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'Yellowjackets' casts Simone Kessell in pivotal role

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Yellowjackets has found its “Adult Lottie.”

The Showtime series has cast Obi-Wan Kenobi actress Simone Kessell in the role of a grown-up version of Lottie Matthews, played as a teen by Courtney Eaton. Eaton has also been upped to series regular on the show.

Last week, the show cast another pivotal role, tapping Six Feet Under actress Lauren Ambrose as the adult version of Liv Hewson’s Van.

The series centers on a high school soccer team forced to survive on their own in the wilderness after a plane crash. It also catches up with the survivors 25 years later.

The first season of Yellowjackets earned seven Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and also respective Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress noms for Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci.

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Gwyneth Paltrow to join season 14 of 'Shark Tank'

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Gwyneth Paltrow is joining Shark Tank.

The actress and Goop founder will star in the hit ABC series as a guest shark for the show's 14th season.

Paltrow will join Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary.

Other guest sharks for the season include DoorDash CEO and co-founder Tony Xu, Good American CEO and co-founder Emma Grede, entrepreneur Peter Jones, fashion designer Kendra Scott and Kind Snacks founder Daniel Lubetzky.

Shark Tank season 14 will premiere on Friday, September 23, on ABC and will stream on Hulu.

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'Love Is Blind' couple Iyanna and Jarrette are divorcing

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Love may be blind but it didn’t last forever for this Love Is Blind couple.

Iyanna McNeely and Jarrette Jones have announced they’re getting a divorce. The two got engaged without ever meeting face to face on the Netflix reality dating show’s second season. They then got married in the season finale.

They shared news of their split in a joint statement on social media.

"What's going on, family. After much thought, we're saddened to share that we have separated and will begin the process of divorcing," the statement begins. "While we have love for each other, our lives are going in different directions, and that's okay."

"We hope you all give us some space as we close this chapter of our lives," they continue. "Thank you to our close friends and family for loving us both through our experience. To the Love Is Blind family and Netflix, thank you for this unforgettable opportunity and support. Each of you have brought overwhelming love and joy into our lives."

They concluded by saying the experience taught them so much and they “don’t regret a single thing.”

The couple had decided to tie the knot on the show in spite of their doubts – Jarrette had intended to propose to another contestant, Mallory Zapata, before choosing Iyanna.

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Watch the official teaser for Netflix's 'Wednesday'

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Enjoy some Wednesday on your Wednesday -- Wednesday Addams, that is.

Netflix has released the first official teaser for Wednesday, starring Jenny Ortega as the titular goth daughter of the Addams family.

In the trailer, we see Wednesday unleashing piranhas on her school’s water polo team for making fun of her brother, Puglsey. After the incident, the family moves to Nevermore, where Wednesday starts a new school.

"Finally you will be among peers who understand you," Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Morticia tells her. "Maybe you'll even make some friends."

"Little did I know, I'd be stepping into a nightmare full of mystery, mayhem and murder," we hear Wednesday say in a voiceover. "I think I'm going to love it here."

The series, directed by Tim Burton and also starring Luis Guzmán as Gomez, comes to Netflix this fall.

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Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry tapped to host 'The Great American Baking Show'

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The Great British Baking Show's American counterpart has found its new hosts.

Roku Channel has announced that Ellie Kemper and Severance star Zach Cherry have been tapped to co-host The Great American Baking Show, premiering in 2023.

The U.S. version of the popular British competitions series will see contestants vying to become America’s best amateur baker. Celebrity chef Paul Hollywood and restaurateur Prue Leith, who serve as judges on the British version, will return as judges for the American edition.

The show will feature six one-hour episodes. Production is currently underway in the U.K.

A previous version of The Great American Baking Show aired for five seasons on ABC. Roku announced in May that it would be the new home for the series.

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Anthony Hopkins releasing collection of NFTs

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Anthony Hopkins is getting into the NFT game.

The 84-year-old Oscar winner is creating and launching his first NFT series in partnership with the startup Orange Comet. The digital collectibles, called the Eternal Collection, are inspired by Hopkins’ iconic film characters and will incorporate his own artwork.

“I’m probably the oldest guy in the NFT community and on social media, which proves all is possible at any age,” Hopkins said at an online press conference, according to Variety.

He said NFTS are “a blank canvas to create art in a new format” and that he believes the metaverse “offers an incredible opportunity to connect with an audience in an entirely different way.”

The Eternal Collection will be released in three phases in mid-September on NFT marketplace OpenSea.

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NeNe Leakes shares touching birthday tribute to late husband Greg

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NeNe Leakes remembered her late husband Greg on what would have been his 67th birthday.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the Real Housewives of Atlanta alum shared a photo of the two in which she embraces him from behind.

"Missing the man that always had a plan!" she captioned the snapshot. "Today is a tuff one…every year on this date we would be out celebrating you! I can’t believe we are wishing you a heavenly Birthday today. I feel like you went somewhere and you’ll be back."

