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'The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain' shines a light on racial injustice

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The new movie The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain tells the true story of 66-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, a military veteran who was shot and killed in his apartment by police in White Plains, New York, a decade ago.

Chamberlain’s family says the shooting was unjustified, and his son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., tells ABC Audio the tragedy began with a phone call from his father’s neighbor, urging him to "get to White Plains right away."

"I asked why and he said, the police are banging on your father's door," he continues.  "As soon as I asked them what was going on, he just yelled out, 'Oh my God.'"

Fighting back tears, Kenneth Jr. goes on to say, "When I asked him what happened...he said, 'I think the police just shot your father.'  And here I am, almost a decade later, still fighting to get some type of accountability in his killing."

Executive producer Morgan Freeman says the movie is yet another reminder of the sometimes callous and cruel treatment of people of color, which was exposed in the more recent cases of George FloydBreonna Taylor and others.

"These sort of things are generally not sensationalized, let's put it that way. This old black man was shot by the police -- No whys, no wherefores," he said.

Noting police are "first responders...not emergency medical people," Freeman contends the police should have never been involved in the first place.

"This was inadvertent, but a call from his life alert thing, not somebody saying somebody is breaking into my house," he explains.  "And he called back and said that was a mistake, I don't need anybody. And they called police and said it's ok, stand down." 

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain is playing now in select theaters.

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'Goliath' star Billy Bob Thornton on taking the reins as director for the final season premiere

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Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton has played ace attorney Billy McBride in Amazon Prime's drama Goliath for four seasons, but for the premiere of the series' last season, he sat in the director's chair. 

"They had to twist my arm a little bit," Thornton tells ABC Audio. 

"I even begged them to take my name off because I don't really fancy myself a director," he continued, despite having an Oscar nomination for Sling Blade. "You know, it's kind of uncomfortable directing people that you've been working with for three seasons. You know, it's like, 'Oh, hey, we're buddies, we're actors...' OK, now I'm your boss and here's what you're going to do.'"

After his character survived being shot in the season three finale, there was a lot of ground to cover for the new season, Thornton explained: "The first episode is the one that has to establish everything. So it's kind of a hard job in a way, but it actually turned out to be fun directing."

The new season has McBride and his team facing off against a family-owned pharmaceutical company being sued for contributing to the opioid crisis. Law & Order vet and Oscar winner JK Simmons plays the company's icy CEO; screen legend Bruce Dern plays Simmons' brother.

Another addition to the cast for the final season is Hunger Games veteran Jena Malone, who plays an attorney with some big shoes to fill.

"It's such a great series, so many well-developed characters and well-loved characters," Jena enthuses. "It's always nice to walk into an environment where things already feel so exciting [and] trying to figure out how you can bring something new to that to also allow these characters to finish their journey for the audience."  

Goliath returns Friday on Amazon Prime. 

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Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King give advice to Destiny’s Child and accept their glamping invitation

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On the final stop of their OG Chronicles: Joy Ride in California in Santa Barbara, California, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King were shocked to receive a letter asking for guidance from one of their favorite groups, Destiny’s Child.

"We do not have a letter from Beyoncé," King exclaimed in disbelief.

The trio wrote: "Soon, the three of us will all be in our 40s. What advice do you have for three friends who want to maintain their connection and bond while always juggling and adjusting to the different stages of their lives?"

Oprah responded with the key to her long lasting friendship with Gayle. "If you're really strong friends, you can pick up wherever you left off," Oprah said. "You can pick up the phone and call someone like it's yesterday."

Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams had another question for the two best friends: "When can the five of these friends all go glamping together?"

Oprah and Gayle loved the idea, but it made it clear it had to be a luxury camping experience. “I don't want to poop in a hole," King replied.

Now she wants the singers to confirm their trip.

"Girls, back to you," she says. "Ball's in your court!"

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'Power' alum Omari Hardwick joins J-Lo's assassin film 'Mother'; Eddie Murphy inks new deal with Amazon

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Jennifer Lopez is getting some major backup on her upcoming Netflix project.

Variety has learned that Power star Omari Hardwick has joined the cast of Mother, Lopez's new thriller that follows her as an assassin who comes out of hiding to protect her daughter. Hardwick joins Joseph Fiennes and Gael Garcia Bernal, who were also announced. He will play an FBI agent who is also an ally of Lopez's character. A release date for Mother has yet to be announced.

In other news, Eddie Murphy is extending his relationship with Amazon Studios, Deadline reports. Following the success of Murphy's film, Coming 2 America, which Amazon said was the "most-watched movie on Amazon Prime in its opening weekend" in March 2021, the studio has inked a three-picture first-look film deal with the actor. As part of the new pact, Murphy will star in three films for the studio and develop original film projects for Prime Video and Studios. There is no word yet on Murphy's next project for Amazon.

