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Carrie Fisher Dead at 60. Carrie Fisher has died at age 60. The Star Wars actress had a heart attack while aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles Friday, about 15 minutes before the plane was scheduled to land. "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," family spokesman Simon Halls told People Tuesday. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers." Paramedics were immediately called Friday and were on standby waiting at the gate by the time the plane landed. The L.A. City Fire Department told E! News they provided advanced life support and aggressive treatment before transporting the actress to the UCLA Medical Center. Her brother Todd Fisher told E! News hours later Carrie was being treated in the ICU. Local TV station KABC reported that night she was in critical condition and on a ventilator. Actress Anna Akana was on the same flight and tweeted about the tragic turn of events. She said the United flight crew as well as passengers onboard "jumped into action." There were doctors and nurse passengers who administered CPR, doing all that they could to carry out life-saving measures. United Airlines also released a statement, saying: "Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive. Our thoughts are with our customer at this time." Fisher was best known for playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. In recent weeks, she's also been busy promoting her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, in which she provides an "intimate, hilarious and revealing" recollection of what happened behind-the-scenes of the famous films. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family at this time. (Eonline)

The Bachelorette's Jillian Harris Is Engaged After Romantic Christmas Morning Proposal. Everything is coming up roses for Jillian Harris this Christmas holiday. The Bachelorette star got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Justin Pasutto over the festive weekend. "Well THAT was SOME Christmas morning!!!!! OH MY GOD my heart cannot handle this much LOVE!" Jillian shared on Instagram after her proposal at the Opus Hotel in Vancouver. "@slipperygoose you've made me the HAPPIEST girl in the world. #Finally #ISimplyAskedForOneThingForChristmas." Justin added, "Merry Christmas from the Pasutto's! ..... at least soon to be." The couple shares a four-month-old son named Leo who was also part of the family photo and announcement. According to Instagram, Minichiello Jewellers helped design the special engagement ring that was the perfect accessory for the couple's matching Old Navy pajamas. Fans may remember Jillian from her time on The Bachelor back in early 2009. At the time, she competed on Jason Mesnick's season before becoming The Bachelorette later in the year. Since starring in the ABC reality franchise, Jillian has gone on to appear in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Love It or List It: Vancouver. Before any wedding planning officially begins, the couple appears to simply be enjoying their new relationship status. And yes, that includes some delicious food after Christmas. "Oh you know. Just having breakfast in bed with my 'FIANCÉ,'" Jillian joked on Instagram Monday morning. Congratulations to the happy couple! (Eonline)

Gregg Sulkin Reveals Who Meghan Markle Really Is -- and Why She'd Make a Perfect Princess. Gregg Sulkin has an idea of what it's like to date Meghan Markle. After all, the 24-year-old British actor plays her love interest in the movie Anti-Social, which is being re-released as a "special edition" on V.O.D. in January 2017. He was familiar with his co-star's work on Suits before they began filming in Budapest several years ago, and they got to know each other better on their days off as they toured Hungary together. "She's the best," he tells Vanity Fair. "Out of all the actresses I've worked with in 12 years, I think she's my favorite." "She's a very special person," he adds. "She is such a talented actress. She's such a poised, well-mannered classy girl who takes work seriously, and who is very passionate, and we obviously spent a lot of time together. We were in a different country together where we knew nobody." Given how much he adores Markle, it's no surprise that Sulkin was upset to hear she had been harassed online after her relationship with Prince Harry was revealed. In fact, those very racist and sexist comments were what prompted the prince to publicly defend her in early November. Markle -- who's yet to give an interview about her romance with the 32-year-old prince -- is handling the scrutiny with dignity and grace, Sulkin says. "All I can say is this: If there is anyone who acts accordingly and acts well-mannered and in a classy, sophisticated way, [it's her]," he says of Markle, 35. "If I didn't know Meghan, and I [only] knew her characteristics, I would be nothing but proud for her to in the future one day potentially be a princess of our country, to represent our country. I don't think that there is anybody more suited and more respectful." In fact, the 24-year-old actor tells Vanity Fair, "I couldn't speak more highly of her." (Eonline)

