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Kevin Hart is returning to the small screen for a new season of the Real Husbands of Hollywood series that premieres February 10, and he'll be joined by fellow cast members Duane Martin, JB Smoove, Nelly, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe and Robin Thicke.

The new trailer for BET+'s Real Husbands of Hollywood: More Kevin, More Problems just dropped, and once again, Hart and his buddies -- playing fictional versions of themselves -- bring the funny. 

Cynthia McWilliams and Jackie Long return to the cast, to which Michele Weaver and Angela Rye have been added for this go 'round. As usual, the show also boasts a variety of celebrity guests. The trailer alone features Tiffany Haddish, Dr. Phil and Neil DeGrasse Tyson -- who Kevin thinks is Mike Tyson's "astronaut" father.

All six episodes of Real Husbands of Hollywood: More Kevin, More Problems will stream on BET+.


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Sidney Poitier's memorial service will be private due to the pandemic.

“The Poitier family so appreciates the wonderful outpouring of love, support and affection for Sidney,” reads the family statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “There have been many inquiries about an event to honor his life. At this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, a private memorial service has been arranged for the family with the possibility of a more public memorial service should the virus’ numbers subside in the near future.”

The Guess Who's Coming to Dinner star, who was the first Black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, died on January 6. He was 94. As previously reported, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that Poitier passed away from a combination of cardiopulmonary failure, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s dementia

In other news, production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected to resume Monday, according to Entertainment Weekly. Shooting was halted in November as Letitia Wright, who portrays T'Challa's sister, Shuri, recovered from an injury she sustained while filming a stunt in August. Production was initially scheduled to resume last week, however, it was pushed back after several people involved in the production — including Lupita Nyong'o, who stars as Nakia — tested positive for COVID-19.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to open November 11.

Finally, Kandi Burruss has a new reality show. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, and her husband, Todd Tucker will feature their A-T-L restaurant, OLG, in the new series, Kandi & The Gang. They operate OLG with Kandi’s mother, Joyce, and aunts Nora and Bertha. Kandi & The Gang will premiere on Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

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Chris Evans is joining forces with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for the latter's big holiday movie Red One

Marvel Studios' Captain America has signed on to join the DC Universe's Black Adam for the hush-hush Amazon Studios project, which was previously touted to Deadline by producer Hiram Garcia as, "Hobbs [& Shaw]-meets Miracle on 34th Street."

Garcia, who is credited with coming up with the story, is Johnson's producing partner at their successful Seven Bucks production company. 

The trade reports Red One is slated to get underway later this year, reuniting Johnson with Jake Kasdan, the director of The Rock's hit Jumanji movies.

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While the film doesn't come out until March 4, a two-minute clip of the upcoming The Batman has hit the Interwebs.

The snippet is a larger portion of a funeral scene glimpsed in the trailers: Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne is in a church, attending the funeral of a Gotham City official, when a woman prods the billionaire heir about the sad state of Gotham City. "You're not doing anything!" she points out. 

Pattinson, who doesn't say a word in the clip, also overhears Jeffrey Wright's Commissioner Gordon discussing with his boss the disappearance of a colleague. 

Just then, gunshots can be heard outside, and Pattinson's expression shows that he wishes he had his Batsuit. He spies a lone figure looking at him from the church's second floor who doesn't flinch as the choir around him runs in fear -- just as an SUV plows into the building and through pews, sending mourners scrambling. 

Wayne grabs a kid out of the way in the nick of time, as the vehicle slams into the altar.

Cops order the driver out of the vehicle, and he emerges with his mouth duct-taped shut, with a cellphone taped to his hand and a bomb strapped around his neck. It's the missing person.

As the phone rings, the man opens his coat to reveal a folder, on which is scrawled "To The Batman."

As the clip draws to an end, the camera slowly zooms to Pattinson.

Clearly, the scary scenario is the work of Paul Dano's Riddler, who tangles with Pattinson's Dark Knight this time around. 

The film, which is directed by Matt Reeves, also stars Zoe Kravitz as Selena Kyle/Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred, and Colin Farrell as The Penguin.

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Netflix has dropped the new trailer to Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, a stop-motion animated version of Carlo Collodi's children's tale from the visionary The Shape of Water Oscar winner.

Gregory Mann voices the titular wooden marionette who gets his magic wish to become a flesh-and-blood boy; guiding him along the way is Ewan McGregor's Sebastian J. Cricket.

"It's a story you think you know, but you don't. Not really," Cricket chuckles.

