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Balenciaga's Denma Gvasalia issues apology for "inappropriate" ad campaign featuring kids

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Balenciaga's creative director, Denma Gvasalia, has broken his silence regarding the brand's recent controversial ad campaign.

"I want to personally apologize for the wrong artistic choice of concept for the gifting campaign with the kids and I take my responsibility," Gvasalia wrote in a statement on Instagram Friday. "It was inappropriate to have kids promote objects that had nothing to do with them."

"As much as I would sometimes like to provoke a thought through my work, I would NEVER have an intention to do that with such an awful subject as child abuse that I condemn," he added.

The famed creative said he needed to "learn from this, listen and engage with child protection organizations to know how I can contribute and help on this terrible subject."

The apology comes after the luxury brand faced backlash for featuring children with sexualized teddy bears in a recent ad campaign.

Balenciaga's president and CEO, Cédric Charbit, also issued a statement on Friday, sharing that the company has reorganized its image department to ensure full alignment with corporate guidelines.

The company also confirmed Friday it would be dropping a lawsuit previously filed against the North Six production company, as well as set designer Nicholas Des Jardins, over a separate Spring 2023 ad campaign, which included a photo that showed a Supreme Court ruling on child pornography laws.

Balenciaga had accused North Six and Des Jardins of "malevolent or, at the very least, extraordinarily reckless" conduct in its work on that ad campaign, though a source close to North Six told Good Morning America on Monday that the production company had only handled logistics for the shoot and did not have creative control or input in the campaign.

The company first responded to the blowback on November 22, saying it "sincerely" apologized for the campaign.

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At Brazil Comic Con, creators Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni tease "bigger" third season of 'The Mandalorian'

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At the comic convention CCXP in Brazil, where it was revealed the show was returning on Disney+ March 1, 2023, The Mandalorian's creator, Jon Favreau, and producer Dave Filoni teased Thursday what's to come.

In addition to revealing some convention-exclusive footage of the new season, Collider reports Iron Man director Filoni teased from the main stage, "I will say that the scope of it is getting bigger, we have really cool space battles, we have lots of Mandalorians, we have the planet of Mandalore, which we've been talking about for a long time."

He added, "We get to see the Mandalorian culture, and many of the wonderful actors you've seen in previous seasons return, and you'll see them all work together on this show."

Among others, a recent teaser showed star-and-episode director Carl Weathers' return as Greef Karga, as well as Katee Sackhoff, seen in an adversarial role as fellow Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze.

Favreau called it a "very ambitious season" that will see the return of some of the episode directors from the critic-and-fan-lauded first two seasons. "We have a very experienced team that have been working together for a long time, and I think a lot of people are going to enjoy what we have in store," he teased.

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Norman Reedus calls his 'Walking Dead' spin-off a "reset"

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) While initially planned as a spin-off centering on fan favorites Daryl and Carol, Norman Reedus' next post-apocalyptic adventure in the Walking Dead universe will have him going solo in Europe.

As reported back in April, Melissa McBride, who played Carol, made a surprise exit from the production, reportedly over the decision to move the AMC show from Georgia to on location in Europe.

However, the show's creators tell Entertainment Weekly that the fact Daryl is now alone is a key element of the now-retitled The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.

AMC President Dan McDermott tells EW that the show, due out next year, follows the character "as he wakes up and finds himself somewhere on the European continent ... How did he get here? How's he going to get home?"

Reedus calls the show a "reset."

With three weeks "in the can," the actor explains, "It's weird as s***, but that's the story."

He adds, "People are speaking French around me, and part of my story is me trying to figure out, 'Is this good or is this bad? Are we about to get into a fight or are we friends right now?' I'm trying to read lips with the language that I don't understand and I'm reading body language ... and it's confusing, and I'm figuring it out."

He adds, "Yeah, it's weird, but that's the show we're making. So it's working really well."

The actor also explains that shooting the show in Europe, as opposed to Georgia, helps sell the new vibe.

"It's so epic in scale," he enthuses, "There's history in the walls around us ... It's a very different feel. It has the stuff that you want from the show, but it's just picked up and put in a whole other dimension."

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Keke Palmer does Angela Bassett impression directly in front of her

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It's one thing to do an impersonation of an actor, but another to do it with them in your presence. Clips of Keke Palmer imitating Angela Bassett in The Jacksons: An American Dream caught the attention of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star — and Keke was asked to perform right in front of Bassett herself.

"I've seen you online imitating me. You do a great job," Bassett told Palmer, who explained that she often did the impersonation for Queen Latifah during their time on the set of 2012's Joyful Noise. "I used to only do it for her. I just recently started doing it online and everything," she continued.

