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Hand in Hand - 2017(NEW YORK) -- The recent Hand in Hand hurricane relief benefit is estimated to have raised more than $55 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The star-studded telethon was broadcast across multiple networks on September 12 and raised $14 million in the first hour, organizers said Wednesday, and within a few hours increased that amount to $44 million.

Comic Relief USA will manage the grants made from the telethon and distribute them to charities including the Rebuild Texas Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Feeding Florida, Feeding Texas, Direct Relief, ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, United Way of Greater Houston, United Way Irma Recovery Fund and the Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief, which is administered through the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

"It has been truly amazing to witness the reactions in our country in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma," said Scooter Braun, the founder of SB Projects and an executive producer of Hand in Hand.

The Hand in Hand benefit featured performances from Usher and Blake Shelton; George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett; and Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly, among others.

Celebrities including Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake shared stories of those affected by the storms, while other stars like Justin Bieber, George Clooney and Sofia Vergara manned phone lines to take donations.

"Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from [Houston neighborhoods] Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together," Beyonce, a Houston native, said in a taped message.

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NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- Darci Lynne Farmer, a 12-year-old singing ventriloquist, was crowned the winner of the 12th season of NBC’s America's Got Talent during the live finale at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Wednesday night. Judges Heidi Klum, Mel B, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel were on hand as host Tyra Banks announced the results.

Darci Lynne walked away with the $1 million grand prize and a headlining spot at the America’s Got Talent Live show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas November 3-4. She'll be joined by the other finalists.

Farmer beat out nine-year-old singer, Angelica Hale based on America’s votes.

Coming in third was dance crew Light Balance, followed by deaf singer Mandy Harvey. Animal act Sara & Hero came in fifth.

Other highlights:

Singers Kechi and Angelica Hale teamed up with Kelly Clarkson for a version of Kelly’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” Clarkson then performed her new song, “Love So Soft,” from her album, Meaning of Life, due out on October 27.

Next, dance crews Diavolo and Light Balance performed routines to Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” and Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” respectively. At the end of their routine, a member of Light Balance -- who perform with black hoods covering their faces -- removed his, revealing himself as World of Dance judge and former Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough.

Marlee Matlin introduced deaf singer Mandy Harvey and Shania Twain, who performed Twain’s "You’re Still the One.” Twain then performed a new song, “Life’s about to Get Good,” from her upcoming album, Now, bowing September 29.

Darci Lynne and fellow ventriloquist Jeff Dunham sat down for a chat, after which she performed Irving Berlin’s classic “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better,” along with AGT second season champ, ventriloquist Terry Fator.

Comedian Preacher Lawson traded stories with Howie Mandel and Saturday Night Live alumni Kevin Nealon backstage at the legendary Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.

Finally, singer Evie Clair, 13, performed an original song, after which she introduced James Arthur, who performed “Say You Won’t Let Go,” with help from Chase Goehring.

America’s Got Talent will return in 2018. Auditions for season 13 begin soon; check NBC.com/AGT for updates.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Chances are, if you’re under the age of 10 or know someone who is, you're aware of the LEGO NINJAGO phenomenon.  It's LEGO toy line, a TV show, and Friday, it’s coming to the big screen as The LEGO NINJAGO.

The story revolves around a teen named Lloyd who’s ostracized by his peers because his father just happens to be the evil villain Lord Garmadon, who’s terrorizes the city of Ninjago. Lloyd, along with five other teens, are then recruited by an old ninja master to protect the city from Garmadon’s monsters.

Dave Franco, who voices Lloyd, says the complicated father-son scenes with Garmadon, voiced by Justin Theroux, are actually pretty deep for a kids’ movie.

“It’s the most complex character and relationship I’ve ever played on screen, which is weird to say ‘cause it’s animated,” he tells ABC Radio.

Olivia Munn, who voices Lloyd’s mom Koko, says she loves the film's many layers -- especially the clever references that will go right over some kids' heads.

"The music cues throughout this movie are so funny," she says. "There was a Jerry Maguire song and I was like, 'That's from Jerry Maguire!' And my niece totally didn't get it. But that’s what makes the LEGO movies so great is that from the very beginning, they were adult-friendly."

The film -- which also features the voices of Michael Pena, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson and Jackie Chan -- hits theaters Friday, September 22.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel continued his battle with Senator Bill Cassidy, R.-L.A., on Wednesday, a day after Kimmel accused Cassidy of lying to his face about what the senator would demand in a health care bill.

Tuesday night, Kimmel used a portion of his monologue to rip Cassidy, co-sponsor of the latest GOP health care measure, for introducing a bill that Kimmel said backtracks on the promises Cassidy made in a May appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On CNN on Wednesday, Cassidy said Kimmel didn't understand the new bill.

