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Film Independent Spirit Awards(NEW YORK) -- If you're looking to get a jump on films most like to take home some trophies this awards season, you can start with Call Me by Your Name. The movie leads the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations this year with six nods, including Best Feature, Best Actor for its breakout star Timothée Chalamet and Best Supporting Actor for Armie Hammer.  It opens Friday.

Following close behind with five nods apiece are Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

Greta Gerwig's directorial debut Lady Bird and the cowboy drama The Rider scored four nominations each.

The Spirit Awards, which honor the best in independent film, will take place on March 3 -- the day before the Oscars. It airs on IFC.

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Saoirse Ronan in "Lady Bird"; Photo by Merie Wallace, courtesy of A24(NEW YORK) -- It’s not every day a movie scores a 100-percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Lady Bird managed to do it. The fabulous reviews are due in no small part to the film’s writer/director Greta Gerwig -- making her solo directorial debut -- and its star, the enamoring Saoirse [SUR-shuh] Ronan.

But when Gerwig set out to make the film, she wasn’t in search of fresh tomatoes -- all she wanted to do was create a story about a young woman that wasn’t solely centered on romance.

“I've always been interested in stories about women, not that deny the existence of romance, but that that is not the central question of the character,” Gerwig tells ABC Radio. “I've seen a lot of movies about young men where the central question is their personhood and are they gonna step into their personhood. And I haven't seen as many movies about young women that are about that, and also movies that center around a mother and a daughter.”

While elements of the film are taken from Gerwig’s own life – the Sacramento setting and Catholic school education, for instance – the character Lady Bird was largely inspired by who Gerwig wanted to be as a teen.

“I think in a way, writing this movie was a way for me to explore things that I wasn't able to access myself,” she says. “I was much more of a rule-following kind of kid. I was a people-pleaser. And I think I was building a deeply-flawed but inspiring heroine that I thought was kind of magical.”

She says she “knew instantly” that Ronan was the right actress to bring the character to life.

The film -- a four-time Spirit Award nominee which also stars Laurie Metcalf and Timothée Chalamet -- expands to wider release this weekend.

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- The 11th hour is here for Thanksgiving cooks -- Thursday, your guests will be arriving and expecting you to be dishing out a perfect meal.  So, how far along with you meal should you be already?  The Chew's Carla Hall has an answer.

"You should have your cranberry sauce made, you should have your desserts made, your pie crusts and the start of your desserts, any homemade condiments and those things, those should be made," Hall tells ABC Radio.

Twenty-four or so hours out, if you bought a frozen turkey, it should be thawed, and, says Hall, you should be thinking brine.

"This year I'm going to do a dry salt brine," she says, explaining, "I will be salting my turkey the night before, uncovered, so it can dry out, and then that salt permeates through the meat of the turkey. And I think it gives you a really nice texture of turkey."

OK, but what if you haven't gotten quite out in front of your meal yet?  What if your turkey is still frozen even?  Don't worry, says Hall. "What you can do is get a really big pot, and with the turkey still in the wrapper, immerse it into cold water, and then keep changing that water every 30 minutes," she explains.  "If it's just like 25 percent frozen you can still cook it, but it will slow down the cooking time. So you have to add some time to that turkey."

And if you have any last minute shopping to do, there's one gadget Hall suggests you add to your shopping list: "A thermometer with a probe, and then it has a magnet that can sit on your oven...so you know when your turkey is, and you're not opening the oven constantly..."

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Rashida Jones on ABC's "black-ish"; ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress and writer Rashida Jones is denying a report that she quit Toy Story 4 because of an unwanted sexual advance from Disney/Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter. 

Lasseter announced Tuesday that he’s taking a six-month leave of absence from the animation studios, in the wake of allegations of workplace misconduct.

In a statement to Variety, Jones and her writing partner, Will McCormack -- who were scheduled to worked as writers on the Toy Story sequel -- say they left the project over "philosophical differences" related, they say, to the role of women and people of color at Pixar, not because of a sexual advance, as The Hollywood Reporter had alleged.

"The break neck speed at which journalists have been naming the next perpetrator renders some reporting irresponsible and, in fact, counterproductive for the people who do want to tell their stories," the pair said in the statement. "We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. That said, we are happy to see people speaking out about behavior that made them uncomfortable. As for us, we parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.”

