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(LOS ANGELES) -- Jordan Peele's remake of the 1992 horror classic Candyman has joined the long list of films whose releases are being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering theaters.

Variety reports the release was pushed back from June 12th to September 25th. 

Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett from Misfits.

The new film has been described as a "spiritual sequel" to the original, which followed the son of a slave who became an artist. He was later mutilated and killed by a lynch mob hired by his lover's father, prompting his spirit to seek revenge. 

Other major movies that have been postponed or delayed include Disney’s Black Widow and Mulan, Fatherhood starring Kevin Hart, The Lovebirds with Issa Rae, Universal's Fast & Furious 9 and more.

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Showtime(NEW YORK) -- Now in its eighth and final season, Showtime's Homeland is as intense as ever: There's growing tension between Pakistan and the U.S. as Claire Danes' CIA operative Carrie Mathison tries to find the real culprit behind the deaths of two world leaders.

True Blood star Sam Trammell stars on Homeland this season as the hawkish, inexperienced President Benjamin Hayes.  He checked in from home to tell us why we should watch such a stressful show when we're all trying to stay calm while quarantined.

"Maybe that's your exercise!" he laughs. "You know, it's just exercise for your inside metabolism. You know, get your heart racing!"

"It is extraordinarily stressful," he allows, but notes, "The production value this year is off the charts. I mean, it's like you're watching these movies...they really threw everything at it this year...there's so much going on: The stakes are so high and there's so many different players involved in international politics....it's a blast!"

As for Sunday's episode, Trammell tells ABC Audio, "I don't want to give away too much, but it's leading toward a standoff with Pakistan, massive geopolitical ramifications, and two different countries potentially coming up against each other."

Trammell says he's been "honored" to join the acclaimed show for its final season, calling Homeland "the A-Team of TV." But for him, the best part is getting to play the Leader of the Free World.

"Oh, it's such a power trip!" he laughs. "I love it. Everybody should get to do it at some point...people open doors for you. You get this sort of unconscious added respect in the room."

"Sitting in the Oval Office behind the desk is incredible," he adds. "I mean, it was just a set...But you walk in there...and you feel the power of that office."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- LeVar Burton will stream his LeVar Burton Reads podcast on Twitter, reading adult and children’s stories for families self-quarantining at home.  The first book he'll read is Neil Gaiman's 1989 short story We Can Get Them for You Wholesale, which Burton describes as Gaiman's "best" [work]. 

Burton, who starred in The Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation, will host three weekly livestreams, doing what he loves most: reading. For a week, he contemplated ways to contribute during COVID-19 pandemic, searching for accessible stories to read aloud. 

"I figured that during this difficult time I could contribute by reading aloud to folks who could use some diversion for themselves and their families," Burton tweeted

When he expressed concern about copyright issues, several authors, including Gaiman, granted him permission via Twitter to read their short stories and books.

Children’s fiction will be read on Mondays at 9 am PT/12 pm ET, followed by young adult stories on Wednesdays at 3 pm PT/6 pm ET. Fridays are for adults.

"I would like to believe that this is a short-lived effort,” Burton tells Forbes. "In the sense that there wouldn’t be such a need once life gets back to normal or more resembling normal than it does now."

For more than 20 years, Burton hosted PBS' The Reading Rainbow, encouraging children's literacy. The show won over 200 awards, including Emmys for Outstanding Children's Series. The show was canceled in 2006 but revamped by Burton as an app years later. 

The first live-stream of LeVar Burton Reads begins today at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET. 

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Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Continuing his newfound dominance of social media, and hoping to inspire and entertain his followers during the COVID-19 lockdown, Will Smith has launched Will from Home on Snapchat.

The 12-episode series will feature him, his family, and friends -- famous and not so -- discussing what they're doing while in isolation. 

Snap head of original content Sean Mills tells The Hollywood Reporter of the partnership: "Will was feeling a lot of pent-up creative energy and was excited to do something with it in a new and different way."

The Bad Boys and Aladdin series star and his company, Westbrook Media, felt the lockdown could inspire "new forms of creativity and new ways to tell stories," says Mills.

Will from Home debuted on Snapshat Friday morning.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- On another installment of his ABC show-from-home Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel -- along with his famous friend Jennifer Aniston -- surprised a young nurse who is quarantined after contracting COVID-19. 

