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Bautista on 'Guardians' without Gunn: 'Not what I signed up for'
Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista continues to defend fired series director James Gunn, posting on Twitter his reservations about appearing in a new Guardians entry without the filmmaker.

"I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for," the actor and former WWE star said Sunday in response to a fan who asked what his plans were if Disney did not re-hire Gunn to direct planned sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

"GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn't GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who'd empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis," he continued in reference to Disney who fired Gunn after a number of tweets he posted from 2008 to 2009 resurfaced.

The tweets, which featured Gunn joking about pedophilia and sexual assault, made the rounds online after they were highlighted by conservative blogs.

"That's just how I feel," Bautista concluded.

Bautista and the rest of the main Guardians of the Galaxy cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff and Gunn's brother Sean Gunn released an open letter defending Gunn in July.

"We are not here to defend his jokes of many years ago but rather to share our experience having spent many years together on set making Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2," the letter said. "The character he has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust and love."

"There is little due process in the court of public opinion. James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial," the letter continued. "Given the growing political divide in this country, it's safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality."


Lady Gaga to begin Las Vegas residency in December
Lady Gaga has announced the official concert dates and on-sale ticket dates for her upcoming Las Vegas residency that begins in December.

Gaga will kick off her residency at MGM's Park Theater on Dec. 28, performing additional shows Dec. 30 and 31. The pop star will then perform throughout 2019 including concerts on Jan. 20, Feb. 2 and 3, May 30, June 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12 and 14, Oct. 17, 19, 23, 25 and 31 and then on Nov. 2, 6 and 8.

Most dates will make up the Enigma portion of her residency, which will feature Gaga singing her biggest pop hits. Gaga has also announced a Jazz and Piano portion -- the shows on Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and June 2 and 9 -- that will feature stripped-down versions of her songs along with music from the Great American Songbook.

Tickets go on sale for the general public starting on Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. PT. Members of the pop star's Little Monsters fan community will be able to take part in a pre-sale that begins Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. PT and ends on Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. PT.

A pre-sale for Citi cardmembers is also taking place from Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. PT until Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. PT along with a pre-sale for M life Rewards loyalty members and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers taking place from Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. PT until Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. PT.

"I can't wait to share Enigma with all of my fans and with Las Vegas. We're creating a show unlike anything I've done before. It will be a celebration of all that is unique and different within us. The challenges of bravery can be overcome with creativity and courage that is grown out of adversity, love and music," Gaga said in a statement.

Gaga posted on Instagram Tuesday artwork for the residency, which features a dark neon rendering of her likeness alongside a logo for Enigma.


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"I truly believed I was done. And yet, after eight years, here I am with a newborn in my arms."
--Joanna Gaines, opening up about having her fifth child, to Magnolia Journal



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Which former Seinfeld star is taking on the role of Col. Sanders in new KFC ads?


Molly McCook replaces Molly Ephraim on 'Last Man Standing'
The Ranch actress Molly McCook is replacing Molly Ephraim as Mandy on Fox's revival of the sitcom Last Man Standing.

Ephraim played Mandy, the bright, but self-absorbed middle daughter of Mike (Tim Allen) and Vanessa Baxter (Nancy Travis,) for six seasons when the show was on ABC, but she moved on to other projects after the network canceled the comedy due to a programming shakeup in 2017.

TVGuide.com said Monday McCook had been officially hired to take over the role.

Executive producer Matt Berry wasn't ready to make the announcement at the show's Television Critics Association panel last week. The show will begin its new season Sept. 28.

"So when (Last Man Standing) came back, she was not able to do it," TVLine quoted Berry as saying about Ephraim. "It's unfortunate. We love her deeply. She's a big part of who we were. But (it's) exciting for us to look around and see who we can get to play that character. We want someone to come in and not play Molly Ephraim. We want somebody to come in and play Mandy. We've seen a lot of great actresses."

The show follows the church-going, married father of three adult women who is in charge of marketing for a chain of outdoor sporting goods stores in Colorado. Fox announced it was picking up the canceled show for the 2018-19 season in May.

