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Tuesday
Jul262016

Report: Disney Plotting Three "Young Han Solo" Movies

Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney StudiosAlden Ehrenreich, who was recently confirmed to play a young Han Solo in a Star Wars spin-off movie due out in 2018, may be playing the role more than once.

The New York Daily News reports that he signed a three-picture deal, meaning sequels could be in the offing.

“There is a real sense of excitement around the Han Solo movie and its potential,” the newspaper's source says. “Given that Han’s early adventures do not need to be tied to the Empire, it leaves story lines open with the opportunity to really give fans something different. They can explore new galaxies and crazy creatures and bring in a wide array of new characters."

Solo's past has been explored in a series of novels, however much of that so-called "Expanded Universe" material is not considered "canon," giving Lucasfilm and Disney a wide creative berth to explore the smug smugler's past. 

There's been no official word from Disney, which is releasing the new Star Wars movies and is the parent company of ABC News.

 

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Inside "Suicide Squad" Leader Joel Kinnaman's Quickie Wedding

Clay Enos/ TM & (c) DC ComicsHe plays no-nonsense soldier Rick Flag in the upcoming Suicide Squad, and Joel Kinnaman is apparently just as straightforward when it comes to matters of the heart, he told Kelly Ripa and co-host Alan Cumming on Tuesday's Live with Kelly.

"I'm a romantic guy," Kinnaman joked of his recent marriage to model and tattoo artist Cleo Wattenström, "So I took her to this magical place called SameDayMarriage.com on San Vincente...Boulevard in Los Angeles."

"We go in there and this woman behind the counter goes, 'Get married?'" Kinnaman said, affecting a thick Russian accent before answering in the affirmative.

"OK 435 dollars. quick, quick."

Another woman came out, Kinnaman explained, and affecting an even heavier Russian accent, he played her role as minister, "'Marriage. Rest of your life? Say yes.'"

After he agreed, she turned to Cleo and said, "'Marriage. You, too: Rest of the life?'"

When Wattenström agreed, the minister lightened up. "'Oh! You can kiss it!" the actor imitated. "'Marriage!'

Suicide Squad, which also stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, opens August 5.


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Tuesday
Jul262016

Bindi Irwin Marks 18th Birthday with Tribute to Late "Croc Hunter" Father Steve Irwin

NewspixGetty ImagesBindi Irwin, the daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, shared an adorable baby photo on Instagram on Sunday and paired it with a touching caption paying tribute to her father in honor of her 18th birthday.

"Our Dad, Mum's soulmate and a superhero for us all, passed away," the Dancing with the Stars champ wrote. "However, since this photo was taken, 18 years ago, one life ingredient has remained, unchanged, unbreakable. That is the unconditional love that is shared between my beautiful little family and the loyalty we have to each other and everyone else who has taken this journey with us."

Irwin added that she is "endlessly grateful" for her parents and the love that surrounds her.

Irwin was 8 when her father was killed by a stingray in a freak accident.

She followed up with a second post of a more recent picture and a note about her future as an adult.

 

"Being 18 and embarking upon my adult years, I can't predict what life will have in store for me. All I know is that I will try my very best to make a difference in this world with each moment that I'm given," she wrote.

Just a few days earlier, Irwin posted a similar throwback photo in honor of her mother's birthday.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

"Air Force One" Producer to Trump: Stop Using Our Movie's Music

Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman in "Air Force One"; Columbia Pictures/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Somebody else doesn’t want Donald Trump using their music on the campaign trail.

Gail Katz, who produced the 1997 Harrison Ford blockbuster Air Force One, has written a letter to the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign, telling them to stop using the movie’s score at his campaign events – the most recent being Trump’s arrival via helicopter last week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH.

“At no point were the filmmakers contacted to ask for permission to use Jerry’s music for the Republican campaign,” the letter, posted on The Hollywood Reporter’s website, says in part.

“We sincerely hope that Donald Trump and the Republicans do not use the Air Force One score in the future,” the letter continues. “It is a misappropriation of the music and the good will of the film, and we want to make sure that it does not imply any endorsement of the Republican ticket by the filmmakers."

Leaving no doubt about her feelings toward candidate Trump, Katz ends the letter with, “The Trump campaign's misappropriation of songs and music over the repeated objections of authors and performers is just one more reason why on November 8 the American voters will send a clear message to Donald Trump -- ‘Stay off our plane’!”

The final comment of course echoes Harrison Ford’s words to Gary Oldman’s hijacker near the movie’s end: “Get off my plane!”

