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Thursday
Jun142018

Barbra Streisand's classic TV specials, plus a special version of "A Star Is Born", coming to Netflix

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for NetflixSix of Barbra Streisand's classic TV specials will will begin streaming on Netflix beginning on Friday.

As Streisand, 76, announced during a conversation with Jamie Foxx in support of Barbra: The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic! at Sunday's 2018 Netflix FYSee event, fans will be able to re-watch her award-winning specials, including 1965's My Name Is Barbra, 1966's Color Me Barbra, 1968's Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park, 1973's Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments, 1994's Barbra Streisand: The Concert and 2001's Barbra Streisand: Timeless.

In addition, Netflix will also present a special edition of Streisand’s 1976 film, A Star Is Born, with never-before-seen footage, including Barbra playing the movie's Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning theme song, "Evergreen," on the guitar for co-star Kris Kristofferson. The other previously unreleased scene shows a rock and roll version of the film's finale, "Watch Closely Now."

Over a career that's spanned nearly 50 years, the singer/actress has sold over 150 million albums and singles worldwide and snagged a pair of Oscars, five Emmys, 11 Golden Globes, and a total of 10 Grammys.

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Thursday
Jun142018

A Superfly night in Miami: Fans, filmmakers and celebrities come out to support the premiere of Superfly at the ABFF

Photo Credit: Eric Charbonneau; © 2018 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(MIAMI) -- Miami's South Beach welcomed the return of the annual American Black Film Festival on Wednesday night. With hundreds expected to arrive over the course of five days, the opening film, Superfly, drew an enormous and star-studded crowd at the Fillmore theater.

One of the stars in attendance was The Last O.G. actor Allen Maldonado, who plays the ambitious street hustler Liddy in Superfly. He says premiering his film at the festival for opening night was a surreal experience.

"This is black excellence man -- to be able to celebrate and honor amongst ourselves is everything," Maldonado tells ABC Radio. "And ABFF has been a premium outlet for upcoming black entertainers...to not just celebrate the legends, but also introduce the new newcomers. And I think what they're doing here is incredible."

His co-star Jason Mitchell, who plays Eddie -- a very opinionated best friend to main character Youngblood Priest -- adds that being a part of the film allowed him to evolve as an actor.

"To be honest, I just try to change my hat and try to change my jacket every time," explains Mitchell, who also starred in Straight Outta Compton. "Because since I played Eazy-E, everyone's like, 'Oh look, Eazy-E in Mudbound and look at Eazy-E in such and such.' So I've been trying to go from Eazy-E to Jason Mitchell."

Meanwhile, the CEO of ABFF Ventures, Jeff Friday, had an important message to offer on opening night.

"We've got brothers making billion-dollar movies now-- with hit TV shows," Friday says referring to Ryan Cooler and Anthony Anderson. "I mean it's a completely different world... Black is not niche anymore. Black is mainstream and we're not going to be marginalized anymore. The marginalization of black culture is officially over." 

Superfly is in now theaters.

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Thursday
Jun142018

"Bachelorette" contestant Lincoln Adim convicted of indecent assault and battery

Craig Sjodin/ABC(MASSACHUSETTS) -- Lincoln Adim, a contestant on the current season of The Bachelorette, was convicted of indecent assault and battery last month, the press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Massachusetts confirmed to ABC News.

Press Secretary Jake Wark said in a statement that Adim was found guilty on May 21 of groping a woman on a harbor cruise ship nearly two years prior.

"He was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period. The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years," Wark stated. "If he complies with the judge’s orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars. By law, he is expected to register as a sex offender."

On Thursday, a representative for Warner Bros. told ABC News in a statement that no Bachelorette producers knew about the incident or the charges when they cast Adim. 

"We employ a well-respected and highly experienced third party who has done thousands of background checks consistent with industry standards to do a nationwide background check in this case," the statement reads. "The report we received did not reference any incident or charge relating to the recent conviction - or any other charges relating to sexual misconduct. We are currently investigating why the report did not contain this information, which we will share when we have it."

A representative for ABC, which airs the reality show, stated that the network does not comment on production-related inquiries.

Disney is the parent company of ABC and ABC News.

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Thursday
Jun142018

L.A. District Attorney's office reviewing sexual assault allegation against Sylvester Stallone

Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles County District Attorney Office has revealed that it is reviewing a sexual assault claim against Sylvester Stallone.

The Santa Monica Police Department had been investigating the claim, and turned it over the the L.A. Country District Attorney's office on Wednesday, reports People.

The alleged incident took place in the 1990s, but no details have been released regarding its nature.

"We have already notified the police that my client wants to file a claim against the woman for filing a false police report," a legal rep for Stallone told The Hollywood Reporter back in December when a police report was originally filed in Santa Monica. "My client categorically disputes the claim and it is apparent that the woman filed the report to get a media outlet to publish the story."

