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In Brief: Nick renews 'Spongebob' for season 26, and more

ABC has canceled the sitcom Home Economics after three seasons, according to Deadline. The series, created by Michael Colton and John Aboud and inspired by Colton's life, followed three siblings -- one a member of the 1%, one middle class and one struggling to make ends meet. Topher Grace, Jimmy Teatro, Caitlin McGee, and Sasheer Zamata starred...

Nickelodeon has renewed Spongebob Squarepants for a 26-episode 15th season. The new season, will "uncover more nautical adventures" for SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward -- voiced respectively by Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence and Rodger Bumpass -- per the cable channel. The pickup marks 345 total episodes of the series since its July 1999 launch and counting, during which it has reigned as the most-watched animated series...

Season 4 of Netflix‘s hit show Emily in Paris is set to start shooting in January, according to Variety. The season was initially scheduled to start shooting this past summer at the Cité du Cinema studios, the show's location for the past three seasons, however, it has already been booked for the Olympic Games starting in mid-November. The series will now shoot at the nearby Studios Monjoie. The exteriors, meanwhile, will film on location in the streets of Paris...

Jacky Oh died from complications from cosmetic surgery, a representative confirmed to People. She was 33. The former Wild 'N Out performer -- born Jacklyn Smith -- was found “unresponsive” when emergency workers arrived at her Miami hotel room to assist her on June 1...

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Jimmy Kimmel parodies the Kardashians in promo for his late night return

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Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the October 2 return of his ABC late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which was shuttered since May due to the writers strike, with a promo spoofing an argument that ensued during a recent episode of The Kardashians between Kim and Kourtney that's gone viral.

In the mock phone conversation, shared on his Instagram, Jimmy asks Kim if she's happy for his return, to which an incredulous Kim replies, "Why would I not be happy for you?"

"I don't know, you just don't seem that happy for me. Everyone here is really happy," Kimmel says into the phone. "It's been 150 days since we did a show, and I'm happy we're back at the show. But you don't care. You don't even like the show, I guess."

"She's a witch — she's an actual witch," he later tells his sidekick Guillermo.

The real argument, which took place on The Kardashians' season premiere Thursday, September 28, found Kourtney criticizing Kim for being "egotistical" and not being happy for her at her 2022 wedding to Travis Barker.

The scheduled guests for Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

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Beyoncé releasing Renaissance concert film December 1

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Tickets for Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé -- a film adaptation of her blockbuster Renaissance World Tour -- are now on sale via Fandango.

Weeks after Taylor Swift announced a distribution deal to screen her Eras Tour film through AMC Theatres, Beyonce has announced the film of her own massively successful series of concerts will hit movie screens December 1. 

The project encompasses elements from Queen Bey's record-breaking 2023 live performances, segments from the long-awaited visual album Renaissance, and a documentary-style account of the album's creation and the tour's development, and appearances from Blue Ivy Carter.

A press release trumpets, "Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé accentuates the journey of the Renaissance World Tour, from its inception, to the opening in Stockholm, Sweden, to the finale in Kansas City, Missouri."

It continues, "It is about Beyoncé’s intention, hard work, involvement in every aspect of the production, her creative mind and purpose to create her legacy, and master her craft." 

Bey's tour is anticipated to achieve a remarkable $560 million in concert ticket sales by its conclusion, and as the press release noted, the acclaimed tour, "created a sanctuary for freedom, and shared joy, for more than 2.7 million fans."

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'Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie' tops the box office with $23 million debut

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The animated sequel Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie topped the North American box office with an estimated $23 million in its opening weekend -- nearly double the debut of its predecessor's $13 million. The sequel added an estimated $23.1 overseas, for a $46.1 million global haul.

Saw X landed in second place with an estimated $18 million at the domestic box office -- an improvement over the last two installments, though far short of Saw III's $33 million debut in 2006. Saw X collected an estimated $11.3 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $29.3 million.

Gareth Edwards' The Creator, starring John David Washington, fell short of expectations, taking third place with an estimated $14 million against an $80 million budget in its debut. It fared better overseas, where it grabbed an estimated $18.2 million.

The Nun II pulled up in fourth place, with an estimated $4.6 million in its fourth week of release. The horror film has grossed $76.7 million at the domestic box office and $231 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was The Blind, a biopic of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, which opened to just under $5 million.

Dumb Money, which opened nationwide following two weeks in limited release, finished in seventh place, earning an estimated $3.5 million.

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Todd Haynes talks about his film 'May December' as it opens the New York Film Festival

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The 61st New York Film Festival officially begins Friday with a screening of Todd Haynes’ latest film, May December.

