'Stella's Last Weekend' was a family affair for Polly Draper and sons Nat and Alex Wolff 

Paladin(NEW YORK) -- Making the new film Stella’s Last Weekend was a family affair for Polly Draper and her two sons Nat and Alex Wolff.

Not only do they play mother and sons in the movie, but Draper also wrote and directed the film, her husband Michael Wolff composed the music and the family’s rescue dog, Stella, stars in the title role.

While they’ve all worked together before – minus Stella – in Nickelodeon’s Naked Brothers Band, when Nat and Alex were kids, this was their first time the family had worked together as adults.

“I think we're just at a place where we all really respect each other and have confidence in our own abilities outside of the family,” Nat tells ABC Radio of working with his family. “So when we came back to do a movie together, it was like just working with people that you think are incredibly talented that you love spending time with.”

Stella, on the other hand, wasn’t as easy to work with.

“She was really abusing everyone on set,” Alex jokes. “It was a difficult process, in complete seriousness. Did not like working with her. Love her as a dog, but...” 

The film revolves around Nat’s character, Jack, returning home from college to help his family give their elderly pooch a final send-off before she passes. While at home, his relationship with his younger brother Oliver is tested when they find out they’re both in love with the same girl.

While some of the elements of their real-life relationship made it into the film, Nat and Alex admit the closest they ever came to fighting over a girl in real life was when they both had a mutual crush on Kristen Stewart -- though they never actually met her.

Stella's Last Weekend is out now in limited release -- and don't worry: No dogs were harmed during the filming of the movie.

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'Mamma Mia!' returning to theaters for 10th anniversary

Universal Pictures/Fathom Events(DENVER, CO) -- Mamma Mia! Here they go again.

The Meryl Streep-led musical is getting a re-release in theaters in honor of its 10-year anniversary. The 2008 film, featuring songs by the pop group ABBA, will return to 400 screens for two days only next month.

Fathom Events and Universal Pictures will host the showings on Sunday, Nov. 4 and Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time. The screenings will also feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.

Mamma Mia! stars Streep as Donna, the free-spirited mom of Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie, who reveals that one of three different men could be Sophie’s father.

You can buy tickets for the 10th anniversary showings at or at participating box offices.

Mamma Mia! earned $609.8 million worldwide upon its release in July, 2008.  A sequel, titled -- of course -- Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, was released this summer and earned $392 million globally.

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Alyssa Milano: Trump's claim of a "scary time for young men" because of #MeToo is a "fear tactic" 

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Actress and activist Alyssa Milano, one of the first users of the #MeToo hashtag when the movement launched one year ago Monday, called President Donald Trump's recent comments that it is "a very scary time for young men in America" a fear tactic.

Referring to critics of #MeToo who say the movement encourages unproven sexual misconduct allegations against men, Milano told Good Morning America on Monday, "I don't know why their concern isn't that boys can also be hurt, molested and sexually assaulted."

Milano, who has a daughter and a son, added, "I'm of course concerned for boys, but I'm not concerned for them in the way the president is concerned for men."

She said comments like Trump's are "fear tactics" in response to "white men" being in danger of losing some of their power in society.

Milano also acknowledged, "Women have had it hard for generations and there are going to be false claims," but says there must be a process in place to make sure everyone gets a "fair shot."

The former Who's the Boss star, 45, tweeted exactly one year ago Monday, "If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet." Within hours, the movement caught fire, racking up more than a million #MeToo tweets in less than a day.

Saying she never expected that her simple tweet would result in millions of powerful stories, Milano said, "I think we've come a long way ... But, I think we still have a long way to go."

Milano's early adoption of #MeToo -- a hashtag first created by Tarana Burke over a decade ago -- came right after the first sexual assault allegations involving disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein were revealed in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

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'The Walking Dead' recap: "The Bridge"

Jackson Lee Davis/AMC(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD) The second episode of season nine begins with Rick speaking to someone, looking at camera, detailing that as a unified community, they're thriving. "We're not letting this world define us anymore."

