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1. Bruce Willis steps away from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia

The folks behind the Razzies probably feel pretty bad about roasting Bruce Willis so hard right now. The Die Hard star's daughter Rumer shared a heartbreaking statement Wednesday on behalf of his family revealing he "has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities." As a result, they said, Willis will be "stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him." Recently, Willis has remained active starring in lots of direct-to-video movies, and the Razzies introduced a whole category making fun of his recent work. But filmmaker Ted Geoghegan tweeted that the actor's health issues have "been an open secret for a few years, and why I've never joined the chorus of folks mocking him for making dozens of direct-to-video films. Dude had bills to pay." Willis received an outpouring of support Wednesday, including from Kevin Smith, who previously said Willis was difficult to work with on the film Cop Out. "I feel like an a--hole for my petty complaints from 2010," Smith tweeted.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan worked as a culture writer at The Week from 2018 to 2023, covering the entertainment industry, including film reviews, television recaps, awards season, the box office, major movie franchises and Hollywood gossip. He has written about film and television for outlets including Bloody Disgusting, Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Heavy and The Celebrity Cafe.