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“Man of Steel” Henry Cavill Knows What It’s Like to Be Objectified

Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(NEW YORK) — Even Superman gets ogled. And the man who plays him on the big screen, Henry Cavill, definitely thinks there’s a “double standard” when it comes to men and women being objectified.

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star told the U.K.’s Sunday Times he’s had his fair share of run-ins with overzealous fans.

“I mean, if a girl shouts something like, ‘Oi, love, fancy a shag?’ to me as I walk past, I do sometimes wonder how she’d feel if a builder said that to her. Although, of course, I wouldn’t feel physically threatened, as she might,” he told the paper.

But the actor, 32, clarified that he only gets mad at the attention if the person doing the catcalling ignores the person he’s with.

“I’ve heard some things in my time, I have to say. I’d best not say what. I don’t mind it — not unless I’m with my girlfriend and someone is being complimentary to me in order to disrespect her. People who don’t respect other people’s feelings really get my goat,” he added.

Cavill has been candid about his past and how fellow children picked on him in school, even calling him “Fat Cavill.” Now, he’s the object of many fans’ affections.

Monday morning on Good Morning America, the actor said his past experience helped him play the Man of Steel.

“It does help certainly to have that little bit of stigma in the back of your head that you’re never quite good enough, so you keep on working harder,” he said, adding that he even “worked a little harder on this one. I got a little bigger.”

Cavill said his co-star Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, was the inspiration for the bulking up.

“When you see Ben on set and everything and he’s in good shape, it makes you want to go back to the gym that morning and work a little harder,” he said.

But that doesn’t mean Cavill’s above trash-talking the Dark Knight.

“If there were really a fight, I mean come on, let’s just think about that for a second [with a look of who would obviously win],” he said. “I’m not saying that out loud, I’m merely inferring it.”

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Harrison Ford to Return in New Indiana Jones Film in July 2019

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in January, 1989; Terry O’Neill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s starred in the latest installment of one of his legendary movie franchises, Harrison Ford is about to do the same for his other one.

Ford, who turns 74 this coming July, will re-team with Steven Spielberg for a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones series, set to hit theaters July 19, 2019. Ford will return as Dr. Indiana Jones, while Spielberg will again direct, having been behind the camera for the previous four films. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who’ve long been involved with the franchise, will produce the movie.

In a statement, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said, ““Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen…it’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

Ford’s intrepid archaeologist Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr. was created by George Lucas and introduced to audiences in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. He’s since appeared in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Together, those four films have earned close to $2 billion worldwide.

The character also appeared in a short-lived ABC series called The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and later in a series of made-for-TV movies.

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Hollywood A-listers Among Fans of “The Bachelor”

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — The season finale of ABC’s The Bachelor aired last night, and chances are good there were some Hollywood A-list stars who were sitting at home on their sofas, watching Ben Higgins pop the question to Lauren Bushnell.

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco displayed her obsession by sporting a pair of pants that were decorated with roses and Higgins’ face.

Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Kirsten Dunst and Amy Schumer have all admitted they just can’t help themselves.

I love that 2 girls occupations are just “twin” #Bachelor

— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) January 19, 2016

Sean Penn, too, is a member of the so-called Bachelor Nation. In a visit to Jimmy Jimmel Live!, Penn explained that he was hooked on wanting to know: “Is he going to decide on this one or this one … and then I want to see somebody cry.”

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has even live-tweeted episodes of The Bachelor.

If I were on The Bachelor, I’d step out of that limo wearing nothing but white socks and like, 312 candy necklaces. #DeadpoolOnTheBachelor?

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 5, 2016

Donnie Wahlberg, known for his often tough-guy roles, has been caught shedding tears over the program.

To get you ready for The #BachelorFinale

When Boy Band Karma Meets #TheBachelor – aka I’m Addicted to The Bachelorhttps://t.co/EkdLMHqfLX

— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) March 14, 2016

Wahlberg wrote an essay about his attachment to the show, explaining that his wife, Jenny McCarthy, was partly to blame.

“I’ll watch whatever she wants me to, and if I become addicted to it and have to be the butt of a few jokes for it, whatever,” he wrote.

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Ian McShane May Have Just Spoiled “Game of Thrones” for Everyone

Image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD!) It’s been one heck of a month for acclaimed actor Ian McShane. First, the 73-year-old former star of HBO’s Deadwood talked about his upcoming guest stint on Game of Thrones with BBC Breakfast — and he didn’t bother holding back on potential spoilers, at least for fans familiar with the books.

