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After season one of The Morning Show ended on an incredible cliffhanger -- with Alex Levy and Bradley Jackson choosing to blow up their network and expose the toxic work environment live on television -- fans will finally know what happened next when season two premieres today on Apple TV+.

Star Jennifer Aniston, who plays Alex, chatted with ABC Audio about what themes the new season will tackle and how they will affect her character's growth.

Aniston says that Alex -- who spent much of the first season trying to process the sexual assault allegations against her disgraced former co-host, Steve Carell's Mitch Kessler -- will do some real soul searching this season.

"Sitting back, taking a moment to look inward and look back at the rubble that was left behind and figuring out who you are, is it who you want to be, and how do you move forward in this new normal?," she divulged.

The Emmy winner says Alex will continue to explore the fallout of the sex scandal and also focus on cancel culture.

"What happens to these people who, you know, commit these terrible acts? Do they just vanish and disappear? That's it. One click and one swipe in your whole entire life that you worked for is over," she explained. "Is there room for redemption? Is there room for forgiveness?"

While fans have yet to find that out, they will meet newcomer Julianna Margulies, who plays network news anchor Laura Peterson.

Margulies tells ABC Audio that Laura's character is a mix of Diane SawyerRachel Maddow and Christiane Amanpour.

"There's this sort of really great mix of grit, but sophistication and incredible smarts," she teased. 

The Morning Show's first episode of season two is streaming now on Apple TV+. 

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For car collectors and movie fans, there are few automobiles as iconic as James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin DB5, and now you can own it -- well, at least in coffee table book form. 

Hero Collector Books has announced that on September 28 they'll release James Bond's DB5, the official, in-depth history of 007's most famous whip, in a photo-packed 280-page book that was authorized by James Bond movie producers EON Productions.

The book's release is timed to celebrate the October 8 premiere of the 25th James Bond film No
Time To DieDaniel Craig's final turn as 007, which features the DB5 prominently.

The car has appeared in eight 007 movies to date, starting with 1964's Goldfinger, and although the super-spy has driven other gadget-packed cars over the years, the producers always return to the Aston, which they did for Craig's first outing in the tuxedo, in 2006's Casino Royale

Craig provides a forward for the new book, which details virtually every inch of the vehicle, photographed in exquisite detail from bumper to bumper -- and ejector seat to machine guns.

James Bond movie producer Michael G. Wilson and Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman also penned forwards for the book.

Reichman notes, "There are no other cars that enjoy such an exciting connection to such a beloved character and I hope this book demonstrates that among all the technical and marketing data that underpins car production, an indelible truth remains: great cars are wonders to behold, blending creativity with one crucial factor: fun."

He adds, "Bond definitely enjoys the DB5. I hope you enjoy it too."

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Netflix has set a November 24 release date for True Story, an upcoming limited series loosely based on the life of Kevin Hart.

The seven-episode drama follows Hart as Kid, a world famous comedian whose life suddenly hangs in the balance after "a lost evening with his wayward older brother" threatens to destroy everything he’s built. Wesley Snipes, who has been tapped to play Hart's older brother, will star alongside Tawny Newsome, Will Catlett, Paul Adelstein, Theo Rossi, Ash Santos, John Ales, Chris Diamantopoulos, Lauren London, and Billy Zane. True Story officially marks Hart’s dramatic series debut.

In other news, Deadline has learned that Giancarlo Esposito has been added to the cast of Jigsaw, an upcoming Netflix series based on the "largest heist ever attempted." It centers on the true-story of when $70 billion dollars in bonds went missing in downtown Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. Esposito joins Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Tati Gabrielle, Peter Mark Kendall, Rosaline Elbay, Jai Courtney and Niousha Noor, who were previously announced. Production on Jigsaw has already begun at Netflix Studios in Brooklyn.

Finally, Zoe Saldaña is getting animated for her next big project. Netflix has announced that Saldaña will play Princess Maya in the upcoming series Maya and the Three. The nine-chapter series follows Maya, a rebellious warrior princess who learns on her fifteenth birthday that she must "forfeit her life" to the god of war or the world will suffer the consequences. To save those that she loves, Maya "embarks on a quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy" that promises to "defeat the gods and save humankind." The series also stars Gabriel Iglesias, Alfred Molina, Cheech Marin, Rosie Perez, Queen Latifah, and Wyclef Jean among others. A release date for Maya and the Three has yet to be announced.

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In a revealing interview with The New York Times, Oscar-nominated actor Andrew Garfield explained how his work in the Lin-Manuel Miranda-directed movie musical Tick Tick...Boom! was a tribute to Garfield's late mother. 

The musical was created by Rent phenom Jonathan Larson, who died in 2001 at just 35. Garfield saw a parallel between the world's loss of Larson with the death of his mother Lynn from pancreatic cancer in 2019.

