Ryan Gosling To Star In Neil Armstrong Biopic

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Ryan Gosling is going from the city of stars to the stars themselves.

The actor has closed a deal to reteam with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle for First Man, Universal Pictures’ biopic centering on Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to set foot on the moon.

Gosling has been orbiting the project since late 2015, but it was only in December that a deal was reached.

The project adapts the book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen and has a script by Josh Singer, the Oscar-winning co-writer of Spotlight.

Armstrong was a hotshot Navy bombing pilot during World War II, then a test pilot in the 1950 and 1960s. The movie will aim to tell the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, specifically the years 1961 to 1969, according to studio sources. The goal is to explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on the nation — of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, whose credits include the Twilight and Maze Runner franchises, as well as The Fault In Our Stars, are producing the drama via their Temple Hill Entertainment.

Isaac Klausner will exec produce. Hansen is attached to co-produce. Universal’s vp of production Sara Scott will oversee the project for the studio.

Chazelle’s La La Land has emerged as one of the top movies this awards season. The movie scored seven Golden Globe nominations, including one for Chazelle, for directing, and Gosling, for acting. Gosling also nabbed a SAG nomination.

The actor recently wrapped production on Blade Runner 2049 with Harrison Ford. First Man is eyeing a shoot next year.

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Debbie Reynolds Passes Away At 84

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The actress received an Oscar nom for ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ and lost her husband to Elizabeth Taylor. Her daughter died one day earlier.
Debbie Reynolds, the vivacious actress, dancer and pop star who wowed ’em in the musicals Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, died Wednesday, one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 84.

“She’s with Carrie,” Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, told THR’s Ryan Parker. He told the Associated Press that the stress of his sister’s death was “too much” for his mother. Joely Fisher later tweeted, “Some of the magic people have left the tribe…for the moment I am inconsolable.”

Reynolds died Wednesday after being brought to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for a medical emergency. On Tuesday, her daughter, the Star Wars actress, author and screenwriter, died of complications from a heart attack she had suffered four days earlier while on a flight from London to L.A.
Years earlier, Reynolds suffered heartbreak of another kind when her husband and Carrie’s father, pop singer Eddie Fisher, left her to be with actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Reynolds was given the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2015 by the Academy for her charitiable life’s work. She also had a No. 1 single with the sentimental ballad “Tammy,” toplined her own NBC sitcom for a season and was an energetic touring performer on stages and in showrooms for decades.

Reynolds became a sensation after starring with legendary hoofers Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in the immortal MGM musical Singin’ in the Rain (1952), directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen. With the stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to talkies, the movie was voted the No. 1 musical of all time by the American Film Institute.

Reynolds received her only Oscar nomination for playing the title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), based on the Broadway musical and fictionalized account of the life of a woman who survived the sinking of the Titanic. But Reynolds lost out to Julie Andrews in her debut film, Mary Poppins.

In between those two films, Reynolds was very much a headliner on the Hollywood gossip pages when her husband fell in love with Taylor following the death of Taylor’s husband, Around the World in 80 Days producer Michael Todd, in a March 1958 plane crash. Fisher was Todd’s best man when he married Taylor, and Reynolds had been a bridesmaid.

In 2010, Reynolds recalled how she found out her husband was cheating on her — lonely at home while Fisher was away on tour, she called Taylor at home to chat. To her surprise, Fisher answered the phone.

“Suddenly, a lot of things clicked into place,” she told the Daily Mail of London. “I could hear her voice asking him who was calling — they were obviously in bed together. I yelled at him, ‘Roll over darling, and let me speak to Elizabeth.’”

In her 2008 autobiography Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher described her parents’ breakup, which started when her dad “flew to Elizabeth’s side, making his way slowly to her front.

“He first dried her eyes with his handkerchief, then he consoled her with flowers, and he ultimately consoled her with his penis,” Fisher wrote. “This made marriage to my mother awkward.”

The Reynolds-Fisher divorce became final on May 12, 1959 — Carrie was 2 at the time — and Taylor and Fisher were wed less than four hours later. Taylor would go on to divorce Fisher in 1964 after she fell for Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra (1963).

Reynolds did not talk to Taylor for seven years until she boarded the Queen Elizabeth with her second husband, shoe manufacturer Harry Karl, and discovered that Taylor also was on the ship. Reynolds sent her a note, and the two had dinner and “a lot of laughs.”

She divorced Karl in 1973. Reynolds also was married from 1984-96 to real estate developer Richard Hamlett.
However, Reynolds recently had been saddled with health problems and was unable to attend the Governors Awards in November 2015 to accept her Hersholdt award on stage.

