Steve Jennings/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Are you angry that we still don't have the next installment in the literary series that inspired Game of Thrones? So's the guy who's writing the books.
If you're a fan of the HBO series and not the books, just know they're called A Song of Ice and Fire, and by the time Game of Thrones season one debuted in April 2011, author George R.R. Martin had written five books since 1996 and was working on book number six. Seven years later, he's still working on it.
"I know there are a lot of people out there who are very angry with me that [The] Winds of Winter isn’t finished," Martin tells Entertainment Weekly. "And I’m mad about that myself. I wished I finished it four years ago. I wished it was finished now. But it’s not."
In fact, Game of Thrones has long since left Martin's last book behind. Part of the deal was that the show wouldn't wait on him, and so Martin has told producers how he intends the story to proceed -- and how it will end.
And a good thing, too, given that the show's eighth and final season debuts this coming April. Not that it makes Martin feel any better.
"I’ve had dark nights of the soul where I’ve pounded my head against the keyboard and said, “God, will I ever finish this?" Martin confesses. "The show is going further and further forward and I’m falling further and further behind. What the hell is happening here? I’ve got to do this.”
In the meantime, Ice and Fire fans can console themselves with the just-released Fire & Blood, Martin's history of the dragon-raising Targaryen family set three centuries before the events of Game of Thrones.
Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- It's plain Bill Maher isn't a big fan of comics, judging by his recent comments about them in the wake of Marvel comics legend Stan Lee's death -- comments that aren't sitting well with Lee's fans, or his estate.
On his 'Adulting' blog, the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher wrote, in part, that Americans were in "Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess."
After saying he has "nothing against comic books," Maher goes on to essentially say they're for children, and not "actually sophisticated literature," as he says some consider them. He concludes by implying that the popularity of comics among adults is a sign of declining intelligence as a nation, writing, "I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important."
Predictable fan backlash aside, Lee's estate has responded through his production company, POW! Entertainment. In an open letter posted online, they declare, "to say that Stan merely inspired people to 'watch a movie' is in our opinion frankly disgusting."
The letter continues: "Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us [heroes] and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come."
The letter ends with: "[W]e will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come -- great responsibility!”
As of Tuesday afternoon there was no public response from Maher.
Larry Horricks/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx are teaming up for the new action flick Robin Hood, a film that puts a “modern twist” on the classic tale of the hooded crusader who steals from the rich to give to the poor.
Egerton plays the title character and Foxx plays Little John, a mentor figure who trains Robin to reach his full potential so they can both take down the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.
“It’s weird for me coming from a small town in Wales, this idea of Jamie Foxx is so far-flung and kind of otherworldly,” Egerton tells ABC Radio of getting to work with Foxx. “So to now be splitting the bill with him on a big movie is very surreal. I’ll never get used to that, I don’t think.”
Working together, Egerton found he actually had a lot in common with Foxx -- namely, their shared love of music.
“We spent a lot of time singing together,” Egerton says. “Obviously he’s an amazing musician as well as a brilliant actor, and I sing a little bit as well. So yes, we would kind of spontaneously burst out into song on set as a way of passing time in between set-ups, in between takes.”
Edgerton sings more than "a little bit." He playsElton John, and does all his own singing, in the upcoming Rocketman. And Foxx, of course, won an Oscar for playing iconic musician Ray Charles in the 2004 movie Ray.
Kurt Russell in "The Christmas Chronicles"; Michael Gibson/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- We’re days away from Thanksgiving, which means you’ve probably already got your feasting arrangements all sorted. But what to do when you’re not stuffing your bird, or your face? Here are a few suggestions of some holiday week entertainment you can check out.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
How about a cooking show to give you some kitchen inspiration? Netflix releases the culinary competition The Final Table today, in which a team of chefs create meals from countries all over the globe.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Three big movies are opening in wide release today. First up: Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are back for Creed II, the sequel to the 2015 hit set in the Rocky universe. This time, Jordan’s Adonis Creed fights Victor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who killed Creed’s father, Apollo.
Looking for something more family-friendly? The animated Ralph Breaks the Internet has voice talents Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly returning for the sequel to the 2012 box office hit.
If you’re an action fan, you can check out Kingsman star Taron Edgerton in the title role opposite Jamie Foxx in the PG-13 Robin Hood.
