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© 2017 HS FILM, LLC(NEW YORK) -- The Afghanistan war drama 12 Strong had a respectable showing at the box office over the weekend, debuting with just over than $16.5 million. An adaptation of Doug Stanton's book Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan, the movie tells the story of a daring American mission carried out in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks. 

The Special Forces soldiers were tasked with befriending -- and fighting alongside -- local militias against Osama bin Laden's Taliban army.

Portraying this accurately was key for star Chris Hemsworth. "...The brotherhood they formed with ...the Afghan people but also amongst the soldiers was something that kept coming up amongst all the guys I spoke to in this experience," the actor says.  "You know, the relationships they still keep to this day ... is as strong as any family bond they've ever had."

Realism was key for all involved. Legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has a long history with the U.S. military going back to 1986's Top Gun, says they were blessed to get the military's support for 12 Strong. This led to the cast and crew shooting in New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range, and an accurate portrayal the story deserved.

"They had a lot of old Russian vehicles that they used for training, so we had the some of the Russian tanks: everything that would have been left over in Afghanistan [back then] is actually real," Bruckheimer told ABC News."  We found this valley that looked almost identical to...[where] the real mission took place. And then when our real soldiers showed up, the men [the actors] are portraying, they ... and they couldn't believe how real everything looked. They thought they were back in Afghanistan."

The movie, which also stars Michael Pena, Rob Riggle, and Trevante Rhodes, is now in theaters.

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Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After recently asking fans to boycott Netflix for alleged gender and color bias after she was lowballed on a recent comedy special, Mo'Nique is now questioning the streaming service for allegedly lowballing another black female comedian.

Saturday, Wanda Skyes tweeted her support for the "Queen of Comedy," sharing a similar story of pay disparity.

“@MoWorldWide, thank you for speaking out,” Sykes wrote. “@Netflix offered me less than half of your $500k. I was offended but found another home. #EPIX.” Skyes is referring to her 2016 comedy special, What Happened...Ms. Skyes.

After Wanda's tweet, Mo'Nique took to Instagram to once again question Netflix's numbers.

"I just found out that my sister Wanda Skyes was offered two hundred and fifty thousand dollars from Netflix to do a comedy special," Mo'Nique says in her new video. "I was offered five hundred thousand dollars and our sister, Amy Schumer, was offered thirteen million dollars. How is it that Wanda Sykes and Monique together, these two black women -- who have fifty-plus years in the comedy game -- be offered seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars between the both of us? And Amy Schumer gets thirteen million dollars?'"

Mo'Nique continued, "Now this has nothing to do with going against Amy Schumer. If our sister was able to get that, she was supposed to. But how was it, that when it comes to these two black female comedians -- that are still at the top of their game after fifty-plus years being in this business -- be offered seven hundred thousand dollars collectively? Make that make sense."

As previously reported, a spokesperson for Netflix told ABC News, "Netflix doesn’t comment on contract negotiations."

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qParamount Pictures/Bay F - © 2017 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Ahead of the Oscar nominations which celebrate the best in movies, we have the nominees for this year’s Razzie Awards, which celebrate the opposite.

Transformers: The Last Knight has the most nominations with a total of nine, including worst picture and worst actor for Mark Wahlberg. Following close behind is Fifty Shades Darker, with eight nods.

Those two films are join in the worst picture category by Baywatch, The Emoji Movie and The Mummy.

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence also scored a nod for worst actress for her role in mother!.

The “winners,” if you could call them that, will be announced on March 3, the day before the Oscars ceremony.

