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Is Harrison Ford headed into the MCU with 'Thunderbolts'?

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While mum was the word even when he was at the D23 expo, rumors have it that Harrison Ford could be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thunderbolts

The project was teased by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige at the event, where Ford promoting his upcoming fifth Indiana Jones adventure.

While nothing was mentioned about Ford at the time, it's rumored the 80-year-old superstar was approached by Marvel to replace the late William Hurt as General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross. That news came from Los Angeles Magazine's Jeff Snider.

Based on a Marvel Comics title, Thunderbolts sees Ross collecting a team of supervillains for impossible missions. 

Ross isn't just the team's leader -- the relentless pursuer of The Hulk becomes what he most hates: a scarlet-hued version of the beast known as Red Hulk. 

According to Marvel lore, apart from his superhuman strength, Red Hulk's "skin generates intense heat" that "can also be released through his eyes and is strong enough to melt through Spider-Man's webbing or turn sand into glass."

Hurt, who passed away in March, played Ross multiple times in the MCU, even before that was officially a thing, starting with 2008's The Incredible Hulk. He last appeared in 2021's Black Widow.

It's not known whether Ford has signed on for, or passed on, the part.

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Nick Cannon welcomes baby #10

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Just weeks after welcoming his ninth baby, his first with girlfriend LaNisha Cole, Nick Cannon is a dad for the 10th time -- with an 11th on the way.

Cannon confirmed the news on his Instagram, revealing the baby's name is Rise Messiah. The baby boy is his third child with model Brittany Bell. The pair also have a 5-year-old son named Golden "Sagon" and a 19-month-old daughter named Powerful Queen.

Entertainment Tonight reports Cannon's 11th child is with Abby De La Rosa, the mother of his twin sons, Zion and Zillion.

Nick is also father to twins Moroccan and Monroe with his ex-wife, Mariah CareyLegendary Love with model Bre Tiesi; and Zen with Alyssa Scott.

Zen passed away at 5 months old after battling brain cancer.

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Service, with a 'Smile': Inside Paramount's home run of a guerilla marketing campaign

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If you're a baseball fan, you may have noticed an odd pattern recently: patrons seated behind home plate, staring into the camera with a creepy smile on their face for the entire game. 

In some cases, the people wore a brightly colored shirt reading "Smile."

Even if you're not a sports fan, the internet certainly noticed, and footage of the folks went viral

Turns out it was part of a pretty savvy marketing campaign for Paramount Pictures' new horror film Smile. And hey, if you can get Major League Baseball to get the word out about your movie -- for free -- during must-see games like the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox, that's some pretty savvy promo indeed. 

What's more, it seems to have worked: The modestly budgeted movie made more than $2 million during Thursday night previews, according to Deadline, which predicted it could make as much as $20 million this weekend.

The movie stars Sosie Bacon -- daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick -- and The Boys' Jesse T. Usher

The studio teases that Bacon's character witnesses "a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient" and "starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can't explain."

"As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life [she] must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality."

The movie's trailer is even creepier than those planted baseball fans.

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Sigourney Weaver talks all about her new drama 'The Good House'

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Sigourney Weaver has battled everything from aliens to ghosts over the course of her long and storied career, but in her newest film The Good House, she’s fighting her character’s own inner demons.

Weaver stars as Hildy Good, a New England real estate agent who struggles with alcoholism and the curveballs that life continues to throw her way. She tells ABC Audio that the film doesn’t shy away from how hard it is to realize that the thing you love is bad for you.

“[Hildy] says, ‘It takes me three drinks before I really start to feel like myself,’” Weaver says. “To give that up is hard.”

While Hildy seems to have everybody else figured out, Weaver asserts that same sort of awareness doesn’t apply to herself.

“Hildy knows everybody in this town. That’s the irony,” Weaver says. “There’s a rumor around town that she’s a witch – she's a descendant of Sarah Good, one of the Salem witches – and there is something witchy about Hildy because she is so perceptive about people. Except about herself.”

Even still, Weaver says the film causes the audience to have great empathy for Hildy. She credits that compassion to the technique of having Hildy speak directly to the audience.

“She comes home, kicks off her shoes, lies back on her sofa and opens a bottle of forbidden Pinot Noir. And it’s when she turns to us – the audience – breaks that fourth wall, and says, ‘Well, this is what’s really going on, can I just tell you from my point of view what’s really happening here,’ she’s very good company,” Weaver says. “I think the more you know Hildy, the more you root for Hildy.”  

The Good House releases in theaters on Friday.

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Rhea Perlman salutes 'Cheers' on its 40th anniversary: "It's incomprehensible"

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Rhea Perlman refuses to believe Cheers is officially 40.

