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Wunmi Mosaku would "run for the hills" if she were actually in her Netflix horror movie 'His House'

Aidan Monaghan/NETFLIX © 2020(NEW YORK) -- Wunmi Mosaku admits she had to dig deep to play her His House character Rial, a woman who is haunted by the ghost of her daughter and other refugees lost at sea.

"I found playing her quite extraordinary because she's just different from me," Mosaku tells ABC Audio. "I'm not as composed."

In the Netflix horror film, Mosaku and actor Sope Dìrísù play a married couple who react very differently to the paranormal activity going on in their temporary housing. While Sope attempts to ignore the spirits, Mosaku seems attentive to them. The actress says Rial's reaction is nothing like her own.

"Like I am someone who would run for the hills," Mosaku jokes. "Like... Jurassic Park is scary for me."

Even though Mosaku admits Rial's behavior and reactions are very surprising, the Lovecraft Country star said she loved the challenge of playing an unpredictable character.

"I really love Rial because she dealt with this whole haunting in such an unusual way," Mosaku says. "Whereas someone would probably respond how Bo does in his fear, and like push it away, saying 'It doesn't exist.' Rial's like, 'What are you gonna say, let me hear.' She like listens to this thing and she's just feels fearless to me."

It's that fearlessness and confidence that Mosaku says ultimately attracted her to the role.

"There's just something about her that's just so intriguing and... [her] humor," she says. "She's the first to make a joke. She's also so in sync with her husband that she knows that he's no longer the same person. She knows that he's changed. And she's waiting for him to kind of get to that realization too."

His House is now available on Netflix.

By Candice Williams
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

'The Spanish Princess Part Two' stars talk representation in the royal court

Starz(NEW YORK) -- On The Spanish Princess Part Two, one relationship is emerging as “couple goals,” and it’s not Queen Catherine and King Henry VIII.

It’s Lina and Oviedo, the Queen's trusted lady-in-waiting and crossbowman -- played by Stephanie Levi-John and Aaron Cobham, respectively. While Catherine and Henry’s marriage starts to crumble this season, Lina and Oviedo’s relationship blossoms.

Levi-John and Cobham say they're proud to represent two African-Iberian members of the 16th century royal English court -- a part of history that has often been overlooked.

“I always say that representation is important,” Levi-John tells ABC Audio. “Before I just didn't know that Black people and people of color were even around in England at this time.”

She continues, “It opened up Pandora's box for me because I just didn't know that we were here and I didn't know that we were a part of court. And I think this show has a great way of highlighting and showing Lina and Oviedo as two human characters and not subservient people. Their place within the court is definitely valid and they have a reason to be there.”

“I feel very proud that my family get[s] to see me in a show where I get to portray someone who is a positive role model for other people,” Cobham adds. “And I think historically, people need to see themselves where they were to understand their history and understand who they are now and where people have come from.” 

The Spanish Princess Part Two airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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"He did what he did": Sacha Baron Cohen responds to 'Borat 2' scene with Rudy Giuliani

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Rudy Giuliani is calling his headline-making Borat 2 appearance a "complete fabrication," but Sacha Baron Cohen is urging everyone to watch the movie and "make your own mind up," saying it's "pretty clear" what happened.

"I would say that if the president's lawyer found what he did there appropriate behavior, then heaven knows what he's done with other female journalists in hotel rooms," Baron Cohen, 49, said Friday on Good Morning America of President Trump's attorney's role in the movie, out today. "It is what it is. He did what he did."

News broke earlier this week, when embargo for the Borat sequel lifted, of the former New York City mayor being featured in an allegedly inappropriate position in a hotel room with Baron Cohen's female co-star, Maria Bakalova.

On GMA, Baron Cohen said he was "quite concerned" for Bakalova during the scene, but that he was in a hideaway so he could monitor what was happening. He said, "It's my responsibility as a producer as well to ensure that the lead actor is looked after.

"I've always felt safe with our team, with our crew, with Sacha in my corner," Bakalova said on GMA. "I actually never felt that I've been in danger. That's why I'm lucky, because I had them."

Giuliani tweeted a statement, writing, "The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar."

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, the follow-up to Baron Cohen's hit 2006 mockumentary, is out now on Amazon Prime Video.


By Carson Blackwelder
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James Van Der Beek captures his kids' hilarious reaction to watching his cameo in Kesha's "Blow"

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nearly a decade ago, Kesha dropped the colorful and chaotic music video for "Blow," which featured James Van Der Beek.

The Dawson's Creek alum on Thursday introduced his two eldest children to the music video, not telling them that he has a rainbow shootout with the "Praying" singer while surrounded by people wearing unicorn heads.

The music video ends with him losing the battle and Kesha mounting his head on a wall.

