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Friday
Nov172017

'Stripes,' the TV series?

Bill Murray and Warren Oates in "Stripes"; Columbia Pictures/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --"That's the fact, Jack!"  CBS is developing a comedy based on Bill Murray and Harold Ramis' 1981 hit movie comedy Stripes, according to Deadline.

Ivan Reitman, who directed the original, is reportedly attached to direct and executive produce the series.

Stripes starred Murray and Ramis as two slacker friends who were dissatisfied with their jobs and decided to join the Army, whereupon hilarity ensured. It co-starred John Candy,Sean Young and P.J. Soles, as well as then-largely unknown actors including John Larroquette, Bill Paxton, Judge Reinhold, and Timothy Busfield. 

Coming as it did just a year after the hit box office comedy Caddyshack, which also starred Murray, Stripes cemented his status as a bankable big-screen comedy star.  It grossed more than $85 million. 

No word on when we'll see the series.

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Friday
Nov172017

Ray Fisher says he was excited to play Cyborg because it gave him "a lot to chew on" 

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/TM & © DC Comics(NEW YORK) -- Ray Fisher plays Cyborg, the half-man, half-machine superhero in Justice League. Fisher, a newcomer to the DC Comics Universe, says when he landed the coveted role, his hope was to embody his character.

"Once I started testing for the role and found out what it was, that's when I started doing as much research into the character [as possible]," Fisher tells ABC Radio. "And that's when I saw a completely different side of Cyborg. And that's the side that I actually fell in love with, which was a character that was very deep and grounded and had a lot of pathos in respect to his origin and his life circumstances."

Those life circumstances, says Ray, include how he "lost his mother...[and] his body...through no fault of his own."

Ray says to become Cyborg, DC Comics gave him all the tools he needed.

"Once I booked the role they sent me every Cyborg comic that ever existed," Fisher says. "From the 1980s when he was created for the New Teen Titans all the way through The New 52 where Cyborg is introduced as a founding member of the Justice League. So I got a pretty expansive look at who he was. So when it came time to actually portray the character -- you can pick and choose little bits from any version to sort of make it a cohesive whole."

Now, with all those pieces together, Ray says he can focus on what's important.

"What would it be like for an individual to go through this transformation?" Ray asks. "Dealing with that loss and having him being able to recover a piece of himself, a piece of his humanity... is something that as an actor was exciting to play with because it gives you a lot to chew on."

Justice League opens today.


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Friday
Nov172017

Catching up with Marg Helgenberger: Actress talks cancer awareness, gender equality and Taylor Swift 

Santiago Felipe/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Marg Helgenberger wants to remind everyone that the season of giving is upon us. As a Stand Up to Cancer ambassador, the actress is raising awareness for the organization’s campaign with CVS called The Value of a Dollar.

Through this weekend, CVS shoppers have the opportunity to donate $1, $3 or more to Stand Up to Cancer when they check out at their local pharmacy.

Helgenberger tells ABC Radio she was inspired to get involved after her mother was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s. Her mother, her sister and many of her friends are now among the survivors.

“Everyone in the world has someone in their family [who's been touched] by some type of cancer,” she says. “So I think that it’s something that everybody would be willing to spend a little money to help be a part of the solution.”

When she’s not working in support of cancer research, you can find Helgenberger on stage, in the Off-Broadway show What We’re Up Against. The timely story is about gender politics in the workplace and Helgenberger says she can relate to the misogyny her character experiences.

“Lots of dismissiveness and mansplaining, my God!” she says of the things she’s experienced on the job. “And just being literally sort of ignored.” 

She recounts a story where her director was only relaying direction to her male co-star. She finally had to remind the director that she was in the scene too.

Other on-set memories were more fun, however -- like the time when Taylor Swift -- a self-proclaimed obsessed fan of CSI -- made her acting debut on a 2009 episode of the show. Though Taylor never named one of her cats after Helgenberger's character, the actress says the singer couldn't have been nicer to the cast and crew.

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Friday
Nov172017

Sylvester Stallone denies accusation of sexual assault against 16-year-old 

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sylvester Stallone is denying published report that he and a bodyguard were accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1986.

A rep for Stallone said in a statement to ABC affiliate KABC, "This is a ridiculous, categorically false story. No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter. It never happened."

The story, first published in February 2016 by the Baltimore Post-Examiner website, but picked up Thursday by The Daily Mail, cites a Las Vegas police report that the Mail said was verified by the retired police detective who headed the Vegas police sexual assault unity at the time.

According to the report, which the Mail published a copy of, the 16-year-old was introduced to Stallone by a child actor on the film Stallone was working on at the time, Over the Top.

The report alleges that the teen was given a key to Stallone's room by Stallone's bodyguard and invited up where she and Stallone had sex while the bodyguard remained in the bathroom. Stallone later asked if she'd ever had sex with two men after with the bodyguard came into the room and, the report alleges, the men coerced her to perform oral sex on them. 

Later, the report claims, Stallone threatened to beat the girl if she told anyone.  The report says the teen, who suggested her initial encounter with Stallone, but not the later encounter with Stallone and the bodyguard, was consensual -- the age of consent in Nevada is 16 -- declined to press charges saying, "I'm humiliated and ashamed...."

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Friday
Nov172017

Netflix announces Dave Chappelle's new comedy special with 'Stranger Things'-inspired teaser

Lester Cohen/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has officially revealed the date and name of Dave Chappelle's third stand-up comedy special for them, and have used their hit series Stranger Things to help announce the news.

