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"Transformers: The Last Knight" leads this week's new releases

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By Stephen Iervolino

qParamount Pictures/Bay F – © 2017 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Opened nationwide on Wednesday:

Transformers: The Last Knight — Humans and Transformers are at war and Optimus Prime is gone in this fifth installment of the Transformers franchise. Once again, it’s up to Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yaeger and his cohorts to save the world. Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock co-star. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

  • The Bad Batch — Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carey star in this sci-fi love story set in a community of cannibals. Rated R.
  • The Beguiled — Sofia Coppola’s reboot of the 1971 Civil War-era drama stars Colin Farrell as an injured Union soldier who seeks refuge at a girls’ school in Virginia, leading to rivalries and an unexpected turn of events. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning also star. Rated R.

  • The Big Sick — This romantic comedy from Bridesmaids and Trainwreck producer Judd Apatow stars Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan as a couple dealing with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. Co-starring Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Rated R.



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Bill Cosby planning speaking engagements about sexual assault, rep says

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Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Bill Cosby is planning speaking engagements to educate people about the sexual assault allegations made against him, his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, told ABC News Thursday.

Wyatt said he’d been contacted by a number of organizations, including churches, asking for Cosby to “come out and speak to young men and women on how this could affect their lives.”

“This is bigger than Mr. Cosby now. … Mr. Cosby is going to go out and use his voice, to let it be heard, and to try to educate young men and women on how to avoid this because they do not have the wealth of resources that he has,” Wyatt said. “But I think that he can give them some direction.”

He added that people don’t know enough about what constitutes an allegation of sexual assault.

“You could walk in a baseball game, a crowded baseball game, and you could bump up against a female, touch her butt or her breasts by accident and that’s sexual assault,” Wyatt said.

Cosby. 79, was charged in 2015 with sexually assaulting Andrew Constand more than a decade ago, but jurors at his trial earlier this month in Norristown, PA, were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts. Cosby pleaded not guilty and described the sexual encounter as consensual.

More than 50 women have come forward with claims that the comedian drugged and/or sexually assaulted them, but Cosby has denied all allegations of wrongdoing. He has not been criminally charged as a result of any of those accusations.

Montgomery Country, PA, District Attorney Kevin Steele has said he plans to re-try the comedian.

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Marisa Tomei talks "Spider-Man: Homecoming," looks back at "My Cousin Vinny"

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By Stephen Iervolino

Getty Images/Monica Schipper(NEW YORK) — After making her debut as the character in Captain America: Civil War, Marisa Tomei is back as Peter Parker’s Aunt May in the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday, the Oscar-winning actress acknowledged that her character has previously been portrayed as a much older, gray-haired grandmotherly type. But, as she told ABC’s Lara Spencer, “She’s actually [Peter’s] aunt by marriage, so she can be any age really. It just depends when I met Uncle Ben.”

In Civil War, Robert Downey Jr.’s Stark refers to Tomei, his one-time co-star in the movie Only You, as “Aunt Hottie.” For Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tomei reveals that they filmed a scene that indicated May and Stark have a history.

“…At one point we had a background where she had seen him at a protest — she was protesting his corporation and they still eyeballed each other,” Tomei said, adding that she’s not sure if that scene made the final cut.

Tomei, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Mona Lisa Vito in 1992’s My Cousin Vinny, told Spencer that she still holds the comedy near and dear to her heart 25 years after its release.

“That’s why I’m so happy that I got to be a part of it, because it lives on, it’s funny,” Tomei said. “It makes people laugh.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming, which stars Michael Keaton, Downey, Zendaya and Tom Holland as Spidey, swings into theaters July 7.

The movie is a co-production of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, the latter of which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Ariel Winter trashes tabloid for claiming she bankrolls her boyfriend

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Ariel Winter is not giving her new boyfriend a free ride and she took to her Instagram account on Wednesday to shoot down the rumor.

The Modern Family star was responding to a story in Star magazine claiming that she gives her boyfriend, Levi Meaden, an allowance.

Winter, 19, opened by calling the tabloid “trash,” adding, “Seriously, how dare you make up stuff that you have no idea about?”

“I have a BOYFRIEND and a PERSONAL ASSISTANT who are NOT the same person,” she continued. “I would NEVER pay my boyfriend ANY sort of allowance, nor would he EVER accept if I offered.”

“He BUYS his own stuff whether it’s for me or himself, and he more than pulls his weight for our life,” she insists. “I HATE fake news, but I guess that’s what our world has come to. Get your s*** straight. I don’t support anyone, and I don’t need anyone to support me.”

Finally, she writes, “He’s got a full career (including something huge that’s new) and works hard for it. He’s not just someone’s boyfriend,” Winter concluded. “So if you don’t know us, don’t comment. Xoxo.”

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Will Arnett says "The Gong Show" is "about having a good time"

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(NEW YORK) — If you ask Will Arnett why he decided to executive produce a reboot of the campy ’70s game show The Gong Show, and the Arrested Development star will smile.

“Anytime you say the name The Gong Show, you smile,” he told Good Morning America After Hours host Lynda Lopez. “I had such good memories of the [original] show, and I thought, ‘When you have something like that…it has so much good will built in…It’s so much fun, and it’d be nice to do a show that’s just about having a good time.”

Like the original, celebrity judges are key to the reboot, which debuts Thursday night. “Everybody from Jack Black, to Zach Galifianakis, to Will Forte and Fred Armisen, and Elizabeth Banks…the list just keeps going. All these fun, funny people, who are friends of mine, who had the same reaction that I did about The Gong Show, and said, ‘Yeah, I wanna come on.'”

The show is hosted by Tommy Maitland — a fictional British comedian who’s actually Mike Myers in disguise. Even so, Arnett insists he’s been a Maitland fan for years.

“I was looking forward to Tommy exposing himself to America,” Arnett deadpanned.

The Gong Show debuts Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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