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9:45 AM ET, March 18, 2023

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Lucy Clark / The Guardian:
Sam Neill: Jurassic Park actor reveals he is being treated for stage-three blood cancer  —  Exclusive: Neill underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma  — Sam Neill on his new memoir and living with blood cancer: 'I'm not afraid to die, but it would annoy me'
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TMZ.com:
‘The Wire’ Star Lance Reddick Dead at 60  —  EXCLUSIVE  — 303.6K … Lance Reddick, famous for his work on HBO's “The Wire” and the “John Wick” movie franchise has died ... TMZ has learned.  —  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Lance's body was discovered at his Studio City home Friday morning around 9:30 AM.
Johnni Macke / Us Weekly:
Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin Secretly Welcome Baby No. 2 More Than 1 Year After Getting Engaged  —  Surprise!  Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin quietly welcomed baby No. 2, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm.  —  The duo's second son, Carson, arrived sometime before last Christmas.
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Sophia Vilensky / Us Weekly:
Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song's Relationship Timeline
Discussion: E! Online
Charna Flam / Variety:
Lance Reddick Remembered by Keanu Reeves, ‘The Wire’ Cast: ‘A Man of Great Strength and Grace’ … Following the news that Lance Reddick died at age 60 on March 17, Hollywood is remembering the actor who starred in favorites including “The Wire,” “John Wick,” “Bosch” and many more.
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Jordan Moreau / Variety:
Lance Reddick, ‘The Wire’ and ‘John Wick’ Star, Dies at 60 … Lance Reddick, who appeared in major TV series like “The Wire,” “Fringe,” “Bosh” and films like the “John Wick” franchise, which is set to debut “John Wick: Chapter 4” next week, died of natural causes Friday morning, Variety has confirmed with his reps. He was 60.
Jessica Gibb / Mirror.co.uk:
Sir Rod Stewart, 78, is ‘downhearted’ as sudden illness leaves him unable to sing  —  Sir Rod Stewart has been forced off stage by a sudden illness and updates fans on his condition admitting that he's ‘absolutely downhearted’ he can't perform  —  Sir Rod Stewart has updated fans on his condition …
Discussion: Mirror
Karen Ruiz / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: It's official!  Beaming Amy Robach steps out with T.J. Holmes after quietly finalizing divorce agreement with Andrew Shue - as the Melrose Place actor is comforted by her daughter while picking up their Maltipoo in doggy joint custody deal  — Amy Robach, 50, and Andrew Shue …
Lindsay Peoples / The Cut:
Law Roach on the reasons behind his sudden retirement from celebrity fashion styling.  —  Almost five years ago, I wrote a story for the Cut titled “What It's Like to Be Black and in Fashion.”  More than 100 Black fashion-industry professionals, from assistants to executives …
Courtney Love / The Guardian:
Why are women so marginalised by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?  —  Barely 8% of its inductees are female.  The canon-making doesn't just reek of sexist gatekeeping, but also purposeful ignorance and hostility  —  got into this business to write great songs and have fun.  I was a quick learner.
Just Jared:
Taylor Swift Set List for 2023's Eras Tour Revealed After First Show!  —  Taylor Swift is officially back on tour for the first time in five years after launching The Eras Tour with a show in Glendale, Arizona.  —  The 33-year-old singer kicked off the tour in the newly renamed “Swift City” …
Discussion: Billboard, Mirror, UPROXX and Just Jared Jr.
Kat Pettibone / Us Weekly:
Shawn Mendes Addresses Sabrina Carpenter Romance Rumors: ‘We Are Not Dating’  —  Calling out the nonsense!  Shawn Mendes claimed he is not dating Sabrina Carpenter after the pair sparked romance speculation while spotted out together last month.  —  Camila!  Hailey!  Inside Shawn Mendes' Dating History
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Kelly McCreary Leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' After 9 Seasons As Maggie Pierce  —  EXCLUSIVE: Grey Sloan Memorial will be losing both of Ellis Grey's daughters this season.  Kelly McCreary, who has played Maggie Pierce, Meredith Grey's (Ellen Pompeo) half-sister and head of the hospital's …
Daniel Trainor / E! Online:
Fire Up the Grill, a Good Burger Sequel With Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell Is Actually Happening  —  Twenty-five years after the release of Good Burger, stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell will reunite in a sequel for Paramount+.  Get all of the details about what to expect.
Just Jared:
One Day Before His Death, Lance Reddick Talked About Co-Star Michael K. Williams' ‘Shocking’ Passing in a New Interview  —  Just one day before his untimely passing, actor Lance Reddick opened up about the death of his former The Wire co-star Michael K. Williams during one of his final interviews.
Discussion: Page Six and The US Sun
Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
Sharon Stone: I ‘lost half my money’ in Silicon Valley Bank collapse  —  Sharon Stone revealed that she lost “half” of her fortune, presumably in the Silicon Valley Bank collapse.  —  The “Basic Instinct” star broke down in tears as she accepted the Courage Award during the Women's Cancer Research Fund's …
Borys Kit / The Hollywood Reporter:
Tom Cruise Has Seen ‘The Flash’ ... and He Loved It (Exclusive)  —  A conversation with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav led to a private screening for Cruise at his Beverly Hills home.  —  The upcoming superhero movie The Flash been done and locked for several months now as it awaits its June 16 release.
Discussion: Just Jared and Oh No They Didn't!
Ruth Bashinsky / Daily Mail:
Male model Jeff Thomas may have died after falling off Miami tower while taking a SELFIE, his agent claims: Brother says sibling's death came after addiction and mental health issues  — LA agent Luli Batista of The Sovereign Talent Group claims his death may have been accidental
Just Jared:
Stephanie Hsu & Ashley Park Star in ‘Joy Ride,’ a Hilarious Comedy Hitting Theaters This Summer - Watch the Trailer!  —  Joy Ride is definitely one of our most anticipated movies of the year!  —  The story of identity and self-discovery centers on four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure.
Kate Aurthur / Variety:
Brian Cox Is Glad ‘Succession’ Is Ending, and Doubles Down on Hating Method Acting: 'I Don't Put Up With That American S—' … Last month, when “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong announced that the fourth season of the Emmy-winning HBO drama would be its last, the internet howled in despair.
Discussion: UPROXX, Us Weekly, Cele|bitchy and IndieWire
 
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Kimberlee Speakman / People.com:
Eva Longoria Offers Some Advice for Pandering Politicians — and Shares Whether She'd Run for Office Herself
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Yana Grebenyuk / Us Weekly:
Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish Finalize Divorce More Than 2 Years After Split: Details
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Dory Jackson / People.com:
‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ 's Sebastian Chacon Says the ‘Band’ Has a ‘Lot of Different Ideas’ About Touring
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Simon Perry / People.com:
Kate Middleton Attends First St. Patrick's Day Parade Since Becoming Colonel of the Irish Guards
Meghan Mccain / Daily Mail:
Take one look at washed-out phony health guru Gwynnie and ask: Is it any wonder America is sick of her pseudo-scientific wellness and starvation diets?
TMZ.com:
Tyra Banks Leaving ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to Focus on Personal Businesses
 

 
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