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Fishy: Report alleges Johnny Depp tried to get ex Amber Heard fired from 'Aquaman'

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Last month, Johnny Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, claiming she made up abuse allegations that hurt his career.

However, a new suit against the actor's former lawyer alleges that Depp tried to hurt Heard's career, by trying to get her kicked off the global blockbuster Aquaman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp is suing his former attorney Jake Bloom, claiming Bloom gave the actor bad legal advice during his messy split with Heard. But Bloom isn't going quietly, according to the publication, and reportedly wants to depose a host of people who could level damaging testimony against the Pirates of the Caribbean series star.

One of those is disgraced former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara -- who recently left the studio amid a sex scandal. "Sources...say Tsujihara will be asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in 'blacklisting' Heard at Warner Bros.," according to THR.

At the time, Depp was working on the Warner Bros. Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gridelwald.

The allegation states Depp wanted Heard "blacklisted" from the studio -- even though she'd previously played her Aquaman character Mera in Justice League.

Some of the allegations Bloom makes actually seem to track with a Washington Post op-ed Heard wrote late in 2018, in which she made her claims of "domestic abuse."  In the same op-ed, she wrote about about being sabotaged when it came to acting roles.

"A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me," she wrote.  "Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role...in the movies Justice League and Aquaman."

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Woody Harrelson, Jamie Foxx, Marisa Tomei, Will Ferrell & more to stage live performances of classic 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' episodes for ABC

Photo by Ron Eisenberg/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel and legendary TV show creator Norman Lear have tapped major Hollywood talent for upcoming live performances of classic episodes of All In The Family and its spin-off, The Jeffersons.

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" will feature Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker, Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei as his wife Edith and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper as their daughter, Gloria Stivik.

Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will play George Jefferson, Wanda Sykes will play Weezie; Will Ferrell will play their neighbor Tom Willis, and Justina Machado will play Florence, their sassy maid.

This 90-minute special airs live Wednesday, May 22, starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.

The two beloved sitcoms were anything but politically correct -- in an era that predated the term -- and managed to address hot-button issues like racism, divorce, interracial marriage, poverty, politics and even sexual assault.

"They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the '70s and would not work today. We disagree with them and are here to prove, with two great casts depicting All in the Family and The Jeffersons, the timelessness of human nature," Lear said in a statement.

"I cannot wait to see what these glorious performers make in our time of these indelible characters, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Jimmy Kimmel, Sony and ABC for their collective willingness to conceive and pursue this never-been-done-before event."

Kimmel added, "The fact that a group of Oscar winners eagerly agreed to play these iconic characters is a testament to the greatness of these shows and their creator, Norman Lear. To be a part of this is a dream come true for me and for everyone involved."

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'Barry', 'Killing Eve', 'Sesame Street' honored at 2019 Peabody Awards

Jordin Althaus/HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- The AMC drama Killing Eve and HBO's dark comedy Barry, were among the entertainment winners at this year's Peabody Awards.

The annual award ceremony honor the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio, and online media.

Other winners included NBC's comedy The Good Place and FX's musical dance series Pose.

Another FX series, The Americans, which wrapped up its six-season run in May of 2018, was another Peabody recipient.

The long-running PBS series Sesame Street received the Institutional Award for five decades of educating and entertaining children, globally.

A full list can be found here.

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The 'Toy Story' gang contend with a hungry cat in new teaser trailer

Disney/Pixar(LOS ANGELES) -- A new teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 was released on Thursday. Woody, Buzz and the gang's new pal Sporky are off on a vacation, where they meet an old friend and a new nemesis.

The clip shows Woody -- voiced once again by Tom Hanks --meeting up with his old flame Bo Peep -- voiced by Annie Potts. The trip is fraught with danger as well, when the group encounter a toy-chewing cat, who rips up a stuffed toy, as the others watch in terror.

"Is that how we look on the inside?" asks one toy after surveying the carnage.

"So much f-f-f-fluff," adds another in horror.

Toy Story 4 opens nationwide June 21. Disney is the parent company Pixar and ABC News.

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"Fast Color": Lorraine Toussaint explains why it was easy to relate to her super-powered character

(LOS ANGELES) -- Dia Dipasupil / StaffLorraine Toussaint stars as Bo, the matriarch of her family of super-powered women, in the sci-fi drama Fast Color.

Toussaint tells ABC Radio the film offers more than just a story of superheroes flaunting their special powers.

