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Claire Foy kicks butt and takes names in ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

Reiner Bajo/Sony Pictures EntertainmentClaire Foy just won an Emmy for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown on Netflix, and there’s already Oscar buzz surrounding her role as Neil Armstrong’s wife, Janet Armstrong, in the recently released biopic First Man. Now Foy’s kicking butt and taking names in the new crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story.

Foy plays the vengeful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the film — the third actor to play the part on the big screen in the Dragon Tattoo franchise, following Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara.

“I’d always loved the character,” Foy said in a recent appearance on ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers.  “I read the novels and she was someone that kind of jumped out of the page for me. And someone that I’d never read before. I’d never read a character like her.”

In The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Foy’s character is recruited to steal a computer program with access codes for nuclear weapons. But when things go awry, she’s forced to take matters into her own hands to avert disaster. That’s when the real action begins.

“There’s a lot of darkness there and a lot of pain,” Foy told Travers about the role. “But I really enjoyed the stunt work. I enjoyed learning to do the fight sequences and physically transforming in that way. I’d never done that before and I really enjoyed that.”

The role may have been new to Foy, but she said she identifies in some way with all of the roles she plays.

“I’ve got all of them living in me somewhere,” Foy concedes.  “Different facets of their characters are definitely things that I sort of want to face in myself or things I’m sort of fascinated by. There’s always a reason why you play each character. But all three definitely are in there.”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story is in theaters now.

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CW’s ‘Charmed’ reboot gets OK for 22-episode season

The CW Network(LOS ANGELES) — Not all of the original series fans are crazy about the reboot, but the CW’s updated take on Charmed has performed well enough for the network to give the green light for a full season on 22 episodes.

The series, about three sisters who are also the so-called Charmed Ones — witches who use their powers for good — was initially green-lighted for 13 episodes.  The CW’s just added an additional nine to finish the inaugural season.

The original Charmed series ran for eight seasons on the WB, ending in 2006.  Holly Marie Combs — who starred along with Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty and, later, Rose McGowan, initially criticized the CW for moving ahead with the reboot without any input from the original cast members.  Combs particularly took issue with the CW’s description of the reboot as a more “feminist” version of the show.  

“Guess we forgot to do that the first go around.  Hmph,” Combs tweeted after the initial reboot news.  Fans of the original series have also greeted the reboot with mixed feelings.

Additionally, All American, based on the life of pro football player Spencer Paysingerand Legacies — about supernatural beings at a boarding school for the young and gifted — have each been picked up by the CW for three more episodes, bringing their total episode orders to 16 each.

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Adam Savage is back — with a lot of little help — for ‘MythBusters Jr.’

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Famous fanboy, special effects wizard, and original MythBuster Adam Savage returns to TV Wednesday, January 2 as the host and executive producer of MythBusters Jr. 

The new, 10-episode series kicks off at 9 p.m. on Science Channel, it has just been announced. The show will feature nation’s leading young “makers,” robotics wizards, builders, and inventors. 

It’s been totally amazing,” Savage recently told ABC Radio. “We just brought back most of the MythBusters crew…We spent all summer shooting the new spin-off with six new MythBusters.”

According to a release, the cast includes: 

  • 12-year-old Cannan Huey-You — A college sophomore studying astrophysics at Texas Christian University.
  • 12-year-old Elijah Horland — A self-taught electronics maker, programmer & circuit wiz from Brooklyn, New York.
  • 13-year-old Allie Weber — A maker, builder, and inventor from South Dakota.
  • 14-year-old Rachel Pizzolato — A three-time New Orleans Science Fair champion from Metairie, Louisiana.
  • 15-year-old Valerie Castillo — A skilled builder and robotics wiz from Lancaster, California.
  • 15-year-old Jesse Lawless — A builder of custom hot rods from Slidell, Louisiana.

Savage noted, “It’s lovely both jumping back into sort of the same swimming pool of creativity with the people I love so much…but…it’s a different show, it’s its own show, and finding the voice of that show through these kids has been really very satisfying.”  

While the ‘busters may be kids, the myths are as explosive as ever, putting well-known tropes — as well as well-known scenes from TV and movies like Breaking Bad and Gravity, respectively, to the test.

Appropriately, the first episode kicks off with a MythBusters staple: it’s all about duct tape. 

