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Whoopi Goldberg says she came “very close to leaving the earth” during her one-month absence from ‘The View’

ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) — After being absent from the The View for a little more than a month due to an “illness,” Whoopi Goldberg revealed on Friday that in fact, she’d almost died following a battle with pneumonia.

In a video message that aired during the show, Goldberg gave fans a health update.

“Hey, yes it’s me. I am here,” she said. “I am up and moving around. Not as fast as I’d like to be but I am OK, I’m not dead.”

Whoopi went on to explain that she had had pneumonia in both lungs that was septic, meaning the infection had spread through her bloodstream.

“I came very, very close to leaving the earth. Good news, I didn’t,” she added. “Thank you for all of your good wishes. All of the wonderful things that people have been saying.”

“Even people who are not huge fans of mine, have actually said nice things about me,” she added. “We all know that’s going to change when I get back, but for right now, it’s brilliant.”

Goldberg last appeared on The View on February 6. At that time, many speculated that she was absent because she was going to host the Oscars. However, Whoopi’s The View co-star Joy Behar quickly debunked that rumor, saying that it was strictly a “conspiracy theory.”

Although Whoopi did not offer a definitive return date, she did tell her co-hosts that she plans to be back very “soon.”

“And ladies, I cannot wait to see y’all,” she said. “This has been interesting and I’ll tell you about it when we’re all at the table. To everybody, see you soon.”

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Taraji P. Henson teams up with Ed Helms for Netflix action-comedy ‘Coffee & Kareem’

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Taraji P. Henson is headed to Netflix for her next film project.

According to Variety, Henson is set to star alongside The Office star Ed Helms in the upcoming action-comedy Coffee & Kareem.

The film follows Helms as a Detroit cop who reluctantly teams up with his girlfriend’s eleven-year-old son to help “clear his name and take down the city’s most ruthless criminal,” according to Netflix.  Henson will play Helms’ girlfriend.

This is the latest project for Henson, who recently starred in the gender-swapped comedy What Men Want. She is set to star opposite Sam Rockwell in Best of Enemies, which opens in April.

No word yet on when Coffee & Kareem will launch.

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‘Airwolf’ star Jan-Michael Vincent dead at 74

Photo: DAN CALLISTER Online USA Inc(NORTH CAROLINA) — Jan-Michael Vincent, the actor most famous among fans of a certain age for his starring role in the ’80s super-helicopter series Airwolf, has died.

The one-time heartthrob, who had been retired, actually died of cardiac arrest at a North Carolina Hospital on February 10, according to a death certificate posted by TMZ. He was 74 years old.

The actor began his career in the 1967 movie The Bandits for actor-director Robert Conrad, and went on to appear in shows like Dragnet, and Bonanza, and the short-lived 1969 nighttime soap The Survivors, alongside Lana Turner.  He also appeared in movies like The Mechanic with Charles Bronson.

His other roles included the 1973 Disney comedy The World’s Greatest Athlete; the 1978 surfing movie Big Wednesday, the 1978 Burt Reynolds film Hooper, in which he played a young stuntman, and the acclaimed 1983 TV miniseries The Winds of War.

Vincent battled drug and alcohol addiction most of his life, and in the ’90s and 2000s, had several run-ins with law enforcement, including arrests for domestic battery, and three near-fatal car wrecks.

According to IMDB, the actor, who had been in declining health, had one final credit in 2003: the film White Boy. However, a younger generation probably knows him best as the centerpiece of gag on the popular animated series Rick and Morty.

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Michael B. Jordan credits ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler’s ‘Fruitvale Station’ with igniting his acting career

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan is the subject of Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming SuperSoul Sunday episode, which airs March 10 on OWN. In an advance clip from the show, Jordan says that his 2013 breakout performance in Fruitvale Station helped launch his career and deepen his relationship with director and longtime friend Ryan Coogler.

“You have very talented actors out there that, can’t open up a movie or can’t be the lead of a film. And I really wanted to know what type of actor I was going to be,” Jordan said, explaining how the film served as an important test for his career. “If I had the ability, if I had the skills to open up a film.”

