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Linda Hamilton set to return to 'Terminator' franchise

Linda Hamilton is returning to the "Terminator" franchise for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

"Terminator" creator James Cameron announced Hamilton's casting at a private event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Hollywood Reporter reported. Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the planned sequel, confirmed the news Wednesday.

Cameron is producing the sequel, which "Deadpool" filmmaker Tim Miller is directing. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to return.

Cameron, who was once married to Hamilton, recently compared Wonder Woman unfavorably to Hamilton's "Terminator" character, Sarah Connor. Cameron called Gal Gadot's superhero an "objectified icon," but said Connor was defined by "pure grit."

Jimmy Kimmel: Senator 'lied right to my face' on health care

Kimmel said that a health care bill co-sponsored by Cassidy fails the "Jimmy Kimmel test." The phrase was coined by Cassidy after Kimmel announced in May that his baby son, Billy, had surgery for a birth defect and argued that all American families should be able to get life-saving medical care.

"This new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, but a different Jimmy Kimmel test," Kimmel said on Tuesday's show. "With this one, your child with a pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel."

Cassidy touted his Kimmel test in a May interview soon after the host's announcement about his son, arguing that annual and lifetime caps on the amount spent on an individual's health care was unnecessary. Kimmel later invited him on his show, where Cassidy reiterated his stance on spending caps and told the host he believed all Americans should have access to regular medical care.

On Tuesday, Kimmel said in his monologue that the bill introduced by Cassidy and fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina not only fails the "Jimmy Kimmel test," but also what he called the "Bill Cassidy test."

"This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face," Kimmel said.

The Graham-Cassidy bill leaves the question of caps up to the states, which Kimmel said means "there will be lifetime caps in many states." Kimmel's comments echoed a statement released Monday by a coalition of 16 patient groups, including the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes. The statement said the Graham-Cassidy bill would "potentially open the door" to caps.

Kimmel said Cassidy should join a bipartisan group of senators working on a health care overhaul. If not, he said, Cassidy should "stop using my name because I don't want my name on it."

"There's a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you," Kimmel said. "It's called a lie detector test. You're welcome to come by the studio and take it anytime."

Kimmel also argued the bill would leave more without health care coverage and raise premiums.

Cassidy's spokesman didn't immediately return a request for comment Wednesday from The Associated Press.

The senator told CNN on Wednesday that he was sorry Kimmel "does not understand" the bill. Cassidy said more people will be covered under his bill "than under the status quo."

Senate Republicans are facing a Sept. 30 deadline to pass a repeal of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and avoid a filibuster from Democrats. President Donald Trump supports the plan.

Billy Bush separating from wife after nearly 20 years

Former "Access Hollywood" and "Today" show personality Billy Bush has separated from wife Sydney Davis after nearly 20 years of marriage.

Jill Fritzo, Bush's publicist, says in a statement that the couple has "separated for the moment to evaluate their life together." She adds, "they love each other and their children deeply and are committed to a bright future."

The separation comes nearly a year after a 2005 recording surfaced of a lewd conversation between Bush and then "Apprentice" host Donald Trump during an "Access Hollywood" shoot. The video rocked Trump's presidential campaign and led to Bush's ouster from his "Today" post.

Bush is a cousin of former President George W. Bush and a nephew to former President George H.W. Bush.

New mom Serena Williams thanks mother for being a role model

In an open letter to her mother posted to Reddit , Williams calls mom Oracene Price "one of the strongest women I know." Williams mentions some of the criticisms she's endured about her muscular body, before telling Price she's proud that "we were able to show them what some women look like." She adds "we are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!"

Williams says she hopes to "have the same fortitude" in raising her own daughter, Alexis Olympia, who was born on Sept. 1. She signed the letter: "your youngest of five."

Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Kevin Hart's ex-wife says his cheating ruined their marriage

With Kevin Hart’s marital woes suddenly painfully public, his first wife is speaking frankly about what wrecked their marriage.

“Lies and infidelity,” Torrei Hart, mother of Kevin’s son and daughter, told Inside Edition. The two were married from 2003 to 2011, getting together before Kevin was famous and drifting apart after he did.

