Luke Wilson says “it’ll be really fun” to make ‘Legally Blonde 3’

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Luke Wilson is ready to bend and snap his way back to the Legally Blonde franchise.

The actor, who appeared alongside Reese Witherspoon as the love interest of her character, Elle Woods, in the first two Legally Blonde films, told Good Morning America that he would be up to return for a third movie.

Though he admits that he knows “as much as you all” about any potential sequel plans, Wilson says he did meet with the cast over Zoom last summer, where they “all got together and talked” about the beloved movies.

“It was really great to see everybody,” Wilson said.

So, what will it take to get a third Legally Blonde film?

“Reese is such a sharp individual, I think she’s probably just waiting for the script to be right and the time to be right,” Wilson said. “It’ll be really fun to make another movie.”

The sentiment echoes what Witherspoon told USA Today earlier this year.

“I’m still hoping Legally Blonde 3 is gonna come together in the right way,” she told the outlet. “I feel like those characters are my friends, so I safeguard them. I would never make a subpar, mediocre version of their story.”

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John Corbett’s Aidan Shaw set to join ‘Sex and the City’ revival

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Another fan favorite is returning to the Sex and the City franchise. 

Actor John Corbett will reprise his role as Aidan Shaw, a furniture maker who was the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Sarah Jessica Parker‘s Carrie Bradshaw in the original series. The couple got engaged in season 4, but ultimately broke it off. Aidan also made an appearance in the 2010 film Sex and the City 2. 

The character will return in HBO Max’s reboot of the series, And Just Like That…, for multiple episodes, Deadline confirms. 

And Just Like That… premiered in December 2021 focusing on three of the four main leads: SJP, Cynthia Nixon as Miranda and Kristin Davis as Charlotte. Kim Cattrall, who portrayed Samantha in the original Sex and the City, did not return to the role. 

In the first episode of the revival, Carrie’s husband, Big, portrayed by Chris Noth, shockingly died from a heart attack after using a Peloton bike. In February, executive producer Michael Patrick King said it was “possible” that Corbett would return as Aidan in the new series. 

Season 2 of And Just Like That… is slated to premiere in 2023. 

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade team up for ‘The Redeem Team’ doc

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wayne are taking their love of basketball to the small screen. 

The legendary players are joining forces as executive producers on the new documentary The Redeem Team, about the U.S. men’s basketball team that won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

It follows the team, lead by captain Kobe Bryant and lead scorer Wade, as they became the first U.S. men’s basketball team to win gold at the Olympic Games since 2000. The 2004 team took home bronze after three consecutive years of the U.S. men’s basketball team winning gold.

The 2008 team was named “The Redeem Team,” in reference to the 1992 group that was nicknamed the “Dream Team,” as they were the first gold-winning Olympic team from the U.S. to feature active players from the NBA. 

The doc includes interviews with players, including Wade, along with coach Mike Krzyzewski

“In 2008, I played with heroes of mine, all stars, friends and future teammates. Outside of winning and showing the world that we were still the most dominant, our other big challenge was changing the perception of what everyone thought about the NBA and USA Basketball!” Wade says in a statement. “I’m excited for everyone to get an opportunity to go behind the scenes and see all the work that went into this iconic team — The Redeem Team!”

The documentary is set to be released on Netflix October 7. 

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Fashion icons Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn on judging ‘Making the Cut”s new season, plus Kim K’s Marilyn moment

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Amazon’s fashion competition show Making the Cut returns Friday for its third season, and hosts/judges Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum caught up with ABC Audio about what to expect this time around. 

They also spilled some tea about Kim Kardashian’s Marilyn Monroe moment at the Met Gala.

The third season was shot with COVID-19 protocols somewhat relaxed compared to those surrounding the second season, but still in effect, Heidi noted. “We still couldn’t travel or, you know, Tim and I couldn’t do all of our fun things together because … we just wanted to get through all of our taping days without anyone testing positive.”

However, Gunn says the protocols “absolutely” inspired the creative process for the third season.

“I love constraints because they … force you to be even more creative. I used to say to my students all the time, ‘There’s nothing that is less inspiring than a blank canvas.'”

Heidi says of the third Making the Cut, “What keeps it new is these amazing people that we find from all over the world, and they bring their flavor from their country … They always keep it new and fresh every season.”

