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Alyson Hannigan enters aggressive pumpkin-carving world on new present

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Alyson Hannigan is getting a soar on Halloween.

The previous star of “How I Met Your Mom” is internet hosting “Outrageous Pumpkins,” a brand new four-part Meals Community sequence through which seven knowledgeable pumpkin carvers will showcase their abilities and compete for a $25,000 grand prize.

Hannigan, 46, answered a number of questions on her new present.

Do pumpkins maintain a particular place in your coronary heart, or was this extra concerning the aggressive component?

Halloween holds a particular place in my coronary heart! So this was a lot for me. The aggressive facet is all the time enjoyable as a result of it creates such an vitality and motivates folks, however for me, seeing all of the artistic methods the pumpkins have been carved was essentially the most thrilling half.

Are you able to carve a pumpkin?

My [pumpkin] carving abilities aren’t the finest a part of my Halloween décor as a result of I haven’t targeted on it sufficient, however this present has impressed me to up my sport and has taught me so many nice new tips. Who knew you would use loopy glue, or shave the pores and skin of a pumpkin earlier than carving it?! This yr I’ll have much more time to essentially deal with my carving abilities as a result of I gained’t have the ability to host my annual Halloween celebration.

Did you do that exercise as a child?

I keep in mind carving pumpkins as a result of I keep in mind loving that feeling if you stick your fingers into the gooey brains of the pumpkins. I feel, as a child, pumpkin carving was my fundamental Halloween exercise. That’s the way you knew folks have been celebrating Halloween — there was a pumpkin outdoors!

Did it’s worthwhile to be taught concerning the artwork of carving, or is your job right here being an observer?

I positively discovered concerning the craft and the ability required, however my fundamental function was to attempt to maintain my mouth from staying open the entire time as I regarded on with amazement. I discovered and I watched in awe.

When and the place did you shoot the sequence?

In Lengthy Island final November — we needed to shoot it in pumpkin season! It was icy chilly. I couldn’t even really feel my fingers and in the meantime the contestants have been doing this extremely detailed work with their fingers. Their dexterity was positively put to the check having to carve in that chilly climate. I don’t understand how they did it, but they nonetheless did such an unimaginable job with a lot intricate element.

It’s been nearly six years since “How I Met Your Mom” ended. Would you take into account starring in one other community sitcom?

I’ve liked tv since I used to be a bit child. Devouring reruns of “I Love Lucy” and “The Brady Bunch” and people sorts of exhibits are what made me understand I wished to be an actor, particularly sitcoms. “How I Met Your Mom” by no means filmed in entrance of a reside viewers so to be a part of a sequence that did — the place you’re getting that vitality and instantaneous suggestions from the viewers — can be so unimaginable.

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John Stamos volunteers to affix #HappyDays reunion as Chachi

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“Comfortable Days” is getting political.

A lot of the solid of the healthful ’50s sitcom set in Milwaukee is getting again collectively for a digital reunion on behalf of the Democratic Social gathering of Wisconsin — with one notable exception.

Former teen heartthrob Scott Baio, an outspoken Donald Trump supporter, will doubtless not be throwing in his skills as Chachi for the reunion of the present that ran from 1974 to 1984.

As an alternative, actor John Stamos, 57, has supplied to play the function of Fonzie’s beloved cousin, with Twitter’s approval. The sitcom star in his personal proper — as hunky uncle Jesse in “Full Home” –threw in his hat late Monday evening after the reunion announcement.

Baio, 60, clapped again together with his personal snarky response: “Shouldn’t you be taking good care of Aunt Becky?,” he tweeted in an obvious reference to former “Full Home” co-star Lori Loughlin’s authorized fallout from the continuing faculty admissions scandal.

The reunion fundraiser kicks off Sunday, October 25 at 6 p.m. CT, and can carry collectively Henry Winkler (Fonzie), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), author Lowell Ganz, and extra.

Tickets to the pandemic-friendly occasion go for a minimum of a $1 donation, with proceeds going towards “making Trump a one-term president,” in line with an announcement from the organizers.

“We’re thrilled a present made well-known in Milwaukee is coming again house to assist make Donald Trump a one-term President,” stated Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Social gathering of Wisconsin. “We all know all roads to the White Home undergo the Badger State, and with the solid of ‘Comfortable Days’ serving to us increase cash to take again the White Home, we consider much more we are able to ship a victory on November third.”

The occasion will function fan questions, behind-the-scenes tales from the solid and crew, and some surprises.

Whereas many had been thrilled to see Stamos take the reins of the enduring function, others on-line weren’t so please with the substitute — or the political trigger behind it.

“That is so irritating. First ‘The Princess Bride’ will get co-opted for a political goal and now ‘Comfortable Days.’ I’m actually 100% nice with actors talking their very own minds, however I want you’d depart our reminiscences of reveals we cherished alone,” @freeburlington tweeted.

No less than one consumer observed the complete circle impact of booting out Baio, referencing the mysterious departure of Richie’s older brother, Chuck Cunningham, within the ninth episode of the present.

“Oh good, Chachi’s been Chuck Cunninghammed,” @CollinMur tweeted.

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Robert Redford’s ‘grief is immeasurable’ after son James’ dying

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Robert Redford and his household are mourning the dying of his son James, who handed away after a battle with liver most cancers at age 58.

“The grief is immeasurable with the loss of a kid,” Redford’s rep, Cindi Berger, instructed Web page Six in a press release on Tuesday. “Jamie was a loving son, husband and father. His legacy lives on via his kids, artwork, filmmaking and devoted ardour to conservation and the surroundings.”

Redford, 84, “is mourning along with his household throughout this tough time and asks for privateness,” the assertion concluded.

James, a documentary filmmaker, died at dwelling in Marin County, Calif., on Friday. He had been awaiting a liver transplant. The information of his passing was first confirmed by his spouse, Kyle Redford, in a tweet.

“We’re heartbroken. He lived an exquisite, impactful life & was beloved by many,” she wrote, sharing a number of household photographs. “As his spouse of 32 yrs, I’m most grateful for the 2 spectacular kids we raised collectively. I don’t know what we’d’ve accomplished w/o them over the previous 2yrs.”

In 2005, James and his father co-founded the Redford Middle, which “makes use of impact-driven movie and media to speed up environmental and local weather justice, options and restore,” in accordance with its web site.

James was Redford’s son along with his ex-wife Lola Van Wagenen. The pair had 4 kids collectively: James, daughters Shauna and Amy, and son Scott, who died of sudden toddler dying syndrome in 1959.

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Trump accounts for 97 % of late-night TV hosts’ jokes

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Late-night TV hosts present clear bias in making President Trump the goal of just about all of their political jokes — whereas Joe Biden escapes just about unscathed, in line with a brand new research.

In September, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon made Trump the punchline of 97% of their jokes concerning the candidates, with 455 concerning the president in comparison with simply 14 about his Democratic rival.

The bias is even larger for those who counted the 64 jokes that month that the pair made about Trump’s household or administration, in line with the research by the Middle for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason College.

“When Trump’s onstage, everybody else is blacked out,” stated Robert Lichter, a communication professor at George Mason.

Mason has been finding out late-night humor and politics since 1992, and says that whereas the hosts often goal Republicans greater than Democrats, the distinction has by no means been this stark.

Even 4 years in the past, Trump had a fairer shake, getting poked enjoyable of 78% of the time in comparison with Hillary Clinton’s 22%, the middle stated.

The bias is so pronounced, actually, Biden will in all probability proceed to get off free even when he wins the election, the professor stated.

“I feel they may discover a option to preserve making jokes about Trump, even after he leaves workplace,” Lichter stated.

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