Rita Moreno shares how ‘West Side Story’ changed her life

‘West Side Story’ new trailer debuts 01:03 (CNN)Rita Moreno will be back on the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of "West Side Story," next month.

It’s another milestone for Moreno, soon 90, who rose to fame for her role as Anita in the original musical film in 1961. Her performance in the film also earned her an Academy Award for best supporting actress.

Moreno appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday to talk about the new "West Side Story," her life, resilience and love.

Moreno is also one of the rare Hollywood stars to be an an EGOT winner; along with the an Oscar from "West Side Story," she won an Emmy for her performance on "The Muppet Show," a Grammy from "The Electric Company," and a Tony for "The Ritz."

She says she became a star because she worked harder — and longer — than anyone else.

"I never stopped rehearsing. In fact, somebody told me recently that they were a dance extra on the mambo at the gym scene. And one of the girls turned to her when we had ten minutes off, and she says, ‘Look at Rita Moreno. She’s still rehearsing.’" she says, "That’s what you have to do to become a star." Rita Moreno shines in the documentary ‘Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It’ Despite her talent, she still had insecurities, she said, stemming from being raped as a teen when she first came to Hollywood and the racism she experienced.

"I grew up filled with self-loathing because I was a Puerto Rican. When you’re little, you’re told you’re not worth anything, you believe it," she said, adding, "I want women to know that all the awards in the world will never make up for the things I have experienced in my life. The be-all and end-all is respect and self-respect which took me a long time to earn."

Moreno also discussed her relationship with Marlon Brando. Brando was married when Moreno got pregnant with his baby. She said he pressured her to have an abortion and she attempted suicide after.

"What I was really trying to do was kill that bad side of me that kept going back to him. That bad woman who didn’t respect me, who was me, another side of me," she said.

Six months later, she landed "West Side Story" and the film changed her life.

"Anita, the one who had a sense of herself. A sense of dignity. And I had to portray that. And it felt really good," she said.

In the new movie, Moreno plays Valentina, the wife of the late of Doc, the candy store owner in the original.


Joy Behar faces backlash for Thanksgiving coming out advice

‘I did not miss you’: Behar and McCain resume feud on ‘The View’ 02:17 During a recent episode of "The View," the comic weighed in on a conversation about talking politics over Thanksgiving dinner. Behar suggested that gay people who haven’t come out to their families yet do so.

"I’d like to suggest to everybody out there, come out to your family this Thanksgiving," she said. "Just come out. See what happens."

Behar said she’s learned that "life is short" and she encouraged gay people to be their authentic selves.

"How dare you take a very important and sensitive moment in someone who is part of the LGBTQIA Community & turn it into a joke?," one person tweeted. "Some have been shunned from their family because of it. Not a joke. Be ashamed."


Jussie Smollett trial begins as former ‘Empire’ actor looks stoic going into jury selection

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Autoplay Day one of Jussie Smollett’s trial has officially begun in Chicago with jury selection kicking off Monday.

The former " Empire " actor continues to argue he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in downtown Chicago late at night in January of 2019. Meanwhile, siblings Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who worked with him on the TV show, say he paid them $3,500 to pose as his attackers.

Smollett arrived at the court in a navy blue suit and wool coat to match with a white dress shirt and gray striped tie underneath. He wore a black face mask as he arrived at the building with his arms linked to his family members who were there to support him as he argues his innocence. He looked serious and stoic as he entered the courtroom with his supporters creating a wall around him. His family members accompanied him into the courtroom where they emotionally said goodbye and left him at the defense table to watch the proceedings elsewhere in the building.

Seating within the courtroom is limited to accommodate the jury selection pool and requirements on social distancing due to COVID-19 . Actor Jussie Smollett walks with family members as they arrive Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for jury selection at his trial in Chicago. Smollett is accused of lying to police about the alleged attack and has been charged with felony disorderly conduct. A class 4 felony, the crime carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service.

However, the actor and director previously pleaded not guilty on renewed charges stemming from the incident, and instead maintains his original story, arguing that the $3,500 check was simply for the duo being his personal trainer.

The brothers are expected to testify at trial and repeat what they told police in the past, that Smollett paid them to carry out the attack in order to raise his public profile. Meanwhile, it has not been determined if Smollett will take the stand in his own defense. JUSSIE SMOLLETT TRIAL: JUDGE ORDERS NO CAMERAS, PRESS IN COURTROOM DURING JURY SELECTION Once they are selected, jurors will likely see surveillance video from more than four dozen cameras that police reviewed to trace the brothers’ movements before and after the reported attack, as well as a video showing the brothers purchasing a red hat, ski masks and gloves from a beauty supply shop hours earlier. Actor Jussie Smollett arrives with family for the first day of his highly anticipated trial. Smollett’s attorneys, led by Nenye Uche, has not spelled out how they will confront that evidence at trial.Buried in nearly 500 pages of Chicago Police Department reports is a statement from a woman who lived in the area who says she saw a white man with […]


Keira Knightley says she and her family have COVID: ‘I’m feeling pretty rubbish’

Keira Knightley is "feeling pretty rubbish" after testing positive for COVID-19. (Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images) The Pirates of the Caribbean actress shared the health update in an interview with the Telegraph ‘s Stella magazine .

