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Chris Rock and Lake Bell fuel dating rumors with LA dinner date

Chris Rock and Lake Bell fuel dating rumors with LA dinner date

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Chris Rock and Lake Bell fueled romance rumors on Saturday after being spotted on a dinner date in Santa Monica, California.

A source tells The New York Post the duo dined for almost two hours. Rock and Bell were reportedly holding hands as they walked out of an Italian restaurant, but immediately let go of one another's hands when they saw the photographers.

The 57-year-old comedian and 43-year-old actress were also spotted catching a Cardinals game together at St. Louis' Busch Stadium last month.

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In Brief: 'Frasier' reboot getting off the ground this fall, and more

In Brief: 'Frasier' reboot getting off the ground this fall, and more

That long-awaited Frasier revival could begin shooting this fall. During an appearance on CBS' The Talk on Monday, Kelsey Grammer, who played the titular psychologist and radio show host on the NBC sitcom, which ran from 1993-2004, revealed they were “in the final stages of the final script for the first episode of the Frasier reboot and it looks pretty good.” He added, “I’ve had a couple of runs through it, and I cried, so you know, I’m happy. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Grammer said last year last year that the character, who moved from Boston to Seattle for the original series, “thinks he’s gonna go off and do one thing, and sure enough, his life takes him in another direction...And he ends up rich beyond his dreams”...

Avatar director James Cameron previously revealed his vision to follow up the original 2009 blockbuster with an epic four-film saga, but with the first of them, Avatar: The Way of Water, set to hit theaters in December and a third already in the can, the legendary filmmaker tells Empire he may be ready to "pass the baton" to another director. “The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming,” he explains. “I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting. I think eventually over time -- I don’t know if that’s after three or after four -- I’ll want to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over, so I can go do some other stuff that I’m also interested in. Or maybe not. I don’t know”...

After leaving the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives in 2020 after a 37-year stint, Kristian Alfonso is reprising her role of Hope Williams Brady in the Days spinoff Beyond Salem -- seeming to contradict an earlier statement. However, Alfonso insists it's not a return, telling Soap Opera Digest, “[Beyond Salem] is, I feel, a branch of it...I have seen online where viewers have stated that I said, ‘Never’ regarding [returning someday] -- I never said never. I said that I will not be popping in and out like other actors have done in the past. I didn’t say I’m never, ever coming back. I was not absolute.” Beyond Salem premieres July 11 on Peacock...

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'Mrs. Maisel' star Rachel Brosnahan responds to Highland Park mass shooting

'Mrs. Maisel' star Rachel Brosnahan responds to Highland Park mass shooting "I'm sick to my stomach"

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan took to Twitter to express her frustration about the mass shooting that occurred at the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.

"I grew up in Highland Park and this parade is a highlight of the year for so many families. I’m sick to my stomach every time news like this comes out," the actress tweeted. "But I don’t wish the pit in your stomach as you call your family and friends to make sure everyone is okay on anyone. No words."

The tweet comes after a gunman opened fire on a Fourth of July parade in the Midwest city on Monday, killing at least six people and injuring over 30, including children. Five of the victims died at the scene of the shooting while one died at a hospital, according to officials.

Robert "Bobby" Crimo III was arrested in connection with the shooting and described as a person of interest following a vehicular pursuit Monday evening after an hours-long manhunt, police said. As of Monday night he has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

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'Minions 2: The Rise of Gru' opens with record-breaking $125.1 million July 4th weekend

'Minions 2: The Rise of Gru' opens with record-breaking $125.1 million July 4th weekend

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Minions 2: The Rise of Gru is now the July 4 holiday box office record holder, earning an estimated 125.1 million dollars from Friday through Monday. That's also the second-best debut for a Despicable Me/Minions movie, about three-and-a half million less than the first standalone Minions movie earned in 2015.

MInions 2: The Rise of Gru -- featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson and Michelle Yeoh -- did pretty well overseas, too, scooping up an estimated $93.7 million for a worldwide total gross of $202.2 million between Friday and Monday.

