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In Brief: Netflix backing Kim K's 'Calabasas', and more

Deadline reports Netflix has won a competitive bidding war for the series Calabasas, an adaptation of Via Bleidner's book If You Lived Here You'd Be Famous By Now, which Kim Kardashian is executive producing. Calabasas follows Via, a 16-year-old Midwestern girl who's forced to adapt to the fast-paced, superficial world of Calabasas High after her family moves to Los Angeles ...

CBS has axed the sophomore dramedy So Help Me Todd and CSI: Vegas, currently in its third season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They join Young Sheldon and Bob Hearts Abishola on the network's cut list, along with Blue Bloods, which is in its final season, but will air its last episodes in the fall. The Equalizer and NCIS: Hawai’i are still waiting to hear their fates ...

Meg Bennett, who served as both an actress and writer on the soap operas General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, died April 11 of cancer, her family tells Deadline. She was 75. Bennett began her career in 1975 on Search For Tomorrow, playing the role of Liza Walton on several episodes ...

 

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'Civil War' repeats at No. 1 at the box office with $11.1 million weekend

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Civil War held on to the top spot at the domestic box office, despite some tough competition from the horror film Abigail. Civil War earned an estimated $11.1 million, bringing its two-week domestic tally to $44.9 million. The film has snagged $61.7 million globally.

Breathing down Civil War's neck was the aforementioned Abigail, with an estimated $10.2 million in North America for a second place finish. A24's reimagining of the 1936 film Dracula's Daughter, starring Alisha Weir, added an estimated $5 million overseas, for a global total of $15.2 million.

Godzilla x King Kong: The New Empire finished the weekend in third place, delivering an estimated $9.5 million in its fourth week of release.

Guy Ritchie's WWII comedy The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare -- starring Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Cary Elwes, Henry Golding, and Eiza González -- opened with an estimated $9 million at the domestic box office, good for a fourth place finish.

Rounding out the top five was the Japanese anime spy-action comedy Spy x Family Code: White, earning an estimated $4.9 million in its opening weekend in North America. Kung Fu Panda 4 was close behind, grabbing an estimated $4.6 million in its seventh week of release.

Elsewhere, Dune: Part Two 2, already the highest-grossing film of 2024 so far, is nearing $700 million worldwide.

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'The Office' follow-up is staffing up with Domhnall Gleeson and Sabrina Impacciatore

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While Universal Television is officially mum, Variety says Star Wars sequel trilogy star Domhnall Gleeson and Sabrina Impacciatore from HBO's Emmy-winning The White Lotus have joined the cast of its follow-up to The Office.

The show will feature an ensemble cast as the original did, reports the trade, which also notes it's not a reboot of the American version of the show — which itself was a reboot of Ricky Gervais' English flagship. But it will be set in the same "universe" as the Steve Carell/John Krasinski NBC sitcom.

That show's producer, Greg Daniels, along with Nathan For You co-creator Michael Koman, are developing the new series, as previously reported.

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'Pulp Fiction' reunion becomes a 'Welcome Back, Kotter' reunion, too

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John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Harvey Keitel reunited on the red carpet for the 30th anniversary celebration of Pulp Fiction in Hollywood.

The anniversary event at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre was held Thursday as part of the opening night gala for the 15th TCM Classic Film Festival, which runs until Sunday.

Travolta, Jackson, Thurman and Keitel were all special guests for the anniversary presentation of Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning crime epic.

Travolta and Jackson played hitmen in Pulp Fiction, with Travolta in a comeback -- and Oscar-nominated -- role as Vincent Vega and Jackson earning a Best Supporting Actor nomination as Jules Winnfield.

Thurman portrayed Mia Wallace, the former actress wife of Ving Rhames' crime boss character Marsellus Wallace; Keitel was the fixer Winston Wolf. Bruce Willis played the washed-up boxer Butch Coolidge in the movie, which also starred Christopher Walken, Rosanna Arquette and Eric Stoltz.

On the red carpet, Travolta was talking about the movie's legacy with reporters when he was surprised by his former Welcome Back, Kotter co-star Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, who played Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington to Travolta's fellow Sweathog Vinnie Barbarino. The pair hugged and conversed with each other before promising to catch up afterward.

Travolta was on the carpet with his 24-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta, about whom Hilton-Jacobs commented, "The last time I saw her she was that big," gesturing as short as his thigh.

 

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Kenan Thompson credits losing it during rehearsal for keeping his cool during 'SNL' Beavis and Butt-Head skit

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The April 13 episode of Saturday Night Live featured a sketch that has already landed in the history books for one of the longest-ever cast member crack-ups — and now the Beavis and Butt-Head sketch has more than 10.5 million views on YouTube alone.

