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© 2016 Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's more proof of the importance of the Chinese market to movie studios' bottom line, and of the global impact of Hollywood movies in general:  The world premiere of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will take place in Shanghai.

Johnny Depp's fifth cinematic voyage as slurry swashbuckler Captain Jack Sparrow will first be screened following a massive red carpet event at Disneytown at the Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11.  This marks the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in mainland China.

The stars of the film, including Depp, Orlando Bloom, Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem, among others, are expected to attend.

The film, from directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and Pirates series producer Jerry Bruckheimer, opens May 26.

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Elizabeth Moss as Offred in "The Handmaiden's Tale" - Hulu 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the buzziest new shows on Hulu, The Handmaid’s Tale, premieres on the streaming site today. The series, based on the 1985 feminist novel by Margaret Atwood, follows Offred, a woman forced to live in an oppressive society.

Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss stars in the lead role and says she hopes young women learn something from her character’s struggles.

“It’s very much about the hero that kind of lies in all of us and how has nothing to do with special skills or how big you are,” she told ABC Radio at the show’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere Friday. “You can find strength inside yourself that I think you didn’t know you had. And I think that that’s something I learned from it and something that Offred’s learns and I hope young women take away from it.”

The series is full of strong female characters, including Offred’s best friend Moira -- played by Orange Is the New Black actress Samira Wiley. Moira’s toughness serves as inspiration for Offred.

“She is someone that is gonna get knocked down and will rise up every single time,” Wiley says. “The memory of her friendship really bolstered Offred’s character to be able to say, ‘I will survive.’”

In addition to staying close to the novel’s dystopian plot, the series expands upon certain elements from the book. Namely, the character of Nick, played by Max Minghella.

“What’s great about doing a series is you get to expand so much and find out so many things about Nick that we don’t get to learn in the book and he’s a very enigmatic person so I find that really fun to play,” Minghella says. “There’s a lot of different sides to him.”

The first three episodes of the series hit Hulu today, with new ones debuting weekly thereafter.

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Universal - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has enjoyed his best buzz in years thanks to his latest twisty, twisted thriller hit, Split. The movie stars James McAvoy as a creepy kidnapper with multiple personalities. 

But the director who became famous for twist endings pulled off a surprise bigger in Split than the fact that Bruce Willis was dead the whole time in The Sixth Sense.

Some background first: Split features a final scene that shows Willis' character from 2000's semi-superhero movie, Unbreakable, revealing that Split and Unbreakable exist in the same universe -- and giving hope to fans who've wanted to see a sequel to Unbreakable for years. 

The final scene in Split -- which was deliberately withheld from test audiences, so as not to spoil the surprise -- shows Willis' Unbreakable character at a bar, watching a news report about McAvoy's character. Willis also references Mr. Glass, the brittle-boned villain played by Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable

Shyamalan tells The Hollywood Reporter that the twist wasn't an add-on: it was 15 years in the making. "This was always part of the Unbreakable world," Shyamalan said, adding McAvoy's "Kevin Wendle Crumb was a part of the original, original script for Unbreakable," but Shyamalan cut him out.

"I wanted to do a movie about him because I just loved him so much, and I thought it's a rich world for storytelling, so I was super, super excited to finally make it," said Shyamalan.  "My hope is to make a movie that combines the two."

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Emma Watson in "The Circle"; STX Financing LLC(NEW YORK) -- Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson talks about the ups and downs of fame with actress Jessica Chastain in the latest edition of Interview, and why you're odds of getting a picture with the Harry Potter alum aren't very good.

"If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they've created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters," she says. "They can see what I'm wearing and who I'm with. I just can't give that tracking data."

What the 27-year-old actress offers instead is her time. "I'll say, 'I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have," she insists, "but I just can't do a picture.'"

However, there are exceptions notes Watson, explaining, "I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone's freakin' week? Children I don't say no to, for example."

Watson stars opposite Tom Hanks in the sci-fi drama The Circle, opening nationwide on Friday. 

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GP Images/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Director Jonathan Demme, whose body of work included rock documentaries, quirky cult classics and Oscar-winning hits, has died.  He was 73.

In a statement, Demme's rep told ABC News that the director died early this morning in New York City, surrounded by his wife and their three children. He died from complications from esophageal cancer.  There will be private family funeral.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Americans For Immigrant Justice in Miami, FL. 

Like many future Oscar winners, Demme got his start working for B-movie king Roger Corman, directing Corman's 1971 biker movie Angels Hard as They Come.  That was followed by other B-movies, such as Caged Heat and Crazy Mama.

