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ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- With the last season of Empire currently underway, Taraji P. Henson is sharing her thoughts on the possibility of a reunion show to wrap things up for loyal fans.

Henson tells ABC Audio that she'd be down for an Empire reunion after the season ends, but only if everyone is involved.  And that means everyone.

"Oh, absolutely. [But,] we have to see Jussie [Smollett]," she says. "I feel like there's really no way to wrap this show up without him. He was...and is such an integral part."

Smollett was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct in Chicago for filing a false police report after claiming he was the victim of a hate crime in January. Although all charges were eventually dropped, the decision is currently being reviewed by a special prosecutor, as are the actions of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office dropped the charges.

Furthermore, Empire creator Lee Daniels also confirmed in June that Smollett would not return as Jamal Lyon for the show's sixth and final season.

Still, Henson, who plays Jussie mother's, Cookie Lyon, on the series, says she stands by her on-screen son, adding that the entire cast "miss[es] him dearly."

"That character was very important to our show, especially for the LGBT community," she says. "So, we're trying to keep him alive without him being there."

"I know Cookie is because that was her baby," she continues. "Still her baby. And he my baby -- still in real life."

Empire airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

21st Century Fox, which produces Empire, is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.

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Ricky Gervais hosts the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2016; Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Get ready to cringe/laugh once more: Ricky Gervais will be back as host of the Golden Globes.

Apparently, four years is the time it takes for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to get over the controversy Gervais' previous four stints as host generated.  The creator and star of the original The Office and, most recently, Netflix's After Life, hosted the event from 2010 through 2012, and then again in 2016.

"When Ricky Gervais is at the helm of the Golden Globes Awards, we can always expect the unexpected,” said HFPA President Lorenzo Soria in a statement announcing Gervais' return. “We’re excited to see it all unfold.”

“In a world where many award shows are opting to go the no host route, the Golden Globes are going all in!" added Mike Mahan, CEO, dick clark productions, referring to the choices by the Motion Picture and Television Academies to do without hosts for the most recent Oscar and Emmy ceremonies.

Each of Gervais' stints hosting the Golden Globes were met with decidedly mixed reviews, largely because of his love-it-or-hate-it irreverent humor and pointed stabs at the entertainment industry, which elicited as many groans and winces from the audience as it did laughs.

Since Gervais' last turn as host, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Sandra Oh with Andy Samberg have emceed the Golden Globes. 

The 77th annual Golden Globes ceremony will air January 5, 2020.

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ABC/Andrew Eccles(NEW YORK) -- Comedian Jeff Garlin notched his 37th year in comedy the same day he filmed his new Netflix special Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago.  The special is out today.  However, fans can expect something a little different in his latest masterpiece as pain will serve as his newest muse.

The Goldbergs star doesn't tiptoe around the extensive heartbreak he suffered over the past year.  Telling ABC Audio, Garlin reveals,  "I've gotten divorced.  My mother died.  My dogs both died."

While each instance was equally devastating to him, Jeff says the audience finds just one the most heartbreaking.  "It always happens.  I'll bring up divorce, my mom's death, but my dogs died is what gets a strong reaction from the audience," he laughs.  "It's really funny.  I mean, that's funny to me that the dogs. Oh, 'awww divorce.'  Not 'awww mother dying.'"

With 37 years’ experience under his belt, Garlin also touched upon how comedy has evolved over the years... or has it?  "My comedy has not changed one iota,” the 57-year-old asserts.

Garlin explained that he doesn't buy into the theory people are too sensitive these days and that comedians are constantly under fire for things they say and tweet. “The idea that we're living in a society where nothing is funny anymore. Wrong. Everything is funny. And it's still just as funny as it ever was. And I feel no handcuffs, no boundaries,” he said.

When asked about how he prepared for his latest special, the answer was definitely on brand.  "Preparation is very important, but my preparation in stand up in general is no preparation, like literally no," The comic revealed.  "Like I walked to the stage having no idea what I'm going to say." 

Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago is available now on Netflix.

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ABC/Nicole Wilder(NEW YORK) -- Alex Trebek choked up on Jeopardy! Monday after one contestant surprised him with a heartwarming message of support.

