hree weeks after ABC abruptly canceled its top-rated series, Roseanne, the network has finally found a replacement show: a spinoff of the sitcom starring everyone but Roseanne Barr, whose racist tweet caused the show to be shelved in the first place.
Following aggressive talks with exec producer Tom Werner, the Disney-owned broadcaster has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for the spinoff. The series will take over Roseanne’s Tuesdays at 8 p.m. time slot.
The Conners will star original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman. Barr will, according to ABC, have no financial or creative involvement in the spinoff.
As you already know, Dr. Dre is no stranger to film success. Despite being known as a legendary rapper and music producer, he showed what he can do on the big screen with 2015's Straight Outta Compton. Now he has his sights set on another biopic featuring a music legend, Marvin Gaye.
Dr. Dre is now working on a movie about the late singer Marvin Gaye. While rumors of other biopics from the likes of F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin and more have surfaced in the past, this is the first time that Marvin Gaye's estate has approved anything. Jamie Foxx landed the rights for a limited series in 2016 but it never got off the ground.
Marvin Gaye, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recipient, shaped the sound of Motown in the 1960s and 70s. He was fatally shot by his father at their L.A. home in 1984 after a physical altercation resulting from a family dispute.
Chris Hardwick has been scrubbed from the Nerdist website by Legendary Entertainment after his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, appeared to accuse—but did not name—the mogul of sexual and emotional abuse during their three-year relationship.
AMC, which airs Talking With Chris Hardwick, said in a statement Saturday, “While we assess the situation, Talking With Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.” NBC, for whom Hardwick hosts The Wall, also released a statement Saturday using very similar language as AMC, characterizing its relationship with Hardwick as “positive” and writing that they take allegations of misconduct “very seriously.”
After a very successful second season, the Donald Glover led drama-comedy Atlanta has been renewed for a third season on FX.
FX Networks and FX Productions programming president Nick Grad made the announcement alongside Eric Schrier on Thursday (June 7). “Atlanta is phenomenal, achieving and exceeding what few television series have done,” Grad said. “With Atlanta Robbin’ Season, Donald and his collaborators elevated the series to even greater heights, building on the enormous success of their award-winning first season. We’re grateful to the producers and our extraordinary cast and crew for achieving this level of excellence, and we share the excitement with our audience about the third season knowing they will continue to take us to unexpected and thrilling places.”
Atlanta previously earned two Emmys and two Golden Globes in 2017 for its stellar performances and writing. Not to mention, the series also thrust cast members like Brian Tyree Henry (Paper Boi), Lakeith Stanfield (Darius), and Zazie Beetz (Van) into the limelight.
Atlanta season three has not been given an official premiere date at this time.
The world of entertainment was rocked this morning after learning about the death of award-winning chef, writer and television personality Anthony Bourdain. He has passed away at the age of 61 in an apparent suicide.
Bourdain was found dead on Friday morning in his room at a luxury hotel in the tiny village of Kaysersberg in the Alsace region of northeast France. He appeared to have hanged himself, according to Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, the prosecutor of Colmar in Alsace region, southeast of Kaysersberg.
The exact cause of death is under investigation.
Bourdain was the host of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," which has aired on CNN since its premiere in 2013. The travel and food series, which features cuisines and stories from around the world, has won several Emmy Awards as well as a 2013 Peabody Award, according to CNN.
He leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane Bourdain.
Another major win for Jordan Peele! The former star of Key & Peele and writer/director of the hit movie Get Out, creator scored a new TV deal with Amazon, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The great news comes after the streaming service picked up a new Nazi drama called The Hunt. The program is produced by Peele’s production company, Monkey Paw, and Sonar Entertainment.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker founded Monkey Paw in 2012, the production company is responsible for creating film, TV and digital productions.
Under this new deal, Jordan will reportedly create new projects for the retailer and streaming component of the company. He will report to the new head of the company, Jennifer Salke.
So a new Willy Wonka movie from Warner Bros. is in the works. The studio has already has a director lined up in Paul King (Paddington), but are still unsure about who will be the title character in the film. One of the names being rumored is multi-talented actor/musician Donald Glover (Atlanta, Parks & Recreation).
