Chilling dystopian drama "The Handmaid’s Tale" premieres on Hulu

Elizabeth Moss as Offred in "The Handmaiden's Tale" - Hulu 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the buzziest new shows on Hulu, The Handmaid’s Tale, premieres on the streaming site today. The series, based on the 1985 feminist novel by Margaret Atwood, follows Offred, a woman forced to live in an oppressive society.

Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss stars in the lead role and says she hopes young women learn something from her character’s struggles.

“It’s very much about the hero that kind of lies in all of us and how has nothing to do with special skills or how big you are,” she told ABC Radio at the show’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere Friday. “You can find strength inside yourself that I think you didn’t know you had. And I think that that’s something I learned from it and something that Offred’s learns and I hope young women take away from it.”

The series is full of strong female characters, including Offred’s best friend Moira -- played by Orange Is the New Black actress Samira Wiley. Moira’s toughness serves as inspiration for Offred.

“She is someone that is gonna get knocked down and will rise up every single time,” Wiley says. “The memory of her friendship really bolstered Offred’s character to be able to say, ‘I will survive.’”

In addition to staying close to the novel’s dystopian plot, the series expands upon certain elements from the book. Namely, the character of Nick, played by Max Minghella.

“What’s great about doing a series is you get to expand so much and find out so many things about Nick that we don’t get to learn in the book and he’s a very enigmatic person so I find that really fun to play,” Minghella says. “There’s a lot of different sides to him.”

The first three episodes of the series hit Hulu today, with new ones debuting weekly thereafter.

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M. Night Shyamalan's "Split" twist took years to pull off

Universal - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has enjoyed his best buzz in years thanks to his latest twisty, twisted thriller hit, Split. The movie stars James McAvoy as a creepy kidnapper with multiple personalities. 

But the director who became famous for twist endings pulled off a surprise bigger in Split than the fact that Bruce Willis was dead the whole time in The Sixth Sense.

Some background first: Split features a final scene that shows Willis' character from 2000's semi-superhero movie, Unbreakable, revealing that Split and Unbreakable exist in the same universe -- and giving hope to fans who've wanted to see a sequel to Unbreakable for years. 

The final scene in Split -- which was deliberately withheld from test audiences, so as not to spoil the surprise -- shows Willis' Unbreakable character at a bar, watching a news report about McAvoy's character. Willis also references Mr. Glass, the brittle-boned villain played by Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable

Shyamalan tells The Hollywood Reporter that the twist wasn't an add-on: it was 15 years in the making. "This was always part of the Unbreakable world," Shyamalan said, adding McAvoy's "Kevin Wendle Crumb was a part of the original, original script for Unbreakable," but Shyamalan cut him out.

"I wanted to do a movie about him because I just loved him so much, and I thought it's a rich world for storytelling, so I was super, super excited to finally make it," said Shyamalan.  "My hope is to make a movie that combines the two."

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Emma Watson deals with fame on her terms 

Emma Watson in "The Circle"; STX Financing LLC(NEW YORK) -- Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson talks about the ups and downs of fame with actress Jessica Chastain in the latest edition of Interview, and why you're odds of getting a picture with the Harry Potter alum aren't very good.

"If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they've created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters," she says. "They can see what I'm wearing and who I'm with. I just can't give that tracking data."

What the 27-year-old actress offers instead is her time. "I'll say, 'I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have," she insists, "but I just can't do a picture.'"

However, there are exceptions notes Watson, explaining, "I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone's freakin' week? Children I don't say no to, for example."

Watson stars opposite Tom Hanks in the sci-fi drama The Circle, opening nationwide on Friday. 

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Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs" director Jonathan Demme dead at 73 

GP Images/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Director Jonathan Demme, whose body of work included rock documentaries, quirky cult classics and Oscar-winning hits, has died.  He was 73.

In a statement, Demme's rep told ABC News that the director died early this morning in New York City, surrounded by his wife and their three children. He died from complications from esophageal cancer.  There will be private family funeral.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Americans For Immigrant Justice in Miami, FL. 

