HBO/Helen Sloan(LOS ANGELES) -- Who will sit on the Iron Throne? We'll find out Sunday night at 9 p.m. as HBO's Game of Thrones airs its final episode. After last week's shocking turn of events, it's anyone's guess as to what will happen, butEntertainment Weekly's James Hibberd, who got a sneak preview, says it's going to be memorable.
"I was on set 13 months ago and I think I know how it ends," Hibberd tells ABC Radio. "I don't know for sure...but I can say the final episode deals with the aftermath of Dany's devastating attack on King's Landing and how that impacts all the characters."
"Plot-wise, I can't really say much more than that," he notes. "But I do think it's an episode that fans won't wanna miss and will be talked about for a very long time."
Hibberd says the ending won't be like The Sopranos finale, which baffled and enraged fans, but it won't please everyone.
"I think it's going to be a bit more of a traditional, satisfying ending in a lot of respects," he says, adding, "I don't expect the divided reactions to end with the finale."
As for the legacy of Game of Thrones, Hibberd believes that the show made TV networks realize that series in genres previously deemed "too geeky or too niche" -- like adult fantasy -- could actually work. In addition, he says the Emmy-winning series changed TV with its scope and its bravery.
"It certainly blew apart the notion that TV shows have to have a limit to their scale of production," he explains.
"And I think its bold storytelling moves...make difficult for a standard TV drama nowadays to do the usual TV thing of telling basically the same story week after week without any consequence...to the characters."
Michael Yarish/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Last night's series finale of CBS' The Big Bang Theory drew 18 million viewers -- the show's highest numbers since 2015, Variety reports.
The two-part episode -- which saw Jim Parson's Dr. Sheldon Cooper and his onscreen wife, Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, played by Miyim Bialik, share the Nobel Prize for physics -- won Thursday night's highest-rated show.
The show's spin-off, Young Sheldon, which aired after The Big Bang Theory finale, drew a strong 13 million viewers, and those fans who stuck around were rewarded with a touching coda.
On Young Sheldon, we saw a lonesome young Sheldon, tearfully regretting his lack of friends -- only to have the camera cut to the bedrooms of children who were revealed to be the younger versions of his future Big Bang BFF's Penny, Howard, Raj, Bernadette and Leonard, and his future wife, Amy.
Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith and Queen Latifah are heading back to their musical roots with their latest project.
Netflix has announced that Smith and Latifah are teaming up to produce a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet, in the form of a hip-hop musical.
The new iteration is said to follow a young Brooklyn waitress and an aspiring musician from a wealthy family, whose "unconventional romance forces them to confront their life choices."
The feature film will be written and directed by Solvan "Slick" Naim, an Algerian-American writer, rapper and actor from Brooklyn. Naim has directed episodes of shows like Netflix's The Get Down and the John Singleton FX drama, Snowfall.
Latifah will produce through Flavor Unit Entertainment, and Smith through his Overbrook Entertainment.
This is the latest project for Latifah, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2002's Chicago and recently appeared in Lee Daniels' musical drama Star. Meanwhile, Smith will next be seen in Disney's Aladdin, which hits theaters on May 24.
L-R: Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow -- Netflix/Linda Kallerüs(NEW YORK) -- Stefon Bristol is over the moon about See You Yesterday, his directorial debut for Netflix.
Bristol's film follows two high school prodigies who develop a time machine and later use it to save a family member's life when he's wrongly shot by police. Although Bristol's film has been described as "sci-fi meets Black Lives Matter," the director says the inspiration behind his time-travel feature is much broader.
"The movie is derived from inspiration from Back to the Future, 12 Monkeys, Primer, Run, Lola Run," Bristol tells ABC Radio, citing earlier films. "You name it. And not just nostalgia in that sense, but also with the Caribbean culture as well. There's a lot of old-school music in this film."
Considering Bristol's family is from the Caribbean and his passion has always been to explore sci-fi, the young director admits See You Yesterday was the perfect fit for him. However, even though Bristol loves the end result, he's hesitant to offer his thoughts on what viewers should take away from the film.
"I'm not going to tell what is the message because I want people to interpret it their own," Bristol explains. "And then once this whole interpretation is happening out, I could come in and tell people what I wanted. I just want to see how it plays out first."
See You Yesterday, starring Eden Duncan-Smith and Dante Crichlow, is now available on Netflix.
HBO(LAS VEGAS) -- Unless you've recently been incinerated by a dragon, you already know Game of Thrones airs its final episode Sunday.