Dhruv Gaur was in third place during the game show's Tournament of Champions and had $2,000 going into Final Jeopardy when he was asked, “In the title of a groundbreaking 1890 exposé of poverty in New York City slums, these 3 words follow ‘How the.’”

He wagered $1,995 and wrote, "What is ... we love you, Alex," using a heart in place of the word "love."

"That's very kind," an emotional Trebek responded.

The question, for those playing along, was Jacob Riis' book, "What is 'How the Other Half Lives'?"

Trebek, 79, revealed in March that he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and although he responded well to treatment at first, in September he told Good Morning America that his doctors had determined that he needed to undergo chemotherapy again.

The disease has taken a toll in more ways than one, he continued. In addition to causing "fatigue" and "excruciating pain," it's thrown him into periods of depression, too.

"When it happened early on I was down on myself," he told GMA. "I didn't realize how fallible each of us is in his or her own way. … I talk to the audience sometimes and I get teary eyed for no reason. I don't even bother to explain it anymore, I just experience it. I know it's a part of who I am and I just keep going."

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Disney (NEW YORK) -- The new streaming service Disney debuts today, and with it, the expansive libraries of Disney's animated classics, the world of Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe become available on demand to subscribers.

In addition, Disney features a number of original shows spun from Disney properties, including Star Wars' The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and Forky Asks a Question, featuring Tony Hale's breakout star from Toy Story 4.

The Forky series is comprised of 10 short episodes featuring a question like, "What Is Time?" or "What is Art?"  Hale says it has shades of another favorite animated series, Schoolhouse Rock.  Forky is also a perfect foil to explain the world to kids.

Hale tells ABC News, "He doesn't know anything about the universe. And he's just like, what's going on? Like, why?"

In one of the most anticipated projects, Iron Man director Jon Favreau and his Clone Wars collaborator, Dave Filoni, present The Mandalorian. Game of Thrones veteran Pedro Pascal stars as the title character, a bounty hunter operating in the far reaches of the galaxy.

So far, we've only seen the character wearing the familiar helmet also worn by Boba Fett in the Star Wars films.  So will we see his face?

Pascal tells ABC News, "You know, like those Sergio Leone movies, Clint Eastwood's character? I think he's credited as 'Man with no name'...I'm the man with no face. So get used to it."

In the show, former MMA fighter Gina Carano plays ex-soldier Cara Dune. She says of the show, "the passion behind it is just incredible."

In a much different vein, every episode of another series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, sees the enigmatic Jurassic Park star exploring one topic.

"It changed my life," Goldblum tells ABC News. "I learned a lot of things -- about science about sneakers and all that."

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ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- With the semifinals so tantalizingly close, Dancing with the Stars' final six competitors pulled all the stops on the dance floor after two consecutive nights of shocking eliminations.  With two dance routines to master, the tension was palpable as the contestants used every trick at their disposal to survive for another week.

However, the shocking eliminations may be over as Sean Spicer, the competitor who consistently earned the lowest scores of the season while simultaneously dodging the bottom two, was finally handed his marching orders by judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.  Both opted to spare country star Lauren Alaina, who was sent to the bottom two for the first time on Monday.

Spicer's DWTS journey went out with a whimper as he scored a full 20 points lower than the rest of the pack.  His Argentine tango and foxtrot earned tepid remarks from the judges, even from the effervescent guest judge Joey Fatone, who awarded him a combined final score of 50/80.

In an unexpected surprise, Spicer earned the Presidential Seal of Approval on Monday as President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations, saying he was proud of his former press secretary and that Spicer gave it "a great try."

On the flip side, the night saw a historic double perfect score, secured by Ally Brooke.  The former Fifth Harmony singer, who was nearly sent home last week, poured everything she had onto the dance floor and even pulled a few jaw-dropping tricks with partner Sasha Farber.  During their intensely vivacious jazz routine to New Kids on the Block's "Step By Step," Sasha lifted Ally as she kicked over his head before spinning in place.  

Her expressive samba to "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls also earned rave reviews from the judges.  At the end of the night, Judge Bruno declared Ally reminded him of dance icon Paula Abdul.  The high praise combined with the high risks on the dance floor paid off, as it was announced Ally and Sasha were the first couple going through to the semifinals with their perfect final score of 80/80.

