Last Update on December 20, 2013 08:10 GMT
KRISTEN JOHNSTON HAS RARE AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kristen Johnston has revealed she has a rare autoimmune disorder. She writes on her Facebook page that she started feeling "really, really sick" in early September. She was so weak, she says it was hard to walk and impossible to climb stairs. She says she even needed a neck brace to hold her head up. She took time off from her sitcom "The Exes." Now that doctors have figured out how to treat her, she says she feels better and is back at work.
"AMERICAN HUSTLE" - CHRISTIAN BALE
NEW YORK (AP)-- Christian Bale compares acting to going crazy. He says when people dream at night, it's like going "a little insane." He says acting is like "dreaming in a waking state." He says the more "insane" he gets, the better he acts. He says he finds the whole process "addictive." His new movie "American Hustle" opens in more theaters today.
<<CUT ..001 (12/20/13)>> 00:15 "it would be"
Christian Bale says gaining 43 pounds for this role wasn't as fun as you might think.
<<CUT ..002 (12/20/13)>> 00:15 "with Shirley Bassey (3rd reference)"
Christian Bale says he got a tip from the real life guy his character is based on about how he handled the stress in his life.
<<CUT ..003 (12/20/13)>> 00:15 "that very addictive"
Christian Bale says acting is like going crazy.
PEOPLE MAGAZINE'S MOST INTRIGUING PEOPLE OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) -- The "Duck Dynasty" family are among People magazine's most intriguing people of the year. The list was drawn up before Phil Robertson was suspended from the show for making anti-gay remarks to GQ. The list also includes the Kardashians, Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, Bryan Cranston and Justin Timberlake. Sandra Bullock, Valerie Harper, Adam Levin, Tom Hanks, Simon Cowell and Robin Thicke also made the cut.
TAREQ SALAHI RUNNING FOR CONGRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michaele Salahi's (mih-KEHL' suh-LAH'-heez) ex-husband Tareq (TAH'-rehk) is running for Congress. The Washington Post says he has his eye on the seat being vacated by Virginia Republican Frank Wolf, who's retiring. Salahi ran a write-in campaign for governor of Virginia this year, but lost. He says he wants to serve "the hard-working people of Virginia."
BEN STILLER SAYS ASKING HIS NOW FATHER-IN-LAW TO MARRY HIS DAUGHTER WAS LIKE "MEET THE PARENTS"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ben Stiller was rehearsing for "Meet the Parents" when life imitated art. Stiller tells Parade magazine that he was nervous asking his now father-in-law permission to marry his daughter, Christine Taylor. He says her dad is "an intimidating guy." And while he says they're "good friends now," he felt like his character asking for Robert De Niro's blessing. He and Taylor have now been married 15 years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The a capella groups from "The Sing-Off" are going on tour. Whoever wins this Monday will join the top finalists in performing in 32 cities. The tour starts February 19 in Verona, New York and ends March 29 in Los Angeles.
"SAVING MR. BANKS"
LONDON (AP) -- Director John Lee Hancock had an ulterior motive in asking Emma Thompson to star in "Saving Mr. Banks." He says he's a huge fan and just wanted to meet her. He took Thompson out to dinner, gave his pitch and she said yes. Thompson plays the woman who wrote "Mary Poppins." Saving Mr. Banks opens in more theaters today.
<<CUT ..004 (12/20/13)>> 00:15 "would be fantastic"
John Lee Hancock
Director John Lee Hancock says Emma Thompson was the unanimous choice to play the woman who wrote "Mary Poppins" in "Saving Mr. Banks."
<<CUT ..005 (12/20/13)>> 00:12 "excited pinching myself"
John Lee Hancock
John Lee Hancock says he had an ulterior motive in offering the role to Emma Thompson.
<<CUT ..006 (12/20/13)>> 00:15 "let's do this"
John Lee Hancock
John Lee Hancock says Tom Hanks was the obvious choice to play Walt Disney.