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Friday
Apr202018

Alec Baldwin, Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer among celebs part of new anti-NRA initiative

ABC/Justin Jay(NEW YORK) -- Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer and Alec Baldwin are among the celebrities and activists who have joined forces to launch a new initiative aimed at dismantling the National Rifle Association.

The No Rifle Association initiative -- #NoRA – announced its intent in a letter to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre Friday. It was signed by over 130 celebrities and activists, including Ashley Judd, Don Cheadle, Minnie Driver, Jon Favreau, Nathan Fillion, Jimmy Kimmel, Julianne Moore, Michael Moore, Patton Oswalt, Amber Tamblyn and Constance Wu, as well as some of the Parkland shooting survivors.

“We’re a culture hack,” the letter proclaims. “We’re for moving culture into a less violent place by counteracting the influence of NRA money in the American political system. We’re for raising the voices of all victims of gun violence, both direct and indirect, in their own communities as they define them.”

The letter goes on to say, “We’re coming for your money. We’re coming for your puppets. And we’re going to win.”

The full letter can be found on NoRANow.org.

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Friday
Apr202018

Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton talk android empowerment in "Westworld" season 2 

L-R: Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton in HBO’s “Westworld”; John P. Johnson/HBO(NEW YORK) -- After season one’s fiery conclusion, the women of Westworld are leading the charge in season two.

Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, who play android "hosts" Dolores and Maeve on the buzzy HBO series, say they’re reveling in their characters’ newfound power.

“This season was really different because [Dolores is] sort of a commander, a general, a soldier and that was new for me,” Wood told ABC Radio at the show’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere. “I usually am really good at my lines but this season I had a hard time because I was given dialogue that I never had to say or work with before.”

She reveals the one moment where she felt the most in charge.

“I think riding a horse while [the horse was] running and shooting a rifle was probably when I had to pinch myself and say, ‘I'm at work right now. This is my first day back for season two and here we are,’” she says.

For Newton, she loves the fact that despite being a robot, Maeve is still very much a normal woman in the way she defies the odds, cares for her child and fights for justice like a warrior.

Westworld's known for its complex timelines, and the actresses say even they have a hard time following what's going on.

“Yeah, this season, we all gave up about halfway through,” Wood says. “I think there were moments where Jeffrey [Wright] and I would show up to set and we'd be arguing about which episode we were working on because we didn't have a clue anymore.”

Newton had another strategy.

“It's a hell of a lot of post-its!” she says. “And friendship, too...we think nothing of just saying to each other, ‘What's happening?’” 

Season 2 of Westworld premieres on HBO Sunday at 9 p.m.

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Friday
Apr202018

Avengers Assemble! Jimmy Kimmel hosts "Infinity War" cast all next week

Marvel Studios

(HOLLYWOOD) -- Marvel's Avengers are assembling on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! all next week.

To coincide with the release of the new movie Avengers: Infinity War, Kimmel will welcome a huge chunk of the cast from April 23 through Friday, April 27, when the film finally hits theaters. 

It's not clear which actors will appear on which days, but the lineup includes Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Dave Bautista, Mark Ruffalo, Danai Gurira, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, and Winston Duke.

Too many names for you? You know them better as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Gamora, Mantis, Vision, Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff, Loki, Drax, Bruce "The Hulk" Banner, Okoye, Thor, Thanos, Bucky "Winter Soldier" Barnes, Black Panther, Nebula, Dr. Strange,  Rhodey "War Machine" Rhodes, Wanda "Scarlet Witch" Maximoff, and M'Baku. 

Amazingly, that isn't even the entire cast of the superhero-stuffed film, which features all the characters from the last 10 years of Marvel movies coming together to defeat the Big Bad, Thanos, who wants to bring balance to the universe by wiping out half its inhabitants.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!  airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.  Avengers: Infinity War is from Marvel and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Friday
Apr202018

Michelle Pfeiffer lived on a diet of “tomato soup and Marlboros” to play drug addict in "Scarface"

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival(NEW YORK) -- Michelle Pfeiffer was hungry for the role of Elvira in 1983’s Scarface...quite literally it turns out.

People reports that during a panel at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival Thursday to celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary, the actress revealed she subsisted on a diet of “tomato soup and Marlboros” to play the part of cocaine-addicted Elvira.

Pfeiffer was prompted to discuss her character’s physical appearance after the night’s moderator asked what she weighed in the film – a question which elicited boos from the crowd.

