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Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Marie Claire(NEW YORK) -- Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis has revealed that acting quite literally saved her life.

In an episode of the podcast Origins with James Andrew Miller about the hit HBO series, she credits her early acting jobs with helping her overcome an alcohol addiction.

“I don’t think I would be alive,” she says. “I’m an addict. I’m a recovering alcoholic. If I hadn’t found acting…acting is the only thing that made me want to ever get sober. I didn’t have anything that was that important to me other than trying to dull my senses.”

Davis, who played Charlotte on SATC, admits that she once feared she would die young.

“I didn’t think I would live to be 30,” the now-53-year-old says. “I started drinking very young and luckily I quit very young, before any success happened, thank goodness.”

She adds, “Because my love for acting was so big when I was very young, I had something that was more important to me than just drinking.”

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Film Independent(LOS ANGELES) -- The nominations for the 34th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced.

Nominees for Best Feature include Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, and nominees for Best First Feature include the horror film Hereditary, Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You and Paul Dano’s Wildlife.

Glenn Close, Toni Colette, Regina Hall and Carey Mulligan are among the Best Female Lead nominees, while John Cho, Ethan Hawke, Joaquin Phoenix and Daveed Diggs nabbed nominations in the Best Male Lead category.

Suspiria will receive the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards will air on IFC Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2 pm PT/5 pm ET.

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- Actor Tom Hardy has been bestowed with a prestigious honor by the British royal family.

A tweet from the royal family’s Twitter page confirms that Hardy was made a CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire – on Friday, for his contributions to drama. Prince Charles gave him the award at Buckingham Palace.

The Venom actor is a friend of Princes William and Harry and was one of the guests at Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. He has also been an ambassador to the Prince’s Trust, a charity founded by Prince Charles to help struggling young people get their lives back on track.

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Deborah Lopez(NEW YORK) -- Brian Tyree Henry is digging deep in his latest role. In Steve McQueen's heist-thriller Widows, Henry plays Jamal, a local crime boss turned Chicago politician who's on a mission to get his money back.

While Henry's character is obviously flawed, the Atlanta actor tells ABC Radio that he surprisingly understands Jamal's perspective.

"I have a lot of heart for Jamal," Henry says. "I don't want to say I felt bad for him. But, in an eerie way I really truly understood him. I understood exactly what he wanted, what he saw. And I just wanted to make sure that it was enacted the way it needed to be."

He continues, "Now, I may do some sketchy stuff... It may not be couth... But like, I think that that's the fun of discovering characters like that."

In the film, Jamal is determined to get the $2 million dollars that was stolen from him by Davis' husband who was killed in a heist-gone-wrong. Henry says because of it, Jamal must now navigate between two very different worlds.

"Because here you have Viola Davis character, who's a sister... but living in the penthouse over here. But you ain't thinking about me, down here," he explains. "However, your husband stole from me. So now I've got to come to your penthouse and get what I want."

Henry continues, "So now our worlds are colliding when you didn't even want them to, or even know if they could. So, I think that that's a constant thing that Jamal is going through in this movie is, like trying to find a way to dip in and out of these worlds and make them his." 

Widows, also starring Liam Neeson and Daniel Kaluuya, is now in theaters.

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Mike Coppola/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Prolific Hollywood screenwriter and two-time Oscar winner William Goldman has died, The Washington Post confirms. He was 87.

Goldman’s daughter, Jenny Goldman, tells the Washington Post her father passed away Friday at his Manhattan home, of complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.

Goldman won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1970 for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. He nabbed his second trophy in 1977 for Best Adapted Screenplay for All the President’s Men, also starring Redford and Dustin Hoffman.

Over the course of his more than five-decades in the business, Goldman was screenwriter for such legendary films as Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, The Stepford Wives, The Great Waldo Pepper, A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin and Misery.

Goldman was married to photographer Ilene Jones from 1961 until 1991. He is survived by their two daughters, Jenny and Susanna.

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Mike Yarish/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin play an acting teacher having trouble finding acting gigs and his agent, respectively, in the new Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method, from The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, debuting Friday.

Douglas tells ABC Radio that the veteran actors have great chemistry, despite the fact that they'd "never been in the same room" together before.

"I never even seen any of his movies, says Douglas. "I haven't either," adds Arkin. "I said yeah, he's the guy that did [the 2017 dirt bike drama] Champion. I'd like to work with him."

The Kominsky Method marks Douglas' first regular TV role since the 1970s cop drama, The Streets of San Francisco, but he thinks this one's a completely different animal.

"It's streaming, there's no commercials," he explains. "I mean what separated TV or always made it seem secondary to doing movies was you had commercials every three or four minutes. This, first of all, you can be 25 minutes long, 35 minutes long, any subject matter, any language you want to say and there's no commercials. So it's like a mini movie."

While many older actors find it harder to get work, Arkin -- who celebrated his 84th birthday back in March -- is busier than ever.

"It's hard to believe, if anybody told me this was happening I'd say you were lying. I'm getting more offers now than I've gotten in years and years," he says.

