‘Inside Out 2’ voice stars Maya Hawke and Amy Poehler talk tough teen years


It’s Anxiety vs. Joy in the new Inside Out sequel. Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out 2 hits theaters Friday, and among the new emotions in 13-year-old Riley’s head is Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, who is wrestling for control with Joy, once again voiced by Amy Poehler.

Hawke tells ABC Audio that when the first film came out, she was 15 and it gave her new language to talk about her feelings. “It had lots of things that mirrored my own childhood, and I was really working on trying to figure out how to be less emotionally destructive and more emotionally communicative,” she reveals.

“Like, I’m not feeling understood, but how can I better communicate so that I am — not just be like, ‘Nobody understands me!’ And I think that this movie did a great job of giving us tools.”

She adds that when she was Riley’s age, “Sadness and Anxiety were at the wheel in that period of time.”

She says, “Like, you know, and even the version of Anxiety that’s excitement, because there is excitement that’s like, ‘Oh my God, it’s Riley’s big game. Oh, this is so exciting. Oh my God. OK, now we’ve got to plan for all the things to go wrong,’ and then … you get home and you’re just like, ‘Ohh.'”

Hawke adds, “It was not my favorite time in my life.”

Poehler tells ABC Audio that when she was 13, one emotion was dominating her mental space. “Well, hairspray was a big emotion, just using it and getting it.”

She adds, “I don’t know. It was [an emotion] in Boston in 1985,” she said of her offbeat answer.

“My head was very crowded, just like Riley,” the SNL vet admits. 

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Jimmy Fallon re-upped as host of ‘The Tonight Show’ through 2028


Jimmy Fallon will stay behind the desk at The Tonight Show through 2028, ABC Audio has confirmed.

In a statement, NBCUniversal Media Group Chair Mark Lazarus enthused, “For nearly 30 years, Jimmy Fallon has brought laughter into the homes of millions and charmed audiences from the stages of 30 Rock,” referring to the New York City building where both Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show are filmed.

Lazarus added, “It’s been a privilege to witness Jimmy at the helm of The Tonight Show, and we’re thrilled to see what innovations he and the incredible staff will deliver in the years to come at the network.”

Fallon snarked, “For nearly 30 years, I’ve brought laughter into the homes of millions and charmed audiences from the stages of 30 Rock. It’s been a privilege to be at the helm of The Tonight Show and I’m thrilled to see what innovations me and the incredible staff will deliver in the years to come at the network. No, I’m not changing my quote. Tell Mark to change his.”

The news comes a month after Seth Meyers‘ contract was extended as host of NBC’s Late Night; both shows just celebrated 10 years with their respective SNL veterans as hosts.


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Russell Crowe gets “impish” tweaking Dakota Johnson’s take on ‘Madame Web’ experience

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To be fair, they both were in superhero films that got drubbed by fans — he, Thor: Love and Thunder, and she Madame Web — but Russell Crowe seems to think Dakota Johnson is making a little too much about her experience making that movie.

To Bustle, after Madame Web tanked, Johnson vented she “probably will never do anything like it again,” adding, “sometimes in this industry, you sign on to something, and it’s like, ‘Wait, what?'”

In a new GQ interview, Crowe said being asked about her comments started “bringing out the impish quality of my humor.”

Although he added the caveat he didn’t want to comment “about what anybody else might have said or what their experience is,” he nonetheless added of Johnson, “You’re telling me you signed up for a Marvel movie, and some f****** universe for cartoon characters … and you didn’t get enough pathos? Not quite sure how I can make this better for you.”

“It’s a gigantic machine, and they make movies at a certain size. And you know, I’ve experienced that on the DC side with Man of Steel, Zack Snyder, and I’ve experienced it on the Marvel side via Disney with Thor: Love and Thunder.” He goes onto say, “These are jobs. You know: Here’s your role, play the role. If you’re expecting this to be some kind of life-changing event, I just think you’re here for the wrong reasons.”

Crowe is incidentally going back into the pages of comics with Kraven the Hunter, from Sony Pictures’ Marvel Universe, which released Madame Web. “I’m just bringing a little weight to the circumstances, so the young actors have got an actor they can bounce off,” he says of the film starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

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‘House of the Dragon’ renewed by HBO for third season before second premieres


HBO is pretty confident about its Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon: The network has renewed it for a third season ahead of its second season debut on Sunday. The series also streams on Max.

Based on author George R.R. Martin‘s Fire & Blood, the series is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and centers on House Targaryen. The HBO Original drama series includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint and Eve Best.

The series is co-executive produced by Martin and its showrunner, Ryan Condal.

