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Wednesday
Oct182017

"The Voice" recap: The battle rounds continue with Adam Levine stealing an artist from Blake Shelton

NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- The battle rounds continued Tuesday night on The Voice, as teammates went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition, a night that also saw Adam Levine steal an artist from Blake Shelton.

Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: DNCE’s Joe Jonas for Team Adam, Rascal Flatts for Team Blake, ex-Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland for Team Jennifer Hudson and Billy Ray Cyrus for Team Miley Cyrus.

Here are the highlights of Tuesday night's show:

Davon Fleming and Maharasyi, representing Team Jennifer led off the show. The two artists, who Hudson described as “soulful, R&B singers” faced off against each other on Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” Miley, who loved the entertainment aspect of the performance, called the battle a tie. Adam leaned towards Davon. Blake agreed, but also gave props to Maharasyi for holding her own against a more seasoned singer. JHud awarded the victory to Davon, who advances to the next round. Maharasyi was sent home.

Team Adam’s Brandon Showell battled Hannah Mrozak on “Cold Water” by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ. Adam, addressing the camera prior to the performance, said the winner would be the artist who he “was unable to look away from.” Afterwards, the other coaches were mixed, with Blake giving the round to Hannah and Jennifer giving Brandon the edge. Adam declared the match dead even, but went with Hannah, who moves on to the knockout rounds. Brandon’s time on The Voice came to an end.

Blake then paired Dennis Drummond and Mitchell Lee for the next battle, noting each of them were "more rock than country." They covered Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones.” Miley liked Drummond’s “cool vibe,” but believed Mitchell had the strongest voice. Adam thought Mitchell was more in Blake’s wheelhouse, but called Dennis a “wild card.” In what Shelton declared his closest battle this season, he chose Mitchell, who moves on to the next round.

The competition wasn't over for Drummond, however, as Adam, who fought hard for the artist, but lost out to Blake in the blind auditions, ultimately got his man, stealing him from Shelton.

Also on Tuesday: Team Adam’s Dylan Gerard and Team Miley’s Esera Tualo advanced to the knockout rounds. Dave Crosby and Rebecca Brunner -- from Blake and Adam’s teams, respectively -- were sent packing.

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

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Has Margot Robbie been secretly married for three years?

Getty Images for TIME/Kevin Mazur(NEW YORK) -- Margot Robbie reportedly has been telling a little white lie these past 12 months.

A source tells the New York Post that the Suicide Squad actress and her husband, British film director Tom Ackerley, have secretly been married a lot longer.

Robbie allegedly spilled the beans at the Hamptons International Film Festival, where the insider claims a guest congratulated her on her first-year wedding anniversary, and she replied, "It's been three years."

The couple had been reported to have wed in a secret ceremony on the Gold Coast of her native Australia last year.

Margot and Tom, both 27, met in 2013 on the set of the World War II drama Suite Française in France.

Robbie can currently be seen in theatres in the drama Goodbye Christopher Robin.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Harvey Weinstein resigns from the board of the Weinstein Company

lberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board of the Weinstein Company during a conference call with the remaining board members, ABC News has confirmed.

He's still pursuing a claim he was wrongfully fired from the company.

In a statement, the Weinstein Company board of directors said, "The board today ratified its decision to terminate Harvey Weinstein’s employment with the Weinstein Co. Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board."

The company has been under pressure since sexual assault and harassment allegations against Weinstein were first reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker nearly two weeks ago.

The disgraced movie mogul has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.  In response to the allegations, a spokesperson for the movie executive said "Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

Weinstein is also said to be receiving counseling "and is pursuing a better path," the statement says.

Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company, the production company he co-founded with his brother, Bob, days after the initial report surfaced.  He's also been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild has begun the process of terminating his membership.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey accuses Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate behavior

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Game of Thrones star Lena Heady's the latest actress accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate sexual behavior.

"The first time I met Harvey Weinstein was at the Venice Film Festival," the actress writes on her Twitter, noting that the 2005 film The Brothers Grimm was showing there, in which she starred with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.

"At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water," Heady continues.  "I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture."

Headey goes on: "I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked, I remember thinking, it's got to be a joke, I said something like.. oh come on mate?? It'd be like kissing my dad!!  Let's go get a drink, get back to the others."

