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Four Promising Actresses To Watch Right Now

The actresses that star in your favorite films and television shows are more than just gifted artists that help viewers get lost in the worlds they create. They’re incredibly hard workers in their own right as well. The following are just a few up and coming acting talents you’ll definitely want to keep your eye on in the months and years to come.

1. Amber Heard

Amber Heard’s status as the former Mrs. Johnny Depp may have been what she was best known for in the past, but she’s proven she’s so much more than just a pretty face with critically acclaimed performances in super-successful films like Aquaman and The Danish Girl. She’s also heavily involved in social activism within the LGBTQ community, making her an all-around amazing human as well.

2. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s been famous for years for her killer singing and songwriting chops but lately it’s been hard not to notice what an incredible actress she is. Her amazing performance as American Horror Story: Hotel’s Countess Elizabeth earned her numerous accolades. Then her heart-wrenching performance in A Star Is Born (produced by Warner Brothers and the Heather Parry helmed Live Nation Productions) earned her a best actress Oscar nomination and got filmgoers everywhere extra excited to see what she does next.

3. Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz first started wowing movie lovers as a child actress with memorable roles in films like Kick-Ass and The Amityville Horror. These days, she’s all grown up, but still taking Hollywood by storm with challenging roles in thought-provoking projects like Suspiria and Greta. She’ll also be lending her pleasant voice to the upcoming 3D-animated Addams Family production as Wednesday Addams herself.

4. Yara Shahidi 

Fans of ABC’s hit series Black-Ish and its Freeform spin-off Grown-Ish will be very familiar with the beautiful face and poised screen presence of Yara Shahidi. This year, her fans got to experience even more of what she brings to the table as an actress with a stunning performance in The Sun Is Also a Star. If you’d like to see proof that Yara was just as amazing a screen actress as a young girl, check her out as the adorable Destiny in 2011’s Butter. 

Of course, these are just a few of the incredible actresses you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on as we continue on through 2019 and get ready to ease into 2020, but they’re definitely among the most noteworthy. Who would make your personal list?

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Rolling Stone Cover Story: The Softer Side of Howard Stern

After years of psy­cho­therapy, the King of All Media looks back, repents, and rescues a few kittens…

Howard stern hasn’t released a book in 24 years. Back in those days, he was a guy who didn’t think twice about calling Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig”; using a giant, rotting fish as a mallet to spank a naked woman on the air; or viciously mocking a member of his “Wack Pack” with Down syndrome he’d dubbed “Gary the Retard.” On the cover of the book Miss America, he dressed as a drag queen, and inside he offered detailed accounts of his private cybersex sessions with fans.

The Howard Stern of 2019 — who spends his free time fostering rescue cats or painting watercolors — can only shudder when that book and its 1993 predecessor, Private Parts, comes up. “If I read them, I’d want to jump out a window,” he says. “I haven’t picked them up in years. They are snapshots of who I was back then, and I want to take that guy and shake him. I was a selfish prick. I can just see that quote in Rolling Stone, ‘I was a selfish prick.’ But it’s true.”

It’s before 8 a.m. on a Thursday in mid-April, and Stern is usually at his Hamptons home or Palm Beach estate by now, since he broadcasts Mondays through Wednesdays only. But he’s come into his SiriusXM studio in New York for a rare extended interview timed to the release of his new book, Howard Stern Comes Again, a compendium of his best interviews with the likes of Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert, Gwyneth Paltrow and other A-listers.

Stern is now friends with ex-antagonists like O’Donnell. Gary is almost never seen; when he is, Stern lovingly calls him “Gary the Conquerer.” “Retard” has vanished from Stern’s vocabulary, along with bits that demean women or minorities. He vacations with friends like Jimmy Kimmel and Jennifer Aniston, and goes to parties with Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin and others he used to torment.

To Stern die-hards, this is blasphemy — the equivalent of Johnny Rotten singing Pat Boone songs. Superfans gather each day on the Howard Stern subreddit to blast their former hero, calling him “Hollywood Howie” or “PC Howie” and arguing over when they stopped listening. (Oddly enough, they all seem tuned in to current show developments.) But as Stern settles onto the studio couch usually reserved for show guests, he says he doesn’t care about the Reddit crew. As he reveals in his new book, he recently had two cancer scares. First, he almost underwent chemotherapy when his white-blood-cell count was off the charts, but discovered at the last moment that he was suffering from mercury poisoning from eating too much fish. Then, in a hypochondriac’s nightmare scenario, he got a full-body scan and doctors saw a spot on his kidney. They said there was a 95 percent chance it was cancer, and he had major surgery, only to wake up and learn it was a cyst that had burst.

