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FilmMagic/Roy Rochlin(NEW YORK) -- After Donald Trump's comments over the weekend about how NFL players -- or any pro athletes -- who decide to protest the national anthem by taking a knee should be fired, many celebrities are speaking out against the president  and "taking the knee" in support.

"It's that easy. #takeaknee," Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba tweeted, sharing an image of herself taking the knee in front an African-inspired painting.

Empire creator Lee Daniels showed his solidarity over the weekend by taking a knee and asking fans to do the same.  "#TAKEAKNEE - Take a photo - Post It!" he wrote on Instagram.

Rosie Perez also shared her thoughts on the #taketheknee protest, tweeting, "Wow... Even #Jaguars owner #Khan #TakeAKneeNFL. @NFL.

Diddy offered his thoughts on video in an Instagram message to NFL players over the weekend.  “I just wanna send some blessings and also, you know, some support to all the players in the NFL," the music mogul said in part. “If you all do whatever you do in unity, you can’t be stopped."

Diddy continued: "Just do the math, man...stick together, stand up for each other, ride with each other because believe me, we’re all we got and it has nothing to do with football or business. Y’all are our stars, y’all represent us, y’all are our strong heroes. So show that strength, please."

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Getty Images/Rich Fury(NEW YORK) -- Quentin Tarantino's celebration of his recent engagement to Israeli singer Daniella Pick became something of a Pulp Fiction reunion, the New York Post reports.

The event, which took place at the New York City eatery Socialista, drew veterans of the influential Oscar-winning epic, including Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Harvey Keitel, as well as Tarantino's longtime producers -- and, incidentally, the guys who threw the party -- Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

Tarantino, 54, met 33-year-old Pick in 2009, while Quentin was promoting Inglorious Basterds in Israel, where Pick and her sister, Sharona, were pop stars. The pair reconnected in 2016, the New York Post notes, with longtime bachelor Quentin popping the question this summer.

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ABC/Eike Schroter(LOS ANGELES) -- The Good Doctor premieres tonight on ABC. The show, from House creator David Shore, is about a wunderkind doctor who sees things a little differently, because he's autistic. Star Freddie Highmore tells ABC Radio the role is a change from his last one, where he played Norman Bates on the show Bates Motel, a prequel to the legendary horror film Psycho.

"I guess after so many years of killing people it's nice to save some," he laughs. "But the characters in my mind are very separate, really, and so in terms of switching from one to the other it hasn't been too tricky."

Highmore does say that it's difficult to get a handle on all the medical lingo that he has to say in his role as pediatric surgeon Dr. Shaun Murphy -- since he's British, and is using an American accent for the show.  But he explains that the most important aspect of the show is accurately portraying a character with autism.

"We all feel a great sense of responsibility," he tells ABC Radio. "We have all had both sort of collective and individual conversations with experts on autism...and I've gone away and done my own individual research in terms of literature and documentaries, and trying to learn as much as possible -- about not only what it's like to live with autism but also the history of it." 

The Good Doctor airs tonight at 10 pm. ET.

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John Russo © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox FIlm Corp.(NEW YORK) -- Director Matthew Vaughn wanted to put Elton John in his movie 2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service but couldn't find a way to work him into the plot.  But Vaughn did get Elton into the new sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle -- and one of Elton's Oscar-winning co-stars gives his performance a big thumbs up.

In Golden Circle, which had a $39 million first place debut in U.S. theaters, Jeff Bridges plays Champagne, a member of the U.S. spy agency Statesman, the counterpart to the U.K.'s Kingsman spy agency. 

Elton plays himself, and steals the scenes he's in.

Bridges agrees, telling ABC Radio of the singer's part, "It's terrific, and it's not just a little cameo! I mean, this is a genuine role... he really, y'know, comes to the party all guns blazing. He's wonderful in the film." 

In the film -- SPOILER ALERT -- Elton John has been kidnapped by the movie's villain, Poppy, played by Julianne Moore, and forced to perform private concerts for the drug kingpin every night. 

Of course, he's not happy about it, and is shown throwing several foul-mouthed temper tantrums.  Eventually, he helps the good guys defeat Poppy, in a scene that makes use of one of his classic hits.

In one scene, Colin Firth's Harry Hart asks Elton if he can get tickets to one of his shows -- provided Harry can save the world again.

Elton replies, in typical fashion, "Darling, if you save the world, you can have a backstage pass!"

