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Interview, Audio: Danielle Macdonald on Title Role in ‘Patti Cake$’

Chicago – How does a native Australian actress become a New Jersey hip hop artist? Practice, practice, practice… in formulating the character of “Patti Cake$.” Danielle Macdonald, who had never rapped before in her life, portrayed the title Jersey Girl with a stellar determination, poignancy and heart.

“Patti Cake$” features Danielle as that title character, that of a bartender with a talent for hip hop rhymes, and her friends Jheri (Sid Dhananjay) and Bob (Mamoudou Athie), who want to help her record those beats. Patti’s home life is difficult, as her mother Barb (Bridget Everett) is depressed and unstable, plus her beloved grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) is fighting a homebound illness. But Patti will not be stopped, despite her weight, the odds and her obsession with rapper O-z (Sahr Ngaujah). The film was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, making his debut as a feature filmmaker.

Danielle Macdonald Brings it Home
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Bob Carter, Father of Nick and Aaron Carter, Dead at 65

Bob Carter, Father of Nick and Aaron Carter, Dead at 65
Bob Carter, the father of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter and singer Aaron Carter, has died, People confirms. He was 65.

The Carter patriarch passed away on Tuesday evening in Florida.

“I am heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night…” Nick, 37, tweeted on Wednesday. “While we learn more about the cause of death, and begin the grieving process, we ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time.”

“My heart is completely shattered,” Aaron, 29, tweeted — sharing the last photo the two took together. “I’m in shock and I loved my dad so much.
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The X Factor Live Show 2: 1980s Week - As it happened

It doesn't feel like a week has passed since One Direction Overload Generation and Blonde Electra said their goodbyes, but it's time for two more solid hours of Saturday night-in entertainment with The X Factor.

The remaining 14 acts will sing their hearts out to earn the praise of the judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh, as well as the millions watching at home, complete with five free votes each should they wish.

Join Digital Spy from 8pm as we settle down for the night for the inevitable judge fisticuffs, impressive high notes and dodgy boyband hand movements.

22:20That's your lot, guys and girls! Thanks for joining along in the fun - hope you enjoyed it - see you back tomorrow night to find out who must leave the competiton.

22:19So tomorrow we have Jessie J and Maroon 5. Yay?

22:16Fleur also gave a great performance.
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Chris Brown Avoids Jail Again

Facing the music from some prior bad behavior, Chris Brown attended a court hearing in Los Angeles on Monday (February 3).

Presided over by the same judge from the Rihanna felony case, the question is whether the "Turn Up the Music" singer violated his probation when he allegedly assaulted a man outside a D.C. hotel in October.

Taking a hard line, prosecutors requested that he be sent to jail and that a probation violation hearing be scheduled.

According to TMZ, though the D.A. stated that the 24-year-old hip hop star's "violent behavior continues to increase in severity and frequency," the judge disagreed and ordered him to continue his 90-day anger management treatment.
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Paris Hilton slams ex Nick Carter over relationship slur

Washington, Sep 26: Paris Hilton has hit back at her ex-boyfriend Nick Carter after the Backstreet Boys star suggested that dating the reality TV socialite at the height of his drug abuse issues was a terrible idea.

Carter has opened up about his past substance abuse hell in his memoirs 'Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It', and he also talks about his regrets about getting involved with 'The Simple Life' star almost a decade ago in 2004, Contactmusic reported.

Now, Hilton has responded by releasing a statement, saying that she doesn't believe she was a negative influence on Carter. (Ani)
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Nick Carter Talks Addictions on Dr. Phil: Watch Here!

Taking care of some promotional duties for his new book, "Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It," Nick Carter paid a visit to Dr. Phil on Wednesday (September 24).

The Backstreet Boy opened up about his past struggles with addiction, and the notion that his family blamed him for his sister Leslie's death from a drug overdose.

He told the host, "The reason I did not go (to the funeral) was because I actually got the phone call from my father that she had passed and immediately the conversation turned into not about her death and not about the actual passing and what had occurred and more about themselves," he said. "And then I started to get blamed by the rest of the family."

