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© 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.(LOS ANGELES) -- While the box office track record of Warner Bros.' DC Comics universe has been uneven at best, a brand-new tease of its 24-hour virtual convention called DC Fandome is generating a lot of buzz. 

The tease was introduced in a tweet from Matt Reeves, the director of the upcoming The Batman, and he promised to share details about the upcoming movie. 

The taste of the August 22 event is nothing more of a scroll of names, but they include dozens of big ones -- including the casts of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 1984 including Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, cast members from upcoming sequels to Aquaman and Shazam!, Dwayne Johnson, who stars in the upcoming spin-off Black Adam, and more. 

Unlike San Diego Comic-Con and other like events, fans will have the best seat in the house for all the DC Fandome action, which likely will include the first look at dozens of small- and big-screen projects.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In an interview on Instagram Live with Posecreator Steven Canals, Zoe Saldana tearfully confessed she regretted portraying Nina Simone in Nina, a widely-panned 2016 biopic of the legendary singer and social activist's life.

"It's painful," an emotional Saldana said, "I should have tried everything in my power to cast a Black woman to play an exceptionally perfect Black woman."

Saldana is of Haitian, Puerto Rican and Lebanese descent. However, her skin was darkened to play the role, and she wore prosthetics in an attempt to more closely approximate the singer's appearance, which led to widespread criticism at the time. 

"I thought back then that I had the permission, because I was a Black woman," Saldana said of playing the role as she did. "And I am, but it was Nina Simone. And Nina had a life and a ... journey that should be honored to the most specific detail...She deserved better."

Her voice breaking, Saldana added, "With that said, I'm so sorry. Because I love her music...She's one of our giants. Somebody else should step up and tell her story."

 



 
 

By Stephen Iervolino
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Courtesy of OWN(LOS ANGELES) -- Supermodel Beverly Johnson is joining her real-life girlfriends on the upcoming episode of OWN's new quarantine series, Girlfriends Check In.

The new show, which virtually brings together different groups of female celebrity friends to laugh, support, and share gossip with each other, has Beverly joining her three galpals which include Greenleaf star Lynn Whitfield, activist Tina Knowles Lawson and actress Vanessa Bell Calloway. Johnson tells ABC Audio that joining the chat was an easy decision given that it was an opportunity to let her hair down and have fun with her friends. 

"Well, Tina Knowles asked me to participate in this show, and -- of course, I love Oprah Winfrey -- and I know the other young ladies," she said referring to Whitfield and Calloway. "[But,] it was a chance just to be myself and they were themselves."

"And so a lot of it, I'm sure, didn't get aired, because we were being ourselves a little too much," she laughs. "But it was just a time to relax and have fun... [and] get a little gussied up to go on Zoom."

While Johnson describes the soon-to-be aired virtual chat as "better than FaceTime, or talking on the telephone, or texting back and forth," the fashion model admits that the candid conversation also served another purpose.

"It was a time that we really connected, you know, as girlfriends," she says. "And as we all know, girlfriends are really, really important. And they're very important to me... They're my support and they're my inspiration." 

Beverly Johnson's episode of Girlfriend's Check In airs Saturday, August 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET on OWN.

By Candice Williams
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Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After reportedly splitting with her boyfriend John Miller after nearly two years of dating, Jennifer Garner spent Wednesday chilling on a Malibu beach with her longtime friend and former Alias co-star Bradley Cooper, according to The New York Post.

A photo of the couple shows a shirtless Cooper sporting a man bun and red swim trunks, while Garner, wearing a sweater and skirt, made herself comfortable in the sand.

Cooper’s three-year-old daughter, Lea De Seine, whom he shares with ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk, was reportedly there as well.

A source, however, tells the newspaper that Cooper, 45, and Garner, 48 "are friends and have been forever," adding that there is "no truth to anything else."

Oh well, maybe that'll change now that they're both single.

