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Viola Davis responded to critics who say her number 1 box office film "The Woman King" is not historically accurate.

The Woman King tells a fictionalized account of Africa's Dahomey female warriors who, alongside their men, raided nearby villages and kidnapped men, women and children to be sold into slavery in the early 1800s.

Twitter critics called for a boycott of the film. They argued that Davis and the movie's white female writers glorified the masculine female warriors as heroines.

The Oscar-winning actress, who produced the movie with her husband Julius Tennon, told Variety magazine that most of the story is fiction, and not historical.

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"First of all, I agree with [director] Gina Prince-Bythewood's saying is you're not going to win an argument on Twitter," Viola said.

"We entered the story where the kingdom was in flux, at a crossroads. They were looking to find some way to keep their civilization and kingdom alive. It wasn't until the late 1800s that they were decimated. Most of the story is fictionalized. It has to be."

Julius confirmed that they tweaked the story for entertainment value and to sell movie tickets. He suggested that critics read history books if they want to learn the true story of the Dahomey tribe.

"We are now what we call 'edu-tainment.' It's history but we have to take license. We have to entertain people," he said.

"If we just told a history lesson, which we very well could have, that would be a documentary. Unfortunately, people wouldn't be in the theaters doing the same thing we saw this weekend. We didn't want to shy away from the truth. The history is massive and there are truths on that that are there. If people want to learn more, they can investigate more."

The Woman King surpassed expectations and grossed $19 million at the box office over the weekend.

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Halle Berry defended 'The Little Mermaid' star Halle Bailey who is still under attack by 'Mermaid' fans.

The Oscar-winning actress was mistaken for Bailey on Twitter. One person tweeted to Berry, "Can't wait to see you under da sea!"

Berry snapped back "Wrong Halle lol. I can't wait to see her too though!"

Other Twitter users confused 56-year-old Berry for Bailey, who is 22.

One person tweeted "Halle Berry is nearly 60 playing the role of a 16-year-old girl. This is what happens when you upset a fandom."

The Little Mermaid, written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837, is a fairy tale about a fish who dreams of being human.

Disney released its fully animated film The Little Mermaid in 1989, featuring Jodi Benson voicing Ariel, a fish who falls in love with a human prince named Eric.

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Disney flipped the script for its 2023 live-action 'Mermaid' film by casting Bailey, a Black actress, to play the part of Ariel, who falls in love with Eric, played by a white actor.

However, the movie is being marketed to white audiences, who strongly disapprove.

Disney debuted the 'Mermaid' trailer on Sept. 9 on its YouTube channel.

Over 1.5 million YouTube users disliked the Disney trailer and voiced their opinions in over 200,000 comments.

YouTube previously disabled the downvote feature, but a Chrome browser extension restored the function.
 

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The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood is celebrating the movie topping the weekend box office.

The Woman King will win the weekend box office with an estimated $18 million opening. The movie's budget was $50 million.

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Prince-Bythewood (left) is battling Twitter critics who say 'Woman King' is just another slavery movie that twists historical facts for entertainment value.

'Woman King' starring Viola Davis (right) and John Boyega, is a fictional account of an all-female African military in Dahomey.

Black Twitter argued the absurdity of a female general and her band of female warriors protecting the Dahomeys whilst they participated in the slave trade.

Davis's general Nanisca struggles to discourage King Ghezo (John Boyega) from selling his people to the Europeans.

Black Twitter says the film's writers Maria Bello and Dana Stevens turned a story about Africans selling slaves into a movie about Black female empowerment.

"You don't have to be very "woke" to see the problem here," one Twitter user wrote.

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Prince-Bythewood's response to critics is to shut up and go see the movie.

"I learned early on you cannot win an argument on Twitter," Prince-Bythewood told IndieWire.

"And I know all of that is going to go away once they see the film. There's an assumption we're not dealing with it and we are dealing with it. So I have to live in that confidence. They're going to see the film and they're going to [like] it."

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Racists are flooding Disney's 'Little Mermaid' trailer with offensive comments and over 1.5 million downvotes on YouTube.

Disney released the live-action Little Mermaid trailer featuring Halle Bailey singing "Part of Your World."

The trailer, which has over 18 million views and 200,000+ comments, received over 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube.

YouTube previously disabled the dislike count, but a Chrome browser extension restores the downvote function to make dislikes visible on YouTube videos.

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'Mermaid' fans are furious that Disney chose a Black actress to play a long-established white character..

