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Discovery+ teases "explosive" Armie Hammer documentary series, 'House of Hammer'

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Discovery+ has announced an "explosive" look into the salacious allegations that have derailed the career of The Lone Ranger and The Social Network star Armie Hammer.

Hammer was accused of rape and abuse, and of sending a series of direct messages that dealt with sex and cannibalism. Hammer's attorneys have claimed all of his relationships have been consensual.

"The accusations of rape and abuse brought against Armie Hammer in the last few years are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Hammer family," the network teases.

Hammer is the son of businessman Michael Armand Hammer and a great-grandson of the oil tycoon Armand Hammer.

"Featuring exclusive access and shocking revelations, the documentary takes viewers inside the Hammer family’s dark power plays over the course of three revealing hours," Discovery+ continues.

Jason Sarlanis, the streamer's head of crime and investigative content, adds, "With House of Hammer, we witness truly disturbing details and sinister secrets that money and power couldn’t hide forever.

"This documentary provides an important platform for the incredibly courageous women who came forward to share their stories, and we hope their courage inspires others to continue meaningful conversations around abuse in our society."

The trailer for the series features voicemails purportedly from Hammer, who is reportedly in treatment for alcohol and other addictions.

The series debuts September 2.

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Jon Hamm joining Apple TV+'s 'The Morning Show'

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Mad Man veteran Jon Hamm is joining another acclaimed series.

Apple TV+ announced the addition to the cast, noting the Emmy winner will play Paul Marks, a "corporate titan who sets his sights" on the network on which the series' The Morning Show airs.

The show's second season centered on drama within UBA, the fictitious network on which the series' AM chat show airs, and also the personal struggles of both Reese Witherspoon's anchor Bradley, and her disgraced colleague Alex, played by Jennifer Aniston.

The network says season three of the show, starring and produced by Witherspoon and Aniston, gets underway later this month.

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'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' becomes most-watched original 'Trek' series for Paramount+

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A lot of fans are boldly going with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, according to Paramount+.

The prequel series set a record for the streaming service as the most-watched original series in the Star Trek franchise over its first 90 days and ranked as one of Paramount+'s top two original shows overseas.

The series, which stars Anson Mount as U.S.S. Enterprise Captain Christopher Pike -- Captain Kirk's predecessor at the starship's helm -- launched in May.

The show is one of a quintet of new Trek shows available on the streaming service, including Picard and the animated comedy show Star Trek: Below Decks, all produced by Alex Kurtzman.

George Cheeks, president and chief executive officer at CBS, celebrated in a statement: "Over the past six years, Alex ... and his amazing team have brilliantly created and carefully curated a new Star Trek universe for Paramount+ with five complementary series – each different in tone, style, story and in some cases target audience."

He adds, "Each series is a success in its own right, and now the franchise's newest edition, Strange New Worlds, is earning critical acclaim and delivering notable performance achievements on the service."

The new series also stars Rebecca Romijn as Pike's Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock.

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Hello, Sidney? Neve Campbell discusses whether she'd return to the 'Scream' franchise

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Neve Campbell is opening up about her future -- or lack thereof -- in the Scream franchise.

The actress, who played hard-to-kill heroine Sidney Prescott in five Scream films, announced in June that she was stepping away from the series over an apparent salary dispute.

In a statement at the time, she said, "I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise."

She called the move a "very difficult decision."

However, Campbell recently told Entertainment Tonight the coffin isn't nailed shut on her possible return to the series.

"I care about these movies," Campbell said. "If they were to come to me with an amount that felt in keeping with ... the value that I bring them, I would certainly consider it."

The Party of Five alum praised the directors of the fifth Scream movie, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and wished them luck on the next film.

However, she stood firm in her decision to walk away from the series: "My feeling truly is, had I been a man in this franchise -- 25 years, five movies -- the offer would have been very different," she said, explaining women should be "on par financially with men."

"I fought for a long time to have that be a part of my life and ... I really just didn't feel that what was offered to me really equated to what I bring to these films -- the value that I bring to these films and that Sidney brings to these films," she said.

"The idea of being on set and feeling taken for granted or taken advantage of just seemed impossible for me to endure, to be honest."

Scream 6 is reportedly set for a 2023 release.

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Are the Golden Globes coming back to NBC?

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The Hollywood Reporter made headlines Tuesday with an exclusive story that the beleaguered Golden Globe Awards were returning to former home at NBC sooner than most predicted.

The trade reported the show could return to the network on January 10, 2023.

However, the network has made no formal announcement, and a source told ABC Audio the headline was "premature."

ABC Audio reached out to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the once-annual event, and the organization apparently won't be commenting on the news.

