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Kevin Costner reportedly mulling 'Yellowstone' exit, with Matthew McConaughey in the wings

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While sources at Paramount Network denied it to the trade, Deadline reports Kevin Costner is seeking to ride off into the sunset when it comes to Yellowstone.

Deadline reports Costner, who plays series patriarch John Dutton, has issues with the shooting schedule of the Taylor Sheridan-created series, and his decreasing availability was "causing morale problems for the other stars of the show, which includes Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille and Gil Birmingham."

What's more, the trade insists not only could a compromise not be struck with the Oscar winner, who recently received a Golden Globe for his work on the series, but that the network is looking to continue the Dutton saga in another form with another Oscar winner, Matthew McConaughey, at the helm.

However, a Paramount Network source replied to the trade that there's "no news to report."

The source continued, "Kevin Costner is a big part of Yellowstone and we hope that's the case for a long time to come. Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on franchise expansions of this incredible world he has built."

However, the spokesperson added, "Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent with whom we’d love to partner."

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'1923' star Brandon Sklenar on Spencer "coming in hot" to save the Dutton clan

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(SPOILERS) On Sunday night, Paramount+'s Yellowstone prequel 1923 returned. Fans have been gearing up for World War 1 vet-turned-big game hunter Spencer Dutton to return to the States to get some revenge against the baddies that shot up his family and are threatening their ranch.

As if going one-on-one against man-eating animals wasn't enough to convince viewers how hardcore Spencer is, Helen Mirren's character, Cara Dutton, warned the villains in the prior episode, "I cannot wait for you to meet my nephew."

When one snarks he's met him and "isn't impressed," Cara replies slyly, "Not this one."

That line wasn't lost on Brandon Sklenar, who plays the swashbuckling adventurer.

"I obviously had read that in the script, but then when I watched the episode for the first time, even I was kind of I was like, 'Oh, damn. All right, well, I better come in hot,'" he says with a laugh to ABC Audio. "Yeah, really setting the stage there, Aunt Cara."

Sklenar continues, "It just, from an audience standpoint ... it's very cool." He adds, "He's got a lot to fight for and redemption and his love for his family, which is so incredibly strong. And you really see that as this progresses, just how deep that ... well goes."

However, getting from Africa to Montana in 1923 isn't as easy as today: Viewers saw Spencer and his new bride, Alexandra (Julia Schlaepfer), facing a perilous sea voyage before getting home — and the cliffhanger episode ending won't be resolved until February 12.

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'The Last of Us' to drop early episode to dodge the Super Bowl

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The forthcoming fifth episode of HBO's hit video game adaptation The Last of Us will drop two days early, on Friday, February 10, at 9 p.m. ET, instead of its traditional Sunday slot.

The swap out is only being done for this upcoming weekend to avoid any lost viewers to Super Bowl LVII.

Starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us has been scoring impressive numbers on both HBO and HBO Max since its debut on January 15; the show's acclaimed third chapter, titled "Long, Long Time," attracted 6.4 million viewers — up 12% from its second episode.

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Meagan Good reflects on shooting 'Harlem' TV series amid her divorce

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Season 2 of Harlem debuted Friday on Prime Video, and shooting the episodes was extremely emotional for series star Meagan Good because she was going through a divorce from DeVon Franklin.

They filed legal papers in December 2021 during production on the new season as they were approaching their 10-year anniversary.

"That was kind of like a tough week, and then right after that we officially got divorced," the Think Like A Man star told USA Today.

"There's a scene when I'm crying in the first episode … that night was one of the toughest nights," Good continues. "I could not wait to shoot that scene because I was like, I need a good cry that I'm saving for this moment. And there is something kind of cathartic about being able to release in your character and to have life experiences that only make you a better actor and make you more intuitive."

Now Meagan is focused on Harlem season 2, as four female friends in their 30s try to balance their personal and professional lives in New York City.

Like Good, her character, Camille, was trying to cope with difficult times.

