Paul Rudd is giving New York voters a sweet treat -- cookies -- for waiting in line in the pouring rain. "I want to say thank you for coming out and doing your part and voting," Rudd is heard saying in one video shared on Twitter by Fandom. It appears Rudd visited the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. "Hey, look at us, who would’ve thought.. we’d be enjoying cookies with Paul Rudd after voting in BK #MakeHistoryHere," the venue's official Twitter account wrote yesterday, alongside several photos of the star with voters.
Netflix is hiking up prices again. The streaming service will raise the monthly fee for two of its plans, it’s standard and premium tiers, beginning next month. Netflix’s standard tier is rising by $1 to $13.99 a month, while its most expensive Premium tier will now cost $17.99 a month, an increase of $2 a month. The new prices will start with current customers’ next billing cycle, while those who sign up after Oct. 29 will pay the higher fees. The last time Netflix raised prices was in May 2019. The standard plans allows subscribers to watch on two streams at a time, while the premium plan allows for four concurrent streams, plus the option to stream in 4K. Netflix’s base plan, which costs $9, is unchanged. The base plan does not give HD access and only allows for one stream at a time.
Here are the top 10 movie rentals and streaming, according to RottenTomatoes.com.
Wolfman’s Got Nards
On the Rocks
J.R. “Bob” Dobbs & the Church of the SubGenius
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The More You Ignore Me
Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World
If you thought all of Taylor Swift’s pre-Joe Alwyn albums were breakup albums, think again. In a preview snippet from Rolling Stone’s new 500 Greatest Albums podcast, the singer reveals she only considers one of her albums a “true breakup album” -- and that’s 2012’s Red. “I look back on this as my true breakup album, every other album has flickers of different things,” she says. “But this was an album that I wrote specifically about pure, absolute, to the core, heartbreak.” While Taylor has never revealed exactly who her breakup songs are about, fans have heavily speculated that many songs on Red are about her short-lived romance with Jake Gyllenhaal. “All Too Well,” which many consider Taylor’s best song, is the most famous one believed to be about Jake. Fans also believe “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “The Last Time” are about him as well. Just last month, Swifties flooded the comments of Jake’s Instagram after he posted a black-and-white picture of himself as a young boy wearing glasses. They were all quoting the lyrics to "All Too Well" -- in particular, the line that goes, "You used to be a little kid with glasses in a twin-sized bed." Taylor and Jake dated for a few months in the fall of 2010. Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums podcast launches on Amazon Music November 10.
Kim Kardashian spent $1 million to fly her family and friends on a private jet to celebrate her 40th birthday on one of the world’s most breathtaking private islands in Tahiti, Page Six is reporting. Kim chartered an 88-seat Boeing 777 last week to fly a group of under 30 to The Brando, a luxurious private island resort in French Polynesia with just 35 villas. Her group — which included sisters Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, brother Rob Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner — were treated to a host of lavish dinners, spa visits and guided treks through the lush island, known locally as Tetiaroa Atoll and famed for its stunning blue lagoon. A source said: “The group was limited to Kim’s closest family and friends. Everyone on the trip was repeatedly tested for COVID before they left in the middle of the night on a private Boeing 777. Once on the island they had lavish dinner after dinner, spa treatments and hikes through the nature sanctuary. There was no expense spared. Everyone was banned from posting on social media by Kim to ensure her privacy.”
Sharon Osbourne says she and hubby Ozzy were targeted by credit card fraudsters. Appearing on yesterday’s edition of The Talk, Sharon recounted the moment she found out about this, while out shopping for a birthday present for her daughter Kelly, who turned 36 this week. “It’s my Kelly’s birthday today, I went out last night to pick up her gift,” Sharon said. “I give my credit card and they come back and say, ‘Do you have another credit card? It didn’t go through.’ I say, ‘Just try it again,’ still didn’t go through!” Sharon elaborated that she tried to pay with her husband's card, but this was declined too. “Then, they come back and say, ‘Do you have another one? It didn’t go through.’ I'm like, ‘What's going on?’” she went on. Sharon went on to explain that she contacted her credit card company to find out what was happening. “Someone rang up charges and maxed out Ozzy’s card and my card,” she revealed. “I called through to the credit card company and they go, ‘No, no, no, you’re maxed out, so is Ozzy.’” Sharon asked where the charges took place. When told, she noted that she had not shopped at any of those shops. “I’m like, ‘I don’t go to that store, or to that store,’” she went on. She also implied that a lot of money had been spent, not just a couple of hundred dollars on a blouse. Sharon has since hired fraud investigators to look into it.
