Universal(LOS ANGELES) — On the heels of Furious 7‘s record-breaking success at the box office this past spring, one of the film’s stars, Jason Statham, is already teasing the next chapter of the popular series.

During the unveiling of Universal Studios Hollywood’s new Fast & Furious Supercharged theme park ride on Tuesday, the 47-year-old British actor told Access Hollywood, “We’re already talking about doing another one, part eight.”

“I’m a newcomer, I just got invited to the party in this last one,” notes Statham, “so it’s nice to know I’m going to be doing another.”

When pressed for plot details, Statham was tight-lipped, only revealing the movies’ braintrust has “always got something good up their sleeves.” Adds the actor, “I don’t want to be the one who spoils everything!… But there is some great stuff that I already know about.”

The eighth film in the Fast & Furious series is scheduled for an April 2017 release.

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Michael Lavine/FOX(NEW YORK) — Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series, beginning with the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday, September 20. It will be hosted by Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Andy Samberg.

The Batman-themed drama Gotham returns for its second season Monday, September 21.

Also returning to the network’s lineup on Wednesday, September 23 is the smash hit Empire, which will pick up three months after the shocking arrest and incarceration of Empire Entertainment head Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard.

The Simpsons returns for its 27th season on Sunday, September 27, along with the live-action comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth. The animated series Family Guy will also be back for its 13th season.
New for Fox’s 2015-16 season are the dramas Minority Report, based on Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film, and Scream Queens, featuring an all-star cast, including Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande; and the comedies Grandfathered, starring John Stamos, and The Grinder, starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage.

Fox’s fall premiere schedule is as follows. All times are Eastern:

Sunday, Sept. 20
8:00-11:00/67th Primetime Emmy Awards

Monday, Sept. 21
8:00-9:00/Gotham
9:00-10:00/Minority Report

Tuesday, Sept. 22
8:00-10:00/Scream Queens

Wednesday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:00/Rosewood
9:00-10:00/Empire

Sunday, Sept. 27
7:30-8:00/Bob’s Burgers
8:00-8:30/The Simpsons
8:30-9:00/Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:00-9:30/Family Guy
9:30-10:00/The Last Man on Earth

Tuesday, Sept. 29
8:00-8:30/Grandfathered
8:30-9:00/The Grinder

Thursday, Oct. 1
8:00-9:00/Bones
9:00-10:00/Sleepy Hollow

Friday, Nov. 6
8:00-9:00/Masterchef Junior
9:00-10:00/World’s Funniest

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Warner Bros.The title character in Max is a dog used by the Marines in Afghanistan to sniff out bombs, weapons and trouble. His person/owner is a good soldier named Kyle (Robbie Arnell).

Spoiler alert — Kyle dies in action and Max is sent home to Texas, where Kyle’s family takes him in. Kyle’s father (Thomas Haden Church) forces Kyle’s rebellious teen brother, Justin (Josh Wiggins), to take care of Max. Justin has issues with his father, and also has issues with Kyle’s service in the Marines. He’s not good at expressing his emotions. Oh, wait: he’s a teenager.

Then, for some reason, this movie changes from a family drama to a sub-par, wannabe action thriller that completely feels like it’s exploiting the military in an effort to manipulate emotions. Even worse, its talented cast is made to seem a bit pedestrian. Thomas Hayden Church is an Oscar nominee (2005’s Sideways), and the writing and stupidity of some of the action that unfolds feels amateurish and beneath him.

As for Wiggins, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he becomes a star, but this script does him no favors. There’s actually a scene in which Justin and his two friends wade through a stream in water up to their necks — then somehow, five minutes later, his friend is able to receive a call on his flip phone, after it was completely submerged in water. I’m not kidding. And it’s a really cheap flip phone.

I’m sure a few people will be easily manipulated and distracted by the cute dog. It happens. Otherwise, Max is a waste of your time.

One-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Warner Bros.The title character in Max is a dog used by the Marines in Afghanistan to sniff out bombs, weapons and trouble. His person/owner is a good soldier named Kyle (Robbie Arnell).