Trump has been criticized in recent weeks by musicians including Queen, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, the estate of George Harrison and others for using their music in his campaign.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

$200 Million Lawsuit Against Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark Wahlberg Dismissed 

Dwayne Johnson in “Ballers”; Jeff Daly/courtesy of HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles judge on Monday granted a motion to dismiss a $200 million copyright-infringement lawsuit brought against Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and other defendants over the HBO series Ballers, Deadline reports.

Earlier this year, Everette Silas and Sherri Littleton filed a lawsuit that was amended from a previous complaint, alleging the premise of Ballers is ripped off from their own idea that they once pitched to Wahlberg and others.

The judge determined that the similarities between the two works did not rise to the standard of copyright infringement.

Ballers, whose second season began this month, is executive produced by Johnson and Wahlberg, and stars "The Rock" as a former football player who mentors other players as a financial adviser.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Matt Damon Not Supporting Donald Trump Because of His "Temperament" 

Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Safe to say Matt Damon isn't a fan of Donald Trump.

In an interview with ABC Radio, the star of the forthcoming Jason Bourne expressed his opinion that the Republican nominee is not fit to be president.

Damon's issue with Trump: his temperament.  He says The Donald is still mad over an article in Spy magazine almost 30 years ago that said Trump has small hands -- and to this day Trump reportedly sends Spy magazine co-creator Graydon Carter pictures of his hands to try and prove they're not small.

"That temperament, somebody who would do that over the smallest slight, from some profile that was done 30 years ago, that temperament married to the power of the presidency is what scares me," Damon says. 

Jason Bourne hits theaters Friday.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

"The Bachelorette" Recap: JoJo Picks Her Final Two 

L-R: Robby & Jordan; ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- JoJo Fletcher now has her choice of two men following Monday night's episode of The Bachelorette.

The lucky finalists are Jordan and Robby. Luke and Chase were both eliminated, with Chase's goodbye being particularly tense.

The episode began where last week's left off: with an emotional JoJo wondering what she was going to do after Luke surprised her by pulling her aside right before the rose ceremony to tell her he loves her.

JoJo collected herself just enough to hand out roses to Jordan, Robby and Chase, leaving a stunned Luke to take the walk to the limo.

JoJo explained to him that while their relationship had gotten better over time, she hadn't been sure where she stood with him. Luke lamented that they'll never know what they could have had.

JoJo sobbed as she said goodbye to him. "I'm gonna miss you," she told him.

"I miss you already," Luke replied.

After that difficult goodbye, JoJo left for Thailand, where she had one-on-one dates with the three remaining bachelors. First up was Robby, with whom she perused a floating market and shared kisses in the rain.

The topic of Robby's ex-girlfriend, and the rumor that he broke up with her so he could be on the show, came up again. He showed JoJo a note his dad gave him, in which he encouraged him to forget the negativity and stick to his plan. He told JoJo to keep the note in case she ever has doubts about his feelings for her.

In turn, JoJo extended Robby an invite to the fantasy suite, which he readily accepted.

For her second date, JoJo was joined by Jordan for a hiking adventure, during which they reached a temple inside a cave where kissing is not permitted.

JoJo pressed Jordan on their possible future together. After a back-and-forth that questioned his commitment to her, he assured her that he wants to be with her. He told her that he's a "better person" because of her.

That was the right answer, because it got him an invite to the fantasy suite.

JoJo's final date had her and Chase taking a boat ride to a secluded beach.

After their beach visit, and while Chase was out of the picture, Robby visited JoJo to reiterate his feelings for her.

Over dinner, Chase accepted an invite to the fantasy suite -- but he didn't get to spend the night with her. Later on, when he told JoJo he loves her, JoJo wasn't feeling the same way. "I'm having an overwhelming feeling of doubt," she told the camera.

She stepped out for a moment to collect her thoughts, then returned. "I don't know if I'm in the same place as you," she admitted.

Chase let loose, saying he put it all on the line and that he regretted saying he loves her. "You never gave it a chance," he added.

He tried to walk out on her, but JoJo wanted to continue the conversation. "None of this makes sense," he said, and once again he took off.

In the car ride he compared receiving a fantasy suite invite and then having it taken away to being kicked in the you-know-where.

He must have taken a U-turn, because he interrupted the ensuing rose ceremony -- not to beg for a second chance, but to tell JoJo he's not mad at her.

However, he concluded, "I do think you're wrong…my heart is still open for you."

Privately, JoJo cried and admitted she still has feelings for Chase. Nevertheless, she resumed the rose ceremony and gave roses to Jordan and Robby, saying she was excited to introduce them to her family.

On Tuesday night, ABC will air the "Men Tell All" special. We'll learn JoJo's choice next Monday night on the season finale of The Bachelorette.

