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WATCH: Vin Diesel honors 'brother' Paul Walker at MTV awards

Vin Diesel still gets choked up when remembering his great friend, Paul Walker.

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On Sunday night at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, the action star accepted the MTV Generation Award on behalf of the “Fast and Furious” franchise and took a moment to remember Walker.

>> PHOTOS: 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards red carpet

“In 2002, I was standing on this stage, and MTV had given Paul Walker and I an award for best duo,” Diesel said. “And now, 15 years later, I’m with my whole family, and you’ve given us the Generation Award.”

Diesel was joined onstage with fellow “Fast and Furious” co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, and got emotional when he directly addressed Walker.

>> PHOTOS: 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards show

“Pablo,” Diesel said, “we hope you’re proud.”

Diesel continued his acceptance speech by thanking friends and family for their support.

“I gotta thank a generation that was willing to accept this multicultural franchise, where it didn’t matter what color your skin was or what country you were from,” he said. “When you’re family, you’re family.”

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The speech ended with a video of some of Walker’s best movie moments.

Walker died in 2013 in a car crash while on a break from filming “Furious 7.” He was 40.

(H/T PEOPLE)

MTV Awards salute 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Stranger Things'

Film hit "Beauty and the Beast" and Netflix newcomer "Stranger Things" were the night's big winners with two trophies apiece as MTV partied with its Movie & TV Awards show.

For this, the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards, TV was added to the mix. "Stranger Things" was decreed the Show of the Year, and its cast member, Millie Bobby Brown, was named Best Actor in a Show.

"Beauty and the Beast" was the Movie of the Year, with its star, Emma Watson, the Best Actor in a Movie.

But the awards had another trick up its sleeve, introducing a policy of breaking down gender barriers, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories.

The policy was put into practice at the top of the show by presenter Asia Kate Dillion, who proudly noted she has been able to break down gender barriers as "the first openly non-binary actor to play an openly non-binary actor on a major TV show," Showtime's drama series "Billions." (A non-binary person is someone who doesn't identify with either gender.) Then she presented the award to Watson.

"Acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes, and that doesn't need to be separated into two different categories," Watson said in receiving her trophy,

Despite glowering skies and dime-size hailstones, MTV was heralding the start of the summer viewing season with its annual shindig. The red carpet outside Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium became a swamp as luminaries made their water-logged arrival for the shindig. But inside, it was dry (except for flowing cocktails among audience members) as Adam Devine hosted the proceedings.

Tongue-in-cheek, Devine described himself as a progressive personality fully equal to the night's high-minded theme.

As the caption "Adam Gets It" flashed on the screen, Devine declared, "I love Hugh Jackman. But I call him Hugh Jack-PERSON."

And turning to "Beauty and the Beast," he said, "I call it 'Multidimensional woman with her own dynamic traits, and the beast.' "

The show maintained its traditional irreverence with awards recognizing the best duo (Jackman and Dafne Keen of the film "Logan"), best villain (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, "The Walking Dead"), best tearjerker (hit TV drama "This Is Us"), and best kiss (Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerone of "Moonlight").

That last award was presented by co-stars of the film smash "Get Out": a very blond Allison Williams in shimmering miniskirt, alongside a nervous-looking Lil Rel Howery.

"Are you scared of me?" Williams asked him.

"I'm AFRAID — that's the word I'm gonna use," Howery said.

"Ever since the movie came out," said Williams, "for the last couple of months — "

"— Black dudes don't mess with you," said Howery, whose character in the film has good reason to be scared of hers.

A new award, Best Fight Against the System, went to the film "Hidden Figures," which tells the story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role at NASA during the space program's early years.

The mission of the filmmakers, said one of its stars, Taraji P. Henson, was to dispel a certain deep-seated social myth "so another young girl wouldn't grow up thinking that her mind wasn't capable of grasping math and science."

The cast of the "Fast and Furious" franchise received the Generation Award, accepted by Vin Diesel, who thanked a generation of fans "willing to accept this multicultural franchise, where it didn't matter what color your skin was or what country you are from — when you're family, you're family."

Trevor Noah of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" was named Best Host.

"There is one person I aspire to be every single day," he said, "and that is my mom: a powerful, strong black woman who never listened when people told her she couldn't be more."

