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Geeked Week 2022: Netflix teases upcoming seasons of 'Stranger Things', 'Umbrella Academy' and more

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On Monday, Netflix let rip with the trailer to its 2022 edition of Geek Week, a celebration of bingeworthy content for "the geek, the geek adjacent, the geek curious -- basically anyone who likes to geek out."

Stranger Things veteran David Harbour provides the R-rated voice-over for the sizzle reel, which shows tantalizing peeks of the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things, the third season of The Umbrella Academy, and a look at the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comic, The Gray Man with Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling, Jamie Foxx's vampire hunting action pic The Day Shift, and more.

Geeked Week runs from Monday, June 6, through Friday, June 10, and Netflix subscribers will get more content from the forthcoming projects, and a peek of Netflix's new online gaming capabilities to boot.

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'Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones' turns 20

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The second of the Star Wars prequels, Attack of the Clones, turns 20 Monday.

The film follows the now 20-year-old Anakin Skywalker, played by Hayden Christensen, and his master, Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi, trying to unravel a plot to assassinate Natalie Portman's Queen Padmé Amidala.

In the meantime, Ian McDiarmid's Chancellor Palpatine continues to pull the strings behind the scenes as Darth Sidious, which will eventually lead to the Clone Wars, and his ascendancy to Emperor.

The second film in the prequel series had some surprises for fans. It revealed that Clone troopers -- the forebears of the Empire's Stormtroopers -- were duplicates based on the genetic template of Temuera Morrison's Jango Fett, a bounty hunter in chromed-out Mandalorian armor who was also the father of Boba Fett.

Attack of the Clones often gets dragged for its coverage of proceedings in the Galactic Senate, as Palpatine makes his machinations. However, the film ends with a breathtaking battle scene on the planet Geonosis, where an army of Jedi faces off with a legion of battle droids, only to be rescued by the clone army led by Yoda. There's also a face-off pitting Anakin and Obi-Wan against Christopher Lee's Count Dooku, with the two Jedi rescued by Yoda himself, who for the first time shows off his Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-like skills with a lightsaber.

The film also ends with the secret wedding between Padmé and Anakin, which eventually leads to her pregnancy with Luke and Leia.

Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones made more than $653 million worldwide, leading to the prequel saga's conclusion, 2005's Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith.

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Fox announces new shows: Trace Adkins & Susan Sarandon in 'Monarch'; Jamie Foxx producing 'Alert'; and more

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On Monday, Fox announced its upcoming slate for the fall season, and in addition to returning hits like 9-1-1: Lone Star and The Cleaning Lady will come new shows with serious cred.

Included is the "Texas-sized drama" Monarch, centering on "America’s first family of country music" and starring Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon and country superstar Trace Adkins.

Also in the mix is Alert, a drama series produced by Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx and focusing on the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit.

Fox is also adapting the award-winning BBC drama Accused, which looks at a crime through the eyes of the defendant.

Gordon Ramsay will continue his long relationship with the network with a new series called Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars, in which the famed chef will search for "the next food and drink entrepreneur," and which will see him investing his own money in their efforts. Additionally, his Next Level Chef will return, as well as his long-running Hell's Kitchen.

On the animation side, some newcomers will join longtime Fox tentpoles The Simpsons and Bob's Burgers, including Grimsburg, in which executive producer Jon Hamm will voice the title character, an ace detective who can't crack the case of his own family.

Additionally, Emmy-winning Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon will debut Krapopolis, an animated show starring the voices of Ted Lasso Emmy winner Hannah Waddingham and What We Do in the Shadows star Matt Berry. The show, billed as the first-ever animated series curated entirely on the Blockchain, will center on "a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other."

The Blockchain relationship will also see Krapopolis producing exclusive NFTs and other digital collectibles.

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Report: Travis Barker marries Kourtney Kardashian in Santa Barbara ceremony

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After announcing their engagement in October, Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian are reportedly married.

TMZ reports the Blink-182 drummer and Kardashian tied the knot in Santa Barbara, California. Photos snapped at the event show Barker suited up in a tuxedo and the reality star in a white mini dress and veil as the two stand in front of a convertible with a "Just Married" sign attached to the back.

TMZ says the two legally married on the steps of a downtown courthouse. Aside from a few bodyguards, guests were sparse. The outlet adds there were people on hand to steer spectators away from the event.

