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Cara Delevingne goes NSFW with NFT for charity

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(NOTE LANGUAGE AND CONTENT) Model and actress Cara Delevingne is going all-in on the NFT craze, auctioning one about her vagina for charity. 

In an Instagram post that features the former Suicide Squad star apparently nude, but crossing her arms over her chest to protect her modesty, she stares into the camera and says, "My first word was 'mine'. To me, that means something that is most mine, my vagina. I own it. It's mine and no one else's."

She concludes, "I choose what I do with it. And no one can take that away from me."

What Delevingne's chosen to do with it isn't clear, except to say the non fungible token related to it is to raise money for her foundation, "which supports women’s empowerment, COVID relief, LGBTQIA+ organizations, environmental causes, and fighting institutionalized racism."

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'42' director Brian Helgeland says the late Chadwick Boseman "arrived ready"

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Director Brian Helgeland recently chatted with Variety for the 20th anniversary of his rock music-flavored medieval film A Knight's Tale, which starred the late Heath Ledger.

But Helgeland also spoke about another gifted actor he worked with who died far too soon: Chadwick Boseman

Helgeland cast a then-unknown Boseman in his first lead role, as Jackie Robinson in the film 42, and the filmmaker recalled his first meeting, which was at the recommendation of his casting director, Victoria Thomas.

"[H]e was the second person I saw," recalls Helgeland. "He walked in the door, he read, he left. And I said to Vicki, 'A movie star just walked out of the room.'

"She said, 'Yeah, that’s why I brought him in.'"

The director explained that while others came to read for the iconic part -- some big names included -- his mind was made up.

"I knew it was going to be Chad," the director said. "He was just the guy. He was fantastic."

Helgeland said of Boseman, who died in August, after a secret, years-long battle with cancer, "He had done his homework, he was just waiting for his chance. He was ready. He arrived ready."

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'The Game' gets reboot at Paramount+, Kevin Hart releases first children's book, 'Marcus Makes A Movie'; and more

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Paramount+ has given the greenlight to a ten-episode reboot of The CW and BET dramedy The Game. According to Deadline, the new show, which will relocate from San Diego to Las Vegas, will include original cast members Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez in their original roles of sports agent Tasha Mack, and Chanchez, as footballer Malik Wright, respectively. The series will also have its creator,  Mara Brock Akil, back as executive producer, with additional cast members to make appearances.

In other news, Kevin Hart is set to release his first children's book, Marcus Makes A Movie. Releasing on June 1, the book, which was written for middle school readers, pulls from Hart's own experiences growing up in North Philadelphia. According to the publisher, Random House Books, Marcus Makes A Movie will be the first in a series and will have an audiobook narrated by Hart himself.

Meanwhile, Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company have teamed up to develop a film adaptation of Nicole Glover's The Conductors, Deadline has learned. Released back in March, the book follows Hetty Rhodes, a magic-user and former conductor on the Underground Railroad who solves crimes in post–Civil War Philadelphia. After the war, Hetty and her husband, Benjy, solve murders and mysteries that "the white authorities won’t touch." There's no word on when production will begin.

Finally, Page Six reports that Tiffany Haddish could be the next daytime TV queen. According to the gossip site, Haddish is poised to become the next talk show star after Ellen DeGeneres announced on Wednesday she was ending her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, after 19 seasons. Haddish has not responded to the rumors.

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"Don't mind if I do" - 'WandaVision' star Kat Dennings gets engaged

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We know a couple of people who are about to really "Party Hard."

2 Broke Girls and WandaVision actor Kat Dennings and recording artist Andrew W.K. are now engaged. She revealed the news in an Instagram post Thursday featuring photos of her sporting an engagement ring.

"Don't mind if I do," she wrote in the caption.

The engagement news comes just over a week after the couple publicly revealed their relationship.

To add to all that excitement, W.K. recently announced the release of his new album, God Is Partying, which is due out September 10. Maybe God will be around to DJ the wedding, too.

 

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With new teaser, HBO announces 'Friends: The Reunion Special' will air May 27

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HBO Max has revealed its long-awaited Friends: The Reunion Special will air on Thursday, May 27. 

The new teaser just shows the cast -- Matthew PerryDavid SchwimmerJennifer AnistonCourteney CoxLisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc -- walking on the Warner Bros. lot arm in arm, and shot from behind in slow motion.

As a lilting version of the show's theme song plays, a title card reads, "The One Where They Get Back Together." 

