Zoe Kravitz to Play Catwoman in ‘The Batman’ Opposite Robert Pattinson

Zoe Kravitz has been tapped to play Catwoman  in Matt Reeves’ upcoming ‘The Batman.’

Zoe will star opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman.

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Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer. No official start date has been set, although insiders tell Variety that filming could start in late 2019 or early 2020. “The Batman” is scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021.

Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two “Planet of the Apes” sequels, took over “Batman” directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017. Affleck departed his role as Batman following “Justice League,” allowing Reeves to pick his own Bruce Wayne. Reeves’ “Planet of the Apes” collaborator Dylan Clark will produce.

Kravitz is coming off her second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” which aired its finale in July. She also has the Hulu series “High Fidelity” coming out later this year. She is repped by Paradigm.

Anne Hathaway was the most recent actress to embody the thief in 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Michelle Pfeiffer also portrayed Catwoman in 1992’s “Batman Returns.” The feline-suited adversary received her own feature film, with Halle Berry in the titular role, back in 2004.

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Rand Paul Goes Down in Flames on ‘The View’: ‘Don’t Mansplain!’

Meghan McCain skipped out on Rand Paul’s appearance on The View Friday morning—citing “personal reasons”—despite accusing the GOP senator of having Kurdish “blood on his hands” in Syria the day before. 

In her place was frequent guest host Ana Navarro, who Whoopi Goldberg noted at the top of the show was filling in for both McCain and Joy Behar. “One for the price of two,” the Republican strategist joked. 

Paul was ostensibly on the show to promote his new book, simply titled The Case Against Socialism, but they began the interview with his support for President Trump’s controversial decision to let Turkey wipe out America’s Kurdish allies in Syria. 

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Nipsey Hussle: ‘The Marathon Don’t Stop’ Biography In The Works

An in-depth biography on slain rapper Nipsey Hussle is in the works — set to be published by Atria Books.

According to a Complex, “The Marathon Don’t Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle,” written by music journalist Rob Kenner, will drop March 24, 2020. “The book will feature on-the-ground reporting and interviews with Nipsey’s friends and family,” the outlet writes.

“The last time I spoke with Nipsey Hussle, he told me, ‘I ain’t outside giving out jewelry or dropping off bags of money on people, but I’m giving out game,’” Kenner says. “This book is my attempt to help fulfill that intention. The Marathon Don’t Stop will also place his accomplishments in proper historical context, giving Nipsey Hussle his rightful place in the history of hip-hop, Los Angeles, and America. It will include interviews with people who haven’t spoken before, as well as insights into the forces that shaped Hussle into the man he became.”

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Michelle Herrera Mulligan, senior editor at Atria, will edit the biography, according to the report.

“Nipsey has inspired an entire generation of people who have felt invisible in their communities,” she says. “This book will share the blueprint of Nipsey’s success, drawn on the streets where he was raised.”

Kenner, a founding editor of VIBE, spoke with Complex about the biography and shared a first look at the cover artwork. Peep excerpts from the Q&A below.

Why did you want to write a book about Nipsey Hussle?

Nipsey Hussle said that “the highest human act is to inspire,” and like so many others, I was inspired by both his words and his actions. He was one of the most fascinating artists of our time, as well as an important activist and thought leader, but he received relatively little acclaim during his lifetime. The fact that so few critics and gatekeepers recognized how important he was only makes his story more compelling.

I knew I wanted to write a book about Nipsey Hussle long before his tragic death. The events of March 31 left me stunned just like the rest of those who cared about him. Since that time, there has been a tremendous outpouring of love for him around the world, but also a fair amount of misinformation and media spin from forces that underestimated him or saw him as a threat. I wanted to do my part to help set the record straight. While this is not an authorized biography, I’ve decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the book to Nipsey’s estate out of respect.

What can people expect from this book?

The last time I spoke with Nipsey Hussle, he told me, “I ain’t outside giving out jewelry or dropping off bags of money on people, but I’m giving out game.” This book is my attempt to help fulfill that intention. The Marathon Don’t Stop will also place his accomplishments in proper historical context, giving Nipsey Hussle his rightful place in the history of hip-hop, Los Angeles, and America. It will include interviews with people who haven’t spoken before, as well as insights into the forces that shaped Hussle into the man he became. Those who have read my work in VIBE, Complex, and elsewhere know what kind of tone to expect.

How would you describe Nipsey’s career and legacy within the context of hip-hop history? How will he be remembered?

Nipsey Hussle will be remembered as one of the most important cultural figures of our time, both for his body of work and for his legacy as an entrepreneur and activist. As an MC, he was one of the realest to ever do it, which sounds like a tired cliché, but in his case is 100 percent accurate. The things he rapped about were drawn directly from his life, and telling his truth and saying every word like he meant it was more important to him than fancy cadences or verbal pyrotechnics. That authenticity is what made him stand out amid the musical maelstrom of the blog rap era, and it’s what will make his best work stand the test of time. As committed as he was to the streets of Crenshaw, Nipsey’s influences were much more broad than the West Coast. He admired great artists who pushed the art form upward, whether from New York, New Orleans, or Houston. As he matured artistically, he absorbed multiple styles while developing his own unique voice.

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One star of ‘The Witcher’ wants us to stop comparing Netflix’s new show to ‘Game of Thrones’

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If you do even a cursory search for articles and blog posts about Netflix’s forthcoming fantasy series The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, you’ll be confronted with at least one comparison over and over again. This buzzy new show, adapted from a series of The Witcher books, could end up doing for Netflix what Game of Thrones did for HBO, the thinking goes — and, as such, the Netflix series is repeatedly mentioned in the same breath as Thrones. That, of course, would suit all of us who were captivated by HBO’s game-changing series just fine, and definitely serve as another feather in Netflix’s cap.

But while early looks at the show certainly make it seem like this will definitely be as epic in scale as HBO’s dear, departed 8-season blockbuster about the fictional land of Westeros, one The Witcher actor actually has a request: Please stop comparing the two.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 10 Showcases What the Show Is Truly Good at: The Goo

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Now in its tenth season of basic-cable domination with no expiration date in sight, The Walking Dead knows what it’s not trying to do. It is not, for instance, a show about flirting. Even characters who bone, get hitched, procreate, or co-parent together often ooze the chemistry of two sheets of sandpaper. They also all dress terribly. Those issues are perhaps related.

