Tom Hanks reveals he has Type 2 diabetes

Dr Holly Phillips, medical contributor for America’s CBS TV network, said: “In
dramatic weight gain and dramatic weight loss, the equilibrium of the body
is just completely off. So that might predispose him to developing Type 2
diabetes later.”

“He’ll have to watch what he eats very closely, he’ll need to exercise
regularly, but there’s no reason he can’t live a perfectly normal life,”

Hanks revealed his diagnosis after Letterman commented on how “trim”
he was looking.

The actor added: “It’s controllable. Something’s going to kill us all,
Dave. My doctor said ‘If you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school
you will essentially be completely healthy and will not have Type 2
diabetes. I said ‘Well, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes because there is no
way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.'”

Asked what he weighed in high school the actor joked that he had been “96
pounds then,” adding: “I was a very skinny boy.”

It is estimated that at least 366 million people worldwide suffer from
diabetes, with the vast majority having Type 2, a condition in which the
body does not produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels,
or the insulin produced does not work properly.

The condition has been linked to obesity, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles
and can lead to serious complications including kidney damage, blindness,
nerve damage, heart disease and limb loss. Experts believe most cases could
be prevented by a healthy lifestyle.

Other high profile figures who suffer from Type 2 diabetes include the actress
Halle Berry, who was diagnosed at the age of 19 after collapsing into a
diabetic coma on the set of a TV show.

Hanks is being tipped for a possible third Oscar for his latest film Captain
Phillips. He plays Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama which was
captured by Somali pirates in 2009.

Grandpa Rules in Coca-Cola Ad Addressing Obesity Issue …

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Life was much simpler back then, wasn’t it? Coke looks back on olden times in this new one-minute spot, out of David. “Grandfather” presents a day in two men’s lives using a familiar split screen approach. But this time, the left-hand sepia-toned frame shows the routine of a young 1950’s married man, while on the right the same actor portrays his modern-day counterpart. In the end, the generations merge together seamlessly when we discover the two men are grandfather and grandson.

The old-timer’s life emerges as the simpler one in which time moves slower, food portions are smaller, snacks are healthier and physical exertion is a given in his daily routine. Another noticeable difference is his happier demeanor — none of his lifestyle choices seem to put a strain on him and, hey, he gets to enjoy a guilt-free cold cola at the end. The spot, which is backed by Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual,” began airing in the U.K. today as a part of Coke’s continuing efforts to raise awareness about balanced diets and active healthy living. It also strategically presents the brand’s zero-calorie and zero-sugar option, Coca-Cola Zero. You know, because that’s what grandpa would have chosen, if he could have, back in the day.

Coca-Cola also took a more lighthearted, animated approach to promoting the active lifestyle in another spot created out of The Cyranos and directed by Johnny Kelly of Nexus, who also was behind Chipotle’s celebrated “Back to the Start.” Check out his director’s cut below.

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Colin Farrell talks about his son's life with Angelman Syndrome

Colin Farrell with his son James

Hollywood heart-throb, Colin Farrelrecently appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman where among the subjects under discussion were his involvement in the remake of Fright Night‘ and a surprisingly frank and honest talk about his first son, James, who suffers with a condition commonly known as Angelman Syndrome [AS].

Angelman Syndrome is a neuro-genetic disorder that affects 1 in 15,000 births, this according to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation Inc website, and it is frequently wrongly diagnosed because it shares similar traits to other disorders such as cerebral palsy or autism.

Colin Farrell's son, James, suffers with Angelman Syndrome

Colin Farrell’s son, James, suffers with Angelman Syndrome


The syndrome is characterised by the inability to speak, balancing disorders, seizures and retarded development and anyone suffering with the disorder will require full-time care throughout their life.
James started having seizures really early,” Farrell said, adding that it was his son’s sunny disposition that helped doctors diagnose the illness.

It was actually when a doctor saw how happy he was; he was like, ‘Does he always smile this much?’ ” Farrell’s son is unable to speak, but the actor described him as “a really happy boy”.

I’ve in my life been around some children who are sick or suffering and to be honest my boy is doing really good,“

He also added that there wasn’t funding available for the condition, because it doesn’t benefit pharmaceutical companies (a sad indictment of the nefarious and corrupt pharmaceutical industry if ever there was one).

The star of Daredevil, Phonebooth, Miami Viceand In Brugesasked for the public to make donations to the organisation

Michael C Hall overcame Hodgkins Lymphoma

Michael C Hall as Dexter

It was back on October 1st, 2006 when the world first caught a glimpse of Dexter, an emotionally bankrupt serial killer with just enough of a conscience to avoid slaughtering the innocent. He was able to cover his criminal (or vigilante) tracks thanks to his foster father’s expert guidance and through the knowledge he obtained as a forensic officer for Miami Metro Police Department he was able to ‘profile’ and dispose of his victims without leaving a single trace of evidence. Clever stuff.