Happy Thanksgiving! As you prep your turkey, tune into the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. across all time zones on NBC.
For some, it's not too early to start thinking about Christmas. If that’s you, Netflix is rolling out The Christmas Chronicles, a film starring Kurt Russell as a no-nonsense version of St. Nick.
Friday, Nov. 23
Hitting theaters today in very limited release is Oscar-winner Emma Stone's new film, The Favourite, an R-rated dark comedy set in the 18th century that also features Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz.
And expanding to more theaters today is The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman and inspired by the personal scandal that derailed Sen. Gary Hart’s bid for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.
Reagan Strange performs; NBC/Tyler Golden(NEW YORK) -- The Voice was live on Monday, with the top 13 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson. Two artists will be sent home on Tuesday, based on America’s vote.
On Monday, each artist took the stage with a special dedication.
Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:
Team Blake’s Chris Kroeze kicked things off with his version of The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” dedicated to Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old from Chris’ hometown of Baron County, Wisconsin, who is missing and presumed kidnapped following the murder of her parents in their home. After the performance, Blake praised Chris for the effort he put into the song.
DeAndre Nico, also from Team Adam, dedicated MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” to his girlfriend Crystal, who suffered a miscarriage while Nico was performing in the knockout rounds. Adam was pleased with the performance, calling DeAndre “an amazing singer” with a sound uniquely his own.
Kymberli Joye, representing Kelly’s team, tackled Rihanna’s “Diamonds” as a message to her younger sister that she could accomplish anything to which she set her mind. During rehearsals, Kelly noted that Kymberli’s strength was not in her range, but her ability to break hearts with her voice. After the performance, Kelly said Kymberli “loves to sing,” and it shows.
Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes, the youngest contestant in the competition at 13-years-old, delivered a touching cover of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” dedicated to her parents, who are “everything” to her. The performance brought all four coaches to their feet, with JHud calling it “beautiful in every way.”
Sandyredd, also from Jennifer’s team, fought back tears as she sang Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” which she dedicated to her mother who died of cancer. During rehearsals, Jennifer urged Sandyredd not to be afraid to let her emotions come out in the song. Hudson was moved by the performance, telling the singer “it took us to the depths of your hurt.”
Team Kelly's, Chevel Shepherd, 16, delivered a feisty version of Little Big Town’s “Little White Church,” which she sent out to her dad. Once again, all four coaches were on their feet, after which Kelley declared, “You are so magnificent!” Even Adam couldn’t contain his excitement over the performance, calling the teen “so awesome and so talented.”
Team JHud’s MaKenzie Thomas -- who made it to the top 13 after failing to get any chair turns last season -- dedicated Monday’s performance to the lady who gave her a second chance: her coach. Her take on Jennifer’s “I am Changing,” from Dreamgirls, earned Hudson’s seal of approval. She called MaKenzie’s voice “crystal clear” and “beautiful,” adding, “I can’t get enough of it.”
Soulful country singer Kirk Jay, representing Team Blake, tackled Lonestar’s “I’m Already There,” which he dedicated to his mom -- who was in the audience watching him perform live for the very first time. Jay earned the night’s third standing ovation from the coaches, including Jennifer, who called him “Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.”
Team Adam’s 14-year-old powerhouse Reagan Strange closed out the show with Lauren Daigle’s “You Say.” dedicated to her grandparents. After noting during rehearsals that she wanted to be “just like [The Voice season 4 winner] Danielle Bradbery,” Strange got to video chat with her idol -- whose song, "Worth It" she sang to make it into the top 13. Danielle told Regan to “Have fun, be yourself and good luck.” Afterwards, Reagan’s coach said she “epitomized everything that this show stands for,” explaining, “The clarity” of what she does is “astounding “and “fills the entire room.”
The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Bobby Bones, the radio host and comedian who remained, in his own words, "clueless" about dancing throughout the entire competition, was named the champion of Dancing with the Stars season 27 on Monday night.
Throughout the competition, Bobby and his pro partner Sharna Burgess were never among the highest-scoring couples, but their routines -- featuring Bobby's manic energy and wacky enthusiasm -- were crowd pleasers, and Bobby emerged as a fan favorite. The judges saluted Bobby as "the people's champion," and praised his ability to entertain.
Still, it was shocking to see Bobby -- whose only 10s of the competition came last night after his and Sharna's freestyle to the song "The Greatest Show" -- win the Mirrorball Trophy over other couples who'd consistently racked up perfect scores in the past eight weeks.
