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Meet your new favorite bingeable series: Cruel Summer.

The Jessica Biel-produced Freeform series tells the story of two young women whose lives become unexpectedly intertwined. Olivia Holt plays Kate Wallis, a popular girl who mysteriously goes missing, and Chiara Aurelia plays Jeanette Turner, a shy wannabe who's accused of being connected to Kate’s disappearance.

The story happens over three summers in the early ‘90s and is told through shifting points of view. Holt and Aurelia tell ABC Audio that right away, you're going to have theories about which characters you can trust.

“[W]e were even doing that on set because we didn't figure out what the finale episode was until a couple of days before we started shooting it,” Holt says. “Yeah, lots of different theories, lots of different opinions. A lot of people's opinions are going to change within each episode, especially with the non-linear storytelling.”

Aurelia adds, “For all of us, it was a guessing game every day. We would all share the little bits of intel we'd gotten and we were trying to put all the pieces together. But I think it comes together in a better way than any of us could have imagined.”

For 23-year-old Holt and 18-year-old Aurelia, immersing themselves in the show’s ‘90s setting also proved puzzling at times.

“I didn't know what a Walkman was or even the dial-up [internet] or... just like some of the slang that was used in the '90s,” Holt admits. “Like, P-H-A-T, phat, like means cool or something like that. And I had no idea what that meant. I was like, ‘Why am I saying this is phat?’”

Cruel Summer premieres tonight with a two-hour event at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.

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NBA legend Scottie Pippen announced the sudden passing of his eldest son, Antron, on Monday.  He was 33.

Pippen, who played for the Chicago Bulls, shared a series of photos of his child on Instagram and penned an emotional tribute to his memory.  The basketball great declined to identify a cause of death.

"I'm heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron," said Pippen, 55. "The two of us shared a love for basketball and we had countless conversations about the game."

Continued the six-time NBA champ, "Antron suffered from chronic asthma and if he hadn't had it, I truly believe he would've made it to the NBA. He never let that get him down, though — Antron stayed positive and worked hard, and I am so proud of the man that he became."

While calling for prayers for Karen McCollum, his ex-wife whom he shared Antron with, as well as his friends and family members who loved him, continued Pippen, "A kind heart and beautiful soul gone way too soon. I love you, son, rest easy until we meet again."

Pippen and McCollum wed in 1988 and divorced two years later.  Antron was their only child.

The basketball legend remarried in 1997 and welcomed four more children with Larsa Pippen, from whom he is now separated.

The Real Housewives of Miami alum honored her step son on social media, writing in an Instagram story, "Some truths in life are hard to accept. Your memories will never be forgotten! They will always remain with us forever. You are forever in our hearts, we love u and will miss u always Rip Antron."

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From the "it was bound to happen" file, it seems a bevy of billionaires and other A-listers are trying to shoot their shot with Kim Kardashian, who recently split from husband Kanye West

Page Six reports that Kim, a newly-crowned billionaire herself, is "being flooded with dating options" from all manner of well-heeled potential suitors who have been slipping into her DMs and working their contacts to try to keep up with the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star.

"People are reaching out through mutual friends and people that she’s worked with to set her up with everyone from royal family members to A-list actors to athletes to billionaire CEOs," a supposed source revealed to the gossip page.

However, the 40-year-old entrepreneur, reality star and mom of four is apparently playing defense. Kim is "not jump into anything," the source says, but allows she's "keeping an open mind." 

That said, Kim wants love the happen "organically," says the spy. And a potential suitor's bottom line apparently isn't the biggest draw: "The qualities most important to her are someone who values family, is supportive, fun, romantic, enjoys the simple things and is also hardworking...Someone who values family first and foremost because she’s a mom of four kids." 

For his part, Kayne has revealed he's looking to "date an artist" since Kim filed for divorce in February.

The couple shares custody of their four kids: 7-year-old daughter North, 3-year-old daughter Chicago, and sons Saint, who's 5, and Psalm, who's 1.

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The gravity of being honored for his work as an actor and artist is not lost on Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr. 

The One Night in Miami star is nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Sam Cooke and Best Original Song for his moving ballad "Speak Now." Odom Jr. tells ABC Audio that he's owes everything he is as a creative to the arts. 

"Arts education saved my life," he says. "And it set my feet on a path."

