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Sean Penn seen without wedding ring one day after wife Leila George files for divorce

Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for October 18 Sean Penn appears to be flip-flopping when it comes to wearing his wedding ring.

The actor, 61, looked downcast when he was spotted on Saturday at a private home dressed to the nines in a tux sans his wedding band – a stark contrast from a luncheon earlier in the day in which he was seen wearing the band.

Both outings came just one day after his third wife, actress Leila George, 29, filed for divorce from the "Gangster Squad" performer a year after telling him "I do."

In August, Penn, 61, confirmed on " Late Night With Seth Meyers " that the two had a " COVID wedding." Actor Sean Penn is seen for the first time without a wedding ring just one day after his third wife, Australian actress Leila George, filed for divorce from the Oscar winner after a year of marriage. (Coleman-Rayner) At the time, the two-time Oscar-winner explained: "By that, I mean it was a county commissioner on Zoom and we were at the house, my two children and her brother, and we did it that way."

Penn maintained that George was eager to tie the knot – so the now-estranged pair figured why not make it happen.

SEAN PENN’S WIFE LEILA GEORGE FILES FOR DIVORCE AFTER 1 YEAR OF MARRIAGE

The "Flag" star shares two children — daughter, Dylan, 30, and son, Hopper, 28 — with his ex-wife Robin Wright , 54, whom he was married to from 1996 to 2010. Actor Sean Penn ios on record saying he and his third wife, Australian actress Leila George, had a ‘COVID wedding’ and married over Zoom. George has filed for divorce from the two-time Oscar winner after just one year of marriage. (Coleman-Rayner) Court documents obtained by Fox News last week indicated George filed for divorce from the actor in Los Angeles, California on Friday.

However, in the wake of the dissolution filing, it was mere hours after that photographers snapped Penn at a lunch outing sporting his wedding band. Sean Penn appears to be flip-flopping when it comes to wearing his wedding ring. (Coleman-Rayner)

Penn had reportedly met with up a pal for a lunch meeting at Ollo restaurant in Malibu. After grabbing a bite, the two congregated outside and chatted each other up while Penn took a smoke break, according to Page Six . Sean Penn is seen without a wedding ring on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California just two days before his third wife would file for divorce. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER

The actor was also married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989. He has also been linked to Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron .

Fox News’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

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Eric Stonestreet says it’s ‘ridiculous’ that fans assume he, fiancée have large age gap: ‘She looks fantastic’

Eric Stonestreet is setting the record straight.

The 50-year-old actor caught the attention of his fans when he announced his engagement to his fiancée Lindsay Schweitzer in August. When he shared photos of himself and his beloved, critics took to the comments to make note of their age difference .

However, the two are only about eight years apart, as Schweitzer recently turned 42.

Stonestreet recently spoke to Fox News and addressed the incident.

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"Listen, she looks fantastic and I shouldn’t be punished for her being so beautiful and young looking," he quipped. "… Eight years is not that big of a difference. I guess people think I look like a coal miner, like a grizzly bear hunter or something ridiculous, and she looks beautiful." In response to critics at the time, he shared photos of Schweitzer with a filter that made her look much older – with white hair and wrinkles.

The actor told Fox News that occasionally someone in public will mistakenly assume that he and his fiancée are not a couple, joking that he understood it to be because she’s "beautiful" and he is "this ogre or something like that."

"I think it’s ridiculous," he said with a chuckle.

Meanwhile, Stonestreet said he got a funny response from his " Modern Family " co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson when he shared the altered photos. Ferguson pointed out that the comedy they appeared in together featured a May-December couple between Gloria ( Sofia Vergara ) and Jay Pritchett ( Ed O’Neill ). Eric Stonestreet won two Emmys for his work on ‘Modern Family’ playing Cameron ‘Cam’ Tucker. As for Ferguson and Stonestreet’s relationship these days? The actor said the former co-stars are great.

"He gets to say whatever he wants about me, probably for the next 15 years, for all the crap that I put him through on the show," Stonestreet said of Ferguson. "So he gets to always have retaliation against me and make up for me, giving him trouble, pranking him on the show."

Stonestreet said he was "constantly after" Ferguson while filming "Modern Family," which ran on ABC from 2009-2020 and would prank and scare the actor.

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"I would write things with my finger on the back window of his car, like ‘I’m the redheaded guy from ‘Modern Family,’’ ‘I live in a mansion,’" he recalled. "Well, I would write on his car, just different things like that. So then he would drive with this message written in the back of his car. That’s one of the minor things that I would do to him. I tormented him. At some point, it became like, ‘OK, well, he’s not getting me back. This is just bullying. Cut it out.’" The 50-year-old actor caught the attention of his fans when he announced his engagement to his fiancée Lindsay Schweitzer in […]

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‘History of the World Part II’ Variety Series Ordered at Hulu, Mel Brooks to Write and Executive Produce (EXCLUSIVE)

“History of the World, Part I” is finally getting a Part II, with Hulu ordering a variety series followup to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film, Variety has learned exclusively.

