Ahead of the season two finale of Wu-Tang: An American Saga, series creators RZA and Alex Tse are explaining how they stayed true to the real-life narrative of the pioneering hip hop group.
Founding Wu-Tang Clan member RZA tells ABC Audio that his focus for the critically acclaimed drama was to make sure it resonated with actual hip hop fans.
"Because every one of the Wu-Tang members have something...they attract...for different people for different reasons," he explains. "And if we can get the nucleus of it...that alone can help tell their story."
While RZA says season two didn't capture "every detail" in the making of 36 Chambers -- arguably one of the most influential hip hop albums of the 1990s -- he, like his co-creator Tse, believes this season was "spiritually truthful... to the story."
"There are things that actually happen. There are things that happen in a different version. And then there's some stuff that we condensed and changed," Tse explains. "But...then we have to examine and say, 'Is this spiritually truthful? Are we honoring what these people meant to...not just hip hop culture, but to American culture too?'...So that's the question we always want to ask ourselves when we make choices in the writers room.'"
As season two comes to a close, Hulu is giving fans another opportunity to experience a piece of hip hop culture. The network has partnered with famed streetwear brand Mitchell & Ness to launch a capsule collection inspired by the Emmy-nominated series. The new collection, which includes items like tanks, tees, hoodies, and caps, is now available in select stores and on the Extra Butter NY website.
The season two finale of Wu-Tang: An American Saga is now available to watch on Hulu.
The trailer for Disney and Pixar's Lightyear is here!
With the help of voice star Chris Evans, Good Morning America exclusively debuted the sneak peek of the action-adventure film, which Pixar describes as "the definitive story of the original Buzz Lightyear."
In the Angus MacLane-directed project, which arrives in theaters on June 17, 2022, Evans voices the action hero that became the toy voiced by Tim Allen in the Toy Story films.
Pixar's Pete Docter previously shared, "[B]ack when we created the very first Toy Story, we designed Buzz Lightyear with the idea that he was a toy based on some really cool character from an epic, blockbuster film. Well, all these years later, we decided it's time to make that film."
MacLane, a longtime Pixar employee who co-directed Finding Dory, tells GMA the film will be both serious and funny, "but not goofy."
"Say The Incredibles, where it is humorous, but you're never feeling like the characters are mocking their concern for their own safety -- it is a world of stakes and peril and death," MacLane explained. "And so this is a film where we find out about Buzz Lightyear and the origins of the Space Rangers...It's a film that celebrates that feeling you would get watching the sci-fi movies of the late '70s and early '80s."
MacLane said Captain America himself, Evans, was a "tremendous creative partner" and the perfect choice to voice the "real life" hero.
"[Buzz] says really, really goofy things really, really seriously and takes the job very seriously, and so for me, there were very few actors that could pull off an earnestness and...the comedy of that."
While no criminal charges have been filed in the October 21 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Alec Baldwin film Rust, authorities say charges can't yet be "ruled out."
That's the word to The New York Post from Juan Rios, the public information officer for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office. "[H]onestly if people have information, they need to bring it to us...so we can check into that," Rios said.
Given the number of witnesses, Rios added that the investigation into the incident last Thursday, during which Baldwin fired a live round toward the camera, fatally striking Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza, will be "going on for a while."
"We need to be diligent...should there be charges ultimately filed that they are able to uphold those in court," said Rios.
Baldwin and assistant director Dave Halls reportedly told investigators they didn't know the revolver Baldwin fired contained a live round.
Meanwhile, the film's gaffer, or set electrician, Serge Sventoy, took to Instagram to post what he said was among the last photos of Hutchins alive -- inside the church where the crew was setting up the scene prior to the fatal shot. Sventoy said he was standing "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Hutchins when the shot rang out.
"I was holding in her my arms when she was dying," he said, adding that the accident was "the fault of negligence and unprofessionalism."
"The negligence from the person who was supposed to check the weapon...did not do this," said Svetnoy. "The person who had to announce the loaded weapon was on the site did not do this."
Hannah Gutierrez Reed was the armorer on the Rust set. Dave Halls is said to have announced that the gun apparently containing a live round was "cold," meaning safe, before handing it to Baldwin.
"And the DEATH OF THE HUMAN IS THE RESULT!" Svetnoy said.
Meanwhile, ABC News has learned that Rust producers have hired their own legal team to conduct a separate investigation into the events and circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting. The film's cast and crew were notified of the news Tuesday night in a note that declares, in part, "We know that reliving this tragedy will be hard, but your participation is important for all of us to be able to fully understand what happened, and we encourage you to share your perspective."
