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When Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's co-creator and star Rob McElhenney purchased a struggling Welsh soccer team in 2020, it seemed like a movie plot straight out of Hollywood.  Now, the underdog story is becoming a TV series: Welcome to Wrexham has been given a two-season order, FX just announced.

The docuseries will explore the historic-yet-struggling Wrexham FC's history from its working class roots, and what happened when two very unlikely, and very famous, investors teamed up to save the Red Dragons.

The network explains, "From Hollywood to Wales, the pitch to the locker room, the front office to the pub, Welcome to Wrexham will track Rob and Ryan's crash course in football club ownership and the inextricably connected fates of a team and a town counting on two actors to bring some serious hope and change to a community that could use it."

The pair "have no experience in football or working with each other," FX notes, but added, "they are serious about their investment in Wrexham, improving the club and doing right by the townspeople."

The pair announced the series in an Instagram post, aided by an unimpressed Welsh translator named Maxine, who said of Reynolds and McElhenney, "The tall skinny one makes movies and the muscular one sells cream cheese from Philadelphia or something." 

Among other insults that the actors couldn't understand, Maxine added, "There's no way these two can manage a football club. The one with the toupee thinks Wales is in Scotland."

"They will die alone in their mansions," she sniffed in Welsh.

Entrepreneur Reynolds has already begun promoting the 156-year-old club, with his release of Wrexham-colored labels for his Aviation Gin brand as well as team swag. 

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Laci Mosley is opening up about the racist trolling she's endured since she was introduced as the newest character to the iCarly revival.

Mosley, who is playing Harper -- the roommate and best friend of Miranda Cosgrove's Carly, shared a handful of the hateful messages spamming her social media accounts.

"I've been deleting and blocking people but I can't be bothered anymore," the 29-year-old expressed via Instagram stories over the weekend. "Stay mad. I felt silly being upset by racism cause it's just how this terrible planet is but sometimes it still catches me off guard."

Mosely then took to Twitter on Monday to address racist abuse circulating on TikTok, of which she says her little sister discovered, saying what she read on the app "broke my heart."

After bringing the racist attacks to light, Mosely's costars released a joint statement with Paramount+ condemning the abuse, declaring, "iCarly are proud to be racially diverse, not only in our crew but in our cast. We have recently seen reports of racism towards a member of our iCarly cast, and it is not acceptable!"

"Please think about your words and take time to understand what you say can impact other people. Thank you," the statement concluded.

The racist trolling was initially sparked by a rumor that Mosely was replacing Jeanette McCurdy's character, Sam, in the revival. McCurdy has retired from acting and confirmed she will not be part of the iCarly revival.

Franchesca Ramsey, who is writing the iCarly revival, reacted to those rumors and said on Twitter, "Laci's character Harper isn't replacing Sam. No one could replace Jeanette McCurdy or her incredible talent! But it's both racist as hell & completely unfair to decide that Laci hasn't earned her role especially since the show isn't even out yet!!"

 

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Naomi Campbell can officially add proud momma to her growing list of accomplishments. On Tuesday, the model-actress announced on her socials that she's a mother at age 50.

"A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother," Naomi wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of her cradling the feet of her newborn daughter.

"So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel," Campbell continued. "There is no greater love."

Campbell's announcement comes nearly two years after she told WSJ Magazine in 2019 that she wasn't quite ready for motherhood at 49 years old. "Not yet -- I’ll see what the universe brings me," she said at the time.

Naomi's announcement received tons of support from her celebrity friends.

“Oh my God!!!!! Today is the day?? How absolutely incredible," wrote Marc Jacobs in the comments of Campbell's post. "How lucky she is and how lucky you are! What a wonderful Mother you will be. Blessings all around."

Pose star Dominique Jackson added similar sentiments, writing, "OMG my icon my role model. You are EVERYTHING! I AM SO INSPIRED! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!"

Campbell hasn't yet shared details of her daughter's birth or name.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ahead of The Bachelorette's 17th season, premiering on June 7, Tayshia Adams revealed her surprise at being tapped along with Kaitlyn Bristowe to host the upcoming season.

Adams took over for Chris Harrison, who stepped down after coming under fire for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past actions that were deemed racist.  She tells E! Online of the decision, "I was shocked."

"It was a very unprecedented time," Adams added.

Adams says the experience of hosting Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette was "something that was so fun" for both her and Bristowe.

