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Kevin Spacey charged with four counts of sexual assault in the UK

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Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men in the United Kingdom, the U.K.’s Crown Prosecution Service confirmed Thursday.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said in a statement, “The CPS has authorized criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men.”

"He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent,” the statement continued. “The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.”

The statement added, "The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr. Spacey are active and that he has the right to a fair trial."

Since 2017, multiple men in both the U.S. and U.K. have come forward with sexual harassment or assault allegations against the former House of Cards actor. Spacey has maintained his innocence.

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Jimmy Kimmel tearfully addresses Texas school shooting: "This is a time to be loud"

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Jimmy Kimmel addressed the Texas school shooting in an emotional monologue on his late night-show Wednesday.

Speaking to the camera without the studio audience present, Kimmel immediately choked up as he grieved for “the little boys and girls whose lives have been ended and whose families have been destroyed.”

“Our leaders on the right, the Americans in Congress and at Fox News and these other outlets warn us not to politicize this,” Kimmel said, adding, “they don’t want to speak about it, because they know what they’ve done. And they know what they haven’t done and they know that it’s indefensible. So they’d rather sweep this under the rug.”

Kimmel then pointed out most Americans – both Democrats and Republicans – support “common-sense gun laws” that keep guns “out of the hands of criminals and children.”

“This is not a time for moments of silence, this is a time to be loud and to stay loud and not stop until we fix this,” he said.

Jimmy choked up again as he stated there have been 27 school shootings so far this year – and it’s only May. “How does this make sense to anyone? These are our children!” Kimmel said.

“If you care about this – and we all do, doesn’t matter what party we vote for – we need to make sure that we do everything we can, that unless they do something drastic, let’s make sure that not one of these politicians ever holds office again,” he declared.

On Tuesday, 19 children and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas by an 18-year-old gunman, who also was killed.

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In brief: 'Mr. Malcolm's List' trailer, 'This Is Us' ratings and more

Bleecker Street on Wednesday dropped the trailer for its Regency-era rom-com, Mr. Malcolm’s List, starring The Handmaid’s Tale's Zawe Ashton and Gangs of London's Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù. Per Bleecker Street, the film follows Ashton's Julia Thistlewaite, who gets jilted after failing to meet an item on Mr. Malcolm's list of requirements for a bride. Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton -- portrayed by Freida Pinto -- to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman...or the perfect hoax. Mr. Malcolm’s List is slated for a July 1st theatrical release...

A Speed Racer live-action series is in the works at Apple with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot set to executive produce, according to Variety. Speed Racer centers on the titular character's adventures and his souped up car, the Mach 5. His team consists of his father and car builder Pops Racer, his little brother Spritle and his pet chimpanzee Chim-Chim and Speed’s girlfriend Trixie. Speed also frequently crosses paths with the mysterious Racer X, who is secretly Speed’s older brother Rex Racer. Speed Racer, which originated as a manga series created by Tatsuo Yoshida in the 1960s under the title Mach GoGoGo, was first adapted into an anime series that debuted in the United States in 1967. This would mark the second live-action version of the Japanese character, following the 2008 film starring Emile Hirsch in the title role...

Tuesday's This Is Us series finale scores the highest rating of the season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show ended its six-season run with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.4 million total viewers, according to Live + Same Nielsen data. It should be noted that last night’s runner-up CBS shook up its primetime last minute when the network decided to pull the season four finale of FBI from its schedule, following a shooting at a Texas elementary school that saw over a dozen children killed on Tuesday. The episode has been pulled due to the fact that the storyline concerned a school shooting...

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Jennifer Lopez reportedly wants to wed Ben Affleck "sooner rather than later"

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Wedding bells for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez will come "sooner rather than later" -- that is, if J-Lo has her way.

“Jennifer will tell you she’s not in a rush to get married, but her friends think otherwise,” a source tells Us Weekly. “The truth is that if Ben wanted to push this forward as early as this summer, she’d be totally down with that.”

The insider also says the 52-year-old actress/singer, “wants the formalities out of the way so they can start their journey as man and wife sooner rather than later,” and she intends to have a big wedding.

“She definitely wants a spectacular celebration at some point and money won’t be an object!” the source continues. “They’re both committed to making this work and taking all the steps necessary to respect each other’s boundaries and learn from their mistakes the last time around.”

Ben and Jennifer, aka "Bennifer," rekindled their romance last summer after Jennifer broke up with Alex Rodriguez. They first met in 2002 on the set of their film Gigli. In June 2002, Lopez filed for divorce from then-husband Chris Judd after two years, and began publicly dating Affleck.

