Monty Python's Terry Jones Diagnosed with Dementia 

Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(LONDON) -- Monty Python member Terry Jones, who also directed or co-directed the British comedy troupe's classic films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Meaning of Life and Life of Brian, can no longer do interviews.  According to a spokesperson, he's been diagnosed with a form of dementia that makes it difficult for him to speak.

In a press release announcing that Jones was to receive an award from the British Academy of Film and Television arts, a spokesman for the performer said, "Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia.  This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews."

However, continued the spokesperson, "Terry is proud and honored to be recognized in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations."

Jones, who was born in Wales, will receive the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television from the Welsh branch of BAFTA.  He'll be honored October 2 at the British Academy Cymru Awards -- "Cymru" is Welsh for Wales.

While Jones was a part of numerous classic Python sketches, he may be best known for portraying Mr. Creosote, the gluttonous man who ate so much he exploded, in The Meaning of Life.

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"Quantico" Is Back! What's New in Season 2?

ABC/Giovanni Rufino(NEW YORK) -- The ABC drama Quantico returns for its second season Sunday night, and star Priyanka Chopra says things are very different this time around.

Season 1 ended with Chopra's FBI agent Alex Parrish clearing her name by uncovering the true perpetrator of a terrorist bombing -- and getting fired from the FBI regardless.

However, her unemployment is short-lived, as she's approached to join the CIA. "It's a complete reset," Chopra tells ABC Radio.

"She's in...over her head because she's a very honest, truthful...kind of girl, and the CIA is all about lying, deceit and betrayal." 

Along with Alex's new job is a new mentor, in the form of Blair Underwood's Owen Hall. His character, like Quantico's scripts, are mired in secrecy.

Underwood, who recently had a recurring role on another ABC show, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that was part of a massive character twist, says he got used to keeping his lips zipped, for fear of the "Marvel snipers" -- who actors have joked will "take them out" if they reveal spoilers.

"Marvel, and you know this, they are really intense about, 'Don't say, do anything.' So [Quantico] is not quite [the same] but it's -- they're pretty secretive."

Parrish finds herself stumbling across a very tense situation in the opening minutes of Sunday's show: terrorists have taken the president hostage at the G20 summit -- and even though she's a civilian, Chopra says Alex knows what she must do -- sensible footwear be-damned. "Alex only wears heels -- that's her superpower," the actress jokes. "She fights and runs like Batman in heels."

"She didn't know it was going to happen -- she was dressed for a meeting," Chopra explains. "And then she ended up becoming bad-a**, and using the resources she has -- including the heels -- to get rid of terrorists. It's pretty amazing." 

On a serious note, this season also deals with another terror attack -- told in the series flashback/forward style.

"Whenever you watch these episodes, if you miss something: grabbing popcorn, or a cup of coffee or some dinner -- don't ever miss the last one minute of the show. Ever!" 

Quantico airs at 10 p.m. Eastern on ABC. 

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Leslie Jones Tweets for Missed Love Connection

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- By now, Leslie Jones' recent troubles on social media have been well documented, but now she's making her online life work for her love life. 

The Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters reboot star -- who already scored a chance to cover the Olympics in Rio after her furious tweeting about the Games -- is trying to find a missed love connection from Emmy night, all in 140 characters. 


It's unknown if the gambit worked, but the post has been liked more than 2 thousand times already. 

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"The Big Bang Theory" Stars Dominate "Forbes" List of Highest-Paid TV Actors 

L-R: Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons in “The Big Bang Theory”; Michael Yarish/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- The male stars of The Big Bang Theory are rolling in the dough.

The top four slots on Forbes' new list of the world's highest-paid TV actors are occupied by stars of the hit CBS sitcom.

Leading the way is Jim Parsons, who Forbes says earned 25.5 million dollars -- before management fees and taxes -- between June 1, 2015, and June 1 of this year. He ranked first on last year's list, too.

Parsons is followed on the 2016 list by co-star Johnny Galecki, who raked in 24 million dollars during the same one-year span. Both reportedly earn one million dollars per episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Two more Big Bang Theory cast members, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are right behind them on the list, at 22.5 million dollars and 22 million dollars, respectively.

Mark Harmon, star of the CBS drama NCIS, rounds out the top five, with 20 million.

