ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — After Pepsi built an entire Super Bowl ad around Cardi B saying her signature phrase “Okurrr,” it’s no wonder the rapper is now moving to trademark it. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website, Cardi’s filed paperwork to trademark the catchphrase for use on a long list of items, among them “paper goods, namely paper cups and posters.” She also wants to trademark the word for use on “clothing, namely t-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, pants, shorts, jackets, footwear, headgear, namely hats and caps, blouses, bodysuits, dresses, jumpsuits, leggings, shirts, sweaters and undergarments.” Additionally, Cardi’s filed paperwork for the catchphrase spelled two different ways — “O-k-u-r-r-r,” and “O-k-u-r-r” — just in case someone tries to get cute. Cardi once described the phrase to Jimmy Fallon as the sound made by “a cold pigeon in New York City.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Freeform/Allyson Riggs(NEW YORK) — Pretty Little Liars ran for seven seasons and during that time, it developed a devoted fanbase thanks to the stars’ engaging use of social media. Now, the show’s spinoff, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, aims to do the same. The first episode aired Wednesday night on Freeform and the show was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide. The series takes PLL favorites Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal, played by Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish respectively, and drops them into a whole new mystery set at the highly competitive Beacon Heights University. Both actresses were on hand to live-tweet the episode. “I loved just watching all the tweets and seeing how everybody was loving it and their questions,” Pieterse tells ABC Radio. “And it kind of brought me back to PLL where we had so many conversations with our fans all over the world.” She adds that seeing fans’ positive reactions to the show “was just rewarding because it means we did our job right.” The themes in The Perfectionists are also coincidentally relevant to
Helen Sloane/HBO(NEW YORK) — Game of Thrones and Solo: A Star Wars Story actress Emilia Clarke has revealed to the New Yorker that she nearly died twice from brain aneurysms — and announced the formation of a charity for those similarly afflicted. As she explained in the lengthy piece, in 2011, after she began working on the Emmy winning show, she was rushed from a gym to the hospital after suffering a crushing headache. “[T]he pain — shooting, stabbing, constricting pain — was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged,” the actress recalled. An MRI confirmed the existence of a bleed on her brain, as well as a second vessel which might be vulnerable to bursting in the future. Reluctantly, Clarke says, she underwent “minimally invasive” brain surgery to correct the first bleed, but the recovery was hellish. The pain was “unbearable,” she writes, revealing she she lost the ability to speak coherently, and even forgot her own name. “Instead, nonsense words tumbled out of my mouth and I went into a blind
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — After announcing he’s landed his first-ever Netflix comedy special, Kevin Hart is now giving his fans a first official look at Kevin Hart: Irresponsible. In a new Instagram post, Hart debuted the new trailer. “April 2nd people…..MARK YOUR CALENDARS DAMN IT!!!!!” he wrote, captioning the video. “Let’s gooooooooo #ComedicRockStarSh** #Irresponsible #Netflix.” In the promo, Hart is seen getting ready to take the stage and then later making the crowd laugh with his comedy routine. “I’m on marriage number two. My first marriage, I chose to leave,” he says, “That’s not f***ing up. That’s me moving on.” “Now, this time, I f***ed up!” he adds. According to Netflix, the one-hour special was filmed in front of a sold-out live audience of over 15,000 people at the O2 Arena in London, which was one of the stops on Hart’s Irresponsible Tour. Kevin Hart: Irresponsible launches globally on Netflix Tuesday, April 2. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
L-R Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke – HBO/Helen Sloane(LOS ANGELES) — In a new interview with Variety, Kit Harington gets very real about the impending end of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The actor says moving forward after playing a character like Jon Snow for so many years definitely took a toll on him. “I took off the costume, and it felt like my skin was being peeled away,” Harington told the publication about his final day on set. “I was very emotional. It felt like someone was shedding me of something.” But the self-described regular “bloke” admitted that it was a while before he overcame his anxiety about having such a key role in such a popular show. “I now look back and I go, well, ‘I was a f***ing integral part of that whole thing,'” Harington admits. “Jon was, and I am, and I’m proud of it. It took me a long time to not think, ‘I’m the worst thing in this.'” “My darkest period was…the focus of the whole show coming onto Jon,” he said. “When you become the
