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Shonda Rhimes & Her Leading Ladies Cover EW's New Issue!

Shonda Rhimes and her leading ladies, Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, and Viola Davis take the cover of EW‘s latest issue!

There are four separate covers highlighting Shonda‘s hit ABC shows Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Scandal. Here’s what the cast had to share about their shows:

Ellen, on the sexist response to McDreamy’s death: “All of a sudden, ­Patrick [Dempsey] leaves, and it’s like, Oh my God, ­Meredith’s gonna get killed with Alzheimer’s! The show couldn’t possibly go on ­without the man!”

Viola, on colorism in the entertainment industry: “You have to come from Detroit or Atlanta to be black. If you have John Denver on your iPod and you come from Central Falls, Rhode Island, then: Eh, you trickle-down black woman.”

Kerry, on why it’s different to work for a female showrunner: “I was talking to an actress who’s pregnant and really worried about telling her bosses, and I said, ‘Yeah, when I told my boss I was pregnant, she literally jumped up and down in my trailer.’ I don’t know if there’s a male show­runner who would do that.”

For more from the ladies, visit EW.com!

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Kerry Washington Says Olivia Pope Is Not a Role Model

Kerry Washington and Viola Davis are all smiles while attending the ABC portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour on Tuesday (August 4) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The ladies were joined by Shonda Rhimes, the creator of their respective shows Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo.

Kerry opened up about why she doesn’t think her character Olivia Pope should be a role model.

“I’ve always thought it was misguided when people tell me that Olivia is their role model,” Kerry said (via TV Line). “Because she’s having an affair with a married man, who is President of the United States. And a murderer.”

“There are things that are very admirable,” she added. “She’s an entrepeneur, she’s very smart, she has an amazing closet… [but] she is nobody’s role model.”

FYI: Kerry is wearing a Mary Katrantzou dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. Viola is wearing a Carmen Marc Valvo dress.

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Don't Mess With Jennifer Lopez in Her Latest Roles

Jennifer Lopez gets intense as she wields a gun on the set of her upcoming television series Shades of Blues on Thursday (July 16) in New York City.

In the show, the 45-year-old entertainer plays a single mom who works undercover for the FBI on an anti-corruption task force unit.

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But that isn’t the only rough and tough role JLo has in the works.

In Jennifer‘s latest film Lila and Eve, she plays Eve, a mother who has recently lost her daughter. She befriends Lila, a fellow grief-stricken mother, portrayed by Viola Davis, whose son was murdered. When the police fail to solve the crime, the duo seek justice for the murder by tracking down the boy’s killers. The two women soon embark on a violent pursuit to avenge the murder of Lila’s son.

Lila and Eva is in theaters now. Check out the trailer below…

Lila and Eve Movie Trailer

10+ pictures inside of Jennifer Lopez on set in New York…

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'Suicide Squad' Trailer from Comic-Con Officially Released - Watch Now!

Warner Bros has officially released the Suicide Squad footage that was shown during the studio’s 2015 Comic-Con panel.

During the panel presentation over the weekend, someone recorded the footage and posted a poor quality version online that has been circulating ever since.

Jared Leto, Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje all star in the film, which will be released on August 5, 2016!

“Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation,” Sue Kroll, president of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution said in a statement.

Watch the full trailer below!

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'Suicide Squad' Cast Surprises at Comic-Con Sans Jared Leto

The cast of Suicide Squad poses for photos while attending the Warner Bros. panel held during 2015 Comic-Con on Saturday (July 11) at the convention center in San Diego, Calif.

Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and director David Ayer all were in attendance as a big surprise to the crowd.

Noticeably absent was Jared Leto, who plays The Joker and was seen the day before roaming New York City in new candid photos.

The first-ever footage from Suicide Squad debuted during the panel and it ended with Jared‘s character saying, “I’m not gonna kill ya, I’m just gonna hurt ya really, really bad.”

FYI: Cara is wearing a Zuhair Murad top and skirt, Saint Laurent shoes, and Melinda Maria jewelry. Margot is wearing a Camilla and Marc top and pants.

15+ pictures inside of the Suicide Squad cast at Comic-Con… More Here! »

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Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis & Emmy Contenders Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood

Six Emmy contenders Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Lizzy Caplan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Lange, and Ruth Wilson take the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue, hitting stands this week. They speak candidly during a roundtable about race, sexism, aging, nudity and typecasting.

Viola on what most appealed to her and scared her about playing the lead in a Shonda Rhimes drama (How To Get Away With Murder): There was absolutely no precedent for it. I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size 2 be a sexualized role in TV or film. I’m a sexual woman, but nothing in my career has ever identified me as a sexualized woman. I was the prototype of the “mommified” role. Then all of a sudden, this part came, and fear would be an understatement. When I saw myself for the first time in the pilot episode, I was mortified. I saw the fake eyelashes and, “Are you kidding me? Who is going to believe this?” And then I thought: “OK, this is your moment to not typecast yourself, to play a woman who is sexualized and do your investigative work to find out who this woman is and put a real woman on TV who’s smack-dab in the midst of this pop fiction.

Maggie on a specific point in her career when she felt the bravest: I had a rape scene in The Honorable Woman where it was clearly written that she’d be saying, “No, no, please, no,” right away. But I wanted her to be complicit and wanting it; the darkest, most painful sex, right up until the point it turned into rape. I wanted her to want something she knew she shouldn’t want. I can sometimes tell when actors fought an ordinary approach to a scene, and I’m so glad they did because it tells a better story.

Lizzy on if it’s tough to do a lot of nudity on Masters of Sex: I was more afraid of doing nudity on [HBO’s] True Blood. It got easier after that, but I’m not ever 100 percent comfortable. There was a scene last season where I take my robe off, I’m naked and then transition into locked-eye [with Michael Sheen’s character], full-on masturbation from beginning to end. We have a female showrunner who considers herself a prude, so the sex scenes always move the story forward. But I remember being in my trailer before that scene and thinking for the first time since the show started: “I really don’t want to go out there and do this.”

Watch the video of the roundtable at HollywoodReporter.com. Pics below!

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Viola Davis Avoids The 'Sexy' Label With 'How To Get Away With Murder' Character Annalise Keating

Viola Davis brings a pop of color with her bright dress to the How To Get Away With Murder ATAS event held at Sunset Gower Studios on Thursday evening (May 28) in Hollywood.

The 49-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Alfred Enoch, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Verica, Billy Brown, Charlie Weber, and Karla Souza, along with director Debbie Allen, and executive producers Bill D’Elia, Peter Nowalk and Betsy Beers.

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“I chose to remove the word ‘sexy’ from my vocabulary and I replace it with ‘sexual,’” Viola explained during the event about not labeling her character Annalise as sexy.

She added, “I try to be very aware as an actor, when I am doing sexual scenes, to not to be so self-conscious about making it look good because, for everyone that’s had sex, it’s not cute. But how do you play not cute sex on network TV? It’s very uncomfortable.”

FYI: Karla is wearing a kate spade new york romper.

50+ pictures inside of the How To Get Away With Murder cast… More Here! »

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