There was another dancer who earned a perfect score on Monday, comedian Kel Mitchell and partner Witney Carson.  While their Paso Doble to En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" fell flat with the judges, Kel came back with an extremely romantic Viennese waltz to Boys II Men's "I'll Make Love to You." 

Judge Carrie Ann was delighted that Kel took the critique he received from his Paso Doble and implemented it into his waltz.  "I love a man who can take direction," she joked before she, along with the three other judges, held up a 10.  Mitchell's final score of the night was 74/80.

For a second night in a row, Bachelorette star Hannah Brown was held back from achieving her first perfect score -- once again by Judge Len Goodman.  The judge broke from the others and handed her a nine for her striking tango to BTS' "Boy With Luv."  Despite the disappointment, Judge Bruno bolstered the reality star's confidence by comparing her to Hollywood greats Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth.

Finally, the most memorable moment of the night did not come from one of the competitors, but from past contestant... guest judge Joey Fatone.  The season four runner-up ripped his pants during the opening number when jumping off the stage in a split.

Unfortunately for him, the hilarious wardrobe malfunction was caught front and center on camera -- no thanks to host Tom Bergeron who encouraged the audience to rewind and play back the embarrassing moment.  The former NSYNC member, luckily, didn't seem too mortified and played along.

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday, November 18, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  Next week is the semifinals and, already, some details have emerged regarding the season finale, which takes place in two weeks.  It was revealed that superstar Cher will help close out season 28.

Here are the current standings:

First place:
Ally Brooke, former Fifth Harmony singer, with Sasha Farber -- 80/80

Kel Mitchell, actor and stand-up comedian, with Witney Carson  --  74/80
James Van Der Beek, Dawson's Creek actor, with Emma Slater -- 72/80
Hannah Brown, former Bachelorette, with Alan Bersten -- 71/80

Lowest score:
Lauren Alaina, country singer, with Gleb Savchenko --  70/80

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Trae Patton/NBCTrae Patton/NBCThe live playoffs began on Monday night’s The Voice, with the five artists each from Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani's teams performing for a spot in the top 12.

America had the chance to vote for their favorite artist from each team, with the four with the most votes advancing to the top 12.  For the first time, the 13th spot will be determined by a wild "Instant Save.”  Host Carson Daly instructed viewers to cast their votes using The Voice official app or at NBC.com.

Here are Monday’s highlights:

Team Blake:

Ricky Duran, covered John Mellencamp's "Small Town."  Gwen praised Ricky's "smokey and raspy" voice, adding he looked like a "professional pop star."

Country singer Gracee Shriver, 16, experienced some off-camera technical problems with her guitar, forcing her to change her whole performance on the fly.  The coaches applauded the teen for handling it like a pro.

Also performing for Team Blake: Cali Wilson with a jazzy spin on Britney Spears' "Toxic"; and Kat Hammock and Ricky Braddy, tackling The Beach Boys’ "God Only Knows" and Steve Winwood's "Roll with It," respectively.

Team Gwen:

Powerhouse vocalist Rose Short covered Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately."  "You're not even on my team and I can't sit down," Clarkson declared in response to the "sexy" performance.

Joana Martinez performed a cover of Bebe Rexha's "You Can't Stop the Girl" that prompted former coach Blake Shelton to say letting her go was the "stupidest thing" he's ever done.

Also performing for Team Gwen: pop rocker Kyndal Inskeep, sang "10,000 Hours," by Dan Shay featuring Justin Bieber; Myracle Holloway performed Oleta Adams' "Get Here;" and Jake Haldenvang putting a blues-rock spin on Adele's "Turning Tables."

Team Kelly:

Maya and Chelsea -- a.k.a. Hello Sunday -- were next.  The duo, both 14 years old, showcased their beautiful harmonies on Adele's "Hello."  Clarkson, who recalled she was 19 when she competed on American Idol, said she would have "peed her pants" if she attempted that at their age.

Shane Q crooned "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  Blake thought the singer "knocked it out of the park" while Kelly declared Shane could sing anything, and sing it better than the original artist.