This is the second ceremony for the couple, and it won't be the last. Last month, the two crashed a Vegas wedding chapel and and exchanged vows in front of an Elvis impersonator, but later reports were that the ceremony wasn't official. While this latest ceremony apparently is legitimate, TMZ says Travis and Kourtney are going to fly across the pond and throw a much larger and lavish ceremony in Italy.

The Kardashiansstar first announced her engagement in October, sharing two ultra-romantic images to Instagram captioned "forever." The snaps showed them cozying up on the beach while surrounded by a sea of red roses and flickering white candles.

Kourtney, 43, and Barker, 46, were first romantically linked in 2019, but the pair insisted they were just good friends. The two went Instagram official in February 2021.

This is Barker's third marriage. He was previously married to Melissa Kennedy from 2001 to 2002 and to Shanna Moakler from 2004 and 2008.

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'Bridgerton' season three to explore Penelope and Colin's love story

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It's official: The third season of the Netflix's hit Bridgerton will focus on the love story between characters Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton, played by Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton, respectively.

The announcement regarding the period drama, which is based on Julia Quinn's books, was made during Sunday's FYSEE panel, Variety reports, and is a change for the series, which previously followed the book order. The first two seasons of the show aligned with the first two novels, with season one focusing on the love story of Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Page Jean's characters, Daphne Bridgerton and Simon, and season two moving on to Anthony Bridgerton and Kate, played by Jonathon Bailey and Simone Ashley.

Penelope and Colin's love story is actually the fourth installment in Quinn's collection; the third novel dives into the love life of Luke Thompson's Benedict Bridgerton.

The season-three reveal, which ABC Audio predicted, comes after it was reported that Hannah Dodd will play Francesca Bridgerton in the bodice-ripper series, taking over for Ruby Stokes. Stokes, who played the dry-witted character for two seasons, left during production of the sophomore frame to star in a new Netflix series called Lockwood & Co., based on the Jonathan Stroud book series.

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Did Machine Gun Kelly announce he and Megan Fox are expecting?

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Machine Gun Kelly took over the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night to perform his ballad "Twin Flame," but it was something he said between the verses that turned heads.

The rocker hinted he and fiancée Megan Fox are expecting their first child together -- and declared that they're married.

While performing on a lush green set, filled with fake trees and ferns, the singer opened his performance by announcing, "I wrote this song for my wife." He also told her, "Happy birthday, my love."

MGK's powered through his love song and maintained eye contact with Fox, who was seated in the audience. Before diving into the final part of the song, he quickly announced, "And this is for our unborn child."

The last four lines of "Twin Flame" are, "Go to sleep/ I'll see you in my dreams/ This changes everything/ Now I have to set you free," which gained new meaning thanks to MGK's surprise announcement.

He finished the song by blowing a kiss to Megan, who sat in the crowd with a proud look on her face.

If Fox is indeed pregnant, it will be the couple's first child together. Megan shares children -- Noah, 9, Bohdi, 8, and Journey, 5 -- with ex-husband Brian Austin Green. The rocker has one daughter from a prior relationship.

The two first sparked romance rumors in May 2020 after the Rogue actress starred in the music video for MGK's "Bloody Valentine." The two announced their engagement in January.

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In Brief: 'She Hulk' gets a Disney+ debut date, briefly; 'Doctor Who' reunion set, and more

We might know the date when She-Hulk, starring Tatiana Maslany, arrives on the Disney+. The streaming service's U.K. site revealed in a blog post -- before quickly deleting it -- that the Marvel series arrives August 17, says Collider. The blog post also shared a new synopsis of the series, which read, "This new comedy series sees Bruce Banner help his cousin, Jennifer Walters, when she needs an emergency blood transfusion and guess what? She receives his powers too." The series also sees Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk and stars Tim Roth as The Abomination. Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News...

Stephen Colbert will make his grand return to The Late Show after experiencing "symptoms consistent with a recurrence of COVID." On Sunday, Colbert announced on Twitter, "I'm footloose and Covid free! See you tomorrow." The Late Show's Twitter revealed there will be "all-new shows this week" and Monday's guests will be Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and comedian Judd Apatow. The Late Show airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS...

David Tennant and Catherine Tate are heading back to Doctor Who to mark the series' 60th anniversary, reports the BBC. Tennant famously played the show's 10th Doctor and Tate originated the role of Donna Noble, which she played from 2006 until 2010. Tennant's Doctor tragically parted ways with Tate's Donna after wiping her memories to save her life. It is not revealed what brings them together again, but showrunner Russell T. Davies teased of their reunion, "The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime."...

