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Sean Penn meets with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy again

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Sean Penn has returned to Ukraine, where he was shooting a documentary when the Russian invasion began, and he's apparently back to work there.

The Oscar-winning actor reportedly met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, where the president reportedly thanked him "for the attention and support he has provided to Ukraine since the beginning of the war," according to the Ukrainian Presidential News Service.

"Sean, we are very interested in showing the world what happened around Kyiv," Zelenskyy was quoted as saying. "I know you were here in the early days of this war. Much has changed in Kyiv. But there are some cities around Kyiv that are very important to show to the world -- to show what Russia has done."

For his part, Penn reportedly was interested in visiting various places in the country to document what has happened since he fled the country on foot into Poland back in February.

He said in a statement to People at the time, "President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people have risen as historic symbols of courage and principle," calling the country "the tip of the spear for the democratic embrace of dreams."

In June, Penn's Community Organized Relief Effort raised money for the war-torn country at an event that Zelenskyy addressed remotely.

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Chris Hemsworth turns 'Thor' premiere into family date night with wife and kids

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Chris Hemsworth turned the Australian premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder into a family date night.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe actor, 38, brought along wife Elsa Pataky and their twin sons, Tristan and Sasha, for the star-studded event at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney on Monday.

Hemsworth kept things casual with an all-black look, pairing a T-shirt with a blazer and pants while Pataky rocked a black dress with cut-outs and sequins at the top for a hint of sparkle.

The couple's 8-year-old sons wore their best red carpet ensembles as they adorably clung to their dad while posing for photos.

Hemsworth and Pataky, who married in December 2010, also share a 10-year-old daughter, India.

Thor: Love and Thunder sees Taika Waititi returning to direct the God of Thunder's newest adventure. Hemsworth's titular hero is once again joined by Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, the king of New Asgard. Natalie Portman's Jane Foster takes on the title of Mighty Thor.

And keeping it in the family, both Pataky and Sasha are credited with small parts in the movie; Chris' brother Luke Hemsworth also reprises a small role from Ragnarok.

Playing the movie's villain, Gorr the God Butcher, is Christian Bale. The Guardians of the Galaxy are also featured in the film, including Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

Thor: Love and Thunder premieres in theaters July 8 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Who ya gonna call? 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' sequel haunting theaters December 20, 2023

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ABC Audio has confirmed that the anticipated sequel to the hit reboot Ghostbusters: Afterlife is due in theaters December 20, 2023.

As hinted in the end credits of that film, the live action sequel will return to the original two Ghostbusters films' original haunting grounds, New York City.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife arrived in theaters in November 2021 after multiple pandemic delays. It was directed and co-written by Jason Reitman, the son of the series' original director, Ivan Reitman, who died earlier this year.

The Columbia Pictures film, which starred Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and original Ghostbusters cast members Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, made around $200 million globally.

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Tisha Campbell on why she doubts there will be a 'Martin' reboot

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Tisha Campbell joined Martin Lawrence and other cast members from his self-titled sitcom for a 30-year anniversary reunion on June 16 on BET+, inspiring many fans to call for a reboot of the '90s series. However, Campbell doubts the show will have a second life.

The NAACP Image Award winner loved reminiscing with the famed comedian and co-stars Tichina Arnold and Carl Anthony Payne II, however, one key actor was missing, the late Thomas Mikal Ford, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 52.

“Tommy is not with us,” Tisha told Entertainment Tonight. “We would miss him so much. Well never say never, like Martin says, but it's just too hard to see ourselves without him."

Campbell, whose extensive acting credits include House Party, Boomerang and School Daze, is now looking forward to next month’s premiere of her new TV series, Uncoupled, co-starring Neil Patrick Harris.

"It's really a very different show," she says. "It's [produced by] Darren Starr, who created Sex and the City, and it's like a Sex and the City but got a little bit of LGBTQ happening. So it's a really a beautiful piece. I am very proud of it, and I got to work with some amazing actors -- Tony Award winners and Oscar winners -- so I am really excited about this show."

Uncoupled debuts July 29 on Netflix

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Chris Pratt says he "cried" about internet trolling regarding his family life

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) In the new issue of Men's HealthChris Pratt addresses, for the first time, online backlash from a sweet comment he made about his wife and daughter.

