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Shannen Doherty, 'Beverly Hills 90210' and 'Charmed actress,' dead at 53

Shannen Doherty, 'Beverly Hills 90210' and 'Charmed actress,' dead at 53

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Actress Shannen Doherty, best-known for her roles on TV’s original Beverly Hills 90210 and on Charmed, has died at 53.

In a statement to ABC News, her publicist said, "It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of actress Shannen Doherty. On Saturday, July 13, she lost her battle with cancer after many years of fighting the disease. The devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend was surrounded by her loved ones as well as her dog, Bowie. The family asks for their privacy at this time so they can grieve in peace."

Doherty revealed in August 2015 that she had breast cancer, diagnosed the previous February. She filed a lawsuit against her former business managers, whom she says "blundered" her insurance payments, causing them to lapse and resulting in a late diagnosis after the cancer had spread. The parties settled the suit the following year for undisclosed terms.

Doherty documented her cancer treatment on her social media, including when friends and family helped shave her head in late July, 2016, as she underwent chemotherapy and her hair began to fall out. After her illness went into remission, Doherty revealed to ABC's Good Morning America in 2020 that her cancer had returned and was Stage 4.

"The unknown is always the scariest part,” Doherty told ET.  “Everything else is manageable. Pain is manageable, you know, living without a breast is manageable.  It's the worry of your future and how your future is going to affect the people that you love."

Born in Memphis, TN, Doherty’s acting career was marked by both starring TV roles and accusations she was difficult to work with.  She was written off of Beverly Hills 90210 during the show’s fourth season in 1994, and left Charmed after three seasons amid rumored tensions between her and co-star Alyssa Milano

She continued to work steadily, including with her former Charmed co-star Holly Marie Combs on the GAC reality series Off the Map with Shannen & Holly. In 2019, following the death of Luke Perry, she reprised her 90210 role of Brenda Walsh in the Fox limited series BH90210, alongside former co-stars Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green and Jason Priestley.

Doherty was married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko, her third husband, for 11 years before filing for divorce in April 2023.

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Richard Simmons, iconic fitness guru, dead at 76

Richard Simmons, iconic fitness guru, dead at 76

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Richard Simmons, the exercise guru who became a pop culture icon, has died, his rep confirmed to ABC News. He had just celebrated his 76th birthday on July 12.

LAPD sources tell ABC News that they went to Simmons' home after a 911 call from his housekeeper. He was found dead, apparently of natural causes. No foul play is suspected, and there's nothing that would prompt an investigation, sources said.

In March of 2024, Simmons clarified he was "not dying" following a cryptic Facebook post that seemed to intimate the opposite. The reclusive Simmons took to Facebook again a day later to say he'd had a cancerous growth removed from his face.

Simmons, born Milton Teagle Simmons in New Orleans, built a fitness empire after losing more than 100 pounds. He started by opening exercise studios and gyms. After his success in that area led to a TV appearance, he drew media attention and began landing guest roles on multiple shows, including Win, Lose or Draw, Match Game and Hollywood Squares. He also had a recurring role as himself on General Hospital for four years.

With his energetic, flamboyant personality, curly hair and signature wardrobe of super-short shorts and tank top, Simmons soon became a pop culture icon, hosting TV shows, authoring multiple books, hosting fan cruises and making exercise videos and DVDs. These were especially popular, especially the Sweatin' to the Oldies series.

Simmons continued to appear in multiple TV shows, talk shows and commercials until 2014, when he dropped out of public view. His exercise studio in Beverly Hills closed in 2016.

Simmons' absence from the public eye inspired the 2017 podcast Missing Richard Simmons, produced by a former friend. In early 2024, Pauly Shore announced that he'd be playing Simmons in an upcoming biopic, which prompted Simmons to write Facebook, "I have never given my permission for this movie. So don't believe everything you read. I no longer have a manager, and I no longer have a publicist. I just try to live a quiet life and be peaceful."

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer, sex therapist and pop culture icon, dead at 96

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, sex therapist and pop culture icon, dead at 96

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering sex therapist, author and talk show host, has died, her publicist announced. She was 96.

"It is with immense personal sorrow that I announce the passing of the iconic Dr. Ruth K Westheimer at the age of 96, whose 'Minister of Communications' I've been since 1981," publicist Pierre Lehu said in a statement to WABC.

Her family added: "The children of Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer are sad to announce the passing of their mother, the internationally-celebrated sex therapist, author, talk show host, professor, and orphan of the Holocaust. She died peacefully at her home in New York City on July 12th surrounded by her loving family, just over a month after celebrating her 96th birthday."

