Ava DuVernay becomes the first black female to direct a $100 million-grossing film

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — After fourteen weeks at the box office, Ava DuVernay’s fantasy film, A Wrinkle in Time has officially crossed the 100 million mark.

According to the Box Office Mojo, the movie has grossed over $132.1 million worldwide. With her accomplishment, DuVernay becomes the first black woman to direct a $100 million-grossing film and the 13th black director to hit that milestone overall.

That includes Ryan Coogler, F. Gary Gray, Tim Story, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jordan Peele, Malcolm D. Lee, John Singleton, Clark Johnson, Lee Daniels, Antoine Fuqua, Sidney Poitier and Peter Ramsey.

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, which stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine, follows a young girl named Meg Murry, her brother and her friend as they journey through space and time to find Meg’s father.

A Wrinkle in Time is now available for home viewing.

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"Gotti" hits back at critics on Twitter after zero percent Rotten Tomatoes rating

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Credit: Brian Douglas(NEW YORK) — Gotti isn’t about to take those bad reviews lying down.

The biopic about notorious mobster John Gotti, starring John Travolta in the title role, is hitting back at its critics via its official Twitter page.

The Gotti Twitter account tweeted a new video promo for the film, which includes the message, “Audiences loved Gotti. Critics put out the hit. Who would you trust more? Yourself or a troll behind a keyboard?”

The video was posted along with the caption, “Audiences loved Gotti but critics don’t want you to see it…The question is why??? Trust the people and see it for yourself!”

In another tweet, the account posted a video that included positive fan reactions, with the caption, “Hear it from the PEOPLE!”

Gotti received a zero percent score on Rotten Tomatoes from critics following its Friday release, but its audience score on the site is at 74 percent. The film only made $1.6 million in its opening weekend.

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Mara Brock Akil and the "Love Is ____" cast share their "brave" journey in bringing the romantic drama to life

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Photo by Michael Desmond © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. / Courtesy of OWN(MIAMI BEACH) — Tonight, OWN will premiere Love Is ____, the scripted relationship drama from Mara Brock Akil and her husband/producing partner, Salim Akil. The series, inspired by the couple’s real-life relationship journey, follows Michele Weaver as Nuri and Will Catlett as Yasir and how the two unexpectedly fell in love while pursuing their careers.

“It definitely was one of those things where I’m glad the way that I came in I didn’t over research her,” Weaver tells ABC Radio, referring to series creator Mara Brock Akil. “I really was more of like, “OK, what’s on the page? Let me just go in and be live.” And I’m glad that I did that because I feel like if I came in and was trying to impersonate someone… it would have lost the authenticity.”

For Catlett, it was a bit more challenging to become Mara’s husband, Salim.  “That was my biggest struggle,” he says. “Because Salim and I… we’re a lot alike. And then, at the same time, Mara has her mirror that she sees too. So at some point I just had to surrender.”

Like Catlett, Mara Brock Akil says she also yielded to the process and opened up when it came to her character. In fact, she says the series, among other things, taught her just how “brave” she was in creating the character Nuri, as well as the importance of love.

“Love is ___ is our offering to talk about how to keep love, not only in our romantic lives, but… our love to our dreams, our love to our co-workers, our love to our family members, our love to our friends,” Mara Brock Akil says. “[I]t’s time to put that back out into the world.”

Love Is ____ premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random

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The lawyer for slain rapper XXXTentacion said Tuesday that detectives believe he was fatally shot in a random robbery

"Big" to celebrate 30th anniversary with a return to theaters

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

TM & © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.(HOLLYWOOD) — No fortune teller machine needed: Big is all grown up and turning 30.

The 1988 Tom Hanks comedy flick, about a 13-year-old boy who has his wish granted to “be big,” is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a return to theaters.  It was released in the U.S. June 3, 1988.

Big will play in more than 700 theaters across the U.S. for two days only, on July 15 and July 18 at 2 p.m. 7 p.m. each day. Theater and ticket information can be found on the Fathom Events website.

Big, directed by Penny Marshall, scored Hanks his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor. It also loosely inspired the 2004 Jennifer Garner film, 13 Going on 30.