"All I ever really wanted to do, all I continue to want to do, my desire, my intention, is to be additive," Odom Jr. continues. "To make things -- whether it's in theater or music or in cinema -- to add to this story."

The Hamilton star explains that his fierce dedication to making art has always been to push important narratives forward.

"To add to the tradition, to be a part of collaboration, to be collaborating with other artists," he says. "To make things that push the profession forward a little bit -- this business that I love so much."

While the actor says he's simply happy to make his contribution to various art forms "whether it's in any of the mediums," Odom Jr. is thankful and honored to be recognized.

"So if the song is recognized or if the film is recognized, it's tremendously meaningful," he adds.

The 93rd Oscars air live on Sunday, April 25, 2021 on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Chrissy Teigen marked the start of National Infertility Awareness Week by opening up about her struggle to start a family.

Teigen, who shares five-year-old Luna and two-year-old Miles with singer John Legend, spoke with Refinery29 Monday about a host of issues, from her October pregnancy loss to leaning on IVF to get pregnant. 

The 36-year-old television personality attested, "There's no one way to [become a parent] and there's no straight road at all. I've seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows with it."

The Cravings author revealed she used IFV -- specifically an embryo transfer -- to became pregnant with her eldest daughter.

"When they inserted her little egg, it just shot across like a little shooting star," she recalled. "Seeing it, and then praying that it would stick and stay, and sure enough, she did."

Teigen also touched upon her October pregnancy loss when she lost her unborn son Jack and how her family is healing.

"[John] has a song that, when it comes out, it's just going to be... I think everyone will know which song I'm talking about when it does come out because it's so beautiful," she hinted.

However, Teigen also confessed that, because she lost Jack, she was told she shouldn't try to get pregnant again, which is complicating her healing journey.

"It's still hard for me," said Teigen, saying she goes to therapy twice a week. "I want to try again."  

The former model adds she and John want more kids and may consider using a surrogate, adding, "It's not the end of my journey at all."

Overall, Teigen hopes that, by sharing her story, she will inspire others to "be open and honest as they’d like to be. And they’ll get the same from me."

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We’re getting close to Oscars Sunday, and one of the movies up for Best Picture is The Father.

Written and directed by Florian Zeller, the film stars Oscar nominees Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman, respectively, as a father who is losing his mind to dementia, and the daughter who is trying to take care of him.  Zeller, who is also up for best adapted screenplay, tells ABC Audio that while it isn't technically a horror film, it feels like one -- maybe even scarier.

"When you are watching a scary movie, you know, somewhere that it's not true, and it's just a way to experience the fear," he says.  "But here, what we are experiencing is something that we have to deal with in real life."

Zeller also puts the audience to work, purposefully disorienting them by placing them inside the father’s head.

"I love...when you are part of the narrative, when you have to do your own job, to make it work...and I really wanted the audience to be in that active position," Zeller explains.  "And so the idea was to play with that feeling of disorientation, talking about space and time in a way to experience a slice of dementia."

Having watched his own family members deal with similar circumstances, Zeller felt the story would be relatable to other people as well.

Zeller tells ABC, "Everyone has, or will have to deal with this kind of issue, not only dementia, but, you know, just dealing with elderly parents -- [that] moment when you have to become the parent of your own parents.  It's something that we all have in common."

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It was blast from the past on Monday night's American Idol episode. For the first time, the show brought back contestants from the previous season and offered them a spot in the top 10.

Earning the spot, of course, didn't come easy. The "comeback contestants" sang in front of judges Katy PerryLionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, for America's votes on Monday's show. Voting will remain open all week through April 26, where one lucky hopeful will get a second chance at becoming this year's American Idol. 

Also making a comeback was Harry Connick Jr., a former judge on the show, who performed "Old Time Religion" and his new song "Alone With My Faith," in addition to American Idol alum Lauren Daigle, who competed on the show twice -- Seasons 8 and 11. She performed her track titled "Look Up Child."

Find out who American voted through when American Idol returns Monday, April 26. 

Here are the "comeback contestants" and the songs they sang.

