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© 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. (LOS ANGELES) -- The folks behind Honest Trailers, which take a comedic view at coming attractions new and old, have focused their skewed view on this year's Oscar contenders

Bohemian Rhapsody, is "brought to you by...er...a director" -- poking fun of the persona non grata status of director Bryan Singer in the wake of sexual accusations against him. Meanwhile, the movie itself is celebrated as a tribute to "wigs and teeth."

The Favourite, a period drama about England's 18th century queen, Anne, is called the "other Queen biopic, that's also about a difficult charismatic figurehead and the people who jockey for power around them."

For Green Book, Viggo Mortensen's character is compared to "one of the cartoon Italian chefs on the pizza box," and the message of the film is described as, "Racism...now stay with me...is bad." 

BlackKKlansman, from Best Director nominee Spike Lee -- "yes, the guy at the Knicks games" -- is described as a portrayal of racism in the past that "still relevant today...and really puts a damper on re-runs of That 70s Show" -- thanks to Topher Grace's portrayal of Ku Klux Klan member David Duke.

The oft-remade A Star is Born is described as a "film that comes along once in a generation -- literally, like once in a generation since 1937."

Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, about a middle-class Mexican family and their maid, is described as a "sweeping, emotional" film, "that got Academy voters to wonder if their housekeepers were actual people."

Other jabs: notoriously fickle comic book fans griping that Infinity War should have gotten a Best Picture nomination over Black Panther, and that Vice nominee Christian Bale has gone from "skinny, to fat, to Bat" on the big screen.

You can watch the whole thing now on YouTube.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Hemsworth is famous for playing Thor in the Marvel movies, but next, he's been tapped to play a Hulk...Hulk Hogan, in fact. 

The Australian actor is attached to a proposed biopic chronicling the wrestling superstar's rise to fame, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film would reunite Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, the respective director and writer of the DC Comics' upcoming Joker movie, while Bradley Cooper is on board to co-produce, along with Hemsworth.

Hogan -- born Terry Gene Bollea -- became a star of the World Wrestling Federation, which he parlayed into movie and TV appearances, endorsements and video games.

Hemsworth will next be seen reprising his role as Thor in Avengers: Endgame, opening nationwide April 26 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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ABC(CHICAGO) -- Empire star Jussie Smollett has been arrested, and is currently in custody of detectives, according to Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department. 

Wednesday night, authorities filed a felony charge of disorderly conduct/filing a false police report against the actor, who falsely claimed he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime at the hands of "racist" supporters of President Trump on January 29. 

Smollett's story quickly unraveled, however, when investigators located two brothers known to Smollett. Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo reportedly told police that the actor paid them to orchestrate and carry out the fake attack, after a threatening letter reportedly directed at him wasn't being taken seriously enough. 

The class 4 felony charge against Smollett is punishable for up to three years in prison.

Guglielmi said the arrest was the result of an, "an intense investigation that took a lot of police resources," and insisted Smollett, "will be held accountable for that." The spokesman added, "That was a pretty hateful allegation, and it really put a terrible look on Chicago. Chicago trusted this young man. We loved Empire. And we took this very seriously that something this hateful could happen in our city."

Meantime, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are currently investigating whether Smollett played a role in sending the threatening letter himself, two federal officials confirmed to ABC News. If that's confirmed, more charges against the actor are likely.

Following news of the false report charge last night, attorneys for Smollett said in a statement provided to ABC News: "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.  Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

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ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Hours after Gwyneth Paltrow filed a countersuit against a man who claims he was injured by the actress while skiing in Utah, her accuser's attorney has issued a response, claiming her counterclaim is "rife with errors."

Utah man Terry Sanderson is suing Paltrow and the Deer Valley ski resort for $3.1 million, claiming a hit-and-run collision between him and Paltrow on February 26, 2016 left him with "a concussion, brain injury and four broken ribs."

In the countersuit, filed Wednesday, Paltrow claims it was she that was struck by the plaintiff.

"Ms. Paltrow remembers what happened very clearly. She was enjoying skiing with her family on vacation...when Plaintiff...plowed into her back," sustaining "a full 'body blow,'" reads the complaint.  "Ms. Paltrow was angry with [Sanderson], and said so. [He] apologized. She was shaken and upset, and quit skiing for the day, even though it was still morning."

The suit adds that a Deer Valley employee and Paltrow prepared a report stating that Sanderson had "taken [Paltrow] out from behind,'" meaning the collision was his fault.

In a response obtained by ABC, Sanderson's attorney calls Paltrow's counterclaim "rife with errors," alleging she "skied into [Sanderson's] back, breaking 4 of his ribs and leaving him with a concussion.”  Sanderson’s lawyer also claims they have a witness who can confirm that, as well as their assertion that Paltrow “left the scene of the collision."

