Actors William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman received a holiday fright while on vacation in Aspen, Colorado after a bear almost broke into their home. The Hollywood couple enjoyed a festive break in the popular celebrity skiing location, but the trip was marred by a pair of scary encounters with local black bears.
Macy reveals one of the animals managed to sneak into the stars' lodge, saying, "There are bears (in Aspen), you never see them, except I saw one! I came into my house and there was a bear eating a watermelon..."
Macy filmed the incident on his cell phone and showed off the video during an appearance on America's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon talk show on Wednesday (08Jan14), and he admitted he was a little too engrossed in catching the bear on film than he was about getting to safety.
Explaining the shaky footage, he said, "I freaked out... I realised I was doing a little too much camera work and not enough running! He finally drifted away... That bear wasn't normal."
But he wasn't the only one to come face-to-face with the wild animals - one bear smashed a window as it tried to gain access into their home.
Macy added, "When Felicity came in one night with the dogs, they were the canine equivalent of pale... This bear had destroyed the window! It broke the window and had almost gotten into the house."
Actors Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin are set to show off their musical skills at Utah's Sundance Film Festival by taking the tunes they perform in William H. Macy's feature film directorial debut to the stage following its big premiere. The Fargo star stepped behind the camera for upcoming drama Rudderless, about a grieving father, played by Crudup, who forms a band to perform the songs secretly composed by his recently-deceased son.
Rudderless has been selected to close Robert Redford's annual independent film event later this month (26Jan14), and Macy is planning to celebrate the project with a concert of the film's songs.
He explains, "We play seven songs in it, through the machinations of the plot. Billy forms a band with Anton Yelchin, Ben Kweller is in it... there's a lot of music. A lot of it's playback, but Anton and Billy sing; it's really good.
"We're gonna do a concert of it at Sundance... We're gonna do the songs (from the film)... There's a party afterwards where depending on what I've had to drink, maybe (I'll perform too)."
Rudderless also features Macy's wife Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne.
Crudup has already proved his musical prowess on film before - he learned how to play the guitar to portray a rocker in 2000's Almost Famous.
Hollywood couple William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman are pitching in with the Oklahoma relief efforts by handing out much-needed supplies to victims of the tornado. The Fargo actor has been in the state to direct and star in his upcoming movie Rudderless, which also features Huffman in the cast, and the pair took action after the natural disaster ripped through the city of Moore, Oklahoma on Monday (20May13).
The Desperate Housewives actress personally purchased diapers and baby formula to donate to families made homeless by the tragedy, and drove around Moore to help locals.
She tells local news channel KFOR, "It is an eye-opener. Just to be here, where it's actually happened... Usually you have the distance of the television, which is shocking and tragic enough, but to be on the ground, it's something else. Everybody here has been working, they've been up for 36 hours.
"I've done nothing compared to everyone else here. Oklahoma City is an amazing place. I've never seen a response so quick. Everyone is so supportive, it makes you feel great about America."
The couple paid almost $4 million (£2.5 million) for the five-bedroom property they have long admired from their estate, which once belonged to music mogul Artie Ripp.
Macy and Huffman's property portfolio also features a home near popular Los Angeles shopping mall The Grove and a retreat near Basalt, Colorado, according to RealEstalker.com.
Actors Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy almost missed the Big Apple premiere of Girls on Wednesday night (09Jan13) after someone pretended to be the Fargo star and made off with the couple's limo outside The London NYC Hotel. Stranded without transportation, the pair had to hail a taxi cab at the last minute.
The actor admits he was reluctant to meet with his wife-to-be's Catholic mentor before they wed in 1997, but he actually had a very pleasant experience - and the priest helped him create his latest film character.
Macy states, "When I got married, my wife wanted to do a Pre-Cana which is the Catholic thing where you go talk to the priest and he tells you about marriage and he guides you. I put my foot down and wouldn't do it. But I acquiesced and agreed to do it one time and this guy was so cool we went seven times.
"I daresay he changed the course of our marriage because I wanted to know, 'What's the ceremony gonna be like and what are you gonna say as a priest?' I didn't want him to say anything that was not true like we were born in sin or needed forgiveness.
"You could only say things that were true. When he asked, 'What kind of marriage do you want?' I was sort of put back on my heels and we were there seven sessions later. One time we went and we didn't even talk about marriage. We talked about him killing a bear in Alaska. He was a cool guy."
Lourdes Orozco is suing the famous couple after she allegedly sustained "serious personal injury" when she slipped on the stairs of their house in the Hollywood Hills in April, 2011.
In the legal documents, obtained by TMZ.com, Orozco claims the stairs were "dirty and poorly maintained," and lacked "regulated handrails," while the couple allegedly "knew or should have known" the stairway conditions "could easily cause anyone to slip and fall".
She is suing for damages in excess of $25,000 (£15,625) for lost wages and medical expenses.
