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Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston reveal they were “friends before ‘Friends'”; and NBA stars read mean tweets on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night’

Scott Yamano/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Jimmy Kimmel returned to prime time for the 12th straight year, in conjunction with the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, for Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night.

On Thursday night, before the big NBA Finals game one between the defending champion Warriors and the upstart Raptors, Jimmy welcomed Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, who co-star in the upcoming Netflix comedy film, Murder Mystery, premiering June 14. During the interview, Aniston and Sandler revealed that they were, as Kimmel later put it, “friends before Friends.”

“We met at Jerry’s Deli,” recalled Aniston. “We were very young. One of my buddies and Jennifer were dating,” added Sandler, although Jen disagreed about the “dating” part. “It was fun, and then we had breakfast together.

After Kimmel congratulated Sandler on his daughter Sadie’s recent Bat Mitzvah, the funnyman told a story of how he asked Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine to sing at the affair, and to Adam’s surprise, Levine said, “Yes.”

“I text[ed] him, ‘I’m sorry to do this to you, my kid’s getting Bat Mitzva’s Saturday night, would you mind coming and singing a few tunes?'” said Sandler. “And then he writes, ‘I can’t say no to you, where?'” I tell him where, he goes, ‘Oh, I used to go there growing up, I went to a bunch of Bar Mitzvahs when I was a kid there, what songs do you want?'”

Added Sandler, “I was like, ‘Oh, God, this is really happening.”

Later, Jimmy shared an all new addition of “Mean Tweets: NBA Edition,” featuring appearances from Bradley Beal, Dirk Nowitzki, Charles Barkley, Ben Simmons and Khris Middleton.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC.

 

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Taron Egerton on ‘Rocketman’ positive buzz: “Forget accolades, I wanna get bums on seats”

Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) — The Elton John fantasy musical biopic, Rocketman, officially hits theaters today, but it’s already generating positive reviews and awards buzz.

Star Taron Egerton, who plays Elton and does all his own singing in the film, says he’s trying not to pay attention to all of the buzz and instead focusing on getting people to the theater.

“My aim is let’s get people in to see it because it’s a movie that absolutely that has to be seen in theaters for one main reason and it’s the sound,” Taron tells ABC Radio. “The shared experience of it, the universal quality of Elton’s music, it absolutely has to be seen in the cinema and your emotional reaction to it will be heightened by seeing it in the cinema.”

He adds, “So for now, forget accolades, I wanna get bums on seats.”

While shooting this movie, Egerton became close friends with Elton and learned things about him that he never knew.

“The thing that surprised me most about him is that how shy he was as a young man, because if you meet him now he’s such a towering inferno of confidence and naughtiness,” Egerton says.

He was also impressed by how “grounded and normal” Elton is — even after 50 years of being a musical icon.

“He’s just a very grounded, lovely person and I’m very lucky to know him,” Egerton says. 

Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as lyricist Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden as Elton’s former manager/lover, John Reid.

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ and ‘Rocketman’ among this week’s new releases

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide in theaters Friday:

Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Bradley Whitford and Sally Hawkins lead the human cast of this film — the third in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, following 2014’s Godzilla, and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island — in which humans must rely on the titular giant fire-breathing lizard, to defeat the three-headed King Ghidorah, the giant insect Mothra and Rodan, who has the power to create hurricane-force winds. Rated PG-13.

Rocketman — Taron Egerton plays Elton John in this biographical musical that tells the story of the legendary rocker’s rise from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through his musical partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin — played in the film by Jamie Bell — his struggles with depression and substance abuse, and acceptance of his sexual orientation. Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard also star. Rated R.

Ma — This horror thriller — one of the first horror films to feature a female, African American lead — stars Octavia Spencer as a lonely woman in a small Ohio town. She befriends a group of teenagers who ask her to buy them alcohol, but their “friendship” soon turns into an obsession, after Sue Ann invites the young people to hang out in her basement. Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown also star. Rated R.

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Jackée Harry says she was “giddy” to play her role of Mrs. Bennet in ‘Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta’

Randy Shropshire/Stringer(LOS ANGELES) — Jackée Harry is taking on a role near and dear to her heart in Lifetime’s contemporary take on the classic novel Pride and Prejudice, titled Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta.

