Bravo/Charles Sykes(NEW YORK) -- While Justin Bieber's career and personal life has been on the upswing for the past few years, that bad patch he went through awhile back has earned him the dubious distinction of being the "worst-behaved" guest star on Saturday Night Live.
At least, that's according to SNL veterans Jay Pharaoh and Bill Hader, who were on the show from 2010-2016 and 2005-2013, respectively. Both men appeared on Bravo'sWatch What Happens Live! Thursday night, and when a caller asked, "Who was the worst-behaved musical guest or host [during] your time at SNL?," they were in agreement immediately.
"I mean, we both know, dog," said Pharoah to Hader. "Yeah, it was Bieber," Hader responded.
"He just was in a bad place...Maybe he's in a better place, but back then he was in a very…it was rough," added Hader of Justin. "Everybody's usually on great behavior...Bieber is the only one in my experience...he just seemed like exhausted or just at the end of a rope. I mean, he was just so huge."
Justin was the host and musical guest on a 2013 SNL episode, in the middle of his Believe world tour. In the episode, Justin appeared in nearly every sketch and performed two songs acoustically: "As Long as You Love Me" and "Nothing Like Us." He used the show as an opportunity to poke fun at himself for everything from his singing and dancing, to his physical appearance, to his weed habit.
ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) --Sherlock Gnomes, the sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, hits theaters today with all-star voice cast that includes new additions Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mary J. Blige.
James McAvoy and Emily Blunt are also reprising their roles as Gnomeo and Juliet. So how did McAvoy up his vocal game this time around to keep up with his new cast mates?
“Uh, I basically made sure I did a lot of shouting, a lot of screaming, I'd go out really late at night and try to make sure that my voice was husky and sort of raspy and sexy as possible,” he jokes to ABC Radio.
He adds, a little more seriously, that it’s all about infusing Gnomeo with the right kind of energy.
“On this one, you just got to inhabit it and enjoy it,” he says. “You try to put as much of something different in Gnomeo as you can.”
This time around, Gnomeo and Juliet enlist the help famed detective Sherlock Gnomes, voiced by Depp, and his partner Watson, voiced by Ejiofor, to solve the mysterious disappearance of some other garden gnomes. The adventure is set to music by Elton John, who’s also a producer on the film.
As for what another sequel might bring, McAvoy proves there will never be a shortage of gnome-themed puns.
"Well, we could do like we get transported to another alternate sort of reality and we've got to get back and we could call it There's No Place Like Gnome, 'cause it's a kind of play on The Wizard of Oz," McAvoy suggests. "You could do one about like a talent competition and it would be like There's Gnome Business Like Gnome Business," then adds, "I dunno, that's kinda bad. I'm gonna stop now while I'm ahead."
Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- While he's been one of the well-chiseled pillars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans is fast approaching playing the "man out of time" for the last time.
This isn't really news to fans of the Marvel movies, who know Evans' contract is up after he appears in April's Avengers: Infinity War and a 2019 follow up Avengers movie. But in a chat with the New York Times about his Broadway debut in the production Lobby Hero, Evans himself talked about hanging up the shield for good after Avengers 4 reshoots this fall.
"You want to get off the train before they push you off," says the actor, who also played The Human Torch in a pair of Fantastic Four movies produced by 20th Century Fox before he was cast as Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Disney-produced Marvel movies.
While Evans didn't shed any light on his character's fate in either movie, in the comics, the mantle of Captain America has been handed off before: to both Sam "The Falcon" Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie in the MCU, and by Bucky "The Winter Soldier" Barnes, who's played by Sebastian Stan.
The pair, who will also appear in Infinity War, have more movies left on their Marvel contracts, so who knows?
Universal Pictures/Legendary Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Star Wars star John Boyega is in the driver's seat -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- in the new sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising.
Boyega plays Jake Pentecost, the hotshot son of Idris Elba's fallen hero Stacker Pentecost from the first film, and while like his dad, his character pilots a giant robot known as a jaeger, Boyega was also helping to drive the movie, as a producer.
The 2013 original, which was directed by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro, saw humanity banding together and building giant robots to beat up giant monsters called kaiju.
When it came to a sequel, Boyega tells ABC Radio he was all in: "I loved the first film, and I actually watched it because of Idris. I saw him for the first time in an article [with a picture] of him in a drive [pilot] suit, and I was very, very intrigued...[S]o getting involved in it, and expanding that universe was for me something so exciting."