Then, among his thanks, he voiced gratitude to President Donald Trump "for the comedy."

Even one of the night's biggest awards couldn't escape a bit of mischief-making. Presenting Movie of the Year, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comically bobbled the title (a la the Oscars), first announcing "La La Light," then "Moonland." Then they got it right: "Beauty and the Beast."

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Frazier Moore reported from New York.

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This story has been corrected to the proper spelling of actor Lil Rel Howery, not Lil Rey Howery.

List of winners from the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards

Winners of the 26th annual MTV Movie and TV Awards, presented Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles:

Movie of the year: "Beauty and the Beast."

Actor in a Movie: Emma Watson, "Beauty and the Beast."

Show of the Year: "Stranger Things."

Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, "Stranger Things."

Kiss: Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, "Moonlight."

Duo: Hugh Jackman and Dafne King, "Logan."

Comedic performance: Lil Rel Howery, "Get Out."

Hero: Taraji P. Henson, "Hidden Figures."

Villain: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, "The Walking Dead."

Next Generation: Daniel Kaluuya.

Generation: "Fast and Furious" film franchise.

Host: Trevor Noah, "The Daily Show."

Tearjerker: "This is Us."

Documentary: "13th."

American Story: "black-ish."

Reality Competition: "RuPaul's Drag Race."

Fight Against the System: "Hidden Figures."

Trending: Channing Tatum as Beyonce, "Lip Sync Battle."

Musical Moment: "You're the One That I Want," from "Grease: Live."

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ rockets to No. 1

Box office figures for Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," have gone into orbit, bringing in an estimated $145 million this weekend. That makes the sequel to the 2014 hit Marvel's 15th straight No. 1 opening at the domestic box office, CNN reported.

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The space adventure movie, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, also has done well worldwide, too. Since premiering overseas more than a week ago, the movie has pulled in about $428 million, CNN reported.

"Vol. 2" is Marvel Studios' fifth-biggest opening. The original film, which is not based on Marvel heroes, grossed $773 million worldwide, CNN reported

Critics have been favorable toward "Vol. 2," as the film was rated at 82 percent by review site Rotten Tomatoes.

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' blasts off with $145M debut

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" rocketed to an estimated $145 million debut in North America, kicking off Hollywood's summer movie season with something the movie business has been craving: a sequel more successful than the original.

Director James Gunn's second "Guardians" film opened 54 percent higher than the 2014 runaway hit, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That release, which introduced the intergalactic band of misfits played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, debuted with $94 million in its first weekend.

Once a little-known, oddball property in Marvel's vault, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" have grown into one of the comic-book factory's biggest brands.

The Walt Disney Co. validated the rise of "Guardians," too, by moving it from August (when the original opened) to the first weekend in May. Marvel has used the same weekend to effectively launch the summer season for the last decade.

The opening for "Guardians Vol. 2," made for about $200 million, is the second largest of the year, following Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" ($174.8 million). But it also turns back the tide of underperforming sequels, a developing scourge to Hollywood. Last summer saw a litany of sequels that failed to live up to earlier installments.

"We spent a lot of time looking at sequels and the idea of sequel-itis," said David Hollis, distribution chief for Disney. "Really, poor quality films have been the thing that has, more than anything, been rejected by consumers over time. The ambition here was to make something that was unbelievably fresh and exciting. As long as we can continue to deliver high-quality storytelling, high-quality world-creation, we'll be in great shape."

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" scored on that front, landing an A CinemaScore from audiences and an 82 percent "fresh" rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. In two weeks of international release, the film has also made $269 million overseas. A third "Guardians" is already planned, as are crossovers with Marvel's Avengers.

But whether "Guardians" can turn the tide for summer sequels will be a much-followed story line as the season progresses. The bottom line of just about every studio depends on it.

On the horizon are big-budget sequels like "Alien: Covenant," ''Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," ''Cars 3," ''Transformers: The Last Knight," ''Despicable Me 3" and "War for the Planet of the Apes."

"I think this is going to be one of the biggest summers ever. Obviously last summer was a bummer. We had numerous sequels — well over a dozen — that didn't live up to the promise of their immediate predecessor," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. "Summer 2017 gets us back on track. There's a lot out there."

