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Bill Cosby may have been dumped by everyone else amid allegations of sexual abuse, but documentary filmmaker Nonie Robinson is sticking by him. Cosby was one of many black actors she’s interviewed for her documentary Painted Down, which tells the little-known history of white stunt performers who were “painted down” to make them look black so that they could double for black actors. In his interview for the film, Cosby recounted how this was done to his white stuntman on the 1960s TV series I Spy. Robinson said that Cosby will stay in her film, which is still in production and seeking distribution – a task that may prove more difficult now that one of its stars has fallen from grace.
“It’s all very sad and I support Mr. Cosby, who has been nothing but generous, kind and a mentor to me working in this project,” she told Deadline. »
- David Robb
Jennifer Aniston had to gain weight and stopped working out for two months for her Cake movie role. Plus, The View panelists Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez, and Nicolle Wallace got super heated while talking about the alleged rape scandal surrounding Bill Cosby. Check out the rest of Us Weekly's top stories from Thursday, Nov. 20, in the roundup below! 1. Jennifer Aniston on Gaining Weight for Cake: "I Stopped Working Out" for Two Months Jennifer Aniston admitted she stopped working out for two months and wasn't as strict with her diet [...] »
Whoopi Goldberg was among those mourning Mike Nichols on Thursday and she was so overcome by emotion that her View co-hosts had to deliver the news of his death on Thursday's show. Goldberg was discovered by Nichols and considered the director to be her mentor. As Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez and Rosie O'Donnell recalled Nichols' contributions to film and Broadway, Goldberg appeared to be crying. She was seen putting her hands over her face and seemed to be shaking she was sobbing so hard. Perez and Wallace tried to console her. See more Mike Nichols' Life and Career in
- Hilary Lewis
While Whoopi Goldberg recently denied The View feud rumors during an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman, there's no denying that there was a palpable tension on set today when the co-hosts debated over the headline-making Bill Cosby rape allegations. The 77-year-old TV star has been accused of rape by multiple women. The decade-old allegations against the former Cosby Show star recently resurfaced after comedian Hannibal Buress referred to them during a standup set. After the show played a clip of Cosby during an Associated Press interview, in which the star asked that the reporter "scuttle" the mentions of any sexual »
The sudden death of renowned director Mike Nichols is being felt immensely in Hollywood.
The award-winning director/producer is credited with launching Whoopi Goldberg's career when he brought her one-woman show to Broadway. On Thursday's The View, Goldberg broke down in sobs as she attempted to pay tribute to Nichols. Unable to speak, her co-host Nicolle Wallace chimed in, "This man meant the world to her."
Photos: Gone Too Soon -- Stars We've Lost
The show then flashed back to when the director appeared on the program in 2012 and Goldberg was able to thank her mentor for all he'd done for her. "Whenever I'm with you, I know I'm okay," she said to Nichols at the time, getting teary-eyed during the interview.
