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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Kevin Hart is this summer's biggest action star in the upcoming Quibi series Die Hart.

On his 41st birthday, Kevin Hart has one wish: for everyone to enjoy the trailer to his new action-thriller, also starring John Travolta. 

"Prepare to be blown away, damn it," he wrote on Instagram sharing the trailer. Die Hart is [so] good! It's that simple. P.S... It's my Birthday."

In Die Hart, Kevin plays a fictionalized version of himself, as he's offered the opportunity of a lifetime to become a lead action star. But first, he must train with the world's greatest action star Ron Wilcox, played by Travolta, an unhinged coach who runs an intense Action Star School. 

The trailer for the series teases the action-packed comedy with some of the film's hand-to-hand combat and greenscreen stunts, including scenes with Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays his "tough-minded rival student" to push him to his limits as he's thrown into the deep end. 

Die Hart debuts on Quibi on Monday, July 20, with a new chapter each weekday until July 29.

Happy Birthday, Kevin Hart! 

By Rachel George
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Foc Kan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Just because Gigi Hadid has yet to show off her baby bump doesn't mean she isn't proud of it.  The supermodel made it known on Saturday that there's some things in her life that she's entitled to keep under wraps.

The 25-year-old exchanged strong words with British Vogue on Saturday when the publication touted her "genius disguise" for hiding her pregnancy.

The magazine advertised their new article by tweeting Gigi had "yet to post a picture showing her baby bump, but her genius disguise gives an insight into her lockdown pregnancy," adding that the supermodel allegedly told a fan how she creates the "optical illusion."

Of course, Hadid didn't take too kindly to the report and immediately set the record straight.  "Disguise .... ?" She tweeted back with a confused emoji face. 

"I said in a baggy jumpsuit the front and side views are visually different stories- not that that was intentional or I was trying to hide anything," the model continued. "Will be proud and happy to share 'insight' when I feel like it, thanks."

As for when Hadid will share her baby bump with the world, she cheekily added in a followup tweet, "For now I am proudly experiencing and sharing this time with my family and loved ones."

Hadid is expecting a baby girl with former One Direction member Zayn Malik.  She is due sometime this fall.

By Megan Stone
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© 2019 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the casualties of the war on coronavirus in the world of entertainment was Tom Hanks World War II naval drama Greyhound

In an interview with The Guardian, Hanks describes the decision to bring the movie to streaming instead of the theater was "an absolute heartbreak." 

The two-time Oscar winner, who also wrote the film based on C.S. Forester's novel The Good Shepherd, was supposed to sail into theaters July 19. Instead, the thriller was scooped up by Apple TV in the streamer's first major movie deal. 

Hanks would rather have had the film stream into a theater near you. "I don't mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality," he says. 

The actor also talked about performing Zoom interviews to promote the film, during which, "the cruel whipmasters at Apple" took issue with his home office in the background. Instead, he had to shoot against a blank wall, which, Hanks tells The Guardian, made it look as if he's in a "witness protection program." 

In Greyhound, Hanks plays a U.S. Navy captain who has to steer his ship and a flotilla of others through a virtual shark tank of Nazi U-Boats.

To The Guardian, Hanks also discussed he and wife Rita Wilson's battle with the disease that sidelined his film. He explained they, "had very different reactions" during the two-weeks they were in quarantine. "My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did," Hanks said. "I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes. That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway," he quipped.

By Stephen Iervolino
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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Deadline reports Brad Pitt is re-teaming with his friend and former stunt double David Leitch for the thriller Bullet Train.

Leitch, the co-director of the first John Wick film, who went on to call the shots on the action-heavy hits Hobbs & Shaw and Deadpool 2, will adapt the project based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by Kotaro Isaka. The book deals with five assassins on board one of Japan's titular conveyances, who find out they're not just strangers on a train.

Newly-minted Oscar winner Pitt goes back years with Leitch -- who, incidentally as Pitt's character did for Leonardo DiCaprio's in Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood -- once stood in for the star, in movies like Fight Club and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Their relationship was the reason Pitt performed an un-credited, literal "blink and you'll miss it" cameo as The Vanisher -- a mostly invisible hero -- who meets an untimely end in Deadpool 2

By Stephen Iervolino
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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been seven years since The Office last aired but that hasn't stopped Leslie David Baker from trying to launch a spinoff.

Baker, who portrayed Stanley Hudson on the popular sitcom, shared news of the potential spinoff with his Instagram followers.

