Motion Picture Academy president accused of sexual harassment 

Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) -- If change has to come from the top, then Hollywood may be in trouble.

Variety reports that John Bailey, the 75-year-old president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has been accused of sexual harassment and the Academy is now investigating three different claims against him.

Last October, the Academy expelled Harvey Weinstein for alleged sexual misconduct and in December, it established new rules stating that members can be ejected for harassment, abuse or discrimination.  Earlier this month, the Academy, which hands out the Oscars, replaced Casey Affleck as a presenter on the awards telecast because he settled two sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010.

In a statement to ABC, the Academy said, "[We] treat any complaints confidentially to protect all parties. The Membership Committee reviews all complaints brought against Academy members according to our Standards of Conduct process, and after completing reviews, reports to the Board of Governors. We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed."

Bailey is a former cinematographer who worked on movies like The Big Chill and Groundhog Day.  He was elected president this past August.  Variety reports that when he succeeded outgoing president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, there were concerns that as a 75-year-old white man, Bailey wasn't the best choice to lead the Academy at a time when it was trying to diversify its membership.

When asked about that by Variety last year, he said, "What you just said is bulls***. I was born a white man, and I can’t help it that I’m 75 years old. Is this some sort of limiting factor?”

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Jennifer Garner said she regrets becoming viral Oscars meme: "It's too embarrassing" 

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Garner became one of the most memorable parts of the Oscars this year after she became a viral meme. On The Ellen DeGeneres show Friday, the actress said she completely regrets the moment.

During the 90th annual Academy Awards, the former Alias star was caught on camera clapping then suddenly stopping.

"I can’t even look at it. I can’t. It’s too embarrassing!" she told Ellen. "What is happening?"

When pressed, Garner said she had "no control over" her reaction and can't figure out what made her react that way.

"I tried really hard not to see myself online but she was a little unavoidable," Garner said, referring to herself. "No, I regret, regret, regret."

She added, "I wish I had a better story about it."

Garner previously poked fun at the meme on her Instagram Story, by narrating the reaction GIF with a few possible explanations.

One explanation was reference to her upcoming role on Lena Dunham's new HBO comedy, Camping: “Can’t wait to work with Lena Dunham! Wait...did I sign a nudity waiver?”

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Ava DuVernay to direct DC Comics film "New Gods" 

ABC/Paula Lobo(HOLLYWOOD) -- After scoring box office success with Disney's A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay has landed a job directing yet another big-budget fantasy epic.

Variety reports that DuVernay will direct New Gods, based on the DC Comics series of the same name, for Warner Brothers.  The series debuted in 1971, and was created by Jack Kirby, who also co-created some of Marvel Comics' most iconic characters, such as The Hulk and The X-Men.

The New Gods are a race that hail from twin planets: one called New Genesis, which is a paradise, and a much grimmer one called Apokolips, which lives up to its name.  The movie will be part of the DC Extended Universe, which also includes Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Suicide Squad and the upcoming Aquaman.

With A Wrinkle In Time, DuVernay became the first woman of color in Hollywood to direct a live-action film with a $100 million budget.  So far, A Wrinkle In Time, which was released a week ago, has grossed over $42 million.

DuVernay also directed the Oscar-nominated civil rights movie Selma and the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. She created and executive-produces the OWN Network series Queen Sugar.

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"Tomb Raider" and "Love, Simon" top this week's new releases

Warner Bros. Pictures(HOLLYWOOD) -- Here are the movies opening in wide release Friday:

* Tomb Raider -- The Danish Girl's Alicia Vikander takes on the role of Lara Croft, in this reboot of the 2001 film starring Angelina Jolie as the video game heroin. This time out, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance. Dominic West and Justified's Walton Goggins also star. Rated PG-13.

* Love, Simon -- Simon Spier -- played by Melissa & Joey's Nick Robinson -- is a closeted gay teen forced to confront his identity as he searches for the anonymous classmate he's fallen in love with online. Also starring Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner. Rated PG-13. 

* I Can Only Imagine -- Newcomer J. Michael Finley stars in this drama based on the true untold story behind contemporary Christian band MercyMe's inspirational 2001 hit of the same name. Also starring Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman. Rated PG.

* 7 Days in Entebbe --  Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike star in this film based on true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the daring rescue mission that followed. Rated PG-13.

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"Avengers: Infinity War" trailer brings doom, destruction...and laughs

Marvel Studios(HOLLYWOOD) In the new trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, the world is in danger of being destroyed...but at least we can laugh about it.  Amid scenes of carnage and fighting, there are still a few humorous moments.

