HBO(NEW YORK) -- It's been more than two years since the acting world lost the great James Gandolfini, but his Sopranos co-star Jamie-Lynn Sigler still recalls all the amazing lessons he taught her while they worked together for more than eight years.
“He just taught me how to improv a little bit, and he taught me to trust my instincts,” Sigler told HuffPost Live.
She continued, “He taught me how to ask for another take if I needed another one. He really taught me how to have my confidence on set and that my opinion mattered, as well, and it just wasn’t always about getting directed. That I could be part of this collaboration.”
She remembered her first big episode and how the veteran actor sat her in his chair to celebrate her moment. In fact, Sigler, 34, said of all the actors she worked with on the show, it was Gandolfini that influenced her the most.
"By watching him and witnessing him for the 10 years that I got, he's just so tremendous," she added. "The one feeling that I can always remember about James is he could walk in a room and if I didn’t even see him, I knew he was there. And you just felt like everything's going to be okay...he was just your leader and your protector.”
Gandolfini died suddenly in June 2013 of a heart attack at the age of 51 while he was on vacation in Rome.
Sigler also spoke about her past eating disorder.
"It was my source of control at the time," she explained, adding that she overcame the disorder "over time," but it was the people behind the Sopranos that were the catalyst for helping her.
"They had asked me to put on weight," she said. "They were concerned...for my health, and they didn't feel like I was the picture of a girl who lived in an Italian household...so they were big catalysts in me taking a step back and realizing the issue."
The actress is starring in the new Hallmark movie The Christmas Note.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like Kaley Cuoco is trying to get rid of all traces of her ex-husband Ryan Sweeting.
"Thank you [Studio City Tattoo] for helping me right my wrongs," the 29-year-old said via Instagram. "Note to self-do not mark your body with any future wedding dates," she followed, with hashtags #under30mistakes #donttakeyourselftooseriouslykids.
She then shared a photo of her new tattoo, a giant moth.
Cuoco was also quick to dispel any notion that the moth symbolized anything significant, writing, "the deep, meaningful, larger than life meaning behind this beautiful piece of ink, is.....It covered the last one."
The star previously had 12-31-13 imprinted in Roman numerals on her back. That was the day she wed Sweeting in an elaborate New Year's Eve ceremony.
In September, the couple announced they were divorcing after less than two years of marriage.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's quick trip down the aisle this past February was sparked by their deep connection.
"We connect on a lot of levels, but the first things that really got me was she's an aficionado of the blues," Depp told E! News about his spouse. "I would play a song, some old obscure blues song and she knew what it was."
"She's very, very literate. She's a voracious reader, as I've always been so we connected on that as well. And she's kind of brilliant," the actor said.
"I'm a lucky man," Depp added with a smile.
Heard's latest film, The Danish Girl, out Friday, is a period drama set in 1920s Germany centered on the first woman to receive gender assignment surgery. At the premiere, Depp told E! that Heard fit perfectly in the film.
"It looks like where she belongs," the Black Mass actor said about his wife. "I always felt like I was supposed to be in a different time and I kind of felt that way about her the first time I saw her."
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mariah Carey has become synonymous with the holidays.
Her hit song, “All I Want for Christmas is You” is a classic, and now she’s made it into a children’s book.
ABC News’ Amy Robach sat down with the superstar to talk about the book, her directorial debut and the holidays in the Carey home.
“’All I Want for Christmas is You’ is one of the all-time best selling songs, Christmas and otherwise, with 14 million copies plus sold around the world,” Robach said.
“Wow, I didn’t even know that,” Carey replied.
The singer always dreamed of having her hit song become a Christmas classic, and she can officially check that item off her bucket list.
“It’s kind of amazing to me, because I wrote it just out of love for Christmas, and really loving Christmas music,” she explained.
Carey is excited now, because she can share the song with kids through her new children’s book with the same title.
“Really it’s just the lyrics of the song,” she said. “The way little kids react to this song is so amazing to me, so we made it with a little girl who wants a puppy for Christmas and I thought it would be something nice to share with my own kids, as well.”
Carey’s first television movie, A Christmas Melody, airs next month on the Hallmark channel. “It was my directorial debut,” the singer said.
