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Friday
Oct192018

Watch John Stamos as a pot-smoking therapist on Sunday’s 'You'

Courtesy of Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- This Sunday, John Stamos joins the Lifetime thriller You for a four-episode arc in which he plays a therapist with some unconventional methods.

He plays Dr. Nicky, the therapist of Elizabeth Lail’s character Beck. Things get twisted when Beck’s stalker Joe, played by Penn Badgley, also begins seeing him.

“I saw the script and I said, ‘Oh, I like this character,’” Stamos says. “It’s just a layered character. There’s just a lot more going on than what you see. But I saw in the book that he smokes pot and he sort of uses that as part of his therapy. I said, ‘That’s interesting. Let’s put that in.’”

While he can’t reveal too much more about Dr. Nicky’s motives – or whether he might actually help Joe overcome some of his issues – he does say the role helped him explore his fascination with therapy.

“I go to a therapist…but I usually end up for 15 minutes asking him about him,” he says. “I just love it. If I had to do something else, I think I would be a therapist.” 

You airs Sunday on Lifetime at 10 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Oct192018

'Halloween's' Jamie Lee Curtis insists its not just another slasher movie

Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Probably one of the biggest horror movies to open this year -- Halloween -- opens nationwide on Friday. A direct sequel to the 1978 original, Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, still dealing with the violent attack she suffered 40 years earlier.

Curtis tells ABC Radio that the new film is more psychological thriller than slasher movie.

"What we've made is a movie about the generational aspects of trauma -- how one generation's trauma carries on into the next and into the next," she explains. "And we explore it, and unpack it, and then we flip it and reverse it and face it."

Adds the 59-year-old actress, an attack like the one she suffered in the first movie stays with its victim forever.

It's a thief of your life. Violence against women, that kind of tremendous trauma that she suffered, it robs you of a life. You're frozen in time. And this movie allows us to explore that in a very terrifying and interesting way."

Written before the #MeToo movement began, Curtis says the film parallels what many women are going through today.

"Our movie is about PTSD and shame and no one coming to the aid with understanding. #MeToo is about shame, no one coming to the aid, no one standing up for 'em," she says.

For Curtis, who's known as the original Scream Queen, you might say scaring people is in her blood. She's the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh -- whose character in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho met her demise in the film's classic shower murder scene. Truth is, Jamie Lee doesn't like watching horror movies.

"I do not. There's nothing-- Aladdin was scary to me. I don't watch-- nothing," she admits.

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Friday
Oct192018

'The Hate U Give' cast and director weigh in on the film's significance and why it's more than just a black film

L-R: Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg, and Common in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE HATE U GIVE. Photo Credit: Erika Doss.(NEW YORK) -- With today's release of the Black Lives Matter movement inspired-film, The Hate U Give, the director George Tillman, Jr. and some of its cast are weighing in on its significance and why the film is not just for black people.

"It's really for everyone," Regina Hall tells ABC Radio.

Hall -- who plays Lisa Carter, Starr's protective mother -- continues, "Of course it's based in the Black Lives Matter movement. But I think when people see it, they'll realize it is for everyone."

The film's director agrees and adds that the adaptation also offers a "wide range of emotion."

"There is humor there," Tillman says. "There's this wonderful family at the core... And then you're going to be shocked at certain things. And that's what I wanted to make as a film to have these emotions that keep you on the edge of your seat."

Tillman says the film is also bound to make you think. He reveals that his hope was to have the audience "see [themselves] in all of these characters."

"Somewhere in there, somebody could say, "I was Mav, or I was Haley, or I was Chris," he says naming some of the characters. "'How do I changed my perspective?' 'Oh, we need to listen to one another a little bit more and respect.'"

Meanwhile, for Russell Hornsby who plays Starr's father Maverick -- he sees a much deeper connection.

"When I was younger-- there used to be a shirt... It said, 'It's a black thing you wouldn't understand,' he recalls. "And I'll never forget my religion teacher...said, 'No, it's a black thing. Let me help you understand.' And I think there's a difference."

"So I think what we're trying to do with this film is bring something that audiences can feel about what our lives are. And I think we do a wonderful job."

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Friday
Oct192018

Supermodel Karlie Kloss marries Joshua Kushner 

Freeform(NEW YORK) -- Supermodel Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner are married.

