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Wednesday
Apr242019

'The Good Fight' renewed for a fourth round on CBS All Access

Photo Cr: Patrick Harbron/CBS ©2018 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS All Access has renewed its original drama series The Good Fight for a fourth season.

The spin-off from CBS' The Good Wife series follows Christine Baranski's character, Diane Lockhart, as she's forced out of her law firm after an enormous financial scam destroys her finances and the reputation of her goddaughter, played by Rose Leslie, leading them to join one of Chicago's preeminent law firms.

The Good Fight
, currently in its third season, also stars Cush Jumbo, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi, Michael Sheen and Delroy Lindo.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

In stone for all infinity: 'Avengers' stars get hands in cement at famed Chinese Theatre

Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- In Los Angeles this afternoon, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and the cast of Avengers: Endgame -- Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner -- were immortalized together in the cement floor outside of the famed TCL Chinese Theater.

Famed film critic Leonard Maltin emceed the festivities and assembled the Avengers in front of their respective cement spots. As per tradition, each star signed their names using a wooden stylus, before plopping their hands into the wet stuff, which they did on Downey's count of three.

This was the second imprint for Downey, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first hero. The man who'll be forever known as Iron Man had his hands placed in cement there for the first time in 2009.

Samuel L. Jackson, who is part of the Marvel Universe thanks to his recurring role as Nick Fury, had previously been immortalized at the theatre, as have actors who have starred in various Marvel movies over the past 10 years, including Mickey Rourke, Michael Douglas, and Anthony Hopkins.

Stan Lee, the comics legend who creator or co-created so many of the big-screen heroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Thor, was inducted in 2017. He died in 2018.

Incidentally, TCL Chinese Theater was a part of the MCU in another way: It was leveled by an explosion from one of The Mandarin's underlings in Iron Man 3.

Avengers: Endgame officially opens on Friday, though many theaters are showing it Thursday evening. Marvel Studios, like ABC News, is owned by Disney. 

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Watch now: Will Smith faces a younger version of himself in 'Gemini Man'

Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith is his own worst enemy in the first trailer for Ang Lee's action thriller Gemini Man.

In the first promo, released on Tuesday, Smith is introduced as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin who is targeted by someone who can "seemingly predict his every move." Brogan soon learns that the young operative is himself.

"I think I know why he's as good as you," says Smith's co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead to an aging Brogan. "He is you."

Although both characters are played by Smith, CGI allows Smith to appear noticeably different -- and younger -- in the promo, as a slowed-down, distorted version of Alphaville's "Forever Young," is played in the background.

Gemini Man, also starring Clive Owen and Benedict Wong, is set to hit theaters October 11.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Brothers implicated in Jussie Smollett "hoax" attack sue the 'Empire' actor's lawyers

ABC(CHICAGO) -- The two Chicago brothers who claim Jussie Smollett paid them to help stage what police deemed a "hoax" attack filed a defamation lawsuit on Tuesday against the Empire actor's lawyers.

Abel and Ola Osundairo filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago, accusing Smollett's attorneys Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian of making false public statements about them which have damaged them both emotionally and economically.

The suit alleges that Gerogos and Glandian continued to foster the myth that the attack on Smollett was real, and portrayed the brothers as the perpetrators, defaming them in statements to the media.  But according to the brothers, Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose."

The Osundairos' brothers lawsuit says that due to the attention and the negative comments from Smollett's attorneys, they haven't been able to find work, and their livelihoods have been negatively affected. They are suing Geragos and Glandian for $75,000 each. 

In a statement to ABC News, Geragos and Glandian said, "At first we thought this comical legal document was a parody. Instead this so-called lawsuit by the brothers is more of their lawyer driven nonsense, and a desperate attempt for them to stay relevant and further profit from an attack they admit they perpetrated."

The statement continues, "While we know this ridiculous lawsuit will soon be dismissed because it lacks any legal footing, we look forward to exposing the fraud the Osundairo brothers and their attorneys have committed on the public.”

As previously reported, Chicago police allege that Smollett paid the brothers to help him stage the January 29 attack.  The actor stands by his story that he had nothing to do with the attack, but he was subsequently charged with filing a false police report.

The charges were later dropped in exchange for the actor forfeiting his $10,000 bond. He was supposed to have reimbursed the city of Chicago $130,000, but he has not; the city is now suing him.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

'Endgame' is no game: AMC launching 'round the clock screenings to keep up with ticket demand

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- With some predicting Marvel Studios' ultimate team-up movie, Avengers: Endgame, could have the world's first billion dollar global opening weekend, theater chain AMC is trying to meet ticket demand with 'round-the-clock screenings. 

The previous box office record holder was Endgame's cliffhanger predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War, which took in more than $257 million domestically last year.

Presales for Endgame have shattered the $100 million in advanced tickets scooped up back in 2015 by fans anticipating Star Wars: The Force Awakens by about $20 million, as has been reported.

On April 2, the day Avengers tickets became available, demand Thanos-snapped servers for AMC theaters and online retailer ATOM, and caused "virtual lines" on Fandango.

Deadline reports 29 AMC theaters will be open around-the-clock starting Thursday -- technically a day before the film officially opens Friday. Eighteen AMC theaters will pull those all-nighters Thursday through Saturday; 17 will pull a 72-hour marathon, staying open all day from Thursday night through Sunday.

