/Ida Mae Astute(ATLANTA) — After recently celebrating his 50th birthday, Tyler Perry has been taking the time to reflect, not only on his life, but on who he was as a boy. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Perry wrote a open letter to his five-year-old self, where he thanks him for laying the foundation for who he is today. “Dear 5 year old me,” Perry begins. “May I just say, ‘Thank you’ to the little boy that I was. Thank you for all you went through to allow me to be the man I am today. I love you, and I am so thankful to God that you survived.” He continued, “Even when I didn’t want to, your pureness and innocence ushered me here. Thank you for these 50 years. I love you. We made it.” Perry then poses the question to others: “What would you say to your younger self?” “This is just one paragraph of many pages that I’ve written to my younger self over the years,” he reveals. “I often tell friends to write a letter to
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for its Michael B. Jordan co-produced superhero drama Raising Dion. Based on Dennis Liu‘s short film and comic book of the same name, the series follows a recently widowed mother who discovers her young son, Dion, has supernatural abilities. Jordan produced the project through his Outlier Society production company, and also appears as Dion’s dead father via video flashbacks left for his “special little man.” Newcomer Ja’Siah Young plays the boy, who has a curious control of the weather, and an ability to teleport. His abilities make him the target of government agents who want to study supers like him. Alisha Wainwright plays his mom, who will do anything to save her super-powered son. In the clip, she’s seen tangling with some kind of weather monster. Raising Dion also stars Jason Ritter and Jazmyn Simon. The series, consisting of nine one-hour episodes, will launch on October 4 on Netflix. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Just one week after opening up about his diagnosis, TV host and actor Cameron Mathison says he’s on the mend. Following his surgery for kidney cancer, the 50-year-old told ABC’s Good Morning America in a statement, “We got the pathology report back yesterday … and it’s very good news. It’s the least aggressive form of kidney cancer… with a] very low rate of recurring.” Robin Roberts and company shared the good news Thursday morning on GMA. Doctors were able to remove the tumor on his right kidney completely, leaving him with 80% of the vital organ, according to Mathison. Last week, Mathison opened up about his diagnosis to GMA, revealing that he had a 4.2 centimeter mass growing inside his right kidney and saying that it was “consistent to renal cell carcinoma.” After his surgery last week, the former GMA contributor took to social media to thank well-wishers saying, “I’ve been very overwhelmed and grateful for all the supportive comments and prayers. The surgery went very well.” Today, the father of two is staying positive and even
ABC/Jeff Niera(NEW YORK) — Horror movie fans have a chance to get paid for doing what they love, or love to hate — watching scary movies and sharing all the spooky details of their experience. TV provider U.S. Dish came up with a new promotion that will pay one person $1,300 for watching 13 Stephen King films by Halloween and documenting the experience. U.S. Dish said it wants to “help you achieve your dreams, or rather, face your nightmares” and is accepting applications for a limited time ahead of the release of King-based films, It: Chapter Two and Doctor Sleep. The company narrowed down the must-watch King films to 13 titles, including Carrie, Children of the Corn, Christine, Creepshow, Cujo, Dreamcatcher, It, The Mist, Pet Sematary, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Thinner, and Misery. U.S. Dish will give a worksheet to guide the lucky viewer through their documenting process so he or she can highlight all the hair-raising details. The viewer must also wear a Fitbit — courtesy of Dish — to track his or her pulse during the scary scenes. Dish will also equip
Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are expecting their fifth child, five months after experiencing a miscarriage. The fitness guru revealed on Wednesday in an Instagram post that “it is still very early” in the pregnancy, but she wanted to share her news in the interest of transparency. Hilaria also asked paparazzi to avoid taking her picture, as “getting chased around by cameras is not in the doctor’s orders.” “The sound of this strong heart makes me so happy — especially because of the loss we experienced in the spring,” she wrote. “We want to share this news as we are excited and don’t want to hide the pregnancy. These first few months are tough with exhaustion and nausea…and I don’t want to have to pretend that I feel ok.” Hilaria, 35, and Alec, 61, are already parents to Carmen, six, Rafael, five, Leonardo, three, and Romeo, one. Baldwin is also the father of 23-year-old, Ireland, from his marriage to actress Kim Basinger. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
