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“Deadpool 2” leads this week’s new release

20th Century Fox / Marvel(LOS ANGELES) — The following movies open nationwide on Friday:

Deadpool 2 — Ryan Reynolds returns as foul-mouthed, wisecracking Wade Wilson — a.k.a. Deadpool — in the sequel to the breakout 2016 film. This time, the mutant mercenary teams with a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a boy from the all-powerful Cable — played by Josh Brolin. Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy also star. Rated R. (TRAILER CONTAINS UNCENSORED PROFANITY)

Show Dogs — Chris “Ludacris” Bridges provides the voice of Max, a rottweiler police dog, who along with his human partner — played by Will Arnett — infiltrates a dog show to stop a crime. Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Shaquille O’Neal and Stanley Tucci also star. Rated PG.

* Book Club — Four lifelong friends — played by Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen — are forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey as part of their monthly book club. Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Alicia Silverstone and Richard Dreyfus. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

On Chesil Beach — Saoirse Roanan stars in this drama based on Ian McEwan’s 2007 novel about a young couple in 1962 England (played by Ronan and Billy Howle) whose fear of intimate relations destroys their marriage. Emily Watson also stars. Rated R.

First Reformed — Paul Schrader’s latest thriller stars Ethan Hawke as a small-town pastor struggling with the death of his son. His beliefs are further challenged by a woman — played by Amanda Seyfried — seeking counseling for her radical environmentalist husband. Also starring Cedric Kyles. Rated R.

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Amazon greenlights Nazi-hunting drama from Jordan Peele

ABC/Randy Holmes (LOS ANGELES) — Jordan Peele’s latest project has been given the go-ahead by Amazon Studios.

Amazon announced on Thursday that it’s given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Peele’s The Hunt, a series about Nazi hunters in New York City in 1977.

Peele’s Monkeypaw production company will produce the project as part of the Oscar-winner’s first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment.

The series follows a group of Nazi hunters, who learn that, years after World War II, hundreds of top Nazi officials are still around and trying to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S.  That launches the hunters on a quest to stop the Nazis’ plans and bring them to justice.

“When [writer] David Weil first shared The Hunt with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved,” Peele said in statement. “It’s cathartic. It’s noir. It’s frighteningly relevant. It’s exactly what I want to see on television. I am thrilled to be working with Amazon in bringing this incredible vision to the world.”

No word on when the series will hit the streaming platform.

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Hilary Duff had “reached a breaking point” with chain-smoking neighbor she trashed online, says rep

ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) — After Hilary Duff, star of the TV series Younger, took to social media on Wednesday to call out a chain-smoking neighbor, Dieter Addison, her rep told ABC News that the actress’ outburst has been a long time coming.

“Hilary and her young son have been subjected to excessive secondhand smoke, late-night noise, garbage in the hallways, and an overall hazardous living environment from this man for months now,” the representative said.  “She tried numerous times in polite ways to handle this situation, including countless sessions with the landlords of the building. As every mother knows, protecting your kid has to come first and foremost and that is her primary goal. She reached a breaking point after a 15 hour work day and yet another sleepless night.”

Wednesday, Duff reportedly trashed Addison to her 9.2 million Instagram followers, claiming that his parents pay his rent and he’s “never worked a day in [his] life.”

In an interview with The New York Post, Addison admitted he’s a chain smoker but claims he doesn’t smoke marijuana. He added that he hired an attorney after he began receiving “hate mail and threats” from Duff’s fans, and is “scared for his life.”

Addison further claims he called the police on Duff’s boyfriend, Matthew Koma, Wednesday after Koma allegedly “barged in and tried to punch me in the face.”

A NYPD spokesperson told ABC News only that police responded to a 911 call for a dispute inside a residence. Upon arrival, authorities were told by a 26-year-old victim that he’d had a dispute with another male at the location. No injuries were visible, and police took a report for harassment.

Duff’s rep told People magazine “there was no altercation whatsoever,” adding, “Koma went over today and asked politely yet again for [Addison] to take his smoking outside so as not to impact others.”

