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Looking out for 001: 'Squid Game''s oldest star grappling with newfound fame

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Squid Game has become a pop culture phenomenon, with huge -- and unexpected -- ratings for Netflix, and even a spoof last week on SNL. Its surprise success has also led to surprise stardom for its oldest cast member. 

Seventy-seven-year-old Oh Young Soo plays Player 001 in the series, and his affecting performance as the terminally ill, dementia-addled man has his phone ringing off the hook with new acting offers. 

According to the pop culture site Soompi, the actor told the Korean show How Do You Play, "So many people have been contacting me, and because I don't have a manager to help me, it's hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I've been receiving. So my daughter has been helping me."

"I feel like I’m floating on air," the actor admitted. "It makes me think, 'I need to calm down, organize my thoughts, and hold myself back right now.'"

The actor, who was interviewed by the show's host Yoo Jae Suk and Mijoo from the K-Pop group Lovelyz, explained, "Things have changed quite a bit. Even when I go out to a cafe or somewhere like that, I now have to be aware of [how I appear to others]. It's made me think, 'Being famous is tough, too.'"

Young Soo reflected, "I don't have any grand ambitions," adding, "Big or small, I've received a lot of things while living my life. Now, I want to leave behind those things that I've received."

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'Dune' cast shares why the new film cannot be "compared" to the 1984 original

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Cast members of Warner Bros. highly anticipated remake of Dune are weighing in on the original 1984 film and why the two should not be compared. 

For Dune star Dave Bautista, who plays Baron Harkonnen's nephew Glossu Rabban, the first Dune had a special appeal.

"I was a fan," Bautista says of the David Lynch-directed adaptation. "It's so odd, because it's become one of those cult classics and it's so different from the novel...It's so different from what we've done. The performances are so over the top, so big, but there's just something... great about the movie.'"

Sharon Duncan-Brewster, who portrays Imperial ecologist Dr. Liet-Kynes, has a different take on the original film, explaining that the 1984 version was hard to watch.

"I remembered watching the original and thinking, 'This is weird,'" she laughs. "But still, there was something within it that kept pulling me in the saying, 'Actually, you want to watch this from the beginning. Don't watch it halfway through.' [But, when] I found out I was about to play the role of Kynes, I started to then go back and watch it in its entirety."

Meanwhile, Stellan Skarsgård, who takes on the role of villainous Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, says its best not to compare the two projects.

"When [a film is] made out of a book, it has to be...filtered through the filmmaker's psyche and his personality," he explains. "And David Lynch makes one thing out of it. And then Denis Villeneuve does something totally different, because it's a Denis Villeneuve film. It's like...20 different kinds of Hamlet performances and they're all different because they're filtered through different personalities. So I don't even compare them."

Dune, also starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, is now available in theaters and on HBO Max.

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Frances Fisher tweets that 'Rust' director is "out of the hospital" following fatal firearm mishap

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Hollywood is shaken after the death Thursday of Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer who was working on the Western Rust when a firearm was discharged on the set by star Alec Baldwin, with an unknown projectile striking and killing Hutchins.

It had been reported the film's writer and director, Joel Souza, was critically wounded in the incident, but actress and co-star Frances Fisher says that's not the case. 

In a tweet early Friday morning ET, Fisher said Souza is "out of the hospital," and that quotes regarding Baldwin that ran in the Daily Beast "are incorrect." The publication claimed the actor fired a prop gun believing it was loaded with blanks, and "did not know the prop contained live rounds." 

The Daily Beast also reported: "Although there were early reports that the gun contained live ammunition, the movie’s production company later said it contained blank rounds."

An investigation into the incident is underway, and neither Baldwin nor anyone else involved has been criminally charged with any wrongdoing.