The Hollywood Reporter published a story Tuesday afternoon, prior to Lasseter's announcement, detailing his alleged misconduct in the workplace, saying while Lasseter was known for hugging employees, he was also known for "grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes." The story also contained the allegation regarding Jones.

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Image from "Coco"; Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- Opening in wide release on Wednesday:

* Coco -- Disney-Pixar's animated feature centers on aspiring musician Miguel -- voiced by Anthony Gonzales -- who bucks his family's generations-old ban on music and enters the Land of the Dead to unlock the mystery behind his family's history. Benjamin Bratt and Edward James Olmos also star. Rated PG. ABC is owned by Disney.

* Roman J. Israel, Esq. -- This drama, which debuted in limited release last Friday and opens nationwide on Wednesday, stars Denzel Washington as the titular character, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds the activism that defines his career tested. Colin Farrell also stars. Rated PG-13.

 

* Roman J. Israel, Esq. -- This drama, which debuted in limited release last Friday and opens nationwide on Wednesday, stars Denzel Washington as the titular character, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds the activism that defines his career tested. Colin Farrell also stars. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Wednesday:

* Darkest Hour -- This true World War II story stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, who -- just days after becoming Britain's prime minister -- held the fate of Western Europe in his hands as he weighed negotiating with Hitler, or fighting on against incredible odds. Rated PG-13.

* The Man Who Invented Christmas -- Christopher Plummer stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this story about the journey that inspired Charles Dickens to write his timeless classic, A Christmas Carol. Dan Stevens and Jonathan Pryce also star. Rated PG.

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ABC/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) -- After a season full of perfect scores and gushing praise from the judges, singer and actor Jordan Fisher was named the champion of ABC's Dancing with the Stars season 25, and tangoed off with the Mirror Ball trophy.  It was the first win for his pro partner, Lindsay Arnold.

Judge Len Goodman called Jordan "the most complete male celebrity ever on Dancing with the Stars," while judge  Bruno Tonioli said he was "right up there with the best we have ever seen on this show."

Frankie Muniz -- who called his time on the show "the most amazing experience of my life -- came in third.  Violinist Lindsey Stirling came in second.

The finale was split between the scored dances in the ballroom, and festive holiday numbers -- so many numbers -- performed live outside at the Grove in Los Angeles.  In between dances, the season's other cast members returned to dance and, in some cases, sing.

The show began with each couple doing a favorite dance from earlier in the season.  Lindsey Stirling and her partner Mark Ballas performed their jive from Guilty Pleasures Week and received 10s across the board.  Frankie and his partner Witney Carson performed their pirate-themed Argentine tango from Disney week. They also received a score of 30.  Jordan and Lindsay performed their samba from Latin night and they, too, earned 10s across the board.

Each couple was therefore tied going into the final performances, which were "24 Hour Fusion Dances."  Lindsey and Mark performed a cha cha/tango fusion and received a perfect score of 30. An emotional Lindsey said the show "really made me re-learn who I am in a really different way, and it's been amazing."

Frankie and Witney performed a foxtrot/tango fusion, but Bruno and Len found small faults in the performance.  Carrie Ann Inaba awarded the couple a 10, but it was only 9s from Bruno and Len.

Jordan and Lindsay performed a salsa/paso doble fusion that was super-fast and featured various gymnastic flips. The judges raved about the number, Jordan's talent and Lindsay's skills as a choreographer, dancer and teacher, and awarded the couple a perfect score of 30.

The final scores were revealed live on stage at the Grove and Jordan and Lindsay -- and the Mirror Ball trophy -- were hoisted into the air as streamers shot everywhere and the crowd went wild.  The three final couples will appear on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday morning.

Backstage after the show, Jordan praised Lindsay for her hard work. "She's done that for season after season and finally, finally won and I got to be a part of that and it is the coolest thing.  I don't know how to put it into words."

He added that he's just bought a new place and may make a brand-new space for his Mirror Ball Trophy, while Linsday said she might just have "Thanksgiving dinner with it on the table."

Also on the show, country star Kelsea Ballerini sang her latest hit, "Legends," while season-25 cast member Nick Lachey sang a new ballad called "Someone to Dance With."  Lindsey Stirling and Becky G performed their current holiday hit "Christmas C'mon," from Lindsey's current album Warmer in the Winter. Cast member Debbie Gibson sang the holiday favorite "Sleigh Ride," while Jordan belted out Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means to Me."