Known as "Dr. Ruth," she first gained fame in 1980 when she hosted a New York City radio program called Sexually Speaking, which featured her answering listeners' questions about sex and relationships.  The novelty of a tiny, grandmotherly woman with a heavy German accent speaking frankly about sex proved to be irresistible: The popularity of Sexually Speaking led to a media empire that included nationally syndicated radio and TV shows, books, computer games, speaking engagements and appearances in commercials.

Dr. Ruth was born Karola Ruth Siegel to an Orthodox Jewish family in 1928. An only child, her mother was able to have her sent to Switzerland after her father was taken by the Nazis; she never saw her family again. Following the war, she moved to what was then Palestine and fought in the war for Israeli independence.

She then moved to Paris, where she got a degree in psychology from the Sorbonne.  She relocated to New York City in the 1950s, and after two failed marriages, wed her third husband, Manfred Westheimer.

In New York, Westheimer received a master's degree, and then a doctorate from Columbia.  She did postdoctoral work in sex therapy and then taught at several colleges.  After the community affairs manager at a local radio station heard one of her lectures on sexual literacy, she hired Dr. Ruth for Sexually Speaking.

In 2019, she was the subject of a documentary, Ask Dr. Ruth. In 2023, Westheimer was named New York State's first honorary "ambassador to loneliness" by Gov. Kathy Hochul -- a position Westheimer suggested -- to "help New Yorkers ... address the growing issue of social isolation."

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Judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' case after defense claims evidence was withheld

Judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' case after defense claims evidence was withheld

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In a stunning turn of events, a New Mexico judge dismissed Alec Baldwin's Rust case on Friday. The dismissal came on day three of Baldwin's involuntary manslaughter trial in connection with the deadly on-set shooting.

The judge granted the defense's motion to dismiss the case, in which they claimed that live ammunition related the investigation, which came into the hands of local law enforcement, was "concealed" from them.

Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer said the state's discovery violation -- the late disclosure of a supplemental report on the ammunition evidence -- "injected needless delay into the proceedings," approached "bad faith" and was "highly prejudicial to the defendant."

"There is no way for the court to right this wrong," Sommer said in granting the motion to dismiss with prejudice, meaning Baldwin cannot be tried again on the charge.

Baldwin reacted emotionally as the judge explained her ruling.

The decision followed a day-long motion hearing at the trial over the death of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. She was fatally shot by Baldwin on the Santa Fe set of the western in October 2021 when his revolver fired a live round.

The court discussed the defense's motion in the absence of the jury. In an unexpected move, the special prosecutor on the case, Kari Morrissey, also called herself to testify on the matter.

During cross-examination of Morrissey, it was revealed that the other prosecutor in the case, Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, resigned from the case on Friday. Morrissey said it was because Johnson "didn't agree with the decision to have a public hearing."

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'Rust' trial: Jury dismissed for the day as court discusses motion to dismiss case

'Rust' trial: Jury dismissed for the day as court discusses motion to dismiss case

Alec Baldwin's manslaughter trial took a surprising turn on Friday as the jury was dismissed for the day while the court discusses a motion filed by the defense.

Baldwin's legal team claims live ammunition that came into the hands of local law enforcement officials related to the investigation into the deadly on-set Rust shooting was "concealed" from them.

In an expedited motion filed late Thursday, the defense argued the case should be dismissed over the handling of the ammunition evidence. During court on Friday, the state argued the evidence has no exculpatory value and is not relevant to Baldwin's case.

The matter was initially raised during court on Thursday, the second day of the actor's involuntary manslaughter trial over the death of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot by Baldwin on the Santa Fe set of the Western in October 2021 when his revolver discharged a live round.

Defense attorney Alex Spiro asked state's witness Marissa Poppell, a crime scene technician with the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office who collected evidence in the case, about a "good Samaritan" who handed over ammunition to the Sheriff's Office in March — at the conclusion of Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez's trial. 

That ammunition had reportedly ended up with Seth Kenney, who supplied the film with firearms, blanks and inert dummy rounds that are supposed to be used for closeups.

Gutierrez was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Hutchins' death, with prosecutors arguing the armorer was the source of the live bullet that killed her and saying Gutierrez failed to follow safety protocols meant to protect the crew while handling the firearms.

Defense attorney Luke Nikas charged that the evidence was "concealed," adding prosecutor Kari Morrissey "does not get to determine what has evidentiary value and what doesn't."