A firearm loaded with blank ammunition is still potentially deadly. One of the most notorious mishaps involving a weapon loaded with blanks happened on March 31, 1993, on the set of the film The Crow, where a rushed production led to the death of star Brandon Lee.  A revolver was being used for a close-up, so prop bullets were needed to be seen in the pistol's cylinder. One had broken off and stayed there, and when the pistol was chambered with a blank round, that force ejected the dummy slug, causing a mortal wound to Lee's abdomen.

In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum fatally shot himself on the set of the CBS series Cover Up when he playfully put a gun loaded with blanks to his own head and fired. The blank's wadding -- material that helps seal a charge inside of a round -- ejected with enough force to penetrate Hexum's skull.

In 2008, a Utah teen named Tucker Thayer fatally shot himself with a .38 loaded with blanks for a high school production.

For safety and budgetary reasons, many filmmakers have now switched to digital muzzle flashes, which are added in post-production.

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Taraji P. Henson opens up about leaving an abusive relationship to protect her son

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(NOTE NATURE) Taraji P. Henson is ready to talk about one of the hardest moments of her life -- gathering the courage to leave an abusive relationship.

Ahead of her new installment of Peace of Mind with Taraji, which airs on Facebook Watch, the Hidden Figures star shared a clip of the difficult conversation with Growing Up Hip Hop star Angela Simmons.

The two opened up about their troubled exes, with Taraji admitting she was physically abused by her partner when she was younger.

"Sometimes, as women, what we do is we fall in love and we go, 'You know what? I'll fix it later,'" the 51-year-old actress explained and revealed when she knew what she had was broken beyond repair. "For me it was when blood was drawn."

"It started with the bruises and grabbing, things like that. And then once the fist came, once the balled hand came and the fists -- and I'm missing a piece of my lip to this day -- that's when I knew I had to go," Henson  explained.

Taraji reveals that she "grew up around [abuse,]" and knew she had to break the cycle in order to protect her son, Marcell Johnson, who is now 27. "I was like, 'I don't want my son around this.'"

Peace of Mind with Taraji airs Mondays at 9 a.m. ET on Facebook Watch.

For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or if you're unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474.

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Common reveals Tiffany Haddish's special quality: "It's that child-like spirit that you love"

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Common and Tiffany Haddish made their relationship public in August 2020, and now, 14 months later, their special bond is growing stronger.

"She keeps me laughing. It's that child-like spirit that you love," the rapper/actor tells Essence about the Night School star. "She also possesses an authenticity that I love. I'm gonna know what's on her mind. I'm gonna know what she's feeling about me or somebody else or something. I like the way she communicates -- that's important to me. "

The 49-year-old entertainer adds, "Along with that, the way she treats her family and loved ones is real cool. I'm attracted to that. Tiffany is a good-hearted human being, and I love that about her."

Common also feels that the pandemic has brought the two stars even closer as they have spent more time together.

"It makes you reflect on, 'If things was ending now, who do I want to be around?'" he says. "Naturally, Tiffany and I just spent a lot of time together, just really enjoying life and being grateful for life and not putting too much pressure on our relationship, just really being present with each other and supportive and having fun."

The Oscar and Grammy winner was previously in high profile relationships with Serena Williams and Erykah Badu, and he says Black women have always motivated him.

"Some of the Black women that I've dated, been in relationships with, are crazy talented people, so that's inspiring in itself," Common says. "You see the work that they put in, and then how they can still go out and be good family people. That's been very influential on my personal life, but it also comes through in my art."

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'The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe' book includes "personal stories," authors say

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Got Marvel? The first fully authorized, all access history of Marvel Studios is in bookstores now.

The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a two-volume hardcover collection that details the rise of the studio into an cinematic force, chronicling all 23 films that make up the beloved “Infinity Saga,” featuring talks with the actors, producers and creatives -- including Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige.

Feige, who started as an associate producer on X-Men, tells ABC Audio that one of the invaluable lessons he learned during his early days was decision-making, and recalled some of the "risks" X-Men took, "like casting a six-foot-three Hugh Jackman to play the five-foot-two Wolverine and ultimately saying...embodying the spirit of the character that is more important than getting your ruler out and matching it perfectly to the comics."