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Hollywood is in mourning after the sudden death of Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols.The man behind such masterpieces like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "The Graduate," "The Birdcage" and "Closer" passed away Wednesday at the age of 83. He leaves behind wife Diane Sawyer and three children.Nichols is credited with helping Whoopi Goldberg launch her career, after giving her her own one-woman show on Broadway. And it's clear the news was still raw for the comedian this morning on "The View," where she became overcome with emotion as she tried to address the audience."This morning ..." she said, before choking up. Cohost Nicolle Wallace stepped in and finished eulogizing Nichols, as Whoopi cried into her hands. She went on to call him her "mentor."Many celebrities have taken to Twitter to also share their condolences. Read those below. We lost the legendary Mike Nichols today. A pioneer of stage and film. »
- tooFab Staff
Mike Nichols, the prodigious theater, film and TV director-producer and performer, died suddenly on Wednesday, ABC News announced. He was 83. "He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic, and was one of a tiny few to win the Egot - an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony - in his lifetime,” ABC News president James Goldston said in a statement. Nichols's wife is ABC News anchor Diane Swayer. "No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike," added Goldston. Nichols's impressive five-decade career won him an Oscar, »
- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm
Will NBC proceed with its new Bill Cosby family comedy? The Peacock last July announced plans to bring Cosby back to primetime in summer or fall of 2015 as the patriarch of a new family sitcom. As Deadline reports, "That plan may have been derailed by the resurfaced rape accusations against the veteran comedian.” Plus: Comedian Hannibal Buress is responsible for the Bill Cosby rape story going viral, another woman is accusing Cosby of rape, and Whoopi Goldberg is skeptical of the Cosby rape accuser. Parents TV Council blasts FX for showing graphic “Sons of Anarchy” sex scene The conservative watchdog called the opening 2 1/2 minutes of last week’s episode "the most sexually explicit content the (organization) has ever documented on basic cable,” adding that such content should be reserved for pay cable like HBO or Showtime. New “Peter Pan Live!” promo shows Allison Williams singing Watch Williams sing “I Won’t Grow Up, »
- Norman Weiss
Whoopi Goldberg's beauty is a view to behold!Here's a 31-year-old blue-eyed version of the "The Color Purple" star at a Beverly Hills lunch back in 1986 (left) and 28 years later the brown-eyed talk show host -- who celebrated her 59th birthday earlier this week -- at a "Sister Act" event in Spain last month (right).Amen!The question is... Read more »
- TMZ Staff
By Anjelica Oswald
Originally planned to screen as a 30-minute preview at AFI Fest, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, centered on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, premiered in its entirety and stirred up more Oscar buzz ahead of its Christmas Day release.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber says the film is “intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited and sharply acted,” and that it “represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.” Meanwhile, Paul Webb’s screenplay and David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. King have been praised. The Wrap’s James Rocchi says, “Oyelowo’s performance would be impressive enough if it merely recreated the icon we now revere as perfectly as he does through a variety of methods… But Oyelowo, and Webb’s screenplay, also give us a rich, rewarding portrait of King as a man, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Here's something to quack up about: Duck Dynasty could become a big Las Vegas show. The Robertson Family, the stars of A&E's hit series Duck Dynasty, are in talks to create a musical for the Rio Hotel and Casino, People confirms. The plan is to stage a 90-minute show called The Duck Commander Family Musical, which would be based on the book, The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built a Dynasty, by Willie and Korie Robertson. The hope is to raise the curtain on the semi-autobiographical show in February. There will be lyrics and tunes from Robert Morris, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
It seems like everyone has something to say about Kim Kardashian's full-frontal naked Paper magazine cover! On this morning's episode of The View, the ladies couldn't avoid talking about Kim and her super-sexy and super-revealing nude photos. "Kim Kardashian I guess tried to break the Internet with her butt shots, and now she's showing us the other side," Whoopi Goldberg said as Kim's booty and full-frontal pics flashed on a screen behind her. "So I guess people are a little freaked out by it, but is the full-frontal thing bothering anybody here?" "I think that it's an issue of taste and class," co-host Rosie Perez chimed in, adding, "because a lot of »
