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Los Angeles billboard begs Marvel Studios "Bring Back Tony Stark!"

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His heroic sacrifice at the climax of Avengers: Endgame saved the world, and served as a swansong for Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

However, that's not enough for some fans in Los Angeles, who have taken it upon themselves to lobby Marvel Studios to bring Tony back. 

A billboard has popped up reading, "For Our Beloved Hero, Please Bring Back Tony Stark," along with the hashtag #BringBackTonyStarkToLife." Passersby have been tweeting pictures of the massive message all day Thursday.

Cryptically, it also includes the date April 24, 2021 -- this Saturday -- though nobody can figure out why.  

While hashtag campaigns have led to a less scary looking Sonic The Hedgehog, and of course Zack Snyder's Justice League, it's far less likely Marvel Studios could be pressured into Downey making a cinematic return. 

However, with the time-and-reality-spanning Loki series on Disney+'s horizon, anything is possible. 

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Ronda Rousey announces she's expecting her first child with husband Travis Browne

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Congratulations are in order for former pro wrestler Ronda Rousey, who is pregnant with her first child.

Rousey, 34, shared a video alongside husband Travis Browne to YouTube on Wednesday to announce the that they are adding another member to their family.  The two jumped right into the big reveal by having the UFC fighter shout "pow" while ripping away the pillow covering her growing stomach. 

"I've been pregnant since January, so four months, woo, baby bump," she celebrates in the sweet video. "I can't hide it anymore so it's time to show it off."

While Rousey has yet to reveal if she's expecting a boy or a girl -- even going as far as hilariously censoring moments that could tip off fans in the video.  However, she promised with a grin, "There's definitely more to the story that we'll tell later."

The video also shares some of the happy moments leading up to their big reveal, such as the two finding out for the first time that they're going to be parents to attending the first ultrasound.

The happy couple cuddled and shared sweet kisses throughout the pregnancy announcement, with both also shouting out their fans for being supportive throughout their journey.

"Thank you everybody for all the well wishes and all the positivity to get to this point," said Rousey, noting that the baby is due to arrive this summer, on September 22.

In reference to their unborn child's super active ultrasound, where the infant is seen constantly moving and kicking, the proud soon-to-be parents dubbed their little one the "baddest baby on the planet."

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Comedian Richard Lewis makes surprise, post-surgery return to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

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Although he'd previously said he'd be missing season 11 of Curb Your Enthusiasm because he endured back and two shoulder surgeries, recurring co-star Richard Lewis surprised fans -- and apparently, some co-stars -- by returning to set today. 

The occasion was marked with an enthusiastic tweet featuring a picture of Lewis on set; he looked a little thin, but he was smiling.

"Great news for me!" the normally droll comic noted, adding, "Although I'm still recovering from three surgeries and missing Season 11 of Curb, LD [Larry David] called me and asked if there was any chance if I felt strong enough to do one episode! I am and here I'm on the set to shoot it."

"I’m so grateful," Lewis added, throwing in the "prayer hands" emoji to boot.

The tweet apparently took friends by surprise, too, with Curb's JB Smoove responding, "Hey Bud!! Wish I was working today! You look great!! Love ya!!"


Is 'Felicity' next to get the reboot treatment? Star Scott Foley weighs in

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Felicity, the late 90s drama, could be heading back to television in the form of a reboot -- hints series star Scott Foley.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, the 48-year-old-actor who played the hunky Noel Crane on the show, teased the possibility of a revival in the new interview.

"Felicity was such a specific show because it dealt with a specific time in those characters' lives... Freshmen in college through graduating college," he reflected.

And, while he was originally opposed to bringing back the teen drama, Foley admits that something finally happened to give him a change of heart about bringing the show back in some form.

"A few years ago the cast got together for a panel discussion on its 20th anniversary," the Scandal alum explained. "Being around them, being on stage again changed my mind. I missed working with them and I would give it another shot."

However, his lips were sealed about what a possible revival would look like.

Prior to that revelation, Foley was callled the “lone holdout” of any and all revival plans during a 2018 interview with the Today Show.

During the interview, stars Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Tangi Miller, Amanda Foreman and Greg Grunberg all expressed interest about continuing or retelling Felicity Porter's story.

