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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Lots of virtual ink has been spent on fan speculation that with a name only listed as TDK, Nathan Fillion would be playing The Dark Knight AKA Batman in the upcoming sequel The Suicide Squad

However, fanboys and girls, you can put your hands down. Or, more accurately, your arms: with a new clip posted exclusively to IGN's YouTube channel, it has been revealed that TDK actually stands for The Detachable Kid -- a low-tier DC Comics hero who can detach his limbs and use them independent of his torso. 

In the scene from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn's forthcoming film, the Suicide Squad members, including Joel Kinnaman's Rick Flag and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, are under fire, and the order goes out to deploy TDK. 

In that instant, Fillion strikes a heroic pose, and his arms indeed pop off, and float over to the bad guys, and proceed to basically just annoy them. 

"What the f***?!" Harley says in disbelief. "I didn't pick the damn team!" Flag replies in his defense.

A while back, Fillion, who has appeared in nearly every Gunn-directed film in some form, had some fun with the online speculation. He falsely boasted to ABC Audio that not only was he playing The Dark Knight, but that previous Batmen WestKeatonKilmerClooney, and Bale need to take a seat. "I'm gonna go update my Wikipedia page as well, to make sure everybody knows that I played The Dark Knight. Some say the best, I don't know who's saying it. I'll just say, 'Whatever guys, you be the judge.'"  

The Suicide Squad also stars Viola DavisJohn CenaIdris ElbaMichael Rooker, and Sylvester Stallone as the voice of King Shark. The film opens August 6.

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Whoopi Goldberg has been added to the cast of Till, the upcoming film that follows Emmett Louis Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, and her fight for justice after her 14-year-old son was brutally murdered. 

According to Variety, Goldberg joins Danielle Deadwyler who has also been tapped to star in the Chinonye Chukwu-directed feature. Deadwyler will play Mamie Till-Mobley, while Goldberg will portray Till’s grandmother, Alma Carthan. As previously reported, Till chronicles Mamie’s decision to allow Jet magazine to publish the open casket photos at her son's funeral. In doing so, she ensured "people everywhere saw the true horrors of her son’s murder" which helped usher in the civil rights movement. A release date for Till has yet to be announced.

In other news, 227 alums Marla Gibbs and Jackée Harry are set to reunite on daytime television. According to Soap Opera Digest, the two will play mother and daughter on Days of our Lives starting Tuesday, August 17. Gibbs will play Olivia Price, while Harry will play her daughter Paulina. As you may recall, Gibbs had played Mary Jenkins alongside Harry, who played her neighbor Sandra, on 227 from 1985 to 1990.

Finally, Grammy-nominated singer and grown-ish actress Chlöe Bailey has been added to the film Jane. She joins Madelaine Petsch, Melissa Leo, Ian Owens and Chloe Yu who were also announced. Jane is the debut feature film from Creator+, a studio and streaming platform geared toward digital creators and Gen Z viewers. The psychological thriller explores social media anxiety and mental health from the perspective of a high school student. Creator+ is expected to launch sometime in 2022. A date for Jane has not been announced.

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An appeals court in California has dismissed the judge Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had hired to adjudicate their divorce proceedings, Page Six is reporting.

Jolie had filed an appeal motion before Judge John W. Ouderkirk's decision in May that ultimately awarded Pitt more time with their minor children: adopted daughters Pax, 17, and Zahara, 16, as well as the couple's three biological children: Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, who turn 13 in July. The couple's eldest adopted child Maddox is 19, and as such wasn't part of the custody situation.

However, the appeals court just agreed with Jolie, ruling Ouderkirk didn't appropriately disclose "business relationships with Pitt's attorneys."

According to the publication, the appeals court ruled disqualification was "required," noting, "Judge Ouderkirk's ethical breach, considered together with ...his recent professional relationships with Pitt’s counsel, might cause an objective person...to entertain a doubt as to the judge's ability to be impartial."

The 46-year-old Jolie and Pitt, 57, split in 2016 after 2 years of marriage, but 12 years together. They were legally divorced in April 2019, but chose at the time to mediate custody and other issues separately via a private judge for the purposes of discretion.

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The OP Games

If you're a fan of the Emmy-winning Mafia epic The Sopranos and are jonesing until this fall's release of the prequel The Many Saints of Newark, fuhgeddaboudit: Monopoly: The Sopranos Edition is here. 

