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Oscar-bound? Brendan Fraser scores another trophy for 'The Whale'

Oscar-bound? Brendan Fraser scores another trophy for 'The Whale'

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The Santa Barbara Film Festival may have put another brick in Brendan Fraser's road to Oscar gold. The actor, who donned extensive prosthetics to play a morbidly obese father in The Whale, took home the annual event's American Riviera trophy for his role in Darren Aronofsky's drama.

Previous winners of the award have gone on to become Oscar nominees -- including Kristen Stewart for her Princess Diana film Spencer and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book -- as well as Academy Award winners, including Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.

Aronofsky, the director of the Oscar-winning Black Swan, helped kick-start a full-blown career comeback for The Mummy series Fraser, who received a 6-minute standing ovation for The Whale at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

Subsequent to that, he received the Tribute Award for Performance for the film at the Toronto Film Festival. And although Batgirl was shelved, Fraser recently worked with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers of the Flower Moon, which comes out in 2023.

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The Frog brothers, Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, remember 'The Lost Boys'

The Frog brothers, Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, remember 'The Lost Boys'

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The horror classic The Lost Boys turned 35 in July, and to celebrate, Warner Bros. rereleased the film on 4K UltraHD, HD digital and Blu-ray.

The Joel Schumacher film had Dianne Wiest playing Lucy, a single mom who moves across the country to Santa Carla, California, with her two teen sons; the late Corey Haim played younger sib Sam and Jason Patric played Michael, who falls in with the wrong crowd.

He comes to learn they're a pack of vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland's David.

Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander played teen vampire hunters Edgar and Allen Frog, respectively, in the creepy classic.

Feldman, a veteran of classics including The Goonies and Stand By Me, tells ABC Audio that as the years have gone on, he's struck by the Lost Boys fandom.

"For me ... I guess I'm a little bit more jaded in that regard because I did such a string of, like, 18 films that went to #1 ... especially as a kid ... I just expected you make a movie, it goes #1. That's how it works, right?" he says with a laugh.

"But the humbling part is to realize that people still hold it so near and dear to their hearts. So it's always bewildering and humbling and gratifying to know that so many people really still love this movie."

Newlander continues, "It takes me by surprise all the time. A lot of times throughout the year we go out and meet fans and stuff. And I'm taken aback by how much people love this and how much ... [people] introduce your kids to it."

"So it's like people are introducing their kids to it. Their kids are loving it, introducing their kids to it. And that's pretty cool, I dig that."

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Props and more from 'The Walking Dead' hitting the auction block

Props and more from 'The Walking Dead' hitting the auction block

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Some of the most recognizable props from AMC's The Walking Dead could be yours -- for a price.

The network has teamed up with collectibles and memorabilia auction site Goldin for an auction of more than 100 production-used items from the post-apocalyptic series, which is wrapping up next month after 11 seasons.

Some of the items include Lucille, the barbed wire-wrapped bat wielded to deadly effect by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan; the katana from Danai Gurira's heroine Michonne; and two bloody shirts worn by Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes in the show's pilot.

Opening bids for Lucille start at $4,250; the sword starts at $2,300; and Grimes' sheriff shirt and undershirt start at $2,000.

Also up for grabs is the 1992 Honda Nighthawk 250 motorcycle ridden by fan favorite Norman Reedus' Daryl Dixon; the starting price will be $5,000.

Expect them all to fetch a lot more.

Other items include Grimes' iconic Colt Python pistol, various wardrobe items and even vehicles from the series.

Bidding will begin October 15, so get your piggy banks open.

"As The Walking Dead builds to its epic finale, and before the next chapter of The Walking Dead Universe begins, AMC wanted to celebrate this landmark moment with our millions of fans who have made it all possible," said Clayton Neuman, VP of Games at AMC. "We are thrilled to partner with Goldin to give our fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take home a piece of this cherished series for themselves."

The 11th and final season of The Walking Dead wraps up November 20 on AMC.

