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20th Century Fox - 2015(LOS ANGELES) -- In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Reynolds talked about his career ups and downs, including his most recent "up" - his unlikely smash movie Deadpool.  And Reynolds says that if the movie ends up snagging a Best Picture nod at the Oscars next week -- which could happen -- he'll reward fans with something special.

"I can certainly promise one f***ing crazy reaction video online. In the Deadpool suit. Guaranteed," Reynolds laughs. 

After 11 years of development, Reynolds recounts how he was able to get the movie off the ground, with co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and director Tim Miller.  As Reynolds explained, he felt that Deadpool was dead in the water after he starred in yet another superhero movie, Green Lantern.

"I thought, 'If Green Lantern is a huge hit, they're never gonna accept me as both," Reynolds said of Deadpool rights owners 20th Century Fox. "...and if Green Lantern is a huge failure — which it ended up being — they're never going to hire me.'"

But Reynolds revealed that one big bonus of the flop film is gave him a chance to work with Reese and Wernick on the script that became Deadpool  "in a house that was being paid for by Green Lantern's dime." 

"I look back — and hindsight is obviously 20/20 — but it knew what it was, and I always knew what it was," Reynolds said of Deadpool.  The movie went on to earn more than $780 million on a budget of less than $60 million.

"I knew exactly how to play this guy, and I felt, in some weird way...like I was born to play this guy."

The movie has so far earned nominations for the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, and the Golden Globes, to name a few.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Australian actress Margot Robbie transformed into the crazy comic bombshell Harley Quinn last year for Suicide Squad, but now she's taking a different turn for a biopic she's currently filming. 

Photos have popped up from the set of  "I, Tonya," which is set for release next year, according to IMDB. It's about disgraced skating champion Tonya Harding and in the photo, Robbie appears to be wearing a body suit and facial prosthetics to resemble Harding. 

The movie reportedly focuses on Harding's success at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and her subsequent downfall after a plot to put her rival Nancy Kerrigan out of commission unraveled in 1994. Both skaters then went to the Olympics, where Kerrigan rebounded and went on to win the silver medal. Harding finished eighth.

In real life, Tonya's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly hired a man to attack Kerrigan and break her leg. Her leg was only bruised, but she was forced to pull out of the Championship nonetheless; Harding later won.  Gillooly ended up taking a plea deal for his involvement in the attack that led to a two-year stint in prison, while Harding took a separate plea deal for obstruction of justice that resulted in no prison time.

In the movie, Captain America series star Sebastian Stan plays Gillooly.

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ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Steve Harvey is apologizing to fans for his recent comments suggesting Asian men are unattractive.

Harvey caused a social media firestorm last week when he joked that women were not interested in dating Asian men. Now, the comedian-host has taken to twitter to apologize for his insensitive remarks.

"I offer my humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community, last week," Harvey wrote. "It was not my intention and the humor was not meant with any malice or disrespect whatsoever."  Today is also Harvey's 60th birthday.

Harvey's apology comes after Eddie Huang, whose autobiography Fresh Off the Boat inspired the TV show of the same name, wrote an essay in the New York Times addressing Harvey's comments. In a letter entitled, "Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl?" the actor explains how the media has continued to marginalize Asian men.

"There were times I thoroughly believed that no one wanted anything to do with me," Huang wrote. "I told myself that it was all a lie, but the structural emasculation of Asian men in all forms of media became a self-fulfilling prophecy that produced an actual abhorrence to Asian men in the real world."

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Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- The world could use a little Elle Woods right about now.  At least, that's what Reese Witherspoon said about bringing back one of her most beloved characters for a third Legally Blonde movie.

"I do think it's a good time to do it," she told E! News at the Elle Women in Television dinner. "I think women need that kind of positivity right now."

Witherspoon said her team has mulled it over, but adds, "I need somebody really clever to come up with a great idea and we'll do it."

Asked about what she's thinks is ahead for women under a Trump administration, Witherspoon focused on the positive.

"It's a great privilege to be a woman in America," she said. "We have many rights and freedoms that a lot of women don't have all over the world. I try to celebrate that. I try to live that to its utmost, particularly the freedom of speech, being able to express myself, create shows like this to show how important women are in our world. That's what I try to focus on."

Witherspoon was referring to her newest show, the HBO series Big Little Lies, which she produced and stars in alongside Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern.  It's about three mothers of young children whose seemingly-perfect lives crumble around them.

"I think diving deeply into issues that affect women so profoundly, it's not just a sort of desired mission statement," Witherspoon told E! News. "It's sort of a mandate in my life. Women are much more complex than what we're seeing on screen and I feel it's important to see how women behave with each other. And I think that's a unique thing about this show. It's how women really speak to each other about issues that really affect them."

