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'Hillbilly Elegy' trailer: Glenn Close, Amy Adams clash in Ron Howard's family drama

Video ThumbnailNetflix is giving a glimpse of Ron Howard's new film Hillbilly Elegy.

The streaming service shared a trailer for the family drama Wednesday featuring Glenn Close, Amy Adams and Gabriel Basso.

The movie is based on the J.D. Vance memoir of the same name, which follows three generations of an Appalachian family now living in Ohio. The film stars Basso as Vance, Adams as his mother, Bev, and Close as his grandmother, Bonnie.

The preview shows Bev (Adams) and Bonnie (Close) clash as Bev struggles with addiction and raising her son. J.D. (Basso) must navigate young adulthood while contending with his family's issues.

Netflix also released first look photos for the film.

Howard said in an interview with Collider in January that Hillbilly Elegy centers on "the sort of collision between [J.D.'s] chaotic childhood and the way in which that informed his life and his thinking and his potential."

"It's a story of transformation ... it really is about being your best self, finding strength in your heritage, and the lessons that you learn, but also recognizing the hurdles that some of that might represent as well, and learning how to grow beyond it," he added.

Hillbilly Elegy premieres Nov. 24 on Netflix.

Penelope Ann Miller to play Nancy Reagan in 'Reagan' biopic

Halloween Mask BannerPenelope Ann Miller will play Nancy Reagan in a new biopic.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Tuesday that Miller, 56, will portray the former first lady in Reagan, a new film about president Ronald Reagan.

Miller will play Nancy Reagan from her late 20s to early 70s. The former first lady, who died at age 94 in March 2016, was an actress who later became Ronald Reagan's second wife.

Miller joins Dennis Quaid, who will portray Ronald Reagan, Jon Voight and Robert Davi.

Reagan is directed by Sean McNamara. The film features a script by Howard Klausner and Jonas McCord, who drew on Paul Kengor's books The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism and God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life.

The movie explores Ronald Reagan's life through the eyes of a fictional KGB agent (Voight), according to Variety. Davi plays Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev.

Reagan is in production in Oklahoma. The film is an independent drama from producer Mark Joseph and Rawhide Pictures, which has yet to set a release date.

Miller is a TV, film and Broadway actress known for the films Adventures in Babysitting, Kindergarten Cop and Carlito's Way, and the series Mistresses and American Crime.

Nickelodeon releases first look at 'SpongeBob' prequel series

Nickelodeon released on Wednesday the fist-look at its upcoming CG-animated SpongeBob SquarePants prequel series, titled Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years.

SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Plankton appear as their younger selves at a summer camp together in the show's first image.

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years will follow a 10-year-old SpongeBob and his friends as they spend their summer at the craziest camp in the kelp forest. The group will be building underwater campfires, catching jellyfish and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck.

Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton) will be reprising their roles from the original series.

Carlos Alazraqui (The Casagrandes) and Kate Higgins (Blaze and the Monster Machines) will be voicing new characters Nobby and Narlene, respectfully. Nobby and Narlene are narwhal siblings who live in the woods surround the camp.

The series will premiere in 2021 on the Paramount+ streaming service before also airing on Nickelodeon following the first season's initial run, which consists of 13 episodes.

Nickelodeon previously announced in June that animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will be getting a video-on-demand release in early 2021.

Hoda Kotb names Frank Sinatra Jr. as least favorite 'Today' guest

Hoda Kotb says late singer Frank Sinatra, Jr., was her least favorite guest on Today.

The Today co-host, 56, said as much while playing Plead the Fifth during Tuesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live.

WWHL host Andy Cohen brought in Kotb's former Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford to question Kotb. Gifford asked Kotb to name who she thought was Gifford's least favorite guest of all time.

"I know exactly who that is. It's Frank Sinatra, Jr.," Kotb said.

"It was the worst guest we've ever had, bar none," she agreed. "He came for a book -- he had a book he was promoting -- and he didn't want to talk about it, so he didn't say anything. It was so weird."

Kotb and Gifford spoke to Sinatra, who died in March 2016, on Today in October 2015.

Kotb and Gifford discussed the interview on Today the following day.

"In the fifty years I've been in this business ... the worst interview ever was with a guy named Craig T. Nelson, who's a really lovely guy. He was promoting Poltergeist -- he never said a word to me and Regis [Philbin]," Gifford said.

"This was the worst ever," she said of the Sinatra interview. "The good news is, Hoda, it will never be that bad again for you."