Demme went on to helm such quirky 1980s movies as Melvin and Howard, Married to the Mob and Something Wild, but was also behind the camera for the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert film and documentary Stop Making Sense.  That led to Demme's parallel career as a director of concert movies and documentaries, among them Swimming to Cambodia, three Neil Young concert movies and, most recently, 2016's Justin Timberlake the Tennessee Kids.

In the '90s, Demme's career really took off when he directed the Oscar-winning movies The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia.  Silence of the Lambs was only the third film in history to win Oscars in all five top categories: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Adapted Screenplay.

Demme's work since included the critically-acclaimed Anne Hathaway film Rachel Getting Married, and the 2015 Meryl Streep comedy Ricki and the Flash.

Demme recently completed a multi-media presentation for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which incorporates footage from all the induction ceremonies over the years.

In a statement, Philadelphia star Tom Hanks said, "Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men."

Ricki & the Flash star Meryl Streep said in a statement, "A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man -- in full embrace in his life of people in need -- and of the potential of art, music, poetry and film to fill that need -- a big loss to the caring world."

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Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Snacks, classic tunes and space aliens?  Where do we sign up?

Frito-Lay's teaming up with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to present -- wait for it -- a Doritos bag with a built-in "retro cassette tape deck-inspired player" into which you plug a pair of headphones to listen to the entire Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack.

That's right -- a bag of chips that also plays tunes. 

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Due out this Friday, the soundtrack includes songs from Electric Light Orchestra, Sweet, Fleetwood Mac, Sam Cooke, George Harrison and others.  Friday's also when you can buy one of the custom bags for yourself via Amazon.com/Doritos.

Awesome Mix Vol. 1 -- featuring classic hits from Blue Swede, David Bowie, Redbone, The Raspberries, Jackson 5 and more -- topped both the Billboard album chart and the soundtracks chart, and Vol. 2 is expected to do the same.  

Doritos is also sponsoring special "Rock Out Loud" pop-up recording booths in New York and Los Angeles May 5th, the day Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens, where fans can win prizes by singing their favorite song from the soundtrack.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

Here's the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix 2 track list:

 "Mr. Blue Sky" -- Electric Light Orchestra
"Fox on the Run" -- Sweet
"Lake Shore Drive" -- Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
"The Chain" -- Fleetwood Mac
"Bring It On Home to Me" -- Sam Cooke
"Southern Nights" -- Glen Campbell
"My Sweet Lord" -- George Harrison
"Brandy You're a Fine Girl" -- Looking Glass
"Come a Little Bit Closer" -- Jay and the Americans
"Wham Bang Shang-a-Lang" -- Silver
"Surrender" -- Cheap Trick
"Father and Son" -- Yusuf / Cat Stevens
"Flashlight" -- Parliament
"Guardians Inferno" -- The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeff Goldblum is on board for the next Jurassic World film, according to Variety

Goldblum played chaos mathematician Ian Malcolm in 1993’s Jurassic Park, and again in 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but sat out Jurassic World

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel. Goldblum will be seen next in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, opening nationwide in November.

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NBC/Paul Drinkwater(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 12 artists who performed Monday learned that Troy Ramey, from Gwen Stefani’s team, was sent home.

Rainey was eliminated on a one-hour results show. He lost an "Instant Save" vote to Team Adam Levine’s Mark Isaiah.

There are now 11 artists remaining in the competition, including those of Teams Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys.

At the top of the show, Carson Daly announced the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, benefiting those impacted by gun violence and families affected by breast cancer. Grimmie was the season-6 finalist, representing Adam‘s team, who was shot to death following a concert in Orlando, Florida in June of 2016.

With Christina’s family watching from the audience, Adam led his current team in an emotional performance of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” Afterwards, Daly remarked, “Christina, we feel your spirit here at The Voice every single day and we love you dearly.”

Prior to the vote, Ramey and Isaiah sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Ramey performed “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray, and Isaiah covered “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.

The results show also featured Blake joining his team for a group performance of John Lennon’s “Crippled Inside.”

The evening also included G-Eazy performing his single “Good Life,” from the movie The Fate of the Furious.

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

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"Star Wars: Episode XIII - The Last Jedi"/Lucasfilm - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII, aka The Last Jedi, just arrived a couple weeks ago, but we already know when Episode IX will be hitting theaters.

