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Sylvester Stallone on bonding with ‘Tulsa King’ creator Taylor Sheridan, and making a TV star out of an extra

Paramount+Taylor Sheridan has another hit show on his hands. The creator of the Paramount Network ratings powerhouse Yellowstone is also the creator of the acclaimed Paramount+ drama Mayor of Kingstown starring Jeremy Renner. With news that Sheridan's Tulsa King, also on Paramount+, will have a second season, ABC Audio is hitting rewind on how the Sylvester Stallone-fronted series came to be. Stallone, who famously refused to have his script Rocky made unless he starred in it, explains of actor-turned writer Sheridan, "I actually identified with him because I had a hard time making it as an actor. And that's why I decided to, you know, diverge into writing." The 76-year-old star adds with a laugh, "And...obviously I wouldn't be here   ... Read More

Gugu Mbatha-Raw teases “bolder, more surreal” second season of ‘Loki’

Marvel StudiosLoki is the only Disney+ Marvel series to get a second season so far and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is happy to be back. She tells Entertainment Tonight it has been "amazing" to shoot the second season of the dimension-spanning show, due on Disney+ in the summer of 2023. She adds fans "are gonna be in for a real treat, because the show is bolder and more surreal. And in many ways, goes to some bigger, bolder places than season 1, which is really exciting." Season 1 ended with her character, a Time Variance Authority agent, finding out she's a variant, too: In other words, there was way more to her than fans first thought. The English actress teases, "selfishly, Renslayer   ... Read More

Bill Cosby sued by 5 new women for sexual assault; reps call action “frivolous”

Matt Rourke-Pool/Getty ImagesActor Bill Cosby is facing new accusations of sexual assault and battery from five women under New York's new Adult Survivors Act, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit was filed in New York state court by actresses Lili Bernard and Eden Tirl, who each appeared on The Cosby Show, as well as Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson and Cindra Ladd. The filling accuses Cosby of assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment; the lawsuit also names NBC, the show's production company and the studio where the Emmy-winning sitcom was shot. Cosby "used his power, fame, and prestige, including the power, fame and prestige given to him by defendants NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Inc.,   ... Read More

Vanna White says thinking about ‘Wheel of Fortune’ without Pat Sajak is “depressing”

ABC/Eric McCandlessPat Sajak and Vanna White are synonymous with Wheel of Fortune, but what of a future in which the dynamic duo is no longer leading the show? "I don't even want to think about that," White told People when asked about Sajak telling Entertainment Tonight that the pair is "certainly closer to the end than the beginning" of their time on the game show last year. "I mean, we're a team. That's depressing. I don't even want to think about it." Sajak joined Wheel of Fortune as host in 1981, and White joined as the series' beloved letter turner the following year. White credited their long careers on the game show to creator Merv Griffin seeing "a brother-sister type   ... Read More

‘Abbott Elementary’ leads TV competition for 28th annual Critics Choice Awards

ABC/Gilles MingassonABC's Emmy-winning Abbott Elementary led the class in the just-announced nominees in the television category of the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards. Quinta Brunson's comedy nabbed six nominations, including Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her. Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph scored Best Supporting Actress noms, while co-stars Chris Perfetti and Tyler James Williams earned Best Supporting Actor nominations. AMC's Better Call Saul scored a second-best five nominations in the drama category, including Best Drama Series, with lead Bob Odenkirk nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series; Giancarlo Esposito earned a Best Supporting Actor nod, while co-stars Carol Burnett and Rhea Seehorn will compete for the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama   ... Read More

“Whoopi, I’m ready”: Keke Palmer is down for ‘Sister Act 3’

NBC/Will HeathWhen Whoopi Goldberg recently mentioned she'd love a third Sister Act film to star Keke Palmer — as well as Lizzo and Nicki Minaj — Keke was listening. In a conversation with the Los Angeles Times' The Envelope podcast, the recent SNL host and recently revealed mom-to-be says she's all in. "My reaction was, 'Whoopi, where do I sign on the dotted line?'" Keke enthused. "Because Whoopi, I'm ready. I'm ready for whatever that you need from me." Palmer explained, "Whoopi is an EGOT winner. Whoopi had her own one-woman show. Whoopi hosted the Oscars. Whoopi is everything! So for her to mention me for the Sister Act, I mean, I'm here, I'm there for whatever that needs to   ... Read More

