ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista is on the promo trail for his action comedy Stuber, and he's once again speaking his mind about the drama surrounding his Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
Then again, the former wrestler was never shy about going to the mat for Gunn: He did so after Marvel Studios' parent company, Disney, fired Gunn from Guardians 3 last year over some old, offensive tweets. Bautista also joined the entire cast in writing a letter of support for Gunn.
The writer-director was eventually reinstated earlier this year, though not because of the cast's efforts.
Bautista tells Entertainment Tonight about his sharply-worded tweets to Disney at the time. "I was like, 'Fire me. I don't care. You're going to hear what I have to say....I think you made a bad call and I don't care if you fire me because I feel this way."
Bautista, who was contractually committed to being in a third Guardians film, reportedly threatened to leave the project and follow Gunn onto the Suicide Squad sequel instead. The actor explained that the threat was about "me being honest and me sticking up for my friend who was wronged.'"
Bautista praised Disney's reversal, saying it proves, "It's never too late to admit you're wrong."
In Stuber, Bautista plays a tough-as-nails L.A. cop who, thanks to laser eye surgery, has to rely on the eyes of his straight-laced Uber driver, played by Kumail Nanjani.
Incidentally, the movie also features his Guardians co-star Karen Gillan, who Bautista calls, "one of his favorite people."
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If you've been missing the world of Katniss Everdeen since the final Hunger Games movie, here's some good news: Author Suzanne Collins is bringing out a prequel to the best-selling book series next year.
The currently untitled book will arrive May 19, 2020. It takes place in the world of Panem, on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games: 64 years before the events of the original books.
In a statement, Collins says, "With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival."
"The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days -- as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet -- provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity," she adds.
As fans of the Hunger Games series know, the Dark Days took place when the Districts rose in rebellion against the Capitol. When the rebellion was put down, the Capitol instituted the Hunger Games -- in which a boy and a girl from each District must fight to the death in a televised competition -- in order to remind the Districts that the Capitol hasn't forgiven them.
The Hunger Games books debuted in 2008. More than 100 million copies of the trilogy -- The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay -- have been sold. The four Hunger Games movies, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the bow-and-arrow wielding freedom fighter Katiniss Everdeen, have grossed about three billion dollars at the box office.
Lionsgate, the studio who made the films, has said in the past that it might continue the film series via prequels, so this new book may very well end up in a theater near you.
Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Keanu Reeves' Ted "Theodore" Logan, Esq. and Alex Winter's Bill S. Preston Esq. are officially back together: Winter tweeted that production on their long-awaited third Bill & Ted movie is underway.
"Just got to location to shoot @BillandTed3," Winter tweeted. "Making movies is a miraculous gig, but it's also stressful & fairly nuts. Good to be here with @ed_solomon, our great director & producer, many [folks] I've known most of my life. We're family, and that makes this all the more special."
As previously reported, Reeves, 54, and Winter, 53 will be reprising their roles as Bill and Ted, who are now middle-aged dads who never quite fulfilled their destiny of writing a song that will save the universe.
This time, their daughters -- Brigette Lundy-Paine's Billie Logan and Samara Weaving's Thea Preston -- are along for the ride, with the fate of existence in the balance.
Their excellent adventure, Bill & Ted Face the Music, will come to theaters on August 21, 2020.
ABC/Paula Lobo(ATLANTA) -- Tiffany Haddish has canceled her scheduled June 22 show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta as a protest against Georgia's new abortion law.
“After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta,” the comedian and actress said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone.
“I love the state of Georgia,” she continued, “but I need to stand with women and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there.”
Ticket holders are being offered refunds.
In May, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the measure, which outlaws abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is typically about six weeks into a pregnancy. The law is set to take effect in January 2020.
Haddish is hosting the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards airing tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. For her next film role, she will star with Common in the crime drama, The Kitchen, opening in theaters August 9.
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Gloria Vanderbilt, mother to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and member of the storied Vanderbilt family, has died at 95 years old.
Cooper confirmed his mother's death on air on CNN, saying she died at home surrounded by family and friends. He said his mother was diagnosed with advanced cancer in her stomach earlier this month, and it had spread.
He also spoke about his bond with his fashion designer mother, describing her as the "strongest person" he's ever met.
"Her private self, her real self -- that was more fascinating and lovely than anything she shared the public," he said.
Cooper also described Vanderbilt as a, "visitor from another world ... a traveler stranded here who'd come from a distant star that burned out long ago."
He added, "Gloria Vanderbilt died as she lived: on her own terms."
Vanderbilt's life was often marked with controversy, starting in 1934 when she became the center of a headline-grabbing custody battle between her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Her aunt ultimately won custody of the girl in what was dubbed the "trial of the century."
"She had as screwed up a childhood as you could have," Cooper said about his mother while appearing on the 10% Happier podcast with ABC News' Dan Harris in October 2017.
