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"Avengers: Endgame" - Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Mackie will officially take on the Captain America mantle later this year in the new Disney series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

The shield, and the title, was bestowed upon his character, Sam Wilson aka Falcon, by Chris Evans' Steve Rogers in the closing moments of Avengers: Endgame.

Now, in an interview with Shadow and Act, Mackie breaks down how the upcoming series will approach his character, and his specific narrative.

"You're getting six to eight hours of each character as opposed to a two hour movie where each character had a moment," Mackie said. "So you really get to know Sam Wilson. You really get to know Bucky Barnes [Sebastian Stan's character, aka The Winter Soldier] as individuals and human beings."

"So I'm excited for people to see that part of Sam because he really was just there for a brief time when ever Steve needed him," Mackie continued, referring to Evans' character. "But now you get to see the ins and outs of his home life."

Mackie, who describes the new series as "art pieces," reveals that the show will revolve more around the characters "day in the life stor[ies]" rather than their beginnings. Still, even with the creative design of the new series, Mackie still feels the pressure of living up to the name of Captain America.

"With the idea of being a black man and becoming Captain America, it's been a daunting task because I think at this day and age...we are open-minded to the idea of having my face represent us as a country, my race represent us as a country, because we are truly a melting pot," he said. "So there is no distinctive look or feel or design of an American...So...I want my Captain America to represent everybody, not just a specific group of people."

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier comes to Disney in August. 

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s official. Sofia Vergara has gone from Modern Family to the Talent family -- America’s Got Talent, that is.

On Thursday, NBC made the big announcement that Vergara will join the hit summer reality series for the show’s upcoming 15th season. The new role will be the first of its kind for Vergara, who has never been a part of a reality series.

Shortly after the news broke, the 47-year-old actress shared her excitement on Instagram with a photo of her name displayed in bright lights across the iconic AGT stage.

"I’m so happy to join my new family on AGT," she gushed.

Vergara's addition will also mark a first for the long-running series and will help the show make history.

"This is a new and exciting next chapter for me and I’m extremely proud to be the first Latin judge on the show," the Modern Family star added. "I can’t wait to watch all the talent and have fun with all you guys!"

Heidi Klum will also be joining Vergara as a judge for Season 15 of the show. This won't be her first rodeo though, as she previously hosted between 2013 and 2018. The two ladies are filling the vacant spots that were previously occupied by Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough, who were part of the show for just one season.

Rounding out the judges' table are returning judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, as well as Terry Crews as the host of the show. 

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Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:

The Invisible Man -- Elisabeth Moss stars in this new take on the H.G. Wells' classic science fiction novel in which she plays a woman convinced she's haunted by the titular character, her abusive ex-boyfriend, who’s figured out a way to become invisible, which makes it that much easier for him to terrorize her.  The InBetween's Harriet DyerStraight Outta Compton's Aldis Hodge and Euphoria's Storm Reid co-star.  Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

Burden -- This film, set in the South during the 1990s, is based on the true story of Mike Burden -- played by Garrett Hedlund -- an orphan raised by the Ku Klux Klan, who later falls in love with a single mother who convinces him to leave the organization behind.  Forest Whitaker plays Reverend Kennedy, a black pastor who takes in Burden after he leaves the Klan.  Andrea RiseboroughDexter DardenCrystal R. FoxTess Harper and Tom Wilkinson also star.  Rated R.

Greed -- This satire about the world of the super-rich stars Stan & Ollie's Steve Coogan as a self-made British billionaire who throws an extravagant 60th birthday party for himself to save his fashion empire.  Isla Fisher also stars.  Rated R.

Wendy -- This re-imagining of the J. M. Barrie classic Peter Pan follows a young girl who’s kidnapped and taken to an island where she develops a friendship with a pleasure-seeking young boy with whom she swirls in and out of youth as the ecosystem around them spirals toward destruction.  Wendy and Peter are played respectively by newcomers Devin France and Yashua Mack.  Rated PG-13.

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Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Cathy Silvers has quite the second date story to tell after she broke her leg over the weekend.

The actress, best known for her work as Jenny Piccalo on Happy Days, detailed the traumatic story to TMZ, telling them that she was trekking through the canyons of Santa Clarita, California with her new boyfriend on Sunday, February 23 when they opted to add rock climbing to their second date agenda.

