Former The Walking Dead star Laurie Holden has been hailed a real-life hero after taking part in an undercover operation to free 55 sex slaves in Colombia.
The actress, who played Andrea on the hit show, is part of the volunteer-based group Operation Underground Railroad, which was founded by a former CIA agent. She recently joined him on a covert mission to Cartagena to help rescue a group of child prostitutes and capture sex trafficker Marcus Bronschidle, according to UsMagazine.com. The brave group's operation was caught on camera as part of a documentary called The Abolitionists. Holden, whose job was to comfort the girls during a raid, says:
"Some of them looked really terrified. I talked to a few of them and asked them how old they were. Some were 12. Some were 13. Most were 14. One of the girls came in, embraced me, started to cry, then I started to cry."
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The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus suffered whiplash on the set of the zombie drama series after injuring himself during a fight scene.
The actor, who plays crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon on the show, reveals he had to beat up a co-star's stunt double on camera, but the stand-in was so tough, Dixon was the one left wounded. He tells Us Weekly magazine, "I had to deck (punch) a huge guy recently, and they swapped out the actor with a stunt double who was like, made of rock. "I'm looking at him going, 'This is going to hurt.' And it did. I woke up with whiplash the next morning." However, it wasn't the only injury Dixon nursed during shooting. He adds, "Last season I had stitches on my forehead. This season I had stitches on my forearm. I've had four black eyes, a dislocated shoulder (throughout the series). We all get beat up, but you go home and it seems like a good day's work."
The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is set to be feted with a lifetime achievement award at the New York City Horror Film Festival next month (Nov14).
Festival organisers are honouring the actor for his "strong dedication to the craft" and for creating "new heights and depths" as crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon in the zombie series. Before starring in the hit show, Reedus appeared in a number of thrillers, including Blade 2, The Boondock Saints, and Guillermo del Toro's Mimic. Also receiving a special award is actor Angus Scrimm, best known for his role as the evil Tall Man in 1979 cult classic Phantasm. The New York City Horror Film Festival kicks off on 13 November (14).
Celebrity dancer Karina Smirnoff has been hospitalised in Los Angeles after taking a tumble during rehearsals for U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars. The sexy Ukrainian-born star, who is reportedly dating actor Pablo Schreiber, fell hard during a practice session on Monday (13Oct14) and had to be taken to the hospital on a stretcher to seek treatment for knee and wrist injuries. Smirnoff is still a performer on the weekly show, despite the fact she and her partner, mixed martial arts star-turned-actor Randy Couture, were voted off the programme last month (Sep14). She is now expected to miss Monday night's (13Oct14) live episode to allow her time to recover from her fall.
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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is moving on from her failed marriage to Chris Martin by embarking on a new romance with Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk, according to reports.
The Shakespeare In Love star has remained close to Coldplay rocker Martin since they announced their 10-year marriage was over in March (14), but she has since started stepping out with TV executive Falchuk, who she allegedly enjoyed a weekend getaway with in Utah in late July (14).
They were also recently spotted sharing a "flirty" dinner at East Borough restaurant in Los Angeles. A source tells Us Weekly magazine their relationship "started off professionally" in 2010 when Paltrow made her first guest appearance on hit musical comedy series Glee as substitute teacher Holly Holliday, but they recently began dating following the finalisation of Falchuk's divorce to his wife Suzanne, who filed to end their 10-year union last summer (13).
A representative for Paltrow, who has two children with Martin, has yet to comment on the claims.
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Lauren Bacall, an icon of Hollywood past and present, was reported dead at Tuesday evening (via TMZ), with a stroke being labeled the cause of her passing. At 89 years old, Bacall remained an active presence on the big screen; the actress had one project in development upon her death: debut director Tom Konkle's Trouble Is My Business.
Although Bacall's recent slate has included triumphs like Lars von Trier's Dogtooth and Manderlay, as well as Jonathan Glazer's Birth, she will always be best known and most celebrated for her early endeavors. We look foremost to The Big Sleep, the noir thriller that pit Bacall against Humphrey Bogart, one of the few talents who could match her sheer cinematic power.
Through the decades to follow, Bacall starred in noteworthy entries like How to Marry a Millionaire, Written on the Wind, and Murder on the Orient Express, and later The Mirror Has Two Faces. In every picture, Bacall proved herself a dynamite purveyor of thrills, drama, comedy, and romance. From the dawn of her career on through the recent years, Bacall was a venerated force in show business, and one without whom we'd never have some of the greatest pieces of film.
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint was stunned to discover his profile on dozens of Internet dating websites after a prankster stole his bank card and signed him up on a search for love. The British actor fell victim to a thief who stole his credit card, but he was more annoyed when he discovered the crook had used it to create fake profiles for Grint on lonely hearts websites.
The stunned screen star tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I don't usually care about money that much. But when I had my card taken, I cared about that. And the guy who did it joined loads of different dating sites. I kept getting post and messages about it all the time. People must have thought it was me joining."
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A second biopic about the late Tupac Shakur is set to be developed by the rapper's cousin. Filmmaker John Singleton is working with the Dear Mama hitmaker's mother, Afeni Shakur, on a long-awaited movie about the late hip-hop icon, and now his cousin William Lesane reveals he is planning to turn his script for The Rise And Fall Of Makavelli The Don into a feature film.
Lesane has raised $15 million (£9.4 million) for the project and plans to shoot it in New Mexico. He says, "The time has come to tell the real Tupac Shakur story, the movie his fans really want to see. Any movie that is produced about Tupac has to tell a truly great story with a bold statement attached. Our movie does that in spades... I lived this story with my cousin and paid tremendously for it."
Shakur was shot and killed in 1996. His murder has never been solved.
Naomi Watts has joined the cast of the Divergent sequel. The Australian actress will join returning stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller and fellow newcomer Octavia Spencer in Insurgent, the follow-up to last year's (13) hit adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel.
Watts will play Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Texas high school that served as the inspiration behind Buzz Bissinger's 1990 bestseller Friday Night Lights has been rocked by a sex-scandal-related suicide.
Mark Lampman, a social studies teacher at Permian High School in Odessa, was found dead last week (07May14) after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Reports suggest he resigned from his job amid allegations of an improper relationship with a student.
Bissinger's book about the challenges of a high school football coach and his team was adapted into a movie and a spin-off TV series. A criminal investigation into Lampman's apparent suicide has been launched.
Meanwhile, school officials are keen to halt the vile social media postings about the drama. A statement from the board reads: "We know and understand emotions are raw, and we have seen a number of very inappropriate and hateful posts to social media sites this evening. Out of respect for the families involved in this tragedy, we are urging everyone to remove all angry messages from all accounts and refrain from posting any more. "This type of dialogue is not helpful, nor is it healing. We consider ourselves part of the same team - the same family - and we must work together to get through a difficult time like this."
A first-run syndicated version of the comedy that aired on ABC from 1982-1983. The story involves three secretaries who work at a giant conglomerate called Barkley Foods, Inc, the bosses they work for. Based on the 1980 feature film of the same title.