Jim Spellman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- More than twenty years since the original film's release, Space Jam officially has a sequel with NBA star LeBron James as its lead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James will take the reigns from NBA legend Michael Jordan, who starred in the 1996 original that quickly became a box office hit.
The film has also added Random Acts of Flyness creator Terence Nance as the director and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to produce. This will be Coogler's first project since directing the Marvel blockbuster.
"I love his version [of Black Panther]," James told THR. "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it's amazing."
He continued, “The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It's so much bigger. I'd just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don't just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”
As previously reported, a Space Jam sequel has been rumored for many years, with numerous NBA stars attached. But, with James signing an overall deal with Warner Bros., the new gig was almost inevitable.
Other NBA stars are expected to star with James in the film, although there is no word on whether or not Bill Murray will return for the sequel.
Production on Space Jam 2 is expected begin in summer of 2019, following the NBA season.
NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- Closeup magician Shin Lim was crowned the winner of the 13th season of NBC’s America's Got Talent during the star-studded live finale at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Wednesday night. Judges Heidi Klum, Mel B, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel were on hand as host Tyra Banks announced the results.
Lim walked away with the $1 million grand prize and a headlining spot at the America’s Got Talent Live show at Paris Las Vegas from November 2-4. He'll be joined by the other finalists.
Lim beat out acrobatic dance troupe Zurcaroh based on America’s votes.
Coming in third was violinist Brian King Joseph, followed by comedian Samuel J. Comroe in fourth place and country singer Michael Ketterer in fifth.
Bebe Rexha performed a medley of her hits "I'm a Mess" and "Meant to Be," joined on the latter by top 10 finalist Glennis Grace.
Opera singer Daniel Emmet, another top 10 finalist, dueted with the legendary Plácido Domingo.
Courtney Hadwin, the shy County Durham, England native who transforms into a powerhouse vocalist teamed up with the UK rock band Strut on their hit, "It Could Have Been Me," before soloing on Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart."
Actor/comedian David Spade traded one-liners with comedian, and top 10 finalist, Vicki Barbolak.
Ketterer was shocked to get a video message from Garth Brooks, who wrote a song especially for him titled, "The Courage to Love," and video chatted with Ketterer to offer words of encouragement.
KISS opened the show with their classic "Detroit Rock City," and announced their upcoming End of the Road farewell Tour.
America's Got Talent will return for its 14th season in 2019 on NBC.
Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Eddie Murphy has reportedly picked up a "grumpy" new role.
According to Variety, Murphy has been tapped to star in Tim Story's forthcoming untitled comedy, which is inspired by Grumpy Old Men. The original 1983 film starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as two feuding neighbors competing for the attention of a college professor, played by Ann-Margret. It grossed over $70 million domestically, and also spawned the 1995 sequel Grumpier Old Men.
Details on Story's film, which will also be produced by Grumpy Old Men producer John Davis, have yet been revealed.
This is the latest project for Murphy who will soon appear in the Netflix biopic Dolemite Is My Name.
Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Actress Jessica Henwick has been in major productions like HBO's Emmy winning Game of Thrones, and can be currently seen as swordswoman Colleen Wing in her sophomore season of Marvel's Iron Fist on Netflix. She's also found that her small part in another huge franchise has grown -- and she wants back in.
Henwick played plucky Resistance X-Wing pilot Jessika "Testor" Pava in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens but although she survived, Jess wasn't seen in the follow-up The Last Jedi. However, her character grew while Henwick was off screen, taking starring roles in the Marvel comic Star Wars: Poe Dameron and the novel Star Wars: Weapon of a Jedi.
With 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX underway, Henwick tells ABC Radio she's ready to jump back in the cockpit. "I really, really want to be on the last one but I haven't had the call yet! I don't know what's happening! J.J., come on!"
Henwick recalls, "I feel really lucky that I've been able to be a part of so many massive deals, and Star Wars was just a dream come true," she smiles. "It was probably the most fun I've ever had on a set. Everyone that was there was so happy to be there."
Henwick adds, "I'm glad that the character lives on in the comic books. Occasionally I'll go an I'll backlog like three editions and I'll go buy them be like, 'What's Jess Pava doing?' She's so cool. I hope that I get to play her again one day."
We suggested that Pava could always appear in the upcoming animated series Star Wars: Resistance, to which Henwick enthused, "She better be there!"
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ABC(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with ABC News' Juju Chang, legendary actress Kathleen Turner opened up about being a sex symbol and aging in Hollywood, saying her body is "not Body Heat anymore, and get over it."
Turner, 64, skyrocketed to fame as the seductress in that 1981 film, becoming a household name who was instantly recognizable for her deep, husky voice that continues to be one of her trademarks. Her signature voice also is the one immortalized for the ultra-seductive, animated character of Jessica Rabbit in 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which she voiced while pregnant.