'Mermaid' fans question why Disney didn't simply create a new character for Bailey, rather than hijack a white character for political correctness.

Some on Black Twitter complained that Disney is "pandering" to Black people.

One person wrote: "Who asked her to play this iconic role? The part should have gone to a white actress who can also sing and dance."

Another person wrote: "which is more likely? that they just felt like making the little mermaid black as an artistic choice? or that they're pandering to black people during a time when being black has been heavily politicized through “black lives matter."

A third person wrote: "This is wrong the actor supposed to be white keep it original."
 

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Netflix held a special screening for Queen Latifah's new thriller, End of the Road on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Latifah stars as Brenda, a single mom who takes her family on a cross-country road trip through the desert to start a new life after losing her job.

A simple road trip turns into a near horrifying experience when they become targets of a killer after witnessing a murder.

Newcomers Mychala Faith Lee and Shaun Dixon portray Latifah's adorable kids. Rap mogul Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges plays her brother Reggie.

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End of the Road was produced by Tracey Edmonds and co-produced by her 2 sons, Brandon and Dylan Michael Edmonds. Their father is singer/songwriter Babyface.

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End of the Road is Millicent Shelton's first feature film directorial debut. Shelton (right) got her start as a wardrobe production assistant on the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing.

She went on to direct popular TV shows including Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, The Walking Dead, The Bernie Mac Show, and episodes of the teen drama TV series 90210.

Shelton also directed music videos for Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Aaliyah, CeCe Peniston and Salt-N-Pepa.

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Actor Timothée Chalamet says it's tough being alive for the TikTok generation. The star attended the Venice Film Festival, where his new film Bones & All premiered on Thursday.

Chalamet and 28-year-old actress Taylor Russell play two teenage cannibals who set off on a cross-country road trip in the ’80s American Midwest.

Maren (Russell) and Lee (Chalamet) bond in this romantic story of first love and shared taste for human flesh.

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During the film's press conference in Venice, Italy, Chalamet, 26, said, "To be young now, and to be young whenever - I can only speak for my generation - is to be intensely judged."

"I can't imagine what it is to grow up with the onslaught of social media, and it was a relief to play characters who are wrestling with an internal dilemma absent the ability to go on Reddit, or Twitter, Instagram or TikTok and figure out where they fit in."

He added that social media will eventually lead to a "societal collapse".

"Without casting judgment on that, you can find your tribe there, but I think it's tough to be alive now. I think societal collapse is in the air or it smells like it - and, without being pretentious, that's why hopefully movies matter, because that's the role of the artist... to shine a light on what's going on."

Chalamet fears for his little brother and others who may fall prey to social media's ill effects on society.

"I have a little brother who's 19, 20-ish, and thinking about him in this world, and the self-judgement and judgment of others that people seem so flooded with every day in such a drastic and severe way is so scary, because the hope is that you can find your own compass within all of it and that seems like a difficult task now."

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Taylor is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Judy Robinson in the Netflix science fiction series Lost in Space (2018–2021). She also starred as Lark Voorhies in the Lifetime television film The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.

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Eddie Murphy looks 20 years younger on the set of his latest film Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley with co-star Taylour Paige.

Murphy, as Axel Foley, appears to be nursing a broken arm in one scene with Taylour on location in Los Angeles.

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The 4th installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise is finally in production after decades of delays.

The Saturday Night Live veteran last played Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop III 28 years ago.

The Netflix sequel also stars actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Preston Rogers.

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Taylour Paige, 31, began her career at a young age training at the Westside Ballet Academy. She was a student of the choreographer, director, and actress Debbie Allen.

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In 2001, Taylour was cast in Debbie's Pearl, and she appeared in Zola and Netflix's Ma Rainey'S Black Bottom, among other projects.

After filming in L.A., the location will shift to Detroit, Michigan, where Axel Foley was a beat cop 38 years ago.

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Warner Bros. studio is holding "funeral screenings" of the canceled film Batgirl before destroying the film footage so the movie can never be seen publicly.

Batgirl was already completed — with a $90 million budget — when Warner Bros. cancelled the movie's launch due to negative reviews in test screenings.

According to Yahoo! News, Warner Bros. execs have been holding secret "funeral screenings" of Batgirl on its studio lot in Burbank, California.

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Warner Bros., which was acquired by Discovery, canceled Batgirl after numerous test audiences trashed the film with Latina actress Leslie Grace Martínez in the lead.

