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Dabney Coleman, '9 to 5' and 'Tootsie' star, dead at 92

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Dabney Coleman, best known for his role as the sexist boss of Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's characters in the 1980 hit 9 to 5, has died. His daughter Quincy Coleman said in a statement to ABC News that he died Thursday, May 16, at age 92, at his home in Santa Monica, surrounded by family.

"My father crafted his time here on earth with a curious mind, a generous heart, and a soul on fire with passion, desire and humor that tickled the funny bone of humanity," she continued. "As he lived, he moved through this final act of his life with elegance, excellence and mastery."

The statement concluded, "...Dabney Coleman is a gift and blessing in life and in death as his spirit will shine through his work, his loved ones and his legacy...eternally."

Coleman's early roles included parts in The Towering Inferno and TV shows like That Girl, The Fugitive, Bonanza and Columbo. He also starred as Fernwood mayor Merle Jeeter in the soap opera satire Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. But he finally broke through in 9 to 5 as Franklin Hart, the boss who mistreats his female underlings until they get their revenge on him. In 1982, he starred in Tootsie as  the sexist director of the soap opera in which Dustin Hoffman's character is cast.

Coleman's other film roles included 1979's North Dallas Forty, 1981's On Golden Pond, 1983's WarGames, 1984's Cloak and Dagger, 1984's The Muppets Take Manhattan, 1998's You've Got Mail and two big-screen remakes of classic TV shows: 1987's Dragnet and 1993's The Beverly Hillbillies.

On TV, Coleman won an Emmy for the 1987 TV movie Sworn to Silence and was nominated for his starring role as the title character in the sitcom Buffalo Bill.  He also starred in the TV series The Slap Maxwell Story, appeared in HBO's Boardwalk Empire for two seasons, and had a guest role as the father of Kevin Costner's character in Yellowstone.

Coleman is survived by his sister, four children and five grandchildren.

Lily Tomlin's official X page posted a photo of Tomlin and Coleman together onscreen in 9 to 5, with the caption, "We just loved him."

 

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Laura Dern, Margaret Qualley to star in series adaptation of 'Forever, Interrupted'

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Laura Dern and Margaret Qualley are joining forces to star in a limited series adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling novel Forever, Interrupted.

Both actresses will executive produce the project, which comes from A24 and will stream on Netflix, Deadline reports.

Forever, Interrupted follows Elsie, played by Qualley, and her whirlwind romance with Ben. The couple fell in love fast and married within months of meeting one another. After Ben’s unexpected death, Elsie must face her mother-in-law Susan, played by Dern, who had no idea Elsie existed.

The story will be told through a dual timeline, going between the epic love story and Elsie and Susan’s connection.

This marks the second time a limited series adaptation has come from one of Jenkins Reid's novels – the first was the 2023 Prime Video show Daisy Jones & the Six.

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'Young Sheldon' goes out with a big bang: series finale hits four-year audience high

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It’s no theory – Young Sheldon went out with a big bang.

The Big Bang Theory spin-off show finished its seven-season run on Thursday with a two-episode finale that reached 8.95 million viewers, according to live and same-day Nielsen data.

Not only does this make Young Sheldon’s series finale the top broadcast program of that night, it's also the most-watched episode of the show in four years, after the season 3 finale back in April 2020.

“I always wondered what this day would feel like and now it’s here!” Iain Armitage, who played young Sheldon Cooper, wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “Thank you for a wonderful ride. I will miss everyone so much and I want you to know that it’s been an honor to play this part, and it’s been a joy to work with people I love so much.”

While the finale wrapped things up for Armitage’s Sheldon, the Big Bang universe will continue with the upcoming spin-off of this prequel series, Georgie & Mandy’s First Marriage, which airs its first episode September 1 on CBS.

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Chris Pratt mourns the death of his stunt double Tony McFarr

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Chris Pratt took to Instagram to mourn the death of his longtime stunt double Tony McFarr in a Story shared on Friday.

McFarr, a professional stuntman best known for doubling Pratt in both the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World franchises, died in Florida on May 13 at age 47, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Devastated to hear about the loss of my friend and former stunt double Tony McFarr,” Pratt wrote. “We did several movies together. We golfed, drank whiskey, smoked cigars, and spent endless hours on set. I’ll never forget his toughness.”

Pratt continued by sharing a story from his time working with McFarr on the second Guardians of the Galaxy film.

“I remember he took a nasty shot to the head (in the title sequence of Guardians 2) and got several staples in his head – he came right back to work ready to go again,” Pratt wrote. “He was an absolute stud. He was always a gentleman and professional. He’ll be missed. My prayers go out to his friends and family, especially his daughter.”

