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Jan182019

Alan Alda on living with Parkinson’s disease: "I just try to make the best of what's in front of me"

Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of receiving the the Life Achievement Award at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 27, former M*A*S*H star Alan Alda has given an upbeat interview to People.

The 82-year-old actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease almost four years ago, admits that at first, he was frightened by the diagnosis, but he hasn't let it slow him down.

"My life is more of an improvisation," Alda tells the magazine. "I just try to make the best of what’s in front of me."

Alda learned as much as he could about the degenerative condition, and he insists that staying active is key.

Indeed, the award-winning stage and screen actor's 2018 announcement to his fans that he had the disease was accompanied by video of him juggling. He also dances and does tai chi.

Alda hasn't slowed down professionally, either: He hosts a podcast called Clear + Vivid, and recently logged appearances on Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

"I'm busy," Alda tells People. "I do occasionally do nothing and sit around. But I believe in doing everything in moderation, including moderation. So far it’s working."

The actor credits Arlene, his wife of 61 years, with keeping him positive, too.

He gushes, "We still experience a kind of puppy love."

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Friday
Jan182019

Post-'Game of Thrones': Kit Harrington has Jon Snow's crypt statue and Sophie Turner has cleaner hair

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(LONDON) -- If you watched one of the latest teasers for the final season of Game of Thrones, you'll have seen Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Arya Stark all confronting statues of themselves inside the Stark family crypt.

Creepy as it might be, Kit Harrington, who plays Jon, says he's kept his statue as a memento.

"I kept that statue. You know, the one in the crypt,” he tells BBC’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. "I kept it, they sent it to my house. So, I've got it in my shed. How sad is that? I was the only one who kept their statue, that's how narcissistic I am."

As for what he plans to do with it?

"I'm going to turn it into a water feature, I think," he says.  That means a fountain, basically.

And speaking of the Starks, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, is also looking back on her time on the show, which she describes as…greasy.

In an interview with InStyle, Turner reveals that in later seasons – when Sansa fell on hard times -- she wasn’t allowed to wash her hair.

"[In the final season] I wear a wig, so I can wash my hair whenever I want, which is nice," she says. "But yes, for a couple of years I was living with pretty greasy hair. [It was] really itchy! Also, we would have the snow machines going so we would have little snow paper particles that would get stuck in the grease. It was disgusting."

The final season of Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14.

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Friday
Jan182019

HBO's 'Crashing' promises more stand-up and social commentary in season three 

Craig Blankenhorn/HBO(NEW YORK) -- HBO’s Crashing, inspired by the life of comedian Pete Holmes, is back for more stand-up this weekend…and maybe a little social commentary on the side.

The third season of the series, which premieres on Sunday, promises to not only document Holmes and his peers’ ongoing struggle to become comedy stars, but to also address the state of comedy in a post-#MeToo world.

That’s something writer and co-star Jamie Lee is all for exploring. This season, her character Ali Reissen will inject a little female empowerment into her stand-up.

“The stand-up that Ali does on the show this season, she’s definitely sort of taking a stance and leaning in more to social commentary and cultural relevance and the discussions that are being had online every single day about being a woman and being empowered,” Lee tells ABC Radio.

In an upcoming episode, which Lee calls one of her favorites of the season, Ali realizes not everyone is ready to change with the times when she confronts a male comic about his tone-deaf misogynist act.

“The episode is like…'The reason you're not getting opportunities is because your stand-up is not relevant and you're not listening to the conversations being had and, you know, you're essentially just out of touch and you're threatened,'” Lee explains. 

Tune in for the laughs and life lessons when Crashing season three debuts this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.

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Friday
Jan182019

Noomi Rapace is back to kick butt as a bodyguard in new Netflix thriller 'Close'

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Actress Noomi Rapace is no stranger to playing strong women: She played super-tough hacker Lisbeth Salander in three films based on Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.  But she admits even she wasn't prepared for what she'd have to do to prepare for her latest role.

Rapace plays a bodyguard in Netflix's new thriller Close, inspired by the life of real-life security expert Jacquie Davis. Davis' clients list includes Nicole Kidman, JK Rowling and members of the Royal Family, while her company, The Circuit, has a reputation as being some of the best in the protection game.

