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Anne Heche in "stable condition" after fiery Los Angeles car crash

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Actress Anne Heche is in stable condition after she was involved in a fiery car crash on Friday that damaged a Los Angeles home, her representative has confirmed to ABC News.

The Los Angeles Police Department also confirmed Saturday that Heche, 53, was the driver in the solo-vehicle crash.

LAPD sources told ABC News they suspect that Heche was allegedly driving at an excessive speed when the crash happened.

Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol could have been involved, which is standard in such a crash, sources said. The LAPD has been unable to speak with Heche in the hospital due to her condition, sources said.

"Anne is currently in stable condition," her representative said in a statement to ABC News on Saturday. "Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time."

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, a driver struck a two-story home in the Mar Vista neighborhood around noon Friday, "causing structural compromise and erupting in heavy fire." They rescued a woman found in the car, who was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, the LAFD said.

Nearly 60 firefighters responded to extinguish the "stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure," the department said.

There were no passengers in the car and no other injuries were reported, the LAFD said. The department would not confirm if Heche was the driver, citing medical privacy laws.

DMV records and police sources confirmed that the vehicle involved in the crash and fire was registered to Heche. The LAPD's West Traffic Division is investigating.

Authorities are also investigating an alleged misdemeanor hit-and-run incident before the fiery crash. Police told ABC News no arrests have been made at this time.

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Tim Roth reveals what drew him to his latest movie, 'Resurrection'

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Resurrection, a new psychological thriller starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, is in theaters now. Directed by Andrew Semans, it follows a mother who is forced to confront her past. Roth tells ABC Audio what drew him to the project.

"I was traveling with my son. We were actually in France at the time," he recalls. "And I read it and he was sitting across the way from me while I was doing my reading and my jaw sort of hit the floor. I was like what is this? And he read it and went, 'Oh, you're doing this.'"

The 61-year-old actor joined the cast after filming began, which completely changed his approach to the project, he thinks, for the better.

"Normally, you'd give yourself three weeks to sort of get your head around something...I didn't really have any of that time," he explains. "So maybe it was better for it in a way. It just, you know concentrate on having the conversations with Rebecca. Don't think outside the box, just think in the moment."

And Roth says it was made all the more easier by Hall, whom he believes has "some serious chops as an actor."

"You actually feel that you've gotta bring your game to step up to her," he continues. "One of the things that you don't see on camera, but it happens immediately when [Semans] said cut was the amount of laughter that was going on. She is really funny."

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'Peacemaker' director James Gunn, Marvel's Kevin Feige reach out to 'Batgirl' directors after movie gets shelved

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Hollywood is usually better known for cutthroat competition between, rather than words of support from, those within the industry. However, Warner Bros. Discovery's canceling of its Batgirl movie has brought out the latter for directors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi.

The directing duo whose superhero movie was unceremoniously Thanos-snapped out of existence before it could reach streaming or theaters posted to their Instagram Stories that they've received encouragement from fellow filmmakers.

They showed a screen grab of a message sent from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, with whom the pair worked to acclaim on Ms. Marvel.

The pair were in Morocco for El Arbi's wedding when they learned Batgirl's fate. Feige offered congratulations on El Arbi's wedding, but also mentioned "the disappointing news."

He added, "Very proud of you guys and all the amazing work you do and particularly ‘Ms. Marvel’ of course! Can’t wait to see what is next for you ..."

The pair captioned the message, "Thanks brother Kevin."

El Arbi also thanked followers for their support. "Shoutout directors Edgar Wright and James Gunn, your kind words and experience mean a lot and help us through this difficult period."

Both Wright and Gunn have had their own static in the superhero game.

Wright parted ways with Marvel Studios as the director of Ant-Man over creative differences in 2014, and the film was eventually directed by Peyton Reed.

Gunn, for his part, had been fired by Disney in 2018 after offensive old tweets of his resurfaced. He pivoted to Warner Bros. and shot both The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker for the studio.

Gunn apologized for the tweets and eventually was rehired by Marvel Studios' parent company, for which he completed his upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

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The team jockeys for leadership in season 13 trailer of 'Archer'

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FX Networks has dropped the trailer to season 13 of Archer.

With Malory Archer's exit -- prompted by the real-life death of her alter-ego, Jessica Walter -- the team on Archer is now jockeying for the leadership position of their spy agency.

Meanwhile H. Jon Benjamin's Sterling Archer vows to "keep my mother's legacy alive" -- by downing multiple drinks at the bar.

The new trailer has the team trying to outplay each other to take the big job, while of course taking part in your usual save-the-world spyjinks.

