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Disney responds to Peter Dinklage's criticism of live-action 'Snow White' film

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Another live-action reimagining of a Disney classic, the forthcoming remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, has struck a sour note with actor Peter Dinklage, who flamed it on a recent episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast

The Game of Thrones veteran, who stands four feet, five inches tall, expressed, "Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback [when] they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. But you're still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

The project will star West Side Story's Rachel Zegler as Snow White, and Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.

"Take a step back and look at what you're doing there," Dinklage vented. "It makes no sense to me."

The Cyrano lead added, "You're progressive in one way, but then you're still making that f***ing backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together. What the f*** are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I'm not loud enough..."

In response, ABC News' parent company Disney issued a statement about the project that reads, "To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community."

The statement continues, "We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period."

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"It's a dicey situation" -- Queen Latifah sounds off on 'The Equalizer' and her former co-star Chris Noth

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Following sexual assault allegations made against him late last year -- allegations he strenuously denied -- actor Chris Noth was cut from the ...And Just Like That finale, and lost his role on CBS' The Equalizer

His former co-star Queen Latifah just broke her silence over the situation on People magazine's People (the TV Show), about what will happen to Noth's former CIA agent William Bishop on the show. 

"It's still surreal," Latifah told Julie Moran. "It is such a dicey, delicate situation that requires a great deal of respect."

Of the controversy, the actress and recording artist said only, "That's a personal thing that he's going to have to deal with."

As for the CBS series, Latifah said, "Chris' character's obviously a big part of the show and it was amazing chemistry, amazing chemistry. And my feeling is justice has to prevail regardless. I just want the right things to be done, you know?"

She added, "We are figuring out what we want to do creatively on the show and how we’re going to deal with that character."

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Director Matt Reeves on Kurt Cobain and "The Batman": "[Bruce Wayne] is a kind of drug addict"

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The Batman director Matt Reeves has further explained how the film's version of the Caped Crusader is influenced by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

In an interview with Esquire UK, Reeves details how the Nevermind song "Something in the Way," which plays in the trailer for The Batman, is "part of the voice of that character."

"When I considered, 'How do you do Bruce Wayne in a way that hasn't been seen before?' I started thinking, 'What if some tragedy happened...and this guy becomes so reclusive, we don't know what he's doing? Is this guy some kind of wayward, reckless, drug addict?'" Reeves shares.

"And the truth is that [Wayne] is a kind of drug addict," the filmmaker adds. "His drug is his addiction to this drive for revenge. He's like a Batman Kurt Cobain."

Reeves previously told Empire magazine that he was reminded of the 2005 Gus Van Sant film Last Days, a fictional film that's loosely based on Cobain's death, while working on The Batman.

"I started making this connection to Gus Van Sant's Last Days, and the idea of this fictionalized version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor," Reeves said.

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson in the title role, premieres in theaters March 4. The cast also features Zoë KravitzPaul Dano and Jeffrey Wright.

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Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson to star in 'Father Stu' for Sony Pictures

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Sony Pictures has announced plans to launch the based-on-real-life drama Father Stu in April, starring Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg.

The Daddy's Home series co-stars are reuniting for a very different film: It's based on the life story of boxer-turned-priest Father Stuart Long, "whose journey from self-destruction to redemption inspired countless people along the way," according to the studio. 

Oscar-nominated Wahlberg stars as the titular pugilist priest, while Oscar winner Gibson plays a supporting role, along with Academy Award-nominated Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jacki Weaver.

The film, from screenwriter and first-time director Rosalind Ross, the mother of Gibson's youngest son, Lars, opens Friday, April 15, which not coincidentally is Good Friday, according to the Christian calendar.

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Disney+ turning 'Percy Jackson' books into a series

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Disney+ has announced a long-in development series based on Rick Riordan's bestselling Percy Jackson books is coming to be. Well, specifically, Riordan himself announced it. 

The wait is over, demigods," Riordan delared in a video. "I am thrilled to be the first to tell you that Percy Jackson and the Olympians is really, truly, and for sure coming to your screens."

The series follows the titular hero, a 12-year-old who finds out he's actually the son of Greek god Poseidon. Accused of stealing a lightning bolt from Zeus himself, Percy goes on a quest to recover it.

While a pair of films were made from the books -- Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief in 2010 and 2013's Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters -- the new series is apparently sticking closer to the age range of the hero and his demi-godly friends. While they were financial successes, Riordan was not a fan of the movies, to put it mildly.

James Bobin is directing the pilot Riordan is writing, the author explains, noting Bobin called the shots on the first installment of Disney+'s The Mysterious Benedict Society, "which I love," Riordan admits. "James knows the Percy Jackson books well, his kids are fans," the author explains, saying the show "is in great hands."