As for how being behind the camera compares to being in front of the camera, “It’s less abusive to the feet because you don’t have to wear your shoes, high heeled shoes,” said Carey, 45. “I put on a pair of flats, like slippers. It was cool. I really loved it because it was Christmas and I start getting into the holiday spirit early anyway.”
Holidays at Carey’s home are quite elaborate as well.
“Christmas is quite the affair I have,” she said. “Santa Claus comes every year. He’s my good friend. Real reindeer are there as well. It’s been fun through the years for the peeps who share the holidays with me.”
Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian just announced a big development heading into her 36th week of pregnancy with her second child.
"My latest concern is that my baby is breech, meaning he's in the wrong position for childbirth. His head is still up and it's supposed to be down. He was supposed to turn by 32 weeks. So now, I will have to get a C-section," she wrote on her website.
However, the reality star, 35, is researching other options. She explained, "I've learned that you actually can deliver a breech baby and I feel fortunate that my doctor, Paul Crane is one of the few doctors that still does this."
As a way to change the position, she wrote, "I lay practically upside down three times a day for 15 minutes. I play music in the right position and ice my belly in certain spots to get him to squirm out of the breech position."
"Obviously, if it's an emergency and for the safety of my son, I will get a C-section—but if I don't need one, I'd rather not," Kardashian explained.
"So please wish me luck and pray the baby turns!" she added.
This is Kardashian's second time expecting with her husband Kanye West. The couple welcomed daughter North West in June 2013. Back in May, Kardashian announced she and West were expecting again, and one month later, in June, she revealed it was a boy.
Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) -- A new clip for The Force Awakens was posted on Facebook Thursday and it's all about the Dark Side.
The clip features a gritty voice-over saying, "There's been an awakening, have you felt it?" Someone else replies, "Yes."
Fans also see new shots of the First Order, which Supreme Leader Snoke heads up, and Kylo Ren surrounded by his Knights.
It's the first we've really heard or seen of the leaders of the Dark Side.
The clip is also full of new action as Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac, is shown in a dog fight, saying "All teams, give it what you got," while a very frightened Finn (John Boyega) warns the others, "We all need to run!"
A female voice appears and replies, "We must face them, fight them."
The movie is due out Dec. 18 and was made by Lucasfilm, part of Disney -- the parent company of ABC News.
"I can speak from personal experience. People start to feel a lot less guilty when you become bigger or have more money," she told the magazine. "People feel less guilty because it's like stealing a Snickers from [drugstore] Duane Reade. People forget about the personal drain or attack that you feel."
"I have a very small circle. The moment I feel like someone is using me or is in it for the wrong reasons, I have zero guilt about just cutting them the f*** out of my life," she said. "My bulls*** detector is phenomenal. None of my friends bulls*** me. Everything in my life has to be real."
Included with her small circle of friends are her Hunger Games co-stars, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.
"There's just crazy s*** you would never tell anybody, but you do because you're sitting on a set together for 16 hours a day," she said. "Josh, Liam, Woody -- we know each other. These people know more about me than anybody on the planet! So it's bizarre for it to end."
But with the final installment, Mockingjay - Part 2, in theaters now, it finally feels over for Lawrence, who signed on to the blockbuster franchise when she was just 20.
"It does feel over. It didn’t for a while and I didn’t think it would ever sink in, but it has now," she said. "It feels over. And that’s okay. It’s okay to move on."
Next up: Lawrence teams up again with director David O. Russell -- who created her Oscar-winning role inSilver Linings Playbook -- for the Christmas Day opener Joy.
There's also that unnamed script she's written with new BFF Amy Schumer, and much more.
"I'd like to write some stuff that I'm not acting in, too," she told EW. "I want to get back to acting in small, dark stuff. I want to get back into indies. I'd also like to direct a comedy. I have wanted to direct as long as I've wanted to act. I just don't talk about it because I'd rather just do it."
Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday's episode of Empire, Jamal continued his success streak after nabbing the Pepsi deal last week, collaborating with his favorite pop singer, Skye Summers, played by Alicia Keys. But when Jamal and Lucious created a song for Skye that was pop, she was disappointed. Jamal noticed this and said the two could get in the studio without Lucious to create a more authentic sound.
