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The big bank theory: TV producer Chuck Lorre donates $30 million to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Chuck Lorre, the producer behind hits like The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and 2 Broke Girls is sharing the wealth with Los Angeles' esteemed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Lorre and his Lorre Family Foundation has anted up $30 million in an effort to create a new school "for underserved individuals seeking to grow their healthcare career opportunities."

"The Chuck Lorre School of Allied Health will provide industry-leading training for emerging healthcare professionals in six areas of work that are chronically understaffed...respiratory therapy, pharmacy technician training, clinical laboratory science, MRI technology, radiologic technology or echo/cardio technology -- areas identified as the most in-demand staffing needs in hospital settings," Cedars' announcement notes.

According to the medical center, the school's "intensive and immersive programs will range from six to 24 months, in-person and online, with students receiving pay while they train with some of the most qualified medical experts in the nation."

In the announcement, Lorre noted, "Choosing to collaborate with Cedars-Sinai, one of healthcare’s most respected institutions, was not a tough call for me. When the opportunity presented itself to provide training and certificates for underserved individuals in our community, which in some instances would double their salaries, I was all in."

The TV producer said the new school named in his honor will bring about, "long term impacts in our communities."

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Oscar-nominated 'Dune' writer Jon Spaihts going to Netflix's 'Gears of War' film

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Netflix announced Tuesday that Jon Spaihts, who wrote the 2016 Marvel Studios hit Doctor Strange, and received an Academy Award nomination for 2021's Dune, will be behind the keyboard for its feature film adaptation of the bestselling Gears of War video game series.

The Gears of War series has sold more than 40 million copies, and centers on, "A society divided and on the brink of collapse" that "faces total extinction by the Locust, a monstrous threat from below."

Enter Delta Squad, "a ragtag fireteam led by disgraced sergeant Marcus Fenix," who is "charged with leading humanity's last stand."

Spaihts, who also wrote the script to 2023's Dune: Part 2, noted, "Gears of War is one of the all-time great action games, with vivid characters, a beautifully designed world, and a combat system that drives home the lethality of war and the importance of standing by your squadmates. It wants to be cinema, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to help that happen."

The Coalition, the creatives behind the games, said, "Jon is a master storyteller with a talent for creating epic science fiction universes and he truly loves Gears of War. We couldn't ask for a better partner to honor our franchise and deliver an authentic story to our fans."

Still no word yet on whether Dave Bautista, a superfan who once called Fenix "a dream role" -- and whose face and voice could be swapped for the original star, John DiMaggio, in Gears 5 thanks to fan demand -- is involved.

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Gwyneth Paltrow appears in Utah courtroom over 2016 skiing accident

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Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow found herself in a Utah courtroom Tuesday, in a civil trial stemming from a 2016 skiing accident.

Paltrow is being sued by Dr. Terry Sanderson, who claims Paltrow collided with him on the slopes of the Deer Valley Resort in February of 2016, and then skiied away from the scene.

According to ABC News affiliate WTVX, Sanderson claims Paltrow was "skiing out of control and too fast for her ability" when she allegedly struck him. His attorneys claim he suffered four broken ribs, a brain injury and other injuries in the collision.

Sanderson also claimed resort employees filed a false report claiming he was at fault, and failed to contact medical personnel at the time.

However, Paltrow claimed she was the one who was struck by Sanderson, whom she says apologized and said he was OK. The actress countersued the retired optometrist in 2019.

Her countersuit reads, in part, "Three years after a ski collision, Plaintiff [Sanderson] threw a press conference to assert that Gwyneth Paltrow had struck him...He demanded Ms. Paltrow pay him millions. If she did not pay, she would face negative publicity resulting from his allegations."

Further, Paltrow's suit adds, "Plaintiff admits he does not remember what happened. Ms. Paltrow remembers what happened very clearly," and further states that Paltrow received a "full body blow" from Sanderson from behind while she was skiing "slowly" because her family was below her getting skiing lessons.

Court documents show Sanderson was initially seeking more than $3 million in damages, but that has been amended to $300,000, according to WTVX. Paltrow's countersuit seeks just $1, plus attorney fees.

The civil trial is expected to last eight days.

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Wanna live in Barbie's Dream Home? HGTV announces new reality show tied to upcoming movie


In a bit of corporate synergy, HGTV has announced the Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge, a new home design reality series timed to the release of Warner Bros. Discovery's upcoming Barbie movie. The series will see one lucky participant win a real-life version of the dollhouse of their childhood dreams.

Hosted by model, author and mom Ashley Graham, the "four nostalgia-filled episodes" will feature "celebrity guests, pop culture history and a plethora of Barbie surprises" as "eight teams of HGTV superstars...transform a Southern California home into a real-life Barbie Dreamhouse."

