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Gal Gadot, a native Israeli, took to social media to pray for peace, as violence once again rocks the country after years of calm.

"My heart breaks. My country is at war," the Wonder Woman series star posted to Instagram and elsewhere. "I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for my people. This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long. Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation. Our neighbors deserve the same."

She concluded, "I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we could live side by side in peace. I pray for better days."

Given the nature of the longstanding tension in the area, her post was not surprisingly met with flak -- with some calling foul on the fact that Gadot didn't mention the Palestinians by name, but instead used the word "neighbors." 

Gadot's experience as a former soldier in Israel -- where military service is compulsory for citizens -- has occasionally riled those who don't support the country. In 2017, the original Wonder Woman was banned in Lebanon because it starred Gadot; in 2014, a tweet in support of her country the last time violence spiked there between Hamas and Israel's military led to backlash on social media.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Though headlines might convince a cynic it's already happening, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions are imagining what the U.S. would look like if the chaos of The Purge lasted more than one night a year. 

That's the idea behind Forever Purge: a growing movement of anarchists decide that the series' one night of lawlessness isn't enough, and go on the hunt, 24/7. A trailer for the upcoming thriller dropped on Wednesday.

In the chaos, a wealthy Texas family and the family of ranch hands that help them must band together to survive, and flee to Mexico -- which has opened its borders as the U.S. collapses into chaos. 

The fifth film in the franchise stars Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, and Ana de la Reguera. It opens July 2. 

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Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto, and EJ Johnson have been added to the cast of the upcoming Disney+ animated series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.

Porter and Quinto will voice Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins, respectively, the mixed-race adoptive parents of 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, voiced by Keke Palmer. Johnson will voice Michael Collins, Penny's best guy friend who's described as a non-conforming trendsetter. They join previously announced stars Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker and JoMarie PaytonThe Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is currently in production with an expected release in 2022 on Disney+.

In other news, Oscar winner Regina King has signed on to direct and produce the film adaptation of Bitter Root, Deadline reports. Based on the Image Comics series by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown, the feature, set during the Harlem Renaissance, follows the Sangeryes, a once-great family of monster hunters, who now "face an unimaginable evil that descends upon New York City." Details have yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, Janelle Monáe also has her next project. According to Variety, she's been added to the cast of Rian Johnson’Knives Out sequel at Netflix. Monáe joins Edward Norton, Dave Bautista and returning star Daniel Craig. Plot details are under wraps.

Finally, Wood Harris has signed on to an upcoming Los Angeles Lakers HBO drama series based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Wood will play Spencer Haywood, the player who took the NBA to the Supreme Court and won the right to join the league before graduating college. His efforts essentially paved the way for future greats like Lebron James and Kobe Bryant. A release dates has yet to be announced.

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After one season away, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is returning the Jersey Shore Family Vacation!

At the end of the trailer for the second half of season 4 of the series, the 33-year-old reality star makes her shocking return by quite literally shocking her roommates and popping out of a cake. 

"The entire family is back together," fellow Jersey Shore star Deena Cortese says in the promo. "It is everything."

The new episodes will see the roomies -- Nicole, Deena, Jenni "JWoww" FarleyPauly "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchioVinny GuadagninoRonnie Ortiz-Magro and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino -- reunite in the Poconos, a new location for the group. Tagging along for the trip are the cast members' friends and family, including Jenni's new fiancé, Zach Clayton Carpinello, and Pauly's girlfriend, Nikki Hall.  

Together they will celebrate, engagements, birthdays, and find out what Mike and his expecting wife, Lauren, are having. 

Snooki announced she was quitting the MTV show during an episode of the It’s Happening With Snooki & Joey podcast in December 2019. 

"I just can’t do it anymore. Literally, leaving my kids to film it is really hard on me," the mom of three revealed "I try and quit every single day. I just hate being away from the kids. I don’t like partying three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore. I want to be home with the kids. It’s just really hard for me to leave the kids and film the show."

Snooki added at the time, "You know, when I leave my kids and I film the show, like, I want to have a good time, and I’m putting myself out there. And I just wanna come off as a good person. And lately, on the show, it’s just been very [dramatic].”

