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'All I Can Say' Review: The Life and Death of a Rock Star, in His Own Words

In 1990, Richard Shannon Hoon started filming himself. He seems like he might be any young dude killing time in Lafayette, Indiana — backwards baseball cap, sandy-blond stubble, a slight hint of a Southern twang — an all-American early-Nineties everybro, in other words. Hoon had a girlfriend named Lisa, a jockish high-school senior picture, a love of weed, a police record, and a palpable sense of restlessness over what he jokingly dubbed “all that sweet Midwest bullshit.” He also had one hell of a voice, which the 23-year-old hoped might bring him fame and fortune once he relocated to Los Angeles (a local friend of his sister’s made the move a few years back, and things turned out pretty well for him — his name was Axl Rose).

So Hoon hightails it to Hollywood, U.S.A., ends up doing backing vocals for Guns ‘n’ Roses’ “Don’t Cry” — that’s him singing behind Rose in the video — and hooks up with fellow new Angelenos/musicians Brad Smith and Roger Stevens. Once two other recent L.A. transplants, Chris Thorn and Glen Graham, joined the fold, he found himself fronting a band. They call themselves Blind Melon. They play a few shows, a lawyer hears their demo, they get a record contract. Up in Seattle, where the group is going to lay down tracks for their self-titled first album, Hoon has the camera running when he steps into a dimly lit vocal booth. The music can be heard faintly coming out of his headphones. He bops his head a bit and then opens his mouth: “All I can say/is that my life/is pretty plain…”

We know what happens next. We know where the story ends. And it’s that sense of watching a speeding car barrel down the road, with everyone joyously laughing and unaware of the hairpin turn a few miles up ahead, that hangs heavily over All I Can Say. Even the most innocuous moments of Shannon Hoon’s life, captured hundreds of pixels a second, now feel weighted. But because the singer was a compulsive Camcorder auteur — and directors Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, and Colleen Hennessy had the tenacity to dig through hundreds of hours of footage he shot — we get to see a lot of the highs and lows, the band-bounding and the landmark shows and the aftermath of lost weekends ourselves. Suddenly, a rock-casualty story gets personalized in a way that feels painfully intimate. These are just home movies, you think. Then this music doc strings them together and makes you feel like they aren’t just home movies at all. It turns them into a firsthand portrait of fame making someone’s dreams come true and then majorly fucking with their head.

Whether or not you’re a fan of the band doesn’t really matter, though devotees (Melonheads?) will be overjoyed to check out Hoon recording the now-familiar opening lines of “No Rain.” They’ll get to observe the shooting of the video to that song, to see Blind Melon’s year-old debut go platinum thanks to heavy MTV rotation, and to watch the quintet hit the trifecta of having a Top 10 single, playing SNL and getting their own Rolling Stone cover story. (Hoon keeps the camera on as the band argues over the request to just feature the singer on the front of the magazine, which eventually led to an all-or-nothing counteroffer and this iconic full-frontal picture.) Brief snippets of the group playing club shows and Hoon, done up as a beatific, barrette-wearing flower child in eyeliner and leading a rousing rendition of “Soup” at Woodstock ’94, remind you that he was a born frontman.

Those blissful behind-the-scene moments and music-history footnotes, however, aren’t what make All I Can Say a compelling documentary. It’s easy to become numb to reading endless stories of live-fast-die-young tragedy, or hearing artists romantically mythologize how rocking hard led to hitting rock bottom. But there’s something about watching Hoon document his complete 360-degree experience in such an unfiltered, off-the-cuff way that’s disarming. The amateurishness works in its favor. So does its openness. It’s not just the riding shotgun to his early brass-ring daydreams, seeing him giddily gulp champagne during a contract signing at Capitol Records and getting a second-hand buzz off Hoon describing Neil Young playing “Helpless” 20 feet away from him. The film lets you see him talk about needing to be sober then slurring in front of his first broken hotel mirror. It’s temper tantrums and endless tour grinds and rehab and relapse and being unable to say no.

