‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ cast includes trans actors

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) — While comic fans buzzed about seeing Spidey alongside Marvel movie newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the LGBTQ community had something else to cheer about. One of Peter Parker’s buddies in the movie is played by 22-year-old trans actor Zach Barack.

This marks one of the first times a trans actor has been featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, The Advocate reports trans actor Tyler Luke Cunningham is a featured extra in the same film.

In Barack’s Instagram posts, you can see the actor alongside his good buddy Jacob Batalon, who plays Peter’s bestie Ned in the upcoming film from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. 

Spider-Man follows popular CW show Supergirl, which cast 21-year-old trans performer Nicole Maines as the hero Dreamer. Maines knows her casting was significant for other trans actors.

“If I had had a trans superhero, someone who looks like me wearing a cape, [while] growing up, that would have changed the game,” the actress recently told USA TODAY. “That would have been an entire new level of validation in myself, to think that I can be a superhero!”

Venus Lux, a trans activist, entrepreneur, and adult film star, tells ABC Radio that the tide is finally turning.

“I’m so proud and I’m so happy to be in this…time right now, that, you know, this can actually happen,” she says. “It’s not a dream. It is a reality.”

She adds, “It just requires consistency of like pushing the envelope, and allowing more trans folks to be included and not just in a way where we’re portraying certain characters, but also having the stories behind us.” 

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News. 

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Kevin Hart to star in live-action "Monopoly" movie

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(HOLLYWOOD) — Fresh off the #1 box office success of his latest movie The Upside, Kevin Hart has announced his next movie project.

The Jumanji actor is set to star in a live-action movie based on Hasbro’s classic game Monopoly. It re-teams Hart with Ride Along director Tim Story, who is set to helm the project.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, Hart confirmed the good news.

“Let’s gooooooooo @timkstory ….We got work to do damn it!!!!!” he wrote, sharing a Deadline report about the casting.

“Still grinding with the attitude of an individual that hasn’t accomplished anything yet. Let’s gooooooooo HartBeat Productions.”

Together, Hart and Story have worked on Think Like a Man, Ride Along, Think Like a Man Too, and Ride Along 2

Hasbro has been trying to make a Monopoly movie for at least a decade, reports Deadline, which notes that an early version of the story would have focused on a young man from Monopoly’s cheapest property, Baltic Avenue, who attempts to make a fortune.

Despite the controversy surrounding his short-lived gig as Oscar host, Hart is obviously still a hot property in Hollywood, as the success of The Upside, co-starring Bryan Cranston, proved.

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Watch now: John Wick is on the run in ‘Chapter 3 – Parabellum’

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Keanu Reeves is back in black in the trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

The preview, which just debuted, shows “The Boogeyman” on the run.

“A 14-million dollar bounty on his head, and everyone in the city wanting a piece of it,” says Winston, played by returning star Ian McShane.  Of Wick’s odds, he says, “I’d say it’s about even.”

Set to Frank Sinatra’s cover of “The Impossible Dream,” the trailer contains all the hallmarks any John Wick fan has come to expect: eye-popping visuals, dogs, shadowy criminal doings, and baddies being dispatched in just about every conceivable way — from bullets to blades to books. 

This time around, Anjelica Huston joins the fun as some sort of criminal kingpin, as does fellow Oscar-winner Halle Berry.  She plays Sofia, a former associate of Wick’s who appears to be every bit the butt-kicker he is. 

The movie, with stuntman-turned director Chad Stahelski behind the camera once again, opens May 17.

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Netflix has no plans to cut ‘Bird Box’ scene despite outcry

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Netflix’s post-apocalyptic survival film "Bird Box" is drawing criticism for using footage of a real fiery train disaster but the streaming giant has no plans to remove it

Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin, Leonardo DiCaprio and more on hand for the tribute to Chris Cornell

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Chris Cornell EstateThe “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” event at The Forum near Los Angeles was a night of music, passion and stars, but mostly — as many of the performers noted from the stage — a celebration of the life of the musician, who died by suicide in May of 2017.