Kimmel got to know Kimball Fairbanks, a cardiovascular nurse from St. George, Utah, and has been following her condition since she's tested positive. While she's furloughed from work and away from her two kids, she explained, she's been taking care of herself and ordering food. 

That's where Aniston came in. She surprised Fairbanks via video, and the pair informed her that they're going to be gifting her with $10,000 worth of food delivery from PostMates. 

"But you have to use it all in one shot," Kimmel quipped. "One huge meal." 

"On top of that, PostMates has generously donated gift cards to all the nurses on your floor," Kimmel added. 

Fairbanks said she should be able to get back to work -- and see her kids -- on April 8. 

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Bill Withers performing in 1972; Michael Putland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bill Withers, whose soulful hits such as "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died of heart complications, his family said in a statement reported by Rolling Stone. He was 81.

Born in West Virginia, Withers served in the Navy, then moved to L.A. in 1967.  His debut album, Just As I Am, produced by the legendary Booker T. Jones and featuring guitar by Stephen Stills, included the Grammy-winning hit "Ain't No Sunshine" and the classic "Grandma's Hands."  The album cover showed Withers at his day job at an aircraft company -- a job he initially refused to quit because he felt the music business was too unstable.

Withers' second album, Still Bill, included his enduring signature song, "Lean on Me," as well as the funky "Use Me." He continued releasing albums throughout the seventies, and in the '80s he did a number of collaborations, including the 1981 Grammy-winning hit "Just the Two of Us" with Grover Washington, Jr.

Ongoing issues with his record company led Withers to effectively retire from recording after 1985, though remixes and covers of his songs continued to be released, not in the least Club Nouveau's 1987 number-one version of "Lean on Me," which won Withers his third Grammy, for Best R&B song.

Withers' songs have also been widely sampled: a portion of "Grandma's Hands" was used in the 1996 Grammy-winning #1 hit "No Diggity," by BLACKstreet.  JAY-Z, Kanye West, Tupac and DMX have also sampled Withers' songs.  In 1999, the use of "Lovely Day" in a GAP commercial also renewed interest in Withers' music, as did the inclusion of "Use Me" in filmmaker Oliver Stone's football drama Any Given Sunday that same year.

Among his many accolades, Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and in 2015, Stevie Wonder inducted him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 2007, "Lean on Me" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  In 2009, Withers' life was the subject of a documentary, Still Bill.

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NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) On Thursday night's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler videoed in to Jimmy's remote show to catch up, and debut his "Quarantine Song."

Wearing sunglasses to hide the fact he was reading the lyrics, Sandler brought some levity to the COVID-19 situation, while praising those who are fighting the disease while the rest of us are at home.

"Doctors and nurses will save us from this mess if we get them the supplies that they need/And I hope they save us soon because I'm really, really sick of my family" Sandler sang. 

Another verse praised doctors and nurses all over the world.

"We've got to build some more ventilators and make some more masks, we've got to do it now so let's all come together,' Sandler sang. "I'm teaching math to my kids and that can't be good for America."

Sandler's song continued, "Stay home as much as you can, be sure to wash your hands, let's make this damn thing go away/We love you doctors and nurses, you're saving lives every day."

He implored, "Find a cure for this s**t 'cause I really, really miss hugging my mailman."

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Netflix/Justina Mintz(NEW YORK) -- Taraji P. Henson has teamed up with funnyman Ed Helms for Netflix's new action-comedy Coffee & Kareem.

In the feature, Henson plays the mother of Kareem, a mischievous twelve-year-old who hires a criminal to scare his mom's new boyfriend, Officer James Coffee, played by Helms. Henson tells ABC Audio that the film is really "based around these two characters and... their odd relationship."

"I happen to be dating Ed Helms and my son doesn't like it at all," the Empire star explains.

"And so, he thinks he's a thug, but he isn't," she continues, referring her character's son played by actor Terrence Little Gardenhigh. "And he tries to wrangle a coup to get rid of the cop."

According to Henson, Kareem's "little caper to get rid of his mother's police boyfriend," goes awry causing plenty of "drama and comedy."

"And it is impactful. It is action packed," Henson says, adding "We do a lot of explosions."

If that wasn't enough, Henson says the film is also "pretty funny."

"It's fast paced... And I can't wait for you guys to see it," she says.  

Coffee & Kareemalso starring Betty Gilpin, RonReaco Lee, Andrew Bachelor and David Alan Grier, is now available on Netflix.

