Rami Malek isn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Elliot Alderson.
ET’s Lauren Zima spoke with the Mr. Robot star at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Awards, sponsored by American Express, on Thursday, where he opened up about what fans can expect from the upcoming final season of the USA drama.
“[Christian Slater and I] both got a call from Sam Esmail, our director, executive producer, creator, and my mouth was agape after he told me how the season ended. So, it’s going to be a very, very, climatic ending to what I think has been four great seasons of television.”
“This will be the fourth [season], and it’s just been an honor to work with Christian and Sam, and play this character,” he continued. “I’m gonna miss Elliot quite a bit.”
USA confirmed to ET in August that Mr. Robot would be coming to a close in 2019. The news came as a shock to fans, as, over its run, the series won a Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series, a Peabody Award and an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy for Malek — but Esmail promised to give the show a proper ending.
“Excited to show you guys the final chapter in Elliot’s journey. It’s going to be sad to say goodbye to Mr. Robot, but it’ll be sadder to say goodbye to all the fans,” Esmail tweeted at the time. “Thanks for hanging with us throughout the years and cannot wait to share the conclusion with all of you.”
While speaking with ET, Slater revealed that he and the cast will start filming the show again next month, on Feb. 18 — right before the end of awards season. The 49-year-old actor couldn’t help but gush about Malek’s recent success with Bohemian Rhapsody, which earned him the award for Breakout Performance at Thursday’s event.
“It’s great. The performance that he gave in this movie is extraordinary. He is an extraordinary person,” Slater raved. “I really have a great relationship with him, and I think we like each other a lot.”
“This is the first red carpet of the year… I’m very excited to start it off presenting my friend with this award, and I’m just thrilled to be here,” he added.
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Ever since the 32-year-old singer struck up a relationship with her talent agent, it appears Gaga is happier than ever — not to mention more confident, relaxed and on fire with her various projects.
The New York native has had her fair share of relationships that didn’t work out in the end, but with 49-year-old Carino, everything feels more low-key and easy, a drastic change from her previous high-profile romance with Chicago P.D. star Taylor Kinney.
Now, ET’s taking a look inside Gaga and Carino’s laid-back love story, from their first few dates to their exciting plans for the future.
New Couple Alert
ET confirmed Gaga and Carino’s relationship in early February 2017 after the pair had some adorable PDA moments ahead of the pop star’s Super Bowl LI Halftime Show performance. But during an interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest that same month, Gaga continued to play coy about the new man in her life, saying, “I don’t know… you know I don’t talk about my love life, Ryan!”
“I’m really red,” she added. “I’m really red and it doesn’t go with my outfit.”
A “Glowing” Gaga
About a week later, Gaga and Carino seemingly started to become more comfortable with displaying their love for one another in public. After crushing it during her GRAMMYs performance with Metallica, Gaga attended the Interscope Records after-party in Los Angeles with Carino. An eyewitness told ET that the couple didn’t leave each other’s side the entire time, but that the talent agent was sure to let his then-girlfriend shine during her big night.
“There were cute moments of arm in arm and brushing each other’s side,” the eyewitness said. “It was minimal PDA, but Gaga was glowing.”
One month later, the two displayed similar passion towards one another while celebrating Gaga’s 31st birthday at Gjelina restaurant in Venice, California. The lovebirds were spotted holding hands, and again sticking by each other’s side throughout the night.
Taking Their Love Outdoors
By June 2017, it appeared Gaga and Carino had no trouble hiding their romance, despite keeping the details of their relationship private. The two were spotted trekking through the woods in Montauk, New York, but it was Gaga’s full-on glam look that dominated headlines at the time.
Flash forward to fall, when Gaga turned her mother’s 63rd birthday in September 2017 into a date night. She invited Carino to the epic bowling bash she hosted for her mom at Bowlmor Lanes in New York City.
A source told ET at the time that Gaga and Carino enjoyed their night out together, partying in the bowling alley’s private POP room that the singer rented out for the soirée.
Gaga exclusively spoke with ET about Carino for the first time while on the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of Gaga: Five Foot Two. While talking about the vulnerable moments displayed in the documentary, she credited her beau for the constant support, referring to him as her “boyfriend.”