It's been some time since the bridge has begun construction; Ezekiel embraces Carol and tells her he needs to go back to the Kingdom. "This is just goodbye for now, I'm not giving up on my fairy tale."

Rick and Eugene plot with Rosita about blasting for the construction, meanwhile, they talk about Saviors who have walked off.

Back at Hilltop, Maggie tries to break a horse while Michonne comes to ask for more food, explaining the Sanctuary hasn't provided the fuel they promised was on its way. Maggie won't budge.

At the bridge, Daryl gets into it with Justin, one of the former Saviors, who shoves young Henry for rationing water.

Rick breaks up the scuffle and gets them back to work; he has faith the Saviors will fall in line.

At Hilltop, it's been a month since Earl tried to kill Maggie in a drunken stupor. He's still locked up, but his wife isn't happy about it. "I got no one else," she says defiantly.

Michonne tries to convince Jesus to talk to Maggie about it; she proposes the charter to him again. Later on, when Maggie is playing with baby Herschel, he brings it up again. "Negan, Gregory, Earl: you think I'm wrong about them."

"I think you're a good person, and good people can disagree," he says.

It works; Earl is reunited with his wife through a jail cell.

Near the bridge, Rosita and a former savior -- one who sliced her face open months ago -- get to blasting for the bridge. As expected, the noise from the explosion sends the walker herd in a different direction.

Back at Hilltop, Earl is talking with Maggie about his past as an alcoholic, and how he was able to get sober for 20 years. He asks why Maggie hanged Gregory and not him.

Elsewhere, Rick, Tara, and Gary attempt to distract the herd with a series of sirens, but one station doesn't sound theirs, which means the herd shambles into the good guys' lumber yard, forcing Daryl and everyone to scramble, taking down walkers; meanwhile, one of the Saviors drops his rope and sends a pile of logs rolling onto Aaron's hand. Rick and all come to their rescue, and he shoots a rope, sending a pile of logs rolling down a hill, mowing down walkers.

Aaron is evacuated, and back at the infirmary, Enid and Daryl are forced to amputate his arm.

Back at Hilltop, Maggie agrees to common laws between the communities, but says she won't sacrifice her power to do what she thinks needs to be done. Michonne agrees.

Rick kicks out Justin, the Savior with whom Daryl tangled, and who failed to sound the other alarm.

Rick bonds with Aaron, regretting he was injured. It was worth it, Aaron says, because he feels he's part of Rick building a new world.

Elsewhere, Father Gabriel and Anne continue to bond; they kiss amid the sound of frogs mating.

Rick looks over the camp; everybody getting along.

Carol asks Ezekiel if she could try "that old ring on." She doesn't want him to kneel, but accepts him putting it on with a warm embrace.

"It was a hard day," Rick continues to the confessional. "Thing is, though: bad as it was, when the day was done, they came together. Not all of them, but enough...chose to be together."

Then we see he's been boasting to Negan, through the bars in his jail cell. Negan is unmoved. "When it all goes to s***, and it will, you be sure to tell me about that day, too," his voice raspy confident as ever. "You're not saving the world, Rick. You're just getting it ready for me."

The episode closes with the excommunicated Savior Justin drunkenly walking away from the protection of the camp.

We see Anne, and then the Savior gets distracted by something in the woods on the side of the road. He draws a machete, but then is calmed by a friendly face: "You nearly got yourself killed!" he yells -- before he's snatched into the darkness.

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, October 21 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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Tenth Doctor David Tennant says first female Doctor Who is "as brilliant as I knew she'd be"

Isabel Infantes/PA Images on behalf of So TV(NEW YORK) -- Jodie Whittaker's debut as the first female Doctor in the long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who has been greeted with great ratings and mostly positive reviews. And David Tennant, who portrayed the Doctor from 2005-2010, says any suggestion that fans were against the idea of a female doctor is completely overblown.

"If you want to write the story about how Doctor Who fans are rejecting the idea of a female doctor, you'll find enough people who are thumping lunatic messages on their keyboard," Tennant tells ABC Radio. "I think overwhelmingly, that wasn't actually the case."

