Marion Curtis/StarPix for Focus Features(LOS ANGELES) -- John David Washington has reportedly set his next big project.
Sources tell Variety that the BlacKkKlansman star has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan's next "event film," which will reportedly also star Twilight series veteran Robert Pattinson.
The project, for which Nolan recently finished penning the script, already has a July 17, 2020 release date from Warner Bros.
According to Variety, the starring role is "highly coveted in town," and there's no official word on who's been considered for the film or even what it's about. Insiders describe it as a "massive, innovative, action blockbuster, which will again be shown in IMAX."
Nolan's films include the Dark Knight trilogy, The Prestige, Inception, Dunkirk and Interstellar, among others.
If confirmed, this would be Washington's first major film since starring in Spike Lee's Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman.
Set in 1969 -- as evidenced by the trailer being set to the Los Bravos' hit "Bring a Little Lovin'" and the endless beauty shots of vintage L.A. and hippie fashion -- the coming attraction reveals nothing about the plot, except that Pitt plays Cliff Booth, the stunt double for DiCaprio's fading Western TV show actor Rick Dalton.
Also glimpsed in the trailer is a go-go dancing Margot Robbie, who plays Sharon Tate, the actress who in real life was murdered by followers of Charles Manson. We also see Manson, in the form of actor Damon Herriman.
Martial artist and actor Mike Moh is also seen in the clip, perfectly playing the late Bruce Lee, who Booth apparently challenges to a fight.
The movie, which also stars Al Pacino and Kurt Russell, hits theaters July 26.
Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The movie Die Hard is now a board game! Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist will be a "one-vs-many experience," with Bruce Willis' John McClane character from the classic Christmas film taking on all the bad guys in the Los Angeles skyscraper.
While John was famously on his own against Tony and Marco and Karl and the rest of Hans Gruber's baddies, the makers of the game, USAopoly, say The Nakatomi Heist is for two to four players, according to the box art.
A specific release hasn't been announced, but Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist should be available very soon -- and perfect for a party, pal.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- The family of a woman who was murdered Saturday in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Georgia is received a surprise helping hand from film and TV mogul Tyler Perry.
Forty-five-year-old Tynesha Evans, a single mother of three daughters, was shot and killed March 16 at a local Wells Fargo bank, allegedly by an ex boyfriend. Evans had fallen on hard times recently and went to the bank because her ex, who's been arrested for her murder, had reportedly offered to help her cover her rent when the family was threatened with eviction.
According to Atlanta's WSB TV, Perry gave the family a call after hearing about the story.
Evans' daughter, Audrey Turner, said she almost didn't answer the phone when it rang. " [T]he person on the other end said, 'This is Tyler,'" Turner told WSB. "I said, 'Who?' He said, 'This is Tyler.' I said, 'Tyler who?' and he said, 'Tyler Perry.' At that point, I just broke down crying."
Perry reportedly offered to fly Evans' body back to their home state of Wisconsin, where her funeral will be held, and also offered to pay daughter Sharadiant Turner's tuition at Atlanta's Spelman College, where she's a freshman.
"This is amazing," said Sharadiant of Perry's generosity. "We can't thank him enough."
Pixar/Disney(NEW YORK) -- The first full-length trailer for Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 4, released on Tuesday, reunites Woody and his old flame Bo Peep, and introduces a new friend, named Forky.
Set to the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," the clip introduces Forky, voiced by Tony Hale. Forky is a spork that the toys' new owner -- Bonnie, the little girl introduced in Toy Story 3 -- has made out of a spork, a pipe cleaner, popsicle sticks and a pair of googly eyes.
When Forky questions his value as a toy and runs away, it's Woody and Buzz Lightyear -- voiced once again by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, respectively -- to the rescue. While trying to convince Forky to come back home, Woody meets Bo Peep -- voiced by Annie Potts -- who tries to convince him there's a better life for toys than just being a child's property. That leaves Woody facing his own identity crisis.
Toy Story 4 opens nationwide June 21. Disney is the parent company Pixar and ABC News.
ABC(NEW YORK) -- Fans of The Walking Dead loved Michael Cudlitz as Abraham Ford, the tough-talking talking former soldier who met his untimely end at the end of Negan's barbed-wire bat, Lucille. But his current gig is much more, shall we say, family friendly.
Cudlitz stars in ABC's The Kids are Alright, a '70s-set sitcom in which he plays a stern yet loving dad raising eight sons.
"I know...what I physically bring to television," the six-foot-one, imposing actor smiles, "And...it's not necessarily warm and cuddly -- people hire me to kill things, and I get that," he says, laughing. "But I wanted to lean into...something that was lighter."
And The Kids has heart, Cudlitz says.
