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Netflix's Halston is not only inspiring favorable reviews, but the limited series about the highs and lows of the iconic designer has now inspired a real-life fashion line. 

Halston x Netflix is offering items inspired by the looks from the series, including a stunning blue tie-dye caftan priced at $1,395, a red one-shoulder crepe gown that will set you back nearly $1,300, and pleated dresses that mimic the signature style of the late designer, who was portrayed by Ewan McGregor in the 10-episode series. 

And while it might seem a stretch for the fashion label to partner with a streaming service, if the series taught us anything -- for those too young to remember the designer's heyday -- Halston had his name on everything from perfume to luggage to airline service.

The capsule collection is available for pre-order on the Halston's website.

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Tonight at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival, Elijah Wood's latest film, the based-on-real-life drama No Man of God makes its debut. 

In the film, the Lord of the Rings veteran plays FBI profiler Bill Hagmaier, who struck up a relationship with an incarcerated Ted Bundy in the years leading up to the serial killer's execution. Luke Kirby plays the infamous killer in the thriller, which was directed by actress and director Amber Sealey.

Speaking with ABC Audio about tonight's debut, Wood noted, "Parsing it out, I mean, Tribeca is great, and it's a significant festival in New York: its presence in the city is so important. So there's that."

He continued, "[A]lways being invited is such a lovely thing...[T]here's a connection to the work that we've all done that feels so lovely and we're grateful to be invited to the festival."

Wood added, "On top of it, this year, obviously, there's another layer, which is that this is the first in-person film festival since the pandemic had started. So, you know, to be able to go to New York and sit with an audience and see the film is an extra layer of excitement and joy, [and] for us to see each other."

The actor also said it was great to actually see the people he worked on the movie in the flesh again.

"We haven't seen each other since [shooting] last September," he revealed. "I'm really just looking forward to seeing Luke and Amber again, and our colleagues that were involved in making it."  

No Man of God is coming to theaters, VOD and digital platforms August 27.

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More than a year after its pandemic-delayed original release date of May 1, 2020, fans can finally buy tickets for the next big screen Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Black Widow.

Pre-sale tickets are now available on Fandango -- where you can also see an exclusive new clip of the film.

Scarlett Johansson's stand-alone spy adventure takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War and before her character Natasha Romanoff's ultimate sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame.

In the movie, directed by Cate Shortland, Natasha reunites with her adoptive Russian family of fellow assassins: Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz's Melina Vostokoff, and David Harbour's Alexei Shostakov, the latter of whom was at one time like the Soviet version of Captain America, called the Red Guardian.

The band gets back together to dismantle the brutal "Black Widow" assassin training program -- from which Natasha graduated -- and to confront the fearsome villain known as Taskmaster. 

The film hits theaters and Disney+ Premiere Access on July 9.

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Hulu's LGBTQ teen drama Love, Victor is back for season two just in time for Pride Month. This season picks up right after Victor comes out to his parents and follows him as he learns to embrace his sexuality.

"I think that Victor's journey this season is more about discovering what it means to be a gay man in the modern world and navigating what it means to be a gay man in a relationship and also what it means to be gay to him," star Michael Cimino tells ABC Audio.

Cimino says it's a story he's proud to tell, and he hopes the positive fan reception will show others in Hollywood that there's a market for more LGBTQ storytelling.

"It's such an honor to know that I'm representing a community that is so underrepresented in so many different ways, and it's like, you know, I don't take this role lightly," he says. "I know that this is so important to so many people, and I just want to represent the community as accurately as I possibly can."

And that means not shying away from some more mature themes this season.

"[We] get to be a bit more sort of realistic with storytelling and tell a bit more sort of adult stories," says George Sear, who plays Victor's love interest Benji. "And so it's great that the series is having that evolution."

Season two of Love, Victor debuts today on Hulu.

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Jessical Biel has the perfect reaction to a fan who was critical of the types of acting she could pull off. That reaction was laughter. 

On Thursday, the 39-year-old mom of two took to Instagram to respond to a person's choice words about her acting career. Using the slideshow feature, Biel shared a tweet written by Twitter user @BrandyLJensen, which read, "Some people just can't be believably cast in a period piece like sorry Jessica Biel you have a face that knows about text messaging." 

The 7th Heaven alum sandwiched the tweet in-between a still from her role in the period piece The Illusionist and a more recent looking snapshot of herself from the 2004 film Cellular. 

She captioned the post, "Born for wifi," with the sideways crying laughing emoji.

Many Instagram users seemed to find the Twitter comment comical as well, leaving laughing emojis and "lol" in the comments.


