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Sunday
Dec162018

Pete Davidson hugs pal Machine Gun Kelly after "Saturday Night Live"

Rosalind O'Connor/NBC(NEW YORK) -- After Pete Davidson posted a disturbing note on Instagram Saturday saying he didn't "want to be on this earth anymore," his friend, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly, tweeted that he was getting on a plane headed to New York City to support Davidson.  Well, he made good on his word.

 "im in the plane now on the way to see Pete. gonna make sure he’s good, i promise. can’t have my boy in the darkness like that," Kelly tweeted.  The two men became friends this past summer after they filmed a movie together called Big Time Adolescence.

 E! Online reports that after Saturday Night Live last night, Davidson and Kelly were seen together driving in an SUV.  When Davidson dropped Kelly off, they exchanged a hug before Davidson continued on.

Police performed a "wellness check" on Davidson on Saturday before the show aired, and he was said to be "fine."  His former fiancee Ariana Grande tweeted and then deleted a message to Davidson, saying she was downstairs at the SNL studios if he needed her.

On Saturday night, a smiling Davidson was seen briefly on SNL, introducing Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson's second musical performance.  He didn't appear in any other sketches, though he had a part in a pre-taped segment.

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Saturday
Dec152018

After disturbing Instagram post, Pete Davidson is present at "SNL" and is "fine"

Rosalind O'Connor/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Following an Instagram post that suggested he wanted to harm himself, Pete Davidson is reportedly present and accounted for at Saturday Night Live, reports the New York Times.

In the now-deleted post, Davidson wrote, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.”

Alarmed friends, fans and celebrities immediately began reaching out to Davidson to offer support and encouragement. 

 According to the Times, a police officer was sent to the SNL studio to check on Davidson's well-being.  Separately, an NBC rep contacted the NYPD to say that the comedian was "fine" and at work.

TMZ reported at around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon that Davidson's former fiancee Ariana Grande had arrived at the SNL studio and tweeted, "I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything. I know u have everyone u need and that’s not me, but i’m here too."  That tweet appears to have been deleted.

Earlier this month, Davidson, who's been open about his struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, wrote in a now-deleted post, "No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t. I’m upset I even have to say this.”  Grande responded by asking people to "be gentler with others," adding, "I care deeply about Pete and his health."

Davidson and Grande began dating in May and got engaged in June.  They broke up in October, following the death of Grande's former boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, from a drug overdose.

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Friday
Dec142018

Shameik Moore talks 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' role 

Credit: Sony Pictures Animation. © 2018 CTMG, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters today, and with it, Shameik Moore makes history by voicing Miles Morales, the first ever bi-racial Spider-Man in the new animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

"This kid could be white, black, Asian, Hispanic. He just happens to be black and Hispanic," Moore told Popcorn with Peter Travers. "It doesn’t matter what his race is. He just happens to be black. And I love that about the movie itself. It reflects what New York looks like, what the world looks like today."

You know the story by now: A high school kid is bitten by a radioactive spider. Soon mysterious powers appear and he transforms into Spider-Man. But Inside the Spider-Verse includes a wide range of new Spideys from alternate universes -- including Miles Morales.

"What’s interesting about this movie is that they kept everything about Spider-Man that we know and love," Moore said. "They kept Peter Parker. But there’s a new Spider-Man in another dimension learning from the Spider-Man that we know that just grew old. He’s older. He’s 40 years old this time, and his life has been kind of ruined by the stress that comes with being Spider-Man."

Moore said there’s also an important message in the film.

"That thing that makes you different, that you’re insecure about or don’t like to show people, maybe you’re a kid and people made fun of you," Moore said, "That thing that makes you different, that’s something that connects us all. It’s something everybody goes through. But that thing, that unique thing about you, is what makes you Spider-Man."

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in theaters everywhere.

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Friday
Dec142018

Actress Sondra Locke, dead at 74

Bob Riha Jr/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Actress/director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died.

