Danny Boyle confirms he’s planning to direct 25th James Bond movie

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It seems the next James Bond movie has found its director.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle confirms to Metro that he’s planning to helm the 25th installment of the franchise.

“We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really,” he says. “I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.”

Boyle reveals that John Hodge, who previously worked with him on Trainspotting and several other films, is writing the Bond script.

“We’ve got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment,” he says. “And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”

Bond 25, as it’s being called, is currently set for a November 8, 2019 release date.

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Kerry Washington says playing Olivia Pope on "Scandal" gave her the "courage" to be a mother 

ABC/Bob D’Amico(HOLLYWOOD) -- With the final episode of ABC's Scandal less than a month away, series star Kerry Washington is reflecting on the show's impact on her life.


"The thing that's really fun for me about saying goodbye to a character is they kind of live in you," Washington, who plays Olivia Pope, on the show tells Entertainment Tonight. "There will be things that Olivia Pope has given me that always stay with me. She's changed me."


According to the actress, playing the no-nonsense Washington D.C. fixer on the show has made her believe she "can do anything,"-- including taking on motherhood.


"I don't know if I would have had kids at this point in my life if she didn't make me feel like anything is possible," says Washington, who shares two children with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, 3-year-old daughter Isabelle and 1-year-old son Caleb.


"I feel like she's given me a lot of courage. So I'll keep that courage," Washington adds. "I'm going to have to say bye to the Prada purses but not goodbye to the courage, and the courage is more important."


In addition to providing her with courage, Washington says the show had another purpose during its seven seasons -- to offer a legacy for years to come.


"There is so much that has happened, a black woman being the lead on a network show, all of that is so important," she says. "But equally important is that this is a work environment where we have treated each other with a great deal of love and respect and I really want that to be part of our legacy."


Scandal airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Harper Lee's estate files suit over Aaron Sorkin's Broadway adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Rich Fury/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lawyers representing late Harper Lee's estate have filed suit over Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Broadway play To Kill a Mockingbird, based off of Lee's classic novel of the same name. The suit claims the adaption veers too far from the original novel, misrepresenting many of the characters, The New York Times reports.

According to the complaint, the producers of the play and Lee signed a contract eight months before her death, promising the plot and characters will remain faithful to the ones represented in the novel. However, in February, attorney Tonja B. Carter met with producers to discuss "serious concerns about the script," which is written by the Academy Award-winning Sorkin.

The estate is most troubled with the play's portrayal of the protagonist Atticus Finch. In the novel, Atticus is the hero who represents a black man who is accused of raping a white woman. In the play, Atticus is reportedly portrayed as a racial apologist "at odds with his purely heroic image."

“This adaptation by Aaron Sorkin of To Kill a Mockingbird is a faithful adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, which has been crafted within the constraints of the agreement executed by both Harper Lee and the play’s producers before Ms. Lee’s death,” the play's producer Scott Rudin said. “This action undertaken by the estate of Harper Lee is an unfortunate step in a situation where there is simply artistic disagreement over the creation of a play."

The play is set to to begin previews November 1 and will officially premiere December 13.

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Kendall Jenner addresses rumors, says "I'm not gay"

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Kendall Jenner, who rarely discusses her private life, recently agreed to a candid interview with Vogue magazine, in which, among other things, she addressed rumors that she's gay.

"I don't think I have a bisexual or gay bone in my body, but I don't know! Who knows?" she insists, adding, "I'm all down for experience -- not against it whatsoever -- but I've never been there before."

However, the 22-year-old model does admit to having a "male energy" that might throw people off.

"I don't want to say that wrong, because I'm not transgender or anything. But I have a tough energy. I move differently," she explains. "But to answer your question: I'm not gay. I have literally nothing to hide. I would never hide something like that."

Jenner also thinks her un-Kardashian-like penchant for privacy may have fed the rumors.

"I think it's because I'm not like all my other sisters, who are like, 'Here's me and my boyfriend!' So it was a thing for a minute because no one ever saw me with a guy," she says. "I would always go the extra mile to be low-key with guys, sneaking around all the time. You don't want to, like, look crazy."

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star was characteristically coy when it came to discussing her rumored boyfriend, Detroit Pistons basketball player Blake Griffin, telling Vogue she spent Valentine’s Day in Michigan “visiting a friend.”

“I’m happy,” she continues.  “I have someone being very nice to me.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger disses Trump; confirms Eddie Murphy's on board for "Twins" sequel 

Jim Bennett/WireImage(AUSTIN, TX) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger is currently involved in a new Terminator film, but the iconic action star has also dabbled in comedy. At this week's South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, he gave an update on the cast for the upcoming sequel to his hit 1988 comedy Twins.

In Twins, Arnold and Danny DeVito played twins who were the result of a secret genetic experiment in which the DNA of six fathers were combined in an attempt to produce the perfect child.  Separated at birth, they team up to track down their birth mother and their donor fathers.