Felicity -- created by J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves -- ran for four seasons between 1999 and 2002 on the WB, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography. 

The series was also hailed by Time magazine as being one of the "All-Time 100 Best TV Shows" during a 2007 roundup.

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'Judas and the Black Messiah' takes Best Picture in Fandango's Oscar poll

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Ahead of Sunday's Oscars, Fandango polled nearly 2,000 film fans as to which movies and performances they thought deserved to take Hollywood's top prize.

Warner Bros.' based on real-life drama Judas and the Black Messiah top the users' list, with Nomadland's Chloe Zhao getting the nod for Best Director. 

Viola Davis was hailed as Best Actress for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and her co-star, the late Chadwick Boseman got the nod as Best Actor -- the latter is considered a lock on Oscar night, by most insiders. 

Here's the full list of Fandango voters' favorites for the Academy Awards: 

Best Picture: Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Director: Chloe Zhao - Nomadland
Best Leading Actress: Viola Davis - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Leading Actor: Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Supporting Actress: Yuh-Jung Youn - Minari
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya - Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Animated Feature: Soul
Best Original Screenplay: Promising Young Woman
Best Adapted Screenplay: Nomadland
Best Original Song: Fight for You - Judas and the Black Messiah

And in case you missed any of this year's contenders, many can be found on Fandango's streaming services Vudu and FandangoNOW.

Fandango also polled users about the upcoming awards show.

Turns out, 87% said they miss watching Oscar-worthy movies on the big screen; 76% said they look forward to live and in-person acceptance speeches.

Sixty-two percent believe Oscar’s new venues, like Los Angeles’ Union Station, will help re-energize the show.

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards airs live on ABC on Sunday starting at 8 p.m. Eastern; the event will be held in various venues in the U.S. and Europe that conform to strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

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Oscars 2021 Best Picture spotlight: 'The Father'

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The Father, one of eight nominees this year competing for the Best Picture Oscar, stars Oscar winners Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins.

Hopkins plays the title character, a man suffering from dementia. He insists he has no memory problems, yet is unable to remember major life events. Colman plays his daughter, Anne.

The movie unfolds through the father's eyes, as he struggles to understand the world around him, which is not always as he perceives it to be.

The Father is written and directed by Florian Zeller, based on his 2012 play, which was inspired by his real-life experiences.

The film is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and acting nods for Hopkins and Colman. It's available to watch in theaters or on demand.

Tune in to the 93rd Oscars Sunday, April 25, live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. 

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Michael B. Jordan swoons over girlfriend Lori Harvey

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Love is in the air for Michael B. Jordan, who raved about girlfriend Lori Harvey in a brand new interview.

On Wednesday, the Black Panther star professed his love for Harvey to People, declaring that he is happier than ever.

"I am extremely happy," affirmed Jordan, 34.  While the actor admits he is still very much a private person, this time, he wants to celebrate his joy with the world.

Added Jordan, "I'm still private, and I want to protect that, but it just felt like it was a moment of just wanting to put it out there and move on."

The Creed star suggested that his change in attitude could be related to him becoming more confident in sharing more private aspects about his life, as he described, "I think when you get older, you feel more comfortable about the [public nature] of the business that we're in. So for me, it was a moment to, I guess, take ownership of that and then get back to work."

Harvey, 24, and Jordan were first romantically linked over the Thanksgiving holiday when photographers snapped them stepping off a plane together.  In December, the two were spotted again as they headed out to do some skiing.

Harvey is the daughter of Family Feud host Steve Harvey -- who previously opened up about his thoughts on the new relationship on The Ellen Degeneres Show in March.

"I have tried not to like him," the show host expressed at the time. "I have tried to find something wrong with him that I could dig in and go, 'cause I done got rid of all of them. All of them... But this guy is such a good guy, man."

The two lovebirds went Instagram official at the start of the new year.

 

 

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Elizabeth Olsen considered dropping her last name to remove connection to her older sisters

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Elizabeth Olsen reveals she had an identity crisis when she was just starting in Hollywood.  The WandaVision star admits she even once considered dropping her last name entirely to stop being compared to her sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Speaking with Glamour UK recently, Olsen, 32, says the thought to ditch her last name first crossed her mind in 1999 -- at the height of her big sisters' fame.

