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Bad Bunny says working with Brad Pitt ‘felt like a fantasy’

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Bad Bunny has cemented himself in music history with his chart-topping hits, making him one of the biggest Latin stars in the industry. And come August, the 28-year-old singer can add movie star to his extensive resume.

Born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, Bad Bunny will make his feature film debut in the action-thriller “Bullet Train.”

Co-starring alongside an ensemble cast that includes Hollywood heavyweight Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock, the “Tití Me Preguntó” singer told TODAY that being on set was “brutal” — but in a good way. (In Puerto Rican slang, “brutal” loosely translates to “really awesome.”)

“It was a very beautiful experience working with him. It felt like a fantasy,” Bad Bunny said in Spanish over the phone, adding that Pitt gave him some advice while working together.

Brad Pitt and Bad Bunny in a scene from “Bullet Train.”Scott Garfield (C) 2022 CTMG/Sony

From the director of “Deadpool 2,” David Leitch, “Bullet Train” is based on the novel “Maria Beetle” by Kōtarō Isaka. It follows Pitt as Ladybug, an assassin who boards a train and encounters a number of angry professional killers wanting to take him down. They soon discover that they’re all connected in one way or another.

The singer makes a startling appearance in the official trailer dressed in a snazzy white suit, drawing a knife and attacking Pitt.

“You stabbed me?” yelps Pitt as a bloodied Bad Bunny replies, “I will never stop coming for you.”

Intense action sequences ensue.

Bad Bunny recalled being amazed at his involvement in the big-budget production.

“At moments I was like, ‘What am I doing here with Brad Pitt, doing a movie and beating each other up?!’” he said. “I trained a lot, but it was a great experience.”

“At moments I was like, ‘What am I doing here with Brad Pitt, doing a movie and beating each other up?’”

Bad Bunny on making ‘bullet train’

Since the release of his first hit single “Soy Peor” in 2016, Bad Bunny has been breaking barriers with dynamic, multi-genre music, gender norms-defying style, and the attitude: “Yo hago lo que me da la gana” — Spanish for “I do whatever I want,” and the title of his second album.

His latest album, “Un Verano Sin Ti” has spent, at the time of this story’s publication, five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a major feat for a Spanish-language album. Earlier this year, he also surprised WWE fans when he won the 24/7 Championship Belt during “WWE Raw.”

Once a grocery store clerk in Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny’s humble beginnings helped shape the artist he is today — and he said wouldn’t have it any other way. Always laser-focused on his musical aspirations, he’s now delving into his acting and pro wrestling career, as well as his continued philanthropic endeavors.

“I’m in a new stage in my life where I want to do other types of things and take advantage of every new opportunity that comes my way,” he said. “I’m 28 and I feel like I’m still young and I can do everything that I’ve ever wanted to do, and now I have the opportunity to do so.”

The Grammy winner told TODAY, while talking about his latest Deja tu Huella (Leave Your Mark) campaign with Cheetos, that giving back comes naturally to him — and it comes from the heart.

Bad Bunny and Cheetos have partnered together for three years. This year’s campaign will see a total of $500,000 distributed among gifts of $25,000 to 20 people using their “magic touch” to support Hispanic communities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, per the press release.

“Why not do it? Opening the doors for the community, especially the Latin community, is a (great way to support) young people,” he said, adding that there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be done.

The Latin Grammy winner shared that even before having the resources he has now, he “always had the desire to help others … It has always been in me to be a person who gives back.”

“Then after my career was established, little by little, it just came naturally. It wasn’t like there was one specific moment when I decided (I needed to do something),” Bad Bunny continued, noting that he gave back even before he established his Good Bunny Foundation. “We did it spontaneously and in a natural way, de corazón.”

He joked that the large sum would have helped him a lot at the start of his own career. But at the same time, he said things worked out perfectly for him. 

“I think life offers everyone certain opportunities,” he said. “I don’t regret the process I went through or the way I got to where I am. So if you ask me what I would have liked to have had at the beginning of my career, I don’t have an answer because I think things are perfect the way they are.”

As for how he intends to leave his own mark, he said “siendo yo,” or “being myself.”

“Giving my all, doing things from the heart, with compassion and following my heart,” he said. “That’s how I leave my mark every day.”

Watch Bad Bunny when “Bullet Train” arrives in theaters on Aug. 5. He’s also set to be the first Latino actor to headline a live-action Marvel movie, starring in the upcoming Marvel movie “El Muerto,” a Spider-Man spinoff.

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Neve Campbell says her ‘Scream 6’ offer was unfair, wouldn’t have been the same ‘if I were a man’

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Neve Campbell shocked the “Scream” fandom when she announced June 6 that she would not be returning for the upcoming sixth “Scream” movie, making it the first installment in the long-running horror franchise not to star Campbell. The actor said at the time that the offer to star in “Scream 6” did not properly “equate” to the value she brings to the franchise. Now Campbell tells People that she believes her offer for “Scream 6” would not have come in so low if she were a man.

