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'Laverne & Shirley' star Cindy Williams dead at 75

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Cindy Williams, who played the perky but straitlaced Shirley Feeney on TV's Happy Days and its spinoff, Laverne & Shirley, has died. She was 75.

In a statement provided to ABC News, her children Emily and Zak said via a spokesperson, "The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed. Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege."

The statement continued, "She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved...May that laughter continue in everyone, because she would want that. Thank you for loving our Mom, she loved you too."

While Williams also starred in classic films like George Lucas' American Graffiti and Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, she was best known for her role as Shirley opposite Penny Marshall's Laverne.  The two characters were introduced on an episode of Happy Days, and were then spun off into their own series, which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983.

The show, which began with the women working as bottle cappers in a Milwaukee brewery in the 1950s and ended with the gang living in Burbank, CA in 1967, was the most-watched TV series in America during its third season. It was nominated for several Golden Globes and an Emmy, and also spun off a short-lived Saturday morning cartoon.

After Laverne & Shirley, Williams appeared in two other sitcoms -- Normal Life and Getting By -- and guest-starred on numerous series, from Law & Order: SVU to 8 Simple Rules. She also appeared on Broadway and did national tours of shows like Grease and Deathtrap. 

Williams and Marshall reunited onscreen in a 2013 episode of Ariana Grande's Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat. In 2015, Williams published her memoir Shirley, I Jest!

Williams' death leaves Michael McKean, who played the girls' neighbor Lenny, as the sole remaining main cast member of the beloved sitcom. Marshall died in 2018, while David Lander, who played Lenny's best friend and roommate Squiggy, died in 2020.  Eddie Mekka, who played Shirley's boyfriend Carmine Ragusa, died in 2021.

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AMC Theatres slashing prices to $5 for 'Wakanda Forever', 'Devotion' and more for Black History Month

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AMC Theatres has announced it is dropping ticket prices to $5 to celebrate diversity on the big screen during Black History Month. From February 3 to March 2, more than 200 AMC locations will screen various films as part of the initiative.

February 3-9 will see the acclaimed historic movie Till starring Danielle Deadwyler playing at AMC theaters; the week of February 10-16 will play the Korean War film Devotion starring Jonathan Majors; February 17-23 will be Oscar winner Viola Davis in The Woman King; and the final week, February 24 to March 2, will be Oscar nominee Angela Bassett and company in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

In a press release, Elizabeth Frank, AMC’s executive vice president of worldwide programming and chief content officer, noted the $5 movie offering is part of the company's "long-standing commitment and track record of inclusive programming and initiatives that highlight diverse, creative talent behind the camera and on the big screen."

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Eddie Murphy says he'd reprise Donkey in 'Shrek' in "two seconds"

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Eddie Murphy currently stars in the well-reviewed comedy You People on Netflix, but if he had his druthers, he'd make another Shrek movie, too.

Murphy voiced the green ogre's buddy Donkey in four Shrek movies, and Eddie tells eTalk it would take him "two seconds" to say yes to a fifth.

"Oh, I'd absolutely be open," Murphy said. "If they ever came with another Shrek I'd do it in two seconds. I love Donkey."

He also shaded his cartoon co-star's spinoff, saying, "They're doing Puss in Boots movies. I was like, 'They shoulda done a Donkey movie. He's funnier than Puss in Boots,'" he said with a laugh. "I mean I love Puss in Boots, but he ain't funnier than a donkey."

Murphy continued, "I'd do a Donkey movie, I'd do another Shrek in two seconds."

He then reached out to DreamWorks Animation directly, saying, "DreamWorks, if you y'all wanna do it, just call me. I'm just sitting and ready to do Donkey."

In the same interview, Eddie also took issue with Martin Lawrence, who recently told Jimmy Kimmel that his daughter Jasmine is dating Eddie's son Eric and he's going to make Eddie pay for the wedding if they get married.

