Heath Freeman, best known for playing murderer Howard Epps on the Fox series “Bones,” has died. He was 41.
The actor’s manager Joe Montifiore confirmed his client’s passing Monday. The official cause of death has not been released.
“We are truly devastated at the loss of our beloved Heath Freeman. A brilliant human being with an intense and soulful spirit, he leaves us with an indelible imprint in our hearts,” Montifiore said in a statement obtained by People. “His life was filled with deep loyalty, affection, and generosity toward his family and friends, and an extraordinary zest for life.”
The statement continued, “He was extremely proud of his recent film work and was very excited for the next chapter of his career.”
“His remarkable legacy as a son, brother, uncle, friend, extraordinarily gifted actor and producer, consummate cook, and man with the most infectious and spectacular laugh, will live on forever,” Montifiore concluded. “May his memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him.”
Freeman’s other acting credits include guest spots on “ER,” “NCIS,” “Raising the Bar” and “Without a Trace.”
His friends took to social media to mourn his loss and posted heartwarming tributes to the star.
Actress Gina Carano shared a moving post about Freeman. Alongside a slew of throwback shots of the two, the “Mandalorian” star wrote, “
This is hard to write … I was just giving you a big wrap party hug a week ago. I wanted to keep you for a lifetime and now I am going to carry you for a lifetime in my heart. I didn’t know our journey would be cut this short and my heart is shattering. I wanted so much more time to laugh, cry, create, live, love with your friendship.”
Carano, 39, continued, “Heath truly was so special, so fierce and precious, protective gentle and brave. He made me feel safe. He took care of everyone around him. I am so blessed to know him for the time I did. Rest In Peace Heath Freeman … my sweet, passionate friend. I’ll be missing you and praying for your loved ones.”
Daniel Day-Lewis’ son Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis’ post read, “It shatters my heart to write this. last night the man I got to know as my older set brother tragically passed away in his sleep.”
The 26-year-old actor-model continued, “There is nothing that i could say which could ever possibly do your existence justice, Heath. We formed such a strong bond from the start, and you became a mentor to me. watching you work was such a privilege. your charisma, your talent, your humor, your passion and your red hot Irish temper will be dearly missed. i’m so sorry you won’t be here to see what we made together. i’ll miss laughing with you my brother aka ‘Gold Heath.’ Rest easy.”
Both Carano and Gabriel-Kane worked with Freeman on their upcoming film “Terror on the Prairie.”
Friends are also rallying around Freeman’s ex-girlfriend Kelly Monaco. The ‘General Hospital’ actress and winner of the inaugural season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ dated the actor briefly from 2010 and 2014. Actor Ingo Rademacher, whom recently left GH, shared a heartfelt post in support of his friend. “Kelly, my heart goes out to you,” he wrote on his Instagram stories. “I know Heath was very special to you. Know that Ehiku and I are always here for you. RIP Heath Freeman. Prayers and love.”
Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, 46, posted her own tribute: “Heartbroken to hear of the loss of my dear friend Heath Freeman, talented actor, director, producer, outstanding chef and a solid friend. You will be so dearly missed and I will cherish every amazing memory we all had … and we have a lot of great ones!! Godspeed. #ataloss.”
Sounds like Halle Berry is feeling feisty again.
The first woman of color to win an Oscar for Best Actress (for 2001’s “Monster’s Ball”) is still thinking about her Razzie-winning role as “Catwoman” in that 2004 superhero flick.
In a recent interview with entertainment journalist Jake Hamilton on his YouTube series “Jake’s Takes,” the 55-year-old actress and filmmaker reminisced about her debatable portrayal as the DC Comics’ feline-esque anti-hero. And despite its outsized $100 million budget — about as big as they came two decades ago — the film was considered a box office bomb after reaping only about $80 million in ticket sales, as AV Club reported.
Asked if she could return to any of her previous projects to direct herself, she chose “Catwoman,” then directed my French filmmaker and special effects guru Jean-Christophe “Pitof” Comar.
“I would love to direct ‘Catwoman,’” Berry, who directed the upcoming Netflix film “Bruised,” told Hamilton in the remote interview.
“If I can get ahold of that now, knowing what I know, having had this experience, and reimagine that world the way I reimagined this story … ‘Bruised’ was written for a white, Irish Catholic, 25-year-old girl, and I got to reimagine it,” she explained.
“I wish I could go back and reimagine ‘Catwoman’ and redo that. Have a redo on that, now knowing what I know,” she said, referring to her new gig as director.
“I would have ‘Catwoman’ saving the world like most male superheroes do, and not just saving women from their faces cracking off,” the star of the upcoming doomsday thriller “Moonfall” continued. “I would make the stakes a lot higher, and I think make it more inclusive of both men and women.”
Berry called the much-maligned “Catwoman” a “piece of s–t, god awful movie” when she humbly accepted — live and in-person — her Razzie for Worst Actress at the 2004 awards. Undeterred, she vowed to the audience to never receive another.
