Taraji P. Henson says Hollywood still needs work when it comes to diversity, but is slowly "getting there"

Taraji P. Henson in "Acrimony" - Photo by: Chip Bergmann(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of her upcoming Tyler Perry thriller, Acrimony, Taraji P. Henson is once again sounding off on Hollywood and the current condition of its film industry.

In January, Henson said she'd like to see more lead roles for older women. Now, the actress is adding to her critique, saying diversity is just as important-- and not just when it comes to race.

"When I say 'diversity', I don't mean as in only just color," Taraji tells ABC Radio. "I mean, age, sizes of people... I want to see what the world looks like."

She continues, "I mean art is supposed to imitate life and sometimes these films -- I can't even connect to the storyline because the people don't even look like the people I see.. every day."

Although Henson would love to see an immediate change in the industry, the Oscar nominated actress does admit that Hollywood is finally learning to dig a little deeper.

"I think Hollywood is starting to understand that it's not always about big names either," she explains. "If the material is good people will go. Get Out -- prime example. I didn't know any of those people. Like, they weren't big names...They're well on their way now. But, that movie did very well. So you just got to think outside of the box. And I think Hollywood is getting there."

Acrimony starring Taraji P. Henson hits theaters March 30.

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John Oliver's "children's book" takes aim at Vice President Pence's bunny, views on homosexuality

HBO/Eric Liebowitz(NEW YORK) -- Last Week Tonight host John Oliver has taken Vice President Mike Pence to task in with a new "children's book," Billboard reports.

The political commentator has spoofed a real kids book about the Pence family's bunny, Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President, with Oliver's own take, called, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. Making fun of VP Pence's views about homosexuality, Oliver's illustrated book, now available on PDF, portrays the bunny as gay.

Celebrities like Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, RuPaul, Ellie Kemper, and John Lithgow will voice an audio book version.  As of Monday morning, the book was topping Amazon's best sellers list.

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"Sex & the City'"s Cynthia Nixon running for governor of New York 

Cindy Ord/Getty Images for We Stand UnitedAs one of the stars of Sex & the City, Cynthia Nixon helped us all visualize what it must be like to live in New York City. Now she's running for governor of New York state.

In a video announcing her campaign, Nixon says, "I love New York. I’ve never lived anywhere else. But something has to change. We want our government to work again, on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway."

She continues. "We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”

Nixon is challenging the incumbent, Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who is seeking a third term. Nixon feels that, among other things, Cuomo has failed to improve New York City's mass transit system and push through progressive legislation. She also accuses Cuomo of allowing New York to become "the most unequal state in the country" when it comes to income.

Nixon herself has been politically involved for 17 years, fighting for education funding, marriage equality, women's reproductive rights and more. She plans to travel across the state in the coming weeks to talk with voters.

Should Nixon win, she'd be New York's first female governor, as well as its first LGBTQ governor.

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Scott Eastwood uses movie references to dodge questions about his famous dad 

Universal Pictures/Legendary Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Scott Eastwood is having a little fun during his press tour for Pacific Rim Uprising -- particularly when it comes to answering questions about his dad, Clint Eastwood.  

Instead of talking about his famous father directly, he’s instead using references to Clint’s famous films.

“Wait, wait, hold on, I’m a little confused,” he joked with ABC Radio when asked about advice his dad has given him. “My father is a prisoner on Alcatraz Island. I’ve never met him, actually.” 

Scott is, of course, referring to Clint’s 1979 film, Escape from Alcatraz.

Continuing the bit, Eastwood added, “You know, I did hear, though, my mom told me that he might have escaped from this prison at some point in time.”

Eastwood pulled the same gag during his appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan Monday, when Ryan Seacrest asked if he knew growing up that he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps. This time, he faked confusion and pretended his dad was actually Clint’s character in Dirty Harry.

"What do you mean exactly? Because my father was a police officer in the city of San Francisco," he said.

You can catch the younger Eastwood having more fun as pilot Nate Lambert in Pacific Rim Uprising, out March 23.

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The man in the hat is back: Spielberg says "Indiana Jones 5" starts shooting next April 

Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images(LONDON) -- While overseas promoting his latest film, Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg dropped another pop culture-related bombshell: a fifth Indiana Jones film will get underway next April. And yes, Harrison Ford will be back in the title role. 

