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Monday
Apr242017

Hi, Felicia: John Witherspoon says another "Friday" movie is in the works

Getty Images/Jean-Paul Aussenard(FLORIDA) -- According to John Witherspoon, the popular cult franchise Friday has been greenlight for another sequel.

During an interview with a Florida radio station, Witherspoon -- who played Pops in the original film -- says Ice Cube told him another another Friday movie was in the works and has already been approved by studio heads.

The original film, which starred Cube as Craig, Chris Tucker as Smokey and Nia Long as Debbie, premiered in 1995. Its sequel, Next Friday, came out in 2000 and the third installment, Friday After Next, followed in 2002.

Last year Cube, who also co-wrote the Friday movies, addressed the possibility of a fourth installment.  “We had a meeting. Can't do Last Friday unless we can do it right. Ball is in New Line Cinema's hands. Bat is in mine,” he said.

At this time, there's no word on a potential release date.

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Monday
Apr242017

Caitlyn Jenner "sorry" for Kris' reaction to Cait's new memoir

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Caitlyn Jenner said she is "sorry" how her ex-wife Kris Jenner reacted to Cait’s new memoir.

Kris Jenner, Jenner’s third wife, proclaimed on Sunday night’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she is “done” with Jenner after reading The Secrets of My Life.

“I’ve never been so angry and disappointed in somebody in my whole life. I’m done. Done,” Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian clan and the mother of two children with Jenner, said on the show, adding of Jenner, "Everything she said was all made up."

In the book, Jenner writes that all his ex-wives learned that then-Bruce Jenner was struggling with gender identity. Jenner first came out publicly as transgender two years ago and is now living as a woman.

Kris Jenner said on the show, "all through the book, 'Kris knew. Kris knew before I even made love to her.’ I’m like, 'What?'"

“I’m just kind of sorry she went down that road,” Caitlyn Jenner, 67, said Monday on Good Morning America of Kris Jenner’s on-air reaction. “But she’s a good person and we’ve had 23 great years together and raised wonderful, phenomenal kids.”

Jenner’s two daughters with Kris Jenner -- Kylie Jenner, 19, and Kendall Jenner, 21 -- also star on KUWTK

Though Caitlyn Jenner still makes appearances on the show, she said she did not watch Sunday night’s episode, in which she appeared alongside Kris Jenner.

“Actually, I don’t watch the show very often,” she told GMA's Michael Strahan. “It’s a reality show. It is drama.”

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Monday
Apr242017

"Happy Days" star Erin Moran "likely" died of cancer, say authorities 

Getty Images/David Livingston(INDIANA) -- Indiana authorities say Saturday's death of Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the hit sitcom Happy Days and its spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, "likely" died of cancer.

The Harrison County Sheriffs Department in Harrison County, Indiana posted the preliminary cause of death, noting that an autopsy of Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann found that she, "likely succumbed to complications of of stage 4 cancer."  What type of cancer was unspecified.

While toxicology tests were performed as a matter of course, the authorities noted, "no illegal narcotics were found at the residence." Toxicology test results are pending. 

Moran, 56, who had appeared in movies and on TV shows like The Courtship of Eddies' Father and My Three Sons, was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Ron Howard's Richie Cunningham, in 1974. She played the role on Happy Days until 1982, when she and Scott Baio's character, Chachi Arcola, left to star in the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.  That show was canceled in 1983, and Moran returned to Happy Days for its final season.

After Happy Days, Moran made guest appearances in shows like The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder. In 2007, she appeared on the reality show Scott Baio Is 45 and Single as herself, and in 2008, she was a contestant on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club.

In recent years, Moran had reportedly fallen on hard times, and was said to be living in a trailer park, and then in a series of motels.

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Monday
Apr242017

Richard Simmons "in good spirits" after returning home from hospitalization

(LOS ANGELES) -- Richard Simmons is back home recovering after three days at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles battling severe indigestion.

Simmons took to Facebook Sunday thanking hospital staff and law enforcement, writing “They make you feel good even though you’re in the hospital for feeling bad.”

He offered further praise of his medical caregivers, emergency responders and the U.S. military, saying, “They were so helpful and kind as I returned home. Let’s take a minute and all be thankful for medical professionals, police, firefighters and our brave military forces here and around the world. They risk so much every day to make us well and keep us protected. God Bless all of them.”