"I was 10 and I was curious about auditioning," she recalled. "During that time, I thought 'I don’t want to be associated with [Mary-Kate and Ashley]'."

Added Olsen, "I guess I understood what nepotism was like inherently as a 10-year-old.  I don’t know if I knew the word, but there is some sort of association of not earning something that I think bothered me at a very young age. It had to do with my own insecurities."

The Wind River star said her younger self devised a plan to step out from beneath her sisters' shadow, revealing, "I did think 'I’m going to be Elizabeth Chase [her middle name] when I become an actress.'"

Mary-Kate and Ashley retired from acting in 2006 to launch their fashion brand, The Row, and even though her sisters have left Hollywood, Elizabeth says they left a lasting impression on her career.

Mostly, she credits the invaluable advice they gave her when she started out, which was, "No is a full sentence."

"The word 'No' specifically was something that I remember my sisters isolating and it becoming really empowering," nodded Olsen. "I always felt like I could say ‘No’ in any work situation – if someone was making me feel uncomfortable – and I just feel like that’s what we need.  We don’t have to follow suit if it doesn’t feel right."

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Oscars 2021 Best Picture spotlight: 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 is up for Best Picture at the Oscars this weekend. The film is based on the real-life trial of a group of prominent anti-Vietnam War activists, including Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin and Bobby Seale.

Five months after protesting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, all seven men were arrested and charged with inciting a riot. During the politically-motivated trial, the defendants struggle to persuade a clearly prejudiced judge that they're not responsible for the violence.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, and features an all-star cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eddie Redmayne and Jeremy Strong.

The film is up for five Oscars this year and is available to stream on Netflix.

Tune in to the 93rd Oscars Sunday, April 25, live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

 

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Vanessa Hudgens can't wait to meet Ashley Tisdale's newborn daughter

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Vanessa Hudgens hasn't met her High School Musical co-star Ashley Tisdale's new daughter Jupiter, but she's hoping to get the chance in the near future.

Tisdale and her husband Christopher French welcomed Jupiter -- their first child -- on March 23.

"I'm so excited to meet her and sing to her because apparently she's really into that," Hudgens gushed to Entertainment Tonight. "...I think it's been so challenging for everyone in these times to see people you love. But I'm very excited to meet little Jupiter."

The 32-year-old actress also loves Jupiter's name, saying, "That's so unique, and so precious, and celestial, and I'm all about celestial."

Hudgens told ET in November that Tisdale and French would "make such incredible parents."

"I am just over the moon for her and Chris," added Hudgens. "...I cannot believe it still, but I'm very emotional and very excited about it."

 

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Adepero Oduye says the "unfiltered" truth will influence The Falcon's decision to take up the Captain America mantle

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Adepero Oduye says her character Sarah Wilson is the unfiltered voice of reason in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Oduye tells ABC Audio that playing the sister of Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson/The Falcon offers her certain allowances that others in his life simply don't have.

"I love that that was... the dynamic. That she is that person for him... unfiltered in a way that only a sibling could [be]," she says. "Like siblings can kind of talk crazy to you, and you're not going to just write them off. You maybe will be annoyed by it, but it's coming from love."

For Oduye, that type of tough love hits close to home.

"I know that in my life, it might be a little bit uncomfortable to hear that," she admits. "But at the end of the day, you're always thankful."

In fact, the U.K. actress believes that Sam -- and everyone else for that matter -- needs people "who are going to give you the real no matter what."

"Who are going to question your choices, or your thought process," Oduye explains. "And are really going to push you and not just... keep silent."

Oduye says for Sam, those people will be pivotal in his decision to take up the Captain America mantle.

"And so I think it's just realistic coming from where he comes from, a community, and a family such as a family that he has [that] he's going to have people around him who're going to say, 'Listen, look at where we are. What does it really mean to represent this country?'"

The finale of of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier drop Friday on Disney+. 

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John Travolta opens up about his journey with grief after losing wife Kelly Preston

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John Travolta is ready to talk about losing the love of his life, Kelly Preston.  Preston, Travolta's wife of 28 years, lost her battle with breast cancer in July 2020.

The 67-year-old actor spoke to Esquire Spain about his wife's passing and opened up about his experience with grief.

"I learned that crying and mourning over someone is something personal," said Travolta. "Mourning is individual and experiencing your own journey is what can lead to healing."

