Barry Manilow joins concert to help human rights groups

Mar 25, 2017 20

Barry Manilow is adding his legendary voice to a concert series in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations.

The Grammy-winning singer of songs such as “Mandy,” ”I Write the Songs” and “Looks Like We Made It” will appear at the next monthly “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!” on April 18 at The Town Hall. It also will be streamed live on Facebook.

Manilow will join other performers and presenters including Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze and Andy Cohen.

Proceeds will benefit the NAACP, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and the Sierra Club Foundation. Tickets range from $30 to $250.

The monthly series, which started on Inauguration Day, is the brainchild of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. There have been two additional concerts in New York and Chicago.

TCM Classic Film Fest dedicated to late host Robert Osborne

Mar 25, 2017 18

Turner Classic Movies will continue memorializing Robert Osborne at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles next month.

Festival organizers announced Friday that the eighth annual film festival will be dedicated to the channel’s longtime host, who died on March 6 at age 84.

Osborne’s TCM colleagues and friends will share stories about him during a panel discussion on the festival’s opening day, April 6. All festival screenings that day will be preceded by an Osborne tribute video.

Other special screenings are planned, including the “20th Anniversary Tribute” honoring Osborne that premiered in 2015.

Osborne was the TCM Classic Film Festival’s first host. TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz has taken over those duties in recent years.

Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker

Mar 25, 2017 15

A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on “The Mindy Project” led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.

Her character joked after hearing that Booker had come to her colleague’s event that “I guess anything to get out of Newark, huh?”

Booker tweeted “Ouch!” at Kaling on Thursday. He added that he still loved her, though.

She responded that if her character “shades” it, “it means we know it’s cool,” and said the love was mutual.Booker then asked her to dinner in Newark.

She asked for a train schedule, which the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey quickly sent her.

Booker called Kaling “Lyft worthy” and promised to send one.

Booker’s spokesman says the date hasn’t yet been scheduled.

Man charged in theft of John Legend's bag, $25K cufflinks at JFK

Mar 25, 2017 14

Authorities have cuffed a man charged with stealing Grammy winner John Legend’s Louis Vuitton bag containing $25,000 Cartier cufflinks from an airport luggage cart in New York.District

Attorney Richard Brown says 63-year-old Agustin Hilario swiped the bag Thursday when it was momentarily left unattended on a luggage cart at Kennedy Airport.

Brown says Hilario was identified through surveillance camera footage. He was arrested on charges including grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

Hilario was awaiting arraignment in Queens criminal court Friday. It’s not known if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

Legend is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor who co-starred in the film “La La Land.”

The prosecutor says Legend’s possessions, including the $25,000 panther-head cufflinks, were returned to him.

Melee in court in case tied to 'Real Housewives' guest

Mar 25, 2017 18

 A melee broke out Friday at a hearing for a pair charged in the deaths of two men found in a burning car owned by a woman who often appears on “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

Clarence Williams and Gerry Thomas, in court for a detention hearing, were ordered held without bail when the brawl broke out.

The two Paterson residents previously pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of Aaron Anderson and Antonio Vega Jr., who were found last week inside a burning Audi.

The car was owned by Kim DePaola, who often appears on the Bravo reality show. Anderson’s mother has said he borrowed the car from DePaola’s son.The judge warned the families of the suspects and the victims to keep their emotions in check and remain composed.

“I understand you have very strong feelings and may want to blurt something out,” Passaic County Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela said.

But an argument broke out, and people in the gallery yelled obscenities and threw objects.

Thomas’ attorney, Gregory Aprile, shouted to the judge during the brawl that he wanted the names of everyone involved. Aprile said he may ask that they be banned from future proceedings.

Charges are pending for one person involved in the altercation, according to the Passaic County Sheriff’s office.

Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

Mar 25, 2017 16

Actor Harrison Ford said he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft last month when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport after flying low over an airliner with 116 people aboard, according to an audio recording released Friday.

“I’m the schmuck who landed on the taxiway,” Ford told an air traffic controller shortly after the near-miss on Feb. 13 at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Recordings of Ford’s conversations with air traffic controllers were released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The 74-year-old actor was told to land his single-engine plane on Runway 20L, but he instead landed on a parallel taxiway. An American Airlines flight was on the same taxiway, waiting to take off.

A video released last month showed Ford’s Aviat Husky plane from behind as it descends toward the airfield where the American Airlines Boeing 737 is slowly taxiing.

“Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford asked the air traffic control tower as he landed in the wrong spot.

“Oh. I landed on Taxiway Charlie. I understand now. Sorry for that,” Ford said.

In a phone call with an air traffic controller after the incident, Ford said he “got distracted by the airliner” and also mentioned “big turbulence” from another plane that was landing.

The American Airlines flight, with 110 passengers and six crew members, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later.

When an air traffic controller told the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” star to take his time getting the number from his pilot’s license, remarking it isn’t a big deal, Ford responded: “It’s a big deal for me.”

After Ford told the employee his name, the man seemed taken aback and assured Ford he won’t share his phone number with anyone.

Landing on a taxiway, instead of a runway, is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The agency’s probe of the incident is still underway, spokesman Ian Gregor said Friday.

Ford’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon.

Ford, who collects vintage planes, has a long record as an aviator. He has had several close calls and a serious accident in March 2015 when he was injured in his World War II-era trainer. It crashed on a Los Angeles golf course after engine failure.

Public memorial service to honor both Reynolds and Fisher

Mar 25, 2017 11

Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths.

