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ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- He redefined Batman for a generation, and is now starring as a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming -- but Michael Keaton is no comic book fan. "Which is kind of ironic," he told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday.

"I basically know nothing about any of the lore of any comic book, frankly," Keaton laughed.  "So I had to catch up."

In Homecoming, Keaton plays classic Spider-Man baddie Adrian Toomes/The Vulture, who made his first comic appearance back in 1963.  This is Vulture's first appearance on the big screen, and Keaton explains why he was drawn to the character.

"When they told me about this guy I was gonna play, I thought it was really an interesting take," says Keaton.  "[H]e isn't from outer space. He's a real guy who has a legitimate argument...Works hard. Big family guy...which I thought was a really interesting approach."

Keaton's Toomes is a blue-collar guy whose company has a city contract to clean up after The Avengers' Battle of New York.  When he's cut out of the deal, he turns to crime to provide for his family.

"He's not getting what he deserves," Keaton says.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is from Sony Pictures and from Marvel Studios, the latter of which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.  It stars Tom Holland as the webslinger, Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. It opens July 7.


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 Getty Images/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Sunday marked thirty-five years since the influential science-fiction film Blade Runner debuted in the U.S. Harrison Ford starred as Rick Deckard, the hard-boiled cop who hunted rogue replicants -- human-like-androids -- in a dark, dystopian future Los Angeles.

The film, which initially opened to mixed reviews and disappointing box office numbers, went on to achieve cult status, and is regarded by critics as one of the best all-time science fiction films. Its visual design is among the most influential of its time. The soundtrack by Vangelis, has also been praised, as was co-star Rutger Hauer, for his performance as a replicant fighting for its life.

A sequel, Blade Runner 2049 – starring Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Edward James Olmos and Ford, reprising his role from the original film -- is slated for an October release.

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Author J.K. Rowling in 2007 with the final book in her "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Happy birthday, Harry Potter! 

June 26 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first book in then-unknown author J.K. Rowling's soon-to-be wildly popular Harry Potter book series.

Scottish-born Joanne Rowling was a single mother in 1990 when she began working on Philosopher's Stone, her very first novel.  It was published in the U.K. in 1997, with an initial print run of just 500 copies.  It was her publisher who suggested Rowling adopt the pen name of J.K. Rowling, fearing young boys might not buy a book written by a female author.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was an unqualified smash, and sold some 300,000 copies by 1999.  The U.S. edition was published September 1, 1998, with the modified title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  A year later, it was the #1 New York Times fiction bestseller, where it remained for nearly a year.

There have been seven Harry Potter novels in all, the last -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows --  published worldwide July 2, 2007.  All of the novels were made into hit movies and inspired a handful of spin-off projects, including the recent play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the website Pottermore.   

In 2001, Rowling also wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on a book mentioned in the Harry Potter series.  A new film franchise based on the book's fictional author, Newt Scamander, is in production, the first of which debuted in 2016.

Harry Potter has also made Rowling a very rich woman.  The 2017 Sunday Times Rich List put her personal worth at 650 million pounds, about $827.5 million U.S.

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Congrats are in order for Erin Andrews!

The Dancing with the Stars host wed her longtime boyfriend, former NHL player Jarret Stoll, on Saturday in Montana, ABC News has confirmed.

The couple began dating in 2012 and became engaged in December.

Andrews, 39, opened up about her engagement on Good Morning America back in January.

"We went there for Christmas to see the Christmas decorations, and we had a lovely dinner there and he did it right there at dinner at Disneyland," Andrews detailed. "I was bawling like a child."

The Walt Disney Co. is the parent company of ABC News.

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Monday, June 26, 2017 at 6:00AM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Ron Howard "beyond grateful" to helm Han Solo movie

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Getty Images/Richard Bord(LOS ANGELES) -- Ron Howard is as psyched as many fans are by the news he's taken the reigns of the still-untitled Han Solo stand-alone film.

"I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77," tweeted the Oscar-winning director, who's known George Lucas since he starred in the Star Wars creator's  1973's hit, American Graffiti.

"I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film," Howard continued, referencing the contributions of movie's previous directors, The LEGO Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair exited the Han Solo earlier this week over creative differences with the executive production team.

 

I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.


I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.

 

Filming on the movie will get back on track July 10, according to Lucasfilm.

The Han Solo movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the scoundrel famously played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies, is still slated for a May 25, 2018 release.

Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot, smuggler, and scruffy-looking Nerf herder to-be. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is also in the cast.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00PM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Johnny Depp says "assassination" comment about President Trump was a "bad joke"

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Hours after actor Johnny Depp made it sound like he'd be interested in killing President Trump, he's saying he's sorry.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star seemingly referenced Abraham Lincoln's assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, while Depp introduced his new film The Libertine at England's Glastonbury Festival Thursday. Depp asked the crowd, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"

He then added, "Maybe it's time." 

Following a huge outcry, and a condemnation by the White House, Depp now tells People, "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended...I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

In a statement, the White House said, "President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead."

The statement added that the White House hoped that, "some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democratic elected official."

The actor is just the latest celebrity to level violent words against the president. 

Back in January, Madonna told a crowd she, "thought a lot about blowing up the White House." She later said she was taken out of context.

Weeks ago, comedienne Kathy Griffin apologized for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied dummy head made to look like President Trump's.

The Central Park's Shakespeare in the Park retelling of Julius Caesar currently features the title character, actor Gregg Henry, specifically dressed like Trump, getting stabbed to death nightly.

Depp's "assassination" message comes weeks after a disgruntled former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer opened fire on a group of Republican legislators, critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise.

 

 

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Friday, June 23, 2017 at 3:01PM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Josh Duhamel returns in "Transformers: The Last Knight"

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ABC Radio - 2017(NEW YORK) -- Actor Josh Duhamel has starred in all but one film in the money-minting Transformers franchise -- the previous installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Speaking to ABC Radio's Good Morning America After Hours, the actor joked that his Transformers: The Last Knight co-star Mark Wahlberg was to blame for his skipping the fourth episode.

"I think Wahlberg had that in his clause: 'I'm in, but Duhamel's gotta be out.'" This time around? "We filed a motion," Duhamel said with a laugh.

The actor explains what's at stake in The Last Knight, where we learn robots that transform into cars have been around on Earth for longer than there have been cars.  Way longer: they were part of the Arthurian legend, and Bumblebee fought Nazis in World War II. 

Now they're fighting for their robotic lives in the modern day. 

Duhamel's Lt. Colonel William Lennox has seen it all in his history with Optimus Prime and his fellow heroic Autobots.

"There's been a worldwide sort of mandate to destroy all Transformers from the face of the earth, because they're just causing too much destruction, they're invading us, and people don't want them around," says Duhamel. 

"And so, I don't really feel good about that because I have a relationship with the Autobots. Not a romantic relationship," the actor jokes, "But you know, I love these guys as much as you can love a robot." 

Director Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci, is in theaters now.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00PM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

At British appearance, Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating president

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(SOMERSET, ENGLAND) -- Johnny Depp was on hand at England's Glastonbury Festival to introduce a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine, on Thursday, when he decided to talk American politics during an audience question-and-answer session.

"I think he needs help," the actor said of Donald Trump, reported The Telegraph. "There are a lot of dark places he could go."

Then Depp himself went to a dark place.  In a video of the event posted to NME's YouTube channel, Depp can be seen saying,  "This gonna be in the press and it's gonna be horrible, but I like that you are all a part of it -- when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"

After naming Trump specifically drew boos from the audience, Depp stepped back, a little. "I want to clarify, I'm not an actor," Depp said. "I lie for a living. However it's been a while. Maybe it's about time."

It seems Depp was referencing actor John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

The actor is just the latest celebrity to level violent rhetoric against the president; it comes just weeks after comedienne Kathy Griffin made headlines for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied dummy head made to look like President Trump's, and also comes amidst controversy over the Central Park Summer Stage's retelling of Julius Caesar that stages, nightly, the title character specifically dressed like the president getting stabbed to death.

In a statement to ABC News, the Secret Service said: "We actively monitor open source reporting, including social media networks, and we evaluate potential threats. For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities."

ABC News has asked both Depp's publicist and the White House for comment.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:00AM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Bill Cosby planning speaking engagements about sexual assault, rep says 

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Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Bill Cosby is planning speaking engagements to educate people about the sexual assault allegations made against him, his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, told ABC News Thursday.

Wyatt said he'd been contacted by a number of organizations, including churches, asking for Cosby to "come out and speak to young men and women on how this could affect their lives."

"This is bigger than Mr. Cosby now. ... Mr. Cosby is going to go out and use his voice, to let it be heard, and to try to educate young men and women on how to avoid this because they do not have the wealth of resources that he has," Wyatt said. "But I think that he can give them some direction."