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"Killing Eve" leads nominees for the 34th Annual TCA Awards

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BBC America(HOLLYWOOD) — Newcomer series Killing Eve, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and GLOW are among the nominees for this year’s TCA Awards, Variety reports.

BBC America’s Sandra Oh drama Killing Eve scored the most nominations with five, following by the just-concluded series The Americans, with four. Atlanta, Barry, The Good Place, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel all tied for three nominations apiece.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, GLOW and This Is Us each earned double nods.

BET host Robin Thede will emcee the 34th annual ceremony, which will take place on August 4 in Beverly Hills. The TCA Awards honors the top series, producers and performances of the past year, as chosen by the Television Critics Association.

Here is the full list of nominees:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve – BBC America
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – FX
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve – BBC America
Matthew Rhys, The Americans – FX
Keri Russell, The Americans – FX

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Pamela Adlon, Better Things – FX
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – The CW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Amazon
Ted Danson, The Good Place – NBC
Donald Glover, Atlanta – FX (2017 Winner in Category)
Bill Hader, Barry – HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Alias Grace – Netflix
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – FX
Howards End – Starz
Patrick Melrose – Showtime
The Tale – HBO
Twin Peaks: The Return – Showtime

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
Barry – HBO
Counterpart – Starz
GLOW – Netflix
Killing Eve – BBC America
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Amazon
Mindhunter – Netflix

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
The Americans– FX
The Crown – Netflix
The Good Fight – CBS All Access
The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu (2017 Winner in Category)
Killing Eve – BBC America
This Is Us – NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Atlanta – FX (2017 Winner in Category)
Barry – HBO
GLOW – Netflix
The Good Place – NBC
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Amazon
One Day at a Time – Netflix

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
The Americans – FX
Atlanta – FX
The Good Place – NBC
The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu (2017 Winner in Category)
Killing Eve – BBC America
This Is Us – NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN
60 Minutes – CBS
Blue Planet 2 – BBC America
The Rachel Maddow Show – MSNBC
The Vietnam War – PBS
Wild Wild Country – Netflix

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY
The Great British Baking Show – PBS
Nailed It! – Netflix
Project Runway – Lifetime
Queer Eye – Netflix
RuPaul’s Drag Race – VH1

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – PBS Kids
Elena of Avalor – Disney Channel
Muppet Babies – Disney Junior
Odd Squad – PBS Kids
Sesame Street – HBO
Sofia the First – Disney Junior

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SKETCH/VARIETY SHOWS
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO
Late Night with Seth Meyers – NBC
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – CBS
Saturday Night Live – NBC

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See Jane Fail: ‘The Bold Type’s’ Katie Stevens talks what’s next for her character

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Freeform/Ed Herrera(NEW YORK) — On last week’s two-hour season premiere of The Bold Type, we saw ambitious young writer Jane Sloan fail spectacularly at her cool, new digital job after leaving women’s magazine Scarlet. In tonight’s episode, actress Katie Stevens tells us we’re going to see how Jane picks up the pieces.

“I talked to the writers about how it was really important to me for Jane to fail this season because she’s such a perfectionist and I don’t think she’s ever really had an experience in her life where she has failed at a giant level,” she tells ABC Radio.

Type A Jane, as it turns out, isn’t so great at being unemployed.

“We’re gonna see her kind of try to figure out what kind of writer she is and where she feels that she belongs…but I think it’s always gonna come back to the fact of what she always knew in her gut, which is that she loves Scarlet,” Stevens says.

It’s also a plus that Jane’s two best friends, Sutton and Kat — played by Meghann Fahy and Aisha Dee, respectively — still work there. Stevens says the trio is such good friends in real life that some of their inside jokes actually make it into the show.

“We say, ‘That’s gonna be a no from me, dawg,’ and the girls say that because I was on American Idol and it’s Randy Jackson,” Stevens says. “So there are minor little things that make it into the show that are from things that we make fun of each other or we make jokes in real life and we think they’re hysterical so we try to fit them into the show.” 

