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HBO releases trailer to Jessica Lange's 'The Great Lillian Hall'

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HBO Films has just released the trailer to The Great Lillian Hall, the upcoming drama directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Michael Cristofer, and starring Oscar and Emmy winner Jessica Lange

Lange plays the titular Broadway star, who "finds herself blindsided by confusion and forgetfulness" as she prepares for her next big role.

As she battles cognitive decline, confusion and hallucinations — in secret, even from her daughter, played by Lily Rabe — Lillian tries to soldier on, getting more frantic as the trailer progresses. 

"She's the first lady of the American theater," Jesse Williams' director character says in response to a producer looking to replace her. "I need her for this," he insists.

Lange's fellow Oscar and Emmy winner Kathy Bates also stars, insisting Lillian step down.

"The play is my life, and no one is going to take that from me!" Lange replies.

Pierce Brosnan also appears in the coming attraction as Ty, telling her, "The Lillian Hall I know, no play has ever been written that could defeat her." 

"Battling against all odds to make it to opening night while holding on to her fading memories and identity, [Lillian] must navigate a tumultuous emotional journey: balancing her desire for the spotlight and the stark reality of her newly diagnosed illness," the network says.

The trailer ends with Lange asking Bates, "When I'm gone, will you remind me who I was?"

The Great Lillian Hall will debut May 31 at 8 p.m. and will also stream on Max.

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AMC Theatres CEO says 'Deadpool & Wolverine' already set R-rated ticket sales record

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Fans really, really want to see Deadpool & Wolverine

That's the word from Adam Aron, the CEO of AMC Theatres, who posted to social media on Wednesday that the anticipated Marvel Studios team-up between Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackson has already broken a record. 

"Many big movies will open in May, June & July," Aron began, mentioning the July 25 launch date of the third Deadpool film. "Some 200,000 movie fans have bought their AMC tickets already. This is more Day 1 ticket sales at AMC than for any other R-rated movie ever."

Incidentally, the titular comic heroes' adventures starring Reynolds and Jackman are among the highest-grossing R-rated movies in history. 2018's Deadpool 2 is currently #3 on that list; Jackman's former Wolvie swan song, 2017's Oscar-nominated Logan, is #3; 2016's original Deadpool is #4. 

All of those films were produced by 20th Century Fox, which was acquired by ABC News' parent company Disney in 2019.

Deadpool & Wolverine will be the first R-rated movie in the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Paul Bettany back as Vision for Disney+ spin-off

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Marvel movie veteran Paul Bettany will be back as Vision in his own 2026 Disney+ series, Variety is reporting.

Terry Matalas, the producer behind the fan-and-critic favorite third season of Star Trek: Picard, is calling the shots on the series, the trade reports.

The show will make Bettany the longest-serving cast member in the Marvel universe, seeing as he lent his voice to JARVIS, the artificial intelligence program that helped Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark beginning with the original Iron Man in 2008. Bettany was later seen in the (purple) flesh when his AI became part of the android hero Vision in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.

He was subsequently seen as the character in 2016's Captain America: Civil War and met his end at the hands of Thanos in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.

However, Vision was resurrected in Disney+'s 2021 WandaVision. Bettany was nominated for an Emmy for his performance.

The news of the show comes amid a slowdown of Marvel productions, with a focus on quality over quantity.

And according to longtime Marvel Studios executive producer Brad Winderbaum, from now on the shows won't bear the traditional Marvel Studios logo opening.

He recently told Variety, "There was a lot of pressure post-Avengers: Endgame on the public to feel obligated to watch absolutely everything in order to watch anything. Part of the rebranding was a signal to the general audience that we’re creating a lot of options, and you can follow your tastes within this brand."

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

 

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Tennessee judge blocks effort to sell Elvis Presley's Graceland

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Elvis Presley's home of Graceland will not be hitting the auction block on Thursday after all.

In a hearing Wednesday, which only lasted about eight minutes, Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins adjourned the sale of Graceland, saying, "The notary has sworn that the notary did not notarize the signature of Lisa Marie Presley on the deed of trust, which brings into question the authenticity of the signature."

The hearing on Wednesday in Tennessee was set to determine whether a dubious entity could proceed with an advertised plan to auction off the late singer's estate in Memphis.

Actress Riley Keough, Presley’s granddaughter, was trying to stop a company called Naussany Investments and Private Lending LLC from conducting an auction outside the Shelby County Courthouse on Thursday at noon.

Keough is alleging the company presented fraudulent documents last September "purporting to show that Lisa Marie Presley had borrowed $3.8 million from Naussany Investments and gave a deed of trust encumbering Graceland as security,” according to the court documents obtained by Memphis ABC affiliate WATN.

