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Reynaldo Rey, White Men Can’t Jump and Friday Actor, Dies at 75

Actor and comedian Reynaldo Rey, who appeared in Friday and White Men Can’t Jump, died Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. He was 75.

Rey’s manager, Vanzil Burke, said the actor died at Los Angeles’ Kindred Hospital at 5:30 a.m. from complications of a stroke he suffered from a year ago.

Other popular films he appeared in include Harlem Nights, For da Love of Money and Family Reunion: The Movie.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Rey, daughter Harla, sons Golden and Todd, and his 96-year-old mother Lillian.

This article originally appeared on Hollywoodreporter.com

TIME Television

Hulu Executive Explains Decision to Pull 19 Kids & Counting

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D Dipasupil—Getty Images The Duggar family visits Extra at their New York studio in Times Square in New York City on March 11, 2014

On Thursday, Hulu pulled all episodes of 19 Kids & Counting from its streaming platform. “It expired from our service,” a Hulu rep told EW.

Speaking to CNN’s Brian Stelter, Hulu chief executive Mike Hopkins explained that the decision to remove the episodes was made with TLC, the network that airs 19 Kids & Counting.

“We’re partners. We license the show from them. And of course, as you know, they took it off of their platforms, so we did the same,” Hopkins said.

Last week, after Josh Duggar admitted to “wrongdoing” following allegations that he sexually molested five girls as a teenager, TLC removed 19 Kids & Counting from its schedule.

“TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air,” read a statement from the network. “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”

As of now, 19 Kids & Counting has not been canceled by TLC.

For more, head to CNN.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Television

Lena Dunham On Girls Racial Backlash: ‘It Was an Educational, Painful Process for Me’

“It ultimately made the show better and made me stronger as a feminist and an activist and a thinker.”

Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s Girls, understands the criticism she faced after the show’s first season concerning the overwhelmingly white cast that seemingly misrepresented the reality of a multicultural Brooklyn.

While speaking on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Comedy Actress Roundtable, Dunham explained, “I had been thinking so much about sort of representing weirdo girls and chubby girls and strange half-Jews that I had forgotten that there was an entire world of women who were being underserved.”

She said she learned that, “It is our job as creators to represent more than our own experience and to represent more than what we’ve seen.” She also expressed gratitude toward those who made her aware of her duty, saying, “It ultimately made the show better and made me stronger as a feminist and an activist and a thinker.”

Dunham noted a particular experience of overt sexism between her and a male guest star on Girls, but praises Girls executive producer Judd Apatow as an ultra-feminist.

“[He] is the best man in the world. All he would say is like, ‘You are women. You are deities. Let me kiss your feet.’”

The actress joined Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) for the roundtable, where some the year’s hottest television actresses discussed weighty topics such as racism and sexism in Hollywood while remaining unfiltered, frank and funny.

The full Comedy Actress Emmy Roundtable can be seen on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter when it premieres Sunday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Sundance TV and HollywoodReporter.com.

Check back Friday to watch clips featuring Amy Schumer and Tracee Ellis Ross.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Kate McKinnon Shares Her Secret to Playing Hillary Clinton on SNL

The SNL star has her own approach to parodying Clinton

Kate McKinnon is perhaps the Saturday Night Live castmember tasked with the show’s biggest job in the next year: playing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. While speaking on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Comedy Actress Roundtable, McKinnon shared her secret on creating her Hillary.

“I wanted to play on the inherent contrast between a woman who is so driven and so hardened by her experiences and needs this, and also a little sweetie granny from the Midwest, just the juxtaposition of those two things,” said McKinnon.

McKinnon also recounted a stand-up routine that went so terribly that she wound up drinking at Hooters.

The actress joined Lena Dunham (Girls), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) for the roundtable, where some the year’s hottest television actresses discussed weighty topics such as racism and sexism in Hollywood while remaining unfiltered, frank and funny.

The full Comedy Actress Emmy Roundtable can be seen on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter when it premieres Sunday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Sundance TV and HollywoodReporter.com.

Check back Friday to watch interviews with Amy Schumer and Tracee Ellis Ross.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Urban Cowboy Remake Is in Development at Fox

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Hulton Archive/Getty Images Actor John Travolta and Debra Winger pose in a scene during the Paramount Pictures movie 'Urban Cowboy" circa 1980.

Fox has commissioned a script from Craig Brewer

Bud and Sissy could be making a comeback.

Fox is developing a remake of Urban Cowboy, the 1980 movie that starred John Travolta as a young cowboy looking for love in all the wrong places in a Houston bar.

Variety reports the network has commissioned a script from Craig Brewer, who would also direct the pilot if it advances to that stage. It would basically mirror the movie that also starred Debra Winger as Sissy, who meets Bud (Travolta) at the famed Gilley’s Bar. There are other plot points in the movie, like an oil refinery death and a nasty cowboy named Wes who was one helluva mechanical bull rider. (But you were a sexy cuss, Scott Glenn!)

If the project manages to go the distance, the reboot would serve as a companion series to the net’s breakout hit Empire.

Fox already has a drama on its fall lineup that’s based on a movie: Minority Report, which stars Stark Sands.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME real estate

You Can Buy Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

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But all the giraffes are gone

The world-famous former home of pop star Michael Jackson is now on the market.