Part of selling the illusion that a giant robot can walk -- let alone fight -- is the movie's cockpit, or com-pod scenes, which show the actors in the robots' heads, physically mimicking the moves the jaegers make. It's physical work, with the performers strapped into armored drive suits, and then onto hydraulic controls.
For Scott Eastwood, who plays rival pilot Lambert, the driving scenes definitely don't look as cool "on the day" as they do onscreen. "I think there might have been a moment or two you feel a little silly, but once they interlay the CGI, and the music, and the score, and they put everything together you just are completely sucked into the story..."
Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- A New York City firefighter died late Thursday battling a five-alarm blaze on the Harlem, N.Y. set of a film starring Bruce Willis and directed by Edward Norton.
Michael R. Davidson, 37, was separated from his unit while fighting the fire and was later found unconscious. He died at Harlem Hospital, New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a press conference Friday morning.
Two other firefighters suffered serious burns, and three civilians suffered minor injuries.
Norton reportedly was at the scene of the fire on the set of his crime drama, Motherless Brooklyn. The blaze ignited around 11 p.m. Eastern time in a basement under shooting location, a long-empty nightclub.
Norton and the film's producers later released a statement, extending their "deepest condolences" to Davidson's family. "To our great sorrow, we now know that a NYC firefighter lost his life battling the blaze that grew, and our hearts ache in solidarity with his family," the statement continues, in part. "New York City firefighters truly are the bravest in the world."
Davidson was decorated for bravery four times in his 15-year career, and is the son of retired firefighter. His brother is also a New York firefighter. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Academy Award nomineeSpike Lee has signed on to give filmmakers the tools to "master" their craft.
Lee, who currently serves as an artistic director and professor in New York University’s Graduate Film Program, is set to offer his first online MasterClass this summer.
"She's Gotta Have It.... I was a caterer to producer to director to screenwriter," Lee says in his MasterClass video. "I acted in it. And...I was a first [assistant director]. We didn't have a first A.D. Why? We didn't have the money."
In the online class, Lee will cover the technicalities of writing scripts, working with actors, choosing camera angles and music, and securing financing. He will highlight some of the challenges facing first-time filmmakers, and share his own experience overcoming those difficulties.
“There are no absolute truths in filmmaking and no one way to be a filmmaker. I’ve learned in 30 years things that I can give back," Lee said in as statement.
"I’m teaching this MasterClass because very few people get to sit in my classes at NYU, so this is an opportunity for me to share what I’ve learned with as many students as possible, no matter where they are in their film career."
The enrollment fee for Spike's class is $90 for lifetime access. Pre-registration for his MasterClass is now open on Masterclass.com.
Universal Pictures/Legendary Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the movies opening in wide release Friday:
* Pacific Rim: Uprising -- The sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 film, Pacific Rim, stars John Boyega as Jake Pentecost -- son of Stacker Pentecost, who saved humanity from the monstrous Kaiju in the original film. Jake and Mako Mori -- played by Rinko Kikuchi, reprising her Pacific Rim role -- lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots against a new Kaiju threat. Scott Eastwood co-stars, along with Charlie Day and Burn Gorman, who also reprise their roles from the original film. Rated PG-13. (TRAILER CONTAINS MILD EXPLETIVE)
* Sherlock Gnomes -- Elton John co-produced this animated sequel to 2011's Gnomeo & Juliet, and it features new and classic tunes written by Elton and Bernie Taupin. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt star as the voices of Gnomeo & Juliet -- a pair of garden gnomes -- who hire renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes -- voiced by Johnny Depp -- to investigate the mysterious disappearance of their friends. Mary J. Blige, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith and Ozzie Osbourne provide additional voices. Rated PG.
* Midnight Sun -- Bella Thorne stars in this teen drama about a 17-year-old girl who suffers from a condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight. When she starts dating her longtime crush -- played by Patrick Schwarzenegger -- she must face the dilemma of their seemingly impossible relationship. Rob Riggle also stars. Rated PG-13.
* Unsane -- This horror-thriller stars The Crown's Claire Foy as young woman trying to escape a man who's been stalking her. After being wrongly committed to a mental institution, she becomes convinced one of the staffers is her stalker. Rated R.
* Paul, Apostle of Christ -- This biblical drama chronicles the journey of Jesus' disciple Paul -- played by Game of Thrones' James Faulkner -- from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to the most influential apostle. Rated PG-13.
