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Hilary Swank, Alan Ritchson on the "responsibility" of telling the real-life story of 'Ordinary Angels'


The new drama Ordinary Angels is now in theaters, starring Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Reacher lead Alan Ritchson.

Based on a true story, Ritchson plays Ed Schmitt, a blue-collar widower who lost his wife to a rare liver disease that was passed on to their two daughters. Crushed by his loss, and the medical debt from his wife and his daughters' illnesses, he needs a miracle.

Enter Swank's Sharon Stevens, a small-town hairdresser who single-handedly rallies an entire community to save his youngest daughter's life when she desperately needs a liver transplant.

As in real life, Stevens doesn't take "no" for an answer. "She was so much fun to play," Swank said. "She's just a ball of life. I love her."

"There's such a responsibility, I think, to play a real-life person. ... because you want to do justice to that person," Swank adds. "But Sharon was just so gracious about, you know, about 'Just play it how you like,' you know, 'Just do your thing. You just shine your own light and do it.' Which was very gracious."

Apparently, it worked: Ritchson ran into the real Sharon at the movie's recent premiere and said she gushed, "'Hilary nailed it!'"

The movie centers on Ed's crisis of faith and how prayers can be answered by, as the title suggests, ordinary angels among us. But Ritchson says it's not a "faith-based film," per se.

"It just ... seemed like a great story," Ritchson says.

"And I think that's where we should be approaching any story that we tell, faith-based or otherwise. 'Is this an excellent story? And are we ... striving for excellence in how we relate to this?'"  


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'John Wick' star Ian McShane reveals what's behind 'Ballerina' spinoff delay


Ballerina, a spinoff set in the John Wick universe, was supposed to be coming out in June. However, Lionsgate bumped the Ana De Armas-led action movie by a whole year.

And thanks to Wick mainstay Ian McShane, we now know why.

Appearing on the BBC chat program The One Show, McShane spilled that the movie apparently wasn't up to snuff and "not reshoots, but new shoots" were ordered by Wick series director Chad Stahelski, producer of the Len Wiseman-directed film.

The interview has yet to be available on the network's website, but a Twitter user posted the conversation.

"You know, it's like they've got to protect the franchise," explained the actor, who plays The Continental's manager Winston Scott in the Wick films.

"We did [Ballerina] about a year ago ... and Chad's come in, the guy who directed all the John Wick movies, and they want to make it better. Because they have to protect it."

McShane also revealed that the Man in Black himself, Keanu Reeves, also appears in the movie, as Ballerina "takes place between John Wick 3 and John Wick 4."

And incidentally, while McShane seemed to regard Ballerina kindly, he didn't have much to say about The Continental, the prequel series about his character's younger days.

McShane seemed to recoil when One Show co-host Ant McPartlin mentioned he'd watched it. McShane, however, did not. "Why would I?" he asked.

"They never asked anybody about it. They just went and did it," he continued. "Somebody asked Keanu and me about it. We both went, 'I don't know. Nobody ever asked us about it.'"

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Power couples: Company ranks most influential entertainment celebrity pairings

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While not every celebrity uses their social media to sell products, the Australian online casino guide BestAUCasinoSites looked into the Instagram profiles for top celebrity power couples to determine how much potential earning power they have.

With more than 431 million followers between them, Timothée Chalamet and his new squeeze Kylie Jenner were deemed the most potentially influential. Indeed, People recently said a single post from Kylie is the equivalent of $1 million worth of traditional advertising.

Coming in second was Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his wife since 2019, Lauren Hashian. They boast some 397.4 million combined followers. However, as in the gym, The Rock does the heavy lifting here. The wrestler-turned-movie star plugs his many entrepreneurial ventures in play on socials, including his Zoa energy drink line. He could potentially make up to $830,000 per sponsored post, the website says.

Third place belongs to newly announced couple Kim Kardashian and Odell Beckham Jr. With a combined 381.9 million followers, Kim's the big draw; she could earn a maximum of $777,700 per sponsored post, while pro athlete Odell could earn up to $76,200.

Fourth place went to Zendaya and Tom Holland. They have a total of over 251 million followers — though 184.8 million of those are hers.

The Dune franchise star could make $461,600 per post "if she so wished," the site says. Her Spider-Man co-star boyfriend has an on-again, off-again relationship with social media, though he currently has around 66.2 million followers.

Kevin Hart and wife Eniko round out the top five with 183.5 million followers combined. Hart reportedly makes up to $452,000 per sponsored post, the site says.

Survey questions, methodology and results have not been verified or endorsed by ABC News or The Walt Disney Company.


