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EuropaCorp(LOS ANGELES) -- The Jason Statham franchise The Transporter is rebooted with a new film opening nationwide Friday.

The Transporter Refueled stars newcomer Ed Skrein as a transporter named Frank Martin. A femme fatale and her sidekicks turn to Frank to orchestrate a major bank heist.

The Transporter Refueled, from the producers of Lucy and the Taken trilogy, is rated PG-13.

The Robert Redford-Nick Nolte comedy A Walk in the Woods debuted earlier this week.

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Comedienne Margaret Cho is opening up about the pain she endured after being sexually abused as a child, and later raped by a family friend.

In a new interview with Billboard, Cho revealed she was sexually abused from ages 5 through 12. "I had a very long-term relationship with this abuser, which is a horrible thing to say. I didn't even understand it was abuse, because I was too young to know," Cho said. "I endured it so many times, especially because I was alone a lot."

Cho said the abuse continued when she was raped by a family friend at age 14. "I was raped continuously through my teenage years, and I didn’t know how to stop it," she explained. "It was also an era where young girls were being sexualized. For me, I think I had been sexually abused so much in my life that it was hard for me to let go of anger, forgive or understand what happened."

It didn't help that the students in her school only bullied her for being raped.  "I told someone that I was raped, and the kids at school found out and said, ‘You are so ugly and fat that the only way anybody would have sex with you is if they were crazy and raped you," she recalled. "So don’t act like you are hot and somebody wanted to f*** you. It’s because you are disgusting, and you deserve to be raped.'"

Cho says she eventually left school because of the bullying, and later learned to deal with the pain by writing in her journal, which she was encouraged to do by an English teacher.  The comic and actress, who released a new song titled "I Want to Kill My Rapist," told Billboard she's now using music to understand what she went through. She told the magazine that she's "still trying to figure out how to be a musician."

"I’m a victim and now a survivor of sexual abuse and rape, and I think it’s really hard to talk about it. I think having a song to perform live will allow others to talk about it," she explained. "It’s a huge issue, and this was cathartic for me."

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Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Lady Gaga said she was giving “all of herself” to her role in American Horror Story: Hotel, and she wasn’t kidding. Show creator Ryan Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly Gaga was positively fearless when it came to her sex scenes.

“She’s the only actress I think I’ve worked with who wanted to do more explicit stuff than was written,” Ryan says. “You write a foursome for her and you expect a lot of questions. She never did that.”

In fact, it was clear from the moment Gaga showed up on set that she had no qualms about the risqué material.

“She showed up and she was wearing diamond pasties, a Band-Aid on her hoo-ha, heels, and a black veil that Alexander McQueen made for her on the day before his death,” Ryan says. “Then the crew gasped in delight and we were off!”

The foursome reportedly involves Gaga’s character, The Countess, and her lover Donovan -- played by Matt Bomer -- getting naked with another male-female duo. After their tryst, The Countess and Donovan slash the couple’s throats with sharp metal gloves and drink their blood. Sounds...intense.

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX October 7.

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Ray Stevenson and Ed Skrein; Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- If I were to make an honest trailer about The Transporter Refueled, the script would sound like this:

“In a world…where Hollywood keeps repurposing familiar brands…comes a movie so unnecessary…you won’t even recognize the name of the actor playing the title role!  Starring…a guy who showed up in a few episodes of Game of Thrones and was replaced by another actor!  And…a bunch of actresses who were hired because they can pass for high-priced hookers! Plus…a bunch of actors who were hired because they look like movie stereotypes of Russian mobsters!”

Having said that, The Transporter Refueled isn’t bad.  Though it’s still unnecessary.

The story takes place in the French Riviera in 2010.  A high-priced prostitute named Anna (Loan Chabanol) has devised a plan to rip off her brutal Russian mobster pimp, and hires Frank Martin, aka The Transporter, to help. Along for the ride is Frank’s dad, Frank Sr. (Ray Stevenson), a retired spy pretending to be an Evian salesman. Stevenson charms as the movie’s debonair comic relief, delivering a Roger Moore-esque performance. Too bad his character arc feels like it was informed by a Magic 8 Ball.