Big Little Lies premieres on Feb. 19.

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Lifetime/Eike Schroter(NEW YORK) -- Actress Nia Long said that remaking the classic 1988 film Beaches was "very intimidating" while discussing her role in the upcoming Lifetime TV movie in an interview with Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer that aired today.

"I grew up watching the film," Long said. "I'm such a huge fan of Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. They're powerful women. They're iconic."

In the remake, Long plays Hillary, a lawyer who puts her career on hold when she gets married. The role was made famous by Hershey in 1988. Long stars alongside Idina Menzel, who will play the role of C.C., originally played by Midler in the 1988 original.

"When this opportunity came along, I was very nervous," Long said. "But Lifetime has such a way of celebrating women."

Long said that in many ways the new film is different from the original.

"Obviously, I'm an African-American woman," Long said, adding that there were things about her character that she wanted to play, "a little closer to home."

Long said that making the movie was "so emotional."

"I think everybody knows the ending to Beaches," Long said, "which makes it tricky."

The actress called her co-star Menzel as "amazing" and "strong."

"I fell in love with her when she was doing Wicked," Long said, referring to Menzel's role in the popular Broadway musical. "I remember going to see 'Wicked,' and I was like 'Who is this girl?'"

Menzel will perform her own version of the 1990 Grammy Award-winning song, "Wind Beneath My Wings," for the upcoming movie, and Long told GMA how exciting it was to be able to sing with the Broadway star.

"There's a part in the film where we sing, and I'm like, 'I can't believe I'm singing with her,'" Long said. "She's like, 'No, you have a really good voice,' but my voice is really teeny tiny.

"I made my voice smaller," Long added with a laugh, "because I wanted her voice to be the one that everyone hears."

Lifetime TV's version of Beaches will air on Saturday.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- In 1975, beloved low-budget filmmaker Roger Corman strapped a pre-Kung Fu David Carradine and a pre-Rocky Slyvester Stallone into some deadly-looking cars for the cult classic Death Race 2000.  

Now, at 90 years young, Corman -- credited with launching the directing careers of the likes of Ron Howard, Francis Ford Coppola, and James Cameron -- just got behind the wheel again for another lap, producing Roger Corman's Death Race 2050

In the original Death Race 2000, the year 2000 was envisioned as a dystopian future in which the national pastime is a race features drivers mowing down pedestrians for points.  The movie was remade with Jason Statham in 2008 as Death Race, which spawned a 2010 sequel starring The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan, but neither captured the humor of the original, Corman tells ABC News. 

"I started thinking about that," he says. "And so I called [the producers] and they...said, 'Why don't you make one, and put the humor back in, and let's put the killing of the pedestrians, and a little bit of the social comment and so forth, as back in the original..."

In their version, Malcolm McDowell plays a strongman U.S. president with a very familiar bouffant-like hairdo. "The Donald Trump thing was not in the script," Corman explaines"It was just an idea we had while shooting during the primary season -- to give him the hairdo of Donald Trump...we thought it might be funny -- we never dreamed he'd actually be president."

"Just by a fluke, or stroke of luck, I think we have the first picture out with Donald Trump as President of the United States," Corman laughs. 

Roger Corman's Death Race 2050, which stars Arrow's Manu Bennett, comes out on download, DVD, and Blu-ray on Tuesday.

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NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- Over the weekend, Donald Trump once again tweeted his disapproval of Saturday Night Live, but that won’t stop the long running show from taking on the inauguration. In fact, Alec Baldwin, who plays Trump on SNL, tells ABC Radio he’ll be spending Friday -- Inauguration Day -- getting ready for this weekend’s show.

"I'm gonna be doing Saturday Night Live the day after the inauguration," confirms Baldwin, "so while he's getting inaugurated, we'll be rehearsing whatever it is, on that Friday the 20th, we'll be rehearsing whatever it is we do the following evening."

While the 58-year-old actor will continue to mock the president-elect on SNL, he isn't spending his days obsessing over Trump's upcoming presidency.

"It is what it is...And everybody has their life to go on with," says Baldwin. "I've got three kids that I'm pretty devoted to and my wife who I love dearly and the thing I'm gonna do now in the near term is just get back to work and do my job and hopefully entertain people."  

Saturday Night Live returns Saturday on NBC with guest host Aziz Ansari and musical guest Big Sean.

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Nick Viall and the bachelorettes with Backstreet Boys; ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- On Monday’s episode of The Bachelor, Nick Viall started with some damage control, admitting he’d slept with Liz earlier at his friends’ wedding, but ultimately decided to send her home.  

Undaunted by the revelation, Corinne continued her efforts to commandeer Nick’s affections, planning to seduce him with only an overcoat and a can of whipped cream. Still cautious after his sticky situation with Liz, Nick stopped Corinne from taking things as far as she’d hoped, leaving her feeling like she’d failed.

