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Michael be lying: Michael B. Jordan on what it took to keep his 'Wakanda Forever' cameo secret

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(SPOILERS) Marvel fans know that characters who die rarely stay dead, yet Michael B. Jordan's appearance in the hit Black Panther: Wakanda Forever still managed to be a jaw-dropper.

Now that the cat — or panther — is out of the bag, Jordan explained to Extra what it took to keep the surprise quiet.

Jordan says with a laugh, "I had to lie to my family over here!"

He continued, "I had to lie to everybody out here … I had to just keep it under wraps."

In the film, his N’Jadaka/Erik "Killmonger" Stevens — who was killed by Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa in the original film — makes his surprise appearance from the Great Beyond after T'Challa's sister, Shuri, takes the mystical heart-shaped herb.

Doing so temporarily transports a person to the ancestral plane, where a relative guides you on a spiritual path. However, while Shuri was sure she'd see her brother or her mom, Queen Romanda, her heart is filled with vengeance, so she instead encounters the spirit of her villainous cousin, who was also seeking revenge. She keeps the disturbing revelation secret — like MBJ had to in real life.

Jordan added, "When you're dealing with Marvel and stuff like that, you know the routine. So you just gotta, you know, deny, deny, deny, deny, deny until the end of it, yeah."

Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has reigned at the top of the box office for the past four weeks. The film has made more than $733 million worldwide.

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H.E.R. on playing Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast' special: 'I never thought I could be a Disney princess'

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H.E.R. says it's a "dream come true" to play Belle in the upcoming live-action special Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration.

The award-winning singer, who is the first Black and Filipina woman to play Belle on screen, discussed how excited she was to take on the role and celebrate the "iconic" film.

"I never thought I could be a Disney princess," she said Wednesday on Good Morning America. "Of course every little girl wants to be a Disney princess, but I've never seen one that looks like me — so I get to be that to little girls now."

"And that's such a huge deal on top of being a producer on Beauty and the Beast, which is crazy," she continued. "I got to do a lot of the new arrangements and work with Alan Menken, the original arranger and producer. It's been an amazing experience just learning so much about myself and it's been a lot of fun, honestly."

She added, "Being a Disney princess is fun!"

H.E.R. admits she was shocked she got the role.

"Immediately I was like, 'I get to wear the yellow dress!'" she said. "I have to wear the yellow dress — that's going to be the moment ... but I was so excited. I got to unlock a new thing within myself and that's why I say the timing is so great."

"My inner Disney princess, which I think is this fearless and joyful and just strong and kind of brave thing within myself, I'm finding," she added. "It's been a crazy, wonderful experience."

H.E.R. joins a star-studded cast including Shania TwainJosh GrobanMartin ShortJoshua HenryDavid Alan Grier and Rita Moreno for the television event, which will air on ABC December 15 and on Disney+ the next day.

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The Weeknd releasing "Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)" off 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

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It's official: The Weeknd has a new song on the Avatar: The Way of Water soundtrack.

The Weeknd will release "Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)" next week, according to the teaser released Wednesday. The lyrics featured in the 45-second trailer are, "I thought I could protect you for paying for my sins/ You give me strength/ I'm with you either way/ Nothing's lost/ No more pain/ Just give me strength."

As the haunting song flows, clips of the forthcoming Avatar sequel see Sam Worthington's Jake Sully, Zoe Saldana's Neytiri and their children fighting for survival.

The Weeknd began teasing his involvement with the movie on Sunday. He confirmed Wednesday the song will arrive December 15 — the day before Avatar: The Way of Water premieres in theaters.

Avatar is being distributed by 20th Century Studios, which is owned by ABC News' parent company, The Walt Disney Company.

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Cardi B chalks up the wait for sophomore album to anxiety

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(Note Language) If there's one thing you can expect from Cardi B, it's that she'll keep it real with her fans. In a recent Instagram Live, the rapper did just that, explaining the wait for her sophomore album to her loyal BardiGang fanbase.