Like many future Oscar winners, Demme got his start working for B-movie king Roger Corman, directing Corman's 1971 biker movie Angels Hard as They Come.  That was followed by other B-movies, such as Caged Heat and Crazy Mama.

Demme went on to helm such quirky 1980s movies as Melvin and Howard, Married to the Mob and Something Wild, but was also behind the camera for the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert film and documentary Stop Making Sense.  That led to Demme's parallel career as a director of concert movies and documentaries, among them Swimming to Cambodia, three Neil Young concert movies and, most recently, 2016's Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.

In the '90s, Demme's career really took off when he directed the Oscar-winning movies The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia.  Silence of the Lambs was only the third film in history to win Oscars in all five top categories: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Adapted Screenplay.

Demme's work since included the critically-acclaimed Anne Hathaway film Rachel Getting Married, and the 2015 Meryl Streep comedy Ricki and the Flash.

Demme recently completed a multi-media presentation for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which incorporates footage from all the induction ceremonies over the years.

In a statement, Philadelphia star Tom Hanks said, "Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men."

Ricki & the Flash star Meryl Streep said in a statement, "A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man -- in full embrace in his life of people in need -- and of the potential of art, music, poetry and film to fill that need -- a big loss to the caring world."

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Marvel & Doritos offer 'Guardians of the Galaxy' snacks and tunes

Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Snacks, classic tunes and space aliens?  Where do we sign up?

Frito-Lay's teaming up with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to present -- wait for it -- a Doritos bag with a built-in "retro cassette tape deck-inspired player" into which you plug a pair of headphones to listen to the entire Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack.

That's right -- a bag of chips that also plays tunes. 

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Due out this Friday, the soundtrack includes songs from Electric Light Orchestra, Sweet, Fleetwood Mac, Sam Cooke, George Harrison and others.  Friday's also when you can buy one of the custom bags for yourself via

Awesome Mix Vol. 1 -- featuring classic hits from Blue Swede, David Bowie, Redbone, The Raspberries, Jackson 5 and more -- topped both the Billboard album chart and the soundtracks chart, and Vol. 2 is expected to do the same.  

Doritos is also sponsoring special "Rock Out Loud" pop-up recording booths in New York and Los Angeles May 5th, the day Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens, where fans can win prizes by singing their favorite song from the soundtrack.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

Here's the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix 2 track list:

 "Mr. Blue Sky" -- Electric Light Orchestra
"Fox on the Run" -- Sweet
"Lake Shore Drive" -- Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
"The Chain" -- Fleetwood Mac
"Bring It On Home to Me" -- Sam Cooke
"Southern Nights" -- Glen Campbell
"My Sweet Lord" -- George Harrison
"Brandy You're a Fine Girl" -- Looking Glass
"Come a Little Bit Closer" -- Jay and the Americans
"Wham Bang Shang-a-Lang" -- Silver
"Surrender" -- Cheap Trick
"Father and Son" -- Yusuf / Cat Stevens
"Flashlight" -- Parliament
"Guardians Inferno" -- The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

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Jeff Goldblum joining 'Jurassic World 2'

Christopher Polk/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeff Goldblum is on board for the next Jurassic World film, according to Variety

Goldblum played chaos mathematician Ian Malcolm in 1993’s Jurassic Park, and again in 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but sat out Jurassic World

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel. Goldblum will be seen next in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, opening nationwide in November.

Marvel is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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"The Voice" Recap: Gwen Stefani loses an artist; Adam Levine delivers emotional tribute to slain former contestant

NBC/Paul Drinkwater(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 12 artists who performed Monday learned that Troy Ramey, from Gwen Stefani’s team, was sent home.

Rainey was eliminated on a one-hour results show. He lost an "Instant Save" vote to Team Adam Levine’s Mark Isaiah.

There are now 11 artists remaining in the competition, including those of Teams Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys.

