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Anthony Mackie swoops into the lead role for season two of ‘Altered Carbon’

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Marvel movie star Anthony Mackie will be the new face — and body — of Takeshi Kovacs for season two of Netflix’s Altered Carbon.

The sci-fi series, based on the science fiction novels written by Richard K. Morgan, centers on far-future tech that lets people transfer their consciousness into new bodies. This plot point gives producers a handy explanation for how they can swap out former star Joel Kinnaman for Mackie in the role of Kovacs, a brutal soldier-turned-private detective.

In fact, the role was played by four actors in the first season alone: Will Yun Lee played Kovacs’ original incarnation, Byron Mann played another, and Morgan Gao appeared as a younger version of Lee’s version of the character. 

Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson/Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will take the reins for eight new episodes of Altered Carbon.

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Superman himself, Henry Cavill, on fighting as a mere mortal in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

© 2018 Paramount PicturesSuperman himself, Henry Cavill, gets to show his fighting chops without the benefit of any superpowers in the explosive new Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

One of the movie’s setpieces is a bruising bathroom fight in which his CIA assassin character, August Walker, helps Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt tackle a baddie played by veteran stunt performer and martial artist Liang Yang.

Cavill tells ABC Radio how different it was fighting as a mere mortal — albeit one built like Superman — than than fighting onscreen as the Man of Steel. “Yeah, there was a lot more in the way of practicing with more complex fight choreography,” Cavill admits.

“Because with real people fighting, you need to choreograph a fight. It can’t be, ‘one-two-punch and then CGI take over into a super-move’ or something. It’s actually, it’s like a real fight. And so, that was a lot more training, a lot more in the way of rehearsals, a lot more coming in on days off or off to work just to make sure everything was down pat.”

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which also stars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Angela Bassett, and Rebecca Ferguson, is now in theaters.

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Michelle Williams marries in ultra-secret wedding: ‘I never gave up on love’

Photo by Laurent KOFFEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Surprise! Actress Michelle Williams is married.

The four-time Oscar nominee revealed in a new interview with Vanity Fair that by the time the magazine went to print, she would have wed singer-songwriter Phil Elverum in a secret ceremony in the Adirondacks.

A representative for the actress offered no additional comment, though Vanity Fair, which hits newsstands on Aug. 7, reported that the only people to witness the ceremony were a few friends and the couple’s two daughters from previous relationships.

“I never gave up on love,” she told the magazine. “Obviously I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship… but Phil isn’t anyone else. And that’s worth something. Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. I work to be free inside of the moment. I parent to let [my daughter] Matilda feel free to be herself, and I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free.”

Williams, 37, was previously in a relationship with actor Heath Ledger, with whom she had a daughter, Matilda, in 2005. After three years together, the couple split in 2007, and several months later, Ledger was found dead in his New York City apartment of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Williams told Vanity Fair that for the past decade, she’s been searching for a man who made her feel the same sort of “radical acceptance” she got from Ledger.

“I always say to Matilda, ‘Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes,'” she said.

Elverum knows those feelings of loss, too. Vanity Fair reported that the musician, whose stage name is Mount Eerie, was married to illustrator and musician Geneviève Castrée until her death from pancreatic cancer in July 2016, just 18 months after the couple welcomed a daughter. Recently, he and his child moved in to a Brooklyn home with Williams and Matilda.

“I don’t really want to talk about any of it,” she told the magazine. “But there’s that tease, that lure, that’s like, What if this helps somebody? What if somebody who has always journeyed in this way, who has struggled as much as I struggled, and looked as much as I looked, finds something that helps them?”

When asked what lesson can be taken from her story, she said: “Don’t settle. Don’t settle for something that feels like a prison, or is hard, or hurts you. … If it doesn’t feel like love, it’s not love.”

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‘Charlie’s Angels’ is getting a reboot with added female power, thanks to Elizabeth Banks

ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Actresses Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are set to answer the call from Charlie, in a “modern and global” retelling of Charlie’s Angels directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Elizabeth Banks. 

