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Nick Cannon Says Mariah Carey Was “A Little Flustered” During Her New Year’s Eve Performance

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(LOS ANGELES) — Nick Cannon thinks that ex-wife Mariah Carey was just “a little flustered” during her now-famous New Year’s Rockin’ Eve performance. During a sit-down chat with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Cannon jokingly told the daytime host that Mariah’s flub was a government set-up.

“You know me — I’m a conspiracy theorist. I think the government did that. They set her up. That was a distraction. They just put her out there,” he says.

Turning serious, Nick acknowledged that performing live is difficult. “Anyone who knows about performing and having inner ears and stuff, things can go wrong on live television. I do live television all the — I screw up on America’s Got Talent all the time,” he admitted.

“When there’s people in your ear saying things and stuff…I think she kinda got a little flustered, but being the diva she is, she said, ‘I’m just going to walk around and pose for seven minutes,'” Nick continued. “And like Ryan Seacrest said, ‘She can do no wrong.’ So, she worked through it.”

As previously reported, last week, Mimi posted a recorded message about her botched New Year’s Eve performance to give her side of the story. In the clip, she accuses the production team of sabotaging her, and says that it’s not “practical” to sing live in the middle of Times Square on New Year’s Eve “with all the noise, the freezing cold, the smoke from the smoke machines, thousands of people celebrating” and faulty ear monitors.

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Roger Corman Back Behind the Wheel with “Death Race 2050”

Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In 1975, beloved low-budget filmmaker Roger Corman strapped a pre-Kung Fu David Carradine and a pre-Rocky Slyvester Stallone into some deadly-looking cars for the cult classic Death Race 2000. Now, at 90 years young, Corman — credited with launching the directing careers of the likes of Ron Howard, Francis Ford Coppola, and James Cameron — just got behind the wheel again for another lap: Death Race 2050.

In the original Death Race 2000, the year 2000 was envisioned as a dystopian future in which the national pastime is a race features drivers mowing down pedestrians for points. The movie was remade with Jason Statham in 2008 as Death Race, which spawned a 2010 sequel starring The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan, but neither captured the humor of the original, Corman tells ABC News.

“I started thinking about that,” he says. “And so I called [the producers] and they…said, ‘Why don’t you make one, and put the humor back in, and let’s put the killing of the pedestrians, and a little bit of the social comment and so forth, as back in the original…”

In their version, Malcolm McDowell plays a strongman U.S. president with a very familiar bouffant-like hairdo. “The Donald Trump thing was not in the script,” Corman explaines”It was just an idea we had while shooting during the primary season — to give him the hairdo of Donald Trump…we thought it might be funny — we never dreamed he’d actually be president.”

“Just by a fluke, or stroke of luck, I think we have the first picture out with Donald Trump as President of the United States,” Corman laughs. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Death Race 2050, which stars Arrow’s Manu Bennett, comes out on download, DVD, and Blu-ray on Tuesday.

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“DWTS” Star Peta Murgatroyd Talks “Real Life” Post-Baby Body

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A couple of weeks after welcoming her first child, Dancing With the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd took to Instagram to get real about her post-baby body.

Murgatroyd and her fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy welcomed son Shai Aleksander on Jan. 4.

“Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most,” she wrote, alongside a picture of her proudly displaying her body.

She continued, “The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it’s time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey.”

Murgatroyd, 30, also added the hashtag “#ShaiIsWorthEveryPound.”

The Dancing duo announced their engagement in December 2015. Six months later, they revealed they were expecting their first child.

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Zoe Saldana Says Hollywood Actors “Bullied” Donald Trump During Election

© 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) — Zoe Saldana is taking Hollywood to task for its harsh treatment of President-elect Donald Trump.

In an interview with Agence France-Presse that was re-posted on Yahoo, the Star Trek actress says that liberal Hollywood’s brash treatment of Trump during the presidential election helped to turn off middle-class Americans and increase the president-elect’s fanbase.

“We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies,” Saldana said of Trump, who has been repeatedly accused of being a bully by insulting and mocking those he doesn’t like, or who disagree with him.

