Stars of stage and screen including Glenn Close, Leslie Uggams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Wilson and more will be taking the stage next month at a unique livestreamed musical benefit for the Actors Fund.
ABC Audio has confirmed that the event, called Show of Titles, will have the stars singing classic songs from nine decades of Broadway productions, including Lady Be Good and The Light in the Piazza.
Show of Titles premieres on the livestream platform Stellar at 8PM Eastern time on Tuesday, June 8th.
Other stars who will take part include Hamilton's Philippa Soo, Kelsey Grammer, Candice Bergen, Bryan Cranston, Vanessa Williams, Phylicia Rashad, Ben Vereen, and BD Wong.
The Actors Fund has donated $21 million to COVID-strapped performers since the pandemic all but shut down the entire entertainment industry. A recent survey from the organization showed 76% of its members reported loss of income during the pandemic shutdowns; 50% lost full-time work, and of those, 26% say they don't know if they're getting their jobs back.
Sixty-two percent reported losing part-time work in the industry, while 40% said they faced food insecurity, and 28% fell behind on their rent or mortgage.
Although Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died of cancer in August, Angela Bassett is "excited" to shoot the movie's sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, though she says his presence will be missed.
"We won't have our heart and soul right there at the center in Chadwick, but in spirit I know that he will be with us from day one through infinity," the actress, who played Boseman's onscreen mother, told ABC's Good Morning America. Bassett also teased, "Black Panther fans don't have to worry about a thing because we have our fearless, wonderful, visionary leader Ryan Coogler...on script and there directing. He's a visionary, an auteur, he's a kind of gentle soul and he encourages you in his own particular way...to give your best, so I have absolute faith in him."
Bassett also explained her advocacy as an ambassador for the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association’s "Know Diabetes by Heart" initiative. She lost her mother in 2014 to heart failure, which was a wake-up call for her own health, and of those in her community.
Bassett said of her health ambassador role, "I'm able to just honor the woman that my mother was and also to use this incredible platform that I have to get the word out," she said.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health reported that in 2018, Black Americans were 30% more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic whites.
On May 25, Bassett will host the Know Diabetes by Heart at the Theater virtual event from Harlem's famous Apollo Theater. The free entertainment event will celebrate Black culture and raise awareness about diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli are looking ahead to spending time together after satisfying their respective prison sentences and community service requirements stemming from the college admissions scandal.
People reports that the couple are requesting a five-day trip to San Jose Del Cabo later this summer, telling the judge they want to take some time in June "to spend time with [their] family."
Loughlin, 56, had previously been sentenced to two months behind bars after pleading guilty to conspiring with Giannulli, 57, to pay $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California by pretending they were recruits for the rowing team. Neither Isabella Rose Giannulli, now 22, nor Olivia Jade Giannulli, now 21, had ever competed in the sport.
As part of pleading guilty to conspiracy charges last year and reporting to prison, the Full House alum was also ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and pay a $150,000 fine.
Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison with an additional two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and satisfy 250 hours of community service.
The fashion designer stated in the filing that he "is actively working on completing his community service requirement."
It is unknown if their travel request was approved or rejected. Representatives for the couple have not returned requests for comment.
Robert De Niro is in good spirits after suffering an injury while making another film with Martin Scorsese.
"It wasn't on the set," the 77-year-old film legend told ABC Audio while promoting his upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. "It was in my house, I just stepped over something, and the next thing I know I had sort of ruptured my quad. Crazy thing, it just happened, you know."
De Niro added, "So I have to get it repaired right away, and then I'll get back into shooting and so on."
A rep for the Oscar winner said the injury occurred at the house he was renting in Oklahoma while filming Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon. The rep also explained that the actor's treatment won't affect his work on the drama, because De Niro wasn't scheduled to shoot again for another three weeks.
Killers of the Flower Moon centers on a real-life series of murders in 1920s Oklahoma. In the film, De Niro plays a wealthy rancher named William Hale, and fellow Oscar winner and frequent Scorsese collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly plays his nephew, Ernest Burkhart.
The film is based on journalist David Grann's book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
Angelina Jolie's new thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead underperformed at this weekend's box office, opening in third with a disappointing $2.8 million haul, while a Saw spin-off scared up the top spot.
Coming in first was newbie Spiral -- a new entry in the Saw universe, which debuted in first after collecting $8.7 million in its opening weekend. It stars comedian Chris Rock playing a detective on the case of a series of grisly murders.
