‘Dirty Dancing’ Sequel Officially Announced With Jennifer Grey Returning


Lionsgate officially announced a new movie set in the Dirty Dancing universe, with Jennifer Grey coming back and executive producing. Jonathan Levine, who most recently directed Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in last year’s Long Shot will serve as director on the new project, and the script will be written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, the duo behind 2019’s Five Feet Apart and The Curse of La Llorona

Dirty Dancing was released in 1987, and it immediately became a smash hit, earning $214 million worldwide on just a $5 million budget. The movie won the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song for “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Grey and Swayze were also nominated for Golden Globes.

The Dirty Dancing franchise has been revisited previously: in 2004, Lionsgate produced Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and in 2017, the studio also produced a made-for-TV remake, which aired on ABC and featured Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes, Debra Messing and Nicole Scherzinger.

Jennifer Grey set to return for Dirty Dancing sequel

Via ca.news.yahoo.com

Editorial credit: DFree / Shutterstock.com

Simon Cowell Undergoes Surgery For Broken Back After Electric Bicycle Accident


Simon Cowell has undergone surgery after having an accident involving an electric bike. The America’s Got Talent creator is said to have broken his back when trying out a new electric bike at his home in Malibu, California.

A rep released a statement saying that Cowell, 60, is “doing fine.” Cowell’s spokesperson said: “Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family. He hurt his back and was taken to hospital. He’s doing fine, he’s under observation and is in the best possible hands.”

Cowell will be skipping America’s Got Talent‘s first two live shows this week as he recovers from surgery. Cowell will be MIA during AGT‘s inaugural live episodes on Tuesday Aug. 11 and Wednesday Aug. 12.

Cowell and his his partner Lauren Silverman have a six-year-old son named Eric together. 

Simon Cowell breaks his back in electric bike mishap

Via www.nbcnews.com

Editorial credit: DFree / Shutterstock.com

“Candyman” Filmmaker Nia DaCosta Slated To Direct “Captain Marvel 2”


Candyman director Nia DaCosta has been tapped to helm the Captain Marvel sequel starring Brie Larson. DaCosta will be the first African-American woman to direct a movie in the Marvel Universe.

Captain Marvel debuted in March 2019, grossing $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide. Larson, who also appeared as the character in Avengers: Endgame, will return as the titular character. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed and co-wrote the first Captain Marvel. The new film will take place in the present day after the first one took place in the 1990s.

DaCosta’s Candyman reboot was originally slated to hit theaters this summer but was delayed until Oct. 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  It’s unclear when filming of Captain Marvel 2 is expected to begin, but the script has been completed.

‘Captain Marvel 2’ Lands Nia DaCosta as Director

Via variety.com

Editorial credit: Sitthipong Pengjan / Shutterstock.com

Sony To Release Whitney Houston Biopic ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’


Sony and TriStar Pictures have won a bidding war for I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a biopic based on the life of the late Whitney Houston.   The film will be released Thanksgiving of 2022. Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten will pen the script, which will be directed by Stella Meghie.  The movie also has the full support of Whitney‘s estate.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody is “meant to cover her prime as a performer, including her work on The Bodyguard and her legendary performance of the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, while alluding to her tragic death in 2012. The film will also feature many of Houston’s hit songs.”

Clive Davis is producing the film, along with Pat Houston on behalf of Whitney’s estate. Clive said in a statement: “From all my personal and professional experience with Whitney from her late teenage years to her tragic, premature death, I know the full Whitney Houston story has not yet been told. I am so glad that Anthony McCarten has committed to a no holds barred, musically rich screenplay that finally reveals the whole Whitney whose vocal genius deeply affected the world while she bravely battled the demons that were to be her undoing.”

Sony signs on for Whitney Houston biopic ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’

Via www.nme.com

Editorial credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano Reuniting For ‘Who’s The Boss’ Reboot


The classic sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” is coming back, with Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano reprising their father-daughter roles for a reboot of the series that ran from 1984 to 1992. Norman Lear will be the show’s executive producer.

Sony Pictures Television confirmed the reboot, saying in a statement that the new version of Who’s the Boss? “will explore generational differences, as well as opposing world views and parenting styles within the dynamic of a modern family in 2020.”

Milano and Danza also posted the news the news on their own social media pages. “Here we go,” Danza tweeted, and Milano also tweeted that she is “so excited,” adding, “we feel the time is right to tell the story of where these amazing characters are today. Can’t wait to share their stories with you. So happy.”

Danza will reprise his role, but now as a retired housekeeper, while Milano will play a single mother who live in the home where the original series was set. Judith Light and Danny Pintauro, who appeared in the original series, have decided not to return for the new series. Katherine Helmond, who played Light’s mother in the series, died in February 2019 year at the age of 89. 

Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano set to star in planned ‘Who’s the Boss’ sequel produced by Norman Lear

Via www.usatoday.com

Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Heading To Disney+ As Premiere Rental


Disney has announced that its highly anticipated live-action remake of MulanI will be hitting Disney+ on September 4th, 2020.

However, the ‘premiere rental” will cost $29.99, on top of the $6.99 monthly fee Disney+ subscribers are already paying for access to the platform. The duration of the rental and how long Mulan will be a PVOD title before it becomes a regular part of Disney+’s offerings was yet to be determined. Disney did say that in markets where Disney+ isn’t available, such as China, Mulan will still receive a theatrical release.

Check out the trailer for Mulan at the link: here

Live Action ‘Mulan’ Officially Heading To Disney+, Find Out When!

Via www.justjaredjr.com

Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

Lifetime Announces Its First LGBTQ+ Holiday Movie ‘The Christmas Set Up’


Lifetime unveiled plans for 30 new movies that will comprise its “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” lineup, scheduled to kick off in mid-October. The lineup includes “The Christmas Setup,” the network’s first film to feature a same-sex couple as its central romance.  The cast and creative team for “The Christmas Setup” has yet to be announced, however a synopsis of the film reads as follows:  

“Hugo, a New York corporate lawyer and his best friend Madelyn head to Milwaukee to spend the holidays with his mom Kate, who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick, Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley.

As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s well-intentioned Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him.”

Lifetime’s announcement comes weeks after the Hallmark Channel pledged to include “LGBTQ storylines, characters and actors” in its holiday movie lineup. 

Lifetime will air its 1st holiday movie with gay romance as lead story

Via www.nbcnews.com

Sean Penn Confirms Marriage To Leila George In ‘COVID Wedding’


Sean Penn shared details about his wedding Monday on Late Night with Seth Meyers following reports he married actress Leila George.

The 59-year-old actor, director and producer confirmed reports by showing off his wedding ring. He said he married George, 28, at home Thursday due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “We did a COVID wedding. By that, I mean it was a county commissioner on Zoom and we were at the house [with] my two children and her brother, and we did it that way,” Penn said.

Penn was previously married to singer Madonna from 1985 to 1989 and to actress Robin Wright from 1996 to 2010. He has two children, daughter Dylan, 29, and son Hopper, 26, with Wright.

Penn and George, the daughter of actor Vincent D’Onofrio, have been a couple since 2016.

Sean Penn marries Leila George

Via rss.cnn.com

Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

Taylor Swift Is The First Artist To Debut At No. 1 On Both Billboard 2-00 And Hot 100 Charts In Same Week


Taylor Swift has becoming the first artist ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 in the same week. Swift’s surprise eighth studio album,  Folklore, took top honors in its first week after moving 846,000 units, marking the biggest sales week this year. Her lead single, “Cardigan,” also debuted at No. 1 after amassing 34 million U.S. streams and 71,000 downloads sold. 

“Cardigan” is joined by “The 1” at No. 4, making her the first woman to have two songs simultaneously debut in the top five of the Hot 100. Meanwhile, the Swift/Bon Iver collab “Exile” took the No. 6 spot. She’s the sixth artist to have three tracks in the Hot 100’s top 10 in its first week.

Taylor Swift’s folklore Broke So Many Billboard Records

Via www.msn.com

Editorial credit: FashionStock.com / Shutterstock.com

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson And Investors Buy XFL for $15 Million


On Monday, Dwayne “The Rock Johnson and RedBird Capital teamed up to buy the XFL league just hours before a planned auction was set to begin. Johnson and RedBird Capital paid $15 million for the pro football league, splitting it evenly. Johnson’s ex-wife and business partner, Dany Garcia, will also be a stakeholder.

Johnson said in a statement: “The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that’s rooted deeply in two things – my passion for the game and my desire to always take care of the fans. With pride and gratitude for all that I’ve built with my own two hands, I plan to apply these callouses to the XFL, and look forward to creating something special for the players, fans, and everyone involved for the love of football.”

XFL President and COO Jeffrey Pollack said in a statement: “We are grateful for today’s outcome,” adding that this is a “Hollywood ending,” to the entire process and is looking forward to a “new chapter for the league.” Pollack then noted that Johnson, Garcia, and Cardinale are a “dream team ownership.”

XFL was originally set to be up for auction and it was reported a dozen bidders were looking to buy the league. With Johnson being an owner of XFL, the league will continue to have ties with WWE as Vince McMahon was the founder of the league back in 2001. The season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which then led to the league filing for bankruptcy in April after laying off all its employees.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Teams Up with Investor Group to Buy the XFL for $15 Million

Via people.com

Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com