Jordan and Frankie will both be headlining the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Light Up the Night tour, which kicks off December 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dancing with the Stars will return in the spring of 2018 with a special four-week long, all-athlete edition of the show, featuring ten athletes from all parts of the sports world.

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NBC Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 12 artists who performed on Monday learned that Jon Mero, from Adam Levine’s team, was sent home.

Mero was eliminated on a one-hour results show. He lost an "Instant Save" vote to Adam Cunningham, also from Team Adam.

There are now 11 artists remaining in the competition, including those of Teams Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.

Prior to the vote, Cunningham and Mero sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Cunningham performed “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Mero covered Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”

The results show also featured Jennifer joining her team for a group performance of The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” and Blake leading his team in version of Hank Williams, Jr.’s “If It Will, It Will.”

The evening also included Levine’s band Maroon 5 performing their latest single “What Lovers Do.”

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One-time Partridge Family star and 1970s pop idol David Cassidy has died as a result of complications from dementia, four days after he was hospitalized in Florida in critical condition with kidney and liver failure, his publicist confirms to ABC News.  He was 67.

"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years," a rep said in a statement.

The actor's rep confirmed Cassidy's hospitalization to ABC News November 18, adding that Cassidy had been in an induced coma but that he was "currently conscious and surrounded by family."

Earlier this year, Cassidy announced that he planned to retire from touring, and later revealed to People magazine that he had dementia.  Cassidy, whose grandfather and mother, the late actress Evelyn Ward, also were stricken with the neurological disease, told People of his diagnosis, "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming."

Cassidy was one of the biggest pop stars in the world in the 1970s, selling out arenas around the globe, his success driven by his role as singing teen Keith Partridge on the hit TV series The Partridge Family. Cassidy had a rocky time in recent years -- he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2010, 2013 and 2014, ultimately spending time in rehab.  He filed for bankruptcy in 2015, and was charged in a hit-and-run accident that same year.

Earlier this year, Cassidy made news when fan-recorded video surfaced of him slurring his words and struggling to remember lyrics during a concert in Agoura Hills, California, an apparent sign of his dementia.

Cassidy was married and divorced three times, the first time to actress Kay Lenz.  He's survived by his brother -- singer, actor and producer Shaun Cassidy; a half-brother, actor Patrick Cassidy; and three children, including Arrow star Katie Cassidy.

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Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- According to The Hollywood Reporter, Late Night host Seth Meyers is close to a deal to host the 2018 Golden Globes.

Meyers would follow his fellow NBC late-night TV host, Jimmy Fallon, who handled hosting duties earlier this year. The Saturday Night Live alum hosted the Emmys in 2014

The Golden Globes will air on NBC January 7, live from the Beverly Hilton.

The network announced Monday that it will broadcast a Golden Globes 75th anniversary special on December 13 hosted by Will & Grace's Debra Messing and Will McCormack.

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Armie Hammer was recently named “Sexiest Risk Taker” in People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue. But while many might consider his latest movie, Call Me by Your Name, to be a risk, the actor doesn’t quite see it that way.

“I didn't view this necessarily as a risk, 'cause I knew that this is a really small movie we're doing in the middle of nowhere and there's a chance that no one might ever see it,” he tells ABC Radio. “So that's not so much of a risk as much as it is an opportunity.”

Hammer plays Oliver, a 24-year-old grad student who strikes up a romantic relationship with his professor’s 17-year-old son, played by breakout star Timothée Chalamet, over one summer in Italy.

The two actors bonded on and off set.

“More than anything I just, I met Timothée, who plays Elio in the movie, and I was just like, I really like you! Like, you're a fantastic human being,” he says. “And we got to spend a lot of time together.”

That included several days where the two did nothing but ride bikes around the Italian countryside, which Hammer says felt like “the best job in the entire world.”

The film is already generating Oscar buzz, but Hammer says he chooses to ignore the awards chatter.

“For me, the actual reward of doing something like this is the experience of making it,” he says. “And this was such a beautiful, intense experience of going to a little tiny Italian village and living there for a summer and working with people who I love and [respect]. So anything that happens after that is just icing on an already delicious cake.”

Call Me by Your Name hits theaters Friday, November 24.

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney/Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter has announced he’s taking a six-month leave of absence from the animation studios, in the wake of allegations of workplace misconduct.

“I’ve recently had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me.," Lasseter, 60, says in a memo to employees.  "It’s never easy to face your missteps, but it’s the only way to learn from them.”