Although not a supporter of the Republican president-elect, Saldana feels that Trump’s behavior could be compared to some of the celebrities who chose to single him out.

“We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong… and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises,” the actress explained.

Saldana, who was born in the U.S. to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents, says even with racial tensions running high due to campaign rhetoric against Mexicans and Muslims, she’s hopeful that a Trump presidency won’t bring the nation back to the dark days of segregation.

“I’m learning from [Trump’s victory] with a lot of humility,” Zoe told AFP.”If we have people continue to be strong and educate ourselves and stand by equal rights and treat everyone with respect, we won’t go back to those times.”

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Nick Viall Has Some Explaining to Do on Monday’s “The Bachelor”

ABC/Mitch Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) — On last week’s episode of ABC’s The Bachelor, Nick Viall dropped a bombshell by sending home Liz, a woman he’d slept with before she came on the show. This week, he’ll have to spill the beans about what happened to the other women.

“I think you will see the fallout from me sending Liz home addressed as the episode begins,” says Nick of tonight’s show. “I think people will be very intrigued by how that all goes over in the house.”

Viall has no regrets about his decision to send Liz packing, insisting, “Liz is great and I wish her the best. I think it was a decision that my guess at this point she would agree was best for both of us.”

Adds Nick, “Unfortunately while we got to know each other when we first met, that time had passed, for us.”

We’re also sure to see more of Corinne, the aggressive businesswoman from Miami who’s shaping up to be the villain of the season, although Nick tells ABC Radio he thinks the label is a little unfair at this point.

“Corrine certainly took chances and she put herself out there, and whether she made the right decisions or not is certainly open for debate. But she is someone who is a firecracker, and definitely takes risks, and some of the women are a little bit more conservative,” he says. “I think both have their merits, and I think sometimes people will maybe be a little too critical.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

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

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Homer Simpson Plots Revenge with Common, RZA and Snoop Dogg in 600th Episode of The Simpsons

Fox – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — This Sunday, The Simpsons kicked off their 600th episode with a what was basically a hip-hop-inspired ode to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby.

The first-ever hour-long episode, titled “The Great Phatsby,” began with the Simpsons taking a trip to a wealthy enclave, inspired by upscale Hamtons community on New York’s Long Island, to attend a “beachside bacchanal” at Mr. Burns’ estate. After the party, Mr. Burns and Homer Simpson come face-to-face with the host of another soiree nearby — hip-hop super-producer “Jay G. “

The episode continued to feature a handful of special animated guests, including a candle-selling failed rapper named Jazzy James, voiced by Key and Peele‘s Keegan Michael Key; Jay G’s ex-wife, Praline, voiced by Taraji P. Henson and clearly inspired by her Empire character, Cookie; and recording artists RZA, Snoop Dogg and Common.

After Burns finds himself penniless, thanks to being swindled by Jay G, the rappers and Praline agree to help Burns, Bart and Homer exact revenge on the mogul in the recording studio, with their very own diss track.

Even with their revenge plan foiled by Jay G himself, along with another failed plot involving a cooked goose, Jay G and Mr. Burns call a truce, and the Simpsons leave the Springfield Hamptons with a newfound appreciation for hip-hop.

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Lucasfilm Confirms No CGI Carrie Fisher in Next “Star Wars” Movie

2015 – Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) — In the wake of Carrie Fisher’s death, there was speculation producers might digitally recreate her character for the remaining Star Wars films. However, Lucasfilm says it’s not going to happen.

“We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address,” Lucasfilm said in a statement released Friday. “We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.”

The statement continues: “Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story includes a brief, digitally altered performance by Fisher as a young Leia from the first Star Wars movie, along with a much lengthier complete digital re-creation of the late Peter Cushing as Governor Tarkin, a.k.a. Grand Moff Tarkin, also as he appeared in the first movie. Word is Fisher finished her performance for Star Wars: Episode VIII, so the speculation was she might be digitally recreated for Episode IX.

Fisher died December 27, four days after she went into cardiac arrest on a transatlantic flight.

Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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“Hidden Figures'” $20 Million Haul Adds Up to a First-Place Box Office Finish

Taraji P. Henson in “Hidden Figures”; Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, grabbed the top spot at the weekend box office for the second week in a row, raking in an estimated $20.4 million on its way to a projected $25 million gross for the Martin Luther King Day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

Taking second place was La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, earning $14.5 million. The winner of seven Golden Globes is expected to top $17 million for the four-day weekend.

Sing, the animated musical featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane and Scarlett Johansson, held on to third place, grabbing $13.8 million.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Bill Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed and Alan Tudyk, finished the weekend in fourth with an estimated $13.8 million. That figure should top $17 million by Monday, which would make it the only 2016 release to top $500 million domestically and just the seventh film of all-time to earn that honor. Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

In fifth place, with an estimated $13.38 million debut, is the horror feature The Bye Bye Man, featuring Big Love‘s Douglas Smith, Scream Queens‘ Lucien Laviscount and British actress Cressida Bonas. It was the only new release to make the top five.

Mark Wahlberg’s Patriots Day, expanding to wide release, had a disappointing weekend with an estimated $12 million take, as did Monster Trucks, starring MacGyver‘s Lucas Till, with a $10.5 million haul. Ben Affleck’s Live by Night, however, fared the worst of the new releases, finishing out of the top ten with $5.4 million.

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

1. Hidden Figures, $20.4 million
2. La La Land, $14.5 million
3. Sing, $13.8 million
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, $13.8 million
5. The Bye Bye Man, $13.38 million
6. Patriots Day, $12 million
7. Monster Trucks, $10.5 million
8. Sleepless, $8.46 million
9. Underworld: Blood Wars, $5.8 million
10. Passengers, $5.6 million

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Donald Trump Blasts “SNL” “Hit Job”

Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — As expected, Alec Baldwin reprised his Donald Trump impersonation on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, and as usual, Trump responded with some choice words for the show, its cast and NBC.

“@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017

The show’s cold open lampooned Trump on everything from his transition team’s apparent difficulty in securing musical acts and celebrities for inauguration day events, to his plan to divest himself from his businesses, to an unconfirmed, salacious report that Russia has compromising intelligence on him.

“Who is excited for my inauguration day?” Baldwin’s Trump asked to a roar of applause. “Yes, thank you to those people over there who I definitely did not pay to do that.”

When a fictitious reporter from Buzzfeed — which Trump described earlier this week as “a failing pile of garbage” for publishing the contents of the report — asked a question, Baldwin’s Trump echoed the comment, adding, “I took your test yesterday and I’m a Joey, not a Rachel!” referring to an online “Which Character from Friends Are You?” quiz.

Asked by a reporter, played by cast member Sasheer Zamata, how he planned to repeal and replace Obamacare, Baldwin’s Trump said, “I actually do have a replacement plan, okay? I just read about it this week. It’s a terrific plan. Just great. It’s called the Affordable Care Act.” The Affordable Care Act is, of course, the legislative name for Obamacare.

When Zamata said that repealing Obamacare meant that people could die, Baldwin replied, “Listen, sweetheart, I’m about to be president, we’re all going to die.”

The cold open also poked fun at Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric, played by SNL‘s Mikey Day and Alex Moffat, respectively. “I’ve turned over all my businesses to my sons,” joked Baldwin’s Trump. “Look at those two little American Psychos,” referencing Bret Easton Ellis’ killer yuppie novel-turned film.

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Of Course “Deadpool” Is Making Fun of “For Your Consideration” Videos

2016 – 20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) — With the Hollywood awards season upon us, the entertainment industry is getting inundated with “For Your Consideration” spots — movie and TV studios’ reminders to colleagues not to forget them when it comes to voting.

Leave it to Ryan Reynolds and his alter-ego Deadpool to shake things up.

The “For Your Consideration” for the unlikely box office smash notes it took “42 rejection letters from Fox,” and “783 million fans” of a leaked test video of the movie to get it to the big screen.

It’s not entirely a joke, however — the movie has ended up on major nominations list including the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild Awards, and — producers hope — possibly the Oscars.

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— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 13, 2017

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