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Starpix/Dave Allocca(NEW YORK) -- The new Tom Hanks/Emma Watson thriller The Circle had its red carpet premiere as part of New York's Tribeca film festival this week, and the movie's theme will certainly strike a chord with anyone hooked on social media.

An adaptation of the novel of the same name, The Circle centers on Watson's character, a bright-eyed employee of an Internet company called The Circle.  Like Facebook, the company is seemingly omnipresent, and she soon learns that there's a dark side to The Circle's ability to follow your every move.

Tom Hanks plays the company's co-founder, and he says the movie's a cautionary tale to people's tendency to post their every move these days.

"You can look at this film, and say, 'How much am I contributing to the reality of this movie?'" he says. "And the truth of it is, we all are, just a little bit."

However, Hanks says that social media isn't necessarily all bad.

"Look, I think you get out of it what you, what you put in," he explains. "If you're going for whimsy, you create whimsy, and if you're gonna lob bombs, you're gonna get some explosions."

Watson, who has been very strict about keeping her private life private, agrees.

"I see social media as kind of like a superpower in that it has, it has great power, but with that comes great responsibility," she notes. "...It can do great good, and it could do great evil."

The Circle, which also stars Star Wars series star John Boyega and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 actress Karen Gillan, opens Friday.

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Getty Images/Michael Loccisano(LOS ANGELES) --  Queen Latifah is coming to the rescue of MTV's Scream.

According to TV Line, Latifah has signed on as an executive producer for the third season of MTV's adaptation of the slasher movie-inspired series. The Star actress will produce alongside her Flavor Unit Entertainment partners Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty.

In addition to Latifah's addition, the show will also feature a completely new cast and creative reboot. At this time, it's unclear exactly what direction the show may take.

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ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Viola Davis and Meryl Streep are both Oscar-winning actresses, A-list celebrities and red carpet staples. They also happen to be close friends.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Davis spoke about her love for Streep.

"What I love about Meryl is I always feel like she sees me," Davis said. "I never feel like the words she has for me are haphazard. I feel like they're very specific and they're well thought out and that makes me feel good. It makes me feel like she really is a friend, that she really takes me in."

Streep, 67, has no shortage of kind words for Davis as well, as evidenced by the essay she wrote for Time Magazine when Davis was named one of their most influential people. Streep said Davis, 51, "embodies for all women, but especially for women of color, the high-wire rewards of hard work and a dream, risk and faith."

Davis went on to say that being friends with a legend like Streep still seems somewhat surreal.

"Besides the fact that it's Meryl Streep, she really doesn't have to give me anything, really," she said.

"When she just sends me a text message, she doesn't know I get so happy. I try to play it off, I really do. I'm like 'Oh, OK, well, have a good day,' but I'm really like, 'Oh, my god, she texted me back!'"

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©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: FOX/Chuck Hodes(NEW YORK) -- The newest episode of Empire begins with a dreamlike sequence of Lucious and Giusi kissing, but Lucious is snapped back to reality when Cookie pays him a visit. Cookie asks for Lucious' approval of Angelo's impending proposal to her.

Back at the Empire compound, Andre, Shyne and Giusi have a meeting. Andre asks Giusi what's been going on between her and Lucious.  

Soon, Angelo visits Jamal at the studio to ask him for Cookie's hand in marriage. Then, Cookie, Lucious, Andre, Giusi and Shyne all cross paths at Empire. Lucious reveals that he's met Giusi in the past.   

Meanwhile, Cookie and Lucious spy, via wire, on Anika's meetup with Tariq. Cookie thinks that Angelo is ready to propose to her, but he only asks her to appear on TV with him. 

On the other hand, Giusi sneaks up behind Lucious and surprises him with a gun, but says she won't shoot him. Lucious reminds Giusi that she owes him $10 million dollars. She says she doesn't have the cash, but needs Lucious to sign off on her Vegas contract.  

Back at Empire, Hakeem and Tiana introduce Tori Ash to Empire's livestream audience. Jamal arrives to the studio with special guest star Tinashe. Meanwhile, Lucious offers Tariq a bag of money, which he takes without question.  

Angelo proposes to Cookie on The Grant Kelly Show, which leaves her speechless. Back at the club, Lucious is seen talking to gaming commission head Charlotte Frost, played by Eva Longoria.  

