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'Yellowstone' sequel series reportedly lassos three key players

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While there's no word yet if Paramount Network has Matthew McConaughey and Michelle Pfeiffer in the saddle as has been rumored, it seems Yellowstone fans could see three familiar faces for the in-development sequel series.

After the flagship show that spawned prequels 1883 and 1923 rides off into the sunset to close the book on Kevin Costner's John Dutton, show franchise creator Taylor Sheridan will take the Duttons through 1944 and, reportedly, a contemporary series, 2024.

While the latter was the project Pfeiffer and McConaughey were reportedly circling, Puck News says Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser and Luke Grimes — who respectively play fan favorites Beth Dutton, her husband Rip and her brother Kaycee — will be back in the saddle for the follow-up.

This seems to jibe with a recent interview Hauser gave, in which he talked about getting back to work on the second half of Yellowstone's fifth and final season, which was delayed by the strikes, and rumored static with Costner, who was splitting his time on the Paramount Network hit and his Western project Horizon: An American Saga.

Costner recently denied reports his Horizon shooting schedule held up work on the show before the strikes.

Hauser told Country Living, "I'm so focused on finishing Yellowstone the way it needs to be finished right now."

He continued, "We'll see where that leads, but I know that there's some stuff on the horizon when it comes to Taylor's ideas for Kelly Reilly and myself and some of the other cast."

 

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George Clooney, Brad Pitt back together in teaser to 'Wolfs'

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Ocean's Eleven franchise co-stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt are back together again in the upcoming Apple TV+ film Wolfs, a teaser for which just dropped.

In the snippet, which is just a preview of a full trailer that drops Wednesday, the superstars are traveling in a car together. With Clooney in the driver's seat, neither actor says a word, but it's clear they're not thrilled to be sharing the space.

Pitt impatiently fiddles with the car, eventually opening the glove box, which is slammed shut by Clooney. Meanwhile, as the wiper blades swipe away the rain, they also wipe away graphics reading their names and the title of the film — and the promise of the forthcoming trailer.

Directed by Spider-Man trilogy veteran Jon Watts, plot details are still thin. The movie reportedly has Pitt and Clooney playing a pair of world-class fixers assigned to the same job, which is probably why they're not getting along.

The movie, which will also be in theaters in September via Sony Pictures Entertainment, also stars Amy Ryan from The Office and Never Have I Ever's Poorna Jagannathan.

 

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"I'm up here, ya morons!" The 'Home Alone' house is for sale

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One of the most iconic homes in America is up for grabs! The Home Alone house, located in Winnetka, Illinois, is up for sale, according to Coldwell Banker Realty's Dawn McKenna Group, who is listing the home.

"Ever wanted to live like Kevin McCallister? Now is your chance to fulfill your childhood dreams!" read a recent post from the real estate group.

The home is being listed for $5.25 million, according to the post and Zillow, a popular real estate marketplace website. The Dawn McKenna Group posted a video showing off the home by splicing together clips from the classic Chris Columbus movie alongside the renovated version of the home now for sale.

"While much of the home will look familiar, you won't believe what the sellers have done to transform this famous home, nearly doubling the livable footage and adding a state of the art sport court!" read the post.

Of the several clips included in the stitched-together video is the famous stair sledding scene where Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, sleds down the main staircase in the home.

The house plays a prominent role in the 1990 classic about a child left alone for the holidays in his suburban home as he fends off a pair of bumbling intruders, played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci.

In December 2021, Airbnb listed the home for a one-night stay for families looking to recreate the magic of the classic holiday movie.

Let's hope the realtors disabled all of Kevin's booby traps.

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A shocked Lizzo responds to 'South Park' name-drop

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On her Instagram on Sunday, Lizzo watched with her followers a clip from the new South Park: The End of Obesity, which spoofed her by name.

"My worst fear has been actualized," she began. "I've been referenced in a South Park episode. I'm so scared. I'm going to blind duet to it right now," she said, referring to a video split-screen in which she could react in real time to the piece.

The South Park special centered on the recent craze of anti-obesity drugs, with an in-show commercial touting an alternative drug, a "diet suppressor" called Lizzo, which purports to imbue its user with the power of not caring about their weight.

"I control all my urges to be thinner with Lizzo," a character says, leading the real Lizzo's jaw to drop in surprise.

"I've lowered my standards and expectations," the character says, as the real Lizzo covers her mouth.

"Lizzo helps you eat anything you want and keep physical activity to a minimum," a narrator says in the bit, which shows the patient listening to Lizzo's record, earning an exclamation from the recording artist.