By George Costantino
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Abbi Jacobson - ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Amazon has announced that a reboot of the beloved 1992 film comedy A League of Their Own will become an hour-long series for the streamer. 

Created by Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Mozart in the Jungle's Will Graham, the "reinterpretation" of the film centers on the wartime version of America's pastime: the women who made up the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

This version "evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall's beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball," Amazon's announcement explains. "The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the League and outside of it."

Jacobson will star in the show, as well as produce.

Jacobson and Graham explain it took three years to get the project going. "We grew up obsessed with the film, like everyone else," they say.  "With the help of an enormously talented team of collaborators, an amazing cast, and the devoted support of Amazon to this project, we feel beyond lucky and excited to get to bring these characters to life."

They add, "It took grit, fire, authenticity, wild imagination and a crackling sense of humor for these players to achieve their dreams. We're hoping to bring audiences a story with all of those qualities."

The 1992 movie grossed more than 132 million dollars at the box office, and spawned a short-lived TV series of the same name in 1993. 

By Stephen Iervolino
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ABC/Alex Scott(LOS ANGELES) -- A fifth installment of John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, is in the works.

John Wick fans boosted the most recent go-round, Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, to a $326.7 million globally, making a fourth film a no-brainer, but the announcement of a fifth go-round was a surprise.

Deadline reports that Lionsgate confirmed that they hope to film both John Wick 4 and 5 back to back sometime in early 2021.

 John Wick 4 currently has a release date set for Memorial Day weekend in 2022, however, a premiere date for John Wick 5 has not been released.

Back in June, stuntman-turned series director Chad Stahelski told The Hollywood Reporter, "[A]t some point, when we think Mr. Wick has run his course, I’m sure his demise will be epic, but until then, we’re going to keep doing chapters and just tell the story..."

By Rachel George and Stephen Iervolino
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Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like Stephen Colbert and James Corden will be following Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon's lead and moving their respective CBS late night shows back into the studio, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Both hosts have been taping their shows remotely since the COVID-19 outbreak --Colbert's Late Show coming from his house, with his family serving as his production crew, and Corden's Late Late Show originating from his garage, joined virtually by his co-host and band leader Reggie Watts.

However, it's not clear whether Colbert and Corden will be returning to their respective studios at CBS Studios lot in West Hollywood and The Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.

Colbert, who's currently on vacation, reportedly hinted as much, joking that he "won’t be in the Ed Sullivan Theater," but "also won’t be sleeping where I work."

Fallon returned to his digs at 30 Rockefeller Plaza back on July 13, joined by his house band The Roots, and a trimmed-down production crew that all remain socially distanced.  There's audience and Fallon still conducts his interviews via video chat.

 

By George Costantino
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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization(LONDON) -- Six years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow -- the actress and lifestyle guru who made very personal-smelling candles famous -- famously described her split from Coldplay's Chris Martin as a "conscious uncoupling."

In a new feature in British Vogue, Paltrow looks back at when she knew their 2003 marriage was done, and how the couple's unique relationship has progressed since.

She explained she knew they were done on a 38th birthday trip to Tuscany, "I don’t recall when it happened, exactly. But I knew -- despite long walks and longer lie-ins, big glasses of Barolo and hands held -- my marriage was over."

Paltrow recalled that "it felt almost involuntary, like the ring of a bell...cannot be undone...I tried to...push it far down....But I knew it. It was in my bones."

As for what came next, the actress said, "I started to wonder, as impossible as it sounded, whether there was a way we could continue to feel the structure of our family on some level. Could we...still eat meals together? Vacation, even? Could we find levity and laugh?"

Paltrow says, "I had never heard of the phrase 'conscious uncoupling.' Frankly, the term sounded a bit full of itself, painfully progressive and hard to swallow..."

Turns out, the public felt the same way. "I never could have anticipated what came next," Paltrow said. "The public's surprise gave way quickly to...a strange combination of mockery and anger..."

