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Cate Blanchett: 1, Chainsaw: Zero

Actress doing OK after lockdown accident left her with a 'little nick to the head'

(Newser) - If you've been having a hard time stuck at home during the pandemic, consider yourself lucky you haven't been attacked by a chainsaw (unless you have, in which case ... carry on). During a podcast conversation with ex-Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Cate Blanchett revealed just such a thing... More »

Steve Buscemi Has 'Seen It All'

Gabriella Paiella profiles the iconic actor a year after the death of his wife

(Newser) - Most of us know Steve Buscemi from the likes of Fargo, The Sopranos, and Boardwalk Empire. But do we really know him? The iconic actor has pretty much "seen it all," writes Gabriella Paiella in a revealing profile for GQ . That includes Buscemi (who pronounces his last name... More »

Seinfeld Alum Dead at 87

Veteran character actor Richard Herd, who played George Costanza's boss on 'Seinfeld,' dead at 87

(Newser) - Most TV watchers will recognize him as Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld, but character actor Richard Herd had a rich, decades-long career on the stage, big screen, and TV beyond his famous sitcom turn. The veteran thespian died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home of cancer-related complications, his wife of 40... More »

Deepfake Video Puts Trump in Independence Day

And Bill Pullman responds

(Newser) - President Trump, leading the charge in Independence Day? Yep, Trump tweeted Saturday a deepfake video of himself superimposed on footage of the classic blockbuster—so now it's Trump giving Bill Pullman's rousing speech to pilots about uniting for battle against extraterrestrial invaders, Deadline reports. Superimposed on pilots' faces... More »

To the Man Who Gave Us 'Deep Belly Laughs,' Goodbye

From 'This Is Spinal Tap' to 'Anchorman,' Fred Willard carved out an unusual career

(Newser) - Fred Willard, the comedic actor whose improv style kept him relevant for more than 50 years in films like This Is Spinal Tap, Best In Show, and Anchorman, has died, the AP reports. He was 86. Willard's daughter, Hope Mulbarger, said in a statement Saturday that her father died... More »

Jerry Stiller Cracks Up Co-Stars in Famous Blooper

They were still laughing about it 24 years later

(Newser) - This is a sad day for Jerry Stiller fans—but like his Seinfeld co-stars, they might still struggle to keep a straight face when watching him in his most famous role. In a bloopers clip that has been making the rounds since the announcement of the 92-year-old's death, Stiller... More »

Kevin Spacey Compares Your Pain to His Pain

The actor compares his banishment to the pandemic lockdown

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey is back in the news for the first time in months—this time for comparing his professional exile to the lockdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, Mediaite reports. "I don't often like to tell people that I can relate to their situation because I think it... More »

'Joey Pants' Is Severely Injured While Out for a Walk

Joe Pantoliano was hit by a Porsche that skidded out of control

(Newser) - Joe Pantoliano nearly got taken out, and no wiseguys were involved. The beloved Sopranos actor was out for a walk with his family Friday when a Porsche slammed into him and inflicted serious damage, his wife Nancy Sheppard tells TMZ ; she says another car T-boned the Porsche right into him.... More »

Nick Cordero's Wife: His Lungs Are 'Severely Damaged'

Amanda Kloots gives the world an update as her husband fights for his life

(Newser) - Looks like Nick Cordero isn't out of the woods yet. The Broadway actor, who apparently had a leg amputated after testing positive for COVID-19, is now said to have other lingering health effects. CNN reports that while he isn't bleeding internally, his wife Amanda Kloots says "we... More »

'One of the Funniest Actors' Is Gone at 56

Sam Lloyd, who played Ted Buckland on 'Scrubs,' died after being diagnosed with brain tumor

(Newser) - He was known as Ted Buckland, the lawyer who also sang in a barbershop quartet on the aughts sitcom Scrubs. Now, a goodbye to actor Sam Lloyd, nephew of Back to the Future Star Christopher Lloyd, at the age of 56, his agent confirms to Variety . In January 2019, just... More »

