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The one who got away doesn't in Lindsay Lohan's romcom 'Irish Wish'

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Netflix has released the trailer to Irish Wish, the forthcoming romantic comedy starring Lindsay Lohan, her second movie for the streamer following the holiday hit Falling for Christmas.

In the movie, LiLo plays Maddie, who has traveled to the Emerald Isle to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of her friend, who is about to marry "the one who got away," played by Alexander Vlahos.

She tells her mom, who is played by Jane Seymour, "I can't help but think that things would be different if I had told Paul how I felt."

As Netflix teases, Maddie gets her chance when "a spontaneous wish for true love causes her to wake up as the bride-to-be."

However, the wish isn't what Maddie bargained for, after she meets-cute with a snarky but charming photographer (Ed Speleers) tasked with taking some shots of the bride-to-be against some "idyllic Irish backdrops."

As they bond, he asks her of the upcoming event, "Is it everything you imagined?" to which she answers, "I'm not sure this is supposed to be my life."

The trailer ends with a "will she or won't she" cliff-hanger, as Maddie's wished-for groom and the assembled wedding party awaits her arrival at the church.

Find out when Irish Wish comes to Netflix March 15.

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'Aquaman' sequel set to dive onto Max February 27

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will dive onto streaming for Max subscribers on Tuesday, February 27.

The sequel to the highest-grossing DC Comics-based film of all time had a higher audience score on aggregator Rotten Tomatoes than its 2018 predecessor, but it fell flat with critics and ended its box office run with over $433 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

By comparison, the original Aquaman made more than $1.1 billion.

The James Wan-directed sequel has Jason Momoa's King of Atlantis teaming up with brother and former enemy Orm (Patrick Wilson) to stop Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's Black Manta from destroying their bloodline — and the world — with the help of a fearsome new weapon.

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Forgotten Harrison Ford 'Star Wars' script fetches more than $13K at auction

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A draft script from the original Star Wars that Harrison Ford left behind in a rented English apartment in 1976 fetched more than $13,000 when the hammer fell, U.K.-based Excalibur Auctions tells ABC Audio.

The revised fourth draft script — titled The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills' (Saga I) Star Wars — was conservatively expected to sell for around 10 grand.

As reported, a then-unknown Ford left the annotated script behind with personal messages and other items held for decades by the family who rented him two floors of their Notting Hill home.

The grandchildren of Han Solo's then-landlords recently put the memorabilia up for sale.

Ford's shooting schedule for George Lucas' 1977 Oscar-winning film fetched more than $6,100 at the same auction — it was estimated to sell for a little over $1,000 — while a letter to the actor from his agent that was expected to sell for $75 went for more than $225.

 

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Sam Mendes to direct four films about The Beatles, one for each band member

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The story of The Beatles is about to be told on the big screen in a big way.

Sony Pictures just announced that Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is on board to direct not one, but four movies about The Beatles, each one told from the point of view of a different band member.

The films mark the first time Apple Corps Ltd. and The Beatles have granted a studio the rights to the life stories of band members Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison, and their legendary catalog of music. 

“I’m honored to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies,” Mendes, best known for such films as American Beauty and Skyfall, shared in a statement.

So far, there’s no word on when production will begin or who’ll be cast in each role. The studio promises an "innovative and groundbreaking" release for the films, which are due out in 2027.

While this is the first time The Beatles have supported a movie about the band, it isn't the first time they have been depicted on screen. The 1994 film Backbeat chronicled the early days of The Beatles, and in 2009, Aaron Taylor-Johnson played Lennon in the film Nowhere Boy, which focused on the singer's teenage years. 

The Beatles were also subject of the 2019 comedy Yesterday, about a struggling musician who wakes up after an accident and discovers he's the only one in the world who remembers The Beatles.

 

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'Gwyneth Goes Skiing' musical to bow in the US with help from Emmy winner Darren Criss

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Gwyneth Goes Skiing, the absurdist U.K. musical about the lawsuit that followed a skiing accident involving Gwyneth Paltrow, is schussing to The States, with Glee veteran Darren Criss lending his voice.

