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See Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in first trailer for ‘VICE’

Greig Fraser / Annapurna Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — If you need even more proof that Christian Bale can play just about anyone, check out the first trailer for VICE, showcasing the former Batman Begins star as former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Clocking in at just under two minutes in length, the trailer is framed by a meeting between Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush and Bale as Cheney, during which Bush offers Cheney the vice presidency.  While Rockwell essentially does his usual Sam Rockwell thing as Bush, Bale’s transformation into Cheney is remarkable — from the significant weight he clearly gained for the role, down to Cheney’s mannerisms and trademark speech rhythms.

The trailer also features glimpses of Steve Carrell as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife, Lynne.

The trailer shows Cheney accepting Bush’s VP offer — if he can essentially run “bureaucracy, military, energy, and foreign policy.”

“Yeah, right.  I like that,” Bush replies. 

“Discover the untold true story that changed the course of history forever,” the trailer proclaims. 

VICE opens nationally Christmas Day.

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Anthony Ramos talks playing Lady Gaga’s best friend in “A Star Is Born”: “We just vibed immediately”

Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — By now, you’ve probably heard about how Lady Gaga fed Bradley Cooper pasta during their first meeting for A Star Is Born. But Anthony Ramos who plays Gaga’s character’s best friend Ramon in the film – says their bonding experience was a little different.

“She hugged me and she said, ‘We knew it was gonna be you and I’m so happy you’re here,’” he tells ABC Radio of his and Gaga’s first encounter on set. “And once that happened I was like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re good.’ That was pretty much all I needed.”

He quips, “Pasta would have been nice but, you know, I think the hug was enough.”

Ramos admits he wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Gaga, but says they “vibed immediately” because she was so open and welcoming.

“She’s a mega-star and she totally doesn’t have to be warm and she is,” he says. “She’s the warmest and most beautiful loving soul, so that was a beautiful, pleasant surprise.”

Ramos, who previously showed off his singing talents in Broadway’s Hamilton, says he deeply related to A Star Is Born as a songwriter. He got chills while watching the scene where Gaga’s character, Ally, begins writing the song “Shallow,” which she later performs with Cooper’s Jackson Maine.

“I write all my songs so it’s like, to see her do that on screen, I’ve never seen anybody do it like that — so honestly and truthfully on screen,” he says. 

A Star Is Born hits theaters Friday, October 5.

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Eric Idle can’t “Look on the Bright Side” with James Corden

Art Streiber/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — During his Late Late Show Tuesday, James Corden admitted he’s been down in the dumps over all the bad news in the world these days. That’s when Monty Python comedy icon Eric Idle emerged and tried to cheer up his friend — oh, and plug his book Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography.

Idle attempted to duet with Corden on Idle’s classic song that references the book’s name — a tune Idle wrote originally for the 1979 Monty Python film Life of Brian — but this proved easier said than done, as both men kept getting news alerts on their phones that brought their moods back down.

Each time they tried singing the tune, they’d get a news alert about global warming, or Brexit, which they’re against, or about President Trump’s tweeting.

Eventually, the pair changed their tune, literally, to “We’re Probably All Going to Die.” 

 

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Blind skier Danelle Umstead eliminated on star-studded ‘Dancing with the Stars’ “Las Vegas Night”

ABC(LAS VEGAS) — Tuesday night was Las Vegas night on Dancing with the Stars, but Paralympian skier Danelle Umstead’s luck ran out. Dancing with the Stars‘ first-ever blind contestant was sent home Tuesday night, along with her partner Artem Chigvintsev.

Danelle and Artem danced a quickstep as Las Vegas star and DWTS season 9 champ Donny Osmond crooned “Luck Be a Lady.” They received a 19 out of 30; combined with their Monday night scores, they had a total of 37/60. It wasn’t the lowest score of the two-night competition — that dubious achievement once again went to grocer Joe Amabile — but obviously, Danelle didn’t have the equivalent of Bachelor Nation voting for her.