“I’m just a mom and I do have anxiety. I’ve been having a lot of anxiety, because I know right after I drop my album, I have to go out on tour and I have bad separation anxiety from my kids,” she explained.

Her dissatisfication with the music she's recorded and her financial condition have also contributed to the delay.

“When it comes to music and everything, I just be feeling like I don’t be liking anything," she continued. "I feel like I got so many songs and I don’t like anything. I feel like nothing is good enough ... And I got so much money saved up I just be like, ‘Yeah, whatever the f***.'”

According to Cardi, “Making music to me has become like a job that gives me anxiety because everybody just critiques everything that I do." However, she's determined to "let that go." "I have to release more music — I have to go out there," she said.

Cardi's debut and only album to date, Invasion of Privacy, came out four years ago. 

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Future announces first headlining tour in 2023

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Future is having "One Big Party" for his 2023 tour. 

On Tuesday, the rapper announced his first headlining trek in over three years, titled the One Big Party Tour. He's currently set to turn up at arenas in six cities across the U.S.

On the launch date, January 7, Future will kick off the show at Houston’s Toyota Center. He'll then make stops at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center, Chicago’s United Center, Atlanta’s State Farm Arena and Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., before wrapping up at Boston's TD Garden on January 27.

“ShowTime," Future wrote on social media. "I’m ready To bring ONE BIG PARTY too your city! PLUTO."

Tickets for the tour, which follows April's release of his I Never Liked You album, go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.

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Roddy Ricch faces copyright infringement lawsuit over "The Box"

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Roddy Ricch is facing a lawsuit that claims his smash hit "The Box" steals elements from a 1975 song.

Rolling Stone reports Greg Perry, a California-based songwriter, filed an 18-page complaint Tuesday in which he alleged that "The Box" was released with “a complete duplication” of his song "Come on Down." 

“Expert musicology analysis confirms that the ascending minor scale played by violin at the opening of ‘Come On Down’ is a distinctive musical element which recurs a total of six times throughout the song,” reads the lawsuit obtained by Rolling Stone

It continues, “Comparative analysis of the beat, lyrics, hook, rhythmic structure, metrical placement, and narrative context by a musicology expert demonstrates clearly and convincingly that ‘The Box’ is an unauthorized duplication and infringement of certain elements of ‘Come On Down.’”

"Come on Down" also inspired hits from other hip-hop artists: "Wordplay" by Jeezy and Yo Gotti's "I Remember."

"The use of the distinctive compositional elements of ‘Come On Down’ have remained so popular in both the R&B and rap community that access to the composition is firmly established," Perry claims.

“The Box," a single off Roddy’s debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, dropped in 2019. It was nominated for three Grammys and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Zoe Saldaña talks Avatar's success, action movies and more

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Zoe Saldaña is the cover star for the latest issue of InStyleIn it, she reflects on the box office success of Avatar and her love for action films, among other things.

Avatar premiered in 2009 and has since gone on to become an Academy Award-winning film. Zoe, who plays Neytiri in the franchise, admits she didn't imagine the film would be a big success.

"I had no idea Avatar was going to have the impact that it did on such a global scale," she says. "Those things are unimaginable."

"I had so much hope that it was going to be well received, because it just felt so special to me. This conversation around the environment has become a global social dilemma," she continues. "And what I admire the most is that the younger generations are the ones that are guiding this narrative."

Zoe also appears in the Guardian of the Galaxy films as the character Gamora, and has dabbled in different kinds of movies. Yet, she has a special love for action films.

"I love action movies. When I was a kid, that's what I was watching, not princess things," she explains. "My idol was Ellen Ripley [Sigourney Weaver’s character in Alien] and Sarah Connor [played by Linda Hamilton]."

When it comes to the films she chooses to work on, she says, "I join projects because I believe in the people behind them. When they're magical and thoughtful, thought-provoking and collaborative, that's what changes my life for the better."

"It gives me experiences that raise me, that help me grow, that make me feel good about people," she concludes.

 

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Lizzo honors female advocates while accepting People's Champion Award

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Lizzo is for the people.

