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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here’s a look at some of the new movies and TV shows streaming this weekend:

Netflix
Harry & MeganThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex tell all about their relationship in the new documentary series.

PinocchioGuillermo del Toro shares his take on the classic story of the puppet who wants to be a real boy in his version of the classic tale.

Sebastian Maniscalco: Is It Me?: For his latest act, comic Sebastian Maniscalco takes his talents to Las Vegas to share his take on everyday human behavior. 

HBO Max
Doom PatrolTravel to the future in season four of the sci-fi comedy, where the team must decide between their own happiness or the fate of the world. 

South Side: Watch as two best friends hustle and dream their way through the Windy City in season three of the comedy series.

Apple TV+
EmancipationWill Smith stars in this period film about an enslaved man who relies on his faith and family during his quest for freedom.

Little America 2: Little America is back for season two starring Phylicia RashadAlan S. KimKi Hong Lee and more. 

Prime Video
Something from Tiffany's: An engagement ring mix-up turns a woman’s life upside down in the new holiday rom-com.

Happy streaming!

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Kendrick Sampson reveals his little brother inspired his 'Something From Tiffany's' character

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Kendrick Sampson plays Ethan Greene in the new holiday rom-com Something From Tiffany's, which sees a wayward engagement ring bring together two individuals who just might be meant to be.

Ethan is a single father who is ready to pop the question to his girlfriend, Shay Mitchell's Vanessa — but his plans are derailed when the ring he buys accidentally winds up in the hands of Ray Nicholson's Gary. Gary then uses that sparkler to propose to Zoey Deutch's Rachel, which causes headaches for all involved.

Speaking to ABC Audio, Sampson revealed he drew inspiration from his little brother Jameson to bring his character to life. Why? Because Jameson is a Libra.

"Libras tend to make decisions," he laughed. "And Libras will try to people please to their own detriment, like they'll hurt themselves trying to be the compromiser in this situation and completely leave out their own desires and health. And that's who Ethan is."

Leah Jeffries plays Sampson's on-screen daughter Daisy and she told ABC Audio she loved how the movie portrayed their loving relationship. She added how much fun she had shooting scenes with him, but admits she fangirled a little when she did scenes with Mitchell.

"I watched her in Pretty Little Liars," she raved. "It was amazing filming with her."

The actress noted the whole cast had amazing chemistry. "It was amazing filming on that set. I loved it so much," she expressed. "I knew that it was going to be a good day every single day."

Sampson noted he's excited for people to watch their movie, adding it "feels like a warm hug," which he says "a lot of people need right now."

Something from Tiffany's begins streaming December 9 on Amazon Prime Video.

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Trevor Noah says goodbye to 'The Daily Show' after seven years

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Trevor Noah hosted his final episode of Comedy Central's The Daily Show on Thursday after a seven-year run, thanking many people, but mostly his fans.

“I remember when we started the show, we couldn’t get enough people to fill an audience,” he said.

“Then I look at this now and I don’t take it for granted ever. Every seat that has ever been filled to watch something I’m doing is always appreciated because I know the empty seat that sits behind it,” he continued. “Thank you to people who watch, the people who share the clips, everyone who’s had an opinion, everyone who’s been kind enough and gracious enough, even if it’s a critique.”

The 38-year-old South African comedian gave a special shout-out to Black women, noting, “Who do you think teaches me, who do you think has shaped me, nourished me, informed me. From my mom, my gran, my aunts, all these Black women in my life but then in America as well."

"I always tell people if you truly want to learn about America, talk to Black women. Because unlike everybody else Black women can’t afford to f*** around and find out," he continued. "Black people understand how hard it is when things go bad.”

Noah's final episode also featured appearances from Daily Show correspondents Michael Kosta, Desi Lydic, Dulcé Sloan, Ronny Chieng, Roy Wood Jr. and Jordan Klepper, as well as his longtime friend Neal Brennan.

Noah announced his exit as host of the show after seven years back in October, surprising fans, producers and network executives. Al Franken, D.L. Hughley, Leslie Jones, John Leguizamo, Hasan Minhaj, Kal Penn, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and Marlon Wayans are among the other stars expected to fill in beginning January 17.

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In Brief: Michelle Yeoh headed to 'Wicked' film, and more

Everything Everywhere All at Once star Michelle Yeoh has been tapped to play Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Crage Hall at Shiz University, in Jon M. Chu’s two-part film adaptation of the Broadway hit Wicked, opposite Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, according to Variety. The Broadway show -- a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, telling the story of how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda became the Good Witch -- opened on Broadway in 2003 and has earned more than $1 billion to date. It's second only to The Lion King as the highest-grossing Broadway musical of all time. The Universal Pictures films are set for release on Christmas in 2024 and 2025...

