/Ida Mae Astute(ATLANTA) -- After recently celebrating his 50th birthday, Tyler Perry has been taking the time to reflect, not only on his life, but on who he was as a boy.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, Perry wrote a open letter to his five-year-old self, where he thanks him for laying the foundation for who he is today.
"Dear 5 year old me," Perry begins. "May I just say, 'Thank you' to the little boy that I was. Thank you for all you went through to allow me to be the man I am today. I love you, and I am so thankful to God that you survived."
He continued, "Even when I didn’t want to, your pureness and innocence ushered me here. Thank you for these 50 years. I love you. We made it."
Perry then poses the question to others: "What would you say to your younger self?"
"This is just one paragraph of many pages that I've written to my younger self over the years," he reveals. "I often tell friends to write a letter to their younger self. I promise you, it will change your life."
Perry says the process of writing to your younger self "can be so healing."
Meanwhile, as Perry celebrates what he calls "a very young 50," the director-producer and studio owner is also celebrating the launch of BET's new streaming service, BET , which will house many of his new projects.
"Well this is finally a dream come true," he wrote on Instagram, sharing a hilarious promo in which he explains BET to his Madea character.
"I’ve partnered with @BET to launch @BETplus. It’s easy to operate just like Netflix," he added. "And we have tons of content. I’m working on new shows and movies for it right now. Get @BETplus. You’re gonna love it!"
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Just one week after opening up about his diagnosis, TV host and actor Cameron Mathison says he's on the mend.
Following his surgery for kidney cancer, the 50-year-old told ABC's Good Morning America in a statement, "We got the pathology report back yesterday … and it's very good news. It's the least aggressive form of kidney cancer… with a] very low rate of recurring."
Robin Roberts and company shared the good news Thursday morning on GMA.
Doctors were able to remove the tumor on his right kidney completely, leaving him with 80% of the vital organ, according to Mathison.
Last week, Mathison opened up about his diagnosis to GMA, revealing that he had a 4.2 centimeter mass growing inside his right kidney and saying that it was “consistent to renal cell carcinoma.”
After his surgery last week, the former GMA contributor took to social media to thank well-wishers saying, "I've been very overwhelmed and grateful for all the supportive comments and prayers. The surgery went very well."
Today, the father of two is staying positive and even shared an image earlier this week showing the outpouring of support from well-wishers who have sent him cards, flowers, and even kidney beans.
ABC/Jeff Niera(NEW YORK) -- Horror movie fans have a chance to get paid for doing what they love, or love to hate -- watching scary movies and sharing all the spooky details of their experience.
TV provider U.S. Dish came up with a new promotion that will pay one person $1,300 for watching 13 Stephen King films by Halloween and documenting the experience.
U.S. Dish said it wants to "help you achieve your dreams, or rather, face your nightmares" and is accepting applications for a limited time ahead of the release of King-based films, It: Chapter Two and Doctor Sleep.
The company narrowed down the must-watch King films to 13 titles, including Carrie, Children of the Corn, Christine, Creepshow, Cujo, Dreamcatcher, It, The Mist, Pet Sematary, Salem's Lot, The Shining, Thinner, and Misery.
U.S. Dish will give a worksheet to guide the lucky viewer through their documenting process so he or she can highlight all the hair-raising details. The viewer must also wear a Fitbit -- courtesy of Dish -- to track his or her pulse during the scary scenes.
Dish will also equip the viewer with the proper DISH gear and package to watch the movies, complete with "a survival kit with a flashlight, blanket, popcorn, candy, and some Stephen King paraphernalia to set the stage for what is sure to be a terrifying experience."
Finally, fans will receive "a movie theater gift card to add a 14th King film to their list, either It: Chapter 2 or Doctor Sleep, whichever nightmare you prefer."
Once the person finishes watching, logging and reporting back, Dish will pay them $1,300.
Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are expecting their fifth child, five months after experiencing a miscarriage.
The fitness guru revealed on Wednesday in an Instagram post that "it is still very early" in the pregnancy, but she wanted to share her news in the interest of transparency.
Hilaria also asked paparazzi to avoid taking her picture, as "getting chased around by cameras is not in the doctor's orders."
"The sound of this strong heart makes me so happy -- especially because of the loss we experienced in the spring," she wrote. "We want to share this news as we are excited and don’t want to hide the pregnancy. These first few months are tough with exhaustion and nausea...and I don’t want to have to pretend that I feel ok."
Hilaria, 35, and Alec, 61, are already parents to Carmen, six, Rafael, five, Leonardo, three, and Romeo, one. Baldwin is also the father of 23-year-old, Ireland, from his marriage to actress Kim Basinger.
"ER" season one cast; Jeff Katz/NBCU Photo Bank(NEW YORK) -- ER, the Emmy-winning medical drama that served as a launching pad for the likes of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies, celebrates its 25th anniversary Thursday.