Performers from the Foo Fighters, Metallica and Audioslave to Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine were joined by other special guests, including Brad Pitt introducing a special performance of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” by Chris Cornell’s daughter Toni Cornell and Ziggy Marley.

In addition to Pitt, other non-musical guests included his Deadpool 2 co-star Josh Brolin, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Courteney Cox, Cameron Crowe, Kaley Cuoco, David Spade and more.

Jimmy Kimmel served as host for the evening. In his opening remarks, he said, “This is an emotional night for a lot of you and it’s a meaningful night for me as well…There are so many great artists here to remember Chris…I think you’re going to remember this night for the rest of your life.”

Despite pouring rain and traffic in the area, The Forum was packed, and even four hours into the show, the crowd stayed put, sang along and cheered, especially near the end, when Cornell’s former bandmates from Temple of the Dog and Soundgarden — along with special guests like Fiona Apple, Peter Frampton and Taylor Momsen — played the fan favorites everyone had been waiting to hear.

In addition to the live performances, breaks between sets included videos and photos and clips of some of Chris Cornell’s performances, showcasing his talent and especially his legendary vocal range.

A video at the beginning of the night featured celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to George Clooney talking about Cornell’s commitment to human rights, adding, “Keep the Promise for Chris Cornell” and highlighting the hashtag #KeepThePromise.

There were emotional elements throughout the night as well as Cornell’s bandmates, friends and collaborators shared their memories of Chris, expressing their wish that he could be there.  But at the top of the show, his former bandmates insisted, “Chris is here with us tonight. He has the best seat in the house.”

In the middle of the Foo Fighters’ performance, Dave Grohl said, “I woke up a little sad this morning because I realized that with all this love, the one person who would have appreciated it the most can’t be here tonight.”

But Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog guitarist Stone Gossard said, “I think we’re all here for the same reason. I think it’s to share and it’s to grieve but mainly it’s to celebrate…Chris’ artistry and to hear his incredible music.”

He added, “Here we are now with this loss, this pain, this anger. Families needing healing, fans needing healing, friendships and relationships shattered. And all of our lives still tumbling along without our leader: a sensitive and gifted Irish boy from North Seattle who changed us all.”

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky expressed her gratitude, saying, “This event showcases [Chris’] contributions to music history across genres and generations.”

And in addition to his daughter Toni’s performance, Chris’ other daughter, Lily, spoke, saying her Dad had a beautiful gift and made music because he loved it.

The concert raised over $1 million for the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, as well as The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EMBRF).

For fans unable to make it to the show but who still want to support Cornell’s legacy and his Foundation, Kimmel announced that a pair of Chris Cornell limited-edition Gibson guitars, made to honor the late singer, had been signed by many of the evening’s artists, and will be up for sale on eBay, with money going to EBMRF. 

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Betty White is "feeling great" today on her 97th birthday

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Eric McCandless/Freeform(LOS ANGELES) — Happy Birthday Betty White! The iconic Golden Girls actress turns 97 years old today.

Her rep tells Us Weekly the always-active star is spending her special day with some poker buddies.

“In [the] evening, Betty is playing poker with friends that she has played with for decades,” the rep says of her birthday plans.

And when she blows out the candles on her birthday cake, the veteran star has just one wish: “[Betty is] waiting for Robert Redford to call!” her rep says.

“Betty is feeling great,” adds the rep, and she “still loves to work and offers keeping coming in.”

White previously appeared in the TV series Hot in Cleveland from 2010 to 2015 and has been seen in TV guest appearances as recently as last year.

While being honored at the Emmy Awards last year, White told the crowd, “Little did I dream that I would be here and it’s incredible that I’m still in this business, that you’re putting up with me.”

She continued, “I’m thanking you. It’s incredible that you can stay with a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home!”

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‘To Catch a Predator’ host Chris Hansen busted for writing bad checks

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images(CONNECTICUT) — Chris Hanson, host of the reality TV series To Catch a Predator, turned himself in to police in Stamford, Connecticut Wednesday on charges of bouncing checks.

