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Halle Berry says her Oscar win “meant nothing”

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(LOS ANGELES) -- In 2002, Halle Berry became the first woman of color to win the Best Actress Oscar, and she tearfully dedicated her award to, "every nameless, faceless woman of color who now has a chance because this door has been opened." Now fifteen years after her win for Monster's Ball, Berry says that trophy feels almost meaningless, because no other woman of color has won the award since.

In an interview with Teen Vogue's editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth, Halle addressed the Oscar race, describing the lack of diversity as a major issue.

"It’s troubling, to say the least,” she said, adding that her Oscar acceptance speech wasn't as impactful as she thought it would be.

"Wow, that moment really meant nothing," she said. "That meant nothing. I thought it meant something, but I think it meant nothing.”

Although the actress admits she's still "profoundly hurt" and "saddened" at what has transpired since her Oscar win, Berry says she's felt more "inspired to get involved in other ways" because of it.

"I want to start directing, I want to start producing more," she said. "I want to start being a part of making more opportunities for people of color.”

Following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in 2015, the last two Academy Award ceremonies have included more nominees and winners of color. This year, Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting actor for Moonlight and Viola Davis, Naomie Harris and Octavia Spencer were all nominated for Best Supporting Actress, in which Davis won for her role in Fences.

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First Look: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn in “A Bad Moms Christmas”

STX Financing, LLC./Hilary Bronwyn Gayle(LOS ANGELES) -- Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn will return as a group of moms at the end of their ropes in the holiday-themed sequel to the hit movie Bad Moms.

The brand new trailer for A Bad Moms Christmas shows the trio from the original film taking on that Olympic decathlon of motherhood: the holiday season.

"I spend months picking out the perfect present for everyone and what do I get?" Bell's character Kiki laments. "Coupons for free back rubs. Bad back rubs." 

The ladies vow to "take back" Christmas, but complicating matters are the simultaneous visits of their moms. The Good Wife's Christine Baranski plays the prim and proper mother of Kunis' character, who bristles when her daughter declares her intention to enjoy the holidays for a change.

"Amy: you're a mom," she says. "Moms don't enjoy, They give joy, that's how being a mom works."

Susan Sarandon also stars as Hahn's onscreen mom, while Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines plays the mother to Bell's character.

A much raunchier "red band" trailer is also available for your viewing pleasure.

A Bad Moms Christmas opens in November.

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Is Rihanna’s new beau a rich Saudi businessman?

Getty Images via ABCFans lost their minds after Rihanna was seeing making out with an unidentified man in a pool in Spain. Now, the British tabloid The Sun claims it's identified Ri-Ri's new man.

The Sun says he's Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel, the deputy president and vice chairman of his family's company Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic, which owns the rights to sell Toyotas in Saudi Arabia. The company is one of the biggest in the world, according to the paper, and Jameel is one of the "faces" of the business.

“This relationship is the real deal. Rihanna has told friends she’s in love with him and seems completely smitten," a source dishes to the tabloid. "They’ve been spending a lot of time together away from prying eyes and are really serious. They’re really enjoying each others’ company.”

Of course, Rihanna herself hasn't said anything about her new romance.

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Katy Perry on Orlando Bloom’s naked paddle board pics: “He just was trying to show off”

Rony AlwinRemember last summer, when Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry were photographed paddle boarding on vacation?  Everyone lost their minds because Orlando was full-on nude and everything was on display. Well, even though Katy and Orlando are no longer dating, she was asked about that moment during an interview Tuesday on Australian radio.

While speaking to the Kyle and Jackie O Show on Australia's KIIS 106.5, Katy was asked why she elected to keep her bathing suit on in those photos.

"He asked me if I wanted to be [naked], and I was like, 'Ah, nah,'" Katy replied.  "You know when you’re dating someone and you think it might be fun to go make out over there? But I wasn’t in the mood, I saved it for the boat!"

O.K., so why did Orlando decide to go full-frontal?

"He was just trying to show off for all the people back on the shore," she laughed. "It was so funny, I was, like, kinda explaining Twitter to him and social media because he had taken a bit of a break on all that stuff."

"And I had been explaining to him for a few weeks," she continued. "And then all of a sudden he's, like, number one trending on Twitter!  And he's like 'I understand Twitter!'"

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Ride or Bye? Michelle Rodriguez “might have to say goodbye” to “Fast” franchise

Getty Images/Kevin Mazur(LOS ANGELES) -- Michelle Rodriguez hinted that she may leave the Fast and the Furious franchise.

