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Good Girls‘ abrupt cancellation didn’t sit well with Matthew Lillard either. The 52-year-old actor has broken his silence about the show ending, exclusively sharing his reaction with Us Weekly.

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“That job to me was a dream. I was gonna direct next season. We were shooting in L.A., obviously I have three kids and being in L.A. is such a gift,” Lillard exclusively told Us. “I love the creators. I love playing a character that’s super flawed and has a chance to come back and sort of redeem himself over the generations of the show over the seasons of the show. So for me it was — it was heartbreaking. And I think [it was] for everyone, I think for all the women involved. Strong women led by a strong female producer, and it just fell between the cracks of Hollywood business. And it was really a bummer.”

Lillard starred opposite Christina Hendricks in the NBC drama, playing married couple Dean and Beth Boland, respectively. Although Dean’s cheating initiated the rift in their marriage, it was Beth’s eventual addiction to crime alongside sister Annie (Mae Whitman) and Ruby (Retta) that drew an even bigger wedge between them. Beth’s affair with her money-laundering boss Rio (Manny Montana) also didn’t help matters.


Matthew Lillard and Sara Paxton in ‘Good Girls.’
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“I think that at the end of the day, I think that they would’ve found a way to get through the brokenness and come back together. And I think it was pitched out at some point that Dean ends up leaving. I think the idea was that he would leave at the end of the season, and we would separate [and] divorce and that we’d become best friends again. And then toward the end of the show, they’d have a moment,” Lillard revealed to Us. “After everything that went on between her and Rio and all of that, she got lost and drifted apart and she figures out that they’re still best friends and great partners and that at the end of the show, there’s a hope.”

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He added: “I don’t think that the showrunners would put them back together in, like, this pretty little boat. But I think you can say that there would be hope for the two of them in the long run.”

The Scooby-Doo star has bounced from TV to film since starting in the industry in 1990, and at this point in his career, his focus is “trying to hold on to the next great role.”

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“I don’t think a lot of working-class actors talk about how hard it is to survive from job to job,” he told Us. “I’ve built my life in such a way that I can endure the ebbs and flows of this industry. But for me, it’s really trying to find a series of roles or as I get older and grow into sort of a more, obviously a character part. I think I’ve always been a character actor, but as you get older, not a lot of leads in movies are 50-year-old character actors. The Brian Cranstons of the world, those roles out there that you sort of define your career late in your career or late in your journey is something that I think every actor holds out hope for — male or female. You just get these moments sometimes where you get to really act. So much of it is coming in and playing a small role here, or a small role there. … And those are great. Like, that’s how you feed your family. But you’re always looking for something that’s gonna push you as an actor. And when you read it on the page, you go, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t know if I can pull it off.’ … As an actor, as a man, as a human being, those are the moments you’re proud of. So you just want to be proud of your work.”

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From appearing in fan favorites like Scream, She’s All That and Summer Catch, to now being a dad of three, Lillard also sees the industry and himself differently.

“I look back at all my life and these moments where I was such a cute boy and I was like, I always felt super insecure. I think at the end of the day, I always felt like I was not enough in so many ways. And I just think that there’s so many actors out there, you know, there’s so much fear in this industry. There’s so much fear that you’re not cute enough. You’re not talented enough. You’re not sexy enough. And I just think none of that fear serves you,” he said.

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”Be brilliant,” he said of his work motto. “I think you have to try to be brilliant to be anything else other than just good. I think you’d see it in my career. There are times where I swing for the fences and miss horribly. And there’s times in my life that I swing for the fences, and I knock it outta the park.”

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We now know a bit more about Beyoncé‘s forthcoming new album, Renaissance.

The superstar singer posted an ethereal photo of herself upon a see-through horse on her Instagram account on Thursday (Friday morning AEST), captioned with some insight.

“Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world,” Beyoncé wrote.

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“It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom.

“It was a beautiful journey of exploration.”

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She released her first single, Break My Soul, from the new album last week and it became a quick hit.

The dance track was co-produced by the same team who brought us Single Ladies – Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Jay-Z is also on the writing credits, as are the writers of Robin S’s 1993 hit Show Me Love, which is prominently sampled in the song.

In an apparent slight to major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, the song initially appeared only on Tidal – the streaming service co-owned by Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z – three hours before its announced release time of midnight in the US, and on Vevo/YouTube an hour or so later.

Beyoncé has a history of this: her 2016 Lemonade album was available only on Tidal for three years.

Renaissance, the singer’s long-expected seventh album, is set to come out on July 29.

Beyoncé’s last full-length album was Lemonade in 2016 – the singer has actually released four albums since this blockbuster outing, although none of them are full Beyoncé solo albums.

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Beyonce released the first new song, Break My Soul, off the album last week (Getty)

“I hope you find joy in this music,” she said on Instagram.

“I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.”

Fans have already sleuthed information suggesting the album will contain 16 tracks, and signs of a multi-part release are clear from the billing as “Act 1”.

Sources told Variety the album will feature both dance and country-leaning tracks, with contributions from hit songwriter Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote Beyoncé’s 2008 hit Halo as well as hits for Adele, Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers and Tedder’s own group, OneRepublic.

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The new song initially appeared only on Tidal – the streaming service co-owned by Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z (Instagram / @beyonce)

Also said to be involved is Raphael Saadiq, who has crafted hits for Mary J Blige, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Andra Day as well as his own excellent solo albums, and executive-produced A Seat at the Table, Beyoncé’s sister Solange’s widely praised 2016 album.

– Reported with CNN and Variety.

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Michael Douglas is stepping into the shoes of renowned inventor, politician and writer Benjamin Franklin.

Apple TV+ shared a first look at the actor in the upcoming series Franklin June 30. In the photo, Douglas wears a long white wig and 18th century attire as he stands by a window, deep in thought. 

This is one of the first times Douglas has starred in a period piece, having previously played businessmen and other modern figures in moves like Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction and A Perfect Murder.

But executive producer Tony Krantz said his lack of experience in the genre doesn’t show. “Michael’s become the role, transforming his physicality, voice, cadence. And his humor is so much fun,” Krantz told Entertainment Weekly. “I think people will see one of Michael Douglas’ greatest performances ever in this project.”

The series will chronicle Franklin’s efforts to garner the support of the French monarchy during the American Revolution. At the time, the inventor was 70 and had little experience in diplomacy. 

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