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Simone Missick says ‘Luke Cage’ season three would’ve told Misty Knight’s origins story

Simone Missick with Mike Colter in “Marvel’s Luke Cage”; David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) — In the course of a week, Simone Missick’s life as detective Misty Knight was turned upside down with the cancellation of two Marvel superhero series, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

Now, less than a month after the cancellations, Missick is revealing to ABC Radio that she and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had already set big plans for her bionic arm-toting Harlem detective.

“I can most certainly say that Cheo and I sat down,” Missick says. “We sat down after season two wrapped. He had come to New York to see me… and I was like, ‘OK! This is what I need for Misty. I need for us to see her arm reborn…'”

As Simone explains, Misty’s arm was “destroyed” at the end of Iron Fist season two. As a result, Coker had plans to bring her back with a brand new appendage, which would undoubtedly be even more powerful than the first.

However, Misty says that wasn’t the only thing on the “docket.” She also wanted fans to see her origins story.

“We knew Luke’s origin story… in season one,” she said. “Season two we got to see his father and get a little bit more of who he was as a man.”

She continues, “We had gotten to see this beautiful story with Mariah, played by Alfre Woodard, and her daughter and how she came to be who she was… And so I was like, ‘It’s time for us to see some of Misty’s backstory!'”

Missick also reveals that Coker had sent her the first five episodes of season three and had intentions to introduce new villains and bring back characters. Still, the actress says she doesn’t know what the future holds for those characters, including her own.

“It’s one of those things where, who knows how these characters will ever come back and if they will or if they won’t,” she says.

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Kim Kardashian forced to flee her home amid Woolsey Canyon wildfire

Jesse Grant/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Kim Kardashian was forced to evacuate her Hidden Hills, California home Thursday night, due to the threat of a rapidly spreading 2000-acre Woolsey Canyon wildfire in Ventura County, according to People magazine.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star had shot an aerial video of the flames from her private jet, which she posted on her Instagram Stories, according to the magazine. However, she learned upon landing that the flames were from the Woolsey Fire, not far from the compound she shares with husband Kanye West.

“Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe,” she wrote.

Kim also thanked the fire fighters for their hard work, before recording the firetrucks and police cars driving down her neighborhood’s streets.

“They’re evacuating everyone right now from all of our homes,” she reportedly said in the video, taken from her car.

The Woolsey fire in Calabasas is one of two separate brush fires that erupted on Thursday, forcing mandatory evacuations. The fires also impacted surrounding areas including Calabasas, where Kim’s sister Kourtney lives, according to People, which reports that she also chose to evacuate.

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‘The Grinch’ tops this week’s new releases

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:

The Grinch — Benedict Cumberbatch voices the titular character in this CGI-animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic 1957 book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, about the hairy, green humanoid who plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville. Additional voice cast includes Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, and Angela Lansbury. Rated PG.

Girl in the Spider’s Web — This sequel to David Fincher’s 2011 crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stars The Crown‘s Claire Foy as a computer hacker who gets caught up in a web of spies, cybercriminals and government corruption. Rated R.

* Overlord — J.J. Abrams’ horror film, set during World War II, follows a group of American soldiers sent to destroy a Nazi radio tower and discover secret Nazi experiments. The Leftovers‘ Jovan Adepo, Carol‘s John Magaro and Game of Thrones‘ Pilou Asbæk also star. Rated R.

Beautiful Boy — Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet star in this film — based on the memoirs by David and Nic Sheff — chronicling the struggle between a father and his drug-addicted son. Also starring Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan. Rated R.

Opened in limited release on Tuesday:

The Front Runner — Hugh Jackman stars as 1987 presidential candidate Gary Hart, whose political dreams were derailed after allegations surfaced about an extramarital affair. Vera Farmiga, J. K. Simmons, and Alfred Molina also star. Rated R.

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Comic Katherine Ryan scores new Netflix series & stand-up special

Carla Guler/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re a fan of Katherine Ryan’s 2017 Netflix comedy special, In Trouble, you’ll be thrilled to know there are more laughs in store.

The London-based Canadian comedian’s just scored her own scripted comedy series.  Titled The Duchess, the six-episode series will follow Ryan’s character, a “fashionably disruptive” single mom of a young daughter living in London who’s debating whether to have a second child with her ex.  We can’t vouch for whether that last part’s true but the rest of it sounds pretty much autobiographical.

