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Queens resident taking on AOC over skyrocketing crime and prostitution

An outraged resident in “Squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Queens, N.Y., district has launched a bid for office as migrant crime and prostitution overrun his community.

“We’ve become sort of this epicenter of crime and prostitution and illegal street vending. It’s taken over many streets,” Ramses Frías told “Fox & Friends” Monday. 

“It goes all the way from Corona, through Elmhurst and into Jackson Heights. These are three neighboring neighborhoods that are really being hit hard with these problems.”

Video shot by Frías and obtained by Fox News Digital shows how the once-vibrant community in the Democrat’s 14th Congressional District has essentially deteriorated into a large flea market with trash overflowing on street corners, leading to unsavory and unhygienic conditions.

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The neighborhood’s main strip along Roosevelt Avenue has become so renowned for its prostitution that locals have nicknamed the area “the market of sweethearts,” and viral online videos advise prospective johns on how to make use of sex workers’ services there.

In exclusive Fox News Digital photos, sex workers were seen on Wednesday standing outside storefronts soliciting men. Residents say the prostitutes usually take their clients into makeshift brothels for sex. 

These alleged sex workers operate during all hours of the day, even as families walk by with their children in strollers, and often hang out in front of area supermarkets. Prostitution is against the law in New York.

In response to the video, Ocasio-Cortez issued a statement to “Fox & Friends”: “What we are seeing here is the result of anti-immigrant policies that deny immigrants proper work permits and vending licenses, and drive them into the shadows of undignified conditions. This is just one way of many that anti-immigrant policies hurt all of us. Paths to citizenship and work documentation can solve this problem – but Republicans would rather block those so they can film people in their worst moments for views.” 

Frías, a former Democrat, is now running for the State Assembly District 39 seat as a Republican. He said he has not seen Ocasio-Cortez in the neighborhood, which began struggling with crime last summer.

“She doesn’t campaign there, she’s never set foot there. I’ve never seen her on Roosevelt Avenue. This is a few blocks off from where I literally live. I live and breathe this every single day,” he said. 

“I would gladly give her a tour. I would walk her through everything, let her see exactly how it is and how it’s affecting the quality of life for everybody that lives there.” 

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Fox News’ Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.

Cliff notes show Obama staffers ripped Biden in Dem presidents’ secret rivalry

President Biden compares himself to former President Obama in private as part of a years-long “rivalry” between the two men, according to a recent report. 

“Obama would be jealous,” Biden has reportedly said, “when speaking about a perceived accomplishment,” according to two Biden aides who spoke with Axios

Other Biden aides have complained that “Obama and his team did not fully appreciate Biden’s experience with foreign policy, Congress and grip-and-grin politicking — and were disrespectful,” the outlet revealed.

“The Obama people thought Biden would suck as president,” one former Biden aide told Axios. “They didn’t think he’d be organized enough to execute.”

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We do have too many Obama people who don’t care about Joe Biden. It’s about them,” a former White House official said. 

“When people say, ‘This is what worked for Obama,’ their first response is often, ‘We’re not Obama,'” a “senior Democrat” reportedly said, referring to Biden’s staff. 

The disagreements between Biden and Obama go back more than a decade, with books and interviews from the Obama era revealing significant policy conflicts between the two. 

An excerpt from “The Internationalists: The Fight to Restore Foreign Policy After Trump” by Politico’s Alexander Ward revealed a disagreement that took place behind closed doors between Obama and Biden when Russian forces invaded Crimea and later annexed the peninsula, making it a part of Russia.

“The United States might have done more had Barack Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, been in charge. Russia should ‘pay in blood and money’ for its actions, Biden told his boss as the 2014 invasion began. Obama disagreed, but he made Biden his effective ambassador to Ukraine during the crisis.”

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White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates denied that the relationship between Biden and Obama was at all frayed in a statement to Fox News Digital, saying that Biden has not taken potshots at Obama in private.