The heiress was also known as a fashion and cultural icon throughout her life, creating the extremely successful Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans in 1976, and then expanding into other areas of apparel.
Vanderbilt also appeared on Broadway and on television and published multiple novels, including her 2004 book, It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir.
She kept famous company and was constantly in the public eye, counting notable names like Frank Sinatra, Diane von Furstenberg and Marlon Brando as friends.
Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Burt Reynolds' custom made 1979 Pontiac Pontiac Trans Am, a motorcycle owned by Marlon Brando and John Belushi's Blues Brothers hat were among items fetching big bucks at a pair of weekend auctions of Hollywood memorabilia.
Reynolds' iconic car, made famous in the Smokey and the Bandit movies, sold for $317,500. It was just one of the items from the legendary actor's estate on the block at Julien's Auctions over the weekend.
A separate Julien's auction, held on Thursday and Friday, yielded $179,200 for a 1969 Harley Davidson owned by Brando, nearly three times its estimated value of $60,000.
However, the auction's most surprising moment came when a set of never before seen negatives and original print black and white photographs from the set of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, including snaps of Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale at the Wicked Witch of the West’s front door and the actress at her vanity table, sold for $25,000 -- fifty times the $500 they were expected to net.
Likewise, a black fedora John Belushi wore as "Joliet" Jake Blues in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers exceeded its pre-auction estimate of $2,000, selling instead for $28,125.
Other big ticket items included the 2008 Ford Mustang GT “K.I.T.T.” from the 2008 Knight Rider TV movie, which sold for $51,200. On the superhero tip, a Superman tunic Christopher Reeve wore in 1978's Superman went for $28,000, while a set of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine claws from 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand sold for $23,040.
Freeform/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) How do you handle a hacker trying to extort you by threatening to release nude photos of you? If you're Bella Thorne, you beat them to the punch.
The 21-year-old actress, model, singer and former Disney star posted screenshots of the NSFW photos to her Twitter account Saturday, along with the would-be extortionist's phone number in the form of screen shots of text messages he, or she, apparently sent Thorne.
"F*** u and the power u think you have over me," Thorne began her tweet, going on to say she was "threatened with my own nudes. ...I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see."
"For too long I let a man take advantage of me over and over," Bella continued. "I'm putting this out because it's MY DECISION NOW YOU DON'T GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING AWAY FROM ME."
"I can sleep better knowing I took my power back," the actress declared.
Thorne ended her message with a warning to the hacker and extortionist that "The FBI will be at your house shortly, so watch. Your. Mother. F******. Back."
Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in "Men in Black: International"; Giles Keyte/Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- First the good news: Men in Black: International topped the box office with an estimated $28.5 million debut.
Now for the bad: The fourth installment of the 22-year-old series, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, marked a franchise low; all three previous films opened with over $50 million.
Overseas, Men in Black: International delivered an estimated $73.7 million, putting its international totals at over $102 million.
The week's other new release, Shaft, the sequel to the John Singleton-directed 2000 movie with the same title and again starring Samuel L. Jackson, also opened poorly, debuting in sixth place with an estimated $8.3 million, far below the $15 million Warner Bros. was expecting.
Finishing in second place was the animated adventure The Secret Life of Pets, dropping from first place last week with an estimated $23.8 million take. Internationally, it added an estimated $8.5 million, for a global tally of nearly $155 million.
Aladdin grabbed an estimated $16.7 million for a third-place finish, and a four-week domestic total just shy of $264 million. The live-action remake of the Disney classic has collected more than $461 million overseas, for a worldwide total of nearly $725 million.
Disney/Fox's Dark Phoenix dropped from second to fourth place in its second week of release, delivering an estimated $9 million. Worldwide, the 12th X-Men film and the direct sequel to 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, has collected around $204 million. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
Rounding out the top five is Rocketman, grabbing an estimated $8.8 million in its third week of release.
The Jim Jarmusch zombie comedy The Dead Don't Die, featuring an all-star cast including Adam Driver and Bill Murray, drew an estimated $2.5 million at 613 locations, while the Sienna Miller drama American Woman opened with estimated $102,825 from 117 locations.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Men in Black: International, $28.5 million 2. The Secret Life of Pets 2, $23.8 million 3. Aladdin, $16.7 million 4. Dark Phoenix, $9 million 5. Rocketman, $8.8 million 6. Shaft, $8.3 million 7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, $8.1 million 8. John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, $6.1 million 9. Late Night, $5.1 million 10. Ma, $3.6 million
AMC(NEW YORK) -- Robert Kirkman created the hit comic series The Walking Dead way back in 2008 -- two years before it became the hit AMC show of the same name.
As previously reported, the zombie series is now being adapted into a big-screen trilogy, and now, another Kirkman project is getting the movie treatment.
