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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated February 22, 2020)
Alec Baldwin countersued by man he allegedly punched, then sued for defamation(2/22/19) Alec Baldwin on Friday was slapped with a motion to dismiss his countersuit against the man who says the actor punched him over a Manhattan parking spot.
Baldwin sued Wojciech Cieszkowski for defamation in November 2019, claiming the man made up a false story about him when he said the actor punched him in the face during a Nov. 2, 2018, dispute over a parking spot.
Baldwin — who plays a raging President Trump on TV’s “Saturday Night Live” — was arrested in the parking incident at the time and pleaded guilty to harassing Cieszkowski. But he has maintained he never punched the small-business owner. Baldwin had to pay a $120 surcharge and complete a one-day anger management class to resolve the criminal case against him.
Cieszkowski, in new papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, is now protesting Baldwin’s defamation suit against him, saying, “Alec Baldwin was already exactly the kind of person who the public thought would punch someone in the face over a parking spot.
“When it comes to his notorious temper and penchant for assaulting people in the streets, Alec Baldwin is the classic libel-proof plaintiff.
“Now he has the gall to sue his victim, claiming he was ‘defamed’ and ‘falsely imprisoned’ based on the distinction between a hard push and a punch. Seriously?” Cieszkowski said.
“Like the man he plays on television, Alec Baldwin is an entitled celebrity with a long history of verbally and physically mistreating others he sees as beneath him.”
Alec Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, responded to The Post, “The motion contains numerous false statements that we will disprove at trial. There are real cases, with people who have actually been injured, who need and deserve access to our courts. Mr. Cieszkowski’s case against Alec Baldwin is not one of them.”
Reach High Media Group Will Celebrate Retro Day 2020 By Releasing Subscriber-Based Interactive Platform For The Doctors(2/18/20) Reach High Media Group invites fans of the iconic soap opera The Doctors to join them in celebrating National Retro Day 2020 on Feb. 27 with the debut of WatchTheDoctors.com, the subscriber-based, video-on-demand platform which includes interactive experiences dedicated to the classic series.
With the new platform launch, WatchTheDoctors and Reach High Media Group television network Retro TV will be the exclusive homes of the beloved daytime drama.
Joel Wertman, president of Reach High Media Group says, “Streaming options give us the opportunity to engage our audience more than ever before.
Our fans have the ability to watch, share and interact with the programming that they love in new, exciting ways.”
Beginning Feb. 27, viewers can subscribe online at WatchTheDoctors.com, through OTT (over-the-top) devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and through their Android or iOS App Store. Subscriptions will include hosted trivia games on Wednesday and Saturday nights that will create opportunities to unlock exclusive original interview content.
Set in the fictional New England city of Madison, The Doctors was known for featuring cutting-edge storylines and received 17 Emmy Award nominations. The series ran for 20 seasons with cast alums including Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), daytime stars Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light) and Anna Stuart (Another World), Ted Danson (Cheers), Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married) and Emmy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Hubbard (As the World Turns).
Kevin Conway Dies: ‘Gettysburg’, ‘Thirteen Days’ & ‘Invincible’ Actor Was 77(2/7/20) Kevin Conway (ex-Earl, OLTL/ex-Gordon, The Doctors), a veteran actor known for his work in Gettysburg, Thirteen Days and Invincible, among others, died Wednesday of a heart attack, his publicist told Deadline. He was 77.
New York City-born Conway worked as an IBM sales analyst before becoming an actor at age 24. He went on to a decades-long career with dozens of credits in film, television and on the stage. His first major screen role was playing Roland Weary in the 1972 film Slaughterhouse Five, based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel. He went on to play Crum Petree, the insane mailman in the 1988 film Funny Farm; Frank Papale in the 2006 Disney football drama Invincible; and General Curtis LeMay in the 2000 historical drama Thirteen Days. He also played the fictional Sgt. Buster Kilrain in Ron Maxwell’s 1993 epic Gettysburg (see photo above) and its 2003 follow-up Gods and Generals.
His television work included playing Roger Chillingworth in a 1979 TV production of The Scarlet Letter, a role later played by Robert Duvall in 1995’s The Scarlet Letter. Conway also had a memorable guest-starring role on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street. In the 1995 episode titled “Heartbeat,” he played Joseph Cardero, the prime suspect in a cold-case murder who is obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe. Cardero ultimately meets his end in the same manner his victim did – and with a chilling nod to Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.