It’s seeing the disillusionment of stardom psychically shut somebody down, piece by piece, before your eyes. Hoon walking out bare-assed in front of 50,000 people onstage? Effortlessly cool. The effect of getting a peek at him at his most vulnerable and emotionally naked via this visual diary? That’s uncomfortable, heartbreaking and, at times, chilling even when you forget the timestamps double as countdowns. It’s also remarkably humanizing, and if nothing else, the posthumous self-portrait lets the guy who inadvertently turn into a alternative-music martyr recede in to the background and allows the guy who pressed “Play” step into the spotlight. It says something about the trio of directors (Hoon gets a credit as well) who assembled this that when we do eventually get to the scenes of the singer holding his newborn daughter, it doesn’t feel milked in the name of making the last act more tragic — they know it’s tragic enough. And when we arrive at Hoon keeping the camera rolling as he lays on a New Orleans bed, literally hours before he’ll be found unresponsive on the band’s tour bus, it doesn’t feel ghoulish. It just feels like we’ve walked long and hard in his shoes and reached the end way too soon.

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EastEnders star Max Bowden is proud that Ben isn't defined by his sexuality

EastEnders star Max Bowden has spoken out about the importance and the value of giving a voice to the LGBTQ+ community and admits that while he does feel the pressure of representing a gay character, he is proud of the role he and Ben play. caught up with the popular actor as he revealed his proudest moment so far on the show and explaining why it’s important that Ben retains more than one dimension.

How important is LGBTQ+ representation in soaps?

I think it’s very important that soaps continued to build the LGBTQ+ representation within their shows. We have a duty to tell people’s stories that have been underrepresented and undervalued a lot in society. We are getting a chance to tell those stories and tell them accurately.

Do you feel the pressure of representing the LGBTQ+ community?

Absolutely – you feel the pressure of your character anyway. The show is so huge that we have a pressure to deliver on every front. But this story in particular, it’s vital we get it right because we are representing a community and it’s important.

Is it important that storylines don’t just revolve around sexuality?

Absolutely, I think if we only had stories revolving around their sexuality, the characters become one dimensional and weak. What’s great about EastEnders is they channel the layers and development of the characters. To round off the character and make the show work that’s what you have to do.

What has been your proudest moment of Ben’s journey?

It would have the be the POV episode recently. We shot it very much like a film and it was a lot of graft, dealing with another underrepresented community that doesn’t get to speak their voice loud enough. It was a joy to take that baton and try and raise awareness and give some idea on what it’s like to be a part of that community.

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EastEnders spoilers: Janine Butcher to ‘make comeback’ in huge Queen Vic twist

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EastEnders viewers last saw Janine Butcher (played by Charlie Brooks) on-screen in 2014 after the fallout from the murder of her husband Michael Moon (Steve John Shephard) saw her make a sharp exit. Janine made life hell for her enemies over the years but was still one of the most-loved faces on the Square. However, with actress Charlie stating earlier today she would “absolutely” go back if asked, could Janine make an epic return and cause chaos for the new landlord of the Queen Vic, Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) who she had a long-running feud with?

Janine had her fair share of drama over the years and a previous plot which culminated in her pushing her husband Barry Evans (Shaun Williamson) off a cliff has gone down as one of the BBC soap’s most memorable moments ever. 

From her hatred of her step-mum Pat Butcher (Pam St Clement) to her fiery relationships with Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott) and Michael Moon, Janine was never short of involvement in more explosive storylines.

However, Janine was seen fleeing the Square with her young daughter Scarlett after her husband Michael was killed and she managed to get away with it. 

The character was last mentioned back in 2019 when she became embroiled in a supposed off-screen row with the Slaters after it was revealed she had decided to sell their home. 


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Big Mo (Laila Morse) had received a letter which informed the clan they would have to move out – but they had nowhere to go. 

The family nearly ended up homeless but were saved by Jane Slater’s (Gillian Wright) boyfriend Daniel Cook (Ade Edmonson) who paid the Panesar brothers a year’s worth of rent upfront.

Despite little more being mentioned of Janine since, Charlie – who played the supervillain – has reignited rumours she could be set to make a much-awaited return. 

With the Queen Vic now being in new ownership at the hands of Ian Beale, perhaps, Janine could decide to make a return to get her hands on the much-loved pub?

Speaking in a recent Q&A with Curve Leicester, the star expressed a desire to one day return to her iconic character. 

When asked if she would ever return to EastEnders, Charlie far from ruled out making a reappearance as her alter-ego. 

“That’s a big question I get asked all the time and my answer is always ‘never say never,’” she told fans.

Reflecting back on her stint on the soap, Charlie noted: “Janine was so, so fun to play, I was so lucky. I got so many opportunities to play different storylines… she was agoraphobic, she was a prostitute at one point.