On Tuesday, to mark the digital release of the latest movie in the series, The Fate of the Furious, she shared photos on Instagram of her time on set and warned that women in the films need better opportunities.

"I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise," she wrote. "It's been a good ride & I'm grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years... One Love."

Rodriguez's character, Letty, first appeared in 2001's The Fast and the Furious.

Universal, the studio behind the franchise, did not immediately respond when contacted by ABC News for comment.

This is not the first time Rodriguez, 38, has criticized the films. In 2015, she told the Daily Beast that she argued against a love-triangle plot that she felt was unrealistic and advocated for her character to have a fight scene.

"I fought for the punch, because they didn’t think a girl would ever get involved,” she said.

Last year, Rodriguez told Entertainment Tonight that the films, "need some more women on the good side."

"In order for me to be a part of the franchise in the future, they need to up the ante on the females," she said. "I just need some more feminine energy."

The Fate of the Furious, which premiered this past April, was a box-office smash, earning $1.2 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

In 2016, Vin Diesel announced that the ninth and tenth Fast films are set to premiere on April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021, respectively.

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“Pretty Little Liars” series finale recap

Freeform/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Who is A.D., who got married, who's pregnant?

"For some reason this feels like the end of something," Alison DiLaurentis says in the last episode ever of Pretty Little Liars.

In a lot of ways, Tuesday’s two-hour series finale was the end of a seven-season long mystery, but it also brought the beginning of new mysteries and questions in the fictional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania. (And I guess we'll never find out how the moms got out of that basement.)

But most importantly, we learned that ultimate villain A.D. -- the mysterious figure who has been torturing the liars Alison, Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, Aria Montgomery and Emily Fields after Charlotte Drake died -- is none other than Alex Drake, Spencer's twin sister.

When we last left the liars, they won the game, and A.D. was riding off in the sunset as Harry Nilsson's "Without You" played on the soundtrack. And one year later, the girls are thriving.

Aria and her fiancé, Ezra Fitz, learn that their book, Then and Now, will be made into a movie, and are about to finally get married. Emily and Alison are happily raising their daughters Grace and Lilly together. Spencer and her sister Melissa Hastings are getting along, and Spencer is also reunited with her ex-boyfriend, Toby Cavanaugh, with the two still clearly sharing feelings for each other. Even Jenna has found her calling as Rosewood High School's life skills teacher.

Though Hanna's fashion designs are taking off and her husband, Caleb Rivers, sold software to their friend Lucas Gottesman, the couple are in a fight about Mona Vanderwaal, who has completed her treatment and come to live with Hanna and Caleb in the loft they bought from Lucas. Caleb doesn't trust Mona and believes Hanna is making decisions without thinking about how they affect their relationship.

Later, at the Lost Woods resort, the gang comes together to surprise Aria and Ezra with a party before their wedding. Meanwhile, Mona disappears from Hanna and Caleb's apartment, and Melissa, wearing a black hoodie synonymous with the A-Team, is watching Spencer, Toby, Emily, Alison, Aria, Ezra, Hanna and Caleb from afar.

As the couples retire to their rooms, Spencer, who has been going to law school full time, and Toby find themselves alone. They end up playing Scrabble in Toby's room, and after Toby falls asleep, Spencer finishes their game.

In their room, Hanna and Caleb are arguing and reveal that they've been trying to have a baby. Aria receives a phone call and cries to her friends that she can't have children.

Melissa, who has been watching through the resort's windows this whole time, takes off her mask and reveals that she is actually Mona. She communicates with someone over the phone that we assume is A.D., and it’s clear Mona has no idea who it is.

Aria eventually tells Ezra she can't have children, and Ezra says they'll do whatever they have to in order to have kids. In another scene, Spencer visits her birth mother, Mary Drake, in prison and asks her for help.

At Aria and Ezra's rehearsal dinner, Hanna and Caleb continue to fight because they brought Mona to the party, and Byron gives Ezra his blessing for his marriage to Aria.

At the bar, Aria's mom Ella Montgomery, Hanna's mom Ashley Marin, and Spencer's mom Veronica Hastings share a bottle of wine at the party and reminisce about the time they were trapped in the basement.

"Sometimes I wish we were still in the basement," Ella says. "At least there was peace and quiet."

"Oh my god, do you remember how we get out of there?" says Veronica.

"You know Pam [Emily's mom] didn't drink for a year after that?" says Ashley.

The moms don't reveal how they ever broke out of the basement in which they were locked, but they do leave together, wasted.

Outside, Toby catches Spencer before she takes the drunk moms home. He tells her he knows she finished their game of Scrabble with the word "remembrance," which is a type of unrequited love. And Ezra leaves Aria, upset because Aria admits she knew for a while she couldn't have children.

