ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- After hearing she was a big fan of both Iron Man and marine sustainability, actor and philanthropist Robert Downey Jr. sent a special message to 17-year-old Paige Winter, recruiting her for his Footprint Coalition climate change venture.
Winter lost her left leg and two fingers as a result of a shark attack earlier this month, but didn't lose her spirit, as Good Morning America's Robin Roberts learned in an exclusive interview. "
I was aware from the beginning, nothing's gonna be the same ever again. Like, I'm still Paigey. Just a little different," Winter said.
The chat with the heroic young woman sparked Downey to send her a surprise video message.
"This is a heroic story of resilience, I got to tell you," Downey said to her. "You're not alone, but not just because of folks who have had similar stuff happen, but also because of your interest in sustainability and preservation of our oceans and marine life and all that stuff."
"I'm a fan, I got to tell you," the Oscar-nominated actor told the teen via his video message. "But also, kind of like Tony with Peter Parker a few years back, I'm in a bit of a recruitment mode, so I wanted to see if you would join my Footprint Coalition, and be my North Carolina ambassador?"
In Captain America: Civil War, Downey's Tony Stark tapped Tom Holland's Peter Parker for Stark's September Foundation internship -- but it was all a cover story to recruit Parker's Spider-Man for The Avengers.
In real life, Downey's brand new Footprint Coalition vows to find high-tech solutions to cleaning up the environment.
Christian Bale, who starred in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, was declared the fans' favorite Bat by 39% of those polled; Michael Keaton was a close second, preferred by 38%.
George Clooney -- who admitted to "killing" the Batman franchise for a while via 1997's Batman and Robin -- came in third, with 19%. Ben Affleck scored 18%, and Batman Forever's Val Kilmer was last at 17%.
While Halle Berry's Catwoman was panned, her take on the villainess was deemed the favorite of 42% of those polled. Batman Returns' Michelle Pfeiffer was a close second with 41%; Anne Hathaway from The Dark Knight Rises ranked last, preferred by just 26%.
Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning portrayal of The Joker was deemed fans' fave portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime by 60%, though Jack Nicholson's take from the 1989 movie was a close second at 58%.
Jared Leto's tattooed, grill-sporting Joker from Suicide Squad was the favorite of just 18% of those polled..
And 68% of those polled expect Joaquin Phoenix to be "excellent" or "good" in his standalone film Joker, which opens October 4.
For his part, Mark Hamill, a fan favorite for voicing The Joker on Batman: The Animated Series, tells ABC Radio that he's enjoyed every actor's take on Batman's greatest enemy.
"It's like the Hamlet of villains," he says. "It will be constantly revisited by actors forever and ever."
ABC/Ron Tom(LOS ANGELES) -- With her next project, Tyra Banks is offering the world a new set of beauty standards.
According to Variety, Banks is teaming up with the Quibi mobile streaming service for a new body positive docu-series titled Beauty. The series, in which Banks will both star in and executive produce, is described as a multi-part show which "celebrates being beautiful."
The goal of the series is to help "break down barriers and challenge traditional notions” of beauty while questioning the beauty standards that the world has subscribed to over the years.
“As I look into the future, I see radical changes in both how people ‘attain beauty,’ and how the world perceives beauty,” Banks said in a statement. “Our docu-series aims to expand and redefine the definition of beauty as we know it, challenging why we accept certain beauty parameters and reject others, and examining the beliefs behind those judgments.”
Banks, now called BanX, has been a champion for body positivity throughout her career, including on her show America's Next Top Model, which has been running for 24 season across various networks.
Quibi will officially launch in April 2020. A premiere date for Tyra's Beauty has not yet been revealed.
(L-R) Roselyn Sanchez, Eva Longoria, Santiago Baston -- ABC/Matt Petit(LOS ANGELES) -- Eva Longoria is living proof that women don’t have to choose between their career and motherhood.
She produced, directed and acted in ABC’s soapy new drama, Grand Hotel, while juggling being a new mom to her son, Santiago. Nothing captures that balance better than a photo Longoria posted to Instagram of her breastfeeding while simultaneously directing an episode.
“I think you have to normalize that,” she tells ABC Radio of posting the photo. “And luckily, we were with an amazing crew and cast that knew I was coming back from having a baby and it was gonna be difficult and finding times to pump and feed and breastfeed and I was like, ‘If I'm ever asleep it's only for three minutes!’”
Roselyn Sanchez, who stars as Gigi on the series and is a mom to young kids herself, supported Longoria.
“She called me one day, saying, ‘Listen, you need to have my back. If I'm a little late on set, just tell them that she's a mother. Leave her alone. Everybody can sit and wait,’” Sanchez recalls, laughing.
Sanchez adds that having Longoria as a boss set the tone for a workplace where everyone felt comfortable.
