Photo: Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Quick -- which film won best picture at last year's Oscars? If you can't remember, you're not alone.
The results of a recent Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult national survey conducted among 2,201 adults revealed that 80 percent of respondents couldn't name Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water as 2018's Oscar best picture. Only 20 percent answered correctly.
Likewise, only 20 percent of respondents knew that it was Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, not La La Land, that won best picture in 2017, although the infamous envelope mix-up, in which La La Land was initially and incorrectly announced as the winner, can be partly blamed for the confusion.
However, there's no explanation for the trend holding true for 2016, where only five percent correctly named Spotlight as the winner, and 2015, where just nine percent believed it was Birdman, and not American Sniper, that won top honors.
The only exception was 2014, where more respondents -- 17 percent -- correctly identified 12 Years a Slave as the best picture winner.
The results shouldn't come as a complete surprise, given that none of the Oscar-winning films in the past five years have grossed more than $100 million at the box office stateside. Additionally, the Academy Awards ceremony has seen a decline in viewership over the same period.
On a positive note, 31 percent of Americans believe the Oscars get it right when picking the winners, while 21 percent saying the winners "are not the best choices and others should win," according to the survey.
Investigation DiscoveryJohn Walsh is continuing the mission he started on America’s Most Wanted with his new show on Investigation Discovery, In Pursuit with John Walsh. This time, he’s bringing his son along for the ride.
John and Callahan Walsh team up to bring down fugitives and find missing children with the help of viewers. Each episode of In Pursuit spotlights two unsolved crimes and will also feature two missing children, with age-progression photos and descriptions.
"Getting justice is part of that recovery process," says John, who’s first son Adam was kidnapped and killed in 1981. "Getting to know that that person who did horrible things to your family is paying for it is part of putting it behind you. There's no closure. I will always be the heartbroken father of a murdered child. But when you find out who did it, it ends that chapter of your life."
For Callahan, following in his father’s footsteps -- in both his TV work and his role at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children -- was a no-brainer. He calls his dad his "role model."
"To work with my father is a blessing," he says. "…I just really look forward to this season, going out there and helping my father catch some of these bad guys and putting them away."
Father and son both admit their line of work isn’t easy, but each solved case or recovered missing child makes it worthwhile. In particular, Callahan calls the recent Jayme Closs case, in which a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl was found safe 88 days after a violent kidnapping, a "great example of why we never give up hope."
In Pursuit with John Walsh premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.
Photo by Columbia Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The secret is out: A sequel to the first two Ghostbusters movies from the 1980s is in the works at Sony Pictures, with original director Ivan Reiman's son, Jason, set to helm the new one, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jason has reportedly secretly co-written a script with Gil Kenan, who directed the 2006 animated feature Monster House. Sony has kept mum on plot details, other than calling it “the next chapter in the original story” and a passing of the torch, “both inside and out,” according to the industry trade.
Sony is reportedly very high on keeping the Ghostbusters franchise alive, despite the poor showing of the 2016 all-female reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
Jason Reitman's other credits include 2018's Tully and The Frontrunner. He earned Oscar nominations for best director for 2007's Juno and Up in the Air in 2009.
Production for the new Ghostbusters movie is set to begin in the summer with an eye toward a 2020 release. There's no word on whether any of the original Ghostbusters stars -- including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver -- will return for the new flick.
Photo by Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Alexandra Shipp, who played Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, is seemingly responding to the news that she could eventually be out of a job if Beale Street actress Kiki Layne gets her way.
It all started when Layne told Variety that she felt connected to the comic book character -- a mutant who can control the weather.
"She was an image of myself, of a powerful chocolate Black woman, and I just think that’s an amazing image to have, and I really want to play Storm," she said.
Layne added her team is currently campaigning for the position. "Oh, yeah. We are actively plotting, actively plotting," she said.
However, Shipp is already set to reprise her role in this year's X-Men: Dark Phoenix -- reportedly one of the final X-Men movies from Fox before the characters are folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as part of a massive acquisition made by ABC News' parent company, Disney.