Max Boyle's rendition of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová's "Falling Slowly," prompted Clarkson to declare, there was no way the "gifted" singer wasn't going "all the way."

Also performing for Team Kelly: California native Damali with Lauren Daigle’s "You Say"; and country artist Jake Hoot covering Reba McEntire's "You Lie."

Team Legend:

Marybeth Byrd's version of "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding brought all four coaches to their feet, with Blake calling it his favorite performance of the night.  Legend agreed, saying it was "head and shoulders above" anything she'd done thus far in the competition.

Will Breman jazzed up Taylor Swift's "Style," leading a stunned Kelly to declare, "You just won The Voice…the rad human, like you won it all!"  Citing his "charisma" and "personality," Legend called Breman "a true artist."

Katy Kadan, known for her high-energy performances, showed off her softer side on Lady Gaga's "Always Remember Us This Way."  John called the performance "stunning," adding she "oozed power and emotion.

Also performing for Team Legend: Khalea Lynee with Lauren Daigle's "Love Like This"; and soulful pop artist Alex Guthrie tackling Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You"

The Voice returns with a one-hour episode on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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(c) 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) -- This is the night, it’s a beautiful night -- to share a plate of spaghetti and watch the new live action Lady and the Tramp on the newly launched Disney .

The remake of the 1955 animated classic features Tessa Thompson voicing the elegant cocker spaniel named Lady while Justin Theroux lends his voice to the mischievous mutt Tramp. The cast also includes Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah, Adrian Martinez as Elliot the dog catcher, and F. Murray Abraham as Tony.

“Our story and both the original film, the 1955 version, is a film about love, about family, about loyalty, about commitment, about the ways in which love allows us the capacity to challenge our own world views, to expand our horizons,” Thompson says.

She adds, “I think it tells kids and adults alike not to be afraid of the world, but also to really respect and honor what you have when you go home.”

The film used real rescue dogs as its canine stars, inspiring some cast members to adopt pets of their own. Brown adopted a dog named Harley right from set, and Thompson later adopted a dog named Coltrane. Martinez says his dog, Milo, passed away during filming and he now consider the movie a “tribute” to him.

One thing’s for sure: the pups got top billing.

“I've done some of the greatest roles Shakespeare ever wrote. King Lear, Richard the Third, I've played Bottom. I played many great roles,” F. Murray Abraham tells ABC Audio. “Suddenly you’re way second place after a dog. It's as simple as that. And it's okay because they're good!”

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD) Now that the story of Steve Rogers/Captain America is apparently over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, would actor Chris Evans ever entertain reprising the character?

In a Variety feature in which longtime friends and fellow MCU stars Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans interview each other about their new projects, Evans says -- maybe.

"You never say never," says Evans. "I love the character...It's not a hard no, but it's not an eager yes, either."

Avengers: Endgame ends a very, very old Steve Rogers handing off his shield to his buddy, Sam Wilson -- and closes with a flashback to 1947, the year to which Cap takes a time travel detour into the arms of the long-lost love of his life, Peggy Carter.

For the two actors, endings don't get better than that. 

"I actually had no idea what was going to happen," Johansson recalled. "It was such a beautiful cathartic ending, and I loved that for Steve. I think he deserved that. It was all his happiness."

Evans agreed of the ending, "It'd be a shame to sour that. I'm very protective of it...It almost feels like maybe we should let this one sit."

An "unbelievably lucky" Evans adds, "I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you're going to revisit it, it can't be a cash grab. It can't be just because the audience wants to be excited...What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together."

Evans says, "It doesn't feel, at this time, that would be a thing."

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Sony Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Fantasy Island, the kitschy hit TV show that ran from 1978 to 1984, has gotten a scary reboot from Blumhouse, the horror masters who released Jordan Peele's Oscar-winning movie Get Out.

The new trailer has Michael Pena playing the late Ricardo Montalban's signature role as the enigmatic, white suit-wearing Mr. Roarke. Gone is his little person sidekick, Tattoo, played by the late Hervé Villechaize -- though "The plane!" is still a Fantasy Island catchphrase.

Like the show, people who come to experience a fantasy learn they get more than they bargained for.  However in this permutation, guests including Lucy Hale and Maggie Q don't get the happy endings experienced by the classic series' weekly guest stars.

