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‘Lady in the Lake’s’ Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram on their special connection to the film

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Of the many things Natalie Portman has done in her career, starring in a TV series hasn’t been one of them, until now. She stars opposite Moses Ingram in the new Apple TV+ drama Lady in the Lake, premiering Friday. The show follows the very different lives of two women, one Black, one Jewish, in Baltimore in the 1960s — two very different lives that share some striking similarities.

Portman tells ABC Audio that when this role came about she had been in the process of researching her family tree, leading to a discovery that gave her a special connection to the role.

“I discovered … the immigration papers of my family when they moved from Eastern Europe to Baltimore and the addresses where they lived in census data,” she shares. “And walking into the Jewish deli that still exists after 100 years thinking, like, my great grandmother probably came here and bought her meat.”

Ingram is actually a Baltimore native, and noted show creator and director Alma Har’el “would have people from the community come and set up chairs and watch. And so we were all there together, you know. It was really beautiful.”

Har’el says telling Jewish stories is very important right now: “I think as a Jewish person you are a living contradiction … in some ways, you are a person who can easily be shunned, persecuted, seen in the wrong light, stereotyped. And at the same time, you can also be an oppressor … somebody who is tone-deaf to your assimilation into white America or privilege or however you want to call it. So there’s a lot of duality in that existence. And I think that’s very relevant to our time.”

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Director Shawn Levy promises “huge surprises” and “audience joy” in ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’

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During an appearance on Good Morning America Thursday, Deadpool & Wolverine director Shawn Levy boiled the movie down to a “surprising friendship” between Ryan Reynolds‘ “Merc with a Mouth” and Hugh Jackman‘s razor-clawed X-Man. 

Levy says there’s “definitely the action and the spectacle, but I think what maybe people are expecting a little less is the warmth of this movie.”

“Because it really was a movie made by friends about friendship,” he continues. “You have these two characters who really don’t match up in an easy way, but, eventually, through a lot of conflict, find something of a surprising friendship.”

Levy also said the film was “built for audience joy” and teased that fans can expect “huge surprises.”

The Stranger Things and Free Guy filmmaker teases, “I’m just thrilled that our movie’s coming out soon, and there’s huge surprises that somehow the internet has not anticipated and the world is not yet aware of.”

He called that “a nice thing, all of the unexpected things.”

In true Deadpool fashion, the character apparently hijacked the official synopsis for the film, with the famous potty-mouth even breaking the fourth wall in the movie’s description, writing, “synopses are so f****** stupid.”

“A listless Wade Wilson toils away in civilian life. His days as the morally flexible mercenary, Deadpool, behind him,” his description continues.

“When his homeworld faces an existential threat, Wade must reluctantly suit-up again with an even more reluctantlier… reluctanter? Reluctantest? He must convince a reluctant Wolverine to…” it continues.

More helpfully, the trailers for the July 26 release show the Time Variance Authority from the Loki series tapping Wade to help recruit Wolvie on a Multiverse-spanning mission. 

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Comedy and TV legend Bob Newhart dead at 94

Comedian and TV star Bob Newhart has died, ABC News has confirmed. He was 94.

His longtime publicist, Jerry Digney, reported the legendary comedian with the trademark deadpan delivery died at his home in Los Angeles “after a series of short illnesses.”

The Chicago native, born George Robert Newhart, became a household name with the release of his 1960 comedy album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart. It won Newhart three Grammys: Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Comedy Album.

After the success of The Button-Down Mind, Newhart got his own variety show with NBC, The Bob Newhart Show. Though it was canceled after one season, Newhart earned an Emmy nomination and a Peabody Award.

He went on to guest star on shows including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Ed Sullivan Show over the next few years, and in 1972 he took on the starring role in The Bob Newhart Show. In that show, Newhart played a psychologist named Robert Hartley who was constantly interacting with patients and colleagues.

That show lasted six seasons, and in 1982 he took on a new sitcom, Newhart, in which he portrayed an innkeeper named Dick Loudon. Newhart earned the actor three Emmy nominations, and its finale — which saw him wake up in his bedroom from The Bob Newhart Show — has been lauded as one of the greatest in television history.

Newhart went on have two other shows, Bob and George and Leo, though neither became the hits that The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart were.

In 2003, he starred in Jon Favreau‘s holiday classic Elf as Will Ferrell‘s adoptive father, Papa Elf.

Newhart won his first Emmy in 2013 for a guest-starring role in The Big Bang Theory.

A voice-over artist who lent his talent to films such as The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under, Newhart is survived by four children — Jennifer, Courtney, Timothy and Robert — and numerous grandchildren.

Virginia “Ginnie” Newhart, his wife of 60 years, passed away in 2023.

