Entertainment News

Rihanna to headline Super Bowl 57 halftime show

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS

Rihanna will headline the Super Bowl 57 halftime show.

The singer herself confirmed the news Late Sunday afternoon ET by posting an image on her social media of her tattooed right hand and arm holding a football aloft -- the same photo promoter Roc Nation first posted to their Twitter, with the caption "Let’s GO - @Rihanna @NFL #SBLVII @AppleMusic @NFLonFOX." 

"Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment," said Roc Nation founder and chair Jay-Z in a statement via the NFL, announcing the news.

The halftime show is a co-production of Roc Nation, Apple Music and the NFL, the first time all three have teamed up for the event. 

"Over the coming months, fans can expect to see exclusive details and sneak peeks leading up to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show by following @AppleMusic on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter," the NFL statement promises. 

Super Bowl LVII is scheduled to take place February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

'Jurassic World: Dominion' crosses $1 billion worldwide

Universal Pictures

Its pace may have been more brontosaurus than velociraptor, but the finish line was crossed nonetheless: Universal Pictures is celebrating because Jurassic World: Dominion crossed the $1 billion line at the global box office.

The film, which opened June 10, had the second-biggest debut of the year with a $145 million take, but it continued to slowly and steadily perform as the summer rolled on.

Variety points out that Dominion's bottom line was particularly padded by moviegoers in China, where the pandemic era's only other $2 billion movies -- Spider-Man: No Way Home and Top Gun: Maverick -- weren't permitted to screen.

Jurassic World: Dominion, which united Jurassic World cast members, including Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard with Jurassic Park's stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, is now streaming an extended cut on Peacock.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin reconcile a month after she filed for divorce

Paul Morigi/Getty Images

The marriage of Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin is apparently getting a reboot.

Just a month after the 54-year-old model and entrepreneur split from the 76-year-old Rocky icon, Page Six reports the couple has patched things up.

"They decided to meet back up at home, where they talked and were able to work out their differences," a rep tells the publication.

The pair, who recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, agreed, "that is in the best interests of each of them individually, and more importantly collectively as a family, to resolve all issues attendant to the dissolution of their marriage in a dignified, amicable and private manner out-of-court," according to the rep.

As reported a month ago, the split was already getting ugly, with Flavin accusing Stallone of cutting assets loose prior to a divorce.

Now, however, "they are both extremely happy," the source tells the publication, which noted Flavin had legally filed an abatement -- or an official pause -- of the divorce proceedings.

On Monday, Sly posted a picture of the pair holding hands -- as well as a throwback photo with their daughters Sophia, 26, Sistine, 24, and Scarlet, 20 -- which the rep explains was a hint that things were on the rebound in their relationship.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Director reveals Jon Hamm took big salary cut to make 'Fletch' happen


(Note Language) Director Greg Mottola reveals that Jon Hamm wanted to make Fletch happen so badly, he opened up his wallet.

Mottola told the website Uproxx that the Mad Man Emmy winner dumped 60% of his salary from their new movie, Confess, Fletch, to secure financing for three extra days of filming for the new comedy.

The Superbad director noted the modestly budgeted movie is currently suffering from "zero marketing" in spite of a respectable 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The marketing budget was not the only place the movie's producer, Miramax, came up short, Mottola says: They wouldn't budge on a 27-day shoot.

They tried looking for a producing partner, Mottola said, but, "Everyone said, 'I don't know that this kind of comedy works in this day and age.' They just had a kind of like, 'Who's Fletch? I don’t think anyone cares anymore [attitude].'"

"So, basically, what we did is Jon gave back 60% of his salary to the budget. I gave back some of my salary, not as much as Jon because he's richer than me and I've got three kids," the director joked.

"And we bought three more days of shooting ... 30 days in Boston and one day in Rome. And we said, 'F*** it, we're insane, we're dumb. We’re going to make this movie,'" Mottola said.

He added, "So, we finished it and Bill shopped it around to a lot of different people, studios and streamers ... and nobody wanted it." The director called that "depressing."

Confess, Fletch, based on Gregory Mcdonald's 1976 novel of the same name, is in theaters and is available on demand.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' star sentenced to life for mother's murder

Grantham in 2013 - Andrew Chin/Getty Images

Ryan Grantham, who as a young actor starred as Rodney James in 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2020 shooting death of his mother, Barbara Waite.

CBC reports the 22-year-old Canadian actor, who pleaded guilty to second degree murder in June, won't be eligible for parole for 14 years.

