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John Cena in talks to star in Duke Nukem movie

By | January 22, 2018

For once, John Cena might actually have to beef up for a role.

The wrestler-turned-actor is in talks to headline a big-screen adaptation of the Duke Nukem video game franchise, EW has confirmed. No writer or director is currently attached to Paramount project, which is being produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes.

If a deal comes to fruition, Cena would star as the muscular, cigar-chewing, sunglass-wearing, flat-top-having, alien-killing action hero. The character debuted in the 1991 game Duke Nukem and has subsequently been featured in a plethora of sequels and spin-offs.

Cena, a 13-time WWE champion, began his transition to film in 2006 with The Marine and has recently kicked into high gear. Just last year, he showed his range by starring in the war thriller The Wall, facing off with Mark Wahlberg in Daddy’s Home 2, and voicing the title character in the animated movie Ferdinand. He’s staying busy in 2018, with lead roles in Blockers and the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee.

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Ryan Reynolds to reunite with Deadpool writers for new Clue movie

By | January 22, 2018

Ryan Reynolds, in the study, with the candlestick?

The Canadian actor is on board to star in and produce a new movie based on the murder-mystery board game Clue, EW has confirmed. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers of Deadpool and its upcoming sequel, are in talks to reunite with Reynolds and pen the script.

The new Clue, which is not envisioned as a remake of the 1985 film, is the result of Reynolds and his production company Maximum Effort agreeing to a three-year first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox Film. The pact keeps the actor at the studio behind his signature Deadpool franchise.

Reynolds will return as the wisecracking mercenary superhero May 18 for Deadpool 2, and he’s also set to take on the title role in Universal and Legendary’s Detective Pikachu, due in 2019.

Deadline first reported the news.

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By | January 22, 2018

Zach Galifianakis thinks there is a “poison” in celebrity culture — and he points to that as part of the problem surrounding Louis C.K., which whom he co-created Baskets.
Speaking with Vulture, The Hangover alum addressed the sexual miscondu…

Gina Rodriguez makes passionate plea for greater Latino representation in film

By | January 21, 2018

On behalf of the Latino community, Gina Rodriguez has a simple request for Hollywood: “Cast us in your films.”

Alongside castmate Yael Grobglas, the Jane the Virgin star stopped by PEOPLE and EW’s red carpet coverage of the SAG Awards, where she passionately spoke about her involvement with Time’s Up and how that conversation can hopefully lead to greater representation in the industry.

“Women of color are needed to speak up and be a part of this movement,” she shared. “And for me, it means the world because we start to talk about inclusivity and there’s still a major lack of representation in the Latino community. So that is why I love to speak about Time’s Up, because I know that there is a community out there that is desiring to see themselves onscreen, and yet, we are still very sadly underrepresented. So studios, I love you guys, but we buy one of every four tickets at the box office every weekend, we hold studios up, Latinos hold studios up, we hold up movies at the box office. So cast us in your films so we can be a part of the growing demographic that so much is what we do for the studios.”

To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

The Golden Globe winner, who broke out with her lead role on the CW dramedy, will be seen on the big screen next month in Annihilation, which also stars Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson.

Watch the full clip of Rodriguez above.

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Claire Foy wins best actress in a drama at SAG Awards

By | January 21, 2018

Claire Foy has once again been crowned a SAG Award winner.

For the second year in a row, The Crown star has won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.

Foy wasn’t in attendance at Sunday’s ceremony, so presenters Kelly Marie Tran and Dakota Fanning accepted the award on her behalf.

The actress’ run as Queen Elizabeth II on the Netflix series has now landed her two SAG awards and a Golden Globe. With The Crown jumping ahead for season 3 and recasting the central roles, Foy has officially wrapped her star-making turn.

“I don’t have to give her fireworks to make her feel like she’s the epicenter of everything,” creator Peter Morgan previously told EW of Foy. “With Claire, you could push her in any direction. Her comic timing is good, her sense of tragedy is good…. No matter what we gave her to do, she would be able to do it, so that gave me enormous freedom as a writer.”