The Grease star also shared some advice to those who want to help a friend or a loved one deal with loss, adding, "The most important thing you can do to help another when they are in mourning is allow them to live it and not complicate it with yours."

"Let's say you lose someone and at the funeral you are very sad, then another person approaches you who is feeling more sadder and doesn't leave enough space for you to mourn," he reflected. "It would be like two boats plummeting to the bottom. That is my experience."

Travolta explained that, while countless people reached out to him to share their grief, he admitted, "I felt saturated with everyone's sadness that I didn't know what to do."

Because of what he experienced, the actor advised, "The first thing you should do when you experience grief is to go to a place where you can mourn, without any interference."

Travolta and Preston shared three children together: Ella, 20, Benjamin, nine, and Jett, who died at age 16 in 2009.

The actor says he is now focused on "ensuring the future of my children," by fostering Ella's acting aspirations by "teaching her to work in the profession" and by helping Ben "evolve."

 

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Oscars 2021 Best Picture spotlight: 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

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Judas and the Black Messiah is in the running for the Best Picture Oscar this weekend. The film tells the real-life story of Fred Hampton, the deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther party.

Set in the late 1960s, the film follows Hampton, played by Daniel Kaluuya, as he's betrayed by William O'Neal, an FBI informant played by Lakeith Stanfield.

Co-written and directed by Shaka King, the film has the blessing of Hampton's widow and her son, Fred Hampton Jr.

Both Kaluuya and Stanfield received Best Supporting Actor nods for the film. Stanfield told People that playing the role of O'Neal took such a toll on him that he went to therapy afterwards.

The historical drama is nominated for five Academy Awards total. It made history by becoming the first Best Picture nominee made by all Black producers.

The film is out now on video on demand.

Tune in to the 93rd Oscars Sunday, April 25, live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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Final group of 'Jeopardy!' guest hosts announced

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Jeopardy! has announced the final group of guest hosts to finish the game show's 37th season.

On Wednesday, Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards shared the list of names, including Good Morning America co-anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, CNBC's Squawk on the Street co-anchor and former Celebrity Jeopardy! champion David Farber, Emmy-winning sportscaster Joe Buck and actor and director LeVar Burton.

As part of each guest host's appearance, a donation will be made to a charity of their choice. The amount donated will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete during the week they serve as guest host.

"Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host," Richards said in a statement. "Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening."

As Jeopardy! producers are still searching for a host to take the helm of the iconic game show, many on social media have expressed Burton would be the best for the role. Fans even created a Change.org petition to have Burton take the reins following the passing of longtime host Alex Trebek.

Upon Richards' announcement of the upcoming hosts, Burton thanked his followers for their support.

"THANK YOU… to all y'all for your passionate support! I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and will do my utmost best to live up to your faith you in me," he wrote. "YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time."

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Eric Andre claims he was racially profiled at Atlanta airport

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Comedian Eric Andre took to social media on Wednesday to share an alleged racial profiling incident that unfolded while he was waiting for his flight.

The Bad Trip star says two officers stopped him for a "random" drug search while he was boarding a plane that was set to depart from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Tweeting directly at Atlanta's mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Andre wrote, "I was just racially profiled by two plain clothes Atlanta PD police in @Delta terminal T3 at the Atlanta airport. They stopped me on the way down the bridge to the plane for a 'random' search and asked they could search me for drugs. I told them no. Be careful."

The 38-year-old actor continued in a follow up message, "At that moment, I was the only POC on line" and told the mayor, "I know this isn’t the PD you want representing in your airports."

While Andre insisted he's fine, he demanded to know the officers' names so he could file a complaint.

After some investigating, Bottoms returned Andre's messages to let him know that the agents who stopped him were not members of Atlanta PD, explaining, "It’s my understanding that this was not APD, but another one of the many agencies working in the airport. We are working to confirm."

Currently, it is unknown which organization stopped Andre at the terminal.

Page Six has since spoken with a Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport representative, who identified the agency involved in the exchange, saying, "We determined that the incident involved officers from the Clayton County Drug Task force.  The task force operates separately from the Atlanta Police Airport Drug Interdiction Unit.  Officials from ATL and APD are scheduled to meet with Clayton County law enforcement officers next week to review procedures."

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