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British comedian and actor Barry Cryer dies, aged 86

Beloved British comedian, actor and writer Barry Cryer has died, aged 86.

His representatives confirmed the news on Thursday.

Cryer was born in Leeds, UK, in 1935 and enjoyed a career across several decades on stage, screen, radio and was considered among the best in the business, up there with names such as Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett and Sir Billy Connelly.

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The performer also wrote jokes for a number of household names, including The Two Ronnies, Bob Hope, Tommy Cooper, and Morecambe and Wise.

He regularly appeared on panel shows, including Just A Minute, Jokers Wild and Would I Lie To You and was part of BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue for more than four decades, since it started in 1972.

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However, he was perhaps best known for his long-running partnership with the late Sir David Frost, with whom he most famously collaborated on BBC show The Frost Report.

Cryer was no stranger to royalty either, having been made an OBE in 2001 and rubbing shoulders with the Duchess of Cornwall in recent years, as she promoted literacy at engagements in London.

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In 2018, Cryer received a lifetime achievement award from the British Music Hall Society for his comedy career.

Just last month, he launched the new podcast Now, Where Were We? with his son Bob, which features guests including Stephen Fry, Danny Baker and Miriam Margolyes.

Fry, broadcaster Piers Morgan and writer Neil Gaiman were among those leading the tributes.

“Such sad news, one of the absolute greats of British comedy, Barry Cryer, is no more,” Fry wrote on Twitter.

“A glorious, gorgeous, hilarious and gifted writer and performer who straddled all the comic traditions. Universally beloved … farewell, Baz.”

“RIP Barry Cryer, 86. Such a warm, funny and talented man. A giant of British comedy. Thanks for all the laughs, Barry,” Morgan tweeted.

Gaiman tweeted about his brief time working with the performer.

“I’m so so so sorry to hear this. I only worked with Barry Cryer once, on the @BBCRadio4 Anansi Boys – and he wasn’t in the broadcast version, as he was unwell.

“But being in the room and watching him act and tell jokes was an utter joy. #RIPBarry.”

Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth said Cryer was “just the loveliest guy; funny and generous”.

“Barry Cryer was the real deal,” actor and writer Mark Gatiss began on Twitter.

“An incredibly funny man who worked with – and wrote for – the giants of comedy.

“Yet he remained forever curious and delighted by whatever was fresh and original. Kind, encouraging, generous and a one off.”

Cryer became a great-grandfather in 2017 and had four children — sons Tony, Dave and Bob, and a daughter Jackie — after marrying Theresa Donovan in 1962.

Dolly Parton names Keith Urban as her dream duet partner but tells Nicole Kidman ‘I’m not trying to hit on him’

Dolly Parton has revealed her dream duet partner is none other than Aussie country music superstar Keith Urban.

After praising the singer’s talents, the music icon jokingly told Urban’s wife Nicole Kidman she wasn’t “trying to hit on him”.

The admission came during an interview with Good Morning America, where Parton was promoting her newest business venture — a line of Southern-inspired boxed cake mixes — and her upcoming new album.

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When first asked who would be her dream person to duet and make a dessert with, the 76-year-old replied with a laugh: “Any of the good lookin’ ones.”

After a moment of thought, Parton said: “I love Keith Urban”

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“I’ve always thought that he was one of the most talented and cutest guys in the world — I’m not trying to hit on him, cause he’s got Nicole [Kidman] and who could beat that, she’s Jolene,” she said.

Parton and Urban recorded together on the ‘9 to 5’ singer’s 2005 album, Those Were the Days, on the track ‘The Twelfth of Never’.

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Since then, they have shared the stage on a couple of occasions, including hosting the Music City Jam in Nashville back in February 2006.

Urban then called on Parton to perform at his charity benefit concert in October 2010.

The pair took to the stage together at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for the We’re All For The Hall benefit concert, along with singers such as John Mayer, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Alan Jackson.

Michael Madsen speaks for first time about death of son Hudson: ‘I can’t grasp what happened’

Actor Michael Madsen expressed his “shock” at the untimely death of his son, Hudson, saying he’s trying to “make sense” of the tragedy.