Zoe Saldana's Gamora explains the plot. Referring to the big bad -- her adoptive father, Thanos -- we see her telling Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, "The entire time I knew him, he only had one goal: to wipe out half the universe.  If he gets all the Infinity Stones, he can do it with a snap of his fingers. Just like that."

 From there, it's full-on Avengers Assemble! time, and it's worth watching the trailer just to see every one of your Marvel favorites together in action -- from T'Challa and his Wakanda warriors, to Peter Quill and his Guardians of the Galaxy, to Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Thor, Captain America...the list goes on.

"Let's talk about this plan of yours," Chris Pratt's Quill says to Tony Stark. "I think it's good, except it sucks. So let me do the plan and that way, it might be really good."

We then get a good look at the massive alien baddie, Thanos, voiced by Josh Brolin.  "The end is near," he thunders.

Then it's fight after battle after fight, culminating with Chris Evans' Captain America going mano a mano with Thanos.  And in patented Marvel fashion, the trailer ends with a joke, as Tom Holland's Peter Parker meets Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange.

"I'm Peter, by the way," says the young hero.  "Dr. Strange," replies the Sorcerer Supreme. "Oh! We're using our made up names," replies Peter. "Then...I am Spider-Man!"

Avengers: Infinity War arrives April 27 from Marvel which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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"Scandal" recap: "The List"

ABC/Richard CartwrightOn Scandal's latest episode, "The List," an intern named Alisha goes missing after she buys a gun. While the reason of her purchase is unknown, her father enlists Olivia Pope to help find her. Liv, with the help of Marcus and Fitz, work together to try to figure out what happened to Alisha.

Earlier on, Liv tells Abby that Cyrus Beene was behind the hijack of Air Force Two and now wants to try to take the presidency from Mellie. Abby tells the gladiators and asks them to look into Cyrus. 

Meanwhile, Jake visits Mellie, who is working on the annual budget. She explains to Jake that she needs him to reach out to Cyrus so he can help wrangle up some Democratic support. Jake seems reluctant, but agrees. He is still trying to figure out who really hijacked Air Force Two.

Later, Liv shows up at Alicia's dorm and finds her roommate. She learns that Alicia recently lost her job. In an effort to find out more information, Liv takes Alicia's computer. At her office, she learns that Alicia is part of a list, which reveals if interns are willing to put out or not. Liv also learns that Alicia had emailed her boss that she learned about the list and was not willing to have sex to get ahead.

Meanwhile, Mellie and Cyrus are once again working together to discuss the budget.

As Cyrus hits the media circuit to push Mellie's agenda, Abby watches him on TV and figures out Cyrus hired the hacker with an expensive painting he recently owned. Cyrus' inside man realizes he's being investigated and gets nervous and wants to get out of their agreement. Cyrus tells him not to worry.

Liv and Marcus later confront Alisha's old boss, who denies he did anything wrong. Liv soon discovers that Alisha bought the gun to kill herself. After the father learns his daughter is dead, he rips into Liv for sleeping her way to the top and not being the role model that his daughter believed her to be.

The confrontation prompts Liv to want justice for Alisha and every woman on the list. She asks Fitz for help and asks Alisha's roommate to out the congressmen who participated in making the list.

While Liv has Fitz helping her, Marcus meets with Mellie to have her work on sexual harassment reform. While Mellie says she wants to help, she says she can't because it will mess up her chances for fixing the budget. Marcus leaves upset. However, Mellie later decides to push through with the initiative, after she feels Jake is manipulating her to get ahead.

Meanwhile, the gladiators are having a difficult time proving that Cyrus is the behind the hijacking. When Abby keeps pushing for them to stay on the case, Quinn realizes that Abby is really working for Liv, which makes the gladiators immediately drop the case. Abby informs Liv about the gladiator’s decision.

However, Huck still has hope in Olivia and continues to investigate into the hijacking even with Charlie's objection.

Alicia's roommate later decides to help Liv and speaks out against the congressman who preyed on her and other woman. Her decision helps prompt other women to speak out.

Later, Abby visits Liv to let her know that she's on her side to help bring down Cyrus.

In the last few moments, Huck believes Charlie manufactured the virus for the highjack, but he's actually being set up by Cyrus, who watches Charlie being arrested by FBI agents. Charlie's case is to be prosecuted by Cyrus' inside man.

Upset, Quinn heads over to Liv's place and asks her for help in getting Charlie cleared. 

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Bill Cosby judge will allow 5 additional accusers to testify against the comedian

Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage(PENNSYLVANIA) -- In a crucial pre-trial ruling that could help determine the fate of comedian Bill Cosby, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Thursday that he will allow five additional accusers to testify about allegedly being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby over the years.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to allow as many as 19 additional accusers -- of dozens they have interviewed -- to testify with stories strikingly similar to allegations made by the primary accuser in the case, Andrea Constand. She has alleged that Cosby, 80, drugged and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious at his home in 2004.