“I don’t know, but I was playing a cocaine addict so that was part of the physicality of the part, which you have to consider,” she responded. “The movie was only supposed to be, what? A three-month, four-month [shoot]? Of course, I tried to time it so that as the movie went on I became thinner and thinner and more emaciated.”

She added, “The problem was the movie went six months. I was starving by the end of it because the one scene that was the end of the film where I needed to be my thinnest, it was [pushed to the] next week and then it was the next week and then it was the next week.”

Pfieffer said concerned crew members were bringing her bagels because of how thin she was getting.

The role went on to become one of the actress’ most iconic. She was joined at the Tribeca reunion panel by co-stars Al Pacino, who played her drug lord husband Tony Montana, as well as actor Steve Bauer and director Brain De Palma.

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Friday
Apr202018

Bond's Baby: Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz expecting first child together 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rachel Weisz [pron. VICE] is expecting her first child with husband and James Bond star Daniel Craig.

The 48-year-old actress revealed the happy news in an interview with The New York Times.

“I’ll be showing soon,” she tells the publication. “Daniel and I are so happy. We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.”

The couple has been married for seven years. Weisz already has an 11-year-old son, Henry, with her ex Darren Aronofsky. Craig has a 25-year-old daughter, Ella, with former partner Fiona Loudon.

Weisz’s new movie, Disobedience, premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival next week.

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Friday
Apr202018

Letitia Wright takes pride in playing the smartest character in the Marvel Universe

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Letitia Wright will reprise her role as Wakandan princess Shuri in the upcoming Marvel film Avengers: Infinity War. While it's safe to say Wright's character is a genius, earlier this year it was revealed by Marvel producer Nate More that Shuri is actually the smartest person in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- and even smarter than her Avengers' co-star Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.

As Wright ponders her significant elevation in the franchise, the actress tells ABC Radio that it's genuinely refreshing to know that her character -- a woman of African decent -- was positioned so highly.

"I think that's really cool," Wright says. "Because, you know, we sometimes -- when we see people who are "super intelligent" and "super smart," they don't really look like me. Do you know what I mean?"

She continues, "So, to have that is a really, really cool and Marvel to be behind it and to be brave enough to say, 'She is the smartest girl in the universe -- in the Marvel Universe' and 'Yes, she's younger than everyone... Her and Peter Parker are pretty much the smartest kids on the block.'"

Of course, Wright is staying mum on how her genius abilities will exactly play out in the upcoming film, but adds that Marvel has been doing a pretty great job of elevating the narrative and allowing a diverse cast to reign supreme.

"I think that's really brave and really cool," she adds.

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27. Marvel, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Friday
Apr202018

"The Handmaid's Tale" returns with a timely message 

George Kraychyk(LOS ANGELES) -- Emmys reigning Best Drama, The Handmaid's Tale, had its season two debut party in Hollywood on Thursday night, and on the red carpet, a couple of its stars -- Ann Dowd and Elisabeth Moss -- said the show is back with a timely message.

Dowd, who took home an Emmy for her role as Aunt Lydia, told ABC Radio that the new season of the dystopian drama, set in New England in the not-so-distant future, echoes some of the takeaways from the #MeToo movement.

"Just the notion of staying alert, staying awake, not letting the small things go by," she says. "Reminding yourself we have a voice, and we have an obligation."

Moss, who also bagged an Emmy for her role as June Osborne, told ABC Radio the themes of season two revolve around freedom and motherhood.

"What does freedom look like? You might think that you have it, but you may not," she explains. "And motherhood, as well."

Season two of The Handmaid's Tale debuts next Wednesday on Hulu.

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Friday
Apr202018

Pranks, blank faces, and Stevie Wonder: Thursday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" was a "Scandal" send-off 

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel's entire show on Thursday night was dedicated to the series finale of the ABC television series Scandal, which preceded his late-night program.

The show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, and its entire cast was on hand for the event.

Rhimes and her leading lady Kerry Washington were the first to sit down with Jimmy, and Rhimes explained she knew the moment she met Washington that she was going to be Olivia Pope.

The problem for Washington, is she didn't know it yet.

"My producing partner Betsy Beers always says I have one of those faces where when I get excited I start writing inside my head," Rhimes explained. "So my face goes blank -- so people think I don't like them as opposed to: 'She's really excited.'"

"Oh!" Washington said, bemoaning "sleepless nights" spent waiting to find out if she'd got the part. "I did not at all think that I was the one."

Washington said, "It was so beautifully and brilliantly written. And also, black girls -- I mean we weren't getting material like that in this town...But at the time, it was like the diamond in the rough that is Hollywood. So, I really really wanted this opportunity, but I had no idea that the first meeting went so well!"

