter lost her left leg and two fingers as a result of a shark attack earlier this month, but didn’t lose her spirit, as Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts learned in an exclusive interview. “

I was aware from the beginning, nothing’s gonna be the same ever again. Like, I’m still Paigey. Just a little different,” Winter said.

The chat with the heroic young woman sparked Downey to send her a surprise video message.

“This is a heroic story of resilience, I got to tell you,” Downey said to her. “You’re not alone, but not just because of folks who have had similar stuff happen, but also because of your interest in sustainability and preservation of our oceans and marine life and all that stuff.”

“I’m a fan, I got to tell you,” the Oscar-nominated actor told the teen via his video message. “But also, kind of like Tony with Peter Parker a few years back, I’m in a bit of a recruitment mode, so I wanted to see if you would join my Footprint Coalition, and be my North Carolina ambassador?”

In Captain America: Civil War, Downey’s Tony Stark tapped Tom Holland’s Peter Parker for Stark’s September Foundation internship — but it was all a cover story to recruit Parker’s Spider-Man for The Avengers.

In real life, Downey’s brand new Footprint Coalition vows to find high-tech solutions to cleaning up the environment.

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As Robert Pattinson gets ready to don the cape and cowl, poll looks at fans’ favorite Batmans, Catwomans, and Jokers

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Warner Bros. and © DC Comics(LOS ANGELES) —  Like most things related to fandom, Warner Bros.’ announcement that Twilight veteran Robert Pattinson would be taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in 2021’s The Batman was met with much online reaction.

Now, a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult survey picked more than 2,200 Bat-fans’ brains to find out which recent cinematic versions of Batman characters are their favorites.

Christian Bale, who starred in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, was declared the fans’ favorite Bat by 39% of those polled; Michael Keaton was a close second, preferred by 38%.

George Clooney — who admitted to “killing” the Batman franchise for a while via 1997’s Batman and Robin — came in third, with 19%. Ben Affleck scored 18%, and Batman Forever‘s Val Kilmer was last at 17%. 

While Halle Berry’s Catwoman was panned, her take on the villainess was deemed the favorite of 42% of those polled. Batman Returns‘ Michelle Pfeiffer was a close second with 41%; Anne Hathaway from The Dark Knight Rises ranked last, preferred by just 26%.

Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal of The Joker was deemed fans’ fave portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime by 60%, though Jack Nicholson’s take from the 1989 movie was a close second at 58%.

Jared Leto’s tattooed, grill-sporting Joker from Suicide Squad was the favorite of just 18% of those polled..

And 68% of those polled expect Joaquin Phoenix to be “excellent” or “good” in his standalone film Joker, which opens October 4.

For his part, Mark Hamill, a fan favorite for voicing The Joker on Batman: The Animated Series, tells ABC Radio that he’s enjoyed every actor’s take on Batman’s greatest enemy.

“It’s like the Hamlet of villains,” he says. “It will be constantly revisited by actors forever and ever.” 

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Tyra Banks launches body positive docu-series ‘Beauty’

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ABC/Ron Tom(LOS ANGELES) — With her next project, Tyra Banks is offering the world a new set of beauty standards.

According to Variety, Banks is teaming up with the Quibi mobile streaming service for a new body positive docu-series titled Beauty. The series, in which Banks will both star in and executive produce, is described as a multi-part show which “celebrates being beautiful.”

The goal of the series is to help “break down barriers and challenge traditional notions” of beauty while questioning the beauty standards that the world has subscribed to over the years.

“As I look into the future, I see radical changes in both how people ‘attain beauty,’ and how the world perceives beauty,” Banks said in a statement. “Our docu-series aims to expand and redefine the definition of beauty as we know it, challenging why we accept certain beauty parameters and reject others, and examining the beliefs behind those judgments.”

Banks, now called BanX, has been a champion for body positivity throughout her career, including on her show America’s Next Top Model, which has been running for 24 season across various networks.

Quibi will officially launch in April 2020. A premiere date for Tyra’s Beauty has not yet been revealed.

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