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Fred Willard Remembered By Steve Carell: “The Funniest Person I’ve Ever Worked With”

Fred Willard Remembered By Steve Carell: “The Funniest Person I’ve Ever Worked With”
The posthumous accolades are pouring in for comic actor Fred Willard, whose career spanned 50 years in film, television, stage and nightclubs.

A four-time Emmy nominee, Willard was known for characters who appeared slightly off and outside the norm. But his real-life personal warmth and quick wit made him a Hollywood favorite and kept him working late into his life, with work yet to be seen still to come.

Here are some of the early reactions to his passing:

Fred Willard was the funniest person that I've ever worked with. He was a sweet, wonderful man.

Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) May 16, 2020

Fred Willard could not have been funnier. He was pure joy. And the sweetest person you could ever meet. https://t.co/JoLy6PVd9d

Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) May 16, 2020

Devastated to learn that the great Fred Willard has died. I was honored to have called him a friend. One of the funniest,
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Coffee & Kareem Trailer Teams Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson in Netflix's Wild Cop Comedy

Coffee & Kareem Trailer Teams Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson in Netflix's Wild Cop Comedy
Netflix has released a new red-band trailer for Coffee & Kareem. This is the latest original comedy offering from the streaming service and it comes from director Michael Dowse, with The Office alum Ed Helms in the lead role alongside up-and-comer Terrence Little Gardenhigh in what looks to be a buddy-cop throwback. The company is billing this as "an action-comedy about forging unexpected bonds, one four-letter insult at a time." This trailer certainly speaks to that, as it's loaded with action, laughs and quite a bit of cursing.

The trailer kicks off by previewing the chaos to come, before flashing back to how the mess at this movie's center got started in the first place. Ed Helms character is trying desperately to form a meaningful bond with his girlfriend's son, and it's not exactly going well, to say the very least of it. Unwittingly, they get entangled in some violent drama involving a drug gang,
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Ja’Net DuBois, ‘Good Times’ Actress, Dies at 74

  • Variety
Ja’Net DuBois, ‘Good Times’ Actress, Dies at 74
Ja’Net DuBois, known for her turn as Willona Woods on “Good Times,” was found dead in her Glendale, Calif. home on Tuesday. The Pan African Film Festival, which she co-founded, said she “would be deeply missed.”

Her family told TMZ the actress died unexpectedly in her sleep. She was believed to be 74.

In addition to her role as the Evans family’s neighbor in the ’70s sitcom, she also appeared in a number of notable films and TV programs including “Roots,” Keenan Ivory Wayans’ “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” as Momma Bosley. DuBois was also known for her legendary voice. She composed and sang “Movin’ On Up,” the theme song for “The Jeffersons.” She also voiced the character of Mrs. Avery in “The PJs” as well as Mrs. Patterson in “As Told by Ginger.”

DuBois started her acting career in the 1960s. She starred in
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Esther Scott, ‘Boyz N the Hood’ and ‘Hart of Dixie’ Star, Dies at 66

  • The Wrap
Esther Scott, ‘Boyz N the Hood’ and ‘Hart of Dixie’ Star, Dies at 66
Esther Scott, whose credits include “Boyz N the Hood,” “Hart of Dixie,” “The Help” and “The Geena Davis Show,” has died, Scott’s publicist confirmed to TheWrap. She was 66.

Scott suffered a heart attack on Feb. 11 at her home in Santa Monica, and remained in the hospital until Friday, where she passed away. TMZ was the first to report her death.

Scott’s roles also includes “Encino Man,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “Dreamgirls,” “Pursuit of Happyness” and “The Craft,” and starred on four seasons of the CW’s “Hart of Dixie” as well as on the short-lived series “The Geena Davis Show.” She also appeared in “Melrose Place,” “Full House,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Ellen” and “Sister, Sister.”

Also Read: 'M*A*S*H' Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies at 72

Most recently, Scott starred as Bridget Turner in “The Birth of a Nation,” which was based on the story of Nat Turner, who
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Dreamgirls and Transformers Actress Esther Scott Dies at 66 After Heart Attack

  • PEOPLE.com
Dreamgirls and Transformers Actress Esther Scott Dies at 66 After Heart Attack
Actress Esther Scott died after suffering a heart attack, People confirms. She was 66.

Scott, who starred in Boyz n the Hood, Dreamgirls, Pursuit of Happyness and Transformers, had a heart attack at her Santa Monica home on Feb. 11 and remained in the hospital until she died on Friday surrounded by loved ones. TMZ was the first outlet to report on her death.