"That's crazy," she says as the "ad" finishes. "I just feel like damn, I'm really that b**** ... I really showed the world how to love yourself and not give a f*** to the point that these men in Colorado know who the f*** I am and put it on their cartoon that's been around for 25 years."

The latter referenced South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

"I showed y'all how to not give a f***," she continued, before singing the Lizzo drug jingle, which references the real-life Ozempic spots, based on Pilot's 1970s hit "Magic."

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Celebrities pile on the well-wishes as Jimmy Kimmel's son Billy recovers from third heart surgery

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Jimmy Kimmel revealed on Memorial Day that his 7-year-old son Billy underwent a successful heart valve surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

It was the third heart surgery for Kimmel's kid, who was born with a heart defect.

"We went into this experience with a lot of optimism and nearly as much fear and came out with a new valve inside a happy, healthy kid," Kimmel captioned an Instagram photo of his son smiling in his hospital bed.

"Walking around this hospital, meeting parents at their most vulnerable, children in pain and the miracle workers who do everything in their considerable power to save them is a humbling experience," he continued.

The comedian, 56, ended his emotional tribute thanking "those loving strangers" who prayed for his and his wife Molly McNearney's son, and their family and friends for "rallying around us to an almost-ridiculous extent."

He concluded, "Billy, you are the toughest (and funniest) 7 year-old we know."

Some of those friends cheering Billy on from the comments section included Jimmy's pals Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Reynolds and John Stamos. Nathan Fillion added, "CHLA saved a friend of mine with heart issues when he was a wee lad, as well. Love those people over there."

Billy underwent his first open-heart surgery at just 3 days old, and had another when he was 7 months old. His health took center stage after he was born in 2017, when Jimmy shared with his audience the trials the newborn was facing.

Kimmel tearfully told viewers of Billy's successful but "terrifying" first surgery, calling it "the longest three hours of my life."

His son's health struggles led Jimmy to become an advocate for the Affordable Care Act, which he praised again in the new post.

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In Brief: 'Knives Out' threequel starts staffing up, and more

Max has canceled The Girls on the Bus after one season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, starring Supergirl's Melissa Benoist, was based on Amy Chozick's book Chasing Hillary, about "four female journalists who followed every move of a parade of flawed presidential candidates, finding friendship, love and scandal along the way," according to the outlet. Girls on the Bus finished up its 10-episode run on May 9 ...

Challengers actor Josh O'Connor and Priscilla's Cailee Spaeny are in talks to star alongside Daniel Craig, who'll reprise his role as Benoit Blanc in Netflix’s Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, What's on Netflix reports. Rian Johnson is returning to write, produce, and direct the film, the third Knives Out whodunnit. Plot details are being kept under wraps ...

David Lynch took to the social platform X to announce what appears to be an upcoming project. "Ladies and gentlemen, something is coming along ... for you to see and hear," the filmmaker teased in the video posted on Monday, May 25. “And it will be coming along on June 5.” He did not reveal exactly what the project might be ...

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'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga' tops weak Memorial Day weekend box office with $32 million

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga opened with an estimated $32 million at the domestic box office between Friday and Monday, marking what will go down as the worst Memorial Day weekend in three decades, according to Variety.

The latest chapter in the Mad Max saga, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, was expected to gross as much as $45 million in its debut. Furiosa earned an estimated $26.2 million over the traditional three-day weekend.

Globally, the film has collected $65 million.

As of Monday evening, Furiosa had barely edged out The Garfield Movie, which took second place with an estimated $25 million at the North American box office between Friday and Sunday and $31 million over the four-day. The animated feature, which boasts an all-star voice cast led by Chris Pratt as the titular pizza gobbling tabby, grabbed an estimated $66.1 million internationally and $91.1 million worldwide.

If, John Krasinski's live-action CGI fantasy comedy, dropped to third place in its second week of release, delivering an estimated $16.1 million over three three-day weekend and $21 million over the four-day. Its domestic tally currently stands at $63.5 million. Globally, If has grossed $100 million.

Fourth place went to Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which grabbed an estimated $13.4 million between Friday and Sunday and $17.2 million for the long holiday weekend. Its three-week North American haul now stands at $126.6 million.

Rounding out the top five was The Fall Guy, earning an estimated $5.99 million over the three-day weekend and $7.65 million over the four-day weekend. Its four-week domestic tally now stands at $73.9 million.

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'General Hospital' actor Johnny Wactor dies at 37 after being shot in Los Angeles

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General Hospital actor Johnny Wactor, who was known for playing Brando Corbin in the beloved ABC soap opera, died after being shot on Saturday.

