Poppy Montgomery plays a surfing ex-con on ABC's summer series, 'Reef Break', debuting tonight

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Poppy Montgomery wants you to spend your summer in the “shadiest sunny place in the world.” That’s how she describes the setting for her new crime drama, Reef Break.

The series, shot in Montgomery’s native Australia, follows Cat Chambers, a surfer and a former criminal who becomes a fixer for the governor of an idyllic Pacific Island.

“It's beautiful, it's tropical, it's wish fulfillment but it's also got a dark side that our characters get to explore,” Montgomery says.

The actress, who also executive produces the show, hopes Reef Break will make some waves for female empowerment on TV.

“The show is really unique in that it centers around a female surfer, a female criminal,” she says. “It has a lot of strong women doing things that men usually get to do on TV.”

Poppy adds of her character, “She surfs. She drives boats. She jumps out of planes. I mean, she does everything the boys get to do and more.”

Reef Break debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Pump your brakes: Marvel Studios President says Killmonger's return to Black Panther 2 is "pure speculation"

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- As rumors continue to swirl about what the sequel to Ryan Coogler's Black Panther will entail, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is shutting down the early report that Michael B. Jordan's character Erik Killmonger will officially be revived.

In an interview with BET, Feige says the rumor that Jordan will make a return in the sequel is pure "speculation."

"[It’s] pure rumor and speculation because Mr. [Ryan] Coogler is just only in recent weeks sitting down at his keyboard and beginning to outline the movie," Feige said.

"It's early," he continued. "Nothing is set yet in any way that far because Mr. Coogler [is] sitting down and will share it with [Black Panther producer] Nate Moore and myself in coming weeks."

As previously reported, in January Black Panther star Angela Bassett's husband, Courtney B. Vance, told Entertainment Tonight that the entire cast was returning for Black Panther 2.

"Everyone will be there, including Michael B. [Jordan]" Vance had said.

Although Vance didn't offer any specifics, the revelation left fans scratching their heads. In the Oscar-winning film, Jordan's villainous character Killmonger was mortally wounded after an epic battle with T'Challa in their native Wakanda. T'Challa offered him aid, but Killmonger famously chose to die, rather than live a life imprisoned like his "ancestors."

Production on Black Panther 2 is scheduled to begin in late 2019 early 2020.

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"I guess it's over": Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher sarcastically read 'In Touch' break-up cover story

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Former That '70s Show costars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have been married since July of 2015, and are still going strong...despite a new In Touch cover article declaring: "It's Over."

That was news to them, and Kunis sarcastically read the story's cover to her hubby on Instagram.

"Babe: what's happening?" Kutcher asks her, looking into the camera.

"It's over between us," Kunis deadpans, holding up the article on her phone to the camera.

"It's over between us?" Kutcher says, in mock concern.

"Yeah. I 'felt suffocated,'" she says, quoting the magazine's cover.

"You felt suffocated?!" Kutcher says. "Oh, I was just so overbearing!"

Kunis adds, "Also, I took the kids."

"You took the kids!?" Kutcher exclaims sarcastically.

"And you had a very dark secret exposed," his wife says.

"What was the dark secret?" he asks. When Kunis says she doesn't know, Kutcher adds, "It must have been really dark."

Captioning the video, Kutcher says, "I guess it's over @intouchweekly" adding, "have fun selling magazines this week. Maybe next week my wife will be having twins. For the third time. But who's counting."

In reality, the couple has two children, Wyatt, four, and Dimitri, two.

The hysterical video was immediately liked by the couple's celebrity pals, some no stranger to similar tabloid rumors. "This is amazing," Demi Lovato replied. "#fakenews," noted Rumor Willis.

"DAMMIT!!! I was gonna take a run at [Mila]," commented Dax Shepard, who's married to Kristen Bell.

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'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner says her dad was "beyond pleased" she married Joe Jonas

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- Sophie Turner had her father's blessing before marrying Joe Jonas.

In a new episode of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's The HFPA in Conversation podcast, the X-Men: Dark Phoenix actress says her dad was "beyond pleased" that she wed a musician.

