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David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Courteney Cox and her fiance, Johnny McDaid of the band Snow Patrol, are calling it quits.

People magazine reports that the couple, who got engaged in June of 2014, have ended things, with a source telling the magazine, ""They've been having problems for a long time." The split was first reported by TMZ.

The couple were introduced by a mutual pal, singer Ed Sheeran.  McDaid popped the question six months later, and both tweeted the same selfie, with Cox writing, "I’m engaged to him!" and McDaid stating, "I'm engaged to her!" 

Cox told People magazine earlier this year, "When I knew that this was just who he is, that he was just a beautiful, sensitive, loving person with a wonderful family, with a beautiful set of friends...then I was like, 'This is for real.'"

Cox was previously married to David Arquette; they have an 11-year-old daughter named Coco.  McDaid's band Snow Patrol is best known for their hit "Chasing Cars."

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Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Money and Hollywood -- it's not a subject everyone wants to talk about. ABC Radio found that out while chatting with one Oscar-winning actress.

Anna Paquin, who plays a T-rex in Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, has been in the business since she was 10, but she'd rather not delve too deep into the current conversation about the wage gap in Hollywood.

"I don't really feel like talking about money," she tells ABC Radio. "It is something that is particularly, I don't know...it feels very kind of like an odd thing to discuss."

It isn't that she feels things are equal, though.

"Look, I can talk about there being an inequality of interesting roles, and how women are portrayed in film and television versus the stuff that men get to do," she said.

Paquin, 33 did say she doesn't pick roles based on paychecks, explaining, "Finances have never driven my decisions." 

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Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Harrison Ford seems tailor-made for the role of Han Solo, the smuggler with a wise-cracking sense of humor and unmatched loyalty to his friends and family.  But Ford, 73, told ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday that he didn't expect to end up in the original Star Wars film at all.

"A producer friend of mine that produced American Graffiti somehow connived to get me to read the lines with people that were auditioning for the parts of Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker," Ford told GMA. "I thought I was just helping out."

But Ford was so good as Solo, that he adds, "When the whole thing was over, they asked if I wanted to play [him]."

"I said, ‘How much?’ And then they said $1,000 a week. And I said, 'No! No!' But I did. I did it for $1,000 a week. For the first one," he added.

Obviously, that number went way up after the success of the original.

Now Ford is back as Solo in The Force Awakens, which is out on December 18.  But since he's Harrison Ford, he got to see the completed film early. His review? "It was great. It’s a wonderful movie. It’s got great production values," he told GMA. It’s a real big movie and I was delighted to see it."

But what brought the icon back to the franchise after all these years?

"A really good script," Ford revealed. "The opportunity to work with director J.J. [Abrams], who I admire. And it just seemed like a good idea."

Disney, which is releasing the new Star Wars film, is the parent company of ABC.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams visited The Tonight Show on Monday to plug the film, and revealed that making it was literally a back-breaking experience.

Abrams told host Jimmy Fallon that he suffered a broken back while trying to help Harrison Ford -- who reprises his role as Han Solo in the movie -- after Ford broke his ankle during while shooting a scene.

"A door goes down and it was this hydraulic door, which apparently -- and this is a lesson -- won't come up when you try to lift it," he explained to host Jimmy Fallon. "It felt like I was trying to do one of those Incredible Hulk [things], moving a car off of a friend, someone you love, except I was not the Hulk. There was no gamma radiation, I could not lift the door and I broke my back."

Abrams went on to explain that he fractured the L4 spinal segment in his lower back.

He also admitted to Fallon that he was scared to be involved with the film at first, based on a bad experience he had as a child when an actress who starred in a popular family TV show produced by his father, Gerald W. Abrams, invited him onto the set.

"So I go to the set and she's in her trailer just getting stoned the whole time," Abrams recalled. "The oldest boy is passed out on his set bed from being up all night and drunk. The little kid in the show is, like, skateboarding around and all the crew members are cursing his name. The mother and that father on the show hated each other."

"It was devastating. I went home, almost burst into tears. I was, like, so traumatized. And I was afraid if I did Star Wars and I got close to it, it would be a horror show," adds Abrams.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens nationwide December 18.

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Warner Bros.(LONDON) -- Original Gremlins star Zach Galligan says that the success of a Jurassic World, a movie that is set decades after the original, has had an influence on the making of Gremlins 3.

Galligan told an audience at London's Prince Charles Cinema on Wednesday, during a special Q&A, that he thinks the franchise won't start from scratch, thus there's a "chance" he'll likely be in the next one, which will come out more than 25 years after Gremlins 2.

