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Nicole Kidman stuns Hugh Jackman, 'The Music Man' cast, with record $100K bid for his signed hat


Hugh Jackman auctioned off his signed Harold Hill hat for charity during The Music Man on Saturday night, but was stunned to see longtime friend Nicole Kidman standing tall as the highest bidder.

The audience at the Winter Garden Theatre erupted in shock and delight as Kidman announced a $100,000 bid to support Broadway Cares.

"I just want to be clear, this is not Australian dollars," Jackman joked.

The $100,000 bid translates to nearly $150K Australian dollars at current conversion rates.

After she strolled down the aisle to hug Jackman at the edge of the stage, he placed the straw hat on her head and she borrowed the auctioneer's microphone to share a message.

"I love you. I love Broadway. And I love what they do at Broadway Cares," she said, blowing kisses to the rest of the company on stage.

Jackman also took to Twitter after the performance to share a video of the big moment that left him "speechless."

Kidman's bid kicked off the final week of Red Bucket Fall fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit that raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the country.

"Broadway Cares is blessed with friends across Broadway. We have no greater champion than Hugh Jackman. This extraordinary gift from his pal Nicole is by far the largest donation for any one auction item ever," the organization wrote in an Instagram post with a video of the special moment.

According to the organization, Kidman's donation will cover 20,000 meals and 2,000 doctor visits this holiday season for those living with HIV/AIDS, struggling with COVID-19 or facing other life-threatening challenges.

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In Brief: James Gunn on Warner Bros. Discovery's superhero plans, and more

In a tweeted replay to a follower, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise writer-director James Gunn confirmed he's "most definitely" going to be unifying the DC Comics bench, along with his Peacemaker producer Peter Safran, in their new jobs as caretakers of Warner Bros. Discovery's superhero properties. He even dropped an apparently official new name for the unified effort, the DCU -- as opposed to Marvel Studios' Cinematic Universe known as the MCU. "[T]he DCU will be connected across film and TV (and animation)," according to the filmmaker.

Peacock has announced that Billy Eichner's gay rom-com Bros will begin streaming exclusively on the platform starting December 2, 2022. The comedy features an entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast, including Luke Macfarlane, Ts Madison, and Monica Raymund...

The Wrap has added Lena Dunham, Claire Foy, Nina Dobrev and Julianne Hough to its annual WrapWomen's 2022 Power Women Summit. The event on December 14 in Santa Monica, California, is billed as "the largest annual gathering of women in media and entertainment." It will feature Doctor Strange sequel star Xochitl Gomez and The Edge of Seventeen's Haley Lu Richardson among other "changemakers" in the industry...

A very Grinch-like green creature is here to scare Christmas like never before in the new trailer to The Mean One. The horror spoof movie stars David Howard Thornton as the titular character, who haunts the town of Newville with a murder spree 20 years prior. However, when Krystle Martin's Cindy You-Know-Who returns to find closure for the killing of her parents when she was just a child, she finds the green one hasn't put his hatred for Christmas -- or his murderous ways - behind him. The movie opens December 9...

Clarence Gilyard Jr., the character actor who played the tech-talented terrorist Theo in Die Hard, and rode alongside Chuck Norris as Jimmy Trivette in Walker, Texas Ranger, has died. Variety reports the actor, who was an associate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was 66. Gilyard made numerous appearances as a regular on Matlock, and also rode behind Tom Cruise as Sundowner in the original Top Gun...

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Brittany and Patrick Mahomes welcome baby no. 2

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Brittany and Patrick Mahomes have welcomed their second child!

In a joint Instagram post shared Monday evening, the pair announced that they've welcomed a baby boy into their family, sharing a snapshot of their newborn from the chest down, in a brown and white onesie atop a blanket branded with "mahomes" all over it. 

"Patrick 'Bronze' Lavon Mahomes III," they captioned the post. "11/28/22 7lbs 8 oz."

Brittany and Patrick, both 27, began dating in 2011 and wed in March 2022. They are also parents to 21-month-old daughter Sterling.

