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Lawyers for Donald Trump file cease-and-desist against 'The Apprentice' filmmakers

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Attorneys for former President Donald Trump have filed a cease-and-desist to try to block the controversial film The Apprentice — which stars Sebastian Stan as a young Donald — from seeing theaters.

The Hollywood Reporter says the filmmakers behind the project, which recently debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and has yet to secure theatrical distribution in the U.S., call it a "fair and balanced" portrayal of Trump in the 1970s and in his real-estate mogul days of the '80s.

According to various outlets, one scene reportedly shows Trump raping his former wife, the late Ivana, played by Borat 2's Maria Bakalova.

"The Movie presents itself as a factual biography of Mr. Trump, yet nothing could be further from the truth," the trade quotes the letter sent to director Ali Abbasi and screenwriter Gabriel Sherman, the latter of whom is accused of making "racist, Marxist, and otherwise disparaging statements against President Trump in 2018."

The three-page letter calls the film "a concoction of lies that repeatedly defames President Trump and constitutes direct foreign interference in America’s elections," adding, "If you do not immediately cease and desist all distribution and marketing of this libelous farce, we will be forced to pursue all appropriate legal remedies."

 

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Report: Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi — Jon Bon Jovi's son — are married

L-R: Jake Bongiovi, Millie Bobby Brown, Jon Bon Jovi, Dorothea Bon Jovi Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Netflix

Stranger Things have happened: Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi, the son of Jon Bon Jovi, married in secret over the weekend of May 18, People magazine has learned.

It's not clear where the nuptials took place. In March, Brown's Stranger Things co-star Matthew Modine told Access Hollywood that he would officiate the marriage.

Brown and Bongiovi first connected on Instagram and started dating in 2021, according to People. They got engaged in April 2023.

Jake is the second of Bon Jovi's sons to get married in May. People previously reported that Jesse Bongiovi, co-founder of the popular wine brand Hampton Water, wed his girlfriend, Jesse Light — yes, they're both named Jesse — on May 7 in Las Vegas at the same chapel where Jon and his wife, Dorothea, married in 1989.

Plus, Jon's daughter Stefanie is apparently preparing to walk down the aisle. Jon told Access Hollywood in January that he'd written what he called "the wedding song of the next 100 years" for her — it's called "Kiss the Bride" and is on the band's upcoming album, Forever.

Regarding Millie and Jake, Jon told Access, “We’re really madly in love with both of them because they get the idea that they’re in this together and we support it fully."

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Sterling K. Brown reveals how Ben Affleck gave J. Lo a boost behind the scenes of her new movie, 'Atlas'

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Critics were not kind to Jennifer Lopez's new Netflix sci-fi movie, Atlas, but her heart was in the right place while making it, co-star Sterling K. Brown reveals.

Recent Oscar nominee Brown plays Col. Banks in the thriller, and he tells Entertainment Weekly that while Lopez's Atlas Shepherd learns to rely on Smith, a friendly AI inside her lifesaving robotic battle suit, the voice she sometimes heard while filming belonged to her husband, Ben Affleck.

"Every once in a while, Ben would read the lines for Smith," Brown says. "And I think the newlyweds, still very much in love, I think she just wanted to hear his voice. And so sometimes, the reactions that you got from her were because she was listening to her husband's voice."

The voice of Smith was ultimately provided by actor Gregory James Cohan for the finished film.

Incidentally, Brown's use of "still" in his sentence will likely be analyzed in a new light thanks to rumors that Ben and Jen are on the rocks, again.

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Third season teaser of 'The Bear' shows off a "dysfunctional kitchen"

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FX has dropped an appetizer for the anticipated third season of its everything-winning smash The Bear

In the frenetic teaser highlighting the show's three Emmy-winning stars, Jeremy Allen White's Carmy and Ayo Edebiri's Sydney get ready for showtime in the newly rehabbed kitchen of Carmy's fine dining establishment that bears the show's name.

"Feel good?" he asks as Sydney smooths her new, branded apron. "You feel good?" she asks in reply. 

"Going to see," Carmy says nervously.

For his part, Ebon Moss-Bachrach's Richie is ready, too, looking sharp in the role he trained for in season 2, acting as host. "We're open," he tells them.

