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Dave Chappelle closes out Tribeca Film Festival; Questlove brings 'Summer of Soul' to Harlem

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Dave Chappelle officially closed out this year's Tribeca Film Festival with the world premiere of his new documentary Dave Chappelle: This Time This Place.

Chappelle, who spoke to a packed -- but vaccinated audience -- shared his condolences to the thousands who attended the screening on Saturday night, which was held at the newly reopened Radio City Music Hall, the first event there since the pandemic.

“I’m so sorry if you lost someone, or lost something, during this pandemic," the comedian said before opening up his doc.

Directed by American Factory Oscar winners Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, who also happen to be his real-life neighbors, Dave's film follows his pursuit to hold a series of outdoor comedy shows in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio during 2020. The doc also shares his emotional reaction to the killing of George Floyd as well as the challenges to keep his comedy shows going during the pandemic.

Part premiere and part Juneteenth celebration, the event ended with a star-studded concert that included performances from Redman, Fat Joe, ASAP Ferg, De La Soul, among others.

Also during the weekend, The Roots' own Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson introduced his directorial debut, Summer of Soul, at the amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The new doc, coming to the theaters and Hulu on July 2, chronicles the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a series of concerts that took place over the course of several weekends.

Like the original series of shows, the star-studded event was also free for the community with scheduled performances held after the premiere.

Questlove's new feature, which is the first official project under Disney's Onyx Collective, includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, and more.

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Kevin Hart opens up to Will Smith about up about infidelity on Red Table Talk

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Kevin Hart discussed the effect his 2019 cheating scandal had on his kids during Will Smith's takeover of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk on Sunday.

Hart has four children: Heaven, 16, and Hendrix, 13, with ex-wife Torrei and three-year-old Kenzo and eight-month-old Kaori with his current wife Eniko Parrish.

“I stepped in some s***, yeah,” Hart admitted when asked about how he addressed his 2017 Las Vegas tryst with model Montia Sabbag while Eniko was pregnant with Kenzo -- which was caught on video and later exposed in an alleged extortion attempt -- with his children.

“You’re never prepared for that side of it," he continued. "Having a little girl in my life, it’s tough. You don’t realize the impact that your mistakes can truly have.  When the kids get involved, it’s a different feeling, it’s a different emotion.”

“It’s very hard to bother me,” the 41-year-old comedian said of the blowback over past "debacles," and added, "But when your child shows disappointment, shows emotion, shows ‘I don’t understand why’ and you gotta have those conversations... The head drops for the first time.”

“When me and my wife went through what we went through and the whole cheating display, my talk with [daughter] Heaven, g**damn,” he explained.  “That was one like no other.  Getting my daughter back, getting my daughter to understand that I’m sorry, that I made a mistake, that was real, to understand, I’m still dad.”

Hart stars alongside Alfre WoodardFrankie R. FaisonLil Rel HoweryDeWanda WiseAnthony CarriganMelody Hurd, and Paul Reiser in the dramedy Fatherhood, streaming now on Netflix.

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Henry Cavill teases fans -- and tests their eyesight -- with glimpse of second season of 'The Witcher'

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On his Instagram accountHenry Cavill gave fans a tantalizing tease of the upcoming second season of The Witcher.

And a "tease" it is: The clip is a dizzying collection of quick cuts from Netflix's sword-and-sorcery series, only slowing down, thankfully, to allow viewers a longing gaze at Cavill's hirsute hunk Geralt of Rivia.

It's no wonder the post got more than 2.2 million views in a matter of hours.

Based on Andrzej Sapkowski's books that center on supernaturally empowered beast hunters known as Witchers, the series became a smash for the streaming service when it debuted in December of 2019. 

The second season should debut on Netflix by the end of the year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Elisabeth Moss' "first love" is acting, but the director bug bit her hard in Season 4 of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

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Emmy-winning actress and The Handmaid's Tale producer Elisabeth Moss won't be giving up acting anytime soon. But now that she's made her directorial debut on the Hulu hit's current fourth season, she's hooked. 

