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The Friends Reunion Officially Has a New Taping Date

Guys—they were just on a break. The Friends reunion, which has been rumored practically ever since the purple door with the yellow frame on it shut for the last time, is officially, really happening. All six Friends stars will reunite for an unscripted special for HBO Max. 

Both HBO Max and the cast are being pretty hush-hush about the reunion special. Here’s every detail we know so far.

Who’s coming back: 

According to a press release from HBO Max, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer have all committed to reprising their roles in a new special, which will be executive produced by Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, as well as original Friends producer Kevin Bright. They’ll shoot on the original Friends soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California. Ben Winston, best known for his work on The Late Late Show With James Corden, will direct as well as executive produce. What is this? All nine Friends Thanksgiving episodes rolled into one? Because we’re feeling pretty grateful.

The release date:

It was delayed because of the coronavirus. WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt gave an update on premiere date on May 11. “At first we thought shows will be delayed for a month or two at the most, and now it seems like it’s going to be far longer than that,” he told Variety. “We’re holding out for being able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer, if the stars align and hopefully we can get back into production. We do think there’s a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together, and we didn’t want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms.”

On July 6, Schwimmer gave Entertainment Tonight an update on when the cast hopes to be able to film the special. “I can tell you that we are hoping to shoot [the reunion] in August, in mid-August, but honestly, we will do it when it’s safe,” he told ET. “There has always been a hope that a component of that reunion show will have a live audience, which makes the whole thing really tricky. We are obviously not going to risk anyone’s health by doing this.”

On August 7, Aniston confirmed the long-awaited Friends reunion has been postponed once again due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. She told Deadline the delay is “very sad,” but promised fans it’ll “be even more exciting and more fun” when it does happen.

“Unfortunately it’s very sad that we had to move it again,” she said. “It was, ‘How do we do this with live audiences?’ This is not a safe time. Period. That’s the bottom line. It’s not a safe time to do it.”

However, Aniston is looking at the bright side and staying optimistic. “It’s going to be super,” she added. “I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we’re not going anywhere. You’re never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You’re stuck with us for life, guys.”

In November 2020, Perry confirmed the Friends reunion will be taping in March 2021. “Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March,” he tweeted. “Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!”

How they made it happen:

It sounds as though the actors got plenty of “perks,” if you will. Variety reports that a source claims all six performers will be paid at least $2.5 million each for their work. (LET JENNIFER HAVE ANYTHING SHE WANTS.)

Break out the foosball table, the holiday armadillo, the traditional English trifle, and the smelly cats. This is really happening.

Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers Lawsuit Has Reached A Verdict

A little over a year ago, Samantha Barbash filed a lawsuit against STX Entertainment, Gloria Sanchez Productions, and Pole Sisters LLC for a cool $40 million, reportedly claiming that the movie “exploits” her likeness and defames her character. But according to EW, in a major win for the Hustlers production companies, the federal judge ruled in their favor. As such, the case has been officially dismissed.

Demi Lovato Hints at New Music About Max Ehrich Split

Demi Lovato just gave one of her first interviews since her tumultuous split from Max Ehrich, and you may want to be on the lookout for some new music.

During the new interview with the Today show on November 12, the “Commander in Chief” singer opened up about her “rollercoaster” of a year, stopping short of speaking directly about her breakup from Ehrich in September. 

“[This year has] been such a rollercoaster,” Lovato told Jenna Bush Hager, per Us Weekly. “I mean, honestly, for me, the beginning of the year started out, I was on this trajectory to have a pretty eventful career, and I was planning my comeback.”

Instead, she released an anti-Trump banger and experienced a whirlwind romance that ended….quite messily. Last we heard, a source told E! News that Lovato is “having all sorts of issues with Max not leaving her alone.”

Still, Demi Lovato shared that although 2020 didn’t work out quite as she had expected, there were some important takeaways. “I think the most important thing that I’ve learned is how much I am OK with myself and loving myself,” the singer said. “It wasn’t until this year that I really started exploring the things that bring joy to my life in little ways.”

As for her feelings on Ehrich? You may have to wait for the next album—or stream her recent breakup anthem, “Still Have Me.”

“When I write my songs—when I go to the studio and record them, it’s a very cathartic and therapeutic experience for me,” Lovato explained. “Anytime I go through something, especially when I don’t say things publicly or comment on certain situations, I just let my music comment on it.”

“I’m a mess and I’m still broken, but I’m finding my way back,” Lovato sings in “Still Have Me,” which was released six days after calling off her engagement from Ehrich. “And it feels like someone’s stolen all the light I ever had.”

But she hits us with a more optimistic chorus. “I don’t have much but at least I still have me and that’s all I need,” she sings. “So take my faith, but at least I still believe and that’s all I need. I don’t have much but at least I still have me.”

As for those of you wondering how Ehrich feels about the whole thing, all you have to do is look at his social media posts or check your local beach

Star Wars’ John Boyega Posts Photo With Oscar Isaac That’s Sure To Make Poe/Finn Shippers Happy

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It’s hard to believe, but the Skywalker Saga reached its end nearly a year ago. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wrapped up the overarching nine-film story, as well as the sequel trilogy that started with The Force Awakens. This also marks an end to the cast’s tenure in the galaxy far, far away, including Oscar Isaac and John Boyega. The latter actor recently shared a photo with Isaac, with is sure to make all the Poe/Finn shippers out there very happy.

