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Wednesday
Jun122019

Thanks to Airbnb, you can stay at in Tony Stark's 'Endgame' cabin 

Marvel Studios(ATLANTA) -- (AVENGERS: ENDGAME SPOILERS AHEAD) What better way to say goodbye to Tony Stark than in the very place his super-powered friends did.

Eagle-eyed fans on Reddit thought there was something familiar about a rustic lakeside cabin in Georgia that was listed on Airbnb, and they were right.

The cabin, located in Fulton County, and home to the the Bouckaert Farm and Chattahoochee Hills Eventing horse show, IS the picturesque spot where Tony Stark and Pepper Potts raised their daughter Morgan in Avengers: Endgame, in the years after the horrors of Thanos' genocidal snap.

It's also the place where the Avengers and their friends and family members gathered en masse to pay tribute to Stark at the movie's end, after he sacrificed himself to reverse Thanos' terrible deed and save all of the living things in the universe that the Mad Titan vanished.

In reality, you'll get a chance to visit ground trod upon by everyone from Robert Downey Jr. to Chrises Evans, Pratt, and Hemsworth; to Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfieffer, to Rocket Raccoon. Ok, Rocket was computer generated, but all the rest of the stars were real, and all gathered on the site for a scene that was disguised -- even to them -- as "The Wedding" until shooting day.

The property is part of a breathtaking 8,000 acre farm on the Chattahoochee River; its owners tell ABC News they've had it listed on the website for three years, and previously only rented it on occasion to officials linked to the farm's premier horse eventing facilities.

While the listing, which goes for $800 a night, initially made no reference to the blockbuster film, it now does, noting, "Do you want to stay in Tony Stark's cabin? This is the iconic cabin in the movie!"

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Wednesday
Jun122019

'Toy Story 4' goes where no other 'Toy Story' has gone before

Disney/Pixar(LOS ANGELES) -- The toys are back! Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 had its world premiere Tuesday night in Hollywood, and this time out, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their friends go where no other toy has gone before.

"We go outside of the kid's bedroom out in the middle of nature in the middle of nowhere, which is really amazing to see," the film's director, Josh Cooley, told ABC Radio.

In Toy Story 4, a new character named Forky joins the gang, along with some classic toys from more recent decades.

"We've got some Kenner Star Wars toys in there and some other types of toys from the 80s and 90s...stuff you remember playing with," says Cooley.

Of course,  Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are back as the voices of Woody and Buzz, respectively, joined by a bunch of newcomers, including Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and a particularly funny turn from Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom -- a little too funny, according to Allen.

"I hate to say it, because his character is as funny as Ken doll, Michael Keaton was, that was the funniest thing I've ever seen, that whole scene with Barbie," says Allen, referring to 2010's Toy Story 3. "Keanu jumps that up a notch. He's the most genuine, sweetest guy and he's really funny. Oh, great."

Toy Story 4 opens nationwide June 21 from Pixar and Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Wednesday
Jun122019

'The Bachelorette' recap: Hannah meets the “Luke Ness Monster”

ABC/Mark Bourdillon(NEW YORK) -- The drama from last week continued on Tuesday night’s The Bachelorette on ABC as Hannah B. pulled bitter rivals Luke P. and Luke S. aside before the rose ceremony to “get to the bottom” of the bad blood between them. One will leave; the other's fate is left hanging by a thread.

After a sit-down with the two guys proves futile, Hannah leaves the room even more confused. Host Chris Harrison asks the Lukes to join the other men, where he announces that Hannah has canceled the cocktail party and will move straight to the rose ceremony.

Before the first rose is handed out, though, Luke S. surprises everyone by taking himself out of the competition, explaining that he’s tired of constantly having to defend his character. He also has some parting words for Hannah: “Keep your eyes open for you know who.”

When the final rose is handed out, it’s John Paul Jones and Matteo who are sent home. The remaining men will have to put up with Luke P. for at least another week. Hannah, addressing the camera, explains that her “heart" wants him to stay, while her “head" says otherwise.

