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Robert Downey Jr. says Avengers: Endgame ending is “the best eight minutes” of the entire McU

Robert Downey Jr. says Avengers: Endgame ending is “the best eight minutes” of the entire McU
We’re just days out from the release of Avengers: Endgame, with Marvel Studios set to deliver not only the conclusion to Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but an ending to the entire 22-movie ‘Infinity Saga’ – as well as setting the stage for the next chapter in the beloved superhero franchise.

As such, expectations for Endgame are through the roof, and Robert Downey Jr. appears to be very confident that the film will deliver, with the Iron Man star telling The Upcoming that: “The last eight minutes of [Avengers: Endgame] are maybe the best eight minutes in the entire history of the whole run of them, in a way, because everyone’s involved.”

Whether those final eight minutes will focus on the climactic battle against Thanos, or perhaps some kind of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King-style endings as the torch is passed to a
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‘Homecoming’: Could It Be a Beyoncé vs. Taylor Swift Rematch at the Emmys?

‘Homecoming’: Could It Be a Beyoncé vs. Taylor Swift Rematch at the Emmys?
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter blessed the internet and the world on April 17, releasing a new Netflix film documenting her two 2018 Coachella performances, plus additional footage offering a glimpse into the iconic musician’s collaborative creative process. And indeed, it was very good.

The concerts – designed to celebrate the lasting legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities – were already guaranteed crowdpleasers, garnering more than 43 million views on YouTube in the last year, but what remains to be seen is whether or not the TV Academy will be similarly smitten with Beyoncé’s latest foray into the television sphere.

It’s not that the former Destiny’s Child star is unfamiliar with the Emmys. Beyoncé has four previous Emmy nominations, including nods for her 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show, 2015 HBO “On The Run Tour” concert film with husband Jay-z, as well as nominations for Variety Special and Direction of a Variety Special for 2016’s HBO visual album “Lemonade.
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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Leads Slow Easter Weekend at the Box Office

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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Leads Slow Easter Weekend at the Box Office
New Line’s horror pic “The Curse of La Llorona” is summoning a $25 million debut at the domestic box office, leading a quiet Easter weekend before Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters on April 26.

The James Wan-produced “La Llorona,” playing in 3,372 theaters, was a hit with Hispanic audiences, who accounted for nearly 50% of ticket sales. The R-rated film, budgeted at only $9 million, marked the directorial debut of Michael Chaves, who will next helm Wan’s “The Conjuring 3” at Warner Bros.

Overall, Easter weekend is looking scary bad compared to last year’s Easter frame (down 22%). t’s also the worst Easter frame since 2005. Box office observers feel the low numbers are simply a result of auds holding out for the “Avengers” next weekend.

Warner Bros.’ “Shazam!” held strong in second place with a $17.2 million outing. The Zach Levi-starrer has now collected $120 million in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Fox
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Academy Responds to Roman Polanski: ‘Procedures Were Fair and Reasonable’

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Academy Responds to Roman Polanski: ‘Procedures Were Fair and Reasonable’
Update: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has responded to a lawsuit from director Roman Polanski that claimed he was unfairly expelled from the organization behind the Oscars.

“The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate,” a spokesperson said.

The Academy’s statement comes after Polanski filed suit against the non-profit this week, demanding reinstatement after he was ousted last May.

The suit, filed in the state of California, says the Academy did not follow proper protocol in dismissing him nearly a year ago. The Academy did so “in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct,” they said at the time, adding their leadership expected members to “uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

Polanski’s suit says the Academy’s expulsion decision “is not supported by findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by evidence.
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John Singleton, Oscar-Nominated Director, May Have Suffered A Stroke

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John Singleton, Oscar-Nominated Director, May Have Suffered A Stroke
John Singleton, whose Boyz n the Hood remains one of the definitive movies of the 1990s, may have suffered a stroke and is hospitalized.

Social media has erupted with shout-outs and prayers for the director, who is allegedly at Cedars Sinai. His current condition is unknown.

Singleton was nominated for two Oscars – Best Director and Best Original Screenplay – for Boyz n the Hood, becoming the youngest filmmaker to be nominated in those categories.

He also directed Michael Jackson’s video for “Remember The Time.” His other credits include Rosewood, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Four Brothers.