Fearing the might of "Guardians," no other major studio releases debuted over the weekend. The gap between first and second at the box office was immense. "The Fate of the Furious" came in at no. 2 with $8.5 million in its fourth weekend. The Universal release, the eighth installment in the franchise, has grossed $1.6 billion worldwide.

The only film selling tickets globally at even roughly the same pace as "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" was the South Indian sequel "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion." The Tollywood film (in the Telugu language) has in two weeks grossed $147.3 million globally, according to comScore. That sets a new mark for an Indian film at the worldwide box office.

A handful of films in limited domestic release opened including A24's "The Lovers," with Debra Winger and Tracy Letts ($70,410 on four screens); the Weinstein Co.'s "3 Generations," with Elle Fanning ($20,118 on four screens); IFC's "Chuck," with Live Schreiber ($40,416 on four screens); and Laura Poitras' Julian Assange documentary "Risk" ($75,179 on 34 screens).

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $145 million ($124 million international).

2. "The Fate of the Furious," $8.5 million ($30.1 million international).

3. "The Boss Baby," $6.2 million ($11.9 million international).

4. "How to Be a Latin Lover," $5.3 million ($5.6 million international).

5. "Beauty and the Beast," $4.9 million ($11.9 million international).

6. "The Circle," $4 million.

7. "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion," $3.2 million ($43.9 million international).

8. "Gifted," $2.1 million.

9 "Going in Style," $1.9 million ($3.1 million international).

10. "Smurfs: The Lost Village," $1.8 million ($5.6 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $124 million.

2. "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion," $43.9 million.

3. "The Fate of the Furious," $30.1 million.

4. "The Boss Baby," $17 million.

5. "Beauty and the Beast," $11.9 million.

6. "Danagal," $10.7 million.

7. "Get Out," $8.3 million

8. "Sheriff," $7.3 million

9. "Shock Wave," $7.1 million.

10. "Smurfs: The Lost Village," $5.6 million.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

Free food offer taken by Liam Neeson

I will look for you. I will find you. And I will take you up on that offer for a free sandwich.

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A sandwich shop in British Columbia found a way to lure actor Liam Neeson to its restaurant in New Westminster, CBC News reported.

Neeson, the star of the 2008 movie “Taken,” was in British Columbia to film “Hard Powder.” Alex Johrden, spokesman for Big Star Sandwich Co., told CNBC that shop employees heard about the filming and put a sign outside the restaurant on Tuesday.

The sign read “Liam Neeson eats here for free,” and hours later the actor showed up at the restaurant and, using his gruff voice, said, “Where’s my sandwich?” Johrden told CNBC.

Johrden said Neeson posed for photographs but did not eat at the restaurant.

In “Hard Powder,” Neeson plays an honest snowplow driver whose son is murdered by a local drug kingpin. 

MTV kept its Movie & TV Awards irreverent but progressive

MTV billed Sunday night's Movie & TV Awards as the year's biggest party, but this party also made a serious statement with its new policy of breaking down gender barriers in its new format, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories.

The policy was put into practice by Asia Kate Dillion when she proudly noted she has been able to break down gender barriers as "the first openly non-binary actor to play an openly non-binary actor on a major TV show" (Showtime's drama series "Billions"), then presented the Best Actor in a Movie award to Emma Watson of "Beauty and the Beast." A non-binary person is someone who doesn't identify with either gender.

"Acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes, and that doesn't need to be separated into two different categories," Watson said in receiving her award.

There was another big difference in the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards: TV shows were newly eligible for Golden Popcorn trophies.

The second award of the night — Best Actor in a Show — went to Millie Bobby Brown of Netflix's "Stranger Things."

Despite glowering skies and dime-size hailstones, MTV was heralding the start of the summer viewing season with its shindig. The red carpet outside Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium was a swamp as luminaries made their water-logged arrival for the shindig.

But inside, it was dry (except for flowing cocktails among audience members) as Adam Devine hosted the proceedings. In the press room, dry socks and T-shirts were distributed to sodden members of the media.

Tongue-in-cheek, Devine described himself as a progressive personality fully equal to the night's high-minded theme.

