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'Boy Erased' author Garrard Conley talks back rubs from Nicole Kidman and texts from Russell Crowe

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By ABC News Radio

Garrard Conley and mother Martha Conley; Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images for Westbank and Focus Features(NEW YORK) — Just two years after Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased debuted, Joel Edgerton has turned it into a major motion picture starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

It tells the true story of Conley’s time in a gay conversion program when he was a teen, sent there by his ultra-conservative parents.

Conley tells ABC Radio it was surreal enough having some of the most intense moments of his life play out on the big screen, but having Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe playing his parents was particularly mind-blowing. He says the two cared deeply about getting the story right and doing his family justice.

He recalls the first time Kidman saw the film, she was sitting behind him in the theater.

“During some of the worst, most intense scenes involving Jared, my character, she gave me this little back rub,” Conley recalls. “It was so surreal and so sweet and maternal in that moment.”

Crowe, meanwhile, shared some special moments with Conley’s father.

“Russell visited my dad’s church without any warning,” Conley says. “Just flew there to Mountain Home, Arkansas, showed up at the church, watched my dad preach and then they started hanging out and like texting each other and it was a really strange month for me, when my dad was like, ‘I’m texting with Russell right now.’”

His dad has yet to see the film, but Conley says it’s his hope “that this story transforms people like him.”

Boy Erased is out in limited release today, and goes wide on November 16. Conley’s podcast UnErased — which further explores conversion therapy — also debuts today.

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Alec Baldwin to be charged with assault after allegedly punching someone in NY

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By Leighton Schneider

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Actor Alec Baldwin is in custody and expected to be charged with assault after punching someone after what officials described as a dispute near his East 10th Street home in New York City’s East Village.

No other information surrounding the arrest was immediately available.

A representative for the actor has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

Baldwin, 60, has faced legal trouble in the Big Apple in the past.

In 2014, after a New York City police officer issued him a summons him for riding his bike the wrong way on a one-way street, Baldwin allegedly said, “I don’t have identification.

Just give me the f—ing summons” and “wrap this summons around your head.”

A police source added at the time that Baldwin “got arrogant and loud,” which is why he was given his second summons for disorderly conduct.

Baldwin responded in a tweet of his own, naming the officer and declaring, “New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, whom Baldwin impersonates on “Saturday Night Live,” had a few words of encouragement for the actor, when told about the impending charge.

“I wish him luck,” he said.

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Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc to be transferred to New York for trial

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By Leighton Schneider


(NEW YORK) — The 56-year-old man accused of mailing more than a dozen pipe bombs throughout the country to top Democrats, other high-profile liberal figures and CNN will be transferred from Florida to New York, where he will face federal criminal charges.

Cesar Sayoc, wearing khaki jail scrubs, waived his right to a pretrial detention hearing before a federal judge in Miami Friday morning and agreed to be moved to New York City for the hearing and prosecution.

He will remain in custody in the meantime.

“It makes much more sense for his hearing to happen in New York with the lawyers who are going to represent him long-term. They will have a much better handle on the information and the decision-making process,” Daniel Aaronson, one of Sayoc’s private attorneys in Florida, told reporters after Friday’s brief hearing.

The trip from the Southern District of Florida to the Southern District of New York will be by bus and could take as long as three weeks, prosecutors told ABC News. Sayoc has been detained in isolation since he was arrested in a parking lot in Plantation, Florida, on Oct. 26, following a days-long, nationwide manhunt for the suspect in an apparent mass mail bomb campaign.

Sayoc, whose residence is listed as his mother’s home in Aventura, Florida, though he mainly lived in a white van plastered with pro-Trump stickers, could be sentenced to up to 48 years in prison if convicted of the five federal charges he’s facing: interstate transportation of an explosive; illegal mailing of explosives; threats against former presidents and certain other persons; threatening interstate communications; and assaulting current and former federal officers.

“The magnitude of what has happened does weigh on him,” Aaronson told ABC News Friday, after telling reporters he’s known Sayoc for nearly five years. “He was the most respectful client that I have ever represented. When I heard his name in connection to this, I just stuttered and stammered that he could possibly be involved. It’s just not the person that I know.”

The attorney would not speculate as to what could have triggered the alleged plot to send crude pipe bombs to prominent public figures who have all spoken critically of President Donald Trump.

The decision to transfer Sayoc comes on the heels of a letter New York prosecutors sent Tuesday to the judge presiding over Sayoc’s case in Florida. They requested that Sayoc be moved to Manhattan to “face the consequences of his actions” and arguing that he remain behind bars pending trial “due to both his dangerousness to the community and risk of flight.”

