William O’Connell, ‘Abbott Elementary,’ Brad Pitt + More!

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WILLIAM O’CONNELL DIES AT 94: Deadline reports that William O’Connell, the actor who portrayed the villain Thelev on Star Trek, has died at the age of 94. O’Connell’s other television roles include small appearances on The Twilight Zone, Dennis the Menace, and The Lucy Show. He held roles in movies such as Paint Your Wagon, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Every Which Way but Loose, and Any Which Way You Can.

CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR SEASON THREE OF ‘ABBOTT ELEMENTARY:’ People reports that on Wednesday (January 31st), ABC released the official trailer for the highly anticipated and strike-delayed third season of Abbott Elementary. “I went to Harvard this summer. I’ve learned what it truly takes to do the job of a principal,” Ava says in the trailer, later revealing that she installed cameras around the school. Meanwhile, Janine is “trying out cursing” and Gregory is referred to as “Jeremy Allen Black”—in reference to The Bear actor Jeremy Allen White. The new season premieres on February 7th.

BRAD PITT IS IN TALKS WITH QUENTIN TARANTINO TO STAR IN HIS FINAL FILM: Variety reports that Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino might be pairing up again for the Pulp Fiction director’s 10th and final film. Tarantino’s new movie, The Movie Critic, is reportedly set in Southern California in the 1970s and centers on a movie critic believed to be inspired by the late New Yorker writer, Pauline Kael. Pitt and Tarantino worked together on the 2009 film Inglourious Basterds and the 2019 film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

MIRA SORVINO PROVIDES UPDATE ON ‘ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION’ SEQUEL: Mira Sorvino spoke with Us Weekly at the American Heart Association Go Red for Women event on Wednesday (January 31st) about where things stand with the Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion sequel. “Robin Schiff, the writer, is working on it,” Sorvino told the outlet. “She’s currently working on Emily in Paris, so she’s finishing up her draft to present to the studio.” The Modern Family actor added, “Lisa and I are wrapping up our deals as executive producers on it with the studio. We’re full force ahead.”