The ceremony honoring the lives of the mother-daughter duo will be held at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, the storied cemetery that is their final resting place. People will be granted attendance at the event on a first-come, first-served basis, and it will be live-streamed on beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific.

The ceremony is slated to feature music by James Blunt and “Star Wars” composer John Williams and display Hollywood memorabilia that Reynolds collected throughout her life.

Fisher, 60, an actress and writer who starred as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, died Dec. 27 after suffering a medical emergency days earlier aboard a flight from London. Reynolds, 84, an Oscar-nominated actress who shot to fame after starring in “Singin’ in the Rain” at age 19, died the following day after being briefly hospitalized.

“She said, ‘I want to be with Carrie,'” Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, told The Associated Press after his mother’s death. “And then she was gone.”

The back-to-back deaths of two prominent actresses were stunning, but they were made even more poignant by the women’s complex history. Fisher and Reynolds had a strained relationship that Fisher explored in her writing, but they later reconciled and became trusted confidantes brought closer by painful events in their lives.

Reynolds lost one husband to Elizabeth Taylor, and two other husbands plundered her for millions.Fisher struggled with addiction and mental illness, which she candidly described in books and interviews.

Fisher died after finishing work on “The Last Jedi,” the eighth film in the core “Star Wars” saga. Disney CEO Bob Iger said this week that Fisher appears throughout the film, and her performance will not be changed.

Reynolds earned an Oscar nomination for her starring role in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

The actresses participated in an HBO documentary on their lives called “Bright Lights,” which aired in January.

Todd Fisher organized Saturday’s memorial to give fans an opportunity to honor his mother and sister. Fisher’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd, is expected to attend.

Stars including Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman and Stephen Fry mourned the actresses at a private memorial in January.

Amy Schumer backs out of 'Barbie' movie

Mar 24, 2017 25

Actress Amy Schumer has pulled out of playing “Barbie” in Mattel’s live-action take on their popular brand of toys for girls.

Schumer was also co-writing the script for the movie, which Sony is still set to make once it finds her replacement. Her departure is surprising given that she’d previously passionately defended her involvement in the project against mean-spirited doubters who said her appearance, weight and saucy attitude made her unsuitable to play willowy Barbie. Naysayers had been flooding social media with petitions for weeks decrying the casting.

Schumer told Variety: “Sadly, I’m no longer to commit to ‘Barbie’ due to scheduling conflicts. The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed but look forward to seeing ‘Barbie’ on the big screen.”

In withdrawing from “Barbie,” slated to begin shooting on June 23, Schumer cited a promotional tour for her upcoming film “Snatched” and pre-production on another new movie, “She Came to Me,” a comedic drama which also features Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman.

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WWE star Kane running for mayor in Tennessee

Mar 24, 2017 29

Glenn Jacobs, better known as the towering WWE villain Kane, is stepping into the political ring with a bid for mayor in Tennessee.

Jacobs has filed paperwork naming a campaign treasurer, the first step needed to raise or spend money in an effort to succeed term-limited Knox County mayor Tim Burchett in 2018.

Tea party groups urged Jacobs to challenge U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary in 2014, but he ended up deciding against a run.

Jacobs isn’t the first professional wrestling star to try his hand at politics in Tennessee. Jerry “The King” Lawler, who is known for his feud with comedian Andy Kaufman in the early 1980s, has made unsuccessful bids to be elected mayor of Memphis.

Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern talk 'Wilson,' 'Star Wars' roles

Mar 24, 2017 23

Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern lead the new indie “Wilson” based on the satirical graphic novel of the same name. The story follows Wilson, who has no filter, reconnecting with his estranged ex-wife and meeting the daughter he never knew he had. Fox News spoke with the actors about their current film as well as their upcoming roles in “Star Wars.”

Fox News: One of your character’s qualities is not having a filter. Do you have a good filter or do you say whatever is on your mind?
Woody Harrelson: I think maybe I do a little bit of that saying [whatever I think]… so many times I got in trouble just [by] opening my mouth when if I’d have just kept it shut I’d have been fine.

Fox News: Going from this indie to two big blockbusters with the “Star Wars” movies, did either of you ever think you would be in a “Star Wars” movie?
Harrelson: I didn’t think she would… (laughs)

Fox News: But did you, was this something that was on a wish-list?
Harrelson: No, it’s never anything I imagined. How could you imagine something like that? It’s so cool, you know, because now of course being in that universe for a while over in England you hear all these stories, initially there was a lot of people who were telling him that this thing is going to be a disaster and they had no idea what kind of juggernaut this was going to be. They really didn’t know what they had on their hands initially, the first “Star Wars.”

Fox News: Do you prefer small indies or big blockbuster films?
Laura Dern: If you’re lucky and blessed with a great filmmaker on an enormous franchise, you feel like you’re inventing in there together. Ryan Johnson being our director on “Star Wars” is an independent filmmaker and makes it you know, radical, brave, fun. I mean, that’s the beauty of doing something where you’re following a guide who has this spirit and is hopefully even a pioneer in whatever they’re doing…But when doing an independent film particularly like “Wilson,” your goal is only about reflecting humanity. You’re not supposed to serve anything else except these characters and there’s so much freedom and you know, you’re there to kind of mess it up and break boundaries and that’s the most delicious fun possible.

Fox News Entertainment Producer Ashley Dvorkin covers celebrity news, red carpets, TV, music, and movies. Dvorkin, winner of the 2011 CMA Media Achievement Award, is also host of “Fox 411 Country,” “Star Traveler,” “Fox 411 Big Screen,” and “Fox on Reddit.”