Food Network Star Duff Goldman’s Wife Is Pregnant With Their First Child

Duff Goldman and his wife have a “muffin” in the oven.

The Food Network star, 45, and wife Johnna Goldman, 26, announced on Friday, Aug. 7 that they’re expecting their first child together. Duff shared the happy news to his Instagram, which boasts over 500,000 followers, by posting a photo of the couple holding regular sized muffins, along with a smaller muffin in front of her stomach. He aptly captioned the pic, “Muffins!”

She added in her own post, “Our biggest adventure yet! Mini Muffin expected January 2021!”

The happy news comes just over a year after the pastry chef and writer wed in a unique ceremony at the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles. Martha Stewart Weddings reported that the bride and groom exchanged vows underneath the skeleton of a T-rex, because why not? Guests later mingled outdoors, where they dined on savory meats and sweet treats of equally epic proportions.

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‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Star Warns Fans Not To Risk Their Lives In A Movie Theater

The quirky kid star of “Moonrise Kingdom” is urging fans not to risk their lives to see his film in theaters.

Actor Jared Gilman posted his thoughts on Twitter after Regal Cinemas announced it was bringing back the 2012 Wes Anderson hit — and other cult classics — to lure arthouse crowds when it reopens theaters on August 21:

“Moonrise Kingdom” is one of several older films Regal plans to run, including “Trainspotting,” “Whiplash,” “Still Alice,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “No Country for Old Men” and another Anderson favorite, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Tickets will cost $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

The reopened theaters will feature a “wide range of new health and safety measures based on guidelines provided from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” per Regal’s website. That includes contactless app payments for tickets and concessions, a mask requirement for all, two empty seats between groups inside the theater and “deep sanitation” between showings.

Gilman aside, some of the responses to Regal’s plans were upbeat, written by those apparently desperate to get out of the house and finally see a film in a theater. Others, not so much:

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Wilford Brimley, Cocoon and The Thing Star, Dead at 85

Hollywood has lost a star.

Wilford Brimley has died at the age of 85, E! News has learned. According to Brimley’s manager, he passed away on Saturday, August 1, while he was hospitalized in St. George, Utah.

The late actor had been at the ICU, where he was on dialysis and being treated for other medical issues that weren’t disclosed.

“Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust,” Brimley’s manager said in a statement to E! News. “He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a gruff exterior and a tender heart. I’m sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend’s wonderful stories. He was one of a kind.”

Brimley was best known for his movie roles in Cocoon, The Natural and The Thing. He also appeared on several television shows, including Our House, The Waltons and many others. Plus, he was featured in Quaker Oats commercials and quickly became synonymous with the brand.

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Deadliest Catch Star Mahlon Reyes Dead at 38

Mahlon Reyes, who worked as a deckhand on Deadliest Catch, has died, E! News has learned.

The reality TV personality was only 38 years old. Discovery Channel confirmed Reyes’ death to us and said it was “very sad news.” Their statement read, “Our thoughts and prayers go to his family.”

Moreover, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office told E! News Reyes passed away in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana. At this time, the star’s official cause of death is pending as they await the autopsy and toxicology reports.

According to TMZ, who first broke the news, Reyes passed away after suffering from a heart attack on Saturday, July 25. Reye’s wife, Heather Sullivan, told the publication that her husband was hospitalized soon after.

While Reyes survived the heart attack, Sullivan explained that he never regained consciousness and was taken off life support the following day. The star’s wife also stated that he didn’t have any known pre-existing health conditions.

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Schitt’s Creek Star Annie Murphy on Her Emmy Nom and How Alexis Is Winning Quarantine

Schitt’s Creek is already doing very well at the Emmys this year with 15 nominations, including acting nods in the comedy category for Eugene Levy in Lead Actor, Catherine O’Hara in Lead Actress, Dan Levy in Supporting Actor, and Murphy in Supporting Actress. The entire Rose family could potentially walk away with Emmys this year. 

For Murphy, Emmy nom morning was “a grab bag of everything” when it came to sharing the excitement with her castmates. There were calls, texts, FaceTiming, and just a general amount of freaking out. 