The Jason Statham-starring thriller Wrath of Man fell to second place with $3.7 million.
In fourth was the anime blockbuster Demon Slayer: Mugen Train with $1.78 million -- boosting its global haul to $477 million -- and rounding out the top five was Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon, picking up $1.71 million in its eleventh week. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
WandaVision and To All The Boys: Always and Forever took home top honors at the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Best Show and Best Movie, respectively, which aired Sunday night live from the Palladium in Los Angeles. The Falcon And The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie and WandaVision's Kathryn Hahn also won Best Hero and Best Villain, respectively.
Mackie also picked up the Golden Popcorn trophy in honor of his The Falcon And The Winter Soldier costar Sebastian Stan for their Best Duo win -- Stan was off "being a rock star," playing Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee for a Hulu project, Mackie noted. Before Mackie left the stage, he mysteriously promised of his Disney+ show, "There's more to come."
On the topic of heroes and villains, the popcorn for Best Fight went to Hahn and Elizabeth Olsen for the intense WandaVision final battle between Agatha and Wanda. The two took a beat to shout out the special effects team and their stunt doubles, saying their climatic brawl would have been nothing but dramatic hand gestures had it not been for them.
Olsen also collected the award for Best Performance in a Show.
The most moving moment of the night came when Chadwick Boseman was posthumously honored with Best Performance in a Movie for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi accepted the award on his behalf, saying, "We are honored to celebrate his art today and every day. His impact is everlasting and we are eternally grateful for the ways his presence and his art has changed the world. We love you and we miss you."
Boseman died last August after a silent battle with cancer.
The event was hosted by Supermarket Sweep host Leslie Jones.
Presenters included Mandy Moore, Eric Andre, Tom Hiddleston, Billy Porter, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Addison Rae and Henry Golding.
The night's honorary career awards -- The Generation Award and Comedic Genius Award -- were given to Scarlett Johansson and Sacha Baron Cohen, respectively.
Here's the full list of winners:
Best Movie To All The Boys: Always and Forever
Best Show WandaVision
Best Performance in a Movie
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Performance in a Show
Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
Anthony Mackie, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier
Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
Chase Stokes & Madelyn Cline, Outer Banks
Anthony Mackie & Sebastian Stan, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier
Best Comedic Performance
Leslie Jones, Coming 2 America
Saturday Night Live revived Kate McKinnon's interpretation of Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's announcement that fully vaccinated Americans may enjoy certain indoor activities without having to wear a mask.
In order to help illustrate exactly what the new guidance means, McKinnon's Fauci -- the self proclaimed "patron saint of Purell" -- tasked "a few doctors at the CDC who minored in theater" to reenact "various scenarios in order to demonstrate correct masked behavior."
Unfortunately, those doctors who minored in theaters certainly let their passion for the stage override their need to explain the mandate -- from making quips about people lying about being fully vaccinated in order to drink at a bar at 11 a.m. to not needing to wear masks to storm the U.S. Capitol.
Of course, after each video, McKinnon's Fauci would become increasingly disturbed and would try to explain what the real takeaway was.
The final video presents a theoretical future where everyone is fully vaccinated and can safely gather. The scene goes without a hitch, with the CDC actors joking about how they're turning their old unused masks into craft projects.
However, the scene derails after one actor declares, "Now, let's talk abut Israel," prompting McKinnon's Fauci to end the press conference.
Before signing off, she tells the audience to "please get the vaccine and enjoy life with no masks... Except this audience, you gotta keep ’em on!"
Keegan-Michael Key hosted SNL over the weekend while Olivia Rodrigo served as musical host.
Black-ish has been renewed for an eighth and final season, creator Kenya Barris announced Friday.
He shared the "exciting and bittersweet" news on Instagram.
"In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end, and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for -- and to do it with the entire and AMAZINGLY STELLAR cast coming back to close this chapter out with us the right way!" Harris said.
Barris -- who also created the spinoffs Grown-ish and Mixed-ish -- said the sitcom has changed his life and he is, "so proud of the conversations we've started along the way."
He thanked the people who watched and supported Black-ish for "allowing us to change not just the narrative of Black Families, but of Family, Culture, and the World in general" by talking "about things that people were not supposed to talk about period."
