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Kimmel Stages Friends Reunion

On Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel reunited Friends castmates Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow — on a rebuilt set from the sitcom, no less — for a staged reading of Kimmel’s Friends fan fiction.

Kimmel started subtly, by asking Aniston if she’d do a favor for him, and increasingly upped the ante by first handing her a script, then unveiling the rebuilt stage.

“What? What is this?!” Aniston asked incredulously.

“This is an exact replica…I actually spent $80,000 making it,” Kimmel said. “To the ‘T’ every detail is correct.”

Jennifer began reading, but balked when Kimmel pulled out a “Rachel wig.” Aniston said, “I’ve gotta have boundaries.”

Kimmel played Ross, and it became obvious why — he wanted a love scene with Rachel. The crowd howled when Cox entered as Monica, who, like Rachel, was also scripted to compliment Ross’ lovemaking — as was Kudrow, who was also met with a roar from the crowd.

Eventually, we learn Kimmel had “killed off” Joey and Chandler in order to have all the actresses to himself. However, before the scene in which they “all make out,” the actresses walk off, with Aniston saying, “Make love to yourself, Jimmy.”


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Breaking Bad Comes Up Big At Emmys

Walter White got one last send off at Monday night’s Emmy Awards, as Breaking Bad and its cast scooped up their final trophies.  The show, which ended last September, won its second straight Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul all took home Emmys in their respective categories.

Early predictions had Matthew McConaughey and his role on True Detective beating out Cranston; so much so, when Cranston took the stage to accept his award, he said, “Even I thought about voting for Matthew!”

Breaking Bad won a total of six Emmys overall and was too beloved and revered to beat.  “I love to act. It is a passion of mine, and I will do it ’til my last breath,” said Cranston. “I don’t know how I have been blessed with an abundance of good fortune in my life.”

 


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Mila Kunis Shares Advice Robin Williams Gave Her

Mila Kunis worked with Robin Williams in the 2013 film, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.

Before he died, she recalled first meeting the actor when she was a teenager starring in That ’70s Show.

“So many times you meet people they don’t impact you. You meet them and they’re gracious and they’re nice,” she told Esquire, “and then there are sometimes when you meet somebody and they say one thing and for the rest of your life you carry that one thing and they don’t even know that they impacted your life.”

Kunis, 31, explained that Kurtwood Smith, her co-star on the sitcom, was friendly with the late comedian. One day, they saw him on set, and Williams asked Kunis her name. When she introduced herself he gave her a piece of advice she never forgot, “He said  ’Remember this moment. Remember this because things like this don’t happen very often. Remember this time.’ Having somebody of Robin Williams’ stature tell me to just acknowledge something meant so much,” she said. “He didn’t mentor me. He just said, ‘Step back and appreciate this. You’re having an amazing time.’”

The actress said that when they reunited for their movie years later, she reminded him of the moment and what he told her.

“He said, ‘It stands true. Today, right now, at this very moment, step back and appreciate it,” she said. “And I went, ‘OK.’”


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DWTS: Julianne Hough Joins Judging Panel

Two-time Dancing with the Stars champ and former pro Julianne Hough is trading in her dancing shoes to join the show’s judges’ panel. On Thursday’s Good Morning America, Hough explained why she’s returning to the ABC dancing competition, which will also see her brother Derek competing this season.

“Well, Dancing with the Stars has always been apart of my family. I mean, that’s where it all began for me so it just kind of made sense,” she explained. “And when I think about what Derek and I just did on tour, with Move Live on Tour, reconnecting with the fans and just the people that have supported me from day one from Dancing with the Stars, it just felt like the right time and the right kind of opportunity.”

Hough won’t be replacing anyone. Instead, she’ll be joining returning judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Hough said “the camaraderie between the judges” is what she’s most looking forward to next season.  But will it be tough judging her brother Derek and his celebrity partner on the dance floor?

“It’s not necessarily about Derek and the pro dancer. It’s about a collaboration,” she said, after admitting she can be hard on her brother. “It’s the team effort. It’s what they’re doing as a partnership and really the celebrity and what they can do to improve each week.”

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams at Emmys

Billy Crystal, a longtime friend of the late Robin Williams, will present a tribute to the actor and comedian at the Emmy Awards this Monday night.

Crystal’s tribute will come during the “In Memoriam” segment of the show, with singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles providing the musical accompaniment for that entire segment. It’s not clear what she’ll perform, though she recently dedicated her song “Hercules” to Williams during a concert.


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