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Universal Pictures plotting reboots for ‘Shrek’ and ‘Puss in Boots’

Universal Studios Hollywood(LOS ANGELES) — Shrek and Puss in Boots may be getting reboots, according to Variety.

Universal Pictures has reportedly tapped Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri to come up with new ideas to bring the popular characters back to the big screen, along with the voice cast of the Shrek movies, including Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas.

Meledandri hasn’t figured out exactly where he’d like to go with the reboots, telling Variety, “There’s a tremendous amount of fun to be had in that world,” but added that the original films set “a high bar”

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George Clooney auctioning off motorcycle for veterans’ charity

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — George Clooney is auctioning off his Harley Davidson motorcycle for charity in honor of Veteran’s Day.

The actor is among a slew of stars teaming up with eBay for Charity to benefit Home for Our Troops, a nonprofit that provides injured veterans with homes. He put his 2017 Dresser Touring Ultra Limited FLHTK Harvey Davidson up for bidding, starting at $25,000.

Meanwhile, Paul Rudd is auctioning off a lunch date, Owen Wilson will play a tennis match against the highest bidder, Ben Stiller is offering a chance to sit with him courtside at a New York Knicks game, and Jake Gyllenhaal is auctioning off tickets for his upcoming off-Broadway production Sea Wall/A Life.

Other participants include Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel, all of whom have offered tickets to their respective talk shows.

The Veteran’s Day campaign runs until November 15. Veteran’s Day is commemorated on November 11. All items up for auction can be found at eBay.com/homesforourtroops.

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Michael Douglas receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame after 50 years in the biz

Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) — Michael Douglas received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday, in recognition of his 50-year anniversary in the entertainment business.

He accepted the honor with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, his son Cameron, and his 101-year-old father,  movie legend Kirk Douglas, looking on.

“My dad is here,” Michael said during his speech at the ceremony. “In a month, Kirk turns 102 years old. So those of you who took the under on him making 80, you lost a long time ago.”

He continued, getting choked up, “It means so much to me, Dad, that you’re here today. I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.”

Douglas received a star near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, just a few feet from his father’s own star.

His China Syndrome co-star Jane Fonda was a guest speaker at the ceremony, and she talked about how they both had to deal with the challenges of having fathers who were movie legends.

“Michael has not only carved out his identity as a great, great actor with tremendous range, but as a great producer as well,” Fonda said. “He has rightfully been bestowed with all of the awards Hollywood has to offer… and now finally, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

Douglas is starring in a new Netflix series, The Kominsky Method, debuting on November 16.

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Harpo, is that you? Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg to adapt ‘The Color Purple’ musical into a film

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — The Color Purple is coming back to theaters, but with a musical twist.  Warner Bros. is adapting the Broadway musical based on The Color Purple into a film.

The original 1982 film and subsequent musical was based on the Pulitzer Prize Alice Walker novel. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg film and starred Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It later went on to earn 11 Academy Award nominations and was Winfrey’s feature acting debut, which earned her an Oscar nod.

Although the film didn’t receive any Oscars, nor did its hit Broadway musical in 2005, the 2016 revival that starred Cynthia Erivo won the play two Tonys, including best musical revival.

Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Steven Spielberg are all on board to produce the big-screen musical.  No word yet on when we might see it.

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Melissa McCarthy to receive Icon award at E! People’s Choice Awards

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — Melissa McCarthy has reached icon status.

The actress will receive the inaugural People’s Icon of 2018 award at the E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday.

“Melissa McCarthy is a multi-talented actor, writer, producer and director and who has starred in some of the most iconic movies and television shows of the past decade,” Jen Neal, executive producer of live events and executive vice president of marketing for E!, says in a statement.

Neal adds, “She is beloved by the people and we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting or deserving to honor as The People’s Icon of 2018.”

McCarthy is also nominated this year in the Comedy Movie Star of 2018 category for her role in Life of the Party.

The 2018 E! People’s Choice Awards air this Sunday, November 11 at 9 p.m. ET. You can watch across cable networks of NBCUniversal, including E!, Bravo, SYFY, Universo and USA Network.

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Matthew McConaughey talks losing ‘Titanic’ role to Leonardo DiCaprio: “I wanted that”

ABC/Nicole Wilder(LOS ANGELES) — For Matthew McConaughey, Titanic was the role that got away.

The actor tells The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast that he auditioned for the role of Jack in the 1997 blockbuster, which Leonardo DiCaprio went on to play.

“I went and auditioned,” he says. “I wanted that. I auditioned with Kate Winslet. Had a good audition. Walked away from there pretty confident that I had it. I didn’t get it. I never got offered that.”

McConaughey adds that he hopes his agent at the time didn’t withhold the offer from him.

“And as I’ve said before, not even half-jokingly to be true, if that was an offer and it didn’t come to me, I’ve got to go back and go, ‘I need to meet in an alley with that agent,’” he says.

Last year on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Winslet also spoke about auditioning with McConaughey.

“I auditioned with Matthew, isn’t that weird?” she said. “Never said that in public before. I auditioned with Matthew, which was completely fantastic. It just wouldn’t have been the whole ‘Jack and Rose, Kate and Leo’ thing.”

