Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad sequel movie is set to debut on Netflix, then air on AMC. Deadline reported the planned platform switch and Variety later said it confirmed the decision. Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, RJ Mitte and Betsy Brandt, the crime drama initially ran for five seasons on AMC, but earned additional popularity when it streamed later on Netflix. Gilligan wrote and directed the movie, which is expected to follow Paul's character Jesse Pinkman after the events of the 2013 series finale. No other details are known about the project, including who else might return from the Breaking Bad cast.
Looks like we've seen the end of Daddy's Lil Monster and Mistah J. Margot Robbie is not set to return as signature character Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad sequel, according to a new report from Forbes. The Australian actress was also rumored to be starring as the psychotic villain in a standalone film with Jared Leto who plays the Joker but that has also been scrapped claims the publication. Let was also reported to have his own solo film as well but it seems as if that also has fallen by the wayside. Forbes contributor Mark Hughes wrote: “The Suicide Squad sequel, meanwhile, is moving forward as a sort of soft reboot to some extent, and is expected to have a new cast of characters and avoid direct tie-in to the first film's events. Harley Quinn is not expected to return, and James Gunn's script will be a new approach and rethinking of the property. The Mad Love-type Joker and Harley Quinn film has also fallen by the wayside, as has the solo Joker project for Jared Leto's version of the character from Suicide Squad.”
Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in the Amazon series adaptation of “Good Omens.” Cumberbatch’s Prince of Darkness will be “a giant, animated Satan” who appears “400 foot high.” The actor will appear in episode 6 of the series, which debuts on May 31. It was previously announced that Frances McDormand will appear on the show as the voice of God. Additional cameos in the series will include Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Jon Hamm, and Nick Offerman. Based on the novel of the same name, the show is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley (David Tennant), a demon, aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist.
“Friends” is reportedly being removed from Netflix. The comedy, which was originally acquired by Netflix in 2015 for $118 million (around $500,000 per episode), is now said to be moving to a new unnamed WarnerMedia streaming platform. Despite Netflix extending its deal for Friends - which ran for ten season from 1994 to 2004 - in December for $100 million, it will have the exciting new option to move to the broadcasting giant's new site, which is reportedly eyeing up its “crown jewels.” Overseeing content for the new streaming project, Kevin Reilly, who is the TNT and TBS president, revealed: “For the most part, sharing destination assets like that is not a good idea. Expect that the crown jewels of Warner will ultimately end up on the service,” he continued at the Television Critics Association.
Jussie Smollett has given his first interview about the shocking racist and homophobic attack he was subjected to as he walked home from a Subway in Chicago last month at 2 a.m. The Empire actor spoke to ABC's Robin Roberts for an interview that will air on Good Morning America this morning.
Ahead of its season 2 debut, Amazon has renewed “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” for a third season. Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios made the announcement yesterday. The series is a “reinvention” of the Tom Clancy hero played by John Krasinski, who also executive produces. The pseudo-adaptation sees Krasinski step into the role that’s been inhabited previously in films by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. Though unlike those other four, the Amazon series is not a direct adaptation of any specific Clancy novel.
Miley Cyrus bid over $100,000 to spend the day with her own godmother, Dolly Parton, as part of a MusiCares charity auction over the weekend. The singer teamed up with Dolly as part of a tribute to the country icon at the Person of the Year gala, and again at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, and now she’s making plans to hang out with Dolly after helping to raise a fortune for the MusiCares charity. “I love MusiCares. Everything that they do, they take care of the artists that have been here before us…,” Miley says. “They help artists get sober and deal with emotional issues. As artists, we’re all sensitive folk.” Miley’s auction item comes with a costume, which Miley can’t wait to try on: “There’s a Dolly costume… She said I can pick whichever one I want and she never gives away an outfit,” Cyrus said.
Eddie Murphy’s untitled “Coming to America” sequel will hit theaters on August 7, 2020, Paramount Pictures announced yesterday. A sequel to the 1988 film starring Eddie Murphy has long been discussed, but Paramount made it official last year when the studio hired Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who wrote the screenplay for the original film, to write the sequel.
