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I hope he finds a great story to tell. If so, do it Mike!!!

Mike Myers planning another ‘Austin Powers’ sequel

Mike Myers has given fans of his Austin Powers film franchise hope for a new sequel after insisting the chances of another instalment are “looking good”.

The comedy icon has long considered reprising his role as the quirky 1960s spy, and his nemesis Dr. Evil, for a fourth movie, and now, 21 years after the first release, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the actor’s plans are finally starting to take shape.

Myers was asked about the possibility of another sequel during an appearance on breakfast show Good Morning America, and initially tried to dodge the question.

“I can neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence of a movie, should a movie like that exist or not exist,” he quipped.

Dropping the act, he then gave fans an update on the proposed project’s progress.

“It’s looking good, so, we’ll see,” the 55-year-old said.

However, he suggested getting everything in place would take a little while longer, because he has to juggle his career with life as a father of three.

“It takes a lot of time,” Myers shared. “I have three kids now, so the last six years, (have been focused on) three kids under six…”

“Mostly what I try to do is stuff outside my house…!” he joked, admitting raising children with his wife of eight years, Kelly Tisdale, has made him pick less time-consuming gigs.

“I’ve been developing stuff and doing small parts…, just stuff that didn’t keep me far away from my family, so we’ll see what happens,” he added.

One person who will be rooting for Myers’ return as Austin Powers is his eldest kid, six-year-old son Spike, and after telling him all about dad’s movie career when he was young, the boy has since become his father’s biggest devotee.

“We’re at some cottage.. and it was raining and we were under a tent, and he turns to me and says, ‘Dada, can I tell you a secret…? I’m your number one fan!’,” he recalled.

“So we’re walking through New York and there’s like 10 Austin Powers (impersonators), and about five Wayne’s Worlds (sic) and about 25 Dr. Evils, and he’s like, ‘That’s my dad!’ So I think we did the right thing.”

In addition to International Man of Mystery, Myers starred in 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002.

The latter two also featured actor Verne Troyer as his Mini-Me. He died in April, aged 49.

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They won’t kill her off as her appearance during ratings will be HUGE!!

‘Roseanne’ spinoff is official — without Roseanne — ABC announces

Welcome back, Conners.

Unwilling to let the working class family and its viewers disappear, ABC has brought back a makeshift “Roseanne” reboot called “The Conners,” rehiring most of the main cast except for its controversial lead, Roseanne Barr.

“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,” stars John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Alicia Goranson (Becky) and Michael Fishman (D.J.) said in a joint statement.

“We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”

The first iteration of the “Roseanne” reboot was axed suddenly after Barr called Valerie Jarrett, the former senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, the baby of the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.”

After the cancellation, Barr agreed to waive any financial and creative rights to the spinoff, an agreement that ABC stressed Thursday.

“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” she said in a statement. “I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”

Executive producer Tom Werner also said he was “grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family.”

It’s unclear how exactly Roseanne Conner will be killed off — either literally or figuratively — but the show promises to “follow the Conner family who, after a sudden turn of events, are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”

In the season finale, the matriarch was undergoing long-awaited knee surgery, so an operating room accident could easily solve the casting issue.

“The Conners” will slide into “Roseanne’s” time slot on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the fall.

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Horrible news!! I hope her fortunes rebound soon. Good luck, Lisa Marie!!

Lisa Marie Presley says her share of Elvis’ $100M fortune is gone

Lisa Marie Presley claims her former business manager squandered her entire share of late father Elvis‘ $100 million fortune.

In new court documents obtained by The Daily Mail, Presley, 50, alleges that Barry Siegel assured her that her finances were in “good shape” while he whittled her $100 million trust down to just $14,000 in poor investments, including a hefty investment in the “American Idol” holding company, which went bankrupt after the show’s initial run ended in April 2016.

In her filing, Presley alleges that Siegel and Provident Financial Management billed her $4.9 million to manage her $100 million trust, amounting to a salary of just over $700,000 per year for Siegel.

“Had Siegel disclosed the trust’s true financial condition to Presley and restricted spending to the trust’s ‘income’ rather than its principal assets, Presley would have lived comfortably on an annual budget of between $1.5 and $2 million per year, after taxes,” the documents claim. “On this budget, Siegel’s lucrative compensation package would have amounted to between 40 to 50 percent of Presley’s post-tax annual budget — an amount she undoubtedly would not have agreed to had she been aware of her true financial condition.”

She accuses Siegel of liquidating the trust’s assets after the “Idol” investment failed to generate income in order to accommodate her lifestyle, alleging that he recommended she spend twice her annual post-tax income. That spending reportedly includes a $9 million estate in England with a balloon payment of $6.5 million in 2015 that the trust didn’t cover. She also claims that mortgages on her Hidden Hills, Calif., and Hawaii homes were worth more than the properties themselves by 2010.

