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(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- If you're planning to spend your Memorial Day holiday on the couch this year, considering tuning in to watch Vanessa Williams, along with a host of other stars, including Laurence Fishburne, whom Vanessa considers "a dear friend," and actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, during this year's National Memorial Day Concert telecast on PBS.

Williams, who will perform the classic song "Let There Be Peace on Earth," also promises that viewers will be treated to special tributes throughout the broadcast, including one in honor of famous African-American military pilots the Tuskegee Airmen, who fought during World War II.  

Vanessa adds, "They are an amazing group of men and we're lucky to still have some of them around." 

The "Sweetest Days" singer also anticipates a segment during the show that will feature the last surviving member of the original 80-member air raiding group the "Doolittle Raiders," retired Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole.

Vanessa explains, "Colonel Cole is a 101 years old and he will be there and they're giving a tribute to him. He was one of the bombers after their Pearl Harbor attack and he's still alive. I can't wait to see that moment as well."  

Overall, Vanessa hopes that as many people as possible will tune in for the special television event, which she says is "a wonderful day to celebrate our veterans."  

"It's done in a spectacular fashion and it truly makes you feel like you're an American citizen."

You can watch the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 28 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.

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Universal Pictures - 2017(NEW YORK) -- Baywatch hasn't even opened across the nation yet, but a sequel already is on the drawing board.

Producer Beau Flynn tells Variety that the movie's cast and writers would be back for a follow up that would take the Baywatch crew to foreign lands.

“We have an amazing story already,” Flynn told Variety. "I know Dwayne [Johnson] would be in, I know Zac [Efron] and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas.”

Baywatch debuted in a handful of theaters Wednesday night but opens wide this weekend.

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NBCUniversal Media - 2017(LOS ANGELES) --  The lawsuit that accused America's Got Talent of inflicting emotional distress on a young girl has been dismissed.

Tuesday a husband and wife singer/songwriter team, identified in court documents only as Jane and Joe Doe, sued Marathon Productions, the company behind AGT, claiming they performed a song on the show that they had written about their daughter and producers told the girl to, "act embarrassed and annoyed by her parents' performance."

The suit also alleged that judge Tyra Banks, "physically manipulated and verbally abused" the girl.  The couple claimed intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and civil assault and battery.

On Thursday Marathon issued a statement saying, “The Doe v. Marathon matter is rightfully being dismissed. We take great care of all acts that cross the AGT stage and their families.  Tyra has been an incredible addition to AGT with her vibrant energy and maternal nurturing spirit, and we look forward to continuing to watch her positive influence on the show.”

Lawyers for the plaintiffs confirmed to ABC News that the suit is being dismissed.

Variety reports that AGT has agreed not to air any part of the segment featuring the couple.

America's Got Talent season 12 premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Disney - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales -- Johnny Depp is back for his fifth go-round as Captain Jack Sparrow, once again facing his old nemesis, Captain Salazar -- played by Javier Bardem -- as he searches for the legendary trident of Poseidon. Also starring Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Rated PG-13.

Baywatch -- A devoted lifeguard and a brash new recruit -- played by Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, respectively -- butt heads as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of their Florida beach in this racy reboot of the popular 1990s TV series, starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, who both make cameo appearances. Also starring Pryanka Chopra and Alexandra Daddario. Rated R. 

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ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- How good are your song recognition skills? Jamie Foxx wants to find out. He's hosting the new game show, Beat Shazam, which premieres tonight on Fox.

The show pits contestants against the song recognition app, Shazam, to see who can identify a tune the fastest. Contestants have the chance to win up to one million dollars. 

“What was interesting about all of the contestants, nobody was playing for themselves,” Jamie tells ABC Radio. “’I’m playing for my mom, she lost her house in a fire.’ ‘I’m playing for a friend of mine who doesn’t have medical benefits.’ And you know what the common theme was? Student loans."

Jamie admits some of the contestants’ stories actually brought him to tears. But it wasn’t all heavy -- Jamie’s hosting style made sure of that. In addition to bringing out celebrity guests includingMariah Carey and Snoop Dogg, Jamie says he was determined to make the set as dynamic and spontaneous as possible."

“At one point they were like, ‘Well, we need you here, we need you there, you need to stand right here,’” he recalls. “I said I’m not going to do that. I’m gonna be all over the set.”

Beat Shazam premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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© 2016 Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday's Good Morning America, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem opened up about playing Captain Jack Sparrow's nemesis in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales.