According to Deadline, Arnold confirmed at South by Southwest that Eddie Murphy is coming on board for the sequel, which will be called Triplets. The script is finished and is about, as Arnold explained, “a funny thing that happens in the mixing of the sperm." Perhaps Murphy will be a previously unknown third brother?

Also during his festival appearance, Deadline reports that Arnold spent a lot of time taking shots at President Donald Trump -- the two have had an ongoing Twitter war since Arnold took over hosting Celebrity Apprentice.  During his speech in Pennsylvania a few days ago, Trump said, "Arnold Schwarzenegger failed when he did the show and he was a movie star."

Asked about that comment in Austin, Arnold said, “It’s very nice of him to call me a movie star. I never know really why the Russians make him say certain things."

Later, discussing the new Terminator film he'll be shooting this summer, Arnold said, “The T800 travels back to 2019 to get Trump out of prison!”

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Ellen DeGeneres on the tragic loss that changed her life

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres has opened up about the tragic event that led to her big break in comedy.

"My girlfriend was killed in a car accident when I was, like, 20 years old," the 60-year-old comedian and talk host told Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard on Tuesday.

"And I wasn’t doing comedy, I think I was probably waitressing someplace at the time. I was living with her when she was killed."

Unable to afford their apartment on her own, DeGeneres said she then moved into a "tiny little basement apartment."

"I was sleeping on a mattress on a floor and it was infested with fleas. And I used to write all the time, I wrote poetry and songs and stuff, and I thought, ‘Why is this beautiful 21-year-old girl just gone and fleas are here?’" the Emmy-winning star told Shepard.

But Ellen managed to turn her grief into material for her first stand-up routine, which launched her career.

"I just thought it would be amazing if we could just pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get an answer," DeGeneres recalled about her now-famous "Phone Call to God" routine.

"It just unfolded, I just wrote the entire thing and when I finished, I read it and I thought, 'Oh my God, that’s hilarious. I’m going to do this on Johnny Carson,'" she continued.

DeGeneres' prediction came true. She performed the bit on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in November 1986 and became the first female comedian invited to sit down on his couch afterward.

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Tiffany Haddish says she's down to host the Oscars... if they pay her

ABC/Craig Sjodin(HOLLYWOOD) -- Tiffany Haddish is considering the idea of co-hosting the 2019 Oscars with Maya Ruldoph, but there's a catch.

Haddish and Ruldoph's hilarious co-presenter stint at the Oscars went viral, with social media campaigning for the two women to host the prestigious ceremony in 2019. Haddish is now weighing in on the possibility, saying she's open to the long as she gets paid.

“I would love to do something like that," she told the audience at the SXSW Film Festival, according to Vulture.   The comedian, who was at the festival for the premiere of her upcoming TBS series The Last O.G., added, "I know my father would be extremely proud if I got to do that … As long as I get a paycheck.”  

Apparently, no one explained to Haddish that Academy Award presenters don't usually get compensated.

“In my mind, Maya and I, we were auditioning for the ultimate job — because I thought we're getting paid for that presentation,” she said.

“When I found out that we weren’t getting paid, I was like, ‘Well, I heard about gift bags.’ And then it was like ‘We don’t have no gift bags,’ and I was like, ‘Well, what do I get?’ They were like, ‘We’ve got a bottle of wine that’s like $13.’ So I got the wine.”

The Last O.G., starring Haddish and Tracy Morgan, premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TBS.

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Alicia Vikander makes her childhood dreams come true as Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider"

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Growing up in Sweden, Alicia [ah-LISS-ee-ah] Vikander never thought she’d be in English-speaking movies, let alone be an action star. But in the new Tomb Raider movie, her transformation into kick-butt heroine is complete.

Tomb Raider is a different take on the early-2000's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider films that starred Angelina Jolie as the video game heroine.  This one follows Lara Croft’s origin story, as she tries to solve her father’s mysterious disappearance. The role may seem like a departure for Vikander, who won an Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl, but she's always loved the genre.

“I grew up in Sweden and my mom was an actress and probably introduced me to a lot of European art house cinema and all that, but [I still do] run to the cinema to see big adventure films and action movies,” Vikander tells Good Morning America. “I was a huge fan of the Indiana Jones movies and The Mummy series growing up.”

In order to perform the intense stunts of Tomb Raider, Vikander worked with a trainer and gained 12 pounds of muscle.

“It's very empowering 'cause I kind of looked at a lot of female athletes and stunt women that I met over the years in the film industry and I was like, 'Well if it's gonna be plausible that Lara can do this' -- 'cause we did a bit more naturalistic take -- 'then I want to look like these women,'” she says.

These days though, she’s living a much easier life away from the grueling workouts and strict diet. She and husband Michael Fassbender have moved to Lisbon, Portugal.

