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'A Quiet Place Part II', 'Fast & Furious 9' delayed again; 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' pushed to 2022

"A Quiet Place Part II" -- Jonny Cournoyer/Copyright © 2019 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) -- The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the movie industry.

Deadline reports Paramount has changed the release date for A Quiet Place Part II to May 28, marking the fifth change for the movie's opening.

Paramount originally scheduled the sequel for March 20, 2020. From there it was pushed to September 4, 2020, then April 2021 and, finally, September 17.

The first installment of A Quiet Place was a major hit for Paramount in 2018, delivering $188 million here in the states and over $340 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures has also delayed the the theatrical release dates for two of its blockbusters

The ninth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, slated for a May 28 release, won't hit theaters until June 25.  Despite New York City reopening theaters on Friday and Los Angeles expected to follow suit in the near future, Universal is waiting for overseas markets to lift restrictions, in hopes of having the film opening as many markets as possible, according to the entertainment website.

The Fast & Furious franchise has made over $5 billion around the world.

Additionally, Minions: The Rise of Gru, set to open July 2, will now open a year later on July 1, 2022.

Minions has been the studio's most profitable franchise.  The four films have have combined for more than $3.7 billion worldwide.

By George Costantino
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It was 'WandaVision' all along -- finale crashes Disney+ servers

Disney /Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Do not adjust your set...No, it wasn't chaos magic, it was traffic -- a lot of traffic -- that caused Disney servers to crash upon today's debut of the WandaVision finale. 

The ninth and final episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe spin-off caused major spikes in streaming that caused outages on the platform, mostly on the West Coast, where new episodes run at midnight. 

The Marvel Studios show stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, playing respectively, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and her android love Vision, who find themselves living life in an artificial reality of American sitcoms -- a projection Olsen's witchy character concocted to deal with her grief of losing him at the climax of Avengers: Infinity War.

The penultimate episode had Kathryn Hahn, formerly the odd couple's nosy neighbor, revealing herself as Agatha Harkness, a legitimate witch from the pages of Marvel Comics who seeks Wanda's power -- and who in the show actually names her Scarlet Witch for the first time.

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By Stephen Iervolino
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Kelly Marie Tran on recording 'Raya and the Last Dragon' from home, and the movie's "delicious" melting pot

Walt Disney Animation Studio(NEW YORK) -- Like millions of others during the pandemic, actress Kelly Marie Tran was able to work from home -- though her work was voicing the title role in Disney's new animated film Raya and the Last Dragon. She did so while barricaded in a makeshift voice-over booth that she describes to ABC Audio as "very glamorous makeshift [pillow] fort."

Tran adds that she felt a little bit less nervous about the role because she was able to do it from home.

"I think there's always a little bit of nerves when you go into something like this, just recognizing how much bigger it is than you are and how much legacy these sort of movies come with," she tells ABC Audio. "But, yeah, it was both a blessing and a curse to be able to not leave your house to do the job -- but then also to have to deal with, y'know, Internet cutting out and the sound of construction happening outside."

In the movie, Tran's character Raya seeks out Sisu, the last dragon, who has the power to defeat an ancient menace that laid waste to Raya's fictional home of Kumandra.

While fictional, Kumandra is reminiscent of Southeast Asia, and the cast -- including Akwafina, Sandra Oh, The Good Doctor star and producer Daniel Dae-Kim, and Dr. Strange star Benedict Wong -- shows the diversity of Asian talent.

The film also displays that diversity by using food as a literal melting pot to drive home a key point.

"Food plays such a big part in this movie...it can symbolize communities and how we can come together and bring the best parts of ourselves to make something delicious," Tran laughs.  

The film opens today in theaters and is available On Demand on Disney . 

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By Stephen Iervolino
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Paris Hilton accepts Sarah Silverman's apology over what she said at 2007 MTV Movie Awards

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images, Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCUniversal via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Framing Britney Spears documentary has people reexamining how the media treated female celebrities -- especially Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, who were openly ridiculed by the press and their peers. 