Perhaps it was Bobby's flossing at the end of the routine which tipped the scales in his favor. Even co-host Tom Bergeron joined in...using real dental floss, of course.
Each of the four remaining couples danced twice last night: First, they reprised their most memorable dances, and then they did their freestyles. At the end of the night, both Milo Manheim and his partner Witney Carson, and Evanna Lynch and her partner Keo Motsepe, had scored perfect 60/60s.
Milo and Witney reprised their New York City-themed Charleston, and then performed an impressive contemporary number to Bill Withers hit "Ain't No Sunshine," which featured plenty of flips and tricks, umbrellas and water. Robin Thicke sang live during the Charleston, and Tom Bergeron specifically thanked Robin for coming, despite the fact that he's just lost his home in the deadly California fires.
Evanna and Keo reprised their tango from Halloween night, and then freestyled to the Bjork hit "It's Oh So Quiet," which combined quieter moments with explosions of big movements and rainbow colors. Evanna also received a special message from Harry Potter castmate Emma Watson congratulating her on making it to the finals.
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten got a 57/60 overall. They reprised their Swan Lake Argentine tango, and then did a freestyle which featured them dancing down from the top of an artificial mountain.
Bobby and Sharna, who came in last place score-wise, with 54/60, reprised their MC Hammer dance from trio week. Their freestyle was a big, bright and shiny number with a huge cast.
In addition to Robin Thicke, other top musicians performed. Alexis and Alan did their freestyle to Avril Lavigne's live performance of her latest single, "Head Above Water." Country duo Dan Shay sang their current hit "Speechless," Lauren Daigle performed "You Say," and R&B star Tinashe, who'd been voted off the show earlier in the competition, sang "Fever."
Also during the show, it was announced that the Dancing with the Stars Live: A Night to Remember tour will kick off December 15 in Columbia, SC. Bobby and Milo, plus previously eliminated contestants "Grocery Store" Joe Amabile, John Schneider and Juan Pablo di Pace will all be participating in the tour.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Billie Lourd suffered two very painful, public losses when both her mother, Carrie Fisher, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, died in December 2016.
The 26-year-old actress recently revealed that a large part of her coping process can be credited to working on American Horror Story, and to the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. She just wrapped up season eight of the hit FX show, AHS: Apocalypse, after joining its seventh season, AHS: Cult, in 2017.
"When Ryan offered me Cult, it was just a few months after my mom passed, and it honestly helped me process all of my emotions through these characters," Lourd told Entertainment Tonight. "Being able to cry for Winter helped me cry for myself," she said about the connection she shares with her Cult character.
"And it's been really healing and cathartic in an amazing way, and getting to be around all the incredible people on set, they've become like a family to me, and I cannot thank Ryan enough," Lourd added. "Honestly, it kind of saved my life."
Lourd said she’s formed incredible bonds with her costars on AHS: Apocalypse.
"These women are some of my best friends now. Leslie Grossman, Sarah [Paulson], Emma [Roberts], it's incredible to be on set with them," Lourd told ET. "I feel so lucky, I pinch myself every day. It's so fun."
Lourd said working on the show has been "challenging" yet "so much fun."
"I would do as many seasons as they would offer me," Lourd said. "And I would do anything Ryan asked me to do. I trust him with all of my heart."
This is Lourd’s second project with Murphy: She also starred in Fox’s Scream Queens for two seasons before it was canceled in 2016.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Surprise! Jessica Chastain is apparently a new mom.
According to E! News, the 41-year-old actress and her husband, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, welcomed a baby girl via surrogate seven months ago.
E! confirms the baby girl, named Giulietta Chastain Passi, was born in Los Angeles on April 4, 2018.
On Saturday, Chastain and her husband were spotted toting their daughter in a baby carrier while walking around New York City. And last month, the actress was also photographed pushing a stroller around the set of her upcoming movie, Eve.
It is the first child for Chastain and her husband, who have been together for six years. The couple tied the knot last June.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by watching a foul-mouthed, pun-spouting, murderous super hero do his thing?
That's apparently what the studio behind Deadpool 2 thinks, which is why they're releasing a PG-13-rated version of this year's R-rated box office hit, re-titled Once Upon a Deadpool. And they've recruited Fred Savage to lend them a hand.
