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Sarah Jessica Parker celebrates 25 years of marriage to Matthew Broderick

Sarah Jessica Parker celebrates 25 years of marriage to Matthew Broderick

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Sarah Jessica Parker celebrated 25 years of marriage with fellow actor Matthew Broderick Thursday with a sweet Instagram post.

The Sex and the City alum, 57, shared a black and white photo of the two embracing, as well as a picture of their wedding invitation, dated May 19, 1997.

"Evening Attire. Silver baby. 25 years. And counting. X, your wife," she wrote in the caption.

The post garnered love from celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Molly Shannon, Amy Sedaris and Ali Wentworth, who commented, "Oh that is BIG!!! Happy Anniversary! Sending so much love!"

Parker's best friend and Bravo host Andy Cohen commented on the image, as well.

"What a couple," Cohen wrote.

Parker's And Just Like That... and Sex and the City co-star Kristin Davis also chimed in, writing, "Happy Anniversary to you two unique people who have made beautiful union."

Parker and Broderick, 60, are currently starring together on Broadway in the play Plaza Suite, which follows three couples -- all played by Parker and Broderick -- confronting a series of comedic obstacles inside New York City's famed Plaza Hotel.

The couple share three children together: 19-year-old son James and 12-year-old twin daughters Marion and Tabitha.

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'She-Hulk' smashes trailer debut records

'She-Hulk' smashes trailer debut records

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The trailer for Marvel Studios' upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, which debuted on Tuesday, scored 78 million views in the first 24 hours it appeared online.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, that's the second-most views for a Marvel Studios small-screen project since 2021's The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Super Bowl trailer.

The series stars Emmy-winning Orphan Black veteran Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, who longs to be "a normal, anonymous lawyer," but whose life is turned upside down when she gets a blood transfusion from her cousin, Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner.

His gamma irradiated blood ends up allowing Walters to Hulk out as well.

The series also stars returning The Incredible Hulk baddie Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' Benedict Wong. It debuts August 17 on Disney+.

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(Trailer contains uncensored profanity.)

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See Idris Elba as a genie through the

See Idris Elba as a genie through the "genius mind" of director George Miller in 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'

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George Miller, the visionary director behind the Oscar-winning Mad Max: Fury Road, is back at it with another madcap movie adventure.

The trailer to Miller's latest, called Three Thousand Years of Longing, has Idris Elba playing a djinn -- that is, a genie -- who comes to be in the service of Tilda Swinton's bookish, self-described "solitary creature" Alithea.

"I have a question," she asks him. "What does one do with three wishes?"

"You'll see," he replies.

What follows is a trippy visual tour of the heart's desires, from apparent orgies to fantastic battlefields, melting spiders and a mandolin -- a mix that perfectly fits the trailer's promotional copy stating the movie hails "from the genius mind of George Miller."

The film hits theaters August 22.

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No, no, Power Ranger! Actor busted for alleged $3.5 million COVID fund scam

No, no, Power Ranger! Actor busted for alleged $3.5 million COVID fund scam

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Austin St. John, who played the Red Ranger in the hit '90s show Power Rangers, has been charged in an alleged scam of funds from the CARES Act for COVID relief.

The Eastern District of Texas U.S. Attorney's Office this week unsealed charges against St. John, who was born Jason Gieger, claiming he was among 18 people who allegedly obtained fraudulent Payment Protection Program loans to the tune of $3.5 million and kept the money.

The fraudulent loan applications said the funds were needed for utility payments, payroll and health benefits for their businesses affected by the pandemic.

"Instead, the defendants ... transferred money to their personal accounts, and spent the funds on various personal purchases," the authorities say.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in federal prison, the Department of Justice says.

COVID-19 relief scams have cost the government -- and thusly, American taxpayers -- hundreds of millions of dollars since the pandemic began.

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'Downton Abbey'’s Lady Mary warns fans may shed a tear at the

'Downton Abbey'’s Lady Mary warns fans may shed a tear at the "emotional" new film

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Downton is back! The new film Downton Abbey: A New Era is in theaters now, and actress Michelle Dockery – who has been with the series since season one – warns that fans may shed a tear or two.

“It’s very emotional," she tells ABC Audio. "I feel like you could cry laughing as well, there’s lots of emotions in this film.”

