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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- The stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe assembled in Los Angeles Monday night for the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War.

The epic film, ten years in the making, united virtually every hero seen in the MCU to date, and fans -- both famous and not -- were eager to see who survives.

"It feels like the ending of a chapter," Marvel movie veteran and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D star Clark Gregg told ABC Radio. "I haven't seen much, it scares me when they say that. I make me feel like it's gonna be a terrifying and perhaps devastating experience tonight."

Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk, joked that the movie is historic, but not for the reasons you might think.  "It's not that it's 10 years or that it's 30 actors or that it's 19 movies: it's that none of us has seen the damn thing!"

Secrecy was key in making the film, and only one of its two stars actually read the whole script. Co-director Anthony Russo talked to ABC Radio about the need for secrecy.

"There are huge happenings," said Russo.  "There's big changes for characters um, it's like any love story, the ending is the most risiable part, the most surprising part. There are a lot of...thrills and surprises in this film...and we wanted all audiences to be able to experience those for the first time in the movie theater."

Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, put it simply: "I'm a fan, man, I want to sit down with my popcorn and I want to watch this movie. I want to enjoy it. I don't want to know what's gonna happen."

Avengers: Infinity War opens Friday from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Tyler Golden/NBC / 2018 NBCUniversal Media(LOS ANGELES) -- The Voice was live on Monday, with the top 12 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson. One artist will be sent home on Tuesday, based on America’s vote.

On Monday, each artist took the stage with a song that had a special meaning for them.

Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:

Team Adam’s Rayshun LeMarr kicked things off with his version of “When Love Takes Over,” by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland, explaining that like love, something takes over when he’s on stage that he can’t control. Adam told Rayshun afterwards, “In that moment, you became the frontrunner, because you’re the best performer in this group.”

Kaleb Lee, representing Team Kelly, chose Lonestar’s “Amazed,” for his performance, --  admitting that he originally chose it because he incorrectly thought it was his wedding song. However, the song still reminds him of his wife because it reminds him how “awesome” his wife is. Kelly acknowledged that Kaleb’s performance was a little “pitchy” at times, but blamed it on his emotional connection to the song getting the better of him. But that, she added, only made the performance more endearing.

Team Alicia’s Jackie Foster chose Brittney Spears’ “Toxic” because she has a thing for “bad boys.” Alicia, who during rehearsals described Jackie’s style as “somewhere between P!nk and No Doubt,” declared after the performance that Foster showed America who she really is, adding that her artist “nailed it.”

Spensha Baker, Team Blake’s country/soul artist, picked an emotional song from one of her favorite artists, Trisha Yearwood, “Down on My Knees.” The performance drew a standing ovation from all four coaches, including Blake, who noted that Spensha has finally learned how to control her nerves, allowing the full depth of her voice to come through.

Christiana Danielle, from Alicia’s team, also credited a toxic relationship for her song choice, “Say Something,” by A Great Big World. Keys said afterwards, “There’s not another person -- not just on this stage, but in this world” who sounds like Christiana.

Team Kelly’s soul singer D.R. King put his spin on Dido’s “White Flag,” Clarkson praised D.R. for making everything he sings sound effortless, urging America to send him on to the next round.

Sharane Calister, representing Team Adam, chose Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood,” explaining that, like the character in the song, she’s a survivor. Afterwards, Adam praised Sharane for her ability to take listeners on a journey with her.

Next up, country rocker Pryor Baird, representing Team Blake, tackled “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” by Keith Anderson, recalling that growing up in his tiny hometown of Orcutt, California, he’s picked a few wildflowers in his day. Blake joked afterwards, “Pryor is to a song like bulldozer is to trees,” explaining that he turns every song his sings into something completely different.

Brynn Cartelli, Team Kelly’s powerhouse 15-year-old powerhouse, delivered Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” explaining that her mother taught it to her when she was little. During rehearsals, Clarkson advised the teen to “tell the story, rather than making sure all the riffs are there.” Kelly said she was amazed that Brynn has “the craziest, eclectic taste in music” and manages to “nail all of it.”

