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Accidental overdose killed ‘Euphoria’ star Angus Cloud

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Investigators have determined a cause of death for Euphoria star Angus Cloud on July 31, and it appears to have been a tragic accident.

A representative for the Alameda County coroner’s office told ABC Audio that the actor’s death on July 21 was caused by “accidental acute intoxication due to combined effects of methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl and benzodiazepines.”

Incidentally, the cause of death is as his mother, Lisa Cloud, suspected.

In the wake of the actor’s death, there was speculation that the 25-year-old may have died by suicide, as he was reportedly distraught about his father’s death.

However, Angus’ mother posted to Facebook on August 4 to say the actor “did not intend to end his life.”

She said that despite the family tragedy, Angus was “joyful,” and “spoke of his intent to help provide for his sisters at college” and help her through the tragedy.

She wrote, “When we hugged goodnight we said how much we loved each other and he said he would see me in the morning. I don’t know if or what he may have put in his body after that. I only know that he put his head on the desk where he was working on art project’s [sic], fell asleep, and didn’t wake up.”

Lisa added, “[W]e may find out that he overdosed accidentally and tragically,” but it remains “abundantly clear that he did not intend to check out of this world.”

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‘The Young and the Restless’ closes Thursday’s episode with tribute to co-star Billy Miller

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The Young and the Restless closed its episode on Thursday, September 21, with a farewell to one of its own, Billy Miller.

The actor, who would have turned 44 last Sunday, reportedly died by suicide on September 15.

In the tribute, he was shown in happier times in four photos that ran at the end of the show, according to Deadline.

Miller won three Daytime Emmys for playing Billy Abbott on Y&R from 2008 to 2014. He also starred on General Hospital and played Marcus Specter, the brother of lead Gabriel Macht‘s Harvey Specter, on Suits.

Patricia Miller, the actor’s mother, had an associate post a statement to social media on Monday, September 18, that revealed Billy’s death resulted from a “long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years.”

She added that “he did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide – free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call or text the national lifeline at 988.

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On Hot Ones, *NSYNC reveals the truth about rumor they were cast in ‘Star Wars: Attack of the Clones’

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Over the years, the Star Wars franchise has secretly cast celebrities in minor roles without acknowledging them — for example, Daniel Craig played a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens. But what about the rumor that *NSYNC was cast in the 2002 prequel Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones? The group addressed it during their September 21 appearance on the YouTube series Hot Ones.

The group told host Sean Evans it’s partly true: Only Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and JC Chasez were offered the parts of Jedi in the film.

Lance [Bass] and me were so butt-hurt,” Justin Timberlake says, evidently still salty over the whole thing.

“But they got cut out anyway,” Lance offers.

“When you guys cut out, we were, like, [secretly laughing],” Justin recalls.

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See Sofia Vergara as a notorious drug kingpin in the teaser for Netflix series ‘Griselda’

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Sofia Vergara stars in and produces Griselda, the Netflix drama that has her playing the savvy and ambitious Griselda Blanco, who created one of the most profitable drug cartels in history.

A teaser for the six-episode series starring the Modern Family alumna dropped on Thursday, September 21.

The streaming service teases, “In 1970s-80s Miami, Blanco’s lethal blend of unsuspected savagery and charm helped her expertly navigate between business and family, leading her to become widely known as ‘the Godmother.'”

If the story rings a bell, Catherine Zeta-Jones played the same person in the 2017 Lifetime movie Cocaine Godmother.

Because of her looks and her gender, the real Griselda was underestimated, demonstrated in a scene in which a fellow dealer asks Vergara, “Who is the one in charge?”

Griselda’s death stare answers his question.

The series from Narcos and Narcos: Mexico showrunner and directing team Eric Newman and Andrés Baiz premieres globally on Netflix on January 25.

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Dodgers pitcher plays in front of mom for 1st time after seven years apart

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(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles Dodgers star who spent the past seven years playing baseball in the United States while his mom lived in Venezuela saw his dream come true Wednesday night.

Brusdar Graterol pitched at Dodger Stadium in front of a packed crowd that included his mom Ysmalia Graterol.

