Jake Gyllenhaal reveals whom he'll be rooting for at the Tony Awards this Sunday

Walter McBride/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The brightest Broadway stars will be out for the 73rd annual Tony Awards this Sunday, airing live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The musical Hadestown leads the pack of nominees with 14 nominations, while the revival of To Kill a Mockingbird comes in second, with nine nominations. But Jake Gyllenhaal, a presenter for the evening, already knows who he’s rooting for.

"I am very excited for a number of my friends, but particularly the extraordinary Ruth Wilson, who I starred alongside in [the 2015 play] Constellations… so I'm a little biased," he tells ABC Radio. 

Wilson, best known for her roles in TV's The Affair and Luther, is nominated this year for her role in King Lear. Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Laurie Metcalf, Bryan Cranston and Jeff Daniels are also among those recognized in the leading actor categories.

We may see Gyllenhaal on the list of nominees next year -- his play Sea Wall/A Life hits Broadway this summer, after a successful off-Broadway run. The play is split between two monologues: Tom Sturridge performs the monologue "Sea Wall" by Simon Stephens, while Gyllenhaal performs “A Life,” by Constellations playwright Nick Payne.

The Tony Awards airs live on CBS Sunday, again hosted by James Corden and featuring performances by Cynthia Erivo and the casts of The Cher Show, Choir Boy, Beetlejuice and more.

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Avengers assemble on Netflix's 'The Chef Show'

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Avengers fans who haven't yet had their fill of Endgame should take a seat at the table and fill up on the new series of Netflix's The Chef Show, which debuts today.  Specifically, the series' second episode.

Created by Iron Man director and foodie Jon Favreau and star chef Roy Choi [CHOY], who Favreau trained with for his hit indie film Chef, The Chef Show follows the pair as they hit the road and sample some of the finest food in the country -- and Favreau taps some of his celebrity friends to take the ride with them.

The first episode features Iron Man star Gwyneth Paltrow and stand-up comic Bill Burr.  The second episode, "Avengers Atlanta," features Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., as well as Spider-Man star Tom Holland, Engame and Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. 

As the Marvel stars feast at an eatery called Holeman and Finch, they also talk shop. They reminisced about 2008's Iron Man, with Feige saying they only hoped it "could just do well enough that maybe we can do another one."

Marvel Studios has made 22 more superhero flicks since then.

Downey reveals the moment when he suspected the movie would appeal to a wide audience: "I just remember going to one of the midnight shows, and seeing a single mother [rocking] her baby in a carriage in the aisle, while she was watching it."

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

The Chef Show is now streaming on Netflix.

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Denzel Washington praises wife Pauletta for being his "biggest lifetime achievement"

Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday night, Oscar winner Denzel Washington was honored for his contribution to the arts at the 47th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award gala tribute in Hollywood.

Prior to the event, which celebrated Washington's career, life and legacy, Entertainment Tonight asked Washington-- who was accompanied by his wife Pauletta Washington-- what he considers to be his biggest lifetime achievement.

Washington then turned to his wife of 35 years, as if to ask her to answer for him.  She smiled and replied, "His four children."

"[Actually] I was pointing to her!" Denzel corrected, nodding at Paulette. "That's my biggest lifetime achievement!"

Denzel also opened up about being honored by the AFI and getting support from stars like, Spike Lee, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Hudson, Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan, Cicely Tyson and Julia Roberts who came out to help celebrate his career and legacy.

“I’m humbled, I’m grateful, I’m thankful… I’ve never done this before so I can’t really tell you how I feel,” he admitted. “It doesn’t feel like other times I’m on the red carpet. I’m usually promoting a film or at an award show. [Here] I’ve already won, I guess, so it’s different. It’s relaxed.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, the night was filled with plenty of standout moments including Boseman, who called Washington the G.O.A.T. .

“There is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington,” he said. “Not just because of me, but my whole cast, that generation stands on your shoulders.”

American Film Institute’s 47th Life Achievement Award Gala airs June 20 at 10 p.m. ET on TNT.

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Author Joe Hill's revved up about 'NOS4A2', creepy new AMC series inspired by his book 

Zach Dilgard/AMC (NEW YORK) -- "There's nothing funny about a clown at midnight,'" writer Joe Hill tells ABC Radio, quoting legendary horror movie actor Lon Chaney.  And anyone who's seen It, adapted from the novel by Joe's father Stephen King knows Cheney was right.

