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'Harry Potter' veterans mourn co-star Michael Gambon

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Harry Potter veterans took to social media Thursday to mourn Michael Gambon, the actor who played Dumbledore in six Harry Potter films, who died at 82.

J.K. Rowling, the creator of the franchise, noted on X, formerly Twitter, "The first time I ever laid eyes on him was in King Lear, in 1982, and if you'd told me then that brilliant actor would appear in anything I'd written, I'd have thought you were insane."

"Michael was a wonderful man in additional to being an outstanding actor, and I absolutely loved working with him, not only on Potter but also [the miniseries] The Casual Vacancy," she wrote. "My deepest condolences go to Michael's family and everyone who loved him."

In a statement to Variety, Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, noted that Michael "made the hours spent in front of a green screen together more memorable and joyous than they had any right to be." He added, "I'm so sad to hear he has passed, but I am so grateful for the fact that I am one of the lucky people who got to work with him."

Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Potter films, called Gambon a "personal role model" of his, adding the star "captivated me as a kid."

Bonnie Wright, who portrayed Ginny Weasley in the franchise, wrote that she "was forever in awe of Michael’s presence and performance."

James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley, posted a lengthy memory of his time in the films, both in front of and behind the camera, calling Gambon "on and off the camera, a legend."

The official Harry Potter social media account said Gambon "brought immeasurable joy to Harry Potter fans from all over the world with his humour, kindness and grace."

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Jimmy Fallon reveals NBC didn't want him for 'The Tonight Show' after box office misses

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While the writers strike is over, Strike Force Five rolls on, and on the eighth episode of their previously-recorded Strike Force Five podcast, Jimmy Fallon explained NBC wasn't even considering him to host The Tonight Show.

With Seth Meyers acting as host, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Fallon described how they got their respective gigs.

Fallon says it was his former SNL boss Lorne Michaels who championed him for the job he took in 2014, following his exit from Saturday Night Live in 2004. "I was leaving SNL, and so Lorne goes, 'Would you ever want to do it? A talk show?' I go, 'I don't think so,'" said Fallon.

Instead, he offered, "Well, in six years, ask me, and if ... I'm around, I'll think about it."

In that time, "I was hoping to just be like, you know, Bill Murray or Eddie Murphy or whatever, just leave Saturday Night Live and do movies."

However, the films he made, Fever Pitch and Taxi, didn't pan out at the box office, so the network went "cold" on him, he said.

His wife, Nancy Juvonen, urged him, "You have to take this job. You're one of three human beings to ever do this: David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and you. And, if anything, you're on a great list of people."

Fallon continued, "So, I call Lorne, and I go, 'I'm in. I'd love to do it.' He goes, 'Great. NBC doesn't really want you,'" cracking up the other comics.

"I think Lorne said, 'Look, I've worked with Jimmy. He's a hard worker. He's going to be great at this. Either you do this with Jimmy or I'm not involved,'" Fallon recalled. "He actually went to bat for me and changed my life."

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Nonprofit Step Up names Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and more in its inaugural 25 Mentors of the Year list


The mentorship nonprofit Step Up, which focuses on female empowerment, announced its first list of 25 Mentors of the Year, and some Hollywood notables have made the cut, including actress/producers Mindy Kaling, Gabrielle Union and Reese Witherspoon.

"This new distinction is reserved for those who serve as role models in the community for defining and pursuing dreams of success demonstrated through their impactful work, journey, and character," the organization touted in its announcement.

In its "Start Exploring" category, reserved for mentors who "inspire us to consider new ideas," Kaling is among the honorees, along with actor and activist Jodie Turner-Smith, journalist and original star of The View Lisa Ling and Mellody Hobson, Ariel Investments president and co-CEO, who happens to be married to Star Wars creator George Lucas.

Witherspoon, a Step Up investor, is singled out in the organization's "Build Skills" subheading, which recognizes "mentors [who] demonstrate how to grow our abilities."

Joining Reese are tennis legend and entrepreneur Serena Williams and Dany Garcia, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's producing partner.

Modern Family alumna Julie Bowen was given the nod in the "Cultivate Community" group of mentors, who "help us galvanize our networks."

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Patrick J. Adams apologizes for "foolishly and thoughtlessly" posting pictures of 'Suits' co-star Meghan Markle

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Meghan Markle's former co-star Patrick J. Adams has taken to Instagram to atone for posting a photo of her on Monday, from back when they played lovers on Suits.

