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L-R: Dylan Minnette and Stephen Lang in “Don’t Breathe”; image courtesy Screen Gems/Sony(NEW YORK) -- The world should’ve known writer/director Fede Alvarez would give us something like Don’t Breathe when he successfully remade Evil Dead three years ago. There was a reason Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell picked Alvarez for that task.

But it’s one thing to have a template for a film and successfully adapt it for fans and a new audience.  It’s another to create an original horror story that’s a near masterpiece.

Don’t Breathe is about three terrible people who like to rob homes. Rooting for any of them is, essentially, picking your poison. There’s Rocky (Jane Levy, who also worked with Alvarez in Evil Dead), a broke, single mother who lives with her strung-out mom in a trailer; Alex (Dylan Minnette), the son of a security company owner who gives the group access to the homes because of his access to his father’s keys; and their ringleader, Money (Daniel Zovatto), Rocky’s morally bankrupt, moronic boyfriend.

Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues give Rocky and Alex some likable traits, lest we not be completely turned off, because we need some reason to eventually root for them. Rocky, for instance, just wants a better life for her daughter, and is in a situation that’s for the most part beyond her control. Rocky’s dream is to save up enough money to leave Detroit and move to California, and Alex – who clearly feels guilty about what he’s doing – has a crush on Rocky and hopes to follow her.

They may get their chance when Money’s given a tip about a secluded Iraqi war veteran who may have at least 300 grand in his house, a settlement he won after his daughter was killed by reckless driver.

Turns out the war vet (Stephen Lang) is blind. He also lives in an abandoned neighborhood and owns a very scary dog. Money, of course, thinks this is going to be a piece of cake; the guy can’t see, nobody else is around. Even the least experienced horror fan knows all of this spells trouble, but in Alvarez’s hands, it’s the type of twisted, unpredictable, heart-pounding trouble that will endear this particular filmmaker to  fans forever.

While some of the decisions the characters make defy logic, we stay with this story in part because on any given day, the news or your social media feeds have a story about dumb criminals, which is what these three are. The negative is accepting some of the more gross and abhorrent behavior toward women depicted in this film.  Within the context of the story, it makes sense but it’s still uncomfortable to watch and not entirely necessary.  Fans may argue it’s just a movie and all in good fun, but depicting graphic, over-the-top violence against women, even if they’ve broken into your home and done you wrong, can be avoided. I’m hoping Mr. Alvarez’s fertile creative imagination can do so in the future.

Stephen Lang, as the suffering, blind shut-in, is probably one of the best-cast roles of the year. What he executes in this film shouldn’t be believable, but his collaboration with Mr. Alvarez and company produces a man who is very real.

Issues aside, Don’t Breathe is sure to become a horror classic.

Four out of five stars.

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Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Maskim Chmerkovskiy, considered the bad boy of the Dancing with the Stars ballroom, will rejoin the cast as a pro dancer on the new season -- and he won't be alone: disgraced Olympian Ryan Lochtehas reportedly agreed to join the cast. 

USA Today reports Lochte, who was dropped by several of his sponsors following that well-publicized intoxicated incident during the Rio Games, will be one of 13 celebrity partners who will be announced Aug. 30 on Good Morning America.

Chmerkovskiy, 36, made his announcement live on GMA Thursday.  Coming off his successful Maks and Val tour over the summer -- in which he starred with his little brother and fellow DWTS vet, Valentin-- Chmerkovskiy said he, "wanted this to continue, this feeling, the positivity" from the fans. "There's so much love out there." 

After winning the Mirror Ball trophy in 2014, Maks vowed not to compete again, though he has since appeared as a guest judge.  This time, 'round, however, he's not necessarily in it to win it, he told GMA'sGeorge Stephanopoulos and Amy Robach.

"I'm not running after multiple Mirror Balls...I feel absolutely no pressure to win again..." said Maks.

One other big change for Maks this season? He's expecting his first child, with fellow DWTS pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd. "She's doing amazing, and getting bigger, and the baby's kicking...I can't express it," he beamed.

Joining Chmerkovskiy on the pro dancer side are Witney Carson, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Lindsay Arnold, Allison Holker, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko and Chmerkovskiy’s younger brother Valentin.

The new season of Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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2016 ReedPOP(NEW YORK) -- Experts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will beam aboard the Star Trekuniverse for a series of discussions about real-life space exploration, and how Star Trek has influenced humanity's desire to go where no one has gone before.

The five "Trek Talks" will take place during the three-day expo Star Trek: Mission New York, which runs Sept. 2-4 at the Javits Center in New York City -- a little more than a month before October's massive New York Comic Con. 

