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Scott Eastwood Reveals What Legendary Father Clint Was Like at Home

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Clint Eastwood is Hollywood royalty, but that doesn’t mean he spoiled his son Scott in any way.

Scott Eastwood said Clint, 84, actually was “old school” as a father and that the 29-year-old has had “a job since I can remember.”

“My first car was a ’91 Ford Crown Victoria that was $1,000. And I had to buy every car after that. I had to do it all,” he told People magazine.

He said having a famous dad didn’t mean he knew acting would work out.

“I said I would give myself 10 years, and if it didn’t work out, I would be a firefighter or something. And things just sort of took off,” said The Longest Ride star.

What his father did instill in Scott was healthy living.

“He wanted me to be health-conscious. Healthy body, healthy mind; that’s what he preached to me,” he said.

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“Game of Thrones”: Kit Harington Reveals Injuries He Got on Set

ABC News(NEW YORK) — After playing Jon Snow on Game of Thrones for years now, you can imagine all the thousands of fan letters and emails that Kit Harington has received since the hit show began.

If the 28-year-old actor hasn’t gotten back to you just yet, don’t worry, he’s getting to it.

Harington stopped by ABC News to talk about season 5, which begins on Sunday. The British actor said he’s happy his character has stayed alive this long and that with the show drifting from the books a bit, no one can tell how long they are going to be in the script.

“There are deaths this year, like every other year,” he said. “There doesn’t seem to be a formula [for who gets killed].”

As for his millions of fans, Harington said, “I do get fan mail. I apologize, I’m terrible at responding to it. I’ve got it all there at home.”

When is he going to write back? “One day. I’m going to, I’ve just been busy over the last few years!”

Watch the rest of the interview below.

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Up or Down? Photo of Cat on Stairs Confuses the Internet

moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Just as soon as the Internet got over whether “The Dress” is white and gold or blue and black, another viral debate has been sparked by a photograph of a cat.

The photograph shows the cat halfway through climbing a staircase, prompting the question, is the cat going up or going down the stairs?

The photo has received over 24,000 views on Imgur in six days and prompted nearly 7,000 comments when it was posted on 9gag.com.

“Down because generally the wood would be flat on the horizontal portion of the stairs and the stone is on the back/vertical portion of the stairs,” wrote one commenter, whose avatar is, conveniently, a cat.

“I would say this cat is going up as it looks a bit up and forward. When cats go down, they look where they’re stepping, i.e. down,” wrote another.

People also naturally took to Twitter to debate, with seemingly no resolution in sight.

#CatOnStairs seeing ridge on stair steps would only be seen from the bottom so downstairs? pic.twitter.com/RSVrQijbvH

— Butters Stotch (@ButtersStotch) April 10, 2015

it’s going nowhere because it’s a picture #CatOnStairs pic.twitter.com/hOJpyD7e8J

— tom (@_bodyache) April 10, 2015

is the cat going up or down, im going with going down , it almost looks like its going up #CatOnStairs pic.twitter.com/9JK6xvZLL4

— brittani baloga (@bbaloga22) April 10, 2015

Forget the Dress………. Is the cat going Up or Down???? #upordown #Stairs #curious #whatisit #cat #CatonStairs pic.twitter.com/CEWlIwMtxR

— April Durling (@aprigil88) April 6, 2015

@AndrewBloch Up, stairs have an ‘edge’ on them.. #CatOnStairs

— Ricky Asher (@asher_ricky) April 10, 2015

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Madonna Does Stand-Up Comedy on “Tonight Show”

Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) — Madonna visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday to plug her new album, Rebel Heart, and also try her hand at stand-up comedy.

The singer confessed to Fallon that she’s “kind of a closet comedian” and would like to add that to her resume someday. When the Tonight Show host told her, “You can do it now, if you want to,” Madonna took him up on the offer.

Noting that it’s good to “talk about what you know,” the 56-year-old singer launched into a series of jokes about her history of dating guys who are much younger than her.

Here’s two of her jokes:

“I did find myself, very strangely, the other day at breakfast with my [14-year-old] son Rocco, thinking ‘I haven’t had a date in a couple of weeks.’ And I looked at my son without thinking and I said, ‘Do you have any friends you can introduce me to?'”

Of a 28-year-old she once dated, Madonna quipped, “I have a Picasso over my fireplace…He looked at that and said, ‘I know what that is…Picasso…He painted the Mona Lisa.'”