You can check out the top 15 highest-paid TV actors on

Last week, Forbes released its list of the world's highest-paid TV actresses. Modern Family's Sofia Vergara was #1, having earned 43 million dollars between June of last year and June of this year.

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Brad Pitt Update: FBI Investigating Abuse Allegations 

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI(LOS ANGELES) -- Thursday, ABC News confirmed the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services is investigating a child abuse claim involving Brad Pitt.  Now the FBI is looking into the case as well.

A law-enforcement official briefed on the investigation tells ABC News the FBI was notified about the allegations Monday, and was brought in after the local child-welfare agency was, because the alleged incident occurred in the air.

FBI headquarters is said to want an assessment from agents, though preliminary info suggests that if any violation of law occurred, the charges would likely be only misdemeanors.  Agents are also trying to determine which child or children were involved in the alleged incident, and whether it became physical, or if it was just verbal.

There is no suspicion of drug use involved, per preliminary info.

Angelina Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from 52-year-old Pitt Monday, a decision her attorney said was "made for the health of the family."  TMZ reported an allegation that Pitt got "wasted" on a private jet last week and became physically and verbally abusive to his children.

Alluding to the allegation, the FBI said in a statement, "The FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued.”

Pitt and Jolie were married for two years before their split. In the divorce document obtained by ABC News, the estranged couple's date of separation was listed as September 15. Jolie Pitt has asked for physical custody of the couple's six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.

"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt said earlier this week in response to the allegations.

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Mel Brooks Pranks President Obama at National Medal of Arts Ceremony 

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Mel Brooks has pranked President Barack Obama in his home, the White House.

Brooks, 90, was awarded the 2015 National Medal of Arts Thursday "for a lifetime of making the world laugh," the White House said in a statement. He's one of the few entertainers to have earned an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy.

After Obama placed the medal around the legendary comedian's neck, Brooks pretended to pull down the president's pants.

The moment caused many in the audience to laugh and applaud.

At the end of the ceremony, Obama quipped that "Mel Brooks kind of set the tone for this thing," adding that normally it's "been a much more staid affair."

Among the other honorees this year were music producer and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, choreographer Ralph Lemon, playwright and actor Luis Valdez, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut and actor Morgan Freeman, who was not in attendance.

Obama joked that Freeman "undoubtedly is off playing a black president again. He never lets me have my moment."

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Jim Carrey's Late Girlfriend's Husband Claims Carrey Gave Her an STD

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The public war of words continues between Jim Carrey and Mark Burton, the husband of Carrey’s late girlfriend, Cathriona White.  Burton now claims Carrey gave White a sexually transmitted disease.

To recap: Burton, who lives in Portland, OR, filed suit against Carrey Monday in Los Angeles, claiming the actor illegally obtained and provided the drugs, including Ambien and oxycodone, that White used to commit suicide late last year at age 30.  Burton’s lawsuit seeks various damages, plus funeral and burial expenses.

Carrey immediately denied the allegations, with his attorney, Martin Singer, calling them “an outlandish shakedown” attempt. 

Then Thursday, Burton amended his suit to claim Carrey, 54, gave White an STD before he allegedly left her.  Singer “categorically disputed” the charge in a statement Thursday, calling it a “desperate, bogus claim,” and in turn calling Burton’s marriage to White an “illegal sham” that was arranged  “to evade immigration laws” so White, who was born in Ireland, could stay in the U.S.  Singer also claims White asked Carrey to marry her, for that reason.

“My client will not pay money to end this opportunist’s transparent shakedown lawsuit, and this malicious case will be dismissed,” Singer’s statement ends. “Mr. Carrey has suffered a great deal in the last year with the suicide of the woman he dearly loved, and it is outrageous that he should be subjected to this predatory lawsuit.”

In a brief statement Friday morning, Burton responded, “Mr. Carrey and his handlers need to stop with the lies and deception – enough is enough,” and claimed to have evidence supporting his allegations in the form of text messages and a hand-written letter from White.  Stay tuned.

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Hillary Clinton Does "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis

Screenshot courtesy Funny or Die(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton has been given the Between Two Ferns treatment.

The Democratic presidential nominee sat down for an interview on the Funny or Die talk show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis.

During the interview -- posted Thursday, but taped on the Friday that Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia -- Clinton jokes about Donald Trump, her pantsuits and the "double standard" of being a woman running for office, among other things.

Mid-interview, she says bluntly, "I really regret doing this."

