L-R Mark Hamill, Tom Cullen -- History/Larry Horricks(NEW YORK) -- In season two of History’s Knightfall, Welsh actor Tom Cullen got the chance to work alongside his childhood idol: Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
Hamill trades his Star Wars lightsaber for a real sword to play Talus, a Knights Templar veteran tasked with training new recruits. He’s nearly unrecognizable with long grey hair and a long beard.
“When he first came onto set it wasn't like Mark Hamill was there,” Cullen says. “He really does look different. I mean he looks a little bit like Gandalf [from Lord of the Rings], in a good way. Like a battle-hardened version of Gandalf.”
Talus will determine if Cullen’s disgraced knight Landry is worthy of rejoining the Order, and conflict between the two quickly ensues. Despite their characters butting heads, Cullen says working with Hamill was a dream come true.
“He's the hardest worker, the nicest guy, gets really involved and so even before he came to set, he had already really normalized the situation and he very quickly makes you feel like you're friends,” he says. “He's a great guy.”
Season two promises redemption, revenge and some super cool stunts. As for the heavy armor his character has to wear, Cullen says they made it a little more manageable this season.
“It's not 50 pounds anymore, it's about 45,” he laughs.
Knightfall debuts season two on History tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- Christina Milian has more in common with her The Oath character Christine Parks than just their similar names. The talented actress and singer tells ABC Radio that she was able to identify with Christine's tough exterior, partly thanks to her father, who was influential in her upbringing.
"He kind of raised me like a little boy," Milian says. "So, I like that he raised me in that way and also gave me knowledge and education and stuff like that. And this and Christine Parks is very much the same."
Milian, who became a series regular in The Oath's second season, plays a police officer and new inductee of the Ravens, a local cop gang. Milian says preparing for the role wasn't too much of a stretch since she already shares some of her character's qualities.
"This character is the more tough side, the stronger more feminine side of who I am," she explains. "I think naturally as women we nurture instantly. And part of this girl's nurturing ability is to be strong and to be the head of her family for her and her sister and make sure she's provided for. So, for me there's a huge part that has been instilled in me."
Season two of The Oath, also starring Leona Lewis, Cory Hardrict and J.J. Soria, is now available on Sony Crackle.
ABC(NEW YORK) -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus will soon bid farewell to her character Selina Meyer as the hit show Veep enters its sixth and final season.
On Monday, Louis-Dreyfus stopped by Good Morning America to talk about the end of the show, and her new beginning as a cancer survivor.
A day after Veep won her another Emmy in 2017, Louis-Dreyfus stunned fans with her announcement that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The star said she is doing well today.
"I'm completely back," Louis-Dreyfus told GMA's Robin Roberts, with Julia explaining why she used social media to share her journey as Veep stalled production while she sought treatment. "I think I reached a lot of people. I was able to raise a lot of money for women who have had mastectomies, who need reconstruction but insurance doesn't cover that, and I was really happy to be able to do that. The outpouring of support was quite overwhelming."
Louis-Dreyfus said laughter from her kids and Veep coworkers was the best medicine as she underwent treatment.
As for Veep coming to a close, she called it a "creative decision," but a "bittersweet" one.
"The final episode I walked in...I saw Tim Simmons who plays Jonah Ryan...huge tall man bawling like a baby and that was it, I was slayed," Louis-Dreyfus said. "The rest of the week was just nothing but tears, happy tears, but tears because we're a very, very close-knit group of people -- really truly."
"Each day, certain characters would wrap out their season and finish and what would happen is everybody came to set," she added. "So the set was packed with over 100 people...to give a hug to whoever it happened to be...."
David Lee/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Her popular Netflix series Luke Cage may have been short-lived, but Simone Missick is back with a brand new series.
In an new Instagram post, Missick wrote "Whatever Lola wants...," captioning an image of a report about the new CBS legal drama pilot Courthouse.
"I’m SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!," she continued. "Let me tell you how GOOD GOD IS! Last night I was filming until 2am in Vancouver, and this morning I flew to LA to start day 1 of 'COURTHOUSE' written by Greg Spottiswood, directed by Mike Robin, and starring lil’ ole ME!"
She added, "I feel so extremely blessed and thankful to be working with this incredible team."
According to Deadline, the potential series follows the lives of "dedicated, chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd" judges, assistant district attorneys and public defenders in the Los Angeles justice system.
Missick is set to play Lola, a deputy district attorney who's appointed to the bench. Her character is known for "being impulsive and intimidating with an independent streak."
Missick's casting news comes after the former super-powered cop was added to the second season of Netflix's Altered Carbon with Anthony Mackie.
