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Morris Chestnut says fans aren't shy about hating on his character in 'The Resident'

FOX/Guy D'Alema(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Morris Chestnut plays arrogant, and unethical neurosurgeon Dr. Barrett Cain on Fox's The Resident, and he's so good at the smarm that the affable actor says he's now getting confronted by fans. 

"When people come up to me about this show, I know they're really watching because they come up to me and [say], 'Oooh, I can't stand your character. Why did you lie to those people?' Yeah, they admonish me," he laughed on a recent episode of PeopleTV's Couch Surfing.

"It's kind of like being able to play the villain, something that people don't really expect from me." 

However, just as the series had been doubling down on Chestnut's character's unethical behavior -- he tricked a patient into undergoing an unnecessary procedure during the pandemic just to pad the hospital's bottom line, endangering the man's life -- the producers threw fans a curveball. 

Tuesday night's episode showed Chestnut's character doing something selfless for a change -- pulling a woman from a burning car -- only to see him struck by a car and seriously injured, meaning the staff of Chastain Memorial has to save the career, and the life, of a guy we've all come to love to hate.

Executive producer Andrew Chapman tells PeopleTV partner Entertainment Weekly, "...[H]e's arrogant and a bad guy, but yet at the same time he's only human. So even if Cain survives the accident, would he change his core personality? Would he ever become a good guy? That's more iffy."

The Resident airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. 

By Stephen Iervolino
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Cloris Leachman, Oscar and Emmy winning star of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', dead at 94

Photo courtesy Integrated PR(LOS ANGELES) -- Cloris Leachman, the versatile Oscar and multiple-Emmy winning actress whose career on stage, television and film spanned more than seven decades, has died at age 94.

She passed away Tuesday of natural causes in Encinitas, California, her longtime manager Juliet Green tells ABC News.

"There was no one like Cloris," Green said, calling the performer, "one of the most fearless actresses of our time." 

The first celebrity to react to her passing was her Mary Tyler Moore co-star Ed Asner, who tweeted a picture of her laughing as he kisses the side of her head at a black tie event. "A picture from the last time I saw you," he captioned the photo.

"Always beautiful. Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you," Asner wrote, adding, "Until we meet again darling" and the hashtag "#clorisleachmanrip"

Leachman, equally adept at comedy and drama, was perhaps best known for her TV roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Phyllis, as well as The Facts of Life, Malcolm in the Middle and more recently, in Fox's Raising Hope.

She won eight Primetime Emmy Awards -- a record that stood for decades, until it was matched in 2017 by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Leachman, however, also won one Daytime Emmy Award.

On the big screen, she won the Academy Award for her role as a gym teacher's neglected wife in 1971's The Last Picture Show. She also appeared in three Mel Brooks films, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety and History of the World: Part I. And she played Daisy May Moses in the 1993 film version of The Beverly Hillbillies.

Leachman was introduced to a new generation of fans when she became the oldest contestant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars in 2008. Paired with professional dancer Corky Ballas, she was 82 at the time. Her appearance led to a surge of new TV and film roles, including playing Maw Maw on the Fox sitcom Raising Hope from 2010-2014.

Leachman was born April 30, 1926, the oldest of three sisters, in Des Moines, Iowa. She began acting as a youngster and later studied drama at Northwestern University in Illinois, alongside friends Charlotte Rae and Paul Lynde.

After graduating from high school, Leachman enrolled at Illinois State University to study drama, and later, Northwestern University, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta. After winning a scholarship in the Miss America pageant, she moved to New York City to study acting under director Elia Kazan at the Actors Studio and was immediately cast on Broadway and in film.

Starting in the 1950s, she appeared in many TV programs, including a brief stint as Timmy's mother in the original Lassie. Her role as Mary Tyler Moore's nosy and manipulative landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, made her a star.

In addition to her busy acting career, Leachman raised five children -- four sons and a daughter -- with film director George Englund. Leachman and Englund were married for 26 years, before divorcing in 1979.

Leachman never remarried and is survived by four of her children as well as several grandchildren whom, "she loved fiercely," according to her rep.

By Luchina Fisher
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Netflix sends fans a thank you after 'Bridgerton' officially becomes its biggest original series ever

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- It has already been reported that Bridgerton had the biggest ever debut for a Netflix original series when it dropped late last year, but now that the numbers are officially in, the bodice-ripping romantic drama has become the biggest show in the streaming service's history. 