In the summer of 2017, Hanson ordered promotional trinkets from a Stamford company, say police. That September, he was given a bill for $13,000, but the check he used to pay it bounced.

Hanson reportedly told the owner of the company he would pay off the debt in installments, but never followed through. The owner then called police who tried to speak with Hanson before a second check bounced.

The 59-year-old former TV host was charged with writing a bad check and failing to pay his debt. He was released after promising to appear in court at a later date.

Hansen hosted NBC’s Dateline hidden camera series To Catch a Predator between 2007 and 2008. He also hosted the spinoffs To Catch an I.D. Thief and To Catch a Con Man.

‘Ghostbusters’ iconic Ecto-1 vehicle returns in new teaser-trailer

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Columbia Pictures/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A day after learning that a new Ghostbusters movie directed by original helmer Ivan Reitman’s son, Jason, is in the works, comes the the first teaser-trailer.

The video opens with a shot of an eerie looking barn on a dark, stormy night. As spooky music plays — the opening notes from Elmer Bernstein’s score of the original film — the camera moves closer and closer to the structure, where we see a tarp covering what turns out to be the iconic Ghostbusters vehicle, Ecto-1, used in the original films to carry our ghost-busting heroes around the Big Apple. 

The teaser ends with the unmistakable sound of the ‘busters’ tool of their trade, a nuclear accelerator, firing up, timed to the appearance of the legend: “2020.”

Producers have been mum on the plot of the new film, which is set to begin shooting in the summer with an eye toward a summer 2020 release. There’s also no word on whether any of the original Ghostbusters stars will return for the new flick, although two — Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson — have expressed an interest.

Aykroyd, who played Dr. Ray Stantz in the 1984 movie and its 1989 sequel, replied to Reitman’s Twitter post revealing the teaser with “If you need a tune-up, you know who to call #GB20.”

Hudson, who portrayed Winston Zeddemore, added to Aykroyd’s reply with “Bigger than a 100-ft marshmallow man!”

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Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish are back and funnier than ever in season 2 trailer of ‘The Last O.G.’

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

TBS(NEW YORK) — TBS is giving fans a sneak peak at the hilarious second season of Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish’s comedy The Last O.G.

The series, co-created by Get Out Oscar winner Jordan Peele, stars Morgan as Tray, who returns to his native Brooklyn, New York after serving a 15 years in prison — only to struggle to assimilate into a radically changed society.

Haddish plays Shay, Tray’s ex-girlfriend now married with twins, whom Tray soon learns are his children.

In new Season 2 trailer, Tray decides to goes all in on his dreams of becoming a chef. “I’m am ex-con making a contribution,” he says. “My food is bringing all these people together.”

The second season guest stars include Method Man, Rev Run, Talib Kweli and Rakim, Bresha Webb and more.

The Last O.G. returns April 2 on TBS.

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TV journalist Chris Hansen accused of bouncing checks

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TV journalist Chris Hansen, known for confronting would-be child predators, has been snared himself in a police investigation alleging he wrote bad checks for $13,000 worth of marketing materials

Comedian Jamie Lee to launch “feminist wedding show” based on her book ‘Weddiculous’

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for New York Magazine(NEW YORK) — Comedian Jamie Lee intends to corner the market on feminist wedding shows.

The Crashing actress confirms to ABC Radio that her 2016 book Weddiculous: An Unfiltered Guide to Being a Bride, is heading to the small screen.

“Yes, we are turning the book into a TV show,” she says. “I can’t say for what streaming service but I am determined to make Weddiculous sort of the first-ever feminist wedding show.”

She adds, “We’re in the process of casting that, so if there are any people getting married [who] would like a little assistance with their wedding process, I’m your girl.”

Lee was inspired to write the book during her own wedding planning with now-husband, Dan Black. It was a way to show brides-to-be that not everything has to be as shiny and perfect as the bridal blogs would have you believe.