"The day my water broke, I was recording Jessica Rabbit," Turner quipped. That's one story you'll find in Turner's new book, called Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater.
Reflecting back on her decades-long career in Hollywood, Turner said one of her favorite moments was filming the 1984 hit romantic comedy Romancing the Stone opposite Michael Douglas. She revealed she "almost" had an affair with him then.
"I thought we were falling madly in love...he was separated from his first wife, and I was unattached," said Turner. "But then Diandra, his wife, flew down to Mexico and made it clear that they were...still married."
Turner even said there was a competition among some of her former co-stars, including Jack Nicholson, Douglas, and Warren Beatty, to see "who could get me first."
"I was the new trophy in town," she said, adding, "That was never going to happen."
In the mid-'90s, Turner's movie career stalled when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and she ended up abusing alcohol to cope with the pain. Now sober, Turner has developed a thriving stage career and works on the occasional movie project.
NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Clarkson announced her new syndicated daytime talk show last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and now we have more details on the project.
The show, which will come on before The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will debut in fall 2019 and will air on select NBC-owned stations across the country.
It’s described as “a weekday brunch party with a fascinating guest list of people who would otherwise never meet.” Each episode will include human interest stories, celebrity guests, good music and fun surprises.
“I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Kelly says in a statement. “Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!”
Before launching the new talk show, Kelly will defend her title as The Voice season 14 winner when the singing competition kicks off its new season September 24 on NBC.
Kelly will also launch the Meaning of Life tour -- her first trek in three years -- January 24 in Oakland, CA.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Patrick Stewart is close to landing the role of Bosley in the latest reimagining of the 1970s TV series Charlie's Angels -- along with Elizabeth Banks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
That's right, Bosley, who was the face of the never-seen Charlie Townsend, owner of the Townsend Detective Agency -- now a security and intelligence service with teams stationed around the word -- will have two Bosleys.
Banks will also direct the reboot, slated for a 2019 release.
A previous film based on the series starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.
Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jessica Simpson and her husband Eric Johnson are expecting baby number three, and it's another girl.
Simpson made the announcement and gender reveal in a series of Instagram snaps featuring the couple's two children, six-year-old daughter Drew and five-year-old son Ace.
"SURPRISE..." the fashion mogul captioned the first -- a shot of Drew and Ace holding up a set of giant-sized balloons.
A second post revealed the contents of the balloons -- a bunch of smaller pink ones. "This little baby girl will make us a family of five. We couldn't be happier to announce this precious blessing of life," read the caption.
A third post featured featured Jessica showing off her baby bump, with the caption, "My baby love."
Simpson and Johnson, a former professional football player, tied the knot in 2014.
Courtesy of Sesame Workshop(NEW YORK) -- Following an interview given by a former Sesame Street writer who said he wrote the beloved characters Bert and Ernie as if they were gay, the show has said otherwise.
Sesame Workshop on Tuesday tweeted, "Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance. It's a place where people of all cultures and backgrounds are welcome. Bert and Ernie were created to be best friends, and to teach young children that people can get along with those who are very different from themselves."
The tweet was an update to an earlier post that added, "Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics...they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."
The response from the show comes two days after Mark Saltzman, who is openly gay, spoke to Queerty about his own coming-out story, and the iconic duo came up. Saltzman was a writer on the show from 1985 to 1998.
"I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn't have any other way to contextualize them,” he said. “The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie [Glassman, his partner of 20 years before he died in 2003] and I as 'Bert and Ernie.'"
Saltzman admitted he never told the head writer he was writing the characters this way, adding, "There's not a Bert and Ernie float in the Pride Parade."
For his part, puppeteering legend Frank Oz took to Twitter to deny the claim, noting to one argumentative follower, "I created Bert. I know what and who he is."
It didn't take long for people to start flaming Oz, accusing him of being anti-gay. Oz was outraged by that reaction, and later tweeted, "It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It's fine that he feels they are. They're not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness."
He soon walked away from Twitter, thanking fans, and adding rhetorically, "Next time I would be very interested to know: If Bert and Ernie were indeed gay, would they be different than they are now?"
Incidentally, a 2013 New Yorker cover suggested the muppet pair were gay, and the show released a similar statement at the time, once again saying puppets don't have a sexual orientation.
Still, Saltzman added, "The New Yorker cover was kind of vindication."
Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- Jordan Peele's Get Out is headed back to theaters-- but this time with a heart pounding twist.
The social thriller is set to go on a live-concert tour at select theaters with Get Out composer Michael Abel's score performed by an live orchestra band.
The upcoming performances currently scheduled are: September 20 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; October 28 at The Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY; and November 8 at The State Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
The film, which won Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, follows a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend's family estate and gradually becomes ensnared in a sinister plot -- which is the real reason for his invitation.
Information on how to purchase tickets for an upcoming performance can be found on the respective theater's websites.