Along with movie roles in Encino Man, Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Craft, Scott played next-door neighbor Delma Warner on four seasons of The CW’s Hart of Dixie and Gladys on the short-lived series The Geena Davis Show.
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The Masked Singer Recap: All Keyed Up

The Masked Singer Recap: All Keyed Up
T-Pain — you might remember him as Monster — sits in on the judges’ panel for this week’s Masked Singer. And not even his insistence that Jamie Foxx, a man with whom he recorded a hit song, is not the person underneath Fox’s costume can convince Ken Jeong that the Ray star hasn’t been sneaking around backstage all season. Sigh.

Such is life at the Episode 10 mark of Season 2, when we all basically know who’s who, and it’s just a waiting game until the masks come off. So let’s get this double-episode week of fun (yep,
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Iconic TV Parents From Family Matters, Fresh Prince and More Reunite on GMA3

Iconic TV Parents From Family Matters, Fresh Prince and More Reunite on GMA3
GMA3 kicked off Thanksgiving early on Tuesday, inviting eight beloved ‘90s TV parents into its “living room” for a walk down memory lane.

Jo Marie Payton (Family Matters‘ Harriette Winslow), Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters‘ Carl Winslow), Daphne Reid (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s second Aunt Viv), Tim Reid (Sister, Sister‘s Ray Campbell), Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement‘s Jill Taylor), William Russ (Boy Meets World‘s Alan Matthews), Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains‘ Maggie Seaver) and Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years‘ Jack Arnold) joined hosts Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer for a look back at the shows that made them household names.
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‘Batwoman/Supergirl: World’s Finest Giant #1′ Review

  • Nerdly
Written by Various | Art by Various | Published by DC Comics

For some reason I seem to be reviewing a lot of comics with female leads at the moment. Lois Lane, Mary Jane, Black Canary, the female Doctor (from Doctor Who), and now one of my personal favourites, Supergirl, and Batwoman. Which is nice. It’s nice because there is such a lot of stuff to choose from out there, and female characters are as likely to get chosen as any others. I remember getting laughed at back in the early 1980′s because I read Wonder Woman. Couldn’t understand why, as she was as iconic a character as Superman or Batman but, apparently, because she was a ‘girl’ she didn’t count. How times have changed, albeit after taking a several year detour through the Bad Girl T&a era of the 1990′s, which I’m willing to bet my
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Diahann Carroll, ‘Julia’ and ‘Dynasty’ Star, Dies at 84

  • Variety
Diahann Carroll, ‘Julia’ and ‘Dynasty’ Star, Dies at 84
Singer and Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll, the first African American woman to star in her own TV series, has died at at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. She was 84.

Her daughter, Suzanne Kay, confirmed the news.

Carroll is perhaps best remembered by younger audiences for her role as the conniving Dominique Deveraux on the nighttime soap “Dynasty” in the mid-’80s. But her first major television assignment was starring as the middle-class single mother Julia in a 1968 sitcom that was praised for featuring an African American in the title role — as much as it was criticized for ignoring the civil rights struggle. The series, which ran for three years, was a trailblazer in leading to greater visibility for African American characters on series television.

The actress characterized by svelte cosmopolitan sophistication had come to television via the musical theater. In the early 1960s
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Emmys Announcer Thomas Lennon Fires Back at Jackée Harry’s ‘Because It Sucks’ Critique

  • The Wrap
Emmys Announcer Thomas Lennon Fires Back at Jackée Harry’s ‘Because It Sucks’ Critique
Thomas Lennon’s turn as Emmys announcer wasn’t for everyone and you can count “Sister, Sister” actress Jackée Harry among those who were not into Sunday night’s shtick.

Harry especially didn’t like the part where — after quietly asking if the Emmys were “woke” — Lennon said live on-air, “This is why people don’t do this. Because it sucks.”

“Joking about non-existent female or Poc winners in a category?” Harry wrote on Twitter, tagging Lennon. “Yeah, those jokes suck, Thomas.”

Also Read: Emmys Sink to Record Low in Early Ratings

Here’s what Lennon tweeted in response:

Except that the “sucks” part came after “or is that just something that was Spoke” The joke being the insane rhyme I made with “woke.” Play it back before you misquote me, please. I would do the same for you before I lashed out at you.

Also: non existent? You cut
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How Bet Plans to Carve Out Its Own Space Among Larger Streaming Services

  • The Wrap
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A major media company is set to launch a streaming service in an effort to follow viewers increasingly thumbing their noses at traditional television.