Those emotions made Dockery work hard to stay in character as Lady Mary, who is known for her snide observations and cold demeanor. “The challenge is sometimes holding it back as Michelle and trying to stay like Lady Mary ... a bit more stoic, and not blubber.”

A New Era is the sequel to 2019’s smash hit Downton Abbey, which saw the beloved Crawley family all follow one singular plot of welcoming the king and queen of England into their estate. In this film, the cast gets split into two – with half journeying to a home in the south of France, and the others holding down the fort while a film crew shoots at Downton.

“Downton has always been visually very cinematic, even in the TV show. So that transition from the small screen to the big screen really worked the first time around. And the second time it feels like it’s on an even bigger scale,” Dockery says.

Lady Mary is part of the group who stays at Downton, and Dockery acknowledges the plot's meta, self-referential nature: “There’s something about the movie within the movie, and France. It adds an even more extravagant layer.”

The actress hopes its extravagance will entice fans, maybe even those who haven’t yet returned to movie theaters, to go out and see the film. “It’s an event, isn’t it? Downton always feels like a bit of an event," she says.

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Netflix's hit teen show 'Heartstopper' renewed for two more seasons

Netflix's hit teen show 'Heartstopper' renewed for two more seasons

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Heartstopper fans got double the good news on Friday.

The hit Netflix teen show has officially been renewed for seasons two and three. The series, based on the graphic novels by Alice Oseman, debuted in April and has since launched its young cast to social media stardom.

The LGBTQ-themed series follows the love story between two British teens: the shy, nerdy Charlie Spring, played by newcomer Joe Locke, and the popular rugby player Nick Nelson, played by Kit Connor.

Heartstopper has been embraced by critics, as well as fans, scoring the elusive 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It has also topped Variety’s Trending TV chart over the past four weeks. In its first week of release, Heartstopper racked up 1.05 million engagements on Twitter.

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Bruce Willis' wife Emma Heming Willis says caring for the ailing 'Die Hard' star is

Bruce Willis' wife Emma Heming Willis says caring for the ailing 'Die Hard' star is "taking a toll"

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As any caregiver can tell you, it's not an easy job to tend to an ailing loved one. That's what Emma Heming Willis, the wife of Die Hard star Bruce Willis, has found in the wake of his aphasia diagnosis.

"[The] amount of care for everyone else within my household had taken a toll on my mental health and overall health," the model says in an interview with the motherhood-focused website The Bump. "And it served no one in my family."

She adds, "I put my family's needs above my own, which I found does not make me any kind of hero."

Emma is mom to Willis' youngest daughters Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8, and stepmom to Willis' daughters with ex-wife Demi Moore: Rumer, 33, Scout, 30, and 28-year-old Tallulah.

She explained her "struggle" with maintaining her self-care routine in the interview, considering her younger daughters and her caring for her husband.

"Someone told me not long ago that when you over-care for someone, you end up under-caring for yourself. That stopped me in my tracks and really resonated with me," she said.

Instead, the 43-year-old now focuses on her "baseline" needs, calling exercise "a must" for her.

"It's a time I can disconnect and can do something that I know makes me feel good overall. I think it's important to find that one thing that makes you feel good and build from there."

Emma co-signed an Instagram post with Moore and Willis' daughters in March that revealed 67-year-old Bruce was stepping away from acting as he deals with the degenerative neurological condition.

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Former Bond girl Eva Green defends Johnny Depp's

Former Bond girl Eva Green defends Johnny Depp's "good name and wonderful heart"

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As the Johnny Depp's defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard rolls on, another star has weighed in. Eva Green, who starred opposite Depp in the 2012 dark comedy Dark Shadows, took to Instagram to defend him.

"I have no doubt Johnny will emerge with his good name and wonderful heart revealed to the world, and life will be better than it ever was for him and his family," wrote the actress, next to a photo of the pair together.

Green, who shot to stardom after playing Daniel Craig's love interest, Vesper Lynd, in Casino Royale, joins Ireland Baldwin, Chris Rock and Joe Rogan in defending the actor amid his bruising court battle.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation over her 2018 Washington Post op-ed that he claims derailed his career when Heard obliquely accused him of being a domestic abuser. Both stars have leveled accusations of violence against each other throughout the trial, which resumes Monday.