In the studio, Skye sang a heartfelt tune for him and told him how much she respected the fact that he'd shaped his own career. Jamal encouraged her to do the same after hearing an unreleased demo that the label had tried to hide from her fans.
Later, when the two performed their own song, "Powerful," they kissed. Huh? Isn't Jamal...gay?
Across town, Cookie and her sister Candace headed to Philadelphia to find their older sister Carol, who had gone missing, leaving the kids behind. When they couldn't find her, Cookie enlisted the help of an old, mysterious friend, Pepper. Eventually, they located Carol, but she was completely strung out. After Candace agreed to watch her kids, Carole decided to go with Cookie to New York. But Cookie later told Carole that she must get clean if she wanted to stay in the city.
After Anika oddly drove off with Hakeem's new girlfriend, Laura, on last week's episode, we found out nothing bad happened to her because Laura was in rehearsals with 'Keem. But it was clear Anika wasn't stable and, after getting advice from Andre's wife Rhonda, she crashed Hakeem's party and confronted Laura. When she couldn't take Anika's insults any longer, she left. Hakeem then confronted Anika, telling her, "You'll never be a Lyon." Ouch!
The next episode of Empire airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Steven Spielberg and Stephen Sondheim were among the 17 Americans who were honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on Tuesday.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
President Obama spoke about each recipient, and Streisand was delighted by the remarks. She said to ABC News, "Isn't he good? He is so spontaneous and so alive and so in the moment. I just love him."
When asked how she would've felt had Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, and not Obama, presented her with her award, Streisand replied, "I probably would've choked. It's almost terrifyingly scary but it's funny."
Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like Luke Skywalker will be in the next Star Wars after The Force Awakens.
After a fan tweeted at actor Mark Hamill, asking him about his "contractually-obligated facial hair," he responded in kind.
"Last shaved on 10/22 after final day of my 2nd #TheFlash (which airs 12/8 #XmasTrix), just in time for Ep VIII-whew!" he said, mentioning the Star Wars movie coming in 2017, after The Force Awakens.
It would seem this isn't much of a spoiler, as according to IMDb, he's listed already in the cast, along with Oscar Isaac.
Hamill, 64, continued his tweeting by teasing audiences a bit more: "Sorry to spoil your 'spoilers,' but the Press widely reported my return to Skellig w/ @rianjohnson for SW shoot. My lips remain sealed. #shh."
The Force Awakens will be released December 18 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Alicia Keys doesn't consider herself a big TV watcher, but she made sure to tune in every week to her "favorite" show, Empire. As she gears up to make her guest starring appearance on FOX's hit TV show, the singer reveals more details about her mysterious character, Sky Summers.
"[Sky] is an artist, and she is really looking for the next place that she’s going," Keys says. "She’s really looking to break out of maybe the boxes that have started to close in on her as an artist. And she’s fantastic. She’s really a lot of fun."
"I’ve had a great time putting her together, really creating a character. And, you know, there’s very specific things we talked about. I have been talking about to make Sky come to life," Keys says, noting that the character is not just a version of herself.
Keys also reveals the meaning behind “Powerful,” the song she sings on Empire with Jussie Smolett.
"It’s the perfect song about right now, you know. Not only socially in America, really talking about how we all matter, you know, and one of my favorite lines in the song is, 'I see a colorful future where skin don’t define any human, and stars are the only things shooting.' And it’s really, it’s really beautiful, obviously with all the things we’ve been dealing with, you know. So that, that was really great to have," Key says.
You can catch Alicia on the hit Fox show on November 25 at 9 p.m ET. Alicia's is just one of many guest appearances this season -- previous Empire cameos include Kelly Rowland, Chris Rock and Lenny Kravitz.
Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- J.J. Abrams revealed Monday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the first word spoken in the upcoming Star Wars movie is "This." So, what is the second word in the film? ABC Radio found out thanks to The Force Awakens star John Boyega.
Boyega plays the defecting Stormtrooper Finn. He said his life right now is "crazy," so much so that he hasn't even seen the finished version of The Force Awakens yet.
"There's a screening today, and my flight clashes with the screening," he explained to ABC Radio on Tuesday.