“History of the World, Part II” is described as a sequel to the 1981 film. The film was made up of segments set during different periods of world history. Among those was the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and the French Revolution. Like most of Brooks’ work, it also featured musical numbers, including one about the Spanish Inquisition and, of course, “Jews in Space.”

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Brooks is a writer and executive producer on the series along with Nick Kroll , Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter. There is no word yet on which world events the series will cover. Hulu has ordered eight episodes of the show. The writers room is beginning in October with production slated to begin in Spring 2022. Searchlight Television and 20th Television will produce.

“I can’t wait to once more tell the real truth about all the phony baloney stories the world has been conned into believing are History!” Brooks said.

Brooks, a comedy legend and EGOT winner, wrote and directed “History of the World, Part I” in addition to appearing onscreen in five different roles. Those included King Louis XVI and his piss boy doppleganger as well as the stand up philosopher Comicus. The film also featured stars like Gregory Hines, Dom De Luise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, and many more.

Brooks’ comedy films are consistently ranked among the best of all time, such as “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “The Producers,” and “Spaceballs.” He later adapted both “The Producers” and “Young Frankenstein” as critically-acclaimed stage musicals. He has also produced several hit films, most notably David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man.”

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Netflix Talent to Support Employee Protest of Dave Chappelle

A rally in support of the Netflix trans employee walkout on Oct. 20, dubbed “Stand Up in Solidarity,” will present co-CEO Ted Sarandos with a list of “firm asks” and feature a PSA from stars including Angelica Ross, Jonathan Van Ness, Jameela Jamil , Eureka O’Hara and Colton Haynes.

Organized by activist Ashlee Marie Preston, the in-person rally will take place on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Netflix’s EPIC building in Hollywood and will feature creators, grassroots organizers and public figures coming together “to underscore the importance of responsible content offerings that prioritize the safety and dignity of all marginalized communities,” according to Preston’s announcement of the event.

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Last week, Netflix faced widespread backlash as co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended Dave Chappelle ’s special “The Closer,” which has been come under fire for what critics say contains transphobic and homophobic content. In a memo to staff, Sarandos wrote: “While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”

Shortly after Sarandos’ memo, three employees were suspended for crashing an executive meeting, including Terra Field, who identifies as trans and queer and had criticized Chappelle’s special on Twitter. According to Netflix, Field was not suspended due to her tweets, but for attending the meeting uninvited. On Oct. 12, it was announced that the employees had been reinstated after the company found that they did not join the meeting with any ill intent. However, on Oct. 15, an unidentified employee was fired for sharing “commercially sensitive information” outside of the company that was included in a Bloomberg report.

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‘LA Law’ Sequel Series ABC Pilot Adds Original Series Star Corbin Bernsen

The “LA Law” sequel series pilot at ABC has cast Corbin Bernsen to reprise his role from the original series.

Bernsen joins previously announced returning cast member Blair Underwood. The updated logline for the project describes it as a re-envisioning of the original featuring familiar characters working alongside new ones on the most hot button issues of the day.

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Bernsen returns in the role of Arnold Becker. A former lothario, Becker hasn’t changed since the 1980s but the world has. Now in his 60s, he struggles with a rapidly shifting sexual and political landscape.

“I’ve often thought about revisiting ‘ LA Law ’ and Arnie Becker over the years,” Bernsen said. “Now seems the perfect moment in time to explore our fast changing world through Becker’s eyes. Fasten your seatbelts.”

Bernsen appeared in all eight seasons of “LA Law” as well as the reunion film that came out in 2002. He received two Emmy nominations for best actor in a drama series for his work on the show. He is also known for his role in the USA Network comedy series “Psych” and for films like the “Major League” franchise, being one of the only actors to appear in all three films. He will next be seen in the third “Psych” film, “”This Is Gus,” as well as the HBO Watergate scandal drama “The White House Plumbers.”

He is repped by A3 Artists Agency and Randy James Management.

Marc Guggenheim and Ubah Mohamed are writing and executive producing the pilot. Underwood will executive produce in addition to starring. Anthony Hemingway will direct and executive produce the pilot. Dayna Bochco and Jesse Bochco, the wife and son of the late “L.A. Law” co-creator Steven Bochco, will executive produce via Steven Bochco Productions. 20th Television will produce.

