Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- Disney has found a way to bring the joy of Disney to fans in a safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The streaming platform has announced the Disney Drive-In Festival that will feature a variety of fan favorites, along with new Disney projects, in a social distance-friendly setting next month in Santa Monica, California.
Set up at the Barker Hanger, fans will be able to take in such films as Star Wars, Tangled and The Sound of Music, along with the debut of two new films.
The week-long series kicks off on October 5 with the world premiere of The Right Stuff, ahead of its official release on Disney on October 9. The screening is invite only.
The public viewings begin on October 6 with a 10-year anniversary showing of Tangled. Coco will be screened the following night in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, while the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars sequel will be recognized with a screening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on October 8.
Disney Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus, Captain Marvel and a sing-a-long feature to The Sound of Music are also on the menu. The series ends with an invite-only premiere of Clouds, an upcoming Disney film based on the life of musician Zach Sobiech.
Multiple safety guidelines will be in place for the outdoor event. A maximum of four people are allowed per vehicle and guests must remain in their vehicles during the screening.
Additionally, face coverings are required when going to the restroom and interacting with staff, among other protocols.
A limited number of tickets will be available to reserve beginning on September 28 at 1 p.m. ET.
Palm Tree Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Vin Diesel can now check two items off the triple threat list: actor and singer. The Fast & Furious stardropped his surprise debut single on Friday titled "Feel Like I Do."
Fans will recognize the 53-year-old actor's rugged voice, which is backed a summery-sounding electronic melody and pulsing beat.
The lighthearted number finds the actor-turned-singer bitten by the love bug, with lyrics like "I don't know/But it feels like I do/And I was frozen when you walked in the room/'Cause every single word/It just makes my stomach turn/'Cause I don't know you/But it feels like I do."
"For so long, I have been promising to release music... encouraged by you, to step out of my comfort zone. Thank you for believing in me," Diesel wrote to fans in an Instagram post. "As always, I hope to make you proud."
"Feel Like I Do" was written and produced by Petey Martin, co-writer behind the song "Ashes" that was recorded by Celine Dion and is featured on the Deadpool 2 soundtrack.
On Thursday, series star KJ Apa shared an enlightening video on Instagram that shows how he and co-star Camila Mendes have to prepare for makeout scenes during pandemic times.
"Our new normal is washing our mouths before every take of a make-out scene..." he explains in the caption.
In the video, KJ and Camila are seen taking a shot of mouthwash, blank expressions on their faces as they swish for at least 30 seconds, spitting the liquid into individual plastic bags handed to them by people wearing latex gloves.
Fans lit up the comment section with their amusement, with one joking "the chemistry is so intense I can feel it from here," accompanied by crying laughing emojis, while another confesses, "idk why but this has me DYING."
Riverdale recently returned to Vancouver, Canada for production on season five, which is expected to debut on the CW in January.
Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(LOS ANGELES) -- Dax Shepard has seldom been silent about his battles with addiction. Now the actor and director has revealed a recent relapse in an extremely personal episode of his podcast, Armchair Expert, released Friday.
The father of two said he'd been taking prescription pain meds for years, with the knowledge of family and sponsors, to deal with pain issues from injuries. But things became problematic due to problems with his hand and shoulder that began around six months ago, and he began lying about his increasing dependence and dosage.
He admitted he was lying to people in his life while taking excessive amounts of pain medicine he'd been prescribed, buying pills and carrying around this "enormous secret."
Shepard, 45, said he recently revealed what was going on to his wife, actress Kristen Bell, and to his podcast producer, Monica Padman.
In the episode, recorded Monday, Sept. 21, he announced he was seven days sober.
The actor explained that he went to several AA meetings following his confession to those closest to him. On Sept. 1, the day Shepard and his family celebrated his 16th year sober, he said he went to a meeting and received so much "kindness" and "unconditional love" from his peers.
He said he was honest about his addiction and opened up further about his struggles. "It was very emotional," he said about the meeting. "It was a really surreal kind of experience."
Shepard's admission on his podcast was met with hundreds of supportive comments across social media, praising him for his honesty.