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“She had major family issues, relationships, married four times, none of those ended very happily – most of them ended in death!”

However, she hinted there was a softer side of Janine viewers might get to see if she made a comeback, adding: “ I always try and find sympathy with my character and always think she was hugely misunderstood.

“So… would I go back? Yes, yes I would! It would be really interesting to see what she’s been up to and how she’s grown and how she’s changed.

“She’s obviously got a daughter now so I wonder if that may have helped her in her journey to be a more decent person.


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“So yeah, it is a great place to work, I learnt so much and met some of the best people, so yeah – I would, probably!”

It was speculated amongst fans of the show Janine could end up making a shock return to take over the Queen Vic after Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) and Linda (Kellie Bright) wanted to sell up.

However, the pub was bought by Ian in a bid to help his best friend Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) get revenge on her estranged husband Phil (Steve McFadden). 

It’s clear Janine has unfinished business in the Square and with her young daughter now having grown-up a bit more, could it be the perfect time for her to make a return?

EastEnders returns later this year to BBC One. 

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Apple & Warner Bros Down To Wire On ‘Emancipation’ At Virtual Cannes; Bids In Record Setting $130 Million Gross Range

EXCLUSIVE: It is a close race down to the wire on Emancipation between Apple and Warner Bros, and when the dust settles, sources said that there will be a record breaking deal for a festival pre-buy, as the bidding is in the $130 million vicinity from a gross standpoint, with around $110 million net. This is leaps and bounds higher than any festival acquisition deal I can recall. CAA Media Finance and FilmNation Entertainment is brokering.

I hear Apple has the edge, but the auction isn’t over. The film package will have Antoine Fuqua direct Will Smith in a Willam N. Collage-scripted action thriller about the harrowing escape of Peter, a runaway slave forced to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey North where he joined the Union Army.

Since Deadline first revealed the project and Fuqua and Smith’s intention to make it together, it was clearly going to be the big film of the Virtual Cannes market. On Wednesday, Deadline reported that the bidding was above $75 million with Warner Bros, Apple, scrapping with five other companies in the mix, but now it’s down to two and I expect a resolution before the weekend.

While the filmmakers have been working on this one for two years, there is an eerie parallel to the footage of George Floyd that sparked protests across the country and reforms that have spread beyond policing and reaching even the corridors of Hollywood. The story of Peter was also fueled by an indelible image, after he showed his bare back during an Army medical examination. The photos taken of the scars from a whipping delivered by an overseer on the plantation got published and seen around the world in 1863. The picture gave the abolitionist cause indisputable proof of the cruelty of slavery in America, and when the photo reached around the world, legend has it that it made countries like France refuse to buy cotton from the South. The photo, commonly called The Scourged Back, solidified the cause of abolitionists and the rest of the world against slavery and prompted many free blacks to join the Union Army.

When Deadline broke the story of this project, Fuqua noted that the photograph was “the first viral image of the brutality of slavery that the world saw,” which is interesting, when you put it into perspective with today and social media and what the world is seeing, again. You can’t fix the past, but you can remind people of the past and I think we have to, in an accurate, real way. We all have to look for a brighter future for us all, for everyone. That’s one of the most important reasons to do things right now, is show our history. We have to face our truth before we can move forward.”

The film will use all that as historical background, but at heart it is an action thriller with a powerful emotional core that involves Peter’s death-defying journey to escape his captors. Using onions to mask his scent from pursuing bloodhounds, and his strength and smarts to survive running barefoot through the swamps for 10 days, the tale takes a turn reminiscent of such survival tales as the Mel Gibson-directed Apocalypto. Smith, James Lassiter and Jon Mone will serve in a producorial capacity through Westbrook Studios, with McFarland Entertainment’s Joey McFarland and Escape Artists’ Todd Black. Fuqua will executive produce under his Fuqua Films banner, alongside Cliff Roberts. McFarland found the story and engaged the writer to draft the tale and then brought it to Fuqua and Smith.

The intention is to begin production early 2021. CAA Media Finance, which arranged the financing for the film, is brokering the U.S. rights deal while FilmNation Entertainment is handling the international component of the sale.

