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►Comedy legend. Louie Anderson, the big-hearted everyman who rose to fame as a stand-up comic, then channeled the spirit of his late mother for his Emmy-winning turn as Christine Baskets on the FX series Baskets, has died. He was 68. The obituary.   

“Heaven has a hell of an open-mic night goin’ right about now.” The likes of Adam Sandler, Wesley Snipes, Michael McKean, Henry Winkler and George Wallace have been paying tribute to the much-loved Louie Anderson. The reaction.

“I burst into tears when I walked in on the first day.” THR‘s Brian Davids spoke to OG Scream star Neve Campbell on returning to play Sidney Prescott 25 years after the original, her specific hope for the franchise and its potential future. Warning spoilers. The interview. 

Oscar’s accent. THR‘s Richard Newby goes deep into his bag to explain, contextualize and theorize what may happen with Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ show Moon Knight based off the first trailer that dropped recently, including the reason behind star Oscar Isaac’s Dick Van Dyke-esque British accent. The analysis. 

In other news…

Feinberg Forecast: Last snapshot of Oscar race before nomination voting

Star Trek: Picard season 2 trailer shows return of Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan

Mace Neufeld, producer of Jack Ryan blockbusters, dies at 93 

—Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas welcome first baby via surrogate

—Longtime Warner Bros. comms exec Scott Rowe launches PR firm

—John Cameron Mitchell on how culture has shifted since release of Shortbus

—John Stamos shares his touching eulogy from Bob Saget’s memorial

—Lucasfilm rethinks its non-Star Wars slate

—Jane Campion to receive honor at Art Directors Guild Awards

—Jennifer Coolidge says Ariana Grande’s impression of her pulled career out of “dead zone”

Paramount lands animated Blazing Samurai starring Mel Brooks, Michael Cera

What else we’re reading…

—Simon Hattenstone interviews Pedro Almodóvar on Parallel Mothers, Franco, fascism and Spain’s tragic past [Guardian]

—Drake’s influence on Toronto has been enormous and now includes a Ryerson University course deconstructing him [NYT]

—Ryan Broderick on TikTok, doxxing and West Elm Caleb [Substack]

—Guest column: Martin Scorsese wants you to watch Nightmare Alley. Let him tell you why [LAT]

—Karen Attiah on how the brilliant André Leon Talley got sidelined [Washington Post]

Today… 

…in 2003, Comedy Central premiered Chappelle’s Show at 10:30 pm. Fronted by comedian Dave Chappelle, the critically-acclaimed variety series became a cultural phenomenon and ran two seasons, as well as an abbreviated third season which ended during production when Chappelle famously left the show. The original review. 

Today’s birthdays: Guy Fieri (54), Diane Lane (57), Gabriel Macht (50), Linda Blair (63), Jim Jarmusch (69), O-T Fagbenle (41), Balthazar Getty (47), Olivia d’Abo (53), Sami Gayle (26), John Wesley Shipp (67), Tamra Davis (60), Justin Hurwitz (37)

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