For all its perennial cast shake-ups—particularly momentous in the past few seasons, with original series lead Andrew Lincoln’s departureThe Walking Dead is also, it knows, not an especially adventurous sort. It doesn’t aim to be one of those fancy critical-darling shows that reinvent themselves every season to explore new avenues of inquiry into the human condition. It sometimes gestures at being one, sure. But that dilettantish impulse soon subsides, and why shouldn’t it? The monster ratings it consistently pulls through season after season of cyclical us-versus-them bloodlust and warmongering are enough for this sweet, simple zombie show, god bless America.

No, The Walking Dead’s real ambition ten seasons in, what it still does better than almost any show on television, and what’s on full display in this year’s season premiere (“Lines We Cross”) is the goo: the show’s special and practical zombie effects. The sheer craft and creativity of the show’s effects teams have outshone its narrative imagination for years and are still a thrill to behold. 

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‘The Irishman’ Takes Bows At New York Film Festival World Premiere – Update

UPDATED at 12:15AM PT with reactions and detail. In The Irishman, mobbed-up characters in need of protection talk about needing “bodies” – shorthand slang for bodyguards – to watch their backs. Plenty of bodies patrolled Friday’s after-party for director Martin Scorsese’s Netflix release, which had a high-energy world premiere at the New York Film Festival. […]
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’: A Bloody, Epic Masterpiece—and Al Pacino’s Greatest Performance in Years

Between its gargantuan runtime (209 minutes), its reunion of his signature stars (Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, alongside Al Pacino), and its reality-based gangster story—involving the mysterious 1975 disappearance of International Brotherhood of Teamsters union leader Jimmy HoffaThe Irishman feels like a culmination of sorts for director Martin Scorsese. At the same time, it’s a film that straddles the past and the present, a decades-spanning tale of treachery, regret and amorality that’s been designed for the big screen and yet will primarily be seen on Netflix (which produced it), and a rich, practically minded character study that employs breakthrough CGI to de-age its stars.

In every respect, it’s epic. And, also, a titanic triumph.

First, to answer the most pressing question on everyone’s mind: The Irishman’s special effects are largely successful at transforming its leads into their youthful selves. They’re almost imperceptible when used for Pacino and Pesci, and with De Niro, they’re only shaky when he’s at his youngest, and spied from a distance. During those moments, the actor’s appearance tips somewhat into video game-ish “uncanny valley” territory. But for the most part—especially once the protagonists move into middle age and beyond—one quickly acclimates to Scorsese’s computerized makeovers. In short: the technique works.

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Jeannie And “The Real” Hosts Speak On Critics Of Her Relationship With Jeezy: “They Act Like He The Only Black Man Out There!”

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Ever since TV personality Jeannie Mai and rapper Jeezy made their relationship official last month, people have had a lot to say about their pairing, good and bad. But the 40-year-old is more focused on coming up with catchy couple names (like #TrapperMai, #JeezyMai #YoungJeannie and #Jeaneezy) than she is any negativity. Still, she wants to show people that her relationship with the 41-year-old rapper is more than just a PR stunt, or her attempt to embrace her controversial attraction to Black men.

“That’s something I’m still kind of understanding, because I don’t see it,” she said of criticisms while on Big Boy’s Neighborhood with the ladies of The Real. “Obviously when you marry you marry for love. Even in my past marriage, I married for love. Feelings change, people grow apart, so that happened. For me, it’s just focusing on what is love for two people, two human beings? So that part is kind of a responsibility that we’re just going to have to demonstrate through our relationship.”

Her co-hosts jumped in to share their two cents, with Loni Love saying, “They act like he the only Black man out there!” and Adrienne Houghton commenting that the interracial relationships all the women are currently in are representative of what many relationships look like in today’s society.

“We really do represent what the world looks like. That’s the world. Everybody isn’t saying, the only way I can find love is if I find it through my own race, but more so that we all should be living outside the box,” Adrienne said. “We shouldn’t hold people in boxes and we shouldn’t trap our own minds to only think inside the box.”

Jeannie does acknowledge though that there is a certain responsibility that comes with being with someone of another race, and she and Jeezy are taking it seriously.

“I think when you look at the word ‘interracial,’ you should really look at it as ‘interresponsible.’ It is a responsibility when you date outside of your race to learn about that culture, because not everybody’s experience is the same,” she said. “When he steps into my house he takes off his shoes, he knows how Vietnamese people do it. When I met him I was like, ‘I want to go to Hawkinsville [Georgia]. Show me exactly this yellow house that you grew up in, and how did you start your business and how did you understand how to make a dollar. I actually loved it.”

But as far as questions pertaining to the future of their relationship, Jeannie is just enjoying the moment and having something with the rapper that she hasn’t had with others, including ex-husband Freddy Harteis.

“I think right now the coolest thing about the relationship that I’m focusing on is learning what it means to feel safe,” she said. “When you meet a man who is vulnerable enough to make you feel safe, it’s your job, ladies, to protect and cherish them, or let them go where they find the right woman who’s ready for that. Otherwise we go through life and we have relationships and then we get misled, we get cheated on, we get all these things that happen, and then the person who was willing to be safe is now recoiled and doesn’t want to give that. So I’m going to treasure what he’s given to me right now because I want to be safe.”

You can check out this interesting conversation by tuning in below, starting at the 27:10 mark:

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Sheryl Underwood And Sharon Osborne Dish On Wendy Williams On ‘The Talk’ [WATCH]

Wendy Williams has to be the queen of daytime, because she consistently has all of the other kids on the playground talking.

First, the women of “The Real,” discussed their issues with Tamar Braxton after she shared her thoughts on her former co-stars on Williams’ show.

The women of “The View” giggled and gagged at Williams’ entertaining stories.

And most recently, the co-hosts of “The Talk,” were issuing warnings about Wendy’s recent conduct.

The drama started when Wendy alleged that “Dancing With The Stars” contestant Christie Brinkley intentionally injured herself during the first week so her daughter could compete in her place.

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Wendy said the injury – a wrist and shoulder fracture – looked fake. And honestly, it did and you know Wendy is not afraid to say it.

Apparently the women of “The Talk” didn’t like that particular opinion. And instead of calling Wendy irresponsible for spreading this falsehood, they sent some shots her way in response.

“I have to go in on Wendy on this because not so long ago, Wendy was not in a very good place,” Sharon Osborne said. on the show.  “And she had well wishes from so many people that she had, run over the coal so to speak. And everybody was behind her wishing her well, sending her out positive vibes.

And, why is it, no matter what this woman goes through in her life, her ups and downs, which we all do, but obviously hers were more public, and she’s a 55-year-old woman that relapsed again on drugs… and the thing is nobody gave her a hard time. It was just love, support to her. Why does she have to be so mean? What is it within you that is so dark that you can’t sem to get it out when the world shows you love, and wishes you well, on the rest of your journey of your life, you are so dark inside, so mean constantly. People who have this anger, this nastiness inside them.”