“It hit my heart and my soul in so many ways that are impossible to convey but I think you understand,” Fuqua told Deadline. “We’re watching some of the feeling that I had, in the streets right now. There’s sadness, there’s anger, there’s love, faith and hope as well because of what I see young people doing today. They’re doing all the heavy lifting now. Black, white, brown, yellow, you name it. They’re out in the street, they’re young, and they’re standing up for their future. That’s important to see, and the most hopeful thing that I’m seeing, that they’re not going to stand for it anymore. I had all those feelings with I read the script. As a filmmaker, everything I’ve done up to this point in my life, and not just filmmaking but living as a black man in this country, having my own issues, and then having children and a family and being married. It hit home, because this is at heart a film about family, about love. Faith, the idea that Peter never gave up and he fought tooth and nail to get back to his family. That is an important story to tell. The slavery and the brutality, most people are familiar with it. People who care to know about it are familiar with it. I found it brutal and I found it entertaining in a way because of the journey it took me on, Peter’s journey. What’s amazing about it is, this is based on fact and deep research.” That includes, Fuqua said, diaries that Peter kept.

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The Other One creator Holly Walsh was inspired to write show based on hilarious true story

If you’re a fan of comedy then brand new sitcom The Other One on the BBC is sure to leave you in stitches. The series, which stars Ellie White and Laurence Socha, tells the story of Cathy and Cat – two young women who are unaware they’re half-sisters until their father dies.

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The new comedy was inspired by a true story

Now that they’re acquainted, the two work on getting to know each other and navigating their new-found lives. And it seems that while the comedy is based on the fiction writing of creator Holly Walsh, the series, which consists of seven episodes, is somewhat based on true life. 

WATCH: The Other One official trailer

In an interview with Digital Spy, Holly explained the hilarious she had been told that is familiar to the one in the BBC show. “Quite a while ago my friend was telling me about a friend of her parents, who in the ’70s had two families and he’d called both the kids the same name just to cover his tracks. And I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s a ready-made sitcom idea already.'”

The writer, who is also known for her stand-up comedy work, added: “But I wasn’t that interested in the guy. I was more interested in what everyone else thought about that situation.”

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Lauren Socha from Misfits stars in the new sitcom

Taking on the role of Cathy, an uptight insurance worker who initially struggles with her new-found family, is Ellie White. Viewers may recognise Ellie from her roles in The Windsors, Stath Lets Flats, and This Time with Alan Partridge.

Starring as Cathy’s half-sister, also called Catherine but known as Cat, is Lauren Socha. Cat works as a delivery driver for Deliveroo and has a more carefree attitude to life. The two sisters begin to learn from each-others differing personalities and begin to bond as the series progresses. Lauren is perhaps best known for her role as Kelly in E4 drama Misfits, but has also had roles in Catastrophe, Plebs and Five Daughters.

The Other One continues on BBC on Friday at 9pm. All episodes of The Other One are available on BBC iPlayer.

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Ellen Kuras To Direct Kate Winslet As WWII Correspondent Lee Miller

Oscar nominated director of feature documentary The Betrayal, Ellen Kuras, will direct Oscar winner Kate Winslet as Vogue cover model turned war correspondent, Lee Miller. Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter Liz Hannah (The Post, Long Shot) is adapting the project from the Anthony Penrose (Lee’s son) book The Lives of Lee Miller and will executive produce.

Penrose and the Miller estate have granted the production unprecedented access to The Lee Miller Archives, which include all of her photos and diaries. A spring 2021 production is being eyed.

Winslet has been attached to this project for some time, which was previously set up at eOne. This time, Rocket Science is financing and producing and also handling foreign sales. CAA Media Finance and UTA Independent Film Group will co-represent the film’s domestic rights.

The project follows Lee Miller as she travels to the frontlines of World War II as a photojournalist and embarks on a mission to expose the hidden truths of the Third Reich. But in the aftermath of betrayal, she comes to a reckoning about the truths of her own past. Hopscotch features’ Troy Lum and Andrew Mason reamin aboard as producers with Winslet.

“Like Lee, we are living in a time where the truth is up for debate, a time when the promise of political influence is what defines right and wrong. Lee Miller had a passion to expose the truth which led her to photographing the brutal realities of the second World War that was publicly down-played and hushed up. This is a film which takes us on a journey that encounters loyalty and betrayal, but ultimately reveals the enigma that Lee was – as someone who buried her own hidden truths within. I am ecstatic to be a part of bringing this story to a contemporary audience,” said Kuras.

