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BTS, Nicki Minaj among the big winners at the E! People’s Choice Awards 2018 — Winner’s List

Marvel Studios/Disney(LOS ANGELES) — It was a good night for Marvel Studios at the People’s Choice Awards broadcast on the E! network Sunday night.

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War was named Movie of 2018 and Action Movie of 2018, while Marvel’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira were named Male Movie Star and Action Movie Star of 2018, respectively.  Infinity War‘s Scarlett Johansson was named Female Movie Star of 2018.

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

On the musis side, BTS was named the Group of the Year and their song “Icon” won both The Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year.  Rapper Nicki Minaj picked up awards for Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, for Queen.  

Here are the winners at the People’s Choice Awards:

The Movie of 2018
Avengers: Infinity War

The Comedy Movie of 2018
The Spy Who Dumped Me

The Action Movie of 2018
Avengers: Infinity War

The Drama Movie of 2018
Fifty Shades Freed

The Family Movie of 2018
Incredibles 2

The Drama Movie Star of 2018
Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Freed

The Male Movie Star of 2018
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther

The Female Movie Star of 2018
Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Infinity War

The Comedy Movie Star of 2018
Melissa McCarthy, Life of the Party

The Action Movie Star of 2018
Danai Gurira, Black Panther

The Show of 2018

The Drama Show of 2018

The Comedy Show of 2018
Orange is The New Black

The Revival Show of 2018

The Reality Show of 2018
Keeping Up with the Kardashians

The Competition Show of 2018
The Voice

The Male TV Star of 2018
Harry Shum Jr., Shadowhunters

The Female TV Star of 2018
Katherine McNamara, Shadowhunters

The Drama TV Star of 2018
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

The Comedy TV Star of 2018
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

The Daytime Talk Show of 2018
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Nighttime Talk Show of 2018
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Competition Contestant of 2018
Maddie Poppe, American Idol

The Reality TV Star of 2018
Khloe Kardashian, Keeping Up with the Kardashians

The Bingeworthy Show of 2018

The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2018
Wynonna Earp

The Male Artist of 2018
Shawn Mendes

The Female Artist of 2018
Nicki Minaj

The Group of 2018

The Song of 2018
BTS, “Idol”

The Album of 2018
Nicki Minaj: Queen

The Country Artist of 2018
Blake Shelton

The Latin Artist of 2018

The Music Video of 2018
BTS: “Idol”

The Concert Tour of 2018
Taylor Swift: Reputation

The Social Star of 2018
Shane Dawson

The Beauty Influencer of 2018
James Charles

The Social Celebrity of 2018

The Animal Star of 2018
Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund

The Comedy Act of 2018
Kevin Hart

The Style Star of 2018
Harry Styles

The Game Changer of 2018
Serena Williams

The Pop Podcast of 2018
Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad

The Most Hype Worthy Canadian of 2018
Tessa Virture & Scott Moir

L’influenceur Pop Culture Francais de 2018

Honorary Icon Award Recipients

The People’s Icon of 2018
Melissa McCarthy

The People’s Champion of 2018
Bryan Stevenson, social activist and founder of Equal Justice Initiative

The Fashion Icon of 2018
Victoria Beckham

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‘The Walking Dead’ recap: “Who Are You Now?”

Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) — Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead reinforced the shocker at the end of last week’s show: that years have passed since Rick vanished and was presumed dead.  

Michonne still mourning Rick, she speaks to his memory, as if praying. 

Daryl wakes up in a run-down tent and kills a fish with a spear — before killing a walker with the same stick.

Next, we see Carol, her famously short hair has grown to her shoulders. She looks happy, waking up next to Ezekiel, who’s sleeping in, in the Kingdom.

Scavenging, Michonne finds an abandoned van and a cigar box full of trinkets, including a little cowboy toy that looks like Rick. Little bits of life offer hope, she voices over — like a bird that plucks a worm from a walker to feed its babies.

