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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is Forbes' highest paid male actor in the world

ABC/Randy Holmes(HOLLYWOOD) -- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been named this year's highest paid male actor in the world, according to Forbes.

The Hobbs & Shaw star raked in an eyebrow-raising $89.4 million between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019 thanks to a lucrative pay formula that includes massive upfront paychecks and a cut of profits on his films. He also gets paid $700,000 per episode for HBO’s Ballers and seven figures in royalties for his Under Armour line.

He's followed up by two Avengers: Endgame stars: Chris Hemsworth at number two with an estimated $76.4 million and Robert Downey Jr. at number three with $66 million. Fellow Avengers Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans and Paul Rudd also make the list at numbers six, eight and nine respectively.

Other actors on the top 10 include Jackie Chan, Adam Sandler and Will Smith.

Last year, Johnson was number two on the list, with George Clooney taking the top spot.

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See Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson in first 'Bombshell' trailer

Hilary Bronwyn Gayle(HOLLYWOOD) -- Lionsgate has debuted the first teaser trailer for Bombshell, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie as the women who took down Fox News boss Roger Ailes.

In the clip, we see Theron as Megyn Kelly, Kidman as Gretchen Carlson and Robbie as a fictional news producer named Kayla Pospisil. They all gather for a tense elevator ride as they head to the second floor of the Fox News Channel building, where the executive suite is located.

Bombshell hits theaters December 20.

Roger Ailes, who died in 2017, was forced to resign in 2016 after Carlson accused him of sexual harassment in a lawsuit. Other women at Fox News, including Kelly, also said Ailes sexually harassed them during his tenure at the cable news channel.

Bombshell also stars John Lithgow as Roger Ailes, Connie Britton as Beth Ailes, Allison Janney and Kate McKinnon.

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Woody Allen's 'A Rainy Day in New York' making its debut in France after getting shelved in US

iStock/Sjo(FRANCE) -- Woody Allen’s latest film A Rainy Day in New York will be getting a release after all – in France.

Variety reports the film, which was shelved by Amazon Studios in the U.S., will be opening France's Deauville American Film Festival next month. It will also get a theatrical release in the country on September 18.

The film stars Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Jude Law and Selena Gomez. It wrapped production in 2017 just as the #MeToo movement was gathering steam, which led to the resurfacing of abuse allegations against Allen made by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.

The allegations prompted Chalamet to donate his salary from his role to various charity organizations, including Time’s Up, and it was also reported that Gomez made a sizeable anonymous donation to Time’s Up that “far exceeded her salary for the film.”

Deauville’s artistic director Bruno Barde explains to Variety why the festival is supporting Allen.

“I’ve always championed Woody Allen’s films,” says Barde. “I consider myself a feminist, and I understand #MeToo but Woody Allen had been cleared by the American justice in two different states and I trust the American justice system.”

The 45th edition of the Deauville American Film Festival will take place from September 6 to 15.

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Tom Bergeron did not agree with having Sean Spicer on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Walt Disney Television/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- After the Dancing with the Stars season 28 cast was announced Wednesday morning, host Tom Bergeron took to Twitter to share his thoughts on one particularly divisive contestant: former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

In a lengthy message, Bergeron says he was hoping this season “would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.”

He says he made this known to the show’s new executive producer and was convinced they were in agreement. But ultimately, the producers decided to “go in a different direction.”

“We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call,” Bergeron writes. “I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”

He continues that as a host, he always imagines the audience on the other side, “looking for a two hour escape from whatever life hassles you’ve been wrestling with.”

“That’s a connection, and a responsibility, which I take very seriously, even if I occasionally season it with dad jokes,” he adds.

Bergeron ends his message on a positive note, writing, “Hopefully, when Erin Andrews and I look into those lenses again on September 16, you’ll be on the other side looking back, able to enjoy the charismatic pro dancers, the unpredictable judges and the kitschy charm that has defined DWTS since 2005.”

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Report: Sony and Marvel end partnership on future 'Spider-Man' movies

Zendaya and Tom Holland; JoJo Whilden/Sony Pictures Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- After Spider-Man: Far from Home became Sony's highest-grossing release of all time, the studio has decided to end its partnership with co-producer Marvel Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Apparently, Sony and Disney, which owns Marvel, couldn't hammer out an agreement to extend the landmark deal the studios cut in 2015, which brought Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

That leaves a big hole in the MCU, which now potentially must do without Tom Holland's Spider-Man.  It also hurts Sony, which benefited from the inclusion of MCU characters like Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and Samuel L. Jackon's Nick Fury.

It also eliminates Marvel president Kevin Feige, the lead producer on 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home, from shepherding future Spider-Man films.

In a statement to THR, Sony says, “We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have [Feige] continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film...Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”

There is hope though, as sources tell Entertainment Weekly that negotiations are still ongoing, so the character’s fate isn’t sealed yet.