On Wednesday, Stallone's lawyer Marty Singer, told Page Six, "They had a consensual, sexual relationship when he was single. But nothing happened.” 

He continued, "Two third-party witnesses went to the police and then came forward to us and confirmed that story was completely false. The woman had stated how much she liked my client and what a great relationship she had with him — so it’s just not right.”

Singer added, "It’s not appropriate for anyone to file a police report because you wanna get a story out in the media," Singer said. "It’s totally wrong."

In a separate case, another woman came forward last year claiming the Rocky actor sexually assaulted her in Las Vegas in 1986 when she was just 16 years old. No charges were filed. 

Stallone called that incident, "a ridiculous, categorically false story."

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Thursday
Jun142018

Stan Lee's business manager accused of elder abuse

ABC/Richard CartwrightLegal representatives of Stan Lee are accusing the comic-book legend's presumed business manager, Keya Morgan, of elder abuse, Deadline reports. The judge granted a temporary restraining order until a July 6 hearing, blocking Morgan from contacting Lee or coming within 100 yards of him. 

Tom Lallas, Lee's former lawyer, said Morgan "is unduly influencing Mr. Lee and isolating him.”

“He has been denied contact with family members and other individuals that he has known and trusted over the years,” Lallas added. “Mr. Morgan relocated Mr. Lee from his family home into an unfamiliar environment without notifying relatives of his whereabouts.”

A statement from two of Lee's other lawyers, Kirk Edward Schenck and Jonathan Freund, reveals that Lee "is in good health and great spirits after undergoing a very dangerous ordeal."

It continues, “Stan Lee is excited to get back to 'business as usual' once he recovers from his recent ordeal, during which he felt compelled to take actions and make statements out of fear for his and his family’s personal safety," the statement reads.

Earlier this week, Lee posted a video to Twitter, stating his allegiance to Morgan. "My only partner and business manager is @KeyaMorgan not all the other people making false claims," the post reads. 

One insider told Deadline that Morgan and Lee's relationship was "a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome."

Morgan's entanglements in Lee's affairs do not stop there. In May, he filed a suit on behalf of Lee, claiming the CEO of Lee's former company, Pop! Entertainment, tricked him into signing away the rights to his own name. 

Lee created or co-created some of Marvel's most recognizable characters, like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and The Avengers, in the 1960s. He founded Pop! Entertainment in 2001.

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Wednesday
Jun132018

Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Donald Glover on list of "Most Powerful People in Comedy"

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Kevin Hart, Donald Glover, and Tiffany Haddish are among the stars on The Hollywood Reporters first list of “The Most Powerful People in Comedy.”

The publication hails Haddish as “Hollywood’s new comedy queen.”

The list also includes Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Issa Rae, and The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah.

In the category of producer/writers, Kenya Barris, creator of black-ish and grown-ish, is recognized, along with Will Packer, whose credits include the successful Think Like A Man films, the Ride Along movies, and Girls Trip

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Wednesday
Jun132018

"Wonder Woman" director posts a sneak peek of the sequel -- featuring this surprising character

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(LOS ANGELES) -- While it's been rumored that Patty Jenkins' anticipated Wonder Woman sequel would jump forward in time from the World War I-set original to the '80s -- 1984, specifically -- she posted a picture Wednesday that still managed to surprise fans. Why? It shows Chris Pine, rocking a totally '80s outfit.

Fans know that his character, Steve Trevor -- spoiler alert -- made the ultimate sacrifice at the end of the original movie, but there he is, in a mall, rocking that '80 wardrobe staple, the Members Only jacket.

While her goddess-like genes mean that Wonder Woman won't age, the same doesn't apply to Trevor, who is mortal and, as far as we know, dead. So what gives? Guess we'll have to wait until November 1, 2019, when Wonder Woman 2 opens in theaters.

Jenkins also posted another pic of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman watching a bank of TVs set tuned to '80s fare including Dallas, and Christie Brinkley in the original Vacation.

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Wednesday
Jun132018

Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" extends first season by 13 episodes

Photo: Stan Evans(LOS ANGELES) -- Jada Pinkett Smith's Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk just premiered last month, but it's already been extended.

The show has so far aired six episodes out of 10, but it's just been announced that the series will air an additional 13 episodes this fall. The series features Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow and her mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris discussing today's issues from the viewpoints of three different generations.

In a statement, Pinkett Smith said, "The community that has been built around the Red Table is so strong and keeps my mother, Willow and I inspired to keep going...There is so much more to explore together and so many people to bring to the table to do it with us."

She added, "We have learned so much along the way. With that being said, I believe, this next 13...is going to be fire!”