The "Good As Hell" singer was the recipient of The People's Champion award at the 2022 People's Choice Awards Dec. 6 and, after her mother Shari Johnson-Jefferson presented her with the accolade, she used the moment to highlight other female activists.

"I’m [going to] be honest, when I first heard about this award, I was on the fence about whether I should accept because, if I’m the people’s champ, I don’t need a trophy for championing people," she said. "You know what I’m saying? I’m here tonight, because to be an icon isn’t about how long you’ve had your platform. Being an icon is what you do with that platform."

"Tonight, I am sharing this honor," she said before a group of female change makers joined her on stage. "Make some noise for the people, y’all. These are all activists and people that I think deserve the spotlight."

Lizzo then proceeded to introduce each individual activist and highlighted their work which ranged from transgender advocates, female rights, indigenous peoples, gun violence organizations and more. 

The 17 highlighted activists included Mari CopenyShirley RainesYasmine Aker, Emiliana GuerecaEsther Young LimFelicia "Fe" Montes, Jayla Rose SullivanKara Roselle SmithMaggie Mireles ThomasAmelia BonowOdilia RomeroTarlan RabizadehSahar PirzadaChand iMoore, Crystal Echo HawkReshma Saujani and Tamika Palmer.

"Give them their flowers!” the 34-year-old musician concluded. "Power will always be to the people! Thank you so much People’s Choice. Follow them and support them."

Lizzo was announced as the recipient of the The People's Champion Award in early November.  Previous winners of the award include Tyler PerryPink, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Lizzo also won the People's Choice Award for The Song of 2022 for "It's About Damn Time."

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Vanessa Williams talks 'Soul Food''s lasting power following film's 25th anniversary

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Vanessa Williams is gearing up for her debut at 54 Below's Diamond Series, during which she'll take the stage for six different shows. While the concerts will broadcast her singing skills, the living legend has also been featured in many films, including the cult classic Soul Food.

The 1997 film, which also stars Vivica A. FoxNia Long and Mekhi Phifer, celebrated its 25th anniversary in September. Speaking of the film, Vanessa admits she had no clue the "small," "independent" and "sweet" movie would be this long lived.

"I had no idea it would have the sustaining power that it has and that, you know, some of my lines would be iconic, which always cracks me up when I see people reenact them on their TikToks or Reels or whatever," she tells ABC Audio.

She does, however, understand the movie's lasting impact, as it encompasses relatable themes for any family.

"Everyone can relate to family, no matter what your cultural background is," Vanessa says. "There's always a matriarch, there's always drama, and there is always tension within a family at certain times. So I think everybody can relate to it."

One of her favorite parts about working on the film was the opportunity "to be part of something that was new."

"I love working with people ... that are kind of undiscovered, or it's their first time at it," says Vanessa. "Because you get a chance to really kind of work at things together and be a creative team, and that's kind of what it was like." She hasn't "heard anything" about a sequel.

Vanessa's upcoming shows, which will feature her live renditions of Broadway classics, American Songbook standards and her own hits, will take place December 13-18 at 54 Below in NYC.  

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Report: Nia Long and Ime Udoka split following his alleged affair

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Actress Nia Long and Ime Udoka, former head coach of the Boston Celtics, are no more. 

Following news of Udoka's alleged affair, the two have reportedly split. A rep for Long tells People that the couple are "no longer together but remain fully committed to co-parenting their son [Kez]."

"The situation is unfortunate and painful, but Nia is focusing on her children and rebuilding her life," a source adds.

News of Udoka's alleged affair broke just weeks before the start of the 2022-23 NBA season. At the time, ESPN reported the former head coach had "an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise's staff." His suspension from the Boston Celtics followed shortly after.

Udoka issued an apology to his "players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family" for "letting them down." Weeks later, Long opened up about the Celtics' decision "to make a very private situation public."

According to the actress, the "most heartbreaking thing about all of this was seeing my son’s face" when he heard the news. "It was devastating, and it still is," she told the Hollywood Reporter. "He still has moments where it’s not easy for him."