Making the book into a TV series was the next logical step, considering that Lee is a longtime fan of wedding reality shows. She even appeared on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress.

“I applied through the website, I didn’t hear back, I was devastated,” she says. “It was my dream to go on that show. Then I went out and bought my dress on my own…And then the day after I bought my wedding dress, I got a call from TLC.”

She ended up keeping her original wedding dress, but she did get a fun fitting at famed bridal salon Kleinfeld’s.

If you want a chance to be on her wedding show, you can apply by emailing [email protected] Meanwhile, you can catch Lee on the third season of HBO’s Crashing, premiering Sunday at 10 p.m.

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Most people can’t name 2018’s Oscar best picture winner, says survey

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Photo: Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Quick — which film won best picture at last year’s Oscars? If you can’t remember, you’re not alone.

The results of a recent Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult national survey conducted among 2,201 adults revealed that 80 percent of respondents couldn’t name Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water as 2018’s Oscar best picture. Only 20 percent answered correctly.

Likewise, only 20 percent of respondents knew that it was Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, not La La Land, that won best picture in 2017, although the infamous envelope mix-up, in which La La Land was initially and incorrectly announced as the winner, can be partly blamed for the confusion.

However, there’s no explanation for the trend holding true for 2016, where only five percent correctly named Spotlight as the winner, and 2015, where just nine percent believed it was Birdman, and not American Sniper, that won top honors.

The only exception was 2014, where more respondents — 17 percent — correctly identified 12 Years a Slave as the best picture winner.

The results shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, given that none of the Oscar-winning films in the past five years have grossed more than $100 million at the box office stateside. Additionally, the Academy Awards ceremony has seen a decline in viewership over the same period.

On a positive note, 31 percent of Americans believe the Oscars get it right when picking the winners, while 21 percent saying the winners “are not the best choices and others should win,” according to the survey.

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John Walsh and son Callahan are ‘In Pursuit’ of bad guys on new unsolved crime show

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Investigation DiscoveryJohn Walsh is continuing the mission he started on America’s Most Wanted with his new show on Investigation Discovery, In Pursuit with John Walsh. This time, he’s bringing his son along for the ride.

John and Callahan Walsh team up to bring down fugitives and find missing children with the help of viewers. Each episode of In Pursuit spotlights two unsolved crimes and will also feature two missing children, with age-progression photos and descriptions.

“Getting justice is part of that recovery process,” says John, who’s first son Adam was kidnapped and killed in 1981. “Getting to know that that person who did horrible things to your family is paying for it is part of putting it behind you. There’s no closure. I will always be the heartbroken father of a murdered child. But when you find out who did it, it ends that chapter of your life.”

For Callahan, following in his father’s footsteps — in both his TV work and his role at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children — was a no-brainer. He calls his dad his “role model.”

“To work with my father is a blessing,” he says. “…I just really look forward to this season, going out there and helping my father catch some of these bad guys and putting them away.”

Father and son both admit their line of work isn’t easy, but each solved case or recovered missing child makes it worthwhile. In particular, Callahan calls the recent Jayme Closs case, in which a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl was found safe 88 days after a violent kidnapping, a “great example of why we never give up hope.” 

In Pursuit with John Walsh premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.

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Grammy-nominated album shines light on transgender pioneer

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A Grammy-nominated album has reawakened interest in Jackie Shane, a black transgender soul singer from the ’60s

Grammy-nominated album shines light on transgender pioneer

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A Grammy-nominated album has reawakened interest in Jackie Shane, a black transgender soul singer from the ’60s

Alexandra Shipp seemingly responds to news that ‘Beale Street’ star Kiki Layne is gunning for her ‘X-Men’ gig

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Alexandra Shipp, who played Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, is seemingly responding to the news that she could eventually be out of a job if Beale Street actress Kiki Layne gets her way.

It all started when Layne told Variety that she felt connected to the comic book character — a mutant who can control the weather.

“She was an image of myself, of a powerful chocolate Black woman, and I just think that’s an amazing image to have, and I really want to play Storm,” she said.