As reported, Pratt was flamed for celebrating the birth of Lyla, his first daughter with Katherine Schwarzenegger and his second child after 9-year-old son Jack with ex-wife Anna Faris.

Pratt and Schwarzenegger recently had a second daughter, Eloise.

"I said something like, '... I'm so thankful for my wife -- she gave me a beautiful, healthy daughter,'" Pratt recalls. "And then a bunch of articles came out and said, 'That's so cringeworthy. I can't believe Chris Pratt would thank her for a healthy daughter when his first child was born premature. That's such a dig at his ex-wife.'"

The Jurassic World series star said, "That is f***ed up. My son's gonna read that one day. He's 9. And it's etched in digital stone. It really f***ing bothered me, dude. I cried about it ..."

"[W]hy are they coming after me?" he asked rhetorically of internet trolls, many of whom also harp on Pratt's faith.

On that, he adds, "I didn't know that I would kind of become the face of religion when really I'm not a religious person."

Pratt explains, "I think there's a distinction between being religious -- adhering to the customs created by man, oftentimes appropriating the awe reserved for who I believe is a very real God -- and using it to control people ... abuse children, to steal land, to justify hatred ..."

The star of Amazon Studio's upcoming The Terminal List, adds, "The evil that's in the heart of every single man has glommed on to the back of religion and come along for the ride."

Pratt also denied a frequent troll topic, tying him to the Hillsong Church, which some accused of having an anti-gay agenda. "I never went to Hillsong," Pratt says plainly. "I don't know anyone from that church."

In the article, Pratt's friend and Guardians of the Galaxy series director James Gunn adds, "It absolutely infuriates me. Chris is unspeakably kind to people; he goes out of his way to help kids. He's an especially loving father. And there's a lot of stuff that people have literally just made up about him -- about his politics, about who he is, about what he believes of other people, you know?"

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Husband and wife Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn hosting dating reality show 'The Real Love Boat'

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Real life husband and wife Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn will help couples look for love of their own on a new CBS dating reality show inspired by the classic '70s series The Love Boat.

The Real Love Boat will take place aboard a Princess Cruise ship, like the show that inspired it. The new series will "bring singles together to sail the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise ship while looking for love," CBS teases.

"Destination dates, challenges and surprise singles will test the couples’ compatibility and chemistry," the network continues. "Like the beloved original scripted series, the indispensable crew members, including captain and cruise director, will play pivotal roles in the matchmaking and navigation of the romantic (and sometimes turbulent) waters ahead."

CBS notes that after nearly one month at sea, one winning couple will dock in the final port and take home a cash prize plus a once-in-a-lifetime trip, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

For their part, O'Connell and Romijn noted, "After years of consuming, arguing about and dissecting unscripted television, hosting a reality series where a group of singles look for love while aboard a Princess Cruise ship, seemed like a dream come true."

The celebrity couple added, "When we heard it was aboard THE REAL LOVE BOAT, that dream got an iconic theme song – 'we promise something for everyone.'"

For the pair, the show is a continued relationship with CBS: O'Connell is a co-host of The Talk, and Romijn is a crew member on a ship of another kind, the USS Enterprise, in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

The Real Love Boat show sets sail Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.

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Woody Allen says he'll direct one more film in controversy-free interview with Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin had an Instagram Live interview with Woody Allen on Tuesday, and not surprisingly, both stars avoided controversial topics.

Baldwin had said he "couldn't care less" about what people had to say about the interview, and true to form, comments were turned off for the conversation.

The chat had some technical glitches -- which got under Baldwin's skin. "They need to be in a room with the best Wi-Fi in the house," he told Woody's team after the filmmaker repeatedly froze. "What do they have going on in there?!"

Woody has denied accusations he molested his adopted daughter Dylan when she was a child, which resurfaced after the 2021 HBO documentary Allen v. Farrow.

For his part, Baldwin didn't mention his own negative headlines, stemming from firing the bullet that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the set of Rust.

Instead, the actors, who worked together on three films, reminisced about Allen's career, changes in the movie industry and more.

