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Nashville Recap: Who Confesses She Loves Him?

Thu, 5/19/2016 1:33 PM

Last night on ABC’s Nashville (“It’s Sure Gonna Hurt”), Scarlett (without her Exes partner Gunnar) was offered a solo deal to film a very cool headphones commercial. Gunnar then went his separate way when Autumn invited him to not only see Elton John in concert in Boston and meet him, but to sing with him on stage. Gunnar was over the moon (and Sam Palladio, the actor who plays Gunnar had to be as well). Meanwhile, stage left, Scarlett (Clare Bowen) hit an emotional wall and admitted she’s “afraid of the truth” and in love with Gunnar (although she didn’t tell him that yet). Good thing Scarlett didn’t know while she was crying her eyes out (while a flashback montage of her life with Gunnar played in her head), Gunnar was in the sack with Autumn.

Sadly for fans of the show, even an Elton John cameo couldn’t save it from cancellation. Only one episode remains and there are plenty of loose ends to tie up.

Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) are still in love but majorly at odds. Mostly, they are both heartbroken about the separation from their daughter, Maddie (Lennon Stella).

They see a therapist who gives a spot-on assessment of their situation: “You both have a deep mythology about this bond but there’s a dark side to it.” Now what? That’s a lot of therapy to squeeze into one week.

Things are a little better for Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) and Avery (Jonathan Jackson), although as a couple they are still star-crossed. Juliette connected with her movie co-star, Noah West (Derek Hough) at a red carpet event last week and the two enjoy a movie night in, including a sweet moment where Noah uses a home remedy to help baby Cadence with her teething. As cute as that was and as hot as Noah is, Juliette gives him the “It’s not you, it’s me…” sendoff.

Over in Layla-ville, her album launch goes well with Avery performing with Layla (Aubrey Peeples) on stage and keeping her company afterward. He seems torn though, checking his phone and preoccupied.

Things started off well last night for Will (Chris Carmack) who is un-estranged from his gruff and homophobic father who seems to be coming around after Will went home for his mother’s funeral. Luke (Will Chase) is still leading the charge against those who are disparaging and boycotting his artist, who happens to be gay. But Will, reluctant to be a spokesperson or a role model just wants to sing.

After he’s confronted by a guy at his house who challenges him to speak up and use his platform and later, when he learns that Luke’s son Colt, (Keean Johnson) got badly beaten sticking up for his father, Will decides it’s time for him to step up.

That was a healing moment in more ways that one: Luke was devastated that Colt was hurt but in the hospital Colt said he was defending his father and proud to do it.

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC

 

 

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Survivor Kaôh Rōng Winner Michele Fitzgerald Speaks The Truth

Thu, 5/19/2016 12:47 PM

It’s not malarky, it’s the truth; after thirty-nine days of battling it out on the beaches of Cambodia, New Jersey bartender Michele Fitzgerald has been crowned the champion of Survivor Kaôh Rōng.

Michele’s low-key game relied on strong social connections, fitting in with the right alliances at the right times, avoiding Tribal Council entirely for an astonishing twenty-two days, and winning crucial challenges during the end game. She didn’t need to be carried, as evidenced by her 5-2-0 victory over fellow finalists Aubry Bracco and Tai Trang — a result that shocked a whole lot of Aubry supporters at home, according to a quick scan of the internet.

I caught up with Michele on the red carpet at the Survivor finale for her take on why she won, her thoughts on the jury twist that sent Neal Gottlieb packing, and her reaction to some of the online chatter throughout the season.

How are you doing, Michele?

This has been crazy. It’s been an emotional roller coaster. Luckily my family has been so supportive. The initial feeling of coming back and getting into regular life, and then you get into this mode of wondering, “Oh, what’s going to happen?” And then it airs… it’s just a lot of ups and downs. A long time coming.

What was your feeling throughout the Final Tribal Council? Did you like your odds?

I really was 50-50. I didn’t know which way the votes were going to fall. People were keeping their mouths shut. I knew I had two for sure. I knew Aubry had two for sure. Then there were some in the middle that felt pretty uncertain to me. I was going in humble and hopeful, and at the end of the day, it paid off.

What’s going through your mind when Nick tells you to speak intelligently? That would rattle me. Pretty weird thing to hear.

It was a very weird thing to hear! I think it speaks to my story a lot. It speaks to how people were perceiving me, as someone they could carry and talk down to and bring through the game as a number. That’s not how I wanted to play. I should have said something really sassy back to him, but I kept my mouth shut. Do you know how many times I’ve gone back to that moment and thought, “You know, why did I not just say, ‘Speak intelligently? Well, clearly I’m intelligent enough to be over here, and you’re the first juror, but whatever!'” [Laughs] That would’ve been great.

When you won the reward to remove a juror, was it clear to you immediately that Neal was the target? Or was it truly as much of a process as it was shown to be?

I wanted to make it a process. I wanted to make sure that I was making the right decision. Impulsively, you think, let’s get Joe out. Because you know that Joe is…

Locked.

Right. He’s locked in on Aubry. There’s no way he’s going anywhere else. But at the same time, Joe’s an upstanding guy. He would never drag my name through the mud, and I knew that. It took me some time to step back and think, “Okay, who’s going to damage my name? Not only who is voting for someone else, but who’s going to bring me down as well?” So, it was a process that I talked through with both of them. The people who they were shielding told me a lot about who they thought they had.

When Neal says what he says to you… is that burned in your memory?

Yeah, it was really awkward. So awkward. [Laughs] I’m pretty sure I was like, “[Expletive] you, man!”

Never has an F-bomb been more fairly deployed.

Seriously! I was like, “[Expletive] you! Get outta here with that.” But in that moment, I really did feel for him. He got pulled from the game, and the one impression he could have made — the one thing he had control over — was that jury vote. I stripped him of that. That hurts, on a personal level. For someone who really loves this game and really wanted to play… those words he spoke hurt me, but I knew that in turn my actions hurt him. I took it with a grain of salt. We joke about it now.

If Neal is there at Final Tribal, and he’s able to give a big speech for Aubry, does anything change?

I don’t think so. It adds one vote for her. Seeing the votes tonight, I don’t think anything shifted. Cydney’s a strong willed woman; I don’t think Neal’s going to sway her. I don’t think he was going to sway Debbie, either; they had been at Ponderosa for a how long now? If he hadn’t swayed her by then, I don’t think he’s going to sway her with one last upstanding speech. So I think it would have been an additional vote for Aubry, but it just wouldn’t look good for me. And it throws you off. You get in a rhythm of speaking. To have someone just get up there and bash you? My morale would’ve been down.

How does it play out if Cydney’s in there instead of Aubry? That’s what you would have preferred.

Yeah, it is what I would have preferred, just because she had been my loyal friend for so long in the game. I would have loved to sit next to her, since I love and respect her so much. But I’m not sure where the votes would have landed. I think Scot and Jason were very bitter toward her. I still would have Julia. As far as I know, Nick said he loves Cydney’s game the most, so I think he would have voted for her. But I don’t know. I’m really not sure. You don’t know until you’re at tribal. Maybe Scot and Jason could have gotten over it and said, “Props to you! You were able to get rid of us, and you recognized the threats we were, so good on you.” But it played out the way it played out.

How awesome did it feel to roundhouse kick the final four immunity puzzle?

That was bad ass. I watched that back tonight and was like, “Damn, girl! You get it!”

You won some very important challenges here along the way…

Totally. I felt on a roll. I felt my energy moving up and up and up through this part of the game, and I wanted to run with it. It lit a fire under my butt. I knew I was on the outs. I knew the only way I’m getting out of it is through me. So, pick it up, girlfriend! Move that ass up because there’s no other way. I just put it into another gear and I did it.

You avoided Tribal Council until Day 22. When you finally get there, you’re voting out Nick, someone you were close with for a very long time. How nervous were you when you finally arrived?

I was incredibly nervous about whatever the repercussions of this move were going to be. To make a huge move on your first Tribal is intimidating, but my relationship with Cydney — which was downplayed on the show — we had talked about voting out Nick ever since the early days of Chan Loh. We were talking about it for a very long time. We knew this was a path for us. As soon as he lost that immunity challenge, it was something we immediately discussed. Then we talked to a few other people, including Julia. We weighed it out. How willing are you to move into a new alliance that will be stronger for you in the end? My relationship with Cydney was way more personal than my relationship with Nick, who wanted to downplay who I am — or I could be accepted for who I was by Cydney, who saw me as a strong person.

The Julia vote must have been another difficult one.

It was. But I’m the one who suggested that vote. Being left out of the Scot vote was a really bad thing for my game. It could have gone a different way; the idol could have been played and someone else had gotten bounced out, and it could’ve been a great move. But knowing that I was on the outs, I had to get back in. Here was Julia, also on the outs, someone I wanted to work with so bad, but the biggest way for me to get back in is to say, “Hey, trust me. If you don’t trust her, then let’s eliminate that, and we’ll do this alone with us.” It was a hard experience for me, but I tried to play with logic rather than emotion, and know that those relationships I built would let them rise above to see it as a move, rather than a personal dig.