Not surprisingly, Shipp took to Twitter to seemingly respond to Layne -- without naming her. "I won’t ever bad mouth a fellow actor," Shipp wrote. "I won’t ever actively try to take another hard working actors job. Y’all can keep trying to pin black women against each other but it won’t work on me, honey."
Shipp later continued in another tweet: "One second we’re trying to rally and define why our lives matter, the next we’re making each other feel like we’re not worthy of one. I’ll only spread and give love, no matter what tone my skin falls under."
Halle Berry portrayed Storm in the first four X-Men films. Shipp took over the part for X-Men: Apocalypse, though she received some backlash because she has fairer skin than the Storm seen in Marvel Comics.
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- It's about to cost you more to get your Stranger Things fix.
Netflix is implementing the biggest subscription increase since the video streaming service launched 12 years ago, raising its U.S. prices by 13 to 18 percent, according to Deadline.
The price hikes will take effect immediately for new subscribers and will be phased in over three months for existing subscribers.
Netflix's most popular plan, which offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected devices simultaneously, will see the largest hike, from $11 to $13 per month. The least expensive Netflix plan, Basic, will now cost $9, up from $8.
The new round of increases is the fourth for Netflix and its first since late 2017.
The extra cash will help to pay for Netflix's huge investment in original programming, building on smash hits like Orange Is The New Black, Stranger Things, The Crown and, most recently, the hit film Bird Box. The increase will also offset the heavy debt it's accumulated trying to fend off competing streaming services.
Lionsgate/Nico Tavernese (NEW YORK) -- After teasing the upcoming third chapter in the John Wick movie franchise, a title and trailer announcement were revealed Tuesday. The film's official Twitter page posted a series of short clips featuring Keanu Reeves reprising his role as the titular character, starting with with the message, "We’ll be seeing you...John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum is in theaters May 17.
Another tweet encourages people to text a number and get a “one-hour head start." If you do, you hear a message that says, “Welcome. As an esteemed member, you will be granted access to our finest amenities. We will text you at this number in the days to come. Be prepared.”
Finally, a third tweet warns, "The clock is ticking." The trailer's expected sometime Thursday.
ABC/ Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's Match Game, hosted by Alec Baldwin, returns Wednesday night with panelists Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, Finesse Mitchell, Caroline Rhea, Jason Biggs and La Toya Jackson.
As usual, contestants give their responses to Alec's fill-in-the-blank questions, and then have to try to match the panelists' responses. In tonight's episode, La Toya Jackson shocks the audience with her raunchy response to one question about sorority girls, while a contestant shocks the panel by intimating something negative about fans of a certain sport.
ABC/Richard Cartwright(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Selma Blair opened up in a candid post to her more than 800,000 Instagram followers about the often overlooked realities and struggles of living with multiple sclerosis.
"There is a truth with neurodegenerative brain disease. It is uncomfortable. It is a stadium of uncontrollable anxiety at times. Going out, being sociable holds a heavy price," she captioned her post, which shows her lying in bed holding a teddy bear. "My brain is on fire. I am freezing."
"I do my best," Blair wrote, responding to people who often ask her how she does it. "But I choke with the pain of what I have lost and what I dare hope for."
She added that it is "challenging" just to "walk around," but that her "smiles are genuine."
The Legally Blonde actress publicly revealed her MS diagnosis back in October, and has been open about her health struggles and successes on social media.
MS is a disease of the brain and spinal cord or central nervous system, according to The Mayo Clinic. Currently, there is no cure for the disease, but there are treatment options that can help modify the course of the chronic disease and manage symptoms.
The neurodegenerative disorder can cause problems with speech, motor functions and also vision, according to ABC News' chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton.
The cause of the disease is unknown, but many people with MS experience a waxing and waning course of ups and downs and highs and lows that can vary vastly between different people -- and symptoms may be hard for outsiders to perceive, Dr. Ashton added.