Steve Martin crashed Only Murders in the Building co-star Selena Gomez's Saturday Night Live hosting debut. He appeared in the skit "Inventor Documentary," which parodies the invention of the whoopie cushion, which has Martin playing so-called inventor Archie Gizmo. The skit is about Giz discovering what sound works best for his invention, with rejected sounds being a doorbell and cow moo, before he meets Aidy Bryant's Dina Beans, who farted every time she sat. Her bad luck also inspired Giz to create other joke devices, like snakes in a can, googly-eyed slinky glasses and the hand buzzer...

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'SNL' host Selena Gomez unleashes Miley Cyrus impression, makes audience sing 'Barney' theme song

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Selena Gomez crushed her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live, which saw her flexing her Miley Cyrus impression and leading the audience into an impromptu sing-along to the Barney theme song.

Selena threw some love to her Only Murders in the Building co-stars Martin Short and Steve Martin in her opening monologue, joking that she sought the veteran comedians' advice on how to knock her hosting debut out of the park.

"Steve said, 'Trust no one,' and Marty said, 'I think Steve Martin has been using my credit card,'" she joked. Selena also turned to pal Miley, whom she said was one of her "oldest friends."

Whipping out a spot-on impression, Selena said Miley told her, "Just be yourself and have fun." She continued, "I was like, 'Miley, is that just an excuse for me to do an impression of you on the show?' And she was like, 'Hell yeah, I'm Miley Cyrus.'"

Selena also used her monologue as an open casting call for her next significant other because, as she said, "I've heard SNL is a great place to find romance."

"I just want to put it out into the universe that I'm manifesting love. I would like to say that I'm looking for my soulmate, but at this point I will take anyone," she told the crowd, which led to Kyle Mooney, James Austin Johnson and Punkie Johnson shooting their shot with her.

Selena ended her monologue by leading the audience into a singalong of the Barney theme song.

Post Malone served as the night's musical guest, performed his song "Cooped Up" and debuting the song "Love/Hate Letter to Alcohol," which will be featured on his forthcoming album, Twelve Carat Toothache.




 

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'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' scores a second week atop the box office

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness maintained its top spot in the box office this weekend, conjuring another $61 million dollars in its second week. 

Its global earnings now surpass $688 million, further cementing it as one of the highest-grossing movies of the pandemic.  However, its domestic earnings took a 67% tumble from its $185 million debut. 

The animated comedy The Bad Guys stole an additional $6.9 million in its fourth week in theaters and earned a second-place finish.  Coming in third was another animated movie, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, with $4.6 million.

Marking its debut in theaters with an anemic $3.8 million was Firestarter, bowing in fourth place.  It should be noted the Zac Efron-led film is also simultaneously streaming on the NBC streaming service Peacock.

The Michelle Yeoh-starring Everything Everywhere All at Once continued to perform well as word of mouth spreads, earning another $3.3 million in its eighth weeks in theaters.

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'American Idol' recap: The Final Three revealed

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It got down to the wire on Sunday's American Idol, with the Top 5 vying to make it into next week's finale for the crowning of season 20's winner.

This week, for their first challenge, the finalists were mentored by Grammy-award winner and former American Idol champ Carrie Underwood and were tasked with taking on an iconic song from her catalog. Here's what the finalists chose.

HunterGirl: "Undo It," by Carrie Underwood
Leah Marlene: "I'll Stand By You," (Cover), by Pretenders
Fritz Hager: "I Want to Remember," by NEEDTOBREATHE ft. Carrie Underwood
Noah Thompson: "So Small," by Carrie Underwood
Nicolina: "Blown Away," by Carrie Underwood

After tackling one of Underwood's hits, Finneas took the stage and performed his track, "Naked," before the Top 5 took the stage again. For the second round of performances, the finalists chose a song that could close their show -- or, in other words, "an epic encore," as described by host Ryan Seacrest. Here's what they chose:

Leah Marlene: "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," by Journey
HunterGirl: "Girl Crush," by Little Big Town
Fritz Hager: "Youngblood," by 5 Seconds of Summer
Nicolina: "All I Ask," by Adele
Noah Thompson: "Working Man," by Larry Fleet

With their final performance of the night out of the way, it was time to see who America voted into next week's finale, which would feature performances from judges Luke BryanKaty Perry, and Lionel Richie, as well as Thomas RhettMichael BubléSarah Bareilles, Flo RidaEarth, Wind and Fire and more.

