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Kenan Thompson gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star

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Ahead of hosting the 2022 Emmy Awards next month, nearly 20-year Saturday Night Live veteran Kenan Thompson was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.

His former SNL co-star Leslie Jones was on hand to help unveil the walk's 2,728th star. They were also joined by comedian and actor JB Smoove, and Josh Server, who starred with a young Kenan on the Nickelodeon show All That.

"When we were kids, Kenan had this confidence," Server said while at the podium with Kenan and his young daughters, Georgia and Gianna. "So many of us spend years trying to find who were are, and what makes us unique and special ... Kenan just had that."

"We are brothers," Server said, "The world is a happier, funnier place because of those rare gifts you shared with us all."

For his part, Kenan said, "From the bottom of my heart ... It's really been my pleasure. I do comedy. It's fun, I don't see it as work ... I just wanna be a good partner in the world, a good human being."

He also promised to high-five all the fans who lined up along the famous street.

Thompson's star is located at 6627 Hollywood Blvd., "right next to the GOAT, Lorne Michaels," he said of his SNL boss.

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Blood screen reportedly shows Anne Heche had drugs in her system after crash


While actress Anne Heche remains in a coma and in critical condition at the hospital following her fiery car crash last week, ABC News has learned a blood test turned up positive for narcotics.

Heche was severely burned when her blue Mini Cooper slammed into a Mar Vista, Los Angeles, home at a high rate of speed, setting both the car and the home ablaze.

She has not been able to communicate since the crash. Los Angeles Police Department investigators say narcotics were found in her system -- but because she was tested after being admitted to the hospital, it needs to be determined if they were taken before the crash, given by the hospital, or some combination of the two.

The 53-year-old could face felony DUI charges for the wreck in the likely scenario LAPD investigators refer the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

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Cast of 'Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella' will reunite for film's 25th anniversary special

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella turns 25 years old this year, and for its milestone anniversary, members of the original, star-studded cast will come together to celebrate.

On August 23, BrandyWhoopi GoldbergPaolo MontalbanVictor GarberBernadette PetersJason Alexander and Veanne Cox will convene for Cinderella: The Reunion, A Special Edition of 20/20. The one-hour program "dives into the film’s positive impact on representation in Hollywood" and features exclusive interviews, as well as BTS moments with the late Whitney Houston.

“We’re delighted that the 25th anniversary of this landmark incarnation of ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ is being celebrated on its original network,” said Imogen Lloyd Webber, SVP at Concord Theatricals, on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s unforgettable score is truly timeless — still enchanting listeners 80 years after their partnership began and 65 years since their ‘Cinderella’ first charmed the largest audience in television history.”

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella premiered on November 2, 1997, and put a spin on the traditional story, as it introduced America’s first Black Cinderella (Brandy) and Fairy Godmother (Whitney Houston). The revolutionary musical garnered critical acclaim and seven Emmy nominations following its release. It has since gained a new set of fans after its debut on Disney+ in February 2021.

Cinderella: The Reunion, A Special Edition of 20/20 will premiere on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the original film, which hasn't aired on broadcast television in more than two decades. The special will be available to stream on Hulu the following day.

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"Van lives." Lauren Ambrose joins 'Yellowjackets' cast

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Servant star and Six Feet Under veteran Lauren Ambrose has been tapped for the second season of the Emmy-nominated Showtime series Yellowjackets.

The announcement was made via Twitter, with a Polaroid-looking video image of the actress, along with the words "Van lives." -- tipping their hand that the flame-haired actress will be playing the adult version of the time-jumping show's resident redhead Liv Hewson.

The series centers on a titular high school soccer team forced to survive on their own after a plane crash, and also catches up with the survivors 25 years later. Its second season goes before cameras later this month in Vancouver.

The first season of Yellowjackets earned seven Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and also respective Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress noms for Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci.

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Jennifer Hudson says she hopes her new talk show helps people find their own "superpower"

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EGOT winner Jennifer Hudson has never played a superhero, but she says she's hoping to create some with her eponymous new talk show.

In a new promo, the multitalent enthuses, "I hope my fans experience a good time."

She adds, "I hope they discover their superpower, and I hope they feel on top of the world by the time they leave The Jennifer Hudson Show."