Mary Frances Reynolds was born April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas. At age 7, her family moved to Burbank, and at age 16, the 5-foot-2 former Girl Scout was signed to a contract at Warner Bros.

After appearing in bit roles in such films as June Bride (1948) and The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady (1950), Reynolds attracted the attention of MGM. The studio gave the fresh-faced teenager a small but significant part as singer Helen Kane (“I Wanna Be Loved by You”) in the Fred Astaire starrer Three Little Words (1950), then signed her to a seven-year contract.

In her next film, Two Weeks With Love (1950), Reynolds scored a hit song with a remake of “Aba Daba Honeymoon,” a duet with Carleton Carpenter that made it to No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart.

After the success of Singin’ in the Rain, Reynolds spent the rest of a busy decade starring as good-natured girls in such musicals and light-hearted comedies as The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) opposite Bobby Van; Donen’s Give a Girl a Break (1953); Susan Slept Here (1954) with Dick Powell; Athena (1954) and Hit the Deck (1955), both alongside Jane Powell; The Tender Trap (1955) with Frank Sinatra; Bundle of Joy (1956), with Fisher at the height of their relationship; The Catered Affair (1956), as the daughter of Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine; Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), playing a backwoods innocent opposite Leslie Nielsen; and The Gazebo and It Started With a Kiss, two 1959 films in which she was coupled with Glenn Ford.

In the 1960s, Reynolds made notable appearances in the epic How the West Was Won (1962), My Six Loves (1963) opposite Cliff Robertson, The Singing Nun (1966) and Divorce American Style with Dick Van Dyke.

The actress embarked on The Debbie Reynolds Show for the start of the 1969-70 TV season but quit the sitcom after getting into a fight with NBC over cigarette commercials. She surrendered her 50 percent interest in the show and later called the move the “stupidest mistake of my entire career.”

The series, produced by I Love Lucy’s Jess Oppenheimer, had Reynolds playing the wife of a sportswriter (Don Chastain). It lasted 26 episodes.

In 1981, she welcomed visitors to Hawaii for the short-lived ABC series Aloha Paradise. Her other TV appearances included episodes of Madame’s Place, Alice, The Love Boat, Hotel, The Golden Girls, Wings, Roseanne, Rugrats and Will & Grace (as Debra Messing’s entertainer mother).

In 1996, Reynolds received a Golden Globe nomination for playing Albert Brooks’ mom in Mother (1996). In 2013, she appeared as another mother, that of Liberace (Michael Douglas), in Steven Soderbergh’s HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra.

Her recording of “Tammy” spent five weeks at No. 1 in 1957 and was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song (Reynolds performed it during the 1958 Oscar ceremony.) The tune gave Reynolds the distinction of being the only woman to have a No. 1 record in the span between July 28, 1956, and Dec. 1, 1958.

Reynolds also scored top 25 Billboard hits with “A Very Special Love” in 1958 and “Am I That Easy to Forget” in 1960.

On stage, Reynolds earned a Tony Award nomination for the 1973 revival of Irene and in the early 1980s replaced Lauren Bacall as the lead in the musical version of Woman of the Year. In 1989, she began a national tour with a production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Through the years, she was a constant presence in Las Vegas.

Reynolds amassed a huge collection of movie memorabilia during her career and auctioned off some of it in June 2011. Items included the white dress Marilyn Monroe wore over a subway grate in 1955’s The Seven Year Itch (the winning bid was $4.6 million); a pair of Judy Garland’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939); a Harpo Marx hat and wig; and costumes from Ben-Hur (1959) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).

“I still have a lot of my things, but I decided to become rich,” she said at the time.

She put more items — like a hat that Vivien Leigh donned in Gone With the Wind (1939) and Gregory Peck’s military jacket from MacArthur (1977) — up for sale in May 2014.

Her son Todd is also from her marriage to Eddie Fisher. Survivors also include her granddaughter Billie Lourd.
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Paul Simon On Ex-Wife Carrie Fisher’s Death

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Paul Simon spoke out about the death of his ex-wife, Carrie Fisher, on Wednesday. Simon, who has been married to Edie Brickell since 1992, shared his second marriage with Fisher between August 1983 and July 1984.

Fisher died Tuesday morning after suffering what was described as a massive heart attack on Friday while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed the death on Tuesday. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” the statement read. Lourd was Fisher’s daughter with talent agent Bryan Lourd who Fisher referred to as her second husband in interviews, although the two were never officially married. “Yesterday was a horrible day. Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It’s too soon,” Simon wrote on Twitter early Wednesday morning, adding his voice to a chorus of people who knew and loved Fisher during her lifetime, and have shared memories since her death.

