Watch now: Netflix unveils trailer for Marvel's "The Punisher"

Netflix/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- Just three days after its latest Marvel series, The Defenders, went live on Netflix, the streaming network released a trailer for its next effort, The Punisher.

Spun off from the second season of its hit Daredevil series, The Punisher again features fan favorite Jon Bernthal as one of Marvel's most popular heroes: former elite soldier Frank Castle, who uses his skills to mercilessly hunt down criminals of every stripe after his family was murdered.  

In the sneak peek, Castle takes a sledgehammer to a concrete floor, perhaps to unearth a weapons cache.

"All the things that I'd done," Castle says in a gravelly voiceover. "Memories, they never hurt me. But the past is more than memories. It's the Devil you sold your soul to. He's coming. He's coming to collect."

Netflix's announcement notes, "After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone."

As for when we'll see the series, all we know is sometime this year.

Count Charlie Cox, who plays Daredevil, as an eager fan. He told ABC Radio of seeing Bernthal in action again: "I'm excited about that. I'm excited to watch that as a fanboy, you know?"

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"Girls Trip" director, cast celebrate surpassing the $100-million mark 

Universal - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Girls Trip, the breakout hit of the summer, has officially made history.

According to Deadline, the film has both become the first comedy of 2017 to hit $100 million at the box office and the first film, according to The Huffington Post, starring, produced, written, and directed by African-Americans to do the same.

Naturally, many of those involved in the milestone celebrated the news on social media.

"Four brown girls did what they said couldn't be done!!!! Salute Queens," Girls Trip producer Will Packer wrote on Twitter, posting an image of Girls Trip stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smithand Tiffany Haddish from the film  dancing above a "$100 Million" and "#Girls Trip" caption.

Tracy Y. Oliver, who wrote the Girls Trip script alongside black-ish creator Kenya Barris, also took to social media to share her gratitude.  "Much [love emoji] to @willpowerpacker and @malcolmdlee for hiring a black woman to write this," she wrote, acknowledging the film's producer and director, Malcolm D. Lee. "Sometimes all we need is the opportunity. #honored."

The Girls Trip stars also shared their thoughts on the film's success.  "We Did it Beautiful Black women are funny and can bring people out the house to the theaters," Haddish wrote in Instagram. "Idk but I feel like this is History #girlstripmovie #sheready."

"This is amazing!!!" tweeted Latifah. "So proud of the entire #GirlsTrip team! We are so thankful to everyone who came out and supported us."

Hall followed suit on Instagram, writing, "Thank you 100 million times for all of your support! YOU did this and we couldn't be more grateful. All my girls (and guys) Stand Up!!!!"

Her co-star Pinkett-Smith has similar sentiments.  "What a beautiful thing to witness," she wrote.

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Geena Davis wants a role in the "Wonder Woman" sequel 

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar winner Geena Davis is no stranger to kicking butt on screen.

The actress, who's starred in action films such as Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight, wants in on the sequel to the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman.

"I met [director] Patty Jenkins and I told her, 'I’m sure you're going to make a sequel and if you need anybody Amazonian, there's always me. I’m available,'" she told Variety.

Wonder Woman was a box office phenomenon, opening with an estimated $103.1 million, Warner Bros. said -- the largest haul for a female-directed feature in history. It bested record-holder, Fifty Shades of Grey, by $15 million. The film, starring Gal Gadot as the title character, also had the biggest opening for a female-led comic adaptation.

The movie has just surpassed the $800 million mark globally.

Davis, 61, said she "loved" the film, and wants roles in more action films, or even a TV series.

"My dream goal would be to have a streaming show where I could be a bada**," she said.

Asked if her films inspired Wonder Woman, Davis said, "I would never claim credit for those movies."

However, if she did join the Wonder Woman universe, she already has one Amazonian skill under her belt: Davis was an Olympian-level archer.

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Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors amid boycott threat; center is "grateful"

2017 - Kennedy Center(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the nation's highest-profile events honoring performing artists, after some awardees threatened to boycott a pre-ceremony reception at the White House.

The White House announced Saturday that the Trumps would not participate in the December 3 event in Washington, D.C. to avoid "political distraction."

"The president and first lady have decided not to participate in this year's activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, adding that the president and Melania Trump "extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year's award recipients for their many accomplishments."

