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February 23, 2021

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn't exactly hide his pleasure that former President Donald Trump is no longer leading his southern neighbor, at least on matters that have to do with climate change, when he met virtually with President Biden on Tuesday. Although Trudeau was the first world leader to call and congratulate Biden on winning the presidential election, the Tuesday exchange was the first official meeting between the two since Biden assumed office last month.

Trudeau thanked Biden "for stepping up in such a big way on tackling climate change," adding that "U.S. leadership has been sorely missed" in recent years. "As we're preparing for the joint rollout and communique from this one, it's nice when Americans aren't pulling out all references to climate change and, instead, adding them in," he said, apparently referring to the Trump administration's attitude toward climate policy.

Biden is expected to enjoy a warmer relationship with Trudeau than his predecessor, although it won't be seamless — there's already been friction over Biden nixing the expansion Keystone XL pipeline, a project favored by both Trump and Trudeau. Tim O'Donnell

February 12, 2020

The Rickissance is finally around the corner.

Rick Moranis is about to return for his first movie in years, as he's set to appear in a new Honey, I Shrunk the Kids film from Disney, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline report. According to Deadline, this will be a theatrical release and will not go straight to Disney+.

Moranis' last film role was the 2006 straight-to-video sequel Brother Bear 2, though the original 2003 Brother Bear is his last movie that actually came to theaters. For the last live-action Moranis movie, you have to go back to 1997's straight-to-video Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. The actor stepped away from film and TV roles after his wife died, the Reporter notes, although he explained in a 2015 interview that he's not officially retired and was open to coming back for a role.

"I took a break, which turned into a longer break," Moranis told the Reporter. "But I'm interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role ... and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I'll probably do it."

Moranis, who in 2018 had a cameo on The Goldbergs reprising his Spaceballs character, turned down an appearance in the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters and will reportedly will sit out in this year's Ghostbusters: Afterlife. But it appears this new Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movie, a sequel just called Shrunk that will star Josh Gad, is finally what piqued his interest after all these years. Gad, who will reportedly play the son of Moranis' character, summed up how a whole lot of people were feeling Wednesday, tweeting, "To say it is a dream come true to once again see #RickMoranis on the big screen is the understatement of the decade." Brendan Morrow

September 28, 2017

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday, for the first time since being shot in the hip at a Republican congressional baseball team practice in June:

Scalise was seriously wounded in the attack, and he spent six weeks in treatment, CNN reports. "I mean, my femur was shattered," Scalise told CBS News in an interview. "The hip and pelvis had serious damage where the bullet went through and, you know, did some damage to areas that had to be shored up with steel plates ... They did a phenomenal job of rebuilding, you know, kind of rebuilding Humpty Dumpty." The gunman was killed by police at the scene.

Scalise is expected to return to work on the Hill and continue his out-patient rehabilitation in Washington, CNN reports. Watch him receive a standing ovation after returning to the House floor here. Jeva Lange

July 24, 2017

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will be back in the Senate on Tuesday, his office announced Monday.

McCain shared last week that he has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer, and was at home in Arizona, recovering from surgery. In a statement, his office said McCain "looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health-care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea."

McCain had surgery on July 14 to remove a blood clot above his left eye, and "subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot," the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix said in a statement last week. The hospital said McCain and his family were discussing additional treatment options. Catherine Garcia

November 3, 2015

Just months after concluding his legendary run on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has announced he'll return to discussing current events on HBO.

The announcement is just one part of a sprawling, four-year exclusive deal Stewart cut with the network. In addition to timely, short-form analysis from Stewart, which will appear on the streaming services HBO NOW and HBO Go multiple times a day, the deal grants HBO a first-look option for any other film or TV project Stewart wishes to produce.

"Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me," said Stewart in a statement. "I'm pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again." Scott Meslow

May 15, 2015

That was fast. Just a week after Fox canceled the Mindy Kaling sitcom The Mindy Project — to the outcry of its small but vocal fanbase — Hulu has resurrected it for a full 26 episodes.

Though its ratings have always been low, The Mindy Project is a logical fit for Hulu, where it routinely ranks among the most popular shows available for streaming. "I am thrilled The Mindy Project has found a new home on Hulu, where so many of our fans are already watching the show," said Mindy Kaling in a statement. "It's such an exciting place to be." Scott Meslow

December 15, 2014

Archie is dead. Long live Archie. Just a few months after garnering way, way too much media attention for killing off Riverdale's most famous teenager at the end of Life With Archie's run, Archie Comics plans to bring the character back to life in a new series, simply titled Archie.

The new Archie, which is set to debut in early 2015, will feature "a surprising and definitive take on Archie's origin" as it gives the character a "modern, forward-thinking manner" — so yes, this really is the dark, gritty Archie reboot we've all been waiting for. Scott Meslow

June 13, 2014

A hapless TV executive sits in his darkened office, head in hands. "We've done it all," he mutters. "Transformers. G.I. Joe. Jem and the Holograms. Hell, there's a Boy Meets World sequel coming out soon. Is there any piece of children's entertainment that we haven't revived and strip-mined for whatever money might be left in it?"

He opens the blinds, and the sun shines in, reminding him of the terrifying, disembodied head of a cooing baby. "That's it!" he cries. "Teletubbies! We haven't rebooted that for a darker, grittier generation yet!"

And so it came to pass that 60 more episodes of The Teletubbies will debut on the BBC, wrapping up all the long-dangling plot threads that the original 365-episode run failed to resolve. "To work on the new evolution of Teletubbies is like being handed the television crown jewels," said executive producer Maddy Darrall, adding, without any apparent irony, that she plans to "respect the legacy and heritage of the original."

But don't worry, toddlers: These aren't your slightly older sister's Teletubbies. The new episodes will be "enhanced by CGI" as part of a push to give the series a more "contemporary look" — so presumably Tinky Winky will carry a Whole Foods bag instead of a purse, or whatever. Scott Meslow

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