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Just in time for the Mother's Day, BET+ has curated a list of shows and films to watch on Sunday that celebrate some of their favorite on-screen mothers.

On First Wives Club, Michelle Buteau stars as Bree, the wildcard of her friend group. As an orthopedic surgeon, Bree is the breadwinner of her family, but she's also learning to balance her career, family and relationship with her husband. Season one of First Wives Club is now available to watch.

In the film A Mother's Love, Kandi Burruss plays Lena, a woman who wants to honor her relationship with her mother while making her own decisions in love and her career. This musical is loosely inspired by Kandi’s relationship with her real-life mom.

BET's also offering the comedy series The Parkers, which originally aired on UPN from 1999-2004. Comedian Mo'Nique plays Nikki, a teenage mother who, now as an adult, decides to join her daughter as a student in junior college. 

Another funny mom to watch with the family is Cassi Davis, who stars as Ella in Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Known as the voice of reason, Ella is always giving her children advice and keeping the family together. Season eight premieres on May 25, with House of Payne's previous seasons streaming now on BET+.

Finally, the trash-talking, face-slapping, momma with an attitude, Madea, is also a matriarch to watch this Sunday. Based on Tyler Perry’s mother and aunt, Madea, who's famously played by Perry, Madea's starred in multiple films, including Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Class Reunion, Madea Goes to Jail, and A Madea Christmas, to name a few. Watch the Madea line-up now on BET+.

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Tawny Kitaen, the actress and model known for her appearances in a series of Whitesnake videos and for her co-starring role in the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party, died Friday morning at home in Newport Beach, California. She was 59.

The Orange County, California, coroner's office confirmed the news of Kitaen's passing, although her cause of death hasn't been revealed.

Kitaen appeared on the front cover of Ratt's 1983 self-titled EP and 1984 full-length debut album Out of the Cellar while she was dating Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby. She also was featured in the music video for the band's hit "Back for More."

Also in 1984, Kitaen co-starred in the hit comedy film Bachelor Party as Tom Hanks' bride-to-be.

Tawny is perhaps best-known for her appearance in the music video for Whitesnake's 1987 smash "Here I Go Again," which featured her displaying seductive and acrobatic dance moves atop a pair of luxury cars. Kitaen also appeared in subsequent Whitesnake videos for the songs "Still of the Night," "Is This Love" and "The Deeper the Love."

Tawny was married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991.

As an actress, Kitaen appeared in a variety of movies and television shows. She also was featured in a few reality-TV series, among them The Surreal Life, Botched and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

Kitaen battled substance abuse for a number of years, as was revealed on Celebrity Rehab. In 2006, she was arrested for cocaine possession and in 2009 she was charged for DUI.

She was married to pro baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002; and the couple had two daughters together.

"We are heartbroken and saddened to announce the death of our mom," her daughters Wynter and Raine wrote in a statement on Kitaen's social media pages. "We just want to say thank you for all of you, her fans and her friends, for always showing her such support and love. You gave her life everyday. We miss her and love her and we know her legacy will live on forever."

In reaction to Kitaen's death, Coverdale posted a note on his Twitter feed that reads, "Just woke up to some very sad, unexpected news…my sincere condolences to her children, her family, friends & fans…"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kate Walsh is currently hard at work helping to restore coral reefs across the globe, which may be why the actress had a double-take when ABC Audio reminded her that Mother's Day is this weekend.

"I forgot," Kate confessed, who is currently living in Australia. "Is it this weekend... Sunday? I was like, 'Oh. I've got to take care of mom.  Gotta send her some flowers.'"

The Grey's Anatomy alum, who has partnered with Sheba brand to work on the world's largest coral restoration project, says she won't be back home in the states until "after Father's Day."

And, because she is in the land Down Under, her plans for this weekend sound pretty awesome.

"I'll probably go to the beach, probably have a swim in the ocean. I do have to mention that there's a coral reef right in front of my house. Basically it's very healthy," grinned Kate. "I'll probably put on a little shorty wet suit and go do that."

In addition to some snorkeling by the reef nearby her home, the Umbrella Academy star held up her orange cat, Pablo, and smiled, "I will be probably spending time with this guy [too.] I mean... He's so cute." 

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Fast and the Furious star Jordana Brewster is looking forward to celebrating Mother's Day with her two young sons, a holiday that is made all the more special because of her past struggle with infertility.

Jordana is the mom of seven-year-old Julian and four-year-old Rowan, whom she shares with husband Andrew Form.  She tells ABC Audio that her two boys were born via gestational surrogacy.

The 40-year-old actress understands why Mother's Day may be difficult for some people and advises those who will struggle this Sunday to "be gentle with yourself."