The Kennedy Center said that in addition to the Trumps' not attending, the traditional pre-ceremony reception at the White House was cancelled this year. The center seemed relieved by the president's decision, saying in a statement, "We are grateful for the gesture."

"The Kennedy Center respects the decision made by today by the president," read the statement tweeted by the center. "In choosing not to participate ... the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the honorees."

The White House announcement follows reports that honoree Norman Lear, creator of such iconic TV shows as All in the Family, said he would accept the award this year but not attend the White House reception in protest of the president's proposed funding cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other 2017 honorees including Lionel Ritchie and Gloria Estefan have also suggested they were considering not attending.

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Nobody puts 30 in a corner: "Dirty Dancing" released on this day in 1987

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(NEW YORK) -- Thirty years ago today, moviegoers had the time of their lives.

Dirty Dancing, starring Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, was released August 21, 1987. Grey played Frances "Baby" Houseman, who in the 1960s visits a resort in upstate New York with her family and falls for her camp's bad-boy dance instructor, Swayze's Johnny Castle. Her character's name is referenced in Swayze's memorable line: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

The film is also notable for its soundtrack -- specifically, the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," which won an Oscar in 1988 for best original song.

To longtime film critic Leonard Maltin, Dirty Dancing isn't a cinematic classic, but he concedes, "The definition of a 'classic' is something that has stood the test of time. And in that sense it's a classic, because people love and cherish and remember this movie." 

Loved it, indeed.  Made for a reported budget of $6 million, Dirty Dancing grossed just shy of $64 million domestically in 19 weeks, plus another $150 million globally.

A short-lived TV series of the same name followed in 1988, and a follow-up film that recycled the plot of the original movie, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was released in 2004.

A remake of the original, directed by Kenny Ortega of the High School Musical films, debuted on ABC in May; the movie starred Abigail Breslin in Grey's role. Debra Messing of Will & Grace fame, who played Baby's mom, told ABC Radio the original was a "turning point" for her.

"I remember being a kid when it came out and sitting in the movie theater and thinking, 'This is the first time that I've actually seen a leading lady who isn't perfect,'" said Messing.  "And it's like, 'Oh, so there might be a place for me in Hollywood.'"

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"Game of Thrones" recap: "Beyond the Wall"

HBO/Helen Sloan(LOS ANGELES) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD) Last we left Game of Thrones, Jon Snow, The Hound, Ser Jorah Mormont, the wildling leader Tormund, the Lord of Light-worshipping Beric and Robert Baratheon's bastard, Gendry, launched an expedition beyond the Wall to capture a White Walker. In this week's episode, fitfully titled "Beyond the Wall," we find out how that terrifying mission turned out. But first, we have some business to take care of at Winterfell and Dragonstone.


Arya and Sansa reminisce about their childhood and their father, Ned Stark. However, the nice conversation between the two Stark sisters ends abruptly when Arya reveals she's discovered the letter that Sansa wrote back in season one asking her family to pledge loyalty to King Joffrey. She accuses Sansa of helping the Lannisters kill their father. Sansa does not take kindly to Arya's accusations, and tells her that she should be thanking her. After all, it was Sansa who recruited the Army of the Vale to help Jon defeat Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards. Arya's not one to stand down, and she further accuses Sansa of fearing that the Northern Lords might read the letter and abandon her.  

Sansa is indeed worried about that, which she expresses to Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger. Petyr says that Arya would not betray Sansa, but she's not so sure. Maybe Brienne could help, Littlefinger suggests, as she's sworn to protect both Stark girls.

It turns out, Sansa has a different mission for Brienne. After receiving a raven inviting her to King's Landing, Sansa tells Brienne that she will go in her stead. Brienne's not thrilled with this idea, as she doesn't think it's safe to leave Sansa alone with the ever-conniving Littlefinger. Frustrated, Sansa says she does not need anyone to watch over her, and orders Brienne to begin her long journey to King's Landing. 

Later, Sansa sneaks into Arya's room and finds her collection of faces just as her little sister arrives. "What are these?" a bewildered Sansa asks. "My faces," Arya replies. Oh, OK. Arya reveals that she trained at the House of Black and White in Braavos to become a faceless assassin, and that she would have to play a game where she would have to disguise a lie as truth. "How do you feel about Jon being King?" Arya asks.

