‘Yellowjackets’ casts Simone Kessell in pivotal role

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Yellowjackets has found its “Adult Lottie.”

The Showtime series has cast Obi-Wan Kenobi actress Simone Kessell in the role of a grown-up version of Lottie Matthews, played as a teen by Courtney Eaton. Eaton has also been upped to series regular on the show.

Last week, the show cast another pivotal role, tapping Six Feet Under actress Lauren Ambrose as the adult version of Liv Hewson’s Van.

The series centers on a high school soccer team forced to survive on their own in the wilderness after a plane crash. It also catches up with the survivors 25 years later.

The first season of Yellowjackets earned seven Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and also respective Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress noms for Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci.

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‘Love Is Blind’ couple Iyanna and Jarrette are divorcing


Love may be blind but it didn’t last forever for this Love Is Blind couple.

Iyanna McNeely and Jarrette Jones have announced they’re getting a divorce. The two got engaged without ever meeting face to face on the Netflix reality dating show’s second season. They then got married in the season finale.

They shared news of their split in a joint statement on social media.

“What’s going on, family. After much thought, we’re saddened to share that we have separated and will begin the process of divorcing,” the statement begins. “While we have love for each other, our lives are going in different directions, and that’s okay.”

“We hope you all give us some space as we close this chapter of our lives,” they continue. “Thank you to our close friends and family for loving us both through our experience. To the Love Is Blind family and Netflix, thank you for this unforgettable opportunity and support. Each of you have brought overwhelming love and joy into our lives.”

They concluded by saying the experience taught them so much and they “don’t regret a single thing.”

The couple had decided to tie the knot on the show in spite of their doubts – Jarrette had intended to propose to another contestant, Mallory Zapata, before choosing Iyanna.

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Watch the official teaser for Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’


Enjoy some Wednesday on your Wednesday — Wednesday Addams, that is.

Netflix has released the first official teaser for Wednesday, starring Jenny Ortega as the titular goth daughter of the Addams family.

In the trailer, we see Wednesday unleashing piranhas on her school’s water polo team for making fun of her brother, Puglsey. After the incident, the family moves to Nevermore, where Wednesday starts a new school.

“Finally you will be among peers who understand you,” Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Morticia tells her. “Maybe you’ll even make some friends.”

“Little did I know, I’d be stepping into a nightmare full of mystery, mayhem and murder,” we hear Wednesday say in a voiceover. “I think I’m going to love it here.”

The series, directed by Tim Burton and also starring Luis Guzmán as Gomez, comes to Netflix this fall.

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Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry tapped to host ‘The Great American Baking Show’

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The Great British Baking Show‘s American counterpart has found its new hosts.

Roku Channel has announced that Ellie Kemper and Severance star Zach Cherry have been tapped to co-host The Great American Baking Show, premiering in 2023.

The U.S. version of the popular British competitions series will see contestants vying to become America’s best amateur baker. Celebrity chef Paul Hollywood and restaurateur Prue Leith, who serve as judges on the British version, will return as judges for the American edition.

The show will feature six one-hour episodes. Production is currently underway in the U.K.

A previous version of The Great American Baking Show aired for five seasons on ABC. Roku announced in May that it would be the new home for the series.

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Anthony Hopkins releasing collection of NFTs

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Anthony Hopkins is getting into the NFT game.

The 84-year-old Oscar winner is creating and launching his first NFT series in partnership with the startup Orange Comet. The digital collectibles, called the Eternal Collection, are inspired by Hopkins’ iconic film characters and will incorporate his own artwork.

“I’m probably the oldest guy in the NFT community and on social media, which proves all is possible at any age,” Hopkins said at an online press conference, according to Variety.

He said NFTS are “a blank canvas to create art in a new format” and that he believes the metaverse “offers an incredible opportunity to connect with an audience in an entirely different way.”

The Eternal Collection will be released in three phases in mid-September on NFT marketplace OpenSea.

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Robert De Niro to play dual roles in new mobster flick ‘Wise Guys’

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Robert De Niro will be starring opposite … Robert De Niro in a new gangster film called Wise GuysVariety reports.

The film centers on two real-life Italian-American mobsters – Vito Genovese and Frank Costello – who ran rivaling crime families in the middle of the 20th century. In 1957, Genovese planned an attempted assassination on Costello, but failed. De Niro is reportedly set to play both main characters.

The drama will be directed by veteran filmmaker Barry Levinson and written by Goodfellas co-writer Nicholas Pileggi, both of whom De Niro has worked with before.

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First trailer debuts for Oprah Winfrey-produced Sidney Poitier doc

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Apple TV+ has debuted the first trailer for Sidney, a documentary on the late legendary actor Sidney Poitier.

The documentary, produced by Oprah Winfrey, explores Poitier’s journey from his early life in the Bahamas to becoming a successful Hollywood actor and civil rights activist. It features interviews with Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee and more – as well as Poitier himself, filmed before his passing in January 2022 at age 94.

Poitier became the first Black man to win an Academy Award for best actor in 1964 for his role in Lilies of the Field. He also starred in films including To Sir, with Love; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; and In the Heat of the Night.

Sidney will premiere in select theaters and globally on Apple TV+ on September 23.


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Bob Odenkirk posts message to fans after ‘Better Call Saul’ finale

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Better Call Saul bid an emotional farewell after six seasons Monday night and star Bob Odenkirk had a message for fans.

“Everybody’s been asking me how I feel about saying goodbye to Saul Goodman and Better Call Saul, and I’m not good at answering the question because it’s frankly hard for me to look at that experience, and even at that character, too closely,” Odenkirk began in a video clip posted to his social media.

He went on to thank the show’s creators, cast and crew before thanking the fans for embracing the Breaking Bad spin-off.

“Thanks for giving us a chance, because we came out of maybe a lot of people’s favorite show ever — and we could have been hated for simply trying to do a show,” he said.

“But we weren’t; we were given a chance, and hopefully we made the most of it,” he continued. “Thank you for staying with us. Better Call Saul: a closely observed, idiosyncratic story about a very unique guy, a little slow at times, but in the end, if you paid attention, it was about big, big things inside people. Thank you.”

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Florence Pugh reveals she split with Zach Braff

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Florence Pugh has revealed she quietly ended her relationship with Zach Braff earlier this year.

In Harper’s BAZAAR’s September ICONS issue, the actress confirmed the two had called it quits after three years together. Their relationship had faced scrutiny and criticism online over their age difference – Pugh is 26 and Braff is 47.

“We’ve been trying to do this separation without the world knowing, because it’s been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on,” Pugh told the mag. “We just felt something like this would really do us the benefit of not having millions of people telling us how happy they are that we’re not together. So we’ve done that.”

Before they parted ways, the two completed a movie together that’s due out next year. Braff wrote A Good Person with Pugh in mind for the starring role.

“The movie that we made together genuinely was probably one of my most favorite experiences,” Pugh said. “It felt like a very natural and easy thing to do.”

Next up for Pugh is the movie Don’t Worry Darling, in which she stars opposite Harry Styles. It comes out September 23.

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Ezra Miller reportedly seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues”

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Ezra Miller is reportedly seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues” after exhibiting alarming behavior that’s led to a recent series of arrests and accusations.

In a statement provided to Variety through their rep, the actor acknowledged what they’ve been going through and apologized.

“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” Miller says. “I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”

Earlier this month, Miller was charged with felony burglary in Vermont after allegedly breaking into a home in May and stealing bottles of alcohol. It was just the latest controversy for the star of the forthcoming The Flash, who was also arrested twice earlier this year after altercations at establishments in Hawaii.

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