"Self care is really important and taking time is really important," offers Jordana, who recently partnered with Clearblue as part of their new #Conceivinghood campaign. "I think whatever self care means to you, if you can do that for yourself, when you know it's going to be a particularly hard day, to just be gentle with yourself."

As for how she will spend her time this weekend, the upcoming F9 star says, "I think we're just going to have a really fun and loud lunch."

Jordana says her parents and her sister, who is also the mom of two young boys, will gather under the same roof on Sunday, which she knows will "turn into chaos."

"And then my mom's like super grandma and she's corralling all of us," she says with a laugh. 

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In honor of Disney's #HalfwaytoHalloween celebration, the Muppets made an exciting announcement on Friday. A new Halloween special from the Muppets, Muppets Haunted Mansion, is coming to Disney+.

Muppets Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn revealed the news in a video released on Friday.

The special, arriving this fall, takes place on Halloween, and Gonzo will have to spend the night "in the most grim grinning place on Earth …The Haunted Mansion," according to a press release.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

For the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products’ "Halfway to Halloween" event, a new interactive, self-guided tour of Disney Parks attractions across the globe is also now available on YouTube., featuring an appearance by The Muppets' Uncle Deadly.



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Two weeks after his film Another Round took home the Best International Film trophy at the Oscars, Mads Mikkelsen is teasing fans about his next project: the fifth Indiana Jones film. 

Mikkelsen was the latest addition to the cast of the film, which gets underway in the spring with Ford v. Ferrari  director James Mangold at the helm, taking over for series director Steven Spielberg.

"I’m very, very excited about it," Mads tells Collider. "I'm in a lucky position where they let me read the script before[hand]. And yes, it was everything I wished it to be." 

Mikkelson says he recently rewatched Raiders of the Lost Ark and marveled again at its "great storytelling." He added, "It's a great honor to be part of that franchise that I grew up with."

Nothing is yet known about Mikkelsen's character, and he isn't telling. But he's known for playing high-concept villains, like the icy terrorism financier Le Chiffre in Casino Royale and the zealot sorcerer Kaecilius in Doctor Strange. He even somehow made cannibalism sexy in the TV series Hannibal. Mikkelsen promises his process for Indy 5 will be no different.

"I do think I'm invited in to create a character, I think that everybody wants that," he tells Collider. "That’s why they pick certain actors that they think can come up with certain things, and it will be a collaboration as it always is."

The fifth Indiana Jones film will of course star Harrison Ford in the title role, as well as Fleabag Emmy-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It's is scheduled for a July 28, 2022 release from Lucasfilm, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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According to a new surveyMarion RossHappy Days character Marion Cunningham gets the thumbs up over all other classic TV show moms. 

The makers of the game Boom Again created a March Madness-like nationwide bracket in which "Mrs. C" faced off against the mothers in classic boomer-age sitcoms, from Carol Brady to Morticia Addams, and in the end, Ritchie and Joanie's mom was the tops.

More than 6,000 votes were tallied in the match-up, with all comers falling by the wayside -- from Jane Jetson to June Cleaver, to All in the Family's Edith Bunker and Good Times' Florida Evens -- until just Mrs. C and Partridge Family matriarch Shirley Partridge were left as the last moms standing. 

In the end, Cunningham bested Partridge with a majority 56% vote.

That said, users were asked what their favorite qualities were about the TV moms who were tested. Shirley Partridge won praise as a single mom who "didn't have a housekeeper or husband, but she made it work," while Edith got points for standing up to her husband Archie and supporting her daughter Gloria's feminism.

Mrs. Cunningham was praised as the "mom we all wanted." She "accepted her kids' friends and supported their dreams" and was "ahead of her time," according to the voters.

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Idris Elba's action-thriller Stay Frosty is headed to Warner Bros, Deadline has learned.

Directed by stunt coordinator-turned Extraction filmmaker Sam Hargrave, the movie centers on Elba as a man who survives an assassination attempt, and now works to track down those who want him dead. While in pursuit of justice, Elba's other focus is to "make it back home in time to spend Christmas with his son." A production date for Stay Frosty has yet to be announced.

In other news, Tyler Perry has added himself to the cast of Netflix's Jazzman’s Blues, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Written and directed by Perry, the film tells the story of "forbidden love and family drama soundtracked by juke joint blues in the deep South." It is Perry's second projecy for Netflix, following A Fall from Grace, and was written 26 years ago as the director's first official screenplay. Jazzman’s Blues also stars Amirah Vann, Austin Scott and Milauna Jackson, among others. Netflix has set 2022 release date.