How much did you pay attention to the online chatter about your guaranteed victory?

Oh, the winner’s edit. [Laughs] I wasn’t really paying attention to it, and then I get tagged in all of this stuff on Twitter, and I’m really confused! Because I’m a Survivor fan, but never at that level of that world. So I start paying attention. I start looking out for the cues. I wanted to stay humble and not get my hopes up, so as much as I loved seeing that stuff, and as much as I was hoping that what they were seeing was actually the truth, I also knew I was sitting next to someone amazing. So I didn’t know.

Josh Wigler is a writer, editor and podcaster who has been published by MTV News, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Comic Book Resources and more. He is the co-author of The Evolution of Strategy: 30 Seasons of Survivor, an audiobook chronicling the reality TV show’s transformation, and one of the hosts of Post Show Recaps, a podcast about film and television. Follow Josh on Twitter @roundhoward.

 

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Review: Crowe and Gosling Mix Action and Laughs in The Nice Guys

Thu, 5/19/2016 11:38 AM

The Nice Guys
Starring Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling
Directed by Shane Black
R

The opening shot of The Nice Guys pans across the back of the iconic Hollywood sign, grimy and tagged with graffiti, as the lights of the city below glitter in the night like a gigantic box of jewels.

After the Temptations set a ’70s groove to “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” we’re off and rolling ourselves on a raucous, retro-rollicking comedy-adventure romp as a pair of mismatched investigators-for-hire (Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling) team up to look for a missing girl (Margaret Qualley of TV’s The Leftovers). But soon they find themselves in a much deeper drama involving porn stars, pinkie promises, menacing thugs, Kim Basinger in full L.A. Confidential mode and a shocking conspiracy of catalytic converters and high-ranking collusion.

Writer-director Shane Black made his mark back in the late 1980s with the screenplay for Lethal Weapon, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. He went on to refine his format—a high-octane mix of cheeky quips and pulpy, explosive action—behind the camera with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and Iron Man 3 (2013).

The movie takes place in 1977, and it revels in the details of its smoggy, sometimes smutty setting. The background hums with tunes from Kiss, America, Rupert Holmes, the Band, Herb Alpert and Earth, Wind and Fire. Chevy Camaros, Caprice Classics and Dodge Coronets line up for 69-cent-a-gallon gas. Billboards trumpet the hottest movies: Jaws 2, Airport 77. Newspaper headlines spread the dread about killer bees from Brazil.

You’ll recognize versatile character actor Keith David as a villain. Matt Bomer from TV’s American Horror Story plays John Boy, an assassin sharing a certain facial feature with the Waltons TV character of the same name. And young Angourie Rice, 14 at the time of filming, almost steals the show as Holly, the daughter of Gosling’s character. She’s the soft heart of this rough-and-tumble story, the tender conscience in the midst of its outbursts of casual violence.

But the real treat throughout is the pair-up of two actors not known for baring their funny bones. Crowe’s Jackson Healey is a rumpled, jaded tough guy who leads with his fists—often sporting brass knuckles. Gosling plays Holland March as a mopey, bottom-feeding P.I. with a drinking problem and a tattoo that reminds him, “You will never be happy.” Their oil-and-water styles initially clash, of course, but eventually smooth into some major movie mojo. (Pay attention and you’ll even catch their nod to classic Abbott and Costello.)

It all builds into a spectacular shoot-out showdown at a gleaming auto expo, where everyone is scrambling to get their hands on a canister containing a reel of film as it rolls, bounces and spins across the floor, out a window, down a street and into the flames of a burning car. That’s one hot movie, as it turns out, in more ways than one.

And so is The Nice Guys, a juicy, slam-bang action-comedy cocktail punched up, pimped out and powered down with rowdy, new-fangled film-noir fun. Hot stuff—catch it.

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Ryan Gosling Talks The Nice Guys and Working With Russell Crowe

Thu, 5/19/2016 10:05 AM

The Nice Guys wasn’t originally intended to be as funny of a movie as it turned out to be, but when writer/director Shane Black and writer Anthony Bagarozzi saw the chemistry between stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, more humor got added.  So much so, that it turned out to be a great comedy/buddy caper in the same vein as Black’s script for Lethal Weapon. 

“I just want to say that there is a giant, talking bee in this, so I can’t take full responsibility for the comedy element, and I don’t know how serious and hard-boiled it was meant to be, but I read it and I thought, ‘There’s a great opportunity here for a lot of physical comedy,'” Gosling said. “Obviously, everyone reads a script differently, and I was a little nervous going into it because I didn’t know how Russell Crowe envisioned the film.”

Set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, The Nice Guys is the story of down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling), who teams up with enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) to solve a missing persons case. Of course, it turns out to be so much more than that with a huge conspiracy thrown in that puts their lives in danger.

Parade.com caught up with Gosling at a roundtable to promote The Nice Guys and got the chance to talk to him about his character, working with Crowe, the father/daughter relationship in the film, and more.

How would you describe your character?

He’s a schmuck. I heard that word more than any other word on set every day. They almost stopped saying, “Cut,” and they would just say, “What a schmuck,” and I knew the scene was over. 

Talk about your first day working with Russell Crowe?

Our first day working together was the bathroom stall scene, so I went to set early to try and work out this door thing. I was working it out, and I thought I was alone, but I smelled smoke and I looked behind the door and it’s Russell. He’s smoking and watching me, and he very seriously says, “I think if you hit the door with the other leg, it will back bounce farther.” We immediately were having the most serious conversation about the dumbest thing ever, and I knew this was going to be fine and it would be fun.

The father/daughter relationship in this film is unique and Angourie Rice is wonderful as your daughter. Talk about working with her.

It was less a father/daughter and more of a mother/son situation because she’s already about as mature as I was like a year ago. That was one of those great situations where you don’t know how you’re going to play a certain aspect of your character or a certain part of the storyline, and an actor comes in, and, just because of the virtue of who they are and how they are and how they’re playing their part, it just gives you a part of your character so you know exactly how you’re going to play those scenes. So, I was thrilled to work with her, and I’m sure she’s going to be the boss of all of us pretty soon.

There’s a lot of physical scenes in this, how much of it was you and how much was a stuntman, especially falling over the balcony?

I did most of that. The physical comedy element was a big draw for me. I grew up on those films. It’s something I always wanted to do, so I wanted to make sure that I did all those things, but I did have a great stunt guy. I actually wanted to give him a little bit of a break, too, because he had just come off the set of Fury, where he was impaled by a bayonet by his best friend.

This movie takes place in L.A. Is there something about the city that you love?  

I think I spent so much time as a kid dreaming of coming here, wondering what was happening here, and seeing it in movies, reading about it, and then living here, there’s so many facets to it. I’m always amazed by that. I always find a new side of L.A. that I didn’t know existed, and I think I’m always excited when I realize that and then I can find a way to reflect that in a film. For me, it just keeps revealing itself. I wish we could shoot here more because we end up having to try and capture that somewhere else.

The Nice Guys, also starring Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, Beau Knapp and Kim Basinger, opens in theaters nationwide on May 20.

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Kid President is Trying to Make the World a Better Place

Thu, 5/19/2016 9:32 AM

Three years ago, a young boy who we now know as Kid President made a video which became his pep talk to America. It blew up the internet.

In 2016, Kid President’s positive message remains the same: “If you want to be awesome, you have to treat people awesome.”

Recently, the team behind Kid President came together with ConAgra and Feeding America to donate 100,000 meals to the children in America who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

When working with a local food bank in Nashville, Tenn., Brad Montague, the creator of Kid President, and his young brother-in-law, Robby Novak, who plays the role, talked with Parade about their activism, crazy moments along their journey to internet fame and their definition of a good president.

The Pep Talk video kicked things off for you when it went viral. 

Brad: Yeah, we had a few videos that I thought were successful because our friends and family watched them and liked them. We were sharing them, people were watching them and sharing them. It was our 13th video. I thought it would be our final one and I wanted to make it extra good so I spent more time on it. I’m glad I did because millions of people have seen it.

What made you want to start making these videos?

Robby: Brad and I always make things together. We thought we could make some dumb videos on YouTube.

Brad: That was the original plan. Robby saw that competition to make a Nerf gun video. I was like, “Yeah that could be fun. We can figure that out.” But the deadline came and went. And we decided it was summer, let’s still do something. I had spent my summer working with young people. We had started a camp a few years before that for kids that want to change the world. One of the girls, she and her friend had started a soup kitchen; they were 13 and 14. Another man had built five wells in Africa. Another girl had started a beauty pageant with boys and girls for special needs. I spent time with these incredible kids. Then I went online, and it was an election year, similar to a lot of the rhetoric that is going on right now. The idea came. Why can’t we listen to these kids? Why aren’t they being amplified? Why are we listening to all these negative things? So we thought, “What if a kid were president and that kid were Robby?” It became a good recipe for fun and making a difference.

Did you have any idea it would ever get this big?

Robby: No. We had no idea.

Brad: Zero. We’re still scratching our heads.

Have you had a moment when it hit you just how huge it is?

