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Emmys 2020 recap: 'Schitt's Creek' sweeps all comedy categories, Zendaya makes history

Emmys 2020 recap: 'Schitt's Creek' sweeps all comedy categories, Zendaya makes history

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Like everything else in 2020, the Emmy Awards was like no other year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jimmy Kimmel hosted to an empty audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles while nominees watched from home.

The Emmys started off with a bang with an unprecedented sweep by Schitt's Creek. The show, which ended its six-season run this year, made history by becoming the first comedy series to sweep all the major comedy categories.

And the Emmys made history again when, toward the end of the show, 24-year-old Zendaya became the youngest person to win outstanding actress in a drama series for her role in Euphoria.

In between those historical moments, many stars took a moment to use their platform to deliver impassioned messages to viewers. 

Among those was Mark Ruffalo, who gave a powerful speech during his win for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie, urging viewers to fight for diversity and get out and vote.  

"If you have privilege, you have to fight for those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable. And that's what's great about America -- our diversity," he said. 

Regina King, who won for lead actress in a limited series or movie and wore a shirt honoring slain Black woman Breonna Taylor, ended her speech with a similar message. 

"Have a voting plan,"she said. "Go to Ballotpedia.com, vote up the ballot."

Anthony Anderson, who was nominated for lead actor in Black-ish, appeared in-person from the Staples Center and told Kimmel, "I'm still rooting for everybody Black because Black stories, Black performances and Black lives matter."

He then led the Emmys host in a chant of "Black lives matter," telling him to say it loud enough so Vice President "Mike Pence can hear it."

Jennifer Aniston, up for lead actress in a drama for The Morning Show, had some old Friends over on her big night -- her Friends co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. Cox and Aniston joked about being roommates since 1994. 

And, movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry, the recipient of this year's Governors Award, accepted his Emmy with a story-turned-metaphor about a homemade quilt his grandmother once gave him.

Perry later saw a similar quilt in an antique store. The salesman told him the quilt was made by a former slave who added each patch of the quilt to represent a part of her life. Perry said the story made him so "embarrassed" that he had initially brushed off the significance of his grandmother's gift.

"Here I was a person who prides myself on celebrating our heritage, our culture, and I didn't even recognize the value in my grandmother's quilt," Perry said. "I dismissed her work and her story because it didn't look like what I thought it should."

"We are all sewing our own quilts with our thoughts, our behavior, our experiences and our memories," he said. 

Perry noted how he now owns land that once was a Confederate Army base. Now, "on that very land, Black people, white people, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, ex-cons, Latin, Asian, all of us come together working," he said, "to add patches to a quilt that is as diverse as it can be."

You can find the complete list of winners at Emmys.com.

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Primetime Emmys 2020 -- The winners

Primetime Emmys 2020 -- The winners

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's the complete list of winners from the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted live by Jimmy Kimmel from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as nominees appeared virtually from their homes:

Lead actress in a comedy series
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek (CBC, POP)

Lead actor in a comedy series
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek (CBC, POP)

Writing for a comedy series
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek (CBC, POP)

Directing for a comedy series
Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek (CBC, POP)

Supporting actor in a comedy series
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek (CBC, POP)

Supporting actress in a comedy series
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek (CBC, POP)

Outstanding Comedy series
Schitt’s Creek (CBC, POP)

Outstanding Variety talk series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Lead actress in a limited series or movie
Regina King, Watchmen (HBO)

Lead actor in limited series or movie
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True (HBO)

Writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special
Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, Watchmen (HBO)

Directing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special
Maria Schrader, Unorthodox (Netflix)

Supporting actor in limited series or movie
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen (HBO)

Supporting actress in limited series or movie
Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America (FX)

Limited series
Watchmen (HBO)

Competition program
RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1, Logo TV)

Lead actor in a drama series
Jeremy Strong, Succession (HBO)

Lead actress in a drama series
Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)

Writing for a drama series
Jesse Armstrong, Succession (HBO)

Directing for a drama series
Andrij Parekh, Succession (HBO)

Supporting actor in a drama series
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Supporting actress in a drama series
Julia Garner, Ozark (Netflix)

Drama series
Succession (HBO)

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Disney+ scores first Emmy Awards for 'The Mandalorian'

Disney+ scores first Emmy Awards for 'The Mandalorian'

Disney+(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney+ took home its first Emmy Awards last night for The Mandalorian. 

The streaming platform was awarded five accolades during the third night of the virtual Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Outstanding Special Visual Effects, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-camera Series (Half-hour) and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour). 