Hudson, 26, died in Hawaii on January 23, with the medical examiner ruling it a suicide.

He was one of three children the Reservoir Dogs star shared with his wife of 26 years, DeAnna.

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“I am in shock as my son, whom I just spoke with a few days ago, said he was happy — my last text from him was ‘I love you dad,'” the 64-year-old actor said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times.

“I didn’t see any signs of depression. It’s so tragic and sad. I’m just trying to make sense of everything and understand what happened.

“He had typical life challenges that people have with finances, but he wanted a family.

“He was looking towards his future, so it’s mind blowing. I just can’t grasp what happened.”

Hudson’s family confirmed his death on Tuesday in a statement which read: “We are heartbroken and overwhelmed with grief and pain at the loss of Hudson.

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“His memory and light will be remembered by all who knew and loved him. We ask for privacy and respect during this difficult time.”

Hudson died on the island of Oahu, where he had been living with his wife Carlie since 2019.

His father — known for his roles in Kill Bill, The Hateful Eight and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — has three other children from his previous relationships.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via In an emergency, call 000.

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Obsessed Taylor Swift fan ploughs car into her New York home in attempt to contact the pop star

An obsessed Taylor Swift fan has been arrested after ploughing his car into the singer’s New York City apartment building.

The man was taken into custody after allegedly driving the wrong way down Swift’s street, reversing into the building and hitting a fire hydrant, before attempting to rip an intercom off the wall.

According to TMZ, the suspect had been “mumbling” about the Red singer when he got out of the car and was swiftly arrested after bystander called the police.

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He allegedly told officers he refused to leave unless he spoke to Swift.

The publication states the man is facing charges for criminal mischief and DWI as he was reportedly under the influence of alcohol. He was also sent to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

It remains unclear if Swift, 32, was in her home at the time of the incident.

The Grammy Award-winning star has been the victim of repeat attempted break-ins and obsessed stalkers in the past.

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In August last year, a different man was busted trying to break into Swift’s NYC apartment and later professed his love for her in court.

Another obsessed fan was arrested in 2019 after attempting to enter Swift’s mansion in Rhode Island and in 2018, Page Six reported a man had broken into her townhouse and took a shower before sleeping in one of her beds.

And in 2016, a man was taken into custody after tailing the singer’s vehicle while she was being driven to the airport in Texas.

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This video of Kaley Cuoco getting pranked with a cockroach infestation will make your skin crawl

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Kaley Cuoco had a fairly horrific start to the day on Wednesday when she entered her trailer only to find her bathroom infested with cockroaches — or so it seemed.

The actress, who is currently filming season two of Flight Attendant, was the victim of a major prank by the show’s stylist, Jayde Moon.

In videos filmed by Moon and reposted to Cuoco’s Instagram Stories, the former Big Bang Theory star can be heard letting out a blood-curdling scream. On closer inspection, the 36-year-old’s trailer bathroom is full of about 30 fake cockroaches stuck to the shower, sink, toilet, walls and floor. Horrific. Watch the video above.

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“Alright, I’m in Kaley’s trailer. Lots of disgusting cockroaches in here,” Moon said from Cuoco’s bathroom in one of the videos.

Moon then waited outside, looking excited, listening for Cuoco’s reaction. After hearing the star scream, she entered the trailer and saw the actress running from the bathroom towards a chair on the other side of the trailer.

“I hate you so much,” Cuoco yelled at Moon.

After recovering, Cuoco filmed and shared her own videos, showing her Instagram followers all the cockroaches she found.

“It never ends. I live in constant fear around here lol,” she said.

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Last year, Cuoco announced she and husband Karl Cook had split after three years of marriage.

“Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realised that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions,” they said in a joint statement.

The pair added they hoped to keep their separation “private” and be “forthcoming in our truth together.”

They clarified “there is no anger or animosity, quite the contrary” and said the split was a mutual decision made through an “immense amount” of “respect and consideration.”