She hasn’t given up hope, she explains to Rick’s memory. “For you.”

Aaron, Rosita, and Eugene look for Judith, who returns with the newbies she rescued. We see Eugene of all people, stepping up and killing a few walkers.

Judith insists they take the new people with them to Alexandria, against the others’ protests.

Back at Kingdom, Young — not so young, anymore — Henry has apparently been adopted as Ezekiel’s son, with Carol his surrogate, if not slightly reluctant mom.

The new survivors can’t believe how civilized Alexandria is; the natives are nervous about the newbs.

Michonne rides in, and wants to know why the rules were broken to bring them in. She insists they stay in a holding pen until a council can vet them.

Henry leaves the Kingdom to go someplace with Carol. His “dad” sees them off.

The folks go before the council, which includes Fr. Gabriel, Aaron, Michonne as the head of security, and Sidiq the doctor; the newcomers plead their cases as to why they should stay.

Michonne spots a prison tattoo on Magna, one of the newcomers, who insists she’s got nothing to hide. Michonne knows she’s hiding a knife. Magna is, in her belt buckle. The newcomer exposed, Michonne storms off.

Later, Father Gabriel and Rosita discuss Michonne, hoping she’ll change her mind. They plot boosting their radio signal to try to find others. Then she kisses him. Times have certainly changed.

Michonne is talking to herself, but really to Rick; Judith spies on her doing so.

As Henry and Carol travel by wagon, he hears a woman screaming. Carol protests but he streaks away, only to be hoodwinked…It’s a trap. Carol tries to save him, but a door opens to reveal Jed and his band of Saviors that left Rick’s gang years ago.

They hijack the good guys’ gear.

Because Carol spared him back in the day, Jed explains, he offers to let them live — but asks for her engagement ring. Henry takes offense; lifts his staff up and hits Jed with it; Henry gets whomped, but Carol throws herself on him, and hands over the ring.

At Alexandria, Judith is doing math homework, with the help of Negan through his jail window. He’s looking far better than when we last saw him. They joust a little, with Negan wondering why a word problem about an airplane leaving at particular times should concern her, seeing as there are no airplanes anymore.

Elsewhere, young Henry asks his mom why she gave up so easily, noting how much of a fighter she used to be. 

Meanwhile, Eugene and Rosita work on their radio relay, when Eugene spots an approaching herd from the top of a water tower. He tries to high tail it off the ladder, but drops his gear. It makes a loud enough bang that their horses scatter. A portion of the ladder falls off, and he leaps, hurting his knee.

In holding, the newbies debate what they should do: the girl who had the knife, Magna, wants to fight the only impediment to staying in Alexandria: Michonne.

Elsewhere, a woman walks in the dark and puts down a gas can. She plucks the match from a sleeping Jed’s mouth.

He wakes. “The ring I could have given you,” Carol says, match in hand. But that stuff you took belongs to people I knew. People who aren’t here anymore.”

“You’ll never see us again,” Jed pleads.

“I know,” Carol says, lighting the match and setting the whole barn full of Savior outcasts on fire, burning them alive. Warrior Carol is back.

Meanwhile, at Alexandria, Magna tries sneaking into Michonne’s home, knife in hand. Seeing Michonne with a little kid — apparently hers with Rick, another shocker — she thinks differently. Magna knocks on the door and hands over her folding knife. “You missed one,” she says, before affirming that Michonne was right about her, that she’s done terrible things. “We’ve all done things,” Michonne admits.

Meanwhile, inside, Judith, holding her dad’s massive Colt, tries to understand why Michonne hasn’t helped the newbies.

Meanwhile, Rosita and a hobbled Eugene try to flee the approaching horde.

Back on the road, young Henry apologizes for implying his mother was weak. Then he spots the ring that’s back on his finger, and he understands. They’re apparently heading to a place off the map. Then they spot Daryl. “Need a ride, stranger?” she smiles.

