Will Ferrell brings Ron Burgundy to all late night shows

Will Ferrell brings Ron Burgundy to all late night shows
Aug. 9 (UPI) — Will Ferrell reprised his role as comedic broadcaster Ron Burgundy across all of the late night talk shows to promote the second season of The Ron Burgundy Podcast. Ferrell’s Burgundy appeared on The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night, The Late Late Showand Conan on Thursday. Burgundy performed a stand-up set before sitting down for an interview. The second season of The Ron Burgundy Podcast was kicked off on Thursday with an episode featuring Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris. The iHeartRadio- and Funny or Die-produced podcast will release new episodes every week. Burgundy, on The Tonight Show, joked about the New York Yankees and Shawn Mendes before telling host Jimmy Fallonabout a knife fight he had with Kylie Minogue. Burgundy got more political on The Late Show, discussing with host Stephen Colbert the Mueller report, to which he referred as the Ferris... More

Leslie Jones announces new Netflix comedy special for 2020

Leslie Jones announces new Netflix comedy special for 2020
Aug. 9 (UPI) — Leslie Jones announced on Jimmy Kimmel Livethat she will be hosting a stand-up comedy special on Netflix that will be released in 2020.Jones told Kimmel on Thursday that she will be filming the stand-up in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 10. “So y’all finally get to see what I really do,” the Saturday Night Live star said. “I mean it’s great to be an actress, but I’m actually a stand-up hardcore. That’s what pay the bills.” Jones also said that she currently has no title for the special. “I’m playing with the titles because the material is so close to me and I’m telling you guys It’s going to be so good,” she said. The comedian voices the character of Zeta in animated sequel Angry Birds 2, which will arrive in theaters Aug. 16. More

Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater to star in ‘Dr. Death’ series

Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater to star in ‘Dr. Death’ series
Aug. 9 (UPI) — Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater have signed on to star in a new television series from Universal Content Productions about the true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, also known as Dr. Death. The series is an adaptation of Wondery podcast Dr. Death and will be shopped around to networks and streaming services. Dornan is set to portray Duntsch, a neurosurgeon who was given the nickname Dr. Death for the malpractice that led to the death and maiming of multiple patients in Dallas. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2017. Baldwin will be featured as neurosurgeon Robert Henderson who teams up with vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Slater) to stop Duntsch. Universal Content Productions have previously adapted Wondery podcasts Dirty John and Homecoming for Bravo and Amazon respectively. More

Will Yun Lee on Asian representation in Hollywood: ‘We’re getting there’

Will Yun Lee on Asian representation in Hollywood: ‘We’re getting there’
NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Will Yun Lee has had an illustrious acting career spanning two decades that includes memorable roles in a James Bond movie and the Wolverine franchise. But as he gets ready for ABC’s The Good Doctor to return for its third season Sept. 23, the actor says he’s receiving fresh inspiration from a new crop of up-and-coming Asian-American actors. Lee, 48, is a trailblazer in his own right. A second-generation Korean American with an immigrant father who trained one of the first all-African American taekwondo fight teams, Lee has been a working actor ever since he moved to Los Angeles with “$1,000, a radio and a duffel bag of clothes.” “I knew one person, and I slept on his floor,” Lee told UPI. That was 1997 — the year Lee, who attended Berkeley on a taekwondo scholarship, decided to take a chance in Hollywood after... More

‘Jane the Virgin’ cast bids farewell to the series

‘Jane the Virgin’ cast bids farewell to the series
Aug. 1 (UPI) — Gina Rodriguez and the cast of The CW’s Jane the Virgin bid farewell to the comedy series on Instagram following the finale. Stars Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas, Justin Baldoni and Yara Martinez each commented on Jane the Virgin ending, while paying homage to the series. Jane the Virgin, from creator Jennie Snyder Urman, follows the title character portrayed by Rodriguez, discovering that she was accidentally and artificially made pregnant. The series first premiered on The CW in October 2014. “Five years. Five years of love, laughter, growth, pain, surprises, deaths, new births and a ton of memories,” Rodriguez said, alongside a photo of herself sitting down on the ground while wearing a dress. “Thank you to Jennie for making me your Jane and to the incredible cast for becoming my family. I will always love you Jane,” she continued. “All good things come to an... More

