Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Production is ramping up on Marvel Studios' mysterious Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, an Australian news crew has found.
Aerial footage from 7 News Sydney shows several traditional Chinese buildings under construction, surrounded by a massive green screen backdrop. Crew members were seen scurrying about on and around the structures.
"It's not Asia and it's not Hollywood; it is Western Sydney, home to the newest addition of the Marvel movie franchise," the news outlet tweeted, explaining that cast and crew have completed a two-week quarantine, and are days away from the start of shooting.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars newcomer Simu Liu as the titular character, a martial arts expert and assassin-turned-hero. Liu stars alongside Crazy Rich Asians' Awkwafina and Chinese actor Tony Leung in a cast of predominantly Asian performers.
Back in March, the movie's Hawaiian-born director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who is of Japanese ancestry, self-isolated on the recommendation of a doctor in Australia. Because Cretton had just become a new father, he quarantined himself just to be safe. While the film's stunt crew kept at work, the movie's production was shuttered soon after.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently slated for a May 7, 2021 release, however, considering how the pandemic bumped the May release of Marvel Studios' Black Widow to November -- so far -- it's likely that several releases down the line will change.
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Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Fugitive is back, this time in short form. The crime drama from the 1960s, which became a movie starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in the 90s, is now a series on Quibi starring Kiefer Sutherland as a police captain trying to track down a subway bomber.
From 24 to Designated Survivor, it’s a world in which Sutherland loves to play, and he talked to ABC Audio about why he gravitates towards these kinds of roles.
"There's just something so dynamic about it," he says. "It allows you as an actor to hit very high highs and very low lows that most people, you know, in an office or whatever would not experience. And so it's a thrilling kind of part to play."
In addition to the role being in Sutherland's wheelhouse, the Emmy-Award winner explains that the series asks some some interesting questions that correlate with real life.
"I think at the root of the story is that as on a societal level, we tend to rush to judgment before all the facts are out there. And I think if there was a time that that seems to be more prevalent now than ever before," he reveals. "There's a part of our legal system that is innocence until proven guilty and it's a kind of great fable on that in hoping that our society does not rush to judgment."
Christos Kalohoridis/NetflixThe second season of The Umbrella Academy is now available for streaming on Netflix.
The show, which is adaptation of the comic book series created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, follows the Hargreeves children, each of whom has a unique superpower and a unique personality, to boot. Season two has the very disparate siblings scattered through the 1960s, where they need to come together to save the world...again.
Speaking to Rock Sound, actor Tom Hopper, who plays the super-strong Luther Hargreeves, says it was critical for him to follow the vision that Way saw for his character.
"I remember after reading the comics, it was very important for me that whatever it was that Gerard saw in these characters going into the TV show, it respected his initial vision," Hopper explains.
"It was important for me to talk to him about the ways that I was going or the way that I saw it was the same way that he saw it," the actor continues. "Fortunately it was and I think he's been really pleased with everyone's version of the characters that he came up with in the first place."
Hopper adds that he was able to learn more about Way as a person while working together on set.
"I've chatted to Gerard since a couple of times more about other things," Hopper says. "That's the weird thing. When you're immersed in the show you want to talk about other things other than the show. Which is actually really nice to get to know Gerard as who he is as person more than a guy who has created the comic books."
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) It seems Ellen DeGeneres has had enough.
The 62-year-old reportedly "wants out" of the syndicated talk show she's hosted since 2003 amid employee claims of mistreatment.
Sources told Us Weekly, "She is p****d that people have come forward to share these negative stories about her and feels betrayed."
The insider added, "She knows she can be tough at times but believes she works hard and is extremely creative and that it’s a privilege to work for her and be around her."
Both Ellen and her talk show came under fire in mid-July after former employees alleged to BuzzFeed News that their work environment was a toxic one, in which they faced racism, fear, and intimidation.
Ellen issued addressed the claims and issued an apology to her staff on July 30 in an email obtained by ABC News.
"As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done," she wrote. "Clearly some didn't. That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."
S.W.A.T., CBS’ remake of the 1970s police drama, could be the first broadcast TV’s first scripted primetime series to resume production, according to Deadline.