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Alec Baldwin seeks to dismiss crew member's lawsuit over 'Rust' shooting

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Attorneys for embattled actor Alec Baldwin argued in court Monday that a judge should toss a lawsuit filed against him by a crew member on his movie Rust

On October 21, 2021, Baldwin discharged a round from a pistol he believed to be unloaded, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza

Mamie Mitchell, the film's former script supervisor, claims in her lawsuit against Baldwin and other crew members that she was standing just a few feet away when he fired the fatal shot. Mitchell, who called 911 from the movie's New Mexico set, alleges she suffered pain and ringing in her ears as well as emotional injuries.

She further alleges that the actor failed to double-check to see if the gun was unloaded, and also accuses the producers of cutting corners, leading to unsafe conditions.

Mitchell's suit also names the movie's armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, and David Halls, the first assistant director who reportedly handed the gun to Baldwin after declaring it "cold," or safe to handle. 

Baldwin's attorneys alleged, in court filings obtained by ABC News, that because the fatal shooting was a workplace accident, Mitchell must seek "recompense" from New Mexico's workers compensation system. 

Further, his lawyers claimed, "nothing about [Mitchell's] allegations suggest that any of Defendants, including Mr. Baldwin, intended the Prop Gun [sic] to be loaded with live ammunition."

It should be noted the Colt revolver wasn't a "prop gun," but a real firearm loaded with a live round.

However, Baldwin's lawyers claim he couldn't have known that.

His attorneys also claimed Mitchell wasn't injured in the incident, and that she, "raced to the courthouse in California… apparently to get her claim in... [before]...the two individuals who were hit by the live round."

An investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.

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Dylan McDermott in after Julian McMahon's exit from 'FBI: Most Wanted'

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Actor Dylan McDermott is jumping from one show from producer Dick Wolf to another, according to Deadline.

The actor, who plays crime boss Richard Wheatley on Law & Order: Organized Crime, is moving to FBI: Most Wanted, days after it was announced that series lead Julian McMahon will be leaving the show in April.

It's not known who McDermott will play on Most Wanted, but with McMahon's team leader Jess LaCroix exiting, it's easy to envision McDermott picking up his mantle.

The trade also reports McDermott will join the CBS series as his time on NBC's L&O winds down. His Organized Crime character was only supposed to appear in the show's inaugural season, but it proved to be so popular as the nemesis to Christopher Meloni's Det. Elliot Stabler that McDermott was given a very "lucrative" deal to shoot eight episodes for the Law & Order spin-off's second season, according to Deadline.

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Rob Gronkowski announces incredible opportunity for NFL fans to watch the Big Game from his home

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Although Rob Gronkowski will not play in this year's Big Game, he's paying it forward to the NFL fans who supported him through another tremendous season.

The Buccaneers tight end teamed with Groupon and is handing the keys to his 4,486 square-foot Foxborough, MA, home over to one lucky fan so they can watch the Big Game in style. Oh, and they can invite up to 15 friends, too.

"I got the whole setup down to perfection at my house," he told ABC Audio, saying it is more than just ensuring his guests have their fill of good, local food and drink.  "We got a pool... we got an indoor bounce house!  We got indoor mini golf.  These experiences are going to be amazing."

Gronk says part of the experience is seeing what it's like to party like a football player.  "Everyone knows me.  I used to party back in the day.  I still have a good time, but obviously, I'm not 22, 23 anymore," he laughs.  "It's going to be popping."

Because he is going over-the-top with his "Party like a Player" experience, he said he wanted the winner to not stress or feel pressure about who to invite. "You're going to be able to bring everyone that you know," promises Gronk. "It's a true party experience."

So, who does he think his guests will watch play on one of his big screen televisions?

"I'm going to go with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Their offense is red hot," said Gronk, noting their intense match against the Buffalo Bills. "And I'm going to say the San Francisco 49ers... That's my prediction." 

Those over 21 and are U.S. residents have until February 2 to enter on Groupon's Party Like a Player website.

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Tiffany Haddish addresses grief and her DUI arrest on 'The Tonight Show'

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Tiffany Haddish appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night, and while other celebrities might have, she didn't shy away from her recent DUI arrest. 

Haddish was arrested on suspicion of DUI early in the morning of January 14, after cops investigated a report of a driver asleep behind the wheel of her car on a Georgia highway.

Haddish told Fallon in the Zoom interview, "I've been praying to God to send me a new man. A good man. And God went ahead and sent me four...in uniform."

Haddish added, "And now I got a really great lawyer, and we're going to work it out. I've got to get my asking of things to God a little better!"

Tiffany explained the last few months have been rough for her, what with her break up from boyfriend Common, and the deaths of both her friend and "mentor" Bob Saget and her grandmother.

