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Oct182019

Jane Fonda arrested again at another U.S. Capitol climate protest

iStock/rarrarorro(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda, 81, was arrested by police with a group of about a dozen protesters Friday after being warned repeatedly to leave the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Inspired by young climate activists like 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, Fonda recently told ABC News that every Friday while she's in the nation's capital, she'll attend "Fire Drill Friday," a weekly event featuring scientists, celebrities and activists addressing the various facets and impacts of climate change.

Fonda, who has a long career in activism, told ABC News in an earlier interview about her planned effort, "11 o'clock every Friday morning come get arrested with me, or choose not to -- it doesn't matter."

The actress reportedly decided to leave her home and move to Washington for four months, because she wanted to "make a commitment to" the issue of climate change.

"Fire Drill Friday" is a reference to Thunberg saying during a speech at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January, "I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is."

In an interview with ABC News Deputy Political director MaryAlice Parks for an episode of of ABC News Live's The Briefing Room, Fonda said that it's the kids who are leading the charge when it comes to fighting climate change.

"And so, grandmas unite," she said. "I want to stand with them and raise up...their message. This is serious...this is a crisis unlike anything that has ever faced humankind."

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Friday
Oct182019

"None of my kids want to be actors," says 'Maleficent' mom Angelina Jolie

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- While there are enough of them to make their own ensemble movie cast, don't expect to see Angelina Jolie's kids on the big screen.

The Oscar-winner and Maleficent series star explains to People that Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11, have no plans to join the family business.

In fact, they turned down her offer to have them appear in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Jolie tells the magazine, revealing, "I tried. Nobody was interested!"

Although Vivienne played young Aurora in the 2014 original, she wasn't ready for her close-up this time around.

"None of my kids want to be actors," Jolie says. "[They’re into] business, humanitarian affairs, things like that."

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, is now in theaters from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Friday
Oct182019

'Patsy & Loretta' star Megan Hilty says Lifetime film celebrates "true female friendship"

Jake Giles Netter(NEW YORK) -- In the new Lifetime movie Patsy & Loretta premiering this weekend, Broadway darlings Megan Hilty and Jessie Mueller star as two of country music’s most beloved stars: Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

Instead of being rivals, the two singers formed a close bond as they took on the male-dominated music industry of the 1960s together, until Patsy’s tragic death in a 1963 plane crash at age 30.  

Hilty, who plays Patsy, says it was “daunting” stepping into such an iconic singer’s shoes, but she was drawn to the film’s portrayal of female friendship.

“It’s written beautifully and it's about two female friends in a positive way,” she tells ABC Audio.

She adds, “You know, so many people like to make movies and TV shows about women who are in fierce competition and tearing each other apart any chance they get. And I really desperately wanted to be a part of something that celebrated what true female friendship looks like.”

Hilty, who rose to fame in the Broadway show Wicked and starred on the TV show Smash, and Mueller, a Tony award-winner for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, also perform the songs for the movie’s soundtrack.  Hilty takes on Patsy’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Come on In (And Make Yourself at Home),” among others.

The soundtrack comes out Saturday, the same day Patsy & Loretta premieres on Lifetime at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Oct182019

Uzo Aduba is a "force of nature" in real life, and in 'Miss Virginia', says Matthew Modine

Vertical Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Most people became familiar with Uzo Aduba when she snagged her first-ever Emmy for her first nomination for the Netflix show Orange is the New Black back in 2014.

The actress ended up winning three Emmys playing Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in the prison drama -- with her first two of those wins coming back-to-back.

Now she's starring in Miss Virginia, a based-on-real life film about Virginia Walden Ford, an impoverished single mother who fought Washington D.C. politicians -- and the city's rough streets -- to better the life of her 15-year-old son and underprivileged kids like him. 

Matthew Modine plays a congressman who finds in the formidable woman the fire for fighting the system that he once had. "You know, he's somebody who...sort of felt gave up in the 80s," he tells ABC Audio of his character. "You know, he was a politician who wanted to change the world, and then he realizes that politics are so corrupted. And then he meets this this force of nature."

Incidentally, "force of nature" was just how he described Uzo. "It was such a pleasure to work with her and to meet her. I saw the movie the other day and I don't know whether the performances are coming for female actresses this year, but I think that the race just started for best actress with Uzo's performance."

He adds, "You know, it's a very difficult role to play because of all the things that it is. And she does it with charm and elan and a kind of elegance that that is wonderful. It's just refreshing to see."

Miss Virginia is both in theaters and available on video on demand today.

 

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Friday
Oct182019

Kylie Jenner's daughter Stormi isn't a fan of her mom's singing

David Livingston/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Unlike the Internet and Ariana Grande, Kylie Jenner's daughter Stormi doesn't think much of her mother's singing.

On Thursday, Kylie shared a video on Instagram of one-year-old Stormi laughing and dancing to a remix of the 22-year-old makeup mogul singing "Rise and Shine," the song she used to wake up her daughter in an earlier clip that went viral.

"You like it? asks Kylie, to which Stormi replies, "Daddy sing?"

"No baby, that's mommy singing," answers Kylie in return, but Stormi repeatedly demands to hear her father, rapper Travis Scott instead, becoming more insistent each time.

“Oh, you want daddy’s singing? I’m not good enough?” asks a disappointed Jenner.

The three-word song, posted as part of a video tour of her Kylie Cosmetics office on YouTube last week, spawned intense online response from fans and went viral, eventually drawing a plea from from Grande to let her sample the song.

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Friday
Oct182019

Alec Baldwin says people convicted in college admissions scandal shouldn't go to jail

ABC(New York) -- With actress Felicity Huffman in the middle of serving a 14-day prison sentence for her part in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, buddy Alec Baldwin turned to Twitter to vent his frustrations about it.

