Selena Gomez celebrates Emmy acting nod with special cake

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Selena Gomez‘s birthday is July 22, but she got a celebratory cake Wednesday for another milestone.

Selena received her first-ever Emmy nomination for acting, for her role as Mabel Mora in Hulu’s Only Murders in the BuildingThe star posted a photo of herself in front of a frosted cake with the message “Congratulations Emmy Nominee!” written in pink icing.

She wrote, “I’m honored and insanely grateful for this. Thank you @onlymurdershulu for giving me Mabel.”

As previously reported, Only Murders is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for the third consecutive year. This counts as a nomination for Selena as well because she’s an executive producer of the show. Per Variety, that makes her the most-nominated Latina producer in the history of the Emmys.

The fourth season of Only Murders in the Building, which will focus on the shooting of Jane Lynch‘s character, Sazz Pataki, debuts in August. The 76th Emmy Awards will broadcast live on ABC on Sept. 15 and stream the next day on Hulu.

Selena also recently earned kudos for her acting in the upcoming movie Emilia Pérez.


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Jenna Ortega shows off Wednesday’s sharp tongue — and dance moves — in new ‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ trailer

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A new trailer has dropped for Tim Burton‘s forthcoming sequel Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, and fans of Jenna Ortega — and her alter ego Wednesday Addams — are sure to be delighted by it.

The clip begins with her sarcastic Astrid getting a call from her “Alleged Mom” — according to her cellphone contact — and getting pranked by a group of high school mean girls who try to jump scare her with a phony ghost.

“When you’re all driving carpool and banging your Pilates instructors to fill the empty void in your life, we’ll see who gets the last laugh,” Astrid deadpans, wiping the smiles from their faces.

According to the teaser, Astrid is a skeptic about ghosts, even though her mom, Lydia (Winona Ryder), is apparently a “legend” in that department in their small town of Winter River, Connecticut, thanks to her run-in with Michael Keaton‘s titular “ghost with the most.”

However, the supernatural comes for Astrid anyway, leading Lydia to summon Beetlejuice for help.

“How do I know you’re gonna keep your word?” Lydia asks him.

“I swear on my dead mother’s soul,” he says as he makes the sign of the cross — and his chest bursts into flames.

The rest of the trailer is as madcap as you’d expect from Wednesday producer Burton, including Beetle literally spilling his guts in therapy, sucking cellphone shutterbugs into their own phone screens, and a callback moment from the original film of a possessed dance between Astrid and her grandma Delia Deetz (Catherine O’Hara).

Justin Theroux also gets terrorized in the trailer and Willem Dafoe pops up, seemingly as an investigator, as does Monica Bellucci‘s character, who is so frightening she even scares an F-bomb out of Beetlejuice.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice haunts theaters and IMAX Sept. 6.

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HBO drops new teaser for series ‘Dune: Prophecy’

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HBO has just dropped a new teaser to its forthcoming small-screen spin-off of the Warner Bros. blockbuster Dune franchise, along with news it will debut in November.

As reported, Dune: Prophecy is set 10,000 years before the ascension of Timothée Chalamet‘s Paul Atreides on the big screen, and “follows two Harkonnen sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind and establish the fabled sect that will become known as the Bene Gesserit,” according to the network.

“You wish to serve the great houses, and shape the flow of power, you must first exert power over yourself,” a woman says in voice-over, as a group of the powerful sorority stand with their arms folded.

Debuting in the fall, the series is inspired by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson‘s book Sisterhood of Dune, based on the world created by legendary sci-fi author Frank Herbert.

“The more influence our sisterhood gains, the more enemies we make,” one of the group’s leaders warns the others.

“Our hands our poised on the levers of power, but yet our grasp on it is still fragile,” Emily Watson‘s Valya says. “I am trying to protect the Imperium.”

The teaser shows there are plenty who aren’t happy about the “sorceresses” having so much influence over the empire’s rulers, which includes Mark Strong‘s Emperor Corrino.

A title card reads “True power begins with control,” referencing The Voice, a powerful hypnotic-like skill the Bene Gesserit practice.

Watson’s character ends the teaser with a stern, “Sacrifices must be made.”

The series is co-produced by Max and Legendary Television; Legendary produced the Academy Award-winning film and its hit sequel.

The series also stars Olivia Williams, Travis Fimmel, Jodhi May, Josh Heuston, Chloe Lea and Yerin Ha.

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Prime Video runs disclaimer ahead of ‘The Boys” “Assassination Run” finale

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The season 4 finale of The Boys has just dropped on Prime Video, and in light of the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, the streamer has made some changes.