Siegel and Provident Financial Management scoffed at Presley’s allegations, claiming in a countersuit that her money problems are simply due to her own exorbitant spending. They’re seeking a cool $800,000 in damages and argued that because Presley is going through a difficult time with her divorce from fourth husband Michael Lockwood, she’s pinning her troubles on them.

Lockwood, 57, demanded $40,000 in spousal support from Presley, who claimed she was $16 million in debt, $10 million of which was back taxes alone. A judge ruled that while she doesn’t yet need to shell out monthly spousal support to the unemployed musician, she would have to pay $50,000 to his attorney for court fees.

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There’s some confusion surrounding it but new music from Macca is always welcome!!

Official! Paul McCartney’s new album, Egypt Station, due in September

Paul McCartney‘s new album is titled Egypt Station and will be issued in September.

His 17th studio solo long-player has been produced by Greg Kurstin (except for one Ryan Tedder track) and contains 14 songs, including the ‘double A-side single’ combo of I Don’t Know and Come on to Me. A physical release of this ‘single’ hasn’t been confirmed and isn’t looking particularly likely.

The album is supposed to have a ‘travelogue’ vibe and McCartney has said the following about the it: “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make.., Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”

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Official! Paul McCartney’s new album, Egypt Station, due in September
June 20, 2018 by Paul Sinclairtags: new music, paul mccartney, The Beatles

New album announced • Few details • ‘Deluxe’ coloured vinyl is £50
Paul McCartney‘s new album is titled Egypt Station and will be issued in September.

His 17th studio solo long-player has been produced by Greg Kurstin (except for one Ryan Tedder track) and contains 14 songs, including the ‘double A-side single’ combo of I Don’t Know and Come on to Me. A physical release of this ‘single’ hasn’t been confirmed and isn’t looking particularly likely.

The album is supposed to have a ‘travelogue’ vibe and McCartney has said the following about the it: “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make.., Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”

Despite MPL announcing the album, there is no actual confirmation of formats (and nothing as straightforward as a track listing) but by looking at what’s listed right now in various places, we can deduce that there appears to be a standard vinyl, a standard CD, a deluxe vinyl edition (there is no info at all on what makes it ‘deluxe’) and a coloured vinyl versions of both vinyl options, which are exclusive to McCartney’s store. There is also an exclusive Target edition with two bonus tracks. Finally, a ‘mystery’ super deluxe edition box set is listed on the US site, but not the EU one. Not that there are ANY details, anyway and no ability to pre-order. The US site also only lists coloured vinyl for the non-deluxe version.

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Official! Paul McCartney’s new album, Egypt Station, due in September
June 20, 2018 by Paul Sinclairtags: new music, paul mccartney, The Beatles

New album announced • Few details • ‘Deluxe’ coloured vinyl is £50
Paul McCartney‘s new album is titled Egypt Station and will be issued in September.

His 17th studio solo long-player has been produced by Greg Kurstin (except for one Ryan Tedder track) and contains 14 songs, including the ‘double A-side single’ combo of I Don’t Know and Come on to Me. A physical release of this ‘single’ hasn’t been confirmed and isn’t looking particularly likely.

The album is supposed to have a ‘travelogue’ vibe and McCartney has said the following about the it: “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make.., Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”

Despite MPL announcing the album, there is no actual confirmation of formats (and nothing as straightforward as a track listing) but by looking at what’s listed right now in various places, we can deduce that there appears to be a standard vinyl, a standard CD, a deluxe vinyl edition (there is no info at all on what makes it ‘deluxe’) and a coloured vinyl versions of both vinyl options, which are exclusive to McCartney’s store. There is also an exclusive Target edition with two bonus tracks. Finally, a ‘mystery’ super deluxe edition box set is listed on the US site, but not the EU one. Not that there are ANY details, anyway and no ability to pre-order (although you can sign-up to be notified). The US site also only lists coloured vinyl for the non-deluxe version.

To summarise, this campaign has so far been a bit of a shambles. A week of tedious teases on social media, ended up with a ‘reveal’ of the album name on Monday. But rather than then doing the sensible thing and announcing the album, the very next day (yesterday) the focus was suddenly on a double A-side single, that was going to be ‘released’. Before we could say ‘is it going to be available physically?’ the news cycle has now moved on to the album. However, MPL appear to think every snippet of information should be treated like a precious commodity, and are withholding details to a ludicrous extent. So there is no track listing, no information about why a deluxe 2LP coloured vinyl is as expensive as it’s listed, and nothing about how anything is going to be presented. Not really good enough. If you’re not ready with the details, then WAIT before announcing!!

Egypt Station will be released on 7 September, although given that they clearly haven’t worked out the content for it yet, there’s a fair chance that the super deluxe edition won’t meet that release deadline.