“We recognize that the actual level of drama in this White House is insufficient to meet some reporting quotas, but President Biden does not make such comments in private,” Bates said. “As President Biden has said, President Obama is family to him.” 

Bates described Obama and Biden as having a close “personal bond” and agreeing “overwhelmingly on the issues facing the country, including building an economy that works from the bottom-up and middle-out, protecting our critical freedoms, and opposing attacks on our democracy.” 

“There are no stronger supporters of President Biden’s leadership and agenda than President Obama, his team, and alumni of the Obama-Biden Administration – many of whom serve during this presidency,” he continued. “And the President talks to both former President Obama and President Clinton often.” 

A spokesperson for the Office of President Barack Obama told Fox News Digital in a statement that the Obama Alumni Association hosted an event for Biden’s re-election campaign, during which attendees chanted “Fired up, ready to go,” in support of the president.

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Trump’s attempt to post $464 million bond hits major roadblocks, lawyers say

Former President Trump has not been able to secure a $464 million appeal bond he needs following a New York civil fraud judgment against him, his attorneys say.

In a court filing Monday, his lawyers said obtaining one is a “practical impossibility under the circumstances presented.”

In late February, a New York Appeals Court judge denied Trump’s request to delay payment of the $464 million owed as a result of Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit, but said he will temporarily allow the 2024 front-runner and his sons to continue running their business during the appeals process.

Trump and his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump were barred earlier that month from operating their business in New York for a range of two to three years. Trump was also found liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages in the civil fraud case brought against him, his family and the Trump Organization by James.

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The filing Monday says “ongoing diligent efforts have proven that a bond in the judgment’s full amount is ‘a practical impossibility.’”

“These diligent efforts have included approaching about 30 surety companies through 4 separate brokers,” the filing says. “A bond requirement of this enormous magnitude – effectively requiring cash reserves approaching $1 billion … is unprecedented for a private company.”

It also says that “waiving the bond requirement will impose no cognizable harm on the Attorney General. The case involves no actual victims and no award of restitution, and she is fully protected by Defendants’ real-estate holdings. This factor alone warrants a stay.”

“The Court should stay the judgment pending appeal, and put the brakes on the Attorney General’s overzealous litigation crusade,” Trump’s lawyers also argued. “If oral argument would assist the Court in coming to that conclusion, we respectfully request an opportunity for such a hearing.”

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His attorneys also said, “The practical impossibility of obtaining a bond interferes with Defendants’ right to appeal and threatens this Court’s appellate jurisdiction.”

“The amount of the judgment, with interest, exceeds $464 million, and very few bonding companies will consider a bond of anything approaching that magnitude,” they added. “The remaining handful will not “accept hard assets such as real estate as collateral,” but “will only accept cash or cash equivalents (such as marketable securities).”

A New York Appeals Court judge previously ruled that the former president must post a bond for the full amount of the judgment and that an independent director of compliance will be appointed.  

That ruling comes after New York Judge Arthur Engoron handed down his decision earlier in February after a months-long trial beginning in October in which the former president was accused of inflating his assets and committing fraud in financial documents.

Engoron ruled that Trump and other defendants were liable for “persistent and repeated fraud,” “falsifying business records,” “issuing false financial statements,” “conspiracy to falsify false financial statements,” “insurance fraud” and “conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.”

“In a massive victory, we won our case against Donald Trump for engaging in years of incredible financial fraud to enrich himself. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, and his former executives must pay over $450 million in disgorgement and interest,” James wrote on X, celebrating on the same day of the judgment.

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On Feb. 23, James, who has denied having a “personal vendetta” against Trump despite remarks suggesting otherwise, posted flatly, “$464,576,230.62.” 

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

Defense suffers setback for trucker charged in pregnant mother’s murder

A Pennsylvania judge rejected the defense’s request to drop the case against a man accused of killing a pregnant Amish woman and her unborn child and sent the case to a trial court at a preliminary hearing Friday after witnesses shared damning evidence.