Affleck proposed the following November but called things off in September of 2003, just days before they were supposed to tie the knot. By January 2004, they had officially split.

If the couple makes it to the altar, it'll be the Jennifer's fourth marriage and Affleck's second. Jennifer shares twins Max and Emme, 14, with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Affleck has three kids with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.

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'Stranger Things' star Gaten Matarazzo heading to 'Dear Evan Hansen' on Broadway

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From the Upside Down to the Great White Way: Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo is making his return to Broadway this summer.

The 19-year-old actor will be playing the role of Jared Kleinman in the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen.

"Words could never express how truly honored I am to be a part of this company," said Matarazzo in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "This show has taught me so much about myself and to be able to participate in any capacity, let alone on Broadway, makes me want to melt. I am ecstatic to be back on stage and eternally grateful for the opportunity."

Matarazzo made his Broadway debut in 2011 in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. In 2014, he played Gavroche in Les Miserables.

His limited run in Dear Evan Hansen will begin July 19. Meanwhile, season 4 of Stranger Things debuts on Netflix this Friday, May 27.
 

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Josh Duggar sentenced to more than 12 years in prison on child porn charges

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Former reality star Josh Duggar has been sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison on child pornography charges, according to ABC-TV affiliate KHBS in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The 34-year-old former 19 Kids and Counting star was found guilty last year on one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. Each charge carries a maximum 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines, but District Judge Timothy Brooks relied on just one of the charges – the more severe receipt of child pornography charge – in determining the sentence.

Duggar was accused of downloading child sexual abuse material, some of which depicted children younger than 12, and having it in his possession in May 2019, according to the indictment. He pleaded not guilty.

Duggar has been the focus of several controversies over the years, starting in 2006 when he was investigated for allegedly molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. Since then, two of his sisters -- Jill and Jessa -- have come forward as two of his victims.

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Austin Butler was hospitalized after playing Elvis

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Playing the King of Rock & Roll did a number on Austin Butler.

The Elvis actor, 30, told British GQ that he was hospitalized and bedridden for a week after completing the upcoming film back in March 2021.

“I woke up at 4 in the morning with excruciating pain, and I was rushed to the hospital,” Butler said. “My body just started shutting down the day I finished Elvis.”

According to GQ, Butler was diagnosed with a virus and was hospitalized for treatment of the virus, which simulates appendicitis.

The role meant a lot to Butler, who related to Elvis Presley's life story on a deep, emotional level. “I’ve never loved somebody I’ve never met more than Elvis,” he said. “His mother passed away when he was 23, and my mom passed away when I was 23. So when I learned that, it was one of those things where I got chills and I just thought, ‘OK, I can connect to that.’”

His portrayal has already been given the stamp of approval from Presley’s family. The singer’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, took to Instagram on May 6 to sing her praises. “I’ve seen Elvis the film, I watched the trailer over a dozen times,” she wrote alongside the movie’s trailer. “But the words I heard from my daughter on how much she loved the film and that Riley will love it too when she sees it brought tears.”

Riley Keough, Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, has since seen the film. She gave her thoughts during a Variety Women in Motion panel at the Cannes Film Festival, calling the experience of watching it “very emotional.”

“I started crying five minutes in and didn’t stop,” Keough said. “I felt honored they worked so hard to really get his essence, to feel his essence. Austin captured that so beautifully.”

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Johnny Depp takes stand again to refute Amber Heard testimony

Johnny Depp returned to the stand Wednesday in the final week of his ongoing defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

During his testimony, he responded to some of the claims Heard made during her time on the stand. Among them, her assertion that Depp had nothing to do with getting her a role in Aquaman.

Depp said that after Heard auditioned for the role, "She asked me if I'd speak to [Warner Bros.]."

"I made a phone call and I spoke to three upper-echelon Warner Bros. executives ...," Depp said before an objection was sustained. "I can only say that she ultimately did get the job in the film. I suppose I curbed their worries to some degree."

Depp also addressed insinuations from Heard that he had pushed his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss down the stairs. Earlier on Wednesday, Moss dialed in via video link to dispute those claims. Depp testified that Heard took a story he had shared with her about what happened and "turned it into a very ugly incident all in her mind."

Additionally, Depp refuted claims that he attacked Heard during their 2015 honeymoon and called Heard's testimony, in which she alleged Depp repeatedly physically and sexually abused her, "unimaginably brutal, cruel and all false."

