The daily gossip: Kelly Ripa's husband replaces Ryan Seacrest as her co-host, Taron Egerton leads trailer for the 'Cold War-era thriller' Tetris movie, and more
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Kelly Ripa's husband replaces Ryan Seacrest as her co-host
Seacrest out. Ryan Seacrest is leaving Live with Kelly and Ryan after six years of co-hosting with Kelly Ripa. He shared the news on the show Thursday, calling it a "tough, tough decision." Seacrest, who succeeded Michael Strahan in 2017, said he'll "head out to the West Coast" in the spring when American Idol begins taping live from Los Angeles. But, in what Ripa described as the "shocking twist of the whole thing," Seacrest's permanent replacement will be Mark Consuelos, Ripa's husband, and the show will become Live With Kelly and Mark. Ripa joked this will be the "nation's weirdest social experiment," while Consuelos said on Instagram, "I can't believe after all these years of listening to you talk for free, I found a way to get paid for it. Is this a great country or what?" Besides, that's one way to avoid another TV scandal where it comes to light that the two co-hosts have been having an affair.
Taron Egerton stars in the trailer for the 'Cold War-era thriller' … 'Tetris'
The pieces are falling into place. Apple TV+ has dropped the trailer for its movie based on Tetris, which somehow not only exists, but is described as a nail-biting "Cold War-era thriller on steroids." Okay, it's not exactly based on the game, but on the story behind it. Taron Egerton plays Henk Rogers, who discovers Tetris in the 1980s and declares it the "most beautiful thing I'd ever seen." We see him in various meetings trying to convince skeptical people of its greatness before eventually making a deal to package it with the Game Boy. But the film then turns into a high-stakes thriller as we see Rogers travel to the Soviet Union to meet the inventor of the game. From there, the KGB gets involved as Rogers "risks everything" to secure the rights to Tetris, and the film features car chases, spying, "double-crossing villains, unlikely heroes and a nail-biting race to the finish," per Apple. In Soviet Russia, blocks disappear you!
Bruce Willis diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, family says
Bruce Willis' family has shared a sad update on his condition, which has now "progressed," leading him to receive a "more specific diagnosis." The actor's family said in a statement Thursday that he has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, also known as FTD. "Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces," the family said. "While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis." Willis was previously diagnosed with aphasia, prompting his retirement from acting. According to the Mayo Clinic, those who suffer from frontotemporal dementia can experience "dramatic changes in their personalities" or "lose the ability to use language properly." It's "a cruel disease that many of us have never heard of and can strike anyone," Willis' family said, noting there are "no treatments." But they added that "if he could," Willis would "want to respond by bringing global attention and a connectedness with those who are also dealing with this debilitating disease."
A live-action 'How to Train Your Dragon' is in the works
Will a live-action How to Train Your Dragon be toothless compared to the animated version? We'll soon find out, as Universal has confirmed a live-action adaptation of the Dreamworks animated film is in the works, and it already has a release date: March 14, 2025. Dean DeBlois, who brought us the three animated films, will return to write and direct. The original How to Train Your Dragon followed a young boy who grew up in a Viking village of dragon slayers, only for him to bond with one named Toothless instead. It spawned two sequels, and the trilogy collectively grossed over $1.6 billion. Notably, this will be the first Dreamworks animated movie to be adapted into live-action, a move surely inspired by the absolutely massive grosses Disney has been raking in doing the same. You know what that means: our nation is now one step closer to a surely horrific-looking live-action Shrek, and suddenly, doomsday preppers seem like they have the right idea.
Florence Pugh may be dating a guy named Charlie Gooch
We're really gonna have to work on a better celebrity couple name than PughGooch. Florence Pugh has been spotted with a new man who she may or may not be dating — a man by the name of Charlie Gooch. Pugh and Gooch were seen walking together holding hands on Valentine's Day in photos published by Page Six. The actress most recently dated Zach Braff, and their relationship attracted tons of attention in part due to their 21-year age gap. They broke up in 2022, though they've apparently remained friendly. Not much is known about Gooch, who isn't a celebrity, though according to Page Six, he and Pugh previously partied together after the British Fashion Awards in December. But Twitter could focus on little else about the news beyond, well, the fact that his name is Charlie Gooch. The rumored relationship is likely to last about as long as it takes for Pugh to look up "Gooch" on Urban Dictionary.