In Brief: ‘Mandalorian’ season 3 release date; Angela Bassett honored, and more

ABC Audio has confirmed that the third season of Disney+’s Emmy-winning hit The Mandalorian will debut on the streaming service on March 1. As seen in The Book of Boba FettPedro Pascal‘s Din Djarin reunites with little Grogu, who refuses Luke Skywalker’s offer to train him in the ways of the Jedi. As a teaser released two months ago showed, the unlikely “wolf-and-cub” duo will travel the stars, reuniting with old friends and frenemies, and battling new threats. Disney is the parent company of ABC News…

The NYPD identified a body found in the Bronx as actor Frank Vallelonga Jr., best known for his role in the 2018 film Green Book, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 60-year-old actor played a relative of Viggo Mortensen‘s bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga. In real life he was the son of the bouncer portrayed in the film, who was also an actor best known for playing crime boss Carmine Lupertazzi in The Sopranos. Vallelonga Sr. died in 2013. The police found Vallelonga Jr. unconscious and unresponsive, but with no observable trauma, early Monday morning on the ground outside of a sheet-metal factory. He was pronounced dead at the scene…

Deadline reports The Terminal List‘s Riley Keough has been tapped to executive produce and star in Under the Bridge, the Hulu limited series based on Rebecca Godfrey’s book. Keough will play the late author Godfrey in the adaptation of the 1997 true story of 14-year-old Reena Virk, who went to join friends at a party and never returned home. Keough next will be seen playing the titular character in Prime Video’s upcoming original series Daisy Jones & The Six

Angela Bassett will be honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Montecito Award on February 9, 2023 during an in-person conversation about her career leading up to this year’s performance in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Named after the stylish Santa Barbara area, the Montecito Award is given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film. Past winners include Penélope CruzAmanda SeyfriedLupita Nyong’oMelissa McCarthySaoirse RonanIsabelle HuppertSylvester StalloneJennifer AnistonOprah WinfreyDaniel Day-LewisGeoffrey RushJulianne MooreKate WinsletNaomi Watts and Javier Bardem. The 38th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place February 8-18, 2023…

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“It’s time to face the music”: New trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ teases tears, laughs and goodbyes

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At the comic con CCXP22 in São Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Marvel Studios debuted the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. 

Set to Spacehog‘s ’90s hit “In The Meantime,” the sneak peek of James Gunn‘s third and final Guardians film starts on a lighthearted note, with Chris Pratt‘s Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Dave Bautista‘s Drax, Pom Klementieff‘s Mantis, Karen Gillan‘s Nebula, and of course Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) returning to some alternate earth. 

After Drax characteristically doesn’t play nice with a little lemur-human girl, things take a turn for the ominous. “Next summer it’s time to face the music,” a title card reads. 

“We have been running our whole lives,” Quill says, apparently taking a stand.

“Pete, I’m done running,” an emotional and seemingly injured Rocket says. “We’ll all fly away together, one last time, into the forever and beautiful sky.” 

Along the way, we catch glimpses of the team — including Zoe Saldaña‘s no-longer-missing Gamora — carrying an injured Drax and Quill helping a limping Gamora. 

The trailer also shows Quill screaming in grief in an operating room, and Rocket finally embracing another of his kind — a seal that, like him, was apparently experimented upon. We also see the first glimpse of Will Poulter as the “perfect man”-turned Guardians hunter Adam Warlock smashing Nebula’s face. 

However, the Guardians aren’t going down without a fight: One image shows Star-Lord shooting back to back with Groot, who’s firing guns from multiple arms he’s sprouted out of his body. 

“We are Groot,” he says in a callback to his final words in the 2015 original. 

The Marvel Studios film hits theaters May 5, 2023. 

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“Indy 5” has a name: See the teaser for ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’

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Lucasfilm has finally revealed a title for its fifth Indiana Jones film — and the final one starring the man in the hat himself, Harrison Ford. A new teaser for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny not only shows off Ford as an octogenarian Indy — thanks to digital de-aging tech, it also reveals what adventures Indy had in between the canonical films.

The plot reportedly centers on Nazis who were recruited by both the U.S. and Russia to help them in the Space Race.

