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ABC/Phillippe Bosse(NEW YORK) -- Tonight, ABC's twisty spy drama Quantico returns, and its star, Priyanka Chopra appeared On Live with Kelly, to promote the show and its new Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern time slot. 

However, Kelly Ripa and her guest co-host Anderson Cooper wanted to know if the Bollywood superstar was okay, considering she suffered a concussion on the show's New York set last week.

"I wish I had a better story to tell, where I would be like, 'I was doing these stunts, and, you know, somebody hit me in the jaw,' Chopra joked, "but I just slipped on a rainy day...It was such an anti-glamorous way of getting a concussion."

Priyanka noted that she slipped, hit her head on a car bumper, then on the ground. "So I was rushed to the ER -- but I still...finished the scene," she joked, earning an "Attagirl!" from Ripa.

Chopra explained that although it's apparently an "old wives' tale," her doctor recommended she not go to sleep after suffering the brain bruise, leading to a recovery method that involved a famous comedienne.  

"I did have someone waking me up every two hours to see if I was fine. I wasn't supposed to watch TV or read anything...So I ... couldn't do anything. So I had a weekend off with just Amy Schumer in my ears, listening to her new book, because I couldn't do anything else. Which was great," Chopra joked, "I love the book."

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Universal Pictures - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Gavin Polone, a producer of A Dog's Purpose, has spoken out about the now-infamous video taken on the film's set that depicted a dog being pushed into turbulent water against its will.  Polone, who's also a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, wrote an essay for the publication condemning the footage, but explaining the context in which it was taken.

Although he was not on set the day the German shepherd named Hercules was allegedly forced into the water, Polone wrote that he found the footage to be "absolutely inexcusable."

"The dog trainer should have stopped trying to get the dog to go in the water as soon as the dog seemed uncomfortable, and the trainers should have had support under the dog as soon as he came to the side of the pool and/or had less turbulence in the water so he never would have gone under," Polone wrote.

"The American Humane Association representative who is paid by the production to 'ensure the safety and humane treatment of animal actors'....should have also intervened immediately on both of those parts of the filming," he added. "So should have whomever was running the set. Those individuals should be held accountable and never used again by that studio or its affiliates."

Polone said that Hercules was "spooked" because he'd rehearsed the scene from a different side of the pool, and added that when the position was returned to the original one, "The dog was comfortable and went in on his own."

Polone also disagreed with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal's call for a boycott.  Lisa Lange, senior vice president at PETA, responded to Polone in a statement provided to ABC News.

"What matters is that...this dog made his feelings known, loud and clear, about being forced into rushing water...yet into the water he was made to go," the statement said.

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2016 - Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- In a grateful response to a fan's tweet that called the polarizing movie "a masterpiece," Suicide Squad director David Ayer posted a heartfelt note that is even getting respect from the film's detractors.

"I know it’s a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of its own," Ayer wrote. "I went for it."

He then admitted, "...I know Squad has its flaws, Hell, the World knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick up a newspaper and see a couple years of your blood, sweat and tears ripped to shreds. The hate game is strong out there."

"The movie was wildly successful commercially," Ayer continued, admitting that part of the process was learning where the movie strayed.  Ayer feels much of that comes down to Jared Leto's Joker, who was only in the movie for a few minutes.

"Wish I had a time machine. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story," said Ayer; many say the movie suffered for putting a group of grounded anti-heroes, like Margot Robbie's bat-wielding fan fave Harley Quinn against an ancient supernatural demon.

Still, Ayer said graciously, "I have to take the good and bad and learn from it. I love making movies and I love DC. I’m a High School dropout and used to paint houses for a living. I’m lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk."

He also added, for good measure, "And no, there isn’t a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere."

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Scott Kowalchyk/CBS (NEW YORK) -- They don't even take place until September, but the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards have a host -- Stephen Colbert.  It'll be Colbert's first time hosting the telecast, which will air live from L.A. on Sunday, September 17 on CBS.

In a statement the chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, which hands out the Emmys, says, "He's a formidable showman and we are delighted to begin working with him and the entire CBS team.”

 

Colbert himself noted -- in a nod to White House press secretary Sean Spicer's comments about how many people watched the inauguration -- that "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the globe.”

Colbert is now the host of CBS' Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His previous show, The Colbert Report, won multiple Emmys.

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Andrew LipovskyNBCNEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin, virtually a fixture on Saturday Night Live since now-President Donald Trump became the Republican front-runner, will step back onto the stage at Studio 8H for the 17th time as host on February 11.

NBC has announced Baldwin will return ahead of the premiere of his animated film Boss Baby, with Ed Sheeran making his second appearance as the show's musical guest.

