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Taraji P. Henson breaks down her "funny" and "fast-paced" Netflix action comedy 'Coffee & Kareem'
Netflix/Justina Mintz (NEW YORK) -- Taraji P. Henson has teamed up with funnyman Ed Helms for Netflix's new action-comedy Coffee & Kareem. In the feature, Henson plays the mother of Kareem, a mischievous twelve-year-old who hires a criminal to scare his mom's new boyfriend, Officer James Coffee, played by Helms. Henson tells ABC Audio that the film is really "based around these two characters and... their odd relationship." "I happen to be dating Ed Helms and my son doesn't like it at all," the Empire star explains. "And so, he thinks he's a thug, but he isn't," she continues, referring...
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Jordan Peele's 'Candyman' postponed until the fall due to COVID-19
Universal Pictures (LOS ANGELES) -- Jordan Peele's remake of the 1992 horror classic Candyman has joined the long list of films whose releases are being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering theaters. Variety reports the release was pushed back from June 12th to September 25th. Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett from Misfits. The new film has been described as a "spiritual sequel" to the original, which followed the son of a slave who became an artist. He was later mutilated and killed by a lynch mob hired by his...
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Need an at-home workout? Get your heart racing with Sunday's episode of Homeland
Showtime (NEW YORK) -- Now in its eighth and final season, Showtime's Homeland is as intense as ever: There's growing tension between Pakistan and the U.S. as Claire Danes' CIA operative Carrie Mathison tries to find the real culprit behind the deaths of two world leaders. True Blood star Sam Trammell stars on Homeland this season as the hawkish, inexperienced President Benjamin Hayes. He checked in from home to tell us why we should watch such a stressful show when we're all trying to stay calm while quarantined. "Maybe that's your exercise!" he laughs. "You know, it's just exercise for...
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'Reading Rainbow''s LeVar Burton will read adult and children's stories aloud on Twitter Livestream
ABC/Randy Holmes (LOS ANGELES) -- LeVar Burton will stream his LeVar Burton Reads podcast on Twitter, reading adult and children’s stories for families self-quarantining at home. The first book he'll read is Neil Gaiman's 1989 short story We Can Get Them for You Wholesale, which Burton describes as Gaiman's "best" [work]. Burton, who starred in The Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation, will host three weekly livestreams, doing what he loves most: reading. For a week, he contemplated ways to contribute during COVID-19 pandemic, searching for accessible stories to read aloud. "I figured that during this difficult time I...
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Will Smith launches 'Will from Home' on Snapchat
Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) -- Continuing his newfound dominance of social media, and hoping to inspire and entertain his followers during the COVID-19 lockdown, Will Smith has launched Will from Home on Snapchat. The 12-episode series will feature him, his family, and friends -- famous and not so -- discussing what they're doing while in isolation. Snap head of original content Sean Mills tells The Hollywood Reporter of the partnership: "Will was feeling a lot of pent-up creative energy and was excited to do something with it in a new and different way." The Bad Boys and Aladdin ...
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Jennifer Aniston & Kimmel surprise COVID-19 positive nurse with $10K from PostMates
ABC (LOS ANGELES) -- On another installment of his ABC show-from-home Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel -- along with his famous friend Jennifer Aniston -- surprised a young nurse who is quarantined after contracting COVID-19. Kimmel got to know Kimball Fairbanks, a cardiovascular nurse from St. George, Utah, and has been following her condition since she's tested positive. While she's furloughed from work and away from her two kids, she explained, she's been taking care of herself and ordering food. That's where Aniston came in. She surprised Fairbanks via video, and the pair informed her that they're going to be gifting...
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"Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers dead at 81
Bill Withers performing in 1972; Michael Putland/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Bill Withers, whose soulful hits such as "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died of heart complications, his family said in a statement reported by Rolling Stone. He was 81. Born in West Virginia, Withers served in the Navy, then moved to L.A. in 1967. His debut album, Just As I Am, produced by the legendary Booker T. Jones and featuring guitar by Stephen Stills, included the Grammy-winning hit "Ain't No Sunshine" and the classic "Grandma's...
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Adam Sandler reveals his "Quarantine Song" on 'The Tonight Show'
NBC (LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) On Thursday night's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler videoed in to Jimmy's remote show to catch up, and debut his "Quarantine Song." Wearing sunglasses to hide the fact he was reading the lyrics, Sandler brought some levity to the COVID-19 situation, while praising those who are fighting the disease while the rest of us are at home. "Doctors and nurses will save us from this mess if we get them the supplies that they need/And I hope they save us soon because I'm really, really sick of my family" Sandler sang....
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'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic sees Brad Pitt or David Spade playing him
Netflix (TEXAS) -- Joe Exotic, the central figure in Netflix’s true-crime documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, has a couple of actors in mind who could play him should his story be adapted for the big screen. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, one of the series’ directors, Rebecca Chaiklin, reveals Exotic -- aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage -- who is currently serving 22 years in prison for the attempted murder of animal sanctuary owner Carole Baskin -- has expressed that he would like to see either Brad Pitt or David Spade portray him. It should be noted that he...
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Jane Fonda joins TikTok and revives the Jane Fonda Workout to save the planet
ABC/Randy Sager (LOS ANGELES) -- Jane Fonda is bringing back the 80s. The actress, who ignited a side-career in aerobics with her popular Jane Fonda Workout Method, is bringing her famous moves to TikTok in order to keep fans on their feet during quarantine. The Grace & Frankie star rolled out her yoga mat to make the big announcement on Thursday. "Hello TikTok, my name's Jane Fonda and I'm gonna bring back the Jane Fonda Workout for your home sequestration," she announces in the video, where she's all ready and dressed for an intense round of choreography. The VHS workout...
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'Grey's Anatomy' star Ellen Pompeo posts urgent plea for people to stay home during COVID-19 pandemic
ABC/Mike Rosenthal (LOS ANGELES) -- Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is the latest celebrity urging people to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At the request of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, Pompeo, who plays Dr. Meredith Grey on the long-running ABC medical drama, posted a video to her Instagram page imploring followers not to go outside if they can avoid it. "The healthcare professionals, the doctors, the nurses, anyone who works in a hospital, they're at their wits end and now they're starting to die," the 50-year-old actress explained. "We're not doing enough. Everybody, just please stay home....
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The boys are back! With new trailer, Adult Swim announces 'Rick and Morty' returning May 3
Adult Swim (LOS ANGELES) -- The final five episodes of the fourth season of the beloved, Emmy-winning animated series Rick and Morty kick off Sunday night at 11:30 p.m., Adult Swim has announced in a new trailer. For the uninitiated, the show stars the voices of co-creator Justin Roiland as both lead characters: Rick, a brilliant, substance-abusing sociopath scientist, and Morty, his awkward grandson, whom Rick drags along on inter-dimensional adventures across space and time. Set to Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," the trailer shows R&M donning anime-inspired Gundam robot suits, on an apparent rescue mission for...
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