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Reality Roundup: Tom Sandoval controversy, 'The Bachelor''s Maria-Sydney drama update

Have no fear, your reality roundup is here! Here's a look at what happened in the world of reality television this week:

Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)
Tom Sandoval is coming under fire for comparing his "Scandoval" cheating scandal to the O.J. Simpson trial and George Floyd's murder at the hands of the police. The Vanderpump Rules star made the claim in a New York Times profile released Tuesday. “I’m not a pop-culture historian really but I witnessed the O.J. Simpson thing and George Floyd and all these big things, which is really weird to compare this to that, I think, but do you think in a weird way it’s a little bit the same?” Sandoval said.

The Bachelor (ABC)
Maria Georgas and Sydney Gordon didn't have the best relationship on The Bachelor, but fan-favorite Maria says there are things she would have handled differently. “If I could go back, honestly, I would do things differently, especially when whatever you’re going to say or do is just not gonna make the other person happy. So, next time, [I’m] just gonna zip it,” Georgas said in a TikTok posted Tuesday.

Love is Blind (Netflix)
Matthew Duliba took to Instagram to clear his name after he was portrayed as a villain in season 6 of Love is Blind. "Key element of my story that was never disclosed is that I live an alcohol free lifestyle and did the experiment sober," Duliba commented on a series of videos the Love is Blind account posted on Wednesday. "It was a key factor in why I had so much difficulty connecting with women in the beginning. There was also many misrepresentations and falsehoods created in my opinion to smear my character. I look forward to telling my side of the story," Duliba continued.


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Stephen Amell talks nerves ahead of 'Suits: L.A.' audition

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As previously reported, NBC is spinning off the former USA Network show-turned-Netflix phenomenon Suits into a new show, Suits: L.A. 

"It's cool that there's a nice hype around the project," says its star, Stephen Amell, who gave ABC Audio a peek behind the scenes.

According to NBC, Amell will be playing Ted Black, "a former federal prosecutor from New York who moved to Los Angeles to reinvent himself by representing powerful clients in the City of Angels."

That said, "his firm is at a crisis point," the network continues.

Speaking of crisis, Amell tells ABC Audio he had one right before auditioning for the role.

Following a long run leading CW's Arrow-verse, the pandemic and the Hollywood strikes, Amell said he was a little rusty. "Went in, first in-person audition that I had done in, I don't know, close to a decade," he recalls.

"Oh my God," he continues, "I had a total mental breakdown before the audition. I had been alone with my kids all week. My wife was away and I ... had gotten ... some sort of, like, upsetting personal news. And I swear to God, right before the audition, I had a full meltdown."

He recalled with a laugh, "And apparently it worked."

Amell will be joined by The Walking Dead veteran Josh McDermitt for the pilot, the network just revealed.

He'll be playing the "energetic, powerful, focused and self-absorbed" Stuart Lane. He's "an old friend of Black's, [who] fifteen years prior to the events of Suits: L.A. started a Los Angeles-based law firm called Black Lane Law that specializes in criminal and entertainment law."


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Jon Taffer on serving up the "intense" new season of 'Bar Rescue'

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Make your reservation now: Paramount Network will be serving up the ninth season premiere of its hit Bar Rescue on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.

The show's fiery host, bar expert Jon Taffer, famously rehabs bars, and bar owners, getting them back into the black.

It's never easy, but this season things are different, he says.

"It's sort of a gloves off season, it's been fricking intense," Taffer tells ABC Audio.

"You know, the pandemic is over. The excuses are over," he continues.

"Some of these people are still stung by the pandemic. They're, like, in this pause mode, but they're in a lousy fricking place. And I'm finding they sort of need a kick in the a** to get them moving again and, you know, get them aggressive again," Jon expresses.

Taffer is grateful to the fans for keeping the show going, explaining that at the center of its success are the stories behind those failing businesses.

"I shot my 250th episode last week, man, which is just — I'll watch my language — I'll just say it was unbelievable," Taffer says of the accomplishment.

He recalls of the landmark episode, "I'm rescuing a bar and it's an ugly family situation. You know, what I'm realizing [is] this is not about a bar. This is about the impact that a failing business has on a family. And it's serious stuff."

Taffer adds, "I looked at this guy and I said, 'You know, your bar — it can break your wallet or it can break your family. In your case, it broke your fricking family, man." 

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here's a look at some of the new movies and TV shows streaming this weekend:

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The beloved animated series is the latest to get a live-action adaptation. You can stream the first season now.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Watch as drivers prepare for the 2023 world championship in season 6 of the docuseries.

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Constellation: Get ready for your next sci-fi obsession, all about an astronaut returning to Earth after a disaster in space.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch: The Batch fights the Empire for the last time in the final season of the animated series.

Priscilla: Sofia Coppola directs the true story of the woman who was married to The King.

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live: Watch an epic love story continue in the newest series in The Walking Dead universe.

That’s all for this week’s Weekend Watchlist – happy streaming!

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Greta Gerwig talks 'Barbie' "snub"

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Greta Gerwig is addressing what was widely perceived as one of the biggest snubs of the 2024 Oscars nominations.

