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Trailer for ‘The Batman’, ‘The Rock’ teases ‘Black Adam’ and more: Nerd news from Saturday’s DC Fandome

TM & © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.For fans of DC's big and small-screen properties, the wait ended Saturday, with the long-awaited launch of the marathon online event DC Fandome.  This year, all eyes were on Matt Reeves' The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's turn as the super-powerful anti-hero Black Adam. The Batman's trailer capped the four-hour presentation.  "Fear is a tool," Robert Pattinson's Dark Knight whispers darkly in the new snippet. "When that light hits the sky," he says of the Bat Signal, "it's not just a call. It's a warning." What follows are not only shots of Bats dispatching hordes of bad guys, but scenes prominently featuring Zoe Kravitz as Selena Kyle/Catwoman. "Who are you under there?" she purrs,   ... Read More

Congrats: ‘Queens’ star Eve announces she’s pregnant with her first child

ABC/Gavin BondCongrats are in order to Queens star Eve. The 42-year-old rapper-actress has announced she is expecting her first baby with husband Maximillion Cooper. "Can you believe it @mrgumball3000 we finally get to tell everyone!!!!!," she wrote on Instagram, sharing a couple of photos of her cradling her baby bump. "You all know how long we'v been waiting for this blessing!!! We get to meet our lil human February 2022." Her hubby also reposted her photos, along with the sweet message, "Very excited to share this news… we have a lil human on the way." This is the first child for Eve with her husband, Maximillion. She is also stepmom to Cooper's four teenage children from his previous marriage --   ... Read More

Golden Globe Awards to be held on January 9

HFPAAfter a blistering racial controversy that saw its longtime broadcast partner NBC drop the annual show, the Golden Globe Awards are still happening. However, two big questions remain: Where will they be broadcast -- and even more importantly, will any celebs show up?  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the journalist organization that run the awards show, didn't answer those two questions, but said the 79th annual event will be held on January 9. The HFPA also released its deadlines for submissions, and say nominations will be revealed on December 13. In February of this year, a Los Angeles Times exposé revealed the HFPA hadn't had a Black member in 20 years. Following the controversy -- and the ouster of one of its heads over racially   ... Read More

Daredevil rushed to hospital after stunt goes seriously wrong on ‘America’s Got Talent: Extreme’

"AGT: Extreme" hosts - NBC/Eliza MorrisA contestant on NBC's spin-off America's Got Talent: Extreme was hospitalized Thursday evening after a stunt went terribly wrong.  A source for Freemantle Media, which produces the daredevil competition show, tells ABC Audio that escape artist Jonathan Goodwin was injured while performing his act. "He was responsive and was immediately taken to the hospital, where he is continuing to receive medical care," producers said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we await further updates on his condition." TMZ reports Goodwin was suspended 70 feet off the ground, attempting to escape from a straitjacket, when he was crushed between two suspended, swinging cars, which exploded. He reportedly fell and hit his head,   ... Read More

As Disney+ plans a two-episode premiere for ‘Hawkeye’, Hailee Steinfeld “still can’t believe” she’s part of the MCU

Marvel StudiosDisney+ has announced that it will launch its latest Marvel Studios project, Hawkeye, with a double-episode premiere on November 24 -- and co-star Hailee Steinfeld can't wait.  In fact, she still can't believe she's now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "I mean, I still am comprehending the fact that I'm even a part of it," she tells ABC Audio with a laugh. "I'm still...trying to form a sentence about it," says Hailee, who plays Kate Bishop, the protégé of Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton/Hawkeye. As previously reported, the show centers on Barton as he balances family life with the ramifications of his vigilante days, as seen in Avengers: Endgame. Caught in the middle is eager archer Kate. A new extended teaser presents more of the action and comedy in the series,   ... Read More

Get a closer look at Jason, Freddy, Chucky, and more with Shudder’s ‘Behind the Monsters’

ShudderThe thriller streaming service Shudder will soon serve an up-close and personal look at some of movies' scariest baddies, perfect for Halloween viewing. Behind the Monsters examines the nightmare fuel from the films A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Child's Play, Hellraiser, and of course, Candyman. The docuseries drops a new installment each Wednesday, premiering October 27 with a deep dive into Michael Myers from Halloween. The next episodes explore Candyman's titular villain; Chucky, the murderous doll from Child's Play; Friday the 13th's hockey mask-wearing Jason Voorhees; and Hellraiser's demonic Pinhead. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.   ... Read More

