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Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

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

Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died

Jane Fonda opens up about her mother’s suicide and how it affected her

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

HBO(LOS ANGELES) — Jane Fonda says her mother’s suicide, which happened when the actress was 12, is one of the defining moments of her life.

The 80-year-old star of Grace and Frankie opened up about her late mother in an interview with People to promote her new HBO documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

“If you have a parent who is not capable of showing up, not capable of reflecting you back through eyes of love, it has a big impact on your sense of self,” Fonda said.

“As a child, you always think it was your fault,” Fonda explained, “because the child can’t blame the adult, because they depend on the adult for survival. It takes a long time to get over the guilt.”

Fonda’s mother, Frances Ford Seymour, was a Canadian-born socialite when she married actor Henry Fonda. They later had Jane and her brother Peter Fonda.

Having been in and out of mental institutions, Fonda’s mother killed herself at age 42 while institutionalized.

After Fonda began writing her 2005 memoir My Life So Far, the actress said she discovered that her mother had bipolar disorder.

“When I wrote my memoir, I dedicated it to my mother because I knew that if I did… I would be forced to really try to figure her out,” Fonda told People.

Seeing her parents through the pain of their own lives, she said she was finally able to forgive them.

“It wasn’t that I wasn’t lovable. They had issues,” she said. “And the minute you know that you can feel tremendous empathy for them. And you can forgive.”

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U2’s Bono says pope’s "aghast" about church sex abuse

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U2 frontman Bono, after talks with Pope Francis, says the pontiff is "aghast" about church sex abuse

Report: Eddie Murphy to star in comedy inspired by ‘Grumpy Old Men’

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

Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) — Eddie Murphy has reportedly picked up a “grumpy” new role.

According to Variety, Murphy has been tapped to star in Tim Storys forthcoming untitled comedy, which is inspired by Grumpy Old Men. The original 1983 film starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as two feuding neighbors competing for the attention of a college professor, played by Ann-Margret. It grossed over $70 million domestically, and also spawned the 1995 sequel Grumpier Old Men.

Details on Story’s film, which will also be produced by Grumpy Old Men producer John Davis, have yet been revealed.

This is the latest project for Murphy who will soon appear in the Netflix biopic Dolemite Is My Name.

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‘Iron Fist’ star Jessica Henwick waiting to suit back up for J.J. Abrams in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

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

Netflix(NEW YORK) — Actress Jessica Henwick has been in major productions like HBO’s Emmy winning Game of Thrones, and can be currently seen as swordswoman Colleen Wing in her sophomore season of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix.  She’s also found that her small part in another huge franchise has grown — and she wants back in.

Henwick played plucky Resistance X-Wing pilot Jessika “Testor” Pava in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens but although she survived, Jess wasn’t seen in the follow-up The Last Jedi.  However, her character grew while Henwick was off screen, taking starring roles in the Marvel comic Star Wars: Poe Dameron and the novel Star Wars: Weapon of a Jedi.

With 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX underway, Henwick tells ABC Radio she’s ready to jump back in the cockpit. “I really, really want to be on the last one but I haven’t had the call yet! I don’t know what’s happening! J.J., come on!”

Henwick recalls, “I feel really lucky that I’ve been able to be a part of so many massive deals, and Star Wars was just a dream come true,” she smiles. “It was probably the most fun I’ve ever had on a set. Everyone that was there was so happy to be there.”

Henwick adds, “I’m glad that the character lives on in the comic books. Occasionally I’ll go an I’ll backlog like three editions and I’ll go buy them be like, ‘What’s Jess Pava doing?’ She’s so cool. I hope that I get to play her again one day.”

We suggested that Pava could always appear in the upcoming animated series Star Wars: Resistance, to which Henwick enthused, “She better be there!” 

Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Kathleen Turner talks being a sex symbol, overcoming alcoholism and aging in Hollywood

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

ABC(NEW YORK) — In an interview with ABC News’ Juju Chang, legendary actress Kathleen Turner opened up about being a sex symbol and aging in Hollywood, saying her body is “not Body Heat anymore, and get over it.”

Turner, 64, skyrocketed to fame as the seductress in that 1981 film, becoming a household name who was instantly recognizable for her deep, husky voice that continues to be one of her trademarks.   Her signature voice also is the one immortalized for the ultra-seductive, animated character of Jessica Rabbit in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which she voiced while pregnant.

