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Report: Ex-‘Cosby Show’ star Geoffrey Owens accepts Tyler Perry’s ‘Have and Have Nots’ job offer

ABC(NEW YORK) — Former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens, who was famously “job shamed” after being photographed working at a Trader Joe’s, has a new gig, TMZ is reporting.

The gossip site reports that Owenshas accepted Tyler Perry’s tweeted-out offer to join the cast of the media mogul’s highly-rated OWN show The Haves and Have Nots. There’s no official word yet, but Owens will reportedly star in a recurring, 10-episode role on the show.

“I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!!” Perry tweeted at Owens, adding, “I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs.”

Owens said he worked at the Trader Joe’s for 15 months out of necessity and the store gave him the flexibility to pursue acting gigs. He’s since quit after all the attention, but the store has left it open for him to return.

Owens appeared on The Cosby Show from 1985 to 1992, and taught drama and directing at Yale for years. He’d also had recent acting gigs on shows like Elementary and The Affair

During an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, he admitted he was “devastated” by the recent pictures, but added he was quickly floored by the outpouring of support from people both within and outside of the entertainment industry. 

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‘Iron Fist’ season two is now live on Netflix

(L-R) Jessica Henwick, Finn Jones, Clayton Barber / ABC Radio(NEW YORK) — Season two of Marvel’s Iron Fist is now live on Netflix.

On the heels of last year’s original season — which was drubbed by some critics for fight scenes that were called “lackluster” — actor Finn Jones’ super-powered martial artist, aka Danny Rand, is back in action.

The character was better received when the subsequent superhero team-up series The Defenders debuted on the streaming service. He also briefly appeared in season two of Luke Cage, with Jones seeming much more comfortable in the role. 

That was no accident. This time, producers gave ample time for a new stunt coordinator, Creed and Black Panther veteran Clayton Barber, to train Jones, as well as co-stars Jessica Henwick, Alice Eve, and other cast members.

“The way you create that comfort, is allowing space in the schedule to be comfortable,” Jones told ABC Radio of his portrayal. “And so…post-Defenders. I was adamant…in making sure that there was space for me to thrive and luckily [producer] Raven [Metzner] wanted that… Clayton wanted that. Everyone…wanted the best for the show, they wanted the best for the character, and they wanted the best for me.”

For his part, Barber explains, “I said to [Jones]…’We’re going to do this together as a family. I’m going to coach you. You’re going to play quarterback. I expect you to go to the Super Bowl. Give me a hug.’ That’s exactly what I do. I look in their eyes and shake their hand and make a verbal contract with them. And if you break that contract, that’s on you…And they buy into it. They go, “You know what? You’re right.” 

That training took place in a facility in Brooklyn, New York, not far from when Jones lives. ABC Radio was given a tour of the gym, complete with a demonstration from Barber and some members of his stunt team.

He says of the process of training his actors, “Once you break a sweat with someone, and you see that that person is trying to give as much as they can and they see that you’re trying to get as much can, you do for a very special bond, because you are in this together — you’re in the same car.”

Jessica Henwick, who plays Danny’s love interest Colleen Wing, is quite convincing onscreen as a martial arts master, despite having no background for it. She explained why that might be. “I come from a dance background when I was a kid, so…I’m good at picking up choreography. I think all actors are like this: I have a very good short-term memory. So, I’ll learn a fight in an hour or something. But if you came to me the day after the fight and asked me to do it again I couldn’t do it. And if you are if you ask me what dialogue I had the next day I’m like, ‘I don’t even know what scene we filmed.’ It’s just gone. There’s just a hole in my memory. I should really get that checked,” she laughs.

Jones explains where Danny is when the show picks up. “Yeah he’s a bada**, but he’s also reckless and that’s kind of cool. But at the same time like he can’t do that forever, because he’s gone around he’s smashing s*** up and he’s burning himself out. He’s enjoying the power so much he’s not being responsible to his own body and to the people around him, you know, like the way that he treats Colleen. He thinks he’s doing the right thing because he’s protecting this city. But what he’s not realizing is he’s not completed yet, because he is not taking into account other factors. And that’s the journey that Daniel goes on this season — is it’s a journey of finding balance.”