The conceit of Doctor Who is that every time the main character -- a time-traveling, 900-plus-year-old alien -- dies, he "regenerates" into completely new body, which is why the character has now been played by 13 different actors over more than 50 years.

"It's makes perfect sense in the show," Tennant notes of the Doctor now having regenerated into a woman. "It doesn't alter the essence of the show, actually. And most important, Jodie's a great choice and she's as brilliant as I knew she would be."

Of course, Tennant was likely predisposed to love Whittaker, since they co-starred on the hit British crime drama series Broadchurch. But he further points out that in the five decades the show's been around, fans have always complained about whomever takes over the role.

"You would always find some people going, 'This is not the Doctor I want!'" Tennant says.  "And then always, what happens is, the new Doctor arrives, and everyone goes, 'I love the new Doctor! Who was the old one?' And that's why that show has managed to reinvent itself for 55 years."  

Doctor Who airs on BBC America Sunday nights at 8:00 ET.

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Alec Baldwin returns to 'SNL' as Trump meets Kanye at the White House

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin made his return to Saturday Night Live this week as the show tackled the insanity that was the Kanye West-Donald Trump meeting in the Oval Office.

The sketch opened with a CSPAN graphic saying the discussion included topics such as "alternate universes," "Superman" and "flying cars."

Kanye, played by cast member Chris Redd, immediately launched into a tirade, espousing the virtues of his "Make America Great Again" hat.

"Yeah that's right, I flew here using the power of this hat," he said.

NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, played by Kenan Thompson, was "already pretty nervous."

"I've got an amazing lunch to get to, but first I'm sure that Kanye wants to make one or two brief, lucid remarks," Baldwin said.

"Time is a myth!" Kanye shouted.

Through voiceovers, it didn't take long for Baldwin's Trump to realize that Kanye was him: "Oh my God, he's black me."

"I played football with a leather helmet and my brain is still working better than his," the faux Brown said.

But Baldwin's Trump still felt like he came out of the meeting on top.

"Remember the lesson from today, black people love me -- way more than they love Alec Baldwin," said the faux president, referring to a comment Baldwin made in a interview with The Hollywood Reporter published last Thursday, in which he said, "ever since I played Trump, black people love me."


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'Venom' dominates the box for the second straight week with $35.7 million

Credit: Frank Masi - ©2017 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Venom maintained its hold atop the box office with an estimated $35.7 million weekend, bringing its totals stateside to $143 million. Marvel's Spider-Man spin-off ruled the international box office as well, raking in an estimated $69.7 million, and bringing its worldwide tally to $235.3 million.

A Star Is Born, also shining in its second week of release, held on to the number two spot with an estimated $28 million weekend.

First Man failed to launch in its debut. The latest from La La Land director Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling showed up in third place with an estimated $16.5 million.

Right on its tail in fourth place with an estimated $16.2 million, was the second of this week's major releases, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween -- featuring Jack Back, who starred in the first film, returning in a limited role this time. The animated feature Smallfoot rounded out the top five, earning an estimated $9.3 million.

It's not until seventh place that we find the weekend's third big release, Bad Times at the El Royale. The thriller, featuring an ensemble cast, including Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and Chris Hemsworth, brought in an estimated $7.2 million.

Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, raked in an estimated $221,437 from just four theaters, notching an impressive $55,359 per-theater average. The Oath, the latest film from Ike Barinholtz, and co-starring Tiffany Haddish, delivered an estimated $29,237 from 10 locations.

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

1. Venom, $35.7 million
2. A Star Is Born, $28 million
3. First Man, $16.5 million
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, $16.2 million
5. Smallfoot, $9.3 million
6. Night School, $8 million
7. Bad Times at the El Royale, $7.2 million
8. The House With a Clock in Its Walls, $3.975 million
9. The Hate U Give, $1.765 million
10. A Simple Favor, $1.38 million


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The 'Remix': Raven-Symoné teases upcoming musical episode of 'Raven's Home' that "everyone can sit down" and enjoy

Disney Channel/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Raven-Symoné is bringing her signature style of dance and song to tonight's musical episode of Raven's Home

The episode, titled Raven's Home: Remix, will feature eight original songs and dance numbers performed by the show's cast members. The extended episode, which will center on self-empowerment and self-expression, follows Raven's son Booker, who tries out for a high school musical. However, he must compete with his sisters' best friend Tess who also thinks she's perfect for the role.