At one point, Lucky Yates' Dr. Krieger is shown being awoken from one of the hypersleep pods, as seen in Alien -- to which he decries his lack of "me time," and Archer is shown wearing boxers on a horse, jousting an enemy's car with a lance tucked under his bare arm.

Archer is also seen jumping out of a plane, screaming the name of the FBI agent Keanu Reeves played in Point Break: "Johnny Utah!!!"

"Until now, I've been the careful, rule-respecting Archer," he later intones with zero self-awareness. "But that is over!"

The new season kicks off Wednesday, August 24, at 10 p.m. ET on FXX and streams the next day on Hulu.

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Former 'iCarly' star Jennette McCurdy accuses "The Creator" of emotional abuse in new memoir

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Jennette McCurdy, former star of iCarly and its short-lived spin-off, Sam & Cat, has stepped away from the cameras. Thanks to a new excerpt of her book I'm Glad My Mom Died that was published in Vanity Fair, it's clear to see why.

McCurdy gets frank about the pressures she was under as a young star, which led to an eating disorder and alcohol abuse before she was legally old enough to drink.

The star, now a podcast host, also details the way she was treated by her boss on iCarly, a man she only refers to as "The Creator."

She claims he tried plying her with alcohol at 18, gave her unwanted massages and pitted other young stars against each other in a way to curry favor with them.

What's more, she alleges she was offered $300,000 in "hush money" when her show ended and she left Nickelodeon -- all to keep quiet, McCurdy says, about working with "The Creator," who eventually was reprimanded about his on-set behavior.

Actor-turned-producer Dan Schneider created both shows, though McCurdy doesn't specify who "The Creator" is.

After a string of hits, Schneider parted ways with Nickelodeon in 2018 -- amicably, at least in public -- amid accusations he was abusive on sets. In 2021, he denied any accusations to The New York Times.

As for what she describes as "hush money," McCurdy quotes a former manager as saying, "'They're giving you three hundred thousand dollars and the only thing they want you to do is never talk publicly about your experience at Nickelodeon.' Specifically related to The Creator," she writes.

McCurdy didn't accept it.

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Kevin Bacon explains why 'They/Them' isn't your average slasher flick

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They/Them, pronounced They-Slash-Them, is a slasher flick with a side of social commentary.

The film stars horror movie veteran Kevin Bacon as the sinister director of a gay conversation camp, where LGBTQ+ teens find themselves being hunted by a mysterious masked killer.

Bacon tells ABC Audio when writer/director John Logan pitched him the role, he was a bit surprised. “He called me up and he said, ‘You know, I actually wrote this part for you in mind,’ and I read it and was like, 'Thanks a lot, pal!'” the actor laughs.

But once he heard Logan’s vision for the story, he was sold.

“​​He really touched me with the notion that he wanted a young person who was feeling outside, who was feeling different, who was feeling bullied or feeling closeted or whatever, to be able to find the movie, and feel a sense of empowerment and maybe see a character that they could relate to up on a screen in a way that hadn't been delivered before,” Bacon explains.

By packaging it in a genre people love – horror – Bacon says he hopes they can reach a wide audience and maybe change some minds.

“Hopefully we reach those kids who I described before, but also hopefully we reach people who do click on it because it is a horror movie and maybe think that maybe gay conversion isn't all that bad, and they can possibly change their mind about this and get a different kind of perspective,” he says. “That would be the real win.”  

They/Them, also starring Theo Germaine, Anna Chlumsky and Carrie Preston, is now streaming on Peacock.

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'Aftershock' director says Hulu documentary "comes at a crucial time"

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Aftershock, a documentary out now on Hulu, follows the widowed husbands of Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac as they seek to raise awareness of the high maternal mortality rate of Black women and how the crisis can be solved.

The documentary's director, Paula Eiselt, tells ABC Audio the film "comes at a really crucial time in this country," noting, "with the overturning of Roe v. Wade our reproductive healthcare is under complete attack."

As for what she believes the doc adds to the conversation going on right now surrounding reproductive rights, Eiselt says, "It's really important that we speak about full spectrum reproductive rights in one conversation. That means talking about abortion care and maternal healthcare 'cause they're one in the same. Abortion is healthcare and maternal healthcare is healthcare. We have to talk about this together."

Adds Eiselt, "In the same way that a woman has the human right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy, if she does choose to have a baby, then she has the right to a safe and dignified birth.

Her hope is that the film acts as "a conversation starter within our communities and also with the power structure of this country."

"I hope that after watching Aftershock, more women and families understand that there are choices around birthing and that women feel empowered to make those choices, demand autonomy, and human centered care in their birth," she adds.  

 

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'Hysteria!': Peacock announces series about '80s "Satanic panic"

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If you're of a certain age, you might remember what became known as the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, when everything from Dungeons and Dragons to heavy metal was seen as promoting Satanism.