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An expected party: 'Lord of the Rings'' Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan reunite with Ian McKellen in new food show

An expected party: 'Lord of the Rings'' Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan reunite with Ian McKellen in new food show

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Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan had a chance to reunite with their fellow Lord of the Rings fellowship member Ian McKellen thanks to their new food travelogue series, Billy and Dom Eat the World.

A filmed spin-off of a segment of their now-defunct Friendship Onion podcast, the show has Boyd and Monaghan spanning the world for good eats — and Deadline reports the first episode landed them at the door to a London pub called The Grapes.

The establishment is owned by McKellen, who of course played Gandalf to Boyd and Monaghan's respective Hobbits Pippin and Merry in Peter Jackson's epic Tolkien trilogy.

"It happened we were looking at London pub culture and it just so happens Ian McKellen has a pub," Boyd told the trade. "He told us why he ended up in that part of London, and what pubs mean to Britain."

Boyd offered, "We felt food is a great in to finding out about people and communities. [Producer Daniel Sharp] loved the idea and very quickly we started making it."

Monaghan noted, "One of our favorite ways to get to know a city is to check out a local restaurant. Myself, Billy, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin go to conventions very often, and one of the things we do over these weekends is pick a restaurant, and go and eat."

It is yet to be known which platform will carry the six-episode show, which spans from Texas to the Thames and, according to a preview, has the longtime friends working in a high-end kitchen, toiling in a food truck, making beer and eating all over the world.

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'Euphoria''s delayed third season finally given green light; shooting starts in January

'Euphoria''s delayed third season finally given green light; shooting starts in January

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ABC Audio has confirmed that the paused production on the third season of HBO's Emmy-winning drama Euphoria has finally been given the green light.

A rep for the network said Friday that the delayed season 3 would start shooting in January, with Zendaya, Colman Domingo and the rest of the principal cast returning. 

A "thrilled" Francesca Orsi, the network's head of drama series and films, added, "We could not be happier with our creative partnership with Sam [Levinson] and this incredible cast. We look forward to bringing this new season of Euphoria to life for the fans."

Back in March, HBO suddenly announced it was pausing production of the show and that its cast, which also includes Sydney Sweeney, Jacob Elordi and Storm Reid, was temporarily released from their commitments to the drama. 

At the time, HBO said the network and show creator Levinson "remain committed to making an exceptional third season," but were "allowing our in-demand cast to pursue other opportunities."

Speculation had been bubbling as to whether or not the show would ever return, considering the increase in star power of the cast, including a pair of Emmys for Zendaya for the drama, as well as her big-screen hits like Dune: Part Two; a recent Oscar nomination for Domingo; and Sweeney's turn as a star and producer of the blockbuster Anyone but You

 

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'The Penguin' sets his sights on San Diego

'The Penguin' sets his sights on San Diego

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To promote its new The Batman spin-off series The Penguin starring Colin Farrell, Max is taking over San Diego. 

Timed with San Diego Comic Con later in July, the streaming service has announced it's bringing Gotham City to "America's Finest City."

The Penguin will begin its takeover July 25 with the opening of a recreation of Gotham's famed Iceberg Lounge, famously run on the big — and now small — screen by the Penguin himself. 

Starting Friday, fans who are over 21 can win a chance to attend an after-party in the lounge at this website. According to the streamer, "This multi-room experience offers complimentary drinks, live DJ sets, exclusive giveaways including a Jefferson's Bourbon tasting, and photo opportunities including Oz's iconic purple Maserati — giving partygoers an unprecedented glimpse into Gotham’s criminal underworld."

You can even get a chance to get to the inner sanctum, the 44 Below club, via a special password. 

Further, Max will be deploying a Gotham Ice Truck in front of the San Diego Convention Center, where visitors can get free Slush Puppies to beat the heat.

Max will also be partnering with local San Diego businesses like Gaslamp Pizza, Prohibition 1920 and more for "bespoke giveaways."

Naturally, The Penguin will have a presence inside the con as well, with a Hall H panel with the cast and executive producers. 

Pia Barlow, the executive vice president of HBO and Max's Originals Marketing division, said "fans will have the chance to engross themselves in the underground world of Oz Cobbs’s Gotham, picking up where we left off in Matt Reeves' The Batman, as we look to generate excitement for the series premiering this September."

Check out @TheBatman's social channels starting July 21 for more details. 