Sony announced Monday that Far from Home had surpassed Skyfall to become the studio’s most successful release, delivering $1.109 billion globally. The film will be re-released over the Labor Day weekend with four  minutes of additional footage.

Disney is also the parent company of ABC News.

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Larry King and wife Shawn are divorcing after 22 years of marriage

Greg Doherty/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Well, maybe the eighth time will be the charm.  Larry King and his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick, are ending their 22-year marriage. 

The 85-year-old talk show host was the one to file for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, his lawyer confirmed to People.

A source told the magazine that King and Southwick's divorce was "a long time coming" and that their marriage had been fracturing for almost a decade.  Rumors of infidelity plagued their relationship, such as Shawn's alleged year-long affair that was reported back in 2016.  The two were said to have fought constantly and slept in separate bedrooms.  

The couple tied the knot September 5, 1997.

Apparently King's recent heart scare opened his eyes.  “Larry was close to dying and it really shook him,” the source told People.   “He realized that he hadn’t been happy for a long time.”

King is allegedly seeking the divorce to protect his kids and is "tired of all the drama."

King shares two sons with 59-year-old Southwick: Chance, 20, and Cannon, 19.

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Frances McDormand's Oscar theft case dropped by LA district attorney

Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell at the 91st annual Academy Awards; ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- The criminal case against the man accused of stealing actress Frances McDormand's Oscar from a table at the Governors Ball after the 2018 Academy Awards has been dismissed, according to Deadline.

“The District Attorney’s Office today told the court that we are unable to proceed at this time,” a spokesperson for D.A. Jackie Lacey said Tuesday. “The defense made a motion to dismiss the case, and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta dismissed it,” the D.A’s office added. “We don’t have further comment.”

The suspect, Terry Bryant, 48, had been facing a felony grand theft charge. He was out on $20,000 bail after being arrested on March 6, 2018 and faced a maximum of three years in county jail if convicted.

Despite witnesses testifying to the theft -- which was caught on camera -- and Bryant shooting a video of himself holding the Oscar at the Motion Picture Academy-sponsored after-party and posting it online, he has maintained his innocence, insisting he meant it all as a joke.

McDormand and her Oscar "were happily reunited after a brief separation," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wrote in a statement obtained by ABC at the time.

McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar, her second, for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  She'd previously won for her role as pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson in the 1996 dark comedy, Fargo.

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'Bachelorette' Hannah Brown, Sean Spicer among 'Dancing with the Stars' season 28 castmembers

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Bachelorette star Hannah Brown, supermodel Christie Brinkley and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer are among the eclectic group of celebrities who'll be battling it out on the dance floor for the highly-anticipated upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

Other celebs hitting the dance floor this season include Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, former basketball star and Khloe Kardashian’s ex Lamar Odom, Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, legendary Supremes member Mary Wilson, country singer Lauren Alaina, The Office’s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel’s Kel Mitchell.

The cast was announced on Good Morning America Wednesday; the pro partner pairings won't be revealed until the first episode, however.

Here's the full list of the stars for season 28 of Dancing with the Stars:

Christie Brinkley, model
Hannah Brown, The Bachelorette star
Kel Mitchell, Kenan & Kel actor
Ray Lewis, former pro-football player
Lamar Odom, former Lakers player and Khloe Kardashian’s ex
Kate Flannery, The Office actress
Lauren Alaina, country singer
Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary
Ally Brooke, singer and former Fifth Harmony member
Karamo Brown, Queer Eye star
James Van Der Beek, Dawson's Creek star
Mary Wilson, ex-member of The Supremes

The new season of DWTS will premiere on Monday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Dark comedy thriller 'Ready or Not' opens today

Eric Zachanowich/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide Wednesday:

* Ready or Not -- This dark comedy thriller stars Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Samara Weaving as a new bride whose wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying ritual.

Mark O'Brien, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny and Andie MacDowell co-star. Rated R.

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Sylvester Stallone is back in action in new 'Rambo: Last Blood' trailer

Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- Lionsgate has released a new trailer for Rambo: Last Blood, the fifth and final film about Sylvester Stallone's one-man army, Vietnam veteran John Rambo.

The new clip begins with flashback to scenes of the first Rambo movie, where John shows off his fighting expertise. We then see Rambo today, living a quiet life on a ranch.

But all that peacefulness comes to an end when a friend's daughter gets kidnapped by a Mexican cartel and it’s up to Rambo to save her.

“I finally came home to defend the only family I’ve ever known,” he says in a voiceover.

During a montage of action-packed shots of Rambo taking down the bad guys, we hear him say, “You started this, I’ll end it.”

Rambo: Last Blood opens September 20 of this year.