"Kaitlyn and I just created this really fun dynamic duo that has never been done before with The Bachelorette," Adams, 30, explains.  "I feel like it really provided strength behind Katie, and confidence as well, because when you're in that situation, sometimes you don't know what to do. We were able to provide a little clarity and comfort for her."

Adams also teased the upcoming season, saying, "Katie is a strong and confident woman who knows what she wants. She's not afraid to do what she has to do, so it's gonna be good."

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It didn't take long for Mike Epps and Kim Fields to know that they had a winning series on their hands when they joined Regina Y. Hicks and Wanda Sykes' new Netflix comedy, The Upshaws

The show, which centers on a working, middle-class blended family, follows Epps as Bennie and Fields as Regina, a couple doing their best to make ends meet while juggling everyday family drama. Epps says Hicks and Sykes' ability to bring in real conversations on work and life helped make the series feel "authentic."

"They knew how to take my voice and combine it with a character," Epps tells ABC Audio. "And I think if they [weren't] able to do that, it wouldn't have worked. My character wouldn't have been able to work. I mean, it got to the point where sometimes I was like, 'Are ya'll watching me? Ya'll really in my life? Like, how do ya'll know this stuff?'"

"But, it worked," Epps notes.  "And that's what makes good TV and comedy -- when you can bring that real."

Fields agrees, adding that if a show comes across inauthentic, then there's really no way for it to survive on television.  "Because audiences now -- we're so savvy. We can smell something that's disingenuous a mile away," she says. "And unless it's on purpose for the character, we don't want anything to do with it."

To that end, Fields praises those behind the scenes, and her co-stars, for putting an amazing show "on the page" and then "breathing life into it." 

"[They] have done so much great stuff...[that] you've really got to bring your A-game with your process," she declares.

The Upshaws, also starring Gabrielle Dennis, is now streaming on Netflix.

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Tallulah Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, is in a good space, having recently gotten engaged to her director fiancé, Dillon Bass. And on social media, she explained her happiness was a long time coming.

The 27-year-old model and actress said she's struggled with body dysmorphia her whole life -- and having a Hollywood bombshell for a mom didn't help.

"I punished myself for not looking like my mom, after being told I was [Bruce Willis'] twin since birth," Tallulah said. "I resented the resemblance as I believed wholly my 'masculine' face was the sole reason for my unlovability [sic]."

However, Tallulah says she's turned the page. "FALSE! I was/am inherently valuable and worthy, at any life stage, at any size, with any hairdo! (As are you)."

Willis advised her followers, "[W]e all want to feel good, and confident but when it creeps into a deeper, spookier place where it begins to devour your essence bit by bit, ask for help. Do not feel ashamed, this is not a 'stupid, vain issue' this is a genuine psychological pain and I see you so clearly and witness the validity in your struggle."

She also added tips that she uses to cope when those "BOD SPIRAL" feelings creep in, including covering mirrors, taking time off from social media, reading fantasy books, and sharing your feelings with a trusted person.

Tallulah's post attracted more than 17,000 likes on Instagram, and was replied to by her mom, who commented, "Beautifully realized/Beautifully expressed/Beautiful to witness."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wanda Sykes makes her 39th appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, and uses the appearance to credit the chat show host with making it easier to come out as gay to her own parents. 

In a virtual appearance, Sykes first joked about her many appearances on the show, asking, "Shouldn't I get a watch or somethin'?" However, the comic and actress got serious when it came to thanking Ellen for blazing the trail for many people, both famous and not, to have the courage to live their truth. 

"Absolutely" it helped, Skyes told DeGeneres. "You know how you're just iconic. The whole community appreciates you. You took the blow. You're the first one to be 'out' out like that, and it helped so many of us..."

Sykes explained, "It just helped with my parents [who were] having a hard time dealing with it," because "their friends coming up to them and saying 'We love Ellen, and we love when Wanda's on Ellen.' It does, it made a big difference, you made a big difference, and we're always grateful for what you did."

As for the news that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be wrapping after its 19th season, Sykes admitted, "I don't know how I feel about that." She explained, "I'm a little sad, but I'm happy for you, and that we have one more season."

Sykes promised to be on the show again, in person, next year.

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Emma Watson broke her longstanding social media silence to dismiss reports that she and boyfriend Leo Robinton are engaged.

The Harry Potter alum, who hasn't tweeted since August 27 of last year, addressed her fans directly about the engagement rumors.

"Dear Fans, Rumours about whether I’m engaged or not, or whether my career is 'dormant or not' are ways to create clicks each time they are revealed to be true or untrue," Watson tweeted on Monday in a four-part explanation. 