If you want to catch up on the series, go to the Watch tab on Facebook, or use the Facebook TV app.

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Wednesday
Jun132018

"Avengers: Infinity War", "Black Panther", "Riverdale" lead 2018 Teen Choice Awards nominations

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- The first wave of nominees have been announced for the Teen Choice Awards: 2018, and Avengers: Infinity War, leads the pack with eight nominations, including nods for the top action movie, and the top actor and actress in an action movie for Chris Evans and Elizabeth Olsen, respectively.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther were a close second with six nods each.

On the TV side of things, Riverdale and Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, tied with five nominations apiece, followed by Stranger Things and The Flash, with four nominations. 

Fans can vote for their favorite nominees at TeenChoice.com and on Twitter through June 19.

The Teen Choice Awards: 2018 airs live The Forum in L.A. Sunday, August 12, on FOX.

Here's a list of most of the first wave of nominees:

Choice Action Movie (#ChoiceActionMovie)
Avengers: Infinity War
Justice League
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Tomb Raider

Choice Action Movie Actor (#ChoiceActionMovieActor)
Chris Evans - Avengers: Infinity War
Dylan O’Brien - Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Henry Cavill - Justice League
John Boyega -  Pacific Rim: Uprising
Robert Downey Jr. - Avengers: Infinity War
Tom Holland - Avengers: Infinity War

Choice Action Movie Actress (#ChoiceActionMovieActress)
Alicia Vikander - Tomb Raider
Amy Adams - Justice League
Elizabeth Olsen - Avengers: Infinity War
Gal Gadot - Justice League
Scarlett Johansson - Avengers: Infinity War
Zoe Saldana - Avengers: Infinity War

Choice Sci–Fi Movie (#ChoiceSciFiMovie)
Black Panther
Blade Runner 2049
Rampage”
Ready Player One
Thor: Ragnarok

Choice Sci–Fi Movie Actor (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActor)
Chadwick Boseman - Black Panther
Chris Hemsworth - Thor: Ragnarok
Dwayne Johnson - Rampage
Mark Ruffalo - Thor: Ragnarok
Ryan Gosling - Blade Runner 2049
Tye Sheridan - Ready Player One

Choice Sci–Fi Movie Actress (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActress)
Danai Gurira - Black Panther
Letitia Wright - Black Panther
Lupita Nyong’o - Black Panther
Naomie Harris - Rampage
Olivia Cooke - Ready Player One
Tessa Thompson - Thor: Ragnarok

Choice Fantasy Movie (#ChoiceFantasyMovie)
 A Wrinkle in Time
 Coco
 Peter Rabbit
 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Choice Fantasy Movie Actor (#ChoiceFantasyMovieActor)
Anthony Gonzalez - Coco
Gael García Bernal - Coco
James Corden - Peter Rabbit
John Boyega - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mark Hamill - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Oscar Isaac - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Choice Fantasy Movie Actress (#ChoiceFantasyMovieActress)
Carrie Fisher - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Daisy Ridley - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mindy Kaling - A Wrinkle in Time
Oprah Winfrey - A Wrinkle in Time
Reese Witherspoon - A Wrinkle in Time
Storm Reid - A Wrinkle in Time

Choice Drama Movie (#ChoiceDramaMovie)
A Quiet Place
Midnight Sun
Murder on the Orient Express
The Greatest Showman
Truth or Dare
Wonder

Choice Drama Movie Actor (#ChoiceDramaMovieActor)
Hugh Jackman - The Greatest Showman
Jacob Tremblay - Wonder
Leslie Odom Jr. - Murder on the Orient Express
Patrick Schwarzenegger - Midnight Sun
Timothée Chalamet - Lady Bird
Zac Efron - The Greatest Showman

Choice Drama Movie Actress (#ChoiceDramaMovieActress)
Bella Thorne - Midnight Sun
Daisy Ridley - Murder on the Orient Express
Julia Roberts - Wonder
Lucy Hale - Truth or Dare
Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird
Zendaya - The Greatest Showman

Choice Comedy Movie (#ChoiceComedyMovie)
Daddy’s Home 2
I Feel Pretty
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Love, Simon
Overboard
Pitch Perfect 3

Choice Comedy Movie Actor (#ChoiceComedyMovieActor)
Dwayne Johnson - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Eugenio Derbez - Overboard
Jack Black - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kevin Hart - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Mark Wahlberg - Daddy’s Home 2
Will Ferrell - Daddy’s Home 2

Choice Comedy Movie Actress (#ChoiceComedyMovieActress)
Amy Schumer - I Feel Pretty
Anna Faris - Overboard
Anna Kendrick - Pitch Perfect 3
Hailee Steinfeld - Pitch Perfect 3
Karen Gillan - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Rebel Wilson - Pitch Perfect 3

