TRENDIN' What's In Theaters This Weekend

 

“Top Gun” Sequel Scores More Top Talent -

 Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris are going right into the danger zone.

They're reportedly joining the cast of Top Gun: Maverick, the planned sequel to the 80s Tom Cruise classic. It's not known who the two actors will play, but Cruise will be back as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. Chicago Justice's Monica Barbaro is also on board.

The plot will focus on Cruise’s character being an instructor at the flight school and taking the son of Goose under his wing.

The sequel is slated for a July 2019 release.

Source: Deadline


Season 12 Is The Last For “The Big Bang Theory” - 

We knew it was on the horizon. The end of the top comedy on television is coming in May.

The upcoming season of the hit CBS comedy "Big Bang Theory" will be the last. CBS, creator and producer Chuck Lorre and the studio issued a statement saying they would end the show after 12 seasons. The show was renewed before the 11th season for two years and its seven stars since the show began all agreed to take pay cuts so its two newer stars could get raises.

Season 11 ended in May with the wedding of the characters of Sheldon Cooper and his longtime girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler but that may be small potatoes compared to what they are creating for the fans as a goodbye. The cast took to social media promising an amazing season leading up to a finale that will be a mind blowing one. They also thanked fans for their loyalty.

The series, which debuted in 2007, has received 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins to date but has never won for Outstanding Comedy Series. The TV show “Young Sheldon” will continue on. 

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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BIG BANG THEORY: Jim Parsons Vetoed It Continuing

CBS dangled a $50 million contract in front of Jim Parsons but the star of The Big Bang Theory said “no thanks.”

Entertainment Weekly reports that Parsons single-handedly forced this upcoming season to be the last for The Big Bang Theory. It's run for 12 years and approaching 280 episodes.

CBS tried to negotiate for another two years with the principal actors taking home $1 million per episode. Parsons vetoed the offer. Meanwhile, Kaley Cuoco said Wednesday on Instagram, (quote) “No matter when it was going to end, my heart would have always been broken in two. Drowning in tears.”

Talk About It:

  • In previous contract negotiations, the core actors worked together for the best deal. This time, Parsons broke from that tactic.
  • The Big Bang Theory has been the most popular sit-com for most of its run.
  • CBS will have to rely upon its spin-off Young Sheldon for ratings success.
  • Parsons will be 46 years old at the series finale. Nice age to retire.

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*The Big Bang Theory will end with the upcoming 12th season. In a statement, Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said, “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”

*Idris Elba has confirmed that he won't be the next James Bond. When asked by a Good Morning Britain reporter at the premiere of his directorial debut Yardie, Elba said, "No." The rumor resurfaced earlier this month, when a producer reportedly said the actor was their top pick for 007. (Maxim)

*John Lithgow will play onetime Fox News chief Roger Ailes in a bio-pic about the sexual harassment scandal that ended his career, Variety reports.

*VH1 has renewed RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars for a fourth season.

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IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND:

A.X.L. (Science Fiction)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A.X.L. is a top-secret, robotic dog who develops a special friendship with a boy and will go to any length to protect his new companion.

WHO'S IN IT? Alex Neustaedter, Thomas Jane, Becky G, Ted McGinley

TRIVIA:

  • A.X.L is a remake of a seven-minute short called Miles.
  • Oliver Daly directed both the feature film and the short.
  • Star Alex Neustaedter also appears in the TV show Colony.


THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS (Comedy)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? When the puppet cast of an '80s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

WHO'S IN IT? Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Maya Rudolph

TRIVIA:

  • Directed by Brian Henson, the son of Jim Henson.
  • This is the first theatrical film Brian has directed since Muppet Treasure Island in 1996.
  • The Sesame Workshop sued the producers for the tagline, "No sesame. All street."

(Click here for the trailer.)

     

Opening in limited release: the abduction thriller Searching, starring John Cho and Debra Messing, and the remake of the prison escape flick Papillon, starring Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam.

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Ben Affleck has checked into a rehab facility for alcohol addiction.

Wednesday afternoon, Jennifer Garner drove him to a Malibu clinic herself. On the way there, Ben asked for one last meal at Jack in the Box!

Jennifer tolerated his public shenanigans with a 22-year-old Playboy bunny. But seeing Ben order several bottles of booze for home delivery crossed a line. Jen made arrangements with The Canyon rehab clinic and the next day went to Ben’s place to stage an intervention.

Paparazzi photographed Ben sitting in the back seat of Jen’s SUV. His face looked bloated, eyes swollen and tears rolling down his cheeks. One of the photographers said, (quote) “Ben was a mess. He was talking but you couldn't understand what he was saying. Jen was holding back tears.” (People)

About 18 months ago, Ben said on Facebook that he’d graduated from rehab. (quote) “I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be.”

Talk About It:

  • Summer ended early and suddenly for Ben. 
  • Congratulations to Ben for accepting professional help. This will be his third trip for treatment. Third time’s a charm!
  • Jen put him in the back seat, as if he were just another one of her kids.
  • Looks as if Shauna Sexton was only a one-night stand. Sorta sad for her to realize that sleeping with you was Ben’s alcoholic bottom.
  • Jennifer Garner has held over Ben that any custody agreement will signed only after he’s made sobriety a priority.

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