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Joe Pesci says playing Harry in the ‘Home Alone’ films came with some ‘serious’ pain
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Joe Pesci says playing Harry in the ‘Home Alone’ films came with some ‘serious’ pain

CNN  —  They say artists have to be willing to do anything for their art, and for Joe Pesci, that includes setting his head on fire. In a new interview with People, the Oscar winner reflected on the making “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” on the occasion of the sequel’s 30th anniversary and remembered how the comedy required some physically “demanding” stunts on his part. “It was a nice change of pace to do that particular type of slapstick comedy,” Pesci said of making the first two “Home Alone” films in the email interview, published on Tuesday. In the uber-successful franchise, Pesci played one half a bungling thief duo (alongside Daniel Stern) who is continually one-upped by a clever...
‘Love Actually’ director feels ‘a bit stupid’ about movie’s lack of diversity
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‘Love Actually’ director feels ‘a bit stupid’ about movie’s lack of diversity

CNN  —  Every year, as the days grow colder and Christmas draws nearer, “Love Actually” quickly becomes a festive favorite on people’s television screens. But nearly 20 years on from the release of the 2003 romantic comedy, the movie has faced scrutiny over its story lines and lack of diversity. “There were things you’d change but thank god society is changing. So my film is bound, in some moments, to feel, you know, out of date,” the movie’s writer and director Richard Curtis said earlier this week. He was speaking to Diane Sawyer as part of a documentary on ABC News titled: “The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later.” “Love Actually” features interwe...
Inside Stevie Nicks’ and Christine McVie’s decades-long friendship
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Inside Stevie Nicks’ and Christine McVie’s decades-long friendship

CNN  —  Throughout the various personal turmoils for which the members of Fleetwood Mac are known, one relationship buoyed the band for decades: the friendship between its two frontwomen, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks. McVie joined the band in 1970 during one of its early lineup changes and for years was its only woman. When Nicks was added to the lineup in 1975, the two became fast friends. Theirs was not a competitive relationship, but a sisterly one – both women were gifted songwriters responsible for crafting many of the band’s best-known tunes. Though the two grew apart in the 1980s amid Nicks’ worsening drug addiction and the band’s growing internal tension, they came back together when McV...
Christine McVie’s music: 5 songs to listen to in her honor
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Christine McVie’s music: 5 songs to listen to in her honor

CNN  —  There’s a reason why Christine McVie was considered the heart of Fleetwood Mac. The band’s keyboardist, who died Wednesday after a brief illness at the age of 79, was also the writer of some of the group’s most beloved songs. Here are just five of those tunes: This one is tied to some drama. Fleetwood Mac is known for, in part, their tumultuous relationships, especially when it came to romantic ones. Band members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had a thing that ended badly and McVie was famously married to, and then divorced from, their other bandmate, John McVie. He reportedly thought the song, with its lyrics “Sweet wonderful you/Y...
‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’: Harrison Ford cracks the whip in teaser trailer
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‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’: Harrison Ford cracks the whip in teaser trailer

CNN  —  It’s a name so iconic, he comes with his own theme song, and boy, is it a sweet sound. In the new teaser trailer for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” Harrison Ford returns as the titular hero archaeologist, this time alongside “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. In this fifth installment, directed by James Mangold, Jones jumps back into action – albeit seemingly reluctantly – to once again go on a grand adventure, despite thinking that his risk-taking days have “come and gone.” Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny | Teaser Trailer Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Shaunette Renee Wilson and Mads Mikkelsen are part of the cast for the new movie....
Keke Palmer reveals baby bump as part of her ‘Saturday Night Live’ opening monologue
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Keke Palmer reveals baby bump as part of her ‘Saturday Night Live’ opening monologue

CNN  —  Some people like singing their good news from the rooftops, but in Keke Palmer’s case, it was done on live television in front of millions of viewers. The actress and comedian hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and during her opening monologue, revealed she is pregnant with her first child. The “Hustlers” star wore a trench coat with snap buttons and said she wanted “to set the record straight” about some “rumors going around” that she’s having a baby. “I am!” she continued, whipping open her coat to reveal her bare baby bump underneath. While closing the clasps on her coat, Palmer then added, “I gotta say, it is bad when people on the Internet spread rumors ...
George Clooney has a simple strategy for staying out of trouble as a public figure
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George Clooney has a simple strategy for staying out of trouble as a public figure

CNN  —  George Clooney has a surefire way for staying out of trouble as a public figure in the age of social media: stay off of it. In a profile for the Washington Post published on Friday, the Oscar-winning actor said he manages to avoid too much exposure to today’s 24/7 media cycle by not engaging on those platforms, which he acknowledges would be problematic “if I have three drinks at night.” He also shared, “I don’t think you can be a star and be that available.” It was part of a larger conversation in which Clooney identified how certain movie stars that came before him like Gregory Peck and Paul Newman – both of whom were friends of his before they died – exemplified how to carry o...
Ben Affleck says Netflix’s ‘assembly line’ approach to making quality films is ‘an impossible job’
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Ben Affleck says Netflix’s ‘assembly line’ approach to making quality films is ‘an impossible job’

CNN  —  Ben Affleck is sounding off on how movies are being made in today’s age of Netflix and other streaming platforms, which offer an ever-expanding glut of content. The actor, producer and director, who is starting a new film studio of his own with friend and colleague Matt Damon alongside RedBird Capital Partners, shared his take on Netflix’s approach to moviemaking, which he likened to an “assembly line.” Making films “is a thing that requires attention and dedication and work and it resists the sort of assembly line process,” Affleck shared in reference to Netflix, while attending the New York Times 2022 DealBook Conference last week. “[Netflix’s head of original films] Scott Stub...
‘Harry & Meghan’ series gets release date and new trailer
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‘Harry & Meghan’ series gets release date and new trailer

CNN  —  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have an early Christmas gift for their supporters. A new trailer for their Netflix docuseries, “Harry & Meghan,” was released Monday, along with a schedule for when the episodes will stream. Volume I will include episodes 1-3 and will stream on December 8, and Volume II with episodes 4-6 will be out December 15. In the latest trailer, the couple appear to be offering more insight into how life was for them being a part of the royal family. “There’s a hierarchy in the family,” Prince Harry says. “You know, there’s leaking, but there’s also planting of stories.” He ends the trailer by saying, “No one knows the full truth. ...
Axl Rose will stop tossing mic after fan reportedly injured
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Axl Rose will stop tossing mic after fan reportedly injured

CNN  —  Axl Rose is ending a 30-year Guns N’ Roses tradition. The band’s frontman recently posted a note saying on social media that he would no longer be tossing his microphone into the crowd during their concerts after it came to his attention that a fan may have been hurt at their recent show in Adelaide, Australia. “If true, obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in any way hurt anyone at any of [our] shows anyway,” Rose wrote in a note he tweeted. “Having tossed the mic at the end of [our] show for over 30 years we always felt it was a known part of the very end of [our] performance that fans wanted and were aware of to have an opportunity to catch the mic.” He tha...