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Alec Baldwin posts Twitter message to Kanye West after rapper’s pro-Trump speech at ‘SNL’

Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin, who plays President Trump on SNL, has some choice words for Kanye West, who went on a non-televised pro-Trump rant following his performance on SNL Saturday.

Baldwin posted a five-part message to the rapper on Twitter Monday.

He begins, “Dear Kanye, Your support of Trump is certainly your right. And the expression of any political ideas and support of candidates, so long as the violation of individual rights is not involved, can only strengthen our system.”

“But I believe that many people, perhaps most people in America, are either on to you or don’t care,” Baldwin continues. “U are a rich entertainer. A man with tremendous wealth and a wide audience who appears to have adopted Trump’s belief that wealth and celebrity alone are signs of character.”

Baldwin goes on to say that “wealth and celebrity are never signs of character” and that as artists, they have a pact to “give our careers, our lives, serving the audience’s thirst for truth and beauty.”

Baldwin concludes, “In an often ugly world, filled w bargaining away our own best interests, we owe them that dedication. They rely on us for that. Your support of Trump is an abdication, a betrayal of that pact.”

“I oppose Trump not because he is a Republican. I do so because he is a monster,” Baldwin says.

Captain America actor Chris Evans was also among the celebrities criticizing Kanye’s politics.

Evans tweeted, “There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating. It’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying.”

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Report: ‘Black Mirror’ to have choose-your-own-adventure episode in new season

Jonathan Prime / Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Black Mirror is about to get interactive.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the popular Netflix sci-fi anthology series is planning a choose-your-adventure episode — meaning viewers will get the chance to decide how the storyline plays out.

The Black Mirror episode will be the first of several forays into live-action interactive programming at Netflix, as well as the first interactive show designed for adults, sources tell Bloomberg. Netflix has already released several episodes of choose-your-own-adventure animated programs for kids.

The fifth season of the Emmy-winning Black Mirror is expected to be released in December.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda returning to Hamilton in Puerto Rico, and you could win tickets

ABC/Heidi Gutman(PUERTO RICO) — Lin-Manuel Miranda is returning to Hamilton for a good cause.

People reports Miranda will be reprising the role of Alexander Hamilton for 24 performances of his Tony award-winning musical at the University of Puerto Rico, as a way to help bring joy to the island as it continues to recover from Hurricane Maria.

Miranda’s also co-launching The Flamboyan Arts Fund, an organization dedicated to sustaining the arts in Puerto Rico. All profits from the Hamilton performances in Puerto Rico will go towards the fund.

“Time is of the essence,” Miranda says in a video exclusively on People. “It’s a struggle to be an arts organization anywhere, particularly on an island that’s been hurt by one of the worst hurricanes in history.”

He adds, “I believe art helps us survive…We can’t wait for Puerto Rico to recover to then support the arts because there is no telling when that will be. We need to support the artists who are out there now. We need to have their backs.”

If you donate $10 to The Flamboyan Arts Fund on Prizeo.com/Ham4PR now, you’ll be entered to win two VIP tickets to opening night of Hamilton in Puerto Rico on January 11, as well as round-trip airfare, a hotel stay and tickets to the opening night after-party.

Miranda wrote Hamilton and starred in the title role on Broadway from 2015 to 2016.

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‘Rocketman’ teaser blasts off

Paramount Pictures (HOLLYWOOD) — Paramount Pictures has released the first teaser for Rocketman, the upcoming biopic about Elton John. The snippet shows Kingsman series star Taron Egerton channeling a ’70s-era Elton, complete with his receding hairline, and as many costume changes as one would expect from the legendary performer. 

“There are moments in a rock star’s life that define who he is,” Egerton’s voiceover notes, before adding: “it’s going to be a wild ride.”

The teaser also gives fans a chance to hear Egerton as Elton; the actor covers his Kingsman 2 co-star on the titular track, and the results are striking.

The studio describes the movie as, “an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years,” and the teaser proves that out, giving glimpses of the recording artist’s darker times, as well as his musical triumphs.