The Bronx-born Dominican actress was ecstatic when she landed the biggest role of her career.

She is reportedly "devastated" that Warner Bros. will destroy the film rather than allow it to be seen.

Batgirl was set to feature Ivory Aquino as the first ever major transgender character in a live-action film.

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Aquino, 43, penned an emotional open letter to Warner executives asking them to reconsider destroying the movie after the secret funeral screenings end.

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav defended destroying the movie footage when the secret funeral screenings end.

He said the studio would rather lose $90 million than to release a film that the studio has no confidence in.

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Lifetime TV network responded to rumors that actress Anne Heche was working on a film about Jeffrey Epstein and human trafficking before she tragically lost her life.

Heche, 53, died on August 12 following a fiery car crash into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles on August 5.
 
RELATED: Report: Anne Heche's electric car was remotely hacked
 

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Rumors spread that Heche was working on a film titled Girl in Room 13 about financier Epstein and his global human trafficking ring.

One Twitter user wrote: "So actress Anne Heche, who died in a fiery car crash, was working on a movie titled "The Girl In Room 13" about the Jeffrey Epstein ring."

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However, Lifetime said the movie is based on real life events, and stars Heche as a woman in search of her daughter who becomes a victim of human trafficking.

The movie, which is scheduled for release in September, has nothing to do with Epstein's abuse ring according to Lifetime, as reported by Reuters and Newsweek.

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Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges in July 2019. He took his own life in his jail cell in Manhattan one month later.

Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, 61, was convicted of child sex trafficking and other offenses, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in New York on June 28, 2022.

Former President Donald Trump reportedly pulled strings to get Maxwell transferred to a Club Fed-style minimum security prison in Florida.

His Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida was raided by federal agents weeks later.

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The 4th installment of Beverly Hills Cop will begin production soon and has a release date. Beverly Hills Cops 4 has been in the works for years.

"Well, we're making another Beverly Hills cop. We start that in like a week or 10 days and that's gonna be for Netflix," producer Jerry Bruckheimer told ComicBook.com's Chris Killian.

The action/comedy movie franchise stars Eddie Murphy as wise-cracking cop Axel Foley. Murphy, 61, revealed Beverly Hills Cop 4 is on the production schedule.

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"Yeah, that's what we're doing after Coming 2 America, we're doing Beverly Hills Cop and then the plan is to get back on stage and do stand up and then kind of that's what I'll be doing mostly is stand up and Beverly Hills Cop," Murphy told Collider, while promoting Coming 2 America.

The Saturday Night Live veteran last played Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop III 28 years ago.

It isn't clear if Judge Reinhold or John Ashton will reprise their roles as Detective Sergeant William "Billy" Rosewood and John "Tag" Taggart. The detectives would be retired from the Beverly Hills police force by now.

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Murphy's Axel Foley is a bit older and no longer fits into Axel's tight jeans and varsity jacket.

"They've been trying to make another Beverly Hills Cop for 15 years now," Murphy said previously. "Right now, Netflix has it, and they're trying to develop a script. That's what we're supposed to be doing next. But, I'm not doing nothing until the script is right."

Earlier this year, it was reported that Beverly Hills Cop 4 was still in development.

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Leslie Grace Martínez dropped her Hispanic surname to give herself a better chance of making it in Hollywood.

The Bronx-born Dominican actress was overjoyed when she landed the biggest role of her career - as Batgirl in a film that never made it to theaters.

Batgirl was already completed — with a $90 million budget — when Warner Bros. cancelled the movie's launch.

According to Hollywood insiders, Warner Bros. Discovery executives shelved Batgirl after numerous test audiences panned the film with a Latina in the lead.

In a quarter 2 earnings call, CEO David Zaslav said Thursday that the studio will not release a movie it does not believe in.

"We're not going to launch a movie to make a quarter and we're not going to put a movie out unless we believe in it," Zaslav said.

Warner Bros. was also nervous after the West Side Story remake with an all-Hispanic cast flopped at the box office last year.

Leslie Grace was reportedly "devastated" by the news. But Warner Bros. Discovery execs are entertaining the possibility of letting Grace play Batgirl in a future DC spin-off film, Variety reported.
 

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British singer, actress Dame Olivia Newton-John has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 73.

The four-time Grammy Award winner is best known for her hit song "Let's Get Physical" (1981) off her eleventh studio album of the same name.