In a video interview with Deadline's Pete Hammond, Moss explains her directorial debut was initially cut short by the COVID shutdowns. "You know, I gotta say, it wasn't the worst thing in the world in that sense," she explains, "...because then I had sixth months to think about it. I ended up having a feature-length prep period [for the episode]."

Moss adds, "Having said that, I ended up barely changing anything." 

After her first episode behind the camera, Moss went on to direct two more episodes of The Handmaid's Tale, in addition to her roles as a lead actress and one of the show's executive producer. 

So how did her co-stars take her directing? "I think in the very, very beginning, I was a little shy, specifically with Bradley Whitford, because I've known him since I was 17, and the idea I have to give him any note was, just so, mind-blowing to me," Moss laughed.

She added the cast was "so incredible and so trusting" of her directing.

Moss also directed an episode of Shining Girls, the upcoming AppleTV+ series she also produces.

"Acting will always be my first love," Moss admits, but she's ready to direct again: "I'd love to do a film."

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Chrissy Teigen cyberbullying controversy deepens; husband John Legend calls Michael Costello's "receipts" fake

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Just days after Project Runway veteran Michael Costello posted what he said were images of Chrissy Teigen cyberbullying him via direct message, her husband John Legend called the messages "fake."

Costello claimed that the embattled former model bullied him to the point he was suicidal, after somebody fabricated a message that made it look like he'd used the "N-word."

Legend tweeted, "Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them." He added, "This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened."

After his comment, "Receipts below," Legend retweeted an article from Business Insider reporter Kat Tenbarge, who did some sleuthing and discovered inconsistencies in the messages purportedly sent by Teigen in 2014.

Among those: "[T]he messages in the images have purple and blue backgrounds -- a design change that wasn't implemented until February 2020," Tenbarge wrote, "at which point the '@chrissyteigen'" account was verified. The background color and the lack of verification appear to be temporally inconsistent."

Another clue: "There is a video chat icon at the top of the image, but video chat wasn't introduced to Instagram until June 2018."

And Tenbarge also noted that the profile picture in the "Teigen" messages posted by Costello wasn't one she used in 2014. 

As of Friday afternoon, Costello hadn't publicly responded to the Business Insider article.

Teigen recently posted a lengthy apology to her "targets" of cyberbullying, which included Courtney Stodden, the now-non-binary model who said Teigen told them to kill themselves when Stodden was 16.

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Leslie Odom Jr. provides sweet update on infant son Able: "He's an easy baby so far!"

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Leslie Odom Jris opening up about his newborn son, Able Phineas, whom he welcomed alongside wife Nicolette Robinson on March 25. 

The Broadway told ABC Audio that Able is an "easy baby," but admitted that's probably because his first child, Lucille Ruby, put him and Nicolette through the ringer four years prior.

"I don't think we relaxed with Lucy for, like, two years, you know what I mean? Like, when she was asleep, we were like checking to see if she was still breathing," Leslie reminisced.

With Able, Leslie assured he and Nicolette are much "more calm and relaxed" because they've learned the ropes.

"We know that if he's in the other room, he's okay. Like, he can't roll off the bed yet," the Tony Award-winner grinned.  "Everything's more calm this time around."

"I don't mean to say that to be disparaging to our first baby, our little girl," Leslie, 39, chuckled. "We do find Able easier... He's a good eater. Good little sleeper. He's an easy baby so far."

Speaking of eating, the Hamilton star is looking forward to celebrating Father's Day with his new family of four, and revealed, "I've been the short order cook in this house for the past year, so I want something good!"

However, Odom said he doesn't need to be spoiled: "I don't need a lot. A new book is always nice, a nice drive somewhere... a childless evening?  Maybe the grandparents taking the kids?" 

