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March 05, 2019

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Here's a very sweet/bittersweet story... Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds paid tribute Sunday to comedy legend John Candy, who died in 1994.

"It's the 25th anniversary of John Candy's passing. We cooked up a small tribute to a comedic genius and Canadian hero. If you haven't seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure. Thanks to @chriscandy4u and @therealjencandy," Reynolds tweeted Sunday.

Reynolds included a video montage of memorable moments from Candy classics such as National Lampoon's Vacation, Stripes, Brewster's Millions, Summer Rental, Home Alone, Planes Trains and Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, Little Shop of Horrors, Uncle Buck and Spaceballs.

Candy -- who was also a member of the SCTV comedy troupe -- died of a presumed heart attack at age 43.

I've always been a big fan of John Candy and the more I hear and read about that Ryan Reynolds guy I like him more and more. Two great guys!

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'Voice' Season 13 contestant Janice Freeman dies at 33

Janice Freeman, a contestant on Season 13 of The Voice in 2017, has died from complications of lupus and a bronchial infection. She was 33.

Freeman's publicist confirmed the singer's Saturday death to E! News.

"Janice began complaining that she couldn't breathe properly and, in a matter of minutes, required CPR from her husband," her representative said. "He called 911, continuing to do CPR until paramedics arrived. While Janice arrived at the hospital alive, continued efforts could not save her. Doctors believe a blood clot had formed in her lungs, which led to her quick demise. Janice Freeman died at 5:30 p.m. PST."

Voice coach Jennifer Hudson took to social media to mourn Freeman's death.

"@janicefreeman the voice of hers we got to hear and the bit of life we got to watch her live was a blessing and inspiration to us all! My heart and prayers go out to @janicefreeman daughter and family ! @mileycyrus @nbcthevoice #ripjanicefreeman," Hudson posted on Instagram.

Jessica Simpson recovering after week-long hospitalization

Jessica Simpson is recovering after spending a week in the hospital.

The 38-year-old singer and designer returned home Sunday after being hospitalized for a "crazy painful" case of bronchitis amid her pregnancy.

Simpson shared a photo on Instagram of herself wearing a face mask and leopard-print robe. She gave an update on her health and that of her unborn daughter, Birdie, in the caption.

"After a week in the hospital for bronchitis (my fourth time in 2 months), I'm finally home! Coughing with Birdie has been a crazy painful journey. I am slowly getting healthier every day. Baby girl was monitored and is doing amazing!" the star wrote.

"I am on my way to healthy and counting down the days to see her sweet smile," she said. "Sending love and prayers to all the mothers who are going or have gone through this. OUCH."

Simpson announced in September she is expecting her third child with her husband, retired NFL player Eric Johnson. She showed her baby bump in a picture of herself squeezing between two cars in February.

"Tight squeeze but I'm pushin' through," the star wrote.

Simpson is already parent to 6-year-old daughter Maxwell Drew and 5-year-old son Ace Knute with Johnson. She shared new family photos in December during a snow day celebration.


Warning"Part of the reason I wanted to do it was that I thought, 'At what age is being naked not beautiful anymore? Is there a sell-by date on us?'... I look back at some of my old Playboy pictures and I think, 'Why wasn't I walking around naked all the time?' I'm not getting younger. So I want to celebrate who I am today."
--Cindy Crawford, on why she decided to pose naked for renowned photographer Russell James's new book, Angels, to PorterEdit

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Keith Flint, The Prodigy frontman, dead at 49

Keith Flint, the frontman and singer of U.K. electronic dance music group The Prodigy, has died at the age of 49.

Flint was found dead at his home in Essex, England, on Monday, BBC reported.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner," Essex police said in a statement.

Prodigy co-founder Liam Howlett wrote on the band's official Instagram page that Flint died by suicide.

"The news is true, I can't believe I'm saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend, I'm shell shocked, [expletive] angry, confused and heart broken," Howlett said next to a photo of Flint.

Flint, known for his colorful, spiked hair and high-energy performances, originally joined The Prodigy as a dancer before becoming their frontman. He provided the lead vocals on the group's two hit songs from 1997 "Firestarter" and "Breathe" from their No. 1 selling third album, The Fat of the Land.

The Prodigy, who have sold an estimated 30 million records worldwide, were set to begin a U.S. tour in May.

Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman: Fans love flawed heroines of 'Good Girls'

Good Girls stars Christina Hendricks and Mae Whitman said fans are tuning in to their NBC crime dramedy because it focuses on the deep relationships of flawed but believable women.

Set in Detroit, the series follows two sisters, Beth and Annie (Hendricks and Whitman), and their equally cash-strapped, longtime friend Ruby (Retta), who turn to a life of a crime to pay the bills.

Previews for Season 2, which starts Sunday, show the trio staking out places to rob, brandishing guns, sorting out narcotics and tossing what appears to be a body onto a trash heap.

"It's nice to see full women just being full people and not being perfect and not always having makeup on and not looking perfect when they wake up and sassing each other and doing the wrong thing and making mistakes and drinking a lot," Whitman, 30, told UPI at a recent press day in New York.

"And calling each other out and loving each other so hard. It's how real friends are," Hendricks, 43, chimed in.

The show's core message is the importance of perseverance and forgiveness. It's not about triumphing over adversity. At least not yet, the actresses said.

"We're always learning as we go," Hendricks said. "We always make mistakes and [you should] give yourself a break and learn from your mistakes and try to get better."

The women are motivated by their love of their families and need to protect each other, which earns them goodwill from viewers.

"Obviously, they didn't necessarily make the right choices for everyone in their situation, but I like in those moments when we all get together and there is the chance of either blowing up a building because it would set us free or just taking it and trying to figure out another way," Whitman said.

"We always try to take the most loving and kind and compassionate choice through the situation."

The humor from the show comes from the characters being "criminals with heart," Hendricks said.

"We'll stop ourselves from going that further step because we're like 'but the kids and the husband and us,'" Whitman said.

The actresses warned that fans should be worried about the women as they get further in over their heads.

"The bond has been established from the beginning, but now they are doing some really messed up stuff, so now they've really got to have each other's backs," Hendricks said.

The actresses are all veterans of successful TV shows. Whitman is best known for her work in

Parenthood, Hendricks is famous for her turn in Mad Men and Retta, 48, co-starred in Parks and Recreation.

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Rapper T-Pain was crowned the winner of Fox's competition series The Masked Singer.

The musician wore a monster costume throughout the first, 10-episode season of the show, which Nick Cannon hosted.

The judges were Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger.

"That was the most humbling thing I've ever been through," T-Pain said as he held his trophy during Wednesday's finale.

"I chose the monster costume myself. It just spoke to me. It said, 'That's you in one-eye form.' I really thought I was going to be out in the first episode because everyone tells me I have such a recognizable voice. I was definitely wrong about that."

T-Pain beat out his fellow disguised finalists Donny Osmond -- dressed head to toe as a peacock -- and Gladys Knight -- concealed in bee regalia -- for the honor.

Previously eliminated, costumed contestants included Joey Fatone, Rumer Willis, La Toya Jackson, Ricki Lake, Tori Spelling, Margaret Cho, Terry Bradshaw, Tommy Chong and Antonio Brown.