"It's about three generations of women who happened to be black, who have extraordinary abilities," Toussaint says. "It's post-apocalyptic, dystopic."

She continues, "[The women] have been hiding out in a desert, in the desert community, for fear of persecution. And this has been sort of generational. They've been hiding these abilities."

The film -- which also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Saniyya Sidney as her daughter Ruth and granddaughter Lila, respectively -- is also a project that Toussaint says she could easily relate to since it touches on the super power potential in the everyday black woman.

"So many black women that I know are superheroes," she says. "You know, our mom is a superhero. The things that we've done and we do on a daily basis makes us superheroes."

Fast Color, directed by Julia Hart, is now in theaters.

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'The Curse of La Llorona' leads Easter weekend releases

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening nationwide in theaters Friday:

* The Curse of La Llorona -- This supernatural horror film, set within the Conjuring universe, stars Linda Cardellini as a social worker who ignores the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment and, along with her two children, incurs the wrath of the mythical female ghost La Llorona, who lost her children and brings misfortune to those nearby. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s Raymond Cruz co-stars. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Fast Color -- This sci-fi thriller stars A Wrinkle in Time's Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a woman forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. With no place left to hide, she returns home to the family she abandoned years earlier. Hidden Figures and American Horror Story: Roanoke's Saniyya Sidney and The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Legacy's David Strathairn also star. Rated PG-13.

* Under the Silver Lake -- Andrew Garfield stars as a young man who investigates the sudden disappearance of his neighbor -- played by Riley Keough -- and uncovers a bizarre conspiracy. Also starring Topher Grace. Rated R.

* Little Woods -- Tessa Thompson plays a reformed drug dealer forced to return to her former life as a means of holding on to her mother's house and taking care of her sister -- played by Lily James -- who shows up at her doorstep with a hungry child and one on the way. Rated R.

* Red Joan -- Judi Dench plays the titular character in this British spy drama based on the true story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy. Rated R.

Opened nationwide in theaters Wednesday:

* Breakthrough -- This Is Us star Chrissie Metz stars in this faith-based drama inspired by the true story of Joyce Smith, a mother who relies on faith after her young son -- played by One Day at a Time's Marcel Ruiz -- experiences a tragic accident. Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Sam Trammel and Dennis Haysbert also star. Rated PG.

* Penguins -- Disneynature's "coming of age" story follows an Adélie penguin named Steve, who sets out to find his life partner and start a family in the icy Antarctic, while facing threats by everything from killer whales to leopard seals. Ed Helms narrates. Rated G.





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Jeff Daniels on seeing a more flawed side to Atticus Finch in Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird"(NEW YORK) -- Since it debuted on Broadway in December, To Kill a Mockingbird has pulled in historic box office numbers and enthralled audiences with its updated take on Harper Lee’s classic 1960 novel.

Adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin, the play stars Jeff Daniels as small town Southern lawyer Atticus Finch and Gbenga Akinnagbe as the wrongly-accused man he defends in court, Tom Robinson. The play shows us a more flawed version of the heroic Atticus than we've come to know.

“We aren't playing the white savior on the white horse...which is what Atticus has become," Daniels explains to ABC Radio. "You don't start as the great Atticus Finch, and that was our choice early on."

Daniel explains as Atticus goes through Tom's trial the experience changes him: "You just don't go back to your porch and have a bourbon [after that]," he says.

The play also chose to use adult actors to portray the children, Scout, Jem and Dill, as well as give more insight into what Tom is going through. Akinnagbe says the injustice Tom faces is still very much relevant today.

"There were some things I related very well to Tom with," Akinnagbe says. "It wasn't that strange to me. Growing up in a country that is prejudice, that has a legal system that is prejudice and with the power dynamics, class and patriarchy being so out of whack, those things are still very much as they were in 1934, where the play is set."

In addition to its Broadway run, the play will begin a two-year national tour, launching at the Kennedy Center in August 2020.

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HBO isn't happy about President Trump's 'Game of Thrones'-themed "No Collusion" tweet

HBO(NEW YORK) -- As Attorney General William Barr delivered The Mueller Report Thursday, President Trump reacted with a Game Of Thrones-themed tweet -- and HBO, which airs the wildly popular series, isn't thrilled about that.

The president tweeted a smoke-filled picture that shows Trump looking away from the camera, and the words "No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats - Game Over."  Those last two words were written in Game of Thrones' signature font.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO released a statement saying, "Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes." 