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Evangeline Lilly reflects on ‘transformative’ moment she shaved her head in empowering Instagram video

Evangeline Lilly has reflected on the time she decided to shave off all her hair in a “transformative” moment she later shared on Instagram.

In an interview with 9Honey Celebrity, the Lost alum said she was going through a period of change in her life and it felt natural to shed her hair in the process.

“I was going through a really transformative time myself where I was shedding some old pain and trauma, and trying to step into a new life and light and freedom,” the 42-year-old recalls.

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“On the superficial level, I always wanted to shave my head since I was a teenager and Sinéad O’Connor did it. I always just thought that was a cool look on a woman,” she laughs before adding on a serious note, “And then in a more cathartic sense and emotionally it was also a letting go, and just like a release and it felt so freeing.”

As fate would have it, 12 months after picking up the razor, Lilly was cast in Aharon Keshales’ new drama South of Heaven, in which she was able to fully embrace her new look while in character. 

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“I think a lot of people mix them up and think, ‘Oh, she did it for the role.’ But I didn’t,’ she says. “I shaved my head a year before we did the film.”

South of Heaven also stars Jason Sudekis, who plays an ex-con who is released from prison after serving 12 years for armed robbery. Upon his release, he reconnects with his girlfriend Annie (played by Lilly), who is now dying from cancer, and vows to give her the best final year of her life.

Previously playing kickass roles in the groundbreaking series Lost, as well as strong female characters in films such as The Hurt Locker and Ant-Man, Lilly was delighted to go back to basics and play the raw and very real Annie.

“I felt like I could just come into a scene and take a big deep breath, centre myself and just relax and be,” she says. “When I’m playing these tough characters, I have to come to set all relaxed and cool and then pump myself up and do some push-ups and run around and get my sweat on and my intensity up.

“So it was nice to play a character and sit back and find that peaceful place inside and work from that peaceful side instead of working from a place of intensity.”

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Lilly also loved working with Sudekis, who took on a more serious persona on set to get into character as a reformed criminal. 

“It was such a surprise. He was so method and so serious, it took me completely off-guard — it was not what I expected,” she admits. “Of course, I expected was much more of the kind of goofy, silly, lovable, charming Jason Sudekis that we all know and love from his previous work, so even Aharon, the director, was surprised and we had to do a 180.

“It actually changed the tone of the film, and we pivoted and found different ways to express Annie and also different ways to approach scenes based on what Jason was bringing.”

The co-stars got along so well on and off set that Lilly felt more comfortable filming a bedroom scene with Sudekis than in any other intimate scene she’s filmed before. 

“I would say out of all the scenes I’ve ever done, where I’ve had to do physical intimacy with a man on screen, it was probably the one where I felt the most rehearsed, the most confident, the most at ease, the most relaxed,” she tells 9Honey Celebrity.

“I think it was partly because the scene was well-written in the end and it felt really true and authentic and partly because Jason is such a consummate professional and gentleman and very, very trustworthy. And partly because of my own personal growth and the work I had done within myself in previous years to really know how to assert what I needed in that scene. 

“In the end it did, it felt magical when you’re really in a moment and things are really working. It’s like the molecules of the room change and everyone in the room can feel it. It was such a beautiful scene.”

South of Heaven is now available on DVD and to rent or buy across all digital platforms.

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Fame and Melrose Place actor Morgan Stevens found dead inside his home

Morgan Stevens has been found dead inside his home. 

According to TMZ, the actor’s neighbour called police to do a welfare check after they had not heard from Stevens in days. When police arrived at the home, they discovered Stevens’ body in his kitchen. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police reportedly do not suspect any foul play and believe Stevens died from natural causes. He was 70.

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Stevens appeared on some iconic TV shows during his career. He was best known for his stint on the series Fame, playing teacher David Reardon for two seasons. He also had recurring roles in the popular series Melrose Place, in which he played Nick Diamond, the lawyer for the notorious Jack Parezi (played by Antonio Sabàto Jr.

The actor also made cameos on Murder, She Wrote, One Day at a Time, Murder One and Walker, Texas Ranger.