The Bold Type airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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Deputies search for suspects in rapper XXXTentacion slaying

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Deputies were searching for suspects Tuesday after troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was fatally shot in the driver’s seat of a luxury electric sportscar

‘The Punisher’s’ Jon Bernthal to return to ‘The Walking Dead’

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Matthew Welch/AMC (LOS ANGELES) — As Andrew Lincoln prepares to exit AMC’s The Walking Dead, Jon Bernthal, who played former police officer Shane Walsh during the show’s first two seasons, is set to return, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’ll be a neat trick, given that Bernthal’s character dies at the end of season two. Details on how The Walking Dead’s producers and writers plan to bring Bernthal back have yet to be revealed, but the most likely scenario would be a flashback.

Bernthal’s return, however, would likely be brief: his current starring role on Netflix’s The Punisher, in which he  plays Frank Castle, reportedly limits how many episodes he could appear in on TWD.  Word is, three would be the maximum.

Season nine of The Walking Dead premieres on AMC this fall.  

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"The Bachelorette" recap: Becca is "p**sed" after she faces another Arie situation, sending five more men home

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Becca Kufrin was faced with another Arie situation in Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette when one suitor told her he was falling for her and then took it back, pushing Becca further down a tumultuous journey towards love. 

Before she faced the dramatic incident, Becca sat down with some of the guys prior to the first rose ceremony of the episode. During the cocktail hour, she gifted Jordan tight, gold shorts, which he got very excited about. 

“Becca might have my groin on her mind,” Jordan said, “and maybe she thinks it’s worth gold.”

His excitement was immediately depleted when his enemy, David, returned to the mansion from the hospital after falling out of bed. Despite some bruising, David looked great — even though Jordan said he looked like a “time warp.” Becca didn’t seem to mind David’s face because she gave him his rose early in the evening.

At the always-suspenseful ceremony, Becca decided to send home Ryan and Mike.

For the remaining bachelors, Becca announced that they will “switch it up a little bit” by taking a trip to the mountaintops of Utah. 

Once in the snowy town of Park City, Utah, Becca invited Garrett on a one-on-one date. They started their evening shopping while making goofy jokes and jumping on each other backs. Eventually, they kicked their date into high gear by going bobsledding. 

“That bobsled ride was fast,” Becca confessed, “but I feel like my feelings for Garrett right now are coming on quickly.”

At dinner, Garrett and Becca got even closer when he attempted to open up with her. He explained that he’s been married before but got divorced after just two months. Becca became apprehensive about moving forward with him, scared he will feel forced to marry her like he did with his first wife. 

Garrett explained that he is here for her and is looking for a true connection. Becca accepted his explanation and gave him the rose. But, the night wasn’t over yet. Next, they went to a local bar and danced in front of a large crowd as Granger Smith sang “Happens Like That.”

The romantic moment led Garrett to say, “This is the first time I’ve felt this kind of love between someone. It feels so uncontrollably good inside. I’ve fallen for her hard.”

The next day, Becca invited Jordan, Chris, Blake, Nick, John, Lincoln, Leo, David, Connor, Christon, Jason, Colton, and Jean Blanc on a group date where they were put to the test. 

She explained that she is looking for “the lumberjack to my lumberjill,” so she made the guys compete in Becca’s Big Lumberjack Bash, which consisted of lifting 400-pound pieces of wood, throwing an ax, and scaling a 30-foot pole. 

After the playful date, the group tried to impress Becca over dinner, but everything turned sour early in the evening. First, Colton wore his golden underwear Becca gave him, which angered a lot of the guys. Colton confronted Jordan about being disrespectful.

“I’ve lost all respect for you,” the former NFL player told Jordan. Seems Jordan can add Colton to the growing list of his enemies on the show. 

But, the evening really takes a turn for the worse when Jean Blanc sat down with Becca. During an uncomfortable talk, he explained that he was falling in love with her, which made Becca very confused. She told him it was way too early in their relationship and that she is not on the same page. 

When walking him out, Jean Blanc confessed that he didn’t mean what he said; he was only telling her what he thought she wanted to hear. Suddenly, Becca lost it. She was catapulted back to last season on The Bachelor when Arie asked her to marry him despite wanting another woman. So, she sent Jean Blanc packing and went off on the rest of the suitors. 

“I’m so p**sed,” she told the group. “I’m only asking for honesty from you guys. That’s all I want, and to not get that — I feel so disrespected, and I’m so upset with him. But, if anyone else can’t be honest with me from here on out, then I don’t want you here.”