Game of Thrones and Hot Fuzz veteran David Bradley voices Pinocchio's creator Geppetto, and the voice cast also includes Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Stranger Things lead Finn Wolfhard; del Toro's Nightmare Alley co-star and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett; her fellow Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz; acclaimed actors John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson; and frequent del Toro collaborator Ron Perlman.

The film debuts exclusively on Netflix in December of 2022.

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The first of seven NFTs from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction has sold at auction for $1.1 million.

As previously reported, the filmmaker curated a set of seven non-fungible tokens related to his Oscar-winning crime classic, with each promising exclusive access to seven scenes, including audio commentary and handwritten notes that promise "a unique look into the mind and creative process of Quentin Tarantino."

After a bidding war -- including "multiple bids in the six to seven figure range," the first chapter, "Royale with Cheese," was just purchased for $1.1 million, by an NFT collective called AnonDAO. The collective is dedicated to "the advancement of infrastructure protecting people's right to privacy."

The remaining six NFTs are set to auction daily through January 31. According to SCRT Labs, which is orchestrating the auction, "Only the purchaser has the power to see, sell and show the art to other people."

"This groundbreaking NFT sale represents a monumental moment for our community, Quentin, and the Secret Network," said Guy Zyskind, Founder and CEO of SCRT Labs in a statement.

The remaining chapters will be auctioned on the following dates:

Chapter #2, "Pumpkin and Honey Bunny": January 24, 2022

Chapter #3, "Foot Massage": January 25, 2022

Chapter #4, "Check Out the Big Brain on Brett": January 26, 2022

Chapter #5, "Captain Koons Monologue - The Gold Watch": January 27, 2022

Chapter #6, "Bring Out the Gimp": January 28, 2022

Chapter #7, "Last Scene: Coffee Shop - Ezekiel 25:17": January 31, 2022

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Jeopardy! phenomenon Amy Schneider opened up to Good Morning America Monday about her experience on the quiz show.

Schneider, who is currently tied with Matt Amodio with the second-longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history, told George Stephanopoulos, "I never expected to do this well."

She added the "main secret" of her success is "just being curious and spending my life learning a lot of stuff." That said, Schneider was once voted by classmates as, "most likely to be on Jeopardy!" 

"I mean, I was good in school. I got good grades, I won the spelling bee. So yeah, I definitely -- I did expect to be on Jeopardy! and to do all right, just never expected to do it quite this well," she confessed. 

Schneider admitted she had an interesting way of getting ready for the game show's "buzzer," which contestants use to offer their answers to the hosts. "I practiced at home with a ball-point pen," she said.

However, Schneider said, "that first game, it wasn't quite working as well as it needed to." She added, "For whatever reason I decided to throw that out and stop thinking about it and purely try to go on instinct..."

One other thing Schneider wasn't prepared for? Fame, she told Stephanopoulos. "There's a bit of a gap between the taping and the airing, so I did have some time to like get used to the idea," she laughed. "I didn't really know what it would be or how famous is Jeopardy! famous. So it's been a lot, but it's mostly been just really fun."

Schneider added, "I think that the best part for me has been being on TV, you know, as my true self, expressing myself and representing the entire community of trans people and ... just being, you know, a smart, confident woman and doing something super normal like being on Jeopardy!"

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The third season of TNT's Snowpiercer debuts Monday night at 9 p.m. ET. The action-packed drama concerns a massive train carrying the last remnants of humanity on a non-stop journey around the globe, after the entire planet becomes a frozen wasteland. It's a high-concept plot, but star Daveed Diggs believes that everyone can see themselves in Snowpiercer's diverse cast.

Diggs plays Andre Layton, a former detective who leads a rebellion against the train's oppressive class system and its maniacal designer, played by Sean Bean. "There are a lot of points of entry for people," Diggs tells ABC Audio.

"Every actor on there is giving these characters really full, lived experiences...and so I think there are a lot of ways to find yourself on Snowpiercer," he explains. "It's a pretty representative group of people...[and] if you have an 'in' to a story, then all of a sudden you can participate in it."

And that representation has literally changed lives. Mickey Sumner plays security guard-turned-rebel Bess Till, who's gay. Sumner says, "I had actually a woman reach out who was a cop, and she told me that because of Bess Till, she was able to come out to her colleagues at work and her family."

Sumner's amazed by the show's fan engagement: Viewers create Snowpiercer-inspired artwork and dissect every plot detail online.

"People become really attached to these characters and really own them," she says. "And I love that."

But Snowpiercer's also a cautionary tale.