Feige also learned the importance of having the right filmmaker for the job, despite experience level, because "they have a story to tell and a vision of how to tell it in a unique and different way."

The Story Of Marvel Studios was a years-long effort by co-authors Tara Bennet and Paul Terry -- but don't think this is merely a book chronicling the exploits of on-screen superheroes. "There’s so many personal stories," Terry said. "We see the spectacle of the movies but these are human beings with ideas! And those ideas evolve and become the MCU that we love.”

Speaking of Marvel, Bennet pointed out that what makes Marvel Studios different is their ability to retain and grow talent. 

"This is a place where people have stayed," she said, noting how people who "started out from getting people coffee... [to] now being an EP on Endgame."

Marvel is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Cinematographer dies, director injured in accident with prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin

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A cinematographer working on the film Rust is dead and the director is hospitalized after an accident during filming involving star Alec Baldwin and a misfiring prop gun, authorities said Thursday.

The Western, starring Baldwin and Jensen Ackles of Supernatural, began filming this month at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, a film location in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Deputies with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the film set after a 911 caller "reported a shooting on the set," the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Two people were shot after a prop firearm was discharged during filming, authorities said. Baldwin fired the prop gun, striking the film's director, Joel Souza, and director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, the sheriff’s office said in a follow-up statement Thursday night.

Detectives are still determining "how and what type of projectile was discharged," the sheriff's office said earlier.

No charges have been filed in the shooting, authorities said. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

Hutchins, 42, was transported via helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital, the state's only Level 1 trauma center, "in critical condition," according to sheriff's deputies and the hospital. She later succumbed to her injuries, the sheriff's office said.

Souza, 48, was brought in an ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and is receiving emergency care, authorities said.

The film halted production following the accident, a producer said.

Baldwin shared a photo from the set of Rust earlier on Thursday in costume.

"Back to in person at the office," he captioned the post. "Blimey…it’s exhausting."

The actor is co-producing the film under his company, El Dorado Pictures, with Souza writing and directing.

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Check out Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the action-packed trailer for Michael Bay's 'Ambulance'

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are on the run in the new trailer for Ambulance, director Michael Bay's take on a 2005 Danish thriller. 

The two actors play foster brothers; Emmy-winner Abdul-Mateen plays a military veteran who's strapped for cash when his wife needs surgery, and Gyllenhaal offers to help -- with a daring bank heist. 

Soon, the bullets start flying and the pair manage to escape in the only way possible: in an ambulance -- which happens to contain an EMT working on an injured police officer.

Eiza González plays the medic, who's trying to keep the cop alive while the pair flee what seems like the entire Los Angeles Police Department.  

And because it's a Michael Bay movie, you'd be correct to expect the requisite level of Bay-hem: helicopters, cars, and cameras go flying as the pair try to take the money and run.

Ambulance opens in theaters February 18.

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Watch the trailer for 'King Richard' with Beyoncé's new song; ABC sets 'Women of the Movement' premiere date

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Warner Bros. has released another trailer for King Richard, which teases a brand-new song by the Queen B herself, Beyoncé.

Titled "Be Alive," the new ballad is featured toward the end of the trailer where Venus Williams, played by Saniyya Sidney, is seen facing off with an opponent in a heated match. The new drama, which stars Will Smith as Williams family patriarch Richard Williams, follows Mr. Williams' journey in training his daughters, Venus and Serena, to become worldwide tennis champions. King Richard also stars Demi Singleton as Serena Williams, as well as Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Tony Goldwyn and Dylan McDermott. The film hits theaters and HBO Max on November 19.

In other news, ABC has set a premiere date for Women of the Movement, the limited series that will focus on Emmett Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and her pursuit for justice after her son's murder. The show will premiere on Thursday, January 6 at 8 p.m. ET and run for three consecutive weeks. As previously reported,  Adrienne Warren, Tonya Pinkins, Cedric Joe, Ray Fisher and Glynn Turman will star in the series that is inspired by Devery S. Anderson's book Emmett Till:The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement.

