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Sir Roger Moore, former James Bond actor, dead at 89

Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) (SWITZERLAND) --  Sir Roger Moore, the actor best-known for playing super-spy James Bond in seven films in the 1970s and 1980s, has died. He was 89.

Moore's family made the announcement Tuesday morning on his Twitter account

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today, said the statement from his children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. "We are all devastated."

The statement declared Moore died in Switzerland "after a short, brave battle with cancer."

The message added, "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it can't be qualified in words alone."

Moore was already well-known as the dashing star of the hit TV spy series The Saint,  which ran on British TV from 1962 to 1969, when he donned the James Bond tux in the wake of Sean Connery's exit from the role following 1971's Diamonds Are Forever.  George Lazenby was the second Bond, starring in one film, 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, before Connery returned for Diamonds Are Forever.

Moore remains the actor who played the suave superspy the most times, with seven films, beginning with The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974 through 1985's A View to a Kill.  His portrayal of 007 also was most associated with the campy humor that characterized the role as his run progressed. 

Moore also appeared on the big screen in 1981's Cannonball Run and 1983's Curse of the Pink Panther, and briefly starred with Tony Curtis in the TV series The Persuaders, which ran a single season in 1971-197.

Moore was also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and was knighted in 2003 in no small part for his charity work. In 2008, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Moore was married four times, most recently to Kristina Tholstrup, in 2002.  He leaves behind his wife and three children.

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Universal Pictures reviving “Frankenstein,” “Invisible Man” with Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp

Universal/DarkUniverse.com - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The Mummy is just the beginning.

It turns out the upcoming Tom Cruise-fronted remake of the classic horror film is the first in a new franchise planned by Universal Pictures to reboot a number of the classic screen monsters it holds the rights too, including Frankenstein and the Invisible Man.

Universal is calling the initiative "Dark Universe," and if there was a hint that more was to come, it could perhaps have been found in the fact that Russell Crowe is playing Dr. Henry Jekyll in The Mummy.  But a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde movie is not up next.

Next will be a remake of Bride of Frankenstein, starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's monster and directed by Beauty and the Beast's Bill Condon. That's due February 14, 2019.

Universal also announced that Johnny Depp has signed on to play the Invisible Man.

The whole universe will be tied together by a secret organization called Prodigium, headed by Crowe's Jekyll, whose mission is to track and destroy monsters.

Universal has set up a new website for news about the effort -- DarkUniverse.com -- and a sizzle reel to psyche fans up.

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James Corden gives impassioned speech about Manchester in ‘Late Late Show’ cold open

Art Streiber/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- When the tragic news broke about the 22 people who died and 59 others injured after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England, The Late Late Show with James Corden was still taping.

Corden recorded a two-minute reflection and talked about his native country, speaking highly of the city and offering thoughts and prayers for everyone in Manchester.

The complete transcript is below:

“Good evening, while taping our show earlier tonight we heard the horrific news coming out of Manchester, in England. There had been an incident at Ariana Grande's concert. There is no information about what is happening, all we know is the tragic news of multiple fatalities and many injuries.

"It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight.

"Many of you won't have ever been to Manchester but you will definitely have heard of it. It is famous all over the world for so many wonderful things, great football teams -- Man city, Man United -- is famous for incredible music, Oasis and Joy Division. It was the birth place of the leader of the suffragettes. It's the home of the inventor of the first computer. It's a place full of comedy and curries and character.

"But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there. And I'm telling you a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard-pressed to find, strong, proud, caring people with community at its core. And if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.

"My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight, all of the staff at the Manchester arena, all of the security teams, all of the emergency services, Ariana and her team and all of those families affected by tonight. We'll all go to bed holding out little ones even tighter this evening.”

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Zack Snyder departs “Justice League” after family tragedy; Joss Whedon takes over

© 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC(NEW YORK) -- Zack Snyder is stepping down as director of Justice League in the wake of his daughter's recent suicide, ABC News has confirmed.  Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon will step in to finish the film.

Snyder's 20-year-old daughter, Autumn, took her life in March but it was only recently publicly revealed.  Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter after he and his wife, Justice League co-producer Deborah Snyder, took two weeks off to deal with the family tragedy, they returned to the film. 

"In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it,” Snyder said.  "And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization...I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

Snyder said Whedon was brought into the project to write some additional scenes following early screenings of Justice League.  He'll now also guide the film through post-production, The Hollywood Reporter says. 

Snyder directed both Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Justice League -- starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, is still scheduled for a November 17 release.

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Normani Kordei brings the heat in a tight race on the first night of “Dancing with the Stars” finals

ABC/Craig SjodinMonday night’s Dancing with the Stars was the first night of an epic two-night season finale.

With no eliminations scheduled, the three remaining finalists each performed two dances – a Redemption Style dance (Viennese waltz or quickstep), and a Freestyle dance – one of the biggest competitive dances of the season.

Going into her performance we learned that 20-year-old Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei had suffered an injury to her foot, twisting her ankle, but as her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy said, “she would never admit it.”

