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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Months after Italian actress Asia Argento became one of the first people to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, she's now herself accused of paying off a young male actor who accused her of sexual misconduct.

According to a report in The New York Times, Argento paid 22-year-old actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 to settle the accusations. Bennett claims that in 2013 -- a couple of months after his 17th birthday -- a then 37-year-old Argento sexually assaulted him in a California hotel. The age of consent in California is 18.

A notice sent to Richard Hofstetter, the lawyer for Argento's late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, who was representing the actress at the time, claims Bennett made more than $2.7 million in the five years before the alleged assault, but his income has since dropped to an average of $60,000 a year as a result of trauma he suffered following the alleged  "sexual battery." Ms. Argento, who lives in Rome, subsequently hired Carrie Goldberg -- a prominent lawyer for victims of online attacks -- to handle the case, according to The New York Times.

Bennett and Argento first met when he appeared at age seven in Argento’s 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.  They reportedly stayed in contact in the ensuing years and agreed to meet years later for a reunion. Bennett claims that at the time of the alleged May 13, 2013 incident, he arrived at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California to meet Argento in her hotel room with a family member, who left the room after Argento asked to be alone with Bennett. He further alleges that Argento gave him alcohol prior to the assault, which allegedly included oral sex and intercourse.

Argento then asked to take a number of photos with Bennett, according to the documents cited by The New York Times. They, along with an Instagram post of their faces taken on that day, were included in the notice of intent to sue.

The notice of intent reportedly sought $3.5 million in damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery.

Argento was one of the 13 women included in the first October 2017 New Yorker report about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assaults that dated back decades.

Bennett's other film credits include 2003's Daddy Day Care, Firewall, Evan Almighty and Star Trek.  He most recently had a role in the Amazon TV series Bosch.

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Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Crazy Rich Asians, which officially opened on Wednesday, had a crazy good weekend, topping the box office with an estimated $34 million over the five-day period, with just under $24.2 million of that earned over the weekend.

The film -- the first Asian-American-led studio release since 1993's Joy Luck Club -- not only set a record for a movie featuring an all-Asian-American cast, but became the first romantic comedy to top the $20 million mark since Amy Schumer's Trainwreck in 2015.  It stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Kris Aquino, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh, among others.

The Meg dropped to second place in its second week, grabbing an estimated $21.15 million and bringing its total stateside to $83.7 million. Internationally, the sci-fi horror flick added an estimated $67 million, bringing its worldwide total to just over $314 million.

In third place was Mile 22, the Mark Wahlberg-led action thriller, which also opened this weekend, falling short of expectations with an estimated $13.6 million.

The weekend's final new release, Alpha, finished dead-even with Mission: Impossible -- Fallout. Both films earned an estimated $10.5 million, for a fourth-place finish.

The Wife -- starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater -- opened in limited release and had the best per-screen average of the weekend, earning $27,000 per location for a total of $110,000.

On the other end of spectrum, Billionaire Boys Club, starring Kevin Spacey, posted one of the most dismal openings ever, failing to bring in $500 from eight theaters. That averages less than $53 per location for the three-day weekend.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Crazy Rich Asians, $25.2 million
2. The Meg, $21.15 million
3. Mile 22, $13.6 million
4. Alpha, $10.5 million (tie)
4. Mission: Impossible -- Fallout, $10.5 million (tie)
6. Christopher Robin, $8.86 million
7. BlacKkKlansman, $7 million
8. Slender Man, $4.965 million
9. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, $3.67 million
10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, $3.385 million

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Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(MUMBAI) -- Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and pop star Nick Jonas are finally Instagram official: The couple confirmed their rumored engagement with a posting on Chopra's social media.

"The only way to do this... with Family and God. Thank you all for your wishes and blessings," Chopra, 36, wrote, captioning a photo of herself and Nick, 25.  She's wearing a traditional Indian outfit, but is sporting a large diamond ring on her finger.  The couple is shown standing in front of a hedge decorated with the intertwined initials "N" and "P."

She also posted a photo of herself looking adoringly into Jonas' eyes, with her ring prominently displayed. "Taken.. With all my heart and soul," reads the caption.  The singer posted the same photo with the caption, "Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love."

People magazine reports that the couple celebrated their engagement with a party in Mumbai, India, attended by both their families.  Chopra shared a gallery of photos from the party, known as a roka ceremony, including a photo of Jonas' parents posing with Chopra's mom and brother.

In one photo, which People says was taken during a Hindu prayer ceremony known as a "pruja," the couple is shown wearing traditional Indian garb.

