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Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney(NEW YORK) -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is back in the driver's seat for Fast 8, the next installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise.

The actor shared a photo of himself from the set Saturday as his character, federal agent Luke Hobbs. Johnson, who started filming last week, is sporting a leather jacket, tank top and a very long goatee.

"When you strip a man of all he has. All that's important to him. You force him to return to his roots. and sometimes that's a very dangerous and twisted place," Johnson writes in the caption, adding, "If I was going to return for another 'FAST & FURIOUS' I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his 'Daddy's gotta go to work' mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future.”

Fast 8 hits theaters on April 14, 2017.

Johson also confirmed in a separate post that he’s signed on to star in Doc Savage.  Based on a series of pulp novels and radio serials beginning in the 1930s, Doc Savage was one of the inspirations for the Superman character – a globe-trotting, brilliant scientist, inventor and explorer whose mind and body have been trained to the peak of human perfection.  No word on when we might see that movie.

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Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for BFI(NEW YORK) -- Keira Knightley has a more than a few hit films and a couple of Oscar nominations to her credit, but she's also picked up one critic along the way.

Her Begin Again director, John Carney, tells the British newspaper the Independent that he became "disenchanted" with the model-turned-actress after working with her on the 2013 film, in which she starred as a young singer/songwriter.

"I think the real problem was that Keira wasn't a singer and wasn't a guitar player and it's very hard to make music seem real if it's not with musicians. And I think the audience struggled a little bit with that in Begin Again," Carney recalls.

"And as much as I tried to make it work, I think that she didn't quite come out as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter," he continues. 

The Irish filmmaker and former musician also notes Keira, "has an entourage that follow her everywhere, so it's very hard to get any real work done."

Carney's takeaway from the experience: "I learned that I'll never make a film with supermodels again." 

For the record, two filmmakers who previously worked with the actress took to Twitter to defend her. Mark Romanek, the director of 2010′s Never Let Me Go, was first to post, and was quickly supported by Lorene Scafaria, the writer/director behind Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, the 2012 Steve Carrell dramedy.

"My experience with #keiraknightley was utterly spectacular on every level," posted Romanek."I have no clue what this guy is talking about." He added, presumably of Carney, "#arrogantsh**head." 

"I agree with Mark. Keira was a joy to work w/. Present & easy & really, really good at her job. Just lovely," Scafaria added.

Knightley co-stars with Will Smith and Kate Winslet in the drama Collateral Beauty, opening nationwide in December.

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Daneil Craig as James Bond in "Spectre"; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions(NEW YORK) -- The next actor to portray James Bond will be an unexpected candidate, according to recent 007 director Sam Mendes.

Speaking at the Hay festival to The Guardian, the British filmmaker, who directed the last two films in the Bond franchise, Skyfall and Spectre, said that the next director and actor chosen to helm the franchise will be decided by producer Barbara Broccoli and were likely to be unexpected choices. “I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect. That’s what she [Broccoli] has been brilliant at, and that’s how it’ll survive.”

Mendes won’t be back to direct the next Bond film. “It’s time for somebody else,” he said. “I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day I want to make stories with new characters.”

It has been 10 years since actor Daniel Craig took over the role of the suave British secret agent in his debut, Casino Royale, which reignited the franchise. Actors Tom Hiddleston, Aidan Turner, Idris Elba, Damian Lewis and Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell have all been rumored as possible replacements for the character.

Hiddleston was pictured meeting with executives linked to the Bond franchise.

Sean Connery launched the franchise in 1963 with Dr. No, appearing in six films in the series, and once in the Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again. Roger Moore has played Bond in seven films, Pierce Brosnan starred in four Bond films, Timothy Dalton played Bond twice and George Lazenby, once.

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Michael Jace during his arraignment May 22, 2014 for allegedy murdering his wife; David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Former The Shield actor Michael Jace has been found guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife in their Los Angeles home two years ago.

