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(NEW YORK) -- It's apparently been a tough week for Leslie Jones.

After calling out Jessica Alba's Honest Company for "not doing good" business earlier, the Saturday Night Live star went on Twitter with another grievance.

"When young men especially black men (yea I said it) talk to me like I’m some dumb B***!" Jones wrote. "It makes me want to stomp a mudhole in they a**. That is all. #imabouttoshowthesefoolsthecomptoninmyheart."

After sharing her apparent frustrations with men, Jones told her fans and followers she's decided to take a much needed mental break.

"This week has been f***ed up and emotional angering and just plain exhausting," she tweeted. "I disappear now into my tv programs. F*** the world for a minute!!Goodbye! #b****ineedabrainbreak."

No word on how long Jones' break will last.

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(L-R) Ledger, Lee, Gyllenhaal - Photo by Eric CATARINA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's hard to picture anyone in the leading roles for 2005's Brokeback Mountain besides Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, but one director had other plans.

Before the film came to Ang Lee to direct, Gus Van Sant said he was working on the project.

In his vision, Van Sant wanted bigger stars. Ledger and Gyllenhaal weren't quite as bankable back then, but would receive acclaim and prestige for their work on this groundbreaking film.

 "I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast," he added. "That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.”

Ledger would go on to earn an Oscar nod for his work in the film, but Van Sant said all the other names on his dream list "turned down the project, for various reasons."

Brokeback Mountain famously broke down barriers for the LGBTQ community by following the lives and forbidden love of two gay cowboys, played by Ledger and Gyllenhaal.

The film's producer and screenwriter Diana Ossana told Indie Wire that Van Sant was thrilled to join the project.

"Gus arrived at our door five days after we sent the script out into the world," she said. "He was eager and passionate about it."

After taking over the project, Lee won a Best Director Oscar that year.

"What I could have done, and what I probably should have done, was cast more unknowns -- not worried about who were the lead actors," Van Sant said. "I was not ready. I’m not sure why."

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ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Racecar driver Danica Patrick became the first female host of the ESPYs Wednesday night. But that achievement wasn't the only moment that will have people talking tomorrow, later this week -- and even for years to come.

The "hero" Parkland coaches, an embattled Hall of Fame football player and 141 sexual abuse survivors all were honored in a very heartfelt, empowering awards show.

Here are the top highlights:

Danica's big night

"It's true the ESPYs have never had a host like me before," she said. "For the last 25 years, the ESPYs have been about celebrating the magic of sports."

But Patrick didn't shy away from telling her fair share of jokes, some of which were aimed at sports icons in the room.

She made fun of Cleveland, Odell Beckham Jr.'s hairstyle, and more.

"Speaking of other countries, congrats to France on winning the World cup," she said. "I'd make a joke about the U.S. soccer team, but they didn't qualify for this monologue."

The NBA's elite weren't safe either, as Patrick joked about King LeBron James himself, going below the belt when she made fun of his losing his hair. She then explained when James hosted in the past, he picked on her, too.

Pat Tillman Award For Service

Funnyman Jon Stewart took the stage to present a very serious award.

Former Marine and college football star Jake Wood, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was honored for organizing veterans and first responders to Haiti to help in 2010 after a severe earthquake rocked the island.

That led to his starting his nonprofit Team Rubicon, which, years later, has thousands of veterans and volunteers around the globe.

The organization doesn't just save lives in disaster zones, including Houston and Puerto Rico, but it also gives veterans purpose and meaning and saves their lives as well.

"Being able to share our stories and know you're not alone ... we couldn't do it without each other," one veteran said during a special clip.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance goes to Jim Kelly

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who's battled cancer several times over the past five years, was honored with the award named after the legendary late basketball coach.

There wasn't a dry eye in the room as Kelly spoke about his late son, Hunter, and his battle with cancer.

"My faith [is] in the good lord that he has plans for my life," Kelly said. "My wife, Jill, you are my heart, you are my soul, you are my everything."

He also inspired the room about "being a difference-maker," adding: "If you have somebody out there suffering, it doesn't have to be cancer ... the smile on your face, that can be the difference ... like Jimmy V said, 'Don't ever give up!'"

Stoneman Douglas High School honors coaches

Another somber yet inspiring moment came later in the evening, when the three coaches killed during the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were honored with the Best Coach Award.

Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon all gave their lives to save students earlier this year.

Former high school athletes and students talked about how these coaches "changed lives" and later died saving them.

Student after student talked about the mentors, heroes and friends they knew in these three amazing men.

