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Danny Martindale/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Hollywood stars took to Twitter Sunday to remember legendary comedian and entertainer Jerry Lewis, who died at age 91.

Penn and Teller's Penn Jillette was one of the first to tweet the news, writing, "Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I [fell] apart, just sobbed. I guess it’s time for that again.”  He then tweeted a photo of himself shaking a smiling Lewis' hand, and wrote, "How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him.”

Here are some more reactions:

William Shatner: "Condolences to the family of Jerry Lewis. The world is a lot less funnier today."

George Takei:  "We have lost a great comedian and even greater heart. Thank you for the laughs and the feels, Jerry Lewis."

Gilbert Gottfried:  "The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis."

Joan Collins: "The King of Comedy Jerry Lewis was a tremendous talent and a good friend. Rest In Peace #jerrylewis. You'll be sorely missed."

Rob Schneider: "Oh NOOOOO!!! Jerry Lewis just died! Another comic legend has left us. Martin&Lewis were the Beatles of comedy! Nobody was EVER bigger!"

Josh Gad:  "One of the greatest of all time. A legend. A showman. A comedic icon. A movie star. An activist. A one of a kind. RIP #jerrylewis."

Patton Oswalt: "Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful...haven."

Jon Cryer: "Jerry Lewis was a complicated man of astonishing talent. If u are in comedy, you've been influenced by him, whether u know it or not. RIP."

Dane Cook wrote a heartfelt Instagram essay about Lewis, whom he considered his mentor.  In part, he wrote, "He knew how to breathe life into me with truisms and simultaneously take my breath away with laughter. I would sometimes not pick up the phone on purpose so he would leave me voicemails...Thank you to my friend & mentor Jerry Lewis for believing in me. The world has truly lost its most treasured clown."

Margaret Cho: "Dick Gregory [who died Saturday] and Jerry Lewis were two of the funniest, most legendary and prolific entertainers of our generation and I bow to their genius."

Jamie Lee Curtis: "Jerry Lewis loomed large in my family. Many movies with my mom [Janet Lee] & he made home movies with Janet and [my dad] Tony [Curtis]. He made me and many laugh."

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John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Legendary comic, entertainer and humanitarian Jerry Lewis -- whose career spanned nightclubs, movies, TV and Broadway -- has died at age 91, ABC News has confirmed.

“Sadly I can confirm that today the world lost one of the most significant human beings of the twentieth century," a rep for Lewis told ABC.

Lewis first found fame in the late 1940s and 1950s, packing nightclubs as half of the comedy team Martin & Lewis, with the late crooner and actor Dean Martin.  They became wildly popular, even starring in feature films including That's My Boy, The Stooge and The Caddy.  

The duo broke up in 1956 when Lewis decided to go solo, writing, directing and starring in future classics like The Ladies Man and The Nutty Professor.  It was then that movie critics in France began hailing Lewis as an auteur and comedy genius, an idea at which many Americans scoffed.  In 2006, he received France's Légion d’Honneur, the nation's highest honor.

As film tastes changed in the beginning of the '70s, Lewis' popularity plummeted.  He struggled both with drug addiction and with his art, unable to score a box office success, prompting him to stop directing.  However, he later won acclaim for his acting roles in movies like Martin Scorsese's 1982 satire The King of Comedy, and TV shows like Wiseguy.  He also starred on Broadway in Damn Yankees and performed one-man shows, the most recent in 2016.

Around the time he went solo, Lewis also hosted a 19-hour telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation, a role that would become as iconic for him as any of his movie or TV appearances. In 1966, he started hosting the MDA's annual Labor Day telethon an served as the MDA chairman for more than 50 years, raising more than $2 billion in the process.  He hosted his last telethon in 2010, after which the MDA board forced him to step down, discontinuing the telethon in 2015.

Lewis was plagued with health issues throughout his life.  He suffered several heart attacks and fought prostate cancer, diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis. 

Lewis was also the father of a pop star: his son Gary Lewis fronted Gary Lewis & the Playboys, which scored '60s hits like "This Diamond Ring."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- When he’s not busy dodging dragons as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is making movies.