Deadline reports Matt Damon and Casey Affleck are set to produce and star in the Apple Original Films action feature The Investigators. The movie follows Damon and Affleck as "a pair of thieves who go on the run with the help of one of their therapists after a robbery goes awry," according to the outlet. It marks a reunion for the two actors who starred together in the 1997 Oscar winner Good Will Hunting, as well as three Oceans 11 films...

Apple TV+ on Thursday announced new episodes of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, kicking off on Friday. This season's, guests include Kevin and Michael Bacon, Ciara, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton, Duran Duran, Nikki Glaser, Method Man, Sandra Oh, Chris Redd, Amber Ruffin, Wilco, Russell Wilson, the cast of For All Mankind and more. Carpool Karaoke: The Series nabbed its fifth consecutive Emmy earlier this, winning for outstanding short form comedy, drama or variety series...

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'Emancipation' cast on the difficult but gratifying experience of making the film

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The new historical action film Emancipation starts streaming today on Apple TV+.

Based on a true story, Will Smith plays a runaway slave, and Ben Foster portrays the man tasked with hunting him down. It's a role Foster tells ABC Audio that he didn't want to do it at first, but now he's "so proud to be a part of this film."

"I believe that Antoine Fuqua, our director, accomplished, is not only entertaining, not only historically based on true events but reminds us of the great power of love and hope. And freedom. And that it is possible," he shares.

Taking on the role wasn't an easy one, though. Foster says it was a physically and emotionally draining six-month shoot where they had to deal with alligators, hurricanes, and more. Even with the obstacles, Foster expressed that Smith's performance blew him away, calling it "the finest performance he's ever given, and that's saying a lot."

Surprisingly, though, because of the antagonistic nature of their characters, Foster and Smith never interacted in person on set.

"We didn't talk for five months on set. We both looked at each other. He was deep in the man he was portraying. I was doing my work and I respect his work immensely," Foster shares.

Smith’s co-star, Charmaine Bingwa, agrees, explaining that Smith's dedication to the role was inspiring.

"I double-took when I first saw Will on set because he was so emaciated, he just, he completely transformed for this role. Like, there was no Will Smith present," she says. "And as an actor working alongside him, you want to see people who lead by example and you know, he was giving it his all. And so we all stepped up and gave it our all as well." 

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Jackie Chan says 'Rush Hour 4' might happen after all

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Martial artist and action movie icon Jackie Chan has confirmed it: Rush Hour 4 is a go.

According to Variety, Chan confirmed to fans at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday that he is discussing the project "right now" with interested parties — and would be meeting with a potential director Thursday evening.

The fourth film in the hit franchise that saw Hong Kong lawman Chan starring opposite a motormouthed L.A.P.D. detective played by Chris Tucker has had its share of false starts since 2007's Rush Hour 3.

Not insignificantly, one of those was caused by sexual assault allegations against director Brett Ratner, who called the shots on the 1998 original and its 2001 follow-up. He was accused by several actresses in 2017 — at the height of the #MeToo movement — of sexual harassment and assault.

The accusations, which Ratner denied, derailed his production deal with Warner Bros. at that time.

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'Top Gun: Maverick' is the Best Film of the year, according to National Board of Review

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As if being the highest grossing movie of the year — and Tom Cruise's career — wasn't enough, Top Gun: Maverick is aces with the National Board of Review.

The New York City-based collection of film professionals, academics and movie enthusiasts this year have named Maverick its Best Film.

Founded in 1909, the organization's picks have in many cases turned into Oscar nominees, and its choices for the Best Actor and Actress this year will likely be no different: Colin Farrell for the drama The Banshees of Inisherin and Michelle Yeoh for the lauded, low-budget multiverse adventure Everything Everywhere All at Once.

In the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories, the board chose Farrell's pal and former In Bruges co-star Brendan Gleeson for Inisherin and Janelle Monáe for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Previous Oscar winner Steven Spielberg was tapped by the board as Best Director for his autobiographical film The Fabelmans, while Danielle Deadwyler's moving performance in Till earned her one of the National Board's two Breakthrough Performance honors.

Other winners included the Robert Downey Jr.-starring film about his late filmmaker father, Sr., which earned the organization's Best Documentary honor. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On snagged the Best Animated Feature honor.

The full list of winners can be found on the National Board of Review's website.

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James Gunn on DC heroes' cinematic fates: "We know we are not going to make every person happy"

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In a lengthy Twitter thread Thursday, James Gunn responded to a widely covered Hollywood Reporter story about his and partner Peter Safran's reported "blueprint" for getting Warner Bros. Discovery's DC Comics-based universe back on track.