Peacock has announced it's capturing that era in a drama series called Hysteria!, written and directed -- most appropriately -- by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the guys behind the upcoming role-playing game-inspired adventure Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.

According to the streaming service, the series will be a "coming of age" story that follows a group of high school misfits "as they exploit the growing hysteria around teen occult activity."

Peacock teases, "When a beloved varsity quarterback disappears during the 'Satanic Panic' of the late 1980s, a struggling high school heavy metal band of outcasts realize they can capitalize on the town's sudden interest in the occult by building a reputation as a Satanic metal band, until a bizarre series of murders, kidnappings, and reported 'supernatural activity' triggers a leather-studded witch hunt that leads directly back to them."

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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
Wedding Season: Two single adults pretend to date to survive a summer filled with weddings, only to fall for each other.

The Sandman: The Master of Dreams haunts people in both their dreaming and waking lives in this new fantasy series.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie: The turtles are back and ready to fight a group of dangerous aliens.

Hulu
Prey: This new film is all about a woman who confronts a highly evolved alien predator 300 years in the past.

Disney+
LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation: The galaxy’s favorite heroes go on a much-deserved beach getaway in the new animated special.

Apple TV+
Luck: The unluckiest girl in the world teams up with a crew of magical creatures to turn her fate around in this new animated film.

Happy streaming!

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Warner Bros. Discovery CEO defends shelving 'Batgirl'

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An earnings call Q&A on Thursday with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav revealed much about the newly merged company's plans, but a veritable Bat-Signal was shined on why the company was shelving Batgirl.

As reported, that film, which was far enough along to be tested for audiences, was unceremoniously shelved by the company, which is apparently writing off its reportedly $90 million budget.

The film was said to have tested poorly with preview audiences, prompting the studio to pull the plug.

"We’re not going to launch a movie until it’s ready. We’re not going to launch a movie to make a quarter and we’re not going to put a movie out unless we believe in it," Zaslav said, according to Variety.

The CEO is taking a serious look at reorganizing the company's deep bench of heroes, with an eye toward taking a Marvel Studios-like strategy in cultivating its intellectual property, most notably its heroic residents of Gotham City, Metropolis and the other characters from the DC Comics Universe.

"The objective is to grow the DC brand, to grow the DC characters. But also, our job is to protect the DC brand. And that’s what we’re going to do," he explained, according to the trade.

Zaslav also specified that The Flash, starring Ezra Miller in the title role, would still hit theaters -- in spite of the actor's recent troubling behavior. He mentioned that upcoming film, as well as The Rock's Black Adam and the Shazam sequel, were hitting the "quality" bar the studio was looking for going forward.

"We've seen them, we think they're terrific, and we think we can make them even better," he said.

Gone is the old WB strategy of creating big-budget movies just for streaming, as Batgirl was initially intended to be, said Zaslav.

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Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $31 million in 'House of Cards' dispute

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A Los Angeles judge has denied Kevin Spacey's attempt to overturn a $31 million arbitration award he was ordered to pay House of Cards producers for alleged sexual misconduct involving young crew members behind the scenes of the Netflix series, according to Deadline.

Spacey was booted from the hit Netflix series during its sixth season following allegations that he sexually assaulted and preyed on young men.

LA Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana confirmed an award previously handed down by an arbitrator in 2020, consisting of around $29.5 million in damages and $1.5 million in costs and fees.

An arbitrator had ruled in favor of House of Cards' production company MRC's argument that the 63-year-old actor, who played Frank Underwood on the series, breached his contract by violating anti-harassment policies and failing to provide services “in a professional manner.”

The arbitrator also found that Spacey wasn’t entitled to be paid for the remainder of his contract, even though it contained a pay-or-play provision, and that his breaches caused the show’s sixth season to be shortened and rewritten, resulting in an eight-figure loss for MRC.

Spacey's lawyer, according to court papers obtained by Deadline, says that while Spacey disagrees with the arbitrator’s factual findings and maintains that he did not sexually harass anyone, he understands and accepts that the arbitrator’s findings on that issue “are entitled to deference.”

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In Brief: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' headed back to the movies, and more

Paramount has announced the title of an animated reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The studio announced Thursday that the project will be called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, and will hit theaters on August 4, 2023. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's Mirage Studios comic creation, those "heroes in a half-shell" have been adapted several times, both in live-action for the big-screen and for TV in popular animated shows...