She finished her rant by telling the guys she is going home and not giving anyone the date rose. It left a lot of the guys on edge, worried she will put her walls back up. 

The next day, Wills was tasked with the monumental task of taking Becca on a one-on-one date just as she was contemplating her fate in this journey. In fact, Becca started the date, crying to the camera, saying “I feel off right now.”

But, after riding around on snowmobiles, Becca confessed Wills was the perfect guy to help her get out of this rut.

“This is what I needed to today. It means a lot, especially, after last night. Yesterday derailed me but my journey for love is back on track,” she said. 

Wills even tried to relate with her on the idea of heartbreak. He explained that he often feels like he isn’t good enough because he found out the love of his life was cheating on him. At that moment, she gave him a rose. 

The next day, Chris Harrison told the guys that Becca didn’t want a cocktail hour this week and wanted to go straight to the rose ceremony because she knew exactly what she needed to do. 

“I learned so much with Arie,” she told Harrison. “I want to do things my way and this feels right.”

Finally, at the second rose ceremony of the episode, Becca sent home Nick and Christon. 

The journey doesn’t stop for the remaining 12 men, though. Next week, Becca announced she is taking them to Las Vegas. 

The bachelors who will take a trip to Sin City are:

Garrett, 29, a medical sales representative from Reno, Nevada
Wills, 29, a graphic designer from Los Angeles, California
Leo, 31, a stuntman from Studio City, California
Colton, 26, a former professional football player from Denver, Colorado
Blake, 28, a sales representative from Bailey, Colorado
Jason, 29, a senior corporate banker from Seattle, Washington
Connor, 25, a fitness coach from St. Petersburg, Florida
Lincoln, 26, an account sales executive from Los Angeles, California
John, 28, a software engineer from San Francisco, California
Chris R, 30, a sales trainer from Orlando, Florida
David, 25, a venture capitalist from Denver, Colorado
Jordan, 26, a male model from Crystal River, Florida

The Bachelorette airs Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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"The Bachelorette" recap: Becca is "p**sed" after she faces another Arie situation, sending five more men home

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Becca Kufrin was faced with another Arie situation in Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette when one suitor told her he was falling for her and then took it back, pushing Becca further down a tumultuous journey towards love. 

Before she faced the dramatic incident, Becca sat down with some of the guys prior to the first rose ceremony of the episode. During the cocktail hour, she gifted Jordan tight, gold shorts, which he got very excited about. 

“Becca might have my groin on her mind,” Jordan said, “and maybe she thinks it’s worth gold.”

His excitement was immediately depleted when his enemy, David, returned to the mansion from the hospital after falling out of bed. Despite some bruising, David looked great — even though Jordan said he looked like a “time warp.” Becca didn’t seem to mind David’s face because she gave him his rose early in the evening.

At the always-suspenseful ceremony, Becca decided to send home Ryan and Mike.

For the remaining bachelors, Becca announced that they will “switch it up a little bit” by taking a trip to the mountaintops of Utah. 

Once in the snowy town of Park City, Utah, Becca invited Garrett on a one-on-one date. They started their evening shopping while making goofy jokes and jumping on each other backs. Eventually, they kicked their date into high gear by going bobsledding. 

“That bobsled ride was fast,” Becca confessed, “but I feel like my feelings for Garrett right now are coming on quickly.”

At dinner, Garrett and Becca got even closer when he attempted to open up with her. He explained that he’s been married before but got divorced after just two months. Becca became apprehensive about moving forward with him, scared he will feel forced to marry her like he did with his first wife. 

Garrett explained that he is here for her and is looking for a true connection. Becca accepted his explanation and gave him the rose. But, the night wasn’t over yet. Next, they went to a local bar and danced in front of a large crowd as Granger Smith sang “Happens Like That.”

The romantic moment led Garrett to say, “This is the first time I’ve felt this kind of love between someone. It feels so uncontrollably good inside. I’ve fallen for her hard.”

The next day, Becca invited Jordan, Chris, Blake, Nick, John, Lincoln, Leo, David, Connor, Christon, Jason, Colton, and Jean Blanc on a group date where they were put to the test. 

She explained that she is looking for “the lumberjack to my lumberjill,” so she made the guys compete in Becca’s Big Lumberjack Bash, which consisted of lifting 400-pound pieces of wood, throwing an ax, and scaling a 30-foot pole. 