"It's not going to be a reboot," he told the audience in London, who had come out for a special screening of Gremlins, followed by questions for Galligan, according to the BBC. "It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form. [Director] Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade."

Galligan expanded on his statements.

"So the only thing they will be, and apparently are going to be doing, is something along the lines of like Jurassic World, where it will be 30 years later," he continued.

As of now, Jurassic World, which starred Chris Pratt, has made north of $1.6 billion worldwide, reports Box Office Mojo, and the movie picked up where the original Jurassic Park franchise left off.

There will be new stars but Galligan added that "some of the characters from the first one" would be in it, but that "I swear on my life, I don't know if I'm in it or not, but I think there is probably a decent chance since I'm one of the few people left standing from the first movie."

Reports of a new Gremlins movie started back in early 2014. In April, Deadline reported that Goosebumps writer Carl Ellsworth would be involved in the script.

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United Artists/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Sylvester Stallone has played many iconic characters on the big screen -- among them John Rambo, Judge Dredd and Lt. Marion "Cobra" Cobretti -- but the actor says he's partial to one role in particular: Rocky Balboa.

"It's my favorite character. I would love to play him the rest of my life," the 69-year-old Stallone told ABC 's Good Morning America of the role he first played nearly 40 years ago in the hit film Rocky.  It's since spawned a legendary franchise with "Creed" as its seventh installment.

Creed, starring Stallone and Michael B. Jordan as the title character, opened in theaters last Wednesday and received a warm reception from critics and box office audiences.

The cast -– Stallone, Jordan and Tessa Thompson -- chatted with ABC News’ Sara Haines about the project.

Jordan plays Adonis Creed, the son of the late Apollo Creed,Rocky's friend and former rival. Stallone plays Adonis Creed's mentor, boxing trainer and father figure.  Jordan said he had a chance to "fall in love" with the franchise as he prepared for this role.

"When you watch it back to back to back to back ... and see him..." Jordan said, pointing at Stallone -- "...literally age in front of my eyes. Kind of cool."

Thompson plays the younger Creed's love interest and an up-and-coming singer. She said Stallone had "a wealth of incredible stories" to tell his cast mates, especially in answer to their questions about what it was like to make the earlier films in the franchise.  "It was fun," Stallone said of those discussions.

When Haines asked whether there was any competition between the old and new guard, Stallone replied, "No," while Jordan laughing said, "Oh yes."

"Oh yes it is!" he added. "If we put some gloves out here right now and a bag, it would definitely be a competition between the two of us," Jordan said.

"I will say this," Stallone put in. "[Jordan] trained much harder than I thought humanly possible ... He's in there with a real pro that can break bones on every punch. And I saw it. It was no joke."

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ABC/Nicole Wilder(NEW YORK) -- Good grief! A Charlie Brown Christmas is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and ABC is honoring the milestone with a special on Monday night.

It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, hosted by Kristen Bell and airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time, will reflect on the classic holiday program and feature performances by Sarah McLachlan, Boyz II Men, Pentatonix, Kristen Chenoweth and more.

It will be followed by an airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Craig Schulz, the son of late Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, explains why the 1965 classic -- which finds Charlie Brown searching for the true meaning of Christmas -- resonates with viewers to this day.

"[W]e're all there when Charlie Brown loses, we all lose a lot more in life than we ever win," he says. "So I think we can all relate to them and I think we all have a lot of Charlie Brown in us. I know I do."

Lee Mendelson, who produced A Charlie Brown Christmas, tells ABC Radio that Charles Schulz believed his special would endure. "Charles Schulz said one time, There'll always be a market for innocence in this country," Mendelson recalls.

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Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The father of late Fast & Furious star Paul Walker has filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche, two years after Walker’s deadly car crash, Deadline reports.

In the suit filed in L.A. Superior Court last week, Paul William Walker III claims the Porsche Carrera GT his son was riding in when he died in 2013 was lacking essential safety features, such as a stability control system, breakaway fuel line and side-door reinforcements. He’s seeking unspecified damages.

In late September, the actor’s daughter, Meadow Rain Walker, also sued Porsche, referencing safety issues with the vehicle. Another similar lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Kristine Rodas, the widow of the driver of the Porsche, Roger Rodas.  

Monday marks the second anniversary of Paul Walker’s death. Investigators had determined the cause of the crash was "unsafe speed for the roadway conditions."