According to the CBC, Grantham shot his mother with a .22 rifle in the back of the head as she played piano in their home on March 31, 2020. The actor, who also appeared in Riverdale, recorded a confessional video and reportedly stocked up on weapons with the intention of going on a shooting and bombing spree but turned himself in to Vancouver cops instead.

The judge said Grantham was in a psychological "downward spiral" before the crime, smoking cannabis and watching violent content online. She also noted he has shown progress in a prison psychiatry program.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

The CIA now has its own podcast

Getty Images

There are myriad podcasts out there about crimes, mysteries and unbelievable stories, and evidently, the CIA wants in.

The Central Intelligence Agency has just launched The Langley Files, an official podcast featuring past and present agents as well as "special guests" telling stories -- well, those "that they can" reveal -- in an effort to "demystify" the mysterious agency.

"At CIA, there are truths we can share, and stories we can tell," a voiceover says in a teaser recently uploaded to YouTube. "Stories of duties and dedication. Stories of ingenuity and mission. Stories beyond Hollywood scripts and shadowed whispers..."

According to the cast, "The mission of The Langley Files: A CIA Podcast is to educate and connect with the general public, sharing insight into the Agency's core mission, capabilities, and agility as an intelligence leader…and to share some interesting stories along the way!"

The first guest is CIA Director Bill Burns, who, along with hosts Dee and Walter, tries "to dispel some common misconceptions about the CIA."

Burns does a pretty good job off the bat, explaining he's no Jason Bourne: "...I'm most comfortable driving our 2013 Subaru Outback at posted speed limits and that, for me at least, the height of technological daring is when I can finally get the Roku remote to work at home," he says in the premiere episode.

There's also a practical aspect to the agency's decision to go -- sort of -- public: recruitment. Burns explains that the agency takes all kinds of people to make it work, and he hopes the podcast could help boost diversity within the CIA's ranks.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here are some of the new titles available to stream this weekend:

Dahmer:&nbsap;Learn the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, in the 10-part limited horror series

Lou: A mother teams up with a mysterious neighbor to save her kidnapped daughter, all while a massive storm rages in the new drama film.

Reboot: This meta comedy series is all about how the dysfunctional cast of an early 2000s sitcom comes back together after decades apart.

The Kardashians:The famous family is back and ready to show off their biggest triumphs and their hardest struggles in season two.

Dancing with the Stars: Catch up on the newest season where celebrities like Selma Blair and Wayne Brady compete for the Mirrorball trophy.

Andor: Return to a galaxy far, far away to witness the beginnings of the rebellion against the Empire in the new Star Wars-inspired TV series.

Happy streaming!

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Bryce Dallas Howard claims director Colin Trevorrow defended her about her weight in 'Jurassic World: Dominion'

Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for CTAOP

Actress and director Bryce Dallas Howard says Universal execs wanted her to lose weight before she starred again as Claire Dearing in the hit threequel Jurassic World: Dominion, but director Colin Trevorrow wasn't having it.

"...How do I say this…[I've] been asked to not use my natural body in cinema," Howard said in a video interview with U.K.'s Metro. "On the third movie, it was actually because there were so many women cast, it was something that Colin felt very strongly about in terms of protecting me…because the conversation came up again, 'We need to ask Bryce to lose weight.'"

Bryce says the director maintained, "There are lots of different kinds of women on this planet and there are lots of different kinds of women in our film.'"

She added, "I got to do so many stunts that wouldn't have been possible if I had been dieting. I'm really thrilled [at] all the action I got to do, and I got to do it with my body, she was at her maximum strength, and I hope it is just yet another indication of what's possible."

Recently, Howard explained she was paid "so much less" than her Jurassic World co-star Chris Pratt, who was coming into the franchise with Marvel movie blockbusters under his belt. But, she found support from her Jurassic family.

"...Chris and I have discussed it, and whenever there was an opportunity...like a game or a ride, he literally told me, 'You guys don't even have to do anything. I'm gonna do all the negotiating. We're gonna be paid the same, and you don't have to think about this, Bryce,'" Howard said.

Jurassic World: Dominion is now streaming on Peacock.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Who should be the next James Bond? Pierce Brosnan shares his thoughts

Brosnan in "Black Adam" - Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan is sharing his thoughts on who should be next up to play the secret agent.

"Who should do it? I don’t care," said Brosnan, who portrayed the charming, martini-drinking 007 for four films from 1995-2002, in a GQ interview published Thursday.

"It’ll be interesting to see who they get, who the man shall be," he continued. "Whoever he be, I wish him well."