After the playful date, the group tried to impress Becca over dinner, but everything turned sour early in the evening. First, Colton wore his golden underwear Becca gave him, which angered a lot of the guys. Colton confronted Jordan about being disrespectful.

“I’ve lost all respect for you,” the former NFL player told Jordan. Seems Jordan can add Colton to the growing list of his enemies on the show. 

But, the evening really takes a turn for the worse when Jean Blanc sat down with Becca. During an uncomfortable talk, he explained that he was falling in love with her, which made Becca very confused. She told him it was way too early in their relationship and that she is not on the same page. 

When walking him out, Jean Blanc confessed that he didn’t mean what he said; he was only telling her what he thought she wanted to hear. Suddenly, Becca lost it. She was catapulted back to last season on The Bachelor when Arie asked her to marry him despite wanting another woman. So, she sent Jean Blanc packing and went off on the rest of the suitors. 

“I’m so p**sed,” she told the group. “I’m only asking for honesty from you guys. That’s all I want, and to not get that — I feel so disrespected, and I’m so upset with him. But, if anyone else can’t be honest with me from here on out, then I don’t want you here.”

She finished her rant by telling the guys she is going home and not giving anyone the date rose. It left a lot of the guys on edge, worried she will put her walls back up. 

The next day, Wills was tasked with the monumental task of taking Becca on a one-on-one date just as she was contemplating her fate in this journey. In fact, Becca started the date, crying to the camera, saying “I feel off right now.”

But, after riding around on snowmobiles, Becca confessed Wills was the perfect guy to help her get out of this rut.

“This is what I needed to today. It means a lot, especially, after last night. Yesterday derailed me but my journey for love is back on track,” she said. 

Wills even tried to relate with her on the idea of heartbreak. He explained that he often feels like he isn’t good enough because he found out the love of his life was cheating on him. At that moment, she gave him a rose. 

The next day, Chris Harrison told the guys that Becca didn’t want a cocktail hour this week and wanted to go straight to the rose ceremony because she knew exactly what she needed to do. 

“I learned so much with Arie,” she told Harrison. “I want to do things my way and this feels right.”

Finally, at the second rose ceremony of the episode, Becca sent home Nick and Christon. 

The journey doesn’t stop for the remaining 12 men, though. Next week, Becca announced she is taking them to Las Vegas. 

The bachelors who will take a trip to Sin City are:

Garrett, 29, a medical sales representative from Reno, Nevada
Wills, 29, a graphic designer from Los Angeles, California
Leo, 31, a stuntman from Studio City, California
Colton, 26, a former professional football player from Denver, Colorado
Blake, 28, a sales representative from Bailey, Colorado
Jason, 29, a senior corporate banker from Seattle, Washington
Connor, 25, a fitness coach from St. Petersburg, Florida
Lincoln, 26, an account sales executive from Los Angeles, California
John, 28, a software engineer from San Francisco, California
Chris R, 30, a sales trainer from Orlando, Florida
David, 25, a venture capitalist from Denver, Colorado
Jordan, 26, a male model from Crystal River, Florida

The Bachelorette airs Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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"Black Panther" and "Stranger Things" are the big winners at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Black Panther and Stranger Things took home top honors at The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, held in Santa Monica, California on Saturday and airing on Tuesday night.

Black Panther won Best Movie honors, as well as Best Hero and Best Performance in a Movie trophies for its star, Chadwick Boseman.

While accepting Best Hero, Boseman introduced James Shaw Jr., who disarmed a man who opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee this past April, giving him the award.

For the second straight year, Stranger Things copped Best Show, as well as Best Actor in a Show for Millie Bobby Brown. The 14-year-old actress, who didn’t attend the Awards due to an injury suffered on the set of the show, used her pre-recorded speech to address to online bullying. Brown deleted her Twitter account on Thursday after she was being bullied online herself. Brown’s co-star Noah Schnapp also won for Most Frightened Performance. The show also took home an award for Best Musical Moment.

The highest honor at the MTV Movie Awards — The Generation Award — was given to Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt, who gave a shout out to his 5-year-old son Jack, “who will watch this someday.” He also ran down his “Nine Rules,” which included an apparent shot at President Donald Trump. “Strength and intelligence can be weapons,” he said, adding, “Do not wield them against the weak — that makes you a bully.”

