‘Big Brother’ season 26 cast revealed


The 16 new houseguests who will be occupying the Big Brother house for the CBS reality show’s 26th season have been revealed.

Among the new houseguests will be a celebrity chef, a former undercover cop, an event bartender, a former Marine, a physical therapist and a crochet business owner, according to the network.

A couple of twists for the upcoming season include the power to vote in a 17th houseguest.

The show teases “jaw-dropping surprises as ‘BB AI’ takes over the Big Brother house.”

Big Brother, hosted by Julie Chen Moonves, returns with a special two-night premiere event Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS, and will stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Thereafter, the series will air Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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‘Marty Supreme’: Timothée Chalamet will go from playing music superstar Bob Dylan to a ping-pong wizard

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In a post from the Oscar-winning studio, A24 broke the news it will be releasing Josh Safdie‘s forthcoming movie Marty Supreme, for which ABC Audio has confirmed Timothée Chalamet is in final talks to star and produce. 

The social media post came with a black-and-white photo of a ping-pong ball.

While Variety reports Chalamet will be playing Marty Reisman, a former ping-pong-playing hustler who became a world champion and pop culture star, A24 tells ABC Audio the project “is not a biopic of Marty Reisman,” calling it a “fictionalized original work.”

A24 also confirmed Marty Supreme was written by Safdie and frequent collaborator Ronald Bronstein.

Chalamet recently wrapped work on A Complete Unknown, in which he portrayed a much more famous star: Bob Dylan.

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Marvel Studios announces surprise ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ “Celebration of Life” at San Diego Comic Con

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Marvel Studios just dropped a surprise announcement, noting it will be staging what it calls the Deadpool & Wolverine Celebration of Life, which Deadline says will take place at San Diego Comic Con later in July.

While the Hollywood strikes curbed the usual promotion blitz that comes with San Diego Comic Con in 2023, 2024 has the studios pulling out all the stops. 

Marvel Studios will return to the centerpiece of the con, the massive Hall H, on July 27, but studio president Kevin Feige tells the trade, “[W]hat I don’t think people know is that we’re also going to be in Hall H on Thursday [July 25] for the first time ever.”

He added, “Marvel Studios is going to be in Hall H twice during Comic-Con. Thursday, of course, is the opening of Deadpool & Wolverine, so we’re going to be doing a fun Deadpool panel in Hall H to commemorate the opening,” adding he will be joined there by director Shawn Levy, and stars Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds.

It’s not yet known what other surprises are in store for the Celebration of Life. 

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Willy Wonka veterans join musical parody about dismal ‘Willy’s Chocolate Experience’

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A parody musical about that fiasco Willy’s Chocolate Experience in Glasgow, Scotland, has landed some veterans from 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julie Dawn Cole and Paris Themmen, who as kids respectively played Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee in the Gene Wilder classic, will take part in the live stage reading of Willy’s Candy Spectacular.

THR says the pair will trade off as narrators at the performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Cole will lead the cast from Aug. 9 to Aug. 18; Themmen succeeds from Aug. 19 through Aug. 26.

As reported, a veritable who’s who of musical comedy talent came together to roast one of the biggest social media fiascos of the year, including songwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, Broadway veterans and alumni of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Songwriting team Tova Litvin and Doug Rockwell are also aboard, as are Garfunkel & Oates and Another Period’s Riki Lindhome, and Daniel Mertzlufft, who created Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical.

The cast includes Kirsty Paterson — who vent viral as the Sad Oompa Loompa in the real-life attraction, Pitch Perfect‘s Shelley Regner, School of Rock vet Eric Petersen and Wilkie Ferguson from Broadway’s Motown: The Musical, among others.


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Paramount+ rounds out cast of ‘NCIS: Tony & Ziva’


Paramount+ has announced the full cast of NCIS: Tony & Ziva, the spin-off of the hit CBS franchise. As reported, Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo reprise, respectively, as Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David in the series, which is currently in production in Budapest.

Foundation alumna Isla Gie plays Tali, “Tony and Ziva’s precocious 12-year-old daughter who is sick of being treated like a child.” The streamer adds, “She’s more intuitive and vigilant than the adults around her give her credit for and she’s ready to prove this to them.”

Shadow and Bone‘s Amita Suman plays Claudette, the tech whiz at Tony’s security company. “There’s no problem Claudette can’t solve or code she can’t crack,” the producers say.

Ted Lasso vet Maximilian Osinski plays Boris, a Russian expat and one of the most brilliant and illusive computer hackers in the world, while Emily in ParisNassima Benchicou plays Martine, an “elegant and cunning” former French intelligence agent.

Avengers: Endgame actor James D’Arcy plays Interpol official Henry; Coronation Street‘s Terence Maynard plays “gentle and probing” therapist Dr. Lang; and Lara Rossi from The Watch plays former U.K. Special Forces operator Sophie, who watches over Tali.

The producers tease that NCIS: Tony & Ziva “picks up after Ziva’s supposed death, when Tony left the NCIS team to go raise their daughter.” However, NCIS viewers learned Ziva wasn’t really dead and took part in one final mission for the agency, later reuniting with Tony and their daughter in Paris.

But “when Tony’s security company is attacked, they must go on the run across Europe … and maybe even learn to trust each other again so they can finally have their unconventional happily ever after.”


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“This is the season fans have been waiting for”: Netflix goes behind the scenes with ‘Stranger Things’ season 5

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Netflix celebrated the halfway point of production on Stranger Things‘ fifth season — and the eight-year anniversary of the debut of the first — with a behind-the-scenes compilation video Monday. 

Starting with the first day of production back in January, the sneak peek shows cast members Noah SchnappCaleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown and more as they go back to Hawkins, Indiana, for the last time. 