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Trans people fight to have their voices heard every day, but that's quite literally the case after Laverne Cox's voice was replaced with a male actor in the Italian trailer for Promising Young Woman

Italian voice actor Vittoria Schisano, who is trans, told The Guardian that noticeably male-sounding 59-year-old Roberto Pedicini was heard as Cox's character Gail in the coming attraction; Cox played a co-worker and friend to the main character Cassie, played by Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan.

Schisano, who dubbed the actress on the Netflix documentary, Amend: The Fight for America, tells the paper, "I think this dubbing choice was a straight-up act of violence. It’s insulting. I'd feel bullied if I were [her]."

Evidently, the Italian version of the Oscar winning film wasn't an outlier, either. In Spain and Germany, a male also voiced Cox's character. 

Cox's voice was also replaced by a different male when her project Orange Is the New Black ran there, The Guardian noted.

The flap caused Universal Pictures International to pull the trailer, and issue a statement to the paper that read in part, "We are deeply grateful to Laverne and the transgender community for opening our eyes to a bias that neither we nor many in our industry had recognized."

The statement continued, "While there was no malicious intent behind this mistake, we are working diligently to fix it. We have begun redubbing Ms Cox’s voice with female actors in our international territories and are pushing back release dates to ensure the correct version is available." 

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After returning for a 19th season -- following a behind-the-scenes bullying controversy that led to the dismissal of three top producers -- The Ellen DeGeneres Show is coming to an end.

"When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore," DeGeneres tells The Hollywood Reporter of her decision to pull the plug after this season. 

The Hollywood Reporter says the talk show giant will discuss her decision with another giant of the format -- Oprah Winfrey -- on Thursday's installment of the show.

DeGeneres had previously explained that her wife Portia de Rossi wanted her to end the show as far back as 2018, but Ellen tells the Hollywood Reporter that she signed up for another three seasons with the understanding that those would be her last.

As for the controversy that caused the show to go on hiatus -- for which Ellen apologized to her staffers -- the comedian said it wasn't ultimately behind the decision to end the show. However, she admits it affected her deeply.

"My whole being is about making people happy," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "...[E]verything I stand for was being attacked. So, it destroyed me, honestly. I'd be lying if I said it didn't."

DeGeneres says she learned about the "toxic workplace" allegations from the press, and seemed to blame cancel culture for the story exploding.

As she noted, "[T]here are some bad people out there and those people shouldn't work again but, in general, the culture today is one where you can't learn and grow, which is...what we're here to do."

"[I]t was easy clickbait to say, 'Oh, the 'be kind' lady isn’t so kind.'… I am kind," Ellen insisted.

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Wanda Sykes says her new Netflix sitcom, The Upshaws, was the perfect vehicle to show an authentic side of the Black American family.

Set in Indianapolis, the series follows Mike Epps as Bennie Upshaw, a car mechanic who shares a blended family with his high school sweetheart. In addition to juggling a small business and plenty of baby mama drama, Bennie must also deal with his sardonic mother-in-law Lucretia, played by Sykes. Sykes tells ABC Audio that The Upshaws represents the everyday working-class family. So essentially, The Conners, but Black.

"Well, I think there's a void right now for these types of shows," she says. "Especially when it comes to us. I mean, we either have made it, and [are] super rich, or we're slaves or struggling [with] some type of pain going on."

Taking a page out of past portrayals of the nuclear Black family as seen in The Cosbys and Good Times, Sykes says she leaned in to those important conversations, while staying away from the usual tropes.

"And we want to go back to the old school sitcoms but make it fresh," she explains. "So in order to do that, we have to talk about what's happening and deal with problems that's going on right now. But, of course, in a very funny way. So it was important for us to show how a majority of Americans are living right now."

The Upshaws, executive produced by Sykes, also stars Kim Fields and Gabrielle Dennis. It is now available on Netflix.

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She said "Yes!"

Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, 35, is now engaged to fellow Bachelor nation alum Jason Tartick, 32. 

