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Quentin Tarantino's engagement party becomes "Pulp Fiction" reunion

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By Stephen Iervolino

Getty Images/Rich Fury(NEW YORK) — Quentin Tarantino’s celebration of his recent engagement to Israeli singer Daniella Pick became something of a Pulp Fiction reunion, the New York Post reports.

The event, which took place at the New York City eatery Socialista, drew veterans of the influential Oscar-winning epic, including Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Harvey Keitel, as well as Tarantino’s longtime producers — and, incidentally, the guys who threw the party — Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

Tarantino, 54, met 33-year-old Pick in 2009, while Quentin was promoting Inglorious Basterds in Israel, where Pick and her sister, Sharona, were pop stars. The pair reconnected in 2016, the New York Post notes, with longtime bachelor Quentin popping the question this summer.

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Jeff Bridges says Elton John "comes to the party all guns blazing" in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"

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By Stephen Iervolino

John Russo © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox FIlm Corp.(NEW YORK) — Director Matthew Vaughn wanted to put Elton John in his movie 2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service but couldn’t find a way to work him into the plot. But Vaughn did get Elton into the new sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle — and one of Elton’s Oscar-winning co-stars gives his performance a big thumbs up.

In Golden Circle, which had a $39 million first place debut in U.S. theaters, Jeff Bridges plays Champagne, a member of the U.S. spy agency Statesman, the counterpart to the U.K.’s Kingsman spy agency.

Elton plays himself, and steals the scenes he’s in.

Bridges agrees, telling ABC Radio of the singer’s part, “It’s terrific, and it’s not just a little cameo! I mean, this is a genuine role… he really, y’know, comes to the party all guns blazing. He’s wonderful in the film.”

In the film — SPOILER ALERT — Elton John has been kidnapped by the movie’s villain, Poppy, played by Julianne Moore, and forced to perform private concerts for the drug kingpin every night.

Of course, he’s not happy about it, and is shown throwing several foul-mouthed temper tantrums. Eventually, he helps the good guys defeat Poppy, in a scene that makes use of one of his classic hits.

In one scene, Colin Firth’s Harry Hart asks Elton if he can get tickets to one of his shows — provided Harry can save the world again.

Elton replies, in typical fashion, “Darling, if you save the world, you can have a backstage pass!”

In addition to Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Elton John, Kingsman: The Golden Circle also stars Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, and Taron Egerton.

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"The Good Doctor" star Freddie Highmore's happy to finally be saving people, not killing them

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Eike Schroter(LOS ANGELES) — The Good Doctor premieres tonight on ABC. The show, from House creator David Shore, is about a wunderkind doctor who sees things a little differently, because he’s autistic. Star Freddie Highmore tells ABC Radio the role is a change from his last one, where he played Norman Bates on the show Bates Motel, a prequel to the legendary horror film Psycho.

“I guess after so many years of killing people it’s nice to save some,” he laughs. “But the characters in my mind are very separate, really, and so in terms of switching from one to the other it hasn’t been too tricky.”

Highmore does say that it’s difficult to get a handle on all the medical lingo that he has to say in his role as pediatric surgeon Dr. Shaun Murphy — since he’s British, and is using an American accent for the show. But he explains that the most important aspect of the show is accurately portraying a character with autism.

“We all feel a great sense of responsibility,” he tells ABC Radio. “We have all had both sort of collective and individual conversations with experts on autism…and I’ve gone away and done my own individual research in terms of literature and documentaries, and trying to learn as much as possible — about not only what it’s like to live with autism but also the history of it.”

The Good Doctor airs tonight at 10 pm. ET.

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Who will be the first to go home tonight on "Dancing with the Stars?"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Tonight will see the first elimination of the season on Dancing with the Stars. That of course begs the question: who will be the first to go home?

Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran seems the likely candidate, based on her low first-week scores – and she knows her millions can’t help her in the ballroom. “Money can never buy anything worthwhile, but accomplishment makes you feel like a million bucks, and that’s what I was after,” she tells ABC Radio.

Frankie Muniz scored a bit better, but is also at risk tonight. He hopes he can stick around, because he’s discovered a new passion.

“I love this, and I don’t want to be done,” says Muniz. “Honestly, I’m having the time of my life… I didn’t know I loved dancing as much as I do.”

Former NBC star Derek Fisher doesn’t plan on going home. ABC Radio asked him who will go farther this year — him on Dancing with the Stars, or his former team, the struggling LA Lakers? He says he can’t speak for the Lakers, but “We’re going to get better next week, we’re going pretty far in this thing, that’s for sure.”

As for Nick Lachey, who’s competing this season with his wife, Vanessa, he says their time on Dancing with the Stars is having a positive effect outside the ballroom as well.

“I think it’s sexy to see your partner doing these things and moving the way that she did and I did. You know, it’s a fun thing for our marriage too to be going through this together, you know?”

Find out who will be the first to go home when Dancing with the Stars returns tonight at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT on ABC, then again at the same time Tuesday night.

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"Young Sheldon" premieres tonight; star has never seen "The Big Bang Theory"

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By Stephen Iervolino

CBS/Jeffrey R. Staab(LOS ANGELES) — TV’s most-watched sitcom gets a spinoff tonight, with the premiere of Young Sheldon.

The CBS show takes a look at the early years of genius Sheldon Cooper, from The Big Bang Theory. Jim Parsons has been playing the adult Sheldon for 10 years — he recently told journalists that while his childhood was very different from Sheldon Cooper’s, he can identify with him being different than other kids.

“I didn’t like sports,” Parsons said. “I actually like watching them now, but I still don’t play because I don’t want to get hurt. How else was I different? I mean, I enjoyed playing the piano, and I enjoyed doing theater.”

As for whether he was smart, Parsons admits: “I was not an overly bright child. I was mediocre. I didn’t befuddle my parents. That came much later, with my sexuality.”

Nine-year-old Iain Armitage is the actor who plays young Sheldon – and he’s never even see The Big Bang Theory. “It is aimed at a different audience than me,” he says. “Also, I don’t watch a lot of TV. So not really, but I saw a couple of appropriate clips.

With its throwback feel and use of narration, some critics have been calling Young Sheldon a combination of The Wonder Years and The Big Bang Theory. Co-creator Chuck Lorre says he takes that as a compliment.

“We absolutely discussed Wonder Years when we were writing. And I never worked with a narration before, and narration changes the way you write,” says Lorre. “And so we looked for inspiration to shows that used it beautifully. Nobody did it better than Wonder Years.”

Young Sheldon premieres Monday night at 8:30 ET on CBS.

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