It seemed like this day would never come, even though Desperate Housewives fans have had almost a year to prepare. After May 13's two-hour, two-part finale, the streetlights on Wisteria Lane will go dim and the housewives will roll up their welcome mats.
Stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, and Eva Longoria will finish out the series without the original “fifth Housewife” Nicollette Sheridan, whose character was killed off in Season 5 and whose beef with creator Marc Cherry and ABC continued to be the subject of a very public lawsuit until recently. The main four women have seen their careers blossom thanks to the show and new fifth housewife Vanessa Williams saw a notch added to already well established career when she joined the cast in 2010. But the big question is: What now? None of these ladies are in as high demand as when Housewives was a pop culture phenomenon, watched by over 20 million people a week. So are they suddenly jobless? Not quite. The lead actresses have shrewdly been lining up post-Housewives gigs for some time now. Well, at least some of them have…
Teri Hatcher (Susan Delfino, nee Mayer)
Aside from being name-dropped (as “the meanest woman in the world”) in the aforementioned Sheridan vs.Cherry/ABC lawsuit, Hatcher hasn’t really been in the headlines at all — even her love life, or lack thereof, hasn’t surfaced much. And then, just a couple weeks ago, wouldn’t you know it, she finally booked her first post-Housewives job: A four-episode arc on ABC Family’s fashion-y dramedy series Jane by Design, on which she’ll also make her directorial debut. The premiere is June 5, and the Hatcher episode airs June 19 — meaning fans will only be Hatcherless for about a month after Housewives ends. Although, such fans might be in for in for a lengthy period without the actress after that, as she hasn’t announced any further plans. Felicity Huffman (Lynette Scavo)
The only Oscar-nominated (for her amazing performance in 2005’s Transamerica) full-time resident of Wisteria Lane has just one concrete post-Housewives project currently lined up, but it’s quite a special one: her husband (and recent co-Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree) William H. Macy's feature directorial debut, Rudderless. Although the movie isn’t their first together — they both starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia — Rudderless does mark the couple’s debut as co-leads, which is a testament to just how far Huffman's star power has risen. Of course, she's always possessed great talent, no matter how much fame accompanied it. Aside from Rudderless, Huffman is said to be developing a TNT series and was once attached to David Mamet’s next big-screen adaptation, but both projects appear dormant at the moment. Marcia Cross (Bree Van De Kamp)
After her second TV megahit (the early ‘90s Fox soap Melrose Place being the first), Cross seems the most content to take some substantial time off and plot her next move — if there is one. And who could blame her? Cross has literally been on a TV show or in a movie every year since 1984! While we doubt she’ll completely put an end to that streak and take off all of 2013, it’ll likely be a while before we see Cross again. Eva Longoria (Gabrielle Solis)
The least-known Housewife pre-2004 is unquestionably the most famous of the bunch today (she was also the highest-paid TV actress last year) — and the one we’d have to vote Most Likely to Succeed After Desperate Housewives. While we’ll still be seeing plenty of Longoria on the covers of magazines, we’ll also see a lot of her in character on the big screen: In 2012 alone, she’ll appear in the drama Long Time Gone, the action comedy The Baytown Disco, and the thriller The Truth, alongside Forest Whitaker and Andy Garcia. Separately (i.e., without firm release dates), there’s the canine comedy Who Gets the Dog, the Brendan Fraser-starring historical drama Four Kings, and the animated Hulu series Child Support, on which she’ll voice the “female Peter Griffin”-like lead. So, forget Most Likely to Succeed; if showbiz is measured by the amount of projects you have at any given moment — which, by the way, it is! — then she’s already the most successful post-Housewives Housewife. Vanessa Williams (Renee Perry)
Williams joined the series fresh off a major gig on Ugly Betty, adding her established star power to Wisteria Lane when she became a regular last season. We could wager that Housewives needed her even more than she needed it. Regardless, Williams's career has benefited from her sufficiently catty, vixen-y performance, and no doubt served as a showcase to help score a pair of major upcoming projects: Another potential TV hit in the adaptation 666 Park Ave. on ABC and a prime spot in Tyler Perry's next box office sure thing, 2013's The Marriage Counselor. [Image: ABC] More: 'Desperate Housewives' Shocking Death: Other surprises in Store for Finale? 'Desperate Housewives' Cast Signs On for Season 8 Eva Longoria Lines Up Three Projects
With just two episodes left to air in America, where the series will end on 13 May (12), Hatcher isn't keen to dwell on questions about why she is rarely mentioned by castmates Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman, who appear to have created a tight bond on the show over its eight-year existence.
TV Guide magazine expert William Keck suggests Hatcher "physically separates herself from the others during breaks in filming," adding, "Something went down two seasons ago that created a deep rift".
But the actress tells the publication, "I will never disclose the true and complicated journey of us all, but I wish everyone on the show well."