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"Rest in Power": Michelle Pfeiffer mourns "Gangsta's Paradise" artist Coolio

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On her Instagram, Michelle Pfeiffer posted a throwback picture of herself with Coolio, who died Wednesday at 59.

"Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist@coolio. A life cut entirely too short," she began about the "Gangsta's Paradise" artist. "As some of you may know I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995. He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack - which I think was the reason our film saw so much success."

Pfeiffer added, "I remember him being nothing but gracious. 30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family."

She closed by mentioning his birth name, "Rest in Power, Artis Leon Ivey Jr." along with a heart emoji.

Incidentally, Pfeiffer is correct about the popularity of "Gangsta's Paradise" boosting the film: Antoine Fuqua, then an up-and-coming video director, has credited the actress' surprise participation in the video and its success, with turning the movie into a hit.

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Froggy Guy: Amphibian named in conservationist Seth MacFarlane's honor


Seth MacFarlane is the creator of shows like Family Guy, American Dad, and The Orville, but now he's got something else bearing his name: a frog.

The Rainforest Trust, a conservationist organization with whom MacFarlane has worked and supported, has honored his efforts by naming a newly-discovered Stream Frog species after him.

The Hyloscirtus sethmacfarlanei just made its first appearance in the peer-reviewed science journal PeerJ.

The frog was discovered in a remote mountain region in Ecuador a few years ago and was found to be a totally new species. The scientist who scooped up the colorful little jumper noted tingling in his arm afterward, suspecting the frog had the ability to excrete a "mild neurotoxin" when threatened.

For the record, Seth can't do that. Regardless, the organization thought the name was apropos.

"It seemed perfect to name this frog, with its playful polka dots juxtaposed with its most likely threatened status, after Seth who is known more for his comedy than his dedication to science and conservation," noted Rainforest Trust CEO James Deutsch, Ph.D. in the announcement.

The naming was apparently a surprise for MacFarlane's upcoming birthday, October 26.

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In Brief: AMC gets another bite of 'Interview with the Vampire', and more

Ahead of its October 2 season premiere, AMC's Interview with the Vampire has been renewed for a second season, according to Variety. The eight-episode series, based on the 1976 Anne Rice novel, stars Jacob Anderson as Louis de Pointe du Lac, Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt, Bailey Bass as Claudia and Eric Bogosian as Daniel Molloy. The book, of course, was previously turned into the hit 1994 film starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. Season one of the series takes place in America; season two will be set in Europe...

Deadline reports Kevin Bacon has been added to the cast of Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, joining original Beverly Hills Cop cast members Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Bronson Pinchot and Paul Reiser. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Taylour Paige are also on board, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing: he produced the 1984 original, as well as its sequels in 1987 and 1994. The franchise moved from Paramount to Netflix in the winter of 2019 and follows the adventures of Murphy's Detroit cop Foley, who first appeared in the 1984 smash hit that followed him to Beverly Hills to solve the murder of a friend. The Beverly Hills Cop franchise has pulled in more than $735 million worldwide...

John Corbett is officially returning as Aidan Shaw, the on-again-off-again love interest of Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City revival, And Just Like That..., according to Entertainment Weekly. "Well, you know, I can't be, like, cryptic about it anymore," Parker told the outlet. We last saw Aidan in the SATC movie sequel, Sex and the City 2, trying to woo back Carrie after getting his heart broken by her twice in the series. No further details on his return have been revealed...

Friends alum Lisa Kudrow will head the cast of Taika Waititi’s series adaptation of the 1981 Terry Gilliam film Time Bandits for Apple TV+, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The adaptation, per the streamer, is “a comedic journey through time and space with a ragtag group of thieves and their newest recruit: an 11-year-old history nerd” -- played by Kal-El Tuck. Waititi is a co-writer on the series and will direct the first two episodes...

The Morning Show's, Bel Powley, black-ishs Tracee Ellis Ross and Good Boys' Jacob Tremblay will lead the cast of the psychological thriller Cold Copy, according to Deadline. The film follows "a young broadcast journalism student trying to win the approval of her influential mentor who pushes her to reconsider the meaning of truth if it means success," according to the outlet...