Headey concludes, "I was never in any other Miramax film." 

Miramax was the production company Harvey and brother Bob Weinstein founded in 1979, before leaving in 2005 to form The Weinstein Company.

Headey, who plays the ruthless Queen Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, also notes parenthetically that she was "subjected to endless bullying" by The Brothers Grimm director Terry Gilliam while shooting that film.

Weinstein's been accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape by numerous actresses over the past week.  His rep has denied Weinstein had any sexual contact that wasn't consensual.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Ron Howard reveals title of Han Solo movie

"Han Solo: A Star Wars Story" star Alden Ehrenreich; Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- And the name of the forthcoming Han Solo stand-alone movie is -- wait for it -- Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Director Ron Howard revealed the name in a video posted to his Twitter.  He begins by announcing production has wrapped on the film, and thanking the cast and crew for their work.

"And to the fans out there, I hope you've enjoyed the pictures that I've been sharing -- pictures that I've taken from the set of..."

Howard then pauses and looks off-camera: "Can we even say the name of the movie?" he asks.

That's when a pair of hairy arms -- clearly Chewbacca's -- hands him a large placard, which Howard displays to the camera.  On it is the movie's title: Solo: A Star Wars Story.

"I'll see you next year," Howard says, with a smile.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, starring Alden Ehrenreich as the legendary character in his early days, also stars Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, as well as Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson and Paul Bettany.  It's scheduled for a May 2018 release.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander reportedly get hitched in Ibiza

WireImage/Karwai Tang(IBIZA) -- Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander reportedly have tied the knot, sources tell People magazine.

The X-Men star and The Danish Girl actress exchanged vows over the weekend in Ibiza, surrounded by friends and family, according to the insiders.

In photos from Sunday, obtained by Britain's Daily Mail, both Vikander, 29, and Fassbender, 40, are seen wearing bands on their ring fingers.

The actors met in 2014 on the set of their film, The Light Between Oceans, in which Vikander played Fassbender’s wife. They made their public debut as a couple at the Golden Globes in 2016.

Fassbender next will be seen in the big screen crime drama The Snowman, opening nationwide on Friday.

Oscar winner Vikander will be seen next year as adventurer Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, the reboot of the movie adaptation of the popular video game franchise.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Reese Witherspoon says director assaulted her at the age of 16

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ELLE(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Reese Witherspoon has shared her own story of assault in Hollywood, saying Monday night that she was a victim of abuse when she was 16 years old.

Speaking at an ELLE Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills, the Oscar-winning actress said the events of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal over the past few days have reminded her about her own experiences.

"[Those experiences] have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having," Witherspoon says in a video posted by USA Today.

Witherspoon, now 41, says a director "assaulted me when I was 16 years old." She also said the incident as a teen wasn't an "isolated" one.

She also expressed her "guilt" for not speaking up earlier or "taking action," mixed with the "anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment."

Dozens of women who have spoken out and continue to speak out against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who's been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women.  A spokesperson for the movie executive has said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

A social media campaign also began this week, with women and men posting the hashtag #metoo to highlight and empower victims of sexual assault. As of Tuesday morning, it had been retweeted more than a million times. 

Actress Alyssa Milano was one of the first to share the call for a "Me too" hashtag, writing, "If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet."

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Tuesday
Oct172017

#MeToo campaign shines light on those sexually harassed or assaulted

WireImage/Gabriel Olsen(LOS ANGELES) -- A social media campaign highlighting and empowering victims of sexual assault and abuse has taken over Twitter and other social media platforms since it began Sunday afternoon.

Actress Alyssa Milano was one of the first to share the call for a "me too" hashtag, writing, "If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet."

She shared a note from a friend, which read, "If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote, 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."

Since Sunday, 650,000 tweets have included the hashtag, along with more than 12 million posts, comments and reactions happening on Facebook.

Other women who have used #metoo on social media include Lady Gaga and actresses Anna PaquinDebra Messing and Jeri Ryan.

Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood added a note: "Because I was shamed and considered a 'party girl' I felt I deserved it. I shouldnt have been there, I shouldn't have been 'bad.'" 

In addition to this campaign, Milano also addressed the Weinstein situation last week on her blog , Patriot Not Partisan.

