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Tribeca Film Festival open with documentary about legendary record exec Clive Davis

Getty/Theo Wargo(LOS ANGELES) -- The Tribeca Film Festival opened in New York City Wednesday night with the premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary about the legendary music industry executive influential in the careers of everyone from Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston to Alicia Keys and Barry Manilow.

An all-star concert featuring Franklin, Manilow, Jennifer Hudson, Carly Simon and Dionne Warwick was set to follow the screening, and Tribeca co-founder Robert DeNiro said that explains why the movie was chosen to kick off the festival.

"We felt that ..his film would be the best for opening the festival tonight and he has so much respect in the music world and you can see by who’s gonna perform after," he said before the screening at Radio City Music Hall.

While often you hear musicians complaining about record industry executives, singer Judy Collins, a long-time friend of the 85-year-old Davis, said he's a different kind of record company guy.

"He’s sort of our mentor and the person that we look to, not only musically, but Clive also, I think, has a very big heart when it comes to social activities and social principles and he always supports the best – not only in his artists, but also in the culture," she said.

Still, it's Davis' career in music that made him the subject of a documentary important enough to kick off a major film festival.  Why?  Saxophonist Kenny G explains, "He’s the guy that brings the quality into the music industry. He just does. He finds it, he hears it, he puts the dots together, he figures out who’s the right producer, who’s the right artist, who’s the right songwriter, how are you gonna promote it, where’s it gonna go. And he just figures it all this stuff out and it just happens."

The Tribeca Film Festival runs through Sunday.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars storm the purple carpet for Hollywood premiere

mARVEL - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had its world premiere in Hollywood Wednesday night, and one of the stars walking the purple carpet was David Hasselhoff, who has a cameo in the film, thanks in large part to his role in the 1980s TV series Knight Rider.

"James Gunn, the director, saw me on...Knight Rider when he was eight years old," the 64-year-old actor tells ABC Radio, adding that Gunn said he "loved that show, and loved the theme of Knight Rider and one man can make a difference my whole life."

Michael Rooker reprises his role as Yondu, the blue-skinned Ravagers leader, and Rooker tells ABC that he enjoyed the challenge of conveying the emotional journey his character experiences this time around.

"I loved being challenged," he explains. "I love...the fact that I do go on this journey and it's a beautiful one, not just about whistling and our action or arrows going all over the place...it's about other stuff too." 

Another character who has changed since the first Guardians of the Galaxy is Zoe Saldana's fiery Gamora, who's a little more calm this time around.

"She's not looking for a way to get out and she's trying to get these guardians to pay attention, to grow up and to do what we do because it's a good thing, and not for the money," she says, "cause they're super greedy."

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, also starring Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper, opens nationwide May 5.

ABC News and Marvel are both owned by Disney.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars storm the purple carpet for Hollywood premiere

mARVEL - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had its world premiere in Hollywood Wednesday night, and one of the stars walking the purple carpet was David Hasselhoff, who has a cameo in the film, thanks in large part to his role in the 1980s TV series Knight Rider.

"James Gunn, the director, saw me on...Knight Rider when he was eight years old," the 64-year-old actor tells ABC Radio, adding that Gunn said he "loved that show, and loved the theme of Knight Rider and one man can make a difference my whole life."

Michael Rooker reprises his role as Yondu, the blue-skinned Ravagers leader, and Rooker tells ABC that he enjoyed the challenge of conveying the emotional journey his character experiences this time around.

"I loved being challenged," he explains. "I love...the fact that I do go on this journey and it's a beautiful one, not just about whistling and our action or arrows going all over the place...it's about other stuff too." 

Another character who has changed since the first Guardians of the Galaxy is Zoe Saldana's fiery Gamora, who's a little more calm this time around.

"She's not looking for a way to get out and she's trying to get these guardians to pay attention, to grow up and to do what we do because it's a good thing, and not for the money," she says, "cause they're super greedy."

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, also starring Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper, opens nationwide May 5.

ABC News and Marvel are both owned by Disney.

