Michael J. Fox Doesn’t Let Parkinson’s Disease Get Him Down

NUP_156339_0541.JPGThe great Michael J. Fox returns to television this fall on NBC, starring in The Michael J. Fox Show. Fox plays a former news anchorman who was forced to retire after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and five years later decides to go back to work, having to balance his work with his family.

Fox, who publicly announced in 1999 that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, has been the face of awareness for the disease, having started The Michael J. Fox Foundation. While promoting the series at the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills, CA, Fox spoke about dealing with the disease since he was first diagnosed in 1991. He has such a fantastic and poignant outlook on how he lives life with his illness. (Click on the media bar below to hear Michael J. Fox)

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‘The Wolverine’ Claws to Box Office #1 with $55 Million

The Wolverine (Fox)It wasn’t even close, as The Wolverine obliterated the competition in its debut weekend, taking in $55 million. It’s a great showing for Fox, as Hugh Jackman’s mutant proved that fans still are clamoring for more adventures of our adamantium clad hero. Coming in second was the horror film The Conjuring, which took in $22.1 million to further cement its summer sleeper status. The acclaimed film Fruitvale Station also did brisk business, as this drama took in $4.66 million and to capture the #10 spot. In a summer filled with big budget fodder, it’s great to see a small scale, character driven story like Fruitvale Station draw a sizable audience.

Here’s the top 10:

1. The Wolverine – Logan still kicks ass. $55 million.
2. The Conjuring – $22.1 million this weekend & over $83 million to date.

3. Despicable Me 2 – $16 million
4. Turbo – $13.3 million and a disappointment, especially since it’s an animation film.
5. Grown Ups 2 – $11.5 million
6. Red 2 – $9.4 million
7. Pacific Rim – $7.5 million & hasn’t crossed the $100 million mark. A total turkey…
8. The Heat – $6.85 million and it’s great to see Sandra Bullock back in action.
9. R.I.P.D. – Another Ryan Reynolds bomb. At least The Big Lebowski is in it.
10. Fruitvale Station – This movie’s getting tons of deserved Oscar talk. $4.66 million.

Click on the media bar to hear Hugh Jackman explain why The Wolverine is still an intriguing character to play:

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Aubrey Plaza Had A “Blast” Shooting Teen Sex Comedy ‘The To Do List’

The To Do List (CBS Films) The 1990s set comedy The To Do List features Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza as Brandy Klark a high school grad who’s determined to lose her virginity. Rachel Bilson co-stars as Brandy’s sexually experienced sister Amber, with Scott Porter playing a lifeguard who may be Brandy’s first ever sex partner.

Balancing a stable career on television and a flourishing career in features seems to suit the 29-year-old Plaza. “I can’t believe I’m still on a TV show,” said Plaza. “I love being on my TV show and it’s totally different than working in movies. I feel like I know my character on Parks and Recreation so well that it’s really fun to know a character that well and just go with whatever story they throw at you. And I like doing movies like (The To Do List) because it allows me to do completely different kind of things. And that’s the most fun and exciting part about my job is just being able to keep doing things that surprise people and (also) challenging myself. And I was looking for a long time to do a movie where I can give a hand job, a blow job and get finger blasted…so I’m just really lucky that I found this script.”

Since Aubrey Plaza’s dry wit does get a bit lost in print, click on the media bar to hear the actress talk about having her character “finger-blasted” in The To Do List:

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Matt Smith Sees ‘Doctor Who’ As A “Transformative” Experience

Doctor Who (Facebook) There are few greater acting honors than getting the chance to play Doctor Who, thanks to its legion of loyal fans as well as its iconic smith.

This distinction doesn’t escape actor Matt Smith, as he got slightly wistful about the prospects of leaving the role after four years. “It’s quite a transformative experience as an actor, it kind of really dominates your life in and out of work and you become very attached to people,” said Smith.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special airs on BBC America November 23rd.

Click on the media bar to hear Smith and co-star Jenna Coleman talk about the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

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Andrew Dice Clay Grateful For ‘Blue Jasmine’ Collaboration With Woody Allen

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Andrew Dice Clay plays a blue collar guy who gets his lotto winnings swindled by his former sister-in-law’s husband (Alec Baldwin) in Blue JasmineCate Blanchett plays the titular character, a New York City socialite who thumbs her nose down at her sister (Sally Hawkins) and Dice Clay’s character.

Directed by Woody Allen, the movie is getting rave reviews, and during an interview Dice Clay expressed his gratitude at getting the opportunity to work with Allen and Blanchett.

“This has been one of the greatest experiences of my career,” said the actor. “Because acting is something I’ve always loved and to get a chance to just work with these great actors and actresses and do scenes with them, it’s really a dream come true.”

Click on the media bar to hear Andrew Dice Clay talk about receiving good reviews for Blue Jasmine:

Blue Jasmine opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.

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