A host of famous faces turned out to help Michael J. Fox raise awareness of Parkinson's disease at his foundation's annual gala in New York City over the weekend (09-10Sep13). The Back to the Future star, who has been battling the debilitating condition since the early 1990s, was joined by the likes of Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds, Julianna Margulies, Seth Meyers and Tina Fey at the glitzy bash at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Saturday night (09Nov13).
Fox joined Coldplay star Chris Martin on guitar for a musical performance, while Reynolds, whose own father is battling Parkinson's, admitted he was impressed by the work of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, saying, "You meet the people who work with this foundation, and so many of them have absolutely no affiliation with the disease whatsoever other than their job, and they were brought to it by a common denominator, which is Michael, and he's so inspiring and you just see the people that work with this foundation and how tirelessly they give everything they have to it and you start to forget that you're only here because someone you care about has Parkinson's. I was really blown away by the whole operation."
Marguiles insisted she turned out at the event to help raise cash for the cause, saying, "When you raise awareness, you raise money. I mean, it's the brutal truth."
Fellow guest, actor John Slattery, added to The Hollywood Reporter, "We're trying to find a cure. Research is expensive, and the more people know about it, that's everything, so that's what he's doing."
Maybe we're a bunch of crotchety old people, but the new trailer for I, Frankenstein, looks nothing like the 19th century gothic horror classic that we all pretended to read in high school. We certainly don’t remember Frankenstein's monster surfing on top subway trains (or maybe that Sparknotes summary had more holes than we thought).
At least there's a logical reason for these disparities: I, Frankenstein draws from the graphic novel that it's based on rather than Mary Shelley's original novel. Kevin Grevioux, the author of the graphic novel, also wrote the screenplay for the film.
This continuation of the Frankenstein lore features a handsomely scarred Aaron Eckhart, stitched together with various parts of murdered Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue models, fighting off gargoyle monsters that explode into fiery tendrils. He also found time, in between the monster vanquishing to go to the nearest Hot Topic and buy the perfect hoodie that symbolizes all of his immortal angst. One that he takes off quite frequently to show off that hot bod.
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Actor Michael J. Fox turned to booze to help him cope after learning he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In a new interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern, which aired on Wednesday (25Sep13), the Back to the Future star admitted he came close to giving up on life after he was told about his condition in 1991, and feared he'd never be able to act again.
He explained, "It just felt helpless. It felt unfair in a way. My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily. I used to drink to party, but then I was drinking alone... Every day."
Fox finally sought therapy and admitted, "It all started to get really clear to me."
He explained, "My marriage got great and my career started to (take off again)."
After a series of guest roles on TV and a documentary about happiness, Fox is now leading the cast of his own new show, The Michael J. Fox Show, about a newsman with Parkinson's disease who returns to the air.
Michael J. Fox has credited his Parkinson's Disease with helping him become a better actor. The Back to the Future star has refused to step back from the spotlight despite his condition and he has often appeared in guest roles on TV shows in recent years.
Now, as he prepares to launch his own sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show, he admits that the health diagnosis that threatened to end his acting career has motivated him to get to grips with his craft.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I had a certain fluidity to my movements and rhythm of speech and a physicality that I had depended on. It served me really well, but when that was taken away, I found that there was other stuff that I could use.
"That hesitation, that Parkinsonian (sic) affect, is an opportunity to just pause in a moment and collect as a character and respond to what's happening and just gave me this kind of gravitas. It really gave me a new view of things."
And Parkinson's Disease has cured him of his nerves: "I used to be really nervous and sit in my dressing room and fret about a scene that was coming up and sweat it out and say, 'What am I going to do? You say action and I have to do something. What am I going to do? And what's that actor going to do? And how do I respond to that?'
"Now it's just like, 'OK, what's happening?' And something happens, I react to it and if nothing happens, I don't react. I don't worry about that bit I was going to do or the look I was gonna give because when I get there, I may not be able to give that look or do that thing or move that glass."
Comedians Stephen Fry and Ronnie Corbett and revered British talk show host Sir Michael Parkinson were among the mourners who turned out on Wednesday (11Sep13) to attend the funeral of legendary broadcaster Sir David Frost. The iconic newsman, who was portrayed by Michael Sheen in Oscar-nominated movie Frost/Nixon, passed away on 31 August (13), after suffering a heart attack on a cruise ship, and stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Russell Crowe and Joan Collins were some of the first to offer tributes following his death.
On Wednesday, friends and family members gathered at the Holy Trinity Church in Oxfordshire, England to bid a final farewell to the famed interviewer, and his close friend Fry later took to his Twitter.com blog to share his grief with fans.
He wrote, "David Frost's funeral - so sad. He was a wonderful father, husband and friend. The only people who didn't like him hadn't met him."