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In Brief: 'Barry' re-upped for season 5; Jason Momoa doing 'Shots!', and more

In Brief: 'Barry' re-upped for season 5; Jason Momoa doing 'Shots!', and more

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Four shows into its third season, HBO has renewed Barry, the dark comedy starring Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader, for a fourth season, the premium cable channel announced on Thursday. Hader won an Emmy for playing the titular character, a depressed hitman from the Midwest who's sent to Los Angeles to kill an aspiring actor, but decides instead to ditch his life of crime to become an actor himself. Fellow Emmy-winner Henry Winkler co-stars, along with Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg and Anthony Carrigan...

Aquaman star Jason Momoa is attached to star in the Universal Studios action-comedy Shots! Shots! Shots! according to The Hollywood Reporter. Details are being kept under wraps, but the film, which Momoa will also co-produce, is described as "a family-centric adventure that has tones of James Cameron’s True Lies, Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise and recent Paramount hit The Lost City," per THR...

Scott Eastwood is returning to the Fast and Furious franchise with Fast X. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Suicide Squad co-star will be reprising his role as Little Nobody, the government agent assistant he played opposite Kurt Russell's mysterious Mr. Nobody in the series' eighth installment...

Veteran stage and screen actor John Aylward, best known playing Dr. Donald Anspaugh on ER and former DNC chairman Barry Goodwin on The West Wing, died Monday at his home in Seattle, according to Deadline. He was 75. Aylward’s death was confirmed by his wife, Mary Fields, to his longtime agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs. Aylward had been in declining health, according to Fields. In addition to his TV work, Aylward most recently appeared in such films as Instinct, A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Way Back and Water for Elephants...

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Disney's favorite chipmunks get a makeover in 'Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers'

Disney's favorite chipmunks get a makeover in 'Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers'

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It's Chip 'n Dale, for a new generation. Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a Who Framed Roger Rabbit-style revival of the early '90s cartoon that premieres Friday on Disney+.

The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer, who directed the film, tells ABC Audio that its mix of live-action and animation "allowed for this Roger Rabbit world," but on a whole new level.

"There's been 30 years of technology that has changed animation so much with so many different styles," he explains, "and the fun of getting to see them all together was really enticing to me."

Akiva says that like Roger Rabbit, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers features so many animated characters and Easter eggs, animation fans are going to go crazy -- and it's not just Disney favorites.

"Third-party characters that aren't Disney was super important because, you know, Roger Rabbit had like Looney Tunes and all that stuff and it felt so much bigger because of that," he shares. "So in the same way, to keep it from feeling like a Disney+ ad and to just be a love letter to animation. So it was the lawyers deserve, you know, a big bottle of wine."

Kiki Layne is one of the only humans in the movie, and the The If Beale Street Could Talk and Coming 2 America star says acting alongside a bunch of animated animals brought her back to her early days.

"It's just fun to play make believe," says Layne. "[E]ven the fact that I was acting by myself, I thought, yeah, that's what I used to do in my bedroom.  I take my Barbies and stuffed animals and create a whole new world in my bedroom. That's where it starts."

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Dave Chappelle's alleged attacker arrested for attempted murder in earlier stabbing case

Dave Chappelle's alleged attacker arrested for attempted murder in earlier stabbing case

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Twenty-three-year-old Isaiah Lee, the man still behind bars after being charged with tackling Dave Chappelle onstage, has been slapped with an attempted murder charge. 

However, controversial Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today the charge wasn't related to Lee's alleged assault of the comedian earlier this month.

Gascón on Thursday says a man who had been stabbed in December identified Lee, his former roommate, as his attacker. "The publicity generated by the attack on Mr. Chappelle helped police solve this crime," he noted.

Lee was found to have had a gun-shaped knife when the alleged attack of Chappelle happened, but the LA DA's Office, which has been under fire for what critics see as Gascón's soft on crime policies, didn't charge Lee with any felonies. Instead, he was charged with four misdemeanors, for which he recently pleaded not guilty, and a judge refused to reduce his $30,000 bail and release him.

