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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Season 3 cast is revealed

CBS has announced the new cast for season 3 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition.

The cast includes: Former NBA star Lamar Odom, TV personality Teddi Mellencamp, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, style guru Carson Kressley, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, Olympian ice-skater Mirai Nagasu, singer/influencer Todrick Hall, *NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick, Diff’rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges, Saturday Night Live alumnus Chris Kattan and UFC fighter Miesha “Cupcake” Tate.

Host Julie Chen Moonves teased the cast reveal in a video posted to CBS’ Twitter account: “@CBSBigBrother fans you’ve been patient. We hear you, we see you and we want to reward you with some clues on who the #BBCeleb Houseguests will be,” the tweet read. “Listen along and make your guesses. The reveal will be here sooner than you think.”

Season 3 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition comes after the show’s nearly three-year hiatus. having previously aired in 2018 and 2019. Tony-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur won season 1 and four-time Grammy nominee Tamar Braxton won season 2.

Season 3 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition premieres on Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PST on CBS.  According to CBS, the winter edition will air “multiple nights each week throughout February,” following the typical Big Brother format, but will only last just one month, with the finale date set for Feb. 23.  Viewers will be able to watch the 24/7 live feeds of the celebrity cast on Paramount+, where the upcoming winter edition will also be available to stream live and on-demand.

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Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jennie Nguyen responds to her termination for past controversial social media posts

Bravo fired cast member Jennie Nguyen from The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City on Tuesday, after a series of racially insensitive posts from her deactivated Facebook page resurfaced. In an Instagram post, the channel announced that it would stop filming with Nguyen, 44, and apologized to fans for not taking action sooner.

Now Nguyen is commenting on the matter, speaking at length on Instagram Live and admitting that the controversial posts—many of which were critical of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd —were “very insensitive”. However she backed her decision to “support my political stance.”  Said Nguyen: “I take full responsibility and accountability for what was posted. I know my viewpoint during that time in 2020 was emotional, and it brings back a lot of memories during that time when we went through such a tragic, terrible year.”  Jennie said she’s very proud to be a Republican:  “I am proud to be able to say I have the freedom of speech to choose and to have an opinion. I respect your opinion. I respect your political stance. We are different, but we need to respect each other and we need to understand that we live in this country where we have the freedom to speak online.”

Jennie’s RHOSLC co-stars have yet to publicly react to her firing, but most of the cast members issued previous statements condemning Jennie’s posts when they first resurfaced.  Co-star Jen Shah wrote on social media: “Since my RHOSLC cast member has admitted that she made those horrible comments and posts, I must now stand up, on behalf of my husband and sons who are African American, to say that I am deeply offended by the racially insensitive posts and comments.”

Season 2 of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is currently airing on Sundays.

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Chris Evans teaming up with Dwayne Johnson in the film ‘Red One’ for Amazon Studios

Chris Evans will star opposite Dwayne Johnson in the holiday film Red One for Amazon Studios. Jake Kasdan will direct the film, which will reunite him with Dwayne Johnson and Seven Bucks Productions after their collaboration on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level.   Plot details on Red One are vague; but the movie, with a script penned by Chris Morgan, will be based on an original story from Hiram Garcia, president of production at Seven Bucks Productions.  The film is being touted as ‘an action-adventure comedy that imagines a new universe for the holiday genre.

Evans will next be seen in the The Gray Man for Netflix, and is voicing the role of Buzz Lightyear in Lightyear for Pixar.

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CBS’s legal drama ‘Bull’ to end after Season 6

CBS legal drama ‘Bull’ will end with its sixth season.  Bull is loosely based on the work of Dr. Phil McGraw as a jury consultant; McGraw is also an executive producer of the show.  Series star Michael Weatherly tweeted the news, saying: “It’s been my privilege to play Dr. Jason Bull but after 6 seasons of incredible storylines, it’s time to pursue new creative challenges and bring his story to a close.”  Sources confirm that Weatherly’s decision to move on led to the decision to bring the series to an end.

The series has dealt with a good amount of controversy.  In 2018, CBS paid actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 million to settle a sexual harassment claim against Weatherly. Dushku alleged he made a series of inappropriate comments to her while she recurred on the show’s first season.  The actress had originally signed on to the show with the possibility of becoming a regular in season two, but her character was written out following her complaint and the settlement.  In addition, showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron was let go from the show and dropped from an overall deal at CBS Studios following an internal investigation into allegations that Caron fostered an unhealthy work environment on Bull. Actor Freddy Rodriguez also departed after an investigation.

CBS said in a statement:  “For six seasons, Bull has established itself as a ratings winner with its fresh take on the judicial process never before seen on television. We extend our thanks to the talented cast, Michael Weatherly, Geneva Carr, Yara Martinez, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Christopher Jackson, MacKenzie Meehan, the incredible creative team led by Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard, and our hard-working crew, for bringing to life these innovative stories. We also thank our loyal viewers and look forward to providing them with a final run of compelling episodes filled with the humor, intelligence and twists that have made the drama a fan favorite.”

