Actress Allison Williams has put her wedding plans on hold to support her embattled father Brian Williams as his job as a top U.S. news anchor hangs in the balance. Brian Williams has been handed a six-month suspension from NBC News bosses after he was found to have falsely claimed he was onboard a U.S. forces helicopter that was shot down by opposition gunmen during the Iraq War in 2003.
Girls star Allison defended her dad during a public interview with comedian Seth Meyers in New York on Wednesday (18Feb15), insisting the reporter is not a liar.
She said, "This has been a really hard time. Obviously, (it is) toughest on my dad, who is sort of bearing the full burden of the responsibility for it, but my mum has been so strong.
"My dad has always been there for us 100 per cent of the time... so to be here for him is the least we can do... One thing this experience has not done is shake my trust and belief in him as a man. He's a really good man, an honest man, a truthful man. I can't wait until he's back on TV, and I know many of you guys feel that way."
During the session, the actress also admitted the controversy, on top of her busy schedule, has prompted her and her fiancee Ricky Van Veen to hold off on plans for their big day until the scandal blows over.
She told the audience, "It's been a very full year. You sort of think, 'What could possibly come along that would make me not think about this (wedding planning)?' And then I get (U.S. TV special) Peter Pan and I think, 'OK, I will think only about Neverland and then we'll go back to planning our wedding.'
"Then current events started happening, so that derailed it a little bit, but it has been this really beautiful through line in our lives. It's just something we haven't focused on, but, spoiler alert, we are excited!"
Van Veen, the co-founder of comedy website CollegeHumor.com, proposed to the actress in early 2014.
Actress Allison Williams has spoken out to defend her under-fire father, insisting the U.S. broadcaster is "a truthful man" despite lying about his experiences reporting from a warzone in Iraq.
Brian Williams was suspended from his role as main anchor for NBC News for six months earlier this month (Feb15) after he was exposed for falsely claiming he was onboard a helicopter targeted by opposition gunmen during the Iraq War in 2003. However, Girls star Allison Williams is adamant her father is not a liar and she is urging TV bosses to put him back on air as soon as possible.
During a question-and-answer session with comedian Seth Meyers, she said, "This has been a really hard time. Obviously, (it is) toughest on my dad, who is sort of bearing the full burden of the responsibility for it, but my mom has been so strong.
"My dad has always been there for us 100 per cent of the time... so to be here for him is the least we can do... One thing this experience has not done is shake my trust and belief in him as a man.
"He's a really good man, an honest man, a truthful man. I can't wait until he's back on TV, and I know many of you guys feel that way."
Actor Charlie Sheen has spoken out in defence of embattled U.S newsman Brian Williams after he was suspended for embellishing a brush with death while reporting on the Iraq War over a decade ago. The NBC News anchor, father of Girls actress Allison Williams, was suspended from his NBC post for six months this week (begs09Feb15) after he was exposed for lying about his experiences in Iraq, falsely claiming he was onboard a U.S. forces helicopter targeted by opposition gunmen in 2003.
A number of details in Williams' other reports over the years have since come under scrutiny, but Sheen insists he is standing by the journalist and has penned a tribute to the newsman in a series of Twitter.com posts.
Taking to the microblogging site on Wednesday (11Feb15), he writes, "First off, THANK YOU, for 24 years of inimitable professionalism and top shelf brilliance, as a stone cold passion driven and (PERFECTLY) fact based journalist.
"Every other person alive, (with a TV) who relied and still do, on your poetic, insightful and NOBLE sacrifices, that made our longest nights shorter, and our shortest nights safer. You good sir, are a hero in my 'Entire Library.'"
Sheen went on to blast NBC bosses for punishing Williams, claiming the reporter was "clearly the victim of a transparent and vile witch hunt" and alleging executives are out to "discredit the genius that they relied on for almost 3 decades".
He also hailed Williams as a "true Patriot" and a "Hero of mine", and even offered the journalist a place to stay.
Sheen concluded the note by stating, "Mr W: respect love hi 5's and refuge (sic)! (if you need it!) I remain humbly and on dangerous standby at your service..."
Recently, we sat down the the beautiful Mizuo Peck, best known for her portrayal as Sacajawea in the Night At The Museum series to prep for the release of the final film in the series, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. We spoke with her about her acting career, that began in a school with many other famous alumni, and got candid about her time in this popular series. She discussed her methods for portraying a historical figure, what it's been like to be a part of this series, and her thoughts on Robin William's impact on the film.
