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Daniel Jackson/GQ(NEW YORK) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) In the new "Men of the Year" issue of GQ, which hits stands Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez takes her place as the magazine's Icon of the Year, talking about her career, empowerment, and -- celebrating both -- her movie, Hustlers.

The based-on-real-life film had Lopez playing Ramona, a stripper at a high-end gentlemen's club who launches a scheme to scam her and her co-workers' wealthy clients. Unlike Ramona, Lopez says money isn't always her focus.

"I do things because I love them. I didn't get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers," says J. Lo.  "I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself."

She adds, "That's the 'Jenny From the Block'. I do what I want, I do what I love."

Hustlers was a "movement," says Lopez: "This is our movie where we run s**t. They know it's all women producers, women director, women writer, all women starring in it.  For me, who grew up with my sister sleeping in the same bed, and then went from one relationship to the other, playing that character, and having to be that independent and in charge, I was just like, 'God, this is so empowering.'"

However, J. Lo confessed, "It was scary when I was watching it."

Lopez also touched on her upcoming co-headlining the Super Bowl Halftime gig with Shakira. Considering the controversy with the NFL over social issues, Jennifer said, "I understand people not wanting to do it."

However, she adds, "I feel like it' of the biggest [platforms] in the world to put out whatever message you want to put out...I feel that it's a great thing to have two Latina women in Miami headlining the Super Bowl...I think it could be a really beautiful celebration."


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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- The White House has announced that President Donald Trump will present Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight with the National Medal of the Arts on Thursday.

Voight, one of President Trump's most vocal supporters in Hollywood, was saluted for "his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters," a press release noted. "Captivating audiences, [Voight] has given us insights into the richness of the human mind and heart."

Singer Alison Krauss was also named a recipient of the honor, "for making extraordinary contributions to American music." The White House added, "Blending bluegrass, folk, gospel, and country into a unique style, she has entertained and enriched the souls of millions."

The same announcement from the White House says that novelist James Patterson -- who incidentally co-wrote the thriller The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton -- would receive the National Medal of the Humanities. Of one of the country's "most successful authors," the White House noted that Patterson's, "prodigious imagination has resulted in fascinating works that have been enjoyed by millions and his championship of literacy in America has inspired many to realize their potential."

Philanthropist Teresa Lozano Long will also be given the Medal of Humanities. "Through scholarships and philanthropy, she has helped America's children and young adults learn the skills they need to succeed," the White House commented.

Both the Medal of the Arts and the Medal of the Humanities honor both individuals and organizations.  This year, the "Musicians of the United States Military" will be singled out in the former category, "for personifying excellence in music and service to country."

The Claremont Institute was also heralded in the latter, "for...enriching American minds. Its publications and public events have deepened our understanding and appreciation of American freedom, democracy, justice, and rule of law."

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L-R - Anthony, Joe Russo(LOS ANGELES) -- Like the heroes in their action-packed finale of their biggest hit, Avengers: Endgame, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have emerged to battle a malevolent force: Martin Scorsese.

O.K., perhaps referring to the famed director's headline-grabbing diss of Marvel movies as such is a bit too dramatic, but the Russos are just the latest to criticize Scorsese's opinion that the films are "not cinema."

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter while promoting 21 Bridges, the film they produced with Avengers star Chadwick Boseman, Joe Russo said,  "Ultimately, we define 'cinema' as a film that can bring people together to have a shared, emotional experience."

"The other way to think about it, too, is, nobody owns cinema," Anthony added. "We don't own cinema. You don't own cinema. Scorsese doesn't own cinema."

Joe jokes, "But, at the end of the day, what do we know? We're just two guys from Cleveland, Ohio, and 'cinema' is a New York word. In Cleveland, we call them movies."

The Russos also pointed out that Scorsese, by his own admission, hasn't seen all the movies he's flaming.

And just because a movie is a huge commercial success, Joe Russo explains, that doesn't mean it's artistically bankrupt.  As Russo notes of Avengers: Endgame's status as the highest-grossing movie of all time, "[W]e don't see that as a signifier of financial success. We see it as a signifier of emotional success."

"It's a movie that had an unprecedented impact on audiences around the world in the way that they shared that narrative and the way that they experienced it," he says. "And the emotions they felt watching it."
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ABC/Giovanni Rufino(LOS ANGELES) -- The short-form channel that's getting a lot of celebrity attention, Quibi, has just landed a notoriously difficult to catch fish: Bill Murray.

The Ghostbusters veteran is reuniting with Peter Farrelly -- who co-directed the gross-out comedy Kingpin starring Murray, before becoming the director of the Oscar-winning Green Book -- for a comedy series called The Now.

