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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Gigi Hadid has addressed criticism that she was wrong to fight back against a former TV reporter who manhandled her last week.

In an interview with Lena Dunham for her newsletter, Lenny Letter, Hadid said that her reaction was automatic, and that she doesn't regret attempting to elbow Vitalii Sediuk.

Her first thought at the time, she added, was, "Get me out of this situation."

"Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did. If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation," she said. "Practicing self-defense is important so that when you're in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up. Confidence in your own ability to defend yourself comes with educating yourself about it, and is a massive advantage when in an unsafe situation."

Last week, Sediuk, who has pulled similar stunts in the past, attempted to grab Hadid outside the Max Mara show at Milan Fashion Week. Hadid, 21, screamed, "Let go of me!" and attempted to run after him, though her bodyguards held her back.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Sediuk confirmed his involvement in the incident and said he did it in "protest," saying Hadid has "nothing to do with high fashion."

After the photos and video of the incident went viral, Hadid said her mother, reality TV star Yolanda Foster, praised her for trusting her instincts.

"It sounds cliché to say it, but in the moment, it wasn't heroic to me. It was just what I had to do. It's very touching to me that people see it that way," Hadid continued. "I know people are put in much worse situations every day and don't have the cameras around that provoke social-media support. I just want to use what happened to me to show that it's everyone's right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself."

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi, the two men who were arrested after rushing the stage to protest Olympian Ryan Lochte during a live performance of Dancing with the Stars, have been charged. 

According to documents obtained by ABC Radio, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office filed criminal complaints against Sotoodeh, 59, and Soroudi, 25, charging each man with leaving a spectator area and entering a stage and interfering with a performance -- both Los Angeles Municipal Code violations. 

The maximum each could face if convicted is six months in jail and a one thousand dollar fine. 

The pair, who screamed "Liar" and tore open their shirts to reveal the name Lochte with a slash through it, told ABC News after their arrests that their intention was not to hurt Lochte. They said they just believed he embarrassed Americans by exaggerating a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro during the Summer Olympics.

The protesters' arraignment is set for October 4.


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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Tom Hanks made one couple's wedding day especially memorable after he crashed their photo shoot in Central Park this weekend.

The bride and groom, Elizabeth and Ryan, were accompanied by New York City-based photographer Meg Miller Saturday when Hanks approached them in the park and posed for pictures.

"Can we get a photo with you?" the stunned bride asked, as Hanks kissed her hand. "By all means," he said graciously.

"Ryan, you're a lucky man, Elizabeth: you've done well for yourself," the multiple Academy Award-winner said, noting he's also an ordained minister, "If the guy cancels, let me know."

Hanks, who is very active on social media, insisted on taking a selfie for himself -- and with the little ring bearer and flower girl. He later posted, "Elizabeth and Ryan! Congrats and blessings! Hanx."

"The wedding's over, guys," one guest laughed.

"We just peaked," the very blushing bride agreed.

"We were photographing the bride and groom in Central Park and a guy on a jog started to slow down near the couple, he leaned in close as he took off his hat and sunglasses and said, 'Hi, I am Tom Hanks' while reaching out to shake the grooms [sic] hand," photographer Miller wrote in an email to ABC News.

ABC News reached out to Elizabeth and Ryan, but the couple is currently on their honeymoon.

Hanks made headlines last year when he found a Fordham University student's ID while on another jaunt in Central Park, and managed to use Twitter to find the young woman and get her card back to her.

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©2016 Paramount Pictures. All Right Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans will have to wait until December 25 to see Denzel Washington's adapation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama Fences, but a new teaser trailer has just debuted. 

Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the film also stars Oscar winner Viola Davis as Rose, the wife to actor-director -- and fellow Oscar winner -- Washington's Troy.

The powerful piece centers on family, betrayal, and race -- and took some seven years to get to the big screen. 

Washington and Davis starred in an acclaimed run of the play on Broadway back in 2010, and when he knew there would be a film, he wanted to keep that cast together for the big screen bow.

He told ABC News recently, "Obviously Viola … Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson … [it] gave us a good rhythm." 

One look at the footage, and it's easy to see why insiders have already earmarked the production for NEXT year's Oscar race.  


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Justin Stephens/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer is definitely a good sport.

She was rooting for the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday with her boyfriend, Ben Hanisch, and father, Gordon Schumer, when the stadium's kiss cam zeroed in on the star.

The Inside Amy Schumer star was more than willing to oblige. First, she turned to her dad to give him a sweet peck on the cheek. Then, she turned to Hanisch, threw off her hat and sunglasses and proceeded to make out with him.

Later she posted a clip on Instagram, writing, "I have always wanted to be on the kiss cam! My dad and my man!! #letsgomets."

