In brief: ‘Garfield’ cast update, ‘The Mole’ to return and more

Tom Hollander, Diane Lane and Calista Flockhart have been added to the season two cast of the FX series Feud, according to Variety. They join previously announced series stars Naomi Watts and Chloë Sevigny. The second season of Ryan Murphy's anthology series follows the true story of how Truman Capote's friendship with numerous members of New York high society was soured after he published excerpts of his unfinished novel Answered Prayers, with the excerpts serving as a tell-all about the city’s elite...

Quinta Brunson's Emmy-nominated ABC series Abbott Elementary will return for its second season on September 21, ABC announced in a promo video released on Wednesday. Per ABC, “Philly’s favorite educators are gearing up for another school year, which means more workplace laughs are on the way”...

Ramy Youssef announced on Wednesday that his Hulu original series Ramy will return for its third season on September 30. The comedy drama, based on Youssef's real-life experiences, follows "a first-generation American Muslim who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood." In the third season, Ramy's family is forced to confront having lived a life dedicated to worldly concerns -- and in some cases, lies — while Ramy all but abandons his spiritual journey, instead dedicating himself to him and his uncle's diamond business, per ABC. Laith Nakli, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, Dave Merheje, Mohammed Amer and Steve Way also star...

Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Waddingham and Cecily Strong have added to the voice cast of a new animated Garfield film, joining Chris Pratt and Samuel L. Jackson, according to Deadline. The film is based on Jim Davis’ titular lazy comic strip cat and his interactions with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, along with his fellow pet, Odie the dog. Jackson will reportedly play a brand-new character, Garfield’s father, Vic. Details as to the roles of the other actors have not yet been revealed...

Netflix has ordered a new version of the cult favorite reality show The Mole, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, which originally aired for five seasons on ABC between 2001 and 2008, will feature "12 contestants working together on a series of challenges that, if completed successfully, add money to a prize pot that only one of them will win. The mole, meanwhile, tries to sabotage the other players’ efforts while maintaining their cover as a regular player," according to THR. The reboot is set to launch on Netflix in the fall...

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‘The Bachelorette’ recap: A shocking and emotional departure rocks Gabby ahead of hometowns

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Gabby and Rachel’s journeys to find love continued amid the charming canals and tulip fields of Amsterdam on Monday's episode of The Bachelorette, but with hometowns right around the corner, Gabby faced her toughest breakup yet.

Ahead of her one-on-one date with Nate, who has a daughter, Gabby, came to the conclusion that the complicated relationship she had with her estranged mother, made it impossible for Gabby to take on the responsibility of being a mother herself. That left her with no other choice but to send Nate home, leading to one of the most emotional breakups of the season.

“I take the potential of being a mom so seriously because of my past and at...times childhood was hard and parenting didn't look like it does in other people and I'm terrified of maybe putting someone else in my position or maybe making the wrong decision," the former Denver Broncos cheerleader shared in a confessional. "I have to weigh these options seriously,”

The news left Nate, who had a previous one-on-one with Gabby and seemed to be a frontrunner in the competition, with "a bit of heartbreak" and "confusion."

"She's going to be a hard connection that I don't think I'll be able to replicate," he added, addressing the camera before boarding the car that would take him home.

Later, on a group date in Amsterdam's Red Light District, Gabby's men displayed their kinky side, while Rachel's group proved their love with a cheese weightlifting competition. Rachel's rose went to Tyler, while Gabby's afterparty was canceled after Logan tested positive for COVID-19, eliminating him from the rest of the competition as well.

Earlier, a one-on-one date between Rachel and Tino ended with him getting a rose.

Monday's rose ceremony saw Ethan and Spencer eliminated from Rachel and Gabby's respective groups.

Here are the men whose families Gabby and Rachel will meet:

Rachel:

Aven, 28, a sales executive from San Diego, California
Tino, 28, a general contractor from Playa Del Rey, California
Tyler, 25, a small business owner from Wildwood, New Jersey
Zach, 25, a tech executive from Anaheim Hills, California

Gabby:

Erich, 29, a real estate analyst from Bedminster, New Jersey
Jason, 30, an investment banker from Santa Monica, California
Johnny, 25, a realtor from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Nate, 33, an electrical engineer from Chicago, Illinois

The Bachelorette returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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In brief: Fourth ‘Kung Fu Panda’ movie announced, actress Robyn Griggs dies, and more

A fourth Kung Fu Panda movie is set for a March 8, 2024 release, Universal Pictures announced on Friday, according to Variety. No further information was revealed. The three previous animated films, which centered on Po -- an excitable panda voiced by Jack Black -- collectively grossed $1.8 billion and spawned several animated TV specials and three series, including Netflix's The Dragon Knight, which premiered in July...