"Well, he's getting into the Jonas Brothers," the Game of Thrones star says. "I don't think they were his demographic! But he's getting into them now and he loves them and the new music is fantastic."

She adds, "So yeah, my dad was beyond pleased when I married a musician because it was always kind of, 'You have to marry a rugby player or a musician!' So I got one of them right."

Sophie and Joe tied the knot on May 1 in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas following the Billboard Music Awards. They plan on having a more formal ceremony in France sometime this summer.

Sophie admits she’s still getting used to calling Joe "husband."

"I keep going from boyfriend, to fiancé, to husband, I can't figure out what to say!" she says. "It's early days but we're very happy."

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'Witches' gets stitches: Crew member stabs another in the neck in fight on Anne Hathaway's film

Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage(LONDON) -- "A fight over a teabag" was reportedly the cause of an on-set scrap that led one crew member to stab another in the neck on the set of an Anne Hathaway movie called The Witches

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the cause, the movie is being shot in Britain, according to The Sun.

The victim was stabbed in a neck by another crew member wielding a box cutter, a common tool on movie sets. The perpetrator was arrested, and the victim rushed from Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire to the hospital for treatment.

There were around 100 crew members on the set at the time, and the incident caused a security lockdown, the paper reports.

The Witches, the second adaptation of the Roald Dahl book of the same name, also stars Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock, and Stanley Tucci.

The movie, directed and co-written by Forrest Gump Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis and Emmy-nominated black-ish co-creator Kenya Barris, opens next year.

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"Spider-Verse" director Peter Ramsey says his history-making Oscar win was a team effort

(L-R) Persichetti, Ramsey, Rothman, Lord, Miller -- ABC/Rick Rowell(MIAMI) -- When director Peter Ramsey thinks back to his Oscar win earlier this year for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he says he's still amazed that he managed to score the prestigious award.

"I have to say... it was so unexpected and the timing of it was so strange, because we were working really hard for three years and we turned over the movie so late, that the attention started hitting us like almost immediately," Ramsey tells ABC Radio. "So, I think me and the rest of our team -- we're all kind of standing there going, 'What just happened?'"

Though the win made Ramsey the first black person to receive an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, he gives equal credit to his Spider-Verse co-directors Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman. LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller produced Spider-Verse, and also shared the gold on Oscar night.

"I imagine it's kind of like when you when you win a Super Bowl and you're on the team and you get a ring," Ramsey says. "And it's like recognition of what the team did. So, I kind of feel that way about it."

Although Ramsey says he's "really proud" of his contribution to the film, he feels there's no way he can "claim the whole thing."

"I'm very lucky that...its success is kind of washing over me a little bit," he adds. "So I'm just trying to stay under that little shower head."

Meanwhile, Ramsey took a little break from his busy schedule this past weekend to attend the American Black Film Festival in Miami.

"It's great to just kind of like come out and talk to people," he says, explaining that he's interacted with other black creatives. "Be able to just share creative ideas [and] get a sense of community. 

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Report: Mark-Paul Gosselaar replaces Anders Holm in the upcoming ABC comedy 'mixed-ish'

©2019 FOX Broadcasting Co. CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX/PictureGroup(LOS ANGELES) -- Mark-Paul Gosselaar has been re-cast as the father of Tracee Ellis Ross’ character, Rainbow Johnson, in the upcoming ABC comedy mixed-ish, according to Variety. He replaces Workaholics vet Anders Holm, who played the role in the original pilot.

Gosselaar, who's best-known for his roles in Franklin & Bash, NYPD Blue and Saved by the Bell, most recently starred in the Fox shows The Passage and Pitch, as well as the NBC comedy Truth Be Told.

mixed-ish, which follows Rainbow's experience growing up in a mixed-race family during the 1980s, also stars Arica Himmel as Bow Johnson, along with Tika Sumpter, Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle and Ethan Childress.

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Fourth season premiere of 'Riverdale' will address death of "fallen friend" Luke Perry

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- As promised, Riverdale will address the loss of Luke Perry, who died March 4 after suffering a stroke.