When Adam Levine saved country singer Jackie Verna last week, he said he heard a song and pictured her singing it. On Monday, he revealed it was Avril Lavigne’s pop hit, “I’m with You.” Following the performance, Adam told Verna he was impressed by the way she was challenged with tackling a tough song and rose to the occasion.

Sanford, Carolina, native Britton Buchanan picked John Mellencamp’s “Small Town,” telling his coach Alicia during rehearsals that he’s lived every line of the song. Afterwards, Keys told the 18-year-old that his “destiny” was to perform on The Voice stage.

Team Blake’s Kyla Jade has a long history with her pick, Jennifer Hudson’s “One Night Only,” performing it night after night as a backup singer for the season-13 Voice coach. This time, however, she was front and center. After the performance, Blake, on behalf of himself and JHud, welcomed Kyla to the front of the stage.

The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday's episode of American Idol was the season's most dramatic yet, as we learned which six of the 14 finalists had been voted through to the top 10 by America, and which of the remaining contestants had to sing for their lives in hopes of being chosen by the judges.  In the end, we had our top 10:

Catie Turner -- Chosen by America
Dennis Lorenzo -- Judges' pick
Michael J. Woodard -- Chosen by America
Jurnee -- Judges' pick
Gabby Barrett -- Chosen by America
Ada Vox -- Judges' pick
Maddie Poppe -- Chosen by America
Michelle Sussett -- Judges' pick
Cade Foehner -- Chosen by America
Caleb Lee Hutchinson -- Chosen by America

Here's how it went down:

There were two sets of chairs onstage: the Victory Zone and the Danger Zone.  Over two hours, Ryan Seacrest revealed whether or not each contestant had been voted into the top 10 by America.  Those who were voted through got to sing a song without being judged, and then take a seat in the Victory Zone.   Those who weren't had to "sing for their lives," and their fates were revealed at the end of the show.

Michelle Sussett, the first contestants in the "Danger Zone," sang an original song called "I'm a Dreamer," with lyrics in both English and Spanish, which made a powerful statement about the immigrant experience. "This is my home and I love this country and I'm grateful to be here," said the Venezuelan singer.  Judge Katy Perry was thrilled that Michelle sang in Spanish, and she was the one who announced that she'd been chosen for the top 10.

Marcio Donaldson sang "Jealous" by Nick Jonas and it wasn't his best performance.  You could tell from the judges' comments that there was no way they were putting him through.

Garrett Jacobs sang "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and though Katy said it was the best he'd ever sounded, he wasn't chosen.

Dennis Lorenzo sang Maxwell's version of the Kate Bush song "This Woman's Work."  Katy called the performance "brilliant" and "dynamic" and said she'd fight for him; Lionel Richie said he didn't know what America was thinking by not putting him through.  Luke Bryan was the one who announced he'd been chosen for the top 10.

Jonny Brenns sang a compelling version of "Demons" by Imagine Dragons that got him a standing "O" from the judges; Katy praised him for looking like a rock star, but criticized him for not having enough stage presence. In the end, he failed to be put through.

Mara Justine sang "Love on the Brain" by Rihanna, which made Luke say that he was "in shock" that she wasn't voted through by America.  But Katy told the young teen that sometimes, it's just about timing, which was a big giveaway that she wasn't going to be chosen.  And she wasn't.

Jurnee sang "Never Enough," from The Greatest Showman, which made Katy utter a quote that she probably also said on November 9, 2016: "Never have I ever seen a woman more qualified for the job and still not get the job."  Lionel simply said, "I love you."  It was Lionel who announced that they'd picked her for the top 10.

Ada Vox was the last contestant to sing for their lives, and she sang -- what else? -- "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," so memorably delivered by American Idol alumna Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls. 

To say she brought the house down is an understatement; after the performance, Katy took off her earrings and announced that she, Lionel and Luke were making an executive decision: They ordered her to go to the Victory Zone immediately.

After Ada was chosen, the remaining seven contestants had to wait to hear which three would be staying.  After Jurnee, Dennis and Michelle were declared the lucky ones, the rest of the pack were told by Katy, "Over 10 million people are watching this. So what are you gonna do with that information? You're going to launch off on your own."