We see Michonne dressing herself in Rick’s old shirt, taking comfort in it. 

Meanwhile, the newbies bid Alexandria a farewell, but just then, Michonne announces a change of plans. They’re taking the group to the Hilltop colony.

Rosita and Eugene scramble to a muddy riverbank, walkers in pursuit. The humans cover themselves in mud to mask their scent. And we hear, for the first time, a walker talking to the others, rasping, “They must be close. Don’t let them get away!” 

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, November 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC.

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‘SNL’ star Pete Davidson apologizes to war hero-turned Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw for eye-patch joke

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) — Pete Davidson apologized — in person — to Lt. Cmdr. Dan Crenshaw during Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment, one week after joking about the candidate’s eye patch. “On behalf of me and the show, I apologize,” Davidson said.

Davidson joked about Crenshaw, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, during a segment on “Weekend Update” last week. Davidson showed photos of various candidates for the midterm elections, including one of Crenshaw.

“You may be surprised to hear that he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson joked. “I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”

Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, lost his right eye when an IED exploded during a tour of Afghanistan in 2012. After he recovered from his injury, he returned to duty minus the injured eye. He earned two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart during his military career — and he just won his congressional race.

After Davidson’s on-air apology Saturday night, Congressman-elect Crenshaw made a surprise appearance at the “Weekend Update” desk.

“Thank you so much for coming,” Davidson said.

“Thank you for making a Republican look good,” Crenshaw responded.

Davidson again apologized to Crenshaw, who won his race for Texas’ 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday by defeating Democrat Todd Litton.

On Saturday’s show, Crenshaw’s phone began ringing with the Ariana Grande song “Breathin.” Davidson, of course, recently broke up with the pop star after getting engaged earlier this year.

“You gonna answer that?” Davidson asked. “I’m just gonna let it ring,” Crenshaw responded.

“Do you know her?” Crenshaw asked.

Crenshaw then cut a few jokes about Davidson’s appearance, including that he looked like, “a troll doll with a tapeworm.”

He closed by asking Americans to forgive one another and to tell a veteran “never forget.” He also thanked Davidson’s father — a firefighter who died on September 11 — for his sacrifice.

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‘The Grinch’ steals $66 million to top the weekend box office

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — The Grinch brought in the green this weekend, topping the box office with an estimated $66 million debut. The CGI-animated take on Dr. Seuss’ classic 1957 book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas — with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the titular character — posted the third biggest opening for an animated film in November, behind The Incredibles and Frozen, with $70.4 million $67.39 million, respectively.

Internationally, the film earned an estimated $12.7 million overseas, for a total of $78.7 million worldwide as of Sunday night.

Last week’s top film, Bohemian Rhapsody, landed at number two in its second week of release, delivering an estimated $30.85 million. That brings its stateside totals to over $100 million, which added to its estimated $63 million internationally, for a global tally of more than $185 million.

It’s not until third place that we find the second of this week’s new major releases, the J.J Abrams horror film Overlord, with an estimated $10.1 million.

In the fourth position was Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, delivering an estimated $9.56 million and bringing its totals here in the states to over $35 million. Outside the U.S., the film picked up an estimated $13.5 million, for a total of $96.7 million worldwide .

The Girl in the Spider’s Web — the third of this week’s new major releases — starring Claire Foy — rounded out the top five with an estimated $8 million.

The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman opened in four theaters last Tuesday and earned $56,000. It expands to 48 locations next week.

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

1. The Grinch, $66 million
2. Bohemian Rhapsody, $30.85 million
3. Overlord, $10.1 million
4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, $9.6 million
5. Girl in the Spider’s Web, $8 million
6. A Star Is Born, $8 million
7. Nobody’s Fool, $6.5 million
8. Venom, $4.85 million
9. Halloween. $3.8 million
10. The Hate U Give, $2.07 million

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Kathy Griffin and boyfriend split after seven years

Raymond Hall/FilmMagicKathy Griffin and her longtime boyfriend, Randy Bick, have called it quits, she announced via Twitter on Thursday.