"She is someone who showed me where I was supposed to go in my life," he said of his mother. "She set me on a path."

Garfield explained, "We lost her just before COVID, just before we started shooting...So, for me, I was able to continue her song on the ocean and the wave of Jonathan’s songs. It was an attempt to honor him in his unfinished song, and her in her unfinished song, and have them meet."

The actor plays Larson in the adaptation that is the directorial debut of Hamilton creator Miranda. Garfield says, "every frame, every moment, every breath" of the film honors Larson, and his mother. 

"I've lost people before," the actor says, "but one's mother is a different thing. It's the person that gives you life no longer being here. Nothing can prepare you for that kind of cataclysm...For me, everything has changed." 

Garfield, 35 says he was grateful to be with his mom in the days leading up to his loss, and to support his father and younger brother.

"We had a very amazing connection, and now an audience will know her spirit in an unconscious way through Jon, which I just find so magical and beautiful."

Tick Tick...Boom! debuts in theaters on November 12, and on Netflix November 19.

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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart are reuniting to celebrate Halloween.

The 49-year-old rap icon and the 80-year-old lifestyle guru are judging a new food competition inspired by Halloween.

Snoop and Martha's Very Tasty Halloween is being produced by Buzzfeed, and will stream on Peacock. Teams of three bakers, called “Scare Squads,” must build an edible Halloween world "inspired by the concept of fear." After the judges select the winner, they will enjoy a "fantastical Halloween party."

The unlikely duo previously hosted Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party from 2016-2019 on VH1, and have appeared in several commercials together, as well a 2016 episode of $100,000 Pyramid. Last year, the "Gin & Juice" rapper was a guest star on her Martha show.

They first appeared together on her show in 2008, and again at the 2015 Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.

Snoop and Martha serve as executive producers of their Very Tasty Halloween show which will begin streaming October 14 on Peacock.

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Marvel Studios

Brie Larson has been showing off her rigorous training sessions as she prepares to get back into superhero shape for the sequel The Marvels, so who can blame her for showing off her #gains?

The Oscar-winning Captain Marvel actress posted to social media two shots of her in workout gear, laughing as she rocks a rock-hard six pack. "Felt cute might delete later," she captioned the photos, her note copying a popular online trope. "[O]r maybe I'd regret that," she added with a winky emoji.

Brie also tossed in a nod to her podcast Learning Lots, on which Melissa McCarthy recently appeared. "I learned so much from the comic genius @melissamccarthy on regrets for @learninglotspodcast," Brie said, before asking her fans, "Ya'll got any regrets?"

Shooting of The Marvels gets underway in November, and the Marvel Studios film is slated to hit theaters on November 11, 2022.

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Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik will host the syndicated version of Jeopardy! for the rest of 2021, Sony Pictures Television announced Thursday.

The two will take the reins while the search for a new, permanent host to take over for the late Alex Trebek continues in the wake of Mike Richards' controversial exit.

Bialik, who has been named the host of Jeopardy! primetime specials and spin-offs, will host episodes airing from September 20 through November 5. After that, the Big Bang Theory star will split hosting duties with and Jeopardy! champ-turned-producer Jennings as their schedules allow.

Richards was named the new, permanent host of the syndicated version of Jeopardy! on August 11. After filming just a week's worth of shows, he stepped down from the position on August 20 and, as of August 31, is no longer an executive producer for Jeopardy! or Wheel of Fortune.

Because Jeopardy! is filmed in advance, episodes featuring Richards aired this week, beginning on September 13. Richards' final episode as host will be this Friday, September 17.

Richards came under fire after controversial remarks that he made on The Randumb Show, a podcast he hosted from 2013 to 2014, resurfaced. These since-deleted episodes included disparaging comments about women, for which Richards has apologized.

This also brought to light a 2010 lawsuit in which a former model on The Price Is Right, during Richards' tenure on that program, alleged that her contract was not renewed after she gave birth. 

Of the discrimination case, which was settled out of court without any admission of wrongdoing, Richards said the allegations "don't reflect the reality of who I am."

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Frank Grillo was recently heard voicing his Marvel movies baddie character Brock Rumlow/Crossbones in Marvel Studios' What If...? on Disney+, but he's back in theaters again this weekend in the gritty action film COPSHOP.

It's Grillo's sixth movie with writer-director Joe Carnahan, and has Grillo playing a man bun-wearing sleazy con man on the run from Gerard Butler's hitman, Bob, who was hired by the crooks from which Grillo's character stole. Grillo's Teddy is in so much trouble that he gets himself arrested by punching out a small-town rookie cop -- stand-out newcomer Alexis Louder -- but things take a turn when Butler's character also gets himself locked up just to get at Teddy.