Vanderpump Rules' James Kennedy Pays Tribute to His Godfather George Michael. James Kennedy is remembering his godfather George Michael after the musician was found dead in his home. With help from social media, the Vanderpump Rules star shared a childhood photo with the man known for hit songs like "Faith," "Careless Whisper" and many others. "Rest In Peace George. I'm heartbroken we never got to speak again after so many years," James shared in his first post. "I can't believe this has happened, please watch over me in heaven Godfather. Enjoy paradise I love you." James also shared a photo of his dad and George with the caption, "Dad and Yog... 'God takes angels when he needs them.' Thank you all for your messages, bless you all. Dad, I'll be with you soon and can't wait. I love you." According to reports, George was close friends with James' dad Andros Georgiou for many years. They would later have a falling out. Back in 2015, however, James wished the performer a happy birthday while expressing a desire to meet again. "I know it's been a long time, you're in my prayers," he wrote. "See you soon one day I hope." On Christmas Day, George's publicist confirmed to BBC that the singer-songwriter had passed away peacefully at home at the age of 53. Since the news broke, dozens of musicians including Elton John and Madonna have shared their memories and praise for a performer gone too soon. Several supermodels featured in George's iconic music video for "Freedom!" also shared their tributes on social media. "Feeling very honored to have been part of #GeorgeMichael's #Freedom90video," Cindy Crawford shared. "His bravery inspired all of us. RIP George." Naomi Campbell added, "My condolences to the family and loved ones, you will never know how many lives you touched with your soulful voice and your fight for LGBT rights. Stand Tall George, the Angels are awaiting you!!! May you Rest In Peace." (Eonline)

Mariah Carey Remembers Friend George Michael With Touching Tribute: "He Left Us Way Too Soon." Like so many talented artists in the music industry, Mariah Carey can't believe George Michael is gone. One day after news broke that the Wham! singer passed away at age 53, the music icon is receiving a touching tribute from a close friend. On Monday afternoon, Mariah took to her website where she shared a heartfelt message to the late singer. "George was only 53 at the time of his passing. He left us way too soon," the "Hero" singer shared. "He was a genius that gave us classics like 'Faith' as well as boundary pushing singles 'I Want Your Sex' and 'Father Figure.' He also gave us the FIRST modern Christmas classic with 'Last Christmas.'" Mariah also wanted to applaud George's actions away from the stage. For several years, George was an active ambassador for the LGBTQ community and pushed for "greater understanding, acceptance and love for all people." "He touched so many lives and inspired us all," Mariah wrote. "George Michael was an original. He changed music and his music changed lives." One memory Mariah won't soon forget is the single "One More Try" that served as a tribute to George's influence. Back in 2014, George thanked Mariah for recording the song which immediately touched her heart. "I'm so honored u like my rendition of 'One More Try,'" Mariah wrote. "You & this song have always meant so much to me. Fan & Friend for life." As Hollywood continues to pay tribute to a talented singer, many will choose to focus on his contributions to the music community including hit songs like "Careless Whisper," "One More Try" and "Freedom." "We'll continue to mourn the loss of an incredible artist and friend but his music will keep us smiling and dancing, forever," Mariah concluded. (Eonline)

