In Brief: ‘90210’ co-star dies, and more

After a successful televised trial run last summer, Jerry O’Connell will host a star-packed TV game show version of the popular party game Pictionary. Launching on September 12, national daytime TV game show will feature celebrity captains, including Cristela Alonzo, Amanda Seales, Loni Love, Ross Mathews, Amanda Kloots, Akbar Gbajabiamila, and former newscaster Natalie Morales, “two teams of three as players draw clues for teammates to guess winning words or phrases.” O’Connell, who continues to co-host CBS’ The Talk, called the Mattel game a “family favorite” growing up…

Joe E. Tata, who played the Peach Pit diner owner Nat Bussichio on all 10 seasons of the original Beverly Hills, 90210, died Wednesday night, his daughter, Kelly Katharine Tata, announced on a GoFundMe page. He was 85. Joe was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018 and had been moved in April to the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, according to Kelly. “Today we lost my dear friend and TV boss Joe E Tata. Nat Bussichio was a huge part of Beverly Hills 90210 and Joey was a huge part of my life…There will never be another,” Tata’s 90210 co-star Jason Priestley wrote on social media on Wednesday. Ian Ziering called Tata “one of the happiest people I’ve ever worked with, he was as generous with his wisdom as he was with his kindness”…

Entertainment Weekly reports Anne Hathaway has just been tapped to lead the cast of the film adaptation of a popular fan-fiction book inspired by former One Direction member Harry Styles, The Idea of You. The Prime Video movie, based on Robinne Lee‘s 2017 debut novel of the same name, will be directed by The Big Sick, The Eyes of Tammy Faye and The Dropout helmer Michael Showalter, who will also produce alongside Hathaway and Gabrielle Union. Production begins in October. A release date has not been set…

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In Brief: ‘Shazam!’, ‘Aquaman’ sequels delayed; ‘Crawdads’ sings at box office, and more

We’ll have to wait a little longer for DC’s Aquaman and Shazam! sequels, according to The Hollywood ReporterAquaman and the Lost Kingdom — which stars Jason Momoa returning as the titular superhero, along with Patrick Wilson’s Orm Marius and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta — has been pushed back from March 17, 2023, to December 25, 2023. Shazam! Fury of the Gods, originally slated to open in December, will take over The Lost Kingdom‘s March 17 spot. Asher Angel returns as foster kid Billy Batson, who transforms into the superhero Shazam — played by Zachary LeviLucy LiuHelen Mirren and Rachel Zegler join the cast for the sequel…

In a summer movie season of superheroes and the air superiority of Tom Cruise‘s Top Gun: Maverick, one summer movie has slipped through to become a bonafide sleeper hit. Deadline reports the adaptation of Delia Owens‘ novel Where The Crawdads Sing, which stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Taylor John Smith has crossed the $100 million mark in theaters. It’s an impressive milestone for most movies, let alone one made for a reported $24 million…

After playing the titular superhero in Marvel’s 2021 hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsSimu Liu will turn villain for the upcoming Netflix feature, Atlas, starring alongside  Jennifer Lopez and Sterling K. Brown. The film  follows Atlas, “a woman fighting for humanity in a future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end war is to end humanity,” according to Deadline. “To outthink this rogue AI, Atlas must work with the one thing she fears most — another AI”…

Hulu dropped the official trailer for season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale on Wednesday. The new season, per the streamer,  will find Elisabeth Moss‘ June facing consequences for killing Joseph Fiennes‘ Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena — played Yvonne Strahovski — attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Bradley Whitford‘s Commander Lawrence will work with Nick and Aunt Lydia — played respectively by Max Minghella and Ann Dowd — as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power; while June, Luke and Moira — played by Samira Wiley –fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah — portrayed by Jordana BlakeThe Handmaid’s Tale‘s fifth season returns with two episodes on September 14th, with new episodes streaming each Wednesday thereafter…

 

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Andrew Garfield recalls “starving myself of sex and food” for movie role

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Some actors, including Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour, have been critical of Method acting, but for multiple Oscar-nominee Andrew Garfield, it’s worked out just fine.