In TV, Singleton directed “The People vs. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story,” and episodes of “Empire,” and “Billions.”
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‘Chicago’: Jon Seda, Colin Donnell & Norma Kuhling Exit NBC Drama Franchise

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‘Chicago’: Jon Seda, Colin Donnell & Norma Kuhling Exit NBC Drama Franchise
Exclusive: After seven years on Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice, star Jon Seda is exiting the popular NBC drama franchise. Also departing are Chicago Med co-stars Colin Donnell and Norma Kuhling. All three are leaving as series regulars. As is always the case with the Dick Wolf TV universe, they could return for guest appearances. All three Chicago series have been renewed for next season.

According to sources, the cast departures stem from creative reasons related to the characters’ story evolution.

Seda, who plays Detective Antonio Dawson, was one of the original stars of Chicago P.D. He started off as a recurring on the mothership Chicago Fire before he and Jason Beghe were spun off to anchor spinoff Chicago P.D. as the leads. Seda left Chicago P.D. midway through Season 4 to join new legal drama spinoff Chicago Justice. He returned to Chicago P.D.
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‘Gotham': Camren Bicondova to Exit Catwoman Role Before Series Finale

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‘Gotham': Camren Bicondova to Exit Catwoman Role Before Series Finale
Gotham” star Camren Bicondova announced on Twitter Friday that her time as Catwoman has come to an end, as she will not appear in next week’s series finale.

“It’s important to me that I’m the one to tell you this because it was a choice that I made, through a lot of thoughts, prayer, and time

“I wanted to give Selina Kyle as much respect as possible. Some will say that giving her respect would include seeing the character through to the end of the show, which I understand,” Bicondova wrote.

“But I firmly believe that part of leaving a legacy and being part of a legacy means knowing when to pass the torch to someone else. I was blessed to be the vessel for Selina Kyle for her formative teen years, and it only felt right to give someone else the torch for her adult self.
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Michael Che Lashes Out at ‘Mediocre Ass’ Writer Who Criticized ‘SNL’ Co-Star Colin Jost

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Michael Che Lashes Out at ‘Mediocre Ass’ Writer Who Criticized ‘SNL’ Co-Star Colin Jost
Michael Che lashed out at a writer for the entertainment website Uproxx who criticized his “Saturday Night Live” co-star Colin Jost as the “epitome of white-male mediocrity.”

In a series of since-deleted story posts on Instagram that have been screencapped and have spread on social media, Che ripped into Uproxx columnist Steven Hyden whom he bizarrely suggesed has sex with dogs.

Che riffs about reading several fake news stories involving a “regular mediocre ass white dude, probably like a writer or something.”

“I don’t think it’s Steven Hyden, but that name is stuck in my head for some reason,” Che wrote. “But this guy sucks off stray dogs and rescue dogs. And like, nobody knows why.”

Also Read: WrestleMania: 'SNL' Stars Colin Jost, Michael Che *Almost* Win Andre the Giant Battle Royal (Video)

Hyden didn’t seem fazed by Che’s oddball outburst. “Dear Michael Che, I don’t feel harassed,
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Signs of Solidarity and Strain Emerge as Week 2 of WGA-Talent Agency Standoff Begins

Hundreds of WGA members rallied solidly behind their union last week as the industry grappled with uncertainties spurred by the sudden break between writers and their talent agency representatives.

But as the standoff heads into its second week, signs of strain among some WGA members are beginning to emerge. Shalom Auslander, author and creator of the Showtime dramedy “Happyish,” penned a scathing “Official Coerced Termination Letter” to his reps at CAA that blasted the WGA for what Auslander describes as thuggish tactics in forcing members to fire their agents.

The letter, which is circulating in writer circles, likened Auslander’s
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Ken Starr Now Thinks Impeachment Is… Bad?

Like a bad, politically-themed episode of VH1’s Where Are They Now? former special prosecutor Ken Starr is back on Fox News talking about impeachment. But this time, he’s against it?

“For the sake of the country, fulminate, but don’t go forward with impeachment. It’s so bad for the country,” he told host Brett Baier Friday afternoon, adding, “The American people want stability.”

Ken Starr says Democrats shouldn't pursue impeachment of Trump because "it's so bad for the country" pic.twitter.com/EamjLAPK1U

Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew
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Seagram Heiress Clare Bronfman Pleads Guilty in Nxivm Sex Slave Case

Clare Bronfman, the 40-year-old billionaire heiress to the Seagram Company fortune, pleaded guilty to enabling a sex ring for Keith Raniere, the self-anointed leader of Nxivm, a cult-like group based in upstate New York. In a federal court in Brooklyn on Friday, Bronfman said she harbored someone who was living in U.S. illegally for unpaid “labor and services.” Bronfman also admitted to committing credit card fraud on Raniere’s behalf, according to the Associated Press.

