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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

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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 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

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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Brothers onscreen and off: 'Rise' stars talk humble beginnings of Greek basketball stars

(L-R): Ral Agada as Thanasis and Uche Agada as Giannis in Disney's live-action RISE, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

In the new film Rise, streaming exclusively on Disney+, brothers and newcomers Uche and Ral Agada play Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo in the true story about the inspirational family that changed the world of professional basketball.

Uche knew the basics – that the Antetokounmpos immigrated from Nigeria to Greece and that Giannis eventually found success in the NBA draft – but there was still a lot he had to learn about the family.

“I knew that they had humble beginnings. I didn’t understand the extent of how hard it was, how difficult it was to survive,” Uche told ABC Audio.

Ral echoed his brother’s sentiment. “We went where they grew up and I saw that they lived in a one-bedroom apartment with four 6-foot-plus boys,” he said. “It just made me extremely grateful for what I have.”

There was much for them to be grateful for, especially the opportunity for the brothers to act alongside each other, telling a story about brotherhood and family.

“These guys, they all root for each other, they are happy for each other and all push each other. And I think it’s the same for Ral and I,” Uche said.

He added, “We both want to see each other improve and get better. I definitely think that’s something that we all have in common.”

Rise had its Greek premiere this week, which was held at the Sepolia Basketball Court in Athens. The Antetokounmpo family and the Agada brothers were all in attendance.

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Jamie Foxx, Tom Brady get Cameron Diaz to "unretire" for Netflix film 'Back In Action'

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After reportedly retiring from Hollywood, Cameron Diaz is Back In Action, literally.

Jamie Foxx tapped an expert on "unretiring," NFL legend Tom Brady, to help him convince the actress to co-star in a Netflix action comedy called Back In Action.

"Had to call in the GOAT to bring back another GOAT," Foxx captioned the audio conversation posted on Instagram.

Asking his Annie co-star if he could add another caller to the phone call who can "help her through" her nerves about jumping back into the movie game, Diaz agreed.

"I was talking to Jamie, and he said you needed a few tips on how to unretire, and I am relatively successful at unretiring," said Brady, who recently decided to rejoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following an announcement he was hanging up his jersey.

"Honestly, exactly what I need," Diaz giggled.

Back In Action gets underway next year, Oscar winner Foxx explained to his Instagram followers.

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Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick try 'Footloose' dance challenge

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Kevin Bacon has officially joined in on the TikTok Footloose challenge.

The actor, who played Ren McCormack in the 1984 classic, shared a video of himself trying the viral dance challenge with his wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick, on Tuesday.

"I don’t remember this being part of the original #Footloose choreography but figured we’d give it a spin," he captioned the clip.

The challenge is set to the film's theme song of the same name by Kenny Loggins.

It's unclear when the dance sequence became a popular trend on the platform but fans loved Bacon's attempt at it.

"Just like that, I’m back in high school in 1984," one user commented. Bacon himself liked the comment.

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Report: NeNe Leakes negotiating settlement in racial discrimination lawsuit against Bravo

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After former Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes filed a racial discrimination suit against the Bravo network and the producers of the show in the spring, she is reportedly negotiating a settlement.

This week, an Atlanta judge granted an extension until August 19 to settle the dispute, according to Page Six.

Leakes, who appeared in 11 seasons of RHOA, filed the lawsuit in April, claiming that she suffered years of racist remarks from former co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann. The 54-year-old entertainer says that Bravo, NBCUniversal and show executive producer Andy Cohen “fostered a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged.”

Leakes also claims that as a result of her lawsuit, she was blacklisted and prevented from working.

As previously reported, NeNe is also facing another legal battle: she is being sued by the estranged wife of her boyfriend, Nyonisela SiohMalomine Tehmeh-Sioh alleges that Leakes was having an affair with Nyonisela while he was still married to her and broke up their relationship. Malomine claims she suffered "emotional distress, humiliation and loss of affection."

Earlier this month, NeNe responded to the lawsuit on Instagram.

