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James Hibberd

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‘Squid Game’ Reality Series Coming to Netflix With Biggest Cash Prize in TV History

Netflix is staging a real-life Squid Game series that’s billed as “the biggest reality competition ever.” The streamer announced a reality TV production based on its global dystopian smash at the Banff World Media Festival on Tuesday. While the stakes won’t be life or death (presumably), Squid Game: The Challenge will have 456 players competing in […]

Netflix Reveals First Look at ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4, Volume 2

Netflix has released a first look at the back half of Stranger Things season four. The Volume 2 photos (below) include new looks at Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Jim Hopper (David Harbour), Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), Robin Buckley (Maya Hawke) and the rest of the cast. The two episodes drop July 1 and span nearly […]

Matthew McConaughey Calls for Gun Responsibility Instead of Gun Control in Op-Ed

Matthew McConaughey is weighing in at length on the debate over gun control in the wake of the elementary school mass shooting in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas. The Oscar winner argues that focusing on gun control has produced nothing more than a decades-long political stalemate and that it’s time to shift the conversation to […]

Louis C.K. Reveals Secret Movie, Pushes for Theaters to Screen

Louis C.K. is releasing a new movie and, in the process, is leveling up his efforts to return to mainstream industry acceptance. The controversial comic announced on his website Friday that he’s directed a new indie film, Fourth of July, that will play in “select theaters” in July (trailer below). C.K. co-wrote the movie with […]

Amber Heard Lost Because She Was Vilified on Social Media, Her Attorney Suggests

Amber Heard’s attorney suggests a Virginia jury didn’t believe her client’s abuse claims because of social media. Elaine Bredehoft spoke to NBC’s Today on Thursday morning to slam the outcome of Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Heard. The jury ruled Wednesday that Heard defamed Depp on three claims and that Depp defamed Heard on just […]

FX Orders ‘English Teacher’ Pilot From Brian Jordan Alvarez

FX has given a pilot order to the comedy project English Teacher.  The show is about a “gay high school English teacher in Austin, Texas and his fellow teachers trying to balance the competing demands of the students and their parents in a world where the rules seem to change every day.” Brian Jordan Alvarez […]

‘Our Flag Means Death’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO Max

Yo-ho-ho: HBO Max has renewed Our Flag Means Death for a second season. The pirate comedy from creator-showrunner David Jenkins and executive producer and star Taika Waititi will be back for another voyage. “We felt the show was special while we were making it, but fans’ open-armed embrace of the inhabitants of the Revenge makes […]

Bradley Cooper Is Transformed in Netflix’s First ‘Maestro’ Photos

Bradley Cooper is transformed in the first photos from his upcoming Netflix film Maestro. The Oscar nominee plays master composer Leonard Bernstein in the biopic, which also marks Cooper’s first time directing a film since A Star Is Born. Carey Mulligan plays Bernstein’s wife, Felicia Montealegre, in the film, which chronicles the West Side Story […]

Netflix Puts Warning on ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 After Texas Shooting

Netflix is adding a last-minute content warning to the fourth season of Stranger Things in the wake of the devastating elementary school shooting in Texas this week. The streamer has added a disclaimer to Friday’s premiere that warns viewers about violent content involving children in the first scene. “We filmed this season of Stranger Things […]

Matthew McConaughey Calls for Action After Hometown School Shooting: “We Must Do Better”

Matthew McConaughey took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to address the mass shooting that occurred earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School in the actor’s hometown of Uvalde, Texas. The tragedy has left at least 19 children and two adults dead and is considered the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. […]

DC Films Chief Denies Amber Heard’s ‘Aquaman 2’ Claims

Amber Heard was almost booted from the Aquaman sequel. But according to DC Films chief Walter Hamada, her job wasn’t imperiled for the reason the actress has claimed, and the studio did not reduce her role along the way. Hamada testified at Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit on Tuesday that the studio considered for […]

Netflix Reveals Explosive ‘The Gray Man’ Trailer Starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans

Explosions, gunshots, car crashes, fireworks and snark populate the first trailer for Netflix’s megabudget summer action-thriller The Gray Man.  The film stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in a film directed by Avengers: Endgame duo Anthony and Joe Russo. See the first look below. The actioner is based on the novel by Mark Greaney. Here’s […]