For example, Hale's character asks to get revenge on a school bully from her past. When she's treated to a shot of that bully tied up and awaiting Saw-like torture at her former victim's hands, however, Hale's character learns there are real-life consequences to what she's wanted.

Fantasy Island, Also starring Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday and Michael Rooker, opens February 14.

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Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- On Nov. 12, Disney officially launches, and with it one of its most-anticipated series: Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian.

That might not be news even to those who don't consider themselves part of the worldwide legion of Star Wars die-hards, so in case you're in that boat, let's start with the basics.

Iron Man director, Marvel movie actor, and Star Wars fan Jon Favreau co-created the series with his "Star Wars: The Clone Wars collaborator and Star Wars creator George Lucas' protege, Dave Filoni. The series centers Game of Thrones and Kingsman 2 star Pedro Pascal as the title character, a bounty hunter and gunslinger operating in the far reaches of the galaxy.

OK, the trailer hints at that, but what is a Mandalorian? There's a short version and a long version. A very long version.

While much of the history of the Mandalorians was detailed in books and comics as part of Star Wars' so-called "E-U" or "Expanded Universe," much of that history wasn't considered "canon" -- that is, George Lucas official.

Short version: The name refers to a race whose history spans thousands of years in the Star Wars universe. The fearsome people are known for armor that shares their race's name and which was spawned from the planet they initially conquered, Mandalore. Mandos, as they're sometimes known, waged wars of conquest throughout the galaxy, establishing outposts on the planets they conquered.

The armor has become synonymous with the bounty hunter Boba Fett, who made his first appearance in animated form in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.

1980's The Empire Strikes Back solidified Fett's fan-favorite status, despite his only having four lines of dialog -- and short ones at that. His battered, olive-drab, weapons-strewn armor stood in stark contrast to the white-and-black color scheme usually favored by the Empire, for whom he tracked Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, leading to the capture of Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and their pals.

Fett eventually captured his nemesis Solo in a frozen carbonite slab, which was delivered to noted gangster Jabba The Hutt.

1983's Return of the Jedi saw Fett meet an inglorious end. In an escape attempt, an unfrozen but vision-impaired Solo accidentally activates Boba's jetpack, and he slams into Jabba's floating yacht and falls into the toothy maw of a sand-pit-dwelling creature known as a Sarlacc.

Years later, Lucas joked he should have shown Fett clawing his way out -- as he did in unofficial comics and other portrayals. The "Star Wars" creator admitting he'd underestimated how popular Fett would be.

That was partially responsible for Boba's return -- as the cloned child of his father, Jango, in the Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones. The film, which took place decades before the original Star Wars trilogy, explained Jango Fett, an outstanding warrior and bounty hunter, was commissioned to be a clone template for a Grand Army of the Republic, which fought for -- and eventually against -- the Jedi Order.

Despite his skills, Jango Fett was decapitated by Samuel L. Jackson's Jedi Master Mace Windu at the movie's end, though his son is shown picking up Fett's helmet.

With the creation of the Clone Wars series, Lucas and Filoni streamlined the Mandalorian history. Their years of conquest remained, eventually leading to a peaceful society on New Mandalore. However, they were eventually torn apart by in-fighting, with hardliners, led by a group called Death Watch, led by Pre Vizla, advocating for a return to their people's warlike ways.

A civil war erupted, and years later, when the Empire came to power, their planet found itself occupied -- and later razed when the Mandalorians rebelled. Some of that struggle was detailed in the series Star Wars: Rebels when Clone Wars' run ended.

That series is how Favreau and Filoni met, back in 2007. Favreau was working on Iron Man at the time, and, after bonding over Star Wars, Filoni even hired him to voice Mando rebel Pre Visla over multiple episodes.

Clone Wars even suggested that for all their history in Star Wars lore, Jango wasn't ethnically Mandalorian after all -- he'd just stolen the armor, which, apart from being some handy blaster-proof kit for bounty hunting -- what with rope shooters, flame throwers, knee darts and the aforementioned jetpack -- it inspires fear in the hearts of those come across it.

Which brings us back to The Mandalorian.

