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Friday
Nov162018

Watch now: Netflix’s 'A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding' debuts its trailer

Courtesy of Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Ready for another royal wedding?

The follow-up to your favorite holiday guilty pleasure movie, A Christmas Prince, has released its first trailer. The Netflix sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, takes place a year after the first film, as journalist Amber plans her nuptials to the now-king of the fictional Aldovia, Richard.

The trailer shows Amber, played by iZombie’s Rose McIver, feeling overwhelmed by her new royal duties and the prospect of having to give up her blog in order to be a queen.

The first film debuted last year and was a surprise success. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding premieres on Netflix November 20.

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Friday
Nov162018

Kristin Davis says love of acting helped her get sober: "I didn’t think I would live to be 30"

Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Marie Claire(NEW YORK) -- Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis has revealed that acting quite literally saved her life.

In an episode of the podcast Origins with James Andrew Miller about the hit HBO series, she credits her early acting jobs with helping her overcome an alcohol addiction.

“I don’t think I would be alive,” she says. “I’m an addict. I’m a recovering alcoholic. If I hadn’t found acting…acting is the only thing that made me want to ever get sober. I didn’t have anything that was that important to me other than trying to dull my senses.”

Davis, who played Charlotte on SATC, admits that she once feared she would die young.

“I didn’t think I would live to be 30,” the now-53-year-old says. “I started drinking very young and luckily I quit very young, before any success happened, thank goodness.”

She adds, “Because my love for acting was so big when I was very young, I had something that was more important to me than just drinking.”

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Friday
Nov162018

Glenn Close, Ethan Hawke, 'Eighth Grade' among Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees

Film Independent(LOS ANGELES) -- The nominations for the 34th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced.

Nominees for Best Feature include Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, and nominees for Best First Feature include the horror film Hereditary, Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You and Paul Dano’s Wildlife.

Glenn Close, Toni Colette, Regina Hall and Carey Mulligan are among the Best Female Lead nominees, while John Cho, Ethan Hawke, Joaquin Phoenix and Daveed Diggs nabbed nominations in the Best Male Lead category.

Suspiria will receive the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards will air on IFC Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2 pm PT/5 pm ET.

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Friday
Nov162018

Tom Hardy receives prestigious honor from British royal family

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- Actor Tom Hardy has been bestowed with a prestigious honor by the British royal family.

A tweet from the royal family’s Twitter page confirms that Hardy was made a CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire – on Friday, for his contributions to drama. Prince Charles gave him the award at Buckingham Palace.

The Venom actor is a friend of Princes William and Harry and was one of the guests at Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. He has also been an ambassador to the Prince’s Trust, a charity founded by Prince Charles to help struggling young people get their lives back on track.

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Friday
Nov162018

Brian Tyree Henry breaks down his 'Widows' character and his ability to navigate between two worlds 

Deborah Lopez(NEW YORK) -- Brian Tyree Henry is digging deep in his latest role. In Steve McQueen's heist-thriller Widows, Henry plays Jamal, a local crime boss turned Chicago politician who's on a mission to get his money back.

While Henry's character is obviously flawed, the Atlanta actor tells ABC Radio that he surprisingly understands Jamal's perspective.

"I have a lot of heart for Jamal," Henry says. "I don't want to say I felt bad for him. But, in an eerie way I really truly understood him. I understood exactly what he wanted, what he saw. And I just wanted to make sure that it was enacted the way it needed to be."

He continues, "Now, I may do some sketchy stuff... It may not be couth... But like, I think that that's the fun of discovering characters like that."

In the film, Jamal is determined to get the $2 million dollars that was stolen from him by Davis' husband who was killed in a heist-gone-wrong. Henry says because of it, Jamal must now navigate between two very different worlds.

"Because here you have Viola Davis character, who's a sister... but living in the penthouse over here. But you ain't thinking about me, down here," he explains. "However, your husband stole from me. So now I've got to come to your penthouse and get what I want."

Henry continues, "So now our worlds are colliding when you didn't even want them to, or even know if they could. So, I think that that's a constant thing that Jamal is going through in this movie is, like trying to find a way to dip in and out of these worlds and make them his." 

Widows, also starring Liam Neeson and Daniel Kaluuya, is now in theaters.

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Friday
Nov162018

Oscar-winning screenwriter of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' William Goldman, dies at age 87 

Mike Coppola/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Prolific Hollywood screenwriter and two-time Oscar winner William Goldman has died, The Washington Post confirms. He was 87.

Goldman’s daughter, Jenny Goldman, tells the Washington Post her father passed away Friday at his Manhattan home, of complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.