Not surprising, the sports betting site BetOnline.AG is letting you put money on just how the show will end. You can bet on everything from who will be killed and how -- dagger? dragon? poison? -- to which character will speak last on the series.
You can also bet on how high critics will score the episode on Rotten Tomatoes, and -- because this is Game of Thrones -- whether or not there'll be nudity in the finale.
Here are BetOnline.AG's odds for the final episode of Game of Thrones:
First Stark to Perish Arya -200 Sansa 3/2 Bran 6/1
How Many Starks will Perish in Final Episode? Over/Under 1.5 Starks
Method By Which Daenerys Targaryen Perishes Sword or Dagger -600 Daenerys Targaryen Survives 3/1 Axe 8/1 Hanging 10/1 Takes Own Life 10/1 Arrow 16/1 Physical Force 20/1 Poison 22/1 Fire 66/1
Jon Snow to Survive by End of Season 8? YES -800 NO 500
Method By Which Jon Snow Perishes Jon Snow Survives -600 Sword or Dagger 3/1 Fire 5/1 Axe 6/1 Hanging 6/1 Physical Force 16/1 Arrow 20/1 Takes Own Life 20/1 Poison 25/1
Will Tyrion Lannister Perish in Final Episode? YES 300 NO -500
Will Grey Worm Perish in Final Episode? YES 200 NO -300
Named Characters Dragon Will Kill in Final Episode Over/Under 1/2 Characters
Last Character to Speak in Final Episode Samwell Tarly 1/1 Jon Snow 2/1 Tyrion Lannister 2/1 Bran Stark 5/1 Sansa Stark 10/1 Daenerys Targaryen 12/1 Arya Stark 14/1 Bronn 20/1
Will The Four Remaining Starks be Shown Together? YES -180 NO 140
Will There be Nudity in Final Episode? YES 260 NO -420
Episode 6 Metascore Rating via Meta Critic Over/Under 74.5 Metascore
Episode 6 Score via Rotten Tomatoes Over/Under 5.5 score
Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Millions of fans, both famous and not, are gearing up for Sunday night's series finale of Game of Thrones. One on the celebrity end of the spectrum is Milla Jovovich.
The Resident Evil series star is a huge fan of author George R.R. Martin's still-unfinished book series A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the show's based, and in fact, Milla and her husband, director and producer Paul W.S. Anderson, are adapting another of Martin's works for the big screen.
The pair have been busy developing the author's short story "In The Lost Lands" for the big screen. And while they've been working for a year and a half on the script, they're sure to be putting the work aside to tune in for the GoT finale Sunday night.
"It's just such a bummer, man!" she tells ABC Radio about the Emmy-winning show coming to an end. "I feel like they could just go on and on with that!"
Like millions of fans, Milla's eager for Martin to finish the last two books in his series: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
"I just think that is crazy," she says of the fact that the most recent book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, came out in 2011. "He needs to just write those books and finish them -- because I read the whole series of course, and I'm just like waiting to know, like, what's his ending? Anyway, it's all really interesting. Can't wait for Sunday!"
Game of Thrones airs for the last time Sunday evening at 9 p.m.
Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- After 12 years and 279 episodes, The Big Bang Theory broadcast its final episode Thursday night in a two-part series finale.
The show's 12-season tenure is the longest to date of any American sitcom that's recorded before a live studio audience. In second place, with 11 seasons each, are Cheers, Frasier, HappyDays, TheJeffersons, Married: With Children, and, if you count the just-canceled one-season revival, Murphy Brown.
As we say farewell to The Big Bang Theory, here's a look at some other of the show's numbers:
First episode broadcast: September 24, 2007
Final episode broadcast: May 16, 2019
Total number of seasons: 12
Number of episodes: 279, including the two-part series finale.
Total Emmy nominations: 52
Total Emmy wins: 10, including four Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series wins for Jim Parsons. Despite four nominations in the category, The Big Bang Theory has never won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Notable guest appearances: Stephen Hawking, 7; Bob Newhart as Professor Proton, 6. Single-episode special guests include Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, Buzz Aldrin, Bill Gates, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Star Trek alums William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, LeVar Burton, and Brent Spiner. Star Trek: The Next Generation star Wil Wheaton had a recurring role on the show as a fictionalized version of himself.
And here are some The Big Bang Theory money numbers, courtesy ofFast Company:
How many people watched last week's penultimate The Big Bang Theory episode? 12.6 million.