On its Instagram, Awkward Productions confirmed a Variety report that the play is coming over The Pond, and into the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah -- the same state in which retired optometrist Terry Sanderson sued the Oscar winner, claiming she seriously injured him on the slopes at a ski resort in 2016.

Emmy winner Criss will provide the singing voice for Sanderson, played by the U.K. production's Joseph Sanderson who is reprising his role; What We Do in the Shadows alumna Cat Cohen will sing for Linus Karp's Paltrow.

The highly-publicized lawsuit -- and Paltrow's countersuit -- led to a jury siding with the star and Goop CEO in March of 2023, concluding that Sanderson was 100% at fault. Paltrow was awarded her requested $1 in damages.

In December of that year, Gwyneth Goes Skiing was staged at London's Pleasance Theatre. It was described as a "musical reimagining" of what took place on the slopes of Utah's Deer Valley Ski Resort that fateful day.

 

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'Oppenheimer' was the big winner at the BAFTAs, and more

Oppenheimer was the big winner at Sunday's BAFTAs, taking home seven trophies, including best director and actor for Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy, respectively, as well as the prize for best film. Robert Downey Jr. won for best supporting actor. Poor Things was right behind with five wins, including one for Emma Stone as best actress. Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest walked off with three trophies. However, Martin Scorsese's crime epic Killers of the Flower Moon, Greta Gerwig's Barbie and Bradley Cooper's Maestro all came up empty. The complete list of winners can be found at the BAFTA's website ...

Apple TV+ reports its World War II drama Masters of the Air drew more viewers in its opening weekend than any other series in the streaming service's history, according to Variety. While the exact figures weren't revealed, the accomplishment would push Masters of the Air's launch past Apple TV+'s other big original shows, such as The Morning Show and Severance. Masters of the Air is currently launching new episodes, with its sixth installment dropping on February 23. The finale airs March 15 ...

Netflix has dropped the trailer for Shirley, producer John Ridley's upcoming biopic about trailblazing congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's life and career. Regina King plays Chisholm, the first Black Congresswoman, alongside Lucas Hedges, Terrence Howard, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christina Jackson, Michael Cherrie, Dorian Crossmond Missick, Amirah Vann, W. Earl Brown, Brad James, Reina KingAndré Holland and the late Lance ReddickShirley premieres March 22 ...

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'Bob Marley: One Love' tops box office with jamming $34.1 million Presidents' Day weekend

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Bob Marley: One Love topped the domestic box office, grabbing $28.6 million between Friday and Sunday, and an estimated $34.1 million through Monday. The biopic, starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the legendary reggae artist, which opened on Wednesday, Valentine's Day, is expected to bring in $52 million in its first six days of release.

One Love pulled in an estimated $29 million internationally, bringing its global tally to over $80 million so far.

Sony/Marvel's Madame Web took second place, delivering $15.3 million over the traditional three-day weekend, and an estimated $18 million through Presidents' Day. The Dakota Johnson-led film, which also opened on Wednesday, has earned an estimated $26 million in North America over its first six days of release.

Overseas, the film took in an estimated $25.7 million, bringing its worldwide total to $52 million.

Pulling up in third place was Argylle, snatching up $4.7 million at the domestic box office between Friday and Sunday and an estimated $5.5 million over the four-day weekend. The spy thriller has collected $37.2 million in North America and $76 million globally.

The animated comedy Migration finished the weekend in fourth place, grossing $3.75 million over the three-day weekend and an estimated $5 million through Monday. It now stands at $116 million at the domestic box office and $254 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Wonka, earning $3.49 million between Friday and Sunday, and an estimated $4.4 million through Monday. To date, the film has grossed $210 million in North America and $604 million globally.