???? Hi, @amyschumer! #LGM #Mets pic.twitter.com/UNhujaCGXV

— New York Mets (@Mets) September 25, 2016

Schumer's dream came true courtesy of Jerry Seinfeld and his wife Jessica, who invited the comedian and her family to join them in their private box at Citi Field. Jonah Hill and Matthew Broderick also stopped by.

"Let's go @mets thank you jerry and @jessseinfeld #dreamday," she wrote in a separate Instagram post.

Schumer, 35, and Hanisch have been together since late last year.

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Alessandra Benedetti -- Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts have separated after 11 years together.

The couple made the announcement in a joint statement on Monday.

"Over the past few months we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple," Schreiber and Watts said in the statement. "It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship.

"While we appreciate your curiosity and support, we ask the press to be mindful of our children and respect their right to privacy," the statement concluded.

Schreiber, 48 and Watts, 47, have been together since 2005. They have two sons, age 9 and 7.

Schreiber and Watts both appear in the film The Bleeder, a biopic on boxer Chuck Wepner that's due out next year.

Schreiber currently stars in the Showtime series Ray Donovan. Watts is a two-time Oscar nominee whose recent credits include the Divergent films Insurgent and Allegiant.

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Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold; ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- In the first-ever “Face-Off” night on Dancing with the Stars Monday night, competitors performed in groups of two against each other, doing the same dance style to different songs.

The celebrity who won each matchup won immunity from elimination, leaving six couples in jeopardy going into Tuesday night's two-hour results show. The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes will be eliminated.

Actor Jake T. Austin, the former star of Wizards of Waverly Place, became the first celebrity of season 23 to be eliminated when he got the boot last week.

Monday Night's Matchups:

Jana Kramer v. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds: Kramer, the One Tree Hill actress, won her jive matchup with Edmonds by a single point, earning 26 out of a possible 40 points to Edmonds’ 25.

Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) v. Rick Perry: This paso doble battle ended in a tie, with both Van Winkle and Perry earning 23 points each. Head judge Len Goodman broke the tie by choosing Van Winkle as the winner.

James Hinchcliffe v Ryan Lochte: Hinchcliffe’s cha cha earned him 29 points to Lochte’s 25.

Calvin Johnson Jr. v. Terra Jolé: The football player emerged victorious after dueling Viennese waltzes, earning 32 points to Jolé’s 30.

Maureen McCormick v. Amber Rose: McCormick and Rose’s salsa showdown ended with McCormick on top with 28 points to Rose’s 25.

Laurie Hernandez v. Marilu Henner: Hernandez's tango took the top spot, with 31 points to Henner's 28.

Backstage, the night's high scorer, Johnson, was feeling great, telling ABC Radio, "I expect to do well but at the same time I didn't think we were going to get all 8's like we did."

Conversely, Perry was hurting, and not just because he could get sent home on the results show. "Nothing's broken, it's just kind of sore. It's all good," he said. 

The two-hour results show airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Josh Halverson auditions on “The Voice”; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The Voice coaches continued to add artists to their teams Monday night, as week two of the blind auditions began.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and new coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys listened to six hopefuls during the one-hour episode. All of the coaches except Blake landed at least one artist, with Adam and Miley gaining two.

Here's what happened:

Bindi Liebowitz won over both Adam and Blake with her rendition of the Jazmine Sullivan song "Bust Your Windows." Adam pleaded with her, "I love you. I need you." Blake played the "I've won more seasons than Adam has" card. Bindi chose Adam as her coach.

Zack Hicks was unable to convince any of the coaches to turn around with his version of "At This Moment," originally by Billy Vera & The Beaters.

Elia Esparza took a risk by singing in Spanish. It paid off, drawing interest from Adam, Blake and Miley with her cover of Selena's "Como la Flor." Adam thought that there was room for improvement, but that it was a refreshing performance. Miley touted the fact that, unlike Adam and Blake, she had no trouble pronouncing Elia's name. Elia went with Adam, citing the fact that he was the first to turn around.

Lane Mack, whose uncle is a Grammy-nominated Cajun and zydeco musician, took on "Every Day I Have the Blues," made famous by B.B. King, among others. Miley sensed that they had similar taste in music, and she scooped him up for her team.

Karlee Metzger was up next with her take on the Regina Spektor tune "Samson." Miley and Blake both pushed their buttons. Miley was eager to break Karlee out of her shyness. Miley will have that opportunity going forward.

Texan Josh Halverson closed out the show with a performance of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young." In the final moments, Blake, Miley and Alicia all turned around. Miley said she felt wrapped up in what Josh was singing. Alicia said she pressed her button because she knows what good music feels like. Adam endorsed Blake as the right coach for Josh. "Look at how powerful you are, you built a bridge between us," Blake joked to Josh about his friendly rival Adam. Josh landed on Team Alicia.