In Close, Rapace plays a bodyguard trying to keep a young heiress alive against all odds, and she tells ABC Radio she was really put through her paces before the cameras rolled.

"There was weapon training. And then how to protect a [client], how to walk, how to position yourself," she explains. "How to enter a room, how to always be aware of exits -- like who enters, who leaves. Like, it's so many different components, and they're so secretive: It's hidden, it's mysterious. I felt like I was entering some weird James Bond world, you know?"

Rapace says other actresses should follow her lead and play tough women, as a kind of protest against Hollywood's obsession with looks over substance.

"It's up to women...to stand up, and say, 'This is what I want to do,'" Rapace says. "To kind of fight against the cute, and the sexy, dull parts that we get -- like in real life and in this industry."

She adds, "I think vanity, and this whole idea that we need to be attractive and pretty and nice all the time...that time is over. It's time to fight for what we really want." 


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Friday
Jan182019

Sebastian Maniscalco talks fans, 'Green Book', and booking Madison Square Garden

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- This weekend, comedian Sebastian Maniscalco reaches the career apex that only a handful of stand-up comics ever have: playing New York's Madison Square Garden.

The comedian takes his Stay Hungry tour to one of the most famous venues in the world Saturday and Sunday night.

"[T]hat was never in the plan for me," he tells ABC Radio. "For me it was just always, I wanted to do stand-up comedy for a living, and that's it...So I didn't have it on my vision board or anything like that: 'Madison Square Garden: 2019.'"

He continues, "Now that I'm doing it, it's all kinda hitting me...this week...there's a lot of emotions: excitement, anxiety." He adds, "Once I get on stage I'll be fine. It's just the buildup."

Maniscalco, who also just released a Netflix stand-up special called Stay Hungry, says of the feat, "I think the fans feel like they're really part of this, because...they were there when I was doing Gotham Comedy Club on a Wednesday night in front of 53 people."

Maniscalco can also be seen in theaters, in the Golden Globe-winning drama Green Book. He says the role of a member of a big Italian family, "wasn't a huge stretch" for him.

"For me it was just an extension of myself. It's not like I turned into a Rain Man or anything," he quips. "But [it was] a great opportunity for me. I loved working with everyone there. I learned a lot. I'm not a movie actor by any means -- I don't have a lot of experience, so when I do these things. there's always a lot of learning involved, so I kind of soak it up like a sponge."

Expect to see more of him on the big screen. He's working with Goodfellas alums Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci in the upcoming crime drama The Irishman.

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Friday
Jan182019

'Roma', Alfonso Cuarón, and Mahershala Ali all Oscar nomination locks, say oddsmakers

Image from "Roma"; Alfonso Cuarón/Netflix(LAS VEGAS) -- With the Oscar nominations just around the corner, the oddsmakers at SportsBettingDime.com have weighed in with the odds for six of the most popular categories.

The early favorites in the six major categories include:

Best Actor -- Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody at 9/10 and Christian Bale for Vice at 2/1.

Best Actress -- Glenn Close for The Wife at 2/1, Olivia Colman for The Favourite at 5/2, and Lady Gaga with a 7/2 chance for A Star Is Born.

The Best Director Oscar race is between Alfonso Cuarón for Roma at 1/5 and Bradley Cooper, a 15-1 shot for A Star Is Born.

Best Picture -- Roma at 3/2 and A Star Is Born at 4/1.

Best Supporting Actress -- Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk comes in at 9/5 and Amy Adams for Vice has a two-in-seven chance.

Best Supporting Actor -- Mahershala Ali for Green Book at 1/2 and Richard E. Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me at 5/1.

Oddsmakers are also laying 1/7 odds that the Academy forgoes hiring a single host, but if one is chosen, past host Billy Crystal has a 55/1 chance of getting the call.

Last year, five of the six favorites selected by the oddmakers at SportsBettingDime before the nominees were announced were the eventual winners. The only one they blew was Best Picture, offering 2/1 odds for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and a 3/1 chance for the eventual winner, The Shape of Water.

The Academy Award nominations will be announced Monday. The 91st annual Academy Awards will be carried live on ABC from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 24.