“It’s not just about it being my boyfriend,” she said of moments in the Chris Moukarbel-directed film when she runs off stage to ask Carino how she did during a performance. “I ask that of many people in my life, and my family, all the time.”
Gaga shared a rare selfie with her then-boyfriend via Instagram last October, while paying tribute to her friend, Sonja Durham, who lost her battle with breast cancer a few months prior. “After rollin around on the couch feeling sad with the help of some of my #grigiogirls and a very special someone,” she wrote, referencing Carino, who was resting his head on her shoulder. “I managed to dress up and feel better in a beautiful pink sequined dress generously gifted to me from @oscardelarenta.”
She followed it up a few weeks later with a stunning shot of the two snapped at sunset, which Carino also shared on his own account:
That same month, another pic of them holding hands appeared on the talent agent’s feed.
Did Carino Put a Ring On It?
By November 2017, rumors started swirling that Carino had secretly proposed to Gaga after she was spotted rocking a massive ring on that finger during a beach photo shoot in Miami, Florida. It was unclear at the time, however, whether the bling was an actual engagement ring or just statement jewelry.
But the rumors continued to heat up when Carino posted this cute shot of the two, captioning it with a quote from Beau Taplin: “Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong. Some of us travel the whole world to find it. Others, find it in a person.”
Carino also appeared on Gaga’s social media pages a month later, when she revealed the plans for a two-year residency at MGM’s Park Theater in Las Vegas. “I am SO HAPPY and excited beyond belief to make my own brand new show here with my new Vegas family,” she wrote.
An Award-Worthy Kiss
In January 2018, Gaga and Carino put their love on full display when they packed on the PDA backstage at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Although they didn’t walk the red carpet together, they couldn’t help themselves from getting a little flirty following Gaga’s emotional performance of “Million Reasons” and “Joanne” in support of the Time’s Up movement.
Luckily, the beautiful moment was caught on camera, and adored by Gaga’s massive fanbase:
Though a source told ET that Gaga and Carino had actually been engaged since late last year, the pop star didn’t confirm the news herself until October 2018. At the time, Gaga referred to Carino as “my fiancé” while making a heartfelt speech — and showing off her pink diamond engagement ring! — at ELLE’s 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration in Beverly Hills, California.
“Gaga seems very happy to be in a more low-key relationship than with Taylor [Kinney],” an additional source told ET. “She’s on top of the world and Christian is part of that. They kept the engagement private so it wasn’t the media storm it was with Taylor.”
Since the engagement news went public, Gaga and Carino have continued to keep their romance low-key, especially due to all the attention surrounding the singer and her latest film, A Star Is Born, with Bradley Cooper.
The “Shallow” singer is currently focusing on her career following the success of the movie, which has put wedding planning on hold. However, a source told ET in early December that when it comes time to plan for her special day, she wants her nuptials to be “hugely elaborate.”
“Gaga is so over the moon at the moment. She is constantly telling those close to her how grateful she is to be at this point in her life and work with such incredible artists and be with the man she loves so dearly,” the source said. “Gaga is incredibly elated about her engagement, but because of how busy she’s been with [A Star Is Born], she can’t even begin to think about a wedding.”
“She had no idea the film would be this successful, and she is completely taken aback by the public’s reaction,” the source added. “Gaga’s first love and one of the most important things in her life are her fans. She doesn’t want to let anyone down by not giving 100% right now.”
The clip opens with Bush, played by fellow Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, attempting to convince Cheney to join his ticket in his run for the White House. At first, the brusque politician is evasive.
“Well George, I’m a CEO of a large company and I have been Secretary of Defense and I have been White House Chief of Staff,” he explains over salad and wings in a lush, green backyard. “The vice presidency is a mostly symbolic job. However, if we came to a different understanding… I can handle the more mundane jobs. Overseeing bureaucracy, military, energy and foreign policy.”
Naturally, Bush is baffled and won over by Cheney’s sly pitch to assume sweeping power in his administration, should they win the presidency, which of course they do.
