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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of its release on Friday, Anthony Mackie is breaking down The Hate U Give and it's "amazing story."

"[The film is] about this young lady who witnesses her boyfriend, best friend, being murdered by the police," Mackie tells ABC Radio. "And she has to make an interesting decision. Does she basically snitch, and tell the story of what happens and go against the police as well as the community and deal with the ramifications and the fallout of that? Or, does she keep her mouth shut like everybody is telling her to do?"

The Avengers star says the film is much more than just a Black Lives Matter narrative, it's a "coming of age story."

"[It's about] a young woman coming to power and coming to her personal independence of speaking her mind and being honest," he explains.

In the film Mackie plays King, a local drug dealer and former associate of Starr's father Maverick. Mackie, who's been a staple in the Avengers franchise playing the superhero Falcon, says he was quick to jump on the project.

"I wanted to do it, because it's very important," he says. "I've worked with George Tillman [director] three times now and seeing a young woman find her voice and get an opportunity as the star of a studio movie is few and far between. So, when I read the script I felt like... It was-- if I have any little bit of star to add to that, to make sure that that story is told, I would add that star to that." 

The Hate U Give, also starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby, hits theaters nationwide on Friday.

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Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Shay Mitchell wants to help you travel in style.

The former Pretty Little Liars actress and current You star has launched a new line of affordable travel gear. The brand, called BEIS (pronounced BASE), consists of seven items so far: the Duffle, the Weekender, the Backpack, the Dopp Kit, the Makeup Case, the Passport Holder, and the Luggage Tag.

The items come mostly in neutral beige and black colors, with the passport holder and luggage tags coming in more colorful options. The products run from $12 to $83 and are available for purchase on the BEIS website and through

“Throughout my life and career, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world,” Mitchell writes on Instagram. “After countless trips and Shaycations, I realized there was a need for chic, affordable and durable pieces for travelers like myself.”

The brand is also partnering with Girl Up, a global leadership initiative for young women. A portion of the proceeds get donated to the initiative with every purchase.

And if you need some travel inspo, Mitchell has a series on her YouTube channel called "Shaycation," which showcases her travels around the globe.

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ABC/Robert Trachtenberg(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems The Conners are doing just fine without Roseanne -- at least, so far.

The ABC spin-off series premiered Tuesday night to solid ratings, making it TV’s number-one series debut this season. It brought in 10.5 million viewers, topping NBC’s Manifest, which debuted with 10.4 million viewers on September 24.

The Conners was TV’s most-watched series debut since ABC’s The Good Doctor in 2017, as well as ABC’s most-watched comedy series debut in four years.

While the show certainly did well, it still debuted way below the premiere of the initial Roseanne revival earlier this year. The one-hour Roseanne premiere back in March drew a staggering 18.4 million viewers. The Conners was, however, on par with the ratings for the Roseanne season finale.

Tuesday night’s episode revealed Roseanne Conner died of an opioid overdose following knee surgery. Roseanne Barr was booted from the show in May over a tweet she made that was widely seen as racist.

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Disney•Pixar(BURBANK, CA) -- The Incredibles 2 is heading to home release with some super-cool extra features.

One of the bonus features is a new short film, called Auntie Edna, which shows designer Edna Mode pulling an all-nighter to design a super-suit for baby Jack-Jack.

The home release will also include 10 deleted scenes, filmmaker commentary, animation outtakes, the theatrical short Bao, and featurettes showcasing Pixar’s artists.

Disney-Pixar's The Incredibles 2 arrives digitally on October 23 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on November 6.

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MTV(CANNES, FRANCE) -- The Real World is ready for a real comeback.

MTV has announced that it's partnering with Facebook Watch to develop three all-new seasons of the reality show to debut in spring 2019.

The new seasons will take place in Mexico, Thailand and the U.S. The series will still feature “seven strangers” picked to have their lives recorded under one roof, but there will be extra opportunities for fan engagement this time around.

Facebook users will get to vote one housemate onto the show and they’ll be able to connect with the cast through Facebook Live.

“MTV’s The Real World helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them,” Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, says in a statement.

He adds, “By partnering with Facebook Watch and BMP, we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world.”

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Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Tara Reid is hitting back at reports that she caused a “disturbance” on a Delta flight Monday and was kicked off the plane.

In a lengthy Instagram statement, the Sharknado actress says she left the plane willingly after a flight attendant would not allow her dog to sit with her.

She says her three-month-old puppy is her emotional support dog and that she had the proper paperwork to travel with it, but a flight attendant insisted she place the dog in an overhead bin or the belly of the plane.