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Ripped from the headlines: Tubi drops trailer to Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial movie

Ripped from the headlines: Tubi drops trailer to Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial movie

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On Wednesday, Fox's streaming service Tubi dropped the trailer for Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial, which debuts September 30.

As reported, Parallels star Mark Hapka plays Depp, and his vocal impression of the former Pirates of the Carribbean star is nothing short of uncanny. Megan Davis plays Heard, who found herself not only battling her ex in the defamation trial but the court of public opinion.

"There's clearly a favorite here," a journalist says in the snippet.

The coming attraction reveals the movie will focus not just on the headline-grabbing court proceedings but also the couple's tumultuous relationship that preceded it. Davis is seen popping pills as Heard, and Hapka-as-Depp is shown drinking in a bathroom and later being concerned with the actress acting opposite James Franco. "Are you jealous of him, too?" Heard replies.

Station 19 star Melissa Marty plays Depp's tenacious -- and ultimately victorious -- lawyer Camille Vasquez. "This trial? It's about the truth," she says in the trailer.

Law & Order True Crime's Mary Carrig portrays Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft.

In June, a Virginia jury agreed with the Depp's legal team that there was "clear and convincing evidence" Heard had defamed him in a Washington Post op-ed in which she described being the victim of domestic and sexual abuse without naming him.

Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the latter was capped to $350,000 due to Virginia law.

Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages for statements made by Depp's former attorney but was awarded no punitive damages.

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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman spill all the 'Deadpool 3' secrets...sort of

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman spill all the 'Deadpool 3' secrets...sort of

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The internet has barely recovered from Tuesday's news that Ryan Reynolds' pal Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine again in Deadpool 3, yet the pair is doubling down.

In a video posted to Reynolds' Instagram Wednesday, the two stars spoiled the whole movie -- only to be foiled by an overly loud Wham! classic.

According to the caption, the post sought to address "Timeline questions" and "Logan canon" and would contain an "MCU FAQ" as well as an answer to "Whether we can do this all day or not."

The pair first addressed how Jackman's metal-clawed character could be alive to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the film, seeing as 2017's Logan killed him off.

"I have a lot of questions, I'm sure you have a lot of questions," Jackman says, promising answers.

Reynolds replies, "Logan takes place in 2029, totally separate thing. Logan died in Logan. Not touching that."

Ryan and Hugh then lay out the movie, only to have Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" drown them out as they excitedly mime all the action that will reportedly take place in Deadpool 3.

The music cuts out just as the pair finish, with Reynolds applauding. "Thank you, Kevin Feige!" Reynolds says of Marvel Studios' president. "Love you, Kevin Feige!" Jackman agrees. "Thank you, MCU!"

The video ends with a slideshow of the pals together.

The post immediately went viral, with one of the first replies coming from Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, who wrote "YES!" followed by an extraordinary number of exclamation points.

According to Tuesday's tease, Deadpool 3 will hit theaters September 6, 2024.

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Katie Couric reveals breast cancer diagnosis

Katie Couric reveals breast cancer diagnosis

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Katie Couric has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

The 65-year-old journalist revealed in a personal essay on her website that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, and has since undergone surgery and radiation to treat the disease.

Couric, a mother of two, said she underwent what she thought would be a routine mammogram in June, after unknowingly missing her annual screening for two years during the coronavirus pandemic. After a follow-up biopsy on her left breast, Couric said she received a call from her doctor with the diagnosis.

"I felt sick and the room started to spin," Couric wrote. "...I walked to a corner and spoke quietly, my mouth unable to keep up with the questions swirling in my head."

Since the diagnosis in June, Couric said she has undergone a lumpectomy and several weeks of radiation to treat what her doctors diagnosed as stage 1A breast cancer.

She said the lumpectomy revealed a 2.5-centimeter tumor, or about one inch.

Regarding her radiation treatment, Couric wrote in Wednesday's essay, "I was warned that I may be fatigued and my skin may turn a little pink. Yesterday was my final round. My left breast does look like I’ve been sunbathing topless, but other than that, I’ve felt fine."

