LaLa Anthony Reveals That She And Estranged Husband Carmelo Anthony Are Currently Quarantined Together

As most of us continue to adhere to stay-at-home orders and self-quarantine with our closest family members—celebrities are also doing the same, including LaLa Anthony. LaLa recently revealed in an interview that she and her estranged husband Carmelo Anthony are quarantined together with their son Kiyan.

LaLa told “Access Hollywood Daily” that as soon as the coronavirus began to spread rapidly in New York, she and her family quickly left and retreated to Los Angeles. That family included her estranged husband Carmelo Anthony and the couple’s son, Kiyan. LaLa said that she also brought some additional family members along to her Los Angeles safe haven.

She explained her current quarantine situation this way:

“I’m on the West coast. I have a bunch of my family with me. My son, obviously, is here. I was in New York, and I just felt like it was time to get out of New York. I was like, ‘This is not the place to quarantine at anymore. It’s time to go!’ So I grabbed some of my nieces, family members, Kiyan- and we came out west to do this quarantine together. Melo- he’s here somewhere.”

LaLa continued, adding:

“It has actually been smooth sailing. And to see my son so happy, even in the midst of what’s going on in the world; to me is what’s important and what matters to me. I feel really great about that.”

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Meanwhile, you can check out LaLa on the upcoming third season of the Showtime hit series “The Chi” in a recurring role along with other newcomers Luke James and Lil Rel Howery.

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Tommy Boy and Cocoon character actor Brian Dennehy dies at age 81 | Daily Mail Online

Brian Dennehy has died at the age of 81 after over 40 years working as an actor in both movies and on TV in Hollywood as well as stage performances in New York.

The star, best known for his roles in Cocoon and First Blood, passed away at his home in Connecticut of natural causes, according to TMZ. There will not be an official autopsy.

‘It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related. Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends,’ said his daughter Elizabeth Dennehy on social media.

The character actor got his start in 1977 with a part on TV’s Kojak and went on to become a regular on Dynasty before creating a feature film career.

Sad loss: Brian Dennehy has died at the age of 81 after over 40 years working as an actor in both movies and on TV in Hollywood as well as stage performances in New York. Seen in the 1995 film Tommy Boy with Bo Derek

An icon: The star, best known for his roles in Cocoon and First Blood, passed away at his home in Connecticut of natural causes, according to TMZ. Seen in 2012

Brian is survived by his wife Jennifer Arnott – whom he married in 1988 – and their two children Cormack, 27, and Sarah, 25.

The Death Of A Salesman star also has three children, including actress Elizabeth Dennehy, with his first wife Judith Scheff.

Brian did not start acting on screen until later in life.

He attended Columbia University in NYC and then was enlisted in the Marine Corps and stayed in service until 1963.

In 1977 he won a role in the popular series Kojak which set him on his path in Hollywood. 

Hit show: After earning credits on Knots Landing and Fly Away Home, he got the best job in town at the time: a recurring on Dynasty with Joan Collins (pictured) and Linda Evans. In 1981 Brian played Jake Dunham

Another look: Here is another image of Brian in Dynasty; on the left is Colby Chester

Next came roles on the hit series Police Woman, MASH, and Lou Grant.

In 1978 Brian landed the mini series Pearl, starred in one episode of Dallas where he played Luther Frickand and in 1979 he was cast as Donald in the movie 10 with Bo Derek.

After earning credits on Knots Landing and Fly Away Home, he got the best job in town at the time: a recurring on Dynasty with Joan Collins and Linda Evans in 1981; Brian played Jake Dunham.

Action film: The spotlight landed him a role as Teasle in 1982’s First Blood with Sylvester Stallone

The spotlight landed him a role as Teasle in 1982’s First Blood with Sylvester Stallone.

His next big film was 1985’s Cocoon, a smash hit. He played Walter opposite Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley and Hume Cronyn in the feel-good film from director Ron Howard.

And then he appeared in the 1988 sequel titled The Return.

In the 1990 Harrison Ford thriller Presumed Innocent he had a key role as Raymond Horgan.

A favorite: His next big film was 1985’s Cocoon, a smash hit. He played Walter opposite Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn in the feel-good film from director Ron Howard.

