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Trailer for 'The Batman', 'The Rock' teases 'Black Adam' and more: Nerd news from Saturday's DC Fandome

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For fans of DC's big and small-screen properties, the wait ended Saturday, with the long-awaited launch of the marathon online event DC Fandome. 

This year, all eyes were on Matt Reeves' The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's turn as the super-powerful anti-hero Black Adam. The Batman's trailer capped the four-hour presentation. 

"Fear is a tool," Robert Pattinson's Dark Knight whispers darkly in the new snippet.

"When that light hits the sky," he says of the Bat Signal, "it's not just a call. It's a warning."

What follows are not only shots of Bats dispatching hordes of bad guys, but scenes prominently featuring Zoe Kravitz as Selena Kyle/Catwoman. "Who are you under there?" she purrs, feeling Pattinson's cowl.

As reported, Paul Dano plays Batman's main nemesis in the film, The Riddler -- albeit a much darker version than Jim Carrey played in 1995's Batman Forever.

The villain has morphed more into a serial killer in this version -- but like the comic original, he's obsessed with matching wits with Batman -- and the obsession is clearly mutual. 

Also shown more prominently in the new trailer is Colin Farrell -- though you'd be hard-pressed to recognize him as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin.

The Batman opens March 4, 2022.

Earlier, Warner Bros. unveiled its upcoming Black Adam, with the help of the character's alter ego himself.

While Johnson said the film just started post-production, he lobbied director Jaume Collet-Serra -- who he tapped from Jungle Cruise -- to present fans with the scene where Black Adam is revealed.

The Black Adam teaser featured cast members introducing their characters: Aldis Hodge plays Hawkman, Noah Centineo plays Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell plays Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan, who went from James Bond to "silver fox," plays Doctor Fate.

The snippet shows explorers coming upon an ancient site, and eventually releasing the god-like figure. A gunman approaches him, and Black Adam picks him up by his throat and electrocutes him into dust. As you might imagine, the victim's heavily armed comrades also prove no match. That film opens July 29, 2022.

Other content included a sneak peek of November 2022's time-shifting The Flash teasing the return of Michael Keaton as Batman; an extended trailer for Peacemaker -- John Cena and writer-director James Gunn's The Suicide Squad spin-off series for HBO Max -- and cast interviews and sneak peeks of CW shows like Supergirl and Batwoman.

(Peacemaker trailer contains uncensored profanity.)

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Congrats: 'Queens' star Eve announces she's pregnant with her first child

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Congrats are in order to Queens star Eve. The 42-year-old rapper-actress has announced she is expecting her first baby with husband Maximillion Cooper.

"Can you believe it @mrgumball3000 we finally get to tell everyone!!!!!," she wrote on Instagram, sharing a couple of photos of her cradling her baby bump. "You all know how long we'v been waiting for this blessing!!! We get to meet our lil human February 2022."

Her hubby also reposted her photos, along with the sweet message, "Very excited to share this news… we have a lil human on the way."

This is the first child for Eve with her husband, Maximillion. She is also stepmom to Cooper's four teenage children from his previous marriage -- Lotus, 19, Jagger, 17, Cash, 15, and Mini, 13. 

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Golden Globe Awards to be held on January 9


After a blistering racial controversy that saw its longtime broadcast partner NBC drop the annual show, the Golden Globe Awards are still happening.

However, two big questions remain: Where will they be broadcast -- and even more importantly, will any celebs show up? 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the journalist organization that run the awards show, didn't answer those two questions, but said the 79th annual event will be held on January 9.

The HFPA also released its deadlines for submissions, and say nominations will be revealed on December 13.

In February of this year, a Los Angeles Times exposé revealed the HFPA hadn't had a Black member in 20 years. Following the controversy -- and the ouster of one of its heads over racially insensitive emails -- Hollywood shunned the organization. Tom Cruise even went so far as to return his three trophies in protest.

In August, the HFPA announced reforms to its bylaws and membership rules with the intention of bringing diversity to its ranks.

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Daredevil rushed to hospital after stunt goes seriously wrong on 'America's Got Talent: Extreme'

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A contestant on NBC's spin-off America's Got Talent: Extreme was hospitalized Thursday evening after a stunt went terribly wrong. 

A source for Freemantle Media, which produces the daredevil competition show, tells ABC Audio that escape artist Jonathan Goodwin was injured while performing his act. "He was responsive and was immediately taken to the hospital, where he is continuing to receive medical care," producers said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we await further updates on his condition."

TMZ reports Goodwin was suspended 70 feet off the ground, attempting to escape from a straitjacket, when he was crushed between two suspended, swinging cars, which exploded. He reportedly fell and hit his head, says the gossip site, which noted Goodwin was airlifted to a trauma unit.

TMZ claims those who witnessed the "horrifying" accident "thought he was dead."

