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Season 5 trailer for 'Yellowstone' shatters streaming records

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Yellowstone fans apparently couldn't wait to see what's going to happen in the fifth season of the smash Paramount+ series: its new trailer was watched 14.4 million times in the 24 hours after it was released September 29. 

The coming attraction was watched four times more than the trailer to season 4, according to the streaming service.

What's more, the trailer sparked loads of conversations online: The new snippet -- which showed Kevin Costner's John Dutton being sworn in as the governor of Montana, caused 1.7 million engagements on social media on the day it debuted. 

Yellowstone's highly anticipated season 5 kicks off on Sunday, November 13, with two new episodes.

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Angelina Jolie reportedly accuses Brad Pitt of physically abusing her, two of their children

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A lawsuit stemming from the sale of one of the former couple's properties has turned ugly, with Angelina Jolie accusing Brad Pitt of domestic violence. 

According to a countersuit obtained by ABC News, Jolie accuses her fellow Oscar winner of getting physical with her aboard a private plane flight in 2016 and then with some of their children, who "bravely" intervened.

Jolie and Pitt are parents to adopted children Maddox, 21, Pax, 18, and Zahara, 17, as well as 16-year-old Shiloh, and 14-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

The scrum reportedly started as a verbal argument, with Pitt accusing his then-wife of being "too deferential" to the kids, according to the legal documents.

"Pitt grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall," according to the document, which also said, "Pitt then punched the ceiling of the plane numerous times, prompting Jolie to leave the bathroom."

"When one of the children verbally defended Jolie, Pitt lunged at his own child and Jolie grabbed him from behind to stop him," the suit says.

"To get Jolie off his back, Pitt threw himself backwards into the airplane/s seats injuring Jolie's back and elbow. The children rushed in and all bravely tried to protect each other ... Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face. Some of the children pleaded with Pitt to stop ..."

Pitt sued Jolie in February, claiming she sold their French estate and winery, Château Miraval, without his knowledge.

Variety reports negotiations broke down after the Bullet Train star sought a nondisclosure agreement to keep quiet about what the countersuit called "Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children."

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen reportedly hiring divorce lawyers

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While details about the state of their marriage varies, Page Six is reporting that supermodel Gisele Bündchen and Super Bowl superstar Tom Brady have hired divorce lawyers.

The publication quotes "multiple sources" who say the countdown clock has run out on their 13-year marriage, stemming from his decision to "unretire" from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I never actually thought this argument would be the end of them, but it looks like it is," said one source. "I don’t think there will be any coming back now. They both have lawyers and are looking at what a split will entail, who gets what and what the finances will be."

The pair have extensive real estate holdings, reportedly worth some $26 million, according to the publication. That pales in comparison to Brady's earning hundreds of millions from endorsements; Bündchen reportedly has a net worth of $400 million.

The couple will reportedly share custody of their two children, 12-year-old Benjamin and 9-year-old Vivian. Brady is also dad to Jack, his 15-year-old son with his Blue Bloods star ex, Bridget Moynahan.

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'Saturday Night Live' star Chloe Fineman added to Francis Ford Coppola's star-studded 'Megalopolis'

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The cast is now complete for Francis Ford Coppola's long-anticipated drama Megalopolis, and Saturday Night Live's Chloe Fineman has apparently gotten the tap from the legendary filmmaker.

It's a major career move for the actress, who of late has only appeared in comedies, including Father of the Bride. Filming gets underway in Georgia this fall.

Deadline reports Fineman and Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman have been added to the cast, along with Licorice Pizza's Isabelle Kusman and veteran character actor D.B. Sweeney.

The cast for the drama already boasts Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Jon Voight, as well as Academy Award nominees Laurence Fishburne, Shia LaBeouf and Adam Driver. Fast and Furious series star Nathalie Emmanuel was recently added to the ranks in a lead role.

The Godfather’s Talia Shire -- Coppola's sister -- also stars, as does her son, Jason Schwartzman.

