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Is Bruce Jenner About to Get His Own Show?

13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Gala At ARIA Resort & Casino
Bruce Jenner attends the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on April 4, 2014 Ethan Miller—Getty Images

Bruce Jenner‘s reality show career may be far from over.

PEOPLE has confirmed reports that say the Olympian-turned-reality star, whose changing appearance has been the source of growing speculation, is preparing a docu-series for E! that chronicles his life away from soon-to-be ex-wife Kris Jenner.

“Bruce has been filming his new life,” one production source tells PEOPLE. “His film crew have been told to keep everything hush-hush.”

A spokeswoman for E!, which is home to Jenner’s long-time reality show Keeping Up with Kardashians, declined to comment on the reports, which suggest the reality series will focus on Jenner’s personal “journey.” But Kim Kardashian seemed to hint that her dad may soon have something to share about his personal life.

While speaking to ET about her upcoming Super Bowl commercial, Kardashian said that Jenner “is the happiest I’ve ever seen him” and “when the time is right, he’ll talk about whatever he wants to talk about.”

“I will say that I think Bruce should tell his story his way,” Kardashian continued. “I think everyone goes through things in life, and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he’ll share whenever the time is right.”

PEOPLE has confirmed that Jenner had been trying to shop his own reality show that was supposed to focus on his sons and his life in Malibu, but no one was interested.

Jenner, meanwhile, will appear in the 10th season of KUWTK that will return in the spring.

—With reporting from AILI NAHAS and PERNILLA CEDENHEIM

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Eddie Murphy Says He’s Returning to SNL After 30 Years

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Eddie Murphy arrives at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Nov. 3, 2012 Gabriel Olsen—FilmMagic

It’s been more than 30 years since Eddie Murphy has appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but the comedian confirmed his return to Studio 8H for the show’s 40th anniversary special.

Murphy broke the news in a phone interview with News One Now. “It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it,” Murphy said, explaining his three-decade absence. “They’re having a 40th anniversary. … I’m going to that. And that will be the first time I’ve been back since I left.”

Murphy last stepped foot on the ‘SNL’ stage on Dec. 15, 1984 as a host, 10 months after ending his stint as a cast member …

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Sean Penn Says Marriage to Charlize Theron Would Be His ‘First’

Actors Sean Penn and Charlize Theron arrive at the 4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on Jan. 10, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Actors Sean Penn and Charlize Theron arrive at the 4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on Jan. 10, 2015 in Los Angeles. Valerie Macon—Getty Images

Despite earlier unions with Madonna and Robin Wright

Despite two high-profile marriages to Madonna and House of Cards actress Robin Wright, Sean Penn, who is in a relationship with Charlize Theron, says he would consider his next marriage his first.

“You say I’ve been married twice before, but I’ve been married under circumstances where I was less informed than I am today,” he said in the March issue of Esquire U.K.. “So I wouldn’t even consider it a third marriage, I’d consider it a first marriage on its own terms if I got married again.”

The Oscar winner was with Madonna from 1985 to 1989 and Wright from 1996 to 2010. While he says he remains “very friendly” with Madonna, Penn didn’t go in to as much detail regarding Wright, whom he shares two children – Dylan, 23, and Hopper, 21.

“I would say that I’m on extremely good terms with the children I share with my second ex-wife,” he said, adding that the divorce process is never easy. “You kick and bite about the other person.”

Even with his rocky experience with divorce, the actor remains positive about potentially walking down the aisle again – now that he has Theron, 39, by his side.

“Yes, I’d get married again,” the actor, 54, told Esquire.

Penn admitted he’s surprised to be in love again. “It could seem too late,” he said of his romance with Theron, 39. “But to run into somebody now who you care about is a much more passionate, deeper, truer and – God! – a much happier feeling. It’s a lot more romantic and a lot more fulfilling to be in a relationship and to think you’re a good person within it.”