“You know, everything starts with a head and when the head is a good woman and she's respectful and she treats everybody like family, then you go to work happy,” says Sanchez. “And that was a bottom line.”
Grand Hotel debuted last night on ABC and airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET.
Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones took home top honors at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which aired Monday night live from Santa Monica, California. Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Josh Brolin also won Best Hero and Best Villain, respectively.
The event was hosted by Shazam! star Zachary Levi, and included musical performances by Bazzi and Lizzo.
Presenters included Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, Tessa Thompson, Aubrey Plaza, Kiernan Shipka, Elisabeth Moss, David Spade and Jaden Smith.
A memorable moment in the broadcast came as the three women featured in Best Documentary winner Surviving R. Kelly took the stage with Lifetime senior vice president of unscripted development and programming Miranda Brie Kelly to accept the award. Kelly said the win represented "the cultural impact" the documentary had.
The night's honorary career awards -- The Generation Award and Trailblazer Award -- were given to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jada Pinkett Smith, respectively.
Here's the full list of winners:
Best Movie Avengers: Endgame
Best Show Game of Thrones
Best Performance in a Movie Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Best Performance in a Show Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
Best Hero Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Endgame
Best Villain Josh Brolin, Avengers: Endgame
Best Kiss Noah Centineo & Lana Condor, To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Reality Royalty Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Best Comedic Performance Dan Levy, Schitt's Creek
Breakthrough Performance Noah Centineo, To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Best Fight Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva, Captain Marvel
Best Real-Life Hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RGB
Most Frightened Performance Sandra Bullock, Bird Box
Best Documentary Surviving R. Kelly
Best Host Nick Cannon, Wild 'n Out
Most Meme-able Moment The Bachelor, Colton Underwood jumps the fence
Scott Kowalchyk/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Folks are still talking about Jon Stewart's emotional testimony last week before the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of 9/11 first responders as he essentially shamed lawmakers -- many of whom skipped the hearing -- into fully funding the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
One of those people still talking about Stewart's testimony is Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Now that the House passed the bill to fund the Victim Compensation Fund, it's the Senate's turn to pass it -- if McConnell will allow the vote.
Addressing that on Monday's Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert showed a clip of McConnell saying of Stewart's testimony, in part, "I don't know why he's all bent out of shape."
At which point Stewart himself emerged from beneath Colbert's desk to answer that question.
The former Daily Show host said he was "bent out of shape for them" -- meaning the 9/11 first responders, many of whom are deathly ill from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero and in desperate need of continued funding. That prompted Colbert to play another clip from McConnell addressing the empty seats during the House committee hearing.
"Members have a lot of things going on at the same time," said McConnell, "and he sounds to me like he's looking for some way to take offense."
After feigning embarrassment and deadpanning, "I didn't know that they were busy," Stewart then shouted, "I didn't mean to interrupt them with their jobs!"
"I know that your species isn't known for moving quickly," said Stewart -- a reference to McConnell's appearance sometimes being likened to that of a turtle. He then accused McConnell of hypocrisy, saying he loved the 9/11 community only "when they serve your political purposes."
Stewart then issued a challenge to McConnell, saying if he wanted to know why the 9/11 community was so upset, McConnell should "meet with them, tomorrow, as soon as possible, and don't make them beg for it. You could pass this thing as a stand-alone bill tomorrow. Meet with them."
Stewart ended with a final jab, saying if, in future, McConnell ever needed a first responder to extinguish his burning house, "I'm sure they'll put it out for good when they feel like gettin' around to it. No offense."
ABC/Ed Herrera(NEW YORK) -- On Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette, the season came to a screeching halt as Hannah, fed up with the drama, threatened to leave. It was up to host Chris Harrison to convince her to stay.
Did he succeed?
Following last week’s disastrous one-on-one date with Luke P., Hannah told him she couldn’t give him the date rose and sent him home. However, Luke wouldn’t take no for an answer, and begged her to give him another shot.
Back at the mansion, the other guys anxiously stare at Luke’s pre-packed suitcase, waiting to see who returns to pick it up. To their disappointment it’s Luke, who explains that Hannah didn't give him the rose and agreed to let him stay.
During her conversation with Garrett at the pre-rose ceremony cocktail party, Hannah reveals that in spite of Luke’s promise beforehand not to talk about the other guys during his one-on-one date with her, and his insistence afterwards that he had kept his word, Mike, Devin and Dylan’s names did, in fact, come up in the course of their conversations.
When Garrett confronts Luke about that in front of the other guys, a loud argument ensues, further angering Hannah. She comes to Luke’s defense, insisting that it was she who instigated the conversations about the other men. Her attempt to “clear the air” only leads to more arguments, and Hannah, storms out of the room.