The Golden Globes found itself embroiled in controversy early in 2021, after accusations of sexism and racism were leveled at the organization. The HFPA had long maintained its status in Hollywood despite having zero minority journalists in its voting ranks and engaging in other "unethical conduct," as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

What's more, its former president was ousted after an email from him surfaced in which he allegedly referred to Black Lives Matter as a "racist hate movement."

In response, NBC severed its ties with the organization, as stars like Scarlett Johansson, Shonda Rimes and Mark Ruffalo publicly dragged it. Tom Cruise even went so far as to return his three acting trophies from the organization in protest.

The HFPA subsequently vowed it would be making "transformational changes" to boost minority membership and representation, and increase transparency into the organization and its inner workings.

The Globes didn't air in 2022, though they were held at a private event in Beverly Hills that was shunned by the industry at large.

While the annual event was a ratings draw for the network, it remains to be seen if it will be embraced again by the entertainment industry if the show does get back on the air as quickly as The Hollywood Reporter is predicting.

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'Insecure' actress Denise Dowse in coma caused by meningitis

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Denise Dowse, best known for her roles in Insecure, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Grey’s Anatomy, is currently in a coma after contracting meningitis, her sister Tracey Dowse revealed over the weekend.

“I am requesting support and prayers be offered me and my sister, and my only immediate family Denise Dowse,” Tracey wrote on the actress' Instagram. “She is currently in the hospital in a coma brought on by a virulent form of meningitis. Her doctors do not know when she will come out of the coma as it was not medically induced.”

Tracey adds that her sister “is a vibrant actor and director that should have many years ahead of her” and that “thoughts, prayers and support are greatly appreciated.”

Most notably, Dowse played Mrs. Yvonne Teasley on Beverly Hills, 90210. Her other roles included playing Judge Rebecca Damsen on CBS' The Guardian and Dr. Rhonda Pine on HBO's Insecure. Her numerous TV credits also include Grey's Anatomy, The Resident, Good Trouble, The X-Files and Criminal Minds.

Dowse made her feature film directorial debut with the upcoming biopic Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, which follows the legendary gospel singer's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as her friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. Keith David. Corbin Bleu and Vanessa Williams are set to star.

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In Brief: Jane Lynch leaving 'Funny Girl' earlier, and more

Apple TV+ has given a season order to Land of Women, a limited series starring and executive-produced by Eva Longoria. The dramedy, per the streamer, follows "a New York empty nester whose life is turned upside down when her husband implicates the family in financial improprieties, and she is forced to flee the city alongside her aging mother and college-age daughter." The women flee to Spain where they hope to "start anew and hope their identities will remain unknown, but gossip in the small town quickly spreads, unraveling their deepest family secrets and truths." Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown's Carmen Maura will also star in the series, which is based on a best-selling novel by Sandra Barneda...

Netflix released 10 new images from Cobra Kai's upcoming fifth season that confirm the return of The Karate Kid Part III star Sean Kanan to the franchise as Mike Barnes, according to Entertainment Weekly. “As Terry Silver -- played by Thomas Ian Griffith -- calls upon some old friends to put the Valley in a stranglehold, Daniel and Johnny --- played respectively by Ralph Macchio and William Zabka -- are going to need all the help they can get to stop Cobra Kai in its tracks,” executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg teased at Netflix’s Tudum event on Tuesday. Cobra Kai season five launches September 9...

Deadline reports Jane Lynch will leave Broadway’s Funny Girl even earlier than expected, the play's producers announced on Tuesday. Lynch will end her run on August 14 -- several weeks before her previously announced September 4 date, which was already earlier than the originally planned Sept. 25 date. The host of NBC's The Weakest Link had a long-scheduled vacation set to begin on Monday, August 15 and was set to return to the show on Tuesday, August 23, before departing for the Creative Arts Emmys on Thursday, September 1, producers said in a statement. “Rather than return for one week of performances, the producers have agreed to adjust her final performance to Sunday, August 14.” Lynch is an Emmy nominee in the Best Comedy Guest Actress category for her work on Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building...

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Mindy Kaling addresses rumors that her ex B.J. Novak is her children's father

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Mindy Kaling is paying no mind to speculation that her ex, B.J. Novak, is the father of her children. 

"It doesn't bother me," the 43-year-old, who is mom to four-year-old Katherine and one-year-old Spencer, said of the rumors in an interview with Marie Claire published Tuesday.

"He's the godparent to both my kids — and they have such a great relationship — and so far [the rumors haven’t] affected my happiness at all, it hasn't affected my kids or BJ," she continued. "If that's what is going to be titillating to people, I'll take it."

