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Apple TV+ launching a live-action Godzilla "Monsterverse" series

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Apple TV+ has announced that it's launching a live-action TV series based on Godzilla and his other giant monster friends and frenemies, the Titans. 

The untitled series will be backed by Star Trek: Enterprise's Chris Black and Matt Fraction, whose Marvel Comics' Hawkeye run is a fan favorite -- and was a major inspiration for the just-wrapped Disney+ series of the same name.

The recent so-called Monsterverse movies began with the stand-alone 2014 film Godzilla. That movie was followed up by 2017's Kong: Skull Island, which hinted at an expanded universe of other Titans.

2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters was next, followed by 2021's Godzilla vs. Kong. The films earned more than $2 billion bucks worldwide.

Incidentally, those movies were co-produced by Warner Bros. with Legendary Pictures, so it's curious that the Monsterverse series will stream on Apple TV+ instead of WB's corporate sibling HBO Max, where the movies can currently be seen.


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Jeannie Mai reveals the name of her baby with husband Jeezy

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Jeannie Mai revealed the name of her first baby with husband Jeezy on Thursday

In a video posted on her Hello Hunnay YouTube channel, The Real co-host announced that the baby's name is Monaco.

"I thought Baby J's name should be a J name because obviously Jeannie and Jeezy, makes sense, but that wasn't the name that came to us," Jeannie explained. "What really came to us was how baby J came to fruition for us when we were dating."

She recalled a trip to the European city-state of Monaco that she and Jeezy took where they talked about their goals for the future.

Then Mai pointed to a wall where Monaco's name was printed and said that the nursery is themed after the moniker.

"That's really the theme of the nursery: what Monaco is about. Family, moments, traveling, discussions, important key points in my life and Jeezy's life that brought Monaco here," she added.

On Thursday's episode of The Real, the co-hosts also revealed the name, clarifying that the sex of the baby will be announced at a later date.

"Today is an extra exciting day because, guess what...we have a Baby J update," Adrienne Bailon said. Then she pulled out an envelope and announced the name, reading, "Three years ago, Jeezy and Jeannie were talking on a bridge in France, talking about what it meant to do life together. Here they decided to grow and raise a family together. Hence, they named their child after the city that changed their lives forever: Monaco Mai Jenkins.

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A long night in Gotham: 'The Batman' to be the third-longest superhero film ever

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The run time for The Batman, director Matt Reeves' forthcoming take on the Caped Crusader, has been revealed. 

The movie will run two hours and 47 minutes without credits, according to The Hollywood Reporter, making it one of the longest superhero movies ever released. The film, starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Dano, Zoe KravitzColin Farrell and Jeffrey Wrightwill be five minutes short of three hours with credits -- and presumably will include a customary comic book movie end-credits scene.

That will make The Batman the third-longest superhero movie ever, behind only Zack Snyder's Justice League opus, which ran 242 minutes, and the 181-minutes-long Avengers: Endgame

In fact, the new film, which debuts March 4 in theaters and on HBO Max, is longer than what many Bat-fans see as a franchise high-water mark, Christopher Nolan's 165-minute The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and for which Heath Ledger won a posthumous Best Actor Oscar for playing The Joker.

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Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance produce 'One Thousand Years of Slavery', Anthony Mackie to make his directorial debut and more

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Angela Bassett and husband Courtney B. Vance are serving as executive producers of the docuseries One Thousand Years of Slavery, which will premiere on the Smithsonian Channel during Black History Month on Monday, February 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Debbie Allen, Lorraine Toussaint, Soledad O’Brien, CCH Pounder, and Dulé Hill are among the personalities featured in the four-part series, which explores slavery's legacy.

"One Thousand Years of Slavery stretches the canvas beyond the 400 years we’ve traditionally learned about, and I’m thrilled to bring this storytelling to life with Smithsonian Channel," Bassett said in a statement. Vance added, "We are incredibly proud to be part of this journey.”