Sheryl Underwood weighed in as well.

“Nobody said when she was going through the stuff she was going through that she was faking it. We all were worried about her health. So we want to say as women, Wendy, don’t go back to what you used to be. God has gave you a second chance. Don’t do this, don’t do this. We love Wendy Williams and we thought you were gonna come back around as another person.”

Even Eve said it was sad to see Wendy reverting back.

But Underwood had the final say.

“Don’t go back to who you used to be. From you fainting, from you going through your narcotics, God has given you a second chance. Do something with it.”

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‘The View’ Blows Up Over Meghan McCain’s Confusing Whistleblower Claim: ‘Don’t Scream at Me!’

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Things got heated yet again on The View when Meghan McCain and [insert sparring co-host du jour’s name] got into it, causing McCain to huff and pout.

Leading off Friday’s broadcast of ABC’s gabfest by discussing the revelations that the whistleblower’s complaint against Trump involves Ukraine, McCain eventually derailed the conversation by trying to make some kind of point about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Referencing her contentious exchange with Assange’s girlfriend Pam Anderson earlier this month, the conservative co-host grumbled that there are liberals who were fine with Assange’s leaks but are “screaming bloody murder right now about this whistleblower.” 

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‘The Rookie’ Co-Star’s Misconduct Claims Are Unfounded, Producer Says

Actress Afton Williamson’s claims of misconduct against her on the set of “The Rookie” weren’t substantiated by an independent investigator, according to the ABC drama series’ producer.

Production company Entertainment One said Tuesday the investigation led it to conclude no unlawful or inappropriate behavior was committed by the co-workers accused by Williamson.

In early August, “The Rookie” co-star said she was quitting the show because of sexual harassment and racial discrimination she experienced during its freshman year last season.

The probe, which began in late June, involved some 400 hours of interviews and review of video and other evidence, Entertainment One said in a statement. The full report wasn’t released for privacy reasons, said the company known as eOne.

Williamson called the finding “heartbreaking” in a lengthy Instagram post Tuesday evening, saying the results were the result of lies and a cover-up. She vowed to continue to work to improve conditions for cast and crew on sets.

The executive producers, one of whom Williamson previously accused of mishandling her allegations, were found to have “addressed matters of which they were made aware promptly and in a fair and reasonable manner,” eOne said.

The company said it recognizes that people view situations through their own “experiences and perspectives,” adding that it regretted that “Ms. Williamson’s time on the series was not a positive one for her, and we respect her decision to move on to other projects.”

A separate statement from the Disney-owned network welcomed the probe’s completion.

“We are confident that eOne takes these matters seriously and that they will continue to look for the best ways to surface concerns and address complaints,” ABC and ABC Studios said in a joint statement.

The law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp hired third-party EXTTI, a firm that investigates allegations of workplace misconduct and discrimination, to handle the probe, eOne said.

The Los Angeles-based crime drama, starring Nathan Fillion in the title role of a rookie police officer, returns Sept. 29 for its second season.

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‘The Weekend’ Is The Next Black Rom Com That’s Sure To Become A Cult Classic

The Weekend Screening Hosted By Madame Noire and Hello Beautiful

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On Wednesday evening, Madame Noire and Hello Beautiful held a screening for ‘The Weekend,’ a new screenplay written and directed by Stella Meghie. The rom com is about a comedian named Zadie, played by Sasheer Zamata, who spends the weekend at her judgmental mothers’ (played by Kym Whitley) bed and breakfast with her ex-boyfriend (played by Tone Bell) and his new girlfriend (played by DeWanda Wise). The movie begins with Zadie doing a stand-up routine essentially discussing how stupid it is to think she could actually be friends with her ex-boyfriend before leading us directly into the movie.

The trailer for this movie doesn’t do the actual movie justice. I was pleasantly surprised when watching this movie at the painfully honest, relatable moments that many Black women can feel when fully trying to let go of an ex. The movie is beautifully shot and the lighting for the movie is extremely well done. I loved that Meghie cast two dark skin women to play the lead and illustrate that they are desirable by men whether it’s with their natural hair or their weaves.

The movie shows the range of DeWanda Wises’ acting and Sasheer Zamata will leave you gasping for air with laughter. At the screening, actor Tone Bell was in conversation with Madame Noire culture editor Veronica Wells and admitted that out of all the actors’ Zamata ad-libbed the most. He further revealed, “We had a lot of fun with this movie but many parts were cut out, I realize, if they left it in, it would have been a totally different movie.”

I’m glad it’s the movie it turned out to be. It was refreshing and relatable and easily can become a cult classic in the Black community. I haven’t felt anything so authentic since Awkward Black Girl back in its YouTube days. Zamata is undoubtedly the star and in future I want to see everything and anything she’s involved in.

The movie was released Friday, September 13th and will be available in select theaters and on demand. This is definitely one to watch!

Keep clicking to see images from the screening party in New York City hosted by Madame Noire and Hello Beautiful.

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Annie Silverstein’s ‘Bull’ Takes Top Awards, Robert Pattinson Starrer ‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Jury Prize at Deauville

Annie Silverstein’s feature debut “Bull” swept three awards at the 45th Deauville American Film Festival, including the Grand Prize, the Revelation Prize for best first film and the Critics’ Prize. “Bull,” a portrait of a rebellious teenage girl from South Texas, world premiered at Cannes’s Un Certain Regard and marks Silverstein’s follow up to her […]
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Ash vs. Bruce Campbell: The B Movie Legend Returns to ‘The Evil Dead’

In the distance, he cuts a dashing figure. He strides — no, glides — past adoring fans huddled by the back door of the Hammerstein Ballroom. A boxy 57-year-old composed of perfect right angles, his jet-black hair is still and subdued and his purple suit jacket is loud and dynamic. Like Bruce Wayne dressed as the Joker.

He extends his hand and offers me a ride.

“You’re game over,” Bruce Campbell says, referring to my being his final interview of the day.

It’s early October in Manhattan, and the world’s greatest B movie actor is nearing the end of a long day at New York Comic Con. He’s just appeared in front of several thousand people assembled for a panel hosted by Kevin Smith for the new Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead, a 10-episode sequel to the original Evil Dead trilogy, which in the ’80s and ’90s established Campbell as the postmodern John Wayne.

