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NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin has revealed that he almost passed on playing President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

The actor told Vanity Fair for its April cover story that he originally passed on SNL producer Lorne Michaels' offer to play Trump but changed his mind after a film role fell through.

"I was supposed to do a film. And the people who were doing the film were supposed to escrow money to guarantee that I would get paid," he said in a video accompanying the cover story. "And they didn’t put the money in escrow. And that’s when I hung up and said I’m not going to go do the movie and I’m going to go do the thing with Lorne. And I think to myself, 'What if I hadn’t done that?' ... It’s turned out to be this incredible opportunity."

Baldwin's impression has been so popular that he has parlayed it into an upcoming satirical book and made his record 17th appearance as host of SNL earlier this year.

In the magazine, he talks about playing Trump, working with SNL stars Kate McKinnon and Tina Fey, and starring in the best role of his life in his new memoir Nevertheless, due out next month.

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Scarlett Johansson dropped a few interesting tidbits in an interview with Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan Tuesday morning.  

The Avengers series star is no stranger to huge action movies, but she admitted that when her current film, the classic Japanese comic-inspired Ghost in the Shell, was first brought to her attention, it, "seemed incredibly daunting," adding that her daughter was still very young. 

"But I thought, gosh, it's really hard to turn down the opportunity to be front and center for something that has such a built-in fan base," the actress and activist went on. "To be able to have the studio back something like this, as an actor... as a woman, it's rare. I hope it's not always so rare, but it is."

On that matter, Johansson added she comes from a "politically vocal family," and that running for office someday isn't out of the question: "I've always...been interested in local politics. It's not something that I would ... turn away from."

Johansson also addressed critics who say that an Asian actress should have been cast as her Ghost in the Shell cyborg character, given the story's Japanese roots. "I think this character is...a human brain in an entirely machinate body. She's essentially identity-less...I would never attempt to play a person of a different race, obviously," the actress insisted. "Any question of my casting will hopefully be answered by...audiences when they see the film."

ScarJo also dished on what fans can expect from the next Avengers film, Infinity War Part 1, set for a 2018 release.

"I think that fans are going to be surprised at the state of us all...The Avengers are not quite as [you] last remember them ... time has taken its toll."

Ghost in the Shell opens Friday.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like the cast of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is still, "chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool."

In a photo posted to Instagram Monday by Alfonso Riberio, who played the cheerful Carlton Banks on the beloved 90s sitcom, the cast of Fresh Prince is seen hanging out together on a patio near the beach.

“Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family,” Ribeiro captioned the pic.

Ribeiro's photo included Tatyana Ali who played Ashley; Karyn Parsons who played Hillary; Will Smith, who of course played the delinquent cousin Will; Daphne Maxwell Reid who played the second Aunt Vivian; and Joseph Marcell, who starred as their sarcastic butler, Geoffrey.

Noticeably missing from the pic was Uncle Phil, played by James Avery, who died in 2013 after complications during open heart surgery. Riberio acknowledged the actor, writing, “Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete.”

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Lifetime/Barbara Nitke(LOS ANGELES) -- Abby Lee Miller is quitting Dance Moms, she has announced.

The reality TV star took to Instagram on Sunday evening to tell her fans that she will no longer participate in her Lifetime series.

In the show, Miller teaches young dancers at her Abby Lee Dance Company studios in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

A rep for Lifetime had no comment when reached by ABC News.

"For the past six years/seven seasons I have asked, begged, and even demanded creative credit for all the ideas, award-winning routines, themes and costuming to no avail. Today, I was so proud that I went against the producer's idea (once again) to enter a command performance of one of my favorite numbers," she wrote on Instagram.

"I don't have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people's children successful. I just have a problem with being manipulated, disrespected, and used day in and day out by men who never took a dance lesson in their lives and treat women like that." 

In October 2015, Miller was indicted for fraud. The reality star was accused of lying about the money she earned between 2012 and 2013, and secretly creating bank accounts to hide that income, which totaled about $775,000, to gain better terms to restructure debt.

Last June, she pleaded guilty to purposely hiding that income and later, she also pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of sneaking $120,000 in foreign currency into the United States from Australia, which, according to The Associated Press, she agreed to forfeit. The AP also reported that a prosecutor has urged a federal judge to sentence Miller to prison in her fraud case.

