ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: No, This Is Us isn’t ending any time soon — see: the ratings — but it’s never too early to talk about the end of the NBC family drama.
At a For Your Emmy consideration panel held at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, creator Dan Fogelman dropped an intriguing hint about the show’s very last episode. Asked by moderator Debra Birnbaum how far out the writers have mapped the show, Fogelman answered, “We’re pretty far along. Our writers and I are kind of to the end. We have a path for each season of the show. We’ve always had a plan… I don’t think this show will ever — despite any success it may or may not have — will ever overstay its welcome, and we have a story to tell. And we want to do this the right way. And so we have a plan.”
He added: “I’ve actually already shot pieces of the final scene in the series.”
Fogelman also shared that the show will drill down on Toby (Chris Sullivan), who was seen suffering from depression in a season 2 finale flash-forward, and do a “deep dive” on the back story of Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), Randall’s wife who currently has her hands full with foster child Deja (Lyric Ross). Both will get “showcase” episodes, and, as he warned, “You’re going to be surprised what Toby and Beth were like before they entered this family.”
Surprised is also the word that Fogelman used when discussing the “Who is ‘Her’?’ mystery that was introduced in a different season 2 finale flash-forward with Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and adult Tess (Iantha Richardson). “Our plan right now is that big questions will be answered in the course of the season,” he said. ” I think people are going to be surprised with how we use that timeline.”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Rapunzel is coming back for more adventures on Disney Channel.
The network has renewed Tangled: The Series for a third season ahead of its season two premiere this month. Additionally, the show is getting a new name: Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.
The animated comedy stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi as Rapunzel and Eugene (who was known as Flynn Rider in the 2010 hit feature film). The returning cast also includes Eden Espinosa as Rapunzel’s best friend and confidante, Cassandra; James Monroe-Iglehart as Eugene’s best friend, Lance; and Jeremy Jordan as Varian. The series features music by Disney veteran Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.
The guest voice cast for season two includes Carol Kane as the mystical traveler Madame Canardist; Lil Rel Howery as a fast-talking host named Goodberry; Yvonne Strahovski as Eugene’s old love interest Stalyan; Bruce Campbell as the bizarrely charming King Edmund; Britt Robertson as the whip-smart no nonsense teenager Vex; Timothy Dalton as inventor and adventurer Demanitus; Katy Mixon as the stunningly beautiful Seraphina; and Kathy Najimy as a sprightly and strange resident of the magical forest.
DIGITALSPY.COM: A fresh look at the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph has arrived, and this movie might just be the Disney princesses’ answer to Avengers: Infinity War.
New pictures (first published by USA Today) for the film – officially titled Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 – show Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope von Schweetz meeting Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Pocahontas, Elsa, Anna, Moana, Rapunzel and Tiana.
The images also offer a first look at new characters Yesss (Taraji P Henson), who will assist Vanellope and Ralph (John C Reilly) on their new adventure, and search engine KnowsMore (Alan Tudyk).
In the sequel to 2012’s popular video game movie, Ralph and Vanellope leave the arcade world behind to explore the uncharted world of the internet, filled with websites, apps and social media networks, in order to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush.
Aside from Vanellope sharing screen time with Disney’s most famous princesses, Iron Man will have a part to play too. On top of that, the main characters will be crossing paths (and lightsabers) with the likes of Yoda from the world of Disney-owned Star Wars.
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 arrives on November 23 in the UK and two days earlier, November 21, in the US.
ETONLINE.COM Mandy Moore is giving fans a peek into her personal life.
Rocking a bombshell blowout and a pretty pink lip, the This Is Us star is a vision on the cover of NewBeauty’s spring issue. Inside the mag, she shares her best diet and beauty tricks, reveals her biggest guilty pleasures and talks babies.