The hallmarks of the original films — nonstop gore, Three Stooges–inspired comedy, that meddlesome Necronomicon, Campbell’s gleeful jackassery — have all been restored with assistance from Campbell’s longtime collaborators, director Sam Raimi and producer Rob Tapert. Ash Williams is now 23 years older though not necessarily wiser, living the high life in a Michigan trailer park amid a haze of self-important delusion and marijuana smoke, when the undead suddenly return to settle old scores, moving at breakneck speed while 3 feet off the ground in that uniquely Evil Dead sort of way. Joining him is a cast of junior demon slayers and an enigmatic adversary played by Lucy Lawless. But Campbell is unquestionably the star attraction.

If the response to the pilot’s world premiere during the Comic Con panel is any indication, Ash vs Evil Dead should adequately service the fan base. The faithful squealed with delight at every severed head and ridiculous one-liner. Smith registered his approval by using the word “jism” at least twice during the Q&A. In that room, at least, Ash vs Evil Dead killed.11

How big of a deal is Bruce Campbell at Comic Con? That morning, I watched Campbell and the show’s cast and crew press the flesh and sign autographs for 100 lucky fanatics. For these folks, meeting Bruce Campbell is akin to a religious experience — he’s like the pope of campy horror, and his followers line up for hours to proudly display their amazingly elaborate Evil Dead tattoos and chain-saw-accessorized Ash costumes.

“I do a lot of them,” Campbell says of the convention circuit as we settle in the back of a black SUV. “Every year is different, but I usually do half a dozen a year. Sometimes more depending on whether I’m promoting something — I knew this year would be Evil Dead, so I made sure to go to a bunch of them so you can cross-promote, all that crap.”

He stares into the distance as we pull out and head east toward Campbell’s hotel. “Some actors are freaked out — they’ll go once and never go again,” Campbell says. “It’s too close: People are on the elevators with you, they’re looking at what you’re eating, it’s all too precious. I’ve had a different M.O. I enjoy the fooling around with the audience, messing with them — tormenting them, you know.”

During the Q&A, most of the Q’s were for Campbell, and his A’s typically weren’t actual answers, but rather reiterations of Ash’s asshole shtick. As Ash vs Evil Dead showrunner Craig DiGregorio explains to me later, there are three Bruce Campbells. “There’s the Bruce that you just kind of hang out and talk to, who’s just the best, nicest guy,” he says. “And then there’s the Bruce at Comic Con who turns it on. He’s amazing at it — he can say mean stuff to people that ask questions, and it comes off in such a charming, funny way. And then there’s all of the characters he plays.”

“I think Bruce, nowadays, is some combination of Bruce and Ash — he’s like Brash,” concurs Raimi. “I think that those groups wanna see Ash. They really like that character, and Bruce is the ultimate actor. He wants to give it to them, so he takes on a little bit more of that character’s persona.”

In the past decade, Campbell’s highest-profile roles have been in television — he was an ex–Navy SEAL named Sam Axe (which sounds like Ash) on USA’s long-running series Burn Notice, and he was cast as Ronald Reagan (who’s basically Ash as a senior citizen) in the current season of the acclaimed FX drama Fargo. He’s also played a heightened version of himself in niche projects that appeal mostly to diehards. My Name Is Bruce — a 2007 horror-comedy that he starred in, directed, and coproduced — featured Campbell in a Galaxy Quest–esque scenario in which he is mistaken for a real monster slayer. Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way was a fantasy novel he published in 2005 after his memoir, 2001’s If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, became a surprise best seller.

“Meta” Bruce resembles “Comic Con” Bruce — conceited, selfish, a little dumb, and yet ultimately heroic. Campbell’s greatest talent is his ability to simultaneously personify and satirize an outmoded form of peacocking masculinity. Here in this SUV, as he transitions from performing for a worshipful public to the solitude of his hotel room, Campbell is stuck somewhere between “real” Bruce and “Comic Con” Bruce. But who, exactly, is the real Bruce?

“Well, I wouldn’t get too deep now. You’re going to bonk your head after about a foot under the water,” Campbell tells me. Then he makes an analogy to old-timey comedian W.C. Fields.

“He was in a couple movies, he was the world’s greatest juggler at one point, he did vaudeville all around the world, and he made up all of his own press releases,” Campbell says. “People don’t know anything about the real W.C. Fields now because he made up such a ton of shit.”

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Here’s some shit that’s not made up about Bruce Campbell: He was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, in 1958. The acting bug bit Bruce when he was 8 — he followed the example of his father, Charlie, a frustrated artist turned billboard inspector who channeled his creative impulses into Detroit-area community theater. When Bruce entered his teen years, he started making Super 8 movies with friends from the neighborhood. Around this time, he encountered a weird kid in the halls of his junior high school dressed like Sherlock Holmes. Bruce thought the kid was a creep. His name was Sam Raimi.

“We met in drama class,” Campbell recalls. “We started talking pretty much right away, because he was a weird bird.”

Bruce was a bit of a weirdo himself — he was known around school for wearing his father’s crushed velvet smoking jacket. (“I could put my shit in its pockets,” he says now. “It was very practical.”) Bruce and Sam pooled their resources with other local kids and set up an ad hoc kiddie production company. Together they made dozens of movies, mostly comedies, and screened them at a local theater. By the time they graduated from high school in the late ’70s, Campbell and Raimi were seasoned amateurs determined to make a full-length feature.

They did market research at local drive-ins and discovered that horror films were both cheap to make and highly profitable. Guided more by Midwestern pragmatism than a true allegiance to the genre, they shot a supernatural thriller called Within the Woods that later became the basis for 1981’s The Evil Dead. As Hollywood outsiders operating at the start of the blockbuster era, Campbell, Raimi, and Tapert used Within the Woods to tirelessly solicit local dentists and doctors for Evil Dead’s financing.

“The investors have probably made 30, 35 times their money. They’re still making it,” Campbell says proudly. “It took six years to break even on their investment. For some people that was too long to wait. But now that they have waited, it’s well worth it. They got checks this year. Not small ones, either.”

Two more films followed — 1987’s Evil Dead II and 1992’s Army of Darkness moved the series in a wackier, more irreverent direction, prodded by Campbell’s gonzo performance as the perpetually put-upon Ash. By the time Army of Darkness premiered, the character had evolved into a veritable boomstick of catchphrases. But in spite of their subsequent status as cult classics, those movies were far from box office successes.

Over the next 20 years, Campbell and Raimi went legitimate — Campbell got his own TV series, the short-lived The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., which was sort of like Gunsmoke for the Simpsons generation, and then landed a regular spot on Xena: Warrior Princess with his current Ash vs Evil Dead costar Lawless. Raimi, meanwhile, helmed the Spider-Man franchise, which grossed just over $ 1 billion domestically in the aughts. Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, in comparison, made just $ 18 million combined.

