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Harry Shearer Sues over “Spinal Tap” Profits

Danny Martindale/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Harry Shearer, the longtime Simpsons voice star who along with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and director Rob Reiner created the legendary mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, has sued the studio that owns the rights to the movie over millions in lost profits.

According to a video tweet from Shearer, Vivendi, has ripped off the movie’s creators off for years. “….Between 1984 and 2006, Canal, a French subsidiary of Vivendi reports that our share of merchandise income worldwide for This Is Spinal Tap is 81 dollars,” Shearer said, repeating, “81 dollars for 22 years.”

Music sales between 1989-2006 totaled an alleged 98 dollars — “enough to buy a minature Stonehenge,” Shearer quipped, referring one of the movie’s signature bits.

Shearer is suing the “major multinational” for fraud — to the tune of $125 million, according to the suit. The movie’s original contract stipulated that the core four involved were to receive 40% of the profits since its release.

So called “Hollywood accounting” tricks sometimes manage to make hit movies seem less profitable on paper than they actually were, with the studio taking the difference. In the case of the studio here, Shearer claims Vivendi et al claimed Tap was never profitable at all — despite two theatrical releases and sales from Beta to Blu-ray and beyond, the actor claims.

The low budget film has been a cult hit since its 1984 release; the fake band reformed for a 1992 album and concert tour behind its Break Like the Wind record.

Shearer posted his tweet with the hashtags #fairnessrocks, adding “Time for #fairplayfairpay @Vivendi, @studiocanal & @canalplus.”

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Changes: “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Cast Faces the Strange

Stephen Iervolino/ABC(NEW YORK) — ABC’s show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began as a spin-off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the government agency cleaning up — sometimes literally — for The Avengers and their big-screen adventures.

However, while the show was spinning up, its creators learned of the major twist coming in Captain America: The Winter Solider: that S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t what it seemed — it had, for decades, been infiltrated by the rogue Nazi group Hydra. “So what are we now, ‘Agents of nothing?'” Chloe Bennet’s character, then called Skye, asked for the viewers.

The cast and creatives embraced the changes, in terms of plot, time slot, and character development. Skye’s real name was revealed to be Daisy; she’s since become the earth-shaking superhero Quake, while Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson — who was killed in The Avengers, only to be resurrected in the TV series — has gone from agent, to director, to fugitive, and back to agent again. And they’re both fine with the changes.

After more than 77 shows, Gregg tells ABC Radio, “I can’t really conceive of doing this many episodes of something if it was literally the same show every week that we started with out of the gate.”

Bennet agrees. “It’s been pretty crazy to, you know, get cast as a computer hacker, and then four seasons later being a bad*** goth superhero who means so much to so many people. It’s been kind of crazy. But I feel like the growth — it feels organic; you know, because when I was cast on the show…I think I was 20, and now I’m 24 years old and it’s been such a…time of growth for me.”

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Michael Fassbender Takes the Plunge in the New “Assassin’s Creed” Trailer

Kerry Brown. – Copyright © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. ASSASSIN’S CREED Motion Picture Copyright © 2016 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. and Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved. Not for sale or duplication.(LOS ANGELES) — 20th Century Fox has unveiled the final trailer to Michael Fassbender’s game-based action film Assassin’s Creed. In the film, Fassbender plays a prisoner named Callum Lynch, who finds out he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins.

He is chosen to virtually go back in time to 15th Century Spain in order to take-on the Templar organization in the present day.

Featuring the game’s trademark death-and-gravity-defying, parkour-heavy stunts, the film also stars Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons, as well as Brendan Gleeson, and The Wire veteran Michael K. Williams.

The movie opens December 21.

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Caught on “Kimmel” – Cobie Smulders Spills the Beans on “Avengers: Infinity War”

Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Cobie Smulders can be seen this weekend in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, but during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote the Tom Cruise movie, comic book fan Kimmel got Smulders to spill the beans on a massive new project.

That’s right: Smulders, who plays spy Maria Hill in the Marvel movie series, spilled the beans on Avengers: Infinity War, and it was everything.


No, she literally spilled an actual can of beans on the actual poster to the 2018 film that will star dozens of Marvel heroes, and said the words, “it was everything.”

All this was a massive bit of clickbait on Kimmel’s part, to generate the headline: “Cobie Smulders Spilled the Beans on Avengers: Infinity War, and It Was Everything.”

Infinity War, which will star Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and more superheroes than you can shake Loki’s staff at, will be released May 4, 2018, from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Kim Kardashian West Is Taking “Some Much Needed Time Off,” Says Assistant

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) — Kim Kardashian West has been quiet on social media since she was robbed in Paris earlier this month. Her assistant provided a brief update Monday, saying the reality star is taking “some much needed time off.”

The assistant, Stephanie Sheppard, posted a photo of a handwritten note to Kardashian West’s website and app that begins, “Hey group, so you may have noticed we haven’t updated the app in a couple weeks. Keeks is taking some much needed time off.

