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Sequel news: ‘Gladiator’ sequel in the works; ‘Bad Boys 3’ a go

Universal/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — “Are you not entertained?” So declared Russell Crowe’s Maximus in Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning 2000 film Gladiator.  Now comes word there’s more entertainment in store.

Scott is reportedly moving forward on a Gladiator sequel, according to Deadline. The new film will follow the story of Lucius, the nephew of the evil emperor Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix, whom Russell Crowe’s Maximus killed in the movie’s final scene.  The original film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe.

In other sequel news, the long-rumored Bad Boys 3 is a go — at least according to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. “It’s official baby…Bad Boys 3 is happening,” the co-stars of the original 1995 buddy-cop action comedy and its 2003 sequel announced in a video posted to Smith’s Facebook page on Thursday.”  No further details were given, though IMDB gives the sequel’s title as Bad Boys for Life and lists a January 220 release date.

The first two Bad Boys installments, in which Smith and Lawrence played a pair of narcotics detectives, grossed over $400 million combined.

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Alec Baldwin arrested after allegedly punching someone over parking spot

ABC/ Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin was arrested in New York City Friday after allegedly punching someone over a parking dispute.

Police said the 60-year-old actor hit a person who took a parking space Baldwin was attempting to hold for himself on East 10th Street in Manhattan.

Baldwin was taken into custody and given a desk appearance ticket on misdemeanor assault and harassment charges. He’s due in Manhattan criminal court to answer the charges on November 26.

This isn’t Baldwin’s first run-in with the law. In 2014, he was arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly riding his bike the wrong way down a New York City street and getting belligerent with the police officers who stopped him. And in 1995, he was placed under citizen’s arrest after allegedly punching a photographer.

Baldwin was also involved in a scuffle with a paparazzo in 2013, but no police report was filed.

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‘Boy Erased’ author Garrard Conley talks back rubs from Nicole Kidman and texts from Russell Crowe

Garrard Conley and mother Martha Conley; Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images for Westbank and Focus Features(NEW YORK) — Just two years after Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased debuted, Joel Edgerton has turned it into a major motion picture starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

It tells the true story of Conley’s time in a gay conversion program when he was a teen, sent there by his ultra-conservative parents.

Conley tells ABC Radio it was surreal enough having some of the most intense moments of his life play out on the big screen, but having Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe playing his parents was particularly mind-blowing. He says the two cared deeply about getting the story right and doing his family justice.

He recalls the first time Kidman saw the film, she was sitting behind him in the theater.

“During some of the worst, most intense scenes involving Jared, my character, she gave me this little back rub,” Conley recalls. “It was so surreal and so sweet and maternal in that moment.”

Crowe, meanwhile, shared some special moments with Conley’s father.

“Russell visited my dad’s church without any warning,” Conley says. “Just flew there to Mountain Home, Arkansas, showed up at the church, watched my dad preach and then they started hanging out and like texting each other and it was a really strange month for me, when my dad was like, ‘I’m texting with Russell right now.’”

His dad has yet to see the film, but Conley says it’s his hope “that this story transforms people like him.” 

Boy Erased is out in limited release today, and goes wide on November 16. Conley’s podcast UnErased — which further explores conversion therapy — also debuts today.

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Robin Wright and Michael Kelly reflect on final ‘House of Cards’ season

David Giesbrecht/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — House of Cards‘ sixth and final season debuted on Netflix overnight — and it’s truly the end of an era. The show put Netflix on the map for original content, and its stars, Robin Wright and Michael Kelly, tell ABC Radio they’re proud to have been a part of the revolutionary TV series.

“Netflix actually changed the way people watch television…We made you addicts,” jokes Wright

The series suffered a major blow with Kevin Spacey’s firing from the show amid sexual misconduct allegations, and the 52-year-old actress admits that for a while, she wasn’t sure if it was coming back.

“We had many many discussions and…collectively decided that it was better to complete the season, for the fans, and predominately for the employers, the people who make the show. We would have been putting over 600 people out of a job,” she explains.

When the House of Cards launched in 2013, it seemed like an exaggerated version of the craziness of politics and Washington D.C. However, fast forward several years, and star Kelly, 49, tells ABC that dynamic has flipped.

“I just don’t know how you get much crazier than, than what’s happening in real life, he notes. “I always say, the one thing about House of Cards is that these characters do these things, and there are zero repercussions in real life. That cannot be said about what happens in real life. There’s consequences to your actions, whereas we’re just playing. We’re make believe.”

While the show may be gone after this season, Wright kept one memento so she’ll always remember her character, Claire Underwood.

“I took a pair of her Louboutin heels,” she admits. 

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Streisand takes the wheel in the latest “Late Late Show” “Carpool Karaoke”

CBS/Terrence Patrick(LOS ANGELES) — Barbra Streisand joined James Corden for his latest “Carpool Karaoke,” which aired on Thursday’s The Late Late Show.

This time around — and possibly to accommodate Streisand’s preferred close-up angle — Corden’s stranded by a parking boot, and needs a pick-up.

Babs rolls up and Corden takes the passenger seat — although nearly regrets it, when Streisand claims she doesn’t like to listen to music so soon after wrapping an album, and because she admitted she failed her most recent driving test three times.

Oh, and there’s that time she drove the wrong way up a highway entrance. “Well, if I’m going to die,” Corden says, “this would be the way to go, ‘at the hands of Barbra Streisand.”’

The pair sang a medley of her songs, from “Enough” to “Memories,” and even her classic, “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” from the movie musical Funny Girl.

Streisand also waxes political, explaining her latest album, Walls, is a reaction to her emotions living during the Donald Trump presidency. “Every song relates to something about what’s going on in these difficult times,” she said. “All I can do is write about it, and tweet.”