As previously reported, Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Madden.  Matthew Vaughn, who directed the Kingsman movies, is a producer; his Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels collaborator Dexter Fletcher directed the as-yet-unrated film.

“Based on a true fantasy,” Rocketman hits theaters May 31, 2019.

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Gwyneth Paltrow makes wedding Instagram official

ABC/Kevin Mazur; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Gwyneth Paltrow made her marriage to her fiancé, TV producer Brad Falchuk, Instagram official on Sunday.

Paltrow shared a photo of her and Falchuk’s hands, one on top of the other, proudly displaying their simple, thin gold wedding bands.

Paltrow, 46, and Falchuk, 47, tied the knot in New York’s Hamptons on Saturday, surrounded by A-List friends, including her Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr., according to the New York Post. A night earlier, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld reportedly hosted the couple’s rehearsal dinner at their home.

The couple confirmed their engagement back in January. Paltrow “consciously uncoupled” from Coldplay’s Chris Martin in 2014. They share two children, daughter Apple, 14, and son Moses, 12.

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A very angry Matt Damon guest stars as Brett Kavanaugh on ‘SNL’ premiere

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) — Matt Damon was the latest A-lister to join Saturday Night Live as he guest starred as an angry Brett Kavanaugh in the season premiere’s cold open.

In a sketch parodying the Senate Judiciary Committee nominee hearings from Thursday, when the judge hotly denied accusations of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh received a fair share of criticism for his emotional — sometimes yelling, sometimes crying — testimony.

Damon emerged to cheers from the crowd as he took his seat at the table and was asked if he was ready to start.

“Oh hell yeah,” Damon’s Kavanaugh said. “I’ll tell you this — I’m gonna start at an 11 and I’m gonna take it to a 15 real quick.”

He did take it to 15 “real quick” as he shouted about the conspiracy attacking him and guzzled water like beer.

“I’m here tonight because of a sham, a political con job orchestrated by the Clintons, George Soros — Kathy Griffin!”

The crowd groaned as Damon’s Kavanaugh uttered the line, “I’m not backing down b******, I don’t know the meaning of the word stop.'”

SNL alum Rachel Dratch made a cameo as Senator Amy Klobuchar, who Kavanaugh confronted at the hearing Thursday, responding to a question about whether he’d blacked out with “Have you?”

Current castmember Aidy Bryant played prosecutor Rachel Mitchell and was constantly cut off by the committee.

Damon’s Kavanaugh shotgunned a beer and offered one final warning:

“If you think I’m angry now, just wait until I get on the Supreme Court, because then you’re all gonna pay.”

Saturday’s show, hosted by Adam Driver with musical guest Kanye West, delivered the SNL’s second highest-rated season opener, behind the 2016 premiere, featuring Margot Robbie and The Weeknd, along with the debut of Alec Baldwin’s then-GOP candidate Donald Trump.

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‘Night School’ scores an A-plus box office weekend with $28 million

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in “Night School”; Universal(NEW YORK) — Night School topped the weekend box office with an estimated $28 million weekend. Overseas, the comedy from Malcolm Lee and Will Packer — the duo behind last year’s Girls Trip — starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, grabbed an estimated $5.5 million.

The weekend’s second major release, Smallfoot, bowed in second place. The animated comedy — featuring the voices of Zendaya as Meechee, Channing Tatum, James Corden, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi — delivered an estimated $23 million.

Last week’s box office champ, The House with a Clock in its Walls, dropped to third place, earning an estimated $12.5 million, followed by A Simple Favor, taking fourth place with an estimated $6.6 million.

Rounding out the top five was The Nun, taking in an estimated $5.4 million and bringing its totals stateside to $109 million. Overseas, the sci-fi horror film delivered another $16.2 million for an international tally of $221 million. That makes The Nun the highest grossing film in the Conjuring franchise.

Elsewhere, the National Geographic documentary Free Solo pulled in an estimated $300,804 from four locations — the highest per-theater opening ever for a documentary, unseating 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth.

