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

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On October 4, a reboot of the classic horror franchise Hellraiser comes to haunt Hulu.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brad Pitt's 'Bullet Train' crosses $100 million mark, takes checkered flag in first week on streaming

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Bullet Train, the action comedy starring Brad Pitt and directed by his former stunt double-turned John Wick director David Leitch, has crossed the hundred million dollar mark.

It's no small feat for a post-pandemic summer movie that didn't involve superheroes or Tom Cruise in a cockpit.

What's more, Bullet Train sped past the competition in its first week available on streaming. According to Fandango's streaming service Vudu's charts, Bullet Train managed to shoot past Top Gun: Maverick for the number-one slot on the streaming charts for the week of September 26th through October 2.

Bullet Train, which also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bad Bunny, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz and Sandra Bullock, can be streamed in 4K Ultra HD with more than an hour of extra content not seen in theaters.

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Kim Kardashian settles with SEC after being charged in crypto-selling promotion

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Kim Kardashian is as famous for her business savvy as for her celebrity, but she's just settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for her part in improperly promoting a cryptocurrency asset.

The Kardashians star has settled with the government watchdog for "$1.26 million in penalties, disgorgement, and interest," according to an SEC statement, and also has agreed to "cooperate with the Commission's ongoing investigation" into her promotion of EthereumMax.

The SEC charged that Kim promoted the cryptocurrency to her 278 million social media followers without disclosing that she was paid $250,000 to do so, which is a violation of the "anti-touting" provision of federal securities laws.

"This case is a reminder that, when celebrities or influencers endorse investment doesn't mean that those investment products are right for all investors," said SEC Chair Gary Gensler in the SEC statement. "Ms. Kardashian's case also serves as a reminder to celebrities and others that the law requires them to disclose to the public when and how much they are paid to promote investing in securities."

Also as part of the settlement, Kardashian agreed to not promote any crypto securities for three years.

For her part, Kim's lawyer noted in a statement that she "was pleased to have resolved this matter with the SEC."

"Kardashian fully cooperated with the SEC from the very beginning and she remains willing to do whatever she can to assist the SEC in this matter," the statement continued. "She wanted to get this matter behind her to avoid a protracted dispute. The agreement she reached with the SEC allows her to do that so that she can move forward with her many different business pursuits."

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'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' trailer shows threat of "eternal war" with Atlantis

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On Monday, Marvel Studios released the action-packed official trailer to the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

As the teaser did, the trailer shows the technologically advanced African kingdom coming to grips with the loss of its King T'Challa, who was played by the late Chadwick Boseman.

It also shows conflict with another kingdom, Atlantis, and its leader, Namor, played by series newcomer Tenoch Huerta. Namor, the Sub-Mariner, first made a splash in Marvel Comics #1, back in 1939.

"His people do not call him general or king. They call him Kukulkan. The feather serpent god," cautions Winston Duke's M'Baku. "Killing him will risk eternal war!"

The trailer also shows the powerful figure able to fly, thanks to his comics-accurate feathered ankles.

"He's coming for the surface world," warns Letitia Wright's princess Shuri.

The two kingdoms are shown clashing on both on land and in Namor's stomping grounds, the sea.

The coming attraction also shows glimpses of Dominique Thorne's Riri Williams, taking to the air in her home-made Ironheart armor, inspired by Tony Stark's famous Iron Man suits.

The trailer ends with a new person having taken up the mantle of Black Panther: A female form drops into frame in a trademark vibranium suit -- but the helmet hides the face, so we don't know if it's T'Challa sister, Shuri, Lupita Nyong'o's Nakia, or another of the other strong women on Wakanda's deep bench, like Danai Gurira's Okoye.

Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11.

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In Brief: Sacheen Littlefeather dies, and more

Tarzan may be swinging into movie theaters again. Sony Pictures has picked up the screen rights to Edgar Rice Burrows' pulp hero, eyeing a "total reinvention" of the character, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It would be the latest of many movie and TV adaptations of Tarzan, dating back to 1918's Tarzan of the Apes, which starred Elmo Lincoln in the titular role. Johnny Weissmuller was arguably the most popular and longest-lasting Tarzan, with 12 films to his credit, beginning with 1932's Tarzan of the Apes. The most recent version, 2016's The Legend of Tarzan starred Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie playing the title character and Jane, respectively...