According to Variety, the series centers on Dave Franco's character, who is contemplating suicide when he discovers his brother just died by suicide -- and their father had taken his life as well.

According to the trade, Murray has already wrapped his part in the show. For an actor famous for crashing the odd wedding or frat party, it's easy to assume Murray's character imparts some wisdom on Franco's Ed Poole -- who copes with his loss by learning to, "forget the past, screw the future, and live in the now," Variety writes.  

The Quibi platform, which has already attracted stars like Tyra Banks and Idris Elba for various projects, is slated to launch in April 2020.

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Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- The OA star Kingsley Ben-Adir is gearing up to fill some pretty big shoes.

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Ben-Adir will play President Barack Obama in the upcoming James Comey miniseries from CBS Studios.

The miniseries, which does not yet have a network, is based on Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty. The book follows Comey's role as FBI director from 2013 until May 2017, when President Trump fired him. It also documents his tumultuous relationship with Trump.

Ben-Adir joins a previously announced cast including, Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump, Holly Hunter as Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly as Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Jennifer Ehle as Patrice Comey, and Peter Coyote as Robert Mueller.

This is the latest project for Ben-Adir who will soon be seen in Hulu's High Fidelity reboot starring Zoe Kravitz and Da'Vine Joy Randolph.


(Will Heath/NBCNEW YORK) --Jon Hamm showed up for Saturday Night Live's cold open sketch, this weekend, which mocked the House public impeachment hearings, which, according to some pundits, lacked the "pizzazz" needed to capture the public's attention.

SNL addressed the criticism by presenting the hearings as a soap opera, titled, "Days of Our Impeachment."

The sketch featured regulars Alex Moffat as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Cecily Strong as former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Mikey Day as Republican Ohio Representative Jim Jordan.  Hamm showed up as William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.

After Strong's Yovanovitch opens the hearings by saying she's the victim of a "smear campaign" by President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani that left her "publicly humiliated and without a job," Day's Jordan argues "this witness is clearly here because she loves attention."

"Oh, yeah," Strong's Yovanovitch replies. "I love the glamour and the spotlight. That's why I spent my career in Ukraine and Somalia."

The hearings continue with a set of soap opera-like exchanges, punctuated by an audience member, played by SNL's Heidi Gardner, continually fainting.

Later in the bit, Hamm's Taylor interrupts the proceedings to drop the bombshell that there was a second phone conversation between Trump and Ukraininan President Volodymyr Zelensky, in addition to the July 25 call, in which Trump urged Zelensky to investigate Democrats and the Bidens.

Kate McKinnon’s Giuliani, Beck Bennett’s Mitch McConnell, Kyle Mooney as US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Pete Davidson as former Trump attorney Michael Avenatti, Melissa Villa-Señor as NY Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Kenan Thompson as Cleveland Browns player Myles Garrett -- who beat Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his helmet at the end of Thursday night’s game -- also appear.


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(c) 20th Cenury Fox(NEW YORK) -- Ford v Ferrari topped the weekend box office and delivered an estimated $31 million in its opening weekend.  The film, based on the true story of engineer Carroll Shelby and race car driver Ken Miles, played respectively by Matt Damon and Christian Bale, who teamed up to build a car that could beat Ferrari for Ford Motor Company in 1966, was expected to debut with somewhere between $25-$30 million.

The latest Charlies Angels reboot, on the other hand, failed to take flight in its opening weekend.  The film, co-written and directed by Elizabeth Banks and starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, opened with an estimated $8.6 million, way below the $12-$13 million industry experts predicted.

Angels is currently in the hunt for second place with two other movies: Midway, which as of Sunday has earned an estimated $8.75 million in its second week, and the comedy Playing with Fire, with an estimated $8.55 million.

The weekend's third major debut, The Good Liar, led by Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, delivered on expectations, placing seventh, with an estimated $6.2 million

Rounding out the top five was the romantic comedy Last Christmas, collecting an estimated $6.7 in its second week of release.

Elsewhere, Joker became the fourth DC Comics adaptation to ever top $1 billion at the global box office and the first R-rated movie to ever reach that milestone.

In limited release, Waves, the drama starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Sterling K. Brown, had an impressive debut, opening with an estimated $144,562.

Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Ford v Ferrari, $31 million
2. Midway, $8.75 million
3. Charlie’s Angels, $8.6 million
4. Playing With Fire, $8.55 million
5. Last Christmas, $6.7 million
6. Doctor Sleep, $6.2 million
7. The Good Liar, $6.2 million
8. Joker, $5.6 million
9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, $5.2 million
10. Harriet, $4.8 million

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Mark Hill/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Director Nicole Kassell is no stranger to high-profile TV projects: After all, she's a veteran of shows ranging from Claws to Breaking Bad. And now her handiwork can be seen on HBO's new hit Watchmen, the small-screen sequel to the landmark graphic novel from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. 

