WASHINGTON — Jane Fonda is joining a group of Hollywood power players to host a fundraiser for presidential candidate Steve Bullock on Thursday, a show of support that could lend credibility among Democratic donors to the little-known Montana governor. The Academy Award-winning actress, activist and fitness guru is among a handful of Los Angeles agents, producers and lawyers hosting the event at the home of model and professional golfer Anna Chervin and her talent-agent husband, Ted, according to an invitation obtained by The Associated Press. Bullock, a cowboy-boot-wearing executive from a rural state won by President Donald Trump, may seem like an unusual benefactor of campaign cash from members of the Hollywood elite often associated with far-left causes. But his success enacting some progressive priorities such as expanding Medicaid, combined with his distinction as the only White House contender to get reelected at the same time his state broke for Trump, has led some donors … [Read more...] about Jane Fonda to give White House hopeful Steve Bullock a boost
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RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina teenager who lost a leg in a shark attack this month got a personal message from the actor who plays "Iron Man" in Marvel's superhero movies. Robert Downey Jr. uploaded a video addressed to 17-year-old Paige Winter on his Instagram on Tuesday, calling her heroic and resilient. He asked the teenager to be an ambassador for his climate change coalition, which aims to use advanced technologies to clean up the environment. After the June 2 attack, Winter had spoken out in support of ocean and shark conservancy. Winter was surprised with the message during an interview that aired on ABC's "Good Morning America." At a news conference last week, her father said she was a big fan of Downey and asked him to follow her on Instagram. … [Read more...] about Shark attack survivor gets message from Robert Downey Jr.
Mare Winningham sang "Like a Rolling Stone" in the 2018 Off-Broadway production of the Duluth-set "Girl From the North Country." /Sara Krulwich The worst-kept secret on Broadway is a secret no more: Bob Dylan's music is headed back to the Great White Way. Since it debuted at London's Old Vic in October 2017, the rumor has been that "Girl From the North Country," set in Duluth during the Depression and featuring songs from Dylan, was Broadway-bound. Since the Old Vic, it shifted to a run on London's West End and an Off-Broadway stint at New York's Public Theatre, throughout which the question was, "When will it transfer to Broadway?" The answer is: February 7, 2020. That's when "North Country" previews begin, with a March 5 opening date that will make the show eligible for the 2020 Tony Awards. The musical drama is set at a boarding house, where a dozen down-on-their-luck people are contemplating their next moves when two strangers appear to set their lives on dramatically different … [Read more...] about Long-awaited Bob Dylan musical finally has a Broadway date
Another awards announcement, another big day for Boyd Huppert. The long-time KARE reporter has earned three more national Edward R. Murrow Awards, broadcast journalism's version of the Oscars, bringing his total to 19. Huppert and his station were recognized Tuesday by the Radio Television Digital News Association.for "Huppert's Diary" and the feature piece "Eddie's Sign," which looked at how a family paid tribute to a loved one who was killed in a traffic accident. “I could not have accomplished this without the wonderful culture at KARE 11. I know that for a fact,” Huppert said. “It only works with support and encouragement from all levels. I’m lucky to be here!” St. Paul's American Public Media company took top honors for excellence in multimedia for season two of "In The Dark." The Murrow awards will be presented Oct. 14 in New York. Older Post Heart and Joan Jett to rock Xcel Center together Oct. 13 … [Read more...] about KARE’s Boyd Huppert earns three more national awards
"Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever" (Crown Archetype), by Nick de Semlyen Our favorite funnymen of the 1980s reached glorious heights and managed to endure the decade despite some appallingly unfunny lows. Sharing "SNL" in their DNA, most of them worked together in front of the camera at some point and, behind the scenes, commiserated at times over the vagaries of show business. Offering colorful film backstories and insightful portraits of Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, author Nick de Semlyen's "Wild and Crazy Guys" explores the nature of stardom itself — the struggle to be noticed and the even greater struggle to stay noticed. Interestingly, their careers often followed similar trajectories. One common challenge was surviving all that fame and fortune. Belushi, the "Animal House" and "Blues Brothers" star, couldn't handle the high of success, morphing from comedic wunderkind … [Read more...] about Review: Book ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’ stars ’80s film funnymen