Gettin' Genie wit it? Report says Will Smith could play genie in live-action "Aladdin"

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith might soon have the power to grant some major wishes.

According to Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actor is in talks to star in Disney's live-action Aladdin film, to be directed by Guy Ritchie. The original animated version, released in 1992, starred the late Robin Williams as the boisterous blue Genie of the lamp.

Earlier this year, Smith was said to be in talks with Tim Burton for a live-action Dumbo film, which reportedly did not materialize.

The original Aladdin was a major success for Disney, grossing over $504 million for the company, in part thanks to a merchandising line featuring the new Disney princess, Jasmine.

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Oscar winner Brie Larson: "I still question if I'm a good actor"

ABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) -- Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson opened up about her upcoming action film, Free Fire, and reflected on her recent rise to fame in an interview with Good Morning America that aired Wednesday.

In Free Fire, Larson's character mediates an doomed arms deal between a South African gun merchant and an Irish Republican Army representative. Larson, who plays Justine, attempts to save the deal -- and spare lives -- as both parties open fire on each other inside the same room.

"This is not like cool, action hero moves," Larson said. "So that's what I like about it."

Larson, who won an Oscar for her performance in Room last year, said the coveted trophy hasn't helped her confidence.

"At the end of the day, I still question if I'm a good actor, I still question if I am doing enough to help the world," she said, calling her win "so random."

"I guess the truth is, for me, no matter what recognition I get, I think I am always going to question myself," Larson said.

Free Fire opens Friday.

Larson will also play the super-powerful superhero Captain Marvel in a 2019 Marvel Studios movie of the same name. Variety reports Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed the acclaimed-but-little-seen 2015 Ryan Reynolds movie Mississippi Grind, will call the shots for that film, which will be released by ABC News' parent company, Disney.

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Is Amanda Bynes returning to Nickelodeon?

Getty Images/GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Troubled actress Amanda Bynes could possibly stage a comeback -- on the network that launched her career

A source tells the New York Post that producers at Nickelodeon have been "trying to reach" Bynes to toss around ideas for possible show.

Producers at the kids network would like to “work with her again in a positive and healthy way," says the insider, adding that the 31-year-old actress "has a tremendous amount of talent.”

Bynes was featured on the Nickelodeon kids sketch comedy show All That when she was 10. She later starred in The Amanda Show, which ran from 1999 to 2002.

A Nickelodeon rep didn’t comment, but a source denied the report, telling the newspaper, “We love Amanda, but it’s not true.”

The 31-year-old, who recently completed a second year at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Orange County, California, has reportedly been doing well since being placed on a psychiatric hold in October 2014 after displaying worrisome behavior, including going on a Twitter tirade against her father.

Bynes returned to the public eye in 2015, attending a red carpet in Los Angeles.

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Marvel Studios head says no R-rated Marvel movies coming

(L-R) Marvel President Kevin Feige, "Captain Marvel" star Brie Larson: Marvel - 2017(LOS ANGELES) --  Despite the extreme success of Twentieth Century Fox's R-rated movies Deadpool and Logan, based on Marvel characters, don't expect to see Captain America cursing on screen anytime soon. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told reporters on Monday the studio -- which is owned by Disney -- has no plans to get racy.

Feige was speaking during an open house for reporters at Marvel Studios on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Of Fox-produced Deadpool and Logan, Feige said, "My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating; it's the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries that they pushed."

Feige said that Spider-Man, who is now appearing in Marvel Cinematic Universe films thanks to a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, will appear not only in Avengers: Infinity War but also the untitled fourth Avengers movie, but the two studios have no further plans for Spidey crossovers at the moment.

He also said Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn not only will make the third movie in that franchise but may play a larger role in Marvel movies going forward as the take more of a cosmic turn with Avengers: Infinity War.

"I think James in particular has an amazing connection with these characters and with this cosmic world. So he, I think, could easily oversee additional stories beyond [Guardians of the Galaxy] Vol. 3," said Feige. "And I think has them and just continues to come up with them, which is cool. All of our core writers and filmmakers know what we are doing in other places and help give input on the various projects."

Marvel Studios, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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"The Voice" Recap: Artists from Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s teams advance to the top 12

(L-R) Hanna Eyre, Jesse Larson, Johnny Hayes, Josh West, Lilli Passero, Mark Isaiah -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)(LOS ANGELES) -- The live playoffs continued on Tuesday night’s The Voice, with the six artists each from Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s teams performing for a spot in the top 12. Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys’ teams performed on Monday.

Once again, viewers were instructed to cast their real-time votes via The Voice's official app or Twitter. Fans advanced two artists per team into the top 12 and the results were revealed on the same night. The coaches also got to advance a third member from their teams.

Also, in a Voice first, host Carson Daly revealed that before the show, each coach got to pick a comeback artist from his/her team to rejoin the competition. Levine chose Johnny Hayes and Stefani picked Johnny Gates.