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Gettin’ Genie wit it? Report says Will Smith could play genie in live-action “Aladdin”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith might soon have the power to grant some major wishes.

According to Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actor is in talks to star in Disney's live-action Aladdin film, to be directed by Guy Ritchie. The original animated version, released in 1992, starred the late Robin Williams as the boisterous blue Genie of the lamp.

Earlier this year, Smith was said to be in talks with Tim Burton for a live-action Dumbo film, which reportedly did not materialize.

The original Aladdin was a major success for Disney, grossing over $504 million for the company, in part thanks to a merchandising line featuring the new Disney princess, Jasmine.

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Gettin’ Genie wit it? Report says Will Smith could play genie in live-action “Aladdin”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith might soon have the power to grant some major wishes.

According to Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actor is in talks to star in Disney's live-action Aladdin film, to be directed by Guy Ritchie. The original animated version, released in 1992, starred the late Robin Williams as the boisterous blue Genie of the lamp.

Earlier this year, Smith was said to be in talks with Tim Burton for a live-action Dumbo film, which reportedly did not materialize.

The original Aladdin was a major success for Disney, grossing over $504 million for the company, in part thanks to a merchandising line featuring the new Disney princess, Jasmine.

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Oscar winner Brie Larson: “I still question if I’m a good actor”

ABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) -- Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson opened up about her upcoming action film, Free Fire, and reflected on her recent rise to fame in an interview with Good Morning America that aired Wednesday.

In Free Fire, Larson's character mediates an doomed arms deal between a South African gun merchant and an Irish Republican Army representative. Larson, who plays Justine, attempts to save the deal -- and spare lives -- as both parties open fire on each other inside the same room.

"This is not like cool, action hero moves," Larson said. "So that's what I like about it."

Larson, who won an Oscar for her performance in Room last year, said the coveted trophy hasn't helped her confidence.

"At the end of the day, I still question if I'm a good actor, I still question if I am doing enough to help the world," she said, calling her win "so random."

"I guess the truth is, for me, no matter what recognition I get, I think I am always going to question myself," Larson said.

Free Fire opens Friday.

Larson will also play the super-powerful superhero Captain Marvel in a 2019 Marvel Studios movie of the same name. Variety reports Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed the acclaimed-but-little-seen 2015 Ryan Reynolds movie Mississippi Grind, will call the shots for that film, which will be released by ABC News' parent company, Disney.

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Oscar winner Brie Larson: “I still question if I’m a good actor”

ABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) -- Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson opened up about her upcoming action film, Free Fire, and reflected on her recent rise to fame in an interview with Good Morning America that aired Wednesday.

In Free Fire, Larson's character mediates an doomed arms deal between a South African gun merchant and an Irish Republican Army representative. Larson, who plays Justine, attempts to save the deal -- and spare lives -- as both parties open fire on each other inside the same room.

"This is not like cool, action hero moves," Larson said. "So that's what I like about it."

Larson, who won an Oscar for her performance in Room last year, said the coveted trophy hasn't helped her confidence.

"At the end of the day, I still question if I'm a good actor, I still question if I am doing enough to help the world," she said, calling her win "so random."

"I guess the truth is, for me, no matter what recognition I get, I think I am always going to question myself," Larson said.

Free Fire opens Friday.

Larson will also play the super-powerful superhero Captain Marvel in a 2019 Marvel Studios movie of the same name. Variety reports Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed the acclaimed-but-little-seen 2015 Ryan Reynolds movie Mississippi Grind, will call the shots for that film, which will be released by ABC News' parent company, Disney.

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Is Amanda Bynes returning to Nickelodeon?

Getty Images/GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Troubled actress Amanda Bynes could possibly stage a comeback -- on the network that launched her career

A source tells the New York Post that producers at Nickelodeon have been "trying to reach" Bynes to toss around ideas for possible show.

Producers at the kids network would like to “work with her again in a positive and healthy way," says the insider, adding that the 31-year-old actress "has a tremendous amount of talent.”