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Apple TV+ renews 'Presumed Innocent', with new case for season 2

Apple TV+ renews 'Presumed Innocent', with new case for season 2

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While the first season wraps up on July 24, the case isn't closed on Apple TV+'s adaptation of Presumed Innocent

The Jake Gyllenhaal/Ruth Negga-starring series will return for a second season, ABC Audio has confirmed, but it will center on an all-new case. 

The adaptation of the Scott Turow book of the same name that was previously made into a 1990 hit starring Harrison Ford has Gyllenhaal succeeding him in the lead role of Rusty Sabich, an attorney and family man accused of brutally murdering his mistress, a crime he swears he didn't commit.

It's not yet known if Sabich will be back for season 2, but Gyllenhaal will be — as executive producer — along with David E. Kelley, J.J. Abrams, Rachel Rusch Rich, Dustin Thomason and Matt Tinker, and co-executive producer Turow.

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Scarlett Johansson calls husband Colin Jost's 'SNL' joke-swap segment

Scarlett Johansson calls husband Colin Jost's 'SNL' joke-swap segment "just brutal"

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Appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show to talk about her new comedy, Fly Me to the Moon, Scarlett Johansson got real about a recurring Saturday Night Live segment featuring her Weekend Update co-host husband Colin Jost.

Safe to say, ScarJo isn't a fan of the annual joke-swap with Jost's co-anchor Michael Che, for which both anchors have to perform, blind, a joke the other has written for them.

Kelly, for the record, says she "loves" that segment.

Clarkson asked Scarlett about it, demonstrating with a clip in which an embarrassed Jost reads Che's quip: "ChatGPT has released a new voice assistant feature inspired by Scarlett Johansson's AI character in Her. Which I've never bothered to watch, because without that body, what’s the point of listening?"

For her part, Scarlett called the segment "brutal" and "painful," noting the one Kelly showed was actually "tame" compared to others.

"I actually don't remember that segment," she said, miming how she covered her face and screamed when her face appeared over Jost's shoulder.

"I fully blacked out," she continues.

"I feel like every year it gets worse," Scarlett says, adding sarcastically, "And they do it at Christmas, so it's like a little gift to each other."

 

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Reality Roundup: 'Big Brother' 26 theme, 'Too Hot to Handle' trailer

Reality Roundup: 'Big Brother' 26 theme, 'Too Hot to Handle' trailer

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

Big Brother (CBS)
It's not summer without Julie Chen Moonves welcoming you to Big Brother. The long-running reality competition series returns for season 26 on July 17, and CBS has revealed that this year the theme is artificial intelligence. The producers are calling it BB AI, and the house and the game twists seem to follow that concept. "BB AI is taking over the House and the theme will deliver the most unpredictable season for Houseguests," an official press release reads.

The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo)
Alexis Bellino is in love and she's not hiding it. On the season 18 premiere, The Real Housewives of Orange County star revealed details about the love triangle she's found herself in with John Janssen and his ex-girlfriend Shannon Storms Beador. "I don't know Shannon, [I'm] not friends with Shannon and unfortunately, your heart wants what it wants and here we are. Take us or leave us," Bellino shared in a People exclusive clip from the show.

Too Hot to Handle (Netflix)
The trailer for season 6 of Too Hot to Handle dropped on Wednesday, and it promises surprises for the group of singles this time around. A new prize, different twists and a brand-new sidekick called BAD LANA await the contestants when the season premieres on Netflix on July 19.

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"He's trying to get me pregnant again": Blake Lively melts over Ryan Reynolds' Dogpool love

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As part of the global press tour for Deadpool & Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds shouted out Peggy, his canine co-star in the film.

But his wife, Blake Lively, saw something different in Ryan's cuddling of the pooch, whose unlikely path to being a movie star as Deadpool variant Dogpool began with the scruffy one being named "the ugliest dog in Britain," as Ryan explained onstage.

"We're not telling her that, because she is a 10 in our hearts," he said to laughs, adding the "truly amazing" dog "went through more training than Hugh Jackman in the gym." 

However, Reynolds' exchange was apparently too cute for Blake to resist.

With an alarm emoji, Lively noted on Instagram, "SOS: He's trying to get me pregnant again."

She added, "Put the dog that you find adorable in spite of societal k9 expectations away and take off the damn teal suit."

Blake and Reynolds have four daughters together, including James, 9, Inez, 7, and Betty, 4. The name of their fourth daughter, born in 2023, has not been revealed.