"It’s True! I’m really back! Uncle Stan coming soon!" he shared in an Instagram caption before directing fans to a Kickstarter account to help contribute to making the show a reality.

In exchange for a donation, The Office alum is offering a variety of different perks including but not limited to a shoutout on the website, receiving a hard copy of the script, appearing as an extra on an episode and even dinner with the cast. 

In the following days, he continued to tease the project and released a synopsis of new show which would follow his character. 

"After enjoying his retirement in Florida, carving wood, enjoying the white sand beaches, and dancing to old disco, Uncle Stan gets a call from his nephew Lucky in Los Angeles asking for help with his two kids and running his motorcycle/flower shop," the description reads. "With his business failing, his kids growing up without enough attention, and on the brink of losing his patience with the cast of characters he has working in the shop, Lucky is going to need all the help he can get from no-nonsense Uncle Stan."

In order for the spinoff to happen, Baker and the team need to raise $300,000 for the project by August 1. 

By Danielle Long
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Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Beyond Yoga(LOS ANGELES) -- On Sunday, Amanda Kloots announced her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, had died at age 41 after battling COVID-19 for nearly 100 days. 

"God has another angel in heaven now," said Kloots, a fitness trainer, announcing her husband's death on Instagram. "He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth."

It didn't take long for famous friends to sound off on social media about the loss. 

On Instagram, Cordero's close friend Zach Braff noted, "I have honestly never known a kinder person. But Covid doesn't care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness in your heart. The last thing he ever texted me was to look out for his wife and one year old son, Elvis. I promise the world they will never want for anything. I feel so incredibly grateful I got to have Nick Cordero enter my life. Rest In Peace. Rest in Power."

Viola Davis: RIP Nick Cordero! My condolences to you Amanda who fought and loved so hard....so sorry for his little one. My heart is with you. May flights of angels.."

Lin-Manuel Miranda: "Devastating. What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight."

Hamilton's Philippa Soo asked people to donate to a fund to support Kloots and their son Elvis.

Bradley Whitford: "Horror. Love to the Cordero family. Please wear a mask. It has the power to prevent unspeakable suffering and sorrow. Rest In Peace Nick Cordero."

Mia Farrow: "Just devastating. Wonderful actor and by all accounts a lovely person. Coronavirus put him through 90 days of hell, took his leg and finally his life. Sending every good thought to his family. Please people- covid is real and merciless. . Wear your mask."

Billy Eichner: "What a fighter but my god this is devastating news. Much love to Nick’s family and friends. Damn. RIP Nick. ??????"

Frankie Grande: "my [heart] is broken over the loss of my friend Nick Cordero. As soon as I met him I knew God placed him in my life for a reason: He showed me such love, leadership through kindness, strength during difficult times, a true appreciation of life no matter what..."

Rosanna Arquette: "tragic and terribly sad may he Rest In Peace."

Cordero was hospitalized in late March and shortly after was placed on a ventilator. He suffered a series of lung infections and also had one of his legs amputated due to blood clotting issues.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Terence Patrick/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) -- Lucy Liu has made a name for herself by starring in movies like Charlie's Angels and Kill Bill -- but she says her journey to success was anything but easy because she had to work twice as hard as her white counterparts.

Liu, in a Saturday interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, says she was given a hard dose of reality when she graduated from college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actress.

"I think I was just too naive and didn't know what was ahead of me or what I was going to be up against," The 51-year-old remarked. "A friend of mine would have 10 auditions in a day or a week and I would have maybe two or three in a month."

After noting the disparity, she said that was when she "knew it was going to be much more limited for me."  Because of that, Liu knew she couldn't hold anything back whenever opportunity knocked.

"I got really lucky with a few jobs, which put me in rooms for auditions where I looked like no other woman in the room," the alum of the long-running CBS drama Elementary noted, saying that instead of feeling defeated, the realization only made her try even harder.

"I thought, 'I don't even understand why I'm here, but I'm going to give it my all,'" Liu affirmed. "I think when you are somewhat the black sheep, you don't really have anything to lose, because they are not necessarily looking for you. So you may as well go for it!"

Liu most recently starred in the 2019 dark comedy Why Women Kill.

Due to COVID-19, Liu's projects have been placed on hold.  She is spending her days quarantining in New York City with her four-year-old son, Rockwell.

By Megan Stone
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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Clark Gregg are calling it quits after 19 years of marriage, the couple announced Friday on their respective social media accounts.

