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Rami Malek, Emilia Clarke, Glenn Close, Dwayne Johnson honored as part of ‘TIME’ magazine’s 100 Most Influential People 2019

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Once again, TIME has compiled its list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Hollywood heavyweights like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Emmy-winner Sandra Oh, Oscar nominee Glenn Close and Oscar-winners Rami Malek and Mahershala Ali made the cut in the Artists category.

Each honoree is the subject of an essay written by another celebrity. Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot hailed Johnson, who she met on the set of the Fast and Furious movies; Robert Downey Jr. paid tribute to Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Malek; Ali was honored by Octavia Spencer; Emilia Clarke was praised by fellow Brit and Oscar-winner Emma Thompson.

Writing about Rami Malek, Downey says, “He’s understated and kind, complicated and relatable…Crucially, he’s a good man evolving alongside his potential. As a fan and friend, that’s what I’m particularly proud of.”

Gadot called Johnson “the true embodiment of the idea that people may forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” She adds, “Dwayne always makes sure people feel their best when he is around.”

Spencer writes of two-time Academy Award-winner Ali, “As an executive producer of Green Book, I found watching his portrayal of Dr. Donald Shirley equally gratifying….Dr. Shirley was regal, eloquent, elegant and vulnerable. Mahershala was a perfect choice to play him because he embodies all of those characteristics.”

Thompson says of Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, “She has the courage of a small lion, the stamina of a Welsh pit pony and the soul of a clown. A powerhouse to watch and an ally to die for.”

Other big names who made the list: Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Brie Larson, Spike Lee, Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump.

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Demi-autobiographical: Demi Moore’s memoir ‘Inside Out’ to be released September 24

Getty Images/Bryan Bedder(NEW YORK) — Inside Out, the anticipated memoir from actress and producer Demi Moore, is finally coming out, according to HarperCollins.

The publishing house announced that the memoir, described as a “deeply candid and insightful” look into the life of the star, will be released September 24.

“Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Moore battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years — all while juggling a skyrocketing career, celebrity status, and raising a family,” the publisher says in a statement.

In the book, Moore, the star of A Few Good Men, Ghost, a producer of the hit Austin Powers movies, and the ex-wife of both Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher, will discuss her “defining tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages and her struggles balancing stardom with motherhood,” according to a statement. 

The book’s described as a “story of survival, success, and surrender.” 

Moore was married three times: to musician Freddy Moore from 1980–1985; to Willis from 1987–2000, and to Kutcher from 2005–2013. Each relationship was met with its share of headlines. Moore and Wills have three daughters: Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah Willis.

The publisher calls Inside Out, “a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.”

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“She’ll kill us all!”: One team member threatens them all in final trailer for ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

20th Century Fox/Photo Credit: Doane Gregory(LOS ANGELES) — 20th Century Fox has released the final trailer for Dark Phoenix, the X-Men film that hits theaters June 7.

The footage begins with the mutants launching a mission to space, in order to rescue the crew of a space shuttle that has been crippled by a mysterious energy field. The heroes are successful — but Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey gets trapped, and the energy field slams through her body. 

“That power destroyed everything it came in contact with — except you,” says a mysterious character played by Jessica Chastain.  

The experience leaves Jean changed, and her powers rise to an unmatched level.  We see Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique blown away by one of her former friend’s blasts.

The mutants — both good and bad — see Jean as a threat. 

In one sequence, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto confronts her, wearing the helmet that supposed to protect him from Jean’s mind-controlling abilities.

“Are you threatening me?,” she asks.  He answers in the affirmative.

“That would be a bad idea,” Jean says, before using her powers to splintering his helmet and blowing him through a window.

The film also stars returning castmembers James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Evan Peters.

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“To the End”: Marvel drops epic ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer that celebrates the MCU

Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) — With only ten days to go before Avengers: Endgame opens, Marvel Studios has released an epic trailer that takes a look back at eleven years of films that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Titled “To the End,” the two-and-a-half-minute trailer opens with a line from 2012’s first Avengers movie, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury: “Heroes.  It’s an old-fashioned notion.”

