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ABC/Eddy Chen(LOS ANGELES) -- In his opening monologue as host of the Academy Awards Sunday night, Jimmy Kimmel didn't hold back, poking fun at President Donald Trump, close friend and pretend-enemy Matt Damon, and even Denzel Washington.

Kimmel came out and immediately addressed the elephant in the room. He said that many people had told him that the country is so divided right now he should address it. "I can't do that," he said.

"There's only one 'Braveheart' in the room," he said of Oscar-winner Mel Gibson, who is nominated again this year for directing Hacksaw Ridge. "And he's not going to unite us, either," Kimmel added as the crowd laughed.

Kimmel got more serious then when he said that if everyone watching right now "took a moment to reach out to one person you disagree with and have a positive, considerate conversation ... we could really make America great again."

But just as quickly, the host's jokes began rolling again. Kimmel feigned as if he wanted to bury the hatchet with Matt Damon before making fun of the actor's choice to pass up starring in Manchester by the Sea, only to star in Great Wall, or as he described it, a "Chinese ponytail movie instead and that movie went on to lose $80 million. Smooth move, dumba---."

"When I first met Matt, I was the fat one," he also joked.

Kimmel's first crack on Trump was thanking him because, "remember when last year, the Oscars were considered racist?"

After picking on Oscar nominee Denzel Washington for directing himself in the film Fences, he teased French actress and nominee Isabelle Huppert.

"We didn't see Elle, but we absolutely loved it," he said. "I'm glad Homeland Security let you in tonight," he added, a joke apparently about Trump's order restricting entry into the U.S. of people from seven Muslim-majority countries, which has been put on hold by the courts.

Finally, Kimmel closed with a riff on Meryl Streep, the actress who's nominated for her 20th Oscar this year and whom Trump called overrated after she gave a speech at the Golden Globes that criticized the president without naming him.

"One actress has stood the test of time for her many uninspiring and overrated performances," Kimmel said. "[She's] phoned it in for more than 50 films. This is Meryl's 20th Oscar nomination ... she wasn't even in a movie this year, we just wrote her name in out of habit."

He closed with, "Some of you will [win tonight] and give a speech that the president of the United States will tweet about in all caps."

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ABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) -- If you watched the red carpet coverage of the Oscars Sunday night, one thing you noticed was a lot of celebs were wearing blue lapel ribbons.

As part of a new initiative to support the American Civil Liberties Union, Oscar nominees and other stars were wearing blue ribbons with the organization's name on them.

Among the stars wearing the ribbons as part of the "Stand With ACLU" campaign were Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother, as well as Loving star Ruth Negga and others.

The accessory of the night at the Oscars isn't a shiny designer clutch or a strappy stiletto. It's an @ACLU ribbon. https://t.co/irK08GBvpC pic.twitter.com/ASSDNZ4jPJ

— NYT Fashion (@NYTFashion) February 27, 2017

The Oscars actually aren't the first event at which celebs have supported the cause, which was just launched. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Manchester by the Sea star Casey Affleck wore a blue ribbon Saturday night at the Independent Spirit Awards. The outlet adds that in the past three months, the organization's membership has doubled and it has raised millions in online donations.

In February, the ACLU announced it would create a "rapid response team" to help those deported or kept out of the United States following President Donald Trump's travel ban, which has since been halted by a federal court judge in Washington state.

As the stars walked the Oscars red carpet, the official ACLU Twitter page shared photos of the celebs wearing the ribbons.

"Who ever thought we'd be fashion icons?" the organization wrote, thanking the celebs for their support.

Who ever thought we'd be fashion icons? #Oscars https://t.co/ii6f71xKq3

— ACLU National (@ACLU) February 26, 2017

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Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Bill Paxton died unexpectedly Sunday following surgery. Paxton, the star of such films as Weird Science, Aliens, Apollo 13, Titanic, Twister, and True Lies, was 61. His famous friends and co-stars took to Twitter to pay tribute to him. Here's a roundup of their comments:

Helen Hunt (Paxton's co-star in Twister) He made [Twister] great--he acted his heart out. What a talented man. My thoughts are with his family.

Lou Diamond Phillips  I am stunned & saddened at the passing of Bill Paxton. I just worked with him recently. A warm and beautiful soul and a talented actor. RIP

Charlize Theron  You were a great friend to me, Bill. AND one of the finest actors to share a set with. Sending so much love to Bill Paxton's family.