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Lance Fensterman, global senior VP of Mission New York organizers ReedPOP, said, "NASA’s Trek Talks at Star Trek: Mission New York will give fans the opportunity to be fully immersed in the fascinating ways in which Star Trek has impacted space exploration, from paving the way for new technologies, to fostering an interest in the exploring beyond Earth, and dreaming up alien life."

The discussions will include topics like, "First Contact: Looking For Life in the Universe," and "Ugly Bags of Mostly Water: What Will Aliens Really Be Like?" and will feature real-life astronauts, engineers, and scientists, as well as their big-and-small-screen Trek counterparts. 

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Heidi Gutman/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The hack on Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones' website, JustLeslie.com, is now a federal case. 

Rachael Yong Yow, Public Affairs Officer for the New York Field Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, tells ABC News that the Department of Homeland Security is investigating the cyber crime that saw Jones' private pictures, including nude photos, and other material swiped from her iCloud account and posted on her personal website. 

"The investigation is currently ongoing," Yow said in an email, adding, "In order to protect the integrity of the case, no further details are available at this time."

Jones recently quit Twitter for a brief time after finding herself the target of online bullying and racist comments stemming from her participation in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters.

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Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Jessica Parker is ending her relationship with Mylan, the company that makes the life-saving allergy medication-injecting EpiPen, after the company raised the price of its product to more than 500 bucks. 

The price hike represents a 450-percent increase since the company began selling the product in 2007 -- turning it into a "billion-dollar business," Bloomberg Businessweek reports. 

Parker had taken part in a promotional campaign touting the medicine's use in counteracting the severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.  Calling the EpiPen a "lifesaving necessity" for people like James Wilkie, her peanut-allergic son with Matthew Broderick, Parker blasted Mylan.

"I'm left disappointed, saddened and deeply concerned by Mylan's actions," Parker posted on her Instagram. "I do not condone this decision and I have ended my relationship with Mylan as a direct result of it."

"I hope they will seriously consider the outpouring of voices of those millions of people who are dependent on the device, and take swift action to lower the cost to be more affordable for whom it is a life-saving necessity," Parker continued.

Marketing like Mylan's "Anaphylaxis: For Reel" Initiative in which Parker took part helped make the injector pens seem like must-have accessories for schools and offices all over the country, Bloomberg notes -- and in doing so boosted Mylan's bottom line.

Mylan is currently under congressional scrutiny for the price hike.  The company announced Thursday morning they'll offer a "savings card" to help customers better afford the EpiPen, but stopped short of saying they'd lower the price.

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Lucasfillm/Disney(NEW YORK) -- A 36-year-old terminally ill British Star Wars fan who started a successful Internet push to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story early, has died.

The hashtag #RogueOneWish -- retweeted by fans including Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill -- led Lucasfilm's and ABC News' parent company, Disney, to grant Neil Hanvey's final wish.  Hanvey's wife Andrea shared on Facebook that her husband saw the film Saturday, and died Monday.

Andrea Hanvey's now started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the hospice where Hanvey died.

One year ago, 32-year-old terminally ill cancer patient Daniel Fleetwood of Texas successfully lobbied to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens early.  Disney arranged a screening in his home November 4, ahead of the scheduled December 18, 2015 world premiere.  Fleetwood died November 10, 2015.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is rock-solid at the box office, enough to make him Hollywood’s highest-paid actor.

The star of the forthcoming Fast 8 earned an estimated $64.8 million in the last 12 months, according to Forbes, more than double what he made last year.  Matt Damon, who placed third with $55 million, saw a 120% increase over last year’s earnings, thanks in large part to his starring role in the box office hit The Martian.

Jackie Chan came in second, with $61 million.  Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp round out the top five.

Robert Downey, Jr. topped last year's list of top earners for the third consecutive year, with $80 million.  This year, he drops to eighth with less than half those earnings.

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence earlier this week topped the Forbes list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, with $46 million.

Earnings are estimated based on paydays, endorsement deals and the like.  Here are the top ten highest-earning actors, according to Forbes:

1) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $64.5 million
2) Jackie Chan, $61m
3) Matt Damon, $55m
4) Tom Cruise, $53
5) Johnny Depp, $48
6) Ben Affleck, $43m
7) Vin Diesel, $35m
8) Shan Rukh Khan, Bollywood star, $33m (tie)
8) Robert Downey, Jr., $33m (tie)
10) Akshay Kumar, Bollywood star, $31.5m (tie)
10) Brad Pitt, $31.5m (tie)

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Studio 71/SHOWTIME(NEW YORK) -- Martin Lawrence is returning to the stand-up stage in a new comedy special on Showtime that will air in September.

