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Emily Blunt Sings "I Want It That Way" With Backstreet Boys on 'Ellen'. After confessing to a fear of singing in front of people, the 'Mary Poppins Returns' star then took the stage. Emily Blunt faces her fear of singing in front of people on Monday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The star of the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns confesses to that fear on Monday's episode of the talk show, whose host then convinced her to take the stage to perform in front of her audience. The Backstreet Boys then appear to perform their hit "I Want It That Way" with the actress, including a brief solo for her. Also during her appearance, Blunt reveals that she was "completely shocked and slightly terrified" when she received a call from director Rob Marshall telling her she was his only choice to in the sequel and that when she told a friend she was taking on the iconic character, her friend told her she had to have "balls of steel" to do it. (Hollywood Reporter)

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Kiernan Shipka Opens Up About Why Sabrina Is an "Inspiration." Kiernan Shipka has put a spell on Netflix. A good one, that is. The 19-year-old actress is currently the star of Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but you may also remember her as Sally Draper on Mad Men. Shipka is on the cover of Seventeen's December issue, where she opened up about dating, girl power and why the character of Sabrina Spellman truly resonates with her. For starters, Shipka thinks it's "really cool" that her friends are "genuinely excited to watch the show." After all, Sabrina skews more to the age range of her peers rather than Mad Men. However, there's another big reason why she feels so honored to play the role of the 16-year-old witch. "I'm unreasonably excited that young girls are going to get to have this character be an inspiration to them," she told Seventeen. "I think she is so strong-willed, has such a good heart, speaks her mind, stands up for herself, and questions things that she feels aren't right." Similar to the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Shipka's Sabrina Spellman marches to the beat of her own witchy drum. Magic aside, the Feud star relates to Sabrina on a deeply personal level. "I gravitate toward feminist content because that's just who I am. But there was something so cool about this show being so feminist while still having this very separate fantastical element," she explained. The vague time period also adds to that "fantastical element" she discussed. "It's sort of set in this 'timeless' period where there aren't many references to pop culture, or what's happening now or what happened in the past. But at the same [time], it's related to what's happening in many different ways and resonates on so many levels," she said. Sabrina's creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa recently gave E! News some background information as to why the setting is so vague. "We originally were going to set it in the 60s which is when Sabrina first came out in the comic books, and we liked the issues that were going on in the 60s that we felt like we could explore -- feminism, civil rights, Charles Manson, Woodstock, first man on the moon," he told E! News. Netflix, however, had some other ideas. Apparently, executives told Aguirre-Sacasa, "Women's empowerment, women's sexuality, women controlling their own bodies, all that stuff is happening now. You're doing that now. We're having these wars, all these rights are in question today, you don't need to set it in the '60s." Shipka also discussed why Sabrina is unlike many other television characters. She told Seventeen, "Sabrina is, for all intents and purposes, a teenage girl as much as she's a witch who's faced with decisions no teenager could ever deal with. She puts herself in situations that are very risky -- on the life-threatening side of risky -- but to have a character who is so strong-willed has really inspired me." Like any teenager (witch or mortal) knows, getting older is hard. "Growing up is definitely complicated," she said. "Everyone has their own journey. I'm at a place where I feel more myself than I ever have, and I'm loving that, and I'm excited that Sabrina came my way." Although her on-screen relationship with Harvey Kinkle (played by Ross Lynch) is great, dating does not take any priority for Shipka at the moment. "Ross is the best, and I couldn't imagine having a better person to be 'shipped with," she explained. "I think our relationship [on Sabrina] is so pure and so sweet." Shipka's cover of Seventeen hits newsstands Nov. 27. (Eonline)