Here is the full list of nominees:

WORST PICTURE
Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST ACTRESS
Katherine Heigl, Unforgettable
Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker
Jennifer Lawrence, mother!
Tyler Perry, Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween
Emma Watson, The Circle

WORST ACTOR
Tom Cruise, The Mummy
Johnny Depp, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Darker
Zac Efron, Baywatch
Mark Wahlberg, Daddy’s Home 2 & Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem, mother! & Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Russell Crowe, The Mummy
Josh Duhamel, Transformers: The Last Knight
Mel Gibson, Daddy’s Home 2
Anthony Hopkins, Collide & Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kim Basinger, Fifty Shades Darker
Sofia Boutella, The Mummy
Laura Haddock, Transformers: The Last Knight
Goldie Hawn, Snatched
Susan Sarandon, A Bad Moms Christmas

WORST SCREEN COMBO
Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions, Fifty Shades Darker
Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots or Two Explosions, Transformers: The Last Knight
Any Two Obnoxious Emojis, The Emoji Movie
Johnny Depp & His Worn Out Drunk Routine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Tyler Perry & Either The Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig, Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Baywatch
Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, mother!
Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight
James Foley, Fifty Shades Darker
Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy
Anthony (Tony) Leonidis, The Emoji Movie

WORST SCREENPLAY
Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Steven Soderbergh’s ambitious new murder mystery series, Mosaic, aims to take binge-watching to a whole new level.

The series, starring Sharon Stone and Garrett Hedlund, debuts in a linear fashion on HBO Monday, but you can also watch it on the free Mosaic app, where you can choose which character’s perspective you want to follow.

Stone, who plays the murder victim, Olivia Lake, says that even she got sucked in by variety of ways you can watch the story play out.

“I basically [lost] two days of my life ‘cause I had to see every person’s thread,” she tells ABC Radio. “It’s so fascinating because it’s a murder mystery [so] the audience becomes the detective. “If you really wanna solve the crime, you can watch it every single way, which is just fantastic. So you kind of dive down this rabbit hole.”

While Stone committed to watching everything, Hedlund, who plays suspect Joel Hurley, jokes he only watched Stone’s thread, so he feels like he “won a day.”

So do they think this could be the future of TV watching, where viewers have more control?

“I think that because we have all of these different opportunities now that we've become a digital world, this is the beginning of a new kind of understanding,” Stone says. “I think that Steven is opening all kinds of new doors for us, and that's thrilling.”  

You can watch Soderbergh’s edit of Mosaic starting tonight at 8 p.m. ET on HBO, or choose your own version on the Mosaic app, available now.

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Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women's March Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- Natalie Portman revealed on Saturday that she was the object of a rape fantasy at the age of 13 and gave up on numerous roles while suffering through what she called an "environment of sexual terrorism."

The Oscar-winning actress spoke from a stage before thousands of people in downtown Los Angeles as part of the Women's March, according to a CNN report.

Portman turned 12 years old when on the set of The Professional.

After the film was released in 1994, Portman said, she was excited she was to receive her first fan mail, only, "to read a rape fantasy that a man had written me," according to CNN.

She said that critics, "talked about my budding breasts in reviews."

"I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort."

She said that the shame compounded when a local radio station established a "countdown" until Portman turned 18 -- "euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with," she said.

She said she turned down acting roles "that involved a kissing scene" and turned to ones that "emphasized how bookish I was and how serious I was," adding it had an impact on the way she dressed.

Portman said she expressed herself as "prudish, conservative, nerdy and serious" to be heard and feel safe.

"At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me: I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world that I'm someone worthy of safety and respect," Portman said. "The response to my expression, from small comments about my body to more threatening deliberate statements, served to control my behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism."

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ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- Tracee Ellis Ross this weekend provided an update on her on-going pay negotiations over her work on black-ish.

The negotiations became a subject of public interest after The Hollywood Reporter cited unnamed sources as saying that the disparity between the actress' pay and that of her co-star, Anthony Anderson, was a subject at a recent meeting of Times Up, the initiative combating sexual harassment and gender inequity in Hollywood.

In a statement on Twitter on Saturday, Ross acknowledged that contract negotiations are on-going saying that she, "wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV."

Ross said that she never made any threats in the context of her negotiations at that having, "had my renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward, but I'm grateful for the outpouring of support."

She added, that she was "thankful" that conversations about pay equity are taking place, not just in Hollywood but in every industry.

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Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- After Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild award win -- which happened after he recently picked up a best supporting actor Golden Globe for the role -- Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri star Sam Rockwell is on track for Oscar gold. But he's already got the best acclaim a guy can get: from his dad.

