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James Cameron says the working title of the new ‘Terminator’ movie is ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — In a chat with Yahoo! Entertainment about his new release Alita: Battle Angel — which he co-wrote and produced — James Cameron says the working title of the new Terminator movie is Terminator: Dark Fate.

Cameron explains that, like Alita, he guided the process, but because he’s busy with more Avatar films, he left the directing up to somebody else. While Robert Rodriguez called the shots on Alita, Deadpool veteran Tim Miller was behind the camera for this new Terminator film.

The new movie deliberately ignores the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, and, perhaps most gratifyingly for fans, the critically savaged Terminator: Genisys

Cameron said, “I can’t be involved in this film at all if Arnold [Schwarzenegger] is not in it,” and added that he “strongly recommended” the filmmakers bring back Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor — something Miller was keen to do.

“Fans are going to want to see her again, and they’re going to want to see the real Sarah Connor and what time and dealing with these tragic futures has done to her,” Cameron advised.

If you remember, Sarah gives birth to John Connor, the future savior of mankind in the war against the machines.

What she’s been through has, “hardened her even more, but in a way that made her much stronger…Maybe less likable, but stronger,” Cameron notes.  He addis, “Ultimately, she becomes a really important character in passing the baton to the new characters that come in. It’s a very female-centric film, which I’m glad Tim embraced..”

Terminator: Dark Fate — if that’s what it ends up being called — hits theaters November 1. Alita: Battle Angel opens Thursday.

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Marvel readying ‘Howard The Duck’, ‘Hit Monkey’, other adult animated shows for Hulu

Marvel(LOS ANGELES) — Marvel Television is bringing four of Marvel Comics’ off-kilter characters to Hulu, in a quartet of animated shows targeted towards adults.

Variety reports Howard The Duck, Hit-Monkey, M.O.D.O.K., and Tigra and Dazzler will be coming to the streaming service, each featuring with some very unique comedic voices.

Kevin Smith is co-writing and co-producing Howard The Duck, about a talking alien duck. Howard, the subject of a famously bad 1986 live-action movie, was briefly glimpsed in Guardians of the Galaxy. Helping Smith is Dave Willis, known for the offbeat Adult Swim cartoons Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies.

Hit Monkey is about an assassin monkey, and Blades of Glory writers Josh Gordon and Will Speck are behind that one. Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn once pitched Marvel Studios on the idea of making a film based on the character.

M.O.D.O.K. will center on the work/life balance of the giant-headed villain whose name means “Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.” Comedian and certified geek Patton Oswalt is co-writing and producing the project.

Finally, from writers and executive producers Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler comes Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, about, “two woke Super Heroes and best friends…fight[ing] for recognition.”

Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb said of the shows: “A giant head. A monkey. A tiger lady and a disco queen. And the duck. Brought together because no one else could but Marvel Television on Hulu. M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler and Howard the Duck will form a team no one asked for — The Offenders (and wait until you see who the Team Leader is!)!” He adds, “We have such tremendous talent bringing amazing adult animation that’s fun, fresh and fantastic. We’re so excited for what’s to come!”

Marvel is owned by ABC News’ parent company Disney.

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Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Samuel L. Jackson among the next batch of Oscar presenters

AMPAS(LOS ANGELES) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a second round of celebrity presenters for the upcoming Oscars telecast.

Oscar-winner Javier Bardem joins a host of other Academy Award nominees, including Chadwick Boseman, his Black Panther mom Angela Bassett, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, and Melissa McCarthy, as well as Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson, James McAvoy, If Beale Street Could Talk‘s Stephan James and Kiki Layne, Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa and Keegan-Michael Key.

Previously announced presenters including Daniel Craig, Oscar-winners Brie Larson, Charlize Theron, and Whoopi Goldberg, and Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Awkwafina and Constance Wu.

The 91st annual Oscars ceremony will air live on ABC Sunday, February 24.

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Man in Blue — See Will Smith as Genie in ‘Aladdin’ mini-trailer

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Remember in December, when everyone got so bent out of shape when Entertainment Weekly‘s cover photo showed Will Smith as the Genie in the forthcoming live-action Aladdin remake — and he wasn’t blue?  Smith himself answered the haters on Instagram, posting in part: “[A]nd yes, I’m gonna be BLUE!”

He wasn’t kidding.  Disney on Sunday night released a “special look” mini-trailer, that ends with Smith’s part-CGI reveal as the Genie — emerging from the lamp in an electric-blue tornado of smoke until we see him in all his glory.  He’s blue, all right, and bare-chested, with pointed ears and the Genie’s signature beard and top knot.

“You really don’t know who I am?” he asks an incredulous Aladdin.  “Genie, wishes, lamp — none of that ringing a bell?”

