19 Live-Action Disney Movies in the Works After ‘Dumbo’ (Photos)

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Disney will be pumping out live-action versions of their animated classics for a long time time to come. Here’s a list of titles in the works, including the release date of the original.

Dumbo 
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All 35 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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DreamWorks Animation has gone through its share of upheaval, with a few big successes (Shrek, Madagascar) and some notable failures. Since its first animation releases in 1998, it has changed, diversified, merged and been acquired by major studios (fir…

20 Most Outrageous Oscar Moments in History, Including That ‘Moonlight’ Surprise (Videos)

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A look back at Oscar highlights, from Marlon Brando refusing his award to John Travolta botching Idina Menzel’s name.

Jerry Lewis Improvises Oscars Finale for 20 Minutes (1959)
Lewis hosted the show in 1959, but for some reason, the show ended 20 minutes early, so he improvised a monologue for the rest of the show, which was joked about for many years after that.

At the 2017 Oscars, Warren Beatty declared “La La Land” the winner of Best Picture. When everyone was giving their acceptance speeches, people started to realize there was a mix up — “Moonlight” had actually won. Everyone thought it was a “oh, no, ‘Moonlight’ deserved it” moment, but it wasn’t. It was a straight-up Steve Harvey moment, and it will go down as one of the most outrageous moments in history.

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Marlon Brando Refuses Best Actor Oscar (1973)
When Brando won the award for Best Actor for his role in “The Godfather,” he sent up Sacheen Littlefeather to wave away the statue and say that Brando couldn’t accept the award due to the treatment of Native Americans in the film industry.

Man Streaks on the Oscar Stage (1974)
While David Niven was hosting the Oscars in 1974, he was surprised when Robert Opel decided to streak across stage, flashing a peace sign.

Charlie Chaplin Receives 12-Minute Standing Ovation (1972)
When receiving the Honorary Award in 1972, Charlie Chaplin received a 12-minute standing ovation,  the longest in Oscar history.

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Sally Field‘s “You Really Like Me!” Speech (1985)
When Sally Field won Best Actress for her performance in “Places in the Heart,” she famously said, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me!”

Rob Lowe and Snow White’s Disastrous Musical Opening (1989)
This musical number was torn apart by critics, attracted a lawsuit from Disney, and had Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Sidney Lumet and Gregory Peck co-signing a letter, calling it an “embarrassment” and “demeaning.”

Jack Palance Does Push-Ups on Stage (1992)
When Palance won the Supporting Actor award for “City Slickers,” he talked about producers taking risks with older actors. To give an example, he popped down onto the floor and did some push ups.

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Tom Hanks Thanks (and Outs?) His High School Teacher (1993)
Tom Hanks delivered one of the most outstanding acceptance speeches when he won the Best Actor award for “Philadelphia.” He also gave a shout-out to his high school drama teacher as one of “the finest gay Americans I have known.” (Hanks had contacted his long-retired teacher beforehand, but the incident inspired the 1997 comedy “In & Out.”)

Roberto Benigni Goes Wild (1999)
When Roberto Benigni won the Oscar for Foreign Language Film in 1999, (“Life Is Beautiful”),  he went wild and climbed on chairs, jumped around and hopped onto the stage.

Halle Berry’s Oscar Speech (2002)
Berry was the first African-American woman to win a Best Actress Oscar, and in her speech, called her award a door-opening moment for “every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance.”

Melissa Leo Swears on Stage (2011)
When Leo accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Fighter,” she was so nervous that she kept cussing throughout the entire speech.

Ellen’s Superstar Selfie (2014)
Ellen DeGeneres hosted the 2014 Oscars and wanted to break the record for the most retweeted photo of all time, so she snapped a star-studded picture with Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep.

Sean Penn‘s Fail of a Joke About Alejandro Inarritu (2015)
Sean Penn introduced the winner of Best Picture, “Birdman,” by saying, “who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” before announcing Alejandro Inarritu’s name. However, the joke was completely lost on audiences and many criticized Penn for being racist.