Since its first airing the show has constantly rocketed to the top of the ratings charts, completing 6 seasons so far and currently progressing through a 7th. It was just after season 5 episode 3 having gone to air that the star himself, actor Michael C. Hall, would not have been able to carry on working were it not for the support of his then wife Jennifer Carpenter (who plays his foster sister “Deb” in the TV series), his doctors and prayers from his fans.

On January 13th2010 Hall was diagnosed with a treatable form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that targets the lymph nodes. Fellow cast members at the time had no idea because he never let on that he was ill. Hall had a fear of doctors since a childhood hernia operation but his fight with cancer helped him overcome that particular phobia.

Michael C Hall collects his Golden Globe in 2010

Michael C Hall collects his Golden Globe wearing a knitted cap to hide the effects of chemotherapy in 2010

Hall won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award in 2010 which he accepted in person wearing a knitted cap to cover the baldness on his head which was caused by the successful chemotherapy.

On April 5th, much to the relief of fans and fellow stars, Jennifer Carpenter broke the news that he had fully recovered from the cancer and was ready to begin filming season 5. Two seasons on and Dexter is looking in good shape to keep on killing.

Robert De Niro won battle with prostate cancer

The unmistakeable Robert De Niro

Revered actor, Rober De Niro, discovered that he had prostate cancer in October 2003 after a regular health check at his doctor’s. The Raging Bull star’s prognosis looked good from the beginning, his doctors praising his efforts to keep in good health, both physically and mentally.

His representative, Stan Rosenfield, stated back then: “Doctors say the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular check-ups. Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery.”

Though declining to comment on the then 60-year-old’s condition or course of treatment, Rosenfield did say that the actor was undeterred by the disease and fully intended to press ahead with filming his new movie Hide and Seek.

Obviously, things will need to be postponed a little bit.” Was the follow up comment from the De Niro camp.

Robert De Niro in his younger days

Robert De Niro in his younger days

The actor made a full recovery after a course of treatment and some minor surgery but out of the 221,000 men diagnosed with the disease in the US every year, 29,000 are not so lucky. The disease has also been said to raise the risk of committing suicide.

Though saved by his doctors the multiple Academy Award winner isn’t keen on any form of unnecessary surgery. He recently and wisely called upon his contemporaries to steer away from cosmetic surgery and allow the natural ageing process to occur instead. He commended actress Meryl Streep for not going under the knife and told Britain’s The Times magazine that he would not have any procedures himself.

De Niro told the publication: “(Surgery) is so transparent. If you’re doing a younger part in a story, say 15, 20 years younger, the audience will accept that, and you can do it in a very real way. But to do it for yourself? I was reading something about Meryl Streep, and Meryl was describing how she doesn’t do any of that stuff, and that’s great. Getting old is a natural thing. And you’d better embrace it, ‘cos you’ve got no choice.“

English actor Simon MacCorkindale died of bowel cancer

Simon MacCorkindale in his younger, more rugged days

British actor Simon MacCorkindale died of bowel cancer at the age of 58 in 2010. In 2006 he was diagnosed with a treatable form of bowel cancer but it became terminal when secondary tumors were discovered in his lungs a year later.

His acting career began in theatre and it was in the late 1970s that he moved onto the big screen, starring in Death On The Nile(1978), Quatermass(1979)and Jaws-3D(1983), amongst others.

During the 1980s he moved into television work where he starred in the hugely disappointing and utterly unsuccessful Manimalas Dr. Jonathon Chase, a young and wealthy doctor who could transform into animals. The show was panned before the end of the first season due to poor ratings and low audiences.

Later in his career he joined British hospital drama Casualty, playing Dr. Harry Harper, a role which he held for six years.

Simon MacCorkindale in Casualty

Simon MacCorkindale in Casualty

He died at his home in the arms of his wife Susan George.

The morning after his passing she conducted an interview with the BBC in which she told the public, “No one could have fought this disease any harder than he did since being diagnosed four years ago.”

He fought it with such strength, courage and belief. Last night, he lost his battle, and he died peacefully in my arms.”

To me, he was simply the best of everything and I loved him with all my heart. He will live on in me forever.”

Actor and boxing legend Gus Mercurio dies aged 82

Actor and boxing legend Gus Mercution has died in Melbourne hospital after complications during surgery.