Following Berry’s turn, fellow Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway would take on the “slinky” character in 2012 for “The Dark Knight Rises,” with Christian Bale as the titular Caped Crusader. And, next year, Zoë Kravitz will don the signature skin-tight catsuit in Robert Pattinson-starring “The Batman.”
One man’s movie prop is another man’s “Antiques Roadshow” treasure.
But not in Ryan Reynolds’ case. The star of Netflix’s “Red Notice” stopped by the PBS cult hit series’ recent stop in Boston with the so-called “Cleopatra egg” to promote the new comedy-action thriller, also starring Gal Gadot and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Reynolds, 45, shared the skit on Monday via Instagram, and captioned the post: The ‘Red Notice’ scene I wish I’d shot.”
Out of the 1.7 million views the clip has shown show so far, one fan called it the “funniest thing” they’d ever seen.
Said another, “I’d watch the s- -t out of a weekly show just about this!”
The almost two-minute clip opens with the “Antiques Roadshow” ragtime theme music as Reynolds and host Lark Mason are seated at either side of a table draped with the iconic navy blue cloth. Between them sits the prized faux relic.
Mason asks Reynolds to divulge what he knows about the piece.
“What is the family history?” he asks.
“This isn’t a family heirloom,” Reynolds clarifies. “My family disowned me. They don’t like me. It’s more of an heirloom that my good friend at the museum lent me.”
“He’s not aware that he lent it to me,” he added.
Dubiously, Mason responds, “It sounds a little complicated. So, that’s perhaps going to play into the value, because of regulatory issues.”
“Yes, there will be a lot of issues,” Reynolds responds with his signature smirk.
Lark goes on to describe the fictional artifact as one of a set of three golden eggs “commissioned by Cleopatra at the end of her life” in 30 BC. Two, he said, can be found in “public collections,” but one of them “disappeared” during World War II — pilfered by German soldiers and hidden at a secure location “up until recently.”
He continues, “An FBI agent, as I recall — I can’t remember exactly, but a very muscular, handsome, talented man … ”
Reynolds interrupts, “Yeah, I am totally, uh, passing away here.”
Cutting to the chase, he then asks, “What would you generally say the price of an object like this would be?”
“If we could clear up the complications of how you acquired it, this could sell for over $100 million at auction,” Mason asserts.
Reynolds plays stunned: “$100 million, though? Wow.” Adds Mason, “I bet there’s a lot of upside.”
But the faux antique’s appraisal wouldn’t be enough to cover the $200 million that Netflix spent to make “Red Notice,” now officially the streaming studio’s most expensive movie to date — neve rmind a paltry 43% of positive reviews from top critics it’s received, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
It was worth it for the “Antiques Roadshow” bit.
Fans were seeing red when Nicole Kidman was cast as Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s biopic “Being The Ricardos” — but insiders are now predicting that the public will fall in love her take on TV’s legendary Lucy.
Amid the backlash, Kidman has revealed she was terrified taking on the role of the ginger sitcom icon, especially after irate “I Love Lucy” fans argued that Debra Messing would have been a better choice.
The Oscar-winning actress, 54, made the admission during a Q&A in Los Angeles on Saturday night, following a well-received preview screening of the film, which is set for general release on Dec. 10.
“I had massive trepidation about a month prior, and Aaron had to get on the phone and send me emails saying, ‘You’ve got this,’” Kidman confessed, according to Variety.
The “Big Little Lies” legend said Sorkin’s support helped her feel at ease in front of the camera, as she added: “It was frightening but incredibly exciting.”
Meanwhile, Sorkin himself defended his controversial casting choices late last week, telling the Hollywood Reporter: “We made this movie during COVID, and so in Zooming with Nicole and [co-star] Javier Bardem and everyone else, I’d make it very clear to them that I am not looking for a physical or vocal impersonation of these people.”
He added: “I know that Nicole was working on Lucy’s voice for a while, and I wanted to relieve her of that. As far as audience anticipation, that’s something I’m just not worried about. I’m certain that when people see the movie, they’ll leave feeling that Nicole has made a very solid case for herself.”
Indeed, early reception of the film has been overwhelmingly positive, with Kidman earning rave reviews for her role. Critics are even claiming she’ll likely snag a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
“Kidman embodies the essence of Lucille Ball, especially in her mannerisms during the rehearsals and filming of episodes,” Variety editor Clayton Davis wrote. “She very well may break your heart, demanding the viewer’s sympathy and a best actress nomination may seem almost certainly in the cards for her.”
Collider’s Perri Nemiroff concurred, stating: “‘Being The Ricardos’ left me in a puddle of tears. What a beautiful and deeply moving behind-the-scenes look at the pressures and complexities involved in making that show – highs, lows and everything in between. Nicole Kidman is INCREDIBLE.”
TCM host Dave Karger wrote: “Last night’s first big screening of ‘Being The Ricardos’ definitely silenced the skeptics. A 5th Oscar nomination for Nicole Kidman seems especially likely.”