"[Saget] was like a big mentor to me, a big brother, a father figure," she explained.

"He meant a lot to me. Funny man. He was the first white man to ever tell me, 'Just be yourself, just be who you are, Tiffany. Don't worry about nothing. Just be you.' That was huge for me."

The Girls Trip star added solemnly, "And then, my grandma passed away, and she saved my life. That's my heart. She was like my soulmate. So that's been... really hard to process, all this...grief."

"My next special is going to be about grief. And it's going to be hilarious," she added, explaining that would help her, "figure out how to process it all."

"Kids get to cry whenever they want to, wherever they want to. As an adult you can't do that," Haddish joked.

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Amy Schneider now has second-longest 'Jeopardy!' winning streak in history

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Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider is officially in second place for consecutive wins on the iconic quiz show with her 39th victory.

Schneider, whose Jeopardy! run began Nov. 17, overtook Matt Amodio's 38-game winning streak with Monday's victory. She is now about halfway to overtaking Ken Jennings' 74-game winning record, which he has held since 2004.

Already the winningest woman in Jeopardy! history, Schneider's total winnings are now $1,319,800, the fourth-highest ever in terms of regular-season play. This puts her in striking territory of Amodio, who earned $1,518,601 last year.

Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, has a ways to go if she wants to overtake the top two Jeopardy! earners, as she is still more than $1 million behind James Holzhauer and Jennings, who won $2,462,216 and $2,520,700, respectively, during their original runs.

In an interview Monday, Schneider told Good Morning America that Jennings is "limited" in what advice he can give her so he can "stay neutral" as host. So, he gives all contestants the same tip: "to relax and have fun and enjoy the moment."

Schneider also said she is looking forward to the next Tournament of Champions, which will see her face off against Amodio. "It's going to be really challenging; a lot of strong players there, but it should be a lot of fun," she said.

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Lady Gaga describes deleted 'House of Gucci' Salma Hayek love scene, "We started making out"

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Lady Gaga is spilling the tea on the House of Gucci love scene with Salma Hayek fans never got to see. 

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday, the Oscar winner admitted that she's not sure who's responsible for cutting the scene from the film, but did reveal how the idea of their characters becoming more than friends came about. 

In the film Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, who hires a hitman to kill her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, with the help of her friend and spiritual advisor, Pina, played by Hayek.

Recalling her conversation with Hayek, Gaga says, "I was like 'Okay, listen. So before we do this scene, I just want your consent to do something together'...And I said 'Okay, so I was thinking, you know, after the hit gets put out on Maurizio and you get the phone call that he is dead, that I will go over to you and kiss you.'"

After getting Hayek on board, the "Rain on Me" singer went to get approval from director Ridley Scott and his wife, who was working production on the film.

"They were like 'Yeah, sure, try it.' And we did it," Gaga explained. "The only reason it's not in the movie is because that whole scene was cut. But it was an awesome scene. "

As for what the scene looked like, the Grammy award winner dished, "So Salma is walking around the house and the cats are following her, and then we're surrounded by cats, and we started making out." 

"I made out with Salma Hayek," she adds. "But I'm like that really annoying kid in school that's like bragging that they made out with the popular girl but has no proof."

 

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In Brief: Duhamel in on 'Mighty Ducks'; Academy highlights Latinx filmmakers, and more

Deadline reports Josh Duhamel has been tapped to star opposite Lauren Graham in season two of Disney+’s The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. He'll will play new character NHL player-turned-coach Gavin Cole in the hockey-themed sequel series. Duhamel replaces Emilio Estevez, who told the outlet he left the series over a contract dispute and creative differences after a bout with long-haul COVID. Duhamel will next be seen starring in NBC’s limited crime drama, The Thing About Pam, alongside Renee Zellweger, premiering March 8...

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday launched Seen, a new series hosted by Argentinean-American journalist, director, writer and producer Nick Barili, who interviews some of the film industry’s most influential Latinx artists and filmmakers, including John Leguizamo, whose segment is available now on the Academy's YouTube page. Upcoming episodes will feature Edward James Olmos visiting students in the Youth Cinema Project program at Los Angeles County’s Bell Gardens Intermediate School and Eva Longoria touring California State University, Northridge, where she received a master’s degree in Chicano Studies in 2013...

Jodie Turner-SmithMark StrongMélanie LaurentKuhoo VermaEnrique ArceTony GoldwynAnnie Mumolo and Zurin Villanueva will join Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, for Murder Mystery 2, according to The Hollywood ReporterAdeel Akhtar and John Kani are also set to reprise their characters from the original 2019 film. Plot details for the sequel are being kept under wraps. Filming is currently underway in Hawaii. The movie became the streaming service’s most watched feature of 2019, according to the streaming service...

