ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- The wait is over. Tiffany Haddish has set a date for her upcoming comedy series at Netflix.
In an Instagram video on Tuesday, Haddish announced that she will bring Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready -- a series that will feature six comedians hand-picked by Haddish -- to Netflix on August 13.
In the spirited video, Haddish shares the news and introduces the six featured comics that will be highlighted on her series.
Those comedians include 50 Shades of Black starChaunté Wayans, April Macie from Snoop Dogg’s Bad Girls of Comedy, The Last O.G.'s Tracey Ashley, Last Comic Standing's Aida Rodriguez, Flame Monroe from Def Comedy Jam and, BET's Comicview's Marlo Williams.
"I am super excited about They Ready. Make sure you check it out," Haddish captions her video. "August 13 only on Netflix @netflixisajoke."
The series, produced by The Kitchen co-star, with Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz, will launch as six 30-minute episodes.
This is the latest project on the streaming giant for Haddish. As previously reported, she recently lent her voice to the forthcoming Netflix animated series Tuca & Bertie.
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- Nicole Murphy was recently spotted locking lips with married director Antoine Fuqua poolside in Italy, and now the Hollywood Exes star is speaking out in her defense.
In a statement obtained by Love B. Scott, Murphy brushed off the incident as a friendly encounter.
"Antoine and I are just family friends," the statement reads. "I ran into him in Italy and we exchanged a friendly hello and that was it."
Fugua, who is known for directing such films as Training Day, American Gangster and The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, has been married to Waiting To Exhale actress Lela Rochon for 20 years. According to Page Six, Fuqua was in Italy for the Ischia Global Festival, where he was to receive the director of the year award.
Although Rochon has not commented publicly on the incident, the actress did deactivate both her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Murphy has five children with Eddie Murphy and recently became a grandmother. Meanwhile, Fuqua and Rochon have two children together.
Photo by Joe Maher/WireImage(LONDON) -- The stuntman who was seriously injured on the U.K. set of Fast & Furious 9 has been identified.
The Hollywood Reporter says Joe Watts is "in an induced coma," after suffering a "severe" head injury in a "major fall," according to his fiancee.
Watts was airlifted from Leavesden Studios, where the accident occurred, for treatment.
The British athlete, gymnast and stuntman is a veteran of many high profile projects, including Game of Thrones, and the movies Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Ready Player One, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
He recently completed work on Angel Has Fallen, the upcoming third Fallen film starring Gerard Butler.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Beverly Hills, 90210 fans have been counting down the days until the premiere of BH90210, and according to star Jason Priestley, they should be excited.
Priestley, who played Brandon Walsh on the teen drama, told ABC's Good Morning America that this new series is "very different from the original show," but notes, "Fans of the original...will find it incredibly satisfying."
The actor calls the new show "multi-layered," and is playing off the current trend of old shows like Will & Grace and Full House coming back.
"Everybody's rebooting a show, and the cast of Beverly Hills 90210...all end up at a fan convention together," he says, describing the plot.
"Because of the reaction to all of us being together at this fan convention -- as crazy as it is -- we all decide maybe we should try to get a reboot of our show made," he adds. "It's....a show within a show within a show within a show. It's very meta!"
BH90210 stars Priestley, and original castmembers Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling. Priestley also told GMA that Carol Potter, who played his mother, Sydney Walsh, will also return.
Sadly, Luke Perry, who played heartthrob Dylan McKay, died in March following a stroke.
Priestley told GMA that Perry's death was a "very, very difficult time" for the cast, who not only were grieving the loss of their friend, but also struggling to move forward with the series creatively.
"Luke was a big personality and a big part of that show, and the difficulty for us was to honor him in a way that didn't feel exploitative," Priestley said. "Hopefully, we were successful in that."
Scott Yamano/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Adam Sandler has gathered his friends again for another Netflix project: An as-yet-untitled Salem Massachusetts-set, Halloween-themed comedy.