Baldwin is beating his own record; Steve Martin has hosted the show 15 times since 1976. 

Saturday Night Live will return with the first of two back-to-back new shows, with Kristen Stewart hosting on February 4 alongside another SNL first-timer, "Know-It-All" singer Alessia Cara.

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2016 - Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) -- The late Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber in Die Hard; Peter Cushing’s Tarkin in Star Wars; Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter; Tom Hiddleston as Marvel’s Loki.

Examples abound, but just why do Brits make good baddies?

Writing in the online academic journal Jstor, linguist Chi Luu notes "Whether it’s Nazis, Romans, countrymen, or other bad guys of yesteryear (regardless of actual country of origin), it seems the prestige accent of villainy ... has typically had something in common with the Queen: namely, the Queen’s English, a dialect that is at the same time both terribly posh and deliciously evil."

She analysed the tongues under those famously stiff upper lips, and found that to those Americans she surveyed, British accents come across as "more educated but less trustworthy ... sincere and friendly" than non-RP [non-British accented] counterparts.

Writing in the online academic journal Jstor, Luu said that makes for, a "good start for a villain."

What's more, Luu cites studies that reveal we "love" hearing different accents, and part of the appeal of a British accent is that it's just more exotic sounding to those in the former Colonies.

Interestingly, however, the roles are reversed with popular music, with British acts often affecting American accents when they sing.

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Lucasfilm - 2015(LOS ANGELES) -- There is an official name for Episode VIII.

Lucasfilm just announced that it will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

This is fitting since 2015's The Force Awakens ended with Daisy Ridley's Rey tracking down Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, who had been in hiding from the villainous First Order.

The title may be referring to Luke as the last Jedi or maybe someone else...perhaps Rey, who has shown she is Force sensitive, thanks to her beat-down of Kylo Ren in Episode VII.

Or, it can refer to more than one -- as the plural of "Jedi," like "samurai" is also the singular form.

"We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy," Disney and Lucasfilm said in a statement. "In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI."

Rian Johnson, the director of the film, said he's had this title in mind for a while.

"It was in the very first draft I wrote," he told USA Today earlier this month.

Carrie Fisher had already completed her scenes as General Leia Organa for Episode VIII before her death last month.

The film is set to be released nationwide on Dec. 15.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News and Lucasfilm.

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Paramount Pictures - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- A day before the Academy Award nominations make headlines, The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced the nominations for its annual 37th Razzie Awards, which recognize the worst in movies over the past year.

Leading the list was Zoolander No. 2, which earned nine nominations to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's 8.

According to the Razzie Awards organizers, "2016 was so overfull of bad movies," that this year's awards were expanded from five nominees to six in each of its nine Worst Achievement in Film categories.

Here's the full list of nominees:

WORST PICTURE
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTOR
Ben Affleck / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Gerard Butler / Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen
Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Robert de Niro / Dirty Grandpa
Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTRESS
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Tyler Perry / BOO! A Madea Halloween
Julia Roberts / Mother’s Day
Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Naomi Watts / Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In
Shailene Woodley / Divergent Series: Allegiant

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Julianne Hough / Dirty Grandpa
Kate Hudson / Mother’s Day
Aubrey Plaza / Dirty Grandpa
Jane Seymour / Fifty Shades of Black
Sela Ward / Independence Day: Resurgence
Kristen Wiig / Zoolander No. 2

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nicolas Cage / Snowden
Johnny Depp / Alice Through the Looking Glass
Will Ferrell / Zoolander No. 2
Jesse Eisenberg / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Jared Leto / Suicide Squad
Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREEN COMBO
Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals / Gods of Egypt
Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume / Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors / Collateral Beauty
Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig / BOO! A Madea Halloween
Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2

WORST DIRECTOR
Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Roland Emmerich / Independence Day: Resurgence
Tyler Perry / BOO! A Madea Halloween
Alex Proyas / Gods of Egypt
Zack Snyder / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice
Fifty Shades of Black
Independence Day: Resurgence
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREENPLAY
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Suicide Squad

NOMINATIONS PER PICTURE:
Zoolander No. 2 = 9
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice = 8
Dirty Grandpa = 6
Gods of Egypt = 5
Hillary’s America = 5
Independence Day: Resurgence = 5
Alice Through the Looking Glass = 3

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ABC/A.M.P.A.S.(NEW YORK) -- It's hard to imagine a comedy making the list for best picture when the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards are announced Tuesday.

"It's a pileup of sad on the front burner," Thelma Adams, longtime film critic and contributor to the New York Observer, told ABC News about this year's frontrunners. "Never has it been harder for a comedy to wade through."