A friend of Priyanka's, Anusha Dandekar, posted a photo of herself posing with couple.  She wrote, "I always knew one thing was certain, she deserved true love. Then her Prince came along for real... not to rescue her because god knows she does that all on her own and HOW! But someone to love her the way she loves, laugh with her endlessly, keep it [100] & live the happily ever after that everyone who wants to love and be loved deserve."

She added, "I am beyond happy for you @priyankachopra @nickjonas you make love look so easy, beautiful & special... Congratulations."

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HBO/Van Redin (Regina King)Watchmen has officially been ordered to series at HBO, Variety reports.

The Damon Lindelof series, based on the classic DC graphic novel about superheroes who are treated as outlaws, is set to debut in 2019.  Until now, the show had just been in its pilot stage.

HBO says the new series “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own."

The large cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, and Louis Gossett Jr. Lindelof and King previously worked with HBO on the series The Leftovers.

Watchmen will become the cable network’s first-ever superhero series.

In 2009, the graphic novel was turned into a movie starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, and Patrick Wilson.

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JB Lacroix/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Renée Zellweger is heading to Netflix.

The actress will be starring a new drama series called What/If, set to debut on the streaming site in 2019.

The show, described as a “social thriller,” is about newlyweds in a financial bind, who find themselves tempted into a lucrative but ethically questionable offer from a powerful woman. Zellweger will be playing a character named Anne.

The series is intended to focus on a different morality issue each season, exploring the consequences of “acceptable people doing unacceptable things," and how one decision can change the course of your entire life.

In addition to this new TV project, Zellweger has some movies in the pipeline, including Here and Now with Sarah Jessica Parker, due out in November and the Judy Garland biopic Judy, set for release sometime next year.

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Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Milo Gibson is following in his dad Mel Gibson’s acting footsteps.

The younger Gibson is starring in a new movie called Breaking and Exiting, a dark comedy where he plays a charming burglar.

Having grown up around the film industry, Milo tells ABC’s Good Morning America that he inevitably caught the acting bug but only recently decided to embrace it.

“I think it was always something that I wanted to do, you know, when I was younger but I didn’t know if I wanted to go that route,” he says. “And I didn’t want to be 60 years old and regret not trying something and now that I have tried it, I have a huge passion for it, I love it and it’s something that I wanna do.”

Milo also appeared in his dad’s 2016 film, Hacksaw Ridge. He reveals the best acting advice his two-time Oscar-winning father has given him.

“Be truthful to your character and just try to emulate that to the best of your ability,” he says.

Breaking and Exiting, the directorial debut of actor Peter Facinelli, is out today.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Emmy-award winning actress Regina King is still reeling over her appearance at last month's Comic-Con in San Diego, California, where she, like thousands of other fans, took part in all things geek culture.

As a newbie, King tells ABC Radio her experience was definitely one to remember.

"It was wild, wild!" King recalls, describing the four-day event. "By the end of that Saturday, when I woke up the next morning, I had no voice."

King participated in Entertainment Weekly's “Women Who Kick Ass” panel on July 21 with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet, Riverdale's Camila Mendes, Amandla Stenberg from The Darkest Minds, and Jodie Whittaker, the first woman ever cast as Doctor Who.  For her part, King was there to promote her forthcoming HBO series, Watchmen.

"It was pretty fantastic to see how many people were aware of the Watchmen series, or comic book series," she says, referring to the groundbreaking limited-run comic from 1986 to 1987. "I was not really aware of it prior to the movie."

The actress also reveals she was extremely surprised to see just how many fans came out to support her.

"I mean, you talk to so many people and you realize that you have fans in places and spaces that you would never guess," King says. "And people rooting for you to play roles that you never even considered playing."

She continues, "So yeah, that Comic-Con world -- those are true fans. The cosplay is out of this world. I enjoyed it."

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- From Springfield to Dreamland.  The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has a new animated series on Netflix set in medieval times, called Disenchantment.

Groening, who worked with former Simpsons writer and producer Josh Weinstein on the new series, said its medieval time period was something they've both been itching to explore.

"We both share a love of fables and fairy tales going back to Fractured Fairy Tales on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and all the rest, and it was an opportunity to visualize our imaginations," Groening said. 

Groening went on to explain that working with Netflix is an entirely different ball game after working with network TV for the last 30 years on shows like The Simpsons and Futurama.

"There are no rules that we have to adhere to, and unlike the network TV that we're used to, we don't have to stop every seven minutes and break for a few commercials, so we can tell a whole story, and the stories are longer," he explained. "With those extra seven or eight minutes, those are when the fun, crazy amounts of jokes come in."

Comedian Eric Andre helped bring those jokes into the story by voicing a shadowy mythical creature named Luci. Andre told ABC Radio that it's amazing to work with Groening, since he was raised on The Simpsons.