Allen admitted he will step back from directing movies following an effort that will shoot in Paris this fall and blamed the changing landscape of entertainment.

"A lot of the thrill is gone," he griped about making movies. "...now you do a movie, you get a couple weeks in a movie house...and it goes right to...streaming."

He added, "It's not the same…It's not as enjoyable to me."

Baldwin agreed, expressing, "now what people want is to press pause, and make a pitcher of martinis..."

Allen explained he doesn't "have the time" to watch any current shows on TV, instead turning to sports, the news and Turner Classic Movies.

Baldwin, famously expecting his seventh kid, expressed, "Sometimes I watch TV to get away to another land, because I'm overwhelmed by my children."

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Jodie Foster starring in and producing HBO's 'True Detective: Night Country'

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HBO has announced the Emmy-winning series True Detective is returning for a fourth frame as True Detective: Night Country, with Jodie Foster starring and producing.

Acclaimed newcomer Kali Reis -- who is a motivational speaker and advocate for Indigenous women -- will co-star with the two-time Oscar winner for the series, which will be shot in Iceland.

The network teases, "When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the six men that operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers [Foster] and Evangeline Navarro [Reis] will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice."

Mexican producer, writer and film director Issa López will be the show's writer-director and showrunner, in addition to executive producer alongside Foster.

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'Old Man', new season: FX picks up sophomore frame of Jeff Bridges thriller series

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Just three episodes into the first season of its new Jeff Bridges-led thriller series, The Old Man, FX has announced it wants more.

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, The Old Man has Oscar winner Bridges playing Dan Chase, a former CIA operative who emerges from a life off the grid when an assassin comes to kill him.

The series also stars Emmy winner John Lithgow as Harper, an FBI chief determined to bring Chase down, and NYPD Blue vet Amy Brenneman as Zoe, a woman whose present becomes tangled with the hunted man's past.

The drama became the most-watched cable series premiere on premium and basic cable when it launched on June 16 and was also the most-watched FX series debut on Hulu in its opening weekend.

In its announcement, Karey Burke, president of 20th Television, noted, "This terrific series has had a long journey to the air, which makes the reaction from critics and audiences these past few weeks all the sweeter..."

The seven-episode first season continues Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on FX and streams the following day on Hulu.

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"Lock up your children": The official teaser trailer for 'Hocus Pocus 2' has arrived

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The official teaser trailer for Hocus Pocus 2 is out now.

Fans get a glimpse of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler back in action as the Sanderson sisters in the preview for the upcoming live-action comedy.

Hocus Pocus 2 follows three girls who, "accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world."

The famous trio of witches appears near the end of the trailer as Midler's famous character, Winifred Sanderson, yells, "Lock up your children! Yes, Salem, we're back!"

Fans got a first look at Parker, Najimy and Midler reprising their roles for the upcoming film last November.

Hocus Pocus 2 premieres Sept. 30 on Disney+.

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Christian Bale would return as Batman -- on one condition

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Christian Bale, who played Batman in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy from 2005-2012, says he's open to suiting up as the caped crusader one more time -- providing Nolan was back on board as well.

“I had a pact with Chris Nolan,” Bale tells Screen Rant. “We said, ‘Hey, look. Let’s make three films, if we’re lucky enough to get to do that. And then let’s walk away. Let’s not linger too long.'"

“In my mind, it would be something if Chris Nolan ever said to himself, ‘You know what, I’ve got another story to tell.’ And if he wished to tell that story with me, I’d be in.”

Nolan’s trilogy kicked off with Batman Begins in 2005, followed by The Dark Knight in 2008 and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

Currently, Robert Pattinson is set to reprise as the hero in a sequel to director Matt Reeves' hit The Batman.

Oscar winner Bale will soon make his MCU debut, playing the villain Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder, opening nationwide July 8.

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In Brief: Russell Crowe to star in 'The Pope's Exorcist; 'ER' actress dies at 61, and more

Russell Crowe has been tapped to star in The Pope’s Exorcist, a supernatural thriller from Overlord director Julius Avery, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Crowe will play real-life figure Father Gabriele Amorth, a priest who served as the Vatican's chief exorcist with some 100,000-plus alleged exorcisms under his belt. Amorth died in 2016 at the age of 91. He wrote two memoirs -- An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories -- which detailed his experiences battling demons...

