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Season 3 of ‘The Handmaid’s’ Tale debuts June 5

Hulu(LOS ANGELES) — Hulu’s also announced the premiere date for season three of their hit dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale

The series returns Wednesday, June 5 with three new episodes dropped for immediate viewing, followed by a subsequent new episode each week after. 

Unfortunately, the late return means The Handmaid’s Tale won’t be eligible for the 2019 Emmys, due to the deadlines set by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

 

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‘Aquaman’ sequel officially in the works

Jasin Boland/™ & © DC Comics(LOS ANGELES) — On the heels of its billion-dollar global blockbuster Aquaman, Warner Brothers — no surprise — is planning a sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote the first movie, is already on board to pen the follow-up, and original director James Wan is reportedly working on a deal to return as a producer, along with Peter Safran. It’s still not clear if Wan helm the sequel.

Aquaman, released in December, has earned $1.12 billion worldwide to date, making it the largest DC Comics adaptation of all-time globally and the third largest Warner Brothers movie of all-time worldwide.

News of the sequel comes several days after THR learned that an Aquaman spin-off — also produced by Wan and Safran — about The Trench, the race of creatures that bedeviled the underwater hero in the film, is also in the works. The project is said to be more modestly budgeted than Aquaman, and none of that film’s main stars will appear.

 

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‘The Bachelor’ recap: The drama amps up as four women are shown the door, and one walks away

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — On Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor, the journey came to a painful end for five women, including two bitter rivals, one disillusioned woman, one whose declaration of love ended in heartbreak, and one whose worst fears were confirmed.

After accusations of lying and bullying between Nicole and Onyeka had Colton storming out of the rose ceremony last week, he reentered the room saying that after a “hard” and “emotional” night, he would “follow his heart.” When the seven remaining roses were handed out, both ladies were sent packing.

Following the rose ceremony, Colton and the remaining women hoped for a reset in Vietnam. The first one-on-one was a spa date that went to Hannah G. The date went well, but Colton needed to see what was behind the perpetually happy front she seemed to put on for people. Later, the two bonded over each other’s stories about their parents’ divorces. Colton said Hannah opening up brought the two closer. He offered her the rose, promising that would always provide “a place to laugh,” and “a shoulder to cry on.”

A group date card for Cassie, Heather, Tayshia, Caelynn, Katie, Hannah B., Sydney and Demi asked if they were ready to “fight for love,” and sure enough, the ladies were trained in the Vietnamese martial art of Vovinam and then literally fought for love in a series of intense sparring matches.

At the after-party, Katie shared an emotional exchange with Colton, revealing that she feared her inability to show her emotions might’ve given him the wrong impression about her. Colton appreciated Katie showing her vulnerable side and encouraged her to “let go” and be herself.”

Then things got a little awkward when Sydney couldn’t contain her disillusionment and pressed Colton on why she hadn’t gotten a one-on-one with him. Colton’s explanation that he “opens up differently in different relationships” and “every relationship moves at different paces” didn’t ease Sydney’s mind.  She put all her cards on the table and, as with Elyse in last week’s episode, told Colton she, too, needed to leave.  

But Sydney offered Colton a piece of advice before she left: “There’s some very wonderful people in that group [but] don’t be distracted by shiny things…figure out what you came here to find.” While Sydney doesn’t name names, she’s referring specifically to Hanna B. and Demi. Colton seemed to take Sydney’s words to heart, as Tayshia — one of the good ones, in Sydney’s opinion — got the date rose.

Colton’s talk with Sydney also seemed to play into his decision to explore his relationship with the seemingly shy Kirpa a little further on the final one-on-one date. After a day of scuba diving, she opened up about her previous engagement to a man she knew for eight years who, like Colton, was “saving himself” for the right woman. After assuring Colton that she was ready to dive into marriage again after her past experience, Kirpa took home the date rose.

What Colton didn’t realize is that the night wasn’t yet over.  He received a late-night visit from Demi, who felt a need to take her relationship to the next level. Her declaration of love for Colton ended in disappointment when he told her he didn’t have the same feelings for her. Demi became the fourth woman to exit the competition, but not before warning Colton that while some girls may seem like the “safe” choice, they won’t make him happy in the long run.