Sansa doesn't answer the question, as she's still, understandably, confused by the whole "my little sister has a literal bag of faces" thing. Arya then explains her abilities as a faceless assassin, and that she could even take Sansa's face and become her. As she's talking, Arya continually walks towards a completely confused and terrified Sansa while holding the Valyrian steel dagger Bran gave her. When she reaches her sister, Arya turns the knife around and gives it to Sansa, and then leaves the room. 


As Jon leads his expedition north of the Wall, Daenerys and Tyrion talk in Dragonstone. She tells Tyrion that she likes him because he's not heroic, which he doesn't exactly take as a compliment. "Heroes do stupid things and they die," Dany clarifies, listing off all the men in her life who've left to do "heroic" things.

Tyrion finds it interesting that the men she listed, including Jorah, Khal Drogo, and one Jon Snow, all fell in love with her.  Dany doesn't think the King in the North has any feelings for her and besides, she says, "He's too little for me." Ooh...dragon fire burn!

The two discuss their prospective meeting with Cersei. Tyrion warns Dany that Cersei almost certainly will say something provocative, and he doesn't want the Mother of Dragons to lose her temper -- like she did when she burned the Tarlys to death.  Tyrion then moves onto an even more sensitive subject: Dany's supposed infertility. He says he believes in Dany, but is worried about how her vision of "breaking the wheel" will continue once she's dead. Dany, clearly upset, tells Tyrion that they will discuss succession after she's taken the Iron Throne. 

Beyond the Wall

The majority of the episode takes place beyond the Wall, where Jon and the rest of the Westerosi Avengers lead their White Walker-capturing expedition. The road is long, which gives our heroes some time to explore their shared histories. Gendry is still mad at the Brotherhood Without Banners for selling him to Melisandre, Tormund confesses to the Hound his love for Brienne, and Jon and Beric talk about their shared history of resurrection. 

Jon and Jorah also talk about their fathers, and Jon reveals that Jorah's dad, the former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, gave him their family sword, Longclaw, which should have gone to Jorah.  But Jorah tells Jon to keep it, because he brought shame to his family, and suggests Jon give it to his children.

As the expedition continues, the team is attacked by a bear -- a blue-eyed zombie bear, to be specific. Beric and Thoros use the Lord of Light's power to light their swords on fire. They take down the bear, no thanks to the Hound, who's still afraid of fire due to his childhood incident. Thoros is badly injured, but Beric uses his flaming sword to cauterize his companion's wounds.

After that ordeal, Jon and Tormund spot a contingent of White Walkers and attack.  When they take down the lead Walker, most of the rest immediately disintegrate, but one remains. The team takes it captive, but their victory is short-lived.

An army of White Walkers start closing in, and Jon tells Gendry to run back to Eastwatch and send a raven to Dany telling him what they're up against.  As the Army of the Dead approaches, our heroes are literally on thin ice: they're stranded on a big rock in the middle of a semi-frozen lake.  As the White Walkers begin their attack, the first wave of zombies falls through the ice, putting a temporary stop to their advance.

Stranded on the rock, Jon and everyone mull their options.  Thoros succumbs to the cold and his injuries, and they burn his body using Beric's fire sword so he won't be turned into a White Walker too.

Meanwhile, raven service is pretty speedy in Westeros: Dany has received the message and is about to embark on operation Dragon Rescue. Tyrion strongly opposes this idea, and says that sometimes the hardest thing to do is to do nothing, but Dany's not having any of that. She and all three of her dragons fly north to save Jon and his team.

Back beyond the Wall, the White Walkers realize the ice has now frozen over again and they resume their attack.  An intense battle rages; Tormund is almost taken down, but the Hound saves him.  Still, they can't fight off the onslaught of zombies.  The situation looks hopeless but then we hear a mighty roar. 

Dany and the dragons arrive and rain down fire upon the White Walkers, and the Night King is pretty upset. He throws a magical ice spear-javelin at Viserion, one of the smaller dragons.  He falls to the ground gushing blood, and his mother looks on, stunned, as he falls through the ice and sinks into the water.

Dany doesn't have much time to grieve for her son, though: the Night King readies another spear, and Jon yells at the rest of his companions to flee.  Everyone but Jon piles onto Drogon with Dany and they fly away, as Jon continues fighting, and falls through the ice.

