Tatiana Maslany on going green with Mark Ruffalo in ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’

A wise reptile once said, “It’s not easy being green.” But fortunately for Tatiana Maslany, she’s become close with her She-Hulk: Attorney at Law co-star Mark Ruffalo.

In the show, the Orphan Black Emmy winner plays Jennifer Walters, a lawyer specializing in superhuman-oriented legal cases who gets superpowers of her own after a blood transfusion from Ruffalo’s Avenger Bruce Banner.

His gamma-irradiated blood gives her the ability to transform into a 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk. As her character does in the show, Maslany said she leaned on Ruffalo for support on this journey.

“He is one of those actors … who just empowers you to be yourself and be in the moment,” Maslany told Good Morning America of her “very playful” co-star.

While Maslany joked that Ruffalo would “never mansplain how to be the Hulk to me,” she said it was a sight to watch him transform into the fan-favorite character.

“I don’t think that’s a normal way a human moves,” she recalled of watching Ruffalo in action, playing a role he has owned since The Avengers in 2012. She said Ruffalo was “so committed and so in his body.”

“He had such an embodied, incredible connection to that character and I felt like I really witnessed that,” Maslany said.

Being a 30-something woman with superpowers, Maslany said fans will see “comedy” and “great slice of life” moments not typically seen in the Marvel universe. This includes “banal” activities like Jen as She-Hulk helping her dad move heavy things around the house, or going out on dates as a “glamazon.”

She-Hulk streams exclusively on Disney+ beginning Thursday, August 18.

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Brad Pitt opens up about suffering from undiagnosed prosopagnosia or “face blindness”

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Do you struggle to remember people? You might have something in common with Brad Pitt.

The Oscar winner recently opened up about his struggle with prosopagnosia, commonly referred to as “face blindness.”

Though the actor has never officially been diagnosed with the disorder characterized by the inability to recognize faces, he recently told GQ that some think he’s remote, aloof, inaccessible or self-absorbed because he can’t remember them.

At the time, Pitt told the magazine he preferred to stay at home instead of going out, saying, “You meet so many damned people. And then you meet ’em again.”

He admitted he had difficulty remembering people even if he had “a real conversation with them.”

“So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them,” he said.

Pitt revealed that he tried being honest with people and asking them where they had met before, but that backfired. “…It just got worse,” he said of that experiment. “People were more offended.”

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, prosopagnosia is thought to be the result of “abnormalities, damage, or impairment” in the part of the brain that “appears to coordinate the neural systems that control facial perception and memory.”

It may also result from stroke, traumatic brain injury or “certain neurodegenerative diseases.”

“There’s a wide spectrum of symptoms people can have and of the severity in which they are affected by this,” Dr. Leah Croll, an assistant professor of neurology at the Temple University Hospital, recently told “Good Morning America.

“For some people, it may be just some minor difficulties in remembering people’s names and keeping strangers straight,” she said. “And for other people, it may be more severe…they have issues with recognizing their own friends and family or even…recognizing their own reflection.”

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Academy launching “formal review” of Will Smith after slapping Chris Rock at Oscars

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is launching a “formal review” of the confrontation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars when Smith walked on stage and slapped Rock in the face.

“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show. We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law,” the Academy said in a statement Monday.

According to their standards of conduct, the Academy is “categorically opposed to any form of abuse.”

“If any member is found by the Academy to have violated these standards or to have compromised the integrity of the Academy by their actions — whether in a professional or non- professional setting — the Academy may take any disciplinary action permitted by the Academy’s Bylaws, up to and including suspension of membership or expulsion from membership,” the Academy states in the document.

The confrontation occurred when Rock, who was presenting the Oscar for best documentary at the 94th Academy Awards, made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, starring in a sequel to the 1997 film G.I. Jane, seemingly in reference to her shaved head. Pinkett Smith has been open about having alopecia, an autoimmune disorder which results in hair loss.

Smith went on to win the Oscar for best actor for his role in King Richard, apologizing to the Academy and his fellow nominees in a tearful acceptance speech.

After the show, the Academy tweeted in part, “The Academy does not condone violence of any form.”

The Los Angeles Police Department told ABC News it was aware of the altercation, but no police report had been filed.

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“I was a drunk” — ‘Full House’ alum Dave Coulier announces he’s two years sober

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Full House alum Dave Coulier is opening up about how he cut alcohol out of his life, by sharing a throwback photo of his cut-up face.

“I was a drunk. Yes. An alcoholic,” the 62-year-old actor said in a lengthy Instagram post Thursday. But then he shared the good news, writing, “I’ve been alcohol free since January 1, 2020.”

“When I drank, I was the life of the party. I could make people laugh until they fell down. In this picture I was the one who fell down,” he recounted. “Not because I was playing hockey or doing the things I love — like chopping wood or doing construction, golfing, fishing or flying airplanes. I was hammered and fell up some stairs made of stone.”

Coulier said he loved having “beers with the boys,” but he eventually came to the realization that, as he put it, “I loved booze, but it didn’t love me back.”

He went on to note that he decided to quit drinking “for my own well-being, my family and for those around me who I love so dearly.”

Coulier gave a shout-out to his wife of nearly eight years, Melissa, specifically for supporting his sobriety and staying by his side throughout the journey.

