‘Seinfeld’ star John O’Hurley on his new tech venture and how he helped buy the J. Peterman Company IRL

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With online fraud a multibillion-dollar threat to our connected world, a new company says it has what it takes to keep crooks from stealing your identity.

The Q5id app uses a biometric verification process that takes minutes to perform, but leads to a lifetime of protection, according to its new partner, John O’Hurley.

If the name sounds familiar, he’s the Seinfeld and Dancing with the Stars veteran who, as it turns out, really knows his stuff when it comes to online security.

“Now nobody has a better sense of identity theft than I do because I took J. Peterman‘s identity and I’m not giving it back,” he joked to ABC Audio.

“That being said, this company Q5id has, I believe, the best idea — and it’s creating a personal ID for you that you control.”

He explains you provide Q5id with a palm print, your government-issued ID, a voice sample and a retinal scan, “creating a depth of information that is absolutely irreplaceable.”

“The failure rate in this technology is one in 933 billion. So it is absolutely perfect,” he says.

Hurley later explained how his most famous role blurred the line between fantasy and reality. After Seinfeld ended, the actual J. Peterman Company expanded too rapidly and hit the skids, financially.

“They went into Chapter 11,” O’Hurley explains.

“And about six months later, I got a call from John Peterman. He said, ‘I have some investors and I’d like you to come on board with me.’ … and so I did. And so I was on the board and also an owner of the company, as well.”

He says with a laugh, “I liked the role so much I bought the company.”

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“I quit”: Shia LaBeouf claims Olivia Wilde is lying about his getting “fired” from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

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In a recent Variety feature, actress-turned-director Olivia Wilde expounded on how she got Harry Styles the lead role in her new movie Don’t Worry Darling: She had to fire Shia LaBeouf.

However, the actor claims it’s not true — and he’s provided receipts to the trade as proof.

Wilde explained that while she was an “admirer” of the embattled actor’s work, “His process was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions.”

She commented, “He has a process that, in some ways, seems to require a combative energy … I believe that creating a safe, trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best work.”

Further, she said she felt the need to “protect” her cast from the actor.

For his part, Shia showed Variety texts and emails reportedly sent before and after the recasting was done, and a message to her after Wilde’s feature piece broke.

“You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse,” the actor reportedly said.

In the email, LaBeouf alluded to his troubled past, battles with alcohol and accusations he was abusive to recording artist FKA Twigs while they were dating.

“I write to you now with 627 days of sobriety and a moral compass that never existed before my great humbling …,” he told Wilde.

“I reached out to you a few months ago to make amends; & I still pray one day, you can…forgive me for the failed collaboration we shared.”

That said, LaBeouf insisted to the director, “Firing me never took place, Olivia. And while I fully understand the attractiveness of pushing that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that brings. It is not the truth…”

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‘WandaVision’ director Matt Shakman reportedly headed toward ‘Fantastic Four’ for Marvel Studios

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While Marvel Studios is characteristically mum so far, The Hollywood Reporter says a 2024 Fantastic Four reboot could have found its director in Matt Shakman, who called the shots on the Emmy-nominated Marvel series WandaVision for Disney+.

Shakman is a veteran of both comedy and epic storytelling, with credits that range from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to Game of Thrones.

The project is key for the studio, as Fantastic Four — the stretchy genius Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic; The Invisible Woman/Sue Storm; the self-immolating Human Torch/Bobby Storm; and the Hulk-strong and made of stone The Thing/Ben Grimm — are referred to as “Marvel’s First Family” by comic die-hards.

That said, the team that debuted in 1961 has had trouble finding a footing on the big screen: There were a pair of films in the early 2000s, but they weren’t well received by fans — with the exception, by and large, of the performance of eventual Captain America Chris Evans, who played Johnny.

In 2015, then-rights-holder 20th Century Fox tried to reboot the superhero quartet, but the project was beset with problems and was a total failure at the box office.