Alongside a photo of them embracing, the former couple wrote, "After 19 years together, we separated in January, knowing we'd always be a family who loves, values and cares for each other," the statement began.

"We recently made the difficult decision to divorce, but we remain close and are deeply grateful for the life we've shared and the wonderful daughter we've raised," they continued.

Their statement ended with a P.S. in which they wrote, "Totally crying as we post this."

The couple previously starred in the 2006 Lifetime TV movie Road to Christmas together.

Grey, 60, and Gregg, 58, were married in July 2001. They share an 18-year-old daughter named Stella.

Grey won season 11 of Dancing with the Stars in 2010 and Gregg currently plays Agent Phil Coulson in ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as in several films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

By Carson Blackwelder
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ABC/Randy Holmes(LONDON) -- The U.K. government is exempting some U.S. actors from its 14-day travel quarantine, clearing the way for some Hollywood blockbusters -- including Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 -- to resume production, according to Variety.

The decision comes on the heels of a conversation between Cruise and British Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden last week about restarting filming at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, near London.

On Friday, the government published a list of countries whose citizens could enter England without the 14-day quarantine, but the U.S. was not one of them.

“The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain.  Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy," Dowden said on Sunday.  "We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again."

The first Hollywood film to get underway across The Pond following the COVID-19 shutdown will be Jurassic Park: Dominion; Universal Pictures are looking at a mid-July start, following implementation of a safety system Deadline reports set the studio back upwards of $7 million, and a two-week quarantine for cast and crew from the States.

Jurassic Park: Dominion has a release date of June 11, 2021; Mission: Impossible 7 is slated to hit theaters in the fall of 2021.

By George Costantino and Stephen Iervolino
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Photo by Europa Press Entertainment/Europa Press via Getty Images(ROME) -- Ennio Morricone, the legendary composer who brought to the big screen everything from the unmistakable howl of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly's theme to the haunting, Oscar-winning score of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight has died.  He was 91. 

The composer reportedly died in Rome from complications of a fall in which he broke his leg. 

In a career that spanned decades, Morricone set the scenes for hundreds of films, from the Italian-produced so-called "Spaghetti Westerns" of the 1960s that made Clint Eastwood a star, to Oscar-winning films like The Untouchables and classics like Once Upon a Time in the West.

In 2016, Morricone's work on Tarantino's Hateful Eight scored the Italian maestro the Oscar for Best Original Score,  Following a standing ovation, Morricone gave credit to the filmmakers he worked with, which also included a long-standing partnership with Italian film director Sergio Leone. "There is no great soundtrack without a great film that inspires it," Morricone said at the time. 

Morricone also was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2006.  In addition to his Hateful Eight win, he was nominated for Academy Awards for the scores of 1978's Days of Heaven, 2000's Malena, 1986's The Mission and The Untouchables a year after that, and for the 1991 film Bugsy.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Rock of Ages Hollywood(LOS ANGELES) -- After a long and devastating battle against COVID-19, Amanda Kloots says her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, has died.  The 41-year-old passed away Sunday morning after battling the virus for nearly 100 days.

Cordero was hospitalized in late March and, shortly after, was placed on a ventilator.  He suffered a series of lung infections and also had one of his legs amputated.

"God has another angel in heaven now," Kloots, a fitness trainer, announced on Instagram. "He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth."

"I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him," she continued. "Nick was such a bright light."

The fitness trainer remained upfront with fans about her husband's lengthy battle against COVID-19 and always maintained her optimism that he'd regain consciousness and recover.  

"To Nicks extraordinary doctor, Dr. David Ng, you were my positive doctor! There are not many doctors like you," Kloots added. "Kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion. You’re a diamond in the rough."

The widow extended a heartfelt message to her family, friends and fans who continually sent in their well wishes and checked in on her husband's progress during the 95 days he was hospitalized.

"You have no idea how much you lifted my spirits at 3pm everyday as the world sang Nicks song, Live Your Life. We sang it to him today, holding his hands," Kloots concluded. "He definitely put up a fight. I will love you forever and always my sweet man."

Cordero also leaves behind a son, one-year-old Elvis. He and Kloots married in 2017.

By Megan Stone
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PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kanye West decided to ring in the 4th of July with a major announcement: He’s running for president.

"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future," the rapper wrote on Twitter Saturday evening. "I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION"

It’s not clear if Kanye is serious about running or if he’s simply trying to drum up publicity for his upcoming album, God's Country, and its first single, "Wash Us in the Blood," which was released earlier this week.