Nia noted that "no one from the Celtics organization has even called to see if I’m OK, to see if my children are OK." However, she did receive love and support from many of her fans, which she says was "very comforting."

Long and Udoka had been engaged since 2015; Kez is 11 years old.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw teases "bolder, more surreal" second season of 'Loki'

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Loki is the only Disney+ Marvel series to get a second season so far and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is happy to be back.

She tells Entertainment Tonight it has been "amazing" to shoot the second season of the dimension-spanning show, due on Disney+ in the summer of 2023. She adds fans "are gonna be in for a real treat, because the show is bolder and more surreal. And in many ways, goes to some bigger, bolder places than season 1, which is really exciting."

Season 1 ended with her character, a Time Variance Authority agent, finding out she's a variant, too: In other words, there was way more to her than fans first thought. The English actress teases, "selfishly, Renslayer makes it out of the TVA, which I'm really excited about."

But Gugu is happy times two, as her Apple TV+ drama Surface, which she also produces, is returning, too. The show is headed to her native United Kingdom for its sophomore frame.

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Bill Cosby sued by 5 new women for sexual assault; reps call action "frivolous"

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Actor Bill Cosby is facing new accusations of sexual assault and battery from five women under New York's new Adult Survivors Act, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

The lawsuit was filed in New York state court by actresses Lili Bernard and Eden Tirl, who each appeared on The Cosby Show, as well as Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson and Cindra Ladd. The filling accuses Cosby of assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment; the lawsuit also names NBC, the show's production company and the studio where the Emmy-winning sitcom was shot.

Cosby "used his power, fame, and prestige, including the power, fame and prestige given to him by defendants NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Inc., and The Carsey-Werner Company, LLC, to misuse his enormous power in such a nefarious, horrific way," according to the lawsuit.

Representatives for the embattled Cosby responded to the filing in an email to ABC News. "Unwilling to accept that Actor & Comedian Bill Cosby was vindicated by the PA State Supreme Court almost a year and a half ago, five (5) previous alleged accusers have resurfaced to file a frivolous civil lawsuit against Mr. Cosby in the Supreme Court of the State of New York County New York."

The statement continued, "For the record, these alleged accusers were once represented by [attorney Gloria Allred] and were a part of parade of accusers back in 2014 through 2016. As we have always stated, and now America can see, this isn't about justice for victims of alleged sexual assault, it's ALL ABOUT MONEY."

Cosby's reps concluded, "We believe that the courts, as well as the court of public opinion, will follow the rules of law and relieve Mr. Cosby of these alleged accusations. Mr. Cosby continues to vehemently deny all allegation waged against him and looks forward to defending himself in court."

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Tory Lanez charged with additional felony count in Megan Thee Stallion shooting

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Tory Lanez has picked up another charge ahead of the Megan Thee Stallion assault trial. According to documents obtained by ABC News, the rapper, born Daystar Peterson, was hit with one felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence. He's pleaded not guilty to the charge.

As reported, Lanez was previously charged with one count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, to which he's also pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say he "personally inflicted great bodily injury" upon Megan after an argument in an SUV, resulting in a foot injury for which she received medical treatment.

The trial starts Monday, December 22, with opening statements and testimony set to take place. Attorneys for Lanez say that Corey Gamble and Kylie Jenner, whose party he attended the night of the shooting, are on their list of possible witnesses. Lanez faces 22 years in prison if convicted.

 

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A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Kodak Black reunite for "Drowning" sequel

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A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Kodak Black are back with part two of their 2017 hit "Drowning."

Water (Drowning Pt.2)" is now available on streaming platforms. In a statement, A Boogie says his decision to reteam with Kodak came after he got some reviews on the track.

“After I made this record, everyone I played it for said it felt like the sequel to 'Drowning,'" he explained. "So it was only right that I had Kodak jump on this to make another classic record.”

"Drowning" garnered nearly 2 billion streams globally and stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for nearly 30 weeks. The sequel is on his upcoming album, ME VS MYSELFwhich features 22 tracks: half under the name A Boogie and half under Artist, the rapper's first name. Roddy RicchLil DurkH.E.R.Tory Lanez and G.Herbo will also make guest appearances on the project, due out on Friday.