Hoping to leave the drama behind them, Hannah tells the remaining men they’ll be heading on an overseas adventure to Inverness, Scotland. Luke shatters the temporary bliss by proposing a toast to Hannah and the guys: “To finding your forever, and having the time of our lives while on the hunt.” Neither the men nor Hannah are eager to raise their glasses.

The first one-on-one date in Scotland goes to Mike, whom Hannah invites on a booze-filled tour of the country, while the “Luke Ness Monster,” as he's nicknamed, gets a dressing down from the other guys for throwing Luke S. under the bus.

Meanwhile, after a fun day, Hannah and Mike settle down for an intimate dinner where they each open up about what brought them to The Bachelorette. For Hannah, it was finding her strength after a series of heartbreaks. Mike is also trying to bounce back from a broken heart after the woman he loved dumped him in 2015. He tells Hannah he’s “terrified” of falling in love, but assures her that he’s “ready to get down on one knee in a few weeks,” if he should be so lucky. Mike’s willingness to open up, and his vulnerability, earn him the date rose.

Devin, Tyler Jed, Dylan, Grant, Connor, Dustin, Peter, Kevin and Garrett are the next men selected for a group date, leaving Luke P. as the lucky recipient of the next one-on-one date with Hannah. However, in an about-face from his first group date, in which he declared he was “falling in love” with Hannah, he tells the guys he’s still seeking "clarity” in their relationship.

Next, the ten men, fitted with Scottish kilts, compete in the first-ever “Bachelorette Highland Games,” which consists of ax-throwing, a wrestling match, and a yoke race, where the guys race to see who can carry buckets of milk suspended from a piece of wood balanced on their shoulders without spilling any. Jed wins the competition and, after a series of steamy make-out sessions, the date rose.

Then it's Luke’s one-on-one with Hannah, which comes with an invitation to “figure things out, one way or another.”  Addressing the camera, Luke says he “can’t see it going any other way than phenomenal” -- but is he ever wrong.

Hannah gets right down to business, asking Luke why he’s so disliked by the other men. None of Luke’s answers seem to satisfy her, and his inability to open up or express any emotion finally has Hannah walking away in frustration. Dinner proves just as exasperating, as Luke still refuses to own up to his flaws, instead blaming everyone else for his predicament. After agonizing over her decision, the episode ends with Hannah finally telling Luke, “I can’t give you this rose.”

Will he stay or go home? We'll have to wait until next week to find out, when The Bachelorette returns Monday night, June 17 at 8:00 ET on ABC.

Here are the 12 remaining men:

Connor S., 24, an investment analyst from Dallas, TX
Devin, 27, a talent manager from Sherman Oaks, CA
Dustin, 30, a real estate broker from Chicago, IL
Dylan, 24, a tech entrepreneur from San Diego, CA
Garrett, 27, a golf pro from Birmingham, AL
Grant, 30, unemployed from San Clemente, CA
Jed, 25, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN
Kevin, 27, a behavioral health specialist from Manteno, IL
Luke P., 24, an import/export manager from Gainesville, GA
Mike, 31, a portfolio manager from San Antonio, TX
Peter, 27, a pilot from Westlake Village, CA
Tyler C., 26, a general contractor from Jupiter, FL

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Tuesday
Jun112019

Academy announces Oscar dates through 2022

AMPAS(LOS ANGELES) -- Get that screenplay or headshot ready: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC today announced the dates for the Oscars telecasts through the year 2022.

Coming earlier in the year than usual, the 92nd Oscars will air Sunday, February 9, 2020; seeing as it's 2019, the very early Oscar race is already taking shape. 

However, the movies that will eventually win Academy Awards in all categories in 2021 and 2022 have yet to be shot -- and in all likelihood, aren't even written yet. So here's hoping, hopefuls.