Neverland Ranch, now known more mundanely as Sycamore Valley Ranch, is up for sale for a cool $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Jackson bought the 2,700-acre estate in Los Olivos, Calif. for $19.5 million in 1987 and lived there until the mid-2000s, when financial troubles forced him to leave the location.

Unfortunately, the amusement park rides and zoo animals that made Neverland Ranch famous are now gone, though there is still at least one llama on the premises for some reason. The train station and railroad tracks that Jackson built are also still on the property.

Don’t expect this to become the next Graceland, though. The person selling the ranch is specifically looking for a buyer who doesn’t plan to turn the place into a museum for the singer.

“We’re not going to giving tours,” realtor Suzanne Perkins told the Journal.

TIME celebrities

The Bachelor‘s Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff Broke Up

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RW/MediaPunch/IPx Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules at ABC's Good Morning America in New York City on March 10, 2015.

Their engagement is over

Nearly seven months after getting engaged in his barn in Arlington, Iowa, Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff have split.

The Bachelor couple “have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement,” reads a joint statement released to PEOPLE. “They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends.

“They wish to think everyone who has supported them through this journey.”

Bachelor Nation watched Soules, 33, get down on one knee in March, telling Bischoff, “It’s not work for us. It’s natural. We both want the same thing, and it feels so right. It feels so perfect. And that’s what I want for the rest of my life. I love you.”

For his part, Soules was excited to begin his life with Bischoff in earnest following his run on Dancing With the Stars, though he admitted they had yet to move in together.

“Eventually she will be moving to Arlington and we’ll be beginning our life there,” he told PEOPLE earlier this month.

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME Television

Lori Loughlin Will Join Fuller House

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Bob D'Amico—ABC/Getty Images Lori Loughlin (Rebecca) and John Stamos (Jesse), on Sept. 14, 1993.

Aunt Becky is back

Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky are officially reuniting.

Lori Loughlin will be part of the upcoming Full House spin-off Fuller House, premiering next year on Netflix.

Loughlin, 50, tells PEOPLE she will do the reunion episode and is eager to reunite with her former cast mates and longtime friends. “Doing that show was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” she says. “It was just so much fun.”

And she hopes that the spin-off will satisfy fans of the original. “I think with Jeff Franklin at the helm – he’s the creator of Full House – it’s hard to go wrong because nobody’s more protective of that show than he is,” she says. “That’s his baby.”

Fuller House will star Candace Cameron Bure as D.J., a newly widowed mom raising her children in the house she grew up in with her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME movies

This is Who Andy Serkis Will Play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Anthony Harvey—Getty Images Andy Serkis attends "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" European premiere at Westfield London on April 21, 2015 in London.

But it opens up even more questions

Andy Serkis is finally connecting some dots for Star Wars fans.

Ever since he was announced as part of The Force Awakens cast, no one has been sure which character would be brought to life by the performance-capture trailblazer, who breathed humanity into inhuman characters such as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes among many others.

Would he be acting via remote control, as he has in his most famous performances, or turning up in the flesh as he did in Avengers: Age of Ultron as the arms dealer who loses an arm, Ulysses Klaue?

Now, by way of a StarWars.com interview with iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz about her recent Vanity Fair shoot for the film, we’ve learned Serkis will portray a being known as Supreme Leader Snoke.

This opens up even more questions. Who – or what – is Supreme Leader Snoke?

The interview offered nothing more beyond his name, alongside an image of Serkis in motion-capture gear.

The only Star Wars reference to anyone named “Snoke” is a background character named Snoke Loroan from the 1992 novel The Lost City of the Jedi, who was a Corellian pilot serving the Rebels. He also apparently died during Return of the Jedi’s Battle of Endor. So basically, not the same guy. (What kind of Supreme Leader would go by his first name anyway?)

Although we haven’t seen Snoke yet, we have heard him as the narrator of the first teaser trailer last November. “There has been an awakening … Have you felt it? The dark side. And the light…”

The voice is ragged and deep, leading some to speculate that it had been warped and altered. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in December, Serkis said this wasn’t the case. The voice of Supreme Leader Snoke is all organic. “That is the character,” Serkis says. “There’s no digital manipulation. That’s just me.”

Obviously, those few lines from the previous trailer suggest that Snoke is Force sensitive. If he picks up on a disturbance, an awakening, he has ties to a power that goes far beyond military strength. All Serkis could say in his earlier interview was that his character has witnessed and participated in some harsh things during his time in the galaxy. “He’s been through some stuff,” Serkis says.

Speculation time: Has there ever been a “Supreme Leader” who has been a good guy? Sounds like a tyrant, the kind of person whose hobbies include wearing shapeless suits and running North Korea. In the recent trailer, is this Snoke at center stage, off in the distance, surrounded by a battalion of stormtroopers?

Military entourage. Ominous banners. Flattering, loose-fitting attire …

We can’t know for sure just yet, but that’s how a Supreme Leader rolls.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

TIME Television

19 Kids and Counting Is No Longer Streaming on Hulu

Advertisers of the show have backed out as well

19 Kids and Counting is no longer streaming on Hulu, the streaming service confirmed Thursday. “It expired from our service,” a Hulu rep told EW.

Last week, reports surfaced that 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar had molested five girls when he was a teenager. He went on to release a statement admitting to the allegations, saying, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.”

TLC responded by pulling 19 Kids and Counting reruns from its schedule, although it has not yet been canceled. Several advertisers have ended their relationship with the show as well.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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