The events of the past week had the remaining ladies feeling less secure about their relationships with Colton, and their hopes for one last chance to talk with him were dashed when he decided to forego the cocktail party and head straight to rose ceremony. There, Katie was the odd girl out, leaving the house. As they said their goodbyes, Katie joined the chorus of women warning Colton that some of the remaining ladies weren’t ready for marriage. Thinking he had already weeded out the riff-raff, Colton was even more confused about the choices he’d made.

The seven remaining women are:

Caelynn, 23, Miss North Carolina 2018 from Charlotte, North Carolina
Cassie, 23, a speech pathologist from Huntington Beach, California
Hannah B., 24, Miss Alabama 2018 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Hannah G., 23, a content creator from Birmingham, Alabama
Heather, 23, has been kissed from Carlsbad, California
Kirpa, 26, a dental hygienist from Whittier, California
Tayshia, 28, a phlebotomist from Corona Del Mar, California

The Bachelor returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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After BAFTA win, ‘Black Panther’ star Letitia Wright got real about her bout with depression

Marvel Studios(LONDON) — Letitia Wright took home the Rising Star Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards last night, and after her win, the Black Panther star opened up about her struggle to get there.

“A few years ago I saw myself in a deep state of depression and I literally wanted to quit acting,” the 25-year-old said, according to the BBC.

“The only thing that pulled me out of it was God, my belief, my faith and my family, and an email from Bafta asking me to become part of the Bafta Breakthrough Brits,” Wright continued. “I was like: ‘Let me try again.'”

Wright made BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits list in 2015 and has since starred in Black Mirror, and the back-to-back Marvel blockbusters Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.

Now, looking back, Wright acknowledges the importance of her bumpy journey, and says she’s thankful that she’s stayed on course.

“This wasn’t an overnight thing, this wasn’t a click of a finger success, and I’m still a work in progress, but I want to thank God, my family, my team,” she says. “I want to thank everybody who said yes to me, that gave me a chance, and just saw my talent and saw what God placed in me, and said ‘yes.'”

After Wright’s win, her Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o congratulated her, posting a photo of the actress holding her trophy. Oscar winner Nyong’o added, Living life and winning at it! Congrats Baby Underbite!!”

Wright’s close friend John Boyega also sounded off in support: “A star!” he wrote. “Congrats @letitiawright#bafta rising star.”

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James Cameron says the working title of the new ‘Terminator’ movie is ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — In a chat with Yahoo! Entertainment about his new release Alita: Battle Angel — which he co-wrote and produced — James Cameron says the working title of the new Terminator movie is Terminator: Dark Fate.

Cameron explains that, like Alita, he guided the process, but because he’s busy with more Avatar films, he left the directing up to somebody else. While Robert Rodriguez called the shots on Alita, Deadpool veteran Tim Miller was behind the camera for this new Terminator film.

The new movie deliberately ignores the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, and, perhaps most gratifyingly for fans, the critically savaged Terminator: Genisys

Cameron said, “I can’t be involved in this film at all if Arnold [Schwarzenegger] is not in it,” and added that he “strongly recommended” the filmmakers bring back Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor — something Miller was keen to do.

“Fans are going to want to see her again, and they’re going to want to see the real Sarah Connor and what time and dealing with these tragic futures has done to her,” Cameron advised.

If you remember, Sarah gives birth to John Connor, the future savior of mankind in the war against the machines.

What she’s been through has, “hardened her even more, but in a way that made her much stronger…Maybe less likable, but stronger,” Cameron notes.  He addis, “Ultimately, she becomes a really important character in passing the baton to the new characters that come in. It’s a very female-centric film, which I’m glad Tim embraced..”

Terminator: Dark Fate — if that’s what it ends up being called — hits theaters November 1. Alita: Battle Angel opens Thursday.

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Marvel readying ‘Howard The Duck’, ‘Hit Monkey’, other adult animated shows for Hulu

Marvel(LOS ANGELES) — Marvel Television is bringing four of Marvel Comics’ off-kilter characters to Hulu, in a quartet of animated shows targeted towards adults.

Variety reports Howard The Duck, Hit-Monkey, M.O.D.O.K., and Tigra and Dazzler will be coming to the streaming service, each featuring with some very unique comedic voices.

Kevin Smith is co-writing and co-producing Howard The Duck, about a talking alien duck. Howard, the subject of a famously bad 1986 live-action movie, was briefly glimpsed in Guardians of the Galaxy. Helping Smith is Dave Willis, known for the offbeat Adult Swim cartoons Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies.