John charted four number-one hits and ten top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as 2 Billboard 200 number-one albums, If You Love Me, Let Me Know and Have You Never Been Mellow.

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Her acting credits include the musical film Grease, whose soundtrack include two of her biggest hits: "You're the One That I Want" featuring co-star John Travolta, and "Summer Nights".

She also starred in the 1980 film Xanadu, and Two of a Kind (1983).

John was married twice and shares daughter, Chloe, with ex-husband, actor and dancer Matt Lattanzi, who appeared in 4 of her music videos including "Let's Get Physical." They divorced in 1995 after 11 years of marriage.

Newton-John was an enthusiastic animal rights and environmental activist.

She is survived by daughter, Chloe, and husband John Easterling.
 

 

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Miasha Productions' advanced premiere screening of Secret Society 2: Never Enough will be held in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 26.

Cast members in attendance will include: Blac Chyna, Vivica A. Fox, Reyna Love, Erica Pinkett, T'Arie Jae, Jeremy Meeks, Kelvin Hair ll, Cree Campbell, Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson, and more.

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ABOUT SECRET SOCIETY 2: NEVER ENOUGH

From gold digger to being thrown under, Celess (Reyna Love) is making her rounds to prove her loyalty to the game with bestie Si Si (Adejah Parrish). It's not a matter of if your past will catch up to you, it's when! In this fast-paced, edge of your seat sequel to 2021's movie of the year, viewers are in for even more twists than before. Celess is back outside! With a newfound hunger and a bestie, Si Si, to eat with she wastes no time filling her plate. She and Si Si climb the ranks of young Hollywood and are on the brink of making it big but that's when they learn the 'bigger you are the harder you fall' – especially when your past is tugging at your Louboutins. Picking up where Secret Society left off, Secret Society 2's fashion, drama, and plot twists all set out to prove one thing and that is in Celess' world of love versus pain, it's Never Enough.

Coming to Amazon Prime July 29th in the U.S. and the UK.

Watch Worldwide on Vimeo On Demand July 29th.

Source: Press release

Watch the movie trailer below.
 

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Ahead of the season 2 premiere of her hit Nickelodeon show "That Girl Lay Lay", Nickelodeon star Alaya High (pka That Girl Lay Lay) hosted a private screening of "Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank" at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

The intimate screening was attended by Lay Lay's friends, Royalty Brown (Chris Brown's daughter); LisaRaye, Nick Young, Princess Love, Brooke Valentine & more.

The animated film features characters voiced by Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson and Ricky Gervais.

According to Tami Reed of Talking With Tami, who attended the Atlanta screening, the movie is about a hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (Michael Cera) who is recruited by a town full of cats to save them from a ruthless villain's (Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher (Samuel L. Jackson) to train him, Hank the hound must team up with the feline villagers to save the day. The only problem... cats hate dogs!

Also starring Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka, and Cathy Shim, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is in theaters nationwide today, July 15th.

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That Girl Lay Lay (right) poses with her father and siblings at the private screening of "Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank" at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
 

Kai Morae, LisaRaye and Bella Rae attended Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank VIP screening hosted by That Girl Lay Lay at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
 

That Girl Lay Lay, LisaRaye and Bella Rae posed for pictures before the film at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
 

Royalty Brown arrives with her little sister Sinatra Guzman
 

Princess Love arrives with her children Melody and Epik Norwood.
 

Princess Love poses with her children Melody and Epik Norwood.
 

Brooke Valentine with daughter Chi Summer.
 

Former NBA player Nick Young with his life partner Keonna Green and their children.
 

Masika Kalysha and her daughter Khari Barbie.
 

Lyrica Anderson and son Ocean Bentley.

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Sony Pictures released the official trailer for The Woman King, a true story about female warriors in The Kingdom of Dahomey.

The Woman King stars Academy ward winner Viola Davis as "the most exceptional female warrior to ever live."

Davis trains the other female warriors to rise up and fight for their freedom when their African men fall short.

Critics are already calling The Woman King a "slasher film" due to the women's weapons of choice — intricately designed ceremonial swords.

Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Woman King also stars Lashana Lynch and John Boyega as King Ghezo.

Africans are insulted that Beyonce's "My Power" is used in the trailer. They want producers to remove Beyonce and include artists who represent the African culture.

One person wrote: "Beyonce really is talented but doesn't deserve to be the theme for a song made by a people who can very much manage to create their own."

Watch the trailer below.