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Watch now: Harry Styles-produced sitcom “Happy Together” coming to CBS this fall

Photo: Michele Crowe/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — What if Harry Styles knocked on your door and asked if he could hide out in your house for a while because the paparazzi is after him?  That’s basically the plot of a new comedy coming to CBS this fall, executive-produced by Harry himself.

The show, Happy Together, is about a young Australian pop star named Cooper who’s pursued by the paps after he splits with his girlfriend.  He asks his uncool, thirty-something accountant, Jake, if he can move in with him and his wife until the frenzy dies down.  Hilarity, of course, ensues.

It’s not clear if Harry will ever appear on Happy Together, but Cooper basically is Harry, if Harry were Australian.

The show, starring Damon Wayans Jr., Amber Stevens West and Felix Mallard, will air Monday night at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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No more drama: Tiffany Haddish says she and Beyoncé are “cool” after #WhoBitBeyoncé controversy

ABC/Paula Lobo (LOS ANGELES) — While Tiffany Haddish refuses to divulge which actress allegedly bit Beyoncé on the cheek at an after-party in December, the comedian says she and Bey are still on good terms.

“We’ve talked since then and it’s been cool,” Haddish tells People. “Nobody’s trippin’ except for everybody else.”

Tiffany says she wasn’t expecting her story to take the Internet by storm.  “I didn’t think it was going to blow up like that,” she said.

As previously reported, many actress’ names were thrown out as possible biting culprits, including Sanaa Lathan, who denied having anything to do with the incident.

“I adore Beyonce. I would never do anything malicious like that — to her, or to anyone,” Lathan told Health magazine in May. It’s so bizarre.”

In April, Beyoncé’s stepfather, Richard Lawson, told ABC Radio that the incident never even happened.

“It was something that was blown out of proportion and Tiffany just got a ride from doing it,” Lawson said then. “[Tiffany’s] numbers probably jumped up. Other people jumped on the bandwagon and it’s all a bunch of B.S. It’s not real. …It’s not true.”

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Kim Kardashian West slammed for promoting appetite suppressant

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) — One way that Kim Kardashian West earns money is by promoting products on Instagram, but this time, some say she went too far.

The reality TV star, who boasts 111 million followers on the social media platform, deleted a sponsored image of her licking an appetite-suppressant lollipop Wednesday after facing criticism from those who called her “irresponsible” and “vile,” but a few hours later, the post was live again.

A publicist for the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, and Kardashian West herself has yet to speak out about the controversy.

Kardashian West, 37, has been a spokeswoman for Flat Tummy Co. for months and has gushed online at least twice about the company’s meal replacement program. However, when she posted the aforementioned advertisement for Flat Tummy Co.’s appetite suppressant lollipops, calling them “literally unreal” and offering a discount, critics bashed her for promoting the product.

“You terrible and toxic influence on young girls,” The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil  tweeted about the post. “MAYBE don’t take appetite suppressors and eat enough to fuel your BRAIN and work hard and be successful. And to play with your kids. And to have fun with your friends. And to have something to say about your life at the end, other than ‘I had a flat stomach,'” she added.

Jamil later went on to celebrate the ad’s initial removal.

A representative for Flat Tummy Co. did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Hilary Duff publicly blasts neighbor on social media, faces possible legal action

ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) — Hilary Duff, star of the TV series Younger, apparently took to social media on Wednesday to call out a chain-smoking neighbor, but now she and her boyfriend are facing a possible lawsuit.

The 30-year-old actress reportedly posted a series of videos to her Instagram Story claiming her New York City neighbor smokes cigarettes and weed nonstop, and that his actions are stinking up her apartment.

“Calling all New Yorkers with a****** neighbors. Really open to any advice you have. My neighbor smokes cigarettes and weed all night long. My apartment reeks. Seriously, what do I do?” Duff said in the first video, according to E! Online.