Spoiler alert — Kyle dies in action and Max is sent home to Texas, where Kyle’s family takes him in. Kyle’s father (Thomas Haden Church) forces Kyle’s rebellious teen brother, Justin (Josh Wiggins), to take care of Max. Justin has issues with his father, and also has issues with Kyle’s service in the Marines. He’s not good at expressing his emotions. Oh, wait: he’s a teenager.

Then, for some reason, this movie changes from a family drama to a sub-par, wannabe action thriller that completely feels like it’s exploiting the military in an effort to manipulate emotions. Even worse, its talented cast is made to seem a bit pedestrian. Thomas Hayden Church is an Oscar nominee (2005’s Sideways), and the writing and stupidity of some of the action that unfolds feels amateurish and beneath him.

As for Wiggins, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he becomes a star, but this script does him no favors. There’s actually a scene in which Justin and his two friends wade through a stream in water up to their necks — then somehow, five minutes later, his friend is able to receive a call on his flip phone, after it was completely submerged in water. I’m not kidding. And it’s a really cheap flip phone.

I’m sure a few people will be easily manipulated and distracted by the cute dog. It happens. Otherwise, Max is a waste of your time.

One-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Dennis Haysbert(NEW YORK) — One of the most memorable lines of Kanye West’s latest hit, “All Day,” is when the rapper says, “You a fake Denzel like the Allstate n****.” Yeezy was referencing Dennis Haysbert, who stars in the Allstate TV commercials. So how does Haysbert feel about the namecheck?

“Well, he didn’t say my name, but he did say Allstate’s, and that’s a problem,” the actor told ABC Radio Wednesday night at the New York City premiere of Ted 2. “I think he mentioned Denzel [Washington] too. So he’s got a couple of entities that he’s got to deal with. God help him.”

Haysbert is one of the stars of Ted 2, out Friday. He portrays a fertility doctor who has to tell Ted and his wife they cannot conceive a child, which they’re desperate to do to save their marriage.

Haysbert added that writer/director Seth MacFarlane, who also voices the hilariously offensive teddy bear, made sure he got his scene right.

“Actually, I wanted to push the envelope a little bit more, but he said it’s better if you just keep it real. And that’s where the comedy came in. So I trusted him. He trusted me. And we collaborated on a really good scene,” said Haysbert.

Ted 2 also stars Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried and Giovanni Ribisi.

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Dennis Haysbert(NEW YORK) — One of the most memorable lines of Kanye West’s latest hit, “All Day,” is when the rapper says, “You a fake Denzel like the Allstate n****.” Yeezy was referencing Dennis Haysbert, who stars in the Allstate TV commercials. So how does Haysbert feel about the namecheck?

“Well, he didn’t say my name, but he did say Allstate’s, and that’s a problem,” the actor told ABC Radio Wednesday night at the New York City premiere of Ted 2. “I think he mentioned Denzel [Washington] too. So he’s got a couple of entities that he’s got to deal with. God help him.”

Haysbert is one of the stars of Ted 2, out Friday. He portrays a fertility doctor who has to tell Ted and his wife they cannot conceive a child, which they’re desperate to do to save their marriage.

Haysbert added that writer/director Seth MacFarlane, who also voices the hilariously offensive teddy bear, made sure he got his scene right.

“Actually, I wanted to push the envelope a little bit more, but he said it’s better if you just keep it real. And that’s where the comedy came in. So I trusted him. He trusted me. And we collaborated on a really good scene,” said Haysbert.

Ted 2 also stars Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried and Giovanni Ribisi.

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in Terminator: Genisys — but instead of fighting a new enemy, he’s battling himself.

“It was a great idea for the writers to come up like the Terminator that protects the machines and the Terminator that protects the human beings and there’s a major conflict that leads to this epic battle,” he said of the film on Thursday’s Good Morning America.

But how was Schwarzenegger able to fight a younger version of his terminator self? Movie magic, of course.

“While we were doing this whole fight scene over a period of four days, I always was wondering how are they gonna do the face replacement and head replacement. The amazing thing is the technology and visual effects and the CGI and all this stuff is so advanced now,” Schwarzenegger said.