“The day my water broke, I was recording Jessica Rabbit,” Turner quipped.  That’s one story you’ll find in Turner’s new book, called Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater.

Reflecting back on her decades-long career in Hollywood, Turner said one of her favorite moments was filming the 1984 hit romantic comedy Romancing the Stone opposite Michael Douglas. She revealed she “almost” had an affair with him then.

“I thought we were falling madly in love…he was separated from his first wife, and I was unattached,” said Turner.  “But then Diandra, his wife, flew down to Mexico and made it clear that they were…still married.”

Turner even said there was a competition among some of her former co-stars, including Jack Nicholson, Douglas, and Warren Beatty, to see “who could get me first.”

“I was the new trophy in town,” she said, adding, “That was never going to happen.”

In the mid-’90s, Turner’s movie career stalled when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and she ended up abusing alcohol to cope with the pain.  Now sober, Turner has developed a thriving stage career and works on the occasional movie project.

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Kelly Clarkson’s new talk show will be like "a weekday brunch party"; set to debut in fall 2019

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NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) — Kelly Clarkson announced her new syndicated daytime talk show last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and now we have more details on the project.

The show, which will come on before The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will debut in fall 2019 and will air on select NBC-owned stations across the country.

It’s described as “a weekday brunch party with a fascinating guest list of people who would otherwise never meet.” Each episode will include human interest stories, celebrity guests, good music and fun surprises.

“I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Kelly says in a statement. “Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!”

Before launching the new talk show, Kelly will defend her title as The Voice season 14 winner when the singing competition kicks off its new season September 24 on NBC.

Kelly will also launch the Meaning of Life tour — her first trek in three years — January 24 in Oakland, CA.

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Report: Patrick Stewart closing in on big-screen ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot

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

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — Patrick Stewart is close to landing the role of Bosley in the latest reimagining of the 1970s TV series Charlie’s Angels — along with Elizabeth Banks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That’s right, Bosley, who was the face of the never-seen Charlie Townsend, owner of the Townsend Detective Agency — now a security and intelligence service with teams stationed around the word — will have two Bosleys.

Banks will also direct the reboot, slated for a 2019 release.

A previous film based on the series starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. 

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"SURPRISE" – Jessica Simpson announces she’s expecting third baby

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

Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) — Jessica Simpson and her husband Eric Johnson are expecting baby number three, and it’s another girl.

Simpson made the announcement and gender reveal in a series of Instagram snaps featuring the couple’s two children, six-year-old daughter Drew and five-year-old son Ace.

“SURPRISE…” the fashion mogul captioned the first — a shot of Drew and Ace holding up a set of giant-sized balloons.

A second post revealed the contents of the balloons — a bunch of smaller pink ones. “This little baby girl will make us a family of five. We couldn’t be happier to announce this precious blessing of life,” read the caption.

A third post featured featured Jessica showing off her baby bump, with the caption, “My baby love.”

Simpson and Johnson, a former professional football player, tied the knot in 2014.

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Former ‘Sesame Street’ writer says Bert and Ernie are gay; The show, Bert creator Frank Oz, say otherwise

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

Courtesy of Sesame Workshop(NEW YORK) — Following an interview given by a former Sesame Street writer who said he wrote the beloved characters Bert and Ernie as if they were gay, the show has said otherwise.

Sesame Workshop on Tuesday tweeted, “Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance. It’s a place where people of all cultures and backgrounds are welcome. Bert and Ernie were created to be best friends, and to teach young children that people can get along with those who are very different from themselves.”

The tweet was an update to an earlier post that added, “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics…they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

The response from the show comes two days after Mark Saltzman, who is openly gay, spoke to Queerty about his own coming-out story, and the iconic duo came up. Saltzman was a writer on the show from 1985 to 1998.

“I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them,” he said. “The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie [Glassman, his partner of 20 years before he died in 2003] and I as ‘Bert and Ernie.'”

Saltzman admitted he never told the head writer he was writing the characters this way, adding, “There’s not a Bert and Ernie float in the Pride Parade.”

For his part, puppeteering legend Frank Oz took to Twitter to deny the claim, noting to one argumentative follower, “I created Bert. I know what and who he is.” 

It didn’t take long for people to start flaming Oz, accusing him of being anti-gay. Oz was outraged by that reaction, and later tweeted, “It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.”

He soon walked away from Twitter, thanking fans, and adding rhetorically, “Next time I would be very interested to know: If Bert and Ernie were indeed gay, would they be different than they are now?”

