John Lamparski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bethenny Frankel is walking back her criticism of Meghan Markle after she watched Oprah Winfrey's ratings-grabbing interview with Markle and her husband, Prince Harry.
Prior to watching it, Frankel tweeted regarding the Duchess of Sussex's plight "Cry me a river...the plight of being a game show host, fairly unknown actress, to suffering in a palace, w tiaras & 7 figure weddings for TWO WHOLE YEARS to being a household name w @Oprah on speed dial, fetching 7 m for interviews, hundreds of millions in media deals...."
Frankel also compared her life as a Real Housewives reality TV star to Markle's, saying, "I chose reality tv, to work towards making $, to be scrutinized & criticized. I took the trappings & the beatings along with it. It's a rose w petals & thorns. People beg to enter the often toxic institution I signed up for. That WAS the life I chose. You can't play stupid & smart."
Frankel received her share of flame for the shade, but following the interview, she changed her tune. "Emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless," she posted Sunday evening. "I'm a polarizing, unfiltered (often to a fault) flawed person w a voice. When I heard of the interview,during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice. I'm sorry if it hurt or offended you."
Cathy Snyder, Michael Snyder's aunt, posted the news to Facebook, along with a message from the young man's father and photo of Snyder at work, holding up a boom mic on a movie's set.
"Bravely shared just now by my brother, David Snyder, MD, in the hope that the truth might help someone else who is suffering with depression and suicidal ideation, especially during this isolating time of Covid," she posted. "Maybe it can save even one person and urge them to try to reach out in their despair and hopelessness."
Snyder's father, a psychiatrist, noted, "Unfortunately, we believe he was gone before getting to see the Golden Globe awards. We will never know what changed in the last month or two, but even his love for his family, as well as his love of film and his movie family, was not enough to conquer his demons."
Snyder was a frequent collaborator of Nomadland's award-winning director Chloe Zhao, who called Snyder her "ears" in statement to Variety, "I will always miss him. He would always be with me on set, after each take, and in the silence of every room tone. See you down the road, my friend."
The film's award-winning lead, Frances McDormand, added, "Wolf recorded our heart beats. Our every breath. For me, he is Nomadland.'"
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if it feels like it, you are not alone.
Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The story that inspired Netflix's hit dramaThe Queen's Gambit could be coming to Broadway. Entertainment company Level Forward has acquired the rights to Walter Tevis' The Queen's Gambit, the 1983 novel behind the award-winning streaming hit, with plans to adapt it into a musical.
The book, like the miniseries, centers on Beth Harmon, an orphan turned chess prodigy, who grapples with addiction and the challenges of the male-dominated world of competitive chess.
In a statement, Level Forward CEO Adrienne Becker and producer Julia Dunetz called it a "privilege" to bring the story to the stage, calling it "a siren call amidst our contemporary struggles for gender and racial equity."
The Queen’s Gambit received two Critics’ Choice Awards Sunday night: Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays Harmon.
Taylor-Joy was also awarded a Best Actress in a Limited Series Golden Globe last week, while the series itself was honored with a trophy in the Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television category.
Harpo Productions/ Photographer: Joe Pugliese(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the bombshell accusations leveled by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during Sunday night's Oprah Winfrey interview Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special was that there allegedly were "concerns" within the royal family about the skin color of the duke and duchess' mixed-race children.
However, during a conversation with her bestie Gayle King onCBS This Morning, Oprah threw cold water on speculation that it was Queen Elizabeth or her husband, Prince Philip, who made the comments.
"[Prince Harry] did not share the identity with me," as to who raised the concern, Winfrey explained, clarifying, "he wanted to make sure that I knew and, if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother nor his grandfather that were a part of those conversations."
During the marathon chat with the couple, Markle, who is biracial, said she and Harry were "blindsided" by racist comments that were made both in the media and within what she called "The Firm," a reference to Buckingham Palace.
Harry commented that he has a good relationship with his grandparents, though he noted that his father, Charles, Prince of Wales, had stopped taking his calls, and that the Royal Family had cut him off financially.
Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special drew huge numbers for CBS, attracting more than 17 million viewers for the network, according to preliminary numbers quoted by The Hollywood Reporter.
Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The new Disney film Raya and the Last Dragon is winning praise for celebrating Southeast Asian culture, via its fictional but Asian-inspired world of Kumandra.
For star Kelly Marie Tran, who plays the titular warrior princess, seeing her culture and that of her co-stars -- including Awkwafina, Benedict Wong and Daniel Dae-Kim -- well represented onscreen was so important. But seeing their own faces so well portrayed by the animators was something to behold, she tells ABC Audio.
