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Monday
Aug192019

Dwayne Johnson marries Lauren Hashian in secret Hawaiian wedding 

ABC/Randy Holmes(HAWAII) -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is officially a married man.

The Hobbs & Shaw star took to Instagram early Monday morning to post official pictures and reveal that he married his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, in Hawaii on Sunday.

"We do," he wrote next to the date to caption some gorgeous pictures of the duo.

Johnson and Hashian are dressed in all-white in the shots and they are all-smiles on their big day.

The superstar has some amazing "congrats" messages on the post from the likes of Tom Brady and Kevin Hart. The post also has close to 2.5 million likes as of early Monday morning.

Johnson and Hashian have been together for more than a decade and are parents to two daughters, Jasmine and Tiana. Johnson also has another daughter, Simone, from a previous relationship.

Aside from posting beautiful wedding pictures, you'll often see Johnson just being a dad to his three beloved girls on his Instagram. He's also one to brag about his "better half," the woman who is "The Rock" and support behind one of the biggest superstars in the world.

Last month, he wrote, "Pleasure to rock the @hobbsandshaw world premiere w/ my much better half & beautiful smoke show @laurenhashianofficial. Best part about this night is by 11pm, we’re already at home, in our sweatpants and sippin’ on tequila. My kinda night and my kinda gal. The strength & coolness of a woman comes in many many different forms."

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Monday
Aug192019

'Spider-Man: Far from Home' poised to become Sony's highest-grossing film of all time

Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- With a box office haul expected to reach $1.109 billion by Monday, Spider-Man: Far from Home is expected to surpass Skyfall's $1.108 billion to become Sony's highest-grossing film ever.

Spider-Man: Far from Home, starring Tom Holland, is also the only non-Disney title to cross $1 billion globally this year. The milestone comes a little over three weeks after it crossed the $1 billion global earnings threshold.

Additionally, with earnings of $376 million in the U.S., Spider-Man: Far from Home has become the second-highest grossing Spider-Man movie ever domestically, behind the titular 2002 film, and has topped Spider-Man 2’s haul of $373.6 million.

Spider-Man: Far from Home also stars Samuel L Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Monday
Aug192019

'Good Boys' surprises with $21 million first-place debut

L-R: Keith L. Williams, Jacob Tremblay and Brady Noon in "Good Boys"; Ed Araquel/Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Good Boys, the R-rated comedy from Seth Rogen and collaborator Evan Goldberg, laughed all the way to the top of the box office with an unexpected estimated $21 million debut.

The film, starring Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams as sixth graders who ditch school to attend kissing parties, exceeded expectations on the way to becoming the first R-rated comedy to top the box office since 2016’s The Boss, and the biggest 2019 opening for an original comedy.

The weekend's other new movies, on the other hand, mostly floundered. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, the sequel to the 2017 shark thriller, finished in sixth place, earning an estimated $nine million.

Likewise, Blinded by the Light, which centered on a Pakistani teen in England whose life is changed when he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen, managed only a ninth-place finish with an estimated $4.5 million.  And the comedy Where'd You Go Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett, failed to make the top 10, only managing an estimated $3.45 million.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was expected to hold on to first place in its third week of release, but Good Boys bumped it into the number-two slot, where it earned an estimated 14.1 million, bringing its total stateside to $133.7 million. Overseas, the Fast & Furious spinoff added an estimated $45.7 million, bringing its worldwide tally to $437 million.

Disney's The Lion King remained in third place for a second consecutive week, grabbing an estimated $11.9 million. It's now surpassed Finding Dory to become the 14th highest grossing domestic release of all-time with over $496 million so far in five weeks of release.  After tacking on an estimated $33.8 million overseas, The Lion King has now earned $1.435 billion globally, ranking it as the ninth-biggest worldwide release of all-time, right above Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

The fourth of this weekend's debuts, The Angry Birds Movie 2, didn't fly at the box office, finishing in fourth place despite opening last Tuesday. The animated film, featuring the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones and Sterling K. Brown, delivered an estimated $10 million for the weekend and $16.5 million for the entire six days. That's a far cry from the $38.2 million the original opened with in 2016.

Scary Stories in the Dark dropped from second place to fifth in its second week of release, earning an $10 million.

Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Good Boys, $21 million
2. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, $14.1 million
3. The Lion King, $11.9 million
4. The Angry Birds Movie 2, $10.5 million
5. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, $10 million
6. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, $9 million
7. Dora and the Lost City of Gold, $8.5 million
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, $7.6 million
9. Blinded by the Light, $4.45 million
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain, $4.4 million

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Friday
Aug162019

"Easy Rider" star Peter Fonda, brother of Jane and son of Henry, dead at 79 

Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Writer, director and actor Peter Fonda, son of legendary actor Henry Fonda and brother of Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, has died, ABC News has confirmed.  He was 79.

 

In a statement, Peter's family said that he died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles of respiratory failure due to lung cancer.   "In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts.  As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy," the family noted.