He added that people don't know enough about what constitutes an allegation of sexual assault.

"You could walk in a baseball game, a crowded baseball game, and you could bump up against a female, touch her butt or her breasts by accident and that's sexual assault," Wyatt said.

Cosby. 79, was charged in 2015 with sexually assaulting Andrew Constand more than a decade ago, but jurors at his trial earlier this month in Norristown, PA, were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts.  Cosby pleaded not guilty and described the sexual encounter as consensual.

More than 50 women have come forward with claims that the comedian drugged and/or sexually assaulted them, but Cosby has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.  He has not been criminally charged as a result of any of those accusations.

Montgomery Country, PA, District Attorney Kevin Steele has said he plans to re-try the comedian.

 

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Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:21AM by ABC News Radio PermalinkPermalink

"Transformers: The Last Knight" leads this week's new releases

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qParamount Pictures/Bay F - © 2017 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Opened nationwide on Wednesday:

Transformers: The Last Knight -- Humans and Transformers are at war and Optimus Prime is gone in this fifth installment of the Transformers franchise. Once again, it's up to Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yaeger and his cohorts to save the world. Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock co-star. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

The Bad Batch -- Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carey star in this sci-fi love story set in a community of cannibals. Rated R.

The Beguiled --  Sofia Coppola's reboot of the 1971 Civil War-era drama stars Colin Farrell as an injured Union soldier who seeks refuge at a girls' school in Virginia, leading to rivalries and an unexpected turn of events. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning also star. Rated R.

The Big Sick -- This romantic comedy from Bridesmaids and Trainwreck producer Judd Apatow stars Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan as a couple dealing with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. Co-starring Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Rated R.

 

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Friday, June 23, 2017 at 6:01AM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Marisa Tomei talks "Spider-Man: Homecoming," looks back at "My Cousin Vinny"

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Getty Images/Monica Schipper(NEW YORK) -- After making her debut as the character in Captain America: Civil War, Marisa Tomei is back as Peter Parker's Aunt May in the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday, the Oscar-winning actress acknowledged that her character has previously been portrayed as a much older, gray-haired grandmotherly type.  But, as she told ABC's Lara Spencer, "She's actually [Peter's] aunt by marriage, so she can be any age really. It just depends when I met Uncle Ben."

In Civil War,  Robert Downey Jr.'s Stark refers to Tomei, his one-time co-star in the movie Only You, as "Aunt Hottie." For Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tomei reveals that they filmed a scene that indicated May and Stark have a history.

 "...At one point we had a background where she had seen him at a protest -- she was protesting his corporation and they still eyeballed each other," Tomei said, adding that she's not sure if that scene made the final cut.

Tomei, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Mona Lisa Vito in 1992's My Cousin Vinny, told Spencer that she still holds the comedy near and dear to her heart 25 years after its release.

"That's why I'm so happy that I got to be a part of it, because it lives on, it's funny," Tomei said. "It makes people laugh."

Spider-Man: Homecoming, which stars Michael Keaton, Downey, Zendaya and Tom Holland as Spidey, swings into theaters July 7.

The movie is a co-production of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, the latter of which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:00PM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Ariel Winter trashes tabloid for claiming she bankrolls her boyfriend

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 ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ariel Winter is not giving her new boyfriend a free ride and she took to her Instagram account on Wednesday to shoot down the rumor.

The Modern Family star was responding to a story in Star magazine claiming that she gives her boyfriend, Levi Meaden, an allowance.

Winter, 19, opened by calling the tabloid “trash,” adding, "Seriously, how dare you make up stuff that you have no idea about?"

"I have a BOYFRIEND and a PERSONAL ASSISTANT who are NOT the same person,” she continued. “I would NEVER pay my boyfriend ANY sort of allowance, nor would he EVER accept if I offered."

"He BUYS his own stuff whether it's for me or himself, and he more than pulls his weight for our life,” she insists. “I HATE fake news, but I guess that's what our world has come to. Get your s*** straight. I don't support anyone, and I don't need anyone to support me."

Finally, she writes, "He's got a full career (including something huge that's new) and works hard for it. He's not just someone's boyfriend," Winter concluded. "So if you don't know us, don't comment. Xoxo."

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:01PM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Will Arnett says "The Gong Show" is "about having a good time" 

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ABC/Greg Gayne(NEW YORK) -- If you ask Will Arnett why he decided to executive produce a reboot of the campy '70s game show The Gong Show, and the Arrested Development star will smile. 

