Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): American actor David Schwimmer recently revealed some new details regarding the upcoming ‘Friends’ reunion while finally sharing when the special will be shot.
As per People magazine, Schwimmer, who played Ross Gellar in the hit sitcom, confirmed in an interview on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy on Wednesday that the upcoming HBO Max special, which will bring the core cast back together, will be taping soon.
Speaking about it, Schwimmer said, “It’s happening. Actually, in a little over a month, I’m heading out to L.A.”
“So, finally, I mean, we figured out a way to film it safely and there’s going to be a portion of it that we filmed outside because of, you know, for safety protocols,” added Schwimmer.
The conversation then turned to who is and who is not hosting the special when Andy Cohen asked if Ellen DeGeneres had been booked for the gig.
However, Schwimmer shut down the possibility of DeGeneres’ involvement, and then explained to Cohen that he is unsure if he can reveal who is hosting the reunion special. “I can tell you it’s not Ellen, and it’s not Billy Crystal. I can tell you who it’s not, but that’ll take a while, probably,” the actor said.
The sitcom’s reunion was first announced in February 2020 by HBO Max and was scheduled to premiere that May, but was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Unfortunately it’s very sad that we had to move it again. It was, ‘How do we do this with live audiences?’ This is not a safe time. Period. That’s the bottom line. It’s not a safe time to do it,” Aniston told Deadline in August.
She added, “It’s going to be super. I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we’re not going anywhere. You’re never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You’re stuck with us for life, guys.”
Kudrow, who played the eclectic Phoebe Buffay in the series, revealed in January that she and her costars have already shot some scenes for the reunion.
“There’s different facets to it, and we already shot packages of things. I pre-shot something already so we’re definitely doing it, because I already shot a little something,” she said on the Literally! With Rob Lowe podcast.
Kudrow also clarified that the cast will not be reprising their iconic Friends characters, but chatting as themselves. She said, “It’s not a reboot. It’s not like a scripted thing, we’re not portraying our characters. It’s us getting together, which just doesn’t happen a lot and has never happened in front of other people since 2004 when we stopped.”
The American sitcom was touted as one of the most popular ones and is still the talk of the town among fans, who are eagerly waiting to see their favourite stars back together.
‘Friends’ originally aired for 10 seasons from 1994 through 2004 and starred Schwimmer, Aniston, Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry.
The beloved sitcom followed the story of six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. (ANI)
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FANS IN AWE OF TAAPSEE’S PHYSICAL TRANSFORMATION
MUMBAI: Actress Taapsee Pannu strives to give her best in everything she does and proof of the fact is her recent Instagram post.
On Sunday, Taapsee on her Instagram shared a picture in which she is seen standing in a field with her well-toned back muscles visible in the photograph. “Bhaut sar pe chada rakha hai ise, kisi ki nhi sunti par khud ki sunti hai ….bahut badi baat hai.#TheCalmBeforeTheStorm,” she captioned the post.
The throwback picture appears to be taken during her training session for the upcoming film ‘Rashmi Rocket’, which revolves around the life of an athlete from Gujarat. Netizens have heaped praises on Taapsee for her “amazing” physical transformation for the role. “Mind-blowing transformation,” a fan commented. “Meri sun, body banwa de yaar,” actor and Taapsee’s close friend Abhilash Thapliyal quipped.
Directed by Akarsh Khurana, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ is expected to release on OTT soon.
HAILEY TRASHES RUMOURS THAT JUSTIN ‘MISTREATS’ HER
WASHINGTON: Supermodel Hailey Bieber recently shut down rumours that her pop star husband Justin Bieber mistreats her, saying it is so out of touch with reality that it’s laughable.
Hailey slammed the critics in an interview with singer Demi Lovato on the latter’s ‘4D’ podcast this week, according to Page Six. She lashed out at the ongoing rumours and addressed what she called a persistent narrative about them as a couple. “There are so many narratives that float around about me, about him, about us together. Like, ‘Justin is not nice to her and mistreats her’ and I’m just like… it’s so far from the truth and it’s the complete and utter opposite,” the model told Demi.
The 24-year-old also said that her husband is not only her best friend but that she feels lucky to be with someone who makes her feel special every single day.
VARUN SHARMA TO HOST IPL 2021
MUMBAI: Actor Varun Sharma is super happy to host the matches of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Sharing his excitement about IPL, Varun said, “Cricket is the sport we all live for. As a kid who has grown up in 90s India, we breathe, live the sport. It’s such an exciting opportunity for me to do this. My live commentary is bound to be full of heart because I will speak to the audience as a fellow cricket buff. Varun, who is best known for his comedy roles in films said he will also try to add a dash of humour to his hosting skills.”
“This is not a role so a lot of the humour will be impromptu. There will be no script either. This is one of the first times that people will get a glimpse into who I am in my drawing-room on a match day. I am so thrilled to be doing this and can’t wait for this to start,” he added. The IPL 2021 season resumed yesterday with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians locking horns against each other in the UAE.
TOM CRUISE GETS SNEAK PEEK OF SPACE
WASHINGTON: Hollywood star Tom Cruise got a sneak peek at what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. The actor recently took part in a call with the company’s four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up.
According To Fox News, representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed on Friday about Cruise’s call. The conversation, between the actor and the space tourists, like the entire three-day flight, was private and hence no details were released. “Maverick, you can be our wingman anytime,” read the announcement from the flight’s Twitter feed.
Cruise has starred as Navy pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 film ‘Top Gun’. A sequel for the superhit movie will be coming out next year.
AMITABH RECREATES ‘JUMMA CHUMMA’ STEP ON KBC SET
MUMBAI: It’s always a delight to watch megastar Amitabh Bachchan dancing both on-screen and off-screen. In a career spanning over five decades, he has given Bollywood several iconic dance steps — especially his signature step in ‘Jumma Chumma’ from ‘Hum’ (1991).
On Sunday, Big B treated his fans with a picture, wherein he can be seen recreating ‘Jumma Chumma’ hook step on the sets of TV show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. “ Yeeaaah !! Jumma Chumma on set KBC .. been a while,” he wrote on Instagram.
Big B’s post has garnered several praises. Actor Ranveer Singh commented, “Arre Oh Tigerrrr, meri JAANEMANNNNNN.”
“You are absolutely amazing! We are still trying to figure how to cross the height of the bar you set decades ago and you keep raising it again and again.
AISHWARYA WRAPS-UP SHOOT FOR ‘PONNIYIN SELVAN’
MUMBAI: The wait is finally over. The first part of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan- starrer ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ is all set to release in summer 2022.
On Sunday, Aishwarya took to Instagram and uploaded the film’s poster, revealing that the cast and crew have complete the shoot of the upcoming project. “Filming complete. PS-1. Summer 2022,” the poster read. For the unversed, based on the Tamil literary novel of the same name, ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ is directed by Mani Ratnam.
Mani Ratnam and Aishwarya share a special relationship with each other. Aishwarya had started her film career with Mani Ratnam’s ‘Iruvar’ only. Later, they worked together in films like ‘Guru’ and ‘Raavan’. Their new project ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ also stars Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Vikram, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, Sarath Kumar, Jayaram, and Prakash Raj among others.
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