But as Jaime proved last episode, it's hard to drown in Game of Thrones. Jon hauls himself out of the frigid water and tries to catch his breath, but the White Walkers attack again. But wouldn't you know it -- a mysterious figure riding a horse and swinging a fiery weapon saves Jon's skin.  It's his uncle, Benjen Stark, who everyone thought had been lost beyond the wall.  We saw him last season helping Bran and Meera, and explaining that he's stuck in limbo between being human and being a White Walker.

Benjen puts Jon on his horse, sends him off to Eastwatch, and then succumbs to the swarming horde of White Walkers.  Dany is thrilled to see Jon arrive at the gates, and everyone prepares to take the captured wight to King's Landing to show Cersei that the threat is real.

On the boat headed south, Jon wakes up to find Dany watching over him. "I'm sorry," is the first things he says. He takes her hand, and says he wishes he'd never gone beyond the Wall. "I don't," she replies. "Now I know."  She tearfully tells Jon that the dragons are her children -- "The only children I'll ever have" -- and vows that she and Jon will destroy the Night King together.

"Thank you, Dany," Jon says, using a nickname that nobody has called her in a long time.  When she expresses surprise, he says, "All right. Not Dany. How about 'My Queen?'" The King of the North then said he'd bend the knee right there, if he wasn't bedridden with injuries. The two look deep into each others eyes, and then Dany leaves to let Jon to get some rest.  Yes, we know you want to ship them, but remember: she's his aunt.

While the rest of us are wiping icy and fiery tears from our cheeks, the Army of the Dead is not moved. They're busy using massive chains to drag the dearly departed dragon Viserion's corpse out of the water. The Night King touches its snout, and its eye opens. It's blue. Uh oh.

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"The Hitman's Bodyguard" snuffs the competition with $21.6 million box office weekend

Lionsgate/Jack English(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hitman's Bodyguard, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, beat expectations to take the top spot at the weekend box office with an estimated $21.1 million opening weekend.

Coming in at number two was last week's box office champ Annabelle: Creation, pulling in an estimated $15.5 million stateside and another $42 million overseas. In total, the latest film in The Conjuring series is up to $161 million, bringing the franchise's total to more than $1 billion globally.

Taking third place was the weekend's other new release, Logan Lucky. The crime drama, starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig, fell short of expectations, earning an estimated $8 million.

Coming in fourth was Dunkirk with an estimated $6.7 million, bringing its total in the states to $165.5 million. Overseas, the World War II drama collected an additional $8.4 million, bringing its worldwide earnings to more than $372.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was the animated feature The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, raking in $5.1 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard, $21.6 million
2. Annabelle: Creation, $15.5 million
3. Logan Lucky, $8 million
4. Dunkirk, $6.7 million
5. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, $5.1 million
6. The Emoji Movie, $4.35 million
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming, $4.25 million
8. Girls Trip, $3.8 million
9. The Dark Tower, $3.7 million
10. Wind River, $3 million


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King of Comedy: Hollywood reacts to Jerry Lewis' passing

Danny Martindale/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Hollywood stars took to Twitter Sunday to remember legendary comedian and entertainer Jerry Lewis, who died at age 91.

Penn and Teller's Penn Jillette was one of the first to tweet the news, writing, "Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I [fell] apart, just sobbed. I guess it’s time for that again.”  He then tweeted a photo of himself shaking a smiling Lewis' hand, and wrote, "How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him.”

Here are some more reactions:

William Shatner: "Condolences to the family of Jerry Lewis. The world is a lot less funnier today."

George Takei:  "We have lost a great comedian and even greater heart. Thank you for the laughs and the feels, Jerry Lewis."

Gilbert Gottfried:  "The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis."

Joan Collins: "The King of Comedy Jerry Lewis was a tremendous talent and a good friend. Rest In Peace #jerrylewis. You'll be sorely missed."

Rob Schneider: "Oh NOOOOO!!! Jerry Lewis just died! Another comic legend has left us. Martin&Lewis were the Beatles of comedy! Nobody was EVER bigger!"

Josh Gad:  "One of the greatest of all time. A legend. A showman. A comedic icon. A movie star. An activist. A one of a kind. RIP #jerrylewis."