"I'm already out here a husband stealer and this is too much. And ain't nobody out here stealing husbands. Are they? I would never," she said, before adding, "Nobody wants to steal nobody else's problems."

Leakes previously said that Sioh brought joy to her life after the loss of her late husband, Gregg Leakes, who died in September after a battle with colon cancer.

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Super's friend: Actor Matt Lintz on playing Kamala Khan's "man in the chair" in 'Ms. Marvel'

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Being the bestie of a superhero was a long-running trope in the comics world before Jacob Batalon's  character, Ned, referred to himself as being Peter Parker's "man in the chair" in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Actor Matt Lintz plays just that -- specifically, high-schooler Bruno Carrelli, the keeper of Kamala Khan's secret identity -- in Marvel Studios' hit Disney+ show Ms. Marvel

So, let's talk about Bruno.

He's a tech genius, and also trains Kamala to use her newfound cosmic powers. "It's so cool," Lintz says of the role. "I mean, you know, it's like the Ned to Peter Parker, the Q to James Bond."

He adds, "I mean, it was really cool having that dynamic of, you know -- my best friend has these superpowers and we have to keep this huge secret, and traversing that. And the dynamics it creates was a challenge, but it was so fun!"

The actor, who starred in movies including Pixels and shows like The Walking Dead, laughs as he recalls he almost slept through the call in which he found out he got the key role. 

"I mean, it was insane. Like I was asleep in my bed and I got a call and I almost didn't answer, but I ended up answering. It was my team saying I got it," the 21-year-old says. 

"It was a role I really wanted. And, you know, I was, you know, like it was a long audition process and pretty grueling. And I really got attached to the character. And when I got that call, I mean, it was just this big sigh of relief and excitement." - 

The fourth episode of Ms. Marvel is now streaming on Disney+.

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Producer Barbara Broccoli teases a "reinvention" of James Bond is two years away


Don't expect to see Daniel Craig's successor as James Bond for at least two years.

That's the word to Deadline from Barbara Broccoli, the longtime producer of the 007 films with her stepbrother and producing partner Michael G. Wilson.

With speculation flying as to who will next don the super-spy's tux -- with names including Chris Hemsworth, Henry Cavill and Idris Elba being bandied about -- Broccoli insists, "Nobody's in the running."

She says of Ian Fleming's secret agent, who was apparently killed off-screen at the end of No Time To Die, "We're working out where to go with him, we're talking that through."

The producer adds, "There isn't a script and we can't come up with one until we decide how we're going to approach the next film because, really, it's a reinvention of Bond. We're reinventing who he is, and that takes time ..."

Whoever does step into them has some big, gadget-filled shoes to fill: No Time To Die made more than $774 million worldwide.

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Nick Cannon is turning “pain into purpose” with new foundation in honor of his late son, Zen

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Nick Cannon has formed a new pediatric cancer foundation in honor of his late son, Zen, who died of brain cancer in December. He hopes the organization will help lessen the pain for families with children suffering from cancer.

"I'm a true believer in turning your pain into purpose," The Masked Singer host told Entertainment Tonight"To know how much joy that he brought our family, I just wanted to spread that light."

Cannon announced the Zen's Light Foundation with his son's mother, Alyssa Scott, on Friday, one day after what would have been Zen's first birthday. His goal "is to foster global excellence in hope, grief-care, and pediatric healthcare for families and children in need."

The 41-year-old entertainer posted photos on Instagram of "a beautiful lighting ceremony to honor the life of an Angel" and commemorate the foundation's launch.

"Can't wait for next year where our Lighting Gala will continue [to] grow to help find a cure for pediatric cancer, further research and help console more families during difficult times," Cannon wrote.

Nick is also currently hosting his MTV Wild ‘N Out Live tour, which wraps up Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Dakota Johnson calls making '50 Shades of Grey' a "psychotic" experience

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Although she ultimately says she's "proud" of it, Dakota Johnson described making the first 50 Shades of Grey film as a "psychotic" experience.

The actor opened up to Vanity Fair about the behind-the-scenes drama of the movie, which spawned two sequels. She played Anastasia Steele opposite Jamie Dornan's Christian Grey.

