Rupert Grint found ‘Harry Potter’ role ‘quite suffocating’

CNN — Rupert Grint found fame as a teen playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, but it wasn’t always easy. “’Potter’ was so full on — [filming] all year, then we’d promote the rest of the time,” the now 34-year-old actor said in a recently published interview with Bustle. “It was quite suffocating.” … Read more

Michael Jackson’s nephew, Jaafar Jackson, to play singer in new biopic

CNN — Michael Jackson will be portrayed by his 26-year-old nephew, Jaafar, in a movie biopic about the late pop star, studio Lionsgate announced Monday. Jaafar, son of Jermaine Jackson, said on Twitter that he was “humbled and honored” to bring his uncle’s story to life. I’m humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael’s … Read more

Why Andrea Riseborough’s ‘To Leslie’ Oscar campaign has people talking

CNN — Andrea Riseborough may not be a name that rings many bells for the average moviegoer. But, chances are, your favorite actor in that one movie you love knows exactly who she is. And they want her to win an Oscar. It’s, frankly, a strange tale – one that began in October with the … Read more

Ashley Judd says she needed more therapy after seeing her mother’s death scene in media

CNN — Ashley Judd says she had to re-enroll herself in trauma therapy to cope with the recent media coverage of her mother’s death. Country musician Naomi Judd, a five-time Grammy winner, died by suicide in April last year after a long battle with anxiety and depression. She was 76. In an interview with the … Read more

Annie Wersching, best known for role in ’24,’ dead at 45

CNN — Actress Annie Wersching passed away from cancer early Sunday morning, her publicist, Craig Schneider told CNN. Wersching was 45 years old. She was best known for playing FBI agent Renee Walker in the series “24.” Wersching’s husband, Stephen Full, released a statement to CNN: “There is a cavernous hole in the soul of … Read more

Analysis: Why are celebrity biopics so often controversial?

CNN — With this week’s announcement of the 95th Academy Awards nominations, we are firmly into awards season. Buckle up! The scent of fresh debate is in the air, over who should win and who should not, which nomination was the biggest surprise and, of course, which omission was the biggest snub. What is pop … Read more

Paul Pelosi attacker trafficks in conspiracy theories in call to TV station after video release

CNN — The man who attacked the husband of Nancy Pelosi in their home last year showed no remorse and continued his dangerous fixation on the former House speaker in a bizarre phone call to a San Francisco reporter on Friday, according to the Bay Area station’s reporting. David DePape called KTVU’s Amber Lee from … Read more

Britney Spears asks fans to respect her privacy after ‘prank phone calls’ prompted wellness check

CNN — Britney Spears has asked her fans to respect her privacy after she says “prank phone calls” prompted a wellness check from police earlier this week. The singer posted a note to Twitter on Thursday in which she addressed the police visit and said, “I love and adore my fans but this time things … Read more

Razzies removes child star Ryan Kiera Armstrong from worst actress nominees

CNN — The Razzies have apologized and removed child actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong from their annual list of nominees. Armstrong had been nominated this week for worst actress for her performance in “Firestarter” by The Golden Raspberry Awards (the formal name for the Razzies), a satire of Hollywood award shows which bills itself as celebrating … Read more

Julian Sands: Brother fears he’s gone forever as authorities have ‘no evidence’ of his location

CNN — Nick Sands, the brother of Julian Sands, has told a UK publication he knows “in my heart that he has gone” as California authorities continue to search for the actor. Julian Sands was first reported missing from the Mt. Baldy area in California on January 13. Authorities announced late Tuesday that while they … Read more