"Anytime you say the name The Gong Show, you smile," he told Good Morning America After Hours host Lynda Lopez. "I had such good memories of the [original] show, and I thought, 'When you have something like that...it has so much good will built in...It's so much fun, and it'd be nice to do a show that's just about having a good time." 

Like the original, celebrity judges are key to the reboot, which debuts Thursday night. "Everybody from Jack Black, to Zach Galifianakis, to Will Forte and Fred Armisen, and Elizabeth Banks...the list just keeps going. All these fun, funny people, who are friends of mine, who had the same reaction that I did about The Gong Show, and said, 'Yeah, I wanna come on.'"

The show is hosted by Tommy Maitland -- a fictional British comedian who's actually Mike Myers in disguise.  Even so, Arnett insists he's been a Maitland fan for years. 

"I was looking forward to Tommy exposing himself to America," Arnett deadpanned. 

The Gong Show debuts Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Left to right: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay on the set of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures.(LOS ANGELES) --Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight grabbed the number-one spot at the weekend box office, while recording the lowest-earning debut of any Transformers movie.

The film, starring Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins, opened on Wednesday, bringing in an estimated $69.1 million in its first five days of release and $45.3 million over the three-day weekend. By contrast, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the series and the only other to open on a Wednesday, raked in $162 million in its first five days, $97 million of which came over the three-day. Overseas, The Last Knight brought in an estimated $196.2 million.

Disney’s Cars 3 and Warner Brothers’ Wonder Woman finished dead even in second place with an estimated $25.175. ABC News is owned by Disney.

Wonder Woman’s total earnings here in the states now stand at just below $320 million, passing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Internationally, it’s collected an additional $334.5. The Patty Jenkins-directed film set another milestone on Friday, becoming the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman, according to Variety.

The thriller 47 Meters Down finished in fourth place with $7.4 million, and the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me rounded out the top five with a $5.85 haul.

Elsewhere, Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick earned $169,255 from just five theaters. Its $87,000-per-screen average was the largest of any film opening on more than one screen this year. Sophia Coppola’s Beguiled also did well, collecting $240,545 in limited release.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Transformers: Last Knight, $45.3 million
2. Cars 3, $25.175 million
2. Wonder Woman, $25.175 million
3. 47 Meters Down, $7.43 million
4. All Eyez On Me, $5.85 million
5. The Mummy, $5.8 million
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, $5.2 million
7. Rough Night, $4.7 million
8. Captain Underpants, $4.28 million
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, $3 million
10. Beatriz at Dinner, $1.8 million

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Getty Images/Richard Bord(LOS ANGELES) -- Ron Howard is as psyched as many fans are by the news he's taken the reigns of the still-untitled Han Solo stand-alone film.

"I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77," tweeted the Oscar-winning director, who's known George Lucas since he starred in the Star Wars creator's  1973's hit, American Graffiti.

"I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film," Howard continued, referencing the contributions of movie's previous directors, The LEGO Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair exited the Han Solo earlier this week over creative differences with the executive production team.

I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

Filming on the movie will get back on track July 10, according to Lucasfilm.

The Han Solo movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the scoundrel famously played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies, is still slated for a May 25, 2018 release.

Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot, smuggler, and scruffy-looking Nerf herder to-be. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is also in the cast.

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Hours after actor Johnny Depp made it sound like he'd be interested in killing President Trump, he's saying he's sorry.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star seemingly referenced Abraham Lincoln's assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, while Depp introduced his new film The Libertine at England's Glastonbury Festival Thursday. Depp asked the crowd, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"

He then added, "Maybe it's time." 

Following a huge outcry, and a condemnation by the White House, Depp now tells People, "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended...I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

In a statement, the White House said, "President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead."

The statement added that the White House hoped that, "some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democratic elected official."

The actor is just the latest celebrity to level violent words against the president. 

Back in January, Madonna told a crowd she, "thought a lot about blowing up the White House." She later said she was taken out of context.

Weeks ago, comedienne Kathy Griffin apologized for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied dummy head made to look like President Trump's.

The Central Park's Shakespeare in the Park retelling of Julius Caesar currently features the title character, actor Gregg Henry, specifically dressed like Trump, getting stabbed to death nightly.

Depp's "assassination" message comes weeks after a disgruntled former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer opened fire on a group of Republican legislators, critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise.

 

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ABC Radio - 2017(NEW YORK) -- Actor Josh Duhamel has starred in all but one film in the money-minting Transformers franchise -- the previous installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Speaking to ABC Radio's Good Morning America After Hours, the actor joked that his Transformers: The Last Knight co-star Mark Wahlberg was to blame for his skipping the fourth episode.