But let’s talk about Ed Skrein, the actor who plays Frank Martin. Having done this for a little while now, I know Ed’s going to get picked apart by some critics and fans for simply not being Jason Statham, who originated the role in 2002. Statham had already garnered some attention for a couple of Guy Ritchie collaborations, but The Transporter was his breakout role as a leading man and action star.  He was so good at it, it really is hard to image anyone else playing Frank.  As it turns out, Skrein is more than adequate to the task. He’s not as gritty or charismatic as Statham, but he’s a fine actor with a much different physique, and a cool enough demeanor to keep us interested.

Undoubtedly, fans attracted to this movie because of the Transporter brand will expect thrilling action sequences and stunts -- and those are absolutely the strength of this movie. Most of today’s action sequences seem like white noise: we keep seeing the same thing over and over again, and it’s BORING. Here, we have a number of original sequences, including a couple of creative stunts and visuals we haven’t really seen before.

All that said, the outlandish script and story, and the lack of star power, will only allow this Transporter to be refueled once.

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Lewis Jacobs/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Bryan Cranston is probably one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, thanks to his Emmy Award-winning performance on Breaking Bad. But that doesn't mean the actor has gotten used to the notoriety that comes with the job.

"Being [famous] is almost like being a pregnant woman. People think they can just put their hand on your belly and tell you, ‘Oh, you're going to have a boy!’ It's like having a complete stranger fondling you," Cranston told The Hollywood Reporter. "And they have this sensibility where they feel comfortable coming up to you and saying, ‘You know that thing you did? I didn't like that movie.'"

That's something else Cranston's not crazy about: "They're not in the storytelling world, but they hear buzzwords. So they'll go, 'I didn't like your character's arc.'"

Even so, Cranston does admit fan engagement in itself is a good thing.  "I'm open to all of it," he says. "The only failure in art is when you move someone to no emotion whatsoever. I'd rather have people fiercely angry with me so long as they're moved to some emotion. Even if the emotion was off-target -- even if I was trying to move the audience one place and they go another. You missed, but at least they felt something."

Cranston will next star as Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo, out Nov. 6.

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Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Richards has rejected a plea deal, authorities say.

The reality TV star, who was arrested in April after an incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel, was offered a deal by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, but one component apparently didn't sit well with her team.

Richards' lawyers argued that she should be able to complete community service instead of community labor, Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the D.A.'s office, told ABC News. Santiago says community labor entails more physical labor, such as cleaning a freeway, than community service, which could involve volunteering for a non-profit organization.

Santiago added that the proposed deal included 36 months of probation, 30 days of community labor and 52 Alcoholics Anonymous classes. Richards was supposed to appear at a hearing Monday, but she reportedly missed it because of an injury.

"She didn't attend because she had some sort of injury to her foot, and therefore couldn't appear," Santiago said in an interview with People magazine. "The judge accepted the explanation and allowed her attorney to appear on her behalf."

The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was banned from the Beverly Hills Hotel after she was arrested April 16 and charged with public intoxication, trespassing, resisting an officer and battery on a police officer after the incident at the hotel. Reportedly, Richards pleaded not guilty in June to the charges, and last month, Richards, who has struggled with alcohol addiction, revealed that she'd spent time in rehab after her arrest. A pre-trial hearing was set for Sept. 14.

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ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Paula Deen may have dropped some serious weight in the past, but the Dancing with the Starscontestant said she "never" gave up butter.

When asked by ABC News what she would do to sweeten up the judges for good scores, she said, "I dunno, bring ‘em butter!"