As of yet, we don't know who Pascal's character really is. All we know is that after the fall of the Empire -- the series takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi -- that galaxy far, far away is a lawless place. Perfect for a mercenary bounty hunter.

"Going back to the roots of what inspired George, originally like the old Westerns and the samurai films," Favreau explained over the summer at the fan expo D23. "[Y]ou know, back ... around the time of Seven Samurai, where the age of the warrior was just starting to end or post-Civil War in the Old West when everything had to be order had to be brought to the universe."

"I always loved ... in the first 'Star Wars' film, the cantina -- and the smugglers and the 'scum and villainy,'" Filoni added, quoting Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Filoni said of the time period of The Mandalorian that "Next year it will be 15 years of working on Star Wars ... but this area is so unique that we're playing in, with these characters. It's fun."

Of those characters, we know that former MMA fighter Gina Carano will play a former solider-turned-Merc Cara Dune. She called her character "a loner," adding that's "isn't a far stretch" for her, with the Deadpool star adding that Cara is "learning how to have a bit of trouble reintegrating myself into society." She added: "I don't think I've done a better job than I've done on this show."

Carl Weathers, best known for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise, plays Grief Karga, a bounty hunter guild leader who hires the title character for a job because, he says, "The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done."

We've also learned that Ming Na Wen will play an assassin known as Fennic Shand. "We got our inspiration really from the name. The idea of a fennec fox came to mind," she told Vanity Fair. "She's tricky, and yet she's able to maneuver and survive, and be stealthy -- so very graceful and agile. I just love that whole image with the name."

The Mandalorian will also star the voice of Nick Nolte, as a member of the pig-faced species called the Ugnaughts -- the same aliens who helped freeze Solo at the close of "Empire."

Playing the apparent heavy is Werner Herzog, though not much is known about what part he's playing.

For his part, Pascal said of his "mysterious" character, "Some might say he's of 'questionable moral character,' which is in line with some of our best Westerns. He's a badass!"

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Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- After online naysayers took issue with her traumatized character's dearth of dialog in The Irishman, Oscar winner Anna Paquin took to Twitter to set the record straight.

She utters just six words in her 10 minutes of screen time in the film, playing the haunted adult daughter of Robert De Niro's hitman/family man character.

Some grumbled that Scorsese was somehow discriminating against Paquin and her character in his crime epic.  The U.K. newspaper The Guardian called it part of a "disturbing trend," in Hollywood, the criticism part of an article titled "Seen but not heard: Why don't women speak in The Irishman?"

Paquin was having none of it. "Nope, nobody was doing any 'ordering'" she tweeted. "I auditioned for the privilege of joining the incredible cast...and I’m incredibly proud to get to be a part of this film."

Ironically, The Piano, the film for which a then 11-year-old Paquin won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, featured an Academy Award-winning performance for her onscreen mother, Holly Hunter, who played a mute.

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Kevin Feige and Brie Larson/Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- The man at the head of the Marvel Studios has finally weighed in on Martin Scorsese's repeated disses of the studio's films as "not cinema."

"I think that's not true," producer Kevin Feige told The Hollywood Reporter, commenting on the slights from Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.  I think it's unfortunate. I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies...loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people."

Feige maintains, "Everybody has a different definition of art."

Feige, who had shepherded the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the start, has now executive-produced four of the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time.  The MCU's most recent entry, Avengers: Endgame surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time.

Scorsese insisted superhero films have no "stakes," adding in an op-ed explaining his widely-blasted opinion, that "Nothing is at risk..." in movies like Marvel's.

Feige countered, "We did [Captain America] Civil War. We had our two most popular characters get into a very serious theological and physical altercation. We killed half of our characters at the end of...[Avengers: Infinity War]. I think it's fun for us to take our success and...take risks and go in different places."

Feige also touted the upcoming The Eternals, starring Angelina Jolie, an obscure Marvel Comics title directed by a relatively unknown filmmaker, small-screen veteran Chloe Zhao.

"It is a very big movie," Feige declared.  "It is a very expensive movie. And we are making it because we believe in [Zhao's] vision and...we believe we need to continue to grow and evolve and change and push our genre forward. That's a risk if I've ever heard one."

