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Oct162017

Miley Cyrus returning to "SNL" November 4

NBC/Trae Patton(NEW YORK) -- Miley Cyrus is heading back to Saturday Night Live.

The singer and judge of The Voice will be the musical guest on November 4, while Larry David will host. It will mark her fourth appearance on the show.

Miley first hosted SNL in 2011, then pulled double-duty as both host and musical guest in 2013 and 2015.

So far, this season of SNL has included performances by Jay-Z, Sam Smith and Pink.

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Monday
Oct162017

Courtney Love warns young women about Harvey Weinstein in resurfaced interview; Bjork says she was sexually harassed by a film director

Getty Images/Pierre Suu(LOS ANGELES) -- A 2005 red carpet interview with Courtney Love has resurfaced online following numerous allegations of sexual harassment or assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In the clip, posted by TMZ, Love is asked what advice she has for young women moving to Hollywood. After hesitating -- "I'll get libeled if I say it," she says -- the musician and actress warns, "If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons [hotel], don't go."

In response to the video resurfacing, Love tweeted, "Although I wasn't one of his victims, I was eternally banned by [talent agency] CAA for speaking out against #HarveyWeinstein #rape."

Weinstein's been accused of sexual misconduct by a growing list of women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

As more women continue to speak out about their experiences with Weinstein and sexual abuse in the film industry, Bjork now says that she was sexually harassed by a "Danish director" while working on a movie.

"It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it," Bjork wrote in a Facebook post.

"When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one," she added.

Since the filmmaker was characterized as a "Danish director," many believe Bjork was referring to Lars von Trier, with whom she worked on the 2000 film Dancer in the Dark. An assistant for von Trier told Rolling Stone, "Lars declines the accusations Bjork has made, but doesn't wish to comment any further."

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Monday
Oct162017

Tyrese takes a dig at The Rock in new Instagram message

ABC/Jeff Niera(LOS ANGELES) -- As far as Tyrese is concerned, he's winning.  And strangely enough, he thanks Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for some of his recent success with his 2015 album, Black Rose

The "Shame" singer posted an Instagram message over the weekend with the caption: "Cn u see this? riding around listening to Dewayne's favorite album Talk yo s*** might make a baby 2night this album doesn't come w/ birth control I apologize." 

He continues, "Stream it illegally download it just get in on the heated debate about what the single should be everyone keeps screaming #LEAVE or is it When we make Love? Or? U agree or nah? #BlackRose aka the greatest baby dog s*** album ever likely this dog s*** album will be #1 again on itunes." 

Tyrese's "dog s***" comment refers to a video he recently shared on Instagram that shows The Rock, his Fate of the Furious co-star, dissing Black Rose, describing the disc at length as a "big piece of black dog s***," and worse

As previously reported, Johnson and Tyrese began feuding in early October after Tyrese blamed the former WWE superstar for delaying Fast & Furious 9 so that Johnson could developing a spin-off featuring his character, Hobbs.  Tyrese, Johnson and the rest of the cast will return for the sequel, scheduled for a 2020 release.

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Monday
Oct162017

All hail the king: Marvel Studio debuts "Black Panther" trailer

Marvel - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel Studios has surprised fans with a new trailer for its 2018 release Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman returns as T'Challa, aka Black Panther, the prince-turned-king-turned-superhero who made his debut in Captain America: Civil War. This time around, much of the action appears to take place in T'Challa's African nation of Wakanda, the most technically-advanced nation on Earth. 

The plot, in brief: Andy Serkis' arms dealer Ulysses Klaue was the first outsider to see Wakanda and make it out alive, along with a haul of Wakanda's precious super-metal, vibranium -- that's the same near-indestructible stuff Captain America's shield is made of.  In the trailer, Klaue is back, having been sprung from federal custody by Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger, a banished Wakandan who's eager to oust T'Challa from the throne. 

"The world's gonna start over!" Killmonger screams. "I'mma burn it all!"  

The trailer is packed with eye candy and action: many shots of colorful, futuristic Wakanda, and a car chase that has Panther vaulting from an exploding car, scrambling up a skyscraper and using his Vibranium claws to rip off a moving SUV's wheel.

Panther also faces off with Killmonger, who's wearing a matching super-suit.  Wakanda itself also appears to be under attack -- we see some shots of notable cast members Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead and Oscar-winner Lupita N'yongo in action. 

Directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler, Black Panther arrives February 9, 2018 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Monday
Oct162017

Please don't ask Alfonso Ribeiro to dance the "Carlton"

ABC/Michael Ansell(NEW YORK) -- It's been over 20 years since Alfonso Ribeiro played Carlton Banks on the hit 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. While Ribeiro says he's honored "people loved something that [he] was a part of," the actor wants people to just stop asking him to dance the "Carlton."

"I get asked to do the dance every day I leave the house," Ribeiro tells ABC Radio. "So the only day in my life where I'm not going to get asked to do that dance is if I stay home."

Ribeiro says being asked to dance is an annoyance in his life. He laughs it off, but to him, it's actually not that funny.

"Some days I'm in a good mood and some days I'm not in as good of a mood," Ribeiro explains. "And I might have a nice comeback for them. Every once in a while, I will say to people -- when I'm just like in a bad mood, I'm like, 'You do realize you just asked a black man to dance for you right?" And they're like, "No, no! I didn't mean it that way!'"

Ribeiro continues: "And I'm like, "'Nah! I'm just messing with you. I'm just messing with you. But I just wanted you to think about it for a second. Just for one second!"'

According to Ribeiro, being Carlton Banks has been a "blessing and curse."

"I never want to take away their enjoyment of the moment," Ribeiro explains. "But... I'm not a dancing puppet. We're not going to be actually dancing for people all day long."

