Ahead of Sunday night’s premiere, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ star Colman Domingo calls season five “epic”

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AMC(NEW YORK) — Colman Domingo has been one of the few remaining original stars of AMC’s spin-off Fear The Walking Dead, and much of that is due to the mysterious charm of his character Victor Strand.

“He’s like peeling open a nice sweet and bitter onion,” Domingo laughs to ABC Radio while describing his smooth-talking alter-ego. “A little spicy, he’ll get in your eye at times.”

Strand, Alicia, Morgan and company return this Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET, when the well-rated, one-time upstart show starts its fifth season.

Fans recall we first met him behind bars as the walker outbreak began; he used his skills to slip his confinement, becoming the unlikely savior of a band of survivors.

“[P]eople always think, ‘Oh he’s such a selfish guy, he looks out for himself'” Domingo says. “But…I’ve always justified that you look…at what he’s actually done: He saved like eight people first on his boat…He’s always actually taking care of people but in a way that it’s a little tricky…[I]t’s on his own terms.” 

Also returning for Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 are Walking Dead veteran Lennie James, along with Alycia Debnam-Carey, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson and Ruben Blades.

This time around, the group will find itself put to “the ultimate test.” According to AMC, “The group finds themselves in uncharted territory, one which will force them to face their fears and perhaps discover an entirely new way to live.”

Domingo agrees, noting how far the show has come.

“This season it really is gonna be epic because we’re doing things that I think that they have not done on the ‘mothership’,” he says. “We keep spinning into our own universe.”

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Posted On 31 May 2019

Producer Matthew Vaughn talks Elton, floating fans and the “true fantasy” that is ‘Rocketman’

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L-R – Producers Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish — Dave Allocca/Starpix(NEW YORK) — Matthew Vaughn is the filmmaker behind the hit X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman movies — the latter of which featured quite possibly the most famous cameo performer in the world: Elton John.

Elton’s tapped Vaughn to co-produce the long-in-development cinematic life story of the superstar recording artist. Along with another of Elton’s collaborators, Billy Elliot: The Musical screenwriter Lee Hall, and director Dexter Fletcher, they brought to life the “real fantasy” Rocketman, which hits theaters today.

The film is a stylized take on Elton’s meteoric ups and near-deadly downs, and stars Vaughn’s Kingsman lead Taron Egerton as Elton.

Unlike Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody, Taron sung Elton’s songs himself.

“That’s why he got the role,” Vaughn tells ABC Radio. “That was our secret weapon…”

The movie’s trailer hints at what Fletcher and company meant by “real fantasy”: A young Elton is playing the famed Troubadour in Los Angeles; it’s 1970, and his first gig in The States. As he starts “Crocodile Rock,” he begins floating from his piano. The assembled crowd does, too, caught up in the magic of the moment.

The real Elton didn’t expect to see it — but it was immediately familiar, Vaughn says. “He said when you’re a rock star and you’ve got 100,000 people screaming your name and eating out your hand … [he said] it feels like you can lift every single one of them, and move them and do whatever you want with them.”

Elton’s music strikes emotional notes throughout, but with his 50 year career in showbiz, it caused a problem for Vaughn and company: “We couldn’t even get all the songs in. You know we could have done another hour and a half of songs,” he laughs. “You know, you’re going, ‘He did that, and he did that, and he did that! I mean…you didn’t get “Candle In The Wind,” “Blue eyes,” “Passengers,” “Step into [Christmas].”  I mean it goes on, and on, and on, the amount of amazing songs he’s written…”

However, Vaughn says Elton John is, “One of the most brilliantly serious people I know that doesn’t take himself seriously…”

He explains, “[H]e doesn’t show off. So…he’ll casually be talking about when he wrote a song with John Lennon or what it is like…meeting Presley…He’s seen it all. He’s done it all, and he’s still — if you talk to him, he’s very happy having a cup of tea, watching a game of football..Very unpretentious.” 

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Netflix reveals ‘Dark Crystal’ prequel series trailer; Mark Hamill weighs in

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Netflix(NEW YORK) — The first trailer for the Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance arrived Thursday.

The Jim Henson Company’s beloved 1982 fantasy puppet film followed Jen, an elf-like creature called a Gelfling, and his quest to find a magic crystal that can restore order to his world.  And the prequel series attracted a who’s who of Hollywood talent who lent their voices to pay tribute to the original.

In the new film, three Gelflings — voiced by Rocketman‘s Taron Egerton, The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy and Game of Thrones‘ Nathalie Emmanuel — try to save their planet from the evil Skeksis, who literally drain the life force from the Gelflings.

The baddies are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg and Mark Hamill.