Top Gun: Maverick held on to second place, delivering an estimated $25.5 million over the three-day weekend and $33.3 through Monday. The Top Gun sequel has earned a total of $544.5 million overseas, bringing its six-week global tally to upwards of $1.1 billion worldwide.

Dropping to third place is Elvis, which collected an estimated $19 million in its second week of release. The biopic has earned a total of $70 million in North America and $113 million worldwide.

Pulling up in fourth place is Jurassic World: Dominion with just under $15.7 million. Adding Monday's estimated totals, that figure swells to roughly $19.7 million. After four weeks, Dominion has raked in $331.8 million domestically to go with $492.7 million internationally, where it opened a week earlier than in North America. Its worldwide total currently sits at $824.5 million.

Rounding out the top five is the horror film The Black Phone, taking in an estimated $12.3 million between Friday and Sunday and $14.4 million through Monday. The film, starring Ethan Hawke, has earned a total of $49.7 million in North America and $74.4 million globally after two weeks.

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Kamala Harris speaks on

Kamala Harris speaks on "outrageous" decision to overturn Roe v. Wade at 'Essence' Fest

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Vice President Kamala Harris participated in a "fireside chat" with actress Keke Palmer at the Essence Festival of Culture Saturday, where she spoke on important issues pertaining to women and the Black community.

Speaking on the "outrageous" decision to overturn Roe v. Wade -- the law protecting the right for women to have an abortion -- Harris shared her thoughts on the ruling's implications and its effect on other personal topics like contraception and same-sex marriage.

"What else might be vulnerable that we otherwise thought was settled law?" she questioned.

She called the decision a "serious matter" -- a phrase applauded by those in the audience a part of the Black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, of which Harris is a member. "It requires all of us to speak up, speak out and to be active," Harris said. She added, "We have to recognize we're a nation that was founded on certain principles that are grounded in the concept of freedom and liberty."

Remembering the words of Coretta Scott King Harris said, "The fight for civil rights -- which is the fight for freedom, the fight for liberty, the fight for justice -- the fight for civil rights must be fought and won with each generation."

In relation to the continued fight for freedom in America, Harris suggested two key points from King's words: "The very nature of these fights is that whatever we gain, they will not necessarily be permanent." And that, "you have to be vigilant."

"Don't be overwhelmed to the point that we are disheartened and we think that we can't do anything about it," she said. "It's the nature of it that these gains will not be made. And so we must be vigilant and we must remember we are always going to have to fight to maintain these rights."

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Marvel's newest star, Aramis Knight, talks playing 'Ms. Marvel''s Red Dagger

Marvel's newest star, Aramis Knight, talks playing 'Ms. Marvel''s Red Dagger

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Actor Aramis Knight made his debut in Wednesday's fourth episode of Disney+'s Ms. Marvel, and his team up with the show's title character, played by Iman Vellani, was an instant hit with fans. 

Knight plays Kareem, a masked vigilante crime fighter and one of the mysterious group of Pakistan-based heroes known as the Red Daggers. 

A visit to her grandmother's native Karachi to study the origins of her powers led Vellani's Kamala Khan to be tracked -- and later defended -- by the group.

Knight tells ABC Audio he was sure he was auditioning for the character -- who goes by the Red Dagger in the comics -- when he heard about it, in spite of Marvel's famous secrecy.

"When I heard ... they were looking for Southeast Asian actors and that it was a Marvel show. Didn't take much research to figure out that it was Ms. Marvel," he smiles. 

"And then I started reading the comics and found Kareem. And I was like, 'Oh, this must be who I'm auditioning for. I mean, come on! Like, I look just like the guy!' And I just had a feeling from then on."

We wanted to know if Knight was ready to see cosplayers playing him. "YESSS!" he says. 

"I'm trying to go to Comic-Con this year [in July], trying to take a picture with every person who dresses up as Red Dagger."

He adds, "I'm really hoping we get some Halloween costumes. A couple of my friends have already promised me that they're going to be 'me' for Halloween ..."

The actor of Pakistani descent says, "Overall ... I'm just excited to ... represent for our culture, to be able to be a superhero, to be able to do what I love and to be a part of a company like Marvel. It's just, it's amazing!"  