Gwyneth Paltrow shared a little-known story about giving birth to her daughter Apple and revealed she "almost died" during the difficult delivery.
Speaking on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, the Oscar winner opened up about the traumatic labor, which she said lasted 70 hours.
"I had two caesareans. My daughter was an emergency," said Paltrow, 49. "It was crazy, we almost died. It was like not good."
The Iron Man star declined to go into details over the complications she suffered and instead reflected on how the pregnancy physically changed her.
"Anyway, there's a big scar across your body, and you're like, 'Oh, wow, that didn't use to be there,'" Paltrow remarked. "And it's not that it's bad, or you want to judge it, but you're just like, 'Oh, my God.'"
The actress said she is thankful she became pregnant before the rise of social media and reflected on how the internet pressures new moms to snap back into shape.
Said the mom of two, "Thank God there wasn't Instagram when I had babies because now it's like -- if I see someone, 'Oh, I just gave birth two weeks ago and I have a completely washboard stomach,' and I'm like, 'Wow that's not what I [had!]'"
Paltrow, who attested she was not shaming other women or their bodies, expressed concern that this mentality is pitting moms against each other by making birth an unnecessary competition.
"It's past perfectionism," she remarked. "It's like, 'I can do this gargantuan task that's superhuman'... And why? For what?"
Paltrow shares Apple, who is 17, and 15-year-old Moses with ex-husband Chris Martin.
Teyana Taylor is celebrating her husband, Iman Shumpert, and his Dancing with the Stars partner, Daniella Karagach, achieving a perfect score Monday on the TV dance competition. The "Gonna Love Me" singer remains on the East Coast while her hubby competes in LA, and she says there are some benefits to be being briefly separated.
"I think once you see one another, that I miss you sex is the best, so I think that is the spark, like, not being up on each other all day," the singer/actress/fashion designer tells Us Weekly.
"It's just like you are admiring one another, like, 'Damn, you're doing your thing,'" she adds. "Let me be doing this for our kids, so when we see each other, it's nothing but love and just comfort and spice."
Teyana is now preparing for her 12-city farewell tour, which kicks off November 7 in San Francisco. In addition, she's working as the creative director of the fashion company PrettyLittleThing, while also taking care of their children, daughters Iman Jr., 5, and Rue, 13 months.
The 30-year-old entertainer is very proud to see her NBA star husband excelling with Karagach outside of his basketball comfort zone.
"I honestly think that their chemistry is amazing," Taylor explains. "I think that Daniella is an amazing choreographer. I'm a dancer, so I appreciate what she do and then she kills it."
After five years of marriage, the MTV VMA winner says she's not jealous of seeing her husband dancing with another woman.
"I'm too secure in my s*** to be worrying about that," the Coming 2 America star says. "I think that's the part that we love about each other the most, because we do our job and we literally keep it pushing."
The Bachelorette continued Tuesday with Michelle Young trying to find the culprit who's been spreading rumors about her and one of her potential suitors.
Michelle was clued into the drama following her first on-on-one date with Jamie, where the two shared a rock-climbing adventure. Jamie took their relationship to new heights by opening up about the heartbreaking story of his mother, who struggled with mental health issues and died by suicide when he was 24 years old. Jamie said he struggled with a years-long battle with severe depression because of the tragedy.
Michelle pinned the date rose on Jamie and told him that she was "beyond impressed" with the "beautiful person" he'd become.
Unfortunately, Jamie demonstrated an uglier side of himself heading into the rose ceremony, when he addressed a rumor he overheard concerning Michelle and Joe -- who hails from her home state of Minnesota and received a group date rose -- dating each other prior to appearing on the show.
The other suitors appeared unfazed by the gossip, but Jamie felt the need to confront Michelle about the alleged relationship. However, he claimed it was the other suitors -- and not him -- who were up in arms.
Michelle then confessed to the group that she and Joe "exchanged a few messages quite a few years back," but the real estate broker "ghosted" her and "that was that." That speech left the group wondering who confronted Michelle behind their backs.
At the rose ceremony, Alec, Daniel, Pardeep and PJ were sent home.
Along with Joe, Jamie and Brandon, the latter of whom also received a group date rose, here are the other men remaining after the first rose ceremony:
Brandon J., 26, a traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, Ore.
