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Red Power Ranger actor arrested for COVID fraud
The red Power Ranger may be morphin his way to prison. Actor Austin St. John, who played the red Power Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has been arrested as part of an alleged scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration's COVID-19 relief program. He was one of 18 people charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and prosecutors said the defendants submitted false information on their applications for loan money and then didn't use it for the intended purpose, instead spending it "on various personal purchases." They allegedly obtained 16 loans totaling at least $3.5 million. According to TMZ, "approximately 15 FBI agents in tactical gear rolled up to" St. John's home to arrest him, and if he's convicted, he could spend 20 years behind bars. The arrests were announced in a Department of Justice press release — which at one point actually refers to St. John as "the Red Power Ranger."
Pete Davidson is reportedly leaving 'SNL'
Paging Kanye West: it's safe to start watching Saturday Night Live again. Pete Davidson is expected to leave SNL after this weekend's season finale, Variety reported Friday. The comedian joined the sketch show in 2014, when he was 20 years old. His departure hasn't been officially confirmed. A year ago, though, some fans were convinced he was on his way out after a segment that played like a final goodbye. "It's been an honor to grow up in front of you guys," he said on Weekend Update — though he ended up coming back for a very eventful season, in which he kissed Kim Kardashian during a sketch, started dating her, and thus ended up in a feud with her ex-husband Kanye West. The SNL finale will air tomorrow night, so we'll have to see if he gets any sort of mic drop moment during his last time live from New York.
New 'Daredevil' series in the works at Disney+
Court is back in session. A new Daredevil series is reportedly in the works at Disney+, with Matt Corman and Chris Ord set to write and executive produce. The original Daredevil ran for three seasons on Netflix, though that was before Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige had a hands-on role in creating shows that tied more directly into the MCU movies. All of the Netflix Marvel series ended up getting canceled, but there were indications last year that this corner of the universe wasn't completely dead, as Charlie Cox showed up as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Vincent D'Onofrio played Kingpin on Hawkeye. It isn't totally clear whether this will essentially be an all-new show featuring Daredevil or a proper season four of the Netflix version, though The Hollywood Reporter described it as a "new but continued series." Perhaps Matt can meet up with Wanda Maximoff, who after Multiverse of Madness is going to need a really good lawyer.
James Corden washes his hair 'every 2 months'
We regret to inform you the celebrity bathing debate is back with a vengeance thanks to James Corden. The outgoing Late Late Show host recently revealed on his show he only washes his hair "every two months." He dropped the bombshell during a discussion about Los Angeles residents being asked to cut their shower time by four minutes, which led Corden to ask, "How long are people spending in the shower?" After being informed the average is 10 minutes, the Cats star was absolutely shocked. "I'm in and out, I think, in a solid three or four [minutes]," he said, and when staffers told him this is "insane" and their showers last longer, he seemed pretty bewildered. "I use soap," he said. "I don't wash my hair. I wash it about every two months." Who knew Corden was actually Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's son?
The 'Stranger Things' season 4 finale is nearly two and a half hours long
Get ready for an absurdly long journey into the Upside Down. The creators of Netflix's Stranger Things previously announced the fourth season would be split into two volumes due to its "unprecedented length," and we now know they truly weren't kidding. Netflix revealed Friday the season finale alone will be nearly two and a half hours long. Yes, welcome to a brave new world in which a TV finale is longer than the most recent Marvel movie. The prior two episodes are also each feature-length: episode seven is 1 hour and 38 minutes, and episode eight is 1 hour and 25 minutes. Season four's first volume, which debuts on May 27, consists of the first seven episodes, while the last two will be part of volume two releasing on July 1. So tune in next Friday to see if the gang can solve its greatest mystery yet: what happened to this show's editors?