Since welcoming her children, Kaling has remained tight-lipped about their conception and their father. There's a reason for that. 

"I want them to be old enough to talk to me about it and [tell me] how they want me to talk about it," The Office alum explained. "I'm the only parent my kids have…I think I err on the side of super cautious so that there's less things that they can potentially be mad at me about down the line."

Kaling and Novak dated on and off from 2004 until 2007.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda launching 'Hamilton'-themed charity initiative to support abortion access

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the EGOT-winning creator of Hamilton, is putting the musical phenomenon to work to support abortion access in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Miranda has created Ham4Choice in collaboration with the online fundraising platform Prizeo for a "once-in-a-lifetime Hamilton experience" to raise "much-needed funds for organizations providing abortion access and reproductive health services."

For a donation of as little as $10 given between August 9 and September 22, donors get a chance to win the grand prize.

The grand prize winner and a guest will be flown to Hamburg, Germany, to attend Hamilton's opening night on October 6. Before seeing the first German translation of the musical, the winner and their guest "will meet Lin-Manuel Miranda at an exclusive pre-show reception and attend the post-show celebration."

From there, it's off to London for another showing of Hamilton -- this time in English -- and a meet and greet with the cast there. A performance in New York City is next, as is memorabilia to commemorate their travels.

Hotel and airfare for the three-city tour is all included.

They add the more one donates, the more chances you'll get to win -- and "the more support will go toward funding abortion access and care."

In a statement, Miranda noted, "We are devastated by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling eliminating the right to abortion which has been a right since 1973. ... We're stronger when we work together. We can stand up for every person’s right to make decisions about their own body and their own lives. Join Hamilton & Friends in the fight for reproductive access and reproductive choice today."

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Smell of success: Johnny Depp reportedly re-ups with Dior in 7-figure deal

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Johnny Depp will remain one of the faces of Dior.

The actor, whose partnership with the fashion line via its Sauvage fragrance remained intact throughout his headline-grabbing divorce and subsequent legal drama, has reportedly re-upped his contract with Dior for what TMZ is calling a seven-figure deal.

Dior's decision to stand by Depp, even before a Virginia jury in June handed him a legal victory in his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, has paid off for the iconic fashion label.

The Wall Street Journal reports sales for Sauvage -- which was already a top seller, promoted in commercials starring Depp since 2015 -- actually boomed during the trial.

A full-length spot of the former Pirates of the Caribbean star and Hollywood Vampires guitarist shredding to "Wild Thing" has been viewed more than 117,440,000 times on YouTube since it debuted last October.

Meanwhile, a new Dior Instagram photo of Depp, guitar in hand, has generated more than 1.3 million views and counting. The caption reads in part, "Fearless yet human, just like Sauvage."

The post also generated lots of fan love for the actor, and for the company for sticking by him. "Thank you Dior," one user commented.

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As 'Prey' slays on Rotten Tomatoes, the secret's out about its four-legged scene stealer

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The movie Prey hit Hulu last Friday, and immediately scored with longtime fans of the Predator franchise and critics alike. It's "Certified Fresh" on the Rotten Tomatoes ratings aggregator, debuting with a 96% critics score, despite little of the marketing blitz that usually accompanies a franchise reboot.

It also became Hulu's #1 premiere to date, and the most-watched film on Star+ and Disney+ in foreign territories.

Indigenous actress Amber Midthunder plays Naru, a young Commanche woman whose tribe happens to find itself sharing hunting grounds with the series' titular alien hunter species in the year 1719, as it works its way up the chain to the planet's apex predators, from animal to man.

Midthunder recently told Good Morning America's Ginger Zee that the 1987 original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger came out in theaters some 10 years before she was even born and that she didn't even realize she was trying out for a Predator movie.

"I mean, it's very exciting. It's only now ... kind of setting in," she told GMA.

She also shared a secret about the movie's scene stealer, Coco, the American dingo dog who played her faithful furry companion, Sarii. "She's not a trained movie dog, she was a dog [adopted and] trained for this movie because she happened to be the right breed for the time period and the location," Midthunder explained.

"So they had to teach her all the movie things. And a huge part of it is, like, I talk to her a lot, so she had to look me in the eyes. So to teach her to look me in the eyes, I had a pair of glasses with the eyes popped out and a nail on the front and they would stick a piece of meat on it. So she would stare at it ... and then ... eat the meat off my face."

"It was very high tech," Midthunder giggled.



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'Saturday Night Live' star Kenan Thompson tapped to host 74th annual Emmy Awards

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As he heads into his 20th season on Saturday Night Live, Kenan Thompson has been selected as the host of September's 74th annual Emmy Awards.