How many people watched last week's penultimate episode of Game of Thrones? 12.5 million.
Cost of a 30-second ad on The Big Bang Theory's final season: $285,000 plus.
Revenue generated for Warner Bros. television during the show's run: $1 billion plus.
Per-episode salary for original five cast members Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Jim Parsons: $1 million.
Post-finale syndication royalties for cast members: Unknown, but potentially as much as $20 million per person, per year, depending on what percentage of revenue they negotiated versus the show's syndication reach and revenue.
Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- With Ben Affleck hanging up his cape as the Caped Crusader, Warner Bros. has been looking for the next Batman -- and Varietyreports Robert Pattinson has emerged as the front-runner.
The role is for writer/director Matt Reeves' The Batman, which reportedly will focuses on the earlier days of the Dark Knight's crimefighting career. At one point, Affleck was to star and direct, but later handed the keys to Reeves, who called the shots on both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and that reboot trilogy's capper, War of the Planet of the Apes.
Eventually, Affleck stepped away from the cape and cowl for good, making Justice League his last turn as the Dark Knight.
While the deal isn't set, and other names being bandied about include Armie Hammer, Nicholas Hoult and Avengers: Age of Ultron alum Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the Hollywood trade say it's former Twilight star Pattinson, who has the "inside track."
Incidentally, Pattinson, 33, is about to start shooting the secretive next film from Christopher Nolan, who directed the acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy.
Keanu Reeves in "John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum"; Niko Tavernise/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide in theaters Friday:
* John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum -- The latest in installment in the John Wick franchise picks up where 2017's John Wick: Chapter 2 ended, with Keanu Reeves' titular master assassin fleeing for his life after he's declared "excommunicado" for violating the rules of the assassins-only hotel, The Continental -- run by Ian McShane's elegant, enigmatic Winston -- after Wick murders a fellow assassin there. He enlists the help of fellow assassin Sofia, played by Halle Berry, and Winston himself to set things right. Laurence Fishburne and Anjelica Huston also star. Rated R.
* A Dog's Journey -- This dramedy, a sequel to 2017's A Dog's Purpose and based on the 2012 novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, centers on a dog -- voiced once again by Josh Gad -- who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets. Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Kathryn Prescott and Henry Lau also star. Rated PG.
* The Sun Is Also a Star -- grown-ish star Yara Shahidi and Riverdale's Charles Melton this drama is based on author Nicola Yoon's 2016 bestselling novel, about two young adults -- she's studying quantum physics and he's an exchange student -- who fall for each other over one day in New York City, while also tackling complex topics like immigration, deportation and identity. PG-13.
Opening in limited release Friday:
* Trial by Fire -- This biographical drama recounts the tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham -- played by Jack O'Connell -- who was convicted and executed in Texas for allegedly killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed. Laura Dern also stars. Rated R.
* Slaughterhouse Rulez -- The appearance of a mysterious sinkhole caused by a nearby fracking site turns a prestigious British boarding school into a bloody battleground in this comedy horror film. Starring Margot Robbie, Michael Sheen and Simon Pegg. Rated R.
The Souvenir -- Tilda Swinton stars opposite her daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, and Tom Burke about a young film student in the early 1980s who becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man, played respectively by Swinton Byrne and Burke. Rated R.
L-R: Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons as Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon Cooper; Michael Yarish/CBS(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD) Lots of things changed, and yet managed to remain comfortingly the same, on Thursday night’s two-part series finale of The Big Bang Theory. There were no major surprises, though there was a modest one most fans likely didn’t see coming. But most fans would also likely agree the finale did what they hoped it would: tie up a few loose ends, toss in some trademark moments of personal growth, and give the cast of familiar friends a sweet, loving send-off.
Titled “The Change Constant,” part one of the finale opened with a montage of key moments from the show’s 12-season run -- if you’d never before seen the show, it told you enough to get you dialed in to the basics.
Then on to the story itself. Sheldon, Amy, Leonard and Penny were sprawled on the couch in Leonard and Penny’s apartment. Sheldon and Amy’s super asymmetry theory is under consideration for the Nobel Prize in physics, and the gang fights to stay awake as they await the phone call from the Nobel committee in Stockholm, Sweden to learn if they’ve won.
Finally, the call comes: they’ve won. Leonard even gets to slap Sheldon when the latter questions whether or not he’s dreaming, which was its own reward. And there is much rejoicing.