Michael Catalano, Simmons' longtime manager, confirmed to ABC News that Simmons returned home sooner than expected Thursday afternoon. “Richard is happy to be back home and thankful to everyone who has reached out. Richard is in good spirits.”

Last week, Catalano released a statement to ABC News saying, "After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment.”

Simmons, 68, who over the past few years has vanished from the public eye, signed a business deal for "merchandising, endorsements and licensing opportunities," Catalano announced earlier this month.

Catalano told ABC News on April 6 that Simmons pursued the deal.

The new venture comes on the heels of questions in recent years about Simmons' health, as were put forward in a viral podcast on the fitness icon's disappearance from public view, titled Missing Richard Simmons.

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Monday
Apr242017

Make Miley Marvel: Singer makes uncredited appearance in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- She's cosmic and she's already familiar with having a secret identity after playing both Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana for years, so it makes sense that Miley Cyrus is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It turns out that Miley has a uncredited "appearance" in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the voice of the evolved technology Mainframe.

The news was first reported by blogger Sarah Ruhlman on Friday, after director James Gunn made the revelation during a press junket.

“I was watching The Voice and I [thought] she’s so likable and her voice is awesome, she’s got the best voice," he said. "And then I asked [Marvel Studios President] Kevin [Feige], 'What do you think about casting Miley Cyrus as the voice of Mainframe?' He was like, 'Well, if you think we can get her…' and I got her to do it.”

Incidentally, Miley isn't the only singer to lend pipes to a bit of technology in the Guardians universe: Gunn's pal Rob Zombie provided the voice of the Ravagers' mother ship in the original film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens May 5.

Disney is the parent of Marvel and ABC News.

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Monday
Apr242017

"The Fate of the Furious" smokes the competition for the second straight week

Universal - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The Fate of the Furious dominated the weekend box office for the second week in a row, raking in an estimated $36.6 million, bringing its total in the states to $163.6 million, according to  Box Office Mojo.

Overseas, the eighth installment of the Fast franchise racked up an estimated $163.4 million, bringing its worldwide sales to $908.4 million.

Fox's The Boss Baby and Disney's Beauty and the Beast finished in second and third place again this week, hauling in $12.75 million and $9.97 million, respectively.

Disney's Born in China had the biggest opening of this week's new releases, bowing in fourth place, with an estimated $5.1 million -- an improvement over the last two Disney nature documentaries, 2015's Monkey Kingdom and 2014's Bears. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Going in Style rounded out the top five, earning 5 million.

The week's other new offerings, all had disappointing opening weekends. Unforgettable took seventh place with $4.8 million; The Promise, came in ninth with $4 million; Phoenix Forgotten finished at number 11 with $2 million; and Free Fire only managed to pull in $1 million, for a 17th place finish.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. The Fate of the Furious, $38.6 million
2. The Boss Baby, $12.75 million
3. Beauty and the Beast, $9.97 million
4. Born in China, $5.1
5. Going in Style, $5 million
6. Smurfs: The Lost Village, $4.85 million
7. Unforgettable, $4.8 million
8. Gifted, $4.5 million
9. The Promise, $4 million
10. The Lost City of Z, $2.1 million

 

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Saturday
Apr222017

"Happy Days" star Erin Moran dead at 56

ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images(HARRISON COUNTY, Ind.) -- Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the hit sitcom Happy Days and its spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, has died. She was 56.

The Harrison County Sheriffs Department in Harrison County, Indiana confirmed to ABC News that on Saturday, it received a 911 call about an unresponsive female.  When the responders arrived, they determined that the woman, identified as Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann, was deceased.  An autopsy is pending.

Moran, who had appeared in movies and on TV shows like The Courtship of Eddies' Father and My Three Sons, was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Ron Howard's Richie Cunningham, in 1974.  She played the role on Happy Days until 1982, when she and Scott Baio's character, Chachi Arcola, left to star in the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.  That show was canceled in 1983, and Moran returned to Happy Days for its final season.