A new trailer opens with star Ryan Reynolds narrating, in his best feel-good holiday movie trailer guy voice: "Right before Christmas, a good guy in red is coming to theaters with his new sidekick, Fred." Then cut to 42-year-old Savage sitting in bed, in a set that's clearly a callback to his role in 1987's The Princess Bride, when he was just 11.
"Why am I here?" Savage demands, clearly not pleased. The answer, in part: because his legs have been duct-taped to the mattress.
The idea behind the Deadpool 2 PG-13 re-release is apparently to attract kids during their holiday break, kids too young to see the R-rated version. If that's not your speed, you can still watch the Deadpool 2 Plus Super-Duper Cut, available on digital with about 15 minutes of even more content that was too questionable even for the R-rated version.
Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Communities in Schools of Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress and singer Mandy Moore is a married woman.
The This Is Us star married musician Taylor Goldsmith over the weekend, her rep confirms to ABC News.
According to E! News, the nuptials were "an intimate backyard wedding at Mandy's home that started just after sundown on Sunday evening." Only close friends and family attended the special day.
Guests included Minka Kelly and Moore's This Is Us co-stars Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Sterling K. Brown.
Moore, who was previously married to musician Ryan Adams, met Goldsmith three years after leaving what she called an "unhealthy situation."
"I was still dealing with the trauma of my divorce when we started dating. Taylor was steadfast in his support -- that was a huge sign for me," she recently told Glamour magazine for its November issue.
Now, Moore’s moving forward in her career on a hit show and in her personal life, even thinking about starting a family.
"He’s going to be the most tremendous father. I view the past as a stepping-stone to get me where I am today," she said of Goldsmith. "I would gladly weather all of that a million times over if it brought me to Taylor again."
Moore also posted Monday about losing a beloved pet cat on Saturday.
"This weekend was a roller coaster of emotions in every way. Sometimes life doesn’t consider that you have big plans underway. Sometimes the earth just falls right out beneath you. We lost our sweet Madeline very suddenly on Saturday evening and my heart is so utterly broken," she wrote.
Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Need another reason to wish you still had all of your old comic books? A copy of the first issue of Marvel's The Incredible Hulk comic book just sold for over $167,000.
Published in May of 1962, the issue introduces the world to scientist Dr. Bruce Banner who, after unintentionally receiving a dose of gamma radiation, transforms into the huge, hulking green monster when he's emotionally stressed. Marvel comics legend Stan Lee -- who died a week ago today at age 95 -- wrote the story, with artwork by the equally legendary Marvel artist Jack Kirby, who passed away in 1994.
Auction house Huggins & Scott says the comic's owner purchased it new and read it once before putting it in storage, which explains the book's excellent condition. Only 1,065 graded copies of The Incredible Hulk #1 are known to exist, meaning those copies have been examined and awarded a numerical 1-10 grade based on condition. The Huggins & Scott issue, the full sale price of which was $167,280, was graded an 8.5, which puts it in the top 2% of the known issues in terms of quality, the auction house says, with only 18 others graded higher.
Adding to the book's value: The original run of The Incredible Hulk lasted only six issues, through March of 1963, before the character -- who still appeared in other Marvel comics -- was again given its own book in 1968. Since then, of course, The Incredible Hulk has become one of Marvel's legendary and most popular characters. Played by Mark Ruffalo, it most recently appeared in this year's global box office smash Avengers: Infinity War.
Huggins & Scott's pre-sale estimate for the book was for between $125,000 and $175,000. The auction was last Friday.
Michael B. Jordan and director Steven Caple Jr. on the set of "Creed II"; Barry Wetcher/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Michael B. Jordan was more than ready to reprise his role as heavy-weight champion Adonis Creed in the upcoming boxing drama Creed II. Although his long-time collaborator Ryan Coogler decided to pass his directing duties over toSteven Caple Jr., Jordan says the new director still made sure to respect the integrity of Coogler's work.
"Coog [and I] we started this thing," he said. "So, you know we always had that bond and relationship and he still had his fingerprints on this one as well. But, respectfully so, he wanted to just let Steven do his thing as well."
According to Jordan, Caple proved to be "an amazing director," who showed "similarities" to the Black Panther helmer.