Before Danelle was voted off, we learned that she can see a little, but only little bits of blur between a black center and a black outer ring. We also learned that she’s able to look like she’s making eye contact by focusing on people’s voices, and then looking “above” the voice.

The other couple in jeopardy Tuesday night was John Schneider and Emma Slater, who had one of the most creative dances of the night: They both dressed as Elvis impersonators and danced a jive to Elvis Presley’s “King Creole.” Their score was 20/30, for a total of 43/60 for both nights.

Tuesday night’s show aired the day after the one-year anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and more than 800 injured. Host Tom Bergeron paid tribute to the city’s residents during the show. And in addition to Donny Osmond, other Las Vegas stars made appearances throughout the night, including Blue Man Group, Boyz II Men and, via video, Celine Dion. 

Celine wished Milo Manheim and Witney Carson luck before they tangoed to her song “Ashes,” and it worked: They scored a 26/30, for an overall two-night score of 52/60. 

At the end of the night, Milo and Witney, plus two other couples — Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong and Cheryl Burke and Juan Pablo Di Pace — were all tied for first place with the same 52/60 score.

Boyz II Men sang “Ladies Man” while DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold danced a quickstep. Boyz II Men member Wanya Morris was Lindsay’s partner on season 22 of DWTS — they came in fourth. DeMarcus and Lindsay scored a 23/30, for a two-night total of 47/60. 

We also learned that DeMarcus was in a boy band called Mirage during high school, and they sang all Boyz II Men’s hits, which is why the football star was so nervous to hit the ballroom floor last night.

Here’s how the rest of the contestants scored:

Alexis Ren, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, with Alan Bersten 24/30, 49/60
Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter films star, with Keo Motsepe  24/30, 48/60
Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic gymnast, with Sasha Farber 24/30, 46/60
Nancy McKeon, former The Facts of Life star, with Val Chmerkovskiy 20/30, 41/60
Bobby Bones, country radio personality, with Sharna Burgess  19/30, 39/60

Lowest score:
Joe Amabile, The Bachelorette contestant, with Jenna Johnson  18/30, 35/60

The theme of next week’s show, airing Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, is “Most Memorable Year,” and one couple will be voted off at the end of that show.

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How Emma Stone learned to deal with her anxiety and panic attacks

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — For Emma Stone, acting is more than just a job. The Oscar-winner credits performing with helping her cope with lifelong anxiety and panic attacks.

“The thing that haunts me to this day is useful in my job,” she told Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz during a videotaped conversation at the Child Mind Institute on Monday.

During the half-hour long discussion, Stone, 29, described how she had her first panic attack at the age of seven.

“I was sitting at a friend’s house and all of a sudden, I was absolutely convinced that the house was on fire,” she said. “I was just sitting in her bedroom, and obviously the house wasn’t on fire, but there was nothing in me that didn’t think I was going to die.”

Every day throughout second grade, Stone would go to the nurse’s office, convinced she had a stomach bug and have to call her mother. “I had deep separation anxiety,” she said.

Eventually her mom took her to therapy, where she learned that her daughter had generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. But her mom didn’t tell young Emma this, which the actress now says she appreciated.

“I am very grateful I didn’t know that I had a disorder,” Stone said. “I wanted to be an actor and there weren’t a lot of actors who spoke about having panic attacks.”

When Stone began acting at age 11 and discovered improv, she realized for the first time that “my feelings could be productive.”

Today, she manages her anxiety with therapy, meditation, being with others, keeping busy and staying off social media.

“You don’t have to be actor to overcome anxiety, you don’t have to be a writer to overcome it,” she says. “You just have to find that thing within you that you are drawn to.”

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Ruby Rose is most dangerous celebrity to search for online

Tony Rivetti/Freeform(SANTA CLARA, CA) — If you’re googling Ruby Rose, beware. The actress was just named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet by cybersecurity firm McAfee.

In terms of searching for her name online, Rose carries the highest risk of any other of celebrity of landing you on websites that carry viruses or malware.