Support groups and awareness can really help with this, she explains, as can seeking out mental health treatment with counselors or therapists, as MS can often carry with it an emotional toll.
The pair have worked on the billion-dollar franchise since 2015's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which raked in $682.7 million worldwide. Their recent follow-up, 2018's Mission: Impossible - Fallout, raked in just over $791 million globally.
According to Cruise's Twitter, M:I - 7 and M:I - 8 will hit theaters in the summers of 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Tuesday, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino began his eight-month prison stint for tax evasion.
On his official Facebook and Instagram accounts, the reality star wrote, "For family, friends & fans, Mailing Address for letters only," with an address to "Otisville FCI Federal Correctional Institution" in New York.
The Jersey Shore star pleaded guilty last year to tax evasion.
He also posted a few shout-outs to movies like Goodfellas, including a clip of Ray Liotta's Henry Hill appropriately saying "Now take me to jail."
Sitch captioned it, "The comeback is always greater than the Setback."
His brother, Marc Sorrentino, 39, also pleaded guilty to preparing a false tax return and was sentenced to two years in prison.
When he was charged with tax fraud, federal prosecutors said Michael took "certain actions" to conceal some of his income to avoid paying the full amount of taxes he owed.
"Michael accepts the court’s judgment," his attorney Henry Klingeman said in a statement late last year. "He is looking forward to marrying his college sweetheart...and moving forward together after he serves his sentence."
Late last year, Mike Sorrentino married his wife Lauren.
Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have just released their first look at the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming, titled Spider-Man: Far from Home.
Taking place after the events of April's Avengers: Endgame -- no surprise, considering what happened to Spidey during the world-shattering climax of Avengers: Infinity War -- the movie has Tom Holland's Peter Parker off to Europe on a school trip.
However, the R&R doesn't last, when Pete's motor-mouthed pal Ned takes a dart to the neck, put to sleep by Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury so that he and the young hero can "finally meet."
While Parker, his would-be girlfriend M.J., played again by Zendaya, and the rest of their pals continue their trip, however, a villainous being -- possibly Hydro-Man -- literally throws cold water on their plans. With calamity afoot, Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan warns Parker: "You're all alone, your friends are in trouble, what do you do?"
Apparently, Spidey isn't all alone: he seems to be getting some help against the wave-controlling baddie from Mysterio, played byJake Gyllenhaal. Mysterio is a magic-wielding Marvel character who in the comics is normally one of Spidey's enemies.
Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned, let slip that Mysterio teams up with Parker in this adventure -- though a "heel turn" could always occur, like what happened with Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo in the post-credit stinger of Doctor Strange.
A co-production between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, Spider-Man: Far from Home opens July 5.
Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
AMPAS(HOLLYWOOD) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being accused of trying to block talent from appearing on other awards shows, particularly the Golden Globes, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
"They've done it for years," claims one source, adding that they used to be able to rely on the Golden Globes producers to "smooth things over" so that talent could appear on both shows. That's no longer the case, adds the insider.
Golden Globes producers trying to book presenters for their telecast between August and the Christmas holiday were reportedly informed by reps that clients of theirs who agreed to present at the Globes would not be asked to present for the Oscars, according to THR. Mary Queen of Scots star Margot Robbie is reportedly among the those who have chosen the Oscars over the Globes.
SAG-AFTRA, the labor union that represents the actors and actresses, backed up the accusations in a statement Monday, claiming in a statement to have, "received multiple reports of these activities and have experienced firsthand the Academy’s graceless pressure tactics and attempts to control the awards show talent pipeline."
The statement continues: "Awards season is a very special time when actors and actresses are being appropriately celebrated and recognized for the outstanding quality of their work. We would expect the Academy to honor these goals. ...Actors should be free to accept any offer to participate in industry celebrations."
The SAG-AFTRA statement ends: "The apparent attempt by the Academy to keep our members from presenting on their own awards show is utterly outrageous and unacceptable. ...We call on the Academy to cease this inappropriate action.”