Layne added her team is currently campaigning for the position. “Oh, yeah. We are actively plotting, actively plotting,” she said.

However, Shipp is already set to reprise her role in this year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix — reportedly one of the final X-Men movies from Fox before the characters are folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as part of a massive acquisition made by ABC News’ parent company, Disney.

Not surprisingly, Shipp took to Twitter to seemingly respond to Layne — without naming her. “I won’t ever bad mouth a fellow actor,” Shipp wrote. “I won’t ever actively try to take another hard working actors job. Y’all can keep trying to pin black women against each other but it won’t work on me, honey.”

Shipp later continued in another tweet: “One second we’re trying to rally and define why our lives matter, the next we’re making each other feel like we’re not worthy of one. I’ll only spread and give love, no matter what tone my skin falls under.”

Halle Berry portrayed Storm in the first four X-Men films. Shipp took over the part for X-Men: Apocalypse, though she received some backlash because she has fairer skin than the Storm seen in Marvel Comics.

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Sequel to original ‘Ghostbusters’ films in the works

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Columbia Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The secret is out: A sequel to the first two Ghostbusters movies from the 1980s is in the works at Sony Pictures, with original director Ivan Reiman’s son, Jason, set to helm the new one, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jason has reportedly secretly co-written a script with Gil Kenan, who directed the 2006 animated feature Monster House. Sony has kept mum on plot details, other than calling it “the next chapter in the original story” and a passing of the torch, “both inside and out,” according to the industry trade.

Sony is reportedly very high on keeping the Ghostbusters franchise alive, despite the poor showing of the 2016 all-female reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Jason Reitman’s other credits include 2018’s Tully and The Frontrunner. He earned Oscar nominations for best director for 2007’s Juno and Up in the Air in 2009.

Production for the new Ghostbusters movie is set to begin in the summer with an eye toward a 2020 release.  There’s no word on whether any of the original Ghostbusters stars — including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver — will return for the new flick.

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Colorism reveals many shades of prejudice in Hollywood

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

The breakthrough representation of minorities in Hollywood blockbusters has revived a frequently overlooked discussion about colorism

"We’ll be seeing you…" Third ‘John Wick’ movie drops trailer teases

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Lionsgate/Nico Tavernese (NEW YORK) — After teasing the upcoming third chapter in the John Wick movie franchise, a title and trailer announcement were revealed Tuesday. The film’s official Twitter page posted a series of short clips featuring Keanu Reeves reprising his role as the titular character, starting with with the message, “We’ll be seeing you…John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum is in theaters May 17.

Another tweet encourages people to text a number and get a “one-hour head start.” If you do, you hear a message that says, “Welcome. As an esteemed member, you will be granted access to our finest amenities. We will text you at this number in the days to come. Be prepared.”

Finally, a third tweet warns, “The clock is ticking.”  The trailer’s expected sometime Thursday.

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Netflix raising subscription prices, again

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — It’s about to cost you more to get your Stranger Things fix. 

Netflix is implementing the biggest subscription increase since the video streaming service launched 12 years ago, raising its U.S. prices by 13 to 18 percent, according to Deadline.

The price hikes will take effect immediately for new subscribers and will be phased in over three months for existing subscribers.

Netflix’s most popular plan, which offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected devices simultaneously, will see the largest hike, from $11 to $13 per month. The least expensive Netflix plan, Basic, will now cost $9, up from $8.

The new round of increases is the fourth for Netflix and its first since late 2017.

The extra cash will help to pay for Netflix’s huge investment in original programming, building on smash hits like Orange Is The New Black, Stranger Things, The Crown and, most recently, the hit film Bird Box. The increase will also offset the heavy debt it’s accumulated trying to fend off competing streaming services.