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I’ve enjoyed all of the new films so far. I have no idea why others have not.

Exclusive: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm

It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. It was recently reported that Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct the Boba Fett film, but that was before Solo’s release.

This news comes in the wake of the disappointing launch of Solo, which was only Lucasfilm’s second A Star Wars Story spinoff, but which received mixed-positive reviews and fell short of box office expectations. The film scored $84.4 million on opening weekend and has grossed $192.8 million domestically (and $339.5 million worldwide) in four weeks, which is nothing to scoff at but is far, far lower than the performance of other Star Wars movies at this benchmark. For comparison’s sake, Rogue One opened to $155 million and had grossed $424 million domestic by Week 4. To put it simply, while Solo did fine by blockbuster standards, it wasn’t the “event” that Lucasfilm expected out of a brand new Star Wars movie.

Of course the May release date could have had something to do with Solo’s disappointing performance. As opposed to Rogue One or the episodic films by J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, Solo went head-to-head with a slew of summer blockbusters in May, opening mere weeks after box office juggernauts Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. One wonders how the film would have fared had Lucasfilm pushed Solo’s release to December instead.

Regardless, we’re hearing that plans to revisit this A Star Wars Story format have been put on hold for the moment. Initially announced as “anthology” movies, the spinoffs got off to a rocky start and haven’t exactly been smooth sailing. Josh Trank (Chronicle) was developing a Boba Fett movie around the same time Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) was prepping Rogue One, but Trank was subsequently removed from the project and Lucasfilm lost a film off its planned slate. Then story issues led to extensive reshoots on Rogue One that reworked the third act, with Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy) overseeing the new scenes. And then of course Solo saw directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired during production, with Ron Howard coming in to replace them and reshoot a number of scenes.

In addition to Episode IX, Lucasfilm has officially announced development on a new Star Wars trilogy focused on new characters from The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson, as well as a new series of films written by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. These projects continue to be in development and are not part of the paused spinoffs we’re hearing about. But Lucasfilm’s main focus at the moment is planning the next trilogy after the Abrams-directed Star Wars 9, which is expected to conclude the story of Rey (Daisy Ridley) that began with The Force Awakens.

As with everything in Hollywood, it’s always possible that some filmmaker could come in and pitch an idea for a Star Wars Story spinoff that makes Lucasfilm rethink its approach, or opt to greenlight that idea as a one-off, but as of right now we’re hearing the studio’s focus has moved away from these spinoffs for the time-being and is squarely intent on getting Episode IX to the finish line and figuring out what the next trilogy of films will be.

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Come on, Posh!!!! Make up your mind!!!!

The Spice Girls reunion is cancelled again

The Spice Girls reunion is cancelled again, according to reports.

The famous female group had been teasing a hotly anticipated reunion but it now appears to be off.

Reports have surfaced that Victoria Beckham cannot come to an agreement about touring.

And this has led to rifts between Posh, Mel C, Mel B, Geri Horner and Emma Bunton.

Her fellow band members are frustrated by Posh’s stance that could lead them to missing out on a $40 million windfall.

While she has always insisted that she would never tour with the band again, the girls thought their original manager Simon Fuller would convince her, an insider revealed.

But with no agreement having been reached the other band members have been left in ‘disarray’ following ‘heated debates between the girls and Victoria.’

And these meetings have failed to reach any deal about finalizing their reunion tour.

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I’ll see it…One day…I promise!!

Mindy Kaling: White male critics are being ‘unfair’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’

“Ocean’s 8” star Mindy Kaling is making waves about white male movie critics — saying they’ve been “unfair” to the all-female-star reboot of the “Ocean’s” heist-movie franchise.

“If I had to base my career on what white men wanted, I would be very unsuccessful,” Kaling told Yahoo News. “There is obviously an audience out there who want to watch things like [‘Oceans 8’] which I work on.’’

Co-star Cate Blanchett agreed, blaming the media for not getting it right.

“The conversation has to change and the media has a huge responsibility,” Blanchett said.

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Very sad news. May he Rest In Peace.

Blues Brothers Guitarist Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy Dead at 88

Matt “Guitar” Murphy, guitarist for the Blues Brothers and noted sideman for blues legends like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim, died Friday at the age of 88.

Murphy’s death was first announced in by his nephew Floyd Murphy Jr, who performed alongside his uncle. “He was a strong man that lived a long long fruitful life that poured his heart out in every guitar solo he took,” Floyd Jr. wrote of Matt Murphy in a Facebook post (via Deadline). No cause of death was provided. In 2002, Murphy suffered a stroke that forced the guitarist into semi-retirement.