“But not to worry…we’ve called upon Kim’s closest friends, fam & yours truly to save up some exclusives,” Sheppard adds. “Stay tuned for new posts and app takeovers!! Thank you so much for your support for my girl.”

Kardashian West was robbed of millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry in Paris on October 3 after two masked men broke into her rented apartment.

Her sister, Khloe Kardashian, told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview last week that Kim is “not doing that well.”

“It’s incredibly traumatic what happened to her, but our family is super close and great, and we’ll get through it together,” Khloe said at the time.

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No More Tomorrows for Billy Bush on “Today”

Chris Haston/NBC(NEW YORK) — Billy Bush is leaving Today.

NBC said in a statement obtained by ABC News that effective today, the journalist will no longer be a part of the morning show’s 9 a.m. hour.

In a separate statement, Bush, who did not reveal his future plans, said, “I look forward to what lies ahead.”

“I am deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues,” he said.

A representative for NBC added in a statement, “While he was a new member of the Today team, he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward.”

Bush, 45, came under fire earlier this month when a 2005 tape of him having a lewd conversation withDonald Trump was made public. In the recording, Trump, 70, described coming on to a married woman, later revealed to be Bush’s former Access Hollywood colleague Nancy O’Dell, and bragged about groping women.

“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” Trump later said. “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”

Bush also acknowledged his mistake and issued an apology to Politico.

“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry,” he said at the time.

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“The Voice” Recap: Latest Battle Rounds Episode Features Three Steals

Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The second week of The Voice‘s battle rounds began Monday night.

Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys all had steals left to use — in Blake’s case, two steals — and they all took advantage. Adam Levine had already used his two allotted steals.

This season’s advisers were in the rehearsal room to help out the artists. Sammy Hagar worked with Team Adam, Joan Jett with Team Miley, Bette Midler with Team Blake, and Charlie Puth with Team Alicia.

Team Adam hit the stage first, with Johnny Rez facing off against Nolan Neal. They duetted on Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer.”

After watching the two battle it out, Miley said their harmonies were tight, and that she was shocked to see Johnny perform the way he did. Adam said his two artists captured the spirit of the song. He named Nolan the winner of the battle. Johnny was not stolen by another coach.

Karlee Metzger and Darby Walker of Team Miley were next up. They sang Melanie’s “Brand New Key,” a choice that adviser Joan Jett called quirky but memorable.

Adam called the contestants’ performance on The Voice stage the “the Miley-est thing ever, in the best way.” Alicia enjoyed the way Karlee owned the song. Miley said Karlee has transformed so much in a short amount of time. Having said that, Miley held on to Darby. Blake then stole Karlee.

Speaking of Blake, he assigned Blaine Long and Josh Gallagher the Ronnie Milsap tune “Stranger in My House.” Blaine admitted in rehearsals he was unfamiliar with it. Adviser Bette Midler noted that he has a lot of “masculine power” but it’s as if he’s afraid to unleash it. She added that Josh “killed it” after some earlier struggles.

After Blaine and Josh sang for the coaches, Adam said the two are “super compatible,” but he would lean towards Josh because there’s “more to be discovered” with him. Blake praised Blaine’s talent; however, he chose Josh as the winner because, he said, Josh pushed himself. Blaine was dismissed.

The show then briefly recapped three battles. Dana Harper was victorious over Team Blake teammateTarra Layne, Belle Jewel defeated Halle Tomlinson in a Team Alicia battle, and Simone Gundy advanced over JSOUL for Team Adam.

Team Alicia presented Josh Halverson and Kylie Rothfield, who went head-to-head on The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun.” But first, there was a reunion in rehearsals — it turns out adviser Charlie Puth is a former schoolmate of Kylie’s at Berklee College of Music.

Charlie was undoubtedly proud when Kylie ended up winning the battle. To Alicia’s delight, Miley stole Josh.

Team Blake’s Christian Fermin and 15-year-old Gabe Broussard tackled the Hoobastank hit “The Reason.”

After the two delivered on stage, Miley revealed that her famous dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, had her get him an iPod when “The Reason” was released specifically because he wanted to listen to the rock hit. Blake commented that Gabe’s singing can be real and personal. He added that Christian can hit the high notes and “play with it.” Blake kept Gabe on his team. Christian is gone from the competition.

In the final battle of the night, Aaron Gibson and Sa’Rayah were paired up for Team Miley. They covered “I’ll Take Care of You,” originally recorded by Bobby Bland. Joan Jett expressed mild concern that Sa’Rayah was focused too much on showing off her talent.

Miley declared that both of them were a “picture of my team. You’re what I wanted my team to represent.” Aaron remains on Team Miley, but Blake and Alicia both tried to steal Sa’Rayah. She ended up with Alicia.

NBC will air the final battles of the season Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Amber Rose Axed, Jana Kramer Gets Perfect Score for Steamy Argentine Tango

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Model and talk show host Amber Rose was eliminated Monday night on Dancing with the Stars after a lively night during which competitors performed Latin routines, including a steamy performance that earned actress Jana Kramer a perfect score and a standing ovation from judges and the ballroom audience.

