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Creators of HBO's "Confederate" respond to backlash

(L-R) David Benioff and D. B. Weiss — Getty Images/Steve Granitz(LOS ANGELES) — When HBO announced it would be producing a new series, Confederate, involving an alternate timeline in which the south has seceded and slavery still exists, backlash was pretty severe. Supergirl actor David Harewood tweeted, “Good luck finding black actors for this project.” And writer Roxane Gay tweeted, …

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Bubble blows up: Rihanna invades your multiplex today in "Valerian"

(L-R) “Valerian” director Luc Besson, Rihanna — Credit: Eric Charbonneau (LOS ANGELES) — Rihanna Navy, get hyped: your girl is landing at your local multiplex this weekend. The singer stars in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a sci-fi epic from director Luc Besson, based on a popular comic book series. Rihanna plays Bubble, a shape-shifting alien. She …

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Kerry Washington to receive Women Making History award

Getty Images/Taylor Hill(LOS ANGELES) — Kerry Washington is set to be honored for her significant contributions in film and television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Washington is one of three recipients of the sixth annual Woman Making History awards, an honor given by the National Women’s History Museum to women who have made noticeable contributions in their fields. In addition …

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Disney Channel’s "Descendants 2" promises more action, more music and more villains

Disney Channel – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Sometimes it’s good to be bad. The Villain Kids — aka VKs — are back for more wicked fun in Descendants 2, the sequel to Disney Channel’s popular 2015 film following the sons and daughters of infamous Disney villains. The story centers around Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, teens who left their lives on …

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"Girls Trip" Co-Star Kofi Siriboe has "the hugest crush" on co-star Jada Pinkett Smith

Universal – 2017(NEW YORK) — Kofi Siriboe can confidentially say that one of the highlights of his young life is playing Jada Pinkett Smith’s love interest in the new romantic movie comedy, Girls Trip. Girls Trip stars Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish as four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for an exclusive getaway to …

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Will Smith geeks out over "Star Wars" at Comic-Con

Getty Images/Albert L. Ortega(SAN DIEGO) — At Comic-Con, everyone’s a fan, even multimillionaire celebrity superstar actors like Will Smith. Smith was on hand at the annual event in San Diego to promote his new project, Bright — Netflix’s first big foray into splashy action movie territory. But he couldn’t help geeking out about Star Wars like any other Comic-Con attendee. …

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"Dunkirk" and "Girls Trip" among this week's new releases

(L-R) HARRY STYLES as Alex, ANEURIN BARNARD as Gibson and FIONN WHITEHEAD as Tommy in the Warner Bros. Pictures action thriller “DUNKIRK,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.(LOS ANGELES) — Opening nationwide on Friday: * Dunkirk — Christopher Nolan’s latest thriller tells the true story of Operation Dynamo, which in 1940 evacuated British, Belgian, Canadian and French soldiers from Dunkirk, France, …

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John Boyega laments lack of racial diversity in "Game of Thrones"

Lucasfilm – 2017 (LOS ANGELES) — Star Wars actor John Boyega is calling out fantasy shows like Game of Thrones for what he describes as their lack of diversity. “There are no black people on Game of Thrones,” he said in a new cover story for GQ magazine. To be fair, HBO’s hit fantasy drama has featured at least two …

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