Incidentally, a 2013 New Yorker cover suggested the muppet pair were gay, and the show released a similar statement at the time, once again saying puppets don’t have a sexual orientation.

Still, Saltzman added, “The New Yorker cover was kind of vindication.”

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Country star on his struggle with panic attacks, how meditation helps

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

Country star Brett Eldredge sat down with ABC’s Dan Harris for the ABC News podcast, “10% Happier. “

‘Get Out’ coming to theaters with a live orchestra band starting this month

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

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Jordan Peele’s Get Out is headed back to theaters– but this time with a heart pounding twist.

The social thriller is set to go on a live-concert tour at select theaters with Get Out composer Michael Abel’s score performed by an live orchestra band.

The upcoming performances currently scheduled are: September 20 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; October 28 at The Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY; and November 8 at The State Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

The film, which won Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, follows a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate and gradually becomes ensnared in a sinister plot — which is the real reason for his invitation.

Information on how to purchase tickets for an upcoming performance can be found on the respective theater’s websites.

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Country star Brett Eldredge on his struggle with panic attacks, how meditation helps

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

Country star Brett Eldredge sat down with ABC’s Dan Harris for the ABC News podcast, “10% Happier. “

Country star Brett Eldredge on his struggle with panic attacks, how meditation helps

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

Country star Brett Eldredge sat down with ABC’s Dan Harris for the ABC News podcast, “10% Happier. “

Queen Latifah reveals secret to overcoming her stage fright

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

She’s done “thousands of shows,” but she always struggles with being on stage.

2 fired dancers, donor added to ballet lawsuit

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

A woman sued the New York City Ballet over the sharing of nude photos and videos

Rihanna says "We must fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied an education”

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

ABC(LONDON) — One week after raising nearly $6 million for her Clara Lionel Foundation, which assists young people around the world, Rihanna is expressing her commitment to global education.

“We must fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied an education by conflict, poverty, sexism and bad policy,” the recording artist and actress writes in an op-ed piece for The Guardian.

“Education can be stolen from you in a second,” the singer from Barbados continues. “As we’ve seen recently on an unprecedented scale, the Caribbean gets hit by natural disasters that wipe out schools, leaving thousands of children stranded.”

But the singer and actress is determined to make sure youth aren’t denied opportunities to go to school.

“The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that does not mean we should throw up our hands in despair and surrender,” she says.  “Instead, we need to take on as much of the challenge as we can manage to set an example and see the difference. This is what has driven me to prioritize global education in my philanthropy and advocacy work. The notion that millions of children are desperate to go to school and are not given the opportunity is something I cannot accept.”

Rihanna explained the mission of her Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, and how she was inspired by her trip last year to the African nation of Malawi.

“We fund programs that remove barriers to education by offering financial support to children and their communities,” she says.  “And following our time in Malawi, I am proud to say we are supporting thousands of girls there to move through secondary school.”

Rihanna concluded her op-ed, “If we can overcome the education deficit in the developing world, everybody wins.”

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Julie Chen leaving ‘The Talk’ after husband Les Moonves’ CBS departure

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

Julie Chen says goodbye on “The Talk”; Johnny Vy/CBS(NEW YORK) — Julie Chen announced Tuesday that she’s leaving The Talk, just over a week after her husband and former CBS Chairman Les Moonves left the network amid new allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.

Chen, who’s been absent from the CBS daytime chat show of late, shared the news via a recorded message at the end of Tuesday’s show.

“I have been at The Talk since the day it started,” Chen said in part.  “But right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son.”

Chen then took time to thank her The Talk co-hosts individually: Eve, Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osborne.  She even suggested guest host and Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba would be a good replacement for her.

The co-hosts had tears in their eyes as Gilbert thanked Chen right back, adding, “We love you, Julie.”

Chen’s bombshell comes just nine days after CBS confirmed the network and Moonves were parting ways, though he denies allegations of sexual misconduct from a dozen women.

“Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am,” Moonves said in a statement announcing his departure. “I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company. I wish nothing but the best for the organization.”

Chen, who had been with The Talk since its debut, released a statement of her own in late July after the first allegations against her husband came to light.

“Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader,” she wrote. “He’s always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him.”

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Bristol Palin says "life doesn’t end after divorce" as she gears up for ‘Teen Mom OG’

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

ABC(NEW YORK) — Bristol Palin is returning to reality television as the newest cast member of MTV’s Teen Mom OG.

