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The History Channel teaming up with LeBron James for three new documentaries

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LeBron James has another reason to smile, days after becoming the first NBA player in history to score 40,000 points in a career on Saturday night.

King James is teaming up with The History Channel for three new documentaries, the network announced on Monday, explaining the projects will "prioritize largely unknown historical stories that put diverse changemakers at the forefront of each narrative."

The first will be Triumph: Jesse Owens and the Berlin Olympics, about the track and field star's Hitler-shaming four-gold-medal-winning performance at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. It will be narrated by Don Cheadle.

The second has a working title of Jim Thorpe and will center on the "the life and legacy of the United States’ first Native American Olympic gold medalist." It will "explore what it means to be American through the pivotal intersection of identity and sport."

The third project has yet to be revealed.

The documentaries will be produced SpringHill, LeBron and Maverick Carter's production company.

In the announcement, James said, "The SpringHill Company was created to tell important stories and, through this partnership with The History Channel, we're able to do that on a whole new level."

He added, "With these documentaries, we want to share those meaningful moments and figures in history that matter with a whole new generation and continue to empower and inspire through storytelling."

 

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Following health scare, Jamie Foxx to reveal what happened in a comedy special; returning to 'Beat Shazam'

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Following his health scare last year, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx recently told his fans he's "got a story to tell," and will apparently do it in an upcoming special.

On Sunday, when accepting the African American Film Critics Association's Producer Award, Foxx revealed he will be finally shedding light on exactly what happened to him on April 11 of last year.

According to People, Jamie said, "I had some people in my life that really made sure I was here because it was dire straits."

He added, "Everybody wants to know what happened and I'm gonna tell you what happened but I got to do it in my way," and revealed he'll tell all in a comedy special.

As reported, Foxx was hospitalized in April for what his daughter Corinne only described as a "health complication," and controversy surrounded his condition for months.

In December of last year, he made his first public appearance at the Critics Choice Movie Awards, and revealed, "I've been through some things. You know, it's crazy I couldn't do that six months ago, I couldn't actually walk," adding it was "almost over" for him.

On Monday, Fox revealed that Jamie will return as host and executive producer of the hit interactive music game show Beat Shazam, again alongside Corinne.

The pair stepped aside from the sixth season of the show while Jamie recuperated, and Nick Cannon subbed as host; Anthony Anderson took over as host of another Foxx-produced Fox game show, We Are Family.

Fox Entertainment's president of unscripted entertainment, Allison Wallach, called Jamie and Corinne "the heart and soul of Beat Shazam," adding it's "wonderful" to have the "undeniably dynamic father-daughter hosting team ... back on set this season."

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Kumail Nanjiani reportedly joining 'Only Murders in the Building' for season 4

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Kumail Nanjiani has apparently checked into Hulu's Only Murders in the Building.

One of the stars of the upcoming Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will play an "integral" part of the fourth season's investigation, Variety reported exclusively on Monday.

The role the Obi-Wan Kenobi veteran will be playing is still being kept under wraps, according to the trade. Indeed, Hulu is still mum about the development.

His addition to the cast is just the latest from the Emmy-nominated comedy: Recently, Emmy-winning Schitt's Creek co-creator Eugene Levy and Flamin' Hot director and producer Eva Longoria were announced as new cast members for the series led by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez.

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'Mean Girls' streaming on Paramount+ Tuesday

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Get in, loser, we're going streaming.

The new musical movie adaptation of Mean Girls is coming to Paramount+ on Tuesday, March 5.

The film starring Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, Auliʻi Cravalho, Avantika, Jaquel Spivey, Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, Jon Hamm and Ashley Park, and featuring creator Tina Fey, made more than $102 million worldwide since its theatrical release January 12. 

Incidentally, the film was supposed to be a streaming-only project, but Variety says the studio pushed for a theatrical run after positive test screenings — and it paid off. 

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RuPaul talks new memoir 'The House of Hidden Meanings'

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RuPaul is opening up like never before in new memoir, The House of Hidden Meanings, detailing his life journey from growing up in a tense household to his rocky and yet rewarding road to fame.

Speaking to Good Morning America in a sit-down interview with Robin Roberts that aired on Monday, the star and creator of 29-time Emmy-winning show RuPaul’s Drag Race reflected on how TV has played such a vital role in his life since childhood.

"Everything I learned was from television," he said. "Television is a community…it's a tribal community of laughter, and of shared experiences. And so, there's something about that flicker of the television set that we can all share."