A public memorial service is expected to be held in the U.K. at a later date.
Singer Linda Ronstadt has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The 67-year-old multi-Grammy Award winner has opened up about her struggle with the degenerative disorder in a new interview, revealing it has robbed her of her singing voice.
She tells the American Association of Retired Persons' monthly AARP magazine, "I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn't occur to me to go to a neurologist.
"Parkinson's is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, 'Oh, you have Parkinson's disease,' I was completely shocked. I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years."
Ronstadt, who released her last album in 2006 and recently penned a memoir, Simple Dreams, which will be out next month (Sep13), fears she'll never be able to sing again, adding, "No one can sing with Parkinson's disease. No matter how hard you try."
She tells the AARP in an interview to be published next week (beg26Aug13) that she was diagnosed with the neurological disorder eight months ago.
She isn't the only star currently battling Parkinson's - boxing legend Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox are both sufferers.
Revered British broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson is recovering well after completing treatment for prostate cancer. The popular chat show host, 78, was diagnosed with the disease during a regular check-up earlier this year (13), and started radiotherapy treatment at the beginning of July (13).
He has now completed hospital sessions and is expected to make a full recovery.
His son Mike Parkinson says, "The news is all positive. It's early days as he has only just finished his treatment but the prognosis is good. Everything went to plan and now it is a case of rest and recuperation for a month or so.
"My dad's in good spirits and he is expected to make a full recovery."
The night is dark and full of terrors, particularly for Game of Thrones actor Art Parkinson as he joins the cast of Universal's Dracula. Samantha Barks, who starred as Eponine in Les Miserables, is joining the cast as well.
Dracula will be an origin story about history's most famous vampire (played by Luke Evans). We will see the story of a Transylvanian prince who risks eternal damnation to save his wife from a Turkish horde.
Parkinson will play Dracula's son — this kid really has a thing for taking on characters with dead dads. Barks will take on the role of a baba yaga, which, in Eastern European folk tales, is a beautiful woman who turns into a savage witch.
Icelandic star Thor Kristjansson is also onboard. He will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy who is now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army.
The new cast members will join Dominic Cooper and Sarah Gadon, as well as director Gary Shore. Production is set to begin in August in Belfast, and the film has an August 8, 2014 release date.
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Revered British broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The talk show legend, 78, began radiotherapy treatment last week (begs01Jul13) after the cancer was discovered during a routine medical examination, and he is urging other men to have regular check-ups.
Parkinson, who has interviewed stars including boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Nicole Kidman and Victoria Beckham, is expected to make a full recovery and has vowed to continue working through his treatment.
He tells Britain's' The Sun, "I have prostate cancer and I must admit it is a real bore. I am 78, of course mortality is on the mind but I'm not afraid.
"I have been told to expect to make a full recovery and that is the goal... I don't feel ill and I will keep working. I have no intention of stopping working."
The veteran TV star is now launching a campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
He adds, "All that concerns me now is for men around the country to stop and take notice of any symptoms that might save their lives. I'm not a softy. If you show the symptoms of this dreadful disease, get help. Men need to get themselves checked. It will save lives."
Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore were among the stars who gathered in London on Sunday (23Jun13) to remember director Michael Winner at a memorial service. The Death Wish filmmaker died at his home in the U.K. capital in January (13) after a long battle with liver disease.
A number of famous faces attended Sunday's service at the National Police Memorial in St James’s Park, where a plaque was unveiled in honour of Winner, who established the Police Memorial Trust in the mid-1980s.
Sir Roger applauded his pal's dedication to the organisation, telling the crowd, "His greatest achievement is why we're here today. My father was a police officer stationed at Bow Street, and when Michael Caine and I made a film together with Michael Winner, I was impersonating a police officer and Mr Winner arranged that I could have a uniform that bore my father's number PC168E, which I wore with great pride.
"But now, we're here because of the very fine and noble work that Michael did in establishing the Police Memorial Trust to mark the places where brave and mainly unarmed police officers gave their lives for our safety, for our protection."
Sir Michael Caine also stepped up to speak about his friend of more than 50 years, and revealed of their first meeting, "He was the kindest, nicest, most gentle person you could think of - and that is where I was completely wrong. He was the most miserable son-of-a-b**ch once you got to know him...
"He was testing you, and he always tested people to see how far you would go before you disliked him. I said to him, 'Michael, you can go as far as you like with me. I will never dislike you. Do you understand that?' He said, 'Yes, I've got it'. And then he became my friend. And, as many of you will not believe, he became a tender, gentle person with me all my life."
British TV personality Sir Michael Parkinson, veteran entertainer Cilla Black and Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone also attended the ceremony.