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Drew Barrymore has been dropped as the host of the 2023 National Book Awards after resuming filming for her self-titled daytime talk show amid the SAG-AFTRA strikes.

In a statement shared on X (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday by the American National Book Foundation, a representative said that Barrymore’s invite to host the awards on November 15 had been ‘rescinded’.

Last week, Barrymore announced on the show’s official Instagram handle that production would begin on September 18th.

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“The National Book Award is an evening dedicated to celebrating the power of literature, and the incomparable contributions of writers to our culture,” the statement read.

“In light of the announcement that The Drew Barrymore Show will resume production, the National Book Foundation has rescinded Ms. Barrymore’s invitation to host the 74th National Book Awards Ceremony.”

It concluded: “Our commitment is to ensure that the focus of the awards remains on celebrating writers and books, and we are grateful to Ms. Barrymore and her team for their understanding in this situation.”

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Barrymore, who rose to fame as a child actor in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, films her talk show The Drew Barrymore Show in New York.

Earlier this week, she stood by her controversial move to resume her talk show amid the ongoing writer’s strike.

The Blended actress, 48, posted a statement on Monday to Instagram addressing the show’s return for season four after it wrapped in April.

“I own this choice,” she told her 17.3 million followers. “We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind.”

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She initially announced the return of her show amid the strike by writing: ”Big news! ? We’re kicking off our brand new season on Monday, September 18th. What do you want to see in Season 4?!”

It comes after it was reported earlier this week that an audience member accused crew working on the The Drew Barrymore Show of kicking them out over showing support for the writer’s strike. 

Dominic Turiczek and Cassidy Carter were attending the show’s Monday taping at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York when they were reportedly “kicked out” for wearing Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) pins they accepted from picketers outside.

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“Went to @DrewBarrymoreTV after winning tickets, unaware of the #WGA strike,” Turiczek began his statement posted on X.

Turiczek later clarified they had been aware of the strike but only discovered Barrymore’s show had WGA writers working once they were inside the studio. 

On Monday, WGA East confirmed on X that they would be picketing outside the taping after determining The Drew Barrymore Show was “in violation” of the strike.

In a statement secured by People, a spokesperson for The Drew Barrymore Show addressed the claims from the two audience members, revealing that Barrymore herself was “completely unaware of the incident.”

“It is our policy to welcome everyone to our show tapings,” they said.

“Due to heightened security concerns today, we regret that two audience members were not permitted to attend or were not allowed access.”

They then shared that the show was reaching out to Turiczek and Carter to offer then new tickets.

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Published Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2023 00:09:00 GMT

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Selma Blair Walks Fashion Trust Awards Red Carpet Without Her Cane

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Selma Blair Walks 2024 Fashion Trust Awards Red Carpet Without Her Cane
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Selma Blair ditched her cane at the 2024 Fashion Trust Awards.

Blair, 51, walked the Tuesday, April 9, red carpet without her cane for the first time since her multiple sclerosis remission in 2021. The actress looked ethereal in a double-breasted blazer dress featuring white and silver buttons and large pockets. She accessorized with a shell necklace finished with a gold pendant, a shimmery clutch, a chunky ring and black and silver pumps.

For glam, Blair donned smokey eyeshadow, filled-in eyebrows, pink lips and rosy cheeks. She slicked her blonde hair back at the roots and wore it down.

Blair previously brought her cane to the red carpet at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party last month. For the party, she rocked a peachy midi dress featuring a cutout over her chest and black bra. She teamed the A-line frock with her black cane and sparkly heels.

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Blair’s makeup consisted of dark eyeliner and pink lips. She pushed her locks to the side as she smiled for the camera.

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Through the years, Blair has been candid about using a cane. In April 2023, she opened up to Vogue about her “emotional and physical attachment” to the walking device.

“I settle in my voice and body as soon as I hold [it],” she told the publication. “I know it adds to visibility. So many younger people have started publicly embracing their sticks more. I do think representation matters. If I can help remove stigma or over-curiosity in a crowd for someone else, then that’s great.”

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In November 2023, she shared a health update at the 2023 Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

“My health is good,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ve been in remission since I had a bone marrow transplant to stop the progression of the MS, that had been, for really many, many years, burning.”