Abuse survivors stand strong

The big moment of the night came when 141 abuse victims of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar took the stage after sharing their powerful and empowering stories.

After a powerful video detailing the abuse they all suffered, the 141 woman all took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. It was a moment that likely will be talked about for decades.

"It is a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors, as we represent hundreds more that are not with us tonight," said Sarah Klein, who was victimized by Nassar 30 years ago.

Klein called tonight "a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage."

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Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/Warner Bros/NBCSherri Shepherd makes her return tonight on NBC's crime mockumentary, Trial & Error, where she will once again play researcher and paralegal Anne Flatch, a woman who suffers from various disorders.

During the first season, Shepherd's character took on a new affliction each week, like such real-life disorders as randomly speaking with a British accent, walking backwards, and being diagnosed with alien hand syndrome--where your hand essentially tries to kill you. Going into this season-- with a new murder mystery to solve-- Shepherd tells ABC Radio, they'll be plenty more disorders for her to take on.

"Second season, I've Jumping Frenchman of Maine syndrome," she says. "If I'm startled I will jump ten feet in the air. I have random dog hearing so I can hear things that bats hear. If I drink too much I'm a human combustible. So I will set myself on fire involuntarily."

She continues, "It's so many disorders. I go temporarily blind. Every time I look at the script, I go, "OK here's something new."

Although her quirky character seems very much unlike the bubbly comedian, Shepherd says she and Anne actually do have a lot in common.

"The part of me that's Anne is the joyful person," Shepherd says. "The person who is always smiling. I'm the person on set... [that] organizes the karaoke parties. I get to give the gifts that we give the crew...I'm that person that if anybody's going through anything, I go, "What do you need me to pray about?" I'm the person that comes in the training and goes, "Good morning everybody!" I get everybody to do pushups, we dance with wild abandon, and I'm a hugger. 

Trial & Error airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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Getty Images/Bettmann(VIRGINIA) -- Adrian Cronauer, the disc jockey whose military stint became the inspiration for Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam, has died at 79 years old.

Jeff Hunt, who hired Cronauer at Roanoke FM station WPVR, confirmed the DJ's Wednesday passing to the Roanoke Times. Hunt explained Cronauer had been living in a nursing home in Troutville, Virginia.

"Goooooooood morning, Vietnam!" was Cronauer's signature sign-on for his morning show Dawn Buster, which he hosted from Siagon from 1965 to 1966. Williams portrayal of the real-life DJ earned him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win. 

According to USA Today, the real Cronauer insisted that the hit 1987 Barry Levinson-directed movie took some real liberties with his life story. In 2008, according to the Military Times, he told a group of veterans that if he'd done half the things Robin Williams did in that movie, "I'd still be in Leavenworth [prison]."

Still, Cronauer was happy with the movie, especially its respectful portrayal of Americans who were sent overseas.  He and Williams became friends after the film was completed, and he was reportedly "gobsmacked" by Williams' death by suicide in 2014, according to the Military Times.

But Cronauer was a Renaissance man and in addition to his radio work, he ran a law practice, "owned his own advertising agency, managed a radio station, was program director of a television station, and was a TV news anchorman."

His official obituary on added that he later "served as a confidential advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense from 2001 through 2009," where "He represented the POW/MIA Office at meetings within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and at various outside functions including liaison with the leadership of veteran's service organizations as well as family and activist groups."

Cronauer also earned the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

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ABC RadioLOS ANGELES -- Sony Pictures has moved Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood up a couple of weeks, from August 9, 2019 to July 26, 2019, according to Variety.

The trade speculates the change was made to avoid controversy over the release coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Charles Manson murders, on which the film is based.

Once again, Oscar winner Tarantino has assembled a galaxy of stars for his latest feature, including his Django Unchained co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, and his Inglorious Basterd lead Brad Pitt, as well as Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino.

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Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Bothers is marking the 10th anniversary of Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking film, The Dark Knight, by bringing it to four select IMAX locations for an exclusive, one-week engagement, beginning August 24, it was announced Wednesday.

The movie, led by the late Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning turn as the Joker, opened in the U.S. on July 18, 2008 and made $158.4 million in its debut weekend, on its way to earning $534.8 million stateside and $1 billion globally. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman also starred.

Tickets for the IMAX re-release opening day go on sale this Friday.

Theater locations can be found on IMAX's website.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Harvey Weinstein's attorneys are urging a federal judge to dismiss Ashley Judd’s civil suit that alleges Weinstein ruined her career by blackballing her in Hollywood.

