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August 01, 2021

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Netflix is giving a glimpse of Imelda Staunton in The Crown.

The streaming service shared a first-look photo Friday featuring Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II.

The picture shows Staunton, 65, standing in a doorframe. The actress wears a yellow blouse and a pearl necklace.

The Crown is a historical drama series following Queen Elizabeth's reign throughout the decades. Claire Foy played the queen in Seasons 1-2, while Olivia Colman played the monarch in Seasons 3-4.

Season 5 will feature Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Jonny Lee Miller as John Major. Dominic West will reportedly play Prince Charles.

Season 5 storylines will include Diana's bombshell Panorama interview on the BBC.

Production on the season started in the United Kingdom this month, according to Deadline.

Netflix has yet to announce a premiere date for Season 5.

Staunton is known for her work in theater and the film Vera Drake. She also played Dolored Umbridge in the Harry Potter movies.

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Scarlett Johansson sues Disney for 'Black Widow' streaming release

Actor Scarlett Johansson sued Disney on Thursday, saying the company's decision to simultaneously release Black Widow in theaters and on the Disney+ was a breach of contract that cost her millions of dollars.

According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the simultaneous release drove audiences to the streaming platform, lessening box office receipts. Deadline reported that Johansson's compensation for the Marvel movie was "largely ... based on box office receipts," which included bonuses for her if it hit certain monetary milestones.

Black Widow, which was released July 9, earned $80 million in North American theaters on opening day and another $78 million. The movie took in $60 million on Disney+.

The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news about the lawsuit, cited unnamed sources, which said Johansson lost out on $50 million in bonuses due to Disney's decision to release the film simultaneously on the streaming platform.

"Disney chose to placate Wall Street investors and pad its bottom line, rather than allow its subsidiary Marvel to comply with the agreement," the lawsuit says. "To no one's surprise, Disney breach of the agreement successfully pulled millions of fans away from the theaters and toward its Disney+ streaming service."

In addition to Johansson's portrayal of the titular character, Black Widow starred Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour and O-T Fagbenle.

Bob Odenkirk in stable condition, son Nate says 'He's going to be okay'

Summer 99centBob Odenkirk is in stable condition after he was hospitalized for collapsing on the set of his series Better Call Saul.

Odenkirk's son Nate gave a health update on Twitter, while representatives for the actor also confirmed that he was in stable condition.

"He's going to be okay," Nate said. The tweet earned over 378,000 likes.

The representatives stated that Odenkirk was dealing with a heart related incident when he collapsed.

"We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart related incident. He and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side. The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for their outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery," the reps said in a statement.

Odenkirk collapsed at the show's New Mexico set on Tuesday. He was surrounded by crew members who called an ambulance.

Better Call Saul is a spinoff series of AMC's Breaking Bad. Odenkirk portrays the titular Saul and was filming the show's sixth and final season. The final season is expected to arrive in early 2022.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Better Call Saul Season 6 is a little over halfway done. It is unknown how long production will be halted.

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill dies at 72

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has died at his home in Houston, the Texas-based rock band announced Wednesday. He was 72.

His fellow band members, Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons, didn't reveal the cause of his death, which took place Tuesday.

"We are saddened by the news today that our compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX," Beard and Gibbons wrote in a post on the band's website. "We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature, and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the 'Top'. We will forever be connected to that 'Blues Shuffle in C.'

"You will be missed greatly, amigo."

Hill joined the band in 1970 -- replacing previous bassists Billy Ethridge and Lanier Greig -- shortly after the band's formation in 1969. The Dallas native also sang lead and backing vocals and played keyboards.

His death comes less than a week after the band announced he was leaving their current tour "to address a hip issue."

ZZ Top is perhaps best known for hits from its 1983 album Eliminator -- "Gimme All Your Lovin,'" "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs" and "Got Me Under Pressure. They won a number of MTV Video Music Awards during the 1980s, but their popularity declined through the 1990s.

They continued to put out music -- 15 studio albums in total -- and tour through this summer. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, alongside Prince, Bob Seger, George Harrison, the Dells, Jackson Browne and Traffic.

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Dolly Parton to release song with Reba McEntire

Dolly Parton says she will release a song with fellow country music star Reba McEntire.

The 75-year-old singer shared the news during Thursday's episode of Watch What Happens Live.

When asked why she and McEntire have never done a song together, Parton said she just recorded a song with McEntire for the 66-year-old singer's upcoming album.

"Reba and I just did a song together," Parton said. "It's on her album. We redid the song 'Does He Love You?' that she did years and years ago -- we did a new version of it."

"It turned out really good, because I've always wanted to sing with her and don't know why we never did it until now, but we really sounded good together," she added. "I think the fans are going to like it."

Parton last released the holiday album A Holly Dolly Christmas in October, while McEntire released her 33rd studio album, Stronger Than the Truth, in April 2019.

On WWHL, Parton also confirmed she will guest star on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, which stars her 9 to 5 co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. The show will return for a seventh and final season this year.

"Actually, this is their last year, their last season, so we're figuring out how they want to use me. But I am absolutely going to be on it this year," Parton said.

Parton played Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5, which opened in theaters in December 1980.

The singer made headlines last week after she recreated her iconic 1978 Playboy cover for her husband Carl Thomas Dean's 79th birthday.

"I was trying to think of something to do to make him happy," she said on Instagram. "He still thinks I'm a hot chick after 57 years and I'm not gonna try to talk him out of that."