The 31-year-old Beauty and the Beast star posted another response, where she promised, "If I have news - I promise I’ll share it with you."

Watson also expressed that fans need not be concerned about her radio silence, supplying in a follow up message, "In the mean time please assume no news from me just means I’m quietly spending the pandemic the way most people are - failing to make sourdough bread (!), caring for my loved ones and doing my best not to spread a virus that is still affecting so many people."

"I am sending so much love to you, hoping you’re ok and as well and happy as you can be in these strange times," the 31-year-old British actress signed off in her final update. "And again, thank you to everyone working so hard to keep us safe and well."

Watson largely disappeared from social media since last summer but has not provided a reason why.  Her Instagram, which she stopped posting to last June, "Is currently dormant and is not being updated" as explained in the bio.

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This Is Us star Justin Hartley and actress Sofia Pernas are Mr. and Mrs.!

Although the couple has yet to confirm the news, sources dished to People that the pair, who have been dating for about a year, "recently" got hitched. 

The lovebirds first sparked speculation that they tied the knot earlier this month after they were both spotted rocking rings on their left ring fingers while enjoying each other's company in Malibu. The speculation only grew when they made their red carpet debut at the the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which aired Sunday night. 

Hartley, 44, and Pernas, 31, met while working together on the set of The Young and the Restless from 2015 to 2016. However, they didn't connect romantically until 2020. 

Hartley was previously married to Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause for two years before filing for divorce in November 2019. Their divorce was finalized this February.

Prior to Stause, the actor was married to his Passions costar Lindsay Korman for eight years until 2012. Together they share a 16-year-old daughter, Isabella.

This is the first marriage for Pernas. 

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20 years ago today -- May 18, 2001 -- we were all introduced to a lovable green ogre and a wisecracking donkey, as the original DreamWorks animated film Shrek -- adapted from a 1990 children's book by William Steig -- hit U.S. theaters.  Here are Five Fascinating Facts about the hit movie that became a franchise! 

5. Chris Farley was the original voice of Shrek, and but sadly, he died before completing his dialogue.  Fellow SNL alum Mike Myers was hired to replace him. He recorded all the dialogue, but was then asked to re-record it all in a Scottish accent.  

4. Smash Mouth’s 1999 song “All Star” was a hit before Shrek, but became a pop culture phenomenon after it was used in the film’s opening sequence.   The band’s version of The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” Shrek’closing number, was also a hit.   That song was chosen for its line, "I thought love was only true in fairy tales."

3. Shrek was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay; it won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Eddie Murphy, who played Donkey, became the first actor ever nominated for a BAFTA -- the British version of the Oscars -- for a voice-over role.

2. In 2020, Shrek was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.  It was the first non-Disney animated film to be so honored. 

1. Shrek was so successful that it inspired three sequels, two TV specials, a Broadway musical, and series of short films.  Plus, the Shrek spin-off, Puss in Boots, starring Antonio Banderas' swashbuckling feline, inspired an animated Netflix series. A sequel film, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, is due out in 2022. 

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Tonight's season finale of black-ish closes out with a notable guest appearance from legendary vocal group Boyz II Men.

Group member Shawn Stockman gives ABC Audio a glimpse into the seventh season finale episode, where himself, Wanya Morris, and via video chat, Nathan Morris, attend a meeting with Anthony Anderson's character, Dre, and others at the Stevens & Lido office. 

"We are there at Anthony Anderson's character's advertising firm. I can't say too much of everything else because it will give it away, but we're guests ready to hear some pitches that Boyz II Men can be involved in for a commercial," Stockman says.

Last week it was announced that black-ish would be returning for an eighth and final season. Stockman believes the critically-acclaimed series from Kenya Barris has resonated with many for tackling difficult topics people often hesitate to discuss. 

"It tackles real-life issues that people struggle with, go through, laugh at [and] cry to, today, which makes it relevant and makes it a very just conscious, yet funny show," Stockman says. "Because they're not afraid to talk about the things that make people uncomfortable."

Catch the season finale of black-ish tonight on ABC at 9 p.m ET, also starring series regulars Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, and Jenifer Lewis.

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Amanda Kloots, who lost husband Nick Cordero to COVID-19 last year, is looking ahead to a life post-pandemic, but admits it'll take her a while to get there.

The Talk co-host revealed to ABC Audio she is in no rush to return to the way things were and, even though she is fully vaccinated, she will continue to practice health and safety precautions.

