Max renews 'Hacks' for a fourth season


Max's comedy series Hacks will take another bow for its fourth season.

The series, starring Emmy-winning leading lady Jean Smart as stand-up comedian Deborah Vance, had its third season premiere on May 2, and its finale is Thursday.

The seventh and the penultimate episodes of the nine-episode season scored new daily highs for the streaming service, Max revealed in the announcement.

Sarah Aubrey, head of Max original programming, said in a statement, "We congratulate Hacks' brilliant cast and crew," calling the series that also stars Hannah Einbinder as Ava "a masterfully crafted comedy delivering laughs and sharp insights about the vulnerability and joy of sharing a dream. The creative team behind this singular show is not only brilliant but also a joy to work with."

Aubrey added, "We couldn't be happier to give viewers another season with Deborah, Ava, and the rest of the Hacks family."

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Ryan Reynolds makes good on 'Deadpool & Wolverine' popcorn bucket boast

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Ryan Reynolds hinted to fans in February that he will be kicking things up a notch with Deadpool vs. Wolverine promotions after Dune 2's some-say-inappropriate popcorn bucket from AMC Theatres.

"Wait till you see the Deadpool popcorn bucket," he boasted after that movie's conveyance was spoofed.

Well, on Thursday he put his money where his mouth is — or more accurately, the popcorn where Wolverine's mouth is.

In a new spot that launched on YouTube and on his social media, Reynolds posted the fruits of his labor: a popcorn bucket shaped like Wolverine's head, that would require a moviegoer to shove their hand into Hugh Jackman's alter ego's open mouth — past a textured tongue, no less — to retrieve their snack (we hope it's their snack).

"Years from now they will look back at 2024 as when the War of the Popcorn Buckets began," Reynolds said on social media.

Set to Richard Strauss' "Sprach Zarathustra," the cheeky spot has Deadpool's gloved hand caressing the bucket-topper, before it's fully revealed as the music peaks. "Designed by Deadpool" is scrawled on the container's side.

Popcorn then fills the gaping maw from above, then butter drools down its forehead, suggestively.

ABC Audio has learned the bucket will be available from AMC Theatres, but the chain hasn't officially confirmed that.

Not to be outdone, competing chain Regal Cinemas replied to Reynolds' post with a salvo of its own in the popcorn bucket wars, promising a "first-ever combination drink and popcorn collectible container" featuring a character from the movie, but stopped short of a full reveal due to "Time Variance Authority spoiler restrictions."

"You showed us yours but we're gonna make you wait to see ours," Regal said to Reynolds.

Marvel Studios' Deadpool & Wolverine hits theaters July 26.

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Ahead of season 3 debut, 'The Bear' making its cable debut with FX marathon

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Before its entire 10-episode third season drops on Hulu on June 27, the Emmy-winning The Bear is making its cable debut via a marathon on FX.

The show's eight-chapter first season, previously only available on Hulu, will come to the cable network as part of a four-night event beginning Sunday. 

Two shows a night will air each day, starting with episodes one ("System") and two ("Hands"). Two episodes will air on each successive night through June 5, wrapping up with the seventh and eighth episodes, "Review" and "Braciole."

The first and second seasons of the award-winning FX drama are available for streaming on Hulu.

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Audra McDonald to star in Broadway revival of 'Gypsy'

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Gypsy is coming back to Broadway, this time with six-time Tony Award-winning star Audra McDonald attached, according to the Majestic Theatre and social media accounts.

The show made its debut on Broadway in 1959 and has been revived multiple times, most recently on London's West End in 2015.

The show, about a mother aiming to make her children stars in the early 1920s, has music from Jule Styne and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim.

McDonald will play Rose, the controlling mother pushing her children to the stage.

"I just want to set the record straight about something ... I can finally say 'curtain up, light the lights,' I am returning to Broadway this fall," said McDonald in an Instagram video on Wednesday.

According to the show's Instagram page, tickets will go on sale on May 30 and previews will begin November 21.


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Comedian Matt Rife cancels two shows for "medical emergency"

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Stand-up comedian and social media superstar Matt Rife suddenly canceled a pair of shows in Indiana on Wednesday for what he called a "last minute medical emergency."

The shows at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington had already been postponed from February, a fact that wasn't lost on an apologetic Rife. 

"I'm so f******* sorry," the 28-year-old said in an Instagram Story. "i have to reschedule our shows tonight (again)."