"I miss you everyday Gregg!" she added. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH."

Greg died in September 2021 of colon cancer. At the time, a representative for the couple told ABC News that Gregg "passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by all of his children, very close loved ones and wife NeNe Leakes."

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Adrienne Bailon welcomes son Ever James with husband Israel Houghton: "We are so in love"

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Surprise! Adrienne Bailon and her husband Israel Houghton are officially parents!

Taking to Instagram Tuesday, the couple announced that they welcomed a baby boy via surrogacy named Ever James.

Alongside a heartwarming black-and-white photo of the trio snuggled in bed together, they wrote, "Ever James / For this child we have prayed / Just to hear our baby cry / Skin to skin and face to face /Heart to heart and eye to eye."

"Our baby boy is here & we are so in love! If you have followed our love story… you know that our journey to baby has been very challenging - But God is true to His word and His promises," the post continued.

Bailon and Houghton, who wed in 2016, continued, "We have quietly prayed while sitting on this most magnificent secret for the last 9 months. He is worth every tear, every disappointment, every delayed prayer, every IVF cycle, every miscarriage. Everything."

The new parents shared that they feel "joy and overwhelming love & gratitude" after welcoming their son and thanked those who "have stood with us over 5 years on this journey." 

"He’s here and we have never been happier to lose sleep!" the post concluded. 

The couple was flooded with congratulatory messages in the comments section, including from celebrities like Khloe Kardashian

"I am so beyond happy for you A!!! He is the luckiest little boy to have you both as his parents," the reality star wrote. "You are going to be the most incredible mommy! I love you! Enjoy every second."

Country singer Mickey GuytonReal Housewives of Atlanta alum NeNe Leakes and others also sent the couple well wishes.

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In brief: 'Rogue One' back in theaters, director Wolfgang Petersen dies and more

Is Jennifer Lopez joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe?  She-Hulk: Attorney at Law director Kat Coiro told journalist Tara Hitchcock that her "dream" is to "bring" Lopez into the MCU.  Jennifer reacted to the revelation on her Instagram stories, commenting with a laugh and some love to Coiro, with whom she worked on the rom-com Marry Me. Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News...

Wolfgang Petersen, the German director behind such films as Outbreak and Air Force One, died peacefully on Friday at his Brentwood residence from pancreatic cancer, in the arms of his wife of 50 years, Maria Antoinette, his rep tells People. He was 81. Petersen, who received two Oscar nominations for writing and directing the 1981 World War II epic Das Boot, went on to helm 1984's The NeverEnding Story, 1993's In the Line of Fire, The Perfect Storm, 2004's Troy and the 2006 Poseidon remake with Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be heading back to theaters in IMAX, along with exclusive, special footage from Andor, Lucasfilm’s latest upcoming series for Disney+, in 150 IMAX theaters across the U.S. and Canada for one week beginning on August 26. "Andor takes place five years before the events of Rogue One, when the seeds of rebellion against the Empire were germinating," per Lucasfilm. "The special footage from Andor offers audiences a look at the story, which explores a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make." Andor premieres on September 21, with the first three episodes of the 12-episode series. The original series from Lucasfilm will stream exclusively on Disney+. Lucasfilm is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News...

The upcoming Pete Davidson-Kaley Cuoco rom-com Meet Cute will premiere exclusively on Peacock September 21, the streamer announced Tuesday. The movie follows Sheila and Gary -- played respectively by Cuoco and Davidson -- who instantly fall in love. However, "their magical date wasn’t fate at all. Sheila’s got a time machine, and they've been falling in love over and over again," according to Peacock...

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'I Love My Dad' proves truth is stranger -- and funnier -- than fiction

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Have you ever been catfished by your dad? James Morosini has. He's the writer, director, and star of the new film I Love My Dad, which is in theaters and streaming on demand now.

The movie, which Morosini describes as as "almost a modern Mrs. Doubtfire," follows "an estranged father -- played by Patton Oswalt -- who catfishes his son in an attempt to reconnect, and the son ends up falling head over heels for the girl that the father has created," he tells ABC Audio. "And the father now has to figure out an off-ramp to this thing without destroying his son's hopes and dreams."

I Love My Dad is based on what actually happened between Morosini and his father when he was around 20 years old.

"I think [we] were fighting [and] I think he had lied about something. I got very upset with him. I decided to block him on social media," he recalls. "I was going through a tough time, and he was very worried about me and wanted to talk with me about it and I wouldn't talk with him about it. And then I got home one day, and this really pretty girl sent me a friend request online, and she seemed amazing. And then it turned out to be my dad. [He] had catfished me."

James says he and his dad have a good relationship now, and the film has only made it stronger.

"The idea of making this movie was really stepping into my dad's shoes and trying to understand our relationship from his perspective," he explains. "It was kind of a challenge that I posed to myself to see if I could really take a walk in his shoes and if I could really empathize with where he was coming from."

