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Marta Kauffman Pledges $4M Endowment for African and African American Studies at Alma Mater

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman has pledged $4 million to endow a professorship in African and African American Studies at Brandeis University, her alma mater. The gift, she says, comes after a period of self-reflection and a series of interviews in which she expressed regret about the lack of diversity on the hit NBC sitcom. Kauffman […]

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Courteney Cox (‘Shining Vale’)

Courteney Cox, the guest on this episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, is one of the most popular and prolific actresses of her generation. While she is best known for playing Monica Geller, the OCD mother-hen on the beloved NBC sitcom Friends from 1994 through 2004, and the ambitious TV reporter Gale Weathers in the […]

Mike Hagerty, Actor on ‘Friends’ and ‘Somebody Somewhere,’ Dies at 67

Mike Hagerty, a beloved character actor best known for his role in Friends, has died. He was 67. Hagerty’s agent, August Kammar, told The Hollywood Reporter that he passed away on Thursday. HBO, the network behind Somebody Somewhere, a series on which Hagerty starred, shared a statement with THR on Friday: “We are very saddened […]

‘Friends’ Re-Released in China, But LGBTQ Storylines Get Censored

WarnerMedia’s now classic 1990s sitcom Friends began streaming again on China’s major video platforms last week, however numerous censorship changes soon sparked outrage among loyal Chinese fans of the show. Several memorable sequences were altered or cut, including an entire storyline about Ross’s ex-wife being in a relationship with a woman. Local viewers took to […]

How Pamela Fryman Is Stewarding the Traditional Sitcom

Pamela Fryman didn’t take it as a bad omen when the 1994 Northridge earthquake postponed plans to direct her first episode of primetime TV. It was a few weeks later, when production finally resumed on the NBC sitcom Café Americain, that she began feeling superstitious. “We were waiting for the audience to file in when […]

John Krasinski, Selma Blair and Marlee Matlin Set for Honors at Media Access Awards

The Media Access Awards has announced the honoree roster for the Nov. 17 virtual event. Hosted by Millicent Simonds and presented in partnership with Easterseals, the ceremony fetes “those individuals, series, and films that have redefined on-screen representation for the disability community, while advancing the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities in Hollywood.” Honorees […]

‘Friends’ Stars Pay Tribute to James Michael Tyler: “Thank You for Being There for Us All”

The stars of Friends have paid tribute to one of their own. James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, Central Perk’s barista, on all 10 seasons of the classic NBC comedy, died Sunday morning at the age of 59, after a battle with prostate cancer. The actor last reunited with Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, […]

James Michael Tyler, Gunther the Central Perk Barista on ‘Friends,’ Dies at 59

The actor spent all 10 seasons on the sitcom, with his character "there to be ignored and overlooked, forgotten and taken for granted."

‘Friends: The Reunion’ Scores Four Emmy Nominations

The TV Academy has given Courteney Cox her Friends due. HBO Max’s Friends: The Reunion scored four Emmy nominations Tuesday, including for outstanding variety special. The latter category means Cox finally joins her five fellow co-stars with recognition for the former NBC comedy. Cox was the only one of the six central Friends stars who […]

What’s New Inside ‘Friends’ Boutique and Central Perk Cafe on Warner Bros. Studio Tour

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood reopens this weekend after an extended hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Friends star Maggie Wheeler has a hunch that staffers may need to keep a close watch on the clock inside the revamped Central Perk Café and Friends boutique. “When I had my walkthrough earlier, I said, […]

Film Buffs Rejoice: Warner Bros. Reopens Expanded Studio Lot Tour

I beelined it straight for Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume. Other guests at the media preview for the reopening of the expanded Warner Bros. studio lot tour were taken aback by the (impressive) Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan Batman series, but this old nerd soul wanted to pay respects to the legendary Superman actor whose films […]

Jennifer Aniston Talks Star Who Acted “Above” ‘Friends’ Role, ‘Fast Times’ Reunion With Brad Pitt

In a wide-ranging interview for SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, Jennifer Aniston addressed her Fast Times table read reunion with Brad Pitt, working with a difficult actor on Friends and reconfirmed that she and former co-star David Schwimmer were never an official item. Appearing alongside fellow Friends actresses Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow, Aniston […]