Cheney is then shown accepting confidential memos, meeting with leadership in the Middle East and seemingly collapsing due to health issues. The clip also includes Amy Adams’ fiery portrayal of Lynne Cheney and Steve Carell looking deliriously happy as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Viewers even get a glimpse of the VP firing a shotgun in what is presumably a depiction of his accidental shooting of attorney Harry Whittington in 2006.
Like The Big Short, McKay’s previous film with Bale, the whole enterprise maintains a dark comedic sensibility even while claiming, “Discover the untold true story that changed the course of history.”
Vice arrives in theaters on Dec. 25.
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Watching sprinters Ronnie Baker and Noah Lyles set personal-best and world-leading times hasn't discouraged or intimidated one of the freshest faces on the Diamond League circuit.
Instead, Christian Coleman was motivated by the success of his fellow Americans while recovering from a right hamstring injury.
"It was preparing me emotionally to know when I come back I'll be able to compete," Coleman said on the phone from Rabat, Morocco, where he will return from a six-week absence to run the men's 100 metres on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET. "I know how fast and competitive they and they'll be running at a high level.
"I know my time will come, so I just have to stay focused on the goal."
Friday's track and field meet will be streamed live at CBCSports.ca, starting at 1 p.m.
Injured in early May
Coleman, who hadn't previously experienced hamstring problems, confirmed he is 100 per cent healthy and said Friday's race will be the first time this season he has had "full confidence" in his right leg.
Coleman first hurt his hamstring in training in early May and was forced to withdraw from Diamond League Shanghai on May 12. He returned May 26 at the Prefontaine Classic, admittedly at less than full health and with little training, to finish second to Baker (wind-assisted 9.78 seconds) in 9.84.
Five days later, Blake prevailed at the Golden Gala in Rome in a then-world-leading 9.93 while Coleman was fourth in 10.06 but aggravated the injury and missed subsequent Diamond League meets in Oslo, Stockholm, Paris and Lausanne, Switzerland.
Despite Coleman's impressive results, Donovan Bailey doesn't feel he has put together a three-phase race outdoors this season after setting a world indoor 60 record of 6.34 seconds in mid-February at the U.S. indoor national championships. The CBC Sports analyst believes Coleman needs to lengthen his strength to reach his top-speed threshold further along in the 100 than he was earlier this season and improve his physical strength to maintain his composure over the final 20 metres.
"He's the fastest kid out there and his upside is fantastic, but he has the most work to do technically. Christian has had problems when he hits top speed to the last 30 metres," Bailey said of the 2017 world 100 silver medallist. "One of the things you have to do in the middle of a race is breathe. When you breathe, it allows your diaphragm to stay high.
"From a technical perspective, breathe, relax, keep your shoulders pumping and it should be a hell of a race between him, Noah Lyles and Ronnie Baker [in Rabat]."
Coleman recalled being in the "best shape" of his life during the indoor season and is confident of achieving more this summer.
"You're always fighting for the win and that'll push you to great heights," he said. "You can worry about technique, form and [your] time another day."
Baker built confidence indoors, says Bailey
"I've improved overall as an athlete, in terms of the weight room, my times in practice, my core strength," he said.
Baker ran 6.44 at indoor worlds in March and Bailey noted his ability to stay close to Coleman during an indoor race helped build his confidence for the outdoor season.
"He understood what Christian's rhythm is and probably a whole lot of Christian's strengths and weaknesses, and he's banking on his strength against Christian's weakness."
At the USATF outdoor championships on June 20, Lyles won in a world-leading 9.88, Baker was second in 9.90 and Michael Rodgers, the fourth American in Friday's nine-man field, clocked 9.89 in the first round.
"Noah Lyles is the guy I'm watching," Bailey said. "He's not going to panic and he's proven that in many races, and that's what makes a champion."
Baker, 24, dropped his time to 9.88 for a PB at the Meeting de Paris on June 30 for his third Diamond League victory and tops the standings with 16 points, two more than Jimmy Vicaut of France. Great Britain's CJ Ujah and Reece Prescod are the other notable sprinters in Friday's 100. Ujah won last year in Rabat in a meet record time of 9.98 while Prescod captured the 100 this season at Diamond League Shanghai and the recent British championships.