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Tyrese Gibson is no stranger to controversy. So it made perfect sense that when he was given the opportunity to lead the topical new action thriller Rogue Hostage, he immediately signed on.

"It was me being as vocal and outspoken as I am about human and civil rights," Gibson tells ABC Audio. "Everybody knows I'm very active on social media and just in life when it comes to being the voice for a lot of these issues -- Black Lives Matter... our civil rights and voting rights. And so, it was one of those movies that literally played right down the pipe of what we're living every single day."

In the film, directed by Jon Keeyes, Gibson plays single father and former Marine Kyle Snowden, who finds himself -- along with group of innocent customers and his daughter -- trapped inside his stepfather's store by some armed militants. In true action-hero fashion, Tyrese uses his military skills to help race against time and save the day.

Gibson says that considering the film centers on white militants looking to take down a politician, he felt it was definitely going to get some pushback.

"I know that this was going to be a very controversial topic, and there was a few powers that be that tried to stop this movie from ever getting made," he shares.

Gibson says the film "felt like Die Hard inside of a grocery store," adding, "I love that it was contained. I love that there was some politics tied into it. And I love that the masked killer with the hero [saving] the day was all there. So, yeah, it kind of checked off all the boxes for me. That's why I did it."

Rogue Hostage, also starring John Malkovich, is in select theaters and On Demand.

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Jason Momoa's post-apocalyptic series See launches its second season on August 27, and Apple TV+ has just released a new teaser -- and announced it has green-lighted the series for a third installment, to boot. 

Marvel movie star Dave Bautista joins the cast for the second season of the show, which imagines a far-future in which humans have been robbed of their sight, but not their thirst for conquest.

Momoa plays Baba Voss, who is trying to reunite his family torn apart by war but who must face an old enemy -- his brother Edo, played by Bautista.

See also stars Alfre Woodard, Eden Epstein, Tom MisonHoon LeeOlivia ChengDavid Hewlett, and Tamara Tunie.

The third season is currently being shot in Canada.

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Thursday marked the end of an era, with Keeping Up with the Kardashians airing part two of its series finale. 

The episode picked up where the last one left off, with the family vacationing in Lake Tahoe and Kylie Jenner finally arriving to join the rest of the family -- Kim KardashianKourtney KardashianKhloé KardashianKris JennerKendall JennerScott Disick and their children. Together they played a game of charades where they had to act out and guess memorable moments from past seasons of KUWTK and spin-offs like Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, before exchanging Christmas gifts. 

As the the episode continued, the season-long loose ends were all tied up. For Khloé, that meant finally deciding that she would move to Boston with Tristan Thompson, with whom she shares three-year-old daughter, True, for the remainder of his NBA season as she awaits construction on her new home in L.A.

Meanwhile, the tease of whether or not Kourtney and Scott would rekindle their romance came to an end with the two acknowledging that there were still things that needed to be worked on before that was even an option. 

Kim excitedly awaited the results from her second try at the baby bar exam, only to find she still didn't pass and will retake the test in June. She also opened up about coming to the realization that her relationship with Kanye isn't working and why, saying "it's the little things" she wants, like someone with whom she can workout and watch TV. 

To properly send off 20 seasons and 15 years of filming KUWTK, the gang filled up a time capsule with video interviews and mementos, including Kim's first fragrance and Kylie's first lip kits, before burying it in Kim's backyard.

And just like that, as Billie Eilish's "Everything I Wanted" played in the background and a montage of the family flashed across the screen, Keeping Up with the Kardashians has come to an end. 

For the first time ever, though, the show will host a reunion, which will see Andy Cohen asking questions the answers to which fans are dying to know. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians reunion part 1 airs Thursday, June 17 on E!


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On June 12, 1981, Raiders of the Lost Ark introduced the world to a new kind of action hero: a college professor by day, swashbuckling archeologist by night, by the name of Indiana Jones. 

Harrison Ford became iconic as the man in the hat -- ironic, considering he wasn't the first choice to play the role. Tom Selleck was, but his Magnum P.I. contract wouldn't allow it.

Based on a story from Lucas and his pal Phillip Kaufman, the first Indy film opened in 1936 South America. A golden idol Indy just swiped from a booby-trapped shrine gets stolen from him by his old nemesis René Belloq, played by Paul Freeman

Freeman's character orders the local natives to catch Jones -- but in reality, the actor revealed to ABC Audio, he was ordering something different. "George said they hadn't they hadn't written anything. They didn't know what language they were going to speak."