"To the women who have suffered any form of abuse of power, I stand beside you. To the women who have come forward against a system that is designed to keep you silent, I stand in awe of you and appreciate you and your fortitude. It is not easy to disclose such experiences, especially in the public eye," she wrote.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded, and has been expelled from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A spokesperson for the movie executive said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Jennifer Lopez-headed disaster relief efforts raise $36 million

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- The disaster relief efforts being spearheaded by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to help Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Caribbean have raised more than $35 million to date, the group announced Monday.

Lopez and Rodriguez have secured commitments of more than $26 million from corporations.  In addition, the One Voice: Somos Live Concert and Telethon on Saturday raised more than $9 million.

“With the disasters and tragedies befalling us almost weekly, and the swirling negativity dividing our country, it was gratifying to see people of all ages, races, and backgrounds come together to support and help those in need," J-Lo said in a statement.

"Alex and I were amazed by the amount of love, unity and donations that were received. And I am personally overcome with gratitude for all the incredible artists and talent who showed up in both Los Angeles and Miami to perform, answer phones or lend their services.  While there is still much to do, we are deeply grateful for all that’s been done.  We are, and will continue to be, one voice.”

The Somos Una Voz organization is not done raising money. Donations are still being accepted at somosonevoice.com.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

"The Voice" recap: Battles begin with Miley Cyrus winning a two-way battle to steal one of Adam Levine’s artists

NBC Universal (LOS ANGELES) -- It was the first night of the battle rounds on The Voice Monday night, as teammates went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition. The evening culminated in Miley Cyruswinning a two-way battle with Blake Shelton to steal one of Adam Levine’s artists. Blake and Jennifer Hudson also stole artists.

Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: DNCE’s& Joe Jonas for Team Adam, Rascal Flatts for Team Blake, ex-Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland for Team Jennifer, and Billy Ray Cyrus for Team Miley.

Here are some of Monday's highlights:

Team Miley’s “growlers,” 16-year-old Moriah Formica and Shilo Gold, 26, tackled The Guess Who’s “American Woman.” Miley’s dad, Billy Ray, called the pair a “new female Brooks & Dunn,” and predicted that neither was going home. Adam, Blake and Jennifer praised both artists, but leaned towards Moriah. Miley, while praising Shilo’s growth, also picked Moriah, who moved on to the knockout rounds. Gold was sent packing.

Keisha Renee, 30, and 17-year-old Noah Mac battled for Team Blake, dueting on Elvis Presley’s version of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Beforehand, Shelton said the round would go to the singer who delivered the song with “the message and the feeling.” Following the performance, Jennifer called Noah an “old soul,” and declared Keisha’s voice “flawlessly beautiful.” Miley suggested that Blake should go with Keisha. He noted both singers were different, but sang with heart, before giving the round to Keisha, who moves on.

In a dramatic moment, Hudson stole Noah just as he was about to leave the stage. He advances, now representing Team JHud.

Jennifer’s Chris Weaver and Kathrina Feigh were given “Dangerous Woman,” by Ariana Grande. Hudson’s advisor Kelly Rowland loved their “big voices,” but warned that “too much is too much.” Adam, Miley and Blake all praised Kathrina, but gave the round to Chris. Jennifer, noting that Kathrina was going up against a “freight train,” pronounced him the winner. Weaver advances to the knockout rounds.

However, Blake stole Kathrina, explaining that she “never backed down and gave it all she had” and he wanted to see “what she’s all about as an artist.” Feigh also moves on, now as a member of Team Blake.

The final pairing of the night was Team Adam’s rockers Adam Pearce and Whitney Fenimore, covering “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Levine’s advisor, Joe Jonas, was blown away by the duo, saying, “I’d go see that concert anytime.” After the performance, Blake praised Pearce’s “classic rock and roll sounding voice,” but leaned towards Whitney. Jennifer and Miley gave Adam the edge. Coach Adam awarded the round to Pearce, who advances to the knockout rounds.

Whitney wasn’t done though. Both Blake and Miley both fought to steal the singer, with Miley arguing that she turned around for her during the blind auditions, and Blake trying to capitalize on their shared Oklahoma roots. Whitney -- with some egging on from Levine -- chose Miley as her new coach.

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

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