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Selena Gomez celebrates Emmy acting nod with special cake

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Selena Gomez‘s birthday is July 22, but she got a celebratory cake Wednesday for another milestone.

Selena received her first-ever Emmy nomination for acting, for her role as Mabel Mora in Hulu’s Only Murders in the BuildingThe star posted a photo of herself in front of a frosted cake with the message “Congratulations Emmy Nominee!” written in pink icing.

She wrote, “I’m honored and insanely grateful for this. Thank you @onlymurdershulu for giving me Mabel.”

As previously reported, Only Murders is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for the third consecutive year. This counts as a nomination for Selena as well because she’s an executive producer of the show. Per Variety, that makes her the most-nominated Latina producer in the history of the Emmys.

The fourth season of Only Murders in the Building, which will focus on the shooting of Jane Lynch‘s character, Sazz Pataki, debuts in August. The 76th Emmy Awards will broadcast live on ABC on Sept. 15 and stream the next day on Hulu.

Selena also recently earned kudos for her acting in the upcoming movie Emilia Pérez.

 

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Jenna Ortega shows off Wednesday’s sharp tongue — and dance moves — in new ‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ trailer

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A new trailer has dropped for Tim Burton‘s forthcoming sequel Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, and fans of Jenna Ortega — and her alter ego Wednesday Addams — are sure to be delighted by it.

The clip begins with her sarcastic Astrid getting a call from her “Alleged Mom” — according to her cellphone contact — and getting pranked by a group of high school mean girls who try to jump scare her with a phony ghost.

“When you’re all driving carpool and banging your Pilates instructors to fill the empty void in your life, we’ll see who gets the last laugh,” Astrid deadpans, wiping the smiles from their faces.

According to the teaser, Astrid is a skeptic about ghosts, even though her mom, Lydia (Winona Ryder), is apparently a “legend” in that department in their small town of Winter River, Connecticut, thanks to her run-in with Michael Keaton‘s titular “ghost with the most.”

However, the supernatural comes for Astrid anyway, leading Lydia to summon Beetlejuice for help.

“How do I know you’re gonna keep your word?” Lydia asks him.

“I swear on my dead mother’s soul,” he says as he makes the sign of the cross — and his chest bursts into flames.

The rest of the trailer is as madcap as you’d expect from Wednesday producer Burton, including Beetle literally spilling his guts in therapy, sucking cellphone shutterbugs into their own phone screens, and a callback moment from the original film of a possessed dance between Astrid and her grandma Delia Deetz (Catherine O’Hara).

Justin Theroux also gets terrorized in the trailer and Willem Dafoe pops up, seemingly as an investigator, as does Monica Bellucci‘s character, who is so frightening she even scares an F-bomb out of Beetlejuice.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice haunts theaters and IMAX Sept. 6.

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HBO drops new teaser for series ‘Dune: Prophecy’

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HBO has just dropped a new teaser to its forthcoming small-screen spin-off of the Warner Bros. blockbuster Dune franchise, along with news it will debut in November.

As reported, Dune: Prophecy is set 10,000 years before the ascension of Timothée Chalamet‘s Paul Atreides on the big screen, and “follows two Harkonnen sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind and establish the fabled sect that will become known as the Bene Gesserit,” according to the network.

“You wish to serve the great houses, and shape the flow of power, you must first exert power over yourself,” a woman says in voice-over, as a group of the powerful sorority stand with their arms folded.

Debuting in the fall, the series is inspired by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson‘s book Sisterhood of Dune, based on the world created by legendary sci-fi author Frank Herbert.

“The more influence our sisterhood gains, the more enemies we make,” one of the group’s leaders warns the others.

“Our hands our poised on the levers of power, but yet our grasp on it is still fragile,” Emily Watson‘s Valya says. “I am trying to protect the Imperium.”

The teaser shows there are plenty who aren’t happy about the “sorceresses” having so much influence over the empire’s rulers, which includes Mark Strong‘s Emperor Corrino.

A title card reads “True power begins with control,” referencing The Voice, a powerful hypnotic-like skill the Bene Gesserit practice.

Watson’s character ends the teaser with a stern, “Sacrifices must be made.”

The series is co-produced by Max and Legendary Television; Legendary produced the Academy Award-winning film and its hit sequel.

The series also stars Olivia Williams, Travis Fimmel, Jodhi May, Josh Heuston, Chloe Lea and Yerin Ha.

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Prime Video runs disclaimer ahead of ‘The Boys” “Assassination Run” finale

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The season 4 finale of The Boys has just dropped on Prime Video, and in light of the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, the streamer has made some changes.

Prime Video has added a disclaimer to the episode, and its title has been changed from “Assassination Run” to “Season 4 Finale.”