Featured on the show will be a deep bench of HGTV's home reno experts, including Jasmine Roth from Help! I Wrecked My House; Extreme Makeovers vet-turned Rock the Block's Ty Pennington; Windy City Rehab's Alison Victoria; Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson from Married to Real Estate; New Kids on the Block star-turned Farmhouse Fixer's Jonathan Knight; Christina Hall and James Bender from Christina on the Coast, and more.

The teams will not only renovate the house, they'll do so in a style that shows Barbie's evolution over the decades -- from a '70s disco for Ken's Den, to a 1960s "atomic age kitchen."

Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge will premiere this summer, but the network says to stay tuned to and via @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok using the hashtag #BarbieDreamHouseChallenge to find out more, including how you can win.

Barbie, starring Margot Robbie as the world's most famous blonde bombshell, hits theaters July 21.

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Online searches for 'Everything Everywhere' were everywhere after Oscars wins


While Everything Everywhere All at Once was already an award-winning film on its way to its sweep at the 95th Annual Academy Awards, internet searches reveal not everyone was familiar with the modestly-budgeted multiverse movie.

The showbiz news site Celeb Tattler commissioned Google search data on the film and its major players and found searches for the movie from the directing duo known as the Daniels jumped more than 1,044% after it took a mantel-full of awards, including Best Picture.

Even more impressive, searches for its Best Actress trophy-winning leading lady Michelle Yeoh also went through the roof: Searches for "Michelle Yeoh movies" jumped 3,024%.

The site notes 60-year-old Yeoh, already a global superstar thanks to dozens of martial arts and other Chinese language films before she broke through on our shores with the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and another Oscar winner, 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, added 450,000 Instagram followers after Oscar night.

Yeoh's Wikipedia page saw an 8,301% increase in views, according to the search data compiled by the site.

Ke Huy Quan, the former Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom star who scored a Best Supporting Actor award for the film that night, capped awards season with more than 616,000 new Insta followers.

Jamie Lee Curtis, already popular on Instagram, saw her follower count jump by more than 250,000 after nabbing the Best Supporting Actress trophy.

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Alexander Skarsgård is a dad! Actor confirms birth of first baby

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Alexander Skarsgård is a dad!

The Succession actor confirmed that he recently welcomed his first child with girlfriend Tuva Novotny while at the premiere for season 4 of the HBO series.

After being congratulated on his new bundle of joy, Skarsgård told Entertainment Tonight, "Thank you very much."

The Big Little Lies actor also showed off the stuffed animal he received, presumably for the baby, telling the outlet, "I got this on the red carpet. Thank you, thank you."

The confirmation comes months after Skarsgård, 46, and Novotny, 43, were spotted out in New York City in November with their baby.

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Kiernan Shipka, Charlie Plummer on their “important” coming-of-age film 'Wildflower'

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In the new coming-of-age film WildflowerKiernan Shipka stars as Bea, a high school senior with two neurodivergent parents who’s had to grow up faster than most kids her age.

It’s a heavy subject matter, and Shipka tells ABC Audio she was very aware of that.

“There was definitely a weight to it. It’s an important movie,” Shipka says. “I really felt that going to work every day, wanting to do justice to this character, these characters in this film, and make it the best it could possibly be.”

Charlie Plummer plays Bea’s boyfriend Ethan, who has also had to grow up quickly due to his fair share of struggles. This, Plummer says, is what drew him to the role.

“That was something that Kiernan and I both were interested in going into doing this, both of us coming from childhoods in which we were working in acting,” Plummer says. “Even though it’s not at all the same circumstances as the film, there’s a certain connective tissue to those feelings of the responsibility of being an adult in certain settings, and then having this freedom of being a kid, and it’s hard to oscillate back and forth and feel free in doing so.”

And, while the film doesn’t shy away from showing struggle, Shipka says it is all rooted in love.

“I feel proud to be involved with a movie that is so based in love and acceptance and joy in one’s life, even if life is tough,” Shipka says. “That people can watch and maybe leave and want to hug someone or call someone or hang out with a family member – I love that. I’m just proud at large to be a part of a movie with a message I really love.”

Wildflower is out Tuesday on On Demand and Digital.

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"It sucks he's not here": Keanu Reeves talks the loss of 'John Wick' series co-star Lance Reddick at premiere


(NOTE LANGUAGE) At the movie's premiere at Los Angeles' famed TCL Chinese Theatre Monday night, John Wick: Chapter 4 star Keanu Reeves mourned the recent loss of his franchise co-star, Lance Reddick.