Bronfman is the daughter of billionaire-philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr. Her
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Rep. Duncan Hunter Faked a Border Wall Crossing on Facebook

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-ca) posted a video on Facebook and Twitter Thursday that he claimed showed him crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. But there’s one catch: the border was actually almost 100 feet away from where Hunter was, Customs and Border Patrol said.

“So here is the grand border wall in Yuma, Arizona,” Hunter said in the video, pointing to a waist-high barrier he could easily step over. “This is what we expect to stop people, transnational terrorists, families, all illegal aliens from coming across the border. This is it.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Vegas Odds Reveal Wild Theories

‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Vegas Odds Reveal Wild Theories
With “Game of Thrones” hype at an all-time high, Las Vegas may be raking in as much money as the Iron Bank.

HBO’s fantasy masterpiece has seized the gambling world’s attention nearly as much as the Super Bowl or Kentucky Derby. Fans spew countless theories on social media, such as which characters will be axed and who will sit on the Iron Throne, but betters put their money where their mouths are. Popular betting sites, like Bovada, have calculated the odds on Westeros’ most burning (and wildest) questions. For example, what are the odds that Arya will wear Littlefinger’s face?
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls for Trump to Be Impeached

On Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made it abundantly clear what she thinks should happen now that the redacted version of the Mueller report has been released—”impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States” should begin.

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate first took to Twitter to make her thoughts known:

Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.
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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke
Updated with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks

John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke.

Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg.

The stroke has been characterized by doctors as “mild.”

Singleton’s family released a statement Saturday afternoon confirming his hospitalization.

“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care,” the family statement said. “We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all
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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke
Updated with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks

John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke.

Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg.

The stroke has been characterized by doctors as “mild.”

Singleton’s family released a statement Saturday afternoon confirming his hospitalization.

“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care,” the family statement said. “We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues.”

Singleton most recently has been active in television. He’s creator and exec producer of the FX drama series “Snowfall,” which heads into its third season this year. He earned an Emmy nomination in 2017 for directing
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Country-Rocker Kyle Daniel Sparks Up 420 With ‘A Friend With Weed’

Country-Rocker Kyle Daniel Sparks Up 420 With ‘A Friend With Weed’
Kyle Daniel has been weaving his high-and-mighty pot singalong “A Friend With Weed” into his live shows for the past few months, but the song received its more official debut on Friday night in Nashville, just in time for 420.

Delivering a tight 45-minute set of brawny country-rock as the opening act for enduring Southern-rock group the Marshall Tucker Band at the War Memorial Auditorium, Daniel embraced his twangier side on “A Friend With Weed,” a loping country salute to buddies with bud. “Cause it’s Friday again and we ain
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See Anderson .Paak Bring Out Brandy, Jay Rock During Coachella Performance

During Anderson .Paak and & the Free Nationals’ Coachella set on Friday night, the musician enlisted two special guests for the performance.

The hip-hop artist brought out R&B icon Brandy for “Jet Black,” a song from his album Ventura released earlier this month.

#AboutLastNight @4everbrandy joined @AndersonPaak on stage at #Coachella as they performed their song #JetBlack from his new album #Ventura!!! #4everteambrandy support #LinkInBio!!! #Brandy #VocalBible #AndersonPaak #RnB #Brandy2019Takeover #Coachella2019 #MainStage pic.twitter.com/Zmt9ZntE1K

— #4everTeamBrandy (@4everTeamBrandy) April 20, 2019

Later on, Jay Rock joined .Paak for “King’s Dead,
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John Singleton in ICU After Suffering a Stroke

John Singleton in ICU After Suffering a Stroke
Writer-director John Singleton has been hospitalized and is in an intensive care unit after suffering a stroke on Wednesday, his family said in a statement Saturday.

“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital,” the statement read. “John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care. We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues.”

The two-time Oscar nominee for “Boyz n the Hood” suffered a “mild” stroke after checking into a hospital this week after feeling ill following a trip to Costa Rica, a family member told TMZ.

Also Read: John Singleton Told Tupac to Quit Rapping (And 5 More of His Amazing Hollywood Stories)

Singleton, 51, who became the first African American and the youngest person to
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John Singleton "Under Great Medical Care" After Suffering Stroke, Family Says

John Singleton
John Singleton suffered a stroke at the hospital earlier this week but is under "great medical care," the Singleton family said in a statement on Saturday after multiple reports that the director had been hospitalized.

The 51-year-old Boyz n the Hood helmer had the episode while seeking medical attention, contrary to some prior reports, the family said. "On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital. John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care," their statement read. "We ask that privacy be given to him and ...
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