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Report: Oscar winner Christoph Waltz back as Blofeld in ‘Bond 25’

© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions(LOS ANGELES) — Christoph Waltz will reprise his role as the James Bond super-villain Blofeld from 2015’s SPECTRE in the upcoming Bond 25, according to Variety.

Two-time Oscar winner Waltz joins star Daniel Craig, as well as Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux and Naomie Harris, who are also reprising their respective roles in the upcoming film.

Bohemian Rhapsody Academy Award winner Rami Malek will play the main villain, as previously announced — though the part is still shrouded in mystery.

Bond 25 is currently filming in London and slated for a 2020 release.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ is just an Infinity Stone’s throw away from the ‘Avatar’ box office record

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Avengers: Endgame took in another $2.8 million at the box office worldwide over the weekend, putting it a little more than $7.16 million behind the all-time box office champ, Avatar.

According to Box Office Mojo, James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic’s final tally stands at $2,787,965,087; Endgame, which debuted April 26, is at $2,780,800,139…and counting.

An enhanced re-release of the Avengers movie, as well as the strong performance of the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios collab Spider-Man: Far From Home — a direct follow-up to the earth-shattering events of Endgame — have goosed ticket sales for the Avengers film.

Avatar was produced by 20th Century Fox, which, like Marvel Studios, is now owned by ABC News’ parent company Disney.

Cameron’s sci-fi epic will spawn four sequels, the first of which will debut December 17, 2021.

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‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ repeats at number one with $45.3 million weekend

Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) — Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far from Home easily held on to number one at the box office, earning an estimated $45.3 million and raising its domestic total to nearly $275 million in its second weekend of release.

Overseas, the film picked picked up an estimated $100 million, bringing its haul to around $572.5 million. It’s now the highest-grossing Spider-Man film internationally, topping the $555 million the third installment of director/producer Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy amassed in 2007. Worldwide, Far from Home has racked up just under $850 million.

At number two for the second straight week is Toy Story 4, delivering an estimated $20.66 million. It now ranks as the the fifth largest Pixar film after its fourth week of release, behind Incredibles 2, Finding Dory, Toy Story 3 and Inside Out.  Internationally, Toy Story 4 added an estimated $48.1 million.

Marvel and Pixar are owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

Third and fourth place place belonged to this weekend’s two new major releases: the horror film Crawl, which earned an estimated $12 million, and Stuber, the action-comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista, earning an estimated $8 million.

The romantic comedy Yesterday landed in fifth, collecting an estimated $6.75 million its third week out.

In limited release, The Farewell, starring Awkwafina, had the best the best opening weekend per-theater average, earning an estimated $351,330, from four locations. Jesse Eisenberg’s The Art of Self-Defense brought in an estimated $121,000 from seven locations.

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

1. Spider-Man: Far from Home, $45.3 million
2. Toy Story 4, $20.66 million
3. Crawl, $12 million
4. Stuber, $8 million
5. Yesterday, $6.75 million
6. Aladdin, $5.87 million
7. Annabelle Comes Home, $5.55 million
8. Midsommar, $3.55 million
9. The Secret Life of Pets 2, $3.1 million
10. Men in Black International, $2.2 million

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Pottery Barn releasing ‘Friends’-inspired collection — including the infamous apothecary table

Pottery Barn(LOS ANGELES) — Friends had a whole episode revolving around Pottery Barn – “The One with the Apothecary Table” – so in honor of the sitcom’s 25th anniversary, the furniture store is releasing an entire Friends-inspired collection.

The collection will include “Central Perk-worthy accents,” furniture, and, of course, an apothecary table. In the infamous season six episode, Rachel tries to convince Phoebe a Pottery Barn apothecary table is a one-of-a-kind antique after finding out that Phoebe hates Pottery Barn.

While the entire collection has not yet been revealed, a promotional photo for the line shows a Central Perk mug perched atop the apothecary table, in front of a couch with a pillow that reads, “Welcome Friends.”

According to Pottery Barn, the collection will be released on Tuesday, July 30 and prices will start at $12.50.

The store is also offering fans a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles, a Pottery Barn shopping spree and a tour of Warner Bros. Studios, where you’ll visit the Central Perk set.

Friends officially celebrates its 25th anniversary on September 22.

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Christoph Waltz returning as Blofeld in ‘Bond 25’

MGM(LONDON) — Rami Malek won’t be the only bad guy 007 will have to face in Bond 25.

According to Variety, Christoph Waltz is set to reprise his role as iconic Bond villain Blofeld. He first played the role in the last Bond movie, Spectre.

Bond 25, which does not yet have an official title, is currently filming in London. Daniel Craig is, of course, back in the role of James Bond, joined by returning cast members Ralph Fiennes, Jeffrey Wright, Lea Seydoux and Naomie Harris.

The film is set to hit theaters on April 8, 2020.

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Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani buckle up as an unlikely duo in action-comedy ‘Stuber’

Hopper Stone; © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) — Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani buckle up for the ride of their lives in the new action-comedy Stuber, in theaters today.

Bautista plays Vic Manning, a tough LAPD cop who hires a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu, played by Nanjiani, to drive him around as he hunts down a notorious drug lord. The two are an unlikely duo, but it was their chemistry that ultimately convinced Bautista to take the role.

“I really want to conquer every genre,” Bautista tells ABC Radio. “…I read the script and just found myself laughing out loud! I just thought it was good. I could see myself playing this part, I could see Kumail playing Stu. Then after the chemistry read, is what sealed the deal for me.”

Bautista gave viewers a taste of his comedic chops as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and he gets to explore that even more in this film. Nanjiani says Bautista is “funnier than he thinks he is.”