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Helena Bonham Carter speaks on "vindicated" Johnny Depp and rails against "witch hunt" of cancel culture

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Helena Bonham Carter is famous for speaking her mind and did so in a new interview with The Sunday Times. The former star of The Crown, who also starred in movies including Sweeney Todd with frequent collaborator Johnny Depp, vented to the publication about cancel culture.

"You can't ban people," the English actress stated. "I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there’s a kind of witch-hunt and a lack of understanding."

She mentioned Depp has "been through it," adding that the godfather to her three children has been "completely vindicated" by his defamation victory against Amber Heard, who a jury decided falsely accused him of physical and sexual abuse in a Washington Post op-ed.

A U.K. court decreed Heard's accusations had merit in a previous case. That said, Bonham Carter noted of the Aquaman actress, "My view is that she got on that [#MeToo] pendulum. That's the problem with these things — that people will jump on the bandwagon because it's the trend and to be the poster girl for it."

The cancel culture situation also involved J.K. Rowling; Bonham Carter played Bellatrix Lestrange in the filmed adaptations of the author's Harry Potter books. While the actress' Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson joined the online fray against Rowling over comments that some saw as "transphobic," Bonham Carter says the accusations against Rowling were "horrendous, a load of bollocks."

Carter says of Rowling, "I think she has been hounded. It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She's allowed her opinion, particularly if she's suffered abuse..."

She expressed of her younger co-stars' comments, "I feel they should let her have her opinions, but I think they’re very aware of protecting their own fan base and their generation..."

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Will Smith hopes his Oscars slap won't "penalize" everyone who worked on 'Emancipation'

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The slave drama Emancipation was thought to be an Oscar vehicle for Will Smith -- that is, until that infamous Academy Awards slap of Chris Rock, and the subsequent decade-long Academy ban for the King Richard Oscar winner.

In a chat with Entertainment Weekly, Smith acknowledged that his actions could hurt the reaction to Emancipation.

Will says, "The only discomfort my heart has around that is that so many people have done spectacular work on this film. My hope is that my team isn't penalized at all for my actions."

While praising the "spectacular" work of director Antoine Fuqua, cinematographer Robert Richardson and co-stars Ben Foster and Charmaine Bingwa, Will adds, "I definitely lose a couple winks of sleep every night thinking that I could have potentially penalized my team, but I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that everyone gets seen in the light that they deserve."

The drama was inspired by the haunting image of "Whipped Peter," a slave who escaped the Deep South, only to return and fight for the freedom of his friends and family as a soldier in the Union Army.

Smith also adds, "I had seen the image of Whipped Peter as a child, but as his story started to come into focus, I was moved in all of the most beautiful ways. When you look at the brutality that he suffered, and then realizing that through that he was able to sustain faith, gratitude, and love in the face of those kinds of atrocities -- I knew that I wanted to learn from Peter."

Emancipation debuts in U.S. theaters on Dec. 2 and hits Apple TV+ a week later on Dec. 9.

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Hooray for Hollywood? Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and more live dangerously in the trailer to 'Babylon'

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If you thought America was a party in the Roaring '20s, wait 'til you get a load of what Hollywood was up to. That's the thrust of the new trailer to the star-packed Damien Chazelle film Babylon.

The Paramount Pictures movie from the Academy Award-winning La La Land director stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Tobey Maguire among others, and "traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood."

The trailer is a frenetic cocktail of, well, cocktails, glamour, jazz and cocaine. Indeed, it starts with the stars on the Paramount logo audibly being snorted up.

At the center of the party is Robbie's ingénue Nellie LaRoy, who is shown in the trailer on a chattering, coke-enthused rant of what she'll do when she's famous.

At the other end of the spectrum is Pitt's leading man Jack Conrad, who boasts to fading silent film star Enid St. Cloud (Jean Smart), "You know, when I first moved to LA, you know what the signs on all the doors read? 'No actors or dogs allowed.' I changed all that."