America's Got Talent: Extreme will be hosted by Terry Crews, and judges will include WWE star Nikki Bella, extreme sports champ Travis Pastrana, and Simon Cowell when the show debuts as part of NBC's upcoming midseason roster.


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As Disney+ plans a two-episode premiere for 'Hawkeye', Hailee Steinfeld "still can't believe" she's part of the MCU

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Disney+ has announced that it will launch its latest Marvel Studios project, Hawkeye, with a double-episode premiere on November 24 -- and co-star Hailee Steinfeld can't wait. 

In fact, she still can't believe she's now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"I mean, I still am comprehending the fact that I'm even a part of it," she tells ABC Audio with a laugh.

"I'm still...trying to form a sentence about it," says Hailee, who plays Kate Bishop, the protégé of Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton/Hawkeye.

As previously reported, the show centers on Barton as he balances family life with the ramifications of his vigilante days, as seen in Avengers: Endgame. Caught in the middle is eager archer Kate.

A new extended teaser presents more of the action and comedy in the series, which is set in New York City during the holidays -- and shows more of an already-memed peek of the fictional Rogers: The Musical, about the life of Captain America featuring his heroic pals.

As fans eagerly await the premiere, so is Hailee. "[I]t's been such a dream," she says, adding, "You know, to be a part of the MCU is again very hard to comprehend, but a true honor. And I'm so excited for the world to see this show and meet Kate Bishop."

Until then, the Dickinson star and producer can be seen on November 5, when the third and final season of that acclaimed show gets underway on Apple TV+.  

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Get a closer look at Jason, Freddy, Chucky, and more with Shudder's 'Behind the Monsters'


The thriller streaming service Shudder will soon serve an up-close and personal look at some of movies' scariest baddies, perfect for Halloween viewing.

Behind the Monsters examines the nightmare fuel from the films A Nightmare on Elm StreetFriday the 13thHalloweenChild's PlayHellraiser, and of course, Candyman.

The docuseries drops a new installment each Wednesday, premiering October 27 with a deep dive into Michael Myers from Halloween.

The next episodes explore Candyman's titular villain; Chucky, the murderous doll from Child's PlayFriday the 13th's hockey mask-wearing Jason Voorhees; and Hellraiser's demonic Pinhead.

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Threat of massive Hollywood strike looms with Monday deadline

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With representatives from the massive Hollywood union the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and those from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers still at the bargaining table, things are tense in Tinseltown.

The showbiz union, representing tens of thousands of behind-the-scenes workers, says its workers will gp on strike Monday, hitting the picket lines at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time if the union's needs aren't met.

The strike would spell a massive shutdown of countless productions in Hollywood and elsewhere. 

Last week, IATSE's membershiip authorized its first nationwide strike in its 128-year history, but both sides continue to negotiate.

Union members say they're seeking adequate compensation and safe working conditions in an industry that pushes work days far longer than most realize. The boon in production from streaming services has compounded the overwork problem, union members say.

"Assume there will be a strike and hope there isn't," Deadline says a representative told members of one of the IATSE's groups, Local 800, at a virtual town hall Thursday.

Another source told the trade the odds are "about 50-50" whether the union will strike or not, "but that could change quickly either way..."

IATSE's "most grievous problems" with producers and studios include: "excessively unsafe and harmful working hours; unlivable wages for the lowest paid crafts; consistent failure to provide reasonable rest during meal breaks, between workdays, and on weekends," and its assertion that, "workers on certain 'new media' streaming projects get paid less, even on productions with budgets that rival or exceed those of traditionally released blockbusters."

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It's not me, it's 'You': Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti shed light on their character's season 3 motivations

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Penn Badgley returns as Joe Goldberg, an unassuming serial killer, stalker, and book enthusiast turned suburban dad, in season three of Netflix's You.

Badgley tells ABC Audio that although he appears to have met his match in his partner Love Quinn, there's no certainty that he'll ever change his killer ways.

"I don't know that he can be reformed," Badgley says. "I don't know what that really would look like for him. I don't know if he came to terms with who he really is and what he's done."

Badgley says Joe's inability to hold himself accountable is because "he's a fugue state," a person who temporarily loses their sense of personal identity and impulsively wanders off.

"Fugues are interesting. Fugues are actually very powerful," he explains. "Maybe within their own kind of thing they go somewhere, but they always return. They always return to the beginning. And that's really what Joe is."

Similar to Badgley who offers some much needed insight into Joe's troubled mind, Victoria Pedretti, who plays Love Quinn, shares her personal take on Love's erratic behavior.

"Her behavior is obviously a lot of extremes, but I think we find her relatable because she is programed... through the media, and schools... that teach us our roles as women," she says, before noting that Love's season three motivations come from "familial trauma," "being deeply neglected" and a lack "of self-worth."