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NBC rescues CBS' 'Magnum P.I.' reboot with 2-season deal

NBC rescues CBS' 'Magnum P.I.' reboot with 2-season deal

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"Time to dust off the Aloha shirt!" That was the word from star and producer Jay Hernandez as he celebrated the news NBC has picked up his recently canceled CBS reboot of Magnum P.I.

In a move similar to NBC's rescuing Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Deadline reports the network sealed the deal Thursday night to rescue the show in a two-season, 20-episode deal.

Hernandez told fans, "It was a bit circuitous but we did it! Your love & support helped get us over the finish line, thank you & thanks to @nbc for stepping up!"

Other cast members were also feeling the love, including Perdita Weeks, who plays Juliette Higgins, the gender-swapped version of the late John Hillerman's character in the Tom Selleck-led original.

Posting a smiling image of herself, Weeks cheered on Instagram, "Off to the see the Ohana," using the Hawaiian word for "family."

Co-star and former Happy Endings star Zachary Knighton added, "This one is for the FANS. You guys are AMAZING!"

The reboot of Magnum performed well for CBS in its Friday night slot for four seasons.

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Denzel, Simone Biles among Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

Denzel, Simone Biles among Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

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Denzel Washington and Simone Biles will soon have another award for their shelves.

The two-time Oscar and Tony winner and the four-time Olympic gold medalist are among the 17 individuals chosen this year to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House announced this year's honorees on Friday. The medals will be awarded at a White House ceremony on Thursday, July 7.

This year's other winners include soccer star and equal pay advocate Megan Rapinoe. Posthumous honorees include Sen. John McCain, the late AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Incidentally, President Joe Biden is the first president to award the medals after already receiving one himself. Former President Barack Obama presented the medal to Biden in 2017, who was then serving as vice president.

Other honorees include civil rights advocate and former U.S. Ambassador Raúl Yzaguirre, civil rights attorney Fred Gray and Sandra Lindsay, a nurse who became the first American to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

"These 17 Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation -- hard work, perseverance and faith," the White House said.

"They have overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive accomplishments in the arts and sciences, dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and acted with bravery to drive change in their communities -- and across the world -- while blazing trails for generations to come."

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"Extra" extra: A background actress gets the spotlight, thanks to a now-viral clip of 'Doctor Strange' sequel

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Background actors -- commonly known as extras -- are the unsung heroes of any movie or TV show, as they fill the frame and give context to a scene without saying a word.

They're essentially both seen and not supposed to be seen, so they don't distract from the main characters.

However, one extra is getting her chance to shine thanks to a TikTok user named Charles Rosen, who noticed her "performance" in the recently-released Disney+ film Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness.

The well-dressed older woman is sitting in a church pew directly behind Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie's opening wedding scene, while he's speaking with Michael Stuhlbarg's Dr. Nic West.

However, as the TikTok user noticed, she's doing a heck of a lot while pretending not to be doing much.

Apparently desperate to avoid the reflex of looking into the camera in front of her -- a movie no-no, unless you're Deadpool -- she glances everywhere else, her eyes and head literally rolling circles around the lens.

"This is how you be an extra!" Rosen captioned the vid, which also featured him laughing at the scene.

His clip has been liked more than 190,000 times.

However, the as-yet-unnamed extra isn't the first one to miss the "blend-in" memo.

There are a host of famous, similar gaffes in other movies, including a camera-ogling diner in Goodfellas; the guy in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace who's supposed to be sweeping except his broom wasn't touching the ground; that infamous Teen Wolf extra who stood up and cheered with her pants completely undone, and one of the children of Christopher Lloyd's Doc Brown, who kept touching his own crotch as the camera rolled at the end of Back to the Future Part III.

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Paul Rudd's Ant-Man finally addresses that

Paul Rudd's Ant-Man finally addresses that "gross" fan theory for how he could have beaten Thanos

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(NOTE CONTENT) Aboard the new Disney Wish cruise ship, fans of The Avengers will be treated to hang-outs with costumed characters and other eye-popping tastes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Evidently, they'll also hear Paul Rudd, in character as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, address a fan theory about how his shrinking superhero could have defeated Thanos. 