This isn't the first time Trump's borrowed the font, either.  Last year, he tweeted a meme in the same font, along with the phrase, "Sanctions are coming," a parody of the show's famous "Winter is coming" line, referring to sanctions on Iran.

At the time, HBO told the Hollywood Reporter, "We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes."

However, the cable channel hasn't taken any legal action to dissuade Trump from continuing to use the show's imagery or fonts.

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Helicopters, hakas, and "Black Superman": The new 'Hobbs & Shaw' trailer has it all

Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- It's hard to remember that the Fast & Furious series started nearly 20 years ago as a movie about street racing culture in Los Angeles. It's especially hard to remember that fact when you get to the part in the new trailer for Hobbs & Shaw -- a spin-off from the franchise -- where Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is reeling in an attack helicopter like a hooked tuna.

And strangely, that's not even the craziest part.

The franchise has now entered the superhero genre as Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw become unlikely allies in a mission to stop a genetically-modified terrorist named Brixton, played by Idris Elba.

"I'm black Superman!" Brixton boasts, as he simultaneously fights Hobbs and Shaw as a Cold War-era missile silo crashes down around them.

Realizing they can't beat Brixton when it comes to tech, Hobbs, Shaw, and Shaw's sister, played by Vanessa Kirby, "go old school," traveling to Hobbs' Pacific Island home, which apparently has little access to technology.

There, Hobbs gathers an army of his islander family members, leading them in a "haka," or war dance, before they go into battle with Brixton's mercenary army. 

Dame Helen Mirren reappears as Shaw's incarcerated mum, and actress Eiza González also stars.

The Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, directed by stuntman-turned Deadpool 2 director David Leitch, opens August 2.

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Fox cancels Lil Rel-starring comedy 'Rel' after one season

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The freshman Fox comedy Lil Rel has officially been cancelled.

According to Deadline, Fox has decided to the end the Lil Rel Howery-starring series after only one season. The show, loosely based on the life of Howery, was executive-produced by comic and writer Jerrod Carmichael, who starred with Rel on the now defunct NBC series The Carmichael Show.

It followed Rel as an arrogant, successful man who believed that "great things will come" if you believe in yourself. However, his ideology was put to the test after he learned his wife cheated on him with his barber.

The series also starred comedian-actor Sinbad as Lil Rel's father, as well as social media star Jessica "Jess Hilarious" Moore, and Jordan L. Jones.

Rel took to Instagram to share the news and thank fans for their support.

"I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show... I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true," he wrote, captioning an image of the Deadline article.

"I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events, I got to work and create magic with my friends... God is so good and I’m truly blessed."

He continued, "Thanks again for the huge opportunity and it’s on to the next one... I learned a lot and it’s still a huge accomplishment for me to pull this off... I wanted to make a dramatic comedy with heart and I did that... I know I made you proud Mom!!!!!! #REL."

20th Century Fox – which produced Rel – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.

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Judge rules 'Stranger Things' plagiarism suit can head to trial

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Lawsuits leveled at popular TV shows or movies claiming they were ripped off from somebody else's idea spring up all the time in Hollywood, and are generally dismissed just as quickly.  However, a lawsuit against Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Netflix's Stranger Things, is actually headed to trial, Billboard reports.

The plaintiff, Charlie Kessler, claims he was chatting with the Duffers, who were then unknown, at a Tribeca Film Festival party back in 2014. Kessler alleges he told them about a script he was working on called The Montauk Project, about the paranormal goings on at a former military base.  Kessler claims the brothers ripped off his ideas to create their own paranormal hit.  

While Netflix's legal eagles call the lawsuit "without merit," according to Billboard, a judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday denied a summary judgment that would have put the matter to bed for the brothers.

According to Billboard, Michael Kernan, attorney for Kessler, has issued a statement saying, in part, "We can now dispense with the nonsense promoted by the Duffers and Netflix that this lawsuit has no merit, and that they had 'proof' that they created the show. If the lawsuit had no merit, or if they actually had the 'proof' they created it, then their summary judgment would have won. They lost."
 
Furthermore, Kessler's attorney is claiming Kessler had an "implied contract" with the brothers -- something they denied -- and should get a third of whatever they earned from writing and producing the series.

If the case goes to trial -- as opposed to being settled out of court -- the proceedings are expected to start next month.