Jan. 6 officers awarded Congressional Gold Medals; some family seem to snub Republican leaders

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Top lawmakers on Tuesday presented police officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, with Congressional Gold Medals -- the highest honor that Congress can bestow -- nearly two years after the attack. For many officers honored, the Rotunda ceremony marked the first time since Jan. 6 that they've returned to the Capitol complex. "Many of us still carry the physical, mental and emotional scars after that mob of thousands launched a violent assault in an attempt to halt the counting of electoral ballots," said Chief Robert Contee of the Metropolitan Police Department. "The sound of metal poles and other objects striking the bodies, helmets and shields may still ring loudly -- the air, still   ... Read More

Quinta Brunson discusses ‘Abbott Elementary”s success in ‘Cosmopolitan”s Party Issue

Danny Kasirye for CosmopolitanIt's been nearly a year since Abbott Elementary premiered and the show's seen much success, earning social media praise and three Emmy awards. As the cover star of Cosmopolitan's Party Issue, show creator Quinta Brunson discussed why her show's been a big hit. "I can feel a chord that’s connected to everybody else, where I can feel what people would like to see right now or what would make people feel better," she says. "I think that’s why Abbott hits the way that it does. Even if we’re telling a really specific joke about Jill Scott or Lil Uzi Vert, there’s a way to craft it so that it will still make a white grandma in Wichita laugh, even if she doesn’t know the reference.” Abbott has earned several awards and   ... Read More

Ice Cube says Warner Bros. is holding up additional ‘Friday’ films

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesIce Cube wants more Friday films just as much as fans do, but he says that Warner Bros. is holding things up. "I've written two scripts," the rapper shared while on the Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson podcast Dec. 2. "One of them they said the timing wasn't right, but it was totally right and then the next one they just kind of put it in what we call development hell." "They holding on to the classics and they don't want to go forward," he adds, "I don't know if it's personal or not." Friday, released in 1995, spawned two sequels with 2000's Next Friday and 2002's Friday After Next. A fourth Friday installment is tentatively titled Last Friday.   ... Read More

Kim Kardashian wins restraining order against alleged stalker

ABC NewsKim Kardashian was awarded a restraining order against an alleged stalker who showed up at her house multiple times and claimed to be armed, according to TMZ. Andre Persaud is prohibited from contacting Kim and must stay at least 100 yards away from her for the next five years, according to court documents obtained by the outlet. Persaud allegedly showed up at Kardashian's home at least three times back in August. The reality star and mogul says she's never met him, but worried he might be capable of physical violence in light of his claims of being armed. The documents go on to says that Persaud allegedly shared several posts on social media, including one in which he claimed   ... Read More

In Brief: ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ sequel gets new director, ‘Flash’ taking final lap, and more

Ghostbusters: Afterlife co-writer Gil Kenan is set to helm the yet-to-be-titled sequel, according to Deadline. Insiders tell the outlet that the Afterlife cast, which includes Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon, is on board to return as well. Jason Reitman, who directed the previous film, will move into the writer-producer role, alongside co-writer Kenan and Jason Blumenfeld. Details about the sequel are being kept under wraps, but sources say it will be set in the iconic New York City firehouse made famous in the original Ghostbusters films. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is slated for a December 2023 release... Variety reports that HBO Max has pulled the plug on FBoy Island after two seasons. The series, hosted by comedian Nikki Glaser, follows "three women who move to a tropical island where they’re joined by 24 men -- 12 self-proclaimed 'Nice Guys' looking for   ... Read More

Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelsey Grammer and more Hollywood stars react to Kirstie Alley’s death at the age of 71

Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty ImagesCelebrity tributes came pouring in following the news of Kirstie Alley's death on Monday at the age of 71 after a short battle with cancer. Upon the release of the news of Alley's death, Alley's Look Who's Talking co-star John Travolta shared a photo of him and Alley on Instagram. "Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I've ever had," he wrote. "I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again." “Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy of being was boundless," Alley's Cheers co-star Rhea Perlman recalled in a statement obtained by ABC News. "We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers. She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers   ... Read More