In other news, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie will make his directorial debut with Spark, a true story about Claudette Colvin, an unsung pioneer of the Civil Rights era, Deadline reports. Saniyya Sidney who portrayed Venus Williams in King Richard, will star as Colvin.

“It’s great to be a superhero in movies, but she’s a real live one living amongst us, and I’m honored to tell her story," Mackie said in a statement.

Finally, grown-ish has dropped the trailer for the second half of its fourth season, which premieres January 27 on Freeform. In the clip, Zoey, portrayed by Yara Shahidi, is faced with choosing between love or her career as graduation approaches.

Specifically, Zoey must decide whether to pursue a fashion career in New York City with her ex-boyfriend, Luca, played by Luka Sabbat, or to accept the invitation from her current boyfriend Aaron, portrayed Trevor Jackson, to accompany him to South Africa, where he's received a grant from the University of Johannesburg.

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Judge rules family of late actor Bill Paxton can sue over alleged cause of death "cover-up"

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Bill Paxton's untimely death in 2017 was at the center of a Los Angeles' judge's decision on Wednesday. 

Deadline reports Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven J. Kleifield is allowing the actor's widow, Louise Paxton, and the couple's children, James and Lydia Paxton, to sue Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for punitive damages in connection with actor's death.

The Twister and True Lies star's cause of death was officially listed as a stroke, which he suffered 11 days after surgery to replace a heart valve and repair aorta damage. He was 61.

However, according to the family's lawsuit, reports Deadline, surgeon Dr. Ali Khoynezhad -- who no longer works for Cedars -- "was known prior to the Paxton death to practice what has been testified to by the hospital staff as 'cowboy medicine'...In Khoynezhad's quest to generate more surgeries and higher numbers, he continued to push the envelope and pushed to do surgeries on cases that were marginal at best."

After the actor's death, the family's suit alleges, "The heart surgery recommended to Bill Paxton was not indicated" in his cause of death, and continues, "Mr. Paxton did not meet even Khoynezhad's own criteria for such a surgery."

What's more, the family claims Cedars-Sinai and Dr. Khoynezhad, "intentionally interfered with and thwarted their request for an autopsy to cover up the cause of Paxton’s death," Deadline reports.

Further, Paxton's relatives say that had they known that their requests for an autopsy would be denied, they would have made "alternative arrangements" to have one done before he was cremated.

A trial date for the punitive damages was also rescheduled from March to September 19.

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In space, everyone can hear you stream: Company launching the first movie studio in space in 2024


It has just been revealed where Tom Cruise's movie in outer space will be shot. U.K.-based Space Entertainment Enterprise (SEE) has announced that it's co-producing the hush-hush film project for Cruise's Day After Tomorrow director Doug Liman in SEE-1, the first dedicated movie studio in space.

Scheduled for completion in 2024, Axiom Space's SEE-1 will be a fully functioning TV, film and streaming-content studio, which will couple with Axiom Station, a commercial space station that is scheduled to blast off on February 28.

The Axiom Station mission alone is another first: It will be the first fully commercial crew to join the astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS).

Axiom will first link to the International Space Station; the company says SEE-1 will join them in late 2024.

According to the company, the SEE-1 module "will allow artists, producers, and creatives to develop, produce, record, and live stream content which maximizes the Space Station's low-orbit micro-gravity environment, including films, television, music and sports events."

S.E.E.'s COO Richard Johnston said in the announcement, "From Jules Verne to Star Trek, science fiction entertainment has inspired millions of people around the world to dream about what the future might bring. Creating a next generation entertainment venue in space opens countless doors to create incredible new content and make these dreams a reality."

As reported, while Cruise's film will be the first Hollywood production to be shot in space, it won't be the first movie to do so: In October, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress star Yulia Peresild and director Kim Shipenko blasted off to the ISS to shoot The Challenge, a film about a mission to send a doctor into space to save the life of a cosmonaut.