The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm announced that the ninth chapter of the Star Wars saga will arrive in theaters May 24, 2019.  Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the movie will be the final chapter in the latter-day Star Wars trilogy that began with The Force Awakens. 

As previously reported, the late Carrie Fisher will not appear in Episode IX, either via stock footage or digital recreation, but she will be in The Last Jedi.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited new chapter in the Indiana Jones saga will hit theaters July 10, 2020.  Steven Spielberg is back in the director's chair, while Harrison Ford will return as the intrepid whip-cracking archeologist.

Speaking of Harrison Ford, the stand-alone Star Wars film exploring the youth of his character, Han Solo, will come out May 25, 2018.

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Getty Images/Ron Galella(LOS ANGELES) -- Scott Baio posted a heartfelt goodbye to his Happy Days co-star Erin Moran after her death over the weekend, but was then attacked online for doing a radio interview in which he seemed to blame drugs for her death.  In fact, she died of cancer, and now, he's defending himself.

During the interview, Baio said, "I’m...not completely shocked that this happened," he said during the interview. "...For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die."

Writing on Facebook, Baio explained, "I was asked ONLY about Erin's troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it. THIS WAS BEFORE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED..."

He added, "Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me...They're stating that I'm saying drugs caused her to die after it was reported stage 4 cancer. This is so wrong! Now I truly understand the meaning of 'Fake News.'"

Baio also says he believes some of the backlash is due to him being a Trump supporter

On Tuesday, Baio posted a message from Moran's widower Steve Fleischmann, who'd asked the actor to pass along the information for him.  In the message, he detailed how quickly the disease killed her. 

"She was feeling fine on our anniversary [last November]," wrote Felischman.  However, she subsequently went from finding a spot of blood on her pillow to being diagnosed with cancer less than a month later.

On April 22nd, Fleischmann recalled, "she was not feeling 100%." He said he watched TV with her in bed while holding her hand.  When he woke up an hour later, he says, "she was gone."

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20th Century Fox - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- 20th Century Fox has released the official trailer for the sequel to its massive 2014 sleeper hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. The peek at director Matthew Vaughn's second go 'round, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, sees Taron Egerton's newly minted super-spy, Eggsy, returning to the Kingsman HQ -- only to see it obliterated by a missile. 

Eggsy and his former trainer, Mark Strong's Merlin, find themselves in the U.S., where they team up with The Statesman -- an American version of their veddy British spy group.

The cowboy-themed group features Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal. Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Colin Firth also star -- the latter's appearance something of a surprise to Eggsy and Merlin, given that Firth's character, Harry Hart, was (spoiler alert) apparently shot and killed by Samuel L. Jackson's character in the first film.  

Elton John also appears in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but he's not seen in the new trailer, which makes great use of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as its soundtrack.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, due out September 22.

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ABC/Paul Hebert(LOS ANGELES) -- While talking to Good Morning America following Monday night's shocking elimination, Glee veteran Heather Morris revealed there was an attempted break-in at the home of her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his fellow pro and fiancée, Peta Murgatroyd.

"They had some sort of run-in with some man near their house trying to break in, but the police were there,” Morris told GMA's Lara Spencer. "They took care of it. So they’re safe and Peta’s okay." 

"Yeah, that little baby!" Spencer said of the dancers' child. "That's terrifying." 

The incident put the elimination in perspective -- although Heather and Maks received a perfect score, they were voted off. "I was just happy to be there," Morris said. "When it happened, I was just like, 'It it what it is.'" 

She added, "I just had a great time." 


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Courtesy Buchanan County Sheriff's Office(BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa) -- Former The Bachelor star Chris Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death.

According to the Buchanan County, Iowa Sheriff's Department, on Monday night they "received a 911 report of a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 blk of Slater Avenue north of Aurora.  At this time, one fatality has been confirmed."

Although the statement didn't specifically name Soules, an arrest report provided to ABC News shows he was been charged with an accident at the same location and time, just before 8:30 p.m.

"Christopher Douglas Soules was involved in the motor vehicle collision which resulted in a fatality," the report states. "Christopher Soules left the scene of the motor vehicle collision. Soules did not return to and remain at the scene of the accident."

The arrest report also states Soules "possessed alcoholic beverages/containers," but does not address whether they were open, nor whether Soules may have been intoxicated.

ABC TV affiliate KCRG in Cedar Rapids reports the Iowa State Patrol says a pickup truck rear-ended a tractor, with both then careening into opposite roadside ditches.  TMZ reports Soules was driving the pickup, and the tractor driver died at hospital.