Gascón added of Thursday's new charge, "The incident that occurred at the Hollywood Bowl was misdemeanor conduct and rightfully referred to the City Attorney's Office. Based on the nature and severity of the December attack, Mr. Lee is now facing felony charges which my office will prosecute."

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Jury in Johnny Depp case hears video testimony from Ellen Barkin about

Jury in Johnny Depp case hears video testimony from Ellen Barkin about "always drunk" former lover

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The Johnny Depp/Amber Heard defamation case rolled on in a Fairfax, Virginia courtroom today, with the jury listening to hours of pre-taped testimony from various people involved with the former couple. 

As reported, Depp is suing heard for $50 million for defamation, claiming her 2018 Washington Post op-ed devastated his career when it falsely branded him as a domestic abuser. 

One of the tapes the jury heard today was from 2019, when actress Ellen Barkin testified about the actor, whom she briefly dated in the 1990s. "We had a romantic relationship," Barkin said in the video deposition, before adding, "Actually, can we change that to 'sexual'?"

Depp's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas co-star said Depp was "always drunk" and witnessed him throwing a bottle against a hotel wall during an argument with some of his associates. 

There was also taped testimony from more recently, January of this year, from the Pirates of the Caribbean star's former psychiatrist. Dr. Alan Blaustein testified Depp used drugs and alcohol to cope with "psychic wounds" and anxiety. The therapist also claimed the actor told him he was hesitant to marry Heard.

Heard is counter-suing Depp for $100 million, and her attorneys had the jury hear from Heard's former agent, who claimed Heard's op-ed actually hurt her own career. 

Jessica Kovacevi noted that Heard's level of fame should have been on par with that of Bond girl Ana De Armas if it weren't for blowback she says the actress received in the wake of the bombshell article.

The case resumes Monday morning.

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'Daredevil' lives again on Disney+

'Daredevil' lives again on Disney+

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Daredevil, the beloved Netflix series about Marvel Comics' Man Without Fear, is being rebooted for Disney+, according to Variety.

Officially, Marvel Studios and Disney+ are still mum, but it's something of a no-brainer that Charlie Cox will return as the titular hero.

Cox played blind lawyer Matt Murdoch, who moonlights as the red-suited vigilante, to such acclaim that he was brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe fold with a scene in the blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Similarly, Vincent D'Onofrio's bruising baddie Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in the original Daredevil entered the MCU with the Disney+ series Hawkeye and is expected to appear in that show's upcoming spinoff Echo.

According to the trade, the new Daredevil series was written and will be executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, who created the USA Network's spy series Covert Affairs.

The original Daredevil, along with the other formerly "Netflix Marvel" shows, including Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Iron Fist and the team-up series The Defenders, are available on Disney+.

The addition of the "Mature"-rated shows led the family friendly streaming service to install an age restricted viewing option, but it's not clear whether a Daredevil reboot will follow the comics-accurate bloodiness of the Netflix show.

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'Squid Game' creator reportedly developing satire show based on unexpected rise to fame

'Squid Game' creator reportedly developing satire show based on unexpected rise to fame

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Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of Netflix's global smash Squid Game, is reportedly taking a look at his "overnight" success with a satire show called The Best Show on the Planet.

The creator was penniless when he wrote the show about cash-strapped people chosen to play a series of life-or-death games, only to see the show become a smash years after he created it. His show earned praise from fans and from the likes of Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, who reportedly once said to Hwang, "I want to steal your brain."

Deadline reports The Best Show on the Planet will be a "satirical comedy ... based on his personal experience of being thrust into the limelight."

Last year, Hwang told the trade, "I feel like I've been swept by the Niagara Falls over the course of the last six months and fallen off a cliff. To have such compliments from Steven Spielberg was completely beyond my imagination. I still can't work out whether this is real or I'm daydreaming."

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'Stranger Things' creators reportedly having

'Stranger Things' creators reportedly having "total meltdown" after branded 'Monopoly' game spoils season 4

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Matt and Ross Duffer, the sibling creators of Netflix's hit Stranger Things, reportedly had a "total meltdown" when they found out a Monopoly game set in their fictional world spoiled some major surprises.