The trade put forth that a third Wonder Woman film from director Patty Jenkins had been scrapped. While the 2017 original starring Gal Gadot was a hit, its 2020 follow-up, Wonder Woman 1984, was decidedly not, both with critics and at the box office.

The trade also hinted a sequel to 2013's Man of Steel, including a much-hyped return of Henry Cavill as Superman, might not take flight after all. Its ties to the disappointing receipts for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Black Adam — which teased Cavill's return — were cited.

Guardians of the Galaxy veteran Gunn began by saying of the story, "... some of it is true, some of it is half-true, some of it is not true, & some of it we haven't decided yet whether it's true or not."

He continues, "Peter & I chose to helm DC Studios knowing we were coming into a fractious environment, both in the stories being told & in the audience itself & there would be an unavoidable transitional period...But, in the end, the drawbacks of that...were dwarfed by the creative possibilities & the opportunity to build upon what has worked in DC so far & to help rectify what has not."

Gunn added, "We know we are not going to make every single person happy every step of the way, but we can promise everything we do is done in the service of the STORY & in the service of the DC CHARACTERS we know you cherish and we have cherished our whole lives."

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Will Smith giving followers free Apple TV+ to watch 'Emancipation'

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On his Instagram Thursday, Will Smith let his followers know he's hooking them up with a free Apple TV+ subscription, just so they can catch up with his new Antoine Fuqua-directed drama, Emancipation.

"I went to Apple and I said, 'Yo, my people need to have Apple TV so they can watch the film,'" Will said, adding the company granted two months of access to the streaming service for free.

And if you happen to already have the streaming service, Smith says, "Well, your aunt doesn't." So he suggests tagging three people who don't have access: "And if you got tagged, tag three more people who you think need it."

You can also go to apple.co/willgift to redeem the offer, the star explains, or follow the link in his Insta bio.

Emancipation hits Apple TV+ on Friday.

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Reese Witherspoon's Tracy Flick will be back in Paramount+ sequel to 'Election'

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Reese Witherspoon will once again play determined Tracy Flick, this time in a sequel to the 1999 comedy Election.

The Hollywood Reporter notes director Alexander Payne is also returning, co-writing the adaptation of Tom Perrotta's follow-up novel Tracy Flick Can't Win.

The book follows the one-time high school try-hard, now an adult; the A-type personality, willing to do anything to win a high school election in the original story, is now applying her particular set of skills as an assistant high school principal looking to make a name for herself.

Witherspoon starred alongside Matthew Broderick in the original, which was based on Perrotta's 1998 novel Election; Broderick played a popular teacher who comes undone as he desperately tries to take the ambitious high schooler down on her quest for power.

THR reports Witherspoon is producing the film through her hitmaking Hello Sunshine production company and that the sequel is bound for Paramount+.

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Jerrod Carmichael to host the 2023 Golden Globes

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Jerrod Carmichael has signed on to host the 2023 Golden Globes.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday that the comedian will host the awards show ceremony, which will be held January 10 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

"We're so excited to have Jerrod Carmichael host the historic 80th Golden Globe Awards," HFPA President Helen Hoehne said in a statement. "His comedic talents have entertained and thrilled audiences while providing thought-provoking moments that are so important in the times we live. Jerrod is the kind of talent this show calls for to kick off the awards season."

Carmichael is best known for his sitcom The Carmichael Show and for his three HBO comedy specials — the most recent of which, 2022's Rothaniel, featured him coming out as gay and won him an Emmy.

The nominations for the 2023 Golden Globes will be announced December 12 by father-daughter duo George Lopez and Mayan Lopez.

It was announced in September that the Golden Globes would be returning to television in 2023 after being sidelined this year due to allegations of racism within the HFPA.

The 2022 ceremony was held as a private event in January after NBC refused to air the awards show following a 2021 report from the Los Angeles Times that found there were no Black members in the HFPA, an 87-person group of international journalists who decide the nominees, as well as the winners.

The HFPA promised "transformational changes" to the organization in the wake of the controversy, vowing to boost minority membership and representation and to have more transparency within the organization.

The 80th annual Golden Globes will take place January 10 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, airing live on NBC and streaming live on Peacock.

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Pete Davidson makes ... something Instagram official with Eli Manning

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Pete Davidson, arguably Hollywood's biggest scorer, has coupled up with another superstar. But this time it's a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Davidson and Eli Manning just launched a joint Instagram account, an occasion marked — as Pete often does with new relationships — with a tattoo. The small New York Giants helmet was inked just to the right of Davidson's belly button, and both dudes happily showed it off for the social media service.

"Hello, Instagram. I have decided to come back, but only with a GOAT," Pete says in a video, before panning to Eli. "What's up! Your bed is so comfortable," Manning replies.

"Aw, thanks, man. We've been having a good time on my bed," Pete replies.