Foy’s victory came over Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Laura Linney (Ozark), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Robin Wright (House of Cards).

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Bryan Cranston reveals the most emotionally difficult Breaking Bad scene to film

By | January 19, 2018

Watch the full episode of Top 10 Baddest Breaking Bad Moments now on the new PeopleTV network. Go to PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite mobile or connected TV device.

“I’m the one who… had a really tough time filming Jane’s death scene.”

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Breaking Bad premiere, PeopleTV is looking back on the legendary series with the Top 10 Baddest Breaking Bad Moments. You’ll have to watch to learn the full list, but in the clip above, Bryan Cranston reveals why the sudden and tragic season 2 death of Jane (Krysten Ritter) was especially tough to film.

“Walt watches Jane die was probably the most difficult scene for me to shoot, emotionally,” he shared of Walt standing by as Jesse’s (Aaron Paul) girlfriend choked on her own vomit. “Because, temporarily, I saw the image of my own daughter in her face rise to the surface, take the place of Krysten Ritter, and then just as quickly disappear. But it was just instantaneous, that millisecond was all that it took for me to catch myself. Because again, I thought one of the reasons to save this person was because she’s a young woman, she could be my daughter.”

Check out a preview of PeopleTV’s Top 10 Baddest Breaking Bad Moments, above, and watch the full episode here.

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Stephen Colbert finally agrees with Trump about something

By | January 19, 2018

Mark down this day in history, because Stephen Colbert finally agrees with Donald Trump about something.

On Friday’s Late Show, the host discussed the president’s interview with Reuters, in which he called Washington D.C. “a mean place.”

After making a brief mention of Trump’s penchant for always having a Diet Coke nearby (‘It’s his only brown friend’), Colbert backed the negative comments about the nation’s capital by using the president’s own alleged words against him. “Yes, Washington is terrible,” remarked Colbert. “I heard one guy down there called all of Africa a “sh—hole.”

Watch the full clip above to see what Colbert has to say about Trump’s so-called exercise regimen. The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Liam Neeson reveals how he fell for Helen Mirren

By | January 19, 2018

Long before he starred in the blockbuster action trilogy, Liam Neeson was rather taken with Helen Mirren.

During Friday’s The Graham Norton Show, The Commuter star reunited with Mirren, who he was in a “serious” relationship with for four years. Neeson and Mirren first met when he and Game of Thrones alum Ciarán Hinds visited the set of the 1981 film Excalibur, which starred all three actors.

“She walked from like 100 yards away, dressed as Morgana Le Fay,” recalled Neeson. “And Ciarán is my oldest friend, and we both went, ‘F—.’ So I was smitten, and then Ciarán was smitten too. I was certainly smitten.”

Mirren was surprised and amused by the story, insisting Neeson had never previously shared this with her.

Watch the full clip above.

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Joel McHale to host aptly titled Netflix show

By | January 19, 2018

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Joel McHale is returning to his hosting roots.

The former The Soup emcee and Community star has landed a new Netflix series, fittingly titled The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale. Executive produced by McHale and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, the weekly half-hour program will feature celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and video clips.

The comedian announced the news Friday morning with a “first look” at his entirely green-screen set (blame all those Bright orcs for eating up Netflix’s budget).

McHale hosted The Soup, a similar series on E!, for 12 years. The program wrapped up in 2015, the same year that Community signed off (well, until that movie eventually/hopefully happens).

The Joel McHale Show premieres Feb. 18.

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Daniel Radcliffe is a drug mule caught in the middle in Beast of Burden trailer

By | January 17, 2018

Harry would so not approve.

In the first trailer for the upcoming thriller Beast of Burden, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Sean Haggerty, a pilot forced to make one last delivery of cocaine across the U.S.-Mexico border. During the troubled flight, he finds himself caught between the cartel and the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is promising to help his sick wife (Mr. Robot‘s Grace Gummer).

