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'I Feel Pretty' star Amy Schumer recalls losing her confidence as 10-year-old

The guy really got into Amy Schumer’s head. Here she was full of confidence and spunk, and he had to make a deflating remark.

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“I was 10 years old, which is kind of late. That’s kind of lucky, to hang onto your confidence until you’re 10,” she said during a recent interview to discuss “I Feel Pretty,” which opens in theaters Friday. “It was a guy I was friends with. He said, ‘You have a big butt.’ I was like, ‘I do?’ It didn’t occur to me that people had different bodies. That’s a learned thing. I remember him saying that to me and me accepting it as fact.”

In “I Feel Pretty,” Schumer plays Renee Bennett, a young woman struggling with self-esteem, an empty dance card and a job going nowhere. When she’s magically transformed into a gorgeous knockout, she suddenly commands every room with confidence, finds a great boyfriend and sees her career take off.

Here’s the catch, though. Renee actually looks the same to everyone else; a conk on the head has left only her seeing herself differently. And her supposed outer beauty summons some inner ugliness.

During the interview with Schumer, she talked about relating to her character and the serious message the comedy imparts.

Q: How do you relate to Renee?

A: I’ve been there. I’m not done being there. I’ve had long periods of time, especially in college, where I didn’t understand at all where my worth came from and it seemed like it was all about being attractive. I was lucky that I realized quickly that’s not what it’s about at all. I still have those days. When I was playing her (having) really low self-esteem, that was tough, being that vulnerable. The confident stuff was really kind of fun, and good for me.

Q: One lively scene in “I Feel Pretty” involves Renee’s impromptu performance at a bikini beauty pageant, where she owns the stage and the crowd. How many takes did that involve?

A: I definitely did that dance 10 times. It’s my fault. I was supposed to just stand there and pose in a bikini and I was like, “No, this is a really empowering moment. I want a choreographer.” I think we pulled it off.

Q: What’s your message for people constantly checking their appearances to ensure they look perfect?

A: You just want to fast-forward them to their late 30s. I feel the best when I’m just hanging out with my family and friends, just laughing.

Q: Early in “I Feel Pretty,” Renee drops a coin into a fountain and wishes for beauty. If there was a magic fountain you could make a wish in, and change something about your personality or add a skill, superpower or some ability, what sort of non physical gift would you wish for?

A: Patience. I have a low threshold. I’m really efficient. I don’t even like when you call the bank and they go, “Hi, thank you for calling” and the whole run-through. I just start saying my number. To work in this business and do the jobs that I’ve been doing, you really have to be selective with your energy.

Q: Who do you look to for guidance and inspiration?

A: My sister and also people I see on the street. When I see people on the street, they say, “Keep going.” Maybe they mean I should keep walking. I’m not looking to please everyone. I wouldn’t be so outspoken about how I feel about things if I was. If I’m making a difference and these people want to encourage me to keep going, that really means a lot to me.

Q: The movie’s cast includes legendary supermodels Naomi Campbell and Lauren Hutton, who became famous when there was more distance between celebrities and the public. Talk about the difference in how things are now.

A: It’s as if you’re a politician. People want to know your feelings about everything, and it has to be the whole package. They look to burn you if you get to a certain level in the public eye. It’s like everybody wants people to get burned at the stake and taken down. It’s so out of your hands it doesn’t feel like something you can try and curate or control. That’s kind of freeing.

Q: Given how busy you are, how do you carve out time for yourself to recharge?

A: Long walks with my dog. Sex. And boxing. Boxing’s so good. You just feel so chill the rest of the day. And acupuncture. Just being physically well.

Eva Longoria gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actress Eva Longoria said the unveiling of her star Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was the culmination of a dream that began 20 years ago.

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"I feel like I'm still a little girl from Corpus Christi, Texas who had a big dream -- and big hair," Longoria told KABC. "And I want to say as a woman and as a Latina I represent a lot of communities, and I want to tell all those communities that this isn't my star, this is our star."

Longoria, who is pregnant, was joined by several friends at the unveiling of the star, including “Desperate Housewives” co-stars Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross. Huffman called Longoria “extraordinary.”

“Not because she's raised over $40 million for charity, not because she's an actress, a director, a producer, a philanthropist, a restaurateur, a filmmaker, a documentarian,” Huffman told KABC. “No. But because she is kind and because she is hopeful. She is kind to everyone and she is hopeful for the world.

"Cuckoo's Nest,' 'Amadeus' director Milos Forman dead at 86

Director Milos Forman, who won Academy Awards for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” died Friday in the United States after a short illness, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was 86.