Meanwhile, the streaming service revealed the special will include a host of special guests, including David BeckhamJustin BieberBTSJames CordenCindy CrawfordCara DelevingneLady GagaElliott GouldKit HaringtonLarry HankinMindy KalingThomas LennonChristina PicklesTom SelleckJames Michael TylerMaggie WheelerReese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.

The Friends actors will reportedly appear as themselves, not their characters, for what HBO Max calls, "a real-life unscripted celebration of the beloved show."

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Courtney Stodden says they "never heard" from Chrissy Teigen after online bullying

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) And the Chrissy TeigenCourtney Stodden drama continues. 

On May 12, Teigen issued an apology to Stodden for past tweets and messages telling the then-teenager that "I can’t wait for you to die."

"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls*** in front of the entire world," the Cravings cookbook author tweeted.

Teigen, 35, stated that she's "mortified and sad" about who she used to be, which she described as "an insecure, attention-seeking troll."

"I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel," she continued, adding that she finds letting her fans down "unbearable" and promising to try her best not to make the same mistakes in the future. 

"I have tried to connect with Courtney privately but since I publicly fueled all this, I want to also publicly apologize," the mother of three went on. "I’m so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am. And I am so sorry I let you guys down. I will forever work on being better than I was 10 years ago, 1 year ago, 6 months ago."

Following the social media apology, Stodden, who uses they/them pronouns, responded on Instagram.

"I accept her apology and forgive her," they said. "But the truth remains the same, I have never heard from her or her camp in private."

"In fact, she blocked me on Twitter," Stodden added, sharing a screenshot showing proof. "All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her 'wokeness' is a broken record."

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All aboard: COVID-delayed 'Disney’s Jungle Cruise' to premiere in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access on July 30

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Dwayne Johnson, the star and producer of Disney’s Jungle Cruise, took to social media to announce that the upcoming film, starring himself and Emily Blunt, will finally debut in theaters -- and on Disney+ Premier Access -- on Friday, July 30.

"I've got the mic drop announcement of mic drop announcements," Johnson said from his massive home gym, the "Iron Paradise."  "The epic adventure event of the summer that you've been waiting for is coming to you guys around the world."

The movie is just one of many that saw its release dates delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was initially supposed to hit theaters on October 11, 2019, before being moved to July 24, 2020. However, as the pandemic continued to spread, the decision was made to pull it from the 2020 slate entirely.

Johnson noted, "Now that we are coming out of COVID slowly, we gotta own this rebound...live the life we want to live." But he made sure to add that the film's streaming option give fans "the unique opportunity to let everyone watch the movie the way they want to watch the movie."

In the film, Johnson plays wisecracking riverboat skipper Frank Wolff, who is hired by Blunt's scientist, Dr. Lily Houghton, to find a mysterious tree with unparalleled healing abilities. The trip sees the unlikely pair teaming up for what Johnson called "the adventure of a lifetime."

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Emily Blunt says superhero movies have "exhausted" the box office

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Emily Blunt shot down rumors that she and husband John Krasinski were suiting up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  In a recent interview, the A Quiet Place star was asked about the Fantastic Four reboot casting rumors, which she maintained were false.

Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, the British actress explained that the reports are speculative "fan-casting" and "People saying, 'Wouldn't that be great?'"

Blunt also opened up about her famously turning down the opportunity to play Black Widow in Iron Man 2 after being offered the role.  Scarlett Johansson inevitably went on to adopt the mantle and will take her final bow in Black Widow, due out later this year.

The Golden Globe winner attested she didn't reject the part because she thought it was beneath her.

"I love Iron Man, I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr. It would’ve been amazing," she gushed before opening up about her thoughts on the superheroes becoming a box office staple.

"I don't know if superhero movies are for me. They’re not up my alley," confessed Blunt.

When asked if she is tired of the superhero genre, the Mary Poppins Returns star admitted that she believes "it's been exhausted."

"We are inundated.  It’s not only all the movies, it’s the endless TV shows as well," Blunt noted, but added she is not ruling out the opportunity of suiting up should the opportunity arise.

It’s not to say that I’d never want to play one.  It would just have to be something so cool and like a really cool character, and then I’d be interested," she teased.  "But, in general, I don't race to see superhero movies."

 

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Barry Jenkins and Kelvin Harrison Jr. explain why "triggering" projects on the Black experience are needed

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Barry Jenkins is giving voice to an important narrative with his Amazon series The Underground Railroad. Based on Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, Jenkins believes his series captures more than just the trauma of those who wanted freedom, it allows for a space where we "recontextualize our ancestors and... honor them in our image."