The statement further alleges Paltrow and her group "failed to notify ski patrol as required by a criminal statute in Summit County, Utah,” adding, “Failing to stay at the scene of the accident or ski collision is a violation of that law."

Sanderson’s response also accuses Paltrow’s ski instructor of changing his story, first stating that he didn’t see the collision, then making false statement to cover it up.

The statement also contends the Avengers: Endgame actress' pleading “misrepresents Dr. Sanderson's medical records” by claiming that Sanderson, 69, "told his doctor about one year earlier that he was blind in his right eye, and that his vision in his left eye was decreasing. Just three weeks before the incident, Plaintiff told his doctor that Plaintiff had 'gotten old all of a sudden.'" It also notes Sanderson had "15 other chronic medical issues."

Paltrow's countersuit claims that after the accident, Sanderson's doctor tested him and did not find any "deficits in his cognitive functioning..." and that a friend insisted Sanderson "acted the same" after the collision as he did before.

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Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET(CHICAGO) -- Empire star Jussie Smollett, who claimed he was assaulted on January 29 in Chicago by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs, has been charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, signaling that investigators believe the 36-year-old actor and singer fabricated the attack.

"The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has approved a disorderly conduct charge on Jussie Smollett," the office confirmed to ABC News.  A bond hearing for Smollett is set for 1:30 p.m. local time Thursday in Chicago's Central Bond Court. 

Chicago PD spokesperson Anthony Gugliemi tweeted Thursday evening, "Detectives will make contact with [Smollett's] legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest."

Gugliemi further told ABC News that Smollett's attorneys "have not shared where he is at this point."

"I know this can be difficult emotionally, and we hope [Smollett] doesn't do anything terrible," said Gugliemi.  "We want to make this as diplomatic as possible. In the end, this is only a class 4 felony. He will get through this and we want to make it as easy as possible for him to do it. But again, it is about accountability."

Following news of the charge, attorneys for Smollett said in a statement provided to ABC News: “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.  Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

Two brothers known to Smollett have reportedly told police that the actor paid them to orchestrate and carry out the attack.  According to Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, Smollett was upset because a threatening letter directed at him, sent to Empire's Chicago studios on January 22, wasn't being taken seriously enough.   Chicago police reportedly have surveillance video of the brothers purchasing supplies for the alleged attack, during which Smollett claimed an unknown liquid was poured on him and a noose placed around his neck.

Attorney Gloria Schmidt, who represents the brothers, called the entire affair "very traumatizing" for them and emphasized that they'd cooperated with investigators.  As for Smollet, Schmidt said he "should come clear, because the truth will set him free."

The FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are currently investigating whether Smollett played a role in sending the threatening letter himself, two federal officials confirmed to ABC News.

Despite an initial report that Smollett was being written out of Empire, Fox released a statement Wednesday, prior to Smollett being charged, that he's still an important part of the series.  "Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show," said Fox and 20th Century Fox TV. 

Late Wednesday night, Variety reported that producers were now considering suspending Smollett from the series, in the wake of his indictment.  That report has not been confirmed.

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(CHICAGO) -- Empire star Jussie Smollett, who claimed he was assaulted on January 29 by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs, is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago police.

According to a tweet by Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, Smollett will be charged with filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony. Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.

The news comes after Chicago police continued their investigation into the alleged attack on the Empire actor. ABC News confirmed that police and prosecutors met with Smollett's attorneys in Chicago on Wednesday.

Guglielmi said that no evidence had been presented to a grand jury on behalf of the Smollett case on Tuesday. He also said he could not confirm reports that half a dozen subpoenas seeking Smollett's cell phone and bank records have been issued.

Despite an initial report that Smollett was being written out of Empire, Fox has released a statement on Wednesday confirming that Smollett is still an important part of the series.

"Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show," said Fox and 20th Century Fox TV in a statement to ABC News.

The statement was issued prior to Smollett being named a suspect.

Two brothers known to Smollett have reportedly told police that the actor paid them to orchestrate and carry out the attack.  According to the brothers, Smollett was upset because a threatening letter directed at him, sent to Empire's Chicago studios on January 22, wasn't being taken seriously enough. 

The FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are currently investigating whether Smollett played a role in sending the threatening letter himself, two federal officials confirmed to ABC News.

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Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Oscar nominee Ruth E. Carter had a specific goal in mind when she worked to create the extraordinarily detailed Afro-futuristic costumes featured in Black Panther.

The veteran costume designer, who was previously Oscar-nominated for 1992's Malcolm X and 1997's Amistad, tells ABC Radio what she focused on when she created her designs.

"Well, you know, it's for the culture," Carter says. "And, it's doing what I love."

And while awards aren't what drives her, the talented visionary says she's also mindful of what it would mean to take home one of Hollywood's most coveted honors this Sunday night.