Couric, who lost her husband, sister and mother-in-law to cancer, said she felt grateful for all the advancements made in breast cancer research over the last several decades.

"I can't tell you how many times during this experience I thanked God that it was 2022...," she wrote. "...But to reap the benefits of modern medicine, we need to stay on top of our screenings, advocate for ourselves, and make sure everyone has access to the diagnostic tools that could very well save their life."

Couric shared her diagnosis on the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed every October.

Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Brad Pitt and Emily Ratajkowski

Brad Pitt and Emily Ratajkowski "hanging out as friends" and "excited to see where things go"

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While Brad Pitt and Emily Ratajkowski spark dating rumors, a source tells Us Weekly the pair is "getting to know each other."

“Brad and Emily have been hanging out as friends,” reveals the insider, adding that the relationship is “in the very early stages” right now.

“But they like each other and are excited to see where things go,” adds the source.

Pitt, 58, and Ratajkowski, 31, "have been "out a few times" since the model filed for divorce from husband Sebastian Bear-McClard after four years of marriage, according to Page Six.

Following his divorce from Angelina Jolie, Brad was linked to Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat in 2019, though an insider told Us at the time that the two were just friends. The Bullet Train actor briefly dated model Nicole Poturalski before calling it quits in 2020.

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Kevin Hart defends Will Smith over Chris Rock Oscars slap:

Kevin Hart defends Will Smith over Chris Rock Oscars slap: "People make mistakes"

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Kevin Hart is defending Will Smith when it comes to the Chris Rock Oscars slap.

The topic came up during the comedian's appearance on the September 24 episode of Drink Champs when he was asked to choose between Smith and Ice Cube. After calling both the actor and rapper his "brothers" he ultimately chose the fellow Philadelphia native. 

"I'mma say Will Smith, and here's why: Will Smith is a f******, he's not only a legend, he's not only a GOAT... [he] is the reason why the idea of African Americans attached to global IP is normal," Hart said. "Studios took the gamble on more leads of color because of the work that Will Smith, Denzel [Washington] were doing in the beginning, right? You need the faces that are giving the universal return. So I'm not gonna s*** on Will and act like he hasn't been, and wasn't, that guy."

In response to hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's jokes about the Oscars slap, Hart added, "And people make mistakes, and from mistakes they should be allowed time to f****** recover."

"And that this is no longer the world's problem, it's Will and Chris' problem. Let them deal with that," he continued. "The world should step out of it and let them recover."

(Video includes uncensored profanity.)

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In Brief: 'Star Trek' scratched; 'Halloween Ends' trailer, and more

In Brief: 'Star Trek' scratched; 'Halloween Ends' trailer, and more

Hulu has given a series order to Under the Bridge, a limited series about the 1997 murder of Canadian teenager Reena Virk, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The eight-episode drama, based on Rebecca Godfrey’s 2005 book about the case, tells the true story of 14-year-old Virk, who went to join friends at a party and never returned home. The series will join Hulu’s slate of true-crime adaptations, which also includes The Act, The Girl from Plainville, and Candy...

YouTubers the Try Guys fired its member Ned Fulmer following his admission that he cheated on his wife, Ariel Fulmer, with Try Guys producer Alex Herring. “Ned Fulmer is no longer working with The Try Guys,” remaining members Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang wrote Tuesday on Instagram. “As a result of a thorough internal review, we do not see a path forward together. We thank you for your support as we navigate this change.” Shortly after, Ned shared on his personal Instagram, “Family should have always been my priority, but I lost focus and had a consensual workplace relationship. I’m sorry for any pain that my actions may have caused to the guys and the fans but most of all to Ariel. The only thing that matters right now is my marriage and my children, and that’s where I am going to focus my attention”...

Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode is out for revenge against Michael Meyers in the final trailer for Halloween Ends, released on Tuesday. The 13th, and supposedly final, installment in the slasher film saga begun by filmmaker John Carpenter's 1978 original and reestablished by 2018’s Halloween, is set four years after 2021’s Halloween Kills and finds Laurie living with her granddaughter, Allyson -- played by Andi Matichak -- and working on her memoir when "a murder begins a new string of terror," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Will Patton, Kyle Richards, Omar Dorsey, Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney also star. Halloween Ends hits theaters October 14...

Robert Cormier, best known for playing Kit Jennings on the third season of the Netflix horror anthology series Slasher, died Friday in a hospital in Etobicoke, Ontario, of injuries suffered in a fall, his sister Stephanie tells The Hollywood Reporter. He was 33. The Ontario-born bartender-turned-actor also appeared on shows such as American Gods, Heartland, Ransom and Designated Survivor...

Deadline reports Paramount has temporarily scratched the next Star Trek film from its release schedule, a month after director Matt Shakman exited the project. The movie, again starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, was originally set to open June 9, 2023, before getting pushed back to December 22, 2023. The recent trio of Star Trek movies -- two of which were produced by J.J. Abrams and starring Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg as young versions of the legacy TV characters -- have grossed $1.96 billion globally. All five stars of those movies are still attached to the upcoming film...

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Mack Wilds talks 'Swagger' season 2, new music, and his fitness journey

Mack Wilds talks 'Swagger' season 2, new music, and his fitness journey

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Tristan "Mack" Wilds knows the importance of living a life in balance.

Most recently, the Apple TV+ show Swagger was renewed for season two and Wilds, who stars in the series, says that the cast is currently "in the middle of shooting it." 

"We're literally mid-season," he told ABC Audio at the Movement LIVE event he hosted with Michelob ULTRA and Rumble Boxing at The Brooklyn Mirage Wednesday, September 21. "I can't say too much but...we really start to touch on the kind of the crossroad of being a young black basketball player and being a young black man in America. It gets real."

The series is loosely based on the life of basketball star Kevin Durant, whom Wilds said is very active in the show: "We're always talking to KD. He's always kind of very present making sure that everybody understands where we're doing and what we're doing."

Much like Durant, 90210 alum Wilds has "always been an athlete." However, he shares that his fitness journey is similar to most people. 

"Anybody is human, you know, you love it, fall off, get back on, but I think right now I'm in such a zone that we, it just feels like a whole new journey on a new perspective, in a way," he said. 

In addition to acting and keeping in shape, Wilds is also a singer-songwriter. His latest track, "Simple Things," dropped this spring. So when can fans expect new music?

"I'm always working on some new stuff, always kind of writing or jotting down ideas or recording, like real quick things," he teases. "I think one of these days I got to put it all together and just drop a mixtape or something. Yeah, I think it's about time."

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Ryan Reynolds teases 'Deadpool 3' -- and Hugh Jackman's return as Wolverine

Ryan Reynolds teases 'Deadpool 3' -- and Hugh Jackman's return as Wolverine

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That sound you might have heard around 5 p.m. ET Tuesday was millions of geeks' heads exploding, thanks to Ryan Reynolds' Instagram

That's because he teased fans that Deadpool 3 will feature none other than his pal Hugh Jackman's return to his X-Men character, Wolverine. 

Reynolds opened by apologizing to fans. "We were extremely sad to have missed D23," he said of the annual Disney Expo, "but we have been working hard on the next Deadpool film for a good long while now."

Along with pensive shots of Reynolds both in and out of his Deadpool costumes, he continued, "I've had to really search my soul on this one. His first appearance in the MCU obviously needs to feel really special. We need to stay true to the character ..."

He continued, "It's been an incredible challenge that has forced me to reach deep inside. And I have nothing. It's completely empty up here. And terrifying. But we did have one idea."

At that, Hugh Jackman walks into frame behind him, eating an apple, and casually walks up a flight of stairs in the background. 

"Hey Hugh: You wanna play Wolverine one more time?"