Keough is being represented by attorneys based in Memphis and Jacksonville, Florida. Both lawyers declined to comment to ABC News. It is not yet clear whether Naussany Investments has an attorney.

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'Stranger Things: The First Shadow' run extended through 2025

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The first staged version of Netflix's smash Stranger Things will stay on London's West End through February 2025.

The producers of Stranger Things: The First Shadow not only dropped a trailer for the production on Wednesday, but also announced its run at the Phoenix Theatre has been extended.

In the trailer, we're introduced to Henry Creel, the young man who fans know eventually turns into the supernatural villain Vecna.

"It's not real. I'm normal," actor Louis McCartney says in voice-over as Henry, whose telekinesis lands him at the Hawkins National Laboratory — where he's eventually transformed into Vecna.

"You can't outrun the shadow, Henry," another voice tells him, adding with a scream, "You ARE the shadow!"

As reported, the production was written by Kate Trefry with direction by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin.

It opened to rave reviews on December 14, 2023, and recently won several awards, including the U.K. version of the Tonys, the Oliver Awards, for Best Entertainment and Best Set Design.

The show is set in the series' Hawkins, Indiana, in 1959 and centers on the younger version of some of the show's main characters. Oscar Lloyd plays the younger version of David Harbour's Jim Hopper; Isabella Pappas plays Winona Ryder's character, Joyce; Patrick Vaill portrays the younger version of Matthew Modine's Dr. Brenner.

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"I didn't kill her!" Jake Gyllenhaal stars in trailer to Apple TV+'s limited series 'Presumed Innocent'

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Apple TV+ has dropped the first trailer to its limited series Presumed Innocent, and things aren't looking good for Jake Gyllenhaal's character.

The legal drama from L.A. Law and The Practice Emmy winner David E. Kelley and Lost's J.J. Abrams is based on Scott Turow’s bestselling 1987 novel and the 1990 Harrison Ford blockbuster of the same name.

Gyllenhaal succeeds Ford in the role of Rusty Sabich, a prosecutor who is accused of the brutal murder of an associate with whom he had an affair. Renate Reinsve plays the victim, Carolyn, who was played by Greta Scacchi in the original.

This time around, Ruth Negga plays Rusty's beleaguered wife Barbara, Bonnie Bedelia's role in the hit film, and like her, she has to grapple with not only that her husband strayed, but that basically everyone — including a prosecutor played by Gyllenhaal's real-life brother-in-law Peter Sarsgaard — thinks he did it.

There's DNA evidence, and unlike the 1990 original, a digital footprint a mile long. "You know the night she was killed, he texted her 30 times?" Barbara laments.

"I was basically stalking her," Rusty admits.

The embattled prosecutor later insists, "I am not a liar," to which he quickly adds, "I lied about the affair, but I didn't kill her."

Apple TV+ will debut its series about "obsession, sex, politics, and the power and limits of love" on June 12.

Considering its shocking twist ending, the less you know about the original, the better.

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LAPD makes a pair of arrests in Ian Ziering assault case

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Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division have announced the arrests of two suspects allegedly involved in the assault of 90210 actor Ian Ziering and the vandalism of his car.

As reported, the actor was involved in a physical altercation with four to five members of a minibike gang on Hollywood Boulevard on December 31, 2023. His 10-year-old daughter was in the car at the time the actor tangled with multiple assailants, which was caught on video. 

Using multiple videos of the incident, investigators arrested two suspects.

The LAPD announced 20-year-old Jacob Esteban Hernandez and 40-year-old Angie Teresa Guizar were arrested; Hernandez was booked for felony vandalism, with bail set at $50,000; Guizar was booked for assault with a deadly weapon. Her was set at $30,000.

After the incident, Ziering posted a lengthy statement to Instagram, saying it "left me deeply concerned about the growing boldness of such groups who disrupt public safety and peace."

He added, "This situation highlights a larger issue of hooliganism on our streets and the need for effective law enforcement responses to such behavior. As a citizen and a parent, I find it unacceptable that groups can freely engage in this kind of behavior, causing fear and chaos, while the response from authorities seems insufficient."

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Dwayne Johnson wraps up work on 'Moana 2'

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Dwayne Johnson says he's wrapped up his work on Moana 2.

On Monday, the actor shared a series of photos on Instagram of him in a recording studio with his daughter.

"That's an official wrap (for now) on MAUI's portion of our upcoming MOANA 2," he wrote.

"As you see I had the greatest motivation to help me push thru to keep me strong," Johnson added, referring to his daughter, who appears in the photos. "The more down this windy road of life I go, the more I realize that my greatest and most comforting inspiration and joy, is being loved by my daughters."