James Remar, Grace Vanderwaal and Kathryn Hunter will also appear in Coppola's big-budget, mostly self-funded project, reportedly an "epic story of political ambition, genius, and conflicting interests" centering on creating an ideal society.

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Jennifer Lopez launches new initiative to support and inspire more Latina entrepreneurs

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Jennifer Lopez, who has an estimated net worth of $400 million, explained how she became a powerhouse in the industry.

Lopez covers Entrepreneur Magazine and spoke about how she took ownership of her career. It happened when she launched her first fragrance in 2002, Glow by JLo, which went on to become one of the best-selling fragrances in the country.

When the perfume was predicted to earn $2 billion, the singer had an epiphany that she "didn't make but 0.01% of that," even though she was "building this brand on my back." Lopez continued, "I realized, at a certain point, I'm still working my a** off, and everybody's collecting checks."

"When you start off as an artist, you're just happy to get whatever you can," she admitted. "You can't believe your good fortune. I remember myself back then: I was like, 'Oh yeah, I'll do the perfume! Oh yes, I love fashion, I'll do a clothing line!' I'll do this, I'll do that. I was just so happy to be here."

Lopez said she learned to demand a spot at the table and understand her worth -- and now she hopes to inspire others to do the same. She launched Limitless Labs in 2021 to highlight Latina-owned businesses and has now partnered with Grameen America to support low-income female entrepreneurs.

The goal is to provide $14 billion in loans and six million hours of financial education to Latina-owned businesses by 2030.

Lopez said Latino-owned businesses are "the fastest-growing segment of all small businesses," but Latina women face significant obstacles in securing loans. "We get, like, $1 out of every $23," she said.

With this, Lopez hopes to even the playing field and inspire more Latinas to reach for their dreams.

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Jinkies! Velma is now officially gay in new 'Scooby-Doo' animated film

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After years of hints and being embraced by the queer community, Velma, the bespectacled brains of the Scooby-Doo team is canonically a lesbian.

In the new movie, Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!, Velma's famous glasses are figuratively -- and literally -- steamed up by a female character named Coco Diablo. The clip has already gone viral. "OMG LESBIAN VELMA FINALLY CANON CANON IN THE MOVIES LETS GOOOOOO," read one tweet that got more than 130,000 likes.

The official revelation, however, isn't news to the orange sweater-wearing character's fans. In fact, James Gunn, who wrote the live-action Scooby-Doo movies before embarking on the Guardians of the Galaxy films, had tried to make it official back in 2001.

Linda Cardellini played the character back in the original and its sequel, which starred Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne.

For his part, Gunn retweeted a Variety story on the news, which quoted now-deleted tweets from the filmmaker.

"In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script," Gunn wrote. "But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down" with Velma's sexuality "becoming ambiguous [in] (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel)," referring to 2004's Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

Tony Cervone, who was a supervising producer with Gunn on the series Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, corroborated Gunn's take in a recent Instagram post. "...Velma in 'Mystery Incorporated' is not bi. She's gay. We always planned on Velma acting...out of character when she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her, and she had unspoken difficulty with the why."

Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! debuted Tuesday on digital.

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Constance Wu opens up about allegations of sexual harassment against 'Fresh Off the Boat' producer

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Constance Wu, the star of Crazy Rich AsiansHustlers, and the recent Amazon hit The Terminal List, sat down with ABC News' Juju Chang for a wide-ranging interview airing Tuesday on Good Morning America and later on Nightline.

In the emotional conversation, Wu opened up about her recent allegation that she was sexually harassed by a producer on her hit ABC show Fresh Off the Boat, as well as a separate alleged date rape experience from a different man years earlier, both of which she details in her new book, Making a Scene.

Wu recently returned to social media after retreating in 2019 when she complained on Twitter that Fresh Off the Boat was being renewed for its sixth and final season. As she stated this past July, the blowback led to her attempt to take her own life.

Wu told Chang she was silently suffering behind the scenes of the show.

In her book, the actress said she was allegedly "sexually harassed" and "intimidated and threatened a lot" by one of the show's producers, an Asian American man whom she did not name. The harassment, she said, included the producer asking her for "sexy selfies at night," making inappropriate comments, and unwanted touching.