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Netflix(TEXAS) -- Joe Exotic, the central figure in Netflix’s true-crime documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, has a couple of actors in mind who could play him should his story be adapted for the big screen.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, one of the series’ directors, Rebecca Chaiklin, reveals Exotic -- aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage -- who is currently serving 22 years in prison for the attempted murder of animal sanctuary owner Carole Baskin -- has expressed that he would like to see either Brad Pitt or David Spade portray him.

It should be noted that he referred to Spade as “Joe Dirt” -- his character from the 2001 comedy of the same name, to whom Exotic arguably has a resemblance.

No known film adaptations are currently in the works -- despite seemingly everyone in Hollywood is willing to star in it, given their social media posts about the show -- although a drama TV series with Kate McKinnon set to play Baskin has been in development at since November.

In other Joe Exotic news, he was transferred to a Fort Worth, Texas prison medical center as coronavirus fears grow at the jail he was previously kept at, according to People.

Inmate records obtained by the publication reveal that the former Oklahoma zoo owner is currently at Fort Worth FMC, a medical center operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Prior to the relocation, the eccentric animal collector filed off a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service, and two former associates based on claims that he was the victim of malicious prosecution and discrimination and was falsely arrested and imprisoned. 

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ABC/Randy Sager(LOS ANGELES) -- Jane Fonda is bringing back the 80s.  The actress, who ignited a side-career in aerobics with her popular Jane Fonda Workout Method, is bringing her famous moves to TikTok in order to keep fans on their feet during quarantine. 

The Grace & Frankie star rolled out her yoga mat to make the big announcement on Thursday.  "Hello TikTok, my name's Jane Fonda and I'm gonna bring back the Jane Fonda Workout for your home sequestration," she announces in the video, where she's all ready and dressed for an intense round of choreography.

The VHS workout tapes sold 17 million copies during their run in the early 80s.  

While she left the sparkle spandex suit, the sweat bands and big hair at home, she opted for comfortable black yoga pants and a fitted long-sleeved red shirt.  

Laying on her side, the 82-year-old starts the exercise off with a round of leg lifts.  

However, she abruptly changes her tune by revealing that it was a stunt to bring the globe's attention to another crisis besides COVID-19, which is climate change. 

"You know what," she remarks, now dressed in a puffy red jacket, "There's too many workouts happening right now on television and on computers."

Rubbing her hands together, she pleads, "What I would really like for you to do is workout with me for the planet.  There's a climate crisis that's a real emergency and so, whether you're on your couch or your yoga mat, will you join me for the virtual Fire Drill Fridays?"

The actress, who has been arrested during numerous "Fire Drill Friday" protests, encourages, "the future needs you... I need you." 

The Friday event will kick off at 11 a.m. PT on her TikTok.  You can learn more by texting "Jane" to 877-877.

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ABC/Mike Rosenthal(LOS ANGELES) -- Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is the latest celebrity urging people to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the request of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, Pompeo, who plays Dr. Meredith Grey on the long-running ABC medical drama, posted a video to her Instagram page imploring followers not to go outside if they can avoid it.

"The healthcare professionals, the doctors, the nurses, anyone who works in a hospital, they're at their wits end and now they're starting to die," the 50-year-old actress explained. "We're not doing enough. Everybody, just please stay home. And if you know someone who is not taking this seriously and who isn't staying home, please talk to them. We have to stay home. It’s all they're asking us to do. It’s not that hard."

Pompeo shared another video message back in March to thank real-life healthcare workers risking their own health to save others.

"Many of us have the privilege to self-quarantine and isolate and try to stay healthy and none of you have that privilege," Pompeo noted.  "So this is just from me and my family to all of you, to say thank you."

"We appreciate you.  We love you.  Stay safe.  Nurses rock.  Doctors rock.  And anyone who works in a hospital or the health care industry, you rock. We love you. Stay safe," she added.

Ben Stiller, LaLa Anthony, Danny DeVito and Rober De Niro, have also asked New Yorkers to stay inside to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The number of cases worldwide reached one million on Thursday, with more than 240,000 cases in the U.S. -- 92,381 of them in the state of New York.  More than 5,900 deaths have been reported worldwide.

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Adult Swim(LOS ANGELES) -- The final five episodes of the fourth season of the beloved, Emmy-winning animated series Rick and Morty kick off Sunday night at 11:30 p.m., Adult Swim has announced in a new trailer.