"I would just wait until The Simpson came on, and then I'd be glued to the screen," he said. "[It's a] total dream come true."  

Disenchantment premieres Friday on Netflix.

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Mark Wahlberg i "Mile 22"; Murray Close/© 2017 STX Financing, LLC.(NEW YORK) -- Here are the movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Mile 22 -- Mark Wahlberg stars as a CIA operative leading a small paramilitary team on a dangerous mission to sneak a police officer with sensitive information out of the country. John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais and Ronda Rousey also star. Rated R.

* Alpha -- Set in the ice age, a young man -- played by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Kodi Smit-McPhee -- is separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt and struggles to find his way home. Along the way, he befriends an injured wolf. Also starring Leonor Varela and Jens Hultén. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* Blaze -- Ethan Hawke wrote and directed this biographical drama based on the life of country musician Blaze Foley, played by Ben Dickey. Also starring Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Sam Rockwell, War for the Planet of the Apes' Steve Zahn and Arrested Development's  Alia Shawkat.  Rated R.

* Juliet, Naked -- Rose Byrne stars as Annie, who falls in love with washed-up singer Tucker Crowe -- played by Ethan Hawke -- who also happens to be the subject of her boyfriend Duncan's musical obsession. Duncan is portrayed by Chris O'Dowd. Rated R.

* The Wife -- Glenn Close has generated Oscar buzz for her turn as a wife who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, played by Jonathan Pryce, where he will receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Christian Slater and Elizabeth McGovern also star. Rated R.

Opened Wednesday, now playing:

* Crazy Rich Asians -- This highly anticipated romantic comedy -- the first Asian-led studio release since 1993's Joy Luck Club -- is based on Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel of the same name.  It follows a young Asian American woman, played by ABC's Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu, who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family, only to learn they're super rich. Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Kris Aquino, Lisa Lu, Nico Santos, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh also star. Rated PG-13.

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Netflix(HOLLYWOOD) -- They've made fans wait until three weeks before the show returns to Netflix, but the folks at Marvel Entertainment have finally released the trailer for the second season of Marvel's Iron Fist.

The clip is tight and action-packed and features co-stars Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick -- both Games of Thrones alums -- beating the living daylights out of a long string of foes. 

The trailer is available on Marvel's official site and also straight from YouTube.

Season 2 of the Netflix original series debuts on Friday, September 7.

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ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Scarlett Johansson made more bank last year than any other actress in the world.

That's the official word of Forbes, which reveals that the star pocketed a cool $40.5 million between June 1 of 2017 and 2018, almost half of which came from Johansson's $20 million paycheck for appearing as Black Widow in Marvel's Avengers franchise.

A $20 million take is nothing to sneeze at, but it's worth mentioning that Johansson's Avengers salary was roughly half of her male co-star, Robert Downey, Jr.

Scarlett's runner-ups were Angelina Jolie, who made just over $28 million, and Jennifer Aniston, at $19.5 million. 

None of these tallies include agent or management fees, or taxes.

Here's the list of Forbes' top 10 highest-paid actresses:

1. Scarlett Johansson, $40.5 million
2. Angelina Jolie, $28.2 million
3. Jennifer Aniston, $19.5 million
4. Jennifer Lawrence, $18 million
5. Reese Witherspoon, $16.5 million
6. Mila Kunis, $16 million
7. Julia Roberts, $13 million
8. Cate Blanchett, $12.5 million
9. Melissa McCarthy, $12 million
10. Gal Gadot, $10 million

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HBO/Justin M. Lubin(LOS ANGELES) -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus battled breast cancer in the last year, but the Veep star had her mind on others when she returned to the set this past week. 

In a tweet, Louis-Dreyfus can be seen in a set hotel room just before shooting. She addresses her crew and says, "I really appreciate everyone coming back and working it out to come back. I'm very grateful. Thank you very much. Love you guys. Season seven!"

She posted the video with the caption, "Before the first shot of season 7 of @veephbo. So deeply grateful to be back together with all these superb people."

Production on Veep for its seventh and last season was delayed for months while the former Seinfeld star underwent chemotherapy following her cancer diagnosis last September. Though she hasn't officially announced that she's cancer-free, Louis-Dreyfus posted on Twitter this past winter that her surgery yielded "great results."

Season 7 of Veep will air in 2019 on HBO.

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Universal Studios(HOLLYWOOD) -- Here's something that might make you feel as old as a dinosaur: Jurassic Park is turning 25! The Steven Spielberg dino-blockbuster will celebrate its quarter-century birthday by a nationwide set of screenings in September in more than 500 theaters, for one weekend only.