“You’re a drug mule, Sean,” declares Pablo Schreiber’s (Orange Is the New Black) DEA agent. “Don’t think for a second that you’re anything more.”

Beast of Burden premieres Feb. 23 in select theaters and On Demand/Digital HD. Watch the trailer above.

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Michael Caine is a dictator with a teenage pen pal in Dear Dictator trailer

By | January 17, 2018

A teenage girl has found herself quite the unusual pen pal in the upcoming film Dear Dictator.

Lady Bird actress Odeya Rush plays Tatiana Mills, a rebellious American teenager whose assignment to write to someone she looks up to results in her establishing a pen pal relationship with General Anton Vincent (Michael Caine), dictator of a British-Caribbean island nation.

“I admire his style,” she tells her teacher (Jason Biggs) in the trailer, which EW is debuting.

Upon being overthrown by his people, Vincent seeks refuge with his young friend and her mother (Katie Holmes). “He’s not a creepy child molester; he’s a dictator,” assures Tatiana. (But tell that to the social studies teacher he “milk-boards.”)

Dear Dictator, which also stars Seth Green, opens March 16 in theaters and on VOD. Watch the exclusive trailer above.

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Dylan Farrow to discuss her sexual abuse allegations against Woody Allen in first television interview

By | January 16, 2018

As past Woody Allen collaborators distance themselves from the filmmaker, his daughter Dylan Farrow is set for her first television interview to discuss her allegations against him.

Farrow recently sat down with Gayle King for a wide-ranging interview, which will air during Thursday’s CBS This Morning. “I am credible and I am telling the truth and I think it’s important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters,” she tells King. “And that they are enough to change things.”

A seven-year-old Farrow accused her father of molesting her in 1992. In the years since, Allen has repeatedly denied Farrow’s allegations, writing in a 2014 piece published by The New York Times, “Of course, I did not molest Dylan.” After the publication of Farrow’s Los Angeles Times op-ed in December, a representative for Allen said, “Dylan Farrow’s allegations against Woody Allen, which she first made 25 years ago, have been thoroughly examined by law enforcement officials and child welfare investigators. The investigators concluded unambiguously that Dylan Farrow was not sexually abused. No charges were ever filed, and the reason is simple: because Woody Allen is innocent.”

In the wake of the accusations against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and others, Farrow called out prominent actresses, includuing Greta Gerwig, Blake Lively, and Kate Winslet for continuing to work with the filmmaker in her L.A. Times piece. Subsequently, Gerwig, Mira Sorvino, and Rebecca Hall have expressed regret for working with Allen; in the last week, Hall and Timothée Chalamet have both pledged to donate their salaries from the upcoming Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to the Time’s Up legal defense fund and other organizations.

CBS This Morning airs weekdays at 7 a.m. ET.

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Fox dials up second season renewal for 9-1-1

By | January 16, 2018

For once, 9-1-1 has received a positive call.

After airing only two episodes, the new drama from Ryan Murphy has been renewed for a second season, Fox announced Tuesday.

“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad and Tim have done it again,” Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden said in a statement. “They have tapped into the cultural zeitgeist and reimagined the procedural as only they could, bringing it to life with a dream team of actors led by Angela, Peter and Connie. This is storytelling at its best and we’re so pleased that it’s resonated with our audience. We’d like to thank everyone involved with this production for their stellar work, and we look forward to another thrilling season of 9-1-1.”

Hailing from Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, 9-1-1, which stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, and Connie Britton, follows the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters, and emergency operators. The series premiered Jan. 4 as Wednesday’s most-watched drama with 6.8 million viewers.

9-1-1 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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HTGAWM star Matt McGorry has a message for white people on MLK Day

By | January 15, 2018

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many celebrities shared quotes from and tributes to the Civil Rights leader on social media, but How to Get Away With Murder star Matt McGorry took a different approach: sending a message to white people.