To put it delicately, it involves the hero shrinking to insect size and Thanos' purple behind. 

According to a tourist's footage of an exchange between Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, in character on a video screen as Hope Van Dyne AKA The Wasp, the exchange begins with both heroes introducing themselves to their guests. 

"Look, before we start, let me address the elephant in the room," Rudd's Lang opens.

"I've heard a lot of chatter out there asking why I didn't shrink down, go in, and uh ... kill Thanos in a really creative way," he says, miming giving the Mad Titan the worst prostate exam of all time. 

"First of all: gross," Ant-Man says. "Secondly, it's much more complicated than that. Allow me to explain--"

Fortunately, Lilly's Hope cuts him off: "If only we had the time!" 

Incidentally, the superhero show The Boys -- which can "go there" thanks to its mature rating -- just saw a shrinking supe accidentally doing something similar in the third season's first episode. However, the internal adventure ended with accidentally explosive results, when the teensy character sneezed.

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New image shows Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin in upcoming limited series

New image shows Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin in upcoming limited series

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Michael Douglas is Benjamin Franklin in a new image released by Apple TV+.

The Oscar-winning actor, who is set to portray the Founding Father in the new Apple TV+ limited series Franklin, appears pensive in full makeup, hair and costume.

In February, Apple TV+ announced that Douglas would take on the lead role as Franklin in the new series, which is based on the book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff.

The eight-episode series will explore how Franklin convinced France to underwrite America’s experiment in democracy.

"Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers and hostile colleagues, all while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace treaty with England of 1783," the streaming platform said in a press release. "The eight-year French mission stands as Franklin’s most vital service to his country, without America would not have won the Revolution."

The limited series will be written and executive produced by Kirk Ellis and directed by Tim Van Patten.

A release date has not yet been announced.

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'DWTS' dancer Sharna Burgess and Brian Austin Green welcome first child together

'DWTS' dancer Sharna Burgess and Brian Austin Green welcome first child together

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Dancing with the Stars pro Sharna Burgess and her boyfriend, actor Brian Green Austin, welcomed their first child together, a boy, on Tuesday.

Burgess, 37, shared the news Thursday on Instagram, writing, "Zane Walker Green 06/28/2022 at 12:12pm," alongside a black and white photo of the baby clutching his dad's finger.

“My heart is now forever outside of my body,” she added.

This is Green's fifth child. The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum has a 20-year-old son, Kassius, with actress Vanessa Marcil. He also shares Noah, 9, Bodhi, 8, and Journey, 5, with ex-wife Megan Fox.

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In Brief: 'Stranger Things' back on top; 'Love Island' returns with Sarah Hyland, and more

In Brief: 'Stranger Things' back on top; 'Love Island' returns with Sarah Hyland, and more

Stranger Things has regained the top spot as Netflix’s most popular TV show of all time, according to the streamer. Netflix’s list of most popular titles is calculated based on viewership during a title’s first 28 days of availability. It was temporarily displaced by the third season of The Umbrella Academy, which premiered on June 22. The second half of the final season of Stranger Things dropped Friday..

 

Modern Family alum Sarah Hyland has been tapped to host Peacock’s revamped version of Love Island USA, according to TVLine. Hyland replaces Arielle Vandenberg, who hosted the show's first three seasons on CBS. She'll be joined by British comedian Iain Stirling as narrator, replacing Matthew Hoffman, who served as the reality show‘s narrator during its time on CBS. Love Island USA season four premieres July 19 on Peacock...

Variety reports Dune: Part Two, the second chapter in the Warner Bros. and Legendary sci-fi epic, originally set to open in theaters October 20, 2023, has been postponed until November 17, 2023. Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem are returning for Dune: Part Two, with Florence Pugh, Austin Butler and Christopher Walken set to join the cast. The Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel, which follows the second half of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel, is set to start shooting later this year...