Hilton recently opened up on her This Is Paris podcast about one incident in particular that made her want "to die," which was the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, which were hosted by comedian Sarah Silverman.

To backtrack, the award show happened when Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating probation, of which Silverman dragged her over during the opening monologue.

On Thursday, Silverman agreed that what she did was wrong and apologized for what she put Hilton through.

"I do not apologize if I'm not sorry.  But I do apologize when I am sorry," the 50-year-old opened on The Sarah Silverman Podcast

Reflecting on what happened 14-years ago, the Wreck It Ralph star continued, "While I was thrilled at the success of my monologue, I remember spotting her in the audience."

Silverman, who claims she didn't know Paris was there, continued, "I remember seeing that look on her face and my heart sank. There was a person under there."

"Here I am, 14 years later, telling you, Paris, that I am really sorry," she said."We can't change the past. So what's crucial is that we change with the times."

Silverman added that she hopes Paris will "accept my apology" and "feel my remorse."

Hilton has since reached out to Silverman to admit she was "shocked" by the "unexpected" apology, saying in a surprise This Is Paris episode Thursday, "I really just appreciate it so much."

"I know where she's coming from," the heiress furthered. "I'm glad that her comedy has grown and she realizes that it's not nice to make fun of people."

By Megan Stone
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'Fatherhood': Kevin Hart-led drama to hit Netflix this summer ahead of Father's Day

Courtesy of Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Kevin Hart's new movie, Fatherhood, has officially landed at Netflix. 

On Thursday, the comedian and actor shared the exciting news about his new film, which will be handled by Barack and Michelle Obama's company, Higher Ground Productions.

"So excited to announce that my new drama, Fatherhood, will be released on @netflix on June 18th right before Father’s Day. This is a passion project. "The movie is amazing," wrote Kevin in the caption on Instagram. "It gave me an opportunity to change the narrative on the "Black Father" stereotype.

"As a Black father I pride myself on trying to be as present as possible in my kids lives," wrote the husband and father-of-five. "I’m not the only Black father that does this....there are so many of us. Seeing a film like Fatherhood is important as hell. I am also happy to be partnering with President Barack Obama & his wife Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground Productions. This is HUGE!"

Netflix acquired the rights for Fatherhood from Sony Pictures, who pushed the release of the film back several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the feature film is based on Matthew Logelin's book, Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love. It focuses on a man who loses his wife soon after childbirth and who must now raise his newborn child on his own. 

Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Paul Reiser, as well as kid star Melody Hurd will star in the Paul Weitz-directed film.

Kevin Hart's Fatherhood arrives June 18th on Netflix.

By Rachel George
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Actor Walton Goggins says his Mulholland Distilling isn't just another celebrity booze brand

Courtesy Mulholland Distilling(LOS ANGELES) -- With celebrities like George Clooney, The Rock, Ryan Reynolds -- and yes, much to the chagrin of Kardashian critics -- Kylie Jenner getting into the alcoholic beverage business, you might think that Justified vet Walton Goggins' Mulholland Distilling is just another Hollywood-affiliated booze brand. 

But the actor, photographer, Oscar-winning producer and spirits entrepreneur takes it seriously.

He tells ABC Audio plainly, "This is not a celebrity co-branding thing."

"During Justified, because the consumption of whiskey was such an integral part of that [show], I was approached about kind of getting involved in certain things and it just didn't feel right," he admits. "I felt like I was selling something."

Instead, he and his friend, cinematographer Matthew Alper, sought to do something different with the Los Angeles-based Mulholland Distilling. They wanted to create, "a spirit brand that truly represents who we are."

Now, five years on, their wine and spirits brand is going national. "We started out of the trunk of our car, you know, selling wine and spirits. And now we're in 125 restaurants in Los Angeles and every Whole Foods, BevMo! in the state. And we're about to expand to 20 other states. And we're doing it because we love it!"

The Shield veteran and current star of The Unicorn says, "I've had the good fortune of traveling all over the world. And the first thing that I do whenever I get out of town is find my little bar...I get to know their names and it's just a little home away from home. And it's a way to unwind: one drink or one glass of wine after a long day of work."