The 67-year-old actor and former world-champion bodybuilder said he initially thought he’d have to slim down to shoot the film, but director Alan Taylor had something else in mind.

“The director came to me and said, ‘I want you to have the same frame you had in 1984.’ And so I had to literally gain 10 pounds,” Schwarzenegger explained. “So I worked out twice as hard [and] twice as heavy. I did two hours of weight trading everyday and, of course, worked endlessly with the stunt coordinator and with the stunt people to do the fight scenes and choreographing all the stuff so a lot of work goes into those things.”

Terminator: Genisys hits theaters July 1.

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in Terminator: Genisys — but instead of fighting a new enemy, he’s battling himself.

“It was a great idea for the writers to come up like the Terminator that protects the machines and the Terminator that protects the human beings and there’s a major conflict that leads to this epic battle,” he said of the film on Thursday’s Good Morning America.

But how was Schwarzenegger able to fight a younger version of his terminator self? Movie magic, of course.

“While we were doing this whole fight scene over a period of four days, I always was wondering how are they gonna do the face replacement and head replacement. The amazing thing is the technology and visual effects and the CGI and all this stuff is so advanced now,” Schwarzenegger said.

The 67-year-old actor and former world-champion bodybuilder said he initially thought he’d have to slim down to shoot the film, but director Alan Taylor had something else in mind.

“The director came to me and said, ‘I want you to have the same frame you had in 1984.’ And so I had to literally gain 10 pounds,” Schwarzenegger explained. “So I worked out twice as hard [and] twice as heavy. I did two hours of weight trading everyday and, of course, worked endlessly with the stunt coordinator and with the stunt people to do the fight scenes and choreographing all the stuff so a lot of work goes into those things.”

Terminator: Genisys hits theaters July 1.

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Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — PBS has announced it has postponed the third season of Finding Your Roots after determining the show’s co-producers violated its standards with a 2014 episode involving Ben Affleck.

A hacked Sony email published by WikiLeaks in April showed that Affleck had requested the show not reveal that he had a slave-owning ancestor.

PBS said Wednesday that series co-producers violated its standards by failing to shield the creative and editorial process from improper influence, and by failing to inform PBS or producing station WNET of Affleck’s efforts to affect program content.

PBS said it was postponing the scheduling of season three pending the implementation of staffing and other “process changes” to ensure that similar problems are avoided in the future.

It also noted the commitment to a fourth season has been deferred until it is satisfied that editorial standards have been raised.

Affleck addressed the matter on his Facebook page in April, writing, “I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.”

However, he also said he regretted his “initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story.”

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Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — A former Dukes of Hazzard star is wading into the debate over the Confederate flag, calling it a “symbol that represents the indomitable spirit of independence.”

Ben Jones, who played Cooter on the 1980s series and is a former Democratic congressman, wrote a post on Facebook in which he states, in all caps, “I THINK ALL OF HAZZARD NATION UNDERSTANDS THAT THE CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG IS THE SYMBOL THAT REPRESENTS THE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE WHICH KEEPS US ‘MAKIN’ OUR WAY THE ONLY WAY WE KNOW HOW.'”

He writes, “OUR BELOVED SYMBOL IS NOW BEING ATTACKED IN A WAVE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS THAT IS UNPRECEDENTED IN OUR NATION OF FREE SPEECH AND FREE EXPRESSION. ACTIVISTS AND POLITICIANS ARE VILLIFYING SOUTHERN CULTURE AND OUR HERITAGE AS BEING BIGOTED AND RACIST. WE KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE. AND WE KNOW THAT IN HAZZARD COUNTY THERE WAS NEVER ANY RACISM.”

Jones goes on to say that his Cooter’s Place stores in Virginia and Tennessee will continue to sell Confederate items.

Amazon, Walmart, Sears and eBay are among the companies that have banned the sales of Confederate flag merchandise in the aftermath of the massacre at a Charleston, South Carolina, church that claimed the lives of nine people.

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. told Vulture it will no longer sanction the manufacturing of Dukes of Hazzard merchandise featuring the flag, which was painted on the roof of the show’s famous General Lee car.

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