'The Rookie' stays on the beat for ABC for seventh season

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On Monday, ABC announced it was renewing its cop drama The Rookie for its seventh season.

No longer a rookie after six seasons, the show centers on Nathan Fillion's John Nolan, who takes on a career change later in life to walk the beat for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Weighing into the decision undoubtedly were the show's ratings: Its sixth season started with its most-watched episode since 2018, with 11.9 total viewers after 35 days on TV, on-demand and streaming.

Also, the network says the debut jumped 27% in the key 18-34 demographic over the prior season and snagged the highest ratings in that viewer group since 2018.

This season's debut of the drama, which also stars Richard T. Jones, Melissa O'Neil, Shawn Ashmore and Alyssa Diaz, also performed well on linear — that is, non-streaming — with more than 7.2 million viewers.

The Rookie airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and streams the next day on Hulu.

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"It was the right thing to do": Drew Carey on the fortune he spent feeding striking writers

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At Sunday evening's Writers Guild Awards, Drew Carey said he didn't want applause for footing the bill for food for out-of-work writers during last summer's writers strike — but he got it anyway. 

The former Drew Carey Show star said it was simply "the right thing to do."

That said, he didn't realize his open tab at Bob's Big Boy and Swingers would be so spendy.

One estimate put the bill from Bob's Big Boy at $500,000; Swingers, another burger joint, was reportedly charging him $10,000 a week.


"I didn't know it was going to cost me so much money," Carey admitted to the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, according to Deadline video of the event. 

He explains he did the same thing during the last WGA strike, "I think the total bill was like $67,000,"
before adding, "I thought it was going to be about the same thing."

To laughs, he added, "But then some of you decided, 'Oh yeah I’m going to a get a shake and some dessert.'"

Carey said his accountant asked, "'Is there is any way we can dial this back?'" and his publicist, on a three-way call, asked the same. "'Nope, I already said I would,'" Carey recalled his reply, to cheers.

He continued, "I really appreciate all the thanks and stuff. I don't think I should get that much credit for doing the right thing ... you writers, The Drew Carey Show writers, made me a f****** million. Everybody in this room makes some actor a million, and you deserve all the money you get, all the credit you get. Thank you so much for everything you do. God bless all of you."

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'Rust' armorer Hannah Gutierrez gets maximum 18 months for fatal on-set shooting

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Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez was given the maximum sentence Monday of 18 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Gutierrez's attorneys asked for probation in a sentencing memorandum filed last week, citing her "complete lack of prior criminal history" and "relative youth." Prosecutors, meanwhile, requested a sentence of 18 months with the designation of serious violent offender due to her "extreme recklessness" while working as an armorer on the Rust set in New Mexico.

"You alone turned a safe weapon into a lethal weapon," Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer said. "But for you, Ms. Hutchins would be alive. A husband would have his partner, and a little boy would have his mother."

Gutierrez said to the court, "My heart aches for the Hutchins family and friends and colleagues, as well."

"Your honor, when I took on Rust I was young and I was naive. But I took my job as seriously as I knew how to, despite not having proper time, resources and staffing, I just did my best to handle it," she said. "Today I humbly ask you to consider probation. ... I beg you, please don't give me more time."

Gutierrez, dressed in tan jail clothes, watched on as Hutchins' friends addressed the court before the sentence was imposed.

Hutchins’ friend Jen White told the court, "I still expect to see her. I still wonder what adventures she’s on … then my heart drops through my feet."

"Halyna was a force," White said.

"She inspired me. And I don’t think she knew that because I never got to tell her. She was one of my favorite people in the world," White said, as Gutierrez wiped away tears.

White said if Gutierrez "had properly done her job, Halyna would still be alive." She addressed the judge, "I beg you to impose the maximum sentence. She needs to be held accountable."


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Why director Shawn Levy says 'Deadpool & Wolverine' is not 'Deadpool 3'

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Deadpool vs. Wolverine doesn't come out until July 26, but even back in December, Fandango users voted it as their most anticipated movie of 2024.

Rumblings about the movie's showcase at last week's CinemaCon only added fuel to the fire, and there, its director, Shawn Levy, weighed in to Screen Rant about what the film is — and what it's not.

"It's the third Deadpool movie, but it's not Deadpool 3," says the veteran of Free Guy. "It's a different thing that's very much Deadpool and Wolverine," he explains, "and it's not trying to copycat anything from the first two movies. They were awesome, but this is a two-hander character adventure."