To each her own! Kim Kardashian's full-frontal nude photos for Paper magazine were the talk of the town — and The View — on Thursday, Nov. 13. Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez, and Rosie O'Donnell addressed them during the Hot Topics segment of their show, and had a lot to say on the topic. "Kim Kardashian tried to break the internet with her butt, and now she's showing us the other side. So I guess people are a little freaked out by it, but is [...] »
Sherri Shepherd is finally ready to talk about leaving "The View."The former daytime TV host will appear on Wednesday's "The Steve Harvey Show," where she opens up about her life since saying goodbye to the ABC talk show, reveals if she still watches and explains her current relationship with cohost Whoopi Goldberg. "It was hard leaving 'The View,'" Shepherd explains to Steve in the sneak peek. "I was with 'The View' for seven years! God said it was time to go. If you don't go when God says go, you're going to be in a lot of trouble if you stay." It doesn't sound like there's any bad blood between Sherri and her former costars, either -- and Shepherd still considers Whoopi a sister to this day! "Whoopi bought me clothes when I didn't have any money and first started 'The View'," she confesses. »
- tooFab Staff
In case you were wondering, Whoopi Goldberg does own a vibrator and its name is Stanley. “The View” co-host confessed on-air to having the sex toy during a “Hot Topics” segment about a ventriloquist in South Africa who is challenging a Twitter gag order against his puppet. See photos: 26 Daytime Talk Show Personalities Ranked by Popularity The panel, which included “Glee” actress Naya Rivera who was filling in for absent Rosie O'Donnell, discussed whether or not it was fair to ban comedian Conrad Koch from posting to the social media site in the guise of his dummy after being accused. »
- Ryan O'Connell
Whoopi Goldberg wonders whether singer Nicki Minaj even knew what Nazism was before releasing her controversial music video that contains images strikingly similar to that of the Third Reich during World War II. See photos: 7 Cheeky Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda' Cover Spoofs - From 'Simpsons' to 'Spongebob' “We don't teach a lot of history anymore,” Goldberg said. “We don't teach the history of the world, we don't teach the history of World War II, we don't explain what went on.” Guest co-host Naya Rivera, who is filling in for Rosie O'Donnell, disagreed with Goldberg, saying that she doubts Minaj doesn't know about. »
- Ryan O'Connell
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Madison Square Garden November 6, 2014 I wasn't going to miss this one! Fortunately the cheap seats were "only" $49.50 (plus fees, of course), which for a big-ticket concert these days is actually reasonable.
Wonder's 1976 double-lp set is on one hand an oddball choice for such treatment, yet from another perspective is perfectly obvious. Oddball because although it does have hits, the hits/filler percentages are higher on the latter than on any of his classic '70s single LPs, and some of it is downright eccentric. Perfect and obvious because, among musicheads, this set has acquired mythic status and, given its length, handily fills an evening.
The thing is, who says what's definitely filler (undistinguished material that just takes up space) and what's a hidden gem? And there's so much variety, stylistically and in terms of arrangements, that some people think it doesn't flow, »
When it comes to those pesky View feud rumors, Whoopi Goldberg is fighting back. The hit ABC talk show, which features new faces Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez in addition to returning moderators Rosie O'Donnell and Goldberg, has been at the center of multiple reports claiming the ladies are seriously butting heads when the cameras aren't rolling. Goldberg, who is the only returning panelist from last season, appeared on Late Night With David Letterman on Thursday, where she addressed the recent reports, implying that the claims are sexist while insisting there's no truth to the tabloid tales. The 58-year-old TV personality, who has been »
Sharon Osbourne: We’re planning to revive “The Osbournes” This time, Ozzy will be sober, Sharon Osbourne said on a British talk show, adding that filming of eight episodes is set to begin in January with Kelly and Jack. No word on if it’ll be shown on MTV. "Ozzy’s decided he wants to do another few episodes, about eight, of "The Osbournes,’” she says. "It’s been 13 years since we first did it. He said for the three years we did he was drunk the whole time and he’d like to be sober.” NBC in talks for a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers of “Sound of Music Live” and “Peter Pan Live,” are involved in the talks to bring Sorkin’s 1989 play to the small screen. Jon Stewart admits: I hate interviewing politicians Stewart »
- Norman Weiss
Friend and long-time guest of “The Late Show,” Robin Williams was fondly remembered by David Letterman and Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday night. See photos: Remembering Robin Williams: A Life and Career in Pictures (Photos) “There was nobody like him,” Goldberg said of Williams, whom she worked with alongside Billy Crystal during their years of involvement with Comic Relief. The trio together raised millions of dollars for the homeless during televised comedy specials the primarily aired on HBO. “But you knew Robin Williams from the beginning, right?” Letterman asked. “It was San Diego, Calif.” Goldberg said. “He had just had a year of ‘Mork. »
- Ryan O'Connell
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