Of course, Van Der Beek captured Olivia, 10, and eight-year-old Joshua's wide eyed disbelief and confusion as they watched the wacky four minute music video.

The moment the actor struts on screen, Olivia dramatically rolls her eyes and cringes as she shouts, "Oh my gawwd!"

"End of era. Finally found some of my old work that mortifies my daughter," Van Der Beek cackled triumphantly in the caption, before revealing why he decided to star in the wild music video.

"About ten years ago, coming off a career ebb, I tried out a year of saying 'yes' to anything if I hadn’t done it before, and if it sounded like fun," the Dancing with the Stars alum explained. "It was an antidote to the preciousness that often rides side saddle with success (and almost always steers it off the road)."

"Make fun of the crying meme? Yes! Play a bizarro version of myself on TV? Sign me up," he continued. "Agree to do a Kesha video where I shoot unicorns who bleed rainbows? Why the hell not?"

While the music video was "shot great - and quite well-received at the time," his children critically panned the performance.

"I guess you can’t always predict what your kids are going to think ten years down the road. Nor should you even try," the Teen Choice Award winner snickered.

By Megan Stone
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'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' is giving back to frontline workers

ABC/John Fleenor(LOS ANGELES) -- Who Wants to be a Millionaire is giving back to frontline workers.

The new season of ABC's long-running game show is not only welcoming essential workers, they are ensuring that they'll be winners no matter what by giving them a guaranteed $32,000 prize to take home -- a gesture that personally resonates with host Jimmy Kimmel.

"I think it’s important to remember, and this is something I learned when I was in the hospital with my son, is that these people are doing this all the time, not just now," he explained in a short featurette video to Access Hollywood. "And that they work so hard when we need them the most."

The announcement also moved contestant and firefighter Oliver Fry to tears. 

"That’s more than some people make in a year," he said in the clip. "I could help out people."

Even with the guaranteed winnings, Kimmel is hoping that he's be able to hand out the much heftier, life-changing prize of $1 million to someone in the hot seat. 

"I have yet to see that happen, it rarely happens, when it does I don’t even know what it must feel like. But I do want to hand that giant check to somebody – preferably a nurse or somebody who’s been driving an ambulance or somebody who really could use it," he said. 

This season of Who Wants to be a Millionaire also features celebrities who will donate winnings to a charity of their choice.  

Who Wants to be a Millionaire airs Sundays at 9/8c on ABC.

By Danielle Long
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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds celebrate his first time voting in a US election

Steven Ferdman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, are celebrating an important milestone in the Deadpool actor's life: his first time voting in a U.S. election.

In a hilarious Instagram post Thursday, the Canadian-born actor, who reportedly became a citizen more than two years ago, jokingly thanked Lively for "making my first time so gentle and loving."

"It was super scary at first, then exciting and now I'm a little tired. But proud. #VoteEarly," Reynolds wrote.

Added Lively in her own post: "It was Ryan's first time. He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept. I pretended to weep. Then he called all his friend. #voteearly."

Reynolds, who turns 44 today, told The New York Times in 2018 that he holds dual passports, and considers his Canadian upbringing an advantage in Hollywood. "I've never felt like I'm in it, like this is my game," he explained.

Still, he appreciates the privileges that come with being a U.S. citizen. "I feel the compulsion to vote... especially now," he said.

But the couple's ballots weren't the only thing fans noticed about their Instagram posts. In her post, Lively drew a pair of strappy sandal heels on her bare feet. But in the photo Reynolds shared, the 33-year-old actress is barefoot and standing tip-toe.

"@louboutinworld are you hiring? Barefoot iPhone doodler with vast experience avail.," Blake wrote on her Instagram story, pointing out her shoe art.

"Can you tell I was so happy to get outta a onesie and vote. Sure it was an absentee drop off ballot with a mask covering my look. But dammit I exercised my right to vote," she continued. "And to not wear shoes that ruined my outfit."

By Good Morning America
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Chelsea Handler offers to pay 50 Cent's taxes if he retracts support for Trump

Toni Anne Barson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Chelsea Handler just made her ex 50 Cent a pretty generous offer.

On Monday, the 45-year-old rapper publicly backed President Donald Trump after seeing that American's earning over $400,000 a year could potentially have to pay 62% in taxes under Joe Biden's proposed tax plan.

"WHAT THE... (VOTE ForTRUMP)," he tweeted. "IM OUT... I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya... mind."

In response, Handler threw a bit of shade, commenting, "You used to be my favorite ex-boyfriend."

The Power star replied with a plea for Handler not to let politics get between them but, instead of agreeing to disagree on the topic, the comedian proposed another option -- to take of the tax bill for him. 

"Hey... I will pay your taxes in exchange for you coming to your senses," she wrote. "Happily! Black lives matter. That’s you... Remember?"