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Monday
Jul252016

Ozzy Osbourne Says Marriage to Sharon Is "Back on Track Again"

Tibrina Hobson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Ozzy Osbourne said his very public split from wife Sharon Osbourne earlier this year was just a "bump in the road" and the two are now "back on track again."

"Oh, she's back on track again," the Black Sabbath frontman, 67, said in an interview that aired Monday on ABC's Good Morning America. “You just, you make mistakes, and you learn by your mistakes, I think.”

After tabloid reports of turbulence in their 33-year marriage, Sharon announced on CBS' The Talk in May that she had kicked her husband out of their home.

"I'm 63 years of age and I can't keep living like this," she said on the show, which she co-hosts. "I don't know where I'm going, who I'm going with. And I just need time to think."

Now, two months later, Ozzy, who has three children with Sharon, put a different perspective on their marital troubles.

"No, it's just a bump in the road," he said. "Some days it's good, some days it's terrible, some days you just drift apart for a while. But you get back on the horse, you know."

Osbourne's son, Jack, who is married with two children of his own, defended the fact that marriage is not always perfect.

"As a married person myself, you know, marriage is not like, 'Hey, we're married. All is good,'" Jack told GMA. "I mean, it's just life."

The Osbourne father and son are hitting the road together for their new, offbeat travelogue reality series,Ozzy and Jack's World Detour, which airs Sundays on the History Channel.

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Monday
Jul252016

Kristen Bell: Fame, Family, and Her "Tiny" Wedding

ABC/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- She might not be the "biggest fish" in Hollywood, but that's just fine with Kristen Bell. "Those big fish sometimes have a hard time," the Bad Moms star told CBS Sunday Morning. "I can still go to the grocery store."

Bell's focus remains her family not fame, the Frozen voiceover actress noted, sharing for the very first time pictures of her "tiny" wedding to actor Dax Shepard.

While some stars are more famous for their multimillion dollar weddings that are expensive as their marriages are short, Bell and her hubby had a simple, no-frills courthouse wedding in 2013 that remains one of the highlights of Bell's life. 

"We got married in a tiny room in the Beverly Hills courthouse, and it was still one of the best days of my life," Bell explained, showing the couple's attire was equally understated: Shepard is wearing a black tuxedo with bow tie and Bell has on a simple black top and pants with a statement necklace.

Bell got emotional while talking about her actor husband and the father of their two young daughters.

"He's a wonderful father," she said, tearing up.

"He knows the value of things. He was an addict for many, many years and he pulled himself out of it, and he's been sober for 11 or 12 years now," Bell added. "And he knows how many times he's messed up and how many times he's been really closing to losing everything."

Bell also knows the value of family. The Bad Moms star, who has appeared with her husband in ads for Samsung Electronics and will star alongside him in a movie next year, doesn't take what she has for granted.

"I always think, if I'm on my deathbed, what am I gonna be thinking about? And it won't be some random movie I participated in, or some TV show. It will be my family," Bell said.

 

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Monday
Jul252016

"Doctor Strange," Baby Groot, Take Root at Comic Con

Marvel Studios(SAN DIEGO) -- If you're a fan of Marvel movies, you were in heaven this weekend.

All sorts of news from the comic book and film giant came out of Comic-Con in San Diego. Let's start with the premiere of the second trailer for Doctor Strange.

Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange, who turns to mysticism to try to heal his injured hands following a terrible car wreck -- and ends up discovering the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

The new, nearly two-and-a-half-minute clip prominently features Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Strange's mentor, who helps transform the brilliant surgeon into the "Sorcerer Supreme."

Speaking with ABC Radio at Comic-Con, director Scott Derrickson said of the film, "It is darker, I think, and more serious than maybe any Marvel movie....It's not Guardians of the Galaxy but it's by no means dour."

Doctor Strange, co-starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen, will be released November 4.

Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, new footage from the sequel was screened, and Kurt Russell was confirmed to be playing Ego (AKA Ego, The Living Planet), the alien father of Chris Pratt's half-earthling Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

The film will have a baby Groot, which director James Gunn says he spent a lot of time designing -- and about whom lucky fans who saw a peek couldn't stop gushing online.

"It was something that really ushered the movie in a new direction," he says of the tree character, which was born out of the Groot that died in the first film. 

It was announced that a new attraction based on the Guardians of the Galaxy series will open at Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, California, next summer. You can preview the ride by watching a featurette on Disneyland's YouTube page.

The sequel debuts in May of 2017.

Marvel also unveiled Hulk-related props from the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, as well as footage and concept art of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will have Tom Holland reprising the titular role after appearing in this year's Captain America: Civil War.

"It's a straight-up high school movie," director Jon Watts described the project.

The film, also featuring Michael Keaton and Marisa Tomei, hits theaters in July of 2017.

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

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