The versatile The Wire veteran, who played The Continental Hotel's concierge, Charon, in the shoot-em-up series, died suddenly at 60 last Friday from what his rep called natural causes.

"He was a beautiful person, a special artist [and] a man of grace and dignity," Reeves told Deadline Monday, declaring that Reddick had "such a passion for his craft."

He added, "To have had the chance to work with him over the 10 years and four films is something very special to me." Clearly emotional, Reeves added, "It f****ing sucks he's not here."

Series director Chad Stahelski and Reeves both dedicated the movie to their fallen friend, and for the premiere, Reeves and co-stars including Laurence Fishburne wore blue lapel ribbons in Reddick's honor.

"...He was a great man, a great human [and] we're all just fortunate enough to have spent the last 10 years of our lives working with him," Stahelski told Deadline. "He was a mentor, a friend, a great human being and I think the best way to help remember him and celebrate him is never forgetting how much he touched us."

Reddick was given a standing ovation at the premiere, led by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group head Joe Drake.

The actor is survived by wife Stephanie Reddick, daughter Yvonne, and son Christopher.

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Details emerge about Amanda Bynes' psychiatric hold

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ABC News has confirmed that Amanda Bynes was placed on a psychiatric hold early Sunday morning in Los Angeles.

TMZ initially reported that Bynes was spotted wandering naked through a rough neighborhood and later called 911 on herself. Now, a law enforcement source tells ABC News that around 6:40 Sunday morning, Bynes was in the parking lot of a Sizzler restaurant when the LAPD received a call about a female with mental illness. Responding officers found Bynes at that location.

The source further confirms Bynes was cleared by Los Angeles paramedics before a mental health team that was also dispatched transported her to a hospital and placed her on a psychiatric hold, known in California as a 5150 hold.

Bynes reportedly "made no threats" on the emergency call.

The 36-year-old actress' struggle with mental health was at the center of a nine-year conservatorship that was placed on her affairs. It was terminated last year, nearly a year to the day of this recent incident.

Bynes' mother, Lynn Bynes, was put temporarily in charge following a 2013 incident in which the Easy A actress reportedly started a fire in a neighbor's driveway, which came on the heels of previous erratic behavior. After the driveway incident, the actress was placed on a temporary psychiatric hold.

The conservatorship was reinstated in 2014, the same year Bynes revealed she'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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In Brief: Kate McKinnon stars in 'In the Blink of an Eye' film, and more

Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live alum Kate McKinnon has been tapped to star in the upcoming feature In The Blink of An Eye directed by Andrew Stanton, the Oscar-winning helmer of Finding Nemo and WALL-E, sources tell Deadline. The film, per the outlet, "follows three storylines, spanning thousands of years,“ that “intersect and reflect on hope, connection and the circle of life." McKinnon will next be seen in Barbie, opposite Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, due out this summer...

Variety reports Get Out, Us and Nope filmmaker Jordan Peele is set to release a fourth as yet untitled film, slated for a December 25, 2024 debut. Details on the movie, including plot, genre or possible stars, are being kept under wraps...

The Shield alum Michael Chiklis has joined the cast of Hotel Cocaine, alongside Danny Pino, according to Deadline. The crime thriller follows a Cuban expatriate, played by Pino, who is the general manager of the Mutiny Hotel, the epicenter of the Miami cocaine scene of late 1970s and early ‘80s. Chiklis will play Agent Zulio "who will stop at nothing to shut down the drug trade, even if it means using innocent civilians to accomplish his ends," per the outlet. Chiklis will next be seen in The Senior, a football drama from Rod Lurie...

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'The Bachelor' recap: A broken promise leaves Zach's relationships in jeopardy

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It was fantasy suites week on Monday's episode of The Bachelor and Zach, despite setting firm parameters on intimacy, found his relationships on shaky ground.

Zach made an agreement with each of the remaining ladies ahead of their overnight dates, that they would avoid being intimate with each other so they could better focus on the important questions that needed to be addressed before making a lifetime commitment.

Zach stuck to the plan during his first overnight with Ariel, but when it came to Gabi, temptation got the better of him and ended up going back on his word.

Left with a guilty conscience, Zach decided that, in fairness to the others, he had to come clean with the other women about what happened between him and Gabi. Zach's plan to be transparent with the others didn't sit well with her, suggesting that it was a private moment that should be kept between them. She ended up supporting his decision, but in a confessional revealed that she felt "blindsided," adding, "my trust has been broken."

Needless to say, when he laid the bombshell on Kaity to start off their date she was "crushed" and seriously considered not showing up for the second half. She ultimately decided to try and move forward and spent the night with Zach in the fantasy suite.

