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Simon Pegg Didn’t Know the ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Title Until He Saw the Trailer

The most impossible mission for Simon Pegg? Learning the name of the movie he’s starring in.

Despite being part of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise for decades, Pegg only found out the title of the seventh and eighth action films by watching the trailer.

“I found out on the day of the trailer and not from [director] Chris McQuarrie. I found out from the trailer,” Pegg told Collider. “No, no one told me. So I texted McQ and was like, ‘Dead Reckoning? Were you going to tell us that at some point?’ I heard it was going to be something else, but I like that.”

Pegg added, ” ‘Land of the Dead’ was originally called ‘Dead Reckoning.’ So finally, I get to be in a film called ‘Dead Reckoning.'”

“Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Part I” is the first installment of the conclusion to the 1996 film franchise led by Tom Cruise, who
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Anne Heche in Coma After Car Crash: Actor in ‘Extreme Critical Condition’

Anne Heche is in a coma following a car crash in Los Angeles on Aug. 5. The actor’s representative said in a statement: “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition she has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

The representative originally provided an update on Saturday, Aug. 6, saying Heche was “currently in stable condition” and adding, “Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers. We also ask to respect her privacy during this difficult time. Thank you.”

Heche was hospitalized on Aug. 5 after crashing her car into a home in the 1700 block of Walgrove Avenue in West Los Angeles, according to reports from NBC4LA and CNN. According to multiple reports, Heche suffered burn injuries when the Mini Cooper she was driving burst into flames.
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‘Flash’ Star Ezra Miller Charged By In Vermont With Felony Burglary

Just last week, Warner Bros. Discovery canceled their 90 million-costing “Batgirl” film. But on their earnings call the next day? Well, their “The Flash” film, grappling with massive PR headaches thanks to its embattled star Ezra Miller (who goes by they/their pronouns), is apparently still a-ok and still headed for release despite its myriad problems. And how bad are those problems from an optics perspective?

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John Oliver Mocks ‘New Business Daddy’ Warner Bros. Discovery for ‘Burning Down’ HBO for Cash

From taking down Washington D.C. to slamming the next steps of DC Comics, John Oliver isn’t shying away from criticizing HBO parent company Warner Bros.Discovery.

During the August 7 episode of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” the host likened the rollout of the monkeypox vaccine to how Wbd CEO David Zaslav shelved DC superhero film “Batgirl.”

“We let the vaccine sit unused on a shelf in our reserves, like an expired Chobani or a 90 million movie on HBO Max,” Oliver joked. “Hi there, new business daddy seems like you’re doing a really great job. I do get the vague sense that you’re burning down my network for the insurance money, but I’m sure that that will all pass.”

Batgirl” was deep into post-production when it was scrapped from the HBO Max release schedule. Leslie Grace starred as the Gotham City hero, along with Michael Keaton,
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Neve Campbell: Unfair ‘Scream 6’ Offer Would Not Have Been the Same ‘If I Were a Man’

Neve Campbell shocked the “Scream” fandom when she announced June 6 that she would not be returning for the upcoming sixth “Scream” movie, making it the first installment in the long-running horror franchise not to star Campbell. The actor said at the time that the offer to star in “Scream 6” did not properly “equate” to the value she brings to the franchise. Now Campbell tells People that she believes her offer for “Scream 6” would not have come in so low if she were a man.

“I did not feel that what I was being offered equated to the value that I bring to this franchise, and have brought to this franchise, for 25 years,” Campbell said. “And as a woman in this business, I think it’s really important for us to be valued and to fight to be valued.”

Campbell added, “I honestly don’t believe that if I
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John Travolta, Edgar Wright, and More Remember Olivia Newton-John: ‘You Made Our Lives So Much Better’

When Olivia Newton-John died on Monday at the age of 73, the entertainment world lost an icon. The multi-talented British-Australian performer first rose to prominence as a pop star in the 1970s with the hit albums “If You Love Me, Let Me Know” and “Have You Never Been Mellow,” but movie lovers will always remember her as Sandy Olsson. Her starring role in “Grease” resulted in many of the most iconic musical numbers in film history, from “Summer Nights” to “You’re the One That I Want.” Newton-John’s musical pedigree and chemistry with Travolta went a long way toward propelling the film to success, and its soundtrack remains one of the best-selling albums in music history.

While “Grease” remained her most notable role, Newton-John continued to parlay her strong musical stage presence into a variety of other film parts. She notably starred in the Electric Light Orchestra musical “Xanadu,” which
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Tributes flow for Olivia Newton-John after Australian star’s death

John Travolta, Dionne Warwick, George Takei and more have shared their tributes to Australian actor and singer

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Hollywood is mourning Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday at her southern California ranch at the age of 73. The Grease star and chart-topping singer, who publicly discussed her breast cancer since her first diagnosis in 1992, died surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement posted to her Facebook page by her widower, John Easterling.

