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L-R Tarantino, Roth -- ABC/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday marks the 25th anniversary of the Quentin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction, arguably one of the most imitated and quoted movies of the last 50 years.

The 1994 film -- which featured intersecting storylines involving a pair of hitmen, a gangster's wife, a boxer and other assorted characters -- breathed new life into John Travolta's career, inspired a new generation of filmmakers, and, like Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs before it, led to a legion of cinematic imitators.

Travolta, as hitman Vincent Vega, famously dances in the film with Uma Thurman, who plays Mia Wallace, a mobster's wife, who later takes a needle of adrenaline to the heart to reverse an overdose.  Samuel L. Jackson plays Jules Winnfield, Vega's Bible-quoting hitman partner.  Both Vega and Winnfield work for Ving Rhames' crime boss Marsellus Wallace, while Bruce Willis plays fighter Butch Coolidge, who runs afoul of the gangster.

Their co-stars included Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer and Christopher Walken.

Reportedly made for $8 million, Pulp Fiction grossed more than $107.9 million domestically and $213.9 million worldwide.  It was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Tarantino. Travolta, Jackson, and Thurman were also nominated for their performances.  The film won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Tarantino and co-writer Roger Avary.

The Pulp Fiction soundtrack was a hit, to boot, thanks in part to Dick Dale & His Del-Tones' rendition of "Misirlou," which played during the opening credits of the movie, along with Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie."

Pulp Fiction in 2010 was named one of TIME's 100 Best Movies of All Time, and in 2013 was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2013.

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Rosalind O'Connor/NBC(NEW YORK) --  In what's already being praised online as one of their best parodies in years, Saturday Night Live over the weekend tackled the box office hit Joker head-on with their own twisted origin story.

Guest host David Harbour stars in the trailer for Grouch, playing the human version of the garbage-loving Sesame Street character.  In this case, Oscar's a garbage collector in the neighborhood, with a darker, dirtier version of Sesame Street standing in for Gotham City that Guy Smiley -- the character now a TV news anchor for "ABCDEFG News" -- describes as a "haven of crime and corruption."

And times are indeed rough for all of the familiar Sesame Street characters.  Prairie Dawn is a prostitute and Mister Snuffleupagus is her pimp, while Ernie gets knifed in an alley when he won't give up his rubber duckie and dies in Bert's arms.  Big Bird is an exotic dancer, The Count is a junkie, counting pills, and Cookie Monster is a homeless guy under a blue tarp with a hand-lettered cardboard sign declaring, "Need money for cookies."  We watch Elmo complain of racial profiling as she's arrested.

A scowling Harbour stalks through all of it as a dark, minor-key orchestral take on the Sesame Street theme plays. 

"If everyone calls you trash and everyone treats you like trash, why don't ya just become trash?" Harbour growls, as he applies green paint and bushy eyebrows to his face and climbs into a trash can.

As of Monday morning, the Grouch parody was the #4 trending video on YouTube, with well over 2.3 million views and climbing.

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NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live spoofed last week CNN's "Equality in America" campaign town hall that focused on LGBTQ issues, with a cold open sketch that featured cameo appearances by Pose's Billy Porter, Woody Harrelson and Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The bit kicked off with Alex Moffat's Anderson Cooper introducing Porter, who delivered hilarious introductions for the candidates, including Chris Redd and Kate McKinon, reprising their impersonations of Senators Corey Booker and Elizabeth Warren, respectively.

The sketch also featured "Weekend Update" anchor Colin Jost debuting his Pete Buttigieg, who, when asked by an audience member how he'd respond to those who say he's not gay in the right way, replied, "I've heard that, but there's no wrong way to be gay, unless you're Ellen this week" -- a jab at Ellen DeGeneres' comments about being friendly with George W. Bush.

In an apparent response to the backlash over Julián Castro's exclusion from a debate sketch featuring nine other top Democratic hopefuls in its season opener, Miranda stepped in as the Latino presidential candidate.

"As a Democrat. I want to apologize for not being gay," Miranda's Castro says. "But I promise to do better in the future."

"I'm young, I'm diverse, I'm latinobama," he said. "Let's get that hashtag going."

"There was once another man who left his mark on this nation's history," Miranda's Castro continued, before getting interrupted by Moffat, just as a song from Hamilton started to play.

"I was going to say Al Gore!" said Miranda.