The 27-year-old, who’s the daughter of former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, said she’d like to use the show as a platform to share her story. Bristol Palin gave birth to her first child when she was 18. She’s now mom to Tripp, 9, Sailor, 2, and Atlee, 1.

Airing on Oct. 1, Teen Mom OG will document Palin’s life as a parent along with those of four other moms: Cheyenne Floyd, Amber Portwood, Maci McKinney and Catelynn Baltierra. Portwood, McKinney and Baltierra are veteran cast mates who first appeared on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and later on Teen Mom.

“I’ve been huge fan of this show forever and I’ve watched these girls’ stories,” Palin told Good Morning America Tuesday. “If there’s anything that I can relate in my life to someone else out there, then that’s what I want to do.”

Palin said her parenting style is very different from her mother’s, but described the former governor as a “cool mom.”

“I think I’m a little more strict than she is,” Palin said. “But she’s an amazing mom and she’s actually home with some of my kids right now.”

This year, Palin and her husband, Dakota Meyer, called it quits. The former couple share daughters Sailor and Atlee. Tripp is Palin’s son with her ex, Levi Johnston.

Palin said she hopes to use the show to send a positive message about life after marriage.

“I was recently divorced, so if I can show that life doesn’t end after a divorce, then I hope that people can see that and continue living and continue to chip away at life,” she said. 

 

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Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC

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

Michael Jordan, who played high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina, is donating $2 million to assist residents of the Carolinas

Bow down: Katt Williams ends beef with Tiffany Haddish at Emmys

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

NBC/Paul Drinkwater(LOS ANGELES) — Just a few days after Katt Williams belittled Tiffany Haddish’s celebrity and meteoric rise as a comedian, the two comedians appear to have reconciled.

In an Instagram post on Monday night, Haddish posted several photos with Williams, who was seen bowing down to her backstage at the Emmys. The two had won Emmys the weekend before, Haddish  for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live and Williams for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Atlanta.

“#Emmys2018 #Success #Winners,” the Girls Trip actress captioned the photo.

As previously reported, Williams had dismissed Haddish’s success in a recent radio interview, saying she hadn’t hadn’t put in enough work as a comedian to earn the kinds of opportunities she’s received.  He also incorrectly accused her of not ever having her own comedy special.

In response to his criticism, Haddish had a classy comeback to his snarky remarks.

“It’s official I made it! [Katt Williams] talked about me and didn’t have his facts right!” she tweeted. “I look forward to seeing you on Monday, Katt, when we pick up our Emmys. I just want to shower you with REAL love cause you need it, and I love you.”

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Other than Emmy, who recognizes Henry Winkler? Pretty much everyone

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

HBO/John P. Johnson(LOS ANGELES) — At last night’s Emmy awards, beloved actor Henry Winkler took home his first trophy for his supporting role in HBO’s dark comedy Barry — 42 years after he was first nominated for starring as The Fonz in Happy Days.

On the podium, an emotional Winkler joked that he’d waited decades to read his acceptance speech, and noted that someone once told him, “If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you. And tonight, I got to clear the table!”

While it’s taken him this long to get Emmy recognition, the actor told ABC Radio he’s grateful to have a career that has exposed him to multiple generations of viewers, which means in daily life, he gets recognized by just about everyone.

“What is amazing is that, depending on the age [of the fan], there is the Happy Days crowd, there’s the Scream [fans],” he explains. “There’s The Waterboy, there is Arrested Development, Parks and Rec., and now Barry. And then of course, children know me as an author…of the children’s books.” 

Winkler, who has dyslexia, is a tireless awareness campaigner for the learning disability. Part of his advocacy comes in the form of his bestselling kids books. He’s penned nearly 30, most of which are part of the comical Hank Zipzer series. They center on an inspiring lead character who has learning challenges, but is always unflappable, whether facing down school bullies or math problems.

Last night, Winkler’s old Happy Days co-star Ron Howard saluted his friend’s victory, tweeting a photo of them together and message, “My friend’s win is so deserved and great! Bravo @hwinkler4real.”

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"Cynical and horrible" – Roseanne laments her character will be killed off by an opioid OD on ‘The Conners’

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ABC/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) — Roseanne Barr may have spilled the beans on how ABC has her character is being written out of the Roseanne spinoff, The Conners, according to Deadline.