Added Kuras, “Since our experience together on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kate and I have talked often about collaborating on something of our own. Lee gives us an irresistible opportunity to do that with a script written by Liz Hannah, a brilliant writer whom we admire so much. This is a fortuitous collaboration that will bring forth the magic of Lee – in the power of this character, how she will be embodied, and in the singular perspective of this story, how it is told and who is telling it. Lee Miller was known for the way the world saw her, but now we can show that her greatest contribution came from how she saw the world.”

“Lee Miller was a magnificent explosion of extremes. A woman I admire tremendously and whom I am so thrilled to be playing in this film. An extreme lover, thinker, life liver, cook, Vogue cover girl, war correspondent, icon, mother. And yet history leaves her largely misunderstood, said Winslet. “So often viewed through the eyes or lens of a man, she has been portrayed as a wayward, brazen beauty, whose courageous achievements were side lined as a result. She was a glorious, life embracing woman. But beneath the glossy surface there lurked deeper stories that she hid from the people she knew and loved. She gave the world an utterly unedited version of the atrocities of war, whilst searching for her own personal resolution. I am so thrilled to be producing this, together with Troy Lum, and feel truly excited by the team we have assembled to bring this story to film, in the way Lee deserves.”

“Kate Winslet, Ellen Kuras and Lee Miller. My job is an easy one today,” said Hannah.

“Lee Miller’s life combined courage and love and art, and the inspiration of her story has never been more needed, said Hopscotch Features’ Lum and Mason in a joint statement. “We are honoured to be working with three incredible filmmakers to bring it to audiences.”

As a DP, Kuras’ body of work has spanned narrative and documentary films, music videos and commercials. She is one of the few female members of the American Society of Cinematographers, known for her work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. She is the three-time winner of the Award for Excellence in Dramatic Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2008, she released her directorial debut, The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), which was nominated in 2009 for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In 2010, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking for the film.

Winslet is represented by CAA and United Agents; Kuras is represented by UTA; and Hannah by Echo Lake Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

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'The Challenge': Dee Nguyen Started Deleting Her Social Media After MTV Firing

MTV’s The Challenge: Total Madness has been a wild ride, and for quite a few weeks, fans have noticed that the show removed Dee Nguyen as much as possible. Nguyen found herself in hot water with MTV and her castmates after tweeting racially insensitive content amidst the Black Lives Matter movement. This ultimately resulted in her firing, and plenty has happened with Nguyen and her friends from the show since then.

Now, it looks like Nguyen is starting to erase some of the damage that’s been done — literally. Here’s what she’s up to.

MTV fired Dee Nguyen after racially insensitive tweets

Nguyen is known for her inflammatory remarks on and off The Challenge, but her racially insensitive tweets went way too far. Nguyen posted a black square for Blackout Tuesday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. But when she continued to post selfies, she was called out by her followers. She then followed her selfies up with a series of inappropriate tweets.

“People die every f*cking day,” Nguyen responded back to those criticizing her. “You don’t know me or what I do. I suggest you wake the f*ck up and get off social media.”

She then tweeted, “I don’t know why some of you think I’m anti-Black Lives Matter. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.”

This didn’t sit well with Bayleigh Dayton or her husband, Chris “Swaggy C” Williams. They both came at Nguyen via Twitter and exposed her for wanting “clout” on the show rather than caring about the movement at all.

Nguyen’s actions ultimately caused MTV to pull the plug on her as well. “As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her,” the network announced. “Out of respect for our Challengers, we’ll air our season as planned. We strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice.”

Nguyen apologized publicly and might be seeking legal action

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It seems Nguyen is starting to understand the seriousness of her situation. “I want to sincerely apologize to my fellow cast members, the production crew at Bunin-Murray, and the staff at MTV for my choice of words and actions in the most recent events,” she told Us Weekly. “What was stated wasn’t meant to be hurtful or discriminatory in any matter. It was a knee jerk of a reaction and it’s certainly not the way that I feel nor what I meant.”

Despite feeling sorry for her actions, it seems she still doesn’t think it was just of the company for firing her. She hired a team of lawyers from BLVK Management, and they’re reviewing her case.

“At this time our team wanted to kindly state we stand strong behind our fellow MTV client @deenguyen,” the company stated according to Nguyen’s Instagram. “We respectfully ask your outlet or business organization to let our team conduct an internal review as this situation unfolds.” 