For fans who want to give Leslie a present, he encourages them to check out the song he and Nicolette wrote in partnership with Bayer Aspirin, called "Second Chance," which honors heart attack survivors and creatively uses a very special heart attack survivor’s heartbeat as a rhythm: his father-in-law’s, Stuart K. Robinson.

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Billy Porter says the theater industry marginalized him for being Black and queer

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Billy Porter reflected on being marginalized by his peers in his early acting days.

Speaking with Uzo Aduba as part of Variety's Actors on Actors series, Porter recalled the production that opened his eyes that "there was nothing for us."

"It was Angels in America in 1994," the Pose star explained. "I just wept the whole time, looking at Jeffrey Wright play the character of Belize. No shade — he was fabulous. But a straight Black man... Playing the one part that I could get. Because no one respected me as an actor enough to be straight."

"I was marginalized for my queerness," lamented Porter. "So I watched this play, and it was the first time that I had ever seen a real representation of me reflected back at me. A Black queer man."

"He’s a supporting character. However, he’s the moral compass of this play. He’s not the butt of the joke. He’s not the one that’s vilified. Nobody’s beating him up," explained the Tony Award-winner.

Porter said he was in a local production of Grease at the same time, playing Teen Angel, but wore a demeaning outfit and sang a gospel-version of "Beauty School Dropout."

"I was not happy at all. It was not what I came here for at all. I did not show up in this business to be a clown," he remarked.

"I one-thousand percent know that feeling," said Aduba and referenced her classical voice training.

"Knowing where your voice naturally sits, but never getting the opportunity to ever sing, because what comes from your body, the package from which it comes, was not yet understood," she noted.

Aduba closed, "For me, the job is not to try to find a space for myself within the thing. I’m carving out my own space."

 

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Ciara teases her Father's Day plans for "incredible father" and hubby Russell Wilson

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Grammy-winning singer Ciara says she definitely has her "plans together" for this year's Father's Day, where she -- along with her three adorable children, FutureSienna and Win -- will celebrate proud papa Russell Wilson.

During an interview to promote her partnership with All Good Diapers and their initiative to donate up to 10 million diapers to babies, Ciara tells ABC Audio that she definitely felt "the pressure" to make this Sunday extra special.

"Everyone's putting the pressure on to just make this day something crazy," Ciara laughs, later noting that planning things for her husband is "sometimes... a little tricky."

"You got three kids, and you got work, and you're, like, trying to think of the best idea," she shares. "And just thinking sometimes takes time."

Thankfully, Ciara's going into Sunday well-prepared, adding that she already has her Father's Day "plans together." 

"So I feel good about that, and I can check it off of my list," Ciara says. 

"Because I will say Russ always does it really nice for me," she points out, alluding to past Mother's Days.

However, even with a highly set bar, courtesy of her generous husband, Ciara says her main goal for this national daddy appreciation day is to just make hubby Russ feel loved.

"I think it's just important for him to feel the love that he makes me feel," she says. "And he's an incredible father...and every day should be Father's Day."

"And I hope that he likes it," she adds with a smile.

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"What is 'clairvoyant?'" 'Jeopardy!' winner predicted her exact winning dollar amount

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While Kent, Ohio-based graphic designer Katie Sekelsky's three-day Jeopardy! winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night's show, she's still wowing fans, thanks to an eerie prediction. On Twitter, the player shared a drawing of herself she made before her first game -- in which she pictured herself winning the exact dollar amount she ended up winning that day.

"The night before my first @Jeopardy taping, I was alone in the hotel, trying to calm down and ‘visualizing’ a win," Sekelsky explained. "I sketched myself at a podium, with a winning-type dollar amount,” she wrote. “And that winning-type dollar amount was $19,201. This is real."

Katie added, "This [amount] was not on my mind at all while wagering. I was just betting what I needed to in case Erin bet everything and got it right."

She also tagged some friends to whom she sent the drawing before the show taped, to prove she wasn't making the story up. "THERE ARE RECEIPTS" Sekelsky joked. 