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Watch now: New 'Child's Play' trailer shows the deadly side of connected living

Orion Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Technology has come a long way since 1988's Child's Play, so it's makes sense that for the upcoming reboot of the classic horror flick, the murderous doll Chucky has gotten a major upgrade.

The second trailer for the June 21 release shows that Chucky has been reborn as Buddi, a "smart toy" made by a huge technology company.  Like many connected devices, he's wired into an app, but unfortunately, he's also wired into just about every other "smart" device, from home heating systems to appliances to cars.

As you can imagine, that makes him much more dangerous than his previous incarnations.

In this retelling, Aubrey Plaza plays a single mother who gifts a Buddi doll to her son, played by Gabriel Bateman, to keep the kid company when they move to a new city. They don't hit it off, to say the least.

"Something's wrong with Chucky!" the kid says, in the understatement of the year.

Mark Hamill voices the doll this time around, replacing Brad Douriff in the role.  In the new clip, we hear Hamill for the first time, whispering menacingly to the boy, "Goodnight, Andy!"

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Oprah Winfrey gets candid about her first Mother's Day without her mother Vernita Lee

(NEW YORK) -- CBS Photo Archive / ContributorOprah Winfrey is opening up about Mother's Day and what it means to her now that her mother Vernita Lee has gone home.

This will be my first Mother’s Day on earth without a mother," she writes in the May issue of O Magazine. "Many of you already know what that feels like. It’s a reckoning with your own mortality. For me it’s neither lonely nor sad – just an undeniable marker of the passage of time. Time spent. Time remaining. And how precious every moment is.”

Lee died at her home in Milwaukee on Thanksgiving at 83. Winfrey says even now she can still distinctly remember the last words she spoke to her mother before she passed. 

“I know it must have been hard for you as a 17-year-old pregnant, scared girl in Mississippi," Winfrey recalls. "Many people no doubt told you to get rid of that baby. To have an abortion or give me away. But you didn’t. And for that I thank you. I know you did the best you could with what you had. And for that I thank you. And look how it all turned out.”

Winfrey says that even with the "complicated relationship" she had with her mother, she's thankful for their relationship and acknowledges just how important it was to her development as an adult.

“Of the many relationships we have in life, few make as profound an impact as the one we share with our mother," she writes. "That connection, whether strong or strained, influences who we become in countless ways. It teaches us how to be -- or how not to be -- adults, partners and parents to our own children.”

The May issue of O, The Oprah Magazine hits newsstands nationwide on April 23.

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'Game of Thrones' star Isaac Hempstead Wright talks about that Night King theory on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Who is the Night King? It's one of fans biggest obsessions about HBO's Game of Thrones, now in its final season -- but if Thrones star Isaac Hempstead Wright knows the answer, he's not letting it spill.

On Wednesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Wright, who plays the Three-Eyed Raven Bran Stark, was asked about a popular online theory that posits his character is actually the leader of the evil White Walkers.

"Can neither confirm nor deny," said Isaac. The 20-year-old actor did allow that Bran "fights on the side of the living," but when Kimmel pressed him about it, that fighting on the side of the living suggests, actually, that Bran isn't the Night King, Isaac was cagey.

"Who says the Night King's dead?" he responded rhetorically before laughing off his own answer. "I don't know. Help me HBO!"

Isaac also gave the acting secret behind Bran's meme-worthy thousand-yard stare. During filming, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, told him his stare was like "staring into my soul." That's because Isaac acts almost completely blind, without the aid of contact lenses. "I can't see you," was his response.

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO.

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'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek "feeling good," promises September return; Holzhauer sets new single-day record with $131,127

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Following Alex Trebek's announcement a month a go that he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, the Jeopardy! host tweeted a video on Wednesday in which he said he was “feeling good” and continuing with his therapy, while vowing to return in September for the show's 36th season.

“Some of you may recall that at the beginning of this season I promised you that we had some surprises in store for you. Of course, I had no idea at that time that there were some surprises in store for me as well,” he began.

Trebek, 78, continued by saying that he was "touched beyond words" by the messages of encouragement and support he's received -- particularly from young people.

“I’ve always tried to be straight with you and I’m not going to stop now," he continued. "So despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good. I’m continuing with my therapy and we -- by we, the staff -- is already working on our next season. So I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff.”

Meanwhile, James Holzhauer, The 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas who smashed the single-day Jeopardy record last week with $110,914, shattered that mark by taking home another $131,127 on Wednesday. The win was the 10th in a row for Holzhauer, whose total winnings now stand at $697,787.

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