When Galifianakis asks Clinton what she thinks Trump will wear to the debate, she replies, "I assume he'll wear, you know, that red power tie." Galifianakis shoots back, "Or maybe like a white power tie," to which Clinton replies, "That's even more appropriate."

At one point, Clinton mockingly objects to the comedian's "out-of-date questions" after he asks, "As secretary, how many words per minute could you type? And how does President Obama like his coffee? Like himself...weak?"

Galifianakis signs off by referring to Clinton's biggest election-cycle controversy: "We should stay in touch.  What's the best way to reach you? Email?"



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"The Magnificent Seven," "Storks" Open Nationwide Today

"The Magnificent Seven"; MGM/Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide today:

The Magnificent Seven -- In Training Day director Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western, seven outlaws are hired to protect a town from an evil industrialist. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke,Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee and Peter Sarsgaard star. Rated PG-13.

Storks -- In an animated world where storks no longer deliver babies, a troublemaking stork accidentally activates a baby-making machine, and has to drop off the baby girl it produces. Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are among the members of the voice cast. Rated PG.

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Review: “The Magnificent Seven” (PG-13)

L-R: Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt; MGM/Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Sing it with me if you know it: “Dum, dum da-dum, da da da da da dum…”

Look, Hollywood took an old property and made it new again, and while we may scream and cry about Tinseltown’s lack of originality, at least here we get a furious, somewhat glorious, infectiously entertaining remake of a classic.  And in fairness, the 1960 original Magnificent Seven was itself based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai, so this is a remake of a remake.

Star Denzel Washington teams up with Antoine Fuqua, the director who helped him score his Best Actor Oscar for 2001’s Training Day.  While Fuqua’s never before directed a Western, a lot of his best work plays out like a Western, thematically. This is a perfect fit.

Peter Sarsgaard, so good at being super creepy, plays Bartholomew Bogue, a sadistic and successful prospector who has enough money to hire a small army to help him do his evil bidding. When he wreaks havoc on a small town he has designs on ripping off, the villagers, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), pool their money to fight back.  Or hire someone to fight back for them.

That’s where Washington’s feared bounty hunter, Chisolm, comes in, whom we meet after he captures a wanted man who was posing as a bartender. It’s also when we meet Chris Pratt’s Josh Faraday, a charming, alcoholic con man of sorts who’s quick on the draw and even quicker with his slight-of-hand card tricks.  Once Emma convinces Chisolm to help her fight Bogue, Chisolm rounds up a posse, starting with Faraday,  then including his old Civil War buddy Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), a wanted Mexican gunslinger named Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Fulfo), and legendary mountain man Jack Home (Vincent D’Onofrio).

While the original Magnificent Seven played on offensive stereotypes, this version’s respectful, and basically colorblind. Chisolm and Robicheaux became friendly during the Civil War, though Robicheaux fought for the South and Chisholm is clearly black. The genesis of their relationship is never defined, nor does it need to be.  Washington’s humanity, Fuqua’s direction, and Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto’s writing transcends stereotypes and skin color in a way virtually non-existent in any film genre.

A word about Washington.  Even when he played Dr. Chandler on the 1980s TV medical drama St. Elsewhere, which I watched as a 10-year-old kid, he stood out, bringing a realness then that he’s since brought to every project, no matter who he’s playing. All these years later, Washington’s still the realest dude on the screen, always.  Fame has probably changed him a bit but I’m willing to bet he’s still that same kid from Mt. Vernon, New York who cut his teeth at the Boys Club. He hasn’t forgotten where he came from. As he told a friend of mine recently, he’s just a regular guy with an extraordinary job.

The genius here is putting Washington in a movie with talents like Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio -- actors who themselves are usually the realest guys on the screen in their respective projects.

While Wenk and Pizzolatto’s screenplay borrows attributes and backstories from the original Magnificent Seven characters, it endows this take’s new characters with some of those attributes and backstories -- I suppose, to pay homage to the original. If you’ve seen the original, you’ll appreciate it. If you haven’t, you won’t know the difference. Either way, they’ve created a terrific, nuanced and endearing character palette.

The movie isn’t without its faults. It’s still an old-fashioned Western and while it overcomes silly stereotypes, it’s filled with gratuitous, nonsensical violence. Still, that’s what you’d expect. 

The Magnificent Seven is a thoroughly satisfying, well-executed modern-day Western.

Four out of five stars. 

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