Opening in limited release on Friday:
* Isle of Dogs -- Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand and Scarlet Johansson lead the all-star voice cast in Wes Anderson's animated film about a boy's search for his lost dog. Rated PG-13.
Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(Los Angeles) -- Nearly two years after the tragic accidental death of rising actor Anton Yelchin, his parents have reached a confidential settlement with automobile maker Fiat Chrysler.
Yelchin died on June 19, 2016, after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway and pinned him against his security gate at his home in Studio City, California. The Star Trek actor apparently had gotten out of his car with the the vehicle in neutral instead of park. However, that model car had issues with its gear shift and had been recalled a month earlier.
In a statement to People magazine about the settlement, Yelchin's publicist said, "The settlement will go to the Anton Yelchin Foundation and to the filming of a documentary on Anton’s life. The mission of the Foundation is to empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability."
Fiat Chrysler, which makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee, stated, "FCA US is pleased that we've reached an amicable resolution in this matter. The details of the settlement are confidential. We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss."
Yelchin was 27 years old at the time of his death. In addition to playing Chekov in the latest Star Trek movies, he also starred in such films as Alpha Dogs, Thoroughbreds, Terminator Salvation and more.
Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Fans will soon get to witness John Legend portraying Jesus Christ in NBC's upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar Superstar Live in Concert, airing April 1, Easter Sunday. John was the perfect choice for the role, given the Grammy, Tony and Oscar-winner's remarkable talent, and his church upbringing.
Growing up in Ohio, John's mother was a choir director, his grandmother was a church organist and his grandfather was a pastor. Legend tells People, "The message I took from growing up in church was the idea of loving your neighbor, giving to others and treating people as you would want to be treated. You can learn those things in any religion or without religion, but that's where I did."
"I was in choir rehearsals every week as a kid, and I took over the choir when I was older," the "Ordinary People" star adds. "That was the foundation of my career; I wouldn't be where I am without playing gospel music in church."
As for his thoughts on Jesus, John believes that in real life, the biblical figure was "a bit of a revolutionary."
Says John, "He was somebody who was disrupting the status quo and provided an example for how we could all love each other, how we think about people who have been looked down upon and what it means to sacrifice oneself for something that you believe in."
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert airs Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Freeform/Aaron Poole(NEW YORK) -- The first official teaser has been released for Sony's Superfly remake, starring Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell.
Mitchell shared the visual on his Instagram, featuring Jackson's character of Youngblood Priest narrating his rise to becoming a top drug dealer.
"Got my first job when I was eleven," Youngblood says. "Worked everyday since. Did one thing then another... Saved. Studied. I gave people jobs when there were no jobs. I moved the operation from my living room to the church basement. From there to an old garage. Now I got operations all over the city."
The film, directed by Director X, will follow the original 1972 film, which centered on a drug dealer looking for one more big score before he retired.
In addition to Jackson and Mitchell, who plays Youngblood's business partner Eddie, the cast includes Michael K. William, who will play Scatter.
Future, who's on board to produce the film's soundtrack, also alerted fans to the new teaser via his Twitter.
ABC/Mitch Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) -- Things are about the heat up in Shondaland. The new Grey’s Anatomy firefighter spin-off, Station 19, debuts tonight on ABC.
It follows Grey’s character Ben Warren, Miranda Bailey’s husband, who decides to leave his surgical career to fight fires. It also centers on Andrea “Andy” Herrera, the captain’s daughter and herself an ambitious firefighter.
Jaina Lee Ortiz, who plays Andy, says she felt a “big responsibility” to take up the tradition of career-driven lead females on a Shonda Rhimes show. “You have these women at the front and center and sort of owning their power,” she tells ABC Radio.
Ortiz even got some solid advice from Grey’sAnatomy star Ellen Pompeo, who told her to get nine hours of sleep so she could bring her A-game to set. Pompeo, as well as Chandra Wilson, who plays Bailey, make cameo appearances in Station 19’s premiere episode, and may pop up in future episodes as well.
Jason George, who plays Ben, says he’s looking forward to his kids seeing the show for its female empowerment messages -- though they’ll probably skip the steamier scenes. “I love how strong and sexy [Andy is],” he says. “They're not diametrically opposed. Ya know? Soot is sexy.”
But perhaps the most important question is, what’s it really like to slide down that fire pole?
“It’s fun,” George says. “If you do it right, you get a little twist going on…You gotta get that fluid pole work.”
“It's like I'm back at the club,” he jokes. “What? Can I say that out loud?”
