Chuck Hodes/FOX.(LOS ANGELES) -- Jussie Smollett's final season appearance on Empire Wednesday's night was one for the history books: It featured the first black gay wedding.
The episode titled, "Never Doubt I Love," featured his character Jamal and Jamal's fiancé Kai, played by Toby Onwumere, reciting their vows and even jumping the broom. As Empire star Gabourey Sidibe points out, their wedding made television history.
"Tonight, #Empire will give life to a monumental love story by marrying 2 black, gay men for the first time in television history," Sidibe tweeted. "Please join us in celebration until it’s no longer a phenomenon to see 2 people of the same sex and race love each other proudly, on prime time TV."
Then, in another tweet, the actress commented on the importance of the moment for the LGBTQ community.
"Well for young LGBTQ members of color who grow up feeling like they’ll never have love and romance, or that life long partnership isn’t in the cards for them, seeing a representation of love and normalcy in bodies and families that look like their own, in media is important," she wrote.
As previously reported, Smollett was written out of the final two episodes of the FOX series due to the controversy surrounding his alleged hate crime hoax. In the episode, his character's honeymoon is used to explain his upcoming absence.
There is still no official word on whether Smollett will return for another season. However, it appears all of his cast mates want him brought back. Yesterday, they sent a letter to network executives asking that Smollett be invited to rejoin the cast.
21st Century Fox -- which produces Empire -- is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.
Photo: Matt Kennedy/STXFilms(LOS ANGELES) -- Chadwick Boseman is a NYPD detective on a mission in the first trailer for his upcoming action thriller 21 Bridges.
The film, which reunites Boseman with producers Joe and Anthony Russo -- who directed him in Captain America: Civil War, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame -- also stars If Beale Street Could Talk's Stephan James, alongside Sienna Miller, Keith David, Taylor Kitsch and J.K. Simmons.
Game of Thrones and The Tudors veteran Brian Kirk directs.
21 Bridges follows Boseman as an embattled NYPD detective, who gets a shot at redemption after being called to help in a citywide manhunt for a cop killer. As the search intensifies, authorities go to extreme measures to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan by closing all 21 bridges.
This is latest project for Black Panther's real-life alter-ego, who is also producing the film adaptation of The Stars in My Soul, a memoir co-written by Hakeem Oluseyi about his life. Chadwick's also set to star in the upcoming thriller Expatriate, directed by Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins and Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods.
Discovery(NEW YORK) -- Adam Savage turned a lifetime love of movies and movie props into a career as a Hollywood special effects guy, and then used his experience to create his award-winning show Mythbusters. Now, he's got a brand new show. The eight-episode series on the Science and Discovery Channels is called Savage Builds.
Savage will take on some of the "biggest and baddest builds of his career," according to Discovery -- from an Iron Man-inspired 3D-printed titanium suit of armor capable of achieving flight, to Mad Max-inspired, post-apocalyptic-looking vehicles.
Savage tells ABC Radio, "I get to work with some of the most brilliant minds out there as we attempt to solve really absurd ideas that I've had in my head for a long time, but have never had the opportunity to dive into, until now."
Savage has a legion of fans within the amateur prop building and costuming community, who appreciate the enthusiasm he has for recreating everything from Han Solo's trusty blaster from Star Wars to wearable real-life NASA spacesuits -- purely for the fun of it.
"I love communicating about the process," he tells ABC Radio. "You know for me...the wearing [of costumes] on the [comic convention] floor...isn't the finale."
Adam explained the admiration from the cosplay community goes both ways.
"A lot of these folks that I'm talking to are inventing their own techniques...The amount of exploration and problem solving they're doing in their own small spaces...is really cool...!"
ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- Loni Love is beaming about her new relationship with businessman James Welsh, but not for the reasons some may think.
Love tells ABC Radio that after meeting Welsh from a dating app, she knew he was a keeper when she realized that he didn't know she was Loni Love from The Real. In fact, Love has a pretty funny story about when James actually realized she was famous.