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David Duchovny Auditioned to Play the Male Leads on Full House : ‘I Was Wrong for Every Single One’

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The cast of Full House could have looked a bit different.

When David Duchovny appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, he opened up about the roles he previously lost out on over the years, including the three male leads on the family-friendly sitcom.

"You tried out for every male character of Full House ," host Ellen DeGeneres said, to which Duchovny, 61, confirmed as being true.

"Yeah, I tried out for Full House , for, I think, all three of them," he said before joking, "and the little girls."

Duchovny revealed the series of auditions had occurred early in his Hollywood experience.

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"It was my first time out in L.A., and they brought me out for different shows," he recalled. "I ended up with the Full House stuff, and they just kept on trying to plug me into different characters. And clearly, I was wrong for every single one."

The parts eventually went to Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), John Stamos (Uncle Jesse) and Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey). But it all worked out for Duchovny in the end as he went on to find major success playing FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files , which premiered in 1993 and ran for 11 seasons. David Duchovny on Ellen Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Duchovny previously opened up about not landing the Full House gig on Jimmy Kimmel Live! , calling it a "great disappointment."

"I was auditioning for every show that would have me. Right before [ The X-Files ], I had great disappointment because I had auditioned for Full House ," he said in 2018. "I had actually auditioned for all three parts. They could not figure out how to use me."

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Asked by host Jimmy Kimmel whether he really wanted the opportunity, Duchovny — who was a struggling actor at the time — joked he "wanted to eat."

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‘Tiger King’ zookeeper Erik Cowie died of ‘chronic alcohol use’

Erik Cowie, who appeared in Tiger King, has died. (Photo: Netflix) The cause of death for Erik Cowie, Joe Exotic’s former zookeeper featured in Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness , is "acute and chronic alcohol use," according to New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Cowie, 52, was found unconscious and then pronounced dead at a Brooklyn apartment on Sept. 3.

More than six weeks later, officials also determined that the manner of his death was "natural."

Cowie cared for the cats owned by Exotic — whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — and housed at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., before and after Exotic was imprisoned for offenses against animals and for attempting to hire people to kill big-cat activist Carole Baskin. He testified against his manager of roughly five years at Exotic’s 2019 trial. When Cowie died, Exotic reacted bluntly . "So am I shocked he is gone? No, not a bit. I put him through rehab in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and still [gave] him a home and a job," Exotic told the Daily Mail in an interview published five days after his death. "He had a horrible disease of alcohol."

Meanwhile, the zoo where Cowie once worked no longer exists. A court awarded the property to Baskin in June 2020, as part of a $1 million judgment that Exotic had been ordered to pay her in a lawsuit. She sold it in August 2021, with the stipulation that the owners could not use it as a zoo for 100 years and could not use words such as "tiger, " "Joe Exotic," "G.W. Zoo" or "big cat" in the name, TMZ reported.

In other Tiger King news, Discovery+ announced last week that Baskin will star in and executive produce a two-part documentary called Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight , which trails her and her team, including husband Howard Baskin, as they search G.W. Zoo for "lingering evidence of animal trafficking and abuse."

A second season of Tiger King — presumably without Baskin, who has heavily criticized the series — is expected later this year.

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Batman and Superman still occupy a unique place as pop culture’s most iconic heroes

Robert Pattionson stars in the upcoming movie ‘The Batman.’ (CNN)Marvel might have raced ahead of DC at the box office, but the rival comics company still possesses the two most iconic superhero franchises in Batman and Superman — a commodity, as recent events have demonstrated, that can be both a blessing and a curse.

The latest DC FanDome event unleashed seismic waves through social media with the first extensive preview of "The Batman," the upcoming movie starring Robert Pattinson. The film marks a significant reboot of the character, whose last solo screen outing — excluding director Zack Snyder’s more recent contributions — was "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2012. Robert Pattinson stars in the upcoming movie ‘The Batman.’ Superman, meanwhile, caused palpitations in conservative media circles by announcing that the familiar slogan "Truth, justice and the American way" would drop the nationalistic part of that equation , with the comics featuring Superman’s son, Jonathan Kent, now going by the goal of "Truth, justice and a better tomorrow."

Never mind, as more than a few have noted, that "The American way" was a World War II addition for the radio show in the 1940s, one that followed the character into television. As Erik Lundegaard wrote in the New York Times after "Superman Returns" premiered in 2006, when the radio show made its debut during World War II, "We were all fighting for the American way. Why shouldn’t Superman?"

Coming on the heels of the recent announcement that Jonathan Kent in the comics is bisexual , it didn’t take much to trigger charges of "woke" media reshaping the Man of Steel to fit their narrative and rejecting "the American way."