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Sarah Jessica Parker reportedly runs out of fashion event due to "family emergency"

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Sex and the City's fashionable Carrie Bradshaw reportedly had some real-life drama in New York City Wednesday night.

According to Page Six, Sarah Jessica Parker was being honored at the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala, but quickly ditched the event over what was described from the podium as a "sudden devastating family situation."

SJP was supposed to be feted at the glitzy event at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, but the publication noted in a "bizarrely dramatic moment," it was announced she to had to leave, just moments after she had arrived.

So far, her reps are remaining mum about what caused Parker to pull out of the 10th annual gala, which also drew stars including Queen Latifah, Bravo's Andy Cohen, Pose's Billy Porter, and Parker's And Just Like That... co-star, Kristin Davis.

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Hulu's "Ramy" tackles big issues when it returns this Friday

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Season three of Ramy tackles some big issues with its return to Hulu Friday.

The critically acclaimed comedy is back after a more than two-year hiatus, and show creator and star Ramy Youssef talked to ABC Audio about what he wanted to explore with his dysfunctional, but loving, Muslim-American family this season.

"Where are we at with the American dream, and what does it take to achieve it," he explains. "And looking at the seeming kind of impossibility of a middle-class family, and how difficult it is to kind of make good on the intentions of moving to this country."

In episode two, Ramy visits the Middle East and, in typical Ramy fashion, the visit doesn’t go so well. The actor says that his writers room, which contains several Jews and Muslims, had an interesting time trying to figure out how to be funny about a very serious region of the world.

"Going into this episode, I was kind of like, all right, so we've heard a lot about Israel and Palestine. How do we send Ramy there and somehow he's the biggest d*** in the whole situation," says Youssef. "That was kind of like, that will make it funny...it's like somehow this guy's pissing off everybody on every side. And there's almost a unity in that."

Youssef adds: "We’re kind of talking about every moment, and we're kind of trying to find the most human part of it, while also getting to be funny and also kind of like going near that button that you're not supposed to touch."

"I think that that's always what's really fun to me is that thing of like, you get to walk away and say, maybe I should be offended, but I'm not," Youssef says.

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Oscar-bound? Brendan Fraser scores another trophy for 'The Whale'


The Santa Barbara Film Festival may have put another brick in Brendan Fraser's road to Oscar gold. The actor, who donned extensive prosthetics to play a morbidly obese father in The Whale, took home the annual event's American Riviera trophy for his role in Darren Aronofsky's drama.

Previous winners of the award have gone on to become Oscar nominees -- including Kristen Stewart for her Princess Diana film Spencer and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book -- as well as Academy Award winners, including Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.

Aronofsky, the director of the Oscar-winning Black Swan, helped kick-start a full-blown career comeback for The Mummy series Fraser, who received a 6-minute standing ovation for The Whale at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

Subsequent to that, he received the Tribute Award for Performance for the film at the Toronto Film Festival. And although Batgirl was shelved, Fraser recently worked with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers of the Flower Moon, which comes out in 2023.

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The Frog brothers, Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, remember 'The Lost Boys'

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The horror classic The Lost Boys turned 35 in July, and to celebrate, Warner Bros. rereleased the film on 4K UltraHD, HD digital and Blu-ray.

The Joel Schumacher film had Dianne Wiest playing Lucy, a single mom who moves across the country to Santa Carla, California, with her two teen sons; the late Corey Haim played younger sib Sam and Jason Patric played Michael, who falls in with the wrong crowd.

He comes to learn they're a pack of vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland's David.

Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander played teen vampire hunters Edgar and Allen Frog, respectively, in the creepy classic.

Feldman, a veteran of classics including The Goonies and Stand By Me, tells ABC Audio that as the years have gone on, he's struck by the Lost Boys fandom.

"For me ... I guess I'm a little bit more jaded in that regard because I did such a string of, like, 18 films that went to #1 ... especially as a kid ... I just expected you make a movie, it goes #1. That's how it works, right?" he says with a laugh.