Hamill tells ABC Radio of the original, “I watched it again when they cast me, and I had forgotten how much I loved it. It’s very dark, and what I loved about this new one is…they’re not doing CGI, it’s big sets and puppets, just like the original. It’s one of Jim Henson’s crowning achievements, I believe.” 

Helena Bonham-Carter, Eddie Izzard and Alicia Vikander provide additional voices for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The fantasy series launches August 30 on Netflix.

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Posted On 31 May 2019

IKEA campaign replicates famous rooms from ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Friends’, and ‘Stranger Things’

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IKEA(NEW YORK) — IKEA, the Swedish furnishing giant best known for inexpensive, occasionally impossible to build home furnishings, has looked to Hollywood for a new overseas online ad campaign.

Specifically, the company’s “Real Life Series” replicated three famous living rooms — from The Simpsons, Monica’s apartment from Friends, and the Christmas light-festooned living room of Winona Ryder’s character from Stranger Things — and is offering all the furnishings you need to steal those looks.

This appears to be an unlicensed tribute, so, for example, there’s no mention of The Simpsons in what IKEA calls the “Room for Families.”  The word “friends” is similarly missing from the “Room for Mates.”  But one look at the rooms and their inspiration is obvious.

Likely for this legal reason, rooms and their furnishings aren’t replicas per se — for example, the Knislingh three-seat sofa isn’t offered in the same orange color of the one on which Homer, Marge and the rest of the family sit on The Simpsons — but the items chosen are arranged to appear pretty similar to those seen on the small screen, and the illusion is completed by paint and accessory offerings to help you match the rooms seen in the shows.

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Posted On 31 May 2019

The reason Drake rocked an armband at Thursday’s NBA Finals game

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Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images(TORONTO) — Drake made his presence known at last night’s Toronto Raptors game versus the Golden State Warriors in game one of the NBA finals.

The rapper made “Headlines” as he rocked a vintage Dell Curry Toronto Raptors jersey courtside in an effort to “troll” Warriors star and Dell’s son Stephen Curry. Dell Curry played for the Toronto Raptors from 1999 to 2002 and retired with the team. To take trolling from “0 to 100,” the jersey was even signed by Dell Curry himself.

That wasn’t the only part of Drake’s wardrobe that had Twitter talking. The rapper had a strategically placed armband on his left arm throughout the game and it wasn’t because he was sweating. Drake has two tattoos of Warriors stars’ Steph Curry and Kevin Durant’s numbers above the inside of his right elbow. Friends turned foes for this series, he covered the tattoos with a Nike armband.

Drake has drawn some heat for his “Worst Behavior” sideline antics, including massaging Raptor’s head coach Nick Nurse’s shoulders during the Raptors series against the Milwaukee Bucks during the eastern conference finals. This didn’t seem to faze the star during game one, who had plenty of interactions with Golden State players from his courtside seat.

Warriors center Andre Iguodala almost took out Drake as he dove for a ball in the second quarter. The rapper had to “Jumpman” out of the way in the nick of time to avoid the collision.

Stephen Curry also has his fair share of interactions with Drake. The rapper posted a video to his Instagram with a video of him pulling lint out of Curry’s hair while the two chatted on the court. The caption joked that he would sell the lint on eBay while taking a dig at Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Green and Drake had a heated sideline exchange after Thursday night’s game, where Drake appeared to yell “you’re trash” to the Warriors forward as he was pushed away by his teammate Curry. Green continued to yell at the rapper as he walked toward the tunnel to head into the locker room.

 

When asked about the altercation in a postgame interview, Green downplayed the situation, saying, “It wasn’t really a scuffle because I didn’t hit him and he didn’t hit me. I didn’t push him and he didn’t push me. We talked, we barked a little bit but I wouldn’t necessarily consider that a scuffle.”

The Raptors won, defeating the Warriors 118-109.

We’ll see if the Raptors can “Take Care” of the Warriors again in game two on Sunday.

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Posted On 31 May 2019

Who will replace UK Prime Minister Theresa May?

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iStock(LONDON) — The dust had barely settled on U.K. Prime Minister’s Theresa May’s tearful resignation speech before candidates began lining up to replace her. The next leader of the Conservative Party, and by default the next prime minister, will have a huge task on their hands.

Twelve members of Parliament have declared their intention to be the next Conservative leader. That person will face the same goals that May failed to achieve — to unite the country and deliver Brexit, which is far easier said than done.

According to the Institute for Government, here’s how the process of electing a new leader works: “The election takes place in two stages. In the first stage (shortlisting), Conservative MPs put their own names forward. In the 2016 leadership election, they also needed the nominations of two other MPs to be allowed to stand.

MPs then vote in a series of rounds to whittle down the candidates. In each round, the person with the fewest votes is removed. This continues until there are only two candidates remaining. Then, in stage two, the party membership is balloted on which of the two candidates they prefer.”

