Ron Phillips/Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc. (WASHINGTON) -- When the Twitterverse recently discovered Ballers star John David Washington is, in fact, Denzel Washington's son, it freaked out. It's fair to say a lot of people were surprised to learn that he was the son of the two-time Oscar-winner. Turns out John David wants to do things on his own.
"He doesn't ask for anything from me," Denzel Washington explained to ABC News. "He's had a brilliant career as a high school, college and pro football player, now he's well on his way as a young actor."
John David, who plays Ricky Jerret on the HBO sports-themed series opposite Dwayne Johnson, is forging his own path.
"John David has always been a very talented, young actor, as is his sister Olivia," said Denzel Washington. "Needless to say, my wife and I are proud of all our children. Two of them are in front of the camera, two of them are behind the camera. We are proud of all their success. The world is getting a chance to witness what we've witnessed for a long time [with John David]."
Denzel and his wife of 32 years, Pauletta, have four adult children: John David, Olivia, Malcolm and Katia.
Ballers just wrapped up its first season on HBO earlier this year. It was renewed for a second season in July.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- When Scandal premiered last Thursday, star Tony Goldwyn served double-duty: Not only did he act, he also directed the episode. The actor explained how difficult it was to do both at the same time, especially with co-star Kerry Washington.
"It's a challenge, but it's really fun," he admitted on Monday's Good Morning America. "You know, I have tons of support. Doing it on Scandal, we're a family so it's just kind of sliding over chairs. Except that Kerry mercilessly teases me when I'm directing."
It also helped that Goldwyn had actor/director Tom Vericaright beside him. "Tom, who is a fantastic director and one of our producers, will come down if I'm doing a tough scene and just keep an eye on it," Goldwyn added. "If I'm going off the the rails, he'll tell me."
The actor, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on the ABC series, said this season is all about his character and his onscreen love interest, Washington's Olivia Pope.
"Look, what's so amazing about this season is we're getting to see what it means for Liv and Fitz to be together, and it's rough," he teased.
Scandal airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Lady Gaga says she felt "alive" while filming her part in the upcoming season of American Horror Story.
Season five of the FX anthology series, dubbed American Horror Story: Hotel, features Gaga as a bloodthirsty hotel owner, The Countess. It proved to be a rewarding role for the pop star.
"This cast has been really open and available to me in a very honest way," Gaga said Saturday at a premiere event in Los Angeles for the new season. "So I'm able to be myself in a way I feel like I haven't been in a really long time. So they are just making me feel so alive."
Gaga noted that she's excited for series creator Ryan Murphy, and for everyone to enjoy his "masterpiece." "I'm just really happy to be a part of it," the pop star added. "I like being a part of someone else's vision. It's really exhilarating."
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres Wednesday on FX at 10 p.m. Eastern time.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Tonight's Dancing with the Stars theme is "Most Memorable Year," with all the couples hitting the ballroom to songs that reflect an incredible or notable time of their lives. That's why bothAndy Grammer and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter will be dancing to their own music tonight, but for different reasons.
Nick and his partner Sharna Burgess will dance to "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," the group's 1997 top five hit, whose monster-themed video features some iconic choreography. The song marked the moment when Backstreet really became well-known worldwide. Meanwhile, Andy and his partner Allison Holker will dance to his brand-new single "Good to Be Alive," since it just so happens that this year is the most memorable of his career, thanks to the success of "Honey, I'm Good."
"My new single 'Good to Be Alive,' is exactly the motto for my life right now," Andy tells ABC Radio. "It’s like, it just is good to be alive right now. So I couldn’t complain, even though there isn’t a lot of sleep, but there’s a lot going on."
Andy's lack of sleep is due to the fact that he's both rehearsing for Dancing with the Stars and touring at the same time. But he says he needs one to get over how lame the other makes him feel.
"It’s been nice to have these rehearsals suck horribly for, like, seven hours and then go on stage and have your...fans and have songs and be like, 'Oh, totally! This is what I do! I forgot about that!'” he laughs. "You know? Just for morale, it’s kind of nice."
Being on Dancing with the Stars is just one of the many opportunities Andy's had since "Honey, I'm Good" became the biggest hit of his career. He hints at more opportunities coming down the line, saying, "There’s like so much good stuff going on. It’s just really good to be alive. It just is."
Andy says even though "Good to Be Alive" was specifically inspired by his personal journey of working hard to break through in the music business and coming very close -- but not close enough -- for so many years, he feels the song is very relatable.