Its launch was bigger than even Netflix projected: the company says the series was watched by 82 million people -- or a whopping 41% of Netflix's global audience of 200 million -- in its first 28 days online, Deadline reports.

Based on Julia Quinn's beloved book series, the latest hit from Shonda Rhimes centers on Phoebe Dynevor's character, Daphne Bridgerton, and her marriage to the Duke of Hastings, played by heartthrob Regé-Jean Page.

As a "thank you" to those 82 million people, Netflix posted to social media a video compilation of fans who've gone all-in on the so-called "Bridgerton Effect" -- wearing period frocks, reenacting scenes, buying frilly finery, and even affecting posh British accents -- to celebrate their new favorite show. 

Bridgerton's performance bested its former viewership champ The Witcher, which attracted 76 million viewers within its first 28 days of launch; Lupin, which attracted 70 million, and The Queen's Gambit, which debuted with an audience of 62 million. 

By Stephen Iervolino
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Paul Bettany confirms a major Marvel character will soon make their on-screen debut in 'WandaVision'

Disney /Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel fans are already scrambling to figure out what happens next on WandaVision, but series star Paul Bettany hints the biggest surprise isn't on anyone's radar.

Speaking to the Lights, Camera, Barstool podcast Tuesday, the actor teased that a major Marvel character will debut on the Disney series.  Bettany added that the character is such a big deal, the company has gone into overdrive to keep their identity a secret.

"So many things get leaked, but there’s this thing that has been completely under wraps that happens," said Bettany. "I work with this actor that I’ve always wanted to work with and we have fireworks together, the scenes are great and I think people are going to be really excited."

Continued the British actor, "I’ve always wanted to work with this guy and the scenes are pretty intense!"

As for who that mystery character is, Bettany says fans will have to wait and see but made a promise about the upcoming fourth episode, which premieres Friday, January 29, saying "minds are going to explode." 

The 49-year-actor also teased that the alternate sitcom reality the characters currently reside and the real world will "have more conflict."

"I don’t want to give away too much about the future episodes, but I will tell you this, there were more special effects requirements for our TV show than there were for Endgame," he boasted. "I think they're going to be massively surprised by the end of the show."

Bettany, teasing a big "payoff," confirmed WandaVision will set the stage for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's next phase, adding, "[Fans are] going to look at the MCU in a whole new light and also have a much deeper understanding in what direction it's moving."

WandaVisionis exclusively available on the streaming service Disney .

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By Megan Stone 
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Neon movie studio releases first image of Kristen Stewart as Princess Di in 'Spencer'

Neon(GERMANY) -- The indie movie company Neon, which has produced films like the Oscar nominated I, Tonya, has released its first image of Kristen Stewart as Diana Spencer, aka Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, in its upcoming drama Spencer.

Production on the film just got underway in Germany for a planned release this fall, ahead of 2022's 25th anniversary of Diana's death.

The photo shows Stewart as the spitting image of the princess turned human rights advocate. She's staring out of a window, wearing a black blouse and red jacket, with a black veiled hat atop her signature feathered blonde coif.

As previously reported, the period piece takes place in the 1990s and will have Stewart playing Diana over a crucial Christmas holiday during which she plotted her divorce from Prince Charles and began charting a life away from the British royal family.

The synopsis from Neon reads, "December, 1991: The Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate. There's eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different."

Princess Diana was killed August 31, 1997 in a car crash in Paris that was caused in part by a high-speed pursuit by paparazzi. Her partner, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul, were also killed. Paul was later found to have been driving drunk.  A bodyguard survived the crash.

Pablo Larrain, who called the shots on Natalie Portman's Oscar-nominated Jacqueline Kennedy 2016 biopic Jackie, is directing.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Zendaya says she still considers herself a "Disney kid" after her Emmy win

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- It's safe to say that Zendaya hasn't let her Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy win go to her head.

In an conversation with Promising Young Woman star Carey Mulligan for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, the Euphoria star says she still thinks of herself as a "Disney Kid."

“The thing is, I am," Zendaya says. "And to a degree, I am grateful for that. That’s where I started, and I learned so much from that experience. It’s just kind of been this slow progression, and I am happy that it’s all been to prove it to myself and not to anybody else, you know? I embrace it a little bit. It’s part of my heritage to a degree.”