"OK, Keke — we're here together. You're finally here; I don't have to watch you online," Bassett responded. "I can actually see it right here before me." 

"Don't be shy. You're not shy at all," she said, encouraging Palmer, who then mustered up the courage to flaunt her skills. Bassett even joined in and did the reading with Palmer.

The moment between Palmer and Bassett took place thanks to Vanity Fair, which reunited the actresses 16 years after they played daughter and mother in the 2006 movie Akeelah and the Bee.

It follows Bassett's appearance in the Black Panther sequel and precedes Palmer's appearance as guest host of this weekend's SNL episode.

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Nick Offerman on attending "Heroic 101 masterclass" in the new 'Mission: Impossible' movies

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Nick Offerman tells ABC Audio he's in a very "fun" place in his career. The Pam & Tommy star is not only able to work with his -- and his fan-favorite Parks and Rec character Ron Swanson's -- favorite whiskey brand Lagavulin, but he's also recently logged time on set of some huge projects.

Offerman will be seen next year in a "wonderful" supporting role as Bill in HBO's post-apocalyptic video game adaptation The Last of Us, as well as in the next Mission: Impossible movies, opposite Tom Cruise.

"I feel like a sort of special agent," he says of his "really fun" career direction as of late. "You know...I'm not the main requirement. They've got those people covered. But then they're like, 'Oh, we need someone who can, you know, giggle and also use a socket wrench. Oh, see if Offerman's available.'"

When asked about what he'll be doing in the next installments of the blockbuster spy series starring and produced by Tom Cruise, Offerman immediately deadpans, "I kill him, I kill his character."

He adds with a laugh, "...I think the next most action thing I did [previously] was I was the bad guy in Miss Congeniality 2 many years ago, and Sandra Bullock beat the s*** out of me..."

Offerman called the process of making Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 "fascinating" and "intense," explaining writer-director Christopher McQuarrie told him, "'The way we make these movies is we jump out of a plane, and then we start sewing a parachute as we fall and hope that it will land on our feet.'"

He added, "...Watching them do what they do was like really like a master class...I kept saying, I feel like I'm in a class called 'Heroic 101.'"



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Director Guy Ritchie said he'd cast "perfect gentleman" Will Smith in 'Aladdin' sequel

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) While Will Smith was promoting his new movie Emancipation, he mentioned he'd understand if some people aren't "ready" to see him in a film yet, in the wake of his Oscar night slap of Chris Rock.

However, Guy Ritchie, who directed Smith as Genie in Disney's live-action hit Aladdin, said he is already ready to work with him again — in "anything."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ritchie was in Saudi Arabia, where he accepted an honor at the second annual Red Sea International Film Festival, when he was asked about his former leading man.

Ritchie didn't comment on the Oscar night incident, but offered of Will, "I've never met a more lovely man, and working with him was one of the most wonderful, great experiences I've ever had." He added, "I never saw anything other than the consummate, generous gentleman."

With a sequel to Aladdin in the works, the English director of Snatch and The Gentlemen was asked if he'd consider recasting the embattled actor in the key role. "I wouldn't have any issue casting Will Smith in anything, because, as I say, he was just the f***ing perfect gentleman," Guy replied.

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Apple TV+ diving into second season of 'Surface'

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Apple TV+ has given the green light to a sophomore season of its twisty psychological drama Surface.

The series began with star and executive producer Gugu Mbatha-Raw waking up from a near-fatal accident with amnesia, only to learn the life she thought she had was anything but.

In a statement, the English actress noted, "I am thrilled to continue this journey and dive deeper into the tension and mystery of Surface with this brilliant team. I love playing Sophie and I can't wait for fans and new audiences to join us as she enters the dangerous new world of her past in season two."

The streaming service teases that unlike the San Franscisco-set debut season, the second frame will be shot in and around London, something the Oxford native called "incredibly meaningful."

The series is co-produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine company and Apple TV, which teases, "While Season One answered the question of who Sophie really was, Season Two will tell us why. Sophie traveled across an ocean to escape her past, so what was she running from?"

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'Yellowstone' gets the 'Monopoly' treatment

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One of the most popular shows on TV, Yellowstone, is now part of the Monopoly franchise.

That's right: If you ever wished you could build your empire like the Dutton clan, now you can, thanks to Hasbro's board-game version of the neo-Western phenomenon.

Monopoly: Yellowstone's makers tease that players can collect properties, including some of the Paramount Network series' most recognizable locations: Obviously, the Dutton Ranch Main House is up for grabs, as are stables, the bunkhouse, Rip & Beth's cabin, the Paradise Valley Resort and others.