Coming in at number two on this year’s list is reality star Kristin Cavallari, followed by actress Marion Cotillard at number three. The original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, comes in at number four, while Rose Byrne rounds out the top five.

The rest of the top dangerous celebs are Debra Messing at number six, Kourtney Kardashian at number seven, Amber Heard at number eight, Kelly Ripa at number nine and actor Brad William Henke at number 10.

Last year’s most dangerous celeb internet search was Avril Lavigne.

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Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman, Mark Ruffalo and more talk “first time” in new voter PSA

ABC/Randy Holmes(HOLLYWOOD) — Some of your favorite Marvel superheroes are dishing on their “first time” for a new voter registration PSA. Their first time voting, that is.

Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo are among the stars reminiscing on the funny, double-entendre-filled video about the first time they ever submitted a ballot.

“My first time with a woman was 2016,” Evans says. “It felt good but it ended badly.”

Cheadle adds, “My parents weren’t allowed to do it until 1965. So I do it every chance I get.”

The PSA is a partnership between March for Our Lives, co-founded by Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, and We Stand United, co-founded by Ruffalo. It aims to urge Americans, particularly young first-time voters, to register and vote in the November 6 midterm elections.

October 9 marks the voter registration deadline in most states. 

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After being job-shamed for bagging groceries, Geoffrey Owens returns to TV tonight

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — After being job-shamed online for working at Trader Joe’s, former Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens about the uptick his professional life has taken since. 

“There’s no job that is better than another. They might pay better, have better benefits, but actually, it’s not better,” Owens said last month on Good Morning America, after a photo of him bagging groceries at went viral and garnered hateful comments.

That interview triggered an outpouring of support from fellow actors, as well as a handful of job offers, including filmmaker Tyler Perry, who cast him in his hit show The Haves and the Have Nots.

“There is a little sense of mischief, I think, to Tyler as well as generosity because, you know, I had just said, ‘I don’t think I would really feel comfortable getting offered work, you know, because of the situation,'” Owens said. “And darn. What does he do? He offers me work.”

In fact, Perry wrote a character specifically for Owens.

“I said, ‘Hmm, I got something for you. I’ll write a senator in, make you a senator in this,'” Perry told GMA.

“I called him up and the next week I had written him into 11 shows,” Perry added. “But when he showed up the first day, I saw him in costume, I had 20,000 more ideas running in my head for him.”

Since his Trader Joe’s photo went viral, Owens said he’s received more TV offers and an outpouring of support.

“Maybe this is the cause that’s actually going to bridge the divide in our country,” he said. “Maybe this is it. This is the way that we come together.”

Owens’ debut on The Haves and the Have Nots airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Are Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp dating?

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Ah, young love. Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp were spotted looking very cozy in New York City this week.

A witness tells Us Weekly the 22-year-old Call Me By Your Name actor and the 19-year-old model, who’s the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, looked like a “new young couple in love” while strolling around Manhattan together on Monday.

“They were walking down the street and he stopped her and pulled her close,” the source says. “They started making out for a while, for over a minute.”

An Instagram fan account for Chalamet seemed to back up rumors that the two have been getting close. The account features a series of photos of the duo out together in NYC, including one of them at Central Park together and another of them walking down the street with their arms around each other.

Chalamet previously dated another famous person’s daughter: Madonna’s eldest, Lourdes Leon.

Chalamet’s new film, Beautiful Boy, is due out October 12.

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Ansel Elgort will sing and dance as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

Christopher Polk/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way. Ansel Elgort has been tapped to star as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the musical West Side Story, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The story is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet but set in 1950s New York, and featuresg a rivalry between white and Puerto Rican gangs. Tensions boil when Tony, a member of the white Jets, falls for Maria, the sister of the leader of the Puerto Rican Sharks.

Tony was first portrayed in the 1957 Broadway musical by Larry Kent, and by Richard Beymer in the 1961 film, opposite Natalie Wood as Maria.

The Spielberg version will begin production in summer 2019.

Elgort, who previously starred in films like Baby Driver and The Fault in Our Stars, will next be seen in The Goldfinch.

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