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JoJo Whilden/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The OA returns to Netflix today for part two of its mind-bending saga.

Jason Isaacs reprises his role as Dr. Hunter "Hap" Percy, the man who held Brit Marling’s Prairie -- and others -- captive for years.  Hap is obsessed with people like Prairie who've had "near-death" experiences, and conducts experiments on them in an attempt to learn how to travel between dimensions. 

But while he may have questionable morals, Isaacs wants to make one thing clear: Hap isn't a "mad scientist." According to the actor, Hap makes what appear to be "evil" decisions because he believes it’s for the greater good.

“I would just say this to anyone who thinks that: He’s not wrong,” Isaacs tells ABC Radio. “Mad scientists are people who have crazy ideas. He’s right. He may well be able to cure death or do something.”

While he describes this installment of The OA as more of a "film noir," Isaacs says the show co-creators, Marling and Zal Batmanglij, have a five-season plan for the series all mapped out...and he’s more excited than anyone to see what happens next.

“I might be The OA’s number-one fan,” he says, adding, "It is probably the most fearlessly imaginative story I’ve ever come across. It’s like Zal and Brit…are untouched or untainted by any other story that’s ever been told.” 

You’ll be seeing a lot of Isaacs in the next couple of weeks. In addition to The OA, his film Hotel Mumbai opens in limited release today and goes wide on March 29.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's Roseanne spinoff, The Connors, is a step closer to nailing down a second season. Deadline reports that series regulars Sara Gilbert -- who's also an executive producer -- John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf have either signed or are close to signing new 13-episode deals.

Roseanne vets Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, who play Gilbert's onscreen siblings are likely to follow, at which time the producers are expected to finalize a deal with ABC. The stars have all indicated that the show is "close" to getting a second season pickup, according to Deadline.

After the hit Roseanne reboot was cancelled last spring in the wake of an offensive tweet sent by show creator Roseanne Barr, the series retooled, and resumed without her in October on ABC. Her character, the acerbic family matriarch, was killed off off-screen, as a result of opioid use. 

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Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- Days after announcing the date for a threequel for very different project from his past, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Keanu Reeves drops a classic Matrix reference in the new trailer to John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum. 

The movie picks up where 2017's John Wick: Chapter 2 ended, with Keanu Reeves' titular master assassin fleeing for his life after he's declared "excommunicado" for violating the rules of the assassins-only hotel The Continental -- run by Ian McShane's elegant, enigmatic Winston -- after Wick murders a fellow assassin there. 

John enlists the help of fellow assassin Sofia, played by Halle Berry, and, unexpectedly, Winston himself, to set things right.

In fact, when Winston asks him what he needs, Keanu responds: "Guns. Lots of Guns."

Matrix fans will remember Keanu making the exact same request in The Matrix, before his character Neo and Carrie-Ann Moss' Trinity storm into a skyscraper to rescue Laurence Fishburne's Morpheus.

Oh, and Fishburne himself also appears in Parabellum, once again playing the Bowery King in his second John Wick film. Oscar winner Anjelica Huston also stars in the movie, which opens nationwide May 17.


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Universal(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide in theaters Friday:

* Us -- The follow-up to Jordan Peele's Oscar-winning 2017 horror feature Get Out stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as a husband and wife who take their two kids to California for a beach vacation and are terrorized by a group of deadly doppelgangers. Elisabeth Moss, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex also star. Rated R.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* Hotel Mumbai -- Lion's Dev Patel and Call Me By Your Name's Armie Hammer star in this true story about the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, and the heroic efforts of the hotel staff and guests to protect themselves and their families. Rated R.

* Cruel Intentions -- The 1999 teen cult classic -- starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair -- returns to the big-screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in honor of its 20th anniversary, beginning Friday. The film, a modern day take on the 1782 novel Les Liasons Dangereuses, follows a group of wealthy teenagers attending a New York City high school, and their devious social maneuvering. Rated R.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- After Pepsi built an entire Super Bowl ad around Cardi B saying her signature phrase "Okurrr," it's no wonder the rapper is now moving to trademark it.