Brad: Every day.

Robby: Meeting the President! It was the Oval!

Brad: Not only had the President seen something we made – he laughed and invited us in. One of my favorite moments though, and we’ve had a chance to meet with some amazing people – everyone from Steve Martin to Tom Hanks and Beyonce. I got embarrassed around Steve Martin and went mute. But we were on an airplane and some kids recognized us and were taking pictures and this older man is beside us. He said, “I noticed some people were really excited to talk to you. What do you do?” I told him we make videos on the internet about kids and grown ups working together to make the world better. He told me he had something I should check out and showed me pictures of his granddaughters taking things to the homeless shelter and talking about how they came up with doing “Socktober.” I was like, “That was us! That’s our thing! They’re doing this because of us!” I just wanted to explain to him but I just sat there with a big grin saying it was a great idea. It was a huge gift to see that sometimes people don’t know where the idea is coming from and it doesn’t matter. As long as people are doing good.

Have you had any other starstruck encounters?

Robby: I’d say Beyonce. I was like nine when that happened.

Brad: He can’t say her name now without going off into a daze. I will say there was more security to meet her than the president. What was a great moment with her – and everyone we’ve worked with – was after we’d finish and I’d say it was great, she looked over at me and said, “Was that okay?” I couldn’t believe it. You’re Beyonce! You tell me! Every person does that. It’s a great thing; we see people the world celebrates but they’re still people who need to know they’re okay.

Have people been that way with you?

Robby: Someone asked me, “Do you have a name?”

Brad: He was asked who the most famous person he met was in another interview and his answer was great.

Robby: Everybody’s famous to somebody.

How did you start including activism in the Kid President videos?

Brad: We hear a statistic that one in five children don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and that’s in the United States. A grown up may just hear the numbers and think how sad it is. A kid hears it and they may feel sad but –

Robby: But they want to fix it. Let’s put a stop to that.

Brad: We happen to make videos so that’s been our gift that we’ve been able to use to be a part of this – to tell the story that one in five children go without. We’ve worked with ConAgra since 2014. By being able to share this story, we’re able to invite a lot of new people into this story and show there are people like ConAgra and Feeding America who want to make awesome happen.

Can you talk about this current project?

Brad: It’s the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Before this, with our camps, we had been doing a lot of meal packings that addressed hunger on a global scale. We’d pack more than 100,000 meals and send them for over five years. More than half a million meals.

Robby: At school, you have to pay for lunch, and I noticed one person would get theirs for free and they wouldn’t be able to get it on their own. In other schools they’d get stuff on weekends too. It was second through fourth grade.

Brad: We live in a small town and we want to take care of each other. There are families that are food insecure and we’re doing alright. This shouldn’t be happening. It’s everywhere. It’s heartbreaking. But you also see there are so many people addressing that. We’re hoping by sharing the story, people can see the problem and see the people and be inspired to pitch in and just use what you have to make a difference. We make silly videos.

Are there other partnerships or charities you’re looking to work with?

Robby: We declared this year Year of the Kid and want grown ups to listen to children.

Brad: We’re in the midst of an election. Lots of conversations are happening and we need to make them about the next generation. We’ve found stories all over about meeting the needs of children. My inbox is full of beautiful stories. I just get to tell them and share them with people.

Do you have any advice for people who are tired of the negativity surrounding the election coverage?

Robby: Just gotta be nicer. Like Alexander Hamilton for example. We gotta all come together. Rise up! You know what I’m talking about.

Brad: We can do all of Act One of Hamilton if need be. But in a world that can be so childish, we need to be more childlike. I try to make things that are like what I needed when I was younger and reminds me what was important and made a difference with me. I’m doing a project called The Listening Tour where I Skype with classrooms and they’re telling me things they’re afraid of, how to be a better grown up and what they think is hilarious – spoiler alert: poop jokes. Just stop and let them speak. They say some beautiful things the world needs to hear.

What characteristics would you think would make a good president?

Robby: [laughing] Kanye! John Cena! But really nice. Awesome. They have to be a person who knows what it’s like to go through hard stuff. They wear golf shorts and shirt. You’d be like, “Okay this guy’s cool.”

Brad: They have a high degree of empathy, compassion, creativity.

Robby: And they like sports.

Brad: There are people that make growing up look depressing, but there are some that make it look amazing. And they have a lot of wisdom, eyes full of wonder and they live with whimsy. That’s what I’m on a quest for.

 

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Showers versus Baths

Thu, 5/19/2016 5:00 AM


Rob Gurganus in Jasper, Alabama, writes:

You once replied to a question about which gets you cleaner, showers or baths. Could you please republish your answer?

Marilyn responds:

Sure! A reader wrote, “My husband believes that taking baths makes you cleaner because you soak your whole body. I believe that showers are more effective because you don’t soak in your own oil and dead skin cells. What do you think?”

I replied that I think baths are more effective. You can’t get rid of dead skin cells in a shower, even when you scrub with soap and water. They must be thoroughly soaked first, then scrubbed off. Afterward, you’re not really soaking in them. They’re merely in the water and will go down the drain, along with the dirt and oil that have bound to the soap. When you stand up, a small percentage of all this will be left on your skin, much of which you’ll pat off with a towel. But if even this level of cleanliness isn’t good enough, you can stand up and turn on the shower for a minute before you towel off!

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Telemundo Introduces Four New Novelas for the 2016-2017 TV Season

Thu, 5/19/2016 12:27 AM

Telemundo is adding four telenovelas to its 2016-17 programming slate that break the mold for Spanish-language television in the U.S. Following the success it has had for the past two years in the 10 p.m. timeslot, it has developed what it calls “Super Series,”  which are hybrid telenovelas that have shorter episode runs than traditional novelas: 60 to 80 episodes rather than 120-plus, and are designed to return for multiple seasons.

“This is a further step away from traditional melodramas,” Luis Silberwasser, President of Telemundo said. “These are dramatic and suspenseful. These characters are more challenged, morally.”

The storytelling in these series is grittier and earthier than the fantastical tone of traditional telenovelas, plus Telemundo is spending more money on production with an emphasis on location shoots.

The super series include the drug lord drama El Senor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) returning for its fifth season, and its  spinoff El Chema, starring Mauricio Ochmann as the flawed anti-hero, is also a new addition to the Telemundo lineup.

Following are descriptions of Telemundo’s new Super Series, set to air weekdays during primetime:

El Chema, a spin-off of the wildly popular series El Señor de los Cielo, is the story of Chema Venegas’ first years working in Mexico’s world of organized crime and his ascension until becoming the renowned cartel leader seen in El Señor de los Cielos. Chema began committing crimes as a child, transporting marijuana in his backpack from one side of the border to the other. He worked his way up to being a hit man and then a skillful boss who left a trail of blood everywhere he went, and he eventually became one of the most wanted drug lords, always outsmarting authorities. The story also narrates the various romantic relationships that forever marked Chema and turned him into the despicable human being he became, from his first failed relationship as a young man to his obsessive relationship with Rutila Casillas, daughter of his nemesis, Aurelio Casillas.

Hugo Chavez, El Comandante (Hugo Chavez, The Commander), starring Andres Parra, is a fictional story inspired by the life of Venezuelan politician Hugo Chavez, a man of humble origins, who at 44 — and against all odds, became the most powerful and controversial Latin American leader of his time. During his leadership, Hugo managed to challenge the world and control its largest oil reserves.

El Señor de los Cielos (Season 5), starring Rafael Amaya, Fernanda Castillo and Carmen Aub, will follow Aurelio Casillas as he unleashes a war in Mexico, but this time not against the government, the DEA or other cartels, but against his own family.

Señora Acero 3, La Coyote, the third season of the successful Señora Acero super series franchise, starring Sergio Goyri, Carolina Miranda and Luis Ernesto Franco, narrates the story of Vicenta Rigores, a courageous and rebellious woman, who stands out in the male-dominated world of smuggling as the most feared and notorious coyote on the U.S. Mexican border.  Because Vicenta understands that the only crime most immigrants commit is having been born on the wrong side of the line dividing the two countries, she is willing to risk her own life to protect them. Vicenta hates the drug traffickers that infest the border region, never suspecting that she is directly related to one of Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking families — she is the illegitimate daughter of Vicente Acero, the father of Salvador Acero, the sole heir, until now, to the Acero dynasty.

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What’s Prince William’s Trick for Soothing a Crying Baby?

Thu, 5/19/2016 12:12 AM

It’s almost exactly three years since Prince William’s first child was born, so since then he has gained plenty of hands-on experience with Prince George and one-year-old Princess Charlotte.

So he was happy to share his advice when asked how he soothes a crying baby—it turns out that he realized the sound of running water would have a calming effect on George.

He also revealed that he and Kate Middleton have begun the search for schools for their children, who he says are “doing very well at the moment—noisy but lovely.”

George currently attends a Montessori pre-school near his family’s home of Amner Hall in Norfolk.

It will be September 2017 before the future king of England starts school, and it’s possible that Kate and William will send him to school in London, in the process relocating their family to Kensington Palace.

