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Billy Connolly fan spotted Parkinson's disease

February 25th, 2014 4:20am EST
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Billy Connolly realised he was suffering from Parkinson's disease after a fan noticed a problem with the way he walked.
The 71-year-old star was spotted by an Australian doctor, who was on tour with a group of dancers in America, and he insisted the comedian showed a "strange gait" which led to Billy being diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disorder.
Billy told a US radio station: "It was the strangest thing of all.
"I was walking through the lobby and every time I had gone through there was a crowd of boys and girls and a couple of adults.
"It turned out they were dancers from Australia...

Billy Connolly thanks fan for early Parkinson's diagnosis

February 25th, 2014 3:00am EST
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Funnyman and actor Billy Connolly has an Australian fan to thank for his early Parkinson's diagnosis after he urged the Mrs. Brown star to seek a check-up.

The 71-year-old Scot was in a bar in Los Angeles when he struck up conversation with a group of Aussies - and one of them offered him some odd advice.

Connolly tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper, "He said, 'I'm a surgeon and I have been watching you walking; you have a strange gait'. That was the way he put it.

"He said, 'You're showing distinct signs of early onset Parkinson's disease, see your doctor'. I think it was the way...

Michael J. Fox's acting improved by Parkinson's disease

October 7th, 2013 10:20am EDT
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Michael J. Fox thinks Parkinson's disease has improved his acting.
The 'Back to the Future' star was diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disorder - which can include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking - in 1991 and he admitted over time it has meant he's had to step out of his comfort zone as a performer.
He told Rolling Stone magazine: "I had a certain fluidity to my movements and rhythm of speech and a physicality that I had depended on.
"It served me really well, but when that was taken away, I found that there was other stuff that I could use.
"That he...

Billy Connolly & 9 Other Celebs With Parkinson's Disease

September 16th, 2013 9:08pm EDT
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Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly revealed today that he is receiving treatment for Parkinson's disease. There is no cure for the disease, which includes symptoms such as tremors and slowness of movement.

More than 1.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with the disease, according to The American Parkinson Disease Association.

The progressive disorder develops gradually, sometimes as just a small tremor in one hand. It also causes stiffness or soft and slurred speach, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Connolly isn't the only celebrity who has been diagnosed with...

Billy Connolly Recovers From Prostate Cancer, Is Being Treated For Parkinson's Disease

September 16th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
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Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly recently had surgery after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer, according to a statement on his official website. The operation "was a total success," and the actor "is fully recovered."

However, his cancer recovery is bittersweet. The actor has also been diagnosed with and is receiving treatment for Parkinson's Disease. There is no cure for the disease, which includes symptoms such as tremors and slowness of movement. 

Connolly gained fame in the 1970s as a folk musician and stand-up comic in Britain. He recently appear...

Billy Connolly has prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease

September 16th, 2013 5:40am EDT
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Scottish funnyman Billy Connolly is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease.

The comedian/actor, 70, has had surgery for cancer and is also undergoing treatment for the "initial symptoms" of Parkinson's, according to his spokesperson.

Dustin Hoffman To Make His Directorial Debut With 'Quartet'

May 4th, 2012 12:11pm EDT
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman has roped in veteran actors Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith to star in his directorial debut.

The Rain Man actor will step behind the camera to direct Quartet, a comedy set in a home for retired opera singers, which will also include Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Tom Courtenay in the cast.

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein jokes he "decided to give an up-and-coming first-timer a chance" by hiring Hoffman after snapping up the film rights.

Weinstein adds, "We're excited to be working with Dustin on his directorial debut."

Hoffman will also serve as executive producer,...

'House' Recap: Love Is Blind

March 20th, 2012 9:34pm EDT
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This week’s episode of “House” made it seem like the regular writing staff took some time off. The story was barely existent and the obligatory medical mystery for this episode was in no way thrilling or mysterious. There aren’t many more episodes of “House” left and hopefully none of them are like this.

“Love Is Blind” (even the episode’s title is lazy) opens with a man buying an engagement ring at a jewelry store. Will (Michael B. Jordan) is blind, but appears to be quite capable at getting around by himself with only the aid of his walking stick. As he is waiting to cross the street, su...

Billy Connolly To Play Dain Ironfoot In 'The Hobbit'

February 9th, 2012 9:52am EST
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Peter Jackson has completed the star-studded cast of "The Hobbit" after signing up Billy Connolly to play a dwarf warrior.

The actor will tackle the role of Dain Ironfoot and joins Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom in the director's "Lord of the Rings" prequel.

Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connelly, the Big Yin himself. With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can't wait to see him on the Battlefield!"

