'Downton Abbey' film in the works, production likely to begin in 2018

Jun 21, 2017 21

An NBCUniversal executive says a “Downton Abbey” film is in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, said the movie has been in process for some time.

“We are working on getting the script right,” Mr. Edelstein said. “And then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together.”

“Downton Abbey,” created by Julian Fellowes, launched in 2010 before running for six seasons during which it won huge international success.

Mr. Edelstein was speaking on the sidelines of “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition,” which had its world premiere in Singapore last week.

It features costumes, locations, and never-before seen footage from the popular TV series. “Downton Abbey,” which concluded in 2015, portrays the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants amid the backdrop of historical events as the sinking of the Titanic and World War I.

No word yet on whether some of the shows more popular characters including Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess Grantham (Maggie Smith) and Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) will return.

In fact the movie was news to the show’s cast who said they didn’t know about it.

“Oh, well you’ve got confirmation before us. We have no idea if that’s happening,” said Sophie McShera, who played assistant cook Daisy Mason. “But we would all love to be part of the film if it was to happen, for sure.”

Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley in the series, quipped: “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Emmy-winning writer and creator Julian Fellowes also said he hoped a film would be made. “I think we’ve got a film in us. I hope it happens,” he said.

This article originally appeared in news.com.au.

'Weeds' star Mary-Louise Parker's nanny arrested for stealing thousands, report says

Jun 21, 2017 15

A Brooklyn nanny was busted after she withdrew thousands from actress Mary-Louise Parker’s debit card for herself, law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News.

Amanda Hoston-St. Louis was supposed to use the 52-year-old’s debit card and PIN number to go shopping for the star’s children. However, the bank notified Parker about the recent massive withdrawal.

The publication added police arrested the 33-year-old on Monday and is charged with several counts of identity theft, grand larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property.

A criminal complaint accuses Hoston St. Louis of making two withdrawals since April, each totaling more than $3,000. However, sources insisted she’s been linked to more than $30,000 in transactions dating back to 2015.

The “Weeds” actress, who is from South Carolina, lives in Brooklyn with her teenage son and a young daughter, whom she adopted from Ethiopia in 2007. She listed the nanny in the acknowledgements of her 2015 memoir, “Dear Mr. You.”

Hoston-St. Louis was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday and released without bail.

Brooklyn nanny stole thousands from Mary-Louise Parker, says report

Jun 21, 2017 20

A Brooklyn nanny was busted after she withdrew thousands from actress Mary-Louise Parker’s debit card for herself, law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News.

Amanda Hoston-St. Louis was supposed to use the 52-year-old’s debit card and PIN number to go shopping for the star’s children. However, the bank notified Parker about the recent massive withdrawal.

The publication added police arrested the 33-year-old on Monday and is charged with several counts of identity theft, grand larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property.

A criminal complaint accuses Hoston St. Louis of making two withdrawals since April, each totaling more than $3,000. However, sources insisted she’s been linked to more than $30,000 in transactions dating back to 2015.

The “Weeds” actress, who is from South Carolina, lives in Brooklyn with her teenage son and a young daughter, whom she adopted from Ethiopia in 2007. She listed the nanny in the acknowledgements of her 2015 memoir, “Dear Mr. You.”

Hoston-St. Louis was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday and released without bail.

Miley Cyrus hopes little sister Noah doesn't feel the pressures of fame

Jun 21, 2017 16

Miley Cyrus doesn’t want her little sister Noah to feel the pressures of Hollywood at a young age.

Miley, 24, started her career when she was a preteen on Disney’s “Hannah Montana” and quickly had to develop “thick skin” to handle her newfound fame.

“I think the way people judge you or people would write articles on me when I was a kid going through the times of having crazy breakouts or going through break ups or whatever I was going through, people would treat me like I could handle those comments as an adult, like I had this thick skin,” Miley told Elvis Duran according to People.

She said the experience of starting off as a child star made her “jaded.”

“I think it makes you jaded, it makes you guarded, and I don’t ever want her to get like that. Or your style or the way that you think because you want to please people,” she said. “I really hope that she never feels those pressures and I hope other people respect her and don’t actually make her something she’s not.”

She advised Noah to never Google herself.

“I always tell Noah, keep your Instagram comments turned off. Never read anything that anyone says about you. Don’t Google yourself,” Miley said.

Miley also said now that her sister has joined the family business it has made the siblings closer.