Unfortunately for Katie, she couldn't divine the Final Jeopardy! question that ended her run: "A character who was going to be called Lunar Larry became him, inspired by the name of a real person." The answer was Buzz Lightyear, from Toy Story; instead Sekelsky wrote "Who is Osmosis Jones?" a reference to the 2001 animated/live-action film of the same name. 

She took the L in stride, however: Katie's Twitter profile now reads in part: "Never saw Osmosis Jones." 

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Former 'Dawson's Creek' writer Heidi Ferrer dies by suicide because of 'long-haul' COVID symptoms

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Heidi Ferrer, a 50-year-old screenwriter, sober coach and blogger, died by suicide after suffering severe so-called 'long haul' COVID-19 symptoms.

Ferrer, who penned episodes of Dawson's Creek, as well as the 2008 Paris Hilton comedy The Hottie & the Nottie, reportedly took her own life on May 26th, according to a post from her husband Nick Guthe on Ferrer's mom blog, Girl to Mom.

Guthe wrote that his wife died 13 months after she contracted the virus. He explained, "Over 13 months it took every part of her life away: Her mobility, her enjoyment of food as she had to eat a very restrictive diet, and, in the end, her ability to sleep and even to read books and enjoy them."

Guthe continued, "The excruciating physical pain and inability to sleep from the pain led Heidi to the decision she would rather leave this world on her own terms before her condition worsened more," adding, "the mental strain of Long Haul Covid sufferers is a public health crisis that must be addressed quickly."

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if it feels like it, you are not alone.

 

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Elizabeth Olsen reveals her favorite 'WandaVision' Easter egg while confirming major fan theory

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Elizabeth Olsen had no problem chowing down on a series of super hot wings when dishing about her Disney+ series WandaVision.

Appearing Thursday on First We Feast's Hot Ones interview series, the actress chatted about the Easter eggs featured in the Marvel series, confirming one popular fan theory that delighted host Sean Evans.

Evans asked if the house Kathryn Hahn's character, Agatha, resides in is the same one from Bewitched -- to which Olsen grinned, "It is!"

"I learn about Easter Eggs when people point them out," she continued before revealing her favorite.

"There was a wine bottle that’s poured in the first episode. The 50s episode. It’s in French, but I think it translates to something like -- House of Madness or something like that," the Wind River star added. "It’s a reference to House of M and that’s our brilliant prop guy being cute and putting in those things!"

While reflecting on her time on WandaVision, Olsen also recalled what it was like pretending to live in so many different time periods.

"It was like chaos and sometimes we had to do multiple decades in a day. So, like wigs, I’m always in a bald cap basically, wigs are constantly flying on and off," she recalled. "Kathryn Hahn and I doing vocal warm-ups trying to remember what decade we’re in. It was chaotic, but it was fun and we had a good time. It was truly joyful."

Olsen also revealed she almost quit acting before getting her big break in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, saying the 2011 thriller Silent House "was one of the worst experiences of my life."

"If that was the first movie I'd gotten, I would have gone back to theater," she disclosed. "I wouldn't have wanted to do another movie."

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

 

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MGM to reboot horror classic 'Blacula'

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A reboot of the 1972 Blaxploitation horror classic Blacula is in the works at MGM, according to Variety

The trade reports the new film is a contemporary update of the franchise, and takes place following the events of the coronavirus pandemic. Its description notes the title character, "is an ancient African prince who is cursed by Dracula after he fails to agree to end the slave trade.  He awakens after being entombed for 200 years, ready to avenge the death of his ancestors and of those responsible for robbing his people of their work, culture and heritage and appropriating it for profit."

The original film, directed by William Crain and starring William Marshall as the titular character, became one of the highest-grossing films of the year and sparked a wave of other black-themed horror films.  The hit and spawned a 1973 sequel Scream Blacula Scream.

