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Monday
Apr242017

Make Miley Marvel: Singer makes uncredited appearance in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- She's cosmic and she's already familiar with having a secret identity after playing both Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana for years, so it makes sense that Miley Cyrus is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It turns out that Miley has a uncredited "appearance" in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the voice of the evolved technology Mainframe.

The news was first reported by blogger Sarah Ruhlman on Friday, after director James Gunn made the revelation during a press junket.

“I was watching The Voice and I [thought] she’s so likable and her voice is awesome, she’s got the best voice," he said. "And then I asked [Marvel Studios President] Kevin [Feige], 'What do you think about casting Miley Cyrus as the voice of Mainframe?' He was like, 'Well, if you think we can get her…' and I got her to do it.”

Incidentally, Miley isn't the only singer to lend pipes to a bit of technology in the Guardians universe: Gunn's pal Rob Zombie provided the voice of the Ravagers' mother ship in the original film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens May 5.

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Monday
Apr242017

"The Fate of the Furious" smokes the competition for the second straight week

Universal - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The Fate of the Furious dominated the weekend box office for the second week in a row, raking in an estimated $36.6 million, bringing its total in the states to $163.6 million, according to  Box Office Mojo.

Overseas, the eighth installment of the Fast franchise racked up an estimated $163.4 million, bringing its worldwide sales to $908.4 million.

Fox's The Boss Baby and Disney's Beauty and the Beast finished in second and third place again this week, hauling in $12.75 million and $9.97 million, respectively.

Disney's Born in China had the biggest opening of this week's new releases, bowing in fourth place, with an estimated $5.1 million -- an improvement over the last two Disney nature documentaries, 2015's Monkey Kingdom and 2014's Bears. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Going in Style rounded out the top five, earning 5 million.

The week's other new offerings, all had disappointing opening weekends. Unforgettable took seventh place with $4.8 million; The Promise, came in ninth with $4 million; Phoenix Forgotten finished at number 11 with $2 million; and Free Fire only managed to pull in $1 million, for a 17th place finish.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. The Fate of the Furious, $38.6 million
2. The Boss Baby, $12.75 million
3. Beauty and the Beast, $9.97 million
4. Born in China, $5.1
5. Going in Style, $5 million
6. Smurfs: The Lost Village, $4.85 million
7. Unforgettable, $4.8 million
8. Gifted, $4.5 million
9. The Promise, $4 million
10. The Lost City of Z, $2.1 million

 

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Saturday
Apr222017

"Happy Days" star Erin Moran dead at 56

ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images(HARRISON COUNTY, Ind.) -- Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the hit sitcom Happy Days and its spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, has died. She was 56.

The Harrison County Sheriffs Department in Harrison County, Indiana confirmed to ABC News that on Saturday, it received a 911 call about an unresponsive female.  When the responders arrived, they determined that the woman, identified as Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann, was deceased.  An autopsy is pending.

Moran, who had appeared in movies and on TV shows like The Courtship of Eddies' Father and My Three Sons, was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Ron Howard's Richie Cunningham, in 1974.  She played the role on Happy Days until 1982, when she and Scott Baio's character, Chachi Arcola, left to star in the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.  That show was canceled in 1983, and Moran returned to Happy Days for its final season.

After Happy Days, Moran made guest appearances in shows like The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder.   In 2007, she appeared on the reality show Scott Baio Is 45 and Single as herself, and in 2008, she was a contestant on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club.

In recent years, Moran had reportedly fallen on hard times, and was said to be living in a trailer park, and then in a series of motels.

Her Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler, who played The Fonz, tweeted, "OH Erin... now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth ...Rest In It serenely now.. too soon." 

Ron Howard tweeted, "Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens."

Don Most, who played Richie's pal Ralph Malph on the show, tweeted, "So incredibly sad to hear about Erin. A wonderful, sweet, caring, talented woman.I can't really comprehend this right now.Very painful loss."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Anson Williams, who played Richie's pal Potsie on the show, said in a statement, "Erin was a person who made everyone around her feel better. She truly cared about others first, a true angel. I will miss her so much, but know that she is in God’s hands. RIP sweet angel.”

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Friday
Apr212017

D.L. Hughley and George Lopez honor Charlie Murphy by getting "darkness" tattoos

(L-R) George Lopez, Charlie Murphy; Getty Images, BET/Dave Kotinsky(NEW YORK) --  D.L. Hughley and George Lopez are paying their respects to the late great Charlie Murphy in a permanent way.