A veteran of the legendary Chicago blues scene of the Forties and Fifties, Murphy worked alongside artists ranging from Ike Turner (as members of Junior Parker’s Blue Flames) and Etta James to blues musicians like James Cotton, Willie Dixon and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Murphy is best remembered as the indispensable guitarist in the 1980 comedy classic The Blues Brothers; in the film, soul food chef Murphy and his waitress wife Aretha Franklin have a disagreement about him reuniting with the Blues Brothers, resulting in Franklin’s iconic “Think” performance.

Murphy, who Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi recruited after witnessing the guitarist at work in a New York club in 1978, played on the Blues Brothers’ 1978 album Briefcase Full of Blues, the 1980 film’s soundtrack and 1982’s Made in America. In 1998, Murphy reprised his role in Blues Brothers 2000 and its soundtrack.

Between his stints with the Blues Brothers, Murphy served as bandleader of his own project, releasing albums like 1990’s Way Down South and 2000’s Lucky Charm.

“RIP Matt “Guitar” Murphy, one of those play-all-night guys that rock ‘n’ roll is made of,” This Is Spinal Tap actor Michael McKean tweeted.

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I don’t know how it happened, but I didn’t see any movies this week. Wow! I’m slipping!!

Incredibles 2 smashes animation record with $180 million opening

Incredibles 2 is living up to its name at the box office.

Pixar’s spirited sequel about a family of superheroes is on track to earn an estimated $180 million from 4,410 theaters in the U.S. and Canada during its opening weekend, easily topping the box office and scoring the biggest domestic debut ever for an animated movie, not adjusted for inflation. The previous record holder was Pixar’s Finding Dory, which bowed to $135.1 million in 2016.

Incredibles 2 also marks the eighth-best domestic opening all time for any film (animated or otherwise, not adjusted for inflation), and the third-best opening of 2018, behind Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7 million) and Black Panther ($202 million). As the parent company of both Pixar and Marvel, Disney is thus continuing its recent box office dominance.

Overseas, Incredibles 2 will add about $51.5 million this weekend from 25 territories (roughly a quarter of the international market).

Once again written and directed by Brad Bird, Incredibles 2 arrives 14 years after The Incredibles (which opened to $70.5 million in November 2004) and picks up right where the original film left off, with the Parr family (voiced by Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and newcomer Huck Milner) fighting to save the day and restore the public’s trust in superheroes. Reviews for the sequel have been almost unanimously positive (if not always effusive), and audiences gave it an A-plus CinemaScore.

Taking second place this weekend is Warner Bros’. gender-flipped heist movie Ocean’s 8, with about $19.6 million. That represents a decline of about 53 percent from last week’s chart-topping debut and brings the film’s domestic total to about $79.2 million.

Arriving in third place, Warner Bros. and New Line’s R-rated comedy Tag will earn about $14.6 million from 3,382 locations, in line with expectations.

Based on a true story, the film stars Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson, and Hannibal Buress as five adult friends who have been playing the same game of tag for three decades. Tag garnered mixed reviews and a B-plus CinemaScore.

This week’s other new wide release, Superfly, Sony’s remake of the 1972 blaxploitation movie, opened Wednesday and is poised to earn about $8.4 million through Sunday, with $6.3 million coming from the weekend — below industry projections, and good for seventh place. Reviews were mixed, and moviegoers gave it a B-plus CinemaScore.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 5.9 percent year-to-date. Check out the June 15-17 figures below.

1. Incredibles 2 — $180 million
2. Ocean’s 8 — $19.6 million
3. Tag — $14.6 million
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story — $9.1 million
5. Deadpool 2 — $8.8 million
6. Hereditary — $7 million
7. Superfly — $6.3 million
8. Avengers: Infinity War — $5.3 million
9. Adrift — $2.1 million
10. Book Club — $1.9 million

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Cool Casting!!

Ewan McGregor to Star in New ‘Shining’ Movie ‘Doctor Sleep’

Ewan McGregor will star as Danny Torrance in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Doctor Sleep,” the sequel to horror classic “The Shining.”

Sources say King has given his blessing to McGregor’s casting.

Mike Flanagan, who helmed Netflix’s adaptation of the King novella “Gerald’s Game,” is directing. Flanagan’s producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg.

Warner Bros. had been developing this film, as well as “The Shining” prequel “Overlook Hotel,” for years, but the studio struggled to secure a budget for either film. Following the success of New Line’s “It,” every studio with any sort of King IP under its roof has fast-tracked each property into pre-production.

“Doctor Sleep” begins as Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. He’s become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his “shining” powers. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group with similar abilities. They’ve found that their powers grow if they inhale the “steam” that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths.

Stanley Kubrick directed the original adaptation of “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Danny Lloyd played a young Danny Torrance. At the time, the film was considered a box office disappointment, earning $44 million on a $19 million budget. Now, however, it is thought to be one of the great horror classics and has a built-in fan base ready for a sequel.

McGregor can next be seen in Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” adaptation “Christopher Robin.” He is repped by UTA.