Sean Penn will play a fictionalized version of himself in the satirical Australian series C*A*U*G*H*T. Per Variety, "The six-part series follows four Australian soldiers sent on a secret mission to a war-torn country. Mistaken for Americans, they are captured by freedom fighters and produce a hostage video that goes viral. When the soldiers reach celebrity status, they realize that being caught might just be the best thing that could’ve happened to them..."

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that The Daily Show will continue on Comedy Central following current host Trevor Noah's departure. There had been speculation the long-running late night series would move to Paramount+ after Noah signed off. Insiders tell the outlet that execs at Comedy Central's parent company, Paramount had no prior notice of the comedian's announcement to the in-studio audience at Thursday's telecast that he would leave the show after seven seasons. Comedy Central already has a solid roster of Daily Show correspondents to consider as Noah's replacement, including Desi Lydic, Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta and Dulcé Sloan...

Sacheen Littlefeather, who declined Marlon Brando’s Oscar for The Godfather on his behalf at the 1973 Academy Awards, died Sunday, the Academy of Motion Pictures has announced. A cause of death was not given. She was 75. Back in June, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences apologized to Littlefeather for her treatment at the Oscars that night. She was escorted off the stage with audience members booing after her one-minute speech on Native American rights. Littlefeather attended an in-person presentation of the apology at the Academy Museum on Sept. 17 of this year...

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'Smile' shows its teeth with $22 million first-place opening

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The horror film Smile topped the weekend box office, beating expectations with an estimated $22 million debut -- the biggest domestic opening in nine weeks. The modestly-budgeted movie, starring Sosie Bacon -- daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick -- added an estimated $14.5 million overseas, for a global total of $36.5 million.

Last week's #1, Don't Worry Darling, dropped to second place, grabbing an estimated $7.3 million. Its two-week global tally now stands at $54.7 million.

The Woman King slipped to third place in its third week of release, delivering an estimated $7 million and bringing its domestic tally to $46.7 million.

The news wasn't so great for Bros. The LGBTQ+ romantic comedy -- co-written by and starring comedian Billy Eichner alongside Luke Macfarlane -- debuted in fourth with a disappointing $4.8 million.

The re-release of Avatar rounded out the top five, adding an estimated $4.7. That brings its North American tally to $19 million. Overseas, the film has earned a total of $58 million.

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'SNL' roasts Adam Levine and Armie Hammer scandals

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Saturday Night Live took on Adam Levine and Armie Hammer's respective social media scandals on its season 48 opener.

Saturday's host, Top Gun: Maverick star Miles Teller played the host of a game show called "Send Something Normal," which challenged the Maroon 5 frontman and Call Me by Your Name actor -- played respectively by Mikey Day and James Austin Johnson --plus Neil DeGrasse Tyson, played by Kenan Thompson, and Bowen Yang as himself, to come up with a normal reply to a woman's DM. An appropriate response would earn them $100 million.

Day’s Levine was up first, asked to reply to a young woman who DM’ed him to say she was a “huge fan” and loved his music.

“OK. Tough call. Can I see her most liked vacation photo?” Day quipped. “All right. Going to kick things off with a ‘Holy moly!’ But I got three more, though. ‘Holy moly! Holy crap! Your body is making my penis smile.’”

Day’s line was a response to Levine’s alleged Instagram messages to 23-year-old model Sumner Stroh, one of which read, “It is truly unreal how f****** hot you are. Like it blows my mind.”

Green, spoofing Hammer’s alleged DMs describing himself as “100% a cannibal” and that he'd “want to eat" the recipients, insisted, "I've done a lot of work on myself, and I’ve changed," before saying his DM reply would be, “I want to break open your bones and suck out the marrow.”

Last week, Levine addressed the DM allegations against him in an Instagram Story, saying he "used poor judgment" in speaking with anyone other than his wife in a flirtatious manner, and "crossed the line during a regrettable period in my life."

Claims of Hammer’s text messages and patterns of allegedly violent behavior began to emerge in 2021. He has denied the accusations.

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This is who 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay is rooting for on 'Dancing with the Stars'


A new season of Dancing with the Stars is here, and former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay shared who she is rooting for and whether or not we'll see her go for the Mirrorball Trophy one day.

Lindsay told ABC Audio that she is "obviously" rooting for Gabby Windey, who is shouldering the daunting task of continuing the Bachelorette winning streak started by Hannah Brown and continued by Kaitlyn Bristowe.  