Sandler is writing the script with frequent collaborator Tim Herlihy, and the movie stars past and present Saturday Night Live cast members Maya Rudolph, Kenan Thompson, Tim Meadows, Colin Quinn, Mikey Day and Melissa Villaseñor.
Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Michael Chiklis, Shaquille O’Neal and Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp are also part of the cast.
If you remember seeing many of those names attached to previous Sandler movies, you're right. Shaq, Meadows, and Rudolph were in the Grown Ups movies; Buscemi was in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Kevin James, and both actors also worked on the hit Hotel Transylvania animated movies with Sandler.
The comic is "very loyal," Henry Winkler tells ABC Radio. He should know: Winkler explained how a name-drop led him to work in The Waterboy, Little Nicky, and other movies.
"I called him to thank him for putting me in his 'Hanukkah Song,'" Winkler recalls. "And then he called me and he invited me to his house because they play basketball and I met Jim Carrey there and Brad Pitt there. And then he asked me to be in The Waterboy."
He enthuses: "People talk to me about that movie as if it was made yesterday. It's amazing!"
The Six Degrees of Adam Sandler started when the comedian was at New York University, Winkler tells us.
"A lot of his posse are people he met on his dorm floor and they are still with him!" he says. "Frank Corachi, who Adam met on his dorm floor directed The Waterboy, and Click, and one that I love that I did with Kevin James, Here Comes the Boom."
ABC/John Fleenor(NEW YORK) -- Host Chris Harrison opened Monday night’s episode of The Bachelorette by announcing that it would be a “very different version” of “The Men Tell All” episode.
Instead of immediately bringing the guys out, as in past seasons, Harrison said the show would pick up where it left off last week -- on the Grecian island of Crete, where what happened after Luke P.’s elimination was “so shocking,” it couldn’t wait another week.
Hannah, already agonizing over which of the remaining guys -- Peter, Jed or Tyler C. -- she’d send home at the final rose ceremony, was surprised to find Luke, whom she’d dumped last week, standing alongside them.
Hannah, if you recall, dumped Luke after he tried to get a commitment from her that she wouldn’t have sex with any of the other men, saying if she did, he was gone. Feeling like she was being “sex-shamed,” Hannah told Luke she had, in fact, had sex with other men. The episode ended with Luke being driven off a van and out of Hannah's life for good -- or so she thought.
Luke is sure he can convince Hannah to change her mind -- so sure, that he has an engagement ring in his pocket.
When Hannah arrives at the ceremony, Luke tells her that he won’t go home until he won’t go home until he gets “a few things off my heart.” Hannah gives him a flat him “no,” but Luke still hasn’t gotten the hint, repeating what has now become his go-to line that he was “misunderstood.”
“This is my heart we’re talking about here,” he argues, before Hannah interrupts him with, “This is not about your heart,” adding that he’s “narcissistic.”
Luke insists he knows Hannah is still in love with him, regardless of what she says. But Hannah stands firm, saying she has “no regrets” about her decision.
When Harrison finally steps in and asks, “So Hannah, what do you want?,” her answer is, “I don’t want him to be here.”
“Can you look me in the eye and tell me you have clarity and that you have no feelings for me any longer, asks Luke one more time.
“Yes, I can,” Hannah declares.
And with that, Luke is finally satisfied and leaves voluntarily. Afterwards, Harrison tells a stunned Hannah about the engagement ring, and Luke’s intent to propose to her.
How will Hannah’s journey end? We’ll find out the answer in the two-night season finale of The Bachelorette, next Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Prince Akeem will officially have his right-hand man beside him in the upcoming sequel Coming 2 America.
According to Deadline, Arsenio Hall has closed his deal to reprise his role as Semmi in Coming 2 America. The actor was rumored to be starring in the project alongside Eddie Murphy and was recently pictured with Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter on set just a few months ago.
The original 1988 film Coming to America starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. In an effort to find a wife, Akeem, along with his trusty assistant Semmi, played by Hall, decides to travel to Queens, NY.
In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long-lost son and must return to America to meet the "unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda."