The licensed twist on the classic game whacks the usual Park Place and Baltic Avenues for in-universe locations like Satriale's Pork and the strip club Bada Bing!

The OP Games also has replaced the usual Community Chest and Chance cards with the Sopranos-esque "Ayy!" and "Ohh!" cards.

The game pieces have gone from the usual iron and puppy dog, et al, to Dr. Melfi's chair, Tony Soprano's boat The Stugots, a Satriale pig, a baby duck -- referencing the family of birds that lived in Tony's pool -- Bobby Bacala’s toy train engine, and a Barone Sanitation truck. The game's traditional "houses" and "hotels" have been renamed "stashes" and "contraband," respectively. The game also comes with specially-themed money.

Monopoly: The Sopranos Edition retails for $39.99. The Many Saints of Newark is due out Oct. 1 in theaters and on HBO Max.

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The new Peacock series Dr. Death may just have you running for a second opinion after your next doctor’s visit.

The drama stars Joshua Jackson as Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon who repeatedly botched spinal surgeries, killing two patients and maiming at least four others. It’s based on the Wondery true crime podcast of the same name.

AnnaSophia Robb co-stars as Michelle Shughart, the prosecutor who teams up with two other doctors -- played by Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater -- to put Duntsch away for murder. Robb tells ABC Audio she learned a lot from the real-life Shughart.

“One of my favorite quotes she ever gave me [was], ‘I can be nice to you and still put you in prison,’” Robb says. “And that line just boggles my mind. But it's true. You can be polite and you can treat everybody equally and be really professional and respectful, but still do your job really well.”

The project also re-teams Robb with Jackson, with whom she co-starred in Little Fires Everywhere though she didn't have any scenes with him.

“Josh always has a running joke that, you know, in the next [show], I'm going to kill him. Because the first one, it's a bad marriage. This one, I'm trying to get him in jail. The next one, you know, I'll off him,” she laughs.

Dr. Death is streaming now on Peacock.

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As reported last month, Ewan McGregor's daughter Clara was bitten on the face by a dog hours before she appeared at a red carpet premiere of their film The Birthday Cake, but judging by her latest snaps, she's all healed up. 

The UK  tabloid The Mirror showed the 25-year-old was all smiles at The Ischia Global Festival, recently held at Italy's Resort Torre Michelangelo, and nary a trace of the wounds on her cheek and nose could be seen -- especially impressive as she was apparently all but makeup free.

The actress and producer clearly isn't holding grudges against canines. She recently posted to Instagram a shot of herself and a cute little pooch, while she looks lovingly at The Birthday Cake director Jimmy Giannopoulos. "4 years," Clara wrote with some heart emoji, "I love you."

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Modern Family alumna Ariel Winter has never been in a conservatorship like Britney Spears, but as a young star who won emancipation from her family in 2015, she feels for her. 

"I support Britney. I think Britney is incredible," Winter told E! News. "Her story's incredibly moving."

Winter, who called out Britney's father Jamie Spears on social media a year ago regarding his conservatorship over his daughter, added of the pop star, "She should absolutely be free to live her life, be in control of her life, in control of herself. I think it's absurd that this is the situation that she has to be in."

Twenty-three-year-old Winter didn't mince words. "I truly hope that people who have kept her away from doing that do suffer some sort of consequences, because she deserves all the happiness, the freedom, the love and the control of her life that she should have," she declared.

Winter added, "I think the justice system, unfortunately, is corrupt."

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Patina Miller and Omar Epps say it wasn't a tough decision to sign on to Starz's Power prequel, Power Book III: Raising Kanan

For Epps, joining the cast as Detective Malcolm Howard -- a corrupt NYPD cop in Queens -- was an opportunity for him to learn more about of one of Power's most notorious villains. 

"I was a fan of Power," Epps tells ABC Audio, before noting that he was "attracted" to "the notion of how far Kanan went [to become] the monster that he was."

Epps says he was also interested in exploring Kanan's origin story, and how "a pimple-faced teenager" from a single parent home could "evolve" into the Kanan Stark that fans first saw in Power.

"That was really interesting to me," he says.

Epps' co-star, Patina Miller, who plays Kanan's fierce and protective mother Raquel, shares similar sentiments, adding that she loved the idea of joining the wildly popular Power universe as a central figure.

