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  • 07/09/15--13:22: Irwin Keyes Dead At Age 63

  • Character actor Irwin Keyes, best known for his role as Hugo on "The Jeffersons," has died at the age of 63


    Keyes' manager, Phil Brock, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Keyes died on July 8 due to complications from acromegaly, a rare pituitary gland disorder. 


    Throughout his career, Keyes appeared in plenty of films and TV shows. His film credits include "The Flinstones," "The Flinstones In Viva Rock Vegas" and "House of 1000 Corpses." He also appeared in the Coen brothers' "Intolerable Cruelty" and Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories." 


    His TV credits include spots on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Tales from the Crypt," Growing Pains" and "Pretty Little Liars." 


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    If we could be a fly on the wall for any conversation, it would be the one in which Channing Tatum and Roxane Gay talk "Magic Mike," feminism and cooking.

    Tatum, star of male-stripping sequel "Magic Mike XXL," learned during an interview Wednesday with Daily Life that feminist author Gay is a huge fan of him. Tatum immediately expressed interest in talking to her about the "Magic Mike" films, which are based loosely on his life as an 18-year-old stripper in the late '90s.

    Talk of a meetup started with Tatum answering a question that Gay submitted to Daily Life, an Australian outlet. She wanted to know "Does he cook?" He answered with a resounding yes and said he'd like to talk with the "Bad Feminist" author.

    "I wonder if she cooks ... We're gonna do a 'Magic Mike' Vegas show, and it's..." he says before sighing. "'Feminist' is like a hard word for me to throw around. I would love to say I'm a feminist, but I don't study feminism, so I can't be like, 'Yes, I'm a feminist!' But I'm very pro-feminism. I want to talk to her about the 'Magic Mike' show."

    After learning of Tatum's comments, Gay unleashed her excitement on Twitter.
















    Tatum's "Magic Mike XXL" co-star Joe Manganiello, who was also at the interview, was excited to hear of Gay's interest in the film.

    "I'm glad she digs it!" he said. "Because, you know, I can see how it is pro-feminist. But it's also a movie where the men retain their masculinity, which I think is, you know, a balancing act. I'm glad that she enjoys it. We're still guys."

    In a re-cap on her website titled "I Wanted to Hug Every Part of Him With My Mouth: A Magic Mike XXL Recap," Gay gave the movie her feminist stamp of approval.

    "This movie caters, at all times, to the female gaze," she wrote. "It is queer friendly. The movie embraces women of all sizes. The movie embraces consent and places an emphasis on women’s sexual pleasure. I wish I had something really smart to say here but this movie felt feminist. The movie treated women like they were sentient beings rather than sexual objects and the movie boldly celebrated women’s sexuality."

    Here's to hoping this one-on-one actually happens.

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    Clearly the film industry has run out of any and all good, original ideas. Sadly, the unstoppable remake machine is about to touch a cinematic classic.


    On Thursday, AMBI Group announced plans to remake Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita." The company has reached an agreement with the Italian director's family and estate to make a modern retelling of the 1960 film. The filmmaker's niece, Francesca Fellini, said in a statement that while the family has been approached about remakes and sequels before, AMBI Group's Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi changed their minds.


    The original "La Dolce Vita" follows Marcello Mastroianni's gossip journalist over a week traveling through Rome. In a statement, Iervolino said that the contemporary remake of the film will be "every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original." We can't help but wonder one thing, though: Why?


    With nearly every movie being remade, adapted into a musical, reworked for a sequel, revamped for a modern interpretation or rebooted for the small screen, nothing is safe these days. Nope, not even a Palme d'Or-winning, influential Fellini classic. While there are some noteworthy and partially original recreations in the works, like Paul Feig's all-female "Ghostbusters" and Netflix's clever take on a "Wet Hot American Summer" prequel -- it takes us back to the first day of Camp Firewood -- the majority of other remakes are simply unnecessary.


    What's next, a "Citizen Kane" remake? Hey, why don't we turn Ingmar Bergman's filmography into a musical web series? What about a reboot of Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot "Psycho" remake? Brilliant!


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     "Sharknado 3" finally gave us a reason to say, "Oh, hell no!"


