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Stars remember John Candy on the 30th anniversary of his death

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Monday is the 30th anniversary of the passing of John Candy, the star of such classics as Splash, Spaceballs, and Cool Runnings.

People chatted with some of the stars who worked with him to share their experiences about the Canadian actor, who died of a heart attack at age 43.

Candy's Planes, Trains and Automobiles co-star Steve Martin expressed, "John's comedy lives on, but my memory of him has the words 'kindness' and 'sweetness' in the headlines."

Schitt's Creek Emmy winner Catherine O'Hara first worked with Candy in the early '80s on the legendary Canadian sketch show SCTV. She said he was "just as lovely as you'd want him to be."

O'Hara, of course, also starred as the forgetful mom in Home Alone, just one of seven films from director John Hughes in which Candy starred or cameoed.

The Conners star Laurie Metcalf appeared opposite Candy in 1989's Uncle Buck. She said she "hadn't done hardly any movies" at that point, but "he was so patient and generous with me."

She recalled a scene in which she and Candy shared a dance, saying she wanted to, "drill the scene over and over."

He obliged, "And I'm sure that it was the last thing he wanted to do, having appeared in probably every frame of that movie ..." she added. Metcalf said that "sums up how big-hearted he was and what a sweetheart he was."

Another co-star who weighed in was Candy's Wagons East co-star Richard Lewis, who spoke with People weeks before his own death on February 27.

He recalled appearing anywhere with Candy, "was like walking with the Pope in Rome. People couldn't believe they were in his presence. He really had that kind of swagger."

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'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' on Disney+: Exclusive trailer reveal

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Good Morning America exclusively revealed the trailer for the Disney+ version of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, streaming March 14.

It was announced in early February that Swift's blockbuster concert film would make its streaming debut on Disney+ and would include a few surprises for fans, too.

The Disney+ version of the film -- Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version) -- will show the concert in its entirety for the first time as well as include the song "cardigan," plus four additional acoustic songs not featured in either the previous theatrical or VOD versions.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour hit the big screen at AMC movie theaters across the country in October, becoming an instant smash. It grossed more than $260 million at the global box office, making it the top-selling concert film of all time.

When announcing the Golden Globe-nominated concert film would be coming to Disney+, Disney CEO Bob Iger called it "a true phenomenon that has and continues to thrill fans around the world."

Stream Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version) when it debuts on Disney+ on March 14 at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

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Road to the Oscars 2024: Six couples compete for Oscar gold

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We're less than a week away from the 96th annual Academy Awards, and this year, six couples are competing for Oscar gold. Let’s break down which lovebirds are up for prizes at the awards ceremony and for which trophies they're nominated.

Greta Gerwig and her husband, Noah Baumbach, are nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for writing Barbie. Gerwig was previously nominated for writing her 2019 adaptation of Little Women, as well as her solo debut feature, Lady Bird. Baumbach received nods for writing his films The Squid and the Whale and Marriage Story. This marks the first time the pair have been nominated together.

There's another couple nominated for BarbieMargot Robbie is up alongside her husband, Tom Ackerley, for their work in producing the film. They'd both receive trophies if the candy-colored blockbuster were to win Best Picture.

The "Barbenheimer" train has continued to chug along into 2024, so it only makes sense that both films appear on this list. Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan produced the unconventional biopic alongside his wife, Emma Thomas, who has produced every single one of his films. If Oppenheimer wins Best Picture, they'll both pick up trophies.

The couples who write together seem to stay together. Partners Justine Triet and Arthur Harari are nominated for their Anatomy of a Fall script, while newly married couple Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik, who penned the screenplay for May December and earned the film its sole nomination, are similarly up for Oscar gold.

Finally, the list is rounded out by filmmakers Jerusha and Jared Hess, who helmed Ninety-Five Senses, nominated for Best Animated Short Film.

 

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In Brief: Netflix cancels new series 'The Brothers Sun', and more

Netflix has canceled The Brothers Sun after one season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy drama series, starring Michelle Yeoh, Justin Chien and Sam Song Li, followed the family story of a Taiwanese gang leader who was shot by a mysterious assassin ...

Sex and the City has landed a premiere date on Netflix, following a content agreement between the streaming service and HBO parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, according to The Hollywood Reporter. All six seasons of SATC, previously available only on Max, will now stream on Netflix as well, starting April 1. In less than one month, all 94 episodes of the show -- starring Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall -- will hit Netflix ...

Mark Dodson, best known for voicing the Salacious Crumb in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and the Mogwai in Gremlins, died on Saturday, March 2, his agent tells Entertainment Weekly. He was 64. Dodson also voiced several zombies in 1985’s Day of the Dead, Niima Scavenger in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and reprised his Gremlin role in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. He also voiced characters in video games including Ghostrunner, Bendy and the Dark Revival, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and Star Trek Online ...