The telecast will be carried on NBC and, for the first time ever, will stream live on Peacock. The celebration of the best in TV will be held at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET.

In the announcement, the former Kenan lead and six-time nominee said, "Being a part of this incredible evening where we honor the best of the television community is ridiculously exciting, and to do it on NBC -- my longtime network family -- makes it even more special."

He added, "Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars from my favorite shows."

Also of note, the Television Academy announced the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, with an edited presentation of the events airing Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on FXX.

Heading into the Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO's Succession leads the pack with 25 noms. Another HBO drama, The White Lotus, scored 20, tying with Apple TV+'s previous Emmy sweeper Ted Lasso in the Comedy category.

HBO's Hacks and Hulu's Only Murders in the Building each scored 17 noms.

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Serena Williams announces she's "evolving away from tennis" in new 'Vogue' essay

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Serena Williams is gearing up to say goodbye to professional tennis after serving up inspiration to the sports world for more than two decades.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner penned a new personal essay for Vogue magazine that was revealed exclusively on Good Morning America Tuesday. Titled "The Hardest Thing," she says farewell to the game in her own way and in her own words.

Williams said she hates the word retirement, writing: "The best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution. I'm here to tell you that I'm evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me."

The former #1-ranked women's tennis player and four-time Olympic gold medalist said there is "no happiness in this topic for me," but that she wants to focus on family and her business investment empire. Williams explained that she doesn't feel she can do that while also playing tennis.

"But these days, if I have to choose between building my tennis résumé and building my family, I choose the latter ... In the last year, [husband] Alexis [Ohanian] and I have been trying to have another child, and we recently got some information from my doctor that put my mind at ease and made me feel that whenever we’re ready, we can add to our family. I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out," Williams wrote.

Although this is the closest Serena's come to a possible retirement, it's not the end for the champ just yet. Williams recently scored her first tournament singles win in over a year at the WTA National Bank Open in Toronto and plans to play in the U.S. Open in New York City.

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Sex on TV gets a hard look - and yes, that's what they said

Laura Prepon, Emily Tarver in "Orange Is the New Black" -- Netflix/JoJo Whilden

(NOTE LANGUAGE, CONTENT) While sex and sexual discussions on TV are nothing new, the sex-friendly site Roam analyzed some of the most popular shows in history to see how the act is portrayed, talked about and even joked about -- all to see which shows are moving the needle forward in a positive way.

To that end, Roam's experts scrubbed through some 10 million lines of dialogue culled from 40 different shows, ranging from The Office to Orange is the New Black, and made some interesting finds.

For example, the long-running Always Sunny in Philadelphia topped the others with some 231 mentions of sex, just one above How I Met Your Mother. Sex and the City clocked in at a comparatively chaste 173, good enough for third place, topping Friends (149). OITNB rounded off the top 5 with 94.

That said, there was a quality element, too. For example, Roam's experts judged each mention on inclusivity and whether contraception or consent was mentioned. There's "room for improvement," the site's experts say.

Sex and the City "was considered really progressive for its time," the site's expert says, noting, "Much like the other series we’ve covered [it] is a product of its time and ... the conversation around sex and sexuality has changed a lot since it was on the air."

In other words, in many ways it doesn't hold up compared to today's sensibilities. That said, it did get credit for leading the way in bringing female pleasure to the forefront.

OITNB was hailed with bringing LGBTQ issues to the mainstream, both in terms of same-sex relationships and bringing issues like transphobia to TV.

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'Thor: Love and Thunder' director Taika Waititi reportedly marries Rita Ora in London

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Taika Waititi, the Oscar-winning Jojo Rabbit writer-director whose Thor: Love and Thunder is now playing in theaters, has reportedly wed his recording artist fiancée, Rita Ora.

The U.K. tabloid The Sun reports the pair tied the knot in an "intimate" ceremony two months after their purported engagement, and the recording artist is hyphenating her last name to reflect it.

A source tells the paper the event was small but "super special for everyone there. Their nearest and dearest can see how madly in love they are."

The source continues, "Despite living in the spotlight, Rita is determined to keep the relationship as private as possible and didn’t want to make a big song and dance about the wedding," but that said they're also planning, "A big, showbiz-style bash" to celebrate the good news.

If true, this is the second marriage for Waititi, 46, and the first for 31-year-old Ora.

Despite the pair not shy about packing on the PDA, they've been less forthcoming when it comes to their relationship: Waititi recently cut off a news program's interview about Lightyear when he was asked if a wedding was in the offing.

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