    After Daniel Radcliffe revealed he was a big "Sharknado" fan, rumors of a possible cameo in "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" started flying around faster than a Golden Snitch. (That's fast, y'all. If you catch it, you basically win the Quidditch match.) The actor fawned over the idea during an interview with Ryan Seacrest, and he even came up with scenarios for his awesome death scene.


    In an interview with The Huffington Post, "Sharknado 3" writer Thunder Levin said he heard Radcliffe was a fan and even wrote a part for him in the new movie, but alas, it wasn't meant to be.


    "Much as I had hoped that would happen, it did not work out. There was some sort of a scheduling conflict and he couldn’t do it," said Levin. 


    (You're a disappointment, Harry.) 




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    When asked about Radcliffe's potential part, Levin revealed the "Harry Potter" star was going to be "someone working at Universal Studios," but he added, "That's about as far as I can go."


    HuffPost suggested it would be amazing if the actor were actually working at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, but Levin said Warner Bros. probably wouldn't have been a fan.


    Though Radcliffe isn't in the film, the character he would've played still made the cut. Levin says, "Sort of a version of that character is still in the film, but it changed significantly once it was not gonna be him."   


    So there you go, Muggles. Make sure to look out for the part Radcliffe would've played, and just imagine how great it would've been to see Harry Potter get eaten by a shark. We know at least one dude who will.




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    "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" premieres Wednesday, July 22, on Syfy.



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    On Thursday, Ariana Grande released a four-minute video with a rambling apology “for the whole donut fiasco" that was caught on a security camera last weekend. 


    The 22-year-old singer released a statement to the press on Wednesday, explaining that she's "EXTREMELY proud to be an American" after video footage showed her in a donut shop in Lake Elsinore, California, saying "I hate America" and "I hate Americans." But Grande wanted to make it clear just how much she loves this great nation.


    "I feel like the apology that I posted — I kind of missed my opportunity to actually, like, sincerely apologize and express how I was feeling because I was too busy preaching about my issues with the food industry, which is not, I feel like, relative," she explained in a video posted on YouTube. "I feel like I could’ve expressed myself in a different way, so here I am."


    Grande continued, "I feel like now’s my chance, before the whole thing blows over, to say my side, and that I’ve actually never been prouder to be American, to be honest.”


    No, like really. She's so proud:


    "All the advances we’ve made in the last couple of months, all the wonderful progressive things that have been going on — I’ve never been prouder of this country, actually," Grande said.  


    But what about the donuts? We really want to know about the donuts!


    Of course, Grande's apology didn't even touch on what could have possessed her to randomly lick donuts she hadn't purchased. She did say she's "disgusted" with herself, adding:


    "I’m not here to justify my behavior or make any excuses, because I can’t. I’m just here to apologize, and tell you that I love you, and I appreciate being able to talk to you like this."


    Oh, and also, "I'm 22 years old. I'm human. I still got a lot to learn. And I make mistakes and that's how I'm going to learn... That's how we grow, you know? That's how we get better. "


    (And if Grande's video sounds a lot like the type of apology Justin Bieber might bust out, it's worth noting that both Grande and the Biebs share the same manager. Just sayin'.) 


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    Maisie Williams may have struggled to become "no one" in Season 5 of "Game of Thrones," but in "Doctor Who" she is definitely someone, and someone important.


    The first trailer for Season 9 of "Doctor Who" debuted at Comic-Con on Thursday. After an action-packed look at what's to come -- including a look at Peter Capaldi's Doctor rocking out on a guitar -- the last moments of the trailer reveal Williams' new character. "You," the Doctor says to her in surprise. "What took you so long, old man?" Williams quips back.


    Who is "you"?! We're not sure, but we do know Williams' character is expected to "give [the Doctor] exactly the right sort of hell," according to executive producer Steven Moffat. So it's Arya Stark in a different dimension. Count us in.


    Season 9 of "Doctor Who" premieres Sept. 19 on BBC America.


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    Taylor Swift just had a major fangirl moment -- for a fan!

    18-year-old Alessia Cara is certainly not the first fan to upload a cover of T. Swift's "Bad Blood," but she's the first to get a response like this.

