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ABC’s ‘Family Food Fight’ finale airs tonight, but judge Cat Cora wants “many more seasons”

ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) —  Tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, it’s the finale of the cooking competition show Family Food Fight, which pits families against each other for a huge cash prize and bragging rights.  On the finale, the remaining two families will have to face two tough final challenges. Famed chef Cat Cora, one of the judges, tells us what she was looking for when it came time to choose the winner.

“We really wanted to see, ‘What have you learned over the season?'” she tells ABC Radio. “As a competition goes on and as the finale gets closer and the stakes are high — we’re talking about $100,000 dollars, which is a lot of money, and the title of America’s numberone food family — we need to push them to their limit, and I think we really did.”

Cora believes these types of shows are so popular because as Americans, she says, “We love that competitive edge.”  She says watching these families of home cooks improve their skills over the season has been “amazing,” declaring, “They showed a tremendous transformation from the time we saw ’em walk in, to the finale.”

Cora also has high praise for Family Food Fight’s concept.

“The great ingredients about a phenomenal show is that you have some drama and tension, but you also have some joy and tears and laughter, and so I think we got all of that,” she notes. “And I think ABC really got it right with the formula, and I’m super-excited to keep doing many more seasons!”

But what about another ABC reality competition show?  Is Cora, the first-ever female Iron Chef, interested in, say, doing Dancing with the Stars?

Potentially!” she laughs. “Hey…I got some good moves…so call me!”

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Morgan Freeman narrates trailer for Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special ‘Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones’

Netflix/Lester Cohen(NEW YORK) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) Morgan Freeman is lending his signature voice to the first promo for Dave Chappelle’s fifth Netflix stand-up special, Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones.

In the trailer, Chappelle is seen slowly striding across a vast salt flat. He doesn’t say anything, but the ominous voice of Freeman can be heard in the background, delivering a dramatic but hilarious message about Chappelle’s return.

“If you say anything, you risk everything,” says Freeman in a trailer. “But if that’s the way it’s gotta be, OK, fine, f*** it. Ha. Ha. He’s back, folks.”

As previously reported, Chappelle had signed a deal with Netflix in 2016 to deliver three stand-up specials, before releasing a surprise fourth, Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation.

His 2017 special Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, landed him a 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Pre-Recorded Variety Special.

Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones launches on Netflix on August 26.

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Bruce Lee’s daughter wishes Quentin Tarantino would “shut up” about her father’s portrayal in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Steve Iervolino/ABC Radio(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) A day after Quentin Tarantino defended his portrayal of the late, legendary martial artist Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Lee’s daughter Shannon is firing back.

“He could shut up about it,” Ms. Lee tells Variety. “That would be really nice. Or he could apologize or he could say, ‘I don’t really know what Bruce Lee was like. I just wrote it for my movie. But that shouldn’t be taken as how he really was.'”

As previously reported, a scene in the film has Lee, played by actor Mike Moh, squaring off with Brad Pitt’s stuntman Cliff Booth.  In that scene, Ms. Lee says, her dad is painted as, quote, “an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air” — something with which Quentin seems to agree.

“Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy,” the writer-director said while promoting the movie in Moscow, according to the U.K. Independent.  “If people are saying, ‘Well, he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali,’ well, yeah, he did. Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. She absolutely said that.”

Not so, says Shannon Lee. Variety agrees, noting that it was the author of the biography, and not Lee’s widow, who speculated Bruce Lee could have defeated the legendary boxer then known as Cassius Clay.

“One of the things that’s troubling in his response is that, on the one hand, he wants to put this forward as fact and, on the other hand, he wants to stay in fiction,” says Lee.

She added, “[I]t’s a little disingenuous for him to say, ‘Well, this is how he was, but this is a fictional movie, so don’t worry too much about it.'”

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Henry Golding could be sharpening his swords for ‘G.I. Joe’ spin-off ‘Snake Eyes’

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Paramount is eyeing Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding to star in the G.I. Joe spinoff, Snake Eyes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A longtime fan favorite, the mute, titular ninja commando was introduced in the 1980s as part of Hasbro and Marvel Comics’ relaunch of the G.I. Joe toy line and cartoon series. 

Golding would replace martial artist and Star Wars: Episode I veteran Ray Park, who played the character in the first two G.I. Joe movies, 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I Joe: Retaliation.

According to G.I. Joe canon, much of the Snake Eyes’ history is classified, including his real name. An expert martial artist and instructor in hand-to-hand combat, he was disfigured and his vocal cords cut in a helicopter explosion on one of his first missions. As a result, he was rendered unable to speak, and is  nearly always portrayed wearing a balaclava covering his face and head.

Golding will next be seen in the holiday rom-com Last Christmas, opposite Emilia Clarke, opening November 8.

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Tiffany Haddish, Aubrey Plaza and more calling on Comedy Central’s ‘Crank Yankers’ reboot

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) — Tiffany Haddish, Aubrey Plaza and Bobby Moynihan are among the stars joining the Comedy Central revival of its half-hour comedy Crank Yankers, from original creators Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison.

The revival, first announced back in February, will be an updated version of the original “for a digitally driven audience, in which ‘the world’s favorite profane puppets will be pranking on phones, social media, e-sport platforms and any venue where trouble can be made.”

Providing voices will be returnees from the show’s original 2002-07 run, including Tracy Morgan, Kathy Griffin and Sarah Silverman. Crank Yankers returns September 25 10:30 ET on Comedy Central.

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‘Is There Still Sex in the City?’ Author Candace Bushnell in talks to bring her new book to TV

Grove Press(NEW YORK) — More than 20 years after Candace Bushnell gave the world a glimpse into the sex lives of women in their 30s with her novel-turned-hit HBO show Sex and the City, the author is back with a follow-up of sorts.