Barris also thanked everyone who helped make the show alongside him, as well as his family who allowed him to "mine so many deeply personal moments from them..."
Black-ish premiered in 2014 and has earned three Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for best comedy series. Star Tracee Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe in 2017 for her work on the show and, in doing so, became the first Black actress to win best actress in a TV comedy since Debbie Allen in 1983.
Though he never won, Anthony Anderson was Emmy nominated six times for lead actor in a comedy series for playing patriarch Andre Johnson.
The show's cast includes Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Jenifer Lewis and co-producer Laurence Fishburne.
Netflix and Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland production company jointly announced a new spin-off series from the streaming giant's hit Bridgerton.
The spin-off will focus on the origins of Golda Rosheuvel's character, but while, "the series will center on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte, it will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury," Netflix says.
The company's VP of Content, Bela Bajaria, added in the statement, "Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton."
She added, "Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love."
As previously reported, a second season of Bridgerton is also already underway, but minus series breakout star Rege-Jean Page, who played the dashing Duke of Hastings.
Bridgerton is based on author Julia Quinn's series of romantic novels, and became a smash hit for Netflix upon its debut in December of 2020.
Robert De Niro's rep has revealed the injury the Oscar winning actor sustained while filming Martin Scorsese's latest film.
Contrary to some previous reports, the mishap did not happen on set.
"While at his on- location home in Oklahoma for the filming of Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon, Robert De Niro injured his quadriceps muscle," the flack clarified.
The injury, "will be treated medically in New York," the rep said, adding, "This will not affect production as he was not scheduled to film again for another three weeks."
Killers of the Flower Moon centers on a real-life series of murders in 1920s Oklahoma; in the film, De Niro plays a wealthy rancher named William Hale, and fellow Oscar winner and frequent Scorsese collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly plays his nephew, Ernest Burkhart.
The film is based on journalist David Grann's book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
Fresh off her portrayal as Lieutenant Commander Karen Greer in Amazon's Without Remorse, Jodie Turner-Smith is gearing up for another commanding performance in the UK's Channel 5 series Anne Boleyn.
In the newly released trailer, Turner-Smith, who plays the uncompromising Tudor queen, is seen pleading not guilty to charges of treason. The three-part psychological thriller follows the final months of Boleyn's life from her perspective as she struggles to secure a future for her daughter. It will also show her determination to be seen as an equal in a patriarchal society and her ultimate demise by execution. Anne Boleyn, also starring Paapa Essiedu as Anne’s brother George Boleyn, will air later this month on UK's Channel 5. A U.S. release date has not been announced.
In other news, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that a third Psych movie has been greenlit by Peacock. Titled Psych 3: This Is Gus, the third installment starring series vets Dulé Hill and James Roday Rodriguez, is a follow-up to last summer's Psych 2: Lassie Come Home. It will center on the upcoming wedding of Gus, played by Hill, as he tracks down the estranged husband of his character's fiancee. Production on Psych 3 begins this summer.
And finally, Uzo Aduba has been added to Stephan James' National Champions sports drama, Deadline has learned. She joins Alexander Ludwig, Andrew Bachelor, David Koechner, Tim Blake Nelson, and Timothy Olyphant, who were also announced. Aduba will play Katherine, part of the outside counsel to the NCAA. As previously reported, the film will center on James as a star quarterback who "ignites a players’ strike hours before the biggest game of the year" in hopes of getting "fair compensation, equality, and respect for the athletes." Production on National Champion begins next month.
In case you didn't know, today is National Dance Like a Chicken Day, and Disney Junior is making a huge clucking deal of it, by launching its new animated show Chicken Squad this evening.
The series is inspired by the children’s book of the same name by Doreen Cronin, and follows three young chicken siblings -- Coop, Sweetie, and Little Boo -- as they go on adventures.
Yvette Nicole Brown, a self-described Disney geek who can currently be seen opposite John Stamos in Big Shots on Disney+, voices the chicken trio's retired search and rescue dog mentor, a Husky named Captain Tully.
The series launches tonight at 7:30 p.m., and it will give parents their first -- but definitely not their last -- exposure to the show's earworm-ready theme, which is peppered with a chorus of declarative clucks.
"And I am sorry or you're welcome, whichever one you need from me, I'm here to give it to you," Brown laughs. "It's catchy as all get out."