Love, Simon‘s Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale won for Best Kiss. While accepting the award, Lonsdale, dressed in a gold top, white skirt and cream and gold “Prince” sequin coat, urged kids to be themselves, declared, “You can live your dreams and wear dresses, you can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender they are.”

Aside from handing out movie popcorn trophies, the event featured Chloe x Halle performing a medley of “The Kids Are Alright” and “Warrior” from their debut album, and Nick Jonas and Mustard performing their new single “Anywhere” for the first time in its entirety.

Presenters included Kim Kardashian West, Michael B. Jordan, Seth Rogen, Yara Shahidi, Zendaya, Common and Mandy Moore.

During her monologue, host Tiffany Haddish — who also won for Best Comedic Performance for Girls Trip –called 2018 “a year of firsts for black people,” noting she was the first black woman to host the MTV Movie & TV Awards, and Black Panther was the first African-American movie to make a billion dollars. She also roasted The KardashiansRiverdale, the Stranger Things kids and 13 Reasons Why. Haddish also delivered a version of Cardi B’s “Bodack Yellow,” reworked to describe her own life. In pre-recorded bits she spoofed Black PantherStar Wars and The Quiet Place.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Generation Award: Chris Pratt
Trailblazer Award: Lena Waithe
Best Movie: Black Panther
Best Show: Stranger Things
Best Kiss: Nick Robinson & Keiynan Lonsdale, Love Simon
Best Villain: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Best Reality Series: Keeping Up with the Kardashains
Best Performance in a Movie: Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Best Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Best Comedic Performance: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Best Hero: Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Best On-Screen Team: Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Chosen Jacobs, IT
Best Fight: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman
Best Musical Moment: “Every Breath You Take”, Stranger Things
Best Music Documentary: Gaga: Five Foot Two
Most Frightened Performance: Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things
Scene Stealer: Madelaine Petsch, Riverdale

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No motive, arrests in fatal shooting of rapper XXXTentacion

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Investigators in Florida say they don’t have a motive and have made no arrests in the death of troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion

Authorities: Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

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Authorities say troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Florida. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says the 20-year-old rising star was pronounced dead Monday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital.

Authorities: Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

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Authorities say troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Florida. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says the 20-year-old rising star was pronounced dead Monday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital.

Nick Jonas talks 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, hit "Jumanji" film

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Universal(NEW YORK) — Nick Jonas is a nominee at Monday night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, and he’s also performing on the show.

Jonas spoke to ABC News and says his nomination for his role in the hit movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  is like “a cherry on top” of the whole experience of the exciting evening.

“I feel honored,” he said. “I’m nominated alongside my cast mates for [Best] On-Screen Team, and it’s great … it’s fun to be recognized for your work.”

While he says he doesn’t act and sing for the award shows, “when it happens, it’s kind of a cherry on top.”

“You do it for the art, or the fun of making a project like this,” he added.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” a sequel to the original 1995 film, starred Jonas, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. It was a massive hit, grossing over $962 million worldwide, and the young actor has some theories about why it did so well.

“It connected with all age groups,” he told ABC News. “They had a really good sense of the comedy for the adults but also moments for the kids. There was elements about it that were tipping the hat to the original … then a really fresh new concept: The body swap worked out great.”

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Craig T. Nelson gives "Incredibles 2" his thumbs up as Pixar thanks fans for record debut

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Disney(NEW YORK) — In a tweet featuring a drawing of the super-powered Parr family on a Post-It, Disney/Pixar thanked fans for showing up in droves to this weekend’s debut of Incredibles 2.

The animated sequel, which hit theaters 14 years after the Oscar-winning original, raked in $180 million, the best debut ever for an animated feature and among the top 10 best openings in box office history.

Mr. Incredible himself, Craig T. Nelson, tells ABC Radio even he was impressed by the finished product. “I loved it,” he enthused. “I mean, it was a complete surprise and it was so much fun to do. It was — just you know, it’s as much fun doing it as it is watching it, which is really neat.”

