On ABC's "Deception," stars Jack Cutmore-Scott and Ilfenesh Hadera make magic happen

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) -- In the new ABC drama, Deception, stars Jack Cutmore-Scott and Ilfenesh [ILL-fen-esh] Hadera make magic happen – literally and figuratively.

Cutmore-Scott plays Cameron Black, a magician who teams up with Hadera’s FBI agent Kay Daniels to solve crimes. The two characters show each other some tricks of the trade, so to speak, along the way.

Cutmore-Scott and Hadera tell ABC Radio that their biggest trick is playing characters who are very different from their true selves.

“She definitely follows the rules, it’s her nature to do that,” Hadera says of Agent Daniels. “I’m not so much that way. I’m a lot more, I think, relaxed in my life and like to have a little bit more fun.”

Cameron, on the other hand, might have a little too much fun.

“He’s spent his entire life on stage; he’s a born showman,” Cutmore-Scott says of his magician character.

“He’s very, very comfortable in the public eye and very comfortable up on a stage with a spotlight on him and that’s not really been my experience.” 

The actor says he prefers a smaller, more intimate audience, while Cameron is more of a “Vegas” guy.

You can witness the magic first-hand when Deception debuts on ABC Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, after the premiere of American Idol.

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Marvel Studios head says "Black Panther 2" already has "a pretty solid direction"

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(HOLLYWOOD) -- Black Panther has only been in theaters for three weeks, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says he's already planning a Black Panther 2.

“Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly of the sequel. “One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around [while filming] a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two."

Feige continues, "There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.”

Not only that, but Feige says he wouldn't rule out the idea of stand-alone sequels focusing on characters other than Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa.

"I think Shuri’s astounding, and you’ll see much more of her in our universe," Feige says, referring to the character of T'Challa's sister, played by Letitia Wright.

As for Danai Gurira's character Okoye, Feige says, "I think I’d watch three action films just Okoye. I’m not saying we’re doing that, but I’m saying that we’re intrigued by them."

Although there is no word on a potential release date for the Black Panther sequel, the original is moving towards the billion-dollar mark at the box office.

While we wait, you'll be able to see Boseman and some of the other Black Panther stars in Marvel's next movie, Avengers: Infinity War, which opens April 27.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Kristen Wiig confirmed to join cast of "Wonder Woman 2" as villain Cheetah

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s official: Kristen Wiig is joining the cast of the Wonder Woman sequel.

On Twitter Friday, director Patty Jenkins confirmed the reports that Wiig will be playing the movie’s villain, Cheetah.

“So excited to confirm the most thrilling news,” Jenkins writes. “Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family.”

She adds, “Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!!”

Star Gal Gadot added her feelings about the casting as well, writing, “I’m SO excited welcome on board Kristen! This is going to be WONDERful!”

Cheetah is one of Wonder Woman’s most famous rivals from the DC comics. She’s a literal cat woman, with cheetah-like spots, claws and feline agility.

Wonder Woman 2 is set to hit theaters November 1, 2019.

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Chris Evans: from Marvel's superhero to Broadway's "Lobby Hero"

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Onscreen, he's a Marvel superhero.  But for the next 10 weeks or so, Chris Evans is a Lobby Hero.

Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is currently starring in a Broadway play called Lobby Hero, as a New York City police officer involved in a murder investigation in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment complex.  Evans' co-stars include Superbad and Juno star Michael Cera and Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry.

Evans says going from big-budget blockbuster movies to the relative intimacy of a New York City theater requires a whole different set of skills.

"It really feels like you’re accessing a muscle that you haven’t been able to access in a while," he tells ABC Radio.  "The structure of film is very…start, stop, start, work on one little piece every single day. In theater.... they say 'go' and you get to run the entire process...the entire character from start to finish every night in a complete setting. "

Evans says that process makes doing a play "rewarding, in a way that sometimes film isn’t."

The actor, who'll be seen in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War April 27, says the toughest part of playing his Lobby Hero character is the New York accent.

"I’ve been talking to a lot of New York Cops and you know, had a few sessions with them and just watched them walk and talk  and you know…it’s tricky," he tells ABC Radio. "I’m from Boston and so, y'know, they are close enough to be impossible to separate!  But it’s been fun."  