From a young age, RuPaul, 63, had aspired to be famous, but he said he'd never imagined the level of stardom he’s now achieved.

When it comes to his decision to share his trials and tribulations in his new tell-all, he said, "I think it's an important story for young people to hear today."

"And to understand what the possibilities are here in America," he elaborated. "And I was able to forge a path for myself. And I wanted to let young people know that there is a way to navigate these difficult, difficult waters."

RuPaul also told GMA he hopes his memoir will serve as a guidance for readers on "how to find your own truth."

"Learn how to know what it is you came here to do. What can you bring to the party? And if life is a party, then you'd better bring something, otherwise, you won't be invited back," he added with a laugh.

The House of Hidden Meanings will be available for purchase starting March 5.

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Richard Lewis remembered in recent episode of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

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Sunday's installment of Curb Your Enthusiasm opened with an "in memoriam"-style title card remembering stand-up comic and Curb castmate Richard Lewis.

It's now streaming on Max.

At the start of the 12th season's fifth episode was a photo of the actor and comedian, who died at 76 of a heart attack on Tuesday, February 27. A caption read, "In memory of Richard Lewis. 1947 – 2024."

In the final season of Curb, Lewis and his friend and frequent foil Larry David again find themselves trying to out-do the other — a running gag throughout the entire series — this time about who is leaving whom in their will.

Show's creator David has known Lewis since they were 12 years old. Upon his passing, David noted, "Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he's been like a brother to me."

He added in part, "Today he made me sob and for that I'll never forgive him."

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Movie memorabilia to hit the block in Treasures of Planet Hollywood Auction

Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis c. 1992 -- Kypros/Getty Images

In the 1990s, Planet Hollywood restaurants and their red carpet openings were seemingly everywhere.

One of the global chain's selling points — aside from being backed by action stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis — was the fact that each one was stocked with movie memorabilia.

However, by the 2000s, most of the eateries were closed, and many of their silver screen memories were shipped to storage — until now.

Heritage's Treasures from Planet Hollywood Signature Auction, running from March 20-24, is putting 1,600 pieces on the block, from The Wizard of Oz to The Shining.

Spoiler alert: These items will likely go for more than their opening bids when the hammer falls, and their opening bids don't include a hefty "buyer's premium" surcharge.

Some of the pieces up for grabs include Bill Murray's translucent "Red Rose" bowling ball from 1996's Kingpin, which has an opening bid of $37,000.

There's a full-sized Schwarzenegger display figure as his battle-damaged T-800 cyborg from 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which has a starting bid of $10,000.

Also on the block are the Holy Grail from 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which starts at $7,750. Speaking of Harrison Ford, the full-size Han Solo in carbonite from 1980's The Empire Strikes Back is starting at $4,300.

Some items aren't as spendy, like the Murray-signed owner's manual for the "EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle" from 1981's Stripes, opening at $500.

There's also a Nazi banner from Indy's Last Crusade going for $550.

 

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Stars remember John Candy on the 30th anniversary of his death

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Monday is the 30th anniversary of the passing of John Candy, the star of such classics as Splash, Spaceballs, and Cool Runnings.

People chatted with some of the stars who worked with him to share their experiences about the Canadian actor, who died of a heart attack at age 43.

Candy's Planes, Trains and Automobiles co-star Steve Martin expressed, "John's comedy lives on, but my memory of him has the words 'kindness' and 'sweetness' in the headlines."

Schitt's Creek Emmy winner Catherine O'Hara first worked with Candy in the early '80s on the legendary Canadian sketch show SCTV. She said he was "just as lovely as you'd want him to be."

O'Hara, of course, also starred as the forgetful mom in Home Alone, just one of seven films from director John Hughes in which Candy starred or cameoed.

The Conners star Laurie Metcalf appeared opposite Candy in 1989's Uncle Buck. She said she "hadn't done hardly any movies" at that point, but "he was so patient and generous with me."

She recalled a scene in which she and Candy shared a dance, saying she wanted to, "drill the scene over and over."

He obliged, "And I'm sure that it was the last thing he wanted to do, having appeared in probably every frame of that movie ..." she added. Metcalf said that "sums up how big-hearted he was and what a sweetheart he was."

Another co-star who weighed in was Candy's Wagons East co-star Richard Lewis, who spoke with People weeks before his own death on February 27.

He recalled appearing anywhere with Candy, "was like walking with the Pope in Rome. People couldn't believe they were in his presence. He really had that kind of swagger."