Ephraim recently replied to a mean tweet from someone calling her a "liberal loon," accusing of her wanting to disassociate herself from the conservative show and predicting her career would stall.

"Seems as good a time as any to say see you at #TIFF2018!" Ephraim tweeted Friday, along with a link touting her upcoming movie The Front Runner, which will screen at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in the fall.


Jerry O'Connell says there's 'no way' he'd ever try to be a real cop
Jerry O'Connell said he has tremendous respect for the men and women of law-enforcement, but would never consider that career path himself.

The 44-year-old, New York native talked to reporters recently via teleconference about his new WGN America comedy Carter, which casts him as the former star of a TV cop show who goes to work as a consulting detective for his hometown police department after a public embarrassment.

Asked if he is interested in following Lois & Clark alum Dean Cain -- who recently became a reserve police officer in Idaho -- O'Connell was crystal clear that he is not.

"That's great for Dean Cain," O'Connell said. "There's no way in real life I'm doing anything remotely close to doing anything in law enforcement. I have the utmost respect for them and I couldn't handle it. I'm not smart enough to be a cop in real life, so I tip my hat to him. It's a lot more fun playing a guy who thinks he's a cop because he plays a guy who's a cop on TV."

The erstwhile child actor, who counts Sliders and Stand By Me among his many credits, has extensive experience playing a small-screen crime-solver, having spent six years co-starring on the procedural Crossing Jordan.

"There was a dead body at the beginning of the episode and then we went through a bunch of suspects and maybe got a clue at the end of Act 3. Then there was a chase scene at the end of Act 4. I loved working on that show. I loved the whole cast. I loved our star, Jill Hennessy," he recalled.

It wasn't something he wanted to do indefinitely, however.

"After about four seasons, a lot of the people start to move on and you're sort of like, 'I don't want to complain...' Because you're getting paid and people hate actors who complain about their jobs because it really is a cushy, great life. But you do artistically feel like, 'Man, I've done 100 episodes of this and it's the same thing,'" he said.

O'Connell said he knows the premise for Carter might sound a little familiar.

"Admittedly, it's a lot like Castle, except Castle was a novelist. It's almost like Castle on steroids because this guy's a TV actor, so if you're a fan of the Law & Orders and the Monks and the Castles, this is going to be your show because it sort of makes fun of that world."

He emphasized he loved working with his co-stars in Carter, which is set to premiere Tuesday.

"Kristian Bruun and Sydney Poitier are just top-notch actors. We're really fortunate to have them around us. It really classes up the joint," O'Connell said, adding he and Brunn have gotten particularly close.

"I text him every day, sometimes twice a day. It's funny. He's a lot like his character. He tries to be cool. I would say I'm a little more dependent on him than he is on me, but we text each other at a minimum a couple times a day, which is -- I hope I don't get in trouble for this -- but it's more than I text my wife (Rebecca Romijn,)" he said.

O'Connell said he liked how, although they may have fallen out of touch over the years, the fictional friends share a lasting bond and easily reconnect.

"My character goes to Hollywood and he becomes this big star and then he moves back home. They pick up the conversation right where they left off," O'Connell said.

The actor can also be heard voicing the Man of Steel in The Death of Superman and will host the analysis program Real Men Watch Bravo starting in the fall.


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Which former Seinfeld star is taking on the role of Col. Sanders in new KFC ads?

Former Seinfeld star Jason Alexander has a new role as Col. Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Alexander will don the white suit and beard that the real Col. Sanders was known to wear and promote the chicken chain's $20 Fill Up deals.

In a statement, Alexander said he will draw on his childhood experiences to find inspiration to play the fast food icon.

"As the son of two working parents, there were plenty of dinnertimes when a bucket of chicken and all the fixins saved the day," Alexander said. "It's been fun to combine my personal love for KFC with my sitcom experience into a new take on the role of Colonel Sanders."

The spots Alexander did for KFC aren't your typical chain restaurant commercials.

In one ad, Alexander as Sanders barges into a family home with extra-long arms to hold all the varieties of chicken on offer at KFC.

In another, which was done as a sitcom-style spoof, Alexander as Sanders takes over the same family home, eventually morphing into the mother, the father and the couch.