Zendaya's relationship with Disney runs deep. The actress first came on the Disney scene as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up. From there, she guest starred on various Disney shows before taking on the lead role in K.C. Undercover as K.C. Cooper, a teenager who becomes a spy.

While fans have seen Zendaya over the years on both TV and film, the young actress tells Mulligan that her "love of acting" actually came from theater.

"[Because] my mom worked at the California Shakespeare Theater when I was a kid,” she explains. “I think it’s always like an actor’s dream kind of a little bit to do something like a play.”

Up next, Zendaya will star opposite John David Washington in Netflix's Malcolm & Marie, which follows a not-so-perfect couple who hash it out after a movie premiere at which Washington's character's film debuted.

“There were tough days, and it was exhausting,” she says of making the film. “But here was so much family around us, it felt like. We created this set family of support.”

Malcolm & Marie premieres on Netflix February 5.

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By Candice Williams
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Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey celebrate 20th anniversary of 'The Wedding Planner'

Columbia Pictures/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Wedding Planner celebrated its 20th anniversary Tuesday and, to celebrate, stars Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey virtually reunited to reminisce about the romantic comedy.

Hitting up Instagram live, the two expressed disbelief over the movie's major milestone, with Lopez, who played Mary Fiore, remarking, "Can you believe it's been 20 years since we did The Wedding Planner?!"

McConaughey, who played Dr. Steve "Eddie" Edison, retorted, "Not when you say it like that. Twenty years, I was doing the math. That's a while ago."

Both agreed that "it still feels like yesterday" that they were together filming together, which brought them to reflect on the movie's finale -- the big kiss scene.

Lopez, 51, shared a cute anecdote about how her co-star acted like a complete gentlemen before they shared their on-screen kiss.

"Do you remember doing that scene where you were about to kiss me,"  the "On The Floor" singer smiled.  "You said, 'Ms. Lopez, I'm going to kiss you now.' And I was like, 'OK, let's do it. Let's kiss.' I remember that clearly."

Another scene Lopez remembers fondly is when their two characters meet for the first time -- where Eddie rescues a trapped Mary from a runaway dumpster and fall in love.

After saving Mary from certain disaster, Lopez reveals Eddie utters her favorite line in the entire movie, "You smell like sweet red plums and grilled cheese sandwiches."

"It was just that idea of her fading out and kind of like this Prince Charming just rescuing her and her saying, 'You smell like grilled cheese and plums,'" she laughed. "It was just so real."

The Grammy nominee then sweetly added, "I so enjoyed working with you," calling their time together "magical."

The two also made a pact to reunite for another rom-com soon.

By Megan Stone 
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'Godzilla vs. Kong' release date delayed to end of March

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Shortly after Warner Bros. announced Godzilla vs. Kong would crash into the box office two months earlier than expected, studio execs have decided to walk the anticipated release date back a week.

Variety confirms that the movie, where the two legendary titans will duke it out in one epic battle to determine who reigns supreme, will now premiere in theaters March 31 instead of March 26.  The movie will also simultaneously premiere on the streaming service HBO Max.

Outside of North America and the streaming giant's reach, however, Godzilla vs. Kong will hold onto its previous March 26 release date.

The movie was originally set to hit theaters May 21, but moved up on the calendar following MGM's announcement that the latest James Bond flick No Time to Die would be pushed back again, this time from April to October 2021.

Sony also announced that it was delaying the release of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway from April 2 to June.

With two of the movie's biggest competitors pushed out into later 2021, it gives King Kong and Godzilla ample time to make waves in the box office.

Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth installment in the Legendary Entertainment's monster universe, following in the steps of GodzillaKong: Skull Island and, most recently, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The crossover movie stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Brian Tyree Henry, Rebecca Hall and, of course, the two legendary beasts as themselves.

By Megan Stone
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Chadwick Boseman honored with posthumous Independent Spirit Award nomination

NETFLIX/David Lee(NEW YORK) -- Chadwick Boseman was honored Tuesday when it was announced the Black Panther star earned a posthumous nomination for the 2021 Independent Spirit Awards for his final movie role.