“She loves me more now that she knows I do something. She always thought I do nothing and that I went to put two wigs on.”

Cameron Douglas reportedly relapses, violates his probation

Jun 21, 2017 14

Cameron Douglas, the felon son of actor Michael Douglas, violated the terms of his probation after being released from federal custody in March, The Post has learned.

Douglas — who had his five-year drug sentence extended in 2011 after he was caught with drugs in prison — was caught with marijuana in his system in April, court papers show. According to a recently released transcript of a Manhattan federal court hearing, Douglas’ probation officers told Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman that Douglas reported to their office for random drug testing April 10 when a lab tech accused the son of Michael and Diandra Douglas of “attempting to manipulate the results.”

More testing was done and a third test came back positive for marijuana, the probation office said.

The probation officers were sympathetic with Douglas, however, telling the judge that “relapse is part of the recovery process.” They recommended he get a second chance to prove he can stay sober.

“We would like to provide Mr. Douglas an opportunity to be in the community to see how he responds to setbacks,” one of the officers said.

Douglas’ lawyer Ben Brafman also argued for leniency, telling Berman that his client is seeing a psychiatrist because he is suffering from “post-traumatic stress disorder” due to his seven-year stint in prison.

“His period of imprisonment was horrific,” Brafman said, adding that Douglas was “subject to terrifying treatment” by fellow prisoners because of his decision to testify against his suppliers.

Asked if Douglas has remained sober, Brafman added: “He is fine and there is no issue.”

In 2012, The Post reported that the heroin-addicted son of the Oscar-winning actor had suffered a broken leg and finger behind bars after a crime-family captain put a $100 bounty on him for being a “rat.”

Douglas also spoke at the May hearing, confirming to the judge that he has had a difficult time adjusting since being released last year. He was first released last summer into a halfway house and now lives in an apartment in New York City.

“I have so much to live for. I have a lot of sort of goals and aspirations that I think that I’m more than capable of achieving,” Douglas told the judge.

“I guess what I want to tell you is that since I’ve come back, I’ve worked really hard, and this hiccup is unfortunate, but I don’t see it happening again.”

Douglas, 38, is scheduled to appear back in court Wednesday for a status update.

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Jon Ossoff loses Georgia election to Karen Handel despite Hollywood help

Jun 21, 2017 18

Hollywood came to Georgia, and lost.

Democrat Jon Ossoff lost his bid on Tuesday night against Republican Karen Handel in Georgia’s Sixth District special congressional election, despite the vociferous support of several celebs.

The seat, which was previously held by former Republican Tom Price, who is now President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, had garnered serious attention from Democrats, who were hoping the 30-year-old political upstart could leverage celebrity endorsements to help the party reclaim lost momentum.

It didn’t work.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson, who helped create a radio ad urging voters to flip the seat, paved the way for Hollywood to get behind Ossoff.

DEMOCRAT JON OSSOFF GETS HOLLYWOOD HELP IN GEORGIA SPECIAL ELECTION

Rosie O’ Donnell, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Sean Daniel, Connie Britton, Sam Waterston, and Kyra Sedgwick were some of many stars who donated to Ossoff’s campaign, while others, like Alyssa Milano, volunteered to go door to door in the suburban Atlanta district.

Comedienne Chelsea Handler famously invited nearly 7 million followers to get out and vote for Ossoff on April 11th — even though the Georgia congressional election wasn’t taking place until April 18th.

The New Yorker reported Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker, raised nearly $2 million by March since declaring his candidacy in early January. He also received online support from actress Debra Messing and “Star Trek” icon George Takei.

However, Ossoff’s celebrity connection may have led to his downfall.

Variety reported several weeks ago that the Congressional Leadership Fund produced an ad that attempted to link Ossoff to Kathy Griffin in the midst of a backlash over the comedienne’s use of a bloody mask of Trump in a controversial photo shoot.

Ossoff’s campaign did object the spot. The publication added the only connection Griffin had to his campaign was that she retweeted a supportive statement about his candidacy.

Griffin’s image was use again in another spot from Principled PAC. With last week’s shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice, their ad claimed the “unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans.”

Despite his celebrity support, Ossoff insisted on his campaign site that his goal was to help the people of Georgia.

“Our team has taken down human traffickers, exposed dozes of corrupt officials around the world and uncovered atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq,” he announced. “Previously, I was a senior national security staffer in the U.S. Congress, working with our military and intelligence community to keep Georgians safe while investigating wrongdoing by government contractors.”