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© 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald -- The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finds Jude Law, as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, hunting down his longtime rival, Gellert Grindelwald -- played by Johnny Depp -- after the wizard escapes custody. He enlists his former student and magizoologist Newt Scamander -- portrayed by Eddie Redmayne -- to assist. Ezra Miller and Zoë Kravitz also star. Rated PG-13.

Widows -- Viola Davis stars in this film from 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen about a grieving widow who recruits a group of women -- played by Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Carrie Coon -- to pull off a heist her late husband was planning. Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson also star. Rated R.

Instant Family -- Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play a couple that finds themselves in over their heads when they decide to adopt three young children. Also starring Tig Notaro and Octavia Spencer. Rated PG-13.

A Private War -- This drama, based on a true story stars Rosamund Pike as celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, who risked her life to give voice to the voiceless. Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci also star. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

Green Book -- Viggo Mortensen stars in this dramedy about a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist -- played by Mahershala Ali -- on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Rated PG-13.

At Eternity's Gate -- This biographical drama takes a look at the final days of painter Vincent van Gogh -- played by Willem Dafoe. Rated PG-13.

(Widows and Green Book trailers contain mild, uncensored profanity.)

 




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Disney(NEW YORK) -- Get ready to grab a tissue.  The first live-action Dumbo trailer has arrived. 

Tim Burton directs this remake on the 1941 animated Disney classic film, and we don’t have to wait long to get our first glimpse of the little elephant using his huge ears to fly.

"Dumbo expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight," the official description from Disney reads.

The trailer appears to follow the original’s main story -- including the heartbreaking separation of Dumbo and his mother.  But then the circus owner leads Dumbo and his child friends on a mission to reunite Dumbo and his mom. 

Dumbo stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Danny DeVito and Alan Arkin.  It opens March 29 of next year from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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ABC/Heidi Gutman(DALLAS, TX) -- Amy Schumer had to cancel her Texas tour dates Thursday after pregnancy complications put her in the hospital.

The pregnant comedian revealed in an Instagram post that both she and her baby are fine, but she’s been suffering from severe morning sickness, otherwise known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

“I am in the hospital,” she posted, along with photo of herself in a hospital bed with her dog laying at her feet. “I’m fine. Baby’s fine but everyone who says the 2nd trimester is better is not telling the full story. I’ve been even more ill this trimester.”

She continued, “I have hyperemesis and it blows. Very lucky to be pregnant but this is some bullsh**! Sending so much love to the doctors and nurses taking great care of me and [my dog] Tati! They are cool as hell!”

She apologized to her Texas fans for cancelling and promised to reschedule. She had been scheduled to perform her stand-up in Dallas tonight and in Austin Friday night.

Schumer announced last month that she is expecting her first child with husband Chris Fischer.

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Armie Hammer is apologizing after criticizing celebrities who posted selfies in tribute to the late Marvel Comics visionary Stan Lee.

“While attempting to provide some unnecessary social commentary about the current selfie culture, I (in true a**hat form – thank you Jeffrey Dean Morgan) inadvertently offended many who were genuinely grieving the loss of a true icon,” he wrote.

Hammer continued, “I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart and will be working on my Twitter impulse control.”

On Monday, Hammer wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “So touched by all of the celebrities posting pictures of themselves with Stan Lee… no better way to commemorate an absolute legend than putting up a picture of yourself.”

He added, “If Stan impacted your life (ie. All of our lives) with his work, post his work that touched you the most. Posting a selfie makes his death about you and how cool you felt taking a picture with him.”

His comments quickly sparked backlash, including from Morgan, who posted and then deleted, “Looks like you found a way to use others' ways of mourning and their memories to draw some attention to yourself. You sound like a real a**hat.”

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John Lamparski/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Mahershala Ali "immersed" himself in the real-life character's music for his role in the forthcoming film, Green Book

The film is inspired by a true story of Dr. Don Shirley, played by Ali, a world-class African-American pianist who hires a tough-talking bouncer from the Bronx, played by Viggo Mortensen, to be his driver and protection as he sets out on a concert tour in the segregated South in 1962.  Along the way the two men become close despite their differences.

"What's so beautiful about it is these two gentlemen are just so different," Ali told ABC's Good Morning America. "They couldn't be more different and they actually remain different, but there's so much that is revealed about themselves and they're so open and they listen to each other in such a wonderful way that they end up becoming like really close friends and allies."

In order to get into Dr. Shirley's head, Ali researched his mannerisms through documentaries, listened to old recordings and "immersed" himself in his music.  He also drew inspiration from a documentary called Little Bohemia, about the artists that lived above Carnegie Hall that "[Shirley] appears in several times."

"I was able to pull from that and sort of get a sense of his gestures and his rhythm and his speech and posture and how he played the piano. So I had that to lean on a bit," he said.

The Oscar-winning actor, who's dabbled with rap in the past, also said he's "working on something for a project associated specifically with the film."  But don't expect music to be Ali's second career.  In terms of "pursuing a career and doing it and releasing music on a regular basis, no," he said.

Green Book hits theaters nationwide Wednesday, November 21.