During an appearance on a YouTube show over the weekend, Barr reportedly seemed to confirm what The Conners star John Goodman hinted at back in August — that Roseanne Conner will be killed off.

“Oh ya, they killed her,” said Barr. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.”

“I wanted to show [opioid struggle] in the show,” she continued. “But I was never going to have Roseanne die of an opioid overdose. It’s so cynical and horrible. She should have died as a hero or not at all…It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show.”

ABC hasn’t confirmed how Barr will be written off the show, which was abruptly canceled after she sent a tweet likening Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to President Barack Obama, to the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie Planet of the Apes. She later deleted the tweet and apologized, but continues to deny it was racist.

The Conners premieres October 16 on ABC.

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Watch now: First trailer for Brie Larson’s ‘Captain Marvel’

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

Marvel Studios(WASHINGTON D.C.) — This morning, Oscar winner Brie Larson made an appearance on Good Morning America from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to reveal the first trailer for Marvel Studios’ first female-fronted superhero movie, Captain Marvel.

The Room star told Good Morning America‘s Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee that she still hasn’t come to grips with the fact that she’s playing a superhero — let alone one of the most powerful in the Marvel Universe.

Set in the 1990s — as evidenced by the fact that her character, Carol Danvers, is introduced in the trailer by falling from space right into a Blockbuster video store — the movie will show how the Air Force fighter pilot became an intergalactic warrior, then humanity’s only hope against a menace that traps our planet in an intergalactic war. 

“So you’re not from around here,” Fury understates. “It’s hard to explain,” Danvers notes, expressing she can’t fully remember her past.

While light on details, the peek teased a digitally de-aged versions of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, as well as fan favorite, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg, back on the big screen for the first time since his character was killed off in 2012’s The Avengers.

The peek also shows Jude Law, playing a pivotal — yet still unconfirmed — role, as well as Lee Pace, reprising his character Ronan The Accuser, who met his end at the climax of in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

The film also stars Rogue One: A Star Wars Story baddie Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Gemma Chan, Mckenna Grace, and another Guardians alum, Djimon Hounsou. The Marvel Studios movie, which will open March 8, 2019, was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.    

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Julie Chen reportedly leaving ‘The Talk’ after husband ousted from CBS

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

Monty Brinton/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — Julie Chen will reportedly be stepping down as co-host of The Talk just a week after her husband Les Moonves was ousted as CBS’ CEO amid sexual harassment allegations, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Chen’s decision is effective immediately, and she is expected to say goodbye to the morning show’s viewers via videotaped message Tuesday. 

Chen has been a no show on the The Talk since her husband left the network last week. She did, however, return to host Big Brother Thursday evening and signed off by saying, “I’m Julie Chen Moonves.” She is expected to continue to host CBS’ Big Brother. 

She has defended her husband since the accusations from another group of six more women; these new accusations of sexual harassment were made in a follow-up article by Ronan Farrow published in The New Yorker.

The TV personality had called Moonves a “good man, a loving father” and a “kind, decent, and moral human being,” adding on her chat show that she “stands by that statement today, tomorrow, forever.”

Moonves has continued to deny all allegations.

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Emmys 2018: Hosts Colin Jost & Michael Che turn the show into the ‘SNL’ Awards

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

NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) — Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che hosted Monday night’s 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and you would have been forgiven if you thought you were watching a three-hour-long episode of SNL.

In need of comedic talent to keep the show lively, Jost and Che brought out a cavalcade of SNL stars past and present to help out, including Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson.  To top it off, Saturday Night Live ended up winning the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.

The show began with McKinnon and Thompson raving about the diversity of this year’s nominees, with Thompson declaring, “We solved it!”  McKinnon responded, “Seriously?  Diversity is not a problem in Hollywood anymore?” “Nope, we solved it!” crowed Kenan.  The two then launched into a number called “We Solved It,” joined by Sterling K. Brown, Titus Burgess, John Legend, Kristen Bell and Ricky Martin. 

“We’ve gotten with the times/There’s room for all our voices, but mostly Shonda Rhimes,” went the lyrics. “Welcome Asian people, we gave you that one show/Who can forget the amazing Sandra Oh?”

Referring to the rash of #MeToo firings in Hollywood, Bell sang, “We solved it, banished every creep who broke the law/And now they’re serving hard time in that Arizona spa.” Then, seemingly referencing Louis CK’s return to stand-up, Burgess sang “We solved it/Won’t cut them any slack/They’ve been away nine long months/Now let them all come back.”