"She was going through a moment of self-discovery and she was having moments where she felt like she failed and then she also was like, 'Oh, I gotta pick myself back up and keep moving forward and fight for that joy and continue to learn and self-reflect,'" the 41-year-old actress says.

Meagan is finding her joy not only in acting, but also working behind the camera, as she directed season 2's second episode. 

"I have such a joy in directing that it doesn't matter how sad I am, if I get to direct I'm a happy girl," she says.

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Alright, alright, uh-huh: Matthew McConaughey to voice Elvis in animated action series for Netflix

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Elvis Presley may have changed rock 'n' roll, but did you know he walked on the moon? That's just one of the adventures The King gets up to in the trailer to Netflix's adult animated series Agent Elvis, with Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey voicing Presley.

The series, co-produced by Priscilla Presley, posits that Elvis "trades his jumpsuit for a jetpack" after he's actually recruited into "a secret government spy program to battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves -- all while holding down his day job."

McConaughey is also producing the project, which was shepherded by Archer veteran Mike Arnold. Indeed, the animation and madcap action definitely share some DNA with that other cartoon spy show: At one point, Elvis dispatches a baddie with a "really nice pen" and also sees an interrogation suspect murdered by a chimp secret agent holding a revolver.

(Trailer contains uncensored profanity.)

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Jennifer Hudson congratulates Viola Davis on becoming the latest EGOT winner

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When Viola Davis became the 18th entertainer to join the EGOT club Sunday night as she won her first Grammy, EGOT winner Jennifer Hudson was among the first people to congratulate her.

The Respect star shared a video of Davis' acceptance speech and tweeted, "Viola Davis just became EGOT #18!!! Omg @violadavis U are absolutely everything! Congratulations to a living LEGEND. Time to celebrate!!!"

Davis won Best Audiobook, Narration & Storytelling Recording for her memoir, Finding Me.

"Oh my God! I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola, to honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything," The Woman King star said in accepting the award. "And it has just been such a journey. I just EGOT!"

The 57-year-old actress won a Tony Award in 2001 for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in King Hedley II. She won her second Tony in 2010 for Best Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in Fences.

In 2017, Davis received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the play's film adaptation. She won her first Emmy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away with Murder. Viola made history as the first Black actress to win the category.

Hudson became an EGOT winner in June 2022 when she received a Tony as a producer of A Strange Loop, which was named Best Musical.

The singer/actress previously received an Academy Award in 2007 as Best Supporting Actress in Dreamgirls; a Best R&B Album Grammy in 2009 for her self-titled debut album; and a Daytime Emmy Award in 2021 for co-producing the Baba Yaga animated short, which won Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program.

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Alan Cumming says 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion' sequel long overdue

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Alan Cumming is not happy Romy and Michele's High School Reunion still doesn't have a sequel.

The Tony-winning Traitors star told The A.V. Club he'd "love" to reprise his role from the 2005 hit comedy in which he starred with Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino if given the chance. However, that chance hasn't come yet. "I think the fact that there hasn't been is a really big example of the misogyny of Hollywood," the actor laments.

Cumming also hinted Hollywood may also be resisting the sequel because Kudrow and Sorvino are in their 50s. He said, "I think that the things I've heard about why, sort of like, 'Oh, you know, they're getting on a bit, older women, blah blah blah.' Terrible, when it's such a popular film. If it was two men in that, you know, two men successful film, we would've had six by now."

He adds, there have been "rumors" of a sequel for years, but nothing has come of it so far. "I'd be very game for it," he continues. "You know, I have such fond memories of that film, and obviously it's sort of this cultural iconic thing. Everybody of a certain generation, it's really such a special thing for them."

Kudrow and Sorvino appeared last year on The Late Late Show with James Corden and literally toasted the film's 25th anniversary. "Why not?" Kudrow said then of the possibility of a sequel.

"There seems to be a hunger for Romy and Michele, still," Sorvino said, adding, "it might be the most important thing I've ever been a part of."