Here are the Canadians competing in Rabat:
Shawn Barber, men's pole vault (2:30 p.m. ET): Barber successfully defended his Canadian title last weekend in Ottawa, improving his meet record by clearing 5.75 metres. The 24-year-old cleared 5.84 at Diamond League Paris on June 30, representing the Toronto native's best performance since his 5.92 at the Texas Relays on March 31.
Brittany Crew, women's shot put (2:23 p.m. ET): Crew, 24, broke her own Canadian record in the shot put late last month with a throw of 18.60 metres at the IAAF world challenge meet in Madrid. The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist from Mississauga, Ont., followed with a winning throw of 18.27 at the national championships in Ottawa.
Matt Hughes, men's 3,000m steeplechase (4:46 p.m. ET): The 2017 world championship finalist made it five Canadian titles in the past six years (he missed 2016 due to injury) last weekend in Ottawa, clocking 8:54.00 to win by more than three seconds. In April, the 28-year-old native of Oshawa, Ont., placed fourth in a season-best 8:12.33 at the Commonwealth Games.
Diamond League on CBC Sports
CBC Sports is providing live streaming coverage of all 14 Diamond League meets this season at CBCSports.ca and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. TV coverage will be featured as part of the network's Road To The Olympic Games weekend broadcasts throughout the season.
The following is a list of upcoming Diamond League meets:
- Rabat (Friday, 1 p.m. ET)
- Monaco (July 20, 2 p.m. ET)
- London (July 21-22, 10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m.)
- Birmingham (Aug. 18, 3 p.m. ET)
- Zurich (Aug. 30, 2 p.m. ET)
- Brussels (Aug. 31, 2 p.m. ET)
Sprint fans will have to wait a little longer, perhaps until late July, for Andre De Grasse and Christian Coleman to battle on the track.
Coleman, who won a silver medal in the 100 metres at the 2017 world track and field championships, has a "physical issue" that has forced him to pull out of the event at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai this Saturday (CBCSports.ca, 7 a.m. ET).
It would have marked the first showdown between two of the sport's young stars since 2015 when De Grasse clocked 9.98 seconds in the 100 semifinal to finish second in a field of 21 at the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships. Coleman, then a freshman at the University of Tennessee, was 15th that day in 10.19 and didn't qualify for the final.
But the 22-year-old Atlanta native has made big strides and impressed Canada's Donovan Bailey, the 100 champion at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
"He's young and fearless," Bailey, now a CBC Sports track analyst, said of Coleman, who ran 6.34 seconds in mid-February at the U.S. indoor national championships to shatter 2000 Olympic champion Maurice Greene's 20-year-old world indoor 60 record.
Coleman was thought to have broken the mark with a 6.37 effort at January's Clemson Invitational in South Carolina but it wasn't ratified due to the lack of electronic starting blocks and on-site drug testing.
"He's definitely a big-race athlete who shows up and wants to win," Bailey added. "Fundamentally, he's what I would want any track athlete to be."
The five-foot-nine Coleman, considered by many as America's next great sprinter, was to make his Diamond League debut in Shanghai and is the only man other than 2018 world champion Justin Gatlin to win collegiate titles in the 60 and 200 indoors and 100 and 200 outdoors the same year.
De Grasse and Coleman have also committed to race the 100 at the Müller Anniversary Games in London, England, on July 21-22.
Not yet in peak form
The 23-year-old De Grasse has raced twice since straining his right hamstring last August during the week leading into worlds.
On Friday, the Markham, Ont., runner stopped the clock in 20.46 seconds in the 200 to place sixth in an eight-man field at the season-opening Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar, one week after clocking 10.15 in the 100 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
Similar to the Drake Relays, De Grasse wasn't in top shape since he last competed in the 200 last July at Diamond League Rabat in Morocco.
"A lot of things could be in play here," said CBC Sports analyst Anson Henry of De Grasse. "He just competed a few days ago, and since he was off for so long, he may not be recovering from competition as quickly as usual. Plus his time of 20.46 is still an Olympic and world championship A standard.