“The season finale of The Boys contains scenes of fictional political violence, which some viewers may find disturbing, especially in light of the injuries and tragic loss of life sustained during the assassination attempt on former President Trump,” reads the title card ahead of the show, and also on Prime Video’s social media platforms.

It continued, “The Boys is a fictitious series that was filmed in 2023, and any scene or plotline similarities to these real-word events are coincidental and unintentional. Amazon, Sony Pictures Television and the producers of The Boys reject, in the strongest terms, real-world violence of any kind.”

The episode is the climax of an in-universe political campaign that has been the center of the season: Robert Singer (Jim Beaver) is the president and Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) his vice president — but secretly, she’s a supe who can explode heads at will, and she did just that to members of Congress in a previous season.

Singer fears for his own head, and has been plotting with Karl Urban and his supe-hating team to take her out. 

The episode also hinges on the date of Jan. 6 — the date when election results are certified in Congress, and which in real life has become synonymous with a riot at the Capitol in 2021. 

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Hollywood treasures from ‘Gladiator’, ‘Star Wars’ and even ‘Forrest Gump’ up for auction

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The U.K.-based auction house PropStore has announced that another massive trove of Hollywood memorabilia is going on the block, and it’s expected to fetch an estimated $10 million.

The event, running from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, is offering items like Harrison Ford‘s iconic Indiana Jones fedora, which is expected to sell for up to half a million bucks.

A screen-used Biker Scout helmet from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi — apparently the only one of its kind — is also estimated to fetch that much.

There’s also a Ghostface mask used in a final face-off with Neve Campbell‘s Sidney in Scream, which is going for anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000.

Joaquin Phoenix‘s ceremonial white armor from his character Commodus’ final fight with Russell Crowe‘s Maximus in the 2000 Oscar winner Gladiator is also up for grabs, expected to sell for up to $160,000. 

Also going on the block is the iconic box of chocolates from another Academy Award-winning film, Forrest Gump, with a ticket price of anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000. 

That said, very often props like these sell for much more — for example, a recent Heritage Auction of the door Kate Winslet controversially floated on at the end of Titanic was expected to fetch $40,000. It sold for $718,750.

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‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ promo goes wild: “Ketchup and Mustard” accessories, ‘Pool’s butt as an Xbox controller

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If Ryan Reynolds weren’t a famous actor, he’s proven by now he would have made quite the ad man, and some new promotional items tied to his Deadpool & Wolverine film have his fingerprints all over them.

In fact, one will let you put your fingerprints on Deadpool’s butt.

While the Dune 2-spoofing popcorn bucket has already been covered, Heinz and Microsoft have gotten in on the action.

Thanks to the respective titular characters’ red and yellow super suits, Reynolds has been referring to himself and Hugh Jackman as “Ketchup and Mustard,” and he helped Heinz to take that both literally and figuratively (and subliminally?) with a new re-cut trailer that promotes the condiments as much as the movie.

Heinz is also releasing limited-edition collectibles “to accessorize your ketchup and mustard bottles to resemble Deadpool and Wolverine,” including “custom masks, suits, signature katanas, claws, slash marks” to dress up your bottles.

For its part, Microsoft has created a limited-edition Deadpool-themed Xbox, which you can win, and which comes with a pair of “cheeky” controllers whose backsides resemble Deadpool’s.

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Kennedy Center to honor Francis Ford Coppola, the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, and more

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has named its 47th class for its Kennedy Center Honors, and this year legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, the Grateful Dead, and Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt were among those singled out for their lifetime artistic achievement.

Also included were musician and composer Arturo Sandoval; the iconic Harlem venue The Apollo will receive a special Honors as an American institution.

In a statement, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein noted, “The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes artists who have made an extraordinary impact on the cultural life of our nation and continue to have an immeasurable influence on new generations.”

He feted Coppola as “a brilliant and masterful storyteller with an unrelenting innovative spirit,” whose “films have become embedded in the very idea of American culture.”

Rubenstein saluted Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bobby Weir, calling the band a “social and cultural phenomenon since 1965,” whose music, “never stopped being a true American original, while inspiring a fan culture like no other.”

He called Raitt “an ambassador of both music and humanity,” and said that Sandoval “transcended literal borders coming from Cuba 30+ years ago and today continues to bridge cultures with his intoxicating blend of Afro Cuban rhythms and modern jazz.”

As for The Apollo, the organization’s chairman called it, “one of the most consequential, influential institutions in history” that “has elevated the voices of Black entertainment in New York City, nationally, and around the world, and launched the careers of legions of artists.”

The Kennedy Center Honors will be handed out on December 8, 2024, ahead of a CBS broadcast of the event on December 23.

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