Reid calls this a “ridiculous request” and says she was not about to abandon her dog, so she “gracefully declined and deboarded the plane on my own accord without any incident.”

"Within minutes, I was back on another plane with a different (dog friendly) airline which accepted that I carry my dog on the plane with me on my lap, heading to my destination," she says.

In a statement Monday, Delta had characterized the incident as a “customer disturbance” on their flight from Los Angeles to New York. Witnesses also told TMZ that Reid was removed for “complaining loudly.” But video taken by a passenger shows Reid calmly deplaning with her puppy in her arms.

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HBO(NEW YORK) -- Caroll Spinney, the man who originated Big Bird on Sesame Street, is leaving the show after nearly 50 years.

The New York Times reports that Thursday will be the 84-year-old’s last day on the job. Since 1969, Spinney has played the part of the gentle giant Big Bird, as well as the garbage can-dwelling Oscar the Grouch.

“I always thought, 'How fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?'” Spinney tells the Times. “Playing Big Bird is one of the most joyous things of my life.”

He adds that retiring wasn’t something he had been contemplating for a while, but in recent years the physical demands of the characters had become difficult for him.  Spinney stopped puppeteering Big Bird in 2015 and has since only been providing the voices for him and Oscar.

Spinney's final voice recordings will be used in the upcoming 50th anniversary of Sesame Street episode, which will air next year on HBO and in 2020 on PBS.

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Constance Wu and Henry Golding in "Crazy Rich Asians" Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- More praise for Crazy Rich Asians is on the way.

The hit movie comedy -- the first Asian-American-led studio release since 1993's Joy Luck Club and starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Kris Aquino, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh -- will be honored at the 22nd annual Hollywood Film Awards next month with the Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award.

Released August 15, Crazy Rich Asians has so far earned $171.4 million domestically and $230.2 million worldwide.

Also being recognized at the event are Amandla Stenberg, who'll receive the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award for The Hate U Give, and John David Washington, who will get the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award for his role in BlacKkKlansman.

Previously announced honorees include Nicole Kidman, Timothee Chalamet and Rachel Weisz.

The Hollywood Film Awards will take place on Sunday, November 4 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

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ABC/Robert Trachtenberg(LOS ANGELES) -- Set three weeks after the death of Roseanne Barr's character Roseanne Conner, the spin-off The Conners debuted Tuesday night on ABC.

The rebooted show's first episode centered on the impact of the death of the acerbic family matriarch on the blue collar family, but also deals with their surprise at the real reason she died.

Before Barr's termination from the hit revival over a racist tweet she sent in real life, her character briefly battled an addiction to the pills she was prescribed after knee surgery.

In the episode, Roseanne's onscreen sister Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf, finds out from the coroner that the pain pills led to Roseanne's death. While it was assumed a heart attack killed her in her sleep, her family members begin to find opioid pills she had stashed around the house. 

John Goodman's grieving family patriarch Dan finds that some of the pills belonged to Roseanne's friend, and begins a campaign to shame her in the neighborhood for "killing" his wife. After confronting the friend, Sarah Gilbert's Darlene tells her dad about the missing pills; they come to terms with the fact that Roseanne had a problem.

In real life, shortly after the show aired, however, the real Roseanne gave her review of the episode via Twitter. "I AIN'T DEAD, BI*****!

Following the tweet, Barr and her longtime Rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, issued a statement saying in part "While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character. That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show." 

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L-R: Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg, and Common in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE HATE U GIVE. Photo Credit: Erika Doss.(NEW YORK) -- Russell Hornsby is extremely familiar with the type of man he portrays in the upcoming Black Lives Matter-inspired film, The Hate U Give.

Taking on the role of the gritty and often unyielding Maverick Carter -- an ex-con and father who Hornsby describes as a "byproduct" of society -- is a character that the actor admits is unfortunately representative of the many black men who are consistently ignored by the world in which they live.  

"It was told to me a while back that there was a time when boats were made of wood and men were made of steel," Hornsby tells ABC Radio. "And I think that Maverick represents that type of man -- who was brought up in a world where they didn't place value on who he is or who he was as a man."

He continues, "And, so therefore, he had to take alternative means in order to make it in this world. And as a byproduct of that -- you do some illicit things. And he ended up in the system."

While Hornsby's character offers a glimpse into the complex life of a black man, Hornsby also says Maverick demonstrates the love and protectiveness of a father, which the world needs to know "exists."

"He is a man who does have a rough exterior. He is a man who has seen a lot of things -- unfortunate things in his life. But, he's also still a man of courage," Hornsby explains. "He's still a man of conviction. He is a man of deep passion and deep love... for his family, for his kids, for his wife, and for his community. And I think, above all, that's important for audiences to see and bear witness to." 