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Roy Clark, foreground, with Buck Owens on "Hee Haw"; CBS via Getty Images(TULSA, Okla.) -- Roy Clark, the Grammy-winning Country Music Hall of Fame member and celebrated picker who's best-known by most as co-host of TV's Hee Haw, has died at age 85.

Clark's publicist confirmed he died Thursday morning at his Tulsa, Oklahoma home of complications from pneumonia.

Just two years ago, Clark revived his classic “I’m a pickin’ and I’m a grinnin’” Hee Haw bit for the landmark 50th Annual CMA Awards, with fellow country picker Brad Paisley stepping in for his late Hee Haw co-host, Buck Owens.  

Hee Haw -- a rural variety show that mixed homespun comedy with current country stars -- premiered on CBS in 1969. When it was cancelled by the network, it moved to syndication, where it ran until 1992.

Though his musical prowess was somewhat overshadowed by his comedy success on Hee Haw, Clark was an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, admired for his abilities on both guitar and banjo. At the peak of his career, he was well-known enough to guest-host The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson. 

Of the dozens of singles Clark released over nearly four decades, his biggest hit was the 1969 cover of "Yesterday When I Was Young," which reached #9 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. 

Roy Clark was a Grand Ole Opry member who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He’s survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara. A memorial will be held in Tulsa in the coming days.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- What are you going to be doing this Thanksgiving holiday?  Other than stuffing your face, watching football and drifting off into a drooling food coma on the sofa?  Entertainment Weekly has a snapshot in their just-released November/Thanksgiving Pop Culture Index.

Let's start with which TV chef you'd prefer to cook your Thanksgiving bird.  Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten's the first choice, at least among those who say Thanksgiving's their favorite holiday.  Overall, 20% picked foul-mouthed Hell's Kitchen host Gordon Ramsey.

If you could share your Thanksgiving feast with a TV family or group of friends, it's no surprise the friends from Friends top the list, followed by Lorelai and Rory from Gilmore Girls.  Others on the list include the Johnsons from black-ish and even the Starks from Game of Thrones -- the Starks who're still alive, at least.  By the way, 40% of those surveyed say they expect some Thanksgiving drama around the table, especially from family members.

Favorite Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float?  Charlie Brown's the clear favorite at 25%, followed by Garfield, Mickey Mouse, Big Bird and Spider-Man.  Fifty-four percent of those surveyed say they'll definitely watch the parade.

Planning to binge-watch some TV after the meal?  The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Neflix tops the list, followed by The Haunting of Hill House, Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and NBC's This Is Us.

And because no holiday's complete without tunes, 25% chose Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as the holiday song they'll play the most.  "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song" also are near the top of the list.

The Entertainment Weekly Pop Culture Index is compiled by surveying what EW describes as a "large proprietary panel of self-selected EW consumers age 18 ."

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Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former The Bachelor stars Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancée, Lauren Burnham, have announced they're expecting. Burnham is due in June.

Luyendyk posted a photo on Instagram to announce the couple’s happy news.

"Nothing compares, absolutely nothing compares to the moment you find out you’re going to be a dad!” he wrote alongside a photo of the couple. “We cried, we laughed and it really was such a special moment for us, we’re so freakin’ happy!"

Burnham posted an image on her account as well, with the caption, "Our greatest adventure begins June 2019!"

Burnham told Us Weekly about when the couple found out. 

"I kind of had a feeling that I might be pregnant. So my friend insisted on bringing a pregnancy test over," Burnham told the magazine. She said she wanted Luyendyk to read the test results.

"Arie came out with the test in his hand and tears in his eyes. He was like, 'You’re pregnant!'" she recalled.

The couple, who currently live together in Phoenix, Arizona, are set to wed in January.

Luyendyk famously dumped his former fiancée and subsequent The Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin on television in an episode that aired in March 2018.

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Monica Schipper/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- With her new coming-of-age drama Jinn, Luke Cage alum Simone Missick is taking on a different type of role.

In the film, Missick plays Jade Jennings, a popular meteorologist and new convert to Islam, who's conflicted when her teenage daughter questions her beliefs. Missick tells ABC Radio that she felt a strong duty to the role, which is inspired by the life of director Nijla [Nih-JAH-la] Mu'min [Moo-MEEN].

"I felt a responsibility to portray this woman and her story honestly," Missick tells ABC Radio. "And Nijla and I did have a chance to talk extensively before we started filming because this was partly her story, and because she was sharing something that was so intimate. And so she gave me a lot of background information on how she created this character and what it was that she was trying to get to come across on screen."

While the film mostly revolves around Jade's daughter Summer and her struggle to come to grips with her mother's new religion, Missick says the film also serves an important purpose: to help debunk myths about Islam.

"The fact is, we are living in a climate of Islamophobia, especially in our country, she says. "And to label an entire religion that is practiced by millions and millions of people all over the world as one that comes out of hatred is just false and it's wrong."

She continues, "It's something that continues to divide us in this country and globally more and more every day. And so Nijla really wanted to share with people the beauty, and the love, and the community that she grew up in." 

Jinn, also starring Simone's husband Dorian Missick and Zoe Renee, is now in theaters and arrives on VOD and Digital HD November 16.

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