This idea -- of things that just "aren't right" -- in part inspired Hill's book NOS4A2 [pronounced nos-fer-AH-too, like the vampire classic], which has inspired the new 10-episode AMC series of the same name.

"When I was working on NOS4A2 I was thinking about Christmas music," he tells ABC Radio. "It's great when it's November and you start hearing carols on the radio. But if it's the middle of the summer and you're walking in the woods and you pass a dilapidated shack...and you hear watery Christmas music coming from inside, you're going to turn around and walk the other way as fast as possible."

Like his book, the series centers on the evil Charlie Manx, who drives a Rolls Royce that runs on human souls. Manx, played by Star Trek movie actor Zachary Quinto, lures children into his car and whisks them away to a supernatural world known as Christmasland.

"He drains away all their unhappiness, all their regrets, all their guilt," Hill explains. "And by the time they get to Christmasland...they're basically...playful, cheerful monsters."

Newcomer Ashleigh Cummings stars in NOS4A2 as Vic McQueen, a strong young woman who learns she's the only one with the power to stop Manx and save the kids.

Hill explains having 10 episodes to adapt his book let him create "far more intense" suspense than a two-hour movie could, because it give you time to "fall in love with the characters" before they're "put though the wringer." 

NOS4A2 airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on AMC.


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Ron Howard's documentary, 'Pavarotti', introduces you to the man behind the voice

Photo: Decca(LOS ANGELES) -- Pavarotti, a new documentary from director Ron Howard opening on Friday, explores the life of the most successful opera singer of all time, Luciano Pavarotti, who died in 2007 at age 71.

Howard tells ABC Radio he made the film for everyone -- whether you were a fan, or just vaguely familiar with the legendary Italian tenor, as Howard was before he began the project.

"There was just so much more to offer when you combined the journey of his life with the music itself and his commitment to it that I thought could be enlightening," says Howard, who wanted to "In a way sort of extend one of his agendas, which was to bring opera to the world, and not let it reside in some sort of elite corner."

The documentary, while respectful of Pavarotti's successes, doesn't shy away from his mistakes, including several affairs.

"Yes, some painful steps decisions here and there," Howard explains, "[but] despite some disappointments in the relationships with professional or personal that they might have had Luciano, there was this real almost gratitude or connection that they had that they'd had a role, you know, that they'd had their experience with Luciano and they had their relationship."

Like it did Howard, Pavarotti may just make you an opera fan.

"I'm finding myself listening to opera in the morning when I'm puttering around and trying to do a little stretching or drink some coffee, or it's on in my car, certainly in a way that it never was before," he tells ABC Radio.

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Bradley Cooper reportedly splits with his girlfriend after four years

Photo by Photopix/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend Irina Shayk have called it quits after four years of dating, a source tells People magazine.

The insider adds the A Star Is Born actor and the Russian model are "amicably working out how to share custody of their daughter Lea De Seine, who they welcomed in March 2017."

Cooper, 44 and Shayk, 33, first started dating in 2015. They went public with their relationship at a Paris Fashion Week party back in March.

Cooper previously dated actresses Suki Waterhouse and Zoe Saldana.

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'The Secret Life of Pets 2' and 'Dark Phoenix' among this week's new movies

Image from "The Secret Life of Pets 2"; Universal(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide Friday:

* The Secret Life of Pets 2 -- The sequel to the 2016 summer blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets finds Max the dog -- now voiced by Patton Oswalt, replacing Louis C.K., who was fired from the project following sexual misconduct allegations -- adjusting to a new roommate when his owner, played by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Ellie Kemper, gets married and has a baby. Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll and Pete Holmes provide additional new voices, along with returning voice cast Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Moynihan. Rated PG.

* Dark Phoenix -- The 12th installment in the X-Men film franchise and the direct sequel to 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse stars Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, a powerful mutant whose telepathic and telekinetic powers are amplified as the result of a mysterious cosmic force that causes her to lose control and turn into the titular character. The X-Men must now decide if a team member's life is worth more than the rest of the world. The ensemble cast also includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Jessica Chastain. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* The Last Black Man in San Francisco -- Jimmie Fails wrote and stars in this semi-autobiographical drama about an African American man's quest to reclaim his childhood home, a Victorian house in San Francisco's Fillmore District, which was built by his grandfather, played by Danny Glover. Also starring Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan and Thora Birch. Rated R.