What follows is a highlight reel of the heroes featured in all 21 films in the MCU, beginning with 2006’s Iron Man, starring Robert Downey, Jr., and ending with this year’s blockbuster Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson.  Each film flashes by in seconds, just enough time to show the title and some action, punching home the impressive depth, breadth and legacy of the MCU.

The trailer ends with the galactic super villain Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, snapping his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War — and with that action, wiping out half of all living things in the universe.

“We’re in the endgame now,” declares the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, from Infinity War.

After that, we’re treated to more glimpses of footage from Endgame, though nothing we haven’t seen before, as Tony Stark’s line from The Avengers promises, “If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.”

“Whatever it takes,” finishes Chris Evans, as Captain America, leading the team in to one last battle.

Avengers: Endgame, starring pretty much every star from every MCU film, opens April 26 from Marvel Studios and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Penguins’ get a jump on the weekend’s new releases

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Opening nationwide in theaters Wednesday:

* BreakthroughThis Is Us star Chrissie Metz stars in this faith-based drama inspired by the true story of Joyce Smith, a mother who relies on faith after her young son — played by One Day at a Time‘s Marcel Ruiz — experiences a tragic accident. Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Sam Trammel and Dennis Haysbert also star. Rated PG.

* Penguins — Disneynature’s “coming of age” story follows an Adélie penguin named Steve, who sets out to find his life partner and start a family in the icy Antarctic, while facing threats by everything from killer whales to leopard seals. Ed Helms narrates. Rated G.


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Chicago prosecutors release Jussie Smollett investigation texts and emails

Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Twenty-two days after the Cook County, Illinois prosecutor unexpectedly dropped all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging that January hate crime attack against himself, officials late Tuesday made public thousands of texts and emails about the investigation.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by ABC News, the Cook County State’s Attorney Office released a total of 178 pages of text messages and 3,655 pages of emails, which include conversations between employees of the State’s Attorney Office, as well as their correspondence with the media.  Some of the correspondence is redacted due to the court order sealing Smollett’s criminal case.

The documents provide some context for why all 16 felony counts against Smollett were dismissed March 26, and also reveal that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was still communicating with her office about the case, even though she’d recused herself from it.

For example, a March 8 text to an unknown person from Foxx, who by then had recused herself from the investigation, made it clear she felt Smollett had been overcharged for his alleged crimes. 

“So…..I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases… 16 counts on a class 4 [felony] becomes exhibit A,” wrote Foxx, who then compared Smollett’s charges to those her office brought against R&B singer R. Kelly.

“Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts,” texted Foxx, referring to Kelly. “Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”

“It’s not who we want to be,” Foxx texted.

On the day it was revealed the charges had been dropped, Foxx texted another unknown person, writing that Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had contacted her office for guidance on what to tell the press.  Foxx said she’d told him that the decision to drop the charges was “essentially deferred prosecution,” and that Johnson “seemed satisfied with the explanation.” 

On the contrary, Johnson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel immediately condemned the decision, with Emanuel describing it in a joint press conference with Johnson as a “whitewash of justice.”

A statement from Foxx, released late Tuesday in response to the release of the texts and emails, declared:

“After the indictment became public, I reached out to [Smollett prosecutor] Joe [Magats] to discuss reviewing office policies to assure consistencies in our charging and our use of appropriate charging authority. I was elected to bring criminal justice reform and that includes intentionality, consistency, and discretion. I will continue to uphold these guiding principles.”

Jussie Smollett was indicted by a grand jury March 8 on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report in connection with the alleged January 29 attack, which investigators say he staged.  Smollett has insisted throughout the investigation that the attack was not staged.

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Orion Pictures reveals the new Chucky for ‘Child’s Play’ reboot

Orion Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — With a single, creepy picture, Orion Pictures has unveiled the new Chucky, the pint-sized villain of its reboot of Child’s Play.

As previously reported, Mark Hamill is voicing the murderous ginger doll, and he captioned the photo, “He’s more than a toy… He’s your best friend!”  The new Chucky looks kinda like the old one, but he’s lot more high tech.  His hair is much neater, and his overalls say “Buddi” on them, instead of  “Good Guys.”