Bushnell’s new book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, explores the dating lives of women in their 50s. She calls it Middle-Aged Madness, or MAM — a process in which women really have to “reinvent” themselves.

“For me going through my 50s, it really reminded me of the same time as when I started writing Sex and the City and it felt like a time of uncharted territory and a time that nobody had ever really talked about before,” Bushnell, 60, tells ABC Radio.

It’s no surprise that this book is becoming a TV series as well. The show is still in its early stages, but Bushnell is excited to once again bring her own experiences to the screen.

“It’s a great opportunity to continue the conversation because in the book Is There Still Sex in the City? I definitely did not cover all of the things that I could have covered and there were a lot of other things to write about in other stories,” she says. “So I’m just really excited to be able to keep telling these stories in this world.”

Is There Still Sex in the City? is out now.

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“Whatever you like”: Vanessa Bell Calloway officially joins cast of ‘Coming 2 America’

TM & COPYRIGHT © 1988 BY PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) — It’s safe to say it’s going to be a star-studded family reunion in Zamunda.

Variety has learned that Vanessa Bell Calloway is officially on board to reprise her role as Imani Izzi, the former betrothed of Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem, in the upcoming sequel Coming 2 America. She joins Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and Paul Bates, who are all set to reprise their roles in the sequel. 

They’ll be joining newcomers Jermaine Fowler, Kiki Layne, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Luenell and Rick Ross.

The original 1988 film Coming to America starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. In an effort to find a wife, Akeem, along with his trusty assistant Semmi, played by Hall, decide to travel to Queens, NY.

In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long-lost son and must return to America to meet the “unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.” 

As previously noted, black-ish creator Kenya Barris is rewriting a script from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to direct the project, which Murphy’s also producing. The two recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, which follows the story of real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore.

Coming 2 America is set to hit theaters August 7, 2020.

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Disney star Cameron Boyce’s parents call their son’s sudden death “staggeringly crazy and horrible”

Disney Channel/David Bukach(LOS ANGELES) — The parents of Disney star Cameron Boyce, who died in July of epilepsy, are speaking out about their final night with their son and how they’d like him to be remembered.

“The night he passed away, we were out to dinner with him just hours before,” Victor Boyce told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts in the first part of an exclusive interview. “It was a completely normal, beautiful family night out to dinner.”
“There was no indication that anything was wrong,” he said of the Descendants movie series star. “I mean there was no way to know in hours my son would be dead. Like, it was just staggeringly crazy and horrible. And we were texting that night.”

Cameron Boyce, 20, died in his sleep after a seizure in early July. He had a rare “sudden unexpected death in epilepsy,” according to an autopsy report released by The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

The former child star’s parents only confirmed after his death that he had epilepsy, explaining that their son “didn’t want his epilepsy to define him.”

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that actively affects about 3.4 million people in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To honor Cameron’s memory, his family launched The Cameron Boyce Foundation, which will provide “young people artistic and creative outlets as alternatives to violence and negativity,” and which will “use resources and philanthropy for positive change in the world,” according to their website.

Cameron was honored with a tribute earlier this month after the premiere of Descendants 3 on the Disney Channel.  It included footage of him with his co-stars, as well as moment from an early audition.

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Watch Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding hit it off in the holiday rom-com future classic, ‘Last Christmas’

Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Everyone has those holiday movies they watch on repeat during the holidays — we’re looking at you, Love, Actually, A Christmas Story and Die Hard — but the new trailer for a new film, Last Christmas, makes it seem as though it’s ready to take its place alongside those classics.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians standout Henry Golding star in the romantic comedy, which was directed by Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig and co-written by Love, Actually‘s Emma Thompson, who also appears as Clarke’s mom. 

The Emmy-nominated Clarke plays Kate, who works — hardly — as an elf in a seasonal Christmas shop in London run by Golding’s Crazy co-star Michelle Yeoh.

“I have nicknamed her Lazy the Elf, because she never works,” Yeoh’s character says.

By chance, Kate runs into Golding’s Tom — and runs into him again and again. He’s a soup kitchen volunteer who Kate jokes should have “saint” tattooed on his forehead, and to Kate, he’s too good to be true.

“Are elves always this cynical?” he asks. “Relentlessly,” she snarks. “These are dark times.”

Kate eventually shares that she had a brush with death that shook her up — just like Clarke, who in real life suffered near-fatal brain hemorrhages.

“I’m just scared all the time,” Kate confesses tearfully. “They just expect me to be normal and get on with life.”

“There’s no such thing as normal,” Tom says, cradling her head in his lap. “Just being a human being is hard.”

But as you’ve probably guessed, the magic of the season — together with a soundtrack populated by George Michael hits like “Last Christmas” and “Freedom” — help bring the unlikely pair together.

The movie opens November 8.

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“Who killed my son?” – Netflix debuts first trailer for season three of ’13 Reasons Why’

David Moir/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) —  (SPOILER ALERT) Netflix has unveiled the full trailer for the third season of its controversial drama series 13 Reasons Why ahead of next month’s third season premiere.

As a previous teaser hinted, this season hinges in the death of Bryce Walker, the high school athlete whose rape of Hannah Baker was the 12th reason of the series’ titular reasons why she took her own life.

“It’s my wish to find the person who killed my son,” states actress Brenda Strong, who plays Bryce’s mother. 

According to Netflix, this whodunnit behind the homicide of Justin Prentice’s character is the central theme of the season. “Everyone has their reasons,” the streaming service notes. “Police are determined to get to the truth, but with a web of secrets and lies this tangled, will anyone be found guilty?”

The third season of the show, which debuts August 23, also stars Dylan Minnette, Brandon Flynn, Alisha Boe, and Anne Winters.

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