"Yeah! Yeah!" Kelly enthused when asked if she was surprised by seeing her real-life expressions borrowed by the movie's artists to bring Raya to life. "That goes to show how talented all of the animators are, and how incredible the team that we worked with is movie."
"You know, movie after movie after movie you're seeing the characters become more and more lifelike," Tran adds, "and I think especially with this one, you sort of forget that you're watching an animated movie because it just feels so real! Yeah, it's really, really special."
Raya and the Last Dragon debuted in first place at the box office over the weekend, and is also available on demand on Disney .
LMPC via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Adieu Le Pew, you've been cancelled.
Pepé Le Pew, the French skunk from Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons whose relentless pursuit of love -- and his odor -- typically caused other characters to flee, has been axed from the studio's upcoming Space Jam sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The move follows a New York Times editorial calling out the the toon for behavior that "normalized rape culture."
Pepé was featured in the first Space Jam movie, which starred Michael Jordan. It is unclear if the cartoon character will be retired completely.
Space Jam 2, starring NBA champ LeBron James, is due out July 16, 2021.
Nomadland topped the winners in the film categories with four awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chloé Zhao, who became the first Chinese woman to win as either director or writer.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom came in second with three awards, including Best Costume Design, and Best Hair and Makeup and posthumous Best Actor honors for the late Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman's widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf, noting, "It is so hard to find a celebratory in these moments.”
“His work in this film deserves this — he deserves this,” she added.
Best Actress honors went to Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman, which also earned Emerald Fennell the trophy for Best Original Screenplay. Best Supporting Actor went to Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah; and Best Supporting Actress to Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
In the TV categories, The Crown took four categories: Best Drama Series, Best Actor and Actress in a Drama Series for Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin, respectively; and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Gillian Anderson.
Ted Lasso was three-for-three in the comedy categories, taking home Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Hannah Waddingham. The Queen's Gambit won the award for Best Limited Series; and its female lead, Anya Taylor-Joy, won for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television.
As previously announced, Zendaya was the recipient of this year's SeeHer Award, which recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the SeeHer movement, "to push boundaries, defy stereotypes and acknowledge the importance of authentic portrayals of women across the entertainment landscape."
The complete list of winners is as follows:
BEST PICTURE Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
BEST ACTOR Chadwick Boseman -- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
BEST ACTRESS Carey Mulligan -- Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Daniel Kaluuya -- Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Maria Bakalova -- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Studios)
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS Alan Kim -- Minari (A24)
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
BEST DIRECTOR Chloé Zhao -- Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Emerald Fennell -- Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Chloé Zhao -- Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Joshua James Richards -- Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale -- Mank (Netflix)
BEST EDITING -- TIE Alan Baumgarten -- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix) Mikkel E. G. Nielsen -- Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN Ann Roth -- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Tenet (Warner Bros.)
BEST COMEDY Palm Springs (Hulu and NEON)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Minari (A24)
BEST SONG "Speak Now" -- One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
BEST SCORE Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste -- Soul (Disney)
BEST DRAMA SERIES The Crown (Netflix)
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Josh O’Connor – The Crown (Netflix)
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Emma Corrin -- The Crown (Netflix)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Michael K. Williams -- Lovecraft Country (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Gillian Anderson -- The Crown (Netflix)
BEST COMEDY SERIES Ted Lasso (Apple TV )
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Jason Sudeikis -- Ted Lasso (Apple TV )
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Catherine O’Hara -- Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Daniel Levy -- Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Hannah Waddingham -- Ted Lasso (Apple TV )
BEST LIMITED SERIES The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Hamilton (Disney )
BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION John Boyega – Small Axe (Amazon Studios)
BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Anya Taylor-Joy -- The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Donald Sutherland – The Undoing (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Uzo Aduba -- Mrs. America (FX)
BEST TALK SHOW Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
BEST COMEDY SPECIAL -- TIE Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (Netflix) Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (Netflix)
BEST SHORT FORM SERIES Better Call Saul: Ethics Training with Kim Wexler (AMC/Youtube)
Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon topped the weekend box office, delivering an estimated $8.6 million in its opening weekend.
Its release couldn't have been better timed, as theaters in several major cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City, re-opened for the first time in nearly a year.
Raya and the Last Dragon also flew off with an estimated $17.6 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $26.2 million.
The computer-animated adventure, featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina, was also available on Disney for a $30 premium fee.
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The live-action/animated film Tom and Jerry dropped to second place in its second week of release, earning an estimated $6.6 million.
Chaos Walking, the sci-fi thriller starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley landed in third place, grabbing an estimated $3.8 million in its debut weekend.
The week's third and final new release to crack the top five, the R-rated coming of age drama Boogie, took fourth place with an estimated $1.2 million.