On Wednesday, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo of his finished script for the show's upcoming fourth season premiere. The title page revealed the episode is titled "In Memorium."

The producer captioned the tweet, "Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever. A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred."

Perry played Fred Andrews, father of K.J. Apa's character, Archie Andrews.

Riverdale returns for its fourth season October 9 at 8 pm ET on the CW Network.

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Ayesha and Stephen Curry take over Thursday nights with 'Family Food Fight' and 'Holey Moley'

Ayesha Curry; ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- The Currys are taking over Thursday-night TV.

Ayesha Curry and her basketball star husband, Stephen Curry, both have new competition shows debuting Thursday on ABC: Ayesha’s Family Food Fight and Steph’s mini-golf-themed Holey Moley.

Ayesha describes the moment they found out both of their shows would be paired up: “I got the call and they were like, ‘So guess what? Your shows are airing on the same night! And back to back!’ We were like, ‘Whaaaat?’ It took me a minute to process.”

Ayesha serves as host and judge of Family Food Fight, which features eight families of various cultures competing in culinary challenges to win a $100,000 prize, as judged by Ayesha, and chefs and restaurateurs Cat Cora and Graham Elliot. 

Ayesha says she and Stephen, who have three kids together, plan on having family viewing parties for their two shows.  And while the Currys aren’t competing, Ayesha knows exactly which famous family she’d want to challenge, if given the chance.

“I'm just gonna throw it out there: We would go head to head with John Legend, Chrissy Teigen. Why not just address the elephant in the room?” she says.

“We would definitely win. No I'm just joking. I'm just kidding...I'm not kidding,” Ayesha laughs.

Holey Moley airs at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Family Food Fight at 9 p.m., both on ABC.

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Jermaine Fowler tapped to star alongside Eddie Murphy in 'Coming 2 America'

Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sorry to Bother You star Jermaine Fowler has found his next major role.

Sources tell Variety that Fowler has been cast in a lead role opposite Eddie Murphy in the upcoming sequel, Coming 2 America.

The original Coming to America movie starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. In an effort to find a wife, Akeem, along with his trusty assistant Semi, played by Arsenio Hall, decides to travel to Queens, NY.

As previously noted, Murphy and Hall are expected to reprise their roles, with black-ish creator Kenya Barris rewriting a script from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to helm the project, which Murphy's also producing. The two recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, which follows the story of real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore.

Although official details of the film are still forthcoming, Sheffield told ABC's Good Morning America back in June 2018 that the film will follow Akeem after he learns that he has a son, and returns to America to meet him.

Coming 2 America is set to hit theaters August 7, 2020.

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Netflix announces season three premiere date for 'Dear White People'

Netflix/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) -- In honor of Juneteenth -- the American holiday that celebrates the emancipation of the last remaining U.S. slaves -- Netflix has unveiled a premiere date for the season three return of its critically acclaimed series Dear White People.

In a video announcement on Wednesday titled "Great Grits Debate," the cast, including Logan Browning, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson, first discuss the age-old debate of which type of grits are better: salty or sweet?

After the cast swaps recipes for the best grits, the video ends with a reveal of the premiere date: Friday, August 2.

Dear White People follows students of color at Winchester University as they "navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness and activism in the millennial age."

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'Pose', 'Russian Doll', HBO lead nominations for 2019 Television Critics Association awards

Billy Porter in "Pose" -- FX/Macall Polay(LOS ANGELES) -- The FX drag queen drama Pose, and Netflix's dramedy Russian Doll lead the pack with four nominations apiece, for the 2019 Television Critics Association Awards.

HBO leads all other networks with 15 nominations, though Netflix is close behind with 14. The awards will be handed out on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

From Game of Thrones to The Good Place, to everywhere in between, Daniel Fienberg, TCA President and chief film critic at The Hollywood Reporter applauded the nominees' diversity.