“God help me, but I’m gonna be one of those people who announces a break up,” the 58-year-old comic wrote. “After 7 years, Randy and I have decided to part ways. It’s not acrimonious and I will always adore him.”

Griffin seemed to explain the real purpose of the tweet by adding, “There, now those jerks at TMZ won’t get the story first.”

Griffin and Bick, a marketing executive, began dating in 2011 after meeting at a wine festival. 

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Alyssa Milano, Rainn Wilson among those forced to evacuate due to LA-area wildfires

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — Following the news that Kim Kardashian West had to evacuate her Calabasas home, more celebrities have revealed they, too, have had to flee the raging wildfires threatening the Los Angeles area.

Rainn Wilson, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge are among the thousands of evacuees.

Wilson tweeted, “My House has been evacuated due to nearby fires in Thousand Oaks. (The pigs & dogs are fine, thank you).”

He added a message for Thousand Oaks, which is also still reeling from the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill Wednesday night.

“Please send your prayers to the people of Thousand Oaks and the victims of the shooting that are now having to evacuate their homes and neighborhoods,” he wrote. “Then send them some cash.”

Milano posted about having to leave her home as well, writing, “I just had to evacuate my home from the fires. I took my kids, dogs, computer and my Doc Marten boots. (Husband is in NY. Horses are being evacuated by my trainer.)”

And Etheridge tweeted, “Well, well, as if life needed to get more interesting…we have a mandatory evacuation of our home due to the #Woolseyfire . We have gone to a hotel in Santa Monica where we will stay until we can return. Send love and strength to our amazing California firefighters. #safe.”

As of Friday morning, fires continued to threaten Malibu, Calabasas, and Thousand Oaks. All of Malibu has been ordered to evacuate.

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Claire Foy kicks butt and takes names in ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

Reiner Bajo/Sony Pictures EntertainmentClaire Foy just won an Emmy for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown on Netflix, and there’s already Oscar buzz surrounding her role as Neil Armstrong’s wife, Janet Armstrong, in the recently released biopic First Man. Now Foy’s kicking butt and taking names in the new crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story.

Foy plays the vengeful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the film — the third actor to play the part on the big screen in the Dragon Tattoo franchise, following Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara.

“I’d always loved the character,” Foy said in a recent appearance on ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers.  “I read the novels and she was someone that kind of jumped out of the page for me. And someone that I’d never read before. I’d never read a character like her.”

In The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Foy’s character is recruited to steal a computer program with access codes for nuclear weapons. But when things go awry, she’s forced to take matters into her own hands to avert disaster. That’s when the real action begins.

“There’s a lot of darkness there and a lot of pain,” Foy told Travers about the role. “But I really enjoyed the stunt work. I enjoyed learning to do the fight sequences and physically transforming in that way. I’d never done that before and I really enjoyed that.”

The role may have been new to Foy, but she said she identifies in some way with all of the roles she plays.

“I’ve got all of them living in me somewhere,” Foy concedes.  “Different facets of their characters are definitely things that I sort of want to face in myself or things I’m sort of fascinated by. There’s always a reason why you play each character. But all three definitely are in there.”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story is in theaters now.

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CW’s ‘Charmed’ reboot gets OK for 22-episode season

The CW Network(LOS ANGELES) — Not all of the original series fans are crazy about the reboot, but the CW’s updated take on Charmed has performed well enough for the network to give the green light for a full season on 22 episodes.

The series, about three sisters who are also the so-called Charmed Ones — witches who use their powers for good — was initially green-lighted for 13 episodes.  The CW’s just added an additional nine to finish the inaugural season.