Created by best-selling Jurassic Park novelistMichael Crichton, himself a medical doctor before turning full-time to writing, ER aired on NBC from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009, with a total of 331 episodes over 15 seasons. It followed the inner workings of the emergency room at the fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Throughout its successful run, it racked up 23 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 1996.
The season one cast featured Anthony Edwards as the empathetic chief resident Dr. Mark Greene, George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross, Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis, Noah Wyle as medical student John Carter, Eriq La Salle as Carter's mentor, Dr. Peter Benton, and Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway, Dr. Ross' on-again, off-again love interest. In later seasons, the cast also featured Goran Visnjic, Ming-Na Wen, Maura Tierney, Linda Cardellini, John Stamos, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston and others.
Margulies, who went on to star in The Good Wife, says ER is having a resurgence by finding a whole new audience, thanks to streaming services.
“Suddenly there’s this younger generation coming up going ‘Wait! Are you Nurse Hathaway?’” Margulies says. “And it’s this whole resurgence of a life I lived [over] 20 years ago. And it’s remarkable to see that that show is aging so beautifully, that it doesn’t really age at all.”
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation(LOS ANGELES) -- While the news that the beloved animated series The Boondocks was being rebooted came out a while ago, we now know where you'll be able to see it: HBO's upcoming streaming service HBO Max.
Based on creator Aaron McGruder's groundbreaking and award-winning comic series, The Boondocks was first turned into an animated series back in 2005, and aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up until 2014.
The HBO Max deal not only brings a 50-minute special and two new and "re-imagined" seasons of the show -- 24 episodes in all -- but also the entire original run from the Adult Swim days, to the streaming service.
According to a press release, "The new Boondocks follows the adventures of self-proclaimed 'Civil Rights Legend' Robert 'Granddad' Freeman, and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley."
Now set in their new suburban Maryland neighborhood, the trio tangles with "the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime."
As that tease hints, McGruder's creation was famous for tackling hot-button issues head on.
In a statement, McGruder notes, "There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today. It's crazy how different the times we live in are now -- both politically and culturally -- more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There's a lot to say and it should be fun."
There's no premiere date set and there's no word on who will voice the characters. HBO Max, which will also boast programming from HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, and more, debuts in the spring of 2020.
That's the tagline for Sony Pictures' new superhero movieNight Monkey -- which is actually a clever bit of advertising for the home entertainment release of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The hit movie, which is available digitally now, comes out on Blu-ray October 1.
Fans are still fuming that Tom Holland's Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to a dispute between Sony and Marvel, but Sony's gag trailer should still leave 'em laughing.
The trailer is based on one of the hit movie's biggest laughs: while on an overseas school trip, Peter Parker's bestie Ned tries to keep his pal's alter-ego under wraps by claiming a black-suited Spidey is actually a hero called "Night Monkey." He's quickly dubbed a "cheap European knock-off" of the webslinger.
The fake trailer contains cut-together scenes of "Night Monkey" in action, making it seem he's in his own movie.
Meanwhile, the actual movie Spider-Man: Far From Home comes packed with a ton of features, from cast interviews and a gag reel, to close-up looks at Parker's Spidey suits.
There's one feature, though, that was clearly put together before the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios break-up. It's called "Stepping Up," and it lets fans "explore how Spider-Man was introduced in the MCU, the ways Tom Holland transformed the character of Peter Parker, and what the future holds for Spider-Man."
Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- Fittingly for an assassin who's a non-stop killing machine, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is now killing it on home release, selling over three million units in its debut across various platforms.
The movie, which stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, and Halle Berry, made $320 million worldwide in theaters. It was released on digital at the end of August, and Blu-ray, HD DVD, and DVD last week.
Parabellum's home performance easily outpaced the home release of its predecessor, according to studio Lionsgate. In fact, Lionsgate says the movie could soon best 2014's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 as the studio's highest-grossing home entertainment title ever.
John Wick 4 will be released in theaters nationwide on May 21, 2021.
Airbnb is offering a night in the property for the evening of November 26, and will start accepting reservation requests on October 1. However, securing a spot won't be easy. The listing stipulates that visitors "must have a verified Airbnb profile, positive reviews, and be passionate about Downton Abbey."
According to the listing, if you're lucky enough to get a room, you'll will be greeted by the castle's owners, Lord and Lady Carnarvo. After settling into your rooms, you'll join the two for cocktails in the Saloon, followed by a traditional dinner in the State Dining Room. Next, you'll enjoy coffee in the library, before retiring to one of the Gallery bedrooms, which includes an en-suite bathroom and views over 1,000 acres of rolling parkland.
After a good night's rest, you'll be served breakfast, followed by a tour of the castle grounds, during which Lord and Lady Carnarvon will share fun facts about the castle's history.
The best part is that it won't cost you a king's ransom: The whole package is $159 -- less than the price of one of Lady Mary's earrings.
Downton Abbey aired between 2011 and 2016 on PBS. The highly anticipated movie based on the series, which features all of the original cast members, hits theaters on Friday.
