Courtesy CBS/The Recording Academy/AEG Ehrlich Ventures(LOS ANGELES) -- Sunday night at 8 p.m., CBS airs Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration, saluting six decades of the iconic record label. It features performances and appearances by current acts like John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia, Boyz II Men and Pentatonix, and Motown legends like Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Thelma Houston and Smokey Robinson. But Smokey believes Motown music will continue to endure, far beyond these first 60 years.
"There are kids who haven't even been born who are gonna hear it," he notes. "So it's a beautiful thing."
The show's executive producer Ken Ehrlich says his goal was to give a "21st century interpretation of some of the great moments of Motown."
"We were fortunate in having Stevie and Smokey and Diana and Thelma Houston and a few of the other artists that date back to the really amazing early days of Motown," he tells ABC Radio. "And then, John Legend does a pretty amazing Marvin Gaye, and Ciara did a medley of more current Motown hits, and Ne-Yo the same way. So we were able to kinda bring yesterday and today together."
Show highlights include a "Women of Motown" tribute featuring Meghan Trainor, Tori Kelly and Fantasia performing with Thelma Houston, and an "In Memoriam" segment with Stevie Wonder singing "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer."
"It's about people that have left us," Ehrlich says of the song. "It's pretty emotional and pretty evocative. Stevie got very emotional and you can see that in the performance. He does some other stuff that's up[tempo]...but this song just had something special."
Enjoying the show from the audience: Motown's 89-year-old founder, Berry Gordy.
"He was just having a ball, he loved it," says Ehrlich. "We really appreciated his lending us the Motown legacy for a night."
ABC/Richard Cartwright(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's black-ish is celebrating one of TV's favorite moms, just in time for Mother's Day.
In an exclusive first-look from Entertainment Weekly, fans are getting a preview of the forthcoming prequel episode focusing on Tracee Ellis Ross’ black-ish character, Rainbow Johnson. The May 7th episode will tell Rainbow's origin story.
According to EW, the episode will be set in the 1980s and could lead to a spinoff series. It will feature Tika Sumpter and former Workaholics star Anders Holm as Alicia and Paul, Bow's interracial, hippie parents. In the present day on the show, Bow's parents are played by Anna Deavere Smith and Beau Bridges.
Meanwhile, young Rainbow will be played by Arica Himmel, who has appeared on CBS’s God Friended Me.
The forthcoming episode will also star Gary Cole as Bow’s paternal grandfather, as well as Ethan William Childress, Mykal-Michelle Harris, and Christina Anthony.
The special episode of ABC’s black-ish airs on May 7 at 9 p.m. ET.
Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Last month, Johnny Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, claiming she made up abuse allegations that hurt his career.
However, a new suit against the actor's former lawyer alleges that Depp tried to hurt Heard's career, by trying to get her kicked off the global blockbuster Aquaman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp is suing his former attorney Jake Bloom, claiming Bloom gave the actor bad legal advice during his messy split with Heard. But Bloom isn't going quietly, according to the publication, and reportedly wants to depose a host of people who could level damaging testimony against the Pirates of the Caribbean series star.
One of those is disgraced former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara -- who recently left the studio amid a sex scandal. "Sources...say Tsujihara will be asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in 'blacklisting' Heard at Warner Bros.," according to THR.
At the time, Depp was working on the Warner Bros. Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gridelwald.
The allegation states Depp wanted Heard "blacklisted" from the studio -- even though she'd previously played her Aquaman character Mera in Justice League.
Some of the allegations Bloom makes actually seem to track with a Washington Post op-ed Heard wrote late in 2018, in which she made her claims of "domestic abuse." In the same op-ed, she wrote about about being sabotaged when it came to acting roles.
"A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me," she wrote. "Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role...in the movies Justice League and Aquaman."
Photo by Ron Eisenberg/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel and legendary TV show creator Norman Lear have tapped major Hollywood talent for upcoming live performances of classic episodes of All In The Family and its spin-off, The Jeffersons.
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" will feature Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker, Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei as his wife Edith and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper as their daughter, Gloria Stivik.
Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will play George Jefferson, Wanda Sykes will play Weezie; Will Ferrell will play their neighbor Tom Willis, and Justina Machado will play Florence, their sassy maid.