On set of the popular NBC series, in which she plays both young and older versions of the beloved Rebecca Pearson, Moore is constantly in makeup. So when she’s not filming, she tells the outlet there’s a few things she does in order to maintain her seemingly flawless skin. “My skin is super sensitive, and having to wear makeup every day, especially the old-age makeup on the show, is really hard,” she shares. “I try to get a lot of sleep, drink water and wear sunscreen — all the cardinal rules of skin care. I’m not a particularly big drinker, so that helps because I don’t have to contend with completely dehydrating my skin.”
“Beyond that, I guess I have my mom and dad to thank,” she adds. “However, that’s not to say I don’t have breakouts like everybody else. I’ve gone through patches where my skin was just completely awful. But when I feel like I’m taking care of myself, it’s evident in my skin.”
PEOPLE.COM: Most actors would want to take a relaxing vacation during their break between filming seasons of their hit TV show.
Mandy Moore? She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
The 33-year-old This Is Us star summited the highest mountain in Africa this month, traveling on the adventure alongside a group of her closest friends including fiancé Taylor Goldsmith.
For Moore, the trip was a dream 15 years in the making.
“I have dreamed the dream of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro since the age of 18,” Moore wrote on Instagram Friday. “Thanks to @eddiebauer, my partner in this adventure, this past week saw #1 on my bucket list come to fruition and I lived out one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life with a few of my best friends.”
She had previously posted a photo of her crew on March 23, the day hike took off.
According to Travel + Leisure, it takes at least a week to complete a hike to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro — which, at 19,341 feet, is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. With “the mountain itself hosting five different vegetation zones,” the journey to the top means climbers will encounter temperatures “varying from hot to freezing” and terrain varying from lush forests to dry deserts.
Moore shared a series of Instagram Stories from the hike as well on Friday, explaining that they had often hiked for 9 hours before stopping at camp.
Still, it was hard to wipe the smile off her face throughout her journey.
Last year, Moore told Shape Magazine she hoped to scale the mountain on her and Goldsmith’s honeymoon.
“I do want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro,” Moore said. “That’s a bucket list item, maybe on the next hiatus; I’ve already told Taylor that I may incorporate it into the honeymoon,” she added.
And though the couple — who have been dating for over two years — haven’t yet walked down the aisle, the experience appeared to bring them even closer.
“This crew, 4 ever,” she labelled a photo of the two of them with their friends.
EW.COM:There has been fire and there has been darkness, and now… let there be light again?
With the resolution of Jack’s death mystery and the funeral service for Milo Ventimiglia’s Pearson patriarch, This Is Us has pushed viewers — and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) — through a double whammy of tragedy and mourning. So it makes sense, as series creator Dan Fogelman himself has said, that fans “deserve a break” after that recent trauma-o-rama.
The Feb. 27 episode of the NBC family drama, titled “Vegas, Baby,” brightens the mood, according to Moore. “There’s some present-day fun with a bachelor/bachelorette party for Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate (Chrissy Metz),” she tells EW.
The past story for Jack and Rebecca will focus on a wedding anniversary when they’ve been married for a while and the rigors of parenthood are taking their toll. “We come to the point where we don’t necessarily want to go through all of the hoopla and maybe just have a quiet night in — and the kids have another idea together,” shares Moore. “It definitely is a lighter episode, and I think it will definitely be bittersweet, knowing what we’ve just gone through with these characters.”
Via flashbacks in the funeral episode, viewers were able to see how Jack’s story will continue — and they might interface with him slightly differently than they did before they had witnessed his tragic end. “I think moving forward now will be bittersweet for people to realize, ‘Oh goodness, he really was this superhero and father,’” she notes. “And looking back at all the sweet moments that they shared, it might tug at the heartstrings a little bit more than usual.” (“More than usual?” Take appropriate precautions.)
Moore also revealed that the series will not return to the time period right after the funeral this season: “We’re going to go back in time a little bit and we’re going to stay more present-day,” she said, “but we’re not going to revisit the immediate aftermath of this funeral in season 2.”