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John Krasinski Stages Mini ‘Office’ Reunion With Steve Carell  


Back to Dunder Mifflin! John Krasinski delivered some good news to fans of The Office when he recruited former costar Steve Carell for a mini-reunion.

Krasinski, 40, and Carell, 57, staged a virtual catchup amid the coronavirus pandemic for the A Quiet Place filmmaker’s newly launched YouTube series, Some Good News. According to the episode’s description, the show “highlights some good news from around the world.”

John Krasinski Stages Mini Office Reunion With Steve Carell
John Krasinski and Steve Carell. Shutterstock (2)

Krasinski and Carell’s hangout session occurred in honor of the NBC mockumentary’s 15th anniversary, which commenced on March 24. At the time, both actors reflected on their experiences working on the acclaimed series.

“So Steve, this week marked a huge anniversary for you and I. We were on a little show called The Office and it turned 15 years old this week,” Krasinski said in his interview with Carell.

“I was a waiter when I got that job, I was 23 years old. After the pilot, I went back to waiting tables because I was sure nothing was going to happen with it,” he continued. “We all kind of came into it with that vibe. I remember none of us had done anything huge.”

Carell chimed in, adding, “It’s such a happy surprise that after all these years people are still tuning in and finding it today, it’s pretty cool.”

On The Office, Krasinski and Carell played Jim Halpert and Michael Scott, respectively. The series, which ran on NBC for nine seasons from March 2005 to May 2013, followed the lives of employees who work at the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company’s Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch. It is the American version of the BBC series of the same name, which featured Ricky Gervais — a writer and creator for the series — in the lead role.

Though it’s been seven years since the show concluded its run, many of the series’ stars have stayed in touch over the years. Mindy Kaling has maintained a close friendship with B.J. Novak, who is the godfather to her daughter, Katherine. Meanwhile, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey host a podcast inspired by the NBC comedy, titled “Office Ladies.”

John Krasinski Stages Mini Office Reunion With Steve Carell
Steve Carell and John Krasinski. Courtesy John Krasinski/Instagram

A reboot for The Office has long been rumbled about, but its former showrunner Greg Daniels recently revealed the likelihood of this happening. “I haven’t spoken to anybody at Peacock, no,” he told Comicbook.com on March 24. “I mean, I think that the talk really came up when they did Will and Grace. They rebooted that show.”

Daniels continued, “But I don’t think that we would either be able to get all the cast together, because a lot of them are doing different things, or whether we’d really need to do that, because I feel like we had our finale.”

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Elton John to Host ‘Living Room’ Coronavirus Benefit Concert


Coming together. Elton John is set to host a benefit concert to pay tribute to medical professionals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America will feature performances by Alicia Keys, the Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more. In order to ensure the health and safety of those involved, the artists will perform live from their homes and film themselves with their personal cellphones, cameras and audio equipment.

Elton John to Host Star-Studded Coronavirus Benefit Concert with Alicia Keys Billie Eilish and Mariah Carey
Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish and Mariah Carey. Broadimage/Shutterstock; David Fisher/Shutterstock; Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock

The hourlong special will be broadcast commercial-free on Fox Sunday, March 29, at 9 p.m. ET — the same time that the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards had been set to air before being postponed due to the crisis. It will also stream on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide as well as via the iHeartRadio app.

The highly anticipated music event will “provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic,” according to a press release.

Viewers and listeners are encouraged to donate to Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation, both of which have been helping victims and first responders around the clock in recent months.

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Elton John in concert at the Bismarck Civic Center in Bismarck, North Dakota on April 6, 2011. Shutterstock

The announcement was made on Wednesday, March 25, which is John’s 73rd birthday.

The first case of the novel coronavirus was reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization classified it as a pandemic earlier this month. More than 20,000 people worldwide have died from the virus, which has had major outbreaks in China, Italy, the United States, Spain, Germany, Iran and France. More than 60,000 cases have been reported in the U.S. alone, with over 800 deaths.