And Brown poked fun at Hollywood’s own echo chamber existence by singing, “This room is so diverse/From Democrat to liberal Democrat!” 

When Andy Samberg dropped in and asked, “Is there any room in this song for a straight white guy like me?” the answer was no.  But eventually, RuPaul showed up with a telephone. Thompson picked up, listened, and then said, “Oh, we did not solve it? Long way to go?  Yeah, O.K.”

When Che and Jost finally took the stage, their monologue was pretty much what they do every week on Weekend Update.  Here are a few of their better lines:

–“This year the audience is allowed to drink in their seats, because the one thing Hollywood needs right now is people losing their inhibitions at a work function.”

–“It is an honor to be here, sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people in Hollywood who haven’t been caught yet.”

–“The first Emmys were held in 1949…Gas was 17 cents a gallon, a new home cost $7,000 and we all agreed that Nazis were bad.”

–“Our network, NBC, has the most nominations of any broadcast network. Which is kind of being like the sexiest person on life support, it’s not great.”

–Speaking about the cancellations and pickups of shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man Standing:  “And Roseanne was canceled by herself, but picked up by white nationalists.”

–“Congratulations to Laurie Metcalf…You know how great an actress you have to be to get nominated for Roseanne now? That’s like nominating a cop for a BET award — it doesn’t happen.”

–“This year, Netflix will spend $8 billion on programming….How is Netflix getting all that money? It’s like $9 a month and everyone I know is sharing the same account!”

Later in the show, Michael Che had an amusing segment called the Reparation Emmys, where he went around handing out Emmys — stolen from Bill Cosby — to famous black character actors who’d never been recognized, such as Marla Gibbs from The Jeffersons, Jaleel White from Family Matters, Jimmie Walker from Good Times, and Kadeem Hardison from A Different World.


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Emmys 2018: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ & ‘Game of Thrones,’ first-time winners and an onstage proposal

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

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan; Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The most historical moment at Monday night’s 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards wasn’t a shocking win or loss, or a newsworthy comment from a famous actor or actress: It was a good old-fashioned surprise proposal.

After David Weiss won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special — The Oscars ceremony — he mentioned his recently departed mother and how much she loved Weiss’ girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.  Then he said, “You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”

As the audience went nuts, Svendsen shouted “yes” from the audience, and as she walked up to the stage  Weiss joked, “I didn’t ask yet!”  When she made it there, Weiss pulled out a ring “that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago,” got down on one knee and said, “Jan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me?”  Of course she said yes, and the two kissed onstage in front of everyone.  It was an Emmy first.

Speaking of Emmy firsts, the show was full of first-time winners: Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was named Outstanding Comedy Series its first year out, and its co-star Rachel Brosnahan also won her first Emmy, for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. 

The Americans’ Matthew Rhys picked up the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama award and The Crown‘s Claire Foy was named Outstanding Actress — it was both actors’ first win.  Westworld’s Thandie Newton, The Assassination of Gianni Versace’s Darren Criss, Barry‘s Bill Hader and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Supporting Actress winner Alex Borstein were all first-time winners, as was The Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, for his supporting role in Barry, 42 years after he was first nominated for starring as The Fonz in Happy Days.

Accepting his award, a very pleased Winkler said someone once told him, “If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you.  And tonight, I got to clear the table!”

When Rhys won, he thanked his co-star and real-life romantic partner Keri Russell, but joked, “She said, ‘If you propose to me, I’ll punch you clean in the mouth!'”

It would have been another Emmy first had Netflix won the most awards, but the streaming service, which went into the ceremony with the most nominations of any platform, tied with HBO: Each won a total of 23 awards. 

HBO’s Game of Thrones was the night’s biggest winner overall, with nine total trophies, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage.  Netflix’s most awarded series was The Crown, which scored five wins.

While the nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards were the most diverse ever, the winners themselves weren’t particularly diverse.  Just three stars of color — Thandie Newton, Regina King and RuPaul — took the stage as winners during Monday night’s ceremony, though many more won last weekend at the Creative Artist Emmys, including John Legend, Tiffany Haddish and Katt Williams. 

However, the Emmys for Writing and Directing for a Comedy Series were both won by a woman — the same woman, actually: Amy Sherman-Palladino, for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, another first.