Kanye West seemingly took a shot at Jennifer Aniston after the actress told her followers not to vote for him. Earlier this month, the rapper asked fans to write his name on the ballot when they vote in the 2020 presidential election, but Aniston endorsed Joe Biden and urged people to ignore the rapper’s suggestion. “This whole thing isn’t about one candidate or one single issue,” Aniston said at the time. “It’s about the future of this country and of the world. Vote for equal human rights, for love, and for decency. PS – It’s not funny to vote for Kanye. I don’t know how else to say it. Please be responsible.” Kanye, who unveiled his first 2020 campaign ad earlier this month, posted a screenshot of a Vanity Fair article titled, “Jennifer Aniston Endorses Joe Biden, Tells Fans ‘It’s Not Funny to Vote for Kanye.'” He captioned the post, which has since been deleted, “Wow ???? that Rogan interview got em shook Let’s gooooooooo.” West was seemingly referring to his recent three-hour interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” where he discussed everything from his presidential campaign to mental health and having coronavirus. “There’s people who say to me: ‘Well, music is bigger, or more influential, than politics or celebrities are more influential,’” he recently told Rogan. “I thought of it like if I was a pastor of a 100,000-person church, but then I was also a captain, a sailor, and then we went to war and I said: ‘I’m gonna man this ship that has 1000 people on it because God is calling me to take this position.'”
CBS has hired an “around-the-clock” security detail for “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl after she and her family received a death threat last week, TMZ is reporting. According to TMZ, a death threat call against Stahl and her family was reported to the LAPD last Thursday — a few hours before President Trump posted a 37-minute recording of his interview with Stahl for “60 Minutes,” which aired on Sunday. An unidentified suspect issued threats against Stahl and her family and “said something about neo-Nazis,” TMZ reported. TMZ also reported that the LAPD has an open investigation into the threat against Stahl.
Netflix announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement with publisher Ubisoft to develop multiple shows based on video game series Assassin's Creed. The first project in development is a live-action series that Netflix has described as being epic and genre-bending. Netflix and Ubisoft also plan on developing an anime and animated series based on Assassin's Creed. Netflix released on Twitter a teaser for the live-action series that features the Netflix logo inside of the Assassin's Creed log. "We're excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin's Creed is beloved for. From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy," Peter Friedlander, vice president, original series at Netflix said in a statement. A live-action Assassin's Creed film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard was released in 2016. Assassin's Creed the video game series has sold 155 million copies worldwide. The next entry in the video game series titled Assassin's Creed Valhalla, takes place during England's Dark Ages and has players taking on the role of a viking warrior. The title releases for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC on Nov. 10.
Jennifer Aniston has already cast her ballot. Now she's telling her followers to do the same. In an Instagram post Friday, she shared with her 35.7 million followers that she had voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. "Our current President has decided that racism is a non-issue," Aniston wrote. "He has repeatedly and publicly ignored science ... too many people have died." The star had voted by mail, depositing her ballot in an official drop box at the West Hollywood Library in West Hollywood, according to her Instagram photo. In the lengthy post, Aniston asked followers to "really consider" the LGBTQ community, racism, the elderly and environmental issues when voting. "This whole thing isn't about one candidate or one single issue, it's about the future of this country and of the world," Aniston wrote. "Vote for equal human rights, for love, and for decency." Aniston ended the post with a reference to Kanye West's current presidential campaign. "It's not funny to vote for Kanye. I don't know how else to say it," Aniston wrote. "Please be responsible."
Jennifer Garner is still not pregnant. She once again had to shut down speculation that she was expecting a baby after posting a photo of a carved pumpkin inside of a larger pumpkin, which fans confused as a pregnancy announcement. “When you and your jack-o’-lantern share a vibe…,” Garner wrote in the caption. “Wait….are you pregnant or is this something from back when someone posted a pic and thought you were but it was quarantine weight?!” one fan wrote. “Please say you are!!!” Another person commented, “I thought this was a pregnancy announcement for a hot second.” Garner replied back, “STILL NOT HAVING MORE BABIES. good grief, i didn’t even see it, i just saw the matching smiles.” In September, Garner laughed off a troll’s question asking whether she was pregnant after wearing baggy overalls in a video. “I am 48, have three healthy kids, and am not—and never will be—pregnant,” she said at the time. “We can lay that pupper to rest. Have [sic] a gained the Covid 19? Possibly. But that is another story [laughing, pizza, taco, donut, chocolate, wine emojis].”