He did well on stage too: In 2006 he won the best actor Olivier Award for his role in Death of a Salesman at the 2006 British Theater Lawrence Olivier Awards in London

And then in 1992’s Gladiator boxing film he also had a crucial role.

In 1995 he had a big role opposite his 10 co-star Derek for Tommy Boy. 

Brian landed several TV series in the nineties like Birdland and Nostromo. He worked on The Fighting Fitzgeralds and Just Shoot Me! after that.

With the icons: In 2008 he worked with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro on Righteous Kill

A solid role: With Saoirse Ronan, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Barbara Tirrell and Mare Winningham in The Seagull in 2018

His voice can be heard as Django in the 2007 animated Disney classic Ratatouille.

He was last on The Blacklist in 2019. Brian has two movies in post production (Son Of The South and Long Day Journey) and was scheduled to work on The Adventures Of Buddy Thunder.

Dennehy was set to star in the upcoming Amazon Studios series Cocked which includes costars Jason Lee, Dreama Walker, Diora Baird, and Sam Trammell.

Brian also had an accomplished career in theater.

He won two Tony Awards in his lifetime – the first was for Death Of A Salesman in 1999 then for Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2003.

Other notable performances were in Chicago, Inherit The Wind and Desire Under The Elms.

In 2010, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

More recent: He was seen in 2018 with Annette Bening in NYC at the Spotlight Narrative Premiere of Sony Pictures Classics the Seagull

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Why the Wonders Are Reuniting 24 Years After ‘That Thing You Do!’ – Rolling Stone

The tragic news that songwriter-producer Adam Schlesinger died of COVID-19 complications at the age of 52 caused an outpouring of grief and a renewed appreciation for his vast body of work.

And although many fans remembered the music he made with his band Fountains of Wayne or his songs for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, just as many wanted to celebrate the title track he wrote to the 1996 classic film That Thing You Do! It was enough to reunite the Wonders, the fictional band at the center of the film, who haven’t been together in the 24 years since its release.

On Friday, the Wonders will Zoom together and watch That Thing You Do! from their respected homes in quarantine. But before that, Rolling Stone hosted their own Zoom session with the band, discussing their reunion, memories of the movie and Schlesinger’s songwriting genius. 

Johnathon Schaech starred as Jimmy Mattingly, the frontman of the Wonders. Drummer Guy Patterson was portrayed by Tom Everett Scott, while Steve Zahn appeared as Lenny Haise, the goofy guitarist. Ethan Embry starred as the Marines-obsessed bass player, who was cast as “T.B. player.” Embry gave himself a name, anyway: “His name was Tobias,” he says, “because you got to have something to hold onto.”

“We were pretty tight right off the bat,” Zahn remembers. “We had to be. The cool thing about this was we rehearsed as a band; we didn’t rehearse as a cast. We didn’t do scene work. All I remember is us in a studio together playing these songs over and over and over again. They wanted it to be really authentic so that they wanted us all to be really spot on.”

The fact that it’s impossible to get tired of hearing “That Thing You Do!” attributes to Schlesinger’s genius. “He had to make a song that sounded like it was a hit song from the Sixties,” Scott says. “It had to have the words ‘that thing you do,’ because that came first. I remember them saying 300 songs had been submitted. But that was the one.”

That Thing You Do! also marked the directorial debut of Tom Hanks, who also starred as Mr. White, the band’s very own Brian Epstein. “I’d see him interact with fans,” Scott recalls. “If somebody wanted him to list all the versions of shrimp that he could cook from Forrest Gump, he’d do it. He’d play along. He understands that we have a noble profession where fans enjoy what we do, and you got to give back to them. But then in the technical side of it, he also showed us how to make a film. He was incredibly generous and kind to us.”

More than two decades after the film’s release, the Wonders are still recognized on the street. “Me and Zahn were down in Louisiana for the Super Bowl one year,” Schaech says, “And we were with Rascal Flatts and Journey, and we were all walking across the street. And this guy stopped this car in the middle of the street, got out and looked at me and goes, ‘You’re the Wonders!’”