The original, animated Aladdin premiered in 1992 and famously starred the late Robin Williams in a virtuoso vocal performance as the Genie that earned him a Golden Globe.  That movie has grossed $504 million worldwide.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin also stars Mena Massoud in the title role, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.  It opens May 24 from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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‘The Walking Dead’ recap: “Adaptation”

AMC(LOS ANGELES) — The ninth season of The Walking Dead resumed Sunday night, with the action beginning seconds after the mid-season cliffhanger last fall: Jesus, dead in the graveyard, after being stabbed by a seeming sentient walker — the Whisperers.

As a horde shambles through the graveyard, Michonne, Daryl, Aaron, Eugene and the rest manage to escape, dragging Jesus’s body. Yumiko grabs one of the assailants’ masks, made of a walker’s flesh, as they bolt a door behind them.

And then a seemingly undead hand reaches out from the walkers and unlocks the door.

Back at Hilltop, we see Negan beating a hasty escape from his underground prison: his door had been left unlocked in the cliffhanger.   He smiles to himself before making his way around the community, helping himself to some fruit. He arms himself with a shovel and enters the Alexandria headquarters, where he steals a compass and a change of clothes.  

As he climbs the perimeter fence, he comes face to face with Judith, holding her Dad’s Colt. “You’re not gonna shoot me, kid,” he tells her, but Judith stands her ground. 

Negan tries to charm his way out.  “You know me better than anyone’s known me in a very long time,” he says. “I promise you I’m not going to hurt anyone…But I gotta go.”

Judith lowers her weapon, before spotting the compass he stole. “You want it back?” Negan asks.

“Keep it,” Judith says. “It’ll help you to find your way. But if I see you again, I’ll shoot.” 

“I would,” Negan replies before he climbs to freedom.

Meanwhile, at Hilltop, Luke tries to be useful, eventually joining a search team. There’s hesitation until Alden agrees to have him ride with him.

Elsewhere, Yumiko, Daryl, and the others keep lugging Jesus’s body home, contemplating, while looking at the Whisperer’s mask, who would do such a thing.

At a covered bridge, they face some stragglers but need to determine which are undead and which are Whisperers, only pretending to be undead. Daryl’s crossbow does the trick. A shot to the thigh of one “walker” causes him to scream in pain and the real walkers attack the now-revealed human.

Another breaks rank and tries to attack Michonne. She makes quick work of him, while another, a woman, surrenders. They unmask her and try to find out the Whisperers’ numbers. She lies, and said they’re all dead.  With a horde approaching, the heroes take her with her as a hostage.

The team returns to Hilltop with their hostage, and the body of Jesus, to the residents’ shock.  They look to Tara to deliver justice and the hostage into a cell for interrogation.

Elsewhere, Negan makes his way into the remains of a store, and its leather goods department.  He finds some leather that fits, giving him some of his old moto jacket swagger back.

Meanwhile, Luke and Alden keep searching for their friend who, unbeknownst to the pair, have returned. They find some of Yumiko’s arrows, and a possible trail to their pals.

Back at the interrogation, Daryl gets nowhere with the defiant hostage.  Michonne tells Tara she’s heading back to Alexandria to warn her people about the Whiperers.

At Hilltop, Sidiq pops Eugene’s ankle back its socket.  The injured man apologizes to Rosita and attempts to share his feelings for her.  In response, she runs out and throws up — but not from the near confession. She confides in Sidiq that she’s pregnant with his baby, much to the eavesdropping Eugene’s heartbreak.

Meanwhile, young Henry is given a break from the drunk tank by Daryl; the young man says he’s looking for his place in the community.

Meanwhile, a newly leathered Negan, holding a pipe as if it’s Lucille, reaches Sanctuary. “Home sweet home,” he smiles. He gives his team’s traditional wolf whistles as he surveys the damage that had been done to his once proud HQ.

Negan finds one of his former comrades, now a walker. “Loyal to the end,” Negan smiles.  He cleans up as best he can, including dispatching several walkers, but he leaves Big Ritchie alone, for company.  That is, until he finds his compass, literally and figuratively, and bashes Ritchie’s head in.

Meanwhile, back at Alexandria, the gang buries Jesus, leaving Daryl to deal with the Whisperer.  He interrogates her harshly and threatens to drag her out to face the gallows, until Henry yells from his cell, getting Daryl to stop. She only admits her mother was out there, dressed as a Whisperer, alone, and urges him not to kill her if he finds her. Daryl storms off, telling Henry he’s going to stay in the jail until he wises up.

He leaves and the girl thanks to Henry, and tells him her name: Lydia.