In addition to Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Elton John, Kingsman: The Golden Circle also stars Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, and Taron Egerton.

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CBS/Jeffrey R. Staab(LOS ANGELES) -- TV's most-watched sitcom gets a spinoff tonight, with the premiere of Young Sheldon.

The CBS show takes a look at the early years of genius Sheldon Cooper, from The Big Bang Theory. Jim Parsons has been playing the adult Sheldon for 10 years -- he recently told journalists that while his childhood was very different from Sheldon Cooper's, he can identify with him being different than other kids.

“I didn't like sports,” Parsons said.  “I actually like watching them now, but I still don't play because I don't want to get hurt. How else was I different? I mean, I enjoyed playing the piano, and I enjoyed doing theater.”

As for whether he was smart, Parsons admits: “I was not an overly bright child. I was mediocre. I didn't befuddle my parents. That came much later, with my sexuality.”

Nine-year-old Iain Armitage is the actor who plays young Sheldon – and he’s never even see The Big Bang Theory.  “It is aimed at a different audience than me,” he says.  “Also, I don't watch a lot of TV. So not really, but I saw a couple of appropriate clips.

With its throwback feel and use of narration, some critics have been calling Young Sheldon a combination of The Wonder Years and The Big Bang Theory.  Co-creator Chuck Lorre says he takes that as a compliment.

“We absolutely discussed Wonder Years when we were writing. And I never worked with a narration before, and narration changes the way you write,” says Lorre.  “And so we looked for inspiration to shows that used it beautifully. Nobody did it better than Wonder Years.”

Young Sheldon premieres Monday night at 8:30 ET on CBS.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Tonight will see the first elimination of the season on Dancing with the Stars.  That of course begs the question: who will be the first to go home?

Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran seems the likely candidate, based on her low first-week scores – and she knows her millions can’t help her in the ballroom.  “Money can never buy anything worthwhile, but accomplishment makes you feel like a million bucks, and that's what I was after,” she tells ABC Radio.

Frankie Muniz scored a bit better, but is also at risk tonight.  He hopes he can stick around, because he’s discovered a new passion. 

“I love this, and I don't want to be done,” says Muniz.  “Honestly, I'm having the time of my life… I didn't know I loved dancing as much as I do.”

Former NBC star Derek Fisher doesn't plan on going home.  ABC Radio asked him who will go farther this year -- him on Dancing with the Stars, or his former team, the struggling LA Lakers?  He says he can’t speak for the Lakers, but “We're going to get better next week, we're going pretty far in this thing, that's for sure.”

As for Nick Lachey, who’s competing this season with his wife, Vanessa, he says their time on Dancing with the Stars is having a positive effect outside the ballroom as well. 

“I think it's sexy to see your partner doing these things and moving the way that she did and I did. You know, it's a fun thing for our marriage too to be going through this together, you know?”  

Find out who will be the first to go home when Dancing with the Stars returns tonight at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT on ABC, then again at the same time Tuesday night.

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lopez announced on Sunday that she is donating $1 million from the proceeds of her Las Vegas show to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

She made the announcement at a press conference Sunday alongside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Speaking first in Spanish and then in English, J-Lo announced the donation to charitable organizations and NGOs.  She also announced that she and boyfriend, former New York Yankee player Alex Rodriguez,  are "utilizing all of our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rican and Caribbean relief efforts,"  and had secured a commitment of help from Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees.

Lopez also announced that working with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Mavs player J.J. Barea, the group has two plane filled with supplies ready to fly to San Juan when air travel is cleared.

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20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Kingsman: The Golden Circle reigned supreme at the weekend box office with an estimated $39 million haul -- a $3 million improvement over the first the first film, 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The action/adventure comedy -- starring Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges -- earned an estimated $61.2 million overseas.

Stephen King's It slipped to second place this weekend, earning an estimated $30 million, making it the highest grossing R-rated horror feature of all time. The film brought in an estimated $38.3 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $478 million.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie  -- featuring the voices of Jackie Chan, Olivia Munn, Fred Armisen and Justin Theroux -- posted a disappointing third place finish in its debut, earning an estimated $21.2 million -- the lowest debut for the LEGO franchise.

American Assassin bowed in fourth place with an estimated $6.25 million, and Home Again, rounded out the top five with an estimated $3.3 million.