After rumors floated earlier this year that the cult classic “Hocus Pocus” will get a highly anticipated sequel on Disney+, Bette Midler — the original Winifred Sanderson — has confirmed that she, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will also return to their spellbinding roles. Midler recently appeared on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” and dropped a major hint when asked about whether or not she would be returning for a new installment. “They want to make a movie; they’ve asked us if we were interested, and, of course, all of us said yes,” Midler said. “I’m game. I’m totally game.” It won’t be the first time that the Sanderson Sisters will reunite. Midler announced last week on Instagram that the bewitching trio will come together to host a virtual charity event, “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover,” on Friday. “It was so bizarre to have been these characters 27 years ago,” Midler said regarding reuniting with Parker and Naijmy. “And to put all that gear on...It was so bizarre, because we fell into exactly the same relationship we had and the same style of behaving on-screen that we had 27 years ago. As if we had been off for a weekend!” As of now, there is no date set for “Hocus Pocus 2” to cast its spell on Disney+.
If you've already been through Justin Bieber's Seasons, get ready for his Next Chapter. That's the name of the new YouTube Originals documentary that chronicles the star's life today. Debuting later this month, the 30-minute doc will feature Justin having what's described as "raw" conversations about everything from his personal life, to quarantine, to his experiences with fame. Justin Bieber: Next Chapter premieres October 30 at noon ET on Justin’s Official YouTube Channel. “Connecting with fans and bringing them into my life is really important to me," Justin says in a statement. "I’m excited to catch up with them and to share the progress I’m making, the new music I’m working on, and what I’m excited about for the future." In the trailer, we hear someone say to Justin, "You seem like your best self right now." "Right," he replies. The voice off screen then says, "How did we get here?" The trailer then launches into Justin talking about the emotional wringer he went through earlier in his life, to his spiritual contentment now. He even see him getting tested for COVID-19, swimming, kissing wife Hailey Bieber, handing out with friends and his team, recording his new songs "Lonely" and "Holy," and shooting hoops. "People love a happy ending," says Justin.
Michael B. Jordan is looking to branch out even further in his career, entering talks to make his directorial debut with Creed 3 for MGM. The actor starred in 2015's Creed as Adonis Creed, the son of Carl Weathers' Apollo Creed from the original Rocky franchise. While a third Creed sequel had been previously slated to be in the works, with Zach Baylin (King Richard) announced to write the script, Jordan's possible involvement was first reported by Deadline on Saturday. If Jordan does in fact take the helm, he will continue the franchise's tradition of having a different director for each movie.
Comedian John Mulaney is set to guest host this coming weekend's edition of Saturday Night Live. "Three things define New York City: SNL, the Strokes, and Ed Koch. Koch is dead, so they got me. I am so ***damn excited. 4th time up. Wow and wow and wow," Mulaney tweeted. Rock band The Strokes will provide the musical entertainment. The show will take place on Halloween. It will also be the last before the U.S. presidential election.
Ryan Reynolds revealed he's voted for the first time in a U.S. presidential election. The Canadian-born actor confirmed on social media yesterday that he voted early alongside his wife, Blake Lively. "This is my first time voting in America. I’d like to thank my wife Blake 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," the actor joked on Instagram. In the photo he posted, Ryan is holding his mail-in ballot. Meanwhile, Lively also poked fun at his first-time experience writing, "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 [sic]. #voteearly." Reynolds, who was born and raised in Vancouver, said back in 2016 he wished he could have voted then. The star has since obtained dual citizenship, the New York Times reported in 2018.
Scarlett Johansson will star in “Bride,” the next film from the Chilean director of “Gloria Bell” Sebastián Lelio. “Bride” is described as a genre-bending story that stars Johansson as a woman who is created and designed by a brilliant entrepreneur to be the ideal wife. But when she rejects her creator and is forced to flee her confined existence, she’s confronted with a world that sees her as a monster. While on the run, she discovers her true identity, some surprising power and the strength to remake herself as her own creation.
Here are the top 10 movie rentals and streaming, according to RottenTomatoes.com.
On the Rocks
J.R. “Bob” Dobbs & The Church of the SubGenius
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The More You Ignore Me
Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World
Ms. White Light
Quibi, the short video streaming service launched with great fanfare in April, may have to shut down if a buyer isn't found, according to a new report. Quibi founder and former Disney CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has tried to sell its catalog of programming to several companies including to NBCUniversal and Facebook - both of which declined, The Information reported on Tuesday. Katzenberg “has told people in the industry that he may have to shut down the company,” the news site said, citing a person who spoke to him. Quibi opened for business in the United States and Canada six months ago as the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic began to set in. Its goal was to shake up the video content industry by providing 10-minute original Hollywood-quality programs delivered to smartphones and mobile devices.