Let’s take a look at the lead contenders. 

Boris Johnson

The former mayor of London, Johnson is currently the favorite to be next prime minister. He is massively popular with the Conservative Party membership. He is, however, a divisive figure. He led the official campaign to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, which bolsters his Brexit credentials, but he is not known for his political honesty. According to reports in the British media, Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over allegations that he lied during the Referendum campaign. He is also greatly admired by President Trump, who recently declared him a “friend.” 

Michael Gove

The second favorite is the current secretary of state for the environment, Michael Gove. He campaigned for Brexit alongside Johnson in the 2016 referendum, but unlike his rival, he supported Theresa May all the way. He is generally considered a highly intelligent reformer with big ideas, who could prove to be a wily negotiator as the Oct. 31 deadline for leaving the EU approaches. 

Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab formerly served as Brexit secretary, a position that meant he was supposedly in charge of the negotiations. He resigned in 2017, claiming that the deal Theresa May had negotiated left the U.K. too closely tied to the EU. After he resigned, he became one of the prime minister’s staunchest critics. Raab claims to be a “details man,” despite being accused by an opposition lawmaker that he “doesn’t even understand the very basics of Brexit.”

Andrea Leadsom

Leadsom is a former senior government minister who resigned on the eve of May’s departure. She unsuccessfully ran against May for the party leadership in 2016. Her campaign was marred by controversy after she told The Times, Britain’s daily newspaper, that being a mother gave her a “very real stake” in Britain’s future. She later apologized to May, who does not have children. She is a staunch Brexit supporter, but that alone is unlikely to secure her enough support to win.

Rory Stewart

Stewart, initially a Remain supporter (the only one among the favorites) who supported Theresa May’s Brexit plan, is considered a dark horse in the race for the Conservative leadership. He is considered to be rather inexperienced, as his highest role in government has only been as secretary of state for international development. He has been the most vocal of the prospective leaders so far, traveling around the country to speak to ordinary voters. He has said he will rule out leaving the EU without a deal. Stewart also had a colorful career before entering politics. He wrote a bestselling memoir about walking across Afghanistan in 2002. He recently admitted to smoking opium on a trip to Iran, which he called a “stupid mistake.”

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Tiffany Haddish gets emotional as she recounts her “very violent” struggles with her mother

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(LOS ANGELES) — Tiffany Haddish is opening up about her rough upbringing and tumultuous relationship with her mother Leola.

In a clip from an upcoming episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman on Netflix, Haddish shares that after her mother survived a car accident where she suffered a serious head injury — “everything changed” about her mom.

“When I was eight, about to be nine, she had a car accident and her head went through a windshield,” Haddish recalled. “By the grace of God she lived, but she had to learn how to walk, talk, eat, everything all over again.”

But, it wasn’t just re-learning the basics that Haddish says her mom had to work on, it was also Leola’s disposition.

“I didn’t want to be with my mom no more,” Haddish continued. “She had became very violent and very verbally abusive. You never knew who she was going to be. Every day was like a different day.”

Haddish said it got so bad that she even asked her mother if she could live with her grandma.  “And my mom would yell, ‘She’s not your momma, I’m your momma!’ “

During the interview, the Girls Trip star began to cry when she recalled her mother’s struggles.

“I used to think she was demonized,” she said. “I thought like maybe someone else jumped inside her body, like ‘Where’s my mommy?’ She’s gone.”

Haddish detailed her mother’s accident and abuse in her 2017 memoir The Last Black Unicorn, where she revealed that in addition to punching her like it was “nobody’s business,” she was also put into foster care system with her younger siblings.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman with Tiffany Haddish launches on Friday.

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Posted On 31 May 2019

How women are combating loneliness as adults

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Join a Facebook group, meet moms on the playground, sign up for a class, get involved at church, volunteer — the tips women hear on how to find friends are endless.

It’s just the opposite. Millennials and Gen Z, seemingly the most-connected generations, are suffering from a “loneliness epidemic.”

Generation Z and millennials rated themselves highest on feelings associated with loneliness in a nationwide survey of adults last year by Cigna.

Jenna Kutcher, a marketing entrepreneur with more than 800,000 Instagram followers, showed the difficulty of making deep friendships as adults last October when she posted a photo of herself on a weekend away with two fellow influencers and entrepreneurs, Rachel Hollis and Amy Porterfield.

“I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of friends … wait, what? You thought I had circles upon circles of women showing up for me in my life? Yeah, no,” she captioned the photo. “I actually really struggle with trusting people these days and making friends is awkward.”

Kutcher urged her followers to comment on the post in order to connect and hopefully make friends. Today, more than seven months after the post, women are still commenting, looking for other women to connect with.

Kutcher said she too still struggles with making and maintaining deep friendships, especially after becoming a mom. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in December.