Debra Messing So tragic the passing of Bill Paxton. Heartbreaking. What a talent, with so many more years of art to share with us. My love to his family

Tom Hanks  Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man.  A wonderful man... Hanx.

Jamie Lee Curtis (Paxton's True Lies co-star)  Nooooo. Bill Paxton is gone. Such a funny, talented, loving human. Louise & the children & family my ?& support 2 u. #truelies

Rob Lowe In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch One False Move or A Simple Plan to see this lovely leading man, at his finest.   Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.

Ron Perlman ...Losing him is a gut punch. Unprocessable. Rest easy b..

Paul Feig   so sad about the passing of Bill Paxton. In film school, we went to the set of Weird Science & he was so nice to us. Such a wonderful guy.

Arnold Schwarzenegger   (Paxton's True Lies co-star) Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.

Gary Sinese  Very sad today to hear the passing of Bill Paxton. My heart goes out to his family & his many friends. Rest In Peace my friend. God bless

Elijah Wood  What a lovely, warm and kind human. So sad to hear of Bill Paxton's passing.

Brett Dalton (Star of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, on which Paxton had a multi-episode arc) I have no words. Bill Paxton didn't just play my mentor on the show, he became one in real life. The world is a sadder place without him.

Ming-Na Wen (Marvel's Agents of SHIELD star) Can't believe he's gone. RIP, Bill Paxton. My heart and prayers go out to his family & loved ones. I'm gonna miss you, buddy!.

Elizabeth Henstridge (Marvel's Agents of SHIELD star) Heartbroken hearing of #BillPaxton , a truly brilliant man. So kind and fun and forever role model. Unbelievable, hug your loved ones xx

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Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joseph Wapner, the judge who rose to fame on TV's The People's Court, has died, according to the Washington Post.  He was 97.

The People's Court,debuting in 1981, was TV's first reality courtroom series.  Wapner presided over the courtroom for 12 seasons during the show's first run in syndication, which ended in 1993. It inspired many other shows, such as Judge Judy and Hot Bench.  He later appeared on Judge Wapner's Animal Court, which ran for two seasons.

Wapner served as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge for 18 years before retiring in 1979.

Wapner became a pop culture figure, most memorably in the 1988 film Rain Man, in which Dustin Hoffman's character, an autistic man, has a constant need to stick to his routines, which include watching The People's Court.  Any time it seems that he will not be able to watch the show, he repeats the time remaining until the show airs -- for example,  "One minute to Wapner" -- again and again.  Wapner also occasionally appeared on TV shows as himself.

In November of 2009, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  A day later, in honor of his 90th birthday, Wapner returned to The People's Court in a one-time-only appearance as a guest judge.

In a 2005 interview with the Archive of American Television, Wapner said he'd like to be "remembered as a judge who acted as a judge should … I want to be remembered in a kindly way, in a positive way, someone who had an influence on the law, the way people act, the way people should act."

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards(NEW YORK) -- Bill Paxton, an actor who developed a following for his roles in films that achieved both mainstream and cult success starting in the 1980s, died Sunday at age 61.

A representative of his family confirmed the death to ABC News.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the statement said. "A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

The statement concludes, "We ask to please respect the family's wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father."

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Paxton became known as a versatile character actor, appearing in an eclectic group of hit films that include Weird Science, Aliens, Apollo 13, Titanic, Twister, and True Lies.

He also won devoted fans for his acting in beloved midnight movies and for his memorable drawl, which at times sounded part Texan and part slacker.

Paxton starred as a sadistic vampire in director Kathryn Bigelow's cult classic Near Dark, and as a quirky bartender in director Walter Hill's Streets of Fire.

Later in his career, he earned a new generation of fans for his leading performance in the HBO drama Big Love, which aired from 2006 to 2011 and earned him four Golden Globe nominations. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his worn in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, and most recently starred in the CBS drama Training Day.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has added comedian-actor Tracy Morgan to its growing roster of comedians with stand-up specials.

The streaming service announced Friday that Morgan has signed on for a new stand-up special, entitled Staying Alive. The special, which was shot at New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre, will debut globally on Tuesday, May 16.