Given the pair are fashion experts — and judges — ABC Audio wanted to get their take on Kim’s wearing, and some say damaging, a vintage Marilyn Monroe dress at the Met Gala.

“We only have four minutes,” Gunn said sarcastically. 

Heidi offered, “I can’t believe she bleached her hair, this blond … ouch. I was like, ‘She really did that. She didn’t just wear a wig.’ I mean, apart from the Marilyn Monroe outfit, I was like … the poor hair is suffering so much.”

Gunn was less empathetic. “It was a failed publicity stunt,” he said plainly.

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In brief: ‘Grease’ returns to theaters, Jason Momoa surfing legend biopic, and more

AMC Theaters will pay tribute to the late Olivia Newton John by playing Grease in 135 of its theaters this weekend. “To honor the late Olivia Newton-John: many of our U.S. theatres this weekend will show her classic 1978 hit movie Grease, again on the big screen,” Adam Aron, AMC’s CEO announced Thursday on Twitter. “An inexpensive $5 admission price, and through our charity AMC Cares we will donate $1 per sold ticket to breast cancer research.” Newton-John died August 8 at the age of 73 at her ranch in Southern California, her husband, John Easterling announced in a post on her Instagram

Variety reports that Jason Momoa is turning his attention to Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, a competition swimmer who was pivotal in popularizing surfing as a sport. The actor is teaming with Aquaman producer Peter Safran to make a biopic about Duke, a gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer from Hawaii who competed in the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Olympics. Momoa narrated the PBS documentary, Waterman — Duke: Ambassador of Aloha, that premiered in May…

Enola Holmes 2 will be released on Netflix on November 4. It again stars Millie Bobby Brown as the title character, the younger sister of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who goes on an adventure across London to help find a young girl’s missing sister. The film also features Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter and more…

Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out is returning to Broadway this fall, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams reprising their roles as Mason Marzac and Darren Lemming, respectively, the latter of whom is the star player for the fictional Empires baseball team, who comes out as gay. Take Me Out will premiere at the Schoenfeld Theatre on October 27…

Amid its fifth season, Showtime has already renewed The Chi for a season six. The drama, which is executive-produced by Lena Waithe, centers around four Chicago men at different points in their lives navigating school in a city so violent there’s no guarantee you’ll grow up. Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Boone, Alex Hibbert, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Shamon Brown Jr. and Michael V. Epps star…

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Brad Pitt reaches $20.5M settlement with Katrina victims over housing

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Brad Pitt and his Make It Right Foundation reached a $20.5 million settlement with victims over faulty homes built in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, according to Page Six.

Global Green, an environmental nonprofit, has agreed to cover the settlement, which would rectify defects in the homes. The settlement needs a judge’s approval.

Residents of homes, built by the Make It Right Foundation, sued Pitt and his associates for defective design and building practices, breach of contract, and fraud. According to Nola.com, “many of the houses were poorly built with inadequate materials,” with the lawsuit claiming some of the homes “suffered from rain leakage that caused rot, structural damage and mold,” as well as “faulty heating, cooling and ventilation systems, plus electrical malfunctions and plumbing mishaps.”

While the Bullet Train star was the face of Make It Right, helping to raise millions of dollars to construct the homes that were sold for around $150,000 each, he wasn’t involved in the day-to-day responsibilities, according to Page Six. He stepped back in to assist when Make It Right proved itself to be incapable of fixing homes, which ultimately led to the lawsuit.

Pitt had previously petitioned to be removed from the 2018 suit, believing he should not be held responsible for the project’s actual construction.

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‘House of the Dragon’s’ Fabien Frankel teases Sunday’s series premiere

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The dragons are coming! HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, the highly anticipated spinoff of one of the most successful shows ever on TV, premieres Sunday night.

Fabien Frankel stars as the knight Ser Criston Cole, and he tells ABC Audio that while the new series is “still in the same world” as Game of Thrones, including “the decadence and beauty of the sets and the level of intricacy that goes into making the costumes…it still feel like its own show.”

The dragons — 17 of them — will also be there, and Frankel says working with the fire-breathers isn’t easy.