Check out more of Nick's interview in the player below.
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Paris Hilton Responds To Nick Carter's Bad Influence Claim

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Paris Hilton is speaking out following Nick Carter's claims that their relationship was unhealthy.

Access Hollywood spoke to the Backstreet Boy about Paris, who wrote about the socialite in his book, "Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It."

"It is what it was. I was with someone who wasn't good for me at the time. I might not have been good for her at the time," he told Access of the former reality star.

Photos: They Dated?!? Surprising Former Hollywood Couples!

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Nick Carter Talks to Dr. Phil, Says He Feels His Family Blamed Him for Sister Leslie's Death

Nick Carter Talks to Dr. Phil, Says He Feels His Family Blamed Him for Sister Leslie's Death
Nick Carter says he feels a lot of guilt. The Backstreet Boy turned up on Monday's episode of Dr. Phil to promote his new book, Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It, and spilled on his past struggles with drugs and alcohol and how he thinks his family held him responsible for his younger sister Leslie's tragic death from a drug overdose. When asked by Dr. Phil McGraw whether he himself felt culpable in his 25-year-old popster sibling's untimely passing, the now sober 33-year-old Carter acknowledged it weighed on him. "There's definitely a part of me that did blame myself. Because the responsibility that I sort of took on as the oldest member of my family probably shouldn't...
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Nick Carter to Dr. Phil: My Family Blamed Me for My Sister's Death

Nick Carter to Dr. Phil: My Family Blamed Me for My Sister's Death
Nick Carter is coming clean about his issues. The Backstreet Boy says he hit rock bottom after years of alcohol and drug abuse but has made a dramatic turnaround in his struggle with addiction, even as he continues to work on painful family relationships and cope with the death of his sister last year. Carter, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, gets candid about his demons, saying he started using marijuana when he was just 15 and then began taking Vicodin and Ecstasy. But in 2008, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, promptly stopping him in his tracks and spurring him to face his problems.
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Nick Carter Blames Paris Hilton For Drug Binges

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Nick Carter says his drug use was so bad it screwed up his brain ... and he blames Paris Hilton.Nick -- who just wrote a memoir, "Facing the Music and Living to Talk About it," -- says in 2003 - 2004, when they were together, Paris "fed my worst impulses as far as partying."As for what kind of partying ... Nick says it was all about cocaine, ecstasy and Huge amounts of vodka -- often a large bottle every night.
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Nick Carter writing memoir

Nick Carter is writing his autobiography. The 33-year-old singer will open up about his life in the Backstreet Boys, his struggles with substance abuse and his family tragedies, including the death of his sister Leslie from a suspected overdose last year, in 'Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It'. The tome will be published by Bird Street Books on September 24. Nick proposed to his girlfriend of four years Lauren Kitt, in the Florida Keys with a seven-carat diamond ring from Xiv Karats in February and admitted he was desperate to pop the question. He said: ''I was like, 'I
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Nick Carter Recalls Substance Abuse Past in Upcoming Memoir

This Backstreet Boy is about to put more of his life into the public eye. Nick Carter is currently working on his eighth album with the boy band titled In a World Like This, which hits stores July 30. But he will be revealing a deeper look into his life through his memoir Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It, which is slated for a  Sept. 24 release through Bird Street Books. According to ABC News, the autobiography and self-help book will include stories about Carter's teenage years in the multiplatinum Backstreet Boys, his struggles with substance and alcohol abuse, and the hardships of his family. There were also reports that Carter was set to star and executive produce a reality show...
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Backstreet Boys Member Opens Up About Substance Abuse

Backstreet Boys Member Opens Up About Substance Abuse
New York — Nick Carter isn't only writing songs – he's written a book.

The Backstreet Boys singer will release a memoir, "Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It," on Sept. 24 via Bird Street Books. The 33-year-old is the first of the group to release a book.

The autobiography and self-help book will include stories about Carter's teenage years in the multiplatinum Backstreet Boys, his struggles with substance and alcohol abuse and the hardships of his family. His younger siblings include Aaron and Leslie Carter. Leslie, who battled with substance abuse, died last year.