Zegler, who will make her film debut in the role made famous by Natalie Wood in the 1961 classic, will join Baby Driver's Ansel Elgort who stars as Tony.
Zegler landed the role by responding to an open casting call for Latinx actors with a video of herself singing the film's big numbers "Tonight" and "Me Siento Hermosa." She reportedly beat out tens of thousands of other hopefuls to reprise -- on the big screen -- a role she once played in a high school production. She also has a strong presence on YouTube, where she can be seen covering song from Lady Gaga's "Shallow" in A Star Is Born, to music from The Little Mermaid, Hamilton, and yes, West Side Story.
"I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this amazing cast," said Zegler to the trade." West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community."
Other actors named to the anticipated proejct included Broadway veterans Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez playing Bernardo, and another theater veteran, Josh Andrés Rivera, as Chino.
"When we began this process a year ago, we announced that we would cast the roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Chino and the Sharks with Latina and Latino actors," said Spielberg. "I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community."
Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Anita in the original film, will play Valentina, a re-imagined version of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works. Filming is set to begin this summer.
Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Carol Channing has died at 97 years old. She was sixteen days shy of her 98th birthday.
Her agent says the woman who originated the role of Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway passed away of natural causes at 12:31 a.m., at her home in in Rancho Mirage, California.
Born in 1921 in Seattle and raised in San Francisco, Channing attended Vermont's Bennington College majoring in drama and dance. She made her Broadway debut in 1948 and made a splash in 1949 as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her best-known role, however, was that of Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, for which she won the Tony Award in 1964. She played the role in over 5,000 performances. Channing also received a 1995 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.
In response to news of her death, the company of Hello, Dolly released the following statement: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of the one and only Carol Channing. She was a 'Dolly' for the ages, and a true icon of the American Theater. Betty Buckley and the cast will dedicate tonight's performance in San Diego to her memory."
Channing's movie roles included her Oscar-nominated turn as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie; of note, she gave Clint Eastwood his first on-screen kiss in the film The Traveling Saleslady. She made numerous TV appearances on her own TV specials, on variety shows like The Carol Burnett Show, on game shows like Password and Hollywood Squares, and on more recent fare like The Nanny, The Drew Carey Show, Touched by an Angel, and Family Guy.
On the music front, Channing recorded numerous albums, ten of which went Gold, including the original cast album of Hello, Dolly! In 2003, she released her memoir Just Lucky I Guess and toured worldwide with a one-woman show called The First Eighty Years are the Hardest.
Channing also ad one of the most distinctive voices in showbiz, and did narration and voiceover work for many projects.
In 2012, she was the subject of a documentary called Carol Channing: Larger Than Life. Her last public appearance was at a star-studded tribute on her 95th birthday.
Married four times, Channing is survived by her son Channing "Chan" Lowe, a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist.
ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Monday's episode of The Bachelor began with comedy, fun and games, but ended with two hopefuls nearly blowing their shot at a rose.
The episode began with the remaining ladies learning that Demi, Bri, Tracy, Elyse, Hannah G., Nicole, Onyeka and Catherine would be participating in the season's first group date. Coached by Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman and his wife, Megan Mullally, star of NBC's Will & Grace, each lady was asked to deliver a monologue about a "first-time experience" in front of Bachelor Colton Underwood and a theater of 200 strangers.
Elyse kicked things off by revealing that she's in her “early, early 30s.” "I learned a lot in my 20s," she explained, but "dating a younger man for the first time, it's time to teach [Colton] "a thing or two.”
The stories continued until finally, it was Demi's turn. “So I met a guy at this really crazy party and wanted to kiss him, but was way too scared," she began. "Usually, when I see something I want I’m bold enough to go after it immediately, so I had to tell myself, ‘I’m not waiting any longer. When I want something I’m going after it.’” Next, she walked up to Colton and kissed him. “And that is the story of how I got the first group date rose,” she concluded.