"I love pressure," she says. "But there was no pressure because we're dealing with a really amazing piece. It's very well written. The characters are so fleshed out. Every character in our series is three dimensional. Every character has a secret. It's exciting. It's fun. It's gritty. It's raw. It's all the things that make for incredible television."

The Tony-award winning actress' excitement for the series doesn't stop there.

"We have the best actors in my opinion [and] I love coming to work with each and every one of them," Miller continues. "And I'm so excited for everyone to get to see some really amazing, talented people with some incredible writing. The all around production of this entire show [that] I'm so proud of."

Power Book III: Raising Kanan airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.

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While the pair have been spotted together many times since reportedly rekindling their 2000s-era romance in April, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have kept their coupling off Instagram -- until now. 

Thanks to a snap from a slideshow on J. Lo's bestie Leah Remini's Instagram page, the old-new couple have been captured together on the social media platform for the first time.

Remini shared a series of black and white pictures from a photo booth that had been set up for her 51st birthday party on Thursday.  Among them is a snap of the buzzed-about couple. Luckily, fans can pause the slideshow to get a good look.

It shows Lopez striking a pose under the crook of a smiling Ben's right arm, her hand on his chest. For good measure, Remini's under Ben's left arm, with her hand on his chest as well. 

Remini commented to her 2.9 million followers, "Wanted to share a little video from my birthday with you all because I got so much love from you on my birthday but also everyday [sic]. I consider myself to have the best support system here on social media."

She added, "Also, I can't thank my family & friends enough for coming, for celebrating with me in a way that was very special to me. It's been an interesting year, so this birthday meant a lot for many reasons."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chrissy Teigen is feeling thankful for her fans. 

In videos shared to Instagram Stories on Wednesday, the 35-year-old Cravings author showed off the tons of mail she and husband John Legend received after she suffered a pregnancy loss last September. 

"This is just piles of letters that we just got because the place we usually get mail from, where you guys send mail, has been shut down and it opened back up. And now we got everything," Teigen said between sniffles as she sorted through the items. "You guys sent the most amazing condolence letters and cards and books and I just want you to know that we got all of them. All of them. I’m gonna read them all, OK? I love you guys."

Two months after announcing her pregnancy in August 2020, Chrissy shared the heartbreaking news that she suffered a miscarriage of a son, whom they planned to name Jack

"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before," she shared at the time. 

Chrissy and John are also parents to Luna, 5, and Miles, 3. 

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Amid growing concerns over the highly contagious Delta variant spreading across the U.S., Sean Penn challenged Hollywood leadership to impose stricter COVID-19 vaccination guidelines on TV and film sets, according to Deadline.

The 60-year-old actor vowed not to return to work on Gaslit -- his Starz series co-starring Julia Roberts -- until everyone on the production has been vaccinated for the virus.

Penn is insisting that vaccinating everyone on the set against COVID-19 must be mandatory and is offering to facilitate the vaccination effort, free of charge, through his organization, CORE.

Earlier this week, NBCUniversal, the studio behind Gaslit, mandated vaccinations in “Zone A,” which constitutes the cast and those who come in close proximity to the cast.  Production members must show proof of vaccination when they show up for their next shift.

Penn insists that unvaccinated individuals still put everyone else around them at risk on set, because crew that isn’t in "Zone A" still can come close enough to others to potentially spread a variant -- for example, simply by being in the trailer of a cast member, for instance.

This is one of the first examples of a filmmaker or star directly challenging Hollywood leaders to go further than an agreement and impose strong rules on a production by requiring everyone to be vaccinated. If Penn follows through with his threat to stay out, it will delay the production.

Gaslit is a modern take on the Watergate scandal, which focuses on untold stories and forgotten characters of the time.  Penn will play former Attorney General John Mitchell.

 

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Mark Wahlberg stars as the title character in the new drama Joe Bell, a reality-based drama in which he plays a blue collar father who, in 2013, set off from Oregon to walk alone across country as a tribute to his gay son, who was bullied to the point of suicide.

Wahlberg, who also produced the film, said, "Just as a parent and father of four, felt, wow...This message needs to continue to get out there..."

He explained, "Jadin was such a brave and really tough young man. He was worried about what people thought, but he was devastated when his father told him not to be himself." 

"And when Joe realized that he was as responsible as the kids were bullying him at school, I think that the only thing he could do was go out there and promote this message...."

He says of his character loved his two boys, "But emotionally, intellectually, being there for somebody who's dealing with something that's complicated, he just didn't have the skills to do it, you know, and unfortunately, he had to learn and carry that burden with him. But he was willing to do that."