“I started on this when I was 10,” Millie says in voice-over as she drives herself to set, noting, “I’m now turning 20 years old. It feels very weird.”

As she rifles through her wardrobe, Sadie Sink, who plays Max, says wistfully of the last chapter, “We’re just kind of savoring every single moment.”

Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Vecna, teases that while season 4 “was big, season 5 definitely feels bigger.”

McLaughlin promises “100% the wait will be worth it” for the strike-delayed fifth season, while show co-creator Matt Duffer promises, “This is the season the fans have been waiting for, and we hope you’re as excited as we are to get to tell the final chapter in this story.” 

The fifth and final season is expected to drop on the streaming service in 2025.

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Sleuths of a certain age: Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan star in Netflix’s ‘Thursday Murder Club’

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Netflix has announced that production on Thursday Murder Club, a movie adaptation of Richard Osman‘s bestseller of the same name, has gotten underway — and a killer cast of senior stars are aboard the whodunnit.

Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Ben Kingsley, as well as Oscar nominee Jonathan Pryce, and Pierce Brosnan are starring in the project, which the streamer teases is about “a group of friends in a retirement home who gather to solve murders for fun but find themselves caught in a real case.”

The senior sleuths include ex-spy Elizabeth, played by Mirren; retired psychiatrist Ibrahim, portrayed by Kingsley; former union activist Ron, played by Brosnan; and former nurse Joyce, played by The Diplomat‘s Celia Imrie.

Thursday Murder Club was written and is being directed by Harry Potter franchise and The Help veteran Chris Columbus. The movie’s cast also includes Doctor Who‘s David Tennant, Raiders of the Lost Ark‘s Paul Freeman, and Logan‘s Richard E. Grant.

A release date has yet to be announced.

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Kate Middleton receives standing ovation at Wimbledon amid cancer treatment

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Kate, the Princess of Wales, attended the men’s singles final at Wimbledon on Sunday, July 14, amid her ongoing treatment for cancer, and was honored with a standing ovation.

Kate, a longtime tennis fan and royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club sat in the Royal Box at center court with daughter Princess Charlotte to watch Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic face off in the final for the second year in a row.

The Princess of Wales later presented Alcaraz of Spain his trophy after he defeated Djokovic.

Leading up to Sunday’s championship match, it was not known whether Kate would attend this year’s tournament. In March, the 42-year-old wife of Prince William, announced she had been diagnosed with cancer.

The type of cancer has not been disclosed.

In a written update shared by Kensington Palace in June, Kate said she is “making good progress” as she undergoes chemotherapy after her diagnosis but is not “out of the woods yet,” adding that her treatment will continue “for a few more months.”

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In Brief: ‘The Daily Show’ changes RNC plans after assassination attempt on Trump, and more

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has scrapped its plan to film from Milwaukee during the Republican National Convention as a result of the attempted assassination of Donald Trump on July 13. “The Daily Show will not broadcast Monday (tomorrow) but we’ll be back up Tuesday through Thursday from our NYC studio,” the satirical news show wrote on social media. “Our apologies for the inconvenience, but due to logistical issues and the evolving situation in Milwaukee, we need to reschedule our events on the ground in Wisconsin and will look to make those up in the coming weeks.” The Daily Show had planned on broadcasting from the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee. Stewart is scheduled to host the Thursday, July 18 show, which is the closing night of the RNC …

The Television Critics Association announced the winners of the organization’s 40th Annual TCA Awards, honoring outstanding programming from the 2023-2024 television season. FX’s Shōgun led the pack with four wins, including Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Outstanding New Program, along with Individual Achievement in Drama for star Anna Sawai. HBO/Max’s Hacks, took both comedy categories with wins for Jean Smart, including her second Individual Achievement in Comedy Award. Additionally, Twin PeaksDavid Lynch and Mark Frost were honored with the Heritage Award in recognition of the show’s enduring significance and impact. The full list of winners can be found on the TCA website

James B. Sikking, best known for playing Hill Street Blues‘ SWAT leader Lt. Howard Hunter and the father of Doogie Howser M.D., died peacefully at his Los Angeles home, of complications from Dementia, on July 13, according to TV Line. He was 90. Sikking’s TV credits also included Brooklyn South, Invasion America, Curb Your Enthusiasm and, most recently, a 2012 episode of The Closer


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‘Despicable Me 4’ reigns at the box office with $44.6 million weekend


Despicable Me 4 topped the North American box office for the second straight week with an estimated $44.6 million weekend, bringing its two week total to $211 million.

Overseas, the movie earned an estimated $88.9 million, bringing its worldwide tally to $437.8 million.

The Despicable Me films are now the first animated franchise in history to top the $5 billion mark, according to Variety.

Longlegs, the mystery horror film starring Nicolas Cage, took second place, delivering an estimated $22.6 million at the domestic box office and $25.7 million globally in its opening weekend.

Inside Out 2 settled in third place, grabbing an estimated $20.8 million in its fifth week of release. The animated sequel has earned an estimated $572.6 million at the North American box office and $1.3 billion worldwide.

Landing in fourth place was A Quiet Place: Day One, adding an estimated $11.8 million to its domestic total, which now stands at $116.2 million. The latest installment in the A Quiet Place franchise has now crossed the $200 million mark worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was the second of this week’s two new major releases, Fly Me to the Moon, the rom-com starring Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson. The film earned an estimated $10 million at the North American box office and $9 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $19 million.

Elsewhere, Sing Sing, the buzzy prison drama starring Colman Domingo and Clarence Maclin, drew an estimated $137,119 million in limited release. It expands nationwide in August.

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