Backstage at The Grant Kelly Show, Cookie tells Angelo that she still has feelings for Lucious. Angelo gets upset and tells Cookie that his mom was right about her poisonous family.  

At the club, Lucious introduces a performance by Tori and the episode closes with Lucious giving Giusi a kiss. 

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(IOWA) -- The dramatic 911 call made by Bachelor star Chris Soules after he was involved in a fatal car accident Monday evening has been released by authorities.

In the call, the former reality star sounds frantic and eager to get the victim of the crash help.

"I rear-ended a guy in a tractor," Soules, 35, says, trying to describe the two vehicles' location on a rural highway in Iowa.

Soules was arrested Monday for allegedly fleeing the scene of the crash. He is accused of not immediately stopping his vehicle at the scene and failing to return and remain at the scene of the crash, according to a police report.

Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatality motor vehicle accident, a felony in Iowa. He is currently free on a $10,000 bond and was uninjured in the accident. A preliminary hearing is set for May 2.

In the newly released call, obtained by ABC News, Soules breathes heavily as he tries to get help for Kenneth Mosher, the man in the tractor who later died at the hospital after the accident on Monday night.

Soules responds "yes" over and over as the operator asks about the man, including whether he was thrown into "a ditch" as a result of the accident.

"He's not conscious," Soules adds to authorities in the five-minute call. "He doesn't appear to be [breathing]."

Later in the call, the operator asks Soules to perform CPR and he replies he doesn't know how. Soules then asks those at the crash site to help before the operator offers to talk him through it. At the end of the call, Soules asks if he can call the operator back.

Soules appeared on The Bachelorette in 2014 and starred the next year on The Bachelor.

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© 2016 Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's more proof of the importance of the Chinese market to movie studios' bottom line, and of the global impact of Hollywood movies in general:  The world premiere of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will take place in Shanghai.

Johnny Depp's fifth cinematic voyage as slurry swashbuckler Captain Jack Sparrow will first be screened following a massive red carpet event at Disneytown at the Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11.  This marks the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in mainland China.

The stars of the film, including Depp, Orlando Bloom, Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem, among others, are expected to attend.

The film, from directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and Pirates series producer Jerry Bruckheimer, opens May 26.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Elizabeth Moss as Offred in "The Handmaiden's Tale" - Hulu 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the buzziest new shows on Hulu, The Handmaid’s Tale, premieres on the streaming site today. The series, based on the 1985 feminist novel by Margaret Atwood, follows Offred, a woman forced to live in an oppressive society.

Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss stars in the lead role and says she hopes young women learn something from her character’s struggles.

“It’s very much about the hero that kind of lies in all of us and how has nothing to do with special skills or how big you are,” she told ABC Radio at the show’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere Friday. “You can find strength inside yourself that I think you didn’t know you had. And I think that that’s something I learned from it and something that Offred’s learns and I hope young women take away from it.”

The series is full of strong female characters, including Offred’s best friend Moira -- played by Orange Is the New Black actress Samira Wiley. Moira’s toughness serves as inspiration for Offred.

“She is someone that is gonna get knocked down and will rise up every single time,” Wiley says. “The memory of her friendship really bolstered Offred’s character to be able to say, ‘I will survive.’”

In addition to staying close to the novel’s dystopian plot, the series expands upon certain elements from the book. Namely, the character of Nick, played by Max Minghella.

“What’s great about doing a series is you get to expand so much and find out so many things about Nick that we don’t get to learn in the book and he’s a very enigmatic person so I find that really fun to play,” Minghella says. “There’s a lot of different sides to him.”

The first three episodes of the series hit Hulu today, with new ones debuting weekly thereafter.

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Universal - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has enjoyed his best buzz in years thanks to his latest twisty, twisted thriller hit, Split. The movie stars James McAvoy as a creepy kidnapper with multiple personalities. 

But the director who became famous for twist endings pulled off a surprise bigger in Split than the fact that Bruce Willis was dead the whole time in The Sixth Sense.

Some background first: Split features a final scene that shows Willis' character from 2000's semi-superhero movie, Unbreakable, revealing that Split and Unbreakable exist in the same universe -- and giving hope to fans who've wanted to see a sequel to Unbreakable for years. 