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Friday
Jan182019

'Happy Death Day 2U' changes release date to avoid Parkland shooting anniversary

Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Universal Pictures has changed the release date for its upcoming slasher movie Happy Death Day 2U from February 14th to the 13th to so it won't coincide with the first anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, according to Miami ABC affiliate WPLG TV.

The move was in response to an appeal on Twitter from Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jaime, was killed in the massacre.

“My daughter and 16 others were killed on February 14th,” Guttenberg tweeted Tuesday. “Universal Studios is releasing a movie called Happy Death Day 2 U? I get the pun on Valentines Day, for me it will always be the day my daughter was murdered. Please reconsider this!!!!”

It didn't take long for Guttenberg to get results. "Very happy to announce that I just got off the phone with executives at Universal Studios," he tweeted the following day. "They will be moving the release date of the movie off of February 14th and they will also be taking steps to address the local needs of the Parkland community. This was a great outcome," Guttenberg wrote.

In addition to moving the release date, Universal said it would not show the movie or promote the film in the Parkland area.

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Friday
Jan182019

Harvey Weinstein and attorney Benjamin Brafman part ways

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein's criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman announced his intention to withdraw as counsel for the embattled movie mogul in a joint statement obtained by ABC News on Thursday.

Weinstein authorized Brafman to formally notify Judge James Burke, who is overseeing Weinstein's criminal case in New York, of his decision to withdraw as his counsel in connection with all legal matters currently pending.

The split was amicable, according to the statement, and Brafman has agreed to cooperate fully with Weinstein's new legal team in order to ensure an orderly transition.

"Mr. Weinstein praised Mr. Brafman for his legal work to date and Mr. Brafman reiterated his belief that Mr. Weinstein would be exonerated of the charges that have been filed against him and Brafman personally wished Mr. Weinstein the best of luck as he defends the case and the accusations that Mr. Weinstein has vehemently denied," the statement declared.

The statement concluded by saying that Weinstein intends to introduce his new legal team by early next week.  According to The New York Post, Brafman's decision to leave Weinstein was prompted by his former client's decision to solicit legal advice from other attorneys, against Brafman's wishes.

Weinstein's facing five criminal counts in New York of rape and sexual assault, all of which he's denied. A sixth count against the film producer was dismissed in October after prosecutors revealed to the defense that they'd discovered a written account from his accuser that suggested the encounter that prompted the count against him was consensual.

Weinstein's trial is set for May 6.

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Friday
Jan182019

Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' selling "shutdown coffee mugs" to help feed furloughed government workers

Scott Kowalchyk/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Buy a coffee mug, help feed a furloughed federal worker?

That's the deal host Stephen Colbert announced last night on The Late Show.  He started by noting that celebrity chef José Andrés had opened a relief kitchen in Washington, D.C. to feed furloughed government workers, and anyone else in need of a meal, for free -- to the tune of up to 200,000 meals a day.

Colbert then played footage of a joke from Wednesday night's show, during which he noted President Trump's order for thousands of federal workers to return to their jobs without pay.  Colbert then showed what he called a "shutdown coffee mug" emblazoned with the words "Don't even talk to me until I've had my paycheck," and then remarking, "Can we sell these?"

"So we're selling these," Colbert said Thursday after playing the Wednesday footage.  "Go to ColbertLateShow.com/ShutdownMug to get one.  100% of The Late Show's profits benefit World Central Kitchen to help José Andrés' team feed federal workers during the shutdown.  Get a mug!"

The mugs retail for $14.99 each, plus shipping.

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Friday
Jan182019

M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' opens nationally today

Universal(NEW YORK) -- Opening in wide release today:

* Glass -- The third and supposed final installment in in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable series, which includes Unbreakable and Split, again features Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles as, respectively, the indestructible hero David Dunn and the physically fragile criminal genius Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass.  Joining them is James McAvoy's Split character, Kevin Wendell Crumb, aka The Horde -- a man with nearly two dozen personalities, one of whom is the super-strong, homicidal Beast.

All three all end up in the care of Sarah Paulson's Dr. Ellie Staple, a psychologist who specializes in treating patients who have what she says are delusions of being superheroes and villains. When Mr. Glass sets the Beast free, Dr. Staple learns she was very much mistaken.  Rated PG-13.

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