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2024 People's Choice Awards: The winners

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The 2024 People's Choice Awards, hosted by Barbie actor Simu Liu, were held Sunday night. Here's the list of winners:
 
THE MOVIE 
Barbie 

THE ACTION MOVIE
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes 

THE COMEDY MOVIE 
Barbie 

THE DRAMA MOVIE 
Oppenheimer 

THE MALE MOVIE STAR 
Ryan Gosling (Barbie)

THE FEMALE MOVIE STAR 
Margot Robbie (Barbie)

THE ACTION MOVIE STAR 
Rachel Zegler (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes)

THE COMEDY MOVIE STAR 
Jennifer Lawrence (No Hard Feelings)

THE DRAMA MOVIE STAR 
Jenna Ortega (Scream VI)

THE MOVIE PERFORMANCE
America Ferrera (Barbie)

THE SHOW 
Grey's Anatomy 

THE COMEDY SHOW 
Only Murders in the Building 

THE DRAMA SHOW 
The Last of Us 

THE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW 
Loki 

THE REALITY SHOW 
The Kardashians 

THE COMPETITION SHOW 
The Voice 

THE BINGEWORTHY SHOW 
The Summer I Turned Pretty 

THE MALE TV STAR 
Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us)

THE FEMALE TV STAR 
Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building)

THE COMEDY TV STAR 
Jeremy Allen White (The Bear)

THE DRAMA TV STAR 
Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)

THE TV PERFORMANCE 
Billie Eilish (Swarm)

THE REALITY TV STAR 
Khloé Kardashian (The Kardashians)

THE COMPETITION CONTESTANT 
Ariana Madix (Dancing with the Stars)

THE DAYTIME TALK SHOW 
The Kelly Clarkson Show 

THE NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW 
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 

THE HOST 
Jimmy Fallon (That’s My Jam)

THE MALE ARTIST 
Jung Kook 

THE FEMALE ARTIST 
Taylor Swift 

THE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST 
Jelly Roll 

THE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST 
Lainey Wilson 

THE MALE LATIN ARTIST 
Bad Bunny 

THE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST 
Shakira 

THE POP ARTIST 
Taylor Swift 

THE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Nicki Minaj 

THE R&B ARTIST 
Beyoncé 

THE NEW ARTIST 
Ice Spice 

THE GROUP/DUO 
Stray Kids 

THE SONG 
"Vampire," Olivia Rodrigo

THE ALBUM 
Guts, Olivia Rodrigo

THE COLLABORATION SONG 
"Barbie World," Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice With Aqua

THE CONCERT TOUR 
TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR 

THE SOCIAL CELEBRITY 
Taylor Swift 

THE COMEDY ACT 
Selective Outrage, Chris Rock

THE ATHLETE
Travis Kelce

PEOPLE'S ICON AWARD
Adam Sandler

MUSIC ICON AWARD
Lenny Kravitz

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Netflix churns 'Loudermilk' into a fresh hit

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Just as it did last year with Suits, Netflix has breathed new life into a forgotten TV property.

In this case it's Loudermilk, the 2017 comedy series from Green Book Oscar winner Peter Farrelly that faded into the sunset after its streaming home, the now-defunct AT&T Audience Network, went offline for good in 2020.

More than six years later, however, the show starring Office Space's Ron Livingston as a curmudgeonly recovering alcoholic-turned-substance abuse counselor Sam Loudermilk has become a global hit shortly after debuting on Netflix.

According to Deadline, Loudermilk season 1 became one of Netflix's top 10 most-viewed shows in the U.S. after debuting in mid-January — and stayed on that chart for four weeks, through February 4.

It even made the top four during the week of January 15-21, the trade reports.

The comedy also ranked on the top 10 in Canada, Australia, the U.K. and other territories.

The series, which sheds light on the camaraderie of addiction and recovery, had been available on Prime Video since 2021 — including its third season, which was shot and due to run in 2020, until AT&T's streaming service disconnected.

However, Netflix's global reach gave the series new life, according to the trade's Katie Campione, who said "it's really becoming clear that Netflix can do for a series what basically no other streamer can."