As fans had hoped, John Rhys-Davies appears again as Indy’s loyal pal Sallah. “I miss waking up every morning wondering what wonderful adventure the new day will bring to us,” he muses as men of a certain age often do.

“Those days have come and gone,” Indy replies. “Perhaps,” his old friend retorts slyly, “Perhaps not.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge apparently plays Indy’s goddaughter, who clearly has knack for swashbuckling. We also get peeks of co-stars Boyd Holbrook, playing the heavy, and a grizzled Antonio Banderas.

As Jones adventures through the ages — the film spans from the ’40s to 1969 — he says in voiceover, “I don’t believe in magic. But a few times in my life I’ve seen things. Things I can’t explain.” At this point, he apparently reveals on screen the movie’s titular MacGuffin.

“And I’ve come to believe it’s not what you believe, but how hard you believe it,” he says.

The action-packed teaser also has a great reversal callback to an iconic scene in 1980’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. While Indy uses his famous whip to subdue a room full of baddies, they respond as he did to that Cairo swordsman: They pull their guns and blast away.

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Hello Fresh offering spaghetti kits as only Buddy The Elf could make

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Jon Favreau‘s beloved 2003 Christmas movie Elf introduced fans to Buddy, the human raised by Santa’s elves — and he introduced moviegoers to his traditional North Pole take on spaghetti.

As the character, Will Ferrell loaded a bowl of pasta with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, crumbled Pop-Tarts and just about every other sweet you can buy before digging in — and thanks to HelloFresh, you can now make it yourself.

Starting on December 5, the company will offer as one of its shippable meal kits Buddy The Elf Spaghetti, which includes a package of Colavita pasta and everything else you’ll need to recreate the “iconic” dish, “from sweet ingredients to a step-by-step recipe card!”

The kit sells for $14.99 and is limited to two packages per order while supplies last.

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LeVar Burton to be honored with Lifetime Achievement honors at Children’s & Family Emmy Awards

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Beloved Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement honor by fellow Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne at the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards.

Hosted by former 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer — himself a nominee this year — the event will be held December 11 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

Throughout his career, Star Trek: The Next Generation veteran Burton has received 13 Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, three NAACP Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

The Children’s & Family Emmy Awards establishes a dedicated ceremony separate from the Daytime Emmy Awards, in response to an explosion in programming for its titular demographic.

A full list of this year’s nominees can be found here.

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Paramount revs up trailer for ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’

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Paramount Pictures’ billion dollar blockbuster Transformers franchise is literally roaring back to life with the new teaser for the upcoming Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

The movie, which stars In The Heights‘ Anthony Ramos and hits theaters on June 9, 2023, has fan favorites like Bumblebee and Optimus Prime (veteran Peter Cullen) coming face-to-face with once-hidden robots in disguise that take the form of fearsome jungle creatures. 

Ramos’ military vet character becomes an unwitting soldier in the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, thanks to a white-knuckled ride — against his will — in the driver’s seat of a classic Porsche 911 that Transformers-heads know as the hero Jazz. 

Jazz and his robotic allies team up with Optimus Primal (Ron Perlman), the gorilla-like leader of the Maximals, who battles with not only the Decepticons but the Maximals’ evil-animal-like nemeses, the Predacons.

“Of all your threats from both your past and future, you’ve never faced a threat like this,” the robotic ape warns Prime in the snippet.

The truck-robot answers defiantly, “Let them come.”

Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. calls the shots on the action-packed film, which also stars Pete Davidson as the voice of the Autobot Mirage and Dominique Fishback.

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David Harbour recalls the “truly, harrowing, exciting experience” of meeting Madonna

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Confidence goes a long way — just ask Stranger Things‘ David Harbour.

During his Wednesday stint on Jimmy Kimmel Livethe actor shared a hilarious story about meeting Madonna for the first time. Harbour starred in the 2011 historical romance drama W.E., which Madonna directed.

“It was a real Cloak and Dagger type of experience,” he began. “I got a call from a casting director that I knew very well, saying, ‘They’re putting together a top secret movie read through, but you just have to show up at the Saint Regis [hotel in New York City] and go in this room and all will be revealed.'”

Harbour wanted to know why he had to go and was told, “The director really liked you in this movie Revolutionary Road — you have a sex scene in it — and… they thought you were sexy.”