A Boogie is planning to celebrate the album with a sold-out show at New York City's Apollo Theater, set for December 16. Due to high demand, he'll also take the stage on March 4 during a show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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'Abbott Elementary' leads TV competition for 28th annual Critics Choice Awards

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ABC's Emmy-winning Abbott Elementary led the class in the just-announced nominees in the television category of the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards.

Quinta Brunson's comedy nabbed six nominations, including Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her. Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph scored Best Supporting Actress noms, while co-stars Chris Perfetti and Tyler James Williams earned Best Supporting Actor nominations.

AMC's Better Call Saul scored a second-best five nominations in the drama category, including Best Drama Series, with lead Bob Odenkirk nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series; Giancarlo Esposito earned a Best Supporting Actor nod, while co-stars Carol Burnett and Rhea Seehorn will compete for the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series trophy.

Disney+'s series Andor scored a surprise nomination for Best Drama Series, with its lead Diego Luna nominated for Best Actor in a Drama series; the Star Wars show ranked alongside veteran shows like Netflix's Emmy-winning The Crown, HBO's Emmy winner Euphoria and Paramount Network's ratings juggernaut Yellowstone.

The winners will be revealed at the Critics Choice Awards gala, broadcast live on The CW from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 15.

Here are this year's television nominees in the main categories; the full list can be found here:

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Andor (Disney+)
Bad Sisters (Apple TV+)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
Euphoria (HBO)
The Good Fight (Paramount+)
House of the Dragon (HBO)
Severance (Apple TV+)
Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeff Bridges – The Old Man (FX)
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)
Diego Luna – Andor (Disney+)
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Adam Scott – Severance (Apple TV+)
Antony Starr – The Boys (Prime Video)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christine Baranski – The Good Fight (Paramount+)
Sharon Horgan – Bad Sisters (Apple TV+)
Laura Linney – Ozark (Netflix)
Mandy Moore – This Is Us (NBC)
Kelly Reilly – Yellowstone (Paramount Network)
Zendaya – Euphoria (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Andre Braugher – The Good Fight (Paramount+)
Ismael Cruz Córdova – The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video)
Michael Emerson – Evil (Paramount+)
Giancarlo Esposito – Better Call Saul (AMC)
John Lithgow – The Old Man (FX)
Matt Smith – House of the Dragon (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Milly Alcock – House of the Dragon (HBO)
Carol Burnett – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus (HBO)
Julia Garner – Ozark (Netflix)
Audra McDonald – The Good Fight (Paramount+)
Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul (AMC)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Barry (HBO)
The Bear (FX)
Better Things (FX)
Ghosts (CBS)
Hacks (HBO Max)
Reboot (Hulu)
Reservation Dogs (FX)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Matt Berry – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Bill Hader – Barry (HBO)
Keegan-Michael Key – Reboot (Hulu)
Steve Martin – Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
Jeremy Allen White – The Bear (FX)
D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai – Reservation Dogs (FX)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate – Dead to Me (Netflix)
Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Renée Elise Goldsberry – Girls5eva (Peacock)
Devery Jacobs – Reservation Dogs (FX)
Jean Smart – Hacks (HBO Max)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Brandon Scott Jones – Ghosts (CBS)
Leslie Jordan – Call Me Kat (Fox)
James Marsden – Dead to Me (Netflix)
Chris Perfetti – Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Henry Winkler – Barry (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Paulina Alexis – Reservation Dogs (FX)
Ayo Edebiri – The Bear (FX)
Marcia Gay Harden – Uncoupled (Netflix)
Janelle James – Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Annie Potts – Young Sheldon (CBS)
Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

BEST LIMITED SERIES
The Dropout (Hulu)
Gaslit (Starz)
The Girl from Plainville (Hulu)
The Offer (Paramount+)
Pam & Tommy (Hulu)
Station Eleven (HBO Max)
This Is Going to Hurt (AMC+)
Under the Banner of Heaven (FX)

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