Actress Naya Rivera missing, believed to have drowned, after son found drifting alone on boat

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Naya Rivera, known for playing Santana Lopez on Glee, is missing.  Authorities believe the 33-year-old may have drowned after finding her young son floating alone in a boat on Lake Piru in California.

The actress was seen swimming and boating with her son earlier Wednesday.

The Ventura County Sheriff confirms that authorities searched the lake for Rivera after discovering her son, four-year-old Josey Dorsey, alone in a boat she had rented earlier in the day.  Staff noted the watercraft had not been returned when it was due back, which prompted the search-and-rescue effort. 

The sheriff's office announced the search for Rivera was been suspended for the night and will resume "at first light."

The missing person at Lake Puru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles. SAR operation will continue at first light. @VCAirUnit @fillmoresheriff @Cal_OES pic.twitter.com/bC3qaZS3Ra

— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 9, 2020

Rivera is best known for her work on Glee, but has appeared in various TV shows since she was little; such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Even Stevens.

This story is developing and will be updated.

By Megan Stone
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It was nice to finally play a nice guy in 'The Short History of the Long Road', says Steven Ogg

Obscured Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Character actor Steven Ogg is well known for playing not-so-nice guys in TV shows like The Walking Dead, in which he played Negan's one-time right hand man, Simon, or in the blockbuster video game Grand Theft Auto V, where he voices the gangster Trevor Philips.

In the new independent film The Short History of the Long Road, however, Ogg gets to switch gears, playing Clint, a sympathetic dad to a teen girl, played by Sabrina Carpenter.

In their trusty camper van, the pair live off the grid, criss-crossing America's open road, and relishing the independence their lifestyle grants them.

Ogg told ABC Audio about his character in the film, which was awarded the Special Jury Mention for Best Screenplay at last year's 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

"He's at that point in his relationship to his daughter, where it is, you know, they've been living the van life for her entire life and she's now entering the next phase of life," says Ogg.  "And he's struggling with that...with this idea of, 'Wow, How do I let the bird go out of the nest?'"

For Ogg, his character got to show off the actor's softer side for a change. "I love to get to play the characters I get to play and I like to try all the different things, but man --  it's sometimes really nice, just to have that moment with someone," he adds with a laugh, "a nice moment."

He says of the film, "It's about seeking, it's about searching...I love the message of it. And yes, nowadays, obviously hope, you know...seems like a big thing that we all need a little bit of..."  

The Short History of the Long Road is streaming now.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Lee Daniels set to reboot 'The Wonder Years' with a Black family cast

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC has committed to the pilot production for The Wonder Years, with award-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels as executive producer. 

The new half-hour comedy series will explore the perspective of a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960s, the same era as the original series, set between 1968 and 1973. 

The Last O.G. executive producer Saladin Patterson will also write for the pilot, and ABC will assemble a mini writer’s room triggered upon pilot script approval. The star of the original series, Fred Savage, will direct the pilot and executive produce the show. 

Wonder Years aired on ABC in the late 1980s-early 1990s for six seasons, ultimately winning a variety of awards including four Emmy Awards and a Gloden Globe for Best Television series — musical or comedy in 1989. 

Daniels is no stranger to accolades himself, having received two Oscar nominations for Precious, and awards for his hit TV dramas Empire and Star. His other credits include The Butler, Monster's Ball, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee, starring Mariah Carey, to name a few.

Lee Daniels is currently working on his latest film, The United States V.S. Billie Holiday, inspired by the federal court case of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, played by Andra Day.  

By Rachel George
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Season 2 of 'The Boys' promises to be a bloody good time

Amazon Prime(LOS ANGELES) -- Amazon has released the trailer to the second season of its acclaimed comic adaptation The Boys, and if the R-rated sneak peek is any indication, the show's going for broke this time around.

Then again, season one did feature a baby that could shoot decapitating lasers from his eyes, so that might be no surprise for fans. 

The second-season trailer picks up with a massive manhunt for Karl Urban's Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid's Hughie, and the rest of their superhero-busting team, with the action set to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire."  The trailer also reveals that Antony Starr's ruthless Homelander is leaving no stone unturned in catching the hero-hunting antiheroes.

Season 2 of The Boys takes off September 4.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Watch the season 2 trailer for 'The Umbrella Academy'

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix just dropped the trailer to the second season of its offbeat comic book-based hit The Umbrella Academy

The sophomore season shows that the super-powered Hargreeves siblings' attempt to stop the apocalypse at the end of season one has backfired, scattering them in the 1960s -- when, thanks to them, the end of the world is once again imminent. 

This time around, the world-ending event is tied to the impending assassination of JFK, which Klaus, Vanya, Luther, Diego, Five, Ben, and Allison have to stop -- all while on the run from Swedish assassins and the ruthless cadre known as the Commission. 