Kloss, 26, posted a beautiful picture on Thursday of herself in her wedding dress, smiling ear to ear, while Kushner, 33, lovingly looks at his new bride. She simply captioned the pic, "10.18.2018" with a heart emoji.

People magazine confirms the duo tied the knot in a small Jewish ceremony in upstate New York on Thursday night, with the bride wearing a custom Dior gown. They are reportedly planning a larger celebration with family and friends this spring.

Kloss and Kushner -- who is the younger brother of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser -- announced the engagement in July.

"I love you more than I have words to express. Josh, you’re my best friend and my soulmate. I can’t wait for forever together. Yes a million times over," Kloss wrote on Instagram, along with an emoji of a diamond ring.

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Friday
Oct192018

Lena Dunham shutters her digital newsletter, 'Lenny Letter'

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Lena Dunham is shuttering her digital newsletter, Lenny Letter.

The newsletter -- which had featured essays by Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o and many more during its publication -- announced the closure in its final letter to subscribers Friday morning. Lena founded Lenny Letter with her producing partner Jenni Konner three years ago.

“In the three years since we began, the Internet has opened up for underrepresented writers in ways we wouldn’t have predicted or believed from our 2015 bunker,” the farewell note reads. “It was an honor to be part of that brigade, and we can’t wait to see how those who forged that path keep holding space after Lenny is gone.

It continues, “While there’s no one reason for our closure, this change allows for growth and a shift in perspectives — ours and yours.”

The letter implores, “Please, continue to push forward the voices that need a platform, the untold stories that deserve to be heard, the diversity that the publishing industry claims to value but has never mastered.”

Dunham also tweeted about change on Friday, without specifically mentioning the closure.

“Change is the only way we learn and the only way we stay in touch with our capacity for joy,” she wrote. “I am celebrating every aspect of it today, even the ones that hurt (Literally: holes on the body. Figuratively: holes in the heart.).”

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Friday
Oct192018

'Making a Murderer' filmmakers explain how Part 2 goes beyond the headlines

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- If you thought the story of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey ended with their verdict, think again. The hit Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer is back for even more revelations in Part 2.


The new episodes, which debut on Netflix today, follow the post-conviction process as Avery and Dassey’s lawyers -- including Avery's new powerhouse attorney Kathleen Zellner -- try to get their cases overturned.

As seen in Part 1, Avery and his then-teenage nephew were found guilty in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach.

Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos say the passionate response to Part 1 and the unanswered questions it left behind inspired them to continue telling the story.

"We thought if we go on this journey with them and their lawyers at this stage of the process we'll actually be bringing viewers into a lesser known phase of the process," Ricciardi tells ABC Radio. "That was really exciting to us."

If you’ve read recent headlines, you know Avery and Dassey have been unsuccessful in their appeals so far, but Ricciardi and Demos say Part 2 goes deeper than anything you'd be able to Google.

Demos compares the series to a cross-country train ride, rather than a flight. “If you took a train, you would learn a whole lot more," she explains. "You’d learn what that journey was like, what it meant to land on the West Coast and it would have a totally different meaning to you.”

She adds, “The headlines are the most surface level of the plot, and the plot is not the story."

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Friday
Oct192018

"Let's get this cancer sh** out of the way" -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus talking beating breast cancer on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- On his fourth show from Brooklyn, Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night welcomed multiple Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in a triumphant appearance following her successful treatment for breast cancer. 

The Seinfeld vet and Veep star came loaded for bear: "I'm really good, I'm not just saying that," she said to cheers, before saying with a laugh, "Let's get this cancer sh** out of the way, bring on the questions." 

"Did you beat the breast cancer?" Kimmel asked, to which Louis-Dreyfus answered enthusiastically, "Yes!" 

The actress' announcement that she had the disease stunned her fans, who followed her battle with cancer via social media. She explained how she came to be so public about her fight.

"Well, I did it for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, we had to stall Veep production because of my situation -- a lot of people work for me, and I knew I couldn't really keep it private --- because I had to tell everybody what was going on. And then I just sort of embraced that, and I got a lot of positive feedback. I think people liked having the fact that I had a sense of humor about it. And also I think it's an important conversation to have about health and health care."