She deleted her Twitter

Nguyen’s Instagram is still up and running, but it seems her Twitter has been wiped clean. According to the page, she’s following 0 people and only seven Twitter users follow her. It’s safe to assume she was getting a lot of negative feedback from fans regarding the incident, so that could serve as an explanation as to why she deleted the account.

Nguyen’s Instagram hasn’t been updated since the incident, either. The last post was the “official statement” from BLVK Management on June 10.

She removed the link to her Us Weekly apology from her Instagram, too. Instead, she has a LinkTree that can help fans navigate to everything she’s ever appeared in. And her OnlyFans account is the first link, so perhaps that’s how she plans on making money for the time being.

We’re hoping Nguyen learns from this experience. And we fully expect MTV will hold others accountable for similar actions going forward.

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‘Family Matters’ Star Jo Marie Payton Also Played a Mom on Another Hit 90s Sitcom

Jo Marie Payton’s portrayal of Harriet Winslow on Family Matters solidified her as one of television’s most favorite moms. While Steve Urkel’s character is arguably the most memorable from the show, there was no doubt that Harriet’s style of parenting was one of the reasons fans resonated with the show. But Family Matters wasn’t her only popular TV mom role. She starred as the witty and tough mother of Hakeem Campbell on Moesha.

Jo Marie Payton as Harriet Winslow on ‘Family Matters’

Payton starred as the loving mother of the Winslow family. At the time, there weren’t many images of working-class African American families on television, especially those with a two-parent household. Payton jumped at the chance to change the narrative of Black families in media and was excited to star alongside her television husband, Reginald VelJohnson. The two were fiercely protective of another, both as their characters and in real life.

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“He popularized big ole, wonderful, sexy men on tv. Chemistry was just magic. When we started doing the show, I mentioned to the producers I didn’t want heavy jokes and jokes about fat people. I didn’t want those jokes,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2019, as reported by Madame Noire. “One of those reasons was because I was a little heavier. He was so wonderful and so beautiful. I thought he was so sexy too. Look at his skin, even today. He has beautiful skin and he was the best smelling man I ever knew.”

Family Matters was created around Hariette’s character. A spinoff of Perfect Strangers, Harriette was an elevator operator at the building where her cousins Larry and Balki (Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot) worked. The spinoff became a huge hit for ABC. 

But toward the show’s end, Payton became frustrated over the direction of the show as writers focused more Urkel versus developing material around the Winslow family.

“I actually made the decision to leave the show two years before I left,” she revealed. She was replaced by Judyann Elder.

Jo Marie Payton on ‘Moesha’ as Mrs. Campbell 

A year before leaving Family Matters, Payton would take on the role of another television mom on the hit UPN series Moesha as Mrs. Campbell. She starred as the mother of Hakeem, who was Moesha’s best friend. The Campbells were longtime next-door neighbors to Moesha’s family, the Mitchells. The Mitchell’s served as a surrogate family to Hakeem, particularly Moesha’s father Frank, as Hakeem’s father was absent.

While the Mitchell’s were a well off family, the Campbell’s struggled a bit. Mrs. Campbell worked at the local Magic Johnson Theatre in the ticket booth and had a few issues with providing financially. However, she taught Hakeem the value of hard work. By season 4, Hakeem was the assistant manager of a clothing store, working to help his mom pay for college tuition. 

Though Mrs. Campbell’s role was not a primary character, her features were memorable, particularly in her relationship with Moesha. She viewed Moesha as a bright teenager but one who was too vocal. While Moesha grew up in a household where communication was open, Mrs. Campbell believed in a child “staying in her place” and took on a more tough-love approach to parenting.

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'Jersey Shore: Family Vacation': It Doesn't Look Like Deena Is Coming Back

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation will return with another season! Now, many fans are curious about which of the roommates will return for season 4. So far, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Vinny Guadagnino, Pauly DelVecchio, and Angelina Pivarnick have shared news of the show’s renewal. 

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley have expressed not wanting to return to the show, but many fans are wondering if Deena Cortese will follow in their footsteps. Will Cortese take part in Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 4?

Angelina’s actions hurt Deena

Throughout season 3 of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, each of the roommates demonstrated that Pivarnick was part of their family. When it came time to deliver their infamous bridesmaids’ speech, Pivarnick laughed it off, seemingly enjoying the roast and wishes from her roommates. 