DC Comics publisher Jim Lee explained the "new mission" by stating that it "better reflects the storylines that we’re telling across DC and honors Superman’s incredible legacy." (DC and Warner Bros. are part of WarnerMedia, as is CNN.)

Through the years, the excitement that has greeted new projects featuring these twin creations of the 1930s has often been accompanied by angst and handwringing. The value of being etched in the public consciousness — of needing no introduction, unlike something like DC’s "Black Adam" or Marvel’s upcoming "Eternals" — comes with the baggage of everyone harboring preconceived notions of what the character represents, or at least should. ‘Superman: Red Son’ speculated on a world where the son of Krypton landed in Russia, not Kansas. Yet the at best myopic and at worst bad-faith takes ignore that reinvention and reconstruction of the characters’ mythology — sometimes in "what if," alternate-history form, others more enduring — has consistently been a part of these heroes, and indeed has helped account for their durability.

Along the way, there has been the lighter Batman that became the source of the campy TV show starring Adam West in the 1960s, giving way to the darker version that Tim Burton advanced with "Batman" in 1989. Camp returned under director Joel Schumacher, before Christopher Nolan’s trilogy starring Christian Bale.

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Luke Bryan to host the 2021 CMA Awards

The CMA Awards have tapped country music star Luke Bryan to host the 2021 awards show in November.

The Country Music Association and ABC announced on Monday that the " American Idol " judge will host the show for the first time when it airs from Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 10.

"The CMA Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for country music," Bryan, 45, said in a statement. "Being asked to host the CMA Awards was definitely something I put a lot of thought into before answering. The pressure that comes along with that can be overwhelming, but knowing I get to help honor and celebrate so many of my friends, I knew it was something I couldn’t turn down." Luke Bryan will host the 2021 CMA Awards. In addition to being the host, the Georgia-born singer is nominated in 2021 for is nominated this year along with Jordan Davis for musical event of the year. He has previously won CMA entertainer of the year twice in the past, making him a seasoned CMA winner. Now, he’ll simply be expanding his role with the show as host.

While this is his first time as a CMA Awards headliner, Bryan has plenty of experience after being a co-host for several years at the Academy of Country Music Awards, which are normally held in Las Vegas.

It’s been a long time since CMAs have had a single host. Co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley had a 10-year run together starting in 2008. In 2019, Underwood returned as co-host with Reba McEntire . Last year, the show changed things up even further by having Dolly Parton and McEntire host alongside Darius Rucker. Luke Bryan is the new solo host of the CMA Awards. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER

This year’s show sparked a bit of controversy when it was announced that country singer Morgan Wallen would be eligible for some awards , but not the show’s top honors. After a controversy involving his use of a racial slur, Wallen will not be eligible for individual artist categories, such as entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year, according to Catharine McNelly, a CMA spokeswoman.

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Bryan showed some support for Wallen in August after the embattled singer surprised him on stage at a Nashville, Tenn. performance.

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‘The Wendy Williams Show’ addresses Williams’ absence during season premiere

Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for October 18 "The Wendy Williams Show" aired its Season 13 premiere Monday morning without its eponymous host.

The daytime talk show kicked off with a four-person panel that consisted of Bevy Smith, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Michael Yo and Devyn Simone, and right off the bat, they all addressed the audience with Williams’ signature catchphrase, "How you doin’?"

Yo then addressed Williams’ absence. Television personality Wendy Williams speaks onstage during her celebration of 10 years of "The Wendy Williams Show" at The Buckhead Theatre in August 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Recently, the season 13 premiere of her show kicked off without her. "Wendy, I know you’re watching right now, and on behalf of myself, our panel, your co-hosts, we love you and can’t wait to have you back in that purple chair," Yo said.

None of the panel members discussed Williams’ health or her issues keeping her off TV.

Last week, the show announced that Leah Remini would also guest host for a four-day run in Williams’ absence.

"Wendy’s shoes are hard to fill, so we needed to find the right fit," executive producer David Perler said in a statement obtained by Page Six. "Leah will bring a lot of fun and energy to our viewers with a few surprises along the way." TV personality Wendy Williams speaks onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in September 2017 in New York City. Williams, 57, was initially scheduled to start her new season on Sept. 20, but pushed it back several times due to "ongoing health issues," including testing positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 . She was later reportedly taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation .

Debmar-Mercury, the production company behind the show, did not mention the alleged mental health check in its statement, but revealed that Williams "continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis." Wendy Williams speaks onstage during Global Citizen Festival 2017 at Central Park in September 2017 in New York City. "She is making progress, but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition," the statement continued. "It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties."

It’s unclear when Williams will return to the show.