This 90-minute special airs live Wednesday, May 22, starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.
The two beloved sitcoms were anything but politically correct -- in an era that predated the term -- and managed to address hot-button issues like racism, divorce, interracial marriage, poverty, politics and even sexual assault.
"They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the '70s and would not work today. We disagree with them and are here to prove, with two great casts depicting All in the Family and The Jeffersons, the timelessness of human nature," Lear said in a statement.
"I cannot wait to see what these glorious performers make in our time of these indelible characters, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Jimmy Kimmel, Sony and ABC for their collective willingness to conceive and pursue this never-been-done-before event."
Kimmel added, "The fact that a group of Oscar winners eagerly agreed to play these iconic characters is a testament to the greatness of these shows and their creator, Norman Lear. To be a part of this is a dream come true for me and for everyone involved."
Disney/Pixar(LOS ANGELES) -- A new teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 was released on Thursday. Woody, Buzz and the gang's new pal Sporky are off on a vacation, where they meet an old friend and a new nemesis.
The clip shows Woody -- voiced once again by Tom Hanks --meeting up with his old flame Bo Peep -- voiced by Annie Potts. The trip is fraught with danger as well, when the group encounter a toy-chewing cat, who rips up a stuffed toy, as the others watch in terror.
"Is that how we look on the inside?" asks one toy after surveying the carnage.
"So much f-f-f-fluff," adds another in horror.
Toy Story 4 opens nationwide June 21. Disney is the parent company Pixar and ABC News.
(LOS ANGELES) -- Dia Dipasupil / StaffLorraine Toussaint stars as Bo, the matriarch of her family of super-powered women, in the sci-fi drama Fast Color.
Toussaint tells ABC Radio the film offers more than just a story of superheroes flaunting their special powers.
"It's about three generations of women who happened to be black, who have extraordinary abilities," Toussaint says. "It's post-apocalyptic, dystopic."
She continues, "[The women] have been hiding out in a desert, in the desert community, for fear of persecution. And this has been sort of generational. They've been hiding these abilities."
The film -- which also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Saniyya Sidney as her daughter Ruth and granddaughter Lila, respectively -- is also a project that Toussaint says she could easily relate to since it touches on the super power potential in the everyday black woman.
"So many black women that I know are superheroes," she says. "You know, our mom is a superhero. The things that we've done and we do on a daily basis makes us superheroes."
Fast Color, directed by Julia Hart, is now in theaters.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening nationwide in theaters Friday:
* The Curse of La Llorona -- This supernatural horror film, set within the Conjuring universe, stars Linda Cardellini as a social worker who ignores the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment and, along with her two children, incurs the wrath of the mythical female ghost La Llorona, who lost her children and brings misfortune to those nearby. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s Raymond Cruz co-stars. Rated R.
Opening in limited release on Friday:
* Fast Color -- This sci-fi thriller stars A Wrinkle in Time's Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a woman forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. With no place left to hide, she returns home to the family she abandoned years earlier. Hidden Figures and American Horror Story: Roanoke's Saniyya Sidney and The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Legacy's David Strathairn also star. Rated PG-13.
* Under the Silver Lake -- Andrew Garfield stars as a young man who investigates the sudden disappearance of his neighbor -- played by Riley Keough -- and uncovers a bizarre conspiracy. Also starring Topher Grace. Rated R.
* Little Woods -- Tessa Thompson plays a reformed drug dealer forced to return to her former life as a means of holding on to her mother's house and taking care of her sister -- played by Lily James -- who shows up at her doorstep with a hungry child and one on the way. Rated R.
* Red Joan -- Judi Dench plays the titular character in this British spy drama based on the true story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy. Rated R.
Opened nationwide in theaters Wednesday:
* Breakthrough -- This Is Us star Chrissie Metz stars in this faith-based drama inspired by the true story of Joyce Smith, a mother who relies on faith after her young son -- played by One Day at a Time's Marcel Ruiz -- experiences a tragic accident. Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Sam Trammel and Dennis Haysbert also star. Rated PG.