Carter is engaged to Lauren Kitt. The Backstreet Boys will release their eighth album, "In a World Like This," on July 30.

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Bob Connolly masterclass

The Australian Directors’ Guild (Adg) presents a masterclass with documentary filmmaker Bob Connolly (Mrs Carey’s Concert, Rats in the Ranks, Facing the Music and Black Harvest) on Saturday 6 August, 10am – 4pm (venue Tbc).

Connolly will explore his approach to long form documentary making, including the facing, and overcoming of ethical and logistical hurdles. Screening work by both himself and others, Connolly will explain how what has shaped and influenced his career.

Attendees are invited to submit a short synopsis of a documentary piece they are working on for critique and advice from Connolly and address problems faced in development.

To apply to attend, submit your CV and a short synopsis of your project (max 1 page/400words) to rsvp@adg.org.au. Applications must be received by Saturday 23 July and will be confirmed early the following week – Adg members will be given priority.

Adg member price: $150

Non member price: $300

to apply for,
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Profile: Bob Connolly, a life of observation

After a long absence, director Bob Connolly returns with Mrs. Carey’s Concert. Miguel Gonzalez spoke with him about his life in documentary.

Connolly was not the type of child that dreamt of working on TV or film. When he dropped out of an Arts Law degree in 1964, he joined the ABC as a cadet journalist. He did “reasonably well” and ended up doing a stint in New York. When he returned in 1968, he joined a current affairs program, first as an assistant producer, and ultimately working as an on camera reporter.

“But I was hopeless at the studio, like a stunned mullet, terrified of live stuff. My brain used to go blank!” he admitted.

So Connolly was sent to work on the show’s “Sunday stories”, doing five-minute reports until, three years later, he was asked to do a half-hour story for the documentary series A Big Country. It was his first observational work,
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Here I Am and Shut Up Little Man up for Adelaide fest award

This year’s BigPond Adelaide Film Festival will present 20 world premieres of new Australian works, and a total of 48 local features and shorts.

The 12 films competing for the International Award for Best Feature Film have also been announced: Four Times (Italy, dir: Michelangelo Frammartino); Here I Am (Australia, dir: Beck Cole); Tuesday After Christmas (Romania, dir: Radu Muntean); Incendies (Canada,dir:: Denis Villeneuve); Meek’s Cutoff (USA, dir: Kelly Reichardt); Mysteries of Lisbon (Portugal, dir: Raoul Ruiz); Nostalgia For the Light (Chile, dir: Patricio Guzman); October (Peru, dir: Daniel Vega Vidal and Diego Vega Vidal); Piano in a Factory (China, dir: Zhang Meng); Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (Australia, dir: Matt Bate); Whisper with the Wind (Iraq, dir: Shahram Alidi); and Year Without a Summer (Malaysia, dir: Tan Chui Mui).

The films will be judged by Julietta Sichel (jury president/Karlovy Vary Film Festival), Pierre Rissient (Cannes), Hossein
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Connolly to open Adelaide Fest; Mad Bastards to close it

Mrs. Carey’s Concert, Bob Connolly’s first documentary since 2001′s Facing the Music, will open next month’s BigPond Adelaide Film Festival on February 24.

The biannual event will be closed by Brendan Fletcher’s Mad Bastards.

Mrs. Carey’s Concert (co-directed by Sophie Raymond) is one of the 14 projects supported by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund. The film chronicles the preparations for a classical music concert at a Sydney’s girl school; both directors will be in attendance, alongside the school’s music director Karen Carey and some of her students.

Other guests in attendance will include:

The International Award jury – Julietta Sichel, Pierre Rissient, Hossein Valamanesh, Trevor Groth, and Robin Gutch; The Hive participants (Richard Tognetti, Meryl Tankard, Garry Stewart, Gideon Obarzanek, Kate Champion, Michael Kantor, Rose Myers, Chris Drummond, Matthew Whittet, Lynette Wallworth, Susan Norrie, Tony Krawitz Glendyn Ivin, Anna Broinowski, Ashlee Page, Amy Gebhardt and
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