"But the humbling part is to realize that people still hold it so near and dear to their hearts. So it's always bewildering and humbling and gratifying to know that so many people really still love this movie."

Newlander continues, "It takes me by surprise all the time. A lot of times throughout the year we go out and meet fans and stuff. And I'm taken aback by how much people love this and how much ... [people] introduce your kids to it."

"So it's like people are introducing their kids to it. Their kids are loving it, introducing their kids to it. And that's pretty cool, I dig that."

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Props and more from 'The Walking Dead' hitting the auction block

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Some of the most recognizable props from AMC's The Walking Dead could be yours -- for a price.

The network has teamed up with collectibles and memorabilia auction site Goldin for an auction of more than 100 production-used items from the post-apocalyptic series, which is wrapping up next month after 11 seasons.

Some of the items include Lucille, the barbed wire-wrapped bat wielded to deadly effect by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan; the katana from Danai Gurira's heroine Michonne; and two bloody shirts worn by Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes in the show's pilot.

Opening bids for Lucille start at $4,250; the sword starts at $2,300; and Grimes' sheriff shirt and undershirt start at $2,000.

Also up for grabs is the 1992 Honda Nighthawk 250 motorcycle ridden by fan favorite Norman Reedus' Daryl Dixon; the starting price will be $5,000.

Expect them all to fetch a lot more.

Other items include Grimes' iconic Colt Python pistol, various wardrobe items and even vehicles from the series.

Bidding will begin October 15, so get your piggy banks open.

"As The Walking Dead builds to its epic finale, and before the next chapter of The Walking Dead Universe begins, AMC wanted to celebrate this landmark moment with our millions of fans who have made it all possible," said Clayton Neuman, VP of Games at AMC. "We are thrilled to partner with Goldin to give our fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take home a piece of this cherished series for themselves."

The 11th and final season of The Walking Dead wraps up November 20 on AMC.

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Ripped from the headlines: Tubi drops trailer to Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial movie


On Wednesday, Fox's streaming service Tubi dropped the trailer for Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial, which debuts September 30.

As reported, Parallels star Mark Hapka plays Depp, and his vocal impression of the former Pirates of the Carribbean star is nothing short of uncanny. Megan Davis plays Heard, who found herself not only battling her ex in the defamation trial but the court of public opinion.

"There's clearly a favorite here," a journalist says in the snippet.

The coming attraction reveals the movie will focus not just on the headline-grabbing court proceedings but also the couple's tumultuous relationship that preceded it. Davis is seen popping pills as Heard, and Hapka-as-Depp is shown drinking in a bathroom and later being concerned with the actress acting opposite James Franco. "Are you jealous of him, too?" Heard replies.

Station 19 star Melissa Marty plays Depp's tenacious -- and ultimately victorious -- lawyer Camille Vasquez. "This trial? It's about the truth," she says in the trailer.

Law & Order True Crime's Mary Carrig portrays Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft.

In June, a Virginia jury agreed with the Depp's legal team that there was "clear and convincing evidence" Heard had defamed him in a Washington Post op-ed in which she described being the victim of domestic and sexual abuse without naming him.

Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the latter was capped to $350,000 due to Virginia law.

Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages for statements made by Depp's former attorney but was awarded no punitive damages.

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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman spill all the 'Deadpool 3' secrets...sort of

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The internet has barely recovered from Tuesday's news that Ryan Reynolds' pal Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine again in Deadpool 3, yet the pair is doubling down.

In a video posted to Reynolds' Instagram Wednesday, the two stars spoiled the whole movie -- only to be foiled by an overly loud Wham! classic.

According to the caption, the post sought to address "Timeline questions" and "Logan canon" and would contain an "MCU FAQ" as well as an answer to "Whether we can do this all day or not."

The pair first addressed how Jackman's metal-clawed character could be alive to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the film, seeing as 2017's Logan killed him off.

"I have a lot of questions, I'm sure you have a lot of questions," Jackman says, promising answers.