* Penguins -- Disneynature's "coming of age" story follows an Adélie penguin named Steve, who sets out to find his life partner and start a family in the icy Antarctic, while facing threats by everything from killer whales to leopard seals. Ed Helms narrates. Rated G.
Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird"(NEW YORK) -- Since it debuted on Broadway in December, To Kill a Mockingbird has pulled in historic box office numbers and enthralled audiences with its updated take on Harper Lee’s classic 1960 novel.
Adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin, the play stars Jeff Daniels as small town Southern lawyer Atticus Finch and Gbenga Akinnagbe as the wrongly-accused man he defends in court, Tom Robinson. The play shows us a more flawed version of the heroic Atticus than we've come to know.
“We aren't playing the white savior on the white horse...which is what Atticus has become," Daniels explains to ABC Radio. "You don't start as the great Atticus Finch, and that was our choice early on."
Daniel explains as Atticus goes through Tom's trial the experience changes him: "You just don't go back to your porch and have a bourbon [after that]," he says.
The play also chose to use adult actors to portray the children, Scout, Jem and Dill, as well as give more insight into what Tom is going through. Akinnagbe says the injustice Tom faces is still very much relevant today.
"There were some things I related very well to Tom with," Akinnagbe says. "It wasn't that strange to me. Growing up in a country that is prejudice, that has a legal system that is prejudice and with the power dynamics, class and patriarchy being so out of whack, those things are still very much as they were in 1934, where the play is set."
In addition to its Broadway run, the play will begin a two-year national tour, launching at the Kennedy Center in August 2020.
HBO(NEW YORK) -- As Attorney General William Barr delivered The Mueller Report Thursday, President Trump reacted with a Game Of Thrones-themed tweet -- and HBO, which airs the wildly popular series, isn't thrilled about that.
The president tweeted a smoke-filled picture that shows Trump looking away from the camera, and the words "No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats - Game Over." Those last two words were written in Game of Thrones' signature font.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO released a statement saying, "Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes."
This isn't the first time Trump's borrowed the font, either. Last year, he tweeted a meme in the same font, along with the phrase, "Sanctions are coming," a parody of the show's famous "Winter is coming" line, referring to sanctions on Iran.
At the time, HBO told the Hollywood Reporter, "We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes."
However, the cable channel hasn't taken any legal action to dissuade Trump from continuing to use the show's imagery or fonts.
Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- It's hard to remember that the Fast & Furious series started nearly 20 years ago as a movie about street racing culture in Los Angeles. It's especially hard to remember that fact when you get to the part in the new trailer for Hobbs & Shaw -- a spin-off from the franchise -- where Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is reeling in an attack helicopter like a hooked tuna.
And strangely, that's not even the craziest part.
The franchise has now entered the superhero genre as Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw become unlikely allies in a mission to stop a genetically-modified terrorist named Brixton, played by Idris Elba.
"I'm black Superman!" Brixton boasts, as he simultaneously fights Hobbs and Shaw as a Cold War-era missile silo crashes down around them.
Realizing they can't beat Brixton when it comes to tech, Hobbs, Shaw, and Shaw's sister, played by Vanessa Kirby, "go old school," traveling to Hobbs' Pacific Island home, which apparently has little access to technology.
There, Hobbs gathers an army of his islander family members, leading them in a "haka," or war dance, before they go into battle with Brixton's mercenary army.
Dame Helen Mirren reappears as Shaw's incarcerated mum, and actress Eiza González also stars.
The Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, directed by stuntman-turned Deadpool 2 director David Leitch, opens August 2.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The freshman Fox comedy Lil Rel has officially been cancelled.
According to Deadline, Fox has decided to the end the Lil Rel Howery-starring series after only one season. The show, loosely based on the life of Howery, was executive-produced by comic and writer Jerrod Carmichael, who starred with Rel on the now defunct NBC series The Carmichael Show.
It followed Rel as an arrogant, successful man who believed that "great things will come" if you believe in yourself. However, his ideology was put to the test after he learned his wife cheated on him with his barber.
The series also starred comedian-actor Sinbad as Lil Rel's father, as well as social media star Jessica "Jess Hilarious" Moore, and Jordan L. Jones.