The bit had Heidi Gardner playing a journalist, asking Kenan Thompson's expert about artificial intelligence, when he became distracted by a man seated behind the reporter: Ryan Gosling, dressed and made up to look exactly like Beavis.

Swapping him out for Mikey Day, who was transformed into Butt-Head, didn't help. 

Gardner's reaction was priceless — she lost her composure for nearly a minute at the mere sight of Day in his makeup, complete with Butt-Head's braces and exposed gums. 

However, Thompson smirked but didn't break.

He tells Variety, "I cracked so hard at dress rehearsal. I haven't had a break like that in a while where I was in tears and I couldn't talk." 

He recalled, "I was frozen. I was literally quivering and then I started to panic ... I can't talk without cry-talking. ... It could throw off everything!"

He goes on to call Gosling a "real one" and a "gem" in general, and commends him for pulling his weight during the sketch. "He's a professional, so he's playing it very real."

Gardner recently told Vulture that breaking during the skit left her feeling anxious and unprofessional.

She said, "I tried to tell myself in between dress and the live show, 'You can't laugh like that again.' I was trying to imagine seeing him in my head so I was prepared for it, but I just couldn’t prepare for what I saw. I really tried."

Luckily, the cast can catch its breath this week: SNL is a rerun.

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Kelly Clarkson, Drew Barrymore, Tamron Hall and more nominated for the 51st Daytime Emmy Awards

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On Friday, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Among this year's nominees were Tamron Hall, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson for their eponymous chat shows, as well as Whoopi Goldberg and the other ladies of ABC's The View. And of course, in the Drama category, cast members from classic soaps like The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives

Incidentally, after winning everything and an Oscar for Oppenheimer, Robert Downey Jr.'s Max series Downey's Dream Cars scored a nom in the Lifestyle Programs category.

Projects starring Zooey Deschanel and Selena Gomez — respectively, What Am I Eating? with Zooey Deschanel on Max and Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays on Food Network — were recognized in the Culinary Programs category.

All of the nominees can be found here. The Daytime Emmy Awards will air June 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Television Network, and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

 

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Stephen Colbert taking 'The Late Show' on the road

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On Thursday night's installment of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he announced he's taking his show on the road this summer for the first time.

Colbert noted The Late Show will broadcast from Chicago’s "so creatively named" Auditorium Theatre during the week of this year’s Democratic National Convention in the Windy City.

The week of shows will kick off Monday, August 19, and run through Thursday, August 22, on CBS, streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Colbert said Chicago holds "a special place" in his heart, joking, "and it's not just all the Polish sausages I ate that's still lodged in my aorta."

He "cut his teeth" as part of Chicago's famous second city troupe during his 11-year-stay, Colbert explained.

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Savannah Chrisley on hope for parents' future, raising teen brother and niece

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Savannah Chrisley is opening up about her life after her parents Todd and Julie Chrisley's imprisonment and sharing her hope for their future.

The couple, who became famous for their show Chrisley Knows Best, were sentenced in November 2022 to a combined 19 years in prison on charges including fraud and tax evasion. Todd was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 16 months of probation, while Julie was ordered to serve seven years in prison and 16 months of probation.

Their case is returning to court on Friday as they seek an appeal to review what they consider a court error.

In an interview with Nightline’s Juju Chang, ahead of her parents' appeal hearing on Friday, Savannah reflected on the moment she bid farewell to Chris and Julie before the pair reported to prison in January 2023.

"Just watched them stand in their bedroom, just hugging and kissing and not knowing," Savannah recalled.

"You know, at this point, you just hear 12 years, seven years. And that's a long time to be away from someone that you've been together with for 30 years, almost," she continued.

Since her parents' imprisonment, Savannah, 26, has been raising her younger family members: her little brother Grayson, 17, and niece Chloe, 11. The latter has been raised by Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley due to their son Kyle Chrisley's struggles with substance abuse.

Asked whether there was any doubt that she would be the one to take on the responsibilities as their guardian, Savannah replied, "Oh, I think it was just an unspoken thing that we just knew."

Tune into Nightline at 12:37 a.m. ET for the exclusive interview.