Faith Becnel: "Cry Baby" by Janis Joplin

Franklin Boone: "Meant To Live" by Switchfoot

Dwayne Crocker Jr.: "Voice Of God" by Dante Bowe ft. Steffany Gretzinger & Chandler Moore

Cyniah Elise: "Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)" by Miley Cyrus ft. Stevie Nicks

Arthur Gunn: "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls

Aliana Jester: "I’ll Never Love Again" by Lady Gaga

Louis Knight: his original song "Maybe That"

Nick Merico: his original song "City Lights"

Makayla Phillips: "Anyone" by Demi Lovato

Olivia Ximines: "Say Yes" by Michelle Williams ft. Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland

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Mattel Films

Well, they turned Battleship and LEGO into movies -- the former a modest hit and the latter a blockbuster franchise -- so why not Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Clearly that was the question put to Vin Diesel, who has just signed on to star in and produce a big-screen adaptation of the interactive game that first came out in 1964. 

The game, now sold by Mattel, pitted two players against each other, using controllers to make two block-headed robots -- Red Rocket and Blue Bomber -- box each other. A knockout was delivered when one player managed to pop the head off of his or her robot toy's opponent.

According to a press release, Diesel will play a dad who along with his son, "forms an unlikely bond with an advanced war machine."

If the plot sounds similar, that's because it's virtually the same as 2011's Reel Steel, which had Hugh Jackman playing an absentee father who...bonded with his son while training a real-life fighting robot.

That movie -- which incidentally had been critically derided as a real-life version of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots -- actually made nearly $300 million at the box office.

In a release for the movie based on the Real McCoy, Fast and Furious-series star Diesel said, "To take the classic Rock 'Em Sock 'Em game, with Mattel as my partner, and align it with the kind of world building, franchise making success we have had with Universal, is truly exciting."

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Marvel Studios' hit Disney+ show WandaVision earned five nominations, leading the pack for this year's MTV Movie and TV Awards. 

Netflix's Emily in Paris and Amazon Prime's The Boys both earned four nominations, while Netflix's Bridgerton and Disney+'s The Mandalorian earned three apiece -- the same number of nominations earned by Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which was tops with three nominations. 

The winners will be announced during a live broadcast starting May 16 at 9 p.m.; the following night, MTV will also air the inaugural MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted to salute reality TV shows.

Fan voting for the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards is now open at and will be until April 30.

For her part, Best Villain nominee Kathryn Hahn previously told ABC Audio she couldn't be more excited by the fan reaction to her WandaVision character, Agnes/Agatha Harkness, who starts out a nosy sitcom neighbor and who is revealed to be one of the Marvel Universe's most powerful magic wielders.

"It's the bucket list part!" she enthused. "I couldn't have imagined like a cooler Marvel part...than this one. It's bonkers. I love her so madly."  

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Here are the nominees: 


Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
To All the Boys: Always and Forever


Cobra Kai
Emily in Paris
The Boys


Carey Mulligan: Promising Young Woman
Chadwick Boseman: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Daniel Kaluuya: Judas and the Black Messiah
Sacha Baron Cohen: The Trial of the Chicago 7
Zendaya: Malcolm & Marie


Anya Taylor-Joy: The Queen's Gambit
Elizabeth Olsen: WandaVision
Elliot Page: The Umbrella Academy
Emma Corrin: The Crown
Michaela Coel: I May Destroy You


Anthony Mackie: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman 1984
Jack Quaid: The Boys
Pedro Pascal: The Mandalorian
Teyonah Parris: WandaVision


Chase Stokes & Madelyn Cline: Outer Banks
Jodie Comer & Sandra Oh: Killing Eve
Lily Collins & Lucas Bravo: Emily in Paris
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan & Jaren Lewison: Never Have I Ever
Rege-Jean Page & Phoebe Dynevor: Bridgerton


Annie Murphy: Schitt's Creek
Eric Andre: Bad Trip
Issa Rae: Insecure
Jason Sudeikis: Ted Lasso
Leslie Jones: Coming 2 America


Aya Cash: The Boys
Ewan McGregor: Birds of Prey
Giancarlo Esposito: The Mandalorian
Kathryn Hahn: WandaVision
Nicholas Hoult: The Great


Antonia Gentry: Ginny & Georgia
Ashley Park: Emily in Paris
Maria Bakalova: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Paul Mescal: Normal People
Rege-Jean Page: Bridgerton


Final Funhouse Fight: Birds of Prey
Finale House Fight: Cobra Kai
Starlight, Queen Maeve, Kimiko vs. Stormfront: The Boys
Wanda vs. Agatha: WandaVision
Final Fight vs. Steppenwolf: Zack Snyder's Justice League