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In Brief: More awards for 'Banshees' ahead of Oscars, and more

The Banshees of Inisherin and Tár were the big winners at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards, reports ColliderTár won three awards at the Sunday ceremony, including top prize Film of the Year and Director of the Year for Todd Field, while Cate Blanchett won Actress of the Year. Banshees took home five awards, including Actor of the Year for Colin Farrell, Best Supporting Actor for Barry Keoghan, Best Supporting Actress for Kerry Condon, Screenwriter of the Year for Martin McDonagh and The Attenborough Award for British/Irish Film of the Year...

NSYNC singer Lance Bass announced that he and husband Michael Turchin will voice a married pair on the animated Nickelodeon show Bossy Bear. They will play dads Tyler and Greg, an anthropomorphic owl and red squirrel. "We’ve come a loooooong way from my Saturday morning cartoons. Thank you to Nickelodeon for allowing this type of representation on television. Small for some but HUGE for our community," Bass wrote. The episode will air March 6...

Murphy Brown star Charles Kimbrough, who played co-anchor Jim Dial on the sitcom, has died. The Tony and Emmy-nominated actor was 86. Deadline reports no cause of death was provided but that he died on January 11 in Culver City, California. The late actor is also known for voicing the gargoyle Victor in the 1996 animated Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame and its 2002 sequel. He also starred as Harry in the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Company as well as appearing in Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George...

Although Avatar: The Way of Water was dethroned in this week's weekend box office, but it is now officially the third-biggest IMAX movie in history. Collider reports the film has amassed $247 million from global IMAX screens and  $85.7 million when looking at just its domestic totals. In China, it's the country's second-highest-grossing IMAX film with a total of $52 million earned...

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is selling signed posters to support Ukraine. He told Politico he signed "a limited amount" of Star Wars posters that would entice "real hardcore collectors — especially those that have disposable income." Hamill added he hasn't signed posters since 2017 for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He said funds raised will support the fundraising platform United24, which will assist Ukraine in replenishing its drone supply. In September, Hamill was announced an ambassador for United24's "Army of Drones" project. A date for when the posters go on sale was not revealed. February 24 will mark a full year since Russia invaded Ukraine...

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'Knock at the Cabin' dethrones 'Avatar: The Way of Water' at weekend box office with $14.2M opening

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Pandora has fallen and M. Night Shyamalan's Knock at the Cabin has risen to the #1 spot in the weekend box office.

The horror-thriller earned $14.2 million in its opening week and bested Avatar: The Way of Water, which previously held the top spot for seven weeks. However, Knock at the Cabin's number is also the lowest debut of Shyamalan's career. Previously, Old had held the record after making $16.8 on its opening weekend.

Knock at the Cabin wasn't the only movie that eclipsed Avatar in the weekend box office. Paramount's 80 for Brady — which features Rita Moreno, Jane Fonda, Sally Field and Lily Tomlin — claimed second place after collecting $12.5 million across 2,912 theaters in North America.

Avatar slipped to third place this week, earning an additional $10.8 million in its eighth week of release, pushing its North American box office total to $636 million. Globally, the movie has amassed a $2.174 billion fortune and is currently the fourth highest-grossing movie in the world.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish finished in fourth place this week after collecting an additional $7.9 million in its seventh week of release, while BTS: Yet to Come in Cinemas rounded out the top five. The BTS concert film covers the band's October concert in Busan, South Korea.

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Grammys 2023: Harry Styles wins Album of the Year, Beyoncé breaks record, Bonnie Raitt takes Song of the Year

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It was the biggest night in music at the 2023 Grammy Awards Sunday night, hosted by Trevor Noah live from Los Angeles' Crypto.com Arena.

The first award of the night went to Harry Styles, who snagged Best Pop Vocal Album for Harry's House. He later claimed the coveted Album of the Year for the 2022 project as well. Other award winners included Adele, who won Best Pop Solo Performance for "Easy On Me" and Lizzo, whose "About Damn Time" earned her Record of the Year.