Prince William was joined by designer Ralph Lauren Wednesday for the official opening of the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Lauren recently made a donation of an undislosed amount to the new research unit, and William is president of the Royal Marsden—a position his mother Princess Diana held until her death in 1997.

Lauren, who was a friend of the late princess’s, said, “Having known Princess Diana and how much she cared about the important research pioneered by The Royal Marsden, I am uniquely honored to partner with her son His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and see that work carried on and supported with his great dedication.”

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Jadium – May 19

Thu, 5/19/2016 12:00 AM

How to play Jadium
Also, try Nexus4 puzzles

Monday and Tuesday – 16 givens, Wednesday to Sunday – 4 to 15 givens

To solve online, copy the puzzle between the delimiters (including the date and the nine puzzle rows), then click here for where to paste the copied puzzle. (Thanks to Kenneth R. Whitaker.)

*** May 19, 2016 __ __ __ __ 81 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 71 66 __ __ 37 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 42 __ __ __ __ __ __ 63 __ __ __ __ __ __ 06 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 01 __ __ 56 51 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 17 __ __ __ __ ***

 

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Numbrix 9 – May 19

Wed, 5/18/2016 8:00 PM
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The Daily Cute: 12 Cows for Wednesday

Wed, 5/18/2016 1:00 PM

“Twelve cows for Wednesday!” as the saying that I just made up goes. Launch the gallery to see some photos that will moooove you with their cuteness.

Click here to see “Go Panthers!” and check back every weekday for a new Daily Cute! If you would like to submit cute photos which you took, please send them to DailyCuteParade@gmail.com. You will be credited if they’re used in a future Daily Cute.

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Showbiz Analysis: Legendary Teen Idol Bobby Rydell Talks Music and Memories

Wed, 5/18/2016 12:44 PM

Bobby Rydell’s star rose early (in the late ’50s to be exact), turning him into a teen idol long before David Cassidy, Davy Jones, Justin Bieber, or any member of One Direction became fan favorites. And he’s been singing and charming audiences ever since. Rydell has been in the spotlight for decades—making hit records, filling concert venues, and keeping the Great American Song Book alive. But his personal journey has also been a busy and challenging one. I was thrilled to chat with the legend for my podcast Whine At 9 to discuss his fascinating musical career and new autobiography Teen Idol on The Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances.

Rumor has it that I listened to Bobby Rydell’s music before I could talk. And if you were born in the fifties or sixties, you likely were in that same lovely boat. Parents controlled the musical selections for their younger children, and Bobby Rydell was the suave boy-next-door who could melt any neighbor’s heart. And it didn’t hurt that his music had staying power. Explains Rydell, “[I] had my first hit record the summer of 1959 and it was a song called Kissin’ Time. And everything happened from there— from ’59 up until like late ’63-early ’64… When you were born in that particular era— the late ’50s, the early ’60s, people relate to that music. And the music will never die.”

Bobby Rydell has had music on his mind as long as he can remember. And trust me, he remembers a lot! Rydell’s autobiography Teen Idol on The Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances, co-written with musician-filmmaker Allan Slutsky, is an action-packed page-turner and Who’s Who of the golden days of music and Hollywood. Think Sinatra and Skelton, Ann-Margret and Dick Clark. There’s a pretty good reason the musical Grease has a Rydell High. Bobby Rydell was as hot as they come and his face and music were staples on the teen favorite, and parent-sanctioned program American Bandstand.

Now 74, Rydell admits there was little time to get into trouble during those fan-crazed teen years. No crazy contract demands either. Back in the day when Rydell was rocking Atlantic City’s Steel Pier, it wasn’t unusual for him to do more than five back-to-back shows in ONE day. In fact, that number could rise to ten.

Bobby Rydell’s Volare still keeps crowds on their feet.

 

“As far as the dressing room was concerned, there was like a table, a mirror. And you know, you would do your show and then you had to go out after the show because there were lines of kids…just waiting for pictures or autographs. And you would have to go out there in between shows and spend like about 15–20 minutes…and then by the time you knew it, you were back on stage again,” explains Rydell.

The singer also became a familiar face on television beyond American Bandstand. Says Rydell, “I had the very extreme privilege and pleasure…to work with people like George Burns and Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, Perry Como, you know, early in my career. And I’ve learned so much from those people just by standing in the wings and watching them how to deliver a line, their timing…I grew up in a great era.”

One of the best examples of cool casting was when Rydell landed the role as Ann-Margret’s boyfriend Hugo Peabody— remember the sweet guy battling for her attention while she swooned over fictional music heartthrob Conrad Birdie?— in the classic film Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Rydell shares these amazing memories in his autobiography, but he isn’t one to sugarcoat the journey. His life has been filled with glitter, glamour, and love, but there have been some rocks—make that boulders, in the road as well. A loving husband and father, Rydell watched his beloved wife of 36 years die of breast cancer. He battled alcoholism. And he survived double transplant surgery. Rydell credits his second wife, a former cardiac nurse, for giving him the strength the recover.

Today, Rydell is busy enjoying his family and being back on stage again. And he’s still singing those hits. “Of course I do my hits. I do Wild One, Volare, Sway, Old Black Magic, Wildwood Days, but I love to sing the American Songbook. And I want to keep that alive.” Adds Rydell, “I’m so happy to be performing right now. And I had a lot of trouble. And things are working out so great right now.”

Listen to Nancy’s interview with Bobby Rydell on iTunes and follow the podcast on Facebook.

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, comic and entertainment analyst. The host of the showbiz podcast Whine At 9, Nancy digs a little deeper as she chats with fascinating celebrities and industry insiders. Her book College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind can be seen in the feature film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.

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ASK JOHN: How Do I Become an Inspirational Speaker?

Wed, 5/18/2016 12:26 PM

“How do I become an inspirational speaker?” [Tweet this.]

This is a question that I get asked a lot. My friends, first if you are asking this question, thank you for your interest in positively impacting others’ lives as a speaker! Second, I want to say that there is no perfect “yellow brick road” to becoming a speaker.

You must create your own path. Third, remember that we all absolutely have the ability to impact, encourage and shape others on their journey. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned along the way that may help you along yours:

  1. The best speakers must first listen, discern. What is your real message? For what purpose are you sharing it? How will your audience be better afterwards? How can you make YOUR story and YOUR speaking about THEIR story and THEIR lives?
  2. Great speakers spend a lot of time writing and reflecting. The main event is when we have a chance to speak somewhere live…but there is so much effort, thought, prayer, reflection, honing that goes into those rare moments with a microphone.
  3. Speak to the audience as if they are dear friends...the more vulnerable, the more honest, the more real we are, the more we step off of the proverbial stage, into their lives and connect with their hearts….and the more they’ll take our message and live it afterwards.
  4. Keep it light. Whether speaking on your life story, the economy or any niche topic: remember to add humor to keep it engaging.
  5. Don’t be afraid to use some of your time for the audience to share with one another.  I try to have my audiences share/reflect/write every 15 minutes of speaking.
  6. Less is more. We all have a lifetime of stories to much to share…so we try to cram 18 stories into 45 minutes…focus instead on hammering home just a few take aways (and maybe only one)! (I learned this lessen from my dear friend and speaker Brian Buffini.)
  7. Start small…dream big. Now that you have your talking points, and are ready to impact, what’s the best way to actually share your message?! Tell your network, friends, family, etc. what you’re trying to do and see if they can help spread the word. Consider speaking groups that use speakers all the time, even if they don’t pay. Schools, Rotary clubs, Kiwanis clubs, chambers of commerce, libraries…all of these host meetings, need speakers, and would benefit from you! In time, as you hone your message and grow your platform, this will serve as a mighty way to propel you forward. Once I spoke in front of three girl scouts…but I treated them as if they were the most important I’ve ever been in front of…and meant it. Start small. But dream big
  8. Ask for feedback every time and from every attendee. It can be as simple as putting a small piece of paper at every seat with a few questions: Name, email, phone, what was the best part of the message, what areas could improve, and who else do you think may benefit from this message? You’ll get feedback (and repeat feedback so you really know what to focus on on improving / celebrating) and you’ll grow your email list so you can stay connected with people who have heard you speak and appreciate your message.
  9. Keep a journal after every presentation on what you felt worked…and what didn’t. Most of the jokes I use today began as ad-libbed line that caught great laughter. Many of the key quotable notes I share began first as just off the cuff comments…and now are part of every program.
  10. Remember that all great leaders long to be better today than they were yesterday. YOU are a great leader…and someday (maybe even right now!) a great speaker. Work like crazy to be a little better in every area of the speaking business today than you were yesterday. Keep practicing, trying new content, and risking leaving good to strive for great.

I hope this gives you a running start as you join the world of inspirational speaking. It’s a great place to spend your day.

Today is your day. Live Inspired.

John O’Leary

John answers one question on “how to live an inspired life” in his ASK JOHN post here on Parade every Tuesday. Ask your questions in the comments or email: info@JohnOLearyInspires.com.

