Walt Disney Pictures(HOLLYWOOD) -- The latest trailer for Mary Poppins Returns has arrived.
In the new clip, we see Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins arriving at the Banks’ home to help siblings Jane and Michael take care of their own kids. We see the magical nanny make a dolphin appear in the bathtub, and we also get a taste of a brand new tune called “Can You Imagine That?”
"Some people like to splash and play / Can you imagine that? / Perhaps we've learned when day is done / Some stuff and nonsense could be fun," Blunt sings. "Can you imagine that?"
The Disney film also stars Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep. It hits theaters December 19.
Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy has donated $10 million to the hospital that treated his young son for cancer.
In an Instagram post Monday, Murphy opened up about his son’s battle with a neuroblastoma at just two years old and acknowledged his gift to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“I’d like you to meetFord Theodore Miller Murphy,” he writes, captioning a photo of his son smiling while riding a horse. “Today is a big day in his and our family’s lives. Two years ago, this sweet little innocent boy with a deep belly laugh and an obsession with Monster Trucks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma…an often fatal pediatric cancer.”
He says the abdominal tumor the size of a tennis ball was discovered during a routine checkup and from there, Ford underwent a “huge surgery and several difficult procedures.”
Murphy credits his husband, David Miller, for being his rock through it all and says that today, Ford is “thriving” at age four.
“Ford is doing so well because of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles @childrensla,” Murphy writes. “Today at the hospital we are donating a wing in tribute to Ford and our family is making a gift of $10 million dollars so that other children can experience the love and care of this exceptional facility.”
He adds, “No child is turned away at Children’s Hospital. We are so honored and lucky to contribute, and encourage everybody who can to do the same. We love you, Ford.”
Jive/Legacy Recordings(NEW YORK) -- How were we supposed to know that 20 years ago today -- October 23, 1998 -- a teenager named Britney Spears would release her debut single "...Baby One More Time," and change pop music forever?
Written byMax Martin, the single, which raised eyebrows with its provocative lyric "Hit me baby one more time," topped the charts in 19 countries. The video, featuring Britney in a midriff-baring schoolgirl outfit, was named the most iconic clip of all time by MTV's Total Request Live. Most notably, the song transformed the pop landscape.
"The three-note hook, the chorus, the 'oh baby baby' part, it's all just instantly memorable," Billboard Editorial Director Jason Lipshutz says. "But I think also what drove it to #1...was there was an appetite for a new era of pop music. And I think it was a kind of harbinger of the next five years of pop."
"...Baby One More Time" kicked off the teen pop wave that saw Britney, Christina Aguilera, The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC sell millions of albums and induce global hysteria.
"What people loved about that era is that it was so clearly defined," explains Lipshutz. "It had these personalities that you could latch onto...everybody was on TRL, everybody had similar [career] tracks...it was such a fun time."
And Lipshutz believes "...Baby One More Time" is one song from that era that'll stand the test of time.
"Britney has since released more meaningful albums," he notes. "But the thing about '...Baby One More Time' is, you can't escape that hook. You can't escape how iconic that video was and how iconic she sounded."
"I'm using the word 'iconic' and I really mean that!" he laughs. "This is a style and a song and a chorus that's going to endure for decades to come."
ABC/Richard Cartwright(NEW YORK) -- The kids may be alright but the parenting techniques of the 1970s were a bit questionable.
Mary McCormack, who plays no-nonsense Peggy Clearly on the ABC comedy The Kids Are Alright, says even her own children are horrified by the things she has to do on screen while playing a mom of eight boys in 1972.
“I hit one [kid] over the head with a wooden spoon and one of my kids was visiting on set that day and she was literally like, ‘What's happening?’” the real-life mom-of-three laughs. “…And actually she brought a friend from school and the friend was big wide-eyed like, ‘Oh my God, why is your mom hitting kids at her job!’ I was like, ‘In the '70s it was, you know, allowed.’”
While the actress admits not every ‘70s trend needs to make a comeback -- like spanking your kids and not wearing seatbelts -- she does acknowledge that the show represents a simpler time to many people. She understands the nostalgia factor.
“It's fun to walk around set,” she says. “I mean, Mike Cudlitz, who plays my husband, and I walk around set going, ‘Oh my God, I had this!’ ‘Oh my God, Hi-C for dinner!’ You know, like, big Hi-C things. And we recognize everything, so for us it's really fun.”
In tonight’s episode, Peggy’s son Timmy enters a poetry competition and decides to plagiarize an old poem his mom wrote. At first he’s afraid his mom will find out, but he soon discovers that she plagiarized the poem too.
The Kids Are Alright airs Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) -- Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera both paid a visit to The Tonight Show on Monday -- or at least spot-on impersonations of the pop superstars, courtesy of Saturday Night Live castmember Melissa Villaseñor.
Villaseñor challenged Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a game of "Wheel of Musical Impressions" -- where guests take turns impersonating a random artist singing a popular children's song -- on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and he accepted.
The SNL star started off with an impersonation of Stefani singing "Three Blind Mice," followed by Aguilera belting out the the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Cinderella, and Icelandic singer Björk tackling "Rock-a-Bye Baby."