“The psychological and physical transformation has been amazing,” he concluded. “The sky is more blue, my heart is no longer closed, and I enjoy making people laugh until they fall down more than ever before.”

Melissa, who married the comedian in July 2014, replied in the comments section, “SO proud of you. I love you and your strength so much!!”

She wasn’t alone in her support: Coulier’s heartfelt post has more than 120,000 likes as of Thursday afternoon.

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From ‘Hawkeye’, to ‘Home Alone’, to ‘The Santa Clause’, Disney+ unwraps seasonal slate for the holidays

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The days are getting shorter, but luckily as we head into the holidays, Disney+ already has a full slate of seasonal goodies for you to unwrap on those cold winter nights.

Have a movie night with friends and family with the newly released Home Sweet Home Alone, starring Archie YatesEllie KemperRob Delaney, and Aisling Bea, or spend a weekend binge watching all of The Simpsons’ Christmas specials.

Marvel Studios’ latest show Hawkeye debuts on November 24, with a decidedly “Christmas in New York” settling. Classics such as The Nightmare Before ChristmasHome Alone and The Santa Clause are also available to watch on Disney+, and there are even holiday-themed episodes of throwback shows like Kim Possible and Even Stevens to check out this season.

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Here’s the full list:

Movies and specials

‘Twas the Night
12 Dates of Christmas
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa — premiering Nov. 19
Babes in Toyland
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Christmas…Again?! — premiering Dec. 3
Cloud 9
Cool Runnings
Decorating Disney Holiday Magic’
Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
Disney Channel Holiday House Party
Disney Channel’s Epic Holiday Showdown
Disney’s Fairytale Weddings: Holiday Magic
Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special — premiering Nov. 26
Ernest Saves Christmas — premiering Nov. 26
Frozen
Frozen 2
Full-Court Miracle
Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas!
High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special
Home Alone
Home Alone 2
Home Alone 3
Home Alone 4 — premiering Dec. 17
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist — premiering Dec. 17
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Ice Age — premiering Dec. 3
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas — premiering Nov. 26
Jingle All The Way
Jingle All The Way 2
Life Size 2
Mickey & Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas — premiering Dec. 10
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
Santa Buddies: The Legend of the Santa Paws
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Snow Buddies
Snowball Express
Snowglobe
The Christmas Star
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Disney Holiday Singalong
The Mistle-Tones
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause 2
The Santa Clause 3
The Search for Santa Paws
The Ultimate Christmas Present
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Togo
Toy Story: That Time Forgot
While You Were Sleeping
Winnie The Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

Disney+ Originals premiering during the holiday season

Hawkeye — premiering Nov. 24
Arendelle Castle Yule Log: Cut Paper Edition — premiering Dec. 17
Godmothered
High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special
Home Sweet Home Alone
LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special
Noelle
Once Upon a Snowman
Arendelle Castle Yule Log

Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special
From Our Family to Yours
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Once Upon a Snowman
Pluto’s Christmas Tree
Prep & Landing
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa
Puppy for Hanukkah — premiering Nov. 19
Santa’s Workshop
The Small One

The Simpsons Christmas episodes

“Bobby, It’s Cold Outside”
“Grift of the Magi”
“Holidays of Future Passed”
“I Won’t Be Home for Christmas”
“Kill Gil, Volumes I & II”
“Marge Be Not Proud”
“Miracle on Evergreen Terrace”
“She of Little Faith”
Simpsons Christmas Stories”
“Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire”
“Skinner’s Sense of Snow”
“The Burns and the Bees”
“The Fight Before Christmas”
“The Nightmare After Krustmas”
‘”Tis the 30th Season”
“‘Tis The Fifteenth Season”
“White Christmas Blues”

 

 

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Ken Jennings, Mayim Bialik to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for remainder of 2021

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Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik will host the syndicated version of Jeopardy! for the rest of 2021, Sony Pictures Television announced Thursday.

The two will take the reins while the search for a new, permanent host to take over for the late Alex Trebek continues in the wake of Mike Richards‘ controversial exit.

Bialik, who has been named the host of Jeopardy! primetime specials and spin-offs, will host episodes airing from September 20 through November 5. After that, the Big Bang Theory star will split hosting duties with and Jeopardy! champ-turned-producer Jennings as their schedules allow.

Richards was named the new, permanent host of the syndicated version of Jeopardy! on August 11. After filming just a week’s worth of shows, he stepped down from the position on August 20 and, as of August 31, is no longer an executive producer for Jeopardy! or Wheel of Fortune.

Because Jeopardy! is filmed in advance, episodes featuring Richards aired this week, beginning on September 13. Richards’ final episode as host will be this Friday, September 17.

Richards came under fire after controversial remarks that he made on The Randumb Show, a podcast he hosted from 2013 to 2014, resurfaced. These since-deleted episodes included disparaging comments about women, for which Richards has apologized.

This also brought to light a 2010 lawsuit in which a former model on The Price Is Right, during Richards’ tenure on that program, alleged that her contract was not renewed after she gave birth. 

Of the discrimination case, which was settled out of court without any admission of wrongdoing, Richards said the allegations “don’t reflect the reality of who I am.”

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