Boseman, who died in August after a four-year silent battle with cancer, last starred in the Netflix hit Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which has earned him a nod for best male lead.

The 43-year-old actor joins a category populated by Riz Ahmed for The Sound of Metal, Steven Yeun for Minari, Rob Morgan for Bull and Adarsh Gourav for The White Tiger.

The 36th annual Independent Spirit Awards airs Thursday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.

Boseman's Ma Rainey role also earned him a posthumous nomination for best actor at the IFP Gotham Awards, which he lost to Ahmed.

The late actor has also generated Oscar buzz for his final movie role, where it is expected he will earn a posthumous nod for Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor.

People reports that the last actor to be posthumously nominated for Best Actor was Massimo Troisi in 1995.  Should Boseman be nominated in the latter category, he will join Heath Ledger and Ralph Richardson -- both of whom were posthumously honored in 2008 and 1984, respectively.

By Megan Stone
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Pamela Anderson's son Brandon Thomas Lee fends off intruder with golf club

Leon Bennett/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Don't mess with Brandon Thomas Lee -- that is, unless you want to risk getting beaten with a golf club.  

On Monday, the 24-year-old son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee shared a video of him confronting an intruder who entered his Malibu home. 

As the unidentified man tries to explain himself, Brandon can be heard yelling from behind the camera to leave the property as he wields a golf club in his hand.

"This guy full on BROKE INTO MY HOUSE and then sneaks up on me in my kitchen, starts screaming at me, and after tries to tell me that he thought I was a lawyer he knew.... so I had to show him my good ol 7 iron," he captioned the clip.

The Hills: New Beginnings star has garnered over 134,000 views on the video since he posted it to Instagram. 

By Danielle Long
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USPS to honor the droids of 'Star Wars' in new collection of stamps

USPS(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- These are the droids you're looking for. 

Your mail will soon feature characters from a galaxy far, far away thanks to a new line of stamps coming from the United States Postal Service.

In an official release, USPS confirms that their latest collection of stamps will salute the droids of Star Wars, like C-3PO and R2-D2, just in time for Star Wars' 50th anniversary.

Of course, the beloved BB-8 from the latest Star Wars trilogy will make an appearance, alongside other fan favorites IG-11, the bounty hunter-turned Baby Yoda's protective nurse droid from The Mandalorian; plucky C1-10P, or "Chopper" as he's known from Star Wars: Rebels; the reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO from Rogue One; D-O from Star Wars: The Last Jedi; the strong-willed L3-37 from Solo; as well as the fan favorite GNK "GONK" power droid and the 2-1B surgical droid seen throughout the Star Wars universe.

In addition to the droids, backgrounds of each of the 20 stamps will pay tribute to some of the most famous settings in the Star Wars universe, such as the floating Cloud City that can be found above the planet Bespin from The Empire Strikes Back, and of course, the corridors of the iconic Millenium Falcon.

USPS says their new collection of stamps honors Lucasfilm's legacy and its parent company, Disney, for its outreach efforts in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) community.

Most notably is Disney's partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a global nonprofit that aims to inspire children from pre-K to grade 12 to consider a career in STEM. 

The program partnered with the Walt Disney Company's "Star Wars: Force for Change," giving FIRST the ability to reach even more young individuals.

USPS will release more details regarding its new Star Wars-inspired stamps, including their release date, at a later time.

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By Megan Stone and Stephen Iervolino
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Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' starring Chadwick Boseman named Best Film of 2020

Netflix/David Lee(LOS ANGELES) -- Spike Lee’s film, Da 5 Bloods, starring Chadwick Boseman, has been named the Best Film of 2020 by National Board of Review.

On Tuesday, the NBR announced its 2020 award winners and Da 5 Bloods also won for Best Ensemble. 

Individually, Lee, 63, took home the award for best director and Boseman, who lost his battle with colon cancer in August, was also posthumously awarded the NBR Icon Award, an honor that celebrates the cinematic contributions that are meaningful to history, culture and excellence in motion pictures.

In a statement NBR President Annie Schulhof said, "The NBR is proud to honor Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee, and the film's incredible ensemble cast, along with all of our 2020 awardees. Lee is one of our greatest filmmakers, a bold auteur with a cinematic vision and an astute perspective on human relationships, focusing at times on that intersection between the personal and the political."