On Thursday the two comedians showed off their new "darkness" tattoos in an Instagram post as a tribute to the late comedian. In a skit on Chappelle's Show, Murphy had joked that Rick James referred to him as "darkness" because of his dark complexion.

"Eternal #Darkness is spreading @funcitytattoo @bigstevenyc we honor @therealcharliemurphy @comedygetdown @comedygetdownbet @eddiegriffin @cedtheentertainer #thatswhatsup," Lopez captioned the original post.

According to TMZ, the comedians were both in New York City attending Murphy's funeral when they decided to get the matching tattoos.

As previously reported, Murphy died on April 12 from cancer at the age of 57.

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Friday
Apr212017

"Unforgettable" star Rosario Dawson recalls embarrassing herself in front of Prince

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC./Karen Ballard(NEW YORK) -- On Live with Kelly Friday, Rosario Dawson shared her memories of Prince, who died of an overdose a year ago today.

The star of the new movie Unforgettable, as well as the Netflix Marvel series Daredevil and Luke Cage, told Kelly Ripa and her guest co-host Van Jones, another friend of the late musician, that she was just 19 when she first met Prince.

"I was in Chicago shooting a movie and he called me direct," Dawson recalled. "[He] said, 'You're the voice of a generation; I want you to do this monologue I've written for my 1999 remix album! You must come to Paisley Park.'"

Unfortunately, she says, things went downhill from there.

"I completely embarrassed myself, as you do when you're like meeting someone who you're completely in love with," she admitted. "[H]e...had a limo pick me up with white shag carpeting...I closed... the driver [partition] and I was like, 'Yeah, I'm -- just gonna rummage around.'"

She laughs, "And of course, I was wearing all black, so I walked out covered in white fuzz. And soon as he saw me he was like, 'Um-hmmm.'

Prince then insisted they have a jam session before she voiced her monologue. The problem was,  not everyone is a multi-instrumental virtuoso like the late music icon was.   

"I was like, 'I, I really can't play anything!' and he goes, 'Oh come on, everybody can play something,'" she recalled. "And he's like: 'DRUMS.'"

As she started to play, Dawson says, "He was like, 'Yeah, no.'"

Dawson laughed, "[I]f you listen to the '1999' remix...it's a brilliant thing that he wrote, but it's probably the worst acting I've ever done, because the entire time, I was like, 'I just disappointed Prince. In Paisley Park.'"

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Friday
Apr212017

New "X-Files" series coming later this year

(LOS ANGELES) -- Get ready for more mysterious and unexplained events -- The X-Files is returning to TV.

Fox is planning a second, 10-episode X-Files "event series" to debut later this year.

X-Files creator Chris Carter is back to executive produce, and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are returning as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

It's no wonder Mulder and Scully are back, Fox's last X-Files mini-series -- which ran for six episodes last year -- drew an average multi-platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was last season’s second-highest rated broadcast drama, according to the network.

“Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files,” said David Madden, president, Fox Broadcasting Company, in a statement.

No word yet on when the show will air, but production is set to begin this summer.

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Friday
Apr212017

"Scandal" Recap: "Trojan Horse"

ABC(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday night’s Scandal, "Trojan Horse,” David Rosen and his girlfriend are seen having relations on the floor of his office. When Rosen takes a break, Jake sneaks in and reveals to him that his girlfriend is part of Peus, the secret group responsible for killing Frankie Vargas and putting Cyrus in jail.

Rosen excuses himself, but is told to keep up the act until they can bring Peus down. 

Meanwhile, Mellie also is told the truth about Peus and their plans to make her president. Mellie is disgusted, but also wants to know what her "options" are. Olivia tells her that the presidency belonged to Frankie and it now it belongs to Cyrus.

Soon after, Cyrus finally gets released from prison and he is cleared of all charges. Abby brings Cyrus to a hotel and tells him that he's the next president of the United States. In shock, Cyrus has flashbacks of the past few months leading up to his release.

Meanwhile, Mellie wants to call a press conference to concede but Elizabeth, her soon-to-be chief of staff, tells her not to because she belongs in the Oval Office. Mellie agrees and tells Olivia that she is going to let the electors decide for themselves.

Liv now decides to get behind Cyrus to make him electable again. She enlists her gladiators to help out. However, when Liv shows up at Cyrus' hotel to regain his trust, he refuses her help. He tells her she abandoned him in jail and he’s not interested in her guidance.