Judge Penney Azcarate has set closing arguments for May 27.

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'This Is Us' cast pays tribute to show following series finale

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(SPOILERS AHEAD) This Is Us ended its six-season run on NBC Tuesday night with its series finale, aptly titled “Us.”

The finale answered questions, flashed between past and present, and centered around the funeral of the Pearson family’s matriarch, Rebecca. After it aired, the cast took to social media to make tribute to the show.

Mandy Moore, who portrayed Rebecca, posted a photo of the funeral’s program on Instagram, with a caption that highlighted one of her character’s defining quotes. “Take the risks. Make the big moves, even if they’re small moves. Forge ahead with your lives in any and every direction that moves you. I’m asking you to be fearless.”

The big three, aka Kate (Chrissy Metz), Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown), posted their own Instagram tributes. “Can’t believe today is here,” Metz wrote. Hartley echoed her sentiment, writing that he is “going to miss seeing these faces every day.” Brown was celebratory, accompanying his on-set photos with the caption, “One more time for the people in the back!!! BIG 3!!!”

Chris Sullivan, who played Kate’s ex-husband, Toby, took to Instagram to make an emotional tribute. “So many of the people and things we love will pass away and it is always an honor to be part of their story,” he wrote. “It has been a true honor to inhabit this character for six seasons and tell this story with these beautiful people. When we met these characters their lives were already well under way. After we leave them, their lives will continue on in our hearts, minds and imaginations.”

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'Top Gun: Maverick''s Monica Barbaro recalls "almost panicking" while training for role

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There was a lot of flight time for the cast of Top Gun: Maverick, which opened on select IMAX screens Tuesday and will hit all theaters on Friday. Monica Barbaro plays one of the new fighter pilots, call sign Phoenix, and she tells ABC Audio she was a little nervous at first to go up in the military jets. But now?

"I love flying," she shares. "Getting to be in the sky was, it became like actually, as intense as it all was, it became actually quite peaceful in the moments between takes and the moments between training."

Thanks to training, Barbaro says that "depending on the plane" she might be able to step in if there was ever a pilot emergency.

"Obviously, a commercial airliner, a lot of bells and whistles that are quite complicated," she notes, adding, "A Cessna, I can fly. I can fly a Cessna...But obviously in an emergency situation...If there were no licensed pilots on that plane, I would be the closest thing to it."

In the future Barbaro might be able to go bigger than a Cessna thanks to co-star Tom Cruise, who she reveals "gifted us a lifetime membership to basic ground school."

Learning to fly wasn't the only training for Barbaro, who says the biggest challenge was the underwater training they had to go through in case they had to eject over the ocean. She recalls "almost panicking" before following through with everything and coming out just fine on the other side.  

"I never felt happier in my whole life," she says.

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Matthew McConaughey calls for action following school shooting in his Texas hometown

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Matthew McConaughey is speaking out following Tuesday’s horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in the actor’s Texas hometown of Uvalde that left 19 children and two adults dead.

"As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas," McConaughey wrote in a message on social media. "Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us."

He went on to call for action and asked Americans to not “make excuses” and to not “accept these tragic realities as the status quo.”

"As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it's time we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs," he wrote. "We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children's issue."

McConaughey continued, "This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better. We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured."

The shooting took place at Robb Elementary School. The 18-year-old suspect, identified by law enforcement sources and Gov. Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramosa, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead.

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In brief: CBS pulls 'FBI' finale in wake of school shooting, and more

CBS pulled Tuesday night's season four finale of FBI in light of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, that claimed the lives of 19 students, two teachers and the alleged gunman earlier in the day. The episode has been pulled due to the fact that the storyline concerned a school shooting, according to Variety. The episode's official synopsis reads, “As the team investigates a deadly robbery that garnered a cache of automatic weapons for the killers, they discover one of the perps is a classmate of Jubal’s son, who is reluctant to cooperate with the case.” FBI aired a repeat in the finale’s place. A new airdate for the finale has yet to be announced...

Samuel L. Jackson has been tapped to star alongside Chris Pratt in a new animated Garfield film, according to Deadline. The film is based on Jim Davis’ titular lazy comic strip cat and his interactions with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, along with his fellow pet, Odie the dog. Jackson will reportedly play a brand-new character, Garfield’s father, Vic. This will mark the third time Garfield has been brought to the big screen. Bill Murray previously voiced the character in 2004’s Garfield and 2006’s Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, both of which were a combination of live-action and animation...