The Walking Dead Finally Reveals What Happened to Lauren Cohan's Maggie. The Walking Dead said goodbye to Lauren Cohan without much fanfare in episode five of season nine, and in episode seven, the AMC show finally addressed what happened to her character Maggie. Sort of. In "Stradivarius," The Walking Dead finally returned to the Hilltop community for the first time since the six-year time jump that occurred at the end of episode five. Jesus (Tom Payne) is now in charge. Maggie, it seems, is alive and well, just not at the Hilltop (or Alexandria for that matter). In the episode, viewers learned she sent Jesus a letter and said she's happy. Jesus isn't using her office, maintaining her absence from the Hilltop is just temporary. "I know you think you're just keeping a promise to Maggie, but you took this job. So, stop pretending it's just for now. she's not here, you are," Tara (Alanna Masterson) said. "You're people are counting on you. Maggie's counting on you. I'm counting on you." Maggie lives and... is elsewhere. Cohan exited the show as of episode five, which was also Andrew Lincoln's last episode of the series. Viewers last saw Maggie having a long-awaited confrontation with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Following the eight season, Cohan and the series were in prolonged contract talks and the actress booked an ABC drama, Whiskey Cavalier, opposite Scott Foley. The series is slated for midseason debut. And the door is open for Cohan to return as Maggie. "So much of it is really simple because eight years is a long time to spend in one character. Eight years is a long time to spend in the emotional mash-up that Maggie's in and that Lauren is in by virtue of osmosis. I honestly just was looking at this on a multitude of personal levels, and it just made the most sense for me to do this," Cohan told EW about her decision to leave. "I love Maggie and I'll always love Maggie, and we had a really good time so far. And I do say so far, because the beautiful thing I get to experience right now -- which I think is such a cherished thing for me in life -- is to live in the not knowing, and to embrace it. And I just feel in life generally a sense of that more than I ever have on a personal level. So naturally that was going to bleed over into that, and just taking the information at hand and making a decision based upon the facts in front of me," she added. The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang told THR that they've been talking to Cohan and are hopeful Maggie's story isn't over yet, but she won't appear in any future episodes of season nine. "We definitely have some things up our sleeve that we'd love to do. A lot of that is just a scheduling conversation, so hopefully that will all work out, because I think mutually, we would like to continue with Maggie's story, for sure," Kang said. The Walking Dead airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on AMC. (Eonline)

'Outlander' Engages in a Very Modern Debate in "The False Bride." The Starz series presents a big bump in the road for a fan-favorite couple, and the actors involved defend their characters' stances. [Warning: this story contains spoilers from Sunday's Outlander, "The False Bride."] One of Outlander's heartthrobs lost a little bit of his luster in Sunday's episode. As Roger (Richard Rankin) moved to America and reunited with Brianna (Sophie Skelton) in 1970, fans of their slow-burn relationship thought they'd get a romantic hour as the two road-tripped across North Carolina to attend a Scottish festival together. And "The False Bride" certainly could have ended on a much happier note -- had Roger not given in to his dated relationship ideals and blown everything up in one horrible moment. Late one night, as the couple drank and got closer, Bree decided to take things to the next level with Roger and initiated what she hoped to be her first-time having sex. But Roger essentially freaked out, paused their heated encounter and proposed to her. When Bree told Roger she wasn't ready for marriage so soon (and possibly would never be), he reacted -- well, not great. He subscribed to the double standard that it was fine for him to sleep with other women before he met Bree, but he wanted to get married to Bree when she was a virgin. She slapped him and pointed out the unfairness of the situation, and when they sobered up the next day, she left him. It was a heartbreaking end to what started as quite the optimistic and romantic episode for Roger and Bree, but perhaps the most disappointing aspect for fans was the tarnishing of what was previously a squeaky-clean image for Roger. It's a big bump in the road for the fan-favorite couple, but possibly also the wake-up call he needed to evolve his mindset and accept a more modern outlook on sexuality and relationships. (Hollywood Reporter)

New Arrowverse crossover promo shows Kara imprisoned in the pipeline. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) aren't the only ones suffering from reality being rewritten in "Elseworlds." The latest promo for this year's three-night Arrowverse crossover event -- which includes The Flash, Supergirl, and Arrow -- shows Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) imprisoned in the pipeline. Not only that, but her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh), sporting wicked new braid, is her jailer and has no idea what Kara is talking about when she says they're sisters. "You are as despicable as they come, you are dangerous, and you are clearly crazy," says Alex as she locks her sister up. What has become of the Danvers sisters?? We already know that Kara isn't alone in dealing with the repercussions of Dr. John Deegan (Jeremy Davies), an Arkham Asylum doc, rewriting reality. The other promos revealed that Oliver and Barry end up swapping lives as a result of it, too. It all begins Sunday, Dec. 9, with The Flash at 8 p.m.; continues Monday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. with Arrow; and concludes the following night at 8 p.m. with Supergirl. (Entertainment Weekly)