“It’s like a ball on a stick, and like a man holding the ball on the stick and he looks exhausted. His arms look like they’re going to give way at any moment,” he recalls. “And you have to sort of make this tennis ball look like it’s terrifying.”

And remember all those times you wanted to throw your remote at the TV because something crazy happened on Game of Thrones? Frankel says House of the Dragon will also have “that kind of constant feeling of surprise.”

“You kind of feel like you’re at the top of the rollercoaster and you have no idea when it’s going to go start going down,” he shares.

That craziness played out during rehearsals, when Frankel actually cut his co-star, Matt Smith, during a fight scene in the first episode, although Frankel thinks he’s getting a bad rap.

“His sword rebounded off my shield and hit him in the face…if you think about it from a…court of law…he’s to blame…I take no responsibility,” Frankel insists, adding, “He can’t stop talking about it and it’s getting me in some serious trouble.”

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Will Smith’s Q Scores measuring mass appeal are revealed

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The fallout from Will Smith‘s Oscars slap continues. 

On Thursday, Variety reports that the actor’s Q Scores, the industry standard for measuring celebrities’ mass appeal, have dropped significantly since he slapped host Chris Rock onstage at the Academy Awards in March.

Conducted twice a year in January and July, nearly 2,000 consumers starting from age 6 are surveyed about their opinion on famous figures. 

Prior to the incident on live TV, Smith had a positive Q score of 39, meaning that 39% of the respondents cited The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star as one of their favorite celebrities. But based on the July report, his score has dropped to 24, which Henry Schaferexecutive VP of Q Scores, says is a “very significant and precipitous decline.”

His negative Q score has leapt from 10 to 26, meaning that 26% of those surveyed have a “fair” or “poor” opinion of the actor. 

As for Rock, both his positive and negative Q scores remain unchanged in the aftermath of the incident, ranking at 20 and 14, respectively. 

Smith received his first Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams in King Richard during the 2022 ceremony.  

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Geena Davis says she’s still “close” with ‘A League of Their Own’ cast members

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Even after 30 years, the cast of A League of Their Own still keeps in touch. 

The 1992 film, which starred Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty and Anne Ramsay, is loosely based on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was active from 1943 to 1954. It was created to keep professional baseball in the public eye while many of the male players had been drafted for World War II. 

Geena, who played the catcher and the team’s assistant manager, Dottie Hinson, says that she and many of the cast members are still close. 

“The girls and I are all still in contact and we still remain a team,” Geena shares with Peopleadding that Anne is a “very close friend.” “So much time has passed, but A League of Their Own has been very important in my life.”

The Academy Award-winning actress also says that while she didn’t know how to play baseball before the film, she learned through filming that she had natural athleticism for the sport. 

“I’d never played baseball. I didn’t know how to play at all,” she explains. “But I had to learn to play for this part. And it turned out that I actually had some kind of untapped athletic ability.”

A League of Their Own has been adapted into a TV series starring co-creator Abbi Jacobson as team catcher Carson Shaw and Chante Adams as pitcher Maxine Chapman. It premiered on Amazon Prime Video on August 12.  

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Jonah Hill won’t promote new film ‘Stutz’ in order to focus on his mental health

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Jonah Hill may have directed and starred in the upcoming film Stutz, but that doesn’t mean you’ll see him promoting it. 

Stutz is a documentary that explores mental health alongside Hill and his therapist. Coincidentally, Hill’s mental health is the reasoning behind his decision to forgo promotional media appearances for the show. 

“Through this journey of self-discovery within the film, I have come to the understanding that I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public facing events,” he explained in an open letter obtained by Variety

The actor, 38, went on to say that he’s “so grateful” the film is premiering this fall and he “can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world in the hope that it will help those struggling.” 

Further explaining his choice to not do press, Hill added that he’s taking this step to “protect [himself.]”

“If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film,” he said. “I usually cringe at letters or statements like this but I understand that I am of the privileged few who can afford to take time off. I won’t lose my job while working on my anxiety.”

“With this letter and with Stutz, I’m hoping to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff,” the Superbad star continued. “So they can take steps towards feeling better and so that the people in their lives might understand their issues more clearly.”

“I hope the work will speak for itself and I’m grateful to my collaborators, my business partners and to all reading this for your understanding and support,” Hill concluded.

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