“What’s so great is that it’s not just the actors getting nominated,” she said, pointing out noms for writing, hair, makeup, costumes, and more. “There have been so many incredibly talented people working so hard on the show for six years, and just to have them nominated too makes it so much more special.” 

It’s truly the ultimate way to go out. 

“Honestly, starting out in season one with just this little show on CBC and all of us having the best time—I don’t think anyone could have anticipated where things would end up, so it feels pretty darn good.” 

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ star O-T Fagbenle shifts gears in new comedy

O-T Fagbenle’s new series is a family affair.

That’s because “Maxxx,” a six-episode comedy created by Fagbenle (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), co-stars and is co-executive-produced by his brother, Luti. “We made our first short when he was 8 and I was 12,” the London-born Fagbenle, 39, tells The Post. “But this was our maiden voyage in creating our fully produced written, directed long-form narrative.”

Premiering Tuesday on Hulu, “Maxxx” follows its titular character (Fagbenle), a has-been former boy-band star attempting to make a comeback to win back his supermodel ex-girlfriend (Jourdan Dunn) and show the world that he’s still relevant. Luti plays Rico, Maxxx’s ex-bandmate; Chris Meloni co-stars as Don Wild, the coke-snorting manager of Maxxx’s record company.

It’s a switch in TV roles for Fagbenle, a rising star best-known for playing June’s (Elizabeth Moss) husband Luke in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu’s dark, dystopian series entering its fourth season. He’s also co-starring opposite Scarlett Johansson in Marvel’s upcoming “Black Widow” movie, currently scheduled for a November release.

Fagbenle says “Maxxx” was inspired by his observations on the nature of fame.

“It was a confluence of things,” he says. “Part of it was just noting how the world is becoming more and more obsessed with celebrity, and I wanted to distinguish the difference between being famous and being respected. I wanted to talk about that, and how corrosive that is to the human condition.

“And on a personal level, I’d gone through some bad heartbreak before,” he says. “You can become so attached to these external parts of your psyche, so I also wanted to touch on that. [‘Maxxx’ is] really a silly comedy, and there’s fun ridiculous humor in it, but also we kind of subversively tackle some deeper philosophical questions.”

O.T. Fagbenle stars in the series "Maxxx."
O-T Fagbenle stars in the series “Maxxx.”Luti Media

Meloni, Fagbenle says, “just completely brought his character to life in an extraordinary way.” The show also features several cameos from big names such as the Backstreet Boys and Larry King.

“I was really impressed with the [production] team’s ability to be malleable and flexible and responsive,” he says. “We managed to get these incredible celebrity cameos. It required us to move at lightning speed like, ‘We’ve got an hour to get a film crew down here because Larry [King] says we can shoot him now!’ I wasn’t entirely convinced that we could pull off half the stuff we pulled off.”

Fagbenle found himself having to modify one cameo, he says.

“We managed to convince Jourdan Dunn, who’s Britain’s biggest supermodel, to play my girlfriend in it,” he says. “When I first wrote it, I wasn’t sure of her acting ability, so I pared down the amount of words she’d say. But I met Jourdan and we did a little rehearsal and she was so good and so funny that…I rewrote it and made her role bigger.”

His brother Luti, who’s directed and produced music videos for the likes of Zayn Malik, Iggy Azalea, One Direction and Drake, helped Fagbenle make the world of “Maxxx” feel real, using his skills to include snippets from Maxxx’s boy-band glory days.

“We filmed the show in London last year,” says Fagbenle. “But basically I knew I was going to make ‘Maxxx’ when I was doing press for [‘The Handmaid’s Tale’] and I was traveling around and called my brother and was like ‘How quickly can you mobilize a camera crew?’ So we have footage in Malibu, New York, Jamaica, Mexico — a wide array of places.

“Lots of these things only appear for 10 seconds in the show, but it helps create the texture of the world.”

