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'Thor: Love and Thunder' baddie Christian Bale says SCOTUS ruling shows the "superpower" of voting

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Christian Bale paused a promotional interview for his upcoming role in Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder Friday afternoon to briefly address the SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Bale plays Gorr the God Butcher in the upcoming film, which deals with the question of what makes a hero.

"Just in light of what happened today [with the] Supreme Court and everything. 'What's a true superhero?'" he asked rhetorically.

"We all have a superhero power, and that is voting," Bale said. "And that's incredibly important."

Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder, which also stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Russell Crowe, Tessa Thompson and writer-director Taika Waititi, opens July 8.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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"Rage": Stars react to Roe v. Wade being overturned

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Friday's Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade reverberated through Hollywood, with many stars taking to social media to vent their frustrations.

Here are some of those who posted:

Cher: TODAY, TRUMPS RADICAL (REPUBLICAN) SUPREME COURT,BECAME RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN WOMEN.THEY CAN’T BE PROSECUTED, BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE…“THEY ARE GUILTY”‼️ WHAT OTHER RIGHTS (WE TAKE 4 GRANTED) ARE NEXT!? BE AFRAID BE VERY AFRAID‼️

Rachel Zegler: "Why the f*** don't you care about us? why the f*** do you think you have any say over our bodies?"

Rob Reiner: "Don’t despair. Fight back!! Hold the House, add 2 seats to the Senate, kill the filibuster, codify Roe, and add seats to SCOTUS. 2022 will determine it all. VOTE!!!"

Ariana DeBose: "I have nothing nice to say at this moment in time."

Al Franken: "Today’s decision is the culmination of a 50 year project by GOP operatives, religious fundamentalists, billionaire oligarchs, & right-wing media. Work, donate, vote!!! #RoeVsWade #Dobbs

Padma Lakshmi: "People will still get abortions. These procedures won't stop just because Roe v. Wade is overturned. This will only prevent safe, legal abortions from taking place. People who have the money, time, and resources will still find avenues for their procedures. But the most vulnerable of our community? What choices are those individuals, who are mostly BIPOC, left with? This is the catalyst for a public health crisis. The right to decide when to start a family or not is a choice every individual should be able to make on their terms when the time is right for them. This freedom and dignity is something we should all fight to preserve."

Bill Gates: "This is a sad day. Reversing Roe v. Wade is an unjust and unacceptable setback. And it puts women’s lives at risk, especially the most disadvantaged."

Bette Midler: "GET READY, GAYS. YOU’RE NEXT."

Josh Gad: "You don't need 280 characters today. Just one word: Rage"

 

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The Boys' showrunner wants to reunite Jensen Ackles with 'Supernatural' co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jared Padalecki

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Eric Kripke, the showrunner of the Emmy-nominated Amazon series The Boys, wants to bring back the Winchester boys.

Kripke created the long-running CW show Supernatural, which starred The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the father of Dean and Sam Winchester, played respectively by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

With Ackles currently starring as Soldier Boy on The Boys, Kripke is eager for a Supernatural reunion. "Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a superfan of the show, so he and I are talking," Kripke tells E! News.

"We're trying to figure out something for season 4. Nothing finalized yet, but he and I are chatting and emailing and seeing it we can make it work with his busy schedule. So, stay tuned on that."

As for Padalecki? "I would put Jared on the show in a heartbeat," Kripke says, adding of the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot star, "I would put him on the show in a second."

Stay tuned ...

Meanwhile, The Boys dropped what is promising to be its most controversial episode yet on Friday. Based on a bawdy adventure from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's graphic novel series, the episode centers on the super-powered orgy known as Herogasm.

The BoysInstagram noted of the episode, "Please allow 3 to 5 business days to recover, maybe more."

Amazon Studios countered, "Might need 5 - 7 business days."

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Maya Rudolph, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez make for an "odd couple" in Apple TV+'s new comedy series 'Loot'

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The new comedy series Loot kicks off Friday on Apple TV+ and opens with Maya Rudolph's socialite Molly enjoying all the trappings of having a dashing billionaire husband -- until she finds out he's been cheating on her with a much younger woman. 

With an $87 billion divorce settlement in hand, but no direction in her life, Molly gets an unexpected call from Sofia, played by Pose Emmy winner Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, the no-nonsense head of a charitable foundation that Molly doesn't even know she technically runs. 

Sofia needs to make sure the money keeps flowing to various charities -- and that Molly's globe-trotting rebound tour stops embarrassing the nonprofit.