Wu said she was "constantly terrified of being fired" from what was her first-ever network TV job if she were to speak up, noting that this was "pre-#MeToo Movement."

"...I didn't want to talk about it because I didn't want to … stain the reputation of the one show Asian Americans had to represent themselves," she added.

She said the harassment she went through "...was pretty common … in Hollywood those days."

When the show became a hit, Wu explained, she felt able to "say no" to him, "and that is what made him furious."

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Director David Bruckner and star Jamie Clayton on bringing 'Hellraiser' back from the dead

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A reboot of the iconic horror franchise Hellraiser makes its debut at Beyond Fest in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday evening, ahead of its exclusive debut on Hulu Friday.

Director David Bruckner, veteran of the horror hits The Ritual and The Night House, takes over Clive Barker's frightening franchise for the new film.

In it, Hulu teases, "a young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites, a group of sadistic supernatural beings from another dimension."

Bruckner tells ABC Audio what it was like getting the reins. "Well, you really want to get it right. It's a beloved franchise," he explains. "And any time there's the energy to mount one of these movies, there's an opportunity to capture at least a touch of the, you know, the lightning in a bottle that was, you know, the old films."

However, he allows with a laugh, "every movie's terrifying! You know, every one of them is a massive leap of faith."

"And that gets very real when you're on the ground and, you know, you have people in full prosthetic Cenobite suits...," he continues.

Hellraiser also stars trans actress Jamie Clayton in the iconic role of The Priest or as the lead Cenobite is commonly known, Pinhead. She called his casting decision "really dope" in terms of trans representation. 

"[O]riginally when I got the audition, I never thought that in a million years I would book this," she admitted. "....And when I met David and did the callback, he was everything I could ever dream of as an actor...in a director. And...in that moment I was like, I want to do this."

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Pete Davidson appears in Taco Bell's breakfast "apology video"

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"Sometimes, we go too far. I have," Pete Davidson admits in a brand-new commercial that begins with him dozily strolling into a Taco Bell.

"And that's why Taco Bell has hired me to make an apology video."

He then turns the camera to a cashier. "Say you're sorry," he tells her, to her apparent confusion.

In the new spot, the former SNL cast member issues a mea culpa on behalf of the fast food chain, admitting, "Taco Bell went a bit crazy with the breakfast." Its former morning menu included a "taco" that used an egg for a shell, and another that used a waffle.

"It was too much," Pete says. "...all you need in the morning is fluffy eggs, melted cheese, sausage, hash brown, always wrapped in a warm tortilla."

The cashier protests, "That's a Breakfast Crunchwrap."

"Well, they should open a restaurant where all they sell is those breakfast crunch things," Pete says, after parking his butt on the counter.

"Are you riffing, or is this part of the commercial?" the employee asks.

"I dunno, I didn't read the script," Davidson admits.

The spot is just the latest for the comic and Meet Cute star, who has traded on his reputation for "going too far" into ads for companies including Smartwater and the men's grooming tool company Manscaped.

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In Brief: Steve returns to 'Blues Clues', and more

Longtime Blues Clues fans will see an old familiar face in the upcoming Paramount+ movie Blue's Big City Adventure -- Steve Burns -- the original host of Nickelodeon's popular kids TV show. He joins Joe Donovan and Josh Dela Cruz, who succeeded him in the series. In a trailer released on Monday, the trio, along with the titular CGI/animated pooch head to New York City's Great White Way -- Broadway -- where they meet new friends and discover the magic of music, dance and following one’s dreams. Blue’s Big City Adventure will premiere November 18th on Paramount+...

Sesame Workshop announced on Monday that Sesame Street’s 53rd season will debut November 3 on Cartoonito on HBO Max. The streamer will drop 35 episodes of the beloved children’s series every Thursday. The season will stream on PBS KIDS in Fall 2023. The new season will focus on helping children develop "a healthy self-identity and sense of belonging, in full celebration of our diverse world," according to HBO Max. Special guests will include Mickey GuytonAmber RuffinZazie Beetz, first Lady Dr. Jill BidenSamuel L. JacksonBrett GoldsteinAva Duvernay and HAIM, who join for Street Stories, songs, and other segments...