"No, no, no, no, no," Eddie insisted with a smile about his Life co-star. "That's not how it goes. Because my daughter just got married, and I had to pay, I really had to pay. And you have to do the same, Martin. Don't try to switch it up ... You paying for the wedding. If it goes down, Martin is paying, and the wedding better be wonderful."

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Priscilla Presley contesting daughter Lisa Marie Presley's will

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Priscilla Presley has contested her daughter's will following Lisa Marie Presley's death earlier this month, according to newly filed court documents that cite, among other reasons, a mismatched signature.

The documents, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, questioned the validity of an amendment that replaced Priscilla and Lisa Marie's former business manager, Barry Siegel, as co-trustees of a revocable living trust with her children Riley and Benjamin Keough.

Benjamin died in 2020, leaving Riley as the sole trustee, according to the adjustment Lisa Marie made in 2016, which her mother is now challenging.

"There are many issues surrounding the authenticity and validity of the purported 2016 amendment," Priscilla’s court filing said, citing, among other things, the signature.

"Lisa Marie Presley’s signature appears inconsistent with her usual and customary signature; and the purported 2016 amendment was neither witnessed nor notarized."

Priscilla asked the court to declare the change made by her daughter invalid, restoring her as a trustee.

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Paul Shaffer and longtime 'Late Show' band reuniting to sub for The Roots on 'The Tonight Show'

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Paul Shaffer and The World's Most Dangerous Band are reuniting for one night only on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ABC Audio has confirmed.

The band, which played for Late Night with David Letterman from 1982 to 1993, was legally forced to rebrand to The CBS Orchestra when Letterman moved to CBS as Late Show with David Letterman. Shaffer and company will play under their original moniker on February 3, when Fallon's in-house band, The Roots, is in Los Angeles for the 2023 Grammy Awards.

In a statement, Fallon noted, "Paul Shaffer is one of the most important musical figures in late night history. From SNL to Letterman, he's done it all. I'm beyond honored and excited that they're getting the band back together."

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Even the show's creators still can't believe they got Harrison Ford for Apple TV+ comedy 'Shrinking'

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) In a chat about their new Apple TV+ comedy Shrinking, co-creators Bill Lawrence, Jason Segel and Ted Lasso Emmy winner Brett Goldstein shared with The Hollywood Reporter how even they were surprised they got Harrison Ford to co-star.

Lawrence, who produces Ted Lasso and was a veteran of shows including Scrubs, noted, "I used to feel so rejected all the time that when you'd reach out to somebody you idolized or admired and it was a no, and sometimes it was a 'F*** no.' It hurt." He added, "Here, the only real thing for me was how ill-prepared I was to get anything but a no from Harrison Ford."

Goldstein told the trade, "I think it was like a joke. Like, 'Obviously not Harrison Ford, but someone like Harrison Ford.'"

It was Goldstein who managed to snatch the big-screen idol, famous, of course, for playing an idol-snatching character of his own. "I was in London and he was filming Indiana Jones, and I suddenly get a missed call, 'Hey, it's Harrison Ford,'" the actor explains. "I was like, 'What the f*** is happening?' I went to his apartment to discuss it. And the discussion was very, very quick because he wanted to do it. I thought I'd be there to convince him. Nope."

Goldstein admits it was a nerve-wracking moment. "Oh yeah, I'm going to meet Indiana F***ing Jones. And he was so lovely."

"He wasn't a diva. And when I met him, he had thoughts about how the character dressed ... It wasn't all just, 'How do I shine?'"

Segel adds, "He does something really amazing from the moment he arrives, which is he makes you feel like a peer. He breaks down that 'you're supposed to be in awe' thing real fast."

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Phoebe Dynevor says she's "sadly" not in 'Bridgerton' season 3


One of the biggest stars of Bridgerton will not be returning for the show's anticipated third season. Phoebe Dynevor played Daphne Bridgerton in the show, famously the love interest of Regé-Jean Page's dashing Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset.

However, on the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday, she told Screen Rant that she's "sadly not in season 3."

Dynevor added, "Potentially in the future, but yeah, season 3, I'm just excited to watch as a viewer."