The Danish actor's latest film, Shot Caller, comes out in select theaters on Friday. Coster-Waldau stars as Jacob, a family man-turned-prison gang leader. After a fatal car accident gets him sentenced for involuntary manslaughter, Jacob is forced to do things he never imagined.

“It’s not just about serving the time, it's about surviving, the actor says, noting that his character shakes hands with the devil and once you do that, the devil won’t let go”

But back to that dragon-dodging. Game of Thrones has put Jaime through the wringer this season: episode four featured him nearly getting burnt to a crisp by one of Daenerys' dragons, and then getting knocked into the water, where he appeared to drown.

“To be honest, I don’t really think people thought Jaime had died, because you saw Bronn throw himself at him,” Coster-Waldau says. “There was a lot of people going, ‘Oh, he’s never gonna survive. He’s gonna drown because of the armor.’ Which is true in a real world."

Not true in Game of Thrones world, though. Jaime is alive and well, and as we learned last week, about to be a father again with his twin sister-slash-lover Cersei. So how will Jaime deal with impending fatherhood?

“He’s working on the nursery,” Coster-Waldau jokes. “He wants a daughter but he wants to keep the options open so I think he’s going with green.”

A new episode of Game of Thrones airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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ABC/Bob D'Amico(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- Actor Kal Penn has resigned from the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities following President Trump's response to the deadly Charlottesville attack.

The actor tweeted the announcement, attaching a formal statement from himself and the other members of the committee, who had been appointed by President Obama. 

A few hours later, he tweeted an update, declaring, "All members have now resigned. Per @politico, PCAH is an official agency, that makes this the 1st White House department to resign."

First lady Melania Trump is the honorary chair of the PCAH.

"The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill," the statement reads in part, adding, "We cannot sit idly by...without speaking out against your words and actions.... "Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity is un-American."

President Trump has been widely criticized for his response after white supremacists and counter-protesters clashed in Virginia last Saturday. Thirty-two-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer [HIGH-yer] was killed when James Alex Fields Jr., allegedly allied with the white supremacists, drove his car into a crowd.

While Trump called Fields "disgrace" and condemned "those who cause violence...including the [Ku Klux Klan], neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups," as, "repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," he caught flak for blaming "both sides" for the violence that took place.

Penn starred on TV's House when Barack Obama took office.  His character was killed off so he could take a job in Obama's White House, where he worked for a year in the Office of Public Engagement.  He remained a member of the PCAH after he returned to acting.

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Saying "there are not two sides to bigotry and there are not two sides to hatred," Terminator star and former Republican Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, takes aim at neo-Nazis, white supremacists and President Donald Trump in a new video for ATTN.

Schwarzenegger addresses Trump directly in the Facebook video saying, "As president of this great country, you have a moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won't stand for hate and racism."

The former governor also offers an alternative response to the ones Trump gave after a woman was killed at a rally of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, responses in which Trump blamed "many sides," and for which he earned praise from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

"As president of the United States, and as a Republican, I reject the support of white supremacists. The country that defeated Hitler's armies is no place for Nazi flags.  The party of Lincoln won't stand with those who care the battle flag of the failed Confederacy," Schwarzenegger offers as a response, turning to a bobblehead figurine of Trump and asking, "Was that that difficult?"

Schwarzenegger also has strong words for neo-Nazis and white supremacists: "Let me be just as blunt as possible: Your heroes are losers. You're supporting a lost cause."

The actor added that he had made a donation to the Jewish human rights organization the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the wake of the events in Charlottesville, and called on others to become active in combating hate groups.

"I hope that you will join me by supporting your favorite anti-hate organization," he said.

The video, posted Thursday evening, had already received nearly 6 million views by midnight.

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Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- A long-rumored "stand-alone" film about Jedi Master-turned-General-turned-self-exiled guardian of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, looks like it's actually happening.

The character was played by Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars films, and as a young man in the prequels by Ewan McGregor.

McGregor had expressed interest in wearing the robes again if the long-rumored project ever happened, but he's not yet attached to the project, which Variety is now reporting.