The final scene in Split -- which was deliberately withheld from test audiences, so as not to spoil the surprise -- shows Willis' Unbreakable character at a bar, watching a news report about McAvoy's character. Willis also references Mr. Glass, the brittle-boned villain played by Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable

Shyamalan tells The Hollywood Reporter that the twist wasn't an add-on: it was 15 years in the making. "This was always part of the Unbreakable world," Shyamalan said, adding McAvoy's "Kevin Wendle Crumb was a part of the original, original script for Unbreakable," but Shyamalan cut him out.

"I wanted to do a movie about him because I just loved him so much, and I thought it's a rich world for storytelling, so I was super, super excited to finally make it," said Shyamalan.  "My hope is to make a movie that combines the two."

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Emma Watson in "The Circle"; STX Financing LLC(NEW YORK) -- Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson talks about the ups and downs of fame with actress Jessica Chastain in the latest edition of Interview, and why you're odds of getting a picture with the Harry Potter alum aren't very good.

"If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they've created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters," she says. "They can see what I'm wearing and who I'm with. I just can't give that tracking data."

What the 27-year-old actress offers instead is her time. "I'll say, 'I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have," she insists, "but I just can't do a picture.'"

However, there are exceptions notes Watson, explaining, "I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone's freakin' week? Children I don't say no to, for example."

Watson stars opposite Tom Hanks in the sci-fi drama The Circle, opening nationwide on Friday. 

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GP Images/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Director Jonathan Demme, whose body of work included rock documentaries, quirky cult classics and Oscar-winning hits, has died.  He was 73.

In a statement, Demme's rep told ABC News that the director died early this morning in New York City, surrounded by his wife and their three children. He died from complications from esophageal cancer.  There will be private family funeral.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Americans For Immigrant Justice in Miami, FL. 

Like many future Oscar winners, Demme got his start working for B-movie king Roger Corman, directing Corman's 1971 biker movie Angels Hard as They Come.  That was followed by other B-movies, such as Caged Heat and Crazy Mama.

Demme went on to helm such quirky 1980s movies as Melvin and Howard, Married to the Mob and Something Wild, but was also behind the camera for the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert film and documentary Stop Making Sense.  That led to Demme's parallel career as a director of concert movies and documentaries, among them Swimming to Cambodia, three Neil Young concert movies and, most recently, 2016's Justin Timberlake the Tennessee Kids.

In the '90s, Demme's career really took off when he directed the Oscar-winning movies The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia.  Silence of the Lambs was only the third film in history to win Oscars in all five top categories: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Adapted Screenplay.

Demme's work since included the critically-acclaimed Anne Hathaway film Rachel Getting Married, and the 2015 Meryl Streep comedy Ricki and the Flash.

Demme recently completed a multi-media presentation for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which incorporates footage from all the induction ceremonies over the years.

In a statement, Philadelphia star Tom Hanks said, "Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men."

Ricki & the Flash star Meryl Streep said in a statement, "A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man -- in full embrace in his life of people in need -- and of the potential of art, music, poetry and film to fill that need -- a big loss to the caring world."

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Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Snacks, classic tunes and space aliens?  Where do we sign up?

Frito-Lay's teaming up with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to present -- wait for it -- a Doritos bag with a built-in "retro cassette tape deck-inspired player" into which you plug a pair of headphones to listen to the entire Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack.

That's right -- a bag of chips that also plays tunes. 

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Due out this Friday, the soundtrack includes songs from Electric Light Orchestra, Sweet, Fleetwood Mac, Sam Cooke, George Harrison and others.  Friday's also when you can buy one of the custom bags for yourself via

Awesome Mix Vol. 1 -- featuring classic hits from Blue Swede, David Bowie, Redbone, The Raspberries, Jackson 5 and more -- topped both the Billboard album chart and the soundtracks chart, and Vol. 2 is expected to do the same.  