When John O’Leary was 9 years old, he suffered burns over 100% of his body and was expected to die. He is now the author of #1 National Bestselling book ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life and an inspirational speaker teaching more than 50,000 people around the world each year how to live inspired. John is a proud husband and father of four and resides in St. Louis, MO. Visit www.JohnOLearyInspires.com for more info.

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Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman and Florence Henderson: Together in The Eleventh

Wed, 5/18/2016 12:15 PM

Mind Your Body with Stephanie Stephens features celebrities and high achievers age 45+ who share their latest projects, healthy living secrets and more. 

If you’re a fan of veteran actors whose careers span decades in the business, you’re a fan of  Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman and Florence Henderson. That said, you won’t want to miss The Eleventh on the SVOD service Feeln from Hallmark. The original scripted series premiered on May 5, and episode 2 has also aired. The third episode airs on May 19.

Christopher Atkins of Blue Lagoon and Tracy Atkins of Down and Out in Beverly Hills join the mature and highly celebrated cast.

Cloris, at 90, has eight Primetime Emmy Awards, Ed, at 86 has seven, and Florence, at 82, is forever in our hearts with The Brady Bunch.

Storylines feature strong women and acknowledge that, well, “family can be messy.”

The series logline: “A teenage girl fulfills her late mother’s request to reconnect with the grandmother she never knew, and uncovers secrets her family has buried for years.” Here’s your peek at the series teaser.

The Story So Far

Here’s what happened during the premiere episode: Janine, a teenager about to leave for college, honors her recently deceased mother’s request to deliver an envelope to Margaret (Cloris Leachman), the estranged grandmother Janine has never known.

During episode 2, Janine uncovers a clue to her past that could derail her reconnecting with her grandmother. Meanwhile, Cynthia (Tracy Nelson) learns news that she keeps secret from Neil (Christopher Atkins).

If you’re a fan of Hallmark, you like the heartfelt stories of love and togetherness that Feeln delivers. You can watch Hallmark Hall of Fame features, along with Hollywood movies and TV series in the same wholesome vein, without commercials.

You can watch Feeln online, on your mobile device and at home on Roku, Apple TV and Xbox 360, among others. Here’s a link to all the ways you can stream Feeln.

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Photos and Descriptions: CBS’ New Fall 2016 Shows and What’s Cancelled

Wed, 5/18/2016 11:57 AM

CBS today unveiled its 2016-2017 primetime lineup, featuring three new comedies, five new dramas and 21 returning series.

The new fall comedies include Kevin Can Wait, Man with a Plan, and The Great Indoors. The new dramas are Bull, Macgyver, and Pure Genius with Training Day and Doubt being held for midseason.

The eye network’s new series will feature stars such as Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc, Joel McHale, Michael Weatherly, Katherine Heigl, Dermot Mulroney, Laverne Cox, Dulé Hill and Bill Paxton.

“One of our goals this development season was to expand our lineup of top-rated comedies, and these new shows and big stars give us the opportunity to do so in a big way,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “With the Network’s returning roster of hits and time-period winners, we’re able to strategically schedule all of our exciting new comedies and dramas with the best possible launch pads to succeed.”

Here is what is cancelled: Angel From Hell, CSI: Cyber, Extant, The Good Wife, Limitless, Mike and Molly, Person of Interest, Rush Hour, Supergirl (moving to The CW), and Under the Dome.

Following is a description of the new series as released by CBS:

THE NEW FALL COMEDIES:

Kevin Can Wait stars Kevin James as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.  Kevin’s retirement plans consist of chilling with his family and having epic adventures with fellow retirees Goody (Leonard Earl Howze), his former partner and close friend, and Duffy (Lenny Venito), his oldest pal, as well as his brother, Kyle (Gary Valentine), a fireman whose closest encounter with a blaze would be a grease fire in the firehouse kitchen. However, Kevin’s dream is jeopardized when he discovers that Donna (Erinn Hayes), his wonderful wife of 20 years, has shielded him from key family info while he worked overtime protecting the community. Their usually reliable eldest, Kendra (Taylor Spreitler), is dropping out of college so she can support her unemployed fiancé, Chale (Ryan Cartwright), while he designs the next “big app”; his teenage daughter, Sara (Mary-Charles Jones), is having issues at school; and their youngest, Jack (James DiGiacomo), is a bit of a hypochondriac. For now, his plans for a cushy life will have to wait, because Kevin has work to do, and this time, his family is his beat.

Man With a Plan stars Golden Globe Award winner Matt LeBlanc in a comedy about a contractor who starts spending more time with his kids when his wife goes back to work and discovers the truth every parent eventually realizes: their little angels are maniacs. Adam (LeBlanc) feels fully equipped to take on more parenting responsibilities while his self-assured wife, Andi, returns to the work force after being a stay at home mom for 13 years. However, Adam’s blindsided by how tough it is to wrangle three messy kids who can’t live without Wi-Fi. Their pre-teen daughter, Kate (Grace Kaufman), is a master manipulator and initially thrilled that “daddy fun times” is taking over, middle child Teddy (Matthew McCann) can’t seem to keep his hands out of his pants despite constant reminders, and their precious youngest, Emme (Hala Finley), is nervous about starting kindergarten. But with Andi’s encouragement and advice from a couple of equally stressed parents, Marie (Jessica Chaffin) and Lowell (Matt Cook), Adam takes charge of his brood, lays down the law and discovers he’s going to “nail” this job.

The Great Indoors stars Joel McHale in a comedy about a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication. Jack has led a thrilling “outdoorsy” life exploring the edges of the earth while chronicling his adventures for Outdoor Limits. But his globe-trotting days end when the magazine’s charismatic founder and outdoor legend, Roland (Stephen Fry), announces the publication’s move to web-only and assigns Jack to supervise their online team of “journalists.” Jack’s eager 20-something colleagues include Clark (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), a tech nerd who knows everything about surviving on Mars and a zombie apocalypse; Emma (Christine Ko), their social media expert who views Jack as the human version of dial-up; and Mason (Shaun Brown), a hipster-lumberjack who hasn’t spent any actual time outside. Jack reports to Roland’s daughter, Brooke (Susannah Fielding), an ex-flame who caters to the sensitive staffers by giving them all trophies just for working hard. Jack’s best friend, Eddie (Chris Williams), runs the local dive bar that’s popular with the younger set and helps Jack “decode” his co-workers. Jack is baffled by the world of click-bait and listicles, but if he’s patient, he may be able to show these kids that the outside world is much more than something on a screen… if he doesn’t beat them with their selfie-sticks first.

THE NEW FALL DRAMAS:

Bull stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail. They include his quick-witted brother-in-law, Benny Colón (Freddy Rodriguez), who plays a defense attorney in mock trials; Marissa Morgan (Geneva Carr), a cutting-edge neurolinguistics expert from the Department of Homeland Security; former NYPD detective Danny James (Jaime Lee Kirchner), the firm’s tough but relatable investigator; haughty millennial hacker Cable McCrory (Annabelle Attanasio), who is responsible for gathering cyber intelligence; and Chunk Palmer (Chris Jackson), a fashion-conscious stylist and former All-American lineman who fine tunes clients’ appearances for trial. In high-stakes trials, Bull’s combination of remarkable insight into human nature, three Ph.D.’s and a top-notch staff creates winning strategies that tip the scales of justice in his clients’ favor.

Macgyver, a reimagining of the classic series, is an action-adventure drama about 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till) who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. Joining his team on high-risk missions around the globe is maverick former CIA agent Lincoln (George Eads). Under the aegis of the Department of External Affairs, MacGyver takes on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip.

Pure Genius is a cutting-edge medical drama about a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists an exceptional veteran surgeon with a controversial past to run a state-of-the-art hospital with an ultramodern approach to medicine. Billionaire genius James Bell (Augustus Prew) built Bunker Hill Hospital determined to revolutionize healthcare and treat the rarest and most challenging medical mysteries, at no charge. Bell persuades maverick surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney) to be his Chief of Staff, who believed medicine is a human endeavor, not technological, until a “eureka” moment at the hospital convinced him otherwise. Bell’s team of trailblazers includes Dr. Zoe Brockett (Odette Annable), an exceptional, fearlessly frank physician; Dr. Talaikha Channarayapatra (Reshma Shetty), an idealistic, maddeningly literal neurosurgeon who believes the hospital is a beacon for change; Dr. Malik Verlaine (Aaron Jennings), a former gangbanger now spearheading efforts to provide 24/7 health monitoring in poor neighborhoods via computer; Dr. Scott Strauss (Ward Horton), an intense neurologist with an Ivy league pedigree; and Angie Cheng (Brenda Song), an enthusiastic 3-D printer programming whiz. At Bunker Hill, Bell pairs the most brilliant minds in medicine with the most forward thinkers in technology, and cuts bureaucracy out of the equation, all in the interest of saving lives, including his own.