The actress told ABC Audio she heard Cheers is turning the big 4-0 -- "But, I don't believe it."

"Maybe the 20th? Maybe the 27th? But the 40th?" she quipped. "It's incomprehensible."  

Perlman played wisecracking waitress Carla Tortelli and appeared in all 271 episodes of the long-running sitcom. She joked that she's been playing "a grandmother since before I was 40" because Carla begrudgingly became one in season six.

Perlman found it impossible to narrow down a favorite memory from Cheers, but said her "favorite thing" was "the people I worked with."  

"It was like going to camp -- a good one -- not one you wanted to call home every day. It just was a very comfortable, fun place to be," she recalled. "We had great writers, we had a great cast and and we had fun."

Perlman saluted series co-creator James Burrows and compared his directing to that of "a maestro." She said he was so in sync with the cast, he ensured their jokes stuck the landing and got the "real laughs" every time.

"Jimmy had that thing where, you'd be starting on some run and he could see you were slipping into the wrong, so before you blew it in front of an audience, he'd go, 'A-buh-buh-buh-buh! Let's take that again,'" she revealed. "The first time is the big laugh."

Perlman also said there are no plans for a Cheers reboot. "There were years that a few of us lobbied for a revival of Cheers, but it was never to be," she sighed. 

Cheers premiered September 30, 1982, on NBC and ran for 11 seasons. It won a total of 28 Emmys, including four for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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Emily Watson, Paul Mescal talk dangerous lies in their new film, 'God’s Creatures'

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A close-knit Irish community is torn apart by a lie in the new psychological drama film God’s CreaturesEmily Watson stars as Aileen O’Hara, a mother who protects her son from sexual assault accusations by lying on his behalf.

“He’s charged with sexual assault, and she gives him an alibi,” Watson tells ABC Audio. “And that then spirals out of control, in terms of destroying not just their lives and the victim, but the community around them starts to fracture.”

Normal People breakout Paul Mescal plays Aileen’s son Brian, acting in a role outside of his comfort zone. That, he says, is one of the reasons he joined the project.

“It’s the first time I’ve had to put something into practice in terms of my idea of what acting is,” Mescal says. “It’s not about being politically or morally aligned with everybody that you play.”

Aisling Franciosi  plays Sarah, the young woman Brian assaults. She says she felt “really passionate” about not only her role, but the cruel truth of the film.

“Something that feels comfortable and familiar and the status quo – it's uncomfortable to change that,” Franciosi says. “So, we’re just so much more likely to shut out whoever is making us look at that and just leave them to deal with the repercussions of it all.”

Mescal agrees, noting the film dares people to assess their own lives.

It is “actually interrogating, and holding a mirror up, and being like, ‘This is your community. This is the behavior that your community is exhibiting,’” Mescal says. “And, ultimately, we’re doing a disservice to young women, but we’re also doing a disservice to young men, because we’re not cultivating an environment where change is possible.”  

God’s Creatures premieres in theaters Friday.

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'Community' movie is a go at Peacock

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It is as the prophecy predicted: After six seasons, there will be a Community movie.

As Peacock teases, "from the TV series that predicted its own movie, comes the least predictable movie of a TV series that referenced a lot of movies and TV."

Show creator Dan Harmon, who went on to co-create Rick and Morty, will write the movie for the streaming service, and star Joel McHale will take on an executive producer role.

"'Six seasons and a movie' started out as a cheeky line from Community's early seasons and quickly ignited a passionate fan movement for this iconic, hilarious and cool (cool, cool) NBC comedy," said NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Susan Rovner in the announcement.

She added, "We're incredibly grateful that 15 years later, we are able to deliver fans this promised movie and can’t wait to get to work with Dan Harmon, [executive producer] Andrew Guest, Joel McHale, Sony and our partners at UTV to continue this epic comedy for Peacock audiences."

Original stars McHale, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Alison Brie will return for the film version.

Additionally, Peacock has snagged non-exclusive rights to air Community's library of episodes.

Incidentally, ABC Audio recently asked Brie if the "movie" prophecy would come true, and she replied with her poker face firmly intact. "I'm hoping it's around the bend," she commented.

"I don't have any new news, but I'm crossing my fingers...That's all I got for today," Brie demurred.

Community debuted in 2009 on NBC and ran for 110 episodes. While never a ratings blockbuster, the Emmy-winning show developed a loyal fan base, which even spawned an unofficial fan-led convention called CommuniCon.

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The witches are back! 'Hocus Pocus 2' hits Disney+ today

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There’s a new generation of wannabe witches in Hocus Pocus 2, out today on Disney+.