But Wednesday night, Kimmel accused Cassidy of using the, "all comedians are dummies card," in the CNN interview.

After detailing a range of specific criticisms about the Cassidy bill, Kimmel offered these words to Cassidy: "Which part of that am I not understanding? Or could it be, Senator Cassidy, that the problem is that I do understand, and you got caught with your GOPenis out?"

Kimmel had criticisms for others too, like bill co-sponsor Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  But he saved his most vicious attacks for Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade who Wednesday morning labelled Kimmel part of the "Hollywood elite" "pushing their politics on the rest of the country."

"This is a guy, Brian Kilmeade, who, whenever I see him, kisses my a** like a little boy meeting Batman," Kimmel said, adding that Kilmeade had even asked Kimmel to write a promotional blurb for his book. "That will be my blurb for your next book -- Brian Kilmeade is a phony little creep," Kimmel said.

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© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(NEW YORK) -- The hit Wonder Woman gets jabbed -- gently -- by the folks at Screen Junkies, with their latest Honest Trailers offering, this one about the best-received DC Comics-based movie.

The new snippet pokes fun at Wonder Woman's Amazonian home of Themyscira, a mythical island populated with, "a society of women trained from birth to cover for Gal Gadot's accent."

The trailer notes that for a change, a male is considered the eye candy in a big budget movie -- and speaking of that eye candy, Chris Pine's performance, according to the Honest Trailer, puts him atop the "Hollywood Chris Off" leaderboard, ahead of Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and yes, Kris Kristofferson.

While leaps and bounds better than Man of Steel and Batman v Superman -- "I'm sorry for even bringing BvS into this," the voiceover guy intones -- the team sums up director Patty Jenkins' blockbuster thusly, fairly: "Is it an inspirational, well-made film that finally gives women a superhero to be proud of? Yes. Does it end with a lightning-hands moustache man yelling video game level dialogue? Also yes."

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NETFLIXWhile some companies don't joke around about their trademarked material, Netflix has put the "fun" in "fundamental principles of intellectual property rights," as evidenced by a just-released cease-and-desist letter to a Stranger Things-themed pop-up bar.

The Chicago establishment called The Upside Down opened August 18, with Danny and Doug Marks, the guys behind the pop-up, initially planning for a six-week run.  

The bar featured a Christmas light-festooned board as seen in the show, and had specials including "Eleven's Eggos," and other ST-themed fare and decor.

Netflix learned about the establishment and sent them a legal brush-back that clearly showed Netflix was equally in on the joke.

"Look, I don’t want you to think I’m a total wastoid, and I love how much you guys love the show. (Just wait until you see Season 2!) But unless I’m living in the Upside Down, I don’t think we did a deal with you for this pop-up," the letter begins.

It continues, "We’re not going to go full Dr. Brenner on you, but we ask that you please (1) not extend the pop-up beyond its 6 week run ending in September, and (2) reach out to us for permission if you plan to do something like this again."

According to DNA Info, the operators hoped to keep things going past Stranger Things Season 2 premiere on October 27 -- and into Halloween -- but were cool with the letter.

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FilmMagic/Robin PlatzerFilmMagic/Robin PlatzerBoxing legend Jake LaMotta, who inspired the 1980 Oscar-winning film Raging Bull, died on Tuesday. He was 95. LaMotta's wife, Denise Baker, confirmed his death to ABC News and said he died of complications from pneumonia.

The family is in the planning stages of his memorial and funeral and will celebrate his life in Miami and New York, Baker said.

LaMotta was a world middleweight championship in the late 1940s, but was a well-known brawler before winning the title. His six iconic fights against Sugar Ray Robinson spanned almost a decade.  In all, LaMotta was 83-19 with four draws.

His legacy was heightened after he retired from boxing in the mid-1950s. He decided to try his hand at acting and was cast in more than a dozen films. In 1980, he became the inspiration for Robert De Niro's Oscar-winning performance in Martin Scorsese's epic Raging Bull.

Upon the news of LaMotta's passing, De Niro released a statement to ABC News, saying simply: "Rest in Peace, Champ."

"He was a great man, sensitive and had eyes that danced right up to the end," Baker said of her late husband.  "God rest his soul.  He never went down!"

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The Chosunilbo JNS/Multi-Bits via Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like we’re going to get yet another Terminator movie -- and Linda Hamilton will be a part of it.

