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'Prey' continues to slay on streaming

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The 20th Century Films-release Prey bagged a trophy of its own, topping all new streaming titles for the week of August 4 through August 10, according to the latest rankings of streaming service aggregator app Reelgood.

The well-reviewed action film, which is available on Hulu, topped Netflix's much hyped comic adaptation The Sandman and also AMC+'s Better Call Saul, which, as the series winds up, ended up in third place on the weekly chart.

Apple TV+'s Black Bird, starring the late Ray Liotta, hung strong in fourth place, while a new release, the Ron Howard-directed Thai cave drama Thirteen Lives, debuted in fifth on Prime Video.

Two other new releases hit streaming over the past week, with the Tom Holland blockbuster Uncharted debuting on Netflix in sixth place, and the Disney/Pixar film Lightyear opening with a ninth-place finish in its first week on Disney+, according to data from Reelgood's 5 million users.

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here are some of the new titles available to stream this weekend:

Netflix
Locke & Key: A new threat will be uncovered within the Keyhouse in the third and final season of the fantasy adventure series.

13: The Musical: All new-kid Evan wants is to make friends and have the best Bar Mitzvah ever in the film adaptation of the Broadway production. 

Day Shift: Jamie Foxx secretly hunts vampires with Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg in this new action-comedy film.

Never Have I Ever: The arrival of a new love interest may threaten Devi and Paxton’s relationship in season three of the romantic comedy series.

Hulu
This Fool: Laugh along as Julio Lopez, a 30-year-old who still lives at home and has the same on-again, off-again girlfriend since high school, does everything in his power to avoid dealing with his own issues. 

Apple TV+ 
Five Days at Memorial: This new miniseries is based on the true events the employees working at a New Orleans hospital faced during Hurricane Katrina.

Prime Video 
A League of Their Own: This new comedy series is based on the classic film of the same name about women's professional baseball during World War II.

Disney+
I Am Groot: The lovable little log from the Marvel movies stars in his own series of animated shorts, in this series that features the voices of Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper, who reprises as Rocket.

Starz
Power Book III: Raising Kanan: Find out how Kanan, Racquel, and the rest of the Thomases deal with the aftermath of their lingering actions in season two.  

Happy streaming!

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'The Simpsons' will apparently reveal how the show predicts the future

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The Simpsons has become eerily famous for seemingly predicting outlandish events that turned true, from Donald Trump running for president -- right down to his famous escalator announcement -- to a virus emerging from China that turns our world upside down.

Now Matt Selman, the long-running show's current executive producer and showrunner, tells Deadline that in an upcoming episode in the show's 34th season they will let the cat out of the bag.

"We have another crazy conceptual episode that explains how The Simpsons know the future. It's a conceptual episode with lots of crazy stuff in it, but it does an explanation of how The Simpsons can predict the future."

Sure, he's likely being tongue in cheek, though Yeardley Smith, who has voiced Lisa Simpson since the show began airing in 1989, once told ABC that the's show's prescience is uncanny.

"Maybe we're a modern day Nostradamus or Nostradami," she laughed.

"I've sort of joked always that the writers have a crystal ball in the middle of their table in the writer's room. I mean, if you think about collective consciousness ... there actually may be something to that, that's sort of unexplainable because it seems illogical and it's a little bit, like, feels like magic."

"I don't know. I don't know!" she laughed.

Smith did have a more grounded reason, however.

"The other thing is that we've been on so long. Think of all the things that we've also predicted that haven't come true. We're all only sort of cottoning onto the things that actually have come true!"

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'Power Book III: Raising Kanan' star MeKai Curtis talks "explosive" second season

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Power Book III: Raising Kanan returns to Starz with season two on Sunday, and fans are in for one wild ride. 

After leaving fans with more than a few unanswered questions -- like will Kanan get caught for shooting an officer and is that officer his real father -- season two finds the Thomas family beginning to face the aftermath of their actions. MeKai Curtis, who stars in the titular role of Kanan, tells ABC Audio that his character is on the hunt for answers when he returns to the screen. 

"He's very weary of everything around. He wants more answers to questions that he has. And he's going to get those answers. You know, he's very strong and determined, just like his mother," Curtis explains, referencing Tony Award winner Patina Miller, who portrays Kanan's mother, Raquel "Raq" Thomas, in the series.  

"A lot of the just the way that Raq has raised him, you see that come to play in second season, you know, for better or worse," Curtis adds. "It's actually it's pretty fun to see how that plays out with them but that's the sort of space that Kanan is in in the second season...trying to figure out who he is after being who he thought he wanted to be."