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's website, Cardi's filed paperwork to trademark the catchphrase for use on a long list of items, among them “paper goods, namely paper cups and posters.”

She also wants to trademark the word for use on "clothing, namely t-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, pants, shorts, jackets, footwear, headgear, namely hats and caps, blouses, bodysuits, dresses, jumpsuits, leggings, shirts, sweaters and undergarments.”

Additionally, Cardi's filed paperwork for the catchphrase spelled two different ways -- "O-k-u-r-r-r," and "O-k-u-r-r" -- just in case someone tries to get cute.

Cardi once described the phrase to Jimmy Fallon as the sound made by "a cold pigeon in New York City."

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Freeform/Allyson Riggs(NEW YORK) -- Pretty Little Liars ran for seven seasons and during that time, it developed a devoted fanbase thanks to the stars’ engaging use of social media.  Now, the show’s spinoff, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, aims to do the same.

The first episode aired Wednesday night on Freeform and the show was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide.

The series takes PLL favorites Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal, played by Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish respectively, and drops them into a whole new mystery set at the highly competitive Beacon Heights University.

Both actresses were on hand to live-tweet the episode.

“I loved just watching all the tweets and seeing how everybody was loving it and their questions,” Pieterse tells ABC Radio. “And it kind of brought me back to PLL where we had so many conversations with our fans all over the world.”

She adds that seeing fans’ positive reactions to the show “was just rewarding because it means we did our job right.”

The themes in The Perfectionists are also coincidentally relevant to the current Operation Varsity Blues college cheating scandal headlines, showing how far people will go to have a "perfect" academic career.

"Yes, the show is very timely, more than we even expected, to be honest, but it's very telling," Pieterse says.

"Everyone strives for perfection," she adds, "And there's a lot of positives to that. You should be ambitious, you should be passionate about things, but not in this negative way. It's become negative because everybody wants to look perfect and the lengths that people will go to get there is insane."

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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Helen Sloane/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Game of Thrones and Solo: A Star Wars Story actress Emilia Clarke has revealed to the New Yorker that she nearly died twice from brain aneurysms -- and announced the formation of a charity for those similarly afflicted.

As she explained in the lengthy piece, in 2011, after she began working on the Emmy winning show, she was rushed from a gym to the hospital after suffering a crushing headache.

"[T]he pain -- shooting, stabbing, constricting pain -- was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged," the actress recalled.

An MRI confirmed the existence of a bleed on her brain, as well as a second vessel which might be vulnerable to bursting in the future.

Reluctantly, Clarke says, she underwent "minimally invasive" brain surgery to correct the first bleed, but the recovery was hellish. The pain was "unbearable," she writes, revealing she she lost the ability to speak coherently, and even forgot her own name.

"Instead, nonsense words tumbled out of my mouth and I went into a blind panic," she writes.

Eventually, the condition, called aphasia, passed -- but the pain and exhaustion soon returned.

"I sipped on morphine in between interviews," she recalled. "On the set, I didn't miss a beat, but I struggled. Season 2 would be my worst....[E]very minute of every day, I thought I was going to die."

In 2013, she underwent surgery once more, but this time "the old fashioned way," as she puts it.

"The recovery was even more painful than it had been after the first surgery," Clarke said. "I looked as though I had been through a war more gruesome than any that Daenerys experienced. I emerged from the operation with a drain coming out of my head."

She added, "Bits of my skull had been replaced by titanium. These days, you can’t see the scar that curves from my scalp to my ear, but I didn't know at first that it wouldn’t be visible."

Luckily, the woman known as the Mother of Dragons has since fully recovered, and she's dedicated her new charity, SameYou, to helping others suffering from brain injuries and strokes. "@sameyouorg is full to bursting with love, brain power and the help of amazing people with amazing stories," Clarke posted to Instagram. "@newyorkermag published my story, now I’d like to hear yours!"

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- After announcing he's landed his first-ever Netflix comedy special, Kevin Hart is now giving his fans a first official look at Kevin Hart: Irresponsible.

In a new Instagram post, Hart debuted the new trailer.