The Hollywood Reporter says director and franchise creator James Cameron himself broke the news at a “private event celebrating the storied franchise.” Hamilton of course, starred not only in the original film, 1984’s The Terminator, but also in the franchise’s most popular installment, 1992’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Both times, Hamilton played Sarah Connor, the future mother of John Connor, who leads the human resistance against machine domination of the world.  Her role in T2 as a gun-totin’, take-no-prisoners action hero was hailed at the time as a stereotype-breaker.  Cameron reportedly wants to make an on-screen statement again -- THR quotes him as saying, “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”

It’s worth recalling Cameron’s comments in an interview late last month, in which he declared Wonder Woman, the summer’s biggest blockbuster, was “a step backwards” for women, and calling the character “an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing!”  Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins responded, in part, by noting Cameron’s “inability to understand what Wonder Woman is,” adding, “There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman.  And the massive female audience who made [Wonder Woman] a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.”

There have been five Terminator films in all so far.  Arnold Schwarzenegger will also be a part of the new Terminator movie, which we’ll supposedly see in 2019.  Cameron’s currently up to his ears working on the long-promised, forthcoming Avatar sequels.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jada Pinkett Smith set the record straight on her reported ties to Scientology, insisting she has no connection to the religion.

“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech,” the Girls Trip star tweeted on Tuesday, referring to the ideas and teaching method invented by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who created the controversial religion.

“But I am not a Scientologist,” she continued, explaining, “I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not.”

The tweet was in response to a claim made by Kevin Can Wait star and former Scientologist Leah Remini made in an interview with the Daily Beast, published on Saturday.

“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Remini told the pop culture website. “I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”

Remini, a member of the church for 35 years, announced her split in 2013. She’s since become an outspoken critic of Scientology, alleging its practices are abusive towards its members.

Remini earned a Creative Arts Emmy for her series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on A&E.

Kevin Can Wait, starring Kevin James, returns for its second season Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC./Graham Bartholomew(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander sure looks the part of adventurer Lara Croft -- that is, the more realistically-proportioned version seen in the hit 2013 reboot of the video game Tomb Raider -- in the new trailer for the character's next cinematic go 'round.

Vikander's Lara Croft is a confident, fearless young woman, who in this case, undertakes a globe-trotting adventure after following clues left by her presumed-dead dad -- played in flashbacks by The Wire's Dominic West.

It seems an ancient tomb contains a world-shattering secret, one that a well-armed team of baddies, led by amazing Hateful Eight character actor Walton Goggins can't wait to unleash.

The coming attraction shows off big screen versions of the game's deadly traps and Lara's death-defying leaps, and Vikander is shown wielding not only the rebooted character's trusty bow and arrow, but in a nod to the '90s-era game, her trademark twin pistols.

Angelina Jolie first played the classic console character in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

Tomb Raider is set for a March 16, 2018 release.

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ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- TV personality Billy Bush and his wife, Sydney Davis, are calling it quits after two decades together, his rep tells ABC News.

"After almost 20 years of marriage, they have separated for the moment to evaluate their life together," says the rep. "They love each other and their children deeply and are committed to a bright future."

The former Access Hollywood and Today host, married Davis in 1998 and they have three daughters: Josephine, Mary and Lillie.

The 45-year-old journalist made headlines last year after a 2005 Access Hollywood tape of Bush and then candidate Donald Trump discussing women surfaced before the presidential election. Trump later called the conversation "locker room banter."

In the leaked tape, Trump bragged about his ability to grab and kiss women because he's "a star."

After the leak of the tape, Bush was eventually fired from Today. He apologized on social media for his part in the vulgar conversation and spoke to ABC News this year about the incident.

"I understand people's reaction. I agree. I also felt that way," he said.

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Angelica Hale - NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- The final live performance show of the current America’s Got Talent season took place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater on Tuesday night, featuring the final 10 acts hoping to win the $1 million prize and a chance to be a headline act in Las Vegas.

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum were treated to some truly amazing performances, all introduced by host Tyra Banks.

America’s votes will decide who moves on and who goes home. The result will be announced during Wednesday’s live show on NBC.

 Here's a rundown of the final performances:

 Angelica Hill, who recently became a big sister, got the show started with her cover of Clean Bandit’s “Symphony,” bringing all four judges to their feet. Heidi told the nine-year-old, “You are only four-feet-tall, but you are a giant,” adding that in her opinion, Hale was the best singer of the season.

Acrobatic dance crew Diavolo jumped, slid and flew through the air, aided by props, including a huge see-saw ship. Simon declared that any casino owners watching on Tuesday should be booking them immediately.

Evie Clair, 13, who recently lost her father to cancer, delivered a moving rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” Howie said, “Our hearts and souls go out to you,” adding, “We all go through dark times. What gets us through is hoping and praying for that light at the end of the tunnel…Your voice is that light.”

