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Amy Schumer backs Colin Kaepernick, won't appear in Super Bowl ads 

Comedian Amy Schumer is following pop singer Rihanna’s lead in not participating in Super Bowl LIII.

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In a Friday post on Instagram, Schumer said she has decided to turn down any offers to participate in commercials for the Feb. 3 game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The move, she said, was in support of the “take-a-knee” protests by NFL players that was started in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, ESPN reported. Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

“Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them,” Schumer wrote. “I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? 

Earlier this week, Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show as a way to support Kaepernick.

In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a politically-themed Bud Light ad, "Raise One to Right Now," during Super Bowl 50, ESPN reported.

In her Instagram post, Schumer said she hoped Maroon 5, set to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, will reconsider and withdraw.

She also suggested that white NFL players should join black players by taking a knee.

“Why not kneel next to your brothers?” Schumer wrote. “Otherwise, how are you not complicit?” 

>> Rihanna turns down Super Bowl halftime show

Kaepernick was released by the 49ers after the 2016 season and hasn’t played since.

He filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners last year, accusing them of conspiring to keep him from playing in the league.

Nike ad campaign featuring Kaepernick as the face of the athletic retail giant’s “Just Do It” 30th anniversary has sparked debate, controversy and boycotts.

Schumer was arrested Oct. 4 during a protest in Washington against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, CNN reported.

It was not clear if Schumer was approached to appear in an ad to run during Super Bowl LIII, ESPN reported.

The witch is back: Bette Midler announces she’s part of ‘Hocus Pocus’ celebration

What’s an anniversary and reunion without the main Sanderson sister? Fans of the film “Hocus Pocus” worry not. It may be 25 years, but the witch is back!

Bette Midler joined her on-screen sisters, Kathy Najimi and Sarah Jessica Parker, on Freeform’s “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Reunion Bash.”

The show was recorded at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and will air Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on Freeform, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Midler made the announcement in a short video clip for the television channel. 

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Many members of original cast also appear in the show, including Omri Katz, Thora Birch and Vinessa Shaw. It is hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher and has performances by Jordin Sparks, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Photos: ‘Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Reunion Bash’

Stars and fans came together to celebrate the cult classic “Hocus Pocus.”

Lady Gaga confirms engagement to agent Christian Carino

No more poker faces for Lady Gaga when it comes to engagement rumors.

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The singer-actress confirmed her engagement to Hollywood agent Christian Carino during an acceptance speech she made Monday night at the 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration, People reported.

During her speech reflecting on her in role “A Star Is Born,” Gaga, 32, thanked “my fiancé Christian." 

It is uncertain when the couple became engaged, but Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been wearing a sparkler on her left-hand ring finger for several months, EOnline reported.

Gaga was previously engaged to Taylor Kinney before splitting with him in July 2016, People reported. Carino, whose clients include Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Simon Cowell, had been romantically linked to “Walking Dead” actress Lauren Cohan, the magazine reported.

'Mister Rogers' movie death: Wife mourns husband killed in fall on set

Production has been suspended after a tragic accident on the set of Tom Hanks' upcoming Mister Rogers film "You Are My Friend."

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James Emswiller, a 61-year-old Emmy award-winning sound mixer from the Pittsburgh area, took a smoke break between filming scenes when others nearby said they heard a noise and discovered he had fallen from a balcony, police said.

>> On Sound mixer dies after fall on set of Mister Rogers movie

"He had a genuine smile that was contagious. He was my best friend," said Emswiller's wife, Beth Amber.

He was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he died from injuries related to the fall.

"When I got to Mercy, I didn't know much because they wouldn't let me see him because they were working on him. I guess about two hours later, they came out to tell me he had expired," Amber said.

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While it's still not clear exactly what happened, witnesses said he had been leaning against a pole before he fell.

"I spoke to the (medical examiner) today. They called me with the cause of death, which was blunt-force trauma to the head and torso from the fall," Amber said.

Get first look at Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ remake starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s “Aladdin” has been released. 

And it is a teaser.

Fans will see familiar sights from the original animated classic that have been reimagined and updated for new audiences, like the town of Agrabah; a parrot assumed to be Iago, who reports back to villain Jafar; and the Cave of Wonders, Variety reported

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We also get the first look at Mena Massoud who plays Aladdin, the peasant who falls in love with Princess Jasmine. 

What we have yet to see is the princess herself, played by Naomi Scott; Jafar, played by Marwan Kenzari; and the Genie, played by Will Smith.

Take a look at the teaser trailer below, or click here.

Aladdin” is scheduled to hit theaters May 24, 2019. It is being directed by Guy Richie and written by John August, according to Variety. Music will be written by original composer Alan Menken who is collaborating with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 

It is the latest in a series of live-action remakes of classic Disney movies, including 2015’s “Cinderella,” 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and upcoming films like next year’s “Dumbo” by Tim Burton, “Mulan” and Beyonce- and Donald Glover-led “The Lion King.”