The blind auditions continue Tuesday night on NBC with a two-hour episode. It begins at 8 p.m. ET.

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ABC/Stephen Iervolino(NEW YORK) -- Priyanka Chopra is getting her share of big-time movie offers, but the Bollywood superstar-turned Quantico lead found one script she knew she HAD to do: a big-screen adaptation of Baywatch.

"There were a lot of interesting movie offers that came my way but nothing that sort of blew my mind," she tells ABC Radio's GMA After Hours, "...because whatever was coming to me was sort of stereotypical of what either a 'pretty girl' would be, or 'a girl from Bollywood' would be."

Chopra wants, "to always do something from the left, not expected," she explained. "So when I took on Baywatch,I was most excited about the fact that it was written for a man, my part. And then after I spoke to Seth Gordon, who is the director, he just loved the idea of me being the villain." 

"And Baywatch is one of my favorite shows! It's a full circle to be back in it! I'm just so evil that it's delectable," she smiles. "It's like [playing] Snow White's evil stepmom."

Chopra joked, "America will hate me after Baywatch," considering how many fans love The Rock and his co-starZac Efron. 

Baywatch dives into theaters May 19, 2017.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- John Travolta, who TV viewers last saw as Robert Shapiro in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, is now stepping into the shoes of another iconic real-life character, this time a notorious mob boss, in the new film The Life and Death of John Gotti.

To portray the flashy figure, Travolta nearly literally walked in the man's shoes. "I got to wear his real jewelry. In several of the scenes I'm wearing his real ties," the actor told ABC News’ Mara Schiavocampo.

Travolta, 62,  called getting into Gotti's skin "an evolution. " 

In a case of art imitating life, Gotti’s wife, Victoria Gotti, is played in the movie by Travolta’s real-life wife, Kelly Preston.

Preston described the movie as full of “fabulous fashion” and “big hair.” She said she believes the infamous couple made it through John Gotti’s crime-filled life by compartmentalizing.

“She knew what was going on,” Preston said of her character. “But she said, ‘When he would come in, the door would close and that life would end.’”

The Gottis’ own son, John Gotti Jr., was a frequent visitor to the set and key adviser for the movie, which is directed by Entourage star Kevin Connolly.

“There's always two sides to a story,” Travolta said of why he was drawn to portraying Gotti on the big screen.
“They had a very human other side of existence, which is their family and their trials and tribulations.”

Travolta and Preston have faced their own tribulations in real-life, most notably the unexpected death of their teenage son, Jett, in 2009. The couple now have a 5-year-old son, Ben, and 16-year-old daughter, Ella.
“We certainly have bonded together,” Travolta said. “And certainly, having little Ben has been a beautiful kind of glue for us to re-bond after tremendous loss.”

Ben and Ella joined their parents in Cincinnati for the filming of the movie which saw parts of the Midwestern town transformed into 1980s New York.

When asked if there was any part of the 1980s that he would like to bring back, Travolta had a quick answer.
“I danced with Princess Diana in 1986 and that was one of the highlights of my life,” he said, referring to their dance at the White House that resulted in an iconic photograph.

The Life and Death of John Gotti is scheduled to hit theaters in 2017.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Lupita Nyong’o stars in the new film, Queen of Katwe -- based on a true story about a chess prodigy overcoming all odds.

The Oscar-winning actress plays the girl's fiercely protective mother and said today on Good Morning America that when she first read the script, she broke down just a few pages in.

"On the pages. I found interesting, real complex, layered, inspiring characters," Nyong’o said. "I could tell that in less than 10 pages. I just knew I had to be a part of this film."

Nyong’o added, "It was such a rewarding labor of love ... to get to tell this true, inspiring story in Uganda, in East Africa where I'm from, and to do it with [director] Mira Nair, a woman of color who has lived there for over 20 years, who knows the place and really told the story from inside out."

"I'm very, very proud of this film," Nyong’o said.

This year, Nyong’o received a Tony nomination for best leading actress in a play for her role in Eclipsed.
"That was a fully, immersive experience, being on Broadway for so long and having to do the same thing every day" she said. "I mean, it was so inspiring and I worked with such a great group of women, and to have taken that African story to a completely other side of the continent and brought it to New York, that was really amazing."

Queen of Katwe opens nationwide Friday.

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John Rasimus/Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Josh Brolin is now a married man.

A rep for the actor confirmed to ABC News that he wed model Kathryn Boyd on Saturday.

The blushing bride took to Instagram to share a couple of black-and-white photos from the ceremony, held in North Carolina.