The wins are part of the series' 15 total Emmy nominations this year. The Mandalorian premiered on Disney+ in 2019 and stars Pedro Pascal as the title character, with Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers and Gina Carano in supporting roles. It marks the first Star Wars live-action series.  

HBO's Watchmen also picked up multiple wins last night for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie, among others. 

The fourth round of Creative Arts Emmy winners will be announced tonight on Emmys.com. It all leads up to the Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted live by Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

The show will air without an in-person audience; the winners give their acceptance speeches from their respective locations.    

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RZA explains why his Wu-Tang Saga Emmy nod has officially

RZA explains why his Wu-Tang Saga Emmy nod has officially "been one of the highlights of [his] summer"

Efren Landaos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, Wu-Tang founder RZA is still reeling over the moment when he first learned that he had been nominated for an Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Emmy for his Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

"When I got that Emmy nod, first of all, I didn't expect it," RZA tells ABC Audio. "And when it came, I kind of didn't believe it because I wasn't reaching for it. I just was creating art."

"And when they said, 'Yo, yo. You got nominated for the Emmy.' I was like, 'Huh?,'" he recalls. "I didn't believe it at first...And then it kept popping up like... emails from the Hulu team and the Imagine [Television Studios] team, 'Congratulations. Congratulations.'"

Although he wrote the score for his Hulu drama series, RZA is not selfish when it comes to his Emmy nod. The gifted composer, producer and director calls the honor "not just an Emmy for [himself, but] an Emmy for our show." He's also just as humble when it comes to an actual Emmy win, adding he's thankful for the recognition which has made him feel "so much happier and joy."

"I don't normally kind of geek out on things, but I really felt it was a nice surprise for me," RZA says. "COVID has been some downers for this year and definitely for the summer. So that has been one of the highlights of my summer -- is that Emmy nomination."

The 2020 Emmy Awards air September 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Gigi Hadid’s father pens sweet letter for first grandchild

Gigi Hadid’s father pens sweet letter for first grandchild

Jason Mendez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Gigi Hadid's father, Mohamed Hadid, has some sweet words for his first grandchild -- and he (briefly) shared them with the world.

In a since-deleted post from Wednesday, Mohamed took to Instagram to share a handwritten poem dedicated to his "little grandchild" titled "Grandpa's heart." 

"Hello little grandchild, it is me, my heart is as happy as can be. I wish for you the sun and moon, I wish for you a happy time. Know that Grandpa’s always near, I’ll do anything, anything for you my dear," the poem read, according to People. "When I heard you were on the way, I smiled and wiped a tear away. I cried the tear because I knew, my heart would always belong to you."

Mohamed captioned the post in both English and Arabic, writing, "In the name of God the The merciful I want to say l love you and so proud of you @gigihadid." 

Gigi, 25, is expecting her first child with former One Direction member Zayn Malik, 27.

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Chrissy Teigen reveals she's on strict bed rest due to

Chrissy Teigen reveals she's on strict bed rest due to "difficult pregnancy"

Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chrissy Teigen is paying the price for not following the doctor's orders of mandatory bed rest.  The Cravings author revealed Wednesday that she is now confined to her bed for the next week -- which she says "it’s kind of crappier than it sounds."

Teigen, who confirmed her third pregnancy alongside husband John Legend in his "Wild" music video, says that she's been facing a fair amount of challenges this time around. 

Speaking to her Instagram followers via stories on Tuesday, the Bring the Funny host opened up about why she'll be posting from her bedroom for the next few days. 

"I didn't really know that bed rest was in bed. I honestly thought bed rest was you have to really, really relax, stay home," she confessed. "I thought it could be couch rest. But now I'm in trouble. Now I need bed rest."

Without mincing words, Teigen confirmed that she needs "super serious bed rest times," because "it's a bit of a difficult pregnancy."

"I feel good though. I will say I'm probably being punished for talking so much about how great the first two went," the 34-year-old mom of two cracked. "I was like, 'Oh yeah, pregnancy's awesome!' But now I get it. I get anyone that thinks it's not so awesome...but very happy to be carrying this baby."

She posted a groggy bed rest update on Wednesday to her stories, further revealing that, even though she only spent five minutes out of bed for the past 24 hours, she "still bled everywhere."

"Here til next Tuesday. Lord it’s kind of crappier than it sounds," Teigen also added on Twitter, doubling down on her previous sentiment that she's being punished for "saying the first two pregnancies were easy peasy."