Rounding out the top five was The Croods: A New Age, delivering an estimated $780,000 in its 15th week of release, for a total of $53.6 million here in the states. Its worldwide total now stands at $157.7 million.
Harpo Productions/ Photographer: Joe Pugliese(LOS ANGELES) -- A year after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their royal exit, they got candid about their experiences with the royals in an extensive interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday evening.
Here are some of the bombshells.
Why they left the royal family: Harry stated, "My biggest concern was history repeating itself.... What I was seeing was history repeating itself." He also added, "[We left because of] lack of support and lack of understanding."
Conversations about Archie's skin: Megan revealed, "in the months when I was pregnant… we have in tandem the conversation of he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."
Meghan had suicidal thoughts: Meghan said she had "very clear and very scary" thoughts about suicide before deciding to step away from the royal family.
Harry and Prince Charles relationship: Harry said his father at one point "stopped taking my calls" after detailing his plans to leave the royal family. He added that he was "cut off" financially and has since been living off an inheritance from his late mother, Princess Diana.
Harry and Prince William relationship: "As I've said before, I love William to bits. He's my brother. We've been through hell together," Harry said. "I mean, we have a shared experience. But we're on different paths. … The relationship is space, at the moment. And, you know, time heals all things, hopefully."
Meghan and Kate Middleton feud rumors: Recalling a story that claimed Meghan made Kate cry, Meghan clarified, "The reverse of that happened." "A few days before the wedding she was upset about flower girl dresses and it made me cry. It really hurt my feelings," she explained, adding that Kate has since apologized.
Alex Panagopoulos - Courtesy of Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in the case of a famous one -- an illustration of a brave little teddy bear wielding a wooden sword to protect a sleeping child -- it's worth turning into a movie.
Greek fantasy artist Alex Panagopoulos' illustration, which shows the little bear defending his young owner from a toothy monster as the little girl sleeps, has become grist for a Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-produced family adventure for Netflix called Teddy and the Guardians of the Night.
Seven Bucks Productions President of Production Hiram Garcia first noticed the picture years ago, and it sparked the idea for the project.
"In Teddy and the Guardians of the Night, stuffed teddy bears from around the world secretly come to life in order to protect children everywhere from all the things that go bump in the night," according to Netflix.
"From the moment I saw Alex’s incredible drawing, I knew there was something special there that our global audiences could respond to," Garcia said in a statement. "We’re excited to add to our growing slate with Netflix and share this story with the world."
Johnson's company, co-founded with partner Dany Garcia, has co-produced projects for the big and small screens, like their latest Young Rock on NBC, the Jumanji movies, and Disney's upcoming Jungle Cruise -- as well as high-profile content for Netflix including Red Notice, which will also star the former wrestling star and Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.
Evan Almighty writing team Bobby Florsheim and Josh Stolberg are re-writing the script, based on a screenplay by Luke Passmore.
Shane Mahood/USA Network(LOS ANGELES) -- Ahead of Oprah's much-hyped sit-down with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Sunday, the Duchess of Sussex's former Suits love interest, Patrick J. Adams is coming to her defense.
Markle was recently accused of bullying by former Royal aides, in what some, including Adams, think was royal revenge for the Oprah tell-all.
For his part, Adams was having none of it. In a lengthy Twitter chain, the actor let Buckingham Palace have it, claiming, "It's OBSCENE that the Royal Family, whose newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of 'bullying.'"
"Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits," the actor continued, claiming he was "sickened" by, "endless racist, slanderous, clickbaiting vitriol spewed in her direction from all manner of media across the UK and the world."
He added of his friend, "She fell in love, moved to a new country, became a household name across the entire globe and began the difficult work of trying to find her place in a family dynamic that can at best be described as complicated and at worst, seemingly archaic and toxic."
Adams said, "IMO [in my opinion], this newest chapter and it's timing is just another stunning example of the shamelessness of an institution that has outlived its relevance, is way overdrawn on credibility and apparently bankrupt of decency."
He warned the haters, "Meghan [is] stronger than people realized or understood and they would regret underestimating her."
Oprah with Meghan and Harry airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time Sunday on CBS.
Marc Piasecki/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian is the latest celebrity to come out in support of Britney Spears after watching the New York Times unauthorized documentary, Framing Britney Spears.
In her Instagram Stories Friday, the reality star said after watching the doc, she felt “empathy” for the pop singer and related it to her own experiences with tabloids and the paparazzi.
"The way the media played a big role in her life the way it did can be very traumatizing and it can really break even the strongest person," Kim writes. "No matter how public someone's life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgment for entertainment."