Seconds after elegant menus are placed and a gorgeous-looking sliver of wagyu beef is plated, things go sideways: Carmy dumps a subpar meal in the trash, another meal is dashed to the floor by a swinging door and the gang quickly gets "in the weeds," to use an industry expression. 

"I’m getting drilled out there," Richie yells inside the kitchen, as he tries to calm impatient patrons who are waiting for their food. 

Moments later, he and Carmy are shown tussling, with Lionel Boyce's pastry chef Marcus trying to break them up.

"This is a dysfunctional kitchen," Sydney gripes, to which Carmy and Richie shout in unison, "Show me a functional one." 

All 10 episodes of The Bear's third season drop on Hulu on June 27.

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'Furiosa' reportedly revved up $3.5 million in Thursday sneak previews

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga revved up $3.5 million in Thursday night preview screenings, Deadline is reporting.

The trade is projecting the George Miller film's take to be $40 million when the checkered flag is waved at the end of the Memorial Day weekend.

Both the sneaks and the projection are slightly behind the 2015 opening of Mad Max: Fury Road, though Furiosa's prospects are looking good, with a Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score of 95% so far. 

Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, ended up with a worldwide take of more than $379 million; it was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning six. 

Furiosa has Anya Taylor-Joy playing the younger version of Theron's character from that film. 

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Jeffrey Wright reprising 'The Last of Us' video game role in HBO's series

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Oscar-nominated American Fiction actor Jeffrey Wright has joined HBO's The Last of Us in a role he's already quite familiar with. 

Wright played Isaac, a former Marine who became a leader in the Washington Liberation Front resistance group in the sequel to the post-apocalyptic video game on which the hit show is based — and that's who he'll be playing opposite Pedro Pascal's Joel and Bella Ramsey's Ellie in the drama, ABC Audio has confirmed. 

HBO describes the character as "the quietly powerful leader of a large militia group who sought liberty but instead has become mired in an endless war against a surprisingly resourceful enemy."

The second season of the show will also feature Kaitlyn Dever as Abby, Isabela Merced as Dina, Young Mazino as Jesse, Spencer Lord as Owen and Danny Ramirez as Manny, with Schitt's Creek Emmy winner Catherine O'Hara also guesting.

The show returns in 2025.

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Zendaya attends 'Romeo & Juliet' opening night performance in support of boyfriend Tom Holland

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The opening night performance of Romeo & Juliet, starring Tom Holland, took place Thursday night, with Zendaya in attendance as his real-life romantic interest.

She arrived at London's Duke of York's Theatre wearing a sparkling black Vivienne Westwood gown, her hair in a bun, and was captured leaving with Tom after the show, which received a standing ovation.

The new iteration of Romeo & Juliet stars Tom as Romeo and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers as Juliet, which resulted in racial abuse over Francesca's role.

"Following the announcement of our Romeo & Juliet cast, there has been a barrage of deplorable racial abuse online directed towards a member of our company. THIS MUST STOP," The Jamie Lloyd Company said in April. "We are working with a remarkable group of artists. We insist that they are free to create work without facing online harassment."

"We will continue to support and protect everyone in our company at all costs," the statement continued. "Any abuse will not be tolerated and will be reported. Bullying and harassment have no place, in our industry or in our wider communities."

Freema Agyeman, Michael Balogun, Tomiwa Edun, Mia JeromeDaniel Quinn-Toye and Ray Sesay are also in the cast for Romeo & Juliet, which only runs for 12 weeks.


 

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George Lucas on equality and female heroes in his 'Star Wars' films

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George Lucas is at the Cannes Film Festival to receive an honorary Palme d’Or on Saturday, and at a press event a day prior, he answered some criticisms about his six Star Wars films.

"They would say, 'It's all white men,'" the 80-year-old said, according to Variety.

"Most of the people are aliens!" he corrected. "The idea is you're supposed to accept people for what they are, whether they're big and furry or whether they're green or whatever ... all people are equal."

As for casting, Lucas explained, "In the first one, there were a few Tunisians who were dark, and in the second one I had Billy [Dee] Williams, and the [prequels], which they were also criticizing, I had Sam Jackson. He ... was one of the top Jedi."

Only droids faced discrimination in his movies, he said.

"That was a way of saying ... people are always discriminating against something and sooner or later, that's what's going to happen," Lucas said. "I mean, we're already starting with AI, saying, 'Well, we can't trust those robots.'"