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Away from the camera, Stevens made headlines in the ’90s when he was the alleged victim of police brutality after he was arrested for a suspected DUI. According to TMZ, Stevens was waiting in his jail cell for 90 minutes where he refused to hand back the shirt that was given to him.

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This was when he alleged two jail employees kicked and beat him, leaving him with an broken nose, fractured cheek, dislocated jaw and nerve damage. The actor later sued and won, with a settlement reached behind closed doors.

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Dame Judi Dench reveals she suffered a ‘frightful fall’ at home and was stuck without help for 30 minutes

Dame Judi Dench has recalled a terrifying incident where she fell over while home alone and was stuck for 30 minutes without help.

The 87-year-old spoke about her “frightful fall” after tripping over carpet, and confessed she even turned to her pet parrot for help during the ordeal.

In an interview with Saga magazine, Dench said it was a sobering reminder of how she is losing her independence in her old age.

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“I had a frightful fall not long ago. I tripped over the carpet, and there was nobody in the house and I was lying on the ground unable to get up for half an hour,” the Skyfall actress revealed.

“I have a wonderful parrot who kept saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ This is when you need a very convenient parrot who would phone somebody, but she didn’t.”

While Dench said she initially felt hopeless, she was able to get up of her own accord half an hour after the fall.

The James Bond star lives several miles away from her boyfriend David Mills, 77, while her daughter Finty and grandson Sam live nearby.

Despite being aged in her late 80s, Dench said she struggled to accept she was no longer as independent as she used to be.

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“It’s just something you have to live with,” she continued. “But you want to be independent — and it’s very, very difficult.”

British-born Dench has had a glittering 60-year career in Hollywood, starring in seven James Bond films and landing iconic roles in movies such as Chocolat and Shakespeare in Love.

Last year, the actress revealed how she has maintained a successful film career as an octogenarian despite losing her sight due to age-related macular degeneration.

“You find a way of just getting about and getting over the things that you find very difficult,” Dench told The Guardian.

“I’ve had to find another way of learning lines and things, which is having great friends of mine repeat them to me over and over and over again. So I have to learn through repetition, and I just hope that people won’t notice too much if all the lines are completely hopeless!”

Actor Damian Lewis speaks publicly for first time following death of ‘perfect’ wife Helen McCrory

Actor Damien Lewis has spoken out publicly for the first time since the death of wife Helen McCrory, who died from cancer nine months ago.

The Billions alum got emotional as he paid tribute to the late actress during a poetry reading at the National Theatre in London overnight.

The event, titled A Poet For Every Day Of The Year, was based on the poetry of Allie Esiri and featured readings from some of McCrory’s colleagues and friends. The 900-strong audience was also played a recording of the actress reading a poem from the previous year’s event. 

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“This evening is dedicated to her and it’s perfect, because Helen loved the National Theatre,” Lewis told the crowd, which included the couple’s two children: daughter Manon, 15, and son Gulliver, 14. “One person whose thunder would absolutely not be stolen was Helen McCrory.”

According to The Guardian, Lewis read the evening’s final verse, Everything Is Going to Be All Right, by Irish poet Derek Mahon.

“There will be dying, but there is no need to go into that … The sun rises in spite of everything … Everything is going to be all right,” he read.

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McCrory — best known for playing Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise and Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders — died in April 2021 following a battle with cancer, aged 52. It was Lewis who shared the sad news on social media. 

“I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family,” Lewis wrote on Twitter.

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“She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.”

The couple met in 2003 and married in 2007 at the Kensington and Chelsea Registry Office. They were married for 14 years before McCrory’s passing.

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Janet Jackson addresses rumours she welcomed secret baby with then-husband James DeBarge in ’80s

Janet Jackson has addressed the long-standing rumour she had a secret baby with then-husband James DeBarge back in the ’80s.

The singer is set to discuss the claims in her upcoming self-titled documentary, Janet Jackson, with a teaser clip showing Jackson opening up about the matter.