"If I had known at the time that's what it was going to be like, I don't think anyone would've done it," Johnson admitted. "I signed up to do a very different version of the film we ended up making."

She laid blame on a "combo" of the directors and "the author of the books," E.J. James.

"She had a lot of creative control, all day, every day, and she just demanded that certain things happen," Johnson said.

"There were parts of the books that just wouldn't work in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was at times incredibly cheesy. It wouldn't work to say out loud. It was always a battle. Always."

She explained, "We'd do the takes of the movie that Erika [E.L.] wanted to make, and then we would do the takes of the movie that we wanted to make. The night before, I would rewrite scenes with the old dialogue ... It was like mayhem all the time."

Overall, she called the making of the project "psychotic," but added, "No, I don't regret it."

Johnson clarified, "Look, it was great for our careers. So amazing. So lucky. But it was weird. So, so weird."

She also threw cold water on rumors that she was feuding with her on-screen lover, Dornan, off-screen. "There was never a time when we didn't get along," she said. "I know it's weird, but he's like a brother to me. I love him so, so, so much."

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Elizabeth Olsen will "never" think of her 'Multiverse of Madness' character as a "baddie"

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(POTENTIAL SPOILERS) Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff may have been causing multiversal chaos as the Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but she doesn't see her character as a villain.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe veteran recently stopped by Good Morning America to answer fan questions. When asked about what it was like to play an evil character, Olsen said, "I will never think of her as a baddie."

"I think she learns a lesson, but I think of her as she's just processing big emotions," she explained, drawing a parallel between her MCU persona and the protagonist of her and husband Robbie Arnett's new children's book, Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective, out now.

Olsen described Hattie Harmony's name as being "inspired by helping kids deal with big, complicated feelings that are hard to understand or identify" and giving kids the language and tools to manage those feelings.

The Emmy-nominated actress said she utilized methods like mindful movement and mindful breathing when dealing with "a lot of weird panic attacks" in her early 20s, which she said "really threw me off."

"I never had a stress ball, but I would do other kinds of body tension things to help relieve the anxiety in my head or the stress or the overwhelming feelings I would get," she continued. "And also the positive self-talk that Hattie uses I feel like we could all use a little bit of that."

With the fate of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch left uncertain at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Olsen said she doesn't know what's next for her in the MCU.

"I would love to know myself," she said. "Keep spreading rumors and maybe they'll hire me again."

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Mandy Moore cancels tour amid pregnancy

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Mandy Moore is putting her family first and cancelling her tour.

Taking to Instagram Tuesday, the This Is Us star, who is expecting her second child with husband Taylor Goldsmith, shared, "It is with a heavy heart and much consideration that I have to let you all know that I am cancelling my remaining show dates in 2022.

"It has been an honor and an absolute dream to return to the stage again this past month, performing for all of you," she continued.

The actress, 38 -- who is also mom to 16-month-old son August Harrison -- explained that she wasn't pregnant when the shows were booked and while she thought she "could power though," it was "long hours" and "not getting proper rest" that ultimately made it "too challenging to proceed."

"I know that I have to put my family and my health (and the health of my baby) first and the best place for me to be right now is at home," she wrote.

Moore thanked her fans for their support and for respecting her decision, before notifying them that all tickets will be refunded.

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Wendy Williams gives health update, shares plans for podcast

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Wendy, who has been battling health issues including lymphedema -- a condition that causes swelling due to a blockage in the lymphatic system, according to the Mayo Clinic -- also revealed that she only has about five percent of feeling left in her feet.

While lifting her swollen foot up for the camera, the longtime host said, "Do you see this? [My foot] is up and down. I can only feel maybe five percent of my feet, do you understand?" She then clarified that she can "stand up" on her own and doesn't need the help of a wheelchair.

The Wendy Williams Show ran for 13 seasons, with Wendy on hiatus from the show's final season as she dealt with her various health conditions. The final season continued with a rotation of guests hosts before ending on June 17.

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