Christopher Meloni plays manager Don Wild opposite O.T. Fagbenle.
Christopher Meloni plays manager Don Wild opposite O-T Fagbenle.All3Media

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Street Vendors Get the Star Treatment They Deserve in ‘Street Food’ 

This post originally appeared on July 18, 2020 in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

I have a weekend binge recommendation for you when you’re done watching I May Destroy You. It’s the Latin American edition of Netflix doc series Street Food. Focusing on the work of a mostly female cast of street vendors around Latin American cities, it features beautiful dishes, vibrant food scenes, and stories of true grit and endurance.

I can’t decide if the reliance on characters that had to overcome tragedy and trauma — homelessness, unwanted pregnancy, domestic violence — via bootstrapping a food business is slightly lazy and a little opportunistic or just the unfortunate reality for the majority of women in the position of selling street food. (The exception seems to be the Baianas in Salvador, who are treated like goddesses.) Regardless, I appreciate the creators applying the same cinematic grandeur and narrative hagiography to street vendors that they long applied to the mostly white, male, English-speaking chefs in their famous series Chef’s Table.

And as my former colleague wrote of the first season, the inclusion of multiple vendors in each episode to show how the main figure fits into a broader scene coupled with the shortened run time make for a livlier show. The group of creators still has a ways to go in terms of representation behind the scenes, but I appreciate a woman directed half of the season.

Read more about the line up in Jaya’s full review.

Closures: Guthrie’s in Chicago; Emeril Lagasse’s sports bar on the Las Vegas strip; The Banty Rooster in New York; and Pagliacci in Seattle.

— How restaurants in SF are redesigning their menus for outdoor dining.

— Reopening a restaurant during the pandemic is expensive. So is shutting it down again.

— The owners of Kuma’s Corner, Chicago’s famous heavy metal burger bar chain, apologized this week for toxic workplace culture.

— Seattle’s city council passed a law preventing landlords from seizing personal property of small business owners should they default on a commercial lease.

— A number of properties in Vegas didn’t shut down or follow contact tracing guidelines after employees tested positive for COVID-19, and the town’s powerful culinary union isn’t having it.

— Chef Zoe Adjonyoh’s use Nigella Lawson’s Instagram profile during a #sharethemicfoodandbev campaign was a reminder of the platform’s power to amplify voices.

Katsu Sando [Official Photo]

Openings: Kokomo, a pan-Caribbean restaurant, Caravan, Manhattan’s first Uighur restaurant, and Wicked Jane, an unapologetically high-end spot, in New York; Katsu Sando, a hotly anticipated sandwich shop inspired by Japanese convenience stores, and MILA, a delivery-only taqueria from Ray Garcia, in LA; Reckon, a friend chicken spot, in Portland; and Nixta, a tortilleria offering family-style take-out dinners, in Minneapolis.

— New York’s trendy restaurants are now booked two weeks out.

— In the world of fun pivots: A Seattle bar owner is now serving Cambodian dishes inspired by his mom out of his former bar space, and people are loving it; meanwhile one of the fanciest restaurants in Chicago now has a conbini shop and tiki patio; and chef Erik Bruner-Yang turned his group of restaurants inside the Line Hotel in D.C. into a shop selling omurice and onigiri.

— A fun look at the Instagram-powered underground food scene in LA.

— Turns out the pandemic didn’t kill family-style dining and shareable small plates.

— Just make all your vacation food ahead of time and bring it.

— Watch: How the Meat Hook butcher shop is thriving during this time.

  • Writers and crew members’ anonymous reports on what it’s like to work on cop shows and procedurals says a lot about why representation is so terrible on TV. [Vulture]
  • A great look at the problems around naming recipes on the internet and what we lose when paratha is called “flaky bread.” [VICE]
  • I love this little story about a guy sailing around the world with his pet chicken. [Great Big Story]
  • A conversation about how to fix wine education and mentorship. [Punch]

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John Saxon, star of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ dead at 83

Westerns and horror-film actor John Saxon, a Brooklyn native and star in the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” died Saturday, Deadline reported. He was 83.

Saxon’s career included roles in some 200 films, and spanned more than 60 years.

