Kevin Bacon explains why ‘They/Them’ isn’t your average slasher flick

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They/Them, pronounced They-Slash-Them, is a slasher flick with a side of social commentary.

The film stars horror movie veteran Kevin Bacon as the sinister director of a gay conversation camp, where LGBTQ+ teens find themselves being hunted by a mysterious masked killer.

Bacon tells ABC Audio when writer/director John Logan pitched him the role, he was a bit surprised. “He called me up and he said, ‘You know, I actually wrote this part for you in mind,’ and I read it and was like, 'Thanks a lot, pal!'” the actor laughs.

But once he heard Logan’s vision for the story, he was sold.

“​​He really touched me with the notion that he wanted a young person who was feeling outside, who was feeling different, who was feeling bullied or feeling closeted or whatever, to be able to find the movie, and feel a sense of empowerment and maybe see a character that they could relate to up on a screen in a way that hadn't been delivered before,” Bacon explains.

By packaging it in a genre people love – horror – Bacon says he hopes they can reach a wide audience and maybe change some minds.

“Hopefully we reach those kids who I described before, but also hopefully we reach people who do click on it because it is a horror movie and maybe think that maybe gay conversion isn't all that bad, and they can possibly change their mind about this and get a different kind of perspective,” he says. “That would be the real win.”  

They/Them, also starring Theo Germaine, Anna Chlumsky and Carrie Preston, is now streaming on Peacock.

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Kevin Bacon explains why ‘They/Them’ isn’t your average slasher flick

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They/Them, pronounced They-Slash-Them, is a slasher flick with a side of social commentary.

The film stars horror movie veteran Kevin Bacon as the sinister director of a gay conversation camp, where LGBTQ+ teens find themselves being hunted by a mysterious masked killer.

Bacon tells ABC Audio when writer/director John Logan pitched him the role, he was a bit surprised. “He called me up and he said, ‘You know, I actually wrote this part for you in mind,’ and I read it and was like, 'Thanks a lot, pal!'” the actor laughs.

But once he heard Logan’s vision for the story, he was sold.

“​​He really touched me with the notion that he wanted a young person who was feeling outside, who was feeling different, who was feeling bullied or feeling closeted or whatever, to be able to find the movie, and feel a sense of empowerment and maybe see a character that they could relate to up on a screen in a way that hadn't been delivered before,” Bacon explains.

By packaging it in a genre people love – horror – Bacon says he hopes they can reach a wide audience and maybe change some minds.

“Hopefully we reach those kids who I described before, but also hopefully we reach people who do click on it because it is a horror movie and maybe think that maybe gay conversion isn't all that bad, and they can possibly change their mind about this and get a different kind of perspective,” he says. “That would be the real win.”  

They/Them, also starring Theo Germaine, Anna Chlumsky and Carrie Preston, is now streaming on Peacock.

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‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ canceled at TBS

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The late night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has been canceled at TBS after seven seasons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy-winning series won’t be coming back after wrapping its last episode on June 23.

“Bee made television history in the late night space, paving the way for female voices in what has traditionally been, and continues to be a male dominated landscape,” Bee’s reps said in a statement obtained by THR. “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee consistently broke barriers with Sam and her team boldly using political satire to entertain, inform and empower viewers, while embracing critically underrepresented stories, particularly about women.”

Full Frontal is the latest casualty on the TNets – TBS, TNT and TruTV – following the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery.

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Paul Sorvino, ‘Goodfellas’ actor and Mira Sorvino’s dad, has died at 83

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Paul Sorvino, known for his role as mobster Paulie Cicero in Goodfellas, as well as for being the father of actress Mira Sorvino, has died at age 83.

Sorvino's publicist Roger Neal confirmed the news and released a statement from Sorvino’s wife, Dee Dee Sorvino, who was by his side when he passed.

“Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life, and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage," Dee Dee says in the statement.

Mira Sorvino added in a statement on Twitter, "My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed. My heart is rent asunder- a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over. He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend."

Sorvino had dealt with health challenges over the years and passed from natural causes. In addition to Dee Dee and Mira, he is survived by his children Amanda and Michael and five grandchildren.

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First trailer for ‘Till’ debuts on what would have been Emmett Till’s 81st birthday

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The first trailer for the movie Till was released Monday on what would have been Emmett Till’s 81st birthday.

The biopic, from director Chinonye Chukwu, follows the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, who fought for justice after her 14-year-old son was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 following false accusations from a white woman.

"The lynching of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all," Mamie, played by Danielle Deadwyler, says in the trailer.

The film also stars Jalyn Hall as Emmett and Whoopi Goldberg as Emmett’s grandmother, Alma Carthan.

Till will make its world premiere at the 60th New York Film Festival, which takes place September 30 to October 16. It premieres in select theaters on October 14 and opens everywhere on October 28.

An ABC Audio podcast also chronicling the life of Mamie Till-Mobley, Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till-Mobley, is out now.

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‘The Last Movie Stars’: Ethan Hawke explores the lives of Hollywood icons Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

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Ethan Hawke is taking a deep dive into the lives of legendary Hollywood power couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in the six-part documentary The Last Movie Stars.

Hawke was tapped to direct the documentary by Newman and Woodward’s daughter Clea Newman, who wanted the story told with an actor's point of view. In order to achieve that, Hawke enlisted famous actors to read interview transcripts from the couple and the people closest to them, casting George Clooney as Paul and Laura Linney as Joanne, among others.