The bride and groom-to-be shared the news with fans on Tuesday with equally adorable posts to their Instagram accounts. Sharing a slideshow of photos including the moment Tartick proposed and snapshots from their engagement shoot, Bristowe wrote, "Don’t pinch me."

Meanwhile, Tartick captioned his post, "Choosing your forever is the most important decision in the world, @kaitlynbristowe you made that decision so easy! Love you to death and forever."

Although the lovebirds announced their engagement on Tuesday, Entertainment Tonight confirmed the proposal went down on Monday afternoon in Nashville, Tennessee. Tartick tricked his now fiancé into thinking they were filming an episode of her Off The Vine podcast and, after about 30 minutes, came clean and unveiled the stunning oval-shaped 5.09 carat ring. 

"It was everything I could have asked for," Bristowe gushed to the outlet. "The words that came out of his mouth were insanely beautiful. We've never locked eyes like that in our lives. We were holding hands, so intense, and I was listening to his every word, but still blacked out." 

The pair, who met in 2018 when Tartick appeared as a guest on Bristowe's Off the Vine podcast, first began dating in early 2019 and moved in together by June of that same year. Together they share two dogs. 

 

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Chris Rock says he will never forget the last time he spoke with his Saturday Night Live cast member, Chris Farley.  The beloved comedian, who was 33, died in 1997 of a drug overdose.

Speaking with Esquire for their summer cover, Rock recalled the final time he saw his friend alive.  

During the interview's "Explain This" segment, he was presented a picture of him, David Spade and Farley at the since-closed Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.  The Grown Ups star recalls the photo was taken during his first major comedy tour and noted just how many A-list friends turned out in support his big break.

However, the memory is now bittersweet, as Rock revealed, "This looks like one of the last times I saw Chris alive."

"I would see him one more time when I did a gig in Chicago," the 56-year-old actor continued. "We tried to hang out afterwards, but… I don’t know if you’ve ever really hung out with an addict. Towards the end, anything that isn’t the drug is a chore."

Rock says he somehow knew that his friend's time was up during their last meeting.

"I remember I was at his apartment," the Emmy winner shared, "He was showing me his apartment. I leave, I see him out the window, and I was like, 'That’s probably the last time I’m going to see him.' I knew."

Despite nearly 24 years passing since the tragedy, Rock says he will never forget the good times the two shared on Saturday Night Live.

"Me, [Adam] Sandler, Spade, and Farley—we shared an office at Saturday Night Live," he grinned. "We called it a dorm. We’re friends to this day. I love those guys."

Farley, who was 33, died December 18.

 

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Contrary to popular belief, Caitlyn Jenner, who is running for Governor of California, insists she didn't vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

“I didn’t even vote," the 71-year-old former reality star tells CNN.

"Out here in California, it’s like, why vote for a Republican president? It’s just not gonna work. I mean, it’s overwhelming,” she explains

Adds Jenner, “It was voting day and I thought, ‘The only thing out here in California that I worry about, which affects people, is the propositions that were out there,’ and I didn’t see any propositions that I really had one side or the other."

"And so, it was Election Day and I just couldn’t get excited about it," she continues. "I just wanted to play golf so I said, ‘I’m not doing that.’”

 

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Motherless Brooklyn director and star Edward Norton is in talks to join Daniel Craig and Dave Bautista in Rian Johnson's Knives Out sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The first Knives Out film -- which also starred Jamie Lee CurtisChris EvansToni Collette and Ana de Armas -- centered on a wealthy family whose patriarch -- portrayed by Christopher Plummer -- mysteriously dies on the evening of his 85th birthday.  It earned more than $300 million worldwide, and earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for Johnson.

Plot details for the sequel are being kept under wraps.

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Sandra Oh became an instant fan-favorite character playing the acerbic yet brilliant Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy.  Seven years after exiting the long-running medical drama, the 49-year-old actress continues to field questions about a possible return.

However, the answer has always been the same -- Christina is never returning to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.  So, when the the Los Angeles TimesAsian Enough podcast asked Oh if she even thought about making a cameo in the series' recently greenlit 18th season, the Emmy nominee maintained, "No."

"I love it, though, and this is also why I really appreciate the show," she added, "that I still get asked this."