In a video posted on Twitter, the actor recalled a previous MLK Day when he shared the King quote, “Darkness cannot drive out our darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” He says a woman of color responded by asking why white people always use that quote, and McGorry said he initially felt defensive.

“The thing that I didn’t realize was white people often only post quotes like this that are apolitical, and then we refuse to engage in a critical way with white supremacy,” The Orange Is the New Black alum wrote. “Because when I can post about love driving out the love and saying, ‘Oh, I do feel love, I have a lot of love,’ and, ‘I hate racism, I hate the Ku Klux Klan,’ then it actually lets me off the hook from thinking deeper and more critically about the ways that I can work to end white supremacy in my own life, in myself, between my friends and my family… There’s white supremacy everywhere, and it’s well worth investigating and dismantling everywhere.”

He then proceeded to share a different King quote that he believes “most white people haven’t critically engaged with”: “Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to re-educate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn.”

“What I’m really asking for us to do today is to think about his actual legacy, not as a sort of depoliticized Easter Bunny figure who just talked about black and white kids holding hands, and that was it, but the radical, revolutionary freedom fighter who made people uncomfortable… and to really engage with that and think about what that looks like for today,” McGorry continued. “Because for me, if I want to honor his legacy as I have worked to do in the last few years, I really need to be constantly educating myself, to educate myself on what I can do to be a better ally, to amplify the voice of people of color, to investigate how white supremacy shows up in my own life, among my friends and my family, and to really actually be active, to get out in the streets in a way, that if you read Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham jail, you will see very clearly outlined that this was not a guy who was afraid of tension, and in fact, he said that we needed tension.”

He concluded, “So I’m engaging with all these white folks out here, all of you at home, to think about what it really means to engage in that discomfort and that tension of going to the next level of really facing white supremacy.”

Watch McGorry’s full message below.

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Stephen King to receive PEN America Literary Service Award

By | January 12, 2018

Stephen King has scared up another prestigious award.

The Dark Tower and It author is set to receive the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award. The annual honor is presented to a “critically acclaimed author whose work embodies PEN America’s mission to oppose repression in any form and to champion the best of humanity.” Past winners include J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, and Margaret Atwood.

“No stranger to the dark side, Stephen King has inspired us to stand up to sinister forces through his rich prose, his generous philanthropy, and his outspoken defense of free expression,” said PEN America president Andrew Solomon in a statement. “Stephen has fearlessly used his bully pulpit as one of our country’s best-loved writers to speak out about the mounting threats to free expression and democracy that are endemic to our times. His vivid storytelling reaches across boundaries to captivate multitudes of readers, young and old, in this country and worldwide, across the political spectrum. He helps us all to confront our demons—whether a dancing clown or a tweeting president.”

It’s been a big year for the prolific author, who has nabbed headlines with the monster success of the It film adaptation, as well as his frequent criticism of Donald Trump on Twitter, which resulted in the president blocking him.

King will be honored May 22 at the 2018 PEN America Literary Gala, the same day his latest novel, The Outsiders, is released.

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Flight of the Conchords returning to HBO with new comedy special

By | January 11, 2018

The Conchords are back in flight!

This May, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement will return to HBO for an hour-long Flight of the Conchords comedy special, the network announced Thursday. Taped live before a sold-out audience on the musical comedians’ U.K. tour, the duo will perform new original songs, as well as many of their classics.

The native New Zealanders originally made their HBO debut in 2005 on the half-hour comedy special One-Night Stand. Two years later, they debuted their original series Flight of the Conchords, in which they played fictional versions of themselves. The cult favorite signed off the air in 2009 after two seasons and 22 episodes, having earned Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Clement.

McKenzie has since served as the music supervisor on The Muppets, which earned him an Oscar for Best Original Song, while Clement has been more present in front of the camera, appearing in Men in Black 3, Legion, and Divorce.