The Los Angeles jury also found the 51-year-old actor guilty of intentionally discharging a firearm. 

Jace could be sentenced to 50 years to life.

Jace's wife, April Jace, 40, was found dead of May 19, 2014 at the couple's home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Their two sons, who were then both under the age of 10, were in the home at the time of the shooting.

According to KABC TV, Jace shot his wife three times because he was upset that she wanted a divorce.  In an interview with police, which the jury heard, Jace said he wasn’t trying to kill his wife, only injure her.  Jace’s legal team argued that merited a charge of voluntary manslaughter, not murder.

Jury deliberations in the trial began last Friday. 

Jace played Officer Julien Lowe on The Shield. He also had recurring roles on Southland and The Mentalist.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Candace Payne became an overnight star when she posted a video to Facebook showing her wearing a Chewbacca toy mask, and laughing herself silly over it. And then she went to Disney World.

Payne earned herself the nickname “Chewbacca mom” after she posted her hilarious video to Facebook earlier this month. It had racked up more than 153 million views as of Sunday.

The Texas woman continued her adventures with a trip to Disney World.  A big Star Wars fan – no surprise there -- Payne went on the “Star Tours” ride, where she was trailed by Stormtroopers.

She laughed on the Tower of Terror, and even met Chewbacca, the Wookiee warrior responsible for her stardom. The two got along very well and even took a selfie together.

Of course, no trip to Disney World is complete without a ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant. The family capped their day by watching the Symphony in the Stars fireworks spectacular.

“When simple joys turn to extravagant joys, this is what you end up with," Payne said. "When you have a heart full of joy, it’ll change everything.”

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Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- In a post on his Facebook page -- one that unsurprisingly sparked yet another flurry of angry comments on the matter -- Dan Aykroyd has given a glowing review to the all-female Ghostbusters Reboot. 

In the July 15 release, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon take over for Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Aykroyd's co-creator, the late Harold Ramis, as a quartet of professional paranormal eliminators.

The first trailer for the reboot became infamous for being YouTube's most-unliked ever, and it had already riled many fans of the original thanks to its all-female cast and a plot that will feature the originals' surviving cast members only in cameos that aren't their 'busting characters.  

"As originator of the original," series co-creator Aykroyd noted, "Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it!"

The comments once again set off many fans of the 1984 original and its sequel. "So basically your saying this ghostbusters [sic] movie is better than the originals? What a way to s*** on ghostbusters," one responded to the star. Others pointed out that as the original films' co-creator and a producer on the reboot, he has a vested interest in the new series.

"As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I'm paying to see that and bringing all my friends!" Aykroyd added.

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George and Amal Clooney attend “Un Muro o Un Ponte” Seminary Sunday in Vatican City; Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- George and Amal Clooney greeted Pope Francis Sunday night at the Vatican.

The actor is collaborating with the Pope's foundation, "Scholas Occurrentes," as an ambassador for one of its arts projects.

Also honored on Sunday were Richard Gere and Salma Hayek.

Scholas Occurrentes is an arts organization founded by Pope Francis that aims to bring together children from different backgrounds, with the hope of achieving peace and understanding.

Currently, the program can be found in 82 countries and 400,000 schools, according to the Associated Press.

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Dominique Charriau/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Johnny Depp's daughter came out in support of the actor Sunday after his estranged wife, Amber Heard, filed for divorce and later accused him of domestic abuse.

Lily-Rose Depp, 17, shared a childhood photo of herself with her dad.

"My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know, he's been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same," she wrote in the caption.

Lily-Rose Depp is the actor's child from his 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis. The two are also parents to 14-year-old Jack.

She posted the photo days after Heard, 30, filed for divorce from Depp, 52, after 15 months of marriage. Two days later, Depp filed, too. The pair have no children together.

Thursday, Heard's legal team released a statement saying Heard had given a statement to the LAPD about the alleged abuse, and accused Depp of "viciously attacking" her character in the media.  She secured a restraining order against Depp last Friday.