Casey, 36, an advertising creative director from Miami Beach, Fla.
Chris G., 28, a motivational speaker from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Chris S., 28, a commodities broker from West Hollywood, Calif.
Clayton, 28, a medical sales rep from Columbia, Mo.
Jamie, 32, a biotech CEO from San Diego, Calif.
Joe, 28, a real estate developer from Minneapolis, Minn.
Leroy, 27, a biomedical Ph.D. student from Dallas, Texas
LT, 38, a yoga guru from Bellevue, Wash.
Martin, 29, a personal trainer from Miami, Fla.
Mollique, 36, an academic administrator from San Diego, Calif.
Nayte, 27, a sales executive from Austin, Texas
Olu, 27, an IT analyst from Newark, N.J.
Peter, 26, a pizzapreneur from Port St. Joe, Fla.
Rick, 32, a medical sales rep from Los Angeles, Calif.
Rodney, 29, a sales rep from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Romeo, 32, a mathematician from New York City, N.Y.
Spencer, 25, a financial crimes analyst from Cleveland, Ohio
Will, 28, an academic interventionist from Grand Rapids, Minn.
The Bachelorette returns Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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Netflix’s hit show Emily in Paris is teaming up with French makeup brand Lancôme for a new beauty collection inspired by the series.
The collection features makeup, skincare and fragrance products. The centerpiece of the collab is the 12-shade Emily in Paris eyeshadow palette that comes in a heart-shaped design with an Eiffel Tower motif. Other products include mascara, lipstick, a serum and the Idôle Eau de Parfum in a limited-edition bottle.
“This is the first time Lancôme has teamed up with a highly popular and super aspirational Netflix show to create a beauty collection,” Lancôme global brand president Francoise Lehmann says in a statement.
She adds, “With this new collection, Lancôme celebrates the Parisian joie de vivre and the charm of Emily in Paris. It is the perfect way to re-create that distinctive French girl beauty and interpret it your way at home, bringing French glamour & sophistication to all women around the world.”
The collection will be available at Lancome-USA.com at the end of November. Season two of Emily in Paris, produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and starring Lancôme ambassador Lily Collins, hits Netflix on December 22.
The new Joan Rivers series starring Kathryn Hahn is no longer happening at Showtime.
Variety initially reported last month that the WandaVision star was set to play the late comedienne in The Comeback Girl, but now the outlet reports that the producers did not secure the rights to move forward with the project.
Rivers' life rights are currently held by her daughter, Melissa Rivers. Variety reports that the series could have proceeded as an "unauthorized" project but they wouldn't have been able to use any of Rivers' jokes or catchphrases. Proceeding in that way also likely would have drawn ire from Rivers' estate.
Melissa Rivers' spokesperson tells Variety that there are currently no plans for any biographical projects on her mother. Joan Rivers died in 2014 at age 81.
September 8 marked the 55th anniversary of the debut of a little TV show called Star Trek, which against all odds became one of the biggest cultural phenomenons -- and multi-billion-dollar entertainment franchises -- of our time. Now, the show and its legacy is being celebrated in a ten-part docuseries, which will premiere November 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The History Channel.
The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek is narrated and executive-produced by Gates McFadden, who played Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Each episode will focus on a different chapter in the history of the Star Trek franchise, from the origins of the original series to recent film and TV adaptations.
In addition to hours of show footage, the docuseries features interviews with writers, directors, producers, showrunners and Star Trek actors past and present, including Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig from the original series, Denise Crosby, Wil Wheaton, John De Lancie and Brent Spiner from The Next Generation, Kate Mulgew, Roxann Dawson, Tim Russ and Robert Beltran from Star Trek: Voyager, Nana Visitor from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and more.
If that's still not enough Star Trek for you, six additional episodes will be available on History Vault, the network's subscription video service.
Legendary Entertainment confirmed the news in a tweet Tuesday, writing, "This is only the beginning...Thank you to those who have experience @dunemovie so far, and those who are going in the days and weeks ahead. We're excited to continue the journey!"
They included an image that said "Dune Part Two."
Part one of the sci-fi epic topped the box office this past weekend, grabbing an estimated $41 million. The film -- starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem -- is also available to stream on HBO Max.
Greg Heffley's story continues in Big Shot, the newly released 16th Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. Author Jeff Kinney chatted about his new book with ABC Audio and teased the "misadventures" he has in store for the young protagonist.