Then something funny happened: As Raimi’s Spider-Man movies were rebooted just five years after 2007’s lackluster Spider-Man 3, a clamor arose for a return of The Evil Dead. While that franchise was also revived with a new cast in 2013 — Raimi, Campbell, and Tapert stayed on as producers — what fans really wanted was more Ash.

“After I made Spider-Man 2, we kept hearing the fans say, ‘We don’t need any more Spider-Man, we really want to see Evil Dead,’” Raimi says with a wry laugh. “And I’d complain. ‘Why? I made three of those, let’s move on to something else.’ But they kept asking for it. So I finally said to Ivan, my brother, ‘Let’s write this thing, because no one’s asking us for anything except this.’”

While Raimi originally conceived Ash vs Evil Dead as a feature, Campbell and Tapert “badgered” him to make it a TV series, because “we didn’t want to make a $ 200 million Evil Dead movie,” Campbell says. “Sam makes big movies now, you know? It’d be very tough for him to go back — that far back — to make a really cheap Evil Dead movie. But television seems to work. You can take time to get an audience if you can’t find them right away.”

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Let’s address a question that arises with every revival of a long-cherished pop-culture institution: Is Ash vs Evil Dead necessary? The short answer is: probably not. But while The Evil Dead didn’t need to be resuscitated, Ash vs Evil Dead is executed about as well as you could possibly hope for, striking a tricky balance between the straightforward terror of the first Evil Dead and the slapstick surrealism of Evil Dead II. If the series can follow through on the promise of Raimi’s whizz-bang pilot, Ash vs Evil Dead could very well be the most complete Evil Dead experience yet.12

For Campbell, working with Raimi affords the sort of creative freedom that he often doesn’t get elsewhere. One of his professional pet peeves are persnickety writers who are overly precious about their dialogue. Bruce Campbell needs to talk like Bruce Campbell, says Bruce Campbell.

On 1995’s Congo, Campbell felt stymied by John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize– and Tony-winning playwright and screenwriter, who for some reason was hired to write a movie about genius apes. Campbell was still chafing about the experience as we arrived at his hotel room.

“John Patrick Shanley had the Paddy Chayefsky clause, where actors are not allowed to change a word,” says Campbell, offering me a seat at a conference table inside his suite. “That’s bullshit! I call bullshit. You don’t get to call the end of this process, Mr. Writer. You’re not the end of it. I’m the end of it. Because the words are coming out of my mouth.”

Most of the time, Campbell isn’t working with the John Patrick Shanleys of the world. His cinematic bread and butter is made up of movies with titles like Alien Apocalypse, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, and Assault on Dome 4. The key to understanding Bruce Campbell — the real Bruce Campbell, not the hammy approximation he puts on at Comic Con — is the sense of professionalism he brings to every project. Campbell is self-aware enough to realize when he’s working on a turkey — he calls it his Crimewave meter, named after Raimi’s disastrous 1985 follow-up to The Evil Dead that nearly derailed all of their careers.13 What Campbell has learned over time is how to play out the string, like a baseball team that knows in July that it’s not making the playoffs.

“You can smell when a production is off,” he says. “What I do in those cases, I just go on autopilot. Not like I give up, but I’m like, That guy’s not going to help me. No one’s going out of their way to make sure this is going to look and sound good. So I just gotta get what I need and do it, and not worry about it.”

He’s come close to quitting acting only once: at the end of the ’80s, when his first marriage was on the rocks. (“I wasn’t at home a lot,” he says.) But Campbell remarried in 1991, and his children, Rebecca and Andy, are now grown. As dusk approaches, and the publicist hints that it’s time for dinner, Campbell deflects further inquires about his personal life. No matter his more than 366,000 Twitter followers, he is not part of the over-sharing generation.

“You should fuck with your persona,” he says emphatically. “I don’t want anyone looking at me like I’ve got all the answers. That’s why I don’t go political on Twitter — because then you’re putting yourself there for real. I don’t need to make an issue out of everything. Not everything is an issue to me. So I find it weird to see guys like Mark Ruffalo, who are like, ‘Fracking is bad,’ and the next is, ‘See Marvel superheroes.’ It’s like, don’t consume this, but consume that.”

The publicist finally gives me the wrap-up signal. Campbell has successfully maintained his cocksure façade. Before I go, I wonder if he has any regrets.

Maniac Cop at the time seemed great. Would I do it now? No. Probably not,” Campbell says. He doesn’t mention that he came back for Maniac Cop 2.

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Whoopi Goldberg Joins Cast Of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ At CBS All Access [Video]

Whoopi Goldberg has joined the CBS All Access limited-series adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”

The story is about a group of survivors of a superflu, who are led by the 108-year-old Mother Abigail (Goldberg), who is receiving visions from God. Whoopi joins a cast that includes Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, and Daniel Sunjata as the soldier Cobb. Alexander Skarsgard will reportedly play Randall Flagg, the leader of the evil survivors.

Here’s a full breakdown of the plot via THR:

The Stand is set in a world decimated by plague and locked in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors whose worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” Stephen King said in a statement. “The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.”

King’s also going to rewrite the ending. According to CBS All Access, the beloved author “will write the last chapter of the series, providing a new coda that won’t be found in the book.”

Singer Marilyn Manson revealed to Revolver that he will be acting in the series, in addition to contributing music with a cover of The Doors’ classic track “The End,” per TV Guide.

Whoopi’s recent acting roles include “Nobody’s Fool” with Tiffany Haddish and a recurring part on CBS’ “Instinct.” Here’s King speaking with Goldberg on “The View” when she announced her role on “The Stand” — watch below:

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‘The textbooks may need to be rewritten’

Steve Smith's unorthodox batting technique is not something a purist will advocate to budding players, but his monstrous run-scoring ability might force coaching manuals to be rewritten, former Australia cricketer Adam Gilchrist has said.

Twitchy at the crease, Smith extravagantly shuffles across his stumps with his bat's backlift pointing towards gully – all a strict no when youngsters are learning the art of batting.

But in his inimitable style, the 30-year-old Smith has scored 671 runs in five innings during the Ashes at an average of 134.2 and has climbed to the top of the Test rankings for batsmen despite sitting a year out due to a ban.

"Years ago, Smith had a lean patch with the bat, and had to step away for a bit," former wicketkeeper-batsman Gilchrist told reporters in Bengaluru on Wednesday. "He tried to change his technique, but later decided to stay true to his game.

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"To stick to your guns when all the cricketing greats, coaches and textbooks say you are wrong — that takes real courage. And now everyone is watching him bat in amazement, and trying to learn from him.