Sentencing reportedly will take place later this year.

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Marvel Studios - 2017(NEW YORK) -- The second trailer for the new Spider-Man movie -- Spider-Man: Homecoming -- just debuted.

The new footage rounds out a bit more of the plot: as shown in Captain America: Civil War, Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man has retrofitted Tom Holland's Peter Parker with a Stark tech-filled Spidey-suit to compliment his powers.  But the eager Avenger wannabe soon finds himself in over his head, thanks to Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes, who becomes the fearsome flying suit-wearing villain, Vulture. 

Peter Parker finds this out the hard way after trying to bust some baddies on board the Staten Island Ferry: Vulture blasts the passenger-filled vessel in half with an energy weapon, forcing Spidey to try to lace it together with his webs, and his strength alone.

After Iron Man comes to the rescue, Stark admonishes him. "What if someone had died?!," he says, before telling Peter he wants the suit back. "I'm nothing without this suit!" Parker protests, to which Stark says, "If you're nothing without the suit, then you shouldn't have it!"

Spidey then apparently goes at it alone, trying to take on Vulture and Bokeem Woodbine's baddie, Shocker.

The clip also shows how the high schooler's super-heroic extracurricular activities are affecting Parker's friendships, and his relationship with his Aunt May, again played by Marisa Tomei.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 17, 2017 from Marvel Studios and Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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(L-R) Denis Villenueve, Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling/Warner Bros.(LAS VEGAS) -- At CinemaCon in Las Vegas Monday night, Sony executive Tom Rothman treated the audience to an extended look at Blade Runner 2049, the upcoming sequel to the classic 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner.

The sequel's star, Ryan Gosling, introduced the footage, noting the tremendous visual influence of the original. "I saw everything that stole from it first and when I was old enough, I think I was 13 or 14 I saw it for the very first time. I was just blown away by how influential this film had been," Gosling said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gosling spilled more details on the new movie.

“It’s the same iconic universe, but it’s changed over the course of the 30-year gap," Gosling said. "It’s a lot more bleak in some ways. The director describes it as toxic. But it’s still the Blade Runner universe.”

Gosling had kind words for co-star Harrison Ford, who is back as Rick Deckard -- the lead character in the original film, a man charged with chasing down and killing android "replicants" only to find himself falling in love with one of them.

“He came in and rolled up his sleeves and he just got to work,” Gosling told EW of Ford. “He was such a great partner to all of us, and such a great actor and a great guy.”

Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, arrives October 6.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedic actor Chris Kattan was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars Monday night, the second week into season 24. It was a bittersweet moment for the actor after he revealed earlier that he broke his neck 14 years ago and has pins along his spine which restrict his movement. Kattan and his partner Witney Carson danced to “Hey Ya!” by OutKast, but tied for the lowest score of the night with Mr. T. He was sent home.

In jeopardy with Kattan was the fiery Charo, who delivered another sizzling performance but brought in a low score of 25, despite a positive critique from the judges. She was clearly displeased with the results and things took a comedic turn for the worse when the 66-year-old icon told Bruno Tonioli, “I’m going to get you!”

High scores went to Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei and NFL running back Rashad Jennings, who heated up the dance floor during their individual performances. Normani and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy dazzled during their cha cha, this after just she returned from three concerts in Japan. Jennings and Emma Slater glided across the floor to “Suffer” by Charlie Puth. Jennings seems like a natural.

Monday night’s standout moment:
While Mr. T’s Paso Doblé to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky III was fun, it was the steamy chemistry between Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess during their Viennese waltz that caused Julianne Hough to speculate that “something” might be unfolding between them.

Monday night’s high scorers: 
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – Cha Cha, Score: 32
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – Viennese Waltz, Score: 32  

Judges’ Scores
Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – Cha Cha, Score: 28 out of 40
Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko – Foxtrot, Score: 28
Charo and Keo Motsepe – Paso Doblé, Score: 25 (in jeopardy) 
Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – Foxtrot, Score: 25 
Heather Morris and Alan Bersten, who was filling in for Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Jive, Score: 30
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – Viennese Waltz, Score: 29 
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – Cha Cha, Score: 29 
Chris Kattan and Witney Carson – Jazz, Score: 22 (in jeopardy; eliminated)
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – Cha Cha, High Score: 32
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – Viennese Waltz, High Score: 32 
Mr. T & Kym Herjavec – Paso Doblé, Score: 22

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday on ABC.