"Let's go live life, baby!" she smiles.

Producers tease, "The series will feature celebrity interviews, topical stories, community heroes, viral sensations and music."

They add that J Hud "will use her powerful voice in a new way, bringing fun, uplifting, and empowering conversations to the forefront, shining a light on extraordinary stories, talents and passions," calling the talk show "a destination to laugh, learn and feel inspired."

The syndicated chat show debuts September 12.

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Millie Bobby Brown talks about "disastrous" audition before she landed 'Stranger Things'

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Millie Bobby Brown is now a household name, thanks to the runaway success of Stranger Things, but as she tells the September issue of Allure, getting the role of Eleven nearly didn't happen.

The actress's dreams of stardom could have been dashed by what the magazine calls a "disastrous" audition for a powerful casting executive who said, at 10 years old, Mille was "too mature" to make it in Hollywood.

Millie explained why she was drawn to acting. "I enjoyed being different people because I always struggled with self-identity and knowing who I was. Even as a young person, I always felt like I didn't quite belong in every room I was in."

So, that critique from the casting director stung, she admits.

“I always knew that I was mature and I couldn't really help that," she tells the magazine, noting that as a child she felt "like no one was quite like me in school and no one was as mature as I was."

"And then being told that it wasn't, that I wouldn't make it in this industry, it was so hurtful," she says.

"[It] was really hard because I thought [maturity] was a good thing."

Then, she recalled, "My parents told me, 'Just do this one last audition on tape and then you can go outside and play with your friends again.' So I said, 'OK, yeah, I should do this one because it looks cool.'"

The audition was for the Duffer Brothers, who created Stranger Things, and the rest, as they say, is history.

After the show became a hit, Millie recalled thinking, "'Gosh ... I could really change the world with this.'"

To that end, she's launched a production company and a skin care line for people her age.

The issue hits newsstands August 16.

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'Better Call Saul' creator says there are no plans for any other 'Breaking Bad' spin-offs

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While Better Call Saul was met with strong ratings, critical acclaim and Emmy gold, show creator Vince Gilligan says when the spin-off ends on August 15, the Breaking Bad universe might just end with it.

"You can't keep putting all your money on red 21," he joked at AMC's recent Television Critics gathering, according to Deadline.

"I feel like we probably pushed it doing a spin-off to Breaking Bad [but] I could not be more happy with the results. Then I did El Camino and I'm very proud of that, too," he said of the two-hour 2019 Breaking Bad movie starring the show's Emmy-winning Aaron Paul, which bookended that acclaimed series.

Gilligan admitted, "But I think I'm starting to sense you've got to know when to leave the party, you don't want to be the guy with a lampshade on your head."

Speaking alongside his Saul co-producer Peter Gould, Gilligan allowed, "I don't have any plans right now to do anything more in this universe. I know I probably gave the same answer at the end of Breaking Bad. I gotta prove to myself that I got something else in me. I’m not a one-trick pony, that’s what I’m hoping."

That said, the success of Better Call Saul has the show creator adopting a "never say never" approach regarding the Breaking Bad mother ship.

Gilligan, a veteran of The X-Files, says his next project will be a venture back into the paranormal, with shades of that phenomenon Fox show and The Twilight Zone.

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More Ezra Miller controversy: Mother and three kids who were staying with him are reportedly missing

Miller from a April 2022 arrest -- Credit: Hawaii County Police Department

Just days after it was announced Ezra Miller had been charged with felony burglary comes news the embattled actor is apparently at the center of a case regarding missing people.

People reports Vermont State Police showed up to Miller's home last weekend in search of a mother and three young children who were reportedly staying there against the wishes of the children's father. The trio was nowhere to be found.

The cops were supposed to serve the actor with an emergency care order, following a Rolling Stone article that said the kids, aged 1, 4, and 5, were being kept in an environment where firearms and weed were present.

However, Miller reportedly told officers he hadn't seen them in two months -- but investigators say they suspect he was trying to "evade" the order, as what he said "contradicts information" they had regarding the whereabouts of the persons of interest.

Cops showed up Tuesday evening, as well, but apparently left empty-handed, People reports.

The situation is just the latest controversy for the star of the forthcoming The Flash, who, as reported, was arrested twice earlier this year after altercations at establishments in Hawaii.