"The textbooks on batting technique may need to be rewritten."

Australian cricket was thrown into turmoil 18 months ago when Smith, his vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Smith and Warner have been repeatedly booed and mocked by the crowds in England and while Warner has scored just 79 runs from eight innings during the Ashes, Smith has seen himself compared to Australian great Don Bradman.

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"Smith's run is extraordinary, considering the sort of pressure he was under," said Gilchrist, who played 96 Tests for Australia. "It (heckling) was expected from the England crowds.

"Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft took responsibility for their actions. Smith has utilised the time away to come back mentally tougher."

While Tim Paine's side managed to retain the Ashes urn with their victory in the fourth Test in Manchester, Gilchrist feels the Australian side was far from a settled outfit.

"Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Harris, Cameron Bancroft — they are still finding their feet in Test cricket. I don't think anyone has secured their spot in the Australian team, apart from Steve Smith," the 47-year-old said.

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The State of Scary TV: ‘The Returned’ and ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Join ‘The Walking Dead’ in Offering High-Quality Horror

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, which is traditionally the least-watched night for television. Perhaps this is fitting. In 2015, TV can be many things that are appropriate to the holiday: shocking, horrifying, sticky-sweet, overcommercialized, and deeply, deeply gross. But one thing it still struggles with is fear.5 Don’t believe me? Take a moment to consider: What’s the last regular TV show that was actually full-stop scary? I don’t mean frightful in bits and pieces, like one of Leatherface’s victims. I mean a show that is scary from top to bottom, from beginning to end. And I mean a show other than, say, Dads.

This isn’t a criticism so much as it’s a fact of life. Movies, with their contained running times, are especially good at sustaining mood. When you take your seat for a horror film, you’re essentially agreeing to be on the edge of it for 90 to 120 minutes. TV, by its very nature, demands a diversity of tone and pitch. Viewers simply can’t be asked to hold their breath for eight, 10, or even 22 hours a season. Try it and they’ll be dead even sooner than your show. Instead, TV traditionally has had to play in the margins of horror, building entire series out of the offcuts and scraps usually undervalued by the Fangoria crowd: the slow, agonizing buildup; the stolid, yeomanlike investigation; the long, sorrowful denouement. (Or, as is the case with Fox’s smarmy Scream Queens, the idea that a sneer can wound more deeply than a knife.) A scary movie is a turn through a haunted house. A scary TV show is more of a haunted time-share. There have to be at least occasional feints toward amenities like comfort and humor because, let’s be honest, you’re going to be there awhile.

If anyone were going to crack the horror code on TV, I would have expected it to be a pay service like HBO or Netflix, with their unlimited makeup budgets and freedom to micro-target audiences with the precision of a serial killer. But the two most successful series to challenge the primacy of scary cinema both hail from the diabolical Jigsaws in basic cable. FX’s American Horror Story, still slaying the ratings in its fifth iteration, is likely the closest TV has ever come to the specificity and sustained craziness of film. Part of this is due to the show’s creative casting and unquenchable thirst for extremity. But let’s be honest: The most noteworthy aspect of AHS isn’t the bearded lady, it’s the length of each season. By limiting each cycle to 13 hours and a single story, the show’s one, discordant note can ring out like a symphony. One doesn’t watch AHS so much as one commits to it.6

AMC’s The Walking Dead is even more noteworthy. Not only is it far and away television’s most popular show among the highly coveted 18-to-34-year-old demographic, it has almost single-handedly refuted every one of the ideas laid out in my opening paragraph. Where most serialized dramas create a world and, over time, spread out into it, adding characters, nuance, and layers, The Walking Dead has a guillotine where the story engine should be. It has no interest in saving the world or curing the zombie outbreak. Instead, it sets up base camp in the crushing moment when most dystopic movies end, sinking into the heartbreak, violence, and loss. “Everything is fucked,” isn’t a traditional TV starting place, but, then again, The Walking Dead isn’t a traditional series. Its remarkable proficiency in areas often considered ancillary — sound design, visual effects, editing, and casting — has helped sustain it, even when the plot veers decidedly into a sort of sadistic nihilism. And, in a perverse way, the bleak consistency of The Walking Dead — no matter what else is going on, someone’s getting bitten every week — is precisely what saves it as a TV show. At this point, the constant, gruesome suffering has become as dependable as a laugh track.

Walkers - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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This Sunday’s controversial episode actually further cemented The Walking Dead’s connection to the rest of TV. In the Jon Snow era, beloved shows have far outstripped the boundaries of their time slots. Fandom is a full-contact sport that runs around the clock, seasons be damned. That showrunner Scott M. Gimple had to qualify a major death — and thus step on his own dramatic narrative mere minutes after setting it in motion — was further proof that winking gamesmanship no longer works in a world where everyone is playing on such a high level. On The Walking Dead, humans may just be oversize chum for the zombie masses. But in reality, these characters are intimates, welcomed into our homes every week. A modern showrunner can, and should, rough them up. But he needs to remember to respect them.

Despite this misstep, my main takeaway from “Thank You” was admiration. Though there remain plenty of nits to pick about The Walking Dead, I’m thoroughly impressed by the show’s ability to harness tricky, fast-burning emotions like anguish, stress, and desperation and corral them within the confines of a weekly series. The panicked, almost druggy fugue state that Nicholas fell into as an impossible horde of zombies surrounded him was contagious. I’m not saying I can relate to the choice he made in that moment — but, god, who could blame him? Again and again, I’m finding the sheer scale of this season of The Walking Dead deeply unsettling; death has long been ever-present but rarely so monumental or, seemingly, inevitable. This relentlessness is radical for television, and in particular for Sunday-night television, which has long been the warming hearth of the country’s viewing week. It’s a pivot that has helped The Walking Dead become TV’s most horrific show in more than a literal sense; it ravages emotions now, not just entrails.

On Saturday night, right about the time most kids will be home counting their candy, two chilling, off-kilter series will premiere, each seeking to keep the jack-o’-lantern lights on well into November. Though SundanceTV’s The Returned is back for a second season — I loved the first — it’s Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead that’s actually the more familiar of the pair. That’s because it picks up a baggy story that first began in 1978, when two frustrated Midwestern drama dorks named Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell filmed a bloody short called Within the Woods. From that splattery snippet came a cult empire: a trilogy of beloved movies, plus a host of video games, comic books, and unlimited opportunities for cosplay. The only connective tissue between all of it: Raimi’s inimitable tongue-in-cheek/ax-in-hand aesthetic and Campbell’s performance as Ashley “Ash” Williams, a one-handed Everyguy in possession of a spirit-summoning Necronomicon. When ghouls come calling, Ash is generally there to dispatch them with a fusillade of one-liners and shotgun shells. With no more mountains to climb on the big screen (a cinematic reboot fizzled in 2013) and no more Spider-Man dance-offs to choreograph, the two have taken their trademark chain saw to the one frontier remaining to them: the small screen.

