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Photo by Merrick Morton. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved(LONDON) -- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri bagged five trophies at Sunday's 71st British Academy Film Awards, also known as the BAFTAs.

In addition to best film and best British film nods, the film’s stars, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, won best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while Martin McDonagh won for best original screenplay. 

The Shape of Water took home three awards, including best director honors for Guillermo Del Toro. 

As the Oscar spotlight begins to focus on him following a string of wins for his performance, Gary Oldman nabbed another: best actor for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour

The awards, sometimes referred to as the "British Oscars," also hailed Allison Janney in the best supporting actress for her role in I, Tonya.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be planning to put her acting career on hold to concentrate on political activism, depending on whom you believe.

During a recent roundtable for her upcoming film Red Sparrow, the 27-year-old Oscar-winning actress told Entertainment Tonight that she's "taking the next year off" to join with the non-profit organization Represent.Us in an effort to "get young people engaged politically on a local level."

"It doesn't have anything to do with partisan [politics]," says Lawrence, explaining, "It's just anti-corruption and stuff trying to pass state by state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy."

However, the New York Post quotes JLaw's publicist as saying she'll, "resume her acting work as soon as one of a number of in-development movies is ready to start shooting. Among those is a biopic about famed Jazz Age socialite Zelda Fitzgerald, directed by Ron Howard."

This is not the first time Lawrence has threatened to step away from acting. After she wrapped the Hunger Games series, she swore she would “turn [her] phone off for a year.” says the newspaper. And last September, she told on the Today show that she was taking a break and didn’t have a movie scheduled “for two years.”

Red Sparrow opens nationwide March 2.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Week eight of Week eight of The Bachelor showcased Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s trips to meet the families of the four remaining women -- Tia, Lauren, Becca K. and Kendall -- during the hometown dates portion of the show.

With Krystal long gone, and a week after Becca M. got shockingly sacked, Arie’s new challenge was facing down the families, all of whom were suspicious of him.

First off was a day with Kendall, who showed Arie her taxidermy storage unit. Afterward, Arie said, “I’ve never dated anyone like her. She really just keeps things interesting.” Then she made him join her stuffing rats. 

Arie insists that he’s falling for Kendall.  That night, Kendall brought Arie home to meet her mother and father, twin sister Kylie and her baby brother. After some pleasantries, Kendall’s mother took her into another room to “dish” while Kylie grilled Arie about his feelings and questioned the “space” between them. Later, Kylie took Kendall aside to talk to her and expressed her concern that she doesn’t feel Kendall is truly in love with Arie.

Kendall’s father was predictably suspicious of Arie and told him that he didn’t think Kendall was ready for marriage, and was reluctant to give his blessing. Kendall also told Kylie that she’s afraid of losing Arie.

Later, Arie joined Tia in Weiner, Arkansas and she took him to a racetrack. Later, Tia brought Arie home to meet her mother and father, Denise and Kenny, her brother Jason, her aunt Carol and her cousin Rhonda. She warned him that her brother might be tough on him.

Not long after they arrived, Arie was out on the patio being grilled by Jason. Tia sat with her father and both relatives expressed concern that Arie is a playboy and might not be serious, and even more concerned that he maybe serious about Tia. Arie said that he’s falling for Tia. Her father took Arie out for a chat and said that he trusts Tia’s judgment, but stipulated, “If you hurt her, I can find you.”

Arie met Becca K in Minnesota and she took him to an apple orchard. After picking apples, she warned him about meeting her uncle Gary, who's a pastor and a father figure since her own father passed away.

After meeting her family and sitting for dinner, Gary took Arie away from the table to talk. He didn't mince words and asked Arie, "Are we wasting time here or is Becca the real deal to you?" Arie answered affirmatively, saying, "I feel very strongly about Becca and I'm definitely falling for her."

Her mother was just as tough with Becca, and later told Arie she liked him, thanked him for putting up with the family, and giving him her blessing to get married.

The last hometown date was with Lauren, who took Arie horseback riding on the beach. They sat and talked and, like the other girls, Lauren told him that her family might be skeptical about their relationship. Arie said that he was nervous to meet them.

Their meeting seemed adversarial from the get-go, with Lauren's family seated across the room from Arie in a meeting punctuated by awkward silences. At dinner, Arie was so nervous he excused himself to fluff his shirt and wipe the sweat off his forehead.

Lauren's father, a retired Air Force pilot, took Arie outside and surprised Arie with his demeanor. The two seemed to connect after Arie shared a story about participating in a Goodwill tour of Iraq to visit U.S. troops. It was Lauren’s mother who was tough, telling Arie she was worried that Arie is saying the same things to Lauren as the other girls.

Arie asked for her mother’s blessing but rather than give it to him, she said that she would have to trust Lauren.