“I could never keep a child away from James. How could I keep a child from their father? I could never do that. That’s not right,” the 55-year-old said in the clip.

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Jackson recalled the rumour was first sparked in 1984 on the set of the TV show, Fame. 

“A lot of the kids thought I was pregnant ’cause I had gained weight and I had started taking birth control pills,” said Jackson, who played Cleo Hewitt in the series. “And back then, you could pick up weight taking them, and that’s what happened to me, so that rumour started going around.”

Her co-star on the show, Debbie Allen, also features on the doco, in which she recalled being shock about the speculation.

“These were rumours that were just flying around, honey, like hash in a diner,” Allen said on camera. “Where was the baby? Nobody saw a baby. I mean, she was there with us all day, every day. Where was the baby?”

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Elsewhere in the doco, Jackson opened up about her short-lived marriage to RnB singer DeBarge.

The couple were married for one year in 1984 before their annulment in 1985, with Jackson — who was 18 at the time — saying they eloped because she wanted to seek independence from her father and manager, Joe Jackson.

According to Jackson, the couple split after she found out he had allegedly been using drugs.

“I was just incredibly innocent,” she says with tears in her eyes in the documentary. “It’s just, to me, hurtful for someone to see that and just try to take advantage of it.”

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Julia Stiles welcomes baby boy with husband Preston J Cook: ‘Infinite love’

Actress Julia Stiles has given birth to a baby boy!

The 10 Things I Hate About You star welcomed her second child with husband Preston J Cook, a son named Arlo, and announced the happy news on Instagram.

“Welcome to the world, Baby Arlo! The newest addition to our family, reminding me how infinite love can be,” Stiles, 40, captioned a photo of her newborn son’s feet.

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In a second photo, Stiles shared a hilarious photo of how her four-year-old son Strummer reacted to the news he is now a big brother.

“Scroll Forward to see how my 4-year-old is taking it…” she wrote, alongside a photo of her toilet seat defaced with red marker.

Stiles confirmed she was expecting a second child in November after debuting her baby bump at a movie premiere.

The now mother-of-two tied the knot with Cook in 2017 when she was pregnant with Strummer.

Stiles announced news of her wedding with a tongue-in-cheek Instagram post, writing: “Who doesn’t love a shotgun wedding?”

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The pair met during filming for Stiles’ 2015 film Go With Me, for which Cook worked as a camera assistant.

Stiles and Cook became engaged later that year on Christmas Eve.

After welcoming her first son Strummer, Stiles hit back as “mummy shamers” who trolled the actress for how she was holding him as a newborn.

Instagram users accused Stiles of improperly putting her five-week-old son in a carrier in a photo she had posted online.

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“It was brought to my attention that in the previous photo I am not holding my baby correctly. Wow, I didn’t expect that,” Stiles responded to the reaction from fellow parents.

“What was supposed to be a shout out of products I like suddenly becomes an invitation to comment on my baby, and my ability as a mother. That’s the internet for you, the carnivorous plant from Little Shop of Horrors.”

She continued: “I was trying to keep as much of my son’s image private, including, I guess, his little feet. And it was just a photo taken at home, not how I normally carry him around. Thanks for the concern, anyway.”

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Disney responds to Peter Dinklage’s Snow White outrage: We’re ‘consulting with dwarfism community’

Disney has issued a response over its upcoming live-action Snow White remake following criticisms made by Peter Dinklage.

The Game of Thrones Emmy winner blasted the Disney remake during an interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, calling out the fairytale’s “f–king backwards” depictions of dwarfs.

“To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community,” a spokesperson for Disney said in a statement to Variety.

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“We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”

The live-action Snow White film is being directed by Marc Webb, best known for helming 500 Days of Summer and the Andrew Garfield-starring Amazing Spider-Man movies.

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West Side Story breakout Rachel Zegler is starring in the title role, with Gal Gadot also on board as the villainous Evil Queen.

Dinklage said he was “a little taken aback” when the studio celebrated casting “a Latina actress as Snow White” despite telling a story with a problematic representation of dwarfs.