His passing was announced by his wife, who said he died from pneumonia in his home in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Saxon was born Carmine Orrico in Brooklyn in 1935. He studied with famed acting coach Stella Adler, and soon after changed his name as part of a Universal Studios contract, Deadline said.

His skills in judo and karate led to his casting in the Bruce Lee classic “Enter the Dragon.” He starred in Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984, playing the heroine’s father.

Married three times, he is survived by one son.

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Disney delays ‘Mulan’ indefinitely, Star Wars and Avatar movies pushed back a year

Liu Yifei stars a Fa Mulan in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Mulan.”


Disney is making some major changes to its release calendar that include delaying “Mulan” from its Aug. 21 release indefinitely and pushing back the debuts of future Star Wars and Avatar movies by a year.

On Thursday, the company said that theater closures and production shutdowns during the global coronavirus pandemic caused it to make a number of adjustments to its slate.

“Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for ‘Mulan’ as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world,” a Walt Disney Studios spokesperson said in a statement Thursday.

Disney shares fell slightly in after-hours trading and were down more than 1%.

“Mulan” is currently listed as unset, meaning its release is delayed indefinitely. This is the fourth time that the live-action film has been delayed since March. 

With “Mulan” vacating its August release date, there are now no Hollywood blockbuster releases set for the month. “Tenet” moved out from its August debut on Monday and has yet to announce a new release date. AT&T CEO John Stankey has promised movie theater owners that Christopher Nolan’s spy-thriller will have a theatrical release.

“New Mutants” a 20th Century Fox feature in the X-Men franchise that has been delayed for the last three years, appears to still be on the calendar for Aug. 28, but depending on if movie theaters reopen next month, the film could be pushed again or be delegated to a video on-demand release.

A number of smaller, independent features are set for release in theaters. However, major theater chains like AMC may not be open to show them. Earlier Thursday, AMC announced that it has pushed back its reopening plans to mid-August after “Tenet” left the calendar. It is unclear how it will react to “Mulan” leaving as well.

AMC, like other major movie theater chains, has been closed since mid-March, awaiting a slowdown in coronavirus cases and new content from Hollywood. AMC, in particular, had been very vocal about how the pandemic could push it into bankruptcy.

Earlier this month, the exhibitor was able to reach a debt agreement that should help it remain solvent through 2021.

Additional slate changes include:

  • “The Personal History of David Copperfield” moving to Aug. 28
  • “Death on the Nile” is now debuting on Oct. 23
  • “The Empty Man” will arrive on Dec. 4
  • “The French Dispatch” is unset
  • “Antlers” is now dated Feb. 19, 2021
  • “The Last Duel” will arrive Oct. 15, 2021
  • An untitled Disney Live Action film will take the place of “Avatar 2” on Dec. 16, 2021.
  • “Avatar 2” pushed to Dec. 16, 2022
  • Untitled Star Wars moved to Dec. 22, 2023
  • “Avatar 3” now dated Dec. 20, 2024
  • Untitled Star Wars redated to Dec. 19, 2025
  • “Avatar 4” will arrive Dec. 18, 2026
  • Untitled Star Wars moved to Dec. 17, 2027
  • “Avatar 5” now slated for Dec. 22, 2028

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Bad Girls Club Star Demitra “Mimi” Roche Dead at 34

Bad Girls Club star Demitra “Mimi” Roche has passed away at the age of 34. 

Music executive Vince Valholla confirmed news of her death on social media on Wednesday, July 22, writing, “I’m at a loss for words. Don’t know what to say. Mimi was kind to everyone she came across. She was [a] big dreamer & was a part of our Valholla family. I’m heartbroken by the news of her passing. I’m thankful I got to know & work w/ her. My thoughts are with her family & loved ones. There’s probably not one person who would have something negative to say about her. We lost a beautiful soul.”

Roche joined Valholla’s eponymous Miami-based company Valholla Entertainment in 2011, where she served as the vice president of A&R. 

Fans of the Oxygen reality TV series will remember Roche from season 8 of Bad Girls Club, which aired in 2012. She was nicknamed “The Miami Maverick.” 

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