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ABC’s ‘Match Game’ returns tonight with Joel McHale, Caroline Rhea, Jason Biggs and La Toya Jackson

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ABC/ Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) — ABC’s Match Game, hosted by Alec Baldwin, returns Wednesday night with panelists Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, Finesse Mitchell, Caroline Rhea, Jason Biggs and La Toya Jackson

As usual, contestants give their responses to Alec’s fill-in-the-blank questions, and then have to try to match the panelists’ responses. In tonight’s episode, La Toya Jackson shocks the audience with her raunchy response to one question about sorority girls, while a contestant shocks the panel by intimating something negative about fans of a certain sport.

Match Game airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

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Selma Blair opens up about the "truth" of life with MS

Posted on: January 15th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Richard Cartwright(LOS ANGELES) — Actress Selma Blair opened up in a candid post to her more than 800,000 Instagram followers about the often overlooked realities and struggles of living with multiple sclerosis.

“There is a truth with neurodegenerative brain disease. It is uncomfortable. It is a stadium of uncontrollable anxiety at times. Going out, being sociable holds a heavy price,” she captioned her post, which shows her lying in bed holding a teddy bear. “My brain is on fire. I am freezing.”

“I do my best,” Blair wrote, responding to people who often ask her how she does it. “But I choke with the pain of what I have lost and what I dare hope for.”

She added that it is “challenging” just to “walk around,” but that her “smiles are genuine.”

The Legally Blonde actress publicly revealed her MS diagnosis back in October, and has been open about her health struggles and successes on social media.

MS is a disease of the brain and spinal cord or central nervous system, according to The Mayo Clinic. Currently, there is no cure for the disease, but there are treatment options that can help modify the course of the chronic disease and manage symptoms.

The neurodegenerative disorder can cause problems with speech, motor functions and also vision, according to ABC News’ chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton.

The cause of the disease is unknown, but many people with MS experience a waxing and waning course of ups and downs and highs and lows that can vary vastly between different people — and symptoms may be hard for outsiders to perceive, Dr. Ashton added.

Support groups and awareness can really help with this, she explains, as can seeking out mental health treatment with counselors or therapists, as MS can often carry with it an emotional toll.

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Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie to shoot ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ & ‘8’ back-to-back

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© 2018 Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Light the fuse: Tom Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie have just announced they’re collaborating on 7th and 8th Mission: Impossible adventures, which they’ll shoot back-to-back.

The pair have worked on the billion-dollar franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which raked in $682.7 million worldwide. Their recent follow-up, 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, raked in just over $791 million globally. 

According to Cruise’s Twitter, M:I – 7 and M:I – 8 will hit theaters in the summers of 2021 and 2022, respectively.

McQuarrie’s response? Appropriately, “Missions: Accepted.”

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Gym, Tan, Laundry duty: ‘Jersey Shore’ star The Situation now behind bars on tax evasion charges

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Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino began his eight-month prison stint for tax evasion.

On his official Facebook and Instagram accounts, the reality star wrote, “For family, friends & fans, Mailing Address for letters only,” with an address to “Otisville FCI Federal Correctional Institution” in New York.

The Jersey Shore star pleaded guilty last year to tax evasion.

He also posted a few shout-outs to movies like Goodfellas, including a clip of Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill appropriately saying “Now take me to jail.”

Sitch captioned it, “The comeback is always greater than the Setback.”

His brother, Marc Sorrentino, 39, also pleaded guilty to preparing a false tax return and was sentenced to two years in prison. 

When he was charged with tax fraud, federal prosecutors said Michael took “certain actions” to conceal some of his income to avoid paying the full amount of taxes he owed.

“Michael accepts the court’s judgment,” his attorney Henry Klingeman said in a statement late last year. “He is looking forward to marrying his college sweetheart…and moving forward together after he serves his sentence.”

Late last year, Mike Sorrentino married his wife Lauren.

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Effervescent ‘Hello, Dolly!’ icon Carol Channing mourned

Posted on: January 15th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Channing died of natural causes at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday in California.

Peter Parker’s European vacation interrupted by Nick Fury, Jake Gyllenhaal’s magic Mysterio in ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ trailer

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Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) — Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have just released their first look at the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming, titled Spider-Man: Far from Home.

