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Thursday
Apr202017

Anne Hathaway: "I disliked myself so intensely" growing up

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Anne Hathaway has it all: a happy marriage, a new baby, an Oscar. But the home life she now describes as "beautiful" was something she never thought was possible because she once lived with a "pungent unhappiness."

The 34-year-old Oscar winner and star of the new film Colossal spoke candidly about life with her husband, Adam Shulman, and their son, Jonathan, on ABC News' "Popcorn with Peter Travers."

"I feel really lucky -- I get to do what I love," she told Travers. "I'm with the right guy and we make each other happy and we treat each other well."

"And we were given the most beautiful gift of our son," she said of Jonathan, who was born in 2016.

But Hathaway said her life wasn't always so joyful. When she was growing up, "it just seemed like it could never happen to me. I had just too many issues."

"I disliked myself so intensely," she continued. "I didn't know how to love myself. I didn't know how to love anybody."

The Les Misérables star added that part of her unhappiness stemmed from her inability to let people in. But she used acting and being on stage to help her feel comfortable.

"I loved being on a stage because I knew what was going to happen next." she said. "The thing that felt impossible at the time was actually being present and being here."

In recent years -- with the support of her friends, family and husband -- Hathaway said she's developed into a person who is more comfortable in her own skin and being covered by the press.

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Thursday
Apr202017

Anna Faris live-Tweets her day leading to the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" premiere

Walt Disney Studios Publicity - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Anna Faris and hubby Chris Pratt are always posting photos of each other on social media -- but yesterday Faris took it to a whole new hilarious level.

As the couple was getting ready to attend the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which Pratt plays Peter Quill/Star-Lord, his Mom star wife decided to live-tweet her day.

Complete with time stamps, the actress offered her followers an inside look at what it takes to get ready for a premiere in the Pratt/Faris home, and it's not always as glamorous as one might think: everything from the Faris procrastinating over taking a shower, to a sweaty Pratt snapped without his knowledge as he returned from yoga, to a mani-pedi -- "a little Hollywood gross," she commented -- an outdoor tinkle taken by their son Jack, to the final ride to the movie's purple carpet. 

"5:40 p.m." Anna captioned a snap of the two of them looking red carpet ready: "We're running late. Chris blames you guys. Seriously."

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which again will also star Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and the voices of Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, opens May 4. The movie will be released by Marvel Studios, which like ABC News is owned by Disney.

 

 

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Thursday
Apr202017

Tribeca Film Festival open with documentary about legendary record exec Clive Davis

Getty/Theo Wargo(LOS ANGELES) -- The Tribeca Film Festival opened in New York City Wednesday night with the premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary about the legendary music industry executive influential in the careers of everyone from Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston to Alicia Keys and Barry Manilow.

An all-star concert featuring Franklin, Manilow, Jennifer Hudson, Carly Simon and Dionne Warwick was set to follow the screening, and Tribeca co-founder Robert DeNiro said that explains why the movie was chosen to kick off the festival.

"We felt that ..his film would be the best for opening the festival tonight and he has so much respect in the music world and you can see by who’s gonna perform after," he said before the screening at Radio City Music Hall.

While often you hear musicians complaining about record industry executives, singer Judy Collins, a long-time friend of the 85-year-old Davis, said he's a different kind of record company guy.

"He’s sort of our mentor and the person that we look to, not only musically, but Clive also, I think, has a very big heart when it comes to social activities and social principles and he always supports the best – not only in his artists, but also in the culture," she said.

Still, it's Davis' career in music that made him the subject of a documentary important enough to kick off a major film festival.  Why?  Saxophonist Kenny G explains, "He’s the guy that brings the quality into the music industry. He just does. He finds it, he hears it, he puts the dots together, he figures out who’s the right producer, who’s the right artist, who’s the right songwriter, how are you gonna promote it, where’s it gonna go. And he just figures it all this stuff out and it just happens."

The Tribeca Film Festival runs through Sunday.