At the rose ceremony, Ariel was sent home, though Gabi and Kaity were both left with serious questions that needed to be answered before accepting a proposal from Zach.

The Bachelor returns with its season 26 finale Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Amanda Bynes reportedly under psychiatric hold after being spotted naked on Los Angeles street

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Nearly a year to the day she was given control back of her life, Amanda Bynes' mental health has reportedly taken a sad turn. According to TMZ, a passerby spotted the former Amanda Show star wandering naked in Los Angeles early Sunday morning.

Bynes reportedly waved down a car, telling the driver she was coming down from a psychotic episode, and then called 911 on herself, according to TMZ. After arriving at a police station unharmed, she was placed under a routine 72-hour psychiatric hold. That 5150 hold can be extended if the case, or the patient, warrants it. 

Bynes' struggle with mental health was at the center of the nine-year conservatorship that was placed on her affairs. It was terminated last year. 

Bynes' mother, Lynn Bynes, was put temporarily in charge following a 2013 incident in which the Easy A actress reportedly started a small fire in a neighbor's driveway, which came on the heels of previous erratic behavior. After the driveway incident, the actress was placed on a temporary psychiatric hold.

The conservatorship was reinstated in 2014, the same year Bynes revealed she'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Bynes was to appear with other stars at the 90s Con in Connecticut over the weekend, but pulled out last minute over a reported "illness."

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Marvel movie moves: Longtime producer Victoria Alonso exits Marvel Studios

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Victoria Alonso, whose name has been seen in the credits of Marvel movies since 2008's Iron Man, has left the building, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While the hit-making studio is characteristically mum, the trade reports Alonso left the studio Friday. No reason was given for the move.

The exec, who was a co-producer on other MCU building blocks like 2011's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, was upped to executive producer on 2012's smash The Avengers. But her name has been all over MCU properties from the big and small screen, including WandaVision, for which she received her first Emmy nomination.

The creative and executive, who was promoted in 2012 to president, physical and post-production, visual effects and animation production for Marvel Studios, was a prominent proponent of boosting diversity into the company's superhero properties.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Julianne Hough set to join season 32 of 'Dancing with the Stars' as co-host

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Julianne Hough will join season 32 of Dancing with the Stars as a co-host, Good Morning America has confirmed.

She will co-host the hit dance competition show alongside Alfonso Ribeiro, who joined the show in season 31.

Hough makes her return to the show after competing as a pro for five seasons and acting as a judge for several seasons; she won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy in seasons 4 and 5.

Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough are all set to return as judges. Len Goodman retired from Dancing with the Stars last year.

"It is such an honor to be rejoining Dancing with the Stars as co-host," Julianne shared in a statement obtained by GMA.

"The show holds such a special place in my heart from the many years and different roles I have had the privilege of being a part of," her statement continued. "The incredible team that brings the ballroom to life every night has been my family for the past 17 years."

Hough expressed, "I am so excited to reunite with Alfonso, Carrie Ann, Bruno, Derek, the unbelievably talented pros, and the amazing cast on the dance floor. The energy is magnetic every time you step foot into the ballroom and I can't wait to feel it again — and of course to share it all with the absolute best and most loyal fans — for another exciting season."

News of Hough's return to DWTS comes after Tyra Banks announced last week she was exiting the show to focus on her entrepreneurial endeavors.

Dancing with the Stars will return to Disney+ in the fall.

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White House hosts cast of Apple TV+'s 'Ted Lasso' to discuss mental health

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will be hosting the cast of Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso at the White House Monday to discuss the importance of talking about mental health.

Prior to the visit, several actors from the hit show, including Emmy winners Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein, attended the top of a briefing held by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

"No matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter who you voted for, we all probably know someone — or have been that someone ourselves actually — that's struggled, that's felt isolated, that's felt anxious, that's felt alone," show co-creator Sudeikis said at Monday's briefing. "And it's actually one of the many things that, believe it or not, that we all have in common as human beings."

Sudeikis called on Americans to check in with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others to see how they're doing and for people to not be afraid to ask for help if they need it.

The series, which saw its third season premiere last week, has dealt extensively with the issue.

Lasso is an American football coach who moves to England to coach a Premier League soccer team. He generally has a sunny disposition, but cracks begin to show as past trauma catches up with him.
Dr. Sharon Fieldstone, played by Sarah Niles, who had been brought in to help one of the team's soccer players after a penalty kick gone wrong, finally sees Ted seek her counsel after he suffers a debilitating panic attack.

Sudeikis told the press Monday, "Look, I know in this town a lot of folks don't always agree and don't always feel heard, seen, listened to," he said. "But I truly believe that we should all do our best to help take care of each other."

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