Lizzo dedicated her award to the late Prince and shared a message of inspiration, telling the crowd, "Just stay true to yourself, because I promise you you will find people, you will attract people in your life who believe in you and support you."

One of the night's biggest moments came when Beyoncé broke the record for most Grammy wins of all time with 32, after winning Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for RENAISSANCE. The record was previously held by classical conductor Georg Solti.

"I’m trying not to be too emotional and I’m trying to just receive this night," she said during her acceptance speech. "I want to thank God for protecting me... I’d like to thank the queer community for your love and for inventing this genre."

Bonnie Raitt was a surprise winner, taking home three trophies, including Song of the Year for “Just Like That.” She was shocked to beat out big hits like Harry Styles’ "As It Was," Adele's "Easy on Me" and Lizzo’s "About Damn Time" and others.

Bonnie, 73, also won Best Americana Performance for “Made Up Mind” and Best American Roots Song for “Just Like That.” The new wins bring Bonnie’s lifetime Grammy total to 13, while the two wins for “Just Like That” mark her first Grammy trophies as a songwriter.

One of the more emotional moments came during the touching tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, who passed away in November. The performance of her classic “Songbird” featured Christine’s bandmate Mick Fleetwood on drums and Sheryl Crow on piano and vocals, assisted by Raitt.

Other performances included Lizzo, who hit the stage with a powerhouse choir to sing her songs "About Damn Time" and "Special," and Styles, who performed "As It Was."

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'Saturday Night Live' pokes fun at Chinese spy balloon drama in cold open

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Saturday Night Live had a ball — or shall we say, a balloon — with its latest cold open.

The skit begins with Chloe Fineman, as MSNBC's Katy Tur, reporting that the "national nightmare" of the Chinese spy balloon has come to an end. The surveillance balloon, which moved across the country last week, was shot down by the U.S. military on Saturday off the coast of South Carolina.

Fineman, as Tur, talks about the mixed reaction over the Biden administration handling of the incident before allegedly tuning into a live feed of the ocean, showing a special appearance by Bowen Yang playing the balloon's floating remains.

"I entertain you people for four days but then get shot down by Biden! I can't believe I'm Joe's Osama," Yang complains. When asked why he flew over Montana, the comedian jokes that he loves Yellowstone. "It's like Succession, but outside," he quips.

Yang also takes issue with the balloon's estimated size being about three buses. "Ouch. I'm a balloon, so that's my body. How would you like it if someone measured your width in buses?" he declares.

When addressing concerns that he was a spy balloon, Yang remarks, "Everyone is being surveilled constantly, but it's always 'Shoot the balloon' and never 'Unplug Alexa.' If you care so much about your data, why do you all keep your bank passwords in the Notes app? You mail your literal DNA to a company to find out if you're 10 percent French!"

Yang jokes that the quality of the photos he allegedly took were on par with "your aunt [taking] a concert video on her iPad." He also alleges he was racially profiled because he's Chinese. However, he eventually lets it slip that he really was spying on the U.S.

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Melinda Dillon, the mom in 'A Christmas Story', 'Close Encounters', dead at 83

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The Hollywood Reporter notes actress Melinda Dillon passed away on January 9. One might not recognize her name, but the actress logged memorable performances as the matriarch in 1977's Close Encounters of the Third Kind for Steven Spielberg, as well as 1983's holiday classic A Christmas Story.

A Tony-nominated actress, Dillon was twice nominated for an Academy Award, as well: for Close Encounters, in which she played the mom of an alien-abducted kid, and in 1981 for her performance in Absence of Malice opposite Paul Newman.

Dillon also appeared as John Lithgow's wife in 1987's Harry and the Hendersons and 1991's The Prince of Tides opposite Barbra Streisand. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Paul Thomas Anderson's 1999 drama Magnolia.