Penn and Theron began dating over a year ago, and have remained quiet amid constant speculation that they are engaged.

This article originally appeared on People.com


The Americans Showrunners on That Shocking Death From Season 3’s Premiere

Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg on why the reaction to the graphic scene reminded them of their responsibility as writers

Spoilers for the Season 3 premiere ahead

The Americans returned with a bang on FX last night. The first episode of the third season ended with Russian operative Annalise being strangled to death while having sex with Yousaf, a foreign intelligence operative, and her target. Fellow spy Philip enters the room too late to save her but then begins brokering a deal with Yousaf to cover up the incident. It was a reminder to audiences that the plot about Russian spies hiding in 1980s America continues to pack a punch. But it was also a reminder to the writers of the real impact of their fictional show.

Before the premiere, several secret screenings of the episode were held around the country. Showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg monitored the reaction to these events on Twitter and noticed that several people were tweeting about a certain screening where a few men in the audience began laughing during the horrific death scene. The inappropriate reaction ruined the screening for many.

“Then a couple people tweeted that after the screening, some women in the audience really took the guys to task for laughing during that scene,” Weisberg explains to TIME. “It was a really interesting reminder to us as writers of what powerful material we’re trafficking in. People have reactions after watching it—maybe some of those people aren’t mature enough to watch it. I’m not trying to shame the guys who were laughing, but maybe because someone told them off, it was a chance for them to learn from that experience.”

In short, he concludes: “These aren’t just dumb TV shows. It means something to people.”

Fields added that they look at sex and violence on the show as a way to reveal something about their characters and deepen their stories, not as a ploy. “The greatest surprise in that scene is what develops between Philip and Yousaf when Philip comes into that room,” Fields says. “They both brought such pain and realism to that loss that they were both responsible for.”

The creators say Philip and Elizabeth will continue to face even stickier situations this season. That’s bad news for the Russian spies, but great news for viewers.

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Why Taylor Swift Drama Is The Real Story of Katy Perry’s Halftime Show

Katy Perry attends the 'Fashion Los Angeles Awards' Show on Jan. 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.
Katy Perry attends the 'Fashion Los Angeles Awards' Show on Jan. 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. Charley Gallay—Getty Images/2015 Charley Gallay

The public isn't focusing on her singing

The media has been abuzz with excitement for Super Bowl Sunday, and, more specifically, the halftime show.

This year, pop singer Katy Perry has snagged the coveted halftime performance slot, which, if the game sets another viewership record, will equate to playing for an audience of more than 112 million people. Rumors are flying back and forth about Perry and the upcoming show, as is to be expected with such a high-profile performance–but with one important difference.

Instead of focusing on her singing, the public is focusing on who she might sing about.

Ever since country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift revealed the inspiration of her new song “Bad Blood,” which describes a feud between her and a fellow female artist who she refused to name, speculation was thrown in all directions about the woman in question. Swift accused her of “sabotaging her area tour” and stealing dancers out from under her.

“She did something so horrible,” Swift told Rolling Stone. “I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’”

Soon after, Perry tweeted, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing,” which confirmed the public’s suspicion that Perry and Swift were the women with “bad blood” between them.

Now that Perry will have America’s attention for 12 solid minutes, the media is expecting a rebuttal. And besides a headline here or there about her many costume changes and special guests, that’s all anyone can talk about. HollywoodLife.com writes, “Now that Taylor has taken over the music scene with huge success from1989, Katy wants to ‘show she is the biggest female act,’ while performing at the 2015 Super Bowl.” “Katy Perry Wants To Get Back At Taylor Swift During The Super Bowl,” reads a Refinery29 headline.

The problem isn’t so much that they’re fighting in the first place, but rather that the public is feeding into this notion that women can’t revel in each others successes–they have to compete against each other. From rappers Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim to directors Jane Campion and Kathryn Bigelow, we constantly pit powerful women against each other, which encourages a culture in which women are made to feel like they can’t be allies.