Streisand continued, “People deserve the truth. ‘The truth shall set you free’,” she adds, before breaking into the track “Don’t Lie to Me,” accompanied by Corden.

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‘Nobody’s Fool’: Tyler Perry shares the message behind the R-rated comedy

Tyler Perry with Tiffany Haddish; courtesy Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) — Tyler Perry has an important message behind his latest comedy, Nobody’s Fool.

The film follows a recently-paroled Tiffany Haddish, who tries to help her sister — played by Tika Sumpter — get revenge on the man who might be catfishing her. While the rom-com will undoubtedly make viewers laugh, Perry tells ABC Radio he also believes it will make people think.

“Well, she makes a list of what she wants in a man, right?” Perry says, referring to Sumpter’s character, who’s on a search to find Mr. Right. “And she makes this impossible list and when she thinks she’s has everything on the list she realizes, ‘Oh, wait.'”

He continues, “And, so the message for me is everybody is imperfect. And stop trying to make people perfect… In life, you only get to get about 80 percent of what you’re looking for in a spouse or a person. If you get to 80, you win.”

While Perry hopes fans will find the deeper meaning in his R-rated comedy, he already has one exceptional fan cheering him on for his current accomplishments, which includes owning his own movie studio.

“The best part of filming was knowing that I was in the studio with the man who owned it,” says Whoopi Goldberg, who plays the matriarch in Perry’s film. “Because I never met the Warner Brothers. I never met Jesse Lasky from Jesse Lasky Studios. I never met the owners of Universal…They were all gone. And they were all very specifically white guys.”

Goldberg continues, “This is [the] first…[black studio owner] with the the exception [of] I think… Oscar Micheaux. But he never had a studio like this.” 

Nobody’s Fool, also starring Omari Hardwick, Amber Riley and Mehcad Brooks, is now in theaters.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ among this week’s new releases

20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) — Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:

* Bohemian RhapsodyMr. Robot‘s Rami Malek stars as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in this biographical film on his life leading up to the band’s legendary appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Also starring Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Lucy Boynton and Mike Myers. Rated PG-13.

* The Nutcracker and the Four RealmsTwilight‘s Mackenzie Foy stars in Disney’s re-telling of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s short story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Marius Petipa’s The Nutcracker, about a young girl in search of a unique key that can unlock a box given to her from her late mother. However, she finds herself transported to a world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland also star. Rated PG.

* Nobody’s Fool — Tiffany Haddish stars in Tyler Perry’s comedy about a recently-paroled woman who tries to help her sister get revenge on a mystery man she met online. Also starring Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley and Whoopi Goldberg. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Boy Erased — This drama from Joel Edgerton, based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, stars Lucas Hedges’ as Jared, a teen forced to attend “gay conversion therapy” by his ultra-religious parents where he meets Gary — played by Troye Sivan — who befriends him while in the program. Also starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. Rated R.

* A Private War — This drama, based on a true story stars Rosamund Pike as celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, who risked her life to give voice to the voiceless. Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci also star. Rated R.

(Nobody’s Fool trailer contains mild, uncensored profanity.)

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Once again, Jimmy Kimmel’s annual stolen Halloween candy prank doesn’t disappoint — parents

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — During his show Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel showed off some of the submissions from his ongoing “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy” prank.

As always, this annual subversion of parental trust resulted in screams, tears — and from a few prime examples of prime parenting — genuine forgiveness. 

During his monologue, Jimmy noted that as much as he and his wife Molly wanted to prank their daughter Jane, she not only was expecting it, thanks to being fooled last year, she was warning her friends not to be tricked.

Others weren’t so prepared — see for yourself on YouTube.

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Will Smith is a super-spy pigeon in ‘Spies in Disguise’ teaser-trailer

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — If you’ve ever wondered what Will Smith would look like as a pigeon — and who hasn’t? — check out the new teaser-trailer for the animated comedy Spies in Disguise.

Smith provides the voice for super-spy Lance Sterling, who’s turned into a pigeon by geeky scientist Walter Beckett, voiced by Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland, while testing — you guessed it — a machine that disguises people.  But apparently, Beckett can’t turn Sterling back into his usual suave self, meaning they’ve got to work together as human scientist and pigeon spy to save the world.

Spies in Disguise also stars the voices of Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled, and Masi Oka.  Look for it September of 2019.

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Jon Snow literally knew nothing about ‘Game of Thrones’ final season

Sophie Turner and Kit Harington; Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — Game of Thrones fans know Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, is the character whose former lover was fond of telling him he “knows nothing.”  But when it came to the eighth and final season of the monster hit HBO series, it was literally true.

Harington tells Entertainment Weekly in their exclusive Game of Thrones final season sneak peek that he didn’t read the season’s scripts.  That meant he was only one of two actors who came to the first table read, as its called, with no idea of how the series ended.

“What’s the point of reading it to myself in my own head when I can listen to people do it and find out with my friends?” Harington tells EW

The other actor?  Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth.  He couldn’t figure out how to open the emailed scripts’ security.

Don’t expect a lot of season eight spoilers from EW.  They do reveal it opens with Daenerys Targaryen and her army arriving at the Stark ancestral home of Winterfell, where they all prepare for their final battle with the Night King and his army of the dead.

That battle’s more then epic, it’s historic: producers say it’s the longest sustained action sequence ever created for TV or film, taking more than two months to shoot. Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, says, “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park,” referring to the mammoth season six battle.

And if you expected tears from the actors, there were lots.  Harington said he cried twice: once at a particular scene, and the second time when he read ‘End of Game of Thrones‘ on the last page of the final script.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO next year.  The Entertainment Weekly issue is out now.

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