“No words,” Fisher’s “Star Wars” co-star Mark Hamill wrote on Twitter shortly after news of her death was confirmed. “Devastated.”

“Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original,” Harrison Ford said in a statement. “Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely.”

J.J. Abrams posted a hand-written note which read, “You didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power. She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, incisive and funny as you could imagine. What an unfair thing to lose her. How lucky to have been blessed with her at all.”

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Carrie Fisher Passes Away At 60

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Carrie Fisher, the actress and writer best known for her iconic role as Star Wars’ Princess Leia, died days after suffering a heart attack while onboard a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was 60.

Family spokesperson Simon Halls confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter.

A child of Hollywood royalty, Fisher carved out her own idiosyncratic career, enjoying her biggest onscreen popularity as Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy before going on to establish herself as an acerbic, truth-telling writer with such books as Postcards From the Edge. Her HBO special, Wishful Drinking, in which she recounted her unusual life, was nominated for an Emmy as outstanding variety, music and comedy special in 2011.

Born to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher in 1956, Carrie Fisher grew up in a showbiz fishbowl — her parents divorced when she was just 2 after Eddie Fisher left Reynolds for actress Elizabeth Taylor in what at the time was a major tabloid scandal.

The young Carrie, who grew up in Beverly Hills, first stepped onstage when she was 15 to join her mother in the Broadway musical Irene. She made her film debut four years later in Warren Beatty’s Shampoo (1975), playing a precocious teen who seduces Beatty’s sexually adventurous hairstylist.

Appearing at Cannes in May to promote the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which HBO will air in March, Fisher joked, “I didn’t want to be in show business, and I think I did a very good job [of that].”

Nevertheless, she left her mark on the big screen. Star Wars (1977), in which she led the rebellion as Princess Leia, was only her second film and first starring role. She would reprise the part in the two sequels that rolled out in 1980 and 1983, and she returned to the character, in a now-mature incarnation, in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fisher, who is thanked in the end credits of the new Star Wars spinoff movie Rogue One, was scheduled to appear in the next Star Wars movie, Episode VIII, scheduled for release on Dec. 15.

Fisher often spoke with ambivalence about Leia, telling Rolling Stone in 1983: “She has no friends, no family; her planet was blown up in seconds — along with her hairdresser — so all she has is a cause. From the first film, she was just a soldier, front line and center. The only way they knew to make the character strong was to make her angry.”

However, in the wake of the success of The Force Awakens, Fisher appeared to have made peace with her onscreen alter-ego, attributing the success of the franchise to the fact that “this movie’s about family, Star Wars is. That’s why it has the appeal.”

And she received another Emmy nomination for a 2007 appearance on NBC’s 30 Rock, in which she played a crazy writer, spoofing her Star Wars dialogue with that episode’s last line: “Help me, Liz Lemon! You’re my only hope!”

When some fans criticized how the older Leia looked, Fisher took to Twitter. She admitted that some of the negative comments had hurt her — “unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings,” she wrote — but she also fought back, adding, “Youth & beauty R NOT ACCOMPLISHMENTS, they’re the TEMPORARY happy Biproducts of Time or DNA. Don’t hold your Breath 4 either.”

But while Fisher will always be associated with Leia and the princess’ famous hair buns, Fisher — who also appeared in such films as Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), When Harry Met Sally … (1989) and Soapdish (1991) — drifted away from acting full-time and found a new identity as an author, screenwriter and all-around Hollywood wit.

Frankly addressing her own problems with substance abuse and bipolar disorder, she penned the 1987 hit novel Postcards From the Edge, an only slightly fictionalized version of her own life as a sometimes-depressed actress and the daughter of a major, and occasionally intimidating, Hollywood star. She went on to write the book’s screen adaptation for the 1990 film version, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

While serving as a script doctor on such films as Sister Act, Last Action Hero and The Wedding Singer, Fisher wrote several more novels as well as the memoirs Wishful Drinking (2008), which she later turned into a one-woman play, the 2011 HBO special; Shockaholic and, most recently, the recent The Princess Diarist.

Whenever she appeared on the Hollywood awards circuit to pay tribute to another star, Fisher could be counted on to offer up a wry observation that provoked laughter. Speaking at the 2004 AFI Life Achievement Award given to Streep, she recalled what it was like to have the Oscar-winning actress play her. “After Postcards premiered, I began daily to see the pain and disappointment in the eyes of my family and friends every time I wasn’t Meryl,” Fisher admitted. “There’s a name for this condition as it turns out — Merylnoma Streepdecoccus.”

