The actress who plays Zuzu on why we need ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ more than ever

We’re all in this together.

Certain truths only become clearer over time, and the importance of community, family, friends and neighbors joining forces in trying times is chief among them as we wind down the lamentable year that was 2020.

That thought kept returning to the forefront of my mind as I watched Frank Capra’s classic 1946 Christmas fantasy drama “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time this month.

I don’t know how I’d never seen it before. I guess I was simply waiting for the right year. And seeing as 2020 has all of us approaching the ends of our ropes like so many George Baileys, the time finally arrived for me to make my first trip to Bedford Falls.

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If you too have yet to see Capra’s film, it is nothing more or less than the grand survey of one American life – namely, that of George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, who runs the family building and loan business in the small town of Bedford Falls.

a person holding a stuffed animal: Karolyn Grimes, left, and Jimmy Stewart in a scene from Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."

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Karolyn Grimes, left, and Jimmy Stewart in a scene from Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

George sets aside his own dreams and aspirations in favor of a life spent selflessly helping those in his community who find themselves at the mercy of predatory banker Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore).

A financial crisis pushes George to his emotional breaking point, necessitating the intervention of Clarence (Henry Thomas), an angel, and George’s friends, family and neighbors marshalled by his wife Mary (Donna Reed).

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‘Wedding Crashers’ sequel; ‘Back to the Future’ actress dies; more: Buzz

“Wedding Crashers” sequel

Vince Vaughn has confirmed a “Wedding Crashers” sequel is in the works with original co-star Owen Wilson. “Owen and I and the director of ‘Crashers’ (David Dobkin) have been talking for the first time seriously [about] a sequel to that movie,” the actor told ET Wednesday. “So there has been an idea that is pretty good. So we are talking about that in the early stages.” Vaughn, who filmed “The Binge” in Syracuse last year, and Wilson starred in the 2005 comedy film along with Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Christopher Walken, Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell, Jane Seymour and Rebecca DeMornay. “They were fun movies to make,” Vaughn said, also reminiscing about “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Zoolander.” “It’s always fun to make people laugh and go to work with people that are funny.”

‘Back to the Future’ actress dies

Deadline reports Elsa Raven, a character actress best known as the “Save the clock tower!” lady in “Back to the Future,” is dead at age 91. Raven, whose real name was Elsa Rabinowitz, died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles, according to her agent David Shaul. Her credits also include the realtor in “The Amityville Horror,” John Malkovich’s landlady in “In the Line of Fire,” and a memorable appearance in “Titanic” as half of the elderly couple holding each other in a bed as water floods in (featured in Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” music video). She also appeared on “General Hospital,” “Amen,” “Wiseguy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “3rd Rock From the Sun” and as the mom from the Mom & Pop store episode of “Seinfeld.” Survivors include 15 nieces and nephews.


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Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Fashion’ Clocks 12 Years, Actress Says She Was Told ‘Taking on It Could be Risk’

Mugdha Godse, Priyanka, Kangana Ranaut posing for the camera: Priyanka Chopra's 'Fashion' Clocks 12 Years, Actress Says She Was Told 'Taking on It Could be Risk'

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Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Fashion’ Clocks 12 Years, Actress Says She Was Told ‘Taking on It Could be Risk’

Priyanka Chopra’s Fashion clocked 12 years on Thursday and the actress was overwhelmed with the huge success of the film. The actress went down memory lane and share a BTS throwback video from the making of the film and penned a heartfelt note on Instagram. In her long note, she revealed that in 2008, she was just about 5 years into her acting career through extreme highs and lows. She was told that taking on this movie could be a risk for her but the film turned out to be one of the best films of her career. The film also earned her the National Film Award for Best Actress.

Priyanka wrote that it was one of the most collaborative experiences of her life to working with “the brilliant” Madhur Bhandarkar and his incredible team of writers – Ajay Monga, Niranjan Iyengar, and Anuraadha Tewari – for almost 6 months before they even started the movie. Her note further read, “Then on set, bringing life into all the various shades of my character Meghna Mathur, was one of my first truly immersive acting jobs. Thank you to the incredible cast that made everything I did much better.”