Elisabeth Moss: The Invisible Man
Jurnee Smollett: Lovecraft Country
Simona Brown: Behind Her Eyes
Victoria Pedretti: Scripted The Haunting of Bly Manor
Vince Vaughn: Freaky


Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Anthony Mackie & Sebastian Stan: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Pedro Pascal & Grogu/Baby Yoda: The Mandalorian
Lily Collins & Ashley Park: Emily in Paris
Sacha Baron Cohen & Maria Bakalova: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm



Below Deck Mediterranean
Black Ink Crew New York
Bling Empire Unscripted
Jersey Shore Family Vacation
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta


90 Day Fiance?
Ex On The Beach
Love Is Blind
Ready to Love
The Bachelorette


90 Day Fiance?
Jersey Shore Family Vacation
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Real Housewives of Atlanta


RuPaul's Drag Race
The Challenge
The Circle
The Masked Singer


Fixer Upper: Welcome Home
Making The Cut
Nailed It!
Queer Eye

BEST NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES (brought to you by SONIC® Drive-In)

Bling Empire
Cardi Tries
Selena + Chef
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City
VH1 Family Reunion: Love & Hip Hop Edition


A Little Late with Lilly Singh
Red Table Talk
The Breakfast Club
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen


Floor Is Lava
Impractical Jokers
Kids Say the Darndest Things
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out


Nicole Byer: Nailed It!
Rob Dyrdek: Ridiculousness
RuPaul: RuPaul's Drag Race
T.J. Lavin: The Challenge
Tiffany Haddish: Kids Say the Darndest Things


Addison Rae
Bretman Rock
Charli D'Amelio
Jalaiah Harmon
Rickey Thompson


Catfish: The TV Show
Evil Lives Here
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
Unsolved Mysteries


Chrishell Stause vs. Christine Quinn: Selling Sunset
Jackie Goldschneider vs. Teresa Giudice: The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Kandy Muse vs. Tamisha Iman: RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
Kourtney Kardashian vs. Kim Kardashian: Keeping Up With The Kardashians
West Law Roach vs. Guest Judge Dominique Jackson: Legendary


Acapulco Shore
Geordie Shore
Love Island (ITV)
¡Nailed it! México
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

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In what may seem like 10 years ago but was only last year, at the start of the pandemic, Netflix's Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness gave us all a good escape from the headlines.

Now NBC has announced that its upcoming limited series based on the Netflix phenomenon has found its star in Tony-winning stage and screen veteran John Cameron Mitchell. He'll play Joe Exotic in the production, joining co-producer and Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon as his nemesis, Carole Baskin

The series is tentatively titled Joe Exotic.  In a statement, Mitchell said he was "thrilled" to take on the part, calling Exotic a "modern folk antihero." 

He added, "Joe and I are the same age and like him, I grew up queer in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas so I feel like I know a little bit about this guy and his desperate attempt to conquer an inhospitable world."

There's no premiere date yet for the series but it will air on NBC, USA Network and NBC's streaming service, Peacock.

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HBO Max has released the first-look teaser for SNL star Michael Che's comedy series That Damn Michael Che.

Described as a "groundbreaking" original comedy series, the show, told from Michael's perspective, incorporates sketches and vignettes to capture "everyday situations" that range from racial profiling, to unemployment, being in love and more.

The six-episode series will also include appearances from current and former SNL cast members Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner, Colin Quinn, Ellen Cleghorne and Colin Jost, as well as guest stars Omari Hardwick, Geoffrey Owens, Godfrey, Billy Porter and Method Man.

That Damn Michael Che premieres May 6 on HBO Max.

Meanwhile, another sketch-comedy alum, David Alan Grier, has been tapped to star in the Spectrum Originals' hour-long drama series Joe Pickett, Deadline reports.

Based on C.J. Box’s bestselling novels, the series follows a game warden and his family as they deal with the political and socio-economic changes in their small rural town in Wyoming. Grier will play Vern, a former game warden who's known to be "gregarious [and] larger than life."  Michael Dorman, Julianna Guill, Sharon Lawrence, Mustafa Speaks and Paul Sparks are also set to star.

Finally, season 2 of Little Dicky's FXX series Dave is expected to be more star-studded than its first. According to Entertainment Weekly, the new season, which returns on June 16, will feature Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Rae SremmurdKareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lil Yachty, Dave producer Kevin Hart and more as guest stars.

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Tom Felton shared a touching tribute to his on-screen mother Helen McCrory, who died at age 52 after a battle with cancer.