Depp's lawyer wrote in court documents obtained by ABC News that Hard is "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse," and Depp "has every intention of staying away from Amber" as he's working out of the country. Depp is currently in Europe, performing with his band.

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John Shearer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Amber Heard’s legal team has fired the latest salvo in the public back-and-forth between her and estranged husband Johnny Depp, from whom she filed for divorce last week and accused of domestic abuse.

In a statement provided to ABC News, Heard’s legal team claims the actress has been subject to “vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media,” and “has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny.”

A Los Angeles judge last Friday granted Heard a restraining order against Depp.  A further hearing is scheduled for June 17.

The statement says Heard, after initially declining to do so “in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career,” now has given a statement to the LAPD regarding the alleged abuse “to set the record straight as to the true facts.”  It goes on to accuse Depp of “viciously attacking Amber’s character.”

“Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money,” says the statement. “ Amber is a brave and financially independent woman who is showing the courage of her convictions by doing the right thing against Johnny's relentless army of lawyers and surrogates.”

Heard, 30, and Depp, 52, were married 15 months. Depp also filed for divorce two days after Heard did. They have no children together.

Depp's lawyer wrote in court documents obtained by ABC News that Hard is "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse," and Depp "has every intention of staying away from Amber" as he's working out of the country. Depp is currently in Europe, performing with his band.

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Image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD!) Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones skipped all over the map, and packed a lot of plot into an hour.  Plus: dragons!  Well, one dragon, anyway. Here's what happened:

Between Vaes Dothrak and Mereen
Dany and Daario are leading her khalasar of Dothraki back to Mereen.  Dany asks Daario how many ships she'll need to transport all her armies across the sea to Westeros to claim the throne.  At least a thousand, he says, but nobody has that many.  Dany tells Daario to wait for her and rides off.  She returns riding on the back of one of her dragons and rallies the troops, asking them if they'll stand with her, and "ride the wooden horses across the black salt sea," to kill her "enemies in their iron suits," "tear down their stone houses" and give her the kingdom that Khal Drogo promised her.  They enthusiastically agree.

King's Landing
The High Sparrow allows King Tommen to visit Queen Margaery, who tells him that she's seen the error of her ways, and has now turned to the gods.  Right before she's about to make her "walk of atonement" -- the naked march through the streets -- Jaime, Margaery's dad and her grandmother show up at the Sept with a huge army and demand that the High Sparrow release both Margaery and her brother Loras. But the Sparrow says that Margaery doesn't have to make the walk after all, because she's managed to convert someone: Tommen.  He emerges from the Sept, takes Margaery's hand, and announces a new alliance between the Crown and the Faith, while Jaime and company watch helplessly.  Jamie is then ordered by Tommen to leave King's Landing and help evil old Walder Frey take back Riverrun from the Blackfish, Catelyn Stark's uncle.

Braavos
Arya is determined to make the most of her second chance as an assassin and poisons Lady Crane's rum, but after the actress is kind to her, she slaps it out of her hand at the last minute, and reveals to Lady Crane that another actress in the company wants her dead.  The Waif, who is spying on Arya, reports back to Jaqen H'ghar that Arya blew it, and reminds Jaqen that he promised she could kill Arya.  Arya, meanwhile, retrieves her sword from its hiding place and starts sleeping with it.

In the North
After Hodor sacrifices himself to allow Meera and Bran to escape, the two are pursued into the forest by White Walkers, where they are rescued by a mysterious rider.  He's revealed to be Uncle Benjen, long-lost brother of Bran's dad, Ned Stark.  Benjen, a member of the Night's Watch, was rumored to have been lost North of the Wall. He tells Bran and Meera that after being stabbed by a White Walker, the Children of the Forest, who created the Walkers in the first place, healed him.  He tells Bran that since he, Bran, is the new Three-Eyed Raven, he must learn to control his powers so when the Night King comes for him, he'll be ready.