Shawn Cranston, a 52-year-old trucker, is accused of barging into the home of Rebekah Byler, 23, and killing her. She was six months pregnant.

The defense argued that prosecutors did not provide a motive or murder weapon and asked the judge to dismiss the charges.

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However, witnesses spotted Cranston’s red Jeep at the scene, and Byler’s supporters in a GoFundMe campaign suggested she had been killed in a case of mistaken identity over a grudge against the previous resident at her address.

Magisterial District Judge Amy Nichols found enough evidence at Cranston’s preliminary hearing Friday to send the case to the Crawford County Common Pleas Court, a trial court, for further proceedings.

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Search warrants show police recovered a broken knife and two spent casings from different firearms in the victim’s home.

Byler had been shot in the head, stabbed in the neck and suffered a “scalping type wound,” according to authorities.

Her two children were home at the time of the slayings, and a family friend found them playing with toys in another room before leading them outside and calling 911, witnesses said in court Friday.

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The friend, Julie Warner, said she could not check for a pulse but that Byler’s body was cold by the time she arrived with the victim’s husband, Andy Byler.

Andy Byler testified that he left that morning to check on roofing jobs while his wife was doing laundry and returned with Warner and found her on the floor. 

“I didn’t really believe it,” he testified. “I walked in and saw her cap laying inside the door.”

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Cranston, wearing a bulletproof vest, did not speak during the hearing. He faces charges of criminal homicide, criminal homicide of an unborn child, burglary and trespassing. He is being held without bail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

United Airlines CEO comes clean after Boeing planes fall apart mid-flight

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby reassured flyers in a letter this week that the carrier is looking into the string of incidents that have recently involved its planes, from engine and structural issues to a wheel falling off during takeoff. 

At least six unrelated incidents have occurred on planes operated by United since the end of February. Five of them involved a Boeing plane.  

“Safety is our highest priority and is at the center of everything we do,” Kirby said in a letter sent to United customers. “Unfortunately, in the past few weeks, our airline has experienced a number of incidents that are reminders of the importance of safety.” 

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While the incidents were all unrelated, they “have our attention and have sharpened our focus,” Kirby said in the letter.

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Last week, a Boeing 777 was forced to turn around midflight after leaving Sydney due to a hydraulic leak. 

A few days earlier, an Airbus A320, en route to Mexico City, was forced to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport after a reported hydraulics issue.

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Shortly before that, a Boeing 737 “rolled onto the grass” at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston after landing, and a Boeing 777-200 aircraft bound for Japan lost a tire shortly after taking off in San Fransisco. 

Earlier this month, a flight from Houston to Fort Myers, Florida, made an emergency landing after experiencing an engine issue. A video showed flames spewing out of one of the plane’s engines as a crew member acknowledged the situation.

In February, a Boeing 757 operated by United diverted to address an issue with the slat on the wing of the aircraft. A passenger reported seeing the wing “coming apart” and missing noticeable chunks during the flight. 

FOX Business reached out to Boeing and Airbus for comment.

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Kirby said United is currently in the process of reviewing the details of each incident to better understand what happened. The airline is using those insights to “inform our safety training and procedures across all employee groups,” he continued. 

The company already planned to give pilots an extra day of in-person training starting in May, according to Kirby. United has also already created a centralized training curriculum for new-hire maintenance technicians. 

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“We’re also dedicating more resources to supplier network management,” Kirby added. 

The chief executive said he is empowering the company’s team to “speak up” if they see something wrong. Still, he said that passengers can still “be confident that every time a United plane pulls away from the gate, everyone on our team is working together to keep you safe on your trip.” 

FOX Business’ Lawerence Richard and Greg Norman contributed to this report. 

SEE IT: Shoppers mock new Free People ‘micro shorts,’ rebrand item as ‘jundies’

“Micro shorts” from Free People likely won’t be the latest style for the spring and summer, according to confused shoppers.