Reminder: Hostess Gifts Are a Nonnegotiable This Holiday Season

So you’re gathering safely with close friends or family this season? Aside from a face mask and your best social distancing behavior, you’ll want some great hostess gifts in-hand. A token of appreciation has always been mandatory in Houseguest Etiquette 101—but this year, it’s even more important. If they’re opening their home up to you over all other loved ones, they obviously place you in high regard, so you’d hate to show up empty-handed.

While candles and booze are obvious contenders for the best hostess gifts (we shopped some out below), the guests who stand out usually have something unique in tow. Think: an outstanding bottle of olive oil you’d be hesitant to buy for yourself or a low-lift cocktail book that doubles as decor. From the wine snob to the cake boss, hosts across the board will welcome these thoughtful gifts with open arms (and an open fridge). Ahead, shop our 51 picks that will warm their heart while making their lives easier, the ideal combo for any overworked host.

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Why It’s So Exciting Black Adam Will Celebrate Hawkman’s African Origins

For those unfamiliar with the Cater Hall iteration of Hawkman, he started out as Prince Khufu, who lived in ancient Egypt and discovered a crashed Thanagarian ship containing Nth metal, the substance that allows Hawkman to fly. Khufu and his consort Chay-Ara were killed by the jealous priest known as Hath-Set, but the couple’s love allowed their souls to endure, resulting in them continuing to be reincarnated across many lifetimes. By the 1940s (or simply contemporary times, depending on the continuity) Khufu and Chay-Ara are living as Carter Hall and Shiera Sanders, and fighting crime as Hawkman and Hawkgirl, respectively.

Jason Blum Offers Update On Blumhouse’s Five Nights At Freddy’s Movie

There was a time when the biggest thing in video games was a simple independently developed horror title called Five Nights at Freddy’s. Of course, it’s possible that the game itself was somewhat less popular than the act of watching another person play it and leap out of their skin during one of the franchise’s trademark jump scares, but it was popular nonetheless. The game may not be the biggest name in the industry currently, but it’s still well regarded, so much so that a movie adaptation has been in development for years, and apparently, still is.

Borat 2 Standout Maria Bakalova Reveals Trick To Not Laughing At Sacha Baron Cohen When Filming

For a long stretch, Maria Bakalova’s character was with a babysitter named Jeanise Jones. Bakalova had to pretend to believe in a much different worldview and Jeanise Jones, buying into it, does what she can to help her and change her perspective. Bakalova’s commitment to the role is commendable; it could have been so easy to not be able to take herself seriously and start laughing, but she stayed in character. Which, as a side note, is also a little heartbreaking for Jones, who was duped by the performance.

Billie Eilish Is Queen Of The (Deserted) Mall In Eerie ‘Therefore I Am’ Video

Billie Eilish released her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, 19 months ago already, and so much has shifted since then. She won all the Grammys. She recorded the new James Bond theme. And now, she even got Glendale to close down the mall for her.

In her extremely DIY new video for “There I Am,” Eilish spends five minutes gallivanting around the deserted Glendale Galleria in California, helping herself to soft pretzels and doughnuts. It’s a familiar haunt; she grew up frequenting the mall as a young teen in the 2010s. Now she runs it, in the vacant clip that evokes Dawn of the Dead‘s suburban post-apocalyptica and plays like a nuclear-fallout version of New Radicals’s beloved late-’90s kids-take-over-the-mall anthem, “You Get What You Give.”

A lot of what I mentioned above is utter projection, but it’s hard not to read between the lines this year, a fraught time plagued by a raging pandemic and nearly 1.3 million people dead around the world. I went to the mall a lot as a kid out of mere boredom, gathering in large groups and walking around drinking frozen sugar drinks without a face covering. Imagine such a luxury now!

In Eilish’s “Therefore I Am,” which she directed, she captures this feeling of estrangement and isolation by wandering around a closed, multi-level, capitalistic expanse maskless and alone, free, yet implicitly haunted by the shuttered shops and eerie emptiness. She’s having a nice time, though, smiling as she lip-synchs to a bouncy pop track in the vein of “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” and repeatedly relays, “I’m not your friend.”

“Therefore I Am” follows Eilish’s previous single, “My Future,” which she performed virtually at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in August.

Get lost in the vast post-commercialistic chasms of “Therefore I Am” above.

How J.K. Rowling Apparently Responded When Fantastic Beasts 3 Decided To Drop Johnny Depp

The Harry Potter franchise has been dominating popular culture for decades, with entire generations brought up on the Wizarding World. J.K. Rowling continues to expand that universe with theme parks, stage plays, as well as the Fantastic Beasts film franchise. The latter is directed by David Yates who is planning a five-film arc. Fantastic Beasts 3 has recently begun filming across the pond, although it made headlines after Johnny Depp was fired from his role as the villainous Grindelwald. And there’s now also a report as to how author J.K. Rowling responded to this shake-up.