NEW SERIES FOR LATER THIS SEASON:

Training Day is a crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film, about a young, idealistic police officer who is tapped to go undercover in an elite squad of the LAPD where he partners with a veteran, morally ambiguous detective. Detective Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) is the maverick head of the Special Investigation Section (S.I.S.) that hunts the city’s most dangerous criminals, and is one of the finest investigators the department has ever produced. However, when the LAPD brass notices Rourke’s penchant for operating in a gray area to fight the war on crime, they assign Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell), a heroic, untarnished cop, to pose as Frank’s trainee to spy on him and report on his off-book methods. The members of Frank’s loyal team include Rebecca Lee (Katrina Law), a formidable officer with killer aim and a dark past, and Tommy Campbell (Drew Van Acker), a former pro surfer who follows Frank’s orders without hesitation. Providing Frank with intel is his girlfriend, Holly Butler (Julie Benz), a well-connected, unapologetic Hollywood madam. While LAPD Deputy Chief Joy Lockhart (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) coolly puts Kyle in danger in her mission to take down Frank, Kyle’s schoolteacher wife, Alyse (Lex Scott Davis), worries her husband’s resolve to avenge the murder of his father, a cop, may be his undoing. As Frank starts teaching his principled trainee the way of the streets, where the ends often justify the means, they form an uneasy alliance that will irrevocably change the course of both their lives.

Doubt stars Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis, a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client, Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale), an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. Sadie is hiding her growing feelings from everyone, including her close friend and colleague, Albert Cobb (Dulé Hill), who thinks he knows everything about her. Working on other cases at the practice is Cameron Wirth (Laverne Cox), a transgender Ivy League graduate who fights passionately for her clients since she’s experienced injustice first hand; Tiffany Simon (Dreama Walker), a second-year associate who is quickly learning the ropes from Wirth; and Nick (Kobi Libii), a former felon who earned his degree while serving time. They all consider it a privilege to work for Isaiah Roth (Elliott Gould), a revered legal lion and “lefty” legend, whose approval is their holy grail. Sadie’s decision to become involved with her client could put her career, as well as her happiness, at risk if Billy is found guilty, which means she needs to work all the harder to prove reasonable doubt, even if she has some herself.

CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

2016-2017 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

(N=New, RTP=Regular Time Period, NTP=New Time Period)

All Times ET/PT

 MONDAY

8:00-8:30 PM               THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM               KEVIN CAN WAIT (N)

8:00-8:30 PM               KEVIN CAN WAIT (RTP) (Starting in October)

8:30-9:00 PM               MAN WITH A PLAN (N) (Starting in October)

9:00-9:30 PM               2 BROKE GIRLS (NTP)

9:30-10:00 PM             THE ODD COUPLE (NTP)

10:00-11:00 PM           SCORPION (NTP)

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM               NCIS

9:00-10:00 PM             BULL (N)

10:00-11:00 PM           NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (NTP)

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM               SURVIVOR

9:00-10:00 PM             CRIMINAL MINDS

10:00-11:00 PM           CODE BLACK

THURSDAY

8:00-11:00 PM, ET/     NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Premieres Sept. 15)

5:00-8:00 PM, PT

8:00-8:30 PM               THE BIG BANG THEORY (RTP) (Starting Oct. 27)

8:30-9:00 PM               THE GREAT INDOORS (N) (Starting Oct. 27)

9:00-9:30 PM               MOM (Starting Oct. 27)

9:30-10:00 PM             LIFE IN PIECES (NTP) (Starting Oct. 27)

10:00-11:00 PM           PURE GENIUS (N) (Starting Oct. 27)

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM               MACGYVER (N)

9:00-10:00 PM             HAWAII FIVE-0

10:00-11:00 PM           BLUE BLOODS

SATURDAY

8:00-9:00 PM               CRIMETIME SATURDAY

9:00-10:00 PM             CRIMETIME SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 PM           48 HOURS

SUNDAY

7:00-8:00 PM               60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM               NCIS: LOS ANGELES (NTP)

9:00-10:00 PM             MADAM SECRETARY (NTP)

10:00-11:00 PM           ELEMENTARY

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7 Cool Things About “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Star Gabrielle Ruiz

Wed, 5/18/2016 10:58 AM

Growing up in Edinburg, South Texas near the Mexican border, Gabrielle Ruiz adored performing in her dance recitals. “I was a big ham,” she says. “I loved finding my dad in the audience with his humongous VHS camcorder.” When her father took her to see a local production of A Chorus Line, she was so inspired by the character Diana Morales, the experience helped shape her dreams. “She was a Latina. I felt like her and understood how she wanted to get out of where she was,” explains Ruiz. “I didn’t want to be a mom right away. I wanted to do something else.”

Then at 12, on her first trip to New York she saw the musical Big on Broadway. She watched in awe as dancers, singers and actors –– all triple threats –– performed on stage AND they were her age. “That lightbulb happened,” she recalls. “I thought, I want to do that.”

And that’s exactly what she did. Coming full circle, fresh out of Oklahoma City University she was cast as Diana Morales, for the first national tour of the revival of A Chorus Line. That lead to being in the Broadway musical In the Heights (created by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda). She played several roles, including Nina. And who played her mother? Ruiz’s idol, Pricilla Lopez who originated the role of Diana Morales on Broadway in A Chorus Line. “She inspired me to be a performer,” says Ruiz.

These days Ruiz is earning raves as Josh’s yoga teacher girlfriend, Valencia, in the hit musical comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the CW Television Network. Ruiz particularly adores the deliciously creative original songs in each episode. ”I love the collaboration of the music,” she says. “It feeds into the energy and craziness of what Rachel Bloom’s character, Rebecca Bunch, is going through.”

The actress shared seven cool things about herself.

She got to act alongside her idol, Priscilla Lopez.

“A month before my rehearsals for the national tour of A Chorus Line, I celebrated by seeing In the Heights on Broadway. I was 21 and had my business card in my back pocket. I stood at the stage door of the Richard Rogers Theater. My idol, Pricilla Lopez, who originated the role of Diana Morales in a Chorus Line and inspired me to be a performer, was in In the Heights. A guy named Lin-Manuel Miranda passed me. {Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show show’s creator would go on to create Hamilton.} I was clueless and naïve. I yelled out, “Priscilla Lopez, Priscilla Lopez. I’m going to be you.” She looked at me, and said, “okay” smiled and was very nice. I thought, I’ve been preparing to meet this woman for 10 years and that’s what I said?! I was mortified.

After doing A Chorus Line for a year, I was cast in In the Heights. I remember saying to myself, I have a second chance. I’m not going to be a fan. I’m going to be a colleague. I actually understudied the role of Nina playing Priscilla Lopez’s daughter, which was very special. After about two and a half years I finally told her the story and asked, “Would you mind signing my Diana Morales sneakers?” She wrote… “To Diana from Morales.” My soul was so satisfied.”

And there’s more! Priscilla Lopez, her idol, became her cat sitter … and a really good one!

“I was dating a guy who was doing a play with Priscilla at the Old Globe theater in San Diego. He was also in In the Heights. By then my relationship with Pricilla had been close. We all knew each other. I went to visit for about two weeks and took my cat. When the guy and I went out of town for a weekend Priscilla cat sat for me. I remember texting her, “how are things going?” And she replied, “oh she’s cool, we’re watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I clean out her litter twice a day.” I thought, twice a day? You’re better than I am! I had to learn how to take care of my cat from Priscilla Lopez.”

She was Rachel Bloom’s first girl kiss.

“I am very proud and honored. The club scene was my first episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Rachel and I hit it off right away. We improvised well and laughed a lot. Then we shot the kissing scene at the end of the week. Rachel is so hilarious and outgoing. In all her songs and scenes she doesn’t ask for permission. She’s the first one to talk about something dirty. She’s so funny in the most loving way. So when it comes out of her, you laugh and might be shocked. But you just think, okay. Rachel is a real person. She wants to talk about geeking out to musical theater. She’s just a buddy.

When we had our kissing scene, I said, ‘I’m comfortable kissing you. Are you comfortable kissing me?’ It’s never bothered me. She got a little shy and giggly. She said, ‘Gabrielle, you’re my first girl kiss.’ Then we both got squeamish and giggly. But it was so much fun. Her eyes lit up like, let’s go for it.”

She met her fiancé on Match.com

“I went to a house warming party and realized I knew 80 percent of the people. Out of that 80 percent, most of the guys were not available. I remember looking around and thinking, I’ve got to change my odds. I need to get out of my comfort zone.

I thought I would be the last person to try online dating because I’m not an introvert. I get myself out there and like to be around friends. But literally and metaphorically, I needed a screen in front of me to find my soul mate. My fiancé  is not an actor. I love that I can’t do what he does. We get each other’s work, support each other and feel very lucky to understand the craziness of both our careers.”

She officially has Bieber Fever. 

“Justin Bieber’s last album has completely changed my point of view. I feel like we’ve grown up together. His songs get in my head in a way that I really enjoy. I just groove to them. I was in denial about for a few months and then all of a sudden I proclaimed to my girlfriends. “I have Bieber Fever!” I think it was the “Sorry” song first. I just kept singing, “Is it too late now to say sorry…” over and over. Then I heard “Love Yourself” and “What Do You Mean.” I don’t know who he hired to mix his music but he’s doing it right.”