On March 1, the women’s clothing line posted a series of images of its micro shorts line on the Free People Instagram account.

“We are wearing micro shorts this season. Link in bio to shop the styles,” the post read.

Over the past month, several Instagram users piled on the post and the product, frequently mocking the absurd size and tightness of the short jeans.

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Comedian Nicole Aimèe Schreiber joked, “If you look closely enough, you can see her ovary release an egg.”

“No ma’am…no ma’am,” fellow comedian Ellen Skrmetti wrote.

Lifestyle blogger Lee Anne Benjamin agreed, “Ya it’s gunna be a no for me dawg.”

Deliciously Fit N Healthy founder Andrea Allen exclaimed, “Who is ‘WE’? We are not. Leave the micro anything for the baby section at target. Bring back adult size clothes!!!”

“Nothing like a good ol jean diaper,” social media influencer Mandi Lidgard responded.

Cabana Life founder Melissa Papock remarked, “Y’all, I just got a CVS receipt 126x longer than the inseam.”

Ashley Keene, a DIY & Design influencer, asked, “What in the jundies is going on here?”

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Fox News Digital reached out to URBN, the global fashion brand conglomeration of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain, Menus & Venues, Nuuly and Free People, for a comment.

The Free People website features 51 different “micro bottoms” products including pants, shorts, skirts, sets, swim bottoms, sleep and lounge, and jumpsuits and rompers. Sizes ranged from XS to XL with prices ranging from $30 to about $400.

A similar style of “short shorts” for men was popularized in 2021 following a Men’s Health magazine article that predicted they would gain popularity in the summer among fitness enthusiasts.

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“Micro shorts have been trending on Twitter [now X] for the past few months. It’s a celebrity driven trend,” Executive Director of the Avant-Guide Institute Daniel Levine wrote to Fox News. “Teenie-tiny shorts are a sure way for gym rats to attract attention to their glutes. I guess when the Bitcoin goes up so does the length of shorts.”

1,800-year-old artifact unearthed during construction ‘a complete mystery’

A “pale object” that looked like a large, bland stone was unearthed by chance during a routine construction project in the United Kingdom.

Then the digger, Greg Crawley, saw a face. At the time, he had no idea that he had stumbled upon an 1,800-year-old artifact that dates to the first or second century. 

After careful study and cleaning, experts said Crawley found the head of an ancient Roman sculpture. Two weeks later, a marble bust was found at the same construction site. 

“I had a real shock as the digger bucket rolled over what I thought was a big stone to reveal a face,” Crawley said in a statement this month from the Burghley Estate. “When I picked it up, I realized it was a head of a statue. I couldn’t believe it when they told me it was a Roman marble statue. It was an amazing feeling to have found something so old and special, definitely my best ever discovery.”

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The stone head was discovered last spring during work on a parking area at a centuries-old historical countryside landmark called the Burghley House, about 90 miles north of London.

Since then, the woman statue’s head and the pedestal have been cleaned and reattached. It’s now on display inside the historic building, the Burghley Estate.

“This type of adaptation was often carried out by Italian dealers in antiquities during the late 18th century to make excavated ancient fragments more attractive to aristocrats traveling in Italy on what was known as the Grand Tour,” the Estate said in a statement. 

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“It is believed that it was during one of the ninth Earl’s two tours to Italy in the 1760s, when he purchased many antiquities, that he brought the sculpture back to Burghley.”

That explains what it is, but how it ended up in the park where it was found and how long it’s been there remains “a complete mystery,” according to the Estate.

“Explanations range from a bungled burglary to someone simply discarding the statue and it later being covered by soil.”

Both the head and pedestal were taken to Burghley’s curator before being sent to a professional conservator, who was able to “carefully clean” and consolidate the figure. 

The find was also reported to the British Museum, which maintains a database of these types of discoveries. 

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The Burghley Estate includes the historic Burghley House, vast farmland, woodland and a “significant property portfolio” that includes eight municipalities. 