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Anthony Mackie, Harrison Ford, Giancarlo Esposito, Red Hulk in teaser for 'Captain America: Brave New World'

Anthony Mackie, Harrison Ford, Giancarlo Esposito, Red Hulk in teaser for 'Captain America: Brave New World'

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Marvel Studios has dropped an action-packed teaser for Captain America: Brave New World, the first standalone film with Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson as the star-spangled hero. 

As reported, Harrison Ford joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, succeeding the late William Hurt. The Hulk-hunting general has become the president of the United States.

Despite their disagreements in the past, Ross wants to make Wilson's Captain America a military asset again.

"And if we disagree on how to manage a situation, then what happens?" Wilson asks. "Work with me, Sam," Ross ignores him.

"We'll show the world a better way forward," he later says ominously.

And those "situations" come fast: The teaser shows Giancarlo Esposito — a late addition to the cast, rumored to be playing mercenary George Washington Bridge — stalks the streets with an assault rifle. 

Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), last seen in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier as a Black G.I. who was turned into a super-soldier decades prior, attempts to assassinate Ross.

"Sir, your inner circle has been compromised," Sam warns the president. 

A returning character from 2008's The Incredible HulkTim Blake Nelson's villainous Samuel Sterns, warns, "Global power is shifting. You're just a pawn."

With footage of Sam fighting off heavily armed enemies, Ross growls, "You may be Captain America, but you're not Steve Rogers."

"You're right, I'm not," Sam replies. 

Sam later dogfights with fighter jets, joined in the sky by his successor to the Falcon mantle, Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez).

But the teaser ends with a roar, literally: Red Hulk, who in the comics is Ross' furious alter-ego, is glimpsed flinging Cap's shield into the ground. 

Captain America: Brave New World opens Feb. 14, 2025.

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'Till death do they part: Nicole Kidman and Liev Schreiber in teaser for Netflix series 'The Perfect Couple'

'Till death do they part: Nicole Kidman and Liev Schreiber in teaser for Netflix series 'The Perfect Couple'

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Nicole Kidman is starring in a new crime drama, Netflix's six-episode limited series, The Perfect Couple.

A teaser trailer for the star-studded show just dropped, opening with Oscar winner Kidman's Greer Garrison Winbury, and Liev Schreiber's Tag Winbury, being interviewed by a reporter who asks them if "unconditional love" is what makes a 29-year marriage last.

Next, several clips set the scene that the wedding of one of Greer's sons is about to happen at her beachfront Nantucket home.

But things take an eerie turn when a body turns up on the beach and Greer finds herself questioned by detectives.

More suspicious moments arise in the teaser when Eve Hewson's character, Amelia Sacks, asks Greer's family during a dinner scene why they ask people to sign non-disclosure agreements.

"They're rich," says one character about the family in the teaser. "Kill-someone-and-get-away-with-it rich."

According to a synopsis for the series, which is based on Bird Box author Elin Hilderbrand's bestselling novel of the same name, the show will follow Amelia, who is "about to marry into one of the wealthiest families on Nantucket."

"Her disapproving future mother-in-law, famous novelist Greer Garrison Winbury, has spared no expense in planning what promises to be the premiere wedding of the season -- until a body turns up on the beach," the synopsis continues. "As secrets come to light, the stage is set for a real-life investigation that feels plucked from the pages of one of Greer's novels. Suddenly, everyone is a suspect."

Dakota Fanning and Jack Reynor also star in the show, which hits the streamer September 5.

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In Brief: 'Minions 3' in the works, and more

In Brief: 'Minions 3' in the works, and more

Hallmark Movies Now, the cable channel's on-demand service, will be rebranded as Hallmark+ and launch in September, according to Variety. Among the new content debuting on the service will be The Groomsmen — its first-ever movie trilogy told from the man's point of view, starring Jonathan Bennett. The app will also feature Hallmark's first unscripted venture, Finding Mr. Christmas, a competition series to become the company’s next leading man, hosted by Bennett. Hallmark+ plans will start at $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year ...

Amazon Prime announced it has given the go-ahead for the first authorized scripted series about the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, titled The Greatest. The series, co-produced by Michael B. Jordan and starring Jaalen Best in the titular role, will utilize unprecedented access to Ali's estate to explore his career, as well as his life outside the ring. Per the studio, "The world remembers an icon, but The Greatest is about a man, a husband, a father, a brother, and a son" ...