"Yeah, sure Ryan," Jackman says, chewing. 

At this, Reynolds raises his eyebrows, and Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" blares, the obvious play on words with "you" and "Hugh."

"Coming Hughn," a title card reads near the Deadpool logo -- which is split apart by Wolverine's three claws -- and a release date reading "9/6/24."

The news came as a shock to fans, as Jackman had retired playing the role in 2017's Oscar-nominated Logan, meaning he was never part of the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox -- and the Wolverine character with it -- along with the MCU's dabbling in the Multiverse, however, it looks like fans will finally get their wish and see the two heroes together.

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George and Amal Clooney celebrating humanitarians with inaugural Albie Awards

George and Amal Clooney celebrating humanitarians with inaugural Albie Awards

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Awards shows are sometimes criticized for being superficial, but Oscar winner George Clooney is looking to change that with the Albie Awards.

Clooney, his human rights attorney wife Amal and their Clooney Foundation for Justice have announced they're staging the inaugural event at the New York City Public Library on the evening of September 29.

South African judge, author and activist Albie Sachs -- for whom the awards are named -- will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the event.

Filipino journalist Maria Ressa will be honored with the Justice For Journalists award; Dr. Josephine Kulea, of the Kenya-based Samburu Girls Foundation, will be singled out with the Justice For Women award.

iAct, which supports genocide survivors in refugee camps, will be presented with the Justice For Survivors award, and Belarusian human rights group Viasna will be honored with the Justice For Democracy Defenders award.

Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Oscar Isaac, Dua Lipa, Aloe Blacc, John Oliver, Julia Roberts, and Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa will be among the newsmakers saluting the honorees.

In a statement, the Clooneys noted, "We believe that justice must be waged -- it doesn't just happen. So when journalists are locked up just for doing their job, we try to get them out of prison. When young girls are denied the right to study, work, or marry when they want, we help them fight for their rights through the courts. When minorities are targeted for genocide, we help trigger trials against the perpetrators."

"The Albie Awards add a new dimension to our work at CFJ: they are a way to shine a protective light on the many courageous individuals who, at great personal risk, have devoted their lives to justice," they conclude.

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"Batgirls get lonely, too": Leslie Grace shares more behind-the-scenes peeks at shelved movie

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Leslie Grace is sharing more behind-the-scenes peeks at Batgirl, the now-scuttled film in which she played Barbara Gordon/Batgirl.

On her Instagram, and set to a song she apparently wrote with singer-songwriter Lauren LaRue that was initially called "Bad Girls Get Lonely, Too," Grace is seen being put through her paces on and off set.

Grace is shown training for her role as the titular heroine and bearing the bruises her character endures in the course of the movie. One shows her tangling with Firefly, the baddie who was played by Brendan Fraser.

There's also more lighthearted moments in between shots of time in the make-up chair or at the training gym. One shows Grace showing off a 3D printed ambigram -- the model displays "Leslie" or "Batgirl," depending on how it's positioned.

Another shows Leslie being offered a cookie in shape of her Batsuit's chest emblem.

Regarding the song, Grace explained she laughed at the fact that the lyrics sounded like "Batgirls are lonely, too." She noted, "in any case, over the last couple weeks, the song obviously took on a whole other meaning - as if it were written with all of the recent events in mind!"

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'Stranger Things' star Caleb McLaughlin says

'Stranger Things' star Caleb McLaughlin says "racism" from fans "took a toll" on him

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At a comic convention in Belgium on Sunday, Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin revealed he has also weathered racist trolling, as did some of the actors of color in Game of Thrones, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

One of the fans at Heroes Comic Con Belgium caught Caleb's unfiltered answer on video.

"It definitely took a toll on me as a younger kid," the actor, who plays Lucas on Stranger Things, said.

"My very first Comic-Con, some people didn't stand in my line because I was Black. Some people told me, 'Oh I didn't want to be in your line because you were mean to Eleven,'" McLaughlin said.