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NBC/Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- For Thanksgiving, Kylie Jenner shared a sweet photo of her entire "blended family" that includes Caitlyn, Kris and Kendall Jenner; Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick; Kim and Kanye West; and all the little kids like Penelope and North.

"Thankful for my blended family," Kylie wrote.

Big sister Kim Kardashian West also shared the same photo, taken in front of a beautiful scenic setting in California.

Khloe Kardashian gave fans an actual look inside the big dinner.

"I am sooooo proud of myself lol can I say that???" she wrote next to a myriad of desserts.

"The key to contentment lies solely in being thankful for what one has been blessed with. Stop looking at what you don't have and pay attention to the blessings around you. Manifest beauty in your life. Only then will one be blessed with more. Happy Thanksgiving my loves!!!" Khloe wrote in another pic.

Apparently, Khloe's food was a hit. "I want more dessert. @khloekardashian I'm coming back," Kourtney wrote.

Kris Jenner summed the day up by writing, "The most beautiful setting for our family Thanksgiving!! Feeling so blessed!! Thank you @khloekardashian for being the hostess with the mostest!"

thankful for my blended family

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Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) -- The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead kicks off with Alexandria's steeple smashing through a perimeter fence, sending a wave of walkers into the heart of the town. 

The heroes scramble for shelter. In the fray, Deanna is injured, and joins Rick, Michonne, Father Gabriel, Carl, Ron, Jessie, and her shell-shocked son Sam, who still hasn't left the safety of the upper floor.

Carol is hurt, too, but manages to get to Morgan's house -- the one with the hidden Wolf he's tasked Denise with treating. 

Maggie manages to scramble on top of the wall, barely avoiding a grim death. Rosita, Sara, and the endearingly useless Eugene hole up in a garage.

In Rick's house, he assesses Deanna's injury, only to find she's been bitten. "Well, s***," she says plainly. Meanwhile, Ron locks Carl inside the garage with revenge on his mind, and pulls a gun. The pair scuffle, and Ron smashes open a window, letting the walkers in. Carl pulls his own gun and forces Ron to relinquish his. "I get it, my dad killed your dad," Carl tells him. "But your dad was an as*****." The walkers start streaming in, forcing the gang upstairs behind furniture barricades. 

Some distance away, Glenn bucks up a deflated Enid, but the pair don't manage to get close to the besieged city for the entire episode.

Carol, meanwhile, plays possum long enough to fake out Morgan, and get downstairs to try to kill the tied up Wolf. Zenned-out Morgan refuses to let her, and the pair go at it, with Morgan knocking her out -- just before the Wolf knocks him out with Morgan's dropped staff. In short order, the obviously unrepentant Wolf takes Denise hostage, first at knifepoint, then at gunpoint after Sara and Rosita give up theirs to save the would-be doctor.  

Deanna accepts her fate -- with a revolver to meet it under her own steam, taking walkers with her in a blaze of glory, as Rick and the gang use the old walker guts trick to try to slip past the invading horde. "Pretend you're someone brave," Jessie tells Sam -- and that works for about 15 seconds, until he starts calling for his mommy right as the gang are sidling face to face with the walkers.

While the episode ends there, a special "prologue" aired during AMC's subsequent show, Into the Badlands. The snippet showed Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha chugging along in their recently appropriated fuel truck when they're stopped in the road by a group of bikers.

A ringleader orders the trio out, and to surrender their weapons, explaining everything they own is now the property of Negan -- The Walking Dead comics' notorious, hero-batting villain who will be played by actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.     

The Walking Dead's sixth season will continue on February 14, 2016 at 9 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(SYDNEY) -- It seems Taylor Swift never passes up the chance to make a fan’s dreams come true. This time, she granted the wishes of a young girl in Australia who's losing her hearing.

According to The Maitland Mercury, when 12-year-old Jorja Hope was diagnosed with a progressive inner-ear condition that will one day make her deaf, the first thing she said was, “I won’t be able to hear Taylor Swift sing.”


Her twin sister, Chloe, launched a social media campaign with the hopes of catching Taylor’s attention. The campaign, #HelpJorjaMeetTaylorSwiftSydney, went viral and eventually a Sydney radio station secured Jorja a meet-and-greet with Taylor.

On Saturday, Jorja met her pop star idol and attended Taylor’s Sydney concert.

"She was very, very amazing and very pretty," Jorja tells The Maitland Mercury. "I didn't expect her to be as tall as she was."

