ABC/John Fleenor(NEW YORK) — Host Chris Harrison opened Monday night’s episode of The Bachelorette by announcing that it would be a “very different version” of “The Men Tell All” episode. Instead of immediately bringing the guys out, as in past seasons, Harrison said the show would pick up where it left off last week — on the Grecian island of Crete, where what happened after Luke P.’s elimination was “so shocking,” it couldn’t wait another week. Hannah, already agonizing over which of the remaining guys — Peter, Jed or Tyler C. — she’d send home at the final rose ceremony, was surprised to find Luke, whom she’d dumped last week, standing alongside them. Hannah, if you recall, dumped Luke after he tried to get a commitment from her that she wouldn’t have sex with any of the other men, saying if she did, he was gone. Feeling like she was being “sex-shamed,” Hannah told Luke she had, in fact, had sex with other men. The episode ended with Luke being driven off a van and out of Hannah’s life for good
Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Prince Akeem will officially have his right-hand man beside him in the upcoming sequel Coming 2 America. According to Deadline, Arsenio Hall has closed his deal to reprise his role as Semi in Coming 2 America. The actor was rumored to be starring in the project alongside Eddie Murphy and was recently pictured with Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter on set just a few months ago. The original 1988 film Coming to America starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. In an effort to find a wife, Akeem, along with his trusty assistant Semi, played by Hall, decides to travel to Queens, NY. In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long-lost son and must return to America to meet the “unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.” In addition to Murphy and Hall, most of the original film’s cast, including Shari Headley and James Earl Jones, is expected to return. However, as of now, only Murphy, Hall and Jermaine Fowler have officially signed on. As previously noted,
Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Over the weekend, Avengers: Endgame finally de-throned Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, and in a post on Twitter, James Cameron officially passed the crown. According to Box Office Mojo, James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic’s final tally stands at almost $2.8 billion; this weekend, at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced Endgame had surpassed Avatar by a narrow margin. Cameron posted a picture that shows Iron Man surrounded by floating sprites from Avatar’s alien planet, Pandora. The picture features — in the language of his blue-skinned alien heroes the Na’vi — a greeting that translates to “I see you, Marvel.” In English, the picture also features the legend: “Congratulations to Avengers: Endgame on becoming the new box-office king.” In response, Endgame‘s directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Instagram to thank Cameron. They posted a shot from his first hit, 1984’s Terminator, along with their silhouettes, as if they were in their movie seats, saying in tandem, “Holy sh**!” They said of Cameron, “[Y]ou’re a monumental reason why we fell in
Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images(LONDON) — One of the stunt performers on the London set of the ninth Fast and Furious film has been injured, and production on the film has been halted as a result. In a statement to ABC News, Universal Pictures confirmed an accident had occurred at the famed Leavesden Studios, noting the production stoppage for the day would help the filmmakers “to focus on this situation.” Starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel and John Cena, Fast & Furious 9 is currently scheduled to be released on May 22, 2020. Meanwhile, the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, will arrive in theaters August 2. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Marvel Studios(SAN DIEGO) — Scarlett Johansson tells ABC’s Good Morning America that she’s relieved that she can “finally” talk about the fact that her character, Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, is getting her own Marvel stand-alone film, debuting in May of 2020. During the chat at San Diego’s Comic-Con this past weekend, ScarJo said, “I would’ve been happy to…end it at Endgame and walk away.” She adds, “I was proud of the work that we had all done together, and that the only reason to do this stand-alone would be to elevate the genre in some way. And so hopefully, we will have.” Johansson offers, “You actually get to all the questions you may have had about this mysterious character and who she is…What are the secrets of the past that haunt her?” Johansson follows Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel as the second female hero to lead an MCU movie, and she’s ready. “I think I’m in better shape than I’ve been in a long time, which is awesome to say, in my mid-30s, and also I have a five-year-old daughter,”