Whitney PeakBelissa Escobedo and Lilia Buckingham join Bette MidlerSarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in the scary-funny new sequel. Buckingham tells ABC Audio the 90s original was a staple in her house growing up.

"I watched it for the first time, I think, probably when I was about seven. It was one of the things that made me love Halloween in the first place," she shares. "I think it's just so comforting knowing that you have a movie that you can go back to, that you can kind of escape into, and it'll always make you feel a certain way."

That wasn't the case for Peak, though, who admits she had "never seen the movie" before getting an audition, but decided to after hearing "it was this huge thing and everybody grew up watching it."

"Then I watched the movie, completely understood, the energy was just so magnetic and it's just a fun movie, and I can't believe I didn't watch it when I was younger," Peak says. 

It's been almost 30 years since the first Hocus Pocus was released, and director Anne Fletcher says that taking on a cult classic was "terrifying." Ultimately, though, she hopes fans of the original are pleased.

"The whole movie is an homage to the first one, because you can't ignore the first one. It's there for the taking," she says. "And so all we're doing is continuing the story of our Sanderson sisters with new cast members and having fun and winking at the audience of like, we're here with you, like, let's have fun."

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Bruce Willis becomes first star to sign with "deepfake" firm

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In what someday may be seen as significant as Al Jolson becoming the first actor to speak on film back in 1927's The Jazz SingerBruce Willis has become the first star to sign his likeness over to a deepfake company. 

The actor, who retired while revealing an aphasia diagnosis earlier this year, could soon be back on the big screen thanks to the tech from Deepcake, which uses machine learning to create realistic digital doppelgängers of famous faces. 

The technology in the hands of other companies has been used to digitally de-age actors for movies and TV, shedding nearly four decades from Mark Hamill's face for Luke Skywalker's recent appearance in The Book of Boba Fett

However, this is the first time a famous actor has inked a deal with a company to give it permission to use his likeness in future projects.

Willis first worked with the U.S.-based company for a mobile phone commercial that ran overseas: His likeness was seamlessly transplanted onto a Russian actor, and Willis was apparently so impressed, he signed over his likeness.

"I liked the precision with which my character turned out," Willis said of the advertisement. "It's a mini-movie in my usual action-comedy genre. For me, it is a great opportunity to go back in time."

He added, "With the advent of modern technology, even when I was on another continent, I was able to communicate, work and participate in the filming..."

For Willis, whose degenerative condition has effectively ended his career, the tech could keep him beating up bad guys for decades to come -- all while looking like he did in his prime.

Don't be surprised if other celebs make similar deals in an industry where age isn't just a number.

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here are some of the new titles available to stream this weekend:

Netflix
Blonde: Ana de Armas stars as Marilyn Monroe in this new film that boldly reimagines the life of the Hollywood icon.

Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga: This docuseries takes a humorous approach to exploring how GameStock's stock exploded during the pandemic due to amateur traders making it their mission to jack up its value. 

Hulu
Ramy: Ramy’s family confronts their lies, while he abandons his spiritual journey in season three of the comedy series.

Reasonable Doubt: From producer Kerry Washington, this new series follows Jacqueline “Jax” Stewart, a high-powered attorney in Los Angeles loosely based on real-life celebrity lawyer Shawn Holley.

The D'Amelio Show: Watch as the TikTok famous family continues to navigate rising fame and all that comes with it. 

Disney+
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: The hockey team with heart attends an intense summer institute to get even better in season 2.

Hocus Pocus 2: The witches are back in this movie sequel, and even more wicked than ever now that the Black Flame Candle has resurrected them.

Apple TV+
The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A man travels to Vietnam to deliver soldiers their favorite can of American beer in the new film starring Zac Efron

AMC+
Interview with the Vampire: Witness the epic love story based on a classic Anne Rice novel in this new horror series.

Happy streaming!

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Sarah Jessica Parker's stepfather's death reportedly behind gala no-show

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The "family emergency" that caused Sarah Jessica Parker to be an unexpected no-show at the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala Wednesday night has been revealed.

Page Six reports Parker's stepfather, Paul Giffin Forste, died that day, and as it turns out, Parker never made it to the event at all because of it; the publication previously reported that she made a hasty exit after arriving to the annual event she founded 10 years ago.

A statement from SJP's family to Page Six reported Forste died at 76 "after an unexpected and rapid illness."

"In his last moments he was surrounded with the love and gratitude of his adored wife Barbara of 54 years, and children, including Sarah Jessica Parker," the message continued in part.

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Marvel Studios' 'Armor Wars' shifts from Disney+ to the big screen

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Marvel’s Armor Wars, originally planned as a Disney+ TV series, is being redeveloped as a feature film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project stars Don Cheadle, reprising his MCU role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine. Armor Wars is based on Marvel Comics’ seven-issue Iron Man story arc that follows Rhodes dealing with the consequences Tony Stark’s tech falling into the wrong hands.