The movie also stars Diego Calva, Max Minghella, Spike Jonze, Flea, Samara Weaving, Olivia Wilde, Jovan Adepo and Li Jun Li. It opens December 23.

(Trailer contains uncensored profanity and brief nudity.)

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Pom Klementieff dishes on THAT big reveal in 'The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special'

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(SPOILERS) Wrapped in the all the holiday cheer that was The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special was a big detail about the team and the family of Chris Pratt's Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

Early on in the special, which is now streaming on Disney+, Pom Klementieff's Mantis and Dave Bautista's Drax mention she's been holding onto a big secret since the team first met her in 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: She and Peter share the same father: Ego (Kurt Russell).

The alien empath Mantis finally reveals that to Quill at the special's end, with the hero declaring the news he had a sister "the greatest Christmas gift I could ever get"; that includes being serenaded by his big-screen hero, an abducted Kevin Bacon.

It's particularly moving for Quill because he was taken from Earth just after the death of his mom, and he had to kill his maniacal god-like dad at the end of Vol 2.

However, Pom tells ABC Audio she was also holding onto that same secret -- in real life -- for years, thanks to writer-director James Gunn.

"Actually, for the big reveal, it's something that I was told when I was cast for...Guardians of the Galaxy, the second one," she said. "So he told me that, so I knew it was like the bond that we had, and the connection we had...So I had to keep the secret for a long time!"

Klementieff joked she's getting used to keeping secrets, seeing as she's appearing in the next Mission: Impossible film, too.

Since it was spotlighted, it's likely that the Quill/Mantis connection will play a part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, hitting theaters on May 5, 2023.

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Tyler Perry secures four-film deal with Amazon Studios

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Tyler Perry has inked a multi-movie deal with Amazon Studios, Variety reports.

According to the new deal, Perry will write, direct and produce four new movies to be released on Prime Video. A bunch of his titles are already available on the service, including Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, Daddy’s Little Girls, For Colored Girls and more.

“I’m excited and grateful to start working with Amazon Studios to bring movies to Prime Video,” Perry says in a statement to Variety. “[Head of Amazon Studios] Jennifer Salke and the entire team have welcomed me with open arms. I’m looking forward to continuing telling unique stories and bringing my next projects to the global audiences that they reach.”

Perry’s previous three films were released on Netflix: A Jazzman’s Blues, A Madea Homecoming and A Fall from Grace.

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Still facing sex charges in the U.K., Kevin Spacey books role in film 'Control'

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In the wake of a legal victory against actor Anthony Rapp, who accused him of sexual battery but is still facing multiple sexual assault charges in the U.K., Kevin Spacey has booked a movie gig.

Variety reports Spacey has been cast in a voiceover role in a thriller called Control, which will be shot in and around London early next year. The plot centers on an English politician who is kidnapped by a hijacked self-driving car and "taken on a rampage" throughout the city.

Spacey is reportedly playing the role of the voice of the person behind the plot, who speaks with his victim throughout her ordeal.

The trade asked director Gene Fallaize if he had any reservations about casting the disgraced, Oscar-winning actor, and he replied in the negative. The filmmaker said he "grew up" watching the American Beauty and Se7en star, calling Spacey, "one of the greatest actors of our generation."

Fallaize adds, "His personal life aside -- it's something I can’t comment on and have no knowledge of — it's an opportunity to work with one of the acting greats."

Rapp sued Spacey for $40 million over the alleged 1986 encounter in which he claimed the actor picked him up, grabbed his buttocks and laid down on top of him at Spacey's Manhattan home.

Spacey was fired from the Netflix hit House of Cards amid a swirl of allegations about sexual impropriety. But the trial marked the first time Spacey defended himself in front of a jury.

Variety points out that in addition to the English charges against Spacey, he and his companies are on the hook for $31 million in damages an arbitrator awarded producers of House of Cards, stemming from the loss of him as the lead.

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson makes sweet reparations to 7-Eleven for formerly sticky fingers

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) At a 7-Eleven in Hawaii over the weekend, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took to Instagram to exorcise a "chocolate demon" he has wrestled with "for decades."