"I probably will. I’ve asked wherever they put me to stay, if there was just a little kitchen, not much of one, but that’s where I go to decompress and to get into my little safety area," she said. "Louis [Van Amstel] is my partner and I fed him pretty good this last week because we’ve been practicing at my house, so I fed him pretty good this week."

With a lot of dancing in her future, Deen said she's excited for the challenge and that after she dropped all the weight a few years back, 35 pounds, she feels ready for the show.

"It was a process getting here. But when I finally dropped the weight off I thought, 'Well, maybe I can do it,'" she added. "Maybe I can do it now. And I’ve been eating out of my new cookbook that comes out next week, I’ve been eating that now for a couple of years, which has allowed me to get to where I think I might can do it."

She said she's going to stay in shape for the show, but that she'll never turn her back on her favorite ingredient. "I never gave up butter," she stressed. "Never, never. But the big word in my life now is, ‘moderation.’ Moderation, moderation, moderation."

Dancing with the Stars season 21 debuts Monday, September 14 on ABC.

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Fox(NEW YORK) -- Stan Lee is the legendary co-creator of classic Marvel comic characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four. The most recent version of the latter flopped miserably at the box office when it debuted a few weeks ago. So does Lee know why?

"Well, it was probably because I didn't have a cameo in it," he quipped during a recent interview on Larry King Now on the online portal Ora TV. 

Lee traditionally has a cameo in every film based on a Marvel character.

Lee also said he wasn't consulted on the story.

Lee added that he has yet to see the film. "I don't run to see anything...I just get there eventually," he explained.

Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell, is out now.

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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- It might as well be Christmas for Star Wars fans, although there’s no tree.  There are, however, plenty of presents as the world's first live, global toy unboxing event is underway to promote Friday's release ofStar Wars: The Force Awakens toys.  The movie opens in December.

The rolling event moves from time zone to time zone today, beginning earlier this morning in Sydney, Australia.  It’ll cover 12 countries and 15 cities in all when it’s done, after which all of them will go on sale at midnight -- or Force Friday, as it’s being called.

We did say it was live: you can watch it now on the official Star Wars YouTube live stream.  You can also livechat as you watch, and see what Star Wars fans from around the world are saying, in real time.

Stars Wars is owned by Disney, which owns ABC News.

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Sony(LOS ANGELES) -- Sony Pictures says reports that it "softened" the upcoming film Concussion starring Will Smith to satisfy the NFL are incorrect.

According to VanityFair.com, the company is refuting a story in the New York Times stating that emails discovered during the hacking of the Sony corporate website last year revealed that the film was watered down to avoid protests from the National Football League.

“Today's New York Times article and headline, written by individuals who have not seen the film, contains many misleading inferences," the statement read. "As will become immediately clear to anyone actually seeing the movie, nothing with regard to this important story has been 'softened' to placate anyone."

The film stars Smith as forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered that concussions in pro football can cause depression, dementia and other behavioral changes in football players. His work drew attention after some former NFL players, including Hall of Famer Junior Seau, committed suicide.

Sony describes the film as "a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world."

Concussion will open December 23.

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Walt Disney Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Dean Jones, famous for his work in 1960s Disney movies like The Love Bug, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease, Variety reports.  He was 84.

Jones made his Broadway debut in 1960 in There Was a Little Girl with Jane Fonda, and starred that same year in the Broadway show Under the Yum-Yum Tree, and in 1963 in the film adaptation. 

But he is best known for his appearances in a string of Disney films in the 1960s and 1970s including That Darn Cat!The Love BugThe Shaggy D.A. and the Love Bug sequel Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.  In 1972 he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in The Million Dollar Duck.

Jones is survived by his wife, three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, according to Variety.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- According to Variety, Cate Blanchett is set to play Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic of the beloved 1950s TV comic and star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy.

Aaron Sorkin, Emmy and Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind The Social Network among many other films and creator of TV's The West Wing, is in talks to write the script, the magazine reports.