He added, "I've been doing 40+ shows a month for a year and half and never had to do something like this, I’m so so sorry, i hope you understand and i love you so much."

The comedian became a social media sensation before launching his first world tour, ProbleMATTic, in 2023. He now boasts some 18.6 million followers on TikTok and 7.6 million on Instagram.

He made his first appearance at the Netflix is a Joke Festival at The Hollywood Bowl on May 8, and in April he inked a deal with the streamer to follow up his 2023 Natural Selection special with two others. 

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Following knockout set at Tom Brady roast, Nikki Glaser's new comedy special set to break record

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Riding the acclaim from a blistering set at Netflix's recent roast of Tom Brady, Nikki Glaser's latest HBO comedy special, Someday You'll Die, is set to break a record for Max.

Nikki Glaser: Someday You'll Die has tallied 2 million viewers on both the streamer and its mothership network since its premiere on May 11, putting it on track to be the largest streaming audience for a comedy special in HBO Max/Max history, the streamer confirmed to ABC Audio.

Nikki's special, which was taped in December 2023 in front of a sold-out audience at the Moore Theater in Seattle and sees her tackling aging, her fantasies, her plans for her own death and more, had the best premiere night for an HBO comedy special in more than two years, HBO added.

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Guy Ritchie directing 'Young Sherlock' series for Prime Video

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While director Guy Ritchie piloted two hit Sherlock Holmes films starring Robert Downey Jr. as the legendary sleuth and Jude Law as his counterpart Dr. Watson, the filmmaker is now taking the famed detective back in time on the small screen.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare director has tapped one of that movie's stars, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, to headline the eight-episode origin story called Young Sherlock.

Prime Video teases, "At age 19, Sherlock Holmes is disgraced, raw, unfiltered, and unformed, when he finds himself caught up in a murder mystery at Oxford University which threatens his freedom. Diving into his first-ever case with a wild lack of discipline, Sherlock manages to unravel a globe-trotting conspiracy that will change his life forever."

"With all the wit and charm of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes features, Young Sherlock will be an irreverent, action-packed origin story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved detective in an explosive re-imagining of this iconic character," the streamer promises.

For his part, Ritchie enthused, "In Young Sherlock we're going to see an exhilarating new version of the detective everyone thinks they know in a way they’ve never imagined before. We're going to crack open this enigmatic character, find out what makes him tick, and learn how he becomes the genius we all love."

Incidentally, before Downey's winning Oppenheimer run, Ritchie had hoped to get a long-delayed third Sherlock movie off the ground to follow 2009's Sherlock Holmes and 2011's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The filmmaker told Collider in 2023 "the ball's in his court."

Ritchie added, "[H]e's in charge of the script, he's in charge of the whole thing. I've moonwalked out of that until there's a time for me to get involved."

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Netflix's 'Perfect Match', 'Selling Sunset' and more getting the video game treatment


If you've ever wished you could star in one of Netflix's hit reality shows, now's your chance — without the risk of becoming a meme for saying people thought you looked like Megan Fox.

The streaming service announced it is expanding its branded lineup of interactive content with four new games based on its unscripted shows: Netflix Stories: Perfect Match, Too Hot to Handle 3, The Ultimatum: Choices and Netflix Stories: Selling Sunset. The "interactive fiction games" immerse viewers-turned-players into the worlds of their favorite guilty pleasure shows. 

Netflix promises of the forthcoming titles, which will launch with new seasons of each respective show, "You can ... expect appearances from familiar faces from the Netflix Reality Universe like Nick Lachey, who hosts both the Perfect Match series and game, and Chloe Vietch, OG winner of Too Hot to Handle, who hosts The Ultimatum: Choices and appears as a workshop guru in Too Hot to Handle 3."

The streaming service already features the games Too Hot to Handle: Love is a Game; its sequel Too Hot to Handle 2; and Netflix Stories: Love is Blind.


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'The Umbrella Academy' faces the final countdown in trailer for goodbye season

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Netflix has premiered the trailer for the fourth and final season of The Umbrella Academy.

Based on the comic book series created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy follows a dysfunctional family of superheroes. Due to various time travel and apocalypse reasons, the fourth season begins with our heroes adrift without their powers, though the trailer teases their eventual reunion.

You can watch the trailer, which is set to Europe's "The Final Countdown," streaming on YouTube. Season 4 of The Umbrella Academy premieres August 8.