How did you get your start in acting?
I started acting when I was 11-years-old. I was apart of this really great theater company, called TADA!, which is still going strong today. They have a lot of great alum, like Iggy Azalea and Kerry Washington. It really changed my life and got me into this world. I auditioned by singing this song and it got me out of my skin and got my very confident and I learned how to be focused. They really treated us like professionals. We weren’t allowed to get away with, “oh they’re just kids,” no, this was a professional company.
Growing up, did you have any actors/actresses you found inspirational and used as motivation?
Oddly enough, for a long time as a kid I looked up to Johnny Depp. Not only did I think I looked like him a little bit, but also I enjoyed that after 21 Jump Street he could have gone on the pretty boy path, but he fought convention and did all the crazy roles and he wanted to focus on genuine character work. I just remember thinking that was amazing thing to look up to. These days I think there are a lot of actors and actresses that are doing a really great job. I also really like these indie people, like Miranda July and Emily Mortimer, I’m really impressed by her career. Just actresses that are really smart and savvy, who create the work for themselves.
Are there any actors/actresses you’d like to work with in the future? Like someone, that you need to work with?
No, I’d be honored to work with any of them. The list of Cate Blanchett’s, they’re the ones that I idolized. It’d be great to work with them. But for the most part, I just want to be girlfriends with them. I think we’d get along, like Lena Dunham.
What is it like to portray a historical figure? Is there any pressure because people actually know who that person is?
I swear, I did so much research on Sacajawea, because it’s so important to me to make her real. We are playing wax statues of these characters, but her story is so fascinating, so it was really cool for me to watch all these documentaries and read all these books about her life. I could tell you so many stories about her, she was such an asset to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Do you have a particular style for preparing for this role?
Yeah, I read a lot of books. Watched a lot of documentaries. I went to the American Indian Natural History Museum all the way down in Bowling Green, which was beautiful to see all the different artifacts and they have modern Native American art. I also read some of the children’s stories that they had at the library there. It was nice to learn and research, it felt like a great way to get in touch. I took a lot from my time out west, visiting the different reservations and the countryside.
Is there any other historical figure, male or female, you’d like to portray?
As far as playing another historical figure man or woman, it would be fun to play a wild and eccentric artist like Salvador Dali. How about Josephine Baker, the barrier breaking roaring 20's entertainer? The Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Yoko Ono are still very much alive and creating their courageous art. I think they're great and I'd love to portray them some day.
What’s been your favorite trait about this character, as this is the third time you’re portraying her, what do you think is the best thing about her?
It’s funny, because this time around Sacajawea really gets to put her leadership skills out there. She gets to take charge and she gives some sagely advice to Ben’s character, now that they’ve known each other through the years, she’s able to give him some advice about parenting, She’s very confident. There are so many words to describe her, she’s brave and resilient. In one word, I would say she is wise. She does impart her opinion ad advice. She is someone Ben Stiller’s character listens to and looks up to, because she knows what’s up.
So, how would you say what her relationship with Ben Stiller’s character (Larry Daley) is in these films?
Sacajawea has become a link between the magical creatures that are coming alive in the museum. Carla Gugino’s character (Rebecca), the female interest in the film, and he kind of presents Sacajawea as a gift to her to prove he’s not crazy. I think I was like a friend, along with Ahkmenrah and Attila The Hun, we are all a team with Ben. Which is fun, we encounter obstacles together, along with Teddy Roosevelt of course, who is like the team leader, but Ben is the leader too. We’re a very democratic team, everyone gets a say and is respected.
Is there a moment you think fans will look forward to in this movie?
This time around it was really great. What was different is that I’m holding a monkey the entire time.
What was it like working with the monkey?
It was amazing. Yes, I’ve worked with Dexter before and me a Dexter really get to bond. I’m basically carrying Dexter the entire time. People all want to believe that Dexter is a boy, but she’s not. It’s a girl, she’s Crystal. Crystal and I bonded very much. What was amazing is the gestures she gives you. She shows you when she trusts you, when she puts her hands over her teeth, it’s an act of submission to show she won’t bite you. When she gets really comfortable, she grooms you. It was actually a great honor to work with her. And saying goodbye to her at the end, she was at the cast party and she reached out her hand. It was heartbreaking, it was like tearing myself away from this child. She had such a connection with me.
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Is there any museum you wish you could have unlimited access to like in these films?