Patton Oswalt: "Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful...haven."

Jon Cryer: "Jerry Lewis was a complicated man of astonishing talent. If u are in comedy, you've been influenced by him, whether u know it or not. RIP."

Dane Cook wrote a heartfelt Instagram essay about Lewis, whom he considered his mentor.  In part, he wrote, "He knew how to breathe life into me with truisms and simultaneously take my breath away with laughter. I would sometimes not pick up the phone on purpose so he would leave me voicemails...Thank you to my friend & mentor Jerry Lewis for believing in me. The world has truly lost its most treasured clown."

Margaret Cho: "Dick Gregory [who died Saturday] and Jerry Lewis were two of the funniest, most legendary and prolific entertainers of our generation and I bow to their genius."

Jamie Lee Curtis: "Jerry Lewis loomed large in my family. Many movies with my mom [Janet Lee] & he made home movies with Janet and [my dad] Tony [Curtis]. He made me and many laugh."

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Legendary comic and entertainer Jerry Lewis, dead at 91

John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Legendary comic, entertainer and humanitarian Jerry Lewis -- whose career spanned nightclubs, movies, TV and Broadway -- has died at age 91, ABC News has confirmed.

“Sadly I can confirm that today the world lost one of the most significant human beings of the twentieth century," a rep for Lewis told ABC.

Lewis first found fame in the late 1940s and 1950s, packing nightclubs as half of the comedy team Martin & Lewis, with the late crooner and actor Dean Martin.  They became wildly popular, even starring in feature films including That's My Boy, The Stooge and The Caddy.  

The duo broke up in 1956 when Lewis decided to go solo, writing, directing and starring in future classics like The Ladies Man and The Nutty Professor.  It was then that movie critics in France began hailing Lewis as an auteur and comedy genius, an idea at which many Americans scoffed.  In 2006, he received France's Légion d’Honneur, the nation's highest honor.

As film tastes changed in the beginning of the '70s, Lewis' popularity plummeted.  He struggled both with drug addiction and with his art, unable to score a box office success, prompting him to stop directing.  However, he later won acclaim for his acting roles in movies like Martin Scorsese's 1982 satire The King of Comedy, and TV shows like Wiseguy.  He also starred on Broadway in Damn Yankees and performed one-man shows, the most recent in 2016.

Around the time he went solo, Lewis also hosted a 19-hour telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation, a role that would become as iconic for him as any of his movie or TV appearances. In 1966, he started hosting the MDA's annual Labor Day telethon an served as the MDA chairman for more than 50 years, raising more than $2 billion in the process.  He hosted his last telethon in 2010, after which the MDA board forced him to step down, discontinuing the telethon in 2015.

Lewis was plagued with health issues throughout his life.  He suffered several heart attacks and fought prostate cancer, diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis. 

Lewis was also the father of a pop star: his son Gary Lewis fronted Gary Lewis & the Playboys, which scored '60s hits like "This Diamond Ring."

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"Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau goes from dodging dragons to surviving prison in "Shot Caller"

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- When he’s not busy dodging dragons as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is making movies.

The Danish actor's latest film, Shot Caller, comes out in select theaters on Friday. Coster-Waldau stars as Jacob, a family man-turned-prison gang leader. After a fatal car accident gets him sentenced for involuntary manslaughter, Jacob is forced to do things he never imagined.

“It’s not just about serving the time, it's about surviving, the actor says, noting that his character shakes hands with the devil and once you do that, the devil won’t let go”

But back to that dragon-dodging. Game of Thrones has put Jaime through the wringer this season: episode four featured him nearly getting burnt to a crisp by one of Daenerys' dragons, and then getting knocked into the water, where he appeared to drown.

“To be honest, I don’t really think people thought Jaime had died, because you saw Bronn throw himself at him,” Coster-Waldau says. “There was a lot of people going, ‘Oh, he’s never gonna survive. He’s gonna drown because of the armor.’ Which is true in a real world."

Not true in Game of Thrones world, though. Jaime is alive and well, and as we learned last week, about to be a father again with his twin sister-slash-lover Cersei. So how will Jaime deal with impending fatherhood?

“He’s working on the nursery,” Coster-Waldau jokes. “He wants a daughter but he wants to keep the options open so I think he’s going with green.”

A new episode of Game of Thrones airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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