"I have a feeling this little one already knows about her daddy," Johnson said. "Thanks everyone for your amazing support."

Johnson, who is a father of three daughters, plays Maui, a boisterous demigod in the hit Disney film.

In February, it was announced by Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger that a sequel to the 2016 movie will arrive in November. The announcement came with an epic photo and video teaser.

According to Disney, the animated musical will follow Moana on "an expansive journey in search of people beyond the shores of Motunui."

"Moana must journey to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she’s ever faced," ABC News' parent company continues.

Along with Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho will return to voice Moana.

Moana 2 opens in theaters Nov. 27.

 

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In Brief: Jessica Alba back in action with 'Trigger Warning', and more

Netflix has revealed the trailer for Trigger Warning, the action thriller from the producers of Sicario and John Wick. Jessica Alba, per the streaming service, stars as "a skilled Special Forces commando" who runs her father's bar following his sudden death and clashes with a violent gang as she searches for the truth behind his death. Trigger Warning — also starring Mark Webber, Tone Bell, Jake Weary, Gabriel Basso and Anthony Michael Hall — debuts June 21 on Netflix ... 

X-Men producer Simon Kinberg is in talks to produce a new Star Trek feature for Paramount Pictures, with an eye toward taking a creative role in the franchise's upcoming feature films, per The Hollywood Reporter. Since 2016's Star Trek Beyond, the franchise has mostly existed on the small screen. Attempts to revive the film side, including reuniting J.J. Abrams' Star Trek cast members Chris Pine, Zoe Saldaña and Simon Pegg, have thus far been unsuccessful, according to THR ...

Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan has been tapped for a starring role in the upcoming drama-thriller Love and War, according to Deadline. The film, based on Louise Monaghan and Yvonne Kinsella's book Stolen: Escape From Syria, follows the true life story of a woman's fight to rescue her 6-year-old daughter, who was kidnapped by her father and taken to his native Syria during the height of a civil war. Coughlan says in a statement obtained by Deadline, “I am so honoured to be playing this role and to tell the story of Louise Monaghan’s incredible bravery” ...

Don Stark is returning to Netflix's That 90s Show in a "heavy recurring role," reprising his That 70s Show character Bob Pinciotti, according to Deadline. He'll reportedly return to the series' fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, where he reconnects with Kitty and Red — played respectively by Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith. Season 3, Part 1 of That 90s Show premieres June 27, with the season conclusion launching on October 24 ...

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Apple TV+'s 'Trying' returns for season 4

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Esther Smith and Rafe Spall are going to keep on trying. Their Apple TV+ comedy Trying returns Wednesday for season 4.

The comedy started out following a young couple trying to have a baby, but by the end of season 3 they had officially adopted two children, Princess and Tyler. Smith tells ABC Audio season 4 picks up six years later.

"They are fully fledged parents, but now parents of older children, one being a teenager, which I think throws up quite a few challenges," she shares. "[Princess] wants to find her birth mom, and that throws up a lot of tension."

While their characters are no longer trying to have a bay, Spall says the show's title still works.

"Ultimately we never stop trying, do we, as human beings and when we do it's a sad day. And I think it's what's so relatable for audiences is that they're these good folks trying to be good," he says. "I think that's a universally identifiable message."

Spall thinks TV has gotten very intense over the last 15 years, and while a lot of it is great, their show works because the characters are more relatable.

"Like a work of timeless genius is Breaking Bad, but damn I used to have to take a Valium after watching it ... but this is, this is the opposite of that. This is like a warm bath. This is relaxing. It's like a glass of wine for the soul," he says.

Adds Smith, "People want to hang out with these people, and their extended family, because they, they're just good people trying to do the right thing. And they are flawed and a bit messy and chaotic, but they all have heart."

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Netflix renews 'Tires' for season 2 before season 1 rolls out

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Tires isn't even on the showroom floor yet, but Netflix has ordered another set.

The show starring and co-created by stand-up comedian and actor Shane Gillis officially premieres on May 23, but execs at the streaming giant have apparently kicked the tires and found it to be ready to roll on to a sophomore season.

Gillis' co-creator Steven Gerben plays Will, "the nervous and unqualified heir to an auto repair chain" who "attempts to turn his father's business around despite constant torture from his cousin and now employee," played by Gillis.

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Officials say the investigation continues into Matthew Perry's death, source of fatal ketamine

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The investigation into the death of Friends star Matthew Perry remains ongoing, especially in respect to where he acquired the ketamine that led to his death in October, according to local and federal law enforcement officials.

Perry died at his home from the acute effects of ketamine, according to the autopsy report released in December by the Los Angeles County medical examiner.