Finally, Harrelson, reprising his impersonation of former vice president Joe Biden from when he hosted the season opener, began his portion of the town hall by noting, “The vast majority of people in America are not homophobic. They’re just scared of gay people.”

Stranger Things’ David Harbour guest hosted the show, with musical guest Camila Cabello.

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Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston hasn't appeared on TV as a main character since Friends ended in 2004.  So, what convinced her to make a grand return after a 15 year absence?  It was no one other than Reese Witherspoon.

Entertainment Tonight reveals that the two actresses, who were promoting their upcoming series The Morning Show, revealed that Reese's pitch to Jennifer was just too good to pass up.

"The whole package that was presented was ideal," Aniston revealed. "You couldn't have dreamed something up better than this world."

She also called Reese "one of the hardest working women ever" and proved it by rattling off a list of the actress' recent TV and movie appearances, such as Big Little Liars.

While the two appear to be nothing less than best friends in real life, the pair's relationship is quite the opposite in their upcoming Apple TV series. 

When Aniston revealed that she had to scream at Witherspoon during their more-combative scenes -- and hated it -- the Legally Blonde actress laughed, "You were so good screaming at me though."

The Morning Show premieres November 1 on Apple TV .

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Niko Tavernise/© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) -- Joker topped the weekend box office for the second week in a row, despite competition from three newcomers.  The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, delivered an estimated $55 million in its second week of release, making it the largest October second weekend ever, beating Gravity's $43.2 million back in 2013.

Overseas, Joker collected an estimated $123.7 million, raising its international earnings to upwards of $351 million. It's worldwide tally now stands at $543.9 million, ranking it as the ninth largest DC Comics adaptation ever globally, right behind Justice League's $657.9 million.

Finishing in second place was The Addams Family, beating out the other newcomers this weekend.  The CGI-animated feature, starring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler and Allison Janney, also beat expectations by earning an estimated $30.29 million.

Conversely, the second of this week's newcomers, Ang Lee's thriller Gemini Man, led by Will Smith, struggled at the box office and finished in third with an estimated $20.5 million.

In fourth place was the CGI-animated film, Abominable, grabbing an estimated $6.17 million in its second week of release.

Rounding out the top five was Downton Abbey, collecting an estimated $4.9 million in its fourth weekend.

The third of this week's new releases, Jexi, the comedy starring Adam DeVine, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes, Ron Funches, and Charlyne Yi, flopped with a disappointing $3.1 million.

In limited release, Parasite, the dark comedy thriller from Snowpiercer director Bong Joon Ho, had a feast, opening with an estimated $376,264 from just three locations in New York and Los Angeles. The film's $125,421 per theater average was the largest of the year and the largest since 2016's La La Land.

Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Joker, $55 million
2. The Addams Family, $30.29 million
3. Gemini Man, $20.5
4. Abominable, $6.17 million
5. Downton Abbey, $4.9 million
6. Hustlers, $3.9 million
7. Judy, $3.3 million
8. It Chapter Two, $3.2 million
9. Jexi, $3.1 million
10.Ad Astra, $1.9 million


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Marvel Studios/ILMxLAB(NEW YORK) -- The Void, the company behind stunning virtual reality experiences, is letting fans be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its latest adventure: Marvel Studios' Avengers: Damage Control

The full trailer for the experience created by ILMxLAB has just been released online.

Like its predecessor, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, Damage Control uses a virtual reality helmet and other sensors to drop patrons right in the middle of a fully-immersive, movie-quality adventure.

Instead of the Stormtrooper gear from Secrets of the Empire, Damage Control players will find themselves wearing Iron Man armor retrofitted by Wakandan tech genius Shuri, again played by Black Panther and Avengers movie star Letitia Wright.

The trailer also features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly; they reprise their respective roles as Doctor Strange, Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp, all of whom -- and Spider-Man, too --  fight alongside you against the robotic menace, Ultron, who was voiced by James Spader on the big screen.

Also glimpsed in the trailer are Sam Wilson/Falcon, James Rhodes/War Machine, and Hulk.

The Void virtual reality experiences are located throughout the U.S., Canada, and in Malaysia.  Visit TheVoid.com for locations.

Marvel Studios and Star Wars are properties of Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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© 2019 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. (NEW YORK) --  The new trailer for the Charlie's Angels reboot shows no shortage of stunts, sass, and sisterhood.