"This is an allegory of the present," says Sumner ruefully. "There's a lot of warnings about what not to do. And there's also, sadly, lot, of similarities about how we treat people and how leadership fails people. So it's been really interesting, at this time, to be part of this show."

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French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler has died, a statement on his official Instagram account confirmed Sunday. He was 73.

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

Mugler was known for his adventurous, theatrical designs, which have been worn by supermodels, Hollywood royalty and fashionistas all around the world.

Model Bella Hadid reacted to the post in a comment on Mugler's Instagram. "Nonononono," she wrote, along with a sad-face emoji.

"Fashion visionary and one of the most influential and admired designers of his generation Manfred Thierry Mugler passed away today," the CFDA tweeted, along with a photo of supermodel Iman wearing one of Mugler's designs on the runway.

"Gone to soon ... God of fashion .. a rarely REAL, kindness , sweetest .. u ll be always missed by your Russian...," model Irina Shayk wrote in an Instagram post, alongside a photo of herself with Mugler.

His death comes less than a week after fellow industry icon and former Vogue editor André Leon Talley died, also at age 73.

Mugler was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1948. While he was always interested in design, he was also passionate about classical dance, theater and cinema, and practiced ballet. His love of fantasy and Hollywood drama carried into his couture designs, making him an international sensation.

It was in the 1980s and 1990s when his career truly thrived, though in recent years, several of his inventive designs caused shockwaves on the red carpet. In 2019, he was responsible for Kim Kardashian's "wet look" dress for the Met Gala, and that same year dressed Cardi B in a pink and black "stormy Venus" dress for the Grammy Awards.

The designer also released various popular perfumes and a cosmetics line, Thierry Mugler Beauty.

He was also an author and artist. In 1988, his book of photography hit the stands, and 10 years later, he published Thierry Mugler: Fashion Fetish Fantasy, which offers an overview of his work as a designer and creator.

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America's Funniest Home Videos, the long-running ABC series that Bob Saget helped launch in 1989, will honor its original host for the rest of the season with a regular segment showcasing memorable moments from his time on the ABC series, according to Variety. "I’d forgotten how whimsical and crazy his host bits were -- very physical and very visual," executive producer Vin Di Bona tells the outlet. The segments will run at different times in this season's 12 remaining episodes. Each will open with a quick-cut montage of Saget AFV moments and the chyron "AFV Remembers the Saget Years"...

Julian McMahon, star of FBI: Most Wanted, is exiting the CBS crime drama after almost three seasons, according to Deadline. The show is expected to introduce a new character later this season who will fill the void left by McMahon’s Jess LaCroix, an "agent’s agent" and head of the team from the FBI’s Most Wanted Unit. It is unclear yet how McMahon’s character would be written off. LaCroix is currently going through changes in his personal life, with his daughter Tali leaving for a boarding school in Canada. McMahon's final episode is slated to shoot next week and will air March 8...

Sharyn Moffett, the child actress who starred alongside Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in 1948's Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in The Body Snatcher, died December 23 of natural causes in a hospital in Pittsburgh, her brother Gregory Moffett, tells The Hollywood Reporter. She was 85. Moffett appeared in just 12 features during her career, which spanned seven years from 1944-51, ages 8 to 15. Her other credits include My Pal WolfA Boy, a Girl and a DogRusty Leads the Way and Child of Divorce...


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Former Saturday Night Live cast member Will Forte finally got his shot at hosting the long-running sketch comedy show, only to be upstaged by former cast mate Kristin Wiig.

After bemoaning that Wiig and fellow SNL alums Bill HaderAndy SambergJason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen -- and even Seth Meyers and John Mulaney -- all hosted the show at least once before he got the call, the MacGruber star joked that they "saved the best for last."

Before he could savor his "time to shine," Wiig appeared on stage, leading to a feigned argument between the two.

“Hi Will, I am so excited you’re hosting,” said Wiig, to which Forte responded, “Not a good time,” encouraging her in a not-so-subtle way to leave.

He then decided to take a question from the audience, with SNL creator and producer Lorne Michaels appearing alongside actor Willem Dafoe.

“I’m so sorry, Will,” said Michaels, joking “There’s been a mistake.”

“Oh my God, this is not happening,” said Forte. “Wait, you texted me to come host, Lorne.”

“I texted Willem,” said Michaels, “and you know, autocorrect.”

Forte also brought back his MacGruber character in three vignettes -- joined by Wiig and Ryan Phillippe, his co-stars from the movie and the Peacock series -- this time with the titular character spouting right wing COVID-19 conspiracy theory-influenced takes on masks, vaccines, Ivermectin and Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, Hollywood celebrities, women’s rights, cancel culture.