Nelson explained the process of bringing the Parr family together onscreen — his animated onscreen wife, played by Holly Hunter, as well as the rest of the family, didn’t record their scenes together.

“It’s very specific,” Nelson says of his time in the recording booth. “You have a certain amount of time to say the line in. There’s room for experimentation and all that. But it’s really — they’re just as good and doing an editing conversation that’s actually overlapping as they are animating. I mean, Pixar is just amazing. So when you watch it you think, ‘Oh, heck, they had to have been together,’ but they’re not!”

Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, and Better Call Saul Emmy-winner Bob Odenkirk also lend their voices to Incredibles 2.

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Report: Heather Locklear hospitalized after family altercation, threatening to shoot herself

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — TMZ is reporting that former Melrose Place star Heather Locklear is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation in a Los Angeles hospital following a physical altercation with family members, and alleged threats she was going to harm herself.

The gossip site reports the 56-year-old actress seemed agitated and threatened to shoot herself, so her parents went to her home.  It was there Locklear allegedly got physical, choking her mother and punching her father, TMZ reports. Her mother then called the police, and Locklear was taken to a hospital.

Back in February, Locklear was arrested at her California home when she allegedly went after cops who tried to take her into custody, following a fight that broke out between the actress and her boyfriend, Chris Heisser.

Locklear was arrested for felony domestic violence and three counts of battery on emergency personnel and reportedly subsequently entered a rehab program.

Locklear first rose to stardom as a cast member of the 1980s police drama T.J. Hooker, opposite William Shatner.  She also co-starred on the nighttime soaps Dynasty and Melrose Place, and the sitcom Spin City.  Her most recent acting credit, according to IMDB, was last year on the Tyler Perry-produced TV drama Too Close to Home.

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"Serpico", "Scarface" producer Martin Bregman, dead at 92

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Martin Bregman, producer of the Al Pacino films Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, Sea of Love and Carlito’s Way, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 92 on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bregman, who discovered Pacino in an Off Broadway play, was the personal and business manager for Pacino, as well as Alan Alda, whose films The Seduction of Joe Tynan, The Four Seasons, and Betsy’s Wedding, he also produced.

Bregman’s other famous clients, over the years have included Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen and Bette Midler.

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"Bachelor" stars Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are engaged

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Paul HebertPopular The Bachelor franchise couple Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are headed down the aisle.

Haibon popped the question Sunday while the duo was filming Bachelor in Paradise, ABC News confirmed.

The two made waves earlier this year when they announced they were finally dating.

Their love story started three years ago, when the weepy Iaconetti first showed her affection toward Haibon on season two of Bachelor in Paradise.

Iaconetti’s Instagram has been filled with pictures of the couple since they went public about their romance.  Just last week, she posted a pic of Haibon with the caption, “Today’s National Superman Day, so….”

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"Blues Brothers" co-star, guitarist Matt "Guitar" Murphy, dead at 88

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

(L-R) John Belushi, Matt Murphy – Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns(NEW YORK) — Dan Aykroyd is mourning the death of Matt “Guitar” Murphy, who passed away Thursday at 88 years old. “The Blues Brothers would not have been what they were without Matt’s playing power, stage magnetism and knowledge of music,” tweeted Aykroyd “aka Elwood Blues.”

The official Blues Brothers Instagram page showed footage of Murphy in action, belting out “Shotgun Blues.”

Before and after joining the Blues Brothers — the band was born of a Saturday Night Live sketch that also featured the late John Belushi — Murphy played with blues legends including Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.  He played himself in the 1980s The Blues Brothers movie, as a member of the band.

Murphy’s nephew Floyd Murphy Jr., with whom Murphy also played, noted his uncle died Thursday evening.  He memorialized his uncle on his own Facebook page, writing: “I can’t feel a freaking thing in my body now but I must stay strong cause he was a strong man that lived a long long fruitfull [sic] life that poured his heart out in every guitar solo he took… yes the master is up stairs now with my father and mother, uncle Melvin Murphy, Jimmy Biggins, Eric Udell, Alan Ruben, BB King, Etta James… the list is just way too long folks but there all together again doing what there known for across the world ….love you uncle tell dad hi for me…. May you RIP.”

According to Rolling Stone, Murphy suffered a stroke in 2002 that led the music veteran into “semi retirement.”