Amy and Sheldon leave the apartment the next morning, where there’s a clot of reporters waiting for them. Typically, Sheldon freaks out and runs for cover back inside, leaving Amy to fend for herself. At the university, Sheldon ducks out of the cafeteria in the face of congratulatory applause, then hides behind his desk to avoid a reporter, leaving Howard to tell the reporter he can interview him instead -- Sheldon’s “best friend,” and an astronaut to boot.
Meanwhile, Raj walks in on Amy at her apartment. She’s in tears, having seen photos of herself in the press: “Am I really this frumpy?” she asks. Raj encourages her to get a makeover for the press, and for the ceremony.
At the Wolowitz household, Bernadette takes Howard to task for claiming in the interview to be Sheldon’s best friend, when it’s really Leonard -- but she backs off when Howard tells her if she plays her cards right, she can be Amy’s best friend when the next interview comes along.
Later in the apartment, Amy unveils her stylish, put-together new look -- a haircut, new wardrobe and glasses. Everyone’s amazed, except for Sheldon. “I liked you better the way you were,” he says, and leaves.
The remark hurts Amy’s feelings but later, she vows to Raj and Leonard to once and for all stop worrying about how Sheldon’s going to feel, and do what’s right for her.
In the lobby, Penny emerges from the elevator -- after not working for 12 years, it’s finally been fixed! Seeing Sheldon’s in a tizzy, Penny takes him to the Cheesecake Factory, where he confesses there’s just too much change happening and he can’t handle it. Penny reminds him how much everyone’s changed since they first met.
“I guess the only thing that actually stays the same is that things are always changing,” says Penny.
Just then, Bernadette and Howard appear on the bar TV, talking about their “best friends” Amy and Sheldon. Back at the apartment, Sheldon takes a major step to embrace change -- he avoids the stairs and instead takes the elevator back to his apartment.
Part two, titled "The Stockholm Syndrome," begins two months later. Penny and Amy return from getting their dresses for the Nobel Prize ceremony. Amy’s thrilled not only by the dress, but by the fact “the tailor had to take mine in and let Penny’s out. Best day of my life!”
Amy and Sheldon head across the hall to their apartment so Sheldon can practice his Nobel speech -- it’s a mere 90 minutes long. Now alone, Leonard and Penny reveal why Penny had to get her dress let out: she’s pregnant, despite the fact she vowed she didn’t want to be a mom. Turns out coming home to Leonard tipsy after her chat with Sheldon is what changed things.
Back at their house, Bernadette and Howard fret over having to leave the kids behind with Stuart. They fantasize about the trip to Sweden -- mainly, about being able to sleep as long as they like. Meanwhile, Sheldon rehearses his Nobel speech while Amy watches while wearing her Nobel gown -- and the tiara Sheldon gave her way back when.
Amy tells Sheldon he’s got to cut the speech but he doesn’t see how, especially the digs at people who laughed at the Nobel Prize being his lifetime dream. “I told them all they would rue the day. How is it going to make me look if the day finally comes and they’re not filled with rue?”
Sheldon briefs everyone on how he expects them to behave during their trip, including advising Penny not to abuse the free alcohol on the flight. When Penny remarks she’s not going to be drinking, Bernadette off-handedly asks, “Why, are you pregnant?” Penny laughs it off, saying she doesn’t drink when she flies, despite Bernadette responding, “Please, I’ve seen you drink in the shower.”
Everyone tries to fit themselves and their luggage into the newly working elevator, but it’s a tight squeeze. For a minute, you wonder if that’s the gag -- the elevator will break again and they’ll all get stuck in it and miss the Nobel ceremony. But no -- instead, they use the elevator for the luggage and everyone takes the stairs.
On the plane, Raj is certain a sleeping passenger is Buffy the Vampire Slayer starSarah Michelle Gellar. Howard tells him it’s not -- and at any rate, he’s too busy worrying about the kids, although Bernadette’s still not. Meanwhile, hypochondriac Sheldon’s wondering why Penny keeps running to the bathroom. He’s convinced she’s got a virus that he’s going to catch and frantically confronts Leonard, who tells him to relax -- Penny’s pregnant, not sick.
The news spreads to quickly to Bernadette and Amy, who are upset Penny didn’t tell them. But Leonard’s upset that Sheldon seems not to care -- pregnancy, after all, isn’t infectious, declares Sheldon. And it’s not nearly as impressive as winning the Nobel Prize.