He revealed that time spent in the makeup chair helped him physically and psychologically find his inner bad guy.

Bardem plays Captain Salazar, a former Spanish Navy officer who was turned into a ghost and is now out for revenge against Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp.  To play Salazar, he spent "three hours, every day," in the makeup chair, he said.

“You go through every state of mind, you start to be very patient at the beginning, and then you lose it," Bardem said of those three hours. "At the end of the day you’re like, 'Take me out of here!'"

Bardem added that the secret of playing a good villain in movies is "having the good material."

"At the end of the day what you're trying to do is to create a human being behind a monster, and that's the most important thing," he says, noting that behind the villain, there's "revenge...rage and also...pain."

Bardem said his wife, Penelope Cruz, who appeared in a previous Pirates film, offered him some advice about accepting the role.  He said she told him, "You’re going to have a lot of fun and you’re going to forget your lines when you work with Johnny, because you’re going to see how he becomes...the iconic Jack Sparrow in front of your eyes."

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, from ABC News' parent company Disney, hits theaters nationwide tomorrow.

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ABC - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's Dirty Dancing reboot aired on Wednesday night -- 30 years after the classic film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny Castle and Francis "Baby" Houseman had its premiere -- and answered the question, "What ever happened to Johnny and Baby?"

It turns out the relationship between the couple -- played this time by Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes -- was only a summer fling.

The remake begins with a grown up Baby entering a movie theater showing Dirty Dancing. We then flash back to 1963, when she and her affluent family spend their summer vacation at a resort in New York's Catskill Mountains, where she meets and falls in love with Castle, the resident dance instructor.

We return to the present day and the theater -- now empty -- where the two former lovers unexpectedly run into each other. We learn that Johnny -- now a successful dancer -- choreographed Dirty Dancing, which was inspired by a book Baby wrote about their summer together. 

"Never thought I'd have a career on Broadway until I met you," says Johnny. "You were so fearless. You made me feel like I could do anything."

"That summer changed everything for me," she replies. "I stopped being the baby."

The two are then interrupted by Baby's young daughter, followed by her husband. After an awkward introduction, the two are left alone. "Keep dancing," Johnny tells her as they part ways. 

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Universal Pictures - 2017(LONDON) -- The scheduled June 1 London premiere of the new Tom Cruise movie The Mummy has been cancelled in the wake of Monday night's bombing in Manchester, England that left 22 people dead.

A statement from Universal, as reported by Variety, reads, “All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers. Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for ‘The Mummy’ scheduled to take place next week.”

The cancellation news comes less than a day after Warner Bros. cancelled the May 31 scheduled London premiere of Wonder Woman, also citing the Manchester attack as the reason. 

The bombing took place after a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, who has now suspended her tour through at least early June.

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FOX//Chuck Hodes(NEW YORK) -- Part two of Empire's season three finale begins with Guisi and Lucious arriving in Las Veags via private jet  and ends with Lucious waking up from a coma with amnesia. Here's what happened: 

We find that Tariq's body is being kept hidden at Lucious' home. Meanwhile, Jamal asks Cookie to come to his performance at Leviticus Las Vegas.  

At Hakeem's apartment, Lucious' mother calls Anika and tells her to come back to Lucious' home to collect her things.

At Leviticus Las Vegas, Charlotte promises Guisi and Lucious that Empire no longer will be allowed to come back to the Strip if there's any "ruckus" on the night of Inferno. 

Andre and Shyne go over last details of Andre's plan to kill Lucious. Meanwhile, Lucious tells Hakeem that he was close to finding Bella's whereabouts.  

At Empire, Lucious tells Cookie that she's invited to Inferno and Cookie asks Lucious who will "sit on the throne" with him at the event. 

At the DuBois' home, Anika arrives to collect Bella, with Hakeem close behind. Hakeem tells Diana DuBois that he will do anything to see Bella, so Diana tells Hakeem to lie to his family about Bella's location.
Back at Leviticus Las Vegas, Lucious tells Guisi that Cookie is the love of her life. Lucious presents When Cookie Met Lucious and afterwards, Lucious gets on stage to perform.

At the DuBois home, Angelo and Diana, along with the DuBois twins plot to destroy the Lyons family. The male twin is the same performer who flirted with Jamal at Leviticus New York earlier in the episode.

