Ringo Starr Gets A Refresh

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ringo-starrRingo Starr has checked into rehab, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

The drummer, 76, has been in a residential program for weeks, and is expected to check out ahead of his fall tour dates with his All-Starr Band.

“Ringo wanted to go into rehab,’” an insider told Radar.
“As a long-recovering alcoholic, he’s constantly worried about falling off the wagon. That’s his biggest fear,” said the source.

“The temptations to drink and do drugs again are all around him, especially when he’s on the road,” the insider claimed. “He wanted to make sure that didn’t happen!”

Spywitnesses spotted Starr and a sober coach outside an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on Aug. 23 — a far cry from his boozy days after the 1970 breakup of the Fab Four.

Starr has admitted that he felt “absolutely lost” in the days after the Beatles broke up. “I wasn’t interested in being in another band right away. I was hiding because of all of those pressures,” he said.

He scored a number of hits as a solo artist, but he was never sober. “I recorded a lot of things drunk — because I was a drunk,” he confessed.

“I felt I could deal with life more easily with a few drinks. The problem was…a few turned into many.”

He soon got caught in a vicious cycle. By the late 1980s, he was often holed up in his Hollywood Hills home getting blotto.

“I wouldn’t go out, because you’d have to be in the car for 40 minutes without a drink,” said Starr. “It got progressively worse,” as he began experiencing blackouts.

“l didn’t know where I’d been, what I’d done,” Ringo recalled, “I knew I had the problem for years. But it plays tricks with your head. Very cunning and baffling is alcohol.”

Starr finally got help in 1988, when he checked into Arizona’s Sierra Tucson rehab clinic. “I landed drunk as a skunk at the clinic. I drank all the way and got off the plane completely demented,” Ringo remembered. “Eight days in, I decided, ‘’I’m here to get help because I know I’m sick.’”

These days, Ringo claims he lives “healthily” — eating vegetarian and working on new music — but the ghost of alcohol addiction will always haunt him, according to the insider.

“He’s hoping that rehab will help him stay on the straight and narrow,” the source revealed, “so he doesn’t fall off the wagon!”
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Gene Wilder Passes Away At 83

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gene-wilderGene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.
His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.