David Giesbrecht/Netflix(Los Angeles) -- Krysten Ritter, plays tormented superhero-turned private eye Jessica Jones in the Netflix series of the same name, and in a new Harper's Bazaar feature, she discusses how the #MeToo movement made her reevaluate her career.
“It does make you do an emotional inventory of your career, and your life, and all of a sudden you're f****** enraged," she says. "You look back and kind of hate yourself for giggling through it, or for not knowing what to say -- I went back and remembered things that I'd totally forgotten about, just shoved under the rug.”
The 36-year-old actress says Jessica Jones' ramped-up anger in Season 2 is even more impactful in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.
“Jessica was always a handful, and pretty pissy, but her anger is resonating more now than it did in Season 1, because of what’s going on in the real world. She’s become a real mouthpiece for this moment,” explains Ritter.
On her character's aversion to wearing high heels, Ritter notes, “There's so much pressure on women to look beautiful, have everything put together, get your beauty sleep, it's all about a physical appearance. And this is a character who is not about a physical appearance at all.
Adds Ritter, "Jessica uses sex the way she uses alcohol, to escape her mental space. It’s nothing super sexy, she’s not sentimental, it’s not emotional.”
Jessica Jones Season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.
20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- 20th Century Fox dropped an action-and-f-bomb-packed trailer to Deadpool 2 Thursday morning, and the full-length peek of the project shows Ryan Reynolds and company firing on all cylinders once again.
The trailer gives more of the sequel's plot. Apparently, a young, fire-throwing mutant is being targeted by Josh Brolin's fearsome, time traveling cyborg Cable, leaving Reynolds' Wade Wilson/Deadpool to defend him with a team of mutants -- including Zazie Beetz's Domino, Brianna Hildebrand's returning Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and newcomer Terry Crews, likely playing a hero called Hammer.
"I need 'em tough, morally flexible, and young enough to carry their own franchise for 10-12 years," Deadpool says, breaking the fourth wall, as always. "We'll be known as X-Force."
"Isn't that a little bit derivative?" Domino asks. "Absolutely," Pool admits.
The trailer is stocked with as many potty-mouthed jokes as it has action sequences, as fans have come to expect from the R-rated Marvel character.
"It lives up to the hype, plus-plus," Wade tells his pal Weasel, played by T.J. Miller, clearly referring to the sequel in which they appear. "They probably won't even make a three," Weasel agrees. "Stop at 2, you killed it," Wade agrees.
Deadpool 2 -- which the trailer cheekily notes comes "From the studio that brought you 27 Dresses and The Devil Wears Prada" -- opens May 18.
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix is addressing concerns over its controversial drama 13 Reasons Why -- which graphically details subjects like teen suicide and bullying -- with a new warning video.
The clip features series stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Justin Prentice, and Alisha Boe warning people struggling with these issues that the show may "not be right for you," and to consider watching it with a "trusted adult."
The actors also urge viewers to, "reach out to a parent, a friend, a school counselor or an adult you trust" or, "Call a local helpline or go to 13reasonswhy.info," explaining, "the minute that you start talking about it, it gets easier."
The drama, co-produced by Selena Gomez, had come under fire last season by some critics who claimed it glorified teen suicide, and could be detrimental to those vulnerable people whose mental health was suffering.
Disney(NEW YORK) -- As Star Wars star John Boyega gears up for the release of his new sci-fi film, Pacific Rim Uprising, the British actor is also weighing in on the importance of inclusion riders and the changes he would like to see Hollywood make over the next few years.
"I think they've got to fixate on who we're hiring," Boyega tells ABC Radio. "And I think it's an illusion when you just try to make people in front of the camera mostly a minority, and you're not doing it behind the scenes."
Just last week, Boyega, who gets his first production credit on Pacific Rim Uprising, revealed he's adopting the "inclusion rider" concept, which ensures diversity in hiring both behind and in front of the camera. He believes it's time for Hollywood to become accountable and "studios" to get on board.
"We need that same knowledge, those same experiences, behind the scenes, as writers, directors, producers, and executives -- those opportunities also," he says.
For Boyega, one of the most startling things about Hollywood is the lack of women behind the camera.
"These are the things that we need and specifically now more than ever for women," Boyega explains. "I always feel a little bit bad because it's just mad -- even in terms of female directors. There's not much out there...And that's crazy!"
He continues, "A woman's perspective on a film could be so intricate, and detailed and fantastic, and we're not benefiting ourselves not doing that."
Pacific Rim Uprising hits theaters Friday, March 23.