Hulu(LOS ANGELES) -- Hulu announced on Sunday that it has renewed Marvel's Runaways, for a third 10-episode season.
“We are so excited to tell more Runaways stories and are so grateful to Marvel, Hulu, our amazing cast and crew and of course our passionate audience,” said co-showrunners and executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. “Season three will be a magical time on Runaways, as we deepen our connection to the Marvel universe.
Season 3 of Runaways, based on the comic book series about a group of teens -- played by Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta -- who find out their parents are involved in an evil crime organization, launched in December and is currently available for streaming.
L-R - Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki / Phillip Chin/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Supernatural -- the longest running sci-fi/fanatsy series in American TV history -- will wrap up its unprecedented run with the upcoming 15th season.
Series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles -- who star as the demon-hunting Winchester brothers -- and Misha Collins, who plays their associate, the angel Castiel, made the announcement in a pair of videos posted on Ackles' Instagram page Friday.
In the first clip, captioned, "Well, it’s official. One more round for the Winchester brothers. Though nothing ever really ends in Supernatural...does it?", Ackles says "Though we're very excited about moving into our 15th season, it will be our last."
"We've cried some tears, we'll cry some more," continued Padalecki.
"But we'll save the emotion for next season, added Ackles.
"We love you guys and this family is not going anywhere, even though this show is coming to an end," the trio says in the second video.
Padelecki finished with a quote from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, who noted, "In a show about family, it is amazing...that it became family."
Supernatural, which launched in 2005 and aired its 300th episode last month, is the CW's longest-running series, and the last remaining series still in production from the CW’s predecessors, the WB and UPN, having originated on the WB.
Supernatural, currently in its 14th season, airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.
Chris Pratt gets slimed - VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 aired on Saturday, with Chris Pratt, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey Jr. each taking home the coveted orange blimps, along with TV's Fuller House and Riverdale and Avengers: Infinity War on the movie side.
Netflix's Fuller House won top prize for Favorite Funny TV Show, while the CW's Riverdale won for Favorite TV Drama. Ellen DeGeneres was voted Favorite TV Host, while Jace Norman and Zendaya were named Favorite Male and Female TV Stars for their respective roles in Nickolodeon's Henry Danger and Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover.
Avengers: Infinity War took home Favorite Movie honors, with Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man earning the Kids' Choice award for Favorite Superhero. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's Chris Pratt took home the trophy for Favorite Butt-Kicker, and got slimed for his efforts. To All the Boys I've Loved Before's Noah Centineo and The Kissing Booth's Joey King each walked off with blimps for Favorite Movie Actor and Actress.
Incredibles 2 was voted Favorite Animated Movie, with Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez wining awards for their respective voice roles in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
In the music categories, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes each took home awards.
Here are the winners:
TELEVISION Favorite Funny TV Show Fuller House
Favorite TV Drama Riverdale
Favorite Reality Show America’s Got Talent
Favorite TV Host Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)
Favorite TV Judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent)
Favorite Cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants
Favorite Male TV Star Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger)
Favorite Female TV Star Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)
FILM Favorite Movie Avengers: Infinity War
Favorite Movie Actor Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)
Favorite Movie Actress Joey King (Shelly “Elle” Evans, The Kissing Booth)
Favorite Superhero Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man, Avengers: Infinity War)
Favorite Butt-Kicker Chris Pratt (Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)
Favorite Animated Movie Incredibles 2
Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie Adam Sandler (Dracula, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)
Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)
MUSIC Favorite Music Group Maroon 5
Favorite Male Artist Shawn Mendes
Favorite Female Artist Ariana Grande
Favorite Song "thank u, next," Ariana Grande
Favorite Breakout Artist Billie Eilish
Favorite Collaboration “No Brainer,” DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo
Favorite Social Music Star JoJo Siwa
Favorite Global Music Star North America: Taylor Swift
OTHER CATEGORIES Favorite Video Game Just Dance 2019
Universal(NEW YORK) -- The debut ofJordan Peele's Us -- already a lock to win the weekend box office -- did even better than expected, delivering an estimated $70.25 million on its way to posting the biggest opening ever for an original horror film, topping last year's A Quiet Place, which debuted with $50.2 million.
Additionally, Us posted the largest opening for an original, R-rated film, unseating Ted's $54.4 million in 2012. The follow-up to 2017's Get Out -- starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss -- also logged the third-biggest opening for a horror film, period, behind 2017's It, which earned $123.4 million, and last October's Halloween, which debuted with $76 million.
Disney-Marvel's Captain Marvel also had a good weekend, despite dropping to second place in its third week of release. The film delivered an estimated $35 million stateside and $52.1 million overseas, to push it past the $900 million plateau worldwide. The film now ranks as the 10th-highest-earning release domestically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will soon become the seventh film in the MCU to top $1 billion globally. Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.