Loudermilk is warming up so much, in fact, that Farrelly tells the trade that a fourth season could "easily" come together with the original cast — and quickly. He could shoot a 10-episode fourth installment in just eight weeks, he insists.

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Tribeca announces dates for De Niro Con

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With Killers of the Flower Moon recently garnering 10 Academy Award nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor nom for Robert De Niro, Tribeca Enterprises has announced its plans to celebrate the man himself.

As previously reported, De Niro Con will be a multiday celebration of the legendary 80-year-old actor and his body of work; the company he co-founded just revealed it will take place June 14-16 in New York City.

The event was supposed to happen last fall but was postponed due to the Hollywood strikes.

The new dates coincide with the 2024 installment of De Niro's Tribeca Festival, which takes place June 5-16 in New York City.

According to Tribeca, De Niro Con will feature "set recreations, costume displays, and fireside conversations with behind-the-scenes collaborators; a curated selection of screenings, talks, and reunions with special appearances from co-stars; a De Niro Archive Gallery, consisting of rare photos [and] annotated scripts," as well as "props from the film icon's personal collection."

Further, the fan fest will showcase "the world premiere of a six-screen immersive film from Little Cinema that weaves together classic De Niro films to create new storylines and dialogue between beloved characters."

A full programming lineup will be announced in the spring.

There are three ticket purchase levels, all named in honor of De Niro's work. The premium The Godfather Pass will set fans back $3,000, granting VIP access for two guests to all De Niro Con programming, as well as an invite for two for an exclusive cocktail reception, a copy of a limited-edition book signed by the actor, merchandise discounts and two tickets to the Tribeca Festival.

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Report: Ridley Scott in talks to direct Bee Gees biopic

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An in-the-works biopic about the Bee Gees may have found its director. Deadline reports that Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott, best known for such films as Thelma & Louise and Gladiator, is in talks to helm the Paramount Pictures film about the '70s disco legends.

Paramount has been working on the film for quite a while, obtaining the rights to the band’s story from the Gibb family in 2019. It also gained the rights to the group’s music, which means the songs will likely be featured in the film.

Barry Gibb, the only surviving member of the sibling trio, which also included his late brothers Robin and Maurice, is on board as executive producer.

Scott, who recently completed directing a sequel to Gladiator, actually has a history with the Bee Gees. In the '70s, when he was trying to launch his directing career, the group’s manager Robert Stigwood was trying to get into the movie business. He hired Scott to direct a medieval film, Castle, which was supposed to star the brothers. The film was never made.

The Bee Gees have sold over 120 million records worldwide, thanks to hit albums like the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, which won five Grammys, including Album of the Year. Their hits include such songs as “Night Fever,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Jive Talking” and “You Should Be Dancing."

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Apple TV+'s star-studded 'The New Look' explores fashion under fascism

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Apple TV+'s new drama series The New Look takes viewers to Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II, and explores the choices made by now-icons like Christian Dior and Coco Chanel to keep both their art, and themselves, alive.

Ben Mendelsohn plays Dior and Juliette Binoche Chanel, whose rivalry in the fashion world simmered before — and after — the occupation.

Mendelsohn says to ABC Audio about the show, "It's not about fashion. It's not particularly even about Christian or Coco. It's just about ... how do you move forward in the world ... when there's this horrible sense that you could be done in, that people aren't maybe who they say they are, that you know, all that stuff, like what matters to you and how do you do it?"

For Chanel, that meant casting her lot in with Hitler's Nazi high command. Binoche explained of approaching her character, "I wanted to make a real human being, you know, making decisions that felt like shocking, of course, from the outside. ... [I found it] important to make her emotionally reachable."

Game of Thrones veteran Maisie Williams plays Catherine Dior, Christian's younger sister, who is active in the French Resistance, and ends up tortured by the Gestapo and imprisoned in a concentration camp because of it.

Williams shaved her head and underwent a grueling regimen to shed 25 pounds to play Catherine throughout her ordeal. "It was really a useful tool for lots of reasons," she explains.