In Big Shot, Greg's mom persuades him to sign up for basketball, but as Kinney warns, "He's not a very sporty kid." The middle schooler does make a team, but it's the "worst" one, so his chances of winning a single game are very slim.
The best-selling author said the message he wants children to take away from Big Shot is that not everyone is destined to become a professional athlete -- and that's okay. "Youth sports really is full of these funny degradations that we don't really talk about," he explained. "We're always trying to build our kids' self-esteem up and we don't want them to feel like they failed."
"I want to really hit that head on and give kids who aren't star athletes a language to express themselves and... describe what they're going through," Kinney said of his book.
Now that Greg has starred in 16 books, it does beg to question how much he has changed since the world was first introduced to the 11-year-old in 2007.
"In some ways, he hasn't really changed," Kinney remarked. "I think we really rely on our cartoon characters to stay the same."
He said an example is Donald Duck, who'll never outgrow his temper that makes him "fly off the handle" because the audience likes that about him.
Because of that, Kinney explained, "Sometimes Greg learns a lesson, but it's usually subverted."
More family dysfunction ahead: Succession is getting a season four.
The Emmy-winning HBO hit drama series received the pickup just a couple of weeks after season three debuted.
The season-three premiere drew over 1.4 million viewers across all platforms, according to the network, marking the best premiere-night performance of any HBO original series since the streaming service's launch in May 2020. It also marked the biggest digital premiere for an HBO series since Big Little Lies' second season in 2019.
Succession follows the Roy family and their fight for control over their patriarch’s media empire. It stars Brian Cox, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen and Justine Lupe.
Netflix has released the trailer for the new Sandra Bullock film, The Unforgivable.
Bullock plays a woman recently released from prison after serving 20 years for murder. In the trailer, we see her on a mission to reconnect with her younger sister but the actions of her past continue to follow her.
The film also stars Viola Davis, Jon Bernthal, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rob Morgan and Richard Thomas. It debuts in select theaters November 24 and will be available on Netflix December 10.
Bullock’s previous movie with Netflix, 2018’s Bird Box, was a massive hit for the streaming service.
The 2016 film Captain America: Civil War featured many Avengers, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and, of course, Chris Evans' Captain America.
Conspicuously missing, however, was Chris Hemsworth's Thor, and, according to Buzzfeed, he reveals the awkward way he found out the god of thunder didn't make the cut, as detailed in the new book The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"I remember being on the Age of Ultron press tour, and everyone was talking about Civil War. I was like, ‘What’s Civil War?’ I asked, ‘Are you doing a side project or something?’” he recalled.
“They’re like, ‘Oh no, Captain America, y’know? The next one is Civil War.’ I’m like, ‘Wait … Iron Man’s in that?’”
“And it’s like, ‘Yeah, but there’s not just Iron Man. There’s Vision [and] Spider-Man" -- played respectively by Paul Bettany and Tom Holland -- he continues. "[Marvel] said, ‘You’re doing your own thing’...I thought, ‘This is it. I’m being written out.’”
Of course, that wasn't the case. Hemsworth's appeared in his fair share of MCU films since that moment of panic, most notably in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame in 2018 and 2019, and in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, set to open July 8, 2022.
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In a candid new interview, Amanda Seyfried revealed the "trauma" she suffered as a result of her second pregnancy.
Speaking with People, the Mank actress opened up about the difficult birth of her son, whom she welcomed last year.
"I had something that went wrong with my second birth. The baby was okay but it was tricky and it was painful and it didn't have to happen, and it did so it added an extra level of trauma," said Seyfried, 35, who also shares a four-year-old daughter with husband Thomas Sadoski.
Seyfried assured, "I'm okay. It was a very physical thing and it was a spinal thing, but I'm okay." She declined to share more about her condition. But, because of the grueling recovery process on top of raising two children at once, the actress said she had to take extra precautions to ensure her mental health didn't suffer during the delicate time.
"I was terrified of suffering from postpartum depression," the Oscar nominee admitted. "I ended up doing a lot of CBT therapy before I had my first kid and then I was really lucky, I didn't suffer from any depression and I felt like I had won in some way."
"It was hard, and it was so hard, the struggle, but it wasn't anything I didn't think I could handle. And with my second kid, that's partly because I was on my medication and I never got off of it," she continued.
Seyfried also explained that dealing with hospital bills further complicated things, adding, "I went to the doctor every week at the end of my pregnancy and all of sudden it's like, 'Bye, here's some hospital bills!' I mean, I kept receiving them and I'm still healing from something."