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Rating for ‘A Star Is Born’ changed in New Zealand after viewers are “traumatized” by one scene

Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD) Most rating systems are in place to warn people about sex, language and violence — but New Zealand has changed its rating for A Star Is Born based on something else in the movie that has some viewers extremely upset.

The country’s Office of Film and Lit Classification tweeted, “Thanks to public feedback we’ve updated the descriptive note for #AStarIsBorn to include a warning for suicide. The depiction is subtle but emotionally arresting. The film is classified M ‘Sex Scenes, Offensive Language, Drug Use & Suicide.'”

When one fan complained that this announcement amounts to a spoiler — which it does — the office replied, “Sorry…We’ve had a number of people contact us because they WEREN’T warned, and were unexpectedly traumatized when watching the film after recent bereavements to suicide. Unfortunately in this case, spoilers are warranted.”

Is this an overreaction?  Not according to New Zealand’s Mental Health Foundation, which wrote on Facebook, “A Star Is Born is the movie we’ve had the most feedback about…While the suicide mostly happens off-screen, we have heard some viewers were extremely distressed after watching this movie and have needed to access professional support.”

And chief censor David Shanks told Stuff.co.nz that police had to respond to “two vulnerable young people who had been severely triggered by the scene.”

A recent report revealed that the suicide rate in New Zealand is “the highest since records began.” 668 people took their own lives in the past year.

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“Oprah’s Favorite Things” list for 2018 includes 50 items under $50

Don Arnold/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Start making up your Christmas list, because Oprah Winfrey has unveiled her annual collection of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” for 2018.

The list, which appears in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, includes the most items yet: 107 in all.  Plus, according to the magazine, for the first time ever, the list features 50 items under $50.

The list is divided into categories, including Cozy, Travel, Family, Beauty, Fashionable, Beauty, Kitchen, Food, Tech, Home, Eco-Friendly, Inspirational, and Pet Gifts.  You’ll find everything from a Land’s End hooded winter coat and fingerless gloves to a lasagna pan, Samsung QLED TV and plush slippers, to a doggy spa kit, a juicer, and even a $180 tin of artisanal popcorn.

Oprah writes of the list, “These days, choosing my Favorite Things makes me a little cuckoo. What started as an organic extension of wanting to treat people to some things I truly loved has turned into an annual list that takes a team to curate.”

“I then go through every item, picking my favorites and narrowing the selection to my own,” she adds. “It’s a process. Because it’s important for me to remain as true to my original inspiration as possible. My guideline: Do I really like it enough to want to receive it myself?”

The comments section of the list is split between people who are delighted, and people who are disappointed.  As one wrote, “Oprah, I love you but you are SO out of touch! Most people can not afford these items.”

Another wrote, “I mean $180 popcorn. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Thanks for making me feel worthless.”

However, another wrote, “Oprah you have great taste. Love so many of these items,” while another insisted, “This list really has something for everyone!”

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‘Breaking Bad’ movie in the works; will Cranston & Paul return?

Bryan Cranston as Walter White; Ursula Coyote/AMC (LOS ANGELES) — Could we be seeing more of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman?

In what’s unquestionably welcome news for fans, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is working on a two-hour movie based on the award-winning AMC series, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s not yet clear whether the film, about which very few details are known, will be released theatrically or made for TV.  Also unknown is if any of its original stars, including Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul — who played White and Pinkman, respectivelyare involved in the new project, which Gilligan will write and possibly direct.  However, production is expected to begin this month in New Mexico.

Breaking Bad starred Cranston as former high school chemistry teacher Walter White, who, with the help of former student Pinkman, turns to cooking methamphetamine as a way to fund his treatment when he’s diagnosed with cancer.  He quickly learns he not only has a talent for making the illegal drug, but also for the criminal world into which he descends.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest television shows ever made — it won 16 Emmys, two Peabodys and two Golden Globes — Breaking Bad ran for five seasons on AMC, ending in 2013.  The spin-off series Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk as shady attorney Saul Goodman, debuted in 2015 and was recently renewed for a fifth season.

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Idris Elba on his Sexiest Man Alive honor: “I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy'”

Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Idris Elba admits he was surprised to be named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive this year.  He also admits the honor has definitely been a self-confidence booster.

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’” the 46-year-old actor told the mag. “Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”

Though Elba’s starred in such series as HBO’s The Wire and the British detective series Luther, he says his early days were far from sexy.  He says he grew up “tall and skinny,” and went to an all-boys school in London, where he played sports.

“And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?,” he said. “I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”

In addition his work in front of and behind the camera, Idris also moonlights as a deejay and has his own clothing line. He’s also gearing up for his wedding to fiancée Sabrina Dhowre.

While being “the sexiest man alive” is great, Elba says it doesn’t hold a candle to another life-changing event.

“Being witness to the birth of my children is the biggest and best thing ever,” says Elba, who has a 16-year-old daughter, Isan, and a 4-year-old son, Winston, from previous relationships.

Elba joins two other men of color who’ve graced People’s Sexiest cover. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the sexiest in 2016 and Denzel Washington graced the cover in 1996.