Måneskin were the musical guests. Dafoe hosts next week's show, with musical guest Katy Perry.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home reclaimed the top spot at the box office with an estimated $14.1 million weekend. The film also climbed into the sixth spot on the list of highest grossing movies of all time worldwide -- passing 2019's The Lion King and 2015's Jurassic World -- with $1.69 billion.

As for the rest of the weekend box office, Scream, which opened at number one a week ago, slipped to number two, earning an estimated $12.4 million. After two weeks, its total U.S. haul stands at $51.3 million, to go with $33.6 million overseas, putting its current worldwide total at $84.9 million.

Sing 2 grabbed third place with an estimated $5.7 million, bringing its total stateside haul to $128.4 million after five weeks. It's delivered $112.8 million overseas so far, bringing its worldwide total to $241.2 million, ranking it as the highest-grossing animated movie of the pandemic era, surpassing The Croods: A New Age’s $215.9 million.

Fourth place belonged to this week's only new major release, the romantic drama Redeeming Love, opening with an estimated $3.7 million. It has yet to open overseas.

Rounding out the top five was The King's Man, collecting an estimated $1.8 million in its fifth week of release. The Matthew Vaughn-directed prequel's domestic total now sits at $31.5 million, although its biggest success has been overseas, where it has delivered $73.8 million, putting the Kingsman-series film's global tally at $105.3 million.

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It’s Downton Abbey, American style. The Gilded Age is the new show from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, premiering tonight on HBO.

The Gilded Age, set in 1880s New York, dramatizes issues of class and race in the post-Civil War era. Fellowes tells ABC Audio he was fascinated by the new money titans of the time like J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie.

Notes Fellowes, "The whole culture that they developed with their wives and brought to New York and made a way of being rich that was America. It wasn't a pale copy of a European tradition. It was American."

That period in history, he calls "an extraordinary sort of training camp for when America dominated the coming century."

"I mean, thirty-five years later, President Wilson was saying what went at the peace treaty at the end of the First World War," he continues. " to have the last word on practically everything. And by then, America's dominance of the world had established itself."

While the upstairs/downstairs nature of the storyline may feel similar to Fellowes' 2011 hit series Downton Abbey, Fellowes insists The Gilded Age is its own thing, pointing out that "the Downton curve was a downward one...It was about an aristocracy having to come to terms with the loss of power, the loss of control, worrying about the roof, you know."

"This is the opposite...a brand new civilization with all the money in the world and all the power and everything else landing on New York," he adds.

Fellowes' says there is one constant in everything he writes: "I always seem to have a sort of waspish older woman telling people what to do."

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Regina King is grieving the death of her only child.

The Oscar-winning actress’ son ​​Ian Alexander Jr., who had celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday, has died by suicide.

"Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King said in a statement obtained by ABC News over the weekend. “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you."

King shared Alexander Jr. with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander.

King’s son frequently attended red carpet events with his mom, telling E! News on the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet, "She's just a super mom. She doesn't really let bad workdays or anything come back and ruin the time that we have. It's really awesome to have a mother who I can enjoy spending time with."

King's co-stars and friends offered their condolences on social media over the weekend, including Octavia SpencerJanet Jackson, DL Hughley, Bernice King and more.

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. You can reach Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.

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Regina Hall, Sterling Brown and Keke Palmer are among the stars featured this weekend in virtual Sundance Film Festival events. They are participating in the fifth annual Macro Lounge focusing on diversity, inclusion and people of color.

On Sunday, January 23, at 1 p.m. PT, Palmer will be featured in a conversation about her film Alice, which opens in theaters March 18. Keke co-stars with Common in the movie about a slave in the antebellum South who escapes from her plantation.

On Sunday at 6 p.m. PT, Hall and Brown will participate in a panel about their film Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. The comedy tells the story of a preacher and his wife attempting to rebuild their congregation following a scandal. Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul will premiere Sunday at 1:45 p.m PT online on the festival website, with a second screening on Tuesday, January 25, at 10 a.m. ET.

In other news, Mack Wilds will host Profiled: The Blackman, a four-part docuseries premiering February 12 on Discovery+. Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, is one of the executive producers of the series, which examines the widespread stereotypes Black men face on a daily basis in America.

Finally, reports that Dame Dash is preparing to shoot the sequel to the 2002 crime drama Paid In Full, which starred Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris and Cam'ron.The film was inspired by the true story of 1980s Harlem drug dealers Azie Faison, Rich Porter and Alpo Martinez. Dash, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z, co-produced the original film with Hova.

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