 

The statement concluded, "And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom."

 

Variety reports that his sister Jane said in a statement, "I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing."

 

Fonda was just 22 when he co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Easy Rider, the 1969 film that would define his career. Fonda starred in the movie along with Dennis Hopper -- who also co-wrote and directed the film -- and Jack Nicholson, who received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.  

 

Easy Rider and its rock 'n' roll soundtrack came to embody the counterculture, and marked a changing of the guard in Hollywood.  In 1998, the movie was added to the National Film Registry, having been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

 

While Fonda continued to work steadily through the next five decades in both TV and film, Variety notes, "The astonishing career that some predicted for [him] in the wake of Easy Rider never came to pass."

 

Finally, in 1997, he received an Oscar nomination, for his role as a beekeeper in the movie Ulee's Gold -- ironically, he lost to his Easy Rider co-star Nicholson.

 

Fonda's filmography included a wide variety of films, from The Cannonball Run and Escape from L.A., to Thomas and the Magic Railroad and Wild Hogs, to 3:10 to Yuma and Ghost Rider.  On TV, he appeared in episodes of CSI: NY, The Blacklist, ER, Californication and the reboot of Hawaii Five-O.

 

It appears that Fonda's final role will be in an upcoming war drama called The Last Full Measure, which is due to hit theaters in October.

 

Fonda is survived by his daughter, actress Bridget Fonda; his son, Justin; and his third wife, whom he married in 2011.

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Friday
Aug162019

Netflix announces release date for Michael B. Jordan superhero drama 'Raising Dion'

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has officially set a release date for Michael B. Jordan's highly anticipated super hero drama Raising Dion.

The streamer announced on Friday that the series, which will have nine one-hour episodes, will launch on October 4.

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, who will executive produce the project through his Outlier Society production company, will also appear as Dion's dead father. Meanwhile, newcomer Ja’Siah Young will play Dion Reese, "a curious, playful, and intelligent seven-year-old boy" who learns he can move things with his mind. Dion's mother, Nicole, will be played by Alisha Wainwright.

Raising Dion will also star Jason Ritter and Jazmyn Simon.

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Friday
Aug162019

'Preacher' star Dominic Cooper says fourth and final season is "out of control"

Lachlan Moore/AMC/Sony Pictures (NEW YORK) -- Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's popular 1990s comic book franchise of the same name, Preacher is currently in its fourth and final season on AMC.

The supernatural series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, a crook-turned very imperfect Texas preacher who inherits the voice of God -- which means he can make people do whatever he wants. Together with his girlfriend and former partner in crime Tulip -- played by Ruth Negga -- and Joe Gilgun as their Irish vampire pal Cassidy, the trio are literally looking for God, who's currently MIA.

Seth Rogen and his lifelong pal and producing partner Evan Goldberg are the co-creators of the show, and Cooper gives them credit for bringing Preacher to the small screen.

"It says everything that...people were trying to make [Preacher] for 15 years and failing because...[t]hey couldn't understand how to translate it," the actor says. "It's down to [Seth and Evan] because they were huge fans of the comic and they understood who these people were."

Calling the source material "brilliant," Cooper says of the supernaturally absurd show, "It's such a wonderful piece of work in terms of the opportunities that we have as actors to do every single genre in a space of a episode. You're doing comedy one moment...and then you're doing a huge fight sequence that would take weeks on a film, and then you're doing a very dramatic emotional scene at the end of the day." 

Cooper and company were grateful they got to go all out for the show's final season.

"Credit to everyone...[who said] 'You can take this further. Keep going,'"  says Cooper. "This is out of control, what we get up to...I always turn up to set going, 'Are we really gonna to do this?' -- as I'm...wading through the innards of a very large man."

One example of this season leaving nothing on the table is a marathon fight scene in last Sunday's episode -- a one-take wonder in which Jesse takes on a hallway full of dozens and dozens of clients of a perverted sex club: "I learned that entire sequence, and we made sure that we were shot in one take -- which was genius! I've never seen a fight like that," Cooper enthuses. 

The next episode of Preacher airs Sunday at 10:10 p.m. Eastern on AMC.

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Friday
Aug162019

Seeing a nice guy like Kevin Bacon go bad is part of the fun for his 'City on a Hill' co-star Jill Hennessy

Francisco Roman/Showtime(NEW YORK) -- Kevin Bacon and Jill Hennessy star in the Showtime drama City on a Hill, the '90s-set cop drama wraps up its first season Sunday night. The 10-part series, which premiered in June, centers on the FBI investigating a series of armored car robberies in Boston.

Law & Order vet Hennessy plays Jenny Rohr, the TV wife of Bacon's sleazy FBI agent Jackie. ABC Radio asked her what it was like seeing Bacon play against type.

"It actually makes it so much more enjoyable, because he’s so likeable," she explains. "You feel like you can do anything."