Variety reports that on the heels of Despicable Me 4's $230 million debut over the July Fourth holiday, Universal and Illumination on Thursday revealed Minions 3 as the next installment in the animated franchise. Minions 3 is slated for a June 2027 release. The Despicable Me and Minions movies have become the biggest global animated franchise in history, grossing nearing $5 billion worldwide, according to Variety ...

 

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Winona Ryder: 'Beetlejuice' role conjured up nightmares of past romances

Winona Ryder: 'Beetlejuice' role conjured up nightmares of past romances

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Lydia Deetz, the character portrayed by Winona Ryder in 1988's Beetlejuice, as well as the upcoming sequel Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, was coaxed into marrying the titular troublemaking ghost, played by Michael Keaton  something she thinks mirrors her own life in some ways.

“In my 30s, I had two disastrous relationships that were — they weren’t wrong, but this was before you would ever think to Google someone,” Ryder tells Harpers Bazaar in an interview published Thursday.

“When I look back, I’m like, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’” she added. “I was dating the type of person who only lets you know a few weeks in that they’re in a relationship with someone else. And you’re just like, ‘What the f***?’”

Ryder doesn't name names in the interview, though some of her exes include Rob Lowe, Johnny Depp, David Duchovny and Matt Damon.

Ryder, 52, has been in a relationship with fashion designer Scott Mackinlay, whom she met at the premiere of her movie Black Swan, since 2011.

“He’s so great. He really is. I’m really lucky,” she tells the outlet.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice opens in theaters Sept. 6.

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Andy Samberg says he left 'SNL' because he was

Andy Samberg says he left 'SNL' because he was "falling apart"

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He was arguably one of the biggest stars on Saturday Night Live before he left after seven seasons in 2012, but Andy Samberg reveals he was in pretty bad shape.

"I was falling apart in my life," Samberg said on Kevin Hart's Peacock series Hart to Heart.

"Physically, it was taking a heavy toll on me and I got to a place where I was like, I hadn't slept in seven years basically," he said.

When his longtime friends and Lonely Island collaborators Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer left the show as writers, Samberg was left holding the bag creating SNL's now-viral Digital Shorts — in addition to writing and appearing on sketches on the show. "I ... never pretended like I could do [those] without them," Samberg said.

"We were writing stuff for the live show Tuesday night all night, the table read Wednesday, then being told now come up with a Digital Short, so write all Thursday, all Thursday night, don't sleep, get up, shoot Friday, edit all night Friday night and into Saturday, so it's basically like four days a week you're not sleeping, for seven years. So I just kinda fell apart physically."

He added what made his decision to leave "harder" was when the show's producers "told me straight up, 'We prefer you would stay.'"

Ultimately, Samberg parted ways "to get back to a feeling of like mental and physical health, I have to do it. So I did it and it was a very difficult choice."

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James Gunn teases one year until 'Superman' takes off

James Gunn teases one year until 'Superman' takes off

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With a post to social media on July 11, writer/director James Gunn is reminding fans that his anticipated Superman takes flight in 365 days.

With a picture of Superman's logo, which fans would recognize as the style Supes wore in the heralded 1996 Kingdom Come comics storyline, Gunn wrote on Thursday, "In exactly one year #Superman opens all over the world."

Sharp-eyed fans have spotted the identical logo on the chest of David Corenswet's super-suit in various on-set snaps.

Mark Waid and Alex Ross' classic Kingdom Come miniseries sees the Man of Steel coaxed back into action by members of the Justice League following an apocalyptic event.

As reported, Corenswet plays Superman/Clark Kent in the new film, with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan is playing his love, Lois Lane.

Gunn's Superman cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Nathan Fillion, Edi Gathegi and Anthony Carrigan.

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Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy on how Hugh Jackman's voice memo

Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy on how Hugh Jackman's voice memo "unlocked" 'Deadpool & Wolverine'

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In a lengthy three-way video interview with Variety, director Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds described how Hugh Jackman "unlocked" what became Deadpool & Wolverine

While Jackman's "epiphany" that he wanted to put on Wolverine's claws once again after 2016's Logan has already been covered, they shared new information about how central he was to the movie coming together. 

Levy said he and Reynolds had been working on a Deadpool 3, "but it never gelled."

"We won't belabor the creative part of it too long, but Hugh ... unlocked the biggest thing when he sent us a 10-minute voice memo," Ryan says.

"It was more like 17 minutes," Levy corrected.

"Which is a terrifying thing to get from anyone. You're like, '17 minutes?!'" Ryan exclaimed.

