ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- John Travolta, who TV viewers last saw as Robert Shapiro in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, is now stepping into the shoes of another iconic real-life character, this time a notorious mob boss, in the new film The Life and Death of John Gotti.
To portray the flashy figure, Travolta nearly literally walked in the man's shoes. "I got to wear his real jewelry. In several of the scenes I'm wearing his real ties," the actor told ABC News’ Mara Schiavocampo.
Travolta, 62, called getting into Gotti's skin "an evolution. "
In a case of art imitating life, Gotti’s wife, Victoria Gotti, is played in the movie by Travolta’s real-life wife, Kelly Preston.
Preston described the movie as full of “fabulous fashion” and “big hair.” She said she believes the infamous couple made it through John Gotti’s crime-filled life by compartmentalizing.
“She knew what was going on,” Preston said of her character. “But she said, ‘When he would come in, the door would close and that life would end.’”
The Gottis’ own son, John Gotti Jr., was a frequent visitor to the set and key adviser for the movie, which is directed by Entourage star Kevin Connolly.
“There's always two sides to a story,” Travolta said of why he was drawn to portraying Gotti on the big screen. “They had a very human other side of existence, which is their family and their trials and tribulations.”
Travolta and Preston have faced their own tribulations in real-life, most notably the unexpected death of their teenage son, Jett, in 2009. The couple now have a 5-year-old son, Ben, and 16-year-old daughter, Ella.
“We certainly have bonded together,” Travolta said. “And certainly, having little Ben has been a beautiful kind of glue for us to re-bond after tremendous loss.”
Ben and Ella joined their parents in Cincinnati for the filming of the movie which saw parts of the Midwestern town transformed into 1980s New York.
When asked if there was any part of the 1980s that he would like to bring back, Travolta had a quick answer. “I danced with Princess Diana in 1986 and that was one of the highlights of my life,” he said, referring to their dance at the White House that resulted in an iconic photograph.
The Life and Death of John Gotti is scheduled to hit theaters in 2017.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Lupita Nyong’o stars in the new film, Queen of Katwe -- based on a true story about a chess prodigy overcoming all odds.
The Oscar-winning actress plays the girl's fiercely protective mother and said today on Good Morning America that when she first read the script, she broke down just a few pages in.
"On the pages. I found interesting, real complex, layered, inspiring characters," Nyong’o said. "I could tell that in less than 10 pages. I just knew I had to be a part of this film."
Nyong’o added, "It was such a rewarding labor of love ... to get to tell this true, inspiring story in Uganda, in East Africa where I'm from, and to do it with [director] Mira Nair, a woman of color who has lived there for over 20 years, who knows the place and really told the story from inside out."
"I'm very, very proud of this film," Nyong’o said.
This year, Nyong’o received a Tony nomination for best leading actress in a play for her role in Eclipsed. "That was a fully, immersive experience, being on Broadway for so long and having to do the same thing every day" she said. "I mean, it was so inspiring and I worked with such a great group of women, and to have taken that African story to a completely other side of the continent and brought it to New York, that was really amazing."
Previously, Brolin, 48, revealed that he was a bit of a groom-zilla when it came to planning the wedding.
"I'm such a control freak and I want to control everything," he told E! News. "It's not even that I want to control it; I just want to be in the middle of it. I want to be in the nucleus of it because that's the fun part. That's the nectar."
The Oscar-nominated actor's rep confirmed in May that Brolin and Boyd were engaged.
This is the third marriage for Brolin, who was previously married to actress Diane Lane. He has two adult children -- Trevor, 28, and daughter Eden, 22 -- from his first marriage, to Alice Adair.
Raymond Hall/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Spike Lee is among the many who are mourning the death of actor Bill Nunn.
The actor, who passed away Saturday at age 63, was battling cancer.
Nunn first came to notice for starring as Radio Raheem in Lee's 1989 film, Do the Right Thing.
The film follows what happens in a Brooklyn neighborhood on the hottest day of the year as racial tensions rose and ended in a police riot. Radio Raheem died in the film after being choked by police.
On Saturday, Lee took to Instagram to remember the man whom he called a "dear friend."
In part, Lee wrote in a caption, "RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN."
The famed filmmaker also shared a photo of the shoes Radio Raheem wore as he died at the hands of police.
In a subsequent Instagram post, Lee shared a mural of Radio Raheem along with a poem by Brooklyn spoken word artist Lemon Andersen.
It reads in part, "...And then there was Radio Raheem, Flat top, tight fade, Built like an '89 NY Giant, The Majestic Brother you could hear two blocks away in any direction pumping Public Enemy from the horns of his Ghetto Blaster, the Conscience brother who wanted nothing but to be alone and live in the loud solace of his Radio..."