Tess Holliday Says She 'Feels Like a Stranger' in Her Post-Baby Body: 'Each Day Feels Like a Battle.' Tess Holliday has always stood up to body shamers who have criticized her weight -- both before and during her pregnancy -- but since she gave birth to son Bowie Juniper in June, Holliday herself has been struggling to accept her body. The curvy model, 31, shared on Instagram Saturday her challenge with her post-baby body. "Each day feels like a battle to learn how to love my body postpartum," Holliday shared alongside photos of herself in a bra and underwear. "It's been six months, and my stomach is lower, my breasts are a different shape, [I have] new stretch marks, and I feel like a stranger in my body more than ever." Holliday admits that her body confidence issues have taken her by surprise. "I wasn't anticipating this at all," she writes. "I'm not used to looking in the mirror and feeling like I don't recognize myself, but sadly that's my reality some days. I debated on whether or not to post this, but I think it's important to be honest about what it's like to be a woman in the media who recently had a baby, and the pressure that's put on new moms to 'lose the baby weight.'" Holliday ends her emotional post with a reminder to herself and her followers that moms have to embrace the changes in their bodies -- even if that takes some time. "I was fat before, I carried a healthy baby and guess what, [I'm] still fat... and that's okay," she writes. "I have no New Years resolution to lose weight, but only to work on learning my new body and loving and nurturing it." She credits her partner Nick Holliday with being a support system while she goes through these changes, but acknowledges that she shouldn't be relying on external support to feel good about herself. "Not a day goes by that Nick doesn't tell me how beautiful I am, but it's not our partner's job to lift our spirits, we have to be our own cheerleaders," she says. "So that's what I will do -- take it day by day. It's a journey, not a race... and a beautiful one at that." (People)

Godchildren expected to share George Michael's $128M fortune. George Michael's massive $128 million estate is expected to be divided among his godchildren -- many the offspring of fellow celebrity pals, according to British press reports. Among those expected to get a share of the pop icon's fortune include Roman and Harley Kemp -- kids of Wham! bandmate Shirlie Holliman and Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp, The Daily Mail reported. Michael was supposed to get together with Holliman's family on Boxing Day Monday before his shocking death. Roman told The Mail that Michael was "family to him" and someone he had known his entire life. Geri Halliwell's daughter Bluebell could also be in line for a cut, The Daily Mirror reported, although it's Michael's former lover, Kenny Goss, named as Bluebell's godfather and not the late Wham! singer despite his close ties to the former Spice Girls star. "Vanderpump Rules" star James Kennedy was another of Michael's godchildren, though the two had not seen each other in some time. "I'm heartbroken we never got to speak again after so many years, I can't believe this has happened, please watch over me in heaven Godfather," Kennedy wrote on Instagram. Michael's sisters Melanie and Yioda and boyfriend Fadi Fawaz are expected to be left money. Michael's wealth includes the $6.1 million Oxfordshire home where he died on Sunday, a $9.8 million home in north London, a $3 million crib in Los Angeles and a $4.3 million beach home in Sydney. Authorities have not officially declared Michael's cause of death, but have said it wasn't suspicious or the result of foul play. His manager has only said the pop icon died of "heart failure." (PageSix)

Gabrielle Union and BET Settle Being Mary Jane Lawsuit. Gabrielle Union isn't done being Mary Jane. The actress and BET have reached a settlement in Union's multimillion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit against the network. In October, Union and her lawyers claimed the cabler and Being Mary Jane's producers had reneged on an agreement to have a substantial break between the show's fourth and fifth seasons. According to Union's lawyers, BET and the producers ignored the deal to allow for production to run back-to-back, thereby cutting costs. Union said she and BET previously agreed to 13-episode maximum seasons to accommodate for her movie career. Series producer Breakdown Productions was also a defendant in the lawsuit. In October, the network promised it was "committed to reaching a swift and positive resolution" with Union. In her filing, Union sought at least $3 million in general damages and a declaration that BET could not order more than 13 episodes for any season of Being Mary Jane. In a statement Tuesday, BET told Deadline it was "pleased to announce that they have reached an amicable agreement with Gabrielle Union and look forward to sharing the new season of Being Mary Jane with its loyal fans beginning Jan. 10, 2017." The terms of Union's settlement are unknown. E! News has reached out to Union's reps for comment. Being Mary Jane's season-four renewal was announced in January as part of the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. The pick-up news came as a bit of a surprise, considering that its creator and showrunner, Mara Brock Akil, exited as part of an overall deal she and her husband had signed with Warner Bros. in 2015. But the drama has been a strong performer for BET since it debuted as an original TV movie in 2013. In fact, every season of Being Mary Jane has ranked as the No. 1 scripted cable series among black viewers in the 18-49 demographic. (Eonline)