Threat of massive Hollywood strike looms with Monday deadline

iStock/Josh SteichmannWith representatives from the massive Hollywood union the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and those from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers still at the bargaining table, things are tense in Tinseltown. The showbiz union, representing tens of thousands of behind-the-scenes workers, says its workers will gp on strike Monday, hitting the picket lines at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time if the union's needs aren't met. The strike would spell a massive shutdown of countless productions in Hollywood and elsewhere.  Last week, IATSE's membershiip authorized its first nationwide strike in its 128-year history, but both sides continue to negotiate. Union members say they're seeking adequate compensation and safe working conditions in an industry that pushes work days far longer than   ... Read More

It’s not me, it’s ‘You’: Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti shed light on their character’s season 3 motivations

Courtesy of Netflix Penn Badgley returns as Joe Goldberg, an unassuming serial killer, stalker, and book enthusiast turned suburban dad, in season three of Netflix's You. Badgley tells ABC Audio that although he appears to have met his match in his partner Love Quinn, there's no certainty that he'll ever change his killer ways. "I don't know that he can be reformed," Badgley says. "I don't know what that really would look like for him. I don't know if he came to terms with who he really is and what he's done." Badgley says Joe's inability to hold himself accountable is because "he's a fugue state," a person who temporarily loses their sense of personal identity and impulsively wanders off. "Fugues are interesting. Fugues are   ... Read More

‘Squid Game’ creator on deadly K-Pop choreography, subtitles, and “stealing” ideas for season 2 from fans

Netflix/Noh JuhanIn less than a month, Netflix's dystopian thriller Squid Game has officially become a cultural phenomenon, with record viewers on the streaming platform. The success was a surprise to the hyper-violent show's creator, Hwang Dong-Hyuk. But he tells Good Morning America he always envisioned the global appeal of the show. "If you look at the cast of characters, you have the elite member of society, Sang-woo. You have the...middle-class man, Gi-hun. You have the migrant worker, Ali...and you have Il-nam, who...represents the senior class," he said. "...I think they constitute the minority in any country in the world." Dong-Hyuk was 38 and broke -- and living off his mom, like the show's main character Gi-hun -- when he wrote Squid Game more than 10 years ago. "The first game   ... Read More

Ben Affleck compares ‘The Last Duel’ to OJ Simpson case: “a very famous person accused of a horrible crime”

20th Century Studios/Walt Disney PicturesAt its heart, The Last Duel, out in theaters today, is a story about believing women. It’s based on a true story of a high-ranking French official accused of rape in the 14th century, told from three different perspectives: the accused, the accuser, and the accuser’s husband. The film was written by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener, and Affleck tells ABC News it’s a story he thinks most in the United States don’t know. "We were totally like blown away by the story. We had no idea," the Academy award winner recalls. "I know it's a fairly well-known story still in France, because at the time it was the sort of, I don't know what the equivalent would be,   ... Read More

William Shatner says Prince William is “missing the point” after remarks about space exploration

ABC News/Stephen IervolinoIt's safe to say that William Shatner and Prince William don't see eye to eye when it comes to space exploration. Just one day after Shatner traveled to space with Jeff Bezo's company Blue Origin, the royal criticized space travel, and while he didn't name the Amazon founder he told BBC, "We need some of the world's greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live." When asked to respond to the Prince's comments, the Star Trek alum told Entertainment Tonight, "He's a lovely Englishman. He's going to be king of England one day. He's a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he's got the wrong idea." "The idea here is not to go, 'Yeah, look at me. I'm in   ... Read More

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges says his new animated series ‘Karma’s World’ has the potential to “change the world”

Courtesy of NetflixChris "Ludacris" Bridges says he wants to "change the world" with his new animated Netflix series Karma's World. Inspired by his real-life daughter, Karma, Bridges says the idea of the series came to him over 10 years ago, when his daughter expressed her interest in following in his footsteps. "She wanted the rap too," Bridges tells ABC Audio. "So...I actually put her in the booth, [and] to my surprise, she had the good genetics and...the vocal ability at the age of six...[that] it kind of blew me away. And I was like, 'If you want to do music, you have to talk about what goes on in your world and in your life.' And, you know, that brings us to everything that   ... Read More