The show starring Shemar Moore, is tentatively slated to begin filming Tuesday in Los Angeles, with the standard COVID-19 safety protocols in place. S.W.A.T., originally tapped as a mid-season replacement, will join Seal Team as a replacement for the COVID-stalled Survivor in the network’s fall lineup. CBS' The Good Doctor is also set to resume production by mid-August in Vancouver.
Meanwhile, the trade also reports that the syndicated gameshow Family Feud is set to resume production in Atlanta on Tuesday, August 4. The show, hosted by Steve Harvey, is scheduled to kick off its 22nd season on September 14. Family Feud should have the same look and feel as previous seasons, but as with other production resumptions, it’ll be shot with minimal crew wearing personal protective equipment and no audience. Regular temperature checks, along with other health and safety protocols will be in place, as per state, local and union requirements.
The same is going for ABC’s reboot of the classic game show, Supermarket Sweep, starring Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones. Deadline says taping started on Friday in California, and additionally, all of the edible produce and grocery items shown in the mock-up supermarket will be donated to various charities including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. A premiere date for the show has yet to be announced.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Congratulations to the Bella twins! The 36-year-olds gave birth to their babies within a day of one another over the weekend.
First to welcome their newborn into the world was Nikki Bella and her fiancé, former Dancing With The Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev. In an adorable Instagram pic shared on Sunday, the first-time parents are holding hands with their little one, while the caption revealed his birthdate as July 31.
The former WWE pro-wrestler added, "Our baby boy is here and we couldn’t be HAPPIER and more in LOVE! Everyone is safe and healthy."
Also on Sunday, Brie Bella announced the new addition to her family which already includes her husband Daniel Bryan and their three-year-old daughter, Birdie.
"It’s a BOY!!! 8-1-2020," Brie revealed. "We are overwhelmed with joy and everyone is healthy!!!"
Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(UTAH) -- Wilford Brimley, the actor known for such films as Cocoon and The Natural, has died at 85.
His manager, Lynda Bensky, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he passed away on Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. He had been on dialysis and had other medical issues, Bensky said.
"Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust," Bensky said in a statement to THR. "He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. I'm sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend's wonderful stories. He was one of a kind."
The mustached Salt Lake City native had a colorful life before catching his big break, serving as a blacksmith, rodeo rider, Hollywood extra and bodyguard for Howard Hughes. He scored a role in 1979’s The China Syndrome opposite Jack Lemmon, and later landed a part in Sydney Pollack's 1981 film Absence of Malice. Roles in films like Tender Mercies, Cocoon, and The Natural followed.
Brimley also became famous for his commercial work touting Quaker Oats and diabetes testing. He embraced being known as the "diabeetus guy" after his pronunciation of the word sparked countless memes across the Internet.
More recently, Brimely appeared in the 2009 film Did You Hear About the Morgans?, starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Brimley is survived by his second wife Beverly and three sons.
Ron Howard, who directed Brimley in Cocoon, remembered him on Twitter Sunday.
"We didn’t always see eye 2 eye but I owe this Cocoon scene to Wilford who asked me to throw out the script & let him improvise while fishing w/the boy," he wrote. "I agreed & shot a few 3-camera set-ups & he was brilliant & honest."
"He was a very inventive and thoughtful actor," Howard added. "His influence on the movie was wonderful."
Nat Geo(LOS ANGELES) -- The Camp Fire is remembered as one of the most destructive wildfires in California history. The fire left the close-knit community of Paradise, California charred within minutes.
The fire that ripped through towns in November 2018 is now the center of a new National Geographic documentary called Rebuilding Paradise. Directed by Ron Howard, the documentary respectfully goes through the town of Paradise and follows survivors through the year, as they struggle to rebuild.
Michelle John, a school superintendent in Paradise who lived in the community for 30 years, is one of the survivors who shares her experience with the documentary and recalls that fateful day.
“It was just the perfect storm and the first thing you have to think of is life,” she tells ABC Audio. “You forget about property, you forget about everything. You’re just saving people’s lives.”
Woody Culleton, a former mayor of Paradise, moved back into his rebuilt home in late 2019 with his wife. He praises Ron Howard’s ability to tell the story of Paradise and capture the strength of the small town, and says the documentary held importance for him personally.