As the two were making their descent, she heard a concerning cracking sound in her leg and was suddenly left immobile. Unable to walk, her heroic boyfriend carried her downhill until he was able to call 911 -- about an hour later.

Due to the altitude they were at, search and rescue took another few hours to locate and reach the 58-year-old actress, who described her pain as almost unbearable. Once found, she was airlifted to the hospital via helicopter.

Upon receiving medical attention, it was revealed she had broken two bones in her leg. She is now sporting a thick purple cast, as shown in photos from TMZ. 

Silvers remains thankful to the L.A. County Sheriff Search and Rescue team and Fire Department for helping her. She also extends gratitude to her boyfriend, who she's already planned a third date with. 

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ABC/Mike Rosenthal(LOS ANGELES) -- For longtime fans of Grey's Anatomy, an episode they've been dreading is finally on the horizon.  Next Thursday, the long-running medical drama will say goodbye to Dr. Alex Karev, played by Justin Chambers, once and for all.

Chambers has been part of the show since the first episode, which aired in 2005, and has remained a critical character on the show for the past 16 seasons.  However, as seen in a new trailer, his story will end in a few days.

It is unknown how exactly Alex will leave the series and fans have long begged showrunners not to kill him off, as they did with other major characters like Patrick Dempsey's Derek Shepherd and Chyler Leigh's Lexie Grey -- to name a few.

The trailer starts with throwback footage from the first episode as A Great Big World's "Say Something" dramatically plays in the background.  The trailer also features main character Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, begging Alex to come home after he went AWOL a few episodes before.

"There were five of us and now it's just you and I and I can't have it just be me," she pleads in a voice message to him, referencing the original Grey's interns, played by Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, and T.R. Knight, that have long left the show.  Knight's character, George, was also dramatically killed off.

While fans speculate how Chambers will be written out of Grey's, showrunner Krista Vernoff told Variety that the carefully concocted ending will "give the audience clarity."

Justin Chambers' final episode on Grey's Anatomy airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Bette Midler is set to make her first-ever appearance at the GLAAD Media Awards next month.

The singer, actress and LGBTQ icon will be a presenter at the New York ceremony on March 19, introducing her The Politician co-star Ben Platt’s performance.

As previously announced, Midler’s other Politician co-star Judith Light will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award, and Sarah Paulson and Matt Bomer will be present the Vito Russo Award to screenwriter, producer, and director Ryan Murphy. Late-night host Lilly Singh will host.

It's also been announced that Adam Lambert and his new Feel Something Foundation have partnered with GLAAD to give fans the chance to win a live FaceTime call from Adam during the awards show red carpet. Each donation of $20 is an entry to win.

Following the New York ceremony, the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards ceremony will take place April 16. There, Taylor Swift will receive the Vanguard Award.

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Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- The first official trailer for Candyman has dropped, and Jordan Peele has brought fans a chilling preview to his highly anticipated remake of the 1992 classic horror film.

Set in a now-gentrified section of Chicago's notorious Cabrini Green housing projects, where the Candyman's original murders took place, Peele enlists Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Teyonah Parris for his update.

"The urban legend is if you say his name five times while looking in the mirror, he appears in the reflection and he kills you," says Mateen in the promo.

Directed by Nia DeCosta, the new film has been described as a "spiritual sequel" to the original. Although Peele hasn't confirmed if the original Candyman, played by Tony Todd, will make an official return, from the look of the teaser, Mateen is seemingly taking on that role.

In a Q&A session ahead of the trailer's premiere, DeCosta told media that Mateen is a reflection of the new Candyman and that there would be "plenty of gore" in the new film.

For fans paying close attention, the trailer is also set to a slowed-down version of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name.”

Based on a short story by Clive Barker, the original Candyman followed the son of a slave who became an artist. He was later mutilated and killed by a lynch mob hired by his lover's father, prompting his spirit to seek revenge.  It spawned film sequels in 1995 and 1999

Candyman hits theaters on June 12.

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Universal Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- A new take on The Invisible Man hits theaters this weekend. Unlike previous incarnations of the classic Universal "monster" tale, this one packs a real-life emotional punch.

The film stars Handmaid's Tale Emmy-winner Elisabeth Moss as a woman in an abusive relationship with a man she thought was dead. 

A brilliant scientist, he figures out a way to render himself invisible, but he uses this technology not to better the world, but to terrorize Moss' character. The problem is, most people don't believe what they can't see. 