It’s centered in the town of Stamford in Lincolnshire and spreads to the outlying villages of Pilsgate, Barnack, Collyweston, Easton on the Hill, Barrowden, Wakerley and Morcott, its website says.

It was built by William Cecil in the 1500s “as a country home for the dynasty that he founded and as a demonstration of his wealth and power,” according to the historical overview on the site. 

The Burghley House is still the home of Cecil’s descendants over 500 years later. 

Miranda Rock and her family are the current residents. Rock, who works as the house director, looks after the house and collections on behalf of the Burghley House Preservation Trust, a charitable trust set up by her grandfather, the 6th Marquess of Exeter.

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The estate displays a vast collection of Italian Old Master paintings, among other historic works of art, and acts as a venue for special events, such as weddings, and operates a number of hotels. 

Top teams decline NIT participation, sparking criticism from veteran coach

Usually, teams who miss out on making the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will take part in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) to get some postseason experience under their belt.

St. John’s, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Ole Miss, Indiana and Oklahoma decided not to participate in the NIT after missing out on the field of 68 for the Big Dance.

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Tom Crean, who coached at Marquette, Indiana and Georgia, appeared on ESPN and scolded teams for choosing to start their offseason early instead of participating in the NIT.

“There’s no question about it – I would want to coach. I would want to develop my team. You’ve got bigger staffs than you’ve ever had. There’s plenty of time for the portal, there’s plenty of time to talk to recruits, there’s plenty of time to negotiate NIL deals,” Crean said.

“There’s not plenty of time to play, there’s not plenty of time of time to get your players on the floor and give them a chance to get better. There’s not plenty of time for guys to continue to play that may never get to play again.”

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Seton Hall, Princeton, Providence, LSU, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Saint Joseph’s, UNLV, Boston College, North Texas, Appalachian State, Cornell, Richmond and Xavier make up the 16-team field. 

Seton Hall coach Shaheen Holloway and Providence coach Kim English were upset about being snubbed from the tournament but decided to continue to play. Rick Pitino went the other route.

“And that to me is absolutely ridiculous,” Crean added. “It’s each coach’s choice, I get it. But you take away a chance to play the games and put your team on the floor. Let (the players) opt out. The bowl season has it all the time. Let it happen, who cares. 

“Give your players and coaches a chance to keep coaching and playing … if a guy doesn’t want to play, go sit down. If a coach doesn’t want to coach, go recruit. But there’s got to be enough people to put five, six, seven people on the floor and go play. It makes absolutely zero sense.”

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Crean coached in four NITs during his career. He made three with Marquette and one with Indiana.

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Movie star says he was ‘craving’ a relationship with God after being in a ‘darker place’

Ryan Phillippe opened up about “craving” a relationship with God after embarking on a “spiritual journey” following the filming of his latest movie.

In the new action thriller “Prey,” the 49-year-old actor played a Christian missionary who has a crisis of faith when he finds himself in mortal danger. 

During his interview with Fox News Digital, Phillippe, who was raised in a religious household, shared that his own faith is “incredibly” important to him.

“And it grows even more, every day,” Phillippe said. 

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He continued, “I have a firm and fervent belief in God and that things happen for a reason and that we should put positive energies out into the world and treat people with respect and spread as much love and light as we can to offset the darkness that we see around us everywhere.”

“I spent a lot of time in prayer and studying things of that nature I find very fulfilling,” Phillippe added. “I feel like it’s the most important thing that you could spend your time thinking about or learning about or trying to understand. So it’s become a very, very important part of my life.”

Phillippe told Fox News Digital that he became more committed to his faith and his relationship with God after production wrapped on “Prey.”

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“It’s interesting because I was kind of in a darker place when we filmed this, and it was right after filming it where I went on this spiritual journey where I started going really deep inside,” he recalled. 