At their home, Emily confronts Alison because she saw her mom give her something secretly. It turns out Emily's mom gave Alison her grandmother's ring to propose to her with. “You loved me when I was an ugly human being," Alison tells Emily. "You make me a better woman because you searched for one. Do you promise to do that every day for the rest of our lives?"

Spencer finds Toby in his hotel room wearing nothing but a towel. The towel comes off and they find themselves in bed. Afterwards, Spencer hears a piano being played as she gets out of the shower. Mona, dressed in a black hoodie, steps out from behind her and knocks her out.

Spencer wakes up locked in a room and encounters her identical twin, as Emily and Alison learn that Mary Drake escaped from prison. Mary appears and injects Spencer with something to make her sleep. As she awakens, Spencer, chained to the floor, meets her twin, Alex Drake, who has an English accent and the initials A.D.

Wren met Alex in London while she was working as a bartender and told her about Spencer. Wren and Alex quickly began a relationship, and Alex reveals that she took over the game as uber A when Charlotte, Spencer's half-sister, died. "I needed the closure," she tells Spencer. "On my own terms."

Alex has been studying Spencer's life, including her family photos. She's also the one who comforted Hanna when she was being tortured and hooked up with Toby before he moved away. When the game was over, Alex returned to London but she couldn't stop thinking about the liars, even though Wren tried to dissuade her.

"Spencer has got everything and I got nothing," Alex told Wren in a flashback. Alex wanted to know what it felt like to have friends like Spencer's who love each other no matter what happened. Wren implores Alex to give up the game and tell the girls the truth, but she convinces him that she needs to become Spencer. She even has Wren shoot her so that she has the same gunshot scar as Spencer.

Alex says the plan was to become Spencer, but Wren only wanted her as Alex. She implies to Spencer that Wren is dead and that she had his ashes made into the eternity stone she wears on her necklace.

Alex assumes Spencer's identity and meets the other girls at Aria's wedding, where she reveals that the father of Alison's daughters is Wren. And back in her prison, Spencer talks to Mary, who tells her that she sold Alex, who ended up at an orphanage in England. Mary comes in to comfort Spencer, who takes a bobby pin from her hair.

At her wedding, Aria is crying, having received a text from Ezra who said he wasn't coming. It turns out that Alex knocked Ezra out when he asked her too many difficult questions and that he is being held in the same place as Spencer.

Alex returns to explain that she wants Toby. She also says that Sydney Driscoll was only helping her because Alex caught her stealing. Charlotte left her money to Alex, who used some of the money to pay for Jenna Marshall's surgery to help her see again. In exchange, Jenna helped her with the game.

In a flashback, Alex shares that Charlotte met Archer Dunhill, also known as Dr. Elliot Rollins, on a flight to Paris, and the two fell in love. In fact, Archer was acting on his own when he tricked Alison into marrying him and convinced Mary that it was what Charlotte would have wanted. In Paris, Wren helped Charlotte and Alex meet for the first time. Wren, Alex, Charlotte and Archer did everything together. And just before she left London, Charlotte gifted Alex with a record of Patsy Cline's greatest hits. But Alex never saw Charlotte again, and she reveals that she is going to kill Ezra.

Back at Aria and Ezra's apartment, the girls are looking for any clue as to what happened to Ezra. They’re convinced he planned to marry Aria, especially after a hot air balloon surprise for the couple appears. Jenna also senses that something is wrong when she encounters Spencer and notices she has a different scent. She calls Toby and tells him, “I know this may sound weird, but I don’t think Spencer’s Spencer.”

Caleb, Hanna, Aria, Emily and Alison are gathered at the loft when Toby enters and reveals that he believes Spencer is possibly being impersonated by a twin. He says there's no way the book Spencer gifted him before he moved was hers because there weren't any notes in it. The scene pans out and shows Mona watching the events unfold at the Brew cafe. She calls A.D. and demands that she tell her who and where she is.

Mona reveals to the gang that she is playing the game to beat A.D., and they realize that Spencer's twin must have bought the house that Toby built. As soon as they arrive to the house, they find furniture identical to the tables and chairs in Spencer's own home. They then find a passage underground.

Alex hits Mary with an axe, but before she can kill them, Spencer and Ezra break out of their cells. Alex eventually corners the two, and Spencer jumps on her before she can kill Ezra. At this moment, Caleb, Hanna, Emily, Aria, Alison and Toby find them. Spencer and Alex both try to get the group to believe they are the real Spencer, but it's Toby who figures it out:

"Tell me your favorite poem from the book you gave me," Toby whispers into one of the twin's ears.