Photo by 20th Century Fox/Clinica Estetico/Kobal/Shutterstock

20th Century Fox/Clinica Estetico/Kobal/Shutterstock

The reunion will be livestreamed from the band’s new YouTube channel at 7 p.m. ET. They’ll be joined by cast members Liv Tyler and Giovanni Ribisi, with a possible cameo by Hanks. A button to donate to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund will also be featured, supporting musicians affected by the pandemic. Proceeds will be made in Schlesinger’s name. “We’re gonna try to bring as much attention to that as we can,” Embry says. “It’s our way to honor Adam.”

“Right now, where everything is so uncertain, there’s this wide range of options of how this could play out,” Scott adds. “And people are starting to really get upset about that. I think this movie offers a respite. It’s a change of pace. It’s something familiar.”

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Johnny Depp, Jeff Beck Unveil Cover of John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’ – Rolling Stone

Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck shared a heavy take on John Lennon’s “Isolation,” which marks the pair’s debut single as a duo after they spent the past few years working on music together behind the scenes.

The tune finds the pair transforming Lennon’s tidy piano rocker into a moody, bluesy ripper. On guitar, Beck drifts effortlessly, as always, from nimble picking to scorching heroics, while Depp delivers a sturdy vocal performance, bellowing: “The sun will never disappear/ But the world may not have many years/Isolation.” The “Isolation” cover also features two longtime Beck collaborators, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Rhonda Smith on bass.

Depp and Beck made their live debut last September at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Texas, and have performed their rendition of “Isolation” live several times since then. This new studio version was also recorded last year, and in a statement, Beck said he and Depp decided to release it early as people continue to self-quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic: “We weren’t expecting to release it so soon, but given all the hard days and true ‘isolation’ that people are going through in these challenging times, we decided now might be the right time to let you all hear it.”

Depp added: ” Lennon’s poetry — ‘We’re afraid of everyone. Afraid of the Sun!’ — seemed to Jeff and me especially profound right now, this song about isolation, fear, and existential risks to our world. So we wanted to give it to you, and hope it helps you make sense of the moment or just helps you pass the time as we endure isolation together.”

Beck and Depp are reportedly prepping more music, although it’s unclear when it will arrive or in what form. “You’ll be hearing more from Johnny and me in a little while,” Beck said in his statement, “but until then, we hope you find some comfort and solidarity in our take on this Lennon classic.”

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Lee Konitz, Jazz Saxophonist Who Blazed His Own Trail, Dies at 92 – The New York Times

Those recordings, and others Mr. Konitz made as a leader in the 1950s, were widely admired by other musicians. But that admiration did not translate into work, and he struggled to find bookings; for a brief period in the ’60s he stopped performing altogether.

He did not find steady employment as a musician again until the mid-’70s, when New York City experienced a small jazz renaissance. He attracted a loyal audience for his work both with small groups and with a nonet that, despite its ambitious repertoire and arrangements, ultimately did not last much longer than the Miles Davis ensemble on which it was partly modeled.

He had a bigger following in Europe, where for the last several decades of his life he spent much of his time and did most of his recording. His European discography ranged in style and format from “Lone-Lee” (1974), on which he played unaccompanied, to “Saxophone Dreams” (1997), on which he was supported by a 61-piece orchestra.

While Mr. Konitz rarely maintained a working group for more than a few months, he performed and recorded as both leader and sideman with an impressive array of top-rank musicians, ranging from the pianist Dave Brubeck (on Mr. Brubeck’s 1976album “All the Things We Are,” which also featured the avant-garde saxophonist Anthony Braxton) and the drummer Elvin Jones (on Mr. Konitz’s influential 1961 album “Motion,” an experiment in spontaneity recorded without planning or rehearsal) to, in more recent years, the pianist Brad Mehldau and the guitarist Bill Frisell. In 2003, in a rare foray outside the jazz world, he played on Elvis Costello’s album “North.”

Despite health problems, Mr. Konitz continued to perform into his 90s. In recent years he would often stop playing in mid-solo and continue improvising vocally.

He is survived by two sons, Josh and Paul; three daughters, Rebecca, Stephanie and Karen; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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