Judd sued Weinstein in April, claiming the disgraced Hollywood mogul sabotaged her chances of landing a role in the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in 1998, after she rejected his sexual demands a year earlier during an encounter in a Beverly Hills hotel room. 

The suit was filed after Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson admitted in a December 2017 interview that he had been considering both Judd and actress Mira Sorvino -- who also says Weinstein sexually harassed her -- for roles in LOTR but decided not to cast them after Miramax, the studio that was owned by Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob, told them the actresses were a "nightmare" to work with.

Jackson said he later realized the Weinsteins' comments were likely part of a smear campaign against the actresses.

Weinstein's lawyers argued in a filing in federal district court in Los Angeles that Judd waited too long to bring her civil suit, stating she "certainly knew of the alleged sexual harassment and her injuries, if any, at the time of the hotel encounter" and "further knew she was not cast in LOTR by the time filming began." The first film was released in December 2001 but the legal memo states that Judd "claims she did not know until late 2017 that Weinstein was purportedly behind the casting decision.”

In a statement obtained by Deadline, Judd's attorney, Ted Boutrous, responded to the motion, calling it "baseless” and "flawed," adding they look forward to "moving forward with discovery into his outrageous behavior, and proving to a jury that Mr. Weinstein maliciously damaged Ms. Judd’s career because she resisted his sexual advances.”

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- The Best of Enemies, a based-on-real-life drama starring Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson, has been picked up for distribution.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, STXfilms has secured the domestic rights to Oscar nominee Henson's and Oscar winner Rockwell's upcoming film, which follows the unlikely friendship that developed between Ann Atwater, an outspoken black activist played by Hidden Figures star Henson, and Claiborne Paul Ellis, a ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan, played by Rockwell, who won a Best Actor Academy Award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri last year.

Set in Durham, North Carolina during the 1960s, the film is inspired by Osha Gray Davidson's book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South. It centers on Atwater and Ellis reluctantly co-chairing a community summit, and battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina, during the summer of 1971.

In addition to Henson and Rockwell, the film also stars Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr., and Nick Searcy.

No word yet on when The Best of Enemies will hit theaters.

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Kailey Fellows/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Jessica Alba just lost a "Honest" customer in Saturday Night Live star and comedian Leslie Jones.

Jones, who was nominated for an Emmy just last week for her work on SNL, tweeted at Alba and her all-natural company, stating her recent experience with Alba's brand has been “a nightmare.”

“Ok @Honest you just lost a good customer," Jones wrote. "@jessicaalba please address your company that is not doing good business. I have [used] your company for more than three years now and these last three orders have been a nightmare!! I have [spent] too much money here for that to happen!!”

Alba serves as a co-founder for The Honest Company, which sells eco-friendly, nontoxic household and baby products. The company, which was founded in 2011, has undergone public scrutiny in the past and was sued in 2016 for allegedly being deceptive about its eco-friendly and natural products.

Soon after Jones' tweet, the company responded to her on Twitter, apologizing and explaining the delay to Jones. However, Jones wasn't quite satisfied in their explanation, saying the timeframe of shipment of her product should have been "made clear," noting that the "last three orders were late."

"It wasn't like that before," Jones added.

After the exchange went viral, Alba responded to Jones.

"Omg! I’m so so sorry you haven’t had a great experience," the actress wrote. "We are all over this issue and will make it right. I am so appreciative and grateful to you for being a loyal Honest fan over the years, especially as we go through these growing pains. I’m a huge fan of yours. JA"

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Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight was released 10 years ago today.

Although it's the second in director/co-writer Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight is not only widely considered his best chapter, but one of the best superhero movies ever made.

Much of that well-earned praise hangs on two things. One: Nolan crafted his film less like a "comic book movie" and more like a gritty crime drama that happens to be set in Gotham City.  And two: The performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.

Ledger died six months before the movie's release at age of 28 of an accidental prescription drug overdose.  However, his haunting portrayal of Joker as a psychotic criminal genius who turns Gotham upside down was powerful enough to win him a posthumous best supporting actor Academy Award.

The Dark Knight also featured strong supporting performances from Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, and Aaron Eckhart, who plays both dashing D.A. Harvey Dent and his villainous alter-ego, Two-Face.

The Dark Knight scored the highest-grossing opening weekend of any movie in history to date at that time, raking in nearly 158 million dollars -- besting the previous record-holder, 2007’s Spider-Man 3.  It ultimately earned $533.3 million domestically and just over a billion dollars worldwide.


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ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Actor-rapper 50 Cent addressed the backlash he's received for making light of fellow actor Terry Crews' claim that he was groped by a Hollywood executive, telling The View that he would, "never make fun of any sexual assault victim."