The animated feature Wonder Park placed third in its second week of release, grabbing an estimated $8.75 million. Its earnings stateside now stand at just shy of $30 million.
Fourth place belongs to the teen drama Five Feet Apart, pulling in an estimated $8.75 million in its second week out. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, rounded out the top five with an estimated $6.5 million.
Hotel Mumbai, the Dev Patel-Armie Hammer-led biopic opening in limited release this weekend, delivered an estimated $86,492 from four theaters.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Us, $70.25 million 2. Captain Marvel, $35 million 3. Wonder Park, $9 million 4. Five Feet Apart, $8.75 million 5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, $6.5 million 6. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, $4.5 million 7. Gloria Bell, $1.8 million 8. No Manches Frida 2, $1.78 million 9. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, $1.1 million 10. Alita: Battle Angel, $1 million
ABC/Kevin Mazur(LOS ANGELES) -- Halle Berry and Gabrielle Union are two of the women who have answered the call from Oscar-winner Ruth E. Carter to participate in a fun, empowering challenge for Women's History Month.
It all started when Carter challenged a group of industry peers -- including Berry, Union, Angela Basset, Tasha Smith, Luptia Nyong'o and June Ambrose -- to "show the world when women unite anything is possible" by dancing to their favorite empowering song.
Union was one of the first to accept the fun task, adding an empowering message.
"We have all been through something in this life," she wrote, captioning a video of her lip-syncing to Mary J. Blige's "Not Gon Cry."
"All women share these common truths and we can ALL rise when we stick together and uplift each other. Let's keep this going and laugh and have fun along the way," she continued, before challenging more of her famous friends, including Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba, and Tracee Ellis Ross.
Berry also followed suit and sang to Destiny's Child's "I'm a Survivor."
"Thank you @therealruthecarter for challenging me this #WomensHistoryMonth to dance like I damn well please," she wrote alongside her video. "This one goes out to the incredible female survivors I have encountered in my life, the women who have the tenacity to live on their own terms. The ones who take risks, hustle hard and will stop at nothing to provide the best life for themselves and the people they love."
She then tagged a few of her friends, including Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Reese Witherspoon.
The challenge doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon.
Hilary Bronwyn Gayle, courtesy of A24(NEW YORK) -- Emmy-winner John Turturro and Oscar-winner Julianne Moore can be seen in theaters this weekend in Gloria Bell, a romantic dramedy remake of the 2013 Spanish-language film, Gloria.
Moore plays the film's title role, a free-spirited divorcée who sheds her buttoned-up at-work persona once she hits the dance floor at night. It's during one of these outings that she meets Turturro's Arnold, but their budding romance turns out to be more complicated than their first night together.
Turturro explained to ABC Radio what draws the seemingly different characters to each other.
"People don’t want to be alone in the dark. People can fall in love at any age. To actually love someone? That’s a different story," he says. "To fall in love, lust? That never changes. People want to have someone, you know, in the dark. That’s a human thing people needed it for procreation, they needed it for heat. They needed it to you know, feel safe!"
Arnold's relationship with Gloria is hampered by his devotion to his needy ex, a toxic pairing to which he's still attached. Turturro says that dynamic rings true for many.
"There are plenty of people -- I’m not that way, fortunately -- who fall in love or meet someone, and they can’t sever a dysfunctional relationship," Turturro says. "Whether that’s out of their own weakness, or guilt or their own fear."
"When I was a kid, divorce was considered like an earthquake!" he declares. "And I knew many people who had terrible marriages, you know, my parents' generation, and they couldn’t get out of it." Gloria Bell, which also stars Rita Wilson, Brad Garrett, and Michael Cera, opened in limited release last weekend and expands to wider release Friday.
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Star Wars fans know that Mark Hamill has been back and forth about director Rian Johnson's portrayal of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the actor's upcoming run on the show Knightfall might reignite the debate.
At first, Hamill was vocal that the idealistic moisture farmboy-turned-Jedi Knight and hopeful redeemer of his father Darth Vader could never become who Luke was in Last Jedi: a bitter old man who nearly murdered his nephew in his sleep, and who abandoned his friends and the Jedi Order to live in self-imposed exile.
"He's not MY Luke Skywalker!" Hamill told The Independent in 2017, giving a voice to many fans who felt the same way.
Hamill quickly apologized for the comments, however.
But now, two years later, some Star Wars fans are eager to see "Luke Skywalker" with sword in hand again -- albeit a steel one -- in History Channel's Crusades-set Knightfall.