"It's a little bit of a ... fish out of water for Molly, for sure," SNL vet Rudolph tells ABC Audio.

"And I think that ... pairing people together who would never spend any time together just immediately allows you to have endless possibilities of things going wrong, which is always a great place to start for comedy, obviously."

Rodriguez, agrees, contrasting the "free-spirited" Molly to her dedicated character, Sofia, who doesn't have time for Molly's shenanigans -- like giving women at a domestic abuse shelter designer-curated SWAG bags.

"I just like that they're just totally polar opposites," Rodriguez says. "You would never expect for these two to be in the same place together. And yet they are. They're an odd couple, for sure." 

Rudolph jokes, "It's The Odd Couple 2.0."

Rodriguez revealed it was hard to constantly act peeved opposite Rudolph "because she is actually a sweetheart."

"It's a challenge in general to be in front of a legendary icon," she adds, "and you have to play this character that is no B.S. So, yeah, it's hard, but I like the ... challenging." 

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GoFundMe for jilted Burger King employee tops $46K, including $5K from David Spade

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When Kevin Ford went viral earlier in the week for showing off his goodbye gift after 27 years of service to a Las Vegas airport Burger King, it got a lot of attention.

After all, for all his "loyalty...and never missing a day," his SWAG bag was more than a little lacking: It included a movie ticket, a bag of Reeses Pieces, a Starbucks cup and a couple of pens, among other office bric-a-brac.

His daughter Seryna started a GoFundMe for the 54-year-old grandad, expressing he worked tirelessly and managed to raise his family and put four daughters through college thanks to his hard work -- and the internet delivered.

The campaign has topped $46,000 as of late Friday morning -- and to the grateful former employee's surprise, one donor of $5,000 turned out to be David Spade.

For his part, TMZ reports, Ford was shocked to see that the "David Spade" on his list of benefactors was the David Spade from Saturday Night Live and Tommy Boy.

According to a screengrab of Instagram DMs between the two, Ford used the "mind blown" emoji, among other unprintable exultations. "Cannot believe this!!" Ford exclaimed, adding, "I think I might be able to take a day off," to which Spade replied, "Wait until year 30."

Ford then joked, "Damn, Are You One Of My Managers?"

The dedicated worker tells the gossip site that he intends to spend some of the donors' generosity to visit his grandkids in Texas and buy a hybrid car.

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here are some of the new titles available to stream this weekend:

Netflix
The Umbrella Academy: Season three of the dark sci-fi comedy series finds our superheroes faced with sibling rivalry as they try to fix the timeline.

The Man from Toronto: A sales consultant gets mistaken for the world’s deadliest assassin in the new action-comedy film starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson.

Hulu
Mormon No More: The life-changing story of two women who left the Mormon church and found love.

HBO Max
Tuca and Bertie: Binge the second season of the popular animated series before the third season airs later this summer.

Westworld: Watch the season four premiere of the Emmy-winning drama series to question reality with all-new worlds, characters and conflicts.

Disney+
Rise: Learn about the incredible Antetokounmpo family, who changed the world of basketball forever.

Apple TV+
Loot: Stream the first three episodes of the new comedy series, all about a billionaire who embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Amazon Prime
Chloe: When Chloe goes missing, an old friend infiltrates her life to figure out what went wrong in this psychological thriller.

Happy streaming!

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Father accuses Ezra Miller of sheltering mother and kids at "unsafe" farm amid weed and weapons

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Another day, another wild accusation about The Flash star Ezra Miller.

According to Rolling Stone, the actor, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, is currently staying on his 96-acre property in Stamford, Vermont, with a mother and her three young children.

The father, like the 25-year-old mother, was not identified. However, he reportedly feared the situation is "unsafe." Video provided to Rolling Stone allegedly showed "unattended guns strewn around the home," and that "one of the children -- a one-year-old -- allegedly picked up a loose bullet and put it in her mouth."

The 29-year-old actor is allegedly using marijuana heavily in front of the children, the magazine reports. Miller also is accused of cultivating cannabis on their farm without a license, according to Rolling Stone.

However, the mother of the children tells the magazine that Miller helped her and her kids flee Hilo, Hawaii, and a "violent and abusive" ex -- something the children's father denies.

The Rolling Stone report is the latest in a series of recent accusations and legal entanglements for Miller.

Earlier this month, South Dakota attorney and activist Chase Iron Eyes and his wife, Sara Jumping Eagle, filed court documents alleging that Miller has been "physically and emotionally abusing" their 18-year-old daughter, Tokata Iron Eyes, whom Miller met when she was 12 and Miller was 23. The Fantastic Beasts series star was also accused of "psychologically manipulating, physically intimidating, and endangering the safety and welfare" of the young woman, according to court documents obtained by Entertainment Weekly.

