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More than 140 survivors of sexual abuse honored with Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — Racecar driver Danica Patrick became the first female host of the ESPYs Wednesday night. But that achievement wasn’t the only moment that will have people talking tomorrow, later this week — and even for years to come.

The “hero” Parkland coaches, an embattled Hall of Fame football player and 141 sexual abuse survivors all were honored in a very heartfelt, empowering awards show.

Here are the top highlights:

Danica’s big night

“It’s true the ESPYs have never had a host like me before,” she said. “For the last 25 years, the ESPYs have been about celebrating the magic of sports.”

But Patrick didn’t shy away from telling her fair share of jokes, some of which were aimed at sports icons in the room.

She made fun of Cleveland, Odell Beckham Jr.‘s hairstyle, and more.

“Speaking of other countries, congrats to France on winning the World cup,” she said. “I’d make a joke about the U.S. soccer team, but they didn’t qualify for this monologue.”

The NBA’s elite weren’t safe either, as Patrick joked about King LeBron James himself, going below the belt when she made fun of his losing his hair. She then explained when James hosted in the past, he picked on her, too.

Pat Tillman Award For Service

Funnyman Jon Stewart took the stage to present a very serious award.

Former Marine and college football star Jake Wood, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was honored for organizing veterans and first responders to Haiti to help in 2010 after a severe earthquake rocked the island.

That led to his starting his nonprofit Team Rubicon, which, years later, has thousands of veterans and volunteers around the globe.

The organization doesn’t just save lives in disaster zones, including Houston and Puerto Rico, but it also gives veterans purpose and meaning and saves their lives as well.

“Being able to share our stories and know you’re not alone … we couldn’t do it without each other,” one veteran said during a special clip.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance goes to Jim Kelly

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who’s battled cancer several times over the past five years, was honored with the award named after the legendary late basketball coach.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as Kelly spoke about his late son, Hunter, and his battle with cancer.

“My faith [is] in the good lord that he has plans for my life,” Kelly said. “My wife, Jill, you are my heart, you are my soul, you are my everything.”

He also inspired the room about “being a difference-maker,” adding: “If you have somebody out there suffering, it doesn’t have to be cancer … the smile on your face, that can be the difference … like Jimmy V said, ‘Don’t ever give up!'”

Stoneman Douglas High School honors coaches

Another somber yet inspiring moment came later in the evening, when the three coaches killed during the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were honored with the Best Coach Award.

Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon all gave their lives to save students earlier this year.

Former high school athletes and students talked about how these coaches “changed lives” and later died saving them.

Student after student talked about the mentors, heroes and friends they knew in these three amazing men.

Abuse survivors stand strong

The big moment of the night came when 141 abuse victims of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar took the stage after sharing their powerful and empowering stories.

After a powerful video detailing the abuse they all suffered, the 141 woman all took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. It was a moment that likely will be talked about for decades.

“It is a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors, as we represent hundreds more that are not with us tonight,” said Sarah Klein, who was victimized by Nassar 30 years ago.

Klein called tonight “a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage.”

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DiCaprio, Pitt and Damon all turned down roles in 'Brokeback Mountain', director says

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By Stephen Iervolino

(L-R) Ledger, Lee, Gyllenhaal – Photo by Eric CATARINA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s hard to picture anyone in the leading roles for 2005’s Brokeback Mountain besides Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, but one director had other plans.

Before the film came to Ang Lee to direct, Gus Van Sant said he was working on the project.

In his vision, Van Sant wanted bigger stars. Ledger and Gyllenhaal weren’t quite as bankable back then, but would receive acclaim and prestige for their work on this groundbreaking film.

“I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast,” he added. “That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.”

Ledger would go on to earn an Oscar nod for his work in the film, but Van Sant said all the other names on his dream list “turned down the project, for various reasons.”

Brokeback Mountain famously broke down barriers for the LGBTQ community by following the lives and forbidden love of two gay cowboys, played by Ledger and Gyllenhaal.

The film’s producer and screenwriter Diana Ossana told Indie Wire that Van Sant was thrilled to join the project.

“Gus arrived at our door five days after we sent the script out into the world,” she said. “He was eager and passionate about it.”

After taking over the project, Lee won a Best Director Oscar that year.

“What I could have done, and what I probably should have done, was cast more unknowns — not worried about who were the lead actors,” Van Sant said. “I was not ready. I’m not sure why.”

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Leslie Jones says she's taking a break from "the world" after claiming to be disrespected by black men

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By Stephen Iervolino

Kailey Fellows/NBCIt’s apparently been a tough week for Leslie Jones.

After calling out Jessica Alba‘s Honest Company for “not doing good” business earlier, the Saturday Night Live star went on Twitter with another grievance.

“When young men especially black men (yea I said it) talk to me like I’m some dumb B*!” Jones wrote. “It makes me want to stomp a mudhole in they a. That is all. #imabouttoshowthesefoolsthecomptoninmyheart.”

After sharing her apparent frustrations with men, Jones told her fans and followers she’s decided to take a much needed mental break.

“This week has been fed up and emotional angering and just plain exhausting,” she tweeted. “I disappear now into my tv programs. F the world for a minute!!Goodbye! #b****ineedabrainbreak.”

No word on how long Jones’ break will last.

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Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' gets earlier release date

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ABC RadioLOS ANGELES — Sony Pictures has moved Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood up a couple of weeks, from August 9, 2019 to July 26, 2019, according to Variety.

The trade speculates the change was made to avoid controversy over the release coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Charles Manson murders, on which the film is based.

Once again, Oscar winner Tarantino has assembled a galaxy of stars for his latest feature, including his Django Unchained co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, and his Inglorious Basterd lead Brad Pitt, as well as Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino.

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Warner Bros. will screen 'The Dark Knight' in IMAX for 10th anniversary engagement

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Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Warner Bothers is marking the 10th anniversary of Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film, The Dark Knight, by bringing it to four select IMAX locations for an exclusive, one-week engagement, beginning August 24, it was announced Wednesday.

The movie, led by the late Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the Joker, opened in the U.S. on July 18, 2008 and made $158.4 million in its debut weekend, on its way to earning $534.8 million stateside and $1 billion globally. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman also starred.

Tickets for the IMAX re-release opening day go on sale this Friday.

Theater locations can be found on IMAX’s website.

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