Doritos is also sponsoring special "Rock Out Loud" pop-up recording booths in New York and Los Angeles May 5th, the day Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens, where fans can win prizes by singing their favorite song from the soundtrack.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

Here's the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix 2 track list:

 "Mr. Blue Sky" -- Electric Light Orchestra
"Fox on the Run" -- Sweet
"Lake Shore Drive" -- Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
"The Chain" -- Fleetwood Mac
"Bring It On Home to Me" -- Sam Cooke
"Southern Nights" -- Glen Campbell
"My Sweet Lord" -- George Harrison
"Brandy You're a Fine Girl" -- Looking Glass
"Come a Little Bit Closer" -- Jay and the Americans
"Wham Bang Shang-a-Lang" -- Silver
"Surrender" -- Cheap Trick
"Father and Son" -- Yusuf / Cat Stevens
"Flashlight" -- Parliament
"Guardians Inferno" -- The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeff Goldblum is on board for the next Jurassic World film, according to Variety

Goldblum played chaos mathematician Ian Malcolm in 1993’s Jurassic Park, and again in 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but sat out Jurassic World

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel. Goldblum will be seen next in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, opening nationwide in November.

Marvel is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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NBC/Paul Drinkwater(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 12 artists who performed Monday learned that Troy Ramey, from Gwen Stefani’s team, was sent home.

Rainey was eliminated on a one-hour results show. He lost an "Instant Save" vote to Team Adam Levine’s Mark Isaiah.

There are now 11 artists remaining in the competition, including those of Teams Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys.

At the top of the show, Carson Daly announced the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, benefiting those impacted by gun violence and families affected by breast cancer. Grimmie was the season-6 finalist, representing Adam‘s team, who was shot to death following a concert in Orlando, Florida in June of 2016.

With Christina’s family watching from the audience, Adam led his current team in an emotional performance of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” Afterwards, Daly remarked, “Christina, we feel your spirit here at The Voice every single day and we love you dearly.”

Prior to the vote, Ramey and Isaiah sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Ramey performed “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray, and Isaiah covered “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.

The results show also featured Blake joining his team for a group performance of John Lennon’s “Crippled Inside.”

The evening also included G-Eazy performing his single “Good Life,” from the movie The Fate of the Furious.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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"Star Wars: Episode XIII - The Last Jedi"/Lucasfilm - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII, aka The Last Jedi, just arrived a couple weeks ago, but we already know when Episode IX will be hitting theaters.

The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm announced that the ninth chapter of the Star Wars saga will arrive in theaters May 24, 2019.  Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the movie will be the final chapter in the latter-day Star Wars trilogy that began with The Force Awakens. 

As previously reported, the late Carrie Fisher will not appear in Episode IX, either via stock footage or digital recreation, but she will be in The Last Jedi.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited new chapter in the Indiana Jones saga will hit theaters July 10, 2020.  Steven Spielberg is back in the director's chair, while Harrison Ford will return as the intrepid whip-cracking archeologist.

Speaking of Harrison Ford, the stand-alone Star Wars film exploring the youth of his character, Han Solo, will come out May 25, 2018.

Disney is the parent company of both Lucasfilm and ABC News.

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Getty Images/Ron Galella(LOS ANGELES) -- Scott Baio posted a heartfelt goodbye to his Happy Days co-star Erin Moran after her death over the weekend, but was then attacked online for doing a radio interview in which he seemed to blame drugs for her death.  In fact, she died of cancer, and now, he's defending himself.

During the interview, Baio said, "I’m...not completely shocked that this happened," he said during the interview. "...For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die."

Writing on Facebook, Baio explained, "I was asked ONLY about Erin's troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it. THIS WAS BEFORE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED..."

He added, "Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me...They're stating that I'm saying drugs caused her to die after it was reported stage 4 cancer. This is so wrong! Now I truly understand the meaning of 'Fake News.'"

Baio also says he believes some of the backlash is due to him being a Trump supporter

On Tuesday, Baio posted a message from Moran's widower Steve Fleischmann, who'd asked the actor to pass along the information for him.  In the message, he detailed how quickly the disease killed her. 

"She was feeling fine on our anniversary [last November]," wrote Felischman.  However, she subsequently went from finding a spot of blood on her pillow to being diagnosed with cancer less than a month later.

On April 22nd, Fleischmann recalled, "she was not feeling 100%." He said he watched TV with her in bed while holding her hand.  When he woke up an hour later, he says, "she was gone."

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