The movie is a powerful metaphor, Moss tells ABC Audio, a twist that immediately drew her to the project.

"The invisible man standing in for, yes, bullying, for women losing their voices, for women not being believed and for gaslighting and for these subjects that are important to me as a woman." She adds, "I...immediately sort of was like, well, that's kind of brilliant."

While The Invisible Man does deliver on the expected chills and "jump scares," there's more to it than that -- like other classics, the actress and activist says: "You know, Poltergeist and The ShiningExorcist, they're analogies. They're metaphors for deeper political and societal issues."

She adds, "I think...those are the movies that really have -- they're deeply scary. You know, they're fun. They're, you know, they're terrifying. They're beautiful visually. But then they do have something a little bit more to ground it in reality."

The Invisible Man, which also stars Storm Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Michael Dorman, opens Friday.

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck can stop talking about his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner now -– at least that's what Garner's boyfriend, John Miller, wishes would happen.

On Wednesday, Us Weekly reported that a source close to Miller said that "he's uncomfortable with Ben's interviews."

"John is empathetic to Ben’s struggles with sobriety, but he worries about how Jennifer has once again become the focus," the source disclosed. "The spotlight on Jennifer is intense and Ben needs to consider her feelings before speaking so publicly."

Affleck has been making headlines ever since his raw and authentic sit-down with The New York Times was released on February 18. In the celebrity profile, the 47-year-old actor and filmmaker discussed his new project, The Way Back, his drinking problem, and his relationship with Garner.

During the interview, the Batman star dropped the bombshell that his divorce from the 47-year-old actress was "the biggest regret" of his life. 

The two were married from 2005 until 2018, with the last three years of their relationship being separated.  They have three children together.

Miller and Garner have been only been dating for two years and, according the insider, this may be a reason why he's not all too thrilled about Affleck talking about her. 

"John believes Ben would remarry Jennifer if she wanted to get back together," the insider said. "John wants to marry Jennifer but knows she isn't ready yet."

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The second season of Netflix's sci-fi series Altered Carbon is now available for your streaming pleasure -- though co-star Will Yun Lee says preparing for his role in the show was considerably less fun.

Some background first.  In the futuristic show, a person's consciousness can be uploaded to a new body -- or "sleeve."  Season one had actor Joel Kinnaman playing Takeshi Kovacs [KOH-vahsh], a super-soldier meant to patrol far-flung space colonies. 

Kovacs' "original" sleeve was portrayed by actor Will Yun Lee, who told ABC Audio that matching Kinnaman's real-life body was a challenge. 

"I was overweight for [another] show that gained like 30 pounds for, and I saw his body, and I said...'I'm so sorry, I can't do this.'"

However, Lee recalled a conversation with show creator Laeta Kalodridis: "She said, 'Well, how long would it take?' I said, 'Maybe five, six weeks,' which is just an impossible feat. But I did it."

He adds with a laugh, "But, you know, my wife hated me. I was, you know, eating nothing. And I doing three-a-days [workouts] and just killing myself."

For season two, set 30 years after the original, Anthony Mackie also plays Kovacs -- and both Kovacses face off against each other. 

"I was a little nervous to meet him at first...but we clicked right away," Lee says of Mackie. "I think people are gonna be blown out of the water. He is an emotional powerhouse."

A physical one, too, the martial artist admits. "He's got heavy hands. So, you know, 4 a.m. fights with Anthony Mackie. Definitely, I had to be on my A-game." 

Altered Carbon season two is now streaming on Netflix.

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Brett Costello/Newspix/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actor and martial artist Steven Seagal is under siege again, this time from the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The agency announced Thursday that the actor has agreed to pay over $300,000 for failing to disclose payments he received from a cryptocurrency company for promoting a Bitcoin investment.

At issue was Seagal's touting on social media in February and March, 2018, that he was backing an "initial coin offering" as an investment -- but without disclosing he was getting paid a total of a million dollars in cash and Bitcoin tokens by the company in exchange for his endorsement.

The SEC also announced the Above The Law star settled the case without admitting or denying the accusation.

The announcing the settlement, the SEC said Seagal agreed to pay $157,000 in disgorgement, which represents his actual promotional payments, plus prejudgment interest, and a $157,000 penalty.

In addition, Seagal agreed not to promote any securities, digital or otherwise, for three years.

