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Wednesday
Jun132018

First Look: Tim Burton's live-action "Dumbo" takes flight

Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Director Tim Burton is giving fans a peek at Dumbo, the latest in a series of blockbuster live-action re-imaginings of Disney animated classics. This follows 2015's Cinderella, 2016's The Jungle Book and last year's Beauty and the Beast in 2017.

The snippet gives hints of the plot, in which Burton's Batman Returns baddie Danny DeVito stars as the owner of a struggling circus, who tells a former star performer, played by Colin Farrell, to raise a newborn elephant with particularly big ears.

The performer and his children soon learn the playful pachyderm has a special power: he can fly. The movie, which also stars Burton's Batman, Michael Keaton, opens March 29, 2019.

Other live-action offerings from Disney include Aladdin, starring Will Smith as Genie, which opens in May of 2019 and The Lion King, with Donald Glover and Beyonce voicing Simba and Nala, which opens in July of the same year. 

A re-imagining of The Little Mermaid opens August 17 of this year. 

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Wednesday
Jun132018

"Superfly" remake gets a jump on this weekend's new movie releases

Photo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert; © 2018 CTMG, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Opening Nationwide on Wednesday:

* Superfly -- Writer Alex Tse, who penned Watchmen, and Director X, who is best known for directing music videos for Drake and Rihanna, team up for this remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film Super Fly.

Trevor Jackson -- stepping into the role originally played by Ron O'Neal -- stars as Youngblood Priest, a career criminal whose attempt to escape the Atlanta drug scene is threatened by a deal gone bad.

Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, and Jennifer Morrison also star. Rated R.

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Wednesday
Jun132018

"Avengers: Infinity War" tops $2 billion worldwide 

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Avengers: Infinity War has topped the $2 billion mark at the worldwide box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie is only the fourth film ever to hit the $2 billion milestone.

As of Tuesday morning, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film boasted a $2.002 billion global tally, including $656.1 million in North America and $1.346 billion overseas.

The only other films to pass the $2 billion worldwide mark are Avatar Titanic and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What separates Infinity War, however, is that the others were released over the year-end holidays. Infinity War debuted in April.

The as-yet-untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity War is slated for a 2019 release. The two films were shot back to back.

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Wednesday
Jun132018

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" premieres in Los Angeles: expect "more of a horror film this time around"

Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- The cast and crew of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom strolled down the gray carpet at the film's premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday, telling fans of the franchise to expect the unexpected.  

The highly awaited sequel takes place three years after the events of 2015's Jurassic World. Chris Pratt reprises his role as Owen, but the stars and director told ABC Radio at the premiere that this sequel is nothing like the first. 

"You're going to see a little bit more of a horror film this time around," Colin Tevorrow -- writer, producer, and director of the first film -- tells ABC Radio. "It's going to be very scary, very suspenseful, but hopefully a little bit more emotional too."

Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona agreed with his predecessor. 

"It's about what they don't expect," Bayona adds. "That was the biggest challenge of this film. The risk of taking the story out of the island and bringing it to a place that we've never seen before."

However, star Jeff Golbum says there's one thing that remains the same: "dinosaurs."

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom roars into theaters June 22.

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Wednesday
Jun132018

Donald Trump calls Robert De Niro "a very low IQ individual" following actor's Tony Awards outburst

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has slammed Robert De Niro, who unleashed on Trump in a profanity-laced rant at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. The president criticized the legendary actor Tuesday on Twitter, calling him "a very Low IQ individual" and suggesting that De Niro "may be 'punch-drunk.'"

"Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to [sic] many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be “punch-drunk,” the President began.

"I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!" he added.

While introducing Bruce Springsteen at the awards ceremony Sunday night, De Niro was bleeped when he said: "First, I wanna say, 'F*** Trump. It's no longer 'Down with Trump,' it's 'F*** Trump.'"

This was not the first time the Oscar-winning actor attacked Trump so publicly -- and so colorfully.

In January, he also railed against Trump while introducing Meryl Streep at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala.

"Our baby-in-chief -- the j***off-in-chief, I call him -- has put the press under siege, ridiculing it and trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies," De Niro said, comparing the Trump administration's attacks on the media to former President Richard Nixon's.

And in 2016, De Niro, who endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the time, attacked Trump in a video, urging people to vote and saying, "I'd like to punch him in the face."

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Tuesday
Jun122018

"SNL" cast member Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande hit Disneyland after engagement reports

NBC/Will Heath(LOS ANGELES) -- Following news of their apparent engagement yesterday, Ariana Grande and Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson took a late-night trip to Disneyland.

The two were spotted by fans on the Space Mountain ride. Ariana was wearing Minnie Mouse ears as Pete gave her a hand exiting the rollercoaster. Ariana also posted some videos to her Instagram Story of them on the ride.

Ariana also seemingly referenced the engagement on Twitter.  A fan wrote, “I hope he knows he is marrying US AS WELL,” to which Ariana replied, “HAHAHAHAHAHH HE'S BEEN BRIEFED.”

Another fan tweeted, "i always will love u more and that’s the indisputable tea for today mrs.davidson." Ariana wrote back, "crying."