This internalized female competitiveness is socially driven, not biologically. As Sarah MacDonald of Feminspire puts it, “Why are little girls told that if a girl is mean to them, they should avoid her, but if a boy is mean to her, it means he likes her?” And as the girl grows up, she’s surrounded by shows such as “The Real Housewives of….” and “Bad Girls Club,” which completely revolve around watching women fight.

According to Julie Frechette of Worcester State University, “this pattern of pitting women against each other for their personal and professional choices exemplifies the feminine-feminist conflict at the core of media stories about women’s identity and search for fulfillment in the realms of work, sex, and motherhood.” As women consider being prized by others (especially men) as their ultimate goal, they feel as though they need to compete against each other in order to win.

In terms of the media’s coverage of this year’s Super Bowl, this sexism is apparent when compared to the coverage of a male artist . If you look at the headlines surrounding Bruno Mars’ halftime performance last year, they are devoid of gossip or talk about Mars’ personal life. Instead, they have to do with his career.

“Bruno Mars Isn’t a Superstar Like Other Super Bowl Alumni, and That’s Why He’s the Perfect Choice,” said Adweek, praising his talent and ‘70s influences later in the article.

“Bruno Mars Super Bowl Music: What Songs Will The Artist Perform?” wrote Examiner.com. The only thing approaching scandal seemed to be Bruno Mars’ fear of the New Jersey cold.

The fact that Perry’s feud with Swift seems to be more important than her performance shows a fundamental lack of respect for Perry’s work and achievements as an artist. But the fact that the two singers have taken whatever disagreements they may or may not have to social media and interviews certainly doesn’t help. As women in positions of power, they both have a unique opportunity to change the conversation and be models of female empowerment. Hopefully, Perry will take the high road on Sunday and show those 112 million people that she is more than a gossip column.

This article originally appeared on FindTheBest.

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Kanye West: ‘I’m a Better Human’ Because of Kim Kardashian

He also said he sees a lot of himself in his daughter

Marriage and fatherhood have made Kanye West think about more than himself and his art – and that’s made him a better person, he says.

“I’ve definitely learned how to compromise more,” the rapper, 37, told Ellen DeGeneres about being married to Kim Kardashian, 34. “And I’ve learned how to shut up more. And yeah, I think I’m a better human being because of her and because of my daughter [North].”

West still has lofty visions for his work, of course, and wants to be “brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family, too.”

He also said he sees a lot of himself in his daughter – particularly when she gets frustrated.

“I think I was going through my version of my terrible twos,” he says of his sometime difficult younger years as an artist and businessman. “My daughter, she wants to express herself, and she just doesn’t have the words for it. And, for me, there were so many things I wanted to do with film and clothing, and I just didn’t have the words or the resources.”

Life as a family man has been such a positive experience for him that it’s no surprise West and Kardashian are looking to grow their family sooner rather than later.

“Yeah, we’re trying,” he says on the topic of having more kids.

How many does he want in all? “I just want whatever Kim wants,” West says. To which Ellen replies with a laugh: “Wow, that’s a good answer, whether it’s true or not.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Viola Davis Says Filming How To Get Away With Murder Sex Scenes Should Be Uncomfortable

Viola Davis stars as Professor Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder Craig Sjodin—ABC

The actress teases what's in store for the show, which returns tonight

Thursday nights are finally fun again. After several weeks of winter hiatus, the Shonda Rhimes trifecta—How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy—returns tonight with brand new episodes, and a little extra bling. For actress Viola Davis, the latest How to Get Away With Murder will be the first episode to air since she won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series earlier this week.

TIME spoke with Davis earlier this year about her hacker-thriller Blackhat, but we couldn’t get away with not asking her about what makes her hit TV show so groundbreaking.