Singer Kechi survived a horrific plane crash and burns over her entire body to make it to the AGT finals. Following her uplifting performance of Estelle’s “I Am a Conqueror,” Simon declared, “That wasn’t a song -- that was an anthem.” Mel B called the performance “powerful and moving.”

Darci Lynne Farmer, a 12-year-old ventriloquist, brought her friends Oscar and Petunia on stage and sang The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.” All four judges considered Darci Lynne the odds-on favorite to take home the $1 million prize.

Ukrainian dance crew Light Balance, was the last act of the night and delivered a greatest-hits performance of sorts, reprising some of the costumes and elements that made them a hit with the judges. “This is like the Super Bowl, you think someone’s won it, then something else happens ten minutes later that changes it all!” said Simon. Heidi declared, “You should already be in Vegas and I’m going to see it again and again!”

The winning act of season 11 will be crowned when NBC's America's Got Talent returns on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

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©2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc./Scott Kowalchyk(LOS ANGELES) -- Hillary Clinton stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night to promote her book, What Happened, about the 2016 presidential election. 

The major topic of conversation, no surprise, turned out to be Russian meddling in the campaign -- just one of the many factors on which Clinton blames her electoral defeat at the hands of President Donald Trump.

"I don't think anybody can with a straight face say that the Russians did not set out to influence our election, and they did so," Clinton said. "This latest revelation about the way they bought ads on Facebook and targeted them -- we're gonna find out a lot more, Stephen."

Clinton explained Russian President Vladimir Putin's motives, and sounded a cautionary note.

"He wants to undermine how we see each other, how we respect each other, how we support our institutions and our society," Clinton said.  "I think they believe they had a good outing in 2016 and I think that they will be back in 2018 and 2020 unless we stop them."

She suggested that if collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is proven -- and despite exhaustive investigation and seemingly endless coverage, it isn't -- people need to take political action.

"What you do is mobilize politically to express your will and your rejection of that kind of Russian involvement and coordination at the ballot box. I mean, that is where we settle our political differences, and that's where it should be," she said.

Clinton also told a story about Putin from her time as secretary of state.  "He takes me...into this inner sanctum with this huge desk and the biggest map of Russia I think exists, and he started telling me he's going here to tag polar bears. And then he says to me, 'Would your husband like to come?'" Clinton recalled. "I said, 'Well, I'll ask him, but if he's busy, I'll go.'"

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- On Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel laced into Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana for proposing new health care legislation that Kimmel said fails the "Jimmy Kimmel" test Cassidy himself had proposed in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last May.

Cassidy appeared on the program after Kimmel had made an emotional plea for health care legislation in the wake of his newborn son's need for life-saving heart surgery.

But, Kimmel said, with new legislation that Cassidy and co-sponsor Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have proposed, "Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel Test, he failed the Bill Cassidy Test." 

Kimmel said Cassidy "wasn't very honest" when he appeared on the show.  

"He said he wants coverage for all, no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, lower premiums for middle class families and no lifetime caps.  And guess what? The new bill does none of those things," Kimmel said.

"Stop using my name," Kimmel said, "'cause I don't want my name on it.  There's a new Jimmy Kimmel Test for you, it's called a lie detector test, you're welcome to come by the studio and take it any time."

Kimmel also had words for critics on social media. "Before you post the nasty Facebook message saying I'm politicizing my son's health problems, I want you to know, I AM politicizing my son's health problems because I have to," he said.

"They're taking care of the people who give them money, like insurance companies, and we're all just looking at our Instagram accounts, liking things, while they're voting on whether people can afford to keep their children alive or not," Kimmel said of bill's backers. 

"Most of the Congress people who will vote this probably won't even read it. They want to us to do the same thing," Kimmel continued. "They want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement. And this guy Bill Cassidy lied right to my face."

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Marvel - 2017

(NEW YORK) -- The trailer to Thor: Ragnarok is already retro, from its garishly-colored logo to its use of Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song." But Nerdist has taken things a step further, and revised the coming attraction to make it look as if it's a trailer you'd see on a VHS tape in 1987, not 2017. 

From the hammy narration, to the non-widescreen aspect ratio, to the video tracking errors -- for the young, those are image warbles that had to be adjusted with a knob on your VCR -- Nerdist left no detail untouched. 

"He's back to Ragnarock-and-roll!" the narrator exclaims, as an electric guitar riffs. "Thor is fantasy! Thor is excitement! Thor is a world of fantasy and excitement beyond your imagination!"

The teaser even uses TV show footage of Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk battling Eric Allan Kramer as Thor from his appearance in the cheesy 1988 TV movie The Incredible Hulk Returns, in place of Chris Hemsworth.

All this, in addition to special effects that were deliberately downgraded to look as if the movie was made in the Reagan era. 

Thor: Ragnarok will open November 3 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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