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Thursday
Aug172017

Report: "Deadpool 2" resumes production after stuntwoman's death

20th Century FoxProduction has started again on Deadpool 2, two days after a stuntwoman was killed on set.

A representative of the local actors' union in British Columbia, where the movie is being shot, told The Hollywood Reporter that the union had been told that production had resumed Wednesday.

The stuntwoman, Joi "SJ" Harris, died when she apparently lost control of her motorcycle and crashed through a plate glass window on Monday.
Harris' motorcycle racing team posted a statement to Facebook on Tuesday writing, ""We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of Joi “SJ” Harris," calling her "an extraordinary woman with a passion for riding and motorsports," with a "beautiful spirit and bubbly personality" who "will be remembered for her ground breaking career as the first African American female road racer."

On Monday a spokesman for 20th Century Fox, Deadpool 2's distributor, released the following statement to ABC News: “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time."

Star and producer Ryan Reynolds himself also tweeted a statement, saying in part he and others were "heartbroken, shocked and devastated…but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loves ones must feel in this moment.  My heart pours out to them – along with each and every person she touched in this world."

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Thursday
Aug172017

Tom Cruise's broken ankle shuts down "M:I 6" filming for now

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The production of Mission: Impossible 6 has been shut down while star Tom Cruise recovers from a broken ankle, a spokesperson for Paramount Pictures told ABC News Wednesday.

According to a statement from the studio, Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt for the film.

The movie remains on schedule to open on July 27, 2018, the studio's statement said.

"Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can't wait to share the film with everyone next summer," the statement concluded.

Over the weekend, ABC News obtained video footage from the set of the film that showed Cruise leaping from a platform and landing short of the building for which he seemed to be aiming. He caught himself with his hands, and then limped away. At the time, neither Cruise's publicist nor a representative for Paramount would confirm that the actor was injured.

In 2013, the action star, 55, told interviewer Graham Norton that he's trained for 30 years to be able to do his own stunts.

"It allows us to put cameras in places that you're not normally able to do," he explained. "When I started producing Mission: Impossible, I started developing different action around what I could physically train to do."

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Wednesday
Aug162017

"Bad" news -- "Bad Boys 3" loses its release date

Getty Images/Kevin WinterThe much anticipated third installment of Bad Boys may not happen for a very long time.

According to DeadlineBad Boys for Life, which has already lost its original director -- Michael Bay -- has now lost its 2018 release date. The film, which follows the comedic antics of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two Miami narcotic detectives, was set to premiere on November 9, 2018.

Unfortunately for fans, the premiere date has been replaced with Will Ferrell's upcoming action-comedyHolmes & Watson with no set replacement date for the Bad Boys sequel. While Smith is said to be "still interested," in returning to the franchise, the script is still being hammered out.

It's been 14 years since the last Bad Boys film hit theaters. Bad Boys II grossed over $273 million worldwide.

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Dire situation: "Game of Thrones" leading fans to buy, abandon huskies 

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Some fans of HBO's wildly fantasy drama series Game of Thrones love the show so much, they're apparently buying and adopting Siberian huskies, because of their resemblance to the huge, wolf-like direwolves from the show. The problem: after the novelty wears off, many of these dogs are being abandoned at shelters.

“Huskies are a very high-energy breed,” Jodie Simard, executive director of Wagging Tails Rescue in Las Vegas, told ABC Las Vegas affiliate KTNV-TV. “They’re also very intelligent, so if you don’t keep them busy and keep them exercised, they can be destructive.”

In the past six months, Simard added, Wagging Tails has seen a, “huge increase in the amount of huskies surrendered."  

It's gotten to be such an issue that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage issued a plea to fans buying or adopting huskies.  The actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister, says in a statement released by PETA, "Please, please, if you're going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you're prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter."

Dinklage's co-star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, actually adopted the dog that played her direwolf Lady on the show.

“Growing up, I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s dire wolf, Lady, on set,” Turner told the Coventry Telegraph in 2013. “We knew Lady died [on the show] and they wanted to re-home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her.”