The New York Times ran an essay about the award-winning movie on Thursday.  While the piece itself is pointedly negative, many of the essay's public comments about the movie were positive, including one in particular. It read: "I loved this movie, and intend to see it again. My son, Sam, won a Golden Globe for playing Jason Dixon. I think I would still love the movie if another actor had played Dixon..But not quite as much." It was signed "Pete Rockwell."

It's not the first time the elder Rockwell took the time to give his son a shout-out, one Redditor and former movie critic pointed out, noting Pete Rockwell took the time to thank him when he praised Sam's performance in 1999's classic sci-fi comedy, Galaxy Quest.

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Photo by: Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The government shutdown and the results of President Donald Trump's physical exam, released Friday by his physician Ronny Jackson, provided fodder for this week's Saturday Night Live.

The cold open featured cast member Aidy Bryant as White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders kicking off a daily press briefing.

SNL cast member Beck Bennett, who plays Dr. Jackson, then addresses the reporters. "Once again, this is the president’s unbiased, 100 percent accurate health assessment."

Bennett's Jackson says, "It's my expert medical opinion, that the president's got a rockin' bod."

A reporter, played by cast member Kate McKinnon asks, "There's been questions about the president's mental fitness, and the White House has of course pushed back on that. Since you examined him personally, my question is, how broke that brain?"

Bennett's Jackson responds, "We did do a cognitive exam at the president's request and he passed it with flying colors. Almost no hints."

Another reporter, played by cast member Mikey Day, asks, "The president has bragged about scoring higher on that test than any other president, is that true?"

Bennett's Jackson responds, "In fairness, no other president has taken the test. We typically only use it to make sure someone is not severely brain damaged or a monkey in people clothes. But the president grabbed me by the collar and insisted taking it. He has the grip of a guy who would fail that test, if you know what I mean."

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(LOS ANGELES) -- The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri winning the night with three trophies on the movie side, and HBO’s Veep and Big Little Lies taking home two each on the TV end.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her record-setting eighth and ninth SAG Awards, grabbing female actor in a comedy series honors for Veep and sharing best ensemble cast trophy with her HBO show's co-stars. However, as many suspected, the 57-year-old actress -- who’s been battling breast cancer and just completed her last round of chemotherapy -- wasn’t on hand to accept them.

Presenter Connie Britton accepted the award on Louis-Dreyfus' behalf telling Louis-Dreyfus, "We're thinking of you."

Louis-Dreyfus later tweeted, "I wish I could have been @SAGawards tonight but have to admit it's pretty fun to watch in my pj's." She added, “So happy for my @VeepHBO bozos for winning ensemble award. Miss being at the table with you all. How was the chicken?"

SAG's first-time-ever Awards host Kristen Bell avoided any mention of President Donald Trump or Hollywood’s many sexual misconduct allegations, except to stress that “everyone’s story deserves to be told, especially now.”

“We are living in a watershed moment in time, and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure we are leading the charge with empathy and diligence, because fear and anger never win the race,” she added.

Beverly Hills, 90210 alum and current SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris was more direct, praising women for coming forward with their stories and noting that female and male actors are agents for change

"We are in the midst of a massive cultural shift with brave voices saying, 'Me too',” she said. "Change is coming and we are the agents of that change...we can and we must create an environment in which discrimination, harassment and abuse are no longer tolerated."

James Franco, nominated for his role in The Disaster Artist, skipped the red carpet in the wake of recent sexual misconduct allegations, but attended the awards. Best actor in a comedy series nominee Aziz Ansari , also facing a sexual misconduct controversy, avoided the ceremony altogether.

Morgan Freeman, this year’s lifetime achievement award recipient, also got into the act, pointing out that the male award statue “works from the back. From the front, it's gender-specific."

Rosanna Arquette -- one of over 60 women who came forward with allegations against former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein -- praised other women and men for breaking their silence, listing many of them by name.