"I think Wahlberg had that in his clause: 'I'm in, but Duhamel's gotta be out.'" This time around? "We filed a motion," Duhamel said with a laugh.

The actor explains what's at stake in The Last Knight, where we learn robots that transform into cars have been around on Earth for longer than there have been cars.  Way longer: they were part of the Arthurian legend, and Bumblebee fought Nazis in World War II. 

Now they're fighting for their robotic lives in the modern day. 

Duhamel's Lt. Colonel William Lennox has seen it all in his history with Optimus Prime and his fellow heroic Autobots.

"There's been a worldwide sort of mandate to destroy all Transformers from the face of the earth, because they're just causing too much destruction, they're invading us, and people don't want them around," says Duhamel. 

"And so, I don't really feel good about that because I have a relationship with the Autobots. Not a romantic relationship," the actor jokes, "But you know, I love these guys as much as you can love a robot." 

Director Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci, is in theaters now.

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(SOMERSET, ENGLAND) -- Johnny Depp was on hand at England's Glastonbury Festival to introduce a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine, on Thursday, when he decided to talk American politics during an audience question-and-answer session.

"I think he needs help," the actor said of Donald Trump, reported The Telegraph. "There are a lot of dark places he could go."

Then Depp himself went to a dark place.  In a video of the event posted to NME's YouTube channel, Depp can be seen saying,  "This gonna be in the press and it's gonna be horrible, but I like that you are all a part of it -- when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"

After naming Trump specifically drew boos from the audience, Depp stepped back, a little. "I want to clarify, I'm not an actor," Depp said. "I lie for a living. However it's been a while. Maybe it's about time."

It seems Depp was referencing actor John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

The actor is just the latest celebrity to level violent rhetoric against the president; it comes just weeks after comedienne Kathy Griffin made headlines for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied dummy head made to look like President Trump's, and also comes amidst controversy over the Central Park Summer Stage's retelling of Julius Caesar that stages, nightly, the title character specifically dressed like the president getting stabbed to death.

In a statement to ABC News, the Secret Service said: "We actively monitor open source reporting, including social media networks, and we evaluate potential threats. For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities."

ABC News has asked both Depp's publicist and the White House for comment.

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Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Bill Cosby is planning speaking engagements to educate people about the sexual assault allegations made against him, his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, told ABC News Thursday.

Wyatt said he'd been contacted by a number of organizations, including churches, asking for Cosby to "come out and speak to young men and women on how this could affect their lives."

"This is bigger than Mr. Cosby now. ... Mr. Cosby is going to go out and use his voice, to let it be heard, and to try to educate young men and women on how to avoid this because they do not have the wealth of resources that he has," Wyatt said. "But I think that he can give them some direction."

He added that people don't know enough about what constitutes an allegation of sexual assault.

"You could walk in a baseball game, a crowded baseball game, and you could bump up against a female, touch her butt or her breasts by accident and that's sexual assault," Wyatt said.

Cosby. 79, was charged in 2015 with sexually assaulting Andrew Constand more than a decade ago, but jurors at his trial earlier this month in Norristown, PA, were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts.  Cosby pleaded not guilty and described the sexual encounter as consensual.

More than 50 women have come forward with claims that the comedian drugged and/or sexually assaulted them, but Cosby has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.  He has not been criminally charged as a result of any of those accusations.

Montgomery Country, PA, District Attorney Kevin Steele has said he plans to re-try the comedian.

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qParamount Pictures/Bay F - © 2017 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Opened nationwide on Wednesday:

Transformers: The Last Knight -- Humans and Transformers are at war and Optimus Prime is gone in this fifth installment of the Transformers franchise. Once again, it's up to Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yaeger and his cohorts to save the world. Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock co-star. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

The Bad Batch -- Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carey star in this sci-fi love story set in a community of cannibals. Rated R.

The Beguiled --  Sofia Coppola's reboot of the 1971 Civil War-era drama stars Colin Farrell as an injured Union soldier who seeks refuge at a girls' school in Virginia, leading to rivalries and an unexpected turn of events. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning also star. Rated R.

The Big Sick -- This romantic comedy from Bridesmaids and Trainwreck producer Judd Apatow stars Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan as a couple dealing with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. Co-starring Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Rated R.