In addition to Murphy and Hall, most of the original film's cast, including Shari Headley and James Earl Jones, is expected to return. However, as of now, only Murphy, Hall and Jermaine Fowler have officially signed on.
As previously noted, black-ish creator Kenya Barris is rewriting a script from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.
Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to direct the project, which Murphy's also producing. The two recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, which follows the story of real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore.
Coming 2 America is set to hit theaters August 7, 2020.
Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Over the weekend, Avengers: Endgame finally de-throned Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, and in a post on Twitter, James Cameron officially passed the crown.
According to Box Office Mojo, James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi epic's final tally stands at almost $2.8 billion; this weekend, at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced Endgame had surpassed Avatar by a narrow margin.
Cameron posted a picture that shows Iron Man surrounded by floating sprites from Avatar's alien planet, Pandora. The picture features -- in the language of his blue-skinned alien heroes the Na'vi -- a greeting that translates to "I see you, Marvel."
In English, the picture also features the legend: "Congratulations to Avengers: Endgame on becoming the new box-office king."
In response, Endgame's directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Instagram to thank Cameron. They posted a shot from his first hit, 1984's Terminator, along with their silhouettes, as if they were in their movie seats, saying in tandem, "Holy sh**!" They said of Cameron, "[Y]ou're a monumental reason why we fell in love with film in the first place. Thank you for always inspiring us and opening the world's eyes to what's possible." They continued, "We can't wait to see where you take us next..." perhaps referring to the *four* Avatar sequels on which Cameron is working.
Back in May, Cameron congratulated Marvel Studios when Endgame sailed past Cameron's Oscar-winning film Titanic, which at the time was the second-highest grossing film of all time. With $2.1 billion in the bank, it's now number three.
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Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images(LONDON) -- One of the stunt performers on the London set of the ninth Fast and Furious film has been injured, and production on the film has been halted as a result.
In a statement to ABC News, Universal Pictures confirmed an accident had occurred at the famed Leavesden Studios, noting the production stoppage for the day would help the filmmakers "to focus on this situation."
Starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel and John Cena, Fast & Furious 9 is currently scheduled to be released on May 22, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, will arrive in theaters August 2.
Marvel Studios(SAN DIEGO) -- Scarlett Johansson tells ABC's Good Morning America that she's relieved that she can "finally" talk about the fact that her character, Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, is getting her own Marvel stand-alone film, debuting in May of 2020.
During the chat at San Diego's Comic-Con this past weekend, ScarJo said, "I would've been happy to...end it at Endgame and walk away."
She adds, "I was proud of the work that we had all done together, and that the only reason to do this stand-alone would be to elevate the genre in some way. And so hopefully, we will have."
Johansson offers, "You actually get to all the questions you may have had about this mysterious character and who she is...What are the secrets of the past that haunt her?"
Johansson follows Brie Larson's Captain Marvel as the second female hero to lead an MCU movie, and she's ready.
"I think I'm in better shape than I've been in a long time, which is awesome to say, in my mid-30s, and also I have a five-year-old daughter," she says, adding, "I never could've done this film 10 years ago...I feel much more comfortable getting kind of dirty and digging deep, and I think the film will benefit because of it."
The MCU has mentioned Romanoff's past with her beloved friend Clint Barton/Hawkeye, who saved her life when he was sent to kill her -- so will Jeremy Renner, who plays Barton, be making an appearance here?
"Oh my God, that's when you see the tranq[uilizer] gun come out," she joked about the MCU's notorious secrecy. While her lips are "sealed," she did tease "surprises" to come.
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Set some 20 years after the events of 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis, the last film to feature the Picard Enterprise and its crew, Star Trek: Picard features a world-weary former captain who's retired to his family's ancestral vineyard in France, assuming the life of a winemaker. He's also clearly a legend, due to some unspecified actions of his years before.
"Sometimes I think you've forgotten who you are," an unidentified Vulcan woman declares. "We do not."
But the arrival of a mysterious young woman whose life he must protect draws Picard out of retirement, into danger and, of course, back into space.