Since she already had a rose, a disappointed Corinne opted to sleep through the ceremony, much to the dismay of both Nick and the rest of the women. Elizabeth, Hailey and Lacey were sent home.

On the first group date, seven of the bachelorettes got a chance to dance onstage with Nick and The Backstreet Boys, with the one with the most impressive moves getting the chance to try them out on Nick.

Danielle emerged as the champion, enjoying her one-on-one time with Nick and grabbing a kiss or two, much to Corinne’s dismay. In the end, Danielle walked away with the rose -- but not before Corinne confessed to the other girls that even though she’s 24, she still has a nanny who takes care of her.

Vanessa floated away with the only one-on-one date of the night, enjoying a zero gravity flight with Nick. While the two enjoyed making out during the weightless portion of the ride, Vanessa was embarrassed when she got sick later on the plane.

Nick comforted her, and they transitioned seamlessly to a romantic date atop LA’s tallest building. Vanessa shared the story of how her grandfather had passed away only three weeks before the show, paving the way for more intimacy with Nick. Before the evening was over, Vanessa had a rose.

Next up was the Nickathalon, a group date where three Olympians led seven girls through track-and-field events to see who’d get some one-on-one time in the hot tub with Nick. Even though Dominique technically came out on top, she failed to grab the ring required to win, so Astrid ended up with the one-on-one time with the Bachelor.

Dominique voiced her displeasure over how the day had gone, which ended up being her one-way ticket home as Nick sent her packing. Ultimately, he opted to give Rachel the rose.

As the episode came to a close with a pool party for all the bachelorettes, Corinne was once again back to her antics, managing some steamy alone time in a bouncy house with Nick -- a move the others girls definitely thought was too much.

Vanessa was just one of the women who voiced her outrage to Nick, going so far as to say she’d rather forego her rose if this is how Nick plans to behave.

Find out what happens next when The Bachelor continues next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Nick Cannon thinks that ex-wife Mariah Carey was just "a little flustered" during her now-famous New Year's Rockin' Eve performance. During a sit-down chat with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Cannon jokingly told the daytime host that Mariah's flub was a government set-up. 

"You know me -- I'm a conspiracy theorist. I think the government did that. They set her up. That was a distraction. They just put her out there," he says. 

Turning serious, Nick acknowledged that performing live is difficult. "Anyone who knows about performing and having inner ears and stuff, things can go wrong on live television. I do live television all the -- I screw up on America's Got Talent all the time," he admitted.

"When there's people in your ear saying things and stuff...I think she kinda got a little flustered, but being the diva she is, she said, 'I'm just going to walk around and pose for seven minutes,'" Nick continued. "And like Ryan Seacrest said, 'She can do no wrong.' So, she worked through it." 

As previously reported, last week, Mimi posted a recorded message about her botched New Year's Eve performance to give her side of the story. In the clip, she accuses the production team of sabotaging her, and says that it's not "practical" to sing live in the middle of Times Square on New Year's Eve "with all the noise, the freezing cold, the smoke from the smoke machines, thousands of people celebrating" and faulty ear monitors.

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David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A couple of weeks after welcoming her first child, Dancing With the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd took to Instagram to get real about her post-baby body.

Murgatroyd and her fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy welcomed son Shai Aleksander on Jan. 4.

"Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most," she wrote, alongside a picture of her proudly displaying her body.

She continued, "The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it's time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey."

Murgatroyd, 30, also added the hashtag "#ShaiIsWorthEveryPound."

The Dancing duo announced their engagement in December 2015. Six months later, they revealed they were expecting their first child.

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© 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) -- Zoe Saldana is taking Hollywood to task for its harsh treatment of President-elect Donald Trump.

In an interview with Agence France-Presse that was re-posted on Yahoo, the Star Trek actress says that liberal Hollywood's brash treatment of Trump during the presidential election helped to turn off middle-class Americans and increase the president-elect's fanbase.

"We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies," Saldana said of Trump, who has been repeatedly accused of being a bully by insulting and mocking those he doesn't like, or who disagree with him.

Although not a supporter of the Republican president-elect, Saldana feels that Trump's behavior could be compared to some of the celebrities who chose to single him out.

"We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong... and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises," the actress explained.

Saldana, who was born in the U.S. to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents, says even with racial tensions running high due to campaign rhetoric against Mexicans and Muslims, she's hopeful that a Trump presidency won't bring the nation back to the dark days of segregation.

"I'm learning from [Trump's victory] with a lot of humility," Zoe told AFP. "If we have people continue to be strong and educate ourselves and stand by equal rights and treat everyone with respect, we won't go back to those times."