"Make something up," Lucas recommended.

Freeman recalls with a laugh, "What I actually said...was 'Make mine a BLT' -- of course, I have to dub [the line] later to get the right thing -- and then the natives run away! 

Of course, Belloq later joins the Nazis on a quest to recover the lost Ark of the Covenant -- for him, an unmatched archeological find; for Hitler, an unstoppable weapon to be unleashed on the world. Thankfully, Jones -- and, presumably the Man Upstairs -- puts a stop to the Nazis' plans. 

Freeman adds that the film certainly doesn't seem 40 years old. "It has to be said that the speed of it and the energy of it and the and the humor, I keep going on about the humor of it, but that all makes it a young film which continues to live."

Karen Allen played Indy's hard-hitting -- and hard-drinking -- love interest, Marion Ravenwood. She recalls, "Working with Steven Spielberg, which was just such an extraordinarily wonderful thing, and Harrison I had a great time...trying to find the right that kind of perfect love-hate relationship between those two characters."

Allen says, "I have so many incredible memories of just being there and making it on these incredible sets that they built in London. I mean, just phenomenal, the Well of Souls and all those kinds of more magical places...and then going off to the edge of the Sahara Desert in the summer and Tunisia when it was about 110 degrees on the set," she laughs. "That was memorable."

She also adds with a laugh, "Working with 7,000 snakes, that certainly left an impression on me, and a monkey that really had no interest in being with any of us at all. It was like the furthest thing from that monkey's mind is that he was going to have to sit on my shoulder or something."

Raiders of the Lost Ark became 1981's top-grossing movie, raking in nearly than $390 million worldwide. It earned eight Oscar nominations and five wins, including one for John Williams' unforgettable score. It is regarded as one of the best films of the decade, and spawned three sequels: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -- in which Marion returned -- in 2008. 

A fifth film is currently shooting in the U.K.

To help you celebrate Raiders' 40th birthday, the 4K Ultra HD Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection just hit stores.

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Nicole Kidman has tackled many different roles over her career, but she says the most challenging was that of comedy legend Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Amazon Studios biopic Being the Ricardos.

The film centers on one week in the production of the classic TV sitcom I Love Lucy, during which Ball and her then-real-life husband Desi Arnaz -- played in the film by Javier Bardem -- faced a crisis that threatened both their careers and their marriage.

While chatting with comedian Chris Rock for Variety's Actors on Actors series, the Oscar-winning actress confessed, "I am way out of my comfort zone right now," adding, "I'm free-falling."

Kidman, known mostly for her dramatic roles, told Rock, "I'd like to be funny. I'm never cast funny."

"Oh, you could be funny," Rock replied. "You're playing Lucille Ball.  You better be funny," to which Kidman responded, "Lucille Ball is hopefully funny."

The 53-year-old Australian-born actress said she also had a tough time nailing Ball's accent.

"I've had to put in an enormous amount of time on Lucille Ball right now," she said, "because she has a very particular rhythm and way of speaking."

Ball and Arnaz wed in 1940 and played a married couple on I Love Lucy, which aired for six seasons from 1951-1957.  Ball and Arnaz went on to reprise their roles on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, a spinoff series of specials that lasted three seasons and ended in 1960, the year the couple divorced.

Their kids, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., were made executive producers of Being the Ricardos.

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Whoopi Goldberg has been tapped to voice the lead role in Apple+'s new animated feature, Luck, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Directed by Peggy Holmes, the story centers on "the unluckiest girl in the world," who comes together with magical creatures to "uncover a powerful force." Goldberg will voice The Captain, the "tough as nails" head of security who keeps bad luck out of the Land of Good Luck. The EGOT winner joins previously announced cast member Jane Fonda, who will voice The Dragon, the CEO of the Land of Good Luck. A release date for Luck has yet to be announced.

In other news, Netflix has release a teaser-trailer for Lin-Manuel Miranda's directorial debut, tick, tick...BOOM. Set in 1990, the film is an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson. It follows Andrew Garfield as Jon, an aspiring theater composer who hopes to leave his job waiting tables to create the next great American musical. The film also star Alexandra ShippRobin de JesúsJoshua HenryMJ RodriguezBradley WhitfordTariq TrotterJudith Light, and Vanessa Hudgenstick, tick...BOOM is set for release sometime in the fall.

Finally, Desus & Mero are officially headed by to the studio to record their late-night Showtime series, Deadline reports. The late-night duo will return to a newly revamped studio on June 20 for the first time since March 2020, when the pandemic forced them to shoot their show remotely. Lil Nas X has been scheduled as their first guest back in studio.