“The bad news was it was a giant international pandemic. The good news is everybody was bored,” Hawke says. “So I could call up [Sam] Rockwell and say, 'Hey, you want to play the director of Cool Hand Luke?' And he's like, sure, you know, I mean, why not?”

The pandemic also gave Hawke the time he needed to binge-watch the couple’s extensive filmography, including Newman classics The Hustler and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Woodward’s Oscar-winning turn in The Three Faces of Eve, as well as the 16 films they worked on together during their more than 50-year relationship.

But the best part for Hawke was learning that off-screen, Newman and Woodward were exactly the kind of people he thought they were.

“They're just on the right side of history,” he says, adding, “And then the biggest funny surprise is, I just would have never known that Paul Newman was as insecure as he was. You know, like, it's kind of a relief to realize that he was sweating through three shirts and a nervous wreck and worried he wasn't good enough. And you're like, wow, we're all like that!”  

The Last Movie Stars premieres Thursday on HBO Max.

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‘The Last Movie Stars’: Ethan Hawke explores the lives of Hollywood icons Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

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Ethan Hawke is taking a deep dive into the lives of legendary Hollywood power couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in the six-part documentary The Last Movie Stars.

Hawke was tapped to direct the documentary by Newman and Woodward’s daughter Clea Newman, who wanted the story told with an actor's point of view. In order to achieve that, Hawke enlisted famous actors to read interview transcripts from the couple and the people closest to them, casting George Clooney as Paul and Laura Linney as Joanne, among others.

“The bad news was it was a giant international pandemic. The good news is everybody was bored,” Hawke says. “So I could call up [Sam] Rockwell and say, 'Hey, you want to play the director of Cool Hand Luke?' And he's like, sure, you know, I mean, why not?”

The pandemic also gave Hawke the time he needed to binge-watch the couple’s extensive filmography, including Newman classics The Hustler and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Woodward’s Oscar-winning turn in The Three Faces of Eve, as well as the 16 films they worked on together during their more than 50-year relationship.

But the best part for Hawke was learning that off-screen, Newman and Woodward were exactly the kind of people he thought they were.

“They're just on the right side of history,” he says, adding, “And then the biggest funny surprise is, I just would have never known that Paul Newman was as insecure as he was. You know, like, it's kind of a relief to realize that he was sweating through three shirts and a nervous wreck and worried he wasn't good enough. And you're like, wow, we're all like that!”  

The Last Movie Stars premieres Thursday on HBO Max.

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Tony Sirico, ‘Paulie Walnuts’ on ‘The Sopranos,’ dies at 79

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Tony Sirico, known for his scene-stealing role as Paul ‘Paulie Walnuts’ Gualtieri on The Sopranos, has died. He was 79.

No cause of death has been released.

Sirico’s brother, Rev. Robert Sirico, announced the news on Facebook Friday. "It is with great sadness, but with incredible pride, love and a whole lot of fond memories, that the family of Gennaro Anthony 'Tony' Sirico wishes to inform you of his death on the morning of July 8, 2022," Robert wrote.

“The family is deeply grateful for the many expressions of love, prayer and condolences and requests that the public respect its privacy in this time of bereavement,” the post continued. ​”Memorial donations may be made in his honor to Wounded Warriors, St. Jude's Hospital and the Acton Institute."

According to the post, Sirico is survived by his two children Joanne Sirico Bello and Richard Sirico, as well as grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

Sirico’s Sopranos co-star Michael Imperioli shared a tribute post on Instagram Friday, writing in part, “Tony was like no one else: he was as tough, as loyal and as big hearted as anyone i’ve ever known. I was at his side through so much: through good times and bad. But mostly good. And we had a lot of laughs.”

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Matthew McConaughey responds after new gun legislation passes

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After making a plea for gun reform at the White House earlier this month, Matthew McConaughey is reacting to the passing of new gun legislation this weekend.

After President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act on Saturday, McConaughey took to social media to share his thoughts.

"While this bill isn't perfect, it is a shining example of a great American potential and political virtue: the act of compromise and validating an opposing viewpoint,” he wrote in part.

McConaughey added, "This bill will save innocent lives by keeping guns out of the law breaking and irresponsible hands that are trying to hijack the Second Amendment…Our government took a step in the right direction. Now it's time for us to remind them AND ourselves what the best of our country is AND can be."

The actor stepped up his gun reform activism following the May 24 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, his hometown. The shooting killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers.

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‘Full House’ star Jodie Sweetin pushed to ground by LAPD during protest

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In a video circulating online over the weekend, Full House star Jodie Sweetin was seen being pushed to the ground by Los Angeles police during a protest over the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The clip shows Sweetin being grabbed and shoved by LAPD officers at the Saturday rally. She’s quickly helped to her feet by fellow protestors.

On Sunday, the actress reshared a posting of the video, commenting, “Thank you for posting. Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right…”

She also released a statement through her publicist, saying, “I’m extremely proud of the hundreds of people who showed up yesterday to exercise their First Amendment rights and take immediate action to peacefully protest the giant injustices that have been delivered from our Supreme Court.”

The statement continued, “Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken. This will not deter us, we will continue fighting for our rights. We are not free until ALL of us are free.”

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