Goggins says, "For me, sharing a drink with someone, it's just a gateway to vulnerability. And that's all it's ever been for me, is a conversation. And that's what I look for in my life. And that's what I look for in front of the camera. And that's what I look for when the cameras aren't rolling."

By Stephen Iervolino
Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Fake fight, real pain: Mel Gibson accidentally dislocated 'Boss Level' co-star Frank Grillo's jaw on set

Hulu(NEW YORK) -- During their climactic face-off in the sci-fi action picture Boss Level, Mel Gibson actually got chatterbox co-star Frank Grillo to quiet down -- when the Lethal Weapon star accidentally dislocated the big screen tough guy's jaw.

"The one fight I had with Mel -- you would think it would be, but he's not really comfortable with striking," says Grillo, an accomplished boxer, to ABC Audio.

"And so I said, 'Mel, when you throw the punch...make sure you don't lean in because you'll catch me." And the first punch he throws, he comes around and he elbows me in face. Now he's got Popeye forearms," Frank recalls with a laugh.

"So we say, Cut. And he goes, 'You OK?' And I'm like, 'Uh huh.' Like, I don't want to get Mel upset," Grillo laughs.

"I go back to [director JoeCarnahan, I go 'Jaw.' He goes, 'That bad?' I go 'Out.' He had dislodged my jaw."

Grillo says, "[W]e had to get somebody onto set, stuck her hands in my jaw -- white, I mean, white-out pain -- and had to...click it back into place."

"But listen," the Gibson fan says with a laugh, "At least it was Mel."

Carnahan jokingly recalls the moment, laughing, "Frank came back like [mumbling] "That's it for me. I'm done! I'm done!"

Laughing, he adds sarcastically of his friend, "I mean, you know, the fact Grillo couldn't talk for 30 seconds, was not breaking anybody's heart. It was kind of like, 'Guys, we sure? Are we sure we want to reset his jaw? Maybe we just take a beat. Let's think about this.'"

There was another bright side. "I put that shot in the movie, you know, so. So it worked!"  

Boss Level debuts on Hulu Friday.

By Stephen Iervolino
Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Teyonah Parris talks 'WandaVision' Easter eggs and why she feels "no pressure at all" in the MCU

Courtesy of Marvel Studios/Disney (NEW YORK) -- Teyonah Parris says she's well aware of the many Easter eggs within her hit Disney series WandaVision.

"I definitely see [all] the theories because fans will tag me in it," Parris, who plays S.W.O.R.D. Captain Monica Rambeau, tells ABC Audio.

"They're going to make sure I see it," she laughs. "And what they don't tag me in, my mother has sent me. I'm like 'Ma, can you please just enjoy this? I don't need to see all of this.' But she's really excited."

As a fan herself, Parris admits she's been tempted to ask the writers where the series is going.

"I want to reach out and say, 'Is this what's happening? Because I didn't even know that,'" she says. "But I feel like they wouldn't respond because we know no one will want it in writing."

"They might think I was going to secretly screenshot it and put it on my page or something," Parris jokes. "So, I'm going to wait till after to ask these questions because I also enjoy... being surprised as well."

While it's safe to say starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a superpowered character is any actor's dream, Parris says she really feels "[no] pressure at all."

"I've been deeply grateful, and excited, and honored to be a part of the MCU, particularly now in Phase Four, where they are making such huge strides in diversity among the superhero space," she says.

"It's just been a wonderful experience with the creative team, making sure that this was a full fledged character who had opinions and a point of view and passions," Parris continues. "And so it's been really fun."

"And what the future holds for Monica? We'll have to wait and see," she adds.

The final WandaVision episode launches Friday on Disney . 

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By Candice Williams
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Lori Loughlin spotted in public for the first time since prison release

Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Image(LOS ANGELES) -- Lori Loughlin was photographed for the first time since her release from prison in December, fulfilling her court-ordered community service

Photos obtained by the New York Post show Loughlin, dressed in jeans, a baseball cap, a sweatshirt and jeans handing out meals for Project Angel Food, an organization that prepares and delivers food to those impacted by life-threatening illnesses.