The hilarious teaser shows the actual from Stranger Things in which telepathic character Eleven uses her powers to blast a guard into a wall, knocking him unconscious.  Just after the guard falls, an excited Chappelle moves into the frame in front of Eleven, saying "Do me! Do me next!"

Titled Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, the special follows Dave's previous specials: The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium, and Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits, which debuted earlier this year.

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity Premiere's New Year's Eve -- Sunday, December 31 -- on Netflix.


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Friday
Nov172017

Marvel's 'The Punisher' debuts on Netflix 

Netflix/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- Marvel's The Punisher is now available for your binging pleasure on Netflix. Based on the fan-favorite comic character of the same name, the series picks up with Special Forces soldier-turned vigilante Frank Castle where we last left him at the end of Daredevil, season two. 

Jon Bernthal's brooding, bruising Castle is now on the run in New York City, trying to live under the radar after slipping custody following his decimation of rival gangs, and the members of a conspiracy that got his family murdered.

Castle soon learns, however, that he hasn't eliminated every loose end in a conspiracy that followed him all the way from his time serving in Afghanistan. Key to unraveling the mystery is Karen Page, the dogged reporter who befriended Castle in the Daredevil series. Deborah Ann Woll [wohl] reprises her role as Page in Punisher.

"Frank needs someone to remind him about the real world," Woll tells ABC Radio, "and Karen needs someone to light a fire under her a**, you know, and I like that they do that for each other."

Woll adds, "I like that Karen can say, 'How far down this road of violence of revenge do you go before you're ripped apart?' and he can look at her and go, 'I'm already ripped apart. And you are, too.'"

Woll says "We had no idea that Karen and Frank would have such a connection after Daredevil, season two. You know, they don't interact at all in the comic books, and that was something really unique to our story ...Jon and I, I think, just really fell in love, and love working together, and I love him and his personality, and his work ethic, and it was just easy to fall into that relationship."

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Friday
Nov172017

'Transparent' actress accuses Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment 

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor is being accused by a second person of sexual harassment on the set of the award-winning Amazon show.

Trace Lysette, the transgender actress who plays yoga instructor Shea on the show, in a statement on Twitter, accuses Tambor of making "many sexual advances and comments" towards her and "one time it got physical."

Lysette says that while filming a scene with Tambor, he first seemingly joked, "My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually." But later, Lysette writes in the statement, "He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrust back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas."

Tambor responded in a statement of his own to ABC News, writing, in part, "I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator — ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express."

Amazon already is investigating a claim of sexual harassment against Tambour made by his former personal assistant, Van Barnes.

A rep for Amazon told The Hollywood Reporter of Lysette's claims, "This information will be added to our ongoing conversation."

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Friday
Nov172017

'Justice League' and 'Wonder' among this week's new releases

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Opening in wide release on Friday:

* Justice League -- Batman and his newfound ally Wonder Woman -- played by Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, respectively -- assemble a team of superheroes that includes Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash -- portrayed by Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and Ezra Miller, respectively -- to save the planet from a newly awakened enemy waging an assault of catastrophic proportions. Also starring Henry Cavill. Rated PG-13.

* Wonder -- Julia Roberts stars in this drama, based on the bestselling book of the same name, about August Pullman -- played by Room's Jacob Tremblay -- a boy with facial differences who tries to fit in at a new school. Owen Wilson also stars. Rated PG.

* The Star -- This animated feature, based on the Nativity of Jesus, tells the story of a small, but brave donkey who, along with his friends, goes on an adventure and becomes an accidental hero of the first Christmas. Featuring the voices of Steven Yeun, Kegan-Michael Key, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan and Oprah Winfrey. Rated PG.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Roman J. Israel, Esq. -- Denzel Washington stars as the titular character, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds the activism that defines his career tested. Colin Farrell also stars. Rated PG-13.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Anna Faris and rumored boyfriend reportedly vacation in Italy

ABC/Randy Holmes(VENICE) -- Anna Faris reportedly has taken her rumored romance with Michael Barrett overseas.

The 40-year-old Mom star and 47-year-old Barrett were spotted in Venice, Italy on Wednesday, cozying up to each other while on a water taxi, according to Entertainment Tonight.

It's just the latest sighting of the pair, who reportedly were seen together several times in Los Angeles.

Faris split with Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt in August after eight years of marriage. She reportedly hooked up with Barrett, a cinematographer, on the set of her upcoming film Overboard, due out in 2018.

Moms, now in its fifth season, airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Director Jordan Peele doesn't want "Get Out" competing for "comedy" Golden Globe: "It's a documentary"

Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- Jordan Peele's racially-charged horror thriller Get Out has been submitted for Golden Globe Award consideration in the "comedy" category, but Peele isn't to happy about that characterization.

Get Out is a documentary,” Peele tweeted on Wednesday.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Golden Globes agreed to accept Get Out in the comedy/musical category, where it might have a better chance against such potential nominees as The Big Sick, I, Tonya, The Disaster Artist, Lady Bird and The Greatest Showman.

But according to Peele, his intention in making the film wasn't to be funny, but to show his "truth."

“There are no jokes in the movie. It's all meant to feel true,” Peele said previously n an interview with CBS. "[This is] my truth as a black man, my perspective that I haven't seen in film before, I haven't seen that represented." 

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