The actress passed away November 3 of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer. She was 74.

Locke's films with Eastwood -- with whom she had a contentious, 13-year romantic relationship -- include The Gauntlet, Bronco Billy, the Dirty Harry film Sudden Impact, Every Which Way but Loose and its sequel Any Which Way You Can.   Locke also guested on such 1970s hit TV series as The F.B.I., Cannon and Barnaby Jones.

After Eastwood and Locke ended their romantic relationship, she won $1.5 million in a 1989 palimony suit against Eastwood, whom she later accused of blacklisting her at Warner Bros., with whom she won a production contract as part of that suit.  She filed suit against Eastwood again in 1995 for fraud, breach of financial duty to her and interference in her work.  She settled that suit for an undisclosed sum.

Locke appeared on screen infrequently later in her life, with just three acting credits after 1986 listed on IMDB.

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Friday
Dec142018

Liam Neeson reflects on impact of 'Schindler's List,' 25 years later

L-R: Embeth Davidtz, Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Caroline Goodall attend the "Schindler's List" 25th anniversary cast reunion at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival; Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival(NEW YORK) -- Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking film Schindler’s List marks its 25th anniversary Saturday.

The movie, which first hit select U.S. theaters on December 15, 1994, stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than one thousand Jewish people during the Holocaust.

"I’m glad I was part of it, very definitely so," Neeson tells ABC Radio, reflecting on the film's impact 25 years later. "It was great to work with Steven Spielberg who’s one of the master storytellers in cinema. The horror of what happened still is within me. I find myself still reading books on Holocaust literature."

He adds, "I can’t believe it’s 25 years." 

Ben Kingsley co-starred in the film as Schindler’s Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern and Ralph Fiennes played the Nazi S.S. officer, Amon Göth.

Schindler’s List took home seven Oscars in 1994, including best picture and best director for Spielberg.

On December 7, a digitally re-mastered version of the film was re-released in theaters for a limited engagement in honor of the 25th anniversary milestone.

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Friday
Dec142018

Watch now: 'Downton Abbey' teaser trailer welcomes fans back to the Crawleys’ estate

Courtesy of © Carnival Film and Television Limited for MASTERPIECE(LONDON) -- A new teaser trailer for the Downton Abbey movie is here, cordially inviting fans back into the world of the Crawleys and their servants.

The clip teases some sort of arrival at the lavish English estate, showing maids removing sheets off the furniture, a crowd of people waving British flags, a procession of horses and someone riding a motorbike up to the mansion.

It ends with the message that a full trailer will be coming soon and that the film is slated for a 2019 release. It’ll hit theaters on September 20, 2019, to be exact.

While producers are still mum about plot details, most of the original cast is set to return, including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt.

The series ended in 2015 with six successful seasons broadcast to over 160 countries.

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Friday
Dec142018

'Beale Street' star Regina King says she's ready for rest & relaxation during holidays

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Regina King has been on a roll. After winning her third Emmy this year for her role in Seven Seconds, the talented actress is now nominated for two Golden Globes, including one for her work in the upcoming James Baldwin novel adaptation, If Beale Street Could Talk.

But with the holiday season upon us, King tells ABC Radio she's ready to put award season on hold and focus on two simple things: rest and relaxation.

"I am T-I- tired," she laughs. "So when we wrap for our holiday break in Atlanta, when I tell you it's gonna be socks, nothing but socks to my... Well, something else maybe, but...  Nah, I'm just kidding, ya'll. Socks up to my knees, cooking and drinking and relaxing. I'm going to be watching screeners. I will have a plate of food on my belly."

All jokes aside, King admits the holidays are very important to her. It's the one time of the year that she really can connect with all her loved ones.

"I really plan to just relax and enjoy family and friends and kind of have the house be an open house and visit with people I haven't gotten a chance to see in a while because I've been in Atlanta," she says. "The holidays are really about fellowship and celebrating the gift of loving on each other."