"The Hobbit: ...

Billy Connolly Breaks Rib In Motorcycle Accident

August 25th, 2011 8:38am EDT
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Scottish comedian/actor Billy Connolly was left in agony after breaking a rib in a motorcycle accident.

The legendary funnyman rode a two-seater trike across America for a four-part British TV series, but filming had to be stopped for a week after the vehicle fell on him during an accident in Arizona.

He tells the Daily Record, "It was my fault. I was buying key rings and badges for grandchildren and was weighed down... I had a thing for cruise control on the throttle, and it jammed on and I slipped the clutch and the trike came over on top of me and broke my rib."

Connolly is also no...

Disney/Pixar's 'Brave' Set To Release 2012

June 27th, 2011 10:04am EDT
Disney/Pixar’s collaborations are known to be heartwarming and cheerful, films that are cherished by the entire family. Only one film is released by the partnership each year, and what 2012 has in store is going to be quite a departure from their typical repertoire.

Set to release July 22, 2012, “Brave” is centered around a Scottish princess, Merida, who brings trouble to her kingdom and sets out on a journey accompanied by the kingdom's three lords to restore peace.

What sets this film apart from previous ones is the seemingly darker quality that is present. Unlike the lighter moods ...

'Baker Street' Singer Gerry Rafferty Dies (Videos)

January 4th, 2011 7:19pm EST
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Gerry Rafferty, the man behind hits like "Stuck In The Middle With You" and "Baker Street," has died at age 63.

The Scottish musician passed away from liver failure on Tuesday after a long battle with alcoholism.

Rafferty fell ill in November and was hooked up to a life-support machine after he was admitted to the hospital.

His family members were told he had little chance of survival, but his health improved slightly over Christmas, and Rafferty died at his home with his daughter, Martha, by his bedside.

The singer began his career as a busker, before forming folk group the Humblebums ...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'This Is It,' 'Boondock Saints II' & More

October 27th, 2009 9:37am EDT
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As a Bostonian I'm quite excited about the release of the Boston based sequel "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day." As a huge fan of the original, I've waited years to see a sequel come to fruition.

For nearly 10 years, director Troy Duffy struggled to make the follow up to his 1999 cult hit "Boondock Saints." A Hollywood outsider, Duffy suffered from bad press characterizing him as incredibly difficult to work with. This created a major roadblock for him as he sought funding to make a second movie about the MacManus brothers, but eventually he was able to raise the money to make it h...

The Best and Worst Young Adult Fantasy Movies

January 23rd, 2009 10:09am EST
One of the reasons studios love to make movies from popular young adult (YA) books is that their built-in fanbases are almost guaranteed to flood the theaters in order to see their favorite characters come to life - and drag their parents along for the ride. The downside is that Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned, and walking the line between staying true to the beloved source material and making a decent movie isn't always easy. Like many others, Inkheart, opening January 23, starring Brendan Fraser, is based on a widely acclaimed novel.

Here we take a look at some of the ot...

'The X-Files: I Want To Believe'; On DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 2

November 13th, 2008 7:00pm EST
The X-Files: I Want To Believe
The truth is finally out there on DVD and Blu-ray! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents The X-Files: I Want To Believe, a gripping feature film based on the global phenomenon that descends onto DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) on December 2nd.

Marking the Studio's first foray into BD-Live, The X-Files: I Want To Believe BD release takes full advantage of the high-def format's "web-enhanced" functionality with exclusive features, games, additional content and connectivity to other BD-Live users and X-Files fans nationwide. "The X-Files Dossier" allows BD-Live connected users to c...

Billy Connolly Lined Up For 'Potter'?

September 20th, 2007 11:07am EDT
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Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has been lined up to play a wizard in the final installment of the Harry Potter movies, according to reports. The 64-year-old star has allegedly been earmarked for the role of Zenophilous Lovegood, the father of Potter's pal Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

The elder Lovegood is described as a "simple and brave" wizard, with "shoulder length white hair the texture of candy floss." A source tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, "Billy is the perfect actor for the role."

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Sharon Osbourne Opens Up About Childhood Abuse

July 3rd, 2007 9:41am EDT
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Sharon Osbourne has opened up about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her music mogul father in a harrowing British TV interview. The rock matriarch-turned-reality TV star spoke candidly during Monday night's TV special "Shrink Rap," hosted by actor/comedian Billy Connolly's wife Pamela, a clinical psychologist.

Osbourne told the one-time comedienne violence was a big part of her life growing up the daughter of music manager Don Arden, who oversaw the careers of acts like the Small Faces, Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath.

She said, "I was surrounded by violent peo...