The special, called Martin Lawrence Doin' Time: Uncut, will be the actor/comedian's first stand-up special in 14 years, and will feature signature Lawrence impressions that cover everything from "sex and relationships to President Obama, Bill Cosby and Hollywood."  

“I look forward to having my third concert film premiere on Showtime," said Martin in a statement to Variety . "Fourteen years is a long time between concert specials and I am excited to know that my TV audience will be able to enjoy this show as if they came to see me live.”

Martin Lawrence Doin' Time: Uncut was filmed live at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and airs Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

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"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon with Olympian Michael Phelps; Vivian Zink/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Wednesday night's installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw seven of the 12 acts that performed on Tuesday's show learn that they had been chosen to advance to the semifinals. The other five acts were sent home.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 23 gold medals, including five at the recent 2016 Rio Olympics, appeared as a guest co-host on Wednesday's show.

Judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Simon Cowell, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live event airing from Hollywood's Dolby Theater to learn which acts America had selected to advance for a chance at the $1 million top prize.

Also back for season 11 is the “Dunkin’ Save," which allowed viewers to vote live to save an act in danger of elimination. They were instructed to search "Dunkin’ Save" on Google and select one of the three acts with the lowest vote totals that they wanted to see in the finals.

Magicians Kadan Bart Rockett and Blake Vogt, singers Grace VanderWaal and Brian Justin Crum, family musical group Edgar, Argentine dance troupe Malevo and a cappella group Linkin’ Bridge all advanced to the finals.

Dancers Alla and Daniel, transgender comedian Julia Scotti, contortionist Velo Vaher, jugglers The Passing Zone and singer Ronee Martin were sent home.

Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s action:

Dancers Alla and Daniel and magician Kadan Bart Rockett were the first two acts to learn their fates. Rockett advances to the semifinals. Rockett, 10, and his eight-year-old sister/assistant, Brooklyn, tearfully thanked America.

Next, singers Grace VanderWaal and Brian Justin Crum were called to the front of the stage. Both acts advance in the competition. Howie called the two “a higher level of talent,” declaring the vote a “win-win.”

Cannon then called transgender comedian Julia Scotti, contortionist Velo Vaher and family musical group Edgar to the front of the stage. Edgar moved on to the semifinals.

Jugglers The Passing Zone and magician Blake Vogt were the final two acts to learn their fates. Vogt advances to the next round of competition. Heidi noted that Blake – who is allergic to just about everything -- showed his allergies “who’s boss.”

Earlier in the show, Cannon revealed that a cappella group Linkin’ Bridge, Argentine dance troupe Malevo and singer Ronee Martin were the acts with the three lowest vote totals, and gave viewers a chance to save one of them with the "Dunkin’ Save." America picked Malevo to advance to the semifinals.

The judges then got to decide which of the remaining two acts would advance. Heidi picked Ronee, but Mel B, Howie and Simon chose Linkin’ Bridge, sending the group to the semifinals.

The evening also included a performance by season-seven finalists Recycled Percussion.

America’s Got Talent returns next Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michelle Obama is adding her voice to those calling for more diversity in television and film.

While admitting to Variety that she's a product of pop culture and uses the medium to promote things that matter to her, the first lady finds fault with the entertainment industry for its lack of diversity.

“For so many people, television and movies may be the only way they understand people who aren’t like them,” she says.

Mrs. Obama believes the industry can influence perceptions in the way it did in the '70s, when TV viewers "developed a love for Archie Bunker, and empathy for George Jefferson."

Archie Bunker, a white bigot, was the main character in the groundbreaking sitcom All in the Family.  George Jefferson, an African-American bigot, was the main character in the All in the Family spinoff, The Jeffersons.

 “There are folks who now know black families -- like the Johnsons on black-ish or the folks on Modern Family,” said Mrs. Obama. “They make you laugh, and they change how you see the world. And that is particularly true in a country where there are still millions of people who live in communities where they can live their whole lives not having contact or exposure with people who aren’t like them, whether that is race or religion or simply lifestyle."

"The only way that millions of people get to know other folks and the way they live," Mrs. Obama says, "is through the power of television and movies.”

The new issue of Variety is available now.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- As many wrestling fans had been speculating, the purported beef between Fast & Furious stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin Diesel is all part of a calculated lead-up to a WWE wrestling match between the pair to promote their upcoming Fast 8 -- at least, according to Life and Style magazine.

The tabloid says the widely reported on-set static that led Rock to put certain "candy a**" co-stars on blast on Instagram is in fact, "a publicity stunt to amp up drama for a WWE wrestling match and to help promote the April 2017 release of Fast 8."

Diesel quickly outed himself as said candy-canned co-worker, and teased fans he'd someday reveal "Everything." 

An unnamed "insider" says the beef is about as real as the stuff in a Slim Jim. It's "a huge prank, and it’s all for publicity," the source claims.