Hulu has announced that Season 3 of The Handmaid's Tale is set to premiere on the streaming service on June 5. The Handmaid's Tale is based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. Elisabeth Moss stars as main character June/Offred. Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Stahovski, Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley also star. Hulu aired a teaser trailer for Season 3 during Super Bowl LIII that acted as an ad for the show's fictional country of Gilead.
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage will lead the cast of the Netflix movie Last Sons of America. The film will be an adaptation of the BOOM! Studios graphic novel by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Matthew Dow Smith. Johnson tweeted his thanks to all involved in the project "for taking a chance on a no-name's 1st book." "I won't forget it," Johnson said. Josh Mond wrote the movie's screenplay and plans to direct it. "In the not too distant future, Americans are no longer able to conceive and children have become a valuable commodity around the globe," a synopsis said. "Brothers Jackie and Julian are operating as adoption agents in Colombia, securing deals with families willing to give their children up for a presumably better life in America. When the brothers suddenly find themselves with their backs against the wall, Jackie makes a grave mistake that sends them spiraling into a dark mystery at the root of their world's status quo; a mystery much darker than they might be able to bear."
Lady Gaga won BAFTA and Grammy awards for her musical romance A Star is Born yesterday. She skipped the BAFTAs -- or British Oscars for film -- in London so she could attend the Grammys gala honoring excellence in music. "I can't believe we just won Best Original Music @BAFTA's," Lady Gaga tweeted. "I wish so much I was there but am at the Grammy's to show them our love as well. We made a film about music. This means the world to me. Thank u to all our fans we love u so much, we wouldn't be here without u #BAFTAs."
Here are weekend box office figures:
1. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part - $34.4 million
2. What Men Want - $19 million
3. Cold Pursuit - $10.8 million
4. The Upside - $7.2 million
5. Glass - $6.4 million
6. The Prodigy - $6 million
7. Green Book - $3.5 million
8. Aquaman - $3.3 million
9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - $3 million
10. Miss Bala - $2.7 million
Jeff Bezos has just put up a remarkable blog post on Medium in which he accuses the publisher of the National Enquirer of extortion and blackmail. The Amazon CEO says that instead of giving in, he's going public with the threats—even publishing the letters sent to him by American Media Inc., owned by David Pecker—"despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten." That apparently includes intimate photos and texts between him and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, ones that are even racier than those recently published by the Enquirer. Bezos says AMI is threatening to publish the new photos unless Bezos calls off his investigation into how the Enquirer obtained the pairs' texts and unless Bezos publicly declares that he has found no political motivation on the part of AMI for revealing the Bezos-Sanchez affair. “No thank you, Mr. Pecker," is the headline on Bezos' post. One of the letters from American Media published by Bezos has descriptions of several personal images the Enquirer has in its possession, including a "below the belt selfie" of Bezos. Bezos writes that "any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat" to a larger principle: "If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?” Pecker is a longtime ally of President Trump, and Trump has made no secret of his disdain for Bezos, owner of the Washington Post. Bezos also claims that Pecker is "apoplectic" over a Post investigation into Pecker's interest in expanding into Saudi Arabia. Bezos' security chief, Gavin de Becker, has previously said that "strong leads point to political motives" in the Enquirer's Bezos exposé, notes Business Insider.
Bill Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania. The move last week came after he spent about four months in special housing as he acclimated to SCI-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia. Cosby, who is legally blind, now has a single cell in a two-story unit at the newly built prison in Montgomery County. Other inmates are assigned to help him throughout the day, given his age and disability, state prison spokeswoman Amy Worden said. Inmates there can spend several hours a day in the gym or exercise yard, and other time in the library, classroom, day room or visiting area. They have a sink and toilet in their cells, and are allowed to keep a TV or tablet there if they buy them.