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


 

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‘Peppermint’ and ‘The Nun’ among this week’s new releases

Photo: Tony Rivetti; © 2017 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:

* Peppermint — Jennifer Garner plays a young mother, out for revenge against a cartel that killed her husband and daughter. Also starring Kong: Skull Island‘s John Ortiz, The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr., Narcos‘ Juan Pablo Raba and Tyson Ritter. Rated R.

 

* The Nun — This spinoff of The Conjuring 2, and the fifth installment in The Conjuring franchise, follows a priest and a novice — played by Demián Bichir and American Horror Story: Murder House‘s Taissa Farmiga, respectively — who are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in 1952 Romania and are confronted by a demonic nun. Rated R.

 

* God Bless the Broken Road — A financially strapped young mother — played by Lindsay Pulsipher — struggles to raise her young daughter after losing her husband in Afghanistan. Jordin Sparks and Army Wives‘ Kim Delaney also star. Rated PG.



 

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‘Peppermint’ and ‘The Nun’ among his week’s new releases

Photo: Tony Rivetti; © 2017 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:

* PeppermintJennifer Garner plays a young mother, out for revenge against a cartel that killed her husband and daughter. Also starring Kong: Skull Island‘s John Ortiz, The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr., NarcosJuan Pablo Raba and Tyson Ritter. Rated R.

* The Nun — This spinoff of The Conjuring 2, and the fifth installment in The Conjuring franchise, follows a priest and a novice — played by Demián Bichir and American Horror Story: Murder House‘s Taissa Farmiga, respectively — who are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in 1952 Romania and are confronted by a demonic nun. Rated R.

* God Bless the Broken Road — A financially strapped young mother — played by Lindsay Pulsipher — struggles to raise her young daughter after losing her husband in Afghanistan. Jordin Sparks and Army WivesKim Delaney also star. Rated PG.



 

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Relive Cookie and Lucious’ roller-coaster romance featured in ‘Empire’ season five teaser

Fox(LOS ANGELES) — As the September 26 Empire season five broadcast premiere approaches on Fox, a new teaser for the upcoming season traces the emotional roller-coaster relationship of the king and queen of the Lyon family, Lucious and Cookie. 

In the season four finale, Cookie, played by Taraji P. Henson, and Lucious, portrayed by Terrence Howard, remarried in a courthouse.  In the new teaser, we relive their joy and pain — from meeting as children, to falling in love, to Cookie going to prison for 17 years and then coming back with vengeance. However, through all their pain, Cookie and Lucious were always there for each other.

“Regardless of what has happened between us Cookie, I love you,” Lucious says. “I would trade everything I ever had to make sure I never lose you again.”

Cookie says. “With you by my side, I can get through anything.”

New York City’s Tribeca TV Festival will debut the season five opening episode September 22, followed by a conversation with series star Jussie Smollett. Tickets are available on the festival website.

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The Academy nixes popular movie Oscar category pending “further study”

AMPAS(LOS ANGELES) — It seems the plan for a new popular movie category at the Oscars wasn’t so popular.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that it is putting the new category on hold pending “further study.” That means it will not be debuting at the upcoming 91st annual Academy Awards as previously planned.

The Academy says they realize “that implementing any new award nine months into the year creates challenges for films that have already been released.”

“There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson says in a statement. “We have made changes to the Oscars over the years — including this year — and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years.”

Changes to the ceremony’s run-time will remain in place, with the show now being shortened to three hours. To cut down on the length, some awards will be presented live in the theater during commercial breaks, and the winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast.

The Oscars will take place on February 24, 2019.