In a statement later in the day on Tuesday, Soules' rep told ABC News, "Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) in a rural part of Iowa near his home. He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away.  His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher's family.”

The 36-year-old farmer from Arlington, Iowa starred in the 19th season of ABC's The Bachelor in 2015, after placing third on The Bachelorette the previous year.  He also competed in season 20 of Dancing with the Stars.

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Getty Images/Patricia Schlein,Star Max(NEW YORK) --  Bill O'Reilly is "sad" that he is no longer hosting his O'Reilly Factor program on Fox News, but says, in the wake of the sexual harassment claims that drove him from his spot in front of the camera, that he is "confident the truth will come out."

The conservative commentator made his first spoken comments since being fired last week on his No Spin News podcast Monday. O'Reilly admitted he was "surprised" how the situation transpired while he was on vacation in Italy last week, but did not delve into many details.

O'Reilly has denied all allegations.

"I can't say a lot because there's much stuff going on right now," said O'Reilly at the top of the podcast. "But I can tell you I'm very confident the truth will come out and when it does, I don't know if you're going to be surprised, but I think you're going to be shaken as I am."

"There's a lot of stuff involved here," he continued.

Fox News' decision to dismiss O'Reilly came in the aftermath of an April 1 New York Times report which described settlements he reached with five women who accused him of harassment. O'Reilly has denied the misconduct claims levied against him.

On Monday's podcast, O'Reilly pledged to maintain his four-day-per-week podcasting schedule, broadcasting in the format he has used for years in addition to his television work.

Continuing in the podcasting sphere may prove lucrative for O'Reilly. A 2016 study by the Pew Research Center revealed that some 21 percent of Americans who were 12 or older listened to a podcast during the previous month. That was up from 12 percent in 2013.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, it was the men versus the women for the first ever Boy Bands vs. Girl Groups night, with the remaining eight stars strutting their stuff to popular vocal groups. Appropriately, Season 21 runner-up Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys sat in for Julianne Hough as a guest judge.

It was an exciting night filled with splashy performances but the up-tempo theme was overshadowed by the shocking elimination of Glee star Heather Morris.

Morris, a consistently strong performer who has also worked as a backup dancer for Beyoncé, earned the first perfect score of the season with her returning partner Maks Chmerkovskiy, for their rumba to “Waterfalls” by TLC. Guest judge Nick said that was his favorite dance of the night. But in a jarring twist, at the show’s end Morris was in jeopardy and up for elimination, along with Nancy Kerrigan; and based on the combined tally of judges’ scores and viewer votes, Morris was voted off.

The reaction of the studio audience was deafening as they voiced their disapproval, but Morris handled it with grace and said she was happy to have had the chance to be on the show.

Hot on the heels of her high score was Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei. Kordei and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy enthralled the crowd and wowed the judges with an electrifying salsa number to “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls. Effortlessly sashaying, twisting, kicking and gyrating around a faux construction site, Kordei continued to mesmerize with her dancing. Judge Bruno Tonioli told Kordei, “You blew my boxes!” She would have had a perfect score but for Len Goodman, who gave her 8 out of 10, for the second-highest score of the night with 38.

Nick “The Bachelor” Viall brought in the lowest score of the evening with a 28 for his jive with partner Peta Murgatroyd to “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys. Of his performance, Goodman said, “I wasn’t picking up good vibrations, if you want to be honest about it.”

The night concluded with team dances as the men faced off against the women.

Viall, Rashad Jennings, David Ross and Bonner Bolton partnered up as Team Boy Band, took off their shirts and danced freestyle to a medley of “Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction. Their moves earned them a 33 out of 40 but Morris, Kerrigan, Kordei and Simone Biles pulled through and beat them by a point with their performance as Team Girl Group in a freestyle to a medley of “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Chiffons, “No Scrubs” by TLC and “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony.

Next week’s show will feature the theme “Night at the Movies,” with the stars trying to capture the spirit of various movie genres.

Monday night’s standout moment:

In spite of some strong individual performances and charm of the team dances, the show was upended by the abrupt elimination of Heather Morris after earning a perfect score earlier in the night.

Monday night’s high scorers:

Heather Morris and  Maksim Chmerkovskiy  – 40

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – 38

Judges’ Scores:

Heather Morris and  Maksim Chmerkovskiy  – 40

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – 38

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – 37

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – 35

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – 33

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – 30

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – 29

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – 28

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday on ABC.

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