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Oscar Wilde Awards honoree Martin Short, known for his zingers and stinging observations, was asked if anyone in the current presidential administration is ripe for satire. “Everyone is ripe for satire,” he says, “particularly in this administration. But it’s hard to satirize, hard to go broader than what we have seen.”
Asked if his talk-show character Jiminy Glick would have anything to say about the current Trump administration, Short demurs. “I’m not going there.”
Short feels a connection to the Wilde Awards. “My mother was half-Irish, my father was 100%,” he offers. Short, who has credits going back to 1972, says his father introduced him to film. They watched Ireland-set films such as “The Quiet Man” and “Shake Hands With the Devil.”
And while fans admire his wit, the performer freely admits, “I don’t know that if I could compare to Oscar Wilde.”
The comic actor is one of »
- Will Thorne
Ron Alston, Jr. started trying to instill confidence in his daughter before she was even born.
“I would play the 1996 Chicago Bulls anthem to her mom’s stomach,” he says, referring to the Alan Parsons’ Projects’ ‘Sirius,’ “and that’s the greatest basketball team ever, so I knew she was going to be the greatest.”
He even wanted to play the song in the delivery room, but the hospital wouldn’t let him bring his phone in, he says.
After she was born, he switched to the Sesame Street gang singing “What I Am” and “Don’t Give Up,” two songs with other inspirational messages. »
- Nicole Weisensee Egan
.I approached Mel in 2002, in 2010, and then again in 2014, which is the first time he said yes,. says Mechanic..
.He's the only one I approached twice. I guess in my mind he was always the perfect director for it. I just had to get it in his mind that he was the perfect director for it..
.Randall's changes were not earth shattering,. says Mechanic. .He won't be credited in the final screenplay. But I think it might have made it more appealing to Mel to read [that] Randy was working on it..
The WWII action drama is »
- Harry Windsor
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
Sam Hunt spent the last few summers opening for superstars like Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum, but this year his name will be the biggest on the marquee. The singer announced his own June-through-September headlining trek Wednesday morning.
“Buy Me A Boat” singer Chris Janson, Best New Artist Grammy nominee Maren Morris, and singer-songwriter Ryan Follese will join as openers. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Feb. 3; a full list of dates is below.
Hunt also revealed he would return to country radio next week. “Body Like a Back Road,” the first »
- Jordan Runtagh
Before she was reported missing, a fire broke out in her house that killed her dog and cat.
The disappearance of Monica Lamping, 29, and her two children, 7-year-old Kai and 9-month-old Oria, was updated Tuesday to a missing/endangered persons case under suspicious circumstances, Virginia Beach Police Department master officer Linda Kuehn tells People.
Keuhn cited “the extended period of time that has elapsed since there has been any contact.”
A police press release states, “Although »
This story originally appeared on realsimple.com.
Fun fact: the film adaptation of this New York Times-bestseller began shooting even before the book was released in September. And it’s not hard to see why: Shetterly’s meticulously-researched, inspiring story jumps off the page. The book celebrates Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, the black female mathematicians who worked as “human computers” at the Langley memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia during World War II, tabulating the calculations that would send man into space. The movie is nominated for Best Picture, »
When military police officer Ken Mica arrived at Jeffrey MacDonald’s Fort Bragg, North Carolina apartment on Feb. 17, 1970, he saw MacDonald in the master bedroom, lying on his stomach next to his bloodied wife, Colette.
“I see he’s still alive and I lean down next to him and say, ‘Who did this?’ ” Mica tells People. “And he starts describing three guys and a woman.”
The woman he described — long blonde hair or wig, a floppy hat and knee-high boots — resembled a woman Mica had passed on the way to the apartment belonging to MacDonald, a Green Beret surgeon. Mica »
- Nicole Weisensee Egan
President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Washington, D.C. Thursday to take part in pre-inaugural events just one day before he will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America.
The president-elect, accompanied by wife and incoming first lady Melania Trump, left his branded luxury jet at home for the journey, traveling from New York City to Joint Base Andrews on a government aircraft. There was no media on board the plane.
After touching down just outside the nation’s capitol on Thursday, the entire Trump family stopped first at the Pennsylvania Avenue hotel that bears »
- Tierney McAfee
In the 1990s, Jeffrey MacDonald — convicted of the 1970 murder of his wife and two daughters — began reading about new forensic testing he thought might help prove his claim of innocence.
He brought it up to his then-attorney, Harvey Silvergate, who was working on a post-conviction motion for the case along with attorneys Philip Cormier and Andrew Good.
“I said, ‘How does it work? I’m a doctor but I’m a novice. I’m just reading about it in the newspaper,’ ” MacDonald, a former Green Beret surgeon, tells People.
According to MacDonald, Silvergate answered, “If we’re going to ask for DNA, »
- Nicole Weisensee Egan
Today’s casting roundup includes a chance to work on the forthcoming “Pitch Perfect 3,” no ability to harmonize is required! We also have three more fantastic opportunities including principal roles on an AMC series and a nonunion touring production. Is there a job for you below? “Pitch Perfect 3”“Pitch Perfect 3,” the third installment in the mega-successful a capella franchise, is casting for stand-in roles. Seeking female talent, all ages 18–40, to stand in for three respective characters, the production will begin shooting Jan. 30 in Atlanta, Georgia. A pay rate is set at $64/eight hours. “Turn: Washington’S Spies”Union talent is sought for eight principal roles in the fourth season of the AMC drama “Turn: Washington’s Spies.” The series, which stars Jamie Bell, is shooting Jan. 24–Feb. 2 in Richmond, Virginia. Professional pay under a SAG-aftra contract will be provided. “Cinderella”A nonunion production of the »
Domestic weekend estimates are in, but the full story won't be told until actuals arrive Monday afternoon as the top two films are within a mere fraction of one another as severe winter weather had a clear effect on this weekend's grosses. For the time being Rogue One: A Star Wars Story holds the top spot over Fox's expanded release of Hidden Figures by less than $200,000. The weekend's lone new wide release, Screen Gems's Underworld: Blood Wars, scored a fourth place finish while Focus's expansion of A Monster Calls failed to generate much interest despite strong reviews and audience response, ultimately finishing outside the top ten. Currently holding the #1 spot for the weekend is Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which dropped 55.7% and finished with an estimated $21.97 million as its domestic cume climbs to $477.2 million, placing it just $9 million behind Finding Dory as it is soon to become »
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Seeing the word “producer” attached to Pharrell Williams’ name is nothing new. As half of the Neptunes and later as a solo artist, the Virginian has put his stamp on more hit songs than almost anyone this millennium. But with the 2016 release of “Hidden Figures,” Variety’s Creative Impact in Producing honoree became one of a different type.
Though he’d been credited as an executive producer on 2015’s Sundance hit, “Dope,” “Hidden Figures” marks Williams’ first venture as a proper film producer. He came onboard the project, which stars Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson as the real-life African-American women who played key roles at Nasa in the run-up to John Glenn’s famous 1962 voyage, back in April with his producing partner Mimi Valdes. At the time, he noted that the Theodore Melfi-directed film was “an extraordinary story about black women with genius mathematical minds who contributed to American history. »
- Andrew Barker
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