So, he showed up at the hotel and “in walks Madonna.”

Instead of feeling intimidated or star-struck, Harbour admitted the first thought that went through his mind was, “Wow, Madonna thinks I’m sexy!”

Harbor further revealed Madonna wanted everyone to call her “M” during the read. But he “was a punk kid” who was “so excited and so cocky,” he deliberately called her Madonna.

“It was a truly, harrowing, exciting experience,” he said of the audition, which ended with him being cast as real life British shipbroker Ernest Simpson in Madonna’s movie.

Harbour also recalled being invited to one of Madonna’s parties, where he danced with her to one of her songs.  The actor joked he wants that written on his tombstone.

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Prince Harry, Meghan share never-before-seen moments together in trailer for new Netflix docuseries

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After months of anticipation, the public now has its first glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan’s upcoming docuseries.

Netflix on Thursday released a trailer for the six-episode docuseries, Harry & Meghan.

The roughly one-minute trailer shows snapshots of personal moments for the Sussexes, from falling in love to leaving their royal roles and charting their own future in California.

“No one sees what is happening behind closed doors,” Harry says after a voice asks why the couple wanted to make the documentary.

Meghan later says in the trailer, “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”

Along with the intimate photos, the trailer also shows Harry speaking candidly about his efforts to shield his family, which now includes two children, Archie and Lilibet.

“I had to do everything I could to protect my family,” Harry says.

Harry and Meghan’s docuseries, directed by Liz Garbus, is due to air in December, just weeks before Harry’s memoir is published.

Incidentally, back in October, Page Six reported Netflix and the filmmakers behind the pair’s upcoming streaming documentary “were confused” by apparent “discrepancies” between what they said on camera and Harry’s own words in his upcoming memoir, Spare.

“A lot in the show contradicted what Harry has written, so that was an issue,” a senior Netflix source revealed at the time.

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Kim Kardashian reportedly nixes Balenciaga deal after BDSM ad controversy

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Kim Kardashian is apparently making good on her claims that she’s “re-evaluating” her relationship with Balenciaga after the company ran a series of controversial ads.

The fashion house’s campaign displayed its products in a bedroom that featured children holding a teddy bear dressed up in bondage gear, and visible on a desk in one photo was a printout of United States v. Williams, a 2008 court decision affording First Amendment protection to some aspects of child pornography.

In a subsequent apology after the controversy crested, Balenciaga claimed it didn’t see the final ads, and filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the production company, North Six, and set designer, Nicholas Des Jardins for “inexplicable acts and omissions” in its 2023 campaign.

TMZ is reporting that former Balenciaga booster Kim K has declined taking part in the fashion company’s 2023 campaign following the controversy, and has been removing its outfits from her forthcoming looks for upcoming events.

Kim was flamed online for not responding to the ads right away. She tweeted last week, “I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.”

The mother of four also added she was “shaken by the disturbing images,” and, “any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society — period.”

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In Brief: Harrison Ford in tease for first TV comedy ‘Shrinking’, and more

Deadline reports that Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will be helming Bruce Lee, with the filmmaker’s son Mason Lee playing the titular martial arts icon. The film is a passion project for Ang Lee. “Accepted as neither fully American nor fully Chinese, Bruce Lee was a bridge between East and West who introduced Chinese Kung Fu to the world, a scientist of combat and an iconic performing artist who revolutionized both the martial arts and action cinema,” Ang Lee tells Deadline. “I feel compelled to tell the story of this brilliant, unique human being who yearned for belonging, possessed tremendous power in a 135-pound-frame, and who, through tireless hard work, made impossible dreams into reality.”…

Apple TV+ has released a teaser and premiere date for its new comedy, Shrinking. The show stars Jason Segel and Harrison Ford, in one of his first major TV roles. It follows a grieving therapist, played by Segel, who decides to start being brutally honest with his clients. The first two episodes will debut Friday, January 27, followed by one new episode every Friday…

Robert De Niro is reportedly set to star in a new Netflix limited series called Zero Day, according to Variety. Plot details are scarce so far, but Variety reports the story is a political thriller with De Niro playing a former U.S. president. De Niro will serve as an executive producer on the project as well. Should it move forward, it would mark the actor’s first regular TV role…

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