Peacock has scratched the TV adaptation of Field of Dreams from its roster. The drama series, based on the 1989 film starring Kevin Costner, was picked up straight to series in August 2021, with The Office writing alum and Parks and Recreation co-creator Michael Schur set to produce, but it won't stream on the platform, an insider tells The Hollywood Reporter. Universal Television is reportedly in the process of talking to interested buyers...

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Chris Pratt dishes on the

Chris Pratt dishes on the "intense" making of 'The Terminal List'

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The new Chris Pratt action-drama The Terminal List, debuting Friday on Amazon Prime Video, is about a Navy SEAL who loses his unit, his family is being threatened, and isn't sure whom he can trust. 

Not only is the series intense, so was making it, with Pratt telling ABC Audio, "It's a surprise. Hopefully it'll be unlike anything anyone has ever seen me do."

Those intense moments were punctuated with moments of levity, though, because that’s what Navy SEALS do.

"They're cracking jokes. They're saying inappropriate [things] in the middle of combat...surrounded by destruction and death and uncertainty," Pratt explains. "They're still checking in with each other by being funny." 

The Terminal List is based on the bestselling book from Jack Carr, a former Navy SEAL himself who says he wrote it with Pratt in mind, and that "he crushed it."

"I got to see that transformation in Parks and Rec to playing a steel operator in Zero Dark 30. So that's what initially kind of cued me off," Carr shares, adding that this was before Guardians of the GalaxyJurassic World, and Avengers. "I thought Chris Pratt is the only person to bring this to life."

As for what to expect? "I think Chris called it early on 'tradecraft set against paranoia,' and it was that tone that makes it very different than other conspiracy thrillers or military thrillers that you've seen before," showrunner Dave DiGilio teases. "There's a lot more layers to this show."

Despite the setting, the themes are relatable to everyone, according to director Antoine Fuqua.

"Empathy, love, revenge, justice. There's certain things that don't change," Fuqua says. "That's the thing that we all relate to." 

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"He meant everything to us": 'Black Bird' cast remembers Ray Liotta at L.A. premiere

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At the Apple TV+ show's premiere in Los Angeles Wednesday night, the cast and other creatives behind the forthcoming series Black Bird paid tribute to their fallen co-star Ray Liotta.

The acclaimed actor passed away unexpectedly May 26 at the age of 67.

"He's a magnificent actor and a magnificent person. He was a great guy," Greg Kinnear tells Variety.

He continued, "Listen, I would say he was great no matter what -- I mean, he could've read the phone book in this thing and I would say he's great -- but I genuinely think he's extraordinary in this in a way that is going to knock people out."

Dennis Lehane, the writer and executive producer of Black Bird, noted, "He meant everything to us."

He adds, "I wrote the part for him, it was my dream to work with him. He was as good as advertised. He raised all boats, and he never gave the same take twice."

Calling Liotta the "complete, consummate professional," Lehane noted, "And then when he died, it was tough because our last conversation three weeks earlier had been about what we were gonna do next."

He tells the trade, "We just hope that at least the legacy lives on through this performance."

Variety noted that Paul Walter Hauser, who plays suspected serial killer Larry Hall in the fact-based series, wore a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Liotta's Field of Dreams character "Shoeless" Joe Jackson on it.

In the film, Liotta plays the cop dad of Kingsman series lead Taron Egerton's clean-cut Jimmy Keene, who is facing a 10-year stint in prison.

Liotta's daughter Karsen and fiancée Jacy Nittolo also walked the red carpet to commemorate one of his last roles.

Black Bird premieres July 8 on Apple TV+.

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'The Best Man: Final Chapters' coming to Peacock this winter

'The Best Man: Final Chapters' coming to Peacock this winter

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The TV series inspired by The Best Man franchise will premiere just in time for Christmas.

The Best Man: Final Chapters will premiere December 22 on Peacock, Entertainment Tonight reports.

All the of the two movies, The Best Man in 1999 and The Best Man Holiday in 2013, have returned. Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall and Melissa De Sousa have been shooting in several locations, including the Dominican Republic. Nicole Ari Parker, from Empire, has also joined the all-star cast.