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Late Show: Fake Melania returns to address Fire and Fury revelations

By | January 10, 2018

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“Melania Trump” is setting the record straight about Michael Wolff’s juicy new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

On Wednesday’s Late Show, Laura Benanti reprised her impersonation of the first lady and addressed Wolff’s assertion that Donald Trump’s win on Election Night had her “in tears — and not of joy.”

“It is pure fiction, fake book, every single word is lie,” she said, only to reverse course when questioned specifically whether she did cry. “Oh, no, no, that is true. But they were tears of happiness, you know, like you do at your wedding or every morning in the mirror.”

Host Stephen Colbert also wondered if, like the book says, everyone who knows the president calls him an “idiot.” She responded, “Not everybody… one of the grandchildren can’t even talk yet!”

The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. Watch the clip above.

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Marvel hires writer for potential Black Widow solo film

By | January 10, 2018

Eight years after making her first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow could finally be getting her own standalone film.

Momentum is building for the potential Scarlett Johansson-led solo project as sources tell EW that Marvel has tapped Jac Schaeffer to pen the screenplay.

The Black List alum is the writer behind Nasty Women, the upcoming Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway.

If Black Widow comes to fruition, it will mark Marvel’s second female-fronted superhero movie, following Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, set for release March 8, 2019.

Johansson debuted as Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, the Russian spy-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in 2010’s Iron Man 2. Ever since, the character has been one of the MCU’s most important assets, with Johansson starring in six films, including the highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, which opens May 4.

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Judd Apatow pays tribute to late Heavyweights actor

By | January 10, 2018

Judd Apatow is paying tribute to Heavyweights star Joseph Wayne Miller, who died Tuesday at the age of 36.

In the 1995 Ben Stiller-led comedy about a fat camp for kids, Miller memorably starred as Salami Sam. Apatow produced, acted in, and wrote the film, which was his first big-screen writing credit.

“When we made Heavyweights being around Joe Miller was pure joy,” the filmmaker said in a statement. “We could not have loved spending time with him more. He made everyone around him so happy. What a terrible loss.”

Miller’s Heavyweights costar Aaron Schwartz also honored the actor, as he shared a video of Miller in the film, along with the caption, “Rest in peace buddy.”

Heavyweights served as Miller’s sole acting credit. His mother told TMZ he died in his sleep Tuesday in Chicago.

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Mark Wahlberg reportedly made 1500 times what Michelle Williams did for All the Money reshoots

By | January 10, 2018

Ridley Scott and all of those involved with All the Money in the World have been praised for their swift and shocking move to recast and reshoot with Christopher Plummer only six weeks before the film’s release. Yet, a new report that Mark Wahlberg was paid 1500 times what Michelle Williams was for the reshoots has drawn widespread criticism for the leading man and the people behind the decision.

Following numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey, who had already completed filming as J. Paul Getty, Scott cast the more age-appropriate Plummer and reconvened his cast and crew for just over a week of reshoots at a reported cost of $10 million. In previous interviews, the director contended that “everyone did it for nothing.”

But an alleged pay discrepancy between the film’s two stars, which was originally reported by The Washington Post in November, gained new attention Tuesday when USA Today revealed Wahlberg earned $1.5 million, while Williams, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance, made less than $1,000.

A source close to the production says Sony, which distributed the film, was not involved in talent pay negotiations, and representatives for production company Imperative Entertainment, as well as those for Wahlberg and Williams, didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

The report quickly went viral on social media, with celebrities slamming the “unacceptable” pay gap. Among those to weigh in were Amber Tamblyn, Judd Apatow, Mia Farrow, and Jessica Chastain.

“Please go see Michelle’s performance in All the Money in the World,” tweeted Chastain, Williams’ fellow Golden Globe nominee. “She’s a brilliant Oscar nominated, Golden Globe winning actress. She’s been in the industry for 20 yrs. She deserves more than 1% of her male costar’s salary.”

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