On Thursday, Viacom will launch Bet+, a streaming service centered around the 40-year-old African-American cable network in partnership with Tyler Perry. That comes two months before Apple and Disney jump into the arena, and five months ahead of NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia.

“We really wanted to be thoughtful about meeting viewers and meeting audiences where they are, and planting a flag for folks who are ‘cable nevers’ and ‘cable cutters,'” Devin Griffin, who will run Bet+ as general manager, told TheWrap. “We want to fish where the fish are and make sure we mount our presence in every corner.”

Griffin said Viacom’s decision to use Bet as the focal point for a new streaming service — when
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‘Young and the Restless’ Star Kristoff St. John Dies at 52

  • Variety
‘Young and the Restless’ Star Kristoff St. John Dies at 52
Kristoff St. John, the actor best-known for portraying Neil Winters on CBS’ long-running daytime soap “The Young and the Restless,” has died. He was 52.

His attorney Mark Geragos confirmed the news to Variety. Geragos also posted on Twitter, saying, “Few men had the unique strength, courage & sensitivity that @kristoffstjohn1 lived every single minute of every day. He impacted everyone he met and millions who he inspired and in turn admired him. On behalf of @MiaStJohnBoxer & @TheStJohnFamily thank you for all of your love.”

The Daytime Emmy Awards also noted St. John’s death via Twitter. “It is with unbelievable sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, #DaytimeEmmys winner @kristoffstjohn1. @YandR_CBS Rip.”

St. John received numerous awards, including nine Daytime Emmys, over the 25 years he worked on “The Young and the Restless.” His first major role on a soap opera was on NBC’s “Generations.” The show was canceled
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Christmas Comes Early: 15+ Hallmark and Lifetime Holiday Movies Airing Over Thanksgiving Weekend

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on basic cable. While Hallmark Channel has been in the yuletide spirit since October (!), the family-friendly network will officially kick things into high gear on Thanksgiving Eve with the debut of a new original movie every night for the duration of the extended holiday weekend.

Not to be outdone, Lifetime will debut not one, but two movies per night — not that it’s a competition or anything!

For the next five evenings, both Hallmark and Lifetime will deck the halls with some of your favorite TV stars of past and present,
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Announces Multi-Generational Comedy Series ‘Family Reunion,’ Starring Tia Mowry

  • Variety
In Wednesday’s roundup, Netflix announces family comedy series “Family Reunion,” and the company is also bringing back its Spanish original series “Elite” for a second season.

Development

Netflix has announced “Family Reunion,” a multi-generational live action comedy series. The series, which recently began production, stars Loretta Devine (“The Carmichael Show”) and Tia Mowry. Mowry will play Cocoa McKellan, a free-spirited mother who travels from the big city with her family to a small town for her family reunion and gets to know their extended clan. Devine will portray the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M’Dear, and Anthony Alabi (“Insecure”) plays Cocoa’s husband. Rounding out the cast as the McKellan children are Talia Jackson as 14-year old Jade, Isaiah Russell-Bailey as 12-year old Shaka, Cameron J. “Cj” Wright as 10-year old Mazzi, and Jordyn James as 8-year old Ami. The show is executive produced and created
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Lifetime Decks Its Halls With 23 Holiday-Themed Movies & More Cheer

  • Deadline
We’re just one day past the autumnal equinox, but Lifetime already is in the holiday spirit. The cable channel has unwrapped its slate of Christmas movies, and there are 14 new originals under the tree this year along with nine acquired pics and a couple of specials.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the A+E Networks-owned net unveils its telepic slate billed as It’s a Wonderful Lifetime. After kicking off November 21 with a week featuring five nights of premieres, each ensuing week of the holiday season will feature new movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Check out the full lineup with descriptions and premiere dates below.

“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime is back in a major way with more hours of holiday programming than we have ever had before,” said Tanya Lopez, Evp Movies, Limited Series and Original Movie Acquisitions at Lifetime and Lmn.
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 poll results: Vanessa Williams should join the cast, according to 32% of our readers

‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 poll results: Vanessa Williams should join the cast, according to 32% of our readers
The 27th season of “Dancing with the Stars” is upon us. The celebrity competitors will officially be announced on September 12, and they’ll start competing on September 24, but the results are in from our own recent dream casting polls where you told us who among our suggested stars you think should take a shot at the Mirror Ball Trophy. These are the female celebrities our readers would most like to see on the show for its upcoming fall season.