Hakeem tells Jamal, Cookie and Lucious that Bella is safe and sound-- at Anika's parents' home. Lucious' mother calls Anika, and after the phone call looks up to see police standing in front of her, with one holding a plastic bag containing the knife she used to kill Tariq. 

However at Anika's penthouse suit, police arrive to arrest Anika for the murder of Tariq. 

At Leviticus Las Vegas, Lucious asks Cookie to travel the world with him. Lucious gathers Jamal, Hakeem and Andre, to whom Lucious gives full ownership of Empire.
  
Andre tells Shyne to call off their plan, but Shyne goes ahead with it. Andre warns Cookie and Lucious not to get into their car and Lucious pushes Cookie away just as the car explodes. Lucious is knocked out cold. 

Three months later, Cookie, Hakeem, Jamal and Andre sit by Lucious' hospital bed. He is in a coma. Lucious' nurse, played by Demi Moore, arrives and tries talking to him.

Lucious' eyes flutter open and he wakes up not knowing who anyone is.

 

 

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ABC/Guy D’Alema(LOS ANGELES) -- Sarah Hyland is fighting back against cyberbullies who have mocked her appearance.

The Modern Family star wrote on Twitter that for the past few months, she's "basically been on bed rest," cannot work out and has been on medication.

She did not disclose the particulars of her condition, but wrote that as a result, she has lost a lot of muscle mass. The medicine she's taking, prednisone, a steroid, has caused her face to swell.

In 2012, however, she went public that she suffers from kidney dysplasia, and received a kidney donated by her father.

"My circumstances have put me in a place where I'm not in control of what my body looks like," she wrote in her new post. "I am working hard to maintain my weight by eating as much protein as possible and continue to be STRONG and healthy. There's no need to worry! I've been down before and I'll probably be down again in my lifetime but I'm steadfast and solid and will conquer my obstacles."

Hyland wrote that she went public with her news because she was accused of promoting anorexia in a recent Instagram post. Though the actress, who appeared on the ABC reboot of Dirty Dancing, did not intend to address her critics' comments, she explained that she felt compelled to speak out so that her young girls knew that that wasn't her intention.

"It's never fun to look in the mirror and see your hard work at the gym fade away or have your legs be the size of one's arms. But I know that when I get clearance I will be able to get back to the STRONG, lean, and fabulous self I know I can be," she wrote. "Don't let other's comments alter any part of you! Love and positivity is what we need most. Especially at a time like this."

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Matt Rourke-Pool/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Penn.) -- Twelve jurors and three alternates have been selected from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to hear testimony at Bill Cosby's criminal trial next month.

At the end of the day Tuesday, three white women, one black woman, one black man, and seven white men had been chosen to sit on the 12-person jury.

Additionally, six alternates were chosen: a black woman, a black man, and four white men.

Cosby, 79, who faces 10 years in prison if he's convicted of sexual assault, has been present for both days of proceedings at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh.

Cosby was charged in 2015 with felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from an alleged 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty.

In 2005, Constand went to the police to report that Cosby drugged and sexually molested her at his home the year before, but the district attorney at the time declined to bring charges against the comedian. Constand then filed a civil suit against Cosby, and in a deposition that was, in part, later unsealed by the court, he claimed he gave Constand Benadryl and said that their sexual encounter was consensual.

That suit was settled; the terms, confidential and sealed.

Though the trial will take place in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, beginning June 5, a judge granted a request from Cosby's legal team to bring in a jury from outside the area. The hope, Cosby's attorney argued, was to allow for a more racially and socioeconomically diverse group.

The jury makeup is 17 percent black, higher than the 13 percent black population in Allegheny County.

Cosby, who isn't expected to testify in the trial, has said he believes race may have played a role in the accusations of drugging and/or sexual misconduct made against him by many women.

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Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- May 25, 1977, fans were introduced to a galaxy far, far away. While 20th Century Fox had little faith a movie called Star Wars would be a hit, the space opera from young filmmaker named George Lucas became a worldwide cultural phenomenon. 

Forty years, and a handful of sequels, prequels, and follow-ups later, the multi-billion-dollar franchise is a popular as ever. 

After a successful re-launch with J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, fans also flocked to the first stand-alone "anthology" movie, 2016's Star Wars: Rogue One. In December we'll see the eighth chapter of the core franchise, The Last Jedi

Next year comes a film about the early days of Han Solo, scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release, followed by Episode IX on May 24, 2019.  There's also at least one other rumored stand-alone film about the early adventures of another fan favorite character.