“During five years as a Congressional aide, I learned how to get things done in Washington,” he added. “On Capitol Hill and as a journalist, I’ve learned how to expose and fight the abuse of power. I will use my experience and all of my energy to fight for Georgia.”

Ossoff took to Twitter on Tuesday night to thank his supporters:

Prince Harry says being in Afghanistan 'triggered' him, made him face his issues regarding Princess Diana's death

Jun 21, 2017 20

Prince Harry opened up to his good friend Paralympian Dave Henson about how serving in Afghanistan opened his eyes to some of the issues he hadn’t faced following his mother’s 1997 death.

During the chat, which aired Wednesday on the U.K.’s Forces TV, Harry brought up Princess Diana’s death.

“I’ve got plenty of issues but none of them really relate to Afghanistan, but Afghanistan was the thing that triggered everything else,” he said during the chat, according to E! News. “Not to get too personal, if you lose your mum at the age of 12 then you’ve got to deal with it and the idea that….15, 17 years later I still hadn’t dealt with it, Afghan was the moment. I was like ‘right—deal with it.'”

He also said he suffered from panic attacks as a kid.

“In my case, suit and tie, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, like heart beating — boom, boom, boom, boom — and literally just like a washing machine,” he said, via People magazine. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, get me out of here now.’”

But the prince said he would quickly realize, “Oh, hang on, I can’t get out of here, I have got to just hide it.”

Harry officially retired from the British Army in 2015. He said he then began to assess his mental health.

“Once I plucked my head out of the sand, post-Afghan… [it was] a huge… life changing moment for me. It was like, ‘right, you are… Prince Harry, you can do this… You’re gonna be able to get that support, because you’ve got the credibility of 10 years’ service and therefore, you can really make a difference.’”

He said his experiences made him want to help others.

“You help yourself, so you can help others,” he said. “And I think that is hugely powerful.”

In April, Prince Harry opened up for the first time about his mental health struggles.

“For a lot of my 20s, I was a problem,” he admitted to The Daily Telegraph.

He told the newspaper he “shut down all his emotions” for nearly 20 years and had been “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.”

He said the long suppression of his grief regarding his mother’s death eventually led to “two years of total chaos.”

Along with his brother Prince William and sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge, Harry has worked with a charity that promotes mental health. They have argued that mental health problems must be given the same priority as other illnesses and should be spoken about openly and without stigma.

Harry has also worked extensively with wounded veterans and has organized the Invictus Games to foster international sporting competition for injured or ill service personnel and veterans.

He told The Daily Telegraph in April that he is in a “good place” now.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Star Wars' Han Solo spinoff loses its directors due to 'creative differences'

Jun 21, 2017 19

The Star Wars spinoff featuring a young Han Solo has hit a major snag, and the movie is now without a director.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Tuesday that the Star Wars spinoff is parting ways with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to different creative visions on the film.

Kennedy said a new director would be announced soon.

Lord and Miller had been filming the untitled project in London since January 2017 with stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. The supporting cast includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton.

“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true,” the directors said in a joint statement Tuesday. “We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

Lord and Miller have developed a stellar reputation in Hollywood for their smart and profitable adaptations of creaky or impossible properties like “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street” and its sequel. Anticipation was high for what they would do with the Han Solo film, which was written by Star Wars vet Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan.

Over the past six months the directors have been widely engaged on social media, drumming up interest in the project.

In February, Walt Disney Studios unveiled a cast photo featuring Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) posing with the cast.

The Han Solo flick is the second Star Wars anthology film after “Rogue One.” The anthology films are considered separate from the “main trilogy,” which includes “The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “The Last Jedi.”

Lucasfilm has had issues with directors before. In 2015 the company parted ways with director Josh Trank, who had been working on another Star Wars anthology film. They have yet to slate a replacement director.

The untitled Han Solo film is still slated for a May 2018 release.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

'America's Got Talent' recap: Tyra Banks flips out over dance group, teen singer brings crowd to tears

Jun 21, 2017 20

It’s getting down to the wire for the crop of hopefuls on this season of “America’s Got Talent” as the fourth round of open auditions came to a close Tuesday. It was a night that fluctuated widely between moments of utter inspiration and utter confusion as the judges whittled down the cadre of acts.