"I have had success before," he explains. "It’s just that I think everybody can feel that way. This feeling of like, 'Man I’ve been pushing for a really, really long time and I was waiting for like the big opening.' And I think a lot of people in their life have felt that in different ways."
"Good to Be Alive" will appear on a re-released version of Andy's album Magazines or Novels, which is coming out November 6.
Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- A dispute over Robin Williams' estate has been resolved.
On Friday, it was announced a settlement was reached between his widow and his three children from previous marriages. The terms of the out-of-court settlement were not disclosed.
After Williams' death last year, the actor and comedian's estate was in a legal dispute between his widow and the children. Susan Williams filed a court petition in December, saying some of her husband's personal items were taken without her permission.
The children countered that Susan Williams tried to change the trust agreement and deprive them of items that their father clearly intended to leave to them.
While the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, Williams gets to stay in the San Francisco Bay area home she shared with the Oscar winner. His kids Zachary, Zelda and Cody settled on their father's personal items.
Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- Kate Winslet turns the big 4-0 on Monday, and the Titanic actress tells Net-a-Porter.com's The Edit that she's actually "excited" about reaching that milestone.
“I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older, Winslet tells the fashion website, stressing, "Confidence comes with age”
Of course turning 40 does have its downsides. “You can get away with a lot more in your twenties,” she admits. “You can get away with having one too many vodka tonics, and you can wake up in the morning and not have a puffy face. I couldn’t go out now and get rip-roaring drunk; I’d take a week to recover and I value my life too much. Plus, I have children.”
Kate is welcoming 40 in a big way. In addition to Steve Jobs hitting theaters October 23, she has two more films coming out over the next six months, The Dressmaker and Triple 9.
“I feel like the past two years have been different for me, deliberately so,” she tells The Edit. “I really wanted to mix it up a bit, and feel that I was going full pelt towards 40 having done as much as I could: pushed myself, challenged myself, exhausted myself, had as much fun as possible. The last two years of my life have put a different sort of rocket fuel up my backside.”
In The Dressmaker, Winslet stars opposite Liam Hemsworth, and admits she was concerned about playing the 25-year-old's love interest. “I did say to Jocelyn [Moorhouse, the director], ‘Are we going to get away with this?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, yeah, he looks older than he is.’ Anyway, I don’t feel old. I feel excited about being 40.”
Winslet plays marketing guru Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs, which also stars Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.
VH1(LOS ANGELES) -- Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood star Nikki Mudaris reportedly is ordering websites to take down her sex tape with her series co-star, producer Mally Mal, or face legal action.
TMZ reports that her lawyer notified various sites they will be sued if the tape remains on the Internet. She claims she was not aware their encounter was being taped, and denies she is negotiating with Vivid Entertainment to sell the video.
Mudaris accused Mal of leaking the video, but he denies he was involved. He claims his email was hacked. In a post on Twitter, he wrote, “I did not leak any intimate moments filmed in my Las Vegas home between two consenting adults." He added, "Recently, my email accts/iCloud/social media were hacked into. Everyone involved in this private matter was aware [that] my phone [and] accounts were all compromise[d]."
Chuck Hodes/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- As Empire continues to dominate the Wednesday night ratings, is there trouble on the set between stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard?
InTouch Weekly reports that there is tension between the two actors who previously appeared together inHustle & Flow. “It’s gotten so bad that Taraji can’t be on set for more than 30 seconds without staring daggers at him,” a source claims. The insider continues, "She’s irritated by the pompous, bigheaded braggart that Terrence has become."
Howard stars in Empire as music mogul Lucious Lyons, and Henson portrays his former wife, Cookie Lyons, who is determined to take over business while he serves a prison sentence. "In the beginning, Taraji was the key supporter and apologist for his behavior,” says the source. “But as his arrogance increased, she began to get annoyed."
Henson's publicist denies there is a rift between the stars, saying they "are the best of friends and professional colleagues…always."
Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump weighed in on a couple of impersonations of him that appeared on the season-41 premiere of Saturday Night Live, and the outspoken billionaire gave them mixed reviews.
Trump had praise for SNL cast member Taran Killam, who spoofed the 69-year-old real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate in the show's opening sketch, along with Cecily Strong, who played Trump’s wife Melania.
Killam spoofed Trump's policies by joking, “It’s very simple, I get in there, taxes go down, everybody gets a job, salaries go way up, we build a wall, it’s huge. Over in China, they’re going to say, ‘Now, that’s a wall!’”
