Archives for May, 2013

Alcohol

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Out of Rehab, Back On the Wagon!


Philip Seymour Hoffman is out of rehab and back on the sobriety wagon, folks!

What, you didn't know he'd fallen off?

Neither did I, but apparently Hoffman had been abusing prescription drugs for the past year. Also, he started using heroin just one week before entering the east coast detox program.

Hoffman, who is well known for his roles in Capote and Moneyball (and, if you're me, as Lester Bangs in the most ridiculously best...
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Alcohol

Richard Pryor Documentary Explores Drugs, Celebrity Pressure


Here's a sweet Weekend Watching for you comedy fans:

Showtime airs a new Richard Pryor documentary, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, tonight at 9 EST.

You might be wondering why we've added yet another Richard Pryor documentary to the shelf, and Pryor's fourth and seventh wife (the man married five women over seven marriages), Jennifer Lee Pryor, tells Rolling Stone she wanted to make sure at least one of them...
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Alcohol

Amy Winehouse Documentary: Celebrated Success, Judged Failings


Here's an upcoming Weekend Watching for you, sweet readers.

The 2013 Cannes Film Festival ends in a couple of days, and something else was going on amid all those glamorous red carpet appearances, hopeful debut filmmakers, and all those directors vying for the coveted Palme d'Or.

Focus Features International reportedly spent some time shopping a new Amy Winehouse documentary.

Winehouse's wildly successful career was cut short in 2011 when, after publicly battling substance abuse, she died...
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Addiction Rehabilitation Centers

Actor Matthew Perry Awarded for Drug Court Advocacy


Earlier this month, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske presented former Friends star Matthew Perry with the Champion of Recovery Award for "giving a voice to millions of Americans in recovery."

How has the 43-year-old actor done that, you ask?

By being so vocal about his own addiction and recovery and supporting President Obama's efforts to fight alcohol and drug abuse in America, to the White House's way of thinking.

Specifically, his...
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Athletes

NASCAR Legend Dick Trickle Found Dead at 71, Apparent Suicide


It's a sad day for NASCAR fans and the family of racing legend Richard "Dick" Trickle.

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department received a phone call informing them they'd soon find the dead body of the 71-year-old "White Knight."

Upon investigation, authorities found Trickle dead from a gunshot wound outside his pickup truck at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, NC.

According to reports, authorities believe the...
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Celebrities

Angelina Jolie: Brad Pitt Was “So Loving and Supportive”


Yesterday, The New York Times published an opinion piece titled "My Medical Choice," an article in which Angelina Jolie explained her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after she found out she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer.

The 37-year-old actress couldn't have made the decision lightly, but after considering her mother's battle with cancer and death at age 56; her BRCA1 gene; and undoubtedly her own family, Jolie opted for...
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Alcohol

Weekend Reading: Mariel Hemingway Is “Running From Crazy”


Mariel Hemingway is sharing her life-long struggles with mental illness, drug addiction, and family suicide (seven relatives -- including one of the most influential writers in American history, her grandfather Ernest Hemingway -- have committed suicide) in her new documentary, Running from Crazy.

The 51-year-old model and actress teamed up with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; American Dream) to create a film that "places an emphasis on suicide awareness and...
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Alcohol

Who Can Kids Talk to About Alcohol and Drug Addiction?


R&B star Mario recently talked with The Fix about the Mario Do Right Foundation, an organization he established in 2007 to help kids who deal with alcoholism and drug abuse in their families and communities.

Through the Mario Do Right Foundation, the 26-year-old also created the "Live Right Do Right" program, a 16-week after-school program that both educates children about substance abuse and...
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