Tales of the City and When We Rise actress Ivory Aquino has been cast in the HBO Max feature film Batgirl, according to Variety. She'll play Alysia Yeoh, the best friend of the titular superhero, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon -- played by Leslie Grace. Both Aquino and Yeoh are transgender, marking the first time a live-action feature film adaptation of a DC Comics title will feature an openly trans character. While plot details have been kept under wraps, the film centers on the heroine, whose real identity is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon -- played by J.K. Simmons, reprising his role from Zack Snyder’s Justice LeagueBrendan Fraser will play Firefly, a sociopathic villain with a passion for pyrotechnics. Batgirl is slated for a 2022 release...

 

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'The Bachelor' recap: "The wicked witch is gone," but not the drama

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Monday's episode of The Bachelor began with host Jesse Palmer telling Clayton he could "do whatever you want" with regards to taking back the rose he gave to Cassidy after hearing a rumor that she was dating a guy back home.

When confronted with the rumor, Cassidy initially denied it, before clarifying that the man in question was "a friend" of hers who "does not want a relationship" and she had no interest in resuming it.

Despite her assurances that there was no one in the competition as "excited" about him as she was, Cassidy was sent home.

"The wicked witch is gone," replied Kate, who would soon be gone herself.

But if Cassidy was the Wicked Witch of the East, Shanae, whose aggressive play for Clayton during a group date two weeks ago ended in disappointment, would end up being the Wicked witch of the West.

During a group date on Monday that featured former Baywatch star Nicole Eggert taking some of the ladies through some romantic lifeguard training, Shanae once again tried to grab Clayton's attention by throwing herself at him every chance she got. Once again though, she came up empty as Gabby snagged the date rose.

Finding herself in a "do or die" situation, Shanae escalated her ongoing fight with Elizabeth, telling Clayton that Elizabeth was bullying her and causing the other women to avoid her when they were in the room together. Shanae seemed to acknowledged it was all a show, by bragging to the camera, "I was good!"

Whether the ploy worked or not will be answered on next week's episode.

Elsewhere, Kaitlyn Bristowe made a surprise appearance, leading an emotional date where Clayton and the women opened up about their insecurities, ending with Eliza picking up a rose.

Sarah, who earned a rose after a one-on-one date that featured Becca Kufrin sending her and Clayton on a semi-naked scavenger hunt.

Kate, Ency and Tessa were sent home after the rose ceremony.

The Bachelor returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Kevin Hart's got "more problems" in trailer for new season of 'Real Husbands of Hollywood'

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Kevin Hart is returning to the small screen for a new season of the Real Husbands of Hollywood series that premieres February 10, and he'll be joined by fellow cast members Duane Martin, JB Smoove, Nelly, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe and Robin Thicke.

The new trailer for BET+'s Real Husbands of Hollywood: More Kevin, More Problems just dropped, and once again, Hart and his buddies -- playing fictional versions of themselves -- bring the funny. 

Cynthia McWilliams and Jackie Long return to the cast, to which Michele Weaver and Angela Rye have been added for this go 'round. As usual, the show also boasts a variety of celebrity guests. The trailer alone features Tiffany Haddish, Dr. Phil and Neil DeGrasse Tyson -- who Kevin thinks is Mike Tyson's "astronaut" father.

All six episodes of Real Husbands of Hollywood: More Kevin, More Problems will stream on BET+.

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Sidney Poitier memorial service, 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' to resume production, and more

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Sidney Poitier's memorial service will be private due to the pandemic.

“The Poitier family so appreciates the wonderful outpouring of love, support and affection for Sidney,” reads the family statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “There have been many inquiries about an event to honor his life. At this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, a private memorial service has been arranged for the family with the possibility of a more public memorial service should the virus’ numbers subside in the near future.”

The Guess Who's Coming to Dinner star, who was the first Black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, died on January 6. He was 94. As previously reported, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that Poitier passed away from a combination of cardiopulmonary failure, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s dementia

In other news, production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected to resume Monday, according to Entertainment Weekly. Shooting was halted in November as Letitia Wright, who portrays T'Challa's sister, Shuri, recovered from an injury she sustained while filming a stunt in August. Production was initially scheduled to resume last week, however, it was pushed back after several people involved in the production — including Lupita Nyong'o, who stars as Nakia — tested positive for COVID-19.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to open November 11.

Finally, Kandi Burruss has a new reality show. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, and her husband, Todd Tucker will feature their A-T-L restaurant, OLG, in the new series, Kandi & The Gang. They operate OLG with Kandi’s mother, Joyce, and aunts Nora and Bertha. Kandi & The Gang will premiere on Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

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