The comic actor, who was twice Oscar nominated, for his role in “The Producers” and for co-penning “Young Frankenstein” with Mel Brooks, usually portrayed a neurotic who veered between total hysteria and dewy-eyed tenderness. “My quiet exterior used to be a mask for hysteria,” he told Time magazine in 1970. “After seven years of analysis, it just became a habit.”
Habit or not, he got a great deal of mileage out of his persona in the 1970s for directors like Mel Brooks and Woody Allen, leading to a few less successful stints behind the camera, the best of which was “The Woman in Red,” co-starring then-wife Gilda Radner. Wilder was devastated by Radner’s death from ovarian cancer in 1989 and worked only intermittently after that. He tried his hand briefly at a sitcom in 1994, “Something Wilder,” and won an Emmy in 2003 for a guest role on “Will & Grace.”
His professional debut came in Off Broadway’s “Roots” in 1961, followed by a stint on Broadway in Graham Greene’s comedy “The Complaisant Lover,” which won him a Clarence Derwent Award as promising newcomer. His performance in the 1963 production of Brecht’s “Mother Courage” was seen by Mel Brooks, whose future wife, Anne Bancroft, was starring in the production; a friendship with Brooks would lead to some of Wilder’s most successful film work. For the time being, however, Wilder continued to work onstage, in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1963 and “Dynamite Tonight” and “The White House” the following year. He then understudied Alan Arkin and Gabriel Dell in “Luv,” eventually taking over the role.
Wilder also worked in television in 1962’s “The Sound of Hunting,” “The Interrogators,” “Windfall” and in the 1966 TV production of “Death of a Salesman” with Lee J. Cobb. He later starred in TV movies including “Thursday’s Game” and the comedy-variety special “Annie and the Hoods,” both in 1974.
In 1967 Wilder essayed his first memorable bigscreen neurotic, Eugene Grizzard, a kidnapped undertaker in Arthur Penn’s classic “Bonnie and Clyde.”
Then came “The Producers,” in which he played the hysterical Leo Bloom, an accountant lured into a money bilking scheme by a theatrical producer played by Zero Mostel. Directed and written by Brooks, the film brought Wilder an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor. With that, his film career was born.
He next starred in a dual role with Donald Sutherland in “Start the Revolution Without Me,” in which he displayed his fencing abilities. It was followed by another middling comedy, “Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx,” also in 1970.
In 1971 he stepped into the shoes of Willy Wonka, one of his most beloved and gentle characters. Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was not an immediate hit but became a children’s favorite over the years. The same cannot be said for the 1974 Stanley Donen-directed musical version of “The Little Prince,” in which Wilder appeared as the fox. He had somewhat better luck in Woody Allen’s spoof “Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex,” appearing in a hilarious segment in which he played a doctor who falls in love with a sheep named Daisy.
Full-fledged film stardom came with two other Brooks comedies, both in 1974: Western spoof “Blazing Saddles” and a wacko adaptation of Mary Shelley’s famous book entitled “Young Frankenstein,” in which Wilder portrayed the mad scientist with his signature mixture of hysteria and sweetness.
Working with Brooks spurred Wilder to write and direct his own comedies, though none reached the heights of his collaborations with Brooks. The first of these was “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother” (1975), in which he included such Brooks regulars as Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman. It was followed by 1977’s “The World’s Greatest Lover,” which he also produced.
Wilder fared better, however, when he was working solely in front of the camera, particularly in a number of films in which he co-starred with Richard Pryor.
The first of these was 1976’s “Silver Streak,” a spoof of film thrillers set on trains; 1980’s “Stir Crazy” was an even bigger hit, grossing more than $100 million. Wilder and Pryor’s two other pairings, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” and “Another You,” provided diminishing returns, however.
While filming “Hanky Panky” in 1982, Wilder met “Saturday Night Live” comedienne Radner. She became his third wife shortly thereafter. Wilder and Radner co-starred in his most successful directing stint, “The Woman in Red” in 1984, and then “Haunted Honeymoon.” But Radner grew ill with cancer, and he devoted himself to her care, working sporadically after that and hardly at all after her death in 1989.
In the early ’90s he appeared in his last film with Pryor and another comedy, “Funny About Love.” In addition to the failed TV series “Something Wilder” in 1994, he wrote and starred in the A&E mystery telepics “The Lady in Question” and “Murder in a Small Town” in 1999. He also appeared as the Mock Turtle in a 1999 NBC adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.”
He last acted in a couple of episodes of “Will and Grace” in 2002-03 as Mr. Stein, winning an Emmy.
He was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee and began studying acting at the age of 12. After getting his B.A. from the U. of Iowa in 1955, Wilder enrolled in the Old Vic Theater school in Bristol, where he learned acting technique and fencing. When he returned to the U.S. he taught fencing and did other odd jobs while studying with Herbert Berghof’s HB Studio and at the Actors Studio under Lee Strasberg.
Wilder’s memoir “Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art” was published in 2005. After that he wrote fiction: the 2007 novel “My French Whore”; 2008’s “The Woman Who Wouldn’t”; a collection of stories, “What Is This Thing Called Love?,” in 2010; and the novella “Something to Remember You By: A Perilous Romance” in 2013.
Wilder was interviewed by Alec Baldwin for the one-hour TCM documentary “Role Model: Gene Wilder” in 2008. The actor was also active in raising cancer awareness in the wake of Radner’s death.
He is survived by his fourth wife Karen Boyer, whom he married in 1991 and his nephew. His sister Corinne, predeceased him in January 2016.
Before Radner, Wilder was married to the actress-playwright Mary Mercier and Mary Joan Schutz (aka Jo Ayers).
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Mark David Chapman Denied Parole

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mark-david-chapmanMark David Chapman, 61, the convicted murderer of John Lennon, was denied parole Sunday for the ninth time, reported the New York Daily News.

The paper said a three-man board denied parole for an unspecified reason earlier this week. He’ll be eligible again in two years. There had been earlier reports by the paper that five letters recommending his parole this year had been received by the board. But the paper also said Yoko Ono had written the board opposing it.

In 2014 at his last hearing, he claimed to have found Jesus and said he was an “idiot” for killing Lennon, according to CNN. He also said he was “confused” and “needed a lot of attention at that time, and I took it out on him.”

Chapman shot Lennon in front of the Beatle’s home at the Dakota in New York City on Dec. 8, 1980 while returning from a recording session with Yoko Ono, his wife. He was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, but was dead on arrival, according to a report by ABC News. A memorial that was attended by thousands of fans was held Dec. 14 at which Ono requested 10 minutes of silence be observed.