Detectives have been interviewing people who could have information about where the drugs came from, sources told ABC News, but they do not have information to narrow in on a source. No arrests have been made.

"Based on the Medical Examiner's findings, the Los Angeles Police Department, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Postal Inspection Service, has continued its investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Perry’s death," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

The DEA said it had no comment.

The actor, most well known for his role as Chandler Bing on Friends, died on October 28, 2023, at the age of 54. In his bestselling 2022 memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry explored his decadeslong struggle with addiction in sometimes graphic detail.

In a statement the day after responding to his home, the LAPD said Perry "was discovered by a witness unresponsive in his jacuzzi." There were no signs of foul play at the scene, according to law enforcement officials.

Perry was reported to have been receiving ketamine infusions for depression and anxiety, according to the autopsy report, but the medical examiner wrote the ketamine in his system at the time of his death could not have been from that infusion therapy because ketamine’s half-life is three to four hours or less. His method of intake was listed as unknown.

 

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Nikki Glaser on why Ben Affleck "bombed" at Tom Brady roast + why the boos began for Kim K.

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It's been a couple of weeks since Netflix's hit roast of Tom Brady, but the night's undisputed heavyweight champ, Nikki Glaser, is still unpacking it.

Glaser shared why she thought Ben Affleck "bombed" during his time at the podium, in which he was supposed to be skewering his former New England Patriot pal.

"He didn't prepare," Glaser told Barstool Sports' KFC Radio podcast.

"He's someone who's famous enough that he thinks that this is probably beneath [him] to do this," she said, speculating that Ben thought, "'I'm just gonna do a favor. It's not going to be that big of a deal.'"

Affleck's set was dubbed a "train wreck" by some online snarkers — who, incidentally, became the focus of Ben's "self-centered" set, Glaser said.

Affleck gave a mirthless tirade against online trolls instead of focusing on Brady. "You guys out there talking s*** behind your f****** keyboard, that doesn't make you a fan, that makes you a b****," the actor said in part.

Glaser offered that the normally "brilliant" Affleck either "didn't work hard enough" on it "or he just picked a bad premise and then he had to stick to it the whole time."

In a separate interview, Nikki also unpacked the booing suffered by roaster Kim Kardashian — an audience reaction that was edited by Netflix after the live event.

For one thing, Swifties weren't behind it, Glaser told the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast on Tuesday. In spite of Taylor Swift's reported feud with Kardashian, Nikki blamed "a wild guy who's a comedian" who was just "starting s***."

"He just had too many drinks or something, and he's not affiliated with Swifties or anything [and] just felt like saying a boo into the air, and apparently everyone was so riled up [they followed]," Nikki said.

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Riley Keough fighting auction of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, claims fraud

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Elvis Presley’s eldest granddaughter, actress Riley Keough, is fighting to keep Elvis' legendary Memphis home, Graceland, from going on the auction block.

According to legal documents, a company called Naussany Investments & Private Lending has claimed that Elvis' only child, Lisa Marie Presley, borrowed $3.8 million from them, putting up Graceland as collateral, and then didn’t pay them back.

Naussany then put a lien on the iconic home and its grounds, and scheduled an auction of the property for May 23 — but Riley went to court to put a stop to it.

Riley's lawyers argue in her suit that Lisa Marie never borrowed money from Naussany and the company “appears to be a false entity created for the purpose of defrauding" Lisa Marie's heirs, Promenade Trust, which is the company that owns Graceland, and anyone who may purchase Graceland in its auction. It also claims that any documents claiming Lisa Marie took out a loan are forgeries.

A judge has issued a temporary restraining order on the sale, with a hearing on the matter scheduled for Wednesday.

Elvis purchased Graceland in 1957. It was turned into a museum after his death, drawing visitors from all over the world. Each year on August 16, the anniversary of Elvis' death, they hold a candlelit vigil in his honor.

ABC Audio has reached out to Riley’s rep for comment on the suit.

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Paramount+ beams Holly Hunter aboard for 'Starfleet Academy'

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Oscar winner Holly Hunter has joined the cast of Paramount+'s forthcoming Star Trek series Starfleet Academy.

The Piano veteran will star as the captain and chancellor of the titular academy at which young recruits train to someday boldly go where no one has gone before.

The series gets underway later in the summer of 2024.

According to Paramount+, the forthcoming show "introduces viewers to a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself."

In the announcement, co-showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau enthused, "It feels like we've spent our entire lives watching Holly Hunter be a stone-cold genius. To have her extraordinary authenticity, fearlessness, sense of humor, and across the board brilliance leading the charge on Starfleet Academy is a gift to all of us, and to the enduring legacy of Star Trek."

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