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Kelly Rizzo remembers late husband Bob Saget in emotional 'GMA' interview

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Kelly Rizzo is speaking out about her husband Bob Saget's sudden death and his impact on others.

In an interview that aired on Good Morning America on Thursday, an emotional Rizzo discussed her last conversation with her husband, his inimitable personality and how she is coping in the wake of his death on Jan. 9.

Saget, who was 65, was laid to rest in a star-studded funeral last Friday.

Rizzo, who wed the Full House actor and comedian in 2018, said her late husband had "the biggest heart."

"He just wanted to spread love and laughter and he did it so amazingly, and I'm just so proud of him because he truly brought people together," she said.

"He was just so wonderful and I was just so honored to be his wife and to be able to be a part of it and bring him any bit of happiness that I could because he deserved it so much."

Rizzo added, "He did everything for everybody -- if you had a problem, he was the first person that was going you," calling the stand-up comic and actor, "the most caring and kind and thoughtful person," and the "most absolutely wonderful husband that I ever could have dreamed of."

Rizzo described that her last conversation with her husband, following his comedy show in Florida, was a normal one: "He was just on his way...back to his hotel -- and just was telling me what a wonderful show he had and how it was so amazing."

"He was happy and just loving what he did," she added. "It made him so happy to just bring laughter to people."

She also shared that their final text communication was "I love you so much" and "I can't wait to see you tomorrow."

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Chrissy Teigen celebrates six months sober, feels "happier and more present than ever"

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Chrissy Teigen is six months sober.

On Wednesday, the Cravings author marked the milestone accomplishment, sharing photos of herself in an all-black outfit paired with a brown jacket to Instagram. 

"6 months no alcohol!" she announced in the caption. "Honestly kind of sucks saying it because even though I don’t ever crave it now, time has not exactly flown by haha."

"I prob won’t be excited til a larger milestone like at leasssst 5 years, and sometimes I don’t even know if I necessarily won’t ever drink again? I have no idea what I’m doing honestly, but I do know a few things: I now have endless energy, way less anxiety (no more benzos!) and I am *happier* and more present than ever," she continued.

Teigen concluded, "It’s pretty cool. I look forward to having my full body reset after 1 year, then reevaluating to see my new hopes and wishes for the future! Let’s goooo."


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Tiffany Haddish shares update on plans to adopt

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Tiffany Haddish is sharing an update on her plans to become a mom.

While chatting with E!'s Daily Pop, the comedian, 42, who has previously been open about her plans to adopt, shared an update about the adoption process. 

"I just went to Africa. I was just in Eritrea, and people were trying to give me their kids," Haddish shared in the interview published Wednesday. "I was like, ‘Hold up now, I gotta get the paperwork right now. I can’t just be taking kids with me."

So when is she planning to start that paperwork? "Not right now, but maybe at the end of the year, beginning of next year."

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High fashion, low tops: The late Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 sneakers hitting Sotheby's for charity


Legendary Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh passed away in November at 41 years old after a private battle with cancer, but his legacy lives on in a new charity auction.

Bound to get sneakerheads everywhere green with envy, Louis Vuitton and Nike announced they're teaming up with Sotheby's for a limited-edition sale of the designer's take on Nike's iconic "Air Force 1" kicks.

The auction of just 200 pairs of the sneakers kicks off January 26 and runs through February 8.

Proceeds from the auction of the shoes will benefit The Virgil Abloh "Post-Modern" Scholarship Fund, an organization, "that aims to foster equity and inclusion within the fashion industry by providing scholarships to academically promising students of Black, African American, or African descent."

As one might expect, these aren't your ordinary kicks. According to Sotheby's, "the sneakers were made with materials employed in Abloh's Louis Vuitton men's collections, and were styled with his signature quotation marks, echoing the written graphics Abloh used to adorn the shoes. The individual style designed for the show were made by Louis Vuitton in its shoe manufacture in Fiesso d’Artico."