The English actress also said to Variety, "I did my two seasons. I've done what I wanted to do with that character, and she had a great arc. If they ask me back in the future, who knows?"

Dynevor's role was moved to a supporting one in Bridgerton's sophomore frame, as the storyline centered on Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) search for love and his eventual relationship with Simone Ashley's Kate Sharma.

Netflix has yet to reveal a release date for the hit show's third season.

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Academy voters, Christina Ricci sound off on Best Actress Oscar nomination controversy


On Friday, the movie To Leslie became the talk of Hollywood, for all the wrong reasons. While the Motion Picture Academy didn't mention the film or its star, Andrea Riseborough, many suspected her surprise nomination in the Best Actress category is what prompted the Academy to conduct a "review" of this year's nomination campaigns.

At issue are the rules the Oscars have for lobbying voters for nominations. Generally, it's done in pricey ad campaigns, which, truth told, many bristle at anyway. But when the low-budget To Leslie, which only made around $27,000 in theaters, scored a nom, eyebrows were raised.

Instead of the traditional ads, Variety reports Private Parts actress Mary McCormack, the wife of To Leslie's director, Michael Morris, reached out to her celebrity friends in a grassroots campaign to tout the film. That resulted in praises on social media from the likes of Edward Norton and other stars.

Violating the lobbying rules could result in an actor's nomination being rescinded, but many voters who spoke to Variety anonymously don't think that's going to happen. "Was her campaign aggressive? Absolutely," said one of Riseborough. "She wanted it, but they all do. Meryl [Streep] does, and Cate [Blanchett] does ... The Academy won’t punish her. They can't, or they have to punish all of us."

Another opined, "Nothing will happen ... If they let Will Smith keep his Oscar, taking [her nomination] away would be unimaginably stupid on their part."

Christina Ricci also sounded off on the controversy. In a now-deleted Instagram post quoted by Deadline, Ricci called it elitist, suggesting Riseborough's "brilliant" performance will be "tainted" by it.

"So it's only the films and actors that can afford the campaigns that deserve recognition?" she asked. "Feels elitist and exclusive and frankly very backward to me," she said in part.

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Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek dish on their on-camera chemistry in 'Magic Mike's Last Dance'

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Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek are opening up about their upcoming film, Magic Mike’s Last Dance.

In an interview with ABC News’ Janai Norman for Good Morning America, the two stars dished on what it was like working together in some of the film’s steamy scenes and the chemistry they shared on camera.

"There was chemistry," Hayek said. "You can't fabricate it — you can't. The camera decides what couples work and [do] not work."

"We got really lucky that we just liked each other and, like, kind of just figured out what to do in this scene, because those scenes, yes, they are incredibly sexy, but also they're very technical," Tatum added. "And then once you figure it out, kind of let it go and just, like, be with each other."

This is Tatum’s last time playing Mike Lane in the franchise. The actor starred in the first film 10 years ago alongside Matthew McConaughey, who played a strip club owner named Dallas and a mentor of sorts to Tatum’s titular character.

The series is inspired by Tatum's experiences as a male stripper in Tampa, Florida, when he was 18 years old.

The first film premiered in 2012; producer/star Tatum said he and the filmmakers on the project didn’t expect the films to become what they are today.

"We didn’t have any intention for these movies to be what they became," Tatum said. "I just wanted to tell a little, small story of, like, a little, tiny experience of my life. And so I don’t know. I don’t really see it as, like, an ending, I guess really. But I’m definitely not going to be Magic Mike anymore. I can tell that clearly."

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Organization expert Marie Kondo has "given up" on tidying up after having third child


Marie Kondo has been rethinking what sparks joy in her life, and has discovered what millions of parents already know: Kids are really messy.

The decluttering guru first rose to fame when her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was published in the U.S. in 2014. Her handiwork was later spun off into a Netflix show, 2019's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

However, she recently talked about how she has been prioritizing her three children over the worries of constantly tidying up.