Still, Boyega was able to share with ABC Radio the second word in the film: "droid."
Boyega also revealed how Robert Downey Jr. has helped him in his career. "I was at his house a few weeks ago, and he doesn't give me like direct advice, he probably wouldn't even call himself my mentor, but that's how I see him," he said. "Whenever he speaks there is something to learn from it. So, you know, I see him as the great Obi-Wan, and I'm his Padawan."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released December 18 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
Marvel(LOS ANGELES) -- Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night to debut the first trailer for Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.
The movie will see Cap and Iron Man at odds -- and eventually at each other's throats -- over a government plan to register superheroes, with Tony Stark/Iron Man for, and Steve Rogers/Cap against.
The sneak peek opens with part of a scene glimpsed after the credits of Ant-Man: Rogers and Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson/Falcon have finally cornered Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Cap's lifelong friend-turned brainwashed assassin.
"You're a wanted man," Cap tells Bucky, who tries to explain he's changed his ways. "[T]hey're not planning on taking you alive."
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was revealed Barnes murdered Stark's parents, so Cap helping Bucky -- along with the spangly hero's rejection of the Superhero Registration Act -- lead Stark and Rogers on a collision course.
"You've operated with unlimited power and no supervision," William Hurt as Gen. Ross lectures The Avengers about city-flattening events seen in Age of Ultron and other Marvel movies. "That is something the world can no longer tolerate."
"If we can't accept limitations, we're no better than the bad guys," Stark tells Rogers, as agents are seen confiscating Cap's shield and other superhero gear. He shoots back, "That's not the way I see it."
"Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth," Tony hisses.
As the action heats up, we see Cap, Falcon, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch, and Bucky on one side, and joining Iron Man, Col. James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and -- seen for the first time -- Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
"Sorry Tony," A bruised Cap says. "You know I wouldn't do this if I had any other choice. But he's my friend."
"So was I," an emotional Stark says from inside his helmet -- before both Bucky and Cap are shown throwing him a vicious two-on-one beating that has Iron Man on his knees.
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which also stars, among others, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, will be released May 6, 2016 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
ABC(NEW YORK) -- Emmy-winning actor David Canary has died at the age of 77, according to his obituary in the Wilton Bulletin, the actor's local paper, which also noted that he and his wife were very active in the community.
The All My Children star died on November 16 of natural causes, the obituary noted. Canary played twins Adam and Stuart on the hit soap show, on which Live with Kelly & Michael host Kelly Ripa played his daughter. She tweeted her condolences shortly after the news broke.
"So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you," she wrote.
Another AMC co-star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, also tweeted about Canary.
"#rip #DavidCanary You were the epitome of class. It was a joy and an honor to call you a colleague. #AllMyChildren," she wrote.
But the Indiana native was more than a soap star. He was featured in Hombre opposite Paul Newman in 1967 and in the hit series Bonanza in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
But it was his three-decade run on All My Children that won him five Daytime Emmy Awards.
Canary is survived by his wife Maureen, his son Christopher and his daughter Kathryn. Canary and his wife were "named Distinguished Citizens of the Year by the Wilton YMCA" in 2005, according to his obituary.
"His volunteer efforts included performing in a production of Love Letters to benefit A Better Chance (ABC) of Wilton and emceeing and singing in the Wilton Kiwanis Club’s annual holiday concert. He was also an active volunteer with the Friends of Wilton Library," the obituary noted.
Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- For the second week in a row, Korin Bukowski has been saved by her Voice fans.
The Team Gwen Stefani artist was saved via social media on Tuesday night's results show after facing elimination. Evan McKeel of Team Pharrell Williams got the boot instead.
Pharrell now has one artist remaining on his team: Madi Davis. He lost Mark Hood on last week's results show.
Before the voting began, Korin and Evan both performed for a chance to be saved. Korin sang "She Will Be Loved" by Voice coach Adam Levine's band, Maroon 5, while Evan took on "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green.
During the one-hour broadcast, Gwen joined her artists for a performance of New Radicals' "You Get What You Give," and Adam sang the Beach Boys' “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” with his team.
The show began with guest Brad Paisley performing “Country Nation.”
The top 10 will take the stage next Monday night on NBC.
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