Loughlin, 56, and her husband, 57-year-old fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy charges after they were accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits. However, neither Isabella Rose Giannulli, now 22, nor Olivia Jade Giannulli, now 21, had ever rowed competitively.

Loughlin agreed to serve two months behind bars, perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $150,000 fine.

Giannulli began serving his five-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc, in Southern California in November and is scheduled for release in April.

By George Costantino
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'The United States vs. Billie Holiday', 'The Queen's Gambit', George Clooney and more top AARP's 2021 "Movies for Grownups" Awards

ABC Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- You kids can have your MTV Movie and TV trophies and your Teen Choice Awardsbut for the 50-and-over set, it's AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards.

This year, The United States vs. Billie Holiday took the top prize for the retiree-age advocate organization's Best Film, while This Is Us snagged the top TV show honor.

Stars of a certain age were also honored: 59-year-old George Clooney was named the winner of this year's Career Achievement Award; 86-year-old Sophia Loren was named Best Actress for The Life Ahead, while 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins was singled out in the Best Actor category for his work in The Father.

AARP The Magazine's Annual Movies for Grownups Awards will be broadcast by Great Performances on Sunday, March 28 at 8 p.m. on PBS, as well as on pbs.org/moviesforgrownups, and the PBS Video app -- but let's face it, their demographic will likely only watch it on TV.

Here's the complete list of the Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Winners:

Career Achievement: George Clooney
Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups: The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Best Actress: Sophia Loren - The Life Ahead
Best Actor: Anthony Hopkins - The Father
Best Supporting Actress: Jodie Foster - The Mauritanian
Best Supporting Actor: Demián Bichir - Land
Best Director: Aaron Sorkin - The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin - The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Ensemble: One Night in Miami
Best Intergenerational: Minari
Best Buddy Picture: Da 5 Bloods
Best Time Capsule: Mank
Best Grownup Love Story: Supernova
Best Documentary: A Secret Love
Best Foreign Film/Best International Film: Collective - Romania
Best Actress - TV: Catherine O'Hara - Schitt's Creek
Best Actor - TV: Mark Ruffalo - I Know This Much Is True
Best Series: This Is Us - NBC
Best TV Movie/Limited Series: The Queen's Gambit - Netflix

By Stephen Iervolino
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Whitney Cummings gets "I love Jennifer Aniston" tattoo on her foot

ABC -- ABC/Jeff Niera(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Cummings just figured out the perfect way to get a good laugh and express her love for the one and only Jennifer Aniston -- by getting it tattooed on her foot. 

During a new episode of her podcast Good For You, the 38-year-old comedian let her guest, super-influencer Hannah Stocking, tattoo the phrase "I [heart] J" on her foot, with the heart being the actual shape.

"There's nothing I won't do for a laugh. I'm fully getting an 'I love Jennifer Aniston' tattoo," Cummings joked. "This is so dumb, and I'm so into it...Jen's gonna see this."

Whitney has been friends with Jennifer, 52, for years and attended the actress' wedding to ex Justin Theroux in 2015. 

By Danielle Long
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On 'GMA', embattled 'Bachelor' host Chris Harrison speaks out: "This franchise can be a beacon of change"

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- In an exclusive interview with Michael Strahan on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday, embattled Bachelor host Chris Harrison addressed the comments he made defending current Bachelor contestant and front-runner Rachael Kirkconnell.

Kirkconnell's past social media posts showed her "liking" a photo containing a Confederate flag, as well as photos of her attending an "Old South" plantation-themed party in 2018.

Harrison found himself in hot water when, in a February 9 interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra, he claimed that Kirkconnell was a victim of cancel culture.

When Lindsay said Kirkconnell's 2018 photos at an Old South Antebellum party weren't a "good look," Harrison responded, "Well, Rachel, is it a good look in 2018 or is it not a good look in 2021? Because there's a big difference."

Following those comments, Harrison announced he was "stepping away" from the show.  In his interview with GMA, he walked back the comments, saying, "Antebellum parties are not O.K. Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable."