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Friday
Dec142018

'Dancing with the Stars' tour will have justice for Juan Pablo, a fresh start for 'Grocery Store Joe'

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Dancing with the Stars won’t be back until next fall, so if you want to see all your dancing favorites before then, you'll have to catch them on tour.

The Dancing with the Stars tour kicks off Saturday, featuring pros including real-life couple Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson, as well as some contestants from last season like winner Bobby Bones, Juan Pablo Di Pace and 'Grocery Store Joe' Amabile.

If you’ll remember, Juan Pablo was prematurely cut from the competition even though he was arguably the best performer. So will there be justice for Juan Pablo on tour?

“I think he'll be able to really shine on tour and show the audience that he got a little bit robbed,” Johnson tells ABC Radio. “I think the people that were really rooting for him will get to see him live and that will be great for them.”

In contrast, 'Grocery Store Joe' was probably one of the worst dancers, but somehow managed to make it to the semi-finals. Johnson, who was his partner on the show, thinks he’ll fair better on tour, where the pressure is off.

The tour will have them dancing through the holidays and into the beginning of next year, wrapping up on March 9.

“Our fans are our family so every night is a holiday celebration with them,” Chmerkovskiy says. “I think we have Christmas off so we'll get to hang out with family but other than that yeah, this is it.”

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Friday
Dec142018

'Superman: The Movie' turns 40

Röhnert/ullstein bild via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although the Man of Steel turned 80 this past spring, the original -- and some say most comics-faithful -- big-bow of Superman turns 40 years old Saturday.

Superman: The Movie featured a pitch-perfect performance from the late Christopher Reeve in the tights and cape of the Kryptonian hero, as well as the eyeglasses of his mild-mannered reporter alter-ego, Clark Kent.

Director Richard Donner called the shots on the acclaimed film, which also boasted performances from Oscar winner Marlon Brando as Superman's dad, Jor-El; another Academy Award winner in Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor; and the late Margot Kidder as intrepid reporter Lois Lane.  And of course, its stirring soundtrack and theme were provided by Oscar-winning legend John Williams.

Mario Puzo of The Godfather fame wrote the screenplay, and Brando himself made upward of $20 million for just 12 days of work.

Made for $55 million -- at the time, the most expensive movie ever made -- Superman went on to make $300 million worldwide and spawned three sequels starring Reeve. The second, 1981's Superman II -- is still considered one of the genre's finest, even in a day and age where superhero movies are commonplace.

Superman was nominated for three Academy Awards -- Best Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Original Score -- and won the Academy's special achievement award for Visual Effects, for making people believe, as the movie's poster claimed, "that a man can fly." 

The Library of Congress recognized Superman in 2017 by inducting it into the National Film Registry.

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Friday
Dec142018

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' and 'The Mule' among this week's new releases

Credit: Sony Pictures Animation. © 2018 CTMG, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The following movies open nationwide on Friday:

* Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -- Miles Morales/Spider-Man -- voiced by The Get Down's Shameik Moore -- juggles high school life and superheroics, as he enters the "Spider-Verse," where he learns he's one of many Spider People. Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage and Liev Schreiber provide additional voices. Rated PG.

* The Mule -- Clint Eastwood directs and stars in the drama based on the true story of Leo Sharp -- a World War II veteran in his 80s who became a drug dealer and courier for a Mexican drug cartel. Also starring Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest and Andy García. Rated R.

* Mortal Engines -- This action/adventure film, from Lord of the Rings writer/producer Peter Jackson, follows two people -- played by Hera Hilmar and Robert Sheehan -- who try to stop a conspiracy in a post-apocalyptic world where motorized cities on wheels prey on one another to survive. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* If Beale Street Could Talk -- Moonlight writer/producer Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the James Baldwin novel follows Tish, a Harlem woman -- played by KiKi Layne -- desperately scrambling to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child. Also starring Michael Beach, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King. Rated R.




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