And finally, Grammy-winning musician Amir "Questlove" Thompson's directorial debut, Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), will serve as the opening film for the upcoming Nantucket Film Festival, which runs from June 17 to 28. Thompson's doc explores the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, often referred to as "The Black Woodstock." As previously reported, the feature recently secured a record-breaking distribution deal with Searchlight Pictures and Hulu, and landed the 2021 Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.

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After its release was delayed by the pandemic last year, Pink Skies Ahead is premiering this weekend, just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month.

Set in Los Angeles in 1998, it stars Jessica Barden as Winona, a 20-year-old college dropout and aspiring writer, coming to terms with her anxiety disorder. The film is based on writer/director Kelly Oxford’s real-life experiences. She hopes it'll help others going through similar situations.

“[Winona] isn't really, like, messed up,” Oxford notes. “She has friends, she goes out...and I feel like a lot of people who have watched films about people with mental conditions, it's always very glaring that they have a mental condition. And in real life, it isn't like that.”

Oxford adds, “So I'm hoping that people can see themselves in the character as well and maybe question if they have an anxiety disorder or not.”

In fact, during filming, the mom of three says one of her own children was diagnosed.

“Just support, just complete support, and being there for them, I think is the most important,” Oxford says. “Always being available to talk to. If he wants to talk to me and I'm busy doing something, I'll drop anything just to talk to him.”

Being that she’ll not only be celebrating her film’s release this weekend, but also Mother’s Day. Oxford says she just wants to spend time around her kids.

“I feel like my job is so lonely, like, writing by myself is so lonely that then it's nice to spend time with the kids, especially now that they're getting older and they're going to be gone soon,” she says.

Pink Skies Ahead premieres Saturday, May 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV with a simulcast on Pop TV.

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GLAAD has posted a sweet Mother's Day video to remind people that love is love. And that message came in a video from Helena McElhenney and her wife, Mary Taylor -- moms to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Mythic Quest star and co-creator Rob McElhenney.

The pair were officially married three years ago but have been together for around 37 years. They shared the heartwarming story of how they met, and the challenges they faced in living their truth.

"I was afraid not only for my children, but for myself," Helena admitted, as family photos of the McElhenney family were displayed.

"The first several years were really, really tough," Taylor admitted, "But we got through it."

Helena added, "If I could go back, I would tell me to not be afraid. To be strong and know that because you are who you are, and you have a loving family that they'll support you." 

To that end, Rob McElhenney retweeted GLAAD's post, saying, "No family looks exactly the same. So proud to call both of these ladies 'Mom.' 

To GLAAD, he added, "I get asked a lot about what it was like to have two moms. The truth is that it was a pretty great gift."

Rob explained, "By the standards of 1984 South Philadelphia, our upbringing was unconventional but my brother, sister and I were able to recognize early on that not every family looked exactly the same or like what we saw on television. Yet we had nothing but love and support and compassion and empathy. And I think that that allowed us to flourish."

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IHOP is turning lemons into lemonade -- or, more accurately, milkshakes into charity money -- after video of an incognito Adam Sandler leaving one of its restaurants went viral.

As previously reported, a hostess at a Long Island, New York IHOP didn't recognize the comedian, who left rather than wait for a table, as she told him he'd have to do. She later posted video of their exchange on TikTok.

Sandler took it well, responding with a tweet reading, "I only left the IHOP because the nice woman told me the all-you-can-eat deal didn’t apply to the milkshakes."

In response, the chain has declared May 10 Milkshake Monday, and will donate $1 for every shake sold, up to $50,000, to benefit a charity the Saturday Night Live vet has supported, Comedy Gives Back. The non-profit has been active in supplying a financial safety net to comedians who've been out of work since the pandemic began. In 2020, Sandler was a headliner at Comedy Gives Back's Laugh Aid livestream event, raising funds for its COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. 

So if you head on down to your local IHOP, and get luckier than Sandler was, you can slake your shake thirst for a good cause.

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Shay Mitchell is gearing up to spend her second Mother’s Day with 18-month-old daughter Atlas, but she wants to make sure other moms feel the love this weekend, too.

The Pretty Little Liars actress is taking part in Pampers’ #MillionActsofLove campaign, which aims to uplift parents who've been feeling burned out during this ongoing pandemic. And for Mitchell, it’s the little moments that can really make a difference this Mother’s Day.

“By sharing a small personal act of love, it can actually really go a long way and that could be anything from yes, a breakfast in bed is always lovely, but writing a nice note, sending her out for the afternoon by herself or just even staying in touch, which is what we do a lot of over here,” the 34-year-old tells ABC Audio. “My mom, my grandma live in Vancouver. So we're constantly on a FaceTime with them, which is really nice.”

One of the greatest gifts Mitchell has experienced since becoming a mom has been seeing the bond between Atlas and her great-grandmother -- or Gram, as she’s known to fans of Shay’s social media accounts. Mitchell says she believes Atlas and Gram must have met in another life.