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Thursday
Apr202017

Richard Simmons breaks silence: "I'm not missing, just a little under the weather"

Getty Images/David A. Walega(LOS ANGELES) -- The reclusive fitness icon Richard Simmons -- who vanished from the public eye in recent years -- broke his silence today, releasing a statement to his fans on his Facebook page.

"Well by now you know that I'm not 'missing,' just a little under the weather," Simmons said. "I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days."

Simmons, who was hospitalized on Monday for severe indigestion, thanked all those who showed concern for him while he was recovering.

Although Simmons has retreated from the spotlight in recent years, he was thrust back into the public eye with the rise of the extremely popular podcast, Missing Richard Simmons.

"This has reminded me that when you need help you can’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it," the 68-year-old fitness guru added. "We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it’s just bigger than we are."

He continued: "I’m sure there are people in your life who love and care for you and would do anything to help you with the challenges you face."

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Thursday
Apr202017

Viola Davis, John Legend score covers for "TIME" magazine's "100 Most Influential People" issue

Miles Aldridge for TIME(NEW YORK) -- Viola Davis and John Legend now have more in common than winning an Oscar.  The actress and musician, respectively, are also one of only five people to have their own cover on TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People issue.

The covers -- and the honorees -- were both revealed Thursday morning.  Davis and Legend are among 17 people in the Artists category, one of five along with Pioneers, Leaders, Titans and Icons.

Per tradition, each honoree has a few lines written about them by a equally famous peer.  Acting icon Meryl Streep writes of Davis, "she embodies for all women, but especially for women of color, the high-wire rewards of hard work and a dream, risk and faith," adding, "Her gifts as an artist are unassailable, undeniable, deep and rich and true. But her importance in the culture -- her ability to identify it, her willingness to speak about it and take on responsibility for it -- is what marks her for greatness."

Singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte does the honors for Legend, calling the singer and composer a "wonderful artist" who "uses his platform to push for meaningful social change, and the depth of his commitment is to be admired."

Each honoree's also featured in a brief video, reflecting on their art and times in their own words.  You can check out the videos, and all of the 100 Most Influential People, at TIME's website.

Here are all of the artist honorees:

Emma Stone
Colson Whitehead
Ed Sheeran
Alicia Keys
Ryan Reynolds
Donald Glover
Leslie Jones
Ben Platt
Ava DuVernay
Barry Jenkins
Margot Robbie
Sarah Paulson
James Corden
John Legend
Alessandro Michele
Kerry James Marshall
Demi Lovato

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Thursday
Apr202017

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" stars storm the purple carpet for Hollywood premiere

mARVEL - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had its world premiere in Hollywood Wednesday night, and one of the stars walking the purple carpet was David Hasselhoff, who has a cameo in the film, thanks in large part to his role in the 1980s TV series Knight Rider.

"James Gunn, the director, saw me on...Knight Rider when he was eight years old," the 64-year-old actor tells ABC Radio, adding that Gunn said he "loved that show, and loved the theme of Knight Rider and one man can make a difference my whole life."

Michael Rooker reprises his role as Yondu, the blue-skinned Ravagers leader, and Rooker tells ABC that he enjoyed the challenge of conveying the emotional journey his character experiences this time around.

"I loved being challenged," he explains. "I love...the fact that I do go on this journey and it's a beautiful one, not just about whistling and our action or arrows going all over the place...it's about other stuff too." 

Another character who has changed since the first Guardians of the Galaxy is Zoe Saldana's fiery Gamora, who's a little more calm this time around.

"She's not looking for a way to get out and she's trying to get these guardians to pay attention, to grow up and to do what we do because it's a good thing, and not for the money," she says, "cause they're super greedy."

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, also starring Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper, opens nationwide May 5.

ABC News and Marvel are both owned by Disney.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Gettin' Genie wit it? Report says Will Smith could play genie in live-action "Aladdin"

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith might soon have the power to grant some major wishes.