Hennessy adds, "This show really doesn't shy away from the ugliness of life, of the human condition, of corruption so it's nice when you are working with nice people like Kevin where you can go on with a scene that is completely messed up...and you can play and know you're safe and have a good time."

In fact, Bacon told us back in June that the "messed up" aspects of the show are what made this character so fun for him.

"Pretty much every scene I have [I'm] either saying or doing something inappropriate or offensive," he said.
"So it's been a lot of fun in that way."

On the other hand, his onscreen wife has more in common with the woman playing her.

"I don’t want to ruffle feathers, I don't want to cause conflict," Hennessy admits, while noting that her character, "sort of wants to stay in the background, but is desperately trying to express herself."

The series, which has been just renewed for a second season, airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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Friday
Aug162019

If Netflix docu-series "Diagnosis" is a “mystery story,” Dr. Lisa Sanders is Sherlock Holmes

Courtesy of Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Her popular New York Times Magazine column, “Diagnosis,” inspired the global hit TV show House. Now, Dr. Lisa Sanders is bringing her own show to the small screen.

Diagnosis, a docu-series debuting today on Netflix, takes patients straight out of Sanders’ column and opens them up to the power of crowdsourcing in order to determine the elusive causes of their mysterious illnesses.

“Some of the time, it's not like a math problem. It's Sherlock Holmes,” Sanders says about certain medical cases. “It's a mystery story…Clues have to be followed up and you have to have suspects and red herrings and all that kind of stuff, and I loved that.”

The first episodeof Diagnosis features a young woman with unexplained debilitating muscle pain.  Other patients include a six-year-old girl with localized seizures and a man who experiences deja vu before passing out.

Sanders says the show shines a light on "the emotional uncertainty, the physical uncertainty, the economic uncertainty" these patients go through.

Diagnosis isn’t the only show out right now that’s using a crowdsourcing method to try to get people well. Ann Curry hosts Chasing the Cure, a live medical mystery show airing on TNT and TBS. Does this mean crowdsourcing could be the future of medicine?

"I hope not," Sanders laughs. "That would put me out of a job! But I think for patients, it already is. I mean, that future is already now."

In addition to the Netflix series, Sanders’ new book, a collection of some of her best columns, Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries, is out now.

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Friday
Aug162019

"Hello there!" Ewan McGregor reportedly in talks to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in Disney+ series

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- That sound you may have heard last night, "as if millions of voices suddenly cried out," was the collective squee of old school Star Wars fans. That's because Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in three Star Wars movies, is in talks to play the Jedi master once again, this time in a series for Disney+.

The Hollywood Reporter gave weight to what began as a rumor swirling throughout the geekosphere yesterday.

The trade explains that no timeline has been announced for the series. However, at one point, Lucasfilm was developing a feature film spin-off centering around Kenobi's adventures between Star Wars: Episode III and 1977's Episode IV: A New Hope; that project was ultimately scrapped, but it's logically fertile creative ground.

The Kenobi series will be the third Star Wars title being made for Disney's upcoming streaming platform, set to launch in the fall. Co-produced by Star Wars: The Clone Wars Emmy winner Dave Filoni and Iron Man and the live-action Lion King director Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the titular bounty hunter. Also in the works is an as yet-to-be-titled prequel to 2016's Rogue One, centering on one of its doomed heroes, Cassian Andor. Diego Luna has signed on to reprise his role as the cunning Rebel spy.

McGregor will next be seen in The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, hitting theaters November 8. He will also play the baddie Black Mask in the DC Comics-based movie Birds of Prey, starring and co-produced by Margot Robbie, who reprises her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn. That film opens February 7, 2020.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Friday
Aug162019

'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' fined $395,000 for sketch using emergency alert tones

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel has had a lot of fun at President Donald Trump's expense, but a sketch from his ABC late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, that included the use of a simulated Federal Communications Commission emergency alert tone, will cost the show $395,000.

The sketch in question aired back in October and poked fun at a presidential alert test from FEMA to millions of cell phones that would warn people of of national emergencies, such as dangerous weather. Kimmel introduced the bit by saying, "The idea of letting President Trump send a text message alert to every American may sound like a bad idea...But what do we do here in Hollywood when we have a bad idea? We make a movie out of it!"

Kimmel then ran a trailer for a fake movie called The Textening, in which chaos erupts as residents take drastic measures to stop the president's endless flurry of texts.  It included use of the emergency alert tone, which is against FCC regulations since it's only supposed to be used in the event of an emergency.

According to the FCC filing, ABC says there was a "misunderstanding that the use of the tone was permissible."

The network agreed to pay the $395,000 fine, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "ABC takes regulatory compliance seriously and we are pleased to have resolved this issue."

In addition to Kimmel, AMC has agreed to pay $104,000 in connection with a tone used in a February episode of The Walking Dead, and Discovery will fork over $68,000 for an episode of Lone Star Law on Animal Planet that captured a real emergency alert while filming.

Each of the companies has agreed to implement a compliance plan to avoid future misuse.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 ET on ABC.

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