Rel took to Instagram to share the news and thank fans for their support.
"I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show... I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true," he wrote, captioning an image of the Deadline article.
"I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events, I got to work and create magic with my friends... God is so good and I’m truly blessed."
He continued, "Thanks again for the huge opportunity and it’s on to the next one... I learned a lot and it’s still a huge accomplishment for me to pull this off... I wanted to make a dramatic comedy with heart and I did that... I know I made you proud Mom!!!!!! #REL."
20th Century Fox – which produced Rel – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Lawsuits leveled at popular TV shows or movies claiming they were ripped off from somebody else's idea spring up all the time in Hollywood, and are generally dismissed just as quickly. However, a lawsuit against Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Netflix's Stranger Things, is actually headed to trial, Billboardreports.
The plaintiff, Charlie Kessler, claims he was chatting with the Duffers, who were then unknown, at a Tribeca Film Festival party back in 2014. Kessler alleges he told them about a script he was working on called The Montauk Project, about the paranormal goings on at a former military base. Kessler claims the brothers ripped off his ideas to create their own paranormal hit.
While Netflix's legal eagles call the lawsuit "without merit," according to Billboard, a judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday denied a summary judgment that would have put the matter to bed for the brothers.
According to Billboard, Michael Kernan, attorney for Kessler, has issued a statement saying, in part, "We can now dispense with the nonsense promoted by the Duffers and Netflix that this lawsuit has no merit, and that they had 'proof' that they created the show. If the lawsuit had no merit, or if they actually had the 'proof' they created it, then their summary judgment would have won. They lost."
Furthermore, Kessler's attorney is claiming Kessler had an "implied contract" with the brothers -- something they denied -- and should get a third of whatever they earned from writing and producing the series.
If the case goes to trial -- as opposed to being settled out of court -- the proceedings are expected to start next month.
Orion Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Technology has come a long way since 1988's Child's Play, so it's makes sense that for the upcoming reboot of the classic horror flick, the murderous doll Chucky has gotten a major upgrade.
The second trailer for the June 21 release shows that Chucky has been reborn as Buddi, a "smart toy" made by a huge technology company. Like many connected devices, he's wired into an app, but unfortunately, he's also wired into just about every other "smart" device, from home heating systems to appliances to cars.
As you can imagine, that makes him much more dangerous than his previous incarnations.
In this retelling, Aubrey Plaza plays a single mother who gifts a Buddi doll to her son, played by Gabriel Bateman, to keep the kid company when they move to a new city. They don't hit it off, to say the least.
"Something's wrong with Chucky!" the kid says, in the understatement of the year.
Mark Hamill voices the doll this time around, replacing Brad Douriff in the role. In the new clip, we hear Hamill for the first time, whispering menacingly to the boy, "Goodnight, Andy!"
(NEW YORK) -- CBS Photo Archive / ContributorOprah Winfrey is opening up about Mother's Day and what it means to her now that her mother Vernita Lee has gone home.
“This will be my first Mother’s Day on earth without a mother," she writes in the May issue of O Magazine. "Many of you already know what that feels like. It’s a reckoning with your own mortality. For me it’s neither lonely nor sad – just an undeniable marker of the passage of time. Time spent. Time remaining. And how precious every moment is.”
Lee died at her home in Milwaukee on Thanksgiving at 83. Winfrey says even now she can still distinctly remember the last words she spoke to her mother before she passed.
“I know it must have been hard for you as a 17-year-old pregnant, scared girl in Mississippi," Winfrey recalls. "Many people no doubt told you to get rid of that baby. To have an abortion or give me away. But you didn’t. And for that I thank you. I know you did the best you could with what you had. And for that I thank you. And look how it all turned out.”
Winfrey says that even with the "complicated relationship" she had with her mother, she's thankful for their relationship and acknowledges just how important it was to her development as an adult.
“Of the many relationships we have in life, few make as profound an impact as the one we share with our mother," she writes. "That connection, whether strong or strained, influences who we become in countless ways. It teaches us how to be -- or how not to be -- adults, partners and parents to our own children.”
The May issue of O, The Oprah Magazine hits newsstands nationwide on April 23.