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“The Bachelor” couple Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi on starting their new life together

ABC/Terhi Tuovinen(LOS ANGELES) — The Bachelor star Nick Viall “feels great” after proposing to Vanessa Grimaldi, a special education teacher from Montreal, during Monday night’s season finale of the reality show.

“It’s been a long time for me in Bachelor world,” Viall said today on Good Morning America. “It’s a good feeling to be engaged, to have Vanessa and to have this kind of chapter in my life come to an end.”

Viall, 36, proposed to Grimaldi, 29, in Finland, and she happily accepted.

Viall felt a connection with Grimaldi early on, telling ABC News during the season that he thought she was “stunning.”

The newly-engaged couple engaged in frank conversations during the season, including the question of where they would live. “Like any relationship, you know, you have your ups and downs,” Grimaldi said.

Viall added, “Vanessa and I just kind of decided to just be up front with the fact that it’s difficult to start a relationship as the Bachelor and with 29 other women and that it’s difficult to maintain that relationship long-distance while it’s being re-aired.”

Viall was eliminated during the final episode of two previous The Bachelorette seasons. He also failed to find lasting love on last summer’s Bachelor in Paradise.

This time around, Viall told producers that his reality TV past made him nervous that Grimaldi would also reject him and he’d leave “heartbroken.”

The couple confirmed they have not set a wedding date.

Up next for Viall is another reality TV stint: starting next Monday, he’ll be a contestant on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars.

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Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya addresses Samuel L. Jackson’s comments: “I resent that I have to prove I’m black”

FilmMagic/Roy Rochlin(LOS ANGELES) — Daniel Kaluuya, the black British star of Jordan Peele’s racial-horror hit Get Out, has responded to Samuel L. Jackson’s recent criticism of movies casting black British actors in movies about with American race relations.

In a radio interview last week, Jackson questioned how the horror film would have turned out if it would have been made with an American lead versus a British actor, Kaluuya. Jackson later clarified his comments to Entertainment Tonight, saying the conversation was taken out of context and he “totally respects…those U.K. guys that come over here and work.”

But in an interview with GQ, Kaluuya addresses Jackson’s comments and offers his thoughts about racism.

“Big up Samuel L Jackson, because here’s a guy who has broken down doors.” Kaluuya said.

“Here’s the thing about that critique, though,” he added. “I’m dark-skinned. When I’m around black people, I’m made to feel ‘other’ because I’m dark-skinned. I’ve had to wrestle with that, with people going ‘You’re too black.’ Then I come to America and they say, ‘You’re not black enough.’”

In his interview, Kaluuya explains those in the U.K. also experience racism, but says that such issues aren’t always covered in the mainstream media.

“This is the frustrating thing…in order to prove that I can play this role, I have to open up about the trauma that I’ve experienced as a black person,” he said. “I have to show off my struggle so that people accept that I’m black. No matter that every single room I go to, I’m usually the darkest person there. I kind of resent that mentality.”

“I resent that I have to prove that I’m black. I don’t know what that is. I’m still processing it,” he adds.

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Priyanka Chopra on starring in the “quintessential American dream”

ABC Radio/Stephen Iervolino(NEW YORK) — Priyanka Chopra is living the American dream.

The Indian actress, who won the Miss World competition in 2000 and is a breakout star on ABC’s Quantico, soon will appear in the big screen remake of the quintessentially American show Baywatch.

“I loved Baywatch so much growing up,” Chopra says in Marie Claire‘s April issue. “It was the quintessential American dream. All those beautiful people in bathing suits, running slo mo on the beach in Malibu — amazing!”

She will play a villain in the movie, which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

Chopra, 34, said that she sort of fell into her current life.

The daughter of academics, she had planned to become an aeronautical engineer but ended up becoming Miss World instead. When Bollywood called, she put off college for acting and went on to star in more than 50 films. Then a trip to Hollywood to record an album led to her casting on Quantico.

“Yeah, plans and me don’t really work out,” Chopra said. “I’ve learned it’s better to just go with my instincts.”

Not surprisingly, she is taking a similar nonchalant approach to love.

“I’m not someone who looks for love. I don’t believe in making it happen,” she said. “My life has been shaped by so many serendipitous moments so far, I feel like, ‘Why screw with a good thing?'”

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Crash test hippos & feminist heroines: Stars turn out for “Beauty and the Beast” NYC premiere

Disney – 2017(NEW YORK) — It was all princesses and beasts on Manhattan’s Upper West Side Monday night as the stars turned out for the New York City premiere of the live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Inside Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, actor Ian McKellan, who plays Cogsworth, joked about the controversy surrounding director Bill Condon’s assertion that the movie has Disney’s first gay character. McKellan told the audience that Condon had made “another gay extravaganza,” reports Variety — back in 1998, Condon directed McKellen in Gods & Monsters, a movie about gay director James Whale.