Chris Evans hangs up shield as Captain America?

Has Chris Evans officially ended his role as Captain America? It appears so after the actor announces the end of filming “Avengers 4” via Twitter. 

In the post, Evans said, “Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor.”

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Evans first picked up the shield of Steve Rogers in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” and has portrayed Cap in multiple movies either as one of the leads in a ensemble team, like “The Avengers” films, a Captain America-centric film, like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” or as a cameo, as in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Evans had spoken about not playing Captain America in the near future, People Magazine reported. In an article with the New York Times, Evans was quoted as saying “You want to get off the train before they push you off.”

>>Read: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson in Atlanta filming Avengers 4

Spoiler alert: We know that Steve Rogers/Captain America survived Thanos’ devastating snap of his fingers that wiped half of the world’s population from the Earth, but we don’t know how, or if, that snap will bring an end to Captain America’s fight that started, in the film series’ storyline, during World War II. 

One thing that won’t end is the connection the cast has developed over the past eight years. All but one of the core Avengers, Mark Ruffalo, got matching tattoos earlier this year, People Magazine reported

>>Read: Original ‘Avengers’ ink their place in cinematic history

We will have to wait and see what happens to Evans’ Rogers and his take on Captain America. Could the film franchise follow the comic books and have someone else take up the name, a character like Sebastian Stan’s “Bucky Barnes,” or  Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, who both dissolved into dust at the end of “Infinity War.”

The answers will hopefully come when “Avengers 4” hits the big screen on May 3, 2019.

‘Lilo and Stitch’ remake is Disney’s next live-action project 

Disney apparently has plans to bring another cartoon classic to life on the big screen in live-action form. 

This time “Lilo & Stitch” is being reimagined as a live-action/computer-generated combination film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mike Van Waes is writing the film and it will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The producer pair is also currently working on the live-action version of “Aladdin.”

The story line of the original film focused on a blue alien who was created to be Experiment 626, a destructive power, but finds love, and eventually a family on the big island of Hawaii with a lonely girl named Lilo.

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It took home $273 million at the box office when it was released in 2002, Variety reported.

The movie also spurred multiple direct-to-TV or video movies and a television series, as well as, merchandising, character greetings at the Disney parks and cruise line.

The Hollywood Reporter said the film could be for the big screen or Disney’s new streaming service that launches next year.

This is not the only live-action version of a Disney classic that will be released in the near future. Disney has already had box office success with new versions of “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast.” It also has live-action movies in various stages of planning with new versions of “Mulan,” “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid.”

Dumbo,” by Tim Burton will hit theaters in March. 

‘Rocketman’ teaser trailer released; Taron Egerton sparkles as Elton John in biopic

The trailer for the latest rock legend biopic has been released. This time Elton John gets the biographic treatment in the upcoming film “Rocketman.”

Taron Egerton put on the platform shoes, the crazy glasses and the costumes that made John the iconic songwriter who he is as the movie, which is scheduled for release in summer 2019, follows his path as he releases “Honky Chateau” in 1972, NME reported.

But as the trailer shows, John’s life wasn’t all flamboyant stage antics, it also gives a glimpse into John’s childhood and his battles with alcohol.

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>>Read: Elton John kicks off final tour, dedicates song to late rapper Mac Miller

The movie is being promoted as a “fantasy musical,” instead of a normal biopic, the Telegraph reported

“It’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments,” Egerton told the Telegraph. “He’s not the only character that sings. It’s going to be fun.”

Egerton starred as Eggsy in the “Kingsman” films. John appeared in the sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” as himself. 

Egerton is joined by Jamie Bell as John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin and Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s mother, Sheila Eileen. 

John and his husband David Furnish are producing the film through their company Rocket Pictures, the Telegraph reported.

'Avengers' actor Anthony Mackie holds own against Atlanta Falcons fan

“Avengers” actor Anthony Mackie, best known for his portrayal of Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was blasted Sunday for wearing his New Orleans Saints jersey to an Atlanta Falcons game.

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“When you’re in Atlanta, I don’t care if you’re a celebrity or on the ‘Avengers,’ you ain’t welcome,” the fan is heard screaming. “Rise up, baby! shared video of incident, uploaded to YouTube after the Sept. 23 game. For what it’s worth, the Saints won 43-37 in overtime.

But Mackie kept his cool as the insults continued, repeatedly telling the fan that his father “raised you to be better than this.”

Nothing like some (seemingly) well-meaning trash talk.

Mackie recently starred in Atlanta-filmed “Avengers: Infinity War” and will bring the action to the untitled fourth installment. 

“Avengers 4” is currently undergoing reshoots and will hit theaters on May 3, 2019.

“The current rumor is that it will be called 'Avengers: End Game', but we might not get confirmation of that until the end of 2018,” Digital Spy recently reported.

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