In a post on Instagram, the actor described "Day 7" as, "An episode I hoped I'd never have to record, but one I felt I owed to all the beautiful Armcheries who have been on this ride with me for the last couple years."
Matthias Clamer/FX (LOS ANGELES) -- Season 4 of Fargo premieres Sunday night on FX and it’s been a while since we last saw new episodes of the critically acclaimed series considering that season 3 premiered in 2017. Although that was partially due to the pandemic, series creator Noah Hawley tells ABC Audio the extra time gave him some breathing room not typical for the usually speedy way in which television is made.
"It was good to have a few months to live with the material, to watch the cuts, to take a break from the cuts, to go back and go, oh yeah, this one feels long to me now and you know, to be able to calibrate more," he explained. "Hopefully we really are telling the best story we can tell."
This season, which looks at America's relationship to money and focuses on two vastly different families -- one Italian and the other Black, which is led by Chris Rock. And although Hawley is white, he expressed it was very important to him that the characters depicted on screen had representation in the creation of the stories.
"In the writers that we hired and the directors that we hired, you know, we we really made sure that that, you know, this wasn't going to be an act of appropriation," he shared, adding that the comedian was the "perfect partner."
"... you know, nothing's sacred to Chris. He's not a P.C. guy. So we could have a very honest conversation and really have a back and forth," he says.
In addition to seeing Rock take the lead, viewers will notice the series takes a jump from the upper North West of the United States to Kansas City, and the reason for that is simple.
"To avoid repetition on some level," Hawley admitted.
Shout! Studios(NEW YORK) -- Gugu Mbatha-Raw says she hoped "to honor" Jennifer Hosten in the new British comedy, Misbehaviour.
In the film, which follows the newly formed woman's liberation movement and their disruption of the Miss World competition broadcast in 1970, Mbatha-Raw plays Hosten, the Miss Grenada contestant. Mbatha-Raw tells ABC Audio that she went to great lengths to get the portrayal right.
"It's always a responsibility playing a real person, especially when they're still around to have an opinion of what you are doing," she says. "And of course, you want to honor them. And I was really fortunate enough to actually meet Jennifer in person while I was doing the research."
Mbatha-Raw says she then asked Hosten to meet her in Grenada to get a better feel of her origins.
"I just thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to meet her in her home environment," she explains. "In her mother island, and really have a relaxed way to understand her culture and spend some quality time with her."
"So it was a wonderful experience because she showed me around the island, she told me lots of stories," Mbatha-Raw continues. "[I]t was very enriching to develop a relationship with her and also to observe her. I listened to her accent and to understand her energy, and really have all of that to draw upon."
While being in Grenada was a big help to fine-tune her portrayal, Mbatha-Raw says she ultimately sought some professional assistance when it came to perfecting Hosten's "really specific accent."
"It was nerve wracking," Mbatha-Raw says. "Her accent is sort of a fusion in itself. So, I worked with an amazing dialect coach [who] helped me hone the rhythms and figure out what would work for the film."
Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA(LOS ANGELES) -- Surprise! Billie Lourd announced Thursday she had welcomed her first child, a son, with fiancé Austen Rydell.
The daughter of the late Carrie Fisher revealed the big news on Instagram, with a photo of her newborn's tiny feet. The post came as a surprise to fans, as Lourd never publicly announced her pregnancy.
In the caption, the 28-year-old new mom told her 1.4 million followers she and Rydell, 28, had named their bundle of joy Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell.
Kingston is wearing what looks like a space-themed onesie in the snap, so it appears the force is strong with him -- after all, both his mom and his grandmother starred in the Star Wars franchise.
Lourd's Scream Queen co-star Emma Roberts, who is currently expecting her first child, reacted with excitement in the comments, writing, "Screaming!!! Love you guys so much." Lourd also got a "mazel tov" and a "congrats" from her two Booksmart co-stars, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, respectively.
The American Horror Story actress and Rydell got engaged in June.
ABC/Frank Ockenfels(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe stunned on last Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars by powering through the foxtrot on an injured ankle, earning the night's top score. She hurt herself during practice, but was able to dance thanks to some last minute cortisone shots.
On Thursday, the 35-year-old shared with her Instagram followers that she underwent an MRI for her injury.