"He's so talented," Jordan continued. "You know, from Cleveland, Ohio, from independent film, came out of Sundance as well, went to USC. You know, there's a lot of similarities there as well between him and Coogler -- in a positive way."
As Jordan gears up for the release of his highly anticipated sequel, the actor says he's thankful Caple came on board with respect and with his own vision.
"He was very respectful of what we already started, the characters that we built," he explains. "He wanted to collaborate with us to see what we thought about our characters, where do we want to go, et cetera. So it was a very collaborative process. But at the same time, Stephen had a vision."
"And he executed, what he saw," he adds. "And I think we did a good job."
Creed II, also starring Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad, hits theaters on November 21.
NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- The last Saturday Night Live episode before Thanksgiving saw the return of Kate McKinnon's Laura Ingraham -- and a number of other targets to be mocked: Jeanine Pirro, Nancy Pelosi and Mark Zuckerberg.
In the show's cold open, a spoof of Fox's The Ingraham Angle, McKinnon’s Ingraham opened with her "facts," including "Hispanics all voted twice" and "Latinos can have babies every three months."
She then tossed to Pirro, again played by Cecily Strong, who responded: "I hate them, Laura."
"Who?" she responded.
"Oh, sorry, that's my vocal warmup," Pirro responded.
The attacks turned to Zuckerberg as Facebook came under fire this week for reportedly hiring a PR firm to plant negative stories about Facebook critics.
"Hey Laura, it's great to be here, smile, one, two," a very robotic Zuckerberg, played by cast member Alex Moffat, responded.
"I can't be any more transparent," he followed up. "Have you seen my skin?"
Rep. Marcia Fudge, played by Leslie Jones, came on to discuss a possible overthrow of Pelosi as House Speaker.
"I love Nancy Pelosi, but her baby sister is a redwood tree," she said. "She just calls the Old Testament, the testament."
The biggest criticism was reserved for Ingraham herself, though, who sprinkled in ads for the few companies who hadn't abandoned her -- including a personal-sized turkey. "Have you alienated everyone in your family? Then have your very own Teeny Tiny Turkey," the ad urged.
"If I was there in person, I would knock the fudge out of you," Jones told Strong.
The episode was hosted by Steve Carell, marking his third time on the show, and featured musical guest Ella Mai. Carell’s fellow The Office alums, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper all appeared during his monologue, calling for a reboot of the show.
(LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Brothers' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald delivered an estimated $62 million in its opening weekend -- a little shy of the $65 million the studio had anticipated, but more than enough to top the weekend box office.
Overseas, the latest chapter in the Fantastic Beasts franchise -- starring Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Eddie Redmayne -- earned an estimated $191 million, including record openings in a number of countries, including Russia and Brazil. Worldwide, the film's weekend tally is expected to reach $253 million.
The Grinch slipped to number two in its second week, raking in an estimated $38.2 million. Bohemian Rhapsody landed in third place, delivering an estimated $25.7 million.
The second of this week's news releases, Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, had a disappointing opening weekend, earning an estimated $14.7 million. Likewise, Steve McQueen's heist drama, Widows, led by Viola Davis, came in below expectations with an estimated $12.3 million debut, to round out the top five.
The docudrama A Private War, also struggled, earning an estimated $725,000 after expanding to 865 theaters. However, the Willem Dafoe lead At Eternity's Gate opened strong in limited release, delivering $92,000 from just four locations. Green Book, the dramedy starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali -- delivered an estimated $313,000 from 25 theaters.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, $62 million 2. The Grinch, $38.2 million 3. Bohemian Rhapsody, $15.7 million 4. Instant Family, $14.7 million 5. Widows, $12.3 million 6. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, $4.678 million 7. A Star Is Born, $4.35 million 8. Overlord, $3.85 million 9. The Girl in the Spider’s Web, $2.5 million 10. Nobody's Fool, $2.26 million
Courtesy of Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Ready for another royal wedding?
The follow-up to your favorite holiday guilty pleasure movie, A Christmas Prince, has released its first trailer. The Netflix sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, takes place a year after the first film, as journalist Amber plans her nuptials to the now-king of the fictional Aldovia, Richard.
The trailer shows Amber, played by iZombie’s Rose McIver, feeling overwhelmed by her new royal duties and the prospect of having to give up her blog in order to be a queen.
The first film debuted last year and was a surprise success. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding premieres on Netflix November 20.