Strawberry Fields, a tribute to the Beatle in the city’s Central Park, was opened in 1985. Ono has a website, Imagine Peace, dedicated to him.

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Giles Martin Talks, The Beatles

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Beatles producer Giles Martin has said that had the band not quit touring in the mid 60s, their subsequent streak of classic albums may never have come to pass.

Martin has teamed up with engineer Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios to remix and master the long out of print The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, which is released via Apple Corps and Universal Music Group on September 9. The remixed, 17-song LP comprises recordings from the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965.

“It is, by its nature, a flawed recording,” Martin told Music Week. “But it captures the essence of them live. It captures what it was like to be there and the excitement – and they were an exciting band.”

The live LP is a companion to Ron Howard’s documentary feature film, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, set to have its world premiere in London on September 15.

Discounting their famous Apple Corps rooftop gig in 1969, The Beatles’ final concert together was at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, on August 29, 1966. As a result, the band never performed dozens of their most famous songs from albums such as Revolver, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road live on stage.

“I don’t think you’d have got those albums, [if they hadn’t stopped touring],” said Martin, who made The Beatles’ acclaimed 2006 Love album with his late father, the legendary Sir George Martin. “And I don’t think they‘d have lasted as a band as long as they did.

“Think about how creative they were after they finished touring. We all need to vent in some way and they vented with creativity.”

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Bruce Springsteen Performs For Nearly 4 Hours

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bruce-springsteen (1)Bruce and the boys are back in the swamps of Jersey, and they’re in no rush to get off the stage.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform their second show at MetLife Stadium on Thursday. It comes after they performed a 35-song set for 3 hours and 52 minutes on Tuesday.

A Springsteen fan website, Backstreets.com, says that was Springsteen’s longest U.S. show.

The Boss’ longest show was 4 hours and 6 minutes in Helsinki, Finland, in 2012.

The New Jersey shows mark a return to the U.S. after Springsteen and the band spent three months performing in Europe on their River Tour 2016, which kicked off in January.

They are performing in seven U.S. cities, including East Rutherford, before ending the tour on Sept. 14.

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Mike Myers Talks Revisiting ‘Wayne’s World’

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gggMike Myers is thinking about what Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar would be up to at age 50.

As “Wayne’s World” approaches its 25th anniversary next year, Myers reveals he’d be opening to revisiting the Aerosmith-loving, basement-dwelling characters he and Dana Carvey originated on “Saturday Night Live”.

“It would be an interesting examination of Wayne at 50,” he tells the Canadian Press.  “I don’t know what it would look like, but the idea of it makes me laugh and Dana (Carvey) and I had a blast at the [‘SNL] 40th anniversary, so I don’t know.”  Myers and Carvey reprised their Wayne and Garth characters during the “SNL” anniversary special last February.

Wayne might not be the only character in Myers’ arsenal that audiences will see again.  When asked about any future “Austin Powers” films, the actor replies, “Everything is being negotiated and worked out and all that stuff.”

Despite calling New York City home, the Canuck still has his eye on his hometown hockey team: the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I feel like I’ve said this many times — we’re in a rebuilding phase, but it seems like all the elements are in place,” he says of the team’s prospects for the upcoming season.  “I keep saying it’s too much of a heartache and then every September I’m trying to figure out the roster, trying to figure out what the experts at TSN are saying about us.”

Expect hockey and “SNL” to play a big part in the memoir that Myers has due out in October.  The book will look back at his relationship with Canada and his career including his iconic characters of Wayne and Austin Powers.

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Cher Compares Donald Trump To Hitler

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Cher_TrumpCher opened her remarks at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser by unloading a freewheeling barrage of insults at Donald Trump comparing him to Hitler and saying he reminded her of the actress who played a murdering child in the film, “The Bad Seed.”

Speaking Sunday in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the singer and actress gave a stinging — and at times profane — assessment of the Republican presidential nominee. Invoking “The Bad Seed” she said: “He’s so Patty McCormack, consummate liar, doesn’t care who she hurts, insane.”

Before an enthusiastic crowd, Cher also said of Trump: “Do you remember ‘Fun with Dick and Jane’? It’s like racist fun with Dick and Jane.”