Personal bias aside, who are her top four picks?

"Jordin Sparks. I'm really rooting for her. Wayne Brady is hilarious. I'd like to see him [win]," she said. She's also cheering for movie star Selma Blair: "The woman can do anything. She has such an inspiring story."

Lindsay also praised TikToker Charli D'Amelio, adding, "She kills it. She is so fun to watch ... Charli went out there and showed everyone she's a dancer. Period."

With all this DWTS talk, will Bachelor Nation see Lindsay step onto the ballroom one day?

"It is not happening anytime soon for me," she laughed, adding Bristowe may have scared her away by being completely honest about all the injuries she suffered during her winning season. "She was in pain. She had bruises and she had to do ice baths and massages ... When they come out victorious at the end, I understand the tears because it really is a blood, sweat and tears situation."

"I had no idea how hard it is," she continued. "It does seem like a really fun experience ... So, I don't know, never say never. I just can't imagine it at the moment." 

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday at 8 p.m. only on Disney+.

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Is Harrison Ford headed into the MCU with 'Thunderbolts'?


While mum was the word even when he was at the D23 expo, rumors have it that Harrison Ford could be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thunderbolts

The project was teased by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige at the event, where Ford promoting his upcoming fifth Indiana Jones adventure.

While nothing was mentioned about Ford at the time, it's rumored the 80-year-old superstar was approached by Marvel to replace the late William Hurt as General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross. That news came from Los Angeles Magazine's Jeff Snider.

Based on a Marvel Comics title, Thunderbolts sees Ross collecting a team of supervillains for impossible missions. 

Ross isn't just the team's leader -- the relentless pursuer of The Hulk becomes what he most hates: a scarlet-hued version of the beast known as Red Hulk. 

According to Marvel lore, apart from his superhuman strength, Red Hulk's "skin generates intense heat" that "can also be released through his eyes and is strong enough to melt through Spider-Man's webbing or turn sand into glass."

Hurt, who passed away in March, played Ross multiple times in the MCU, even before that was officially a thing, starting with 2008's The Incredible Hulk. He last appeared in 2021's Black Widow.

It's not known whether Ford has signed on for, or passed on, the part.

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Nick Cannon welcomes baby #10

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Just weeks after welcoming his ninth baby, his first with girlfriend LaNisha Cole, Nick Cannon is a dad for the 10th time -- with an 11th on the way.

Cannon confirmed the news on his Instagram, revealing the baby's name is Rise Messiah. The baby boy is his third child with model Brittany Bell. The pair also have a 5-year-old son named Golden "Sagon" and a 19-month-old daughter named Powerful Queen.

Entertainment Tonight reports Cannon's 11th child is with Abby De La Rosa, the mother of his twin sons, Zion and Zillion.

Nick is also father to twins Moroccan and Monroe with his ex-wife, Mariah CareyLegendary Love with model Bre Tiesi; and Zen with Alyssa Scott.

Zen passed away at 5 months old after battling brain cancer.

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Service, with a 'Smile': Inside Paramount's home run of a guerilla marketing campaign

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If you're a baseball fan, you may have noticed an odd pattern recently: patrons seated behind home plate, staring into the camera with a creepy smile on their face for the entire game. 

In some cases, the people wore a brightly colored shirt reading "Smile."

Even if you're not a sports fan, the internet certainly noticed, and footage of the folks went viral

Turns out it was part of a pretty savvy marketing campaign for Paramount Pictures' new horror film Smile. And hey, if you can get Major League Baseball to get the word out about your movie -- for free -- during must-see games like the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox, that's some pretty savvy promo indeed. 

What's more, it seems to have worked: The modestly budgeted movie made more than $2 million during Thursday night previews, according to Deadline, which predicted it could make as much as $20 million this weekend.

The movie stars Sosie Bacon -- daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick -- and The Boys' Jesse T. Usher

The studio teases that Bacon's character witnesses "a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient" and "starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can't explain."

"As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life [she] must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality."

The movie's trailer is even creepier than those planted baseball fans.

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Sigourney Weaver talks all about her new drama 'The Good House'


Sigourney Weaver has battled everything from aliens to ghosts over the course of her long and storied career, but in her newest film The Good House, she’s fighting her character’s own inner demons.