Glover is reportedly one of three actors on the shortlist to possibly play the character, Collider reports. He stands alongside Ryan Gosling and Justice League’s Ezra Miller. Paul King has already been tapped to direct the upcoming film.
Willy Wonka is based off of author Roald Dahl’s 1964 book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which depicts a poor boy as he joins a group of young contest winners on an adventure through a crazy yet dazzling chocolate factory led by its bizarre owner.
The first film adaptation, entitled Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, arrived in 1971, starring deceased actor Gene Wilder. Johnny Depp later revived the character in 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
By: Jimmie Sykes
Get ready to laugh like never before.
Martin Lawrence is hosting the ‘Lit Af Tour’ that will be at the UIC Pavilion on Friday, June 8th.
Martin, Bruce Bruce, Deray, Michael Blackson and many others (pictured above) will be there. You’ll be entertained all night. Tickets starting at around $37.50. If you need something to do on a Friday night, this is the perfect move.
You can check out our ticket prices here
The next time we see a Miss America pageant on TV, it will be missing two major components. It was announced today (June 5) that the annual beauty competition will no longer have a swimsuit or evening gown portion. The change was announced by Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, on ABC's Good Morning America.
Miss America will be a competition, not a pageant, Carlson said on the show Tuesday.
"We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge," she said. Carlson also said the new Miss America competition will be more inclusive to women of "all shapes and sizes."
In place of the swimsuit contest, the contestants will take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to a statement from the Miss America Organization, "where she will highlight her achievements and goals in life and how she will use her talents, passion, and ambition to perform the job of Miss America."
As for the evening gown portion, the contestants will still show off there style, but it will be in an outfit that they choose. The idea is to see the participants in outfits that make them comfortable, enabling them to show their best selves. Contestants will also discuss how they would advance their social-impact initiatives during this part of the contest.
The talent portion of the competition will remain.
The rise of the #MeToo movement is powering the changes, Carlson said.
The next Miss America competition is September 9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
By Travis J. Klemann
A revenge tale unlike any other, with surprises at every turn perfectly describes this cinematic roller coaster. Directed by Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1), this intriguing crime thriller keeps your eyes glued to the screen during its 110 minute runtime.
During the initial intro credits, two bookies are brutally murdered by an unknown assailant and a young man is shot by a sniper upon exiting a hotel. Taking place in New York City, the story begins with events that happened twenty years ago involving a wager on a fixed horse race. The horse died mid-race which was very unfortunate for Max as he now owed the mob a hefty sum of money. To set an example, the mob killed Max, his wife and young son to prevent others from betting on a fixed race.
In present day New York, Slevin Kelevra (Josh Hartnett) is mistaken for Nick Fisher while staying at his friend's apartment. Two henchmen forcibly take him to meet "The Boss" (Morgan Freeman) who insists he either pay the gambling debt his friend Nick owes or kill the son of his rival, "The Rabbi" (Ben Kingsley) as retribution for his own son's assassination. Slevin is kidnapped by a separate set of henchmen and taken to "The Rabbi" who also demands he repay a gambling debt.
Add a hitman playing both sides by the code name Goodkat (Bruce Willis), an overly enthusiastic neighbor named Lindsey (Lucy Liu) and an eagerly invested Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci), you have an interesting story with equally interesting characters. There's surprising revelations throughout along with unique dialogue such as "The Boss" referencing The Shmoo from creator Al Capp.
I love this movie's intricate plot so much, I don't want to spoil the outcome for anyone. I highly recommend it for viewers who enjoy crime thrillers and plot twists. I'm also a fan of the director Paul McGuigan who previously worked with star Josh Hartnett on Wicker Park.
4/5 Stars - Highly Recommended
PS: Another reason I recommend this film is the all-star cast which features screen legends Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley in rare roles as mobsters. Josh Hartnett is an actor who has "the look" but unfortunately gets overlooked by Hollywood. Last but not least, Stanley Tucci has a small but important role. #TucciGang