In the reboot, Chucky is bought by a mom, played by Aubrey Plaza, for her son. Gabriel Bateman plays the unlucky kid with the new “best friend.”

Brian Tyree Henry also stars in the film, which director Lars Klevberg and It reboot producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are bringing to theaters June 21.

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#DontSpoiltheEndgame: “Avengers” directors beg fans not to leak plot details of new movie

Marvel Studios

(HOLLYWOOD) — The future of your favorite Marvel superheroes hangs in the balance, but the upcoming movie Avengers: Endgame will, we assume, reveal their fates. And after you learn those fates, the filmmakers want you to keep your lips zipped.

The Russo Brothers, who directed the highly anticipated film, have posted a special message to “the greatest fans of the world,” asking them to please not start blabbing all the details of Avengers: Endgame after they see it.

“This is it. This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises,” they write. 

“For all of you who have been on this journey with us since the very beginning…please know that the two of us, along with everyone involved in Endgame, have worked tirelessly for the last three years with the sole intention of delivering a surprising and emotionally powerful conclusion to the Infinity Saga.”

They continue, “Because so many of you have invested your time, your hearts, and your souls into these stories, we’re once again asking for your help. When you see Endgame in the coming weeks, please don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you.”

“Remember, Thanos still demands your silence,” they threaten. “As always, good luck and happy viewing.”

They end with the hashtag #DontSpoilTheEndgame.

Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters April 26 from Marvel Studios, which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Watch now: Russell Crowe as former Fox News head Roger Ailes in Showtime’s ‘The Loudest Voice’

Photo: JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME(LOS ANGELES) — Thanks to two hours of prosthetic makeup every day, Oscar winner Russell Crowe has been transformed into Roger Ailes for Showtime’s limited series about the late Fox News founder.

The teaser for The Loudest Voice has now been unveiled.

The seven-episode series for the pay cable network also stars Oscar nominee Naomi Watts as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.

Carlson, who settled a massive sexual harassment lawsuit against the network, is showN in the teaser being pawed by Ailes. Her complaint led to Ailes being forced out of the network in 2016, also resulted in the ouster of one of its biggest stars, Bill O’Reilly.

Ailes died a year after being forced out. He was 77.

The series also stars Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane as Fox News Channel’s former head of PR Brian Lewis; Sienna Miller as Ailes’ wife Elizabeth and The Good Wife‘s Josh Charles as Carlson’s husband, Casey Close.

“Roger’s one of those larger-than-life American figures who has so profoundly influenced our country in ways that most people don’t understand,” showrunner Alex Metcalf told The Hollywood Reporter. “Without Roger Ailes, there may be no Tea Party. And without Roger Ailes, there is definitely no Donald Trump.”

Based on Gabriel Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice in the Room, the series begins June 30 on Showtime.

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Wendy Williams’ husband Kevin Hunter breaks his silence on divorce scandal: “I am not proud of my recent actions”

Johnny Nunez/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Wendy Williams’ estranged husband and longtime manager Kevin Hunter is finally opening up about his reported indiscretions.

In a statement to People, Hunter has apologized for his recent behavior after — according to a source — he admitted to Wendy that he did in fact cheat on her and father a love child with his mistress.

“I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family and her amazing fans,” Hunter said. “I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs.”

The statement continued, “28 years ago I met an amazing woman: Wendy Williams. At the time, I didn’t realize that she would not only become my wife, but would also change the face of entertainment and the world. I have dedicated most of our lives to the business empire that is Wendy Williams Hunter, a person that I truly love and respect unconditionally.”

However, Hunter made clear that he plans to stick with his wife as they both continue to work on their sobriety.

“No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine,” he said.

Hunter concluded his statement asking for fans to give his “family privacy as we heal.”

As previously reported, Williams had filed for divorce last week from Hunter after 20 years of marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The divorce filing came after Hunter’s reported mistress gave birth to his child earlier this month.

Williams, who married Hunter in 1997, share a son, 18-year-old Kevin Jr.

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