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Getty Images/Monica Schipper(NEW YORK) -- After making her debut as the character in Captain America: Civil War, Marisa Tomei is back as Peter Parker's Aunt May in the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday, the Oscar-winning actress acknowledged that her character has previously been portrayed as a much older, gray-haired grandmotherly type.  But, as she told ABC's Lara Spencer, "She's actually [Peter's] aunt by marriage, so she can be any age really. It just depends when I met Uncle Ben."

In Civil War,  Robert Downey Jr.'s Stark refers to Tomei, his one-time co-star in the movie Only You, as "Aunt Hottie." For Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tomei reveals that they filmed a scene that indicated May and Stark have a history.

 "...At one point we had a background where she had seen him at a protest -- she was protesting his corporation and they still eyeballed each other," Tomei said, adding that she's not sure if that scene made the final cut.

Tomei, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Mona Lisa Vito in 1992's My Cousin Vinny, told Spencer that she still holds the comedy near and dear to her heart 25 years after its release.

"That's why I'm so happy that I got to be a part of it, because it lives on, it's funny," Tomei said. "It makes people laugh."

Spider-Man: Homecoming, which stars Michael Keaton, Downey, Zendaya and Tom Holland as Spidey, swings into theaters July 7.

The movie is a co-production of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, the latter of which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

 

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 ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ariel Winter is not giving her new boyfriend a free ride and she took to her Instagram account on Wednesday to shoot down the rumor.

The Modern Family star was responding to a story in Star magazine claiming that she gives her boyfriend, Levi Meaden, an allowance.

Winter, 19, opened by calling the tabloid “trash,” adding, "Seriously, how dare you make up stuff that you have no idea about?"

"I have a BOYFRIEND and a PERSONAL ASSISTANT who are NOT the same person,” she continued. “I would NEVER pay my boyfriend ANY sort of allowance, nor would he EVER accept if I offered."

"He BUYS his own stuff whether it's for me or himself, and he more than pulls his weight for our life,” she insists. “I HATE fake news, but I guess that's what our world has come to. Get your s*** straight. I don't support anyone, and I don't need anyone to support me."

Finally, she writes, "He's got a full career (including something huge that's new) and works hard for it. He's not just someone's boyfriend," Winter concluded. "So if you don't know us, don't comment. Xoxo."

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ABC/Greg Gayne (NEW YORK) -- If you ask Will Arnett why he decided to executive produce a reboot of the campy '70s game show The Gong Show, and the Arrested Development star will smile. 

"Anytime you say the name The Gong Show, you smile," he told Good Morning America After Hours host Lynda Lopez. "I had such good memories of the [original] show, and I thought, 'When you have something like that...it has so much good will built in...It's so much fun, and it'd be nice to do a show that's just about having a good time." 

Like the original, celebrity judges are key to the reboot, which debuts Thursday night. "Everybody from Jack Black, to Zach Galifianakis, to Will Forte and Fred Armisen, and Elizabeth Banks...the list just keeps going. All these fun, funny people, who are friends of mine, who had the same reaction that I did about The Gong Show, and said, 'Yeah, I wanna come on.'"

The show is hosted by Tommy Maitland -- a fictional British comedian who's actually Mike Myers in disguise.  Even so, Arnett insists he's been a Maitland fan for years. 

"I was looking forward to Tommy exposing himself to America," Arnett deadpanned. 

The Gong Show debuts Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Getty Images/J.B. Lacroix(LOS ANGELES) -- The Millennium Falcon has a new pilot: Ron Howard has stepped in to direct the upcoming untitled Han Solo film, Lucasfilm announced Thursday. The news comes two days after The LEGO Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller parted ways with the project over creative differences.

In a statement, Lucasfilm noted, “we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

Oscar-winner Howard has been a part of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away for years.  He starred in Lucas’ American Graffiti, in which Harrison Ford had a small part, and several of his co-stars auditioned for various Star Wars roles. Years later, he directed the fantasy epic Willow for Lucasfilm. 

Howard -- who went on to win Best Picture and Best Director for A Beautiful Mind -- recently admitted Lucas wanted him to direct Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace. Calling that offer "an honor" but ultimately "too daunting," Howard became one of the close group of filmmaker friends whom Lucas used as a sounding board while he worked on the Star Wars prequels.

In 2012, Lucas sold Lucasfilm and the Star Wars universe to Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

The Han Solo movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the scoundrel famously played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies, is still slated for a May 25, 2018, release.

Although few details are known about the movie, we do know that Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot and Rebellion hero-to-be. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is also in the cast.

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