In addition to the statement, Pratt shared several photos of him and McFarr together while wearing matching costumes on set.

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Francis Ford Coppola slams studio system at 'Megalopolis' press conference

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One day after premiering his passion project Megalopolis at the Cannes Film Festival, director Francis Ford Coppola gave his thoughts on the state of the current studio system.

During a press conference on Friday, May 17, Coppola said he feels like the studio system may not be around for much longer.

“I fear that the film industry has become more of a matter of people being hired to meet their debt obligations because the studios are in great, great debt. And the job is not so much to make good movies, the job is to make sure they pay their debt obligations,” Coppola answered a question from Variety.

“Obviously, new companies like Amazon and Apple and Microsoft, they have plenty of money, so it might be that the studios we knew for so long, some wonderful ones, are not to be here in the future anymore,” Coppola continued.

Megalopolis premiered Thursday, May 16, where it received a seven-minute-long standing ovation. The film, which stars Adam Driver, Shia LaBeouf, Aubrey Plaza and Giancarlo Esposito, has yet to find distribution in the U.S., though it has guaranteed an Imax run.

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Reality Roundup: Clay from 'LIB' has a new lady, 'RHOA' reveals new cast and more

Have no fear, your reality roundup is here! Here's a look at what happened in the world of reality television this week:

Love Is Blind (Netflix) 
Clay from Love Is Blind season 6 has moved on from AD, but his mom doesn’t approve of his new lady friend. This week he went social media official with OnlyFans model Celina Powell. His mom, Margarita Gravesande, expressed her disapproval on her Instagram Story. "I didn't know who CP was until everyone started sending me her YouTube information," she wrote in part, along with a vomiting emoji. "It's very interesting that some men will lose everything thinking that the apple is good but it's a forbidden choice (do better)." Clay reposted his mom’s message, writing, "Heard you Mom. My apologies."

The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo)
Season 16 has revealed its cast. Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore and Drew Sidora will be returning and will be joined by new cast members Shamea Morton Mwangi, Brittany Eady, Kelli Ferrell and Angela Oakley. Cynthia Bailey will also return as a friend of the cast. Production on the new season begins in May, with a premiere set for 2025.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo)
After Dorit Kemsley announced her separation from husband Paul "PK" Kemsley on May 9, fellow Bravo stars are weighing in. Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen disputed rumors that the split was just a publicity stunt and said he was sad for the couple. Dorit’s former co-star and ex-BFF Lisa Vanderpump also expressed her sympathy for the couple. "I feel for anybody that's got young children," she told E! News. "It's not just the relationship, is it? It's everything that's displaced."

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here's a look at some of the new movies and TV shows streaming this weekend:

Hulu
The Killing Kind: A lawyer is stalked by the man she once defended in the drama series.

Netflix
Bridgerton: After two long years, there are finally new episodes of the romance series. Watch Colin and Penelope's love story unfold in part 1 of season 3.

Power: Learn how American policing has grown in size and scale in the documentary film.

Prime Video
Outer Range: Solve the mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness in season 2.

Apple TV+
The Big Cigar: Watch the true story of Huey P. Newton’s escape to Cuba in the new series.

Paramount+
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Eight iconic queens return to compete in season 9 of the reality series.

That’s all for this week’s Weekend Watchlist – happy streaming!

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In brief: 'Five Nights at Freddy’s 2' gets release date, 'Never Let Go' trailer released and more

Universal has set December 5, 2025, as the release date for Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, the horror sequel that centered on a new night watchman for a haunted family pizza restaurant, according to Variety. The studio also announced it has changed the release dates for a couple of other highly anticipated sequels. M3GAN 2.0, the sequel to the 2022 AI robot doll-gone-wrong thriller starring Allison Williams, moves from May 16, 2025, to June 27, 2025; and The Black Phone 2, the 2022 thriller about a boy locked in a basement who receives phone calls from the killer's previous victims, moves from June 27, 2025, to October 17, 2025 ...

Lionsgate has dropped the official trailer for Never Let Go, the psychological thriller starring Halle Berry as a mother whose only hope of saving herself and the lives of her twin sons from an evil taking over the world is to stay connected — literally and figuratively — at all times. Percy Daggs IV and Anthony B. Jenkins also star. A release date has yet to be announced ...

FX, Hulu and the estate of James Clavell — the author of the novel the epic series Shōgun is based on — have teamed up to develop more seasons of the show. The series, set in Japan in the year 1600, at the dawn of a century-defining civil war, features a primarily Japanese cast, including co-producer Hiroyuki Sanada from Avengers: Endgame and Bullet Train, Anna Sawai and Hiroto Kanai. Shōgun has become FX’s most-watched show ever based on global hours streamed, according to FX. All 10 episodes of Shōgun, which concluded on April 23, are available to stream on Hulu ...