Deadline reports Firefly Lane, the drama series starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, will return for its second and final season on Netflix in December. the series based on the novel by Kristin Hannah, follows two women with completely different personalities, brought together by a tragedy and weather 30 years of ups and downs, before their friendship faces the ultimate test. The first nine episodes will air on December 2, with the second group of seven episodes premiering in 2023...

YouTube comedy group the Try Guys shared a video statement Monday addressed its recent decision to cut ties with ex-member Ned Fulmer, who admitted that he was engaged in a "consensual" workplace affair and was the subject of an internal investigation. Zach CornfeldKeith Habersberger and Eugene Lee Yang appear in the video, titled "what happened," explaining that Ned would be "immediately removed...from work activities and that they engaged an HR professional to conduct a thorough review of the facts." They "also opted to remove Ned from our releases, pending results of that review." The trio went on to say, "There are several videos that we’ve deemed as fully unreleasable, and that was due to his involvement." The three add they were "incredibly shocked and deeply hurt" by the developments, and admitted they, "don't know that we'll ever be able to fully articulate the pain we feel at this moment...It's hard to rewatch old videos that we love and we're proud of," they continued, likening it to, "losing a friend"...



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Billy Eichner defends 'Bros' movie after poor box office performance

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Billy Eichner is sharing his thoughts after his movie Bros' disappointing performance at the box office. 

"Box office, as we all know, has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of a movie," he tweeted Monday. "And tweeting about a movie you haven’t actually seen is meaningless. That’s just twitter bull****. The majority of people who see Bros really love it! Go check it out and see for yourself!"

The 44-year-old added that he will continue to post about the LGBTQ+ romantic comedy just to spite the haters.

"And yes I’m going to continue tweeting about Bros every day for the next year just to spite you! GO BROS!!! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!#BrosMovie," he shared

Bros -- co-written by and starring comedian Eichner alongside Luke Macfarlane -- debuted over the weekend with an underwhelming $4.8 million.

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Shaken and stirred: Monday night is "James Bond Night" on 'Dancing with the Stars'

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The 14 remaining couples will be shaken and stirred -- more than usual -- on Monday night's installment of Dancing with the Stars on Disney+ as the iconic music of the James Bond films takes center stage.

The special theme celebrates the 60th birthday of the spy series' first film, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond, but the music will span the movies of everyone who has worn the tux, up to and including Daniel Craig's just-wrapped run.

The show airs live beginning at 8 p.m. and can also be watched on demand.

Here's a list of the stars, their pro dance partners and what songs will have them shaking their martini makers:

Joseph Baena/Alexis Warr - "Writing's On the Wall" by Sam Smith -- Spectre

Selma Blair/Sasha Farber - "For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton -- For Your Eyes Only

Wayne Brady/Witney Carson - "The Name’s Bond…James Bond" by David Arnold & Nicholas Dodd (007's recurring theme)

Sam Champion/Cheryl Burke - "Los Muertos Vivos Estan" by Thomas Newman ft. Tambuco -- Spectre

Charli D’Amelio/Mark Ballas - "No Time To Die" by Billie Eilish -- No Time to Die

Heidi D’Amelio/Artem Chigvintsev - "Another Way to Die" by Jack White and Alicia Keys -- Quantum of Solace

Jessie James Decker/Alan Bersten - "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey -- Goldfinger

Trevor Donovan/Emma Slater - "You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell -- Casino Royale

Daniel Durant/Britt Stewart - "The World Is Not Enough" by Garbage -- The World is Not Enough

Vinny Guadagnino/Koko Iwasaki - "Thunderball" by Tom Jones -- Thunderball

Cheryl Ladd/Louis van Amstel - "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey -- Diamonds Are Forever

Shangela/Gleb Savchenko - "Goldeneye" by Tina Turner -- Goldeneye

Jordin Sparks/Brandon Armstrong - "Licence To Kill" by Gladys Knight -- License To Kill

Gabby Windey/Val Chmerkovskiy - "Die Another Day" by Madonna -- Die Another Day

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'The Good Doctor' returns to ABC Monday night

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ABC's acclaimed medical drama The Good Doctor finally returns at 10 p.m. Monday for fans eager to learn what comes from the show's cliffhanger season finale. 