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Chris Hardwick denies ex-girlfriend’s emotional and sexual abuse accusations; AMC suspends his talk show

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy HolmesTelevision host and comedian Chris Hardwick is denying serious accusations after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra penned an essay, accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse. 

In the meantime, AMC — which airs Talking With Chris Hardwick — has announced that it will not air the show’s upcoming second season as it assesses the situation. Hardwick also hosts Talking Dead, which airs when The Walking Dead is in season.

Though Dykstra did not mention her ex by name in her essay on Medium, it’s clear she’s talking of Hardwick. She accused him of emotionally abusing her, isolating her from her friends, and causing her to become anorexic and suicidal. She also claimed Hardwick forced her to have sex with him whenever he wanted, including right after she had surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.

The actress and model also said he blacklisted her from the industry, claiming he made calls to several companies she worked for. Allegedly, he told the companies to fire her or he would never work for them again.

Hardwick released a statement, denying the allegations, citing the fact that their relationship ended because she was unfaithful, according to Variety

“These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond,” said Hardwick in a statement. “I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match and argued—even shouted at each other—but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.”

His statement goes on to state, “As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women.”

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Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players

Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players

"Incredibles 2" tops the weekend box office with record-breaking $180 million debut

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 topped the weekend box office with an estimated $180 million debut, beating the previous record for an animated film set by 2016’s Finding Dory.

The sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles — which features the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson and Sophia Bush — delivered the second biggest June opening, behind Universal’s Jurassic World, as well as the eighth largest opening of all time. Disney now owns nine of the top 10 titles in that category.

Overseas, Incredibles 2 earned an estimated $51 million, bringing its worldwide total to around $231.5 million. It has yet to open in several major international markets.

Ocean’s 8 took second place in North America with an estimated $19.5 million.

In third place was Tag — the R-rated comedy starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. It grabbed an estimated $14.6 million.

Solo: A Star Wars Story finished in fourth place with an estimated $9.3 million stateside, to go along with $5.2 million internationally. It’s global tally now stands at $339.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was Fox/Marvel’s Deadpool 2, copping an estimated $8.8 million. It tacked on an estimated $9.8 million overseas, bringing it’s worldwide take to just shy of $700 million.

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Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated box office sales:

1. Incredibles 2, $180 million
2. Ocean’s 8, $19.5 million
3. Tag, $14.6 million
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story, $9.3 million
5. Deadpool 2, $8.8 million
6. Hereditary, $7 million
7. Superfly, $6.3 million
8. Avengers: Infinity War, $5.29 million
9. Adrift, $2.1 million
10. Book Club, $1.85 million

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Cornell’s daughter pays tribute to late rocker with duet

Posted on: June 17th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Chris Cornell’s daughter has released a recording of a duet with her late father as a tribute to him on Father’s Day

North Dakota author details comeback of American buffalo

Posted on: June 17th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

A new book detailing the history of the American buffalo is telling the story of the last great bison hunts in the western Dakotas and efforts to restore the animals that were on the verge of extinction.

Host Chris Hardwick’s talk show on hold amid allegations: AMC Networks

Posted on: June 17th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

He has withdrawn as moderator of AMC and BBC America’s Comic-Con panels.

‘Jeopardy!’ winner could get prison for sneaking into emails

Posted on: June 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

A seven-time "Jeopardy!" winner faces up to five years in prison.

David Bowie’s death profiled in new episode of Reelz documentary

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A new episode of the Reelz docu-series Autopsy: The Last Hours of… focusing on the death of David Bowie will premiere this Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

On the program, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter takes an in-depth look at what may have led to the cancer that caused the rock legend’s death in January 2016 two days after his 69th birthday. The show also offers a profile of Bowie’s life and how he kept his illness secret from nearly the whole world.

In addition, the episode delves into the timing of the release of the influential artist’s final studio album, Blackstar — which arrived on his 69th birthday — and the clues that apparently were included in the project about his impending demise. The show features archival footage and photos of Bowie, as well as interviews with a number of people associated with the rock legend.

You can check out a clip from the episode now on the Reelz network’s official YouTube channel. The segment focuses on how a teenage Bowie sustained the injury to his left eye that left him with a permanently dilated pupil, something that added to his famously otherworldly persona.

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