"It's just this love that is pulling this family through -- [the family] is definitely ruled with 'a semi-metallic fist' -- but because it has to be [or] the kids will win," he laughs.
Cudlitz has had a long career both in front of and behind the camera: he put himself through college as a set builder, and once served as the construction foreman on Beverly Hills, 90210 -- on which he eventually appeared as an actor.
While Cudlitz admits the early 90210 scripts didn't show much promise, he adds, "When the show really hit its stride...for a young, young audience that was the only place that they could...get a lot of that information...about dealing with, you know, suicide, rape...mental health issues...the crazy stuff that kids were, and are, actually dealing with at that age."
Cudlitz also saluted late 90210 star Luke Perry, who died earlier this month following a stroke.
"That dude that touched a lot of lives," he says. "The world is a dimmer place without him."
Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wendy Williams made a stunning and emotional admission on her show on Tuesday morning: The talk show host revealed she's been staying at a sober house.
"I have been living in a sober house...You know I've had a struggle with cocaine in the past," she told her audience, her voice shaking with emotion. "I never went to a place to get treatment. I don’t know how, except God was sitting on my shoulder, and I just stopped. But there are people in your family -- it might be you -- who are struggling and I wanted to know more of the story."
Williams explained that she goes to the sober facility every night after work, where she is among her "brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help."
"They don't know I'm Wendy. They don't care I'm Wendy," she said. "It's been really interesting, this ride."
Wendy also revealed that her husband and son were the only ones who knew that she's been seeking treatment.
"Only Kevin and Kevin knows about this. Not my parents, nobody," she said. "I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to a home that I live in...with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family."
Wendy went on to explain her sober house routine. "Doors locked by 10 p.m. lights out by 10 p.m., so I go to my room and stare at the ceiling and fall asleep to come here and see you."
"So that is my truth," she added.
The news comes a week after Williams launched a substance abuse hotline through her Hunter Foundation.
As previously reported, on March 4, Williams returned from an extended hiatus of her show amid rumors of personal problems. She attributed her time off to a fractured shoulder and "complications regarding her Graves' Disease."
Featuring a very diverse cast, Spider-Verse stars the voices of Nicolas Cage, Mahershala Ali, Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Hailee Steinfeld, and Zoe Kravitz.
The movie centers on a device that tears the fabric of reality, uniting different versions -- and even different species -- of the web-slinging hero from various dimensions. They all come together in the Brooklyn, New York home of an African-American high schooler named Miles Morales.
With the Peter Parker we know killed in the line of duty, Morales takes up the Spider-Man mantle. Helping him -- sort of -- is Peter B. Parker, an adult, divorced, paunchier version of Peter Parker -- the one we're familiar with -- who comes from another dimension.
Another character is Spider-Gwen, who's from a universe where Peter Parker's girlfriend Gwen Stacy is the one who gets the super powers, thanks to that fateful radioactive spider bite.
While promoting the movie, Shameik Moore spoke about the effect that the character of Miles Morales would have on kids.
"I saw some earlier version of Miles Morales and...I saw myself in the mirror," he told reporters. "In that moment, I was like, 'I didn't know that there's a black Spider-Man,' number one and number two...it just looked like they took a photo of me and animated it...So I do realize the importance of it and...'with great power comes great responsibility.'"
Jake Johnson, who voices Peter B. Parker, agreed.
"We both love this idea of inclusion -- it's time for anybody to wear the mask," he told reporters. "And I'm really glad it's not just Peter and Miles because...my daughters would say things like, 'I want to be Spider-Woman.'" And I'm like, 'We don't have a term for that.' [But] the term is now going to be 'Spider Gwen.'"
Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night at L.A's legendary Troubadour Club -- the same venue where Elton John was propelled to U.S. stardom 50 years ago -- star Taron Egerton helped unveil 20 minutes of footage from the Elton biopic Rocketman.
The footage was screened for various reporters, industry insiders and celebrities, including Darren Criss and Sir Patrick Stewart. Elton’s husband David Furnish was also on hand to present the first look.
According to USA Today, the clip featured a stylized interpretation of Elton’s first overseas show at the Troubadour, with Egerton as Elton performing “Crocodile Rock” and, at one point, floating over the crowd as he sings.
The footage included other glimpses of both Elton’s rise to success and his self-destruction, along with shots of his manager John Reid, played by Richard Madden, and collaborator Bernie Taupin, played by Jamie Bell.
Marc Hom/The CW (LOS ANGELES) -- Two weeks after Luke Perry's untimely death from a stroke at age 52, Riverdale's executive producer says the actor's death will be addressed on the show. They're just not yet quite certain how.