However, he wasn't apologizing to the Duchess of Sussex — even though one in a series of the now-deleted behind-the-scenes pics of her could be seen as racy.

Instead, Adams says he was "incredibly sorry" for using social media to promote a past project, which is a no-no according to SAG-AFTRA strike rules.

"The last couple of days I foolishly and thoughtlessly let a trip down Suits memory lane distract me from the very real and ongoing fight everyone in @sagafstra continues to wage in its effort to win out membership realistic 21st Century compensation and protections," said Adams, who played Mike Ross on the show.

He added, "So grateful to those who gently and swiftly course corrected me here and I look forward to continuing the fight in the days and weeks ahead."

One of the pics showed Markle, who played paralegal — and Mike's eventual wife — Rachel Zane, lying on the floor. She was dressed in a white blouse and brown skirt but had her bare feet raised in the air, next to her co-star Sarah Rafferty.

Markle and Adams remained close after she left the show in 2018 to marry Prince Harry. In fact, Adams and his Pretty Little Liars star wife, Troian Bellisario, were guests at the "runaway royals'" wedding.

The actor recently snarked at Suits' newfound streaming popularity by changing his Insta bio to read, "the guy from that show you’re watching on that app because that girl married that prince."

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Bill Maher's 'Real Time' return to include presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis

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As reported, Real Time with Bill Maher returns on Max Friday night, September 29. HBO has just revealed who the first post-WGA strike guests will be.

Florida governor and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis will be featured in a one-on-one interview with the Emmy winner.

This week's panel discussion will include Making Sense podcast host Sam Harris and columnist/Getting Hammered podcast co-host Mary Katharine Ham, author of the book End of Discussion: How The Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

Maher's show has been dark since the WGA strikes began in May.

Real Time with Bill Maher airs at 10 p.m. ET on HBO and is available for streaming on Max.

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The Morning "Show": Jennifer Aniston bares some skin in fashion photo shoot

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Jennifer Aniston bares her bod on the cover of the Muses issue of the biannual publication CR Fashion Book. On Instagram Wednesday, she gave her nearly 50 million followers a sneak peek at the October 3 release.

The 54-year-old former Friends star-turned Morning Show lead and producer displayed a series of black and white photos snapped by "the incredible" Zoey Grossman, thanking publisher Carine Roitfeld and Jen's own "ridiculously talented hair and makeup team" of Chris McMillan and Georgie Eisdell.

Hair and makeup aside, Aniston deserves the lions share of credit: She bares her toned abs in one photo, in which she's wearing a black bikini top and a skinny tie, while another has her squatting, wearing only heels and an oversized black suit jacket.

Aniston also shared a color video of her posing and then goofing around on set. The post got more than 900,000 likes in a matter of hours.

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The cat is (literally) out of the bag: Trailer drops for Matthew Vaughn's star-studded spy pic 'Argylle'


For fans of Kingsman series director Matthew Vaughn, the wait is over: The trailer for his stylish, star-packed spy movie Argylle has arrived.

The Mandalorian episode director and Jurassic World series star Bryce Dallas Howard plays Elly Conway, a reclusive author of a bestselling series of espionage books featuring the debonair spy known as Argylle.

While her "idea of bliss is a night at home with her computer and her cat, Alfie," according to Universal, she finds herself entangled in a real-life spy mission when the plot of her books "begin to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organization."

Elly learns this the hard way, when Oscar winner Sam Rockwell's Aiden saves her life aboard a train — and reveals himself to be a real-life spy.

"What you wrote in your new book actually happened, and you kicked a hornet's nest you didn't even know existed," he tells her.

Soon the hunt for Elly is on. "I need all assets on her now," Emmy winner Bryan Cranston says as the heavy. "I need her to write the next chapter."

The trailer for the meta movie interplays between the exploits of Elly's Argylle, played by Henry Cavill a Bondian figure complete with a gun-toting femme fatale in recording artist and Barbie actress Dua Lipa — and those of the spy, the author and yes, her cat's globe-trotting race against time.

The movie also stars John Cena, Emmy winner Catherine O'Hara, Vaughn's Kingsman baddie Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar winner Ariana DeBose and comic and Deadpool 2 actor Rob Delaney.