Here are the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Television
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
This Is Us

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Foy, The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

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Frank Masi - ©2016 CTMG/Sony Pictures Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle reigned supreme at the box office for the third straight week, delivering an estimated $20 million weekend. That brings its total earnings stateside to more $315 million, surpassing the 2012 James Bond thriller Skyfall as Sony's highest-grossing film.

Internationally, the fantasy action film added $36.2 million, bringing its worldwide total to $767.8 million.

12 Strong, the new war drama starring Chris Hemsworth, posted a strong finish, taking second place with an estimated $16.5 million.

Another of the week's new entries, the Gerard Butler-led Den of Thieves also had a solid debut, collecting an estimated $15.3 million, for a third place finish. The Post bowed in fourth place with an estimated $12.1 million weekend.

Rounding out the top five was The Greatest Showman, earning an estimated $11 million.

Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in sixth place, tacked an estimated $6.5 million to its domestic earnings, pushing it past the $600 million mark -- just the sixth film to accomplish that. Worldwide, The Last Jedi's total earnings rose to around $1.296 billion, passing Disney's Frozen to become the ninth largest worldwide release ever. Lucasfilm, like ABC, is owned by Disney.

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

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $20 million
2. 12 Strong, $16.5 million
3. Den of Thieves, $15.3 million
4. The Post, $12.1 million
5. The Greatest Showman, $11 million
6. Paddington 2, $8.2 million
7. The Commuter, $6.68 million
8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, $6.56 million
9. Insidious: The Last Key, $5.9 million
10. Forever My Girl, $4.7 million

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CBS Interactive(SPOILER ALERT) Last Sunday's episode of Star Trek: Discovery revealed a major plot twist: Lt. Ash Tyler, lover of lead character Michael Burnham, is actually Voq [vohk], a Klingon who's been surgically altered to appear human and infiltrate the Federation.

Actor Shazad Latif first appeared on the show as Voq, speaking Klingon and wearing heavy makeup, then appeared as Tyler a few episodes later.  He says even the crew had no idea he was playing both roles: "When I turned up as Tyler...they were like, 'Who the hell is this guy?'"

In this Sunday's episode, Burnham, played by actress Sonequa Martin-Green, must decide how she now feels about Tyler, and continue her mission to escape the evil Terran Empire.

"We see the fallout between Michael and Tyler and how they're gonna deal with this, 'cause they still have to carry on working together -- there's stuff to do!" Latif laughs. "They've got to go and sort out this Terran Empire...so yeah, there's a lot to come!"

Behind the scenes, there's been a lot going on with the cast of Star Trek: Discovery too.  Doug Jones, who plays First Officer Saru, also stars as the aquatic creature in the acclaimed film The Shape of Water.  And Anthony Rapp, who plays Chief Engineer Stamets, made headlines last year by being the first to publicly reveal that, when he was a teen, Kevin Spacey allegedly sexually assaulted him.

"To be one of the first people to say something like that, that's unbelievable," Latif tells ABC Radio about Rapp's revelation. "I mean, he's been holding that his whole life so it's a very big moment. So [I'm] proud and happy for him."

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS: All Access.



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Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out this Sunday.

Hosted by Kristen Bell, the SAG Awards ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead the pack of nominees.

Three Billboards is the most-nominated film, with four nods.  On the TV side, HBO's Big Little Lies and Netflix's wrestling comedy GLOW and its sci-fi hit Stranger Things earned the most nominations, each with four.

Netflix earned 19 nominations total, followed by HBO with 12, leaving broadcast TV in the dust: their closest competitor, NBC, earned three nominations.

The 54th Annual SAG Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Morgan Freeman.

Presenters included Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya; Mudbound's Mary J. Blige and Jason Clarke; and Three Billboards... leads Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Frances McDormand. Among the other presenters are Mandy Moore, Olivia Munn, Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Marisa Tomei, Rosanna Arquette and Beverly Hills, 90210 star-turned SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. 