When ABC Radio told Hamill that some fans were calling it "wish fulfillment" to see him back in action, training a knight in the ways of war, Hamill interrupted, "So actually pro-actively doing something instead of just moping and brooding on an island somewhere? 'Get off my lawn!'"
Hamill smiled, adding, "Don't drag me into this, because I'm telling you, the discussion of those movies has become so contentious now that my new motto is: 'Let the movies speak for themselves.'"
"I hope they like it, but I don't wanna argue if you don't. Life's too short," he laughs.
About December's Star Wars: Episode IX, Hamill would only say, "We'll have to wait and see. It's the climax of the trilogy with the current cast, who to a person are just perfect for their roles. So I'm looking forward to it."
JoJo Whilden/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The OAreturns to Netflix today for part two of its mind-bending saga.
Jason Isaacs reprises his role as Dr. Hunter "Hap" Percy, the man who held Brit Marling’s Prairie -- and others -- captive for years. Hap is obsessed with people like Prairie who've had "near-death" experiences, and conducts experiments on them in an attempt to learn how to travel between dimensions.
But while he may have questionable morals, Isaacs wants to make one thing clear: Hap isn't a "mad scientist." According to the actor, Hap makes what appear to be "evil" decisions because he believes it’s for the greater good.
“I would just say this to anyone who thinks that: He’s not wrong,” Isaacs tells ABC Radio. “Mad scientists are people who have crazy ideas. He’s right. He may well be able to cure death or do something.”
While he describes this installment of The OA as more of a "film noir," Isaacs says the show co-creators, Marling and Zal Batmanglij, have a five-season plan for the series all mapped out...and he’s more excited than anyone to see what happens next.
“I might be The OA’s number-one fan,” he says, adding, "It is probably the most fearlessly imaginative story I’ve ever come across. It’s like Zal and Brit…are untouched or untainted by any other story that’s ever been told.”
You’ll be seeing a lot of Isaacs in the next couple of weeks. In addition to The OA, his film Hotel Mumbai opens in limited release today and goes wide on March 29.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's Roseanne spinoff, The Connors, is a step closer to nailing down a second season. Deadline reports that series regulars Sara Gilbert -- who's also an executive producer -- John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf have either signed or are close to signing new 13-episode deals.
Roseanne vets Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, who play Gilbert's onscreen siblings are likely to follow, at which time the producers are expected to finalize a deal with ABC. The stars have all indicated that the show is "close" to getting a second season pickup, according to Deadline.
After the hit Roseanne reboot was cancelled last spring in the wake of an offensive tweet sent by show creator Roseanne Barr, the series retooled, and resumed without her in October on ABC. Her character, the acerbic family matriarch, was killed off off-screen, as a result of opioid use.
Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- Days after announcing the date for a threequel for very different project from his past, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Keanu Reeves drops a classic Matrix reference in the new trailer to John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum.
The movie picks up where 2017's John Wick: Chapter 2 ended, with Keanu Reeves' titular master assassin fleeing for his life after he's declared "excommunicado" for violating the rules of the assassins-only hotel The Continental -- run by Ian McShane's elegant, enigmatic Winston -- after Wick murders a fellow assassin there.
John enlists the help of fellow assassin Sofia, played by Halle Berry, and, unexpectedly, Winston himself, to set things right.
In fact, when Winston asks him what he needs, Keanu responds: "Guns. Lots of Guns."
Matrix fans will remember Keanu making the exact same request in The Matrix, before his character Neo and Carrie-Ann Moss' Trinity storm into a skyscraper to rescue Laurence Fishburne's Morpheus.
Oh, and Fishburne himself also appears in Parabellum, once again playing the Bowery King in his second John Wick film. Oscar winner Anjelica Huston also stars in the movie, which opens nationwide May 17.
Universal(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide in theaters Friday:
* Us -- The follow-up to Jordan Peele's Oscar-winning 2017 horror feature Get Out stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as a husband and wife who take their two kids to California for a beach vacation and are terrorized by a group of deadly doppelgangers. Elisabeth Moss, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex also star. Rated R.
Opening in limited release Friday:
* Hotel Mumbai -- Lion's Dev Patel and Call Me By Your Name's Armie Hammer star in this true story about the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, and the heroic efforts of the hotel staff and guests to protect themselves and their families. Rated R.
* Cruel Intentions -- The 1999 teen cult classic -- starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair -- returns to the big-screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in honor of its 20th anniversary, beginning Friday. The film, a modern day take on the 1782 novel Les Liasons Dangereuses, follows a group of wealthy teenagers attending a New York City high school, and their devious social maneuvering. Rated R.