According to Netflix, the show will find the comedian "exploring his fresh take on life, career and mortality" after his near-fatal traffic accident in 2014. This includes Morgan's recovery from a traumatic brain injury, learning how to walk again and tackling new challenges in life.

Morgan has made a strong comeback since his accident. The actor has landed roles in the Ice Cube comedy Fist Fight and the upcoming comedies The ClapperTAG and the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Morgan also is set to lead a new TBS comedy series executive produced by Jordan Peele.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Mahershala Ali and wife Amatus Sami-Karim became the proud parents of their first child, daughter Bari (pronounced Bar-ee) Najma Ali on Friday. 

Mahershala first shared the news about the couple's new bundle of joy on Instagram, showing a picture of Amatus holding Bari in her arms.  

The 43-year-old star is nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his critically acclaimed role in the coming-of-age drama, Moonlight. He has already won a slew of trophies for his role in the film, including a Screen Actors Guild Award, an African-American Film Critics Association Award and a Critics' Choice Movie Award.  

The 89th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs Sunday on ABC.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Jordan Peele has taken a step behind the camera in his directorial debut, Get Out. But sketch-comic-turned-director says he wasn't sure that the racial horror movie, which has been years in the making, would see the light of day.

"This is a movie I thought would never get made," Peele tells ABC Radio. "There's a reason we haven't seen a horror movie that tackles the real-life horror of race in a long time, since The-Night-of-the-Living-Dead long. Fifty years ago long," he added, referring to the 1968 cult zombie classic. "That's one of the reasons why I thought no one would ever make it. It's too messed up, it's too edgy."

The movie, which hits theaters on Friday, centers around Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams as Chris and Rose, a young interracial couple who head to Rose's parents' estate so that Chris can meet the parents for the first time. While there, mysterious things begin to happen to Chris after Rose's parents learn that he's black.

Jordan says that despite the chance of the movie's racial themes proving contentious, the effort was supported early on by "producers and Universal" who did not want Peele to, "shy away from the controversy." 

Peele also explains that he wanted to "cover an entire spectrum of conversation with this movie," which according to the director was possible since the timing was right.

"The timing of it is kind of uncanny," Peele says. "And it feels like we're now at a time where you can't get away from the discussion of race and racism anymore. And people are intrigued and willing to have this conversation."

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Getty Images/Gallo Images(LONDON) -- Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been very open in the past on why she didn't have any children, and in a new interview with Good Housekeeping UK, she explains that the young women she mentors are like her kids.

Oprah currently mentors 172 girls at the school she supports.  She says they use "my home as their home base" and that, she says, is more than enough for the icon.

"It is more rewarding than I would ever have imagined. I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can’t explain," she said of the Leadership Academy she champions.

"For me it was perfect, because I didn’t want babies," she added. "I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies. I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage! But this is so rewarding."

She continued, "When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children. Love knows no boundaries."

She expressed a similar sentiment to The Hollywood Reporter in 2013, saying "If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would've probably been them."

In the new interview, Winfrey, who earlier this year revealed she lost 42 pounds on Weight Watchers, also spoke about her lifelong battle with weight and food.

"[My weight] has been the go-to comfort for me. You use it as your coat and your shield, and it keeps you from doing things…But the wonderful thing for me is that I reached a point where I no longer wanted to hide," she said.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Hugh Jackman rose to stardom playing the iconic Logan/Wolverine character in 2000's X-Men. At the time, Jackman was a substitute for actor Dougray Scott, who had been cast but then dropped out.  Seventeen years later, Jackman is now virtually synonymous with Wolverine, though he says his new movie, simply called Logan, will mark his last appearance as the razor-clawed mutant. Still, he says he'll miss the comic book hero he's played in nine movies.

"It's kind of like leaving the best part of your life," Jackman told Michael Strahan. "There's a point where you should go, and this is just that time and I hope it will never leave me. The fans come up to me every day of my life and I love them...this character, I love."

The idea for a stark film featuring a beaten-down version of Wolverine awoke him from sleep nearly "two years to the day," the actor explained. "We tried to make something that didn't feel like a comic book movie...a movie that people [who] never, ever seen a comic book movie who would go to."

Directed by Oscar-winner James Mangold, who called the shots on The Wolverine, Jackman's Logan hits theaters March 3, but has already received rave reviews.