"I think acknowledging the trauma... is not the same as celebrating the trauma," Jenkins tells ABC Audio. "It's not the same as sensationalizing the trauma. It's just acknowledging it. I think the other eight and a half hours [of the series] -- because only one and a half of these episodes take place in the plantation -- that's about survival. It's about victory. And I think that's the reason for these images to exist."

Like Jenkins, Kelvin Harrison Jr., who is the star of the Netflix drama Monster, sees the importance of telling both historical and contemporary stories on the Black experience no matter how triggering they may be. Harrison Jr. believes these projects are a way to "remind ourselves about what's going on."

"I think we can't become complacent and start to get comfortable," he says, before acknowledging there still needs to be a "balance."

"Everything in moderation," Harrison Jr. notes.  "We do need fun films. We do need things that kind of allow a place to escape... That's important. But also, the systems are still very corrupt and they've been built to oppress us. They've been built to use us and abused us as Black people."

"So to not be aware of those things, and to not be reminded and ignore it because it feels comfortable -- is ultimately our demise to an extent," he explains.

The Underground Railroad, starring Thuso Mbedu, is available on Amazon. Monster is streaming on Netflix.

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Bachelor alum Colton Underwood says he was "blackmailed" before coming out as gay

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Less than a month after Colton Underwood publicly came out as gay, he's revealing that he was actually "blackmailed" to do so. 

Speaking with Variety, the former Bachelor shared that his confession was prompted out of fear. 

"I’ll just say it. I, at one point, during my rock bottom and spiral, was getting blackmailed," he shared. "Nobody knows I was blackmailed."

Underwood told the outlet that after visiting a spa known for its gay clientele, he received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have nude photos of him at the establishment and threatening to "out" him to the press. 

The former NFL player never saw the photos, but the threat still worried him enough that he forwarded the email to his publicist -- the only person to whom he previously disclosed his sexuality. This ultimately forced him to have an honest conversation about his sexual orientation. 

Underwood announced he was gay during an interview Good Morning America, which aired on April 14. 

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"You all have changed my life": Ellen shares the series-ending news with viewers today

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On The Ellen Degeneres Show episode that airs later today, Ellen DeGeneres confirms to her studio audience and to her viewers that her show will come to an end after next season.

"My instincts told me it's time to end this amazing chapter," Ellen says of her decision.

"In 1997 I knew it was time to come out on my sitcom," Ellen said, explaining that back then, she dreamed of a bird that flew out of its cage.

"Recently I had a dream that a bird, a beautiful bird with bright red feathers flew to my window and whispered, 'You can still do stuff on Netflix.' And that was the sign I was looking for," she joked. 

Ellen told her audience, "So, the past 18 years, you have to know, has changed my life. You all have changed my life and I am forever grateful to all of you for watching, for laughing, for dancing…sometimes crying. This show has been the greatest experience of my life, and I owe it all to you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."

DeGeneres said the show's "fantastic final season"  will be "a season where I truly get to say 'Thank you, all.' It will truly be a celebration...There will be a lot of surprises, a lot of trips down memory lane." 

Ellen welcomes Oprah Winfrey to the show -- virtually -- later in the installment. She discusses leaving her own iconic talk show, and reveals what she still misses about it, while Ellen shares what she'll miss about hers. 

The nineteenth and final season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show is set to premiere Monday, September 13th.

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Carrie Ann Inaba reveals she's "single again" after quarantine romance with Fabien Viteri

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Carrie Ann Inaba is single following a quarantine romance with Fabien Viteri.

The Dancing with the Stars judge made the announcement in an Instagram Story on Wednesday. "I am single. again," she revealed.

Inaba, 53, continued, "I am also... grateful for what was. Confused. Uncertain of the future. Sad. Hopeful. Trying to allow the emotions. Trying to be strong. Allowing myself [the] space to cry. And I will grow. And I will evolve. And I will survive this too. And I will honor the gift that it was."

The Talk co-host then shared a few snapshots of herself and Viteri together before adding, "And I'm so sad it's over."

"But I'm grateful it happened," she concluded. "So very grateful."

Inaba first revealed she was seeing someone during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan in October 2020. 

"I am seeing somebody new. During quarantine I was really fortunate that I met somebody who's very special," she said at the time. "We actually met walking our dogs. He lives literally, like, a [few] blocks away."

"We met at the beginning of quarantine, so I was really lucky because I didn't have to go through this whole thing by myself," she continued. "We're taking it slow and it's really great."