Finally, ICYMI, John Boyega has joined the cast of Gina Prince-Bythewood's upcoming feature The Woman King. Boyega shared the news on Instagram, along with some details on his role and the film.

"I will be joining this incredible cast as King Ghezo," Boyega wrote. "The Woman King is a historical epic inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in West Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries. The story follows Nanisca, General of the all-female military unit, and Nawi, an ambitious recruit, who together fought enemies who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for."

Boyega joins Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu and Lashana Lynch, who were previously announced.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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New 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' posters show Paul Rudd and the new cast geared up for the ghosts

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After waiting more than a year for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, fans are finally getting closer to seeing the repeatedly pandemic-delayed film. To that end, Columbia Pictures have released two new posters for the movie, which hits theaters on November 19.

Stranger ThingsFinn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace, play, respectively, the grandson and granddaughter of the late Harold Ramis' Egon Spengler. As the trailer revealed, they uncover a trove of his old ghostbusting gear, just in time to fight a supernatural menace. 

The first poster shows both teens armed with proton packs next to the Ecto-1, with two of their friends. Paul Rudd, who plays their science teacher, has a ghost trap in hand, as he and his younger co-stars stare up at an ominous blue-green storm cloud.

The second poster has the similar spooky sky, but shows the gang from behind, silhouetted by lighting-like bolts firing down from a hole in the cloud.

The action comedy, which will star original cast members Bill MurrayDan AykroydErnie HudsonAnnie Potts and Sigourney Weaver in their original roles, was co-written and directed by Jason Reitman, the son of director of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman.

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"Will they kill me?" See Kristen Stewart as Princess Di in the final trailer for 'Spencer'

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The final trailer for Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, has just dropped, and it's clear the accolades the actress has already garnered are well deserved.

Spencer takes place in the 1990s over a crucial Christmas holiday during which Diana plotted her divorce from Prince Charlesand a life away from the British royal family. As in the teaser, a choral version of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" haunts the new footage of the young princess crushed between the pressures of her title, her crumbling marriage, the paparazzi, and a holiday weekend with the King and Queen.

"Three days," she says as she steels herself. "That's it."

An aide warns her, "They know everything," as her royal relatives shoot her icy glares from across a finely appointed dinner table.

"They don't," Diana replies.

As the pressure mounts in the trailer, Diana's young son, Prince William, asks her, "Mummy, what's happened to make you so sad?"

"You have to be able to do things you hate," Diana's advised. "There has to be two of you. There's the real one, and the they take pictures of."

She's told it's for, "the good of the country."

"The country?" Diana protests, before slapping a sofa in frustration.

"Fight them," a friend tells her. "You're your own weapon."

Diana asks rhetorically of the royals, "Will they kill me, you think?"

Princess Diana was killed August 31, 1997 in a car crash in Paris that was caused in part by a high-speed pursuit by paparazzi. Her partner, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul, were also killed. Paul was later found to have been driving drunk. A bodyguard survived the crash.

Spencer debuts November 5 from Pablo Larrain, who previously called the shots on Natalie Portman's Oscar-nominated 2016 Jacqueline Kennedy biopic, Jackie.

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James Marsden jokes about 15-year gap between 'Enchanted' and 'Disenchanted': "I never felt older"

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Fifteen years after Enchanted sang its way into theaters, fans will finally see the story continue in Disenchanted, and star James Marsden is teasing what to expect when the sequel premieres next year.

The 48-year-old actor, who plays Prince Edward, told Entertainment Tonight the movie will acknowledge the length of time that passed since everyone supposedly went off on their happily ever after.

"I have never felt older," he laughed. "Fifteen years is not the sort of time frame you want to wait for the sequel of your movie where you play a Disney prince [to come out]. You go back in and you just got a belly and three chins."

"I think we made something special," Marsden amended. "I hope people will dig it."

Because 15 years had passed since the first and second movies, Marsden was at first skeptical that the sequel was being made.

"They have been talking about making it for years...I got my hopes up many times before," the actor said. "And recently I was like, 'Sure, sure, they're going to make it.' And last year they said, 'We are actually doing this, and they sent songs, and I am like, 'OK, this is actually real.'"

"Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz did all of the music again, and Amy Adams [is] playing her great role as Princess Giselle," Marsden raved. "It was a lot of fun getting back and working with Idina [Menzel] and getting the pipes back to working properly and the singing stuff."

Disenchanted, also starring Patrick Dempsey and Maya Rudolph, will waltz onto Disney+ sometime in 2022.

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'Tiger King 2' and more: Netflix introduces itself as "The Home of True Crime"

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In a stylish new trailer, Netflix is revealing a series of upcoming documentaries, welcoming viewers to "The Home of True Crime."