Incidentally, it was Johnson's use of that particular diss that led wrestling fans to believe the put-down was a put-on: it's an insult he frequently threw at adversaries in the ring when he was a full-time wrestler.

Fast 8 is slated for an April 14, 2017 release.

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Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones has a new headache online: somebody hacked her personal website and reportedly posted nude photos of her. 

The Hollywood Reporter notes the cyber attacker -- or attackers -- grabbed personal pictures and other information from Jones' iCloud account and posted them on her website, JustLeslie.com, after control of it was illegally seized.  

 Her site was taken down around noon Eastern time.

The comic and actress recently quit Twitter, albeit briefly, amid cyberbulling at the hands of online trolls that targeted her over her participation in the all-female Ghostbusters remake. 

Jones soon reactivated her account and, in happier online news, scored a chance to cover the Olympics for NBC thanks to her lively live tweets of the Rio Games. 

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, outspoken gay conservative columnist Milo Yiannopoulos -- who was banned for life from Twitter in the wake of Jones' online harassment -- said he took no pleasure from the news.

"I'm distressed to hear that Leslie Jones has been hacked and naked pictures of her have been posted online," he noted in a statement to the trade. "I know we had our differences after my review of Ghostbusters but I wish her all the best at what must be a deeply upsetting time."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- While he proved he can bulk up, as seen in the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, John Krasinski says seeing super-buff Chris Hemsworth as Thor scared The Office alum away from playing Captain America. 

Krasinski, who screen-tested for the part that eventually went to Chris Evans, revealed the news to Conan O’Brien Tuesday night, after admitting to being nervous that security-obsessed Marvel would come after him for spilling secrets.

"It was a big deal for me...because I love those Marvel movies," the actor recalled. "They actually allowed me to wear the suit," he added, miming getting dressed in Cap's spangly uniform.

"I was putting on the suit, and I got right to my waist, I was still shirtless. I was feeling pretty good about myself -- I wasn’t 13 Hours yet, but felt pretty good. And then all of a sudden, Chris Hemsworth walks by as Thor, and goes, ‘Hey, mate.’ And I was like, ‘I’m good," Krasinski said, has he miming taking off his hero pants. "'This is stupid. I'm not Captain America.'"

While he didn't get the Cap gig, Krasinski will play a hero of a different kind in an upcoming Amazon series about Tom Clancy's professor-turned-spy, Jack Ryan.

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ABC/Fred Watkins(LOS ANGELES) -- Speaking to GQ AustraliaSuicide Squad actor Scott Eastwood revealed a personal tragedy -- one which he believes has affected his attitude towards relationships.

When asked about the last time he cried, the actor, 30, said, "I dated a girl a couple of years ago who died in a car accident.”

He described the horrific details of the accident, calling it "f***ed up."

"There was a recall on airbags," he said of his former girlfriend's car. "Her airbag exploded. It shot a projectile through her body. It split her spine, and...I’ve never told anybody that."

He didn't name the woman, but People magazine has identified her 26-year-old Jewel Brangman, and noted her 2014 death prompted her father to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Honda, the rental company that owned the 2001 vehicle, and Takata, the airbag manufacturer behind the massive recall.

Eastwood says the loss still haunts him. 

"I’ve lost friends before; I’ve lost some great friends. But, I had never lost someone I had been really intimate with, you know, like in that way, in a relationship," he explained. "I think that really affected me in a way that...I don’t know. Maybe it’s made it harder for me to date."

Eastwood admitted that he's never called the woman's father, even after all this time, because, "I still haven’t found the right words."

Eastwood also spoke about his iconic father, Clint Eastwood, and his no-nonsense style of parenting. After leaving his younger sister at a party when he was just a teen, he said his father punched him for not looking after her.

"He popped me and said, ‘You don’t ever leave your sister at a party. EVER.’ And it was very old-school, very old-school of him. He wasn’t afraid. None of this new-age bulls**t where you can’t even smack the kid because everyone’s afraid of being judged or whatever," he said. "I learned quickly."

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Sarah Paulson with "AHS" creator/producer Ryan Murphy; Frank Micelotta/FX(LOS ANGELES) -- American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson is going glam for her next TV role.

The actress is joining the cast of AHS creator/producer Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series, Feud. The show's firt season will focus on the rivalry between Joan Crawford, to be played by Jessica Lange, and Bette Davis, to be played by Susan Sarandon, during the making of the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Paulson, who's nominated for an Emmy for playing prosecutor Marcia Clark in Murphy's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, will portray Geraldine Page, Murphy announced on Twitter.

Catherine Zeta-Jones was recently added to the cast and will play actress Olivia de Havilland.

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