Robyn Griggs, best known for her roles as Maggie Cory in the daytime drama Another World and Stephanie Hobart on One Life to Live in the early 1990s, has died at age 49, per her Facebook page. The actress had previously revealed her diagnosis with cervical cancer, saying last month she had four new tumors, according to Deadline. Griggs got her first break on the Nickelodeon show Rated K, which featured youngsters reviewing films. She later appeared in the films Severe Injuries, Dead Clowns, The Absence of Light and Hellweek...

Ahead the A League of Their Own spinoff's premiere this past Friday, the producers behind the Amazon series revealed they've already started planning a season two. “Our hope is to shoot in like, mid-spring. And we’ll see how that works out with everything coming to this a lot,” co-creator and executive producer Will Graham shared during the show’s TCA panel, according to Variety. Amazon has yet to announce plans for a season two renewal...

Actor Troy Kotsur was being honored by his hometown of Mesa, Arizona, when a thief reportedly drove off in the CODA star's Jeep -- along with Kotsur's Oscar, which he'd brought with him for the event. In a since deleted Twitter post, Kotsur wrote that “a little kid” was the person behind the crime. The city police managed to track down the Jeep with the award still inside, according to Deadline. The tweets were apparently removed on Sunday. No further details on the incident are available...

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‘Bullet Train’ tops weak box office for the second week with $13.1 million

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The Brad Pitt action-comedy Bullet Train topped the box office for a second straight week, earning an estimated $13.1 million and bringing its domestic tally to $54 million.

The news wasn't as good for the box office overall, which marked its lowest-grossing weekend since February. In fact, Bullet Train was the only movie to crack the $10 million plateau, and of the weekend's three new entries in wide release, the slasher film parody Bodies Bodies Bodies and the thriller Fall failed to crack the top five, while the Diane Keaton-led Mack & Rita, didn't even make the top 10.

DC League of Super-Pets and Top Gun: Maverick were still battling it out for second place as of Sunday night, earning an estimated $7.17 million and $7.15 million, respectively. We'll have to wait for the final tallies to see who wins.

Fourth place was another dead heat between Marvel's Thor: Love and Thunder and Jordan Peele's Nope, both with about $5.3 million, though Love and Thunder has a slight edge. Nope, which opened overseas this weekend, grabbed an estimated $6.4 million, far below Peele's last film, Us.

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In Brief: Apple TV+ gets more ‘Physical’, and more

Apple TV+ has renewed the dramedy Physical, starring and produced by Rose Byrne, for a third season, the streamer announced on Thursday. The dark comedy, which is set in the 1980s, follows Rose's character Sheila Rubin through her journey of self-discovery via teaching aerobics. Physical also stars Rory Scovel, Dierdre Friel, Paul Sparks, Della Saba and Lou Taylor Pucci. The White Lotus' Murray Bartlett joined the cast in season two as a successful aerobics instructor/entrepreneur. The renewal comes on the heels of the show’s second-season finale, which dropped August 5. The season-three launch date has yet to be announced...

20th Century Studios on Thursday announced that its romantic comedy Rosaline, starring Booksmart and Dopesick's Kaitlyn Dever, will stream October 14 as a Hulu Original. The film, per the studio, is "a fresh and comedic twist on Shakespeare’s classic love story Romeo & Juliet, told from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline -- played by Dever -- who also happens to be Romeo’s recent love interest." Heartbroken when Romeo and Juliet, portrayed respectively by Kyle Allen and Isabela Merced, enter into a budding romance, "Rosaline schemes to foil the famous romance and win back her guy." Rosaline also stars Sean Teale, with Minnie Driver and Bradley Whitford...

Comedian Wanda Sykes will host Ring Nation, a series featuring viral videos taken from people's Ring doorbells, according to Deadline. The series will feature clips such as neighbors saving neighbors, marriage proposals, military reunions and silly animals. Sykes is currently starring in season two of Netflix’s The Upshaws, which she created, and will also appear in Hulu’s History of the World Part 2, starring opposite Mel Brooks...

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Anne Heche’s family says actress “is not expected to survive”

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The family of Anne Heche, who remains in a coma following a fiery car crash in Los Angeles last week, says the actress is not expected to live.

"We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne's recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital," the family wrote in a statement to KABC Thursday night.

"Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive," the statement continued.  The actress is also reportedly severely burned.

The family added that Heche, 53, had chosen to donate her organs, adding, "she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable."

The statement closed by saying, "Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work -- especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light."

Heche was severely burned when her blue Mini Cooper crashed into a Mar Vista home August 5 and burst into flames, setting the house on fire.