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'Tenet' star John David Washington shares

'Tenet' star John David Washington shares "great lessons" learned while working with "heroes" Chris Nolan and Spike Lee

Melinda Sue Gordon(NEW YORK) -- John David Washington says he felt like a student in a master class when working with director Christopher Nolan on his latest project Tenet. In fact, Washington says he learned some invaluable lessons from both Nolan and his Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee during his time working with them.

"They say never meet your heroes, but they're exceptions to that rule," Washington says. "I'm so glad I got to meet them and work alongside them. They made me feel like a colleague... like I was contributing to their vision. They made me feel like we were teammates."

"And these men, who should have a tremendous ego -- they deserved to," he continues. "They don't have to make anybody feel any kind of way. And they still do. And they still take themselves out of it and put the project first. And that's a great lesson to learn from legends like that."

Washington notes that it was Nolan and Lee's humility and ability to put their "ego.. aside" that left him with a lasting impression. He also adds that the two taught him that in this business "there are no mistakes" as long as you "love what you do and you're relentless in pursuing it."

"If you are in service to the film, in service to the story, your ego's left aside," Washington explains. "And no matter how big you become, how much success you get over the years -- which these two pillars have -- they still have the same approach, the same love, and youthful exuberance towards the work that they had on their first films."

"And that was a great lesson to me," he adds.

Tenet, also starring  Robert Pattinson, is available in select theaters across the U.S.

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Chris Rock defends Jimmy Fallon amid blackface scandal:

Chris Rock defends Jimmy Fallon amid blackface scandal: "He didn’t mean anything"

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Fallon landed himself in hot water after a 20-year-old clip of him impersonating Chris Rock resurfaced online.  While critics have slammed the video for being an offensive example of blackface, the person Fallon was pretending to be has come to the night show host's defense in a new interview.

Speaking with the New York Times, Rock opened up about the controversy and explained that he sees absolutely nothing wrong with the video.

"I’m friends with Jimmy. Jimmy’s a great guy. And he didn’t mean anything," the Grown Ups star attested, saying that Fallon's parody wasn't intended to be malicious.

"A lot of people want to say intention doesn’t matter, but it does," continued Rock. "I don’t think Jimmy Fallon intended to hurt me. And he didn’t."

The comedian went onto explain why the controversy is an example of a deeper issue, which is cancel culture.

"There's literally one answer that ends my whole career," Rock said after being asked if he thinks that removing old TV shows or movies containing instances of blackface goes too far.  

"Blackface ain't cool, okay? That's my quote. Blackface is bad," he answered. "It's so sad, we live in a world now where you have to say, I am so against cancer. 'I just assumed you liked cancer.' No, no, no, I am so against it. You have to state so many obvious things you're against."

Fallon impersonated Rock in 2000 for a skit on Saturday Night Live.  Following the clip going viral and drawing intense backlash, the late night host apologized in May, calling it "a terrible decision" and that "there is no excuse for this."

"I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable," he added.

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Laverne Cox, Sterling K. Brown, Morgan Freeman and more scheduled to appear on Sunday's Emmys

Laverne Cox, Sterling K. Brown, Morgan Freeman and more scheduled to appear on Sunday's Emmys

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Emmys are bringing in some major star power this Sunday.

ABC and the Television Academy announced on Wednesday that Laverne Cox, Sterling K. Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Morgan Freeman are among the latest stars scheduled to appear and/or present at this Sunday's Emmy Awards.

 

Other talent include: Jason Bateman, Sesame Street’s Count von Count, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, DJ D-Nice, Randall Park, RuPaul, Patrick Stewart and Jason Sudeikis.

 

The new additions join Anthony Anderson, America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Gabrielle Union, J.J. Watt, Lena Waithe and Oprah Winfrey, who were previously announced. Meanwhile, Grammy winner H.E.R. has been chosen to perform this year’s “In Memoriam” segment.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the “72nd Emmy Awards” will be broadcast Sunday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan post social distance photos from 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' set

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan post social distance photos from 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' set

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan have shared photos of their return to the set of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Like many productions, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was halted in March while shooting in Prague due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the Disney+ series has since resumed production in Atlanta, with two of its stars posting black-and-white photos to social media showing that they are back to work social distance-style.

Stan turned to Instagram to share a photo of himself taking a photo of his co-star posing thoughtfully against a brick wall. Both of the men are in costume.

"Friends. Social distancing since November ’19," Stan jokes in the caption.

Meanwhile, Mackie turned to Twitter to showcase the solo shot Stan took of him casting a suave look at the camera in his superhero attire.