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Bradley Cooper, Chadwick Boseman and more make ‘People’s’ 2018 Sexiest Man Alive list

Courtesy People magazine(NEW YORK) — By now, you’ve no doubt heard that Idris Elba is People’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive.  But the mag’s full Sexiest Men issue, on stands Friday, also highlights some other very attractive male stars.

Bradley Cooper, who held the title in 2011, made the list as Sexiest Triple Threat, thanks to directing, starring and singing in A Star Is Born. Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman was named Sexiest Superhero and Chris Pine was dubbed Sexiest Dreamboat.

There were also some newcomers on the list, including Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding as Sexiest Prince Charming and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before breakout star Noah Centineo as Sexiest Rising Star.

Other sexy guys of note include Sterling K. Brown, Hugh Grant, Prince Harry, Paul Rudd, Ethan Hawke, Christian Slater, Jimmy Kimmel and Eddie Redmayne.

And among the reader polls, Michael B. Jordan was voted Sexiest Michael, Chris Hemsworth was Sexiest Chris, Ryan Reynolds was Sexiest Ryan, and Outlander’s Sam Heughan was Sexiest Sam.

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Whoopi Goldberg says she’s not ready to let Madea go and neither is Tyler Perry

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — Whoopi Goldberg is weighing in on Tyler Perry’s recent announcement that he is officially retiring his beloved slick-talking grandma character of Madea.

Goldberg tells ABC Radio that she’s been a fan of the franchise for years and was even was hoping to be cast in one of the upcoming Madea films.

“I love the Madea films. I really want to be in Madea Boo 3,” Goldberg says. “But, you know, I get it, I get it.”

However, Goldberg isn’t quite sold on Perry’s retirement.

“I have a funny feeling,” she says. “It’s like a lot of people’s farewell tours. They say, ‘Yeah this is it. I’m not going back… This is it.’ And then eight years later they’re like, ‘Yeah this is my farewell. I’m not doing this again–.’ You know? So maybe… he probably just needs a break from her.”

Last month, Perry told ABC Radio, that after Madea’s Family Funeral — which drops on March 1 — he’s moving on from the character. Whoopi says that regardless of Perry’s new film projects, Madea will still be part of his DNA.

“Because, you know people love Madea and I don’t think he can really ever get away from Madea,” she adds. “I think she’s always in the back of his mind and the only way to shut her up, is to put it on and do it.” 

Perry’s latest film, Nobody’s Fool, starring Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish and Omari Hardwick, is now in theaters.

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Hugh Jackman’s political drama ‘The Front Runner’ opens limited today

Frank Masi SMPSP ©2018 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) — To coincide with Election Day, a new film about a different moment in politics hits select theaters.

The Front Runner stars Hugh Jackman as 1987 presidential candidate Gary Hart, whose political dreams were derailed after allegations surfaced about an extramarital affair.

Jackman tells ABC Radio that Hart’s scandal marked a turning point in the relationship between the media and politicians.

“This was the beginning of satellite TV, this was the beginning of the 24-hour news cycle,” he says. “This is where it all kinda changed.”

He adds, “Even when this was going down, the majority of the American population believed the media had gone too far, but there was this feeling that it’s just not gonna stop. And the politics of personality, and our politicians having to be entertainers, really started to begin here.”

The Aussie actor also says he was sensitive to the fact that the film is “depicting the worst three weeks of someone’s life and somehow putting it up on screen for people to kind of judge.” He says he took that  responsibility very seriously.

J.K. Simmons, who plays Hart’s campaign manager, Bill Dixon, says that even though he lived through this moment in history — he was 32 aT the time — the story was “eye-opening” for him.

Plus, he adds, “[It was] just fun for me to just recreate a period that I was one of the few people on set that actually remembered, 1987. That was fun to be like sort of the period expert.”  

The Front Runner is out in limited release today and opens wide November 21.

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At world premiere, fans get first look at ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet’

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet had its world premiere Monday night in Hollywood. The Disney/Pixar sequel’s event drew both the movie’s stars — and Disney fans both famous and not — to the famed El Capitan Theater.

As its name suggests, the follow-up has John C. Reilly’s video game character take a trip into the Internet, along with his plucky pal Vanellope, again voiced by Sarah Silverman. The pair were joined by several of their voiceover co-stars Monday night, including Taraji P. Henson, who plays a super-intelligent algorithm named Yesss.

On the blue and green carpet, the Empire star and Oscar nominee could barely contain her excitement. “I grew up to Disney [movies]. I raised my son on Disney films. And the fact that I’m actually now a character — I just I don’t know what to say,” she laughed.

One of the big scenes in the film involves Vanellope meeting every Disney princess ever, and on the carpet, Auli’I Cravahlo [ah-LEE-ee crah-VAH-lo], the voice of Disney Princess Moana, told ABC Radio it was an honor to hang with her royal pals.

“It’s wonderful to come back and to see all the Disney princesses here. I certainly learned from them. I remember speaking to them at [the Disney fan expo] D23, and they were saying, ‘You know, we knew what we were making was going to impact the next generation.’ And I got to say, ‘That’s me! I’m the next generation! And thank you for your wonderful work!'” 

The film also features the voices of Gal Gadot, Ali Wong, James Corden, and Ed O’Neill, as well as returning Wreck-It players Jane Lynch, and Jack McBreyer.

Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet opens November 21.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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