And as for claims the Star Wars sequels — which he wasn't a part of — broke ground with strong Star Wars heroines, Lucas said, "What do you think Princess Leia was? She's the head of the Rebellion. She's the one that's taking this young kid who doesn't know anything and this boisterous, I-know-everything guy ... and trying to save the Rebellion with these clowns. ... And it's the same thing with Queen Amidala [from the prequels]."

Lucas continued, "You can't just put a woman in pants and expect her to be a hero. They can wear dresses, they can wear whatever they want. It's their brains and their ability to think and plan and be logistical. That's what the hero is."

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Reality Roundup: Colton Underwood expecting first child, Kourtney Kardashian talks surgery and more

Have no fear, your reality roundup is here! Here's a look at what happened in the world of reality television this week:

The Bachelor (ABC)
Former Bachelor Colton Underwood is expecting his first child with his husband, Jordan C. Brown. The couple will welcome their baby via surrogate in early October. "It's been such an incredible experience for us to go through this together, and I cannot wait to watch Jordan become a dad,” Underwood told People. The news comes right after the married couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary on May 13.

The Kardashians (Hulu)
In the season 5 premiere of The Kardashians, Kourtney Kardashian opened up about her emergency fetal surgery in September 2023. During a planned home scan, a doctor advised her to see a specialist. Kourtney shared she had to go in for operation on the baby the morning after her appointments. "The timing of it was miraculous. That saved everything," Kourtney said. "My doctor's like, 'There's nothing that you did wrong. It's not age-related. It's just a super rare thing that happened.'"

The Masked Singer (Fox)
Goldfish won season 11 of The Masked Singer, but who was it underneath the costume? Spoiler alert: it was none other than actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens. She may have won, but she says her friends and fans knew it was her. In fact, one famous friend figured it out quickly. "Rita [Ora] guessed it was me straight from the jump,” Hudgens said. "But she’s also my friend. And we saw each other a few days before the first episode!"

 

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Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig announce 'Knives Out' threequel title

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In a new post on social platform X narrated in character by Daniel Craig's Benoit Blanc, director Rian Johnson announced the title of his third Knives Out mystery: Wake Up Dead Man.

In the animated spot, the tease for the follow-up to 2019's Knives Out and 2022’s Glass Onion has Craig drawling, "In the beginning, the knives came out. Then behold, the glass was shattered. But my most dangerous case yet is about to be revealed."

Like the sequel, Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery will debut on Netflix in 2025. 

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Kabosu, the famous meme dog, has died

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Pour one out Friday for Kabosu, arguably the most famous dog on the Internet.

The "doge" has died at 18.

The rescued Shiba Inu not only became a meme star thanks to her suspicious expression, but a meme unto herself when the former shelter dog became the face of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin.

The dog's owner, Atsuko Sato, posted on social media Friday that her famous four-legged friend had "crossed the rainbow bridge" at her home in Sakura, Japan. In a poetic blog post, Sato noted, "While being stroked by me/Like sleep/[She] passed away softly."

According to the crypto site Coinjournal, Dogecoin's price fell over 5% to $0.1535 following the news of the dog's death.

The coin's official X account noted in part, "The impact this one dog has made across the world is immeasurable. She was a being who knew only happiness and limitless love. Please keep her spirit and her family in your heart, and most importantly carry her with you as your story continues - we are all fortunate for hers to have touched and shaped ours."

A farewell party for the pooch is scheduled for May 26 in Narita City, Japan.

In 2021, Kabosu's image on an NFT sold for $4 million, a record for a meme-based non-fungible token.

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here's a look at some of the new movies and TV shows streaming this weekend:

Apple TV+
Trying: Six years post adoption and parenting didn’t get any easier. Find out why in season 4 of the feel-good comedy series.

Paramount+
Evil: Tune in to the fourth and final season to solve the church’s unexplained mysteries.

Hulu
The Kardashians: The Kardashian-Jenner clan returns for season 5, and this time they navigate everything from the big screen to a new baby.

Netflix
Atlas: Jennifer Lopez joins a mission to capture a renegade robot in the new sci-fi action film.

Jurassic World: Chaos Theory: The gang navigates a world filled with dinosaurs in the new animated series.

Disney+
The Beach Boys: Learn all about The Beach Boys in the new documentary film that spans six decades to tell their story.