Universal Pictures is planning two final rides for its lucrative Fast & Furious franchise, with director Justin Lin coming back to the helm. The studio is planning on bringing the Fast & Furious franchise to a close with two final movies, directed by Justin Lin, according to Deadline. When all is said and done, Lin will have directed seven of the 11 Fast & Furious movies, including the upcoming F9, arriving May 28, 2021. Vin Diesel will return to star as Dominic Toretto, while also producing through his One Race Films production company. Also expected to return are Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce), Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges (Tej Parker), Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto), Nathalie Emmanuel (Megan Ramsey) and Sung Kang (Han). Charlize Theron is rumored to portray her character Cipher once again, who debuted in 2017's The Fate of the Furious and returns in F9.
Matthew McConaughey is a firm believer that whichever way the pendulum swings in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, people should “embrace” the results. McConaughey promoted his new book “Greenlights” on “Fox & Friends” yesterday and spoke about his motto: “When faced with the inevitable, get relative.” Applying that motto to the race between President Trump and Joe Biden, he said, “It’s not inevitable who’s going to win.” “After that happens, whether it’s an incumbent or whether it’s Biden, after it happens is when it’s time to get constructive and not be in denial,” McConaughey stated. He cautioned fans not to get too caught up in thinking, “Oh, I can’t believe this happened” and focus on the reality of the results. “It’s time to get constructive and not deny the fact of whatever’s happened and embrace the situation,” he said of the future president. McConaughey added: “Whoever is going to be commander in chief and president of the United States of America, that’s not something, hopefully, that we’re going to deny or be able to argue.” “I hope it’s a clean election,” the actor stated. “Whichever way it goes I hope it’s clean and that there’s no debate.”
Kirstie Alley has doubled down on her support for President Donald Trump, accusing Joe Biden of making pretty constant racial slurs. In an interview on Monday night with Fox News' Sean Hannity, the actress laughed off the criticism since her Saturday night tweet declaring she was voting for Trump. She also slammed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and suggested he might be racist. “When your gaffes are constantly - when he said, you know, 'you ain't black if you're not voting for me,' and you know these constant gaffes that have these actual racist overtones,” Alley said. “And I'm like, no, you maybe get one where you accidentally said something inappropriate but it's pretty constant. I mean, it is constant, isn't it? Those are racial slurs.” Alley was referring to an interview in May with radio host Charlamagne tha God. “Well, I'll tell you what,” Biden said. “If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black.” Biden has apologized repeatedly, saying: “I shouldn't have said that.”
Ryan Seacrest tested negative for the coronavirus after being absent from taping “Live with Kelly and Ryan” for two days. Kelly Ripa hosted the show solo on Monday and yesterday, announcing on the show’s official Instagram page that her co-host “took the day off” Monday. However, when he didn’t show up yesterday, she explained that he was awaiting a COVID-19 test. Seacrest was staying home with a cough out of an abundance of caution until his COVID-19 test came back. Yesterday, the show’s Instagram account shared another video of Ripa sitting at the show’s New York City studio set explaining the situation. The video caption revealed that Seacrest had tested negative. “UPDATE: Great news.. test came back and he’s negative! Ryan will be back tomorrow!” the post read.
"Dawson's Creek” is coming to Netflix in the US on November 1," Netflix announced in a tweet on Monday, adding, "and before you ask, the episodes won't have the original theme song (sorry)." Paula Cole's hit "I Don't Want to Wait," served as the show's theme song for its entire six season run, but replaced the home video and streaming release with Canadian musician Jann Arden’s “Run Like Mad” due to rights issues. As Dawson's executive producer, Paul Stupin, told the Huffington Post around the time of the show's streaming debut in 2012, it was done as cost-saving measure. When Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first two seasons of Dawson’s Creek on DVD in 2003, it paid Paula Cole a fee for the song. However, Stupin explained that Sony, disappointed with the sales from those first two seasons, cut the DVD budget for the remaining four seasons. Securing additional licenses for recorded music was among the first things to go. Cole, in a separate Huffpost essay, wrote, “Everyone keeps asking me, ‘Why won’t you let them have the song?' Of course I would consider it! I’m right here! Come talk to me, Sony. Let’s negotiate! I’m an independent artist open for business! But I won’t give my music for free and I don’t think any artist should give their music for free unless it’s helping out another independent artist -- and then you renegotiate once the project is successful." Added Cole, "I think giving one’s art for free to giant corporations hurts artists and musicians and society across the board.”
Harrison Ford and Ed Helms will star in a new comedy film together titled The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire. Helms will portray a family man going through a midlife crisis who takes a dream sailing vacation. Helms will then find himself shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean along with a charming but unhinged sea captain played by Ford. The film is inspired by a true story.