Horn Hill
En route to Oldtown to enter the Citadel, Sam, Gilly and Little Sam stop at Sam's ancestral home, Horn Hill, where he's warmly greeted by his mother and sister, who believe his story that Little Sam is his son.  But his horrible father, Randyll Tarly, degrades Sam in front of his family.  When Gilly defends Sam, she inadvertently lets slip that she comes from North of the Wall, and Lord Tarly, who really, really hates wildlings, gets even angrier.  He says he'll raise Sam's "bastard" and that Gilly can stay and work in the kitchens, but orders Sam to leave and never come back.  Sam's about to, but then decides he'll take Gilly and the baby with him.  Before he leaves, he steals his father's precious heirloom sword off the wall.

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Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse; Marvel Studios/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- X-Men: Apocalypse is now the number-one movie in the country.

The latest sequel in the superhero franchise earned an estimated 80 million dollars over the four-day Memorial Day weekend to debut atop the box office. It's a steep drop from the $110.6 million the previous film in the series, X-Men: Days of Future Past, made during the same holiday weekend two years ago.

Another sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glass, pulled in 34.17 million dollars over the four-day weekend. It opened nationwide on Friday, the same day Amber Heard was granted a restraining order against Alice Through The Looking Glass star and her estranged husband, Johnny Depp, over abuse allegations.

The previous box office champ, The Angry Birds Movie, fell to third place, with 24.6 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Monday, with estimated ticket sales, according to comScore:

1. X-Men: Apocalypse, $80 million.
2. Alice Through The Looking Glass, $34.17 million.
3. The Angry Birds Movie, $24.6 million.
4. Captain America: Civil War, $19.72 million.
5. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, $11.44 million.
6. The Jungle Book, $9.24 million.
7. The Nice Guys, $8.15 million.
8. Money Monster, $5.55 million.
9. Love & Friendship, $3.12 million.
10. Zootopia, $1.13 million.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- We have our first villain of The Bachelorette season.

It's Chad, and he rubbed plenty of his fellow bachelors the wrong way on Monday night's episode. It culminated with a heated confrontation with Alex, to whom Chad threatened, "You're gonna lose your damn teeth." Pretty bold move from Chad, considering Alex is a U.S. Marine.

Chad was still on the offensive in the rose ceremony, when Alex received a rose from the "Bachelorette," JoJo Fletcher. Chad commented to the cameras, "She's going to keep Alex around because she doesn't want America to think she hates short people." Tells us how you really feel, Chad!

The episode began with a bang -- literally. A limo pulled up to the mansion and burst into flames. Shortly afterward, a fire truck showed up with JoJo inside.

It marked the start of a group date, in which 10 of the men were put through drills at a firefighting training facility. They all competed for the opportunity to spend alone time with JoJo.

Wells struggled with the drills and had to take a break. Still, he was selected for the final challenge, along with Luke and Grant: Save JoJo from a burning tower. Grant pulled off the victory, which is no surprise since he's a firefighter when he's not a contestant on a dating show.

Wells was the real winner of the date -- JoJo awarded him the group date rose because, she explained, he "just stood out to me in a way we can all appreciate."

Derek, a commercial banker, scored the first one-on-one date of the season. It was a choose-your-own-adventure-type outing that whisked Derek and JoJo away to San Francisco and a picnic near the Golden Gate Bridge. Later on in the date, Derek confessed that he has a hard time opening up after being cheated on in the past. He received a rose from JoJo.

On the second group date, six men visited ESPN's SportsNation program and participated in silly challenges -- fake proposals, press conferences, and so on. At one point Chad complained that JoJo was "naggy." Yikes. He proceeded to needle his fellow bachelors by arguing that none of them could possibly love JoJo yet, because they've only known her for a short time.      

JoJo got to see a different side of Chad when he revealed to her that his mother passed away six months earlier. They shared their first kiss moments later.

James Taylor got the rose on this group date.