TIME: This show has been praised for changing the way we see sex on television. How does that feel?
Viola Davis: Oh, I love it! As an actor, I try to draw from life because life is my biggest inspiration. It’s so full of contradictions. When you draw from life, that’s when you get the biggest a-ha moments, because who people are in their private lives are sometimes not ever reflected on TV and film. The biggest a-ha moment was when I was given a role that’s described as sexy, strong, and I decided to look like a real woman—not kind of the prototypical sexy woman that you usually see on television. I wanted to be that sexy woman who took her mask off at night, the sexy woman who was not a size two, the sexy woman who looked like me and walked like me and had my skin tone. I thought that’s probably the most progressive decision that I’ve made, and I’m so happy that people have acknowledged it and are tuning in.

What do viewers not understand about what it’s like actually filming those scenes?
The fact that they’re uncomfortable—and they should be uncomfortable. Ultimately, you’re being private in public. How many people have a camera in their bedroom at night? The reason that we can do what we do in private is because we know we’re not being watched. On TV, you’re being watched. It’s one of the biggest lessons you learn when you are in acting school: how to be uninhibited. That’s what people don’t understand, and that’s why I wanted to take my wig off, my makeup off. I felt like that would be the ultimate courageous thing that I could possibly do. Most of the time when I’m watching TV, I feel there’s some awareness by the artist and the people making TV that they’re being watched. I wanted to do it with the understanding that I’m not being watched. I felt that would be the most progressive decision I could make, and obviously it was.

Empire drew almost 10 million viewers when it premiered, a number that both How to Get Away With Murder and Black-ish previously hit. With black actors leading so many breakouts shows, is this the tipping point for minority casting opportunities?
I hope so. I’m going to believe that it is because America is changing. I don’t think you can even look at a bus stop nowadays without seeing a caucasian blond woman with her afro’d brown-skinned baby. Art needs to begin to reflect life. It can no longer be homogenized. We are now in the 21st century. I’m going to believe this is the landscape of television now. I’m going to believe that people are going to be tuned into it. It’s just not just black actors or black-themed storylines, it’s just human-being storylines with people of color in them. I think it’s here to stay.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the law after working on this show?
That it’s not just black and white and right or wrong. It’s something that I think my character says at one point: “You have to defend people who you know are guilty.” That’s the surprising thing about criminal defense attorneys. You have to lie to yourself. That’s the justice system. That’s the bottom line. I understand that when people tune in they want to see characters that are likeable, they want to see right or wrong, they want to see black or white, but life in the law is very, very, very grey. Everybody deserves a fair and equal trial, even the people who are on the wrong side. That’s the system that we’ve created. That’s the most surprising element—the real complexities of it. And the real complexities of people within the justice system and people who are in life, too. At the end of the day, the lawyer hangs up the lawyer hat and they become a person. And they’re messy!

Do you think you would have been a good lawyer if you hadn’t become an actress?
No, I would have made a horrific lawyer.

I’m way too sensitive!

So you’re saying you can’t get away with murder now?
Definitely not. I’m one of those people that has a really horrific poker face. I’m a person who, if I find $5 on the street, I’m going to run around for the next 20 minutes trying to find the person who owns the five dollars—and I’ll keep it for the next two years to see if anyone shows up to claim it. That’s me!

What can you tease about the show’s return?
I think that it will surprise you in simple ways. I think it will be touching in unusual ways. And I think it will still be salacious and intriguing. And look out for Miss Tyson—look out for the force that is Miss Cecily Tyson.

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Meet Disney’s First Latina Princess

Princess Elena of Avalor Disney Junior

Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut in 2016

There’s a new Disney princess in town – and for the first time, she’s Latina.

On Thursday, Disney Junior announced that Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut in 2016 on a special episode of Sofia the First, the network’s hit show for preschoolers.

Princess Elena is “a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore,” the network said in a statement.

After her introduction on Sofia, 16-year-old Elena will star in her own spin-off series, Elena of Avalor, also set to debut on Disney Junior in 2016.