 

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'Schitt's Creek' star Annie Murphy breaks the female stereotype on her new series, 'Kevin Can F*** Himself'

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Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy returns to TV Sunday, with the AMC show Kevin Can F*** Himself.

The series takes aim at the trope of the dutiful sitcom wife, while also exposing how problematic many of those shows have been over the years -- the perfect follow up to her Emmy winning turn as Alexis Rose on Schitt’s Creek.

"The character was just such a huge departure...and it proved to be very scary and very challenging," she tells ABC Audio.  "But I really wanted to kind of prove to myself that I was able to do something other than Alexis after six years."

"What I think is the most exciting part of it is that these female characters are beautifully fleshed out, but they're also deeply flawed," adds Murphy.  "That is what makes them human beings, as opposed to these like one tier squeaky clean women with a capital W."

Much like the roles the 34-year-old actress tried out for a lot early on in her career.

"There were many pilot seasons where I was getting these auditions for, like, hot girlfriend," she explains. "And I'd be like, what’s she all about.  What's her backstory?  What makes her tick?  What are her opinions?  What are her likes? And casting directors would be like? Well, she likes her boyfriend, and that would be basically it."

Part of that, Murphy admits, was her fault.  "I didn't really question anything. I would laugh along because I was told to laugh along," she says.

"It wasn't until we really started picking apart this script and seeing just how much misogyny and racism and homophobia lies beneath this laugh track that I started watching sitcoms with a very, very different lens," she continues.

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FX celebrating 'Pose' and Pride Month with special marathon

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FX will air a special marathon of Pose, with episodes curated by creator Ryan Murphy, starting Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern time. 

The Pose for Pride special event will feature episodes from the recently concluded third and final season of the Emmy-winning series, as well as "special behind-the-scenes footage and vignettes" about the groundbreaking drama and its creators.

The event comes not only to celebrate the series, but also Pride Month.

The show starred Emmy, Tony, and Grammy winner Billy Porter, as well as Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, and Indya Moore. It shed new light on New York City's African-American and Latino LGBTQ drag ball culture in the '80s and '90s.

Pose featured the largest cast of trans actors in television history and the most LGBTQ+ cast and crew of any television show in history. According to the network, over Pose's three seasons, the show featured nearly 300 trans cast and crew -- everyone from executive producers to background actors and production assistants -- as well as roughly 100 LGBTQ+ characters. 

Chuck Saftler, head of Business Operations for FX Networks, ABC, and Freeform said in the announcement, "We want to take a night to showcase Pose and shine a light on its historic track record of LGBTQ+ inclusion. The final season capped off an extraordinary story and cemented Pose’s legacy as one of the most important shows ever made."

 

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Luke Wilson on 'Legally Blonde 3' reunion: "We'll just have to see what happens"

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A third Legally Blonde movie is in the works with Reese Witherspoon set to reprise her role as Elle Woods, and Luke Wilson, who played Emmett Richmond, Woods' love interest in the original film, says he's up for a reunion with his former co-star.

"Yeah. I'm always up to work with Reese again," the 49-year-old actor tells People magazine, adding, "We'll just have to see what happens.”

Wilson also admits he never misses a chance to catch the original when it's on TV.

"I'll watch it when I see it on cable, and it's on cable a lot," Wilson said.  "But just because Reese is always so funny in the movie to me. So I always watch a few things just because I like her portrayal of Elle Woods so much."

Mindy Kaling, who is on board to co-write Legally Blonde 3, told Good Morning America back in October that she had reservations at first.

"I was nervous because the movie is so iconic.  But then I thought, ‘It'd be really fun to see that character in her 40s.  What is Elle Woods dealing with as a 41-year-old woman?'" Kaling said.  "And it's been really funny to write.  And I'm working on it with my friend Dan [Goor], and I think it's going to be a great movie for Reese and people are going to love to see her in this part."

Legally Blonde was released in 2001, followed by Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde in 2003.

 

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