"My home is messy, but the way I am spending my time is the right way for me at this time at this stage of my life," Kondo said, via an interpreter, at a recent event, as reported by the Washington Post.

"Up until now, I was a professional tidier, so I did my best to keep my home tidy at all times," she also said. "I have kind of given up on that in a good way for me. Now I realize what is important to me is enjoying spending time with my children at home."

Kondo, 38, and husband Takumi Kawahara welcomed their third child, a son, in 2021. The couple, who married in 2012, also share two daughters.

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In Brief: 'Boogeyman' trailer debuts; original Wednesday Addams dies, and more

The first trailer for 20th Century Studios' adaptation of Stephen King's short story The Boogeyman dropped on Sunday. The horror-thriller follows a high school student and her younger sister who are mourning the recent death of their mother, with little support from their father, a therapist who's dealing with his own pain. When one of his patients pays a surprise visit to their home, he leaves behind a supernatural being that preys on the suffering of people. Sophie Thatcher and Chris Messina star, alongside Vivien Lyra Blair, Marin Ireland, Madison Hu, LisaGay Hamilton and David Dastmalchian. The Boogeyman opens June 2, 2023, exclusively in theaters nationwide...

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is prepping an Amazon TV series based on the popular video game-turned-action movie franchise Tomb Raider. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Fleabag creator and star is attached to write the scripts for Tomb Raider. Waller-Bridge does not plan to star in the TV adaptation. Tomb Raider is Waller-Bridge's latest project in the works at Amazon. She's also developing an adaptation of Claudia Lux’s book Sign Here...

Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston are the next a-list stars set to team up for a new film. Variety reports the two actresses will star in an upcoming feature comedy from Palm Springs filmmaker Max Barbakowwill that will see the two actresses swapping bodies. No further details are available at this time. The film follows the surprise success of other star-driven comedies, including Ticket to Paradise with Roberts and George Clooney, and The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum...

Annie Wersching, the actress best known for her roles as Renee Walker in the Fox TV drama 24, and Julia Brasher on Amazon's studios' Bosch, died from cancer on Sunday morning in Los Angeles, a rep for the actress told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 45. Wersching, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2020, most recently had a series of recurring roles on Star Trek: Picard, where she played the Borg Queen, as well as The Rookie, where she appeared as Rosalind Dyer, a murderer who escapes prison. Wershing's other roles included Leslie Dean, the mother of alien superhero Karolina on Marvel’s Runaways, as well as television producer Amelia Joffe in 80 episodes of the daytime soap General Hospital and multi-episode arcs on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and NBC's Timeless...

Lisa Loring, the actress who played Wednesday Addams in ABC's live-action TV adaptation of The Addams Family, died Saturday night at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications from a stroke caused by high blood pressure, her daughter Vanessa Foumberg told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 64. Loring began work on the half-hour The Addams Family comedy series at age 5-and-a-half, able to memorize her lines even before she could read. The Addams Family ran for two seasons, a total of 64 episodes from 1964-66. Almost all of the original cast was reunited in 1977 for the NBC television movie Halloween with the New Addams Family. With Loring’s death, John Astin, who played Gomez Addams, is the last surviving member of the original cast...

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'Avatar: The Way of Water' tops the box office for seventh straight week, passes $2.11 billion globally

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Avatar: The Way of Water continued its reign at #1 at the domestic box office for a seventh consecutive week with an estimated $15.7 million haul. The sequel has collected $2.117 billion globally, moving it into the 4th all-time spot at the worldwide box office, passing Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens' 2.071 billion-dollar gross.

James Cameron has now directed three of the top four highest-grossing films of all time -- The first Avatar at #1, Titanic in third, and now Avatar: The Way of Water in fourth. Second place currently belongs to Avengers: Endgame.

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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish held steady in second place, adding an estimated $10.6 million and bringing its North America gross to $140.8 million.

A Man Called Otto grabbed third place, delivering an estimated $6.8 million, followed by M3GAN in fourth place with an estimated $6.4 million.

