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Marvel StudiosAfter stunning audiences as King T’Challa in Black Panther and later in Avengers: Infinity War, Chadwick Boseman has set his next film.
STX Films has announced the superhero actor will produce and star in the upcoming action thriller 17 Bridges. The film follows a disgraced NYPD detective, played by Boseman, who gets a shot at redemption after being called to help in a citywide manhunt for a cop killer.
Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo will produce the project with Brian Kirkset to direct.
This is the latest project for Boseman, who is also producing the film adaptation of The Stars in My Soul, a memoir co-written by Hakeem Oluseyi about his life. He’s also set to star in the upcoming thriller Expatriate, which will be directed by Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins.
TWC(NEW YORK) — A federal bankruptcy court judge today approved a revised plan for the sale of the studio co-founded by embattled former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to a private equity firm for $289 million.
ABC Radio reports Lantern Capital will pay a reduced price, down from $310 million, for the company, in exchange for assuming certain liabilities and operating expenses.
It should be noted there are still outstanding claims filed by a number of Hollywood’s biggest names for their share of profits from Weinstein films and projects. Those will be resolved at a later time.
According to a press release from the buyer, “Lantern Entertainment, an affiliate of Lantern Capital Partners, is a newly-formed entertainment company in the process of acquiring a library of 277 films, unreleased and highly anticipated movies and a slate of impressive scripted and unscripted television titles.”
Forbes(NEW YORK) — Kylie Jenner is a magazine cover fixture, but usually not for this magazine: Forbes.
Kylie ranks as the youngest woman on the entire list of “America’s Richest Self-Made Women,” with the business publication noting the 20-year-old is, “set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire.”
Forbes notes Jenner ranks on the list at number 27 overall, with an estimated worth of $900 million thanks to her mega-successful Kylie Cosmetics makeup line.
In the music category, Madonna comes in at number 26, making her America’s wealthiest female musician. Forbes puts her estimated net worth at $590 million. Celine Dion ranks at number 46 with an estimated net worth of $430 million. Despite being Canadian by birth, Forbes cites that most of her money has been made within the U.S.
Taylor Swift is number 60 on the list, with an estimated net worth of $320 million primarily from music, touring, and endorsements.
Other female artists on the tally include Barbra Streisand at number 48 and Beyonce at number 53.
So who’s number one? Hint: she’s rich, but not famous.
Diane Hendricks, the co-founder and chairman of ABC Supply, one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing, siding, and windows in America, topped the list. She’s worth an estimated $4.9 billion.
ABC(NEW YORK) — Amy Adams stars as a reporter who goes back to her hometown to report on two teen murders in the new HBO drama, Sharper Objects. It’s a long way from her role as Disney princess Giselle in 2007’s Enchanted.
Good Morning America tapped Adams to share her favorite Disney princesses in a Disney-themed lightning round.
Besides her character, her top two favorite princesses are Rapunzel and Cinderella.
“It’s wrong to say yourself, right?” Adams joked.
Her favorite Disney sidekick is none other than the adorable Thumper from Bambi.
As for her favorite Disney song lyric, The Little Mermaid took the top spot in Adams’ book.
“Oh gosh, there are so many,” she said. “I love in ‘Part of Your World’ when [Ariel] can’t think of the word for feet and suddenly like Ariel gets a little suggestive.”
Her favorite Disney film, though, might be a surprise. Adams said she loves the movie from legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki called Spirited Away, which Disney adapted for English-speaking audiences.
“That’s one of my favorite movies of all time,” she said.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Hart and Mike Epps entered into a vicious war of words online after Epps commented that “everybody is” funnier than Kevin Hart.
It all started when Epps shared a photo of him and Eddie Murphy on set of Netflix’s Dolemite. After a fan commented, “Eddie Murphy Is Funnier Than Kevin Hart Still,” Epps replied “S*** everybody is…” in a since-deleted post captured by RhymeswithSnitch.
Hart apparently didn’t take the jab too lightly, later firing back directly at Epps. “@eppsie it’s a shame that everybody isn’t selling tickets like me tho…..”
When ComedyHype picked the story and shared it on Instagram, Epps commented that their beef wasn’t “press worthy.”
Hart, however, had plenty to say on the matter.
“All I can say is that your a sad individual,” he wrote in the comments. “I talked to you several times face to face in attempts to put the B.S behind us. I even reached out to u like a man and tried to get to the bottom of your bitterness.”
He continued, “You are the biggest crab I know…I will continue to shine and continue to make history and continue to do comedy at the HIGHEST level. If that makes u sick then so be it….”
After Hart’s response, Epps clapped back, saying Hart was playing a “victim.”
“I’ve been doing this s*** 25+ yrs Mr. Victim. Don’t get too cute lil brother,” he wrote. “This s*** is a lifetime achievement. & stop following my comments around the World Wide Web.”
He continued, “The whole internet talk about you, so don’t stop here you got a lot of responding to do. And for everybody reading… this is not a beef…You seem to be a great person… but I still don’t think yo a** funny.”
Photo: Stan Evans(LOS ANGELES) — Jada Pinkett Smith is opening up about her addictions, including her over-active sex drive.
In a new episode of Facebook show Red Table Talk, the Girls Trip actress confessed to battling sex addiction when she was younger.
“When I was younger, I definitely think I had a sex addiction of some kind, yes, that everything could be fixed by sex,” she said.