Kristina Littman, Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit, said in a statement, "Celebrities are not allowed to use their social media influence to tout securities without appropriately disclosing their compensation."

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Famous stars are showing off the way they are protecting themselves while traveling amid warnings and public speculation regarding coronavirus.

A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to prepare for a "significant disruption" from the virus, celebrities including Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow showed off on social media the face masks they sported while traveling on Wednesday.

Many similar images have circulated across the Internet lately, with public concern over coronavirus increasing daily.

At a news conference Tuesday, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said, "Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country."

Many followers took to the comments on Hudson's post to question whether or not these masks are effective.

Paltrow used a somewhat less serious tone in her caption, referencing her role in 2011 movie, "Contagion" in the caption.

"En route to Paris. Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda? Paltrow's just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane. I've already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don't shake hands. Wash hands frequently." she wrote.

Experts say wearing masks are not necessarily beneficial to many.  Actually, the masks might even bring about negative effects.

"The mask itself can become contaminated and serve as a source of infection, actually doing more harm than good," Dr. Jonathan Grein told ABC News. "You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it," the CDC said. "A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected."

The CDC also doesn't recommend to the general public using facemasks as a method of protection from coronavirus or other respiratory illnesses.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) A couple of weeks after finalizing his divorce from Jenna Dewan, Channing Tatum took to Instagram on Wednesday to post what seemed to be a parting shot at his ex.

“Cutting ties with people who consistently hurt you isn’t enough; you must also cut ties with the version of you who allowed that s*** to continue for as long as it did,” the Magic Mike star shared Wednesday on his Instagram Stories.

The former couple finalized the court documents back in January, but the divorce didn't become final until the judge signed off on the agreement on February 11, according to In Touch. They share 50/50 joint custody of their six-year-old daughter Everly.

Tatum and Dewan have since moved on with their lives -- Jenna announced her engagement to Steve Kazee last week, three months after announcing they are expecting their first child together. Channing has since been linked to singer Jessie J.

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Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Image(LOS ANGELES) -- The Chinese city of Wuhan gained notoriety around the world mainly due to the unfortunate epidemic that is coronavirus but, for Mulan star Liu Yifei, who also goes by the name Crystal Liu, it is a place she once called home, which is one reason why the disease is difficult for her to talk about.

"It's really heavy for me to even think about it," the 32-year-old actress admitted when The Hollywood Reporter asked her thoughts about the outbreak.

Coronavirus has now infected more than 77,000 people and killed over 2,500 worldwide -- with the majority of cases in mainland China -- according to the publication.  Currently, there is no vaccine or cure for coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.  

"People are doing the right thing," said Liu. "They are being careful for themselves and others. I'm so touched actually to see how they haven't been out for weeks."

These days Liu lives in Beijing -- she left Wuhan when she was 10 -- but she left China in January to begin  making her rounds doing press for Mulan weeks before the virus became widespread.

She told THR that none of her close friends or family have been personally affected, however, that doesn't make the situation any easier to deal with. 

"I'm really hoping for a miracle and that this will just be over soon," she said.

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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Britney Spears shared a video that chronicled the exact moment she broke her foot and it’s not exactly easy to watch.

The 38-year-old pop star posted the cringe-worthy clip to Instagram on Wednesday night.

"I haven’t danced in six months so I was full throttle at this spot!!!! And yes …. I know I’m barefoot …. don’t laugh but I grip the floor better that way," Spears explained in the caption. "PS you can hear where I broke my foot here. Sorry it’s kind of loud!!!!!"

In the clip, the 38-year-old mother of two is sporting a yellow sports bra and black shorts as she energetically twirls and jumps around to Kings of Leon’s "Sex On Fire" in what looked like a wooden floored dance studio. 

Towards the end of the video, Spears experiences an unfortunate misstep and a loud snap can be heard just a moment before she collapses to the floor and grips her foot in pain.

The "Toxic" singer's boyfriend, Sam Asghari, revealed that she had broken a bone in her foot when he posted a series of photos and a video that showed him writing the word "stronger" on her cast on February 18. 

"When you break something it tends to heal stronger specially when you’re my Girl," the 26-year-old personal trainer shared. "My lioness broke her metatarsal bone on her foot doing what she loves which is dancing."

Asghari added, "Wishing her the best recovery so she can jump, run, and dance her butt off." 

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