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Rovio(NEW YORK) -- The cast of the Angry Birds movie was announced on Wednesday, with a little bit of a Saturday Night Live feel, as former stars Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader will be in the film, alongside Frozen's Josh Gad and Game of Thrones fan-favorite Peter Dinklage.

The animated 3-D film is scheduled for release in July 2016. The cast also includes comic actors like Danny McBride, Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele, and Arrested Development's Tony Hale.

The film's producer John Cohen called the cast "some of the funniest people out there today."

The cast announcement -- and a sneak peek look at the characters -- was made available to users of the mobile app who fired off one million birds by Wednesday.

Pointing to the millions of users who continue to play the mobile game that the film will be based on, Dwight Caines, president of Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures, discussed the way the announcement was made: "We wanted to bring this unlock to the fans first...we know these fans can't wait to see how they're going to bring the Angry Birds' story to life on the big screen of movie theaters."


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Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/GC Images(NEW YORK) --  Amal Alamuddin's close friend, Jae Kim, said George Clooney, 53, was not the only one who changed for the better when he met his future wife -- he changed her, as well.

Kim, Alamuddin's friend since law school, gave a toast at the couple's wedding in Italy over the weekend and said before Clooney, "[Amal] was looking for Mr. Perfect, and he was nowhere to be found," People magazine reported.

Kim said last year, she and Alamuddin, 36, had a talk about life and that, "[We] stayed up talking late into the night about relationships and whether she would ever meet her partner in life....The list of things she was looking for in this man, she readily admitted, could not realistically be found in one person."

While Kim said there were concerns about Clooney's past as a Hollywood bachelor, he immediately changed Alamuddin in such great ways that their romance became a "fairy tale."

She quit smoking and "ever since she met George, she has been on time," Kim said.

But happiness was the change that Kim noticed the most, including that fact that Alamuddin's been wearing a "smile now for almost a year straight."


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Taylor Hill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's an exciting time for Jordin Sparks: her latest movie, Left Behind, arrives in theaters on Friday, and she's preparing to release her first new music in five years.

Having to deal with the fallout from her breakup with Jason Derulo at the same time has been challenging, but as the star tells ABC News Radio, she's getting through, thanks to support from what she calls the three "Fs": Her family, her faith and her fans.

"I'm actually doing great considering all the craziness," says Sparks. "So it's been good...all I can do is smile, you know? It's life. Things happen and, you know, you move on and you get better and you grow from it."

"Right now, actually, I'm definitely leaning a lot on my family," she adds. "They have been so instrumental in all the craziness in my career thus far, so, whenever something goes crazy, or something unexpected happens, I'm like, 'Hey, mom, can you come out to California?'"

In addition, Sparks says, "My brother has been checking up on me every day, multiple times a day. He's so sweet. And I definitely rely on my faith. You know, I have the hope that there is a plan for my life and that there are better and more amazing things happening and that I'm just gonna come out of this stronger."

While Derulo has given several interviews telling his side of the story, so to speak, and has even issued a statement about the break-up, the one-time American Idol champ says she feels no need to put in her two cents.

"You know, when you answer things that haven't even been said yet, it kind of just, kinda makes people go, 'Well, wait a minute, I didn't even think about that,'" she explains. "So, for me I'm just like. ...you know, there's not really anything for me to say."

Thanks to all the support she's getting from her fans, Sparks doesn't really feel any pressure to discuss what happened, either.

"I've always had that support from them and I definitely feel it now," she tells ABC News Radio. "You know, they're just like, 'Hey, we're here for you. Don't worry. We're so excited for your music.' And I just can't wait to give that to them."

"I think that'll be my gift to them, in a way. You know, 'Thank you so much for sticking by me these past five years and' -- well, past eight years really -- 'thank you so much for, you know, sticking by me when times get tough!'" she added.

The music Sparks is releasing will be her first official material since her album Battlefield came out in 2009, and she says she can't wait to show people how she's changed as an artist.

"I want to be able to introduce people to the newer, more grown-up me. It's been five years...I'll be 25 in December, you know, it's a big growth spurt!" she explains. "So, I'm like, 'I don't want to scare them but at the same time, maybe that would be good!' But I want my other fans to know that it's still me. So, we're really trying to figure out that point, but we definitely have the goal of having music out this year. So it's coming!"

Meanwhile, catch Sparks in Left Behind, a new thriller that also stars Nicolas Cage, when it opens on Friday.


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Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Warner Bros. announced that Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover are the latest stars to join the highly anticipated sequel, Magic Mike XXL. There's no word on what their roles would be in the follow-up.

The actors will join writer and star Channing Tatum, who is set to reprise his role as Mike, in the stripper film.

Entertainment Weekly reports the movie studio also released a synopsis of what fans can expect from the sequel to the 2012 film.

"Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, the film finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them," the statement read.

"On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways," the statement concludes.

The cast for Magic Mike XXL also includes Michael Strahan, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell.

Earlier this month, Magic Mike XXL director Gregory Jacobs announced that Matthew McConaughey won't be reprising his role as Dallas in the sequel.

Magic Mike XXL will strut into theaters July 1, 2015.


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CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A statue of TV pioneer Ed Sullivan was stolen Sunday from the Academy of Television Arts & Science headquarters in North Hollywood, police said.

The solid bronze statue, weighing around 20 pounds and standing about two feet tall, was stolen from its pedestal in the Academy's Hall of Fame Plaza, according to police.

The statue was part of an outdoor exhibit featuring several other classic television personalities. 

Sullivan hosted a variety show on CBS from 1948 to 1971. The Ed Sullivan Show originated from the Manhattan theater that David Letterman's Late Show has called home since 1993. Sullivan died in 1974.

Police are investigating the theft.


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