Disney’s acquisition of Fox brought Fantastic Four under the Marvel Studios umbrella, and studio head Kevin Feige announced in 2020 that a Marvel Cinematic Universe film was on its way with Spider-Man series director Jon Watts at the helm, but he left the project earlier this year.

Fans only recent MCU glimpse of F4 was over the summer, with John Krasinski playing Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — but that was understood to be one version of the hero and not necessarily the one we’ll see going forward.

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‘House of the Dragon’ gets early season 2 renewal


HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, will live to fight for a second season.

The decision to renew the show comes before the second episode aired, but it’s a bit of a no-brainer: The series, starring Paddy Considine, Matt Smith and Olivia Cooke, drew nearly 10 million viewers for its debut last Sunday night, making it the largest audience for any new original series in the history of HBO.

What’s more, the show was strong on streaming, too: Via HBO Max, Dragon torched all new streaming titles for the week of August 18 through August 24, according to data from the streaming service aggregator app Reelgood.

The show also lit up social media: On premiere day, House of the Dragon was the longest trending topic on Twitter, ranking #1 for 14 hours straight, and trended #1 on Google Trends, according to HBO.

HBO Vice President of Programming Francesca Orsi noted, “Our phenomenal cast and crew undertook a massive challenge and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has already established itself as must-see-TV,” adding, “We couldn’t be more excited to continue bringing to life the epic saga of House Targaryen with season two.”

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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:

Me TimeKevin Hart stars as a stay-at-home dad who reconnects with a former friend for a wild weekend together in the new comedy.

Partner TrackA hardworking lawyer balances her career ambitions and her love life in the new romantic drama series.

Mo: A new heartfelt comedy about a Palestinian refugee’s life in Texas and his journey to United States citizenship.

Mike: Explore the ups and downs of Mike Tyson’s boxing career and personal life in this new limited series starring Trevante Rhodes.

Apple TV+
See: Stream the third and final season of the Jason Momoa sci-fi drama series as Baba returns to Paya in order to protect his tribe.

Prime Video
SamaritanSylvester Stallone stars as a reclusive legend hiding in plain sight in the new action film.

Happy streaming!

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Sylvester Stallone on playing a superhero at 76 in Amazon’s ‘Samaritan’

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Sylvester Stallone plays a former superhero trying to put his past behind him in Amazon’s new action film Samaritan, which debuts Friday.

However, his young neighbor, played by Javon “Wanna” Walton is convinced the lowly garbageman is actually the titular unbreakable hero, who saved Granite City 25 years ago from his evil twin, a nemesis named, well, Nemesis.

Game of Thrones vet Pilou Asbæk plays a gang leader who idolizes Nemesis, and wants to take over the city.

The movie wasn’t based on an existing comic, and Sly’s character isn’t your typical supe, Stallone said at a recent press event. “You can’t do 29-year-old Rambo kind of a thing because you also have to honor who you are, your age — that’s the part of it: That you’re not who you were, but you’re still there.

He adds of his character, who goes by Joe, while he’s been in hiding: “His strength would be in his resolve and he still has great physical power as opposed to speed. He can’t fly…He’s not jumping through the air. He’s not that kind of guy.”

Sly adds he’s, “a hero that is very regular and does irregular things…It’s like if Rocky was a superhero, it’s something that is identifiable and street-like.”

He says of the film, “It’s not set in some super fantastic universe. It’s set among brick and concrete and identifiable situations that we all the neighborhoods we live in. And that’s what I liked about it.”

As for his young neighbor, Joe reluctantly takes a shine to him, even as he’s forcing him back into the superhero business. “And this kid is dragging me back into my memories. He’s making me face who I was. I don’t want to go there. I left it behind.”

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Joe Pesci joining Pete Davidson’s Peacock comedy ‘Bupkis’

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Much has been made of Pete Davidson‘s allure with the women of Hollywood, but he’s managed to attract one very hard-to-get male star — for his new comedy series Bupkis, that is.

Oscar winner Joe Pesci — who of late only, and rarely, works if it’s for his Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese — has signed onto the comedy show, which has been described as a Curb Your Enthusiasm-like look at Davidson’s life.