“My wife actually took a picture of where they were sitting, and then I was able to signal exactly where she was when I was pitching,” Graterol said through an interpreter after the game, according to a video shared by Major League Baseball. “[There was] so much emotion going through me, obviously, just happy tears the whole time.”

Brusdar Graterol was first reunited with his mom on Sunday, when she arrived from Venezuela after spending seven years trying to get to the U.S. to see her son.

“I was paralyzed in that moment when I first saw her. I didn’t really know what to say. I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “[I] just embraced her as much as I could. And obviously she would say how beautiful I am, how big I’ve gotten. And then I just remember telling her how it felt like home.”

Brusdar Graterol, 25, was born in Calabozo, Venezuela, and made his Major League Baseball debut in 2019 with the Minnesota Twins, according to his MLB profile.

He said that after working for so many years for his mom to be allowed into the U.S., there was finally forward movement that happened in the last two weeks that brought her to Los Angeles.

“We got a document that helped her get here,” Brusdar Graterol said. “We obviously wanted to move this as fast as possible. Luckily, we were able to do it this past weekend.”

Brusdar Graterol was brought out to pitch in the eighth inning in Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, which the Dodgers went onto win 3-2.

He said he was “emotional” until the music started and he prepared to throw his first pitch, which got him to focus back on the game.

After pitching, an emotional Brusdar Graterol was seen hugging a member of the Dodgers coaching staff in the dugout and then both pointing to his mom, who blew a kiss back to her son.

“Me and my mom grew up together. We went through all of it together,” Brusdar Graterol said. “She was a mom and dad figure for me the whole time, and I’ve always wanted to be an example for her and for her to be proud of me.”

In addition to watching her son pitch for the Dodgers, Ysmalia Graterol also got to see her daughter-in-law Allison Landa Graterol — Brusdar Graterol’s wife — and her granddaughter Aria, whom the couple welcomed earlier this year.

Brusdar Graterol said his mom is planning to stay for several more weeks, hopefully through the World Series, which will end in early November.

“She’ll be with us for the end of this season and then hopefully she’ll be with us to celebrate the World Series,” he said.

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Kelly Ripa to host Disney’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

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ABC News’ parent company Disney turns 100 years old this year, and Kelly Ripa is helping to celebrate by hosting The Wonderful World of Disney: Disney’s 100th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 15.

The night of programming will begin with an episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos at 7 p.m. ET. “A lineup that will include exclusive moments featuring Ripa and sneak peeks of upcoming Disney projects” will follow at 8 p.m., the studio explains.

The special program will also feature the world broadcast premieres of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new animated short film Once Upon a Studio and the beloved Oscar-winning feature Encanto.

Once Upon a Studio tracks through Disney’s storied history, “Featuring 543 characters from more than 85 Disney feature-length and short films,” from Mickey to Moana and beyond.

Disney teases, “Once Upon a Studio welcomes heroes and villains, princes and princesses, sidekicks and sorcerers—in all-new hand-drawn and CG animation — to celebrate 10 decades of storytelling, artistry and technological achievements.”

Disney officially turns 100 on Monday, October 16, and that will be celebrated across other properties including Disney+, but details are forthcoming.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ renames Mirrorball Trophy for Len Goodman; contestant Matt Walsh pauses due to strike

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Len Goodman may have died in April, but the legacy of the former Dancing with the Stars judge will live on in the show for the forthcoming 32nd season and beyond.

ABC Audio has confirmed that the reality competition show’s ultimate prize, the coveted Mirrorball, will be renamed the Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy in honor of the former host.

Goodman, who was also a judge on the British reality competition Strictly Come Dancing, died at 78 years old from bone cancer.

He had stepped down as head judge on Dancing with the Stars in November of 2022 to spend more time with family.

Meanwhile, Matt Walsh, one of this year’s celebrity contestants, has announced he is pausing his participation in the show in light of the writers strike.

Picketers have been gathering at rehearsal facilities for the show.