According to Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actor is in talks to star in Disney's live-action Aladdin film, to be directed by Guy Ritchie. The original animated version, released in 1992, starred the late Robin Williams as the boisterous blue Genie of the lamp.

Earlier this year, Smith was said to be in talks with Tim Burton for a live-action Dumbo film, which reportedly did not materialize.

The original Aladdin was a major success for Disney, grossing over $504 million for the company, in part thanks to a merchandising line featuring the new Disney princess, Jasmine.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Oscar winner Brie Larson: "I still question if I'm a good actor"

ABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) -- Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson opened up about her upcoming action film, Free Fire, and reflected on her recent rise to fame in an interview with Good Morning America that aired Wednesday.

In Free Fire, Larson's character mediates an doomed arms deal between a South African gun merchant and an Irish Republican Army representative. Larson, who plays Justine, attempts to save the deal -- and spare lives -- as both parties open fire on each other inside the same room.

"This is not like cool, action hero moves," Larson said. "So that's what I like about it."

Larson, who won an Oscar for her performance in Room last year, said the coveted trophy hasn't helped her confidence.

"At the end of the day, I still question if I'm a good actor, I still question if I am doing enough to help the world," she said, calling her win "so random."

"I guess the truth is, for me, no matter what recognition I get, I think I am always going to question myself," Larson said.

Free Fire opens Friday.

Larson will also play the super-powerful superhero Captain Marvel in a 2019 Marvel Studios movie of the same name. Variety reports Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed the acclaimed-but-little-seen 2015 Ryan Reynolds movie Mississippi Grind, will call the shots for that film, which will be released by ABC News' parent company, Disney.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Is Amanda Bynes returning to Nickelodeon?

Getty Images/GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Troubled actress Amanda Bynes could possibly stage a comeback -- on the network that launched her career

A source tells the New York Post that producers at Nickelodeon have been "trying to reach" Bynes to toss around ideas for possible show.

Producers at the kids network would like to “work with her again in a positive and healthy way," says the insider, adding that the 31-year-old actress "has a tremendous amount of talent.”

Bynes was featured on the Nickelodeon kids sketch comedy show All That when she was 10. She later starred in The Amanda Show, which ran from 1999 to 2002.

A Nickelodeon rep didn’t comment, but a source denied the report, telling the newspaper, “We love Amanda, but it’s not true.”

The 31-year-old, who recently completed a second year at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Orange County, California, has reportedly been doing well since being placed on a psychiatric hold in October 2014 after displaying worrisome behavior, including going on a Twitter tirade against her father.

Bynes returned to the public eye in 2015, attending a red carpet in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Marvel Studios head says no R-rated Marvel movies coming

(L-R) Marvel President Kevin Feige, "Captain Marvel" star Brie Larson: Marvel - 2017(LOS ANGELES) --  Despite the extreme success of Twentieth Century Fox's R-rated movies Deadpool and Logan, based on Marvel characters, don't expect to see Captain America cursing on screen anytime soon. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told reporters on Monday the studio -- which is owned by Disney -- has no plans to get racy.

Feige was speaking during an open house for reporters at Marvel Studios on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Of Fox-produced Deadpool and Logan, Feige said, "My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating; it's the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries that they pushed."

Feige said that Spider-Man, who is now appearing in Marvel Cinematic Universe films thanks to a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, will appear not only in Avengers: Infinity War but also the untitled fourth Avengers movie, but the two studios have no further plans for Spidey crossovers at the moment.

He also said Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn not only will make the third movie in that franchise but may play a larger role in Marvel movies going forward as the take more of a cosmic turn with Avengers: Infinity War.

"I think James in particular has an amazing connection with these characters and with this cosmic world. So he, I think, could easily oversee additional stories beyond [Guardians of the Galaxy] Vol. 3," said Feige. "And I think has them and just continues to come up with them, which is cool. All of our core writers and filmmakers know what we are doing in other places and help give input on the various projects."

Marvel Studios, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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