    Alessia, whose single "Here" has over 2 million views on YouTube, had a publicity boost from BBC Radio 1's Piano Sessions, through which she recorded the cover. Swift very promptly tweeted some very flattering praise for the rendition.







    Needless to say, Alessia was extremely excited (who wouldn't be?!).



    The "Blank Space" singer is known for initiating some pretty special interactions with fans.

    She recently donated an astounding $50,000 to a young fan battling leukemia after seeing her YouTube post.



    She also gave a male fan some advice about his outfit for prom, suggesting he opt for a classic tie over a bow tie:
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    The megastar attended a super fan's wedding:




    And also gave free concert tickets to a fan who missed her show due to flight delays:




    Swift, who is half of the entertainment industry's wealthiest couple, seems more concerned about fostering a good relationship with her fans than indulging in her riches, which is perhaps what we adore most about her.

    It's no wonder Taylor Swift such a massive pack of loyal fans.

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    It can be a long road to acceptance, particularly when it comes to who you are.


    That sentiment is what drives Robin Williams’ character Nolan Mack in the Dito Montiel-directed indie film “Boulevard.” The 60-year-old bank officer has led a lonely life despite his long childless marriage to his wife Joy (Kathy Baker). The couple lack intimacy, not for a lack of love but because Nolan is gay -- a fact he has spent most of his life repressing.  


    Mexican-American actor Roberto Aguire comes in as Leo, a hustler whom Nolan pays for companionship, not sex, as he tries to come to term with his sexuality. The 27-year-old actor spoke to The Huffington Post ahead of the film’s nationwide release on Friday. Aguire opened up about what it was like to work with Williams in his final dramatic role and why he feels Latino actors shouldn’t be limited by the ‘Latino’ label.


     


    “Boulevard” deals with Nolan trying to come to terms with his sexuality after a lifetime of suppressing it. And you portray Leo, a character that becomes a catalyst for all of this. What drew you into the script the most when you first read it? 


    [Screenwriter Douglas Soesbe] has a beautifully fluid way of writing dialogue that almost sounds like poetry. So when I read the script, immediately it captured me. I thought it was a story that had to be told.


     There is so much of this topic, especially right now, that’s prevalent in America. But it’s also very hidden in America. I think if you talk to anybody they know a person or they have an uncle, a brother, a son, a cousin who is in a later stage in their life who is coming to terms with who they really are. I think that story has to be told, it has to be shown that it doesn’t matter if you get to a later stage in your life, you can always make a change. You always deserve to find happiness, so that was the second thing that drew me to the script.


     


    And Leo also kind of suppresses the reality of being in the dangerous world of male prostitution.   


    Leo is this beautiful character who is so complex and so complicated within this dangerous world that he lives in. I don’t think he’s a run-of-the-mill hustler [laughs], to put it that way. He kind of sticks out because he has this innate and hidden sensitivity into life, and almost like [a] childlike innocence that when you see him you just want to give him a hug, you just want to tell him that it’s going to be OK. You just want to tell him to get out of that situation.


    But for some reason, he’s stuck and he can’t get out -- very much like Nolan’s trapped in something that they’re just not happy with. But I think in Leo’s case it manifests itself in a physical danger and an emotional danger that he’s had to shut down in order to deal with.


     


    “Boulevard” was Robin Williams’ final dramatic performance. It’s been almost a year since his death on Aug. 11, 2014. When the news broke many who only knew him through his films mourned him like the loss of a close friend. As someone who had worked closely with him relatively recently, do you recall how you felt the moment you found out?


    Yeah, I was in my apartment in Los Angeles and I just remember feeling numb. I think the way you just described the general reaction to his death, which was "the mourning of a close friend," is a testament to who he was. He had this ability to be able to touch people through every character that he did. Whether it was a dramatic role or a comedic role, after you watch[ed] one of his movies it was like you knew Robin Williams, you knew who he was.


    The great thing about Robin is, after you had the chance to meet him, that’s exactly who he was. He was this kind, generous, enormous soul who loved to interact with people -- be with people, to show people who he was. I think it speaks so highly of him and his humanity to see the kind of reaction that people had. Everybody around the world just united in this outpouring of love for Robin, and that’s beautiful to see. I think it’s so sad that we all lost such a genius of our time and such a humble and beautiful human being. But it’s beautiful to see how much people loved him, both the people that were close to him and the people that only knew him through his movies.