The couple has yet to officially confirm the engagement but sources say the two are indeed engaged after just a few weeks of dating. They were reportedly telling people the news at Robert Pattinson’s birthday party on Saturday.

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Tuesday
Jun122018

"Atlanta" season three to have more female centered stories

From "Atlanta," (L-R) Brian Tyree Henry, Donald Glover, Zazie Beetz - Courtesy Robin Lori for FX Networks(NEW YORK) -- After the popularity of Zazie Beetz's "Champagne Papi" Atlanta episode -- in which she and her girlfriends go to a New Year's Eve party at what they believe is Drake's house -- Beetz says she's ready for season three to have more woman-centered episodes.

"It was so fun having this girl vibe," Beetz tells The Hollywood Reporter, referring to the episode, the season's only female driven installment. "There's no lack on the set, but I think in terms of storytelling it is different just like bonding with a woman and playing with that energy in terms of Van's character. So it is something I would like to continue exploring."

That appears to be an easy ask for Atlanta writer and producer Stephen Glover, who says the next season will involve more woman-centered narratives.

"I think we have some cool ideas in season three that'll put some more women on screen," said Glover. "There's a very specific perspective from the Atlanta woman that I think we're gonna explore..." 

A premiere date for the third season of Atlanta has yet to be announced
.

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Tuesday
Jun122018

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon "shine a light" on the flaws in the America justice system in ABC docu-series "The Last Defense" 

Viola Davis, Julius Tennon - (ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua) (NEW YORK) -- Tonight, ABC takes a closer look at the flaws in the American justice system by examining a number of death-row cases in the powerful new docu-series, The Last Defense.

The series was developed by Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon's production company, JuVee Productions, among others, and the two serve as executive producers on the project. Their series, which highlights the death row cases of Darlie Routier and Julius Jones, tells its stories by returning to the scene of the crime, re-interviewing witnesses and going beyond the details of the case and its court proceedings.

Davis tells ABC Radio that this docu-series is extremely important because it helps to shine a light on cases that often don't get a second look.

"We're really seeing that there are voiceless, unheard, and unseen people out there -- who don't get a fair trial," Davis says. "They just don't, you know. We live in a justice system that is about affordable attorneys, public defenders who are overworked and underpaid, and there are people who fall under the cracks because of that."

She continues, "And that needs to be exposed because, it's like the famous saying says, It's because I love America that I reserve the right to criticize it.'"

Her husband agrees and adds that taking a critical look at these two cases will hopefully lead to a larger conversation.

"We've always loved things about social justice and especially in the crimes space," Tennon says. "Unfortunately, it's always about somebody is untimely demise, but we always want to shine a light... then we see that there are potentially, cracks in the system and people do fall through."

"So it could happen to any one of us," he adds.

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Tuesday
Jun122018

"Luke Cage" villains ante up in new season two trailer

Netflix/Sarah Shatz(NEW YORK) -- A second trailer for season two of Marvel's Luke Cage has officially dropped, and it shows two of Harlem's most notorious villains gearing up for war.

"You don't need to be bulletproof to be a superhero," warns the villainous Mariah Dillard, played by Alfre Woodard. "Black women have always had superpowers.  Turning pain into progress.  Harlem doesn't need a hero, it needs a queen."

In addition to Mariah Dillard, Harlem faces another major threat: Bushmaster, played by Mustafa Shakir. He's a man determined to take down Mariah and reclaim Harlem -- and is also willing to take out Mike Colter's Luke Cage, if he decides to stand in his way.

Luke Cage also stars Simone Missick, Theo RossiGabrielle Dennis and Rosario Dawson. Season two premieres on Netflix June 22.

 

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Tuesday
Jun122018

"The Bold Type" star Nikohl Boosheri on playing groundbreaking character that makes people feel "seen and heard"

Freeform/Ed Herrera(NEW YORK) -- Freeform’s The Bold Type debuts its second season tonight and this time around, it has gained a new series regular. Nikohl Boosheri, who plays the groundbreaking character Adena, joins the cast full time.

The character is one not often represented on screen, if at all. Adena is a Muslim lesbian artist, who’s fearless in her beliefs and confident in who she is. This season we see her exploring her blossoming relationship with Kat, the social media director at Scarlet magazine, played by Aisha Dee. The fan favorite couple is lovingly referred to as #Kadena.

Boosheri admits she feels a responsibility playing Adena, but she realizes she can’t represent everyone’s experiences.

“I hope that it is a sign to creators that audiences are ready and are hungry for complex and non-traditional characters in stories like this and I hope we just see more of it,” she tells ABC Radio. “I hope that this is one of many, not the only one.”

Nikohl has gotten tons of responses from fans who relate to Adena, from places as varied as Turkey, South America and Russia. She thinks it’s really special that seeing a character like Adena can make people feel “seen and heard and that they’re not alone.”

It’s especially fitting given that June is Pride Month. Boosheri has a message for her LGBTQ fans: “We always say ‘it gets better,’ but I really think that that’s true… I think we’re all beautiful in all the things that make us unique and different and that should be celebrated and accepted.” 

The Bold Type, which follows a trio of friends working at a women's magazine, airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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