"The boyz are back in town! Having fun while social distancing..." he writes. 

Mackie and Stan are reprising their roles as Falcon and Winter Soldier, respectively, from the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. 

The series picks up where the film left off after the character of Steve Rogers, portrayed by Chris Evans, gives the Captain America shield to Falcon. 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is currently scheduled for release later this year on Disney+. 

Disney is the parent company of ABC.  

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Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden on 'Saturday Night Live'

Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden on 'Saturday Night Live'

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Jim Carrey will portray Joe Biden in the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live. 

In an interview with VultureSNL creator Lorne Michaels revealed that the Bruce Almighty star has been tapped to play the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

Michaels explains that there was interest on Carrey's part in taking the role, the actor having multiple conversations with Michaels and Saturday Night Live writer Colin Jost about what the gig would entail. 

"There was some interest on his part. And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was," Michaels describes. "He will give the part energy and strength, and hopefully it’s funny."

In SNL's past, Woody Harrelson and Jason Sudeikis are among those who have portrayed the former Vice President. 

"But I’m thrilled Jim’s doing it," he adds. 

SNL season 46 will return live in studio on October 3. 

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Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn star in 'The Christmas Chronicles 2' trailer

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn star in 'The Christmas Chronicles 2' trailer

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has released a teaser for The Christmas Chronicles 2, which sees real-life couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn reprising their roles as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

"We're about to show you something you've never seen before," Hawn narrates in the 30-second clip as a vintage book titled The Christmas Chronicles opens to reveal a snow-covered, enchanted Christmas scene with a massive tree in the town square known as "Santa's Village."

Santa then informs the two children who've come to visit them, including original character Kate Pierce, that Mrs. Claus was in fact the one who designed it, with Kate suggesting that it should instead be called "Mrs. Claus' Village." 

"Why I never thought of that," he replies, to which Hawn quips, "of course he didn't." 

Hawn made a brief appearance as Mrs. Claus at the end of the original The Christmas Chronicles, which premiered in 2018. Her son Oliver Hudson also had a supporting role as Doug Pierce, the deceased husband of Kimberly Williams-Paisley's Claire Pierce.  

The Christmas Chronicles 2 will debut on Netflix on November 25. 

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Netflix 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris sued for sexual misconduct, denies claims

Netflix 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris sued for sexual misconduct, denies claims

Courtesy of Netflix(TEXAS) -- Cheer star Jerry Harris is being sued for sexual misconduct.

According to Deadline, in court documents, which were filed on Monday, a pair of underage Texas twins alleged that Harris both sent sexually explicit messages, requested sexually explicit photos, and solicited one of them for oral sex when they were 13 years old.

Per the outlet, the lawsuit details that Harris, 21, and the twins became friendly in 2018 but it wasn't until 2020, when the twins' mother found out about the interactions, that it was reported to the U.S. All Star Federation, Varsity and Cheer Athletics Inc., the FBI, and the Fort Worth Police Department.

A representative for Varsity Brands told ABC News in a statement, "We can't comment on an active law enforcement investigation; we continue to cooperate with authorities in their inquiries on this matter."

Meanwhile, a representative for the FBI would only confirm that the organization was conducting "court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area," and offered no additional comment.

Harris -- who became a sensation following the January release of the cheerleading docuseries -- has not been charged with a crime and denies the claims. 

A spokesperson for Harris told ABC News, "We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed."   

A source close to the situation said the claims made against Harris are not current, and stem from when he was a teenager. The source also told ABC News that no allegations pertain to physical activity, and that the FBI is only investigating Harris' text messages.

The Texas boys are reportedly seeking $1 million in damages.

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Samuel L. Jackson promises to teach you to swear in 15 languages if you vote this November

Samuel L. Jackson promises to teach you to swear in 15 languages if you vote this November

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's an incentive to cast or mail in your ballot for the upcoming presidential election -- Samuel L. Jackson promises that, if you prove to him that you're voting on November 3, he'll teach you how to swear in 15 different languages.

Jackson's offer is part of HeadCount's Good to Vote campaign, which aims to inspire all eligible voters to register, check their registration and decide how they will be casting their ballot this year -- in person or absentee.

"Listen up - If 2500 of you click a voting action below to make sure you’re #GoodToVote, I will teach you to swear in 15 different languages," the Captain Marvel star announced before directing his 8.5 million followers to visit his HeadCount page to enter. 

In order to get in the running, one can either check their voting status, register to vote or create a voting plan for November 3.  Winners will be announced at a later time.