Jamie Pressly, veteran of Fox's My Name Is Earl and the recently-wrapped CBS comedy Mom, has joined the cast of Fox's quirky Welcome to Flatch. Variety reports the actress will play Barb Flatch, a realtor who returns to her titular hometown after a messy divorce. Welcome to Flatch also stars The Boys' Aya Cash, Sam Straley, and Seann William Scott...

Hulu on Thursday released the trailer for its original drama series Tell Me Lies, premiering September 7. The film, per the streaming service, follows "a tumultuous, but intoxicating, relationship as it unfolds over the course of eight years. When Lucy Albright and Stephen DeMarco -- played respectively by Jackson White and Grace Van Patten -- meet at college, they are at that formative age when seemingly mundane choices lead the way to irrevocable consequences. Although their relationship begins like any typical campus romance, they quickly fall into an addictive entanglement that will permanently alter not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them. Catherine Missal, Spencer House, Sonia Mena, Branden Cook, Benjamin Wadsworth, and Alicia Crowder also star...

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Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg talk new Apple TV+ film 'Luck'

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The new movie Luck is all about, well, luck.

The Apple TV+ film hits the streamer Friday, and Jane Fonda stars as a dragon who is one of the creatures who controls all the luck in the world. While the premise seems simple enough, Fonda tells ABC Audio the film has a strong message. 

"Good luck makes no sense without bad luck. The two, in a way, go together symbiotically, they’re the opposite sides of the same coin," she explains.  "Don't reject bad luck. You can learn from it. It can turn into good luck if you're willing to learn the lessons from it."

Fonda adds, "You know, there's a there's an expression that I love -- God doesn't come into us through our successes and our awards…God comes into us through our wounds."

So can you actually control your own luck?

"I think that if during your lifetime you are intentional about the way you live that you are creating your own luck," the 84-year-old shares, adding that wisdom doesn't come from experiences alone, but from reflecting on those experiences.

Whoopi Goldberg also lends her voice to the film as a character who works at the place in the universe where all the luck is made and distributed. She believes luck isn't permanently good or bad, it ebbs and flows.

"I think we sometimes just assume things are going to continue on the way that they are," she says. "And you find yourself going, is the moon in retrograde? Is this ever going to get better? And then suddenly you wake up and you think, wait a minute, this is a pretty good day. Hey, this is all right. You know, and you live in that for a while."

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Keanu Reeves to star in his first TV series, Hulu's 'Devil in the White City'

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ABC Audio has confirmed that Keanu Reeves has just inked a deal to star in and produce his first TV series, and backing him are none other than Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

According to the streaming service, Devil in the White City "tells the story of Daniel H. Burnham, a demanding but visionary architect who races to make his mark on history with the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, America’s first modern serial killer and the man behind the notorious 'Murder Castle' built in the Fair's shadow."

It's not clear which character Reeves will play in the series, which is based on Erik Larson's book of the same name. Variety explains the book had been optioned by DiCaprio in 2010 with an eye toward his playing Holmes in another big-screen collab with Scorsese.

Years before that, the project was to be a vehicle for actor-producer Tom Cruise, but it didn't get off the ground.

 

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Ever-grinding Frank Grillo on the "dream" of working with Juliette Binoche in 'Paradise Highway'

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If you only see one movie this year with Oscar-winning English Patient star Juliette Binoche driving a big rig, make it Paradise Highway.

Frank Grillo had a laugh with ABC Audio about that would-be tag line for the new thriller, but he says playing her shady brother was nothing short of a dream.

Grillo plays Dennis, the about-to-be-freed convict brother of Binoche's Sally, a truck driver who he pressures into smuggling for him to keep him safe behind bars.

However, things take a turn when one of Sally's "packages" turns out to be a trafficked little girl (Hala Finley).

Another Oscar winner, Morgan Freeman, plays an investigator on their trail.

"It was a dream for me because she's just someone I admire so deeply as an actor," Grillo says of Binoche. "She's 'all in' all the time."

He adds of the thriller, "It was heavy stuff, but we had such a good time."

The actor, a veteran of Oscar winner Zero Dark Thirty, as well as the blockbuster Purge films, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War for Marvel Studios, is earning a reputation as the hardest working actor in movies.

In 2021, he starred in a slew of projects, including Copshop, the action film he co-produced with Gerard Butler; the medical fraud drama Body Brokers; and the Hulu action film Boss Level. He also reprised his character Brock Rumlow/Crossbones in Marvel Studios' animated What If...?

Other than Paradise Highway, which is now in theaters and On Demand, Grillo has been hard at work on no fewer than six other movies, including the lead as Ferruccio Lamborghini in the biopic about the genius car inventor.

Long story short, he's so busy he can't keep track of them all.

"You know, my agents yesterday said to me, 'Hey, dude, after the fall, you need to go away for a while,'" Grillo says, laughing. 

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