The show boasts a stellar cast, including Oscar-winners Louis Gossett Jr. and Regina King, the latter of whom Kassell worked with on American Crime, a series that earned King an Emmy.

The show centers on King's character, a law enforcement officer named Angela Abar, who also works undercover as a masked vigilante called Sister Night. Having her friend King in the lead was a major draw, Kassell tells ABC Audio.

"[T]hat's a huge part of why I wanted to do this...was to have -- you know, you see it on the poster -- it's truly radical to have an African-American woman lead in a show of this size, in this kind of character." 

That being said, Kassell admits that the presence of former Miami Vice heartthrob Don Johnson, who plays Abar's close friend, Chief Judd Crawford, on the show, made her feel like a kid again.

The filmmaker giggles, "I've had this a handful of times where someone was such a part of my childhood and living room, [that] when they walk on set and I'm directing the scene and I just can't believe it."

"You know, I've had it three times now," she laughs. "Don was definitely the most significant! I did not have the [Don Johnson] poster on my wall, but all my friends did!"

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Jacqueline Patton Photography(NEW YORK) -- It may be the final season of USA Network hacker drama Mr. Robot, but the show still had time to introduce one last baddie. Ashlie Atkinson plays the show’s new favorite villain, Dark Army operative Janice – and she’s having a blast scaring the crap out of fans.

“I just really loved the idea of someone who was an ‘order muppet,’ who is really into control and order but was a really joyous person -- but a complete psychopath,” Atkinson tells ABC Audio. “I really liked that about her.”

Atkinson, who was a huge fan of Mr. Robot before joining the show as a series regular, says she loves to see fans’ reactions to Janice online. Her favorite was the fan who dubbed Janice the scariest Mr. Robot villain after spotting her on another TV show.

“Someone said, ‘Ashlie Atkinson was on Emergence and when I saw her face I straight up jumped out of my chair,’” she recalls with a laugh. “And I was like, ‘Oh good. People are afraid of me on other shows now when I’m playing like moms or neighbors.”

As for what’s coming up in the final few episodes of the season, Atkinson teases it’s “only going to get crazier from here on out.” 

Mr. Robot – also starring Oscar winner Rami Malek, Christian Slater and Grace Gummer – airs Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on USA.

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Courtesy of Wayne Brady(NEW YORK) -- Wayne Brady wants you to know that he's accomplished a lot in his career. From being a staple on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, to hosting his own variety show and CBS' Let's Make a Deal, Brady has effortlessly conquered whatever he's set his mind to in television, film, and on Broadway.

However, with all of his past accomplishments, the Emmy Award winner will admit it's a bit frustrating when fans only remember one thing when they see him: his 2004 Chappelle's Show appearance.

"They're like, 'Hey man, I love that thing!'" Brady tells ABC Audio of those who come up to him reciting his infamous lines from the role.

In the episode, Brady plays a drug-dealing, pimping, and murdering caricature of himself who basically wreaks havoc with Chappelle during a joy ride. The episode sparked such classic catchphrases as "Is Wayne going to have to choke a b****?"

"Well, I'm glad you love that thing, but I have all of this," Brady continues, sharing his response to those fans.

"So the way you drive yourself crazy is caring what people think too much," he says. "So, to anyone that loves that, I'm so glad because I had a ball doing it and I loved what it was dope. But...I have a life...I've got a couple more little bumps in the road like that people can pay attention to."

Although Brady isn't truly upset with the constant Chappelle's Show fandom -- he calls it an "amazing sketch" and says "it's great to be a part of Americana" -- he adds that his resume includes way more than that.

"I don't rest on past laurels," he says. "I know how much I do. The average person sometimes may not know that you've done X, Y and Z."

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iStock/dszc(LOS ANGELES) -- Remember that Halloween contest that tasked one person to sit through the entirety of Stephen King movies for a wad of cash?  Well, that contest just got a Christmas update.

On Thursday, Internet service provider CenturyLink launched their own contest tasking one individual to binge 24 Hallmark Christmas movies. They'll pay that person $1,000 -- as if you needed an incentive.

"We’re looking for a lover of all things Christmas, G-Rated romcoms, and too-close-to-home family dramas to watch 24 Hallmark Christmas movies in 12 days. If you think that’s you, we’ll give you $1,000 to critique a lineup of festive guilty pleasures," The company advertises.  

However, you get to watch the movies on your own time over the 12-day span. CenturyLink clarifies, "The best part? We don’t care where you do it. Watch it from the couch or stay under the covers and stream from bed. (Just don’t spill any spoilers.)"