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Colton Underwood and Prince Charles are among the celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19. Other stars, including Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande, have used their platforms to urge fans to self-quarantine at home in order to help prevent the disease from spreading further.

Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDCWHO, and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice.

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Lawmakers throw civil rights icon John Lewis a Capitol Hill surprise birthday party



Katherine Clark, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, was just one of many lawmakers to capture the surprise on social media. The Massachusetts Democrat tweeted a video of the assembled lawmakers singing to Lewis, with the caption “Surprise, @repjohnlewis! The pride of our lives is calling you a friend. Happy 80th! #GoodTrouble”
Lewis’ actual 80th birthday was February 21, but this year’s celebration has taken on added significance. Last December, Lewis was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. This announcement triggered an outpouring of support across Washington, with tweets from leaders like Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton, and former President Barack Obama. In 2011, Obama presented Lewis with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

Clark was not the only Democrat with their phone out at the party.

Rep. Mike Levin captured the moment Lewis walked into the room, sharing the video on Twitter with the caption “Fantastic to surprise our dear friend and colleague @RepJohnLewis for his 80th birthday today!”
Rep. Barbara Lee shared more photos, again using Lewis’ signature phrase “good trouble.”

At the surprise party, members of Congress also presented Lewis with a portrait.

Lewis represents Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, which includes large segments of Atlanta. He was first elected in 1986.

As a young man, Lewis was fiercely active in the Civil Rights Movement, leading the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and helping to organize the March on Washington. In 1965, he famously marched from Selma to Alabama’s capital, Montgomery.





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John Lewis to attend ‘Bloody Sunday’ commemorative march in Selma



Lewis, who had his skull broken by white police officers during the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December. At the time, Lewis said he would undergo treatment for the cancer, and speculation swirled about whether the longtime congressman would be able to participate in the 55th anniversary march.

The commemorative march pays tribute to the key civil rights protest pushing for voting rights in which participants attempted to walk from Selma to Alabama’s capital, Montgomery. One of the pivotal days was March 7, 1965, when 17 people, including Lewis, were injured by police.

The march has been reenacted many times on its anniversary. In 2015, President Barack Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the march by delivering a speech at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and the following year, the marchers received a Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor.

A spokeswoman for the commemoration march organizers told CNN that Lewis would be at the front of the march participants — the same position he has been at previous anniversary marches. The spokeswoman did not know how long he would be marching across the bridge.

Another spokesperson for the congressman said his visit to the bridge will be brief.

“He is going to meet the crowd on the apex of the bridge and will leave shortly thereafter,” they said, adding that Lewis doesn’t plan to do any interviews during the event.

First elected to represent Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, which includes much of Atlanta, in 1986, Lewis is sometimes referred to as “the conscience of the US Congress.” He is known for getting into “good trouble,” and by his own count, the congressman was arrested more than 40 times during his days of civil rights activism.

Several Democratic presidential candidates are also participating in the commemorative march, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield contributed to this report.



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Jake Gyllenhaal Crashes John Mulaney’s Sketch


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Host John Mulaney and Pete Davidson during promos on February 25, 2020. Rosalind O’Connor/NBC

John Mulaney and Jake Gyllenhaal reunited during the Saturday, February 29, episode of Saturday Night Live after starring in John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch together.

Airport Struggles

Mulaney delivered another goofy representation of a New York staple, this time paying tribute to the woes of LaGuardia Airport. The sketch had everything: a singing baby, Gyllenhaal flying around on a harness, a dance number.

The Theroux Method

Kyle Mooney lamented his “dork” status when Mulaney refused to put him in a strip club bit that required the stars to be shirtless. So Mooney hired Justin Theroux to train him and instantly saw results, gaining 37 pounds of muscle in two days. However, things still didn’t turn out as planned.

Still Got It

Mulaney kicked off the episode with a stand-up style monologue. The comedian covered a myriad of topics, from his hatred for the Founding Fathers to his observations of dads in their 60s to his recollection of introducing a child to Lin-Manuel Miranda via Make-A-Wish.

Do-Over

Chris Redd stopped by “Weekend Update” to lament this year’s Black History Month. The cast member recounted all the terrible things that happened and asked for another go at the celebration of African-American culture.