“Every single take was great, and he was very good at improvising, and when we would yell ‘Cut!’ he was like, ‘Well, that wasn’t good,’” Nanjiani recalls.  “I’m like, ‘Dude, what are you talking about? That was great!’”

The two took inspiration for Stuber from classic buddy cop films. Nanjiani watched Midnight Run, while Bautista studied Nick Nolte’s character in 48 HRS.

“Not to really be that character,” Bautista explains, “but take away his saltiness and his surliness and how he was just kind of grouchy, just didn’t like anybody, but his job — he was kind of obsessed with his job!”

Stuber, from 20th Century Fox, is in theaters now. Disney is the parent company of 20th Century Fox and ABC News.

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When in Nashville: Chris Pratt sings country tunes at two iconic venues

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NASHVILLE) — Chris Pratt is getting in touch with his country side.

The Guardians of the Galaxy starr made a surprise appearance at two iconic music venues in Nashville Thursday night and hit the stage to sing some country tunes.

Pratt hit up Robert’s Western World in downtown Nashville sometime after 11:30 p.m. and performed a rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” He also stopped in at Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge, where he got on stage with the band to sing some more songs.

At both places, fans took to social media to post their surprise and delight over his impromptu performances. Nashville-based country singer Sarah Gayle Meech, who was performing at Robert’s Western World when Pratt showed up, posted a photo with him on Instagram.

“When Chris Pratt shows up at your show @robertswesternworld to sing Johnny Cash,” she captioned it. “You never know who will show up at Robert’s Western World… Thank you @prattprattpratt you made our night!”

Tootsie’s also posted about the appearance on their Instagram, writing, “You never know who you may see at Tootsie’s. It was great to see you last night @prattprattpratt!”

And speaking of Marvel stars who sing, Pratt’s Avengers: Endgame co-star Jeremy Renner has just released some new music. He debuted three new songs — “Main Attraction,” “Nomad” and “Sign” — as part of a new Jeep television campaign.

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Diane Keaton reveals she hasn’t been on a date in 35 years

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Diane Keaton is opening up about her love life – or lack thereof – in a new interview with InStyle.

The iconic actress reveals she hasn’t be on a date in 35 years, and that suits her just fine.

“Never. All right?” Keaton tells the mag when asked if she’s dating. “Let’s just get that straight. That one’s important. I haven’t been on a date in, I would say, 35 years. No dates.”

The 73-year-old adds that she has a lot of male friends and a lot of friends in general, “but no dates. No mwah-mwah.”

In the past, Keaton dated her frequent film collaborator Woody Allen, as well as Warren Beatty and Al Pacino, among others, but now she’s embracing her single status.

“I’ve had a lot of independence, and nobody’s telling me what to do,” she tells InStyle. “I had a mother who encouraged that and helped me achieve the things I wanted to achieve. I’ve followed the paths I’ve wanted to follow. I like redoing houses, I like architecture, I like visuals, I like fashion, I like all of it.”

She’s also a mom to two children, 23-year-old Dexter and 18-year-old Duke, both of whom she adopted when she was in her 50s.

The August issue of InStyle — the Badass Issue — will be on newsstands July 19.

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Richard Roundtree draws on youth as a preacher kid for ‘Family Reunion’ role

Richard Roundtree and Jordyn Raya James; John P. Fleenor/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Richard Roundtree stars as Jeb, a local Georgia pastor and the patriarch of the McKellan family in the new Netflix comedy, Family Reunion.

The series, which stars Loretta Devine as Roundtree’s wife, M’Dear, follows the Seattle-based McKellan family who, after a family reunion, decide to move to the South for a simpler life.

Roundtree tells ABC Radio that becoming the old-school, God-fearing grandpa on the show was an easy lift for him, considering he came from a strict and religious upbringing.

“I think we can safely say my dad was a preacher. So I’m a P.K.,” Roundtree says, meaning preacher kid. “And..I have to maneuver around that persona, if you will.”

“We went to church, Sunday school at 9 o’clock, and we came home around 2 o’clock after morning service, went home and eat and went back for evening service. I mean, that was very narrow upbringing,” said Roundtree. “You could not deviate from that at all.”

Roundtree says he understands the mindset of the Jeb and M’Dear because, like his family, they too had the best intentions.

“So, I’m trying to instill some of that into the family. M’Dear is strict about it. So, there’s a battle,” he says. “A lot of stuff is brought up for me from my childhood in this show. And the bottom line is the love — that’s what permeates the show.”

Family Reunion, also starring Tia Mowry, Telma Hopkins and Anthony Alabi, is now streaming on Netflix.

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‘Stuber’ and ‘Crawl’ among this week’s new movies

 L-R: Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani in “Stuber”; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Stuber — This action-comedy stars The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani as an Uber driver named Stu, who’s in for “the rideshare of his life” after picking up a cop — played by Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista — who’s hot on the trail of a killer. Natalie Morales and Mira Sorvino co-star. Rated R.

* Crawl — Sam Raimi, the filmmaker behind the Evil Dead series, produced this horror film about a father and daughter, played respectively by Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario, who find themselves trapped in a flooding house during a Category 5 hurricane and are hunted by alligators. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* The Art of Self Defense — This dark comedy stars Jesse Eisenberg as a mild-mannered accountant who takes up karate as a means of self-defense after being attacked by a motorcycle gang. Also starring Alessandro Nivola and Imogen Poots. Rated R.

* The FarewellCrazy Rich Asians and Oceans 8 star Awkwafina leads the cast of this dramedy about Chinese-American family who, upon learning their grandmother has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, decides not to keep her in the dark and schedules a family gathering before she passes. Rated PG.

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