The Star Trek: Picard trailer also features appearances by familiar characters, including the merciless, villainous Borg, Jeri Ryan as Star Trek: Voyager character Seven of Nine, and even Commander Data, the android again played by Brent Spiner -- though the 70-year-old actor's made to look decades younger, thanks to some artful CGI.
Former Star Trek: The Next Generation actors Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes, aka Counselor Deanna Troi and Captain Will Riker, are also expected to make appearances on the series, with perhaps more familiar faces to come.
Star Trek: Picard, also starring Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Isa Briones and Santiago Cabrera, debuts on CBS All Access in early 2020.
AMC(SAN DIEGO) -- New trailers for The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Netflix's highly anticipated series The Witcher were among the trailers making their debuts at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.
AMC used Sunday's panel to debut clips from The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, returning for their respective 10th and fifth seasons in the fall. Fear the Walking Dead executive producer Scott M. Gimple revealed that the series has already been renewed for a sixth season returning next year.
AMC also announced the latest casting news for its as-yet untitled third Walking Dead series, which will reportedly focus on the first generation to come of age during the zombie apocalypse. Annet Mahendru and Aliyah Royale will join previously announced stars Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu and Hal Cumpston. Production begins in and around Richmond, Virginia next week. The series is slated for a spring 2020 debut.
The Walking Dead series regular Danai Gurira also announced that season 10 will be her final season, while American Beauty's Thora Birch will join the cast as Gamma, described as "a Whisperer sentry fiercely protective of Alpha. She is a believer and committed to the Whisperers’ way of life."
The Leftovers and Snowfall's Kevin Carroll also joins the cast as Virgil, "a highly intelligent and resourceful man who is desperately trying to get home to his family."
The Walking Dead season 10 premieres October 6.
Man of Steel's Henry Cavill was appeared on Friday to reveal the first trailer for his upcoming Netflix fantasy series, The Witcher. The eight-episode series, based on Andrzej Sapkowsk’s fantasy books, center on Cavill's famed monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, as he struggles to find his place in the world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes and monsters battle to survive. A release date has yet to be announced.
The third season of HBO's Westworld doesn't launch until 2020, but we got a sneak peak with this teaser the network debuted at it's Comic-Con panel on Saturday. The show, which started out as an amusement park made to resemble the Old West, will shift to a World War II setting for the upcoming season. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul joins the cast this season, along with Black Swan's Vincent Cassel. They join Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, James Marsden, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Jimmi Simpson.
The latest trailer for Damon Lindelof's take on the classic DC graphic novel Watchmen, about superheroes who are treated as outlaws, made its debut on Saturday and, from all indications, delivers on HBO's promise to “embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own." The all-star cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart and Louis Gossett Jr. Watchmen debuts in the fall.
In other Comic-Con news, Deadline reports FXX has renewed its animated spy spoof Archer for an 11th season. Also, ahead of next week's series premiere of The Boys, Amazon has already picked it up for a second season. The series, from Seth Rogen, stars stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara and Elisabeth Shue.
Marvel Studios(SAN DIEGO) -- At San Diego Comic-Con, Hall H is reserved for the biggest, most anticipated press events and announcements. And this year, the biggest event was Marvel Studios announcing what fans have to look forward to, now that Avengers: Endgame signals the end of 11 years, 23 films and Phases 1-3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige revealed the lineup of feature films for the next two years, along with an update on the brand-new Marvel Studios’ series created exclusively for Disney , Disney’s upcoming streaming service, launching in the U.S. on November 12 -- all of which will mark Phase 4 of Marvel's Cinematic Universe.
Marvel's upcoming slate of feature films kicks May 1, 2020 with Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, reprising her Avengers role as Natasha Romanoff, whose past as a Russian spy has been hinted at in the Avengers films but never fully explained. She'll be joined by new MCU members including Stranger Things star David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz.
Next up, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Don Lee, Lia McHugh, Lauren Ridloff and Richard Madden team up for The Eternals, debuting November 6, 2020. Adapted from Jack Kirby's 1970s comic, The Eternals are a strange but peaceful group of immortal beings committed to peace, but locked in an ongoing war with their hateful, warlike counterparts, known as the Deviants.