Admitting that her best friends are currently Advil, Tylenol and an ankle wrap, Bristowe told fans via Stories that, "Yesterday was kind of a write off for me because I was just in pain and kept my foot elevated and just did nothing all day yesterday."
The Bachelorette star furthered that she was "so anxious" to go for an MRI because that meant she'd be in the machine for an hour. "I don't want to seem like a baby because I know so many people go through injuries on this show, and battle through, and that's what I want to do," she attested.
Bristowe updated fans in a later video that the MRI went okay but she "won't find out the results for a couple of days." Until then, she will continue to use her red light therapy machine at home and be mindful of her limitations.
However, that doesn't mean she's going to take it too easy because she has a Mirrorball Trophy to win. Bristowe revealed that she would be going to practice later that night because time was no longer on her side.
Even though she'll practice with a brace on, Bristowe says she needs to buckle down to "try and pick up the choreography because I only have three days now to learn this dance."
See if Kaitlyn can pull it off when Dancing with the Stars returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(MONACO) -- From Instagram official to red carpet debut, it looks like Rebel Wilson has a new man in her life.
On Thursday, the Pitch Perfect star debuted her rumored new beau, Jacob Busch, in a social media post that showed them boarding a helicopter alongside Kate Beckinsale and Helen Mirren.
"Quick Helen, get to the chopper! #TeamMonaco," she wittily captioned the post.
Later that day, Wilson and Busch -- who is part of the Busch family, founders of the Anheuser-Busch dynasty -- appeared on the red carpet together as they attended Prince Albert's Planetary Health Gala in Monaco.
A source told People, "They are officially boyfriend and girlfriend."
"He's a gentleman, has very old school manners and treats her well," the source continued. "He is also very health conscious and they've been motivating each other with their health journeys."
The insider also shared that the two met through friends last year in Australia and got serious once the actress returned to California, where Busch lives.
Busch previously dated former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Adrienne Maloof, 59, who he had a 28-year age gap with.
Eli Joshua Ade/HBO (NEW YORK) -- Lovecraft Country’s latest episode that aired Sunday featured a standout portrayal by Jamie Chung that fans have been buzzing about all week.
She played the mysterious Ji-Ah, a Korean nurse who’s revealed to be the mythical and deadly multi-tailed fox spirit known as the kumiho. Playing the part was a welcomed challenge for Chung, who calls it a “dream role.”
“I prepared so hard for this role,” she tells ABC Audio. “I mean, I speak conversational Korean with my parents, but I've never had a Korean role like this where I'm speaking Korean for the entire episode. And, you know, there was dancing and singing involved and really, as an actor, this is kind of like the dream role.”
To have all that hard work pay off with viewers’ positive reactions has been “validating,” she says. Chung says she hopes Lovecraft Countrywill inspire similar meaty roles for Asian American actors.
“For [the showrunners] to give an opportunity to tell the story of this kumiho and, you know, take the story back to Korea during the Korean War -- like, who does that?” she says. “And then the whole episode is going to be in Korean. Like, that is a bold choice.”
She adds, “And yes, these kind of roles -- guest star role, by the way -- [are] few and far between. So, you know, I do hope that this opens the door for more opportunities for storytellers to go there and for actors to have these kind of opportunities.”
Ben Mark Holzberg/CBS Television Studios/SHOWTIME(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeff Daniels plays former FBI head James Comey in the new Showtime movie The Comey Rule, which debuts Sunday night.
Daniels fought hard to get the film released before election day, and he tells ABC Audio that the film might change some minds.
"I think it could have an impact on the 20 percent in the middle. I'd like to think those people still exist," he explains.
Adds Daniels, "A lot of them...believe in decency, civility and doing unto others," and they're not seeing that from Donald Trump.
The film, which will air in two parts, focuses on Comey’s role in the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation, and his rocky relationship with President Trump. If you're a little foggy on the details, Daniels says that's okay.
"I think what happened will come back to them," he tells ABC Audio.. "And then like me, if they're like me, they're going to find out things that they didn't know. That the reasons why he did what he did or what he was up against, if he chose to do this versus choosing to do that, the rock and a hard place thing that Comey found himself in."