“The defendant conducted a domestic terrorist attack targeting at least 15 victims,” Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote in the letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres of the Southern District of Florida. “There are no conditions that could adequately protect the public from the defendant and assure his appearance in Manhattan for trial.”

The FBI seized and searched multiple electronic devices belonging to Sayoc and discovered files containing the addresses of his intended victims — plus “numerous additional targets” — and return labels that match those used on the padded mailing envelopes carrying the improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to the letter.

“Metadata from the electronic devices indicates that the defendant started planning the attack as early as July 2018,” Berman wrote. “The evidence of the defendant’s terror campaign is still being collected but is already overwhelming.”

So far, authorities have recovered at least 15 IEDs that Sayoc allegedly mailed to targets throughout the country, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as CNN’s offices in New York City and Atlanta. Each device was packaged in a tan-colored manila envelope lined with bubble wrap and stamped with approximately six postage stamps bearing an image of an American flag, according to court documents.

All of the recipients are prominent critics of Trump, and many of them have been publicly disparaged by the president either at campaign rallies or on Twitter.

Each envelope listed Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the return sender at a particular address in Sunrise, Florida. Authorities do not believe the South Florida congresswoman, who is the former head of the Democratic National Committee, was involved in sending any of the parcels.

All of the packages traveled through the U.S. Postal Service. They were all intercepted before they reached their intended targets, sources told ABC News.

None of the devices detonated, and no one was injured in handling the packages.

The packages and the contents were all sent for analysis to FBI’s laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.

“The FBI’s analysis of the defendant’s IEDs is ongoing, but it is clear that they were dangerous,” David Brown, FBI special agent, wrote in the Oct. 26 complaint against Sayoc. “The IEDs that have been analyzed thus far contained energetic material with explosive qualities. The defendant also placed shards of glass in several of the IEDs for the apparent purpose of maximizing harm to his intended victims through the detonation of the devices that he had mailed.”

Investigators have not determined a motive for the suspected mail bombs.

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Pittsburgh synagogue massacre: Oldest victim, Rose Mallinger, 97, laid to rest

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Courtesy Mallinger Family(PITTSBURGH) — The oldest victim of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre — who left behind three children, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild — was laid to rest Friday.

Rose Mallinger, 97, was among the 11 worshippers gunned down inside the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday morning.

Mallinger’s daughter, 61, was shot in the attack and survived.

The governor of Pennsylvania and mayor of Pittsburgh were among the hundreds who came to Friday morning’s visitation ahead of the afternoon funeral service, according to local news outlets.

“She loved us and knew us better than we knew ourselves,” the family said.

Mallinger may have been 97 years old, but for her, “age was truly just a number,” her family said in a statement.

“She retained her sharp wit, humor and intelligence until the very last day,” the family said. “No matter what obstacles she faced, she never complained. She did everything she wanted to do in her life.”

“Rose was ‘Bubbie,’ Yiddish for grandma, to everyone in our family and our beloved community,” the family said, adding that “family was everything” to her.

Mallinger “was a pillar of the Jewish community and the Tree of Life Synagogue, which she was a part of for over six decades,” the family said. “The synagogue was the center of her very active life. She was there every weekend, and the people of the congregation brought her great joy, as she brought to them.”

It’s been a week of funeral after funeral in Pittsburgh as the victims, including a husband and wife and two brothers, were remembered.

Mallinger’s funeral was the last.

The suspected gunman, Robert Bowers, 46, was charged Wednesday in a 44-count indictment that includes federal hate crimes.

The charges include 11 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and 11 counts of use and discharge of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence.

He entered a not guilty plea Thursday.

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Listen now: Dolly unveils "Girl in the Movies" ahead of the December 7 "Dumplin'" premiere

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By Music News Group

RCA Nashville Dumplin’, the movie featuring a new soundtrack by Dolly Parton, is coming to Netflix December 7.

In the film, Australian actress Danielle Macdonald plays Dumplin’, a young girl who draws her inspiration from Dolly’s music, as she rebels against the beauty-pageant culture embraced by her mother, played by Jennifer Aniston.

Dolly made the announcement about the premiere on her socials Friday morning.

“Watch out world!” Dolly commented, along with a picture of the movie’s artwork. “Willowdean is pageant-ready and taking no prisoners. Based on Julie Murphy‘s sweetly inspiring novel and featuring some of my original music, watch DUMPLIN’ coming to Netflix December 7th.”

Dumplin’ shares her real name, Willowdean, with Dolly’s older sister, though the elder Parton spells it differently.

The film’s soundtrack arrives November 30, complete with six new songs and six Dolly classics, featuring guest vocalists Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Elle King, Mavis Staples and more.

You can stream or download the new track “Girl in the Movies” now, which has already been nominated for Best Original Song from a Feature Film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

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