“It's the most beautiful city and country, great weather, from [two people who are] Irish and Swedish,” she laughs. “We're very happy that it's not raining! It’s a great place where you can surf and be close to nature. It's a city by the water.”

Tomb Raider hits theaters Friday.

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The Theory of Mourning: Stars pay tribute to Dr. Stephen Hawking 

Sonja Flemming/CBS(HOLLYWOOD) -- The passing of legendary scientist and pop culture icon Dr. Stephen Hawking, who died early Wednesday at age 76, drew reactions from a wide range of celebrities, not least of all Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for portraying Hawking in the movie The Theory of Everything.

 In a statement to People magazine, Redmayne says, "We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”

 Felicity Jones, who played Hawking's wife Jane in The Theory of Everything, said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, "So sad to hear of Stephen's death. Stephen Hawking pushed the boundaries of who we are and what we believe. An extraordinary human who could bring humor to the most despairing moments and find hope in the unknown. He showed the world that anything is possible."

Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrayed the scientist in the 2004 television movie Hawking, gave People a statement describing him as "a truly great man whose profundity was found both in his work and the communication of that work...He virtually created the publishing genre of popular science. A heroic feat to bring the wondrous complexities of the universe to all outside of specialists in this field."

Cumberbatch's statement continued, in part, "I will miss our margaritas but will raise one to the stars to celebrate your life and the light of understanding you shone so brightly on them for the rest of us."

Hawking famously guest-starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Futurama, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory. Big Bang star Mayim Bialik tweeted, "As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era. #StephenHawking is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all."

Stars ranging from Cher to Katy Perry to Macaulay Culkin also took to social media to express their sadness:

Culkin: "I just heard about Stephen Hawking's passing. He was both a genius and my favorite Simpsons character. We'll miss you, buddy."

Star Trek's George Takei: "One of the greatest minds our species has ever produced is returned to the stars. It is a great loss to the scientific community. He was a hero to so many. Stephen Hawking, let us honor your work by respecting always the importance of scientific inquiry."

Cher: "Dear Stephen,Will Remember Our luncheon Forever. It was amazing.I Know we argued about The Value Of History ('Cher,when Time Travel Is perfected HISTORY Will Obsolete') But as I Told you 'history Is like a friend, and [numbers] are like [chicken] scratches to me. Dyslexia. RIP Dear [heart]."

Mira Sorvino: "I am very saddened to hear of Stephen Hawking’s passing. His book was an enormous influence on me in college and meeting and getting to talk with him was one of the great thrills of my life. You are shining in the heavens you so loved now!"

Neil deGrasse Tyson: "His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure."

Katy Perry: "there’s a big black hole in my heart hours before Pi day. Rest In Peace @Steven_Hawking... See you in the next."

Zoe Saldana: "Farewell to a brilliant mind. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge in the brief time you were with us."

Foo Fighters: "'Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet' - RIP Stephen Hawking you f***ing legend."

Elizabeth Banks: "May you ride some stardust to another dimension and watch over us. ."

Sam Smith: "'Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion’ - what an incredible human. Every time we look up at the stars we will think of you Stephen Hawking."

Simpsons executive producer Al Jean posted a photo of an action figure of Hawking as his Simpsons character, and wrote, "RIP Stephen Hawking. A sense of humor as vast as the universe."

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Shia LeBeouf says 2017 arrest "came from a place of self-centered delusion"

Michael Tran/Getty Images(Hollywood) -- Shia LeBeouf has finally decided to talk about his arrest in Savannah, Georgia, last summer, in which he was caught on video making racist statements about a black police officer while being booked for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and obstruction.

In an interview for Esquire magazine’s April edition, the 31-year-old Transformers star admits, "I f***** up."

“What went on in Georgia was mortifying,” he says. “White privilege and desperation and disaster...It came from a place of self-centered delusion...It was me trying to absolve myself of guilt for getting arrested.”

LaBeouf, who was filming the upcoming movie The Peanut Butter Falcon at the time, credits his co-star Zachary Gottsagen, a 32-year-old actor with Down syndrome, for setting him straight.

“Everybody was pussyfooting around it,” he recalls, but Gottsagen told him point blank, “You’re already famous. This is my chance. And you’re ruining it.”

“To hear him say that he was disappointed in me probably changed the course of my life,” he continues. "Zack can’t not shoot straight, and bless him for it, ’cause in that moment, I needed a straight shooter who I couldn’t argue with.”

LeBeouf was sentenced to 10 weeks of court-ordered rehab, where he says he learned his defensiveness and violence was the result of post-traumatic stress disorder, brought on by overhearing his mother Shayna being raped, and feeling helpless to stop it.

The attack against his mother is also the reason the actor sleeps with a gun. “I’ve always thought somebody was coming in. My whole life,” he explains

LeBeouf will next be seen in Borg vs. McEnroe, opening nationwide April 13.

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