Conway’s stage credits include a 1974 Drama Desk-winning Off Broadway performance in When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? and a 1970 Broadway debut in the play Indians starring Stacy Keach and Raul Julia. In 1975 he played George opposite James Earl Jones’ Lennie in Of Mice and Men, and in 1979 starred opposite Philip Anglim in the acclaimed The Elephant Man. His last Broadway credit was 2002’s Dinner at Eight opposite Joanne Camp, John Dossett, Marian Seldes and Christine Ebersole.
As a director, Conway helmed the 1987 independent film The Sun and the Moon.
His numerous other TV credits include the Control Voice for The Outer Limits revival series from 1995-2002. He guest-starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the clone of the legendary Klingon figure Kahless, as well as on The Good Wife, JAG, Law & Order, In the Heat of the Night and The Black Donnellys. Conway also recurred on HBO’s prison drama Oz as Seamus O’Reilly, the abusive father of Irish gang inmates Ryan and Cyril O’Reilly.
Kathleen Turner Guest on Mom 2/6/20(1/27/20) “Cheddar Cheese and a Squirrel Circus” – After a successful kidney transplant surgery, Bonnie is concerned that Tammy’s Aunt Cookie (Kathleen Turner) is taking her second chance for granted. Also, Christy tries to track down a handsome stranger she believes is her soulmate, on MOM, Thursday, Feb. 6 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
John Karlen Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Cagney & Lacey,’ ‘Dark Shadows’ Actor Was 86(1/23/20) John Karlen, the Dark Shadows actor who loosed a 200-year-old vampire from a chained coffin and two decades later won an Emmy Award for playing a detective’s husband on Cagney & Lacey, died yesterday of congestive heart failure in hospice in Burbank, California. He was 86.
Karlen’s death was announced via Twitter on the Dark Shadows News page. The actor had been in declining health for a decade. Last March, the ShadowGram Dark Shadows newsletter posted that Karlen had suffered a stroke.
A frequent and favorite guest at Dark Shadows festivals over the decades, Karlen joined the supernatural ’60s soap in 1967 as the no-account, slightly menacing thief Willie Loomis. Soon after his arrival in the fictional Collinsport, Maine, Karlen’s Loomis, hearing tales of treasure in a secret mausoleum chamber, discovered the old coffin and inadvertently freed the sleeping vampire within, quickly becoming the undead monster’s unwilling slave and, eventually, loyal friend.
Planned as a short-term last-chance plot, the vampire storyline, starring Jonathan Frid as the fanged Barnabas Collins, turned the failing soap into a phenomenon, providing the fledgling ABC daytime line-up with its first hit. Karlen would remain with the series until its end in 1971, playing, as did most of the ensemble, multiple characters in various centuries and parallel universes.
Karlen reprised the Igor-like Willie for the bloody 1970 big-screen adaptation House of Dark Shadows, and a nice-guy victim character in 1971’s ghostly Night of Dark Shadows.
Prior to Dark Shadows (which currently streams on Amazon Prime), Karlen had small roles in ’50s anthology series, ’60s primetime episodic series and daytime soaps, but the Loomis role pegged him for horror through much of the early ’70s. Film and TV credits from the era include Daughters of Darkness, Night of Terror, The Sixth Sense, Night Gallery, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Wide World of Mystery and Trilogy of Terror.
By the end of the decade and into the next, guest shots on non-chillers began to stack up: Medical Center, Hawaii Five-O, The Waltons, The Streets of San Francisco, All in the Family, Police Story, Charlie’s Angels, Kojak, The Rockford Files, Starsky and Hutch, Hill Street Blues and The Winds of War, to name a sampling.
But his real second act came with CBS’ 1982-88 female buddy cop drama Cagney & Lacey: As Harvey Lacey, devoted, stay-at-home husband to Tyne Daly’s Det. Mary Beth Lacey, Karlen was Emmy-nominated three times (1985, ’86 and ’87), winning the Outstanding Supporting Actor trophy in ’86. He reprised the role in several stand-alone TV movies during the 1990s, including 1996’s Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions, his last major credit.
Also in the ’90s he recurred in Murder, She Wrote and Mad About You (as father to Helen Hunt’s lead character).
Karlen is survived by son Adam and former wife Betty.
2020 Oscar Nominations(1/13/20) Winners to be unveiled February 9 at the 92nd Academy Awards live on ABC from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland.