The Black Adam superstar explained that in 1987, he and his mother were evicted from their home in the 50th State, which led him to a life of crime.

Sort of.

"I was broke as hell, so I used to steal a king sized @snickers EVERY DAY from 7-11 for almost a year when I was 14yrs old, on my way to the gym," Johnson captioned the video, which showed him entering the same store.

"The same clerk was there every day and always just turned her head and never busted me," Rock's caption continued.

As a way to make good, Johnson returned to the store to "clean out every Snickers bar they had - the right way." To that end, DJ grabbed an armful of the candy bars and had a shocked staff member ring up dozens. Johnson also comped the purchases of every shopper at the store "as a bonus" bit of goodwill.

He commented about the latter, "Least I could do considering all the s*** I used to steal from here."

In the end, Johnson explained he wanted the staffers to leave the candy out in case someone walked into the store, like he did many years ago, and intended to walk out without paying for one.

While Johnson posed for shocked fans in the video, he noted philosophically in his captions, "We can't change...some of the dumb stuff we may have done, but every once in a while we can add a little redeeming grace note to that situation — and maybe put a big smile on some stranger's faces."

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Jay Leno makes first stage appearance since suffering "serious" burns

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Jay Leno is set for a comeback.

On Sunday night, the comedian went ahead with a scheduled show for the first time since suffering "serious" burns to his face and hands earlier this month.

Leno, 72, performed at the Southern California comedy club Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach for a sold-out crowd. The former Tonight Show host is currently on a stand-up tour that runs into 2023.

Leno, an avid car collector, was reportedly working on one of his cars when a gasoline accident occurred in his garage on November 12. Leno was released from the Grossman Burn Center about a week and a half later, after undergoing skin graft surgery.

Dr. Peter Grossman, the medical director of Grossman Burn Center, told reporters that Leno remained in "good spirits" and was still able to crack jokes. He said that they'll continue to monitor the comedian's condition even after his release.

"Our hope is that when everything is all said and done, he will do well," Grossman said. "But burn injuries are progressive and dynamic and it's hard to predict ultimately what the final outcome will be at this stage in the game."

Grossman said "currently there's no evidence of nerve damage" and he anticipates Leno will make a "full recovery," but there's no way to know if "remnants of this injury" could persist.

Leno was the host of NBC's Tonight Show from 1992 to 2009 and later made a comeback from 2010 to 2014. In 2015, the car enthusiast began hosting the CNBC series Jay Leno's Garage, which highlights avid car collectors and vintage and unique vehicles -- including, incidentally, the antique, steam-powered car at the center of his garage mishap.

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In Brief: '1923' trailer drops, and more

Paramount+ on Sunday dropped the official trailer for the new Yellowstone prequel 1923, starring Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford. The new original drama series, per the streamer, "will introduce a new generation of Duttons led by patriarch Jacob and matriarch Cara -- played respectively by Ford and Mirren. The series will explore the early twentieth century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west, and the Duttons who call it home." 1923 debuts December 18 on Paramount+...

Freddie Roman, a Borscht Belt comedian and former dean of the Friars Club, died of a heart attack Sunday morning in Boynton Beach, Florida, his daughter tells Deadline. He was 85. Most recently, he appeared on the Amazon Prime series Red Oaks. His other TV appearances included guest spots on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Tonight Show, among others...

Wherever you spent Thanksgiving, there's a good chance you were tuned into the National League Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. The contest, which Dallas won 28-20, set a new regular season record, according to Fox Sports, drawing 42 million viewers tuning in to the network and its streaming platform. The Giants were also involved in the previous record-setting game, held on December 3, 1990 against the San Francisco 49ers...

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Kim Kardashian is "re-evaluating" relationship with Balenciaga amid ad scandal

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Kim Kardashian is breaking her silence on Balenciaga's recent ad scandal.

"I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven't been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened," she wrote on social media Sunday, November 27.