When ladies had a chance to get Colton alone, Demi made good on her word by making the first move. Upon rejoining the others, she picked up the rose lying on the table, proclaiming it was hers. That didn't sit well the others, most of all Tracy, who said the display left her "sick to her stomach." It touched off a rivalry between the two that would only get worse.
Ultimately, it was Elyse's story that earned the rose.
While all this was happening, the ladies back at the mansion learned that birthday girl Hannah B., Miss Alabama 2018, was the recipient of "the best birthday present ever" -- a one-on-one date. That led Caelynn -- Miss North Carolina 2018 -- to reveal they'd competed against each other at the Miss USA Pagaent. What began as a friendship quickly turned into a bitter rivalry when Caelynn finished as the first runner-up and Hannah B. failed to place.
The one-on-one date -- a horseback ride in Los Angeles’ Vasquez Rocks National Area Park, followed by a romantic soak in a secluded hot tub -- got off to a rocky start, as Hannah showed a much more guarded side of herself that had Colton questioning his choice. Eventually, he coaxed her into opening up, and the day ended with the couple watching fireworks aboard the Queen Mary, and a rose for Hannah.
Colton wasted no time arranging the second group date card, which included Alex, Erica, Katie, Caelynn, Sydney, Tayshia, Nina, Kirpa, Caitlin, Courtney, Cassie and Heather. They were whisked off to "Camp Bachelor," where they were greeted by Colton, host Chris Harrison and their "camp counselor," comedian Billy Eichner. The girls were divided into two teams of six and competed in a series of challenges, including a relay race, canoe race and a tug of war. The winners, spent the night with Colton; the losers went back to the mansion.
Heather, who was a part of the winning team, shared an intimate moment with Colton during which she revealed that, like him, she was a virgin who had "never been kissed." Heather left -- still never having been kissed, but with a rose in her hand at the end of the date.
Back at the mansion, the hopefuls reunited for the pre-rose ceremony cocktail party, where they used a variety of tactics for a last chance to impress Colton. The most brazen of them once again came from Demi, who entered the party wearing a terrycloth bathrobe and seductively invited Underwood to see her "fantasy closet." Demi was fully clothed under the robe and the fantasy consisted of nothing more than a massage, but it was enough to drive Tracy running to her bedroom in tears. A half-hearted pep talk from Demi didn't help matters -- the only consolation for Tracy will be watching Demi leaving the mansion for good. At episode's end both got roses, so they'll have to put up with other for at least another week.
Monday's episode saw the following ladies sent packing: Alex B., Erika, Angelique and Annie.
Here are the 23 remaining women:
Alex, 29, a dog rescuer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Angelique, 28, a marketing salesperson from Hamilton, New Jersey Annie, 23, a financial associate from New York, New York Bri, 24, a model from Los Angeles, California Caelynn, 23, Miss North Carolina 2018 from Charlotte, North Carolina Caitlin, 25, a realtor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada Cassie, 23, a speech pathologist from Huntington Beach, California Catherine, 26, a DJ from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Courtney, 23, a caterer from Atlanta, Georgia Demi, 23, an interior designer from Red Oak, Texas Elyse, 31, a makeup artist from Soldotna, Alaska Erika, 25, a recruiter from Encinitas, California Hannah B., 23, Miss Alabama 2018 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama Hannah G., 23, a content creator from Birmingham, Alabama Heather, 22, never been kissed from Carlsbad, California Katie, 26, a medical sales representative from Sherman Oaks, California Kirpa, 26, a dental hygienist from Whittier, California Nicole, 25, a social media coordinator from Miami, Florida Nina, 30, a sales account manager from Raleigh, North Carolina Onyeka, 24, an IT risk consultant from Dallas, Texas Sydney, 27, an NBA dancer from New York, New York Tayshia, 28, a phlebotomist from Corona Del Mar, California Tracy, 31, a wardrobe stylist from Los Angeles, California
The Bachelor continues Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.