"Getting acknowledged by the Academy would be a nice, nice present," she admits. "But, it really is for the culture."

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ABC(UTAH) -- Gwyneth Paltrow isn't taking a lawsuit from a guy who claims she injured him on a ski slope lying down. 

According to the court filing, Utah man Terry Sanderson is suing the actress and the Deer Valley ski resort for $3.1 million, claiming a hit-and-run collision between him and Paltrow on Feb. 26, 2016 left him with "a concussion, brain injury and four broken ribs."

At the time, Paltrow's rep told ABC Radio in a statement, "This lawsuit is completely without merit." Now, in a new legal filing, she's has fired back, claiming it was she who was struck by the plaintiff.

"Ms. Paltrow remembers what happened very clearly. She was enjoying skiing with her family on vacation...when Plaintiff...plowed into her back," sustaining "a full 'body blow,'" reads the complaint. 

Ms. Paltrow was angry with [Sanderson], and said so. [He] apologized. She was shaken and upset, and quit skiing for the day, even though it was still morning."

The suit adds that a Deer Valley employee and Paltrow prepared a report stating that Sanderson had "taken [Paltrow] out from behind,'" meaning the collision was his fault.

Paltrow's suit also claims that Sanderson, 69, is exaggerating his injuries.

"Plaintiff had told his doctor about one year earlier that he was blind in his right eye, and that his vision in his left eye was decreasing. Just three weeks before the incident, Plaintiff told his doctor that Plaintiff had 'gotten old all of a sudden,'" states the suit, which also notes Sanderson had "15 other chronic medical issues." 

The countersuit also claims that after the accident, Sanderson's doctor tested him and did not find any "deficits in his cognitive functioning..." and that a friend insisted Sanderson "acted the same" after the collision as he did before.  

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AMPAS(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar winner Barbra Streisand, Daily Show host Trevor Noah, tennis legend Serena Williams, and Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis have just been added to the latest batch of celebrity presenters at the 91st Oscars telecast. 

The new batch also includes former Saturday Night Live star Dana Carvey and his Wayne's World co-star Mike Myers, recording artist and Girls Trip star Queen Latifah, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Diego Luna.

These newly announced presenters will introduce one of the eight Best Picture nominees -- so you can try to guess who will do each one.  For example, since Mike Myers is in Bohemian Rhapsody, and Wayne's World helped re-popularize the Queen song of the same name, it's a good bet that he and Carvey will present that movie. And since Streisand starred in a previous iteration of A Star Is Born, we're pretty sure she'll be presenting that one.

Previously announced presenters include Helen Mirren, Michael B. Jordan, Tyler Perry, Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

The 91st Academy Awards -- without a host this year -- air Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC isn't missing out on the chance to remind people that the new season of American Idol is right around the corner.

At 4 p.m. ET, before the network starts its Academy Awards coverage this Sunday, viewers can watch the half-hour special American Idol: A New Journey Begins. It features Ryan Seacrest interviewing judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie about the new season of the show, and offers a preview of some of the talent we'll be seeing this year.  The three singers will also answer fan questions and reveal "behind-the-scenes secrets."

Then, during the Oscars themselves, viewers will see a musical performance by American Idol hopefuls from the show's premiere episode on March 3.  The prospective contestants will be seen singing from a rooftop in "the heart of Hollywood," and Ryan Seacrest will appear as well.

American Idol: A New Journey Begins begins at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on ABC.  At 6:30 p.m., the 90-minute preview Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet begins, followed by the Oscars at 8 p.m. ET.

Interestingly, many of the artists you'll see singing on Sunday's Academy Awards have appeared on American Idol in the past, including Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, the rock band Queen and their lead singer Adam Lambert-- who was the runner-up on season eight -- and, of course, season three standout Jennifer Hudson.

American Idol premieres Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC(CHICAGO) -- A previously unreported misdemeanor complaint about Empire actor Jussie Smollett surfaced on Tuesday, related to an arrest for driving under the influence 12 years ago.

According to the complaint, Smollett -- who claims he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack on January 29 -- was pulled over by police in 2007.  He told police his name was Jake Smollett -- who is actually his younger brother -- and signed Jake’s name on the written promise to appear in court.

Smollett was charged with providing false information to law enforcement, driving under the influence and driving without a valid license. He pleaded no contest and completed an alcohol education program, NBC News confirmed at the time. 

Brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo have claimed they helped Smollett concoct the alleged January 29 assault after he became upset that a letter threatening him, which had been sent to the Empire show's studio, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC News on Monday.

The pair told investigators that Smollett paid them to help him orchestrate and stage the "attack."

Police have not independently verified the allegations, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News.

The Osundairo brothers agreed to cooperate with authorities after detectives confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope that Smollett claimed was put around his neck "like a noose."

The FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are currently investigating whether Smollett played a role in sending the threatening letter himself, two federal officials confirm to ABC News.

The letter, which was sent Jan. 22, is currently in the FBI crime lab for analysis, one of the sources said.

A spokesperson for Smollett said Monday the actor's attorneys are keeping an active dialogue going with Chicago police on behalf of the actor.

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AMPAS(LOS ANGELES) -- Helen Mirren, Michael B. Jordan and Tyler Perry are among the latest stars announced as presenters at the 91st Oscars telecast.

They'll be joined by Elsie Fisher, Danai Gurira, John Mulaney, Brian Tyree Henry, Pharrell Williams, Krysten Ritter, Paul Rudd, and Michelle Yeoh.

Previously announced presenters include Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu,Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne,James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

The 91st Academy Awards -- without a host this year -- air Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Virginia "Pepper" Potts will bid farewell to the Marvel Cinematic Universe following this spring's Avengers: Endgame, Gwyneth Paltrow tells Variety. However, Paltrow -- who's played the personal assistant turned fiancée of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man for the last decade -- left open the possibility of showing up in a cameo or appearing in flashbacks somewhere down the line. 

"I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it," the Oscar winner tells the trade," noting her friend and eventual series co-star -- and Iron Man director -- Jon Favreau talked her into it. Indeed, the filmmakers had also eyed Rachel McAdams for the role -- though she eventually joined the MCU as Dr. Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange.

"It was such a wonderful experience making the first Iron Man and then to watch how important it has become to fans," Paltrow said.

Incidentally, Paltrow's comments about the MCU were brief, but the 46-year-old might have confirmed a spoiler about Endgame. Explaining her MCU exit, Paltrow noted, "I mean, I'm a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point." While Gwyneth wore Tony's Iron Man armor briefly in Iron Man 3, there's a chance "in a suit" refers to Rescue, an alter-ego she assumes in the comics after finding a suit of armor Stark designed for her -- and that would confirm this on-set spy snap of her apparently wearing just that. Chances are, it's "all hands on deck" in the fight against Thanos in Endgame, and Pepper becoming Rescue would make sense.

Although she might be done as an MCU full-time player, she doesn't discount coming back for the occasional cameo, as she did in the final moments of Spider-Man: Homecoming. "I feel honored to be a part of something that people are so passionate about," she said. "Of course, if they said, 'Can you come back for a day?,' I will always be there if they need me."


Avengers: Endgame
 opens nationwide April 26. Marvel Studios, like ABC News, is owned by parent company Disney.

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Kit Harington as Jon Snow; Courtesy HBO(NEW YORK ) -- The show that brought you the bloody Red Wedding is now offering you the chance to attend its premiere...if you open a vein.

Game of Thrones is teaming with the Red Cross that will allow some some lucky fans to attend the world premiere of the show's eighth and final season -- in exchange for your blood. Literally.

The Red Cross is in dire need of blood, platelets or AB Elite plasma, and is willing to trade trips to the premiere for it.

If you donate blood between between Feb. 19 and March 17, you will be automatically entered to win one of five trips to the premiere.

A teaser showing some of the show's characters' suffering, and asks, "They all bleed for the Throne. Will you?"

If you give blood to the Red Cross between March 7 and 12, you could get a bloody Iron Throne T-shirt and sticker -- while supplies last.  Go to ForTheThrone.com/Bleed for more details.

In case you don't win, Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is ready to make a film about a real-life Black Panther.

Deadline has learned that Coogler is producting Jesus Was My Homeboy, a film about legendary Black Panther member Fred Hampton.

The film, to be released through Warner Bros., is set to be directed by Newlyweeds director Shaka King. Da niel Kaluuya, who starred in Coogler's Black Panther as W'Kabi, and Sorry to Bother You's LaKeith Stanfield are currently to in talks to star. The two previously starred in Jordan Peele's Oscar-winning film Get Out.

Deadline reports that Kaluuya would play Hampton, while Stanfield would play William O'Neal, the man who worked with FBI to betray him. The film will focus on how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panthers and O'Neal's part in bringing down the young leader.

Fred Hampton was a respected civil right activist who led the Illinois chapter of the Panthers. His popularity, however, made him target of the FBI.  In 1969 he and fellow Panther Mark Clark were killed during a controversial raid ordered by the Chicago Police Department in tandem with the FBI.

Although their deaths were ruled to be justifiable, a number of investigations "pointed to state-sponsored assassination" and subsequently led to civil lawsuits and settlements. Hampton’s funeral was attended by thousands and he was eulogized by civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Ralph Abernathy.

O’Neal later committed suicide in 1990, with some speculating that he was haunted by his part in Hampton's death.

This is the latest project for Coogler, who is on board to produce Warner Bros' Space Jam 2 and the highly anticipated sequel to Marvel's Black Panther.

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