‘SNL’ Five-Timers Club: Most Frequent Hosts, From Alec Baldwin to Jonah Hill (Photos)

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‘Making a Murderer’ Prosecutor Gives 9 Reasons Steven Avery Is Guilty

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As you buckle in to watch “Making a Murderer Part 2,” there’s something Ken Kratz would like you to keep in mind: He still thinks Steven Avery is guilty as sin.

Since “Making a Murderer” made him famous nearly three years ago, the former Wisconsin prosecutor hasn’t been shy about defending his work in the 2005 murder prosecution of Avery and Brendan Dassey. Soon after the original documentary’s release, TheWrap reached out to him about suggestions in the Netflix docu-series that his office railroaded two innocent defendants.

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In an email, Kratz strongly rejected the criticisms, saying the documentary series got it wrong. He concluded by saying Netflix should “either provide an opportunity for rebuttal, or alert the viewers that this series was produced by and FOR the defense of Steven Avery, and contains only the opinion and theory of the defense team.”

Here is his email to us, in its entirety. It begins with the Calumet County district attorney responding to our question about whether he believed the docu-series left out any evidence:

Examples for you to consider:

1. Avery’s past incident with a cat was not “goofing around”.  He soaked his cat in gasoline or oil, and put it on a fire to watch it suffer.

2.  Avery targeted Teresa.  On Oct 31 (8:12 am) he called AutoTrader magazine and asked them to send “that same girl who was here last time.”  On Oct 10, Teresa had been to the Avery property when Steve answered the door just wearing a towel.  She said she would not go back because she was scared of him (obviously).  Avery used a fake name and fake # (his sister’s) giving those to the AutoTrader receptionist, to trick Teresa into coming.

3. Teresa’s phone, camera and PDA were found 20 ft from Avery’s door, burned in his barrel.  Why did the documentary not tell the viewers the contents of her purse were in his burn barrel, just north of the front door of his trailer?

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4.  While in prison, Avery told another inmate of his intent to build a “torture chamber” so he could rape, torture and kill young women when he was released.  He even drew a diagram.  Another  inmate was told by Avery that the way to get rid of a body is to “burn it”…heat destroys DNA.

5. The victim’s bones in the firepit were “intertwined” with the steel belts, left over from the car tires Avery threw on the fire to burn, as described by Dassey.  That WAS where her bones were burned!  Suggesting that some human bones found elsewhere (never identified as Teresa’s) were from this murder was NEVER established.

6.  Also found in the fire pit was Teresa’s tooth (ID’d through dental records), a rivet from the “Daisy Fuentes” jeans she was wearing that day, and the tools used by Avery to chop up her bones during the fire.

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7.  Phone records show 3 calls from Avery to Teresa’s cell phone on Oct 31.  One at 2:24, and one at 2:35–both calls Avery uses the *67 feature so Teresa doesn’t know it him…both placed before she arrives.  Then one last call at 4:35 pm, without the *67 feature.  Avery first believes he can simply say she never showed up (his original defense), so tries to establish the alibi call after she’s already been there, hence the 4:35 call.  She will never answer of course, so he doesn’t need the *67 feature for that last call.

8. Avery’s DNA (not blood) was on the victim’s hood latch (under her hood in her hidden SUV).  The SUV was at the crime lab since 11/5…how did his DNA get under the hood if Avery never touched her car?  Do the cops have a vial of Avery’s sweat to “plant” under the hood?

9. Ballistics said the bullet found in the garage was fired by Avery’s rifle, which was in a police evidence locker since 11/6…if the cops planted the bullet, how did they get one fired from HIS gun?  This rifle, hanging over Aver’s bed, is the source of the bullet found in the garage, with Teresa’s DNA on it.  The bullet had to be fired BEFORE 11/5—did the cops borrow his gun, fire a bullet, recover the bullet before planting the SUV, then hang on to the bullet for 4 months in case they need to plant it 4 months later???

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There is more of course.  But I’m not a DA anymore.  I have no duty to show what nonsense the “planting” defense is, or why the documentary makers didn’t provide these uncontested facts to the audience.  You see, these facts are inconsistent with the claim that these men were framed—you don’t want to muddy up a perfectly good conspiracy movie with what actually happened, and certainly not provide the audience with the EVIDENCE the jury considered to reject that claim.