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"Dune: Part Two" worms its way to #1 at the box office with $81.5 million opening weekend

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Denis Villeneuve's Dune sequel scooped up an estimated $81.5 million in its North American domestic debut -- the biggest opening weekend of the year and the largest since Taylor Swift's concert film The Eras Tour, which racked up $93 million.

Dune: Part Two -- starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Austin Butler -- added an estimated $97 million overseas, for a global haul of $178 million.

Bob Marley: One Love slipped to second place, earning an estimated $7.4 million. It's three-week domestic tally now stands at $82.7 million in North America and $146 million globally.

Ordinary Angels, the faith-based film starring Hilary Swank, finished in third place, grabbing an estimated $3.8 million in its second week of release.

Finishing in fourth place was Madame Web, delivering an estimated $3.2 million, bringing its three-week North American total to $40 million and $50 million internationally.

Rounding out the top five was the faith-based historical drama TV series The Chosen Season 4, episodes 7 and 8, grossing an estimated $3.1 million domestically. That's slightly behind episodes 4-6 and far below the $6 million opening of episodes 1-3, which collected a total of $14 million during its two-week run.

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Dwayne Johnson now legally owns "The Rock," as well as "jabroni" and dozens of other words

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Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? That's not only a famous threat used by Dwayne Johnson back in his wrestling heyday, it's now just one of the phrases he legally owns.

As reported, a deal to join the board of directors of the TKO Group, the new parent company of World Wrestling Entertainment, gave The Rock legal ownership of the wrestling moniker he brought from the ring to the big screen.

But Variety is reporting a new SEC filing revealed he also now owns dozens of other words and phrases he made famous during his wrestling days.

Some are extremely specific to Johnson, like "Rocky Maivia," his first wrestling name, and the nickname "The Brahma Bull." Some refer to former foes, like "candy a**" and "jabroni." Others are arguably amusingly general, like "It doesn't matter what…"; "Blue Hell"; and "The millions… (and millions)."

According to Variety, others include "Team Corporate"; "Rock Nation"; "The Nation"; "Roody Poo"; "If you smell what The Rock is cooking"; "The Samoan Sensation"; "The Blue Chipper"; "The Great One"; "Know Your Role and Shut Your Mouth"; "Team Bring It"; "The Rock Just Bring It"; "Rock Bottom"; "Rockpocalypse"; "Project Rock"; and the phrases "Finally, The Rock has come back to…" and "The most electrifying man in sports and entertainment."

Similarly, Johnson now legally owns related logos and "all other nicknames, caricatures, voice, signature, gestures, routines, costumes or parts of costumes, accessories [and] crowns" worn, earned or used during his reign as a pro wrestling champ.

That naturally would cover "The People's Eyebrow," a signature arch that even made its way onto Maui, Johnson's animated demigod Moana alter ego.

In short, what The Rock is likely cooking smells like money: He'd be able to monetize these phrases on apparel and the like.

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Emmy-winning comedy 'Hacks' returns for season 3 in May

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Max's Emmy-winning comedy series Hacks returns for its third season on Thursday, May 2, the streaming service announced Friday via a new teaser.

The series starring Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder will come back with a two-episode premiere, and shows will unroll weekly on Thursdays until the season finale May 30.

The streaming service teases of the show's third frame: "A year after parting, Deborah Vance (Smart) is riding high off the success of her standup special while Ava (Einbinder) pursues new opportunities back in Los Angeles."

That said, the teaser, set to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing," shows the pair reuniting in an elevator, the doors of which Deborah tries to shut before Ava can climb aboard. 

It also shows Deborah back on top, hitting the red carpet at a lavish event and sitting in the hot seat at a roast in her honor.

Ava is later shown caddying for the star on the golf course and trying to warn her away from some of her "more problematic" stand-up material. 

"Which minority group is upset now?" Deborah asks, exasperated.

"I don't think 'minority' is the appropriate term," Ava corrects nervously. "Well, what do they want to be called?!" Deborah huffs.

"Don't say 'they,'" her protege laments, embarrassed. "I thought everybody was they nowadays!" Deborah shouts back.

It was recently announced that this season's guest stars will include Oscar winner Helen Hunt, Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd, Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks, Scandal vet Tony Goldwyn and legendary stand-up comedian George Wallace.  