What's more, "Each pair will be sold with a Louis Vuitton pilot case in orange Taurillon Monogram Leather (exclusive to this auction)."

The designer was instrumental in the creation of the auction prior to his death; his family is overseeing the event in his stead.

And in case you doubt these bespoke kicks will fetch a pretty penny from collectors, consider Sotheby's description: "A cultural symbol in its own right, today the Nike Air Force 1 serves as an objet d’art emblematic of self-generated subcultural provenance."

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"Sam Raimi" catfishing scam gets a laugh from his frequent collaborator Bruce Campbell

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While celebrity online scams are nothing new, one has gone viral, thanks to its famous subject, original Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi

While most online scams don't pass the smell test, this one takes the cake.

People have noted getting DMs from somebody claiming to be the filmmaker, making the following pitch, which surfaced in the wake of the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

"Hi there it's Sam Raimi the director here. I'm trying to make spiderman 4 with the doctor strange budget but Kevin Fiegey [sic] has caught on and pulled the funding. Can you send me 1500 in iTunes gift card codes so I can hire Tony [sic] Maguire thanks."

While the scammer gets credit for knowing Raimi is directing the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, he probably should have researched how to spell the name of Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.

Oh, and it's Tobey, not Tony Maguire who played Spidey for Raimi.

Bruce Campbell -- who worked frequently with Raimi since 1981's The Evil Dead and appeared in the director's Spider-Man films -- had a bit of fun with the scam. "Boy, that Sam," Campbell tweeted with a picture of the phony DM. "Always hitting people up for money."

Campbell added, "I will chip in, because I love Tony Maguire."

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Amy Poehler "open" to hosting The Oscars

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Following last week's announcement that the 94th Annual Academy Awards telecast will have a host for the first time since 2018, a number of names have been floated as hypothetical candidates and, recently, Amy Poehler was asked if she had any interest in accepting the gig.

Poehler, a four-time Golden Globes co-host along with her friend and fellow Saturday Night Live alum Tina Fey, told Variety how she'd feel putting all that experience to use on the Oscars.

"Oh, I think that’s a different deal," she said. "It’s an interesting time. So again, who knows what any of that stuff will...Everything feels like it’s truly in flux in every way."

"I’m open to all things," she continued. "I try to keep an open mind to all things."

The 50-year-old Parks and Recreation vet and Making It star is currently directing the documentary Lucy and Desi, which explores the unlikely rise to fame and enduring legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, whose groundbreaking sitcom I Love Lucy revolutionized the genre.

Poehler says the goal of the doc was to tell a love story.

"So much is made of their work and comedy, and it should be," she says. "But I also think it is also an equal triumph to have a relationship that was the kind that they had. It is hard to maintain a working relationship, as well as a relationship with someone you love and is your partner in raising kids."

Poehler has two children with ex-husband Will Arnett; the couple divorced in 2016, but amicably co-parent sons Archie Arnett, 13, and Abel Arnett, 11.

Lucy and Desi will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.


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In Brief: Jon Stewart to receive Mark Twain Prize; 'Watch What Happens Live' renewed, and more

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Jon Stewart as the recipient of its 23rd Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The prize, which recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist whose name it bears, on April 24 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. “I am truly honored to receive this award, Stewart commented in a statement on Wednesday, before joking, "I have long admired and been influenced by the work of Mark Twain, or, as he was known by his given name, Samuel Leibowitz.” Past recipients include Richard PryorCarl ReinerWhoopi GoldbergLily TomlinSteve MartinBilly Crystal and Carol Burnett...

Bravo has renewed Watch What Happens Live, the late night talk show hosted and executive produced by Andy Cohen, through 2023. The two-year pickup will take Watch What Happens Live into its 15th year on Bravo. “My WWHL team rose to every challenge of the pandemic, and getting to do WWHL for two more years is the ultimate reward,” Cohen said in a statement on Wednesday. “We’re still having a ball making our show — whether our guests are virtual or in studio.” Watch What Happens Live saw its ratings among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 improve in 2021, and it was the highest-rated late night talk show on ad-supported cable in the 18-49 demographic for the first time ever...