Shortly after her family’s announcement, tributes began pouring in from former costars to longtime celebrity admirers of the soft-rock icon – Newton-John sold over 100m records and charted nearly 40 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 during her nearly five decades in music.
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Hong Sangsoo’s ‘Walk Up’ Acquired by Cinema Guild Ahead of Toronto Film Festival Premiere

Cinema Guild has acquired the North American distribution rights for Hong Sangsoo’s upcoming film “Walk Up.” The film will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will also play in competition at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Cinema Guild will open the film in theaters in 2023 following its release of Hong’s other 2022 title, “The Novelist’s Film,” this fall.

Kwon Haehyo, in his ninth film for Hong, plays Byungsoo, a film director who goes with his daughter, an aspiring interior designer, to a building owned by an old friend who is already established in the design field. The film dives into Hong’s interest in structure — a defining characteristic of his work to date — this time exploring the literal structure of the building which serves as a central figure to the plot. Throughout the film, Byunsgoo works his way up the floors of the building,
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Anne Heche in ‘Extremely Critical Condition’ Following Fiery Crash in Los Angeles

Update August 8, 5:25 pm: Anne Heche is in “extremely critical condition” and remains in a coma following the fiery crash that took place in Mar Vista, California, on Friday night. A rep for the actor told Deadline, “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition she has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” the rep said in a statement. “She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

The statement follows the rep’s previous statement that Heche was in “stable condition,” which was issued on Saturday following the incident. It took place on Friday when Heche was heading east on Preston Way in her vehicle at high speed, ran off the road, and collided with a residence. The vehicle and the home became engulfed in flames before Heche was rushed to a local hospital.

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Dame Olivia Newton-John obituary

Singer and actor with a girl-next-door reputation whose career rocketed after her starring role as Sandy in Grease

The singer and actor Olivia Newton-John, who has died aged 73 after suffering from cancer, had a ready riposte for anyone who called her “Miss Goody Two-Shoes from Australia”. Despite her Melbourne accent, she had been born in the UK, in Cambridge, and therefore – as she informed a US television audience in 1980 – she was technically “Miss Goody Two-Shoes from England”. Either way, the quip was not far off the truth. Through a career that included 100m album sales and a starring role in Grease (1978), one of the most successful musicals in film history, she was the entertainer least likely to court controversy. Though she had passionate views on the environment and cancer research, she rarely expressed strong opinions on other subjects or engaged with negative criticism.

During the early 1970s in particular, she
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Ezra Miller Charged with Felony Burglary After Stealing Alcohol from Vermont Home

Ezra Miller has been charged with felony burglary into an unoccupied dwelling in Stamford, Vermont. The charge was issued following review of a May 2022 incident in which Shaftsbury police say Miller stole several bottles of alcohol while the owners were away. The news was first reported by News 10 ABC in Bennington County.

Per the report, just before 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, a burglary was reported taking place at a residence on Country Road in Stamford, Vermont. “After reviewing surveillance videos and interviewing witnesses, they said they had probable cause to charge Miller, 29, of Stamford,” News 10 ABC reported.

Police at last found Miller this past Sunday night, August 7, at 11:30 p.m. and issued a citation ordering Miller to appear at the Bennington Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court on September 26, where they will be arraigned. (TMZ has more on the arrest here.)

The incident marks Miller’s third brush
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‘The Flash’ Star Ezra Miller Charged With Felony Burglary in Vermont

Ezra Miller, the embattled star of Warner Bros.’ “The Flash” movie, has been charged with felony burglary in Stamford, Vt., according to a Vermont State Police report.

According to the police report, Vermont State Police were notified of a burglary complaint from a residence in Stamford at 5:55 p.m. on May 1. Police found that several bottles of alcohol were taken from the residence while the homeowners were not present. After collecting statements and looking at surveillance videos, police found probable cause to charge Miller with felony burglary into an unoccupied dwelling.

Police located Miller on Aug. 7 at 11:23 p.m. and issued them a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court on Sept. 26 for arraignment.

According to a Rolling Stone investigation in June, Miller has been housing a 25-year-old mother and her three children, who are between the ages of one and five, at the actor’s home ranch in Stamford,
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Fitting I Am Groot Into The MCU Put The Series Under A Major Constraint

When you have a connected film/TV universe that has been around since 2008, finding room to tell smaller stories set in between big events becomes an interesting challenge. That was definitely true of the upcoming series of Disney+ shorts, "I Am Groot," which takes place when everyone's favorite sentient tree was still a little twig.