The director of the films, Malcolm D. Lee, is also back and has added another famed director for the series, Robert Townsend, whose credits include The Five Heartbeats and Hollywood Shuffle.

On Wednesday, Lee posted an Instagram video from Rockefeller Center in New York City as his crew prepared to shoot a scene.

According to Peacock, The Best Man: Final Chapters "will catch up with the leading characters Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance."

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Netflix responds as 'Stranger Things' fans rally to

Netflix responds as 'Stranger Things' fans rally to "Protect Steve!"

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With Volume 2 of Stranger Things' fourth season dropping on Netflix Friday, some fans are trying to save their favorite character.

In a move reminiscent of Walking Dead fans declaring, "If Daryl dies, we riot," #Protect Steve! has been popping up in an effort to try to spare Joe Keery's character from a possibly horrible fate.

It seems Netflix has heard their cries, supporting the hashtag with outdoor billboards touting the same plea; the streaming service added in a social media caption "AT ALL COSTS!!!"

One fan replied, "If Steve dies, that’s it, I’m canceling my Netflix subscription," adding the caveat, "Until the last season comes out."

If indeed the five stages of potential grief include bargaining, some fans are apparently already there, with some offering alternatives for Vecna and his minions: "pls sacrifice dustin instead," one commenter replied, referencing Gaten Matarazzo's character.

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Selena Gomez says her 'Only Murders' and 'Wizards of Waverly Place' characters have a lot in common

Selena Gomez says her 'Only Murders' and 'Wizards of Waverly Place' characters have a lot in common

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Selena Gomez agrees her Wizards of Waverly Place character, Alex Russo, has a lot in common with Mabel, whom she plays on her new show, Only Murders in the Building.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the "Lose You to Love Me" singer joked how both series center on a trio of eccentric people. But, while one show deals with magical powers, and the other deals with, well, murder, Selena says her characters could be one and the same.

"I feel like Mabel is an older version of Alex in a way," the Grammy nominee disclosed, adding she "a thousand percent" channeled what she learned on her Disney Channel show on her newest series.

"I adored being on that show so much. I felt like I did learn a lot," Selena explained. "We actually had great writers -- we had two writers that were on Friends -- and we had an incredible director that we used for most of our seasons. We got really lucky. I still look back at that and laugh at certain things just because I thought it was so fun, and we tried."

Selena turned her attention to Only Murders and said the show helped revive her love of acting. The "Wolves" singer admitted she placed her music career over acting gigs for several years, which is why she decided to "take some time for my true love, which is film and TV."

"I'm not sure I was looking for a series, I was just looking for something in general," she continued. "This was just honestly a wonderful surprise. [My team and I] got the material and responded right away, and I thought it was so cool. I definitely didn't think it would do this well but I'm definitely happy."

Only Murders is streaming its second season now on Hulu.

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Apple TV+ announces cast for 'Godzilla and the Titans' live-action show

Apple TV+ announces cast for 'Godzilla and the Titans' live-action show

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Apple TV+ has added one of the stars of its acclaimed series Pachinko to the streaming service's upcoming live-action show Godzilla and the Titans.

Anna Sawai will join newcomer Ren Watabe, The Young Wife's Kiersey Clemons, Mare of Easttown's Joe Tippett and Versailles' Elisa Lasowski for the show, which is set in the so-called Monsterverse of the titular, nuclear-powered lizard and his kaiju friends and foes.

Sawai will play a former schoolteacher and "G-Day survivor" who returns to her familial home of Japan and "uncovers a family secret."

As reported in January, the show was created by Star Trek: Enterprise's Chris Black and Matt Fraction, whose Marvel Comics' Hawkeye run inspired the Disney+ series of the same name.

Emmy-nominated WandaVision director Matthew Shakman will direct the first two episodes of Godzilla and the Titans and also act as executive producer on the show.

The recent Monsterverse movies began with the stand-alone 2014 film Godzilla. That hit was followed up by 2017's Kong: Skull Island, which hinted at an expanded universe of other Titans.