“I did not feel that what I was being offered equated to the value that I bring to this franchise, and have brought to this franchise, for 25 years,” Campbell said. “And as a woman in this business, I think it’s really important for us to be valued and to fight to be valued.”

Campbell added, “I honestly don’t believe that if I were a man and had done five installments of a huge blockbuster franchise over 25 years, that the number that I was offered would be the number that would be offered to a man. And in my soul, I just couldn’t do that. I couldn’t walk on set feeling that — feeling undervalued and feeling the unfairness, or lack of fairness, around that.”

The upcoming “Scream 6” will once again be directed by Radio Silence’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the duo who revived the franchise with the fifth installment. That film, simply titled “Scream,” opened in January and grossed $140 million worldwide. Newcomers Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding are all set to reprise their roles from the fifth film. Franchise mainstay Courteney Cox will also be back.

In her original statement, Campbell wrote that it was “difficult” to exit the “Scream” franchise and added, “To all my ‘Scream’ fans, I love you. You’ve always been so incredibly supportive to me. I’m forever grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years.”

Neve Campbell in “Scream 4.”
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“I absolutely respect her for that. I think that it’s hard to be a woman in this industry and in any industry at all,” Campbell’s fellow “Scream” star Jasmin Savoy Brown told Variety shortly after she announced her exit. “If any person, but especially any woman, feels that she deserves more — whether that’s a financial situation with work, out of a relationship, out of fill in the blank — if she can walk away, I support that.”

“Scream 6” will follow the quartet of survivors from the fifth movie as they leave Woodsboro behind and attempt to start a fresh chapter. Ortega teased the film earlier this summer by calling it the bloodiest “Scream” entry yet.

“Ghostface gets a lot more intimidating,” Ortega said of the “Scream 6” script. “I just read part of the script, and it just gets more and more gory. I think that this is probably the most aggressive and violent version of Ghostface we’ve ever seen, which I think will really be fun to shoot.”

Paramount Pictures has set a March 31, 2023 release date for “Scream 6.”

This story first appeared on Variety.com.



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Ashton Kutcher Reveals Battle With Rare Disease That ‘Knocked Out’ His Vision and Hearing

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Ashton Kutcher revealed he suffered from a rare form of vasculitis two years ago that left him temporarily unable to see or hear. 

The 44-year-old actor told Bear Grylls about his struggle with the disease while filming for Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge. The episode will air Monday evening at 9pm ET on National Geographic. 

“I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis, that like knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium,” Kutcher told Grylls of the condition, which involves inflammation of the blood vessels. “It took me like a year to build it all back up.”

“You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone,” he continued. “Until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to see again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to hear again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to walk again.'”

Grylls listened intently, telling Kutcher “What an ordeal. Talk about strength through adversity!” 

Kutcher responded that  he’s “lucky to be alive,” and that “the minute you start seeing your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need, then life starts to get fun, right?” he said. “You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them.”

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge premiered last month with the announcement of a new set of famous guests, including Natalie Portman, Florence Pugh and Simu Liu.

Like seasons before, Grylls will teach the celebrities a set of essential survival skills that they will later put to the test in some of the most intense outdoor settings. 

  

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The US Has Started To Wind Down The “Remain In Mexico” Policy That Put Thousands Of Immigrants At Risk Of Danger While They Waited For A Court Date

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Immigration officials on Monday said they’ve started to wind down a Trump-era program that forced thousands of immigrants to wait in Mexico while their US immigration cases were completed.

In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security said it stopped enrolling new people into the Remain in Mexico program. Immigrants and asylum-seekers who are currently enrolled in the program and in Mexico would be taken out when they show up at the border for their next court date, allowing them to continue their cases from within the US.

Remain in Mexico “has endemic flaws, imposes unjustifiable human costs, and pulls resources and personnel away from other priority efforts to secure our border,” DHS said.

This is the second time the Biden administration has started to end the policy. Last year, District Court Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk issued an injunction that required the Biden administration to restart Remain in Mexico. DHS’ announcement came hours after Kacsmaryk vacated his injunction after the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Biden administration could rescind the much-disputed policy and sent the case back to his court.

After the policy was put in place in January 2019 by then-president Donald Trump, more than 70,000 immigrants and asylum-seekers were sent back to Mexico under what’s officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols. The policy resulted in forcing thousands of immigrants to wait for their day in a US court in dangerous Mexican border cities, where they have little access to legal aid and live with the constant threat of violence from cartels.

Immigrants were often left with nowhere to go but the streets, and in one Mexican city, hundreds of people lived in a squalid camp for months, if not more than a year, in what became a symbol for the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy. Human rights advocates tracked hundreds of cases of returned immigrants being kidnapped, raped, and tortured while the US government forced them to wait there.

Shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden stopped enrolling people into the program and later started processing some of the people put in Remain in Mexico into the US, where they will continue their immigration cases. In June, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise when the Department of Homeland Security published a memo terminating the policy.

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