12 years to #Fashion It was 2008. I was just about 5 years into my acting career and had already seen extreme highs and extreme lows in it. I was told taking on this movie could be a risk. But working with the brilliant Madhur Bhandarkar and his incredible team of writers, Ajay Monga, Niranjan Iyengar and Anuraadha Tewari, for almost 6 months before we even started the movie, was one of the most collaborative experiences of my life. Then on set, bringing life into all the various shades of my character Meghna Mathur, was one of my first truly immersive acting jobs. Thank you to the incredible cast that made everything I did much better. Thank you to the amazing technicians and crew, who through all the craziness, always brought it home. And most importantly, thank you to the audience who went to theatres to watch what was then billed as a ‘female-centric’ movie and made it a huge success which in turn helped showcase that women could hold their own at the box office. #Jalwa Thank you all for remembering this piece of work with such fondness. #20in2020 @imbhandarkar @kanganaranaut @mugdhagodse @iarjanbajwa #arbaazkhanofficial, @rohitroy500 @samirsoni123 @iamkitugidwani @rajbabbarmp @kiranjoneja @themonga @ashesinwind #AnuraadhaTewari #ronniescrewvala @ritadhody @salimmerchant @sulaiman.merchant #12YearsOfFashion

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She also thanked the audience for watching “a women-centric” film and proving that women could hold their own at the box office.

Fashion is based on the darker side of the fashion industry where Priyanka essays the character of a small-town girl, Meghna Mathur, who comes to Mumbai to pursue modeling. In a twist of events, she becomes a

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Actress was all smiles on her big day

Esra Bilgic, who rose to new heights of fame with her role as Halime Sultan in historical series Dirilis: Ertugrul, tied the knot with Turkish football player Gokhan Tore in 2017 but their two years of marriage ended in ten minutes.

Esra, who got married to Tore in the presence of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, was looking gorgeous in her white bridal outfit.

She was all smiles on her big day as her wedding snaps perfectly depict her pleasure. Unfortunately, it could not continue as she hoped or dreamed and ended just two years after her marriage.

Esra is the epitome of beauty and her eye-catching looks always mesmerise her fans and friends. Have a look at her wedding photo session.

The Turkish star reportedly began dating Tore in 2014 and got married to him in 2017. Unfortunately, she got divorced with the player and the entire process took about only ten minutes.

Esra – who is now single after her divorce – is enthralling fans in new season of her hit Drama ‘Ramo’.

Her dazzling looks in the drama attracted huge applause from the people who want to see their favourite star in every role.

Esra Bilgic has become a huge name in Pakistan soon after the broadcast of ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’ on PTV.

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Kangana Ranaut’s brother Aksht gets ready to tie the knot, actress flags off wedding invites; WATCH VIDEO

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After returning from Hyderabad, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has now started preparing for her brother Aksht Ranaut’s wedding in Mandi. On Sunday, the family has kick-started the pre-wedding ceremonies. The Manikarnika actress has taken to her Twitter handle to share a video from the pre-wedding celebrations. In the video, Kangana can be seen wearing a green coloured saree and applying Haldi to her brother, along with her sister Rangoli and other relatives. In the caption, she wrote,“Today at Nana’s house in Mandi for Aksht’s Badhai, it’s flagging off wedding invites, a ceremony arranged by maternal grandparents,”

In another post, the actress has described the wedding ritual ‘badhaai’. She has mentioned that the first invitation for marriage is given to the maternal uncle’s house; it is a tradition of Himachal. Kangana has also revealed that her brother’s wedding is scheduled for November. And now the wedding invitations will be sent to everyone as the pre-wedding ritual is done.

The actress’s sister Rangoli Chandel has also posted a few candid pictures from the pre-wedding ceremony.

Take a look at Kangana Ranaut’s brother Aksht’s pre-wedding celebration’s pictures and video here:

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Earlier, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Kangana Ranaut had shared a sweet note for her brother. Her post read as, “Dear Aksht, when we were kids, Papa bought you plastic guns and cycles for me, I played with your guns, and you rode my cycles. I love your sense of humour, and there is never a dull moment with you. I know I have chosen my enemies beyond your reach, but I notice your helplessness when they bully me. I see that silent tear fall when they character assassin me when I challenge the system, parents may scold me and create a lot of noise, but I don’t miss you silently stand behind them and conflicted and still. I appreciate you read all the comments under my trailers, and I hate when you get anxious when my films don’t open well. Above everything what I appreciate the most is you never show me how much you care. I love you and I am so fortunate to have a brother like you.”

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