Music is key to the show, she explains. "They run the gamut...They might be country, they might be R&B, they might be jazz fusion. I mean, probably not jazz fusion, but you understand. It's a lot of different genres of music, too, so it's really great."
Signing on to the series was a no-brainer for the accomplished actress. "Beyond being a Disney person, I would have been a teacher had I not become an actor, I wanted to teach kindergarten to first grade, and that's five and six-year-olds. Disney Junior is right in that sweet spot of two to seven. So this is like the mothership calling me home," she smiles.
On Sunday, the third season of ABC's police drama The Rookie wraps up with an intense finale, promises star Nathan Fillion.
Inspired by a true story, Fillion plays John Nolan, whose midlife crisis saw him become the oldest rookie on the Los Angeles Police Department.
ABC Audio asked if the real-world scandals of police misconduct have made working on the show any more challenging, but Fillion explained that from the outset, the series sought to project a realistic view of modern policing. "Just by virtue of that, we find that we're able to become a part of the conversation, not part of disseminating the wrong idea about police," the actor explains.
Before affecting a movie trailer announcer's voice, Fillion says the series is not, "like, 'A lone cop, a lone wolf who's on the raggedy edge of sanity. And I'm going to bend the rules to get the bad guy. It doesn't matter what it takes....'"
Fillion explains, "That's not a great message. That's not what we want to know. We want to know that the law is there and that the police are there and everybody has to follow these rules. And that's our angle."
As for the show's finale Sunday night, the Castle veteran says buckle up. "[Officer] Chen is getting into undercover work...the danger couldn't be more intense. Melissa Diaz' character Lopez...She's trying to wrap up a drug cartel war and get married at the same time."
Fillion tells fans, "But keep in mind, you guys, this is a finale so as bad and as intense as all these things are, it's going to get worse. You'll end with a 'WHAT!?' And then it's credits."
Judge JudySheindlin is one of the highest paid television stars after negotiating an astounding $47 million salary. In a new interview, the Emmy winner revealed how she secured that high number.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporterabout her reality series Judge Judy wrapping with its 25th season, the 78-year-old luminary spoke about the mindset she adopted going into her big discussion.
"The People’s Court, they’ve had several judges. The Tonight Show has had several hosts. But I Love Lucy only had one Lucille Ball," the reality star explained. "So, almost 20 years ago, I told the company that I worked for this: 'I want to be more of a partner. Don’t treat me as a paid employee. I could make this show without you.'"
Sheindlin recalls also telling the executives, "You can’t make it without me. I can take Judy Sheindlin anywhere else. And good luck with you if you can find somebody else. Otherwise, let’s share the gift that this program has brought to both of us."
"I don’t think that there’s anything unreasonable about that," she shrugged.
As for her upcoming reality series Judy Justice, which is set to premiere on Amazon-owned IMDb TV, Sheindlin hinted that she will be well compensated by her new employer.
"The folks at Amazon understood what the parameters were. There was no issue," she quipped.
That said, it's no wonder why 78-year-old firecracker isn't ready to retire.
"I’m not tired. I don’t play golf or tennis. I have no desire to learn how to play mahjong, chess or checkers. I know what I like to do," said Sheindlin. "Why, at my stage in life, would I try to find something else when I already know what I like?"
Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has announced that he's taking a "step away" from the MTV reality series to focus on "mental health issues."
"After talking to the team at MTV, we have mutually agreed that I will step away from the show while I seek medical treatment for mental health issues that I've ignored for too long," shared Thursday in a statement on his Instagram Stories.
"My number one goal now is facing my struggles head on," he continued.
"This process will be difficult," Ronnie, 35, added, "but my #1 priority is to get healthy and be the best man and the best father I can for my daughter."
The announcement comes the same day his attorneys confirmed that he will no longer face felony charges in his ongoing domestic violence case.
"We are very happy that after further investigation both the LA County District Attorney's office and the LA City Attorney's office determined that criminal charges were not warranted against Ronnie related to the incident that occurred in April," his lawyers Scott E. Leemon and Leonard Levine said in a statement obtained by People.
Ortiz-Magro was arrested for alleged intimate partner violence on April 22. He was released on $100,000 bail.
This isn't the Ronnie's first brush with the law. He's still on probation for another domestic violence case against ex-Jenn Harley, where he pleaded no contest to domestic battery as well as resisting arrest. He was ordered to 36 months of probation, donate $20,000 to a local battered women's shelter and serve 30 days of community service.