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Getty Images/Karwai Tang(LONDON) -- In a hilarious clip created for Red Nose Day, the annual fundraising event from the charity Comic Relief, genius physicist Stephen Hawking auditions some A-List talent to provide a replacement for his usual computer-assisted voice.

None other than Anna Kendrick, Liam Neeson, and Hamilton phenom Lin-Manuel Miranda line up to try out their pipes, with the latter opting, unsurprisingly, to rap his offering. Miss Piggy, as well as Star Wars stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, also offer their services.

British actor Eddie Redmayne also tries to get the gig -- after all, he won an Oscar playing Hawking in the movie The Theory of Everything.

That job experience ultimately, didn't pay off for the actor however: the "once-in-a-lifetime" voice-over job goes to another Academy Award winner: Michael Caine.

The annual fundraising campaign is celebrated May 25th in the U.S. 

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ABC/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) -- Terrence Howard is refuting claims that he's been abusive to women, saying he's never been "abusive to anyone in [his] entire life."

The actor, who's been accused of assaulting ex-wives Lori McCommas and Michelle Ghent, went on an extensive Twitter spree about society's "double standard" toward abusive women.

"I’ve never been abusive to anyone in my entire life. I have loved and paid the price for love. I am the same loving being since day 1!” Howard tweeted.

"Having an altercation is very different than abuse... and for the record I never punched her in the face get the facts straight," the Empire star said, apparently referring to his ex, Ghent, who filed a lawsuit against Howard in 2015, alleging he assaulted her. Ghent dropped the lawsuit earlier this year.

Howard also attempted to clear up the statements he made in a recent People magazine feature in which he acknowledged he "made terrible mistakes throughout [his] life."

“When I say that I’ve made mistakes, it is not regarding violence but judgement,” he tweeted. “Trusting the wrong people!”

Howard then added his thoughts on what he says is the "double standard" in relationships, which according to him, "permitted abusive women to feel that they can assault a man" and receive no consequences.

"I firmly believe that every action has an equal and opposite reaction," he wrote. "Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.  Kiss for a kiss."

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ABC/Paul Hebert(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy will be sitting out tonight's show because of an injury, ABC News has learned.

The season 18 DWTS champion sustained a calf injury during rehearsals on Friday with Heather Morris, a former backup dancer for Beyonce and a star on Glee.

Troupe dancer Alan Bersten will take Chmerkovskiy's place with Morris, but Chmerkovskiy will be in the ballroom cheering her on.

Chmerkovskiy's return to the stage is unknown, but he is getting treatment for his injury.

Dancing With the Stars
airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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(NEW YORK) -- Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell may be one of Hollywood's cuddliest couples, but that presented a problem for Shepard when he had the idea to cast his real-life wife in his comic CHiPs reboot.

In the movie, which Shepard wrote, directed and stars in, Bell plays the estranged, vapid trophy wife of Shepard's character. Despite being married to the director, she almost didn't get the job.

"He sat me down and said, 'I'm really hesitating about casting you 'cause you're too, um, ah, what's the word? Likeable?'" Bell tells ABC Radio's Good Morning America After Hours. "He, as a director, had to consider the fact that he didn't want anyone, even subconsciously, rooting for us," she adds, of the role that called for fans to root against her. So, was there any kind of real-life unpleasantness in their seemingly perfect relationship that Bell could draw on for the role.

"We fight all the time," she admits, before catching herself. "I wouldn't say fight -- we disagree really well." Sounds like even those fights are cuddly. Of course Bell is familiar with playing less adorable characters, like the title character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall or the woman who mistakenly finds herself in what she believes to be heaven in NBC's The Good Place. So is it more fun to be mean on screen? "Always!" says Bell.

"I mean, it's not...well, yeah, it is," she laughs. Speaking of adorable, the kids of America are waiting for Bell's return as Anna, the younger sister of Elsa in the animated Frozen sequel. Bell can't spill any details though: "It's being written right now. So we haven't started recording, so I don't actually know anything which is so lame."