The real Spencer responds with a line from the poem in French. And police arrive to take Alex away. "I called 911," Mona calls out.

In a happy ending, Ezra and Aria are finally married. (Their ceremony is interrupted by the ring of executive producer I. Marlene King's cell phone in a surprise cameo.) Aria tells her friends that she and Ezra plan to look into adoption after their honeymoon. Spencer says that Toby is staying in the area to help veterans, and Hanna says she is pregnant.

Mona works in a toy store in France and has a handsome French boyfriend. As she promises to meet him later, she walks downstairs to find her dolls Alex and Mary Drake, whom she is keeping prisoner.

The final scene is of Alison and Emily's students who find themselves in a very similar scenario to the first episode of Pretty Little Liars.

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“The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki’s ranch property destroyed in wildfire

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./Michael Yarish(LOS ANGELES) -- The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki's ranch home burned the the ground Monday night, but fortunately, the actor wasn't there at the time and is safe.

Galecki's publicist confirms to ABC News the story, first reported by TMZ, that states the ranch property about 190 miles north of Los Angeles in San Louis Obispo, CA, was set ablaze by wildfires in the area.  The property isn't Galecki's primary residence.

In a statement confirmed by Galecki's publicist to ABC News, Galecki said: "My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile."

He goes on: "It's never the structures that create a community -- it's the people. And if the people of Santa Margarita have taught me anything it's that, once the smoke has cleared, literally and figuratively, it's a time to reach out and rebuild."

The statement concludes: "We've done it before, and will need to do it together again, and it will make our community even closer and stronger. Endless thanks to CalFire and the Sheriff's Office. I know you guys are fighting the good fight to keep us safe. So very relieved no one has been hurt."

Galecki, 42, plays Dr. Leonard Hofstadler on The Big Bang Theory, which concluded its 10th season last May and has been renewed for two more.

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Carly Rae Jepsen: M&M’S and movies

Mark Brown/Getty ImagesCarly Rae Jepsen is teaming up with M&M'S candies to bring her music to fans in Chicago, for free.

The singer will headline an M&M'S Spotlight concert July 11 in Chicago.  If you visit MMS-Spotlight.com, you can sign up for free tickets now.  You can also win tickets at events leading up to the show.  Monitor @MMSChocolate for more information.

In other Carly Rae news, a new trailer for Leap!, an animated film for which she voices one of the characters, has arrived.

The movie is about a girl named Félicie who travels with her best friend to Paris and starts training as a ballerina under a strict teacher named Odette.  Carly Rae voices Odette, and her song "Cut to the Feeling" is featured in the trailer.  The voice cast also includes Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler.

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Ed Sheeran sets UK & European stadium dates for 2018

Greg WilliamsCouldn't get tickets to see Ed Sheeran in 2017?  Well, if you're willing to take a plane flight, you can see him in 2018.

Ed has announced a stadium tour of the U.K. and Europe, starting May 4, 2018 in Cork, Ireland.  The tour will visit Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales before moving on to Amsterdam, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland.  Tickets for all shows go on sale July 8.

Ed also tweeted, "That's not the end of the stadium tour, watch this space x." 

Ed has already announced stadium dates in Australia and New Zealand for 2018...so could stadium dates in North America be a possibility?

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“Baby Driver” opens Wednesday; star Ansel Elgort promises “the most exciting action movie you will ever see”

©2017 TriStar Pictures, Inc. and MRC II Distribution Company L.P. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- The R-rated comedy-thriller Baby Driver hopes to get a leg up on this week's competition at the box office with a Wednesday debut, and star Ansel Elgort promises a lot of excitement.

Elgort, who starred in the Divergent movies, as well as The Fault in Our Stars, plays a young getaway driver who tries to ditch his shady past after meeting the woman of his dreams, played by Lily James. His plans are complicated by a crime boss, portrayed by Kevin Spacey, who coerces him to take part in a heist that's destined to fail.

Elgort tells ABC News that it's, "the most exciting action movie you will ever see, I promise you."

Elgort's character, Baby, suffers from tinnitus, which he contracted as a result of a childhood car accident that also killed his parents. To block out the noise, he listens to his personal music soundtrack, which includes a diverse list of of artists, like Lionel Richie, Barry White and Queen. Elgort told ABC where Baby finds the music.

"The way he gets his music is because he steals iPods because he steals cars, and when you steal a car, you might steal an iPod too," he explains. "People leave iPods in their car."  

Baby Driver also stars Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx.

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