Instead of the classic game's shoe, thimble and other player pieces, the new game offers up a branding iron, a saddle, a cowboy hat, a bull and a belt buckle. The "Chance Cards" have been re-branded as "Protect The Land" Cards, with Monopoly's "Community Chest" cards retrofitted with Rip Dutton's memorable line: "We Don't Choose The Way."

And because you can't build an empire without legal tender, the game's iconic colored cash gets a Yellowstone-themed face-lift, too.

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'Darby and the Dead' stars say the supernatural teen comedy is purposefully complex

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High school can be frightening enough as it is.

But, in the new Hulu teen comedy film Darby and the Dead, it all gets taken up a notch. The movie, which centers on Riele Downs’ introvert Darby and her ability to see ghosts like Auli’i Cravalho’s Capri, balances supernatural elements with classic teen movie tropes.

“We have our North Stars that we wanted to pay reverence to, like Clueless and Mean Girls and Heathers. They all had these incredible, powerful women, but we wanted a fresh take on it,” Cravalho tells ABC Audio. “So, we have incredible diversity in these women, and they’re in positions of power. And we also wanted to talk about grief and what it looks like and how it has ripple effects.”

The cast still got to have all the classic teen movie moments, such as “the makeover,” “the walk down the hall,” and the classic “tossing of the hair” over the shoulder, Cravalho says, but they also got to focus on the deeper subject matter of grief as well.

“We also get characters like James, played by Asher Angel, who’s devastated by the loss of his girlfriend. And then we get to see Derek Luke, who plays Darby’s dad – the beautiful representation of a parent who’s understanding and emotionally available to talk about these sensitive subjects,” Cravalho says.

According to Downs, this complexity was completely intentional.

“We really put a lot of attention on creating layers for them and making them all have motivations. Nothing is by accident,” Downs says. “Knowing that they’re not just a stereotype and also there’s something in it for everyone.”  

Darby and the Dead will be available to stream Friday, December 2, only on Hulu.

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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
Lady Chatterley's LoverEmma Corrin stars in this new romantic drama based on the controversial classic novel.

"Sr"Robert Downey Jr. pays tribute to his father in this new documentary, which chronicles the life and career of the maverick filmmaker.

My Unorthodox Life: The Heart family is back! Watch as Julia navigates her personal life and her empire, along with her children.


Disney+
Willow: Join a group of misfit heroes on a rescue mission through a world beyond imagination in the new series Willow.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: Greg is back and ready to bond with his older brother in the new animated film.


Apple TV+
Slow Horses: Jackson Lamb and the rest of his team defend England from sinister forces in season two.


HBO Max
Gossip Girl: The Upper East Siders deal with even more secrets and scandals throughout season two of Gossip Girl. Xoxo.

Happy streaming!

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Kanye West's Twitter account suspended for "incitement to violence"

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Kanye West has been suspended from Twitter after a post on his account appeared to show a swastika inside a Star of David. The post arrived just hours after he made antisemitic remarks and praised Adolf Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Elon Musk, who's owned Twitter for just five weeks, tweeted in response to the now-deleted image that West -- also known as Ye -- posted on Thursday night.

"I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended," Musk wrote.

It was not immediately clear how long the rapper and fashion mogul would be suspended for.

Ye returned to Twitter on November 21 after Musk took over the company and reinstated a number of high-profile accounts of users who had previously been banned or restricted under guidelines that were in place before his takeover.

Ye has caused controversy over the past several months by making a series of antisemitic remarks. Just last month, Adidas -- among other companies -- ended its partnership with the rapper over his hateful speech. Adidas said the move would cost them up to $246 million in profits this year.

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'Orange Is the New Black' actor Brad William Henke dead at 56

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Former NFL player and Orange Is the New Black actor Brad William Henke has died. He was 56.

Henke's manager, Matt DelPiano confirmed reports he died in his sleep on Tuesday, Nov. 29 to The New York Post. No cause of death was given. 

In a statement to the outlet, DelPiano said, "Brad was an incredibly kind man of joyous energy. A very talented actor, he loved being a part of this community … and we loved him back. Our thoughts are with his wife and family." 

After hanging up his football cleats in 1994 due to ankle injuries, Henke got into acting, starting with commercials, eventually landing a role in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, where he played a prison guard. He's also had roles in projects like Justified, Lost, Dexter, CSI: Miami, and movies including Choke, Pacific Rim, and more. 

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Deon Cole shares emotional story behind naming his Netflix comedy special 'Charleen's Boy'

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Get ready to laugh because Deon Cole's new comedy special Charleen's Boy is out on Netflix now. 