2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters was next, followed by 2021's blockbuster Godzilla vs. Kong. The films, released by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, earned more than $2 billion worldwide -- and will be followed on the big screen by another, just-announced Godzilla vs. Kong movie, set for release in theaters in 2024.

Legendary Television is producing the Apple TV+ Original series.

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Sherri Shepherd reveals she’s been celibate for over four years

Sherri Shepherd reveals she’s been celibate for over four years

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As Sherri Shepherd prepares to launch her TV talk show later this year, she’s opening up about her personal life and revealed she’s been celibate for 4 1/2 years.

The 55-year-old comedian made the revelation this week during an appearance on The View on location in The Bahamas.

Sherri humorously blamed her 17-year-old son, Jeffrey, for her empty sex life, joking, “I don’t have a man ‘cause you running them away.”

Shepherd, who has been married twice, spilled some NSFW details about how she spends her sexy time now that she's single. 

Sherri added she has been on all the dating sites and has been ghosted three times, asking, “Why do men ghost me?” The Emmy winner was excited to meet a doctor, but complained he did not have any free time “cause he was always delivering babies.” However, she joked he does provide some benefits.

“It didn’t work out, but I get free pap smears and free breast exams,” she said with a laugh.

Her self-titled talk show, simply named Sherri, debuts September 12, and she promises a good time for all the viewers. “I want you to escape for that 50 minutes it’s on,” Shepherd says. “It’s just gonna be crazy and fun.”

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'Toy Story' vet Tim Allen says he wishes 'Lightyear' had a

'Toy Story' vet Tim Allen says he wishes 'Lightyear' had a "better connection" to his Buzz

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Tim Allen calls the new Disney/Pixar movie Lightyear a "wonderful story," but he admitted to Extra some disappointment in the project.

In the animated movie, Chris Evans portrays the "real life" hero of the Toy Story toy famously voiced by Allen on the big screen.

The swap was discerning to some fans of the original franchise, including Allen's pal Patricia Heaton, who made headlines when she cried foul on Twitter.

To Extra, Allen admitted, "The short answer is I've stayed out of this 'cause [Lightyear] has nothing to do [with my character]."

The actor added that he'd discussed the idea of Buzz's origins while working on the Toy Story movies, but when he heard about Lightyear years later, he thought they were making a live-action film out of the idea.

"There is now Toy Story Buzz without Woody," Allen said, allowing of Lightyear, "It's a wonderful story."

Allen explained, "It just doesn't seem to have any connection to the toy, and it's a little… I don't know. It just has no relationship to Buzz. It's just no connection. I wish there was a better connection to this."

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Fall premiere dates for 'Quantum Leap' reboot, 'Sunday Night Football', 'The Voice' and more announced

Fall premiere dates for 'Quantum Leap' reboot, 'Sunday Night Football', 'The Voice' and more announced

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NBC has dropped its schedule for the upcoming 2022-2023 season, and it kicks off on Thursday, September 8 with Sunday Night Football featuring the Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams. The next night will see the new season debut of the Capital One College Bowl, hosted by Peyton Manning.

On September 19, The Voice returns, as does the premiere of the reimagined Quantum Leap starring Raymond Lee playing Dr. Ben Song, following in the footsteps of Scott Bakula's time-skipping Dr. Sam Beckett.

The medical drama New Amsterdam returns at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 20 after another installment of The Voice.

Wednesday, Sept. 21 sees the return of the Dick Wolf-produced "Chicago" dramas, including Chicago Med at 8 p.m. ET followed by Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.

The next night belongs to Wolf's Law & Order, with the returns of the flagship show at 8 p.m. ET followed by Law & Order: SVU at 9 and Law & Order: Organized Crime at 10.

The supernatural drama La Brea returns on September 27 at 9 p.m ET.

November 4 will see the debut of Lopez vs. Lopez, the sitcom starring George Lopez, followed by the third season premiere of Young Rock, produced by and about the early life of Dwayne Johnson.

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Where one man has gone before: William Shatner documentary to preview at San Diego Comic-Con

Where one man has gone before: William Shatner documentary to preview at San Diego Comic-Con

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A documentary about the long life of 91-year-old Star Trek star William Shatner is underway, and attendees at San Diego Comic-Con will get a preview.