Fisher — whose most constant companion in recent years has been her French bulldog Gary, who accompanied her everywhere — was married to musician Paul Simon from 1977-83 and during the course of her life had a series of other romances with high-profile men, including a recently revealed affair with Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford.

In addition to her mother, survivors include her daughter, actress Billie Lourd, whose father is CAA co-chairman Bryan Lourd; her brother Todd Fisher; and her half-sisters, actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.

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George Michael’s Heroin Addiction Exposed

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George Michael died alone on Christmas morning after battling heroin addiction for months, RadarOnline.com has learned.

According to The Telegraph, the star had even been treated in the hospital for an overdose earlier this year.

“He’s been rushed to A&E on several occasions,” a source revealed to the publication. “He used heroin. I think it’s amazing he’s lasted as long as he has.”

As Radar readers know, the 53-year-old was found dead on December 25 at his Oxfordshire residence in England.

“George’s immune system was shot because he was HIV positive for a very long time,” an insider exclusively told Radar. “But it was cocaine and [other] drugs that brought him down and it was speed that caused his heart to explode.”

“He knew it and he didn’t care,” added the source.

As Radar previously reported, the singer lost contact with even his closest pals after he began to “shut people out,” including his own staff.

Cardiac arrest, the presumed cause of death according to the singer’s manager Michael Lipman, is common among heroin users.

But even worse, another insider told Radar that Michael was involved in a romance from hell before death with boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, who discovered his body Christmas day.

“He was in a long-term relationship that so volatile and drug-filled, it was disgusting They were very abusive verbally and physically to each other,” the insider told Radar

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ELO’s Bev Bevan Talks Rock Hall Induction, Jeff Lynne Rift

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The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will bring together many bandmates that haven’t shared a stage in a long, long time. Journey might reunite with estranged frontman Steve Perry, Yes (now touring in two competing camps) may put their differences aside and stage a massive prog-rock jam session, and Pearl Jam will stand behind the podium with their original drummer, Dave Krusen. Then there’s Electric Light Orchestra. Jeff Lynne and keyboardist Richard Tandy continue to tour together, but multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood left their ranks shortly after the release of their 1971 debut and hasn’t been back since. Drummer Bev Bevan was around from their inception all the way through 1986’s Balance of Power, but after Lynne dissolved the band in the late 1980s, he began touring with new musicians as ELO Part II. The spinoff group led to a massive legal battle between Lynne and Bevan, and they haven’t spoken in three decades.
Days after the news hit about ELO entering the Hall of Fame, we phoned up Bevan to hear his thoughts on the honor, the possibility of a reunion and his desire to finally make peace with Jeff Lynne. As long as he was on the phone, we couldn’t resist asking a few questions about Black Sabbath’s infamous 1983 Born Again tour. Bevan took over for Bill Ward on that tour as the drummer, and it was such a fiasco it basically inspired Spinal Tap the following year.
What was your first reaction to the news?

I was chuffed, just thrilled. I guess everybody is when they get it. I can’t imagine anyone not being. I thought it was fantastic. I had a lot of friends calling me, texting me, emailing me to say congratulations. It’s been really good.
How did you hear about it?

My agent Ashley [Yeates] called. I was walking my two golden retrievers, Oscar and Bailey, around the sports field and he called and said it was announced and was all over Facebook and stuff. That was a nice way to hear. It was great.
Have you heard anything from the Hall of Fame itself?

No. Nothing at all. I don’t even know if they know how to contact me. I’ve seen the date mentioned and I hope to hear some more.
You’re going, right?

As far as I know, yeah. I’d love to. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’d like to be there.
For the rest of your life now you are Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bev Bevan.

Nobody has actually said that before. That sounds great.
Bands often reunite and perform at the Hall of Fame. Is that going to happen? Is that possible?

Jeff’s been going out as Jeff Lynne’s ELO, doing great business. He’s got his version of ELO all up and running. I’d love to get up there, even to do one song. I’d love to. Probably same with Roy.
Do you think it’s likely? Do you think he’ll want to play with you?

I really can’t answer that. I honestly don’t know. I’ll find out over the coming weeks.
At the very least, it’s a nice opportunity to shake his hand and clear the air.

I’d be very happy to do that. Absolutely.
What do you want to say to him?