Billy Connolly Struggled To Cut Hair For 'Fido'

June 14th, 2007 1:26pm EDT
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Scottish comedian Billy Connolly's first day on the set of new zombie movie Fido was "a baptism of fire" - he was forced to remove his trademark long hair.

The funnyman, who plays an 'undead' slave in the film, admits having his hair cut off and dyed orange was tough - especially as he had to spend the duration of the shoot with the brightly-colored locks.

He says, "The most traumatic thing for me was having my hair whipped off on the first day. It was a baptism of fire and then that weird orange hair color was added. I had to walk around the town with hair like that for the ent...

Notable Quotables

June 13th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
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"Of course, I have to cast Owen in anything he wants to do. He has the box-office clout. He's mister clout." Actor Luke Wilson on cashing in on his big brother's movie prowess.

"With zombie sex, I have no idea; it must be a bit like tantric sex." Scottish comedian Billy Connolly on sex amongst the undead in new movie Fido.

"(A tabloid) said it was small. I was like, no, it's tiny, I mean, you have no idea, it's really tiny. You can only respond to something like that with humor." Pop singer Enrique Iglesias laughs off reports he admitted lacking in the 'manhood' department after j...

Zombies Become Domesticated In The Satirical 'Fido'

May 8th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 50's, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbor, and rotting zombies deliver the mail.

Years ago, the earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead to rise with a craving for human flesh. A war began, pitting the living against the dead. In the ensuing revolution, a corporation was born: ZomCon, who defeated the legions of undead, and domesticated the zombies, making them our industrial workers, our domestic servants - a productive part of society. ZomCon would like the people of Wil...

Celebrity Snippets

April 29th, 2007 5:00pm EDT
Shilpa Shetty
Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is set to open a chain of curry restaurants throughout Britain. The flagship store will open in central London, where the 31-year-old star is rumoured to be buying a house. The star's agent says, "Work is moving very swiftly and final details are being drawn up."

Star Wars Ewok actor Ron Phillips has died in a British hospital. He was 95. The actor, who was hospitalized after a series of falls, played an alien in 1983 Star Wars movie Return Of The Jedi. The short actor stood at a mere four feet six inches after a damaged pituitary gland from his childho...

Sharon Osbourne Panics In Confined Spaces

April 3rd, 2007 1:00pm EDT
Sharon Osbourne
Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne is a chronic claustrophobe after being repeatedly locked in a dark coal cupboard during her childhood. The wife of Ozzy Osbourne was unable to turn on a light inside the cupboard and now refuses to travel on underground trains.

Speaking while being analysed by Billy Connolly's psychiatrist wife Dr. Pamela Stephenson on last night's U.K. TV show Shrink Rap, she said, "I hate confined spaces, I panic. I could never go on the underground. They make me panic, packed trains or anything like that.

"There was a cupboard which we kept the coal in. It was in ...

Two Ashton Kutcher Films Top Box Office

October 2nd, 2006 8:38am EDT
Ashton Kutcher has scored a rare prize at the top of the box office - he features in the top two films. The actor voices a one-antlered mule deer in family cartoon comedy Open Season, which has debuted in first place ahead of his portrayal of a cocky coastguard in Kevin Costner's new action film The Guardian.

The animated film, which also features the voices of Debra Messing, Martin Lawrence and Billy Connolly, enjoyed a first weekend take of $23 million, while The Guardian debuted with $17.7 million.

Last week's box office top film, Jackass: Number Two, dropped to number three,...

Opens June 16: Garfield's A Tale of Two Kitties

June 14th, 2006 4:23pm EDT
Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties Summary:

The laziest cat in America swaps places with the richest feline in England in director Tim Hill's lasagna-laden sequel to the 2004 theatrical hit Garfield.

Cast and Crew:

Bill Murray (Garfield)

Breckin Meyer (Jon Arbuckle)

Jennifer Love Hewitt (Liz Wilson)

Billy Connolly (Lord Dargis)

Ian Abercrombie (Smithee)

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Annie Lennox To Receive Honorary Doctorate

May 16th, 2006 11:00am EDT
Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox has been hailed as an inspiration to music students after being named as the Royal Scottish Academy Of Music And Drama's (RSAMD's) latest honorary doctorate recipient. The singer, who will be joined by actor Billy Connolly and Celtic music mogul Ian Green, will receive the award at the academy's summer graduation ceremony in Glasgow on July 4.

RSAMD principal John Wallace praises Lennox for the impressive example she sets to those hoping to forge a career in music. He says, "The academy is living through exciting times and the presence of Annie Lennox, Billy Connolly and ...

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