The night kicked off in a big way with the Light Balance Dance Group giving the judges and audience something they’ve never seen before. Obviously, the “AGT” stage is no stranger to choreographed dance routines, but this group’s use of clothing that contained a light show turned things up to the next level. At times, dancers would be in the dark and at other times the whole troupe would explode in a showcase of light and movement. They ended up being so impressive that Tyra Banks, the show’s host, stormed the stage and pressed the coveted golden buzzer, assuring the Light Balance Dance Group would automatically move on to the live show.

After that, things took a bit of a dip in the middle, with a cavalcade of odd clowns, bad singers, and even worse dancers. A man boasting an original song about his wife that’s 25 years younger than him and a Robert De Niro impersonator were mercilessly booed off stage by the audience. However, the oddest moment came in the form of an act calling themselves Men with Pans. They first took the stage in chefs outfits holding two pans in either hand. They quickly went off stage at the onset of their act and returned completely nude, with the pans covering strategic parts of their anatomy. Needless to say, they didn’t make it to the next round.

The night was saved, however, by the magic stylings of Tom London. Blending classic magic tricks with his passion for coding and technology, the artist manipulated the entire crowd’s phones before doing some live math that ended up predicting several trivia questions about the judges.

Following the magic act, the hits kept coming in the form of a 13-year-old girl with an inspiring story. Evie Clair shared the difficult story of finding out her father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and how her music helps him get through the tough days. It was hard for many in the crowd to not tear up at the young girl’s story, but there wasn’t a dry eye in the house after she began her musical performance. With four unanimous yes votes, the girl’s parents couldn’t help but take to the stage to hug their daughter, who was overjoyed and crying. Howie Mandel even commented on how proud the parents must be before they rode off into the night, only to be seen again in the next round of the 2017 competition.

After sending his deck boss into alcohol rehab, Captain Jake fights insubordination on the ship

Jun 21, 2017 22

Skipper Jake Anderson had another problem with a crewman on his ship The Saga after sending deck boss Sean Dunlop to alcohol rehab.

On last week’s “Deadliest Catch,” viewers saw Anderson emotionally say goodbye to Dunlop at the airport as he was going away for treatment. Dunlop’s drinking had gotten so out of control that Anderson urged him to get help.

But on Tuesday’s episode of the Discovery Channel show, the consequences of losing Dunlop were clear as things got chaotic on Anderson’s boat.

With a big storm brewing, the captain had poor visibility—and then had to deal with insubordination.

Crewman Dean Gribble decided to control the crane to move the sorting table on the deck. Anderson shouted at him from the wheelhouse after seeing the dangerous maneuver done against his orders.

Frustrated Gribble gave Anderson the finger.

“Did you flip me off?” Anderson roared. “Get off my deck, Dean, or you’re fired.”

With Anderson counting down to zero, Gripple finally moved off the deck.

“I’m going to be top dog,” Anderson told the cameras.

The skipper confined Gribble to his quarters and said he was forcing his worker to be humble. Unfortunately, it hurt his crab fishing operation. Anderson got a decent haul but his rookie crew was having a hard time without Gribble.

“We need Dean down here,” another crewman shouted.

Anderson admitted his men weren’t keeping up while experienced fisherman Gribble remained in the dog house.

To make amends, Gribble brought Anderson a sandwich — and conceded to his captain he had “f***ed up on the crane” and got “grumpy at the time,” when he flipped off the boss.

Anderson decided to forgive Gribble, telling him, “We’re good. I like you.”

Cameras showed the Saga captain noting, “I really care about the guys that I hire and I don’t give up on them.”

Gribble went back to work.

Meanwhile, the other “Deadliest Catch” skippers also dealt with severe storm conditions that promised 40-50 MPH winds.

Wild Bill Wichrowski was experimenting with using crab callers in his pots to see if it would result in bigger yields.

A recording in the callers emitted sounds replicating a food source, which was supposed to attract crab.

Wichrowski hoped it could eliminate having to use as much bait, but the test went bad when the electronic sensors in the callers got flooded with water, wrecking them.

“We’re high tech rednecks, weird times,” Wichrowski shrugged on his Summer Bay ship.

Keith Colburn said he was fishing “in a snow globe” as a blizzard battered his boat.

The Time Bandit’s retiring captain Johnathan Hillstrand returned again to the Russian line and was rewarded with more pots loaded with opilio crab.

The episode ended with Colburn’s boat being hit by a massive wave. He sighed, “It’s only going to get worse.”