The returning cast includes Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min. New additions for season 4 include Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and David Cross.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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Jimmy Kimmel shares wild hawk homecoming after son's heart surgery


Late night host Jimmy Kimmel shared an update in his opening monologue Wednesday about his 7-year-old son Billy's third successful open heart surgery — and video footage of a wild homecoming from the hospital.

As reported, Jimmy first shared the latest news of Billy's medical procedure via Instagram, before opening up further on his show.

"We're back to work after an extra, extra long holiday weekend we spent most of it at Children's Hospital [Los Angeles], our son Billy had an open-heart surgery. He's doing very well," Kimmel began to a crowd of applause.

"We went in the hospital on Thursday morning and we got home Monday, and not an hour after we walk in ... from the hospital with our son, this happens," he said, rolling a video clip his wife, Molly McNearney, recorded in their kitchen.

Jimmy was seen holding a broom and attempting to encourage a hawk that had flown inside to fly back out.

Kimmel attempted to usher the fumbling bird toward a window, before it flew across the kitchen and smacked into a wall. The bird eventually got itself reoriented and flew out the sliding glass door, to applause from the studio audience.

Kimmel also recalled that on the day of Billy's surgery, his wife "saw a mourning dove — and is apparently an omen of death and she was very freaked out by it," he said. "We get home from the hospital and the hawk flies in and kills the mourning dove, kills the omen of death."

Back in 2017, Jimmy tearfully shared with his audience that Billy had undergone his first open-heart surgery at just 3 days old. He had another when he was 7 months old.

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In Brief: Glenn Close and Kerry Washington join 'Knives Out' threequel, and more

Glenn Close and Scandal alum Kerry Washington are set to join the star-studded cast of Netflix’s Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, along with recently announced cast members Andrew Scott, Challengers' Josh O'Connor and Priscilla's Cailee Spaeny, according to The Hollywood ReporterDaniel Craig will reprise his role as Benoit Blanc. Rian Johnson is also returning to write, produce and direct the film, the third Knives Out whodunnit, following 2022's Glass Onion. Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery is slated for a 2025 release. Plot details are being kept under wraps ...

The Peripheral's Jack Reynor has been added to the season 2 cast of Prime Video's spy thriller Citadel, joining returning cast members Richard Madden, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Stanley Tucci, according to Variety. Details on Reynor's role have not been revealed. The series from Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo follows Citadel agents Mason Kane and Nadia Sinh — played by Madden and Chopra Jonas, respectively — whose memories were wiped clean after the fall of the global spy agency, and must recollect their past and fight back against the new powerful syndicate, Manticore ...

Elizabeth MacRae, best known for playing the girlfriend of Jim Nabors' Gomer Pyle on the 1960s TV series Gomer Pyle, USMC and Meredith, the woman who seduces and steals an audiotape from Gene Hackman in 1974's The Conversation, died Monday, her family announced in CityView. She was 88. MacRae also played the love interest of Ken Curtis' character, deputy marshal Festus, on Gunsmoke, and the voice of Ladyfish, Don Knotts' animated love interest, in the 1964 film The Incredible Mr. Limpet. She also appeared in the 1963 film For Love or Money alongside Kirk Douglas and worked on the daytime soap operas General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Search for Tomorrow, All My Children, Guiding Light and Another World ...


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The inspiring movie 'Young Woman and the Sea' hits select theaters Friday


The incredible story of a record-breaking athlete you may have never heard of hits the big screen Friday when Young Woman and the Sea opens in limited release. It's the true tale of Trudy Ederle, who became the first woman to swim the English Channel in 1926.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the guy behind everything from Top Gun to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, tells ABC Audio this story needed to be told.

"I think certain individuals should be remembered that get forgotten. And this extraordinary athlete got totally forgotten," he says. "She had the biggest parade down Fifth Avenue, in 1926, ever for an athlete. And nobody ever heard of Trudy Ederle until this movie is going to come out."

Despite the film's title, though, Bruckheimer says it's about more than just swimming.

"It's about women empowerment. It's about somebody who overcame all these obstacles. It's a love story between these two sisters, how they triumph both apart and together. And ... I think it inspires women," he shares.

Despite its galvanizing message, Bruckheimer says he spent seven years trying to get this movie made, but was continually turned down by studio execs.

"For some reason ... studio heads think that they don't translate to box office," Bruckheimer says of sports stories, but notes films like Remember the Titans and Glory Road were successful. "Hopefully we're going to show them that they're wrong."

And Bruckheimer thinks the film should be seen on the big screen if possible.