Jackman says, "It was inarticulate. I learned this from my acting teacher: When you first read a play or script, write down everything you think because you never have those eyes again. So, I read the script and immediately did a voice note. I didn't call because I wanted it just to be my 'blah blah blah' without any questions. And 16 minutes of it is crap, but there's probably a minute in there that ends up [working]."

Whatever that was, the trio isn't saying, but it did work. "Suddenly it triggered epiphany after epiphany," Ryan says. "So, Hugh, you have a huge hand in writing the movie, as well. One of my favorite parts of your character in the film is from that voice memo."

They also hinted at whether we'll see either of the heroes again in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "We'll see," Reynolds allows.

Deadpool & Wolverine opens July 26. 

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Shelley Duvall, 'Nashville' and 'The Shining' star, dies at 75

Shelley Duvall, 'Nashville' and 'The Shining' star, dies at 75

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Shelley Duvall, the actress best known for starring in Robert Altman's Nashville and 3 Women, and in Stanley Kubrick's horror classic The Shining, has died, her partner Dan Gilroy told ABC News.

She was 75.

"Shelley loved animals, especially birds, now she's free to fly," said Gilroy, her life partner for decades.

He went on to say, "She's been suffering for many months, as much as I miss her, my life partner for thirty-four years, I'm glad she's not suffering anymore."

Duvall won the Cannes best actress award for her role in 3 Women and later won a Peabody for hosting the children's anthology series Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre.

Born in Texas in 1949, Duvall was a regular figure in Altman's films, having appeared in seven of the director's projects, beginning with 1970's Brewster McCloud — her first film role.

Duvall's last film with Altman was 1980's Popeye, in which she played Olive Oyl, the girlfriend of Robin Williams' titular character.

Amid her collaborations with Altman, Duvall also appeared alongside Diane Keaton in Woody Allen's Annie Hall in 1977.

Some of Duvall's other film roles included Tim Burton's 1984 short film Frankenweenie, the Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah rom-com Roxanne in 1987, Jane Campion's 1996 film The Portrait of a Lady and as Hilary Duff's witchy aunt in 1998's Casper Meets Wendy.

Duvall hosted several anthology television series, including Faerie Tale Theatre in the '80s and Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories in the '90s, the latter of which earned her an Emmy nomination.

Beginning in the early aughts, Duvall had largely remained private both in public and private life. The actress had also been open about her struggle with mental illness in recent years.

 

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'Love Island USA' becomes #1 reality series in streaming

'Love Island USA' becomes #1 reality series in streaming

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It seems America is in the mood for Love. Love Island, that is.

The Peacock series' sixth season has become the #1 reality series in the country across all streaming platforms, according to Nielsen data quoted by the streamer. 

The viewership for this installment is double previous seasons, Peacock adds.

The sixth season of the Fiji-set, real-time romance series hosted by Ariana Madix dropped on June 11 on Peacock. 

The season 6 finale will be available to stream July 21.

Seasons 4 and 5 are also available to stream in full on the platform.

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"Friends on and off camera": Vanna White shares photo with new 'Wheel of Fortune' co-host Ryan Seacrest

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Vanna White and Ryan Seacrest are bonding ahead of the new Wheel of Fortune season.

On Tuesday, White shared a sweet photo on Instagram with her new co-host at dinner sharing one of their favorite meals.

"Friends on and off camera," White wrote in the caption of the post. "Enjoying one of our favorites, Chicken and Dumplings!"

Seacrest replied in the comments section of the post, "Always a treat! Here's to more fun moments and delicious bites," along with a dumpling emoji.

The duo will take the reins of Wheel of Fortune together when the show's new season kicks off this fall.

Seacrest is taking over Pat Sajak's longtime role as co-host of the iconic game show. Sajak spun the wheel for a final time on the syndicated show in June, though he will be back for Celebrity Wheel of Fortune on ABC in October.

Since the announcement, Sajak welcomed Seacrest to the Wheel set with White to show him the ropes.

In one promo video for the new season, Sajak tells Seacrest what he'll enjoy most about hosting the show is "meeting the players and getting to know the audience at home," noting that "people love this show" as a daily escape they can watch as family.

"You're never going to find a better job," Sajak added before motioning to White. "And you're never going to find a better co-host."

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"Pretty girls should always smile": Teaser drops for Demi Moore's horror pic 'The Substance'

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The Substance, a body horror pic starring Demi Moore that received a 13-minute standing ovation at Cannes International Film Festival — and the Best Screenplay trophy, to boot — just revealed a teaser

The flick has Moore playing an aging Hollywood superstar so desperate to regain her looks that she signs up to take a serum that shares the title's name. 