A Different Beat

David Byrne — another Sack Lunch Bunch alum! — performed “Once in a Lifetime” and “Toe Jam” during his stint as musical guest.

Pete and John

Pete Davidson played a college student who turned his uncle — portrayed by Mulaney — into a meme and the inappropriate iterations of the joke got out of control from there. In fact, even Ice-T got in on the fun, though Mulaney’s character was not impressed.

Age Difference

Mulaney and Cecily Strong led this sketch as Rolf and Liesl from The Sound of Music. The big catch was Rolf was actually a lot older than he initially claimed to be, which gave Liesl doubts about their budding romance.

Baby Daddy?

Michael Che spiraled during “Weekend Update” while discussing the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak. The revelation caused him to speak out with reckless abandon as he quipped, “You know I just found out I might have a kid?”

Saturday Night Live airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.

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Former US ambassador John Negroponte’s daughter accused of murder



Sophia Negroponte, 27, was arrested Thursday night at a home in Rockville, Maryland, after reports of a stabbing, the Montgomery County Police Department said in a statement.

Officers found a man, 24-year-old Yousuf Rasmussen, inside the home “suffering from what appeared to be a cutting wound,” the statement said.

He was pronounced dead at the home, police said.

Detectives determined that Rasmussen and Negroponte were acquaintances and that they were involved in a disagreement while inside the home. the statement said. During the disagreement, Rasmussen was injured, police said.

The cause and manner of Rasmussen’s remains unknown, pending an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

It’s unclear whether Negroponte has an attorney. Bond information for Negroponte is not yet available, the police statement said.

Negroponte is the daughter of John Negroponte, a former US diplomat who served in multiple roles in the administration of President George W. Bush. He was the country’s first director of national intelligence in 2005. He served as US ambassador to the United Nations from 2001 to 2004 and later served as deputy Secretary of State from 2007 to 2009..



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John Delaney drops out of Democratic presidential race


Delaney, who announced his campaign in summer 2017, had planned to stake his campaign on success in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation nominating contest. But the Democrat ultimately opted to drop out three days before the caucuses.

“It’s clear to me on Monday, on caucus night, I will not have sufficient support to get to the 15% viability threshold … that is needed to get delegates out of Iowa,” Delaney told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”

Delaney did not endorse another Democrat for president but vowed to support the party’s eventual nominee, whoever it is. He said his decision was motivated in part to make sure moderate candidates have a better shot at succeeding in Iowa.

“My support is sufficient enough to take from other more moderate candidates, and I just don’t want to do that,” he said.

But Delaney cautioned against nominating either Sens. Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, whom he believes are too liberal and would have “a tougher campaign against Donald Trump” in a general election.

“Their proposal takes health care away from a lot of people and forces them on some new government plan. That’s a hard way to win an election,” Delaney said.

Tried to push moderate message

The end of Delaney’s campaign has been in view for months, ever since the candidate failed to garner support in any polls and slowed the ad spending that had defined his early campaigning.

Delaney, after qualifying for the first two Democratic debates in June and July, failed to garner enough support to qualify for any subsequent contests.

His presidential strategy was unlike nearly all of his competitors. Delaney, a self-made millionaire who took two companies public, announced his presidential bid in July 2017, over a year before the majority of the field entered the race.

But Delaney’s bid, even when he was one of the only candidates in the race, failed to gain any traction. As the race filled out around him, Delaney was squeezed even more, largely pushing on with little fanfare.

Delaney, a moderate lawmaker who previously represented Maryland’s wealthy Washington, DC, suburbs, staked his strategy on speaking truth to progressive power. Delaney said Sanders was “not a Democrat,” he railed against the party “embracing socialism,” and he slammed the Green New Deal, a sweeping climate change plan that is popular with the party’s left.

What Delaney lacked in fundraising — over 90% of the money he brought in during the second quarter of 2019 came from his own bank account — he attempted to make up for in travel. He logged dozens of trips to Iowa and New Hampshire during his lengthy run and, before most candidates were even in the race, he visited all 99 of Iowa’s counties.