After Happy Days, Moran made guest appearances in shows like The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder.   In 2007, she appeared on the reality show Scott Baio Is 45 and Single as herself, and in 2008, she was a contestant on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club.

In recent years, Moran had reportedly fallen on hard times, and was said to be living in a trailer park, and then in a series of motels.

Her Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler, who played The Fonz, tweeted, "OH Erin... now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth ...Rest In It serenely now.. too soon." 

Ron Howard tweeted, "Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens."

Don Most, who played Richie's pal Ralph Malph on the show, tweeted, "So incredibly sad to hear about Erin. A wonderful, sweet, caring, talented woman.I can't really comprehend this right now.Very painful loss."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Anson Williams, who played Richie's pal Potsie on the show, said in a statement, "Erin was a person who made everyone around her feel better. She truly cared about others first, a true angel. I will miss her so much, but know that she is in God’s hands. RIP sweet angel.”

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Friday
Apr212017

D.L. Hughley and George Lopez honor Charlie Murphy by getting "darkness" tattoos

(L-R) George Lopez, Charlie Murphy; Getty Images, BET/Dave Kotinsky(NEW YORK) --  D.L. Hughley and George Lopez are paying their respects to the late great Charlie Murphy in a permanent way.

On Thursday the two comedians showed off their new "darkness" tattoos in an Instagram post as a tribute to the late comedian. In a skit on Chappelle's Show, Murphy had joked that Rick James referred to him as "darkness" because of his dark complexion.

"Eternal #Darkness is spreading @funcitytattoo @bigstevenyc we honor @therealcharliemurphy @comedygetdown @comedygetdownbet @eddiegriffin @cedtheentertainer #thatswhatsup," Lopez captioned the original post.

According to TMZ, the comedians were both in New York City attending Murphy's funeral when they decided to get the matching tattoos.

As previously reported, Murphy died on April 12 from cancer at the age of 57.

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Friday
Apr212017

"Unforgettable" star Rosario Dawson recalls embarrassing herself in front of Prince

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC./Karen Ballard(NEW YORK) -- On Live with Kelly Friday, Rosario Dawson shared her memories of Prince, who died of an overdose a year ago today.

The star of the new movie Unforgettable, as well as the Netflix Marvel series Daredevil and Luke Cage, told Kelly Ripa and her guest co-host Van Jones, another friend of the late musician, that she was just 19 when she first met Prince.

"I was in Chicago shooting a movie and he called me direct," Dawson recalled. "[He] said, 'You're the voice of a generation; I want you to do this monologue I've written for my 1999 remix album! You must come to Paisley Park.'"

Unfortunately, she says, things went downhill from there.

"I completely embarrassed myself, as you do when you're like meeting someone who you're completely in love with," she admitted. "[H]e...had a limo pick me up with white shag carpeting...I closed... the driver [partition] and I was like, 'Yeah, I'm -- just gonna rummage around.'"

She laughs, "And of course, I was wearing all black, so I walked out covered in white fuzz. And soon as he saw me he was like, 'Um-hmmm.'

Prince then insisted they have a jam session before she voiced her monologue. The problem was,  not everyone is a multi-instrumental virtuoso like the late music icon was.   

"I was like, 'I, I really can't play anything!' and he goes, 'Oh come on, everybody can play something,'" she recalled. "And he's like: 'DRUMS.'"

As she started to play, Dawson says, "He was like, 'Yeah, no.'"

Dawson laughed, "[I]f you listen to the '1999' remix...it's a brilliant thing that he wrote, but it's probably the worst acting I've ever done, because the entire time, I was like, 'I just disappointed Prince. In Paisley Park.'"

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Friday
Apr212017

New "X-Files" series coming later this year

(LOS ANGELES) -- Get ready for more mysterious and unexplained events -- The X-Files is returning to TV.

Fox is planning a second, 10-episode X-Files "event series" to debut later this year.

X-Files creator Chris Carter is back to executive produce, and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are returning as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

It's no wonder Mulder and Scully are back, Fox's last X-Files mini-series -- which ran for six episodes last year -- drew an average multi-platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was last season’s second-highest rated broadcast drama, according to the network.

“Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files,” said David Madden, president, Fox Broadcasting Company, in a statement.

No word yet on when the show will air, but production is set to begin this summer.

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