When asked to give a little teaser about his role on the incredibly secretive show, he said, “My character really is like an ex-warrior who’s become a peacenik, so I have this group, like peaceful, sort of like a peaceful cult tribe…I bring back a much-loved character everybody thinks is dead. We’ll leave it at that.”

But he didn’t leave it at that. After getting some flak from Thrones fans, who think it’s obvious who this “much-loved” character is, McShane did an interview with the U.K.’s Telegraph and spilled more.

“You say the slightest thing and the Internet goes ape. I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a f***ing life. It’s only t*** and dragons,” he said.

McShane added: “They asked me if I wanted to do Game of Thrones and I said, ‘Sure, I’ll be able to see my old pals Charlie Dance and Stephen Dillane’ and they said, ‘No, we’ve killed them off.’ I wasn’t sure whether I could commit, but then they said it would only be for one episode, so I said, ‘So that means I must die at the end of it. Great, I’m in.’”

HBO had no comment about McShane’s various reveals.

McShane’s “I bring back a much-loved character everybody thinks is dead” comment may have been referring to Jon Snow, who was stabbed to death by his own men at the end of season five.

Kit Harington, who plays the “much-loved” character, has said he’s dead and off the show, with the exception of some postmortem scenes. But he’s also not cut his hair since his character’s supposed end and has been seen in Belfast, the city in Northern Ireland where much of the series is filmed.

However, in a season-six trailer released last week, Snow is shown lying bleeding on the ground. “He’s gone,” remarks someone in voiceover.

So what’s going on? All will be revealed when Game of Thrones returns April 24 on HBO.

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“The Voice”: The Battle Rounds Begin; Pharrell and Blake Shelton Steal

L-R: Malik Heard & Bryan Bautista; Tyler Golden/NBC(NEW YORK) — The blind auditions came to a close Monday night on NBC’s The Voice, as Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams each completed their teams, and the battle rounds began, with steals by Pharrell and Shelton.

Each coach enlisted an adviser to help prepare their teams for the battle rounds: Pharrell brought in recording industry mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs; Blake chose girlfriend and two-time Voice coach Gwen Stefani; Adam recruited singer/songwriter Tori Kelly; and Christina picked legendary R&B singer Patti LaBelle.

The show began with the coaches teaming up for a performance of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish.”

Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:

Joplin, Missouri, native Jared Harder is the son of a pastor and grew up singing in church. The country singer performed Kasey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round.” Blake turned his chair around, and became the first coach to complete his team.

Moushumi’s family came to the United States from India. She went back to her family’s homeland to study medicine, but decided to pursue music instead. Moushumi convinced Adam and Pharrell to turn their chairs with her version of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” Pharrell praised the way the singer navigated her way around the song and made it her own. Levine loved the unique sound of Moushumi’s “glassy” voice. She picked Pharrell, leaving him with one open spot left on his team.

Katie Basden, who studied music at Nashville’s Belmont University, sang The Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider.” Pharrell noted that with Shelton – the obvious choice — out of the running, Katie had to put on her “chess-playing hat” and find the coach who would help her become a better version of herself than before she got to the show, and that was him. Adam argued that the song she sang was Southern rock — not pure country – so he knew about at least some of the music she liked. Aguilera, pointing out that she’s a soul singer, noted that country has a lot of soul. Katie picked Adam, completing his team.

Pharrell filled the last slot on his team with hearing-impaired 16-year-old Jonathan Hutchinson, whose disability didn’t affect his performance of One Direction’s “You and I.”

Christina completed her team with Ayanna Jahneé, who sang Adele’s “Skyfall,” the theme from the James Bond movie of the same name. Aguilera declared that she was holding out for something “crazy fantastic” and Ayanna was a “dream come true.” Afterwards, the two celebrated the moment by Jahneé delivering an impromptu duet declaring Aguilera’s team “is full.”

The battle rounds began with Team Adam’s Katie Basden going head-to-head with Ryan Quinn on Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Adam picked Ryan, but Christina and Blake both tried to steal Katie. Aguilera reminded her that this was the second time she pressed her button for the singer, but Basden ultimately chose Blake, who earlier had declared Basden the winner of the battle and reminded her that the only reason he didn’t turn around for her was because his team was already full. Quinn and Basden move on to the knockout rounds.