At an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences event for the CW's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in Los Angeles on Sunday, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Tonight, "You know, honestly, we are I think all still in shock and are all still processing and grieving. We know that we have to address it in some way, but we’re giving ourselves a little bit of time and space before we figure out the best way to honor him."
Perry played Archie's father, Fred Andrews, on Riverdale.
"Luke was, is, and will always be a big part of Riverdale," says Aguirre-Sacasa. "We’re kind of a family and when a loss like this happens, you carry it always. It changes and it hopefully becomes a little less painful as time goes by, but you’re changed."
"When I was with the crew, I said, 'It will never be the same,' and that’s true because Luke was such a part of the show," he continued. “There are still a few more episodes that have Luke in them, so we’re glad to share those.”
Adds Aguirre-Sacasa, "His spirit -- which was so generous and wise and vivacious -- we hope will infuse every episode, so in my mind, every episode for the rest of time on Riverdale will have a bit of Luke in it."
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Taraji P. Henson is staying busy and keeping it positive.
In an interview with Extra, Henson briefly spoke about her Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, who last week pleaded not guilty to charges that he filed a false police report by claiming to be the victim of a homophobic and racist attack which he allegedly arranged himself.
"You have to stay strong, stay positive, full of hope," Henson told the entertainment news site, before adding that her Empire cast is also "strong."
In addition to her FOX series, Henson is also gearing up for her latest film, The Best of Enemies, starring Sam Rockwell. It follows Henson as Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina who faces off against the local leader of the KKK, C. P. Ellis, over desegregation.
Henson reveals that after her upcoming project, she's planning to take a break.
"I’m taking the summer off," she said. "I'm just going to take this summer and be normal, take a vacation — a couple, a few — I have a girlfriends' trip coming up, then me and my fiancé have to do something."
As far as her upcoming nuptials with fiance Kelvin Hayden, Henson says she needs "a year" to really plan it all out.
"The dress should come first; I think I know who will make it," she said, joking that she doesn't have a dress or a date set yet.
Henson film The Best of Enemies hits theaters April 5.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- After Lori Loughlin was arrested in the wake of the Operation Varsity Blues college cheating scandal, Hallmark Channel, which airs her show When Calls The Heart, severed ties with her. But while Loughlin may have been canceled, the show is not.
Sunday's episode of Heart was pre-empted, while the network figures out how to continue the Western drama without Loughlin's character, Abigail. But Hallmark Channel took to Instagram to assure fans of the popular series -- who call themselves Hearties -- that the show will go on..
"#Hearties, we assure you that Hallmark Channel has no plans to cancel When Calls the Heart," the message read. "Hope Valley has many more stories left to share and we will let you know the details soon."
Judging from reaction to the post, the fanbase was split.
"Lori was the heart of the show!" one protested. Another griped, "We all make mistakes. God gave to the world the ability for our mistakes to be forgiven. Praying that Hallmark extends God's forgiveness to Laurie [sic]."
But another said of Loughlin's alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal, "People need to look up the definition of 'mistake.' This was a blatant disregard for the law."
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night on ABC, the final audition episode of this season of American Idol will air, starting at 8 p.m. ET. Now ABC has announced when the competition's live shows -- which will allow America to vote -- will begin.
Sunday, April 14 will feature a live-to-tape episode. Then, the first all-live performance show will air Monday, April 15. The schedule will then continue with live shows on Sundays only, for five straight weeks.
Starting April 21, coast-to-coast simultaneous voting will begin, as the show will once again be simulcast in all time zones across the country for three weeks. The show's finale will air May 19, and the coast-to-coast voting will also be open for that show.
Next week, the Hollywood Rounds begin, from the Orpheum Theater in L.A.
ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Terry Crews is not giving up hope on a sequel to his 2004 hit comedy White Chicks.
In an interview with US Weekly, the America's Got Talent host said he's staying on top of his game just in case a sequel happens.
"I would love [a sequel]!” Crews said. "I'm staying in shape for White Chicks 2! I will never get out of shape — you know that, right?"
In the film, which starred Shawn and Marlon Wayans as undercover FBI agents posing as women, Crews played the ultra-buff basketball star Latrell Spencer, who fell deeply in love with Marlon's alter-ego, Tiffany.
Although nothing is set in stone, Crews says he plans to stay optimistic.
"I will be 75 and say, 'Here we go, I'm ready to go!,'" he continued. "I will never, ever get out of shape because that movie's going to happen one day."
Earlier this month, Marlon Wayans teased the possibility of White Chicks 2 happens in the near future.
"I don't know, but there's been some rumblings happening, and a lot of people want us to do it, so me and my brothers have been talking,” he told MTV's TRL. "So if things go right, we hope to do a White Chicks 2."