Hit Monkey is about an assassin monkey, and Blades of Glory writers Josh Gordon and Will Speck are behind that one. Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn once pitched Marvel Studios on the idea of making a film based on the character.

M.O.D.O.K. will center on the work/life balance of the giant-headed villain whose name means “Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.” Comedian and certified geek Patton Oswalt is co-writing and producing the project.

Finally, from writers and executive producers Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler comes Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, about, “two woke Super Heroes and best friends…fight[ing] for recognition.”

Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb said of the shows: “A giant head. A monkey. A tiger lady and a disco queen. And the duck. Brought together because no one else could but Marvel Television on Hulu. M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler and Howard the Duck will form a team no one asked for — The Offenders (and wait until you see who the Team Leader is!)!” He adds, “We have such tremendous talent bringing amazing adult animation that’s fun, fresh and fantastic. We’re so excited for what’s to come!”

Marvel is owned by ABC News’ parent company Disney.

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Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Samuel L. Jackson among the next batch of Oscar presenters

AMPAS(LOS ANGELES) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a second round of celebrity presenters for the upcoming Oscars telecast.

Oscar-winner Javier Bardem joins a host of other Academy Award nominees, including Chadwick Boseman, his Black Panther mom Angela Bassett, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, and Melissa McCarthy, as well as Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson, James McAvoy, If Beale Street Could Talk‘s Stephan James and Kiki Layne, Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa and Keegan-Michael Key.

Previously announced presenters including Daniel Craig, Oscar-winners Brie Larson, Charlize Theron, and Whoopi Goldberg, and Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Awkwafina and Constance Wu.

The 91st annual Oscars ceremony will air live on ABC Sunday, February 24.

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Man in Blue — See Will Smith as Genie in ‘Aladdin’ mini-trailer

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Remember in December, when everyone got so bent out of shape when Entertainment Weekly‘s cover photo showed Will Smith as the Genie in the forthcoming live-action Aladdin remake — and he wasn’t blue?  Smith himself answered the haters on Instagram, posting in part: “[A]nd yes, I’m gonna be BLUE!”

He wasn’t kidding.  Disney on Sunday night released a “special look” mini-trailer, that ends with Smith’s part-CGI reveal as the Genie — emerging from the lamp in an electric-blue tornado of smoke until we see him in all his glory.  He’s blue, all right, and bare-chested, with pointed ears and the Genie’s signature beard and top knot.

“You really don’t know who I am?” he asks an incredulous Aladdin.  “Genie, wishes, lamp — none of that ringing a bell?”

The original, animated Aladdin premiered in 1992 and famously starred the late Robin Williams in a virtuoso vocal performance as the Genie that earned him a Golden Globe.  That movie has grossed $504 million worldwide.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin also stars Mena Massoud in the title role, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.  It opens May 24 from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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‘The Walking Dead’ recap: “Adaptation”

AMC(LOS ANGELES) — The ninth season of The Walking Dead resumed Sunday night, with the action beginning seconds after the mid-season cliffhanger last fall: Jesus, dead in the graveyard, after being stabbed by a seeming sentient walker — the Whisperers.

As a horde shambles through the graveyard, Michonne, Daryl, Aaron, Eugene and the rest manage to escape, dragging Jesus’s body. Yumiko grabs one of the assailants’ masks, made of a walker’s flesh, as they bolt a door behind them.

And then a seemingly undead hand reaches out from the walkers and unlocks the door.

Back at Hilltop, we see Negan beating a hasty escape from his underground prison: his door had been left unlocked in the cliffhanger.   He smiles to himself before making his way around the community, helping himself to some fruit. He arms himself with a shovel and enters the Alexandria headquarters, where he steals a compass and a change of clothes.  

As he climbs the perimeter fence, he comes face to face with Judith, holding her Dad’s Colt. “You’re not gonna shoot me, kid,” he tells her, but Judith stands her ground. 

Negan tries to charm his way out.  “You know me better than anyone’s known me in a very long time,” he says. “I promise you I’m not going to hurt anyone…But I gotta go.”

Judith lowers her weapon, before spotting the compass he stole. “You want it back?” Negan asks.

“Keep it,” Judith says. “It’ll help you to find your way. But if I see you again, I’ll shoot.” 