Choice Drama TV Show (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
 Empire
 Famous in Love
 Riverdale
 Star
 The Fosters
 This is Us

Choice Drama TV Actor (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Cole Sprouse - Riverdale
Freddie Highmore - The Good Doctor
Jesse Williams - Grey's Anatomy
Jussie Smollett - Empire
K.J. Apa - Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Bella Thorne - Famous in Love
Camila Mendes - Riverdale
Chrissy Metz - This Is Us
Lili Reinhart - Riverdale
Maia Mitchell - The Fosters
Ryan Destiny - Star

Choice Sci–Fi/Fantasy TV Show (#ChoiceSciFiTVShow)
 iZombie
 Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
 Stranger Things
 Supernatural
 The 100
 The Originals

Choice Sci–Fi/Fantasy TV Actor (#ChoiceSciFiTVActor)
Bob Morley - The 100
Dominic Sherwood - Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Finn Wolfhard - Stranger Things
Gaten Matarazzo - Stranger Things
Joseph Morgan - The Originals
Matthew Daddario - Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Choice Sci–Fi/Fantasy TV Actress (#ChoiceSciFiTVActress)
Eliza Taylor - The 100
Emeraude Toubia - Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Katherine McNamara - Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Lana Parrilla - Once Upon a Time
Millie Bobby Brown - Stranger Things
Rose McIver - iZombie

Choice Action TV Show (#ChoiceActionTVShow)
Arrow
Gotham
Lethal Weapon
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Supergirl
The Flash

Choice Action TV Actor (#ChoiceActionTVActor)
Chris Wood - Supergirl
Damon Wayans - Lethal Weapon
David Mazouz - Gotham
Grant Gustin - The Flash
Lucas Till - MacGyver
Stephen Amell - Arrow

Choice Action TV Actress (#ChoiceActionTVActress)
Caity Lotz - DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Candice Patton - The Flash
Chloe Bennet - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Danielle Panabaker - The Flash
Emily Bett Rickards - Arrow
Melissa Benoist - Supergirl

Choice Comedy TV Show (#ChoiceComedyTVShow)
Black–ish
Fuller House
Jane the Virgin
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory
The Good Place

Choice Comedy TV Actor (#ChoiceComedyTVActor)
Andy Samberg - Brooklyn Nine–Nine
Anthony Anderson - Black–ish
Elias Harger - Fuller House
Hudson Yang - Fresh Off the Boat
Jaime Camil - Jane the Virgin
Rico Rodriguez - Modern Family

Choice Comedy TV Actress (#ChoiceComedyTVActress)
America Ferrera - Superstore
Candace Cameron Bure -  Fuller House
Gina Rodriguez - Jane the Virgin
Kristen Bell -  The Good Place
Sarah Hyland - Modern Family
Yara Shahidi -  Black-ish,  Grown–ish

Choice Animated TV Show (#ChoiceAnimatedTVShow)
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Rick and Morty
Steven Universe
The Simpsons

Choice Reality TV Show (#ChoiceRealityTVShow)
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Lip Sync Battle
MasterChef Junior
The Four: Battle for Stardom
The Voice
Total Divas

Choice Throwback TV Show (#ChoiceThrowbackTVShow)
Dawson’s Creek
Friends
Gossip Girl
One Tree Hill
That ’70s Show
The Fresh Prince of Bel–Air

Choice TV Personality (#ChoiceTVPersonality)
Chrissy Teigen - Lip Sync Battle
Derek Hough - World of Dance
DJ Khaled - The Four: Battle for Stardom
Hailey Baldwin - Drop the Mic
Kelly Clarkson - The Voice”
Meghan Trainor - The Four: Battle for Stardom

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Wednesday
Jun132018

Worlds collide as Celine Dion, Kanye West, and Ryan Reynolds get into a "Deadpool"-themed Twitter exchange

20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- One might not expect a superhero team-up to include Deadpool, Celine Dion and Kanye West, but that's just what happened -- at least on Twitter.

While tweeting his love for the Deadpool movies, the controversial rapper asserted that some of the music used in the films was reminiscent of his own work.

"I love both Deadpool movies… I heard tracks in it that sound similar to mine," Kanye tweeted. "bro I would have cleared my music for Deadpool." 

He added, "your guys writing and approach is so innovative … I love how you guys break the 4th wall… thank you for being innovative and please know I’m down to clear next time."

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds responded to Kanye's tweet about the music sounding similar to his, writing, "Agree. I’m having a word with Celine Dion." 

Celine, of course, recorded the song "Ashes" for the Deadpool 2 soundtrack, and Ryan appeared in the video with her.

Then Celine got into the act, tweeting, "Hmm, 'Ashes (Yeezy Remix)' does have a nice ring to it…"

Your move, Kanye. Remember: Maximum effort.

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