The Violent Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Latest TV Series is Damme Good

Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in Amazon’s upcoming series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, in which he portrays a Hollywood sensation, global martial artist and spy who’s lured back into the game to ultimately infiltrate a Bulgarian drug cartel. Written and created by Dave Callaham (The Expendables), Ridley Scott is named as an executive producer on the production, which premieres on Amazon Prime December 15. Take a look at the trailer above. Will you be watching?

Sean Penn’s Lawyers Battle Netflix Over El Chapo Doc

Actor Sean Penn and his lawyers are going toe-to-toe with Netflix over a documentary series that Penn says could end in bloodshed if the streaming service doesn’t comply with his demands to make changes in the story, according to the New York Times.

“The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story” focuses on the October 2015 meeting between del Castillo, one of the most famous actresses in Mexico, Penn and the notorious drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo.

Penn reportedly believes the documentary could endanger his life because as of now, it implies that he assisted the Department of Justice in their efforts to finally catch El Chapo.

“It is reprehensible that, in their ongoing, relentless efforts to gain additional attention and publicity, Ms. del Castillo and her team (who have zero firsthand knowledge) have sought to create this profoundly false, foolish, and reckless narrative,” Penn’s spokesman Mark Fabiani told the Times. “The notion that Mr. Penn or anyone on his behalf alerted D.O.J. to the trip is a complete fabrication and baldfaced lie. It never happened, nor would there have been any reason for it to have happened.”

David Broome, the producer of the series, reportedly said: “We never say in this documentary that Sean Penn is in cahoots with the D.O.J.”

This story is a bizarre one, the Times notes; authorities were befuddled as to how two actors could not only find a notorious drug lord but end up at a table with him. Penn later wrote a first person essay for Rolling Stone about the encounter; this new film reportedly shows del Castillo’s side of the story. Take a look.

Netflix Doc Shows Pure Madness in Jim Carrey’s Method Acting

A new Netflix documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond shows never-before-seen footage of comedian Jim Carrey transforming into his idol, Andy Kaufman, in 1999’s Man on the Moon. The trailer is spliced between sit-down interviews with Carrey — who insists he became Kaufman while filming — and footage of his eccentric, enigmatic and frankly frightening approach to perfectly portraying the late entertainer. Take a look.

‘The Punisher’ Gets Premiere Date and Releases Violent Trailer

The Punisher is set to begin streaming the morning of Friday, November 17 after delaying its 2017 New York Comic Con appearance and presumed October release date. This new release date was revealed with a brand new trailer released on Thursday, which shows a bit more about the show’s 13-episode plot, according to Uproxx

The short YouTube description reads, “Known throughout New York City as The Punisher, Frank Castle must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.”

In the trailer, you learn that Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) and Billy Russo (Ben Barnes) were tasked with some very horrible things when they were members of an elite squad of U.S. soldiers. The trailer flashes forward to show Castle’s spiral after the events of Daredevil season two and The Defenders, writes Uproxx. Now, he is on track to find and destroy the people responsible for murdering his family.

The trailer is certainly bloody, and shows an extended amount of violence, fighting and explosions. Take a look at the video above to get pumped about the release.

The Pussycat Dolls Deny Claims of Prostitution Ring

The Pussycat Dolls released a statement Thursday denying claims made by Kaya Jones, a former member of the group who left before it became famous, who called it a “prostitution ring” in which members of the group were made to “sleep with whoever they say,” the BBC reports.

“We cannot stand behind false allegations towards other group members partaking in activities that simply did not take place,” the band’s statement read in part. “To liken our professional roles in The Pussycat Dolls to a prostitution ring not only undermines everything we worked hard to achieve for all those years but also takes the spotlight off the millions of victims who are speaking up and being heard loud and clear around the world.”

Jones’ charges come in the days since dozens of women accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, including rape. The explosive report inspired the viral #MeToo movement, in which millions of people around the world engaged in a conversation about sexual assault in harassment. Facebook reports that nearly half of Americans are friends with someone who used the #MeToo hashtag in post on the platform.

Watch a Skydiver Kick His Friend Out of the Plane

Don’t worry. The skydiver kicked out of the plane had a successful jump.

Dustin Paulsen was on his 400th skydiving jump when he decided to give his friend a kick, according to the Daily Mail.

“In skydiving, it is common that for any ‘double zero’ jump that you do something a little more fun or special,” Paulsen said. He claims his friend was laughing all the way down. We’re not so sure.

Howard Stern Says Harvey Weinstein Should ‘Wear a Burqa’

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is taping his late night show from Brooklyn this week, and invited shock jock Howard Stern to join him Wednesday to discuss Stern’s own evolution and what the legendary radio host thinks about the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Stern says that the media mogul, who has been accused by scores of women who say he sexually harassed and abused them, is “a freak.”