Justin Bieber doesn't want the media getting its mitts on his upcoming deposition video, so he wants its release blocked ... because if it's good enough for Trump ... The case was filed by ex-neighbor, who claims Justin terrorized him in 2014 in his Calabasas neighborhood ... egging his house and even spitting on him. The neighbor is so pissed off lawyers believe the depo will become a spectacle and it's unfair to put it out in the world. Besides, Justin says the lawsuit for emotional distress is BS, and he's already paid the guy $90k for the egging damage. Justin's lawyer actually cited Trump's order of protection in the Trump U lawsuit, saying sometimes privacy in lawsuits is a good thing. (TMZ)

Trevor Eyster -- the actor who played Sponge on the 90s sitcom "Salute Your Shorts" -- can breathe easy around the holidays ... the D.A. decided not to charge him with criminal threat. Trevor got into an argument with his aunt's caregiver back in November, apparently believing the caregiver was doing a crappy job. The caregiver claimed Trevor demanded he take a hike and threatened him with a gun. Law enforcement sources tell us Trevor was arrested for making felony criminal threats. According to the D.A. ... during the course of the investigation, cops found inconsistencies in the caregiver's story. The caregiver apparently refused to ante up the threatening texts. What's more ... Trevor had NO criminal record while the caregiver has priors for elder abuse. The D.A. declined to file, citing lack of evidence. (TMZ)

An actress who appeared in "Step Up" has been found dead in her car after disappearing on Christmas day. Tricia Lynn McCauley was a no-show at a Christmas dinner and did not show up for a flight out of DC Monday. Her body was found Tuesday in the heart of the Capital. The murder has signs of a carjacking, although cops have not confirmed it. The suspect was seen driving McCauley's car around DC. Before McCauley disappeared, the suspect allegedly robbed a drug store and attacked the employees. The suspect is in custody. Cops say he did not know McCauley. (TMZ)

Watership Down Author Richard Adams Dies at 96. Richard Adams, the author of the award-winning, classic children's book Watership Down, has died, his family announced on Tuesday. He was 96. A statement posted on the book's official website said that Adams "passed away peacefully" at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. "Richard's much-loved family announce with sadness that their dear father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve," the statement read. Quoting a passage from Adams' beloved book about a group of rabbits in search of a new home, the statement continued, "It seemed to Hazel that he would not be needing his body anymore, so he left it lying on the edge of the ditch, but stopped for a moment to watch his rabbits and to try to get used to the extraordinary feeling that strength and speed were flowing inexhaustibly out of him into their sleek young bodies and healthy senses." " 'You needn't worry about them,' said his companion. 'They'll be alright -- and thousands like them.'" The novel, first published in 1972, went on to become one of the bestselling children's books of all time, and earned Adams the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian children's fiction prize. The book was later made into an animated film in 1978, which featured Art Garfunkel's hit song "Bright Eyes." (People)

Ricky Harris, Actor and Comedian, Dies at 54. Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube paid their respects on social media. Actor and comedian Ricky Harris has died, The Hollywood Reporter was told by his manager, Cindy Ambers. He was 54. Harris, whose numerous credits in television and on film include Heat, Poetic Justice and Everyone Hates Chris, died Monday of a heart attack, Ambers said. Harris also worked with Snoop Dogg on his rap albums. Snoop, Ice Cube and Chuck D, among many others, paid their respects on social media. (Hollywood Reporter)

Zsa Zsa Gabor fell into a coma and died from a heart attack ... this according to the death certificate. The death certificate -- obtained by TMZ -- says Zsa Zsa succumbed to cardiopulmonary arrest. There were 2 other contributing factors ... coronary artery disease and cerebral vascular disease. The document lists them as a "significant condition" contributing to her death as cerebrovascular accident coma. TMZ broke the story ... Zsa Zsa died December 18th. (TMZ)