The hometown dates concluded, Arie had to choose three girls at the Rose Ceremony, and he was clearly conflicted about it -- one girl, of the four he professed he was falling in love with, was going to be eliminated. Arie told host Chris Harrison that he had no idea what he was going to do and during the ceremony had to step away to compose himself.

Before he made the decision, Arie took Kendall aside and she admitted that she couldn't say if she's ready to get engaged.

Having made up his mind, Arie chose Becca, Lauren and, surprisingly, Kendall, eliminating Tia, who started crying. Arie walked her out and told her that she didn't do anything wrong, and that he didn’t have a good explanation for not picking her. He said he was up all night trying to decide but that there was something missing. They embraced and she told Arie to go with his heart. Still, in the car she continued to cry.

Next week, The Bachelor will return with two back-to-back episodes. Sunday night, a very special episode titled The Bachelor: The Women Tell All will feature all the girls returning to dish.  Then on Monday night, Arie’s romantic journey continues as he and the remaining girls go to Peru, and Arie is confronted by one of the girls’ ex-boyfriends.

The Bachelor airs Sunday and Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Marvel StudiosIt was a record-breaking opening for Marvel's Black Panther, which far exceeded expectations, raking in an estimated $201.8 million from Friday-Sunday, becoming just the fifth film ever to break the $200 million threshold in its first three days of release.

That number is expected to swell to $235 million factoring in the President's Day totals, making it the third-highest four-day gross in history, right behind 2015's Jurassic World.  

Black Panther also scored the best February opening of all time, the best President's Day weekend opening, the best-ever non-sequel superhero debut, and the fifth-largest opening of all time. 

Internationally, the 18th film Marvel film earned an estimated $192 million over the three-day weekend. Marvel Studio is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

The CGI animation/live action Peter Rabbit grabbed second place with an estimated $17.25 million from Friday-Sunday, expected to top $22 million through Monday.

Fifty Shades Freed took third place with an estimated $16.9 million over the three-day weekend. Overseas, it grabbed an additional $47.7 million, bringing its worldwide numbers to around $268.9 million.

In fourth place was Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, earning an estimated $7.9 million over the three-day weekend. Overseas, the film added an estimated $4.8 million internationally, bringing its worldwide tally to $904.6 million -- the studio's second-highest-grossing release, behind 2012's Skyfall.

Rounding out the top five was The 15:17 to Paris with a $7.7 million haul for the three-day weekend.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Black Panther, $201.8 million
2. Peter Rabbit, $17.25 million
3. Fifty Shades Freed, $16.9 million
4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $7.9 million
5. The 15:17 to Paris, $7.7 million
6. The Greatest Showman, $5.1 million
7. Early Man, $3.15 million
8. Maze Runner: The Death Cure, $2.6 million
9. Winchester, $2.19 million
10. Samson, $2 million

 

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Netflix/Linda Kallerus (LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix’s Irreplaceable You promises to make you both laugh and cry...maybe at the same time.

The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw -- from Black Mirror's Emmy-winning episode "San Junipero" -- and Michiel Huisman, who plays Daenerys' lover Daario in Game of Thrones.  They play a newly engaged couple faced with an uncertain future after a devastating cancer diagnosis, but they handle the tragic situation with humor.  That's what Mbatha-Raw said drew her to the role.

“It's like a tightrope 'cause I'm laughing one minute and crying the next and this is a really tricky tone to pull off,” she told ABC Radio at the film's New York premiere. “Not to take away from the seriousness of the subject matter, but I think this movie is not about cancer, it's about letting go [and] releasing control.”

Much like her character, Mbatha-Raw had to learn to “let go” during the movie’s “very quick shoot.” She and Huisman had to develop their characters’ long-term relationship in a matter of days.

“We didn't have a lot of time so I think we both just had to kind of jump in and try and create this relationship that had been going since they were like eight years old, you know?” she said. “So we sort of relied on being really playful with each other.”

That playfulness carried over to her other co-stars as well. Mbatha-Raw, who hadn’t done much comedy before, was thrown into scenes with comedic heavyweights Kate McKinnon, Steve Coogan, and Christopher Walken.

“It was really a master class to be able to be around that energy and I learned so much,” she says. “…There was a real improvisation spirit within, certainly, the group scenes, which I just love.” 

Prepare to feel all the feels. Irreplaceable You debuts on Netflix today.

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Netflix/Kirill Bichutsky(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Rock is holding nothing back in his new Netflix special Chris Rock: Tamborine -- and that includes the ugly end to his 19-year marriage to Malaak Compton.

In his special, which debuted on Valentine’s Day, Rock opens up about his bad behavior during his marriage and admits he was “not a good husband."