The promotional clip for the movie, directed and co-written by Elizabeth Banks, who also co-stars, shows a duo of female spies, played by Ella Balinska and Kristen Stewart showing the ropes to a new recruit, played by Aladdin’s Naomi Scott.

The Angels -- dubbed "a covert group of exceptional women" -- have gone global, with multiple teams tackling dangerous assignments all over the world. Banks, Patrick Stewart, Sam Claflin and Djimon Hounsou will play the Angels' handlers, all of whom are named "Bosley," as in the original TV show and the first two films.

Amid speeding super cars, spycraft and sexy cover outfits, Scott says of her sister spies, "The best part isn't taking down international criminals. It's you guys."

The first Charlie's Angels reboot in 2000, and its 2003 sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.

The new Charlie's Angels hits theaters November 15.

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Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney has just revealed the first trailer for Jungle Cruise, the action adventure based on its classic park ride of the same name.

For the theme park attraction's big-screen bow, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a questionable, late 19th-century riverboat captain who takes Emily Blunt's scientist character and her brother to a dangerous part of the Amazon in search for a the legendary Tree of Life.

"10 thousand to bring you there alive. Dead's 15 thousand," Johnson's character Frank states.

"Why should I pay more dead?" She asks.

"Dead, I'd have to carry you. Dead's a lot harder, lady," Johnson retorts.

The movie also stars Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti.

Jungle Cruise opens in theaters on July 24, 2020 from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Doug Hyun/AMC (NEW YORK) -- El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is out today on Netflix, and if you that isn't enough excitement for fans of the Emmy winning series, you can always live the life with the Breaking Bad Experience.

The pop-up bar, which opens on October 16, was created by the same folks who built the interactive experiences based on the Peach Pit from Beverly Hills, 90210, and the Saved by the Bell pop-up -- and like those, it features callbacks to AMC's series, which ended six years ago.

Set against a backdrop that features Jesse Pinkman and Walter White's mobile meth lab RV, The Breaking Bad Experience -- which is, for now, only in Los Angeles -- features show-inspired food like Heisenberg Sliders, desserts, and "chemically reactive" cocktails that patrons mix themselves.

In a statement, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan said, "It's exciting to be able to give the folks who supported the show for all these years the chance to experience Walt's world firsthand."

Fortunately, fans can do so without running afoul of the law, drug cartels, or meth-head neo-Nazis.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Reckless driving was to blame in the car crash that seriously injured Kevin Hart and two others, according to a report relesed on Thursday.

The California Highway Patrol claims Hart's friend Jared Black was driving the actor's 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when he accelerated into a turn on Mulholland Highway in Los Angeles.

The car then slid down an embankment and slammed into a tree, according to the report.

Both Hart and Black’s fiancee, Rebecca Broxterman, were passengers in the vehicle, according to police. Hart and Black both suffered serious injuries to their backs, while Broxterm had minor injuries.

In spite of the report, Hart issued a statement through his lawyer on Thursday, saying, “I have nothing but love for Jared and wish him and Rebecca a speedy recovery.”

Hart is expected to make a full recovery and already back on set of his upcoming film Jumanji: The Next Level, a source tells E! News.

Jumanji: The Next Level, the sequel to 2017's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, opens nationwide December 13.

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Ben Rothstein/Netflix - © 2018 Vinton Productions. All rights reserved. (NEW YORK) -- Breaking Bad is back, baby! The Breaking Bad spinoff movie El Camino is out today on Netflix.

The film shows us what happens to Aaron Paul's character, meth cook Jesse Pinkman, immediately after the events of the explosive finale six years ago. The Emmy-winner tells ABC Audio he never thought he’d ever play the role again, but it was like “revisiting an old friend I care deeply about.”

“It was a great run, man,” Paul says of the series’ five seasons. “It was such a wild journey for everybody... And so we were so blessed that it had happened, that we were a part of it. We were also incredibly OK with saying goodbye and unzipping these skins and never putting them on again.”

But ultimately, it was Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan who convinced Paul to dive back in. Gilligan wrote and directed El Camino, something Paul says should reassure fans that they’ll be satisfied.

“Vince directed the whole damn thing and I think he did such a beautiful job,” Paul says. “I mean, he cares more about Breaking Bad than anyone on the planet. So [if] you're a fan of the show, you've got to just trust in Vince and just know you're gonna be a fan of this.”

