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March 04, 2019

Here's the Scoop...

There be dragons at the weekend box office!

The animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is No. 1 at the North American box office for a second weekend, earning an additional $30 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral with $27 million, followed by Alita: Battle Angel at No. 3 with $7 million, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part at No. 4 with $6.6 million and Green Book at No. 5 with $4.7 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Fighting with My Family with $4.69 million, Isn't It Romantic at No. 7 with $4.65 million, Greta at No. 8 with $4.6 million, What Men Want at No. 9 with $2.7 million and

Happy Death Day 2U at No. 10 with $2.5 million.

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Steve


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'Who's the Boss?' star Katherine Helmond dies at 89

Katherine Helmond, who played the sassy, no-nonsense matriarch on Who's the Boss?, died at her home in Los Angeles, her talent agency announced Friday. She was 89.

APA said Helmond died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Perhaps best known for her role as Mona Robinson on the ABC sitcom opposite Tony Danza and Judith Light, Helmond got her start acting in the 1970s, with guest parts on series like Gunsmoke, The Bob Newhart Show and The Bionic Woman. Her film roles at the time included Family Plot and Baby Blue Marine.

Her first big role came in 1977 as Jessica Tate in Soap, a night-time parody of typical melodramatic soap operas. Helmond's starring role in the series was opposite the likes of Robert Mandan, Cathryn Damon, Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume and Robert Urich.

She would later go on to appear in episodes of Benson and Love Boat before her role in Who's the Boss?, which first aired in 1984. She earned two best supporting actress Emmy nominations for the role.

Alyssa Milano, who played Helmond's granddaughter in the series, celebrated the actor's life by posting clips on Twitter.

"My beautiful, kind, funny, gracious, compassionate, rock. You were an instrumental part of my life. You taught me to hold my head above the marsh! You taught me to do anything for a laugh! What an example you were! Rest In Peace, Katherine," she wrote.

Danza called Helmond a "national treasure" on Twitter.

Helmond had a number of recurring roles on sitcoms in the 1990s and 2000s, including Coach, Everybody Loves Raymond and Providence. Later film roles included Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Beethoven's 5th and voice roles on the Cars animated series.

Luke Perry, of '90210' and 'Riverdale' fame, dead at 52

Deals2018Beverly Hills, 90210 alum and Riverdale star Luke Perry is dead at age 52.

Entertainment Tonight confirmed the actor died Monday after having a "massive" stroke last week.

Perry's rep Arnold Robinson told USA Today Perry's fiancee, Wendy Madison Bauer, children, 21-year-old son Jack and 18-year-old daughter Sophie, and other family members were by the star's side when he died.

"He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiance Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends," Robinson said in a statement.

"The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning," he added. "No further details will be released at this time."

Perry was rushed to the hospital last week after having a stroke Wednesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Perry's Riverdale co-stars Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse and former Beverly Hills, 90210 cast mates Shannen Doherty and Ian Ziering were among those to send well-wishes to the actor online.

Doherty, who played Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, said in an interview Sunday with Entertainment Tonight she'd been in contact with Perry.

"I can't talk about it 'cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him," she said.

Perry portrayed Dylan McCay on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Fred Andrews on Riverdale. Fox announced plans last week for a 90210 reboot featuring several original stars, although Perry wasn't attached to the project.

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"I like to be able to remember the extremely good and extremely bad times. I want to remember the color of the sweater, the temperature of the air, the creak of the floorboards, the time on the clock when your heart was stolen or shattered or healed or claimed forever."
--Taylor Swift, on the importance of capturing particular details and how her music has preserved her memories, in an essay she wrote for Elle UK's April issue.

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Michael J. Fox shares health issues amid Parkinson's battle

Michael J. Fox says he's experienced new health issues amid his battle with Parkinson's disease.

The 57-year-old actor shared his struggles with a spinal cord problem and a fractured arms in an interview with The New York Times published Friday.

"I was having his recurring problem with my spinal cord," he shared. "I was told it was benign but if it stayed static I would have diminished feeling in my legs and difficulty moving. Then all of a sudden I started falling -- a lot. It was getting ridiculous."

Fox said he underwent surgery and "an intense amount of physical therapy" to combat the problem. He ended up fracturing his arm in August after falling in the kitchen of his house.

"I woke up, walked into the kitchen to get breakfast, misstepped and I went down. I fractured the hell out of my arm. I ended up getting 19 pins and a plate. It was such a blow," the star said.

The Back to the Future star said the setback taught him to have balanced expectations.

"In my case, what was it that made me skip down the hallway to the kitchen thinking I was fine when I'd be in a wheelchair six months earlier? It's because I had certain optimistic expectations of myself, and I'd had results to bear out those expectations, but I'd had failures too. And I hadn't given the failures equal weight," he explained.

Fox went public about his Parkinson's disease in 1998 after being diagnosed with the condition in 1991. He remains committed to his Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has raised $800 million for Parkinson's disease research thus far.

Cruel Intentions star Selma Blair credited Fox with giving her hope in an interview with Good Morning America this week. She said she spoke to the actor after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018.

"Ever since my son was born I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal," the actress said. "I was ashamed and I was doing the best I could ... so when I got the diagnosis, I cried with some relief."

Johnny Depp files $50M defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit Friday against Aquaman actress Amber Heard, his ex-wife.

Deadline.com reported the lawsuit is in response to an essay Heard penned for The Washington Post in December in which she discussed being a victim of domestic abuse, but did not mention Depp by name.

Heard previously accused Depp in 2016 of assaulting her during their brief marriage.

Depp has denied the allegations, stating in his lawsuit, "They were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career."

Depp said his ex-wife's public remarks have cost him work and damaged his reputation.

Heard's lawyer Eric M. George issued a statement to People magazine response to Depp's legal move.

"This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp's repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard," George said.

"She will not be silenced," the attorney added. "Mr. Depp's actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self-destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team."

Depp, 55, and Heard, 32, met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary, married in February 2015 and were officially divorced by January 2017, UsMagazine.com said.

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Who's going to portray Teddy Pendergrass in an upcoming biopic?

Tyrese Gibson has signed on to portray late R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass in an upcoming biopic from Warner Bros.

Gibson will also be producing the film through his Voltron Pictures banner alongside Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and Donald De Line through De Line Pictures. Pendergrass' widow Joan Pendergrass is executive producing.

Warner Bros., who has acquired the life rights to Pendergrass, has tapped Little Marvin to pen the script. Marvin is the creator behind Amazon's upcoming event series Them.

"I am honored to take this journey... this is the role that I feel I was born to play," Gibson said in a statement. "Teddy Pendergrass embraced me and before he passed put the responsibility on my shoulders to tell his story. Being here in this time and in this space and moment with Lee Daniels, Donald De Line, Little Marvin and Warner Bros. is an answered prayer. Teddy, I just hope we make you, your wife and family proud... Here we go!!"

Pendergrass started his career as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in the 1970s. He then started a successful solo career releasing four consecutive platinum albums. Pendergrass is best known for his hit songs "Close the Door" and "If You Don't Know Me By Now."

Pendergrass was left paralyzed from the waist down after a 1982 car crash. He famously learned how to sing again and performed at the historic Live Aid concert in London in 1985.

Pendergrass died at the age of 59 in January 2010 due to complications from colon cancer surgery.