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Hollywood ending: Hugh Grant says he and 'Bridget Jones's Diary' co-star Renee Zellweger are still close
Fred Duval/FilmMagic (LOS ANGELES) -- For fans of the beloved romantic comedy, there's a happy ending for Bridget Jones' Diary co-stars Hugh Grant and his onscreen love, Renée Zellweger. "I love Renée. Uh, she's one of the few actresses I haven't fallen out with," Grant confessed on the SirusXM's The Jess Cagle Show. The actor adds, "...[W]e got on very well together and, we still exchange long emails." The pair not only starred in the 2001 hit, but also its successful follow-ups Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004 and 2016's Bridget Jones's Baby. Grant adds of the email...
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"The Force was at play": Rosario Dawson says a fan's tweet led to her role in 'The Mandalorian'
Disney+ (LOS ANGELES) -- Fans are still freaking out about Rosario Dawson's debut as former Jedi Ahsoka [ah-SOH-kah] Tano in the latest episode Disney+'s The Mandalorian -- and she says they have an unknown fan to thank. Way back in 2017, a Twitter user posted a now-deleted split-screen photo that showed Dawson hugging her Shattered Glass co-star Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in two of the Star Wars prequels. Next to it was an image of Ahsoka and her master Akakin from the animated Clone Wars series. In the new issue of Vanity Fair, Dawson says when she saw...
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Colman Domingo recalls the "moment" when Chadwick Boseman broke down during 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'
David Lee / Netflix (NEW YORK) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Colman Domingo is sharing a powerful scene from Chadwick Boseman's last film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. In the August Wilson adapted feature, Domingo plays Cutler, one of Ma Rainey's band members. Colman says he experienced an emotional "moment" on set with Boseman, who plays Levee, after Cutler tells the story of a Black pastor being confronted by a group of white men. "And then Chad comes in," Colman tells ABC Audio. "And he stopped in the middle of some words... which was about God's will and basically why do terrible things...
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"My name is Elliot": 'Umbrella Academy' star formerly known as Ellen Page comes out as transgender
GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar-nominated Juno star and Umbrella Academy lead Ellen Page has announced he's transgender. "Hi friends," he begins an Instagram post. "I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot." His message continues, "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life." "I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self," the post continues. "I've been endlessly inspired by so many...
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COVID controversy: LA testing site briefly shut down to shoot 'She's All That' remake
Union Station -- iStock/4kodiac (LOS ANGELES) -- An already overbooked COVID-19 testing site at Los Angeles' Union Station was briefly shuttered Monday to make way for a film shoot amid a spike in cases there -- and after that sparked outrage, nobody seems to know how it happened. After news broke that the testing would be halted for the She's All That remake shoot, in turn canceling over 500 scheduled appointments, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took to Twitter to do damage control. "Working with @LAFD , @Curative & @MetroLosAngeles , my team has worked to reopen testing at Union...
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Ice-T implores Americans to take COVID-19 seriously after father-in-law becomes dependent on oxygen
Virginia Sherwood/NBC (NEW YORK) -- Ice-T is hoping to convince more followers to mask up and take COVID-19 seriously after his father-in-law, 63-year-old Steve Austin, battled the infectious virus and is now permanently on oxygen. The Law & Order: SVU star revealed on Twitter that Austin was among the crowd of people who believed the fallacy that masks provide no protection against COVID-19. "My father-in-law ‘Coco’s dad’ was a serious ‘No Masker’ COVID hit him," Ice-T explained on Sunday. "Pneumonia in both lungs.. 40 days in ICU close to death.. Now he’s on Oxygen indefinitely." The actor also attested that...
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Meadow Walker honors her late father on seventh anniversary of his death
L-R - Similce Diesel, Meadow Walker -- Michael Kovac/Getty Images for DreamWorks Animation (LOS ANGELES) -- It's been seven years since The Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker unexpectedly died in a car crash at age 40. His daughter, Meadow Walker, took to Instagram yesterday to mark the solemn date and celebrate her dad's life. Meadow, who is now 22, shared a sweet photo on Monday of her much younger self cuddled against her father's chest for a nap. "A silly day to remember in sadness," she noted in the caption. "Today’s a celebration of the love and happiness...
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'Saved by the Bell' reboot removes jokes about Selena Gomez's kidney transplant
Peacock (LOS ANGELES) -- Following significant backlash, the Saved by the Bell reboot has removed the controversial scenes that poked fun at Selena Gomez's kidney transplant. TMZ is reporting that the Peacock streaming service edited the controversial episode by scrubbing all traces of the kidney jokes that many found offensive. The updated episode is now streaming. The now-deleted scenes were featured in the sixth episode of the reboot, where two characters argued over who donated a kidney to the "Wolves" singer. The teenage girls wrongfully claimed it was either Justin Bieber's mother or Demi Lovato, neither of whom did. The...
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'The Disney Holiday Singalong' brings screen stars and Broadway talent together for heartwarming show of unity
ABC (NEW YORK) -- ABC kicked off the holiday season with a dazzling display of star power for The Disney Holiday Singalong. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who was seated comfortably in a giant leather chair in front of a roaring fire, Monday night's festivities united recording artists, actors, celebrities and Broadway talent alike to remind everyone watching at home that, even though Christmas will look different this year, the holiday spirit remains unchanged. Monday night's message also centered on the importance of family and kindness, as demonstrated by singers teaming with their siblings or young children for their performances. Highlights...
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Felicity Huffman books first post-prison acting gig with ABC baseball comedy
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic (LOS ANGELES) -- Former Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman will return to ABC with her first acting role since being released from prison after serving time for her part in the Varsity Blues college admissions cheating scandal. Deadline reports Huffman will play a widow who takes over her husband's minor league baseball team in the untitled comedy series. It's based on the real-life owners of the Sacramento River Cats, a AAA team that became the minor league's most valuable team after Susan Savage inherited the team from her late husband. Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison...
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Celebrity Chef David Chang wins 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire''s top prize for restaurant workers hurt by COVID-19
ABC/John Fleenor (LOS ANGELES) -- Celebrity chef, restaurateur, and Ugly Delicious host David Chang snagged the top prize on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? on ABC Sunday night -- but it's restaurant workers who will benefit. Chang's jackpot will be donated to the Southern Smoke Foundation, which is dedicated to helping restaurant workers in need -- and thanks to the pandemic shutdowns, that's no small number. On the million-dollar question, Chang called upon ESPN personality Mina Kimes for help; she correctly advised him how to answer this: "Which U.S. president was the first to have electricity in the White...
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Star Wars' newest villain, 'The Mandalorian' star Giancarlo Eposito, "really adored" Darth Vader
Disney+ (NEW YORK) -- Over the weekend, Star Wars fans lost David Prowse, the towering former bodybuilder who filled the unmistakable black suit of Darth Vader in the original trilogy. He was 85. Standing 6'6' in his prime, and even taller thanks to Vader's hissing helmet, Prowse's presence sent shivers down the spines of millions of moviegoers when he first appeared in the opening moments of 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope. One of those moviegoers was Giancarlo Esposito, who, years later, has been passed the torch of Star Wars villainy, thanks to his role as the...
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