But six years on, Paltrow now says the world has caught up. "Instead of people approaching me with, 'Why did you say that?,' they now approach me with, 'How do you do that?'"

The uncoupled pair co-parent their two children: daughter Apple Martin, 16, and son Moses, 14.

In 2018, Paltrow married TV writer and producer Brad Falchuk.

By Stephen Iervolino
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MTV(NEW YORK) -- Keke Palmer is hosting this year’s MTV VMAs.

The actress, singer and TV personality extraordinaire will helm the awards ceremony, airing live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on August 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

“We’re thrilled to have the multi-talented Keke Palmer as this year’s VMAs host,” says Bruce Gillmer, president of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks. “Keke is an energetic force and a quadruple threat with unmatched comedic wit who will make this year’s show truly unforgettable.”

The performers announced for the show so far include K-pop superstars BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin. This will mark BTS’ first-ever VMA performance and the TV debut of their new, English-only single, “Dynamite,” coming out on August 21. Additional performers to be announced soon.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the MTV VMA nominations this year, with nine apiece.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of Breaking Bad have been champing at the bit to see Walter White appear in his show's Emmy-winning prequel spin-off, Better Call Saul, since its first episode. 

One of those fans is apparently Walter White himself, Bryan Cranston. The Emmy winner makes it plain in a new interview with Collider that he'd "do it in a second." 

"I would be in it if Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who are co-executive producers on it, wanted me to be in it," Cranston says. "I would do it in a second. But it hasn't happened yet, I can tell you, and we'll see. I don’t know. There's one more season to go and we’ll see what happens!"

The actor also expressed that he's still very interested in getting behind the camera for Better Call Saul.

"I have been asked to direct an episode every single season and it just didn’t work out because of a commitment to doing a play or doing a movie or something, so I wasn’t able to section out the times available," Cranston declared. "But I do love the show. I think it's a fantastic show."

Bryan Cranston will be seen next on August 14 in the Disney movie The One and Only Ivan.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

 

By Stephen Iervolino
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Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of Edward Scissorhands can get their hands on an important piece of Hollywood history: the house famously seen in the 1990 movie has hit the market.

Tampa Bay Times reports that the residence, which served as the Boggs family home, is currently listed at $224,000. The three bedroom, two bathroom house, which was built just months before Edward Scissorhands started filming, is located at 1774 Tinsmith Circle in Lutz, Florida.

A few things are different about the iconic property, as fans will notice that the house is no longer painted pastel blue and instead sports tan vinyl siding.  In addition, the interior of the 1,432-square-foot home has been extensively remodeled since the movie came out 30 years ago.

However, the original kitchen cabinets and countertops remain in tact as they are original to the house.

The realtor representing the property, Stacie Savoy says the listing went up last week and, since then, she's been inundated with calls from interested parties.

"Everybody seems to be happy about it," she told the Times.

Edward Scissorhands, which was directed by Tim Burton, starred Johnny Depp as an artificial man whose creator dies before his scissor-like hands could be replaced with a real set.  He is then taken in by the Boggs family, where he falls in love with their daughter, Kim, played by Winona Ryder.

The home featured several memorable scenes, such as the neighborhood barbecue that took place in the backyard, the same place where Edward used his sharp fingers to carve up the bushes to look like dinosaurs. 

By Megan Stone
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Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence(NOTE LANGUAGE) Jussie Smollett’s sister, Jurnee, for the first time publicly, addressed the ongoing investigation into whether her brother paid two men to stage an attack against him in January 2019, and staunchly defended the Empire actor.

"It's been f****** painful...one of the most painful things my family's ever experienced -- to love someone as much as we love my brother, and to watch someone who you love that much go through something like this, that is so public, has been devastating," the actress who stars in Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams' HBO series Lovecraft Country told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published on Wednesday.

"I was already in a very dark space for a number of reasons, and I've tried to not let it make me pessimistic," she continued.  "But everyone who knows me knows that I love my brother and I believe my brother."