“It’s f***** up. When guys cheat, it’s like we want something new,” Rock says. “But then you know what happens? Your woman finds out, and now she’s new. She is never the same again. So now you have new, but you have a bad new.”

Rock admits he cheated on his wife with three different women while on the road, but in his special he takes full responsibility for his actions.

"Some of these lessons you've just got to learn," he says. "Like, I brought this s*** on myself; nobody told me to go ho up. I brought this s*** on myself, and you've got to learn some lessons -- some man lessons."

Rock continues, “It’s my fault, because I’m a f****** asshole. I didn’t listen. I wasn’t kind. I had an attitude. I thought, ‘I pay for everything, I can do what I want.’ That s*** don’t f***** work! I just thought I was the s***.”

Chris Rock: Tamborine is now playing on Netflix.

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Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Black Panther is being praised for its cast of very strong female characters -- including Shuri, played by Letitia Wright.  The character is the little sister to Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa, the king of Wakanda who also wears the mantle of its fearsome protector, the Black Panther.

Wakanda is an African nation so technologically advanced it has literally hidden itself from the rest of the world.  As the head engineer of the Wakanda Design Group, Shuri's in charge of all that tech.  She's also one of the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe, who can intellectually go toe to toe with the likes of Tony "Iron Man" Stark.

Wright tells ABC Radio she's grateful that her character will inspire a whole new generation of girls to take on careers in STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Incidentally, in the current run of the Black Panther comics, Shuri herself takes over as Black Panther. "If that happens in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that's cool," Wright tells ABC Radio, "but where Shuri is right now, you can take her anywhere. You can mix her up with Spider-Man, you can throw her in with, you know, Thor -- whatever you want to do with her, she can be there. So the sky's the limit, really, with Shuri." 

Black Panther is now in theaters from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- One of the ways that Mike Colter is saying thank you -- in the spirit of Black History Month -- is by honoring those who've "paved the way before [him]."

In Good Morning America's "On Their Shoulders" series, which honors Black History Month, the Luke Cage star honors several "African-Americans who fought for fairness, equality and representation," such as legendary actors Hattie McDaniel, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte,

Colter also honored showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker "the mastermind" behind his Netflix superhero series, the first Marvel TV show "centered on a black superhero."  Even so, Colter tries not to describe his character as such.

"I never think about him as a black superhero. I just think of him as a superhero. I don't even think of him as a superhero, actually," he told GMA. "I kind of just think about him as a guy who's been given these abilities that really don't make his life that much easier -- and he happens to be black."

Colter believes it's not enough that there's diverse representation on screens big and small.  The actor said Hollywood must shift to a place where it's offering a variety of roles for black men.

"We respond to the images that we're seeing every day. And so to the degree that we're always seeing negative images of black men onscreen -- whether it be in a police line-up or being in some criminal activity or being imprisoned -- there's always some reminder that we're somehow inferior," he said.

Colter continued, "And so any time that there are people of value, that there are people who are educated, that there are people who will do the right thing, that there are people who are productive members of society, it just sort of helps to balance out the images that we're always getting."

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Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Chadwick Boseman and Letitia Wright play Wakandan royal siblings in Marvel's superhero action film Black Panther. Boseman, who plays King T'Challa as well as the titular character Black Panther, says when it comes to the movie's impact on black culture, he hopes this film will set the new normal in Hollywood.

"Hopefully it becomes commonplace," Boseman tells ABC Radio. "Hopefully this is something that is not the first time it's ever happened for a young kid. After people see it, there will be a group of kids who will say, 'Oh that's that's normal.'"

Boseman also adds that the film will help to spark a much needed conversation on culture.

"After seeing this, I think it's a conversation that happens between people in the diaspora whether you are on the side of the continent [or] you are still on the continent of Africa... and you've been disconnected from the continent in some way," he explains. "It's a conversation... that has not happened on this stage and in this particular way through art. [It] will allow people to connect in their own way to their specific past and future."

Wright, who plays Black Panther's sister Shuri concurs, and speaks to the film "monumental" impact.

"My prayer is that... it can inspire people, it can inspire the young generation, the older generation, and everybody can just feel empowered and united," she says. "And for the future they can flick back and see this film and know that this film is like a landmark film. The first Marvel... pretty much predominantly all black cast, African superhero film, that's doing really well. So that can also inspire generations to come."

Black Panther hits theaters today from Marvel Studios and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Jon Pack(NEW YORK) -- In honor of #FemaleFilmmakerFriday, meet Sophie Brooks.

The writer/director’s first feature film, The Boy Downstairs, opens in New York today and hits select theaters next week. The romantic comedy stars Zosia [ZASHA] Mamet [MAMM-ett] as an aspiring writer who inadvertently moves into the apartment above her ex-boyfriend. Complicatations ensue.