In case you want to get started on that pre-awards-season cleanse, the 93rd Oscars Sunday will be held on February 28, 2021, and the 94th Oscars will be seen on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

The Oscars ceremony is broadcast live at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST on ABC and globally in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. 

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Tuesday
Jun112019

Jon Stewart flames Congress' "indifference and rank hypocrisy" for failing to ensure healthcare for sick 9/11 first responders 

ABC/Paula Lobo(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart was deadly serious on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, ripping Congress for failing to fully fund a program to support 9/11 first responders who were sickened and in some cases killed by diseases linked to the toxic dust and other substances at the site of the 2001 terror attacks in New York City.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which Stewart has battled to protect for years, is set to run out of money in December of 2020. A new bill, which the House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on tomorrow, would permanently authorize funding for the program.

Choking back tears as he blasted Congress, Stewart was joined by 9/11 survivors, many who are ill, and the widow of a construction worker who died after working at Ground Zero.

"They responded in five seconds, they did their jobs. With courage grace, tenacity, humility. Eighteen years later, DO YOURS!" he yelled, his voice quavering.

"I'm sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I'm angry...and they're all angry as well and they have every justification to be that way," Stewart said.

Stewart also criticized the members of Congress who were no-shows at the hearing. "There is not...an empty chair [here] that didn't tweet out, 'Never forget the heroes of 9/11, never forget their bravery.' Well, here they are," he gestured at the people behind him. "And where are they?" 

"[T]heir ...callous indifference and rank hypocrisy... cost these men and women their most valuable commodity - time," Stewart said, before his voice caught with emotion.

Stewart's opening comments were met with a standing ovation.

 

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Tuesday
Jun112019

Sienna Miller explains why she's "not going to play a girlfriend ever again!”

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Sienna Miller is not here to play "the girlfriend." The actress, a passionate supporter of the Time’s Up movement in Hollywood, is aiming to play dynamic characters from here on out.

"What's happening as a result of this movement is that people are making those films and women-centric features are being focused on in a way that they never were before," Miller tells ABC Radio. "So I think there should be a plethora of those kinds of roles."

She adds, "I mean, I'm certainly not going to play a girlfriend ever again!"

Miller is keeping that promise with her next couple of projects. With her latest film, American Woman, Miller plays Debra, a young mother whose teenage daughter goes missing. The film spans 11 years and shows both Debra's grief and resilience.

As a mother herself, Miller says the film's subject matter was particularly challenging.

"As a space to live in, it's not pleasant but there's this thing that happens when you have a kid where you can you sort of imagine what that would be like," she says. "And there was a catharsis in sort of exploring it."

Miller’s also exploring another project in line with the #MeToo/Time's Up movement: The Loudest Voice, a Showtime miniseries about the late Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who resigned after accusations of sexual harassment. Miller plays Beth Ailes opposite Russell Crowe's Roger. Wearing full facial prosthetics for the role, Miller is nearly unrecognizable -- and that's not a bad thing.

"I don't think I've ever felt so liberated," she says.

American Woman hits theaters June 14. The Loudest Voice debuts June 30 on Showtime.


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Tuesday
Jun112019

After pleading guilty in college scam, Felicity Huffman all smiles at daughter's high school graduation

Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Felicity Huffman and husband William H. Macy were proud parents on Monday, celebrating the high school graduation of her daughter Sofia Grace -- weeks after Huffman pleaded guilty in the college acceptance scam that surrounded their daughter.

Sofia graduated the Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Page Six reports.

Macy wasn't charged in the so-called Varsity Blues scandal, that implicated more than 50 people -- including dozens of parents as well test administrators and college coaches -- in a scam to rig the college acceptance process.

In May, Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and other charges for paying a test proctor $15,000 for fixing her daughter's SAT scores.

Both parents allege Sofia Grace knew nothing of the scam.