Based on the Dark Horse Comic created by My Chemical Romance front man Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Ba, the new season of The Umbrella Academy kicks off July 31.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Phil Keoghan hails "essential workers" on new show, 'Tough As Nails'

Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS 2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) -- Multiple Emmy-winning Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan returns to CBS tonight with a very different kind of reality show, Tough As Nails

The series salutes everyday heroes, from fishermen to firefighters, by having them compete in a series of real-world physical, mental and skills challenges. Keoghan tells ABC Audio that even though the show was conceived and shot before the COVID-19 pandemic and its celebration of essential workers, it shines a light on the people that have always provided for us in our society. 

"It's at a time like this that we realize the jobs that really matter," Keoghan says. "Through all of this, there are still people running into burning buildings to save lives. There are still people going to hospitals wearing PPEs working with people who have coronavirus. There are still people who are helping to keep us safe in the community that are growing our food, that are going out on the seas to catch fish. And those are the people that I really feel we can honor on Tough As Nails."

He explains of the show's 12 contestants, "You know, these people are not wanting to be influencers. They're not looking to be rich and famous. They're looking to just make sure that their families are fed and that things keep working...They are the people that keep the country running..."

While Tough As Nails will ultimately crown a champion, no contestant will be eliminated week to week. Instead, Keoghan says, they compete in team competitions, with cash prizes awarded for each task -- "So at the end of the day, everybody has money in their pocket. Nobody goes home empty-handed." 

Tough As Nails launches with a two-hour premiere tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Janelle MonĂ¡e says she has her heart set on playing this Marvel character

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Will we see Janelle Monáe enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe?  The actress and "Make Me Feel" singer made it known during an interview with Empire that, if she were to join the franchise, she wants to be an X-Man.

"One of my dreams has always been to play Storm," The 34-year-old Hidden Figures star revealed. "I don't know if she comes in Black Panther, but it would be a dream to have her in it."

Monáe attested that her dream of donning the white wig is not a new aspiration. "I definitely have thrown it out there," she laughed.

Not only is the Grammy-nominee a major fan of Storm and the MCU, but she professed her heartfelt admiration of all the actresses that have previously played the powerful weather-controlling mutant.

"A lot of women have played Storm and they've done an exceptional job, and I would love to be in that line of artists and get to do Storm justice," Monáe added.

Storm was most recently portrayed by actresses Halle Berry and Alexandra Shipp on the big screen.

Fans have long-speculated that Storm would appear in Black Panther II considering the abundance of romantic storylines between T'Challa (Black Panther) and Ororo Munroe (Storm) in the comics.  The two are canonically childhood friends and, in some timelines, are even husband and wife.

In addition, there have been talks that X-Men will be rebooted to fit the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, who previously owned the rights of the beloved Marvel series and produced the critically panned Dark Phoenix.

It is unknown, however, when the X-Men will be introduced in the MCU, which is now entering its fourth phase.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

By Megan Stone
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Josh Brolin and wife expecting baby number two

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Josh Brolin and his wife, Kathryn Boyd are expecting their second child, the couple announced on Tuesday.

“The Brolin’s are a growin’!!,” the 32-year-old model shared in an Instagram photo of her kissing the couple’s 19-month old daughter Westlyn, and showing her visible baby bump.  “Our little December babe is on the way…,” she added.

The Avengers: Endgame actor jokingly responded with “Wow. That’s amazing! Congratula…wait…WHAT?!?!”

Boyd and Brolin, 52, tied the knot in 2016 after dating for three years.

Brolin has two children -- 26-year-old daughter Eden and son Trevor, 32, with ex-wife Alice Adair.

He was also previously married to actress Diane Lane.

By George Costantino
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In court testimony, Johnny Depp credits Elton John for his sobriety

ABC/Randy Holmes(LONDON) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Johnny Depp is currently suing the U.K. tabloid The Sun and his estranged wife Amber Heard for libel, but in the course of the first day of testimony, Elton John's name came up.

According to the Daily Mail, during his testimony Depp spoke about how he got sober after his breakup with his long-time partner, actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he shares two children. 

"I got sober...and remained sober...I can't remember exactly how long but it was a long while," Depp said.  A lawyer for The Sun then referred to an email that Depp sent March 22, 2012 to Elton John with the subject line "100 days."

The email read, "My dearest Elton, 100 f****** days of clarity for an old reprobate t**t like me. No one would ever have believed it possible but for a select few, most importantly you."  He also wrote, "I would have been swallowed up by the monster were it not for you." 

Depp said that by "the monster," he meant "death."