‘Mature’ comedies soar in streaming, but fail to find footing on broadcast

‘Mature’ comedies soar in streaming, but fail to find footing on broadcast
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) — With three Emmy nominations, including nods for series stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, the Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method is but the latest proof that senior stars are finding new life in streaming. Yet broadcast networks like NBC and Fox have struggled with older stars. “Part of it is that services like Amazon and Netflix aren’t dependent on advertising support,” said Michael Brockman, a former vice president at CBS, NBC and ABC. “The networks are forced to pursue young audiences, because that’s what the advertisers want. Platforms that offer their services on a pay basis don’t have the same concern. Cash is cash, and whoever pays it pays it.” ‘The Cool Kids’ One recent broadcast casualty, Fox’s The Cool Kids, debuted to respectable ratings in 2018, but struggled to hold its audience. The 70-something comedy, depicting life in an Arizona retirement community, was... More

Universal Studios Orlando announces new park, Epic Universe

Universal Studios Orlando announces new park, Epic Universe
Aug. 1 (UPI) — Universal Orlando Resort announced on Thursday plans to build a fourth theme park named Epic Universe. The new area Universal said will expand stories into lands, taking guests on an adventurous journey. It will also feature an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. Epic Universe will be located within a 750-acre site in Central Florida, a few miles away from the existing theme parks, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and water park Volcano Bay in Orange County. Concept art for Epic Universe shows the area containing a rollercoaster ride, along with other attractions. The park is expected to hire 14,000 additional employees. Universal Orlando currently has 25,000 on staff. Universal made the announcement during an event attended by chairman and chief executive officer for Universal Parks & Resorts Tom Williams, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. “Our vision for Epic Universe... More

Tyler Perry’s ‘SISTAS’ to premiere this fall on BET

Tyler Perry’s ‘SISTAS’ to premiere this fall on BET
Aug. 1 (UPI) — BET said Thursday that “SISTAS,” a dramatic comedy about single black women from Tyler Perry Studios, will premiere on its network this fall. The series follow single black females with varying professions and personalities navigating single life. They “bond over their one common thread: why am I single?” a BET statement said. “The one-hour drama takes viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions and hilarious moments that the the epitome of #squadgoals.” Perry wrote, directed and produced the new series. Michelle Sneed is also executive producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios. The series stars KJ Smith as Andi Barnes, a successful divorce lawyer focused on her career; Ebony Obsidian as Karen Mott, a street smart hair salon owner; Mignon Von as Daniella “Danni” King, a free-spirited customer service worker; and Novi Brown, as Sabrina Hollins, a cautious bank teller. It is the second... More

Quentin Tarantino says his ‘Star Trek’ would be ‘Pulp Fiction’ in space

Quentin Tarantino says his ‘Star Trek’ would be ‘Pulp Fiction’ in space
July 18 (UPI) — Quentin Tarantino says the new Star Trek movie would be “Pulp Fiction in space” if he were to sign on as director. The 56-year-old filmmaker said in an interview with Deadlinepublished Wednesday that the film would have a “unique” feel and “gangster element” with him at the helm. Tarantino directed Pulp Fiction, a gritty and violent crime film that opened in theaters in 1994. He will work on a new Star Trek script from The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith and possibly direct the project. “I don’t know if I’ll do it or not,” Tarantino said. “I’ve got to figure it out, but Mark wrote a really cool script. I like it a lot. There’s some things I need to work on but I really, really liked it.” Tarantino also responded to Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the Star Trek reboot films, who previously denied... More

Whatever happened to Sharon Stone?

Whatever happened to Sharon Stone?
July 19 (UPI) — Sharon Stone says people treated her in a “brutally unkind” way in the wake of her stroke. The 61-year-old actress said in an interview with Varietypublished Friday that she “lost everything” and was “forgotten” following her “massive” brain aneurysm. Stone had a stroke, which she said caused a nine-day brain bleed, in 2001. She said she’s found little support from others during her recovery since. “People treated me in a way that was brutally unkind,” the star said. “From other women in my business to the female judge who handled my custody case, I don’t think anyone grasps how dangerous a stroke is for women and what it takes to recover — it took me about seven years.” Stone said her stroke had a huge effect on both her professional and personal life. Stone split from her second husband, Phil Bronstein, in 2003, and Bronstein initially... More