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'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' on Disney+: Exclusive trailer reveal

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Good Morning America exclusively revealed the trailer for the Disney+ version of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, streaming March 14.

It was announced in early February that Swift's blockbuster concert film would make its streaming debut on Disney+ and would include a few surprises for fans, too.

The Disney+ version of the film -- Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version) -- will show the concert in its entirety for the first time as well as include the song "cardigan," plus four additional acoustic songs not featured in either the previous theatrical or VOD versions.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour hit the big screen at AMC movie theaters across the country in October, becoming an instant smash. It grossed more than $260 million at the global box office, making it the top-selling concert film of all time.

When announcing the Golden Globe-nominated concert film would be coming to Disney+, Disney CEO Bob Iger called it "a true phenomenon that has and continues to thrill fans around the world."

Stream Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version) when it debuts on Disney+ on March 14 at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

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Road to the Oscars 2024: Six couples compete for Oscar gold

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We're less than a week away from the 96th annual Academy Awards, and this year, six couples are competing for Oscar gold. Let’s break down which lovebirds are up for prizes at the awards ceremony and for which trophies they're nominated.

Greta Gerwig and her husband, Noah Baumbach, are nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for writing Barbie. Gerwig was previously nominated for writing her 2019 adaptation of Little Women, as well as her solo debut feature, Lady Bird. Baumbach received nods for writing his films The Squid and the Whale and Marriage Story. This marks the first time the pair have been nominated together.

There's another couple nominated for BarbieMargot Robbie is up alongside her husband, Tom Ackerley, for their work in producing the film. They'd both receive trophies if the candy-colored blockbuster were to win Best Picture.

The "Barbenheimer" train has continued to chug along into 2024, so it only makes sense that both films appear on this list. Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan produced the unconventional biopic alongside his wife, Emma Thomas, who has produced every single one of his films. If Oppenheimer wins Best Picture, they'll both pick up trophies.

The couples who write together seem to stay together. Partners Justine Triet and Arthur Harari are nominated for their Anatomy of a Fall script, while newly married couple Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik, who penned the screenplay for May December and earned the film its sole nomination, are similarly up for Oscar gold.

Finally, the list is rounded out by filmmakers Jerusha and Jared Hess, who helmed Ninety-Five Senses, nominated for Best Animated Short Film.

 

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In Brief: Netflix cancels new series 'The Brothers Sun', and more

Netflix has canceled The Brothers Sun after one season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy drama series, starring Michelle Yeoh, Justin Chien and Sam Song Li, followed the family story of a Taiwanese gang leader who was shot by a mysterious assassin ...

Sex and the City has landed a premiere date on Netflix, following a content agreement between the streaming service and HBO parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, according to The Hollywood Reporter. All six seasons of SATC, previously available only on Max, will now stream on Netflix as well, starting April 1. In less than one month, all 94 episodes of the show -- starring Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall -- will hit Netflix ...

Mark Dodson, best known for voicing the Salacious Crumb in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and the Mogwai in Gremlins, died on Saturday, March 2, his agent tells Entertainment Weekly. He was 64. Dodson also voiced several zombies in 1985’s Day of the Dead, Niima Scavenger in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and reprised his Gremlin role in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. He also voiced characters in video games including Ghostrunner, Bendy and the Dark Revival, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and Star Trek Online ...

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"Dune: Part Two" worms its way to #1 at the box office with $81.5 million opening weekend

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Denis Villeneuve's Dune sequel scooped up an estimated $81.5 million in its North American domestic debut -- the biggest opening weekend of the year and the largest since Taylor Swift's concert film The Eras Tour, which racked up $93 million.

Dune: Part Two -- starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Austin Butler -- added an estimated $97 million overseas, for a global haul of $178 million.

Bob Marley: One Love slipped to second place, earning an estimated $7.4 million. It's three-week domestic tally now stands at $82.7 million in North America and $146 million globally.

Ordinary Angels, the faith-based film starring Hilary Swank, finished in third place, grabbing an estimated $3.8 million in its second week of release.

Finishing in fourth place was Madame Web, delivering an estimated $3.2 million, bringing its three-week North American total to $40 million and $50 million internationally.

Rounding out the top five was the faith-based historical drama TV series The Chosen Season 4, episodes 7 and 8, grossing an estimated $3.1 million domestically. That's slightly behind episodes 4-6 and far below the $6 million opening of episodes 1-3, which collected a total of $14 million during its two-week run.