The artists advancing to the top 12 after Tuesday’s show are:

Team Adam: Jesse Larson, Lilli Passero and Mark Isaiah

Team Gwen: Brennley Brown, Hunter Plake and Troy Rainey

Daly also revealed that country superstar Shania Twain will be a key adviser for the top 12 artists next Monday.

First up were the six members of Team Gwen:

Stefani’s comeback artist, rocker Johnny Gates led off with a pop tune, Selena Gomez’s “Hands to Myself,” followed by New York indie/soul rocker Troy Rainey, who put his spin on Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.” Next, 14-year-old Quizz Swanigan, who was stolen from Alicia, sang The Temptations’ “My Girl.” Country singer Brennley Brown, 15, offered Maddie & Tae’s “Fly”; and Georgia native JChosen performing “Nothing Compares 2 U,” the Prince song popularized by Sinead O’Connor. Hunter Plake rounded things out for Team Gwen, tackling Sia’s “Elastic Heart.”

America saved Brown and Plake. Gwen added Rainey. It was the end of the road for JChosen, Swanigan and Gates.

The six artists for Team Adam were next:

Adam’s comeback artist, Johnny Hayes, led off with The Rolling Stones’ arrangement of The Temptations' “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” followed by 15-year-old pop singer Hanna Eyre, who belted out Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper.” Rocker Josh West, was next with Boston’s “More than a Feeling,” followed by Mark Isaiah singing “All Time Low” by Jon Bellion. Waitress Lilli Passero, who was stolen from Alicia, performed Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” with blues singer Jesse Larson, who closing out the night by putting his spin on Stevie Wonder's “Sir Duke.”

America saved Larson and Passero. Adam completed his team by picking Isaiah. Hayes, Eyre and West were sent packing.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Julia Roberts named "People" magazine's World's Most Beautiful Woman for fifth time

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- For the fifth time -- a record for the publication -- Julia Roberts has been named People's Most Beautiful Woman. The 49-year-old, who first graced the cover of the special issue in 1991, was announced as this year's cover by editor-in-chief Jess Cagle on ABC's Good Morning America

Roberts also talks about her 14-year-old marriage to Daniel Moder, as well as raising their three kids: twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, who are 12, and 9-year-old Henry.

Here are the other who made People's "Most Beautiful" issue in various categories:

Fabulous Faces of 2017

Viola Davis
Kristen Bell
Chrissy Metz
Mandy Moore
Susan Kelechi Watson
Elizabeth Chambers
Emma Stone
Oprah Winfrey
Madison Ferris
Taraji P. Henson
Abigail Spencer
Janelle Monae
Manny Gutierrez
Tamron Hall
Emma Watson
Reese Witherspoon
Carrie Underwood
Alicia Keys
Ruth Negga
Claire Foy
Michelle Williams
Ruby Rose
Selena Gomez

Every Age: These 40 stars set the standard for modern beauty: 

Zendaya – 20
Sophie Turner – 21
Camila Mendes – 22
Kelsea Ballerini – 23
Jessica Henwick – 24
Daisy Ridley – 25
Rita Ora – 26
Brie Larson – 27
Alicia Vikander – 28
Karen Gillan – 29

Solange Knowles – 30
Tatiana Maslany – 31
Gal Gadot – 32 
Kate McKinnon – 33
Alison Brie – 34
Jennifer Hudson – 35
Olivia Munn – 36
Jordana Brewster – 37
Zoe Saldana – 38
Danai Gurira – 39

Naomie Harris – 40
Charlize Theron – 41
Sarah Paulson – 42
Eva Mendes – 43
Thandie Newton – 44
Sandra Oh – 45
Constance Zimmer – 46
Samantha Bee – 47
Lucy Liv – 48
Nicole Kidman – 49

Connie Britton – 50
Connie Nielsen – 51
Courteney Cox – 52
Laura Linney – 53
Vanessa Williams – 54
Meg Ryan – 55
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – 56
Marcia Gay Harden – 57
Angela Bassett – 58
Melanie Griffith – 59

In Sync (couples): These dynamic duos are always in perfect step on the red carpet: 
Gisele Bundchen & Tom Brady
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux
Amal & George Clooney
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
Emily Blunt & John Krasinski
Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton

Cuties to Beauties: These celebs were destined to shine in front of the camera:
Demi Lovato
Kerry Washington
Zoe Kravitz
Mindy Kaling
January Jones
Meagan Good
Hailee Steinfeld
Gabourey Sidibe
Ariana Grande

Gorgeous Inside and Out: These four women empower others all over the world:
Meghan Markle
Gina Rodriguez
Sandra Lee
Debra Messing

My Beautiful Family: The many ways that nesting keeps these stars smiling:
Christie Brinkley 
Kelly Rowland
Nick and Vanessa Lachey
Vern Yip
Jenna Bush Hager