Rounding out the top five is the action thriller from India, Pathaan, opening with an estimated $6 million.

The weekend's only other new major release, the sci-fi thriller Infinity Pool, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Cleopatra Coleman, debuted in eighth place, delivering an estimated $2.7 million.

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Michael B. Jordan jokes about Lori Harvey split in 'SNL' monologue, Lil Baby performs "California Breeze" & "Forever"

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Creed III's Michael B. Jordan made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut over the weekend, along with musical guest Lil Baby.

Jordan used part of his monologue to joke about his muchp-ublicized split from model Lori Harvey after more than a year of dating.

After plugging Creed III, which also marks his feature film directing debut, the 35-year-old actor added, "But right after that, I went through my very first public breakup."

"Most people after a breakup are like, 'I'm going to get in better shape.' But I was already in Creed shape!" Jordan continued. "So I had to be like, 'All right, I guess I'll learn a new language.'"

"Anyway, estoy en Raya," he joked, meaning he's on Raya, the dating app.

That led to SNL cast members Chloe FinemanHeidi GardnerEgo Nwodim and Punkie Johnson taking turns trying to land the handsome actor.

The episode also featured a pair of musical performances from Lil Baby, who delivered his Billboard top-10 hits “California Breeze” and “Forever.”

The Atlanta rapper appeared on SNL once before, helping DJ Khaled out with his performance of “You Stay” in 2019.

Creed III hits theaters March 3, 2023.

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'The Watchful Eye' will make you suspect everyone, says cast


The Watchful Eye premieres Monday, and the show's cast is warning viewers it's designed to make you mistrustful of everyone.

The show stars Mariel Molino as Elena, a woman with a spotty past who lies her way into becoming a rich widower's live-in nanny so she can steal the family's priceless jewel. However, she soon suspects she's not the only master liar — and some people may be willing to kill to protect their secrets.

Warren Christie stars as widower Matthew and teased to ABC Audio, "We want everyone to be suspicious of every single person. ... Every character has two sides. Every character has secrets."

He not only wants the show to excite the audience, he hopes the show's twists frustrate viewers in a good way.

Speaking of those twists, Aliyah Royale stars as Ginny and says the show even outwitted her. "I pride myself on being the person who can call a plot line, and I definitely couldn't on this one, unfortunately," she said.

The Watchful Eye includes a few red herrings and Jon Ecker's character, Scott, a detective who's romantically involved with Elena, could be one of them. He praised the show's writers for creating such a misleading aura for his character. 

Molino described the fun she had playing Elena, noting she deliberately acts like a different person around every character. Molino hinted things get interesting when those lines begin to blur.

The Watchful Eye premieres Monday, January 30, at 9 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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The 'Maybe I Do' cast on romantic comedies, marriage and love languages

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The new romantic comedy Maybe I Do, out Friday in limited release, is filled with all-star actors of the genre. Big names like Richard Gere, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon fill out a cast of characters who all feel unfulfilled in their relationships. Gere told ABC Audio the film explores big questions about love and life.

“How, when you’ve only got a few years left, whatever that is, how do you make it meaningful?” Gere said of the film’s main themes. “Can you get closer to what your real, authentic self and impulses are?”

For star Emma Roberts, the appeal was getting to act alongside the famous actors she grew up watching on screen.

“When you think of iconic movies, they’re in most of them,” Roberts said of her co-stars. “So, it was definitely a career highlight to be in the same room as Diane Keaton, because I just love everything she does. And to have her play my mom, I was just, like, could not believe that I got that opportunity.”

Keaton found her character — a kind, dutiful housewife who desires more passion in her life — to be similar to her own mother. In fact, she said that her parents’ relationship influenced her own life.

“I saw that it was complicated,” Keaton said. “I understood that. And that is probably one of the reasons why I don’t know if I could be in a marriage.”

As for Sarandon, she described her own love language as being about acts of service.

“I think it’s a good sign when making them happy brings you joy," Sarandon said. “When you really find yourself thinking of little things every day that enhances someone’s life.”

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