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Oct162018

'The Hate U Give': Russell Hornsby delves into his gritty, complex character that audiences need to "see and bear witness to"

L-R: Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg, and Common in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE HATE U GIVE. Photo Credit: Erika Doss.(NEW YORK) -- Russell Hornsby is extremely familiar with the type of man he portrays in the upcoming Black Lives Matter-inspired film, The Hate U Give.

Taking on the role of the gritty and often unyielding Maverick Carter -- an ex-con and father who Hornsby describes as a "byproduct" of society -- is a character that the actor admits is unfortunately representative of the many black men who are consistently ignored by the world in which they live.  

"It was told to me a while back that there was a time when boats were made of wood and men were made of steel," Hornsby tells ABC Radio. "And I think that Maverick represents that type of man -- who was brought up in a world where they didn't place value on who he is or who he was as a man."

He continues, "And, so therefore, he had to take alternative means in order to make it in this world. And as a byproduct of that -- you do some illicit things. And he ended up in the system."

While Hornsby's character offers a glimpse into the complex life of a black man, Hornsby also says Maverick demonstrates the love and protectiveness of a father, which the world needs to know "exists."

"He is a man who does have a rough exterior. He is a man who has seen a lot of things -- unfortunate things in his life. But, he's also still a man of courage," Hornsby explains. "He's still a man of conviction. He is a man of deep passion and deep love... for his family, for his kids, for his wife, and for his community. And I think, above all, that's important for audiences to see and bear witness to." 

The Hate U Give hits theaters nationwide on October 19.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Will Smith says wife Jada "cried 45 days straight" during "worst" period of marriage

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith will serve as one of his wife's guest in the upcoming season of Jada Pinektt Smith's Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk.

In a tease for a forthcoming episode, Will recalls the “worst” he’s ever felt in their marriage.

“There was a period where mommy woke up and cried 45 days straight. I started keeping a diary,” Will says, with his wife, mother-in-law Adrienne Banfield-Jones and daughter Willow also at the table.  

"Damn," Willow replies. 

“It was every morning," Will continues. "I think that’s the worst I’ve ever felt in our marriage. I was failing miserably.”

In another preview for the season, Jada is seen interviewing some of her actor friends, which includes Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, and Leah Remini, who appears remorseful about introducing the Smiths to Scientology.

Red Table Talk returns to Facebook Watch on Monday, October 22.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Keira Knightley has "banned" her three-year-old daughter from watching certain Disney films

Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Keira Knightley may be starring in Disney's upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, but she doesn't exactly agree with the messages in every film the studio has made.

The 33-year-old British actress said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday that she has "banned" her three-year-old daughter, Edie, from watching certain Disney movies.

The 1950 animated Cinderella is "banned," Knightley said, "because she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don't! Rescue yourself, obviously!"

But the one that has the Colette star conflicted is The Little Mermaid, because she actually likes the film.

"I mean, the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello!" she told host Ellen DeGeneres. "But the problem with The Little Mermaid is, I love The Little Mermaid! That one's a little tricky -- but I'm keeping to it."

DeGeneres was happy to hear not all Disney films were off-limits. Finding Dory, in which DeGeneres voiced the blue tang fish with memory problems, is "a big favorite in our house," Knightley revealed.

"Frozen is huge and Moana is totally fine," she added.

"There are some good ones," DeGeneres responded, "but mainly Dory."

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, in which Knightley plays the Sugar Plum Fairy, comes out November 2.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Chris Evans hits back at Piers Morgan for dad-shaming Daniel Craig

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Evans is coming to Daniel Craig’s defense after British TV host Piers Morgan tried to shame the James Bond actor for carrying his baby in a papoose.

Morgan tweeted a photo of Craig carrying his newborn daughter on October 14 and captioned it, “Oh 007…not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond.”

Morgan was quickly criticized for implying that a baby carrier is not “masculine.” Evans chimed in Monday night with his own thoughts on the matter.

“You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child,” the Captain America star tweeted. “Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside.”

Evans and Craig will soon be starring together in Rian Johnson’s upcoming murder mystery film, Knives Out.

Morgan has yet to respond to Evans’ comment, but he did retweet an article about it.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

'Handmaid's Tale' star Yvonne Strahovski welcomes baby boy: "My heart has melted" 

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Handmaid's Tale star Yvonne Strahovski is officially a mom.

The 36-year-old actress shared the wonderful news with a sweet note on Instagram: "My heart has melted into a billion pieces a thousand times already."

She continued, "We have been blessed with the greatest joy of our lives, our baby boy. Welcome to the world Peanut, your parents love you beyond measure and you are already my little dream boat. My heart has been stolen!"

The former Chuck star spilled the beans at the Emmys last month that she was expecting a boy, telling E! News that she was just gonna hold "him" after he arrived.

Strahovski proudly showed off her baby bump on the Emmys red carpet with her husband, Tim Loden, at her side.

In May, Strahovski first revealed the big news, writing, "I am very excited to finally be able to share my special news - I’m going to be a Mama! So very exciting to watch & feel this little Peanut growing every day!"

