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Director Joe Carnahan on how his "dearly departed mentor" Tony Scott inspired his new Hulu movie Boss Level
Hulu (NEW YORK) -- Writer-director Joe Carnahan exploded onto the scene with the tense 2002 drug drama Narc, and has consistently been the go-to guy for gritty action films like 2006's Smokin' Aces with Ryan Reynolds and Common, and 2011's The Grey with Liam Neeson. His latest is the Hulu action film Boss Level, starring Marvel movie baddie Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts. The film, sort of a Groundhog Day with guns, has Grillo playing an ex-Special Forces soldier who keeps reliving the same day until he unravels a potentially world-ending secret. Carnahan first read the script from ...
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Golden Globe winner Andra Day shares significance of winning awards as a new actress
Photo credit: Takashi Seida (NEW YORK) -- Golden Globe winner Andra Day isn't taking award show season lightly. Considering her dramatic transformation in becoming the renowned Jazz singer Billie Holiday -- which included a 40-pound-weight loss -- Day tells ABC Audio that to be recognized in Hollywood for her portrayal would be "amazing." "It was a huge reward for me to be on set with [director] Lee Daniels, with Trevante [Rhodes], with Garrett Hedlund, with Tyler James Williams, with all of my cast," she says. "These are gargantuan talents and people with even greater integrity. [So] it would be great....
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Eddie Murphy to receive special award from the Make-up and Hairstylists Guild
Eddie in disguise in Coming 2 America -- Quantrell D. Colbert/Amazon Studios (LOS ANGELES) -- Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy will be honored with the Distinguished Artisan Award during the eighth annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, according to the guild's website. The Coming 2 America star will be honored for translating his comedic skills into film and television with an award presented by his co-star Arsenio Hall during its virtual ceremony on April 3. "From The Nutty Professor to Prince Akeem, Eddie Murphy is a legendary actor whose myriad of characters live in our hearts forever," said...
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"You could save a life" - Dr. Oz urges people to learn CPR after saving a man at airport
ABC/Jeff Neira (NEW JERSEY) -- Unlike the old saw, Dr. Oz doesn't just "play one on TV" -- and the TV host and real-life cardiothoracic surgeon proved that Monday night when he helped saved a man's life. "Last night, a man collapsed near me and my family after we arrived at Newark Airport," Dr. Mehmet Oz noted in a statement. "I performed CPR with the help of a Newark Port Authority police officer and cleared the man's airway." Dr. Oz added, "Thankfully, Newark Airport had a defibrillator nearby that we were able to use to save his life. As a...
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Mr. Smith goes to Washington? Will Smith expresses interest in political office
Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith is considering a career beyond acting and is flirting with running for political office. Speaking on the Pod Save America podcast on Monday, the 52-year-old actor opened up about his political aspirations, but admitted that he isn't yet ready to run. "I think for now I’ll let that office get cleaned up a little bit and then I'll consider that at some point down the line," explained the Oscar nominee. As for what kind of candidate Smith would be, he said, "I absolutely have an opinion, I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful, I believe...
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Zendaya gave 'Spider-Man' co-star Tom Holland this advice on dealing with fans
JoJo Whilden/Sony Pictures Entertainment (NEW YORK) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Despite being a highly accredited actor, Tom Holland sometimes needs a little advice on navigating Hollywood. Thankfully he's got his Spider-Man co-star Zendaya to help him out. In an interview with British GQ, the 24-year-old actor opened up about the moment that the actress was able to give him some tips on how to interact with fans. "Talking to Zendaya‘s helped me a lot, actually," Holland admitted. "I used to come across sometimes as a bit of a [jerk] to fans, mainly as I was always so surprised that they’d want...
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CBS announces the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards will air live on September 19
Television Academy - 2021 (LOS ANGELES) -- CBS and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19. The broadcast, which will also stream live and on demand on CBS' Paramount+ platform, will be held live, but a venue and a host have yet to be announced. What's also unknown is what format the event will take; the last Emmy Awards were originally to be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but they were moved to the Staples Center due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new...
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'Raya and the Last Dragon' star Kelly Marie Tran muses on scoring the Disney pop-culture Triple Crown
Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- On Friday, Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran will be heard voicing the heroic warrior Raya in Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon. The film is already winning praise for its stunning visuals and strong representation of the Asian community. While its setting, Kumandra, is fictional, its world is based on Southeast Asia, and brought to life by an all-Asian main cast, including Tran, Marvel movie veterans Benedict Wong, and Gemma Chan, Emmy-winner Sandra Oh, The Good Doctor star and producer Daniel Dae-Kim, and Awkwafina. The role of Raya puts Tran firmly in the running to...
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'The Mauritanian,' starring Golden Globe winner Jodie Foster, out on VOD today
STX Films/Graham Bartholomew (NEW YORK) -- Fresh off Jodie Foster’s Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe win for The Mauritanian on Sunday, the film hits Video On Demand today. It follows the true story of Mohamedou Ould Salahi, played by Tahar Rahim, a man held without charges in Guantanamo Bay who fights for his freedom with the help of his dedicated lawyer, Nancy Hollander, played by Foster.Rahim, who was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his role, tells ABC Audio he put himself through a strict diet and other grueling measures to physically and mentally prepare for some of the...
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Spike Lee to produce new HBO documentary for 20th anniversary of 9/11
ABC/Arturo Holmes (LOS ANGELES) -- Spike Lee and HBO have teamed up to produce a new documentary chronicling the historical events of September 11, 2001 and COVID-19. According to Variety, the film will follow "the life, loss and survival of New York residents over the twenty years since the terrorist attacks on the original World Trade Center complex." As director and producer, the Emmy-winning Lee said he's "proud" to share another Spike Lee film about his home state. "As a New Yawker who bleeds orange and blue (the colors of New York City), I’m proud to have a ‘Spike Lee...
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Paris Hilton recalls "mean" interview with David Letterman
YANN COATSALIOU/AFP via Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Paris Hilton used Monday's episode of her podcast This Is Paris to speak out about a 2007 interview she did with David Letterman, then host of CBS' The Late Show, in which she felt he intentionally set out to humiliate her. Hilton claims Letterman's public relations team had been after her to appear on the show, but she "kept saying no." She finally agreed in order to promote a new fragrance she had coming out -- providing he promised not to bring up her time in jail for violating probation in an...
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Golden Globes ratings tank; broadcast beat by 'America's Funniest Home Videos'
NBCUniversal (NEW YORK) -- Since it could be argued that some of the cringey technical glitches from Sunday night's Golden Globes belonged on America's Funniest Home Videos, it's ironic the telecast apparently got beat in the ratings by the family-friendly show on ABC. The bug-filled NBC awards show hosted by Tina Fey in New York, and Amy Poehler in Los Angeles, and co-starring a host of technical issues, attracted 5.42 million viewers, according to early numbers quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. By comparison, 2020's Golden Globes telecast attracted more than 18 million viewers, the trade says. According to the trade,...
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