According to a Reddit thread, a copy of Stranger Things: Monopoly that was bought "fair and square" from Target contained "massive spoilers" for the supernatural show's forthcoming fourth season. "Nobody stole it; nobody leaked a sample," the Redditor clarified, but explained it was likely mistakenly put out for sale ahead of time.

The Hollywood Reporter noted the thread turned Netflix and the Duffer bros, well, upside down. The pair had a "total meltdown" at the news, a source explained, adding, "Lessons have been learned and, I expect, there will be more cohesion going into season 5."

Because toys take longer to create, they're often a source of secrets for upcoming movies and TV shows for sharp-eyed sleuths out there.

This is the main reason there were no "Baby Yoda" toys out there when The Mandalorian's first season debuted -- creator Jon Favreau knew toys would spoil Grogu's surprise appearance.

"I have to thank Disney and Lucasfilm, because the way the cat usually gets out of the bag with that stuff is merchandising and toy catalogs and things like that," Favreau said at the time.

"We really wanted to have it be that you had to watch it yourself."

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It's a boy! Rihanna reportedly welcomes first child with A$AP Rocky

It's a boy! Rihanna reportedly welcomes first child with A$AP Rocky

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There's got to be nothing but love on the brain for Rihanna right now!

The superstar singer and fashion icon welcomed her first baby with rapper boyfriend A$AP Rocky. According to People, a source close to the couple says they are at home in Los Angeles with the baby.

Per TMZ, Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, gave birth to her baby boy last Friday, May 13. The name of the baby is not yet known.

The 34-year-old "Diamonds" singer and A$AP, 33, started dating in July 2020, according to People. The A$AP Mob rapper opened up for Rihanna during the U.S. stops on her Diamonds World Tour. He was also featured on the remix of Rihanna's 2012 single, "Cockiness (Love It)." The duo was spotted out and about a few times, and rumors really began circulating after Rihanna included A$AP in her 2020 Fenty Skin beauty campaign.

The news of Rihanna's pregnancy shook the music world. While fans had been patiently awaiting new music from the Barbados native, she was busy planning her preggo debut. In the cute reveal, the couple were photographed in Harlem, New York, A$AP’s hometown, holding hands and showing off Rihanna’s growing baby bump. In one photo, A$AP kisses the mom-to-be on her forehead; in another close-up image, A$AP’s hands adorn hers, showing off not only the bump but also the multicolor jewels that accompanied her stylish foot-length pink jacket.

Throughout the duration of her pregnancy, Rihanna stepped out in style. From multiple chic all-black looks to bump-revealing colorful ensembles and even couture party looks, the singer’s fashion during the nine months was always a topic of discussion.

She opened up about her fashion journey as a mom-to-be to Vogue.

"When I found out I was pregnant, I thought to myself, 'There's no way I'm going to go shopping in no maternity aisle,'" she told the magazine. "I'm sorry -- it's too much fun to get dressed up. I'm not going to let that part disappear because my body is changing."

Rihanna has also opened up about what becoming a mom means to her, saying the experience has changed the way she relates to her own mother, Monica Braithwaite.

"Being on the verge of motherhood, unlocked new levels of love and respect I have for my mommy in a way that I could never explain!" she wrote on Instagram for her mom's birthday in April. "She's the true MVP and I wanna give her her flowers every second I can! Love you mumzzzz!!!"

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Vangelis, Oscar-winning 'Chariots of Fire' composer and Jon Anderson collaborator, dead at 79

Vangelis, Oscar-winning 'Chariots of Fire' composer and Jon Anderson collaborator, dead at 79

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Vangelis, the Greek composer and keyboardist best known for his chart-topping theme and Oscar-winning score to the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, has died at age 79, U.K. newspaper The Guardian reports.

According to the paper, representatives for the musician confirmed that he passed away at a French hospital, where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness.

Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, Vangelis gained his greatest notoriety for composing the theme and the soundtrack to Chariots of Fire, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 during the spring of 1982. His score to the movie also won an Academy Award.

Vangelis also released several collaborative albums with Yes frontman Jon Anderson under the moniker Vangelis and Jon during the 1980s and '90s.

His other film work included composing the scores to 1982's Blade Runner and Missing, 1984's The Bounty, 1992's 1492: Conquest of Paradise and 2004's Alexander.

