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Ryan Reynolds talks “Deadpool 2”, and his daughter’s budding career as singer

ABC(NEW YORK) — Hours after the New York premiere of Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds stopped by Good Morning America to talk about the new film, his life as a father to two girls, and more.

With the bar set set so high after the success of the first movie in 2016, Reynolds said he’s happy that most of the initial reviews for Deadpool 2 have been positive because he has an “unquenchable thirst for approval.” He said the acclaim is a reflection of the work everyone involved in the movie did.

“It’s the role of a lifetime for me,” Reynolds said of his potty-mouthed hero.

The role of a lifetime needed the soundtrack of a lifetime, and Deadpool 2 went for a legend in Celine Dion. Her new song for the film is called “Ashes” and also features Reynolds’ character in the music video.

While thinking about whom they could sign on for the soundtrack, Reynolds said he thought about who had the last great ballad for a movie. What immediately came to mind was Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic.

“So, I wrote her a letter,” he revealed. “Somehow, some way, she said, ‘Yes.'”

But Dion may have some competition if and when Deadpool 3 arrives because Reynolds may have a budding singer at home. The father of two girls with wife Blake Lively recently found out his daughter James was featured in the Taylor Swift song, “Gorgeous.”

“That was a voice memo that ended up on a song,” he said. “My daughter has a terrible ego problem after that.”

Even with the ego, Reynolds is happy to be wrapping up promotion for the film so he can “get a couple weeks just to be a dad.”

“I’m excited to stay put for a min,” he told GMA.

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Writer Tom Wolfe, author of “The Right Stuff”, “The Bonfire of the Vanities”, dead at 88

Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImageAuthor Tom Wolfe, whose novels The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities were made into feature films, has died at age 88. 

Wolfe’s agent confirmed his passing to ABC News, saying he died Monday in a Manhattan hospital after being admitted for an infection.

Trained as a journalist, Wolfe was equally adept at non-fiction and fiction in a career that spanned over half a century.  He first came to wide notice with the 1968 novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, an account of counterculture icon Ken Kesey and friends, aka the Merry Pranksters, traveling the country in their painted bus and the adventures they experienced .  The novel featured Wolfe himself as a subjective participant and is celebrated as one of the seminal examples of what came to be known as New Journalism.

The Right Stuff, Wolfe’s 1979 account of the early days of the U.S. space program and the test pilots recruited for it, remains his best-selling work.  It was made into a film in 1983 that lost money at the box office — perhaps due to its more than three-hour run time — but was a critical and Oscar-winning hit that was included in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry five years ago.

Wolfe’s other big-screen adaptation, the 1990 comedy The Bonfire of the Vanities, was based on his 1987 novel about amorality and excess in 1980s New York City.  Starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith, it was a commercial and critical flop.

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Watch now: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in First “Bohemian Rhapsody” trailer

Credit: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”; courtesy Twentieth Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) — The first trailer for the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has dropped, finally giving us our first really good look at Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as Mercury.  And so far, it all looks very promising.

Set mostly to a mash-up of Queen hits laid over the bass line from “Another One Bites the Dust,” the one-minute thirty-second trailer gives us plenty of shots of Malek and the rest of the cast re-creating some of Queen’s most memorable performances, as well as peeks of off-stage scenes of the band coming together, achieving stardom, squabbling, and yes, writing and recording their magnum opus, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“It goes on forever!  Six bloody minutes!” complains a record exec about the operatic section.

“I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever,” Rami’s Mercury fires back.

It’s easy to get the music right — you just play the originals — so the big question is how do the actors playing the band look?  From the glimpses we get of them, the answer is they look pretty good.  We’ve already seen a promo pic of Rami as Mercury, released some time ago.  Now we get to see more of Malek, as well as of Joseph Mazzello as bassist John Deacon, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, and Gwilym Lee as guitarist Brian May and his hair.

Bohemian Rhapsody opens November 2.