“I got back into reading the Bible and various other religious tomes, but I found myself drawn to this notion of spirituality,” Phillippe continued. “You get to a point in life, a certain age, and the things that you thought would bring you pleasure or make you feel satisfied – these would be success or money – and it doesn’t. It doesn’t.”

“I wanted to have a relationship and understanding with God, and I was craving that.”

— Ryan Phillippe

“And so you look for more,” he said. “And I’m so thankful for what I’ve been given and for the experiences that I’ve had and for my children and everything else. But I wanted to have a relationship and understanding with God, and I was craving that.”

“And I’ve got to tell you, since I started that journey, I have not been more at peace. My depression is gone,” Phillippe added. “I shedded addictions so I’m a big proponent for people going inward and trying to understand those aspects of life.”

Directed by South African filmmaker Mukunda Michael Dewil, “Prey” stars Phillippe and Mena Suvari as a couple who are “compelled to leave their Christian missionary station in the Kalahari Desert after being threatened with death by an extremist militant gang,” per a logline for the film.

“But when their aircraft crashes in an animal preserve, they must battle man and beast in a fight for their lives.”

Phillippe told Fox News Digital that the project required “little preparation in some ways” because it was centered on a “simple concept.”

“It’s a compelling concept,” he explained. “It’s the kind of thing that you think to yourself, ‘What if this happened to me?’”

The Delaware native noted that “Prey” was a “survival story” and it was easy for him to see himself in his character’s situation. 

“Imagine [you’re] on a plane that crashes in Africa. Nobody knows you’re there and where you are is a reserve for big game, and it’s only a matter of time till they smell you, and they’re hungry,” he said. “To me, it was a very simple concept that way that just grabbed me from the jump.”

Phillippe told Fox News Digital that the role also appealed to him due to his character’s struggle with doubts over his faith in the midst of his dire circumstances. 

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“I also really dug that there was this spiritual thread through this story, certainly with my character questioning God and questioning the fairness of things and surrendering and getting ultimately to this numb place of just saying, ‘If there is a God, save me.’ If not, I’m going to be eaten by this lion and whatever happens, happens,” he said. 

“I think a lot of us find ourselves at places in our lives where we question those things, or we challenge those things,” Phillippe added. “And that resonated with me.”

Phillippe told Fox News Digital that he thought audiences would be drawn to “Prey” because of the film’s harrowing plot and fast pace, describing it as a “90-minute breakneck thrill ride.”

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“It flies by from the moment we get on the move,” Phillippe said. “It’s pretty relentless that way. I think there is an audience that loves survival movies, which I do, too. And it’s like man versus nature.”

“And it’s like, ‘What do you have?’” he continued. “‘What is the mettle of yourself, of your being?’ Like, ‘How do you survive in an unsurvivable situation?’ And you know we won’t give away who does or doesn’t survive. Not very many do.”

“But I think from that standpoint, it’s just curiosity. What I think an audience will find themselves thinking during ‘Prey’ is, ‘What if this happened to me?’ And I think that’s a really compelling way in for someone.”

While speaking with Fox News Digital, Phillippe reflected on his “easy” co-parenting relationship with his ex-wife Reese Witherspoon.

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The former couple, who were married from 1999 to 2008, are parents to daughter Eva, 24, and son Deacon, 20. 

Phillippe shared his thoughts on whether parenting alongside Witherspoon, has become less challenging as their children have grown older.

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“Yes and no,” the “Crash” star said. “We never really had a hard time of it. We were always both so devoted, even once we were no longer together.”

Phillipe continued, “That made it easy. They were the priority. And you see a lot of times in these messy situations where that’s not the case, where the kids will be used as pawns or as a way to hurt the other parent, and we never did any of that stuff.”

“But she and I have a friendship, and we still have calls about various things in their lives, and it works out nice.”

— Ryan Phillippe on ex Reese Witherspoon

“We never spoke ill of each other,” he added. “And we were always united in support of them, and now they’re both adults. 

