Alex Mor­gan gives act­ing a go

‘Won­der Woman’ se­quel re­veals Pine’s re­turn

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SBy Anne M. Peter­son

he’s al­ready an in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized soc­cer player with a World Cup ti­tle and an Olympic gold medal. She’s also the author of a se­ries of kids’ books.

Now you can add ac­tor to Alex Mor­gan’s re­sume.

The US na­tional team for­ward makes her movie debut in a new fea­ture “Alex & Me” about a young player who is in­spired by Mor­gan. Nick­elodeon’s Siena Agudong stars along­side Mor­gan, who plays her­self.

“I love the op­por­tu­ni­ties that have come my way. Hon­estly, it’s pretty spe­cial — I don’t think this gets to hap­pen to very many peo­ple,” Mor­gan said.

It’s just the start of a busy time for the 28-year-old for­ward.

Mor­gan is cur­rently in the midst of the Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League sea­son with the Or­lando Pride. She’s also pre­par­ing for World Cup qual­i­fy­ing this fall with the US na­tional team. The United States is the de­fend­ing World Cup cham­pion af­ter win­ning the ti­tle in 2015 in Canada.

If the United States qual­i­fies for next year’s tournament in France — and it seems a no-brainer con­sid­er­ing the Amer­i­cans are ranked No. 1 in the world — it will be Mor­gan’s third World Cup.

She first grabbed at­ten­tion in the 2011 World Cup in Ger­many as the youngest player to make the US squad. Mor­gan scored in the final, which Ja­pan won on penalty kicks.

In 2012, she led the team with 28 goals and 21 as­sists. The US won the gold medal at the Olympics in Lon­don.

Mor­gan was in­jured dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing for Canada and she sat out of the tournament un­til the final match of the group stage. But she started for the de­ci­sive 5-2 vic­tory in the final over Ja­pan, which was high­lighted by Carli Lloyd’s hat trick.

Then came some dis­ap­point­ment for the women: the United States was ousted from the Rio Olympics in the quar­ter­fi­nals by Swe­den. Mor­gan’s eyes were moist with tears fol­low­ing the loss in Brasilia.

Ac­cord­ing to Lal­las’ ac­count in sup­port­ing court doc­u­ments, Mor­gan seized con­trol of Lee’s home, hired se­cu­rity guards with or­ders to keep away fam­ily mem­bers and oth­ers Lee knew and trusted, and then moved Lee from his long­time fam­ily home to a con­do­minium.

“Pe­ti­tioner, along with law en­force­ment

Now head­ing into the run-up to next sum­mer’s World Cup in France, Mor­gan is clos­ing in on top form. She has 13 goals in her last 15 ap­pear­ances with the na­tional team and a team-lead­ing six goals this year . She’s also scored twice in eight matches this sea­son for the Pride, who sit in third place in the NWSL stand­ings.

“Ob­vi­ously, we’re pretty well into our sea­son now with Or­lando, and we’ve played some re­ally good soc­cer,” she said. “I feel like I’m fit and I’m in a place where I’m happy. I don’t feel like I’m the fittest I could be, but that should be hap­pen­ing around the end of the sea­son and the World Cup qual­i­fiers.”

The United States de­feated China 2-1 on Tues­day night in Cleve­land. Up next for the na­tional team is the four-team Tournament of Na­tions start­ing in late July. Un­til it gets in­tense later this fall for qual­i­fy­ing, Mor­gan is just en­joy­ing the ride.

She was in­tro­duced to the script for “Alex & Me” some two years ago. She went all-in when Nick­elodeon and Warner Bros. jumped on board. The film was re­leased on iTunes ear­lier this week and it’s set to come out on DVD next Tues­day.

Mor­gan took her role se­ri­ously, even hir­ing an act­ing coach. The re­sult is sweet, fam­ily-ori­ented fare — sim­i­lar to her se­ries of chil­dren’s books, The Kicks.

Also: LOS ANGELES:

Ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite lasso-spin­ning war­rior leader is back — and this time, she brought a fa­mil­iar friend.

Film­ing is cur­rently un­der­way for the “Won­der Woman” se­quel, of­fi­cially ti­tled “Won­der Woman 1984.” Patty Jenk­ins, who is re­turn­ing to the direc­tor’s chair, teased a first look on Wed­nes­day morn­ing of the highly an­tic­i­pated fol­lowup.