Still, Pedretti believes that as problematic as Joe and Love may be, they both are "worthy" of "empathy and sympathy."

"I think it's valuable to try to understand people, at least a little bit," she shares.

Season three of You is now available to stream on Netflix.

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'Squid Game' creator on deadly K-Pop choreography, subtitles, and "stealing" ideas for season 2 from fans

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In less than a month, Netflix's dystopian thriller Squid Game has officially become a cultural phenomenon, with record viewers on the streaming platform.

The success was a surprise to the hyper-violent show's creator, Hwang Dong-Hyuk. But he tells Good Morning America he always envisioned the global appeal of the show.

"If you look at the cast of characters, you have the elite member of society, Sang-woo. You have the...middle-class man, Gi-hun. You have the migrant worker, Ali...and you have Il-nam, who...represents the senior class," he said. "...I think they constitute the minority in any country in the world."

Dong-Hyuk was 38 and broke -- and living off his mom, like the show's main character Gi-hun -- when he wrote Squid Game more than 10 years ago.

"The first game -- was the most difficult and scary thing to film," recalls the creator. It was a grown-up version of the kid's activity "Red Light/Green Light" -- except the penalty for moving is death. "It was like seeing 456 characters all move according to choreography, like watching a K-Pop band, because all these people had to move and stop in unison," Hwang says.

Squid Game has reached #1 in 94 countries and has been translated into over 30 languages, but Dong-Hyuk pleaded, "please, please watch the subtitle" version.  "Because if you don't see -- the acting, the performance from the real actor...You're missing -- most of [the] Squid Game fun."

For a second season, Dong-Hyuk's gotten inspiration from many fans, thanks to their own Squid Game challenges on social media.

"Some of them [were] really brilliant, you know?" he said. "So maybe I'll go through...YouTube again...Then I'll steal the ideas from the fans," he added with a laugh.


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Ben Affleck compares 'The Last Duel' to OJ Simpson case: "a very famous person accused of a horrible crime"

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At its heart, The Last Duel, out in theaters today, is a story about believing women. It’s based on a true story of a high-ranking French official accused of rape in the 14th century, told from three different perspectives: the accused, the accuser, and the accuser’s husband.

The film was written by Matt DamonBen Affleck and Nicole Holofcener, and Affleck tells ABC News it’s a story he thinks most in the United States don’t know.

"We were totally like blown away by the story. We had no idea," the Academy award winner recalls. "I know it's a fairly well-known story still in France, because at the time it was the sort of, I don't know what the equivalent would be, the O.J. Simpson case or something, a very famous person accused of a horrible crime," he adds. "It was very sensational. And so, it even lingers to this day in the consciousness in France. But I'm pretty confident that it's a story that is very unfamiliar to audiences here."

Even though the story wasn't necessarily a well-known one in the U.S., Jodie Comer, who plays the woman at its center, shares that she was "fascinated" at the idea of the film having three perspectives "but ultimately one truth," which made the gig pretty easy to say "yes" to.

As if the film wasn't already star-studded enough, Adam Driver appears and gets in a few scuffles with Damon, who says he enjoyed the bumps and bruises.

"It was really fun. It was really physical. And you know, and I had to try to keep up with Adam Driver. He's a good deal younger than I am, and he's very physically fit," Damon admits. "So, there was that."  


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William Shatner says Prince William is "missing the point" after remarks about space exploration

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It's safe to say that William Shatner and Prince William don't see eye to eye when it comes to space exploration.

Just one day after Shatner traveled to space with Jeff Bezo's company Blue Origin, the royal criticized space travel, and while he didn't name the Amazon founder he told BBC, "We need some of the world's greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live."

When asked to respond to the Prince's comments, the Star Trek alum told Entertainment Tonight, "He's a lovely Englishman. He's going to be king of England one day. He's a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he's got the wrong idea."

"The idea here is not to go, 'Yeah, look at me. I'm in space.' The landing that consumed all that...energy and people to take a look and go, 'Oh, look at that.' No," Shatner clarified. "I would tell the prince, and I hope the prince gets the message, this is a baby step into the idea of getting industry up there, so that all those polluting industries, especially, for example, the industries that make electricity...off of Earth."

"We've got all the technology, the rockets, to send the things up there...You can build a base 250, 280 miles above the Earth and send that power down here, and they catch it, and they then use it, and it's there," Shatner  continued. "All it needs is...somebody as rich as Jeff Bezos [to say], 'Let's go up there.'"

"The prince is missing the point," Shatner repeated. "The point is these are the baby steps to show people [that] it's very practical. You can send somebody like me up into space."

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Chris "Ludacris" Bridges says his new animated series 'Karma's World' has the potential to "change the world"

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Chris "Ludacris" Bridges says he wants to "change the world" with his new animated Netflix series Karma's World.

