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“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” Sneak Peek Released

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Director Zack Snyder basically shut down the Internet Wednesday night when he revealed the official Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer is coming this Monday in IMAX theaters.

“Confirmed 4.20.15 #BatmanvSuperman @IMAX special teaser screening events. Limited space,” he tweeted with a link to RSVP for the show, which is practically full in almost every theater across the country, and a 21-second video.

Confirmed 4.20.15 #BatmanvSuperman @IMAX special teaser screening events. Limited space. RSVP

— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) April 16, 2015

The teaser comes after Snyder already shared pics of the cast over the past few months. The cast features Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release in March 2016.

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Avril Lavigne Says She’ll Be ‘Healthier’ After Lyme Disease Fight

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — After revealing not long ago that she was incapacitated for months with Lyme disease, Avril Lagivne is now optimistic about the future.

“I believe that I will come out of this healthier and stronger than I was before,” she said on Thursday’s Good Morning America. “I’ve gained a lot of perspective on my life. I’ve never had so much down time in my life, so it’s been good in that sense and I’m really just choosing to look at the positives.”

Avril began feeling ill while on tour last April. Doctors told her it was just dehydration and exhaustion, but she said she knew it was more than that.

The singer called the search for her diagnosis “unacceptable” and “frustrating.”

“I went from doctor to doctor for about eight months until I found somebody that had the knowledge of Lyme disease and the experience of treating it,” Avril explained. “I actually knew I had it the whole time, probably since the summer, and was just up against a lot of doctors telling me, ‘You’re crazy.’ Some of them were like, ‘It doesn’t exist.'”

She added, “I was like, ‘But this is happening to me.'”

After receiving the diagnosis, which Avril believes she got from a tick bite last spring, the singer was bedridden for five months in her Ontario home.

Avril kept a low profile during her recovery, sending a tweet to a concerned fan on Twitter in December and then publicly revealing her Lyme disease in an interview that was published earlier this month in People magazine. Now the singer is back on the music scene with her song “Fly,” which will be featured during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games July 25-August 2 in Los Angeles.

“It’s just about inner strength and courage,” Avril said of the song, which she wrote a few years ago before partnering with the Special Olympics. “This song took on a whole new meaning for me during the time that I’ve been sick, which was pretty magical.”

Avril debuted the music video for “Fly” Thursday on GMA. “I wanted the athletes to be the stars of the video and, just like the message of the song, to show the world that they can overcome the challenges and that everyone is meant to shine,” she said.

The song is available now on iTunes and all the net proceeds of “Fly” will go to Special Olympics, according to Avril.

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Sofia Vergara’s Ex-Fiancé Files Lawsuit over Fertilized Eggs

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiancé, Nick Loeb, has filed a lawsuit to prevent the Modern Family star from destroying the fertilized eggs they created when they were together, according to TMZ.

Loeb claims he still wants to have a baby. According to the lawsuit, Loeb alleges that he and Vergara made a contract in November 2013 when they both agreed to attempt to have children via in vitro fertilization. Her eggs were fertilized by his sperm, then frozen and stored at a Beverly Hills facility.

Loeb says that Vergara wants to terminate the fertilized eggs because they called it quits, but he says he has the right to use the stored samples to have a child because both parties have not agreed in writing to destroy the eggs.

Loeb also claims in the lawsuit that he was physically abused and berated by Vergara.

As for Vergara, she’s now engaged to Magic Mike XXL star Joe Manganiello.

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Jennie Garth Gets an Unusual Engagement Ring

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — When Jennie Garth accepted the marriage proposal from actor David Abrams, she also accepted his unusual taste in engagement rings.

According to a photo on People magazine, Garth showed off her one-of-a-kind ring while on vacation in Tulum, Mexico. The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum’s sparkler is a black diamond, with several smaller white diamonds surrounding it. It’s all set on a tiny gold band.

Garth and Abrams, who announced their engagement last week, reportedly met “a couple years ago” and began dating last fall.

Garth’s relationship with Abrams is her first serious relationship since her reportedly painful divorce from Twilight star Peter Facinelli in 2012 after 11 years of marriage. The two have three daughters.

Garth has also been linked to media executive Michael Shimbo, photographer Noah Abrams and musician Jeremy Salken.

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“Empire” Sued over Alleged Similarities to Man’s Story

Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) — A man has filed a lawsuit against Empire star Terrence Howard, series creator Lee Daniels and others, claiming the popular Fox series ripped off his movie about his life as a “gangster, pimp and drug dealer,” reports TMZ.

Ron Newt claims he once met Howard at the Four Seasons hotel and they talked about Ron’s documentary, Bigger than Big. According to Newt, Terrence liked the film, and said he wanted to play him in a project.

However, when Empire debuted Ron noticed many similarities, he claims. For example, in Empire, four drug dealers were killed, and in Bigger than Big four drug dealers were killed, the lawsuit states. He also cites several other alleged similarities between his documentary and the television series.

Newt seeks a billion dollars — that’s billion with a “b.”

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J.J. Abrams Buys Pizza for “Star Wars” Fans Camping Out for “The Force Awakens” Event

Chris Haston/NBC(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — At the Anaheim Convention Center, Star Wars Celebration attendees camping out to get an eyeful of Thursday’s Force Awakens Q&A panel got a bellyful, thanks to director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy.