The actor, who struggled with substance abuse for years, has known Elton since he was young. The music legend has been instrumental over the years in helping a number of celebrities get clean and sober.  He said recently, "If I help people with [my] AIDS Foundation, if I help people with my music or help people get sober and clean...that's the least I can do.”

According to the Daily Mail, Heard's lawyers have painted Depp as someone who repeatedly attacked her while high or drunk -- and The Sun referred to him as a "wife-beater."  But Depp has countered that Heard is a "narcissistic sociopath" who physically attacked him multiple times.  Both Paradis and Depp's former girlfriend Winona Ryder are set to give testimony at the trial.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Paris Jackson details her past struggles with self harm and suicide ideation

SAVIKO/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Paris Jackson is bravely sharing her life story via her new Facebook Watch docuseries Unfiltered: Paris Jackson & Gabriel Glenn -- from talking about her late father to her relationship with mental illness.

The 22-year-old tackled the heavy subject of suicide ideation and self harm on her Tuesday episode, detailing how her struggles manifested after her dad Michael Jackson passed away in 2009.

"Food became an addiction," Jackson revealed, saying she started gaining weight after moving in with her grandmother Katherine Jackson, who allowed her to eat whatever she wanted. "Then a cousin called me fat so I was like, 'OK, I can't do that anymore.' And that's how I fell into self-harm."

The Gringo alum didn't shy away from why she used it as a coping mechanism. "There's a lot of things that cause a dopamine release.  Self-harm was one of them," She explained. "It was a distraction from emotional pain and transferring into physical pain and the need for control."

"I would cut and burn myself," Jackson admitted. "I never thought that I would die from it because I was always in control of the razor and I knew how deep I was going."

However, there came a point in her life where she did contemplate ending her life after grappling with low self-esteem and self-hatred. "I tried to kill myself many times," The model confessed.  "I couldn't take it anymore."

After seeking the help she needed, such as therapy and building a support circle, Jackson hopes her story will inspire others to ask for help.

"I still struggle to accept myself, but that's what I want to influence. I want to influence self-acceptance and courage and being comfortable in your own skin," She concluded. "Self-love is f****** hard."

(The number for the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.) 

By Megan Stone
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After enduring sexual abuse and racism in Hollywood, Thandie Newton hints she'll name names

HBO/John P. Johnson(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE, CONTENT) In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, Westworld star Thandie Newton pulls no punches about coming up in the not-so-old, bad old days of Hollywood, and abuses she suffered as a result. 

Now 47, the actress isn't holding back: "So careful what you do, everybody...Because you might find yourself f***ing over a little brown girl at the beginning of a career, when no one knows who she is and no one gives a f**k. She might turn out to be Thandie Newton."

Newton reveals, "I've got my little black book, which will be published on my deathbed....I'm not doing it when I'm alive. I don't want to deal with all the fallout and everyone getting their side of the story. There is no side of the story when you're sexually abused. You give that up."

One story centers on how Thandie decided to pass on the 2000 Charlie's Angels reboot. "[T]he director said to me, 'The first shot...You're going to think it's like yellow lines down a road, and you pull back and you realize it's the stitching, because the denim is so tight on your a**...' I was like, 'Oh, I don't think we’re going to go down this road together.'"

Newton also revealed working with Tom Cruise on 2000's Mission: Impossible 2 was overall "an extraordinary time" but allows one scene between the two went terribly.

She adds, "I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual. He tries superhard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done...He wasn't horrible. It was just -- he was really stressed."

By Stephen Iervolino
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Streaming now: 'Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo'

Disney Channel/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- "They make movies and stories about guys like Danny Trejo. Danny is that guy."

That's the word from one of the celebrities who contributed to a new documentary about the life of the cinematic tough guy. 

Trejo's life seems like a Hollywood script. A formerly drug-addicted gang-banger and prisoner who did hard time in his younger days, Trejo found redemption and a career on the big screen in films like Machete, Heat and hundreds of others.

It was a chance reunion with another former San Quentin inmate-turned writer and actor, Eddie Bunker, that launched Trejo's career. Bunker knew Trejo was a gifted boxer, and had him hired to train Eric Roberts to box for the 1985 movie Runaway Train.

"I said, 'What's it pay?'" Trejo recalls asking Bunker, who would later star in Reservoir Dogs. "And he says, '320 a day.' And I said, 'How bad you want this guy beat up?' I thought it was a hit!" Trejo laughs.

That misunderstanding aside, Trejo so impressed the director, he landed his first role on-screen, as Roberts' opponent. Now 76, the actor and activist's life story has become a documentary called Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo. 

"Well, the reason I wanted to do it was to use it as a tool," he tells ABC Audio. "When I go to juvenile halls and...I've been to penitentiaries all over the world...And what I want to do is just give people hope that are in a hopeless situation. And prison is a hopeless situation."