Next up for Team Blake was big-voiced Brittney Lawrence battling the smooth-singing Paxton Ingram on “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. In the end, smooth won the night, as Shelton chose Paxton, who advances to the knockout rounds. It was the end of the line for Lawrence.

Bryan Bautista and Malik Heard, representing Team Christina, went head-to-head on James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Aguilera’s adviser, Patti LaBelle, instructed both singers – unlike Brown – to enunciate. Rather than comment on the performance, the other coaches each made a pitch to woo the loser of the contest. Christina, noting that she was the loser in this battle, chose Bautista. That opened the door for a three-way fight for Heard. Adam declared Malik could be a front-runner. Williams promised to empower the singer and show who he really is deep down inside. Blake reminded Malik that he coached four different artists to victory. Heard joined Team Pharrell. He and Bautista move on to the knockout rounds.

The battle rounds continue on Tuesday at 8 p.m. E.T. on NBC.

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“The Bachelor”: Ben Higgins Is Engaged to…

ABC/Matt Dunn(NEW YORK) — “The Bachelor” Ben Higgins is engaged!

The Denver-based software account manager, 27, proposed to Lauren Bushnell on the season finale of the ABC series on Monday night.

He chose the 25-year-old flight attendant from Marina del Rey, California, over JoJo Fletcher.

You’ll recall that Ben had told both women that he was in love with them. But in the end, he confessed to JoJo, a 24-year-old Dallas-based real estate developer, he was more in love with Lauren.

Don’t feel too badly for JoJo — she was named the star of the new Bachelorette season, premiering May 23.

On the After the Final Rose special, host Chris Harrison offered Ben the opportunity to marry Lauren right there and then. The show even flew in Ben’s pastor and Lauren’s family. Alas, the couple wasn’t quite ready to tie the knot, though Ben did propose to Lauren again.

He promised Harrison that he and Lauren would marry “very soon.”

The season finale began with Lauren and JoJo separately meeting Ben’s parents in Jamaica. Ben confided to his mom and dad, “I love them both very much…the same.”

Ben’s confidence was shaken going into his final dates with Lauren and JoJo, given his strong feelings for both. With Lauren, he also wondered if their relationship had been “too perfect, too easy.”

JoJo had her own doubts once Ben admitted behind closed doors that he’d said “I love you” to both her and Lauren. “I’m tired of competing,” she cried.

Ben remained conflicted on the day of the proposal, but he eventually came to a decision. He first met with JoJo, and told her that while he’d found love with her, “I found it with somebody else more.” His voice quivering, he added, “I don’t want to say goodbye.”

He further maintained, “I still love you.”

“I’m so confused and blindsided,” JoJo responded. When she asked him where their relationship went wrong, he answered, “It never did.”

Ben’s mood brightened when the time came to propose to Lauren. After calling Lauren’s dad for his blessing, he reunited with her and told her, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

He dropped down to one knee and popped the question. Lauren, of course, said yes, and they both gushed, “You’re my person.”

Ben revealed to Chris Harrison on After the Final Rose that it made his “stomach hurt” to watch how the finale unfolded. When asked to address the fact that he said “I love you” to both women, he replied, “I don’t regret the feelings I had.”

JoJo appeared comfortable with Ben’s choice on After the Final Rose, saying that he and Lauren “hit it off from Day One…I’m good friends with Lauren, I think she’s an amazing person…I think everything happened for a reason.”

JoJo declared that she’s moved on “in a sense.” Moments later, Harrison announced that she’s the new “Bachelorette.”

Lauren told Harrison that she and her new fiancé had a chat about his relationship with JoJo following the proposal. She didn’t know until then that he’d said “I love you” to JoJo. But once they had that conversation, “nothing was a surprise,” she said.

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BET Honors Ceremony Pays Tribute to Lee Daniels, Patti LaBelle & More

Paul Morigi/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) — This year’s BET Honors, hosted by Arsenio Hall, aired Monday night and paid tribute to the lives and achievements of African-American luminaries.

Producer and director Lee Daniels, music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid and legendary singer Patti LaBelle were among this year’s honorees.

Daniels, the force behind the hit prime-time series Empire and critically acclaimed film dramas Monster’s Ball and Precious, was recognized by Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who honored Daniels with a rendition of Michael Jackson’s classic “Man in the Mirror.”

The 1980s band The Deele, which featured Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, reunited onstage for the first time in 28 years. The duo, who went on to become successful hit making record label chiefs, joined their band mates for the group’s late-80s hits “Body Talk,” and “Two Occasions,” with honoree Reid playing drums.