With the Oscars two days away, Jackman, a veteran song and dance man who hosted the awards show in 2009, said this year's host, Jimmy Kimmel, is probably "quite relaxed."

"Now you go into this thing of camera rehearsals, and today's Friday so he will be at the stage today," Jackman explained. "[T]hat guy is a pro. I love Jimmy and I think he's going to be so excited. It's his moment...my goal was to have the time of my life whether it worked or not."

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Getty Images/Dave J. Hogan(LONDON) -- Last night, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and their co-stars in the live-action retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast attended the movie's world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London, following a reception at the historic Spencer House. 

A short sneak peek of the film that premiered online late last year broke viewership records, and the full trailer also went immediately viral. 

On Watson's new Instagram account dedicated to the sustainable fashions she's wearing during the Beauty press tour, she noted she wore a "bespoke" creation from designer Emilia Wickstead.

It was a, "structural, off-the-shoulder gown with inverted pleat train...made from end-of-line fabric sourced from a family-run, London business specialising in couture fabrics, and produced in Italy." Watson added, "These unwanted fabric pieces have been given a new lease of life; often irregular quantities of surplus or end-of-line fabrics cannot be sold and are destroyed. This piece was created in Emilia Wickstead's London atelier, by an all-female team."

Beauty and the Beast, which also stars Josh Gad, and the voices of Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson, opens March 17.

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ABC/Jeff Lipsky(LOS ANGELES) -- The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday night, beginning 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The network's red carpet coverage gets under way at 7 p.m. ET.

If last month's Golden Globe Awards are any indication, politics will take center stage at Sunday's Oscars show, and for his part Kimmel tells ABC News you can can expect to hear President Donald Trump's name several times.

"I'm sure it will come up repeatedly throughout the show, and I'm guessing that the President won't be the most popular guy," he says. "I'd really love to just bring him on stage, that would be the best surprise for everyone."  

There are nine nominees for best picture this year, with the modern-day musical La La Land being the odds-on favorite. It's the leading nominee with a record-tying 14 nods. Director Damien Chazelle is favored to walk off with best director and its stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, are also a frontrunners for best actor and actress. However, Gosling faces stiff competition from Denzel Washington, who stars in another best picture contender, Fences.  

This year's nominees are certainly more diverse than last year's #OscarsSoWhite ceremony: six black actors have received nominations, while three Best Picture nominees focus on the struggles of black men and women: Moonlight, Fences and Hidden Figures.

The rest of the best picture nominees are ArrivalHacksaw RidgeHell or High WaterLion and Manchester by the Sea.

Washington's Fences co-star, Viola Davis, took home a Golden Globe for supporting actress for her role as his wife in the movie, and is the favorite to win the Oscar as well. Mahershala Ali, who also won a Golden Globe for his supporting role in Moonlight, has a good shot at wining Sunday.

Elsewhere, Arrival and Moonlight both have eight nominations; Hacksaw RidgeLion and Manchester by the Sea each have six. 

Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Best Actor
Casey Affleck -- Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield -- Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling -- La La Land
Viggo Morgenson -- Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington -- Fences

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert -- Elle
Ruth Negga  -- Loving
Emma Stone -- La La Land
Natalie Portman -- Jackie
Meryl Streep -- Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali -- Moonlight
Jeff Bridges -- Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges -- Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel -- Lion
Michael Shannon -- Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis -- Fences
Naomie Harris -- Moonlight 
Nicole Kidman -- Lion 
Octavia Spencer -- Hidden Figures 
Michelle Williams -- Manchester by the Sea 

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea

Best Director
Arrival -- Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge -- Mel Gibson
La La Land -- Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea -- Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight -- Barry Jenkins

Best Cinematography
Arrival - Bradford Young
La La Land - Linus Sandgren
Lion - Grieg Fraser
Moonlight - James Laxton
Silence - Rodrigo Prieto

Best Documentary Feature
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America

Best Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine, Denmark, dir: Martin Zandvliet 
A Man Called Ove, Sweden,  dir: Hannes Holm  
The Salesman, Iran, Asghar Farhadi, director
Tanna, Australia, dir: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler 
Toni Erdmann, Germany,  dir: Maren Ade  