He explains, "When I walk onto a campus, I got everybody's attention automatic. You know...not Danny Trejo, but the guy from Spy Kids, the guy from Heat. The guy from Desperado. That guy. And they want to hear what I got to say...."

Trejo calls the film and the testimonials from actors and directors he's worked with "humbling."

By Stephen Iervolino
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It's no "happy little accident" the COVID-19 pandemic led to a boom in Bob Ross' 'The Joy of Painting'

Tubi/Bob Ross Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Though he's been gone 25 years, ever-calming TV presence Bob Ross and his show The Joy of Painting has seen a resurgence -- particularly in the high-stress world in which we now find ourselves.

The show, famous for the painter's calming voice and ability to whip up a masterpiece in every episode, has attracted a whole new generation of fans. Now the worldwide streaming service Tubi has picked up the public television series -- and it's more popular than ever, Joan Kowalski, CEO of Bob Ross Inc. tells ABC Audio. 

"It started about five years ago when there was an eight-day marathon on Twitch TV which brought out all the millennials, generation X, Y and Zs," says Kowalski, whose parents discovered Ross and helped bring him to public TV in the '80s.  "And then with the pandemic, we've gotten another surge with people staying at home and they remember how much they want to have Bob in their lives -- and they're painting, too!"

With COVID-19, "They are watching like crazy and they're starting to paint because they're it's a thing you can do by yourself," Kowalski says.  "And just Bob's whole disposition, his whole personality, of course, obviously is just perfect. People are...stressed out, and they're trying to figure out what to do all their home. And that's just a recipe for Bob Ross right there."

Additionally, Ross' likeness can now be found on t-shirts, bobbleheads, and even a Funko Pop toy.

"He always sort of liked that whole concept when he was alive," says Kowalski. "[I]t's probably the one thing that he would really loved a lot would be like the merchandise and everything. Any collectible you want, there a Bob Ross one, too, and just it's taking off like crazy." 

By Stephen Iervolino
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Charlize Theron admits not being cast in 'Furiosa' prequel was a "tough one to swallow"

John Rasimus/Barcroft Media via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's not all that uncommon for actors to be swapped out for the same role as time goes on -- just look at Batman or any James Bond movie. Just because it happens, though, doesn't mean it doesn't hurt a little.

At least that how Charlize Theron felt after hearing that the Mad Max: Fury Road character she made popular would be taken over by a younger actress. The film takes place years before Theron's Imperator goes rogue and rescues a harem of young women from the dreaded Immortan Joe. 

"It’s a tough one to swallow. Listen, I fully respect George [Miller], if not more so in the aftermath of making Fury Road with him. He’s a master, and I wish him nothing but the best. Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure," Theron confessed to The Hollywood Reporter about the director's decision to tap younger talent for the prequel Furiosa

"I really love that character, and I’m so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone I think of and reflect on fondly," she continued. "Obviously, I would love to see that story continue, and if he feels like he has to go about it this way, then I trust him in that manner."

"We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we’re focusing on," the 44-year-old actress added. 

Although she must bid goodbye to her 2015 Mad Max role, fans can look forward to seeing Theron in her new Netflix film The Old Guard, which hits the streaming platform on July 10. 

By Danielle Long  
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Is Florence Pugh going to take over for Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow?

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Scarlett Johansson is hanging up her Black Widow batons and passing them on to Florence Pugh -- at least that what the director Cate Shortland told Empire magazine on Monday. 

In the standalone Black Widow film, Oscar nominated Little Women star Pugh plays Yelena -- a "sister" of sorts for Johansson's Natasha Romanoff; the pair both survived a brutal assassin training academy for young women, and later re-team to try to destroy the program.

"We didn't know how great Florence Pugh would be," says Shortland, Marvel Studios first solo female film director. "We knew she would be great, but we didn't know how great."

She adds, "Scarlett is so gracious, like, 'Oh, I’m handing her the baton.' So it's going to propel another female storyline."

Black Widow was originally scheduled to be released in May but was postponed due to COVID-19 and has been rescheduled to hit theaters on November 6. Set after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Marvel film will delve into Natasha's past and the events that occurred before she become an Avenger. 

Shortland added that the upcoming installation will give fans a chance to come to terms with how Avengers: Endgame said goodbye to the beloved character. 

"In Endgame, the fans were upset that Natasha did not have a funeral. Whereas Scarlett, when I spoke to her about it, said Natasha wouldn't have wanted a funeral," she explained. "She’s too private, and anyway, people don’t really know who she is. So what we did in this film was allow the ending to be the grief the individuals felt, rather than a big public outpouring. I think that's a fitting ending for her."

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

By Danielle Long and Stephen Iervolino
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