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Any Scarface fans out there? I found this bit of inside info about the movie rather interesting...

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer said she was "starving" by the time she finished her role as an emaciated cocaine addict in the 1983 gangster film Scarface.

Pfeiffer and her co-stars Al Pacino and Steven Bauer reunited with their director Brian De Palma for a Tribeca Film Festival panel discussion Thursday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Asked about the painfully frail-looking frame she maintained during the movie's six-month shoot, EW.com reported the 59-year-old actress replied: "I was starving by the end of it. ... I literally had members of the crew bringing me bagels because they were all worried about me and how thin I was getting. I think I was living on tomato soup and Marlboros."

Pacino, 77, said the movie itself was always meant to be over-the-top in its portrayal of decadence and violence.

"Bombast was part of what we were trying to say with the movie," Deadline quoted Pacino as saying. "It was bigger than life."

"I thought that we had to show that these were different kinds of gangsters," said De Palma, 77. "I thought, 'Right at the beginning, let's show the kind of violence we're going to be dealing with.'"

The '80s version of Scarface is a celebration of excess, and all of the horrendous consequences that come with it.

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Steve


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David Copperfield forced to reveal magic trick in court
David Copperfield was forced to reveal a magic trick in court this week after a crowd member sued the magician for causing bodily harm.

Gavin Cox, a 58-year-old tourist from Britain was visiting Las Vegas in 2013 and attended Copperfield's show at the MGM Grand. He was one of 13 audience members chosen to participate in Copperfield's "Lucky #13" trick, which involves making the participants disappear and having one reappear on the other side of the concert hall.

But when Cox participated in the trick, he says he dislocated a shoulder and suffers from chronic pain and back injury, which has resulted in more than $400,000 in medical bills, according to NBC News.

To figure out what happened, a Las Vegas district court judge ordered Copperfield to reveal how he does the Lucky #13 trick, despite his attorneys arguing that doing so would cost him millions of dollars.

Copperfield revealed that once the 13 members, a curtain briefly covers them and they are each ushered into passageways built into the stage. They are then ushered through tunnels that go to the other side of the concert hall.

When Cox participated in the trick, he was ushered through a tunnel and fell. He dislocated his shoulder and had to go to the hospital.

Cox said the tunnel had debris and it was the fault of Copperfield and the MGM resort, whichis also a defendant in the lawsuit, for not making the area clear.

Copperfield and the resort argued that the tunnel was clear.

"Mr Cox did not slip; he tripped," said MGM resort attorney Jerry Popovich, according to the BBC.

Cox's lawyers argued that Copperfield's trick was an "accident waiting to happen," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The trial continues next week.


Kerry Washington bids farewell to 'Scandal': 'We have changed history'
Kerry Washington said goodbye to Scandal Thursday on Instagram as the drama series aired its final episode after seven seasons.

The actress posted a photo of herself on the set of Scandal, laying down inside the show's Oval Office.

"This picture was taken when we completed filming our very final scene in the Oval Office set. So many of @scandalabc's most iconic scenes happened in that Oval. It has been, in many ways, the center of our #Scandal universe," Washington said before she described how other crew members joined her for a photo and how Scandal made television history.

"I am filled with endless gratitude for our #Scandal Family. Our glorious cast & crew and our community of #Gladiators. TOGETHER, we have changed history. Transformed television. And illuminated each other's lives. Thank you for watching. And tweeting. And being with us!!!!" Washington said.

Washington's next television project following Scandal will be Hulu's Little Fires Everywhere, a limited series she is producing and starring in alongside Reese Witherspoon. The show is based on the Celeste Ng novel of the same name.


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"We knew 14-year-old boys would love it, but I wasn't prepared for the guys in their 70s with the tuxedo and the martini and the portfolio coming up and going, 'Dumb and Dumber might be the best movie of all time.'"
--Jeff Daniels, on his surprise at the response to Dumb and Dumber, on Conan



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Charlize Theron says she gained 50 pounds for 'Tully'
Charlize Theron says she gained "close to 50 pounds" for her film Tully.

The 42-year-old actress recounted at the movie's press junket Tuesday in Los Angeles how she gained weight to play a mom-of-three in the new dramedy.

"I just wanted to feel what this woman felt, and I think that was a way for me to get closer to her and get into that mindset," Theron explained.

"I got hit in the face pretty hard with depression," she said. "Yeah, for the first time in my life I was eating so much processed foods and I drank way too much sugar. I was not that fun to be around on this film."

Theron packed on the pounds over a three-and-a-half month period. She said gaining weight was initially fun but turned into a chore.

"The first three weeks are always fun because you're just like a kid in a candy store," the star said.

"Then after three weeks, it's not fun anymore," she added. "I would literally wake up at two in the morning and I'd have a cup of cold macaroni and cheese just next to me. I would wake up and I would just eat it."

Theron said she went through "hell" to lose the weight after filming ending. She previously said in an interview with Variety that the experience with Tully was "brutal" compared to transformations for roles in her 20s.

"I was sick. I couldn't lose the weight. I called my doctor and I said, 'I think I'm dying!' and He's like, 'No, you're 41. Calm down,'" the actress recalled.

Tully follows the friendship between a mom (Theron) and her nanny (Mackenzie Davis). Theron was all smiles Wednesday at the movie's premiere in Los Angeles.


Rachel Weisz announces she and Daniel Craig are expecting their first child
Disobedience star Rachel Weisz has announced she and her husband, actor Daniel Craig, are expecting their first child together.

"I'll be showing soon," the 48-year-old actress told The New York Times. "Daniel and I are so happy. We're going to have a little human. We can't wait to meet him or her. It's all such a mystery."

Weisz has been married to the 50-year-old James Bond actor since 2011, the New York Post said.

The actress has an 11-year-old son named Henry with her ex-boyfriend, director Darren Aronofsky, and Craig has a 25-year-old daughter called Ella with his ex-wife, actress Fiona Loudon.


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Which 'Cagney & Lacey' star will play Phil's sister in the 'Murphy Brown' revival?

Cagney & Lacey and Judging Amy actress Tyne Daly is set to play Phyllis, the sister of deceased bar owner Phil, in the 2018-19 revival of the sitcom Murphy Brown.

"It's evident that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. She has taken over the bar and is a friend and confidant to Murphy and the gang," CBS said when it announced the 72-year-old actress' casting in the newsroom comedy Thursday.

The network recently announced it ordered 13 new episodes of the show, 20 years after it was canceled. Original cast members Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud will reprise their roles, and newbies Jake McDorman and Nik Dodani will round out the ensemble.

Murphy Brown ran 10 seasons on CBS from 1988-98 and won 18 Emmy Awards.

Pat Corley, who played Phil, died in 2006 at the age of 76.

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