But outside on the red carpet, Condon was talking about girl power. “Belle…was really a meaningful character in 1991 because she cared more about books than boys,” Condon told ABC News. But he noted that women have advanced a lot in 25 years. “That’s why it was so great to have Emma Watson as part of it, because she is a contemporary feminist heroine.”

He also talked about what guided him as he translated an animated classic that an entire generation grew up with into a live-action movie.

“It’s something people feel a real, like, intimate connection with, you know. So I was very careful about every decision I made,” he said. “It was really about, ‘Does this help translate this into the real world?. That was the question always.”

Of course the movie isn’t entirely “live-action,” featuring prodigious amounts of CGI, which was quite a challenge for Downton Abbey actor and Legion star Dan Stevens who played the part of the Beast largely on stilts before his CGI transformation.

“I was on set, you know, 40-pound gray Lycra muscle suit, on stilts, looking nothing like The Beast and everything sort of like a crash test hippo,” said Stevens. “And, you know, the first cut of this film I saw was in that form — this gray Lycra on stilts looking angry and sweaty.”

Beauty and the Beast opens Friday, March 17.

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“The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” recap

ABC/Mitch Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night’s The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, Raven was reunited with Nick Viall for the first time since he rejected her in Finland.

Much as she did when she first learned she wouldn’t be getting engaged to Nick, the dark-haired beauty from Arkansas maintained her composure, extending her good wishes to Nick and his fiancée Vanessa. Raven also revealed she’ll be headed to Mexico this summer, as a contestant on Bachelor in Paradise.

The newly engaged Nick and Vanessa appeared publicly together for the first time since the outcome of their relationship was disclosed, though it seemed apparent they haven’t necessarily gotten to spend a lot of time together. Both were hesitant but optimistic when asked about wedding plans, and Nick revealed they’re leaning toward the “good ole USA” as their eventual home, meaning Vanessa may eventually leave her life in Montreal behind.

Nick’s third choice this season, Bachelorette-to-be Rachel Lindsay, got a sneak peek at her season Monday night, meeting four of her suitors on live television. From the looks of things, it should be quite a season, with one white contestant professing he’s “ready to go black and never go back,” while another offered an engagement ring and plane tickets to elope to Vegas.

If you’re worried you’ll be missing Bachelor Nick Viall come next Monday, never fear. He starts his star turn on Dancing with the Stars next week on ABC.

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“The Bachelor” recap: Faced with a sure thing versus an uncertain future, Nick makes a surprising choice

ABC/Terhi Tuovinen(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday’s season finale of The Bachelor on ABC, Nick Viall proved that even though he’s had his heart broken twice before, the third time may indeed be the charm.

Nick’s family joined him in Lapland, Finland to share their thoughts on the final two women, Raven and Vanessa. While Raven was an early favorite, having bonded with Nick’s little sister Bella and the entire clan while visiting Nick’s hometown early in the season, Vanessa was still able to make an impression.

The Canadian beauty managed to win over Nick’s dad during a heartfelt one-on-one, but Nick’s father remained concerned his son might be perpetually chasing heartbreak with his attraction to strong women like Vanessa. Concerns about where the couple would live lingered as well, given Vanessa’s established life in her native Montreal.

On their final one-on-one, Nick took Vanessa horseback riding in the snow, to a cabin where he surprised her with a visit from Santa Claus. Even after their romantic date, Vanessa was bothered by the fact that Nick was weighing his affection for her against what he felt for another woman. Nick was left feeling that even if he did propose, there remained a possibility Vanessa might not accept.

Raven’s final date with Nick seemed to be a perfect one. In a throwback to their roller-skating one-on-one in his hometown, Nick took Raven ice-skating on a frozen lake, even going so far as to lie down on the ice for a mini-make-out session. The fun continued as the Bachelor surprised the Arkansas native with a play date with three Husky puppies.

After picking out an engagement ring, Nick was ready to make his decision. Faced with an almost-certain yes from Raven versus an unknown answer from Vanessa, Nick made a surprising choice. Telling Raven he wasn’t quite sure he was in love, and he was feeling like his heart was somewhere else, Nick let the dark-haired girl from Arkansas go.

Ultimately, Nick embraced his feelings for Vanessa, admitting he’d perhaps been running from his emotions. Nick got down on one knee, and the Canadian bachelorette accepted both his proposal and his final rose. The two rode off in a horse-drawn sleigh.

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Viola Davis’ Juvee Productions raising $250 million for content development

ABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — Oscar winner Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon are planning big things for their television and digital production company, JuVee Productions.

The couple, who launched JuVee in 2012, are working to raise $250 million in an effort to globally expand the brand for development, production and distribution of diverse and inclusive content. In addition to advancing their content, the funds will be used to help finance the production slate for multiple feature films.

“The shift in storytelling should be inclusive and we aim to make it a reality,” Tennon said in a statement.