     


    Robin had a very long and successful career both in comedy and drama. What was your biggest takeaway as a young actor working with such a legend?


    So much. [laughs] It’s like a young writer saying, "I sat down with Ernest Hemingway and I learned one thing." It’s like, no way. There’s so much -- just to see the level of dedication was amazing. You’d think that a veteran actor working on a small independent project shooting over 22 days would maybe say, ‘you know what, I can maybe phone it in’ or ‘I can take a step back and cruise through this.’ I mean he could have easily with his talent; I think the movie would have still been great. But he showed up 120 percent in every single scene, there wasn’t a single scene that he wasn’t blowing everyone away with his performance. It didn’t matter how small the scene was or how emotionally trying the scene was.


    That’s amazing for a young actor to see, that drive [and] that dedication. I think nowadays there [are] a lot of young actors who are very lazy... celebrity-dom has made them lazy because they don’t have to be much of anything to just get in front of a camera and be a personality. To create a fully formed character full of life, struggle and humanity is tough. It’s not easy, and to see someone like Robin do it so effortlessly yet so meticulously precise[ly], it’s truly inspiring.  



     


    As a young Latino actor it can be particularly hard to get your foot into this industry. Many find great roles in indie films, like Gina Rodriguez in “Filly Brown.” Where do you hope this opportunity will take you in your career?


    I hope that it just opens more doors. It’s interesting, I think as a Latino actor the biggest challenge is being called Latino because immediately the world has a perception of what that means. A Latino actor can’t play this and a Latino actor can’t play that because they’re Latino. Well, no. And I think Gina Rodriguez is a beautiful example of it. We can play anything we want to play. Just as an Aussie can play an American or a Scot can play a Frenchman or a Peruvian can play the world’s leading neurologist, I think Latinos can play anything. We can be anything that we want to be; we can be any role.


    I can tell you the huge difference between a Latino and [puts on a Scottish accent] a person from Scotland is you’ll never think that person from Scotland can’t do anything. I put on a Scottish accent and people are like ‘whaaa happened?!’ But it shouldn’t be mind-blowing. Latinos can do anything. I think that’s the biggest issue we’re facing right now, it’s Latinos being labeled as Latinos and being limited by it, as opposed to being labeled as Latino and being empowered by it. I hope that “Boulevard” is able to open a door for me to say, "I’m a Latino actor and I can be a chameleon, I can be anything you want me to be.” 


     This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. 


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    The ladies are suited up and ready to catch some ghosts!


    "Ghostbusters" director Paul Feig already shared the first look at the new uniforms last month, but now we get to see them off the rack. A new photo shows the stars of Feig's all-female "Ghostbusters" reboot, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, all sporting their new jumpsuits:



    Feig tweeted a photo of the ladies in their gear in front of the "Ghostbusters" car on Friday:



    So far, the director has also shared a look at the new Ecto-1 and proton pack, the parts of which he gave a detailed breakdown of. Beyond the main cast, the new "Ghostbusters" will also feature Chris Hemsworth as the receptionist and Neil Casey as the villain.


    "Ghostbusters" is set to hit theaters July 22, 2016.


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    In the conclusion of my exclusive two-part audio montage series, I talked with celebrities, activists and filmmakers at the 17th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) press luncheon. First I talked to straight ally and PIFF 2015 Filmmaker on the Edge Award recipient Bobcat Goldthwait about directing his new documentary Call Me Lucky, which tells the story of Barry Crimmins, the beer-swilling, politically outspoken comic whose efforts in the '70s and '80s fostered the talents of the next generation of standup comedians. However beneath Crimmins' gruff, hard-drinking, curmudgeonly persona lay an undercurrent of rage stemming from his long-suppressed and horrific abuse as a child. His emotional journey eventually found its way out of the comedy clubs and television shows and into the political arena. I also talked to Bobcat about his spin on the future of LGBT equality. Then I talked to Kim Yaged about her short animated film Coming Full Circle a comedy about selling sex and selling out. Her heroine Jyl's feminist politics are challenged when she meets Elizabeth, the hottest stripper around. Jyl must choose between losing the love of her life and losing herself. I talked to Kim about her film and what she would like to see happen for LGBT civil rights in the next few years.