Production on the film is set to start in 2023.

Cheadle has played the character since 2010's Iron Man 2, replacing Terrence Howard in the role. His next Marvel appearance will be in the MCU series Secret Invasion, also starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News

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In Brief: New 'Yellowstone' trailer, 'American Pie' reboot, and more

"Power has a price," reads a graphic at the end of Yellowstone's official season five trailer, released on Thursday, signaling the tough job Montana's newly appointed governor John Dutton -- played by Kevin Costner -- has ahead of him. Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, led by patriarch John, who "control the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. and must contend with constant attacks by land developers, clashes with an Indian reservation and conflict with America's first national park," according to the show's official logline. Season five premieres November 13... (Trailer contains uncensored profanity.)

Lovecraft Country alum Jonathan Majors is in early talks to play basketball star Dennis Rodman in the upcoming Lionsgate movie 48 Hours in Vegas, according to Variety. The film is inspired by the Chicago Bulls' star player and his infamous trip to Sin City in the middle of the the team's 1998 NBA Finals series with the Utah Jazz. Majors will next be seen the trailblazing Navy pilot Jesse Brown in the Korean War-set drama Devotion, coming out in November...

Deadline reports Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Plemons and Margaret Qualley are set to star in And, the next movie from Yorgos Lanthimos, the filmmaker behind dark comedies like The Favourite and The Lobster. In addition to directing, Lanthimos is writing the screenplay with his The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer collaborator, Efthimis Filippou. Plot details are being kept under wraps. The film will also reunite Lanthimos with Stone, who earned an Oscar nod for her role in The Favourite...

Insecure actor Sujata Day is developing what is being described a fresh take on the popular American Pie franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original 1999 film grossed more than $235 million worldwide and spawned three sequels with the core cast -- Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Alyson Hannigan, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy, Shannon Elizabeth and Jennifer Coolidge, as well as spinoff franchise American Pie Presents...

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Trevor Noah exiting 'The Daily Show' after seven years

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Trevor Noah announced to his audience on Thursday that after seven years as host, he will soon be leaving Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

“It has been seven years since we started The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. This week is our anniversary, “ Noah told the audience. “And one of the overriding feelings I found myself experiencing...is a feeling of gratitude...There’s so many people who make this thing come together. I want to say thank you for an amazing seven years. It’s been truly wild.”

“It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s something I’ve never expected," he continued. "Everything we’ve gone through -- the [Donald] Trump presidency, the pandemic. I realized after seven years that my time is up, but in the most beautiful way. I’ve loved hosting this show. It’s been one of my greatest challenges. It’s been one of my greatest joys. I’ve loved trying to figure out how to make people laugh when the stories are particularly s***** even on the worst days...But after seven years, I feel like it’s time.”

Noah concluded by promising he wasn’t “disappearing,” explaining he misses “learning other languages” and “going to other countries and putting on shows."

The 38-year-old South African comedian joined The Daily Show as an on-air correspondent in 2014, before being named as Jon Stewart's successor a year later.

Noah didn't offer a timetable for his departure, but Comedy Central, in a statement obtained by Variety, noted they were "working together on next steps.”

“As we look ahead, we’re excited for the next chapter in the 25+ year history of The Daily Show as it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences make sense of the world around them,” the statement concluded.

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The witches are back! 'Hocus Pocus 2' hits Disney+ today

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There’s a new generation of wannabe witches in Hocus Pocus 2, out today on Disney+.

Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo and Lilia Buckingham join Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in the scary-funny new sequel. Buckingham tells ABC Audio the 90s original was a staple in her house growing up.

"I watched it for the first time, I think, probably when I was about seven. It was one of the things that made me love Halloween in the first place," she shares. "I think it's just so comforting knowing that you have a movie that you can go back to, that you can kind of escape into, and it'll always make you feel a certain way."

That wasn't the case for Peak, though, who admits she had "never seen the movie" before getting an audition, but decided to after hearing "it was this huge thing and everybody grew up watching it."

"Then I watched the movie, completely understood, the energy was just so magnetic and it's just a fun movie, and I can't believe I didn't watch it when I was younger," Peak says. 

It's been almost 30 years since the first Hocus Pocus was released, and director Anne Fletcher says that taking on a cult classic was "terrifying." Ultimately, though, she hopes fans of the original are pleased.

"The whole movie is an homage to the first one, because you can't ignore the first one. It's there for the taking," she says. "And so all we're doing is continuing the story of our Sanderson sisters with new cast members and having fun and winking at the audience of like, we're here with you, like, let's have fun."

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