The actress took her final bow at the end of Grey's tenth season, which aired in 2014, when Cristina moved to Switzerland.

"It’s very rare, I would say, to be able to see in such a way the impact of a character," Oh furthered. "In some ways, you do your work as a bubble and you let it go. I left that show, my God, seven years ago almost. So in my mind, it’s gone. But for a lot of people, it’s still very much alive."

Although she appreciates the indelible mark Christina left on Grey's -- and pop culture for uttering the iconic line "You're my person" -- the two-time Golden Globe attests, "And while I understand and I love it, I have moved on."

When asked what her character would be up to during the events on season 17, where bestie Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) is fighting for her life against COVID-19, says Oh, "Cristina, like I imagine all the healthcare workers, [would be] wickedly at the front line trying to solve the big problems," such as systemic issues and wealth gaps in health care.

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During a remote interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!Ewan McGregor dodged spoilers about his upcoming Disney+ show Obi-Wan Kenobi as deftly as the Jedi Master he plays.

McGregor was on the set of the show, which he confirmed is currently shooting -- but he refused to pan the camera around at Jimmy's request. "They can't fire you," Kimmel joked.

"I don't think they can fire me, but they wouldn't be at all happy with me," McGregor said to laughs, before adding, "nor would anyone else, it would be a shame to spoil," he said.

"That's the thing about all these reveals, it just spoils things for the fans!" 

When pressed about showing the script, or even if his dressing room is bigger than Darth Vader's, McGregor jested that, "I just get random words to say -- I don't even get a script. I think they cut them together in edit."

Ewan did allow that it "feels great" to put his old costume on -- although he noted it's a bit different than the one he last wore in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

McGregor can be seen playing legendary designer Roy Halston in the Netflix film Halston, which debuts Friday.

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Kiefer Sutherland, who thrilled fans with the action-packed series 24, is getting back into the spy game for the streaming service Paramount+. 

The Emmy winner will star in an as-yet-untitled series for the platform; a "paranoid thriller" project that will reunite him with his former 24 producer David Nevins

According to a release, this time around, Designated Survivor veteran Sutherland will play an espionage agent named James Weir, who finds himself, "in the midst of a battle over the preservation of democracy in a world at odds with misinformation, behavioral manipulation, the surveillance state, and the interests that control these extraordinary powers."

"From the moment we conceived this paranoid thriller, we immediately thought of Kiefer," said producers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, famous for directing the Emmy-minting NBC drama series This Is Us.

Sutherland, who last starred in a short-lived reboot of The Fugitive on the short-lived platform Quibi, promises the "exciting" new project will be ready for launch in 2022.

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Amanda Kloots, who lost husband Nick Cordero to COVID-19 last year, says she's been relying on an important resource to help her through the pandemic.

Kloots, 39, recently partnered with Instacart, a grocery pick up and delivery service, and tells ABC Audio the service is "such a lifesaver for me."

The Talk co-host explains she was introduced to the service "when Nick first got sick" and says it's been a lifeline for her.

Kloots is the mom of nearly two-year-old Elvis, and, on top of being a single parent trying to "limit my exposure" to the virus, she juggles multiple jobs. 

"It has saved me time and time again. I know it has saved so many people, especially this past year," she noted, adding that the shoppers -- those who shop for and deliver groceries -- deserve recognition for "putting their lives on the line" to help people like her.

"They need to be shouted out. They're helping their communities. They're helping families like mine every single day," explains Kloots. "[They have] saved me so much time as a mom with five jobs and a baby."

Kloots hailed Instacart's new Beyond the Cart: A Year of Essential Stories, campaign, which turns the spotlight onto the shoppers, such as Sue from Boise, Idaho. 

On top of being a single parent to six children, Sue uses her extra income from Instacart to deliver food to a homeless shelter each week.

"Not only was she thinking about her family and their needs, but then she also went and did more outreach to her community," smiled Kloots, saying she was blown away by Sue's kindness.  

She adds Instacart rewarded Sue for going above and beyond by making a $15,000 donation in her name to the shelter she helped. 

Kloots says the company will highlight 59 other shoppers across the U.S. and Canada for their good deeds, too.

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