ABC News learned on Thursday that a test of Heche's blood was positive for unspecified narcotics, though authorities said it wasn't yet known whether those drugs were illegal or whether they were administered by emergency personnel. Heche could face felony DUI charges for the accident should LAPD investigators refer the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

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Steve Martin contemplates retirement: “This is, weirdly it”

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Only Murders in the Building star co-creator and star Steve Martin is hinting that the comedic whodunit may be his swan song.

"We were very happy just doing the live show," the 76-year-old comedian tells The Hollywood Reporter, referencing his You Won't Believe What They Look Like Today! tour with longtime friend and Only Murders co-star Martin Short. "There may be a natural end to that — somebody gets sick, somebody just wears out — but I wouldn't do it without Marty. When this television show is done, I'm not going to seek others. I'm not going to seek other movies. I don't want to do cameos. This is, weirdly, it."

The Hulu series -- also starring Selena Gomez -- and his live show are just two of Martin's current projects. He's also working on his 12th book, as well as a documentary about his life and career.

Only Murders in the Building is up for three Emmys this year, including outstanding comedy series and lead actor nods for Martin and Short. The show, currently in its second season, was recently renewed for a season three.

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In Brief: Trailer for ‘The Menu’ is served, and more

Amazon Prime Video has debuted the trailer for Catherine Called Birdy, Lena Dunham's new film about girl's search for gender equality. The third feature film from the creator of the HBO series Girls, is set in a Medieval English village in 1290, where teen Lady Catherine, a.k.a. Birdy -- played by Bella Ramsey -- is assigned to find a husband. Her greedy but poor father, portrayed by Andrew Scott, wants to capitalize to save their manor, but Catherine refuses to comply. Joe Alwyn, Ralph Ineson, Billie Piper, Isis Hainsworth and Russell Brand also star. Catherine Called Birdy opens in limited release September 23 and streams on Amazon Prime Video October 7...

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law star Tatiana Maslany will executive-produce and star in the upcoming AMC series Invitation to a Bonfire, the cable channel announced on Wednesday. Inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov’s co-dependent marriage, the series, per AMC, follows Zoya -- played by Skins' Freya Mavor -- "a young Russian immigrant and groundskeeper, who is drawn into a lethal love triangle with the school’s newest faculty member -- an enigmatic novelist, portrayed by Pilou Asbæk -- and his bewitching wife," played by Maslany...

The official trailer for the dark comedy/thriller The Menu dropped on Wednesday. The film follows "a couple -- played by The Queen's Gambit's Anya Taylor-Joy and Mad Max: Fury Road's Nicholas Hoult -- that travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef -- portrayed by The Grand Budapest Hotel's Ralph Fiennes -- has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises." John Leguizamo, Judith Light and Hong Chau also star. The Menu’s release date is currently set for November 18...


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Amanda Seyfried regrets filming nude scenes at 19: “I wanted to keep my job”

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The Dropout's Amanda Seyfried admits to having some regrets about filming a nude scene when she was 19 years old, saying she did it because she felt it was the only way to keep her job.

“Being 19, walking around without my underwear on -- like, are you kidding me? How did I let that happen?” the 36-year-old actress tells Porter. “Oh, I know why: I was 19 and I didn’t want to upset anybody, and I wanted to keep my job. That’s why.”

Seyfried says she “wishes she could be coming up now, in an era where intimacy coordinators are an on-set requirement and actors are in a better position to speak up.”

Seyfriend received her first Emmy nod last month for her performance as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu’s The Dropout.

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‘Insecure’ actress Denise Dowse in coma caused by meningitis

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Denise Dowse, best known for her roles in Insecure, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Grey’s Anatomy, is currently in a coma after contracting meningitis, her sister Tracey Dowse revealed over the weekend.

“I am requesting support and prayers be offered me and my sister, and my only immediate family Denise Dowse,” Tracey wrote on the actress' Instagram. “She is currently in the hospital in a coma brought on by a virulent form of meningitis. Her doctors do not know when she will come out of the coma as it was not medically induced.”

Tracey adds that her sister “is a vibrant actor and director that should have many years ahead of her” and that “thoughts, prayers and support are greatly appreciated.”

Most notably, Dowse played Mrs. Yvonne Teasley on Beverly Hills, 90210. Her other roles included playing Judge Rebecca Damsen on CBS' The Guardian and Dr. Rhonda Pine on HBO's Insecure. Her numerous TV credits also include Grey's Anatomy, The Resident, Good Trouble, The X-Files and Criminal Minds.

Dowse made her feature film directorial debut with the upcoming biopic Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, which follows the legendary gospel singer's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as her friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. Keith David. Corbin Bleu and Vanessa Williams are set to star.

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