Nunn also starred in Spike Lee's film He Got Game. He had over 70 film and television credits, including roles in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. He most recently was seen as one of the stars of the USA series Sirens.
Nunn is survived by his wife Donna and their two daughters, Cydney and Jessica.
Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(LONDON) -- Monty Python member Terry Jones, who also directed or co-directed the British comedy troupe's classic films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Meaning of Life and Life of Brian, can no longer do interviews. According to a spokesperson, he's been diagnosed with a form of dementia that makes it difficult for him to speak.
In a press release announcing that Jones was to receive an award from the British Academy of Film and Television arts, a spokesman for the performer said, "Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia. This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews."
However, continued the spokesperson, "Terry is proud and honored to be recognized in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations."
Jones, who was born in Wales, will receive the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television from the Welsh branch of BAFTA. He'll be honored October 2 at the British Academy Cymru Awards -- "Cymru" is Welsh for Wales.
While Jones was a part of numerous classic Python sketches, he may be best known for portraying Mr. Creosote, the gluttonous man who ate so much he exploded, in The Meaning of Life.
ABC/Giovanni Rufino(NEW YORK) -- The ABC drama Quantico returns for its second season Sunday night, and star Priyanka Chopra says things are very different this time around.
Season 1 ended with Chopra's FBI agent Alex Parrish clearing her name by uncovering the true perpetrator of a terrorist bombing -- and getting fired from the FBI regardless.
However, her unemployment is short-lived, as she's approached to join the CIA. "It's a complete reset," Chopra tells ABC Radio.
"She's in...over her head because she's a very honest, truthful...kind of girl, and the CIA is all about lying, deceit and betrayal."
Along with Alex's new job is a new mentor, in the form of Blair Underwood's Owen Hall. His character, like Quantico's scripts, are mired in secrecy.
Underwood, who recently had a recurring role on another ABC show, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that was part of a massive character twist, says he got used to keeping his lips zipped, for fear of the "Marvel snipers" -- who actors have joked will "take them out" if they reveal spoilers.
"Marvel, and you know this, they are really intense about, 'Don't say, do anything.' So [Quantico] is not quite [the same] but it's -- they're pretty secretive."
Parrish finds herself stumbling across a very tense situation in the opening minutes of Sunday's show: terrorists have taken the president hostage at the G20 summit -- and even though she's a civilian, Chopra says Alex knows what she must do -- sensible footwear be-damned. "Alex only wears heels -- that's her superpower," the actress jokes. "She fights and runs like Batman in heels."
"She didn't know it was going to happen -- she was dressed for a meeting," Chopra explains. "And then she ended up becoming bad-a**, and using the resources she has -- including the heels -- to get rid of terrorists. It's pretty amazing."
On a serious note, this season also deals with another terror attack -- told in the series flashback/forward style.
"Whenever you watch these episodes, if you miss something: grabbing popcorn, or a cup of coffee or some dinner -- don't ever miss the last one minute of the show. Ever!"
Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- By now, Leslie Jones' recent troubles on social media have been well documented, but now she's making her online life work for her love life.
The Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters reboot star -- who already scored a chance to cover the Olympics in Rio after her furious tweeting about the Games -- is trying to find a missed love connection from Emmy night, all in 140 characters.
The actress tweeted, Thursday, "OK AT GOV BALL CUTE BARTENDER FROM ALABAMA FLIRTED WITH ME BUT I DIDN'T GET HIS #.” JONES TWEETED. “WE HAD TO GO. I'LL KNOW WHO YOU ARE IF YOU REACH OUT. JS."
It's unknown if the gambit worked, but the post has been liked more than 2 thousand times already.
L-R: Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons in “The Big Bang Theory”; Michael Yarish/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- The male stars of The Big Bang Theory are rolling in the dough.
The top four slots on Forbes' new list of the world's highest-paid TV actors are occupied by stars of the hit CBS sitcom.
Leading the way is Jim Parsons, who Forbes says earned 25.5 million dollars -- before management fees and taxes -- between June 1, 2015, and June 1 of this year. He ranked first on last year's list, too.
Parsons is followed on the 2016 list by co-star Johnny Galecki, who raked in 24 million dollars during the same one-year span. Both reportedly earn one million dollars per episode of The Big Bang Theory.
Two more Big Bang Theory cast members, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are right behind them on the list, at 22.5 million dollars and 22 million dollars, respectively.
Mark Harmon, star of the CBS drama NCIS, rounds out the top five, with 20 million.
You can check out the top 15 highest-paid TV actors on Forbes.com.