Wactor was shot after he interrupted three male suspects who were allegedly attempting to remove a catalytic converter from his vehicle, his mother, Scarlett Wactor, told KABC-TV Los Angeles. The incident happened around 3:25 am PT on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Scarlett Wactor said her son saw someone at his car after he finished work at a rooftop bar. At first, he thought his car was being towed.

As he approached his car, one of the suspects, who was wearing a mask, later opened fire at him, Wactor's mother said, adding that the police told her Wactor did not do anything wrong.

While the suspects fled to an unknown location following the shooting, Wactor was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In a statement to ABC News, Scarlett Wactor called her son "a beautiful soul."

"There are not enough words to tell what a beautiful soul he was. He was a kind loving son and brother, he lived life to the fullest. He set goals and went after them," her statement read, adding, "There is a very large hole on our hearts and lives."

The case is under investigation by the LAPD Central Division Homicide.

Wactor, who was 37, was called "one of a kind" in a statement on the official Instagram account for General Hospital.

"The entire General Hospital family is heartbroken to hear of Johnny Wactor's untimely passing," the statement read. "He was truly one of a kind and a pleasure to work with each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones during this difficult time."

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Richard M. Sherman, 'Mary Poppins' and "It's a Small World" songwriter, dies at 95

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Disney songwriting legend Richard M. Sherman, remembered for Mary Poppins and "It's a Small World," among many others, has died at 95 years old, the Walt Disney Company announced Saturday.

Sherman died Saturday due to an age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, the company said.

One half of the Academy Award-winning duo with his brother, the late Robert B. Sherman, Richard is remembered as a "prolific composer-lyricist" and a "key member of Walt Disney's inner circle of creative talents," the company said in a press release.

"Richard Sherman was the embodiment of what it means to be a Disney Legend, creating along with his brother Robert the beloved classics that have become a cherished part of the soundtrack of our lives," said Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

"We are forever grateful for the mark Richard left on the world, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family," Iger added.

The Sherman Brothers won two Academy Awards for their stylings in the 1964 classic film, Mary Poppins -- Best Score: Substantially Original and Best Original Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee."

The brothers were inducted as Disney Legends in 1990.

Richard's 65-year career was distinguished with nine Academy Award nominations, three Grammy Awards and 24 gold and platinum albums.

Disney theme park visitors around the world know Sherman for his cherished songs "It's a Small World," "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" and "The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room."

The Sherman Brothers' discography is also featured in several beloved films including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Charlotte's Web and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Robert B. Sherman died at 85 years old in March 2012.

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Lawyers for Donald Trump file cease-and-desist against 'The Apprentice' filmmakers

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Attorneys for former President Donald Trump have filed a cease-and-desist to try to block the controversial film The Apprentice — which stars Sebastian Stan as a young Donald — from seeing theaters.

The Hollywood Reporter says the filmmakers behind the project, which recently debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and has yet to secure theatrical distribution in the U.S., call it a "fair and balanced" portrayal of Trump in the 1970s and in his real-estate mogul days of the '80s.

According to various outlets, one scene reportedly shows Trump raping his former wife, the late Ivana, played by Borat 2's Maria Bakalova.

"The Movie presents itself as a factual biography of Mr. Trump, yet nothing could be further from the truth," the trade quotes the letter sent to director Ali Abbasi and screenwriter Gabriel Sherman, the latter of whom is accused of making "racist, Marxist, and otherwise disparaging statements against President Trump in 2018."

The three-page letter calls the film "a concoction of lies that repeatedly defames President Trump and constitutes direct foreign interference in America’s elections," adding, "If you do not immediately cease and desist all distribution and marketing of this libelous farce, we will be forced to pursue all appropriate legal remedies."

 

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Report: Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi — Jon Bon Jovi's son — are married

L-R: Jake Bongiovi, Millie Bobby Brown, Jon Bon Jovi, Dorothea Bon Jovi Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Netflix

Stranger Things have happened: Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi, the son of Jon Bon Jovi, married in secret over the weekend of May 18, People magazine has learned.

It's not clear where the nuptials took place. In March, Brown's Stranger Things co-star Matthew Modine told Access Hollywood that he would officiate the marriage.

Brown and Bongiovi first connected on Instagram and started dating in 2021, according to People. They got engaged in April 2023.

Jake is the second of Bon Jovi's sons to get married in May. People previously reported that Jesse Bongiovi, co-founder of the popular wine brand Hampton Water, wed his girlfriend, Jesse Light — yes, they're both named Jesse — on May 7 in Las Vegas at the same chapel where Jon and his wife, Dorothea, married in 1989.