Jackson isn't the only celebrity offering a bold incentive to inspire more people to head to the polls in a few months.  Celebrities like Debra Messing, Kaitlyn Dever and JoAnna Garcia Swisher have their own respective Good to Vote challenges.

HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization and, for its latest outreach effort, teamed up with Global Citizen to ensure every American citizen executes his or her constitutional right to vote in every election.

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Kerry Washington wins first Emmy Award as co-executive producer of 'Live in Front of a Studio Audience'

Kerry Washington wins first Emmy Award as co-executive producer of 'Live in Front of a Studio Audience'

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) -- Kerry Washington is officially an Emmy Award winner. 

During the second night of the 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which are being announced virtually this year, Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" And “Good Times” was awarded Outstanding Variety Special (Live). 

The special aired on ABC in 2019 and featured a cast including Viola Davis, Tiffany Haddish and Woody Harrelson performing live re-enactments of scenes from the famed TV shows. 

Washington served as one of the members of the all-star executive producers team, alongside All in the Family creator Norman Lear, co-host Jimmy Kimmel, actors Will Ferrell, Justin Thereaux and more.

"OMG. So proud of @simpsonstreet and this incredible cast and crew," Washington wrote on her Instagram Stories in response to the win, according to E!

The show beat out other contenders including The Oscars77th Annual Golden Globe AwardsSuper Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira and the 73rd Annual Tony Awards.

Washington has been nominated for a total of eight Emmy Awards, including two for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Olivia Pope on Scandal. 

She's currently nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in Little Fires Everywhere. 

Other winners from night two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards are Saturday Night LiveRuPaul's Drag Race and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, among others.     

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ABC special about 2019 Notre-Dame fire will bring us a

ABC special about 2019 Notre-Dame fire will bring us a "ray of hope," says filmmaker

ABC(PARIS) -- Wednesday night at 9 p.m ET, ABC airs Notre-Dame: Our Lady of Paris, a documentary about the fire that ravaged the legendary cathedral in April 2019. 

It's told via dramatic, first-hand accounts of the firefighters who saved the structure, as well as the clergy, church administrators and more. 

The firefighters are the true heroes of the story, as they risked their lives to keep the cathedral's nearly 1,000-year-old towers from collapsing.

Producer and director Jules Naudet [shzool naw-DAY] says firefighters are a very special breed: full of "great pride, a great humanity, and a great sense of humor."

"They are aware of the dangers, but at the same time, this is what they love to do," he notes.  "No one could have stopped them going up these towers...and they were so proud of saving [the cathedral] and doing it without anyone losing their lives...was not an easy challenge....[it]was a kind of a losing proposition at first." 

As the documentary shows, seemingly all of Paris comes together in support as the firefighters battle the blaze.  It's something Naudet hopes will be truly inspiring for people to watch.

"We see that they put their lives on the line for something greater than all of us," he says, adding that he believes "that moment where everyone got together to try to save something that belonged to all of us" will resonate even more at this time in our history.

"That ray of hope that I hope that this documentary will bring to the people is that when we put our heads together and our sweat and our blood...we can achieve anything."

"It is really the beating heart of Paris, Notre-Dame," Naudet adds. "It will be rebuilt and, little by little, we'll get there."

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Reese Witherspoon says she was

Reese Witherspoon says she was "terrified" to become a mom at 22

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter(LOS ANGELES) -- As many first time mothers can attest, preparing for a baby can be extremely daunting.  Actress Reese Witherspoon says her experience was no different when she was expecting her first child.

Appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show on Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actress confessed that her life isn't nearly as put together as fans might believe.  Her best example she could give was when she was pregnant with her now 21-year-old daughter Ava Phillippe.

"I got pregnant when I was 22-years-old," Witherspoon began, adding that she was "terrified" at the time.  "I didn't know how to balance work and motherhood."

She added that welcoming Ava into the world also cast a shadow of doubt on her burgeoning acting career, confessing that back then, "I didn't have any real power, leverage within my industry" because she "hadn't... established myself as someone who could demand" certain things, such as ensuring a movie shoots closer to her child's school.

"I was just like every other mom trying to figure it out," admitted the 44-year-old mom of three.

Now that The Morning Show star has found her stride balancing a major career as a movie and television actress alongside raising her three children, she fully embraces the working mom lifestyle.

"You take the food out of your mouth, the clothes off your back, the sleep out of your life -- but every bit of it, every bit of that sacrifice is truly worth it," Witherspoon smiled. "That's what makes me wake up on a Sunday. It's not movies or my job.  It's my kids."