Raven tells ABC Radio, her series offers important conversations and timely topics like "gender roles" and the importance of self-confidence that the entire family can relate to and enjoy.

"And so with this everyone can sit down: your mom, your grandma, your aunties, your uncles, your brothers, your mothers, your sisters, your best friends, the dog," Raven says. You can sit down and talk about issues that are happening in today's world."

Raven explains that while she's touched on such topics in the past on her previous Disney series That's So Raven, there's more to get into this time around.

"There are more issues to touch on this time, because there's social media and I did not have social media when I was on That's So Raven," she explains.

That's So Raven: Remix starring Issac Ryan BrownNavia RobinsonJason MaybaumSky Katz and Anneliese van der Pol airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Mad About Shakespeare: Helen Hunt kicks off third season of PBS’ 'Shakespeare Uncovered'

Courtesy of Blakeway Productions(NEW YORK) -- Helen Hunt is ready to share her love of William Shakespeare as host of the third season premiere of PBS’ Shakespeare Uncovered.

In the episode airing Friday, the actress does a deep dive into the play Much Ado About Nothing. She’s starred in the play twice in her career, in the role of Beatrice.

“One thing about Shakespeare is I never leave with a fist pump, like, ‘Nailed it!’” Hunt tells ABC Radio. “You just humbly try to find your way with the language, let the language move you in ways that other wonderful writing just doesn't.”

Hunt was particularly drawn to Much Ado because of her love of romantic comedies. She says we can see Shakespeare’s influence even in Paul and Jamie Buchman, the characters she and Paul Reiser played in the hit ‘90s sitcom Mad About You.

Shakespeare Uncovered not only dissects the meaning and cultural relevance of Shakespeare’s plays, it also reveals the history behind them.

“When people first approach Shakespeare they think it's fancy or impenetrable, or 'I'll never understand it' or 'it's gonna be boring' -- the biggest fear is that it's boring,” Hunt says. “And once you just have a tiny window, which I think this show offers you, into the history of the plays and the relevance of the plays and the humor and heartbreak in the plays, you have a whole lot of beauty ahead of you.”  

The six-episode third and final season of Shakespeare Uncovered also features episode hosts F. Murray Abraham, Romola Garai and Brian Cox. Check local listings for air times.

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Alec Baldwin says his "civilized" new talk show is all about good conversation

Alec Baldwin and guest Taraji P. Henson; ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin says his new ABC talk show will be a more “civilized” kind of late-night program.

The Alec Baldwin Show, which debuts on Sunday, turns the long-form interview style of Baldwin’s podcast, Here’s the Thing, into a TV show for the people who prefer good conversation over a loud party.

“To me there’s a kind of a -- and I don’t want to disparage it -- but for me there’s kind of a noisy, hyper-kinetic, very, very jaunty -- like you’re at a party,” he says of the current talk show landscape.

“And I don’t know how many people want to walk into a party," he continues. "A lot of people later at night, they want to get into bed and relax.”

He adds, “They might want to have a conversation with somebody or eavesdrop on one, not necessarily walk into a big, noisy party. So we want to make it as civilized as we can.”

The hour-long show features Baldwin sitting down with celebrities and cultural icons for one-on-one, in-depth chats. Sunday’s debut episode features Robert DeNiro and Taraji P. Henson. Next Sunday, he’ll interview Kim Kardashian West.

There’s no live audience and the interviews will keep self-promotion to a minimum, instead favoring a nostalgic style reminiscent of Dick Cavett or David Susskind. Baldwin says he was inspired by “anything that harkens back to the shows I watched when I was a kid.”

Among the others guests sitting down with Baldwin this season: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., RuPaul, Kerry Washington, Jeff Bridges, Sarah Jessica Parker, former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, Ricky Gervais and the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg.

The Alec Baldwin Show airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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