On the latest episode of WTF with Marc Maron, the Spider-Man: No Way Home star explained his experience playing a 17th century Jesuit priest in the 2016 Martin Scorsese film Silence.

“I had an incredibly spiritual experience. I did a bunch of spiritual practices every day. I created new rituals for myself. I was celibate for six months, and fasting a lot, because me and Adam [Driver] had to lose a bunch of weight anyway,” Garfield said.

“There were all the spiritual practices we got to do while we were praying, meditating … It was very cool, man. I had some pretty wild, trippy experiences from starving myself of sex and food for that period of time.”

Garfield credits Ryan Gosling for turning him on to Method acting after screen testing together for a project.

“I was overwhelmed. I was like, ‘This guy has figured something out. He’s doing something on a deeper level here,'” Garfield recalled.

Garfield, 39, says he ultimately sought out Gosling’s acting coach, Greta Seacat, who took him under her wing.

“There’s been a lot of misconceptions around what Method acting is, I think,” notes Garfield. “It’s actually just about living truthfully under imagined circumstances, and being really nice to the crew simultaneously, and being a normal human being, and being able to drop it when you need to and staying in it when you want to stay in it.”

“I’m kind of bothered by this idea of ‘Method acting’s f******* bull****.’ It’s like, no, I don’t think you know what Method acting is if you’re calling it bull****.”

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Andrew Garfield recalls “starving myself of sex and food” for movie role

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Some actors, including Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour, have been critical of Method acting, but for multiple Oscar-nominee Andrew Garfield, it’s worked out just fine.

On the latest episode of WTF with Marc Maron, the Spider-Man: No Way Home star explained his experience playing a 17th century Jesuit priest in the 2016 Martin Scorsese film Silence.

“I had an incredibly spiritual experience. I did a bunch of spiritual practices every day. I created new rituals for myself. I was celibate for six months, and fasting a lot, because me and Adam [Driver] had to lose a bunch of weight anyway,” Garfield said.

“There were all the spiritual practices we got to do while we were praying, meditating … It was very cool, man. I had some pretty wild, trippy experiences from starving myself of sex and food for that period of time.”

Garfield credits Ryan Gosling for turning him on to Method acting after screen testing together for a project.

“I was overwhelmed. I was like, ‘This guy has figured something out. He’s doing something on a deeper level here,'” Garfield recalled.

Garfield, 39, says he ultimately sought out Gosling’s acting coach, Greta Seacat, who took him under her wing.

“There’s been a lot of misconceptions around what Method acting is, I think,” notes Garfield. “It’s actually just about living truthfully under imagined circumstances, and being really nice to the crew simultaneously, and being a normal human being, and being able to drop it when you need to and staying in it when you want to stay in it.”

“I’m kind of bothered by this idea of ‘Method acting’s f******* bull****.’ It’s like, no, I don’t think you know what Method acting is if you’re calling it bull****.”

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In Brief: Another ‘Bat’ project grounded; ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ contestants revealed, and more

Entertainment Weekly has revealed which stars will put their noggins to the test on the upcoming episodes of Celebrity Jeopardy!, which premieres Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Host Mayim Bialik will provide the answers to the likes of comics/actors Ray Romano and Patton Oswalt, Shang-Chi‘s Simu Liu, Constance Wu from The Terminal List, The Office‘s B.J. Novak, Archer‘s Aisha Tyler, and actor Michael Cera

Another Bat project has had its wings clipped by Warner Bros. Variety reports the animated show Batman: Caped Crusader has been axed by HBO Max. The series, which was being developed by beloved Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm, along with The Batman director Matt Reeves and J.J. Abrams, could be “shopped elsewhere,” according to the trade. That said, Deadline reports Reeves’ sequel to The Batman has just signed a co-writer in Mattson Tomlin, and the director clinched a major development deal with Warner Bros…