"'Why are you walking the carpet?'" Love recalls Welsh asking her when they first met at a film premiere. "'Oh, you have a line in the movie?' I was like, 'No I don't. I just got to walk the carpet.'"
She continues, "[Then we] went to a premiere party. And at the premiere party people from the movie kept coming up to me going, 'Loni! I love you on The Real ...' And you can see when the first person came he was listening to them. And you could see his face change because he was like, 'What?' And then the next person, then the next person, and then it hit him: The Real."
According to Loni, James' initial ignorance to her celebrity was simply based upon the fact that "he's a man."
"And he has his own business... And so, we were talking and when I would mention, 'Oh I got a comedy show,' he thought, 'Oh, it's like a little open mic or something like that,'" she adds.
Thankfully for the couple, Love says she didn't take offense to James' lack of knowledge.
"So then, at one point, in the party -- he turned he said, 'I'm so sorry, I didn't realize you were Loni Love from...,'" she says. "And I thought that was so cool and it was so sweet."
AMC Theaters(NEW YORK) -- Right now, at three theaters in the U.S. -- AMC Lincoln Square 13 in New York, AMC River East 21 in Illinois, and AMC Metreon 16 in California -- hard-core Marvel fans are more than 48 hours into what will be a 22-movie marathon.
It started Tuesday at 10 a.m. with 2008's Iron Man -- and as of right now, Avengers: Infinity War is just wrapping up. For the record, that leaves Ant-Man and the Wasp at 12:15, Captain Marvel at 2:30, and ultimately, the movie they've all been waiting for: Avengers: Endgame at 5 p.m.
A fan named Devon, attending with his buddy Luther, went to last year's marathon -- which was four movies shorter. As they told ABC Radio outside the theater in New York City, they've learned some hard lessons.
"This time we brought changes of clothes. We've mapped out all the Starbucks that are nearby so we can keep drinking coffee," Devon explained. "Just really just trying to stay awake. You know, you got to try and plan out the movies you see the most and maybe take a nap here and there."
Joshua, another Marvel Movie Marathon vet, says after he sees Endgame -- for a total of 59 hours of superheroes -- he still wants more.
"I got the tickets for part of the marathon. Then I have [an Endgame] ticket for next Tuesday," he told ABC Radio.
"Then I have a ticket for next Saturday, and then I've two more tickets I believe for the next Wednesday. And also the next following Saturday. So, basically: May, I'll be watching Endgame."
As Earth's Mightiest Heroes say in the film: "Whatever it takes."
Marvel Studios, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.
ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- On ABC's Good Morning America Thursday, Oscar-winner Rami Malek was revealed as the villain in the next James Bond movie.
Malek thought it was "perfect" to be "going from one iconic Brit to being in an iconic British franchise," referring to his portrayal of the late Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
"A few things have happened in my life in the last couple of years, where I've thought, 'I can't imagine these things are happening,'" he smiled.
A lifelong Bond fan, Rami singled out Sean Connery as his favorite Bond and Dr. No and The Man with the Golden Gun as two of his favorite films.
Malek praised Daniel Craig's portrayal of Bond, saying, "I think Daniel has done such an astounding job in making [Bond]...relatable....yet cynical and ruthless."
Malek said it was "pretty sad" that the new movie will be Craig's last turn as 007, though he added, "I'm going to give him a run for his money."
While Malek said he knows, "quite a lot about" his character, he'd only describe him as "villainous."
Simultaneous to his reveal, the producers of the James Bond franchise confirmed the rest of the cast, which includes Lea Seydoux, returning as Dr. Madelaine Swann from Spectre, as well as Bond's MI6 colleagues Q, played by Ben Whishaw; Ralph Fiennes as M and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny.
Jeffrey Wright returns as CIA agent Felix Leiter, who'll interrupt Bond's holiday in Jamaica asking for help.
In the still-untitled film, the super-spy undertakes a "mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist" that, "turns out to be far more treacherous than expected," and leads him to "a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology."