Actress and singer Vanessa Williams leads the pack with 32% of the vote. The veteran entertainer would be a huge get for the show as she has more than 30 years in Hollywood as an award-winning actress and singer.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum is an up-and-coming actress at the start of her career: “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho placed second with 20% of the vote.
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 cast wish list: ‘DWTS’ should consider Vanessa Williams, Auli’i Cravalho and more

ABC recently announced that the 27th season of the competitive-dancing reality show “Dancing with the Stars” is set to premiere on September 24. But which celebs will enter the ballroom? Below is a list of female candidates I think “DWTS” should consider inviting to compete for the next Mirror Ball Trophy. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know who you’d like to see on the show.

Ciara

Grammy-winning singer Ciara is best known for her infectious hits like “1,2 Step,” “Promise” and “Goodies,” but she has yet to grace the ballroom. Her sensual and hard-hitting moves would make her an instant front-runner along the lines of past musician contestants like Mya (season 9 runner-up), Nicole Scherzinger (season 10 Champion), Brandy (season 11) and Normani Kordei (season 24 finalist). Note to the casting directors: watch her “In My Feelings” dance challenge video and go ahead and give her a call.
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Jordin Sparks, ‘Bachelorette’ Stars JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers Launching Channels on Kin’s Network

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Jordin Sparks, ‘Bachelorette’ Stars JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers Launching Channels on Kin’s Network
Digital-entertainment network Kin is gearing up to launch new lifestyle channels with three pop-culture personalities: singer-actress Jordin Sparks, and JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers of “The Bachelorette” fame.

In addition, the network unveiled plans for its first competition-format show: “Beauty School Knockout,” hosted by Vanessa Lachey.

The new content pacts further build on Kin’s “neighborhood” strategy, focused on creating an interconnected network of owned-and-operated channels targeted at millennial women across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram TV and Amazon. Founded in 2011, Kin previously had pursued a multichannel-network-style model with digital influencers — but starting late last year began shifting to solely launch and manage channels with talent from the traditional entertainment world.

The company’s decision was largely driven by what is now Kin’s anchor show: Tia Mowry’s “Quick Fix.” The life-hacks show from Mowry, best known for her starring role in ’90s sitcom “Sister, Sister,” has pulled in as many
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Barkhad Abdi, Amy Smart, Rory Cochrane Join Family Drama ‘Tyson’s Run’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Barkhad Abdi, Amy Smart, Rory Cochrane Join Family Drama ‘Tyson’s Run’ (Exclusive)
Planet 9 Productions has hired Barkhad Abdi, Amy Smart, and Rory Cochrane to star in the family drama “Tyson’s Run,” Variety has learned.

“Tyson’s Run” started principal photography in Atlanta on July 9. Kim Bass is directing from his own script. The story centers on a 15-year-old boy, living with autism, who tries to heal the rift between his parents and the emotional distance from his father by pursuing an athletic dream.

Bass, a former staff writer on “In Living Color” and creator of primetime family series “Sister, Sister” and “Kenan & Kel,” is also producing with Deanna Shapiro, Eric Upshur, and Asante White. Planet 9 chief John Cappetta will serve as executive producer.

“We look forward to bringing this meaningful, heartfelt story to fruition,” Bass said. “I’m enthusiastic about the wonderful cast and crew we’ve assembled and eager to work with these phenomenal professionals.”

Abdi received an
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Jackée Harry Reunites With Tamera Mowry After Confirming the Sister, Sister Reboot

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Jackée Harry Reunites With Tamera Mowry After Confirming the Sister, Sister Reboot
A post shared by Jackée Harry (@jackeeharry) on Jun 27, 2018 at 11:17am Pdt

Lisa Landry, er, Jackée Harry, is one proud mom! The Sister, Sister actress recently reunited with onscreen daughter Tamera Mowry for her birthday, and it's making us super nostalgic. "I had such a great time celebrating @tameramowrytwo's 40th!" she wrote alongside a photo of them sharing a sweet embrace. "Can you believe these girls are all grown up?" While Mowry's identical twin sister, Tia, wasn't pictured for the special reunion, we have a feeling the onscreen family will be getting back together very soon.

In January, Harry confirmed that a Sister, Sister reboot is in the works during an appearance on Steve Harvey's show. "Yeah, it's happening. I'm excited," she said. "Tia and Tamera [Mowry] are my babies! They won't leave me alone. I can't get rid of none of these women!" We can't wait to see
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