Additionally, if Endgame's 3-hour-plus run-time isn't enough to test your mettle -- or your bladder -- three AMC theaters are showing all 22 Marvel Cinematic Universe films in a row: New York City's AMC Lincoln Square, Chicago's AMC River East, and AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Loni Love says after people hear Jussie Smollett's side of his story, "Some of that skepticism will leave"

ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- After the immense backlash he experienced for his alleged hate crime hoax, Loni Love says she's hoping that her close friend Jussie Smollett will finally tell his side of the story.

Love revealed last week via Twitter that she had a "candid" conversation with Smollett.  She tells ABC Radio that she encouraged a "raw" and "very emotional" Smollett to tell his truth.

"I told him, 'People need to hear your version of the story.' I still believe that people want to hear that," she recalls. "Because when I sent out my tweet people actually was like, 'If we never hear from him, we still are rooting for him. We still support him.'"

According to Loni, the Empire actor has had a difficult time since reporting that he was the victim of a hate crime.  He was later charged with filing a false police report but prosecutors eventually dropped the charges. Still, Love says the ongoing criticism has taken its toll.

"Right now he's losing jobs," she reveals. "People don't realize he was working on projects. And now he's losing that because there's just this one side of the story."

She continues, "We don't really know the true facts. So, when he said what he said to me, I'm like, 'You know what? You need to say that to someone. You need to do an interview.'"

Loni says she'd give Smollett the entire hour of The Real if he wanted to speak his piece on her show, but she's not sure says she's not sure he's ready to do that.

"Maybe he will never speak on it. Maybe he'll just hope that it will just go away and he'll make a slow comeback," she says. "But, I do believe that when people hear what he has to say, some of that skepticism will leave."

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Co-star says sixth season will be all for 'Better Call Saul'

Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television(LOS ANGELES) -- AMC's Better Call Saul will end at the end of its sixth season -- at least, that's what series star Giancarlo Esposito tells Collider.

"It's tricky with [co-creator Vince Gilligan]" says Esposito, who plays meth dealer Gustavo "Gus" Fring on the series. "If you look at the Breaking Bad model, he said five years, five seasons, but [with the split final season] it was really five and six." 

Better Call Saul -- the Breaking Bad spinoff that serves as a prequel to the original show -- is currently in production on its fifth season. The show follows Bob Odenkirk's con-man turned small-time lawyer, Jimmy McGill, six years before the events of Breaking Bad, in which he played a criminal known as Saul Goodman. 

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Tuesday
Apr232019

'Riverdale' saying goodbye to Luke Perry in his final episode on Wednesday

Marc Horn/The CW(NEW YORK) -- Riverdale will officially say goodbye to Luke Perry's character on Wednesday, according to the show's creator, Roberto Aguirre Sacasa. 

He tweeted Monday, "This week’s #Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed. As always, Fred’s imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between a father and his son. Wish these scenes could go on forever..."

Perry portrayed Fred Andrews, the father of the show’s star character, Archie Andrews, played by K.J. Apa, until his sudden death from a stroke in March at age 52. Riverdale airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on the CW

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Tuesday
Apr232019

'Avengers: Endgame' cast recaps all 22 Marvel films on 'The Tonight Show' with "We Didn't Start the Fire" parody

NBC(NEW YORK) -- Marvel's Avengers: Endgame opens nationwide Friday, and to mark the occasion, Jimmy Fallon gathered the film's cast on The Tonight Show to summarize the franchise's entire 21-film catalog in a parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire."

In the pre-recorded segment, Fallon, impersonating Joel from the original "We Didn't Start the Fire" music video, was joined by original Avengers Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner -- who play Tony Stark/Iron Man, Thor, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Steve Rogers/Captain America and Clint Barton/Hawkeye, respectively -- along with Ant Man star Paul Rudd, Captain Marvel's Brie Larson, Iron Man's Don Cheadle, Guardians of the Galaxy's Karan Gillan, and Black Panther's Angela Bassett.

The Tonight Show clip ended with a touching tribute to the man who really did start the fire many years ago -- Marvel legend Stan Lee, who died at age 95 in November.

Last year, the cast of Avengers: Infinity War spoofed The Brady Bunch theme song with a parody called "The Marvel Bunch." That video, which featured the cast in the familiar opening of the classic 1970s sitcom, has been viewed over 21 million times.

Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.

 

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Tuesday
Apr232019

'Avengers: Endgame' stars gather for LA premiere

Marvel Studios/Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Avengers: Endgame had its world premiere Monday night in Los Angeles, amid intense hype and equal secrecy surrounding what is ultimately the end of this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, even the film's stars didn't how it ended.

Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, says the actors themselves were kept in the dark throughout the movie's production. "We got given our own pages and then this is the first time...I'll actually find out what happens, he told ABC News, before joking, "Hopefully, I'm in it."

"It's like buying a present for someone as group, but you don't know quite what the present is," added Captain America, Chris Evans. "So, as they open it you're like, 'Well, what, what, what'd we get 'em?'"

Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man, wouldn't even tell his own kids, despite repeated pleas from his daughter.  "She promises she won't tell anybody, but she's nine, and I don't believe her," he said.

Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow, said watching Avengers: Endgame -- the culmination of the 21 films that preceded it --was a bittersweet experience.

"I feel like I've been waiting with the fans as well, just to see how this 10 years of time, of work has culminated into this one kind of final chapter," said Johansson. "And it feels like the end of something, but the beginning of something else."

Marvel Studios President Paul Feige was one of the few people associated with the film who did know the outcome beforehand.  While he wouldn't reveal anything at the premiere, he promises fans the movie will deliver "all the feels," and hopes it leave them "satisfied" and "surprised."

Avengers: Endgame opens nationwide on Friday from Marvel Studios and Disney, parent company ABC News.

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