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An online petition is quickly gaining traction which calls for actor Liam Neeson to be scrapped from the new Men in Black: International movie.

The Taken and Cold Pursuit star is facing massive backlash after an interview with The Independent saw him admit to roaming the streets hunting for a "black b*stard" to kill after a close friend was raped.

The interview was published on Monday, and already the repercussions have been stark. The actor cancelled an appearance on Stephen Colbert's US talk show, and the premiere of his new film was cancelled.

Now fans of Men in Black are calling for him to be re-cast, and it's gotten ugly.

Neeson went on Good Morning America to insist that he's not racist in a follow-up interview, but many people were of the opinion that he made the matter even worse, and want him gone from the upcoming reboot.

The remake stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, and is based on the iconic Will Smith sci-fi alien film..

One Twitter user wrote that they "hope it’s not too late to digitally erase" the Northern Irish actor from the movie, with a source reporting to The Sun that: “Mounting pressure on Neeson to be axed won’t go unnoticed.”

Many of us probably are totally unaware that he's even cast in the film…

Speaking about his interview with The Independent, Neeson tried to explain his actions:

“We were doing a press junket and the topic of our film was revenge. The lady journalist (Clémence Michallon) was asking, "How do you tap into that?" and I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago when a friend of mine was brutally raped I was out of the country and when I came back she told me about this."

“I had never felt this feeling before which was a primal urge to lash out.”

Whoopi Goldberg jumped to Neeson's defence on The View, saying she believes he's "not a bigot", and former England football player John Barnes also praised him for admitting his guilt, saying that if we don't acknowledge racism, how can we tackle it?

Men in Black: International will be released in UK cinemas on June 14.

Feature image: Twitter/@heroichollywood

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Veteran actress has had her say on the whole Liam Neeson race controversy, defending the Taken actor over his polarising remarks.

Goldberg appeared on US talk show The View to speak about the debate, insisting he's not a 'bigot' in the aftermath of his comments about wanting to "kill a black b**tard".

Neeson has been plagued by social media backlash after an interview in The Independent was published where he spoke about seeking revenge after his friend was raped.

He was promoting his new film Cold Pursuit at the time, but received widespread condemnation for his account of the event which happened over 40 years ago during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Goldberg has known the actor for decades, and is adamant that Neeson is “not a bigot” and that people “shouldn’t be surprised he was angry” after learning about the rape of his close friend.

She said: “People walk around sometimes with rage, that’s what happens. Is he a bigot? No. I’ve known him a pretty long time, I think I would have recognised, I’ve been around a lot of real bigots. I can say this man is not one."

Image: Vanity Fair

She continued her defence of the long-standing Irish actor; “You can’t be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to go out and attack.”

The Sister Act star valued how Neeson “realised it was too dark” and went and “got himself help” by power-walking and speaking to a Catholic priest.

Appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Neeson responded to the backlash himself by insisting he was “not racist” and “sought help” after his worrying instincts.

“It hurt me. I did seek help. I went to my priest and had two very good friends I spoke to,” Neeson explained. 

Former England footballer John Barnes also praised Neeson for “coming out and telling the truth” urging people to realise Neeson said he was “ashamed and horrified” at himself.

Like it or not, a vital conversation on racism, basic instincts and admitting the truth has begun as a result of his words.

Feature image; wedoitfortheloveofmusic.com

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Kevin Hart has officially stepped down as host for the 2019 Oscars.

The move came as Kevin had made "insensitive" comments towards the LGBTQ community in the past.

The 39-year-old announced the news on Twitter, but now we are wondering who will replace him?

In a statement, he wrote: "I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists."

"I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past."

Kevin was announced as host of the star-studded night on December 4, but now the Academy is on the hunt for a new famous face. 

Rumours are circulating for who will step-up and host the ceremony, and there's plenty of choice for the Academy.

However, getting the right person or people are crucial for the awards as the Hollywood Reporter have indicated that ratings have been on a downward spiral.

In 2017, ratings fell by 19 percent – eek.

But a right host could draw those much needed numbers.

Amongst the hopefuls are Key & Peele, Hasan Minhaj, Hannah Gadsby, Whoopi Goldberg, Ali Wong, John Leguizamo and Oprah Winfrey – to name a few.

A duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have also been tipped for the job, as well as Ellen Degeneres. 

Personally we'd love to see Oprah on stage, giving it her all – who would you like to see? 

 

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It was one of our favourite movies growing up, and we definitely sang and danced to the songs in the privacy of our own home.

And now, the star of the movie, Whoopi Goldberg, has said that she is definitely up for making a third instalment.

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The actress was chatting to Entertainment Weekly to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first movie, and of course they asked her if she would be willing to film another one.

"Yeah, it would be a great blast," Whoopi said. "I would have a good time, because it's a piece I understand and I know.

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"But would they call me? Probably not. They'll find somebody much younger to do it," she joked, but then ended with, "they should call me."

Yes Whoopi, they should call you, indeed.

Can you imagine anybody else playing the glorious Deloris?! We don't think so.

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Whoopi Goldberg has been a constant in our lives for as long as we can remember.

From her role in Sister Act and its sequel to her portrayal of Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, Whoopi has brought love and laughter to the silver screen for the best part of three decades.

And yet despite her countless movie and television appearances, there's one thing about the actress which millions of people have failed to notice…. until now.

Ladies, prepare yourselves for this one – Whoopi Goldberg has no eyebrows.

The revelation has caused thousands of Twitter users to question both their perception skills and the fact that Whoopie has gone eyebrowless… by choice.

1.  A big day, indeed

2. How did NONE of us realise it?

3. What are any of our lives? 

We mean, you think you know someone…  

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23 years after it was first released, a Sister Act remake is on the way.

Sister Act 1 was one of the biggest box office successes of the Nineties, grossing over €200 million in ticket sales worldwide.

A sequel, Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit, was made just one year later, a Broadway musical followed in 2006, and now it seems we're getting to meet Sister Mary Clarence and co once again.

Writers Kristen Smith and Karen McCullah, the brains behind Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You and She's The Man have already signed on to create the new film, and we're told work has already begun.

It's unclear whether the new film will be a sequel to Sister Act 1 and 2, or whether it will reimagine the story all over again, but if the writers have any sense at all they'll be begging the films' star Whoopi Goldberg to get on board.

In the original film, which was released in 1992, lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier ends up joining a convent of nuns as part of a witness protection programme. While she's there, she takes it upon herself to revamp the church choir, with mixed results.

Disney are keeping tight-lipped about the plot details for the revamp, so for now we're just going to keep listening to this on repeat:

 

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There are certain things that happen on live TV that can be really embarrassing – and we think accidentally farting is DEFINITELY one of them…

Whoopi Goldberg, who features on US talk show The View, had an awkward moment  yesterday when she was discussing the flu shot with Rosie O’Donnell, Ashanti, Nicole Wallace and Rosie Perez.

Posing the question to Ashanti about the flu shot, a gush of air can be heard over the microphone before chaos descends on the set. Whoopi gets up and says “Excuse me”, while Rosie follows her and waves her arms to clear the air.

Whoopi then makes everything that little bit worse by blaming breakfast burritos on the incident. At least she admitted it rather than leaving the ladies to act as if nothing had happened! 

 

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Gary Busey claims he saw the ghost of Patrick Swayze. 

Emma Power reports. 

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