The actress -- famous for her Academy Award-nominated role in the 2005 movie Transamerica and for playing one of the main characters in the ABC television show Desperate Housewives -- allegedly gave $15,000 to William "Rick" Singer, who prosecutors identified as the ringleader of the nationwide scam, court documents allege.

Prosecutors said Huffman helped facilitate the scheme by having her daughter diagnosed with a learning disability, an excuse that allowed the girl extra time to take her SAT exam.

Huffman and Macy later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for their younger daughter, Georgia Grace, before deciding not to do so, court documents allege.

The 56-year-old Huffman faces four months behind bars and a $20,000 fine as part of a plea deal. She will be sentenced September 21.

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Tuesday
Jun112019

Bill Murray says Selena Gomez is the kind of girl you'd bring home to mom

Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- After filming the new zombie-horror movie The Dead Don’t Die together, Selena Gomez and Bill Murray formed an unlikely bond.

Murray tells People that his preconceived notions about the star disappeared once he got to know her.

"I learned that I like her," he says. "I learned that whatever preconception I had about someone that had 55 million, billion followers of something — maybe, I probably thought she was different than she turned out to be."

He liked her so much, in fact, that he would’ve loved to introduce her to his mother.

"If my mother were alive I’d bring her home to her," he says, joking, "'Mother. I want you to meet Selena.'"

The feeling is apparently mutual. After premiering the film at the Cannes Film Festival last month, Selena joked on Instagram, "By the way Bill Murray and I are getting married."

The Dead Don’t Die hits theaters June 14.

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Tuesday
Jun112019

You must find the truth!" - Elsa undertakes a journey of self-discovery in the first full trailer to 'Frozen 2' 

Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Walt Disney Pictures released the first full trailer to the sequel to the animated blockbuster Frozen. The peek of the new film starts with a scene we glimpsed in the teaser: Elsa tries using her freezing power to escape the massive breakers lashing an island. But escape isn't that easy, and she's cast into the water, where she has a vision of a horse.

"You must find the truth," returning troll elder the Grand Pabbie tells her. "Go north across the Enchanted Lands and into the unknown." As she and her snowman friend Olaf are about to fall over a waterfall in an ice canoe, Pabbie can be heard warning, "But be careful!"

He then warns her sister Anna, "We have always feared Elsa's powers were too much for this world. Now we must hope they are enough!"

"I won't let anything happen to her," Anna says defiantly, as we see Elsa hiding from a massive stone monster.

Featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad, Frozen 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Tuesday
Jun112019

Jimmy Kimmel takes Tom Holland's Spider-Man to the cleaners on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night'

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Kimmel returned to prime time for the 12th straight year Monday night, in conjunction with the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, for Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night.

Before Monday's game four of the finals, Jimmy previewed a supposed "exclusive scene" from the upcoming Marvel film Spider-Man: Far from Home, opening July 2, in which he had a role.

The clip, which turned out to be a joke, featured Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the film, picking up his webslinger costume from the dry cleaners, run by Kimmel. 

Jimmy's slow to catch on that Holland's Parker is Spider-Man. When Kimmel asks why the teen needs his "pajamas" cleaned every two days, Holland blames it on "sweaty sleep syndrome," which Jimmy happily accepts.

Nor does it faze Kimmel when Holland brushes off "the holes" in his pj's, "that almost look like a mechanical octopus arm" -- a reference to Spider-Man's arch enemy, Doctor Octopus -- "had taken a chunk out of the fabric." Kimmel's satisfied that it's due to moths.

It's not until a breaking news story appears on the TV, showing a man wearing "the same goofy pjs" as Holland's, that Kimmel catches on.

"I know what's going on here, says Kimmel. "You are an influencer!"

Monday's Game Night special also featured a faux promo for Boston Celtic's basketball player Jason Tatum's "Baby Grand" basketball shoes, the first to cross the $1,000 threshold.  Jimmy also chatted with black-ish star Anthony Anderson about his new Netflix movie, Beats, launching June 19.

Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.  Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC.

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