That’s all for this week’s Weekend Watchlist – happy streaming!

 

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Morgan Spurlock, filmmaker behind 'Super Size Me' documentary, dies from cancer

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Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker behind the award-winning 2004 documentary Super Size Me, died from cancer complications, his family announced on Friday.

"Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas, and generosity," his brother Craig Spurlock said in a statement. "The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am so proud to have worked together with him."

Spurlock died Thursday, according to his family. He was 53 years old.

The filmmaker's reps said in a statement, "Spurlock fearlessly challenged modern conventions utilizing humor and wit to shed light on societal issues. His films inspired critical thinking and encouraged viewers to question the status quo. Over thirteen years, through his production company Warrior Poets, Spurlock found additional success producing and directing nearly 70 documentary films and television series."

After taking on McDonald's with the Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, the documentarian also explored the challenges of minimum wage life in America with the FX series 30 Days, which ran from 2005 to 2008; the U.S. war in Afghanistan with 2008's Where In the World is Osama bin Laden?; and corporate takeovers of poultry farming with 2019's Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken, among other projects.

Spurlock's family has asked supporters to make a "generous" donation in his honor to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in New York City.

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In Brief: Christian Slater jumps aboard 'Dexter' prequel series, and more

Paramount+ has tapped Patrick Gibson, Christian Slater and Molly Brown to lead its Dexter prequel series, Dexter: Original Sin, which tells the origin story of Michael C. Hall’s serial killer. Gibson will play Dexter Morgan. Slater and Brown will play Harry Morgan, Dexter's adoptive father, and Debra Morgan, Dexter’s sister, respectively. Dexter: Original Sin is the second series in the Dexter universe, following Showtime's 2021 sequel series Dexter: New Blood, which picked up 10 years after the events of the original series finale ...

The CW has given a second season renewal to its crime-solving procedural Wild Cards. The series stars Grey’s Anatomy’s Giacomo Gianniotti and Riverdale's Vanessa Morgan as a demoted detective and career scammer, respectively, who use their unique skills to fight crime. "Wild Cards has clearly captured the imagination of our viewers thanks to exhilarating storytelling and the crackling chemistry between Vanessa and Giacomo," The CW Network's Liz Wise Lyall said in a statement. "We are confident Wild Cards is the kind of smart and sexy blue-sky drama that could continually build its audience for years” ...

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced Entertainment Tonight anchors Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner as hosts of the 51st Daytime Emmy Awards, airing live from Los Angeles June 7 on CBS. Frazier and Turner previously hosted the Daytime Emmys in 2022 and 2023 and are among this year's nominees in the Daytime Personality – Daily category. The full list of nominees can be viewed on the Emmys website ...

 

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Robert Downey Jr. shares 'Avengers’ co-stars' comments at Chris Hemsworth's Walk of Fame ceremony

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Chris Hemsworth received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, and Robert Downey Jr. was on hand to represent their Avengers co-stars, whom he asked for a three-word response to the question, "What is Chris Hemsworth," according to Variety.

Jeremy Renner, who played Hawkeye in the Marvel films, joked, "Absurdly, annoyingly amazing."

Mark Ruffalo, whose Hulk character was paired with Hemsworth for 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, referenced one of the film's famous lines: "Friend from work."

Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson quipped that Hemsworth was a "sensitive leading lady."

Finally, Chris Evans, who played Captain America, sarcastically remarked, "Second best Chris."

Downey completed the responses by saying, "I’ll bring it to the here and now: There is no one who deserves it more. He is 'Hollywood star recipient.'"

After joking, "I wrote all of my comments myself, which is why they are going to be quite insightful and brilliant,” the actor turned serious.

“Beyond the cape and the hammer is a contagious Aussie charm. You are a remarkable human being. You are a legend," he began. "Chris is a bit daunting to describe. He’s very elusive because of the pretty packaging. However, upon further inspection ... down under ... he has a true wit and depth of soul and it has been my sincere pleasure to know you. You keep us Hollywood folk on our toes because you’re just a real deal.”

Hemsworth tells Variety he thought he was receiving the honor in 2019, when the Avengers stars put their handprints in cement outside Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre.

“I thought that was the Walk of Fame! ... I thought, ‘Oh cool, I’m getting a star,’” Hemsworth said. “And someone told me, ‘No, that’s not what this is.’"

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