In the closing moments of the previous season, things were rosy at a rooftop wedding ceremony for Freddie Highmore's Dr. Shaun Murphy and Paige Spara's Lea Diallo.

However, fans were left wondering what happened to Christina Chang's Dr. Lim and Elfina Luk's nurse Villenueva after the latter's abusive ex stabbed them, leaving them in a pool of blood floors below the party.

"We'll sort of pick up in the immediate aftermath," Highmore says without divulging any spoilers. 

The actor, whose character is on the autism spectrum, says Shaun brings out the best of him. "I feel like playing Shaun sometimes makes me a better person," he admits. "I think because I'm a Brit, I'm naturally quite cynical, and Shaun being the opposite of that probably rubs off on me in a good way."

He also reckons Shaun is what keeps people tuning in as they mount their sixth season. "I think initially it was, you know, the fact that Shaun was such a hopeful character and in a time where the hope was maybe hard to come by, and that probably remains true to some extent today," Highmore says. 

"And so I think, you know, having a character like Shaun was refreshing and hopefully remains so."

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Odessa A'zion says it wasn't hard to act scared in 'Hellraiser' reboot

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On October 7, a reboot of the classic horror franchise Hellraiser comes to haunt Hulu.

Odessa A'zion, the real-life daughter of Better ThingsPamela Adlon, plays Riley, who comes to learn it isn't advisable to mess around with mysterious black magic boxes. 

Doing so brings other-dimensional creatures called cenobites to Riley's world, led by the iconic and aptly named Pinhead, played this time around by trans actress Jamie Clayton

A'zion tells ABC Audio it wasn't hard to look scared around the pale-faced, sadomasochistic creatures, because unlike other movies, they weren't computer-generated. 

"Sometimes, you know, you do scenes with a tennis ball on a stick," she says of what actors sometimes have to look at on set, before special effects wizards add in CG monsters. "We had none of that. This was all right in front of us, exactly like you saw in the trailer, exactly like you'll see in the movie."

"We were doing scenes with real cenobites," she laughs. "It's crazy, it was all practical, it was incredible to look at. It was insane!

She added of Josh and Sierra Russell's Russell FX artists, who worked with Hellraiser director David Bruckner on his horror films The Ritual and The Night House, "These guys are so talented!"  

 

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"I will look in triumph at my enemies": Will Smith's trailer for 'Emancipation' makes debut

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Fans can finally get their first look at Will Smith in the new trailer to Antoine Fuqua's fugitive slave drama, Emancipation.

The film had its debut on Saturday, with a special Washington, D.C., screening during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legislative Conference, but it will hit theaters nationwide on December 2 and Apple TV+ on December 9.

The streaming site teases the film is, "Inspired by the gripping true story of a man who would do anything for his family -- and for freedom."

Smith plays Peter, an enslaved man who "risks his life to escape and return to his family, he embarks on a perilous journey of love and endurance."

That journey, a three-day trek through the unforgiving swamps of the Civil War South with captors in pursuit, will lead Peter to the Union Army's lines and his freedom.

Shot in stark black-and-white tones, the trailer showcases Fuqua's cinematic gifts.

The film would have been a surefire Oscar contender for Smith, but for his outburst at the Academy Awards that led to a 10-year ban from the event. In a new chat with Deadline, Fuqua insisted Apple never gave up on the movie.

"They never stopped talking about releasing the film, and when would be best strategically," he commented. "Apple would call me often, with Will, and I have to say Apple has been amazing through this whole film."

The Apple Originals film also stars Ben Foster, Steven Ogg, Charmaine Bingwa and Mustafa Shakir.

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