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#CarrieOnForever: Mark Hamill, Billie Lourd remember Carrie Fisher on what would have been her 65th birthday

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Star Wars icon, author, and actress Carrie Fisher would have turned 65 today, and some of her friends and family celebrated her on social media today.

Billie Lourd, Fisher's daughter, posted a throwback picture of herself as a baby, being held by her famous mom. She added a twin hearts emoji to the post.

Actress Joely Fisher posted a picture of her with her half-sister, saying, "I miss this face…happy heavenly birthday sister," along with the hashtags #CarrieFisher and #CarrieOnForever.

The latter was also used by Carrie's on-screen sibling, Mark Hamill. Luke Skywalker's alter-ego posted a picture of himself playing with Fisher's hair on the set of Star Wars, as she rolls her eyes. "Happy Birthday to a very special someone who was never not fun & always highly tolerant of my juvenile on-set high jinks... even when she wasn't in the mood," Hamill wrote.

Carrie Fisher died at 60 years old on December 27, 2016, following a heart attack.

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'John Wick' spin-off series 'The Continental' staffs up with five new additions

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Although its road to launch was rocky, Starz' three episode event The Continental is getting on track quickly.

After Colin Woodell was cast in the John Wick spin-off's central role as Winston, five new cast members have been added to join him and Mel Gibson, who was previously cast as a character known as Cormac.

The series takes place in New York City in the 1970s, and shows how Woodell's character came to be the suave owner of The Continental, the hitman hotel seen in the John Wick films; Winston is played in the films by Ian McShane.

The show has just added The Good Lord Bird's Hubert Point-Du Jour, who's been cast as a character named Miles; Jessica Allain, who starred with Meryl Streep in The Laundromat, will play Lou; Michelle Prada from Starz' Vida will play KD; Vietnamese import Nhung Kate will play Yen; and Animal Kingdom's Ben Robson has been cast as Frankie.

John Wick fans might be wondering who will play The Continental's enigmatic concierge, Charon, who's played in all the films by Lance Reddick. So far, it seems at this age -- Woodell is 29 -- Winston hasn't yet met his eventual right-hand-man.

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"Trusting a thief can be dangerous": Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot in the full 'Red Notice' trailer

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Netflix has released a new trailer for Red Notice, and in this one, we get a better idea of the plot. 

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recruits Ryan Reynolds' character, noted as the "second-most wanted art thief in the world," in an effort to nab the best one: Gal Gadot's character, known as The Bishop.

However, while she's on the titular list, this trailer notes a twist: Gadot uses some computer wizardry to frame Johnson's FBI agent John Hartley, landing him on Interpol's Red Notice, and they both get locked up. 

The situation sets up a death-defying prison escape sequence seen in an earlier trailer.

"If we catch her together, I can clear my name, and I'll make you the number-one art thief in the world again," Hartley promises Ryan's Booth. 

"Trusting a thief can be dangerous," Bishop warns the FBI agent, a comment by which Booth gets comically offended. 

The trailer not only shows the two men tangling with assorted bad guys, but the character played by Johnson -- who had a wrestling nickname The Brahma Bull -- is actually fighting a real bull. 

Red Notice hits Netflix November 12.

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"Stop imitating me!" Courteney Cox playfully schools 'Scream' co-star for pretending to be Monica from 'Friends'

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In a little skit they played out on InstagramCourteney Cox busted her Scream co-star Melissa Barrera for being a little too obsessed with Friends

The episode Cox posted online started with a guitar riff and a tilt up to a building, specifically 90 Bedford street in Lower Manhattan -- more specifically, the building that was used as the exterior shots of Monica Gellar's apartment on the hit sitcom.

The musical interlude, with the camera tilting up at the building, perfectly imitated the show's trademark scene transitions. But in this case, Barrera walks towards the famous facade. 