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the franchise, thanked fans for their years of dedication at a panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando last month.

"It's almost moving when you really think about how we've affected so many people, inspired so many people," he told fans.  "[I]t's generational -- that it's handed down: the original fans are grown, with children of their own."

He added, "It's a gift, and something I will never take for granted." 

Of course, any Star Wars anniversary reminds us that Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia -- later General Leia -- is no longer with us.  In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, -- which features different Star Wars stars on four different covers -- Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says the late actress was determined to be the hero of Episode IX, coming in 2019.

"The minute she finished [shooting Episode VIII], she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison [Ford] was front and center on VII, and Mark [Hamill] is front and center on VIII," says Kennedy. "She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”

As for Hamill, he tells Vanity Fair, "I can't say that phrase...Carrie's name and then the 'd-word.'  Because I think of her in the present tense. Maybe it’s a form of denial, but she’s so vibrant in my mind, and so vital a part of the family, that I can’t imagine it without her.”

Hamill also reveals that he and Fisher were "really attracted to each other" back in the day, and even had "make-out sessions," until they decided to pull back for fear of harming their relationship.  In the Star Wars universe, of course, Luke and Leia were twins, but in that original film, they didn't know that.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15 from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(LONDON) -- Following the Monday night bombing in Manchester, England that left 22 people dead, the London premiere of Wonder Woman, scheduled for May 31, has been canceled.

In a statement provided to ABC News, Warner Bros. said, "Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK.  In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London."

Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the super-powered Amazonian princess, opens June 1 in the U.K. and June 2 in the U.S.  The film's U.S. premiere takes place Thursday in L.A.

The bombing took place after a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, who has now suspended her tour through at least early June.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's TV-movie remake of Dirty Dancing arrives on the small screen tonight. The original film, starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, was a generational touchstone, not just for fans but for actors like Debra Messing who stars in the remake.

"I remember being a kid when it came out and sitting in the movie theater and thinking, 'This is the first time that I've actually seen a leading lady who isn't perfect,' and it's like, 'Oh, so there might be a place for me in Hollywood,'" Messing tells ABC Radio. "Like, it was a turning point for me."

The movie, a coming-of-age period dance romance about a teenager nicknamed Baby in the early 1960s and a resort dance instructor, Johnny, offered Messing -- who plays Baby's mom, Marjorie, in the remake -- a glimpse of herself on screen.  "I thought, 'Oh, I'm Jewish and I'm awkward,' and I thought, 'Oh, I'm Baby!'" she said. "And of course I realize now everyone who watches it thinks they're Baby."

The TV movie however is more than just a remake.  It updates the story, exploring what happens to Baby and Johnny after that summer and delving into the relationship between Jake and Marjorie Houseman, as well as expanding the story of some of the original movie's other characters.

"Every song that you love, every dance move, the leap, I mean, everything that's iconic is still in it," Messing explains, "but it's, y'know, a little longer because it's an event instead of just being a feature film."

But updating a beloved classic is fraught with pitfalls, just as Abigail Breslin, who has the daunting task of following Jennifer Grey as Baby. "I, definitely...felt a lotta pressure, mostly from one of my best friends, Celine," Breslin says. "She's a huge fan of Dirty Dancing and she was like, 'If you don't do a good job I will kill you.'" 

Dirty Dancing airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday on Good Morning America, former Access Hollywood and Today personality Billy Bush broke his silence about a now-infamous recording of an older conversation between he and then-candidate Donald Trump, during which Trump described grabbing a woman's genitals.

In an interview with Robin Roberts, a solemn Bush took responsibility for egging on what Trump later described as "locker-room banter."

Bush described himself as someone who at the time was "insecure" and would do most anything to please a big star. "I should have known better, absolutely. There's no question about that," Bush said of the conversation, which began by him ogling a woman he and Trump were about to meet for a segment.

"People also say you should have stopped it," Roberts noted, with Bush replying he "didn't have the strength of character at the time to do that -- I wish I did."

Bush said he knew that Trump was being crude, but felt he was exaggerating when he joked that because he was famous, he could grab women as he wanted. "I'd like to think that there was a grown man sitting in front of me, detailing his sexual assault strategy, I would have called the FBI," Bush said. 

Bush said the blow-up also caused his daughter emotional pain.  He also told Robin that he hopes to return to TV some day, but to do more "meaningful" work in the medium.

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