Deadline reports Emma Roberts has joined the ensemble cast of Sony Pictures’ Madame Web, joining Dakota Johnson, who will star as the titular Marvel character, first introduced in the comics back in 1980. Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced and Tahar Rahim also star in the film from S.J. Johnson, executive producer and lead director of Netflix's acclaimed Marvel series, Jessica Jones. Madame Web has been given a July 7 release date...

Mary Mara, the actor best known for her recurring roles as patient Loretta Sweet in ER and inspector Bryn Carson in Nash Bridges, died in Cape Vincent, New York on Sunday in an apparent drowning. She was 61. Mara was discovered in the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent around 8:10 p.m. police confirmed in a report obtained by Variety. A rep for Mara tells the outlet that she was staying at the summer home of her sister, Martha. Mara's other notable TV credits include NYPD Blue, Ally McBeal, Law & Order, The West Wing, Monk, Shameless, Ray Donovan, Dexter and Criminal Minds. On film, she played Billy Crystal’s daughter in 1982's Mr. Saturday Night...

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'Only Murders in the Building' cast dishes on season two

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They’re back -- to solve another murder! Only Murders in the Building returns Tuesday on Hulu for season 2, with stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez on the case again. 

Last season ended with the Arconia Board president being murdered, and Martin tells ABC Audio that's exactly where things pick up. 

"We're set on solving the crime that ended last season," he shares. "But one of the biggest changes is, you know, in terms of story is now that our podcast has hit big, we're all three getting a little bit of notoriety that we didn't have before."

"So we will walk down the street and maybe get noticed by people. And we have to set about solving a crime while being kind of famous. Not really famous. Just kind of famous. Like we are now," Martin laughs. 

More specifically, the season begins with the trio's characters being interrogated by police. So, who would be the first to flip on the others in real life?

"Me!" Gomez quickly admits.

"I think Marty would sell us out at a second," Martin says -- and Short doesn't deny it.

"I think definitely I would in one second, to survive in one second," he says. "But I think before I could get the words out, Selena would have sold us out."

Despite the first season being a huge hit, Short reveals he didn’t feel a lot of pressure going into season two because "a sequel is actually easier because you now know the characters."

"Well, you have to understand one thing, Marty has never done a second season," Martin teases, which Short rebuts by noting their movie Father of the Bride 2.

"Oh, that's true," Martin acknowledges, "But I'm talking about television."

"Oh, touché," Short responds. 

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"See you at the movies": Tom Cruise thanks theaters, fans as 'Top Gun: Maverick' passes $1 billion mark

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On Monday afternoon, Tom Cruise took to Twitter as his Top Gun: Maverick surpassed the $1 billion mark at the box office.

Cruise, the producer and star of the blockbuster, was adamant that his film avoid debuting on streaming, choosing instead with Paramount Pictures to delay the movie multiple times during the pandemic, with the goal of getting the film on the big screen.

His message didn't specifically mention Top Gun's bottom line -- it is now his biggest movie ever -- but instead thanked everybody who fought to preserve the theatrical experience.

Cruise noted, "To all the films in release, to all the studios, and to all the exhibitors: congratulations. To the audience: thank you for venturing out and allowing us to entertain you."

He added, "See you at the movies."

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HBO says the fourth season of 'Succession' is underway

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With the release of a photo of the show's "clapper," HBO announced Monday that shooting on the fourth season of the Emmy-winning series Succession has begun.

The show, which has earned 23 Emmy nominations and nine wins, as well as trophies from the Screen Actors Guild and others, will have a 10-episode fourth season, HBO revealed.

The series centers on the powerful Roy family, led by patriarch Logan Roy -- played by Emmy winner Brian Cox -- and the family drama surrounding the members serving in his media empire, including fellow Emmy winner Jeremy Strong's Kendall, Kieran Culkin's Roman, Sarah Snook's Siobhan and Alan Ruck's Connor.

The network teases of the upcoming season: "The sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moves ever closer. The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is completed. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed."

The season is expected to debut next year.

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