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'Back to Black' star, director on telling Amy Winehouse’s complex life story

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The new musical biopic Back to Black tells the story of Grammy winner Amy Winehouse’s life.

Marisa Abela plays the beloved jazz singer in the film, and she tells ABC Audio Winehouse’s music has always loomed large in her life.

“I was so aware of her and her music,” Abela said. “But as a 10-year-old, you don't know what you're singing when you're singing ‘Tears Dry on Their Own’ or ‘Love is a Losing Game.’”

While she’s always been a fan, Abela said preparing for the film gave her a better picture of who Winehouse truly was.

“As a grown woman, to come back and revisit her music — not just as an artist and as a singer, but as a songwriter,” Abela said. “The person that took all of these experiences in life and, like, squished them into these songs that will live forever as some of the most vulnerable and authentic pieces of storytelling that there are, just creates a sort of new level of admiration for Amy as an artist.”

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson said she hopes the film conveys just how complex Winehouse truly was.

“I felt like she'd just become this tragic figure, and I wanted to really go back to the music and go into the lyrics and understand really how deeply she felt everything and the pain and the love,” Taylor-Johnson said.

Taylor-Johnson also hopes to have honored Winehouse’s legacy.

“It's tough making a film about somebody real. But also, my feeling was to uphold and celebrate her without judgment,” Taylor-Johnson said.

Black to Black is available to watch in movie theaters everywhere on Friday, May 17.

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Blake Lively is Lily Bloom in first trailer for 'It Ends with Us'

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The trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Colleen Hoover's bestselling novel It Ends with Us, starring Blake Lively, has arrived.

In the Justin Baldoni-directed film, arriving in theaters August 9, Lively plays Lily Bloom, a young woman who has dealt with a traumatic upbringing, and is now starting a new life and business opening a flower shop in Boston.

She meets Ryle Kincaid (Baldoni), a neurosurgeon, and the two quickly fall for each other.

The trailer gives a glimpse of their characters falling in love, set to Taylor Swift's "my tears ricochet," before showing how Ryle's abuse impacts their relationship.

"Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything,” Lily says in the trailer.

Hoover has previously said the book, which touches largely on domestic abuse, was inspired by her mother's own escape from abuse.

"If one day you had a daughter, what would you say to her — if she came to you and she said the person she loved was hurting her?" Lily asks Ryle in the trailer. "What would you say to her?"

The trailer also shows Lily reuniting with her childhood love Atlas Corrigan (Brandon Sklenar) and seeking support from him. It also flashes back to scenes of them when they were younger.

The cast of It Ends With Us includes Jenny Slate, Hasan Minhaj and Amy Morton.

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Olivia Munn speaks on her breast cancer journey in first TV interview since surgeries

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Olivia Munn is opening up in her first TV interview since revealing her most recent surgeries as part of her breast cancer journey.

"You never know what's going on in someone's life ... privately, people are battling things that you'd never know," Munn told Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan.

Munn said she is speaking out and sharing more of her personal experience in hopes that her story will help others.

The actress opened up about her private health battle on social media in March when she revealed she had been unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Munn told Strahan when she first heard the word "cancer," she immediately thought of her son, Malcolm, whom she shares with her partner, John Mulaney.

"I just thought of my baby," Munn said. "You know, cancer is the -- that's the word you don't wanna hear. There's a lot of other things that you feel like you can beat. But you know, cancer takes down a lot of people. And I just thought about my baby."

Munn said she was diagnosed with stage 1 aggressive Luminal B breast cancer in both breasts in April 2023.

"They said that if I was extremely aggressive, that I could fight this and win," Munn said. "But, at the same time, once they started finding all of these little spots in my breasts like, 'Oh, there's another tumor. There's another tumor,' there was such an urgency to it because we had to get in and make some really big decisions."

Munn underwent a double mastectomy 30 days after receiving her breast cancer diagnosis. She shared an emotional video of her with her doctor before surgery.

"Do it for him, do it for your baby," her doctor tells her in the clip, before Munn says, "I'm ready."

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Adam Driver reteams with Jim Jarmusch for new film with Cate Blanchett

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Adam Driver is reteaming with Jim Jarmusch for his upcoming film Father Mother Sister Brother.

The news, first reported by Variety, marks the third collaboration between the actor and the filmmaker. Driver previously starred in Jarmusch's films Paterson and The Dead Don’t Die.

Driver joins a star-studded cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Vicky Krieps, Mayim Bialik, Tom Waits, Charlotte Rampling, Indya Moore and Luka Sabbat.