At the top of the show, Carson Daly announced the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, benefiting those impacted by gun violence and families affected by breast cancer. Grimmie was the season-6 finalist, representing Adam‘s team, who was shot to death following a concert in Orlando, Florida in June of 2016.

With Christina’s family watching from the audience, Adam led his current team in an emotional performance of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” Afterwards, Daly remarked, “Christina, we feel your spirit here at The Voice every single day and we love you dearly.”

Prior to the vote, Ramey and Isaiah sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Ramey performed “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray, and Isaiah covered “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.

The results show also featured Blake joining his team for a group performance of John Lennon’s “Crippled Inside.”

The evening also included G-Eazy performing his single “Good Life,” from the movie The Fate of the Furious.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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"Star Wars: Episode IX" and new "Indiana Jones" movie get release dates

"Star Wars: Episode XIII - The Last Jedi"/Lucasfilm - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII, aka The Last Jedi, just arrived a couple weeks ago, but we already know when Episode IX will be hitting theaters.

The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm announced that the ninth chapter of the Star Wars saga will arrive in theaters May 24, 2019.  Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the movie will be the final chapter in the latter-day Star Wars trilogy that began with The Force Awakens. 

As previously reported, the late Carrie Fisher will not appear in Episode IX, either via stock footage or digital recreation, but she will be in The Last Jedi.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited new chapter in the Indiana Jones saga will hit theaters July 10, 2020.  Steven Spielberg is back in the director's chair, while Harrison Ford will return as the intrepid whip-cracking archeologist.

Speaking of Harrison Ford, the stand-alone Star Wars film exploring the youth of his character, Han Solo, will come out May 25, 2018.

Disney is the parent company of both Lucasfilm and ABC News.

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Scott Baio defends his drug comments after Erin Moran's death; Posts message from Moran's widower

Getty Images/Ron Galella(LOS ANGELES) -- Scott Baio posted a heartfelt goodbye to his Happy Days co-star Erin Moran after her death over the weekend, but was then attacked online for doing a radio interview in which he seemed to blame drugs for her death.  In fact, she died of cancer, and now, he's defending himself.

During the interview, Baio said, "I’m...not completely shocked that this happened," he said during the interview. "...For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die."

Writing on Facebook, Baio explained, "I was asked ONLY about Erin's troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it. THIS WAS BEFORE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED..."

He added, "Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me...They're stating that I'm saying drugs caused her to die after it was reported stage 4 cancer. This is so wrong! Now I truly understand the meaning of 'Fake News.'"

Baio also says he believes some of the backlash is due to him being a Trump supporter

On Tuesday, Baio posted a message from Moran's widower Steve Fleischmann, who'd asked the actor to pass along the information for him.  In the message, he detailed how quickly the disease killed her. 

"She was feeling fine on our anniversary [last November]," wrote Felischman.  However, she subsequently went from finding a spot of blood on her pillow to being diagnosed with cancer less than a month later.

On April 22nd, Fleischmann recalled, "she was not feeling 100%." He said he watched TV with her in bed while holding her hand.  When he woke up an hour later, he says, "she was gone."

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First Look: "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"

20th Century Fox - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- 20th Century Fox has released the official trailer for the sequel to its massive 2014 sleeper hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. The peek at director Matthew Vaughn's second go 'round, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, sees Taron Egerton's newly minted super-spy, Eggsy, returning to the Kingsman HQ -- only to see it obliterated by a missile. 

Eggsy and his former trainer, Mark Strong's Merlin, find themselves in the U.S., where they team up with The Statesman -- an American version of their veddy British spy group.

The cowboy-themed group features Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal. Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Colin Firth also star -- the latter's appearance something of a surprise to Eggsy and Merlin, given that Firth's character, Harry Hart, was (spoiler alert) apparently shot and killed by Samuel L. Jackson's character in the first film.  

Elton John also appears in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but he's not seen in the new trailer, which makes great use of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as its soundtrack.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, due out September 22.

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