The filmmaker earned a nomination for best adapted screenplay for Barbie along with her writing partner and partner in life, Noah Baumbach, but many fans were upset when she was excluded from the Best Director category.

"A friend's mom said to me, 'I can't believe you didn't get nominated,'" she tells TIME in its "Women of the Year" issue. "I said, 'But I did. I got an Oscar nomination.' She was like, 'Oh, that's wonderful for you!' I was like, 'I know!'"

As reported, Ryan Gosling, who played Ken in Barbie, was less reserved about Gerwig's snub -- as well as that of Margot Robbie, who failed to snag a Best Actress nomination herself.

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Gosling said he was "extremely honored" to be recognized in the supporting actor category, but that "there is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally-celebrated film."

"To say that I'm disappointed ... would be an understatement," his statement continued in part.

Barbie earned a total of eight Oscar nominations this year, including Best Picture -- for which Robbie is nominated as a producer -- and Best Supporting Actress for America Ferrera.

Gerwig expressed to TIME her excitement for both her and Robbie garnering Oscar nominations, despite them not being in the categories people expected.

"Of course I wanted it for Margot," she said. "But I'm just happy we all get to be there together."

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In Brief: 'True Detective' coming back for season 5, and more

On the heels of True Detective: Night Country's season finale on February 18, Variety reports HBO has picked up the anthology series for a fifth season, with Night Country creator Issa López to direct as part of her new overall deal with the premium cable network. True Detective: Night Country, starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reis, was the most watched season of True Detective, with 12.7 million cross platform viewers, according to HBO ...

Netflix is developing a yet-to-be-titled spinoff of the drama series Virgin River, according to Deadline. The potential prequel will reportedly follow Sarah, the late mother of Mel -- played by Alexandra Breckenridge -- who fell in love with Everett, a man from the fictional Northern California town. Virgin River's upcoming sixth season will feature flashbacks of Sarah and Everett. Meanwhile, Deadline reports production on season 6, delayed by strikes and weather, kicked off on Thursday, February 22, in anticipation of a 2025 launch ...

Hulu has ordered the comedy series Chad Powers, starring Anyone but You's Glen Powell, who also co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Loki season 1 and Rick and Morty vet Michael Waldron. The series is based on the Chad Powers character created by Eli Manning for his ESPN+ docuseries Eli’s Places. Eli also serves as an executive producer, along with his brother Peyton Manning. “We’re both diehard college football fans. When we saw Eli as Chad Powers, we knew that was the way into a big, fun story about this world," Powell and Waldron said in a statement. "We’re excited to be part of this team, and can’t wait to get Chad in the game. Think fast, run fast.” ...


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Danai Gurira, 'Talking Dead''s Chris Hardwick talk 'The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live'

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The newest spinoff of The Walking Dead debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on AMC and streams afterward on AMC+.

The show reunites Danai Gurira's Michonne with Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes, years after he was supposedly killed in action.

"This is all an epic love story between Rick and Michonne," Gurira tells ABC's Good Morning America.

"She always believed he didn't die, but she could never prove it and she had to just carry on," the Black Panther veteran continues.

"So this is like nine years later when she found real clear evidence that he ... couldn't have died. And so, you know, she's on that journey and we go with her, and we catch up with where he is," Gurira teases.

Chris Hardwick who hosted the aftershow Talking Dead for years, when the zombie series was a ratings monster — said attending the new show's Los Angeles premiere was emotional.

The premiere reunited Hardwick with TWD alum like Steven Yeun; Chandler Riggs, who played Rick's son Carl; and Norman Reedus.

"It was weirdly emotional," Hardwick said. "It just felt like, 'Oh my God ... when are we all going to be together like this again?' I mean this [show] was such a significant, you know, profound piece of my life. And it really was special to ... experience it again."

Hardwick gushes of the new six-episode series, "It was fantastic. Stuff happens right out of the gate on the show where you're like, 'Oh my God!' They just get right into it."

He was eager to say more, but added, "I don't want to start rambling and accidentally give anything away!" 

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A "very happy" Kelsey Grammer says 'Frasier' reboot will be back for season 2

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On Thursday, Kelsey Grammer and Paramount+ revealed the rebooted Frasier will be back for a sophomore season.

"Frasier is a love story, and I am very happy we will be allowed to continue it," Grammer said in the announcement.

He added, "I'm delighted that our partners at CBS Studios and Paramount+ are on board for another season, and I can't wait for the fans to see what we have in store!"

The streamer's executive vice president of programming, Jeff Grossman, expressed, "Kelsey made a triumphant return as one of the most iconic and beloved characters on television. The new series introduced Frasier to a whole new generation while reminding fans of Kelsey's truly timeless portrayal of Dr. Crane."