"Even now some people don't follow me or don't support me because I'm Black. Sometimes overseas you feel the racism, you feel the bigotry. Sometimes it's hard to talk about and for people to understand, but when I was younger it definitely affected me a lot."

He continued, "You're like ... 'Why am I the least favorite? Why don't I have the followers? I'm on the same show since season 1.' But then my parents had to be like, 'It's a sad truth, but it's because you're the Black child on the show.'"

"That's why with my platform, I try spreading positivity and love because I don't give hate back to people who give hate to me," Caleb said, to which the crowd applauded.

The video snippet has been viewed nearly 430,000 times.

Amazon Video claims its Rings of Power series has been review bombed by viewers taking issue with its Middle-Earth actors of color. Black actor Steve Toussaint vented about the racist trolls he's dealt with after he debuted as Corlys Velaryon in HBO's Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon.

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Kerry Washington-produced legal drama, 'Reasonable Doubt,' debuts on Hulu

Kerry Washington-produced legal drama, 'Reasonable Doubt,' debuts on Hulu

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The new legal drama Reasonable Doubt premieres Tuesday on Hulu.

The Onyx Collective series follows Jacqueline “Jax” Stewart, a high-powered attorney in Los Angeles loosely based on real-life celebrity lawyer Shawn Holley. When Jax isn’t challenging the legal system “through wild interpretations of the law and sometimes questionable ethics,” she’s dealing with a complicated personal life.

“The thing that really got me most about this show is the fact that this woman, we get to see a full life,”  Emayatzy Corinealdi, who plays Jax, tells ABC Audio. “It's not just about her work life. It's not just about her personal life. We get to see what makes the woman. And we know as women, there's so many moving parts.”

The show has strong women behind the camera as well, with Kerry Washington executive producing. She also directed the first episode.

“I love directing talented actors,” Washington tells ABC Audio. “And this cast is full of them. So to be able to help an actor find their best performance brings me so much joy. And I just, I really love directing. I love directing content that I like and that I want to watch. And that is definitely the case with Reasonable Doubt.”

Reasonable Doubt, also starring Michael Ealy, McKinley Freeman, Sean Patrick Thomas and Pauletta Washington, is out on Hulu now.

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Gwyneth Paltrow literally goes for the gold with nude

Gwyneth Paltrow literally goes for the gold with nude "birthday" suit snap

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Gwyneth Paltrow turns the big 5-0 today, and she got herself some gold -- body paint, that is. The Oscar winner celebrated her milestone wearing only her birthday suit in an artfully posed nude snap in which she's glowing from head to toe with the shimmery stuff.

Paltrow was posed so that her modesty was mostly protected. She's seen in profile with her left arm draped over a white column as she leans on her right elbow, forehead in hand.

"50," she captioned the snap posted to her 8.1 million followers.

The post got more than 200,000 likes in the first hour it was up on social media.

For the actress and Goop CEO, it's just the latest picture to commemorate her 50th trip around the sun. Four days ago, she posted a black-and-white snap of herself wearing a bikini, smiling and doing a mid-air split.

The caption there was "musings on a milestone." Among those to reply to that one was Demi Moore, who called Gwyneth "a goddess."

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"Yes" Man: 'Mad Men' Emmy winner Jon Hamm admits he happily didn't get paid for 'Bridesmaids'

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) If you'd like to book Jon Hamm for your podcast, now's your chance. In a chat with Sirius/XM's Pop Culture Spotlight with Jessica Shaw, the Emmy-winning Mad Men star admits he's a pushover for the right project.

Hamm explained that he said yes to his comedic turn in Bridesmaids after getting on "like a house on fire" with Kristen Wiig when he hosted Saturday Night Live. She all but begged him to be in the movie, and he agreed.

Suffice it to say, his agents weren't too happy, the Top Gun: Maverick co-star star recalled.