Being in In the Heights was transforming.

“It really solidified my pride of being a Latina. I grew up in South Texas on the border of Mexico. There’s a scene in the movie Selena where Mexicans want her to come and cross over. Her father’s monologue is a perfect description of my culture in Texas. He says the Mexicans want you to be Mexican. The Americans want you to be American. It’s exhausting. My first day at In the Heights Eliseo Roman, who is now in On Your Feet!, saw me. He said, ‘she’s a Mexicana’. No one knew that I was Mexican, except in my community. It took me the experience of getting away from my culture to love it as much.

Cher is her dream role –– all five decades.

I remember seeing Moonstruck and loving it so much. Then I learned more about Cher as a singer. She’s actually my favorite karaoke choice and also one my top people to follow on Twitter. Cher is very entertaining. I connect with her history of her major ups and major downs. Not only is she stunning, she’s very inspiring. There were a few rumors that there was going to be a musical about her. It goes to show that she’s fascinating and magical. And every time I flip through magazines and see a picture of her, whatever era she’s in, it’s by far my favorite picture. If there was ever a film or Lifetime movie made about her, I am ready to play her.

Learn more about Gabrielle Ruiz at gabrielleruiz.net . Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was just picked up for a second season. Catch up on season one here.

 

 

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The Good Wife Set Decorator Beth Kushnick: Get The Show’s Look At Home

Wed, 5/18/2016 10:46 AM

From the time the Good Wife first aired seven seasons ago, fans of the series were completely smitten by the show’s gorgeous decor, especially in Alicia’s home. The series creators, Michelle and Robert King, were invested in it too. “It seemed the look of the Good Wife was really another character,” explains Beth Kushnick, the show’s set decorator who was with the series since its beginning. “Sometimes there was an ode to it in the script when a character said, ‘I really like your apartment Alicia, who is your decorator?’”

Ultimately, CBS encouraged her to start writing a blog. She was able to mention her retail sources. “If somebody said I want Alicia’s stool like the one in her kitchen, I could easily say, ‘Pottery Barn,’ offers Kushnick. She adds that each and every color palette, style and level of set dressing was meticulously planned. Now she is the set decorator on BrainDead, Robert and Michelle King’s new CBS comic-thriller which debuts this June.

When the network asked if she was open to license furniture, she turned to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams the home furnishings company she worked with extensively on the Good Wife. Together they designed a line of furniture inspired from the set of the show which includes sofas, chairs couches, beds and pillows.

And so her career has been a story of firsts. Because of her collaboration with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, she is the first person in TV history to create a home decor line for a network TV show. And now she’s the first set decorator to have her own licensed product line, BAK Home for IMAX Worldwide Home.

BAK Home contains an eclectic mix of home accessories, lighting, and accent furniture including clocks, vases and lamps in a mix of styles. Her mantra is to offer decor which looks completely unattainable, but in reality, is easily accessible and affordable. “It’s based on my go to items,” explains Kushnick. “These are things that I grab for all different sets, whether it’s contemporary, period or more traditional.” Some of of the pieces are inspired by what Kushnick noticed is missing in the market. For example, she has a desk accessory set. “When I go shopping for that as a set decorator, I can’t readily find it,” she explains. “So now it’s part of my line.”

Click through the gallery to see popular items from Beth Kushnick’s BAK Home collection for IMAX Worldwide Home. BAK Home is available at Wayfair, Amazon, and Walmart.

Kushnick also answered some questions.

What would surprise people about what you do?

People think what I do is incredibly glamorous. But in fact it’s very hard work and takes a lot of hours. Me and my team have to put out a fire every 10 minutes.  The sets get built and painted before us. We come in and decorate the set, but everything shifts and changes. Will I be working in a location that will let us have prep time or no prep time? Does my team have to go in at 4am? Do we have to be out the same day? There are so many pieces to the puzzle. When I’m doing two shows, I can have 6 trucks, over 50 set dressers and 3 assistant set decorators working with me.

Do the sets change?

Sometimes our standing sets do double duty. For the Good Wife, I transformed the governor’s headquarters bull pen into a hotel room and then turned it back to the governor’s headquarters bull pen. We’re magicians. But we’re very practical. We’re driven in an organized way.

Is there a part of the Good Wife set that you really loved?

I had a lot of my soul in Alicia’s apartment. The palate is near and dear to my heart. Her bedroom is my bedroom color, Beach Glass by Benjamin Moore. It’s my own personal aesthetic and something that identified me for so long and connected me to people in a ways I never imagined. I have many twitter followers and people who are fascinated and invested in the show. When I was doing the show, someone Tweeted to me, “please ask them I’m to write a script that allows you to decorate my apartment.”

What are you proud of with your work on the Good Wife?

I’m really proud of Alicia’s apartment for the money. I’m a very frugal set decorator, which is what you have to be when you work in television. We’re not given an unlimited budget. I’m never over budget on an episode ever. I know how to run the money and where it’s worth spending, where it isn’t. And you have to spend. Doing a new show every 8 days, you’ve got to rely on your staff and the money to get it done.

 

 

 

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Kenneth Branagh Talks About Final Season of Wallander

Wed, 5/18/2016 9:00 AM

 

Tick one off my bucket list. I got the fortunate opportunity to sit down with Sir Kenneth Branagh this past winter as he promoted the fourth and final season of Wallander which airs Sundays at 9/8c on PBS (check local listings).

Tell me how you got involved with the Wallander?

I read the novels, for pleasure. I inquired as to whether the rights were available. A few other people inquired at the same time, and that group who were interested sort of got together and Henning Mankell, the author, gave his blessing. It came absolutely from unavoidable pleasure and enjoyment of the books themselves and the character and not ever read with “Should I/Would we do this?” That was an after-thought, a very happy after thought. The experience of reading them was just a sort of quest of dreaming. I just did not know anywhere like these places and stuff in Sweden.

Was it intentional for the fourth season to be the last season?

It basically coincided with the certainty of what the last novel was about which came out about half way after the second season. “The Troubled Man” the English title was – it was clear that the facts of the Kurt’s dementia seem to be putting an end to his career as a policeman and taking it into some kind of a twilight world. I mean he is not definitive about it in the book, Mankell, but he does not get sentimental. He does not sort of offer too much movie hope. So, Henning Mankell always said that was the end of the Wallander.

And so, we had this thing from the Swedish language versions, that we have based all of our shows from the novels, ten novels. And one short story and we made the last two episodes of the season really span the events of “The Troubled Man” with one of the short stories. We kept our ambitions to realizing the screenplays of the existing books.

Was it important to film the show in Sweden and why?

For us, yes, because we were obviously coming at it with an English idea of Sweden and look at it differently to how the Swedes did. We saw things that they didn’t. Things that they were quite over familiar than what we felt.

It was sort of every bit of the landscape did feel like a painting – composition of color and shapes and size and dominated by big sky and flat landscape. And for us, this was a new landscape to put crime into and our translated version of the Swedish on the pages of the books, and onto the screenplays, it gave us a way of reinterpreting it that Henning Mankell himself welcomed. He liked the fact that it was a few removes from his original. I think he liked the idea.

He liked that sense that another part of Europe is going and looking at this thing; I think he was amused by it sometimes, but we felt the subject matter was being given a breath of fresh air.

Did everything look like IKEA?

Sometimes! Sometimes you thought that and sometimes you thought that they have kind of color blindness about their interior design. You definitely felt different there. After you’ve eaten enough pickled herring, you knew it was somewhere different.

You have been compared to Welles, Hitchcock and Olivier. Who were your influences growing up?

Well all of those was certainly… Hitchcock, I remember from early on, my mother was a great fan – she loved crime novels and stories. So way back, she always watched them and so I watched the Hitchcock Presents series on television (mimics the theme song). So, I remember that from very early on and somebody talking about the story and incident and mystery, and all the rest, so I was aware of the structure and then I seem to remember at that time, that range of films like Vertigo, Rear Window, and Notorious Suspicion made a big impact on me.

Once I became interested in being an actor the bravado and events of people like Welles and Olivier sort of really inspired me in a way. Now I act and I direct, and across the various mediums, and all those guys who did that, they were trailblazers. For some people, it is just the way they are to be involved in many elements of the storytelling. It is not exclusively the case but I have loved… Even on this project of being executive producer, I had a big part in developing the scripts and finding the place. Not because I have an interest in imposing my will or design in shaping it, I was just interested.

I find the works I engross in that the more engagement you can have with it, the better it is – I’m technically not the guy who just shows up. That is an enjoyable part of it. Otherwise it goes by fast. 

Do you prefer directing over acting?

Recently, I have intangibly felt two things: I really, really, really feel comfortable and enjoyed the moment of acting on the stage, and the other thing is directing films. I feel…

Not directing on stage? Or acting in films?

Well, not as much.

That did not mean I did not enjoy those other things, but I find it much harder, but in those other cases, I feel, and I really enjoy acting in front of the camera, but I find it much harder to me than acting on stage. I am not saying one is easy and one is not, but sometimes, I am much more naturally at home on the stage. I have to work much harder to be at home and in front of camera that I find it very natural to be directing in film camera.