“Anybody hear of this guy Harvey Weinstein?” Stern asked the live audience. “It’s unbelievable. First of all, when did this guy have time to make movies?

He went on, saying: “All these guys who do sexual harassment, I mean, they’re freaks. This big, fat guy, what does he think?”

Noting that allegations against Weinstein describe him asking women to watch him shower, Stern said “no girl on the planet is going to get aroused” seeing Weinstein naked.

“If I was Harvey Weinstein, I’d wear a burqa and I’d say, listen, you don’t have to look at me.” Take a look at the clip above.

Chicago Cop Buys Gym Membership for Teen Who Kept Sneaking In

A Chicago teen just wanted to play basketball with his friends — and a local police officer is ensuring he’ll be able to for another two years.

The Chicago Tribune reports that an unnamed teen, approximately 15 years old, continually walked past the front desk of an X-Sport Fitness to the basketball court after his mother could no longer afford to pay the membership. Sometimes hiding in bathroom stalls from fitness center employees, the Tribune reports that the employees had “no choice” but to contact the police.

But rather than arresting the teen for criminal trespassing, Officer Mario Valenti stunned fitness center staff when he showed up and offered to pay $150 of his own money to be sure the boy could continue playing, at least for awhile. When the X-Sport Fitness corporate office found out about the offer, they returned with their own: The $150 would go toward a two-year membership, valued at $718. The company would pick up the rest of the cost.

The Tribune also reports that fitness staff and police later learned that the boy is an NBA hopeful who has received attention nationally for his skillful playing. Valenti told the Tribune that he’d rather have him playing ball than “being on the street and possibly getting into trouble.”

As for the center matching the officer’s generosity? Valenti said “doing a good thing can be contagious…I see that all the time.”

Is LeBron James the Greatest Living Athlete?

An athlete’s greatness can’t be measured by simple stats — it’s what he or she does when the game is over, and the ball is shelved that helps define what they truly meant to the sport, society and their generational large. In 2017, compiling not only data and accolades, but also influence, power and how he’s used it, GQ argues that LeBron James is, unequivocally, the world’s greatest living athlete.

“It’s a beauty and brains type of mandate,” GQ’s style editor Mark Anthony Green writes. “Floyd Mayweather could go undefeated for 50 more fights, but he’d never be the greatest living athlete. Because he’s selfish. And tacky. And consequently, small. You have to transcend sport to be the greatest—beyond sneakers and drinks that replenish electrolytes and video-game covers and money teams.”

That transcendence occurs when James uses his platform to speak about social issues, Green writes, including racism and the country’s current political climate — an example came recently when James referred to President Trump as a “bum” following his rescinded White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors.

“I don’t do it to get praise or to be in an article. I do it because it’s my responsibility. It’s my responsibility,” James said. He also noted that he doesn’t ever want the president’s job — he likes his “me time” too much.

The Daily Show Takes on Chicago’s Murder Problem

Comedian Trevor Noah ditched his desk this week to host The Daily Show in Chicago, where he and his team are delving deeper into why the Windy City’s crime problem has become a political talking point.

“According to the president, Chicago is basically Syria, but with different pizza,” Noah quipped. “Does Chicago have the most murders? Yes, but it’s also the third biggest city,” he noted. “If you want to talk about the cities that are the most dangerous, you have to look at the murders per capita.”

Noah added that other cities have higher per capita murder rates than Chicago, including Baltimore, Memphis and Cleveland. “These people don’t care about Chicago’s murder rates,” Noah said. “They care about how they can use Chicago to score political points.”

Take a look for yourself.

Angelina Jolie Graces the November Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Touting her latest film while she graces the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Angelina Jolie writes an open letter to readers, asking: Have we done enough for the generations that follow us? Especially for girls and women?

Her latest project is an animated film that depicts an 11-year-old girl who dresses as a boy so she can feed her family in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Jolie writes in her letter that this is based on a real young refugee she met two weeks before 9/11, and she “can’t imagine how she could’ve made it” since. In addition to speaking about vulnerable women around the world, Jolie touches on the importance in finding the small contributions we each make to society, and the world at large.

“So whoever you are as you read this—a doctor, lawyer, scientist, human rights activist, student, teacher, mother, wife, or boy or girl flipping through your mother’s copy—I hope that you will join me in taking time today to think about how we can all contribute to making a better future.”

Man Released By Taliban Didn’t Believe Trump Was Elected President

After spending five years in Taliban captivity, Joshua Boyle didn’t believe his captors when they told him that Donald Trump had been elected president.

“It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,” Boyle recounted in an interview with the Toronto Star. 

He and his American wife, Caitlin Coleman, were given almost no information about life in the outside world while they were held captive by the Haqqani network. 

Since being rescued earlier this month, they and their three children have returned to Canada to begin a new life; they were also unaware that Justin Trudeau had been elected as the country’s Prime Minister until they were rescued.