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"Three Billboards," "Big Little Lies," Netflix lead nominees at Sunday's 24th Annual SAG Awards

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By Stephen Iervolino

Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out this Sunday.

Hosted by Kristen Bell, the SAG Awards ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead the pack of nominees.

Three Billboards is the most-nominated film, with four nods. On the TV side, HBO’s Big Little Lies and Netflix’s wrestling comedy GLOW and its sci-fi hit Stranger Things earned the most nominations, each with four.

Netflix earned 19 nominations total, followed by HBO with 12, leaving broadcast TV in the dust: their closest competitor, NBC, earned three nominations.

The 54th Annual SAG Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Morgan Freeman.

Presenters included Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya; Mudbound‘s Mary J. Blige and Jason Clarke; and Three Billboards… leads Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Frances McDormand. Among the other presenters are Mandy Moore, Olivia Munn, Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Marisa Tomei, Rosanna Arquette and Beverly Hills, 90210 star-turned SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

Here are the nominees in major categories:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson,Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glow Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette & Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Laura Linney, Ozark

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
William H. Macy, Shameless
Marc Maron, GLOW

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

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Host Kristen Bell says the SAG Awards this year will be "celebrating women"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — Kristen Bell believes having a woman chosen as the first person to ever host the Screen Actors Guild Awards show is “the tip of the hat” to recent conversations calling for change in Hollywood.

“I think it’s just in response to … conversations changing about the industry,” Bell told ABC News’ Nick Watt of her being chosen to host the awards show this year. “Maybe having a female host it is a little bit of a response to, or the tip of the hat to that,” she added.

Bell said that Sunday night’s show, where every presenter will also be female, is “really celebrating women a lot.”

The decision to have a female host and all-female presenters comes at a time when the entertainment industry has courted controversy for months, and is still reeling from the fallout of multiple sexual harassment scandals.

Another benefit to being the first ever woman to host the show? “I won’t be compared to anyone else, which is kind of nice,” Bell joked.

“I’m going to be as awkward and as weird as possible, and hopefully that will make someone smile,” she added. “We’re going to have a lot of fun.”

The SAG Awards have often been looked to as the best predictor of who will win an Oscar. In 2017 and 2016, three out of four acting winners at the SAG Awards went on to win Oscars that year.

Bell, who stars on ABC’s The Good Place, told ABC News that while it’s “very flattering” to be chosen as a host, she noted that she still has yet to be nominated for an SAG Award herself.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will air Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS.

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother plead guilty to tax evasion charges

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By Stephen Iervolino

Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW JERSEY) — The Situation’s got himself into a sticky tax situation — and recently took a plea deal to get out of it.

As a part of a plea deal, both Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and his manager brother, Marc Sorrentino, pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in a New Jersey courthouse Friday.

The Situation pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion, while his brother pleaded guilty to “aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return,” according to documents acquired by ABC News.

According to the pleas, both The Sitch and his brother hid money the reality star made in 2011. In some cases, Mike Sorrentino was paid off the books, and made cash bank deposits small enough not to be detected by the IRS.

Marc Sorrentino, who created business ventures so the pair could capitalize on his brother’s Jersey Shore stardom, admitted to under-reporting his income and providing false information to tax preparers for tax years 2010, 2011, and 2012.

The Sitch’s charge carries a maximum penalty of five years behind bars. His brother’s crime carries a maximum three-year prison sentence. Both brothers can also be fined up to $250,000 each.

“What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said in a statement. “All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes. Celebrity status does not provide a free pass from this obligation.”

Sentencing is scheduled for April 25.

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Comic book hero Chris Hemsworth talks real-life heroes, in military movie "12 Strong"

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By Stephen Iervolino

© 2017 HS FILM, LLC(NEW YORK) — As its name suggests, today’s new release, 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, is based on actual events — but you’d be forgiven if you thought it was made up.

The stars of the film, including Thor star Chris Hemsworth, Ant-Man‘s Michael Pena [PEYn-yah], and Moonlight‘s Trevante Rhodes thought so too, at first — before they got to know the American heroes who actually lived it.

In the days after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, American Special Forces deployed operatives to Afghanistan, in an extremely dangerous mission to convince locals to turn against Osama bin Laden and his Taliban army.

As part of their blending in with the local resistance fighters — one of the specialties of Special Forces operators — Americans did battle with the heavily armed Islamic extremists using horses to charge across the perilous terrain.

For Hemsworth, the movie highlighted real-life superheroes. “I’ve done a lot of stuff in the comic book world…but I desperately wanted to do something…more grounded…And this script came along a few years ago, and my first instinct was, I just couldn’t believe it was a true story.”

Like Hemsworth, who plays the squad’s leader, Pena and Rhodes relished the chance to meet and work with the real-life heroes they played on screen. “These men are interesting,” Pena tells ABC Radio, “because of course they feel fear …but it’s their willingness to overcome that — I think not everyone has that ability.”

Rhodes adds, “Obviously it was massively valuable…We had dinner with them a couple of times…We worked out together, we ate together. It was … an honor.”

The movie also stars Rob Riggle — who, in his pre-fame days, was a Marine pilot. Incidentally, the Daily Show alum holds the rank of Lt. Colonel in real life, and in 12 Strong he plays the man he served under, Lt. Col. Max Bowers, one of the mission’s commanders.

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Jackée Harry says no to a "227" reboot and playing the "outrageous" Sandra Clark

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By Stephen Iervolino

Courtesy of OWN(NEW YORK) — Jackée Harry admits she is excited for a Sister, Sister reboot, where she will once again get to play the fun-loving Lisa Landry. But don’t ask the 227 alum about revisiting her ’80s sitcom character Sandra Clark — because she’ll tell you there’s no way she’ll play that “outrageous” woman again.

“I don’t live in the past,” Harry tells ABC Radio. “I’m staying with the now and the future. I really do, I really do because…Uh! I can’t believe I did that all that shhhh!”

In addition to appearing as Sandra on 227, which aired from 1985 to 1990, Harry shot a television pilot, entitled Jackée, which followed her character Sandra to New York City. Although NBC aired the pilot, the show wasn’t picked up and Jackée returned 227 only as a guest star.

Now, close to 30 years later, Jackee says she’s not interested in seeing a 227 reboot, but rather is focused on her current gig as Joanne, a troublemaking family member, in Tyler Perry’s new OWN series, The Paynes.

“In a black heaven,” Harry says in reference to a 227 reboot. “No. No! No, I don’t have nothing else to say. I don’t live in the past. I did that, it was just outrageous. But I would like to do… this show for another six years… or eight, nine.”

The Paynes air Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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