The trade notes that Billy Elliot and director Stephen Daldry is in "early talks" with Disney about the project, which will follow next year's standalone Han Solo film.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Netflix/Sarah Shatz(NEW YORK) -- Charlie Cox's blind attorney/ninja Daredevil;Mike Colter's unbreakable Luke Cage; Krysten Ritter's hard-hitting, hard-drinking Jessica Jones; and Finn Jones' indestructible Iron Fist team up in Netflix's The Defenders, which is now available for streaming.

The show unites all of Marvel's "Hell's Kitchen Heroes" for the first time. The unlikely is team forced together when a series of clues they individually follow lead them to discover that New York City is in the crosshairs of a mysterious figure played with chilling ease by Sigourney Weaver. "She has a very formidable presence," Jones tells ABC Radio about the Alien series veteran. "...[I]t just elevates the show by having her on it."

Much of the fun of the show is in watching these jagged puzzle pieces of characters trying to fit together. When they're not busting through walls, they're often busting each other's chops: Ritter's ever eye-rolling Jessica Jones pokes fun at Daredevil's costume, and she refers to "hero" as "the H-word." Colter's Cage has at "skinny white boy" Iron Fist's glowing mitt and his alter-ego Danny Rand's vast bank account.

"We almost felt like fanboys by the time we got to The Defenders," Cox admitted, "and we were real excited to see ... what the relationships would be like...I think...what the fans are really going to respond to is the scenes where the four of us are in the same room, kinda just shooting the s***, you know?"

Jones is also a veteran of Game of Thrones, though he already met his end as Loras Tyrell, The Knight of Flowers. He noted, "The difference between Thrones and something like this is the Marvel fanbase is incredibly loyal...people are incredibly...enthusiastic about the show...It's wonderful to be a part of it." 

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Lionsgate/Jack English

Opening nationwide on Friday:

The Hitman's Bodyguard -- Ryan Reynolds plays a bodyguard tasked with protecting his mortal enemy, a notorius hitman -- played by Samuel L. Jackson -- so he could testify at the International Court of Justice. Rated R.

Logan Lucky -- Channing Tatum and Adam Driver star in this comedy about siblings who attempt to pull off an elaborate heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Also starring Riley Keough, Katie Holmes and Daniel Craig. PG-13.

 

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ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- On Black-ish, Yara Shahidi plays a very astute and confident young woman, dealing with the issues any teenager faces growing up today, including social media, getting into college and, of course, dating.

Her sense of self is something she will bring into her Black-ish spin-off Grown-ish, which will focus on her character's move out of the house and into college.

"What's exciting about Grown-ish is it's very specifically focused on the Generation Z experience," she said in an interview with ABC News. "I feel like college campuses are highly politicized right now. And to be in that kind of environment, especially when Zoey has grown up in her perfect socioeconomic, liberal bubble ... those are kind of going to be shattered and she has to figure out who she is in the larger context of the world around her."

She said fans should expect to see a different side to Zoey.

"To have a moment where Zoey is actually unsure of herself is really big, because she is this confident character," she added. "While every other character may be spazzing out, she's the one person who is really calm and seems like she has everything together."

Production for the Grown-ish starts next month, with the premiere to arrive in early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App.

In real life, meanwhile, Shahidi was accepted to Harvard University.

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ABC Radio/Steve Iervolino(NEW YORK) -- Believe him or don't, 50 Cent has gotten Starz's attention.

After claiming the network blamed him for the recent leak of the remaining Power episodes, 50 has seemingly owned up to the crime, claiming he did Starz a favor.

"POWER Ratings up another 10 percent for episode 408," 50 wrote as a caption to a photo of himself on Instagram. "They glad I leaked the s*** now. LOL #SAVAGELIFE"

While it's not certain if 50 actually leaked the episodes or is only joking, the rapper has previously admitted to purposely causing controversy with the hopes of garnering more attention for his series.

50 then switched gears to promote his upcoming BET show, 50 Central, which is set to premiere in September.  "Now watch what I do on BET. #50Centralbet," he wrote.

Last week, Starz vowed to take "legal action" against the person who leaked the remaining three episodes of the fourth season. The network also disabled their press website, where it was reported the leaker accessed the shows.