However, in an Instagram post, Tokata denied the claims, insisting in part that her "comrade" Ezra has simply helped her through a difficult time.

Miller was also arrested in Hawaii in March and April and charged, respectively, with disorderly conduct and harassment in one case, and second degree assault in the other.

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Denise Richards launches OnlyFans account after daughter Sami Sheen's debut

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Denise Richards is following in the footsteps of her daughter, Sami Sheen, and launching an OnlyFans account.

Taking to social media on Thursday, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum shared a 15-second clip of herself wearing a white dress and walking from the beach into the water.

"Ready…here we go," she captioned the video, adding #onlyfans. "Link in bio."

In a follow-up Instagram post, the 51-year-old wrote, "It’s summer!!! My favorite time of year. Chatting with all of you on #onlyfans right now. I personally will answer all of your messages."

Subscriptions to Richards' OnlyFans account are currently listed at $25 per month, or $67.50 for a three-month bundle.

Richards' OnlyFans account comes after her 18-year-old daughter, Sami, whom she shares with ex Charlie Sheen, launched her own page earlier this month.

Charlie voiced his disapproval of his daughter's account, telling E! News in a statement, "I do not condone this but since I'm unable to prevent it, I urged her to keep it classy, creative and not sacrifice her integrity."

Richards, on the other hand, commended Sami for her confidence.

"Lots of negative comments on my social this past week. I have to say, I wish I had the confidence my 18 yr old daughter has," she wrote in an Instagram post. "And I also can't be judgmental of her choices. I did Wild Things & Playboy, quite frankly her father shouldn't be either."

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In Brief: More 'Selling Sunset' for Netflix; New 'Spy Kids' reboot taking shape, and more

Talk about a real estate boom! The real estate reality show Selling Sunset has been renewed for seasons 6 and 7, Netflix announced Thursday. The streaming platform will also be debuting a spin-off series, Selling the OC, on August 24. Netflix also announced a bunch of new home renovation programming, including How to Build a Sex Room, which features an interior designer helping couples spice up their space. The series debuts July 8 ...

The Spy Kids reboot has found its stars. Deadline reports Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Everly Carganilla and newcomer Connor Esterson are set to star as the spy family in filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's new adaptation of the franchise, which he's on board to write, direct and produce. The original Spy Kids debuted in 2001 with Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino in the adult roles, and Alexa PenaVega and Daryl Sabara as the kids ...

Chrissy Teigen will be returning for more Chrissy's Court on the Roku Channel, Variety reports. Her show has been renewed for a third season after its second season broke viewership records for Roku. “The cases in Season 3 of ‘Chrissy’s Court’ are wilder, the people are more fun than ever, and no claim is too petty for my courtroom,” Teigen said in a statement to Variety. The new season will debut on October 21 ...

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Austin Butler felt “a responsibility” to get 'Elvis' right

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When Austin Butler signed on to play Elvis Presley in Elvis, the new biopic about the musician's life, he knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park to step into the King of Rock & Roll’s blue suede shoes.

“I’ve never felt a responsibility like this,” Butler told ABC News. “Anytime you take on somebody who’s actually lived their life, there’s a responsibility. But with Elvis, it’s something I’ve never felt before.”

The film’s director, Baz Luhrmann, echoed his sentiment, saying it was important to both of them that Butler did not do an impersonation of Presley. “Elvis is the most impersonated person in history. We had to have a person,” he said. “Austin really did fuse his spirit with that of Elvis’. He shows the man, not the icon, you know.”

Butler’s performance as Presley tried to combat “all the misconceptions” of those impersonations – the caricatures and the Halloween costumes – that Butler says make people look “up to him almost in a godlike way” and, in turn, take the singer’s “life out of context.”

“I was just so fascinated by stripping all that away,” Butler said.

Elvis hits theaters on June 24, but it premiered at Cannes Film Festival last month – where it was treated to a 10-minute standing ovation during and after the end credits.

“I'm getting to now see people responding to all the work that we did,” Butler said. “And it just feels so good that people are appreciating and getting to see him in a way they haven’t maybe before.”

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DreamWorks releases final season trailer for 'Jurassic Park: Camp Cretaceous'

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In case Jurassic Park: Dominion isn't enough dinosaur action for you, DreamWorks Animation has released the trailer for the final season of the animated series Jurassic Park: Camp Cretaceous.