No release date yet for the film, which is being called Bond 25 for now.
Marvel Studios/Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- It's one of the most anticipated films of the year, and the wait is almost over. Avengers: Endgame, which opens in previews on Thursday, is the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies, and Don Cheadle, who plays War Machine, tells ABC News it has "all the feels."
"You're gonna get the ones that make you smile, the ones that you know, confuse you," he says. "You're gonna get a real 'Oh man' in this one."
The film is full of moments that will "make you cheer" and "make you excited, says Captain Marvel star Brie Larson, who goes on to describe it as an "edge-of-your-seat type of film."
It's widely speculated that Endgame will be the end of the line for more than one Avenger. Chris Hemsworth says whatever the future holds for his character, Thor, it's been a great ride thus far.
"It's been the best thing I've ever been a part of, he tells ABC.
As for the future of the franchise, Hemsworth says, "I think...the universe will continue to grow with or without us you know, just because it's showing no sign of slowing down or stopping you know."
Avengers: Endgame opens nationwide on Friday. Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Empire creator Lee Daniels says he's standing behind Jussie Smollett, who's still under immense scrutiny following the controversy over what police called a hate crime hoax.
In an interview with Extra, Daniels says that Jussie's Empire family is working to process the scandal, which rocked not just the nation, but the show's set.
"The cast is upset, it is a sad time, and we are slowly healing," Daniels explains.
The director, who is currently producing an Off-Broadway play while the Fox series is on hiatus, says during this difficult time for Smollett, he only wants to be supportive.
"What I am learning right now is I can’t judge... that judgement is for that man wearing that black coat with gavel, and God," Daniels says.
He continues, “I can only support him because he is like my son; he is my son. So I am with him; I can only support him and give him compassion.”
As previously reported, Chicago police allege that Smollett paid brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to help him stage an attack on himself. The actor stands by his story that he had nothing to do with the incident, but he was subsequently charged with filing a false police report.
The charges were later dropped in exchange for the actor forfeiting his $10,000 bond. He was supposed to have reimbursed the city of Chicago $130,000, but he has not; the city is now suing him.
21st Century Fox -- which produces Empire -- is now a part of Disney, ABC's parent company.
AMC Theaters(NEW YORK) -- Sure, you may have seen all of the movies in the Marvel Expanded Universe. But have you seen them all in a row? That's exactly what some hearty souls are doing right now, at three select AMC Theatres in the U.S.
AMC Lincoln Square 13 in New York, AMC River East 21 in Illinois, and AMC Metreon 16 in California are staging the 22-movie marathon, which kicked off Tuesday at 10 a.m., from 2008's Iron Man to the new Avengers: Endgame. More than 24 hours later, the fans were up to 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron -- and some were faring better than others.
Rashad told ABC Radio, "Well, it is my first time actually doing a marathon. So it's quite interesting but also quite exhausting as well."
Devon, there with his buddy Luther, explained, "It's been pretty awesome. We actually came to last year's event as well. Definitely starting to feel a little tired but ah, we'll recoup for for sure."
"It's been a rough 24 hours but pushing through it," Joshua added. "Taking a little naps here and there. Ten minutes 20 minutes but enjoying the movies and can't wait until tomorrow for Endgame."
We wanted to know about the breaks, considering the marathon's 59 hour run-time. "For every movie, it's 20 minutes," Rashad explained, "And ... there's only three big breaks. So the first was one for one hour. This one is for two, and the last one will be a little bit longer than this one."
As a reward for their endurance, the fans get access to exclusive merchandise and will get to see Avengers: Endgame at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 25th -- one hour before the general public does.
Marvel Studios, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.
"Ant-Man and The Wasp" - 2018 Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- If you can't stand the sight of creepy-crawlies, this could be a job for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. That's at least what scientists at Bar-Ilan and Ariel Universities in Israel have discovered.