In the announcement, the head of HBO’s drama series and films division, Francesca Orsi, trumpeted, “George, Ryan, and the rest of our incredible executive producers, cast, and crew, have reached new heights with the phenomenal second season of House of the Dragon. We are in awe of the dragon-sized effort the entire team has put into the creation of a spectacular season two, with a scope and scale that is only rivaled by its heart.”

She added, “We could not be more thrilled to continue the story of House Targaryen and watch this team burn bright again for season three.”

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Ryan Reynolds debuts his annual Father’s Day Vasectomy drink, with a ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ twist

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Ryan Reynolds is a father of four, and as such — and as the spokesperson of his spirits brand Aviation American Gin — he traditionally takes to the internet around Father’s Day to recreate a drink of his own making, the Vasectomy. 

In years past, he’s had such prodigious procreators as Nick Cannon to help him along, but this year he’s given the drink a Deadpool & Wolverine twist. 

“Because somehow I keep having kids, we’re gonna take our annual Vasectomy up a notch: Aviation Gin: Deadpool Edition,” Reynolds begins in the spot. 

The recipe adds his wife Blake Lively‘s Betty Buzz tonic water to the recipe, as well as the limited-edition Deadpool-branded gin, which he says contains the same spirit, but with “100% more Deadpool.” 

The spot also squeezes in some never-before-seen moments from the forthcoming movie: In his instruction to “take this little yellow guy [a lemon] and give him a squeeze,” we see a clip from the film of him and Hugh Jackman‘s yellow-suited Wolverine fighting.

In the new footage, Deadpool is on top of Wolvie and jokes mid-bear hug, “What are you thinkin’ ’bout?” earning a foul-mouthed response from the razor-clawed X-Man.

The 47-year-old actor and entrepreneur signs off by saying the new concoction “pairs perfectly with two dads over 40 pretending they’re not too arthritic to pull off a superhero movie.”

Deadpool vs. Wolverine hits theaters July 26.

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Catherine Laga‘aia to play Moana in live-action film

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The wait is over for fans of Disney’s Moana: It has been revealed that 17-year-old Catherine Laga’aia will play the Polynesian princess in the live-action reimagining of the 2016 animated classic, due in theaters July 10, 2026.

“I’m really excited to embrace this character because Moana is one of my favorites,” said the Sydney, Australia, native. “I’m honored to have an opportunity to celebrate Samoa and all Pacific Island peoples, and to represent young girls who look like me.”

Disney also announced that joining Laga’aia and her previously announced co-star, Dwayne Johnson, will be New Zealander John Tui as Moana’s no-nonsense father, Chief Tui; Samoan-New Zealand actress Frankie Adams portraying Moana’s playful and strong-willed mother, Sina; and New Zealander Rena Owen as the revered Gramma Tala.

One of the executive producers of the film is Auliʻi Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the original film, on the small screen and in this summer’s animated feature Moana 2.

She told ABC Audio, “I feel really grateful to have played Moana and to continue to play her, as well. And it makes me really happy that she continues to live on in these different iterations. She’s honestly kind of getting her own ‘Moana universe,’ which makes me happy.”

She adds, “I know how much it meant to me to have this film and how important that representation was to see on screen in an animated sense. So I’m really grateful to pass that baton to the next person … in the live action-film.” 

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Making ‘Inside Out 2’ was a mixture of Joy and Anxiety for director Kelsey Mann


Inside Out 2, the sequel to Pixar’s 2015 smash hit Inside Out, hits theaters Friday, and fans are going to be experiencing a lot of emotions when they watch the film.

The picture has 13-year-old Riley dealing with puberty, with lead emotion Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, going up against several new emotions, including Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke. Well, it turns out director Kelsey Mann felt both of those conflicting feelings while making the film.

“I feel like it’s a constant battle between the two because you can easily have Anxiety take over, especially when you’re making a movie that’s a follow-up to a beloved film,” Mann tells ABC Audio. “But I think I’ve tried to take the lessons I’ve learned in doing the research on this movie and make sure I leave enough room for Joy.” 

In addition to Anxiety, Riley is dealing with Ennui, Embarrassment and Envy, but there were even more emotions considered for the picture.

“My personal favorite is schadenfreude. Taking pleasure in someone else’s pain,” Mann shares, noting it was a “very funny character” with a German accent. Unfortunately, in the end he realized, “I didn’t quite need him.”

Based on projected numbers, Inside Out 2 has a potential to be a blockbuster smash if folks actually come out to the theater to see it, and Mann is hoping they do.