The Sony Pictures project, set for a September 27, 2019 release, will also be co-written by Banks, who directed the hit Pitch Perfect 2. Additionally, she’ll play the traditionally male role of Bosley.

Charlie’s Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the 70s,” Banks notes in a statement. “This film honors the legacy of Charles Townsend and his agency while introducing a new era of modern and global Angels.”

She adds, “I couldn’t be more excited to work with Kristen, Naomi and Ella to bring this chapter to fans around the world.”

Stewart, of course, gained notoriety in the Twilight films, and honed her action chops in the 2012 hit Snow White and the Huntsman. Scott, who worked with Banks in 2017’s Power Rangers movie, is starring as Jasmine in the upcoming live action remake of Disney’s Aladdin. Balinksa is a relative newcomer, having starred in the U.K. series Midsomer Murders.

The original Charlie’s Angels TV show ran from 1976-1981, and starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith as a trio of smart, stunning private eyes who worked for the never-seen Charles Townsend. Their handler Bosley was played by the late David Doyle.

The show inspired two movies with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu.  The 2000 version featured Bill Murray as Bosley; Bernie Mac filled the role in the 2003 sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

Charlie’s Angels was then rebooted by ABC in 2011 for a short-lived series featuring Jessica Jones co-star Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Victor Garber in the leads.

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From pop princess to Diana Prince — Halsey lends her “weird voice” to play Wonder Woman in “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies”

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Halsey is known for her unique singing voice, but her speaking voice is also getting her some pretty cool side gigs.

The singer voices Wonder Woman in the animated superhero flick Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, in theaters today. She tells ABC Radio it was a dream role she couldn’t pass up.

Teen Titans they brought to me and they were like, ‘Will you be Wonder Woman?’” she says. “And I was like, ‘Are you kidding? Will I be Wonder Woman? Yes! This is my calling. I would love to be Wonder Woman!’”

Halsey has also voiced a character in the upcoming movie Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, as well as some other projects she can’t talk about yet. She says these jobs have not only helped her embrace what she calls her “weird voice,” but they’ve also made her a better singer.

“It’s really taught me a lot about my voice and it’s helped me to kind of embrace my weirdness a little bit and it’s taught me not to take myself so seriously,” she explains. “You have to loosen up and be a weirdo in that booth!”

“It’s so chill,” she says of the recording experience. “You go in sweatpants, you sit down, you read your lines, you joke around with some people and then you’re out. And then you’ve made this amazing story.”

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies also features the voices of Superman superfan Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel, Jimmy Kimmel as Batman, and Lil Yachty as Green Lantern.

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From pop princess to Diana Prince — Halsey using her “weird voice” to play Wonder Woman in “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies”

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Halsey is known for her unique singing voice, but her speaking voice is also getting her some pretty cool side gigs.

The singer voices Wonder Woman in the animated superhero flick Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, in theaters today. She tells ABC Radio it was a dream role she couldn’t pass up.

Teen Titans they brought to me and they were like, ‘Will you be Wonder Woman?’” she says. “And I was like, ‘Are you kidding? Will I be Wonder Woman? Yes! This is my calling. I would love to be Wonder Woman!’”

Halsey has also voiced a character in the upcoming movie Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, as well as some other projects she can’t talk about yet. She says these jobs have not only helped her embrace what she calls her “weird voice,” but they’ve also made her a better singer.

“It’s really taught me a lot about my voice and it’s helped me to kind of embrace my weirdness a little bit and it’s taught me not to take myself so seriously,” she explains. “You have to loosen up and be a weirdo in that booth!”

“It’s so chill,” she says of the recording experience. “You go in sweatpants, you sit down, you read your lines, you joke around with some people and then you’re out. And then you’ve made this amazing story.”

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies also features the voices of Superman superfan Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel, Jimmy Kimmel as Batman, and Lil Yachty as Green Lantern.

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Toga! Toga! Toga! ‘Animal House’ turns 40 Saturday

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) —  Forty years since its release on July 28, 1978, the iconic comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House continues to endure.