“ER” season one cast; Jeff Katz/NBCU Photo Bank(NEW YORK) — ER, the Emmy-winning medical drama that served as a launching pad for the likes of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies, celebrates its 25th anniversary Thursday. Created by best-selling Jurassic Park novelist Michael Crichton, himself a medical doctor before turning full-time to writing, ER aired on NBC from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009, with a total of 331 episodes over 15 seasons. It followed the inner workings of the emergency room at the fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout its successful run, it racked up 23 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 1996. The season one cast featured Anthony Edwards as the empathetic chief resident Dr. Mark Greene, George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross, Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis, Noah Wyle as medical student John Carter, Eriq La Salle as Carter’s mentor, Dr. Peter Benton, and Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway, Dr. Ross’ on-again, off-again love interest. In later seasons, the cast also featured Goran Visnjic, Ming-Na Wen, Maura Tierney, Linda Cardellini, John Stamos,
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation(LOS ANGELES) — While the news that the beloved animated series The Boondocks was being rebooted came out a while ago, we now know where you’ll be able to see it: HBO’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max. Based on creator Aaron McGruder’s groundbreaking and award-winning comic series, The Boondocks was first turned into an animated series back in 2005, and aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim line-up until 2014. The HBO Max deal not only brings a 50-minute special and two new and “re-imagined” seasons of the show — 24 episodes in all — but also the entire original run from the Adult Swim days, to the streaming service. According to a press release, “The new Boondocks follows the adventures of self-proclaimed ‘Civil Rights Legend’ Robert ‘Granddad’ Freeman, and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley.” Now set in their new suburban Maryland neighborhood, the trio tangles with “the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime.” As that tease hints, McGruder’s creation was famous for tackling hot-button issues head on. In a statement, McGruder notes,
©2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved. (LOS ANGELES) — “The night belongs to the monkey.” That’s the tagline for Sony Pictures’ new superhero movie Night Monkey — which is actually a clever bit of advertising for the home entertainment release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. The hit movie, which is available digitally now, comes out on Blu-ray October 1. Fans are still fuming that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to a dispute between Sony and Marvel, but Sony’s gag trailer should still leave ’em laughing. The trailer is based on one of the hit movie’s biggest laughs: while on an overseas school trip, Peter Parker’s bestie Ned tries to keep his pal’s alter-ego under wraps by claiming a black-suited Spidey is actually a hero called “Night Monkey.” He’s quickly dubbed a “cheap European knock-off” of the webslinger. The fake trailer contains cut-together scenes of “Night Monkey” in action, making it seem he’s in his own movie. Meanwhile, the actual movie Spider-Man: Far From Home comes packed with a ton of features,
Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — Fittingly for an assassin who’s a non-stop killing machine, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is now killing it on home release, selling over three million units in its debut across various platforms. The movie, which stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, and Halle Berry, made $320 million worldwide in theaters. It was released on digital at the end of August, and Blu-ray, HD DVD, and DVD last week. Parabellum‘s home performance easily outpaced the home release of its predecessor, according to studio Lionsgate. In fact, Lionsgate says the movie could soon best 2014’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 as the studio’s highest-grossing home entertainment title ever. John Wick 4 will be released in theaters nationwide on May 21, 2021. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Jaap Buitendijk / © 2019 Focus Features, LLC(HIGHCLERE, UK) — For one night only, some lucky Downton Abbey fans will have a chance to experience what it’s like to live in Highclere Castle, the real-life mansion used in the PBS series to stand in for the Crawleys’ home. Airbnb is offering a night in the property for the evening of November 26, and will start accepting reservation requests on October 1. However, securing a spot won’t be easy. The listing stipulates that visitors “must have a verified Airbnb profile, positive reviews, and be passionate about Downton Abbey.” More information is available on Airbnb. According to the listing, if you’re lucky enough to get a room, you’ll will be greeted by the castle’s owners, Lord and Lady Carnarvo. After settling into your rooms, you’ll join the two for cocktails in the Saloon, followed by a traditional dinner in the State Dining Room. Next, you’ll enjoy coffee in the library, before retiring to one of the Gallery bedrooms, which includes an en-suite bathroom and views over 1,000 acres of rolling parkland. After