Meanwhile, Negan drives back to Alexandria and faces Judith again. As promised, she fires and he dumps off his bike. He agrees that there’s nothing out there for him, and volunteers to get back into his cell.

Alden and Luke continue following the hunting arrows, thinking they’re on the trail of their compatriots, when they spot a lone walker. Luke moves to dispatch the female form — and the walker freezes.

Then another breaks free, another female, and tosses an arrow at their feet, before raising a sawed off shotgun at the pair. “Trail ends here,” the Whisperer says.

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, February 17, at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ busts on Jeff Bezos’ Amazon “package”; Aidy Bryant plays acting Attorney General Whitaker in opening sketch

NBC/Will Heath(LOS ANGELES) — In a take-off on the NBC political show Meet the Press, Saturday Night Live signaled a “new low in journalism” as its pundit panel took on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ nude photo scandal. 

Bezos claims that National Enquirer corporate boss David Pecker was involved in a blackmail scheme over photos the Amazon head allegedly sent to his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, and the “star” of those purported nude selfies took center stage. As moderator Chuck Todd, SNL cast member Kyle Mooney asked, “What do you think the coloration is like?”

The debate also featured a joke that’s sure to be repeated: Kenan Thompson, playing Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, held up a fake New York Post, with the headline: “Your Amazon Package is on Its Way.”

The show began with another political cold open, with cast member Aidy Bryant in a bald cap, playing acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker during his contentious congressional hearing last week.

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‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’ tops weekend box office with disappointing $34.4 million

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part topped the weekend box office with a an estimated $34.4 million opening, though that figure is far below the $50-55 million the film was expected to capture. It’s also well below the $69 million the first film debuted with in 2014, and the $53 million opening for The LEGO Batman Movie in 2017.

Overseas, the animated feature — starring the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell and Tiffany Haddish — earned an estimated $18.4 million.

What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson, opening in second place, delivering an estimated $19 million. Third place belonged to another debut, Liam Neeson’s Cold Pursuit, exceeding expectations with an estimated $10.8 million.

In fourth place was The Upside, grabbing an estimated 7.2 million. The Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston comedy has earned a total of $85.8 million stateside and is likely to end up hitting $100 million before its finishes its run.

Rounding out the top five is M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Glass, adding an estimated $6.6 million over the weekend to bring its domestic earnings to $98.4 million.  It’s earned upward of $221 million worldwide.

The weekend’s other new release, the horror film Prodigy, starring Taylor Schilling, delivered an estimated $6 million in its debut, slightly below expectations.

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

1. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, $34.4 million
2. What Men Want, $19 million
3. Cold Pursuit, $10.8 million
4. The Upside, $7.2 million
5. Glass, $5.8 million
6. The Prodigy, $6 million
7. Green Book, $3.567 million
8. Aquaman, $3.3 million
9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, $3 million
10. Miss Bala, $2.7 million

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Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga win big at 61st Annual Grammy Awards

Lady Gaga performs at the Grammys; Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Hey, remember last year, when everyone complained that there were barely any women on the Grammy Awards, and that deserving hip-hop artists kept getting snubbed? 

What a difference a year makes.  The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night in Los Angeles, were all about hip hop and women — and sometimes both.

Edgy country artist Kacey Musgraves was the night’s big winner, taking home four trophies, including the prestigious Album of the Year prize for Golden Hour.  She also won Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance.  In one of her many acceptance speeches, she thanked “all of the fans who have done nothing but spread positivity and love about this album…you really gave it wings.”

Meanwhile, Cardi B and Childish Gambino, the latter aka actor Donald Glover, made Grammy history with their wins. Childish Gambino’s politically charged #1 hit “This Is America” was named Record and Song of the Year — the first time a hip-hop track had ever won in those two categories.  “This Is America” also won for Best Rap/Sung performance, and its galvanizing video was named Best Music Video.  Gambino wasn’t on hand to accept his trophies.

Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy was named Best Rap Album, making her the only solo female to win in that category. The rapper was overcome by emotion at the podium, but still managed to joke, “The nerves are so bad, maybe I need to start smoking weed!” 

Cardi then gave a memorable speech, specifically thanking her 7-month-old daughter, Kulture. She explained that wen she found out she was pregnant, it gave her the impetus she needed to finish her album and shoot the videos before she started showing. She also thanked her estranged husband, Offset, who was onstage with her, for encouraging her.

The night’s other big winners included Brandi Carlile, who won three trophies, and Lady Gaga, who also took home three: two for “Shallow” and one for her song “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”  Accepting the award for Best Pop/Duo Group performance, a tearful Gaga thanked Bradley Cooper and her fans, and then spoke about the importance of mental health issues, especially in the music industry.