Daniel Craig took over the super spy duties after Brosnan's reign, completing a total of five films with his final installment being 2021's No Time to Die.

After passing the torch, Brosnan admittedly hasn't kept up with the franchise, revealing he's only seen two of Craig's films. "I saw the last one and I saw Skyfall. I love Skyfall," he said. "I’m not too sure about the last one," he said.

"Daniel always gives of his heart. Very courageous, very strong. But…" Brosnan added, without finishing his thought.

Brosnan will be seen onscreen next month as the psychic Dr. Fate opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Black Adam.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

In Brief: What's next for 'Better Call Saul' creator Vince Gilligan, and more

Apple TV+ has given a straight-to-series order for project that would reunite Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan with Better Call Saul actress Rhea Seehorn, who will star in the untitled series. Details are being kept under wraps, but a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter indicates that, unlike his previous two shows, the new one won't be an antihero story. “After 15 years, I figured it was time to take a break from writing antiheroes, and who’s more heroic than the brilliant Rhea Seehorn?” Gilligan says in part. “It’s long past time she had her own show, and I feel lucky to get to work on it with her"...

Ammonite and Little Women's Saoirse Ronan has been tapped to star in Blitz, filmmaker Steve McQueen's World War II epic for Apple TV+, according to Variety. The movie follows "a group of Londoners during the aerial bombing of the British capital during the war, according to the outlet, which also reports McQueen is writing, directing and producing the film. Blitz is set to begin filming later this year. Ronan can currently be seen in the comedy whodunnit film See How They Run, alongside Sam Rockwell...

Netflix's hit teen show Heartstopper has begun production on season two, with four new cast members boarding the series, according to Deadline. The LGBTQ-themed series follows the love story between two British teens -- the shy, nerdy Charlie Spring, played by newcomer Joe Locke, and the popular rugby player Nick Nelson, played by Kit Connor. New additions include Jack Barton as Nick's brother, Nima Taleghani as a teacher at Nick and Charlie's grammar school, Leila Khan, a student from the Higgs Girls school attended by Nick and Charlie’s friends Elle, Tara and Darcy -- played respectively by Yasmin Finney, Corinna Brown and Kizzy Edgell -- and Bradley Riches as James McEwan, a new character on the show...

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

'Dancing with the Stars' reports multiple cases of COVID-19 following premiere


Dancing wasn't the only thing that broke out at Monday's Dancing with the Stars season 31 premiere: at least four cases of COVID-19 were reported among the show's crew following its debut on Disney+.

A DWTS spokesperson told Deadline that all four crew members work in “completely different departments that do not have in-person contact with each other, based on our pod system.”

“Contact tracing was immediately conducted,” the spokesperson continued. “All close contacts were notified and put on an increased testing cadence" and that "no close contact of the four positive production employees has since tested positive.”

The spokesperson adds that the “entire set has been disinfected as an extra precaution," and the majority of the show's employees -- which totals more than 300 -- were asked to work from home.”

Earlier reports put the number of positive cases at more than a dozen, but the spokesperson claims that number was incorrect.

The show was cleared by the Department of Public Health to continue production “based on our strict safety protocols,” the spokesperson added.

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Disney+

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' puts a star-studded spin on America's Game

ABC/Christopher Willard

It's time once again for celebrities to spin the wheel and solve the puzzle. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune returns to ABC Sunday night, with Snoop Dogg, Amanda Seales and Mark Duplass competing on behalf of their chosen charities.

Host Pat Sajak tells ABC Audio that celebrities aren't usually the best players, which actually means a little more work for him.

"You know, celebrities are not necessarily loyal Wheel of Fortune viewers. Presumably, they've seen the show. We hope that they have. But, you know...on our regular show they're a little more, you know, they've studied for a long time. They wanted to be on maybe for decades. They've tried out a number of times," he explains. "So we have to kind of take [celebrities] by the hand a little bit and show them through the game."

That's not taking anything away from the celebs, according to Sajak, who notes, "even if you're familiar with it, to be thrown in the studio and suddenly have to go with all the rules and everything can be challenging."

Sajak, who's hosted the show since 1981, says that in his experience, there's one group of celebrities that, in his experience, seem to have an edge over the others.

"Probably athletes seem to have the advantage over other celebrities, since they tend to be a little more competitive," he says. "I mean, because of that winning attitude sort of ingrained in them. But, you know, it's always a surprise."

Vanna White, who's co-hosted the show with Sajak for the past 40 years, thinks the secret to their long partnership is that they only spend 34 days a year together.

"We hardly see each other," adds Sajak, joking, "If all marriages were like this, the divorce rate would be absolutely gone."