Kanan's hunt for answers is just part of what makes for a wild season ahead -- a season that Curtis and Miller describe in four words: "Explosive, revealing, emotional...and complicated."

Power Book III: Raising Kanan, which has already been renewed for season three, also stars Omar Epps, London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Joey Bada$$, Hailey Kilgore, Shanley Caswell and Antonio Ortiz.

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In Brief: Apple TV+ gets more 'Physical', and more

Apple TV+ has renewed the dramedy Physical, starring and produced by Rose Byrne, for a third season, the streamer announced on Thursday. The dark comedy, which is set in the 1980s, follows Rose's character Sheila Rubin through her journey of self-discovery via teaching aerobics. Physical also stars Rory Scovel, Dierdre Friel, Paul Sparks, Della Saba and Lou Taylor Pucci. The White Lotus' Murray Bartlett joined the cast in season two as a successful aerobics instructor/entrepreneur. The renewal comes on the heels of the show’s second-season finale, which dropped August 5. The season-three launch date has yet to be announced...

20th Century Studios on Thursday announced that its romantic comedy Rosaline, starring Booksmart and Dopesick's Kaitlyn Dever, will stream October 14 as a Hulu Original. The film, per the studio, is "a fresh and comedic twist on Shakespeare’s classic love story Romeo & Juliet, told from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline -- played by Dever -- who also happens to be Romeo’s recent love interest." Heartbroken when Romeo and Juliet, portrayed respectively by Kyle Allen and Isabela Merced, enter into a budding romance, "Rosaline schemes to foil the famous romance and win back her guy." Rosaline also stars Sean Teale, with Minnie Driver and Bradley Whitford...

Comedian Wanda Sykes will host Ring Nation, a series featuring viral videos taken from people's Ring doorbells, according to Deadline. The series will feature clips such as neighbors saving neighbors, marriage proposals, military reunions and silly animals. Sykes is currently starring in season two of Netflix’s The Upshaws, which she created, and will also appear in Hulu’s History of the World Part 2, starring opposite Mel Brooks...

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Anne Heche's family says actress "is not expected to survive"

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The family of Anne Heche, who remains in a coma following a fiery car crash in Los Angeles last week, says the actress is not expected to live.

"We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne's recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital," the family wrote in a statement to KABC Thursday night.

"Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive," the statement continued.  The actress is also reportedly severely burned.

The family added that Heche, 53, had chosen to donate her organs, adding, "she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable."

The statement closed by saying, "Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work -- especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light."

Heche was severely burned when her blue Mini Cooper crashed into a Mar Vista home August 5 and burst into flames, setting the house on fire.

ABC News learned on Thursday that a test of Heche's blood was positive for unspecified narcotics, though authorities said it wasn't yet known whether those drugs were illegal or whether they were administered by emergency personnel. Heche could face felony DUI charges for the accident should LAPD investigators refer the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

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Debra Messing, Josh Peck and Rhea Perlman explain how '13: The Musical' breaks the mold

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13: The Musical is streaming now on Netflix and the movie's stars, Debra MessingJosh Peck and Rhea Perlman, spoke to ABC Audio about what makes this movie so special.

The film stars Eli Golden as Evan, a New Yorker who moves to Indiana following his parents' divorce. He's determined to make his bar mitzvah the talk of the town, fearing he'll become a social pariah if it fails.

The film expands on the Broadway musical 13, which only starred kids. The roles Messing, Peck and Perlman play were written specifically for this movie.

Peck stars as Rabbi, a role he says is "redefining" the rabbi trope by putting a "millennial spin" on it.

"Usually we imagine these older, stately fellows with long beards, sort of musing and stoic," he noted of his "cool" character, who guides Evan on his journey to adulthood. "We're pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone to accept [that] our preconceived notions aren't always right about people."

Aside from challenging stereotypes, Messing understands how "tricky" it is to adapt a Broadway musical into a movie that will satisfy its original fans. Despite the "little changes" that were made to the script, Messing is "fully confident" it'll live up to their expectations.

Added Golden, "It's hard to not smile while you're watching it."

Perlman noted the magic of the musical is its young cast: "They're everything in the movie." The legendary actress said 13: The Musical is nothing short of "remarkable" in terms of its cast, songs and dance numbers. 

Perlman, who stars as Grandma Ruth, joked the role was "natural" to her because "I've been a grandmother since before I was 40!" -- a reference to the character Carla she played on Cheers

13: The Musical is streaming now on Netflix.