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Tara Reid reportedly removed from flight for causing a disturbance

Mark Davis/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tara Reid was reportedly removed from a Delta flight Monday for causing a disturbance before takeoff.

Delta confirmed a passenger was removed from the flight but doesn't mention Reid by name. In a statement to ABC TV Los Angeles affiliate KABC, the airline says, “Delta flight 613 from Los Angeles to New York JFK-International returned to the gate, prior to takeoff, due to a customer disturbance on board.”

The statement continues, “Delta apologizes to the remaining customers for the inconvenience and appreciates their patience as the situation was resolved. The flight redeparted for New York following a short delay.”

TMZ, meanwhile, has video of the passenger -- which appears to be Reid -- walking calmly off the plane with her tiny dog after being asked to deplane by a flight attendant. Witnesses tell TMZ that Reid was complaining loudly about being given the wrong seat and not getting a pillow.

Back in August, the 42-year-old Sharknado franchise actress sparked concerns over her health when she appeared on an Australian talk show slurring her words.  At the time, she released a statement saying, “I am in great spirits and health and I look forward to my future projects and what’s in store for me next. Thank you to everyone who stands by my side -- I love my fans!”

As of Tuesday morning, there was no mention of the plane incident on Reid's Twitter or Instagram.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

"The Voice" recap: The blind auditions conclude and the battle round begins

Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The Voice aired its final blind auditions during the first half of Monday’s two-hour episode, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson each looking to complete their teams.

The battles kicked off the second half of Monday’s show, with coaches getting help from the following advisers: Keith Urban for Team Blake; Thomas Rhett for Team Kelly; and Halsey for Team Jennifer. Members of Team Adam, assisted by former Voice coach CeeLo Green, will take the stage on Tuesday. 

Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:

The blind auditions:

Emily Hough, 16, is a Petersburg, Illinois native, who has been singing at local events since she was seven-years-old. Her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” coaxed Adam, Blake and Jennifer to turn their chairs. Emily picked Adam, who declared the teen was “as A-team as it gets.”

After performing in a Christian boy band and landing a short-lived record deal, Tennessee native Josh Davis now focuses his energy on secular music. His take on Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” got Kelly and Jennifer to turn around. However, Adam and Blake, fed up with the way the ladies argued, pleaded their cases for them. Blake, speaking on JHud's behalf, noted she’s a triple threat, winning an Oscar, Tony and Grammy. Adam touted Kelly as “a beast, vocally.” Levine -- or Clarkson, rather -- won the battle.

Blake and Jennifer also completed their teams: Shelton nabbing electro-pop singer Katrina Cain, who delivered a slow, soulful version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon;” and Hudson with Matt Johnson, who covered “Never Too Much,” by Luther Vandross.

Here's how the teams stacked up at the end of the blinds:

Team Adam: Anthony Arya, DeAndre Nico, Fousheé, Funsho, Jake Wells, Jarred Matthew, Natalie Brady, RADHA, Reagan Strange, Steve Memmolo and Tyke James.

Team Blake: Caeland Garner, Chris Kroeze, Dave Fenley, Joey Green, Kameron Marlowe, Kayley Hill, Keith Paluso, Kirk Jay, Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, Michael Lee and Rachel Messer.

Team Jennifer: Audrey Bartholomew, Colton Smith, Franc West, Kennedy Holmes, Lela, MaKenzie Thomas, Mike Parker, Natasia GreyCloud, Patrique Fortson, Tyshawn Colquitt and Zaxai.

Team Kelly: Abby Cates, Chavell Shepherd, Claire DeJean, Cody Ray Raymond, Delaney Silvernell, Erika Zade, Kymberli Joye, Mikele Buck, OneUp, Sandyredd and Sarah Grace.

The battles: 

Sandyredd and Cody Ray Raymond, representing Team Kelly, duked it out on Solomon Burke’s “Cry to Me,” from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack. Kelly, thought the soulful, but edgy song would “slow Sandyredd down a bit” and “get a little more passion out of Cody.” Clarkson’s advisor, Thomas Rhett urged Sandyredd to showcase the lower part of her vocal range, while Kelly suggested Raymond do enough to wow people, without getting lost in the song. Kelly declared Cody Ray the winner. He advances to the knockout round. However, Sandyredd also moves on as part of Team Jennifer, who prevailed over Adam and Blake.

Next, Team Blake's Michael Lee and Joey Green, were pitted against each other on Bonnie Raitt’s “The Thing Called Love,” in a battle the two buddies dubbed a “Texas Showdown.” Blake’s advisor, Keith Urban warned Lee about being “too in control of his voice” and “let it go.” Green, according to Urban, was too laid back and needed to look like he’s “working for it.” Michael won the night, according to Blake. He advances to the knockouts, while Joey heads home.

Team JHud’s Colton Smith battled Patrique Fortson on Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You” to close out the show. Jennifer and her adviser, Halsey, wanted to hear each singer seize his moment. After the performance, Jennifer noted both artists were “superb” and deserved to continue, but declared Fortson the winner. He moves on to the next round.