In the book, he also says that after many years of psychotherapy he has come to terms with his narcissism. He says he no longer has any desire to humiliate or insult guests to score ratings. In an era when former heavyweights like Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer have been pushed out of the industry due to their treatment of women, it’s no small irony that Stern’s couch is now where some of the biggest names in the industry go for in-depth interviews. It’s the sort of third-act surprise that few people would have ever predicted for the guy formerly known as Fartman.

Read the full Rolling Stone interview HERE.

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Excelsior! A Celebration of The Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee

Celebrate Stan Lee’s extraordinary life and legacy with the tribute “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on January 30, 2019.

Presented by Kevin Smith, LegionM and Agents of Mayhem in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Tickets will be available at legionm.com/stantribute starting at 5pm PST, and all net proceeds will benefit The Hero Initiative, one of Stan’s favorite charities.

The tribute event will begin with a public appreciation of Stan’s life and work at Hollywood’s iconic TCL Chinese Theatre forecourt that will feature fan-favorite speakers, an art exhibit celebrating Stan’s legacy by famed pop-culture artist Rob Prior, select costumes and props from Stan’s cameos and creations, a musical performance and a special moment of remembrance centered around Stan Lee’s hand and foot imprint. 

After a red carpet arrival of guests, the evening will proceed with a private tribute inside the IMAX Theatre hosted by one of Stan’s biggest fans, Kevin Smith.

Kevin will moderate conversations with celebrity speakers from the entertainment industry such as Mark Hamill, Rob Liefeld (Co-Creator of Deadpool), Michael Uslan (Executive Producer, “The Dark Knight”), Vincent D’Onofrio, RZA, and Tom DeSanto (Producer, “X-Men,” “Transformers” franchise) among others who will share their favorite memories and personal stories of Stan. The evening will be rounded off with video tributes and live performances of Stan’s favorite music and poetry.

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Every Spider-Man In Film & TV Explained By Kevin Smith

With the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, renowned filmmaker Kevin Smith sat down with Wired to talk about all that is Spider-Man. 

Smith, a fan since childhood, shares his memories of Spiderman, explains some of the lesser known versions and offers his honest opinion about every portrayal of the character, in both film and television.

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The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man Trailer

The documentary, The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man directed by Tommy Avallone follows one man’s journey to find meaning in Bill Murray’s many unexpected adventures with everyday people. 

Featuring rare and never-before seen footage of the comedic icon participating in stories previously presumed to be urban legend. Whether it be singing karaoke late at night with strangers or crashing a kickball game in the middle of the afternoon, Bill Murray lives in the moment and by doing so, creates magic with real people.

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Mark Hamill Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

Today, Mark Hamill was honored with the 2,630th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre with special guests Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Billie Lourd, Kelly Marie Tran and R2-D2.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming home digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and via Movies Anywhere on March 13 and Blu-ray on March 27.

                             

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Mark Hamill To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame On March 8, 2018

Mark Hamill is taking his first steps…onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The iconic actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga — and whose incredible body of works spans movies, TV, theatre, video games, and voice-over — will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star will be dedicated on March 8 at 11:30 a.m. PT. in the category of Motion Pictures, in a special ceremony at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the El Capitan Theatre. Joining master of ceremonies and president & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be two of Hamill’s friends from his time in a galaxy far, far away: Harrison Ford and George Lucas.

“Star Wars fans will be over the moon that hearing their idol Mark Hamill is going to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “We are proud to add this extraordinary actor on our historic Walk of Fame.” Fans can watch the event on www.walkoffame.com.

Born in Oakland, California, Hamill was discovered in a workshop musical comedy called Anthems in E-Flat Calliope the summer before becoming a theatre arts major at Los Angeles City College. For six years, he made guest appearances on multiple TV series and television movies, including a stint on General Hospital and a starring role on The Texas Wheelers.

Next came his big screen debut: 1977’s Star Wars, and the role of Luke Skywalker, which made him a legend. Hamill reprised the part in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), and again in the highly-anticipated sequels The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), for which he garnered great critical praise. In a lengthy discussion on his birthday last year, StarWars.com spoke with Hamill about his Star Wars journey, from acting with longtime hero Alec Guinness to what being part of Star Wars means to him today.