One of the revelations on the show was that a Stevie Wonder song heard during the series' closing moments was custom made by the famous Scandal fan. "What if you'd hated it?" Jimmy asked Rhimes, before mock-singing, "'Scandal!/I light a candle!'"

The cast of the show appeared and explained amid the series' drama, they were ruthlessly pranked by co-star Josh Malina. Knowing this, Kimmel rigged an elaborate prank starring the actor, that made it seem a visit with an elderly fan took a terrible turn.

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Friday
Apr202018

"Scandal" series finale recap: "Over a Cliff" 

ABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- In the final episode ever of Scandal, titled "Over a Cliff," the gladiators are ready to come clean about B6-13 so they can expose Cyrus and Jake and protect President Mellie from being impeached.

Scandal begins with Olivia entering a dark warehouse where she meets with special prosecutor Lonnie Mencken, who agrees to order a Senate hearing to investigate B6-13. The only problem is, Liv has to promise to have Mellie work on gun control in return. Liv agrees -- but shockingly, Lonnie kills himself as a way to guarantee Liv’s senate hearing.

At Quinn and Associates, David Rosen explains to the gladiators that talking about B6-13 to the committee will expose Jake and Cyrus, but also will likely incriminate them.

As the gladiators think of how badly this could end, Liv asks her father to help save her team from being indicted. Eli refuses, and tells Liv she's not doing the right thing.

At the hearing, the gladiators and everyone who has knowledge of the agency talk about their involvement. They all confess about their knowledge and for some, who they killed. While the senate deliberates, Quinn and the gladiators visit Charlie in jail. There, Quinn marries Charlie with Huck performing the ceremony. 

As Rosen learns of the wedding via Abby, he encounters Jake in a parking lot. Jake threatens to kill him, but Rosen stands up for himself and dares Jake to shoot him.

Later, Cyrus asks Jake if he killed Rosen. When he says no, Cyrus is dumbfounded, calling Jake weak. Jake defends his actions. Out of options, Cyrus calls Rosen to confess to his crimes -- but instead poisons him with a drink and kills him by suffocating him. 

The next day, Abby goes to the morgue to see David's body. They agree they need to act against Cyrus, but  Liv says they need to be the good guys and stay the "white hats." 

Meanwhile, Quinn begs Eli to help her and her baby get away. Eli refuses, once again saying it's not smart to talk about command. 

At her apartment, Liv shares what she believes are her last moments with Fitz before she goes to jail. After an emotional back and forth, they decide to have sex.

The next day, the committee ends up postponing the results, because now Eli wants to come clean about B6-13. At the hearing, Eli tells the committee to call him Ronan. He explains to the committee that he has been making America great by his actions.

Eli's passionate speech ends up taking down Jake Ballard, and he's soon arrested.

Liv visits Jake in jail. She apologizes to him for making him "step out of the sun," and for her part in his demise.

The next day, Mellie is exonerated in the court of public opinion. When Cyrus comes to look for her, Liv is in her office and ask Cyrus for his resignation. He reluctantly signs.

After that, Mellie asks Liv to come back so they can work together to restore the public's trust. Liv says no and tells Mellie that she can do it fine without her.

Everyone seems to have a happy ending for the most part. Liv is back having dinners with her dad. Marcus is by Mellie's side, Mellie is still president, and Quinn and Charlie are now a happy family.

Abby and Huck, however, seem sad as they visit Rosen's grave.

After the unveiling of the President Fitz painting at the portrait gallery, it is later revealed that Liv also has a portrait in the gallery. It's of herself, and alludes to the fact that Liv may not have been a first lady, but certainly was an important woman in the White House.

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Friday
Apr202018

"Super Troopers 2" and "I Feel Pretty" among this week's new releases

Photo by Jon Pack. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the films opening in wide releaase on Friday:

* Super Troopers 2 -- The sequel to 2001's Super Troopers finds the comedy troupe Broken Lizard -- comprised of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske -- reprising their roles as five gung-ho Vermont state troopers, now tasked with transitioning a Canadian highway patrol station to U.S. sovereignty. Rated R.

* I Feel Pretty -- Amy Schumer stars in this comedy about an insecure woman who wakes up from a fall thinking she's the most beautiful woman on the planet. Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski and Aidy Bryant also star. Rated PG-13.

* Traffik -- This thriller stars Paula Patton and Omar Epps as a couple off for a romantic getaway in the mountains. Instead, they find themselves being terrorized by a gang of bikers. Also starring Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, Luke Goss, William Fichtner and Missi Pyle. Rated R.

 

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