When she returns, she warns all the men to “stop pointing fingers at other people” and instead focus on themselves and what she needs from them. She tells them it’s not just Luke who makes her feel “psycho and irritated,” but all of them.
The men talk among themselves and agree to put “the petty fights” behind them and focus on their relationships with Hannah.
When host Chris Harrison checks up on Hannah to see if she’s okay, she tells him the arguments are taking up all her time and preventing her from furthering her relationships with the other guys. He tries to comfort her by saying it’s because of their intense feelings for her, adding that everybody is there for her and that it’s her party.
“Party’s over,” she snaps back.
At the rose ceremony, Hannah says nothing and quickly begins calling out the names of the men who will get a rose: Connor, Tyler, Dustin, Peter, Dylan, Garrett -- and Luke.
Devin, Grant and Kevin are sent home.
“Now we talk,” Hannah tells the remaining men, explaining that everything that’s happened has made her angry, and that she feels “defeated” and “uncertain” and doesn’t see a future with any of them. “We have got to all get on the same page on how we can [change] that,” Hannah declares.
“I’m trying to work through it, but it’s super hard,” she continues, before leaving them with a brusque “Goodnight.”
Hannah and the guys next jet off to Riga, Latvia, hoping to have left the drama behind them, although Hannah tells Harrison she’s not sure she if she can do that. In fact, she’s ready to quit the show altogether.
That leads into the second half of the episode, which is a look back at Hannah’s journey thus far and how it got to this point, with Hannah and Harrison reliving some of the highlights and low-lights of season 15, including some never-before-seen moments.
Finally, Harrison asks Hannah the all-important question: “Where do we go from here?”
After some hesitation, Hannah finally tells Chris she intends to “see this thing through to the end.”
Here are the nine remaining men:
Connor S., 24, an investment analyst from Dallas, TX Dustin, 30, a real estate broker from Chicago, IL Dylan, 24, a tech entrepreneur from San Diego, CA Garrett, 27, a golf pro from Birmingham, AL Jed, 25, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN Luke P., 24, an import/export manager from Gainesville, GA Mike, 31, a portfolio manager from San Antonio, TX Peter, 27, a pilot from Westlake Village, CA Tyler C., 26, a general contractor from Jupiter, FL
The Bachelorette returns Monday at 8 pm ET on ABC.
Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith is attempting to pump up the box office for Aladdin by posting a photo of himself dressed in drag on the set of the film.
Smith, who stars as Genie in the live-action remake of the classic 1992 animated film, appears in the Instagram photo wearing a colorful gown, glittery jewelry, a long wig, heavy makeup, hot pink lips and false eyelashes. He commented, "#Aladdin still in theaters!! How y'all gon' Resist THIS?"
Will wasn't just randomly dressing in drag, though: It was part of a scene from the movie.
The shot has received over three million likes -- and Aladdin has earned $725 million worldwide, according to Deadline.
The 50-year-old rapper/actor also celebrated Father's Day by posting a throwback photo of himself with Ben Vereen, who portrayed his father, Lou Smith, on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the show, Lou abandoned his son when Will was four years old.
The Aladdin star referenced the show’s story line as he commented on the photo, "Happy Father's Day, Lou! Kids, be Patient with your Dads. We're all struggling... just tryna figure it out."
Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- O.J. Simpson opened a Twitter account for the first time over the weekend and then used it to shoot down a longstanding rumor that he's Khloe Kardashian’s father.
The former football star says that someone pretending to be his manager, Norman Pardo, originally circulated the false story.
The man listed on Khloe’s birth certificate as her father -- the late Robert Kardashian -- was one of O.J.’s attorneys during O.J.'s infamous 1995 murder trial, in which he was accused of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.
“Khloe, like all the girls I’m very proud of, just like I know Bob would be, if he was here, but the simple facts of the matter is, she’s not mine,” Simpson says in a Twitter video.
He also stated that he was never involved with Khloe’s mother, Kris Jenner, who remarried after Kardashian's death.
“Never -- and I want to stress never in any way shape or form -- have I ever had any interest in Kris, romantically, sexually, and I never got any indication that she had any interest in me,” O.J. says. “So all of these stories are just bogus, bad, you know, tasteless.”
In separate video, O.J. says, “For years, people have been able to say whatever they want about me with no accountability, but now I get to challenge a lot of that BS and set the record straight."
His Twitter account already has over 660,000 followers, and 20 million views.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista is on the promo trail for his action comedy Stuber, and he's once again speaking his mind about the drama surrounding his Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
Then again, the former wrestler was never shy about going to the mat for Gunn: He did so after Marvel Studios' parent company, Disney, fired Gunn from Guardians 3 last year over some old, offensive tweets. Bautista also joined the entire cast in writing a letter of support for Gunn.
The writer-director was eventually reinstated earlier this year, though not because of the cast's efforts.