The Lourve. That was always the name thrown around, that it would be the next museum we were going to go to. That would be absolutely amazing. I think it would be romantic and mysterious to walk through. We were able to walk through the British Museum at night and it was eerie and really cool to have free reign.
How do you feel like this film will reflect on Robin Williams’ memory? Is there is any scene with him that you feel you’ll really keep with you?
Oh absolutely! Robin and I, from the very start, had a really sweet relationship. Teddy and Sacajawea's relationship does continue on into this third movie. This time around, we were arm and arm, walking around the halls of the museum. Checking things out, checking in on each other. We had this strength and trust in each other. He was my Teddy. I’m always going to remember him as that. He’ll always have a special place in my heart. I do think this movie will be such a celebration of his genius. I feel so lucky to have gotten a glimpse of his wild personality and his spirit. I feel very grateful to have been able to work with him.
How is it going to be, promoting this film and watching it on the screen after his untimely passing?
It’s going to be really tough to watch. Without what happened, the movie is kind of takes a serious note. In the movie, there’s a lot of mortality issues, even though we are mannequins. The tablet that keeps us alive is failing. I think there’s a lot of heart wrenching moments. With Robin’s passing, it’s going to be even more bittersweet to watch.
What was it like working with him?
He’s just pure joy. Especially in this character, you know just the strong, leadership of Teddy Roosevelt in this film. I mean, he is a shining light. I’ll never forget when I first got the job, my agent was like, “Okay, you’re going to be riding a horse...with Robin Williams.” I knew there was going to be some famous people in the film that I wasn’t expecting. It’s been an amazing ride.
What can we expect to see from you in the next year?
I would love to do television! I want to use this momentum to go into pilot season, which is the beginning of the year. I would love to book a TV series. I just got new agents, so I’m going to get on it.
What is it about a TV show you’d like? I know some actors don’t like to do both film and television.
I think these days television is a whole other ball game. It’s so well written and so high quality. I think it’s a dream world of stability. You know, I’d do a million films. But with films, they’re a couple months and then they’re over. With some jobs, it’s only a couple days and it’s over. So that just means you keep having to look, which is obviously part of being an actor, you’re always looking for the next gig. I have this fantasy of rolling up to set and getting ready for the day. There’s just a family feeling that I’m seeking.
Is there anything you’d like to add that you want our readers to be looking forward to in the film?
There’s so many good things! You know, the film is going to be like a surprise to me. There’s so many times we are fighting things that aren’t there. That is an interesting thing to look for, when we’re fighting the 9-headed Chinese dragon, it isn’t there. The was one stunt thing I did, which wasn’t much of a stunt, but wasscary for me. In one part of the movie, I’m opening the doors of the planetarium, not only is it digitally done, I’m on a 30-feet cherry picker. It was most frightening thing, I didn’t realize I was afraid of heights until I got up there. And that’s the magic of movie making.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is in theaters December 19th! Make sure you see it in theaters for one final, incredible ride.
Monty Python's irreverent Life Of Brian anthem Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life has topped a new poll to find Britain's favourite funeral song. Eric Idle's optimistic tune has beaten out the hymns The Lord is My Shepherd and and Abide with Me and Frank Sinatra's My Way as the most popular choice for sombre final farewells to lost loved ones.
A spokesman for The Co-operative Funeralcare, the burial and cremation company that took part in the survey, says, " The poll reflects a generational shift in attitudes towards funerals. Modern funerals are very much about personal choice and the variety of songs played at funerals today illustrates how more and more people are choosing to personalise funerals, and celebrate their loved one's life with a fitting farewell."
Other popular songs making the top 10 include Robbie Williams' Angels and You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & the Pacemakers.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has spoken out to clarify his recent remarks about autism, insisting he does not have the condition. The Seinfeld star hit headlines earlier this month (Nov14) when he told U.S. newsman Brian Williams for NBC Nightly News that he believes he is "on the spectrum" of having autism on a "very drawn out scale".
He added, "I never pay attention to the right things. Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal. When people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying. I don't see it as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset."
Seinfeld has never been officially diagnosed, and in an interview with Access Hollywood on Wednesday (19Nov14), he made it clear that he does not think he has autism.
He said, "I don't have autism, I'm not on the spectrum. I just was watching this play about it and thought, 'Why am I related to it on some level?' That is all I was saying."