Finally, I engaged in deplorable behavior, sending suggestive text messages to a crime victim in Oct 2009.  I reported myself to the OLR.  My law license was thereafter suspended for 4 months.  I have withstood a boat-load of other consequences as a result of that behavior, including loss of my prosecution career.  However, I’ve enjoyed sobriety from prescription drug use for over 5 years now, and refuse to be defined by that dark time of my life.  All of this occurred years after the Avery case was concluded…I’m unclear why the defense-created documentary chose to include this unpleasantness in this movie, especially if the filmmakers had no agenda to cast me as a villain.  I am not a victim in that whole texting scandal—then again, it’s exceedingly unfair to use that to characterize me as morally unfit.

To identify Lt. Lenk, Sgt. Colburn and myself as being “responsible” for the framing and knowing false murder conviction of Steven Avery is irresponsible, and inconsistent with a consideration of all the evidence presented.  Netflix should either provide an opportunity for rebuttal, or alert the viewers that this series was produced by and FOR the defense of Steven Avery, and contains only the opinion and theory of the defense team.

Thanks for your consideration.

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The Evolution of Ryan Gosling: From ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ to ‘First Man’ (Photos)

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All 9 Roald Dahl Movies Ranked From Worst to Best

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Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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Harry Potter: 15 Magical Facts About JK Rowling’s Beloved Boy Wizard Franchise (Photos)

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18 Stars Who Went to Comic-Con in Disguise, From Ben Affleck to Lupita Nyong’o (Photos)

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Celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Peter Jackson have avoided the mad crush by going incognito at the San Diego Comic-Con fan event

In 2011, Esquire magazine writer Chris Jones accompanied Justin Timberlake at Comic-Con dressed as beloved “Sesame Street” duo Bert and Ernie.

While attending 2011’s Comic-Con to promote “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Andrew Garfield pulled a double-fake by dressing as… Spider-Man

Former “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith put on a Bart Simpson mask to walk the floor at the 2013 event.

“Batman” star Ben Affleck avoided all the Batman rumors by waling around the convention floor in a Sesame Street shirt and a hideous green mask.

Bryan Cranston surprised his co-stars at a “Breaking Bad” panel in 2013 with a creepily realistic Walter White mask.

Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe left his invisibility cloak at home and donned a Spider-Man costume to attend the 2014 Comic-Con.

Jack Black walked the floor of the 2014 event wearing a Stormtrooper mask but admitted that he didn’t fool many people. “Everybody’s just like, ‘Jack Black, you in there?’” he told MTV News. “And I’m like ‘No, it’s not me. I don’t know what you’re talking about.’”

In 2014, “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson posted pics of himself on Facebook strolling through San Diego as an evil jester.

Samuel L. Jackson mysteriously tweeted this bemasked shot of himself with his castmates from “Kingsman: The Secret Service” in 2014.

Simon Pegg put a Star Wars mask on top of his “Shaun of the Dead” outfit for the 2014 Comic-Con.

“Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams went all out for the 2014 convention, putting on both a Spider-Man mask as well as a Guy Fawkes disguise.

According to science blogger Phil Plait, “Mythbusters” host Adam Savage built this elaborate costume for the 2014 event.

Former “Hills” star Audrina Patridge went blue as the X-Men character Mystique at the 2014 event.

Marvel star Mark Ruffalo pulled on this creepy mask to wander Comic-Con in 2015.

Josh Hutcherson even surprised his “Hunger Games” co-star Jennifer Lawrence with this old-man mask at the 2015 Comic-Con.

While there were plenty of fans who dressed as Jared Leto‘s green-haired Joker at the 2015 Comic-Con, the “Suicide Squad” star himself went undercover in a baboon mask. “He had no idea. :)” the star wrote in his Instagram caption.

Big-screen Superman Henry Cavill put on a Guy Fawkes mask and walked the convention floor in 2016 — and even fooled Will Smith and other stars of DC Comics’ “Suicide Squad.”