A "two-hander" is Hollywood-speak for what most people know as a "buddy movie," like '80s classics Lethal Weapon or 48 Hours, the latter of which Levy has previously compared to his new movie. Instead of Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, however, he has Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.

Levy explains, "I just felt privileged every day because you're talking about two massive movie stars in their most iconic roles."

The filmmaker adds of the R-rated film — a Marvel Studios first — "I'll tell you that the guiding thought in crafting the movie was audience joy. That was always the North Star. Yeah, it's going to be gnarly. Yeah, it's gonna be funny. That's a given. But we wanted to build a great time at the theater for audiences, and that's our goal."

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'Tamron Hall' renewed for season 6

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Tamron Hall's eponymous, Emmy-winning syndicated daytime talk show has been renewed for a sixth season, it was revealed on Monday.

Tamron Hall currently ranks third out of the nine one-hour syndicated talk shows and has already become the second longest-running talk show produced by ABC News' parent company Disney.

"From the start, I saw the show as a chance to build a community. Now, here we are, preparing for season six. Wow!" enthused the show's host and namesake.

She added, "Thank you to my team and my beloved Tam Fam for nurturing my dream and growing this community. We are a daily destination to talk, laugh, learn and be inspired together. From the biggest celebrities in the world to the most incredible people in their own neighborhood, they all come here to talk, and I am grateful."

The show's executive producer Quiana Burns commented, "We are at season six because there is no other show like Tamron Hall in daytime."

Promising "a few surprises" in store for the forthcoming season, Burns added, "From exclusive road trips with Miranda Lambert, Usher and former first lady Michelle Obama to exclusive sit-downs with Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Grey, Lynda Carter and Angela White, our Tam Fam has come to expect impactful interviews, as well as in-depth conversations on important issues like only Tamron can do."

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Will Smith channels 'Men in Black' during J Balvin's Coachella set

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Will Smith channeled his Men in Black character in a surprise appearance at Coachella over the weekend.

During J Balvin's alien-themed set Sunday night, the Oscar-winning actor was dressed in a suit just like his character Agent J from the 1997 sci-fi action comedy and two sequels.

Smith, backed by other suited-up dancers and green extraterrestrial dancers, performed his song "Men in Black" from the film's soundtrack.

As the dancers in suits carried J Balvin off the stage, Smith pulled out a device like the one the agents in Men in Black use to erase people's memories, and a white light lit up behind him.

Tyler, the Creator, Doja Cat and Lana Del Rey are this year's Coachella headliners.

With the first weekend of the 2024 music festival in the books, the next weekend is set for April 19-21 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

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Hannah Waddingham shames "d***" paparazzo for asking her to "show leg" at UK theater awards

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Before she won Emmys for Ted Lasso, Hannah Waddingham was famous for playing the "shame nun" Septa Unella in Game of Thrones. She recently proved she's still got those chops on a U.K. red carpet Sunday evening.

While she didn't have Septa's famous bell, she shamed a paparazzo who asked her to be a little more revealing while posing for pictures at the Royal Albert Hall before the Olivier Awards.

The exchange was caught on fan video. "Oh my God, you'd never say that to a man," Waddingham said, wagging her finger. "Don’t be a d*** otherwise I’ll move off. Don't say 'show me leg.' No." 

The comment drew applause and hoots of approval from those who'd heard it. 

The actress strode off but continued to put the photographer on blast as she walked away; what she said to him afterward wasn't clear.

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Megan Fox "believes" 'Love Is Blind' star Chelsea Blackwell's claim that they look alike

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Well, the internet may not think Love Is Blind contestant Chelsea Blackwell looks like Megan Fox, but the Transformers actress says she can see it. 

In case you're unaware of the controversy, it all began when Blackwell and Jimmy Presnell were asked, sight unseen, to describe each other, and he queried whether or not she looked like a celebrity. 

While offering the caveat, "I don't see it, so don't get excited," Blackwell implied people have compared her to Fox.

Her claim, and his reaction at the final reveal, however, went viral. 

That said, Fox finally responded on the matter, telling E! News she had heard about the comparisons secondhand. "I don't watch much TV," she noted.

"I've never had more people text me about something," Fox expressed, adding, "Even other celebrities at like Oscar parties were like, 'Do you watch Love is Blind?' And I was like, 'No, but I know what you’re talking about.'"