Yesterday, Robert De Niro had a meltdown outside a Manhattan courthouse, screaming at his driver for not showing up at the right place. The actor went nuts while frantically searching for his missing driver after spending the entire morning in court in his divorce case with estranged wife Grace Hightower. “You’re not in front! You’re not where you dropped us off!” De Niro yelled into his phone outside 60 Centre St., as he shielded his face with the paper. The driver appeared to respond on the phone, but De Niro wasn’t having it. “On Worth Street! Then you’d see all the photographers here! You’re not where you dropped us off!” he continued railing. His lawyer said: “Let’s go back in the building.” “This is ridiculous,” De Niro scoffed, as he marched toward the back of the courthouse. Meanwhile, tourists whipped out their cellphones to snap photos of the star. De Niro and Hightower had just spent hours in Manhattan Supreme Court, where their lawyers holed up behind closed doors to hash out their divorce. The soon-to-be exes, who were married for 20 years, are fighting over custody of their 7-year-old daughter. The judge called the warring parents back to court for 2:15 p.m.
Chris Pratt visited a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant on Tuesday and revealed some of his habits as a server at the seafood chain. "Twenty years ago I was a waiter at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company," Pratt wrote on Instagram. "Every time I go back I’m reminded of the thousands of shrimp I ate off of people’s plates on the way back to the kitchen. Please tip your server. Leave at least 20%. Also leave some shrimp." Pratt was discovered at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. eatery in Maui, Hawaii, when he was 19 years old. “A director came in, I was at my table and she said, 'Hey, you're cute, do you act?' I was like, 'Yeah, I act. You should put me in a movie.' And then four days later I was in Los Angeles and I never went back," he revealed on "Live with Kelly and Ryan." Still, despite his megastardom now, Pratt has only fond memories of his days waiting tables. "I ate the food for the year I was there. I mean, that's where I ate. Off of people's plates typically," he said, adding, "I was the Gumper of the Year. I got my name on a plaque. I swear to God, I got my name on a plaque."
“The Sopranos” star Edie Falco has joined the cast of James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels. She will play the character General Ardmore, a human in charge of the RDA (Resources Development Administration) in the franchise. The first of the planned sequels, four more films in all, will arrive in theaters Dec. 18, 2020.
As soon as Ben Affleck announced he was done playing Bruce Wayne, casinos started putting out odds for who would be the next Batman.
Here are betting odds:
According to Betway, it’s going to be Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jake Gyllenhaal 100/30
Oscar Isaac 4/1
Michael B. Jordan 5/1
Armie Hammer 11/2
Kit Harrington 8/1
Jon Hamm 10/1
Liam Hemsworth 20/1
Richard Madden 20/1
Jack O’Connell 33/1
Riz Ahmed 50/1
Jake Gyllenhaal 3/1
Oscar Isaac 4/1
Armie Hammer 5/1
Michael B. Jordan 11/2
Kit Harrington 7/1
Fionn Whitehead 10/1
Jon Hamm 12/1
Liam Hemsworth 16/1
Richard Madden 20/1
James Franco, Timothee Chalamet 33/1
Irish bookmakers BoyleSports think DC might go in a different direction.
Armie Hammer 7/2
Jake Gyllenhaal 11/2
Jon Hamm 13/2
Michael B. Jordan 8/1
Ben Barnes 8/1
John Krasinski 9/1
Jamie Dornan 10/1
Josh Brolin, Matthew Goode, Chris Pratt, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine 16/1
The folks at Ladbrokes are also down with Gyllenhaal.
Jake Gyllenhaal 3/1
Kit Harington 4/1
Jon Hamm 6/1
Michael B. Jordan 7/1
Timothee Chalamet 9/1
Armie Hammer 9/1
Sterling K. Brown 9/1
Richard Madden 9/1
Milo Ventimiglia 12/1
Oscar Isaac – 16/1
MyBookie thinks Jon Snow will get the nod.