50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, dated Handler briefly in 2010 after he appeared on her talk show Chelsea Lately.

The Get Rich or Die Tryin' artist received a ton of backlash over his original tweet with fans who accusing him of choosing personal gain over the greater well-being of the country. However, he also received support from the likes of well-known Trump supporters and political commentators Tomi Lahren and Candace Owens.  

Nonetheless, his current stance is ironic considering that he previously told James Corden he turned down $500,000 to perform at Trump's 2017 inauguration, saying, "Not all money is good money."

By Danielle Long
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'Bless This Mess' star Lake Bell splits with husband of seven years

Greg Doherty/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Bless This Mess co-creator and star Lake Bell has split with her husband Scott Campbell after seven years of marriage.

Bell and Campbell announced the news on their respective Instagram accounts on Thursday.

"After 9 years together, 7 years married, 2 sparkling children...Scott and I are ending our marriage, but continuing our loving family," Bell shared on Instagram.

"With respect and thoughtful guidance, we will continue to be parental comrades in arms and best friends for all of our days," she added.

Campbell expressed a similar sentiment, on his Instagram page, writing, "Nine years together, seven years married, two luminary children, countless miles, infinite laughs — I couldn't be more proud of every single [one] of them."

"Now we find ourselves ending our marriage and transitioning the love and friendship we've always had into a new chapter," he continued.

Added Campbell, "All the feelings are felt, and I have invincible confidence in us as parental warriors and as best friends for all our days."

Bell, 41, met the 43-year-old in 2011 on the set of Bell's HBO show How to Make It in America. and tied the knot in New Orleans two years later.  They shares daughter Nova, six, and son Ozgood, three.

By George Costantino
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'Friendsgiving': Chaos is on the menu in new holiday comedy

iStock/filadendron (LOS ANGELES) -- Available for streaming rental Friday is Friendsgiving, a movie about a chaotic Thanksgiving celebration where almost nothing goes right.

The film features an all-star cast, including Kat Dennings, Aisha Tyler, Chelsea Peretti, Jane Seymour, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho and Billions actress Malin Akerman, who feels like chaos is something she missed out on at her family holidays.

"I love good chaos, good crazy, good chaos.  I love a lot of people.  I didn't grow up in much chaos, she tells ABC Audio.  "I came from sort of a split up family, so smaller little gatherings. And so I really enjoy, especially with an abundance of friends.

Friendsgiving writer Nicol Paone agrees, explaining, "That getting together around a table with people that you love is one of the best experiences in life.  And I think, well, we've all maybe taking it for granted due to COVID[-19].  And I hope that we get back there."

For co-star Aisha Tyler, that means chowing down on her mother's home cooking.

"My mom makes candied yams, which I think is the black version of sweet potato casserole. That's my favorite thing. It has like two pounds of butter in it and the edges are all crispy and caramelized.  So that is my favorite thing," she says.

By George Costantino & Jason Nathanson
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What's the scariest movie of all time? Better check your heart rate

Tero Vesalainen/iStock(LONDON) -- The scariest movie of all time has long been up for debate, but a new study conducted by Broad Band Choices may help put the matter to rest.  

The London-based company conducted a test dubbed "The Science of Scare" with 50 horror fans, placing heart monitors on them as they watched several scary movies to see which ones got fans' blood pumping the most. 

According to the results, the 2012 film Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke as a true-crime writer who investigates a series of chilling murders carried out by an evil force, spooked fans the most.

While humans have an average resting heartbeat of around 65 beats per minute, Sinister viewers had an average heart rate of 86 beats per minute, with the highest spike reaching 131.

Coming in second is 2010's Insidious, which also saw an average heart rate of 85 BPM and a highest spike of 133 BPM.  The Conjuring, Hereditary and Paranormal Activity take the 3rd, 4th and 5th-place slots, respectively.

Rounding out the top 20 are modern hits including John Krasinski's smash horror flick A Quiet Place and 2016's Hush, along with classics like Halloween, Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Exorcist.

By Cillea Houghton
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Aubrey Plaza, Megan Thee Stallion & more join 'Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine' Netflix special

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- The star-studded guest list for Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine keeps growing. 

Netflix announced today that comedian Sarah Cooper's upcoming variety show will feature appearances by Helen Mirren, Aubrey Plaza, Ben Stiller, Jane Lynch and Whoopi Goldberg, along with "Savage" superstar Megan Thee Stallion.

They join previously announced guest stars Jon Hamm, Marisa Tomei and Fred Armisen.

Other cast members include Danielle Brooks of Orange Is the New Black fame, Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness, Connie Chung and Winona Rider. 

Cooper went viral this spring with her popular parody videos impersonating President Donald Trump and other political figures.

Natasha Lyonne directs the special and also co-produces it with Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens.

Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine premieres on Netflix October 27.

By Cillea Houghton
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'News of the World' trailer shows Tom Hanks on an epic adventure

Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Tom Hanks shares the News of the World in the new trailer for his upcoming film. 

Set in the late 1800s, it stars Hanks as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a veteran and storyteller who travels the United States sharing  tales from across the globe. 

Along his travels, he encounters a young girl abandoned in the woods named Johanna, played by 12-year-old German actress Helena Zengel, who was taken by the Kiowa tribe after the killed her immediate family. Kidd takes it upon himself to trek across the dangerous terrain to return her to her living family members.  Along their trip, the two cross paths with intense storms and shady characters, all the while forming a special bond. 

"Ladies and gentlemen, these are stories of men and women very much like you, waiting for better days to come," Hanks says in narration as epic action shots flash across the screen. 

News of the World sees the Oscar-winning actor reuniting with writer and director Paul Greengrass, who also directed 2013's Academy Award-nominated Captain Phillips, in which Hanks starred.

News of the World premieres in theaters on December 25.

By Cillea Houghton
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Matthew McConaughey shares that he was sexually abused in his youth

Noam Galai/Getty Images for HISTORY(LOS ANGELES) -- Matthew McConaughey is opening about his past experiences of sexual abuse. 

The Academy Award-winning actor shares in his new memoir Greenlights that he was sexually abused multiple times as a teenager. 

“I was blackmailed into having sex for the first time when I was 15. I was certain I was going to hell for the premarital sex. Today, I am merely certain that I hope that’s not the case," McConaughey details in the book, according to Variety

He explains another incident that occurred when he was 18 and was molested by a man as he was "knocked unconscious in the back of a van.” 

In spite of the traumatic experiences, the actor focuses on the positive in life and does not let it hinder on his happiness. 

“I’ve never felt like a victim. I have a lot of proof that the world is conspiring to make me happy,” he says. 

Greenlights is available now.

By Cillea Houghton
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Netflix lifts curtain on dazzling 'The Prom' trailer

Melinda Sue Gordon/Netflix © 2020(LOS ANGELES) -- Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and James Corden are heading to Prom. 

Today, Netflix unveiled the trailer for the upcoming film, The Prombased off the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical written by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

The plot follows Steep's Dee Dee Allen and Corden's Barry Glickman, Broadway stars whose careers are on the line after a failed production. They team up with washed-up actors Angie, played by Kidman, and Trent, played by Andrew Rannells, to travel to Edgewater, Indiana, where high school student Emma Nolan, portrayed by Jo Ellen Pellman, is forbidden from attending prom with her girlfriend Alyssa, portrayed by Ariana DeBose.

Initially done in an attempt to salvage their public images, the stars ultimately create an unforgettable night for the teens that celebrates who they truly are. 

The trailer captures the glitz and glamour of the Ryan Murphy-directed flick, complete with flashing lights, glittering costumes and elaborate dance sequences.

"We have come to this community on behalf of a young girl," Streep says in a voice over, followed by choreographed group numbers and Pellman dancing down a staircase with Kidman, who reassures the young girl, "you do have friends and we are ride or die."

The Prom debuts on Netflix and in select theaters on December 11.

By Cillea Houghton
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Kimberly Van Der Beek revealed the names she and James gave their unborn sons

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kimberly Van Der Beek, wife of Dawson's Creek alum James Van Der Beek, broke her silence regarding her two recent miscarriages.

Speaking on Instagram live on Tuesday, the 38-year-old opened up about losing two pregnancies, both at 17 weeks, in the span of a year.

"They were so tough," she recounted of her fall 2019 and June 2020 miscarriages, and added, "one of them almost killed me." 

Van Der Beek revealed not only where she buried her sons, but what she wanted to name them.

The mom of five revealed she buried her sons in a passion fruit vine that mysteriously turned up in a pile of plants she had purchased.  Soon, it was dubbed the "mama plant" and became an important fixture in the household.

When she suffered her first miscarriage, she "was told exactly where to bury it" -- the passion fruit vine.

"So we have two fetuses in our mama plant, and we named them John and Zachariah," Van Der Beek explained. "And so John and Zachariah are buried in the mama plant, and I decided today to have an artist make some sort of wood structure."

The intent is that, when it's time to plant the passion fruit vine "in the earth," "she can grow up around it."

Van Der Beek remains thankful for the plant that she believes came to her by fate, "The cool thing is I had this whole spiritual awakening that happened and the next day, mama plant had her first flower."

She also added that November 17 is now an important date for the family: the day of John's miscarriage and, later, Zachariah's due date.  

To honor their memory, Van Der Beek will host a blood drive that day and vowed, "If I'm feeling strong, I'll also be giving blood."

By Megan Stone
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