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Paula Patton to reprise ‘Sacrifice’ role in BET+ series

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Sept. 28 (UPI) — Paula Patton will reprise her role in the BET+ streaming service’s first original film, Sacrifice, which has been picked up as a series, BET announced Monday.

The legal thriller launched on BET+ in December as a back-door pilot for the series, BET said in a press release.

Similar to the film, the 10-episode series will center around a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, Daniella Hernandez (Patton), and her clients’ “nefarious lives,” according to the release.

However, the series will reflect more of Hernandez’s personal life. As a recovering alcoholic, she uses men and the adrenaline rush from defending her clients to cope with her suppressed addiction.

“I am excited to reprise the role of Daniella Hernandez. Her strength and ability to overcome incredible challenges is inspiring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with BET,” Patton said in the release. “It is a wonderful experience to work with our cast and crew to create characters and stories that entertain and move people.”

Patton earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for her role in the award-winning film, Precious. She is also known for her roles in films including Mission Impossible, Baggage Claim, Warcraft and playing opposite Denzel Washington in Deja Vu and 2 Guns.

Other cast members who will return from the film include Marques Houston, James Trevana Brown, Veronika Bozeman, Altonio Jackson, Liliana Montenegro, Michael Toland and Nelson Bonilla.

Chris Stokes executive produced, wrote and directed Sacrifice the movie, and Houston served as the film’s co-executive producer for Footage Films. For the series, Kevin Arkadie will join them as an executive producer and Patton will serve as co-executive producer.

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Watch: Justin Bieber wants ‘tribe’ of kids with Hailey Baldwin

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Dec. 1 (UPI) — Justin Bieber hopes to have “a little tribe” of kids with his wife, Hailey Baldwin.

The 26-year-old singer discussed his plans to have children with Baldwin, 24, during Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Bieber said he wants to have as many kids as possible with Baldwin, a model.

“I’m going to have as many as Hailey is wishing to push out,” the star said. “I’d love to have myself a little tribe, but yeah, it’s her body and whatever she wants to do.”

“I think she wants to have a few, at least two or three,” he added.

Bieber said he and Baldwin are waiting to have children until Baldwin accomplishes more of her goals.

“There’s not really an issue, but I think Hailey still has some things she wants to accomplish as a woman,” he said. “I think she’s just not ready yet, and I think that’s okay.”

Bieber also discussed the road trip he and Baldwin took during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We definitely enjoyed ourselves. Got to travel across North America. We went all the way home to Canada on the bus,” he said. “It was a good time.”

During the trip, Bieber had a scary experience where his jet ski broke and the boat sent to retrieve him also broke down. Bieber had to swim to safety in freezing cold water.

“It was dangerous,” he said.

Bieber and Baldwin married in September 2018 and had a second wedding with family and friends in October 2019. The couple danced together in Baldwin’s first TikTok video in March.

Bieber released the song “Monster” with Shawn Mendes in November.



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Look: Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik share moment in throwback pregnancy photos

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Dec. 1 (UPI) — Celebrity couple Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik share a sweet moment in throwback photos from Hadid’s pregnancy.

The 25-year-old model posted unseen pictures from her pregnancy Monday on Instagram.

The photos show a pregnant Hadid posing outside in a formfitting dress. One of the pictures shows Malik, 27, resting his head on Hadid’s baby bump.

Hadid and Malik welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in September.

“Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world. So in love,” Hadid said on Instagram at the time.

“To try to put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task,” Malik added on Twitter. “The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, & thankful for the life we will have together.”

Hadid called her daughter her “bestie” in an Instagram post last week. She later gave a glimpse of her baby girl’s head in a new photo. Hadid and Malik’s daughter has blonde hair.

Hadid had confirmed her pregnancy on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in May after reports surfaced.

“Obviously, you know, we wish we could have announced it on our own terms, but we’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well-wishes and support,” she said.

Hadid and Malik have had an on-again, off-again relationship since 2015. Hadid is known for her modeling work with Guess and Victoria’s Secret, while Malik is a singer and a former member of One Direction.



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Awkwafina, Rashida Jones to be honored at 2020 Muse Awards

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Dec. 1 (UPI) — Awkwafina, Rashida Jones, Rachel Brosnahan and more are set to be honored at the 2020 Muse Awards, presented by New York Women in Film and Television.

The 41st annual ceremony will take place virtually on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. EST. New York Women in Film and Television are offering tickets to watch the event with viewers allowed to pay what they can.

The Muse Awards honors women in front of and behind the camera across film, television, music and digital media.

Awkwafina will be receiving the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Made in N.Y. Award. Director, writer and producer Gina Prince-Bythewood will receive the Nancy Malone Directing Award, while actress Ali Stroker will receive the Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award.

Journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and President of Orion Pictures Alana Mayo will also be honored at the event along with Jones and Brosnahan.



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