On Sunday, the top 10 will perform Disney's greatest hits, and there will be the first-ever, coast-to-coast, live vote, with the results coming at the end of the show.


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ABC(NEW YORK) -- American Idol is bringing interactive TV to a whole new level with the first-ever simultaneous coast-to-coast voting system.

For the first time in television history, viewers on both the East and West coasts will be able to watch the show and vote for their favorite performers simultaneously.  They'll also be able to see the results by the show's end.

You'll be able to vote by text, via, and using the American Idol app. 

To compensate for the three-hour time difference, beginning Sunday April 29, the show will air live at 8 p.m. Eastern time and 5 p.m. Pacific, with an 8 p.m. replay for West Coast viewers.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement, "As we head into the next phase of the American Idol competition, it only makes sense to let every viewer from coast to coast experience the magic of live television and have the ability to vote for America’s next superstar."

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(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is making her movie debut in A Star Is Born, as an aspiring singer taken under the wing of a veteran star, played by Bradley Cooper.  While Lady Gaga already had the singing part down, Cooper didn't -- and he was shocked when Gaga insisted that if he didn't learn, it would be a dealbreaker.

According to Billboard, Cooper -- who's also directed the film -- told an audience at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, "She said right from the beginning that this was going to be a bargain: [She told me] 'I’m gonna rely on you to get a performance that’s honest out of me...and I’m gonna make sure you turn into a musician, because we’re going to sing everything live.'"

Cooper continued, "I thought, wait, what? She said, 'I can’t stand when I watch movies when they have music and you can tell when it’s pre-recorded and people are lip-syncing.' And she’s right. So that was terrifying, but I really relied on her."

So Cooper took music lessons for 18 months so he could play guitar and sing like an actual rock star.  He even filmed himself performing onstage at real-life music festivals like Glastonbury and Stagecoach.

"You can't hide when you sing," he said. "To me, the best way to express love is through singing and music. I knew that if I could marry that in a way, that'd be special. Lady Gaga is just kind of a revelation."

A Star Is Born hits theaters this October.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a father of three.

The Rampage star announced on Instagram Monday that he and his partner, Lauren Hashian, had welcomed another daughter, Tiana Gia, or Tia.

The two are also parents to two-year-old Jasmine; Johnson has a teenage daughter, Simone, from a previous marriage.

"Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar," Johnson wrote on Instagram.

"I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there."

Johnson, 45, announced that Hashian was pregnant with a girl in December. In his Instagram post, he also wrote a message to the baby, promising to always take care of her.

"To my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia - like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life," he wrote.

"Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol’ world, but being your dad will always be the one I’m most proud to wear."

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- It could possibly be the end of the road for Avengers star Anthony Mackie, who is set to reprise his role as Sam Wilson/Falcon on Avengers: Infinty War on Friday. While it's not confirmed which -- or if any -- Avenger will actually die in the epic battle with the film's villain Thanos -- there is some speculation that the Marvel Cinematic Universe may lose at least one of its good guys.

Although the notion is sobering to Mackie, he tells ABC Radio he's taking it in stride.

"It could potentially mean I'm unemployed," he laughs.

"The big thing for me is not so much if I live or die through the battle -- or literally if any lives or die through the battle -- it's just that the story is told."

As the film's release approaches, Mackie, like other MCU stars, remain tight-lipped about how the upcoming Avengers films -- Infinity War and the forthcoming as-yet-untitled 2019 Avengers film -- will ultimately affect the franchise. According to Mackie, there's really one thing that is for certain within the MCU -- it's "out of [the actors'] hands."

"I feel like, all of our producers have a very clear idea of what they want this movie to be and how they want these characters to continue," he explains. "So, it's you know, out of our hands. It's been a good ride, it's been fun. I love being an Avenger... but these two movies kind of tell the tale of what the next 10 to 15 years will be." 

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27. It's produced by Marvel Studios, which like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Paula Patton is shooting down allegations that she's currently dating a happily married man.

In an interview with Hello Beautiful, Patton made clear that her boyfriend, Zach Quittman, has already split with his wife.