King Kong is coming to Disney+, according to Deadline. The trade reports Aquaman director James Wan is producing a series for Disney Branded Television that set the Kong mythos into the modern world, for what is being described as a serial action/adventure series. Disney is the parent company of ABC News…

Apple TV+ on Tuesday revealed the new trailer for the upcoming documentary series event Gutsy. based on the the best-seller, The Book of Gutsy Women, the series features Hillary and Chelsea Clinton as they embark on “a thought-provoking journey to speak with pioneering women artists, activists, community leaders and everyday heroes who show us what it truly means to be gutsy.” They’re joined by and a lineup of “extraordinary, courageous and resilient women who have made an impact in their community and on the world.” The eight-episode series launches September 9…

Beginning next year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will move to gender-neutral acting categories across both film and television. The awards were previously handed out based on male and female classifications. “We’re thrilled to join the other festivals and award shows that are already moving to celebrate great acting without reference to gender. We’re also happy to welcome non-binary performers into the Spirit Awards without forcing them to choose to identify as male or female,” said Josh Welsh, Film Independent’s president, in a press statement. Nominations for the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards will be announced on November 22, followed by TV nominations on December 13. The ceremony will take place on March 4…

Hulu on Tuesday debuted the trailer for the upcoming comedy series Reboot, from Modern Family creator Steven Levitan. Per the official tagline, the streamer “reboots an early 2000’s family sitcom, forcing its dysfunctional cast back together. Now they must deal with their unresolved issues in today’s fast-changing world. Reboot stars Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer, Johnny Knoxville, Paul Reiser, Rachel Bloom, Calum Worthy and Krista Marie Yu(Trailer contains uncensored profanity.)

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ coming back to theaters in extended “More Fun Stuff Version”

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Sony is marking 60 years of the Spider-Man comic book character and 20 years of Spidey films with a “fan cut” of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The new version, titled Spider-Man: No Way Home — The More Fun Stuff Version, containing added and extended scenes, hits theaters in the U.S. and Canada September 2. Other countries will be added soon, according to a post on the film’s official Twitter page.

The post features a snippet of the film’s three Spider-Men, Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield, all getting a kick out of introducing themselves as Ol’ Web Head, and is capped with their recreation of the famous “pointing Spidey” meme, along with the legend, “Who’s going?”

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, August 9 with screenings starting Friday, September 2. Domestically, Spider-Man: No Way Home, starring Holland,  Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Foxx, and Alfred Molina, is the third-highest-grossing movie of all time, and the sixth-highest-grossing title worldwide, with over $1.8 billion to date. 

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In Brief: ‘Barry’ re-upped for season 5; Jason Momoa doing ‘Shots!’, and more

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Four shows into its third season, HBO has renewed Barry, the dark comedy starring Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader, for a fourth season, the premium cable channel announced on Thursday. Hader won an Emmy for playing the titular character, a depressed hitman from the Midwest who’s sent to Los Angeles to kill an aspiring actor, but decides instead to ditch his life of crime to become an actor himself. Fellow Emmy-winner Henry Winkler co-stars, along with Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg and Anthony Carrigan

Aquaman star Jason Momoa is attached to star in the Universal Studios action-comedy Shots! Shots! Shots! according to The Hollywood Reporter. Details are being kept under wraps, but the film, which Momoa will also co-produce, is described as “a family-centric adventure that has tones of James Cameron’s True Lies, Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise and recent Paramount hit The Lost City,” per THR

Scott Eastwood is returning to the Fast and Furious franchise with Fast X. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Suicide Squad co-star will be reprising his role as Little Nobody, the government agent assistant he played opposite Kurt Russell‘s mysterious Mr. Nobody in the series’ eighth installment…

Veteran stage and screen actor John Aylward, best known playing Dr. Donald Anspaugh on ER and former DNC chairman Barry Goodwin on The West Wing, died Monday at his home in Seattle, according to Deadline. He was 75. Aylward’s death was confirmed by his wife, Mary Fields, to his longtime agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs. Aylward had been in declining health, according to Fields. In addition to his TV work, Aylward most recently appeared in such films as Instinct, A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Way Back and Water for Elephants

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Cannes: Tom Cruise receives Palme d’Or; ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ gets marathon standing ovation

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Tom Cruise capped off a big day at the Cannes Film Festival by taking home its prestigious Palme d’Or following the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.