“If you see someone that’s hurting, don’t look away,” she said. “And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up into your head with you.”

Going into the show, host Alicia Keys said she felt that this year’s Grammys was “one billion percent” the year of the woman.  Indeed, in addition to Cardi, Kacey, Brandi and Gaga, nearly every other winner or performer of the night was female, from R&B stars H.E.R. and Janelle Monae, Latinx stars Jennifer Lopez and Camila Cabello, rock star St. Vincent, and pop stars Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa.  Even Michelle Obama put in an appearance.

Most of the star-studded Grammy “moments” were female-centric: There were tributes to Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross took center stage to wish a happy 75th birthday to herself with a performance.  Even a Motown tribute was mostly performed by Jennifer Lopez.

Dua Lipa, who was named Best New Artist, even said in her acceptance speech, “I guess this year, we really stepped up.”  It was a not-so-subtle diss of Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who last year was publicly slammed for suggesting that women in the music industry needed to “step up.”

Unfortunately, the biggest female pop star in the world right now, Ariana Grande, declined to attend after feuding with the producers.  Disappointing, considering that in ceremonies prior to the broadcast, she won her first Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Album, for Sweetener.

As for the men, there were performances by Post Malone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott and, briefly, Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo, but the most notable male appearance came from Drake, who normally avoids award shows like the plague.  He was on hand to accept his Grammy for Best Rap Song, for “God’s Plan,” and gave one of the most pointed speeches of the night.

Noting that awards are often decided by those who “might not understand” where hip-hop stars like him are coming from, the rapper continued, “You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word. If you’re a hero from your hometown. If there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows”

Gesturing to his Grammy, Drake added, “You don’t need this right here.  I promise you, you already won.”

Fans were furious that Drake’s speech was seemingly cut short by a commercial, but backstage, it was explained that he was given the opportunity to continue afterward, but declined, saying he’d made his point.

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‘Walking Dead’ star Danai Gurira says the survivors’ new enemies are the “scariest yet”

AMC(NEW YORK) — Danai Gurira is gearing up for the return of the second half of The Walking Dead‘s ninth season, which premieres Sunday night.

The series recently underwent major shifts in story development and cast, with actor Andrew Lincoln — and his hero Rick Grimes — leaving the post-apocalyptic drama.

“It’s been a big transition this year with the Rick character leaving and then we leaped six years forward, which was kind of thrilling to do,” Gurira told Good Morning America.

“But there’s a lot of information, a lot of mystery around what happened in those six years and we have a new enemy that’s kind of the scariest yet.

The ninth season ended halfway on a cliffhanger, with Gurira’s Michonne and the other heroes discovering — with near fatal results — a faction known as The Whisperers.

The baddies disguise themselves as walkers by wearing the faces of the undead as masks.

Danai said, “We can’t tell when they’re coming at us so it’s a whole new thing.”

Gurira, who also starred in the Oscar-nominated blockbuster Black Panther, said she’s excited about the movie’s upcoming appearance as a Best Picture nominee. “We just came into it really wanting to make something that was alive and resonate and we poured all we had into it,” Gurira said of the film. “We knew it was an unusual moment. It was a new platform to create something like this…we just committed every day fully and we were such a team, which was such a blessing. We became a family.”

The Walking Dead returns Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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André Holland shares his solution to lack of black NBA ownership in ‘High Flying Bird’

Netflix/Peter Andrews(NEW YORK) — André Holland had one burning question on his mind when he approached his new Netflix sports-drama, High Flying Bird.

The actor, who also serves as an executive producer on the film, plays Ray, a sports agent who has a bold solution during an NBA lockout. Holland tells ABC Radio his intention was to explore the idea of black ownership and what it would mean if black athletes took back the sport they made so popular.

“I think the big question that we asked ourselves is, ‘What would it be like if all the black players in the NBA got together and said, ‘You know what, we’re going to start our own league’?” says Holland.

Holland also says the film is a response to the rhetoric aimed at NFL players who take a knee in protest of unarmed black shootings.

“‘What would it be like if NFL players got together and said the same thing?'” he says. “‘Will we still be arguing about the national anthem protests, or would there be space for that to exist?’ You hear things coming out of a White House, or out of offices — ‘Get those S.O.B.s off the field’ and ‘Shut up and dribble.’ All these other things that to me feel wrong. That was the sort of question that we asked.”

Holland says High Flying Bird has been a long time coming.

“Every time a lockout happens, as I found out through talking to different sports agents, there are always a group of people who say that, ‘Well, what if we just started our own thing?'” he says. “Eventually people find their way back to the table before that idea really gets too far.” 

High Flying Bird, also staring Zazie Beetz, is now available.


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