Goldman won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1970 for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. He nabbed his second trophy in 1977 for Best Adapted Screenplay for All the President’s Men, also starring Redford and Dustin Hoffman.

Over the course of his more than five-decades in the business, Goldman was screenwriter for such legendary films as Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, The Stepford Wives, The Great Waldo Pepper, A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin and Misery.

Goldman was married to photographer Ilene Jones from 1961 until 1991. He is survived by their two daughters, Jenny and Susanna.

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Friday
Nov162018

Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin team up for 'The Kominsky Method'

Mike Yarish/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin play an acting teacher having trouble finding acting gigs and his agent, respectively, in the new Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method, from The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, debuting Friday.

Douglas tells ABC Radio that the veteran actors have great chemistry, despite the fact that they'd "never been in the same room" together before.

"I never even seen any of his movies, says Douglas. "I haven't either," adds Arkin. "I said yeah, he's the guy that did [the 2017 dirt bike drama] Champion. I'd like to work with him."

The Kominsky Method marks Douglas' first regular TV role since the 1970s cop drama, The Streets of San Francisco, but he thinks this one's a completely different animal.

"It's streaming, there's no commercials," he explains. "I mean what separated TV or always made it seem secondary to doing movies was you had commercials every three or four minutes. This, first of all, you can be 25 minutes long, 35 minutes long, any subject matter, any language you want to say and there's no commercials. So it's like a mini movie."

While many older actors find it harder to get work, Arkin -- who celebrated his 84th birthday back in March -- is busier than ever.

"It's hard to believe, if anybody told me this was happening I'd say you were lying. I'm getting more offers now than I've gotten in years and years," he says.

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Friday
Nov162018

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' and 'Widows' among this week's new releases

© 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald -- The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finds Jude Law, as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, hunting down his longtime rival, Gellert Grindelwald -- played by Johnny Depp -- after the wizard escapes custody. He enlists his former student and magizoologist Newt Scamander -- portrayed by Eddie Redmayne -- to assist. Ezra Miller and Zoë Kravitz also star. Rated PG-13.

Widows -- Viola Davis stars in this film from 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen about a grieving widow who recruits a group of women -- played by Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Carrie Coon -- to pull off a heist her late husband was planning. Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson also star. Rated R.

Instant Family -- Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play a couple that finds themselves in over their heads when they decide to adopt three young children. Also starring Tig Notaro and Octavia Spencer. Rated PG-13.

A Private War -- This drama, based on a true story stars Rosamund Pike as celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, who risked her life to give voice to the voiceless. Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci also star. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

Green Book -- Viggo Mortensen stars in this dramedy about a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist -- played by Mahershala Ali -- on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Rated PG-13.

At Eternity's Gate -- This biographical drama takes a look at the final days of painter Vincent van Gogh -- played by Willem Dafoe. Rated PG-13.

(Widows and Green Book trailers contain mild, uncensored profanity.)

 




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Thursday
Nov152018

First look: Disney drops the live-action 'Dumbo' trailer

Disney(NEW YORK) -- Get ready to grab a tissue.  The first live-action Dumbo trailer has arrived. 

Tim Burton directs this remake on the 1941 animated Disney classic film, and we don’t have to wait long to get our first glimpse of the little elephant using his huge ears to fly.

"Dumbo expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight," the official description from Disney reads.

The trailer appears to follow the original’s main story -- including the heartbreaking separation of Dumbo and his mother.  But then the circus owner leads Dumbo and his child friends on a mission to reunite Dumbo and his mom. 

Dumbo stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Danny DeVito and Alan Arkin.  It opens March 29 of next year from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Thursday
Nov152018

Amy Schumer hospitalized for extreme morning sickness; cancels Texas tour dates

ABC/Heidi Gutman(DALLAS, TX) -- Amy Schumer had to cancel her Texas tour dates Thursday after pregnancy complications put her in the hospital.

The pregnant comedian revealed in an Instagram post that both she and her baby are fine, but she’s been suffering from severe morning sickness, otherwise known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

“I am in the hospital,” she posted, along with photo of herself in a hospital bed with her dog laying at her feet. “I’m fine. Baby’s fine but everyone who says the 2nd trimester is better is not telling the full story. I’ve been even more ill this trimester.”

She continued, “I have hyperemesis and it blows. Very lucky to be pregnant but this is some bullsh**! Sending so much love to the doctors and nurses taking great care of me and [my dog] Tati! They are cool as hell!”

She apologized to her Texas fans for cancelling and promised to reschedule. She had been scheduled to perform her stand-up in Dallas tonight and in Austin Friday night.

Schumer announced last month that she is expecting her first child with husband Chris Fischer.

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