Kirkman's latest effort, the sci-fi comic Oblivion Song, is being adapted by his multimedia company Skybound and Universal Pictures.
Kirkman explain the project to ABC Radio: "Basically there was an event called The Transference that happened 10 years ago, where a large chunk of Philadelphia switched places with another dimension."
He says of its hero, "Nathan Cole is one of the last remaining guys who...keeps going over there to try to save people...stranded in this other dimension that they've coined 'Oblivion.'"
Oblivion's song -- that is, what draws Cole to keep making the dangerous jump into the monster-filled dimension -- is another story.
"It's a big question as to...what's wrong with his life that he feels the need to do this and why is he so obsessed," Kirkman explains.
Kirkman has written every monthly issue of The Walking Dead since its inception, and he explains Oblivion Song was a great way to stretch his legs, creatively.
"I'm fortunate enough to still be working on The Walking Dead after so many years...but you know, going and doing new things like Oblivion Song keeps me interested in Walking Dead and keeps that creative fire going."
Castle, ABC's romantic comedy cop show in which she starred with Nathan Fillion, ended in 2016, but lives on worldwide in syndication. Stana explains its success took her by surprise.
"I was kind of in a cave of work, and so I wasn't aware of how much...it kind of embedded itself into people's homes and into people's hearts," she says. "But I still feel it now. Which is kind of lovely, actually!"
Absentia, which Katic also produced, is very different. She plays an FBI agent who goes missing while hunting for a serial killer. Six years after being declared dead, she's found alive, having survived a brutal regimen of psychological and physical torture, which includes repeated near drownings in a Plexiglas coffin.
Wracked with the psychological scars from her captivity, Emily returns to her life to find her husband remarried, and his new wife raising Emily's son. She's also the suspect in a series of murders that she isn't entirely sure she didn't commit.
"It was an interesting kind of challenge as an actor to ...play [a] protagonist [who] may not have a clear cut morality," Katic tells ABC Radio, calling Emily an "anti-hero."
The first season ends with a stunning twist. "She has to question is that real or is that a part of this sort of psychosis? So at the beginning of season two...she's now trying to figure out if she can trust herself."
"Ultimately, she needs to go down this path which leads down some really murky and dark waters," she says before laughing, because seeing running water triggers her character throughout the series.
Photo courtesy of RLJE Films(NEW YORK) -- Wedding season is upon us, and Plus One feels your pain.
The romantic comedy stars PEN15 actress Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid, son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, as Alice and Ben, two old pals who decide to be each other’s “plus ones” for a marathon of summer weddings. Alice is trying to get over an ex and Ben wants to find a fairytale romance, but their plans take an unexpected turn when they find themselves falling for each other.
Erskine and Quaid admit their friends aren’t quite getting hitched at the rapid pace of Alice and Ben’s friends, but they do offer some tips for anyone planning a wedding to make it more bearable for their guests.
“I just went to one, had a great raw bar let me tell you something about that,” Erskine says. “The crab, y'all. When you got good snow crab legs, you're winning. And make sure you have a tarp if it's outside and some heat lamps if it's outside as well, and cold.”
For his part, Quaid has some key advice when it comes to the seating charts.
“I went to a wedding not too long ago where they were like, ‘It'd be fun if for the couples that are coming to the wedding, we separated them so they're getting to mingle with other people,’” he says. “…I'm like, ‘No, hell no. I came here with my girlfriend -- I want to sit next to her!’”
Plus One premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, where it won the Narrative Audience Award. It hits theaters today.
Netflix/David Giesbrecht(LOS ANGELES) -- After today, she no longer has to be a reluctant superhero -- the third and final season of Marvel's Jessica Jones debuts on Netflix.
Krysten Ritter, who plays the titular character, tells ABC Radio that she and the show's creator, Melissa Rosenberg, are confident fans will be satisfied with the ending.
"I'm satisfied with it and I think we both are and that was really important to both of us," says Ritter. "You know, we've spent so much time with Jessica I've spent so much time playing cards almost five years. We really just wanted to like feel like it was a good leaving her in a place that really felt good."
In this TV landscape, shows once thought to have run their course seem to be making a comeback, and with Disney, which owns Marvel, launching a new streaming service later this year, Ritter isn't ruling out a return for her character.
"I love Jessica. So sure I think that where we leave her is really satisfying...But you never know the TV landscape is so crazy these days," she says.
And if that should ever happen, Rosenberg is up for it as well.
"I'm always I mean I love writing this character I love writing for Krysten, says Rosenberg. "I know of course. Any chance I got to write for her again would be great."
Marvel’s Jessica Jones season three is available to stream Friday on Netflix.
Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(MIAMI) -- The American Black Film Festival was in full swing in Miami Thursday on its second day, with hundreds of black creatives, filmmakers and celebrities flocking to various events, screenings, panels and parties. However, many directors and talent agree, this year was noticeably different with the passing of critically-acclaimed director John Singleton.