“And Fruitvale Station was the first one that I had the chance to be the lead and the success that we had at Sundance and then critically it did very well,” he added.

The critically-acclaimed film was also Jordan’s first time working with Coogler. Jordan says after the film, the pair, who later teamed up for the blockbuster Rocky sequel Creed and then the mega-blockbuster Black Panther, developed a special bond over the years.

“I know he won’t put me in a position that’s going to hurt me or damage me in any type of way,” Jordan said. “We have an understanding of what we’re trying to build and what we’re trying to do. Any movie that we’re trying to do, that I want to say something — that we’re tying to have a type of meaning to it and have a message to come across — Ryan’s the guy for that.”

Add Jordan: “And he’s not going to get into something that he doesn’t have his heart into.”

SuperSoul Sunday airs Sunday, March 10 at 11 a.m. ET on OWN.

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‘The Simpsons’ episode featuring Michael Jackson being pulled from circulation

THE SIMPSONS ™ and © 1991 TTCFFC(LOS ANGELES) — The Simpsons showrunners have decided to remove an episode featuring the voice of Michael Jackson from all TV and streaming platforms, as well as future DVD box sets, according to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming an earlier Wall Street Journal report.

Executive producer James L. Brooks, creator Matt Groening and showrunner Al Jean collectively agreed to pull the episode, titled “Stark Raving Dad,” in response to the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, in which two men accuse Jackson of sexually abusing them as children.

The Simpsons episode, which originally aired in 1991 during the show’s third season, featured Jackson as the voice of Leon Kompowsky, a man who believes he’s the “Bad” singer. Jackson, a fan of the show, offered to guest star and was originally credited under the pseudonym “John Jay Smith.”

Brooks told the Wall Street Journal Journal, “This was a treasured episode. There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain.”

The decision to pull the show from the Simpsons catalog follows three radio stations in Montreal, Quebec that have decided to pull Jackson’s music from their playlists.  Meanwhile, a Hollywood-based deejay told Variety that she’ll no longer play Michael’s music at parties and events.

The Leaving Neverland documentary drew in 1.29 million viewers for its first installment Sunday night, the third-largest audience for an HBO documentary this decade.

Jackson’s family and his estate have denied the allegations in Leaving Neverland and have filed a lawsuit against HBO, claiming that film violates a non-disparagement clause from a 1992 contract HBO signed in order to air a Jackson concert.

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‘Captain Marvel’ tops this week’s new movie releases

Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide in theaters Friday:

* Captain Marvel — The 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, set in 1995, stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who turns into the titular character — one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes — when she’s infused with alien superpowers after the Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict.  Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg and Jude Law also star. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* Gloria Bell — Julianne Moore plays the title character in this re-imagining of Chilean writer/director Sebastián Lelio’s 2013 film, Gloria, about a free-spirited 50-something divorced woman who seeks love at L.A. dance clubs. Also starring John Turturro, Michael Cera, Caren Pistorius, Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Rita Wilson, Sean Astin, and Holland Taylor. Rated R.

* The Kid — Vincent D’Onofrio directed this semi-autobiographical western about a young boy named Rio — played by Jake Schur — who forms an unlikely alliance with local sheriff Pat Garrett and infamous outlaw Billy the Kid, portrayed by Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan, respectively, on a mission to rescue his sister, who was kidnapped from the boy’s cruel uncle, played by Chris Pratt.  Rated R.

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‘Captain Marvel’ star Brie Larson wanted to be Princess Leia growing up

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Brie Larson stars as Captain Marvel in the first standalone Marvel film featuring a female superhero. But like a lot of little girls of a certain age, when she was growing up, there was another iconic female heroine she wanted to be.

“I wanted to be Princess Leia,” Larson, 29, told ABC’s Good Morning America. “[When] I was probably 8 years old, I bought a shirt that was for, like, maybe my size now, because I was going to play her at some point. I kept it in my closet. I’m sure my mom has it in the garage somewhere.”

Princess Leia was, of course, played by the late Carrie Fisher — just one of the female acting role models Larson said she admired in her journey to becoming an actress.

In Captain Marvel, the Oscar-winner stars alongside one of her other acting icons, Annette Bening.

