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Taika Waititi’s ‘Flash Gordon’ project goes from animated to live-action

ABC/Craig SjodinTaika Waititi is bringing Flash Gordon back to the big screen. The Jojo Rabbit Oscar winner, who is currently working on Thor: Love and Thunder, apparently had a change of heart while working on an animated version of the Flash Gordon property, according to producer Jon Davis. "It was a movie that was a huge influence on him growing up," Davis tells Collider of the New Zealand filmmaker. "It is one of his favorite movies. He initially said to me, 'Let's do it animated.' I said, 'Okay.' Then we...started developing it and he said, 'No, let's do it live-action.' I said, 'Even better.'" Flash Gordon has influenced generations of filmmakers since Alex Raymond's 1930s comic strip debuted, including George Lucas, who fashioned Star Wars after the episodic theatrical serials of Flash that Lucas enjoyed in his youth. Most   ... Read More

Bob Odenkirk thanks fans for support; ‘Better Call Saul’ star says he’s recovering from “a small heart attack”

RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC ImagesA short time after his friend and former comedy partner David Cross tweeted that the Better Call Saul actor was "doing great," Bob Odenkirk himself took to Twitter to confirm he's on the mend.  "Hi. It's Bob. Thank you," he began. "To my family and friends who have surrounded me this week. And for the outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for me. It’s overwhelming. But I feel the love and it means so much." Odenkirk continued, "I had a small heart attack. But I'm going to be ok thanks to Rosa Estrada and the doctors who knew how to fix the blockage without surgery." The Nobody actor added, "Also, AMC and SONYs support and help throughout this has been next-level. I'm going to take a beat to   ... Read More

Buggles, Benatar and bloopers: Looking back at MTV’s launch 40 years ago

Mark Weiss/WireImage"Ladies and gentleman...rock and roll." That's what anyone with cable TV who happened to be up at midnight on August 1, 1981 -- 40 years ago this Sunday -- heard, as MTV: Music Television signed on the air for the very first time.  At the time, it wasn't even available in most major markets, including MTV's home base, New York City. And that first day was a little rocky. "The plan was that Mark Goodman would begin the welcome," recalls original VJ Alan Hunter of MTV's first moments. "After you had the Buggles and Pat Benatar videos, Mark comes on and says, 'Hey, welcome to this thing called MTV and here are my pals'" And it would roll down   ... Read More

David Cross says friend Bob Odenkirk is “doing great” after heart scare

Randy Holmes/Walt Disney Television via Getty ImagesBob Odenkirk's friend and one-time Mr. Show comedy partner David Cross gave fans of the Better Call Saul star a much-needed bit of good news after his health scare earlier this week.  In a tweet, Cross just said, "Just got off the phone with Bob and he's doing great! Joking and japing and joshing." Cross added, "Both he and his family are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and concern everyone has shown. You will be hearing from him soon. But he's doing really well!!!" The tweet was liked 20,000 times -- and counting -- within an hour of Cross posting it.  The 58-year-old Odenkirk collapsed while shooting the sixth and final season of the AMC series in New Mexico on Tuesday, and   ... Read More

Hulu’s ‘Love, Victor’ nabs third season pickup

Michael Desmond/HuluHulu’s Love, Victor is coming back for a third season. The series, an off-shoot from the 2018 film Love, Simon, has officially been renewed just a month and a half after season two debuted. The show stars Michael Cimino as a gay teen coming to terms with sexuality. It also stars Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel, Bebe Wood, Mason Gooding, George Sear, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, James Martinez and Ana Ortiz. Season two ended with a few of the show’s core relationships in limbo. George Sear, who plays Victor’s love interest, Benji, says he can’t wait to explore his character even more. “I hope we can see more more of an exploration with Benji's...yeah, his relationship, I suppose, but also   ... Read More

Vax entertainment! Emmy audience, Broadway workers and patrons will all require COVID-19 vaccines

Academy of Television Arts & SciencesAnyone attending the upcoming 73rd annual Emmy Awards, as well anyone appearing on stage or working behind the scenes on a Broadway production, and audience members, will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcements came Friday amid rising concern over the so-called Delta variant of COVID-19. ABC Audio has confirmed The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which stages the Emmys, again noted that only nominees and their respective "plus ones" will be allowed to attend the  Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies on Sept. 11 and 12. Same goes for the main awards show itself on September 19. And in all cases, attendees must show proof of vaccination.  Earlier this month, the Academy announced   ... Read More

Rihanna shades ‘RHONY’ star Ramona Singer, “What was said?”

Sophy Holland/BravoStars -- they're just like us. Which in this case means they also watch reality TV. And this time, that star is Rihanna.  The Fenty Beauty founder recently weighed in on an episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, in which RiRi was name-dropped by cast member Leah McSweeney. In the scene, Leah, who owns the streetwear brand Married to the Mob, got into a small argument with her co-star Ramona Singer, who sarcastically offered to model her clothes, saying, "Let me promote Leah Mob or Mob something."  Leah hit back, "You aren't exactly my demographic, so it's all good," before adding, "I already have Rihanna wearing my s***, you think I need you wearing my s***?" Rihanna herself caught wind of the clip and made her   ... Read More

Jay Pharoah and Sinqua Walls joke about their hostility toward Nick Cannon for his role in ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’

Courtesy of Netflix In Netflix's new romantic comedy Resort to Love, Jay Pharoah and Sinqua Walls play brothers who don't seem to have that much in common besides their mutual interest in aspiring singer Erica, played by Christina Milian. The two actors, who admit they've been fanboys of Milian since her self-titled debut album in 2001, say they jumped at the opportunity to work with the talented star. "Hesitant?! No, it was no hesitation," Pharoah tells ABC Audio of working with Milian. "It was 'AM to PM,'" he quips, referencing Milian's lead single from Christina Milian. "I said, 'Yes, let's do it.' I ain't even gonna lie, growing up I had a crush on Christina. So, I always wanted to show the chops   ... Read More

Ben Stiller hit with backlash over nepotism in Hollywood debate

Ben Stiller with parents Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller in 1996/Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesBen Stiller is facing social media backlash for defending the growing trend of children following in the footsteps of their Hollywood A-list parents. Stiller, the son of legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, took issue with producer Franklin Leonard sarcastically tweeting, “Hollywood’s a meritocracy, right?” in response to a report that an upcoming project titled The Rightway, that’s set to be directed by Steven Spielberg’s daughter, Destry, and was written by Stephen King’s son, Owen.  Sean Penn’s son, Hopper is also set to star in the short film, according to Deadline. “Too easy @franklinleonard. People, working, creating. Everyone has their path. Wish them all the best,” Stiller tweeted in response. “Just speaking from experience, and I don’t know   ... Read More

Check out Adam Driver, Lady Gaga and Jared Leto in the trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘House of Gucci’

© 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.Academy Award-winning director Ridley Scott has unveiled the trailer for his much-anticipated new film, House of Gucci. Adam Driver plays assassinated fashion mogul Maurizio Gucci, while an almost unrecognizable Jared Leto plays his cousin, Paulo, and Lady Gaga plays Maurizio's ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted of arranging his murder. Maurizio was the grandson of the iconic label's founder, Guccio Gucci. As Blondie's "Heart of Glass" floats in the background, Gaga says in an Italian accent, "It was a name that sounded so sweet... Synonymous with wealth, style, power. But that name was a curse, too." The trailer shows Patricia and Maurizio's wedding, the trappings of the fabulous wealth that the House of Gucci accumulated and, ultimately, the family drama. "You need to take out the trash," Gaga's Patrizia tells her husband.   ... Read More

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