The film, produced by Lucy's children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., will focus on Ball's marriage to their father, Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, with whom Ball created and co-starred in I Love Lucy.  The pair also created the successful Desilu Production company.  Lucy died in 1989.

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ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Julianne Hough can't stop talking about her engagement to hockey player Brooks Laich earlier this month, but she's not ready to discuss the big day just yet.

"We're just enjoying our engagement," the former Dancing with the Stars pro tells E! News. "I think right now we're just enjoying that part. We really enjoy our stages. I think we enjoyed the dating stage and being engaged, so I think we like to enjoy each stage."

In the meantime, Hough, 27, has been gushing over her massive engagement ring. In a recent blog post she writes, "The ring itself makes me feel very feminine and takes my breath away every time I look down, which I can’t stop doing, by the way."

"When it comes to taking it off, forget it. I’ll even wake up in the middle of the night to make sure it’s still there!" she continues. "I never thought I’d be the girl sticking her hand out to her friends and screaming in unison but here I am, shrieking all over Los Angeles."

Hough announced her engagement to Laich, 32, on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. The two have been dating since last December.

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Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday night's installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw five of the 11 acts that performed on Tuesday's show moving on to the finals.

Judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live event airing from New York's Radio City Music Hall to learn which acts America had selected to advance for a chance at the $1 million top prize.

Also back this week was 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.

Magician Derek Hughes, mentalist Oz Pearlman, stuttering comic Drew Lynch, country singer Benton Blount and R&B duo The CraigLewis Band all advanced to the finals.

Bluegrass ensemble Mountain Faith Band, motocross stunt team Metal Mulisha Fitz Army, puppet act Ira, 12-year-old opera singer Arielle Baril, dance troupe Siro-A and R&B singer Samantha Johnson were sent home.

Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s action:

Motocross stunt team Metal Mulisha Fitz Army, magician Derek Hughes and bluegrass group Mountain Faith Band were the first acts to learn their fates. Hughes moves on to the finals. Stern offered this strategy for Hughes moving forward: Take the strongest moment he ever had on stage and “slam us with it.”

Puppet act Ira, 12-year-old opera singer Arielle Baril and mentalist Oz Pearlman were called to the front of the stage next. Pearlman advanced to the finals. Mel B noted Pearlman “wows us every time,” and urged him to just continue doing that.

The next acts Cannon called to the front of the stage were dance troupe Siro-A and stuttering comedian Drew Lynch. Lynch moves on to the finals. Mandel told the aspiring funnyman, “If laughter is the best medicine, America has just made you their pharmacist and they’re gonna pay you a million dollars for the medication."

Earlier in the show, Cannon revealed that R&B duo The CraigLewis Band and singers Benton Blount and Samantha Johnson 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 Blount to advance to the finals.

The judges then got to decide which of the remaining two acts would advance. Heidi and Mel B picked Johnson. Stern and Mandel picked The CraigLewis Band. The tie-breaker went to the act with the most viewer votes, which was The CragLewis Band.

The evening also featured magic from the cast of the Broadway show The Illusionists.

America’s Got Talent continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Earlier this week, Chris Brown was sued by a college student who was shot at a California nightclub where Brown was performing back in January. However, the singer's publicists have denied Brown's involvement in the tragic incident.

"It is a poor reflection of our society that violence is so prevalent and it is always a tragedy when someone is physically harmed," Brown's rep said in a statement, quoted by HipHopWired. "However this is a completely frivolous lawsuit. We expect that the case will be dismissed."

The singer's team says it is also putting a stop to Brown being unfairly targeted in future lawsuits. "[I]n future, to avoid these reoccurring meritless lawsuits directed at Chris Brown, we plan to seek damages from all parties and their lawyers," the statement continues.

As previously reported, 22-year-old Paul Briley was shot in the foot at the Fiesta nightclub January 11 in San Jose, CA. He was one of five people who was wounded by gunfire. In his suit, he claims he suffered nerve damage. He is seeking medical expenses and damages in his suit.

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