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Forman, a native of Czechoslovakia, won an Oscar for “Cuckoo’s Nest,” the 1975 film that was adapted from the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey and starred Jack Nicholson. The film won five Academy Awards, including best picture, best actor, best actress, director and adapted screenplay.

Forman picked up another Oscar for the 1984 film “Amadeus,” which won eight awards, including best picture and director.

Forman earned his final Oscar nomination for the 1996 film, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” a drama about Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt. In 1999, he directed “Man on the Moon,” a film about comedian Andy Kaufman.

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He was born Jan Tomas Forman on Feb. 18, 1932, in Caslav, a town outside of Prague, Czechoslovakia, according to the Hollywood Reporter. His parents were killed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, and he spent much of his youth in a boarding school for war orphans.

Forman became an American citizen in 1975, continued his success in 1979 with “Hair” and in 1981 with “Ragtime,” which was nominated for eight Oscars.

He married Martina Zborilova, his third wife, in 1999. 

‘Incredibles 2’ trailer released; Mr. Incredible takes on hardest job, stay-at-home parent

He’s fought some of the toughest criminals, but can Mr. Incredible tackle the hardest job of all -- a stay-at-home parent?

The second trailer released for the upcoming “The Incredibles 2” dives more into what happens when Elastigirl leaves the home, taking the lead as the family’s superhero on the job, while dad stays home to take care of a family that has superpowers of their own. 

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Watch the trailer below:

Much of the original cast has returned: Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr is voiced by Craig T. Nelson, Elastigirl/Helen is voiced by Holly Hunter,  Frozone/Lucius Best is once again voiced by Samuel L. Jackson and Violet is voiced by Sarah Vowell. Dash is voiced this time by Huck Milner, according to the Hollywood Reporter .

The movie, which is a sequel to 2004’s “The Incredibles,” hits theaters June 15.

Who was Omar Sharif? Google honors 'Lawrence of Arabia' actor

In honor of what would have been famed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif’s 86th birthdayGoogle featured a dashing illustration of “The Noble” on its home page.

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On this day in 1932, Sharif was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Lebanese family of Melkite Catholic descent.

It wasn’t until 1955, when he converted to Islam, that he changed his name to Omar Sharif, a surname that translates to “noble” or “nobleman” in Arabic. 

Before becoming an Egyptian and Hollywood actor and playing the iconic role of Arab warrior Sherif Ali in the 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif worked for his father’s lumber company. 

According to Al Jazeera, Sharif also attended Cairo University and graduated with a degree in mathematics and physics. He left the family lumber business to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

He married Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in 1955, soon after converting to Islam, but the pair divorced in 1974.

After being nominated for an Oscar for his role in the Hollywood hit “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif went on to gain international fame, scoring roles as a king of Armenia in “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (1964), a Mongol leader in “Genghis Khan” (1965) and a Russian doctor in “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) among others.

He also earned two Golden Globes and a UNESCO Einstein medal, an acknowledgement of his contributions to cultural diversity, Google wrote in its doodle blog.

At one point, Sharif even ranked among the world's top contract bridge players and co-wrote a syndicated column on the game for the Chicago Tribune.

But according to Al Jazeera, “international recognition came at a hefty personal price.” In an interview with The Associated Press in 2003, he said the global fame “separated me from my wife, from my family ... We didn't see each other any more and that was it, the end of our wedding. I might have been happier having stayed an Egyptian film star."

Sharif, 83, died of a heart attack in Cairo, Egypt, on July 10, 2015. His ex-wife, Hamama, had died six months earlier.

More at google.com/doodles.

Samuel L Jackson doubts ‘Black Panther’ will change dynamic of black films

“Black Panther” has passedTitanic” as the North American box office’s third top-grossing title of all time, but Samuel L Jackson isn’t convinced the movie represents the kind of landmark moment for African-Americans in Hollywood that some critics have suggested.

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“I’m not positive that ‘Black Panther’ is going to change the dynamic of black stories being told in Hollywood and being accepted all over the world,” Jackson, 69, recently told Vogue.

For the actor, part of the problem lies with the film’s genre.

“It’s an action-adventure story and a lot of people like those, and they’ll work all over the world forever because everybody loves a hero. But not everybody loves a drama about somebody’s life experience — that’s why awards have a separate category for foreign films; they are perceived as being different,” he explained. “Once we stop perceiving them as different and just see them as good films and they get recognized in the same category, we’ll be laying markers.”

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The way African-American characters are portrayed onscreen has always been important to Jackson, who’s currently starring in a sequel to 2000’s “Shaft” titled “Son of Shaft.” “When we started the film, the producers wanted to make an action comedy, and I told them that you can’t make John Shaft a comedic character,” he said.