“I am taking a pause from Dancing with the Stars until an agreement is made with the WGA,” The Hangover veteran began his statement. “I was excited to join the show and did so under the impression that it was not a WGA show and fell under a different agreement. This morning when I was informed by my union, the WGA, that it is considered struck work I walked out of my rehearsal.”

Walsh added, “I have been and will always stand with my union members of the WGA, SAG and DGA. Beyond our union artists, I am sensitive to the many people impacted by the strike and I hope for a speedy and fair resolution, and to one day work again with all the wonderful people I met at DWTS who tolerated my dancing.”

Dancing with the Stars season 32 is still scheduled to premiere Tuesday, September 26, on ABC and Disney+.

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Negotiations between WGA writers and Hollywood producers continue

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After months of striking, there appears to be more progress between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the organization that represents the studios. They are continuing their negotiations Thursday, September 21.

The two parties first met Wednesday, September 20, after what appeared to be a stalemate over issues including studios’ use of AI and proper compensation for writers on streaming shows.

However, after a meeting that an insider described to Deadline as “very encouraging,” the two groups issued a rare joint statement to say they’re willing to stay around the table for another day.

According to the trade, on the studio side of things, Netflix head Ted Sarandos, Universal’s Chief Content Officer Donna Langley and Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav were present along with Bob Iger, the CEO of ABC News’ parent company Disney.

Ellen Stutzman, the WGA’s chief negotiator, was not alone representing their camp, but no other names were mentioned.

Another insider told the trade of the meeting, “This is what happens when principals get serious. Things start moving.

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Sophie Turner wants kids returned to England, says she learned Joe Jonas was divorcing her through the media

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It looks like Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner‘s divorce might get messy.

According to documents obtained by ABC News, Sophie has filed a request to have Joe return their two daughters to their “forever home” in England. In them, she accuses Joe of “wrongful retention” of the children, starting “on or about” September 20.

Specifically, Sophie is claiming that Joe refused to give their daughters’ passports to her after he, according to the documents, agreed that the kids would return with her to her home country of England on September 17.  He’s also allegedly refusing to consent to the children returning to England, period.

This action, Sophie says, is a breach of her rights of custody under English law as England is the children’s “habitual residence.” The documents reveal that during Christmas 2022, Sophie and Joe decided that they’d look for their “forever home” in England and settle their family there.

They did so in April of 2023, according to the documents, and since then, the children have attended school and participated in extracurricular activities there. Sophie says that when Joe filed for divorce, he claimed the kids had lived in Florida — where the family used to live — for six months prior to the filing. Sophie says this is incorrect as they’ve lived in England since April of 2023.

Also of note, part of the documents says “the breakdown of the parties’ marriage happened very suddenly.” It claims that after Sophie and Joe argued on August 15, Joe filed for divorce on September 1, but Sophie only found out September 5 “through the media.”

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Gordon Ramsay turning famous meme into a show: ‘Idiot Sandwich’

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Gordon Ramsay has announced he’s cooking up yet another show, but this one is based on a wildly popular meme.

The hot-tempered chef behind Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and other shows is creating Idiot Sandwich, named after his insult of a would-be chef in a sketch from The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The bit from eight years ago saw a ranting Ramsay capturing the face of a cook — actually Big Brother‘s Julie Chen Moonves — between two slices of bread and asking her what she is.

“An idiot sandwich,” she responds.

The “Hell’s Cafeteria” sketch has been viewed more than 13 million times on YouTube, but it is even more popular in GIF and meme form.

Ramsay introduced the idea for the show on his Instagram Story on Tuesday, inviting would-be hoagie half-wits to an application page.

“The person whose sandwich impresses Chef Ramsay the most, will walk away with a cash prize and the ultimate title, being crowned Gordon Ramsay’s Idiot Sandwich!” the copy reads.

Gordon noted you don’t need to be a chef to apply, though the application form notes the live show is looking for contestants that live in or near Nevada. Ramsay fronts a Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace, where they sell “Idiot Sandwich” earmuffs. “It’s one of the best-selling things in Vegas,” he tells People.

He adds, “Wherever I go, there’s some young kid somewhere that wants to be called an ‘idiot sandwich.'”

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