In the new film, Harry plays the classic character of Mrs. Bennet, a mother who wants one of her daughters to marry the new bachelor in town. However, in this iteration, Mrs. Bennet is no longer English gentry, but a preacher’s wife and relationship expert who feels compelled to see her five daughters happily married.

“I was so giddy to play her,” Harry tells ABC Radio. “I knew just what I wanted to do with it. When I got the script immediately. And I worked on it and it was a lot of work. We worked really, really hard.”

In fact, Harry reveals she’s been huge fan of not only the book, but the original 1940s Pride and Prejudice film.

“The original Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, oh yes it’s my favorite,” Harry says. “I relate to Mrs. Bennet — [Mary Boland]… I watch it all the time. So, definitely that was my source material. A lot of people are not familiar with it but I’m totally, totally familiar with with all those classics back then.”

While Harry was happy to jump on the project, the 227 alum reveals that one of the things that most impressed her about the production was the amazing people behind the scenes — including the film’s young African American director, Ronda Barka.

“Everybody kind of took it for granted but not me,” said Harry. “Because I rarely work for women producers, or directors. So, every time I get the opportunity I’m just giddy about it.”

Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta, also starring Tiffany Hines and Reginald VelJohnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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Tiffany Haddish reveals she secretly recorded casting directors to get feedback

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — Tiffany Haddish is dishing on her extremely clever way to get feedback from casting directors when she went on past auditions.

During a roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter that included Jane Fonda, Alex Borstein, Regina Hall, Natasha Lyonne, Maya Rudolph and Phoebe Waller-Bridge — and in a move incidentally identical to a Seinfeld plot — Haddish revealed that she’d sometimes leave a recording device behind in an audition room to capture the feedback of casting directors.

“You know what I’d do? I’d put my phone on voice memo and put it in my bag, I’d do the audition, walk out and leave my bag,” Haddish said, recalling her process. “Then I’d come back and be like, ‘Oh, I forgot my purse.'”

When Haddish eventually listened to the audio, she learned a lot about what casting directors really thought about her. 

“‘She is not as urban as I thought she’d be.’ Or, ‘She is so ghetto,'” she recalled. “‘Her boobs aren’t big enough.’ ‘I really think we should just go with a white girl, this role should be changed to white’.

Haddish admitted she left her phone in a lot of rooms, adding, “it was like my M.O.” However, even with the harsh feedback, Haddish says she didn’t let it bother her.

“I want to hear so that I can write jokes about it. That and also so that I use it to my advantage and grow,” Tiffany explained. “Like all this,’ Jeez, she can’t read. She said every word wrong.’ And I’m like, ‘They’re right.’ So, I start reading out loud more and practicing and it helps me in the long run.”

“So, sure, they hurt my feelings and sometimes I’m like, ‘Damn, what a b****,'” Haddish continued. “I’m never going back in there,’ but I did.”

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Fandango says ‘Toy Story 4’ earning the highest-ever animated movie pre-sales

Disney/Pixar(LOS ANGELES) — While Avengers: Endgame currently has the honor of the highest number of tickets pre-sales ever logged on Fandango, the company says Toy Story 4 has a shiny new record of its own.

The movie, which opens June 21, is the new record holder for best first day pre-sales for an animated title, unseating the previous champ, 2018’s Incredibles 2, itself also a Disney/Pixar movie.

“Pixar’s Toy Story movies mean the world to so many fans, and that’s very much reflected in the record presales for Toy Story 4,” says Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis in a statement. “It’s been nearly a decade since the adventures of Woody, Buzz and friends played out on the big screen, and so anticipation for this fourth installment is incredibly high.” 

Tickets went on sale on Fandango on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, and within the first 24 hours, the movie was already out-pacing sales for the animated hits Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory, as well as the live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Disney is the parent company of Marvel Studios and ABC News.

 

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‘John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum’ breaks franchise earnings record

Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — Keanu Reeves’ third go ’round as unstoppable hitman John Wick has broken its own record. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum has become the highest-grossing entry in the series, after just 10 days in theaters.

Significantly, the movie, which also stars Oscar-winner Halle Berry, also achieved the super-heroic feat of knocking Avengers: Endgame from the #1 slot at the U.S. box office when Parabellum opened the weekend of May 17.