Argylle will hit theaters on February 2, 2024, from Universal Pictures, before it streams on Apple TV+.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces Disney+ stream for 2023 Induction Ceremony

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After years on HBO, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is airing someplace new in 2023.

This year's event will stream live from Brooklyn, New York, on Disney+ starting Friday, November 3, at 8 p.m. ET. A broadcast special featuring highlights from the show will premiere January 1, 2024, on ABC.

"This historic live stream on Disney+ and special on ABC is a testament to the diverse sounds and enduring power of rock and roll," says John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. "Over the last three decades, the annual live Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction has become music's highest honor, celebrating the artists who’ve defined generations and changed music forever."

The 2023 Rock Hall inductees include Rage Against the Machine, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Missy Elliott, George Michael and The Spinners. Additionally, Chaka Khan, Al Kooper and Bernie Taupin are being inducted with the Musical Excellence award, while DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray will be honored in the Musical Influence category. The late Don Cornelius is the recipient of the industry Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Additionally, the Rock Hall has announced the first wave of performers for the 2023 ceremony, including Crow, Nelson, Elliott and Khan, as well as Elton John, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, H.E.R., Chris Stapleton, St. Vincent and New Edition.

Disney is the parent company of ABC.

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In Brief: Jodie Foster and Kali Reis in new 'True Detective' trailer, and more

Comedy Central's The Daily Show will return after the WGA strike on October 16, ABC Audio has confirmed. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show will continue for the rest of the year with guest hosts, which have yet to be announced. However, the network says a permanent host will be named in 2024...

Two-time Oscar winner Diane Wiest won't be returning for season 3 of Taylor Sheridan's acclaimed Paramount+ crime drama Mayor of Kingstown, Deadline is reporting. Weist played Mariam McLusky in the series, the prison teacher mother to Jeremy Renner's Mike, and Taylor Handley's Kyle. The season 2 finale that dropped on March 19 saw her accidentally shot by the latter. According to the trade, her exit will be "story driven," meaning it will likely have something to do with that shooting...

HBO has set January 14 for the premiere of True Detective's fourth season, officially titled True Detective: Night Country. Per the cabler, "When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro -- played respectively by Jodie Foster and Kali Reis -- will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice."

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Michael Gambon, actor who played Dumbledore in six 'Harry Potter' films, dies at 82

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Michael Gambon, the Irish actor who played Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, has died at 82.

"We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon," a statement from the award-winning actor's family said. "Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia."

The statement continued, "We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love."

Gambon succeeded the late Richard Harris in the role of the charming wizard headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry after the latter passed away just before the opening of 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Gambon's run as Dumbledore began with 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The stage and screen veteran was also famous for portraying dogged French detective Jules Maigret in the ITV series Maigret — a role he incidentally also succeeded Harris in playing. 

Over the years, the BAFTA-winning actor appeared in dozens of films, including Gosford ParkThe King’s Speech and the second Kingsman movie. He also lent his famous voice to Uncle Pastuzo in 2014's Paddington and its 2017 sequel.

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Bring on the ladies: Gerry Turner's 'Golden Bachelor' journey begins tonight

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Gerry Turner's journey to find love as the first Golden Bachelor finally begins Thursday, September 28, and the 71-year-old Indiana native says he remembers getting the call from host Jesse Palmer like it was yesterday.

"I remember the morning it happened very vividly. My family was with me, we were all at the lake, we were enjoying a good sunny day and there was a Zoom call scheduled," he recalls. "And I didn't think much of it, but the first face that pops up in the Zoom call is Jesse Palmer. And after a brief chat, Jesse says, 'Well, Gerry do you want to be the first Golden Bachelor?' And I go, 'Well, is that an official request?' And he goes, 'Yes it is." and I go, 'Yes I do.'"

The retired restaurateur already has a clear picture of what he's looking for in a partner -- someone with "high energy," who's a "good communicator" and "somebody who is trustworthy beyond question."

"I want someone with good life experience, someone who's intelligent in areas that maybe I'm not," he adds.

Turner is also out to change the perception that people in their 60s and 70s slow down mentally and physically, explaining, "I want people to see that that demographic still enjoys all the values, all the opportunities that they did 20 years prior."

The Golden Bachelor premieres Thursday, September 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Joe Manganiello to host 'Deal or No Deal Island' for NBC


Anything to get Magic Mike co-star Joe Manganiello in a Hawaiian shirt: NBC has announced the hunky actor will host Deal or No Deal Island, a tropical island spin on the show that once featured duchess-to-be Meghan Markle.