"I wasn't looking at Terry Crews that way, at that point. I'm looking at the Hulk. The guy is this big, that's being taken advantage of," 50 Cent explained.

In June, 50 Cent posted two images on Instagram of Crews on Instagram after Crews appeared in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to speak about his experience and voice support for the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights.

The two images now deleted images were accompanied by a caption that read: "LOL, what the ---- is going on out here man? Terry: I froze in fear. ... They would have had to take me to jail."

Crews, a former NFL linebacker and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, has said the assault happened during a 2016 party that he attended with his wife.

"If you asked [a man] if someone touched them. ... They go, 'Yo, what you doing?' Nothing more but 'What you doing?'" 50 Cent said. "In the Senate, when they [were] talking about it, he didn't even respond [to the alleged perpetrator] by doing that."

"Because he was in shock!" Whoopi Goldberg said in response.

"I wouldn't be prepared for that either," 50 Cent said.

"No, nobody is!" Goldberg said.

"Y'all would be bailing me out! I'd have to get bailed out," 50 Cent said.

50 also touched on his hit Starz series Power and the fandom that has come from the Sunday night crime drama.

"It's exciting to see so many people invested in it," he said about the show. "It's cool!"

Power airs Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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PepsiCo(NEW YORK) -- Busta Rhymes' catchy freestyle on Chris Brown's 2011 hit song, "Look At Me Now," is arguably one of the rapper's most memorable efforts.

So when Doritos decided to team up with the legendary rapper, it was a seemingly easy decision to use his rap freestyle from that track in their 2018 Super Bowl commercial, which showed Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage lip-syncing over Busta's verse.

Rhymes says working on the commercial with Dinklage was absolutely "incredible."

"It just was an incredible moment to be able to share with a dude that I'm a super fan of too," Rhymes tells ABC Radio. "The Game of Thrones and all of that -- and just a bunch of other things that Peter Dinklage has done. I'm a super fan."

Interestingly, when it came time to lip-sync the freestyle, Dinklage had an distinct advantage.

"I didn't really have to tell him too much. I mean he knew...exactly what he was doing," Busta reveals. "From what I understand, he used to rhyme, so he knew what he was doing...And he was in a rap group, he had his own thing popping with his emcee days-- back when he was spitting bars himself."

According to the AV Club, Dinklage was the lead singer of Whizzy, "a rap/rock/punk/funk band in the mid-’90s."

Busta continues, "He definitely...had that under control flawlessly, so to speak. So, I don't want to take too much credit for that."

Rhymes also praised another actor, giving props to Missy Elliott's freestyle-inspired Superbowl commercial, where Morgan Freeman lip-synced over her song, "Get Your Freak On."

"She's like the female Bus Rhymes I'm proud to say," he adds. "And I think Morgan Freeman did an amazing job -- the whole concept was dope."

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Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- Lucasfilm has announced that Solo: A Star Wars Story, will be released on HD digital download on September 14, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.

Directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard, the second "stand-alone" Star Wars story stars Alden Erenreich as Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, as well as Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Woody Harrelson.

The release will come packed with deleted scenes, interviews with the cast and director Howard, as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes regarding the characters and settings from the film.

The adventure tracks the smuggler's early days as an impoverished hustler on the streets of his home planet, to his stint in the Imperial army, and his falling in with a crew of crooks pulling a major heist for a dangerous galactic gangster, played by Marvel movie series star Bettany.

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

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Sports and entertainment collide Wednesday night at the ESPYs, hosted by racing star Danica Patrick.

Danica will also be making history as the first woman ever to host the show -- a change she tells ABC News is long overdue.

"The fact that the show has been around for about 25 years and there hasn't been a female host is definitely surprising, because there are plenty of funny women," she says.

Of course, Patrick hasn't forgotten that the ESPYs are all about sports, and there hasn't been any shortage of memorable moments over the past year.

"You know, Nick Fowles winning a Super Bowl as a backup quarterback...World Cup and Wimbledon... I mean, Serena [Williams] didn't win Wimbledon, but my goodness, she just had a baby and she went to the finals...Tiger Woods started playing golf again, so lots of cool stuff happening in sports and we're going to talk about as many of them as we can," says Patrick.

The 36-year-old former NASCAR star also hopes she'll make us laugh and cry: "There are the triumphant moments that are amazing, and then there are the sad losses. I mean, World Cup just ended and I watched so many grown men cry for a very long period of time." 

The 2018 ESPY Awards will are live from The Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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