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Universal Pictures plotting reboots for ‘Shrek’ and ‘Puss in Boots’

Universal Studios Hollywood(LOS ANGELES) — Shrek and Puss in Boots may be getting reboots, according to Variety.

Universal Pictures has reportedly tapped Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri to come up with new ideas to bring the popular characters back to the big screen, along with the voice cast of the Shrek movies, including Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas.

Meledandri hasn’t figured out exactly where he’d like to go with the reboots, telling Variety, “There’s a tremendous amount of fun to be had in that world,” but added that the original films set “a high bar”

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George Clooney auctioning off motorcycle for veterans’ charity

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — George Clooney is auctioning off his Harley Davidson motorcycle for charity in honor of Veteran’s Day.

The actor is among a slew of stars teaming up with eBay for Charity to benefit Home for Our Troops, a nonprofit that provides injured veterans with homes. He put his 2017 Dresser Touring Ultra Limited FLHTK Harvey Davidson up for bidding, starting at $25,000.

Meanwhile, Paul Rudd is auctioning off a lunch date, Owen Wilson will play a tennis match against the highest bidder, Ben Stiller is offering a chance to sit with him courtside at a New York Knicks game, and Jake Gyllenhaal is auctioning off tickets for his upcoming off-Broadway production Sea Wall/A Life.

Other participants include Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel, all of whom have offered tickets to their respective talk shows.

The Veteran’s Day campaign runs until November 15. Veteran’s Day is commemorated on November 11. All items up for auction can be found at eBay.com/homesforourtroops.

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Michael Douglas receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame after 50 years in the biz

Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) — Michael Douglas received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday, in recognition of his 50-year anniversary in the entertainment business.

He accepted the honor with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, his son Cameron, and his 101-year-old father,  movie legend Kirk Douglas, looking on.

“My dad is here,” Michael said during his speech at the ceremony. “In a month, Kirk turns 102 years old. So those of you who took the under on him making 80, you lost a long time ago.”

He continued, getting choked up, “It means so much to me, Dad, that you’re here today. I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.”

Douglas received a star near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, just a few feet from his father’s own star.

His China Syndrome co-star Jane Fonda was a guest speaker at the ceremony, and she talked about how they both had to deal with the challenges of having fathers who were movie legends.

“Michael has not only carved out his identity as a great, great actor with tremendous range, but as a great producer as well,” Fonda said. “He has rightfully been bestowed with all of the awards Hollywood has to offer… and now finally, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

Douglas is starring in a new Netflix series, The Kominsky Method, debuting on November 16.

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Harpo, is that you? Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg to adapt ‘The Color Purple’ musical into a film

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — The Color Purple is coming back to theaters, but with a musical twist.  Warner Bros. is adapting the Broadway musical based on The Color Purple into a film.

The original 1982 film and subsequent musical was based on the Pulitzer Prize Alice Walker novel. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg film and starred Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It later went on to earn 11 Academy Award nominations and was Winfrey’s feature acting debut, which earned her an Oscar nod.

Although the film didn’t receive any Oscars, nor did its hit Broadway musical in 2005, the 2016 revival that starred Cynthia Erivo won the play two Tonys, including best musical revival.

Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Steven Spielberg are all on board to produce the big-screen musical.  No word yet on when we might see it.

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Melissa McCarthy to receive Icon award at E! People’s Choice Awards

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — Melissa McCarthy has reached icon status.

The actress will receive the inaugural People’s Icon of 2018 award at the E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday.

“Melissa McCarthy is a multi-talented actor, writer, producer and director and who has starred in some of the most iconic movies and television shows of the past decade,” Jen Neal, executive producer of live events and executive vice president of marketing for E!, says in a statement.

Neal adds, “She is beloved by the people and we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting or deserving to honor as The People’s Icon of 2018.”

McCarthy is also nominated this year in the Comedy Movie Star of 2018 category for her role in Life of the Party.

The 2018 E! People’s Choice Awards air this Sunday, November 11 at 9 p.m. ET. You can watch across cable networks of NBCUniversal, including E!, Bravo, SYFY, Universo and USA Network.

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Matthew McConaughey talks losing ‘Titanic’ role to Leonardo DiCaprio: “I wanted that”

ABC/Nicole Wilder(LOS ANGELES) — For Matthew McConaughey, Titanic was the role that got away.

The actor tells The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast that he auditioned for the role of Jack in the 1997 blockbuster, which Leonardo DiCaprio went on to play.

“I went and auditioned,” he says. “I wanted that. I auditioned with Kate Winslet. Had a good audition. Walked away from there pretty confident that I had it. I didn’t get it. I never got offered that.”

McConaughey adds that he hopes his agent at the time didn’t withhold the offer from him.

“And as I’ve said before, not even half-jokingly to be true, if that was an offer and it didn’t come to me, I’ve got to go back and go, ‘I need to meet in an alley with that agent,’” he says.

Last year on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Winslet also spoke about auditioning with McConaughey.

“I auditioned with Matthew, isn’t that weird?” she said. “Never said that in public before. I auditioned with Matthew, which was completely fantastic. It just wouldn’t have been the whole ‘Jack and Rose, Kate and Leo’ thing.”

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