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Actress in a Supporting Role
Actor in a Supporting Role
Ted Danson and Charlize Theron among Golden Globe presenters(1/2/20) Charlize Theron, Octavia Spencer and Daniel Craig are among the first presenters announced for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association also announced Thursday that other presenters will include Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Tiffany Haddish, Glenn Close and Will Ferrell. Kate McKinnon and Ted Danson will also present.
Ricky Gervais will host the 77th annual Golden Globes Awards that will air on NBC. It will be the fifth time Gervais emcees the ceremony after hosting the show from 2010 to 2012 and 2016.
Gervais’ hosting stints have been marked by relentless skewering of his fellow actors, and the HFPA.
Tom Hanks will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an accolade for film. He is a four-time Golden Globe winner for his acting work on “Big,” “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump” along with his directing efforts in HBO’s 2001 miniseries “Band of Brothers.”
Ellen DeGeneres will be honored with the Carol Burnett Award, a counterpart to the DeMille Award that focuses on life achievement in television.
The talk-show and game-show host is a multiple Emmy winner and Globe nominee.
2020 Golden Globes Nominations(12/9/19) Golden Globes ceremony, which returns Ricky Gervais as host for a fifth time, is set for January 5, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
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Critics' Choice Awards Nominations 2020(12/9/19) The 25th annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast live on the CW on January 12.
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
BEST ACTOR - Film
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Film
The National Board of Review Award Winners(12/4/19) Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, RICHARD JEWELL
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin say they’ll try for another baby after miscarriage(11/22/19) Alec and Hilaria Baldwin stepped out for their first public appearance following her miscarriage earlier this month.
The couple attended the American Museum of Natural History gala on Thursday, where they opened up about their loss and hopes for one more child.
“I’m doing as best as you can,” Hilaria, 35, said to “Entertainment Tonight.” “I’m much better than I was last week and coming out and talking about it and sharing I think has been very healing for me.”
Alec and Hilaria have four children together, ranging in age from 17 months to 6 years.
“I have got a very good husband who has been there with me the whole time,” she added, as her 61-year-old spouse stood by her side. “Bringing me into the surgery, sort of being there when I wake up.”
Hilaria suffered her first miscarriage in April and shared the news on her Instagram to keep fans informed and help erase the stigma from society. On Thursday, she said talking about both losses made it more “real” for her and helped her heal.
“I believe, when you go through something difficult, the sooner you make it into something real, you can do something with it,” said Hilaria, who was dressed in Badgley Mischka. “And it was something that you don’t want to be real … I kept on waking up and thinking it was a bad dream and it wasn’t, but the more that you talk about it, the more you make it real, and when it’s real, then you can work on it.”
The “Motherless Brooklyn” actor also revealed they’re going to continue to try for a fifth child. They’re already parents to daughter Carmen Gabriela, 6, as well as sons Rafael Thomas, 4, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 2, and Romeo Alejandro David, 17 months. Alec is also dad to model daughter Ireland, 24, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.
“If you have kids, and if you’re like us, sometimes you feel like you can’t stop having kids,” Alec shared. “Every time we have them, we’re like, ‘This is great. Let’s have more!'”
“We can’t end on that note. I don’t want to,” Hilaria said. “At least, we’re trying not to end on that note. Cause that was a sad note.”
“Yeah, we’re gonna have another one,” Alec responded.
Joanna Going on The Good Doctor 12/2/19(11/19/19) “Friends and Family” – Dr. Shaun Murphy visits his father on his deathbed and the family reunion reveals unexpected results. Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez, Dr. Alex Park, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Dr. Claire Browne treat an injured star NFL player with severe spinal damage; and Claire addresses her mental health on an all-new episode of “The Good Doctor,” MONDAY, DEC. 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
The series stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park, Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo and Jasika Nicole as Dr. Carly Lever.
Guest starring is Michael Trucco as Ethan Murphy and Joanna Going as Marcie Murphy.
“Friends and Family” was written by Tommy Moran and directed by Mike Listo.
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Alec Baldwin Sues Man in Parking Space Dispute ... I Didn't Punch You!!!(11/5/19) Alec Baldwin says he never punched a man during a heated parking space dispute -- despite what the guy claimed -- so now Alec's suing the guy for defamation.
According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the "SNL" star claims Wojciech Cieszkowski repeatedly lied about what went down during the 2018 spat.