Chad was the center of attention at the cocktail party, and not in a good way. He kept close to JoJo -- a little too close in the eyes of some of the other bachelors, who felt he was monopolizing her time. The argument with Alex ensued.

Chad was presented the final rose at the rose ceremony. Three men were eliminated, including the Bachelor "superfan," James S.

The Bachelorette is back next week with not one, but two new episodes, airing Monday and Tuesday night on ABC.

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Jemal Countess/Getty Images for HISTORY(NEW YORK) -- The new version of  Roots is set to premiere tonight at 9:00 and will air over four consecutive nights on History Channel, A & E and Lifetime.  LeVar Burton -- who starred in the 1977 landmark ABC miniseries -- is an executive producer on the new series -- even though he confesses he was skeptical about the remake at first.

“I did not know that we needed," he tells ABC Radio, until Mark Wolper, the new series' producer and son of the man who produced the original, tried to show the old series to his children.

"They watched it but they said, 'You know what dad, it's dated and it's old and the makeup is terrible,' and they were right," Burton says. "And they said, 'You know it's kind of like your generation’s music.  I get why it's important and important to you but it really doesn't speak to me.'"

Burton became a household name with his starring role as Kunta Kinte in the original miniseries, based on Alex Haley’s novel about a family’s journey from Africa to American slavery.

The new version features a star-studded cast, including Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin.  Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, T.I., Mekhi Phifer and Emayatzy Corinealdi will also appear, as will British newcomers Rege-Jean Page and Malachi Kirby.

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Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Leslie Uggams became a household named when she starred as Kizzy Kinte Reynolds in the landmark ABC miniseries Roots in 1977.

With the new version of Alex Haley’s novelized story of a family’s journey from Africa to American slavery set to premiere tonight, the showbiz legend weighed in on the reboot.

“I have mixed emotions because Kizzy is such a part of me. So you're very protective and that doesn't mean that it can’t be done again,” Uggams tells ABC Radio.

In the new series, Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose, whom Uggams calls “a fabulous actress,” takes on the tough role of Kunta Kinte’s daughter, who faces her own set of brutal atrocities in America.

To this day, people still call Uggams Kizzy, which she doesn’t mind.

“Not at all. I mean that's one of my pride and joy roles of all time," Uggams says. "It was a privilege to play such a strong woman.”

Uggams is looking forward to watching the new version, which is co-executive produced by original Roots star Levar Burton.

“I'm sure it's going to be wonderful so you'll have two versions,” Uggams says, adding, “I'm sure they are to have some wonderful actors and actresses but we are the senior ones.”

Roots is set to premiere tonight at 9:00 ET and will air over four consecutive nights on History Channel, A & E and Lifetime.

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Denise Truscello/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this week, Jennifer Lopez released a limited edition T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Lucky to have these curves.” And indeed she knows how lucky she is. In The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, J. Lo discusses her famous figure and how it wasn’t always so famous.

"In traditional movies, that wasn't the figure unless you were playing, like, the femme fatale or the bombshell or something like that,” she says. “You couldn't be the serious lead. We kind of broke that mold."

Still, there were times when being the lead role in a movie didn’t exactly work out. Gigli, for instance, was an infamous failure -- but Jennifer says she never took it that hard.

"I never thought of it as, 'Oh, this is terrible! My career's over!' I just never thought that,” she says. “I just knew that that movie didn't work and that's all it was, or that relationship didn't work and that's all it was. It wasn't going to end me, personally or professionally."

She adds that even when she got married and had kids and her career slowed down a bit, she always knew she'd bounce back. “I realized, 'Yeah, you're gonna be even better than you were before. Watch,'” she says. “Those are the kind of talks that I had with myself."

Now, though, she acknowledges that fame bothers her more as she gets older. "When you're young it's like a shock at first, and you kind of have anxiety about it, but then you get used to that life and it just becomes your normal life,” she says. “And now? I think when I had kids and stuff, I was like -- I wanted a little more freedom to go outside and not have them have to deal with that part of it."

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