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Aug152019

Tiffany Haddish, Aubrey Plaza and more calling on Comedy Central's 'Crank Yankers' reboot

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Tiffany Haddish, Aubrey Plaza and Bobby Moynihan are among the stars joining the Comedy Central revival of its half-hour comedy Crank Yankers, from original creators Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison.

The revival, first announced back in February, will be an updated version of the original "for a digitally driven audience, in which 'the world’s favorite profane puppets will be pranking on phones, social media, e-sport platforms and any venue where trouble can be made."

Providing voices will be returnees from the show's original 2002-07 run, including Tracy Morgan, Kathy Griffin and Sarah Silverman. Crank Yankers returns September 25 10:30 ET on Comedy Central.

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Thursday
Aug152019

'Is There Still Sex in the City?' Author Candace Bushnell in talks to bring her new book to TV

Grove Press(NEW YORK) -- More than 20 years after Candace Bushnell gave the world a glimpse into the sex lives of women in their 30s with her novel-turned-hit HBO show Sex and the City, the author is back with a follow-up of sorts.

Bushnell's new book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, explores the dating lives of women in their 50s. She calls it Middle-Aged Madness, or MAM -- a process in which women really have to "reinvent" themselves.

“For me going through my 50s, it really reminded me of the same time as when I started writing Sex and the City and it felt like a time of uncharted territory and a time that nobody had ever really talked about before,” Bushnell, 60, tells ABC Radio.

It’s no surprise that this book is becoming a TV series as well. The show is still in its early stages, but Bushnell is excited to once again bring her own experiences to the screen.

“It's a great opportunity to continue the conversation because in the book Is There Still Sex in the City? I definitely did not cover all of the things that I could have covered and there were a lot of other things to write about in other stories,” she says. “So I'm just really excited to be able to keep telling these stories in this world.”

Is There Still Sex in the City? is out now.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

"Whatever you like": Vanessa Bell Calloway officially joins cast of 'Coming 2 America'

TM & COPYRIGHT © 1988 BY PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) -- It's safe to say there's going to be a star-studded family reunion in Zamunda.

Variety has learned that Vanessa Bell Calloway is officially on board to reprise her role as Imani Izzi, the former betrothed of Prince Akeem, in the upcoming sequel Coming 2 America.

She joins Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and Paul Bates, who are all set to reprise their roles in the sequel, as well as newcomers Jermaine Fowler, Kiki Layne, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Luenell and Rick Ross.

The original 1988 film Coming to America starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. In an effort to find a wife, Akeem, along with his trusty assistant Semmi, played by Hall, decide to travel to Queens, NY.

In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long-lost son and must return to America to meet the "unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda."  Layne will play his daughter.

As previously noted, black-ish creator Kenya Barris is rewriting a script from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to direct the project, which Murphy's also producing. The two recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, which follows the story of real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore.

Coming 2 America is set to hit theaters August 7, 2020.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Disney star Cameron Boyce's parents call their son's sudden death "staggeringly crazy and horrible"

Disney Channel/David Bukach(LOS ANGELES) -- The parents of Disney star Cameron Boyce, who died in July of epilepsy, are speaking out about their final night with their son and how they'd like him to be remembered.

"The night he passed away, we were out to dinner with him just hours before," Victor Boyce told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts in the first part of an exclusive interview. "It was a completely normal, beautiful family night out to dinner."
 
"There was no indication that anything was wrong," he said of the Descendants movie series star. "I mean there was no way to know in hours my son would be dead. Like, it was just staggeringly crazy and horrible. And we were texting that night."

Cameron Boyce, 20, died in his sleep after a seizure in early July. He had a rare "sudden unexpected death in epilepsy," according to an autopsy report released by The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

The former child star's parents only confirmed after his death that he had epilepsy, explaining that their son "didn't want his epilepsy to define him."

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that actively affects about 3.4 million people in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To honor Cameron's memory, his family launched The Cameron Boyce Foundation, which will provide "young people artistic and creative outlets as alternatives to violence and negativity," and which will "use resources and philanthropy for positive change in the world," according to their website.

Cameron was honored with a tribute earlier this month after the premiere of Descendants 3 on the Disney Channel.  It included footage of him with his co-stars, as well as moment from an early audition.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Watch Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding hit it off in the holiday rom-com future classic, 'Last Christmas' 

Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Everyone has those holiday movies they watch on repeat during the holidays -- we're looking at you, Love, Actually, A Christmas Story and Die Hard -- but the new trailer for a new film, Last Christmas, makes it seem as though it's ready to take its place alongside those classics.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians standout Henry Golding star in the romantic comedy, which was directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig and co-written by Love, Actually's Emma Thompson, who also appears as Clarke's mom. 

The Emmy-nominated Clarke plays Kate, who works -- hardly -- as an elf in a seasonal Christmas shop in London run by Golding's Crazy co-star Michelle Yeoh.

"I have nicknamed her Lazy the Elf, because she never works," Yeoh's character says.

By chance, Kate runs into Golding's Tom -- and runs into him again and again. He's a soup kitchen volunteer who Kate jokes should have "saint" tattooed on his forehead, and to Kate, he's too good to be true.

"Are elves always this cynical?" he asks. "Relentlessly," she snarks. "These are dark times."

Kate eventually shares that she had a brush with death that shook her up -- just like Clarke, who in real life suffered near-fatal brain hemorrhages.

"I'm just scared all the time," Kate confesses tearfully. "They just expect me to be normal and get on with life."

"There's no such thing as normal," Tom says, cradling her head in his lap. "Just being a human being is hard."