 

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Singer-turned ‘Jumanji’ star Nick Jonas now has two movies opening in 2019

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Nick Jonas may want to marry his fiancee Priyanka Chopra before next year, because his 2019 is shaping up to be pretty busy.

Last month, it was announced that Nick was joining the voice cast of the animated movie UglyDolls and doing an original song for the soundtrack.  That movie will be out May 10, 2019. 

Now comes the news that another movie starring Nick — whose last movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made more than 960 million bucks worldwide — will be hitting theaters in November of 2019.

According to The Wrap, the movie is Midway, from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich.  It’s based on the true story of the World War II Battle of Midway, told from the perspective of the sailors, pilots, and soldiers who fought it.

In addition to Nick, the movie stars Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Aaron Eckhart.

During the Battle of Midway, which took place over several days in 1942, the U.S. Navy dealt a crushing blow to the Imperial Japanese Navy.  The decisive battle took place six months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

Midway will open November 8, three days before Veterans Day.

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Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolly Parton and more react to passing of Burt Reynolds

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV(HOLLYWOOD, FL) Celebrities took to social media Thursday to mourn the death of movie legend Burt Reynolds, who passed away in Jupiter, Florida at the age 82.

 

Stars like Mark Wahlberg, who co-starred with Reynolds in Boogie Nights, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who considered Reynolds an inspiration, shared their thoughts, feelings and favorite anecdotes about the iconic actor.

Here are some of their reactions on Twitter:

Arnold Schwarzenegger — “Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor – check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.”

Mark Wahlberg — “Rest in peace to a legend and a friend. #BurtReynolds”

Reba McEntire — “My good friend has started a new journey. Rest in my peace my friend. I’ll never forget the wonderful times we spent together. #BurtReynolds”

Dolly Parton (Reynolds’ co-star in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) tweeted a photo of the two together in character, and wrote, “Oh how sad I am today along with Burt’s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of my favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor.  You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy. I will always love you, Dolly.”

Lena Dunham — “Burt Reynolds, you are the glorious dictionary definition of a golden man. Thank you for spreading your glow.”

Billy Dee Williams — “Burt Reynolds was a friend of mine, sad to hear of his passing.”

Steve Harvey — “Very sad to hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds. He was a great actor, a philanthropist and a pioneer of the cool mustache. Thank you, Burt. You will be missed.”

Michael Chiklis — “I owe my career, at least in part, to the great Burt Reynolds. Heartbroken to learn of his passing. He was one of a kind. A fun loving, charismatic talent who did many good deeds quietly, without personal expectation but rather out of the kindness of his extraordinary heart. RIP.”

Patton Oswalt — “Burt Reynolds & Clint Eastwood were fired from GUNSMOKE & RAWHIDE at the same time. Burt was told he couldn’t act and Clint his neck was too skinny. In the parking lot, Burt said to Clint, ‘I dunno what you’re gonna do, but I’m gonna take acting lessons.’

Kevin Smith — “As THE movie star of my childhood, the Bandit stole our hearts for decades. I always loved how Burt Reynolds worked with his friends as often as he could and then showcased the fun of movie-making in the end credits of his flicks. He was true American icon. Hate to see him go…”

Richard Marx — “I met Burt Reynolds once in a video store in the ’90s before he did Boogie Nights. He was by himself and no one seemed to notice him. I said, ‘I just want to thank you for many hours of entertainment.’ He smiled so big and shook my hand and said, ‘You made my day. Thank you.'”

Ricky Gervais — “RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.”

Josh Gad — “RIP to another legend. Grew up with my parents, my brothers and a worn out VHS copy of Cannon Ball Run, watched Deliverance on my first date with my wife (don’t ask) & revisit Boogie Nights every few months to marvel at his performance. A very great loss.”

And on Instagram:

Kate Hudson shared a throwback photo of herself as a child with mom Goldie Hawn and Reynolds, captioning it with the broken heart emoji.