Most Waned: Eyes, smile, hair and more…the features that make those stars stand out from the crowd:
Priyanka Chopra (hair)
Catriona Balfe (skin)
Gabrielle Union (dimples)
Scarlett Johansson (eyes)
Lea Michele (nails)
Julianne Hough (abs)
Heidi Klum (legs)
Lily Collins (brows)
Kate Middleton (nose)
Michelle Obama (arms)
America Ferrera (smile)
Jennifer Lopez (butt)

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Matt Damon helps Jimmy Kimmel make fun of United Airlines

ABC/Greg Gayne(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, actor and long-suffering Kimmel whipping boy Matt Damon joined host Jimmy Kimmel in a send-up of a United Airlines “Fly the Friendly Skies” commercial.

Kimmel set up the satire during his monologue saying that United has been trying to stay out of the spotlight this week, “but they started running a new commercial this week and I think they might have to get rid of their celebrity spokesman…”

Damon turned up as the celebrity spokesman in a voiceover in the commercial. He was earnest at first, then quickly changed his position, saying, “I know what it’s like to get bumped. Trust me, I’ve been getting bumped from Jimmy’s show for the last eight years… we deserve to be treated with dignity, not told night after night, ‘Oh, there’s somebody more important, so take a hike!’”

While the commercial shows a striking visual of a United airliner flying above the clouds, Kimmel makes his voice appearance, telling Damon, “We need the seat.” It then sounds like Damon is being forcibly removed while Jimmy introduces himself and invites people to “come fly the friendly skies.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC

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Kevin Spacey to host 71st annual Tony Awards

CBS/Kathleen Holloway(NEW YORK) -- Oscar, Emmy, and Tony winner actor Kevin Spacey has been named the host of the 71st Annual Tony Awards, CBS announced Tuesday. 

“I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction,” the Lost in Yonkers Tony winner joked in a statement.

"Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down."

Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment took a more serious tone in the statement. "A true star of television, film and theater, who better than Kevin Spacey to host this year’s Tony Awards? With his extensive repertoire, charisma and unparalleled dedication to live theater, we are thrilled to have him join us for this prestigious television event."

While Tony nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 2, the telecast will air live from the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern time on CBS.

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Kendall Jenner: 'I'm more of a Jenner than a Kardashian'

E!/Timothy White(LOS ANGELES) -- Growing up, Kendall Jenner always felt different than her famous older sisters, Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian.

"I’ve always been the different one. I mean, I’m a girl and I like being a girl, but I’ve just never been into it like they have," the 21-year-old model told the May issue of Harper's Bazaar for its cover story. "I think I get that from my dad. I’d say I’m more of a Jenner than a Kardashian."

As a kid, she said she was "a huge tomboy."

"I had a phase where I wore boys' clothes. I was always hanging out with guys," she said. "I've always connected with guys more."

Jenner has always been especially close to her dad, the Olympic champion known as Bruce Jenner before officially transitioning to Caitlyn Jenner in 2015.

Before Caitlyn came out to the family, Kendall recalled how she and her siblings would find clues -- a wig, nail polish -- around the house.

Then, a year before Caitlyn made the transition official, Kendall accidentally stumbled into her in the middle of the night.

"My heart dropped," she said. "That's when she would dress as herself, at 4 in the morning, before we would get up. So that was like, 'Whoa,' for a second."

By the time Caitlyn told Kendall and her siblings that she was transitioning, Kendall said she already "kind of knew," but had been in denial.

"When she told us, and told us that it was going to be a real thing, it was an emotional couple of months," she told Harper's. "And if I would talk about it, I would cry, just because you're mourning someone ... losing someone. The person is still there, of course, but physically you're losing someone. It was my dad who I grew up with my whole life and who raised me."

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Richard Simmons hospitalized in California, battling severe indigestion

Getty Images/Scott Roth(LOS ANGELES) -- Fitness icon Richard Simmons is already doing better after being hospitalized on Monday for "severe indigestion," his rep exclusively tells ABC News.

"Richard Simmons was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California," Michael Catalano tells ABC News. "After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment.”

The rep continued, "He’s already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery.”

The 68-year-old fitness star, who over the past few years has vanished from the public eye, signed a new business deal earlier this month for, "merchandising, endorsements and licensing opportunities."  Catalano told ABC News on April 6 that Simmons himself pursued the deal.

The new venture comes on the heels of questions about Simmons' health in recent years, including a viral podcast on his disappearance from public view, titled "Missing Richard Simmons."

The star's rep commented on his client's reclusive nature, telling ABC News that he just wants a break from fame. Catalano's comments echo what Simmons told Entertainment Tonight last year.

"No one should be worried about me," he said. "It was time for me to take some time to be by myself."

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