The trailer from the streaming service that launched the Emmy-winning Making a Murderer, and other true crime docs like Cocaine Cowboys, shows glimpses of sure-to-be bingeable titles, including a sequel to that pandemic smash Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

Here's the lineup, and descriptions from Netflix: 

Tiger King 2 (debuting this year)

The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman -- (January 2022)
"From the acclaimed filmmakers behind The Imposter, this three-part series tells the jaw-dropping story of one of the world's most audacious conmen who was convicted in 2005 for stealing fortunes and destroying multiple lives. But now, in an incredible twist, the story reaches into the present day, with a desperate family who fear for their mother's safety."

The Tinder Swindler -- (February 2022)
Centering on "a prolific conman who posed as a billionaire playboy on Tinder, and the women who set out to bring him down."

Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King -- (2022)
"Follow a group of investors turned sleuths as they try to unlock the suspicious death of cryptocurrency multimillionaire Gerry Cotten and the missing $250 million they believe he stole from them."

Bad Vegan -- (2022)
"Celebrity restaurateur Sarma Melngailis becomes the 'Vegan Fugitive' when she’s conned out of millions by a man who convinces her that he can expand her food empire and make her beloved pit bull immortal -- as long as she never questions his increasingly bizarre requests."

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Patina Miller explains why she loves the "challenge" of playing Raquel in 'Raising Kanan'

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Ahead of Sunday's season finale of Raising Kanan, Tony Award winner Patina Miller is explaining why taking on the challenging role of Kanan's mother Raquel has been a godsend for her as an actor.

"Raquel is so many different things," Miller tells ABC Audio of the fierce and gritty character. "The opportunity to really dig deep, go dark, explore many different things was... exciting to me. And it wasn't a hard thing."

Miller, who came off of a six-year run on Madame Secretary as press secretary Daisy Grant, says jumping from a political drama to a crime drama wasn't seamless, but thankfully she "loves a challenge."

"I love being able to show different sides of my craft of what I can do," Miller shares. "And I love being able to bring my experiences, the things that I know, to each character. And so this just really fit for me because I was able to call on a lot of my past experience to help inform who my character was."

Miller, along with star Mekai Curtis, return Sunday, September 26 at 8 p.m. ET for the season finale of Starz's Power Book III: Raising Kanan.

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"I don't wish ill on him": Miyam Bialik on replacing former 'Jeopardy!' host and producer Mike Richards

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Following the ouster of former host and executive producer Mike Richards from Jeopardy! after controversial comments he made on a podcast resurfaced, it was announced Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings would complete this season's shows while the search for a permanent replacement for the late Alex Trebek continues.

In a Newsweek essay, Bialik shed some light on how she got the "dreamy" job, recalling it was her 15-year-old son who first told her the Internet was buzzing that she should guest-host the show. 

"I had to learn all the rules and the language of the show," Bialik recalled. "I was terrified," but adds, "I had a spooky -- but positive -- feeling...'I don't want to leave.'"

"I was also sure that someone newsy, like Savannah Guthrie, was going to be made the permanent host, so a lot of the buzz about me...went in one ear and out the other," said Bialik.

Eventually, Richards was named the new host and Bialik was tapped to host special episodes of the game show. But everything changed when Richards stepped down.

"Of course I was in touch with Mike as he was my boss at that time, and I don't wish ill on him, or anyone," said Bialik. "My first response...was to say... 'How can I help?'"

Bialik says she feels "very honored" by the opportunity, noting, "It's been as dreamy as it was for the two days that I guest hosted."

The Big Bang Theory vet explained, "There will never be another Alex...It's important not to try and be him, because you can't..."

That said, Bialik admits, "I joke that I would give up my first child to host permanently! I think my son and I have a close enough bond that he will come back to me!"

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Jennifer Aniston reveals hilarious texts following David Schwimmer dating rumors

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Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer's admissions during the Friends reunion back in April that they were crushing on each other while filming the sitcom led to a flood of rumors that they were dating in real life, something Aniston only realized after friends started texting her about the supposed relationship.

“That’s really funny,” Aniston, 52, tells Marie Claire Australia about the dating rumors.  “I was just saying, ‘I hadn’t heard a word of this.’  Honestly.  I was getting a couple of texts from people saying, ‘I thought you were on a break, LOL.’  And I kept saying, ‘What are you talking about?’  And then I went online to see what was happening, and I was like, ‘That is the funniest rumor that I never heard that got shot down in the quickest amount of time.’”

During the HBO Max reunion, Schwimmer, 54, admitted, “The first season...I had a major crush on Jen.”

Jennifer turned heads when she replied, “It was reciprocated.”

“At some point, we were both crushing hard on each other,” David continued, insisting, they "never crossed that boundary.  We respected that.”

Jennifer had a slightly different take, admitting the two would, “spoon and fall asleep on the couch.”