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Reality roundup: 'RHOBH' cast member says goodbye, Jax and Brittany fight, and more

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

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo)
Another housewife is saying goodbye. Cast member Crystal Kung Minkoff announced this week that she will not be returning for season 14 of the show. Minkoff, who has been on the show for three seasons, called the decision bittersweet and reflected on what it was like to be the first Asian-American to join the cast. “Every single year I was asked back, it was a blessing. It was an honor,” she said in an Instagram video. “Being the first Asian American on Beverly Hills was a lot of weight on my shoulders that I have since just have really understood the magnitude of what that means for people.”

The Real Housewives of the Potomac (Bravo)
Speaking of departing housewives, former RHOP star Candiace Dillard Bassett has announced her next chapter in life. Bassett tells Entertainment Tonight she’s expecting her first child with husband Chris Bassett. She had previously documented her fertility struggles on the show. Dillard Bassett announced her departure from the franchise three weeks ago.

The Valley (Bravo)
There were signs that Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright’s marriage was on the rocks, way before they officially announced their separation earlier this year. On this week’s episode of The Valley, filmed last summer, we see the tension between the two come to a head as they argue about Brittany’s drinking habits and their lack of a sex life. "You know better. Enough's enough," Jax yells during the fight. "Stop f****** drinking. You want to have more kids? Act like a mom." The two share 3-year-old son Cruz and announced their split in February after four years of marriage.

 

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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:

Hulu
Under the Bridge: Lily Gladstone is a police officer investigating teenage girls accused of murder in the new series.

Netflix
The Circle: The reality competition series all about catfishing returns. The first four episodes of season 6 are available now.

Our Living World: Watch the docuseries that spans the Earth to explore our creatures and ecosystems.

The Upshaws: One of the funniest families in TV is back for more. Wanda Sykes stars in the sitcom, which returns for its fifth season.

Rebel Moon – Part 2: The Scargiver: Kora’s journey continues in Zack Snyder’s newest film.

The Roku Channel
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The bestselling books come to life in the new series.

That’s all for this week’s Weekend Watchlist – happy streaming!

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After explosive debut, Prime Video renews 'Fallout' for second season

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Prime Video has renewed its video game adaptation Fallout for a second season, just days after the streaming service dropped all eight episodes of its first on April 10.

Based on the bestselling video game series, the story takes place 200 years after a nuclear event, when "the gentle denizens of luxury fallout shelters are forced to return to the irradiated hellscape their ancestors left behind."

The show, starring Walton Goggins and Ella Purnell, quickly ranked among the service’s top three most-watched titles ever and boasted the most-watched season globally since Rings of Power, according to the streaming service.

The series was created by Westworld director Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote The Dark Knight with Oscar-winning Oppenheimer director, older brother and frequent collaborator, Christopher.

Lisa Joy, Jonathan Nolan's partner on Westworld, co-produces Fallout through their Kilter Films banner.

"The bar was high for lovers of this iconic video game and so far we seem to have exceeded their expectations, while bringing in millions of new fans to the franchise," said a "thrilled" Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios, in the renewal announcement.

"The cast led by Ella Purnell, Aaron Moten, Walton Goggins and Kyle MacLachlan have knocked it out of the park!" she continued in part.

"Praise be to our insanely brilliant showrunners, Geneva [Robertson-Dworet] and Graham [Wagner], to our kick-a** cast," Nolan and Joy said, thanking their co-producers at Bethesda Game Studios, which developed the hit video game series, as well as Amazon "for their incredible support of this show."

They enthused, "We can't wait to blow up the world all over again."

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FX drops the trailer to season 3 of Emmy-winning 'Welcome to Wrexham'

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On Friday, FX dropped the season 3 trailer to its Emmy-winning docuseries Welcome to Wrexham, starring celebs-turned-soccer team owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

It's set to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," for good reason.

"In Rocky one, he loses. In season one, we lost," McElhenney explains.

"In Rocky II, he won. In season two, we won," the Always Sunny co-creator continues, referencing the underdog team's promotion to the English Football League in the show's tearjerker of a season finale.

For the third season, however, is there the Clubber Lang equivalent of adversity ahead? "It's going to be a very harrowing, edge-of-your seat season," Reynolds teases.

There are injuries and much stronger competition ahead, following the team's promotion after 15 long years of losses.

There will be tears — both the happy and not so happy kind — and laughs, too: Chris Pratt cameos in a behind-the-scenes peek of a birthday message McElhenney sent to Reynolds last October. "Do I get to meet Ryan?" Pratt asks, only to be denied.

"Is Danny DeVito here?" he asks, cracking Rob up with the ad-lib about his Always Sunny co-star.

"People expected to see a documentary about us changing Wrexham," Ryan concludes the snippet, adding, "But I think it's about Wrexham changing everyone else."