"Trump is just like everybody else," added Strong, “He puts his hair on one strand at a time."
Trump wasn't so pleased later in Saturday's show, when Hillary Clinton joined Kate McKinnon, who played the Democratic presidential candidate, as a sympathetic bartender named Val, who consoled McKinnon’s Clinton as she rattled off her problems.
During the sketch, Clinton, as Val, poked fun at Trump, noting, “Isn’t he the one that’s like, ‘Ugh, you’re all losers?’”
Shortly after the Clinton skit aired on the East Coast, Trump tweeted, "@TaranKillam plays a way better fake @realDonaldTrump than a real @HillaryClinton plays herself.”
Trump didn't have any comment about a "Weekend Update" segment in which the show's Pete Davidson, compared him to American Idol season-six finalist Sanjaya, who made it into the top 10 based on viewer votes, despite being poorly received by the show's judges.
“America needs to stop doing things because it’s funny,” noted Davidson.“Now that he's winning, I have to go out and vote. A Trump presidency is so terrifying. You know who he reminds me of? Sanjaya fromAmerican Idol. Same hair, same garbage.”
Aidan Monaghan/Twentieth Century Fox Film (HOLLYWOOD) -- The Martian has landed in first place at the box office.
The sci-fi drama, starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut on Mars, opened in the top spot by earning an estimated 55 million dollars over the weekend.
The previous box office champ, the animated film Hotel Transylvania 2, slipped to second place, collecting 33 million dollars.
Sicario rounded out the top three, with 12.1 million. The drug-war drama, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, was in its first weekend in wide release.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:
1. The Martian, $55 million 2. Hotel Transylvania 2, $33 million 3. Sicario, $12.1 million 4. The Intern, $11.6 million 5. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, $7.7 million 6. Black Mass, $5.9 million 7. Everest, $5.5 million 8. The Visit, $3.9 million 9. War Room, $2.8 million 10. The Perfect Guy, $2.4 million
Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC(NEW YORK) -- The first season finale of Fear the Walking Dead opens with the blowback from Daniel's torturing of Cpl. Adams: Travis blasts Maddie for allowing Daniel to do it, and Ofelia is disgusted by her father's actions. Still, after Travis frees the soldier, they, Alicia, and Chris mount up to rescue their loved ones from the military compound.
Daniel unlocks a set of gates, letting their little caravan in, and then saunters up to outpost's fence. When a guard spots him and warns him he'll be shot if he continues, Daniel says, "Save your ammunition," and reveals he's leading a parade of walkers he freed behind him.
The distracted troops open fire on the horde, and Daniel and company sneak inside.
They leave Chris and Alicia behind with the cars, and make their way inside to find Nick, Eliza, and Griselda. Meanwhile, elsewhere inside, Strand and Nick use their key to slip their cell, leaving others behind.
As Daniel's walker horde wreaks havoc throughout the compound, Dr. Exner lets nurse Liza leave, offering to stay with the remaining patients.
In the parking lot, three soldiers find Chris and Alicia and take their truck after Chris gets punched out to defend his almost step-sister.
Meanwhile, Maddie et al reach the holding pens, only to find Nick already escaped with Strand. Travis and Maddie free prisoners as they make their way back out.
Strand and Nick meet up with the corrupt soldier who took Stand's watch and cuff links in an earlier episode -- but this time he's bleeding out. Strand gets his links back. "Keep the watch," he tells him coldly. He and Nick leave him to a room rapidly filling with walkers.
The two run down a hall, until they're trapped by a locked door, undead closing in. Just then, Nick sees Maddie and company from the other side, but they can't open it, either. "Go," Nick pleads with his mom -- but just in time, Liza appears with a key card and opens the door.
They best a group of walkers in a kitchen before Liza explains to Daniel and Ofelia that Griselda is dead. They want to see her anyway, and they head down and find only Dr. Exner, who has euthanized all of her remaining patients. She tells the gang how to escape, but broken, she stays behind to her doom.
Strand tells them they need to head West, to his home by the shore.
The survivors get to the parking lot and find Chris and Alicia -- and a pistol-packing Lt. Adams. He calls out to Salazar, determined to get even for the torture, and ends up shooting his daughter. Level-headed Travis finally loses it, and beats Adams mercilessly.
The survivors make it to Strand's luxurious bachelor pad. With its sprawling views and generator-supplied power, it seems a world away.