Prime Video has added a disclaimer to the episode, and its title has been changed from “Assassination Run” to “Season 4 Finale.”

“The season finale of The Boys contains scenes of fictional political violence, which some viewers may find disturbing, especially in light of the injuries and tragic loss of life sustained during the assassination attempt on former President Trump,” reads the title card ahead of the show, and also on Prime Video’s social media platforms.

It continued, “The Boys is a fictitious series that was filmed in 2023, and any scene or plotline similarities to these real-word events are coincidental and unintentional. Amazon, Sony Pictures Television and the producers of The Boys reject, in the strongest terms, real-world violence of any kind.”

The episode is the climax of an in-universe political campaign that has been the center of the season: Robert Singer (Jim Beaver) is the president and Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) his vice president — but secretly, she’s a supe who can explode heads at will, and she did just that to members of Congress in a previous season.

Singer fears for his own head, and has been plotting with Karl Urban and his supe-hating team to take her out. 

The episode also hinges on the date of Jan. 6 — the date when election results are certified in Congress, and which in real life has become synonymous with a riot at the Capitol in 2021. 

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Hollywood treasures from ‘Gladiator’, ‘Star Wars’ and even ‘Forrest Gump’ up for auction


The U.K.-based auction house PropStore has announced that another massive trove of Hollywood memorabilia is going on the block, and it’s expected to fetch an estimated $10 million.

The event, running from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, is offering items like Harrison Ford‘s iconic Indiana Jones fedora, which is expected to sell for up to half a million bucks.

A screen-used Biker Scout helmet from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi — apparently the only one of its kind — is also estimated to fetch that much.

There’s also a Ghostface mask used in a final face-off with Neve Campbell‘s Sidney in Scream, which is going for anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000.

Joaquin Phoenix‘s ceremonial white armor from his character Commodus’ final fight with Russell Crowe‘s Maximus in the 2000 Oscar winner Gladiator is also up for grabs, expected to sell for up to $160,000. 

Also going on the block is the iconic box of chocolates from another Academy Award-winning film, Forrest Gump, with a ticket price of anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000. 

That said, very often props like these sell for much more — for example, a recent Heritage Auction of the door Kate Winslet controversially floated on at the end of Titanic was expected to fetch $40,000. It sold for $718,750.

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‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ promo goes wild: “Ketchup and Mustard” accessories, ‘Pool’s butt as an Xbox controller


If Ryan Reynolds weren’t a famous actor, he’s proven by now he would have made quite the ad man, and some new promotional items tied to his Deadpool & Wolverine film have his fingerprints all over them.

In fact, one will let you put your fingerprints on Deadpool’s butt.

While the Dune 2-spoofing popcorn bucket has already been covered, Heinz and Microsoft have gotten in on the action.

Thanks to the respective titular characters’ red and yellow super suits, Reynolds has been referring to himself and Hugh Jackman as “Ketchup and Mustard,” and he helped Heinz to take that both literally and figuratively (and subliminally?) with a new re-cut trailer that promotes the condiments as much as the movie.

Heinz is also releasing limited-edition collectibles “to accessorize your ketchup and mustard bottles to resemble Deadpool and Wolverine,” including “custom masks, suits, signature katanas, claws, slash marks” to dress up your bottles.

For its part, Microsoft has created a limited-edition Deadpool-themed Xbox, which you can win, and which comes with a pair of “cheeky” controllers whose backsides resemble Deadpool’s.

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Kennedy Center to honor Francis Ford Coppola, the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, and more


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has named its 47th class for its Kennedy Center Honors, and this year legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, the Grateful Dead, and Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt were among those singled out for their lifetime artistic achievement.

Also included were musician and composer Arturo Sandoval; the iconic Harlem venue The Apollo will receive a special Honors as an American institution.

In a statement, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein noted, “The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes artists who have made an extraordinary impact on the cultural life of our nation and continue to have an immeasurable influence on new generations.”

He feted Coppola as “a brilliant and masterful storyteller with an unrelenting innovative spirit,” whose “films have become embedded in the very idea of American culture.”

Rubenstein saluted Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bobby Weir, calling the band a “social and cultural phenomenon since 1965,” whose music, “never stopped being a true American original, while inspiring a fan culture like no other.”

He called Raitt “an ambassador of both music and humanity,” and said that Sandoval “transcended literal borders coming from Cuba 30+ years ago and today continues to bridge cultures with his intoxicating blend of Afro Cuban rhythms and modern jazz.”

