Last Update on October 24, 2014 07:07 GMT
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- Hilary Swank says even her own mom wonders why it seems she never lives long enough in the movies to see the credits roll. The actress has starred in a number of films in which her character -- or someone close to her -- dies. Swank says it isn't like she asks her people to go out and find scripts in which she ends up dead. But she says she does ask her people to point her to roles in which there are stories about women who can show the world "real, meaty, courageous, brave snippets of life." Her latest movie is "You're Not You" -- in which she plays a former pianist suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. Not trying to spoil anything -- but Swank says it she doesn't think it gives anything away to tell you that her character doesn't survive this one, either.
Hilary Swank says it's not like she goes looking for roles with people who end up dead.
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Hilary Swank says she's aware that death is often an element in her movies.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Want to get your hands on some of Halle Berry's lingerie? You now have a chance -- now that she's reviving a line of underwear that has its origins in France. Berry is launching a collection of 10 bras and panties that will be sold at Target. They are born from the Scandale line -- which was started in 1932. Berry is an owner of the line -- and helps in the design of the lingerie. She notes women usually buy lingerie for themselves -- and if they find something they feel good in, it makes them "feel sexy and feminine and empowered." She says as a result, "their partners also reap the benefits." She spoke about the line while showing off a bra in her product line -- one that retails for under $20.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Claire Coffee has been married almost a year. But she says it's only now that she's starting to settle into the relationship. That's because her husband, Chris Thile, is in the band The Punch Brothers and is "on the road most of the time." The star of NBC's "Grimm" says the couple has now relocated to Portland, Oregon -- where the show is shot. And Coffee says, that means they'll have more time to spend together, even though her hubby is still an active part of the group. While she may not see much of her husband, Coffee says she gets to see lots of fans of Grimm in Portland. She says fans keep showing up -- even though producers don't go telling people when and where they will shoot. The first episode of season four of Grimm airs tonight on NBC.
Claire Coffee says Portland, Oregon isn't the easiest place to have a long-distance relationship.
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Claire Coffee says fans of "Grimm" seem to have no problem tracking down where the crew is shooting on any given day.
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Claire Coffee says she thinks fans have inside information on how to find where "Grimm" is taping.
NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Roosevelts" are a ratings hit. The Ken Burns series has given PBS its biggest audience in two decades. That makes it Burns' third most popular film -- after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery." PBS says the series on the Roosevelts had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers. The saga of Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt featured seven two-hour episodes that aired last month.
October 25, 2014 07:09 GMT
Today is Saturday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2014. There are 67 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 25, 1954, a meeting of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Cabinet was broadcast live on radio and television; during the session, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, just returned from Europe, reported on agreements signed in Paris on the future of West Germany. (To date, it's the only presidential Cabinet meeting to be carried on radio and TV.)
On this date:
In 1760, Britain's King George III succeeded his late grandfather, George II.
In 1854, the "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering heavy losses.
In 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted in Washington, D.C., of accepting a $100,000 bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. (Fall was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ended up serving nine months.)
In 1939, the play "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in New York.
In 1945, Taiwan became independent of Japanese colonial rule.
In 1957, mob boss Albert Anastasia of "Murder Inc." notoriety was shot to death by masked gunmen in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.
In 1962, U.N. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II demanded that Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin confirm or deny the existence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba, saying he was prepared to wait "until hell freezes over" for an answer. Stevenson then presented photographic evidence of the bases to the Security Council.
In 1964, The Rolling Stones made the first of six appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.
In 1989, novelist and critic Mary McCarthy died in New York at age 77.
In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two young sons (Smith later confessed to drowning the children in John D. Long Lake, and was convicted of murder). Three defendants were convicted in South Africa of murdering American exchange student Amy Biehl.
In 1999, golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota; Stewart was 42.
Ten years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court announced that Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist had thyroid cancer (Rehnquist died in Sept. 2005). At least 85 Muslim detainees suffocated or were crushed to death in southern Thailand after the police rounded up 1,300 people and packed them into trucks following a riot.
Five years ago: A pair of suicide car bombings devastated the heart of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, killing 155 people, including 24 children. Philanthropist Jeffry Picower, accused of making more than $7 billion from the investment schemes of his longtime friend Bernard Madoff, drowned after suffering a heart attack in the swimming pool of his Palm Beach, Florida, mansion; he was 67. The New York Yankees won their first pennant in six years, beating the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 in Game 6 of the AL championship series.
One year ago: Indignant at reports of U.S. electronic espionage overseas, the leaders of France and Germany said they would insist the Obama administration agree by year's end to limits that could put an end to alleged American eavesdropping on foreign leaders, businesses and innocent civilians. Death claimed British actor Nigel Davenport, 85, Hollywood stunt double Hal Needham, 82, and actress-comedian Marcia Wallace, 70.
Today's Birthdays: Former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown is 90. Singer-actress Barbara Cook is 87. Actress Marion Ross is 86. Country singer Jeanne Black is 77. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Knight is 74. Pop singer Helen Reddy is 73. Author Anne Tyler is 73. Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 70. Political strategist James Carville is 70. Singer Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is 70. Rock musician Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) is 67. Actor Brian Kerwin is 65. Actor Mark L. Taylor is 64. Movie director Julian Schnabel is 63. Rock musician Matthias Jabs is 58. Actress Nancy Cartwright (TV: "The Simpsons") is 57. Country singer Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) is 56. Rock musician Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers; Chickenfoot) is 53. Actress Tracy Nelson is 51. Actor Michael Boatman is 50. Actor Kevin Michael Richardson is 50. Singer Speech is 46. Actor Adam Goldberg is 44. Actor-singer Adam Pascal is 44. Rock musician Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) is 44. Actress Persia White is 44. Country singer Chely (SHEL'-ee) Wright is 44. Violinist Midori is 43. Actor Craig Robinson is 43. Actor Michael Weston is 41. Actor Zachary Knighton is 36. Actress Mariana Klaveno is 35. Actor Mehcad (muh-KAD') Brooks is 34. Actor Ben Gould is 34. Actor Josh Henderson is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Young Rome is 33. Pop singer Katy Perry is 30. Rock singer Austin Winkler is 30. Singer Ciara is 29. Actress Conchita Campbell ("The 4400") is 19.
Thought for Today: "In the time of your life, live -- so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches." -- From "The Time of Your Life" by William Saroyan (1908-1981).
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