Spielberg revealed the news at the Empire Awards in London Sunday night, where he picked up a Legend Of Our Lifetime Award. According to Empire Online, he's excited to shoot the next Indy adventure in the U.K.

The famed director gave a special shoutout to film crews across The Pond, noting, "It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the U.K. The actors, and the crew, the chippies [carpenters], the sparks [electricians], the drivers -- everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here..."

The fifth adventure in the $2-billion-grossing Indiana Jones franchise has a release date of July 20, 2020. The film will be produced by Lucasfilm, which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

The last installment in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was panned by many fans upon its 2008 release, but went on to gross nearly $790 million worldwide.

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Wendy Williams returns to TV today after medical leave

Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund(NEW YORK) -- Fans are welcoming back talk-show host Wendy Williams today after health issues forced her off the air a month ago.

Williams sat down with Good Morning America co-host Amy Robach to discuss how she's now making her health a priority in the battle against Graves' disease. Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). Symptoms can include anxiety, weight loss, heat sensitivity, palpitations, fatigue and bulging eyes.

"In the entire almost 10 years of doing the show, I have never taken a sick day," Williams told Robach. "... it was a perfect storm; a perfect storm that had been brewing, I have to say, internally, knowing my body, since late July."

Williams fainted live during her Halloween show in October, causing widespread concern about her health. She finished the show and returned the next day saying her tests came back fine.

Williams, 53, now says she had missed three appointments with her endocrinologist prior to the fainting spell, but she's "functioning OK."

"I'm feeling a little weird, but I'll get through it," Williams said. "And I went [to the endocrinologist] in February and that's where I found, 'Whoa, your levels are way off.'"

Williams said doctors advised her to take time off.

"My internist told me I am, if not the worst case of deficient vitamin D that she's ever seen in her career," she added. "I have vertigo, which I've had all my life and that was affecting my equilibrium. And it was just a mess going on inside of my body, but I'm saved."

Actor Jerry O'Connellfilled in for Williams during the hiatus, which is the first time Williams has had a guest host in the history of the 10-year-old show.

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Man presents Homer Simpson driver's license to police after being pulled over

© 2017 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LONDON) -- D'oh! One man in England thought he can pull one over the cops when he presented a Homer Simpson driver's license after officers pulled him over in Milton Keyes recently.

According to the Milton Keyes Citizen, the Thames Valley Police tweeted out a picture of the license, which had a picture of the beloved cartoon character, along with Homer's signature and a Springfield address.

Not only did the offending driver not have a real license, he didn't have insurance either. His vehicle was seized and he was cited for driving without a license and without insurance.

If that wasn't bad enough, the license didn't even have the proper address for the the Simpson family, listing 728 Springfield Way instead of the proper 742 Evergreen Terrace.

As Homer himself would say, "Why you little!"

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NBC orders a third round of hit "Will & Grace" reboot

NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- This reboot's got legs: According to Variety, the revival of Will & Grace on NBC is so successful that the network has just picked up the series for a third season, or 11th overall when factoring the show's original run.

In addition, NBC has boosted its order for season two -- or season 10 -- to 18 episodes from an original order of 13.

Including the current 16-episode season, the reboot of Will & Grace will be comprised of at least 54 episodes at the end of the 2019-2020 season.

During its original run from 1998 to 2006, Will & Grace was nominated for 83 Emmys, and won 16.

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"The Walking Dead" recap: "The Key"

AMC/Gene Page(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD) Sunday night's The Walking Dead starts with Negan questioning his turncoat lieutenant Dwight as to how he escaped; Negan buys his lies.

Meanwhile, the Saviors go about covering their blades in walker guts, for an attack against Hilltop meant to scare them. 

At Hilltop, Rick and Michonne return, reunited with Judith. Daryl tries to apologize to Rick for trying to attack the Sanctuary alone. On the guard tower, Maggie and Rosita spot a mysterious package, which contains a message and coordinates from a stranger. "This isn't the Saviors," Michonne advises. She offers to check it out; Enid wants to go, too.

On the road to Hilltop, Simon expresses doubts to Dwight whether Negan's blood and guts plan will work. "These people don't scare," Simon said, dissapointed.

At a lookout point, Rick spots Negan and the gang heading towards Hilltop, but doesn't sound the alarm, instead he gives chase in his truck and rams Negan's car out of the baddie's caravan.

Simon commands his folks not to follow as he and Dwight go after Negan themselves. 