Fans were already queuing up Wednesday evening for the panel, which kicks off the expo at 10 a.m. Pacific time, and will feature the anticipated movie’s director and producer, as well as other guests. At the event, fans expect the first peeks of the new film since the 88-second teaser that debuted last November.

To sustain those braving the overnight wait, Abrams and Kennedy had pizza delivered to the already massive line, according to a Lucasfilm staffer who tweeted pics of the supply drop.

The seventh Star Wars movie’s Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Anthony Daniels — and many other stars from the series — are on hand at the event that runs from April 16-19; it remains to be seen which actors appear at Thursday’s panel.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on Dec. 18 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Kim Kardashian Removed from Photo on Religious Website

ABC/Randy Holmes(JERUSALEM) — Fans of Kim Kardashian love her sexy style and take-charge attitude, but that may be the very reason one Israeli website decided to essentially airbrush her out of a news story on her visit to Jerusalem.

The editors of one ultra-Orthodox news website decided Kardashian wasn’t kosher enough to appear in a story they did about her dinner with Jerusalem’s mayor. The religious site Kikar HaShabbat removed Kardashian from a group photo with her husband, Kanye West, and the mayor, not just once, but twice.

An insert of the restaurant bill covers her in one spot; in another she’s pixelated into a fuzzy mass. Some ultra-Orthodox sites refuse to post images of any woman, not just non-Orthodox or non-Jewish women, citing issues of religious modesty.

Kim and Kanye arrived in Israel earlier in the week. Their 22-month-old daughter, North West, was baptized at St. James Cathedral in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem Monday.

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“19 Kids and Counting” Star Jill Duggar on Why She Had a C-Section

Credit: TLC(NEW YORK) — When Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick Dillard announced their baby Israel David earlier this month, they explained that Jill had to give birth at the hospital instead of at home as previously planned.

Now, the couple is opening up about why — Jill had to have a C-section.

“She had labored for so long. There’s no shame in that, there’s no shame in not progressing, there’s no shame in getting a C-section,” Derick told People magazine.

The People magazine cover says she labored for 70 hours and the C-section took place after doctors advised the couple to move along with the surgery. Israel David, their first child, weighed in at 9 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 23 inches long at the time of his birth April 6.

“We told the doctor, ‘Stitch me up really well,'” she said. “The doctor told me he has no doubt I’ll be able to have a vaginal delivery the next time.”

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Kelsey Grammer Explains Why He Felt Guilty for His Sister’s Murder

Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC(NEW YORK) — Last year, Kelsey Grammer said that he forgave the man who murdered his sister 40 years ago.

He’s also forgiven himself.

“I know a lot of people who’ve lost their siblings and blame themselves,” he said in a new interview with Vanity Fair. “It’s hard to explain. It’s not rational. But it happens anyway.”

In 1975, the actor’s younger sister Karen, then 18 and living in Colorado, was abducted and killed by Freddie Glenn, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Grammer, 60, told a Colorado parole board last July his inability to “protect” his younger sister “very nearly destroyed” him. He also added that while he understood that Glenn felt remorse for the crimes, he did not think that he should be released from prison.

“I believe the gift of life and freedom he took from my sister precludes him from ever being allowed to enjoy that gift for himself,” he explained to Vanity Fair. “He took her future from her with no regard for her whatsoever. He assumed he had a right to do so. He assumed she was his property, and that the precious gift God gave her was his to take.”

The Frasier actor, now heading to Broadway for Finding Neverland, said that while his sister’s death is still painful, he has begun to heal. However, he added, that the tragedies he endured have helped him appreciate what he has.

“That every one of us is going to experience some terrible loss. I just got a big dose. For every story you hear that’s tragic, there’s another that’s equally tragic or more so. I think you come to look at it as part of life.”

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“Scandal” Creator Shonda Rhimes Says It’s ‘About Time’ TV Becomes More Diverse

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) — In a time when Deadline pens an article that argues perhaps TV is now too diverse, Shonda Rhimes is also sounding off about diversity on the small screen.

“Literally everybody’s starring in a pilot. I think that’s wonderful. Part of me thinks, ‘Well that’s wildly racist of all the networks to suddenly decide that the best way to get a show on the air is to just throw a black woman on it.’ Yet part of me feels like, ‘For God’s sake, it’s about time! If they’re going to be stupid, let’s use their stupidity,'” she says in the May issue of Essence magazine.

On the cover, Rhimes is joined by Debbie Allen, Selma director Ava DuVernay, Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and Issa Rae.

Rhimes continues that she doesn’t think more diversity on TV is a “trend.”

“It’s an economic fact,” she clarifies in the issue, which hits newsstands on Friday. “There are more people of color in this country than there ever have been before. We’re going to reach a tipping point, and I think it’s 2018, in which the number of young people in this country becomes more than the number of young people not of color in this country.”

Rhimes continues, “You can’t ignore what’s happening economically, when you put a show like Empire on television and it’s doing bigger numbers than a show like The Big Bang Theory. It’s just clear that there is an economic force and the corporations can’t deny that. When the shows start doing bigger numbers than what they think are going to be their big ten shows, it becomes really hard to suggest that it’s a trend.”

Rhimes currently owns Thursday nights on ABC with her shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Previously, How to Get Away with Murder — which she produces — also aired on Thursdays before ending its first-season run earlier this year. It’s been picked up for a second season.

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