Kirstie Alley dies at 71 after cancer battle, family announces

Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty ImagesActress Kirstie Alley has died after battling cancer, her family announced Monday night. She was 71 years old. "We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered," her children, True and Lillie Parker, announced in a statement. "She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead," they continued. "As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother." "Our mother's zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled   ... Read More

Brendan Fraser credits fatherhood for his return to Hollywood

Taylor Hill/WireImage via Getty ImagesThe Brenaissance is here and, according to Brendan Fraser, it’s all due to his journey with fatherhood. Fraser makes his return to Hollywood in Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming drama film The Whale, where he plays a reclusive English teacher trying to reconnect with his daughter. The actor — who is a father to sons Griffin, 20, Holden, 18, and Leland, 16 – told Entertainment Tonight that the film’s themes of fatherhood are what drew him toward the role. “I have kids now and that really warrants how I make decisions, what I’m going to do — and, whatever it is that I’m doing, how I feel about what I’m doing,” Fraser said. “Somehow stakes get raised to such a point that something that might seem garden variety   ... Read More

‘Dahmer’ becomes third series to pass 1 billion hours viewed on Netflix

NetflixThere’s a new addition to the 1 billion hours viewed club over on Netflix. Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now the third series to have passed the milestone in its first 60 days while on the streaming service, joining popular titles Squid Game and Stranger Things 4. The series, from creator Ryan Murphy, stars Evan Peters as the titular serial killer. It spent seven weeks on the Netflix Global Top 10, appearing on the list in over 90 countries. In November, Netflix renewed Monster for two more seasons, guaranteeing the franchise will return with two installments that will “tell the stories of other monstrous figures who have impacted society.” Dahmer is second-most-popular English language Netflix series of all time, following only Stranger Things 4. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio.   ... Read More

Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy have mini ‘Breakfast Club’ reunion

Universal Pictures/Getty ImagesMolly Ringwald recently reunited with her "psychic sister" and former The Breakfast Club co-star Ally Sheedy. Ringwald, 54, shared a photo to Instagram of herself and Sheedy, 60, embracing during a dinner date on Sunday, calling the moment an "early Christmas present." The actresses starred alongside Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson in the 1985 teen movie, written and directed by John Hughes. The Breakfast Club, which told the story of five very different students forced to mingle during a Saturday detention, starred Ringwald as the popular "princess" Claire, while Sheedy played the misfit "basket case," Allison. The pair's reunion 38 years after the film's release garnered positive reactions in the comments, most notably from My Big Fat   ... Read More

Jury begins deliberations in Trump Organization criminal fraud trial

Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Manhattan jury began deliberations Monday on whether to convict former President Donald Trump's namesake real estate company of criminal tax fraud. The deliberations began Monday morning following lengthy instructions on the law by Judge Juan Merchan, who reminded jurors that they pledged to set aside their personal opinions about Trump himself. "You promised the attorneys for the defendants, the prosecution, and this court that you would set aside any personal opinions you may have about Donald Trump and his family," Merchan said. "You also stated that you understood that Donald Trump and his family are not on trial here." Two entities of the Trump Organization -- the Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation   ... Read More

Taylor Swift fans sue Ticketmaster over tour presale meltdown

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Many Taylor Swift fans expressed outrage online over the presale ticket disaster, but now some of those fans are taking it a step further and claiming the ordeal was illegal. Nearly two dozen Taylor Swift fans filed a complaint Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Ticketmaster, alleging intentional deception, following major issues with the Taylor Swift: Eras Tour presale tickets, which left many fans unable to buy tickets for the singer's upcoming tour. "There is a problem with the way they're doing business, but they're really hurting the fans in how they're doing it," said Julie Barfuss, a plaintiff in the suit. The complaint asks for Ticketmaster to be fined $2,500 per violation,   ... Read More

Bidens attend Kennedy Center Honors for Gladys Knight, George Clooney, U2, more

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Joe and Jill Biden attended the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday evening in Washington to celebrate five individuals and groups for their artistic accomplishments. The president and the first lady first went to the annual event in their current offices in 2021, donning masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Donald and Melania Trump, the Bidens' predecessors, skipped the celebration, which is customarily attended by the president.) This year, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored actor and human rights activist George Clooney, singer Amy Grant, performer Gladys Knight, composer and conductor Tania LeĂłn and Irish band U2. "Growing up in a small town in Kentucky I could never have imagined that someday I’d be   ... Read More