Dominican Republic-born Aimee Carrero of ABC Family’s Young & Hungry, 26, will voice Elena, whose backstory is connected to the magical amulet Sofia wears on the show.

The story goes that Elena was imprisoned in the amulet by an evil sorceress, Shuriki, decades ago while Elena was trying to protect her little sister, Princess Isabel. Decades later, Sofia “discovers the truth . . . and sets out to restore Elena to her human form and help her return to the kingdom of Avalor.”

In 2012, Disney executives responded to questions about Sofia’s heritage after early hints that she had Hispanic roots.

“Sofia is a fairytale girl who lives in a fairytale world,” said Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. “All our characters come from fantasy lands that may reflect elements of various cultures and ethnicities.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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The 10 Best Episodes From NBC’s Parenthood

From left: Miles Heizer as Drew Holt, Lauren Graham as Sarah Braverman, Mae Whitman as Amber Holt and Ray Romano as Hank Rizzoli in the "How Did We Get Here?" episode of 'Parenthood'.
From left: Miles Heizer as Drew Holt, Lauren Graham as Sarah Braverman, Mae Whitman as Amber Holt and Ray Romano as Hank Rizzoli in the "How Did We Get Here?" episode of Parenthood. NBC—Getty Images/2014 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

From the 'Pilot' to this final season, our favorite hours with the Bravermans before the series wraps

10. “Pilot”

Season 1, episode 1

The Bravermans are confused and likable and flawed—and the pilot does a good job of letting viewers know that from the get-go thanks to this drama-filled, sentimental episode. Quite a bit happens—it’s responsible for introducing each character, after all—but the highlight comes at the end when the entire family gathers together at the baseball field to see Max play after a particularly trying day. None of the problems presented in the hour are solved by then, but that’s not the point: No matter what issues plague the Bravermans, they’ll still be there for one another in all their messy glory. —Ariana Bacle

9. “My Brother’s Wedding”

Season 3, episode 18

The season 3 finale begins with Adam and Crosby physically fighting it out in front of their entire family and ends with Adam delivering a tearjerker of a speech at Crosby and Jasmine’s wedding. The tussle is a reminder that even the Bravermans, a family every viewer probably wants to be a part of, isn’t perfect all the time—and the brothers’ reconciliation is a reminder that everything works out eventually. Meanwhile, Julia and Joel are dealing with Zoe’s decision to keep the baby. It’s a happy ending for them, too, though, when the season ends with a social worker dropping off Victor, who later becomes an official member of the Braverman-Graham family. —Ariana Bacle

8. “Limbo”

Season 5, episode 17

There’s nothing quite like the combination of marijuana and marital issues to create an unforgettable hour of drama. Bringing in the comedy for the episode, Drew and Amber turn to drugs to help them deal with their relationship woes, before Joel and Julia are forced to face their own struggles when it’s time for Aida’s baptism. Just as Joel is ready to bow out as both Aida’s godfather and a part of the Braverman clan, Zeek shows up to reassure Joel that he took him on as a son when he married Julia, and that hasn’t changed. And if the waterworks haven’t already started, Joel showing up at the baptism will do the trick. —Samantha Highfill

7. “One More Weekend With You”

Season 4, episode 8

During Max’s first sleepover, the effects of Kristina’s chemo finally start to set in. As a result, Monica Potter shines in one of her character’s roughest hours, eventually ending things on a comedic note when Kristina finds her release in some medicinal marijuana. Elsewhere, Amber realizes the trauma Ryan’s been dealing with when they attend the funeral of one of his friends who recently killed himself. It’s a dramatic hour that ends on a happy note when Amber and Ryan take a brief detour on their drive home to find some sanctuary in the ocean…and the arms of each other. —Samantha Highfill

6. “I’m Still Here”

