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I still can't believe this is a story, but Oscars telecast producer Michael De Luca compared Sunday's Best Picture mix-up to the Hindenburg, a passenger airship that burst into flames as it attempted to dock in 1937. Are you serious?!

Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land had won the evening's top honor after being handed the envelope for the Best Actress Award, which had been presented to Emma Stone moments earlier. After the cast and crew of La La Land took the stage, it came to light Moonlight was the rightful Best Picture Oscar recipient and that group of artists stepped forward.

"I heard [fellow producer] Jennifer Todd next to me," De Luca recalled for KCRW's The Business radio show in an interview to air Thursday. "It was like the Hindenburg report. I literally heard: 'Oh my God! He got the wrong envelope!' And then it was slow motion. You perceive things slowly as the adrenaline rises and the cortisol floods your system."

The New York Post said tension between Beatty and Dunaway may have also contributed to the series of events that led to the awards-show disaster.

The newspaper cited an unnamed source as saying Beatty was unhappy about presenting the award with Dunaway and "refused to let his rehearsal be filmed, which they needed to block out the entire show properly."

The former Bonnie & Clyde co-stars also reportedly fought over who would read the winner's name and from what point they would enter the stage.

"It is no secret that there is no love lost there," the insider said. "Both nearly balked at doing it together at all."

Who knew that opening the wrong envelope could make the world collapse down around us? Oh, the humanity! Relax, folks.

Be Well,
Steve


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'Dancing with the Stars' cast revealed; Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei to compete
The Season 24 cast of Dancing with the Stars was revealed Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America.

The contestants include former ice skating champion Nancy Kerrigan, comedian Chris Kattan, model and professional bull rider Bonner Bolton, entertainer Charo, pro football player Rashad Jennings, retired baseball player David Ross, singer-actress Erika Jayne and Firth Harmony member Normani Kodei.

Also confirmed were the previously leaked celebrities Glee alum Heather Morris, 1980s icon Mr. T and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.

The new season is to debut March 20.


Shannen Doherty says she is finished with chemotherapy on social media
Shannen Doherty announced on social media that she is finished with chemotherapy in her ongoing fight against breast cancer.

"Last day of chemo. Exhausted. Now that I'm done with chemo and radiation, the waiting game is here," the former Beverly Hills 90210 star wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of herself staring into the camera while laying on her bed.

"Waiting for test. Waiting to see if I'm clear or not. Waiting for reconstruction. Waiting. I think when one gets cancer, they are always waiting to a certain extent," she continued.

"To those who know... I'm waiting with you. #cancerslayer."

Doherty, 45, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and announced in August 2016 that the disease has spread to her lymphatic system.

The actress has continued to chronicle her battle on social media, posting a video of herself in January dancing after receiving treatment. "I'm still moving!" she wrote at the time.


LOOSE LIPS:
"If I'm not part of the solution, I'm part of the problem."
--David Oyelowo, on fighting for more diversity in Hollywood, to Entertainment Weekly



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Which former cast member said there was a secret 'Friends' reunion?


'Alien: Covenant' official trailer features new Xenomorph
Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride are fighting to survive against a Xenomorph in the latest trailer for Alien: Covenant.

The clip, released Tuesday, begins with the new crew of colony ship Covenant landing on a strange, empty planet that resembles earth.

Before long, the crew discovers that the uncharted paradise is actually home to the deadly Xenomorph's who begin terrorizing the colonists in violent fashion.

"All of this, to start our new life," Waterston says.

A fully-grown Xenomorph is showcased at the end as it bashes its head into glass in order to reach McBride.

Directed by Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant also stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Billy Crudup, Guy Pearce and James Franco. The film arrives in theaters May 19.


Kurt Russell appears in new 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' trailer
Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) meets his father in the latest trailer for Marvel's upcoming sci-fi epic, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The clip released Tuesday during Jimmy Kimmel Live! ends with Russell making a grand entrance to Star-Lord and his teammates Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and a handcuffed Nebula (Karen Gillan).

"After all these years I've found you," Russell says to Pratt. "I'm your dad, Peter."

The trailer set to Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," also includes scenes featuring Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) moving about a spaceship after not putting on a seatbelt and Yondu (Michael Rooker) and newcomer Mantis (Pom Klementieff) working together with the team.

"All you do is yell at each other, you are not friends," Nebula notes to the team before Drax responds, "No we're family."

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 arrives in theaters May 5, 2017.

Gunn shared a new colorful poster of the film on Twitter Tuesday featuring all the major characters and Pratt holding up a new mixtape that will contain the films new soundtrack. "Because we love you," the filmmaker captioned the post.


??? Guess Who ???

Which former cast member said there was a secret 'Friends' reunion?

Lisa Kudrow says she recently attended a secret Friends reunion.

The 53-year-old actress said on Tuesday's episode of Today that she was "laughing nonstop" at a dinner with former co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry.

"No, [I don't think we will formally reunite], but we have convened, privately, for dinner, and it was great," Kudrow told host Savannah Guthrie. "It was really fun. We had such a good time. It was hilarious. We were laughing nonstop.

"If we don't tell you that one's coming and it doesn't happen, you have no reason to be disappointed," she added. "I'm managing expectations. I don't see one happening, [but] it would be fun."

Kudrow played Phoebe Buffay on the NBC sitcom, which had a 10-season run from 1994 to 2004. Aniston, who portrayed Rachel Green, said on Lorraine in December that a reunion won't work because of present-day focus on social media.

"Honestly, I don't know what we would do," the actress confessed. "I think that period of time was sort of nostalgic. I think why people have such an affection for it is because ... there was something about a time when our faces weren't stuffed into cell phones."

"We weren't checking Facebooks and Instagrams," she said of the show's characters. "We were in a room together, in a coffee shop together. We were talking, having conversations. We have lost that."

Kudrow has since played Valerie Cherish on the HBO comedy The Comeback and Fiona Wallice on the online series Web Therapy. She will star with Anna Kendrick and Craig Robinson in the new movie Table 19, which opens Friday.

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