In June, two South Dakota parents filed court documents that claimed Miller has been "physically and emotionally abusing" their 18-year-old daughter. Miller allegedly met the young woman when she was 12 and he was 23.

In 2020, the actor was caught on video choking a female fan to the ground outside a bar in Iceland.

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Steve Martin contemplates retirement: "This is, weirdly it"

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Only Murders in the Building star co-creator and star Steve Martin is hinting that the comedic whodunit may be his swan song.

"We were very happy just doing the live show," the 76-year-old comedian tells The Hollywood Reporter, referencing his You Won't Believe What They Look Like Today! tour with longtime friend and Only Murders co-star Martin Short. "There may be a natural end to that — somebody gets sick, somebody just wears out — but I wouldn't do it without Marty. When this television show is done, I'm not going to seek others. I'm not going to seek other movies. I don't want to do cameos. This is, weirdly, it."

The Hulu series -- also starring Selena Gomez -- and his live show are just two of Martin's current projects. He's also working on his 12th book, as well as a documentary about his life and career.

Only Murders in the Building is up for three Emmys this year, including outstanding comedy series and lead actor nods for Martin and Short. The show, currently in its second season, was recently renewed for a season three.

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In Brief: Trailer for 'The Menu' is served, and more

Amazon Prime Video has debuted the trailer for Catherine Called Birdy, Lena Dunham's new film about girl's search for gender equality. The third feature film from the creator of the HBO series Girls, is set in a Medieval English village in 1290, where teen Lady Catherine, a.k.a. Birdy -- played by Bella Ramsey -- is assigned to find a husband. Her greedy but poor father, portrayed by Andrew Scott, wants to capitalize to save their manor, but Catherine refuses to comply. Joe Alwyn, Ralph Ineson, Billie Piper, Isis Hainsworth and Russell Brand also star. Catherine Called Birdy opens in limited release September 23 and streams on Amazon Prime Video October 7...

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law star Tatiana Maslany will executive-produce and star in the upcoming AMC series Invitation to a Bonfire, the cable channel announced on Wednesday. Inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov’s co-dependent marriage, the series, per AMC, follows Zoya -- played by Skins' Freya Mavor -- "a young Russian immigrant and groundskeeper, who is drawn into a lethal love triangle with the school’s newest faculty member -- an enigmatic novelist, portrayed by Pilou Asbæk -- and his bewitching wife," played by Maslany...

The official trailer for the dark comedy/thriller The Menu dropped on Wednesday. The film follows "a couple -- played by The Queen's Gambit's Anya Taylor-Joy and Mad Max: Fury Road's Nicholas Hoult -- that travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef -- portrayed by The Grand Budapest Hotel's Ralph Fiennes -- has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises." John Leguizamo, Judith Light and Hong Chau also star. The Menu’s release date is currently set for November 18...

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'A League of Their Own' series deep dives into the film's original storylines

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It’s time to hit the field once again with the Rockford Peaches.

The movie A League of Their Own is now a TV series, debuting Friday on Prime Video, starring D’Arcy Carden and Melanie Field as 1940s women who just want to play ball.

Fans of the 1992 film are sure to be fans of series as well, according to Carden, who tells ABC Audio the series was able to "kiss the movie."

"We're doing our own thing. But there's a lot of, I always think of it as like little kisses to the movie. And winks," she says. 

One nice thing about the series is that there's more time to explore the storylines.  

"Like so much of the league was queer. There was such a vibrant Black baseball, and really amazing pitchers like Toni Stone, Mamie Johnson, Connie Morgan, who played in the Negro Leagues," explains Desta Tedros Reff, one of the show's writers and executive producers. "And the movie, just to tell a sports movie about females at the time was sort of revolutionary. And so this, it's really the opportunity we have right now to really step deeper into the story."

While A League of Their Own, the series, does make nods to the film, it's not a copy. 

"The world doesn't need this movie again. The movie's so good," says Will Graham, another of the show's writers and executive producers. "What we wanted to do was really take that platform and widen the lens and just tell a deeper range of stories but with the humor and heart and flawed characters and the comedy that [original film director] Penny [Marshall] and the cast brought to this story."