“I think the American people are yearning for someone who’s a truth-teller,” Delaney told CNN last year. “Sometimes the best way to make that point is to be a little bit disagreement with your own party, right?”

But, by fall 2019, even his closest advisers knew things were coming to an end.

John Davis, Delaney’s one-time campaign manager, and Will McDonald, his spokesman, cut ties with the campaign in October. Delaney’s Iowa State Director Monica Biddix and New Hampshire State Director Chris Mackenzie also left the campaign in September.



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Oscars 2020 performers announced: Idina Menzel, Elton John



And the performers for the 2020 Oscars are: Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz and Randy Newman.

The musicians, many of them actors in their own rights, will perform their Oscar-nominated songs at the 2020 ceremony, which takes place Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Menzel, 48, notably returns to the Oscars stage after fellow actor John Travolta absolutely butchered her name in 2014, calling her Adele Dazeem. But the “Uncut Gems” actress and “Frozen” singer got back at him the following year by calling him “Glom Gazingo.” This year, she’ll perform “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen 2” — one of this year’s Oscars snubs.

“We’re excited to have an incredible group of nominees and performers who will deliver one-of-a-kind music moments you will only see on the Oscars,” show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain told Deadline.

The awards, which are going hostless again this year, will also feature Questlove and guest conductor Eímear Noone, presumably to lead the orchestra in their “wrap it up” harmonies.

The performers are all up for awards this year. Erivo, 33, is nominated for Best Actress for her role in “Harriet,” in which she sang “Stand Up.”

Newman, 76, will perform “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4.” The piece is nominated for a Best Original Song award. Metz, 39, will perform “I’m Standing With You” from “Breakthrough,” also nominated for Best Original Song.

And John, 72, will sing “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from his biopic “Rocketman.” John wrote the lyrics and music with his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. The song is the only nomination the film received this year.



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John F. Kennedy Jr. Was Under ‘Pressure’ Prior to Fatal Crash


John F. Kennedy Jr. ‘May Have Had a Death Wish
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The great unknown. A new episode of the “Fatal Voyage: John F. Kennedy Jr. Case Solved” podcast dives deeper into who John F. Kennedy Jr. was becoming before he suddenly died in a 1999 plane crash. Episode 3 of the podcast, “John Boy’s Path (The Good Years),” explores how much turmoil was in his personal life and how it may have impacted the decisions he made that fateful night.

“He always lived his life with grace and style,” John Koerner, author of Exploding the Truth: JFK Assassination revealed on the podcast. “He was the type of person I think we, even now, could remember because he lived above politics, [and was] loved by all people, and there are so few like that anymore.”

JFK Jr.’s mother, Jackie Kennedy, put a tremendous amount of pressure on him from a young age. “Before her death, she sent him a note that said, ‘You especially have a place in history,’” author Doug Wead said. “He had to have felt that all his life, even though she never said it.”

When Jackie died in 1994, JFK Jr. told friends he had been reborn, reporter Leon Wagner revealed on the podcast. “He told the friends that he had been born again when she died, that he was free, and he would make his own decisions, make his own mistakes, what have you,” Wagner said.

As far as choices go, one of the most important ones that JFK Jr. could have made was his decision to marry Carolyn Bessette, who also died in the plane crash, along with JFK Jr.’s sister-in-law Lauren Bessette.

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John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. Shutterstock

JFK Jr. and Carolyn began dating in 1994 and the next year, she moved into his Tribeca apartment and they got engaged. They were married in September 1996 in a private ceremony, but their relationship soon turned sour.

“His wife constantly had drugs all over their apartment and used [drugs] when they traveled and what have you,” Wagner claimed. “And he certainly didn’t want to get arrested, given who he was and all that … She used cocaine regularly, and he had several screaming fights with her.”

The duo continued to fight, and Carolyn eventually had an affair with a model during their marriage. “By summer 1999 they were pretty much separated,” Tillett said. At the same time, JFK Jr.’s professional life started to fall apart.