Khloe Kardashian Reveals She Did Some "Not So Mature Things" After Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal. Khloe Kardashian has always been an open book about both the good and the bad. On Sunday, Khloe posted a clip from Keeping Up With the Kardashians that explains her mindset about trying to stay positive in the days before and after giving birth to her baby, True Thompson. "This is something I've been waiting for my entire life," she told the camera. "I don't want to take away anything from this moment, and I have always been a believer of 'Don't make permanent decisions off temporary emotions.'" She then went on to explain that she would deal with Tristan Thompson and his cheating scandal "at a later time." Khloe continued, "I want to experience this magical moment, and I want this for me and my daughter and for him at the end of the day." One fan commented on the video and praised Khloe for her clarity and outlook on the situation. "This is so mature, I would have run him over with his own car," the user wrote. The Good American founder replied, "oh well I did done [sic] not so mature things [knife, sweat and fist emojis] the day prior but I needed to get that out of my system. Namaste all the way in the hospital." Two weeks ago on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, news of Tristan's infidelity broke across the text message waves of the Kardashian-Jenner family. Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian hopped on a plane instantaneously to go be with their sister for the birth of her first child and support her amid the Tristan infidelity chatter. Before the episode aired where she gave birth to True, Khloe posted on Twitter about how it would be an emotional experience for her all over again. "I chose to put my feelings aside for the birth and to try and have as much positive energy that I could. My only thought was about the birth of my daughter," she wrote. "I wasn't going to let ANYONE disrupt anything less than what she deserved. Joyous love. I chose to be mature & strong for True." In another tweet, the Revenge Body star said she was "proud of myself for how I handed everything. True gave me the peace and strength I needed." Khloe has been spending lots of quality time with her close-knit family in Los Angeles, but E! News learned that she and True will be spending Thanksgiving in Cleveland. A source told E! News, "It's True's first Thanksgiving and Khloe wants to celebrate it as a family. It's very important to her that True has her own family traditions and is with both her mom and dad." The insider added, "She is still very happy in L.A. with her family support and the thought of being back in Cleveland by herself is unsettling. She isn't making long-term plans and is just taking it little by little and seeing what happens. She's very conflicted and tries her best to stay focused on True and all the joys of motherhood. It's complicated with Tristan, but he's True's dad and that's what matters most to Khloe." (Eonline)

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Apologizes to Jen Harley and Daughter After Recent Jersey Shore Episode. Ronnie Ortiz-Magro issued a public apology to his on-again-off-again girlfriend Jen Harley as well as Jersey Shore fans. On Sunday, Ronnie rationalized his actions that were seen in a previous episode of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. In it, Ronnie hit it off with Angelina Pivarnick's friend Lindsay, who apparently likes to be referred to as "Jewish Barbie." While that was going on, Jen was texting Ronnie and the two of them got into a bit of a tiff. Ronnie and Lindsay ended up spending some time in a hot tub together in the wee hours of the morning and she was then seen getting into his bed at the end of the show. Ronnie wrote a lengthy note and posted in on his Instagram story in which he apologized for his actions and to Jen and their daughter, Ariana Sky Magro. He wrote that the episode was cut in a way that perhaps exaggerated his encounter with Lindsay. "It's edited to make it look worse," he wrote. "I was in a bad place in my life and my relationship and I acted out of anger & immature resentment." Ronnie also explained that he has matured since the episode was filmed. "Since than [sic] I've grown & wouldn't want to hurt my girlfriend or my daughter, everyone makes mistakes and you'll see next week that I learned from mine," he continued. "I wouldn't never put myself in that position again to hurt the two people I love the most in my life." The reality TV star concluded, "I want to lead my example for my daughter and how to be a real man and I need to lead how to be a good boyfriend/husband. I'm sorry." Ronnie and Jen have engaged in some vicious social media spats over the past few months, but from the looks of it, Ronnie and Jen seem to be in a decent place now. They both have posted pictures with each other and with Ariana. Last month, however, their relationship took a bit of a nasty turn. On Oct. 24, Ronnie shared a picture on his Instagram story of himself with a black eye. He captioned it, "Sorry for lying to my friends and family, sometimes u love people so much your [sic] willing to lie and hurt the people that u love the most to protect." Jen retorted in a private message to one user, "I don't post my s--t on IG lol. He's lying." But there may have been a bit of a detente because a few days after the black eye picture surfaced, the two of them were spotted lounging on a yacht in Miami over Jen's birthday weekend. (Eonline)

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