Adams is referring to the content, not the quality, of the three top pictures in this year's Oscar race. In Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight and even La La Land," grief and loss are prominent themes.

Also on Tuesday, she expects to see several nods for black actors.

"What you're seeing is a certain amount of reaction to #OscarsSoWhite," she said, using the popular hashtag that cropped up last year when not a single person of color received a nomination in the four acting categories.

Nominations will be announced at 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST via a live stream on the Academy's official website and will also be carried live by ABC's Good Morning America as well as local broadcasters and satellite feed. Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman, Ken Watanabe and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will do the honors.

Here's what to expect when they make the announcements Tuesday:

Best Picture

There are up to 10 slots in this category, but Adams expects only eight films will receive a nomination. In addition to the frontrunners, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, and La La Land, she said Arrival, Lion, and Hidden Figures have a strong chance at scoring a nod. She called Hidden Figures, a "movie for our time," and said like previous Best Picture winner Crash, "it may be that it comes in at the end and finishes strong."

To Hell or High Water and Hacksaw Ridge are also in the running, she said. But she's not sure that Loving, which she also called a movie for our time, will make the cut. "People said from the beginning, it's too small, too quiet, but that’s exactly why I love it, because you have to lean in and listen," she said. "But it hasn't come out stronger in the end."

Similarly, Sully, which was a box office hit, hasn't had a strong showing on the awards circuit thus far, but Adams said it might still make the cut.

Best Actor
Adams puts Affleck at the top of this list, adding that the only person capable of upsetting him right now is Denzel Washington, who she believes will score his fifth best actor nomination.

She also expects Ryan Gosling to score a nod, as well as Andrew Garfield, who had strong performances in both Hacksaw Ridge and Silence. The fifth slot, Adams said, will likely go to Viggo Mortensen for his performance in Captain Fantastic.

Both Joel Edgerton and Tom Hanks were in films that have since waned, hurting their chances, according to Adams.

Best Actress
Adams is excited by all the strong female roles this year, which will make this category a competitive one. She called Emma Stone the "safe choice" and French actress Isabelle Huppert, "the upset for the win." Surprisingly, Huppert, who is considered an actor's actress, has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

Adams also expects that Natalie Portman will get a nomination, even if her film Jackie doesn't have the buzz, and Amy Adams will score a spot for her role in Arrival. As for the fifth slot, Adams sees a number of possibilities: Annette Bening, who "couldn't be better," Meryl Streep after her Golden Globes speech and Taraji P. Henson in the popular Hidden Figures.

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali seems to be everywhere these days, and Adams thinks he'll not only score a nod but win this category. Others she expects to make the list are Jeff Bridges, Dev Patel and Lucas Hedges from Manchester by the Sea. The fifth spot could go to Hugh Grant, she said, or more likely one of the stars of Nocturnal Animals, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson having an edge after his Golden Globe win.

Best Supporting Actress
Topping this list is Viola Davis, who Adams said will likely win for her performance in Fences. That means she will push aside the other sure nominee, Michelle Williams. Adams also expects to see Naomie Harris and Nicole Kidman scoring a nod, and she said Octavia Spencer will likely grab the fifth spot.

Best Director

Looking at all the relatively new directors likely to be nominated, Adams called this category the greenest. She puts Damien Chazelle at the top of the list for his second film, La La Land, followed by Barry Jenkins for his second film, Moonlight. Designer Tom Ford could also score a nod for his second film, Nocturnal Animals, as well as indie director Jeff Nichols for Loving.

Other possibilities, Adams said, include Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea and Denzel Washington for Fences. As for previous Oscar winner Mel Gibson, Adams said, "I don't think he will get nominated. There's still a little more time needed to heal the wound."

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C. Flanigan/FilmMagic(UTAH) -- Woody Harrelson is officially off to a galaxy far, far away.

During an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, the 55-year-old actor confirmed to Variety that will, indeed, be reuniting with his Hunger Games producer Allison Shearmur for in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off.  

This time, Harrelson, who played a mentor to Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games character, Katniss Everdeen, will play Han Solo's mentor in the currently untitled project.  Although the news has been around for a bit, this is the first time Harrelson has publicly confirmed it.

Like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which recently topped the $1 billion mark worldwide, the Han Solo spin-off will be set prior to 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope. Alden Ehrenreich will play the young Han Solo, joined by Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, and Emilia Clarke. The film is set for a 2018 release. 

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

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Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin's absence on this weekend's Saturday Night Live didn't stop Beck Bennett's Vladimir Putin and Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway from skewering all things Donald Trump -- particularly the number of attendees at Friday's inauguration, and Putin's alleged involvement in Trump's win.