In addition to the Star Wars saga, Hamill’s many film credits include Corvette Summer, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, Slipstream, Walking Across Egypt, Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Sushi Girl, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and last year’s Brigsby Bear. Hamill also directed and starred in the cult mockumentary Comic Book: The Movie.

A gifted voice actor, Hamill has performed across mediums. For a generation of Batman fans, he is the Joker thanks to his turn in the revolutionary Batman: The Animated Series. He reprised the role for the Arkham Asylum video game series (for which he received a BAFTA Award), the 2016 animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke, and the new series Justice League Action — in which he also, in a bit of comically meta storytelling, played himself, the Joker, and the Trickster in the same scene. 

Recently, Hamill also returned as the Trickster on CW’s live-action The Flash, a role he first played in the original CBS series. On Broadway, Hamill’s credits include The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Michael Stewart’s Harrigan n’ Hart, The Nerd, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, and the Roundabout Theatre production of Room Service.

Hamill will receive his star as Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on Digital on March 13 and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand on March 27.

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Chris Barker Creates Sgt. Peppers Themed Album Cover For Deceased Celebrities in 2017

Chris Barker has created a poster in homage to the iconic, famous Beatles cover art for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, showing all the celebrities who had passed away in 2017.

This year, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ album, Sgt. Pepper, which makes the new art even more iconic.

Tom Petty, Adam West, Gordon Kaye, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Fats Domino, Sir Roger Moore, Hugh Hefner, and John Hurt are among the many well-known faces who passed away this year, and are commemorated in the new art.

Events were also featured in the art, taking on a bit of an apocalyptic, climate change theme with the red skies and flooded waters at the bottom.

In the background looms the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the Las Vegas scene now associated with Stephen Paddock’s gun massacre of at least 58 people. Also in the background are palm trees blown by the multiple hurricanes and tropical storms that have ravaged the world in 2017.

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Stan Lee Honored With Hand And Footprint Ceremony In Hollywood

On July 18, 2017 the iconic creator and force behind Comics, Stan Lee, put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee, was the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organized and hosted by the fans.

“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan. ”Now, we, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”

Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously.

As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has exerted his influence over the entire entertainment industry leaving an indelible mark on the comic book industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized comic characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a lifeline of box office success to the entertainment industry, toy industry.

With help from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, director Kevin Smith, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, Agent Phil Coulson himself, Clark Gregg, and comic book artist Todd McFarlane, Lee pressed his hands and shoes into a slab of wet cement.

“I thank you from the bottom from my heart, and I’ve always wondered about that expression. Why is the bottom of your heart more important than the top of your heart?” Lee said, which caused the crowd to chuckle. “I thank you from my whole heart. You’ve made this day certainly, totally unforgettable, and almost unbelievable to me.”

In 2017, Stan will celebrate his 95th birthday, 70th wedding anniversary, and 78th anniversary of the day he first started in this industry filling inkwells at Timely Comics.

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Stan Lee Is Getting A Tony Stark-Style Bash For His 95th Birthday Celebration

Few figures in comics have a legacy quite like Stan Lee‘s. Alongside Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Romita, Lee co-created almost all of Marvel’s biggest heroes, including Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, and the X-Men. Lee is a true living legend, and this year, he’s going to get his due.

On July 18th, Legion M and fans from around the world are coming together to celebrate Lee’s 95th birthday, his 78th year in the comic book industry, and the 70th anniversary of his wedding to Joan Lee. To mark the occasion, there’s an epic party starting at 11 am at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, where Lee will make an impression of his handprints in cement that will be placed alongside Hollywood luminaries from the past and present.

Check out the poster for the event, which will also be available as a limited edition.

The poster was designed by Bryan Morton (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Paul Shipper (Doctor Strange). It’s a terrific image that features Lee doing his best Spider-Man impression, and it really captures his spirit. But this is just the beginning of Lee’s big day. We are thrilled to exclusively announce that Legion M is also putting on a massive afterparty for Lee in the Hollywood Hills at a 9,000 square foot mansion fit for Iron Man himself. It’s already been dubbed the Stark Mansion Bash, and it’s going to be a semiformal event that will feature performers, professional cosplayers, and even the chance to participate in a massive group photo with Lee and the rest of the guests.

To learn how you can participate in this event, check out Legion M’s official page.

Reprinted from Nerdist

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