Plus, Jon's daughter Stefanie is apparently preparing to walk down the aisle. Jon told Access Hollywood in January that he'd written what he called "the wedding song of the next 100 years" for her — it's called "Kiss the Bride" and is on the band's upcoming album, Forever.

Regarding Millie and Jake, Jon told Access, “We’re really madly in love with both of them because they get the idea that they’re in this together and we support it fully."

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Sterling K. Brown reveals how Ben Affleck gave J. Lo a boost behind the scenes of her new movie, 'Atlas'

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Critics were not kind to Jennifer Lopez's new Netflix sci-fi movie, Atlas, but her heart was in the right place while making it, co-star Sterling K. Brown reveals.

Recent Oscar nominee Brown plays Col. Banks in the thriller, and he tells Entertainment Weekly that while Lopez's Atlas Shepherd learns to rely on Smith, a friendly AI inside her lifesaving robotic battle suit, the voice she sometimes heard while filming belonged to her husband, Ben Affleck.

"Every once in a while, Ben would read the lines for Smith," Brown says. "And I think the newlyweds, still very much in love, I think she just wanted to hear his voice. And so sometimes, the reactions that you got from her were because she was listening to her husband's voice."

The voice of Smith was ultimately provided by actor Gregory James Cohan for the finished film.

Incidentally, Brown's use of "still" in his sentence will likely be analyzed in a new light thanks to rumors that Ben and Jen are on the rocks, again.

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Third season teaser of 'The Bear' shows off a "dysfunctional kitchen"

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FX has dropped an appetizer for the anticipated third season of its everything-winning smash The Bear

In the frenetic teaser highlighting the show's three Emmy-winning stars, Jeremy Allen White's Carmy and Ayo Edebiri's Sydney get ready for showtime in the newly rehabbed kitchen of Carmy's fine dining establishment that bears the show's name.

"Feel good?" he asks as Sydney smooths her new, branded apron. "You feel good?" she asks in reply. 

"Going to see," Carmy says nervously.

For his part, Ebon Moss-Bachrach's Richie is ready, too, looking sharp in the role he trained for in season 2, acting as host. "We're open," he tells them.

Seconds after elegant menus are placed and a gorgeous-looking sliver of wagyu beef is plated, things go sideways: Carmy dumps a subpar meal in the trash, another meal is dashed to the floor by a swinging door and the gang quickly gets "in the weeds," to use an industry expression. 

"I’m getting drilled out there," Richie yells inside the kitchen, as he tries to calm impatient patrons who are waiting for their food. 

Moments later, he and Carmy are shown tussling, with Lionel Boyce's pastry chef Marcus trying to break them up.

"This is a dysfunctional kitchen," Sydney gripes, to which Carmy and Richie shout in unison, "Show me a functional one." 

All 10 episodes of The Bear's third season drop on Hulu on June 27.

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'Furiosa' reportedly revved up $3.5 million in Thursday sneak previews

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga revved up $3.5 million in Thursday night preview screenings, Deadline is reporting.

The trade is projecting the George Miller film's take to be $40 million when the checkered flag is waved at the end of the Memorial Day weekend.

Both the sneaks and the projection are slightly behind the 2015 opening of Mad Max: Fury Road, though Furiosa's prospects are looking good, with a Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score of 95% so far. 

Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, ended up with a worldwide take of more than $379 million; it was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning six. 

Furiosa has Anya Taylor-Joy playing the younger version of Theron's character from that film. 

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Jeffrey Wright reprising 'The Last of Us' video game role in HBO's series

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Oscar-nominated American Fiction actor Jeffrey Wright has joined HBO's The Last of Us in a role he's already quite familiar with. 

Wright played Isaac, a former Marine who became a leader in the Washington Liberation Front resistance group in the sequel to the post-apocalyptic video game on which the hit show is based — and that's who he'll be playing opposite Pedro Pascal's Joel and Bella Ramsey's Ellie in the drama, ABC Audio has confirmed. 

HBO describes the character as "the quietly powerful leader of a large militia group who sought liberty but instead has become mired in an endless war against a surprisingly resourceful enemy."

The second season of the show will also feature Kaitlyn Dever as Abby, Isabela Merced as Dina, Young Mazino as Jesse, Spencer Lord as Owen and Danny Ramirez as Manny, with Schitt's Creek Emmy winner Catherine O'Hara also guesting.

The show returns in 2025.

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