"Da 5 Bloods is not only a unique portrait of the experience and lingering trauma of Black Vietnam War veterans, but also a moving story of enduring friendship, a suspenseful jungle treasure hunt, and a powerful reckoning with the American dream," Schulhof continued. "We are also honored to present the posthumous NBR Icon Award to Chadwick Boseman, an extraordinary talent who represented the best of what an actor could be no matter what the role."

Da 5 Bloods follows four African American veterans -- portrayed by Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isiah Whitlock Jr., who return to Vietnam and find the remains of their fallen squad leader, Boseman, and a buried treasure they left behind. 

By Danielle Long
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Kevin Hart to join Cate Blanchett in big screen bow of video game 'Borderlands'

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Kevin Hart has gone from finding himself stuck in a video game in the rebooted Jumanji movies to returning to the gamer world, in the big screen adaptation of the hit Borderlands video game series. 

The plot of Borderlands centers on the planet Pandora -- no, not the Avatar one -- where players hunt for a mysterious Vault and its jackpot of alien tech and other assorted treasures.

Horror director Eli Roth is helming the movie, with Oscar winner and former Thor: Ragnarok baddie Cate Blanchett already cast as Lilith, one of a rare race of super-powered women known as Sirens. 

And whereas Hart's small stature was played for laughs in Jumanji, he's actually leveling up in Borderlands, playing the game's powerful ex-soldier turned-mercenary Roland. 

"I'm thrilled to be working with Kevin," Roth said in a statement about the Lionsgate-backed project. "Borderlands is a different kind of role for him, and we are excited to thrill audiences with a side of Kevin they've never seen before." 

Roth adds, "He's going to be an amazing Roland."

The three Borderlands games have sold some 66 million units worldwide, according to creator Gearbox Software, which is involved in the movie's production along with Lionsgate.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Judge rejects Mossimo Giannulli's bid for early release

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A judge has rejected fashion mogul Mossimo Giannulli's request to serve the remainder of his five-month prison sentence under house arrest.

Giannulli, 57, began serving his five-month prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc, in Southern California in November.

Entertainment Tonight reports that a judge rejected the fashion designer's request, but left the door open for him to file a renewed motion or a prison warden to intervene if "extenuating circumstances occur in the future."

The court documents, obtained by ET, state Giannulli served 56 days in solitary quarantine when he filed his request to the judge. His lawyers had argued the conditions of his sentence were "far more extreme than what the court recommended," adding he was confined to a small cell 24/7 and only granted three 20 minute breaks a day.

His team had hoped he was eligible for release due to COVID-19 regulations that allow certain prisoners to be released to home confinement to help reduce California's prison population.

Giannulli's legal team hoped his age and that he is non-violent offender who has no prior criminal record would make him a prime candidate.

His prison sentence is set to expire April 17. Giannulli will also have to pay a quarter-million dollar fine and satisfy 250 hours of community service, on top of undergoing two years supervised release. 

As previously reported, Giannulli and wife Lori Laughlin pleaded guilty on May 22 of last year to playing a role in the Varsity Blues college admissions cheating scheme by paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits when neither child participated in the sport.  

Both sentenced to prison on conspiracy charges.  Loughlin already satisfied her sentence and was released on December 28.

By Megan Stone
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'Lovecraft Country' creator Misha Green to make her directorial debut with 'Tomb Raider' sequel

Manny Carabel/Getty Images--© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC./Graham Bartholomew(LOS ANGELES) -- Lovecraft Country creator Misha Green has set her directorial debut.

According to Deadline, Green will direct and write the upcoming sequel to Tomb Raider. Based on the Sony PlayStation video game, the new action film will once again star Oscar winner Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.

Croft was first played by Angelina Jolie in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its sequel Lara Croft: Tomb Raider -- The Cradle of Life. However, Vikander took over the role in the 2018 remake of the film, which was timed for a successful reboot of the game.

This is the latest project for Green, who is the driving force behind Lovecraft Country, the breakout HBO series that stars Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors and Michael Kenneth Williams.

Prior to that, Green co-created, executive-produced and wrote the WGN series Underground, which was one of the first scripted U.S. TV shows that focused on slavery and the Underground Railroad.

By Candice Williams
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Kevin Hart to join Cate Blanchett in big screen bow of video game Borderlands 

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