Boyd said in one caption, "Greatest day of my life. Easy. Hands down. Happy. Loving. Special. Complete. ...@joshbrolin I love you."

Another caption simply read: "Husband."

Previously, Brolin, 48, revealed that he was a bit of a groom-zilla when it came to planning the wedding.

"I'm such a control freak and I want to control everything," he told E! News. "It's not even that I want to control it; I just want to be in the middle of it. I want to be in the nucleus of it because that's the fun part. That's the nectar."

The Oscar-nominated actor's rep confirmed in May that Brolin and Boyd were engaged.

This is the third marriage for Brolin, who was previously married to actress Diane Lane. He has two adult children -- Trevor, 28, and daughter Eden, 22 -- from his first marriage, to Alice Adair.

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Raymond Hall/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Spike Lee is among the many who are mourning the death of actor Bill Nunn.

The actor, who passed away Saturday at age 63, was battling cancer.

Nunn first came to notice for starring as Radio Raheem in Lee's 1989 film, Do the Right Thing.

The film follows what happens in a Brooklyn neighborhood on the hottest day of the year as racial tensions rose and ended in a police riot. Radio Raheem died in the film after being choked by police.

On Saturday, Lee took to Instagram to remember the man whom he called a "dear friend."


The famed filmmaker also shared a photo of the shoes Radio Raheem wore as he died at the hands of police.

In a subsequent Instagram post, Lee shared a mural of Radio Raheem along with a poem by Brooklyn spoken word artist Lemon Andersen.

It reads in part, "...And then there was Radio Raheem, Flat top, tight fade, Built like an '89 NY Giant, The Majestic Brother you could hear two blocks away in any direction pumping Public Enemy from the horns of his Ghetto Blaster, the Conscience brother who wanted nothing but to be alone and live in the loud solace of his Radio..."

Nunn also starred in Spike Lee's film He Got Game.  He had over 70 film and television credits, including roles in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films.  He most recently was seen as one of the stars of the USA series Sirens.

Nunn is survived by his wife Donna and their two daughters, Cydney and Jessica.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars is adding a new twist to the competition tonight.

For the first time, the ABC show is holding a "Face-Off" night. Two couples each will face off by dancing the same style, but to different songs.

The couple who receives the higher score from the judges will be safe from elimination this week. The couple with the lower score will be in danger of being sent home.

One of the remaining 12 couples will get the boot on Tuesday night's results show.

You can catch all of the performances tonight on ABC, beginning 8 p.m. ET.

Here are the face-off pairings:

* Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko – Jive – “Too Many Fish in the Sea” by Bette Midler
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds & Allison Holker – Jive – “Great Gosh A’Mighty” by Little Richard

* Laurie Hernandez & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Tango – “Into the Sunset” (Headhunterz Radio Edit) by Crystal Lake featuring Kifi
Marilu Henner & Derek Hough – Tango – “Battle Cry” by Imagine Dragons

* James Hinchcliffe & Sharna Burgess – Cha Cha – “Big Trouble” by Outasight
Ryan Lochte & Cheryl Burke – Cha Cha – “If It Ain’t Love” by Jason Derulo

* Calvin Johnson Jr. & Lindsay Arnold – Viennese Waltz – “Woman’s World” by BJ The Chicago Kid
Terra Jolé & Sasha Farber – Viennese Waltz – “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls

* Maureen McCormick & Artem Chigvintsev – Salsa – “Tres Deseos” (“Three Wishes”) by Gloria Estefan
Amber Rose & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Salsa – “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Iggy Azalea

* Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) & Witney Carson – Paso Doble – “Save Tonight” by Zayde Wølf
Rick Perry & Emma Slater – Paso Doble – “Tamacun” by Rodrigo Y Gabriela

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L-R: Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in "The Magnificent Seven"; MGM/Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The Magnificent Seven was the top draw at the box office over the weekend.

The remake of the 1960 Western, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, among others, debuted in first place by earning an estimated 35 million dollars.

The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua, who previously directed Washington in Training Day and The Equalizer.

The animated film Storks, featuring the voices of Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammer and more, opened in second place, collecting 21.8 million dollars.

After leading the box office the previous two weekends, Sully finished in third place, with 13.8 million bucks.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to comScore:

1. The Magnificent Seven, $35 million.
2. Storks, $21.8 million.
3. Sully, $13.8 million.
4. Bridget Jones's Baby, $4.5 million.
5. Snowden, $4.1 million.
6. Blair Witch, $4 million.
7. Don't Breathe, $3.8 million.
8. Suicide Squad, $3.1 million.
9. When the Bough Breaks, $2.5 million.
10. Kubo and the Two Strings, $1.1 million.

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