Another video sees Davidson and Manning answering whether they prefer the big spoon or the little spoon, which Manning misunderstands as a soup-related question. "I'd say big spoon ... because I like to eat a lot of food," the athlete responds, cracking Pete up. He clarifies, "No, like with your girl, when you snuggle," before covering his face laughing, exclaiming, "You're adorable, that's hilarious. That's so cute. You're such a nice guy."

The reason behind the team-up is anyone's guess, though the account, pete_eli10, notes neither had an Instagram account, so they started one together.

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Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 3 scrapped by new Peter Safran-James Gunn DC Administration

"Wonder Woman 1984" - Warner Bros. Pictures

In one of their first big moves as new DC heads, James Gunn and Peter Safran have scrapped plans for Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 3, according to Deadline.

Sources tell the outlet that Jenkins -- who directed and co-wrote the previous two movies, released in 2017 and 2020 starring Gal Gadot -- recently submitted her treatment, which the bosses found "unsuitable" at this time.

No decision has been made about next steps, though one insider told the outlet that Jenkins could very well hand in another take on the superhero, but it’s not evident that will happen.

The news follows a Tuesday tweet in which Gadot wrote, "A few years ago it was announced that I was going to play Wonder Woman. I’ve been so grateful for the opportunity to play such an incredible, iconic character and more than anything I’m grateful for YOU.The fans. Can’t wait to share her next chapter with you."

While the first Wonder Woman was a box office hit, earning $820 million, Wonder Woman 1984 was roundly panned and made under $170M worldwide. In spite of that, Warner Bros. wasted no time in announcing Wonder Woman 3.

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In Brief: Jake Gyllenhaal comes to Apple TV+ with 'Presumed Innocent', and more

Showtime's breakout drama series Yellowjackets will return for its second season March 26, 2023, the cabler revealed with a cryptic teaser on Wednesday. The series centers on a girls' high school soccer team forced to survive on their own in the wilderness after a plane crash. It also catches up with the survivors 25 years later. Yellowjackets stars Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress among the adult cast, with Lauren Ambrose and Simone Kessell joining as series regulars in season 2. Elijah Wood also boards the cast for a season-long guest arc. The younger cast includes Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher, Samantha Hanratty, Courtney Eaton and Liv Hewson...

In celebration of Disney’s highly anticipated Avatar sequel, The Way of Water, viewers will have several opportunities to experience the first film throughout the month of December across its unparalleled distribution platforms, including the broadcast premiere Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m ET on ABC. Encore showings will air on FX Thursday, December 15 and Sunday, December 18 at 8 p.m. ET and on Freeform Monday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Avatar is currently available to stream on Disney+. Avatar: The Way of Water, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Edie Falco and Kate Winslet, opens in theaters December 16. Disney is the parent company of ABC News...

Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to executive produce and star in the Apple TV+'s adaptation of Scott Turow’s bestseller Presumed Innocent, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The eight-episode limited series, from David E. Kelley, Castle Rock co-creator Dustin Thomason and J.J. Abrams, would star Gyllenhaal as Rusty Sabich, "a prosecutor whose world is upended when a close colleague is murdered -- and the evidence begins to point to Rusty himself," per THR. The role would be his first ongoing part in a TV series. Presumed Innocent was previously adapted for a 1990 feature film that starred Harrison Ford as Sabich, along with Bonnie Bedelia and Raul Julia...

Fox has pulled the plug on its country-themed series Monarch after one season, according to Deadline. The drama, which starred Anna Friel, Trace Adkins, Joshua Sasse and Beth Ditto with Susan Sarandon, ended with Tuesday night’s season finale. The show, which opened strong, struggled over its subsequent episodes...

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In a poignant video, Celine Dion tells fans she's suffering from "rare neurological condition"

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Celine Dion has been diagnosed with a neurological disease and will again postpone her planned tour.

Celine took to Instagram Thursday, saying she's "finally ready" to reveal she has been battling a serious, "rare" neurological condition called Stiff-Person Syndrome.

"I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to reach out to you," the superstar said in the emotional address. "I've been dealing with problems with my health for a long time, and it's been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I've been going through."

Dion noted the condition, which affects "something like one in a million people," has been, "causing all of the spasms that have been having. Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I'm used to," she admitted, at times her emotions forcing her to pause.

"It hurts me to tell you," she expressed, noting, "I'm working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again..."

As a result, Celine won't be back on stage for her Courage tour in Europe in February as scheduled.

Celine called off her previous Resorts World Las Vegas residency in November 2021 due to "severe and persistent muscle spasms." She later announced in a video statement that she had to postpone her 2022 European tour until 2023. Earlier this month, there was a report that she was eyeing a May start to her Vegas residency.

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