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“Let’s start today’s bulletin with news about singer Willow Smith, daughter of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The singer said she has no negativity in her heart after the Oscar controversy over her father. In a new interview, she said that with her family under constant scrutiny, her human flaws aren’t forgotten either.
During the 94th Academy Awards, comedian Chris Rock made a joke about Jada’s shaved head. Will took to the stage and punched Chris during the live broadcast minutes before winning an Oscar for his performance in King Richard. Will eventually issued a statement apologizing for his behavior.”
“Meanwhile, actress Zazie Beetz is in negotiations to take part in the upcoming Joker sequel, Folie a Deux. According to Variety, if the deal goes through, Beetz will reprise her role as Sophie Dumond, a single mother and neighbor of Arthur Fleck/Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix.
The upcoming film is a “musical” sequel to the Todd Phillips-directed anti-hero character study Joker, which was released in 2019. Phillips is co-writing the sequel with Scott Silver. Joker: Folie a Deux is expected to begin production in December, with a premiere date set for October 4, 2024. Beetz was last seen in David Leitch’s Bullet Train.
“In some grim news, Anne Heche remained hospitalized on a ventilator to help her breathe and underwent surgery four days after the actor was injured in a burning car accident. “Shortly after the accident, Anne passed out and into a coma and is in critical condition,” spokeswoman Heather Duffy Boylston said in an email. “She has a significant lung injury that requires mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”
Pulmonary means dealing with the lungs. No further details were given by Duffy Boylston, Heche’s friend and podcast partner. On August 5, Heche’s car crashed into a home in the Mar Vista area of west Los Angeles and caught fire
“In some breaking news, Danish director Lars von Trier, 66, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will be doing limited promotion for his upcoming supernatural TV series Kingdom Exodus,” his production company said Monday.
Von Trier, often dubbed the “enfant terrible” of contemporary cinema, is “in good spirits” and is being treated for his symptoms, Zentropa said in a statement.
Kingdom Exodus is the third and final part of von Trier’s 1990s cult TV show The Kingdom. The series will premiere later this month as a five-hour film at the Venice Film Festival. It will be launched later this year in five episodes on the Viaplay platform and Danish broadcaster DR.
“Filmmaker Jordan Peele’s long-awaited film Nope will be released in Indian theaters on August 19, Universal Pictures recently announced. The sci-fi horror film is Peele’s third directorial effort following the critically acclaimed Get Out (2017) and Us (2019).
It follows siblings who run a horse ranch in the state of California, where the residents of a deserted canyon witness strange, ominous activity in the sky. To make matters worse, the owner of an adjacent amusement park is trying to capitalize on the mysterious alien phenomenon. Nope reunites Peele with fellow Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah. ”
“Meanwhile, veteran actor Pierce Brosnan has wrapped filming on ‘The Last Rifleman,’ directed by Terry Loane. The actor took to his social media pages and thanked his team, calling it a “dream”. He also shared more photos of his appearance as 89-year-old World War II veteran Artie Crawford for the film. For The Last Rifleman, Brosnan wears a bald gray wig with matching eyebrows.
He wrote: “The last rifleman it’s a wrap what a beautiful dream it was all. Thanks to Millennium FX…Neill and Vanessa for the Artie Crawford look. Thank you Sarah, Morgan and Stephan for making Artie real before my eyes for two hours every morning.”
“In some heartbreaking news, Newton-John died Monday at her Southern California ranch at the age of 73. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and has lived with the disease on and off ever since. Since her death, several fans and peers have invoked her most famous role and posted to social media to mourn the passing of “Our Sandy.”
Actor John Travolta tweeted: “My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better. Her impact was incredible. I love you so much. See you on the street and we’ll all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”
“Finally, actor Ezra Miller has been charged with burglary in Stamford, Vermont, the latest in a series of incidents involving The Flash’s embattled star. In a report, Vermont State Police said they responded to a burglary complaint in Stamford on May 1 and found that several bottles of alcohol were stolen from an apartment building while the homeowners were not present. Miller was charged after police viewed surveillance footage and interviewed witnesses.
According to the police report, Miller was located just before midnight Sunday and received a subpoena to appear in court on Sept. 26 in the Vermont Supreme Court. The felony charge adds to Miller’s mounting legal troubles and reports of erratic behavior.
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