“He can be funny, but he has to be strong, dynamic and charismatic in all the ways that he was because he is part of our mythology. ‘Shaft’ is part of our black film anthology. He was a hero and one of the first people we saw to be that kind of a character,” Jackson added.

» 5 ways ‘Black Panther’ celebrates and elevates black women

Still, the actor isn’t against portraying roles that fall into the comedy or action genre. In fact, 12 years after starring in “Snakes on a Plane,” he said he still can’t board a plane without people mentioning snakes. “No. I. Am. Not… But it’s fine,” he said, when asked if he can go to the airport without hearing references to the movie.

“A lot of people disparaged that film, although that’s exactly the kind of film I would have gone to see when I was a kid,” he added. “But people at security always ask, ‘You don’t have any snakes, do you?’ I’ve also had a pilot announce, ‘Everybody can feel safe today, if there are any snakes, Mr Jackson is with us.’ But it’s all fine. Some actors go through their whole career and nobody really remembers what they did, they just get people coming up to them saying, ‘Oh, you were in that movie’ and snapping their fingers, trying to remember what it was… but nobody forgets ‘Snakes on a Plane’!”

'Solo: A Star Wars Story': Watch the new trailer for the young Han Solo spinoff

Rejoice, "Star Wars" fans: The latest trailer for the beloved franchise's Han Solo spinoff has arrived.

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Some memorable moments:

  • Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) learns Chewbacca's (Joonas Suotamo) age: "190 years old? You look great!"
  • Solo gives an old line a new twist: "I've got a really good feeling about this," he says.
  • Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) delights fans with a callback: "You might want to buckle up, baby."

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The film, which premieres next month at the Cannes Film Festival and hits U.S. theaters May 25, also features Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, Thandie Newton as Val, Emilia Clarke as Qi'Ra, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as droid L3-37 and Paul Bettany as villain Dryden Vos. See the full cast here.

'Black Panther' tops 'Titanic,' takes No. 3 spot on all-time box office list

"Black Panther" made a "Titanic"-sized gain at the box office this weekend, passing James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster to become the No. 3 highest-grossing movie ever in the United States.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Coogler's superhero film topped "Titanic," which grossed $659.5 million domestically, on Saturday. 

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Several media outlets shared the news in what Mashable called the "most obvious box office headline ever":

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," with $936.7 million, and "Avatar," with $760.5 million, hold the top two spots.

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Crowe selling jockstrap, boxers, film memorabilia at divorce auction

Only a beautiful mind could come up with a divorce-themed auction.

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That’s what actor Russell Crowe is doing Saturday in Sydney, on a day that also happens to be his birthday and wedding anniversary, the BBC reported.

Crowe, 54, will be selling his leather jockstrap and midnight blue satin boxers, CNN reported. The auction, conducted by Sotheby’s Australia, also will include movie souvenirs, diamonds, art and a Mercedes-Benz.

The auction is called “The Art of Divorce,” and a poster shows Crowe, dressed in a tuxedo, raising a glass in a toast.

Crowe has been separated from his wife, Danielle Spencer, since 2012, CNN reported.

"Apart from watching as an online bidder, you can just tune in as an observer as it will be live-stream on Facebook," Crowe tweeted.

Movie memorabilia includes a replica of a Roman chariot from “Gladiator,” and leather sketchbook used by Crowe in “3:10 to Yuma.” Crowe wore the jockstrap and boxers in his 2005 film, "Cinderella Man."

'Beautiful Philadelphia day': Sylvester Stallone on set of 'Creed 2'

Rocky has trained in worse weather than this.

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On a rainy day in Philadelphia, actor Sylvester Stallone posted a video of himself on the set of “Creed 2,” WPVI reported.

Stallone said it was the first day of filming for the newest installment of the “Rocky” saga that Stallone made famous in 1976 with his portrayal of everyman boxer Rocky Balboa. “Creed 2” is set to be released in November, WPVI reported.

"Well, here it is folks, on a beautiful Philadelphia day, but what's important is this is the first day of 'Creed 2,'" Stallone said. "I think Rocky is in this, so I'm ready to enjoy the day."

Stallone ascends the steps of his motor home that is on the set, recalling that when the original “Rocky” movie was filmed he had a motor home but it was in the back of a van.

"Progress is being made," Stallone said in the video.

He then invites the viewer to take a look inside his trailer, advising to “get out of the rain,” WPVI reported.

Once inside the trailer, Stallone blocks the camera’s view and says “Keep punching.”

Undoubtedly, Stallone used a left hook to block the view.

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