Things quickly took a turn, resulting in Pivarnick storming out of her wedding. A confused Cortese told MTV cameras: “I feel like this happens with Angelina a lot — she blows things out of proportion. She was just laughing and telling us she loved us.” When Cortese attempted to apologize to Pivarnick for hurting her feelings, she replied: “That was distasteful.” The wedding seemingly ended in disarray. Farley, Polizzi, Cortese, and Pivarnick have all shared their sides of the story regarding what happened after the fact. However, what truly happened remains unclear. 

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Deena has aspirations outside of ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ 

Like her fellow meatball, Cortese has taken on projects outside of filming for Jersey Shore. Recently, she launched her “Mommy-and-Me” clothing line, Christopher John. The line — named after her son —features clothing that allows mothers and fathers to coordinate with their sons. 

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Additionally, “Snooki” and Cortese have been teasing the idea of doing their own “Meatball Show.” During an Instagram Live on June 20, Cortese announced: “Me and Nicole are kind of hoping that this ‘Meatball Show’ will take off.” Instead of solely doing Instagram Lives and calling them “The Meatball Show,” the duo wants to make it a reality. “We would love to do a real ‘Meatball Show’ and be able to hang out with all of you,” Polizzi added.

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Unlike Pivarnick and her male roommates, Cortese has yet to say anything regarding her return for season 4. 

During her Instagram Live on June 20, Cortese did not address whether or not she was done with the show. “I’m not saying anything right now because I’m not really sure of how I feel,” she said. “It depends on how everything is. I can’t go into a dramatic atmosphere. It was fun back in the day because it was just having a good time and drinking. I like it when we’re having fun. I’m not a fighter, I don’t like the drama, so it depends on where the show goes.” 

At this time, it’s unclear if Cortese will return to the reality series. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for the latest news on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 4.  

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Vikings recap: What happened to King Ecbert of Wessex?

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Vikings season 6, part B is coming soon to Amazon Prime Video and the History channel. The Vikings are expected to return to Anglo-Saxon England in the final 10 episodes but what happened to the former ruler of Wessex, King Ecbert (played by Linus Roache)? has everything you need to know.

What happened to King Ecbert of Wessex?

In Vikings, King Ecbert of Wessex is based on the real king of the same name – King Ecgberht.

The real King Ecgbert was King of Wessex from 802 until his death in 839.

In the series, Ecbert formed an alliance with Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel).

Ecbert was also a close friend of Athelstan (George Blagden), who had become good friends with Ragnar.

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When Ragnar and the Vikings invaded, King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) suggested battling against the invading Norsemen and killing them.

However, Ecbert had a political vision and believed there was more to gain by working with them.

Ecbert reached out an olive branch when he let Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen) free.

Ragnar and Ecbert then formed an alliance which granted Ragnar, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and the Vikings permission to build a settlement on his land.

They were given 5,000 acres of good farming land as well as a large amount of gold and silver.

As part of the alliance, King Ecbert was able to recruit Vikings warriors to fight for Princess Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) who was trying to make her claim to the throne of Merica.

Whether the real King Egbert granted lands to Ragnar remains unknown.

In season four of Vikings, Ecbert betrayed his son King Aelle and became the King of Mercia.

As King of Wessex and Merica, Ecbert played an instrumental role in securing Ragnar’s death at the hands of King Aelle.

Ragnar who had been captured, begged for Ecbert to kill him but Ecbert refused, realising Ragnar’s goal was to be killed so his sons would avenge his death.

Ragnar insists King Ecbert’s Wessex will be spared when his son avenge his death and Ecbert agrees to spare Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen).

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In the end, Ragnar was taken to King Aelle, where he was thrown into a pit of poisonous snakes and died.

As predicted, Ragnar’s sons invaded Anglo-Saxon England in the form of The Great Heathen Army to avenge their father’s death.

Instead of letting the Great Heathen Army pass through, Ecbert demanded that his son fight against the Vikings.

He planned to trick them into a false sense of security, but striking a deal with Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and grant them lands.


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Ecbert hoped to stall the Vikings long enough so his family could mobilise their defence and protect their lands.

In exchange for the land, Ecbert requested to choose his own death – removing the satisfaction from Ragnar’s avenging sons.

He chose to take his own life after Bishop Edmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) was killed by Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø).

Vikings is streaming on Amazon Prime now

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