Lobby Hero is written by Kenneth Lonergan, writer and director of Manchester by the Sea.  It's in previews now, and will officially open March 26 at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theater.

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New "American Idol" judges are looking for contestants "that really move our soul and fire us up"

ABC/Eric Liebowitz(HOLLYWOOD) -- When American Idol first began, it was subtitled "The Search for a Superstar," and when the show premieres this Sunday night, that's just what judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be doing.  But what qualities are they looking for in a contestant?

"We are looking for something unusual -- I am, in particular," Katy tells ABC Radio. "There [are] a lot of great all depends on what kind of star you want. Do you want someone who can just play...bars...? Or do you want to fill arenas?" 

"What kind of star do you want?" Katy asks rhetorically. "I’m always looking for the biggest one. So I think it’s a combination of things. It’s about presence.  It’s about, what do they contribute musically? Is their perspective it unique?"

Luke says he's also looking for a combination of things.

"That magic, that twinkle, that charisma....You’re looking for those chill-bump moments," he tells ABC Radio. "Those moments where...they come in very unassuming...then they start singing and magic starts happening."

"That’s the main thing," he declares. "The people that really move our souls and fire us up."

But surprisingly, contestants who tried show the judges they were "unique" by singing their own original songs didn't fare well, according to Lionel.

"In writing their own songs, they don’t really capture who they really are," Lionel tells ABC Radio. Which is why he and the other judges often made those contestants sing an already existing hit.

He explains, "I think sometimes, when they write their songs, they don’t stretch as much as they do when they're singing someone else’s song." 

American Idol premieres on ABC this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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Joel Edgerton talks being directed by his brother in "Gringo": "He's a great inspiration to me"

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was a family affair for Joel Edgerton on the set of his new film comedy, Gringo. His older brother, Nash Edgerton, directed and produced the film.

There was no sibling rivalry, though. Joel admits he’s used to having his brother boss him around.

“It's cool, I mean, I love working with my brother,” he tells ABC Radio. “It just feels like we've been doing it forever. I mean, he directed me in stupid home movies when I was like 12.”

The Australian actor also credits his brother will pushing him to do more work behind the camera. Joel wrote his brother’s 2008 film, The Square. He also wrote and directed the 2015 film, The Gift, and wrote the upcoming Netflix film The King, starring Timothee Chalamet.

“I've now done a lot of writing and I've gotten behind the camera and that's all thanks to him,” Joel says. “Initially I started writing because he wanted to make a movie and he thought I would be the better person to hit the keyboard and then when I was thinking about directing, Nash just sorta bullied me into doing it.”

Joel continues, “He said, ‘Stop thinking about it and just do it.’ You know, so, we work well together and he's a great inspiration to me.”

In Gringo, Joel stars opposite Charlize Theron as two executives at a cannabis company whose mild-mannered employee, played by David Oyelowo, gets kidnapped by a Mexican cartel.

Gringo hits theaters today.

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"A Wrinkle in Time" and "Gringo" are among this week's new releases

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the movies opening in wide release Friday:

* A Wrinkle in Time -- The highly anticipated film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved children's book centers on Meg, her brother and her friend -- played by Storm Reid, Deric McCabe and Levi Miller -- who are sent into space by three supernatural beings -- portrayed by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling -- to find the two siblings' missing father, played by Chris Pine. Also starring Zach Galifianakis. Rated PG.

* Gringo -- David Oyelowo stars as a businessman on a trip to Mexico who finds himself on the wrong side of the law and at the mercy of backstabbing colleagues, drug lords and a black ops mercenary in this dark action/comedy. Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried also star. Rated R.

* The Strangers: Prey at Night -- The sequel to 2008's The Strangers centers on a family whose vacation in a secluded trailer park turns into a nightmare when they're visited by three masked psychopaths. Starring Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, Grey's Anatomy's Martin Henderson, Lewis Pullman and Once Upon a Time's Bailee Madison. Rated R.

* The Hurricane Heist -- Toby Kebbell, Californacation's Maggie Grace, True Blood's Ryan Kwanten and Ralph Ineson play a band of thieves who attempt to rob the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of the local treasury facilities. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* The Leisure Seeker -- Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren star in this comedy about a runaway couple on an unforgettable journey in their trusty RV they call "The Leisure Seeker." Rated R.