Last week, Forbes released its list of the world's highest-paid TV actresses. Modern Family's Sofia Vergara was #1, having earned 43 million dollars between June of last year and June of this year.
Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI(LOS ANGELES) -- Thursday, ABC News confirmed the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services is investigating a child abuse claim involving Brad Pitt. Now the FBI is looking into the case as well.
A law-enforcement official briefed on the investigation tells ABC News the FBI was notified about the allegations Monday, and was brought in after the local child-welfare agency was, because the alleged incident occurred in the air.
FBI headquarters is said to want an assessment from agents, though preliminary info suggests that if any violation of law occurred, the charges would likely be only misdemeanors. Agents are also trying to determine which child or children were involved in the alleged incident, and whether it became physical, or if it was just verbal.
There is no suspicion of drug use involved, per preliminary info.
Angelina Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from 52-year-old Pitt Monday, a decision her attorney said was "made for the health of the family." TMZ reported an allegation that Pitt got "wasted" on a private jet last week and became physically and verbally abusive to his children.
Alluding to the allegation, the FBI said in a statement, "The FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued.”
Pitt and Jolie were married for two years before their split. In the divorce document obtained by ABC News, the estranged couple's date of separation was listed as September 15. Jolie Pitt has asked for physical custody of the couple's six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt said earlier this week in response to the allegations.
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Mel Brooks has pranked President Barack Obama in his home, the White House.
Brooks, 90, was awarded the 2015 National Medal of Arts Thursday "for a lifetime of making the world laugh," the White House said in a statement. He's one of the few entertainers to have earned an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy.
At the end of the ceremony, Obama quipped that "Mel Brooks kind of set the tone for this thing," adding that normally it's "been a much more staid affair."
Among the other honorees this year were music producer and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, choreographer Ralph Lemon, playwright and actor Luis Valdez, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut and actor Morgan Freeman, who was not in attendance.
Obama joked that Freeman "undoubtedly is off playing a black president again. He never lets me have my moment."
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The public war of words continues between Jim Carrey and Mark Burton, the husband of Carrey’s late girlfriend, Cathriona White. Burton now claims Carrey gave White a sexually transmitted disease.
To recap: Burton, who lives in Portland, OR, filed suit against Carrey Monday in Los Angeles, claiming the actor illegally obtained and provided the drugs, including Ambien and oxycodone, that White used to commit suicide late last year at age 30. Burton’s lawsuit seeks various damages, plus funeral and burial expenses.
Carrey immediately denied the allegations, with his attorney, Martin Singer, calling them “an outlandish shakedown” attempt.
Then Thursday, Burton amended his suit to claim Carrey, 54, gave White an STD before he allegedly left her. Singer “categorically disputed” the charge in a statement Thursday, calling it a “desperate, bogus claim,” and in turn calling Burton’s marriage to White an “illegal sham” that was arranged “to evade immigration laws” so White, who was born in Ireland, could stay in the U.S. Singer also claims White asked Carrey to marry her, for that reason.
“My client will not pay money to end this opportunist’s transparent shakedown lawsuit, and this malicious case will be dismissed,” Singer’s statement ends. “Mr. Carrey has suffered a great deal in the last year with the suicide of the woman he dearly loved, and it is outrageous that he should be subjected to this predatory lawsuit.”
In a brief statement Friday morning, Burton responded, “Mr. Carrey and his handlers need to stop with the lies and deception – enough is enough,” and claimed to have evidence supporting his allegations in the form of text messages and a hand-written letter from White. Stay tuned.
During the interview -- posted Thursday, but taped on the Friday that Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia -- Clinton jokes about Donald Trump, her pantsuits and the "double standard" of being a woman running for office, among other things.
Mid-interview, she says bluntly, "I really regret doing this."
When Galifianakis asks Clinton what she thinks Trump will wear to the debate, she replies, "I assume he'll wear, you know, that red power tie." Galifianakis shoots back, "Or maybe like a white power tie," to which Clinton replies, "That's even more appropriate."
At one point, Clinton mockingly objects to the comedian's "out-of-date questions" after he asks, "As secretary, how many words per minute could you type? And how does President Obama like his coffee? Like himself...weak?"
Galifianakis signs off by referring to Clinton's biggest election-cycle controversy: "We should stay in touch. What's the best way to reach you? Email?"
"The Magnificent Seven"; MGM/Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide today:
* The Magnificent Seven -- In Training Day director Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western, seven outlaws are hired to protect a town from an evil industrialist. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke,Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee and Peter Sarsgaardstar. Rated PG-13.
* Storks -- In an animated world where storks no longer deliver babies, a troublemaking stork accidentally activates a baby-making machine, and has to drop off the baby girl it produces. Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are among the members of the voice cast. Rated PG.