Commenting on his inability to carry on conversations with others, he added, "All the comedians that we've had on (webseries) Comedians in Cars, usually at some point in the show... I ask them, 'Do you have trouble talking to just regular people?' And they always say yes. They always say yes."
A handful of The Sopranos castmates will reunite to induct James Gandolfini into the New Jersey Hall Of Fame on Thursday (13Nov14). Vincent Curatola, who will present the formal induction, will be joined by Tony Sirico, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, show creator David Chase and director Timothy Van Patten at the event in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The late actor's widow, Deborah Lin, will accept the posthumous honour on his behalf.
Jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, U.S. newsman Brian Williams, girl group The Shirelles and former U.S. basketball star Patrick Ewing will also be honoured at the event.
Gandolfini passed away in June, 2013.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is convinced he has a mild form of autism.
Seinfeld believes he displays traits which could point towards the developmental condition, but he has never been officially diagnosed.
He made the revelation in an interview with U.S. newsman Brian Williams for NBC Nightly News, saying, "I think, on a very drawn out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum... You know, never paying attention to the right things. Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal. When people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying. I don't see it as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset."
Ac/Dc drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested and charged in connection to an alleged murder plot in New Zealand. The Australian rocker, 60, was taken into custody on Thursday morning (06Nov14) after local police raided his house in Taraunga.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police have accused Rudd of allegedly attempting to have two as-yet-unidentified men killed, and the rocker was subsequently charged with attempting to procure a murder.
The musician was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis as a result of the raid.
Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon and was ordered to have no contact with the man he allegedly tried to hire. He was later released on bail.
Rudd first joined AC/DC in 1975 but he was kicked out of the group in 1983. He returned in 1994 and has been with the band ever since. However, he did not feature in a recent promotional picture.
The snap featured singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, guitarist Angus Young, and Stevie Young, who has stepped in to replace his ailing uncle Malcolm Young. Young is battling dementia.
Friday Night Lights introduced the world to Taylor Kitsch and for that we are eternally grateful. But it also gave us so much more. The fantastic characters and realistic performances made it a show that went beyond high school football. It has since claimed its well-earned spot as one of the best shows ever to grace our TV screens. Even though FNL lasted for five seasons, we’re still not over it.
1. Tami and Eric Taylor’s relationship.
Easily one of the best married couples to ever be portrayed on TV.
2. General Tim Riggins debauchery.
Including, but not limited to, the day drinking, the affair with his best friend’s girl and that time he screwed the single mom who lived next door. Riggins, we wouldn’t have you any other way.
3. Tim Riggins' unwavering Texas pride.
Pretty convinced no one loved Texas as much as Riggins.
4. The cockiness of Smash Williams.
He was so full of himself, and we ate it up.
5. Tami Taylor's magical hair.
Ok, technically it's Connie Britton's magical hair, and we can still see it on Nashville, but we miss how perfect Tami always looked.
6. Every time Coach Taylor went into over-protective dad mode.
7. And on a related note, the fact that Kyle Chandler was a total DILF.
8. Matt Saracen’s emotional scenes.
Remember the petition to get Zach Gilford an Emmy nomination? Still bummed that nomination never happened.
9. Matt's grandma.
We loved Grandma Saracen. And we loved how Matt took care of her.
10. How annoying Julie was.
Yes, that's how much we miss FNL. We even miss Julie's whining.
11. The football games.
Even if you weren't a football fan, these scenes were still exciting to watch.
12. Tim and Jason Street's friendship.
That episode when they go to New York. Bromance at its best.
13. Landry's wise words of advice.
We miss when Jesse Plemons was sweet, funny Landry. It helps us block out creepy Todd, his character on Breaking Bad.
14. The fact that FNL introduced a whole new set of characters in season four, and we ended up loving them just as much as the old ones.
Hell yes, Michael B. Jordan. Go Lions!
15. Buddy Garrity. 'Nuff said.
World's biggest football fan, and world's most obnoxious car salesman/human being. We loved watching him annoy everybody.
16. Coach’s inspiring pep talks.
We don't even play football, yet we were ready to grab a helmet and get out on the field after one of these speeches.
17. The way Tim looked at Lyla.
18. Whenever Lyla actually lightened up.
And any scene involving Mindy Collette.
19. Landry and Tyra's relationship.
We loved how this unexpected romance blossomed. (We'll just pretend that murder storyline from season two never happened, shall we?)
20. That feeling of victory.
Rooting for the characters and then seeing them succeed was the best feeling ever.
21. The utterance of this phrase.
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