As she's done in the past, Louis-Dreyfus tied her fight against cancer with the fight for health insurance for all -- which dovetailed into Kimmel's very public battle over health care when his newborn son needed heart surgery. 

Louis-Dreyfus also admitted to being nervous about giving a speech after she receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this weekend. "They're giving you an award for being comedic, and now they're saying, at the same time, now prove that you deserve it with this speech..."

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Friday
Oct192018

'Halloween' tops this week's new releases

Credit: Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:

Halloween -- Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in this direct sequel to the 1978 original. Still dealing with the violent attack she suffered 40 years earlier, she prepares to face Michael Meyers for once last confrontation, as he returns to try and finish her off. Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and Virginia Gardner also star. Rated R.

The Hate U Give -- This film adaptation of the late Angela Thomas' novel of the same name follows a 16-year-old girl -- played by Amandla Stenberg -- who must decide if she'll stand up for what she believes after witnessing the shooting of her best friend by a police officer. Also starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Common and Anthony Mackie. Rated PG-13.

The Old Man & the Gun -- Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker -- played by Robert Redford in what is reportedly his final role -- a career criminal who, at the age of 70, broke out of San Quentin prison and went on to rob 93 banks in five states over a two-year period. Also starring Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

Can You Ever Forgive Me -- This dramedy, based on Lee Israel's memoir of the same name, stars Melissa McCarthy as Israel -- an out of step writer who attempts to revive her career by forging letters from dead authors and playwrights. Also starring Richard E. Grant and Jane Curtain. Rated R.

Mid90s -- Jonah Hill wrote and makes his directorial debut in this coming of age comedy about a 13-year-old boy in 1990s Los Angeles -- played by Sunny Suljic -- who navigates his troubled home life and new friends he meets at a local skate shop. Also starring Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston. Rated R.

What They Had -- Hillary Swank stars as Ruth, who returns to her hometown at the insistence of her brother -- played Michael Shannon -- to help him convince their father to put their Alzheimer's-stricken mother -- portrayed by Robert Forster and Blythe Danner, respectively -- in a nursing home and let go of their long life together. Rated R.

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Thursday
Oct182018

Ellen DeGeneres helps U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka land a date with Michael B. Jordan

Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence(LOS ANGELES) -- U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka scored a date with Creed star Michael B. Jordan, thanks to a little matchmaking by Ellen DeGeneres.

The talk show host wished the 21-year-old tennis pro a happy birthday on Twitter by posting a shirtless photo of Jordan on her Twitter feed.

"Happy birthday," she wrote on Tuesday, Osaka's birthday. "I got you a present."

Osaka had previously shared with DeGeneres that she had a crush on the Black Panther star when she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show back in September.  The appearance came after Osaka beast Serena Williams during a controversial match in the U.S. Open Women's Final.

After Ellen posted the photo,  the tennis pro was mortified and asked the talk show host to block her -- but Ellen's move ended up getting the attention of none other than Jordan. 

The actor posted another shirtless photo, and declared, "This one is better and more recent."  He then invited Osaka to the premiere of Creed II as a belated birthday present.

A surprised Osaka tweeted, "LOL what is going on," but was happy to accept Jordan's offer. "If you're serious I would totally want to go," she wrote.

Ellen, who was clearly enjoying her handiwork, then tweeted, "You're welcome, Naomi."

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Thursday
Oct182018

You can win a 'Pretty Woman'-inspired shopping spree courtesy of Julia Roberts

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Want to shop like Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman -- minus the rude saleswoman? Well, now you can win the chance to do it...courtesy of Julia Roberts herself.

In partnership with the charity site Omaze, the actress is offering one lucky fan and a friend the opportunity to join her for lunch in Los Angeles and then enjoy a $2,500 shopping spree on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive.

Rodeo Drive is, of course, where Julia's Pretty Woman character Vivian ended up spending an "obscene" amount of money, and then got to inform that rude saleswoman that refusing to serve her was a "BIG mistake. HUGE."

The winner's flights and accommodation in L.A. will be taken care of as well.

To enter, all you have to do is make a donation on Omaze.com to support GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. GLSEN is a non-profit that works to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ children.

The campaign has also launched in conjunction with the GLSEN Respect Awards, which take place Friday, October 19 in L.A.

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