Weaver stars as Hildy Good, a New England real estate agent who struggles with alcoholism and the curveballs that life continues to throw her way. She tells ABC Audio that the film doesn’t shy away from how hard it is to realize that the thing you love is bad for you.

“[Hildy] says, ‘It takes me three drinks before I really start to feel like myself,’” Weaver says. “To give that up is hard.”

While Hildy seems to have everybody else figured out, Weaver asserts that same sort of awareness doesn’t apply to herself.

“Hildy knows everybody in this town. That’s the irony,” Weaver says. “There’s a rumor around town that she’s a witch – she's a descendant of Sarah Good, one of the Salem witches – and there is something witchy about Hildy because she is so perceptive about people. Except about herself.”

Even still, Weaver says the film causes the audience to have great empathy for Hildy. She credits that compassion to the technique of having Hildy speak directly to the audience.

“She comes home, kicks off her shoes, lies back on her sofa and opens a bottle of forbidden Pinot Noir. And it’s when she turns to us – the audience – breaks that fourth wall, and says, ‘Well, this is what’s really going on, can I just tell you from my point of view what’s really happening here,’ she’s very good company,” Weaver says. “I think the more you know Hildy, the more you root for Hildy.”  

The Good House releases in theaters on Friday.

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Rhea Perlman salutes 'Cheers' on its 40th anniversary: "It's incomprehensible"

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Rhea Perlman refuses to believe Cheers is officially 40.

The actress told ABC Audio she heard Cheers is turning the big 4-0 -- "But, I don't believe it."

"Maybe the 20th? Maybe the 27th? But the 40th?" she quipped. "It's incomprehensible."  

Perlman played wisecracking waitress Carla Tortelli and appeared in all 271 episodes of the long-running sitcom. She joked that she's been playing "a grandmother since before I was 40" because Carla begrudgingly became one in season six.

Perlman found it impossible to narrow down a favorite memory from Cheers, but said her "favorite thing" was "the people I worked with."  

"It was like going to camp -- a good one -- not one you wanted to call home every day. It just was a very comfortable, fun place to be," she recalled. "We had great writers, we had a great cast and and we had fun."

Perlman saluted series co-creator James Burrows and compared his directing to that of "a maestro." She said he was so in sync with the cast, he ensured their jokes stuck the landing and got the "real laughs" every time.

"Jimmy had that thing where, you'd be starting on some run and he could see you were slipping into the wrong, so before you blew it in front of an audience, he'd go, 'A-buh-buh-buh-buh! Let's take that again,'" she revealed. "The first time is the big laugh."

Perlman also said there are no plans for a Cheers reboot. "There were years that a few of us lobbied for a revival of Cheers, but it was never to be," she sighed. 

Cheers premiered September 30, 1982, on NBC and ran for 11 seasons. It won a total of 28 Emmys, including four for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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Emily Watson, Paul Mescal talk dangerous lies in their new film, 'God’s Creatures'


A close-knit Irish community is torn apart by a lie in the new psychological drama film God’s CreaturesEmily Watson stars as Aileen O’Hara, a mother who protects her son from sexual assault accusations by lying on his behalf.

“He’s charged with sexual assault, and she gives him an alibi,” Watson tells ABC Audio. “And that then spirals out of control, in terms of destroying not just their lives and the victim, but the community around them starts to fracture.”

Normal People breakout Paul Mescal plays Aileen’s son Brian, acting in a role outside of his comfort zone. That, he says, is one of the reasons he joined the project.

“It’s the first time I’ve had to put something into practice in terms of my idea of what acting is,” Mescal says. “It’s not about being politically or morally aligned with everybody that you play.”

Aisling Franciosi  plays Sarah, the young woman Brian assaults. She says she felt “really passionate” about not only her role, but the cruel truth of the film.

“Something that feels comfortable and familiar and the status quo – it's uncomfortable to change that,” Franciosi says. “So, we’re just so much more likely to shut out whoever is making us look at that and just leave them to deal with the repercussions of it all.”

Mescal agrees, noting the film dares people to assess their own lives.

It is “actually interrogating, and holding a mirror up, and being like, ‘This is your community. This is the behavior that your community is exhibiting,’” Mescal says. “And, ultimately, we’re doing a disservice to young women, but we’re also doing a disservice to young men, because we’re not cultivating an environment where change is possible.”  

God’s Creatures premieres in theaters Friday.

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