The Los Angeles-based production company, which focuses on developing and producing independent films, television, theater and digital content, emphasizes, “producing narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices.” JuVee’s most recent project was the courtroom drama Custody, which aired on Lifetime last week.

You can find more information about JuVee Productions on their website.

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‘The Bachelor’ finale preview: Nick Viall says, “Everything worked out the way it should”

ABC/Mitch Haaseth(NEW YORK) — So who will The Bachelor‘s Nick Viall pick — country cutie Raven or Vanessa, the cultured Canadian? We’ll find out when the season-21 finale airs on Monday, and while he’s obviously not giving anything away, Nick insists he’s happy with the decision.

“No, no regrets,” he tells ABC News. “You know, as hard as it was, I think it all worked out the way it should.”

For Nick, “There’s nothing quite like being The Bachelor,” but he admits the process has been tough.

“You have all these relationships,” he explains. “You’re trying to be respectful of all these relationships, but you’re also have to be a little selfish in order to find out what’s best for you.”

Of course, we do know he didn’t find love with Rachel Lindsay, who he sent packing last week, but her consolation prize is that she gets to be the new Bachelorette. Nick can’t “sing her praises enough,” and wishes her all the best.

“I think she’s going to be wonderful,” he tells ABC. “And as heartbreaking as it was to say goodbye to her, I’m just very thankful that Bachelor Nation will get more of Rachel and I couldn’t be more excited to watch her.”

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

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“What’s a Yoot?” ‘My Cousin Vinny’ turns 25

L-R: Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield and Joe Pesci in “My Cousin Vinny”; 20th Century Fox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — 25 years ago today, two “yoots” were put on trial for a murder they didn’t commit, and were saved by their lawyer cousin. Yes, it’s the 25th anniversary of My Cousin Vinny.

The 1992 film starred Joe Pesci as Vincent LaGuardia Gambini, an inexperienced Brooklyn, NY lawyer who travels to a small Alabama town to defend his younger cousin, played by Ralph Macchio, and his friend against murder charges. Marisa Tomei played Vincent’s automotive expert fiancee, Mona Lisa Vito.

Most of the film’s comedy comes from the contrast between tough New Yorkers and small-town Southerners, the latter epitomized by the presiding judge and the prosecutor, played by the late Fred Gwynne and Lane Smith, respectively. In one memorable scene, Vinny’s Brooklyn accent confuses the judge when Vinny refers to the defendants as “the two yoots,” instead of “youths.”

Tomei, a relative newcomer, won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role, which required her to spout arcane technical automotive details as Vinny’s expert witness. It’s her testimony about Chevrolet’s Positraction system that helps clear Vinny’s cousin.

A nasty rumor circulated around Hollywood for years that presenter Jack Palance announced Tomei’s name in error at the 1993 Academy Awards, and she wasn’t really the winner. This myth has been debunked, but persists.

Believe it or not, My Cousin Vinny has been praised by legal professionals for its accurate depiction of courtroom scenes and trial strategy, as Vinny eviscerates the testimony of witnesses by pointing out inconsistencies in their stories. It’s even mentioned in one legal textbook as an “entertaining [and] extremely helpful introduction to the art of presenting expert witnesses at trial for both beginning experts and litigators.” Not surprising, perhaps, given that director Jonathan Lynn has a law degree from Cambridge University.

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Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returns, Scarlett Johansson spoofs Ivanka on “SNL”

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to reprise his role as President Donald Trump, kicking off the show with a cold open inspired by the sci-fi film Independence Day.

At a military base about to be invaded by aliens, Baldwin’s Trump is debriefed by an officer, played by cast member Kenan Thompson.

The cold open implies that Trump relies on questionable sources for his facts.

“Actually, I heard the aliens are already here,” Baldwin’s Trump says. “They’ve been hiding in this country for hundreds of years. It’s a fact. They are shape-shifters.”

Thompson’s character asks, “Where are you getting this information?”

“From a very reputable source: Infowars,” says Baldwin’s Trump. “It’s a radio show hosted by Alex Jones. You know he’s legit because he’s always taking off his shirt, OK?”

Then, in an attempt to imply that the president mispronounces words, Baldwin’s Trump stumbles over the words “hereby” and “demand,” saying, “That is why I hair-by demand. Sorry. I here-be be-dammed. Sorry. I Gigi Hadid. Sorry. We launch an investigation into these … aliens right now.”

Later in the show, guest host Scarlett Johansson played first daughter Ivanka Trump, spoofing a commercial for Ivanka’s fictitious perfume, “Complicit.”

“A feminist. An advocate. A champion for women,” says the voiceover. The camera then pans to a trio of other women, and the voiceover says, “but how?” It’s an apparent attempt to question the first daughter’s values.

And during “Weekend Update,” cast member Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the show’s Alex Moffat played Minnesota senator — and former SNL cast member — Al Franken.

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