In 2017, Singleton presented a Spotlight screening at ABFF for his then-new FX series, Snowfall. He continued his support of the festival by later attending the ABFF Honors in 2018. Even as Singleton's contributions to film and television continue to be a major highlight at ABFF, the director's good friends and colleagues say that Singleton was more than just a filmmaker.
"John was, is an innovator in film," Anthony Anderson told ABC radio. "The voice of the people the voice of a community."
"Look at what he was able to do his first shot out the gate with Boyz N the Hood and how that affected all of us as filmmakers, as actors and whatnot," Anderson continued. "And, you know, first I'd like to say it's just it's a sad loss, a devastating loss to the film community, to our community, to have a voice like John's that's no longer here with us."
Anderson, who starred in the Singleton-produced film Hustle and Flow, also praised Singleton's activism. In 1992, Singleton spoke passionately about the need to create safer communities for children in a Senate hearing called "Children at War: Violence and America’s Youth."
"Let's not forget that John was on Capitol Hill fighting for rights and, and battling Congress with issues," Anderson noted, recalling Singleton's speech. "And working with John and knowing John intimately -- all I can say is a great man, a great humanitarian, and a great storyteller. That's why we do what we do. To tell authentic stories that have an effect and an effect on people."
Singleton's impact also touched his fellow directors. Tim Story, who premiered his film Shaft at the ABBF Wednesday night, also opened up about his close connection to the director and the pressure he felt premiering the sequel to Singleton's 2000 Shaft film.
"My heart's broken because John and I talked about this movie, what I was doing before his passing," said Story. "And I was so ready for him to see it -- there's footage of his movie inside of it."
"And my heart hurts on that," continued Story. "You know, he was a good friend. So look, bringing it's been daunting, but at the same time it's been a dream come true.
Like Story, Chris Robinson, who's also set to premiere his Netflix film, Beats, at the ABBF, also acknowledged the importance of Singleton's legacy.
"We're excited to bring [Beats] to ABFF, because this is a really important festival," Robinson said. "And John Singleton bringing his projects here is an example of that. This is actually my first time coming here so I was really excited that Netflix said, 'Hey, look let, let's bring the film here and premiere it before it comes on the screen.' So yeah, we're very honored to be here."
Singleton died at age 51 on April 29 in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke on April 17.
Photo by Bauzen/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded not guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor count each of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree.
The plea came in a New York City court after the 51-year-old Oscar winner surrendered to police earlier in the day at the NYPD's 25th Precinct in Harlem.
The charges stem from the actor's alleged groping of a woman's breast inside Manhattan's Magic Hour Rooftop Bar last Sunday night, a claim Gooding denies.
The complaint itself asserts Gooding "forcibly touched the sexual and other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading and abusing such person, and for the purpose of gratifying the defendant's sexual desire; the defendant subjected another person to sexual contact without the latter's consent."
TMZ posted video Thursday afternoon they say was taken inside the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar, which they also claim shows Gooding touching the breast and thigh of his accuser.
However, Gooding's attorney, Mark Heller, claims surveillance video from the establishment from the night in question will exonerate his client.
Gooding's next court date is scheduled for June 26.
Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in "Men in Black: International"; Giles Keyte/Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide Friday:
* Men in Black: International -- Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for the fourth movie in the Men in Black franchise, which launched in 1997 starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. This time out, our new agents must deal with a mole in the Men in Black organization. Kumail Nanjiani and Emma Thompson co-star. Rated PG-13.
* Shaft -- The fifth film in the Shaft film series and a sequel to the John Singleton-directed 2000 movie with the same title stars Samuel L. Jackson, who reprises his role as John Shaft II. Jessie T. Usher plays his FBI agent son, John Shaft III, who, after his friend suddenly dies, enlists his estranged father's help with his investigation. Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall, Titus Welliver, Avan Jogia, Matt Lauria, and Cliff “Method Man” Smith also star, along with Richard Roundtree, who returns as John Shaft, the role he created in the 1971 original film. Rated R.
* Late Night -- Mindy Kaling wrote and stars in this dramedy about a late-night talk show host, played by Emma Thompson, who fears she's in danger of losing her show and teams up with one of her new staff writers, portrayed by Kaling, to save the show. Max Casella, Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Denis O'Hare, Reid Scott and Amy Ryan co-star. Rated R.
Opening in limited release:
* The Dead Don't Die -- Jim Jarmusch's horror-comedy follows a small town's police force as they battle a sudden zombie invasion. The all-star cast includes Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Austin Butler, RZA, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez and Carol Kane. Rated R.
* American Woman -- Sienna Miller plays a woman who raises her young grandson after her daughter, portrayed by Sky Ferreira, goes missing. Also starring Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul and Amy Madigan. Rated R.