Garry Shandling died from pulmonary thrombosis -- a blood clot that traveled from his leg into his lungs. According to the autopsy report obtained by TMZ, in addition to the clot, Shandling had an enlarged heart. The cause of death is listed both as "natural" and an "accident." As for drugs, the report says Shandling had Xanax and opiate painkillers -- oxycodone and hydrocodone -- in his system. Shandling was on opiates for pain related to recent dental surgery. According to the report, Shandling had complained of leg pain and shortness of breath the day before he died. His friend had urged him to see a doctor. Garry called 911 on March 24th -- the day he died -- and said he couldn't breathe and he collapsed while on the phone. (TMZ)

Garry Shandling had an operation called "inferior vena cava filter" before he died ... according to his death certificate. TMZ broke the story ... Garry died from pulmonary thrombosis -- a blood clot that traveled from his leg into his lungs. Garry officially died at 11:37 AM on March 24 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Taylor Swift did a super good deed Monday ... surprising a WWII vet who says Taylor is his jam. 96-year-old Cyrus Porter was minding his own biz at his New Madrid, Missouri home when Taylor knocked at the door, guitar in hand, and serenaded the group to "Shake it Off." Cyrus has been to a bunch of Taylor's concerts, even driving hundreds of miles to watch her in Memphis. Cyrus is battling cancer, but he's on a mission. He plans on being front and center during Taylor's next tour. (TMZ)

Blake Shelton Adorably Cheers on Gwen Stefani's Son Apollo Rossdale. This might be the cutest Snapchat ever. Gwen Stefani shared video of her son Apollo Rossdale riding a toy horse, but in the background Gwen's boyfriend Blake Shelton can be heard cheering on Apollo, who is dressed in a Pikachu suit. "Here you go! Ride that horsey," Blake says as Apollo rocks back and forth on the stuffed animal. "Yee-haw!" Apollo shouts. Could he be any cuter?! Gwen and Blake spent Christmas Eve with her three kids, Apollo, Zuma and Kingston, and not only did they get to spend time with Blake, they also got front-row seats to his very private concert LOL. Gwen took to Snapchat once again to film the country crooner serenading a group of family and friends while everyone gathered for the holiday. Blake was on guitar while two of his pals played accordion and guitar in the background. Stylish Gwen dressed her kids in matching red plaid shirts and black pants, while Shelton held his own in a black-and-white plaid shirt. Like any good Christmas celebration, Gwen's party had candy, music, dancing and Christmas decorations. Although Shelton's musical performance was a special moment on Christmas Eve, it was the family dinner with Gwen's dad Dennis and her other siblings that made the night even more special. It looks like Gwen and her family are continuing the Christmas festivities, so we can't wait to see what else they're up to! (Eonline)

Joe Simpson "So Thankful for My Many Blessings" While Celebrating Christmas With Jessica Simpson. It was a holly, jolly Christmas in Jessica Simpson's home this holiday weekend. As the fashion designer and actress celebrated the special day, her dad Joe Simpson was able to share a few family memories on social media. As seen on Instagram, the fashion photographer gave fans a peek inside Jessica's home that included huge trees and more than a few festive outfits. "Hangin at Jessica's for Christmas.... so thankful for my many blessings.... #christmas #christmastree #love," he wrote on Instagram before showing off his holiday sweater from Tipsy Elves. "Got all dressed up for Christmas!! @jessicasimpson #christmas #christmastree #christmastime #love." So what did Jessica's two kids get from Grandpa Joe? As it turns out, both Maxwell and Ace received special kid-friendly cameras so they could capture their own memories. "Maxwell is ready to become a photographer like PaPaJoe," Joe shared on Instagram while his granddaughter held a Hello Kitty camera. "And Ace is right there with her. The newest fashion photographers start young." This year's Christmas celebration comes less than two months after news broke that Joe had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. People confirmed that Jessica and Ashlee Simpson Ross' dad was initially diagnosed in September. The publication stated that Joe was feeling better after prostate surgery and is optimistic about his future. Earlier in the year, E! News also caught up with Joe at his first art show debut in Los Angeles. As you could have guessed, he couldn't help but gush over his talented daughters. "[Ashlee and Jessica are] so professional. They're so good and they know how to work a camera," Joe shared with E! News' Erin Lim. "They know their stuff." He added, "Their joy makes me happy. As a father, it's not what your children do. It's who your children are and are they happy? That's the question you'll always ask." (Eonline)

Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer whipped themselves up for a Christmas miracle. Tobey and Jennifer -- along with their 2 kiddos -- reunited for the holidays as they caught a flight Monday out of LAX. They broke up back in October, and they've been out and about all over L.A. No smiles here ... but then again, they're at LAX. (TMZ)

Kylie Jenner releases steamy short film. Kylie Jenner's latest project proves her holiday was hot and heavy. The 19-year-old dropped a steamy short film on Christmas Day, in which the youngest Kardashian-Jenner sibling appears naked and later, wrapped in boyfriend Tyga's arms in the shower. "It fell into place very, very naturally," photographer Sasha Samsonova told W magazine. "It just happened." "The whole deal with this video is that it's a very personal experience," Samsonova said. "It's like you're watching this person from a point of view that has never seen before." As Samsonova explained, Jenner was involved in the creation of this three-minute film. "This one feels so much more mature," she added. "And not just because of the nudity." While some fans praised the clip as "sexy," noting Jenner's "perfect body," others criticized it at every angle. "Could have been nice but her blank facial expression kills it," barked one person. Another noted, "Seen better A Level media studies projects. When will people realize that these kinds of lazy films, thinly veiled as art, lack any substance and offer nothing at all. You could probably have done better." (PageSix)

SoulCycle is being sued by a woman who says she was pushed so hard during one of their classes she had to be hospitalized. Kaila Cashman says she signed up in 2014 for her very first indoor cycling class at SoulCycle's Rye Brook, NY location. During her workout she claims the instructor repeatedly increased the torque on her bike, and told her to keep pedaling. Not that uncommon for a SoulCycle sesh, if you've ever been. Kaila says after the workout she felt sick and went to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis -- a condition that leads to the rapid breakdown of muscle tissue. She claims she's been permanently injured, physically and emotionally, and is suing for damages. (TMZ)

Music

George Michael will live on with a new album in 2017 ... but it's one everyone knows well. We've learned "Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1" will be re-released, in conjunction with a Showtime special on the singer's life, that focuses on the period in which he recorded and released the epic album. Sources connected with the singer tell us there will be no new music released ... just "Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1" with "unique packaging." As for the Showtime show, we're told it was commissioned by Channel 4 in England and then sold to Showtime for airing in the U.S. The show is essentially complete. George was "tinkering with it" but it's in the can. Michael narrates the program, which contains unseen interviews that span his singing career in Wham! and as a solo artist. Some of the people who appear on the show -- Elton John, James Corden, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett and Ricky Gervais. We're told the show does not chronicle George's personal struggles ... it's more about his career. (TMZ)

Avril Lavigne Announces First Album Since Lyme Disease Diagnosis. Avril Lavigne is ready to rock and roll in the New Year. In an Instagram post Monday, the 32-year-old "Complicated" singer announced she's been putting the finishing touches on her sixth studio album, which she plans to drop in 2017. The record will mark her first full-length release since her self-titled album came out in late 2013. In the caption, Lavigne also updated her 4.3 million followers on her ongoing battle with Lyme Disease. "Hi Everyone!! I wanted to first thank my fans for your patience & support during my time away throughout my battle with Lyme Disease over the past 2 years. It hasn't just been a hard battle but it's also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally," the "Here's to Never Growing Up" singer began. "I will always continue to make it a priority to fight and raise awareness about Lyme Disease with the Avril Lavigne Foundation." "I'm really happy to announce that I am now working on new music and I will be releasing a new album in 2017," Lavigne continued. "I can't wait to open up and share my heart with you!" Lavigne's last single was "Fly," which she wrote and performed for the 2015 Special Olympics. "I'm excited for you guys to hear the new songs," she said. "It's going to be an amazing 2017!" If anyone deserves an "amazing" year, it's Lavigne. A year and a half ago, the singer-songwriter told People she was bedridden for five months after she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. "I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move," she said. "I thought I was dying." (Eonline)