Specifically, they discovered that exposing the arachnophobic, and myrmecophobic -- the latter, people who are afraid of ants -- to Spider-Man 2 and Ant-Man, actually alleviated their symptoms.
According to the study, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, more than 150 participants were told to watch either a seven-second opening scene from other Marvel movies, a seven-second "calming scene of nature," or a seven-second insect-intensive scene from either Ant-Man or Spider-Man 2, depending on their fears.
Those who'd seen the scenes of bugs in the movies experienced a 20% reduction in their phobic symptoms than those who'd watched the other stuff.
The researchers reinforced the theory that exposing the fearful to the bugs that bugged them -- in ways other than in person -- actually helped them cope better.
Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
"If we stop Ghidorah, we stop them all," says one character in the trailer.
The only hope of saving the planet, says another, is to "set Godzilla free."
Just as the movie's first trailer was hailed for its unexpectedly affecting use of the classical music favorite "Clair de Lune" as its soundtrack, the new trailer makes good use of an instrumental version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" over a montage of monster battles.
Ghidorah first reared its ugly heads in the 1964 Japanese film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, followed by 1965's Invasion of Astro Monster, 1968's Destroy All Monsters, and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah in 1991. It returns this time as the "alpha" monster, who summons the other titans -- 17 of them in all -- who threaten to destroy the Earth.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters -- starring Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler and Bradley Whitford -- opens nationwide May 31.
On top of her acting career, the 47-year-old mother of three is an artist ambassador for Save the Children and markets her own brand of organic baby food, although time with her family is what she treasures the most these days.
Garner, who co-parents kids Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, seven, with ex-husband Ben Affleck, tells People, "I'm starting to get to the point where I realize this job is not going to be forever -- not in the all-encompassing every meal, every moment, every day way that I have loved for the last thirteen years. It’s going to shift. But there's beauty in how it works in episodes."
And though Garner's certainly known for her looks, she never thought of herself as being attractive.
"I was so not one of the pretty girls that I just bypassed insecurity and didn’t see myself as attractive at all," she tells People. "It was not part of my life."
When she's not all glammed-up for the public, you'll find Garner in her favorite attire: jeans, a sweater and sneakers.
"I'll feel like the best possible version of myself," says Garner, and her kids seem to agree. She says after a coming home from photo shoot or walking the red carpet, "They'll look at me and say, 'Can you wash your face? Can you put your hair in a ponytail and put your glasses and sweats on?'"
"And I see the compliment in that," says Garner. "They just want me to look like Mom."
People magazine's Beautiful Issue 2019 hits newsstands Friday.
Marvel Studios/Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd and latest in the Marvel superhero franchise, promises to tie up all of the loose ends and answer all of the questions raised in all of the previous 21 films over 11 years.
As you might suspect, that's gonna take some time to do -- three hours and one minute, to be exact. That's a long time to sit in one place, no matter how good the movie is, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige tells ABC Radio it's not unprecedented.
"It's an hour shorter than Gone with the Wind, or 40 minutes shorter than Lawrence of Arabia, 30 minutes shorter than Doctor Zhivago," Feige says of Endgame's length, compared to some cinema classics. "It's not that long," he insists.
And one more thing, warns executive producer Trinh Tran: don't even think of leaving your seat once the movie's started.
"I would say that there is not one single scene that you should miss from this movie, so please do not go to the restroom, don't go buy popcorn," Tran warns, "'cause you don't wanna to come back and go, 'What did I miss?' and 'How was that connected to everything else?'"
Avengers: Endgame opens nationwide Friday. Disney is the parent company of Marvel Studios and and ABC News.
Levi, whose other credits include Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, the NBC series Chuck and Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, follows in the footsteps of previous MTV Movie & TV Awards hosts, including Tiffany Haddish, Adam Devine, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Conan O’Brien, Rebel Wilson, Russell Brand, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg, among others.
Categories and nominees will be announced in the coming weeks. The MTV Movie & TV Awards will be held June 17th in Santa Monica, California.