Reynolds replies, "Logan takes place in 2029, totally separate thing. Logan died in Logan. Not touching that."

Ryan and Hugh then lay out the movie, only to have Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" drown them out as they excitedly mime all the action that will reportedly take place in Deadpool 3.

The music cuts out just as the pair finish, with Reynolds applauding. "Thank you, Kevin Feige!" Reynolds says of Marvel Studios' president. "Love you, Kevin Feige!" Jackman agrees. "Thank you, MCU!"

The video ends with a slideshow of the pals together.

The post immediately went viral, with one of the first replies coming from Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, who wrote "YES!" followed by an extraordinary number of exclamation points.

According to Tuesday's tease, Deadpool 3 will hit theaters September 6, 2024.

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Katie Couric reveals breast cancer diagnosis

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Katie Couric has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

The 65-year-old journalist revealed in a personal essay on her website that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, and has since undergone surgery and radiation to treat the disease.

Couric, a mother of two, said she underwent what she thought would be a routine mammogram in June, after unknowingly missing her annual screening for two years during the coronavirus pandemic. After a follow-up biopsy on her left breast, Couric said she received a call from her doctor with the diagnosis.

"I felt sick and the room started to spin," Couric wrote. "...I walked to a corner and spoke quietly, my mouth unable to keep up with the questions swirling in my head."

Since the diagnosis in June, Couric said she has undergone a lumpectomy and several weeks of radiation to treat what her doctors diagnosed as stage 1A breast cancer.

She said the lumpectomy revealed a 2.5-centimeter tumor, or about one inch.

Regarding her radiation treatment, Couric wrote in Wednesday's essay, "I was warned that I may be fatigued and my skin may turn a little pink. Yesterday was my final round. My left breast does look like I’ve been sunbathing topless, but other than that, I’ve felt fine."

Couric, who lost her husband, sister and mother-in-law to cancer, said she felt grateful for all the advancements made in breast cancer research over the last several decades.

"I can't tell you how many times during this experience I thanked God that it was 2022...," she wrote. "...But to reap the benefits of modern medicine, we need to stay on top of our screenings, advocate for ourselves, and make sure everyone has access to the diagnostic tools that could very well save their life."

Couric shared her diagnosis on the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed every October.

Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Brad Pitt and Emily Ratajkowski "hanging out as friends" and "excited to see where things go"

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While Brad Pitt and Emily Ratajkowski spark dating rumors, a source tells Us Weekly the pair is "getting to know each other."

“Brad and Emily have been hanging out as friends,” reveals the insider, adding that the relationship is “in the very early stages” right now.

“But they like each other and are excited to see where things go,” adds the source.

Pitt, 58, and Ratajkowski, 31, "have been "out a few times" since the model filed for divorce from husband Sebastian Bear-McClard after four years of marriage, according to Page Six.

Following his divorce from Angelina Jolie, Brad was linked to Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat in 2019, though an insider told Us at the time that the two were just friends. The Bullet Train actor briefly dated model Nicole Poturalski before calling it quits in 2020.

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Kevin Hart defends Will Smith over Chris Rock Oscars slap: "People make mistakes"

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Kevin Hart is defending Will Smith when it comes to the Chris Rock Oscars slap.

The topic came up during the comedian's appearance on the September 24 episode of Drink Champs when he was asked to choose between Smith and Ice Cube. After calling both the actor and rapper his "brothers" he ultimately chose the fellow Philadelphia native. 

"I'mma say Will Smith, and here's why: Will Smith is a f******, he's not only a legend, he's not only a GOAT... [he] is the reason why the idea of African Americans attached to global IP is normal," Hart said. "Studios took the gamble on more leads of color because of the work that Will Smith, Denzel [Washington] were doing in the beginning, right? You need the faces that are giving the universal return. So I'm not gonna s*** on Will and act like he hasn't been, and wasn't, that guy."

In response to hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's jokes about the Oscars slap, Hart added, "And people make mistakes, and from mistakes they should be allowed time to f****** recover."

"And that this is no longer the world's problem, it's Will and Chris' problem. Let them deal with that," he continued. "The world should step out of it and let them recover."