Early in his career, Vangelis was a member of the popular Greek prog-rock band Aphrodite's Child, which was together from 1967 to 1972.

During his long career, Vangelis also released many solo studio albums, and composed music for ballets and stage productions.

His most recent album, 2021's Juno to Jupiter, was inspired by NASA's Juno probe.

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Bakery cooks up controversy with Johnny Depp/Amber Heard middle-finger pastry

Bakery cooks up controversy with Johnny Depp/Amber Heard middle-finger pastry

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An Australian bakery found viral fame thanks to a TikTok of its topical creation: a doughut made to look like a hand, middle finger extended, missing the first part of the digit.

The goodie was made to spoof the Johnny Depp trial and the gnarly injury the Pirates of the Caribbean star claims he suffered when his ex-wife, Amber Heard, threw a vodka bottle at him.

"We're sending Amber Heard a dessert box," a narrator says in the video, which has been liked more than 610,000 times. "We cut off the finger with a vodka bottle, and we'll send that to her, too," the narrator says, packing the pastry with a miniature bottle of the booze.

Showing off the severed sweet, the employee says, "And we're sending Johnny this piece." The video was tagged #justiceforjohnnydepp, which has trended since the former couple's ongoing defamation case began.

The narrator clearly got a kick out of it, but making light of the alleged domestic abuse struck some flat. "Tone deaf," one viewer said. "Jokes about dv have never been funny," another commented.

Still, many more had a laugh about it, with one pro-Johnny commenter adding darkly, "missed the perfect opportunity to poison the donut."

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'Riverdale' ending with season 7

'Riverdale' ending with season 7

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The CW Network has announced that Riverdale will end with its upcoming seventh season. The announcement came ahead of the network's Upfront presentation to advertisers Thursday.

"I am a big believer in attempting to give series that have had long runs an appropriate sendoff," CW Chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz said Thursday in a network call, according to TV Line. "As a fan myself, I do want to do what is right for the show."

The supernatural Sunday night teen drama was an unlikely adaptation of Archie comics, starring KJ Apa as Archie, Lili Reinhart as Betty, Cole Sprouse as Jughead and Camila Mendes as Veronica.

Pedowitz explained, "We had a long conversation with [executive producer] Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] yesterday, who is thrilled by this news, and we will treat the show in the manner it deserves …. We want to make sure it goes out the right way." He added, "I think they, too, felt that seven years is the right amount."

The network also announced a Supernatural prequel called The Winchesters; a Walker spinoff called Walker Independence; celebrity reality show Magic with the Stars starring Criss Angel; a legal drama called Family Law; an action series called The Professionals; and DC Comics-based series Gotham Knights.

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'The Book of Boba Fett' creators talk bounty hunter's turn to the light

'The Book of Boba Fett' creators talk bounty hunter's turn to the light

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The Book of Boba Fett had the momentum of the title character's bruising return to the Star Wars universe with The Mandalorian's second season episode "The Tragedy" -- as well as decades of fan love -- but some fans were vocal about the character's turn in his own Disney+ series.

While the show was billed as the once-feared bounty hunter's ascension as an intergalactic crime lord, the series, for one thing, didn't show him doing any crime. In fact, Temuera Morrison's faceless, ruthless Mandalorian was routinely portrayed with his helmet off and, arguably, pretty even-keeled.

But while some fans griped their Boba would have left blaster holes in a whole lot of the characters he encountered in the course of the show -- particularly those smart-mouthed scooter dandies he later employed -- executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni tell Vanity Fair the turn was a natural progression for the "older ... wiser" character.

"You think about Don Corleone," Favreau tells the magazine of Marlon Brando's iconic Godfather character. "There's a tremendous amount of restraint because he knows that to be sustainable, there has to be [peace]. You don't do well unless there's some political balance ..."

He adds, "You think about what things are off limits. Don Corleone wasn't just doing everything to line his pockets as he got later into his career. You look at ... the flashbacks in The Godfather: Part II, as he's walking down the streets. He's seen as somebody ... the people respect because of the way he conducts himself."

Favreau adds, "There's lots of different ways to run an empire. There's the Sonny Corleone way, there's the Michael Corleone way, and then there's the Vito Corleone way."

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