[Laughs] I guess we’ll have to play that by ear. It’s a way off. I hope we shake hands. I definitely do hope that happens.
The dispute was just a legal issue over the name, right?

Yeah, but I’m really not allowed to talk about that. I don’t think he is either. We came to an agreement and one of the things is we just don’t talk about it.
Fair enough. I would think at this point in time, it would make sense to just make peace.

Yeah. I’d like to think so. I think I’m certainly at an age now where I don’t want to bear grudges or have enemies. I just want to make friends. I’d be pleased to do it.
Do you think Roy Wood is going to go?

I don’t know. I’ll try and find out. I will find out.
Do you think just bringing in you, Jeff, Roy and Richard Tandy is the right move?

Yeah. Jeff, myself and Mr. Tandy worked on every record from the first one in 1971 to Balance of Power in 1986. Although Roy Wood was only on the first one and a bit on the second record, him and Jeff, it was their idea. That’s fair.
Will you be upset if Jeff refuses to play with you and you have to watch him play with the current lineup?

I might just do my own sing-along then, watch and enjoy.
So you won’t be too offended if he doesn’t play with you?

No. No. But it would be nice. Even if I just got up and played one song or played tambourine or something, I don’t care. But it would be nice to join in. Also, I’m really hoping Steve Perry sings with Journey. He’s one of my favorite singers. It’s such a shame he seems to have gone away. He was so, so good.
Have you ever been to an induction ceremony before?

No. Never. I’ve seen them on TV, but I’ve certainly never been to one. I’ve been to similar ones in this country, different award presentation type things, but nothing as grand as that.
What’s this mean to you on a personal level?

It means a lot. I fell in love with music when I was at school at 15. A lot of those heroes of those days, the first rock & rollers, Elvis and the Everly Brothers and Ray Charles and Chuck Berry, they’ve been all been inducted. In later years, it was the Beatles and the other British bands that came through. To join those names is just fantastic.
It’s you guys, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Yes, Journey and Tupac. Are you fans of any of those people?

In the early days of ELO we used to tour a lot with Journey. They are great guys. They are one of my favorite American bands. I’m certainly a fan of Joan Baez. I’ve never met the lady. I love everybody that’s included.
They usually do a big all-star jam at the end. Can you think of any song that would work for all you guys?

[Laughs] That’s a good question. It’s a tough one. I don’t know. ELO used to do a version of “Roll Over Beethoven.” Maybe that would work. I can imagine Joan Baez singing “Roll Over Beethoven,” absolutely.
ELO seems to have more respect now than ever. You guys weren’t really critical darlings in the 1970s, but that’s really changed.

I think you’re right. We weren’t the critics’ favorite in the day, but over the years we seem to get a lot more respect than we did in the 1970s.
How do you explain that? What changed?

I don’t know. It hasn’t happened with just ELO. I played in Black Sabbath for a couple of years, and they used to get some bad reviews. Another good friend of mine is Robert Plant. They used to get some bad reviews too, but now they don’t. People seem to realize just how good they were.
Speaking of Black Sabbath, I’ve always been fascinated by the Born Again tour of 1983, where you played drums. It’s always been described as this psychotically dysfunctional thing where everything just went wrong. Has it all been exaggerated?

I’m pretty sure it inspired the Spinal Tap thing with Stonehenge. We rehearsed with this Stonehenge and they got all the dimensions wrong. It was the opposite [of Spinal Tap] where instead of being tiny, it was so big it wouldn’t fit on the stage. The first gig we did was, I think, Toronto. It was this massive arena, but we couldn’t fit it in. We had to dump half of it. But I had a lovely time on the tour, and Ian Gillan had a good time. It was the only Black Sabbath either of us ever did, but we still had a ball. We loved it.
It was a weird show. There was a midget, right?

[Laughs] Well, I think that was [manager] Don Arden’s idea. He thought it would be great to have a midget dressed as a little red devil. We used to start the show with him jumping down from my drum riser and then down to the next level and down to the next level. I think that he was making twice the money of any of the road crew, so they used to play tricks on him where they’d turn all the lights out right before he jumped and you’d hear this terrible thump. This poor little midget would be writhing around the floor in agony.
What happened to the Stonehenge set? It belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I think they just dumped it somewhere in America on the side of the road. It was massive. It would have rotted away by now. It obviously wasn’t real stone or anything. It just fell to bits somewhere.
How did you feel the first time you saw Spinal Tap?

It’s one of my favorite movies. It’s got so many real moments. It’s based on so many rock & rollers. I thought it was great. Tony Iommi thought it was great too.
So the Born Again tour was still a fun time despite everything?