The lucky winner will also score a streaming subscription, hot chocolate, festive Christmas cookies, and an abundance of holiday decorations.

You just have to be 18 and a U.S. citizen with a passion for Christmas to officially throw your hat into the ring.

So, if you want to watch the same plot two dozen times of a woman falling in love with a small town banker in a small hokey town and breaking off her engagement with her unloving Wall Street fiance, apply to CenturyLink by December 6.

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Disney (NEW YORK) -- The second episode of the new Disney Star Wars series The Mandalorian had fans staying up late -- or rising early Friday morning -- as it debuted at midnight.

Unlike other streaming shows that drop full seasons at a clip, show creator Jon Favreau specifically wanted one episode to be released at a time, he explained at this week's launch event in Los Angeles. "I think it's great to have a serialized show like this because I feel like it really taps into what George Lucas was originally inspired by: the films like Flash Gordon, that he grew up with. The serialized shows that they would show one reel at a time to audiences on Saturdays."

He adds, "And there's a fun sense of adventure, and fun and excitement and room for cliffhangers and twists and reveals. And I think that's really the spirit of the Star Wars that I grew up with."

Directed by Dope and The Chi's Rick Famuyiwa, "Chapter 2: The Child" picks up moments after the pilot ends. Pedro Pascal's title character has found his quarry, a baby of an alien race that's intimately familiar yet so mysterious to Star Wars fans. While the baby is the same species as a classic character, only Lucas himself knows what exactly that species is and from what planet it hails.

That being said, The Child is certainly sought-after, as the Mando finds his trip to return the quarry to his client interrupted by alien bounty hunters, and a clan of those scavengers of the Star Wars universe known as Jawas. The bounty hunter also comes to learn the child in the floating, pod-like bassinet has incredible power.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- It's official: the long-teased Black Adam, which stars Dwayne Johnson as the titular DC Comics character, will hit movie theaters on December 22, 2021. 

The WWE wrestler-turned-actor revealed the news, along with a new image of him in the role on Thursday via Instagram. "BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn't toe the mark or walk the line," Johnson wrote in the lengthy post. "He's a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who'll always do what's right for the people - but he does it his way. Truth and justice – the BLACK ADAM way," the latter a take-off on Superman's code "Truth, Justice, and the American way." 

With respect to Johnson, Adam, who was created in 1945, isn't a superhero, but a supervillian -- and one of the most powerful ones in the DC Universe at that; the dark to Shazam's light.

However, plot details have yet to be released for the Warner Bros./New Line project, so it remains to be seen how the character will be presented.

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© 2019 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Ford v Ferrari -- This sports drama is based on the true story of engineer Carroll Shelby and race car driver Ken Miles, played respectively by Matt Damon and Christian Bale, who teamed up to build a car that could beat Ferrari for Ford Motor Company in 1966.  Tracy Letts, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone and Ray McKinnon also star.  Rated PG-13.

* Charlie's Angels -- The latest film adaptation of the classic 1970s TV series, co-written and directed by Pitch Perfect's Elizabeth Banks, stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as part of a new global generation of Angels working for Charlie Townshend, the never-seen owner of a private detective agency. This time, the girls risk their lives to protect the world from a dangerous new technology. The new take will feature multiple Bosleys, played by Banks, Djimon Hounsou and Patrick Stewart.  Robert Clotworthy stars as the voice of Charlie.  Sam Claflin and Noah Centineo appear in supporting roles.  Rated PG-13.

* The Good Liar -- This crime thriller, based on Nicholas Searle's novel of the same name, stars Ian McKellen as a career con-artist who meets a wealthy widow, played by Helen Mirren, and plans steal her fortune.  What should be a simple hustle turns into a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Waves -- This drama follows "the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family" as they "navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss."  It stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Sterling K. Brown.  Rated R.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Vivica A. Fox is offering her thoughts on the reported Set It Off remake that Insecure creator Issa Rae is currently developing. According to Fox, Rae needs to "leave it alone."

"It's a classic, leave it alone," Fox told Entertainment Tonight bluntly, while making a dissatisfied face. "There's absolutely no reason to try to redo it. It's been done, and we did it so well, that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that's her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left."

In the 1996 crime drama, directed by F. Gary Gray, Fox starred alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Kimberly Elise as a group of friends who, for different reasons, began robbing banks. They decision to rob ultimately led to their demise.

"Like, create your own franchise," Fox continued. "If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks, create your own thing. You can make it up to date. We did that film in 1996. We are in 2019, going into 2020. So, create your own thing because people are absolutely going to compare it to it, and she'll probably, if it's not good, they're going to slay her for it."

As previously reported, Rae is currently working on reimagining the classic film and could potentially star in it.

However, there is no word on who else would potentially star in the film.

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