50 Cent's supposed confession comes after the show's executive producer, Courtney A. Kemp, said the network wouldn't agree to a 12-episode season instead of their normal ten.

Starz has not yet responded to 50's Instagram post.

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ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Steve Harvey is great at a lot of things, but social media might not be be one of them.

On Wednesday night, the Family Feud host took to Twitter to show affection to his wife Marjorie for being his "always" crush. Unfortunately, in his tweet Harvey confused "Man Crush Monday" for "Woman Crush Wednesday."

"My #MCM always @majorie_harvey," he wrote as a caption to a photo of his wife, that was later deleted and captured by EurWeb.

After fans reportedly hounded the host about his incorrect hashtag, Harvey deleted his tweet. He then posted the same photo, writing the correct hashtag "My #WCW always."

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HBO - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- More hacking trouble for HBO.

The cable network's Twitter accounts apparently were hacked Wednesday night.

Messages appearing on the twitter feats of several HBO accounts, including those for shows like The Leftovers, were posted reading, "Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security - ourmine .org -> Contact"

Tweets also were sent through HBO's main account according to The Hollywood Reporter, including one reading, "let's make #HBOHacked trending!" but those posts were quickly removed.

"We are investigating," a HBO spokesperson told the magazine.

HBO has been dealing with an apparently extensive hacking of his data and emails.  Hackers, who have demanded ransom from the network, have release executive emails, marketing information and unaired shows online.

It's not clear if the Twitter hack is related.

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20th Century FoxProduction has started again on Deadpool 2, two days after a stuntwoman was killed on set.

A representative of the local actors' union in British Columbia, where the movie is being shot, told The Hollywood Reporter that the union had been told that production had resumed Wednesday.

The stuntwoman, Joi "SJ" Harris, died when she apparently lost control of her motorcycle and crashed through a plate glass window on Monday.
Harris' motorcycle racing team posted a statement to Facebook on Tuesday writing, ""We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of Joi “SJ” Harris," calling her "an extraordinary woman with a passion for riding and motorsports," with a "beautiful spirit and bubbly personality" who "will be remembered for her ground breaking career as the first African American female road racer."

On Monday a spokesman for 20th Century Fox, Deadpool 2's distributor, released the following statement to ABC News: “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time."

Star and producer Ryan Reynolds himself also tweeted a statement, saying in part he and others were "heartbroken, shocked and devastated…but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loves ones must feel in this moment.  My heart pours out to them – along with each and every person she touched in this world."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The production of Mission: Impossible 6 has been shut down while star Tom Cruise recovers from a broken ankle, a spokesperson for Paramount Pictures told ABC News Wednesday.

According to a statement from the studio, Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt for the film.

The movie remains on schedule to open on July 27, 2018, the studio's statement said.

"Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can't wait to share the film with everyone next summer," the statement concluded.

Over the weekend, ABC News obtained video footage from the set of the film that showed Cruise leaping from a platform and landing short of the building for which he seemed to be aiming. He caught himself with his hands, and then limped away. At the time, neither Cruise's publicist nor a representative for Paramount would confirm that the actor was injured.

In 2013, the action star, 55, told interviewer Graham Norton that he's trained for 30 years to be able to do his own stunts.

"It allows us to put cameras in places that you're not normally able to do," he explained. "When I started producing Mission: Impossible, I started developing different action around what I could physically train to do."

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Getty Images/Kevin WinterThe much anticipated third installment of Bad Boys may not happen for a very long time.

According to DeadlineBad Boys for Life, which has already lost its original director -- Michael Bay -- has now lost its 2018 release date. The film, which follows the comedic antics of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two Miami narcotic detectives, was set to premiere on November 9, 2018.

Unfortunately for fans, the premiere date has been replaced with Will Ferrell's upcoming action-comedyHolmes & Watson with no set replacement date for the Bad Boys sequel. While Smith is said to be "still interested," in returning to the franchise, the script is still being hammered out.

It's been 14 years since the last Bad Boys film hit theaters. Bad Boys II grossed over $273 million worldwide.

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