Jussie, 37, is being sued by the city of Chicago for $130,000 to recoup the costs of doing an investigation for what authorities believe was staged attack on the actor.  He was previously charged for the alleged fake hate crime, however, those charges were dropped before he was then hit with a six-count indictment claiming that he lied to police.

Despite the city's claim, Smollett's attorney remained steadfast that he was truthful, adding, "the City and CPD knew Mr. Smollett was innocent, and that the City has relentlessly pursued Mr. Smollett even after the charges against Mr. Smollett were dismissed."

By George Costantino
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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- The second Captain Marvel movie has finally found its new director in Candyman's Nia DaCosta.

Deadline reports that DaCosta, who directed Jordan Peele's reboot of the 1992 slasher film, will sit in the director's chair when Captain Marvel 2 starts filming. This makes her the first Black woman to direct a Marvel Studios picture.

DaCosta is an up and comer who broke into the spotlight directing the critically acclaimed indie flick Little Woods, which ultimately led Peele to hand-pick her to helm Candyman.

She replaces Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck who directed the first film that saw critical box office success, grossing $1.13 billion worldwide.

While Disney and MarvelStudios have not confirmed DaCosta's involvement, Deadline reports that the studios had spent the "past couple of months" interviewing candidates to give a "fresh voice" to Captain Marvel's second chapter.

Brie Lason is attached to reprise the role as one of the MCU's most powerful superheroes.  Further movie details, such as when filming will start, is currently unknown. 

It is also predicted that Captain Marvel 2 could also become the highest-budgeted movie helmed by a Black female director.  The record is currently held by Ava DuVernay, who directed the $115 million budget A Wrinkle in Time.

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

By Megan Stone
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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Alyssa Milano is cautioning fans that COVID-19 testing isn't 100 percent reliable after testing negative for the virus three times despite having serious symptoms.  Finally, an antibody test -- her fourth overall -- told her what she already knew.

The Charmed actress shared two photos to Instagram on Wednesday, the first one of her breathing with the assistance of a nebulizer and the second being that of her positive COVID-19 test. 

"This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick," The 47-year-old explained. "I basically had every Covid symptom."

"It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks," Milano listed off, adding that she suffered from fever, malaise and confusion.

Despite presenting all the textbook symptoms, the Who's the Boss? star claimed she tested negative for the virus on three separate occasions, including a finger prick antibody test.

Still, symptoms persisted and morphed into other complications, such as vertigo and "zero short term memory." Finally, she submitted herself for a fourth and final test, a blood draw antibody test, and finally learned that she did have COVID-19.

Now, she's using her platform to educate her followers that "our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers."

"This illness is not a hoax," Milano continued. "I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying."

The mother of two revealed that she now intends to donate her plasma "with hopes that I might save a life."

Urging her 2.8 million followers to "take care of yourselves" by wearing a mask and social distancing, Milano begged, "I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt."

Incidentally, Milano created a firestorm on Twitter back in May when she uploaded a picture of herself wearing a mask that appeared to be crocheted. She later addressed detractors by insisting she had a real protective mask under the crocheted one, which was full of holes.

By Megan Stone
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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ratings for Ellen Degeneres' daytime talk show hit an all-time low last month following the bombshell Buzzfeed article alleging a toxic work environment behind the scenes, according to The Wrap.

Ellen's ratings, for the week ending July 26, were down 9% from the previous week, based on Nielsen, and a staggering 29% from the same week last summer.

That 29% drop compares with a -27% drop in the prior week -- versus the comparable week in 2019 -- which was the same week in which Buzzfeed published its first story about The Ellen DeGeneres Show, according to The Wrap.

It should be noted that ratings for talk shows are typically lower while in summer repeats.

A growing number of former employees and one current Ellen staff member have spoken out about experiencing misconduct, racism and intimidation in the workplace.  An internal investigation is taking place.

By George Costantino
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