"There's of course the way that I physically change and that, you know, tells a story in and of itself. But I just think, like, focusing so intensely on my job in that way is something I could only dream of," she insists.

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Reality Roundup: Porsha Williams is back on 'RHOA', 'The Bachelor' accused of people pleasing and more

Have no fear, your reality roundup is here! Here's a look at what happened in the world of reality television this week:

The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo)
It's official: Porsha Williams is returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta for season 16. The reality star took to Instagram to share her excitement about returning to the franchise. "I'm incredibly thankful for the vision and faith NBCUniversal has put in me to be a larger part of their family," Porsha said. "I'm looking forward to being back on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and showing the world my new world!"

The Bachelor (ABC)
Former Bachelor Nick Viall thinks show's current lead, Joey Graziadei, is a people pleaser. On the newest episode of the Viall Files podcast, Viall said Graziadei has yet to send a contestant home outside of a rose ceremony — aside from Sydney Gordon's exit after a two-on-one date. "To me, that’s just Joey, the people pleaser, wanting to be kind of nice,” Nick said. “It comes across as super nice. It very much does, but it’s less authentic ... It’s much easier to not give someone a rose than to actually say, ‘Hey, listen, you know, I just don’t think this is it. Can I walk you out?’”

Love Undercover (Peacock)
Peacock announced their new reality dating series Love Undercover on Thursday. It follows five international soccer players as they leave their lavish lives behind to date single women in America who don't know about their fame overseas. It launches on May 9. Additionally, Peacock also announced the return of Love Island USA, which is set to come back with its sixth season over the summer, as well as season 2 of Queens Court.

 

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Dennis Quaid to play a serial killer in Paramount+ series 'Happy Face'

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Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Dennis Quaid will play the Happy Face serial killer in the forthcoming Paramount+ series that shares the killer's name.

Happy Face is inspired by the true-crime podcast Happy Face, as well as the autobiographical book Shattered Silence, penned by the real-life killer's daughter Melissa Moore.

Tony-winning actress Annaleigh Ashford will play Melissa in the series.

The eight-episode streaming show centers on the Canadian-American murderer of at least eight women, who earned his moniker by leaving a smiley face in his messages to taunt the authorities, as well as his daughter, who was horrified to learn her once-beloved, now incarcerated dad was leading a double life.

CBS Studios teases, "After decades of no contact, he finally finds a way to force himself back into his daughter's life. In a race against the clock, Melissa must find out if an innocent man is going to be put to death for a crime her father committed."

The studio adds, "Throughout, she discovers the impact her father had on his victims' families and must face a reckoning of her own identity."

Happy Face goes into production this spring.

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Sebastian Stan calls out reporter who described disfigured character as a "beast"

L-R: Renate Reinsve, Pearson, Stan -- RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images

At the Berlin Film Festival promoting his new thriller A Different Man, Sebastian Stan called out a reporter who used an arguably offensive term to describe a person with a facial disfigurement.

In the film, Stan wears prosthetics to play Edward, an aspiring actor whose features are disfigured and who later undergoes reconstructive surgery to attain movie star looks.

However, Edward becomes obsessed with the disfigured performer portraying him in a play about his former life. Adam Pearson, who in real life has facial deformities from a condition called neurofibromatosis, plays that actor, Oswald.

On Friday, one of the foreign press members assembled for the film festival event referred to Stan's "transformation from this so-called beast," drawing criticism from the actor.

"I have to call you out a little bit on the choice of words there," he interrupted.

The actor continued, "Part of why the film is important is because we often don't have the right vocabulary. It's a little more complex than that and obviously there is language barriers and so on and so forth, but, you know, 'beast' isn't the word."

Stan said, "I feel like that is what the film is saying, you know, we have these preconceived ideas. We are not educated to understand this experience in particular."

For his part, Pearson, who has been a fixture on the red carpet as the A24 and Killer Films project rolls out, said he hopes A Different Man changes those preconceived ideas.

"A good film will change what an audience thinks for a day, but a great film will change how an audience thinks the rest of their lives," he expressed.

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