After the votes were tallied, Fritz and Nicolina were the bottom two, sending HunterGirl, Noah and Leah through to the finale.

Catch the American Idol season 20 finale when it airs live Sunday, May 22 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's $150 fake disposable diapers were meant to highlight real affordability problem

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) When Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand Goop announced the Diapér [Dye-PAIR] -- a luxury disposable diaper selling for $150 for a pack of 12 -- it raised eyebrows.

Then again, Goop also sells that infamous Gwyneth's nethers-scented candle for $75, so it also wasn't exactly a surprise.

However, Paltrow took to Instagram to reveal The Diapér was just a gag, but one with a serious undertone.

Noting that "there was a lot of outrage" when Goop launched the item, Paltrow responds in a video post, "Good. It was designed to pi** us off." The "outrageous, fake luxury diaper [was] designed to shine a light on an outrageous luxury tax" put on the real thing.

In 33 states, she comments, diapers are taxed as a luxury item. "This leaves one in three families struggling to afford them," Paltrow says. "While eliminating the diaper tax is not a complete solution, it could allow many families to buy another month's supply."

"If it made you mad, good. Help us change the diaper tax," Paltrow concludes.

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'True Lies' becoming a series at CBS

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True Lies, an adaptation of the 1994 James Cameron-directed film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, is coming to CBS as a series.

The series had been in development for a while, with Cameron producing. Last year, Shameless veteran Steve Howey and forthcoming star of Marvel Studios' She-Hulk, Ginger Gonzaga, were announced as playing Harry and Helen Tasker, the roles Schwarzenegger and Curtis respectively played in the blockbuster film.

As in the movie, Harry is hiding from his unfulfilled wife his life as secret agent for an independent spy agency. The TV show's cast also includes Lucas Jaye, Erica Hernandez and Omar Miller.

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Natasha Lyonne to make 'SNL' hosting debut on May 21

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Russian Doll star and Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut on May 21. The long-running sketch show's official social media accounts broke the news, adding that Japanese Breakfast will be the musical guest that evening.

Lyonne posted the news to her Instagram, with a celebratory, "Live from New York it's yippee ki yay, motherf***ers!!!"

Alternatively, Japanese Breakfast re-tweeted SNL's message, adding, "Help!!!!!!!!"

Only Murders in the Building star Selena Gomez hosts Saturday night's SNL, with musical guest Post Malone.

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Chris Rock tells comedy crowd he'll address "the slap" on Netflix

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Chris Rock says he will eventually address his infamous Oscar night slap at the hands of Will Smith.

"I'm okay, if anybody was wondering," the 57-year old comedian and actor said during a stand-up performance Thursday evening at London's Royal Albert Hall, according to U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. He added, "Got most of my hearing back."

Seemingly confirming earlier reports, Rock apparently won't address the situation fully for free. He riffed, "Don't expect me to talk about the bulls***," noting, "I'll talk about it at some point...on Netflix."

"Your tickets were expensive, but not that expensive," Rock reportedly joked to the U.K. crowd.

The comedian is currently on his Ego Death world tour.

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Fran Drescher reveals she spent two years convincing Elton John to cameo on 'The Nanny'

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Elton John made a splash on The Nanny when he made a cameo in 1997 in the season five episode "First Date."  Star Fran Descher revealed just how hard she worked to get the music great to appear on her sitcom.

"It took me a year or two get him on the show," she told USA Today. "I was always an Elton John AIDS Foundation supporter and we were very warm to each other at all of his events."

The episode was about Fran going on her first date with Maxwell Sheffield, played by Charles Shaughnessy, and hilariously pulling all the stops  to prevent Elton from recognizing her after a prior embarrassing run-in. 

As for how they got Elton to agree to appearing on the beloved sitcom, Drescher said it came down to good timing.

"When his documentary Tantrums & Tiaras was coming out, his publicist said, 'Maybe this would be a good time to put him on the show to promote the documentary,'" she recalled.  "There's a scene (in the film) where he throws a tantrum because he's trying to play tennis and a fan starts saying, 'Yoo-hoo! Yoo-hoo!' So we thought it'd be funny if Fran was actually the 'Yoo-hoo' lady and gets in trouble when she has the opportunity to meet him through Mr. Sheffield."

The sitcom star praised Sir Elton for being such a good sport. "That was an amazing episode and he couldn't have been more gracious," she said, adding that the cast came up with a special way to thank him. "We heard that he loves red roses, so we filled his dressing room with red roses."

The Nanny ran for six seasons on CBS.

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