Witherspoon is the mother of Ava, 21 and Deacon Phillippe, 16 -- whom she shares with ex Ryan Phillippe -- as well as seven-year-old Tennessee James Toth with husband Jim Toth.

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Bella Hadid shows off her

Bella Hadid shows off her "burger bump" in side by side photo with pregnant sister Gigi

Noam Galai/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Pretty soon, supermodel Bella Hadid will be going by a new title -- Auntie Bella -- when her big sister Gigi Hadid gives birth to a daughter, which is any day now.

It's no secret that the younger Hadid cannot wait to be an aunt because, on Tuesday, she posted a hilarious throwback snap of the two sisters showing off their vastly different stomachs.

While Gigi is wearing a flowing dress and cradling a very pregnant belly, Bella is photographed lifting up her pink tank top to show off her flat tummy.

"Two buns in the oven," teased the younger Hadid, adding that the photo was taken on June 11.  "Mine is from my burger and gigi's is from @zayn."

However, what really whipped fans into a frenzy is what Bella wrote next in the caption, which instantly sparked rumors that may know something that they don't. 

"Love you both so freaking much -can’tstopcrying," the 23-year-old concluded, causing her followers to furiously speculate if she was reacting to possible news that the baby has finally arrived.

Gigi, 25, also reacted to the post and left an equally cryptic comment -- using four emojis -- three grinning faces and one halo emoji.

The pregnancy was first confirmed in April when soon-to-be grandma Yolanda Hadid spilled the beans to a Dutch newspaper, telling RTL Boulevard in her native language, "It's all very special because I've lost my own mother not long ago. That's the beauty of life, one soul leaves us and another is on its way."  A day later, Gigi herself confirmed the reports in an interview with Jimmy Fallon.

The baby is reportedly due this month.

Gigi and Zayn were first linked in 2015 and, after a few years of on-and-off dating, rekindled their relationship in January.

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Neil Patrick Harris reveals he and his family contracted COVID-19

Neil Patrick Harris reveals he and his family contracted COVID-19

Tyler Essary/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Another celebrity has come forward with a COVID-19 horror story, only this time, their entire family suffered from the virus.  Neil Patrick Harris revealed on Tuesday that he, along with his husband David Burtka and their nine-year-old twins Gideon and Harper, contracted the novel coronavirus.

"It happened very early, like late March, early April," the How I Met Your Mother star disclosed to TODAY. "We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didn't want to be paranoid about it. And then I lost my sense of taste and smell, which was a big indicator, so we holed up."

Harris spoke more on how his family weathered the virus, describing that "it was not pleasant."

"We feel great [now,]" he added. "We got through it and have antibodies and are feeling good."

The 47-year-old actor said his brush with the pandemic opened his eyes as to how real and serious the virus is.  "We want to make sure everyone's doing their best to slow this down every way possible, for sure," he attested.

The interview then pivoted to a much lighter topic, the revival of his old show Doogie Howser, M.D., of which he is incredibly jazzed about even though he won't be involved in the reboot.

The series will instead focus on a female Howser named Lahela "Doogie" Kamealoha, a multiracial teenager. 

"I was excited to hear about [the news,]" the Emmy nominee gushed. "It's a great idea, so it has all the aspects of making it a success, and I wish them nothing but the best."

"I don't know other than what's been reported, but I do know that it's to be on Disney+, which is a super great channel," plugged Harris. "I love that stuff."

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James Corden hosts 'Late Late Show' from home after contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19

James Corden hosts 'Late Late Show' from home after contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19

Terence Patrick/CBS ©2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- James Corden, host of CBS' The Late Late Show, led the program remotely from his home on Monday after learning he'd "come into contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19."

Appearing via a TV set placed on top of his Late Late Show desk, Corden revealed that he had "taken the test," and that it had "come back negative."

"Out of abundance of caution for everyone who works on the show, I’m going to host the show over Zoom way more than six feet apart from anyone," he continued, "but my face will still be here, in the studio.”

The rest of The Late Late Show crew was on set as usual.

Sources tell Deadline, that the contact to which Corden referred happened outside of work, and no one else from the show was involved. His decision to self-quarantine was part of the standard COVID contact-tracing procedure.

The Late Late Show returned to the studio August 11, and production has been running smoothly, despite a handful of COVID-19 positive cases being reported last month at the Television City complex where it films.

“It’s a shame because I thought like we were really getting into a rhythm in the studio,” Corden mused during his opening monologue.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.

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