Fallon -- with the help of autotune -- delivered his take on how Post Malone would sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," and pulled out his famous Barry Gibb impersonation for "Rain, Rain, Go Away."
Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Ariana Grande and Céline Dion are among the other guests who have tried their hand at the game.
Saturday Night Live returns with an all-new show on November 3, featuring guest host Jonah Hill and musical guest Maggie Rogers.
ABCMonday night, Dancing with the Stars became the Happiest Ballroom on Earth as the contestants suited up for the always-anticipated Disney night -- and to keep everyone happy, nobody went home at the end of the evening.
While Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten and DeMarcus Ware and Lindsey Arnold were both in jeopardy, host Tom Bergeron announced, "The couple leaving us right now is....neither of you! It's Disney Night! You're all safe!"
There was a tie for first place: Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke and Alexis and Alan each scored a 29/30. Juan Pablo and Cheryl did a Viennese waltz to "Gaston" from Beauty & the Beast, which fulfilled a childhood fantasy for the Fuller House actor.
Alexis and Alan did a foxtrot to "Just Around the Riverbend" from Pocahontas, and there was a lot of insinuation that the two have become romantically involved. At one point, a producer asked Alexis, "Have any feelings developed for Alan?" to which she laughed and said, "No comment."
The most emotional moment of the night came after Mary Lou Retton and her partner Sasha Farber did a contemporary dance to "Reflection" from Mulan. Mary Lou ended the dance in tears, talking about how she's become so much more vulnerable as a result of the competition.
Once again, the lowest score of the night went to "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile and his partner Jenna Johnson. Though the judges insisted they saw some improvement, his jive to the Imagine Dragons song "Zero," from the upcoming animated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, only earned an abysmal 17/30.
Here's a look at the scores, along with which Disney song each couple danced to:
Highest Scores "Gaston" from Beauty & the Beast: Juan Pablo Di Pace, Fuller House actor, with Cheryl Burke, 29/30 "Just Around the Riverbend" from Pocahontas: Alexis Ren, Sports Illustrated model, with Alan Bersten, 29/30
Theme from The Incredibles 2: Milo Manheim with Witney Carson 27/30 "A Star Is Born" from Hercules: DeMarcus Ware with Lindsay Arnold 26/30 "Reflection" from Mulan: Mary Lou Retton with Sasha Farber 25/30 "When Will My Life Begin?" from Tangled: Evanna Lynch with Keo Motsepe 24/30 "Wanna Be Like You" from The Jungle Book: John Schneider with Emma Slater 24/30 "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid: Bobby Bones with Sharna Burgess 21/30
Lowest score: "Zero" from Ralph Breaks the Internet: Joe Amabile with Jenna Johnson 17/30
Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday night on ABC.
David M. Benett/Getty Images for Maison Mais Non(LONDON) -- Liam Neeson’s son is paying tribute to his late mom, Natasha Richardson, by changing his last name.
People confirms that 23-year-old Micheál will now go by Micheál Richardson, instead of Micheál Neeson.
Natasha Richardson’s mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, reportedly explained the name change to Daily Mail by saying, “That wasn’t because he wanted to avoid his father’s fame, which is enormous. He wanted to hold his mother close to him — because she was a remarkable actress. Absolutely remarkable.”
Richardson, who appeared in films like The Parent Trap and Maid in Manhattan, passed away in 2009 at age 45 after hitting her head in a skiing accident in Canada. Micheál and his brother Daniel were 13 and 12 at the time.
In a 2015 interview with U.K.’s The Sunday Times, Micheál said that initially, he didn’t know how to cope with his mother’s death.
“Things just started going downhill. The people I was with, we were partying a lot. It was dark. I hit rock bottom,” he said.”
He continued, “Everybody said, ‘This kid has lost his mum, that’s where the problem comes from.’ And I was like, ‘No, it isn’t, I just like to party.’ But looking back I realize it was a delayed reaction.”
ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer is pregnant…and she announced the news in a unique way.
First, she posted a photo on Instagram in which she and her husband Chris Fischer’s heads are superimposed on the bodies of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, a couple who also recently announced they are expecting.
Schumer captions the photo, “About to announce some exciting news on @jessicayellin insta page. Please follow her for up to the minute #newsnotnoise she breaks down what’s really going on. She agreed to post a lil noise today for me! Follow her and VOTE!!”
When you go to journalist Jessica Yellin’s page, her Instagram Story features Amy’s recommendations for which candidates to vote for in the upcoming midterm elections. But if you look at the very bottom of the list, it says, “I’m pregnant – Amy Schumer.”
This will be the first child for Schumer and Fischer, who tied the knot in February.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has pushed back the Gal Gadot-led sequel Wonder Woman 1984. Instead of being released November 1, 2019, it is now set to hit theaters June 5, 2020.
“We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer, so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, told Variety. “This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.”
Gadot tweeted about the news, “Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!”
Wonder Woman 1984, the eighth installment in the DC Universe, follows 2017’s Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins is returning to helm the sequel.
The film replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which was originally scheduled for a June 5, 2020 release but has now been taken off the schedule.
