Carl Clemons-Hopkins didn't anticipate becoming a part of "Hacks" on HBO Max. The Atlanta-born actor, who uses they/them pronouns, said they were living in Chicago and sent in an audition tape for a mysterious (then-unnamed) show filming on the west coast, on a whim. Their experience was mostly in theater, but once the pandemic began Clemons-Hopkins said they quickly realized it was time to look more into TV which could still film with strict precautions. Their audition was a hit with the show's creators and the rest is history. The show, created by Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen . . .
Beloved character actor Ned Beatty, who made his film debut in 1972's "Deliverance," died June 13. He was 83 years old. Beatty's management company Shelter Entertainment Group confirmed to TheWrap he passed away Sunday. More to come . . .
Great news for people who like to make references to the "you've captured their stunt doubles" joke from "Spaceballs," there's a new third-person "Guardians of the Galaxy" video game coming out later this year. And you can watch the trailer for the game from Eidos Montreal at the top of the page right now. Before you ask, this "Guardians" game isn't connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like last year's "Marvel's Avengers," also from Square Enix and Eidos Montreal BTW, it takes place in its own universe and tells a stand alone story. But even if they . . .
The box office resurgence that began on Memorial Day weekend is wearing off as Warner Bros.' "In The Heights" has fallen well short of expectations with an $11.4 million opening from 3,456 screens as it has opened simultaneously on HBO Max. Prior to the weekend, Jon M. Chu's adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical was expected to earn at least a $20 million opening, and hopes were high for the film to overperform off the back of a diverse cast and an upbeat tone that would bring audiences back to theaters. Rave reviews from critics with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score, along with . . .
Former Major League Baseball all-star pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant, the first Black 20-game winner in the American League who helped the the Minnesota Twins win their first World Series in 1965 has died. Grant was 85. "The entire Minnesota Twins organization is saddened by the death of former pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant, who passed away at the age of 85," the Minnesota Twins announced on Saturday. "RIP Mudcat.", The entire Minnesota Twins organization is saddened by the death of former pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant, who passed away at the age of 85. RIP Mudcat. . . .