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Lindsay Lohan is providing some tips on how to cash in on the NFT craze. 

Simply put, NFTs, known as non-fungible tokens, allows buyers to exercise sole ownership over a unique piece of digital media, such as individual songs, videos and images.

The Mean Girls star recently cashed in on the craze by turning her new single "Lullaby" into an NFT, which sold for $85,000.

Speaking with Interview magazine, Lohan, 34, provided a seven-step plan telling others how to make money off the craze, which she believes will be around for a long time.

The first piece of advice concerns creating a marketable NFT. "I believe that what makes a great NFT is creating something that tells a story through a new medium," she says, "and tell them in ways that are more authentic."

Lohan also lays out the more technical steps of creating an NFT, from how to properly mint a piece of work to properly securing it and the money made off of it.

As for how to make money, the Freaky Friday star says in step six, "There are various ways to do it, but the best way to get discovered is to build a community from day one involving your creative persona. Give people something more than just an NFT."

"Access to a stronger creator-and-buyer relationship is key," stresses Lohan.

The actress also explains that building a community provides more "selling power," which can later be used to "empower other smaller artists, thereby keeping the cycle going."

The highest-selling NFT to date belongs to an artist known as Beeple, who sold his digital artwork for a resounding $69 million.

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Time to celebrate! After last year's display was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Macy's has announced that its 45th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular will return this summer. 

There will be five fireworks-loaded barges on the East River for the big event. If you're looking to attend in person, there will be public viewing areas in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, with separate viewing locations for vaccinated and unvaccinated spectators.

Of course, the display will also be aired live on TV and streamed -- unlike last year, which used previously recorded footage.

During his daily press briefing, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the show's return a "tremendous sign of the rebirth of New York City" following the pandemic lockdowns. 

The show will get underway around 9:45 P.M. on Sunday, July 4.

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Jon M. Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians, is apologizing for how the 2018 hit romantic comedy portrayed South Asian characters.

Speaking recently with Insider, the director addressed the controversy over casting South Asian actor in stereotypical roles, such as domestic workers. Crazy Rich Asians was set in Singapore, a country where South Asians make up the third-largest demographic, according to population data

One scene in particular that generated flack happened early in the movie. Constance Wu and Awkwafina's characters pulled up to a mansion and were surrounded by armed guards that were all seemingly of South Asian descent.  Chu agrees he should have made those characters "more human."

"Looking back, I should have had a joke there [for the guards] being like, 'These idiots,'" Chu said. "There's stuff to do to make them more human instead of just, like, these guards."'

The director said South Asian characters were also featured in an extravagant party scene, but agreed, "They're just sort of there... I don't give them the space to be there."

Chu, 41, explained that he felt he couldn't deviate from the film's source material, the novel of the same name written by Kevin Kwan in 2013, which features an all-Chinese main cast.

"That's a lesson that I did not understand until it happened," Chu admitted. "I was like, this is a book that exists, and I'm making this book into a movie. I can't add a new character into this."

"So hearing it from people, for me, it was a learning experience," he said and promised to "pay more attention" with his future projects so that he "won't make that mistake again."

Crazy Rich Asians earned $238.5 million during its box office run.


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Jasmine Cephas Jones takes center stage in the Starz series revival of Blindspotting.

Unlike the 2018 film of the same name, which centered on Daveed Diggs as a parolee attempting to avoid recidivism, this series follows Jones' Ashley, a struggling mom navigating the prison system after her boyfriend and child's father goes to jail. Jones says the series shares a point-of-view not often seen on the screen.

"We've seen this subject a lot in TV and movies, but it's usually dealing with the prisoner inside," Jones tells ABC Audio. "And so, it was really important for us to have this female point-of-view that is outside the prison system but it's still affected by it."

In addition to offering a different POV, the series uses humor and even plays to the audience to address some important societal issues. Jones says she appreciates how the creators showed Ashley's unwillingness to "break the family apart" even as she struggled to keep herself together.

"They want to make it work and they want... the best life for their child," she explains of Ashley and her boyfriend.

"She does keep it together in front of her son, and then she lets go with the audience," Jones says. "And she'll smash her hotel room with a tennis racket, which a lot of women have wanted to do in their lives...That's the reality of the situation. She presents her best self in front of her son, but allows herself to get emotional behind closed doors and let it out."

Those real-life and honest emotions are what Jones says she loves the most about her complex character. 

"It's almost this therapeutic and very smart way of how she handles it," Jones adds.

Blindspotting premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.

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