The award honors the best film screened at the festival, but the honor’s presentation was said to be a surprise to Cruise, following a “Masterclass” retrospective of his onscreen career — and a five-minute standing ovation for the long-awaited sequel.

Cruise called the event, “An incredible evening and an incredible time.”

He was thrilled, “Just to see everyone’s faces,” following the COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s been 36 years since Top Gun and we had to hold this for two years because of the pandemic,” Cruise told the crowd, adding, “I make these movies for all of you.”

Top Gun: Maverick lands in theaters May 24.

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In Brief: Soap star dies at 37; Jamie Foxx, Robert De Niro deploy for ‘Tin Soldier’, and more

Actress Marnie Schulenburg, who played Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007 to 2010, has died. Deadline reports the Daytime Emmy Award-nominated actress was 37 and died after a battle with metastatic breast cancer at a hospital in Bloomfield, New Jersey…

Peacock has released the official trailer for its upcoming reimagining of the groundbreaking British drama series Queer as Folk, which follows a group of friends whose lives are rocked after a tragedy. The series stars Grey’s Anatomy‘s Devin Way, Agents of SHIELD‘s Fin Argus, Big Sky‘s Jesse James Keitel, CG, HacksJohnny Sibilly and Special‘s Ryan O’Connell, the latter of whom is also attached as a writer and co-executive producer. Guest stars include Kim Cattrall and Juliette Lewis, who play parents to LGBTQ kids. The full season of Queer as Folk launches June 9 on Peacock…(Trailer contains uncensored profanity.)

The second project from Robert Downey Jr.‘s Team Downey for Discovery+ will be an unscripted series tentatively titled Downey’s Dream Cars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will feature the Iron Man star and his team of experts reviving classic cars, as they “also look to restore a battered global environment by creating eco-friendly automobiles for the 21st century.” “My goal is to showcase that it’s possible to keep the integrity of classic cars while leveraging new tech and innovation to make them more eco-friendly,” Downey Jr. said in a statement obtained by the outlet…

Jamie Foxx, Robert De Niro, Scott Eastwood and John Leguizamo are set to team up for the action indie movie Tin Soldier, according to Deadline. It “tells the story of The Bokushi — played by Foxx — who preaches to hundreds of veterans who have been drawn to the promise of protection and purpose under him.” After several failed attempts by Emmanuel Ashburn — a government military operative played by De Niro — to penetrate his heavily armed fortress, he recruits Eastwood’s Nash Cavanaugh, a former disciple of The Bokushi, “to get revenge on the man who took everything from him, including the love of his life.” Tin Soldier begins filming next week in Greece…

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Jimmy Kimmel tests positive for COVID-19, again

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Jimmy Kimmel has tested positive for COVID-19, again,

Taking to Twitter Tuesday night, the late night talk show host announced, “I’m such a positive person, I tested positive AGAIN.”

“I am feeling fine,” he continued, adding that John Mulaney and Andy Samberg will step in to carry out his hosting duties on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

This is the second time Kimmel has tested positive for COVID-19 this month. Back on May 2, the funnyman quipped, “Our daughter brought us covid (even though we specifically asked her not to).”

“All feeling fine, I am double vaxxed and boosted but the show must not go on,” he wrote.

Kimmel was to emcee a portion of Disney’s Upfront presentation in New York City Tuesday, but because of the positive test, he delivered his traditionally R-rated takedown of the company’s network competition — along with a friendly roast of ABC’s own programming — remotely.

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