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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?’”

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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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‘Young and the Restless’ Star Tracey E. Bregman Given Replacement Emmy After Hers Was Lost in a Wildfire

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Tracey E. Bregman has her Emmy Award back! On a recent episode of The Talk, the 59-year-old The Young and the Restless star was surprised with a replacement Emmy after hers was destroyed during the Woolsey fire in 2018.

Bregman won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series back in 1985, for her role of Lauren Fenmore on the CBS soap opera. Bregman’s onscreen husband, Christian LeBlanc, surprised her on the talk show when he walked out carrying a black box.

“Are you kidding?” Bregman questioned, as LeBlanc made his way over to her. “Oh my gosh!”

“I would like to present this, an Emmy for Outstanding Ingenue of a Daytime Drama Series, but this time, it’s from the people that love and respect you and cherish you, your CBS, your Young and the Restless family,” he told her. “I am so honored to be able to give you this.”

Bregman seemed stunned by the gesture, stating, “Oh my gosh. I can’t thank you enough. Oh my God. I’m so overwhelmed.”

Afterward, in a statement to Deadline, Bregman thanked the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for making the special moment possible.

“It has been one of the most extraordinary and heartfelt experiences of my career,” she said of receiving a replacement statuette. “I tried not to go into the ugly cry on the air. Thanks to my Young and Restless family, NATAS, The Talk and everyone who made this moment happen. My heart is so full.”

Adam Sharp, the President and CEO of NATAS, was thrilled to facilitate the happy moment.

“We were devastated to learn of the destruction of Tracey’s home, and with it, her well-earned Emmy Award,” he told the outlet. “As our judges acknowledged, the Emmy statuette is a symbol of her hard work and outstanding dedication to her craft. We are happy it’s back home where it belongs.”

 

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Alexander Skarsgård Explained Why The Orgy Scenes In “Infinity Pool” Were “Very Fun” To Film

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Infinity Pool: Alexander Skarsgard On Toe Sucking Orgy Scenes

I recently spoke to the beloved actor about his latest R-rated horror movie, which is getting major buzz due to its gore and graphic sex scenes.

ICYMI: Infinity Pool is a sci-fi horror film about a couple (played by Skarsgård and Cleopatra Coleman) who find themselves involved in an underground human cloning operation following an accidental tragedy while on vacation.

Reflecting on the “orgy sequences” in the film, Alex revealed those scenes were “very technical” to shoot. “It’s not quite the same experience watching it as it was shooting it,” he said.

“We talked about it with [director Brandon Cronenberg] and Karim Hussain, who is the cinematographer, about how it was going to be shot, what was going to be the vibe of the scene, and how Brandon envisioned that sequence to show. Once we got into it, it doesn’t sound very fun because it’s like, ‘Oh, just another day at the office.'”

“I love that sequence and the way it ties in the music,” he continued. “It’s so evocative…but it was incredibly technical shooting it because Brandon and Karim work a lot with different lights and different effects that they want to do in-camera.”

Although there was an intimacy coordinator on set, Alex recalled filming being “very fun and very playful.” “[It was] quite endearing to watch Karim and Brandon behind the camera like two little boys playing with Lego, to be so excited about all their gadgets that they were trying out.”

The True Blood actor, who has appeared nude in multiple roles throughout his career and previously said “the crazier [the sex scenes], the better,” agrees that Infinity Pool features the wildest sex scenes he’s ever been a part of — on camera.

“Yeah, I think so,” he said before pausing. “The fact I even have to think about that. … [Laughs] I don’t think I’ve had my toes sucked by another man before, on screen.”

“That wasn’t the craziest thing we did in the movie,” he clarified. “But yeah, it’s some pretty graphic stuff, to say the least. Yeah.”

Welp, there you have it, folks. Check out our full interview with Alex and Mia Goth here. Also, be sure to catch Infinity Pool in theaters now!

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Priscilla Presley challenges Lisa Marie trust amendment that names Riley Keough co-trustee

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Priscilla Presley is asking a judge to declare that a “purported” 2016 amendment to her late daughter’s trust naming Riley Keough as a co-trustee is invalid, according to legal documents obtained by NBC News.

The documents, filed on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seek confirmation that Priscilla Presley will maintain control of Lisa Marie Presley’s trust in the wake of her death on Jan. 12 at age 54 after experiencing cardiac arrest.

Lisa Marie Presley, the sole heir to her father Elvis Presley, executed a living trust in 1993, a legal mechanism for protecting one’s assets and determining how they will be distributed after they die, according to the American Bar Association. According to the court filing, the trust was “completely restated” on Jan. 27, 2010, and appointed Priscilla Presley and her former business manager, Barry Siegel, as co-trustees.

But after the death of her daughter, Priscilla Presley found a document dated March 11, 2016, “pertaining to be an amendment” to the trust, according to the court document. The “purported” amendment removed both Lisa Marie Presley’s mother and manager as successor co-trustees and replaced them with her daughter Riley Keough and her son, Benjamin Keough.

Benjamin Keough died in 2020 at age 27, leaving Riley Keough, 33, as the only trustee of her mother’s trust, according to the amendment.

In 2018, Lisa Marie Presley had sued her former manager Siegel accusing him of mismanaging her finances, according to Reuters. By 2016, the trust was left with more than $500,000 in credit card debt and $14,000 in cash, per Lisa Marie Presley’s lawsuit. Siegel filed his own suit accusing her of squandering her inheritance.

According to the January filing, “there are many issues surrounding the authenticity and validity of the purported 2016 amendment.” The alleged issues include that the amendment misspells Priscilla Presley’s name, the amendment was never delivered to Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley’s signature on the amendment “appears inconsistent with her usual and customary signature,” the court document states.

Priscilla Presley’s filing seeks for the 2016 amendment to be declared invalid, meaning she would remains a trustee over her granddaughter.

Priscilla Presley reads a poem written by one of her granddaughter during a memorial service for Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.John Amis / AP

Lisa Marie Presley’s death was honored on Jan. 22 in a public memorial service on the front lawn of Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley.

A spokesman for the Memphis, Tennessee, estate previously confirmed to TODAY that Lisa Marie Presley’s three surviving children, Riley Keough and twins Harper and Finley Lockwood, would inherit Graceland.

At the service, Priscilla Presley shared a tribute from one of her granddaughters that said, “mama was my icon, my role model, my superhero, in much more ways than one.”

Riley Keough’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, shared a letter that she wrote, thanking her mom for being “the best mother for me.”

Lisa Marie Presley was laid to rest in the Meditation Garden at Graceland next to her son.

On Jan. 27, Priscilla Presley thanked fans on Twitter for their love and support in her grief.

“Every parent who has lost a daughter or son knows what a dark painstaking journey it is,” she wrote.

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