Movies

Nicolas Cage offered role of Ronald Reagan. Nicolas Cage is wondering whether the role of Ronald Reagan would damage his career. The Oscar-winning actor has been offered the lead in a movie that will show the conservative president in a flattering light, infuriating the liberal Hollywood crowd -- the opposite of "Reagan," the movie in which Will Ferrell was going to play the president as senile. Cage's publicist Stephen Huvane declined to discuss the new movie. "It's way too early in the development process," he said. But the field is open. Ferrell dropped "Reagan" in the spring after two of the late president's kids slammed the comedy about an ambitious intern tasked with convincing the addled commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie. (PageSix)

TV

Prince Robert Is Curious About Prince Liam's New Girl in Sneak Peek From The Royals: ''Who Is She?" Just call it brother's intuition. Prince Robert (Max Brown) may have just returned to the palace, but he can already tell Prince Liam (William Moseley) has fallen head over heels for a mystery girl -- who happens to also be his brother's girl -- in the exclusive clip from Sunday's all-new episode of The Royals. While the princes share a sentimental moment reminiscing about their late father King Simon (Vincent Regan), Liam receives a message from Kathryn (Christina Wolfe) that piques Robert's curiosity into his little bro's love life. "So, who is she?" he asks. "You're texting in the throne room, during lunch the whole time... There was a time when part of your game was leaving them a day or two to respond so they'd freak out, and then you waited until the perfect moment." "Now, you're the one freaking out to speak to her," Robert continues, asking again, "Who is she? Anyone serious?" Liam quickly brushes it off. "It's nothing," he replies. "Just a girl." Sure... Watch a brand-new episode of The Royals Sunday Jan. 1 at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

'Great British Bake Off' Ends BBC Run With 4.6M Viewers for Special, Well Below Regular Season Finale. The second part of a Christmas special of the show, which Channel 4 is taking over, aired on the U.K. public broadcaster Monday evening. Only about 4.6 million viewers tuned in as baking competition The Great British Bake Off said its farewell on the BBC with a holiday season special on Monday, according to data released on Tuesday. The U.K. public broadcaster earlier this year lost the show to Channel 4. The Monday night Boxing Day special that aired on flagship channel BBC One at 7 p.m. drew an average audience of 4.6 million viewers. The first part of the special had attracted an audience of 6.3 million at 4.45 p.m. on Sunday, Christmas Day. The Sunday special ranked second on British TV for the day behind the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special (7.2 million viewers), while Monday's Bake Off episode fell behind ITV's Coronation Street (nearly 6.0 million viewers), the BBC's EastEnders (5.9 million), ITV's Emmerdale (5.6 million) and the BBC's The Witness for the Prosecution (4.7 million). The holiday special ratings for Bake Off were well below the hit show's record 14.0 million overnight viewers for the final episode of its regular season, according to overnight data released by BBC representatives at the time. Big shows in Britain have often attracted smaller overnight audiences over the Christmas holidays in recent years amid changing viewing behavior. The consolidated audience figures, including catch-up viewing, end up higher. Bake Off was a modest hit when it premiered in 2010 on BBC Two. But the good-natured competition show was later moved to flagship channel BBC One and ended up becoming one of the biggest shows in U.K. history. Channel 4 earlier this year unveiled a three-year deal for the show, snatching it from public broadcaster BBC and causing much debate. The move is effective following the end of this season. Channel 4 said the first Bake Off content planned is a celebrity version of the show in 2017 from production firm Love Productions. Hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc immediately said that they would quit the show when it leaves the BBC. Bake Off will also lose Judge Mary Berry, but fellow judge Paul Hollywood will continue on the show for three seasons under a deal reached with Channel 4. The BBC has been developing new shows with Berry, Perkins and Giedroyc. (Hollywood Reporter)

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