“I hope people enjoy it and learn from it. For us personally, myself, my wife, my daughter, it has been a healing experience,” he explains.
In an interview with Good Morning America this week, Ron Howard shared the reason he decided to film this documentary.
“My mother-in-law lived the last five years of her life in Paradise, that’s a town that I knew,” Howard explained. “Our team and us, we just started talking about ... can that town even come back from that? What would rebuilding Paradise really be? And the answer was to go see.”
Rebuilding Paradise opens in select theaters and virtually July 31.
Dominik Bindl/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Stephanie Hsu, who joined the cast of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Mei Lin for its third season, says the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired her to stop “deleting” herself as Asian actress.
Hsu, who got her big break in 2017's Spongebob Squarepants, the Broadway Musical, tells Entertainment Tonight, “It's funny because this time in quarantine with everything that is happening -- not only with COVID, but with Black Lives Matter and the way that the entertainment industry is responding -- I've been really reckoning on an even deeper level with my relationship to race.”
“For so long, I never really intended to be on Broadway. A lot of that had to do with the fact that no one looked like me, so I kind of deleted it from my realm of possibility,” she continues. “And I've never really let race get in my way because if I thought about it for too long, I think I would just be sad and feel like it would be impossible.”
Adds Hsu, “My way of coping was always like, "If this is something you want to [do]... Don't even ask that silly question. Just do it, just go. Just find people that you love working with and make things that you're passionate about."
Stephanie says landing the role as Mei has helped her even further in acknowledging her relationship with her Asian heritage.
“It's kind of crazy that before I read the script that I said to myself, ‘What kind of Chinese character could exist in the 1950s?’…I just assumed that it couldn't be possible. And that type of deletion of self runs so deep in a way that I forget sometimes. And I'm really aware. Like, damn, wow. I didn't think that that could be possible.”
Jeff Lipsky/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- This Is Us star Chris Sullivan welcomed a new member into his family, a baby boy, on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old actor confirmed his newborn's arrival on Thursday, where he gushed about being a dad for the first time.
"HE HAS ARRIVED! 8lbs of beautiful baby boy," Sullivan excitedly announced on Instagram. "Witnessing @therealrachelsullivan bring our first son into this world, after 20 hours of labor, was one of the great honors of my life."
"It was primal and intentional and I have never been more in love with this powerful woman," the Emmy nominee continued before assuring fans that everything went smoothly.
"She and baby are resting and recovering well," He disclosed. "Everyone is healthy and exhausted."
While Sullivan didn't reveal his newborn's name on social media, he later told People what he and his wife Rachel have chosen to call their son.
They named their boy Bear Maxwell Sullivan and Sullivan revealed there was a fun reason why they didn't announce it right away.
"As far as the name announcement goes, we designed a puzzle to send to our family members as a fun way to announce his name and to keep us all connected during quarantine — kind of a group activity to reach across the land," the actor explained. "It's both information and something to do. And the reveal of our first son's name."
Sullivan said his little game was a hit. "Everybody had a great time," He noted. "It was kind of set up like a contest — everyone had a time when they could start and everyone had to send us a photo when it was finished."
Unfortunately, his family will have to wait a "few months" before they can meet his little boy. Sullivan assured, however, "Everyone is very excited to meet Bear."
Dean Buscher(LOS ANGELES) -- KJ Apa just can't catch a break these days when it comes to getting injured.
The Riverdale star recently revealed that he received stitches in his head after attempting to do a stunt while on the set of the Michael Bay produced film Songbird -- a romantic thriller due in theaters in 2021.
He first made note of his wound on Wednesday when he posted an Instagram photo of himself laughing as medical personnel handled the situation. In a second pic, he showed off the bloody collar of the T-shirt and captioned the post, "stunts."
The 23-year-old actor further detailed the incident and gave a closer look at the injury in his Instagram Stories on Thursday.
"I split my head open yesterday," he explained. "I don’t know if you guys can see that, but I have two stitches in there — metal stitches."
The stitches are just the latest source of trauma for Apa. Back on July 19, he revealed that a shard of metal got stuck in his eyeball and shared the painful video footage of someone removing it.
Netflix/Christian Black(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds has just announced a program called the Group Effort Initiative, which "COVID-willing" will see him train 20 people of color to work on his next film project -- on his dime.