 

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'Bridesmaids' Turns 10: Five Fascinating Facts

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Ten years ago Thursday – May 13, 2011 – Bridesmaids hit movie theaters and changed the way Hollywood looked at female-led comedies. Here are Five Fascinating Facts about Bridesmaids!

5. Bridesmaids was written by Kristen Wiig and her longtime friend, Annie Mumolo. They wrote it after Judd Apatow, who cast Wiig in his 2007 film Knocked Up, asked her if she had any movie ideas.

4. Rebel Wilson auditioned for the role of Megan, which eventually went to Melissa McCarthy. But she impressed Apatow and director Paul Feig so much that they cast her as Wiig’s roommate Brynn -- it was Rebel's first appearance in an American production.

3. Bridesmaids was a hit at the box office and with critics. It currently holds a 90% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com, and is Judd Apatow’s top-grossing production to date, with box office receipts of more than $288 million.

2. Among its many accolades, Bridesmaids earned two Oscar nominations: Melissa McCarthy for Best Supporting Actress, and Wiig and Mumolo for Best Original Screenplay.

1. Bridesmaids is still the highest-grossing R-rated female-led comedy of all time in the U.S. But the movie’s raunchiest scene – let’s call it the “food poisoning sequence”-- wasn’t actually in the script.  Wiig and Mumolo came up with the idea during production, when Apatow and Feig encouraged them to add some crazy physical comedy.

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Feel the need for speed: For its 35th anniversary, 'Top Gun' is flying back into theaters

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It was 35 years ago Sunday that Tom Cruise first strapped into an F-14 Tomcat as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun

To celebrate the movie's birthday -- and today's "Top Gun Day" -- Paramount is re-releasing the 1986 blockbuster on the big screen. 

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer tells ABC Audio, "We're very excited for [November's] Top Gun: Maverick, but we're also excited for the audience to see the restored Top Gun...And we want to get people back to the theaters. What's more...enticing than to see Top Gun?"

For the producer behind massive hits like the Bad Boys, National Treasure and Pirates of The Caribbean franchises, Top Gun is still special. "[T]hat's starting with Tom Cruise," Bruckheimer says.

"...His performance, the fact that Tony Scott [was] directing...We caught lightning in a bottle. And...it's hard to replicate that," Bruckheimer says, before teasing, "But I think we did it with the new one." 

The prolific producer adds, "It's such a fun movie and it brings back such great memories for me being down in Miramar, California, while we made it. And just watching Tom become the superstar that he deserves to be. "

Anthony Edwards, who played Maverick's partner Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, also praised the late director Scott, adding he's "not surprised" at the movie's longevity. He says with a laugh, "No one was trying to make Doctor Zhivago. They were trying to make a great dessert. And I think they did. And it's fun for me because people love Goose, and it was fun to play that role."

Rick Rossovich played Val Kilmer's partner Ron "Slider" Kerner -- and his eight-pack abs made a memorable appearance in that beach volleyball scene. 

Rick recalls, "Of course, Tom is a complete competitive freak, so...he was working out the whole time and then Val really wanted to catch up [but] I didn't give him too much help," he smiles.

"You know, I was a bodybuilder as a kid growing up, as a teenager. And when I was in college I was a huge, Arnold was a huge -- Pumping Iron -- he was a huge idol of mine. I got to do Terminator and I got to do a couple of other projects with him. And, you know, it was just part of my life. So I knew that [scene] was going to be a payday for me. So I was ready!"

He adds he's happy fans still ask him about the movie, "...because it was such a great time." 



 

 

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Caleb Kennedy ousted from "American Idol" following racist social media post

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American Idol contestant Caleb Kennedy took to his Instagram page on Wednesday to address an old Snapchat video in which he's seated next to someone wearing what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.

“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol. There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way,” the 16-year-old country singer wrote.

“I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse," he continued.  "I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me.  I’m so sorry!”

“I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me,” the Roebuck, South Carolina native concluded.

Kennedy's family tells South Carolina's Herald-Journal that the video was recorded when he was 12-years-old.

The three-second video was met with controversy on social media from fans of the show, however, Kennedy's mother, Anita Guy, insists the perception is not the meaning behind the short clip.

The video was taken during the time when The Strangers: Prey at Night and V for Vendetta were popular, Guy tells the newspaper, adding she and Caleb enjoyed both of these movies and even dressed up as the main character in V for Vendetta for Halloween when he was in the 7th grade.

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