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Netflix renews “Lost in Space”; gives go-ahead to “Shape of Water” Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro for horror series “10 After Midnight”

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix announced on Monday that it has renewed its Lost in Space reboot for a second season, and has touted a new partnership with The Shape of Water‘s Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro.

Lost in Space — starring Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Maxwell Jenkins, Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell, Ignacio Serricchio and Parker Posey — is a modern take on the classic 1960s sci-fi series. Set 30 years in the future, the Robinson family, chosen to colonize a new planet, veer off course and are forced to survive in an alien environment.

The streaming service also revealed on Monday that it has partnered with The Shape of Water filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to produce its first original horror anthology series, Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight — a collection of personally curated stories from the Academy Award-winning writer/producer/director. Del Toro also created the Emmy Award-winning computer-animated series Trollhunters, returning for its third season May 25 on Netflix.

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Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding & Josh Norman are heading to the “DWTS: Athletes” finale

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — The Dancing with the Stars: Athletes finale is set: figure skater Tonya Harding and partner Sasha Farber, NFL star Josh Norman and partner Sharna Burgess, and figure skater Adam Rippon and partner Jenna Johnson will all compete for the Mirror Ball trophy next Monday night on ABC.

The night ended with the brutal elimination of three couples: luger Chris Mazdzer and partner Witney Carson, Jennie Finch Daigle and partner Keo Motsepe and Mirai Nagasu and partner Alan Bersten.

This week was “MVP Week,” as the contestants all dedicated individual dances to their own “Most Valuable Persons.”  That was followed by “Ballroom Battles,” where two couples each faced off against each other, doing the same dance simultaneously.

Also this week, contestants got some help from guest mentors and a guest judge, all former athletes who’d competed on past seasons.  Season 24 runner-up, baseball star David Ross, served as a fourth judge, while the Ballroom Battle couples were mentored by season 18 champ and Olympic skater Meryl Davis, season 22 contestant and football star Von Miller, and season 20 semi-finalist and Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin.

Here’s a recap of the night’s dances and scores:

Mirai chose her mother as her MVP. She and Alan did a quickstep to “Bo$$” by Fifth Harmony.  The judges all approved of the performance, though Mirai was criticized for her posture at times.  Carrie Ann Inaba showed off her language skills by telling Mirai’s mom that her daughter had done well…in Japanese. Score: 35/40

Jennie chose her husband Casey as her MVP. She and Keo performed a romantic Viennese Waltz to TimMcGraw and Faith Hill’s “The Rest of Our Lives.” Carrie Ann said she wished the competition was longer so Jennie would have more room to grow and improve each week. Score: 29/40

Chris chose his mom, a Dancing with the Stars superfan, as his MVP.  He and Witney performed a show-stopping foxtrot to “I’ve Got Rhythm,” which featured them dancing on top of a piano and doing choreography with hats.  At the end, Chris’ mom joined in.  Carrie Ann was booed when she said she’d ding the couple for sneaking in a lift, which they argued was more of a “catch.” Score: 33/40

Tonya chose her late father, who passed away nine years ago, as her MVP, and spoke about how much she missed him.  At the end of their emotional rumba to “See You Again” by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa, Tonya was literally in tears. Score: 33/40

Adam chose his mother as his MVP.  He and Jenna dancing a stunning contemporary dance to “O,” the Coldplay song he skated to in the Olympics.  The bird-themed performance actually started out inside a giant birdcage.  Carrie Ann called the dance “perfection, while Bruno Tonioli said it was a “masterpiece.” All the judges except Len Goodman gave the couple 10s. Score: 39/40

Josh chose his four brothers as his MVPs.  He and Sharna danced a contemporary number to Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.”  The judges loved it, with David Ross calling it “smooth” and “beautiful.” Score: 36/40

Once the partner dances were complete, the Ballroom Battles began.  The winning couple from each pairing received two extra points. Here’s what happened:

Jennie and Keo danced the cha-cha against Tonya and Sasha.  The judges voted to give the points to Tonya and Sasha, though America’s vote, displayed on the “Passionmeter,” showed that viewers preferred Jennie & Keo, with 60% of the vote.