(Video includes uncensored profanity.)

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In Brief: 'Star Trek' scratched; 'Halloween Ends' trailer, and more

Hulu has given a series order to Under the Bridge, a limited series about the 1997 murder of Canadian teenager Reena Virk, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The eight-episode drama, based on Rebecca Godfrey’s 2005 book about the case, tells the true story of 14-year-old Virk, who went to join friends at a party and never returned home. The series will join Hulu’s slate of true-crime adaptations, which also includes The Act, The Girl from Plainville, and Candy...

YouTubers the Try Guys fired its member Ned Fulmer following his admission that he cheated on his wife, Ariel Fulmer, with Try Guys producer Alex Herring. “Ned Fulmer is no longer working with The Try Guys,” remaining members Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang wrote Tuesday on Instagram. “As a result of a thorough internal review, we do not see a path forward together. We thank you for your support as we navigate this change.” Shortly after, Ned shared on his personal Instagram, “Family should have always been my priority, but I lost focus and had a consensual workplace relationship. I’m sorry for any pain that my actions may have caused to the guys and the fans but most of all to Ariel. The only thing that matters right now is my marriage and my children, and that’s where I am going to focus my attention”...

Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode is out for revenge against Michael Meyers in the final trailer for Halloween Ends, released on Tuesday. The 13th, and supposedly final, installment in the slasher film saga begun by filmmaker John Carpenter's 1978 original and reestablished by 2018’s Halloween, is set four years after 2021’s Halloween Kills and finds Laurie living with her granddaughter, Allyson -- played by Andi Matichak -- and working on her memoir when "a murder begins a new string of terror," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Will Patton, Kyle Richards, Omar Dorsey, Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney also star. Halloween Ends hits theaters October 14...

Robert Cormier, best known for playing Kit Jennings on the third season of the Netflix horror anthology series Slasher, died Friday in a hospital in Etobicoke, Ontario, of injuries suffered in a fall, his sister Stephanie tells The Hollywood Reporter. He was 33. The Ontario-born bartender-turned-actor also appeared on shows such as American Gods, Heartland, Ransom and Designated Survivor...

Deadline reports Paramount has temporarily scratched the next Star Trek film from its release schedule, a month after director Matt Shakman exited the project. The movie, again starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, was originally set to open June 9, 2023, before getting pushed back to December 22, 2023. The recent trio of Star Trek movies -- two of which were produced by J.J. Abrams and starring Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg as young versions of the legacy TV characters -- have grossed $1.96 billion globally. All five stars of those movies are still attached to the upcoming film...

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Mack Wilds talks 'Swagger' season 2, new music, and his fitness journey

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Tristan "Mack" Wilds knows the importance of living a life in balance.

Most recently, the Apple TV+ show Swagger was renewed for season two and Wilds, who stars in the series, says that the cast is currently "in the middle of shooting it." 

"We're literally mid-season," he told ABC Audio at the Movement LIVE event he hosted with Michelob ULTRA and Rumble Boxing at The Brooklyn Mirage Wednesday, September 21. "I can't say too much but...we really start to touch on the kind of the crossroad of being a young black basketball player and being a young black man in America. It gets real."

The series is loosely based on the life of basketball star Kevin Durant, whom Wilds said is very active in the show: "We're always talking to KD. He's always kind of very present making sure that everybody understands where we're doing and what we're doing."

Much like Durant, 90210 alum Wilds has "always been an athlete." However, he shares that his fitness journey is similar to most people. 

"Anybody is human, you know, you love it, fall off, get back on, but I think right now I'm in such a zone that we, it just feels like a whole new journey on a new perspective, in a way," he said. 

In addition to acting and keeping in shape, Wilds is also a singer-songwriter. His latest track, "Simple Things," dropped this spring. So when can fans expect new music?

"I'm always working on some new stuff, always kind of writing or jotting down ideas or recording, like real quick things," he teases. "I think one of these days I got to put it all together and just drop a mixtape or something. Yeah, I think it's about time."

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