The Feds Investigate Harrison Ford

The aviation enthusiast apparently misheard a control-tower message

(Newser) - "You know, sometimes I amaze even myself." Han Solo's iconic line didn't quite apply Friday when Harrison Ford flirted with disaster on a Southern California runway, the Daily News reports. The 77-year-old actor apparently misheard the control tower operator at Hawthorne Airport and crossed a runway... More »

Slumdog Millionaire Actor Dead at 53

Indian film star Irrfan Khan was hospitalized with colon infection

(Newser) - A beloved Bollywood star who transitioned to Hollywood, with roles in Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, has died. Irrfan Khan, who'd been admitted to a Mumbai hospital with a colon infection, was just 53, per the BBC . He announced his diagnosis with a rare neuroendocrine tumor in 2018... More »

For Actor With Coronavirus, the News Is Devastating

Amanda Kloots posted an update about Nick Cordero on Instagram

(Newser) - The wife of Broadway actor Nick Cordero revealed heartbreaking news Saturday—that her husband's right leg is being amputated as he struggles with complications from the coronavirus, People reports. His wife, Amanda Kloots, said the 41-year-old had been in intensive care for 18 days when she got the news.... More »

'Gentle' Actor Is Dead at 16

Logan Williams played a young Barry Allen on The CW's 'The Flash'

(Newser) - "Heartsick." "Beyond sad." "Devastated." These are just three of the reactions to the sudden death of actor Logan Williams, who played a young Barry Allen on The Flash. He passed away Thursday at age 16. The family is "absolutely devastated," his mother... More »

Coronavirus Kills a Veteran Actor

Mark Blum of 'Desperately Seeking Susan,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' dies at 69

(Newser) - Madonna is among those mourning veteran actor Mark Blum, who died this week of complications from COVID-19. The 69-year-old starred alongside Madonna in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan, in which he played the husband of character Roberta Glass. "This is really tragic … I remember him as funny warm,... More »

Children's Television Loses a Beloved Voice

William Dufris has died of cancer at age 62

(Newser) - "Can we build it?" "Yes we can!" Anyone familiar with the beloved Bob the Builder catchphrase will care about this. Voice actor William Dufris, who handled the show's title character and four others, has died of cancer at age 62, Entertainment Weekly reports. "We are... More »

Former Lost Star Tests Positive, Calls Out the 'Cowardly'

Daniel Dae Kim has the coronavirus

(Newser) - Celebrities with the coronavirus? You can add actor Daniel Dae Kim to the list. "Hi everyone—yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus," says the former Lost and Hawaii Five-0 actor on Instagram . "Looks like I'll be OK, but I wanted... More »

Actor Dead at 38 of Unspecified Illness

Nicholas Tucci had acted in a range of TV shows

(Newser) - Nicholas Tucci, who you might know from shows like Pose and Rami, died Tuesday of an unspecified illness. Variety reports that his father, Alexander Tucci, posted a Facebook message saying his 38-year-old son wanted "to keep his illness private so that he could continue to pursue his professional and... More »

Pitt Attributes Speeches to 'Real Work,' 'Funny Friends'

Oscar winner managed to overcome his nerves

(Newser) - Brad Pitt's speechwriting is apparently as worthy of applause as his acting. There was much discussion about Pitt's ghostwriter after a round of impressive award show speeches. But there is no ghostwriter, Pitt told Variety on Sunday as he took home the Oscar for best supporting actor . "... More »

Child Actor Raphael Coleman Is Dead at 25

He starred in 'Nanny McPhee,' but left acting for science and wildlife activism

(Newser) - A child actor who shifted his focus to wildlife conservation and activism has died at age 25. Raphael Coleman is best known as one of the young stars of the 2005 movie Nanny McPhee with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth, reports People . The cause of death is unclear, but Coleman... More »

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