CHIPS is in theaters now.

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WireImage/Juan Naharro Gimenez(LOS ANGELES) -- Antonio Banderas confirmed on Sunday that he is OK after suffering a heart attack while reportedly exercising back in January.

E! Online reports that the Legend of Zorro actor told Spanish media on Sunday that he "suffered a heart attack on January 26," but that it "wasn't serious and hasn't caused any damage."

A rep for Banderas told People magazine at the time that the 56-year-old actor "was admitted to hospital after having experienced chest pain while exercising. However, Antonio was released that same day after doctors performed a check-up which confirmed his good health."

Banderas tweeted a picture of him and his girlfriend Nicole Kempel on January 30 captioned, "Disfrutando de la naturaleza tras un pequeño susto. Enjoying nature after a startle. Besos." 

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Getty Images/Kevin Winter(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, were able to pay their final respects at a public memorial held Saturday.

Fisher died on December 27, four days after she went into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. One day later, her mother suffered a stroke and died.

The mother and daughter were honored at a ceremony inside the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles that was organized by Reynolds' son Todd Fisher.

Inside the hall was memorabilia of the pair's careers, including a replica of R2-D2, a nod to Fisher's role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise.

There was also a costume from Singin' in the Rain, the classic 1952 film in which Reynolds portrayed Kathy Selden.

Speaking to thousands of fans who attended the event, which was also live-streamed, Todd Fisher reflected on conversations with his mother right after his sister passed away.

"When Carrie died, my mother decided to change her plans a bit," he began. "My mother always said to me, 'I never want to go to my daughter's funeral service. I would like to be buried with Carrie.'"

"I didn’t know she was going to leave us that very next day, and when she looked at me to ask permission to leave, she said she wanted to be with Carrie, and she closed her eyes and went to sleep. It was a beautiful exit," Todd Fisher added.

Actor Dan Aykroyd also spoke at the memorial, which included a performance by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles; the Debbie Reynolds Studio dancing to Reynolds' iconic song, "Singin' in the Rain"; and a tribute song written by James Blunt, who was not in attendance.

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© 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC(NEW YORK) -- The wait is over. After a week of teases from director Zack Snyder and others, we have a full Justice League trailer to complement the one we got last year at Comic-Con.

The new clip starts off with what we already know. "We have to be ready ... there's an attack coming from far away," Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne says on his hunt to find other heroes.

Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman says, "Not coming Bruce, it's already here."

The trailer then delves into Batman recruiting the other eventual members of the League, including Cyborg, the Flash and Aquaman. We also finally get to see the team in action against Darkseid's minions.

A few newcomers make their first appearance as well, including Amber Heard's Mera and J.K. Simmons' Commissioner Gordon, along with some familiar faces like Amy Adams' Lois Lane.

The trailer builds on a previous clip that shows Bruce Wayne searching for heroes to unite against the impending arrival of a villain whom fans know is Darkseid. "A war is coming," Wayne has said, and he needs the Justice League to protect the world.

If you recall, Superman was killed at the end of Dawn of Justice, but there's hope that he will return soon -- remember the floating dirt.

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Disney - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney's Beauty and the Beast danced into the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, earning an estimated $88 million, the fourth largest second weekend of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.

The live-action feature, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline and Ian McKellen, has raked in more than $315 million in just 10 days, one of the fastest films to do that. In addition, Beauty and the Beast brought in more than $119 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to more than $690 million. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Power Rangers, starring Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G. and Dacre Montgomery, had an impressive opening weekend, earning an estimated $40.5 million for a second place finish. Kong: Skull Island took third place with a $14.4 million haul. 

Life, one of the week's other new releases, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson, had a disappointing fourth place finish, taking in an estimated $12.6 million. Rounding out the top five was Logan, earning $10.1 million, pushing its total in the states over $200 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1 – Beauty and the Beast, $88 million
2 – Power Rangers, $40.5 million
3 – Kong: Skull Island, $14.4 million
4 – Life, $12.6 million
5 – Logan, $10.1 million
6 – Get Out, $8.68 million
7 – CHIPS, $7.6 million
8 – The Shack, $3.78 million
9 – The LEGO Batman Movie, $1.97 million
10 – The Belko Experiment, $1.8 million

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