But as you've probably guessed, the magic of the season -- together with a soundtrack populated by George Michael hits like "Last Christmas" and "Freedom" -- help bring the unlikely pair together.

The movie opens November 8.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

"Who killed my son?" - Netflix debuts first trailer for season three of '13 Reasons Why'

David Moir/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) --  (SPOILER ALERT) Netflix has unveiled the full trailer for the third season of its controversial drama series 13 Reasons Why ahead of next month's third season premiere.

As a previous teaser hinted, this season hinges in the death of Bryce Walker, the high school athlete whose rape of Hannah Baker was the 12th reason of the series' titular reasons why she took her own life.

"It's my wish to find the person who killed my son," states actress Brenda Strong, who plays Bryce's mother. 

According to Netflix, this whodunnit behind the homicide of Justin Prentice's character is the central theme of the season. "Everyone has their reasons," the streaming service notes. "Police are determined to get to the truth, but with a web of secrets and lies this tangled, will anyone be found guilty?"

The third season of the show, which debuts August 23, also stars Dylan Minnette, Brandon Flynn, Alisha Boe, and Anne Winters.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Singer and 'Dunkirk' actor Harry Styles "respectfully declined" role as Prince Eric in live-action 'Little Mermaid' remake

ABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like Ariel is still without her prince.  After a month of speculation, Harry Styles has turned down the offer to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid live-action remake.

According to People, a source close to the film said the singer and Dunkirk star "respectfully declined" the role.  

That said, the search continues to fill Prince Eric's shiny black boots, though Disney's remaining tight-lipped about which actors are currently being considered for the role.

Production on The Little Mermaid is slated to begin in 2020 with 19-year-old R&B singer Halle Bailey playing Ariel.

The rest of the cast is starting to come together, with Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay reportedly in talks to play Scuttle and Flounder, respectively.  Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy is rumored to play the villain, Ursula.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

"Light the fires!" - Netflix unveils the official trailer for 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance'

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- The fantasy world of Jim Henson's 1982 classic The Dark Crystal takes on new life on Netflix in just a matter of weeks. The streaming giant has released the official trailer for its upcoming original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which gives us our best look so far at the magical world of Thra, home to the Gelflings and Podlings.

In the new film, three Gelflings -- voiced by Rocketman's Taron Egerton, The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy and Game of Thrones' Nathalie Emmanuel -- try to save their planet from the evil Skeksis [SKEK-seez], who literally drain the life force from the Gelflings.

The baddies are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg and Mark Hamill. Helena Bonham-Carter, Eddie Izzard and Alicia Vikander provide additional voices.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance premieres August 30.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Todd and Julie Chrisley of 'Chrisley Knows Best' charged with tax evasion, bank & wire fraud and conspiracy

Cythina Hicks/USA Network(LOS ANGELES) -- Todd and Julie Chrisley, stars of the USA Network reality series Chrisley Knows Best, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on a litany of financial crimes including tax evasion, bank fraud, wire fraud and multiple counts of conspiracy, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Georgia.

"Todd and Julie Chrisley are charged not only with defrauding a number of banks by fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans, but also with allegedly cheating taxpayers by actively evading paying federal taxes on the money they earned," U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said of the criminal indictment, which was filed on Tuesday.

The government claims that the Chrisleys didn't file on time or pay federal income taxes for four years and that they "also sought to evade payment of their taxes by hiding their income from the IRS."

The indictment also alleges that at least as early as 2007, the couple provided false information to banks and fabricated bank statements when applying for and receiving millions of dollars in loans, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Additionally, in 2014, two years after the alleged bank fraud scheme ended, the couple allegedly fabricated bank statements and a credit report when applying for and obtaining a lease for a home in California, according to the statement.

Todd Chrisley denied the charges in a lengthy Instagram post, insisting that in 2012, a "trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time," while allegedly creating phony documents and forging signatures.

After firing the employee and taking him to court, wrote Chrisley, the employee "took a bunch of his phony documents to the U.S. Attorney's office and told them we had committed all kinds of financial crimes, like tax evasion and bank fraud."

After explaining to the U.S. Attorney's Office what this former employee had done to them, the government sent the man packing, said Chrisley, but "the former employee didn't give up" and persuaded a different set of investigators at the U.S. Attorney's office to reopen the case, while granting him immunity from prosecution for his own crimes."

"We have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of," Chrisley declared, insisting they have “a ton of hard evidence” and “corroborating witnesses that proves it."

Chrisley Knows Best, which premiered in March 2014 on USA, follows the lavish lifestyle of Todd, a wealthy real estate developer, and his family.  It also spun off a series, Growing Up Chrisley, starring two of his children.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Check out Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Emma Watson in the first 'Little Women' trailer

Wilson Webb; © 2019 CTMG, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The very first Little Women trailer is here, starring Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Emma Watson, and directed by Oscar-nominated Lady Bird writer/director Greta Gerwig.

The film, scheduled for release Christmas Day, "draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life," according to the official description.

The trailer illustrates the sexism of the time, as Ronan's Jo March, a writer, is told to make sure her female character is married by the end of the book.

After that, we get glimpse of Jo and the rest of the women -- Meg, Amy, Beth and Jo, played respectively by Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen -- and how they instead want to make their own way into the world.

Streep provides a dash of comedic relief as the rich and sassy Aunt March, while Timothée Chalamet plays the male heartthrob, Theodore, who's always loved Jo. Laura Dern and Bob Odenkirk also star.

Little Women, first published in 1868, follows the March sisters as they progress from childhood to womanhood.  The beloved novel has been adapted multiple times for film and television, including a 1994 film starring Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and Claire Danes.

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