Officially, the streaming service calls Bupkis, which also stars Sopranos Emmy winner Edie Falco as Pete’s mom, “a heightened, fictionalized version of Pete Davidson’s real life.”

It’s not known who Pesci will play, but he is being billed as a series regular.

Incidentally, it will be the first time Pesci plays for the small screen since a short-lived ABC cop dramedy from 1985 called Half-Nelson.

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“SO DAMN STOKED!” Jeffrey Dean Morgan is joining ‘The Boys’ for season 4

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A famous superfan got his wish: It was officially announced Thursday that The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be joining Amazon’s hit The Boys for its fourth season.

The show’s official Twitter feed dropped big news Thursday, noting, “Chuffed to welcome @JDMorgan to The Boys S4. Can’t confirm if he’s gettin’ any tights, though.”

The reference was to a meme photo of JDM talking about going on the show at some point, the caption quoting him saying, “Get me some tights. I’m ready for some tights.”

For his part, Morgan tweeted he’s “SO DAMN STOKED!” to come aboard, and thanked both Amazon Studios and AMC for working around his schedule for The Walking Dead spin-off, Isle of the Dead.

Morgan has been trying to make this happen since 2020, reaching out on Twitter to Eric Kripke, the executive producer of both The Boys and of Supernatural, the long-running CW series in which Morgan starred as the dad to Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles‘ characters.

Morgan noted then he’d join The Boys “in a heartbeat!”

Fast-forward two years and Ackles made his unforgettable entrance into The Boys universe in this past third season, playing Soldier Boy, a boozing, womanizing, super-powerful supe who is essentially Captain America’s flip side.

Earlier this year, he and Kripke plotted to Variety how they’d love to reunite all of Supernatural‘s Winchester clan on the Emmy-nominated show.

Also weighing in on the news was Karl Urban, The Boys‘ Billy Butcher, who noted of JDM’s participation in season 4: “Mind blown. Can not wait.”

Morgan replied, “Man!! I can’t wait!! We gonna PLAY!!”

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Nichelle Nichols’ remains to blast off to meet her fellow fallen ‘Star Trek’ stars in space

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Star Trek veteran Nichelle Nichols, who passed away in July, is getting ready to follow some of her former colleagues into the stars.

Her son Kyle Johnson has signed up with Celestis, the company that has launched some of the cremated remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, those of his widow, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, and those of James “Scotty” Doohan into space via rocket.

The company is also letting fans pay tribute to Nicholls, who famously played Lt. Nyota Uhura on the show and its spin-off movies, and who in real life recruited diverse applicants for NASA’s ranks.

Celestis is gathering messages to the actress and activist on a special tribute page. The messages — or music or art and other commemorations — will be digitized and stored aboard the Enterprise Memorial Spaceflight that is scheduled for launch later this year.

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Jennifer Aniston, Octavia Spencer, Jimmy Kimmel and more part of ABC’s 100th birthday party for Norman Lear

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As reported back in July, ABC is throwing Norman Lear a party for reaching the 100-year milestone, and as we predicted then, some big names have stepped up to celebrate.

Jimmy Kimmel and Jennifer Aniston will take part in Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter, which will air on Thursday, September 22, at 9 p.m. ET and stream the next day on Hulu.

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has also been put on the guest list for the celebration of the legendary producer of TV classics like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times. Emmy winner Amy Poehler will also make an appearance.

Kimmel produced star-packed live stagings of Lear shows All in the Family, Good Times, The Jeffersons and The Facts of Life, the latter of which saw his pal Aniston playing the show’s blond beauty queen Blair.

Other famous faces are likely to appear for what the network is calling a “one-night-only celebration” that “features intimate conversations, special performances and surprise reunions that pay homage to the man behind some of television’s greatest stories …”

For his part, Lear said, “I’ve always believed music and laughter have added time to my life. I’ve seen a lot throughout my 100 years, but I would’ve never imagined America having a front-row seat to my birthday celebration.”

“Even this I get to experience,” he concluded.

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