Photo: Lacey Terrell. ©2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Sony Pictures has released the trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the film in which Tom Hanks plays beloved children’s programming icon Fred Rogers. The film portrays the true story of a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, a jaded magazine writer whose heart was melted by America’s favorite neighbor. Matthew Rhys, who won an Emmy for The Americans, plays the reporter, whose eyes are opened to the empathy and kindness Rogers taught millions by example. “You like broken people like me,” Junod says, to which Hanks’ Rogers replies, “Sometimes we have to ask for help. And that’s okay.” Affecting Rogers’ famously soft-spoken voice, the two-time Oscar winner says, “I think the best thing we can do is let people know that each one of them is precious.” The movie comes out this Thanksgiving. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
AMC(SAN DIEGO) — New trailers for The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Netflix’s highly anticipated series The Witcher were among the trailers making their debuts at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. AMC used Sunday’s panel to debut clips from The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, returning for their respective 10th and fifth seasons in the fall. Fear the Walking Dead executive producer Scott M. Gimple revealed that the series has already been renewed for a sixth season returning next year. AMC also announced the latest casting news for its as-yet untitled third Walking Dead series, which will reportedly focus on the first generation to come of age during the zombie apocalypse. Annet Mahendru and Aliyah Royale will join previously announced stars Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu and Hal Cumpston. Production begins in and around Richmond, Virginia next week. The series is slated for a spring 2020 debut. The Walking Dead series regular Danai Gurira also announced that season 10 will be her final season, while American Beauty‘s Thora Birch will join the cast as Gamma, described as “a Whisperer sentry fiercely protective
Photo Cr: Matt Kennedy/CBS ©2019 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved(SAN DIEGO) — It was raining movie and TV show trailers at Comic-Con over the weekend, but one that’s generating a lot of buzz is the first look at Star Trek: Picard, the forthcoming CBS All Access series featuring the return of Sir Patrick Stewart as former USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Set some 20 years after the events of 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis, the last film to feature the Picard Enterprise and its crew, Star Trek: Picard features a world-weary former captain who’s retired to his family’s ancestral vineyard in France, assuming the life of a winemaker. He’s also clearly a legend, due to some unspecified actions of his years before. “Sometimes I think you’ve forgotten who you are,” an unidentified Vulcan woman declares. “We do not.” But the arrival of a mysterious young woman whose life he must protect draws Picard out of retirement, into danger and, of course, back into space. The Star Trek: Picard trailer also features appearances by familiar characters, including the merciless, villainous Borg,
Marvel Studios(SAN DIEGO) — At San Diego Comic-Con, Hall H is reserved for the biggest, most anticipated press events and announcements. And this year, the biggest event was Marvel Studios announcing what fans have to look forward to, now that Avengers: Endgame signals the end of 11 years, 23 films and Phases 1-3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige revealed the lineup of feature films for the next two years, along with an update on the brand-new Marvel Studios’ series created exclusively for Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service, launching in the U.S. on November 12 — all of which will mark Phase 4 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Marvel’s upcoming slate of feature films kicks May 1, 2020 with Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, reprising her Avengers role as Natasha Romanoff, whose past as a Russian spy has been hinted at in the Avengers films but never fully explained. She’ll be joined by new MCU members including Stranger Things star David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz. Next up, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani,
Disney(NEW YORK) — It was a historic weekend for a pair of Disney films, as the live-action remake of The Lion King and Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame both entered the record books. The Lion King roared to number one at the box office with an estimated $185 million debut — a record-breaking opening for a July weekend. It surpasses the previous record of $169.1 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. It’s also ranks as the second-largest opening of the year so far, and the seventh-largest of all time. If you’re of the opinion that the film is CGI-animated, rather than live-action, you can add largest opening ever for an animated feature as well, since it’s also topped Incredibles 2‘s $182.6 million debut last year. Internationally, The Lion King, featuring a voice cast including Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, delivered an estimated $269 million, bringing its global tally to around $531 million. Avengers: Endgame also made history by topping Avatar‘s decade-long reign as the highest-grossing film of all