"April 2nd people.....MARK YOUR CALENDARS DAMN IT!!!!!" he wrote, captioning the video. "Let’s gooooooooo #ComedicRockStarSh** #Irresponsible #Netflix."

In the promo, Hart is seen getting ready to take the stage and then later making the crowd laugh with his comedy routine.

"I'm on marriage number two. My first marriage, I chose to leave," he says, "That's not f***ing up. That's me moving on."

"Now, this time, I f***ed up!" he adds.

According to Netflix, the one-hour special was filmed in front of a sold-out live audience of over 15,000 people at the O2 Arena in London, which was one of the stops on Hart's Irresponsible Tour.

Kevin Hart: Irresponsible launches globally on Netflix Tuesday, April 2.

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L-R Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke - HBO/Helen Sloane(LOS ANGELES) -- In a new interview with Variety, Kit Harington gets very real about the impending end of HBO's Game of Thrones.  The actor says moving forward after playing a character like Jon Snow for so many years definitely took a toll on him.

"I took off the costume, and it felt like my skin was being peeled away," Harington told the publication about his final day on set. "I was very emotional. It felt like someone was shedding me of something."

But the self-described regular "bloke" admitted that it was a while before he overcame his anxiety about having such a key role in such a popular show.

"I now look back and I go, well, 'I was a f***ing integral part of that whole thing,'" Harington admits. "Jon was, and I am, and I’m proud of it. It took me a long time to not think, 'I’m the worst thing in this.'"

"My darkest period was...the focus of the whole show coming onto Jon," he said. "When you become the cliffhanger of a TV show...at the height of its power, the focus on you is f***ing terrifying."

People shouting at him on the streets -- even the president wanting to know if Jon was really dead -- got to Harington.

"I felt very vulnerable. I had a shaky time in my life around there ... That was a time when I started therapy," he admits. "I had to feel very grateful for what I have, but I felt incredibly concerned about whether I could even f***ing act."

Game of Thrones returns for its final season April 14 on HBO.  Harington didn't reveal any spoilers to Variety, but allowed, "I was satisfied with how his story ended."

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences(NEW YORK) -- The nominations for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced Wednesday, with NBC's Days of Our Lives leading the pack, followed by ABC's General Hospital and CBS' The Young and the Restless.

Days of Our Lives nabbed 27 nominations, followed by General Hospital with 25 and The Young and the Restless, with 20.

In the category of best morning program, CBS Sunday Morning and CBS This Morning both earned nominations. They'll be going up against ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today.

The best entertainment talk show category includes perennial favorite The Ellen DeGeneres Show, along with The Real, CBS' The Talk and ABC's The View. A newcomer to the category is Netflix's A Little Help with Carol Burnett.

For best game show, Family Feud, Jeopardy!, Let's Make a Deal, The Price Is Right and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? will go go head-to-head.

In all, CBS scored the most nods, with a total of 61, followed by NBC with 38 and ABC with 35.

As previously announced, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which presents the Daytime Emmys, will honor chef Jacques Pepin and Judge Judy's Judy Sheindlin with lifetime-achievement awards.

The full list of nominees is available at the Daytime Emmy Awards' official website.

Winners at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be revealed May 5 at Southern California's Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

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Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It's been a week since Empire actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to police about being the victim of an alleged hate crime in January.  Now Empire co-creator Lee Daniels is revealing a bit about how he and show's cast are dealing with the fallout.

"Oh my god...these past couple of weeks have been a freakin' roller coaster, Daniels says in a brief video posted to his Instagram Wednesday. "We have -- me and my cast -- experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don't know how to deal with it, you know?"

Daniels goes on: "[E]verything has happened -- what you are seeing tonight -- prior to the incident," apparently meaning Wednesday night's scheduled Empire episode was produced prior to the alleged attack on Smollett.  

"And this is not what the show is made for," Daniels insists.  "The show is made to bring America together, to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets."

Daniels then concludes the video by urging viewers to watch Empire Wednesday night on Fox, followed by Star, which he also co-created. 

Empire can use the help.  It could be coincidence, but ratings for last week's first original episode to air since Smollett's arrest weren't good.  According to the The Wrap, the episode drew the show's second-smallest audience ever.