Best friends Adam and Mirai faced off against each other, each performing a super-energetic jive.  The judges were tied, so America’s vote was used to determine the winner.  It was Adam and Jenna, with 64%.

Josh and Sharna then went up against Chris and Witney, dancing a salsa.  Both men ripped off their shirts and showed off their sexy moves, and at first, it appeared to be a tie.  Then it was revealed that David Ross had mistakenly voted for Chris and Witney when he meant to vote for Josh and Sharna, so they got the points, though America preferred Chris and Witney, with 55%.

At the end of the show, the first couple to be announced as finalists was Adam and Jenna, followed by Tonya and Sasha and, finally, Josh and Sharna.

The finale of Dancing with the Stars: Athletes airs next Monday night on ABC.

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“The Voice” recap: The top eight artists perform for a spot in the finals

Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The semifinals kicked off on Monday’s edition of The Voice, an episode that saw the remaining eight artists compete for America’s vote, advised by their coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson.

The eight semifinalists each performed a song on his or her own, and a duet with another artist.

Here are the highlights of Monday night’s show:

Brynn Cartelli, the 15-year-old representing Team Kelly, kicked off the show by singing Andra Day’s version of “What the World Needs Now is Love,” the classic popularized in the 1960s by Jackie DeShannon. She got a standing ovation from the coaches, including Kelly, who called Brynn’s performance “epic and beautiful and tasteful.”

Next, Team Kelly’s Kaleb Lee paired up with Pryor Baird, from Blake’s team, for a version of Shelton’s 2011 hit “Hillbilly Bone.”

Team Alicia’s Jackie Foster tackled Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” Afterwards, Alicia praised Jackie for owning the song and making it her own.

The next duet featured Team Blake’s Kyla Jade and Spensha Baker delivering a mash-up of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

Team Adam’s last remaining artist, Rayshun LaMarr, known for his dynamic stage presence, left that behind and put his voice front and center with a gospel spin on John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The performance brought the coaches to their feet, with Adam declaring that Rayshun delivered an “inspired” version of the song that would make Lennon proud.

Spensha Baker returned with a soulful version of Maren Morris’ “My Church.” Her coach Blake thought Spensha knocked it out of the park, explaining “everything she’s been holding back this entire season, the dam just broke on this stage.”

Blake’s big-voiced artist Kyla Jade followed, pulling out all the stops for what Blake described as an “epic” performance of The Beatles’ Let It Be.” Alicia, shown on her feet and waving her arms in the air during the song, called it “a stellar, superstar, iconic performance.” Blake, who noted earlier that “the finale is sometimes won in the semifinals,” declared Kyla “may have just won The Voice.”

Next, Brynn Cartelli returned, this time joined by Britton Buchannon, from Alicia’s team, for a mash-up of The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “FourFiveSeconds,” by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney.

Team Kelly’s country singer Kaleb Lee returned for his solo performance, the inspirational gospel standard “It Is Well with My Soul.” Clarkson was pleased with the performance, declaring Lee “killed it.”

Jackie Verna and Rayshun LaMarr followed for a duet on a pair of Imagine Dragons’ hits “Believer” and “Radioactive.”

Blues rocker Pryor Baird then took the stage for his solo performance: Eric Clapton’s “Change the World.” Afterwards, his coach, Blake Shelton, praised the artist for being a great guy, as well as a great singer.

Britton Buchanan closed out the night with his solo performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising.” Britton’s coach, Alicia Keys, was not only happy with the performance, but with the 18-year-old’s growth throughout the competition.