Rose’s scores for her routines had put her solidly in the middle of the pack during her six weeks on the show’s season 23, although last week she ended up in a four-way tie for last place. As the contestant with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes from last week, she was eliminated Monday night.

The model and her pro partner, Maks Chmerkovskiy, hugged, and she said she was sad to go.

“You know, it was such an amazing experience and people don’t know this about me but I’m really shy in a lot of ways and I think that showed on the ballroom floor, and I tried my best, and thank you so much for having me here,” she told hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron.

Backstage, after her elimination, Rose said, “I’m kinda happy to go to sleep.”

She made headlines earlier this month when she took Julianne Hough to task after the judge said Rose’s previous routine — an ultra-sexy salsa — made her “uncomfortable” to watch.

Speaking on the dance floor following her Argentine tango, Rose told Hough that she interpreted the earlier comment more as a criticism of her curvy body rather than of her performance, adding, “When you said that I felt very embarrassed, and I felt like you weren’t talking about my dance but if I have misunderstood then I apologize.”

Hough replied that she loved that dance was a “universal platform” that allowed everyone — no matter what shape, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation — to express themselves. She reiterated to Rose that she was judging “only the dancing.”

Prior to the announcement of the results, Rose and her eight fellow contestants and their pro partners performed either a rumba, salsa, samba, paso doble, cha cha or Argentine tango.

Miami rapper Pitbull was the guest judge. He opened the show with a live performance of his song “Greenlight,” accompanied by the rapper Flo Rida and singer LunchMoney Lewis.

Monday night’s high scorer/standout moment: Actress Jana Kramer’s pro partner Gleb Savchenko said he hoped their Argentine tango would be the hottest routine in Dancing history, and it seemed the pair accomplished that goal: The routine was met with cheers and a sustained standing ovation from the ballroom audience and all four judges.

Judge Bruno Tonioli described the steamy performance — which opened with Kramer and Savchenko on a silk-covered bed and ended with the two being drenched under a shower — as “pulsating with lust.” He added that it was “as down and dirty as you can possibly go and I loved every minute of it!” His fellow judges concurred. “Now that is chemistry!” Julianne Hough said, adding, “I think you just, like, set the record for hottest Argentine tango for sure.” Carrie Ann Inaba praised Kramer for dancing as though she meant to “take that mirror ball trophy,” while Pitbull said it was “getting hot” in the ballroom after the routine. Kramer earned four 10s for a perfect score of 40.

Judges’ Scores

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: 40
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: 38
Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 37
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold: 37
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: 34
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: 31
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: 30
Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber: 30
Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 28 (They were eliminated.)

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Tracy Morgan Returns to Series Television in New TBS Comedy

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Tracy Morgan officially is headed back to the small screen for a new TBS comedy that has received a ten episode straight-to-series order.

TBS announced today that the Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock alum will be the focus of the untitled series. In it Morgan plays a newly released prisoner coming home after a 15-year stint. In the series, he will have to deal with the shock of how much the world has changed, including his gentrified neighborhood of Brooklyn, his former girlfriend who is now married to an affluent white man and his twin sons who he never knew existed.

The series, which is created and executive-produced by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri, is said to capture the rawness of Morgan’s stand-up as well as offer commentary on race relations the Gen X/Millennial gap and the American penal system.

Tracy also will serve as executive producer, along with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and Joel Zadak.

Morgan was severely injured in a 2014 truck accident that killed his friend and writer James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.

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Hundreds of Fans Walked Out of Amy Schumer Show After Trump Bashing

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(TAMPA) — Nearly 200 fans walked out of Amy Schumer’s stand up gig at Tampa’s Amalie Arena Sunday night, when the comic put comedy on hold to take take the time to call a self-described Donald Trump supporter on stage, and criticize his choice of candidate.

According to video of the show posted by the Tampa Bay Times and on YouTube, Schumer, who had been swigging from a bottle of wine, vowed she wasn’t going to “shame” the man named Dave, yet she ended up doing just that by grilling him as to why he’d want to vote for, “an orange, sexually assaulting, fake college-starting monster.”

The man noted he was voting for Trump mostly because he didn’t trust Hillary Clinton, and that earned him cheers from many in the packed house — and in short order, the hook from the comedian.

Some vocal fans began to boo, leading the comedienne to tell security to boot them from the arena.

From there, Schumer segued into calling for more gun control, and asked victims of sexual assault to stand up. The walk-outs continued, according to video of the concert.

“I don’t want to hear that. We wanted to have a good night without distractions with the politics,” attendee Bryon Infinger told the Tampa Bay Times afterwards. “It’s a bit much,” echoed his wife, Chrissy.

They both said everybody has a right to their opinion but thought Schumer went on too long.

“The show became political. I definitely didn’t come to hear this,” said another ticket holder, Ryan Atwood.

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