Meanwhile, the FBI director is questioning the president to determine why Olivia is all of a sudden supporting Cyrus after working with Mellie. Not getting answers from Fitz, the director sets off to find out.

As Liv's campaign to get Cyrus elected starts to amp up, she gets a call from her father to meet. At the research lab, Eli tells Liv to let Mellie win the presidency or he will become “extinct.” 

In an effort to get Cyrus back on track, the president visits him and gives him a pep talk. It works, and Cyrus holds a press conference to advocate for the presidency. He appeals to the public with a heartfelt message saying he will "honor Frankie Vargas' legacy."

However, when Peus realizes that Cyrus now has a chance at the presidency, they come to Mellie's office and intimidate her by killing Elizabeth. They also let her know she will be a puppet for them once elected. Afraid, Mellie calls Liv to come over and tells her what has happened. Jake cleans up and calms Mellie down. Liv tells Mellie she plans to follow the money to find out who these people are and bring them down.

Meanwhile, the FBI director tells the president that Olivia's account was the one that paid off Tom Larson. She tells Fitz she is planning to have Liv arrested. He tries to shut her down, but she refuses to let it go.

When Fitz tells Liv about the director, Liv says going to jail would help Mellie not get elected. Fitz does not agree and goes behind her back and gets Eli arrested. However, Eli is in his custody and not in jail. Fitz want them all together to take down Peus -- now that Mellie has officially been elected. 

Liv understands and agrees. The two then rekindle their romance. 

Scandal returns next Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

Friday
Apr212017

"The Promise" and "Unforgettable" among this week's new releases

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC./Karen Ballard(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Unforgettable -- Katherine Heigl stars in this drama about a woman struggling to cope with her failed marriage by making life a living hell for her ex-husband's new wife, played by Rosario Dawson. Grace and Frankie's Geoff Stults also stars. Rated R.

* The Promise -- This drama, set during the fall of the Ottoman Empire, follows the love triangle between a brilliant medical student, a dance instructor and a photojournalist -- played by Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bron and Christian Bale, respectively -- who join forces to save themselves and their people as war breaks out. Rated PG-13.

* Born in China -- The Office's John Krasinski narrates this Disney adventure about three animal families in China -- the panda, the golden monkey and the snow leopard -- struggling to raise their broods. Rated G. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

* Free Fire -- Armie Hammer and Brie Larson star in this crime drama about a gun sale between two rival gangs that goes bad after shots are fired. Rated R.

* Phoenix Forgotten -- Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts and Chelsea Lopez star in this UFO thriller, based on true events, about previously unseen footage chronicling the final hours of three Phoenix, Arizona teenagers, which surfaces 20 years after their mysterious disappearance.  Rated PG-13.





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Friday
Apr212017

Chris Evans to make Broadway debut in play with Michael Cera

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Captain America's alter-ego, Chris Evans, will make his Broadway debut next March in a production of Oscar-winner Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, also starring Michael Cera.

It's part of the inaugural season of  the Second Stage Theater company at Broadway's Hayes Theater.

In July, a production of Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men will follow. Upon the opening of the show, Lee will become the first female Asian-American playwright to ever be produced on Broadway, according to the theater's press release. 

"The Hayes will be dedicated to living American playwrights," Second Stage founder and artistic director Carole Rothman said in the release. "No British imports, no Chekhov translations, no classics -- just contemporary works that provoke, stimulate and challenge from the finest playwrights our country has to offer."

Second Stage Theater, which was founded in 1979, acquired the Hayes Theater in April 2015 and has been renovating for the re-opening ever since.

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Thursday
Apr202017

Michael B. Jordan to headline HBO's adaptation of "Fahrenheit 451"

Marvel - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael B. Jordan is the latest star to be added to HBO's adaptation of Fahrenheit 451.

According to Deadline, Jordan will star alongside Michael Shannon in the sci-fi movie,  based on Ray Bradbury's novel of the same name.

The book, which was originally published in 1953, is set in a dystopian future world where books are outlawed and burned. Jordan is set to play Montag, a young fireman who "forsakes his world," while Shannon will play his mentor Beatty, who "struggles to regain his humanity."

Jordan is set to executive-produce the project under his Outlier Productions company. In addition to Fahrenheit 451 and the forthcoming Black Panther film, the Creed actor is also starring in a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.

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