Academy Award winners Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore star as Elizabeth and Gracie – the former a famous actress, the latter the controversial subject of an upcoming biopic. Elizabeth travels to Gracie’s hometown to study her before taking on the role, which leads to shifting power dynamics and realizations for Charles Melton’s Joe, Gracie’s much younger husband.

Haynes and screenwriter Samy Burch answered questions in a press conference earlier on Friday. Burch was a recent addition to the lineup, now able to promote the film following the WGA ending their strike on Wednesday.

“To have Samy with us, it helps us a little bit with the grief of not having the actors with us,” Haynes said.

Haynes also said he had been wanting to work with Portman for a while. When they came across Burch’s script, they knew May December was the project to finally make it happen.

“Natalie and I had discussed other projects in the past, so there was an interest on both our parts to try to find something that we could do together,” Haynes said. “This script was something else and left an impression on me that stayed with me."

Burch said that while she wasn’t directly inspired by the Mary Kay Letourneau scandal, she did take inspiration from the tabloids for her script.

“I really wanted a fictional story that dealt with this tabloid culture of the ‘90s that has kind of seemingly led into this true crime biopic world we're in right now,” Burch said. “I think that that was the real jumping off point for me.”

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'Saw X' scene had so much screaming, the cops reportedly showed up at an editor's door


So how intense is the new Saw X? Well, according to director Kevin Greutert, while the movie was being edited, the cops showed up in response to complaints someone "was being tortured to death."

For fans of the billion-dollar splatter franchise, Greutert's anecdote to NME will only boost the movie's bottom line at the box office this weekend.

The filmmaker explains first assistant editor Steve Forn was hard at work at his office in North Hollywood finishing the sound design for a scene that features the puzzle-playing Jigsaw killer's "eye vacuum trap." As the doorbell camera footage reportedly proves, Greutert says, "There was a knock at the door." Forn answered, only to find officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. They told him, "The neighbors [have been] calling and saying someone's being tortured to death in here."

The director says of Forn, "And he was like, 'Actually, I'm just working on a movie ... You can come in and see it if you want?'"

Greutert recalls, "The cops started laughing! They said, 'We want to but, you know, you're all right.' It must have been a pretty realistic performance!" he said of Isan Beomhyun Lee's screaming.

"Plus Steve is such a mild-mannered guy. I can only imagine the look on his face when he realized what was happening!" he continued.

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With the writers strike resolved, Marvel Studios reportedly getting ready to work on 'X-Men'

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The uncanny X-Men have faced innumerable foes over the years, but the mutants were powerless against the WGA strike.

However, with the stoppage over, Deadline says Marvel Studios is ramping back up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first X-Men film. That said, this is early days for what has been among the most anticipated team-ups since Marvel Studios began: The trade says the Disney-owned studio will start interviewing writers in the fall to hear their take on the characters, including Wolverine, Cyclops and The Beast.

20th Century Fox formerly owned the rights to those characters, which it had licensed from Marvel, starting with 2000's X-Men. For all its blockbuster success over the last decade, Marvel Studios was legally prevented from using any of Marvel's own characters that were licensed by Fox, including the X-Men — indeed, even the word "mutant" was off-limits in Marvel scripts.

However, Disney's 2019 acquisition of 20th Century Fox brought all those formerly Fox-owned characters into the fold, which is why Iman Vellani's Kamala Khan was finally allowed to say the M-word in the close of her Disney+ show Ms. Marvel.

It's also how Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool and his buddies — including Hugh Jackman's Wolverine — will finally appear in the MCU with the forthcoming Deadpool 3.

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Heavy rains and flooding shut down SAG-AFTRA picket lines and more in New York City

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Torrential rains are wreaking havoc in New York City Friday, and they've apparently gotten SAG-AFTRA picket plans all wet, too.

The union has canceled planned protests in the Big Apple for the day, according to an official post on X, formerly Twitter. "Stay safe and see you on the picket lines next week," the message said.

Incidentally, it's not the first time New York weather-related abnormalities crimped picket plans: smoke from Canadian wildfires caused a pause in June and extreme heat led to a delay in July.

That said, the soggy city is seeing other affects: Alamo Drafthouse is closing its theaters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island "until further notice" because of flooding.

A State of Emergency declaration was made by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, as flooding causes issues with the roads and rails.

The New York Mets home game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field Friday night has been postponed, as is the preseason matchup between the New York Rangers and New Islanders at Madison Square Garden.

However, at least as of 3 p.m. Friday, the show will apparently still go on, on Broadway.