Shudder spotlighting Black filmmakers and writers for Halloween with ‘Horror Noire’

ShudderFor the second time, the thriller streaming service Shudder is highlighting Black writers and directors with a new horror anthology, Horror Noire.  A follow-up to 2019's documentary Black Noire: A History of Black Horror, Black Noire will feature six stories together in one two-hour presentation, each written and directed by Black filmmakers. Included in the anthology will be the installments Daddy, Bride Before You, Brand of Evil, The Lake, Sundown, and Fugue State. The films include Luke James from The Chi; A Black Lady Sketch Show's Erica Ash; Lucifer's Lesley-Ann Brandt; You're the Worst's Brandon Mychal Smith; John Wick: Chapter 2's Peter Stormare; Genius: Aretha Franklin's Malcolm Barrett; Rachel True from The Craft, and horror icon and Candyman star Tony Todd. Horror Noire debuts on Thursday, October 28 on Shudder and at a later date through Shudder as part of the AMC+ bundle. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.   ... Read More

Fan’s Twitter plea for “national security protection” for nearly 100-year-old Betty White goes viral

ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty ImagesBetty White is arguably one of Hollywood's most beloved stars, and now, with her 100th birthday fast approaching, one fan's plea to make sure Betty gets there has gone viral. The Twitter user known as Heyoka's heartfelt plea reads, "Betty White is...3 months away from 100; please provide her with national security protection and wrap her safely in bubble wrap; we love her." The post features three photos from three different phases of White's marathon career. The tweet, which dropped Wednesday afternoon, already has attracted more than 100,000 likes, with fellow Betty fans sounding off in agreement. "When you reach 100 in Barbados, you get a stamp in your honor. Where can I reserve my Betty White stamp?" one user tweeted the U.S. Post Office. Another   ... Read More

In video blog, Jeannie Mai says she “can’t believe” she’s pregnant

Gotham/WireImageWhile it's no surprise that Jeannie Mai is pregnant with her first child with her husband, Jeezy, the actress-turned-The Real host is still pretty shocked. In a new episode of her Hello Hunnay YouTube channel, Mai explained that she never pictured herself being in a baby way.  "If you took every penny I had and everything I loved and bet that I would be pregnant, I would absolutely bet against myself," she noted with a laugh, calling being pregnant a "full-circle moment" for herself. "I am in awe of how I grew to get to this place," she admitted.  "I was always -- and still am -- very protective of women and people who don't want to have kids," she tells the camera in the confessional-style show. "I don't   ... Read More

‘The Harder They Fall’ hits Hollywood; Watch trailer to Halle Berry’s directorial debut, ‘Bruised’; and more

Rachel Murray for NetflixJay-Z, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Tiffany Haddish were just some of the stars that showed up and showed out at Netflix's The Harder They Fall special screening in Los Angeles. Held on Wednesday night at The Shrine, the event included an impressive group of A-list film and music talent that came out to support singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel's directorial debut. Additional attendees included cast members Jonathan Majors, Regina King, and Deon Cole, as well as stars Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz,  Seal, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, John David Washington, among others. As previously noted, the film follows Majors as outlaw Nat Love, a man set on revenge after he learns that the man who killed his parents is being released   ... Read More

Credit app using ‘Squid Game’ cards to warn customers about debt

Netflix/Noh JuhanIn a clever marketing gimmick, a company that helps customers get out of credit card debt has been slipping Squid Game cards underneath their doors.  For those few who haven't seen Netflix's biggest series launch of all time, getting one of those mysterious business cards -- decorated only with a circle, a triangle and square -- usually means that person is in debt, deep. In fact, according to the show, their only option is to participate in a deadly series of children's games, with a fortune -- and players' lives -- on the line.  However, for the 10,000 people who received them in New York and Miami, the debt app Relief was trying to get the word out about the dangers of credit card debt. The guerilla   ... Read More

The house featured on ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ can be yours for $2 million