She added, “I am feeling really, really much stronger now and building stamina.”

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Published Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:13:06 +0000

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How Isla Fisher went from ’90s Aussie fame to making it in Hollywood

From playing a fashion-savvy journalist in Confessions of a Shopaholic to an ambitious magician in Now You See Me, Isla Fisher has become a name known across the world.

But before she made it big as a successful Hollywood star, the actress started her famed career right here on Australian soil.

Here’s everything you need to know about Isla Fisher’s early Aussie fame, how she broke onto the Hollywood scene, and what she’s up to in 2024.

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How did Isla Fisher get into acting?

After moving to Australia aged six, Fisher was nine when she landed her first on-screen gig in a TV commercial.

After working in commercials, the actress transitioned to television in her teens.

What was Isla Fisher’s first role?

Starting out in the Australian entertainment industry, Fisher was 17 when she landed a small role in the series Bay City.

Fisher revealed in an interview with The Age that she had tutors on set during the show.

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Not long after that, she had a three-episode part in the Nine Network series Paradise Beach in 1993.

But her big break on Aussie TV came a year later in 1994 when she debuted on the long-running soap series Home and Away as Shannon Reed.

Fisher was 18 when she started out on the show, and it was a role she would keep until 1997.

What was Isla Fisher’s big break

Fisher’s breakout role overseas would come a few years after she landed a small role as Mary Jane in the 2002 American film Scooby-Doo.

In 2005, Fisher broke onto the Hollywood scene in the comedy Wedding Crashers.

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The actress played Gloria, starring alongside major stars Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. 

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Speaking to The Age, Fisher revealed she requested to be switched out during a scene with Vaughn in which her character is naked.

“There was a moment when it did occur to me that there are probably a million actresses who are more than willing to do the role and to be nude for it,” she said.

“But I think you have to stand by what you believe in and it was important to me, so I asked for it.”

Speaking to E! News in 2024 about a potential sequel to her breakout film, Fisher admitted “there have been conversations where we were pretty close.”

“She’s such a fun character. It’s also so rare, as a woman, to be in a comedy where you get to make jokes and not just be the straight man.”

What other movies and TV shows has she been in?

Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy in Confessions of a Shopaholic.

After her breakout role in Wedding Crashers, Fisher started to become a regular face in Hollywood.

A year later she starred in Wedding Daze opposite Jason Biggs, followed by roles in Hot Rod and Definitely, Maybe alongside Rachel Weisz and Ryan Reynolds.

In 2009, Fisher would land one of the biggest roles of her career: Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Fisher played the titular shopaholic and aspiring fashion journalist Rebecca Bloomwood in the romantic comedy, in which Hugh Dancy was her love interest.

In the 2010s, the actress starred in Now You See Me, The Great Gatsby, Keeping Up with the Joneses and Bachelorette.

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In 2021, she appeared in the animated film Back to the Outback, speaking to 9Honey Celebrity about how she felt voicing a snake in the movie. 

“I was very excited. I’ve always wanted to play a creature and never thought I’d be cast as a snake,” she said.

What is Isla Fisher doing now?

Fisher is still acting as of 2024, more recently starring in the Stan series Wolf Like Me since 2022 and the 2023 comedy film Strays.

Additionally to acting, Fisher has authored several children’s books over the years as part of her Marge in Charge series.

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In 2022, she released her latest book Mazy the Movie Star.

In her personal life, the 48-year-old is a mum to three children: daughters, Olive, 16, and Elula, 13, and son Montgomery, eight, who she shares with ex Sacha Baron Cohen.

Isla Fisher’s net worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, after her split from husband Sacha Baron Cohen, Fisher has an estimated standalone net worth of $US80 million (approx. $122.7 million). 

Isla Fisher’s relationships

Fisher recently announced her split from husband Sacha Baron Cohen in April 2024 after more than 20 years together.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England.

“After a long tennis match lasting over twenty years, we are finally putting our racquets down,” the joint statement read.

They explained they had “jointly filed to end our marriage” in 2023.

The pair first met at a Sydney party in 2002. They tied the knot in 2010 and now share three children together.

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Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 05:04:00 GMT

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The 75th Emmy Awards, The War and Treaty, and Charlie Puth celebrate the lives and careers of colleagues who have passed away this year.

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