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VIVICA A. FOX SHARES UPDATE ON REGINA KING: On Monday (January 24th), Vivica A. Fox let fans know how Regina King was doing on Fox Soul's Cocktails With Queens, following the news of Ian Alexander Jr.'s death over the weekend. Fox said she spent the night with King and that "she's okay." Breaking into tears, Fox explained that she dropped everything to go see her "friend" and "sister." She added, "She's so strong. More than anything else I'm glad I got to hug her, look into her eyes."

KIM KARDASHIAN GETS COFFEE WITH HILLARY AND CHELSEA CLINTON: E! News reports that Kim Kardashian was spotted getting coffee with former First Lady, Hillary Clinton, and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton on Monday (January 24th). Media outlets speculate that Kardashian may be teaming up with the Clintons for the Apple TV series titled Gutsy Women. The show is based on a book that Hillary and Chelsea co-wrote in 2019 called The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage.

PARIS HILTON ADMITS THAT SHE WROTE HER VOWS AT THE LAST MINUTE: According to E! News, Paris Hilton opened up about her wedding on Monday's (January 24th) episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "It was magical. It was everything. I think the only thing I was stressing out about was I hadn't written my vows up until I was literally about to walk down the aisle," she said. "I was rushing. It was very stressful. I just ended up throwing them on the floor during my speech and then just started speaking from the heart." This approach seems to have worked since her husband, Carter Reum, "was crying the entire time. I was like, 'I am not ruining mascara and glam.' So I held it in," she said.

FLORIBAMA SHORES' GUS SMYRNIOS IS ENGAGED TO SAMANTHA CARUCCI: Us Weekly reports that, after one year together, Floribama Shores star Gus Smyrnios and his girlfriend, Samantha Carucci, are engaged. "When I met you on this beach a year ago today, I knew I wanted nothing less but to spend every day I had left with you. I love you forever Sami," Smyrnios wrote in an Instagram post Sunday (January 23rd). "Thank you for showing me what true love is #engaged."


INDUSTRY NEWS

KATHRYN KATES DIES AT 73: Deadline reports that veteran character actress Kathryn Kates has passed away at age 73. She appeared in shows such as Orange Is the New Black, Seinfeld, Law & Order: SVU, and The Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark. A representative for Kates said she died from cancer on Saturday (January 22nd) in Florida. Her talent agency, Headline Talent, said in a statement, "Kathryn has been our client for many years, and we have grown much closer to her in this last year since she knew of her cancer returning. She was always incredibly brave and wise and approached every role with the greatest of passion. She will be greatly missed."

JENNIE NGUYEN IS FIRED FROM THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SALT LAKE CITY: Following immense criticism for her controversial social media posts, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jennie Nguyen has been fired from the show. According to Page Six, Bravo released a statement Tuesday (January 25th) that read, "Bravo has ceased filming with Jennie Nguyen and she will no longer be a cast member on ‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.' We recognize we failed to take appropriate action once her offensive social media posts were brought to our attention. Moving forward, we will work to improve our processes to ensure we make better informed and more thoughtful casting decisions."

STEVE CARELL JOINS THE CAST OF JOHN KRASINSKI'S IF: According to People, The Office stars Steve Carell and John Krasinski will reunite in Krasinski's upcoming film If. The movie is scheduled to premiere in November 2023, and it will be "about a child's journey to rediscover their imagination." Krasinski, who will write, produce, and direct the film, posted photos of the cast members to Instagram Tuesday (January 25th), along with the caption, "Ah, what if one day I could assemble my dream cast? What ... IF."

SHOWTIME'S AMERICAN RUST IS CANCELLED: TV Line reports that American Rust will be ending after only one season. Showtime announced on Tuesday (January 25th), "We can confirm that American Rust will not be moving forward with a second season. We would like to thank our partners at Boat Rocker, our talented showrunner Dan Futterman and the rest of the wonderful writers, and our amazing cast led by Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney."