Before the interview, Madonna joined Fallon and his house band The Roots for one of the show’s recurring bits — performing a song using classroom instruments. They performed a rendition of Madonna’s 1983 hit, “Holiday” with the singer playing a cow bell and whistle.

Madonna admitted during her chat with Fallon that she’s “definitely not cool enough” for her four kids. “They remind me every day about how uncool I am,” she told Fallon.

Later in the show, she was joined by Diplo for a performance of “B***h I’m Madonna,” from her Rebel Heart album. The performance included Fallon and Roots drummer Quest Love joining in on the chorus.

Rebel Heart is Madonna’s 13th studio album and features collaborations with various musicians, including Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Avicci.

Madonna will promote Rebel Heart with a world tour which kicks off Aug. 29.

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Report: Gwen Stefani Obtains Restraining Order Against Fan

Art Streiber/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — With a three-year order of protection, a judge has told an apparently obsessed fan “Don’t Speak” — or otherwise creep out — Gwen Stefani.

TMZ reports Stefani has obtained a three-year restraining order against Richard Portnoy, a man the singer claims showed up at her acupuncturist’s office and her home on numerous occasions.

According to court testimony, Gwen stated that Portnoy has also sent her flowers, candy and letters, including one in which he said he’d determined that she wasn’t happy with her present life, and felt he could change it.

The gossip website reports on one occasion, Portnoy encountered Gwen’s father at her home and told him that a paparazzi picture of the singer appearing to trip made him so upset he didn’t know if he could live anymore.

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Eddie Murphy Named This Year’s Recipient of Mark Twain Prize

Chris Haston/NBC(WASHINGTON) — Eddie Murphy has been named the 2015 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The honor is presented annually by the Kennedy Center to a person who has had an impact on American society in ways similar to its namesake.

Murphy says in a statement, “I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Kennedy Center and to join the distinguished list of past recipients of this award.”

Murphy will receive the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a gala in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 18. The Kennedy Center has yet to announce the entertainers who will salute Murphy at the event, which will air on TV at a later date.

Murphy rose to fame as a young cast member of Saturday Night Live in the 1980s. He’s starred in such movies as 48 Hrs., Trading Places, Coming to America, Dreamgirls, the Beverly Hills Cop series and the Shrek franchise, as well as the stand-up films Delirious and Eddie Murphy: Raw.

Jay Leno was presented the Mark Twain Prize in 2014. Other past recipients include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Bill Cosby, George Carlin and Billy Crystal.

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“Game of Thrones” Season Five Premieres Sunday

Helen Sloan/HBO(NEW YORK) — Dragons! Dire wolves! White Walkers! Scheming queens, would-be-kings and one drunken dwarf! Yes, it’s the return of HBO’s wildly popular Game of Thrones, and as season five gets underway this Sunday night, the show’s sprawling cast of characters — and a bunch of new ones — resume their struggles for revenge, power and control of the Iron Throne of Westeros.

This season is reportedly going to depart from the original books, written by George R.R. Martin, in a number of ways, not the least of which is having some characters who have never met in the books encounter one another. Also, characters who are still alive in the books may be killed, and vice versa.

Here’s a look at some of the major characters and their main challenges this season:

  • Having killed his own father last season, Tyrion Lannister has escaped King’s Landing with Varys, one of the king’s advisors. They’ll travel across the sea to the cities of Pentos and Slaver’s Bay, where Tyrion must use his wits to survive, not having any of his usual Lannister resources, including buckets of cash, to call upon.
  • Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys is struggling to maintain control of the city of Mereen. She’s also struggling to control her three dragons, who are bigger, more violent and more defiant than ever.
  • Cersei Lannister is furious that she won’t be able to take revenge on her brother Tyrion for killing their father, and she’s even angrier at the fact that her young son Tommen, who’s now the king, is going to marry Margaery Tyrell, which will demote Cersei to Queen Mother. She’s also on the outs with her twin brother and lover, Jaime Lannister, who helped Tyrion escape. She tries to enlist a new character, a religious leader played by Jonathan Pryce, to help her politically.
  • At the Wall, Jon Snow must decide whether to throw his loyalties behind would-be-king Stannis Baratheon, or Mance Rayder, the leader of the Wildlings, whom Stannis has taken prisoner.
  • Young Arya Stark has escaped to the land of Braavos, where she’ll be having some truly strange adventures. Her sister Sansa Stark, tired of being a door mat, is now firmly determined to play the game of thrones with her conniving mentor, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish.