Kit Harington +165
Jon Hamm +200
Riz Ahmed +300
Ryan Gosling +350
Joseph Gordon-Levitt +400
Scott Adkins +450
Jeffrey Dean Morgan +650
Jake Gyllenhaal +700
Armie Hammer +800
Ben Barnes +1000
Liam Neeson said yesterday that he is “not a “racist” – a day after he admitted to having violent thoughts about killing a “black bastard” to avenge the rape of someone close to him about 40 years ago. In an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the actor said he did feel a “primal urge to lash out” after learning about the sexual assault. “I went out deliberately into black areas in the city, looking to be set upon,” he said. “It shocked me and it hurt me … I did seek help, I went to a priest.” “Luckily no violence occurred,” he said, adding that he likely would have attacked and possibly killed a man if confronted. Neeson came under fire after revealing in an interview published Monday by the UK’s Independent that he sought revenge after he found out about the rape. “She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson told the paper. “But my immediate reaction was… I asked, did she know who it was? No. ‘What color were they?’ She said it was a black person.” “I went up and down areas with a (nightstick), hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know, so that I could – kill him,” he said. Neeson – who is promoting his new movie, “Cold Pursuit” – described his thoughts as “horrible, horrible when I think back, that I did that. And I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid.” Neeson initially told The Independent about his decades-old thoughts after being asked to provide insight into his “Cold Pursuit” character Nels Coxman’s need for revenge after his son is killed by a drug gang. “It’s awful, but I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f–k are you doing?’ you know?” the “Taken” star added.
Despite the controversy surrounding Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam dominating the news cycle for days, late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon avoided the subject in their monologues on Monday night. On Friday, Northam’s yearbook page from the East Virginia Medical school in 1984 went viral because it included an image of someone in blackface and another in a KKK robe. After apologizing and taking responsibility that night, Northam changed course the following morning, claiming he wasn’t either of the two people in the photo. He did, however, admit to wearing blackface when entering a dance competition as Michael Jackson that same year. While Northam’s racist yearbook page and bizarre press conference led national news and were mocked by several late-night hosts, they were left unmentioned by Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, both who have worn blackface on comedy skits. Kimmel wore blackface on numerous occasions, impersonating NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone as well as former daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey in his Comedy Central series “The Man Show.” Fallon also appeared in blackface during his days on “Saturday Night Live,” impersonating Chris Rock in a sketch. (The sketch was not available on the "SNL" site but some snippets have been used in various related parody sketches like the one below.)
ABC announced yesterday that it has renewed Modern Family for an 11th and final season. President of ABC Entertainment Karey Burke made the announcement at the Television Critics Association yesterday, saying the comedy created by Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd would come to an end, Variety reported. "Chris and Steve have created one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history," said Burke. "In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won't want to miss." Lloyd joked about the contrast between his role heading the long-running series and the lives of its characters. "For 10 years, our characters have bravely faced turning points in life and moved through them to great personal enrichment; we have chosen a different path by doing one more season of Modern Family," he said. No episode count has been announced for Modern Family's final season, but had Levitan previously told THR he expected it would receive 20 or more episodes.
FX is bringing you a world without men in the upcoming series Y. The network revealed yesterday that it has ordered to series an adaptation of the acclaimed DC Comics series Y: The Last Man from Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. The series centers on a post-apocalyptic world in which a catastrophic event has wiped out all the men except for one. In its wake, the surviving women have formed a new world order. According to the official description, the show will "explore gender, race, class and survival." Diane Lane is set to lead the ensemble, which also includes Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland and Amber Tamblyn.
Andy Cohen welcomed his first child last night, Bejamin Allen Cohen, which he revealed on Instagram. “WOW! This is my son, Benjamin Allen Cohen,” Cohen said. “He is 9 lbs 2 ounces !! 20 inches !! Born at 6:35 pm, PT.” “He is named after my grandfather Ben Allen. I’m in love. And speechless. And eternally grateful to an incredible surrogate. And I’m a dad. Wow.”
Chris Pratt has assured fans there will be a third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. The future of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been unclear following director-and-writer James Gunn being fired from the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie by bosses at Disney following the emergence of old Twitter posts he made in which he joked about topics such as rape and child abuse. Although Gunn has penned a script for the third film a new director is yet to be found, Pratt - who plays Star-Lord in the movies - has promised there will be a new chapter in the superhero sci-fi franchise but he doesn't know exactly what that's going to look like.
The Super Bowl ruined Netflix’s night. The streaming giant says that its U.S. viewing levels were down about 32 percent vs. a normal Sunday.