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences(NEW YORK) — The nominations for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced Wednesday, with NBC’s Days of Our Lives leading the pack, followed by ABC’s General Hospital and CBS’ The Young and the Restless. Days of Our Lives nabbed 27 nominations, followed by General Hospital with 25 and The Young and the Restless, with 20. In the category of best morning program, CBS Sunday Morning and CBS This Morning both earned nominations. They’ll be going up against ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today. The best entertainment talk show category includes perennial favorite The Ellen DeGeneres Show, along with The Real, CBS’ The Talk and ABC’s The View. A newcomer to the category is Netflix’s A Little Help with Carol Burnett. For best game show, Family Feud, Jeopardy!, Let’s Make a Deal, The Price Is Right and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? will go go head-to-head. In all, CBS scored the most nods, with a total of 61, followed by NBC with 38 and ABC with 35. As previously announced, the National
Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(NEW YORK) — It’s been a week since Empire actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to police about being the victim of an alleged hate crime in January. Now Empire co-creator Lee Daniels is revealing a bit about how he and show’s cast are dealing with the fallout. “Oh my god…these past couple of weeks have been a freakin’ roller coaster, Daniels says in a brief video posted to his Instagram Wednesday. “We have — me and my cast — experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it, you know?” Daniels goes on: “[E]verything has happened — what you are seeing tonight — prior to the incident,” apparently meaning Wednesday night’s scheduled Empire episode was produced prior to the alleged attack on Smollett. “And this is not what the show is made for,” Daniels insists. “The show is made to bring America together, to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets.” Daniels then concludes the video by urging viewers to
Fox Searchlight(LOS ANGELES) — While there are no tangerine trees and marmalade skies to be seen, things get appropriately trippy in the teaser for a new movie called Lucy In The Sky. In the film, Oscar-winner Natalie Portman plays a female NASA astronaut who shares her name with the heroine of the psychedelic Beatles classic. Following a trip into space, she slowly starts to lose her mind. The film was co-written and directed by Noah Hawley, whose mind-bending talents can also be seen on FX’s equally trippy Legion. The teaser shows Lucy floating through the air in the zero-G of space and also on earth, as reality slips away from her. “You got to see the vast celestial everything and it blew your mind,” says Jon Hamm, playing a character who appears to be Lucy’s lover. “So now, nothing makes sense.” Legion‘s Dan Stevens plays Lucy’s husband, and the movie’s stellar supporting cast also includes Deadpool 2 and Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz, as well as Tig Notaro, Ellen Burstyn, and Nick Offerman. There’s no release date yet set for the film.
Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Cue the celebratory air guitar riffs: Wyld Stallyns are back. That’s right, Keanu Reeves’ Ted “Theodore” Logan, Esq. and Alex Winter’s Bill S. Preston Esq., will be experiencing yet another excellent adventure at a theater near you, on August 21, 2020. The actors played time and dimension-traveling slacker high schoolers in the film franchise, which began with 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, followed by 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. In a message posted to YouTube on Wednesday, Reeves, 54, and Winter, 53, are show standing in front of the Hollywood Bowl, where they fans for never giving up on a third installment. “It’s all because of you guys, and we wanted to say thank you,” Winter says, echoed by Reeves. “And be excellent,” the pair conclude, in character. Bill & Ted Face the Music’s plot is rumored to focus on the pair battling a villain worse than the sequel’s Grim Reaper — the drudgery of work and family in middle age — while the fate of the universe hangs in
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — It’s gonna be a strange summer. The new trailer for Stranger Things 3 shows the core group of friends – Mike, Eleven, Dustin, Lucas, Will and Max – trying their best to enjoy their summer. But because this is Hawkins, Indiana we’re talking about, there will always be new interdimensional creatures to ruin their fun. The clip begins with Dustin returning home after some time away. His toys start to move on their own and a freaked-out Dustin follows them into his living room armed with a can of hairspray. Turns out, Eleven is making the toys move with her powers and all of his friends are there to surprise him. Needless to say, the welcome-home surprise doesn’t go quite as planned. Elsewhere, we see scenes of the kids just trying to be normal at the mall, the movie theater and a fair. But things quickly get more chaotic and we catch glimpses of a slimy, scary new creature, as well as new characters played by Cary Elwes and Maya Hawke. At one point, we hear Mike’s