David Spade reflects on sister-in-law Kate Spade’s death

(CNN)David Spade is remembering all the loved ones he’s lost during his life — and there have been many. “I don’t know if agoraphobic is the word, but she didn’t like to mingle a lot; she’d have people at her house and she was always so funny,” Spade said. The comedian also talked about other tragedies that have marked his life. He lost his stepfather to suicide at age 15, and best friend and frequent costar Chris Farley to a fatal overdose in 1997. “People just started going right and left, and I would sit and stare at a wall,” he said. “I just said, ‘OK, I guess I’ll cross my fingers that it doesn’t happen to everyone.’ And more …

‘Tuca & Bertie’ and ‘Designated Survivor’ canceled by Netflix

(CNN)Netflix has canceled the animated series “Tuca & Bertie” and the Kiefer Sutherland political thriller “Designated Survivor,” CNN has confirmed. “The whole team put our hearts and asses into this show, and I’m so proud of it,” she said. “Designated Survivor,” which was created by executive producer David Guggenheim, aired for two seasons on ABC before the broadcast network canceled it. Netflix saved resurrected the series, and its third season premiered in June. In a statement, Netflix thanked star and executive producer Sutherland whom, it says, “brought passion, dedication and an unforgettable performance as President Kirkman.” Netflix also confirmed that all 53 episodes of “Designated Survivor” will remain on the streaming platform. According to a Netflix spokesperson, the company bases …

Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond reminisce about life since ‘Paul’s Boutique’

(CNN)They’d like to make clear the Beastie Boys are over as a musical group following the death of Adam Yauch (known as MCA to Beastie fans) from cancer in 2012, but Mike Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) are still collaborating. One letter in particular from their wild days, stood out. Addressed to “Mr. Yauch” in Suite 801 of the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles, it reads: “Dear Mr. Yauch, I have received several complaints that there are items falling out of your window and hitting people on the sidewalk. Please let me know, if there is anything defective on your windows so we can eliminate this problem. I am looking forward to your cooperation in this matter. Respectfully, …

10 things you might not know about Cameron Boyce

(CNN)Actor Cameron Boyce was known for his roles in the Disney Channel movie franchise “Descendants” and the TV show “Jessie.” Boyce was 8 when he appeared in the 2008 music video for the Panic! at the Disco song “That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed).” He played guitarist Ryan Ross as a child. He acted in a soap opera Boyce had a recurring role in “General Hospital: Night Shift,” playing Michael “Stone” Cates Jr. for seven episodes in 2008. He made his film debut in a horror movie In addition to his music video and TV appearances, he made his debut on the big screen in the horror movie “Mirrors” alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 2008. He was 9 years old when …

Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce dies at age 20

(CNN)Actor Cameron Boyce, who starred in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, has died at age 20. “He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.” A veteran actor at 19 Boyce was born and raised in Los Angeles, and was dubbed an old soul by those who knew him, according to Disney Channels’ biography of him. “His love of performing began in a dance studio, which then transitioned him into commercials, and …

Arte Johnson, ‘Laugh-In’ star, dead at 90

(CNN)Arte Johnson, a master of sketch comedy who won an Emmy for the hit series “Laugh-In,” died Wednesday of heart failure, according to a family representative. He was 90. “Laugh-In” producer George Schlatter said he looked for “funny and magic people” when casting the show, recalling in a 50th anniversary interview with THR that Johnson was “selling suits” when he found him. The producer said Johnson first did the German soldier on TV during an appearance with Bob Hope, riffing on the comic’s famous USO tours by coming out and saying, “‘Every Christmas we waited for you.’ Hope didn’t know what to think of him.” Born in Michigan, Johnson started his acting career on Broadway before moving to Los Angeles …

Taylor Swift’s dispute with Scooter Braun has people defending him

(CNN)Justin Bieber is defending his manager Scooter Braun after Taylor Swift accused the music executive of bullying her and called the sale of her music catalog to Braun’s company her “worst case scenario.” View this post on Instagram “Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.. I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted of scooter and Kanye that said “taylor swift what up” he didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who …

Taylor Swift says her biggest teenage rebellion involved ex Joe Jonas

(CNN)Taylor Swift is sorry, Joe Jonas. She and Jonas, who just married actress Sophie Turner, dated for a few months that year. “We laugh about it now, but that was mouthy, yeah — some teenage stuff there,” Swift told DeGeneres on Wednesday’s show. Earlier in the show the “Me” singer talked about everything from shaving her legs daily to her cats. Swift also had a funny story about “Easter eggs,” the clues/hints she leaves for fans in her videos and songs. “There were some fans who thought I had something to do with ‘Avengers: Endgame,’” Swift said. “Which I would have loved to have been asked, but I wasn’t asked to be in it at all.” Swift then said, “We …