"His comeback will be a process. He's never been injured like this before, and it's difficult to comeback for anyone, so it will take him a few races to find himself again both physically and mentally. There shouldn't be any panic in his camp at this point."
Two of the world’s top young sprinters will renew acquaintances on the track next month for the first time since 2015 after a scheduled showdown at the world championships last summer didn’t materialize because of injury.
Canada’s Andre De Grasse and 2018 world indoor 60-metre champion Christian Coleman of the United States will go head-to-head in the men’s 100 metres at the Diamond League meet at Shanghai Stadium in China on May 12.
“I think track and field got to a place where people were dodging each other and one of the things I did was to not dodge anyone,” says Bailey, the 1996 Olympic 100 champion-turned CBC Sports analyst. “If I think I’m the best and I can prepare and race [a top opponent] why not?
“Christian is the established star, a world-record holder and also has titles, and Andre doesn’t. Andre really needs to nip that in the bud, so this is a great [opportunity] for him.”
De Grasse makes his return to racing this Saturday at the Drake Relays after being forced to withdraw from worlds last August in London, England, with a right hamstring injury. He last raced Coleman in the 100 semifinals at the 2015 NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., where the USC junior clocked 9.98 seconds to finish second in a field of 21. Coleman, then a Tennessee freshman, was 15th in 10.19 and didn’t qualify for the final.
But the 22-year-old Atlanta native has made strides and impressed Bailey by running 9.94 to win a world silver medal at London Stadium, trailing only fellow American Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion. Jamaican legend and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt finished third in 9.95 before entering retirement.
“He’s young and fearless,” Bailey said of Coleman, who ran 6.34 at the U.S. indoor national championships to shatter 2000 Olympic champion Maurice Greene’s 20-year-old world indoor 60 record. Coleman was thought to have broken it with a 6.37 effort at January’s Clemson Invitational in South Carolina but it wasn’t ratified due to the lack of electronic starting blocks and on-site drug testing.
“He’s definitely a big-race athlete who shows up and wants to win,” Bailey added. “Fundamentally, he’s what I would want any track athlete to be.
“He ran indoors [this season] to improve his starts … and we’re going to see how he transitions [to the 100]. He’s ready to take the mantle” of being the world No. 1.
He’s the up-and-coming runner and I’m looking forward to the challenge and rivalry.— Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse on young American Christian Coleman
Considered America’s next great sprinter, the five-foot-nine Coleman will be making his Diamond League debut in Shanghai and is the only man other than Gatlin to win collegiate titles in the 60 and 200 indoors and 100 and 200 outdoors the same year.
He also broke 10 seconds nine times in 2017, including a 9.82 personal best last June, and is the reigning winner of the Bowerman Award as the top collegiate track and field athlete.
At indoor worlds, he told reporters that he has “a good chance to lead the sport in the post-Usain Bolt era.
“I think it’s good. Everyone feels confident and they want to be the best,” De Grasse, 23, told CBC Sports last week. “I want to be dominant but I always want to be able to say I’ve raced and beat the best. He’s the up-and-coming runner and I’m looking forward to the challenge and rivalry.”
‘Andre needs to establish himself’
Last week, De Grasse cautioned fans not to expect an immediate return to his form of 2016 when the Markham, Ont., native won three medals at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including bronze in the 100 with a personal-best time of 9.91.
De Grasse last raced on July 16, 2017 in Rabat, Morocco, where he set a meet record of 20.03 in the 200, his fourth consecutive Diamond League victory on the heels of a double gold performance at the Canadian championships in Ottawa.
“Andre needs to get the rust off and make it a rivalry [with Coleman],” said Bailey, adding he expects one to form as the season progresses. “Andre needs to get out there and establish himself. I have full trust and full belief that Andre will play a significant part in the world of sprinting this year.
“Christian, right now, is head and shoulders above [De Grasse] in competition and has been consistent over the past two years. Andre has had some injuries he has to treat and rest. We’ll see what the psychological and mental edge is the first race they compete against each other.”
De Grasse and Coleman have also committed to race the 100 at the Müller Anniversary Games in London, England, on July 21-22.