>> Kevin Hart apologizes to wife, kids following cheating rumors

Kevin is in Atlanta at the moment filming “Night School.”

He’s recently been the target of rumors suggesting romantic liaisons outside his current marriage, but has up to now denied such talk. In a video he posted over the weekend, however, he struck a somber and confessional tone.

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“I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back. Because of that, I should make smart decisions. Recently, I didn’t,” he said. “I made a bad error in judgment. I put myself in an environment where only bad things can happen, and they did. In doing that, I know I’m going to hurt the people closest to me .. my wife and kids. It’s a (expletive) moment when you know you’re wrong.”

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Kevin and Eniko Parrish got married in 2016 after becoming engaged in Atlanta in 2014, when he was in Atlanta filming “Ride Along.”

Little Big Town heads back on tour after Ryman residency

Every time country vocal group Little Big Town walked into the 125-year-old Ryman Auditorium to play one of their residency shows this year, the four singers breathed a little sigh of relief.

"When we go into the dressing room, you just take a breath and go, 'OK, I feel like I am at home,'" said Jimi Westbrook.

The Mother Church of country music in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, was one of the few places fans could have seen the quartet perform this year, but the five-time Country Music Association vocal group of the year will return to a major headlining tour starting in February.

After the release of their eighth album "The Breaker" in February, the Grammy-winning band took a break from heavy touring but their nine Ryman concerts between February and September gave fans a much more intimate and unique concert experience.

They took advantage of the theater's natural acoustics to show off their beautiful four-part harmonies and had surprise special guests including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Tori Kelly and Chris Stapleton. The last show in the residency will be on Nov. 27.

"It's magical and it's surreal every time," Phillip Sweet said of the Ryman shows. "And it's been such an enriching experience for us. We come away really emotional in a good way."

"The Breakers" tour will kick off in Oklahoma City on Feb. 8 and hit the Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Opening acts include Kacey Musgraves and Midland and tickets go on sale Friday.

The group is up for four nominations at this year's CMA Awards on Nov. 8, including single and video of the year for "Better Man," written by pop superstar Taylor Swift. Swift, who got her start in country, is also nominated for the first time in several years as the songwriter for "Better Man."

"When you can't get it out of your head, and when it becomes sing-able instantly, then there's always something special about it," Fairchild said. "And then when you get that extra tug of the heart and connection... then you really have just gone to a deeper level with the fans... Taylor wrote a beautiful song and we're just really grateful that the fans connected with it."

The group said they sent Swift messages of congratulations after learning of the nomination and Sweet said, "She was very thrilled, very excited."

But there's no word if Swift, whose new album "reputation" comes out two days after the CMA Awards, will show up to the awards show.

"She is one busy lady," Fairchild said, but added if she did come, "that would be awesome."




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Chris Janson Reveals The Strangest Job He Has Ever Had

We have to admit that we never pictured Chris Janson as the type of person to stand on the side of the road and make snow cones but he admits the strangest job he’s ever had was being the “owner of a snow cone machine.” Janson makes the reveal during a candid new interview with Taste of Country, in which he also shares some of his favorite things about fall. Specifically, the “Buy Me a Boat” singer says he likes his autumn coffee “pumpkin-spiced” and that his biggest plan for the fall is going hunting. That is, when he’s not busy performing on his Everybody Tour–which kicked off earlier this month and runs through November. The trek also features a handful of dates in January and February 2018.

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Martina McBride Brings Relief To Hurricane Victims in Texas and Florida

Martina McBride, like the rest of the world, saw the devastation Hurricane Harvey and Irma brought upon Texas and Florida natives and wanted to help. But she is already a huge charity person, has a huge big heart and is always looking for a way to help. So she teamed up with her global charity initiative, Team Music Is Love, and non-profit One Gen Away, which aims to provide emergency food service to those in need. So you can kind of see where she is going with this.

Taste of Country reports that the partnership will bring mobile food pantries to Florida and Texas to help families in need of meals. In a video posted to YouTube, McBride shares how fans can help directly. “We’ll be setting up mobile food pantries to help families recovering from disaster by providing them easy access to healthy food and basic necessities,” she explains.

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