"Melissa, how are you?" Cox stops the actress in her tracks. "Where are you going?"

Barrera replies, "I'm just going home."

Cox says, "Hm, that's weird. I don't think that's your home," before adding, "I'm actually really happy you joined the Scream cast, but this is not OK. This is off limits."

"No, Melissa. No," Cox continues. "There's only so much. Come on, go back to the Heights," snarkily referencing the younger actress' role in In the Heights.

Barrera storms off, with a Monica-like "I KNOW!"

"Stop imitating me!" Cox yells, before huffing to herself, "Oh, so pathetic!"

The cute exchange got more than 560,000 likes on Instagram in less than a day.

The pair will share the screen again when the fifth Scream film comes out next November.

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'Insecure' showrunner Prentice Penny teases series' final season, why fans may not be "satisfied" with ending

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Prentice Penny is sharing details about the fifth and final season of his hit HBO series Insecure.

After the season four finale left fans wondering whether main characters Issa and Lawrence could possibly ever get back together after Lawrence revealed that he accidentally impregnated his ex, Penny says it's unlikely that fans will be "satisfied" with Issa's relationship choices.

"They're all going to feel like, 'I want her with this person for this reason,'" Penny tells ABC Audio.

The showrunner admits that Issa's love life was also a topic of "debate" in the writer's room, noting that a happily-ever-after ending wasn't necessarily on their agenda.

"We just tried to tell the most interesting story regardless of that and...not...let that weigh in too much," he says.

While season five may not end with the perfect relationship pairings for fans, Penny does promise that the final season will offer "personal growth closure" for its characters.

"Not necessarily closure of the end of their story," he explains. "Because one of the things that we kept getting tripped up on...was like, 'How do we land the plane?' And it was a lot of pressure...especially at HBO, where...a lot of finales get super scrutinized, like Game of Thrones and The Sopranos...where...people [are] like, 'Why did they do this?'"

Pressure aside, Penny teases that the finale episode will be the perfect set-up for a continuation.

"We...realized...that the characters lives will continue, it's just we're not following them," he says. "So we... started to ask the question, 'Well, if we were doing season six, what would be an interesting place to start... from?" And that became...where we should end the show."

Season five of Insecure premieres Sunday, October 24, at 10 p.m. ET.

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See Tom Holland flying high with Mark Wahlberg in the trailer for the video game adaptation 'Uncharted'

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Fans of the hit Sony PlayStation Uncharted series can finally see a trailer for the big-screen adaptation, due out in February.

The long-gestating project stars Tom Holland as the series' adventurer, Nathan Drake, and Wahlberg as Victor "Sully" Sullivan, both partners on the hunt for a priceless lost treasure. 

Unlike the game, Holland's Drake is a bartender when he meets Wahlberg's Sully, who recruits him for the lucrative quest. They soon run afoul of a baddie played by Antonio Banderas, who also wants the lost gold. 

Holland is dressed for the job, as Drake's now well-known white shirt, brown pants and shoulder holster are on full display, and here -- as in the game -- Holland's Drake can be seen dodging bullets and booby traps, and even dangling from a plane in midair.

That said, some Uncharted fans are still bummed that the role didn't go to the guy Nathan Drake was made to look like: Nathan Fillion. Although actor Nolan North provided Drake's voice in the games, The Rookie star was in the mix back in 2016, when Sony Pictures first began thinking of an Uncharted movie. Fillion even starred as Drake in a viral fan film that also starred Stephen Lang as Sully.

However, when asked recently about the upcoming film, Fillion was diplomatic. "My only regret is that we had to wait so very, very long...[to] actually see some Uncharted stuff," Fillion told GamingBible. "Other than that, I think all my boxes have been checked," Fillion went on. "I'm pretty excited to see what they do with that. I love movies and those guys have never let us down; Tom Holland, come on, Mark Wahlberg? We're gonna have a great time."

(Second video contains uncensored profanity.)



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