“We have really long scenes together in this movie, so you get to play scene partners with somebody who is just incredible,” Larson said of Bening.

Larson transformed herself physically to play a superhero in Captain Marvel, and she described the workouts she did — many of which she shared on Instagram — as “really hard,” but also mentally transforming.

“It changes everything. It changes your mind. It changes the way you carry yourself, but it’s such a sacrifice,” Larson said, while admitting she “cried a lot in the gym.”

“It’s such a full-time commitment but I loved it. I really loved it,” she said.

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, which also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Jude Law, opens tomorrow, which, not coincidentally, is International Women’s Day.

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Jaina Lee Ortiz says she’s “really proud” to play a female firefighter on ‘Station 19’

ABC/Ed Herrera(NEW YORK) — Station 19 is turning up the heat when it returns for its midseason premiere tonight on ABC.

The firefighter drama, a Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, picks up right where we left off, revealing the fates of Andy Herrera, Captain Sullivan and their patient after their medic vehicle went over a cliff in a windstorm.

Andy, played by Jaina Lee Ortiz, is left to take charge of the situation – and if we’ve learned anything from a Shonda Rhimes show, it’s that the women are capably in charge.

“Being part of Shondaland and having that female support from everyone, from women behind the camera, women in front of the camera, it’s been a very refreshing atmosphere to be,” Ortiz tells ABC Radio.

“It only makes you want to support and show that love and encouragement and support that much more.”

She says she’s had women both young and old tell her the show has inspired them to become firefighters. Ortiz herself can’t help but be inspired by her own character.

“I hope that I can be more like Andy, pretty much,” she says. “I admire her strength and her determination and her hunger for success…I am really proud to play someone like her.”

Station 19 airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Not so far, far away: Disney announces opening dates for ‘Star Wars’: Galaxy’s Edge attractions

Disney Parks(NEW YORK) — Disney has announced the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new theme park attractions at both Anaheim, California’s Disneyland and Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort.

The goal of the immersive, 14-acre destinations are to make visitors feel as if they’re walking the streets of the fictional trading outpost planet of Batuu, alongside all the droids and aliens you’d expect in a Star Wars film.

Fans in California will get the first chance to visit that galaxy far, far away: The attraction opens in Disneyland on May 31.

In Florida, Galaxy’s Edge will be located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. It’s part of the Orlando-based Walt Disney World Resort — which also includes Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — opens August 29.

The attraction at both parks will feature rides, restaurants, and other immersive attractions from George Lucas’ iconic franchise.

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‘After Life’ star Ricky Gervais would really like you to shut up

Netflix/Natalie Seery(NEW YORK) — In Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix series After Life, he plays a man who decides he’s got nothing to lose after losing his wife, so the widower vows he’s no longer going to hold his tongue.

However, his chat with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on Live with Kelly and Ryan Thursday proved the show — which he created, directed, and stars in — features a character who isn’t too far from his own sometimes prickly self.

The Office co-creator had a laundry list of grievances, from staying in shape to noisy people. He explains that he takes earplugs with him wherever he goes — even in restaurants. “My girlfriend Jane says, ‘That’s sociable,'” he quipped. As for why? “Just in case there’s someone slurping soup,” he said, recalling a recent politeness foul. 

“So there we were in a restaurant in San Francisco. A lovely restaurant. And the waiter kept doing this,” he said, snorting as if he had a stuffed nose. “And I kept looking at him, and Jane says, ‘He doesn’t know why you’re looking at him.'” 

“‘Well he should know!'” Gervais responded. “‘It’s horrible!'”

One thing that doesn’t bother Ricky, however, is dogs. The animal rights activist also shares that sentiment with his character in the dramedy, who is “convinced” not to kill himself because he had to feed his pooch.

“I just can’t wait to meet dogs,” he enthuses. “I love dogs. Dogs are amazing. Dogs make me feel better. They cheer me up for the day. A dog can never annoy me like a person. If a dog eats noisily I go ‘Aww, look at him.’ If a person [does it], I  go, ‘What are you — are you mental?'”

After Life debuts on Netflix Friday.

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