Kim, who is mom to North, 9, Saint, 6, Chicago, 4, Psalm, 3, continued, "As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. The safety of children must be held with the highest regard, and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society — period."

"I appreciate Balenciaga's removal of the campaigns and apology. In speaking with them, I believe they understand the seriousness of the issue and will take the necessary measures for this to never happen again," she concluded.

Shortly after, the SKIMS founder added that she's "currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand."

The posts come about a week after Balenciaga came under fire for their advertisements featuring children posing with the company's plush bear bags, which wear BDSM-inspired harnesses.

One photo featured a child standing on a bed with one of the plush bear bags, surrounded by other purses and accessories that include what appears to be a chain leash as well as a Balenciaga branded dog collar choker.

The Spanish luxury brand issued an apology on their Instagram on November 22, writing, "We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused. Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms."

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'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' dominates Thanksgiving box office with $64 million

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The Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever gobbled up the most money over the long Thanksgiving weekend, delivering an estimated $64 million in North America and $45.9 million between Friday and Monday, while spending a third weekend at number one. Wakanda Forever currently stands as the sixth-highest grossing movie of the year worldwide with $676 million.

Overall, it was one of the slowest Thanksgiving weekends in decades, with the weekend's new entries proving to be turkeys.

They include the weekend's runner-up film, the Disney animated adventure Strange World, which only managed an estimated $11.9 million for the three-day and $18.6 million for the five-day. The movie, featuring the voices of Jake GyllenhaalDennis QuaidJaboukie Young-WhiteGabrielle Union and Lucy Liu, had one of the worst animated openings in modern day Disney history.

The Knives Out sequel Glass Onion finished in third place, ahead of its move from theaters to Netflix next week. The film, featuring Daniel Craig reprising his role as detective Benoit Blanc, delivered an estimated $9.4 million from 696 theaters between Friday and Sunday and $13.4 million since Thursday.

The Korean War film Devotion, starring Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell, failed to thrill, opening in fourth place with an estimated $5.96 million for the three-day weekend and $9 million for the five-day.

Rounding out the top five was The Menu, earning an estimated $5.2 million from Friday through Sunday and $7.3 million over the long weekend. The Anya Taylor-JoyNicholas Hoult and Ralph Fiennes-led dark comedy has collected $18.7 million domestically and $33.5 million globally.

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Oscar-winning 'Fame' and 'Flashdance' singer/actress Irene Cara dead at 63

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Singer and actress Irene Cara, best known for starring in and singing the title song of the movie Fame, and topping the charts with "Flashdance...What a Feeling," from the movie Flashdance, has died, her publicist announced on social media. She was 63.

"It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara," Judith A. Moose posted on Cara's official Twitter account. Moose wrote that Cara passed away in her Florida home, and that her cause of death is "currently unknown."

"She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films," Moose continued, adding that her family has "requested privacy as they process their grief."  A memorial will be planned for a future date.

Cara began singing, acting and dancing professionally as a child, appearing on TV and musicals both on and off Broadway. Her early roles included the soap opera Love of Life, the mini-series Roots: The Next Generations and the 1976 cult film Sparkle, in which she portrayed the title character.

She shot to fame as Coco Hernandez in the movie Fame, and also sang both singles released from the movie's hit soundtrack: the title theme and "Out Here on My Own."  Both those songs were nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, marking the first time in history that two songs from the same movie, performed by the same artist, had been nominated in that category. "Fame" won the Oscar.

In 1983, Cara co-wrote the title theme for the movie Flashdance. That song, "Flashdance...What a Feeling," topped the Billboard Hot 100 and won her the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, as well as the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. 

Cara's other acting credits included the films City Heat, D.C. Cab and Certain Fury. She continued to act and record into the 21st century.

In 2020, Mariah Carey wrote in her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey that Cara was "everything to me," adding, "I related to her multicultural look...her multi-textured hair and, most importantly, her ambition and accomplishments."  Mariah also released her own version of "Out Here on My Own."

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