The cold open began with Bennett's Putin -- shirtless, of course -- noting, "Today many of you are scared, and marching in the streets. You are worried your country is in the hands of this unpredictable man.

"Relax, I've got this," he assures. "I promise that we will take of America.  It's the most expensive thing we've ever bought!"

Bennett's Putin then says, "I'm glad to see so many people showed up to your inauguration," as a photo of a sea of people appears on the screen. "Oh, wait," he says, "That's the Women's March.

"So why are American women protesting? Bennett's Putin asks. "In Russia, women have no reason to protest." McKinnon then enters as a Russian woman.  "I am so happy," she declares.  "Each day, I wake up with big smile on my face...I sleep in bed, not in carcass of dog. My president is number-one hottie for all time."

Bennett's Putin then gives her a fish, to which she responds, "Ah, my pension!"

 

 

Later in the show, McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway return in a sketch in which she's being interviewed by CNN's Jake Tapper, also played by Bennett. When he asks her, incredulous, "What do you get out of this?" Conway breaks out into a Chicago-style song and dance routine about her desire to be a celebrity.

 

 

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Universal(NEW YORK) -- The Sixth Sense writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has another hit on his hands his latest thriller, Split, topping the box office this weekend with an estimated $40.18 million haul. The film, starring X-Men's James McAvoy, is currently the fourth-largest January opening of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.

The Vin Diesel action flick, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, grabbed the number-two spot with an estimated $20 million, while Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, held tough in third place with $16.25 million.

Rounding out the top five were the animated musical Sing in fourth with a $9 million take, and La La Land, starring starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, bringing in an estimated $8.35 million.

With $7 million at this weekend's domestic box office and additional $9 million internationally, Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, became the 28th film to top $1 billion worldwide. Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, debuted in ninth place with an estimated $3.75 million, while 20th Century Women, starring Annette Bening, failed to debut in the top 10, earning just $1.4 million. Martin Scorsese's Silence, which stars Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, had another disappointing weekend, bringing in just $1.5 million for a 10th-place finish.

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

1. Split, $40.18 million
2. xXx: Return of Xander Cage, $20 million
3. Hidden Figures, $16.25 million
4. Sing, $9 million
5. La La Land, $8.35 million
6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, $7 million
7. Monster Trucks, $7 million
8. Patriots Day, $6 million
9. The Founder, $3.75 million
10. Sleepless, $3.7 million

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ABC/Jonathan Wenk(NEW YORK) -- Actor Blair Underwood, Priyanka Chopra and the rest of the cast returns to the twisty spy thriller Quantico on Monday night, in a move to a 10 p.m. time slot for the ABC drama.

"I'm really excited about the fact that we're moving to Monday nights," Underwood told ABC News, "excited about the lead-in we have with The Bachelor, which is a huge audience -- you know, lead-ins help! Otherwise you're kind of an island onto yourself, hoping people kind of tune in."

In the show, the actor plays Lead CIA instructor Owen Hall, and Underwood explains the first show out of the gate starts to "pull back the layers" about the character. "You start to see some of his vulnerability. You know, whether its his daughter or -- he's no less of a great teacher, but you see the human behind the character."

The actor agrees that working as a pretend spy has influenced his view of current political events, "Oh, very much so! I mean, come on: you turn on the news now, and it's all about the CIA and the intelligence community. Absolutely, with a different perspective of...learning about this world...and the amount of regard and respect we must have for this intelligence community, is definitely bolstered by playing a character set in the intelligence community.

Earlier this week, Chopra suffered a concussion on the show's New York set. After taking some doctor-required time off to rest, she recovered quickly enough to fly to Los Angeles and accept a People's Choice Award Wednesday night for her portrayal of CIA agent Alex Parrish.

Quantico returns Monday, January 23, at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Those who didn't vote for President Donald Trump may joke that he reminds them of a comic book villain -- but he's not helping matters by directly quoting one in his inauguration speech.

Fans of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises thought Trump's speech sounded a bit familiar -- well, at least the part where he said, "Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people."

In The Dark Knight Rises, the villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy, tells the residents of Gotham City, "We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people.”

Of course, it didn't take long for someone to make a mashup of Trump's speech and the movie clip.

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David Giesbrecht/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- On the day of the inauguration, the award-winning Netflix hit show House of Cards dropped a chilling season 5 teaser on Twitter with the caption, "We make the terror."

The show has made no connection to the big day or to the new president, but the during the 30-second clip, the camera pulls back on an image of the Stars and Stripes, and we hear the sound of kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

While the kids speak, it's revealed the American flag is waving in a grey sky -- but the flag, in front of the White House -- is upside down, a universal signal of distress.   

The release date for season five is also revealed: May 30.

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