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ABC/Mitch Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) -- On last week's episode of ABC's The Bachelor, Nick Viall dropped a bombshell by sending home Liz, a woman he'd slept with before she came on the show.  This week, he'll have to spill the beans about what happened to the other women.

"I think you will see the fallout from me sending Liz home addressed as the episode begins," says Nick of tonight's show. "I think people will be very intrigued by how that all goes over in the house."

Viall has no regrets about his decision to send Liz packing, insisting, "Liz is great and I wish her the best. I think it was a decision that my guess at this point she would agree was best for both of us."

Adds Nick, "Unfortunately while we got to know each other when we first met, that time had passed, for us."

We're also sure to see more of Corinne, the aggressive businesswoman from Miami who's shaping up to be the villain of the season, although Nick tells ABC Radio he thinks the label is a little unfair at this point.

"Corrine certainly took chances and she put herself out there, and whether she made the right decisions or not is certainly open for debate. But she is someone who is a firecracker, and definitely takes risks, and some of the women are a little bit more conservative," he says. "I think both have their merits, and I think sometimes people will maybe be a little too critical." 

The Bachelor airs Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Fox - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- This Sunday, The Simpsons kicked off their 600th episode with a what was basically a hip-hop-inspired ode to F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby.

The first-ever hour-long episode, titled "The Great Phatsby," began with the Simpsons taking a trip to a wealthy enclave, inspired by upscale Hamtons community on New York's Long Island, to attend a "beachside bacchanal" at Mr. Burns' estate. After the party, Mr. Burns and Homer Simpson come face-to-face with the host of another soiree nearby -- hip-hop super-producer "Jay G. "

The episode continued to feature a handful of special animated guests, including a candle-selling failed rapper named Jazzy James, voiced by Key and Peele's Keegan Michael Key; Jay G's ex-wife, Praline, voiced by Taraji P. Henson and clearly inspired by her Empire character, Cookie; and recording artists RZA, Snoop Dogg and Common. 

After Burns finds himself penniless, thanks to being swindled by Jay G, the rappers and Praline agree to help Burns, Bart and Homer exact revenge on the mogul in the recording studio, with their very own diss track. 

Even with their revenge plan foiled by Jay G himself, along with another failed plot involving a cooked goose, Jay G and Mr. Burns call a truce, and the Simpsons leave the Springfield Hamptons with a newfound appreciation for hip-hop.

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2015 - Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- In the wake of Carrie Fisher's death, there was speculation producers might digitally recreate her character for the remaining Star Wars films.  However, Lucasfilm says it's not going to happen.

“We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address," Lucasfilm said in a statement released Friday.  "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa."

The statement continues: "Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend.  We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story includes a brief, digitally altered performance by Fisher as a young Leia from the first Star Wars movie, along with a much lengthier complete digital re-creation of the late Peter Cushing as Governor Tarkin, a.k.a. Grand Moff Tarkin, also as he appeared in the first movie.  Word is Fisher finished her performance for Star Wars: Episode VIII, so the speculation was she might be digitally recreated for Episode IX.

Fisher died December 27, four days after she went into cardiac arrest on a transatlantic flight.

Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Taraji P. Henson in "Hidden Figures"; Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, grabbed the top spot at the weekend box office for the second week in a row, raking in an estimated $20.4 million on its way to a projected $25 million gross for the Martin Luther King Day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

Taking second place was La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, earning $14.5 million. The winner of seven Golden Globes is expected to top $17 million for the four-day weekend.

Sing, the animated musical featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane and Scarlett Johansson, held on to third place, grabbing $13.8 million.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Bill Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed and Alan Tudyk, finished the weekend in fourth with an estimated $13.8 million. That figure should top $17 million by Monday, which would make it the only 2016 release to top $500 million domestically and just the seventh film of all-time to earn that honor. Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

In fifth place, with an estimated $13.38 million debut, is the horror feature The Bye Bye Man, featuring Big Love's Douglas Smith, Scream Queens' Lucien Laviscount and British actress Cressida Bonas. It was the only new release to make the top five.

Mark Wahlberg's Patriots Day, expanding to wide release, had a disappointing weekend with an estimated $12 million take, as did Monster Trucks, starring MacGyver's Lucas Till, with a $10.5 million haul.  Ben Affleck's Live by Night, however, fared the worst of the new releases, finishing out of the top ten with $5.4 million.

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

1. Hidden Figures, $20.4 million
2. La La Land, $14.5 million
3. Sing, $13.8 million
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, $13.8 million
5. The Bye Bye Man, $13.38 million
6. Patriots Day, $12 million
7. Monster Trucks, $10.5 million
8. Sleepless, $8.46 million
9. Underworld: Blood Wars, $5.8 million
10. Passengers, $5.6 million

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