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Tim Roth says he couldn't believe it when the Marvel Cinematic Universe came calling for 'She-Hulk'

Marvel Studios

Acclaimed actor Tim Roth starred as Emil Blonsky/The Abomination in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, a job he tells ABC Audio he took enthusiastically, because he got "to play a monster."

"You know, I just felt it was for the kids, when you're picking them up at school," he recalled with a laugh.

Roth says the Marvel Cinematic Universe "didn't exist" when he did The Incredible Hulk.

"It was, you know, before Robert Downey and the Iron Man thing ... I'm sure they saw potential, but we didn't even think about it."

Roth reprised his role within the MCU with a small scene in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which led directly to the events of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, in which he's a recurring character.

"When they came to me ... I said, 'Really? OK!'" the Pulp Fiction star recalls.

However, performing in the show -- sometimes in a motion-capture suit -- was a different experience. "I had no idea how to operate within this world," he admits.

Luckily, the "brilliant" Tatiana Maslany and Mark Ruffalo, Maslany's onscreen cousin who plays Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk, showed Roth the ropes.

"Mark is someone I've always wanted to work with, so even under these bizarre and fun circumstances, I consider I've worked with him now," Roth smiles. "So they gave me a quick a fast track education, how to operate within that, and figure out that world and ... how to deliver."

He says, "It was a lot of a lot of fun. It was, again, one for the kids, you know?"

A new episode of She-Hulk dropped Thursday on Disney+.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

'Best in Dough' proves you can't judge a pizza by its toppings

Hulu/Michael Desmond

It's a cooking competition, but just for pizza. New to Hulu this week is the series Best in Dough, where pizza makers from all walks of life come together to compete for $10,000 and the title Best in Dough.

Wells Adams hosts the series and tells ABC Audio that he has quite the history with pizza making, thanks to his dad's "midlife crisis."

"He, like, stopped being a doctor and like went to culinary school and then built this huge pizza oven in our backyard," he explains, adding that they would have "huge pizza parties" at his home. "We put out all the dough, all the ingredients, and you could just go make your own pie."

Meanwhile, for head judge and renowned pizza chef Daniele Uditi, pizza and dough have been a lifelong passion. He recalls waking up as a child to see his whole family mixing dough by hand, which only sparked his interest.

"I said, this is like, my God, they're playing with the sticky stuff. I want to play with the sticky stuff too!" he says.

Given that Best in Dough is a competition, it's no surprise that contestants can put together some crazy connections, but surprisingly they sometimes turn out good. Like, one guy that Udiiti calls "the Wizard of Pizza" who used ingredients like "pickle juice, beans water, sausage...tomato sauce [and] barbecue sauce."

"I have a bite, and say this shouldn’t work. I’m pissed off at myself, why am I liking this?" he says.

So, moral of the story? Don't judge a book by its cover, which is what Adams learned. He says that the very items that he wouldn't order if he saw it on a menu "ended up being my favorite things on the show."

Hulu is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Brad Pitt launches gender-neutral skin care line


If you've ever wanted to look like Brad Pitt, here's your chance.

Sort of.

The Oscar winner has launched a new skin care line in partnership with the famed Château Beaucastel wine growers of the Perrin family.

The collection, called Le Domaine Skincare, includes a lineup of products that are all vegan, gender-neutral and designed to slow down signs of aging.

Le Domaine Skincare features four key products: a serum, a cream, a fluid cream and a cleaning emulsion -- all housed in sustainable packaging through the use of recyclable glass bottles and jars, and reusable stoppers made of oak cut from the scraps of the vineyard's wine barrels.

"It is about imitating nature's organic cycles, its original beauty," Pitt said in a statement on the new launch. "In nature, there is no concept of waste. Every discarded thing becomes nourishment for another. This is circularity for Le Domaine Skincare."

Prices for the brand's products range from $80 to $385; they're infused with two active ingredients, GSM10 and ProGR3, which both have been submitted for patents. The ingredients were created in close collaboration with Pierre-Louis Teissedre, a professor of oenology at the University of Bordeaux, and Nicolas Lévy, a clinician and professor of human and medical genetics.

According to the brand's website, GSM10 has antioxidative powers, while ProGR3 is a cosmetic active compound with the capabilities to slow down the effects of human and skin aging.

That said, it can't slow down internet snark. One commenter replied, "I'll see your $800 skincare trio and raise you a $13 bottle of Cetaphil and $8 Tretonoin [sic] 0.1%," the latter referring to a common wrinkle-fighting cream.

Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.