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One day at a time: Jamie Lee Curtis celebrates 24 years of sobriety

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On her Instagram, Oscar-nominated Everything Everywhere All at Once star Jamie Lee Curtis celebrated a major milestone: nearly a quarter century of sobriety.

"8760 DAYS OF SOBRIETY = 24 YEARS," Curtis captioned her post, which was next to a picture of her hand holding her landmark sober coin — and her cute white poodle-mix pooch.

"There are so many people who are in the prison of addiction," Jamie continued. "Through recovery rooms all over the world. I've been able to find myself again. Safe. Satisfied. Strong. Steady. For anyone struggling today in that prison, I woke up today sober as an example that it is possible and that there is help for you and hands reaching out to offer you a step up into the light!"

She also credited her sister and a colleague with offering those hands of help: "The community of people in recovery have been amazing," Curtis concluded.

The actress has been very vocal about her sobriety. In 2018, the Halloween series star revealed to People that her addiction to pain pills began in the late '80s and lasted 10 years.

"I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic," she said at the time. "I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one."

She says she was initially prescribed opiates after minor plastic surgery "for my hereditary puffy eyes" and soon began abusing the painkillers, even stealing pills from friends and family.

In 1999, she sought help and attended her first recovery meeting, she told the magazine.

Curtis' family has a long history of addiction. Her father, actor Tony Curtis, battled alcohol, cocaine and heroin addictions, and her half-brother Nicholas Curtis died of a heroin overdose in 1994.

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"You're dying, brother": Steve-O tries to reach 'Jackass' co-star Bam Margera about addiction

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While the Jackass gang was famous for performing death-defying stunts, Steve-O fears there's one situation his friend and fellow co-star Bam Margera won't escape: addiction.

Steve-O, born Stephen Gilchrist Glover, has been clean and sober for 15 years, and he implored Margera to reverse course; the latter has battled addiction for years without success.

On Thursday night, Steve-O appeared onstage with Margera at a live event; Steve-O said taking Bam on his comedy tour was an attempt to get Margera back on the straight and narrow. However, Steve-O later lamented it was short-lived.

Hours after the pair posed at the start of the show, Steve-O posted a plea to Instagram when he apparently learned Margera fell off the wagon.

The message was subsequently deleted, but not before fans grabbed a screen cap. "Bam, last night you had your five year old son with you on stage at my show, and you were blessed with the chance to spend another day or two with him — then as soon as you left my show, you stayed up all night getting loaded," Steve-O claimed.

"You say you want to have a relationship with your son, but your actions guarantee the exact opposite will happen ... I've tried everything I can but I can’t force you to get honest and do the work of recovery," he continued.

Steve-O added, "I wish you could know how much I’ve hated feeling braced for news of your death, but you’re making it clear that I have no other choice. You’re dying, brother, and it sucks that I can't do anything to save you."

There was no apparent response from Bam, but many of his fans implored him to straighten up.

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Harrison Ford says he doesn't get the movie star treatment on set

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While he certainly deserves it, considering his movies have made more than $9.3 billion worldwide, Harrison Ford says he doesn't get movie legend treatment on set.

The 80-year-old star of 1923 and the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, appeared on Live! With Kelly and Ryan on Friday. He was asked if his resume makes him intimidating for cast and crew.

"The answer is no," Ford said. "People treat me just like an ordinary person." And while some stars of his stature have been known to lord over productions, Ford has no such appetite. "I do like to be directed, by almost anyone," he added with a smile.

Ford also gave a taste of his final Indy adventure, which is set in 1969. "When we find him, he's on his last day at Hunter College as a professor, and the story goes on from there."

Kelly Ripa underlined, "So he's about to retire ... and all hell breaks loose?"

"It does, yeah," Ford said with a laugh.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny also stars Ford's Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade co-star John Rhys-Davies, Boyd Holbrook, Mads Mikkelson and Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The Lucasfilm movie from director James Mangold opens June 30.

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