Jenk­ins tweeted out a photo of Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor who (spoiler alert!) blows up dur­ing World War I at the end of the first movie. Nev­er­the­less, he ap­pears look­ing sharp as ever, al­beit con­fused,

and Adult Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices, be­lieves that Mr. Mor­gan is un­duly in­flu­enc­ing Mr. Lee and iso­lat­ing him,” Lal­las wrote in the pe­ti­tion. (RTRS)

LOS ANGELES:

“Dukes of Haz­ard” star John Sch­nei­der is free hours af­ter he was in the year 1984.

Gal Gadot also shared a photo of her re­turn as Diana Price — a.k.a. Won­der Woman — stand­ing in front of a win­dow of TV sets.

Jenk­ins pre­vi­ously re­vealed that the up­com­ing su­per­hero se­quel will be set in the United States dur­ing the 1980s. Kris­ten Wiig joins as the villainous Chee­tah, while Pe­dro Pas­cal is also been cast in an undis­closed key role.

This is the eighth in­stall­ment in the DC Uni­verse fran­chise, and the fourth movie fea­tur­ing Gadot’s Won­der Woman.

“Won­der Woman” was a box of­fice sen­sa­tion last sum­mer, earn­ing $821.8 mil­lion world­wide in­clud­ing $412.5 mil­lion in North Amer­ica.

“Won­der Woman 1984” hits theaters on Nov. 1, 2019.

LOS ANGELES:

Warner Bros has re­leased an un­set­tling first trailer for “The Nun,” with the de­monic sis­ter from “The Con­jur­ing 2” re­turn­ing to ter­ror­ize Taissa Farmiga’s novi­tiate at a re­mote con­vent.

The footage starts with a woman’s voiceover de­scrib­ing her vi­sions of an evil nun, fol­lowed by a gravel-voiced sis­ter as­sert­ing, “The abbey has a long his­tory — not all of it good.”

The trailer con­cludes with the young nun walk­ing through the dark - not aware that she’s be­ing fol­lowed by the evil nun, who then leaps out. The trailer con­cludes, “Pray for for­give­ness.”

The of­fi­cial syn­op­sis: “When a young nun at a clois­tered abbey in Ro­ma­nia takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novi­tiate on the thresh­old of her final vows are sent by the Vat­i­can to in­ves­ti­gate. Together they un­cover the or­der’s un­holy se­cret. Risk­ing not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they con­front a malev­o­lent force in the form of the same de­monic nun that first ter­ror­ized au­di­ences in ‘The Con­jur­ing 2,’ as the abbey be­comes a hor­rific bat­tle­ground be­tween the living and the damned.” (Agen­cies)

jailed for an al­imony dis­pute.

The 58-year-old Sch­nei­der was re­leased from the Los Angeles County Jail on Tues­day when his three-day sen­tence was cut short be­cause of over­crowd­ing.

The “Smal­lville” star told Fox News he can­not af­ford the pay­ments to his es­tranged wife Elvira “Elly” Sch­nei­der. She filed for di­vorce in 2014 af­ter 21 years of mar­riage; they have three adult chil­dren.

Sch­nei­der said he’s “dis­heart­ened” with the sys­tem.

Sch­nei­der still faces the pay­ments and com­mu­nity ser­vice.

He played Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Haz­ard” from 1979 to 1985. (AP)

JERUSALEM:

A for­mer Miss Iraq whose selfie with her Is­raeli coun­ter­part trig­gered crit­i­cism called Wed­nes­day for co­ex­is­tence and re­gional peace in a speech dur­ing her first visit to the Jewish state.

Bagh­dad-born Sarah Idan, 28, had posted the pic­ture on her In­sta­gram ac­count with her newly made friend, Is­rael’s Adar Gan­dels­man, dur­ing the 2017 Miss Uni­verse pageant in Las Vegas.

The out­cry in her na­tive Iraq, which does not recog­nise Is­rael and is for­mally at war with it, com­pelled Idan’s fam­ily to re­lo­cate to the United States, where Sarah had been living.

Speaking at a con­fer­ence in Jerusalem led by a global Jewish ad­vo­cacy or­gan­i­sa­tion, Idan called for peace be­tween Iraq and Is­rael. (AFP)

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