12/23/21 Entertainment News

— James Franco is finally speaking out regarding sexual misconduct allegations against him. In an interview on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Podcast” set to release in full today, Franco blamed addiction to work and sex for his struggles. Franco said that he got addicted to “validation” once he couldn’t use alcohol to fill the void he had. It is the first time the actor has spoke on the subject since he paid over two-million dollars to settle a lawsuit filed by former acting students who said he sexually harassed them at his former acting school in 2019. Two students alleged that Franco coerced them and other students at Studio 4 into filming sexual acts. Both sides released a statement in the settlement in which Franco denied any allegations of misconduct.

— Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is making good on a promise to a young fan. Bridger Walker saved his sister from a dog attack last year but was left with injuries that required more than 90 stitches. Following the attack, Holland invited the real-life superhero to hang out on the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Walker’s father, Robert, took to YouTube to show a behind-the-scenes video of Walker meeting Holland and his co-star Zendaya on set.

— Britney Spears is celebrating the end of her conservatorship with new music. The pop-titan took to her Instagram on Wednesday to announce she has a new song in the works. She also reminded the world, and herself, who she is by listing off some of her accolades including how she is a Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer who’s sold nearly 100-million records worldwide. The lengthy post slammed her family saying they weren’t her cheerleaders like they claimed to be. There’s no word on when her new music will come out.

— Congress will launch an investigation into the Astroworld concert that claimed the lives of 10 people. The House Oversight Committee hearing will focus on Live Nation’s role in the planning and safety of the November event. The committee is requesting information from the entertainment company by early January, with a briefing to follow. What happened at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival follows a long line of other tragic events involving Live Nation. The entertainment company has faced lawsuits over safety issues in the past.

— Rupert Grint says he is “quite protective” of his Harry Potter character. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Grint says he sees a lot of himself in Ron Weasley. He says at first he thought he had a strange relationship with the character but now he says he is him. Grint also said he’s open to reprising his role, adding he’s very proud to be a part of the Harry Potter universe.

— Michael Keaton is reportedly gearing up to reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming Batgirl movie. The Hollywood Reporter claims he will act alongside Barbara Gordon in the HBO Max film. He first put on the bat suit in 1989 for Tim Burton’s Batman and again in the 1992 film Batman returns. This is not the only time he’s going to answer the Bat signal in upcoming projects. He’s also set to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne in The Flash which is set to come out in November of next year.

— The release date for “John Wick: Chapter 4” is being pushed back, again. On Wednesday, Lionsgate announced the Keanu Reeves film will now come out in March of 2023. Its latest premiere date was May 2022 after being delayed from May of 2021.