The first season featured guest appearances from the original hit's cast, including Bebe Neuwirth and Peri Gilpin.

The original Frasier still holds the record for the most Emmys for a comedy series with 37 wins and 107 nominations.

The second season of the rebooted show, which also stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Frasier's son Freddy and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Crane's old college buddy-turned-university professor Alan, will continue to film in front of a live studio audience at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

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Eva Longoria to join 'Only Murders in the Building' for season 4

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In an Instagram Stories entry, former Desperate Housewives star and Flamin' Hot producer-director Eva Longoria confirmed she's joining Hulu's Only Murders in the Building for season 4.

"You guys I'm so excited for this!" Eva captioned a screen cap from a Deadline report about the news.

The streamer has been tight-lipped about the next season, but the trade says Longoria's recurring role is "integral to the twists and turns" of season 4, which deals with the murder of Jane Lynch's Sazz Pataki.

Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon was recently added to the cast for the new season, which will reportedly have Steve Martin's Charles, Martin Short's Oliver and Selena Gomez's Mabel visiting Los Angeles before returning to their murder-prone New York City building.


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James Gunn reveals photo of assembled 'Superman: Legacy' cast

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On his Instagram, Superman: Legacy writer-director James Gunn revealed on Thursday the main cast of his forthcoming film, which will reboot Warner Bros.' superhero universe.

"After the table read with the #Superman cast," Gunn says about the picture, in which he and his DC Films Co-CEO Peter Safran stand with the smiling stars. The filmmaker goes on to name the characters, not the actors playing them, in his caption.

As previously reported, Hollywood's David Corenswet will play Clark Kent/Superman. He's shown grinning with an arm around Nicholas Hoult, who will portray Superman's archnemesis Lex Luthor.

Unlike actor Jesse Eisenberg's initial cinematic portrayal of Lex, Hoult has apparently shaved his head bald to match the villain's depictions in the comics.

Also pictured are Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan (Lois Lane), Skyler Gisondo (Jimmy Olsen) Sara Sampaio (Eve Teschmacher) and María Gabriela De Faría (The Engineer).

The photo also shows Isabela Merced (Hawkgirl), Edi Gathegi (Mister Terrific), Anthony Carrigan (Metamorpho) and Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern Guy Gardner).

Gunn added, "What a wonderful day."

Superman: Legacy will fly into theaters July 11, 2025.

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Season 4 of 'The Boys' to premiere in June

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Fans of Prime Video's Emmy-nominated hit The Boys got the news they have been waiting for: the show will return with a three-episode event on June 13.

New episodes will roll out weekly until the "epic" season finale on Thursday, July 18, the streamer explained.

Prime Video was evidently holding the news until Thursday, which canonically is Homelander's birthday.

At least that's according to shady multinational corporation Voight Industries, which created the megalomaniacal leader of The Seven: The "patriotic" supe played by Antony Starr intentionally shares a birthday with George Washington.

Prime Video says that in season 4 "the world is on the brink. Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) is closer than ever to the Oval Office and under the muscly thumb of Homelander, who is consolidating his power."

The streamer continues by saying Karl Urban's Billy Butcher has "only months to live," likely thanks to his dabbling with the super drug Compound V last season. To boot, he has lost the super-powered son his late love Becca birthed, and he's lost his job as the leader of his supe-fighting Boys.

"The rest of the team are fed up with his lies," Prime Video states. "With the stakes higher than ever, they have to find a way to work together and save the world before it's too late."

Based on The New York Times bestselling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys also stars Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara and Colby Minifie.

Season 4 added Susan Heyward, Valorie Curry and The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan to the cast.



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'The Creator' tops Visual Effects Awards with five wins, 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' snags 4

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Director Gareth Edwards' sci-fi film The Creator led the pack for live-action films at Wednesday night's Visual Effects Awards, with the Oscar-nominated movie snagging five trophies.

The Visual Effects Society's 22nd annual event honored the movie starring John David Washington with the night's top prize for a live-action film, Outstanding VFX in a Photoreal Feature.

Other winners included the team that brings Rocket Raccoon to life in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3; in addition to winning Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature, the James Gunn hit was awarded with the Outstanding Virtual Cinematography trophy.

Director Christopher Nolan was adamant that his Oppenheimer shy away from digital effects, and the heralded historical drama earned a trophy instead for Outstanding Practical Effects.

Other Academy Award nominees that were represented at the Jay Pharoah-hosted show included Nyad, which won the trophy for Best Supporting VFX in a Photoreal Feature, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which took home four awards, including the night's top prize for visual effects for an animated feature.

On the TV side, HBO's The Last of Us earned four technical awards, as well.

Additionally, actor-producer-director and real-life space traveler William Shatner was honored with the VES Award for Creative Excellence for his work both in front of and behind the camera, as well as his philanthropic endeavors. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane presented the award to the Star Trek icon.

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