Bob D'Amico/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty ImagesIf you've long admired the house Sabrina Spellman called home on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, it can now be yours -- if you can afford the $2 million price tag. The Victorian-style house, which served as the exterior of the Spellman family home on the '90s sitcom, was recently listed for $1.95 million, reports the Asbury Park Press. Located in Freehold, New Jersey -- not the fictional Westbridge, Massachusetts -- the property boasts over 7,000 square feet.  However, don't expect to walk inside and see the eclectic yet bewitching setup that was seen on television. The home has since been remodeled into an office building and is being marketed for commercial use.  Images taken around the property show cubicles, conference rooms, common kitchen areas, and plenty of parking.   ... Read More

Phasers set to “stunned”: George Takei labels William Shatner an “unfit guinea pig” after spaceflight

CBS via Getty ImagesThere's nothing colder than space: except maybe Star Trek star Geoge Takei.  William Shatner's record-breaking flight to space on Wednesday didn't put any space between Takei and his longstanding grudge against his former co-star. "He's boldly going where other people have gone before," Takei sniffed to Page Six, while in New York City at the Wednesday night opening of the play Thoughts of a Colored Man. The 84-year-old Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu alongside Shatner's Captain Kirk on the classic TV show and on the big screen, added, "He's a guinea pig, 90 years old and it's important to find out what happens. So 90 years old is going to show a great deal more on the wear and tear on the human body, so he'll   ... Read More

Ray J released from Miami hospital after battling pneumonia

Roy Rochlin/Getty ImagesRay J has been released from a Miami hospital and is back home after suffering from pneumonia. TMZ reports that he was released over the weekend. The Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star is no longer using an inhaler and needing oxygen. As previously reported, last week the singer/actor was feeling positive about his recovery. "I appreciate all the love and support from everybody," Ray J said in a message that his manager, David Weintraub, shared with People. "Thank you for keeping me in your prayers, and I will be back up and running soon." Weintraub added that the illness was "not the contagious kind," and that Ray does not have COVID-19, despite initially being placed in the hospital's COVID unit. "They gave him multiple   ... Read More

Television Academy Foundation announces Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowship Fund

Jeopardy! Productions/Sony Pictures TelevisionThe Television Academy Foundation, the charitable arm of the Television Academy, has announced the establishment of the Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowship Fund, in honor of the beloved Jeopardy! host who died of pancreatic cancer in 2020.  The foundation, launched with a gift of $50,000 from Jeopardy! Executive Producer Harry Friedman and his Harry & Judy Friedman Family Foundation, the fund will provide "a select number of need-based fellowships" to college and university educators.  The Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowships will fund these educators' participation in the Television Academy Foundation's annual Faculty Conference. The event, which "connects college classrooms with the television industry by providing media professors with curriculum-enhancing seminars on the latest in the art, science and business of television," will be held virtually from November 15-17. Other funds   ... Read More

Jamie Costa’s Robin Williams impression has fans begging for a feature-length biopic

ABC photo archivesA Robin Williams biopic hasn't been announced, but if there were one, fans are rooting for actor Jamie Costa to get the starring role. On Monday, Costa shared a five-minute-long video to YouTube, titled "ROBIN Test Footage Scene," featuring his impersonation of a young Williams on the set of Mork & Mindy in 1982. Everything from Costa's appearance to his mannerisms could leave even the biggest fan wondering who they were really watching. So, it's no wonder viewers raved over his performance and are advocating for Costa to play Williams in a movie about the late actor's life.  One user commented, "This is a FANTASTIC impression of Robin Williams. If there is ever a biopic, they better cast you." Another echoed the same sentiment, writing, "This isn't   ... Read More

Julianna Margulies addresses playing a lesbian on ‘The Morning Show’

Apple TV+(SPOILERS AHEAD) Julianna Margulies plays a lesbian on season two of Apple TV+'s The Morning Show, and she's not at all worried about possible blowback from gay actors. “Who’s to say I haven’t had my own gay experiences?” Margulies said on the Just for Variety podcast. “We’re making assumptions.” Margulies plays an out TV news reporter who ends up dating Bradley, played by Reese Witherspoon. Julianna thinks it makes for a surprising but welcome twist to the show's storyline, which is what drew her to the role. “You’ve got Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon playing these two very strong characters, and in the second season instead of bringing a man in to upset that balance they brought in a woman," Margulies explains. "Hats off to that, because the   ... Read More

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