Meanwhile, we’ll travel to a new land: Dorne, home of the late Prince Oberyn Martell: he’s the guy who got his head squashed like a melon last season by “The Mountain” while fighting for Tyrion’s life. Now, Oberyn’s brother, lover and butt-kicking crew of bastard daughters, known as the “Sand Snakes,” are thirsty for revenge — and that’s a major plot point for this season. Let the killing — and the nudity — begin!

Game of Thrones season five debuts Sunday night, April 12, on HBO.

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‘Stunt Heavy’ “Daredevil” Series Now on Netflix

Netflix(NEW YORK) — The Marvel character Daredevil is now on Netflix in a new live-action series.

Boardwalk Empire actor Charlie Cox plays the titular hero previously portrayed by Ben Affleck in a 2003 movie. Daredevil is the alter ego of blind attorney Matt Murdock, who fights injustice in New York City as the vigilante.

The dark and violent series co-stars Vincent D’Onofrio as the villainous Kingpin and Scott Glenn as Daredevil’s mentor, Stick.

Glenn notes to ABC Radio, “Daredevil is probably more stunt heavy than any TV show that’s ever been made.”

Thirteen episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil are available for streaming on Netflix.

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“The Longest Ride” Opens Nationwide Friday

“The Longest Ride” – Fox(NEW YORK) — The latest movie adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel hits theaters on Friday.

The Longest Ride focuses on the love story between Luke, a comeback-minded bull rider, and Sophia, a college student ready to jump into New York City’s art scene. They connect with and are inspired by an older man and his romance with his longtime wife.

Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin and Alan Alda star in The Longest Ride, which is the only film opening nationwide this weekend. It’s rated PG-13.

The Longest Ride
will have a tough time knocking Furious 7 out of the top spot. Furious 7 set an April debut record last weekend with $147 million, and figures to remain the box office champ this weekend.

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Movie Review: “The Longest Ride” (Rated PG-13)

“The Longest Ride” – Fox(NEW YORK) — Clocking in at two hour and 19 minutes, The Longest Ride feels like its title.

It didn’t have to be this way.

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ 2,826th novel — OK, his 17th — The Longest Ride uses one love story as an entry point into another love story. Only one of these love stories isn’t like the other, and that’s because only one of them is good.

Britt Robertson plays Sophia, a senior at Wake Forest University. Despite her New Jersey upbringing and pending art degree, she falls for Luke, played by Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood, an up-and-coming bull rider who hopes to become the best in the world. Luke has his demons, though. Sort of. A year before meeting Sophia, he was thrown from a bull and hurt badly enough to keep him out of the saddle for a year. But that’s not really the conflict here. The conflict is, Sophia and Luke meet toward the end of her final semester, after which she’s off to New York for an internship at the art gallery of her dreams.

Enter Alan Alda’s Ira. Returning from their first date, Luke and Sophia rescue him from his burning car on the side of the road. In true Nicholas Sparks fashion, Sophia appears to risk her life to also rescue a box a semi-conscious Ira pleads with her to save. That box contains letters Ira wrote to his late wife, Ruth. When Ira comes to, Sophia demands he tell her the story behind those letters.

Alan Alda is, well, Alan Alda — he’s an excellent and soulful actor who opines about his courtship and marriage. We flash back to 1941, when a young Ira (Jack Huston) meets young Ruth (Oona Chaplin), a nice Jewish girl from Vienna. In true Nicholas Sparks fashion, Ira goes off to fight in World War 2 and while he obviously doesn’t die, Sparks throws in a somewhat tragic twist. I won’t spoil it, but it will test Ira’s relationship with Ruth.

Sparks and company try to juxtapose the trials and tribulations of the two relationships, but it doesn’t really work. The biggest emotional reaction Luke and Sophia’s relationship will likely elicit from the audience is whenever Eastwood takes his shirt off. Director George Tillman Jr. does his best work in the
flashback scenes involving Ruth and Ira, all of which display some sort of underlying cinematic poetry, even when it’s a cliché. And while there’s some creative storytelling during the bullfighting scenes, Luke and Sophia’s tale is predictably predictable.

This could have been the second-best Nicholas Sparks movie (nothing comes close to The Notebook) had it just been Ira and Ruth’s story. Instead, The Longest Ride is weighed down by an unnecessary second story that tries too hard, and bullpen full of clichés.

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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