Eddie Mekka, the actor who played Carmine Ragusa, the singing, dancing high school sweetheart of Cindy Williams’ Shirley Feeney on the hit 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, “passed away peacefully” on November 27 at his home in Newhall, California, longtime friend Pat Benti announced Wednesday on Facebook. He was 69. A cause of death was not revealed. Michael McKean, who co-starred on Laverne & Shirley as Lenny Kosnowski, remembered Mekka in a tweet, calling him “A genuinely good guy and purveyor of cheer whenever things got cheerless.” Williams tweeted, “My darling Eddie,” writes Williams. “My darling Eddie, A world-class talent who could do it all. I love you dearly. I’ll miss you so much. But oh the marvelous memories…”
— Alec Baldwin is giving his first interview since a fatal movie set shooting. Speaking to ABC News, Baldwin says he doesn’t know how a live round got on to the set of “Rust,” adding it’s up to law enforcement to figure that out. The actor said he “has nothing to hide,” noting he’s talked to authorities numerous times. On October 21st, Baldwin was reportedly holding a prop-gun that discharged a bullet during filming on the Santa Fe, New Mexico set. The incident left cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, dead and wounded Director, Joel Souza.
— Hulu is pulling a documentary about Astroworld after facing social media backlash. ‘Astroworld: Concert From Hell’ premiered on the streaming platform Wednesday, but was quickly pulled following negative reactions from viewers. One widely circulated tweet said the making of the documentary was in “poor taste” and there hasn’t been enough time to “fully discuss” the tragedy. The 50-minute special was actually produced by ABC’s Houston affiliate KTRK. Hulu released a statement letting viewers know that the platform hosted the documentary but did not produce it. The documentary is still available to watch on KTRK’s website.
— An accidental Thanksgiving invite over five years ago is now going to turn into a Netflix film. The streaming giant is developing a movie based off the story of Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton of Arizona. The two met after Dench accidentally sent a text to Hinton instead of her grandson, inviting Hinton to Thanksgiving dinner. While they figured out the mixup, the invite stood and the pair have celebrated Thanksgiving together every year since. In a statement, the two say they “hope it inspires more people to reach out and make connections they wouldn’t ordinarily make.”
— An openly transgender character didn’t make it into the first installment of “The Matrix.” That’s according to actor Keanu Reeves, who spoke this week with Entertainment Weekly. He explained a woman would play Switch in the matrix, but a man would play the character in the real world. Reeves said he didn’t believe the studio was ready for such a character. Actress Belinda McClory played Switch in the film.