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Re-enter 'The Matrix': Fourth movie in the works with Keanu Reeves back as Neo

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- A fourth movie set in The Matrix universe is officially happening.

Variety reports Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are both set to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively, and Lana Wachowski is on board to write and direct.

Lana and her sister, Lilly, wrote and directed the first three Matrix films: 1999’s The Matrix and 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” Lana said in a statement to Variety. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

Production will reportedly begin in early 2020.

Reeves should be comfortable revisiting his character in The Matrix, since he recently revisited his assassin character John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, and is currently filming a sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, for which he'll revisit his character Ted "Theodore" Logan.

Carrie-Anne Moss was most recently seen in Marvel's Jessica Jones.

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Robert De Niro sues ex-employee for binge-watching 'Friends' on the job, among other things

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Robert De Niro is suing a former employee at his company, Canal Productions, for allegedly embezzling money and -- even worse -- binge-watching episodes of Friends on the job.

According to court documents obtained by People, employee Chase Robinson allegedly racked up huge bills on the company American Express card, used millions of De Niro’s frequent flyer miles to take personal trips and submitted false information to get paid for 96 days of “unused” vacation time.

When she was in the office, the documents allege she spent “astronomical amounts of time” watching Netflix during working hours. During one four-day period in January, Robinson apparently watched 55 episodes of Friends.

Robinson, who started as De Niro’s assistant in 2008 and was later promoted to Vice President of Production and Finance -- a job that paid her $300K a year -- resigned from her position via email on April 6, 2019.

De Niro’s company is seeking $6 million in the lawsuit.

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Two teaser trailers debut for 'Marriage Story,' starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Two new teasers have been released for Marriage Story, a relationship drama starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

In each of the film's teasers, we see the couple’s relationship from both of the characters’ perspectives. Driver narrates the clip titled “What I Love About Nicole,” which shows everything his character admires about his wife. Johansson narrates the other clip, “What I Love About Charlie,” where she does the same for Driver’s character.

Ultimately, though, the film is about their marriage breaking up and how that affects their family.

Marriage Story is a love story that reveals itself within the breakdown,” writer and director Noah Baumbach says in a statement.

“With these companion trailers I wanted to show the relationship through the eyes of both characters,” he continues. “There are many sides to every story, and the movie embraces these different viewpoints in order to find the shared truth.”

The film will debut in select theaters and on Netflix this fall.

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'Saved by the Bell' turns 30: Top 5 most memorable episodes

NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesPrepare to feel old: Saved by the Bell officially came out 30 years ago Tuesday.

The show ran for four seasons and became a Saturday morning sensation that influenced an entire generation.

And with it now being introduced on Hulu and other streaming services, millions are getting a chance to either check out the show for the first time or relive their youth through Zack, Kelly, Slater and the rest of the gang.

Here are five of the series' best episodes:

1. "Jessie's Song"

After feeling the pressure of her singing group and school tests, Jessie turns to caffeine pills. In a now-iconic scene, Jessie breaks down in front of her best friend, Zack, and says, "I'm so excited, I'm so excited ... I'm so scared!"

2. "Fake IDs"

Zack, Slater and Screech all make fake IDs to go to a hot new over-18 club, The Attic. But Zack sees his arch-enemy, Jeff -- the man Kelly left him for -- cheating on her. He must decide whether to leave it alone or tell Kelly the truth.

3. "No Hope with Dope"

When a star comes to Bayside to film an anti-drug PSA, everyone is swooning. But when Dakota tries to get the gang to smoke weed, they turn him down -- and then the gang all shoots a "no hope with dope" commercial.

4. "Dancing to the Max"

At a dance-off happening at the Max -- hosted by the iconic Casey Kasem -- Lisa and Screech steal the show whenr she sprains her ankle and creates a whole new move called "the sprain."

5. "Rockumentary"

In this trippy dream episode, Zack imagines he and the gang are in a band. The band rockets to fame, but egos get out of hand, especially for Zack, the band's namesake.

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'Bond 25' gets an official title: 'No Time to Die'

MGM(LONDON) -- Bond 25 finally has a title.

The latest 007 installment starring Daniel Craig is called No Time to Die. The title was announced on the official James Bond Twitter page Tuesday.

The film, directed by Cary Fukunaga, picks up with 007 enjoying a peaceful life in Jamaica after leaving active service. But of course, he gets pulled back in, after an old friend asks for his help in rescuing a kidnapped scientist.

The film -- which Craig has said will be his final go-round as the super spy -- also stars Jeffrey Wright, Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek as the new villain.

Not much is known about Malek's role. Wright returns as Bond's CIA buddy Felix Leiter, while Lynch is reportedly going to play the agent who takes over Bond's "007" code number after he leaves MI6.

No Time to Die debuts in the U.K. on April 3, 2020 and in the U.S. on April 8, 2020.

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