Following the revelation, fans were hoping for a real-life 2021 romance between Schwimmer and Aniston, who respectively played Ross Gellar and Rachel Green on the series, which ran from 1994-2004.

“That was bizarre. I could not believe that, actually.  Like, really?  That’s my brother,” Jennifer told Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview.  “But I understand it, though.  It just shows you how hopeful people are for fantasies, for dreams to come true.”

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'The Conners' dedicates live season four premiere to Norm Macdonald

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The Conners kicked off its fourth season Wednesday with a live episode that ended with a touching tribute to comedian Norm Macdonald, who died last week at the age of 61 after a long, private battle with cancer.

The episode ended with the cast, seated on the show's iconic sofa, holding up a sign that read, "Dedicated to the memory of our friend and colleague, Norm Macdonald."

The episode itself, titled “Trucking Live in Front of a Fully Vaccinated Studio Audience,” began with star and executive producer Sara Gilbert announcing, "Oh, The Conners is live in front of a studio vaccinated audience."

"Wait, what?" added co-star Laurie Metcalf, appearing shocked, before the two of them joined the opening scene, already in progress.

One storyline featured Mark, played by Ames McNamara, the youngest son of Gilbert's Darlene, working on a school project in which he made video calls to distant relatives to collect information to determine how much of a role genetics play in a person’s decision-making. Those relatives were winners of a sweepstakes to appear on the show, but only found out they won when their phones rang, live on the air.  

The premiere also continued one of last season's storylines, in which Darlene tries to navigate hurdles in her relationship with Ben, played by Jay R. Ferguson. Darlene, trying to salvage their relationship, proved her commitment to him by putting a deposit down on an apartment, which provided another opportunity to break the fourth wall, when the camera followed Gilbert as she ran from one set to the other to find him.

"Better run, it's a lot further than you think," warned Metcalf. "It's the set opposite Wellman's Plastics."

"Look at her go," co-star John Goodman added.

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Influential filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles dies at 89

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Influential filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, whom many consider the godfather of modern Black cinema, has died at age 89.

On behalf of his family, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films confirmed his passing in a statement posted Wednesday.

“In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music,” the statement reads.

It continues, “His work continues to be essential and is being celebrated at the New York Film Festival this weekend with a 50th anniversary screening of his landmark film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song; a Criterion Collection box set, Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films, next week; and a revival of his play Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, slated for a return to Broadway next year.”

Van Peebles’ son, actor-director Mario Van Peebles, adds in the statement, “Dad knew that Black images matter. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what was a movie worth? We want to be the success we see, thus we need to see ourselves being free. True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the power, beauty and interconnectivity of all people.”

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First 'SNL' guests of the season: Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek, and Jason Sudeikis

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On social media, Saturday Night Live has revealed the hosts and guests for the first month of its 47th season.

Loki star Owen Wilson leads things off on October 2, with musical guest Kasey Musgraves; October 9 will see Kim Kardashian West take the stage at Studio 8H for the first time, with singer Halsey.

The October 16 show will be hosted by Rami Malek, a week after fans can see the Oscar winner as a James Bond baddie in No Time to DieYoung Thug will be the musical guest.

And on October 23, former SNL cast member-turned Ted Lasso Emmy winner Jason Sudeikis will take the stage, with musical guest Brandi Carlile.

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Jada Pinkett Smith celebrates 50th birthday on 'Red Table Talk'; ABC to adapt Baratunde Thurston's 'How to Be Black'

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The latest episode of Jada Pinkett-Smith's Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, is definitely a star-studded one.

In celebration of Jada's 50th birthday on September 18, the actress-turned talk show host had an impressive list of celebrity friends make an appearance on her show to wish her a happy birthday, including George Clooney, Mariah Carey, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Kimmel, Ciara, Angela Bassett and others. Some of the celebs even posed a fun question for Jada to answer during the celebration. Before the episode ended, Pinkett-Smith received a happy birthday serenade by seven-time Grammy-winning superstar Toni Braxton. Watch the full episode of Jada's Red Table Talk birthday celebration now available on Facebook Watch.

In other news, Deadline has learned that ABC is currently developing Baratunde Thurston's memoir, How to Be Black, as an animated series. Like Thurston's book, the series -- written and co-executive produced by black-ish showrunner Courtney Lilly -- is expected to center on the "community and family that raised a young Baratunde in 1980s Washington, D.C." Voice casting details have yet to be announced. If greenlit, How to Be Black would be ABC's first animated comedy series since The Goode Family in 2009.

Finally, Hulu has given a series order to Black Cake, a new drama from Women of the Movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar, with Oprah Winfrey and Aaron Kaplan, Deadline reports. Based on the upcoming book by Charmaine Wilkerson, Black Cake is described as a "murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting." It follows various narratives including the story of a runaway bride, who "is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder." A release date for Black Cake has yet to be announced.

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