The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Kevin Hart in talk to star in “Uptown Saturday Night” remake from “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Hart is in talks to bring his comedic chops to a remake of a classic film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hart has been tapped to star in a remake of Uptown Saturday Night. The original 1974 film starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby as two friends who navigate the criminal underworld in order to retrieve a winning lottery ticket that was stolen from them. Poitier also directed the film with a young Richard Pryor also snagging a supporting role.

Will Smith, who was previously in talks to star as a lead, is set to produce the film via his Overbrook Entertainment company, while Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, has already penned a recent draft of the movie.

This is the latest project for Hart who is set to star alongside Tiffany Haddish in Night School on September 28.

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CBS picks up Ava DuVernay’s racial drama and comedies from Brandon Micheal Hall and Sheryl Lee Ralph

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) — CBS is bringing some black star power to its fall lineup.

According to The Wrap, CBS has picked up the racial drama from Ava DuVernay titled The Red Line. The series, which will center on three different families, follows what happens after a white cop shoots a black doctor. It will star Noah Wyle Emayatzy Corinealdi, Howard Charles and Aliyah Royale.

CBS has also given the green-light to a new comedy starring Brandon Micheal Hall. The series, entitled God Friended Me, follows Hall’s character Miles, an outspoken atheist whose life changes dramatically when he’s “friended” by God on Facebook. After his holy encounter, he helps to change the lives and destinies of others around him. Scandal alum Joe Morton has also been cast in the series.

Sheryl Lee Ralph is also set to make a comeback thanks to CBS. Ralph, who will guest star on season two of Claws, will help headline the upcoming CBS comedy, Fam. The series will follow a woman whose “upstanding life with her new fiancé” falls apart after her younger “train wreck half-sister” moves in with her to escape their equally outlandish father.

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Karrueche Tran shares her honest and “real” female perspective in “The Honor List”

2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) — Karrueche Tran is channeling her inner teenager in the Zoe Saldana-executive-produced film The Honor List.

The film, which centers around four high schools students who decide to honor their dead friend’s bucket list, stars Tran as Sophie, an 18-year-old virgin. Tran tells ABC Radio she really felt the need to research for the role — which included reading high school centered books — since she was almost the complete opposite of her character.

“I’m 29 years old,” Tran says. “The last time I’ve been in high school was years ago. And Karrueche as a teenager is very different from Sophie. So, I wanted to really wrap my head around Sophie’s character and who she is.”

In addition to her dynamic character, Tran explains that the female-centered film provides an authentic female perspective. Tran says its honest narrative is what makes the film so relatable and real.

“This movie is from a female’s perspective,” Tran says. “So… it’s our job to accurately relay that narrative to the world. Because if there’s a male director– he doesn’t know what’s going on in a girl’s head. He doesn’t know those situations where you’re with your friends… the sleepovers and the things they do when they talk about.”

She continues, “And that’s very important that we… represent our real world and our reality.” 

The Honor List , which also stars Meghan RienksSasha Pieterse and Arden Cho, is now available on digital, and comes out on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand on Tuesday.

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Actress Margot Kidder, Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in “Superman”, dead at 69

Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images(MONTANA) — Margot Kidder, best-known for playing Lois Lane in Richard Donner’s landmark 1978 film Superman, has died. ABC News has confirmed that the 69-year-old actress passed away at her Livingston, Montana home on Sunday. A rep tells ABC that she died “peacefully in her sleep.”

No cause of death has been determined.

Born Margaret Ruth Kidder, the actress played Lane in three Superman films opposite the late Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel.  She also appeared in the 1979 horror classic The Amityville Horror, and continued working both in voiceover and on camera, in addition to making comic convention appearances. 

In 1996, Kidder made headlines when she was placed in psychiatric care following a severe mental health lapse that found her disheveled and hiding in a neighbor’s yard. She subsequently became an avid spokesperson for people suffering from bipolar disorder, which had plagued her for years. 

Kidder was due to attend the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois in June and also had three projects in the works, according to IMDB.

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