Elsewhere, Negan's car is flipped, Rick is in pursuit, firing at him -- for some reason -- without a clear shot. Negan scampers away and the Savior leader runs into an empty building.

Rick slides, avoiding getting brained by Lucille. Again, he proves to be the worst shot in the apocalypse by missing Negan again, this time with his trusty revolver, pursuing Negan further as walkers close in.

Out of bullets, he faces off with Negan, who's a flight of stairs above him. Rick takes out his hatchet; Negan beckons him to come at him. Instead, Rick throws the hatchet, and Negan ducks, crashing through a rickety banister, losing Lucille, leaving him and hanging by his fingers above a huge hole below him, and at Rick's mercy.

Rick chops at Negan's fingers only to see him let go, and vanish into the hole below.

Meanwhile, Maggie, Enid, Rosita, and Michonne meet up with the mystery person; it's a middle-aged woman who introduces herself as Georgie. At gunpoint, she offered food for music records. She also offers to trade knowledge and trust. After a spell, Maggie agrees to take them to Hilltop.

Meanwhile, in the basement, Rick hunts Negan by the light of a Zippo while Negan hunts in the dark for Lucille. They taunt each other in the dark.

Negan offers Rick a deal: fall in line and work for him, and all is forgiven. Rick asks Negan why he should trust him considering how Negan wiped out the Scavengers -- and that's when Negan learned Simon disobeyed him and killed them all.

On the outside, Simon continues to try to turn Dwight against Negan -- not knowing he'd already betrayed him. They come across Negan's overturned car, and Simon offers to just walk away without Negan. "This is a critical point in our history," he offers. In response, Dwight takes a drag off a cigarette and flicks it, burning Negan's car. "Good answer," Simon says.

Back at Hilltop, Maggie, Michonne, and Enid decide what to do about the newcomers. Enid suggests just ripping them off. Michonne wants to follow Carl's ideal, and make friends instead.

Back in the basement, Rick continues to taunt Negan, saying the only thing Negan cares about other than himself is Lucille, which Rick lights on fire, and starts smashing into a barricade erected to keep out walkers inside. Negan freaks and tackles him through the enclosure.

With walkers all around, Rick swings the flaming Lucille at Negan and at walkers. Negan tackles Rick again, and gets a hold of Lucille; they continue to fight off walkers until Rick scrambles out.

Back at Hilltop, Georgie offers Maggie her food and gives her "A Key to the Future" -- plans for windmills, and other schematics to help build up Hilltop.

Simon and Dwight return to their Sanctuary team without Negan. Simon demands a radical departure from Negan -- not to scare Hilltop, but to "expunge them."

Meanwhile, Negan comes to in a moving car. Jadis is behind the wheel, and her gun is at his head. He smiles, and offers an expletive.

The Walking Dead next airs Sunday, March 25, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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"Saturday Night Live" takes on Rex Tillerson firing, Betsy DeVos' gun control comments

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- This weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live addressed what was a particularly tough week for President Donald Trump's White House, tackling Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's firing, as well as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' rambling 60 Minutes interview, which earned her widespread condemnation.

The opening sketch featured a surprise appearance from John Goodman, reprising his Tillerson impersonation for an interview with Anderson Cooper, played SNL castmember Alex Moffat.

"It's crazy, one day you're the CEO of Exxon, a 50 billion dollar company, and the next day, you get fired by a guy who sells steaks in the mail," says Goodman’s Tillerson, who was fired on Tuesday after months of disputes with the President.

Goodman’s appearance was followed by former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and squirrelly Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff -- played by guest host Bill Hader and former SNL cast member Fred Armisen, respectively.

Scaramucci predicted the President's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner would be the next casualty in what Hader's Scaramucci described as, “a reality show competition at this point.”

Regarding the rest of the staff, Armisen’s Wolff added, "[Trump] would line them up and use a laser pointer and circle their love handles."

Later, during the “Weekend Update” segment, cast member Kate McKinnon played the role of DeVos, as she stumbled through an interview on gun control and guns in schools.

When “WU” anchor Colin Jost asked why she is "the most-protested member" of the Trump administration, she replied simply, "I think it's because I don't do a good job and I can't because I don't know how."

McKinnon added she was trying to make sure, "all schools are safe learning environments for guns."

"I may not be good on camera, but behind the scenes my ideas are much worse," she said.

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