If he is serious about running in this year’s election, he’ll have to do so as an independent. Even that would take him acquiring the necessary signatures to get on November's ballot.

West previously aligned himself as a supporter of President Donald Trump, although he admitted he didn’t vote in the 2016 in election. Now it seems he’s looking to take on his pal Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

His wife Kim Kardashian West tweeted an American flag in response to his declaration and Elon Musk tweeted his endorsement of Kanye. “You have my full support,” Musk wrote.

Back in 2015, West made a similar bid for the White House at the MTV VMAs. "I have decided in 2020 to run for president," he said in his Vanguard Award acceptance speech.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION

— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020

 

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PBS(NEW YORK) -- For many people in the post-pandemic world, this will be quite a different Fourth of July; in many areas, gatherings of large groups are still forbidden, and so even backyard Independence Day parties have been dashed. 

The same social distancing rules apply for PBS' annual star-studded salute to the country, A Capitol Fourth. This year's 40th annual event will be hosted by Vanessa Williams and John Stamos, and all the performances were pre-shot remotely. Live fireworks from Washington D.C. will be added when the show airs on July 4. 

"It's not on the West Lawn this year," Williams tells ABC Audio. "John Stamos and I shot across the street, so the Capitol was behind us, but we were on the top. We socially distanced."

Williams herself will perform two songs, which she chose specifically. "We can't ignore what's going on in the United States at this point," she noted. "There's been a tipping point and everyone feels very deeply at the moment. So I did a song that I dedicated to all the mothers, 'Not While I'm Around,' which basically is, 'No one's gonna hurt you. Not while I'm around.' ...And it's segues into 'Somewhere,' which is [from] my very favorite musical of all time, West Side Story. It addresses the heartache. It addresses the issue. And it also addresses the message of hope and unity, which we're all feeling now."  

This year's festivities will also feature a tribute to our nation’s workers on the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a salute to contributions of African American heroes from our nation’s past and present, presented by Williams. 

A Capitol Fourth starts at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday night on PBS.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an extensive interview with Variety, actor and activist Danny Glover confirmed that a fifth Lethal Weapon movie could still happen -- even in a country still wracked with protests over police brutality. 

While Glover's by-the-books LAPD Detective Roger Murtaugh and his wildcard partner, Mel Gibson's Martin Riggs, certainly bent the rules over the four previous Lethal Weapon films, Glover insists the series has always had a political message. 

"That’s basically what [series director] Richard Donner and the creators of Lethal Weapon did. One was about drug proliferation; one was about arms proliferation. One focused on South Africa."

The fourth film in the series dealt with human trafficking, in the form of illegal immigrants smuggled from China.  As for a fifth installment, Glover says it would also have something to say.

"[In] the script that I read...I found the plot had very strong relevance to some of things that are happening today. I can say that. But that was in January," the actor admits. "History changes so fast."

Glover adds, "I can only tell you, if it does happen…It would be interesting to do. It would be interesting to see how we take this within the political framework we are in, the economic framework that we are in. And especially that framework as opposed to the communities that have been affected by the kind of police violence, the kind of police standards, and the power that they exert as well." 

He says, "And what would be interesting from that vantage point is what that attempt could be like at this particular moment. And maybe it will attempt to confront the issue head on, within whatever script comes out."

By Stephen Iervolino
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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Like many people during the pandemic, Oscar-winner Brie Larson is looking to connect.  To that end, the Captain Marvel star has created her own YouTube channel, as a way to give back to that community and let people know who she really is.

"YouTube has been a place where I have learned so much," she says in her first post. "Whether it's been how to use my printer or it's been watching how to be a considerate activist, this is the place to talk about things that are important and that matter."

She adds of her channel, "It doesn't mean that there isn't also silly content...but there will also be deep conversations, anti-racist rhetoric [and] inclusive content."

Brie tells People, "For so long the internet perception of me has been through this carefully curated lens of a press day pegged to a specific project I am promoting. I’ve been hesitant to reveal too much about myself, partly out of fear of the unknown, but also because I had this idea that people wouldn’t be able to believe me as other characters. I see my channel as a way to break away from this line of thought and become more vulnerable and open about my flaws, what I am passionate about and who I actually am."

Larson's first post teases chats with YouTube stars like Justine Ezarik, make-up artist Nina Park, First We Feast's Sean Evans, members of her family and more.

And yes, for those trolls who say Brie Larson never smiles, the giggly video proves she does -- a lot.

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