"I did that movie before there was a part, before there was a script, I said 'yes' to it. And [my] agents went, 'Oh, well, s***. How do we, you know, ask for money?' And I was like, 'Don't worry about it. It just, let me let go have fun with friends."

Hamm's instincts were spot-on, as the 2011 comedy went on to make $288.3 million at the global box office.

"Mostly I drive [my agents] crazy because I say yes to everything, you know?" Hamm says. "I'm always showing up for people’s podcasts or what have you. But that’s what I like doing. I like engaging with the people that I work with and I've had some tremendous, fun experiences doing that."

The Confess, Fletch actor adds, "And things like that turn into other things. And, you know, those are the kinds of things you can't measure."

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Report: 'The Bachelor''s Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan are

Report: 'The Bachelor''s Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan are "full-on back together"

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After calling it quits in 2020, The Bachelor's Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan are back together, a source tells Us Weekly.

The two, who met while filming season 24 of The Bachelor “rekindled their romance this summer and have been spending a lot of time together since then,” says the supposed insider.

Weber, 31, and Flanagan, 30, have been planning "fun dates" and having "a lot of fun together" since reconnecting earlier this year, the source shares, adding, “Peter wants to be in a serious committed relationship and his feelings for Kelley never went away...They’re both happy and looking forward to where things go this time around.”

Flanagan was the fifth runner-up during Weber's The Bachelor season.

The pilot first proposed to Hannah Ann Sluss before breaking things off to pursue Madison Prewett. After that relationship went south, he and Flanagan went official in April 2020.

After dating for almost a year, they each took to social media to announce the breakup on December 31. After trying to "get back together” and “work on things” in January, Flanagan told Kaitlyn Bristowe in March 2021 on her Off the Vine podcast that their brief reunion came to an end after Valentine’s Day.

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In Brief: 'Jeopardy!' spinoffs under consideration, and more

In Brief: 'Jeopardy!' spinoffs under consideration, and more

There's good news for Jeopardy! fans. Deadline reports that on the heels of the Celebrity Jeopardy! revival, Executive Producer Michael Davies is considering expanding the franchise with other spinoffs, including a masters league featuring the show’s winningest players, and a possible version of the long-running game show focused solely on sports and pop culture trivia, he tells the New York Times. The franchise has already begun filming a Second Chance Tournament that will bring back promising contestants, as well as a revamped Tournament of Champions...

Following Netflix's announcement at Tudum on Saturday that Good Will Hunting actress Minnie Driver will be joining The Witcher: Blood Origin, the streamer debuted a first-look photo and details about her character on Monday, according to Entertainment Weekly. Driver will play Seanchaí, who, per series creator Declan de Barra, is "a shapeshifting storyteller that can travel between worlds and times. She's essentially a collector of stories that are forgotten. She believes this story needs to be told again in the modern Witcher world for progress to be made in the future." Blood Origin will premiere December 25...

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Jennifer Hudson addresses speculation she's on 

Jennifer Hudson addresses speculation she's on "The Masked Singer"

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Jennifer Hudson isn't spilling the beans when it comes to whether or not she's a contestant on The Masked Singer.

During Monday's episode of The Jennifer Hudson Show, Hudson chatted with Emmy award-winning actor Leslie Jordan, who appeared as a guest panelist on singing competition show, and when asked if she's ever been on the show she remained coy. 

"I heard that they think that I'm under the mask somewhere singing, but I'm not gonna tell you if its me or not," the Grammy-award winner said. 

"I'm not gonna tell it," she continued. "I want y'all to watch the show...cause that's the point of the show is to guess who's singing."

Last week on The Masked Singer a contestant dressed as a Harp belted out Pink's "Perfect" in front of the judges. Some of the clues given to help the panel guess the celebrity included a call sheet listing Harp in a leading role, two bouquets of roses, a person wearing a witch's hat and 3D glasses.

"This could be Jennifer Hudson," panelist Ken Jeong posed during Wednesday's episode. "She's done everything. But the comedy clue to me -- she was in my favorite movie of all time, Sex and the City."

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