Yeah. We did great business. There’s a live CD of Black Sabbath when we headlined the Reading festival in England to about 50,000 people. It sounds good. I play it back sometimes and think, “Wow, this band could really rock.”
The album cover has been called the ugliest album cover in rock history.

I think I agree with that [laughs]. Again, I think that was Don Arden’s idea as well. It went along with the midget, really. As album sleeves go, I’m struggling to think of one as well.
Have you heard the new ELO album?

I don’t have it, but I’ve heard tracks on the radio. It’s terrific. Jeff has always been a great musician and great producer and great songwriter. Yes, of course, it’s good.
Does it feel weird that they’re on tour now without you?

Well, Jeff took a long time to come to the decision to start touring again. He went years without touring. But he’s written so many great songs, so it’s only right he’s out there playing his music. And because we had a fallout I wasn’t included, and it’s Jeff Lynne’s ELO. That’s fair enough.
It’s basically just him playing on the album. It’s almost a solo album.

Some musicians love to do that. It’s been so long since I’ve seen him, but he just loved being in the studio. There was nothing he loved more. I guess that’s what he loves to do do this day.
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Tom Arnold: Looking Into Supposed Trump Tapes

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The actor posted a series of 14 tweets on Christmas addressing the recordings he claims are in his possession: “All will be reviewed soon.”
Earlier this month, actor Tom Arnold made claims to Dori Monson’s Seattle-based radio show that he has unreleased recordings of president-elect Donald Trump making racist, lewd and inflammatory statements when he was host of The Apprentice. Arnold said the tapes allegedly feature Trump using “the N-word,” “the C-word” and that he can be heard calling his son a “retard.”

On Christmas Day, Arnold took to Twitter to update followers on where the tapes currently are and what needs to happen to have them released.

The actor, who had previously taken to Twitter to say that Trump’s camp had contacted him about a defamation suit over the claims, laid out a litany of tweets regarding the tapes in response to a question from fellow actor Michael Rapaport concerning the recordings. “Tom, you talking sideways. Where Dem Tapes At?” Rapaport tweeted.

“1. I’m going 2 explain cause I know U rode Trump’s butt for the 5 yrs it took him 2 confirm Obama’s legitimacy. I received tape via program,” Arnold wrote in a response.

Arnold went on to address the privacy of the tapes, tweeting they “had a limited password” and that when he “received [the tapes] no one thought Trump would be Pres.”
Also referenced in Arnold’s tweets were Putin, JFK, the Russian hacking scandal, John McCain’s POW internment and Trump’s “playmate girlfriends.” Arnold also tweeted about his own personal “risk” in bringing up the existence of the tapes, calling it a “terrible career move.”

In conclusion, Arnold assured his followers that “all will be revealed soon” and that “Watergate level journalists are on top of this.”

On Monday, it appeared the two actors connected off social media, as Rapaport tweeted that he spoke to Arnold in private and that the release of the tapes “isn’t as easy as one would think,” He then added, “It’s not over.”
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George Michael Passes Away At 53

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The performer died of heart failure, according to his longtime manager.
George Michael has died of heart failure, according to the singer’s longtime manager, Michael Lippman.
The English singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame with the group Wham! in the 1980s was found Christmas morning, says Lippman.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period,” his rep said in a statement to the BBC. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

“I’m devastated,” Lippman said Sunday. The manager received a call on Christmas morning notifying him that Michael had been found “in bed, lying peacefully.” The exact time of death is not clear at this time, but there was “no foul play whatsoever,” said Lippman.
The death by heart failure was unexpected, he added. Funeral plans will be announced shortly.
The Thames Valley Police, calling the death “unexplained but not suspicious,” sent THR the following statement: “Thames Valley Police were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly before 2pm Christmas Day. Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene. At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post mortem will be undertaken in due course. There will be no further updates from Thames Valley Police until the post mortem has taken place.”
Michael gained success in the 1980s with Wham!, the duo created with his friend Andrew Ridgeley. Both as a solo artist and with Wham!, Michael collected 10 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “One More Try” and “Careless Whisper.” The latter cut was credited to Wham! featuring Michael, while Wham! notched two more No. 1 hits: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Everything She Wants.” Over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Wham! claimed a No. 1 with its breakthrough album Make It Big (spending three weeks at No. 1 in 1985), while Michael led the list as a soloist with Faith, spending 12 weeks in the top spot in 1988. He has sold more than 115 million records globally, according to Sony Music.