“I would,” Negan replies before he climbs to freedom.

Meanwhile, at Hilltop, Luke tries to be useful, eventually joining a search team. There’s hesitation until Alden agrees to have him ride with him.

Elsewhere, Yumiko, Daryl, and the others keep lugging Jesus’s body home, contemplating, while looking at the Whisperer’s mask, who would do such a thing.

At a covered bridge, they face some stragglers but need to determine which are undead and which are Whisperers, only pretending to be undead. Daryl’s crossbow does the trick. A shot to the thigh of one “walker” causes him to scream in pain and the real walkers attack the now-revealed human.

Another breaks rank and tries to attack Michonne. She makes quick work of him, while another, a woman, surrenders. They unmask her and try to find out the Whisperers’ numbers. She lies, and said they’re all dead.  With a horde approaching, the heroes take her with her as a hostage.

The team returns to Hilltop with their hostage, and the body of Jesus, to the residents’ shock.  They look to Tara to deliver justice and the hostage into a cell for interrogation.

Elsewhere, Negan makes his way into the remains of a store, and its leather goods department.  He finds some leather that fits, giving him some of his old moto jacket swagger back.

Meanwhile, Luke and Alden keep searching for their friend who, unbeknownst to the pair, have returned. They find some of Yumiko’s arrows, and a possible trail to their pals.

Back at the interrogation, Daryl gets nowhere with the defiant hostage.  Michonne tells Tara she’s heading back to Alexandria to warn her people about the Whiperers.

At Hilltop, Sidiq pops Eugene’s ankle back its socket.  The injured man apologizes to Rosita and attempts to share his feelings for her.  In response, she runs out and throws up — but not from the near confession. She confides in Sidiq that she’s pregnant with his baby, much to the eavesdropping Eugene’s heartbreak.

Meanwhile, young Henry is given a break from the drunk tank by Daryl; the young man says he’s looking for his place in the community.

Meanwhile, a newly leathered Negan, holding a pipe as if it’s Lucille, reaches Sanctuary. “Home sweet home,” he smiles. He gives his team’s traditional wolf whistles as he surveys the damage that had been done to his once proud HQ.

Negan finds one of his former comrades, now a walker. “Loyal to the end,” Negan smiles.  He cleans up as best he can, including dispatching several walkers, but he leaves Big Ritchie alone, for company.  That is, until he finds his compass, literally and figuratively, and bashes Ritchie’s head in.

Meanwhile, back at Alexandria, the gang buries Jesus, leaving Daryl to deal with the Whisperer.  He interrogates her harshly and threatens to drag her out to face the gallows, until Henry yells from his cell, getting Daryl to stop. She only admits her mother was out there, dressed as a Whisperer, alone, and urges him not to kill her if he finds her. Daryl storms off, telling Henry he’s going to stay in the jail until he wises up.

He leaves and the girl thanks to Henry, and tells him her name: Lydia.

Meanwhile, Negan drives back to Alexandria and faces Judith again. As promised, she fires and he dumps off his bike. He agrees that there’s nothing out there for him, and volunteers to get back into his cell.

Alden and Luke continue following the hunting arrows, thinking they’re on the trail of their compatriots, when they spot a lone walker. Luke moves to dispatch the female form — and the walker freezes.

Then another breaks free, another female, and tosses an arrow at their feet, before raising a sawed off shotgun at the pair. “Trail ends here,” the Whisperer says.

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, February 17, at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ busts on Jeff Bezos’ Amazon “package”; Aidy Bryant plays acting Attorney General Whitaker in opening sketch

NBC/Will Heath(LOS ANGELES) — In a take-off on the NBC political show Meet the Press, Saturday Night Live signaled a “new low in journalism” as its pundit panel took on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ nude photo scandal. 

Bezos claims that National Enquirer corporate boss David Pecker was involved in a blackmail scheme over photos the Amazon head allegedly sent to his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, and the “star” of those purported nude selfies took center stage. As moderator Chuck Todd, SNL cast member Kyle Mooney asked, “What do you think the coloration is like?”

The debate also featured a joke that’s sure to be repeated: Kenan Thompson, playing Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, held up a fake New York Post, with the headline: “Your Amazon Package is on Its Way.”

The show began with another political cold open, with cast member Aidy Bryant in a bald cap, playing acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker during his contentious congressional hearing last week.

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