The duo continued to fight, and Carolyn eventually had an affair with a model during their marriage. “By summer 1999 they were pretty much separated,” Tillett said. At the same time, JFK Jr.’s professional life started to fall apart after the magazine he founded with friend Michael Berman in 1995, George, was no longer profitable.

“His old friends, the president’s old friends, told John F. Kennedy Jr. that his ‘dad always wanted to be a publisher.’ That was a great moment in his life when he published George, and it was a great magazine, and it was a wonderful reflection of him,” Wead said. “That was part of his creating something completely on his own and taking charge of his life, which he had never been allowed to do as long as Jackie was alive because she would always interfere and she would criticize him.”

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Just as his marriage was failing and his pet project was unraveling, JFK Jr. decided to attend his cousin Rory Kennedy‘s wedding in Martha’s Vineyard. “It was against this turbulent professional and personal backdrop that John prepared to fly,” McLaren said.

Wead speculated that “John F. Kennedy Jr. may have had a death wish when he took that plane up.”

Fellow pilot Kyle Bailey was one of the last people to ever see the son of JFK alive, and he revealed on the podcast that he was going to fly the same day that JFK Jr. did, but decided not to when he became “very concerned with the deteriorating weather conditions.”

When JFK Jr., Carolyn and Lauren arrived at the plane, Bailey claimed that the couple stood away from Lauren and appeared to be engaging in a “serious discussion.” The podcast noted that the publisher planned to leave no later than 6 p.m. that evening — but didn’t even arrive at the airport until around 8 p.m.

When the plane finally took off, Bailey watched it go. “You know, I kind of thought to myself then, and I said to my family later, ‘You know, I hope he had an instructor on the airplane with him, because of the conditions,’” Bailey recalled. Sadly, JFK Jr., his wife and his sister-in-law never made it to the wedding.

“The things that were on his mind [at the time were], the end of the magazine [and] the end of his marriage. All of this was weighing on him,” Wagner mused on the podcast. “So, with all this pressure, he’s trying to fly this plane and he just got lost in the fog.”

To learn more, tune into “Fatal Voyage: The Death of JFK Jr.” every Wednesday.



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John Gallagher Jr. Is on Board for a ‘Newsroom’ Reunion


John Gallagher Jr. Would Be Down for Newsroom Reunion
John Gallagher Jr. on ‘The Newsroom’. Hbo/Kobal/Shutterstock

Ready for the next story. John Gallagher Jr. hasn’t heard anything about a revival of The Newsroom, the HBO hit that aired from 2012 to 2014, but if they call, he’s in!

“If the phone rings and they say, ‘It’s time to dust off your knit tie that Jim Harper wears,’ I’ll do it and go back into the bullpen,’” he said, admitting he has an idea of where his character would be today.

“I like to think that he got married, that he married Maggie and that they kept their promise — even though they were going to live in different places, that they would do the long-distance thing,” Gallagher Jr. said. In the series, he had an on-off relationship with Maggie Jordan, played by Alison Pill. “He’s probably still working in a good newsroom somewhere trying to fight.”

That said, the former Spring Awakening star knows that creator Aaron Sorkin “is a very busy man” and isn’t sure “how high up The Newsroom reunion is on his list.”

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John Gallagher Jr. at the film premiere of ‘Underwater’ on January 7, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Matt Baron/Shutterstock

While the political drama was Sorkin’s last TV project, he went on to create multiple large films, including Steve Jobs and Molly’s Game. The West Wing creator also wrote the script for To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway, in which Newsroom star Jeff Daniels played the lead.

When the show wrapped in 2014 after three seasons, Gallagher Jr. made sure to take something special from the set, which he still has today.

“I have some stationery that says ‘From the desk of Jim Harper’ that I took from the set,” he shared with Us. “I still have it on my desk at home in New York where I live. But I never want to write anything on it cause I wanna keep it as a memento! I gave one away as a gift to a friend of mine, but then I was, like, ‘OK, now I need to lock this away.’ I don’t want to waste them!”

With reporting by Nicole Pajar



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