The original Charmed series ran for eight seasons on the WB, ending in 2006.  Holly Marie Combs — who starred along with Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty and, later, Rose McGowan, initially criticized the CW for moving ahead with the reboot without any input from the original cast members.  Combs particularly took issue with the CW’s description of the reboot as a more “feminist” version of the show.  

“Guess we forgot to do that the first go around.  Hmph,” Combs tweeted after the initial reboot news.  Fans of the original series have also greeted the reboot with mixed feelings.

Additionally, All American, based on the life of pro football player Spencer Paysingerand Legacies — about supernatural beings at a boarding school for the young and gifted — have each been picked up by the CW for three more episodes, bringing their total episode orders to 16 each.

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Adam Savage is back — with a lot of little help — for ‘MythBusters Jr.’

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Famous fanboy, special effects wizard, and original MythBuster Adam Savage returns to TV Wednesday, January 2 as the host and executive producer of MythBusters Jr. 

The new, 10-episode series kicks off at 9 p.m. on Science Channel, it has just been announced. The show will feature nation’s leading young “makers,” robotics wizards, builders, and inventors. 

It’s been totally amazing,” Savage recently told ABC Radio. “We just brought back most of the MythBusters crew…We spent all summer shooting the new spin-off with six new MythBusters.”

According to a release, the cast includes: 

  • 12-year-old Cannan Huey-You — A college sophomore studying astrophysics at Texas Christian University.
  • 12-year-old Elijah Horland — A self-taught electronics maker, programmer & circuit wiz from Brooklyn, New York.
  • 13-year-old Allie Weber — A maker, builder, and inventor from South Dakota.
  • 14-year-old Rachel Pizzolato — A three-time New Orleans Science Fair champion from Metairie, Louisiana.
  • 15-year-old Valerie Castillo — A skilled builder and robotics wiz from Lancaster, California.
  • 15-year-old Jesse Lawless — A builder of custom hot rods from Slidell, Louisiana.

Savage noted, “It’s lovely both jumping back into sort of the same swimming pool of creativity with the people I love so much…but…it’s a different show, it’s its own show, and finding the voice of that show through these kids has been really very satisfying.”  

While the ‘busters may be kids, the myths are as explosive as ever, putting well-known tropes — as well as well-known scenes from TV and movies like Breaking Bad and Gravity, respectively, to the test.

Appropriately, the first episode kicks off with a MythBusters staple: it’s all about duct tape. 

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Simone Missick says ‘Luke Cage’ season three would’ve told Misty Knight’s origins story

Simone Missick with Mike Colter in “Marvel’s Luke Cage”; David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) — In the course of a week, Simone Missick’s life as detective Misty Knight was turned upside down with the cancellation of two Marvel superhero series, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

Now, less than a month after the cancellations, Missick is revealing to ABC Radio that she and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had already set big plans for her bionic arm-toting Harlem detective.

“I can most certainly say that Cheo and I sat down,” Missick says. “We sat down after season two wrapped. He had come to New York to see me… and I was like, ‘OK! This is what I need for Misty. I need for us to see her arm reborn…'”

As Simone explains, Misty’s arm was “destroyed” at the end of Iron Fist season two. As a result, Coker had plans to bring her back with a brand new appendage, which would undoubtedly be even more powerful than the first.

However, Misty says that wasn’t the only thing on the “docket.” She also wanted fans to see her origins story.

“We knew Luke’s origin story… in season one,” she said. “Season two we got to see his father and get a little bit more of who he was as a man.”

She continues, “We had gotten to see this beautiful story with Mariah, played by Alfre Woodard, and her daughter and how she came to be who she was… And so I was like, ‘It’s time for us to see some of Misty’s backstory!'”

Missick also reveals that Coker had sent her the first five episodes of season three and had intentions to introduce new villains and bring back characters. Still, the actress says she doesn’t know what the future holds for those characters, including her own.

“It’s one of those things where, who knows how these characters will ever come back and if they will or if they won’t,” she says.

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