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Ava DuVernay hopes Frances McDormand's Oscars "inclusion rider" speech helps "make real change" in Hollywood

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of her highly anticipated film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle beloved children's book, A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay is weighing in on Frances McDormand's passionate Oscars speech and the importance of inclusion riders in contracts.

"An inclusion rider is an idea that's going around the industry and in Hollywood and New York and Atlanta where there's a lot of productions for film and television," DuVernay, who has been a consistent champion for inclusion, tells ABC Radio. "[It] says that as an actor, who usually has a lot of power on these productions -- that they want a part of their contract to say that the studio and the director and the producers will include all different kinds of people in the crew positions."

Ava continues, "So all those hardworking crew members -- an inclusion rider says, 'if you hire me, you've also got to hire people who look like the real world.'"

DuVernay says she also agrees with McDormand's push for actors to include the rider when they come on board new projects.

"I think it's a beautiful idea," she explains. "And I'm really supportive of any idea that looks at ways to get more kinds of people, and more cultures, more races, more diversity and gender behind the camera."

While McDormand's speech may have struck a cord and started a conversation, DuVernay understands there's no guarantee it will immediately change things. However, she believes it's a great start.

"And so, good for her for using that international platform," she says. "And now everyone's talking about it... And maybe it'll make real change."

A Wrinkle in Time opens March 9 from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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What’s next for The Bachelor's Arie and Lauren: A vacation, a move and wedding plans

ABC/Paul Hebert(NEW YORK) -- As the dust settles from the major Bachelor bombshell earlier this week, Arie Luydendyk Jr. and his new fiancée Lauren Burnham are planning to leave all the drama behind.

First up: an engagement celebration. They’ll be celebrating both their love and being able to enjoy doing simple things together in public, like going out to dinner or going grocery shopping. Since Arie ditched his first choice, Becca Kufrin, for his runner-up Lauren at the beginning of this year, the two have had to keep their relationship under wraps.

Next, it’s a vacation out of the country.

“We’re going to Iceland and Spain, so we’re just gonna take a week and a half to ourselves and kind of enjoy each other’s company away from all of this craziness,” Lauren tells ABC Radio.

Then, when they get back, she’s packing up her stuff from her Virginia Beach home and moving in with Arie in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

After that, wedding planning will be in full swing. In fact, they’ve already started thinking about it. But as fans of the show know, Arie isn’t the most decisive person.

“One moment we want a big wedding and we want, obviously, all our friends and family there and then the next moment we want to elope,” Arie laughs.

Will watching Becca’s season of The Bachelorette be in their future as well? The two both say they might watch it. “We want the best for her,” Arie says.

Team Becca supporters can't say the same of Arie though: A representative from her home state of Minnesota just signed a bill banning Arie from the state.

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Fans shut down Hollywood Blvd as Mark Hamill honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(HOLLYWOOD) -- The Star Wars fans came out in full force Thursday in Los Angeles to see Star Wars icon Mark Hamill receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The crowds were so large that they shut down Hollywood Blvd.

Both Star Wars creator George Lucas and Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, were on hand to help Hamill celebrate the honor. Ford joked, “There's a lot more people that showed up for my star!”

But Ford later got serious, remembering his and Hamill's late Star Wars' co-star, Carrie Fisher, whose daughter Billie Lourd was also in attendance.

“When thinking about today, I was really sorry that we don't have the other member of our trio here to celebrate with us,” Ford said, to the cheers of the crowd. “But I feel her presence.”

When it was Hamill’s turn to speak, he was overcome with emotion.

“I haven't been this speechless since Force Awakens!” he said, as the crowd laughed.  Hamill famously did not have any lines in that film.

He went on to thank Lucas for giving him the opportunity to play the now-iconic hero, Luke Skywalker. He also thanked Ford by doing a spot-on impression of the actor, as Han Solo, giving him this piece of advice: “Hey kid, don’t get cocky.”

Finally, he thanked the fans for being with him throughout his long career, which has not only included the Star Wars franchise, but various voice-over roles in TV and video games.  His most famous of those roles is perhaps the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series.

“From Jedi to Joker, it’s been a fantastic ride. Thank you so much and may the Force be with each and every one of you,” he said, signing off with his famous Joker cackle.

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