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Johnny Depp's acting return teased in new photo

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Johnny Depp's return to the cameras after his legal victory in his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard is already underway.

The French film company Why Not Productions has released an image of the actor in full historical dress and make-up as King Louis XV in French director Maïwenn’s based-on-real-life love story Jeanne du Barry.

The actor, who is fluent in French, is pictured in profile in a king's finery: wearing a powdered wig tied into a ponytail and topped with a white, feathered hat. Masking his eyes is a provocative black blindfold.

According to Variety, the film follows the titular character whom the director is playing herself: Jeanne was a courtesan who managed to charm the monarch while keeping her class and profession a secret to him.

The film got underway weeks ago, the production company revealed, and is shooting on location in and around France.

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Who was that masked man? New book takes a look at the history of cosplay

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The concept of fans dressing up like their favorite pop culture characters, as they recently did at San Diego Comic-Con, may seem like a new phenomenon, but it's not.

That's one of the findings from Andrew Liptak, author, journalist and, yes, cosplayer, in his new Simon & Schuster book: COSPLAY: A HISTORY - The Builders, Fans, and Makers Who Bring Your Favorite Stories to Life.

While the term "cosplay" surfaced in 1984 -- a Japanese amalgam of "costume and play" -- it's thought one of the first costumed gatherings happened at the first World Science Fiction Convention held in 1939.

"I looked at the history of conventions and fandom and sort of traced, like, where was the first place people started wearing costumes, like, 1939 in New York City," Liptak tells ABC Audio.

"And then, you know, what are earlier examples that go further beyond that? So we found examples from the early 1900s, mid 1800s."

He even learned there was a Roman emperor who'd dress up as Hercules and had busts made of himself in costume.

"At the heart of this is, like, you are trying to find your fellow tribe of fellow fans," Liptak says of the hobby. "Because, you know, we want community. We want to have things in common with people. We're tribal species, and we're a storytelling species."

Liptak marvels, pun intended, at how mainstream cosplay has become. "One of the fun things about Ms. Marvel [is that] cosplay is central in the plot of a Marvel TV show ... I mean, it's not only Ms. Marvel, but ... Taco Bell had a commercial with cosplayers in it, The Big Bang Theory ... you know, that was a big mainstream introduction for a lot of people that, you know, this is a thing."

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Amanda Seyfried regrets filming nude scenes at 19: "I wanted to keep my job"

Seyfried in "The Dropout" -- Hulu

The Dropout's Amanda Seyfried admits to having some regrets about filming a nude scene when she was 19 years old, saying she did it because she felt it was the only way to keep her job.

“Being 19, walking around without my underwear on -- like, are you kidding me? How did I let that happen?” the 36-year-old actress tells Porter. “Oh, I know why: I was 19 and I didn’t want to upset anybody, and I wanted to keep my job. That’s why.”

Seyfried says she “wishes she could be coming up now, in an era where intimacy coordinators are an on-set requirement and actors are in a better position to speak up.”

Seyfriend received her first Emmy nod last month for her performance as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu’s The Dropout.

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Discovery+ teases "explosive" Armie Hammer documentary series, 'House of Hammer'


Discovery+ has announced an "explosive" look into the salacious allegations that have derailed the career of The Lone Ranger and The Social Network star Armie Hammer.

Hammer was accused of rape and abuse, and of sending a series of direct messages that dealt with sex and cannibalism. Hammer's attorneys have claimed all of his relationships have been consensual.

"The accusations of rape and abuse brought against Armie Hammer in the last few years are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Hammer family," the network teases.

Hammer is the son of businessman Michael Armand Hammer and a great-grandson of the oil tycoon Armand Hammer.

"Featuring exclusive access and shocking revelations, the documentary takes viewers inside the Hammer family’s dark power plays over the course of three revealing hours," Discovery+ continues.

Jason Sarlanis, the streamer's head of crime and investigative content, adds, "With House of Hammer, we witness truly disturbing details and sinister secrets that money and power couldn’t hide forever.

"This documentary provides an important platform for the incredibly courageous women who came forward to share their stories, and we hope their courage inspires others to continue meaningful conversations around abuse in our society."

The trailer for the series features voicemails purportedly from Hammer, who is reportedly in treatment for alcohol and other addictions.

The series debuts September 2.

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