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“Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me,” Dinklage said.

“You’re progressive in one way but then you’re still making that f–king backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f–k are you doing, man?”

Dinklage continued, “Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soap box? I guess I’m not loud enough. I don’t know which studio that is but they were so proud of it. All love and respect to the actress and all the people who thought they were doing the right thing. But I’m just like, what are you doing?”

Disney’s live-action Snow White will begin production this year. The studio has not yet announced a release date.

Nicole Kidman and The Power of the Dog win top prizes at AACTA International Awards

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) announced the winners for the 11th annual AACTA International Awards, with Nicole Kidman nabbing her 7th AACTA award for her portrayal of Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos.

Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog dominated the film categories with three wins — best film; best lead actor for Benedict Cumberbatch; and best supporting actor for Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Belfast star Judi Dench won the best supporting actress prize, while Dune filmmaker Denis Villeneuve picked up the award for best direction in film. Aaron Sorkin won the screenplay prize for his Being the Ricardos script.

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In the television categories, Kidman and Smit-McPhee’s fellow Australian, The White Lotus star Murray Bartlett was named best actor in a series, revealing his win exclusively to Variety’s Marc Malkin on his Just For Variety podcast.

“Your home country celebrating you and acknowledging you is such a moving thing,” Bartlett told Malkin about receiving the honour.

“I don’t spend as much time in Australia as I would love to these days because work stuff has happened for me here, but it’s my home and it’s my people and I love that industry so much and I love what that industry produces.”

The White Lotus also picked up the best comedy series prize, while Succession won for best drama. Best actress in a series went to Kate Winslet for Mare of Eastown.

“I have always felt so supported by AACTA, I feel sometimes a bit like an honorary Australian because you have acknowledged me before now and it always means a huge amount to be included, to be brought into your film and television community in this way means a lot,” said Winslet — who, in 2015, won the AACTA Award for best lead actress in a film for the Australian film The Dressmaker.

“I have such admiration for the skill of actors and filmmakers in Australia, so thank you.”

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The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) is a not-for-profit organisation, aimed at promoting, encouraging and celebrating screen excellence in Australia. For over 60 years, the AACTA Awards (formerly the AFI Awards) have recognised and celebrated Australia’s highest achievements in film, television, short form, and digital content.

AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella offered his congratulations to this year’s winners.

“After another challenging year for our industry, it’s fantastic that we’re able to honour the films and TV shows that have kept us entertained at a time we’ve needed it most,” Trewhella said.

“The calibre of nominees is outstanding, and we are overjoyed by the Australian representation across both film and TV.”

With the AACTA Awards supported by the New South Wales government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, Stuart Ayres, NSW minister for tourism, also released a statement praising the awardees.

“Sydney and NSW are home to some of the world’s best filming locations and have proven to be world-class destinations for screen production. It is fantastic to see this creativity triumph over adversity of recent times to deliver an incredible award-winning line-up of film and television productions,” Ayres noted.

“The AACTA International Awards underscore the importance of the screen industry to the NSW visitor economy, which we look forward to providing continued support to ensure its ongoing success.”

You can view the winner acceptance speeches via AACTA’s YouTube Channel.

AACTA International Awards full winner’s list:FILM

Best Film

“Being The Ricardos”



“Licorice Pizza”


“The Power of the Dog” (WINNER)

Best Lead Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Power of the Dog” (WINNER)

Caleb Landry Jones – “Nitram”

Andrew Garfield – “Tick, Tick … Boom!”