In his second special with the streamer, Cole shares his comical take on life and dating in today's society. While the project brings more than a few laughs, the background is much more emotional, as the special is dedicated to and named after his late mother. 

"My mom passed about a year ago and I don't have no brothers and sisters and nothing like that or father that [she] was like my only rock, you know, my everything. I did everything for her. When she passed away, it just left a void," he tells ABC Audio.

Additionally, Charleen's Boy was filmed on the anniversary of his mother's death, though that wasn't the plan originally. 

"I wasn't even supposed to shoot, especially on that day," the black-ish star says before explaining that it was the only day available. "I didn't want to do it...but then a few days later, I just kept feeling this energy like, nah don't mourn that day, just celebrate her that day." 

The change of heart also prompted a change in the name of the Netflix special which he revealed was previously titled called Cole Facts

"I changed it to Charleen's Boy because I felt like when people see it it'd be the name of the special, but it also be what I am and, you know, make sure her name ring forever," Coles explains. "So it was special to shoot that day instead of mourning that day. I celebrated that." 

Deon Cole: Charleen's Boy is available to stream now. 

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In Brief: 'Mandalorian' season 3 release date; Angela Bassett honored, and more

ABC Audio has confirmed that the third season of Disney+'s Emmy-winning hit The Mandalorian will debut on the streaming service on March 1. As seen in The Book of Boba FettPedro Pascal's Din Djarin reunites with little Grogu, who refuses Luke Skywalker's offer to train him in the ways of the Jedi. As a teaser released two months ago showed, the unlikely "wolf-and-cub" duo will travel the stars, reuniting with old friends and frenemies, and battling new threats. Disney is the parent company of ABC News...

The NYPD identified a body found in the Bronx as actor Frank Vallelonga Jr., best known for his role in the 2018 film Green Book, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 60-year-old actor played a relative of Viggo Mortensen's bouncer Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga. In real life he was the son of the bouncer portrayed in the film, who was also an actor best known for playing crime boss Carmine Lupertazzi in The Sopranos. Vallelonga Sr. died in 2013. The police found Vallelonga Jr. unconscious and unresponsive, but with no observable trauma, early Monday morning on the ground outside of a sheet-metal factory. He was pronounced dead at the scene...

Deadline reports The Terminal List's Riley Keough has been tapped to executive produce and star in Under the Bridge, the Hulu limited series based on Rebecca Godfrey’s book. Keough will play the late author Godfrey in the adaptation of the 1997 true story of 14-year-old Reena Virk, who went to join friends at a party and never returned home. Keough next will be seen playing the titular character in Prime Video’s upcoming original series Daisy Jones & The Six...

Angela Bassett will be honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Montecito Award on February 9, 2023 during an in-person conversation about her career leading up to this year’s performance in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Named after the stylish Santa Barbara area, the Montecito Award is given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film. Past winners include Penélope CruzAmanda SeyfriedLupita Nyong’oMelissa McCarthySaoirse RonanIsabelle HuppertSylvester StalloneJennifer AnistonOprah WinfreyDaniel Day-LewisGeoffrey RushJulianne MooreKate WinsletNaomi Watts and Javier Bardem. The 38th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place February 8-18, 2023...

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"Hijacked ... and used": Jessica Chastain & Michael Shannon defend the legacy of 'George & Tammy'

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Long before Jessica Chastain won the Oscar for playing Tammy Faye Bakker, she started on her journey to embody Tammy Wynette.

This Sunday, you can experience her interpretation of the first lady of country music for yourself, as she and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon become George & Tammy.

The six-part series traces the love affair of George Jones and the "Stand by Your Man" hitmaker, with Chastain and Shannon even doing their own singing. In an eerie twist of fate, the real George and Tammy were not far away.

"At the studio we were recording at, there was a cemetery behind it," Shannon explains. "And you could go back and see George's grave and the mausoleum where Tammy's ashes are."

"And it was a very kind of, I don't know, sacred experience, you know, going back there," he adds. "We went back there more than once, actually."

Since the limited series is based on the book written by George and Tammy's only child, Georgette, it was even more crucial for Chastain to get it right. 

"Georgette was very, very important," the actress points out. "You know, she introduced us to so many people."

"It was just such an important story to tell. In some sense, my heart kind of broke for all their kids, because these are two people that were just gifted and so open and so full of intensity and love and passion," Chastain tells ABC Audio. "And I hate to say it, but I kind of feel like they were both hijacked, you know, in some part of their lives and used."  

George & Tammy premieres simultaneously on Showtime and Paramount Network Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

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