The Bachelorette star Tayshia Adams is set to host the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted, according to Variety. The show will take place live at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, June 5, at 10 p.m. ET. This year, the MTV Movie & TV Awards and the Unscripted show will air back-to-back and simulcast across BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nick at Nite, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1. Before the Unscripted awards, Vanessa Hudgens will host the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The tick, tick...BOOM! star previously hosted the MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time special in 2020...

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The wait is almost over: 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi hits Disney+ on Friday

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To quote Darth Vader, Friday "will be a day long remembered" by Star Wars fans, with the two-episode debut of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+. 

"We're very close. It's very exciting," director Deborah Chow tells ABC Audio. "You know, I've been working on this for three years to sort of finally be at this point of it coming out, it's incredibly exciting."

"And honestly, they'll just be nice to be able to talk about it openly for once!" The Mandalorian veteran added with a laugh. 

Moses Ingram plays a new character called Reva [REE-vah], one of the fearsome Inquisitors tapped by Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi, like Ewan McGregor's titular character, after the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Moses is also feeling the relief of not having to keep any more spoilers. "And that's going to feel really good, too!" she laughs. 

"It's hard, you know...I was really good about keeping it from my people. And so a lot of my friends...have been, 'I mean, I knew you were in Star Wars, but I didn't know you were like in Star Wars. I thought. I thought maybe...you'd...have a walk-on or something like that, but. Wow!'"

Moses adds with a laugh, "It's like 'Wow...you give me no credit whatsoever.'"

She says of her newfound Star Wars fame, "It's been a whirlwind."

"I mean, it's so crazy....and people are going to see it in a matter of days now, which is just blowing my mind the closer we get to it." 

The series also stars Star Wars prequel stars Hayden Christensen, Bonnie Piesse, and Joel Edgerton, as well as Eternals alumni Kumail Nanjiani.

Star Wars is a property of Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Ice-T responds to critics of his 6-year-old in a stroller

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Ice-T is laughing off the critics. 

Over the weekend, Ice-T's wife, Coco Jones, shared a snapshot to Instagram of their 6-year-old daughter, Chanel, sitting in a stroller during a family trip to the Atlantis Bahamas. The pic sparked a ton of backlash from users who thought the child was too old for the wheeled chair.

Multiple outlets picked up the story including CNN, which prompted the Law & Order: SVU star to tweet on Tuesday, "Lol… CNN? Really? MFs ain’t got s*** else to talk about.. F em all. Smh. Lol"

The photo shared by Jones was a selfie of the family, with Chanel looking bored while sitting in the stroller. The caption reads, "A stroll through the @atlantisbahamas shops... Chanel is so over it unless there's something cool to see.. Her face transitions instantly."

It didn't take long for users to express their disapproval, with one person commenting, "Isn’t she like 6 yrs old! Should she be out of a stroller by now?!"

Another wrote, "A stroller really? Let that girl grow up."

It wasn't all criticism, though. There were some that defended the use of a stroller, like one person who questioned, "Why are people complaining about the stroller? You going to pick her up when she gets tired? Its not like she has a bottle and a pacifier. Relax."

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Florence Pugh shuts down Will Poulter dating rumors

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Things aren't always what they seem. Case in point: after pictures of Florence Pugh and Will Poulter hanging out sparked romance rumors, the English actress took to social media to set the record straight. 

"Ooookay. Man. This is getting a little silly now. No, Will Poulter and I are not dating," Pugh, 26, wrote on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday.

"We went to the beach with our friends, who are always about a half a metre away from us in every picture, but have been cleverly cut out/ framed out so that it looks otherwise," she explained. "You can LITERALLY see my best friend in the corner of so many shots and Archie’s arms at the sides."

The Black Widow star continued, "I understand that the nature of this job is that you sometimes get your privacy completely bulldozed by paparazzi, but to fabricate this stuff actually does more damage than good. Thanks for saying we look sexy..doesn’t mean we’re doing the sexy."

The lengthy statement comes days after photos of Pugh and Poulter hanging out in Ibiza went viral. To further prove her point, Pugh shared a few photos of other friends who were along on the friendly trip, before sharing a message urging people to be mindful of what they say online. 

"Another note, a very important note. There’s no need to drag people through this," she wrote. "Regardless of your opinion on who I should or shouldn’t be with, at the end of the day, if you’re complimenting someone by trolling another person…you’re just bullying. There’s literally no need to be horrible online- no need."

"Think about what you write. Think about who it affects," Pugh added. 

Pugh has been romantically linked to actor Zach Braff, 47, since 2018. 

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