“We know your parents pay your rent. We know you’ve never worked a day in your life. Must be nice,” she reportedly continued. “Have some respect for your neighbors who work hard to live in that building. Don’t be a d***, dude. And put your trash down the shoot.”

Then, says the entertainment website, the Lizzie McGuire alum wrote, “Slept 0 minutes last night…worked 15 hours yesterday and back at work again at 5:30 am. This is the real world…Your smoking ain’t delicious.”

Duff also posted a screenshot of the neighbor’s alleged Instagram account with the text “found youuu.”

The neighbor, Dieter Addison, admits he’s a chain smoker but claims he’s sober and doesn’t smoke marijuana. He tells the New York Post he’s hired an attorney, saying he’s getting “hate mail and threats” from Duff’s fans, and is “scared for his life.”

He further claims he called the police on Duff’s boyfriend, Matthew Koma, after he “barged in and tried to punch me in the face.”

Addison filed a full police report with the First Precinct after NYPD officers took down his complaint at the scene, the newspaper reports.

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Empire is saved…for now in this week’s episode, “Bloody Noses & Crack’d Crowns”

Chuck Hodes/Fox Broadcasting Co.(LOS ANGELES) — This week’s episode of Empire, titled “Bloody Noses & Crack’d Crowns,” finds Lucious and Cookie fighting to save Empire from the evil clutches of Eddie. Here are some other highlights from the show: 

— Empire throws a “rent party” in order to raise money to save the label and usurp Eddie’s grand plans to takeover the company. 

— Hakeem and his new girlfriend Haven’s relationship makes Tiana jealous, especially when Tiana sees them performing together onstage at the Empire rent party. Haven eventually tells Hakeem that she has go to back to her real boyfriend, but should he ever need to make Tiana jealous again, he knows where to find her.  

 Andre appears to be in cahoots with Eddie and Anika, but is really cooking up a master plan to help his parents.

— Lucious finds out about Jamal’s band.  

— Eddie convinces Andre to shut down the Xstream server. Andre tells Lucious and Cookie what he had to do and that he put a timer on the server for their sake.

— Blake exposes his racist father and gains back respect from Lucious and Hakeem. 

— Cookie is officially done with Tiana and her attitude.

— Jamal asks Tori and the rest of his collective to perform at the rent party in order to help save Empire. 

— Cookie and Lucious raise over $75 million dollars, effectively saving Empire.  

— After Cookie and Lucious spend a passionate night together, Eddie and Giselle pay the two a home visit  Eddie threatens Lucious, by pulling out a scarf that Lucious wore the night he had Shyne murdered. Eddie says that if Lucious does not withdraw his bid for Empire, he’s taking the scarf as evidence to the police. 

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen welcome baby number two

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for City Harvest(LOS ANGELES) — Congratulations go out to singer/actor John Legend and his model wife, Chrissy Teigen, who welcomed their second child — a baby boy.

Teigen tweeted the news late Wednesday night, writing, “Somebody’s herrrrrrre!” followed by a series of baby bottle emojis. Legend retweeted the message on his Twitter page.

Their newborn son joins the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Luna.

Apparently, the baby, whose name hasn’t been revealed, came a little sooner than expected — Chrissy revealed June as the due date when she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back February.

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Kenya Barris adds Fox divorce-comedy film and Freeform TV

ABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — Kenya Barris is staying busy.

In addition to the recent announcement of the Uptown Saturday Night remake starring Kevin Hart, which Barris is set to write, the black-ish creator has also snagged a new film and TV series.

Deadline has learned Barris has signed on to write and produce a divorce-comedy film for 20th Century Fox. The as-yet untitled project is described as a “gritty, pull-no-punches comedy” that focuses on a family dealing with divorce. According to Deadline, the script will be based on Barris’ real-life experiences.

In addition to his upcoming film projects, Barris has also snagged another comedy at Freeform. The series, called Besties, follows two lifelong best friends who lean on each other to get through difficult times as they figure out who they are. The half-hour sitcom is said to explore sitcom explores friendship, identity, race and class.

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