Blake didn’t let Smith go home though, explaining that Colton took his song to a level he couldn’t. Colton advances to the next round as part of Blake's team.

The battles continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

'Dancing with the Stars' "Trio Night" ends in a shocking exit as Tinashe is sent home

ABC/Craid Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars’ Trio Night showcased the power of three, but in the end, the show had to let two go as Tinashe and her pro partner Brandon Armstrong were shockingly sent home.

The R&B singer and her partner were voted out even though they consistently danced well and received high scores from the judges. Their dance last night, a courtroom-themed tango with former contestant Amy Purdy, scored a 26/30. As Brandon predicted in last week’s episode, sometimes the best dancers are the first to go.

For some, the special guest dance partner during Trio Night was a welcome addition and for others it was painful -- literally.

Demarcus Ware had his finger accidentally dislocated by his surprise dance partner Rashad Jennings in a chest-bump-gone-wrong. After getting patched up at the ER, he performed a football-themed paso doble with former DWTS champ Rashad and Lindsay Arnold.

“Grocery Store Joe” Amabile’s salsa with partner Jenna Johnson and fellow Bachelorette contestant Jordan Kimball was painful in a different way. Set to “I’m Too Sexy,” the routine -- which featured ripped shirts, overalls, and a cold shower ending -- was the worst of the night, scoring a dismal 15/30.

The best dance of the night goes to Milo Manheim and his partner Witney Carson, joined by Riker Lynch. They did a spicy salsa with extra hairography and wowed the judges into giving them a nearly perfect score of 29/30.

Here are the scores:

Highest Score:
Milo Manheim, Disney Channel star, with Witney Carson and guest Riker Lynch, 29/30

Tied in second place:
Tinashe, R&B singer, with Brandon Armstrong and guest Amy Purdy, 26/30 (eliminated)
Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic gymnast, with Sasha Farber and guest Nastia Liukin, 26/30

Alexis Ren, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, with Alan Bersten and guest Maddie Ziegler, 25/30
Juan Pablo Di Pace, Fuller House & Mamma Mia! actor, with Cheryl Burke and guest Melissa Rycroft, 24/30
Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter films star, with Keo Motsepe and guest Scarlett Byrne, 24/30 (in jeopardy)
DeMarcus Ware, former NFL star, with Lindsay Arnold and guest Rashad Jennings, 22/30
John Schneider, Dukes of Hazzard star, with Emma Slater and guest Joey Fatone, 21/30
Bobby Bones, country radio personality, with Sharna Burgess and guest Lindsey Stirling, 20/30

Lowest score:
Joe Amabile, The Bachelorette contestant, with Jenna Johnson and guest Jordan Kimball, 15/30

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Monday
Oct152018

'Stella's Last Weekend' was a family affair for Polly Draper and sons Nat and Alex Wolff 

Paladin(NEW YORK) -- Making the new film Stella’s Last Weekend was a family affair for Polly Draper and her two sons Nat and Alex Wolff.

Not only do they play mother and sons in the movie, but Draper also wrote and directed the film, her husband Michael Wolff composed the music and the family’s rescue dog, Stella, stars in the title role.

While they’ve all worked together before – minus Stella – in Nickelodeon’s Naked Brothers Band, when Nat and Alex were kids, this was their first time the family had worked together as adults.

“I think we're just at a place where we all really respect each other and have confidence in our own abilities outside of the family,” Nat tells ABC Radio of working with his family. “So when we came back to do a movie together, it was like just working with people that you think are incredibly talented that you love spending time with.”

Stella, on the other hand, wasn’t as easy to work with.

“She was really abusing everyone on set,” Alex jokes. “It was a difficult process, in complete seriousness. Did not like working with her. Love her as a dog, but...” 

The film revolves around Nat’s character, Jack, returning home from college to help his family give their elderly pooch a final send-off before she passes. While at home, his relationship with his younger brother Oliver is tested when they find out they’re both in love with the same girl.

While some of the elements of their real-life relationship made it into the film, Nat and Alex admit the closest they ever came to fighting over a girl in real life was when they both had a mutual crush on Kristen Stewart -- though they never actually met her.

Stella's Last Weekend is out now in limited release -- and don't worry: No dogs were harmed during the filming of the movie.

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Monday
Oct152018

'Mamma Mia!' returning to theaters for 10th anniversary

Universal Pictures/Fathom Events(DENVER, CO) -- Mamma Mia! Here they go again.

The Meryl Streep-led musical is getting a re-release in theaters in honor of its 10-year anniversary. The 2008 film, featuring songs by the pop group ABBA, will return to 400 screens for two days only next month.

Fathom Events and Universal Pictures will host the showings on Sunday, Nov. 4 and Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time. The screenings will also feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.

Mamma Mia! stars Streep as Donna, the free-spirited mom of Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie, who reveals that one of three different men could be Sophie’s father.

You can buy tickets for the 10th anniversary showings at FathomEvents.com or at participating box offices.

Mamma Mia! earned $609.8 million worldwide upon its release in July, 2008.  A sequel, titled -- of course -- Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, was released this summer and earned $392 million globally.

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