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XL Recordings/Columbia(NEW YORK) -- Many albums are described as eagerly-anticipated, but it seems no album in recent memory has been as anticipated as Adele's 25. The disc has shattered chart records with the highest one-week sales total ever.

Billboard reports that since Nielsen began tracking music sales in 1991, no album has sold more copies in a single week than 25: it racked up sales of 3.48 million units, of which 3.38 million were pure album sales. The rest were made up of track downloads and streams of the single "Hello." The album itself isn't available on streaming services.

To give you an idea of just how many copies 25 sold, if you added up the first-week sales of the most recent albums by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and One Direction, together, they still wouldn't total as many albums as 25 managed to shift.

25 is Adele's second number-one album, following her previous disc, 21.  Adele-mania has now pushed that disc, which came out in 2011, back into the top 10. The last time it was there was March of 2013.  That means 21 has now spent a total of 82 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10 since its release. 

Meanwhile, Adele's first album, 19, is back in the top 20, thanks to a 252% increase in sales this past week.

Over in her home country, 25 has become the U.K.'s biggest-selling #1 album in history, selling sold 800,307 copies in its first week.  The previous record for first-week sales was held by the Oasis album Be Here Now, which sold 696,000 copies in its first week.

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Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Moviegoers didn't pass on leftovers at the box office during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The reigning box office champ, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2, remained number one after earning 51.6 million dollars from Friday through Sunday.

Two of the three new films that opened Wednesday performed well over the weekend. The Disney-Pixar movie The Good Dinosaur finished in second place, raising 39.2 million dollars.

The Rocky spin-off Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, made 30.1 million dollars for a third-place debut.


Victor Frankenstein was a flop, collecting just 2.35 million dollars. The new interpretation of the classic story features James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.


Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2, $51.6 million.
2. The Good Dinosaur, $39.2 million.
3. Creed, $30.1 million.
4. Spectre, $12.8 million.
5. The Peanuts Movie, $9.7 million.
6. The Night Before, $8.2 million.
7. Secret In Their Eyes, $4.5 million.
8. Spotlight, $4.5 million.
9. Brooklyn, $3.8 million.
10. The Martian, $3.3 million.

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HBO(NEW YORK) -- It's been more than two years since the acting world lost the great James Gandolfini, but his Sopranos co-star Jamie-Lynn Sigler still recalls all the amazing lessons he taught her while they worked together for more than eight years.

“He just taught me how to improv a little bit, and he taught me to trust my instincts,” Sigler told HuffPost Live.

She continued, “He taught me how to ask for another take if I needed another one. He really taught me how to have my confidence on set and that my opinion mattered, as well, and it just wasn’t always about getting directed. That I could be part of this collaboration.”

She remembered her first big episode and how the veteran actor sat her in his chair to celebrate her moment. In fact, Sigler, 34, said of all the actors she worked with on the show, it was Gandolfini that influenced her the most.

"By watching him and witnessing him for the 10 years that I got, he's just so tremendous," she added. "The one feeling that I can always remember about James is he could walk in a room and if I didn’t even see him, I knew he was there. And you just felt like everything's going to be okay...he was just your leader and your protector.”

Gandolfini died suddenly in June 2013 of a heart attack at the age of 51 while he was on vacation in Rome.

Sigler also spoke about her past eating disorder.

"It was my source of control at the time," she explained, adding that she overcame the disorder "over time," but it was the people behind the Sopranos that were the catalyst for helping her.

"They had asked me to put on weight," she said. "They were concerned...for my health, and they didn't feel like I was the picture of a girl who lived in an Italian household...so they were big catalysts in me taking a step back and realizing the issue."

The actress is starring in the new Hallmark movie The Christmas Note.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like Kaley Cuoco is trying to get rid of all traces of her ex-husband Ryan Sweeting.

"Thank you [Studio City Tattoo] for helping me right my wrongs," the 29-year-old said via Instagram. "Note to self-do not mark your body with any future wedding dates," she followed, with hashtags #under30mistakes #donttakeyourselftooseriouslykids.

She then shared a photo of her new tattoo, a giant moth.

Cuoco was also quick to dispel any notion that the moth symbolized anything significant, writing, "the deep, meaningful, larger than life meaning behind this beautiful piece of ink, is.....It covered the last one."

The star previously had 12-31-13 imprinted in Roman numerals on her back. That was the day she wed Sweeting in an elaborate New Year's Eve ceremony.

In September, the couple announced they were divorcing after less than two years of marriage.

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