I find it quite difficult directing on stage, even though I have all the same things are required.  We need a sense of understanding or view on how things are played and what the story is about obviously. But, laying it out, I find it much more difficult than in the movie.

I like the three-dimensional thing. That comes to be clear to me.

Do you prefer acting and directing in big budget films like Thor and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Or do you prefer the smaller roles, smaller budget films? What is the difference to you?

One obvious difference is obviously the scale. With the scale comes logistics that can sometimes get in the way. You can get all wrapped up in the organizing of things. That is not mainly my job, but you can’t help that. The smaller ones just allow for that human scale.

One of the reasons I am working in theater at the moment very happily for the last four or five months and for the next six or seven months is because it is a chance to be on a very human scale.

I really like the fact that we got a company of 25 actors and other 15 stage managers, stage crew and everything. I see everybody every day and I go around and I am having conversation just in passing that will keep everything up to speed. There is not too many people that just made me feel sort in contact with it, more than you are running a military operation on a big movie. Really, it is walkie-talkies and people are literally, physically long, long way away. Much less contact with more people.

That is okay. It is just a choice if you are lucky enough to do one of those things, and you get to do one of those big images that tell big stories. But I do enjoy the people nature of what we do.

Being in front of the big map moving things around is different from talking something like what the characters are like. I like the hands on. You get more of that smaller pictures even though you don’t have the resources.

I understand you were a fan of Thor before you directed it. Did you campaign to direct that film?

I don’t think there is much campaigning that you can do there. But it was brought to my attention and they said, “Would you be interested in talking about it?” And I said “I would be delighted to talk about it because I would love to know what you guys are planning; what you have in mind.”

I remember a comic book when I was 7, 8, or 9 years old in Belfast that left out of my little corner shop was being incredibly colorful and with this incredibly big blonde guy; And I kept saying seeing Stonehenge-like structures; That is what I remembered. I liked it.

Then, it was quite a number of conversations about it, I must say, before getting the gig. Definitely my name was not the only one in the hat, and my, not so much campaigning, sort of letting them be aware of my interests included that kind of movie and from my point of view it wasn’t so strange.

You do Shakespeare plays and most of them have ghosts, gods, spirits, transformations, mythical animals, magic. So, people riding across rainbow bridges and space didn’t throw me so much.

Part of getting that job was then having that understanding that my first film was an action film, Henry V. There’s this huge battle, towards the end of it. I felt more and more ready than people realize.

Any plans for future Shakespeare adaptations for film?

I would love there to be some, but the world has changed so much. It was interesting when Henry V came in 1989, there have not been a Shakespeare film for really a long time and it was unexpected and it led to a number of them coming out over a relatively short period of time.

We have been relatively quiet, more sporadic and I think that is partly in the nature of things, it is also part of the where consumer entertainment is so different and various that it has to be sort of re-found and re-discovered. So I would like to think there is time for Shakespeare in the park, Shakespeare on TV, but I do believe in Shakespeare in cinema, pure cinema so, I think I would very much like to make another Shakespeare movie and hope to.

Which one?

Well, I am still noodling that and as soon as I say something someone else will make it tomorrow, so I am keeping quiet on that one.

Do you have a favorite speech you like to perform?

It was always a pleasure to perform the St. Crispin’s Day speech in Henry V where you could feel the audience, regardless of the political persuasion in that moment inspired by how man could seize on a moment in history through words ennoble people and prepare them to risk their lives for immortality through their deeds even though the immediate cost will possibly be very painful and violent. It is an amazing piece of poetry, some might say it is an amazing piece of trickery but it was something in the theater you really feel the emotional pull of and you felt the temperature of the audience changed.

Another one that has just part of the theatrical magic is in playing Hamlet.

Even if people do not know the play at all and have not heard of it, something happens when you come on and just before you say, “To be or not to be,” there is a thickness of silence and anticipation that is unique in my experience of playing Shakespeare. People know that perhaps the most famous line of Shakespeare is about to be spoken by somebody playing Hamlet and you are there live witnessing it. It is like, when you see the Mona Lisa, or on my travels recently Leonardi Da Vinci’s The Last Supper in the land, you realize that it is a special moment in the presence of the master with Shakespeare in that famous line and famous speech. That was an unusual.

Those two speeches in those plays that are memorable to me.

Is there a role that you would like to play but have not gotten to yet?

In Shakespeare?

In anything.

I did it in radio, but I think I’d like to do Cyrano de Bergerac. I’ve enjoyed Steve Martin’s Roxanne or Gerard Depardieu’s French version, Derek Jacobi on stage. Something beautiful about that play is that it has a universal appeal.

During my research, I came to the realization that you and Alan Rickman were only in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets together.

That’s correct.

Do you have any thoughts about his death, his career?

Well, it is very sad. The thing I most remember about Alan is that he is the first professional actor that I came across as a student.

He visited RADA. We had both been to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts – him slightly before me, and he came back to see a play called “Commitment” which he had been in on the London Fringe. He was the star of it and he came with his director to see us students do it which maybe a year or so later. It was the second time the play had been done. And he was incredibly encouraging. He came around after. We had never witnessed that – a professional actor comes around to see you afterwards. We were beside ourselves. He was so nice, simple and normal.The thing that impressed me about him was his absolute devotion to that institution. The sort of giving something back. He knew how important it is for him, not just the training, but that shift in your life when you give yourself to that which you think you are vocationally suited to and it fulfills your hopes, dreams and desires and expectations, and for us it did.

Alan put that back in rather across all the time subsequently, quietly but really, undoubtedly, and steadfastly, did a lot of work, lot of unsung work, because he believed in it, and he believed in supporting students. Not to garner their adulation or anything. He believed in it. And he is a shining example of giving something back.

When it came to doing the Harry Potter film he was also somebody who have not been through one and a half at the stage was very nice to me when I came on stage. It was the first time I think, my first day was doing a dueling scene with wands. He was very welcoming and accommodating and fun.

We did not work together much. We did about few turns together. And he was always generous. He was one of those people who would always write thank you cards.

It’s a great sadness, but if he had done nothing else what he did for students who followed in his footsteps was really significant.

Lastly, I have some random questions for you.

Go ahead then. Randomize!

Do you prefer coffee or tea?

Tea at the moment. The jitter juice produces the expected results. If I have forgotten and have two or three cups, that’s all it takes.

Favorite all time book?

I used to say David Copperfield. I know it is bit of cliché to say War and Peace but eventually on my third reading, I did get through it. I did love it and I am currently loving the television version.

Let me think of something more interesting than that. The Return of the Native. Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native.

What book are you currently reading?

I actually just finished an excellent thriller, A Girl Who Fell From The Sky by American Simon Mawer which is a birthday gift from my sister. I read it purely for pleasure and it was brilliant.

What is your favorite meal?
One of the favorite meals I ever had was just at home and it was just some homemade pasta. Afterwards, a just-sensational brie cheese. After that, just some peaches. I remember thinking these are three so such simple things; it was with good company at home and it was just beautiful. I like that rule of 3. One each course.

What is your go-to song which you sing in the shower?

“Rio” by Mike Nesmith.

Who is your favorite musician or song?

George Gershwin and that song/concerto “Rhapsody in Blue” [humming]. I was once on a bill where they played it live, and it was just so thrilling to hear that on an orchestra.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Ahh, it was an actress called Gillian Blake in an English television series called Follyfoot, set in a stable, sort of modernist Black Beauty. She was always looking after her lovely horse and I guess the character was 15-16 and I was 13-14. Gillian Blake – oh my God she broke my heart.

Actor/Actress you would like to work with that you haven’t yet?

Streep.

Movie you can watch over and over again?

Doctor Zhivago.

And last show you binged watched?

Breaking Bad.

Wallander airs Sundays at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). The final episode, “The Troubled Man” premieres May 22 on PBS.

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Independence Day: The 10 Best Quotes

Wed, 5/18/2016 8:00 AM

As Michael Stipe wisely sang, “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” Indeed, the lives of President Thomas Whitmore, Capt. Steve Hiller and David Levinson were never the same following the events of Independence Day—just as viewers in our world never forgot their famous catchphrases uttered while battling it out with an impossibly powerful force of alien invaders.

With the 20th anniversary of Independence Day approaching, and the upcoming sequel Independence Day: Resurgence almost upon us as well, take a look back at the 10 most memorable quotes from the 1996 action movie classic by clicking the gallery below.

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Pain and Drug Addiction

Wed, 5/18/2016 5:00 AM

Robert S. in Schenectady, New York, writes:

If you take prescription opioid drugs only for pain, are you less likely, just as likely, or maybe even more likely to become addicted?

Marilyn responds:

Addiction is a physical phenomenon that results from taking enough drugs over a long-enough period of time. Whether you take them for pain or for pleasure, if you take the same dose for the same time, the result will be similar. First you’ll become dependent, and then you’ll become addicted. Another note of caution for those who take opioid drugs for pain: They still cause the pleasure, so don’t think you can factor that out of your personal equation.

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