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    Next I talked to the legendary activist and playwright Larry Kramer who is the center of director Jean Carlomusto's must-see documentary Larry Kramer in Love and Anger, currently available on HBO. This intimate portrait of author, activist and playwright Kramer is one of the best documentaries addressing the struggle of gay men in this country spanning over 40 years from Fire Island in the '70s to achieving marriage equality. Kramer, the pioneering co-founder of Gay Men's Health Crisis and ACT UP talks about how his play The Normal Heart eventually found its audience and his frustration with the current AIDS national research policies. When asked what he would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Kramer talks about how he would like to see our LGBT community more united with a better and more forceful presence in Washington to lobby for our rights like everyone else does. Kramer also talks about his new book The American People, Volume 1 in which he rewrites the story of our country, passionately focusing on its homophobia and anti-Semitism in this historical novel.

    Then I chat with filmmaker Bao Nguyen about his documentary Live From New York about the last 40 years of Saturday Night Live that has been keenly observing American culture. This dynamic behind-the-scenes film reveals a living time capsule with remarkable interviews of many of the hosts and legendary cast members of this TV comedy giant. Bao Nguyen also shared with us his next project that addresses marriage equality in his native country of Vietnam, which has become more progressive than many Western nations. I concluded with fierce LGBT ally actress Jennifer Coolidge recipient of the PIFF 2015 Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. Jennifer talks about how honored she is to receive this award and shares with us how much fun she had working with Jane Lynch in Best in Show. Coolidge is currently starring in The Nora Theatre Company production of Marisa Smith's Saving Kitty at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a limited engagement from July 9th through August 2nd.

    The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide a welcoming, nurturing and inspiring environment for creative exploration in film. Through its Festival, Cinema and Institute, the Society endeavors to give year-round support to new and established independent filmmakers and to connect them with global audiences.
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    Congratulations are in order for Nicky Hilton, who married James Rothschild in London Friday. 


    Hilton and Rothschild wed in the Orangery in the Kensington Gardens at Kensington Palace. The bride wore a Valentino haute couture lace wedding gown, according to E! News, with long sleeves, a high neckline and elaborate train.


    The 31-year-old got engaged to the banking heir last year, three years after they first met at the 2011 wedding of Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt, the New York Times reported. They have since split their time between the U.S. and England. 





    Paris Hilton served as her sister's bridesmaid and wore a light blue gown for the occasion. 


    This is Nicky Hilton's second marriage. She was previously married to businessman Todd Andrew Meister. The two said "I do" in Las Vegas in 2004. Their marriage was annulled after three months. 





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    Drake has a lot of energy. So much that he's decided to parody practically every major celebrity, plus the POTUS.


    The rapper dropped his new music video for "Energy" off his mixtape "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" on Friday during Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio on Apple Music. In the hilarious video, directed by Fleur & Manu, Drake parodies pretty much everyone in pop culture.


    There's "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus:



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    Oprah during Tom Cruise's famous couch jump:



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    Justin Bieber in his Calvin Klein ad



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    And so much more including LeBron James, Rob Ford, Kanye West in his "Bound 2" video, President Barack Obama, Floyd Mayweather and O.J. Simpson during the 1994 freeway chase. (Prayer hands emoji.) Let's just throw out all the history books and show this music video instead.


    Drake also debuted a new track, "My Love," with "Hold On, We’re Going Home" collaborators Majid Jordan, which you can hear on Apple Music and below on SoundCloud.




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    David Fincher thought Ben Affleck was so convincing as a liar in "Gone Girl" that he said he would be "suspicious" of the actor if he were Affleck's wife. 


    Tumblr user Maaarine unearthed quotes from Fincher's commentary from the DVD of the film during which he talks about Affleck playing philanderer and murder suspect Nick Dunne, and his ability to make up details of phone conversations. 