SpongeBob and the 7 life lessons he taught a generation

(CNN)It’s been 20 years, and the little sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea still resonates with people around the world. While the character’s mass appeal has surprised some critics, SpongeBob’s millennial fanbase, now grown-up adults, took away messages on friendship, honesty and finding the courage to be yourself. Here are just seven life lessons that influenced a generation. You can do whatever you set your mind to Starting from the day he barges into the successful restaurant known as the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is ready to take on any task — even if it involves flipping patties behind the fry cooker. He chants over and over and over again, “I’m ready! I’m ready! I’m ready!” And when …

Fans in a Twitter uproar after Netflix cancels ‘Santa Clarita Diet’

(CNN)“The Santa Clarita Diet,” a romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore as a flesh-eating zombie, is the latest Netflix series to get the ax. “Raise your prices, then cancel your best original show? Guess whats getting cancelled now? A whole bunch of Netflix subscriptions, that’s what,” Dana Browning wrote. Netflix does not release ratings. The third season scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Boomer, one of the producers, said she and creator Victor Fresco were moved by the response on Twitter. “It means so much to us,” she said. “Our fans are best, coolest, most interesting, and most intelligent people on Earth — also the best looking — and we hate to see them upset. But it’s pretty incredible to be able …

Former ‘Full House’ co-star Candace Cameron Bure supports Lori Loughlin

(CNN)Candace Cameron Bure is standing by Lori Loughlin in the midst of the college admissions scandal. Actresses appear in court to face college admissions charges The defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in a scheme that prosecutors have called “Operation Varsity Blues.” Authorities say the parents paid a college prep business to cheat on standardized tests and/or bribe college coaches to help get their children into competitive universities. Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is also among those charged. Cameron Bure, who has known Loughlin since she was a child star and they both appeared on the hit sitcom “Full House,” first appeared to break her silence about Loughlin during an acceptance …

‘Us’ scares up screams and applause at SXSW premiere

(CNN)Jordan Peele is up to his old tricks. “Us” tells the story of family, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who are terrorized by their shadowy doubles. The film garnered cheers and strong reviews on social media from those in the theater. “It should surprise no one that US is a very satisfying (and anxiety-inducing) follow up to GET OUT,” Eric Kohn, IndieWire’s chief critic tweeted. “What’s more fascinating: that a high-concept FUNNY GAMES/Hitchcock/Cronenberg/Bradbury mashup could feel so fresh at the same time.” Without giving away too many of the film’s spooky secrets, it explores topical themes of division. “We are at a time where we fear ‘the other,’” Peele said during a Q&A session after the screening. “I …

Amy Schumer reveals husband is on autism spectrum

(CNN)Amy Schumer opens up about her husband in her new Netflix special “Growing,” which started streaming Tuesday. “And once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him,” she said. “That’s the truth.” The comic said her husband is unable to lie and “says whatever is on his mind.” “He keeps it so real,” Schumer said. “He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do. If I say to him ‘Does this look like s**t?’ he’ll go ‘Yeah, you have a lot of other clothes, …

‘Whiskey Cavalier’ serves up spy games as Oscars chaser

(CNN)ABC and NBC each play spy games, reasonably well, with two new series: “Whiskey Cavalier” — a fun drama with an awful name, which the network will try to boost with a post-Oscars preview — and “The Enemy Within,” essentially NBC’s latest attempt to do another version of “The Blacklist,” only with a female twist. One needn’t be clairvoyant to see that the squabbling duo — and several other team members — will eventually be thrown together in a “Mission: Impossible”-type fashion, but it’s still surprisingly fun getting there, thanks to the breezy interplay among the cast, which also includes Ana Ortiz, Josh Hopkins and Tyler James Williams. Producers Bill Lawrence and David Hemingson have both worked primarily in comedy, …

A not-so-funny story about blackface

(CNN)Some of your favorite comedy stars and “Saturday Night Live” cast members have donned blackface and escaped major criticism for it. “Saturday Night Live” was called out on social media after it aired a skit this past weekend that poked fun at Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s current controversy. There have been calls for Northam to resign over of a racist photo surfaced from his 1984 yearbook page that showed one person dressed in blackface and another in a KKK hood. The governor denied being in the photo, but has said he darkened his skin to mimic singer Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has also admitted to donning blackface as part of …