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in London on June 25, 1963, Michael showed his musical aspirations early on while attending schools in the towns of Bushey and Kingsbury in the United Kingdom. It was at the former where he would meet future Wham! partner Ridgeley. The two would form a ska band called The Executive, which featured Ridgeley and his brother Paul, though it was short-lived. Michael also spent time busking on the London Underground, where he performed songs by Elton John, David Bowie and The Beatles.
Michael and Ridgeley formed Wham! in 1981 and released their debut album, Fantastic, in July 1983, which quickly shot up to the top of the British charts. The 1982 single “Young Guns” was a Top 5 hit that made its way across the pond to the United States, but the band’s debut only reached No. 83 on the Billboard 200 chart that year.
That all changed with follow-up album Make It Big, which was released Oct. 23, 1984. It reached No. 1 in the U.S., U.K., Japan and multiple territories with lead track “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” sitting at the top spot on the U.S. Hot 100 chart for three weeks. That album also included the singles “Freedom,” “Everything She Wants” and the ballad “Careless Whisper,” a quantifiable smash that reached No. 1 in the U.S. and stayed there for three weeks.
Other major Wham! feats include a history-making tour of China in 1985, marking the first time a Western act performed in the country. Wham! officially split in 1986, releasing a farewell single, “Edge of Heaven.”

Michael’s solo endeavors extended beyond Wham! to include an appearance on the all-star charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in 1984 and a duet with Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You Were Waiting,” in 1987, which won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance — Duo or Group with Vocal. But it was his first solo album, Faith, released in 1987, which catapulted him to a virtually unprecedented level of fame.
Beginning with racy first single “I Want Your Sex,” which was banned by some radio stations due to its sexually suggestive lyrics (American Top 40 host Casey Kasem would not say the song’s name on the air) and its video relegated to late-night plays on MTV, but still shot to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, Faith’s title track would lock in what would later become one of the best-selling albums of all time. (Billboard estimates George Michael has sold 20.7 million albums in the U.S. over the course of his career — combining both his solo work and that of Wham! That number blends Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA] sales certification data through early 1991 and Nielsen Music’s electronically tracked point-of-sale information from 1991 to present.)
Followed by singles “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “One More Try,” “Monkey” and “Kissing a Fool,” Faith spent 51 non-consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 10 million copies in the U.S., according to the RIAA, and winning the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1989. That year, Michael was also honored by MTV at the MTV Video Music Awards, where he received the Video Vanguard honor.
Subsequent solo album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, released in Sept. 1990, yielded hit singles in “Praying for Time” and “Freedom ’90.” However, Michael felt his label Sony did not adequately promote the album (the company claimed the album’s few videos, which didn’t feature Michael in the clips, resulted in its weak performance) and it led to years of discord with the company. Instead, Michael released music — the single “Too Funky” — via the charity Red Hot + Dance for the Red Hot Organization.
In late 1992, Michael went to court in an attempt to break free from his recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment. He parted with the company in 1995, signing with DreamWorks for North America and Virgin elsewhere. Sources close to the negotiations at the time said Sony was to receive a cash sum of $30 million to $40 million as a payment to release Michael. This was to be paid by DreamWorks and Virgin against their earnings from the release of subsequent albums.

Though he would not come out as gay officially until 2007, Michael was open about bisexuality and matters of sex in general. But an incident on April 7 1998, an arrest for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public restroom of the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills, would forever link him with the topic of sex. According to reports, Michael was approached by an undercover policeman for a sexual act. He later pleaded no contest to the charge.
Scraps with the law and the tabloids would continue for the next decade. In July 2006, Michael was accused of anonymous public sex at London’s Hampstead Heath. Earlier that year, he was also arrested for drug possession, and was released without incident, and in 2008 and again in 2010 received a DUI in the U.K. for driving under the influence of drugs. He joked often about his prolific use of marijuana.
Appearances on U.K. television shows like Top of the Pops and So Graham Norton, and with the likes of Elton John, like on the 1991 duet “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” kept Michael in the public eye for the rest of the 1990s and into the 2000s. In 2006, Michael embarked on his first world tour in 15 years, called 25 Live. It coincided with a two-disc album called Twenty Five, released in 2008 and featuring duets with Paul McCartney and Mary J. Blige along with new songs.
All told, Michael only released five solo albums — Faith, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, Older, Songs From the Last Century (a covers/standards albums) and Patience. He also released two greatest hits sets. His first live album, Symphonica, was his final album during his lifetime, released in 2014, and also the last album produced by the late Phil Ramone.
Michael would become more reclusive as the years went on. In the U.S., Michael was seen in the TV series Eli Stone and performed on American Idol in 2008. He also released a new track that year called “December Song,” via his website for free. His pop culture relevance would not dissipate, however, with Michael showing up prominently in the comedy Keanu as well as the end of the film Deadpool.
In 2011, Michael also released a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You and I” as a wedding gift to Prince William and Catherine Middleton. A month after the April nuptials, Michael announced dates of a European Symphonica Tour to kick off in late August. In November, however, Michael canceled the remainder of the dates after battling pneumonia. Health problems would persist in the coming months and years, with Michael ending up in an intensive care unit and later revealing that he had undergone a tracheotomy.
Throughout his life, Michael remained active in many charities, performing concerts to raise money a myriad of causes, including HIV research.
Friends, colleagues and musicians paid tribute to Michael on Christmas Day, including The Late Late Show’s James Corden and Ben Winston, who credited Michael with inspiring “Carpool Karaoke” after their Red Nose Day sketch in 2011.
Actor and fellow gay rights activist George Takei paid tribute with Michael’s own song titles: “Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You’ve found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you.”
Elton John took to Twitter early Monday morning to say he was in “deep shock.”  Adding, “I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist.”