Best Costume Design
Allied -- Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -- Colleen Atwood
Florence Foster Jenkins -- Consolata Boyle
Jackie -- Madeline Fontaine
La La Land -- Mary Zophres

Best Original Score
Jackie -- Micachu
La La Land -- Justin Hurwitz
Lion -- Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
Moonlight -- Nicholas Britell
Passengers -- Thomas Newman

Best Original Song
"Audition" -- La La Land
""Can’t Stop the Feeling!" -- Trolls
"City of Stars" -- La La Land
"The Empty Chair" -- Jim: The James Foley Story
"How Far I'll Go" -- Moana

Best Sound Editing
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Best Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Production Design
Arrival -- Patrice Vermette
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -- Stuart Craig
Hail Caesar
La La Land -- Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
Passengers -- Guy Hendrix Dyas

Best Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings -- Focus Features
Moana -- Disney
My Life As a Zucchini -- GKIDS
The Red Turtle -- Sony Classics
Zootopia -- Disney

Best Animated Short
Blind Vaysha -- National Film Board of Canada
Borrowed Time -- Quorum Films
Pear Cider and Cigarettes -- Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation
Pearl -- Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures
Piper -- Pixar

Best Film Editing
Arrival -- Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge -- John Gilbert
Hell or High Water -- Jake Roberts
La La Land -- Tom Cross
Moonlight -- Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders 

Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad


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ABC/Patrick Ecclesine(NEW YORK) -- On Friday's episode of ABC's Shark Tank, the hit show's investors -- Mark Cuban, Daymon John, Kevin "Mr. Wonderful" O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, and Robert Herjavek -- cross a major milestone: the 100 millionth dollar invested in entrepreneurs' ideas since the show began.

Following the episode, a special installment of 20/20 will highlight the show's success, and also feature exclusive interviews with the sharks, and follow-ups about the reality show's biggest deals.

Daymon John, who fronts the multi-million dollar lifestyle brand FUBU, explained to ABC Radio that the $100 million mark is a "landmark," adding that Shark Tank has created "probably 10,000 jobs, I don't know how many millionaires."

"More importantly, it showed people that the American Dream of believing in entrepreneurs and supporting each other it's alive and we love it," John explained. "[W]e're just happy to be a part of it, and hopefully we'll get to a billion!"

For his part, O'Leary was surprised by both the show's eight-season-long success, but also its global reach: the formula has been spun off to other countries.

"Shark Tank's not just a phenomenal, you know, explosion in America," O'Leary notes. "It's in Canada, it's in Finland, it's in Portugal, it's in England!  I mean, when I travel internationally, people say to me, "You're the guy from Shark Tank!" And I go, "How do you know Shark Tank?" Oh, we have it on here in Finland! So it's become a global phenomenon." 

Shark Tank airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time. 20/20's "Shark Tank: The Road to $100 Million," airs directly after. 

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Universal(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide today:

* Get Out -- British actor Daniel Kaluuya and Girls star Allison Williams play an interracial couple who visit her mysterious family estate in this horror film written and directed by Key & Peele's Jordan Peele. Also starring Bad Grandpa's Catherine Keener and The West Wing's Bradley Whitford. Rated R.

* Collide -- X-Men's Nicholas Hoult attempts to pull off a drug heist for an eccentric gangster -- played by Anthony Hopkins -- in an attempt to help his girlfriend, played by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Felicity Jones, pay for a medical emergency while abroad. Ben Kingsley also stars. Rated PG-13.

* Rock Dog -- When a radio falls from the sky, a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff -- voiced by Luke Wilson -- heads to the big city to follow his dream of becoming a musician in this CGI animated adventure. Also starring Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Mae Whitman and Hawaii Five-0's  Jorge Garcia. Rated PG.

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OWN(NEW YORK) -- Oprah Winfrey will be a speaker at the graduation ceremony for a New York state college that some graduates of her South African school attended.

The Skidmore College website says the author, actress and former talk show host will be a speaker at the May 20 commencement.  She'll also receive an honorary Doctorate of Letters in the Arts from the private liberal arts college, located in Saratoga Springs, 165 miles north of New York City.

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, a boarding school for underprivileged South African girls, opened outside Johannesburg in 2007. Several graduates of the school have attended Skidmore.

Winfrey was at Skidmore in October of 2013 to visit two of the graduates.

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