Bynes was featured on the Nickelodeon kids sketch comedy show All That when she was 10. She later starred in The Amanda Show, which ran from 1999 to 2002.

A Nickelodeon rep didn’t comment, but a source denied the report, telling the newspaper, “We love Amanda, but it’s not true.”

The 31-year-old, who recently completed a second year at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Orange County, California, has reportedly been doing well since being placed on a psychiatric hold in October 2014 after displaying worrisome behavior, including going on a Twitter tirade against her father.

Bynes returned to the public eye in 2015, attending a red carpet in Los Angeles.

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Is Amanda Bynes returning to Nickelodeon?

Getty Images/GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Troubled actress Amanda Bynes could possibly stage a comeback -- on the network that launched her career

A source tells the New York Post that producers at Nickelodeon have been "trying to reach" Bynes to toss around ideas for possible show.

Producers at the kids network would like to “work with her again in a positive and healthy way," says the insider, adding that the 31-year-old actress "has a tremendous amount of talent.”

Bynes was featured on the Nickelodeon kids sketch comedy show All That when she was 10. She later starred in The Amanda Show, which ran from 1999 to 2002.

A Nickelodeon rep didn’t comment, but a source denied the report, telling the newspaper, “We love Amanda, but it’s not true.”

The 31-year-old, who recently completed a second year at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Orange County, California, has reportedly been doing well since being placed on a psychiatric hold in October 2014 after displaying worrisome behavior, including going on a Twitter tirade against her father.

Bynes returned to the public eye in 2015, attending a red carpet in Los Angeles.

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“The Voice” Recap: Artists from Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s teams advance to the top 12

(L-R) Hanna Eyre, Jesse Larson, Johnny Hayes, Josh West, Lilli Passero, Mark Isaiah -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)(LOS ANGELES) -- The live playoffs continued on Tuesday night’s The Voice, with the six artists each from Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s teams performing for a spot in the top 12. Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys’ teams performed on Monday.

Once again, viewers were instructed to cast their real-time votes via The Voice's official app or Twitter. Fans advanced two artists per team into the top 12 and the results were revealed on the same night. The coaches also got to advance a third member from their teams.

Also, in a Voice first, host Carson Daly revealed that before the show, each coach got to pick a comeback artist from his/her team to rejoin the competition. Levine chose Johnny Hayes and Stefani picked Johnny Gates.

The artists advancing to the top 12 after Tuesday’s show are:

Team Adam: Jesse Larson, Lilli Passero and Mark Isaiah

Team Gwen: Brennley Brown, Hunter Plake and Troy Rainey

Daly also revealed that country superstar Shania Twain will be a key adviser for the top 12 artists next Monday.

First up were the six members of Team Gwen:

Stefani’s comeback artist, rocker Johnny Gates led off with a pop tune, Selena Gomez’s “Hands to Myself,” followed by New York indie/soul rocker Troy Rainey, who put his spin on Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.” Next, 14-year-old Quizz Swanigan, who was stolen from Alicia, sang The Temptations’ “My Girl.” Country singer Brennley Brown, 15, offered Maddie & Tae’s “Fly”; and Georgia native JChosen performing “Nothing Compares 2 U,” the Prince song popularized by Sinead O’Connor. Hunter Plake rounded things out for Team Gwen, tackling Sia’s “Elastic Heart.”

America saved Brown and Plake. Gwen added Rainey. It was the end of the road for JChosen, Swanigan and Gates.

The six artists for Team Adam were next:

Adam’s comeback artist, Johnny Hayes, led off with The Rolling Stones’ arrangement of The Temptations' “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” followed by 15-year-old pop singer Hanna Eyre, who belted out Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper.” Rocker Josh West, was next with Boston’s “More than a Feeling,” followed by Mark Isaiah singing “All Time Low” by Jon Bellion. Waitress Lilli Passero, who was stolen from Alicia, performed Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” with blues singer Jesse Larson, who closing out the night by putting his spin on Stevie Wonder's “Sir Duke.”

America saved Larson and Passero. Adam completed his team by picking Isaiah. Hayes, Eyre and West were sent packing.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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