The film, which is a triptych, follows three separate stories: “Father,” “Mother” and “Brother Sister.” Each story takes place in a different country. The film revolves around adult children and their relationships with their distant parents and siblings.

The “Father” section is set in the northeastern coast of the U.S., and the “Mother” section takes place in Dublin, Ireland, while “Sister Brother” is set in Paris, France.

The film’s official description calls Father Mother Sister Brother a “comedy interwoven with threads of melancholy,” also saying it is “quiet, observational and non-judgmental.”

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Glen Powell’s parents troll him on red carpet at 'Hit Man' premiere

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Our parents tend to be our biggest fans, but in the case of Glen Powell, his prefer to keep him humble.

While on the red carpet for the premiere of his new film, Hit Man, on Wednesday, May 15, Powell posed for pictures in front of his parents, who both held up playfully trolling signs behind him.

His mom, Cyndy Powell, held up a sign that read, “STOP TRYING TO MAKE GLEN POWELL HAPPEN,” while his dad, Glen Powell Sr., carried a sign that read, “IT’S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN.”

Powell made sure to give his reaction to his parents’ prank, which he described as coming from the mean tweets they’d read about him.

“Well, my family — always my mom and my dad — are known for kind of trolling me a bit," Powell told Entertainment Tonight. "I don't read tweets, but my parents read tweets — so if you're talking s***, know that my parents are reading those tweets.”

So, how did Powell really feel about all the trolling?

“They thought that was going to be a funny idea, so I loved it," Powell continued. "Even though they troll me, they support me in every in every way.”

Hit Man’s director Richard Linklater also showed support for the actor. He declared that this will be a big year for Powell, who also stars in the upcoming summer release Twisters.

“It's Glen's night, it's Glen's summer it seems,” Linklater said. “Might be the year of Glen.”

Hit Man will have a limited theatrical release starting May 24. It streams Friday, June 7, on Netflix.

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Nicola Coughlan on friends-to-lovers romance in 'Bridgerton' season 3

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Dearest reader, Bridgerton season 3 is finally here.

The new season of the popular Shonda Rhimes show arrived Thursday, May 16, on Netflix. It centers on the romance between Nicola Coughlan's Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton's Colin Bridgerton.

In an interview with Good Morning America ahead of the new season, Coughlan and Newton said they were excited to explore Penelope and Colin's friends-to-lovers arc.

"They really have built a foundation of friendship, which sets them up for better or for worse in the future," Newton said. "Ultimately, it's something that really connects them -- the history of the two characters."

The new season picks up after season 2 dramatically culminated with Penelope overhearing Colin tell friends he'd never "dream of courting" her.

Coughlan said she was interested in delving into the shifting power dynamic between the two in the upcoming season.

"I was excited to explore her and Colin's relationship when they were finally on an even playing field, because they never have been before," she said. "That's a lot to do with Pen just idolizing Colin and putting him on way too much of a pedestal."

Following last season, Coughlan said she was "excited for [Penelope] to then not think of him in that way and to give him hell for what he said about her."

While Coughlan said Penelope's and Colin's relationship "never goes back to what it was," she shared how it serves as a catalyst for change for Penelope, who embarks on her own path this season and is determined to find a husband.

"That's a wonderful thing," she said. "Sometimes, if you can break out of patterns you have with people and go, 'This is who I am now, and I'm not gonna be treated like that' -- that's really empowering."

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In Brief: '3 Body Problem' renewed, Natasha Lyonne joins 'Fantastic Four,' and more

Netflix has ordered more episodes of the sci-fi drama 3 Body Problem, Variety reports. “We’re thrilled that we get to tell this story through to its epic conclusion,” series creators David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo said in a statement. “Ever since we read the last page of Cixin Liu’s magnificent trilogy, we hoped we’d be able to bring the audience to the end of the universe with us. Here we go!” The exact number of new episodes and when they'll air will be revealed at a later date ...

Poker Face and Russian Doll actress Natasha Lyonne is the latest addition to the cast of Marvel's Fantastic Four reboot, according to Variety. She joins Pedro Pascal, who plays Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm/the Invisible Woman, Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm/the Human Torch, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm/the Thing and Julia Garner as Shalla-Bal, a version of the iconic Silver Surfer. Ralph Ineson has also been announced as Galactus. Lyonne's role, like that of other recent additions Paul Walter Hauser and John Malkovich, has not been revealed ...

Will Ferrell is heading for the small screen in the Netflix comedy series GOLF, alongside co-star and co-creator Ramy Youssef, according to Deadline. Ferrel, an avid golfer, will reportedly play a fictional golf legend. Ramy's roll has not been revealed. Ferrel will next be heard voicing Gru’s new nemesis Maxime Le Mal in Despicable Me 4, opening July 3 ...

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