McCrory played Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Felton's Draco Malfoy, in the Harry Potter movie series.

Sharing a still of the two holding hands and heading into the final battle during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Felton expressed how the British actress left an indelible mark on his career.

"So sad to say farewell so suddenly - I never took the chance to tell her , but she helped shape me as a person so much - on & off screen," the 33-year-old wrote on Instagram Saturday. "She was always relentlessly herself- razor sharp wit - silver tongued - kind & warm hearted - she suffered no fools yet had time for everyone."

"Thank you for lighting the way forward & holding my hand when I needed it," Felton signed off with, adding "xx" to signify two kisses at the end of the caption.

McCrory's husband, Damian Lewis, announced April 16 that the British actress had passed away.

"I'm heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family" the Homeland actor wrote on Twitter. "She died as she lived. Fearlessly."

McCrory was also known for playing Polly Gray in the gangster family epic Peaky Blinders, which ran for six season between 2013 and 2019.

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Amazon Studios

Amazon Prime Video has announced it's bringing some major talent to the table for a new anthology series called Solos, which debuts May 21.

Oscar winners Morgan FreemanAnne Hathaway and Helen Mirren star, as do Emmy winner Uzo Aduba and acclaimed actors Anthony Mackie, Dan StevensConstance Wu and Nicole Beharie.

According to Amazon, the seven-part series explores the "strange, beautiful, heart-breaking, hilarious, wondrous truths of what it means to be human." The announcement adds, "The series spans our present and future and illuminates that even during our most isolated moments we are all connected through the human experience."

50 Shades of Grey veteran Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct two of the episodes; actor and Garden State director Zach Braff will also be among Solos' directors, as will Ladylike filmmaker Tiffany Johnson.

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Dwayne Johnson celebrated his youngest daughter, Tia Giana's, third birthday on Sunday and hilariously discovered that his little one is becoming a big kid.

"Happy Birthday to my sweetest lil’ Tia Giana," the former WWE star gushed on Instagram, sharing a photo of the two hugging by the pool. "Loving, kind, tenacious and tough (like your mama;) and my greatest joy is being your daddy."

Johnson also promised his little one, "I always 'got you.'"

The Jumanji star also included a major update to his ongoing battle to convince his daughter that he voiced Maui in the 2016 animated Disney movie Moana, a movie she was obsessed with.

"Now that she’s finally starting to understand that daddy is Maui from MOANA, she has one very important question," chuckled Johnson, revealing Tia asked him, "Daddy do you know AquaMan?"

AquaMan, played by Jason Momoa in the DC Cinematic Universe, is apparently her new obsession.

Johnson admitted he's jealous his daughter moved on to another hero, revealing a "ridiculous" update later on Sunday.

"For Tia’s birthday she insisted AquaMan join us for breakfast — and then after we eat, she asked daddy to draw AquaMan so she can FRAME IT and hang it up in her room," he grunted. "Black Adam’s gonna hand out a fresh Aqua...Whuppin’ if this disrespect keeps up."

However, because it was Tia's birthday, Johnson put the call out to the AquaMan star and was able to arrange a FaceTime between the two.

"I can’t thank my brother @prideofgypsies enough for making this adoring 3yr old’s birthday the best EVER. Her reaction is priceless and what it’s all about," he gushed, sharing the video of their call, which ended with Tia jumping around excitedly after they waved goodbye.

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Marvel Studios

In a tweet wishing a happy birthday to the movie's lead, Simu Liu, Marvel Studios dropped a "birthday present" for him on social media: the teaser to his pandemic-delayed Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

A character from the pages of Marvel Comics since the '70s, Liu plays the title character, a child with special martial arts abilities who is brutally trained from an early age to hone his body to become a lethal assassin for the villain, The Mandarin. However, before he can fulfill his destiny, he flees.

"I gave you ten years to live your life," The Mandarin says in the teaser.  "It's time for you to take your place by my side."

"That's not going to happen," Shang-Chi says.

Liu, a talented martial artist in real life, shows off his skills in the action-packed teaser: he goes head-to-head with a fearsome kabuki-masked warrior and a sword-armed assassin, as well as thugs on a bus, which soon barrels out of control with co-star Akwafina at the wheel.

The movie, which features a nearly all-Asian cast, was directed by Maui-born Destin Daniel Cretton

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits theaters September 3.

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