So what other things did Daniels discover about Comey?
"I learned how thoughtful he is, that he listens to other opinions different from his own. That he respects people. All people. People of color, women," he says.
"I found him to be smart, but he was guided by something bigger than himself, and he stuck to that and religiously, And that was hard to do, Daniels continues. "He was an apolitical public servant. At a time when the country is so polarized that to be a political as like to be an alien."
Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort(ANAHEIM) -- Chadwick Boseman is being honored with a new mural at Downtown Disney in California.
"King Chad" was created by former Disney Imagineer Nikkolas Smith and depicts Boseman, who played King T'Challa in Black Panther, giving a Wakanda salute to a child wearing a hospital gown and a Black Panther mask.
Boseman, who died last month at 43 following a battle with colon cancer, had famously visited with children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney," Smith wrote on Instagram Thursday. "It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children's Hospital project and the Avengers Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way."
Disneyland is not yet open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Downtown Disney reopened in July with capacity restrictions.
Boseman's death shocked the Hollywood community and his countless fans, as the actor had never publicly revealed his cancer diagnosis. His Black Panther co-star, Michael B. Jordan, reflected on the loss in an emotional social media post, remarking, "I wish we had more time."
"I've been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness," Jordan wrote. "Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family, your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me."
"You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you," he added. "I'm more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire."
HBO Max(LOS ANGELES) -- A new generation of Pretty Little Liars is on its way.
Varietyreports that HBO Max has ordered a spinoff-slash-reboot of the popular teen series, which originally ran for seven seasons on Freeform.
Titled Original Sin, the new series is set in modern time and centers around a group of young women who are being stalked by a mysterious person. The show takes place 20 years after a series of events rattled the fictional town of Millwood, with the new group of characters now forced to make amends for their parents' wrongdoings.
Backed by the producing team behind Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale,Original Sin is described as a “dark, coming-of-rage, horror-tinged drama.”
Both Pretty Little Liars and Original Sin are loosely based on a series of young adult novels by author Sara Shepard. PLL's series finale aired in 2017.
Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Communities in Schools of Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- Mandy Mooreis going to be a mom!
The This Is Us star revealed Thursday she is pregnant with her first child with husband Taylor Goldsmith and due in "early 2021."
Not only that, but Moore, 36, revealed they are expecting a boy.
The "Candy" singer announced the big news by sharing a series of black-and-white photos on Instagram, all featuring Goldsmith, 35, cradling her baby bump while she flashes a big smile to the camera in a few snaps.
Moore and Goldsmith, a fellow singer, married in November 2018, having previously gotten engaged in September 2017. The couple began dating in 2015.
Maarten de Boer/Contour (LOS ANGELES) -- ViacomCBS is teaming up with some major star power in an effort to offer more opportunities for people of color and women.
The company has announced that they've set up a First Time Directors program that will produce 50 films from BIPOC and women filmmakers for Paramount Network, Comedy Central, MTV and other outlets under the Entertainment and Youth banner.
The program, which aims to tell diverse stories through the lens of diverse storytellers, will pair the filmmakers with A-list executive producers that include Angela Bassett and husband Courtney B. Vance for their Bassett Vance Productions; Idris Elba as a part of his Green Door Films; Salma Hayekunder her Ventanarosa Productions banner; Priyanka Chopra Jonas for Purple Pebble Pictures; John Leguizamo and his Rebel Productions; and Eva Longoria for her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment company.
"We are thrilled to embark upon this very important journey with ViacomCBS in telling stories that are representative of communities of people who are often missing from the majority landscape of film and television," said Bassett and Vance in a statement. "It means opening doors for new and fresh voices, both in front of and behind the camera, something that has always been a top priority for us."
Meanwhile, Elba noted that he was "incredibly proud to join a group of such extraordinary talent and welcome this commitment from ViacomCBS to introduce opportunity into their business model."
"When I set up Green Door one of my core philosophies was to promote and encourage a diversity of ideas from new voices who might otherwise be shut out of the industry establishment," Elba declared. "I believe that this is a bold step forward and look forward to working with a new cohort of original storytellers."