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Dwayne Johnson now legally owns "The Rock," as well as "jabroni" and dozens of other words

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Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? That's not only a famous threat used by Dwayne Johnson back in his wrestling heyday, it's now just one of the phrases he legally owns.

As reported, a deal to join the board of directors of the TKO Group, the new parent company of World Wrestling Entertainment, gave The Rock legal ownership of the wrestling moniker he brought from the ring to the big screen.

But Variety is reporting a new SEC filing revealed he also now owns dozens of other words and phrases he made famous during his wrestling days.

Some are extremely specific to Johnson, like "Rocky Maivia," his first wrestling name, and the nickname "The Brahma Bull." Some refer to former foes, like "candy a**" and "jabroni." Others are arguably amusingly general, like "It doesn't matter what…"; "Blue Hell"; and "The millions… (and millions)."

According to Variety, others include "Team Corporate"; "Rock Nation"; "The Nation"; "Roody Poo"; "If you smell what The Rock is cooking"; "The Samoan Sensation"; "The Blue Chipper"; "The Great One"; "Know Your Role and Shut Your Mouth"; "Team Bring It"; "The Rock Just Bring It"; "Rock Bottom"; "Rockpocalypse"; "Project Rock"; and the phrases "Finally, The Rock has come back to…" and "The most electrifying man in sports and entertainment."

Similarly, Johnson now legally owns related logos and "all other nicknames, caricatures, voice, signature, gestures, routines, costumes or parts of costumes, accessories [and] crowns" worn, earned or used during his reign as a pro wrestling champ.

That naturally would cover "The People's Eyebrow," a signature arch that even made its way onto Maui, Johnson's animated demigod Moana alter ego.

In short, what The Rock is likely cooking smells like money: He'd be able to monetize these phrases on apparel and the like.

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Emmy-winning comedy 'Hacks' returns for season 3 in May

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Max's Emmy-winning comedy series Hacks returns for its third season on Thursday, May 2, the streaming service announced Friday via a new teaser.

The series starring Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder will come back with a two-episode premiere, and shows will unroll weekly on Thursdays until the season finale May 30.

The streaming service teases of the show's third frame: "A year after parting, Deborah Vance (Smart) is riding high off the success of her standup special while Ava (Einbinder) pursues new opportunities back in Los Angeles."

That said, the teaser, set to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing," shows the pair reuniting in an elevator, the doors of which Deborah tries to shut before Ava can climb aboard. 

It also shows Deborah back on top, hitting the red carpet at a lavish event and sitting in the hot seat at a roast in her honor.

Ava is later shown caddying for the star on the golf course and trying to warn her away from some of her "more problematic" stand-up material. 

"Which minority group is upset now?" Deborah asks, exasperated.

"I don't think 'minority' is the appropriate term," Ava corrects nervously. "Well, what do they want to be called?!" Deborah huffs.

"Don't say 'they,'" her protege laments, embarrassed. "I thought everybody was they nowadays!" Deborah shouts back.

It was recently announced that this season's guest stars will include Oscar winner Helen Hunt, Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd, Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks, Scandal vet Tony Goldwyn and legendary stand-up comedian George Wallace.  

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HBO's 'The Last of Us' adds Danny Ramirez, Ariela Barer, Tati Gabrielle and Spencer Lord for season 2

L-R: Ramirez, Barer, Gabrielle, Spencer - Photos L-R: Frazer Harrison, Emerson Ricard, Tiziano, Kristine Cofsky Photography

On Friday, HBO announced four new cast members for the second season of its hit video game adaptation The Last of Us.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's Danny Ramirez has signed up as Manny, "a loyal soldier whose sunny outlook belies the pain of old wounds and a fear that he will fail his friends when they need him most."

Marvel's Runaways veteran Ariela Barer will play Mel, "a young doctor whose commitment to saving lives is challenged by the realities of war and tribalism."

The 100's Tati Gabrielle will star as Nora, "a military medic struggling to come to terms with the sins of her past," while A Honeymoon to Remember's Spencer Lord will play Owen, described as "a gentle soul trapped in a warrior’s body, condemned to fight an enemy he refuses to hate."

HBO confirmed in February that Schitt's Creek Emmy winner Catherine O'Hara had joined the cast of the second season of the hit post-apocalyptic series, on which her two sons incidentally work behind the scenes.

Season 2 of The Last of Us will debut on HBO in 2025.

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