The Hate U Give hits theaters nationwide on October 19.

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith will serve as one of his wife's guest in the upcoming season of Jada Pinektt Smith's Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk.

In a tease for a forthcoming episode, Will recalls the “worst” he’s ever felt in their marriage.

“There was a period where mommy woke up and cried 45 days straight. I started keeping a diary,” Will says, with his wife, mother-in-law Adrienne Banfield-Jones and daughter Willow also at the table.  

"Damn," Willow replies. 

“It was every morning," Will continues. "I think that’s the worst I’ve ever felt in our marriage. I was failing miserably.”

In another preview for the season, Jada is seen interviewing some of her actor friends, which includes Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, and Leah Remini, who appears remorseful about introducing the Smiths to Scientology.

Red Table Talk returns to Facebook Watch on Monday, October 22.

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Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Keira Knightley may be starring in Disney's upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, but she doesn't exactly agree with the messages in every film the studio has made.

The 33-year-old British actress said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday that she has "banned" her three-year-old daughter, Edie, from watching certain Disney movies.

The 1950 animated Cinderella is "banned," Knightley said, "because she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don't! Rescue yourself, obviously!"

But the one that has the Colette star conflicted is The Little Mermaid, because she actually likes the film.

"I mean, the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello!" she told host Ellen DeGeneres. "But the problem with The Little Mermaid is, I love The Little Mermaid! That one's a little tricky -- but I'm keeping to it."

DeGeneres was happy to hear not all Disney films were off-limits. Finding Dory, in which DeGeneres voiced the blue tang fish with memory problems, is "a big favorite in our house," Knightley revealed.

"Frozen is huge and Moana is totally fine," she added.

"There are some good ones," DeGeneres responded, "but mainly Dory."

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, in which Knightley plays the Sugar Plum Fairy, comes out November 2.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Evans is coming to Daniel Craig’s defense after British TV host Piers Morgan tried to shame the James Bond actor for carrying his baby in a papoose.

Morgan tweeted a photo of Craig carrying his newborn daughter on October 14 and captioned it, “Oh 007…not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond.”

Morgan was quickly criticized for implying that a baby carrier is not “masculine.” Evans chimed in Monday night with his own thoughts on the matter.

“You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child,” the Captain America star tweeted. “Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside.”

Evans and Craig will soon be starring together in Rian Johnson’s upcoming murder mystery film, Knives Out.

Morgan has yet to respond to Evans’ comment, but he did retweet an article about it.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Handmaid's Tale star Yvonne Strahovski is officially a mom.

The 36-year-old actress shared the wonderful news with a sweet note on Instagram: "My heart has melted into a billion pieces a thousand times already."

She continued, "We have been blessed with the greatest joy of our lives, our baby boy. Welcome to the world Peanut, your parents love you beyond measure and you are already my little dream boat. My heart has been stolen!"

The former Chuck star spilled the beans at the Emmys last month that she was expecting a boy, telling E! News that she was just gonna hold "him" after he arrived.

Strahovski proudly showed off her baby bump on the Emmys red carpet with her husband, Tim Loden, at her side.

In May, Strahovski first revealed the big news, writing, "I am very excited to finally be able to share my special news - I’m going to be a Mama! So very exciting to watch & feel this little Peanut growing every day!"

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Mark Davis/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tara Reid was reportedly removed from a Delta flight Monday for causing a disturbance before takeoff.

Delta confirmed a passenger was removed from the flight but doesn't mention Reid by name. In a statement to ABC TV Los Angeles affiliate KABC, the airline says, “Delta flight 613 from Los Angeles to New York JFK-International returned to the gate, prior to takeoff, due to a customer disturbance on board.”

The statement continues, “Delta apologizes to the remaining customers for the inconvenience and appreciates their patience as the situation was resolved. The flight redeparted for New York following a short delay.”

TMZ, meanwhile, has video of the passenger -- which appears to be Reid -- walking calmly off the plane with her tiny dog after being asked to deplane by a flight attendant. Witnesses tell TMZ that Reid was complaining loudly about being given the wrong seat and not getting a pillow.

Back in August, the 42-year-old Sharknado franchise actress sparked concerns over her health when she appeared on an Australian talk show slurring her words.  At the time, she released a statement saying, “I am in great spirits and health and I look forward to my future projects and what’s in store for me next. Thank you to everyone who stands by my side -- I love my fans!”

As of Tuesday morning, there was no mention of the plane incident on Reid's Twitter or Instagram.

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