* Late Night -- Mindy Kaling wrote and stars in this dramedy about a late-night talk show host, played by Emma Thompson, who fears she's in danger of losing her show and teams up with one of her new staff writers, portrayed by Kaling, to save the show. Max Casella, Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Denis O'Hare, Reid Scott and Amy Ryan co-star. Rated R.

* Pavarotti -- This new documentary from director Ron Howard explores the life of the most successful opera singer of all time, Luciano Pavarotti. Rated PG-13.

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Tyler Perry tells actors to stop buying billboards to get his attention: "Save your money!"

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(ATLANTA) -- Tyler Perry has a message for actors buying billboards to get his attention: "Please stop."

In an Instagram post, Perry shared a photo of a billboard featuring actress Racquel Bailey that read, "ATTENTION MR. PERRY Racquel Bailey Is Your Next Leading Lady."

He then offered a critique on the actress' creative pitch.

"Auhhh…. soooooo…… here’s the deal. This is not the way to get my attention if you're looking for a role in one of my shows," Perry wrote. "Please DON’T DO THIS, SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This is the third time that someone has done this. PLEASE STOP! To audition is FREE!! I'm sure you can use that money for a better purpose."

He continued, "I love that you want to work with me, and I love that you invest in yourself. But when you do things like this it puts my team on high alert and makes me look at you sideways. I know the message that you want to send is a positive one, but this comes across as the opposite."

"Again, the best way to work for me is to AUDITION and it's FREE! We post breakdowns all the time for actors. JUST COME AND AUDITION," he added.

Perry then offered Bailey some praise and even advice to on how to better get his attention.

"And by the way, you were great in THE NIGHT OF! It was my favorite show a couple years ago. I ALREADY SAW YOU!! So just audition and keep your money!!" he said.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bailey, who paid $2,000 for two billboards near Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, later landed an audition for an upcoming pilot that Perry is working on.

While Bailey hasn't heard back yet, she told AJC she was "patiently waiting” for an opportunity.

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"I hate that word!" Don't call Margot Robbie a "bombshell"

Inez & Vinoodh/Vogue(LOS ANGELES) -- In the cover story in July's Vogue, Margot Robbie details her acting, her activism, and the term she can't stand: "bombshell."

"I hate that word. I hate it -- so much," the Oscar-nominated actress tells the fashion magazine. "I feel like a brat saying that because there are worse things, but I'm not a bombshell. I'm not someone who walks in a room and the record stops and people turn like, 'Look at that woman.' That doesn't happen."

Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman calls Robbie a "powerhouse," and that might be more apt, since the actress, who will be seen in July in Quentin Tarantino's anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has jumped into the producing game with both feet.

Via her company, Luckychap, Robbie is starring in and producing Birds of Prey, which puts her Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn into a female-focused superhero flick. There are females behind the camera, too: The movie is written by Christina Hodson, and directed by relative newcomer Cathy Yan.

"I'm so grateful to be in a position of power and to have more creative control when that is embraced and encouraged now," says Robbie.  However, she admits having that control as a producer and an actress means she's got her hands full

"It would be easier -- and so much more unfulfilling -- not to have a production company," she tells Vogue. To not hire first- and second-time female directors, and stake millions of other people's money, and put my name to it and everything I've worked for."

But, she notes, "I've made the choice to do it, and I don't regret it."

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Mahershala Ali to star and produce prison film 'Solitary'

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Mahershala Ali has signed on for another role that is sure to test his limits as an actor.

According to Variety, the two-time Oscar winner is on board to executive produce, and likely take on the lead role, in the upcoming prison drama Solitary. The film, which is in the earliest stages of development, is based on Albert Woodfox’s 2019 memoir Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades In Solitary Confinement, My Story of Transformation and Hope, which follows the 43 years he spent in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s Angola Prison.

In 1972, Woodfox and Herman Wallace were indicted for the killing of a corrections officer and convicted in 1974. In the 1990s, activists began working to appeal Woodfox’s conviction, which was overturned in 2014.

Woodfox was released in 2016 after the prosecution agreed to drop its request for a retrial and accept his plea of no contest to lesser charges.

During their time behind bars, Woodfox and Wallace campaigned for prison reform as part of the Black Panther Party. Wallace was released from prison in 2013, but died of cancer three days later.

This is the latest project for Ali, who earlier this year won the Best Supporting Oscar for his role in Green Book. Up next, the actor will star in the independent sci-fi drama Sovereign.

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