The daily gossip: The Wire star Lance Reddick dies at 60, Drew Barrymore responds to Hugh Grant mocking her 'horrendous' singing, and more

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1. 'The Wire' star Lance Reddick dies at 60

The world has lost another legendary actor far too soon, and just before his latest film is set to debut. Lance Reddick, the actor known for roles including Cedric Daniels on The Wire and Charon in the John Wick movies, has died at 60, TMZ reports. Law enforcement sources told the outlet that Reddick's body was discovered at his Los Angeles home on Friday morning, and the sources said the cause of death "appears to be natural." Reddick's other credits included Fringe, Lost, Bosch, Godzilla vs. Kong, and much more. He has recently been promoting John Wick: Chapter 4, which opens next Friday and sees him reprise his concierge character, Charon. Reddick also shared a video of himself hanging out with his dogs on Wednesday, and he was scheduled to appear next week on The Kelly Clarkson Show. "I can't take it no more," Questlove tweeted after the news broke. "RIP Lance Reddick."


2. Drew Barrymore responds to Hugh Grant mocking her 'horrendous' singing

Hugh Grant's "insult everybody" press tour is going just swimmingly. Since last week, the actor has admitted to having a tantrum on set, gone viral for a surprisingly rude red carpet interview, and now, he has mocked former co-star Drew Barrymore for her singing abilities. In a WIRED interview, Grant said he is "autotuned a bit" in the 2007 film Music and Lyrics, but "not as much" as some people. "Drew Barrymore was in that film with me, and I don't think she'd mind me saying, her singing is just horrendous," Grant said. "I've heard dogs bark better than she sings." He added that she sounded "better than me" after they "tuned her up," so there's that. On Instagram, Barrymore filmed herself singing a song from the movie and labeled the video her "response" to Grant. "Oh Hubert, that's for you," she said, adding the hashtag "#SingForHughGrant." The next stop on Grant's tour will see him go door to door insulting individual fans.

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3. Sam Neill reveals blood cancer diagnosis, says dying 'would annoy me'

The first chapter of Sam Neill's memoir sure is a gut punch, as he wastes no time before revealing he's "possibly dying." That's according to The Guardian, which reports the 75-year-old Jurassic Park star says in his upcoming book that he was treated for stage three blood cancer. He was reportedly diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma last year after noticing he had swollen glands while promoting Jurassic World Dominion. Since then, Neill started receiving a "very expensive" chemotherapy drug. He told The Guardian that he "couldn't care less" about dying but does hope to live another "decade or two" to see his grandchildren grow up. "I'm not afraid to die," he said, "but it would annoy me." But the good news is Neill says there's currently "no cancer in my body," and although he will need to keep receiving the monthly chemotherapy for the rest of his life, The Guardian writes that he now "seems very well." Life finds a way.

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4. Brian Cox: Jeremy Strong's Method acting is Daniel Day-Lewis' fault

It wouldn't be a Brian Cox interview without a Method acting slam. The Succession star criticized Method actors for the umpteenth time in a new Variety conversation, a stance that continues to put him at odds with his co-star, Jeremy Strong. "It's really a cultural clash," Cox said. "I don't put up with all that American s--t. I'm sorry. All that sort of 'I think, therefore I feel.' Just do the job." Cox has previously said it's "f--king annoying" to work with someone like Strong who tries to constantly stay in character, and speaking to Variety, he blamed this on famous Method actor Daniel Day-Lewis. "Of course, Jeremy was Dan Day-Lewis' assistant," Strong said. "So he's learned all that stuff from Dan." Cox also decried the fact that Day-Lewis retired from acting at 55, "just at the point when actually the roles get better." Strap in, as we're likely only weeks away from a Brian Cox diss of Jared Leto.


5. Tom Cruise supposedly called 'The Flash' the 'kind of movie we need now'

DC is pulling out all the stops in its campaign to convince the world that The Flash is so good, everyone should just ignore star Ezra Miller's multiple arrests — and now, the savior of movies himself is getting involved. Tom Cruise has seen the upcoming DC film The Flash, and he "loved it so much that he cold-called the movie's director, Andy Muschietti, to rave about it," The Hollywood Reporter says. Cruise apparently was sent a copy after the film came up during a meeting with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, and after watching it, he told the director it's "everything you want in a movie" and the "kind of movie we need now," the Reporter says. DC boss James Gunn previously claimed The Flash, whose star was arrested several times last year, is "one of the greatest superhero movies ever made," and while it has not yet secured an endorsement from the pope, that is likely in the works.

The Hollywood Reporter

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