“I would just say when I met him he was separated from his wife and he’s in the process of divorce,” Patton said. “They’re still married as that happens. He told his wife a while ago and I told Robin," said Patton, referring to ex-husband Robin Thicke.  "[Quittman's wife] heard it from him first, not from anybody else. I let Robin know because he’s the father of my child and I thought he had a right to know that I had somebody, since the first time that we been divorced, that I wanted in my life and that I want my child to know.”

Page Six, however, reports that Quittman, a Malibu, California real estate developer, and his wife are not legally separated and that he's not even moved out of their house yet. According to Paula, that's not true.

“I would never go into any one else’s marriage and disrupt it in a million, trillion years," she said. "This man was already living in a different home.”

Patton, 42, says at this point in her life, she's all about living in her truth.  “The truth is, people don’t really care that much about you," she said. "They think about themselves. So they talk about you for a few seconds but then they’re on to their own lives."

She continues, "Start living your life the way you want to and people will respect you because you’re in your truth."

Patton's film, Traffik, is now in theaters.

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Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Chris Evans has stated repeatedly that he's hanging up Captain America's shield for good after Avengers 4 reshoots this summer.  However, on Good Morning America Monday morning, he seemed to leave some wiggle room.

"A lot of our contracts are through," Evans said. "Myself, [Robert] Downey [Jr.], [Chris] Hemsworth, we all kind of started roughly at the same time, and I think we all, through Avengers 4, kinda kind of all wrap it up. So at this point, I don't know what's next, by of 2019, that's it!"

"We hope that's not it, we hope there's more," Michael Strahan said -- to which Evans responded, "Well, we'll see!"  Granted, that response could be a sly bit of misdirection as to his character's fate, but it's likely to get the geek-o-sphere buzzing.

Captain America's appearance in Infinity War seems to point in the direction that he's given up the Cap mantle. Trailers for Infinity War show he's shed the clean-cut look: he's bearded, wearing a uniform that's had its central patriotic star torn off.  And he also isn't carrying his trademark red, white and blue shield.  None of this, of course, means Evans is on his way out, or that he's sticking around.

In the comics, both Cap's pals Sam "The Falcon" Wilson and Bucky "The Winter Soldier" Barnes take up the role of Captain America at various times. Their real-life alter-egos, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, respectively, have more Marvel movies left on their contracts.

Avengers: Infinity War opens Friday from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- The Avengers assembled in Beverly Hills over the weekend, as the cast descended upon a press conference Sunday to discuss Marvel Studios' highly anticipated movie, Avengers: Infinity War, which hits theaters Friday.

Stars Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman and Zoe Saldana were among those on hand to talk about the film, which features more than 20 Avengers, and Hemsworth -- who plays Thor -- was as excited as anyone to see all those superheroes gathered in one place.

"This whole film for me was, I felt like a fan," Hemsworth says. "And meeting a lot of these people and the characters that I'd watched on screen and admired and so to be on screen with them as Thor, but as Chris also, was pretty damn exciting."

Boseman, who played Black Panther's titular character, insists that even though much of the action in trailers is set in Wakanda, Infinity War doesn't serve as a sequel to the wildly successful film.

"Avengers: Infinity War is Avengers: Infinity War. It's not Black Panther 1.5 or Black Panther 2 or anything like that," explains Boseman, adding, "I think we have a strong presence within the movie, and it was great to have some of these people, I'm not going to say who, exactly, in Wakanda."

Saldana, who plays Guardians of the Galaxy's Gamora, was asked her thoughts about seeing more diversity on screen in Marvel movies, and says nothing pleases her more than knowing her three sons "are going to inherit an influx of like storytelling through media that represents them and makes them feel seen and heard and that their lives and their heritage matters."

As mentioned, Avengers: Infinity War opens nationwide on Friday.

Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- On Sunday's episode of American idol, the top 14 contestants performed solo, and for the first time this season, America has a hand in placing at least a portion of the contenders through to the next round.

Voting opened during Sunday’s show and closes Monday at 9 a.m. ET. Viewers were instructed to vote online, in the American Idol app or via text, where they could vote 10 times per contestant, per method. The top six will move on based on America’s vote. The remaining eight artists will perform once more on Monday, with  judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan deciding which four will be added to the top 10.