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HBO's 'The Last of Us' adds Danny Ramirez, Ariela Barer, Tati Gabrielle and Spencer Lord for season 2

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On Friday, HBO announced four new cast members for the second season of its hit video game adaptation The Last of Us.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's Danny Ramirez has signed up as Manny, "a loyal soldier whose sunny outlook belies the pain of old wounds and a fear that he will fail his friends when they need him most."

Marvel's Runaways veteran Ariela Barer will play Mel, "a young doctor whose commitment to saving lives is challenged by the realities of war and tribalism."

The 100's Tati Gabrielle will star as Nora, "a military medic struggling to come to terms with the sins of her past," while A Honeymoon to Remember's Spencer Lord will play Owen, described as "a gentle soul trapped in a warrior’s body, condemned to fight an enemy he refuses to hate."

HBO confirmed in February that Schitt's Creek Emmy winner Catherine O'Hara had joined the cast of the second season of the hit post-apocalyptic series, on which her two sons incidentally work behind the scenes.

Season 2 of The Last of Us will debut on HBO in 2025.

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Premiere of spinoff 'The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live' sets records for AMC

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Sunday night's premiere of The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live set all-time records for both viewership and customer acquisition on AMC+, the network announced Friday.

The show, which reunites Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes and Danai Gurira's Michonne, scored an audience of nearly 3 million people across the network and its sister streamer — strong enough to make it the #1 cable drama premiere of the 2023/24 television season in key viewer demographics.

What's more, it was the biggest show debut for the network since 2018 and saw the highest number of people signing up for AMC+ since the streaming service began, AMC said.

And fans were apparently talking about it online: #TheOnesWhoLive was the #1 trending topic in the U.S. on X, formerly Twitter, according to the network.

In a joint statement, stars/executive producers Lincoln and Gurira said, "When we each began this extraordinary journey so many years ago, the most mind-meltingly beautiful moments have always been either with or about the fans."

They hailed The Walking Dead's "connection between the passionate commitment of our remarkable crews and casts and the greatest fans in fandom."

Further, they expressed, "Telling this story from behind and in front of the cameras as a team has been a dream (sometimes a fever dream) and to see the response is even better than five pizzas and a wedding ring."

Thanking those fans "from the bottom of our blood-stained hearts," the pair closed with, "We all did this together. Big, Epic Love."

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Reality Roundup: Rachel Leviss sues Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix, 'The Bachelor' update

Have no fear, your reality roundup is here! Here's a look at what happened in the world of reality television this week:

Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)
The Scandoval saga continues. Rachel Leviss has sued Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix over claims of revenge porn, eavesdropping, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Deadline reports. “‘Scandoval’ captured the public’s attention in a massive way, went completely viral, and injected new life into Vanderpump Rules,” the filing reads. “It also caused mayhem in Leviss’s life, culminating in months-long in-patient treatment at a mental health facility and her departure from the show. Fomented by Bravo and Evolution in conjunction with the cast, Leviss was subjected to a public skewering with little precedent and became, without exaggeration, one of the most hated women in America.”

The Bachelor (ABC)
Monday night's episode of The Bachelor found its lead, Joey Graziadei, selecting the final four women whose hometowns he will visit. In an episode of the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast released on Thursday, Graziadei said he was 70 or 80 percent sure the series would work for him after he selected his final four. “I was probably 70/30 [or] 80/20 [percent confident] because I could see the relationships were getting there, but we hadn’t gotten to the point of anyone expressing that they’re actually in love with me, if there’s real feelings,” Graziadei said.

Love is Blind (Netflix)
Amber Desiree “AD” Smith has opened up about her pool party confrontation with fellow season 6 contestant Sarah Ann Bick. “I had no idea that I was going to talk to Sarah Ann,” AD told Entertainment Weekly. "I didn’t think she was going to be there, so talking to her was very interesting.”

 

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here's a look at some of the new movies and TV shows streaming this weekend:

Netflix
The Tourist: Find out what happens to Elliot in season 2 of the Australian thriller.

Spaceman: Adam Sandler is an astronaut who makes friends with a giant spider in the new film.

Somebody Feed Phil: Celebrate the joy of food with season 7 of the documentary travel series.

Hulu
Shōgun: If you’re in the mood for a big-budget historical drama, this new series might be for you. You can watch the first two episodes now.

Max
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: Did you miss the superhero film in theaters? You’re in luck – catch up with the King of the Seas now that the movie is on streaming.

Apple TV+
Napoleon: Ridley Scott’s newest film makes its streaming debut.

That’s all for this week’s Weekend Watchlist – happy streaming!

 

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Richard Lewis' widow thanks fans for their "loving tributes"

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On the late stand-up comic and actor's account on X, formerly Twitter, Richard Lewis' widow, Joyce Lapinsky, posted a note of thanks to the fans following Lewis' death on Tuesday.