Sylvester Stallone — “A sad day, my friend BURT REYNOLDS Has passed away. I remember him back in 1979, he always reminded me that I should’ve cast him as Colonel Trautman in FIRST BLOOD, I said that’s impossible, because you’re too expensive and too famous, and probably tougher than Rambo ! He laughed, He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much… RIP”

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Movie icon Burt Reynolds dead at 82

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(JUPITER, FL)– Burt Reynolds, the iconic star of movies like Smokey & the Bandit, The Cannonball Run, Deliverance, Boogie Nights and Semi-Tough, has died at the age of 82, ABC News has confirmed.

 

Reynolds got his start in television and the theater, and also had some minor film roles.  However, after he appeared in a 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan as the mag’s first celebrity male nude centerfold, he landed his first major starring role, in the controversial hit movie Deliverance. 

 

Soon, Reynolds’ tough-guy charm and ability to play both comedic and dramatic roles made him the country’s top box office draw in the ’70s.  Among his most notable films: 1974’s The Longest Yard, 1977’s Semi-Tough, and, that same year, his most successful movie, Smokey and the Bandit, which spawned a number of sequels.

 

Despite several box office bombs, Reynolds continued to be a major draw throughout the decade: Other movies included The End — which he directed — as well as Starting Over, Silent Movie and Hooper.

 

Reynolds’ box office popularity continued through the early ’80s with The Cannonball Run and its sequels, as well as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Man Who Loved Women and Sharky’s Machine.  As his movie career waned, the actor moved to Jupiter, Florida, opened a local theater, and then switched back to TV. 

 

From 1990 to 1994, Reynolds produced and starred in the sitcom Evening Shade, winning a Best Actor Emmy in the process.  His movie career during the ’90s was a bust, but in 1997, he made a huge comeback when he starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights as a porn movie director.  He was even nominated for an Oscar for the role, but lost, allegedly due to his combative relationship with the press and refusal to participate in any campaigning.

 

In the 2000s, Reynolds continued working in movies and TV, including guest roles on The X-Files, Ed and My Name is Earl, and parts in the film adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard and the comedy remake of The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler.

 

In addition to his acting work, Reynolds’ love life made him a tabloid fixture.  He was married to actress Judy Carne and then, famously, to blonde bombshell Loni Anderson, with whom he adopted a son, Quinton.  He also had long-term relationships with Dinah Shore and Sally Field, and was linked also linked to country star Tammy Wynette, tennis star Chris Evert, and actresses Adrienne Barbeau and Lucie Arnaz.

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Rob Lowe compares his 12-year-old ‘Bad Seed’ co-star to Oscar winners Allison Janney and Jodie Foster

Lifetime(NEW YORK) — Rob Lowe is no stranger to being the star on the TV screen, but the award-winning actor put on his director’s hat to pull double duty and top billing for his latest project, a remake of the 1950’s cult classic The Bad Seed.

“Directing it was a dream,” Lowe said Thursday on Good Morning America. He enthused over his young lead actress, 12-year-old McKenna Grace, saying she “gives the performance of a lifetime in this.”

Lowe explained, “The original actress who played the bad seed was nominated for an Oscar, so we needed to find somebody worthy,” adding, “When I was acting with her, I felt like I was looking into the eyes of like a Jodie Foster or an Allison Janney or a Maggie Smith — some of the great actors that I’ve worked with.”

Lowe said he had a very “specific” vision for the film. “The job of a director is to have a point of view that is so specific to you that the movie could not be made without it,” he explained. “When I read [The Bad Seed] as an actor, I thought, ‘I have such an idea for this movie,’ I really want to do this and it’s an ability for me at this point in my life to use all of the knowledge that I’ve built up over so many years of doing what I’ve been doing.”

And he said those scenes that he could “just direct” were “the best.”

“Oh, my gosh. No makeup, no hair, just direct, — when I had to direct myself, that was not my favorite. Turns out I’m very difficult to work with,” he said laughing.

The Bad Seed premieres Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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