    "This is something that Ben is extraordinarily good at, when he has to cook up a phone conversation, when he has to hear somebody on the other end of the phone," the director said, per the New York Daily News. "It's kinda stunning how ... If I was his wife, I think I would be very suspicious, always, of whoever just called because he has a real gift at being able to insinuate a conversation." 



    Affleck and Garner announced they have split after 10 years of marriage last month. Reports have since circulated in People magazine and Us Weekly that Affleck was unfaithful.  The two did not address any problems in their joint statement. 


    "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," they said. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."


    A rep for Affleck was not immediately available to comment on Fincher's remarks, neither was a production rep from the film. 



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    Congrats to singer Sophie B. Hawkins, who welcomed daughter Esther Ballantine Hawkins on July 7. 


    Esther is the second child for the 50-year-old singer, who is best known for her tunes from the 90s, including "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover," "As I Lay Me Down" and "Right Beside You," and gave birth to son Dashiell in 2008.


     Hawkins confirmed the good news to Us Weekly, telling the magazine, "Dashiell and I are ecstatic to finally be with our beautiful girl. Our family is now complete!"


    The singer announced she was expecting her second child back in February. She told People magazine that her age wasn't a concern. 


    “I went through waking up crying and saying, ‘Am I too old? Will I suddenly at 51 have my knees give out?'” she said. “Now I don’t have any of those fears because I feel healthy and strong. I’m also setting up a good net of support, and that’s the key to anybody having a child.”


    Hawkins, who split with her partner of 17 years, Gigi Gaston, in 2014, wrote about the idea of raising a second child as a single mother on her blog on People this past April


    "I wasn’t ready to let go of being the mother of one," she wrote, "knowing that two would make us a stronger family."


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    Finally, we got our first full look at "Fear the Walking Dead."


    The first trailer for the "Walking Dead" companion series debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, and it's pretty terrifying. Remember, the spinoff takes place before the events of "The Walking Dead," and shows the zombie outbreak as it begins to happen. Kim Dickens' Madison and Cliff Curtis' Travis, along with the rest of Los Angeles' citizens, are first introduced to the possibility of zombies in the trailer, and it's too startling for them to even believe. Here's what else we learned about the new show:








    Before this, we only got a few brief teasers  and promos for the new prequel series. In addition to Curtis and Dickens, the new spinoff will star Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Ruben Blades and Mercedes Mason. Expect the new show to have lots of "psychological tension," as promised by showrunner Dave Erikson.


    Before the new "Fear" trailer debuted on Friday, AMC also released the first trailer for "The Walking Dead" Season 6


    "Fear the Walking Dead" premieres on Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. 



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    Yawning is so much more complicated that we all thought... at least according to Gwyneth Paltrow.   


    The actress and curator of the lifestyle website Goop shared a very important PSA with her readers this week in regards to yawning. If you're suppressing your yawns, she really wants you to stop. 


    As Paltrow explained, while having dinner with Michael Lear -- a "wonderful yogi and important quarterback for mindfulness and meditation" -- she learned all about the importance of really "leaning in" to the yawn. 


    “There’s a perception that it’s rude or that it means that you’re bored, but the reality is that it’s a very important mechanism for releasing stress," Lear explained to Paltrow. "It feels good for a reason: Trust that your body knows how to calibrate itself.” 


    From there, Paltrow goes on to explain the two different kind of yawns, which can lead to "tearing." But, she notes, tearing is not necessary for this exercise to be effective. 


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    Although we're all for Paltrow's yawn enthusiasm, science doesn't have much to back it up.


    While a great number of theories about yawning exist -- like that it has to do with a lack of oxygen -- there's not much proof about why it actually happens. The most recent research suggests that yawning serves the purpose of cooling down the brain, and that we're probably more likely to yawn during the winter when the outside air can help with that cooling factor. 


    But by all means, try out Paltrow and Lear's yawning methods. Yawning may be more powerful than we all thought! 


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    Zoë Kravitz has seen a huge surge in both her music and movie careers in the past year, touring with her band Lolawolf and starring in critically and financially successful films like "Mad Max" and "Dope." But in a new interview, the 26-year-old starlet has revealed the struggles she's had landing roles in the past.


    In the August issue of Nylon magazine, Kravitz described how she tried to audition for a small part in the Christopher Nolan-directed "The Dark Knight Rises." 


