Recent Celebrity Passings, Christopher Landon Joins ‘Scream 7’, and More – Entertainment News Recap

This week has had emotional ups and downs with celebrities sadly passing away, additional SAG-AFTRA support, and more.

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Here’s your weekly Entertainment News Recap with the top five stories you might have missed this week!

Prominent Actors Paul Reubens, Angus Cloud, & Mark Margolis Pass Within Same Week

Prominent actors Paul Reubens, Angus Cloud, and Mark Margolis, who were loved by different generations, passed away within the same week.

Pee-Wee Herman actor Paul Reubens, 70 years old, passed on Sunday after a private battle with cancer. In addition, Euphoria actor Angus Cloud, 25 years old, passed on Monday due to unknown causes as of writing. Breaking Bad and Scarface actor Mark Margolis 83 years old, passed on Thursday from a short illness. We are saddened to hear about these passings and we wish their families the best in these times.

Jonathan Majors’ Trial Delayed

Jonathan Majors' trial delayed to September

(Variety) – Jonathan Majors’ domestic violence trial has been delayed. Majors returned to court Thursday for what was supposed to be the start of the trial but the prosecution was not ready. His criminal defense lawyer Priya Chaudhry alleged the prosecutors weren’t “timely” in turning over evidence. In turn, a new trial date has been set for September 6.

Christopher Landon To Direct Scream 7

(THR) – Happy Death Day and Freaky director Christopher Landon is on board to direct Scream 7. On the recently-rebranded X, Landon said he was thankful for Scream fans giving him a heartfelt welcome. He continues to say that he will make directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Wes Craven proud. Landon concluded his post by shouting out his friend and hero screenwriter Kevin Williamson.

Hollywood Celebrities Donate $1M Each To SAG-AFTRA Foundation

(Deadline) – Hollywood celebrities are showing their solidarity by donating $1 million or more each to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Notable celebrities include Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, George and Amal Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Dwayne Johnson. The foundation said they’re preparing “to bring aid and hope to thousands of journeymen actors facing tremendous economic hardship.”

Steven Spielberg Convinced Will Smith to Star in Men in Black

(THR) – Will Smith almost didn’t take the lead role in Men in Black. During the latest episode of Kevin Hart’s “Hart to Heart” show, Smith said Steven Spielberg who served as executive producer on the film didn’t take no as an answer. Smith says Spielberg sent a helicopter for him. “It landed at his house. And he had me at hello…. And it was the first time I ever had lemonade with carbonated water. You can’t say no to that,” Smith said.

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