Normani was tough and it hardly seemed to register as she and Val brought the heat to the dancefloor with a scorching quickstep to “Check It Out” by Oh the Larceny. Normani looked absolutely stunning in her sparkling black catsuit, gliding across the floor.

She and Val mesmerized the audience and judge Bruno Tonioli was at his most evocative when he stood up and shouted, calling her “brilliant.” Judges Len Goodman and Julianne Hough offered sharp critiques, but Normani still earned an impressive 38 out of 40 with 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann and nines from Len and Julianne.

Normani and Val later got a perfect score for their freestyle to “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Andra Day and during the judges critique, she thanked everyone at the show for helping her bring her light.

Normani took second place, but still brought in a high score. It’s up to her – and her fans – tomorrow night.

Dancing with the Stars concludes season 24 Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on ABC

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Katy Perry does “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,” says Taylor Swift started feud but she’s ready to end it

Terence Patrick/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.Katy Perry was the big guest on James Corden's The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special Monday night, and besides joining Corden on a string of her hits, Katy expounded at length on her beef with Taylor Swift.

"Honestly, it's really like she started it and it's time for her to finish it," Katy told the host.  "And I tried to talk to her about it and she wouldn't speak to me"

"It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me," she explained, "and I'm like, 'OK, cool, cool, cool, that's how you want to deal with it?...karma.'"

Katy added, "I think personally that women together, not divided and none of this petty s***, will heal the world."

Corden pressed Katy on whether she'd be willing to call a truce, asking, "Would it be enough to just receive a text from Taylor Swift that just said, 'The beef is off the grill.'  If you receive that text will you then remove the beef from the grill?"

"Absolutely.  100 percent," responded Katy, as the host vowed to get to the bottom of things.

Meanwhile, there was a lot of singing and car-seat dancing in the segment as Katy and Corden ran through "Firework," "Roar," "Darkhorse," "Bon Apetit" and "Swish Swish." The pair also tackled "I Kissed a Girl" in an extended cut on Corden's late night show.

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WALK THE MOON ready to “get weird” on upcoming new album

Image Group LA/ABCWALK THE MOON is leaving their “Shut Up and Dance” days behind them in favor of something a little different. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their new album, a follow-up to 2014’s Talking Is Hard, and they say things are getting “weird.”

Frontman Nicholas Petricca admits to ABC Radio there will always be an 80s influence in their music, but this time around they’re “incorporating a lot of noise and weird sounds.”

Band mate Kevin Ray adds, “I think when you put all the four of us in a room for two months, three months, four months, we’re bound to get weird.”

The band also prides itself on transforming the average pop song into something unexpected. “We like seeing how we can take a pop song and just like turn it inside out till you can’t tell it’s a pop song anymore,” Nicholas says.

So is there pressure this time around to top the success of “Shut Up and Dance”? “Yes and no,” Nicholas says. “In a way, ‘Shut Up and Dance’ kinda got bigger than the band ever was and so, in a way, we kinda get to start over again and be a new band, a new artist. So we’re constantly redefining ourselves.”

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Stars react to explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live NatiomCelebrities are reacting in horror at the news that 22 people are dead and nearly 60 others are injured after a reported explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday.

Ariana's duet partner Nicki Minaj tweeted: "My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this"

Harry Styles wrote: "I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H"

Taylor Swift tweeted: "My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love."

Pink wrote: "My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking"

Katy Perry tweeted: "Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show"

Cher tweeted: "MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND"

Demi Lovato wrote: "Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators."  Adding, "My prayers are with you Manchester"

Niall Horan tweeted: "Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx"

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wrote: "Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande"

Bruno Mars tweeted: "No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel."

Lorde wrote: "every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari"

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Stars react to explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Natiom(NEW YORK) -- Celebrities are reacting in horror at the news that 22 people are dead and nearly 60 others are injured after a reported explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday.

Ariana's duet partner Nicki Minaj tweeted: "My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this"

Harry Styles wrote: "I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H"

Taylor Swift tweeted: "My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love."

Pink wrote: "My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking"

Katy Perry tweeted: "Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show"

Cher tweeted: "MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND"

Demi Lovato wrote: "Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators."  Adding, "My prayers are with you Manchester"

Niall Horan tweeted: "Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx"

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wrote: "Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande"

Bruno Mars tweeted: "No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel."

Lorde wrote: "every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari"

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Ariana Grande says she’s “broken from the bottom of my heart” by Manchester concert explosion

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.(NEW YORK) -- "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

That's the first public reaction from Ariana Grande to the explosion outside of her concert in Manchester, England Monday night.  The blast, believed to be the work of a suicide bomber, killed 19 people and injured 50.

 

 

 

 

Grande tweeted her message just before 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Her manager, Scooter Braun, shared a longer message, tweeted about twenty minutes before Ariana's.

"Tonight, our hearts are broken.  Words cannot express out sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack," Braun's message reads. 

 

 

It goes on: "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.  We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester's first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives.  We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

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