Here’s the thing about Ash vs Evil Dead: It’s good. Better, it’s fun in a goofy, infectious way that’s the polar opposite of The Walking Dead’s po-faced frown. You don’t need to have any familiarity with the franchise’s history or humor before tuning in. I’d say that the opening montage of the now-57-year-old Campbell attempting to squeeze into a girdle is a pretty good introduction, as is the scene in which a Michigan detective (Jill Marie Jones) is attacked by a neck-twisting poltergeist whose head ultimately explodes with the force and liquid velocity of one of Gallagher’s overripe melons. What’s great about Ash vs Evil Dead isn’t that it doesn’t take itself seriously — though, come on, it totally doesn’t. It’s that it picks and chooses very carefully the details it ought to take seriously. So Campbell — still the Iberico de Bellota of B movie hams — gives as much thought to Ash’s Chaplinesque pratfalls as he does the chain-saw-swinging swagger. And Raimi, who directed the first hour and cowrote or produced the remaining nine, imbues every high-jumping, skittering demon with both gravity and wit. With its severed limbs and references to Shabbos dinner, this isn’t your father’s horror show. It’s your wacky uncle’s. And thank god for it.

On the complete other end of the spectrum is The Returned. If Ash vs Evil Dead is a spouting artery of gleeful gore, the French series is rigor mortis itself. In the first season, the residents of a remote mountain town were undone when their dead relatives suddenly returned to life, seemingly unscathed and frozen at the age they were when they expired. So: A teenage girl is suddenly reconnected to her barely adolescent twin, a young mother is visited by the fiancé who killed himself while she was pregnant, a bar owner who happily buried his murderous brother years ago must find a way to accept him back into his orbit. It’s a bold premise, to be sure, and a lesser show would have balked at the pressure to provide answers. But the beauty of The Returned was the uncomfortable manner in which it asked its heavy questions, the way it allowed its impossible dream of a premise to curdle, subtly and slowly, into a sour nightmare.

In Season 2, The Returned remains as discomfiting and elliptical as ever. Few shows are as starkly beautiful; its palate of ghostly grays and harsh, metallic light suggests the work of an impressionist T-1000. And the music, once again composed by the Scottish noise poets Mogwai, is subtle and devastating. A flood has cleared out the town, and the dead have set up their own society in the mountains. The imminent arrival of Adèle’s (Clotilde Hesme) baby — she was impregnated last season by the very much deceased Simon (Pierre Perrier) — is what drives the plot, but, the truth is, plot seems almost secondary in such an eerie landscape. Indeed, The Returned doesn’t scare so much as it haunts. On a show like this, it’s the living who slowly drop their masks to reveal the scarred monsters lurking underneath. The supernatural is really just a mirror for the frightening possibilities of human nature. It’s this psychological dismemberment, not the bloodier, more literal kind, in which television has historically excelled. That’s because, when a movie ends, you can walk quickly out of the theater and retreat to the quiet safety of home. On TV, the scariest sights are always coming from inside the house.

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For flashback Friday Hip-Hop gets a reminder of how some rap OG’s of the game get down in these streets should the situation call for it.

Connecting from Yonkers to Brooklyn, Styles P links up with Lil Fame to set up the jux for a clown getting money on the block and take him to their torture chamber for their visuals to “The Professionals.” It’s Holiday season all year ’round in the hood, b!

Keeping the scene in New York, Dave East puts down the hoodie and throws on a blazer to take part in an underground card game to set up a jux of his own in his clip to the Gunna assisted “Everyday.”

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Apple’s first trailer for its drama ‘The Morning Show’ is here, and I have so many thoughts

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Let me make clear, right off the bat, that I intend to sign up for Apple’s new premium TV offering on day one and will give more than one of its shows a try as the company makes its first attempt at grabbing a piece of the streaming TV pie. Unfortunately, the trailer Apple released Monday morning for The Morning Show, one of the presumably strongest titles in its slate of programming based on the strength of the cast alone, doesn’t necessarily have me excited at the prospect of doing so.

Which is not to say I’m turned off, either, at this first footage released from the series that goes behind the scenes at a fictional morning show and stars Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon. Watch the trailer above and see what you think — I’m neither hot nor cold about it, I guess is what I’m saying, partly because the trailer seems to be not sure what kind of show it’s teasing.

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Kaitlynn Carter Says She and Ex Brody Jenner Were Hesitant to Join ‘The Hills’ in Post-Split Interview

During one of her first public appearances following her split from Brody Jenner, Kaitlynn Carter said that she and he were hesitant about joining The Hills: New Beginnings.

“We took so long to decide whether to do the show or not,” Carter, 30, said during a live podcast taping of “With Whit,” as a part of Dear Media, Digital Brand Architect’s podcast network, at The Grove in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 15.

Kaitlynn Carter Says She and Ex Brody Were Hesitant to Join ‘The Hills’
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The former blogger elaborated, saying that Jenner’s fellow Hills alum Spencer Pratt approached them with the idea for the MTV show but that it was costar Whitney Port who convinced her to do it.

“It seemed like kind of a crazy idea for Brody to be back on TV and for me to be on there in the first place,” Carter added. “It’s not really my comfort zone. But then I also thought it would be fun. The decision was really about for us to spend more time together. Because he was always on the road deejaying, and I was always on the road for work. This was a project we’d do together. … My philosophy with the show and in life is, like, be authentic.”

Carter also said she was a huge fan of The Hills’ first iteration, which aired on MTV from 2006 to 2010. “I thought it was completely real and I wanted it to be my whole life,” she said.

The experience of filming the reboot, however, took her by surprise. “It got a little dirtier than I expected, with Spencer, obviously,” she said. “We don’t really click anymore.” (On the show, Pratt accused Carter of causing his rift with Jenner, and in a recent blog post, he said that she was responsible for Jenner’s rift with Kim Kardashian.)

Now, post-reality TV and post-split, Carter is “pouring [her] time and energy” into developing her own skincare products, she said on the podcast.

Carter and Jenner, 35, announced their separation on August 2, 14 months after tying the knot in Indonesia, though a source told Us Weekly they had never obtained a marriage license. One week after the split, Carter was spotted kissing Miley Cyrus while on vacation in Italy.