Bautista tells Entertainment Tonight about his sharply-worded tweets to Disney at the time. "I was like, 'Fire me. I don't care. You're going to hear what I have to say....I think you made a bad call and I don't care if you fire me because I feel this way."
Bautista, who was contractually committed to being in a third Guardians film, reportedly threatened to leave the project and follow Gunn onto the Suicide Squad sequel instead. The actor explained that the threat was about "me being honest and me sticking up for my friend who was wronged.'"
Bautista praised Disney's reversal, saying it proves, "It's never too late to admit you're wrong."
In Stuber, Bautista plays a tough-as-nails L.A. cop who, thanks to laser eye surgery, has to rely on the eyes of his straight-laced Uber driver, played by Kumail Nanjani.
Incidentally, the movie also features his Guardians co-star Karen Gillan, who Bautista calls, "one of my favorite people."
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If you've been missing the world of Katniss Everdeen since the final Hunger Games movie, here's some good news: Author Suzanne Collins is bringing out a prequel to the best-selling book series next year.
The currently untitled book will arrive May 19, 2020. It takes place in the world of Panem, on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games: 64 years before the events of the original books.
In a statement, Collins says, "With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival."
"The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days -- as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet -- provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity," she adds.
As fans of the Hunger Games series know, the Dark Days took place when the Districts rose in rebellion against the Capitol. When the rebellion was put down, the Capitol instituted the Hunger Games -- in which a boy and a girl from each District must fight to the death in a televised competition -- in order to remind the Districts that the Capitol hasn't forgiven them.
The Hunger Games books debuted in 2008. More than 100 million copies of the trilogy -- The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay -- have been sold. The four Hunger Games movies, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the bow-and-arrow wielding freedom fighter Katiniss Everdeen, have grossed about three billion dollars at the box office.
Lionsgate, the studio who made the films, has said in the past that it might continue the film series via prequels, so this new book may very well end up in a theater near you.
Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Keanu Reeves' Ted "Theodore" Logan, Esq. and Alex Winter's Bill S. Preston Esq. are officially back together: Winter tweeted that production on their long-awaited third Bill & Ted movie is underway.
"Just got to location to shoot @BillandTed3," Winter tweeted. "Making movies is a miraculous gig, but it's also stressful & fairly nuts. Good to be here with @ed_solomon, our great director & producer, many [folks] I've known most of my life. We're family, and that makes this all the more special."
As previously reported, Reeves, 54, and Winter, 53 will be reprising their roles as Bill and Ted, who are now middle-aged dads who never quite fulfilled their destiny of writing a song that will save the universe.
This time, their daughters -- Brigette Lundy-Paine's Billie Logan and Samara Weaving's Thea Preston -- are along for the ride, with the fate of existence in the balance.
Their excellent adventure, Bill & Ted Face the Music, will come to theaters on August 21, 2020.
ABC/Paula Lobo(ATLANTA) -- Tiffany Haddish has canceled her scheduled June 22 show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta as a protest against Georgia's new abortion law.
“After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta,” the comedian and actress said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone.
“I love the state of Georgia,” she continued, “but I need to stand with women and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there.”
Ticket holders are being offered refunds.
In May, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the measure, which outlaws abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is typically about six weeks into a pregnancy. The law is set to take effect in January 2020.
Haddish is hosting the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards airing tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. For her next film role, she will star with Common in the crime drama, The Kitchen, opening in theaters August 9.
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Gloria Vanderbilt, mother to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and member of the storied Vanderbilt family, has died at 95 years old.
Cooper confirmed his mother's death on air on CNN, saying she died at home surrounded by family and friends. He said his mother was diagnosed with advanced cancer in her stomach earlier this month, and it had spread.
He also spoke about his bond with his fashion designer mother, describing her as the "strongest person" he's ever met.
"Her private self, her real self -- that was more fascinating and lovely than anything she shared the public," he said.
Cooper also described Vanderbilt as a, "visitor from another world ... a traveler stranded here who'd come from a distant star that burned out long ago."
He added, "Gloria Vanderbilt died as she lived: on her own terms."
Vanderbilt's life was often marked with controversy, starting in 1934 when she became the center of a headline-grabbing custody battle between her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Her aunt ultimately won custody of the girl in what was dubbed the "trial of the century."
"She had as screwed up a childhood as you could have," Cooper said about his mother while appearing on the 10% Happier podcast with ABC News' Dan Harris in October 2017.
The heiress was also known as a fashion and cultural icon throughout her life, creating the extremely successful Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans in 1976, and then expanding into other areas of apparel.
Vanderbilt also appeared on Broadway and on television and published multiple novels, including her 2004 book, It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir.
She kept famous company and was constantly in the public eye, counting notable names like Frank Sinatra, Diane von Furstenberg and Marlon Brando as friends.