Ribeiro says: "You.. actually don't... have to ask me. You can just sit there and not ask. And it will be the same reality because I ain't dancing for you," he laughs.

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Monday
Oct162017

Sexy "Stranger Things" costume draws online backlash

NETFLIX(NEW YORK) -- Ick or treat?

The Netflix hit show Stranger Things is sure to provide some costume inspiration this Halloween, but some online retailers are raising eyebrows with a "sexy" take on one of the series' central child characters.

The "Upside Down Honey" costume is based on Millie Bobby Brown’s onscreen character, Eleven, but is intended only for adults.

It features a short light-pink baby-doll dress with a ruffled bust, thigh-high white socks, a bomber jacket and accessories.

Although there do not appear to be child-sized versions of the costume, some critics on social media claim the design sexualizes a child star. Brown was 12 at the time of filming Stranger Things and is now 13.

One retailer selling the costume, Yandy Lingerie and Costume Company, told ABC News in a statement, "We don't take ourselves too seriously and neither do our customers."

"The Yandy girl strives to be the talk of the Halloween party," the company statement said. "And we've found these topical, pop culture inspired costumes with a fashion-forward twist are always a fan favorite year after year."

Physically revealing costumes for adults based on fictional or real-life characters are not new. There are also costumes modeled on the Harry Potter character Hermione Granger, the It clown monster Pennywise and first lady Melania Trump.

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Monday
Oct162017

Jimmy Kimmel on returning to Brooklyn: "People are more social...they'll tell you you look stupid at the drop of the hat"

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Kimmel is headed east. Jimmy Kimmel Live! will broadcast all week from the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York starting Monday. For Kimmel it's a homecoming -- he spent his earliest years in the New York City borough. And the long-time Angeleno says he still feels at home back East.

"People are so on top of each other here...I think for the good and the bad and people are more social," Kimmel tells ABC Radio. "They will tell you that you look stupid at the drop of the hat, and they will also invite you into their home to eat at the drop of a hat and so I'm very comfortable here."

Kimmel has made national headlines this year becoming engaged in the debate over health care legislation. He says that not only his engagement in the issue, but everyone's, is a lesson to learn from.

"It's all too easy to sit on your hands and complain and...feel like posting something on Facebook is enough," he says. "It's not enough. You have to pick up the phone, or write a letter, or write an email and let people know. and I really feel like it does make a difference."

Speaking of making a difference, one topic sure to follow Kimmel from Los Angeles to Brooklyn is the charges of sexual misconduct against deposed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. So does the transplanted New Yorker it will change how Hollywood does business?

"I hope it does change something," Kimmel says. "I think it has probably changed his mind set a bit and, so that's something. As far as whether it will have a broad impact, I have no idea."

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknight on ABC beginning at 11:35 p.m. ET.

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Monday
Oct162017

Woody Allen says he's "sad" for Harvey Weinstein, later clarifies

Getty Images/Kevin Winter(LOS ANGELES) -- Woody Allen had to clarify a statement regarding producer Harvey Weinstein, after he was quoted as saying he was "sad" for the disgraced former movie mogul.

"The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved," Allen told the BBC. "Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up."

The quote made headlines for the wrong reasons.

Later Allen clarified his comments in a statement to Variety. “When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man,” the statement read. “I was surprised it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings.”

The BBC reported that Allen said he hoped the allegations would lead to changes in Hollywood, but he also expressed concern about a "witch hunt atmosphere."

"You also don't want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That's not right either," Allen said. "But sure, you hope that something like this could be transformed into a benefit for people rather than just a sad or tragic situation."

Allen's son, Ronan Farrow, reported on the allegations against Weinstein in an article published by the New Yorker.

Allen was publicly accused in 2014 of having molested his and Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, more than 20 years before. The writer and director has consistently denied the allegation.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. He was fired a week ago from The Weinstein Co. he helped to found.

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Monday
Oct162017

James Corden apologizes for Harvey Weinstein jokes

CBS/Terence Patrick(LOS ANGELES) -- James Corden is apologizing for jokes he made Friday night about disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

While emceeing the amFAR Gala Los Angeles on Friday night, the Late Late Show host aimed several jokes at Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. He was fired last week from The Weinstein Co. he helped found.

"To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention," Corden wrote on Twitter Sunday evening.

Variety reports that among Corden's remarks were the jokes: "This is a beautiful room, it’s a beautiful night here in L.A. It’s so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage."  And, "It has been weird this week though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath."

The jokes received harsh criticism on social media, especially from one of Weinstein's accusers, actress Rose McGowan, who called Corden a "motherf****** piglet" on Twitter.  She added, "Hearing the audience’s vile roars & laughs show EXACTLY what kind of HOLLYWOOD you really are."

Another of Weinstein's accusers, Asia [a-see-a] Argento, tweeted: "Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him."

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Monday
Oct162017

Harvey Weinstein expelled from Motion Picture Academy

Gotham/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein, following numerous allegations of sexual harassment or assault against the former movie mogul and producer, the film academy announced Saturday in a statement.

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy," the statement read.

"We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over," it continued. "What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify."

The 54-member board followed in the footsteps of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, known as BAFTA, which earlier this week also revoked the membership of Weinstein.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. He was fired last week from The Weinstein Co. he helped found.

The former movie mogul and producer has two Oscar nominations personally and has had a long history with the Academy. During his tenure first at Miramax and then at The Weinstein Co., the companies' films were nominated for 341 Academy Awards and won 81.

In related news, French President Emmanuel Macron told a French television network on Sunday that he is seeking to have Weinstein's French Legion of Honor award revoked. Weinstein received the award in 2012.

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