"It's me and Butler, in a police station for the first two acts," Grillo tells ABC Audio. "I mean, a lot goes on, but it's this weird kind of 70s thriller until the third act is a full-blown action movie."

Grillo's work with Carnahan going back to 2011, in the acclaimed Liam Neeson man-vs.-wolves flick The Grey. The pair has since partnered up in their own production company, Warparty, for which they've made in rapid-fire a series of "elevated" genre movies starring Grillo, including Wheelman on Netflix, and Boss Level, which was a success for Hulu. 

Lock in some corrupt cops, and a deliciously psychotic competing hitman played by Toby Huss, and COPSHOP is a pulpy, bloody nod to John Carpenter's classic Assault on Precinct 13.

Grillo adds with a laugh of his buddy Carnahan, "I mean, the guy's a mad genius. Crazy as a loon, but a genius." 

 

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Shannen Doherty, who has stage 4 breast cancer, isn't letting the disease control her life.

The actress, who plays a woman battling cancer in the upcoming Lifetime movie List of a Lifetime, told reporters this week she feels a responsibility to "let people know that people with stage 4 [cancer] are very much alive and very active," according to People.

"My husband [photographer Kurt Iswarienko] says that you would never know that I have cancer," Doherty said. "I never really complain. I don't really talk about it. It's part of life at this point."

Doherty, 50, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and after entering remission, she revealed last year that the disease had spread and returned as stage 4.

In an interview with Good Morning America, the Beverly Hills 90210 alumna said the diagnosis was "a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways."

"I definitely have days where I say, 'Why me?' And then I go, 'Well, why not me?' Who else? Who else besides me deserves this? None of us do," Doherty said last year. "But I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how -- how am I going to tell my mom, my husband."

At the time, Doherty said that she hadn't told many people about her condition, as she didn't want to be treated differently or be forced to focus on cancer. In her latest interview, she added that unlike her character in the Lifetime movie, she hasn't created a "bucket list," either.

"There's no bucket list because I'm going to be the longest-living person with cancer," she said. "If I had to say one, it would just be living. That's the only thing on my list at this point."

 

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Deepak Chopra has tapped some of his famous friends for his Audible Original podcast series Deepak Chopra’s Mind Body Zone: Living Outside the Box

The new series, hosted by Chopra, offers an opportunity for listeners to redefine their lives through harnessing a mind-body connection. To help achieve that important connection, Chopra enlisted 12 influential leaders -- from media mogul Oprah Winfrey to musician Jon Batiste -- who share their personal journeys and how they used their mind-body connection as a way to promote physical and emotional well-being. 

"That's been my vision for 40 years," Chopra tells ABC Audio. "A more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier, and joyful world. But that begins with personal transformation. And in the absence of personal transformation, there's no social transformation. And in the absence of social transformation, as I said earlier, we're screwed."

While each 30-minute episode offers an intimate conversation tied to a specific theme, including self-acceptance, white privilege, and overcoming trauma and addiction, Chopra promises an opportunity for guided meditation. He believes meditation, as well as moments of silence, are essential for creating a holistic experience.

"So Deepak has read all the wisdom traditions of the East and West, including the spiritual traditions of the world from Africa. From the Middle East, from Asia, and also the West," he says. "And so my understanding of what I call reality comes from the wisdom traditions. And these days, I go to my inner silence. That's all. I practice silence every day for a couple of hours, and that's when I harness my own creativity." 

"So who do I go to?" Chopra asks. "The realm of silent beings."

Deepak Chopra's Mind Body Zone: Living Outside the Box is now available to stream exclusively on Audible.

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Apple TV+

In what could be a preview of next Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards, Ted Lasso was the big winner at the 2021 Television Critics Association Awards.  The Apple TV+'s comedy, starring Jason Sudeikis, walked off with the coveted Program of the Year trophy, as well as Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding New Program. 

HBO's I May Destroy You creator and star Michaela Coel earned the Individual Achievement in Drama honor, while HacksJean Smart won the same honor for comedy and also took home the Career Achievement Award. 

Other notable winners this year include Kate Winslet's Mare of EasttownFraming Britney SpearsThe Baby-Sitters ClubThe CrownCouples Therapy and Deaf U.  

The Golden Girls was honored with the Heritage Award. 

The TCA Awards are voted on by members of the Television Critics Association.  The complete winners list can be viewed at the TCA website...

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Focus Features

The new film Blue Bayou, in theaters Friday, takes on an issue many people don’t know is an issue: kids brought to the U.S., adopted from other countries who, as adults, think they’re citizens until they’re told they’re being deported.

Alicia Vikander who stars in the film, tells ABC Audio she had "no clue" this was happening in real life and immediately dove into researching the topic after reading the script. 