February 12, 2021 will see the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, with newcomer Simu Liu stepping into the role of the titular character, a martial arts expert and assassin-turned hero. Liu stars alongside Crazy Rich Asians' Awkwafina and Chinese actor Tony Leung.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the second installment in the Doctor Strange franchise, features Benedict Cumberbatch returning as the Sorcerer Supreme opposite Elizabeth Olsen, who reprises her Avengers role as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Scott Derrickson, who directed the first Dr. Strange movie, is back at the helm for this one, which he describes as the "first scary MCU film.” Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters May 7, 2021.
November 5, 2021, will see the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth film in the Thor franchise. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who returns for the new film, was joined by Ragnarok's Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in Hall H, along with Natalie Portman, who revealed her Jane Foster character from the first two Thor films will become the Mighty Thor, Goddess of Thunder.
Finally, Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali joined Feige on stage at Comic-Con to announce that he'll star in a reboot of the Blade franchise, playing the half-human, half-vampire character Wesley Snipes played in three films. No release date for Blade has yet been announced.
On the TV side, Disney will debut its Marvel slate with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which pairs Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier, again played respectively by Anthony Mackie and Sabastian Stan. They star in "a series of action-filled adventures as They fight together against evil after the events of Avengers: Endgame."
Coming in the spring of 2021, Paul Bettany reprises the role of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen the Scarlet Witch in WandaVision, and Tom Hiddleston will answer the question from Avengers: Endgame -- "Where did Loki go after taking the space stone?" -- when he returns as the fan-favorite god of mischief in Loki.
Hawkeye, coming to Disney in the summer of 2021, features Jeremy Renner reprising his role as the titular character from the Avengers movies. We'll also get to see Kate Bishop, a well known character from the Marvel comics but missing from the movies, who'll play a key role in the series.
Finally, many actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their roles in What If...?, the first animated series in the MCU, which will feature stories that present alternate realities in the Marvel universe. That launches in the fall of 2021.
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Disney(NEW YORK) -- It was a historic weekend for a pair of Disney films, as the live-action remake of The Lion King and Marvel's Avengers: Endgame both entered the record books.
The Lion King roared to number one at the box office with an estimated $185 million debut -- a record-breaking opening for a July weekend. It surpasses the previous record of $169.1 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. It's also ranks as the second-largest opening of the year so far, and the seventh-largest of all time.
If you're of the opinion that the film is CGI-animated, rather than live-action, you can add largest opening ever for an animated feature as well, since it's also topped Incredibles 2's $182.6 million debut last year.
Internationally, The Lion King, featuring a voice cast including Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, delivered an estimated $269 million, bringing its global tally to around $531 million.
Avengers: Endgame also made history by topping Avatar's decade-long reign as the highest-grossing film of all time globally. Endgame, released 12 weeks ago, earned an estimated $2.789.2 billion, surpassing Avatar's $2,789.7.
Also over the weekend, Marvel's Spider-Man: Far from Home took second place after topping the box office in its first two weeks of release, earning an estimated $21 million. That brings its domestic total to almost $320 million.
Pixar's Toy Story 4 took in an estimated $14.6 million for a third-place finish. After five weeks its domestic tally stands at north of $375 million, and just under $860 million globally. In fourth place is the horror film Crawl with an estimated $6 million, followed by the rom-com Yesterday, rounding out the top five by earning $5.1 million.
In limited release, David Crosby: Remember My Name, the documentary on the legendary folk singer, delivered an estimated $41,050 from four locations.
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Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. The Lion King, $185 million 2. Spider-Man: Far from Home, $21 million 3. Toy Story 4, $14.6 million 4. Crawl, $6 million 5. Yesterday, $5 million 6. Stuber, $4 million 7. Aladdin, $3.8 million 8. Annabelle Comes Home, $2.66 million 9. Midsommar, $1.599 million 10. The Secret Life of Pets 2, $1.5 million