Set in the 1960s, the film follows the escalating rivalry between the down-and-dirty Delta Tau Chi fraternity and the spoiled, stuck-up Omega Theta Pi fraternity at fictional Faber College.

The cast was made up of little-known actors like Tim Matheson, who played smooth-talking Eric “Otter” Stratton, a role originally written for then-Saturday Night Live star Chevy Chase.

Animal House also starred then-unknowns Tom Hulce, who went on to play Mozart in Amadeus; Karen Allen, who would later co-star in Raiders of the Lost Ark; and marked the film debut of Kevin Bacon.

Though Animal House was an ensemble comedy, it had one undeniable breakout star: 29-year-old Saturday Night Live star John Belushi, who played the manic John “Bluto” Blutarsky.  Animal House made Belushi a worldwide comedy star and launched his film career, though sadly he died less than four years after the film’s release.

Animal House was the first major film directed by John Landis, and was co-written by Harold Ramis and produced by Ivan Reitman, the latter two of whom went on to collaborate on hit comedies including Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes and Ghostbusters.

Shot for just $2.8 million in 32 days at the University of Oregon’s Eugene campus, Animal House opened to mixed reviews but was an instant hit with young fans.  It made $120 million at the U.S. box office, plus another $21.5 million when it was re-released a year later, for a total domestic gross of $141.6 million.

In 2001, Animal House was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

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‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ leads this week’s new movie releases

L-R: Henry Cavill, Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout”; Chiabella James/© 2018 Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) — Here are the movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Mission: Impossible — Fallout — The sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise reunites Tom Cruise with his super-spy team, including Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson, this time racing against the clock after a mission gone wrong. Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin, also reprising their roles from the last film, are joined by newcomers Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby. Rated PG-13.

* Teen Titans Go! To the Movies — This big-screen version of the animated TV series Teen Titans Go!, based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, finds the team dreaming of Hollywood stardom. It features the voices of Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong and Hynden Walch, reprising their roles from the series, joined by Nicolas Cage, Will Arnett and Kristen Bell.  Singer Halsey and rapper Lil Yachty also star. Rated PG.

* Blindspotting — Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in the comedy-drama that explores race, class, police violence, and gentrification. Rated R.

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Omarosa set to release “explosive” memoir about her White House experience in August

ABC/Lou Rocco(WASHINGTON D.C.) — After once claiming political foes would have to “bow down” to President Donald Trump, his former aide, Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman, is releasing a book in which she gives her “explosive” and “jaw-dropping” account of working in the White House.

Newman’s memoir, called Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, is described as a “stunning tell-all and takedown from a strong, intelligent woman who took every name and number.”

The former reality star, an early Trump supporter, joined his administration in January 2017 as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison. However, her relationship with the president soon unraveled and at the end of December 2017, she was reportedly fired by Chief of Staff John Kelly. Omarosa has maintained that she resigned from her position.

Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House is set to hit bookshelves on August 14, 2018.

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Jessica Alba is back-to-school shopping for a good cause

Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com(NEW YORK) — Summer is still in full swing, but Jessica Alba is already in back-to-school mode – and for good reason.

The actress is teaming up with Staples and DonorsChoose.org to help provide students and teachers with the supplies they need to succeed for the coming school year. Not only is she raising public awareness for the cause, she’s using the opportunity to teach her kids about giving back as well.

Alba’s daughters Honor and Haven are heading into fifth and second grades respectively.

“[Back-to-school shopping] is fun because they can express themselves and [I’m] able to tie it back to a life lesson that not everyone is given the same opportunities that they are or have the same resources that we have as a family,” she tells ABC Radio, “but they still deserve to learn and thrive as young people and develop.”

The mom-of-three – she also has seven-month-old son Hayes — and founder of The Honest Co. says she realizes she’s a role model for a lot of working moms out there, but she’s just trying to do her best and not be, as she puts it, “too much of a hot mess.” 

To follow Alba’s example, all you have to do is make a donation at your local Staples to support classroom projects. Staples will be matching any donations. They’re also launching a sweepstakes, where one lucky student can win a $50,000 scholarship grand prize.

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