"From departing juggernauts that changed the TV game to new shows that test the boundaries of what the medium can do and be, this has been a landmark season for television across all networks and platforms," he said in a statement.
Here are the nominees in the main categories. The full list can be found here:

Better Call Saul - AMC
The Good Fight - CBS All Access
Homecoming - Amazon
Killing Eve - BBC America
Pose - FX
Succession - HBO
Barry - HBO
Fleabag" - Amazon
The Good Place - NBC
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon
Russian Doll - Netflix
Schitt's Creek - Pop TV
Veep - HBO 
Chernobyl - HBO
Fleabag - Amazon
Game of Thrones - HBO
Pose - FX
Russian Doll - Netflix
When They See Us - Netflix

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects - HBO
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora - Showtime
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight - CBS All Access
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve - BBC America
Billy Porter, Pose - FX
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon - FX
Pamela Adlon, "Better Things" - FX
Bill Hader, "Barry" - HBO
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep - HBO 
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll - Netflix
Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek - Pop TV
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag - Amazon
The Great British Baking Show - PBS
Making It - NBC
Nailed It! - Netflix
Queer Eye – Netflix 
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat - Netflix
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo - Netflix
Chernobyl - HBO
Deadwood: The Movie - HBO
Escape at Dannemora - Showtime
Fosse/Verdon - FX
Sharp Objects - HBO
When They See Us - Netflix
Dead to Me - Netflix
The Other Two - Comedy Central
Pose - FX
Russian Doll - Netflix
Succession - HBO
What We Do in the Shadows - FX

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Inevitable: 'Avengers: Endgame' coming back to theaters with new footage

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- At the Spider-Man: Far From Home press junket in London on Tuesday, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige let slip that Avengers: Endgame will be heading back to theaters on June 28 -- with never-before-seen footage.

Feige tells ScreenRant that the re-release is "not an extended cut, but" he notes that fans can expect, "...a few new things at the end of the movie." 

Fans waited in vain through Endgame's final credits for the traditional "stingers" they've come to expect from a Marvel movie; Feige says this time, their patience will pay off.

"...[A]fter the credits, there'll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises."

The added extras could lure fans back to the theaters -- and ultimately push Endgame past an as-yet-unbroken record: the $2.788 billion global box office take earned by James Cameron's Avatar.

As of Wednesday morning, Endgame has earned $2.743 billion -- an Infinity Stone's throw away from breaking the record.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Angelina Jolie joins 'TIME' as a Contributing Editor; first piece is titled "What We Owe Refugees"

Photo by Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Oscar-winning actress, director, and United Nations Ambassador Angelina Jolie now has another title: Contributing Editor for TIME magazine.

Jolie's experience as a humanitarian and philanthropist will inform her monthly pieces: She'll contribute articles "focusing primarily on displacement, conflict and human rights," according to the magazine.

To that end, her first piece -- appearing in Friday's issue of the magazine -- is called "What We Owe Refugees." It sheds light on the plight of some 70 million people displaced from their homes by poverty, famine, and war.

She explains, "As we mark World Refugee Day on June 20, it is an illusion to think that any country can retreat behind its borders and simply hope the problem will go away. We need leadership and effective diplomacy. We need to focus on long-term peace based on justice, rights and accountability to enable refugees to return home."

Jolie says that too often, countries use aid as a substitute for effective policies and diplomacy.  She urges a "harder course of action," which she explains is, "the only one that will make a difference."

"We need to focus on long-term peace based on justice, rights and accountability to enable refugees to return home," she says, and warns, "The distance between us and the refugees of the past is shorter than we think."

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Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston's 'Murder Mystery' slays for Netflix

Netflix/Scott Yamano(LOS ANGELES) -- Murder Mystery, the Netflix comedy movie starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, notched the biggest opening weekend for a Netflix film, the streamer announced via Twitter Tuesday.

The streamer says 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide, tuned in to the movie.

Murder Mystery follows a New York City cop and his wife -- played respectively by Sandler and Aniston -- who go on a European trip and end up as the prime suspects in a murder. It's the second film outing for the two, whose 2011 feature Just Go with It delivered $214.9 million worldwide.

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