Here are Sunday’s highlights:

Caleb Lee Hutchinson kicked things off, singing and picking banjo on “Midnight Train to Memphis," by The Steeldrivers. Katy was “blown away” by the performance, praising his growth, while also noting that she sensed some nerves. However, Luke but wasn’t crazy about the song choice and Lionel wanted to see more of Caleb’s personality.

Michelle Sussett followed, performing a high energy version of the current hit “FRIENDS,” by Marshmello and Anne-Marie. Luke declared that Michelle “became a pop star tonight,” and Lionel agreed, noting the Venezuela native “owned” the song and gave us “attitude.” However, Katy wasn’t impressed with the song choice, recommending that Michelle needs to play to TV viewers, not just studio audience.

Marcio Donaldson took his turn on the stage, singing Barry Manilow’s “It’s a Miracle.” Lionel praised the “old school” choice, but thought Donaldson’s confidence was getting “a little out of control.” Katy agreed, telling the artist to stop thinking about the results and just sing. Luke commended the singer for showing America “a whole ‘nother element” of his talent.

Mara Justine, 16, performed “This Is Me,” from the film The Greatest Showman, but failed to sell it to the judges. Katy acknowledged Mara came a long way as far as owning the stage, but didn’t rise vocally until the middle of the song. Luke agreed, suggesting she completely “emotionally invested” in the performance, while adding that he knew she had it in her.

Garrett Jacobs covered a former Idol winner, Phillip Phillips’ “Raging Fire.” Luke judged the performance dynamic, but pitchy, though Garrett was the first artist of the night in his opinion to look comfortable on stage. Lionel advised Jacobs to ignore the voice in his head and “stay in character.”

Drag queen Ada Vox blew the judges away with a take on Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” You came here tonight to stop the show,” exclaimed Lionel, to which Perry added, “not only did you stop the show, you finally to started it, Queen.“ Luke said Ada had the biggest voice he ever heard.

Catie Turner, who revealed in her pre-performance package that she has plenty of fans -- and a fair amount of haters as well -- tackled Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” Afterwards, Katy and Luke urged Catie to ignore her critics, insisting she could win the competition.

Cade Foehner showed the judges and America he had the moves -- as well as the vocal and guitar chops -- with his performance of Santana’s “Black Magic Woman.” Luke said Cade delivered the big vocal experience they’ve come to expect, while proving that he didn’t need it to wow the audience. Lionel called Foehner "the package.”

Dennis Lorenzo followed with “In My Blood,” by Shawn Mendes. Katy found it “a little shaky” at the start, but he eventually made her a believer. Luke praised Dennis for showing so many sides of himself with each of his performances.

Maddie Poppe switched the mood with her dreamy version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound.” Katy said Maddie had “Incredible musical taste.” Lionel stressed that music isn’t “a business of singers,” but rather “a business of stylists,” adding that Poppe presented herself on every song. He went on to say that Maddie could “possibly be a winner on American Idol.”

Jurnee brought the judges to their feet, singing and rapping her way through “Bang Bang,” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Luke and Lionel praised Jurnee for “bringing it,” and Katy was impressed with her growth as a performer, as well as a singer.

Next, Jonny Brenns covered Panic! At the Disco’s “This Is Gospel.” The judges agreed his vocals needed more work, but applauded him for always “having fun.”

The always unpredictable Michael J. Woodard delivered his spin on “Titanium,” by David Guetta, featuring Sia. He drew a standing ovation from the judges, including Katy, who told the 20-year-old, “After the show is finished, I’m going to Coachella with Sia…and…I will tell her, ‘I met a star today that sang your song incredibly.’”

Country singer Gabby Barrett closed out the show with her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” Luke dubbed it his favorite performance of the night. Katy joked that Gabby “went through the ‘starwash,’" adding Gabby looked and sounded “like a gosh darn star.” Lionel called it a “magical moment," declaring, "we’re watching the beginning to that phrase, ‘A star is born.’”

American Idol returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- A Quiet Place snuck past Rampage to reclaim the top spot at the box office with an estimated $22 million weekend. Its total here in the states now stand at roughly $132.4 million. Overseas, the thriller picked up an estimated $15 million, bringing its worldwide tally to over $207 million.