Harrison said he's also apologized to Lindsay, who in recent weeks has deactivated her Instagram account due to intense harassment and bullying. Harrison urged people to stop bullying her, and added, "I am deeply sorry to Rachel Lindsay and to the Black community."

Harrison says he's been seeking guidance since the whole controversy unfolded from "leading scholars, teachers, faith leaders," and has been "learning from them, listening, gaining experience, knowledge and moving forward."

As for The Bachelor franchise and its spin-offs, Harrison says, "I plan to be back and I want to be back. And I think this franchise can be an important beacon of change."

"This interview is not the finish line," he added. "There is much more work to be done. And I am excited to be a part of that change."

By Carson Blackwelder and Hayley FitzPatrick
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David Schwimmer confirms 'Friends' reunion to start filming "next month"

Warner Bros. Television(LOS ANGELES) -- Could we beeee anymore excited? David Schwimmer finally dropped the bomb that the long-delayed Friends reunion is finally happening -- and soon.

Speaking with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM on Wednesday, the actor, who played Ross in the beloved 90s sitcom, said that the gang is finally getting back together after a string of snags caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Oh, it’s happening," said Schwimmer. "Actually, in a little over a month, I’m heading out to LA."

The 54-year-old actor assured that safety measures will be in place to protect the cast and crew.

"We figured out a way to film it safely, and there’s going to be a portion of it that we film outside because of, you know, for safety protocols," he said.

Unfortunately for Friends fans dying to know what the reunion will be all about, Scwhimmer was unable to reveal much else -- but he did shoot down the rumor that Ellen DeGeneres would host it.

When asked who will helm the revival, the actor confessed, "I don't know if I can actually [tell you.]"

"That's a great question," Schwimmer quickly modified. "I should have found that out."

He did, however, deny other names that were floated as potential hosts, striking out Billy Crystal and, to Cohen's amusement, not the radio host, either.

Friends, which ran between 1994 and 2004 starred Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc.

The reunion, set for HBO Max, will not be a continuation of the series -- as previously revealed by Kudrow and Aniston, who played Phoebe and Rachel, respectively.  

"I will not be Phoebe," Kudrow hinted to Variety last June with Aniston adding, "I will not be Rachel, although I kind of am. Well, we’re all sort of little fragments of them.... not really.  But yeah."

By Megan Stone
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Spouses Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard get together for NBC's 'Family Game Fight'

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC announced on Wednesday that Hollywood couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard will team up on TV for the first time, serving as hosts and competitors on network's upcoming game show, Family Game Fight

Inspired by Bell and Shepard’s antics on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The show will see the the married couple "part ways and be 'adopted' into a family of four as they compete in a series of insanely fun games with a big cash prize up for grabs," according to NBC.

Casting for Family Game Fight is now underway. You can submit your story or nominate a friend, co-worker, or family member at the website Venertainment.com.

By George Costantino
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Regé-Jean Page to star alongside Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling in new movie

Mike Marsland/WireImage, Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Bridgerton breakout Regé-Jean Page has been tapped to star in the upcoming spy thriller, The Grey Man.  The British heartthrob now joins a roster that includes fellow hunks Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling.

Entertainment Tonight reports that the upcoming action flick penned by the Russo Brothers, stars Gosling as an ex-CIA assassin on the run from Evans, who plays his fellow CIA operative.  The movie is based of the 2009 book of the same name, written by author Mark Greaney.

It is unknown what role Page, 31, has been signed on for, however, the internet is already agog about the film -- not because of its premise -- but because of all the handsome faces that will share one screen.

Reaction online has been pure excitement, with one fan declaring, "rege jean page and chris evans in the same room, I’m too excited" while another fawned through a string of heart eyes emojis, "The hotties doing the movie together."

Other stars already signed on for the project include Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thorton, Alfr Woodward, Jessica Henwick and Julia Butters.

Page broke out into the spotlight playing the broodingly handsome Duke of Hastings on the extra steamy Shondaland series Bridgerton, which is streaming now on Netflix.

By Megan Stone
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