Wahlberg said of his onscreen son, "Reid Miller reminds me so much of both of my sons, so there is the fact that, 'Oh my God, if this were to happen to me and to my family, how would I be able to handle this and deal with it?'"

He added, "You know, when I'm away, even on location...you're sacrificing a lot to do what I do. So I know what it's like to be away from my family....I just I was just so connected to it emotionally and in depicting it in the most real way possible." 

 

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13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman is no longer hiding her truth and, in a new interview, reintroduced herself as a transgender woman.

Speaking with TIME, Dorfman, who was born male, announced she has transitioned into a woman.

"For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman -- a trans woman," the 29-year-old announced. "I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically."

Dorfman continued, "Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy."

Dorfman revealed that she would not be changing her birth name because "I’m named after my mom’s brother who passed a month after I was born, and I feel very connected to that name, to an uncle who held me as he was dying."

"This is an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more Tommy," she attested. 

The Insatiable star expressed that, while she never publicly addressed her transition, she subtly documented it through her Instagram, of which fans took notice of her slowly changing appearance and style.

"I’ve been living in this other version of coming out where I don’t feel safe enough to talk about it, so I just do it," she continued. "So I kept, on Instagram, a diaristic time capsule instead -- one that shows a body living in a more fluid space. However, I’ve learned as a public-facing person that my refusal to clarify can strip me of the freedom to control my own narrative." 

Dorfman said she will now focus on how to "infuse my trans body into film and television," going forward and revealed she is no longer interested in playing cisgender male characters "except for maybe in a 'Cate Blanchett playing Bob Dylan' way."

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) If you have Nick Cannon's number, you might need an update -- because millions of people now do, too, thanks to Kevin Hart

Hart just posted to Instagram proof that he put the dad of seven's digits on billboards in Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta.

"For any advice on fatherhood, call my best friend Nick Cannon," reads the post, which also shows a photo of a disappointed looking Hart with a llama.

"Since my brother @nickcannon decided to buy me a llama for my B Day I decided to do something nice for him as well," Hart posted. "I’m sure his phone has been ringing nonstop," he posted, with six "crying laughing" emoji.

Hart added, "GOTCHA BACK B**** #PRANKWARS."

Long story short: don't ever prank Kevin Hart. 

The Masked Singer host Cannon and model Alyssa Scott welcomed a baby boy named Zen earlier this month. The newborn marks the fourth child the 40-year-old has welcomed in under a year.

Besides baby Zen, Cannon also recently welcomed twin boys with Abby De La Rosa and also became the parent of a baby girl with Brittany Bell in December 2020. Cannon and Bell also share a three-year-old son.  Cannon shares 10-year-old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe, with ex-wife Mariah Carey.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Michaela Coel is officially headed to Wakanda, Variety has learned.

The Emmy-nominated I May Destroy You star has joined the ensemble cast of the upcoming Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever. Details on her character have not be released. As previously reported, the film will focus on "furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda." While additional cast has not been confirmed, Danai GuriraLetitia WrightDaniel KaluuyaWinston DukeLupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett are expected to reprise their roles from the original film. Wakanda Forever hits theaters July 8, 2022.

In other news, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as rapper Mos Def, has been tapped to play jazz piano legend Thelonious Monk in the upcoming biopic Thelonious. According to Variety, the film will “will center around [Monk’s] struggles for musical success, mental illness and the spiritual love triangle between his wife Nellie and one of the world’s richest women, Nica Rothschild.” Thelonious is slated to begin production in the summer of 2022. 

Meanwhile, Jordan Peele has revealed a July 22, 2022 release date for his forthcoming film, Nope. Peele shared the news on Instagram, posting the film's poster, which shows a cloud at night with a kite flag tail attached over a mountainside backdrop. The poster also reveals that Get Out star Daniel KaluuyaKeke Palmer, and Steven Yeun will star in the upcoming film.

Finally, HBO Max has renewed Michael Che's original comedy series, That Damn Michael Che, for a second season. As previously reported, the series, which premiered May 6, is told from Michael's perspective and incorporates sketches and vignettes capturing "everyday situations." Season one featured SNL cast members Cecily StrongHeidi GardnerColin QuinnEllen Cleghorne and Colin Jost, as well as guest stars Omari HardwickGodfreyBilly Porter and Method Man.

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