As for whether we’ll see any more Jesse Pinkman adventures in the future, Paul says never say never.

“Vince gave me a career and so…if Vince asked me to do anything I would say yes without question,” Paul says. 

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Colin Bentley/The CW(NEW YORK) -- Supernatural's final season kicked off Thursday night and there's plenty of mixed feelings among cast members.

The CW drama is ending after a 15 season-run. Before the final season's premiere, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins personally thanked fans on Instagram for making their show the network's longest-running series.

"Hey SPN family," Padalecki begins, "We just wanted to send out some love and most of all some gratitude for being with us for 14 years now."

Ackles adds, "Season 15 starts tonight" before being cut off by Alexander Calvert, who pops into frame and apologizes for being "late."

The four share a laugh before Collins jokes "You missed, like, 10 years" -- referencing the fact that Calvert joined the drama in 2017.

After a brief pause, Ackles marvels "Wow, this just got really awkward" before the video fades to black.  

While the video itself didn't drop hints about the upcoming season, Ackles did promise in the caption that the final season is "Gonna be a good one" and urged fans to "keep an eye out for all the hidden surprises."

The final season of Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. 

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Andrew Eccles/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was World Mental Health Day and Jameela Jamil opened up about her personal struggle with mental illness.

"This month, 6 years ago, I tried to take my own life," the Good Place actress tweeted, "I’m so lucky that I survived, and went on to use EMDR to treat my severe PTSD."  She also implored fans struggling with mental illness to seek help "Because things can turn around. I promise."

EMDR -- known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing -- is a type of psychotherapy that works to negate negative associations patients link to their trauma by tackling the emotions and symptoms, rather than the trauma itself.

Jamil posted a screenshot of her tweet to her personal Instagram and acknowledged that wealth and privilege can play a role in obtaining mental health treatment, however, she insistes there are other options.

"There are helplines," She writes, "and community groups online around the world and friends and family who might surprise you as to how supportive they can be."  She also tagged several organizations that offer free mental health services.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.



MGM(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:

* The Addams Family -- This CGI-animated take on Charles Addams' comics of the same name, follows the ghoulish family, whose lives begin to unravel when they move to New Jersey and face off against a ruthless TV host, while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration.  The voice cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler and Allison Janney. Rated PG.

* Gemini Man -- Will Smith stars in Ang Lee's thriller about an elite assassin who is hunted by a clone of himself who is also 30 years younger.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong also star.  Rated PG-13.

* Jexi -- Adam DeVine stars in this comedy about Phil, a man with no friends and no love life, thanks to an addiction to his phone.  That all changes when he upgrades to a newer model featuring an A.I. life coach named Jexi, voiced by Rose Byrne, who helps him get a real life, but wants him all to herself.  Co-starring Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes, Ron Funches, and Charlyne Yi.  Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* High Strung Free Dance -- A young choreographer casts a contemporary dancer and an innovative pianist in New York's most anticipated new Broadway show.   Jane Seymour and The Lodge’s Thomas Doherty star.  Rated PG.


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HBO/Anne Marie Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Get ready: Issa Rae is officially taking over your Google Assistant.

Google announced on Thursday that they have tapped the Insecure star and creator as their newest celebrity voice for their digital helper.

Starting today, Rae's voice will be available through the Google Assistant app on iOS and Android, as well as on Google Home speakers and various smart displays.

According to the announcement, to get Issa to start talking, all you need to do is simply say, "Hey Google, talk like Issa,” or switch the settings within the mobile app.

There are also specific questions that'll garner a unique response from the actress. Those questions include: Do I need an umbrella today?; Tell me a secret; What do you think of me?; Give me a quote from Issa Rae; Sing a song; Tell me a joke; or ask, "Mirror talk” or “How do I look?” for "confidence-boosting affirmations."

For Insecure fans, you can also ask Issa if she loves Daniel or Lawrence more, in which case Issa will offer a specific response.

Rae took to Instagram to share the good news.

"Guess who’s the new voice of the Google Assistant? ME!," she wrote, sharing a video of her Google promo. "Today I’m taking over the @Google Instagram story. Head over there to see what I can do, or just say, “Hey Google, #TalkLikeIssa” to give it a try. "

Google's announcement comes after Amazon revealed they had tapped Samuel L. Jackson to be the voice of Alexa.

Unlike Rae, Jackson's voice app also includes an explicit version, just in case you need a bit more edge.

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