ABC/Ed Herrera(LOS ANGELES) -- Following an exhaustive investigation by show producer eOne, a law firm and third-party firm, no wrongdoing was found to have taken place on the set of ABC's The Rookie.
The investigation was launched after former star Afton Williamson claims to have been exposed to "racist bullying," harassment, and even "sexual assault" on and off the set, implicating members of the show's hair department, and guest star Demetrius Grosse.
She claimed her complaints were ignored by the show's producers.
However, the query reportedly cleared all involved.
In a statement excerpted by the Los Angeles Times, eOne noted, "The investigation encompassed nearly 400 hours of interviews and review of evidence, involving a significant amount of material, including video, that was provided to and examined by the investigator."
"As a result of the independent investigation, we have concluded that those identified in Ms. Williamson’s allegations did not conduct themselves in an unlawful manner or demonstrate behavior inappropriate for the workplace," it continued.
"It was also concluded that the executive producers, including showrunner Alexi Hawley, addressed matters of which they were made aware promptly and in a fair and reasonable manner."
In response, on Instagram, Williamson expressed her outrage at "the lengths that were taken to Deceive, Lie, and Cover Up the Truth," and noted, "It’s Heartbreaking for everyone on that set; Past and Present. And for every Actor out there who Stands in the Face Of Harassment and Discrimination, Assault and Injustice."
She continued, "As a Black Woman, an Artist, an Actor, in 2019. My Speaking the Truth, Standing up for myself, and Leaving an Unsafe Work Environment, Changed things for a lot of people: Black Women, Artists, Actors, Victims, and Survivors of Injustice and Discrimination."
Williamson played training officer Talia Bishop in The Rookie, opposite Nathan Fillion's John Nolan. The show is slated to return for its second season September 29.
L-R: Mariah Carey, 'mixed-ish' creator Kenya Barris, producer and star Tracee Ellis Ross; ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- The highly anticipated theme song to the new black-ish spinoff series, mixed-ish, is finally here.
The song "In The Mix" was written, produced, and performed by Mariah Carey. It also features vocals from her eight-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, who chant "yay us" and laugh throughout the song.
Fans of Carey's Daydream era will also adore the serious throwback vibes in the official mixed-ish theme song.
The multiplatinum artist debuted "In The Mix" at ABC's “Embrace Your Ish” premiere event on Tuesday at Goya Studios. The event featured screenings of the new seriesand black-ish, along with a sizzle recap of the second season of grown-ish.
Show creator and executive producer Kenya Barris welcomed Carey to the stage to discuss the meaning behind the theme song and the importance of including mixed-race families on television.
mixed-ish will explore the backstory of black-ish charactaer Rainbow Johnson, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, and will follow her journey growing up in a mixed household in the suburbs during the 80s -- and her struggles in a school where her classmates don't perceive her as black or white.
mixed-ish premieres Tuesday, September 24, on ABC at 9 p.m. ET.
Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- Backstage at last weekend's Saturn Awards, The Mandalorian executive producer Jon Favreau told Entertainment Tonight he wants to make a new Star Wars Holiday Special for Disney .
The original, an unintentionally infamous musical science-fiction television film set in the Star Wars galaxy, aired in 1978 and followed Chewbacca and Han Solo to the Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk to spend "Life Day" with Chewie's family. It starred the original film's main cast and, via an animated short, introduced Boba Fett, who became a fan favorite when he first appeared on the big screen in The Empire Strikes Back.
The special featured musical numbers by co-stars Bea Arthur (!) and Carrie Fisher, as well as classic rock group Jefferson Starship -- and became a cult classic, despite Star Wars creator George Lucas' disapproval of the project; for years, it was denied any formal re-release, and instead made the rounds on then-pirated VHS. It can now be found online.
Favreau is clearly one of those fans: in fact, as a nod to the one-off, his mysterious Mandalorian character carries the same type of forked weapon Boba wielded in the show's animated segment. "I would love to do a Holiday Special," said Favreau, telling fans, "If you want to see a Holiday Special, let Disney know."
The Mandalorian, which stars Narcos and Kingsman 2 star Pedro Pascal as the titular interstellar bounty hunter, as well as Deadpool's Gina Carano, and Rocky's Carl Weathers, launches November 12 on Disney . Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
ABC/Ed Herrara(LOS ANGELES) -- Peter Weber, the the 28-year-old airline pilot from Hannah Brown's just-ended season of The Bachelorette, will be the next star of The Bachelor for the show's 24th season.
ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Selena Gomez has lined up another producing credit at Netflix.
After producing 13 Reasons Why for the streaming service, the singer has announced she will be executive producing the new Netflix documentary series Living Undocumented.
The project tackles the complex U.S. immigration system and follows eight undocumented families as they face potential deportation.
"I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented, because over the past few years, the word 'immigrant' has seemingly become a negative word,” Selena says in a statement.
“My hope is that the series can shed light on what it's like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”
On Instagram, Selena wrote, "The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends – they are all part of the country we call home. I can’t wait for you guys to see this and hope it impacts you like it impacted me."