Here are the nominees in major categories:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Mudbound
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson,Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Television
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid's Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glow Orange Is the New Black
Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette & Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Laura Linney, Ozark

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
William H. Macy, Shameless
Marc Maron, GLOW

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Bell believes having a woman chosen as the first person to ever host the Screen Actors Guild Awards show is "the tip of the hat" to recent conversations calling for change in Hollywood.

"I think it’s just in response to ... conversations changing about the industry," Bell told ABC News' Nick Watt of her being chosen to host the awards show this year.  "Maybe having a female host it is a little bit of a response to, or the tip of the hat to that," she added.

Bell said that Sunday night's show, where every presenter will also be female, is "really celebrating women a lot."

The decision to have a female host and all-female presenters comes at a time when the entertainment industry has courted controversy for months, and is still reeling from the fallout of multiple sexual harassment scandals.

Another benefit to being the first ever woman to host the show?  "I won’t be compared to anyone else, which is kind of nice," Bell joked. 

"I’m going to be as awkward and as weird as possible, and hopefully that will make someone smile," she added. "We're going to have a lot of fun."

The SAG Awards have often been looked to as the best predictor of who will win an Oscar. In 2017 and 2016, three out of four acting winners at the SAG Awards went on to win Oscars that year.

Bell, who stars on ABC's The Good Place, told ABC News that while it's "very flattering" to be chosen as a host, she noted that she still has yet to be nominated for an SAG Award herself.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will air Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS.

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Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW JERSEY) -- The Situation's got himself into a sticky tax situation -- and recently took a plea deal to get out of it. 

As a part of a plea deal, both Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his manager brother, Marc Sorrentino, pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in a New Jersey courthouse Friday.

The Situation pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion, while his brother pleaded guilty to "aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return," according to documents acquired by ABC News. 

According to the pleas, both The Sitch and his brother hid money the reality star made in 2011.  In some cases, Mike Sorrentino was paid off the books, and made cash bank deposits small enough not to be detected by the IRS.

Marc Sorrentino, who created business ventures so the pair could capitalize on his brother's Jersey Shore stardom, admitted to under-reporting his income and providing false information to tax preparers for tax years 2010, 2011, and 2012.

The Sitch's charge carries a maximum penalty of five years behind bars.  His brother's crime carries a maximum three-year prison sentence. Both brothers can also be fined up to $250,000 each.

"What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers," U.S. Attorney Carpenito said in a statement. "All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes. Celebrity status does not provide a free pass from this obligation."

Sentencing is scheduled for April 25.

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© 2017 HS FILM, LLC(NEW YORK) -- As its name suggests, today's new release, 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, is based on actual events -- but you'd be forgiven if you thought it was made up.

The stars of the film, including Thor star Chris Hemsworth, Ant-Man's Michael Pena [PEYn-yah], and Moonlight's Trevante Rhodes thought so too, at first -- before they got to know the American heroes who actually lived it.

In the days after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, American Special Forces deployed operatives to Afghanistan, in an extremely dangerous mission to convince locals to turn against Osama bin Laden and his Taliban army.

As part of their blending in with the local resistance fighters -- one of the specialties of Special Forces operators -- Americans did battle with the heavily armed Islamic extremists using horses to charge across the perilous terrain.

For Hemsworth, the movie highlighted real-life superheroes. "I've done a lot of stuff in the comic book world...but I desperately wanted to do something...more grounded...And this script came along a few years ago, and my first instinct was, I just couldn't believe it was a true story."

Like Hemsworth, who plays the squad's leader, Pena and Rhodes relished the chance to meet and work with the real-life heroes they played on screen. "These men are interesting," Pena tells ABC Radio, "because of course they feel fear ...but it's their willingness to overcome that -- I think not everyone has that ability."

Rhodes adds, "Obviously it was massively valuable...We had dinner with them a couple of times...We worked out together, we ate together. It was ... an honor."

The movie also stars Rob Riggle -- who, in his pre-fame days, was a Marine pilot. Incidentally, the Daily Show alum holds the rank of Lt. Colonel in real life, and in 12 Strong he plays the man he served under, Lt. Col. Max Bowers, one of the mission's commanders. 

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