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Broadway actor James Snyder fired from ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ over misconduct complaint

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ star James Snyder, who held the title role in the show, was fired from the Broadway production following a complaint about his conduct.  Snyder’s co-star Diane Davis filed the complaint about his conduct on Nov. 19, leading to the production launching an independent investigation by a third party. Snyder will not return following the investigation and his contract has been terminated.

The exact nature of Snyder’s conduct is unknown.   The producers said in a statement: “We are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive workplace, which is why we have robust workplace policies and procedures in place for all those involved in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  This includes struct prohibitions against harassment in any form, as well as channels through which any employee can report conduct that they believe is inappropriate. We will continue to do all we can to ensure the extremely talented team that brings this production to life feels safe, empowered and fully supported.”

Snyder has also starred in Broadway productions of Cry-Baby, If/Then and In Transit, and has appeared on television in The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Cold Case, Rizzoli & Isles and more.

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Michael Madsen’s son Hudson dies by suicide at age 26

Hudson Madsen, the 26-year-old son of actor Michael Madsen, has died by suicide.The family confirmed Hudson’s death in a statement reading: “We are heartbroken and overwhelmed with grief and pain at the loss of Hudson. His memory and light will be remembered by all who knew and loved him. We ask for privacy and respect during this difficult time.”

Hudson died of a gunshot wound to the head in a suspected suicide on the island of Oahu, a spokesperson for the Honolulu Medical Examiner confirmed. Hudson lived in Hawaii with his wife Carlie, having moved to the island of Oahu in 2019. He was the oldest of Michael’s three children with wife DeAnna Madsen. The couple also shares sons Calvin and Luke. Michael is also the father of two older sons, Christian and Max, whom he shares with ex Jeannine Bisignano.

Michael Masden 64, is a long-time collaborator with film director Quentin Tarantino, who is also a personal friend. Tarantino is the godfather of both Hudson and Calvin. Masden has appeared in several of Tarantino’s films, including Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2.

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Chelsea Handler’s memoir ‘Life Will Be The Death Of Me’ to be made into new comedy series at Peacock

Chelsea Handler is set to star in a brand new comedy series at Peacock, based on her memoir, “Life Will Be the Death of Me”, which was released in 2019.

Handler will star in the half-hour show, as well as executive produce with Liz Tuccillo of Chelsea Handler Productions.  The show will ‘center on Chelsea in crisis. She goes into therapy to become a nicer and less entitled person. Mayhem and calamity ensue as she overcorrects, stumbles, regresses, and loses her marbles on her journey to self-improvement.’   Exec producers also include Annapurna Pictures’ Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison, Chelsea Handler Productions’ Molly Burke with Jackie Sosa as co-exec producer.

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Take a look at the teaser photos for Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2

Netflix gave fans a sneak peek at Season 2 of Bridgerton by releasing eight new teaser photos on Twitter of what is coming up on the series’ upcoming sophomore season.

One photo shows Kate (Simone Ashley) and Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) having a romantic moment on the dance floor.  Another photo has Kate shown with her sister, Edwina (Charithra Chandran), while Anthony is shown fencing with his brothers and having a talk with his sister, Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor).

Other teasers include pictures featuring Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuval) reading Lady Whistledown, Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) and Eloise (Claudia Jessie) in conversation, and the Featherington women dressed in formal attire.

Season 2 of Bridgerton will premiere Friday, March 25 on Netflix.

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Regina King mourns the loss of her son, musician Ian Alexander Jr., who died by suicide at age 26

Regina King is mourning the loss of her son, musician Ian Alexander Jr., who died by suicide at age 26.  A statement from King read:  “Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time.”

Ian had just celebrated his 26th birthday last WednesdayHe was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.  Alexander Jr. was an up-and-coming musician and DJ, who performed as “Desduné” according to his Instagram page. He had released a new single, “Green Eyes,” on Jan. 7 and had performances scheduled in Los Angeles later this month, including at Avalon Hollywood’s Breaking Sound event on Jan. 28.

The 51-year-old King and her son were extremely close and even had matching tattoos together that read “unconditional love” in Aramaic.  The mother and son often attended red carpet events together. King previously told People that her bond with her son meant everything to her:  “You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling [thing] ever.”  On her 50th birthday last year, Ian wrote a heartfelt tribute to his mother, sharing in an Instagram post: “To have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable.”

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Katy Perry to serve as musical guest with Willem Dafoe as host for January 29th edition of “Saturday Night Live”

NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ has announced that Katy Perry will serve as the musical guest on the January 29 edition of the long-running late night show, with Willem Dafoe making his hosting debut.

The Jan. 29 show will mark Perry’s fourth time appearing on “SNL” as a musical guest. Perry is currently headlining her first Las Vegas residency, titled ‘Katy Perry: Play,’ at the Theatre at Resorts World Last Vegas, which currently runs through March. Dafoe is currently on the big screen reprising his role as Green Goblin in the film “Spider Man: No Way Home”.

SNL also recently announced that SNL alum Will Forte will return to make his hosting debut on Jan. 22, with Måneskin serving as musical guest.

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