If you recall, the adult Groot sacrificed himself to save his friends at the end of "Guardians of the Galaxy." A sort of new/reincarnated Groot was grown in a pot, which you probably know because if you're like me, your home contains at least one Baby Groot...

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Brad Pitt Keeps a ‘Sh*t List’ of Actors He Won’t Work with, Says Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Don’t get on Brad Pitt’s bad side.

The Oscar winner apparently keeps a “shit list” of actors he won’t work with, according to “Bullet Train” co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

“He is in a new chapter of his life, I think,” Taylor-Johnson explained of Pitt during the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland (via Variety).

While Pitt is a “humble and gracious human being,” Taylor-Johnson added that the actor expects the same from co-stars in return. “He just wants to bring light and joy into the world and be around people who are there to have a good time,” the “Kraven the Hunter” lead said. “You work with many actors and after a while you start making notes: ‘I am definitely not working with this person ever again.’ Brad has this list too: the ‘good’ list and the ‘shit’ list.”

The star-studded, cameo-filled “Bullet Train,” directed by Pitt’s former stunt double David Leitch,
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Jack Nicholson's Comedic Turn Was A Very Conscious Career Decision

Jack Nicholson made a career out of portraying larger-than-life, wild-eyed characters, the kind that would birth endless reaction gifs across the internet decades after he played them. Far from a stranger to comedy, some of Nicholson's better-remembered turns are of the darkly-comical variety, like his dual roles in "Mars Attacks!" Even Nicholson's legendary performance in "The Shining" is nearly equal parts terrifying and bleakly funny, thanks to him improvising one-liners in the middle of an axe-swinging rampage.

Nicholson worked almost exclusively on comedies over the last 10 years leading up to his retirement from acting in 2013, although that wasn't his plan starting out. Rather, the...

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Tom Cruise & Christopher McQuarrie Charting 3 New Films: A Les Grossman Project, An Original Musical & More

The relationship between actor Tom Cruise and screenwriter/director Christopher McQuarrie goes back to “Valrykie” (2008), and they’ve been nearly inseparable ever since. Even if McQuarrie isn’t directing the project, he’s either writing it or rewriting it. And in some cases, writing, exec-producing, and even guiding it through post-production.

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Spock's Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Romance Is A Nerve-Wracking Prospect For Ethan Peck

Now that we're able to look back at the first season of "Strange New Worlds" as a whole and with the benefit of hindsight, it feels like even more of a miracle that the overwhelmingly well-received series ended up as entertaining and well-crafted as it was. Perfectly toeing the line between ongoing character arcs and largely standalone, episodic episodes, the creators and writing team confidently established this show as quite possibly the best inaugural season of any "Star Trek" property in its over five decades of existence -- no small feat, to say the least.

Of the many standout highlights who helped...

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Darren Star Doesn't See Uncoupled As A Story 'About Gay Characters'

The state of LGBTQ+ representation in media is a bit strange. Sure, there are more movies and television shows with LGBTQ+ characters than ever before, but the complexity of these characters is debatable depending on who you ask. Despite some outliers, LGBTQ+ characters being promoted strictly based on their sexuality and not on other aspects of their personality is a phenomenon that hasn't quite ended amidst the ongoing push for media inclusion.

This is something that Darren Star, whose newest show "Uncoupled" premiered on Netflix this past July, wants to change. The creator and executive producer of the Neil Patrick Harris vehicle, who...

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Olivia Newton-John Remembered by Hollywood: ‘We Are Forever Hopelessly Devoted to You’

Jane Lynch, Antonio Banderas, Lea Salonga, Gabrielle Union, George Takei and more have posted tributes to “Grease” star and singer Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday at 73 years old. In addition to John Travolta, who shared a heartfelt post about his “Grease” co-star on Instagram, other actors, directors and members of Hollywood took to social media to remember Newton-John’s career.

On Monday, Newton-John’s husband announced that she “passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California…surrounded by family and friends,” adding that she was “a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years” after sharing her experiences with breast cancer.

Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi posted a series of photographs with her and her mother on Instagram without a caption.

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Jane Lynch, who sang “Physical” alongside Newton-John for her guest episode on “Glee” in 2010, simply tweeted “Onj.
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Grease Star Oliva Newton-John Has Died At 73

Actress and four-time Grammy-winning singer-songerwriter Olivia Newton John has died, according to a post shared on her official Facebook page by her husband John Easterling. The performer, who was 73 years old, reportedly passed away peacefully in her Southern California home.

Easterling's announcement includes references to Newton-John's past battles with breast cancer, which she was first diagnosed with in 1992. The actress was diagnosed with the illness three times, and it spread to her spine in 2017. "Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer," the statement reads, before requesting that she be honored via...

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