As the caption "Adam Gets It" flashed on the screen, Devine declared, "I love Hugh Jackman, but I call him Hugh Jack-PERSON."

And turning to another of the night's nominees, "Beauty and the Beast," he said, "I call it 'Multidimensional woman with her own dynamic traits, and the beast.'"

The show maintained its traditional irreverence with awards recognizing the best duo (Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen of the film "Logan"), best tearjerker (TV hit "This Is Us"), and best kiss (Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerone of "Moonlight").

That last award was presented by co-stars of the film smash "Get Out": a blond Allison Williams, in shimmering miniskirt, alongside a nervous-looking Lil Rey Howery.

"Are you scared of me?" Williams asked.

"I'm AFRAID — that's the word I'm gonna use," Howery said.

"Ever since the movie came out, for the last couple of months," Williams said.

"Black dudes don't mess with you," said Howery, whose character in the film has reason to be scared of hers.

A new award, Best Fight Against the System, went to the film "Hidden Figures," which tells the story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role at NASA during the space program's early years.

The mission of the filmmakers, said one of its stars, Taraji P. Henson, was to dispel a wrong-headed cultural myth "so another young girl wouldn't grow up thinking that her mind wasn't capable of grasping math and science."

The cast of the "Fast and Furious" franchise received the Generation Award, accepted by Vin Diesel, who thanked a generation of fans "willing to accept this multicultural franchise where it didn't matter what color your skin was or what country you are from — when you're family, you're family."

Trevor Noah of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" was named Best Host.

"There is one person I aspire to be every single day," he said, "and that is my mom: a powerful, strong black woman who never listened when people told her she couldn't be more."

"Thank you to Donald J. Trump for the comedy," Noah added.

The first-ever Show of the Year: "Stranger Things."

Presenting Movie of the Year, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comically bobbled it (a la the Oscars), announcing "La La Light," then "Moonland." Then they got it right: "Beauty and the Beast."

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Frazier Moore reported from New York.

Ukraine bans actor Steven Seagal as threat to national security 

Actor Steven Seagal is under siege from the Ukraine.

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Seagal has been cited as a national security threat by the Ukrainian government and has been banned entry to the country for five years, The Guardian reported. News of Seagal’s banishment was confirmed by the Ukrainian security service, the Guardian reported.

Seagal’s friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his outspoken support for his policies are the reason behind the Ukrainian action. The actor called Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine “very reasonable” and later played with his blues band at a concert in Crimea put on by a pro-Putin biker club, with the flag of eastern Ukraine separatists flying onstage.

Seagal, the star of the 1992 movie “Under Siege,” along with “Kill Switch,” “Out for a Kill” and “Driven to Kill,” was granted citizenship by Russia in November and was personally handed a passport by Putin.

The letter by Ukrainian security noted decisions to ban people from the country are made when a person has “committed socially dangerous actions … that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security.

In 2015, Seagal was included in a proposed blacklist of foreign cultural figures who “speak out in support of violating the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine” along with French actor Gérard Depardieu and many Russian artists, the Guardian reported. Ukraine later banned Depardieu and has also blacklisted more than 100 Russian films.

Diane Keaton to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Diane Keaton will receive the American Film Institute's highest honor next month.

AFI announced Friday that Keaton will accept its 45th Life Achievement Award during a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 8.

The starry dinner ceremony will air as a special on TNT later in June.

The 71-year-old Keaton won an Academy Award for playing the title character in "Annie Hall" and has three other lead actress Oscar nominations.

Previous recipients of the AFI Life Achievement Award include George Lucas, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Jane Fonda.

'Guardians' sequel blasts off to $17M on opening night

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" has rocketed to a $17 million opening night, beating out early showings of the first film.

Disney reported the sales estimate for Thursday night preview screenings on Friday. The sequel is the biggest opening night earner of the year so far.

The first "Guardians" film was a surprise blockbuster for many, transforming a little-known band of Marvel superheroes into household names. It earned $11.2 million on its opening night.

Both films were directed by James Gunn, who has already signed on to direct a third "Guardians" film. Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana star in the franchise, which will become interwoven into Marvel's hit "Avengers" franchise in future films.

ComScore figures show the first "Guardians" film earned $93.3 million in its opening weekend.

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