“You are a selfish jerk,” Leonard tells his best friend. “To hell with you and your Nobel Prize.”
In the hotel, Bernadette and Howard video-chat with Stuart, who assures them the kids are fine -- except for Michael running a fever and Halley falling down the stairs, knocking out a tooth and then swallowing it. Now even Bernadette’s worried.
In their room, Leonard’s still steamed about Sheldon’s selfish behavior on the plane, but all Penny can talk about is how surprisingly great the pickled herring she’s scarfing down tastes -- clearly, her pregnancy’s created her first cravings.
There’s a knock on the hotel room door. It’s Sheldon, with Amy prodding him to apologize for his selfish behavior on the plane, which Sheldon does, unenthusiastically. Just then, Howard and Bernadette dash in -- they announce they’re heading home to be with the kids. Sheldon again responds selfishly: “Well pull yourself together. This is a big day for me!”
That’s enough to cinch it for everyone: Howard, Bernadette, Penny and Leonard are heading home.
Back in his room, Sheldon can’t understand why everyone’s being “incredibly selfish.” Amy responds by calling Sheldon the authority on being selfish, and reminds him that their friends are more important than winning the Nobel Prize. Sheldon asks Amy how they can be their friends, when “they’re abandoning us.”
“They’re abandoning us because you broke their hearts!” Amy responds. “I didn’t mean to,” says Sheldon. “I know! You never mean to -- it’s the only reason people tolerate you!” Amy declares.
When Sheldon asks, “Does that include you?” Amy replies, “Sometimes, yeah.”
Meanwhile, the pickled herring’s gotten the best of Penny, who’s curled around the toilet. She’s too ill to travel -- and besides, they realize that even with all his flaws, they still love Sheldon. And it turns out Bernadette’s parents are taking over watching the kids, so she and Howard are staying too.
At the Nobel ceremony, Amy and Sheldon receive their prizes as the gang sits and watches -- including a surprise cameo from Sarah Michelle Gellar, who apparently really was on the plane, sitting next to a very pleased Raj.
Amy’s speech is first, and brief, and ends with encouragement for girls and women to make a career of science. When it’s Sheldon’s turn, he puts aside the sheaf of paper that is his 90-minute speech and instead uses his time to recognize his friends, one by one and by name, asking them to stand.
“I have been encouraged, sustained, inspired and tolerated, not only by my wife, but by the greatest group of friends anyone ever had,” says Sheldon. “I apologize if I haven’t been the friend you deserve, but I want you to know, in my way, I love you all. And I love you,” he finishes, turning to Amy beside him.
The finale ends with the gang in a familiar setting: back in Leonard and Penny’s apartment, sitting around the sofa eating takeout, as a sweet acoustic version of the show’s theme plays, and we fade to black, and the end.
Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani(NEW YORK) -- By now, fans have had time to process the ups and downs -- and tears -- of Avengers: Endgame, but Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt from Marvel's Cloak and Dagger hadn't had a chance to do so...until they sat down with ABC Radio.
The pair star as a pair of super-powered young people on the Freeform show: Aubrey's Tyrone can teleport into a shadowy puff of dark smoke, while Holt can summon daggers of light from her hands.
In real life, they're still buzzing from last month, when they, along with co-star Emma Lahana, were guests at Endgame's Avengers-packed premiere.
Getting emotional, Joseph recalled, "It's just like: I remember going to see the first Iron Man in 2008, and then I'm sitting in a room with, you know, the Avengers and being a part of the Marvel Universe. And then, y'know, it was just such a beautiful film...the tears was going to happen regardless."
Holt laughed, recalling, "I looked to my right and Aubrey has tears streaming down his face."
"For real!" Joseph laughed.
Holt added, "I couldn't even look at Emma, because I heard her out of my left ear, hyperventilating."
Joseph said, "The fact that we were in the room with everybody [from the movie] -- we just felt the emotion even more."
The pair still hadn't gotten over the experience, even weeks later.
"I'm really glad we confided in each other about this because I needed to talk about it," she told to ABC Radio. "You needed a little post-Endgame therapy," Joseph laughed.
Cloak and Dagger airs tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Freeform.
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The finale of the CBS sitcom has two parts: In "The Change Constant," which starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Sheldon and Amy wait for big news.
In "The Stockholm Syndrome," which starts at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, Bernadette and Howard leave their kids for the first time, Penny and Leonard try to keep a secret, Raj makes a new friend, and the gang faces "an uncharted future."
Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny, says, "I feel like we wrapped the show up in a bow, and I couldn't have asked for more. There is no stone unturned, the finale is phenomenal. I'm so happy with how we're leaving fans with the show...I'm just proud that we made it this far and I feel really good about it."
Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy, notes that saying goodbye to the show is hard because it's been around for so long.
"To have an end to any run in Hollywood is difficult, but to have one that's hovering around a decade is really significant," she says.
Over The Big Bang Theory's 12-year run, it's been TV's highest-rated comedy on and off starting in its fourth season. Star Jim Parsons won four Emmys for his role as Sheldon Cooper. In 2017, a prequel series, Young Sheldon, debuted on CBS.
The show's focus on science and geek culture led to many guest spots from real-life scientists and geek heroes, including Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Gates, Bill Nye, Elon Musk, Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, Star Trek actors LeVar Burton, William Shatner, Brent Spiner and George Takei, and Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones.
Paramount Pictures(CANNES, FRANCE)Elton John's biopic Rocketman will premiere tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, and Elton himself will finally see the finished movie for the first time. Taron Egerton, who plays Elton in Rocketman, says he's a little worried about how the music legend will respond.
"He hasn't seen it yet and I'm apprehensive about him seeing it, of course, but only because it's been so much work," Taron recently told ABC Radio.
"I have great faith in the film and I thinkDexter [Fletcher], our director, has done the most incredible job," Taron adds. "I think he'll love it. He's heard the music and he's been incredibly positive about it."
As for why Elton has taken a hands-off approach to a movie about his life -- especially one that shows the messy parts -- Taron says it's because he has faith in everyone involved.
"[H]e and I are friends and I think he knows that I'm very serious about my job," Taron tells ABC Radio. "And we've assembled a really great team of filmmakers and I think he knows that his story's in good hands. I hope, anyway!"
Jamie Bell, who plays Elton's songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, in Rocketman, tells Deadline that he thinks the movie is "brave and courageous" in its portrayal of Elton.
"He's been through some stuff that I think a lot of people also struggle with -- sexual identity issues, substance abuse, all kinds of serious, important issues," Jamie says. "I think he would feel like he would be undermining those people who deal with that stuff if it was glossed over."
Rocketman will screen tonight at 7 p.m. in Cannes. It hits U.S. theaters May 31. The soundtrack, featuring an Elton/Taron duet titled "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," comes out May 24.
Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Rock is taking a page from Jordan Peele's horror handbook with his next project.
According to Variety, Rock has partnered with Lionsgate to reboot the Saw franchise.
“I’ve been a fan of Sawsince the first film in 2004,” Rock said in a statement. “I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”
The Saw franchise follows John Kramer, a fictional psychopath referred to as Jigsaw, who uses puzzles and traps to test his victims as they fight for survival. The eight Saw films, starring Tobin Bell as Kramer, have grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide at the box office.
Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake, said that Rock approached him about his idea, which the exec says will be "as mind-bending and intense as all the previous Saw films."
"Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise,” Drake explained.
The upcoming feature will be produced by the same production team as all the previous Saw films, and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who was behind the camera for Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV. Rock will serve as an executive producer.
This is the latest project for Rock, will soon be seen in Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name!, alongside Eddie Murphy.
The new Saw film is set to be released on October 23, 2020.
HBO/Helen Sloan(LOS ANGELES) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD) A number of Game of Thrones fans apparently aren't happy with the direction of the show's eighth and final season, and they're calling for a remake with better writers.
A Change.org petition has surfaced, urging HBO to “remake Game of Thrones season eight with competent writers.”
“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” reads the petition, referring to the drama’s showrunners. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”
As of 3:00 am. ET Thursday, the petition's collected over 240,000 signatures and climbing fast -- far more than the 200,000 signature goal set by its creator.
Fan reaction to last Sunday’s penultimate episode, titled “The Bells,” was divided after Emilia Clark's character, Daenerys Targaryen, and her dragon rained fire down upon King's Landing after the city surrendered -- an action many fans said came out of proverbial left field for the character.
However, that was only the straw that broke the dragon's back for many viewers, who have complained about the season being rushed in general, with many characters engaging in questionable acts. They also complained that that episode three, "The Long Night," was too dark -- literally. And, of course, there was the Starbucks-style coffee cup that appeared in a scene from episode four, "The Last of the Starks."
Game of Thrones' series finale airs Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.