The actress said, "I did see a picture of her," adding Blackwell has "very blue, slightly almond shaped slatted eyes," presumably similar to her own. She said "a hundred thousand percent people have told her, 'You kind of look like Megan Fox.' So, I believe she's telling the truth."

While that may be in the slatted eye of the beholder, Fox maintains Blackwell didn't deserve to get "bullied" by the internet, expressing, "I hope like she still has that sparkle in her eye. I hope the world didn't steal it from her."

Megan offered "best wishes and blessings" to Chelsea, adding, "I think people went way too hard" on her.

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Oscar winner 'The Zone of Interest' takes top spot on streaming


Jonathan Glazer's film The Zone of Interest, which recently won Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film and Best Sound, was the most-watched title on streaming last week, according to the analysts at Reelgood. 

The haunting drama is available for streaming on Max.

In a bit of trivia, it means its producer A24 now has the top movie at the box office, with Civil War, and the top movie on streaming.

The weekly top 10 chart from the company, which monitors 20 million viewing decisions for all platforms, saw Netflix's series Ripley taking the second slot for the week of April 4 through April 10, 2024.

Ewan McGregor's drama series A Gentleman in Moscow, on Paramount+ with Showtime, ranked third, while Apple TV+'s new series Sugar, starring Academy Award winner Colin Farrell was fourth, and the four Oscar-winning film Poor Things starring two-time winner Emma Stone, rounded out the top five of the most-watched titles for last week. 

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In Brief: Sarah Snook, Nicole Scherzinger take home Olivier Awards, and more

Succession star Sarah Snook and singer/actress Nicole Scherzinger were among the big winners at the 2024 Olivier Awards held Sunday, April 14 at London's Royal Albert Hall. Snook took home the Best Actress trophy for her performance in the Sydney Theatre Company's version of the Oscar Wilde play The Picture of Dorian Gray. Scherzinger won for Best Actress in a Musical for her turn as Norma Desmond in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. The complete list of winners can be found at the London Theatre website ...

Micheal B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler, his director on a number of films, including Fruitvale Station, Creed and Black Panther, are at it again in an as yet untitled supernatural thriller, according to Deadline. While plot details haven't been revealed, Cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw shared a photo from the set of the film on Instagram, captioned, "Get ready." The film is slated for a March 7, 2025 release ...

Veteran character actor Ron Thompson, best known for his roles as Detective Nopke in the 1970s TV series Baretta and in Ralph Bakshi's animated film, American Pop, died Saturday, April 13, in Los Angeles. His friend, Professor Rel Dowdell of Hampton University, confirmed the news, according to Deadline. A cause of death for the 83-year-old was not given. Thompson had a brief career as a rock singer in the 1960s and wrote and recorded a number of singles as Ronnie Thompson, per the outlet ...


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'Civil War' marches to the top of the box office with $25 million opening


Alex Garland's Civil War topped the domestic box office with an estimated $25.7 million, surpassing expectations and scoring the biggest R-rated opening weekend for a film so far this year. The movie, starring Kirsten Dunst, also marked the biggest opening weekend in A24's history, surpassing 2018's Hereditary, which opened in fourth place with $13 million.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, which held the top spot for the past two weeks, dropped to second place, delivering an estimated $15.4 million. That brings its North American tally to $157.9 million and $436 million globally.

Third place went to Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, which collected an estimated $5.8 million at the domestic box office. It's four-week total now stands at $96 million and $159 million worldwide.

Kung Fu Panda 4 took fourth place with an estimated $5.5 million, bringing the animated sequel's North American tally to $173 million and $452 million globally.

Rounding out the top five was Dune: Part Two, scooping up an estimated $4.3 million in its seventh week of release. Its total now stands at $272 million in North America and $683 million worldwide.

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Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has died at 83

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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, known for his unique animal print designs and eponymous fashion house, has died. He was 83 years old.

The legendary designer's death was announced Friday on his company's Instagram page along with a heartfelt message. The company did not share details surrounding his cause of death.

"It is with great sadness that today we say our final goodbyes to our founder Roberto Cavalli," the company wrote in a statement. "From humble beginnings in Florence, Roberto succeeded in becoming a globally recognised name loved and respected by all. Naturally talented and creative, Roberto believed that everyone can discover and nurture the artist within themselves."