"I don’t think anyone involved in the college fraud cases should go to prison.  That includes past cases as well," he tweeted on Wednesday. 

As for what he believes is an appropriate punishment, Baldwin offered, "Community service, fines, yes. But prison time, no. My heart goes out to Felicity, Bill Macy and their family."

When a Twitter user called Baldwin's opinion "tone deaf," the 30 Rock star followed up, "Community service is better. The demonization of wealth in this country is mind blowing."

He then griped, "A country built on both freedoms and commerce. Now, all success is scrutinized. Merely to succeed, especially financially, invites scrutiny, judgment, abuse."

Unfortunately for Baldwin, his followers aren't sparing any sympathy for his friend and vehemently disagree with his point of view.

The Varsity Blues scandal is one of the largest college cheating scams ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.  About 50 people, including Huffman, are accused of buying their children's way into college.

Huffman was convicted of paying $15,000 to have a third party rig her daughter’s SAT score and sentenced to 14 days in prison.  She was also fined $40,000 and must complete 250 hours of community service.

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Friday
Oct182019

Priyanka Chopra Jonas to voice Queen Elsa in Hindi version of 'Frozen II'

ABC Radio/Steve Iervolino(NEW YORK) -- Queen Elsa and Princess Anna will be voiced by real life family members in the Hindi version of Frozen II.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed on her Instagram Friday that she and her cousin, Parineeti Chopra, will voice the iconic sister-duo in the Hindi dub of Frozen II.  

"Mimi and Tisha are now Elsa and Anna! #ChopraSisters are finally coming together for Disney’s Frozen 2." Chopra Jonas gushes. "Can’t wait for you guys to see us… I mean HEAR us bring these amazing, strong characters to life in Hindi."

With the new announcement, it means Disney has successfully added another Jonas family member to its official club.  Priyanka's husband, Nick Jonas, starred in the Jonas Brothers' Disney TV series Jonas from 2009 to 2010.  He also starred in the Disney TV movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam alongside Demi Lovato.

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell voice Elsa and Anna, respectively, in the English version.   Frozen II arrives in theaters worldwide on November 22.

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Friday
Oct182019

Angelina Jolie thinks 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' is a feast for the eyes and the soul

Walt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil should make the most money this weekend at the box office.  The sequel to 2014's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elle Fanning is looking at an opening around $45-50 million, but Jolie says she's more interested in seeing people leave the the theater with smiles on their faces.

"You want people to be entertained," she tells ABC News.  "You want them to see something they weren't expecting and you want them to laugh a bit and you want them to be surprised a bit and you want them to just have fun."

Jolie also hopes the film will change the way people see themselves and the world around them.

"I would hope little kids -- or anyone who sees this -- and thinks, 'well, maybe, maybe I need to be more my true self.  Maybe I need to open up to my true nature and whether or not people around me accept it or feel comfortable with it is not'is not a burden I should carry,'" she explains. 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is now showing in theaters.

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Friday
Oct182019

Clueless getting a gritty Gen-Z reboot as a mystery drama series

Archive Photos / Stringer/ Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The cult classic movie Clueless is coming back as a TV series -- with an insane twist.  First and foremost, the lighthearted spirit of the original 1995 film will be completely washed away and adopt a darker vibe.

Deadline reports that Will & Grace writers Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey penned the script, which has multiple streaming services, such as the CW, reportedly frothing at the mouth.  The reimagined series will reportedly combine the elements of RiverdaleMean Girls, and a Lizzo music video.

The reboot series will take viewers on "a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled" ride through a high school where "queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans."

The mystery drama series is currently in the works at CBS TV Studios, who own the rights of the original film and the 1996 television spinoff series.

As expected, fans of the original movie are already giving the news a hard "as if!"

This isn't the first Clueless reboot news to come out recently.  Last year, it was revealed that a new Clueless movie was in the works from Girls Trip producer Tracy Oliver and Marquita Robinson, a writer on the Netflix comedy GLOW.

It is unknown if the two projects are related.

Clueless, the 1995 movie, starred Alicia SilverstonePaul RuddBreckin MeyerJeremy SistoStacey DashBrittany Murphy and Dan Hedaya.

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Friday
Oct182019

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' and 'Zombieland: Double Tap' among this week's new releases

Walt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Maleficent: Mistress of Evil -- The sequel to the 2014's Maleficent picks up several years after the first film chronicled the events that drove the notorious Disney villain to curse a baby Princess Aurora.  It follows the complex relationship between the two as they form new alliances and face new adversaries.  Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning return as Maleficent and Aurora, respectively.  Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville also return to their previous roles.  Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Michelle Pfeiffer join the cast as new characters.  Rated PG.

* Zombieland: Double Tap -- The sequel to the surprise 2009 horror zombie apocalypse comedy finds original cast members Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone, who played four strangers that meet on the road during a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak, contending with newer, more evolved zombies, as well as new human survivors, as they deal with their own shaky relationships.  Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia and Roasario Dawson, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch join the cast for the sequel.  Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Jojo Rabbit -- Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi [TIE-ka Wah-TEET-ee] wrote and directed this satire, set in World War II Germany.  It follows the titular character, a young German boy in Adolph Hitler's army, played by newcomer Roman Griffin Davis, whose mother, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.  Aided only by his imaginary friend, in the form of an idiotic version of Hitler, played by Waititi, Jojo must confront his ideology.  Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Sam Rockwell also star.  Rated PG-13.

* The Lighthouse -- Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in this black & white horror film about two keepers of a remote lighthouse who begin to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.  Rated R.

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