The US-born actor, who appeared in films including the Blue Lagoon and Crocodile Dundee II, underwent the operation to repair an aneurysm in his chest, but doctors were unable to revive him and he died at about 3.30 pm.

“His health has not been good for the past few years, but he was incredibly strong-willed and an incredibly strong man,” his son Paul Mercurio — an actor who starred in the Australian hit film Strictly Ballroom — said in an emotional tribute.

“You kind of expect him to walk through fire and come out the other side with his moustache singed, but still smiling and still positive.

“I have no doubt that dad is up in heaven sitting next to a mate having a glass of wine and some cheese and having a laugh, and being somewhat indignant that he has made the news and people are calling, but sadly for the wrong reasons.”

“I will celebrate his life, I don’t want to mourn his death.”

The “larger than life” actor was also a professional boxer, and in a tribute actress Sigrid Thornton, who worked with Mercurio in The Man From Snowy River, told the Sydney Morning Herald: “He had his life as an actor and as a boxer, and you have to be a fighter to stay in the acting process.”

Gus is survived by his partner Rita and six children from two marriages.

Read here about Sharon Stone, who survived a brain aneurysm.

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Hollywood screen idol Tony Curtis dies at 85

The handsome and enigmatic star, with a memorable career spanning over six decades and roles in over 140 Hollywood movies, died in his Nevada home of a heart attack on Wednesday night.

Oscar-nominated Tony Curtis will live on in people’s memories for his performance in films like Some Like it Hot. Sir Michael Parkinson, who interviewed the star numerous times, was quoted on as saying: “He was a very fine actor. Some Like it Hot is one of the greatest comedies of all time.

“The man who made it, Billy Wilder, did not suffer fools so for Tony Curtis to work with him and make that film shows just how good he was.

“He was an extraordinary man. Hollywood tried to make him into a sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s but he was his own man.”

Married six times and with a string of high profile girlfriends, the actor was something of a womaniser, who also went through phases in his life where he struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse. One of the greatest tragedies of his life was when his 23-year-old son died of a heroin overdose in 1994.

When his acting career thinned out and the big screen no longer played such a central role in his life, Tony Curtis took to painting still lifes. As quoted in, he said in 1990: “I’m a recovering alcoholic. Painting has given me such a great pleasure in life, helped me to recover.” He certainly had a magic touch: the previous year he sold over $1 million worth of his art on the first day of an exhibition.

Curtis was plagues by ill health in his later years, suffering from chronic pulmonary disease and pneumonia, which left him in a coma for a number of days, since which he has been confined to a wheelchair.

The actor’s family spokesman told the TV Network ABC News that he passed away peacefully in hes bed next to his wife.

Celebrities who have passed away recently include Eddie Fisher, Kenny Mckinley and Greg Giraldo


Johnny Depp’s battle against alcoholism

Born in 1963, Johnny Depp is a celebrated American musician and an actor who has a lot of films and music to his credit. He marked his television debut as an actor in 1987 with the series ‘21 Jump Street’. Depp was widely recognized for this successful series and he emerged as an idol for youngsters in the 1980s.

Not many people know that Depp got his start in 1984 with a horror film called ´A Nightmare On Elm Street´, a flick which was later remade by Michael Bay in 2010. After battling it out with Freddy Krueger, Depp´s career saw an upward trend and he appeared in films like ´Platoon´ and ´Edward Scissorhands´. During 1990s, Depp indulged himself in heavy drinking and drug addictions, which ensued from the steady success and fame the actor was garnering. This alcoholism almost ended his Hollywood career.

According to, who quote Contactmusic, Johnny says of this time:

“It was trying not to feel anything… My drug of choice back then was alcohol.

“It might have had the facade of being recreational, but even then I knew it wasn’t…

“I would end up having to go places or do things that I didn’t want to do, and it went against the grain,” he said.

“I would end up in these strange situations, making small talk with people I didn’t particularly know. I literally had to be drunk to be able to speak and get through it.

“I had a keen idea that it was not good at that point. But you get liquored up and then once you are in that spiral you don’t even get hangovers any more. You wake up and have another drink,” he said.

He soon he checked himself into the rehabilitation centre where he underwent treatment. Since then his career has continued to soar. Depp one of his biggest successes with the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’. He received many accolades and praises for his best role as Captain Jack Sparrow in this film and bagged the Academy Award nomination for the same in 2003.

After 2003, Johnny Depp never looked back and gave more hits including ‘Finding Neverland’, ‘At World’s End’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as well as two sequels to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Depp has many awards to his credit such as Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Award and other awards from the London Critics Circle and the Russian Guild of Film Critics.

Today he says he is clean, and lives with his long-time girlfriend Vanessa Paradis and their two children in France.


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