The award-winning show centers on a group of kids whose trip to a dinosaur-themed summer camp goes, well, all Jurassic Park. The fifth season has the gang plotting their escape from the camp with the help of Kenji's dad, but when one when of the campers turns on his friends, the others must band together if they have any chance of saving the dinos and finally getting home.

Dropping on Netflix July 21, this season will feature the voices of guest stars, including Haley Joel Osment, Glen Powell and Jameela Jamil.

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Funny Girls: Beanie Feldstein announces engagement to girlfriend Bonnie Chance Roberts

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Stage and screen star Beanie Feldstein just posted to Instagram some good news: She's engaged to girlfriend Bonnie Chance Roberts.

Alongside a shot showing Roberts on bended knee, with the Funny Girl star covering her mouth in surprise, Beanie noted, "I do, bon."

Other photos in the series show Feldstein and Roberts celebrating the moment along with friends, including Ben Platt and Beanie's beaming brother, Jonah Hill.

Feldstein, who recently portrayed Monica Lewinsky in the miniseries Impeachment: American Crime Story, has been with Roberts for four years. They met in 2018 when Roberts was a producer on Beanie's film with Lily Allen and Jameela Jamil called How to Build a Girl.

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"I've lived a lot of life...Now it's time to have some fun": Check out first promo from 'The Jennifer Hudson Show'

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"I've lived a lot of life, and I'm still here," EGOT-winner Jennifer Hudson begins in brand-new promo for her forthcoming talk show.

"Now it's time to sit down and have some fun. I want to talk to somebody!"

The Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and now-Tony winner teases, "Nothing makes me happier than to see everybody shine, and know that they have a light within them."

She enthuses, "On The Jennifer Hudson Show, you're gonna get quality, you're gonna get honesty, you're gonna get all of my heart -- and don't forget the fun. You're gonna get a lot of fun!

The quick teaser shows a studio audience going wild for the star-turned-host, who sings back to them in response, "I love you, too!"

The show premieres in syndication nationwide on September 12.

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"Opa!" Nia Vardalos shares update on 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3'

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"Opa!!" Filming for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 has begun!

Nia Vardalos, who plays Toula Portokalos in the film franchise, announced the exciting news in a recent Instagram video, giving fans a sneak peek of one of the spots in Greece where they are currently filming.

Vardalos also revealed that she will be directing the third installment.

"Thank you to Playtone, Gold Circle, HBO and Focus! And much love and gratitude to you all for your support as we waited to film," she captioned her post. "Greece baby. Greece!" followed by a movie camera emoji, and the hashtag "#Mybigfatgreekwedding3".

Details of the plot and those involved in the film have not been released yet.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding, released in 2002, grossed $368 million worldwide. It earned Vardalos an Oscar nod for Best Screenplay and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

In April, in honor of the film's 20th anniversary, she shared a Twitter thread reflecting on how much the movie impacted her.

The film's sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, was released in 2016.

Vardalos confirmed in 2021 that she had written the series' third installment, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3.

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Four Walls: The 'Always Sunny' guys launch charity whiskey brand

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Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, the guys behind the hit FX show It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, are getting into the celebrity spirits business -- but it's all for a good cause.

The creators of the show centered in a pub have announced the creation of their Four Walls Whiskey collection, a celebration, as McElhenney says, of "the four walls that have held our favorite memories in and kept our troubles out."

Four Walls' two offerings are "a rare Irish Whiskey with premium commemorative packaging for serious whiskey collectors" and "a blended Irish and Straight Pennsylvania Rye offering crafted with bartenders in mind and made to celebrate with fans."

In a video announcement, slightly in character from their Always Sunny roles, Day declares, "Oh! I'm glad we're getting in on the celebrity spirit brand thing. A lot of money in that."

Howerton replies, "But in our case, a lot of money for bars and bartenders."

"Forrrr?" Day replies. "I just want to be clear, we're not going to be making a little tiny bit of the money?"

McElhenney clarifies that 100% of the profits for the brown stuff will be benefitting the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association's charity HARP [Hospitality Assistance Response of Pennsylvania]. The organization has been helping out bars and restaurants that have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cast-strength whiskey is aged 15 years to commemorate Always Sunny's 15 years on the air. Limited to 755 bottles, it retails for $999 and features "premium packaging that includes signatures by Glenn, Rob, and Charlie, and a mirrored, engraved box."

The "Bartenders Blend" rye mix sells for $89.95.

Both options have rated well in a blind tasting and are certainly classier than if the guys branded their own rum ham.

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