Defense attorneys fought vigorously against the state’s motion, arguing that additional accusers don’t show a pattern of "prior bad acts," but rather a pattern of accusations. All of the more than 50 women who have been interviewed by prosecutors came forward after Constand first told her story to authorities in 2005. All of the women’s allegations -- except for Constand’s -- fall outside the statute of limitations and cannot be prosecuted. Cosby has denied all of their allegations.

In the first trial, prosecutors asked Judge Steven O'Neill to allow 13 additional accusers to testify, but he allowed just one.

Earlier this month, legal experts told ABC News that the decision on whether additional accusers were allowed to testify could have a significant impact on whether Cosby is convicted or acquitted of the three felony charges he is facing.

"I think the outcome virtually turns on that ruling," Yale Law School professor Steven B. Duke said of the case.

Cosby’s previous trial last summer ended in a hung jury and mistrial. His retrial is scheduled to begin on March 29, and opening arguments are slated for April 2.

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"Game of Thrones" star says the show's "brilliant" finale can't possibly "please everyone"

Vladimir Furdik/HBO(HOLLYWOOD) -- Following the news that the final season of Game of Thrones will reportedly have quite a number of deaths, one member of the cast now says that while the show's very last episode is "brilliant," he's not sure if it'll satisfy fans.

Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah Mormont on the HBO series, tells The Indian Express, "I am one of the few people who has read the script and I know the ending and what happens."  Asked if he felt the finale will give fans closure, he says, "Yes, I hope. I can't tell."


"When I read it, I thought it was rather brilliant," he adds. "I am a bit of a fan of the series as well, and it satiated my expectation and hopes…But we will just have to see. You know, with something this big like Game of Thrones, you cannot please everyone."


As for the final season, due to premiere in 2019, Glen teases, "All I can say is that we will be doing what we have done before, and the writers have written great episodes. They have had a great strike rate up to now, and I am sure that will continue."


In the past season, Glen's character Ser Jorah, Daenerys' trusted advisor, was cured of the dreaded greyscale disease by Sam, and was reunited with Daenerys, who welcomed him with open arms. He then traveled beyond the Wall with Jon Snow to capture a wight, in order to prove their existence to Cersei.

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"The Walking Dead" crossover episode heading to the big screen

Fathom Events/AMC Networks(NEW YORK) -- The Walking Dead is coming to the big screen for one night only.

Fathom Events and AMC have announced they’ll be releasing The Walking Dead season eight finale and the Fear the Walking Dead season four premiere in a back-to-back showing in select theaters April 15.

The episodes serve as a crossover for Walking Dead character Morgan Jones, played by Lennie James. The event, dubbed Survival Sunday, will also feature exclusive bonus content.

“Sunday, April 15 marks an epic and highly-anticipated moment for these series, as worlds collide when Morgan crosses over from The Walking Dead and into the new world of Fear,” Theresa Beyer, SVP of Brand Activation for AMC, says in a statement.

Beyer adds, “We are thrilled to be working with our terrific partners at Fathom to provide fans from across the country the opportunity to experience this crossover moment in such a special way and among other members of one of television’s most passionate fan communities.”

The showings will play at 750 theaters beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased at Fathom Events starting March 16.

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Tina Fey says copyright-infringing college dudes pushed her to make a "Mean Girls" musical

Photo: © 2017 Mary Ellen Matthews (NEW YORK) -- You have a bunch of copyright-infringing college guys to thank for the new Mean Girls Broadway musical.

According to Tina Fey, who wrote the original screenplay for the Lindsay Lohan-starring 2004 film, she was motivated to bring the movie from screen to stage after seeing stage versions start to pop up on college campuses.

“I started seeing like, college guys writing their version of it -- illegally -- and I was like, 'Oh heck no!'” Fey tells ABC Radio. “I was like, 'I’ve done too many different drafts of this screenplay for some junior boy in college to write this.'”

She went to producer Lorne Michaels and Paramount with the idea and they gave her the OK. Thus, Mean Girls on Broadway was born.  This version is slightly updated for today’s audience – namely, it incorporates social media where the original film didn’t.

“It is part of the universe,” Fey says. But, she adds, “The show really is not about social media; it’s about human beings and what we do to each other.”

As for what she hopes audiences will take away from the show, Fey says she wants them to have a “fantastically entertaining night at the theater” and to have “a positive feeling on the way out.”

“I think the show provides a lot of laughs and a lot of great music and a lot of incredible performances from these young people singing their faces off, dancing their faces off,” Fey says.

As Gretchen Wieners would say, that’s so fetch.

Mean Girls previews began on Broadway this week.

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