"I think the first thing I did was to bring up my phone and start Googling because I literally I couldn't believe that this was a reality because it doesn't make any sense," she says.

While some may think the issue is a political one, for Vikander, it's about humanity. 

"With these families, they’re kind of met by this issue that I think everyone, like no one agrees -- it's not even like immigration politics because they've legally come into the country already," she expresses. "So it just doesn't make any sense for anyone, you know?"

For Blue Bayou writer and director Justin Chon, this issue is one that he's had a close connection to, explaining to ABC Audio that it’s based on stories happening to people he knows and "this film is for them."

Ultimately, though, Chon, who also stars in the film as one of these adults, named Antonio, says he hopes the film sheds some light on a heartbreaking story.

"One of my biggest goals was to bring empathy to somebody who was going through this process. I didn't want it to feel like propaganda," he shares. "Hence Antonio is not a perfect human being. He's flawed, as we all are. And I just wanted to feel just so relatable, so tangible, so visceral. I wanted it to be hard to look away."  

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Hulu

The Premise, a new anthology series from B.J. Novak, debuts today on FX on Hulu. Each episode tackles a different social hot button, and one of the two episodes out now deals with gun violence.

"It's about a guy who has lost his family in a mass shooting and then applies for a new job at the sort of NRA-type facility," one of the stars, Boyd Holbrook, tells ABC Audio. "[He] really falls in love with this job a little too much and starts raising concerns around the office about his true intentions."

"It's not really an anti-gun thing or a pro-gun thing," the 40-year-old actor says of the dark comedy.  "It's just about the common decency and the actual care of human life and how we're engaging with that on a responsible level."

Holbrook says his hope is that the show will start a conversation about a problem that has become all too common in this country.

"I think it's great to ask, you know, what are we doing here? We have mass shootings, three hundred fifty-five days a year in the United States before the pandemic," the Narcos alum says. "It's just kind of almost droning in the media just how often they were happening and almost becoming sort of desensitized to all these horrific events that were happening."

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The Wendy Williams Show‘s season 13 premiere date of September 20 has been delayed following the show's announcement that host Wendy Williams has "tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19."

Williams' diagnosis was shared on Wednesday via her official Instagram account, which noted a new season 13 premiere date of Monday, October 4. "In the meantime, repeats will be scheduled,” the message read in part. The show's rescheduled date comes less than a week after it was announced Williams would be stepping back from "promotional activities" due to “ongoing health issues.”

In other news, The Lion King returned to Broadway on Tuesday night, following the 18-month shutdown of the theater industry due to COVID-19. The star-studded event was attended by Carson DalyGloria Steinem Kristin Chenoweth and John Riddle, among others. Also, in a Broadway first, Tuesday night's performance of “Circle of Life” was livestreamed on TikTok, giving fans from all over the world a rare opportunity to see the production's opening number.

Meanwhile, Disney is also bringing out the stars for their The Proud Family revival, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. In honor of The Proud Family's 20th anniversary Wednesday, Disney announced they have added some of music and entertainment's biggest names, including Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Chance the Rapper, Normani, Leslie Odom Jr., Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe, Anthony Anderson, Gabrielle Union, Debbie Allen, Courtney B. Vance, Marsai Martin and Jaden Smith, among others. As previously reported, original stars Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker and JoMarie Payton are all expected to return. The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder launches in 2022 on Disney+.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Marvel Studios

Anthony Mackie will be hanging up his Captain America shield -- temporarily -- and putting on his producer hat for a series in which he'll star based on Sony PlayStation's popular Twisted Metal video games. 

The games center on tricked-out vehicles and burned-out drivers going at each other in a post-apocalyptic world, though the half-hour, live-action series will be more fleshed out than that.

Executive-produced by Deadpool and Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and written by co-executive producer and Cobra Kai writer Michael Jonathan Smith, the series will have Mackie playing John Doe, a motor-mouthed, amnesiac milkman who must travel across the wasteland in his souped up milk truck, to deliver an important package to win a chance at a better life. 

"With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he'll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck," Sony Television explained in a release obtained by ABC Audio.

That flame-headed clown, gamers know, is the marauder Sweet Tooth.

"We've been big fans of Anthony's phenomenal body of work over the years and knew he was the only actor who could play a character as complex, funny and compelling as John Doe," said Glenn Adilman, executive vice president of comedy development at Sony Pictures Television. "Fortunately for us, he agreed."

Twisted Metal is the second high-profile PlayStation game getting the TV series treatment: The Last of Us is currently in production for HBO, from Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Game of Thrones executive producer Carolyn Strauss. That series will star two GOT vets: Pedro Pascal, also known from The Mandalorian, and Bella Ramsey.

 

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