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Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco go vampire hunting in the Netflix action comedy 'Day Shift'

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The vampire action comedy Day Shift hits Netflix Friday, starring Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco as two very different kinds of vampire hunters. The pair talked to ABC Audio about why they think people are fascinated with the fanged blood suckers.

"I think it's the immortality. I think...it's a sexiness," says Foxx. "Everybody that's played vampires, you know, has had a sexiness to it. Right?"

"For whatever reason, they're all sexy," Franco agrees.

Foxx is the lead in the film, which Franco thinks is only right. He says there's no one else you want as the number-one guy on set.

"He comes in, he's playing music every day, he's getting everyone hyped up," he explains. "He just makes you feel confident and comfortable and willing to take risks and willing to fall on your face. And that's when the best stuff happens."

Day Shift director J.J. Perry, agrees, adding that Foxx, 54, is also one of the most amazing physical specimens he's every seen.

"I watched him do 42 pull ups. He's my age," notes Perry, a stunt man with 149 credits to his name for movies ranging from the Fast and Furious films to John Wick, Django Unchained, and more. "...The strongest young stunt guy got to 24."

So it's no surprise that Jamie did almost all of his own stunts, according to Perry, who drew the line at "smashing" the Spider-Man: No Way Home star.

"There's a couple of times we smashed him through a wall. I used a stunt double just because I can't have him limping around on set," he shares. "But he wanted to do everything and he did 99.9% of his business."

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Kenan Thompson gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star

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Ahead of hosting the 2022 Emmy Awards next month, nearly 20-year Saturday Night Live veteran Kenan Thompson was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.

His former SNL co-star Leslie Jones was on hand to help unveil the walk's 2,728th star. They were also joined by comedian and actor JB Smoove, and Josh Server, who starred with a young Kenan on the Nickelodeon show All That.

"When we were kids, Kenan had this confidence," Server said while at the podium with Kenan and his young daughters, Georgia and Gianna. "So many of us spend years trying to find who were are, and what makes us unique and special ... Kenan just had that."

"We are brothers," Server said, "The world is a happier, funnier place because of those rare gifts you shared with us all."

For his part, Kenan said, "From the bottom of my heart ... It's really been my pleasure. I do comedy. It's fun, I don't see it as work ... I just wanna be a good partner in the world, a good human being."

He also promised to high-five all the fans who lined up along the famous street.

Thompson's star is located at 6627 Hollywood Blvd., "right next to the GOAT, Lorne Michaels," he said of his SNL boss.

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Blood screen reportedly shows Anne Heche had drugs in her system after crash

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While actress Anne Heche remains in a coma and in critical condition at the hospital following her fiery car crash last week, ABC News has learned a blood test turned up positive for narcotics.

Heche was severely burned when her blue Mini Cooper slammed into a Mar Vista, Los Angeles, home at a high rate of speed, setting both the car and the home ablaze.

She has not been able to communicate since the crash. Los Angeles Police Department investigators say narcotics were found in her system -- but because she was tested after being admitted to the hospital, it needs to be determined if they were taken before the crash, given by the hospital, or some combination of the two.

The 53-year-old could face felony DUI charges for the wreck in the likely scenario LAPD investigators refer the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

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Cast of 'Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella' will reunite for film's 25th anniversary special

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella turns 25 years old this year, and for its milestone anniversary, members of the original, star-studded cast will come together to celebrate.

On August 23, BrandyWhoopi GoldbergPaolo MontalbanVictor GarberBernadette PetersJason Alexander and Veanne Cox will convene for Cinderella: The Reunion, A Special Edition of 20/20. The one-hour program "dives into the film’s positive impact on representation in Hollywood" and features exclusive interviews, as well as BTS moments with the late Whitney Houston.

“We’re delighted that the 25th anniversary of this landmark incarnation of ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ is being celebrated on its original network,” said Imogen Lloyd Webber, SVP at Concord Theatricals, on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s unforgettable score is truly timeless — still enchanting listeners 80 years after their partnership began and 65 years since their ‘Cinderella’ first charmed the largest audience in television history.”

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella premiered on November 2, 1997, and put a spin on the traditional story, as it introduced America’s first Black Cinderella (Brandy) and Fairy Godmother (Whitney Houston). The revolutionary musical garnered critical acclaim and seven Emmy nominations following its release. It has since gained a new set of fans after its debut on Disney+ in February 2021.