“I feel like I’m having to prioritize my time in new ways, which looks like family first, then work, and then with the margin that exists is where we have time for friendships,” she said. “I realize this is just a season, but it does make you wonder how many others are navigating the busyness and just in that survival mode making sure that they can keep up the juggling act.”

The Goal Digger podcast host said she has found the best friendships are with other people who “get it,” whether “it” is work, family or another type of situation.

“I talk to two girlfriends every single day. We all had babies one week apart and we call it ‘The Mom Club,'” she said. “We send five-minute long voice notes … because they are all we have time for these days, but knowing we’re in this together is the biggest blessing.”

Amy Porterfield, an online marketing trainer who joined Kutcher and Hollis on their trip last year, said the trip taught her to focus on a small group of core friends versus the days back in high school and even college when she had wide circles of friends.

“It all comes back to being vulnerable and open and honest,” she said. “I can’t do that with everybody, but I can do it with a committed group of girlfriends.”

One of Porterfield’s closest friends is Jasmine Star, a photographer and business strategist she met two years ago through work. The two see each other in person only once a month or so, but talk and text daily.

“It wasn’t like, ‘The first thing off, let’s be best friends,'” said Star, who stayed in touch with Porterfield via emails and then texts and phone calls. “We got to know each other really slowly over time.”

Star said as she has gotten older she has found herself subscribing to the “quarter philosophy” versus the “penny philosophy” of friendship, saying, “I’d rather have four really good friends than 100 friends.”

“One of my good childhood friends is planning her baby shower at 39, and she said she realized that if she were to have a baby shower in her late 20s, she would have had three or four times the people,” Star said. “She was wondering if this was a reflection of her, but the reality is that everyone is walking a very similar path.”

Kutcher agrees, saying, “I think it’s easy to assume you’re the only one struggling with friendships. It’s easy to paint the scene that everyone else has amazing friends and you’re the only lonely one, but it’s simply not true.”

The types of deep friendships Kutcher, Porterfield and Star have turned to are literally good for their health, research shows.

Being lonely or socially isolated may result in health risks “equivalent to those of obesity or smoking up to 15 cigarettes per day,” the president of the AARP Foundation told ABC News last month.

Yes, they take time, and yes, they can be awkward at first, but finding true friendships as an adult is doable.

Here are the ways Kutcher, Porterfield and Star say they have made it happen.

1. Connect with someone daily

“If you want connection, you have to connect,” Kutcher said. “A lot of times we know what we seek but we aren’t seeking it or taking action.”

“My favorite thing to do is everyday think of three people that I can connect with and I’ll send a voice text saying, ‘Hey, no need to respond, just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you today’ and then I’ll share something special with them,” she said. “Challenge yourself today to text three friends, to call someone you miss or put a card in the mail just because.”

2. Ease your friendship expectations

While it can be devastating to not immediately hear back from a friend in high school, friendships developed in adulthood don’t need to carry that same angst.

“At our age and in this busy time in our lives, there are no expectations,” said Porterfield. “I don’t get my feelings hurt if I don’t hear back right away.”

“I had one friend who I told I was terrible about returning calls and texts and she texted back, ‘I’m so happy we can be terrible friends together,'” Star said. “It was so empowering.”

“It’s so important to have friends who understand that we can jump on the phone at 6 a.m. and talk for 10 minutes,” she added.

3. Make new friends but keep the old

Just like the Girl Scouts song says, a circle of girlfriends can, and should, include women from all walks of your life.

“I have fostered friendships since childhood and they are part of the five women I am constantly going deep with,” said Star. “Three of the women are from my childhood and two are in my industry.”

“To have that balance of five women in my life who are so different is so helpful,” she said.

4. Send friendship prompts

Porterfield and Star live in far away from each other in California but still manage to know what is happening in each other’s lives.

They do it, they say, by sending quick text prompts.

“”I want to hear from you. What’s going on?

“I always, ‘What’s going on? Give me an update,'” said Porterfield. “And she’ll prompt me with, ‘I want to hear from you. What’s going on?'”

“She may not respond to my text for 24 or 48 hours, but I always know it’s coming,” Porterfield added.

5. Skip the small talk

Once you get past the exhausting small talk that usually has to happen to create a friendship, there is no need to bring it out again.

“I’m introverted and small talk kills me, so unless you want to really tell me what’s going on in your marriage or that hilarious thing your kid did or the way you feel like you’re failing, I just can’t feel invested,” said Kutcher. “I want friendships where I can show up, just as I am, and share openly and willingly, knowing that I am not alone or being judged.”

Porterfield described being willing to be honest and open with a friend as “feeding the soul.”

“If you’re not going deep with them, if you’re not talking to them, you’re not feeding your soul like it needs to be fed,” she said.

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