Jurassic Park is set on a Costa Rican island, where dinosaurs have been cloned to stock a theme park. Everything goes terribly wrong when the dinosaurs escape their confinements. The original film stars Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Sam Neill. 

The showings will also feature a 17-minute Jurassic Park fan remake, which has never been seen on the big screen.

The anniversary screenings will take place on September 16, 18 and 19 and are expected to sell out, as the billion-grossing original movie has amassed a giant following -- and multiple sequels -- over the last two-and-a-half decades.

Tickets are available now at the Fathom Events website.

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(DETROIT) -- Aretha Franklin, the pastor's daughter who became the undisputed Queen of Soul over a career that spanned more than five decades, has died of advanced pancreatic cancer, ABC News has confirmed.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul," read a statement from her rep.

"Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s Oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI."

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," the statement continued.

“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Franklin's health had been a concern for the past few years, causing a spate of concert cancellations.  In 2017, she appeared alarmingly thin but claimed it was a side effect of an unspecified medication. After announcing she was retiring from the road in 2017, Franklin still scheduled shows for 2018 but in March, she was ordered by her doctors to cancel all shows and rest for two months.  Despite rumors of serious health problems, she's never publicly spoken about her ailments.

Merely saying that Franklin was one of the greatest vocalists of all time hardly seems adequate to describe her influence and impact -- her voice was officially declared a natural resource by her home state of Michigan.  In 2015, President Barack Obama said of Franklin: "Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll -- the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope."

Franklin started her music career early, singing gospel music as a child at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father, C.L. Franklin, was minister.  In 1960, at the age of 18, she signed to Columbia Records and experienced some success, especially on the R&B charts.  But it wasn't until 1967, when she signed to Atlantic Records, that her career really took off. 

For Atlantic, Franklin recorded-now classics "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," which helped her cross over to the pop charts.  She won her first Grammy in 1968, the same year she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine.  She'd eventually go on to win a total of 20 Grammys, including special Grammys awarded outside of competition, and chart more than 73 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Franklin was also part of the civil rights movement of the sixties and has been called "the voice of Black America."  Having met Martin Luther King Jr. through her father, himself a noted civil rights leader, she sang at events with Dr. King and her signature hit,  "Respect," became a civil rights anthem.  When King was assassinated in 1968, Franklin performed "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral.

Aretha's hits continued through the '70s but she left Atlantic records in 1979, signing to Clive Davis' label, Arista, in 1980.  That same year, she made her unforgettable appearance as a waitress in The Blues Brothers.  Her 1982 album, Jump to It, returned her to the pop charts for the first time in six years.  She remained with Arista for more than 20 years, racking up hits like "Who's Zoomin' Who," "Freeway of Love" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." In 1987, she was the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

During this time, Aretha also started recording duets with younger artists, including Eurythmics, Whitney Houston, Michael McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Elton John and George Michael, the latter with whom she scored the 1987 #1 smash duet "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me."  

In 1994, Franklin received the Kennedy Center Honors, at the time the youngest person to be so honored. That same year, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  She was also the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among countless other awards.

While Franklin's musical output covered rock, soul, pop, R&B and gospel, in 1998 she proved she really could sing anything by belting out the operatic aria "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti.

Over the past 15 years, Franklin performed at a number of high-profile events.  In 2006, she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XL in Detroit with Aaron Neville and Dr. John.  She performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's inauguration, where her fanciful hat received nearly as much attention as her vocal performance.

Franklin continued to release albums throughout the 2000s, including a 2014 album that featured her singing songs by other female artists including Adele, Barbra Streisand and Alicia Keys.  Her version of "Rolling in the Deep" gave her her 100th charted song on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Recently, Franklin had spoken of an album she'd been working on with Stevie Wonder, and early in 2018, it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would portray her in a biopic.

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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Angela Bassett is celebrating a milestone birthday Thursday, and the actress says she's going to celebrate it it in style.

Bassett, who turns 60, tells ABC Radio she's planning a little get together to commemorate her born day -- but she's still a little uncertain about it all.

"I am hesitantly, tentatively, um, planning a party," Bassett says. "I am -- but I'm sort of like, 'Ummmm.' It's like, I don't want to do it, because -- and then I do want it. I don't want to miss it. You know?"

According to gossip site MTO News, Bassett will reportedly celebrate her birthday in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance, and friends Magic Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson.

Although Bassett didn't reveal who exactly is on her guest list, the actress says whomever decides to come to her party better be ready to let their hair down.

"Friends, family, yeah, and work associates. I'm with them all week," she laughs. "They come, they better get down. Don't stand on the perimeter. No, get right dead in the center. Show me what you got." 

Bassett currently stars opposite Tom Cruise in the box office smash Mission: Impossible -- Fallout.

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