“Even when Atlas was a baby, she gravitated towards my grandma differently than she did with anybody else,” she says. “...It’s crazy. I mean, I'm like, I see them and it brings tears to my eyes automatically because Atlas just goes to her.”

As for how she’s planning to spend her own Mother’s Day, Mitchell just wants “quality time” with Atlas and her partner Matte Babel.

“I'm not a gift person, I don't really care about gifts so much -- I think it's more like, no phones,” she says.

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Gloria Estefan is excited she's starring in the Father of the Bride remake, which will focus on Latinx families.  The "Conga" singer raved about her upcoming project in a new interview, admitting she was hooked the moment she read the script.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Estefan, 63, explained she read the script while filming her new show, Red Table Talk: The Estefans, and said the concept was so good, she moved around her filming schedule to be a part of the movie.

"I got a beautiful email with a letter from the director [Gaz Alazraki] telling me how much he really wanted me in this role," Estefan recalled. "And then they sent me the script and when I read it, I go, 'I have to do this! It's so good!'"

The Father of the Bride remake follows a Cuban-American family, whose daughter is marrying into a Mexican-American family.

Says the three-time Grammy winner, "It's [a] very heartwarming and comedy... I really needed to be a part of that movie."

"The comedy is really, really well written and I think it's got a really beautiful message too," she continued. "The groom is Mexican and his family's Mexican, and there's the Cuban side of the bride... Hopefully [it will] celebrate cultures in a wonderful, warm, deep way that doesn't stick to stereotypes."

Adds Estefan, "A film should be good no matter what culture is being talked about, and that makes me happy because hopefully people will identify with it."

Estefan is also delighted to be married to Andy Garcia in the film, as she laughed, "Imagine me! I get to finally be with Andy... And the script is so funny."

Father of the Bride, originally starring Steve MartinDiane Keaton and Martin Short, came out in 1991.

 

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Real-life parents, Jennifer Hudson and Jeffrey Wright, didn't have to dig too deep to play the mother and father of Steve Harmon, a 17-year-old honor student who is charged with felony murder, in the Netflix thriller Monster.

Hudson tells ABC Audio that the film, which follows the dramatic legal battle to prove Steve's innocence, was something that definitely hit close to home.

"As a mom and imagining like, 'Oh, my God, if this were to happen,' it's like a nightmare," she says. "It's something we see too often but never really want to experience... Just to have to portray it was close enough."

While Hudson says the story was all too familiar, her co-star Wright says Monster helps to shed light on a "necessary" narrative and an aspect of reality that most don't get to see.

"When I looked at Kelvin [Harrison Jr.], as young Steve Harmon, I saw my son," he says. "And what was... compelling about the opportunity to do this film was to show that side of a young Black man's life. To show that side of love, fullness of humanity, family, which we don't often see in a story that deals with some of the issues and challenges that this story explores."

Channeling the complexities of Steve Harmon wasn't easy for the film's star. However, Harrison Jr. says once he recognized that Steve was actually a reflection of himself -- it became less difficult.

"It starts with just addressing myself and kind of being like, "OK, Kelvin, you're not any different from Steve," he says. "You're still a Black boy who's just in the world. And you also have to come to terms with how people see you and not knowing how you see yourself first." 

Monster is now streaming on Netflix.

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Before Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield were shooting webs across New York City as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, there was Tobey Maguire.

The actor appeared in three Spider-Man films in the late 90s and early naughts.  A fourth movie was slated for release, but after director Sam Raimi exited the film, the project was canceled.

A decade after the movie's cancellation, Twitter exploded Thursday after stumbling upon an old tweet by Sony, dated March 12, 2009, reminding everyone of that doomed fourth movie.

"Sony Pictures to release Spider-Man 4 on May 6, 2011," the company wrote, sparking tribute tweets from Spidey's fans to honor what would have been the movie's 10th anniversary.

One fan humorously tweeted, "The holy trilogy of Star Wars Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Hypothetical Spider-Man 4 Day."

Adding insult to injury was one of the movie's screenwriters who weighed in on the conversation. James Vanderbilt, who was tapped to pen the scripts of Spider-Man 4, 5 AND 6 per Colliderremarked, "Wow. I worked on this movie for over a year. It was a wonderful experience, only slightly marred by the fact that it never got made."

Maguire last appeared as the beloved webslinger in 2007's Spider-Man 3.

Garfield eventually took over the mantle of Ol' Web-head in 2012, playing the titular character in The Amazing Spider-Man and in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  

Holland put on the mask two years later, appearing as the new Peter Parker when joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016's Captain America: Civil War in a collaboration between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.

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