"I'm totally fine with a slow and sensitive rollout into new life," Kloots explained. "Obviously, this pandemic affected me in a different way than... others. So, I'm just a little hesitant [with] jumping right back into everything."

Kloots says she will still wear a mask in public, choosing to hold off on following the CDC's updated guidance for fully vaccinated Americans allowing them to forego the mask indoors in most cases.

"I don't think I'll ever travel or fly on an airplane again without wearing a mask, even being vaccinated, just to protect myself.. especially in crowded situations and social environments," the mom of one maintained. "I don't need to be doing... concerts or theme parks just yet."

Kloots, who recently partnered with Instacart and relies on the service to deliver her groceries to help "limit my exposure" to the virus, has a message to those who are apprehensive about the ongoing pandemic and the relaxed regulations -- those feelings are "completely normal and completely fine."

The fitness instructor also reflected on the lessons she hopes the world will learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, explaining, "So much was lost... this past year that I think that the the moral of the story is to not forget that, but to grow from it, to learn from it and to move forward from it in an educated and thoughtful way."

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Crazy Rich Asians and Last Christmas heartthrob Henry Golding can be seen in a whole new light, as the titular fan favorite ninja in the new teaser for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.

The black-masked, mute assassin had been previously been portrayed by martial artist and Star Wars veteran Ray Park in 2009's live-action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and its 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

While according to Joe lore, Snake Eyes' true origins are a mystery, the action-packed snippet shows Golding's character being approached by an apparently shady, high-profile figure who seeks to put the ninja's skills to use. 

While the story remains unclear, what speaks more loudly is the action: Golding is seen shooting his character's trademark Uzi and flipping an enemy's car, as well as taking part in a death-defying highway sword battle atop a moving car carrier. 

Also glimpsed are other classic Joe characters, with Samara Weaving playing the flame-haired heroine Scarlett, Úrsula Corberó as the evil Cobra agent The Baroness, and Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow -- Snake Eyes' blood brother who eventually turns against him.

And of course, we also catch a glimpse of Snake getting his character's trademark face mask.

And in case you were wondering exactly how popular the heroic ninja is, the teaser got nearly four million views in less than 24 hours. 

The Paramount film debuts in theaters July 23. 

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Stars of stage and screen including Glenn CloseLeslie UggamsJake GyllenhaalPatrick Wilson and more will be taking the stage next month at a unique livestreamed musical benefit for the Actors Fund. 

ABC Audio has confirmed that the event, called Show of Titles, will have the stars singing classic songs from nine decades of Broadway productions, including Lady Be Good and The Light in the Piazza.

Show of Titles premieres on the livestream platform Stellar at 8PM Eastern time on Tuesday, June 8th.

Other stars who will take part include Hamilton's Philippa SooKelsey GrammerCandice BergenBryan CranstonVanessa WilliamsPhylicia RashadBen Vereen, and BD Wong.

Tickets go on sale May 17 for $29, with all proceeds donated to The Actor's Fund.

The Actors Fund has donated $21 million to COVID-strapped performers since the pandemic all but shut down the entire entertainment industry. A recent survey from the organization showed 76% of its members reported loss of income during the pandemic shutdowns; 50% lost full-time work, and of those, 26% say they don't know if they're getting their jobs back.

Sixty-two percent reported losing part-time work in the industry, while 40% said they faced food insecurity, and 28% fell behind on their rent or mortgage.

 

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Although Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died of cancer in August, Angela Bassett is "excited" to shoot the movie's sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, though she says his presence will be missed. 

"We won't have our heart and soul right there at the center in Chadwick, but in spirit I know that he will be with us from day one through infinity," the actress, who played Boseman's onscreen mother, told ABC's Good Morning America. Bassett also teased, "Black Panther fans don't have to worry about a thing because we have our fearless, wonderful, visionary leader Ryan Coogler...on script and there directing. He's a visionary, an auteur, he's a kind of gentle soul and he encourages you in his own particular way...to give your best, so I have absolute faith in him."

Bassett also explained her advocacy as an ambassador for the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association’s "Know Diabetes by Heart" initiative. She lost her mother in 2014 to heart failure, which was a wake-up call for her own health, and of those in her community. 

Bassett said of her health ambassador role, "I'm able to just honor the woman that my mother was and also to use this incredible platform that I have to get the word out," she said.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health reported that in 2018, Black Americans were 30% more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic whites.

On May 25, Bassett will host the Know Diabetes by Heart at the Theater virtual event from Harlem's famous Apollo Theater. The free entertainment event will celebrate Black culture and raise awareness about diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

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