ABC(LONDON) -- One week after raising nearly $6 million for her Clara Lionel Foundation, which assists young people around the world, Rihanna is expressing her commitment to global education.
“We must fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied an education by conflict, poverty, sexism and bad policy,” the recording artist and actress writes in an op-ed piece for The Guardian.
“Education can be stolen from you in a second,” the singer from Barbados continues. “As we’ve seen recently on an unprecedented scale, the Caribbean gets hit by natural disasters that wipe out schools, leaving thousands of children stranded.”
But the singer and actress is determined to make sure youth aren't denied opportunities to go to school.
“The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that does not mean we should throw up our hands in despair and surrender,” she says. “Instead, we need to take on as much of the challenge as we can manage to set an example and see the difference. This is what has driven me to prioritize global education in my philanthropy and advocacy work. The notion that millions of children are desperate to go to school and are not given the opportunity is something I cannot accept.”
Rihanna explained the mission of her Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, and how she was inspired by her trip last year to the African nation of Malawi.
“We fund programs that remove barriers to education by offering financial support to children and their communities," she says. "And following our time in Malawi, I am proud to say we are supporting thousands of girls there to move through secondary school.”
Rihanna concluded her op-ed, “If we can overcome the education deficit in the developing world, everybody wins.”
Julie Chen says goodbye on "The Talk”; Johnny Vy/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Julie Chen announced Tuesday that she's leaving The Talk, just over a week after her husband and former CBS Chairman Les Moonves left the network amid new allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.
Chen, who's been absent from the CBS daytime chat show of late, shared the news via a recorded message at the end of Tuesday's show.
"I have been at The Talk since the day it started," Chen said in part. "But right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son."
Chen then took time to thank her The Talk co-hosts individually: Eve, Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osborne. She even suggested guest host and Dancing with the Stars judgeCarrie Ann Inaba would be a good replacement for her.
The co-hosts had tears in their eyes as Gilbert thanked Chen right back, adding, "We love you, Julie."
Chen's bombshell comes just nine days after CBS confirmed the network and Moonves were parting ways, though he denies allegations of sexual misconduct from a dozen women.
"Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am," Moonves said in a statement announcing his departure. "I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company. I wish nothing but the best for the organization.”
Chen, who had been with The Talk since its debut, released a statement of her own in late July after the first allegations against her husband came to light.
"Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader," she wrote. "He's always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him."
ABC(NEW YORK) -- Bristol Palin is returning to reality television as the newest cast member of MTV's Teen Mom OG.
The 27-year-old, who's the daughter of former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, said she'd like to use the show as a platform to share her story. Bristol Palin gave birth to her first child when she was 18. She's now mom to Tripp, 9, Sailor, 2, and Atlee, 1.
Airing on Oct. 1, Teen Mom OG will document Palin's life as a parent along with those of four other moms: Cheyenne Floyd, Amber Portwood, Maci McKinney and Catelynn Baltierra. Portwood, McKinney and Baltierra are veteran cast mates who first appeared on MTV's 16 and Pregnant and later on Teen Mom.
"I've been huge fan of this show forever and I've watched these girls' stories," Palin told Good Morning America Tuesday. "If there's anything that I can relate in my life to someone else out there, then that's what I want to do."
Palin said her parenting style is very different from her mother's, but described the former governor as a "cool mom."
"I think I'm a little more strict than she is," Palin said. "But she's an amazing mom and she's actually home with some of my kids right now."
This year, Palin and her husband, Dakota Meyer, called it quits. The former couple share daughters Sailor and Atlee. Tripp is Palin's son with her ex, Levi Johnston.
Palin said she hopes to use the show to send a positive message about life after marriage.
"I was recently divorced, so if I can show that life doesn't end after a divorce, then I hope that people can see that and continue living and continue to chip away at life," she said.
NBC/Paul Drinkwater(LOS ANGELES) -- Just a few days after Katt Williams belittled Tiffany Haddish's celebrity and meteoric rise as a comedian, the two comedians appear to have reconciled.
In an Instagram post on Monday night, Haddish posted several photos with Williams, who was seen bowing down to her backstage at the Emmys. The two had won Emmys the weekend before, Haddish for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live and Williams for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Atlanta.
“#Emmys2018 #Success #Winners,” the Girls Trip actress captioned the photo.
As previously reported, Williams had dismissed Haddish's success in a recent radio interview, saying she hadn't hadn't put in enough work as a comedian to earn the kinds of opportunities she's received. He also incorrectly accused her of not ever having her own comedy special.
In response to his criticism, Haddish had a classy comeback to his snarky remarks.
“It’s official I made it! [Katt Williams] talked about me and didn’t have his facts right!” she tweeted. “I look forward to seeing you on Monday, Katt, when we pick up our Emmys. I just want to shower you with REAL love cause you need it, and I love you.”