ABC/Radhika Chalasani(BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA) -- Chris Hemsworth gave one lucky hitchhiker the ride of his life in Australia over the weekend.
The Thor actor and his pal Luke Zocchi pulled over in Brisbane and offered the hitchhiking tourist a ride to the coastal surfing town of Byron Bay. Not only was the hitchhiker – who turned out to be a musician named Scott Hildebrand – surprised to see Hemsworth, but he got an even bigger surprise when he learned they’d be taking a helicopter to his destination.
A video posted to Hemsworth’s Instagram page shows the whole encounter.
“Picked up a hitchhiker, wasn’t a serial killer which we were stoked about and just happened to be a kick a** musician Scott Hildebrand,” he captioned the video.
Once in Byron Bay, the men parted ways. "Alright Scotty, back to the hitchhiking," Hemsworth said.
Hildebrand posted about the experience on his own Instagram page, writing, “When hitchhiking leads to a helicopter ride with Thor...So grateful for this crazy experience and the opportunity to share my music with so many beautiful people. Thanks guys!”
David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Just a week after Netflix pulled the plug on Marvel's Iron Fist, the streamer has now canceled its popular bulletproof superhero series Luke Cage after two seasons.
"Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season," Netflix said a statement, obtained by Deadline. "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem's Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series."
The series starredMike Colter as Cage, a wrongly-accused ex-con left super-strong and unbreakable after a sabotaged experiment.
Luke Cage was an immediate hit when it premiered in September 2016. In addition to featuring a rarely seen black superhero in a stand-alone vehicle, the series was also lauded for its ability to discuss race relations. It showed homages to Black Lives Matter, "hands up, don't shoot," Trayvon Martin, Nortorious B.I.G. and other culturally significant references.
However -- according to Deadline -- even with its success and second season return in June, the series suffered "creative differences" behind the scenes with "some execs having issues with the more developed scripts, even though the scripts strongly incorporated suggestions from both Netflix and Marvel brass."
Cage creator and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker responded to the cancellation on Twitter but did not offer insight into why the series was canned.
"A lot memories. A lot of individual thank you calls to make," he said. "Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer's room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem's Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always..."
Meanwhile, Marvel's parent company Disney, is working on its own streaming service.
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s no lie: Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro will be helming a stop-motion musical version of Pinocchio for Netflix.
Variety reports del Toro will write and produce the film -- about a puppet who wants to be a real boy -- in addition to directing it. His version of the children’s classic will be set in 1930s Italy. The original source material also took place in Italy, but in the 1880s.
“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” del Toro says in a statement obtained by Variety.
He continues, “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”
This marks del Toro’s first time directing a fully animated feature. Earlier this year, he won two Oscars for directing and producing The Shape of Water.
David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Maybe you've already binged it, but if not, the new season of Marvel's Daredevil just hit Netflix on Friday.
The show picks up where Marvel's The Defenders left off: Blind lawyer-turned-superhero Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, is being nursed back to health in a convent after being buried underneath the rubble of an exploded building.
Murdock's in a tough spot: Not only does everyone think he's dead, but the woman he loves, Elektra, has disappeared. Charlie Cox, who plays Murdock/Daredevil, tells ABC Radio of his character, "He’s a pretty broken man. He’s lost Elektra. He’s kind of re-found her, then lost her again. And a building has fallen on him. He’s broken physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally."
"And the most troubling thing is that he’s questioning everything in terms of who he is, what he does, his faith, his relationship to God and the church," Cox continues. "And what that does...is make him very reckless."
Meanwhile, Murdock's two best friends -- his former law partner Foggy Nelson and his former secretary-turned-reporter Karen Page -- believe he's dead. They're also busy trying to take down notorious criminal Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, who's been released from jail and is now under FBI protection.
Deborah Ann Woll, who plays Karen, says her character's job this season is to do what every good journalist does and "chase down that truth." Foggy, meanwhile, decides to run for District Attorney.
And this season introduces a new character, Agent Benjamin Poindexter, who'll eventually become one of Daredevil's greatest enemies: Bullseye. But the key word here is "eventually."
According to Wilson Bethel, who plays Poindexter, this season, his character is just, as he puts it, "a very disturbed man struggling with some major, major internal issues."
Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.
ABC/Richard Cartwright(HOLLYWOOD) -- Legally Blonde actress Selma Blair revealed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on her Instagram this weekend.
"I have #multiplesclerosis," she wrote in a caption. "I am in an exacerbation.
Blair, who stars in the upcoming Netflix series Another Life, set to debut in 2019, continues, "By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it."
"And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best," she added.
Blaire, diagnosed in August, thanked her friends and family for support, adding, "I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others."
It wasn't until Blair, 46, went to see a doctor that she said things changed.
"I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least," she wrote. "And I am relieved to at least know. And share."
MS is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Some of the most common include fatigue, numbness or tingling, weakness, dizziness, vertigo, walking difficulties and more, according to according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), a nonprofit advocacy group that aims to raise awareness about the disease.
Though there is no cure for MS, there are ways to treat and manage most of the symptoms, the NMSS says.