For the uninitiated, the show stars the voices of co-creator Justin Roiland as both lead characters: Rick, a brilliant, substance-abusing sociopath scientist, and Morty, his awkward grandson, whom Rick drags along on inter-dimensional adventures across space and time.

Set to Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," the trailer shows R&M donning anime-inspired Gundam robot suits, on an apparent rescue mission for Morty's sister, Summer, who has apparently been brainwashed by an alien facehugger. Along the way, Rick takes a potion that gives him multiple arms to shoot more enemies, and Morty fires on enemy ships from a never-before seen gun pod in Morty's trusty flying saucer. 

If it sounds weird, it is, and that's just par for the course for the series, says Chris Parnell, who voices Morty's sad-sack dad, Jerry. This season, Jerry's apparently started his own honey company, impressing no one, as usual. 

Parnell explained recently what it's like to bring the show's characters to life, from just a script in a recording booth. "Yeah. You know, it's you just use your imagination and, you know, it's so much fun to see it once it's finally all animated and put together," he says.

He adds of the dubbing process, "I was just doing some ADR a couple of days ago and got to see a little bit of it. And I was like, 'Oh my God, this is so good.'" 

Rick and Morty's regular cast includes Sarah Chalke and Spencer Grammer.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey has ponied up big time to try to help those battling the COVID-19 pandemic, to the tune of ten million bucks.

She revealed on Instagram that she'll give a million-dollar donation to the charity America's Food Fund (AFF), and nine million dollars will be distributed to various coronavirus relief organizations. 

AFF was launched by Leonardo DiCaprio, Apple and the Ford Foundation, among others, and is focused on fighting food insecurity.

As part of her AppleTV series Oprah Talks COVID-19, she surprised Chef José Andrés and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, with a million-dollar donation to America's Food Fund. "I know I can trust my money in your hands," she told the grateful philanthropists. 

Winfrey revealed the rest of the 10 million bucks would be disbursed "to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up." Winfrey grew up in Tennessee and Mississippi.

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Credit: Scott Garfield. © 2019 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- For fans eager to feel the need for speed with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick, you're going to have to wait a little longer. 

The long-awaited sequel to the 1986 hit had already been bumped a year to June 23, 2020, to accommodate the movie's flying sequences.  It's now been grounded again by the coronavirus.

It will now open December 23, 2020.

Paramount's first COVID-19-related delay was writer/director John Krasinski's sequel A Quiet Place Part II, which was pulled from last month's scheduled date and now will hit theaters Sept. 4, 2020, Variety reports. 

Other Paramount movies that have been bumped include The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, moved from May 22 to July 31, 2020. 

Another movie, The Tomorrow War, was pulled from Paramount's December 25th slot altogether.  No rescheduled date was given. 

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Michael Yarish/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the pivotal props on Full House was the Tanner family couch, situated in the center of the household's living room by the front door.  For those curious as to what happened to it following the show's finale can rest easy knowing that it was John Stamos who took it.

The actor, who played Uncle Jesse, casually announced on Tuesday that he had the signature prop in his possession the entire time. 

Uploading a photo of his toddler Billy trying to sneak past the recognizable couch to either get to the front door or to the stairs leading to a lower level, the You star blithely questions, "Baby safety gate or one of the most iconic couches in pop TV history?" 

He then urges fans to "make the call."

While some followers believed the 56-year-old was just teasing as a pre-April Fools prank, several Full House alum immediately recognized the furniture for what it was.

Jodie Sweetin had the most hilarious reaction, expressing her disbelief in all caps with a simple, "WHAAAAATTTT?!" 

Meanwhile, Bob Saget who played family patriarch Danny Tanner hilariously quipped, "I don’t know what it is John, but it comforts me."  Saget later sarcastically asked, "Did you take the alcove too?"

Other stars of the show weighed in on "the couch" with Candace Cameron-Bure, who reprised the role of DJ for the show's spinoff Fuller House quizzically asking, "You got it?! Not Bob?" while Andrea Barber accused Stamos of being a "Thief!"

As for Dave Coulier, who played Uncle Joey, he left the most on-brand comments, opting to first announce, "A lot of my farts are still in that couch" before doubling back to tell Saget, "I got the alcove and Manny the mannequin."

He then left a third comment, innocently asking, "Who got the sea pappy?"

Barber answered that burning question, urging Coulier to "ask @jodiesweetin."

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