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Marlon Wayans praises "Marlon" co-star Essence Atkins and their longstanding chemistry

NBC/Tyler Golden(NEW YORK) -- Marlon Wayans feels right at home in his new NBC series, Marlon, which is loosely based on his life. Part of his comfort comes from the fact that he stars alongside longtime co-star Essence Atkins.

"I love that girl to death. It's kind of like a set marriage -- she gets me," Marlon tells ABC Radio. "She understand me comedically of where I'm going to go."

In Marlon, Wayans plays Marlon Wayne, an Internet star with an over-the-top personality, while Atkins plays his ex-wife, Ashley. The two actors -- who already have a history of starring in five projects together, including A Haunted House and A Haunted House 2 -- acknowledge their close bond. Marlon says their chemistry is part of the draw of the show.

"I call her the heart of the show," Marlon explains. "And it's the thing that's going to make people watch. It's not just the jokes, but people tune in...because they fall in love with the journey of what the characters are going through emotionally."

Atkins concurs, but adds that their on-screen relationship isn't destined to happen off-screen.

"He's an amazing guy and he's amazing friend and we both love and respect each other immensely. It very much mirrors the relationship that our characters have," Atkins says of Wayans. "But I think deep down inside you know when it's not going to work. You don't want to risk the great connection that you have, the great friendship...the great trust... I want Marlon on my six until I'm old and grey.

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Studio planning "Hunger Games," "Twilight" theme park

Lionsgate/Murray Close(LOS ANGELES) -- Being part of the world of The Hunger Games seemed pretty tough for Katniss Everdeen and company, but if it sounds appealing to you, then you're going to love this new theme park.

Movie studio Lionsgate is partnering with a real estate developer in South Korea to build Lionsgate Movie World -- a 1.3-million-square-foot theme park with areas dedicated to seven Lionsgate movies. 

The movies include not only The Hunger Games but also The Twilight SagaNow You See Me and next year's Robin Hood.

According to a press release from Landing Jeju Development Co., Ltd., the attractions will include rides, restaurants and reproductions of streets and towns featured in the films.

The theme park will be part of the Jeju Shinhwa World resort.  Construction is expected to begin next year with the park slated to open in 2019.

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Daniel Craig confirms he'll return for a fifth James Bond movie

© 2015 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions(NEW YORK) -- It's official: Daniel Craig will return as Agent 007 in the next James Bond movie.

During his appearance on Tuesday's edition of CBS' The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert asked Craig if he would return as the secret agent. "Yes," answered the 49-year-old actor.

The New York Times had reported in July that Craig was attached to the upcoming Bond film, but he'd been dodging questions about the role, until Tuesday night.

"I always wanted to, I wanted a break," said Craig, leading Colbert to call him out on a comment he made to Time Out London in 2015, where he insisted, "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists" than return to the role.

"It was two days after I finished shooting the last movie. I went straight into an interview and someone said, 'Would you do another one?' And I went, 'No!'" he explained. "And instead of saying something you know, with style and grace, I gave a really stupid answer."

Craig first played Agent 007 in 2006’s Casino Royale, and has since starred in three more Bond films: 2008's Quantum of Solace, 2012's Skyfall and 2015's SPECTRE.

The as yet untitled 25th Bond movie is slated for a 2019 release.

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Wednesday
Aug162017

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Evan and Carly get married, the cast addresses the shutdown and gets back to the beach

ABC/Paul Hebert(LOS ANGELES) -- The second night of the fourth-season premiere of Bachelor in Paradise got underway Tuesday with a wedding and an earnest conversation about the infamous production shutdown.

Host Chris Harrison announced the highly anticipated wedding of Evan and Carly and kicked off the show with a series of flashbacks of the happy couple, the highlight being Evan’s proposal.