She later added: “He doesn’t mean we want to make America great again. He means we want to make America straight and white.” She also said that she was reminded of “despots, you know Stalin and Hitler.”

A video of the 70-year-old’s 15-minute speech was shared on Facebook by an attendee of the “LGBT summer celebration” event.

After the event, Cher told reporters that Trump was “a racist, he’s a misogynist, he’s a horrible person.”

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Maisie Williams, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7: ‘Nothing Will Prepare You’

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kk“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams is doing her part to get fans excited for Season 7 of the hit HBO series.

The 19-year-old British actress took to Twitter after going through her first script for the new season of the fantasy series.

“Just finished reading season 7,” she wrote. “S–t gets REAL. I’d start preparing yourselves now. Scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this…”

The upcoming season has not been featured in one of author George R.R. Martin’s popular novels. The fantasy writer is currently working on the next installment in the series, “Winds of Winter,” but the show has surpassed his bestselling books so fans don’t have any clues as to what comes next.

Season 6 of the series ended with Cersei Lannister wiping out an entire village and the revelation that Jon Snow is not really the son of Ned Stark as he prepares to lead troops into the ultimate battle.

The eighth season of the hit series has been confirmed as its last, though there are plans for potential spin-offs.

Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” will premiere next summer and will feature only seven episodes.

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Jason Statham Weighs In On Fast 8 Co-Stars’ Feud

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Jason-StathamJason Statham is providing some insight into what’s going on behind-the-scenes of Fast 8.

Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel have been making headlines because of a feud that has been going on between them for a couple of weeks now. It all started when The Rock took to social media to slam a “chicken s–t” male co-star, and after a lot of speculation, people have decided the subject of his tirade was Diesel. Although Diesel has tried to move forward from the tense time by praising The Rock’s work on the Fast and Furious franchise, Johnson has kept quiet about the xXx star.

It all seems that The Rock hasn’at let whatever it is that upset him go, as he praised the work of Helen Mirren, Scott Eastwood and more in another social media post, making sure to leave out Diesel in the process. Although Tyrese Gibson seemingly took Diesel’s side, it seems Statham wants to stay out of it.

“I’m good with them,” he told E! News while promoting his latest movie Mechanic: Resurrection. “We’re good pals, and if [Johnson’s] got any problem with me then he’d probably tell me to my face. So I’m good with them.”

Fast 8 wrapped filming last week, and with it came several emotional posts from some of the movie’s stars and the production team. To try and move forward from the headlines that have plagued the “Fast Family,” the Fast 8 Facebook page shared a heartwarming tribute to its stars, including Paul Walker, who passed away.

“Thank you Vin, who has been at the wheel since this journey began, first as star and then as producer…And thanks to all of the cast of the eighth Fast: Michelle, who’s also been with us from the start,” the post read. “Those who’ve joined our family along the way: Tyrese and Chris from Miami in our second film; Dwayne and Elsa, who came on board in Rio in movie five; Jason, Nathalie and Kurt from last time around; and our newest members Charlize, Scott, Kristofer and Helen…”

It ended, “And our brother who continues to inspire us all, Paul [Walker].”

Although Statham is staying out of the drama, he is having some fun! He played a game of So True, So False with us, so watch the video to learn some fun facts about the action star.

Mechanic: Resurrection hits theaters Aug. 26, 2016.
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Eddie Murphy Refused Drugs From Robin Williams And John Belushi

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nnnnEddie Murphy says he refused cocaine from Robin Williams and John Belushi.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter in a recent podcast, the 55-year-old said: “[John] Belushi and Robin Williams offered me some blow and I didn’t take it.”

Murphy, who claims Belushi called him a “tight-ass” for rejecting the drugs, used to hang out regularly with the hard-partying stars.

“Then, years later, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s a trip,’” he added.

Williams, who battled cocaine and alcohol addiction, checked himself into rehab for depression shortly before he committed suicide in 2014. Belushi died of a fatal overdose in 1982.

Murphy also spoke to the publication about never winning an Oscar.

“They [the Academy] don’t have a hand in what gets made, you know? They can’t control it if nothing came in that black folks was in … was Oscar-worthy. So it’s not them. The studios gotta start making more stuff where black folks get quality stuff … I’ve been making movies for 35 years and I’ve played everything from an old lady to a donkey, so I can’t be on here talking about, ‘They don’t give us enough roles’ and diversity.”

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