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George Clooney Was Almost The Star Of ‘The Notebook’ Before Ryan Gosling Got Involved

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Though it has its detractors, the film of The Notebook remains one of the more popular sudsy romances of the modern age, so powerful that it turned the source’s author, Nicholas Sparks, into a cottage industry for far longer than he had any right to be. But it was almost very different. Instead of starring Ryan Gosling as Noah, the lowly lumber mill worker who catches the eye of Rachel McAdams’ heiress, the film was nearly headlined by no less than George Clooney.

The former Batman let that tidbit slip while speaking to Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming film The Midnight Sky, which, like The Notebook, features two actors playing the same character at different times. “I was going to do a movie years ago called The Notebook, that Ryan Gosling actually did, and I was going to do it with Paul Newman,” he told the publication. There was one problem, though: Both actors were too famous.

“Paul and I talked about doing it, and we were sitting there one day and I was looking at him and I go, ‘I can’t do this movie, Paul … He was like. ‘Why?’ I was like, ‘Because everybody knows what you look like at 30 years old. You got blue eyes, I got brown eyes. You’re too famous at 30 for me to be playing you at 30, it’s never gonna work.’ And he’s like, ‘I guess you’re right.’”

Mind you, this was an early incarnation of the project, which had been in the works since the novel’s publication, in 1996. It was already known that one version was to star Tom Cruise and be directed by than Steven Spielberg. Clooney told EW that “10 years later they made it,” so while the math is a bit off, it’s safe to assume his involvement came very early on.

But it all worked out just fine: The older Noah wound up being played by the legendary James Garner and Gosling, then a scrappy up-and-comer, was elevated to the A-list. And then, in 2011, Gosling made The Ides of March for Clooney, who also co-starred. But next time you watch it, try to picture From Dusk Till Dawn-era Clooney doing the moody cross-class love stuff.

(Via EW)

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Kathie Lee Gifford Talks about Love, Dating and her Brand New Film in an Exclusive Conversation

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Television personality Kathie Lee Gifford has recently opened up about her personal life and more. It’s been five years since her husband, Frank Gifford passed away and the star revealed that she is not actively looking for love.

Kathie Lee Gifford Talks About Love, Life, And More!

In a recent exclusive interview, Kathie further said that while she has been on a few dates, she was not being able to feel a  connection with any of those dates. So, for now, she believes that even if she falls in love it would be due to a higher power.

In the interview, she received that she dated four gentlemen and while they all were great guys, they were not just the right one for her at this point. So, if love is out there, it might happen at the right time. The star said while promoting her movie, Then Came You.

The Television Star Is Not Actively Looking Out For Love At This Point.

In the movie, Kathie Gifford plays the role of a lonely widow, Annabelle who travels around the world with her husband’s ashes and visits the places they both loved in their favorite movies. Gifford describes the movie as a romantic comedy that is all about hope and love for people who have even up on love! Here’s the official trailer of the romantic comedy movie of the movie given right here.

Moreover, Kathie, while talking about her character says how she like Annabelle is not a woman of faith but was dying of loneliness after her husband passed away. The movie is all about letting go, finding new dreams in the way and never to lose hope. 

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Blackstarkids’ ‘Acting Normal’ Offers ’00s Nostalgia Through A Gen Z Lens

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After debuting a handful of self-released albums as well as a collection of demos, Blackstarkids have signed to Dirty Hit and now share a label with the likes of The 1975, Rina Sawayama, Beabadoobee, and The Japanese House. The Kansas City trio are days away from releasing their next full-length effort and have already caused a stir with their recent singles. Offering one last taste of their LP Whatever, Man, Blackstarkids share the buzzing track “Acting Normal.”

Tapping into early ’00s nostalgia through the lens of suburban, Gen Z musicians, “Acting Normal” boasts videogame-like synths, fuzzy guitar, and driving drums. While upbeat, the instrumentals leave ample room for each member of Blackstarkids to offer their own daydream about a day as a “normal” person. “I’m done acting normal / No I don’t give a damn / About what they say / ‘Cause I know who I am,” they sing.

“Acting Normal” is the latest single released off of Whatever, Man and follows a handful of well-received tracks. Their recent single titled “Frankie Muniz” even saw a sincere co-sign from the Malcolm In The Middle actor himself.

Listen to Blackstarkids’ “Acting Normal” above.

Whatever, Man is out 10/22 via Dirty Hit. Pre-order it here.

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‘Euphoria’ Plots Two Special Episodes Ahead of Second Season

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HBO will air two special episodes of Euphoria ahead of the show’s second season, Variety reports.

The first, “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” will air December 6th on HBO before streaming on HBO Max. A title and release date for the second episode has yet to be announced. Both episodes were reportedly made under Covid-19 safety guidelines.

“Trouble Don’t Always” last will pick up after the events of the Season One finale (spoiler alert), following Rue (Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas after being left by Jules (Hunter Schafer) at the train station and relapsing. Colman Domingo will also appear in the episode as the recovering addict Ali. Series creator Sam Levinson wrote and directed the episode.

Zendaya had teased the possibility of a couple of “bridge” episodes after production on Season Two of Euphoria was delayed because of the pandemic. In an interview with Ben Platt — who was guest-hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live! in August — she said, “We might end up doing a little bridge episode. An episode that we can do with a limited amount of people in a safer environment that can give people something — because we also miss Euphoria as the people who create it, too — and give everyone who loves the show a little something so we have something to live on until we are able to go into Season Two.”

Euphoria’s acclaimed first season aired in 2019, and in September Zendaya won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her turn on the show. The series also picked up a pair of Creative Arts Emmys, including Outstanding Contemporary Makeup and Outstanding Music for Labrinth’s “All for Us.”

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