Pop/R&B crooner Usher sang hits that Reid produced for other major acts, including Bobby Brown’s “Roni” and Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road.” The tribute also featured a song that was produced for Usher: 2001’s “U Don’t Have To Call.”

Grammy-winning American Idol vocal powerhouse Fantasia paid tribute to LaBelle with the legendary singer’s classic, “You Are My Friend.”

Fellow Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi honored Natalie Cole, who died last December, with a rendition of the singer’s ballad “I’ve Got Love on My Mind,” before launching into Cole’s 1975 R&B chart-topper, “This Will Be.”

Hall kicked off the evening with a monologue that focused on the 2017 White House race, including a glimpse at what a possible Donald Trump presidency might mean for African-Americans.

“This is a beautiful night. I love this. But enjoy it…because if Trump wins, gatherings like this will cease to exist,” he joked. Hall went on to list some of the other things Trump would take away, including BET, black licorice, and singer Tyrese.

Trump will “build a wall around February,” added Hall, referring to Black History Month.

Other 2016 honorees included financial expert Mellody Hobson and former Attorney General Eric H. Holder.

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“Switched at Birth” to End After Upcoming 5th Season

L-R: Lea Thompson, Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc and Constance Marie; Freeform/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) — Switched at Birth, the ABC Family/Freeform drama, will conclude with its fifth season.

Series creator Lizzy Weiss broke the news on Twitter, writing, “This season of #SwitchedatBirth will be our final one. We are ending the show after an amazing 103 episodes with pride, love, and gratitude.”

This season of #SwitchedatBirth will be our final one. We are ending the show after an amazing 103 episodes with pride, love, and gratitude.

— Lizzy Weiss (@Lizzy_Weiss) March 12, 2016

Switched at Birth, starring Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc, revolves around two families linked by two teens who were switched at birth. There’s no word yet on when the final season will premiere.

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“Scream Queens” to Return with Season One Cast Intact

Matthias Clamer/FOX(NEW YORK) — The cast of the Fox series Scream Queens will remain intact for season two.

Jamie Lee Curtis revealed during a PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles over the weekend that she’ll return in the new season, along with Billie Lourd, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer, Lea Michele and Niecy Nash, Variety reports.

Executive producer Brad Falchuk reiterated that the show will shift its setting to a hospital.

Fox announced last January that Scream Queens was renewed for a second season, though there’s no word yet on a premiere date.

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Richard Simmons Explains More Than Two-Year Public Absence

Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)(NEW YORK) — Richard Simmons denied he’s been kidnapped, saying he’s “just been taking it easy” since making his last official public appearance in 2013.

“I am not kidnapped,” Simmons, 67, said in a phone interview with Entertainment Tonight Sunday. “I am just in my house right now.”

“I love all the people who worry about me,” the fitness guru said. “But it was time for me to take some time to be by myself. For the last 40 years I have been traveling, teaching classes, and I had a knee injury, so I had a knee replacement, which was very difficult for me. I have really just been taking it easy, staying at home, working out in my gym and doing the things I haven’t done in a very long time.”

Simmons, who last appeared in public at the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, spoke out after a New York Daily News report published over the weekend raised concerns that he was being held against his will in his Hollywood Hills mansion. The report cited Simmons’ “closest friends.”

One of those friends concerned about Simmons’ well-being is Mauro Oliveira, Simmons’ former assistant. Oliveira, who last saw Simmons two years ago, recently self-published an e-book titled King Rich and the Evil Witch, in which he claims Simmons’ female housekeeper has control over him through her witchcraft.

“That’s what I believe,” Oliveira told ABC News’ Nick Watt. “I said, ‘Is she controlling your life now?’ and he said, ‘Yes.’”

Oliveira told Watt he believes members of Simmons’ staff are holding him for his money. “The house alone is worth $10 million,” Oliveira said of Simmons’ mansion.

Simmons’ housekeeper did not reply to ABC News’ request for comment.

Simmons’ rep, Tom Estey, called claims that Simmons is being held against his will “absolutely untrue.”

“It’s ridiculous because this is really a non-story,” Estey told ABC News.

Simmons himself told Entertainment Tonight the people around him are “wonderful.”

“No one should be worried about me,” Simmons said. “The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.”

Simmons also put to rest rumors that he has avoided the public eye due to weight gain. “I still weigh 150,” Simmons said. “I work out every day. I have a gym at the house, and I am very healthy.”

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