The affable actor made the announcement via video, in which he explained that the effort, in partnership with Netflix and Skydance Productions, will train those people to work on film sets, with their pay, travel, and lodging coming from Reynolds' salary.
"Making a film is a group effort, but for entirely too long that group has systemically excluded black, indigenous, people of color and several other marginalized communities," the Deadpool series star and entrepreneur says, explaining that they will take submissions from applicants of all ages. "Because it's never too late. I myself am way older than I appear on set, and so you'll get to see what Ryan Reynolds really looks like," he quipped as a picture of an elderly man wearing a Deadpool suit pops up above him.
The set in question is likely a time travel thriller for Netflix that Reynolds will make with his Free Guy director Shawn Levy.
The recruits will, "spend their days on set learning from professionals and getting real-life experience that they can then parlay into another job and another job and hopefully -- if they're not too disillusioned -- a career in the film industry."
Interested applicants are asked to go register at GroupEffortInitiative.com so they can be kept abreast as to when the application process begins.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Bryan Cranston is loudly asking the public to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously after disclosing his personal battle with the virus.
The Breaking Bad star revealed on Thursday that, even though he abided by all the proper social distancing guidelines, he still caught the novel coronavirus.
"I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus," Cranston penned in the lengthy caption of his video PSA. "Yep. it sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it."
Thankfully, the 64-year-old actor admitted he was "one of the lucky ones" because he suffered from "Mild symptoms." In a banner that played beneath his video, he revealed, "My symptoms were a slight headache, tightness of chest and I lost all taste and smell!"
The six-time Emmy winner, who says he caught the virus "early," cautioned that "The symptoms show up differently for everyone it seems."
"Keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant," Cranston lectured. "We can prevail - but ONLY if we follow the rules together."
In addition to beating the coronavirus, the Malcolm in the Middle alum documented himself donating his plasma, which has COVID-19 antibodies, to the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center in order to help others beat the illness.
Cranston seemed to have fun poking fun at the doctor drawing his blood before settling down to watch old movies to pass the time because "The whole process takes an hour."
When the process was finished, the actor donated 840ml of plasma. He then vowed to donate more as soon as he's able.
Cranston hoped his video would inspire those who know they battled COVID-19 to consider donating their plasma, as well. "Be well - Stay well," he concluded.
The cast of 'X-Men' in 2000 -- Scott Gries/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In a wide-ranging, Hollywood Reporter oral history about the making of the groundbreaking 2000 movie X-Men -- complete with backstage drama, lawsuits, and sexual abuse allegations against director Bryan Singer -- was buried an interesting nugget: Michael Jackson tried to get himself to play Professor Xavier in the film.
The role of the powerful mutant eventually went to Patrick Stewart, who already bore a striking resemblance to the comic book character he eventually played throughout the series.
The trade notes that 20th Century Fox "never seriously considered" the late King of Pop for the part, but explains that the superstar -- who at that moment was "already in the thick" of his own sex abuse allegations -- lobbied hard for himself.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner recalls the star walking into studio offices wearing sunglasses and refusing to shake hands. "I said to him, 'Do you know Xavier is an older white guy?'" Shuler Donner recalls. "And Michael said, 'Oh yeah. You know, I can wear makeup.'"
As proof, the trade notes, Jackson reportedly presented the studio execs with a short film Ghosts, "in which the pop star morphed into a 60-something white mayor railing against a well-meaning performer who entertains local children with magic tricks."
Parker in 2003 -- Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage(LONDON) -- Alan Parker, the British writer-director behind movies including Fame, Bugsy Malone, and Mississippi Burning died Friday after a lengthy illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He was 76.
A versatile filmmaker, Parker was known for moving fluidly through various genres -- from the Civil Rights struggle-themed Mississippi Burning through lighter, more musical-oriented movies including 1980's Fame, 1982's mind-bending Pink Floyd: The Wall, the beloved 1991 film The Commitments, and Madonna's big screen adaptation of Evita in 1996.
Parker was nominated for a Best Film and Best Director Academy Awards for Mississippi Burning andfor Oliver Stone's 1978 locked-up-abroad drug drama Midnight Express.