Cinderella: The Reunion, A Special Edition of 20/20 will premiere on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the original film, which hasn't aired on broadcast television in more than two decades. The special will be available to stream on Hulu the following day.

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"Van lives." Lauren Ambrose joins 'Yellowjackets' cast

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Servant star and Six Feet Under veteran Lauren Ambrose has been tapped for the second season of the Emmy-nominated Showtime series Yellowjackets.

The announcement was made via Twitter, with a Polaroid-looking video image of the actress, along with the words "Van lives." -- tipping their hand that the flame-haired actress will be playing the adult version of the time-jumping show's resident redhead Liv Hewson.

The series centers on a titular high school soccer team forced to survive on their own after a plane crash, and also catches up with the survivors 25 years later. Its second season goes before cameras later this month in Vancouver.

The first season of Yellowjackets earned seven Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and also respective Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress noms for Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci.

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Jennifer Hudson says she hopes her new talk show helps people find their own "superpower"

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EGOT winner Jennifer Hudson has never played a superhero, but she says she's hoping to create some with her eponymous new talk show.

In a new promo, the multitalent enthuses, "I hope my fans experience a good time."

She adds, "I hope they discover their superpower, and I hope they feel on top of the world by the time they leave The Jennifer Hudson Show."

"Let's go live life, baby!" she smiles.

Producers tease, "The series will feature celebrity interviews, topical stories, community heroes, viral sensations and music."

They add that J Hud "will use her powerful voice in a new way, bringing fun, uplifting, and empowering conversations to the forefront, shining a light on extraordinary stories, talents and passions," calling the talk show "a destination to laugh, learn and feel inspired."

The syndicated chat show debuts September 12.

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Millie Bobby Brown talks about "disastrous" audition before she landed 'Stranger Things'

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Millie Bobby Brown is now a household name, thanks to the runaway success of Stranger Things, but as she tells the September issue of Allure, getting the role of Eleven nearly didn't happen.

The actress's dreams of stardom could have been dashed by what the magazine calls a "disastrous" audition for a powerful casting executive who said, at 10 years old, Mille was "too mature" to make it in Hollywood.

Millie explained why she was drawn to acting. "I enjoyed being different people because I always struggled with self-identity and knowing who I was. Even as a young person, I always felt like I didn't quite belong in every room I was in."

So, that critique from the casting director stung, she admits.

“I always knew that I was mature and I couldn't really help that," she tells the magazine, noting that as a child she felt "like no one was quite like me in school and no one was as mature as I was."

"And then being told that it wasn't, that I wouldn't make it in this industry, it was so hurtful," she says.

"[It] was really hard because I thought [maturity] was a good thing."

Then, she recalled, "My parents told me, 'Just do this one last audition on tape and then you can go outside and play with your friends again.' So I said, 'OK, yeah, I should do this one because it looks cool.'"

The audition was for the Duffer Brothers, who created Stranger Things, and the rest, as they say, is history.

After the show became a hit, Millie recalled thinking, "'Gosh ... I could really change the world with this.'"

To that end, she's launched a production company and a skin care line for people her age.

The issue hits newsstands August 16.

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'Better Call Saul' creator says there are no plans for any other 'Breaking Bad' spin-offs

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While Better Call Saul was met with strong ratings, critical acclaim and Emmy gold, show creator Vince Gilligan says when the spin-off ends on August 15, the Breaking Bad universe might just end with it.

"You can't keep putting all your money on red 21," he joked at AMC's recent Television Critics gathering, according to Deadline.

"I feel like we probably pushed it doing a spin-off to Breaking Bad [but] I could not be more happy with the results. Then I did El Camino and I'm very proud of that, too," he said of the two-hour 2019 Breaking Bad movie starring the show's Emmy-winning Aaron Paul, which bookended that acclaimed series.

Gilligan admitted, "But I think I'm starting to sense you've got to know when to leave the party, you don't want to be the guy with a lampshade on your head."

Speaking alongside his Saul co-producer Peter Gould, Gilligan allowed, "I don't have any plans right now to do anything more in this universe. I know I probably gave the same answer at the end of Breaking Bad. I gotta prove to myself that I got something else in me. I’m not a one-trick pony, that’s what I’m hoping."

That said, the success of Better Call Saul has the show creator adopting a "never say never" approach regarding the Breaking Bad mother ship.

Gilligan, a veteran of The X-Files, says his next project will be a venture back into the paranormal, with shades of that phenomenon Fox show and The Twilight Zone.

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