Lasseter continues, “It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent. Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down.”

He goes on to especially apologize to “anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form.  No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.”

Though that's the only specific behavior the memo references, The Hollywood Reporter published a story Tuesday afternoon, prior to Lasseter's announcement, detailing his alleged misconduct in the workplace, saying while Lasseter was known for hugging employees, he was also known for "grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes." 

The Hollywood Reporter also says actress and writer Rashida Jones ended her work on the forthcoming Toy Story 4 after Lasseter allegedly "made an unwanted advance."  The publication says Jones declined their invitation to comment on their story.

Lasseter's memo continues that after conversations with Disney, they determined to first step to reinforcing “the vibrant, respectful culture” of the animation studios is for him to take some time away.  

“My hope is that a six-month sabbatical will give me the opportunity to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve,” he writes.

A statement from a Disney spokesperson reads, “We are committed to maintaining an environment in which all employees are respected and empowered to do their best work. We appreciate John’s candor and sincere apology and fully support his sabbatical."

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Glen Wilson/Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Denzel Washington takes on the larger-than-life role of Roman J. Israel, an intelligent yet quirky attorney, in the legal thriller Roman J. Israel Esq.

Washington, who also serves as a producer on the project, says the savant-like Israel wasn't necessarily written to be autistic, but through his research he discovered what exactly made his character tick.

"It was more of the research that I started doing and the behavior that I felt he had that led me down that road," Washington tells ABC Radio. "Doing a lot of research about the [autism] spectrum, about autism and Asperger's. And so that's the direction I went with."

In the film, Roman serves as a Los Angeles attorney who takes a job at a notable law firm after the death of his longtime partner. While there, he discovers disturbing things about the firm's practices.

Washington says he took the role as Roman because he felt not only drawn to the film, but to what he could do with its character.

"[It was] just a good script," Washington says. "First of all, it wasn't a story I hadn't heard -- not a true story -- but it was a wonderful story and a great character to play. A great opportunity to have fun."

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is now showing in limited release.

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Roy Rochlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- UPDATE: PBS has fired Rose.  A brief statement from the network declares, "In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs. PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”

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CBS has fired veteran journalist Charlie Rose after nearly a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct in interviews with the Washington Post and Business Insider.

In a statement to staff also posted on Twitter, CBS News President David Rhodes said Rose was terminated "effective immediately," following "the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program."

"There is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace," the statement continued, in part. 

Rose issued an apology to the Washington Post after the allegations first broke and later, he shared it on Twitter.

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose wrote.  “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues."

Rose continued: "It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."

He concluded: "I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”

Rose is the latest public figure to be accused of varying degrees of sexual harassment and worse in recent weeks, including movie producers Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner, director James Toback, actors Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor and Steven Seagal, comic Louis C.K., politicians Roy Moore and Al Franken, and others. 

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Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- It's been 14 years this month since The Incredibles debuted in theaters -- and clearly, everyone's eager to see the next chapter.  

The first teaser trailer for the sequel to the Disney-Pixar animated feature had notched over 15 million views as of Tuesday morning, making it the most-viewed animated trailer ever, and the seventh overall.

The sequel to 2004's The Incredibles -- featuring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Huck Milner -- reportedly picks up where the first one left off. The superhero family, "still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers," according to the film's official plot synopsis, tries to work together again after "a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot."

Incredibles 2 , also starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger, opens nationwide June 15, 2018 from Pixar and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Craig Blankenhorn/CBS(NEW YORK) -- CBS News has suspended veteran journalist Charlie Rose after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct in interviews with The Washington Post.

"Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously," CBS News said in a statement.

Five women told Post that Rose, an anchor for CBS This Morning, groped them; two said that he walked naked in front of them; and one accused Rose of firing her after he allegedly touched her inappropriately and made sexually charged remarks to her.

The newspaper reported that Rose's accusers either worked with or aspired to work with him on his PBS show, Charlie Rose, from the late 1990s to 2011. At the time of the alleged incidents, the women ranged in age from 21 to 37, according to the newspaper.

Rose issued an apology to the Post and later, he shared it on Twitter.

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” he said in a statement to the newspaper. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.

“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken," he continued. "I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.

PBS says it has reportedly suspended the distribution of Rose's show in light of the claims.

Bloomberg also says it has suspended broadcasts of Charlie Rose.

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