NBC teases the new spin on the classic game show will have 13 players "transported to the elusive Banker’s private island to compete for cash in a season-long, fully immersive competition."

The network says the show, executive produced by former host Howie Mandel, "will combine thrilling challenges, mind-bending dilemmas and the classic game of Deal or No Deal as contestants try to beat the banker. Manganiello will guide them throughout – leading the game play, relaying the Banker’s tempting offers and helping them through the toughest decisions of their lives."

Further, NBC explains, "In each episode, players vie to get their hands on the highest-value briefcase for a chance to gain immunity and choose a fellow player to enter 'The Temple,' where they must play a high-stakes game of 'Deal or No Deal.'"

At the end of the season, the last player standing will face the Banker to potentially win the biggest prize in the game show's history.

Corie Henson, NBCUniversal Entertainment's executive vice president of unscripted content, said in the announcement, "When we took the show out of the studio and transported the game to the Banker’s island, Joe was the obvious choice. He loves all kinds of games, lives for adventure and isn't afraid to stare down a snake or two to help players win a life-changing payday and, hopefully, beat the Banker at his own game."

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Data reveals nearly 50% of 'Yellowstone''s huge CBS debut audience had never seen the show

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After scoring a 6.6 million-person audience by bringing Yellowstone to CBS on September 17, a deep dive into the numbers revealed 50% of those viewers had never seen the Paramount Network show. 

The Taylor Sheridan drama starring Kevin Costner was called up by CBS from its sister network in part to make up for a content shortfall stemming from the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. But the debut on the Eye Network attracted new eyes that never moseyed over to Paramount to watch the neo-Western, according to Variety

In fact, the trade says viewers of the show's debut — which grew to 7.5 million folks counting DVR and Video On Demand watchers — was about half greenhorns and half who were already familiar with the goings on at the Dutton ranch. 

That's especially interesting considering Yellowstone is already a massive hit on the cable network: season 5's debut drew some 8.8 million fans, four times its debut on Paramount Network in 2018.

That said, CBS chief marketing officer Mike Benson told the trade the network previously polled its viewers and 80% had never seen the show; the strike gave the network a chance to show off the drama to those who weren't familiar.

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Angelina Jolie says she and her kids "had a lot of healing to do"

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Covering Vogue's November 2023 issue, Oscar winner Angelina Jolie opens up about her family, her new fashion outlet and the importance to her of being a mom.

"I was 26 when I became a mother. My entire life changed," Jolie expressed. "Having children saved me — and taught me to be in this world differently."

Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt share six children: adopted kids Maddox, 22, Pax, 19, and Zahara, 18, as well as their biological children: Shiloh, 17, and 15-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

Jolie and Pitt announced their divorce in 2016 after 12 years together, and messy tabloid headlines about the split still linger.

Jolie said of her clan, "I think, recently, I would've gone under in a much darker way had I not wanted to live for them. They're better than me, because you want your children to be."

She tells the magazine, "I'm still understanding who I am at 48 ... I don't feel like I've been myself for a decade, in a way, which I don't want to get into."

Without elaborating, she says of her and her kids, "We had a lot of healing to do. We're still finding our footing."

Part of that healing, she mentions, is the creative outlet Atelier Jolie, her new fashion imprint.

"I don't want to be a big fashion designer," she says, "I want to build a house for other people to become that."

She adds, "I find it slightly funny that we are involved in fashion — I don't think any one of us is overly 'fashionable.' But because we live in our clothes, it is so much a part of who we are, and something that's important to explore, especially for young people."

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Audiobook about the making of 'Airplane!' to feature Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Hader and more

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Surely You Can't Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane! will be released on October 3, but the audio version of the behind-the-scenes book has lined up some impressive comedic talent.

The 1980 comedy from siblings David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams was made for just $3.5 million, but it went on to gross more than $170 million.

And by the look of its audiobook cast, it inspired a host of very funny people: Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel and Barry Emmy winner Bill Hader are among the voices that will be heard sharing their thoughts about the influential movie, Deadline reports.

Also included will be "Weird Al" Yankovic, Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt and actor Beau Bridges, among many others.

Former Airplane! leads Bob Hays and Julie Hagerty are on board, as well.

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