“But she and I have a friendship, and we still have calls about various things in their lives, and it works out nice.”

During a 2021 appearance on the E! talk show “Daily Pop,” Ava shared that she hadn’t yet decided on a career path though acting wasn’t “out of the question.” While attending the University of California, Berkeley, Ava launched her modeling career and has appeared in campaigns for Beyoncé’s brand Ivy Park, Rodarte and Pat McGrath Labs.

Deacon is currently studying music at New York University. In April 2023, he released his debut album “A New Earth.” Deacon is also following in his parents’ footsteps by pursuing a career in acting. In 2022, he made his debut as an actor in the Netflix series “Never Have I Ever.”

Phillippe also shared the advice that he has given his children about navigating careers in Hollywood. The actor is also father to daughter Kai, 12, who he shares with his ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp. Witherspoon shares son Tennessee, 11, with her ex-husband Jim Toth.

“The Lincoln Lawyer” star said he believed he and Witherspoon had set “pretty good examples” for Ava and Deacon.

“They’ve seen how their mother and I have done it, how we’ve treated people, how we’ve tried to stay true to ourselves, how, we haven’t let us let it affect us in an intensely negative way,” he explained. “We haven’t made it the end all, be all of our lives.”

Phillippe continued, “There’s much more to life than than Hollywood or entertainment, clearly. I always tell people that I work to live, not live to work. I’m not defined by this industry. I enjoy it, I have passion for it, I respect it, but there are so many other things that fill my senses and draw my attention.”

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“Ultimately, you want your kids to be happy,” he added. “You want them to be true to themselves. You want them to develop a confidence. That doesn’t mean it’s obnoxious or brash, but to know who they are, and to not waver from that because there’s no need to.”

“Everyone is lost in a sense. The judgment of others means less and less to me as I get older. Everyone’s trying to figure things out. Everyone’s on their own path. So just kind of reinforcing those ideas, I think is part of it.”

Phillippe and Witherspoon met at a birthday party in 1997 and began dating shortly afterward. They announced their engagement the following year. In 1999, the two co-starred alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in Roger Kumble’s classic teen romantic drama “Cruel Intentions.” 

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This year, “Cruel Intentions” marked its 25th anniversary. During his interview with Fox News Digital, Phillippe noted that the movie “still holds up” a quarter of a century after it premiered in theaters.

“It’s still funny. It’s still, really, like, controversial in some ways, but I think what comes through on the screen is how much fun we were all having playing those parts and playing those characters,” he said. “And that started with Roger Kumble, the director, who was just a hilarious human being anyway.”

“But it’s like a weird word to use, but that was a delicious character to play,” he continued. “And it was like, so far from who I am. I’m like a really quiet, introspective, introverted guy. And so it was so fun to play somebody who was so kind of flamboyant and so calculated and, flippant.”

“I think that we just had fun making it. And it was an exciting time to be that age, to be 23, 22, 23 years old and doing some material like that,” he added with a laugh. “It was just a good time. It was a special one.”

Looking back, Phillippe recalled that there were “certain hopes” that he had when he started his acting career.

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“One was to make a seminal teen movie. One was to make a war movie to honor my grandfathers. You know, those kind of things. And getting to do some of them is pretty exciting because that film still holds up,” he said. “People still watch ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer.’ They still watch ‘Cruel Intentions.’

“I did that movie with [Clint] Eastwood and [Steven] Spielberg honoring my grandfathers who fought in World War II,” Phillippe added, referring to the 2006 war drama “Flags of Our Fathers.” 

“‘Crash’ won best picture. I got to help Robert Altman get a movie financed. I worked with both Scott brothers, Ridley and Tony,” Phillippe continued. “It’s been a fun run. I’ve been pretty lucky.”

“I know a lot of people look and think I’m a has-been or I never achieved what I might, and maybe I should have, but I don’t feel that way,” he said with a laugh.

“Prey” is in theaters and on demand now.