"I've made the car chases, I've made the explosions, I've made them with the biggest actors in the world. And yet this is the highest testing movie," he adds. "So when you get an audience into see this in the theater, they are moved emotionally. And that's why we make movies."

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'Stranger Things' star Gaten Matarazzo on his career and an "insane" fan moment with a much-older woman


(NOTE LANGUAGE) On the latest installment of Smallville veteran Michael Rosenbaum's Inside of You podcast, Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo got real about stardom as a young actor.

While describing Smallville as a hit, Rosenbaum allowed it wasn't nearly the phenomenon that Stranger Things was — and he was older when he was on a big show. Now that Stranger Things is drawing to an end, Rosenbaum asked what it's like for Matarazzo, who has played Dustin since he was 13.

"With this show it is quite clear and I am very well aware — and would like my professional team to understand — that I am very OK with Stranger Things being very likely the biggest thing I will ever do," Matarazzo said.

"And it will most likely be the thing I am remembered for even if I consistently work after this — and I am so cool with that as long as it facilitates happiness going forward, security and more work going forward."

Matarazzo continued, "What more could I ask for? I don't want to maintain a sense of relevance at this point when it isn't even something I particularly enjoy that much."

"Who are you?" Rosenbaum said jokingly, adding the 21-year-old actor was even more mature than he is at 51.

Gaten revealed the show's fame led to some "insane" fan encounters, like a woman who — in front of her aghast daughter — told the actor, "I had a crush on you since you were 13."

Matarazzo recalls replying, "That's upsetting," but she "doubled down."

"She was like, 'I'm aware of the age difference,'" Matarazzo recalled, noting her daughter exclaimed, "Mom! What the f***!?"

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'The Bear' fires up full season 3 trailer


Ahead of the 10-episode menu dropping on Hulu on June 27, FX has just released the full trailer to its Emmy-winning show The Bear's third season. 

It begins calm, with Jeremy Allen White's Carmy talking with his deceased brother Michael (Jon Bernthal) about his dream for his own fine dining establishment. Set in large part to the Rolling Stones' "Mixed Emotions," the trailer gets more and more frenzied as The Bear opens its doors to patrons. 

It also shows Carmy offering a partnership in the restaurant to his chef Sydney, played by Ayo Edebiri, as well as the challenges she, Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and the rest of the staff have in bringing Carmy's vision to life. 

The superstar chef reveals his list of "nonnegotiables" — standards the gang must meet. Ritchie calls them "the scribblings of a madman," while Sydney denies she's being sarcastic about them. "No, no, no. Not sarcasm," she corrects. "Snark, contempt, even." 

The gang is also looking out for food critics, and the bottom line, thanks to Oliver Platt's Uncle Jimmy, who fronted Carmy $300,000 to get the place up and running.

The place "is totally packed," Abby Elliott's Sugar, Carmy's sister, says. "Where's the money?" Jimmy fumes. 

Nerves are getting the better of the staff, with real-life chef Matty Matheson's Fak having traded in his work overalls for a suit and nervously trying to make small talk with patrons, not realizing he's overflowing one's water glass.

Carmy's love life also plays a role in season 3, with Fak trying to patch things up between Carmy and Molly Gordon's Claire, whom the chef said he "won't have time for" with the new eatery. 

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Zac Efron has a May-December romance with Nicole Kidman in trailer to Netflix's A Family Affair

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A new trailer shows a single mom who ends up falling for a famous younger man. No, it's not The Idea of You, but Netflix's A Family Affair is a similar idea.

In this case, Nicole Kidman's Brooke is the older woman in question, who falls for superstar actor Chris Cole, played by Zac Efron. Complicating matters, her daughter Zara, played by Joey King, happens to be the star's personal assistant.

"This is madness, right?" she asks a friend.

"This is your mom, and your boss, who you hate. This is weird," her pal responds.

Making it weirder, she catches mom and her boss in the act — and spins so fast to leave the bedroom she knocks herself out on the doorframe.

Zara says the "self-absorbed" star is "going to hurt her, and I will have to kill him."

"I'm scared," Kidman's character confides in her mom, played by Kathy Bates.

"It's OK. You get to ask yourself, 'Who was I before I was everything to everybody else?'" she replies.

Zara, meanwhile, is less sympathetic, telling the couple, "This gross sexcapade thing, it's over!"

The movie the trailer teases as a "love story for everyone and their mother" hits the streaming service on June 28.

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