Inspired by his real-life daughter, Karma, Bridges says the idea of the series came to him over 10 years ago, when his daughter expressed her interest in following in his footsteps.

"She wanted the rap too," Bridges tells ABC Audio. "So...I actually put her in the booth, [and] to my surprise, she had the good genetics and...the vocal ability at the age of six...[that] it kind of blew me away. And I was like, 'If you want to do music, you have to talk about what goes on in your world and in your life.' And, you know, that brings us to everything that we're at today."

The rapper-turned-Fast & Furious actor says he and Karma are a lot alike because they both showed "diligence, hard work, and determination at such an early age."

"And it made me want to create this entire idea just based on my offspring," he shares. "And that's what life is supposed to be all about."

Looking at his new series, Bridges is confident that he's created something special.

"I feel like there are a lot of children that will be able to relate to Karma," he says. "And it's really encouraging them to find their own voice and to express themselves in very unique ways -- the same way that Karma does."

He continues, "Overall...the same way that Karma wants to change the world with music, I want to change the world with this show."

Karma's World is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Jamie Lee Curtis promises 'Halloween Kills' is not only scarier, but gorier than the last film

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If the real world isn’t scary enough, the new Halloween movie fans have been dying to see is out now.

After the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its release by a year, Halloween Kills slashes its way into theaters today, and star Jamie Lee Curtis promises fans that it was well worth the wait.

The actress explains that the film is bigger, badder and even gorier than the previous installment.

"[Halloween] 2018 was about female trauma and violence against women and 2021's movie is about a mob violence," Curtis, 62, explained, saying the town of Haddonfield, IL, is finally fed up with Michael Myers and is "taking matters into our own hands."

"[It's] a group of people -- collateral damage -- coming together, saying, 'We are as mad as hell. We are not taking it anymore. The system is broken,'" she continued, adding that "the violence is next level."

However, director and writer David Gordon Green hints that taking down the legendary killer won't be easy, but remained coy on how Meyers will be able to withstand the wrath of an entire town.

So, does Michael Myers have special powers, or is he just an abnormally strong and violent man?  Green said the film won't answer that age-old question, but it will explore "the mystery [of] what makes him scary." In order to do that, he needed to expand the scope of "Laurie versus Michael" and include the thousands of voices of Haddonfield who have been a part of the Halloween saga since the beginning.

"I thought it would be fascinating to study a community, to an effect of fear that transcends the interpersonal and becomes the almost cosmic interpretation of fear," Green explained.

Halloween Kills -- also starring Judy Greer and Andi Matichak -- is now playing in theaters.

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Shudder spotlighting Black filmmakers and writers for Halloween with 'Horror Noire'


For the second time, the thriller streaming service Shudder is highlighting Black writers and directors with a new horror anthology, Horror Noire

A follow-up to 2019's documentary Black Noire: A History of Black Horror, Black Noire will feature six stories together in one two-hour presentation, each written and directed by Black filmmakers.

Included in the anthology will be the installments DaddyBride Before YouBrand of EvilThe LakeSundown, and Fugue State.

The films include Luke James from The ChiA Black Lady Sketch Show's Erica AshLucifer'Lesley-Ann BrandtYou're the Worst's Brandon Mychal SmithJohn Wick: Chapter 2's Peter StormareGenius: Aretha Franklin's Malcolm BarrettRachel True from The Craft, and horror icon and Candyman star Tony Todd.

Horror Noire debuts on Thursday, October 28 on Shudder and at a later date through Shudder as part of the AMC+ bundle.

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Fan's Twitter plea for "national security protection" for nearly 100-year-old Betty White goes viral

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Betty White is arguably one of Hollywood's most beloved stars, and now, with her 100th birthday fast approaching, one fan's plea to make sure Betty gets there has gone viral.

The Twitter user known as Heyoka's heartfelt plea reads, "Betty White is...3 months away from 100; please provide her with national security protection and wrap her safely in bubble wrap; we love her." The post features three photos from three different phases of White's marathon career.

The tweet, which dropped Wednesday afternoon, already has attracted more than 100,000 likes, with fellow Betty fans sounding off in agreement.

"When you reach 100 in Barbados, you get a stamp in your honor. Where can I reserve my Betty White stamp?" one user tweeted the U.S. Post Office.

Another was clearly still shook from last year, when Betty White's name trended ahead of her 99th trip around the sun. "I DEMAND THAT TWITTER ADD THE WORDS - 'IS ALIVE AND WELL' AFTER BETTY'S NAME WHENEVER SHE IS TRENDING," that user posted.

For the record, Betty White, comic legend, and the sole surviving main cast member of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, turns 100 on January 17.

Also for the record, Congress, which receives national security protection, has a favorability rating of under 30%. White, beloved by all, has no such defense.

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