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Zoë Kravitz is “grateful” 'Pussy Island' brought Channing Tatum into her life

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Zoë Kravitz knew that she wanted her now-boyfriend Channing Tatum to star as the mysterious dark character Slater King in her directorial debut, Pussy Island, even though she had never met him.

“I felt, even from afar, before I knew him, that he was a feminist and that he wasn’t afraid of exploring that darkness, because he knows he’s not that,” Kravitz told WSJ Magazine. “That’s why I was drawn to him and why I wanted to meet with him.”

Kravitz found it exciting to cast somebody who usually plays the nice guy in the villain role. “I wanted to find somebody who hadn’t played a dark character before, because I think it’s exciting to watch someone who’s mostly played boy next door, good guy, love interest, all of that,” she said.

Tatum, whose company Free Association is co-producing the project, appreciated that Kravitz cast against type and went for him. “I didn’t know Zoë before I met her for the film,” he said. “It’s always really intriguing to have someone bring you something that literally no one else has ever thought of you for.”

The pair developed a working relationship because of the film, but they just so happened to develop a romantic one, as well.

“When you make things with people it’s a very sacred space, and when you’re compatible with somebody creatively it often opens up other channels, because you’re kind of sharing all of yourself,” Kravitz said. “I’m really grateful that this movie brought him into my life that way.”

Pussy Island is expected to release in 2023.

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Robert De Niro to play dual roles in new mobster flick 'Wise Guys'

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Robert De Niro will be starring opposite ... Robert De Niro in a new gangster film called Wise GuysVariety reports.

The film centers on two real-life Italian-American mobsters – Vito Genovese and Frank Costello – who ran rivaling crime families in the middle of the 20th century. In 1957, Genovese planned an attempted assassination on Costello, but failed. De Niro is reportedly set to play both main characters.

The drama will be directed by veteran filmmaker Barry Levinson and written by Goodfellas co-writer Nicholas Pileggi, both of whom De Niro has worked with before.

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First trailer debuts for Oprah Winfrey-produced Sidney Poitier doc

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Apple TV+ has debuted the first trailer for Sidney, a documentary on the late legendary actor Sidney Poitier.

The documentary, produced by Oprah Winfrey, explores Poitier’s journey from his early life in the Bahamas to becoming a successful Hollywood actor and civil rights activist. It features interviews with Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee and more – as well as Poitier himself, filmed before his passing in January 2022 at age 94.

Poitier became the first Black man to win an Academy Award for best actor in 1964 for his role in Lilies of the Field. He also starred in films including To Sir, with Love; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; and In the Heat of the Night.

Sidney will premiere in select theaters and globally on Apple TV+ on September 23.

 

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'Mack & Rita' cast on the nuances of social media

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A 30-year-old woman who feels like she’s in the body of a 70-year old -- and then magically, she is! That’s the premise of the new body-switching comedy Mack & Rita, in theaters now, starring Diane Keaton, Elizabeth Lail and Taylour Paige.

Lail plays the younger woman, Mack, who works in social media, though she tells ABC Audio she has a love-hate relationship with the digital world, admitting that she deletes it off of her phone "pretty constantly."

"There's like the artist inside that doesn't want to participate in that way, that doesn't want to be a part of commercialism specifically," she explains. "But you do want to make movies and you want to be seen and you want to be a part of big things."

Likewise, Paige, who plays Mack’s best friend -- the two of them young women caught up in chasing clout on social media for work and for fun -- has been rethinking her online presence.

"Sadly...we all live and breathe like this thing called capitalism and brands and studios...So yeah, it's fine to be like, look at this guy that I'm looking at. But like at the end of the day, they're like, 'But, can we sell our face wash or would she wear the bag?'"

Director Katie Aselton agrees, adding, "No one's posting pictures for their friends and to share where they're at, what they're doing...it's really, I think, turning into more of like a promotional tool."

She adds, "The world sort of tries to shoehorn us into a mold that isn't necessarily meant for us. And it is our job and our journey and our struggle to sort of break out of that and really find who we are and let that person shine."

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Bob Odenkirk posts message to fans after 'Better Call Saul' finale

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Better Call Saul bid an emotional farewell after six seasons Monday night and star Bob Odenkirk had a message for fans.

“Everybody’s been asking me how I feel about saying goodbye to Saul Goodman and Better Call Saul, and I’m not good at answering the question because it’s frankly hard for me to look at that experience, and even at that character, too closely,” Odenkirk began in a video clip posted to his social media.

He went on to thank the show’s creators, cast and crew before thanking the fans for embracing the Breaking Bad spin-off.

“Thanks for giving us a chance, because we came out of maybe a lot of people’s favorite show ever — and we could have been hated for simply trying to do a show,” he said.

“But we weren’t; we were given a chance, and hopefully we made the most of it,” he continued. “Thank you for staying with us. Better Call Saul: a closely observed, idiosyncratic story about a very unique guy, a little slow at times, but in the end, if you paid attention, it was about big, big things inside people. Thank you.”

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