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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- While comic fans buzzed about seeing Spidey alongside Marvel movie newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the LGBTQ community had something else to cheer about. One of Peter Parker's buddies in the movie is played by 22-year-old trans actor Zach Barack.
This marks one of the first times a trans actor has been featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, The Advocate reports trans actor Tyler Luke Cunningham is a featured extra in the same film.
In Barack's Instagram posts, you can see the actor alongside his good buddy Jacob Batalon, who plays Peter's bestie Ned in the upcoming film from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.
Spider-Man follows popular CW show Supergirl, which cast 21-year-old trans performer Nicole Maines as the hero Dreamer. Maines knows her casting was significant for other trans actors.
"If I had had a trans superhero, someone who looks like me wearing a cape, [while] growing up, that would have changed the game," the actress recently told USA TODAY. "That would have been an entire new level of validation in myself, to think that I can be a superhero!"
Venus Lux, a trans activist, entrepreneur, and adult film star, tells ABC Radio that the tide is finally turning.
"I'm so proud and I'm so happy to be in this...time right now, that, you know, this can actually happen," she says. "It's not a dream. It is a reality."
She adds, "It just requires consistency of like pushing the envelope, and allowing more trans folks to be included and not just in a way where we're portraying certain characters, but also having the stories behind us."
Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(HOLLYWOOD) -- Fresh off the #1 box office success of his latest movie The Upside, Kevin Hart has announced his next movie project.
The Jumanji actor is set to star in a live-action movie based on Hasbro's classic game Monopoly. It re-teams Hart with Ride Along director Tim Story, who is set to helm the project.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, Hart confirmed the good news.
"Let's gooooooooo @timkstory ....We got work to do damn it!!!!!" he wrote, sharing a Deadline report about the casting.
"Still grinding with the attitude of an individual that hasn't accomplished anything yet. Let's gooooooooo HartBeat Productions."
Together, Hart and Story have worked on Think Like a Man, Ride Along, Think Like a Man Too, andRide Along 2.
Hasbro has been trying to make a Monopoly movie for at least a decade, reports Deadline, which notes that an early version of the story would have focused on a young man from Monopoly's cheapest property, Baltic Avenue, who attempts to make a fortune.
Despite the controversy surrounding his short-lived gig as Oscar host, Hart is obviously still a hot property in Hollywood, as the success of The Upside, co-starring Bryan Cranston, proved.
Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Keanu Reeves is back in black in the trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.
The preview, which just debuted, shows "The Boogeyman" on the run.
"A 14-million dollar bounty on his head, and everyone in the city wanting a piece of it," says Winston, played by returning star Ian McShane. Of Wick's odds, he says, "I'd say it's about even."
Set to Frank Sinatra's cover of "The Impossible Dream," the trailer contains all the hallmarks any John Wick fan has come to expect: eye-popping visuals, dogs, shadowy criminal doings, and baddies being dispatched in just about every conceivable way -- from bullets to blades to books.
This time around, Anjelica Huston joins the fun as some sort of criminal kingpin, as does fellow Oscar-winner Halle Berry. She plays Sofia, a former associate of Wick's who appears to be every bit the butt-kicker he is.
The movie, with stuntman-turned director Chad Stahelski behind the camera once again, opens May 17.
(LOS ANGELES) -- Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Chris Cornell EstateThe "I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" event at The Forum near Los Angeles was a night of music, passion and stars, but mostly -- as many of the performers noted from the stage -- a celebration of the life of the musician, who died by suicide in May of 2017.
Performers from the Foo Fighters, Metallica and Audioslave to Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine were joined by other special guests, including Brad Pitt introducing a special performance of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" by Chris Cornell's daughter Toni Cornell and Ziggy Marley.
In addition to Pitt, other non-musical guests included his Deadpool 2 co-star Josh Brolin, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Courteney Cox, Cameron Crowe, Kaley Cuoco, David Spade and more.
Jimmy Kimmel served as host for the evening. In his opening remarks, he said, "This is an emotional night for a lot of you and it’s a meaningful night for me as well...There are so many great artists here to remember Chris...I think you're going to remember this night for the rest of your life."
Despite pouring rain and traffic in the area, The Forum was packed, and even four hours into the show, the crowd stayed put, sang along and cheered, especially near the end, when Cornell's former bandmates from Temple of the Dog and Soundgarden -- along with special guests like Fiona Apple, Peter Frampton and Taylor Momsen -- played the fan favorites everyone had been waiting to hear.
In addition to the live performances, breaks between sets included videos and photos and clips of some of Chris Cornell's performances, showcasing his talent and especially his legendary vocal range.
A video at the beginning of the night featured celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to George Clooney talking about Cornell's commitment to human rights, adding, "Keep the Promise for Chris Cornell" and highlighting the hashtag #KeepThePromise.
There were emotional elements throughout the night as well as Cornell's bandmates, friends and collaborators shared their memories of Chris, expressing their wish that he could be there. But at the top of the show, his former bandmates insisted, "Chris is here with us tonight. He has the best seat in the house."
In the middle of the Foo Fighters' performance, Dave Grohl said, "I woke up a little sad this morning because I realized that with all this love, the one person who would have appreciated it the most can't be here tonight."
But Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog guitarist Stone Gossard said, "I think we're all here for the same reason. I think it's to share and it's to grieve but mainly it's to celebrate...Chris' artistry and to hear his incredible music."
He added, "Here we are now with this loss, this pain, this anger. Families needing healing, fans needing healing, friendships and relationships shattered. And all of our lives still tumbling along without our leader: a sensitive and gifted Irish boy from North Seattle who changed us all."
Chris Cornell's widow Vicky expressed her gratitude, saying, "This event showcases [Chris'] contributions to music history across genres and generations."
And in addition to his daughter Toni's performance, Chris' other daughter, Lily, spoke, saying her Dad had a beautiful gift and made music because he loved it.
For fans unable to make it to the show but who still want to support Cornell's legacy and his Foundation, Kimmel announced that a pair of Chris Cornell limited-edition Gibson guitars, made to honor the late singer, had been signed by many of the evening's artists, and will be up for sale on eBay, with money going to EBMRF.