Season 5, episode 21

Ray Romano joined the cast as Hank, Max’s mentor and Sarah’s sometimes boyfriend, in season four, and proves himself an awkward, lovable asset to the Braverman clan (and the show) when he drives Amber the eight hours to San Diego so she can be at Ryan’s side in the hospital. Affection doesn’t come naturally to Hank, so seeing him go full-on caretaker is surprising and sweet. What’s less sweet is the death of Kristina’s cancer-stricken friend, Gwen. Kristina struggles with grief, but later finds some solace when she opens a gift from the late Gwen that ends up comforting—and inspiring—her. —Ariana Bacle

5. “The Offer”

Season 5, episode 18

”I think I am a freak, ” Max tells his parents after a classmate pees in his canteen. This episode has a handful of important, emotional moments—Zeek and Camille’s honest conversation about selling the house, for one—but it’s Max’s heartbreaking realization that he’s not like the other kids that stands out the most. He sits alone in the backseat, asking why he’s different, until Kristina crawls from the front to hug him despite his protests. The scene isn’t uplifting by any means, and that’s what makes it so poignant: Kristina and Adam’s veneers finally crack, revealing how powerless they feel—and how deeply they care about their son’s happiness. —Ariana Bacle

4. “Road Trip”

Season 3, episode 12

In a very rare scenario, the entire Braverman clan spends the hour together on a road trip to visit Zeek’s mother for her birthday. Well, all but Kristina and Max who only join the fun after Max learns a very important lesson about what names you can’t call your mother. On the road, shenanigans ensue, but as per usual, they end on a meaningful and heartfelt note when the all-powerful Zeek is realized to be nothing more than a young boy trying to impress his mother. And the moment when his mother finally tells him she loves him is nothing if not sob-worthy. —Samantha Highfill

3. “How Did We Get Here?”

Season 6, episode 10

Parenthood isn’t big on withholding information, but when it does, it’s for good reason: This episode begins with Zeek being wheeled away in an ambulance, followed by short, silent scenes of his children responding to phone calls and heading to the hospital. We don’t know how bad it is, and they don’t know either, making this opening one of the series’ most powerful. They spend the rest of the episode waiting to see how Zeek is while the bad (a Luncheonette crisis) and the good (Hank proposes to Sarah) continue happening around them—just like life. —Ariana Bacle

2. “Hard Times Come Again No More”

Season 2, episode 22

The aftermath of Amber’s car accident begins on a powerful note—the family gathering at the hospital—and eventually climaxes in what might be the greatest Parenthoodspeech of all time when Zeek tells Amber, ”You do not have permission to mess up my dreams.” But that’s not all this hour has to offer. Alex confesses his love for Haddie to Adam, Julia decides she wants another baby, Kristina announces that she’s pregnant, and Sarah’s play forces Amber to realize what she nearly lost in her accident. —Samantha Highfill

1. “There’s Something I Need to Tell You”

Season 4, episode 5

In an hour that represents the very best that Parenthood has to offer, Julia’s struggle with balancing work and motherhood results in her quitting her job, Hank kisses Sarah for the first time, Ryan is introduced to Amber, and Haddie calls home to get the real story about Kristina’s cancer from her father. To top things off, the final two scenes uplift—Victor gets a hit at his baseball game!—and then devastate when Haddie’s unexpected return home results in Kristina having to tell the family about her diagnosis. But in true Parenthood fashion, viewers don’t even hear Kristina say the words, but rather it’s the reaction of her loved ones that leaves the biggest impact. —Samantha Highfill

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Watch the First Trailer for Ted 2

The bear is back

The next installment of Ted looks like a continuation of the crude jokes and inexplicably heartwarming storyline that made the last film.

The Universal Pictures film, which follows the talking teddy bear’s quest to prove he’s a person in court so that he can father a baby, is slated to come out in June.

Beside Mark Wahlberg and his bud Ted (voiced by director Seth MacFarlane), the sequel also features the likes of Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Morgan Freeman.

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