Two of other films opening in limited release -- Jake Gyllenhaal's Stronger and Battle of the Sexes, starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone -- had impressive debuts, earning $525,000 and $1.75 million, respectively.

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

1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, $39 million
2. It, $30 million
3. The Lego Ninjago Movie, $21.2 million
4. American Assassin, $6.25 million
5. Home Again, $3.3 million
6. mother!, $3.3 million
7. Friend Request, $2.4 million
8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard, $1.85 million
9. Stronger, $1.75 million
10. Wind River, $1.26 million

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"The Princess Bride" cast - WireImage/Dave Kotinsky(NEW YORK) -- When The Princess Bride arrived in theaters 30 years ago today, it wasn't exactly a hit with audiences. After 11 weeks in theaters, it had earned just $25.5 million, according to Box Office Mojo.  But home video gave it a second life, and it's now considered a classic -- which makes the movie's star, Cary Elwes, very happy.

"I’m very proud of it," Elwes, who played Westley in the film, tells ABC News. "It gave me the career and life I have, so I’m very grateful for it."

The Princess Bride was based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman. In an interview with ABC Radio a few years ago, Elwes said Goldman struggled for a decade to bring the tale to the big screen.

"It had so many genres in it that studios were baffled by it," he explained. "They didn't know what they had on their hands...[they] just didn't want to touch it."

Elwes also revealed that he wasn't the first choice for the role of Westley: future King's Speech Oscar winner and Kingsman series lead Colin Firth was in the running. In addition, he says the director wanted Jimmy Stewart to play the grandfather -- a role which went to Peter Falk.

"I know he [originally] had Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role of Fezzik," Elwes added.

Fezzik was instead played by the late wrestler Andre the Giant, whose ability to drink massive amounts of alcohol was legendary. Elwes says that during production of The Princess Bride, Andre drank to dull the pain from a medical problem he had.

"He was medicating himself and he was in an enormous amount of pain and he never grumbled, he never made a fuss about it," recalled Elwes. "And by the way, as much as he drank, he never missed a line, he never didn't hit a mark."

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© 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- Once again, we're boldly going where no one has gone before -- Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday night on CBS, before moving over to the subscription-based CBS All Access streaming service.

This adventure, which takes place about 10 years before Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock's five-year mission, which debuted on NBC in 1966, stars The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green, Harry Potter and Black Hawk Down veteran Jason Isaacs, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Michelle Yeoh.

The original series famously tackled issues like racism and the Cold War, making hot-button issues more palatable because they were couched in Gene Roddenberry's futuristic universe.  Discovery's executive producer Alex Kurtzman says the show won't be overtly political, but will echo the times in which we live, because that's what Star Trek does: "I think that obviously events of the world of the last two years have been so intense, no matter what side of the political line you're on. And Star Trek, at its best, has always been a mirror, and a reflection of the world that we live in."

Discovery will be the first Trek series developed for a digital platform, something about which Kurtzman has mixed feelings, knowing people may be watching the show's grand vistas on a mobile phone screen. "That hurts my heart about anything that we create at any point," he admits, allowing, "it's also the reality of the world we're living in now."

Ultimately, Kurtzman says, "the most important thing for us is the character stories, and the audience's investment in the emotion."

Discovery premieres Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time on CBS.

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20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Taron Egerton is in theaters again as Gary "Eggsy" Unwin in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the followup to the 2015 blockbuster Kingsman: The Secret Service

Egerton was fresh out of drama school when he auditioned for the first film. He tells ABC's Peter Travers there was a specific moment during the beginning of the "strenuous" audition process for Director Matthew Vaughn when the 27-year-old star knew he had a real shot at the part.

Vaughn "doesn’t mince his words...I remember my first audition for him. He...looked like he had a lot on his mind. He sat down and didn’t look at me. I did the scene, and he was still looking down. And I sort of went, 'Are we done?' And he looked up and went, 'What was your name again?' And that was the first moment where I thought I might [have] a shot here."

"Very many" followed, Egerton laughed. "He really put me through my paces."

After getting the part, the new drama school grad had to act alongside Oscar-winners Michael Caine and Colin Firth, the latter playing the agent who recruits Egerton's "street kid" to become a spy. "I was helped by...an amazingly gracious cast," says Egerton. "Colin Firth, particularly...kind of holding my hand, and making me feel valid among these certified film stars."