“I’m so excited that we would be able to make a movie like that that’s supposed to be enjoyed in the theater, and with the whole family, too,” he says. “There’s not enough movies like that where everybody can go and check it out, no matter what your age.” 

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‘Bridgerton’ stars Nicola Coughlan, Luke Newton step out for season 3 part 2 premiere

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Bridgerton stars Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton were all smiles as they showed off their dramatic fashion looks at the Bridgerton season three, part two premiere in London on Wednesday.

The stars, who respectively play Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton on the hit show, held hands as they posed for photos on the carpet and also reunited with their fellow Bridgerton co-stars, including Golda Rosheuvel, Simone Ashley and more.

Good Morning America caught up with Coughlan and Newton on the carpet where they talked about their favorite Bridgerton memes and more ahead of the release of the show’s second part of season three.

“It’s overwhelming,” Newton said about the response the new season has received from audiences. “It’s kind of hard to come to terms with the scale here in London where we live. It’s wild.”

The actor also shared how he can’t wait for fans to see the rest of season three.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “Tomorrow’s gonna be such a good day because we’ve sat on these secrets for so long. So to be able to just talk about it openly is gonna be amazing.”

Season three explores the friends-to-lovers romance between Penelope and Colin. Fans of the show were first introduced to Penelope and Colin’s friendship — and Penelope’s one-sided attraction — in previous seasons of the hit series by Shonda Rhimes, which is based on Julia Quinn‘s popular novels.

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Competitive eating legends Joey Chestnut, Takeru Kobayashi to face off in Netflix hot dog eating contest


Netflix will redefine the term “binge-watching” on Labor Day, when it airs a live matchup between longtime rivals and gastronomic gladiators Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi.

The pair will headline a “winner-takes-all” hot dog eating matchup called Chestnut vs. Kobayashi: Unfinished Beef, according to the streamer — the first time the pair have challenged each other since 2009.

The news was announced Wednesday, June 12 — a day after Major League Eating (MLE) revealed Chestnut would not be competing in Nathan’s Fourth of July hot dog eating contest this year due to his decision to endorse vegan hot dogs instead of Nathan’s.

“Retiring for me will only happen after I take him down one last time,” said Kobayashi, a six-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champion, who is colloquially referred to as the “Godfather of Competitive Eating.”

He added, “This rivalry has been brewing for a long time. Competing against Joey live on Netflix means fans all over the world can watch me knock him out.”

Kobayashi stormed the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2001, when he won the coveted mustard yellow belt by eating 50 hot dogs in ten minutes — doubling the previous record for the contest. 

He dominated the contest for years, thanks to his so-called Solomon Method: Dunking his dogs in liquid to make the glizzies easier to gobble. 

Chestnut later emerged as his main nemesis in the annual event, and the pair went head-to-head every July 4, with Joey finally beating Kobayashi in 2007.

However, a contract dispute between Kobayashi and MLE saw him banned from the competition since 2010, clearing the way for Chestnut to dominate virtually unchallenged since.

Chestnut has won the contest 16 times, and on July 4, 2021 set the world record at the Nathan’s event by eating 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

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Andrew McCarthy reconnects with the Brat Pack in new documentary ‘Brats’

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Andrew McCarthy revisits his Brat Pack days in the documentary Brats, now streaming on Hulu.

The term Brat Pack was coined by author David Blum for a 1985 New York magazine article. It referred to a group of actors who at the time were making it big in teen movies like Sixteen Candles, St. Elmo’s Fire and Breakfast Club, and McCarthy tells ABC Audio its release was “a seismic event that changed the course of my life.”

“None of us really liked the term at the beginning at all,” he shares. “The journey for me has been to kind of grow 180 degrees in the opposite direction, to now I feel like [it’s] one of the great blessings of my professional life.” 

After writing a book about coming to terms with the label, McCarthy got curious about how fellow members of the pack felt.

“I said, ‘Well, what did everybody else feel?’” he says. “I knew everyone didn’t like it at the beginning, and where have they come to now with it?”

Several members of the so-called Brat Pack appear in the doc, including Ally Sheedy, Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, as well as Emilio Estevez, which was something Andrew didn’t expect, because he says Emilio “never talks about this ever.”

Also in the film is Blum, and McCarthy says he surprisingly found himself having “great affection” for the writer, noting Blum was very much a part of what they went through. He shares, “He hasn’t been able to escape it his whole career.”

And while the actors may not have liked the term, the public seemed to embrace it, something McCarthy only now sees as a good thing.

“Well, the public was right all the time,” he said. “To make friends with it, I certainly think it’s a liberating feeling.” 

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