Made for a relatively modest budget of around $55 million, the movie has already earned nearly $186 million worldwide. The franchise’s previous high-water mark was the $171.5 million earned by 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2.

Considering the popularity of the character — and the obvious return on investment for studio Lionsgate — it’s no surprise that stuntman-turned series director Chad Stahelski has already noted John Wick will return for a fourth installment on May 21st, 2021.

 

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Watch now: First trailer to Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rambo: Last Blood’

Yana Blajeva/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Lionsgate has released the first trailer to Rambo: Last Blood, the fifth and final film about Sylvester Stallone’s one-man army Vietnam veteran, John Rambo.

Set to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ hit song “Old Town Road,” the trailer shows Rambo trying to put his violent past behind him, living a quiet life on a secluded ranch and literally rocking on a chair on his porch.

“I’ve watched people I’ve loved die,” he recalls in voiceover. “Some fast with a bullet; some, not enough left to bury.”

“All these years I’ve kept my secrets,” Rambo goes on, as he’s sharpening his famously oversized hunting knife. “But the time has come to face my past. And if it comes looking for me, they will welcome death.”

We then see Rambo surrounded by Mexican cartel gangsters, who beat him down; the plot reportedly centers on his attempt to save a young girl from their clutches.

The next shots show Rambo rigging his homestead with a series of trademark booby traps.

“I want them to know that death is coming,” Rambo says, as the traps are tripped by various henchmen, to deadly effect.  “And there’s nothing they can do to stop it.”

Rambo: Last Blood opens September 20 of this year.

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CBS All Access’ ‘The Good Fight’ coming to CBS TV in limited run

Patrick Ecclesine/CBS ©2017 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved. (LOS ANGELES) — A successful streaming spin-off, CBS’ The Good Wife-spawned The Good Fight, is coming to network TV — for a limited time.

Season one of The Good Fight, currently streaming on CBS All-Access, kicks off with the premiere episodes on June 16 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Good Fight, currently in its third season, follows Christine Baranski’s character, Diane Lockhart as she’s forced out of her law firm after an enormous financial scam destroys her finances and the reputation of her goddaughter, played by Rose Leslie. The pair then joins one of Chicago’s preeminent law firms.

Cush Jumbo, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi, Michael Sheen and Delroy Lindo also star.

After the initial episodes on June 16, episodes three and four will follow on June 23, and starting June 30, the hit drama series will move to 10 p.m., where it will stay until the 10-episode season concludes August 4.

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“We need to hear more”: Robert De Niro writes op-ed to Robert Mueller, imploring him to testify before Congress

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) — Robert De Niro played now-former special counsel Robert Mueller several times on Saturday Night Live, and in a new op-ed in The New York Times, De Niro’s imploring Mueller to himself step back into the limelight.

Mueller made a rare public appearance Wednesday, stating in part in a brief address that if his eponymous report of the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election, and what part  President Trump’s campaign may have played in it, had cleared the president of possible obstruction of justice, the report would have said so. It did not.

Mueller also declared he was finished with his work and returning to private life, and that his report spoke for itself, meaning he didn’t intend to testify before Congress.

De Niro clearly doesn’t agree.  In his editorial, titled “Robert Mueller, We Need to Hear More,” the actor writes that Mueller’s report “may speak for itself to lawyers and lawmakers who have the patience and obligation to read through the more than 400 pages of carefully chosen words and nuanced conclusions (with all due respect, as good a read as it is, you’re no Stephen King),” but the public needs to hear more. 

“I know you will, however reluctantly, testify before Congress if called, because you respect the system and follow the rules,” De Niro declares, adding, “the country needs to hear your voice. Your actual voice. And not just because you don’t want them to think that your actual voice sounds like Robert De Niro reading from cue cards, but because this is the report your country asked you to do, and now you must give it authority and clarity without, if I may use the term, obstruction.”
 
De Niro also implores, “Your life has been a shining example of bravely and selflessly doing things for the good of our country. I urge you to leave your comfort zone and do that again. You are the voice of the Mueller report. Let the country hear that voice.”

For its part, the Trump administration and its supporters have echoed Mueller’s words, with President Trump stating, “The case is closed.”  His spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, noted, “After two years, the special counsel is moving on with his life, and everyone else should do the same.”

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