Seacrest: Celebrating Dick Clark on NYE
NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) — ABC will air a 2-hour tribute to the late Dick Clark before its New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast in New York, host Ryan Seacrest said.
"It’s hard to imagine New Year’s Eve in Times Square without Dick," Seacrest said in an interview with Parade. "We plan to celebrate his life and legacy in special ways, but we’ve also made sure this year’s show is bigger and better than ever. That’s the way Dick would want it. He always aimed for the stars, and we will, too."
Clark, who died in April at age 82, hosted the annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from 1972 until 2005, when he turned over the main hosting duties to Seacrest.
In an interview with ABC News, Seacrest described the first New Year’s without Clark as "odd."
"You think back 40 years ago before I was born, he started the tradition with the camera and a light and a microphone," Seacrest said.
Seacrest said he used to sit at home and study Clark as a host.
"You’d feel like you were his good friend and he was like that in person as well. I think that was one of the most amazing things about how he could host shows," he added.
Emmylou Harris in alleged hit-and-run
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Prosecutors in Los Angeles are considering filing hit-and-run charges against singer Emmylou Harris in what her representative said was a minor collision.
Harris, 64 — a 12-time Grammy winner and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame — allegedly hit a car while driving in Los Angeles Oct. 1, and took off without exchanging information with the other driver, police said.
Citing a police source it did not identify, TMZ reported Saturday Harris was driving a rental car on Interstate 405 when she struck the other car.
Harris’ representative told TMZ the singer was involved in a "minor traffic accident," and said "she unintentionally rubbed bumpers with another vehicle."
The rep said Harris didn’t realize she made contact with another vehicle, so she left.
It is a "garden-variety accident that happens every day on the 405," the rep said.
Rome fest to give Tarantino lifetime award
ROME, Dec. 29 (UPI) — International Rome Film Festival organizers said they will present "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino with a lifetime achievement award.
Italian film composer Ennio Morricone will present Tarantino with the honor at a gala screening of his latest film Jan. 4, the film’s European premiere, The Hollywood Reporter said Friday.
The film festival concluded Nov. 17, but artistic director Marco Mueller had promised that Rome would play some role in the film, which is an homage to the spaghetti Western.
"Django Unchained" wasn’t finished in time for a festival screening.
"Quentin Tarantino’s vision has radically influenced our collective imagery over the past 20 years," Mueller said. "Tarantino is a profoundly American yet very European filmmaker, because the relationship he has established with cinema and its history is as analytical as it is passionate."
Cooper almost quit acting over play
HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 29 (UPI) — U.S. actor Bradley Cooper said he planned to quit the acting business if he wasn’t successful in a difficult Broadway production of "Three Days of Rain."
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Golden Globe-nominated actor said he challenged himself to "a do or die" moment with the play in which he performed opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in 2006.
He said preparation for the part was "the hardest thing I’ve ever been through, by far."
"I remember thinking, ‘If this doesn’t work, maybe I’m not right for this business,’" he said.
His most recent project — "Silver Linings Playbook," in which his character suffers from bipolar disease — has earned him rave reviews from critics.
He’s been nominated for Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, Indie Spirit and Satellite awards, and voted the year’s best actor by the National Board of Review.
"This is the dream, of course, to be able to make movies with people like this," Cooper said. "And, in terms of the recognition, it’s a wonderful feeling."