The film follows a week on the set of Ball’s sitcom “I Love Lucy” in the 1950s. The legendary comic appeared on the program opposite her husband, Desi Arnaz. The film is being dubbed as “a revealing glimpse of the couple’s complex romantic and professional relationship, that takes audiences into the writers’ room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors.”
These lovebirds are singing Adele’s praises — because the soulful songbird served as the ultimate wing-woman in their surprise proposal.
Sharing the spotlight during her much-ballyhooed “One Night Only” concert Sunday on CBS, the 15-time Grammy Award winner set the scene for a Los Angeles man named Quentin Brunson to pop the question to his unsuspecting girlfriend of seven years, Ashleigh Mann.
“I need every person to be really bloody quiet, all right?” whispered an excited Adele, 33, to her star-studded audience at the landmark Griffith Observatory in LA.
“If you make a noise, I’m going to kill you,” the British bombshell jokingly threatened before instructing the show producers to dim the venue lights.
Per the “Hello” hitmaker’s orders, a hush fell over the crowd full of A-list attendees — including Lizzo, Kerry Washington, Melissa McCarthy, Gabrielle Union, Leonardo DiCaprio, Drake and Ellen DeGeneres — as Quentin, 31, ushered a blindfolded and earmuffed Ashleigh, 33, to the forefront of the outdoor setting.
A clip of the heart-tugging stunt has already racked up more than 2 million views on Twitter in less than 24 hours:
“What are we doing, Quentin?,” asked Ashleigh as her soon-to-be fiancé guided her to the stage. “Am I on grass?”
Quentin then removed her earmuffs, permitting Ashleigh to hear the concertgoers chuckle at her unguarded questions. She then removed her blindfold to see her boyfriend on bended knee.
“What are you doing?,” Ashleigh asked as tears rolled down her cheeks. “Quentin Brunson, you’re crazy, man,” she said as the audience giggled.
“I’m extremely proud of you — and I mean — every day, you blow my mind. There is absolutely nothing that you cannot do and I just know you are going to be an amazing mother to our kids one day, and I love you. I love you, I love you, I love you and will continue to love you forever,” Quentin said before finally asking, “Will you marry me?”
A sobbing Ashleigh — after asking, “Who are these people?” and saying, “Thank God you didn’t let me eat, I would have thrown up” — finally said “Yes!,” to a standing ovation of whoops and cheers from the crowd.
Then the real surprise stepped out from the darkened stage.
“Hello, Ashleigh, hi, Quentin, you all right?’ said Adele before instructing them to go sit in the front row.
Gob-smacked by the moment, a stunned Ashleigh asked Quentin, “Am I alive?,” as he escorted her to their VIP seats, situated between a beaming Lizzo and a choked-up McCarthy.
And Adele couldn’t help but make light of Ashleigh’s jaw-dropped delight.
“Thank God she said yes, because I didn’t know who I was going to have to sing this song to, you or him. Oh my God. Look at her, she’s so in shock,” the “Rolling in the Deep” diva said with a cackle.
She then serenaded the sweethearts with a performance of her 2008 classic “Make You Feel My Love” — stopping a few times to tee-hee at Ashleigh as she wept unabashedly. Adele concluded the sweet scene by inviting the couple onstage for a congratulatory hug.
No stranger to helping fans curate crazy proposals, Adele previously helped gay couple André Söderberg and Simon Carlsson get engaged during her May 2016 concert at Denmark’s Forum Copenhagen.
But during her “One Night Only” special — for which Adele sat down for an in-depth, exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey — the “Someone Like You” songstress unveiled her thoughts about marriage since her “inevitable” divorce from entrepreneur Simon Konecki, whom she credits with saving her life.
“I take marriage very seriously and it seems like I don’t … That’s what it should be. When we have kids, we stay together, and I tried. I was so disappointed for my son, I was so disappointed for myself,” said the “Easy on Me” luminary. She filed for divorce from Konecki in 2019, and their official parting of the ways was finalized in March.
But Adele maintains that she and Konecki have remained great friends.
Pack your bags — and your masks — because it’s finally time for some long-delayed holiday traveling.
After almost two years of COVID travel restrictions, canceled flights and Zoom holiday gatherings spent apart, many are finally ready to reunite — safely, that is.
First and foremost, getting the vaccine and boosters when eligible is of vital importance for a safe and happy holiday season. Then, as always, it’s time for masks to step in to protect us and our loved ones.
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While it may be easy to turn to fast, overseas retailers on Amazon and the like, those masks may not actually be the safest, especially when you are over at grandma’s house or visiting with the new baby cousins. A USA-made mask is your best bet, and not only for filtration and breathability but for delivery speed and accountability too.
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Filtration is key, especially when loading the family into a crowded airplane, train or automobile on the way to winter travel destinations. However, another key component is breathability, as what good is a mask if you can’t wear it comfortably and end up removing it?
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