Smith had previously hinted possible addiction to sex, when she admitted to her daughter Willow on a previous episode that she used sex toys when she was 21 to give herself “five orgasms a day.”
On Monday, Pinkett Smith elaborated on her addiction, explaining “If you want to have a lot of sex, that’s great. But why are you having all that sex? That’s what you’ve got to look at.”
Pinkett Smith revealed that she also battled addiction to alcohol and excessively working out.
“I remember reaching a rock bottom that time I was in the house by myself and I had those two bottles of wine and was going for the third bottle,” Smith recalled. “And I was like, ‘Now hold up. You’re in this house by yourself going onto your third bottle of wine? You might have a problem.’”
Jada said she eventually went “cold turkey” and cut out alcohol in her life.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) — This time, for Indiana Jones, it’s not the mileage, it’s the years. That is, the fifth chapter in George Lucas’ adventure series has been delayed again, to 2021.
That change will mean the man in the hat himself, Harrison Ford, will be 79 years old by the time the film opens.
The Hollywood Reporter says script changes prompted the shift from July 9, 2020; it’s the second bump for the fifth installment in the Steven Spielberg-directed franchise, which was initially supposed to come out in 2019.
Disney, the parent company of ABC News, also announced some other schedule changes.
Now, Jungle Cruise, the Dwayne Johnson-led, big screen adaptation of its classic theme park ride, will hit theaters October 11, 2019.
Angelina Jolie’s fantasy sequel Maleficent 2 will now be released on May 29, 2020, and Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda will hit theaters on December 19, instead of December 25.
Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale”; George Kraychyk/Hulu(NEW YORK) — Just one day after announcing a proposed wine collection created as a tie-in to the hit Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, MGM and wine seller Lot18 have scrapped the idea in response to social media backlash condemning the promotion, according to People magazine.
The Handmaid’s Tale is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, set in a dystopian society that conscripts fertile women — called “handmaids” — into child-bearing involuntary servitude, stripped of their names, rights and property.
The collection featured two red wines, honoring Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel‘s characters, Offred and Ofglen, as well as a white wine for Yvonne Strahovski‘s character, Serena Joy. Each wine had its own marketing copy, praising its virtues.
The copy for Offred reads, “Completely stripped of her rights and freedom, Offred must rely on the one weapon she has left to stay in control — her feminine wiles. This French Pinot Noir is similarly seductive, its dark berry fruit and cassis aromatics so beguiling it seems almost forbidden to taste. But it’s useless to resist the wine’s smooth and appealingly earthy profile, so you may as well give in. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, indeed.”
It clearly didn’t go over well online.
“’Can you turn rape into marketing copy?” “Sure, you bet.” “Great, it’s for Handmaid’s Tale wine.” “Haha, love it,’” wrote one Twitter user.
“Finally a product that combines everything I hate: wine, marketing, unbridled capitalism, and authoritarian patriarchal dystopias where women are chattel!” replied another in response to the promotion. “whomst [sic] could have known that using a narrative of government-sanctioned rape to brand your wine would present a problem.”
The result: By Tuesday evening, Lot18 no longer offeredThe Handmaid’s Tale wines on their website.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 is currently streaming on Hulu.
ABC/Jeff Neira(LOS ANGELES) — J.B. Smoove is headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned the comedian is set to star in the upcoming Sony Spider-Man sequel, Spider-Man: Far from Home. The studio has yet to officially announce what role Smoove will play, but the Curb Your Enthusiasm actor joins Jake Gyllenhaal, who has signed on to play the villain Mysterio.
Tom Holland is set to reprise his role as Spider-Man, in addition to Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Zendaya who are also back in their roles as Adrian Toomes/Vulture, Aunt May, Ned, and M.J., respectively.
Spider-Man: Far from Home will come to theaters July 5, 2019.
The movie will be released by Sony Pictures, but is being co-produced by Marvel Studios, which like ABC News, is owned by parent company Disney.
Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Another woman has accused Russell Simmons of rape, and once again, the media mogul has issued a denial.
Alexia Norton, granddaughter of book publisher W.W. Norton, made the accusation, Variety reports exclusively. She claims that Simmons raped her in his New York City apartment in November 1990.
“It was literally an attack,” Norton told the trade. “He pulled my dress up. I must have said no seven to 10 times, and then I acquiesced.”
“What made me come forward is his denials of violence toward other women,” Jones continued.” I don’t want any money from Russell.”
“Russell knew that the African-American community was behind him,” Jones continued. “There are so few black men who make it, we wanted him to succeed. Yet there was also this huge betrayal. He counted on this silence.”
Simmons issued a statement to Variety denying the accusation.
“I’m deeply saddened by this story from Alexia,” Simmons said. “At no time did she share these feelings about her first sexual encounter with me, which took place roughly 28 years ago. I have taken multiple lie detector tests that affirm I never sexually assaulted anyone. Alexia and I dated, were intimate and attended multiple events together after she alleges the incident occurred in 1990.”
Simmons also issued this statement to ABC Radio:
“I have respectfully, factually and comprehensively denied the charges of sexual violence against me. From the very first allegation in October, I have provided statements of witnesses who testified to my innocence some thirty years ago.”
As previously reported, in April, Jennifer Jarosik’s $5 million rape lawsuit against Simmons was dismissed.
The embattled music mogul still faces a $10 million lawsuit from an unidentified woman who claims Simmons raped her and also threatened her young son. Simmons denies the allegations, and called the lawsuit “pure fiction” and an attempt at extortion.