Baldwin says, "When two New Yorkers get into an argument over a parking space, typically what happens is they exchange a few sharp words and then move on with their lives. But that is not what happened here. Cieszkowski has instead made up a false story about the encounter and refused to move on unless Baldwin succumbs to his extortionate demands."
As we reported ... Baldwin says the whole thing started when Cieszkowski pulled into a parking spot and came way too close to his wife and child waiting on the curb.
Baldwin does fess up to "lightly" pushing Cieszkowski during the dispute but says his opponent then lied to cops, claiming he was badly assaulted. Baldwin points to hospital records and video surveillance footage to back up his side of things. The video seems to back up his story.
Baldwin cut a deal with prosecutors earlier this year and was only charged with harassment in the 2nd degree. He was sentenced to just a few anger management courses ... but now he wants a jury to decide if he's the victim ... of defamation.
Alec Baldwin’s family hustled by fake Statue of Liberty tickets(10/8/19) Alec Baldwin, along with his wife Hilaria and their children, were hustled by a fake Statue of Liberty tour operator — so they took the Staten Island Ferry instead to get a view of the iconic statue.
Baldwin posted about the ruse on his Instagram Sunday, writing they shelled over $40 a ticket for a shuttle bus to New Jersey.
“I kid you not. We paid. Then we read the tickets. NO ON EVER MENTIONED NEW F***ING JERSEY!!!” he wrote in the post.
“This is a scam. Take the SI Ferry. It’s the best ride in NY,” the “30 Rock” star added.
Hilaria Baldwin then posted a photo of her, Alec and three of their children on the deck of the Staten Island Ferry.
Faulty ticket sellers have hawked scam passes near Battery Park City for years as the city and the NYPD have repeatedly tried to crack down on them.
In July, Chinatown Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou said a pack of the ticket hawkers hurled insults at her during an argument, calling her a “bitch” and a “whore.”
Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, pregnant with baby No. 5(9/19/19) Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin are expecting their fifth child after she suffered a miscarriage earlier this year.
The “Mom Brain” co-host, 35, made the announcement on Instagram Wednesday, alongside a video of the baby’s heartbeat monitor.
“It is still very early…but we have learned that there is a little person inside of me ??. The sound of this strong heart makes me so happy—especially because of the loss we experienced in the spring,” she wrote.
“We want to share this news as we are excited and don’t want to hide the pregnancy. These first few months are tough with exhaustion and nausea…and I don’t want to have to pretend that I feel ok.”
She requested that paparazzi leave her alone because “I want to remain peaceful during this very early time in my pregnancy and getting chased around by cameras is not in the doctor’s orders.”
She then shared a picture of her growing baby bump, joking, “When you’ve had so many babies, 6 minutes pregnant = looking like 6 months pregnant.”
About two weeks ago, Alec confirmed that he and Hilaria wanted a fifth child, though he maintained she wasn’t pregnant at the time.
“We have four kids. She wants to have another one. We’re having another one,” Alec, 61, told Kevin Nealon on his YouTube series “Hiking with Kevin.” “We’re gonna have a fifth baby.”
The couple are already parents to Carmen Gabriela, 6, as well as sons Rafael Thomas, 4, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 3, and Romeo Alejandro David, 15 months. Alec is also dad to model daughter Ireland Baldwin, 23, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.
TV icon Valerie Harper loses cancer battle(8/30/19) Actress Valerie Harper, who won four Emmy awards playing budding feminist Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and her own sitcom, died on Friday at the age of 80.
Harper died on Friday morning, her daughter Cristina Cacciotti said, declining to give further details.
Harper’s husband, Tony Cacciotti, said in July that doctors advised that the actress, who was suffering from brain cancer, be placed in hospice care.
Harper had revealed to People magazine in March 2013 she had leptomeningeal carcinomatosis – cancer cells in the membrane of her brain.
She made a surprising comeback after the 2013 diagnosis, which had given her only months to live. Just seven months later she competed on the “Dancing With the Stars” show and in 2015 made an appearance on the sitcom “2 Broke Girls.”
Harper, who also was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, stayed busy campaigning for cancer research and taking occasional acting and voice-over jobs as recently as 2019.
She won three straight Emmys for best supporting actress in a comedy on Moore’s show – 1971 through 1973 – and in 1974 Time magazine featured the two of them in a cover story titled “TV’s Funny Girls.”
That same year “Rhoda” was given her own show, which ran for five years and earned Harper another Emmy for best actress in a comedy in 1975.
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