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Regina Hall lays down her ground rules for 'Girls Trip 2'

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ABC/Paula Lobo(MIAMI) — Regina Hall stars in Shaft which opens Friday, but she’s already thinking about Girls Trip 2 — and what she will or won’t wear in the sequel.

After Jada Pinkett Smith suggested that Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil would be an ideal location for Girls Trip 2, Hall tells Entertainment Tonight she’s not down because she doesn’t want to wear the very sexy — and very skimpy — costumes that people don during Carnival.

“I don’t need to be in that outfit,” she says, “I would want to eat… Like, ‘Damn, now I can’t eat for three days, ’cause I got to be covered in crystals!”

The 48-year-old actress is looking forward to working again with Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah, and she wants to make sure they have a good script.

“I think it’s about the timing and also everyone wants to make sure that the story’s worthy of a sequel,” Hall says, “We don’t want y’all talking about us ’cause then y’all will be like, ‘Why’d they do a second one? They should have just left it alone.'”

A Girls Trip sequel has not been officially announced, but Hall is confident part two will become a reality.

“It’s going to happen,” she says. “I know that they are trying really hard to come up with the perfect idea.”

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Quentin Tarantino insists he'd put the "R" in 'Star Trek'

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Stephen Iervolino/ABC Radio(LOS ANGELES) — Writer-director Quentin Tarantino is famous for penning some of the most quotable dialogue in Hollywood history, and as anybody who know those lines can tell you, they’re generally not PG-rated.  And it’d be the same if Tarantino has his way with the Star Trek universe, too.

The filmmaker is a major Trekker, and is developing a big-screen project set in Gene Roddenberry’s final frontier — but he won’t be skimping on his trademark profanity.

“It’s an R-rated movie,” he told Empire magazine. “If I do it, it’ll be R-rated,” Tarantino states.

His latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood debuts on July 26. Once he’s done promoting the Brad Pitt/Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film, Tarantino will focus on Trek.

“There’s a script that exists for it now. I need to weigh in on it, but I haven’t been able to do that yet,” he explains.

For the record, Star Trek‘s dialog has been squeaky clean for more than five decades — curses in alien or foreign languages aside.  However, CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery recently went where no Trek has gone before by having two characters — Stamets and Tilly — drop the F-bomb.

While some fans weren’t thrilled, Anthony Rapp, who plays Stamets, defended the profanity by explaining that the use of the phrase “so f***ing cool” wasn’t gratuitous — it was their characters’ reaction to a major scientific breakthrough.

Rapp told Indiewire, “I imagine there’s scientists in their labs who might do that any time. We didn’t drop the [first] F-bomb in Star Trek by telling something to go f*** themselves.”

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Megan Hilty has a built-in "mini test audience" for new Disney Junior show, 'T.O.T.S.'

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Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — When Broadway star Megan Hilty got the opportunity to be a part of Disney Junior’s new animated show, T.O.T.S, she jumped at the chance. Not only does she love voiceover work, it’s also something both of her kids could enjoy.

“It’s great because I have this mini test audience in my house,” she tells ABC Radio. “So I have my daughter who’s four and my son who’s two. They’re right in the age demographic that is appropriate for the show and they loved it.”

T.O.T.S. follows a penguin and a flamingo — the only two non-storks working at the Tiny Ones Transport Service. Hilty voices KC the Koala and gets to sing in it, too.

“It’s the most fun,” Hilty says. “You know, in a lot of interviews that I do people generally ask, ‘So what do you prefer: stage or things on camera?’ And I say, ‘I prefer doing voiceover and animation.’”

While T.O.T.S. is sure to score points with young kids, Hilty’s adult fans still can’t get enough of her short-lived musical-drama series, Smash.

“It’s remarkable, really,” she says. “I mean, we went off the air, what, six years ago now? And I’m not joking or embellishing at all when I say every single day I’m asked by strangers on the street, in the grocery store, at the coffee shop, about the future of Smash.”

Megan doesn’t have an answer yet regarding Smash’s future, but T.O.T.S. airs on Disney Junior beginning June 14.

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On Instagram, Jessica Biel responds to "Anti-Vaxxer" accusations: "I am not against vaccinations"

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Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — After traveling to Sacramento to argue against a measure called #SB276 — a state bill that would limit the exemptions parents have for not vaccinating their kids — actress Jessica Biel took to Instagram to explain herself.

“I am not against vaccinations,” the actress and mother clarified, trying to get in front of headlines claiming the opposite.

Biel appeared in Sacramento alongside former Massachusetts Congressman Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who supports unproven claims that there’s a link between autism in children and vaccinations.  That led many to believe Biel was part of the so-called “Anti-Vaxxer” movement, which some in the medical community are blaming for the spread of once-eradicated diseases like measles.

Biel, who is mother to four-year-old Silas, her son with husband Justin Timberlake, insisted, “I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians.”

Biel explains, “My concern with #SB276 is solely regarding medical exemptions,” and goes on to explain that her friends have a child with a medical condition that warrants an exemption from vaccinations.

“Should this bill pass, it would greatly affect their family’s ability to care for their child in this state,” she adds.

Her lobbying against the bill came, she explains, “not because I don’t believe in vaccinations, but because I believe in giving doctors and the families they treat the ability to decide what’s best for their patients and the ability to provide that treatment.”

In the post, which showed her posing in front of the California State House, she recommended “everyone” to “learn about the intricacies” of the bill.

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Watch Chris Hemsworth as Fat Thor in his feelings, covering the Johnny Cash version of "Hurt"

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Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) — Chris Hemsworth apparently looked to a Nine Inch Nails song for inspiration while filming the latest Avengers movie.
On Wednesday’s Tonight Show, the Australian actor shared a video of himself performing an acoustic version of “Hurt” while in character as Thor on the Avengers: Endgame set.

Hemsworth explained that the song, particularly the acclaimed Johnny Cash version, reflected Thor’s emotional state in the film: his depression over the events in Avengers: Infinity War led to him putting on weight and becoming a heavy drinker.

“It’s the saddest song in the world,” Hemsworth said of “Hurt.”

The short clip of Hemsworth’s performance was filmed in secret in his trailer, as the Avengers movies have a strict “no leaks” policy — and his reveal as a Thor with a dad-bod and not a god-bod was one of the movie’s closely-held secrets.

Hemsworth added that he didn’t know at the time if he’d ever show the video publicly. “I’m a terrible singer and a terrible guitarist,” he laughed.

In reality, he’s not too shabby, even as his wardrobe for “Lebowski Thor” decidedly was.

Incidentally, this isn’t the first connection between a Marvel film and Nine Inch Nails. In this year’s Captain Marvel, Brie Larson’s titular character wears a NIN t-shirt, which led to the band’s website selling its own Captain Marvel-inspired shirt.

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