Liza determines Ofelia's wound is survivable, and Strand decides nobody can stay, himself included. Strand shows Nick that the "Abigail" to which the he wanted to return isn't a person, but a mega-yacht anchored just off the coast.
Meanwhile, Maddie learns Liza was bit in the kitchen. Handing Maddie a gun, she begs her to kill her. "Don't let Travis do it, it'll break him," Liza says.
Travis interrupts them, however, but quickly learns there's no hope for his ex-wife, and is handed the gun. A shot rings out off camera.
The season ends with a shot of the Pacific, where Abigail awaits.
Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead is currently in production.
The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, October 11, at 9 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.
Sony Pictures Entertainment/Capitol Records(NEW YORK) -- After some delay, the video for “Writing’s on the Wall,” Sam Smith's theme song for the new James Bond film, Spectre, premiered online Sunday night.
The video contains footage of Sam singing interspersed with clips from Spectre, including a steamy scene withDaniel Craig as 007 andMonica Belluccias the new Bond girl.
Sam was anxious to release the video, and when its debut hit a snag on Sunday, he tweeted, "A lot of angry emails going round. It will be with you VERY SOON."
Charles Sykes/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian is protective over her little sister, Khloe, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
A preview of the upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, shows how Khloe was caught flirting with her ex-husband, Lamar Odom, after taking his phone call. Kim, who was standing with her in their kitchen, gets visibly annoyed.
In her confessional interview, Kim shares her wariness about Khloe speaking to Lamar again after their divorce. "I don't know why Khloe and Lamar are talking, but he hurt her so badly," the reality TV star explains. "As a big sister I'm just really protective, and for her just to be flirting with him on the phone makes me sick to my stomach."
Khloe and Odom split in December 2013 after four years of marriage. Khloe filed for the divorce amid rumors of Odom's alleged drug use and infidelity, citing "irreconcilable differences."
After Khloe hangs up the phone, Kim confronts her sister, according to the preview clip. "I just can't take it," Kim tells Khloe. "The fact that when he decides to come around and be friendly, you're like, flirting with him."
"I'm flirting with him how?" Khloe retorts. "By answering the phone and saying hello?"
Kim replies that she thinks Khloe is "way more attentive" to Odom than to her most recent ex-boyfriend, rapper French Montana.
"Why would French and Lamar even be in the same category?," Khloe responds.
Find out how Kim responds when Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern on E!
Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Andrew Garfield is having a hard time adjusting to life in Hollywood despite starring in two blockbuster Spider-Man films. Just ask him.
"None of us are accepted in this culture," he said about Tinseltown in New York Magazine. "We’re only accepted if we are…well, name it. White, handsome, charming, charismatic, thin-enough eyebrows to be beautiful, but thick enough to be still be masculine. We are told constantly we’re not enough, we’re told constantly that we don’t have enough, we’re told constantly that we’ll never be enough."
Garfield admitted he's still really "insecure and scared and don’t really know who I am." But he hasn't given up hope on finding himself. "Hopefully I’m just more myself as I get older and as I grow, but in our culture they’re telling us to be something totally f****** different," he added.
The 99 Homes actor said although he'd rather maintain his privacy, he understands that it's part of the business to open up.
"My priority is the work, and the work is dependent on people not knowing very much about me," Garfield explained. "So where’s the balance? Because I do want to make a difference in the world, I really do, and that’s a really cheesy thing to want."
As for his new status as a celebrity, Garfield said it's a dangerous thing to be. "Celebrity is the new religion, as far as I can see, along with money, power, status. It’s all the same umbrella -- the seductive forces of evil, really."
Lucasfilm Ltd.(LOS ANGELES) -- We've already heard Mark Hamill voicing Luke Skywalker in a Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, talking to someone about how the force is strong in his family, possibly the next member in line. Now, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has all but confirmed there is a new Skywalker on the horizon.
She was explaining the difference between the main Star Wars movies and the planned spinoffs, likeRogue One. "The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga," she told Costco Connection, the retailer’s monthly magazine. "The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films.The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story."
Kennedy continued, "The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and a variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe."
As for the continuation of the Skywalker story: According to The Hollywood Reporter, new character Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, is rumored to possibly be Leia and Han's daughter. Maybe uncle Luke can teach her the ways of the Force?
Lucasfilms hasn't responded to a call seeking confirmation of Kennedy's quotes in the magazine. ABC News and Lucasfilm are both owned by Disney.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens blasts into theaters December 18.