And while there were a number of #MeToo jokes, surprisingly, the hosts, presenters and winners mostly stayed away from politics, although Rachel Brosnahan urged everyone to register to vote, and there were a few very vague references made to President Donald Trump.

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Emmys 2018: The winners

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NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s the complete list of winners announced Monday night during the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Outstanding Limited Series
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Regina King, Seven Seconds (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Henry Winkler, Barry (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Merritt Wever, Godless (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jeff Daniels, Godless (Netflix)

Outstanding Reality Competition
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Directing For a Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Pilot” (Amazon)

Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series
The Crown, “Paterfamilias” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing For a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Directing For a Variety Special
The Oscars (ABC)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Pilot” (Amazon)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
The Americans, “Start” (FX)

Outstanding Writing For a Limited Series
Black Mirror, “USS Callister” (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for Variety Special
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (Netflix)

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Emmys 2018: The winners

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NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s the complete list of winners announced Monday night during the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Outstanding Limited Series
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Regina King, Seven Seconds (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Henry Winkler, Barry (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Merritt Wever, Godless (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jeff Daniels, Godless (Netflix)

Outstanding Reality Competition
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Directing For a Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Pilot” (Amazon)

Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series
The Crown, “Paterfamilias” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing For a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Directing For a Variety Special
The Oscars (ABC)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Pilot” (Amazon)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
The Americans, “Start” (FX)

Outstanding Writing For a Limited Series
Black Mirror, “USS Callister” (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for Variety Special
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (Netflix)

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‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Gianni’ or ‘Genius’ — which shows will take home Emmys tonight?

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NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) — The 70th annual Emmy Awards, hosted this year by SNL’s Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che, air Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC — and competition in this year of so-called “peak TV” is stiff in the major categories.

For the first time, Netflix is going into the Emmys with more nominations than HBO: 112 to HBO’s 108. HBO had had the most nominations of any network for seventeen years straight. There’s also a chance for some more history to be made.

Both Tracee Ellis-Ross and Issa Rae are nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for, respectively, black-ish and Insecure. If either one of them wins, it would be the first comedy actress win for a black woman since 1981. 

Meanwhile, Sandra Oh is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve, and she’s the first Asian woman nominated in this category. A win would be equally historic.

As for the guys, last year, Sterling K. Brown made history when he became the first black actor to win Best Actor in a Drama. He could repeat this year, but he’s up against Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris, Milo Ventimiglia from This Is Us, and Jason Bateman, for his Netflix show Ozark.

In the comedy series category, nobody’s had a better year than Atlanta creator and previous Emmy winner Donald Glover, who’s also a movie star and a Grammy-winning recording artist. Also in the running: Bill Hader’s HBO’s series Barry, previous winner Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley, and Netflix’s GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 

Also coming on strong: Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which earned lead Rachel Brosnahan a Best Actress Emmy last year.

Could last year’s Outstanding Drama winner The Handmaid’s Tale, repeat? Some fans griped that dystopian drama suffered a bit of a sophomore slump. If so, that possibly could pave the way for NBC’s powerhouse This Is Us, Netflix’s Stranger Things, or HBO’s Westworld in the drama category, but The Crown and Game of Thrones are also in that mix.

And then there’s FX’s recently-ended drama The Americans, which has won acclaim, but no major category Emmys…yet. With four nominations this time around — including Outstanding Drama and Best Actor and Actress for co-stars and real-life partners Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell — the show many finally be due.

Here’s the list of nominees in the major categories. A full list can be found here:

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Bill Hader – Barry
Anthony Anderson – black-ish
William H. Macy – Shameless
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Ted Danson – The Good Place

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 
Pamela Adlon – Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney – Mom
Issa Rae – Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish
Lily Tomlin – Grace And Frankie

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 
Claire Foy – The Crown
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black 
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
Ed Harris – Westworld
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series:
Jessica Biel – The Sinner
Laura Dern – The Tale
Michelle Dockery – Godless
Edie Falco – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King – Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series:
Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss – The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels – The Looming Tower
John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Jesse Plemons – “USS Callister” (Black Mirror)
Jeff Daniels – The Looming Tower

Outstanding Comedy Series 
Atlanta (FX) 
Barry (HBO) 
Black-ish (ABC) 
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) 
GLOW (Netflix) 
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) 
Silicon Valley (HBO) 
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
This Is Us (NBC) 
The Crown (Netflix)
The Americans (FX)
Stranger Things (Netflix) 
Westworld (HBO)

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