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13 Stars Who Just Need an Emmy to EGOT, From Elton John to John Legend (Photos)

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Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album, “Great Documents” (1977)
Oscar: Best Actor, “On Golden Pond” (1981)
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30 Highest Grossing Animated Movies of All Time Worldwide

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Yes, Juneteenth Is a Real Holiday

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“Happy Juneteenth!”

In the first few minutes of a first-season episode of FX’s “Atlanta,” many audiences were introduced to Juneteenth. And if you were confused as to what the hell Monique, Craig and everyone else in their house were celebrating with slave ship decorations and drinks named “plantation master poison” — then you’ve come to the right place.

Juneteenth, also referred to as Freedom Day, commemorates the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865. Although President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation three years earlier — making slavery illegal by Jan. 1, 1863 — many slaves were still not free.

On that fateful June 19, Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and announced that the Civil War was over (the war had actually ended over a month prior, but news traveled slowly back then).

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See his speech below.

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” 

Back then, Juneteenth became a big celebration for blacks, but was often met with opposition. Public property was often barred from being used for celebratory activities, but as blacks became land owners, property was donated in honor of the landmark date.

Freedom Day celebrations declined in the 1900s because of the Great Depression and textbooks that attributed the end of slavery to the Emancipation Proclamation rather than Juneteenth. However, the civil rights movements in the ’50s and ’60s ignited a greater interest in the holiday.

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Nowadays, some people still celebrate Juneteenth by having festivals, cookouts, family activities or parades.

In 1979, Texas became the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday.

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14 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Chrissy Teigen to Geraldo (Photos)

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Prince and Michael Jackson: Rivals and Revolutionaries (Photos)

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If you were alive in the 1980s, there was only one question: Prince or Michael Jackson?

It took some years to realize it, but there was only one answer: Both.

They were both Midwesterners born in 1958: Prince in Minneapolis, on June 7, and Michael Jackson in Gary, Indiana, on August 29. If you can’t tell from this picture, both blew up in the 1970s.

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Prince and Michael Jackson had a lot in common. Both were black crossover artists who were among the only African-Americans whose videos were played in the early days of MTV.

In 1985, His Royal Badness was criticized for not performing on “We Are the World,” a song co-written by Michael Jackson to help starving African children. Prince was reportedly too shy to perform with his fellow artists, though Jackson’s shyness didn’t stop him from playing a crucial role. Prince & the Revolution did record a gorgeous song for the “We Are the World” album — “4 the Tears in Your Eyes.”

Their race and sexuality were constantly questioned at the peak of their popularity, and both rightly told their critics to leave them alone — Jackson used almost exactly those words on “Leave Me Alone” — but they also played with the questions.

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“Am I black or white/am I straight or gay?” Prince sang on “Controversy.”

“Who’s black/who’s white,” Jackson sang on “Black or White.”

Both men were also Jehovah’s Witnesses. Michael Jackson reportedly proselytized door-to-door near his family’s home in Encino, Calif. Prince often sang about God and Jesus, including in “I Would Die 4 U.” He backed away from some of his dirtier lyrics as he embraced his religion more strongly.

Though the Purple One was always known as the dirtier of the two musical acts, he noted the irony of Michael Jackson being embroiled in scandal in 2004.

“What are my contemporaries doing now?” Prince said in an Associated Press interview, while Jackson was on trial accused of child molestation. “I’m not entangled in a bunch of lawsuits and a web that I can’t get out of. I can hold my head up … a happily married man who has his head in order. There isn’t a bunch of scandal in my life.” (Jackson was found not guilty.)

Jackson, the King of Pop, named one of his children Prince, which only fueled speculation about his feelings toward the elder Prince.

Sadly, they both died much too young — Jackson on June 25, 2009, and Mr. Nelson on April 21, 2016.

 

 

#PrinceDay: A Life in Pictures, From Before ‘Purple Rain’ Fame to Final Appearances (Photos)

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From a rain-drenched Super Bowl to duets with other iconic guitarists, Prince put out one great show after another during his historic career.
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19 Coolest Ice Cream Scenes in Movies, From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Videos)

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From “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “Wonder Woman,” Hollywood has licked up America’s favorite frozen treat.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
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9 Stars Who Played Jackie Kennedy, From Natalie Portman to Katie Holmes (Photos)

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