The Curb Your Enthusiasm star died of a heart attack at 76.

"Thank you for your loving tributes," she began the post late Thursday evening. "He would be beyond thrilled and so touched, as am I."

Lapinsky added, "In response to the many queries, I know Richard would appreciate donations in his memory to the Los Angeles based charity [Comedy Gives Back] or the charity of your choice."

According to the website that Joyce posted, the nonprofit "is the safety net for the comedy community by providing financial crisis relief, mental health and chemical dependency treatment sponsorship and continued community support."

After years of struggling with alcohol and drugs, Lewis became sober in the mid-'90s. In fact, in her tribute to her former Anything but Love sitcom co-star, Jamie Lee Curtis called him "the reason I am sober." 

"He helped me. I am forever grateful for him for that act of grace alone," she expressed.

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Rachel Brosnahan posts TikTok with 'Superman' co-stars David Corenswet, Nicholas Hoult

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On her TikTok Thursday evening, Superman star and Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan posted a cute video set to John Williams' iconic theme to 1978's Superman.

She's sitting with a pleasant smile on her face that breaks into a wide, giggling grin when David Corenswet and Nicholas Hoult pop into the frame on either side of her. David plays the Man of Steel/Clark Kent in James Gunn's 2025 film, while Hoult plays his nemesis Lex Luthor.

"A supervillain, a journalist and an alien walk into a bar…," captioned the actress, who plays dogged Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane in the film. Of course, the "alien" refers to the Last Son of Krypton and Lois' eventual love interest, Superman.

Just hours before, Gunn revealed that the title of the forthcoming movie had been changed and that filming had begun on Leap Day. "[W]hich just so happens to be – coincidentally and unplanned – Superman’s birthday," the co-CEO of DC Films shared on Instagram.

He added, "When I finished the first draft of the script, I called the film Superman: Legacy. By the time I locked the final draft, it was clear the title was SUPERMAN."

The movie from Warner Bros. Pictures will fly into theaters July 11, 2025.

 

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Ricki Lake's weight loss journey comes full circle with 17-year-old bathing suit

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As reported, Ricki Lake and her husband, Ross Burningham, recently revealed they decided to undertake a health journey last October, and that they've each lost more than 30 pounds.

But now, the former talk show host shows she's come full circle, modeling a red swimsuit she wore on the cover of Us Weekly 17 years ago.

"Then and now. 2007-2024," Ricki captioned the photo on Instagram, adding "#thisis55" and "hardwork."

She continued, "I held onto this #NormaKamali one-piece for all these years wondering if I would ever be able to wear it again." The Us article at the time was touting Lake's weight loss from a size 24 to a size 4.

Lake's initial post said she and her husband put in the work and didn't rely on prescription meds to shed the pounds, as many in Hollywood, including Oprah Winfrey, have admitted to doing.

She explained, "We did this without relying on a pharmaceutical. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) But neither of us were pre diabetic and both of us felt like we wanted to at least try and do it on our own."

She also said, "This is the healthiest way I’ve lost weight in all of my years."

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In Brief: James Gunn says retitled film 'Superman' has taken flight, and more

Superman: Legacy writer-director James Gunn has revealed that production on the film, which is now just Superman, has officially begun. “Overjoyed to be announcing the start of principal photography on SUPERMAN today, February 29, which just so happens to be – coincidentally and unplanned – Superman’s birthday,” the co-CEO of DC Films shared on Instagram. “When I finished the first draft of the script, I called the film Superman: Legacy. By the time I locked the final draft, it was clear the title was SUPERMAN." The film is set to hit theaters in July 2025 ...

Emily Blunt is in talks to join Dwayne Johnson in Benny Safdie’s solo directorial debut for A24, The Smashing Machine, according to Variety. She would reportedly play Dawn Staples, the wife of MMA and UFC champion Mark Kerr, played by Johnson. Per the studio, “While trying to set up a new life together ... (Dawn) struggles to find her place within Mark’s chaotic and contradictory world.” Production is set to begin this summer ...

Anne Whitfield, best known for playing Susan Waverly, the granddaughter of Dean Jagger’s Major Gen. Thomas F. Waverly in the holiday classic White Christmas, died February 7 at a hospital in Yakima, Washington, after suffering an “unexpected accident” while on a walk in her neighborhood, according to B-Town Blog. She was 85. Whitfield also appeared on dozens of TV shows, including Father Knows Best, 77 Sunset Strip, Perry Mason, That Girl, Ironside and Emergency! Her other film credits include The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, Peter Pan, Juvenile Jungle and Tick, Tick, Tick ...

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