    "They told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t 'going urban,'" she said. "It was like, 'What does that have to do with anything?' I have to play the role like, 'Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?'"


    On her identity as the biracial daughter of stars Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, the actress said she has only recently begun to identify more with her blackness. Growing up, she said attending a predominantly white school made her feel as though she was "just as white" as her classmates.


    “I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in," she told Nylon. "I didn’t identify with black culture, like, I didn’t like Tyler Perry movies, and I wasn’t into hip-hop music."


    “Unfortunately that is what’s fed through the media. That’s what people see. That’s what I saw," Kravitz added. The actress says she has since gained more perspective on being black, and realizes that black culture is "so much deeper than that."  


    For Kravitz, introductions to important black actors and musicians helped change her perspective on black identity. "I got older and listened to A Tribe Called Quest and watched films with Sidney Poitier, and heard Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. I had to un-brainwash myself. It’s my mission, especially as an actress.”


    Kravitz is currently filming "Allegiant: Part 1," the next installment in the "Insurgent" movie franchise. 


    Read the full interview on Nylon.com


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    If you asked us what Gwen Stefani and Eminem had in common, we'd answer that they are both platinum blondes whose best songs came out in the mid- to late 90s. 


    Now we can say they released a song together, too. Their collaboration, "Kings Never Die," appears on the "Southpaw" soundtrack.




     The track follows Eminem's "Phenomenal," which also appears on the film's soundtrack and was released in June.


    The 42-year-old rapper was, at one point, set to star in the film, which now features a super jacked Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer who struggles to put his life back together and regain custody of his daughter after the death of his wife, played by Rachel McAdams.  50 Cent, Rita Ora and Forest Whitaker also star.


     "Southpaw" hits theaters July 24.


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    CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated that Amy Adams was cast as Gyllenhaal's wife. That role belongs to Rachel McAdams. 


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    A lot of people were killed off in the "Game of Thrones" Season 5 finale, but fans were still left speculating whether or not all of those deaths were set in stone.


    Now the official word is in: yes, Stannis Baratheon is, in fact, dead. He's not sorta dead or maybe dead -- he's flat out gone. "Mother's Mercy" director David Nutter confirmed the death to Entertainment Weekly at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. “From the very beginning, and [through] the script process, that was the intent -- he’s dead,” Nutter said.



    In the Season 5 finale of the HBO series, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) was seen wounded and defeated after his battle against Ramsay Bolton. Brienne approached the Lord of Dragonstone to fulfill her vow to end his life after he caused Renly's death. But before "Thrones" actually showed Brienne's Oathkeeper fall on Stannis, the episode cut away to a scene with Ramsay. This led many fans to speculate whether or not Stannis was actually dead, and if so, why didn't the series show his actual murder?


    Apparently, showing the actual death scene felt "gratuitous." Excuse us for a moment while we spit out our wine. For some reason, showing Cersei forced to walk naked in public wasn't "gratuitous," nor was showing Sansa Stark's clothes ripped off by Ramsay before she was raped by him, and seemingly, neither was showing Theon's repeated torture scenes.


     




    Sorry, Nutter, but if every other violent or grotesque scene ever displayed on "Thrones" is acceptable -- and there are a lot -- then showing one more male character murdered by the blade of a woman's sword is certainly not anything close to what one would consider "gratuitous." Let's also not forget that this same man who was killed off also had just recently allowed his young daughter to be burned alive. If HBO could include Shireen's screams and cries as she burned offscreen, they could've at least given fans the satisfaction of watching Stannis be defeated. We have one word for you, Nutter:



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    Khaleesi is the Mother of Dragons, but Lena Headey is now officially the mother of two!


    On Friday, the "Game of Thrones" star tweeted the exciting news that she had given birth to a baby girl: 





    The 41-year-old is already mother to 5-year-old Wylie, whom she had with her ex-husband, musician Peter Loughran. 


    Headey announced her second pregnancy in February, and revealed that she was expecting a baby girl when she guest-blogged for Plan International USA, writing a post titled "My Daughter." 


    Headey, who plays Cersei on the HBO series, is extremely protective of her privacy and has not revealed the identity of the father of her second child.  


     


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