In the original, Egerton's character saves the world from a murderous plot launched by a mad billionaire played by Samuel L. Jackson.  The sequel sees Eggsy unite with his agency's American cousins, The Statesman, played by Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, and Channing Tatum, in order to topple another wannabe world dominator -- played by yet another Oscar-winner, Julianne Moore.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in theaters now.

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Amiyah Scott - Fox/Jason Bell(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of Star's season two premiere next Wednesday, Amiyah Scott and Jude Demorest are revealing  how the hit Fox series has significantly changed their lives.

Scott says playing Cotton, a transgender woman like herself, has given her a new purpose in life.

"It's giving a voice to the voiceless," Scott tells ABC Radio. "I think that me growing up and transitioning, I didn't have many role models. So to be able to possibly portray one, and to be able to have a role that is so rarely seen on television -- has changed my life because it's changed others lives as well."

Her Star co-star Jude agrees.  "It changed our lives in every single way," Demorest explains. "As an actress, Lee has pushed me in every single direction and I've learned so much. It's been a crash course in using all of my skills."

While Scott can draw on her personal experience to play her character, Jude says she's "very different" than Star.

"The difference between her and is -- where I have a very strong faith in God and I know that He can take care of me, she feels like she's her own god and she can take care of herself," Demorest says. "And that causes her to fall into a lot of pitfalls and to live a very defensive and aggressive life."

Yet Demorest believes that even with her character's flaws and the ongoing drama on the show, Star is still a noble series:  "It's a good cautionary tale for every girl who watches it to see what happens when you chose fame over everything else." 

The second season of Star premieres September 27 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- The new season of Saturday Night Live, its 43rd, gets underway September 30 with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest JAY-Z.  Now we know who will be following up the pair of guests in subsequent weeks.

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot will hosting the season's second episdoe on October 7, with musical guest Sam Smith.

The Big Sick and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani will be the guest host on October 14, with musical guest Pink.

This season SNL will be airing live simultaneously coast to coast.

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NETFLIX(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld has said it before, and he'll say it again: don't expect a Seinfeld reunion.

Despite a Super Bowl ad from a few years back -- and a reunion subplot on Curb Your Enthusiasm -- Jerry, Elaine, George and the gang will probably never grace the TV screen together again.

Entertainment Tonight recently asked the 63-year-old whether he would capitalize on the current trend of reboots and reunions like Roseanne and Will & Grace.

His response: "Why?"

The legendary comedian has always been outspoken about leaving the show, which ended its run in 1998, alone.

"Maybe it's nice that you continue to love it instead of us tampering with something that went pretty well," he explained to ET.

Seinfeld has had major success in the two decades since his show went off the air, touring around the country and hosting the web show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

In fact, Seinfeld returned to the top of Forbes' highest-paid comedians list this year, raking in $69 million.

He's also got his Netflix special, Jerry Before Seinfeld, streaming now.

 

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Giles Keyte(NEW YORK) -- While nobody can mistake Matthew Vaughn's madcap action comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle for Academy Awards bait, its cast is laden with Oscar gold.

The King's Speech winner Colin Firth reprises his role as suave British spy Harry Hart; Still Alice's Julianne Moore plays a homemaking icon/villain bent on world domination; Monster's Ball lead Halle Berry plays a tech genius akin to "Q" in the James Bond movies, and Crazy Heart's Jeff Bridges can be seen as the head of the Statesman group -- an American cousin to the very secret, veddy British Kingsman spy agency. 

And there's one other Oscar winner, too: Elton John.

Bridges tells ABC Radio, "Well, I was a big fan of the first one, and when I was invited to come on board the next one, said, 'Oh, this is wonderful! Does it have the same director?' 'Yep, Matthew Vaughn's gonna be in it, and Colin Firth, and Taron Egerton, yep!' 'OK! Who else?'" and then they started to list the other folks who were on board, you know, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, and my gal Julianne Moore, you know, so it made it easy to say yes."

Bridges explains of the film, "I play the head of the Statesman organization...My name is Champagne -- I don't particularly like that name, I make everybody call me Champ -- but my official name is Champagne, all of the agents in the Statesman organization are named after booze. The Kingsmen, their cover is a tailor shop -- you know, they're tailors, at least that's what they say. And we're...distillers."

The distillery cover made for a bit of product placement: Statesman whiskey, which is actually being made by acclaimed real-life, Kentucky-based Old Forester.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens nationwide today.

 

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