QUEEN LATIFAH COMMENTS ON CHRIS NOTH'S REMOVAL FROM THE EQUALIZER

Actress and singer Queen Latifah is addressing the firing of her Equalizer costar Chris Noth, following a series of sexual assault allegations that arose against him last month. CBS released a statement on December 20th that read, "Chris Noth will no longer film additional episodes of The Equalizer, effective immediately."

On Monday (January 24th), Latifah broached the subject with People. "It's still surreal. It is such a dicey, delicate situation that requires a great deal of respect. That's a personal thing that he's going to have to deal with," she said.

Speaking on his character's disappearance from the show, she said, "We are figuring out what we want to do creatively on the show and how we're going to deal with that character. Chris's character's obviously a big part of the show and it was amazing chemistry, amazing chemistry." Latifah and Noth began filming The Equalizer together in 2020.

"My feeling is justice has to prevail regardless. I just want the right things to be done, you know?" she added.


PETER DINKLAGE SLAMS DISNEY'S SNOW WHITE REMAKE

On Marc Maron's WTF podcast Monday (January 24th), Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage criticized Disney's live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

"Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White, but you're still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Take a step back and look at what you're doing there. It makes no sense to me," Dinklage said. The remake is set to star West Side Story's Rachel Zegler as Snow White.

"You're progressive in one way, but then you're still making that f---ing backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f--- are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soap box? I guess I'm not loud enough. I don't know which studio that is, but they were so proud of it. All love and respect to the actress and all the people who thought they were doing the right thing. But I'm just like, what are you doing?" Dinklage said.

Disney took note. On Tuesday (January 25th), the entertainment company released a statement that said, "To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community."


MICHAEL MADSEN'S SON, HUDSON MADSEN, DIES AT 26

Reservoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen is grieving the loss of his son, Hudson Madsen, who died this week at age 26 in Hawaii. The Department of the Medical Examiner in Honolulu confirmed that it was a suspected suicide.

A representative for Michael Madsen released a statement on behalf of the family that said, "We are heartbroken and overwhelmed with grief and pain at the loss of Hudson. His memory and light will be remembered by all who knew and loved him. We ask for privacy and respect during this difficult time."

Hudson was one of three children shared by Madsen and his wife, DeAnna Madsen. The actor has three children from previous relationships as well.


ALEC BALDWIN ARGUES THAT CIVIL LAWSUIT REGARDING FATAL RUST SHOOTING SHOULD BE DISMISSED

Alec Baldwin and other producers of Rust filed a motion on Monday (January 24th) to dismiss a civil lawsuit brought forth by the movie's script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell. Mitchell was standing just a few feet away from Baldwin when he fired the gun that killed the film's director of photography, Halyna Hutchins. Mitchell was also the first to call 911.

In November 2021, Mitchell filed the lawsuit for "assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and deliberate infliction of harm."

Baldwin and other producers believe her case should be thrown out. "It is completely illogical for Plaintiff to contend defendant Mr. Baldwin received a prop gun that everyone including Plaintiff and defendant Mr. Baldwin expected to be ‘cold,' while at the same time stating that Mr. Baldwin's conduct was intentional in accidentally firing a live round," the objection filed on Monday (January 24th) reads.

Baldwin also claimed that Mitchell had "no apparent physical injury" and "raced to the courthouse in California, without providing the notice in New Mexico required for a worker's compensation claim, apparently to get her claim in front of any potential claims by the two individuals who were hit by the live round."


TIFFANY HADDISH ADDRESSES HER DUI ARREST

Nearly two weeks after Tiffany Haddish was arrested for driving under the influence in Georgia, the Emmy-winning comedian appeared virtually on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

When asked about her run-in with the law, Haddish said, "I can say this, Jimmy Fallon...I've been praying to God to send me a new man. A good man. And God went ahead and sent me four—in uniform."

She continued, "And now I got a really great lawyer, and we're going to work it out. I've got to get my asking of things to God a little better!"

Haddish also commented on the grief she's been experiencing lately, as she recently lost her grandmother, who she referred to as her "soulmate," and she added that Bob Saget was a "mentor."

"It's been really hard to process," she said.


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