Taking place after the events of April’s Avengers: Endgame — no surprise, considering what happened to Spidey during the world-shattering climax of Avengers: Infinity War — the movie has Tom Holland’s Peter Parker off to Europe on a school trip.

However, the R&R doesn’t last, when Pete’s motor-mouthed pal Ned takes a dart to the neck, put to sleep by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury so that he and the young hero can “finally meet.”

While Parker, his would-be girlfriend M.J., played again by Zendaya, and the rest of their pals continue their trip, however, a villainous being — possibly Hydro-Man — literally throws cold water on their plans. With calamity afoot, Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan warns Parker: “You’re all alone, your friends are in trouble, what do you do?”

Apparently, Spidey isn’t all alone: he seems to be getting some help against the wave-controlling baddie from Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.  Mysterio is a magic-wielding Marvel character who in the comics is normally one of Spidey’s enemies.

Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned, let slip that Mysterio teams up with Parker in this adventure — though a “heel turn” could always occur, like what happened with Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo in the post-credit stinger of Doctor Strange.

A co-production between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, Spider-Man: Far from Home opens July 5.

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Oscars producers accused of blocking talent from appearing on competing awards shows

Posted on: January 15th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

AMPAS(HOLLYWOOD) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being accused of trying to block talent from appearing on other awards shows, particularly the Golden Globes, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

“They’ve done it for years,” claims one source, adding that they used to be able to rely on the Golden Globes producers to “smooth things over” so that talent could appear on both shows. That’s no longer the case, adds the insider.

Golden Globes producers trying to book presenters for their telecast between August and the Christmas holiday were reportedly informed by reps that clients of theirs who agreed to present at the Globes would not be asked to present for the Oscars, according to THR. Mary Queen of Scots star Margot Robbie is reportedly among the those who have chosen the Oscars over the Globes.

SAG-AFTRA, the labor union that represents the actors and actresses, backed up the accusations in a statement Monday, claiming in a statement to have, “received multiple reports of these activities and have experienced firsthand the Academy’s graceless pressure tactics and attempts to control the awards show talent pipeline.”

The statement continues: “Awards season is a very special time when actors and actresses are being appropriately celebrated and recognized for the outstanding quality of their work. We would expect the Academy to honor these goals. …Actors should be free to accept any offer to participate in industry celebrations.”

The SAG-AFTRA statement ends: “The apparent attempt by the Academy to keep our members from presenting on their own awards show is utterly outrageous and unacceptable. …We call on the Academy to cease this inappropriate action.”

As of Tuesday morning there was no official response from the Motion Picture Academy.

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Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs rise

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Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago

Meet Rachel Zegler: Newcomer from New Jersey snags Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ lead

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© 2017 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Newcomer Rachel Zegler, a 17-year-old high school student, has been tapped to play Maria in Steven Speilberg’s remake of West Side Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Zegler, who will make her film debut in the role made famous by Natalie Wood in the 1961 classic, will join Baby Driver‘s Ansel Elgort who stars as Tony.

Zegler landed the role by responding to an open casting call for Latinx actors with a video of herself singing the film’s big numbers “Tonight” and “Me Siento Hermosa.” She reportedly beat out tens of thousands of other hopefuls to reprise — on the big screen — a role she once played in a high school production. She also has a strong presence on YouTube, where she can be seen covering song from Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” in A Star Is Born, to music from The Little Mermaid, Hamilton, and yes, West Side Story.

“I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this amazing cast,” said Zegler to the trade.” West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community.”

Other actors named to the anticipated proejct included Broadway veterans Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez playing Bernardo, and another theater veteran, Josh Andrés Rivera, as  Chino.

“When we began this process a year ago, we announced that we would cast the roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Chino and the Sharks with Latina and Latino actors,” said Spielberg. “I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community.”

Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Anita in the original film, will play Valentina, a re-imagined version of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works. Filming is set to begin this summer.

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Broadway legend Carol Channing has died at age 97

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Channing died of natural causes at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday in California.