"Roberto Cavalli's legacy will live on via his creativity, his love of nature and via his family who he cherished," it continued.

The company also shared several of Cavalli's inspiring quotes, including, "I copy the dress of an animal because I love to copy God. I think God is the most fantastic designer."

Some of Cavalli's first designs included printed leather gowns and were showcased in 1970, according to Vogue.

His luxury fashion house continued to expand to include everything from statement-making leopard prints to elegantly designed dresses seen everywhere from runways to red carpets. The designer's pieces have been famously worn by notables such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham.

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Conan O'Brien brings a doctor, and the funny, to 'Hot Ones'


While he joked he grew up with "tasteless" food in an Irish Catholic home in Boston and insisted he's "terrible with hot food," Conan O'Brien slayed on First We Feast's Hot Ones show on Thursday. 

The former Late Night host first introduced his "personal physician" of 25 years, calling Dr. Arroyo "not the best, but very affordable." 

After taking a bite of each wing, Conan decided to pocket the leftovers. 

Conan also talked up his new Max travelogue show, Conan O'Brien Must Go, saying, "My mission is that you learn nothing about the country. My job is that you know less about the country after I’m done than when I started." The show debuts on April 18, which coincidentally is O'Brien's birthday.

O'Brien cruised his way through, even boasting after sampling the third wing, "I thought this show was called Hot Ones! You got nothing!"

Midway through the so-called Gauntlet of Death, Conan was still not fazed — even swigging directly from the hot sauce bottle to host Sean Evans' shock.

He did reach for a sip of milk after dominating Da Bomb, with a whopping Scoville heat score of 135,600, but soldiered on, soaking his last wing in a sauce made purely with hot peppers — and a Scoville score of more than 2.6 million. 

Conan screamed, "WHY CAN'T I FEEL!?" and even swigged that sauce from the bottle, too — although he eventually was left drooling as he ranted, chicken and spit flying everywhere.

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CBS ending 'The Talk' after season 15

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CBS' The Talk show will come to an end after its 15th season, ABC Audio has confirmed.

The network announced on Friday that it has renewed the show for a shortened season — what it calls a "celebratory sendoff" — that will wrap the show for good in December.

"The Talk broke new ground when it launched 14 years ago by returning daytime talk to CBS with a refreshing and award-winning format," read a joint statement from Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment, and David Stapf, president of CBS Studios.

"Throughout the years, it has been a key program on CBS’ top rated daytime line-up as it brought timely, important and entertaining topics and discussions into living rooms around the globe," they continued.

"It goes without saying that hosting and producing a year-round talk show is no easy task, and we express our sincere gratitude to our amazing hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood," along with the cast and crew.

Stapf and Reisenbach also saluted the former hosts of the show, which over the years included Julie Chen Moonves, Sara Gilbert, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson-Peete, Sharon Osbourne, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Eve, Aisha Tyler and Marie Osmond.

"For the final season, we plan to celebrate the show and give it the proper sendoff it deserves," the executives concluded.

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Anthony Mackie calls 'Captain America: Brave New World' a "clear reset" for Marvel Studios

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After Disney's exhibition at the annual industry confab CinemaCon on Thursday, fans are buzzing about one of the details revealed during a sneak peek of the upcoming Captain America: Brave New World

Along with footage of the anticipated film — and the first glimpses at Harrison Ford as President Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross — comes a direct order to the new Cap, Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson. 

According to outlets at the event, Ford's POTUS tells Sam, "I want Captain America to help rebuild the Avengers."

Following the sneak peek, Entertainment Weekly dropped exclusive photos and an interview with the star, with Mackie offering the magazine that the movie feels "10 times bigger" than the last time he carried that spangly shield, on the small screen on Disney+.

"One of the biggest conversations we had from the beginning was for this not to be Falcon and the Winter Soldier Part 2, for this to be its own movie with its own story, with its own characters," Mackie maintains.

He calls the movie "a clear reset" for Marvel, in the same way Captain America: The Winter Soldier was. That film, which just turned 10, often finds itself atop the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe library in film rankings.

Mackie teases, "From Captain America: The First Avenger to [AvengersEndgame, the enemy was always good versus bad. Now that we've conquered that, where do we go from here? When the bad guys reappear, in what form are they reappearing?"

He says Brave New World "is a new storyline with new characters, with new beliefs, and it creates a new idea of this new world that we're going into."

The delayed movie now opens February 14, 2025.

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