As Moore stares at herself in the mirror, the teaser begins with the monotone ad copy in voice-over: "Have you ever dreamt of a better version of yourself? Younger. More Beautiful. More perfect." 

It's too good to resist: "One single injection unlocks your DNA, starting a new cellular division, unleashing a new version of yourself," the mysterious company behind it teased in an earlier sneak peek clip.

However, it's also too good to be true. In a series of quick, nerve-jangling cuts, the teaser shows the chaotic after-effects that come from deciding not to age gracefully, including Moore getting thrown bodily across a room.

One clip has Dennis Quaid, surrounded by a frame full of other old white dudes, grinning eerily. "Pretty girls should always smile!" he shouts. 

Margaret Qualley also stars in the film from writer-director Coralie Fargeat, coming to theaters nationwide on Sept. 20.

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'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' to invade San Diego Comic Con

'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' to invade San Diego Comic Con

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20th Century Studios has announced that its hit Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will be invading July's San Diego Comic Con.

There will be a celebrity panel featuring cast members Freya Allen, Kevin Durand, Owen Teague and Peter Macon, along with Halon Entertainment visualization supervisor Casey Pyke and Wētā FX visual effects supervisor Erik Winquist, the visual effects wizards who turned the cast into photorealistic apes. 

The studio, which is owned by ABC News' parent company Disney, also teased The Forbidden Zone, an interactive experience through which fans "will be transported through the legacy of this global epic franchise." 

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is now available via digital platforms like Prime Video, Apple TV and Fandango at Home, and comes to 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 27.

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In Brief: 'Bachelor in Paradise' steaming ahead for season 10, and more

In Brief: 'Bachelor in Paradise' steaming ahead for season 10, and more

A24 has dropped the first trailer for the romantic drama We Live in Time, starring Andrew Garfield and Florence Pugh. The two Oscar nominees play Alma and Tobias, respectively, who meet after she accidentally hits him with her car. We are then shown brief scenes of their happy life together, until a tragic diagnosis brings it to a halt, making them cherish each moment of their unconventional love story. We Live in Time is set to open in select theaters on Oct. 11 ... (Trailer contains uncensored profanity.)

ABC has renewed Bachelor in Paradise for a 10th season, premiering in 2025, the network announced Wednesday. ABC also announced a couple of additions to The Rookie's season 7 cast. Patrick Keleher and Deric Augustine have been tapped for recurring roles as two of the Los Angeles Police Department's newest rookies. Seasons 1-6 of The Rookie are currently available for streaming on Hulu ...

Deadline reports Renée Zellweger is set to executive produce and star in the legal thriller Jane Smith, based on the bestselling novel 12 Months to Live by James Patterson and Mike Lupica. Zellweger will play the titular character, a defense attorney whose world is turned upside down after being diagnosed with a brain tumor on the eve of the biggest case of her career, per the outlet. Zellweger will next be seen in Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, the fourth installment of the Bridget Jones franchise ...

 

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'Inside Out 2' becomes Pixar's highest-grossing film of all time in worldwide box office

'Inside Out 2' becomes Pixar's highest-grossing film of all time in worldwide box office

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Inside Out 2 is officially Pixar’s highest-grossing movie of all time.

The massively popular animated movie has now grossed $1,251,434,061 at the worldwide box office, according to The Numbers, which reflects studio reports. That figure also places it as the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office, a list topped by some of the biggest titles in films, such as Avatar, Avengers: Endgame and Titanic.

In capturing Pixar’s top spot, Inside Out 2 leaped over Incredibles 2, now in the #24 spot.

The original Inside Out, which came out in 2015, still holds a place on the highest-grossing movies worldwide list, sitting at #88.

Inside Out 2 also holds the #1 spot on the worldwide box office chart for 2024 releases, with a significant lead over Dune: Part Two, which grossed $710,865,636.

Inside Out 2 picks up where the 2015 film left off.

Riley, now 13 and entering her teenage years, navigates life with a kaleidoscope of emotions in her mind, including Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger — voiced respectively by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Tony Hale, Liza Lapira and Lewis Black.

"Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone," reads a synopsis of the film.

Joining the original crew are a group of new emotions: Anxiety, Envy, Ennui, Embarrassment and Nostalgia — voiced respectively by Maya Hawke, Ayo EdebiriAdèle Exarchopoulos, Paul Walter Hauser and June Squibb.

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