Season 3 of Welcome to Wrexham debuts May 2 at 10 p.m. ET on FX, streaming the next day on Hulu.

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In Brief: CBS renews 'Elsbeth' for season 2, and more

Netflix has dropped the trailer for Hit Man, the new rom-com co-written by and starring Anyone but You's Glen Powell. The film, based on a 2001 Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth, itself based on a true story, follows Powell as "a strait-laced professor [who] uncovers his hidden talent as a fake hit man in undercover police stings." He meets his match in a client — played by Adria Arjona — who steals his heart and ignites a powder keg of deception, delight and mixed-up identities, per the streamer. Hit Man premieres in select theaters on May 24 and Netflix on June 7 ...

Ahead of its fifth episode, which aired Thursday, CBS renewed its freshman drama Elsbeth for a second season. The series follows Carrie Preston's titular character Elsbeth Tascioni, a role she previously played on The Good Wife and The Good Fight, as she leaves Chicago and heads to New York for a new investigative role. The series, per the network, is averaging 11 million viewers per episode in Live+35 multiplatform viewing. According to Nielsen's most current data, the series has garnered 7.27 million viewers. Elsbeth also stars Wendell Pierce and Carra Patterson ...

The American Film Institute will celebrate Nicole Kidman's career on April 27. TNT will air a tribute special on June 17, according to Entertainment Tonight. Kidman will be honored by her Big Little Lies co-star Reese Witherspoon, along with Morgan Freeman and Naomi Watts, among others. Big Little Lies co-star Meryl Streep will make the award presentation. Kidman is the first Aussie to receive the award ...

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Seth MacFarlane teams up with Scorsese to save cartoons

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has teamed up with a seemingly unlikely collaborator — Oscar-winning movie legend Martin Scorsese — to save some cartoons. 

The Seth MacFarlane Foundation and Scorsese's The Film Foundation are funding The Film Foundation's first-ever restoration of a "curated selection of historically significant animated shorts" from the 1920s through the 1940s.

Included will be nine films from animation legend George Fleischer, the creator of icon Betty Boop, among many other characters.

A program of the restorations, titled Back from the Ink: Restored Animated Shorts, will premiere during Turner Classic Movies' 2024 TCM Classic Film Festival at its Hollywood Boulevard location on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. PT, with an in-person introduction by MacFarlane.

Seven shorts directed by Dave Fleischer will be screened, including Koko's Tattoo from 1928; 1935's Little Nobody; The Little Stranger and Greedy Humpty Dumpty from 1936; and 1937's Peeping Penguins.

Also screening will be a 1939 Terrytoon production called The Three Bears and 1944's Two-Gun Rusty from animator George Pal

Oddly, the former came to a new audience a few years back thanks to the Spaghet meme.

"I'm so grateful to Seth MacFarlane for his enthusiasm and his support on these restorations," said Scorsese in an announcement.

"What an astonishing experience, to see these remarkable pictures that I experienced for the first time as a child brought back to their full glory," the filmmaker added. "The films now seem as fresh as they did when they were newly made."

MacFarlane expressed, "The work Martin Scorsese and his Film Foundation have been doing is essential cinematic preservation. I'm honored to partner with them in restoring their first-ever collection of storied animation."

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Netflix reveals 'The Witcher' will end after a just-announced fifth season

Hemsworth (center) and cast at a Season 4 table read -- Courtesy Netflix

Netflix announced Thursday that the fourth season of The Witcher is now underway, and the streamer has renewed the sword and sorcery series for a fifth — but that will be it. 

The new seasons of the show will feature Liam Hemsworth succeeding original star and fan of the source material Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. He departed the show after rumblings of creative differences behind the scenes began to surface. 

Cavill had told The Hollywood Reporter that he'd stay with the series "as long as we can keep telling great stories which honor [author Andrzej] Sapkowski’s work," as seen in his beloved books and related games — of which Cavill counted himself a devoted fanboy.

As for The Witcher's new direction, the streaming service says seasons 4 and 5 will be shot back to back, "and will be the final chapter in Geralt’s story," centered on the author's books Baptism of Fire, The Tower of the Swallow and Lady of the Lake.

The final seasons will offer "an epic and satisfying conclusion," producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich insists.  

Netflix teases of the penultimate installment: "After the shocking, Continent-altering events that close out season three, the new season follows Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri who are faced with traversing the war-ravaged Continent and its many demons apart from each other."

The streamer adds, "If they can embrace and lead the groups of misfits they find themselves in, they have a chance of surviving the baptism of fire and finding one another again." 

 

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