Little Women, starring Lea Thompson, delivered $747,000 from 643 theaters, while The Old Man & the Gun — starring Robert Redford in what is reportedly his final role — earned $150,000 from five locations.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Night School, $28 million
2. Smallfoot, $23 million
3. The House With a Clock in Its Walls, $12.5 million
4. A Simple Favor, $6.6 million
5. The Nun, $5.4 million
6. Hell Fest, $5.075 million
7. Crazy Rich Asians, $4.15 million
8. The Predator, $3.7 million
9. White Boy Rick, $2.385 million
10. Peppermint, $1.77 million

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Jamie Lee Curtis says new Halloween sequel is a horror movie for the #MeToo age

Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(HOLLYWOOD) — In a new cover story for Entertainment Weekly, Jamie Lee Curtis explains how her new Halloween sequel has evolved since the original film in 1978.

This time around, Curtis’ Laurie Strode takes on masked murderer Michael Myers with the help of her daughter and granddaughter. She says the film — directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley — is a reflection of the changing times.

“I do not believe that when David and Danny and Jeff were writing this, they were looking at it as a way of incorporating the #MeToo movement into this retelling or revisiting of this story,” she tells EW.

“I think it is the natural occurrence of a zeitgeist, of a change, of a shift in thought and action which comes from these moments of tremendous cultural change.”

Curtis, whose character is suffering from PTSD in the film, says the Halloween sequel will be part of the growing chorus of women reclaiming their own stories.

“I didn’t realize it until we were making it, and I realized what Laurie was doing, and that’s very powerful,” she says.

Halloween hits theaters October 19.

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‘Night School’ director Malcolm Lee and producer Will Packer share the bumpy process of how Kevin Hart’s idea for the film eventually landed

Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) — Girls Trip director Malcolm Lee and producer Will Packer are sharing details of how their new comedy, Night School, came about and why the upcoming film had a bit of a bumpy start.

Packer tells ABC Radio that the film — which follows Kevin Hart as a high school drop out returning to night school for his GED — was actually Hart’s idea.

“He pitched this movie to me years ago,” Packer says. “He’s been wanting to get into producing. And so, this was his first time acting as a producer along with me, where movies were being released under our production banners.”

Although Packer says Kevin pitched the idea prior to Girls Trip and Tiffany Haddish’s meteoric success, the producer reveals that after giving Hart a sneak peek of the blockbuster, Hart immediately wanted to have Malcolm Lee and Haddish involved.

While Packer says the film was a “no brainer,” for him, Lee disagrees.

“It was not a no brainer. I initially said no,” Lee reveals. “I had been coming off a very busy 2016 which had been the busiest year of my career… I wanted to enjoy the roll out of Girls Trip… But, Will came to me like, ‘Hey man I got the script. Kevin Hart. We like for you to do this.’ So, I took a look and I was like, ‘Ooo.'”

According to Lee, “the script wasn’t great,” and there was a lot of “work” to do. But after thinking about the “chance to work with Hart,” and Universal Pictures again, he decided to sign on.

“So, it got to the place where I thought we could make a good movie.” he adds. “So, it wasn’t easy, but we made it and I’m glad I did it now.” 

Night School is now out.

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Is Gwyneth Paltrow getting hitched this weekend?

ABC/Kevin Mazur(NEW YORK) — There might be wedding bells ringing this weekend for Gwyneth Paltrow and her fiancé, TV producer Brad Falchuk.

Us Weekly reports the two will be getting hitched at an intimate ceremony at Paltrow’s home in New York’s ritzy Hamptons.

Back in July, a source told Us that Paltrow was planning a “small and personal” wedding with fewer than 20 guests. Her children with ex-husband Chris Martin, Apple and Moses, will both “have a part in the ceremony.”

Paltrow and Falchuk confirmed their engagement back in January, saying in a statement, “We feel incredibly lucky to have come together at this juncture in our lives when our collective successes and failures can serve as building blocks for a healthy and happy relationship.”

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