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Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- As if being the highest grossing movie of all time wasn't enough, Avengers: Endgame topped the 2019 People's Choice Awards, which were presented Sunday night from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

The film, from Marvel Studios, which is owned by ABC Audio's parent company Disney, collected wins for the "The Movie of 2019," as well as "The Action Movie of 2019" -- and one of its leads, Robert Downey Jr., was honored as "The Male Movie Star of 2019."

Incidentally, the MCU also was given the nod via its hit Sony Pictures co-production Spider-Man: Far from Home, which helped Ol' Web Head himself, Tom Holland, snag the "The Action Movie Star of 2019" trophy. His co-star Zendaya was named "The Female Movie Star of 2019."

Here's the complete list of winners:

The Movie of 2019
Avengers: Endgame     

The Comedy Movie of 2019  
Murder Mystery            

The Action Movie of 2019    
Avengers: Endgame 

The Drama Movie of 2019   

The Family Movie of 2019    

The Male Movie Star of 2019          
Robert Downey Jr.         

The Female Movie Star of 2019       

The Drama Movie Star of 2019       
Cole Sprouse     

The Comedy Movie Star of 019     
Noah Centineo  

The Action Movie Star of 2019       
Tom Holland     

The Show of 2019     
Stranger Things 

The Drama Show of 2019    
Stranger Things             

The Comedy Show of 2019   
The Big Bang Theory

The Animated Movie Star of 2019  

The Reality Show of 2019    
Keeping Up with the Kardashians

The Competition Show of 2019      
America's Got Talent     

The Male TV Star of 2019     
Cole Sprouse     

The Female TV Star of 2019 
Millie Bobby Brown       

The Drama TV Star of 2019 

The Comedy TV Star of 2019
Kristen Bell

The Daytime Talk Show of 2019      
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Nighttime Talk Show of 2019  
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 

The Competition Contestant of 2019        
Hannah Brown 

The Reality Star of 2019 
Khloé Kardashian          

The Bingeworthy Show of 2019     

The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2019    

The Male Artist of 2019       
Shawn Mendes 

The Female Artist of 2019   
Billie Eilish

The Group of 2019    

The Song of 2019      
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello -- "Señorita"

The Album of 2019    
Taylor Swift -- Lover

The Country Artist of 2019
Blake Shelton    

The Latin Artist of 2019      
Becky G 

The Music Video of 2019      
Kill This Love 

The Concert Tour of 2019   

The Social Star of 2019       
David Dobrik

The Beauty Influencer of 2019       
Bretman Rock 

The Social Celebrity of 2019
Ellen DeGeneres

The Animal Star of 2019      
Doug the Pug    

The Comedy Act of 2019       
Kevin Hart

The Style Star of 2019         
Harry Styles      

The Game Changer of 2019  
Simone Biles

The Pop Podcast of 2019      
Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley and Tanya Rad


The People's Icon Award of 2019
Jennifer Aniston

The People's Champion of 2019

The Fashion Icon of 2019
Gwen Stefani

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Vanessa Hudgens threw it all the way back to 2006 in the most relatable way possible by enjoying a quick round of drunk karaoke. She posted the evidence to her Instagram on Sunday.

Of course, she chose to tackle her biggest hit from Disney’s High School Musical -- "Breaking Free” -- which went hilariously wrong.  She shows just how dangerous it can be when one combines cocktails with a microphone by turning the originally sweet and uplifting song into something beyond recognition. 

Fans shouldn't be too offended by Vanessa’s performance, though, as she explains in the Instagram caption, "Um. Here’s a really bad, aggressive, and totally sober version of breaking free. Yep. That happened lol."

The Spring Breakers actress  is seen bobbing her head and dancing in a circle as she attempts to recall the song's lyrics, to which she shouts at times.  Luckily, some party goers lent her a hand by quietly singing along until she was back on track.

Hudgens elaborated in her caption, "it hurts my ears but also makes me laugh lol" before addressing what was probably the biggest yikes of her cover. "The “ooo yeah”. Dear lord lol," she jokes, finishing with a facepalm and rock sign emoji.

The 30-year-old definitely proves one thing, however. She knows how to have a good time, with or without a mic -- or cocktail -- in hand.  

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