Ngozi Fulani speaks out on racism she faced at Buckingham Palace

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The founder of nonprofit organization Sistah Space drew international attention after she detailed racist comments from a British royal aide while attending a Buckingham Palace reception on combatting violence against women hosted by Queen Consort Camilla. Ngozi Fulani, whose charity focuses on supporting women of African and Caribbean heritage affected by domestic violence, detailed her encounter with "Lady SH'' in a viral tweet about her experience that took place Tuesday at an event to mark the international campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. "Because of the work that we do at Sistah Space, we talk about domestic abuse, but we also look at the racism or, you know, barriers for Black women reporting domestic   ... Read More

Prince Harry, Meghan share never-before-seen moments together in trailer for new Netflix docuseries

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After months of anticipation, the public now has its first glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan's upcoming docuseries. Netflix on Thursday released a trailer for the six-episode docuseries, Harry & Meghan. The roughly one-minute trailer shows snapshots of personal moments for the Sussexes, from falling in love to leaving their royal roles and charting their own future in California. "No one sees what is happening behind closed doors," Harry says after a voice asks why the couple wanted to make the documentary. Meghan later says in the trailer, "When the stakes are this high, doesn't it make more sense to hear our story from us?" Along with the intimate photos, the trailer also shows Harry   ... Read More

Disney unveils new scene for highly anticipated “The Princess and the Frog” attraction

Disney(NEW YORK) -- Disney unveiled a new rendering of the highly anticipated The Princess and the Frog attraction, Tiana's Bayou Adventure, coming in 2024 to Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Tiana's Bayou Adventure is based on the 2009 animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Anika Noni Rose, who voiced Princess Tiana, will reprise her role for the attraction, along with Jenifer Lewis (Mama Odie) and Michael-Leon Wooley (Louis) -- and a few new characters unique to just the ride, Disney announced on Friday. The new rendering of one of the ride's new distinctive scenes features zydeco-style tunes, a type of music native to Louisiana born from a special blend of rhythm and blues.   ... Read More

Prince William, Kate will not see Prince Harry, Meghan during US trip, sources say

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Royal watchers hoping for a family reunion between Prince William and Prince Harry while William and Kate are visiting the United States may be left disappointed. Sources close to William and his brother Prince Harry, who lives in the U.S. with his wife Meghan, confirm the two couples have no plans to meet while William and Kate are on their three-day visit to Boston. William and Kate, the prince and princess of Wales, are visiting Boston to attend Friday's awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize, an initiative William launched in 2019 to create solutions for environmental problems. While in Boston, the couple will meet with Caroline Kennedy and tour the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and   ... Read More

Watch Prince Harry, Meghan in new Invictus Games promo

SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Invictus Games are still less than a year away, but Prince Harry and Meghan, the duke and duchess of Sussex, are getting ready for the international event. On Wednesday, the Invictus Games Foundation released a new promotional video for the paralympic-style competition featuring several Invictus competitors facing off in a ping-pong match -- Prince Harry and Meghan appear in the video. Are you ready? The incredible experience that is the #InvictusGames is coming ever closer. Be a part of it to experience the power of sport in recovery in DĂĽsseldorf 9-16 Sept 2023. Tickets for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are now available! 📲 — Invictus Games DĂĽsseldorf 2023 (@InvictusGamesDE)   ... Read More

Hailey Bieber reveals she has ovarian cyst: What to know about the condition

ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hailey Bieber, who suffered a mini-stroke earlier this year, is opening up about another health complication. Bieber, 26, shared on Instagram Monday that she has a cyst the size of an apple on her ovary. "It's painful and achey [sic] and makes me feel nauseous and bloated and crampy and emotional," Bieber wrote over a photo of herself, posted on her Instagram story. Bieber also wrote that she has had a cyst on her ovary before, saying, "It's never fun." She also said she does not have endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), two conditions that can cause ovarian cysts. The Rhode Skin founder did not share any additional information about the cyst   ... Read More

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