Ryan’s also locked in a second stand-up special for Netflix.  Glitter Room is the same stand-up act she’s toured before sold-out crowds in the U.K. this year.  The Netflix version will be recorded in Los Angeles December 11 and will air next year.

You’ll also be able to see Ryan with fellow comics D.L. Hughley and Jimmy Carr on the forthcoming previously announced Netflix panel show, The Fix.

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Santanic Panic: The Satanic Temple sues Netflix over “Sabrina” statue


(NEW YORK) — The Satanic Temple — yes, that’s a thing — has made good on its earlier threat to sue Netflix and Warner Brothers, Variety reports.  At issue is the new Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which the Temple claims has ripped off their statue of the goat-headed deity, Baphomet.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New York, claims that a statue of Baphomet that can be seen in the show looks exactly like the Temple’s statue, which was unveiled in Detroit in 2015 and has been publicly displayed in various cities.

In The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a statue featuring a goat-headed man, flanked by two children looking up at him, can be see in the rotunda of the Academy of the Unseen Arts, the school attended by the half-mortal, half-witch Sabrina.  The Temple’s statue also features a goat-headed man flanked by two children gazing up at him.

The Temple admits that its statue, created between 2013 and 2014, is based on iconography that dates back to the 19th century, but also claims it contains elements that make it an “original expression” and therefore subject to copyright.

According to the suit, the Temple maintains its copyrighted statue has been “hijacked in service of a stereotypically evil representation.”  Apparently, to the Temple, Baphomet isn’t inherently evil.  In the TV show, however, the school is presented as an evil place, where all students are expected to pledge themselves to Satan, the Dark Lord.

Warner Bros. and Netflix have declined to comment, According to Variety.

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M-A-R-R-Y in the U.S.A. : Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp are engaged

James Devaney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Congratulations to rocker John Mellencamp and his longtime girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan, who are engaged to be married. Ryan shared the news via her Instagram, posting a goofy line drawing of herself and Mellencamp, along with a caption that reads, “ENGAGED!”

A rep for Mellencamp confirmed the engagement to ABC Radio.

The 67-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and the 56-year-old When Harry Met Sally star have had an on-again off-again romance. After initially dating from 2011 through 2014, the couple rekindled their relationship last year.

In March of 2018, the Page Six gossip column reported that Mellencamp and Ryan were scoping out sites for a wedding on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, where the Indiana rocker owns a mansion.

Mellencamp has been married three times before, most recently to fashion model Elaine Irwin, whom he divorced in 2011 after 18 years of marriage. Ryan was previously married to fellow actor Dennis Quaid from 1991 to 2001.


John has five children: daughter Michelle with first wife Priscilla Esterline; daughters Teddi Jo and Justice with second wife Victoria Granucci; and sons Hud and Speck with Irwin.


Ryan has a son named Jack with Quaid, as well as a daughter, Daisy, whom she adopted after her divorce.


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Want to visit ‘House of Cards’ President Frank Underwood’s grave?

Netflix(NEW YORK) — Want to visit the late President Francis J. Underwood’s grave?  Just take a trip to Gaffney, South Carolina.

If you’re a fan of the Netflix political drama House of Cards, you know that’s where the fictional former chief executive was born.  And that really is where the character is buried, complete with headstone, in the town’s Oakland Cemetery.  It’s been there for about a week now, apparently, part of a cross-promotional marketing ploy with Netflix and the town of just under 13,000 people.

There’s even a photo of the headstone on the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery Facebook page, along with a message encouraging fans to come visit.  It’s the same headstone we see in a House of Cards promo released in September that shows actress Robin Wright as Underwood’s widow, Claire Underwood, speaking to her dead husband as she stands over his grave.

“Francis J. Underwood, 1959-2017,” the headstone inscription reads.  “46th President of the United States of America.”

If you find the whole thing a little, well, odd, you’re not alone, judging by many of the comments on the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery Facebook page.  Some find the mix of fiction, promotion and real graves to be inappropriate, while others also note the reason Underwood’s character was killed off — namely, actor Kevin Spacey’s several sexual assault allegations — makes the whole thing even more questionable.

The final season of House of Cards is on Netflix now.

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