With reporting by Taylor Ferber

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Smoke, Mirrors, and Meth: The Insane Story Behind ‘The Amazing Johnathan Documentary’

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HOLLYWOOD, California—On stage, The Amazing Johnathan was known for his manic energy and larger-than-life presence. In person, the 60-year-old comic magician is soft-spoken, subdued and even more frail than he appears in The Amazing Johnathan Documentary, which premieres in theaters and on Hulu this Friday. 

We’re sitting in an empty theater at The Magic Castle, an old haunt for Johnathan during his glory days and the site of his big farewell performances in 2014. Born in Detroit as John Edward Szeles, Johnathan lives in Las Vegas with his wife Anastasia but when he’s in Los Angeles he always stays at the hotel on the property. 

“I’ve had to sit through it probably about 10 times,” Johnathan says of the new film, which was directed by first-time documentarian Ben Berman. “I still like watching it though, because it’s about your life. It’s strange to see a room full of people watching your life story. Usually you’ve got to be dead for a documentary to come out about yourself.” 

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Loni Love Wants Tamar Braxton To Return To ‘The Real’ … As A Guest

Tamar Braxton was formerly a co-host of the daytime talk show “The Real” before she and the show allegedly mutually parted ways. She went on to shade the show and accuse her colleagues of setting her up to get fired.

“I think she’s embarrassed, she knows the truth. If you don’t like us, if you thought we had you fired, why would you sit with us when we all got nominated for an Emmy?”Loni Love previously said of Tamar’s exit.

Now the comedian wants the singer to return to the show as a guest. As noted by MadameNoire, Love tweeted to a select group of entertainers including Jordyn Woods, presidential candidate Kamala Harris, actress Viola Davis, actor Jussie Smollett and Missy Elliott, to name a few — to appear on the popular talk daytime talker.

In an October 2018 interview with The Breakfast Club, Love addressed the rumors surrounding Tamar being kicked to the curb.

“In season one and season two, we were all different. We didn’t really know each other that much, it was a new show, and as far as I know, I was sitting at table with a girl named Tamar Braxton,” she continued. “I had just met these ladies and I had just met her. I was excited.”

Love says things went left after Tamar hinted that she wanted new management, a move that would seen her former husband and manager, Vincent Herbert, replaced.

“I don’t know what happened,” she said. “I can tell you this, everybody has a different story with Tamar.” She then explained how Vince was going to name her and the women of “The View” in a lawsuit related to an incident that went down around the time Braxton was canned.

“Something happened and he knows what happened. He’s trying to save face, I believe, because he knows something had happened, either some deal that messed up, I don’t know,” added Love. “It wasn’t like they had a meeting, we tip toed to the office, we don’t have that type of power. We got no power.”

After Braxton quit the show, each of her former co-hosts, Adrienne Bailon, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Jeannie Mai, denied Tamar’s claims that they sabotaged her. Months later, Tamar apologized for any hurt she caused them with her accusations in a caption on Instagram accompanied by a video of her chilling poolside.

“When all u know and felt is hurt. You hurt. Self inflicted and to others are included,” she wrote. “From my sisters, the ladies of the real, Iyanla, old and new Friends and whomever else I’ve EVER hurt, from being hurt. Please forgive me. I didn’t know love to show you love. Now I do thanks to my @david.adefeso.”

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So Much for That: Universal Pictures Cancels ‘The Hunt’ Release Amid Mass Shootings

Universal Pictures announced Saturday it’s halting the release of “The Hunt,” a political satire from horror master Jason Blum and starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

The movie was originally slated to hit theaters Sept. 27.

via NYDN:

The plot features “elites” hunting conservatives “for sport.”

“After thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” a Universal Pictures spokesman told the Daily News.

The film’s marketing was put on hold after the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio last week, a studio statement said.

“We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller,” the statement, which dominates the movie’s homepage reads. “But we understand that now is not the right time release this film.”

The decision came less than 24 hours after President Trump attacked “Liberal Hollywood” onTwitter, calling the industry “Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!”

The president never specifically mentioned “The Hunt,” but the film has drawn rancor from “Fox and Friends” and other conservative outlets.

“A bunch of elites gathers … to hunt humans for sport,” reads Universal Pictures Canada’s description on YouTube.

In the trailer, Swank’s “elite” insists the targets are “not human beings.”

We were actually looking forward to seeing this one. If you haven’t — check out the trailer below!

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“We read to know we are not alone,” says C.S. Lewis in the film Shadowlands. The quote resonated with me when I first encountered it. A cerebral, introverted black girl who had moved all across the country and overseas as an Army brat, changing schools like one might change an outfit, I had always found my most faithful and reliable companions in the pages of books, a salve to my existential loneliness.

What I rarely ever found were stories about or featuring anyone who looked, had parents, or the lived experiences of someone like me.

In fact, it wasn’t until I reached my senior year in high school that I’d ever be assigned a book written by a black author. And it wasn’t until I reached my sophomore and junior years in college that I’d be assigned a book written by a black woman. That woman was Toni Morrison, and both the first and second book I was assigned to read by her was 1977’s Song of Solomon, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1978 and catapulted her into the national spotlight.

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Milo Ventimiglia Says to ‘Hydrate’ Before ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’

Brace yourselves, This Is Us fans. Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried’s new movie will bring on the tears, Ventimiglia reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

On the emotional scale, The Art of Racing in the Rain is “about the same, maybe a little more” than This Is Us, the actor, 42, tells Us. In the film, the SAG winner plays Denny Swift, a race car driver who loves his wife, Eve, and his dog, Enzo.

Like most love stories — especially with animals involved — expect to shed some tears.

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(L-R) “Enzo” and Milo Ventimiglia in ‘The Art of Racing in The Rain’. Doane Gregory/Twentieth Century Fox

“It’s like early days. Remember when This Is Us kind of was knock-you-off-your-seat and you have to really hydrate, because you knew you were gonna cry?” the Emmy nominee says. But, while you may need to drink a bottle of water after the film, that doesn’t mean all the tears will be sad ones.

“What I loved about Art of Racing was that it had a feeling of hope. It had this magical quality to it, where, there are things that happen in life but it doesn’t bring us down, it actually lifts it up,” the Gilmore Girls alum adds. “That’s what I loved about the message of the movie that was carried over from the book. It was hopeful.”

Milo Ventimiglia The Art of Racing in The Rain
Milo Ventimiglia attends ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ Premiere at El Capitan Theatre on August 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Eric Charbonneau/Shutterstock

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The Art of Racing in the Rain is in theaters Friday, August 9.

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