In a time when women in film are coming to forefront – like Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins – Brooks is looking to make her own mark. Here’s what you should know about this rising filmmaker:

1. The idea for The Boy Downstairs came to her while she was recovering from a car accident and appendicitis...at the same time.

2. Like Zosia’s character in the film, Brooks is a writer, who moved to London and worked in a bridal store. However, she's never lived in the same building as an ex.

3. She’s fan of the #FemaleFilmmakerFriday hashtag, which began popping up all over social media last month. “I think [that] until there’s a time when it isn’t necessary to say ‘female’ before ‘filmmaker,’ it’s good to embrace it and to show younger girls, ‘Look, this is a viable option for you. This is a viable job,’” she tells ABC Radio.

4. She’s working on two new scripts: one in the same genre as The Boy Downstairs, another a zombie-comedy with two girl best friends as the leads.

5. Her advice to aspiring female filmmakers? “Don’t limit yourself, and try things. And believe in yourself.”

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The first group of presenters for the 90th Annual Academy Awards has been announced, and it's a diverse group of talent.

Oscar winners Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone and Oscar nominees Laura Dern, Lady Birddirector Greta Gerwig, Big Sick star Kumail Nanjiani and actress Margot Robbie are all on the list, as are Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish, Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland, and Chilean actress Daniela Vega.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live Sunday, March 4 on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ralph Macchio and Willam Zabka, who tangled 34 years ago as Danny Russo and Johnny Lawrence, respectively, in The Karate Kid, are at it again in the first glimpse of their YouTube Red Original Series.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues proves that whatever beef these more-than-middle-aged men had as adolescents simmers still, as they train a new generation of students.

The snippet shows them facing off in a new Cobra Kai dojo, where Johnny presumably passes on the "no mercy" method of martial arts he learned from his fallen sensei, who suffered the disgrace of a nose-honk at the hands of Mr. Miyagi so many years ago.

We can't believe it's not a spoof, either.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, host Jimmy Kimmel addressed the Parkland, Florida school shooting on Wednesday that claimed 17 lives and left a dozen hospitalized.

Jimmy showed clips of President Trump addressing the shooting in a televised speech and agreed with his sentiment that no child or teacher should ever be in danger, but called out Trump and what he characterized as pervasive hypocrisy in Washington about mass shootings.

Jimmy implored Trump to “…tell your buddies in Congress" that  "what we need are laws, real laws that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids.”

Kimmel took aim at the National Rifle Association, saying, “Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year to do something."

He added, "And don't you dare let anyone say it's too soon to be talking about it, because you said it after Vegas, you said it after Sandy Hook, you say that after every one of these -- eight now -- fatal school shootings we had in this country this year. Children are being murdered…”

Jimmy stopped as he choked up and a member of the audience yelled, “Do something now!” drawing cheers and applause.

Jimmy then urged viewers to write and call their representatives. And if they don't listen, Jimmy said, “vote them out of office.”

He closed saying, saying, “I for one am very, very, very, very tired of this…” and showed a series of clips of politicians dodging the gun control issue with the popular “Now is not the time,” mantra.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.

 

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening in wide release on Friday:

* Black Panther -- After returning to his native Wakanda and taking his rightful place as king following the death of his father, T'Challa/Black Panther -- played by Chadwick Boseman -- is drawn into a conflict that tests his resolve and puts the fate of Wakanda and the rest of the world at risk. Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker also star. Rated PG-13.

* Early Man -- The latest stop-motion animation feature from the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run is set in the stone age, and tells the story of Dug -- voiced by Eddie Redmayne -- who, along with sidekick Hognob -- voiced by Nick Park -- rallies his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth -- voiced by Thor: Ragnarok's Tom Hiddleston -- and his Bronze Age City to save their home. Other voices include Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams. Rated PG.

* Samson -- Taylor James stars in this film based on the biblical tale about a young Hebrew man with supernatural strength who is chosen by God to defend his people, while avenging the love he lost to a cruel Philistine prince. Also starring Billy Zane, Rutger Hauer and Lindsay Wagner. Rated PG-13.



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JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two and a half years of marriage but they remain "best friends," the pair confirmed to ABC News in a statement Thursday night.

"In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation," the couple said in a joint statement to ABC News. "This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship."

In a nod to the salacious tabloid frenzy that will undoubtedly ensue, the statement continued, "Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another."

Aniston turned 49 on Sunday, and celebrated without Theroux, People reported. Instead, she celebrated with a group of girlfriends, including Courteney Cox.

The pair first met on the set of the 2008 film Tropic Thunder, while shooting in Hawaii, but they didn't start dating until 2011.

They married in a hush-hush ceremony on August 5, 2015.

Aniston was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005. She later dated Vince Vaughn and John Mayer, following her split from Pitt.

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