The as-yet-untitled feature, being crafted by the production companies Exhibit A and Legion M, the latter of which bills itself as the world's first fan-funded movie studio, will be a deep dive into the life of the actor, recording artist and author.

Shatner joined Legion M's advisory board in 2021.

The company teases, "From make-believe starship captain to a real-life rocketman, William Shatner has led one of the most unique and best-lived lives on the planet. And while the actor William Shatner may be recognizable around the globe, the man behind the masks is even more interesting than the iconic roles he's played."

For his part, Shatner explained people had wanted to make a documentary about him for years, but the nature of Agent M's crowdfunding thrust made it a good fit: "Fans have been responsible for my career. It only seems right that they should own this doc," he explained.

The iconic actor will take part in a Q&A with moderator Kevin Smith at Comic-Con next month, where footage of the forthcoming release will be teased.

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Tom Hiddleston and fiancée Zawe Ashton expecting first child

Tom Hiddleston and fiancée Zawe Ashton expecting first child

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Vogue has revealed that Loki star Tom Hiddleston and his fiancée, Zawe Ashton, are expecting.

The fashion mag was featuring Ashton getting ready for the New York City premiere of her film Mr. Malcolm's List, noting "the British actor’s growing baby bump...draped in a beige bead-embellished tulle gown by Sabina Bilenko Couture."

Hiddleston and Ashton first met when they starred in the play Betrayal back in 2019, which opened on London's West End before heading to Broadway. They made their relationship "red carpet official" at the 2021 Tony Awards.

Tom popped the question in March of this year, according to a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times; he said then of the relationship only that he was "very happy."

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JoJo Siwa, Jesse Tyler Ferguson join 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' season 3

JoJo Siwa, Jesse Tyler Ferguson join 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' season 3

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JoJo Siwa and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are joining High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

The pair will appear in guest roles, joining previously announced guest star Corbin Bleu from the High School Musical film franchise, when the show premieres July 27.

Season 3 has the Wildcats at Camp Shallow Lake, a sleep-away camp in California, as they work on staging a production of Frozen. Music from Camp Rock and the High School Musical movies will also be featured.

Siwa, who recently was runner-up on Dancing with the Stars season 30 and is a judge on season 17 of So You Think You Can Dance, will play Madison, an alum of Camp Shallow Lake. Ferguson, who starred on Modern Family and just won a Tony for Take Me Out on Broadway, will play Marvin, who is described as an old family friend of Olivia Rodrigo's character, Nini.

Disney+ also dropped the official trailer for season 3, giving fans an extensive look at all the fun to expect as the Wildcats set out to put on yet another show-stopping production.

The cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series also includes Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie and Julia Lester.

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In Brief: George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite for 'Paradise', and more

In Brief: George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite for 'Paradise', and more

George Clooney and his pal -- and Ocean's Eleven co-star -- Julia Roberts reunite in the trailer to the new romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise. The pair play a former couple who married impulsively, and then divorced bitterly, who travel to Bali to prevent their daughter from making the same mistake. The film debuts in October...

Emmy and Oscar winner Kate Winslet is following her Mare of Easttown role with another HBO limited series. Deadline reports the actress will produce and star in Trust, an adaptation of a bestselling book from Hernan Diaz. Set in New York City in the Roaring '20s, the book centers on a rich financier who has his secretary ghostwrite a memoir that bends the truth about his wife and his life ...

HBO Max has released the raunchy trailer for the third season of its animated series Harley Quinn. Kaley Cuoco reprises her voice role as the titular anti-hero, who in the teaser reunites with GFF Poison Ivy, voiced by Lake Bell. Also along for the ride is Ron Funches as King Shark, J.B. Smoove voicing Frank the Plant, Alan Tudyk as both Clayface and The Joker, Christopher Meloni as Commissioner Gordon, and Diedrich Bader as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The "mayhem and madness" kicks off with three episodes on July 28... (Trailer contains uncensored profanity.)



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