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Max unveils first House of Halloween collection

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The streaming service Max is getting into the spirit of the season with its first House of Halloween collection.

Digging into its expansive library, Max has subdivided its scares into various categories so that thrill-seekers of all ages can get in on the fun.

"Sweet Treat" highlights family-friendly titles like Coraline, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the reality competition Halloween Cookie Challenge; "Scary, But Not Scary-Scary" includes the likes of HBO's The Last of Us and True Blood; "Haunt Your Dreams" goes for full-on horror.

That's where you'll find movies like Annabelle and the It films, as well as The Nun and the movie considered to be the scariest of all time, The Exorcist, which is turning 50 this year.

There's also a "Costume Inspiration" section to give you some ideas, with trick-or-treat time get-up inspo from projects ranging from The Flash to And Just Like That... to Our Flag Means Death.

Good luck finding somebody at the party who gets the latter reference, but you'll be best friends if you do, guaranteed.

Max also boasts plenty of animated family adventures for the season, including Halloween-themed episodes of Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo.

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Director John Carney mixes music and family drama in 'Flora and Son'

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Director John Carney is back with another movie about how music brings us all together. Flora and Son drops Friday on Apple TV+, and Carney tells ABC Audio he enjoyed balancing the musical elements inside the dramatic family story.

“I think it's really fun to try and see if you can have your cake and eat it,” Carney, who also directed musical films like Once and Begin Again, says. “Tell a Hollywood musical story with tons of songs and music, but at the same time, do an emotional drama about how hard it is to be alive.”

Leading the film is Eve Hewson, who stars as Flora, a single mother who learns to play guitar to bond with her son. Hewson is the daughter of U2 frontman Bono, and Carney says Eve wasn’t stressed about any comparisons people might make.

“She didn't let that affect her, which is kind of amazing if you think about it,” Carney says. “If my father was, you know, John Huston or an incredible filmmaker, I think I'd be nervous about making a movie. She wasn't remotely nervous because she didn't try to come on screen and sing her heart out. It was more about the lyric writing and what she was saying and giving it a shot.”

That focus on expressing oneself through music is what Carney says he enjoys most about creating it.

“A real expression of art is when you're happiest when you're doing it. Not when it's finished or when you're selling it or talking about it, but actually when you're lost in the moment,” Carney says. “I seem to be more comfortable talking about characters who aren't perfect, but are kind of flawed and messy, but they manage somehow to sort of make something beautiful and add something to the world.”

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'The Continental' series director Albert Hughes on playing in the "sandbox" of 1970s New York

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The second of three episodes of The Continental: From the World of John Wick is now streaming on Peacock.

Set in "the hell-scape of 1970s New York City," it was up to director Albert Hughes, as well as Wick franchise producers Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee and their production team, to recreate the bad old days of the Big Apple — very far from New York, no less.

Lee explains, "We scouted all over and then ended up in Budapest, which is amazing." She thanked "an incredible team that ... helped build ... The Continental and '70s New York and still give it that kind of slick John Wick vibe on a ... smaller budget."

Hughes adds, "When we did Dead Presidents in 1994 ... we're doing the '70s, you're a little closer to that period. And they hadn't yet cleaned up Times Square, and the Bronx and Harlem. So we were able to do it. You know, even now in New York, you can't ... get away with it."

"Even modern-day John Wick ... it's an impression of New York," he continues. "So what's our impression of the 1970s New York? That starts with disco for me and music and classic rock and the style of the '70s, the sanitation strike, you know, all that good stuff."

The location was sweetened with establishing shots of the New York City skyline, thanks to some digital artistry. Hughes explains, "We had to get reference pictures of what buildings weren't there and take them out. We had to put the Twin Towers in."

But sorry, Statue of Liberty wonks: The visual effects supervisor pointed out that the flame atop Lady Liberty's torch isn't period-accurate and offered to fix it.

"I'm like ... no, we shouldn't waste money on that," Hughes laughs.

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Reality Roundup: 'Vanderpump Rules'' Tom Sandoval announces new podcast, and more

Have no fear, your reality roundup is here! Here's a look at what's happened in the world of reality television this week.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV)
Jersey Shore Family Vacation star, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, and his wife, Lauren, are expanding their family once more. In a heartwarming Instagram announcement, the couple shared their excitement for their upcoming third child, due in March 2024. Alongside a sweet photo featuring their 9-month-old daughter, Mia, and two-year-old son Romeo Reign, holding sonograms, they wrote, "Good things come in threes. Adding another pumpkin to our patch Baby #3 coming March 2024." 

Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)
Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval has announced his new podcast, Everybody Loves Tom. The debut episode premiered Thursday, September 28th across podcast platforms, with subsequent episodes premiering weekly on Thursdays. The show, hosted by the actor, model and mixologist, will feature lively discussions with a diverse lineup of celebrities, musicians, and friends, per the presser. Listeners can expect candid conversations covering VPR secrets, music, fashion, cocktails, and more.

Bachelor in Paradise (ABC)
Bachelor in Paradise lovebirds Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Dean Unglert are married! They exchanged vows on September 23 at Beyul Retreat in Meredith, Colorado, a location with special significance to Unglert. The charming "Camp Bell" wedding theme paid tribute to Miller-Keyes' affection for summer camp and honored Unglert's late mother, Debbie Bell, who passed away from breast cancer during his teenage years. In a touching gesture, the couple intends to adopt the Bell surname, preserving Debbie's memory as they embark on this new chapter together.

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here's a look at some of the new movies and TV shows streaming this weekend:

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar: Watch The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, the first of Wes Anderson's four short films coming to Netflix this month.

The Great British Baking Show: Return to the tent and meet a whole new crop of bakers on The Great British Baking Show.

Reptile: A star-studded cast rounds out the thrilling new mystery film Reptile, where a detective uncovers the truth behind a brutal murder.

Love in Fairhope: From the producers of Vanderpump Rules, dive into the lives of five women at various life stages as they embark on a journey to find love in their small town of Fairhope, Alabama. 

Launchpad: The exciting season 2 highlights the work of six writers, five directors, and one multi-talented writer-director, all hailing from underrepresented backgrounds. 

Starstruck: Find out how to love and let go in season 3 of the new romantic comedy series.

Apple TV+
Flora and Son: An Irish mother learns how to play the guitar to connect with her son in the new movie.

Prime Video
The Boys: Fans of The Boys better check out Gen V, the Prime Video spin-off series set at a university for students with superpowers.

Victoria's Secret The Tour: The iconic fashion show is back and better with a part-fashion, part-documentary with a mission to empower women. 

Happy Streaming!

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Gayle King defends bestie Oprah over Cindy Crawford "chattel" comments in Apple TV+ documentary

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While Oprah Winfrey has yet to weigh in, her bestie Gayle King is disappointed with Cindy Crawford's headline-grabbing comments about the talk show titan in Apple TV+'s new documentary The Super Models.

As reported, Crawford said she feels humiliated by her 1986 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, during which she was asked to stand up and model her body for the crowd.

"I was like the chattel or a child, be seen and not heard," Crawford confessed, adding she didn't get it at the time, when she was 20. "When you look at it through today's eyes, Oprah's like … 'Show us why you’re worthy of being here.'"

Re-watching the clip, Cindy said, "that was so not OK really. Especially from Oprah!"

Entertainment Tonight caught up with King in New York City Thursday night, and she said she's disappointed at the comments.

"I haven't seen it, and I want to see it, but I'm surprised and a little disappointed," King expressed. "Because I know Cindy's been on her show many, many, many times and it has always been a pleasant experience." 

She added, "It's not Oprah's thing to humiliate or make anybody feel badly," saying of the clip, "I have to see it, but, as far as I know, everything is good between Oprah and Cindy."

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From Screen to Stage: '13 Going On 30' to become a musical

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The beloved 2004 romantic comedy 13 Going On 30 is set to make a dazzling transformation into a musical, Variety reports. 

Screenwriters Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, the creative minds behind the beloved film, have joined forces once more to bring this enchanting story to the stage.

A two-week workshop for the musical adaptation is scheduled to take place at London's Battersea Arts Centre in October. The workshop will culminate in four special "script in hand workshop presentation" performances, accompanied by a live band, October 25-28.

Guiding this musical journey is director Andy Fickman, known for his work on films like 2006's She's the Man and the stage capture of Heathers: The Musical for Roku in 2022. Goldsmith and Yuspa, renowned for their collaborative efforts on 2000's What Women Want, have penned the book, while the musical's score is crafted by the talented duo Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary.

13 Going On 30 The Musical is poised to make its grand debut next summer.

The production promises to capture the essence of Jennifer Garner's character, Jenna Rink, a 13-year-old who yearns to fast-forward past the awkward teenage years and wake up as a successful 30-year-old in New York City. When her wish surprisingly comes true, she finds that her seemingly perfect adult life isn't all it's cracked up to be, leading her to rediscover what truly matters.

You just know all involved are champing at the bit to recreate the movie's "Thriller" dance scene

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