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January 29, 2019

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WH OverstockThey are back! Characters from two different shows -- Carrie Bradshaw and Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski -- appear together in a commercial for Stella Artois that will appear during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Carrie, portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker, in Sex and the City on HBO and in two films, and Jeff Bridges, from the film The Big Lebowski, are reprised in the commercial called "Change Up the Usual."

Carrie is known for drinking a Cosmopolitan and Lebowski's beverage of choice is a White Russian.

When Carries instead orders a Stella at the bar, waiters crash into each other with plates breaking.

Then when The Dude appears at the bar and orders something he pronounces as "Stella Ar-toes," eyebrows are raised again.

Carrie taps him on the shoulder, and says "Good choice" as she holds a glass of the beer. The Dude motions to her with a bottle, saying: "Well, changing can do a little good."

The ad promotes the brand's "Pour It Forward" campaign with Water.org, developed by actor Matt Damon. Sales of Stella Artois help provide access to clean water in the developing world.

Before the ad was released Monday, Jeff Bridges tweeted a cryptic clip as El Duderino, drawing 10 million views and wrote "What better time to bring him back than to help change the lives of people living without access to water simply by switching up your order? ... That's something The Dude would abide, man."

Can't be living in the past, man. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/zL2CLYhGAM- Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) January 24, 2019

On Monday, he tweeted: "Careful man, there's a beverage here!" @SJP and I are bringing back some beloved characters with a twist, because thanks to @stellaartois and @water, when you change up the usual you can do good!"

Last week, Parker recreated the iconic Sex and the City opening scene to promote Stella Artois' partnership with Water.org. The commercial spot shows Parker getting splashed by a passing bus as she walks the streets of New York. The bus features a banner reading "1 bottle = 1 month of clean water."

Parker said making the Super Bowl ad was "a joyful experience ... bringing Carrie back for a good and important cause," USA Today reported.

I'm tuning into the Super Bowl for the commercials, not the game. How about you?

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Steve


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CBS orders more 'Magnum P.I.,' 'FBI,' 'Neighborhood'

CBS announced it has renewed its freshman dramas FBI and Magnum P.I., and sitcom The Neighborhood for second seasons to air in 2019-20.

"Each of these distinctive shows has made their mark in a variety of ways," Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement Friday. "Our goals this season were to introduce new series that audiences are passionate about, add more strength to a winning schedule and create more inclusive programming."

FBI is a law-enforcement procedural created by Dick Wolf. It stars Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, Ebonee Noel and Sela Ward.

Jay Hernandez leads the cast of the remake of the 1980s hit Magnum P.I. Hernandez plays former Navy SEAL-turned-private investigator Thomas Magnum. The ensemble also includes Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill, Tim Kang and Amy Hill.

The Neighborhood stars Cedric the Entertainer, Tichina Arnold, Max Greenfield and Beth Behrs. It is about what happens when a white family from the Midwest moves into a predominantly black neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Cedric the Entertainer posted a video on Instagram showing the cast and crew celebrating the renewal news.

"That moment when you know your credit score is going up!!! Season 2 of @theneighborhood order early early. God is Good. This is more than a blessing in this business. Thanks to all the fans," the comedian captioned the clip.

Margot Robbie releases first look at Harley Quinn in 'Birds of Prey'

 
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Margot Robbie released on Instagram Monday a new photo of herself as DC Comics character Harley Quinn in upcoming film Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

"Miss me?" Robbie captioned the image which features a new look for the popular Batman villain. Robbie first portrayed Harley Quinn in 2016's Suicide Squad.

Harley Quinn will be featured in the film with bangs and a jacket made of confetti along with a pink tank top and red suspenders.

Birds of Prey, from director Cathy Yan, will follow Harley Quinn as she teams up with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Gotham City detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to take down crime lord Black Mask, set to be portrayed by Ewan McGregor.

Ella Jay Basco is also set to star as Cassandra Cain, a character that took up the mantle of Batgirl in the pages of DC Comics.

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is set to arrive in theaters on Feb. 7, 2020.

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'Leaving Neverland': Director, Michael Jackson estate spar over film

Director Dan Reed and Michael Jackson's estate are sparring over his new documentary, Leaving Neverland.

The film, which premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, examines allegations from Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 40, that Jackson sexually abused them as children.

Reed said the film aims to bolster the #MeToo movement, to empower people to speak out against sexual abuse.

Jackson's estate said Leaving Neverland highlights old, "uncorrobated allegations."

"These claims were the basis of lawsuits filed by these two admitted liars, which were ultimately dismissed by a judge," the estate said in a statement. "The two accusers testified under oath that these events never occurred. They have provided no independent evidence and absolutely no proof in support of their accusations."

Reed responded to the criticism in in an interview Sunday with USA Today.

"It's pretty much what you'd expect them to say. The statement contains nothing that is of concern and no substantial criticism of the film. They obviously haven't seen it, and I'm not engaging with the substance of what they're saying," Reed said.

Reed told the Los Angeles Times he hopes his film will help others who have been abused to speak up.

"I don't think the answer is to start a war about Jackson's music," Reed said. "I think this film is going to get people going #MeToo, and a lot of people will come out and will feel they're able to talk because Wade and James broke the biggest taboo of all -- the biggest silence of all. People who have had the same experience but not with a very famous person will feel empowered to speak."

The four-hour Leaving Neverland is set to debut on HBO later this year.

'SNL' books Halsey as host, musical guest on Feb. 9

Halsey will appear as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Feb. 9, the singer and NBC announced.

NBC announced the booking on Saturday night and Halsey confirmed the news, writing on Twitter: "ITS SATURDAY [EXPLICIT] NIGHT BABY,"

The 24-year-old performer added: "I am really to excited to sleep. life is absolutely wild. thank you guys for the support. it's all the fuel my fire needs to make this 3rd album perfect. I'm jumping in circles every day."

I am really to excited to sleep. life is absolutely wild. thank you guys for the support. it's all the fuel my fire needs to make this 3rd album perfect. I'm jumping in circles every day. I love u.- h (@halsey) January 27, 2019

In a follow-up tweet, she wrote: "Too* excited for good grammar as well apparently."

Her appearance will be the first SNL show in February after a one-week hiatus this weekend.

Halsey first appeared on SNL in January 2018 during her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour.

On Nov. 10, she performed alongside musical guest Lil' Wayne.

Other dual host-musical guests have been Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Drake, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, Rolling Stone reported.

Halsey has never appeared as someone else on the screen, but was a musical presenter playing herself in the Oscar-nominated film A Star Is Born.

Halsey, who was born Ashley Frangipane in Edison, N.J., released her debut studio album Badlands in August 2015.

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Pro wrestler and Bumblebee actor John Cena is to star in a new Netflix action-comedy movie directed by Ozark star Jason Bateman.

"It's harder and harder to keep secrets these days...excited we get to share this news today!!" Cena tweeted, along with the link to a news story about the as-yet-untitled project.

The Hollywood Reporter said Bateman will reunite with Mark Perez, who wrote his 2018 blockbuster Game Night, for the new Netflix movie.

Bateman has worked as an actor for more than 30 years. He also helmed the films The Family Fang and Bad Words.

Cena's screen credits include Daddys' Home and its sequel, Ferdinand, Blockers and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.