Gina Rodriguez is set to star in a series adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 black comedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in development at Apple TV+, according to The Hollywood ReporterThe Jane the Virgin alum will play Pepa, portrayed by Carmen Maura in the original feature about the romantic mishaps of voice actors who dub foreign films. The series project will feature a mixture of English and Spanish, sources tell THR...

NBC has pushed the premiere of American Song Contest, its U.S. take on the Eurovision Song Contest, back a month to March 21, according to the network. The delay is due to COVID-19 concerns when it comes to having a live audience. In its place, NBC will air America's Got Talent: Extreme, which completed production despite an accident involving daredevil Jonathan Goodwin. Production paused in October due to the incident and resumed in January...

Hawkeye actor Fra Fee has landed a role in Disney+'s upcoming Beauty and the Beast prequel, according to Variety. He joins Luke Evans and Josh Gad, who'll reprise their respective roles as Gaston and LeFou from the 2017 live-action hit film adaptation of the Disney classic. Newcomer Briana Middleton will play Tilly, Louie’s stepsister. Set years before the Beast and Belle’s romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off on an unexpected journey with Tilly after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light. Fee will star as Prince Benoit Berlioz, a childhood friend of Tilly’s who has grown into a handsome, charismatic, confident prince. Disney is the parent company of ABC News...


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'Single Drunk Female' is a highly relatable comedy, says cast

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The new series Single Drunk Female makes its debut tonight on Freeform, telling the story of Samantha Fink, a late 20s alcoholic realizing things are spiraling out of control. 

Sofia Black-D’Elia plays Sam in the series and tells ABC Audio that the show is highly relatable, even if you’re not a late-20s alcoholic from Boston.

"We are all touched by addiction in some way or another," she says. "We all sort of know somebody or are that person...So it's sort of impossible to not relate to some part of this story."

For Black D’Elia, the part of Sam's journey that she relates to is "when you realize that you've spent most of your 20s thinking you know who you are, and you were wrong and you don't really know anything and you kind of have to start over."

The creator of Single Drunk FemaleSimone Finch, also relates to the titular character and even admits, "I think she is me, but me when I was an alcoholic."

"Just kidding, I’m still an alcoholic," Finch jokes. "But when I came into AA at 28, is sort of Sam -- they're very similar, I would say."

While alcoholism doesn't necessarily sound like the premise for a comedy, executive producer Daisy Gardner would beg to differ.

"The darkest moments of my life are also the moments that I laugh the hardest," she explains. "Like, when stuff goes so awry and is so terrible, just something ridiculous will happen. And that's truly funny to me."

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Starz releases trailer for sixth season of 'Outlander'


After a Christmas Day sneak peek of the show's return on March 6, Starz has dropped a new trailer for the sixth season of its time-skipping romantic drama Outlander. 

"I cannot be two things at once Claire," Sam Heughan's Jamie tells his wife, played by Caitríona Balfe. "A rebel, a loyalist, an agent for the crown and an enemy of the king. Claire replies, "You can't live your life afraid of being who you are."

Based on author Diana Gabaldon's sixth book in her series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Starz teases the upcoming installment, "The last time we saw Claire and Jamie, Claire had just escaped a violent encounter with Lionel Brown and returned to Fraser’s Ridge....The sixth season of Outlander sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie’s fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America."

The trailer shows colonists going to arms, and establishing alliances with Native Americans, with the threat of the Redcoats closing in.

The network's announcement continues, "Establishing a home in the New World is by no means an easy task, particularly in the wild backcountry of North Carolina -- and perhaps most significantly -- during a period of dramatic political upheaval. The Frasers strive to maintain peace and flourish within a society which -- as Claire knows all too well -- is unwittingly marching towards Revolution."

The ninth book in Gabaldon's Outlander series, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, debuted in November. 

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