Smollett was indicted March 8 on 16 felony counts related to his claim that he was the victim of a racially-motivated attack January 22 in Chicago. After an investigation, police declared the attack to be a hoax and said Smollett hired two brothers to carry it out.  Smollett pleaded not guilty to all charges March 14 and maintains his innocence.

Empire airs Wednesday nights at 8:00 ET on Fox.

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Fox Searchlight(LOS ANGELES) -- While there are no tangerine trees and marmalade skies to be seen, things get appropriately trippy in the teaser for a new movie called Lucy In The Sky.

In the film, Oscar-winner Natalie Portman plays a female NASA astronaut who shares her name with the heroine of the psychedelic Beatles classic.  Following a trip into space, she slowly starts to lose her mind.

The film was co-written and directed by Noah Hawley, whose mind-bending talents can also be seen on FX's equally trippy Legion.

The teaser shows Lucy floating through the air in the zero-G of space and also on earth, as reality slips away from her.

"You got to see the vast celestial everything and it blew your mind," says Jon Hamm, playing a character who appears to be Lucy's lover. "So now, nothing makes sense."

Legion's Dan Stevens plays Lucy's husband, and the movie's stellar supporting cast also includes Deadpool 2 and Atlanta's Zazie Beetz, as well as Tig Notaro, Ellen Burstyn, and Nick Offerman.

There's no release date yet set for the film.

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Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  Cue the celebratory air guitar riffs: Wyld Stallyns are back.

That's right, Keanu Reeves' Ted "Theodore" Logan, Esq. and Alex Winter's Bill S. Preston Esq., will be experiencing yet another excellent adventure at a theater near you, on August 21, 2020.

The actors played time and dimension-traveling slacker high schoolers in the film franchise, which began with 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, followed by 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. 

In a message posted to YouTube on Wednesday, Reeves, 54, and Winter, 53, are show standing in front of the Hollywood Bowl, where they fans for never giving up on a third installment.

"It's all because of you guys, and we wanted to say thank you," Winter says, echoed by Reeves.

"And be excellent," the pair conclude, in character.

Bill & Ted Face the Music's plot is rumored to focus on the pair battling a villain worse than the sequel's Grim Reaper -- the drudgery of work and family in middle age -- while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.



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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- It's gonna be a strange summer.

The new trailer for Stranger Things 3 shows the core group of friends – Mike, Eleven, Dustin, Lucas, Will and Max – trying their best to enjoy their summer. But because this is Hawkins, Indiana we’re talking about, there will always be new interdimensional creatures to ruin their fun.

The clip begins with Dustin returning home after some time away. His toys start to move on their own and a freaked-out Dustin follows them into his living room armed with a can of hairspray. Turns out, Eleven is making the toys move with her powers and all of his friends are there to surprise him. Needless to say, the welcome-home surprise doesn’t go quite as planned.

Elsewhere, we see scenes of the kids just trying to be normal at the mall, the movie theater and a fair. But things quickly get more chaotic and we catch glimpses of a slimy, scary new creature, as well as new characters played by Cary Elwes and Maya Hawke.

At one point, we hear Mike’s voiceover say, “We’re not kids anymore. I mean, what did you think? We’re just gonna sit in my basement all day?”

Stranger Things 3 debuts on Netflix on July 4. It stars Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Winona Ryder and David Harbour.

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Marion Curtis/StarPix for Focus Features(LOS ANGELES) -- John David Washington has reportedly set his next big project.

Sources tell Variety that the BlacKkKlansman star has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan's next "event film," which will reportedly also star Twilight series veteran Robert Pattinson.

The project, for which Nolan recently finished penning the script, already has a July 17, 2020 release date from Warner Bros.

According to Variety, the starring role is "highly coveted in town," and there's no official word on who's been considered for the film or even what it's about. Insiders describe it as a "massive, innovative, action blockbuster, which will again be shown in IMAX."

Nolan's films include the Dark Knight trilogy, The Prestige, Inception, Dunkirk and Interstellar, among others.

If confirmed, this would be Washington's first major film since starring in Spike Lee's Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman.

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