Will Smith – “King Richard”

Denzel Washington – “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Best Lead Actress

Penélope Cruz – “Parallel Mothers”

Lady Gaga – “House of Gucci”

Jennifer Hudson – “Respect”

Nicole Kidman – “Being the Ricardos” (WINNER)

Kristen Stewart – “Spencer”

Best Supporting Actor

Bradley Cooper – “Licorice Pizza”

Jamie Dornan – “Belfast”

Ciarán Hinds – “Belfast”

Al Pacino – “House Of Gucci”

Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Power of the Dog” (WINNER)

Best Supporting Actress

Caitríona Balfe – “Belfast”

Cate Blanchett – “Don’t Look Up”

Judi Dench – “Belfast” (WINNER)

Kirsten Dunst – “The Power of the Dog”

Sally Hawkins – “Spencer”

Best Direction

“Belfast” – Kenneth Branagh

“Dune” – Denis Villeneuve (WINNER)

“Licorice Pizza” – Paul Thomas Anderson

“Nitram” – Justin Kurzel

“The Power of the Dog” – Jane Campion

Best Screenplay

“Being the Ricardos” – Aaron Sorkin (WINNER)

“Belfast” – Kenneth Branagh

“Licorice Pizza” – Paul Thomas Anderson

“Nitram” – Shaun Grant

“The Power of the Dog” – Jane Campion


Best Drama


“Mare of Easttown”

“Nine Perfect Strangers”

“Squid Game”

“Succession” (WINNER)

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Comedy


“Sex Education”

“Ted Lasso”

“The Great”

“The Kominsky Method”

“The White Lotus” (WINNER)

Best Actor In A Series

Murray Bartlett – “The White Lotus” (WINNER)

Lee Jung-Jae – “Squid Game”

Ewan McGregor – “Halston”

Jeremy Strong – “Succession”

Jason Sudeikis – “Ted Lasso”

Best Actress In A Series

Jennifer Coolidge – “The White Lotus”

Nicole Kidman – “Nine Perfect Strangers”

Jean Smart – “Hacks”

Sarah Snook – “Succession”

Kate Winslet – “Mare of Easttown” (WINNER)

Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett ties the knot with IsaBeall Quella

Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett has married his long-time love IsaBeall Quella after four failed wedding dates.

The couple, who met in 2008 and got engaged in 2015, were forced to postpone their nuptials multiple times over the past six years — first due to wildfires, followed by a mudslide, then thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the pair finally made it down the aisle in November 2021, with the actor, 61, confirming the news to People magazine in late January 2022.

“I married the love of my life,” he told the publication, joking, “Her, not so much.”

Quella, 37, wore a Reem Acra gown for the big day while Garrett was dressed in a suit by Di Stefano.

They now reside in Malibu with their two dogs, Ivy and Chester, who were incorporated into their special day.

On her birthday last year, Garrett called Quella, “the most incredible human I’ve ever met.”

“As not to embarrass you because I know your humility I’ll just say Thank You. For everything. You’re the love of my life even though you’re free to date,” he wrote on Instagram. “Wish I had a time machine. And a new head. More and forever as the authorities allow.”

Garrett was previously married to Jill Diven before they divorced in 2006, after seven years of marriage.

They share two adult children: son Max, 23; and daughter Hope, 22.

Garrett, a three-time Primetime Emmy Award winner, is best known for playing Robert Barone, NYPD officer and brother of Raymond, in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are engaged after welcoming son Dakota nine months ago

New parents Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are getting married.

People confirmed the news after the 33-year-old Dollface actress was photographed with a diamond ring on her left hand while in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Culkin, 41, who is best known for his 1990 Christmas hit Home Alone, and Song met on the set of their film Changeland and were first spotted out on a date together in July 2017.

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They confirmed their relationship with an Instagram post the following month.

They couple welcomed their first child, son Dakota, in April 2020 and named him after Culkin’s late sister Dakota, who was killed in December 2008 after she was struck by a car.

When baby Dakota was born last year, Culkin and Song released a brief statement, saying, “We’re overjoyed.”

In 2018, Culkin revealed he’d like to start a family in the near future.

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“This one’s a good one, so I’m probably going to put some babies in her in a little bit,” he said on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “I mean, we’ve definitely been practicing.”

Culkin previously dates actress Mila Kunis from 2002 until 2010. He was married to actress Rachel Milner in 1998, when they were both 19, however they separated in 2000 and were divorced in 2002.

Meanwhile, Song was engaged to Miley Cyrus‘ brother, Trace Cyrus. The couple called it quits in 2012 after seven years together.

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