Rampage, last week's box office champ, finished the weekend right behind A Quiet Place at number two, delivering an estimated $21 million and bringing its domestic total to about $66 million. Internationally, it collected an estimated $57 million, bringing its global tally to $283 million.

The Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty bowed in third place, earning an estimated $16.2 million, lagging behind her last offerings, Snatched and Trainwreck, which debuted with $19.5 million and $30 million, respectively.

Broken Lizard's Super Troopers 2 landed in fourth place with an impressive $14.7 million, nearly matching the the first film's $18 million overall run.

The horror feature Truth or Dare rounds out the top five with an estimated $7.9 million weekend.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. A Quiet Place, $22 million
2. Rampage, $21 million
3. I Feel Pretty, $16.2 million
4. Super Troopers 2, $14.7 million
5. Truth or Dare, $7.9 million
6. Ready Player One, $7.5 million
7. Blockers, $6.98 million
8. Black Panther, $4.6 million
9. Traffik, $3.87 million
10. Isle of Dogs, $3.4 million

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Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The actor famous for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies died Saturday.

Verne Troyer, who was 32 inches tall and played the villain in the James Bond spoofs, was 49 years old.

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away [Saturday]," reads a post on Troyer's official Facebook page.

Mike Meyers, who played the title role and Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies, released a statement expressing his grief.

“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him,” Myers said. “It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”

Troyer's Facebook post described him as "an extremely caring individual" who "wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh."

The actor, who starred in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember, also played the role of a goblin in the cinematic smash film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

"Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know," the Facebook post adds.

Troyer's cause of death remains unknown, but the Facebook post offers insight into the actor's death.

"Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much," the post reads. "Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another."

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ABC/Justin Jay(NEW YORK) -- Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer and Alec Baldwin are among the celebrities and activists who have joined forces to launch a new initiative aimed at dismantling the National Rifle Association.

The No Rifle Association initiative -- #NoRA – announced its intent in a letter to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre Friday. It was signed by over 130 celebrities and activists, including Ashley Judd, Don Cheadle, Minnie Driver, Jon Favreau, Nathan Fillion, Jimmy Kimmel, Julianne Moore, Michael Moore, Patton Oswalt, Amber Tamblyn and Constance Wu, as well as some of the Parkland shooting survivors.

“We’re a culture hack,” the letter proclaims. “We’re for moving culture into a less violent place by counteracting the influence of NRA money in the American political system. We’re for raising the voices of all victims of gun violence, both direct and indirect, in their own communities as they define them.”

The letter goes on to say, “We’re coming for your money. We’re coming for your puppets. And we’re going to win.”

The full letter can be found on

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L-R: Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton in HBO’s “Westworld”; John P. Johnson/HBO(NEW YORK) -- After season one’s fiery conclusion, the women of Westworld are leading the charge in season two.

Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, who play android "hosts" Dolores and Maeve on the buzzy HBO series, say they’re reveling in their characters’ newfound power.

“This season was really different because [Dolores is] sort of a commander, a general, a soldier and that was new for me,” Wood told ABC Radio at the show’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere. “I usually am really good at my lines but this season I had a hard time because I was given dialogue that I never had to say or work with before.”

She reveals the one moment where she felt the most in charge.

“I think riding a horse while [the horse was] running and shooting a rifle was probably when I had to pinch myself and say, ‘I'm at work right now. This is my first day back for season two and here we are,’” she says.

For Newton, she loves the fact that despite being a robot, Maeve is still very much a normal woman in the way she defies the odds, cares for her child and fights for justice like a warrior.

Westworld's known for its complex timelines, and the actresses say even they have a hard time following what's going on.

“Yeah, this season, we all gave up about halfway through,” Wood says. “I think there were moments where Jeffrey [Wright] and I would show up to set and we'd be arguing about which episode we were working on because we didn't have a clue anymore.”

Newton had another strategy.

“It's a hell of a lot of post-its!” she says. “And friendship, too...we think nothing of just saying to each other, ‘What's happening?’” 

Season 2 of Westworld premieres on HBO Sunday at 9 p.m.

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