We were then treated to flashbacks of other couples who fell in love and got married on the various Bachelor-related shows. There were scenes from the weddings of Trista and Ryan Sutter, who met on season one of the Bachelorette; Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, from the Bachelor, season 13; Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum from the Bachelorette, season 7; Jade and Tanner Tolbert who fell in love on Bachelor in Paradise season two; and Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici from the season seven of the Bachelor.

After, Harrison officiated at Evan and Carly's wedding at Playa Escondita resort in Mexico, where the show is filmed. The couple exchanged their own humorous vows, as Evan referred to Carly as an ocean he would never stop exploring and Carly called Evan her lobster. Harrison then made it official and pronounced man and wife.

When the show returned, so did the cast, minus DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. The group sat down on the beach with Harrison and talked about what happened, without getting into specific details. It became clear that there was some concern about DeMario and Corinne’s behavior, but what was of greater importance was an open discussion about behavior when consuming alcohol, race, “slut-shaming” and the nature of consent. Whatever went down between DeMario and Corinne, it was clear that the rest of the cast was going forward newly enlightened.

The rest of the show focused on the cast picking up where they left off after the production shutdown. In the 10 days since they'd been away, some people got closer while others drifted apart. The men and women paired off into two groups, casually chatting about where they stand and who they’re interested in.

So far, it looks like Derek and Taylor are going to mate for life, as the two hit it off and were inseparable. Dean and Kristina and Matt and Jasmine both looked like they were going to follow suit, but by the end of the episode, it was not clear how solid their bonds were, with Dean expressing doubt about things with Kristina and Matt uncertain about committing to Jasmine.

Meanwhile, other two cast members are looking like they’re on thin ice before the rose ceremony next week. Alex seemed to be annoying Amanda, and Lacey cried, saying she wasn’t connecting with anyone so far. However, as the show closed, scenes from upcoming episodes indicate that the group is about to expand with new additions of single men and women.

Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Tuesday
Aug152017

"Bachelor in Paradise" stars get hitched on Tuesday's special episode

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- It's a wedding made in paradise! Bachelor in Paradise stars Carly Waddell and Evan Bass got engaged at the end of last season, and on Tuesday, we'll see them get hitched on a special episode. A little warning though: have plenty of tissues handy.

It all went down in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the newlyweds tell ABC Radio that you're going to see a lot of tears -- mostly from Bass.

"She's not a crier, and I was like, you gotta, come one, I don't care if you have to put drops or something," he says. "And she gave me one tear."

"I did one while we were walking off," Waddell explains. "I said look look it happened, I had one." 

The two recently announced that they're expecting their first child together. Bass has three sons from a previous relationship.

The Bachelor in Paradise two-night season four premiere continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Tuesday
Aug152017

Friends of stuntwoman killed on "Deadpool 2" set mourn "an extraordinary woman" 

20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- The motorcycle racing team that was home to Joi "SJ" Harris, the stunt performer killed on the set Deadpool 2 in Canada Monday, has posted a statement on Facebook.

"We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss," the statement begins, calling Harris, "an extraordinary woman with a passion for riding and motorsports," with a "beautiful spirit and bubbly personality," who, "will be remembered for her ground breaking career as the first African American female road racer."

The statement goes on: "She was living her dream, when her life was suddenly cut short while filming as a stunt rider. She will be dearly missed by her race fans all over the world. We ask that you respect the privacy of her family and friends, as we mourn her loss."

Harris, 40, died when she apparently lost control of her motorcycle and crashed through a plate glass window.

Her Facebook page notes the racer was still recovering from surgery in June for a broken wrist. Her first race back after the operation was just last month. Afterward, she posted, "I needed to prove to MYSELF that I didn't lose my heart for the sport," adding, "I KNEW MY WRIST WASN'T 100% YET I NEEDED MY HEART TO BE?" 

On Monday, Deadpool 2 star Ryan Reynolds himself tweeted a statement, saying in part he and others were "heartbroken, shocked and devastated…but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loves ones must feel in this moment.  My heart pours out to them – along with each and every person she touched in this world."

Deadpool 2, which also stars Josh Brolin, opens next year.

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