Kim goes on to reference a time in her life when she felt similarly mistreated by the media -- when she was pregnant with her first child, North, and gained 60 pounds due to preeclampsia.
"I was shamed on a weekly basis with cover stories that made my insecurities so painful I couldn't leave the house for months after,” she says. “It really broke me."
She adds that she was able to ultimately turn her feelings into motivation, but that it took a toll on her mentally. Kim concludes by encouraging everyone to show "understanding and compassion."
"You just never fully know what someone is going through behind the scenes and I've learned through my own experiences that it's always better to lead with kindness," she writes.
Anthony Russo - AppleTV (NEW YORK) -- After spending the better part of a decade keeping secrets for their Marvel Studios projects, including two Captain America movies and Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, directors Joe and Anthony Russo say they were clueless about WandaVision.
And they tell ABC Audio that's exactly how they like it.
"It's been a great joy, to be honest with you, for Joe and I to be fans again," Anthony Russo admits.
"For seven years it was our responsibility to figure out where we were, where the [MCU] story was going next. And now, you know, with Endgame, we got to lay that down."
He explains, "And I think that's allowed us to become fans again."
Anthony adds, "So, yeah, I've been thoroughly enjoying WandaVision, watching it with my 14-year-old daughter and having no more knowledge than she does about what's going to happen or why."
The Russo Bros.' latest film is the gritty drug drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland. It's in theaters and hits Apple TV next Friday.
The finale of WandaVision is now streaming on Disney .
Courtesy of Amazon Studios(NEW YORK) -- It took Eddie Murphy roughly three decades to do Coming 2 America, the sequel to his 1988 hit comedy. Looking ahead, Murphy tells ABC Audio that fans won't have to wait so long for another installment.
"We have a story for part three of this movie that would be really funny and clever, but... I have to be seventy-five," he jokes. "I'm dead serious. Sixteen years and we'll do part three."
While Murphy, who reprises his role as Prince Akeem, promises it will take half the time to put out another Coming to America, he shares that the Queens barbers won't be in the film because no one would ever believe they're "still alive."
However, one character that will be back is Murphy's infamous "Sexual Chocolate" band leader -- Randy Watson.
"He'll be terribly old and I'll be 75," he quips. Murphy's co-star Arsenio Hall laughs, adding that the potential sequel will have "Morgan Freeman playing [Eddie's] son."
Jokes aside, some of the cast are seriously contemplating the third installment.
"It would [be] so awesome to just be in the market and watch Zamundan locals," says Nomzamo Mbatha, who plays royal groomer Mirembe. "Because that's how you're going to get all the drama and all the comedy as well. It would be funny to see Eddie and Arsenio as locals."
Jermaine Fowler, who plays Prince Akeem's long lost son, agrees, adding he'd also love to see a story around Kiki Layne's character Princess Meeka.
"Her character has so much depth there that I would love to see what the third Coming to America would look like for her," he says. "I think they built such a beautiful foundation for all of these characters and you can go anywhere with them."
Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin, who perhaps should know by now to stay off social media, has deleted his Twitter account for a fifth time, after he was flamed for seemingly shading Golden Globe-winning star of The Crown, Gillian Anderson.
Baldwin retweeted a CNN story about Anderson's accent; while she is American, she was raised both in the States and the U.K., and not only can perform a flawless British accent as a result, but occasionally drifts into it during overseas interviews.
When she accepted her Golden Globe via remote last week, some on Twitter were surprised to hear The Crown's Margaret Thatcher speaking with her normal American accent.
Baldwin snarked in a now-deleted post, "Switching accents ? That sounds…fascinating," obviously referring to his wife Hilaria's Spanish accent swapping flap -- the outcry over which, of course, led her to come forward to explain she is both white and hails from Boston, not Mallorca, as had been repeatedly reported.
One said, "At least she ACTUALLY lived in both the US and England! It would make sense.....um....and she is an actor. Your wife lived in Boston her whole life and took a vacation or two in Spain. Comparing apples to how do you say..." following that with a cucumber emjoi -- the vegetable Mrs. Baldwin insisted she couldn't remember the English name for during a Today show cooking segment.
"Of course you can't do any irony on Twitter," Baldwin said. "Of course you can't do any irony in the United States anymore, it's such an uptight...unpleasant place right now."
Baldwin insisted he's a "huge, huge fan" of Anderson's -- without mentioning her name. He also lamented "haters" on Twitter, saying the social media platform, "is one-third interesting posts...one-third..puerile nonsense...and then it's one-third, or more, of abject hatred and malice."
Earlier this week, Baldwin's posting a family Instagram post -- featuring the couple's new baby, to which he captioned "mi vida" -- also sparked online snark.