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Carrie Fisher Spending Christmas In Intensive Care

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Hospital officials have provided no details of her condition, but she appears to be seriously ill.
Fisher, 60, was rushed to the hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics shortly after noon Friday, after her 11-hour flight touched down at LAX.

A source who was not authorized to discuss the incident said the actress was “in a lot of distress on the flight.”
A statement released by United Airlines said that medical personnel met Flight 935 from London on arrival after the crew reported a passenger was unresponsive.

“Our thoughts are with our customer at this time,” the statement read.

Just prior to arrival, a pilot told the control tower that passengers who were nurses were attending to an “unresponsive” passenger.

“They’re working on her right now,” the pilot said in a public recording of the conversation on liveatc.net.

According to the Los Angeles Airport Police, officers responded to Terminal 7 around 12:15 p.m. Friday to a call of a female passenger in cardiac arrest. On arrival, they found paramedics performing CPR on the victim, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez.
Todd Fisher, Carrie Fisher’s brother, told CNN that his sister had been stabilized at the hospital and was in an intensive care unit.

“She’s obviously a very tough girl who’s survived many things,” Todd told KABC-TV Channel 7. “I encourage everyone to pray for her.”

Her sister, actress Joely Fisher, said on Twitter that she would perform Saturday afternoon at the Laguna Playhouse and then would be “back by your side @carrieffisher Love you Sister Sledge.”

Fisher, who rose to stardom as Princess Leia on “Star Wars,” recently published an autobiography titled “The Princess Diarist,” her eighth book.

She is the daughter of famous Hollywood couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.

Fisher, who has written and spoken openly about her struggles in the movie business, is considered Hollywood royalty. She took on her prickly relationship with her mother in the book-to-movie “Postcards From the Edge.” She’s also been outspoken about her mental health issues and the solution she found: radical-sounding electroshock therapy.

News of Fisher’s condition sparked an outpouring of support and sympathy on social media.

Many of her “Star Wars” co-stars wished her well on Twitter, including Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca; Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker; Anthony Daniels, who played C-3PO; Dave Prowse, who acted as Darth Vader; and Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian.

“I’m shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend. Our thoughts are with Carrie, her family and friends,” co-star Harrison Ford said in a statement Saturday.
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‘Fuller House’ Renewed For Season 3

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The family reunion will continue: Netflix has renewed the revival “Fuller House” for a third season.

The announcement was made on the show’s social media accounts, including Twitter.

“Holiday wishes, answered. Fuller House Season 3, coming 2017,” read the post on the show’s official Twitter account. Similar messages appeared on Facebook and Instagram.

According to data from Symphony Advanced Media, season one of “Fuller House” was Netflix’s highest rated original series, pulling in an average audience of 7.33 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic in the first three days in which it was available. But viewership fell off in the second season: For example, the season-two premiere drew a 3.32 rating, down 67% from the season-one premiere’s 10.16 rating.

“Fuller House” is a continuation of the ’90s ABC series “Full House,” with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron-Bure) recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s three boys — the rebellious 12-year-old Jackson, neurotic 7-year-old Max and her newborn baby, Tommy Jr.

Bob Boyett and Jeff Franklin serve as executive producers. “Fuller House” is produced by Miller-Boyett Productions and Jeff Franklin Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television for Netflix.
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