As for The Apollo, the organization’s chairman called it, “one of the most consequential, influential institutions in history” that “has elevated the voices of Black entertainment in New York City, nationally, and around the world, and launched the careers of legions of artists.”

The Kennedy Center Honors will be handed out on December 8, 2024, ahead of a CBS broadcast of the event on December 23.

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In Brief: Marvel vets the Russo Bros. reportedly eyeing MCU return, and more

Joe and Anthony Russo are reportedly in early talks to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to direct the next two Avengers movies, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The Russos helmed four of Marvel’s best received films — Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame — which earned a combined $6.681 billion. The hiring would end months of speculation over who would lead the fifth and sixth Avengers movies; the fifth movie was previously titled Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and was to star Jonathan Majors, whom Marvel cut ties with after he was convicted of assault. The film is expected to get a new name and a new focus, per the outlet …

The Paley Center for Media announced that it will honor Tyler Perry at its fall gala in LA in December. Perry, a writer, director, producer, studio owner and philanthropist, has produced over 2,000 episodes of television and directed, written and produced 28 feature films, and runs his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta …

Netflix has dropped a first-look video of Cobra Kai, featuring the first eight minutes of season 6, part 1. The teaser shows the students training for the Sekai Taikai, which Ralph Macchio‘s Daniel LaRusso reveals to his wife will be his “karate swan song.” However, there’s imminent danger, as Martin Kove‘s Sensei Kreese and Alicia Hannah-Kim‘s Kim Da-Eun are teaming up to raise a dojo of homegrown Korean fighters in the image of Cobra Kai. Cobra Kai season 6, part 1 premieres Thursday on Netflix, with part 2 coming in November. The third and final part will premiere in 2025 …


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‘Omnivore’ takes us on a journey through the world of food

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One of the most celebrated chefs in the world wants to take you on a beautiful adventure through food with his new series Omnivore. René Redzepi is the co-creator and narrator of the Apple TV+ series, which premieres Friday, and he’s the founder of the 3-star Michelin restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, considered by many to be the best restaurant in the world.

Redzepi talked to ABC Audio about what he wanted to do with the show Omnivore, which came about when Noma was getting a lot of acclaim and TV offers were rolling in.

“What came up immediately was David Attenborough and Planet Earth and that level of inspiration and awe and just mind-blowing-ness I got as a young boy when I watched the nature shows that he did,” he says. “And I just thought to myself, ‘Why can’t we do that for food?'”

What Redzepi hopes people take away from the series is “‘food is just so much more than I thought it was, and perhaps I should pay more attention to it … perhaps I should look at what I have in my cupboard, and perhaps I should consider things when I’m down shopping.’ Be more inquisitive, more curious about everything.”

Omnivore producer Matt Goulding tells ABC Audio they decided to focus each episode on “a few of those absolutely foundational, transformative ingredients that are pillars of human society.”

“Rice and corn, and then a few ingredients that really may not be essential to our survival, but say something really special about who we are. And that’s coffee or chili pepper … what drives us and attracts us to eat something that no other animal, besides birds, who don’t have capsaicin receptors, actually eat.”

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‘Fallout’ lead Walton Goggins, others react to Prime Video show’s Emmy nominations

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Prime Video’s video game adaptation Fallout was a likely Emmy nominee for visual and prosthetics effects, but its nom for Outstanding Drama Series and a nod to Walton Goggins in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama category was a welcome surprise for fans of the hit show. 

All told, it received 17 nominations, according to the Television Academy.

Goggins, who plays the haunting bounty hunter The Ghoul — as well as his pre-apocalyptic version, actor Cooper Howard — is thankful. 

“I’m so humbled and grateful to be included in this room of storytellers, in this category with these remarkable actors, in this stellar year of television.”

He added, “To be a part of Fallout, to play these two roles written by Geneva and Graham and to get to work with one of my heroes Jonathan Nolan means so much to me.” Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner were nominated in the writing category for the show.

Goggins added, “You know who the most grateful man in the world is? ….ME!!!” The veteran character actor said of the forthcoming second season, “I can’t wait for September 15th!!!”

The show was recognized in dozens of technical categories, from editing to production design and of course prosthetics, with artists Jake Garber, Rich Krusell, Lindsay Gelfand, Gregory Nicotero, Vincent Van Dyke and Lisa Forst transforming Walton into the zombie-like Ghoul. 

Garber gave his flowers to the actor, saying, “We would have never received this nomination for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup … without Walton Goggins’ performance. Many others were of course essential in this process, but without Walton I wouldn’t be typing this.”

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