"I’ve got COVID and I’m feeling pretty rubbish," the 36-year-old told the British outlet.

Knightley, who said she’s double vaccinated, has been quarantining at home in London, where her husband, musician James Righton, and two daughters, Edie, 6, and Delilah, 2, are positive as well.

She quipped that Righton was asymptomatic and "being very smug about it — he is convinced it’s because he’s one of those cold-water swimmers and I’m not."

Knightley did the interview to promote her dark comedy Silent Night . The film is about being on the brink of an environmental disaster. Filming began in the U.K. in February 2020 — just before the coronavirus pandemic began.

"It was really weird," Knightley said. "We were making a film about an experience and then the experience suddenly started happening around us. We were filming scenes about the shops running out of food at the same time as the news was becoming full of stories that all of the toilet paper had gone. We were desperately trying to finish so that [co-star Lily-Rose Depp] could get back to Paris to be with her mum [Vanessa Paradis] before they closed the borders. It was incredibly strange for everyone."

While the film is dark on its own, the timing — as the pandemic rages on and now Omicron variant cases spread — makes Knightley think the film needs a disclaimer.

"I think it should come with a warning, because now everybody is coming to the film with a lived experience, hopefully not as horrific as this one, but it has suddenly become a lot more raw," she said.

Knightley also spoke about dropping out of Apple TV+’s Essex Serpent last year over COVID-related child-care concerns. She was replaced by Claire Danes .

While it was something she "really wanted to do," Knightley explained that filming took place when "you couldn’t travel between different parts of the U.K. My youngest was 1, and suddenly I might be stuck on the other side of the country and I wouldn’t be able to get to her. I couldn’t do that."


The best Cyber Monday 2021 tech deals at Walmart

We may receive commission from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale is happening right now. Wait till Tuesday and you’re likely to miss most of the best bargains. (Photo: Getty Images) Now that Black Friday is squarely in the rear-view, it’s time to turn our attention to Cyber Monday. As expected, Walmart has rolled out its Cyber Monday 2021 sale , bringing with it some major discounts on tech products.

Below, I’ve rounded up what I consider to be the best of those tech deals, and at this writing, they’re all in stock. That could change in a heartbeat, though, so if you spot something you want, grab it before it’s gone!

(Pro tip: Want to score free shipping? Make sure you’re signed up for Walmart+ . Not yet a member? No problem: You can sign up for a free 15-day Walmart+ trial here , and a quick three-question survey will add two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. Those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.) A laptop for $87?! And a decent one at that? Well done, Walmart! (Photo: Samsung) Holy Black Friday-buster, Batman! This Cyber Monday Chromebook deal is just about the best I’ve ever seen. And it will NOT last long.

The Chromebook 4 is basic but effective, with an 11.6-inch screen, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The battery is good for up 12 hours, according to Samsung, meaning it should easily survive a full day of school.

Seriously, this will sell out in a flash. Hope you’re able to grab one! Forget ceiling mounts and all that; the Polaris 4K can park right next to a wall and project a huge, dazzling image. (Photo: Bomaker) Wow, did this ever sneak in under the radar. The Polaris 4K is one of the new breed of ultra-short-throw (UST) projectors, most of which sell for at least $2,500. (Bomaker proper lists it at $2,800, with only a $500 Cyber Monday discount).

Unlike most projectors, UST models can park right next to a wall, meaning you don’t have to mess around with ceiling mounts, in-wall cabling and all that. At a distance of just nine inches, for example, you can enjoy a 100-inch image. A 4K, HDR-enhanced image at that.


Jussie Smollett faces Chicago trial, jury selection begins: Everything we know

Nearly three years after Jussie Smollett reported to Chicago police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, the former "Empire" actor is going to trial Monday on charges that he staged the incident.

Smollett, 39, was charged with felony disorderly conduct after law enforcement and prosecutors said he lied about what happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, in downtown Chicago. Disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony, carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps order to perform community service.

Smollett has maintained his innocence throughout the whole ordeal.

The actor, who has since stayed away from the spotlight and whose career has been derailed dramatically, will make his way to and from court as his trial begins. Jury selection is also scheduled to begin Monday.

Key witnesses in the trial will be the brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who say Smollett wrote them a check to stage the attack. They are expected to characterize Smollett as the star and director of an "attack" in full view of a surveillance camera that he mistakenly believed would record the whole event. Former The brothers will also describe how Smollett drove them to the spot where the incident was to play out for a "dress rehearsal," said their lawyer, Gloria Rodriguez.

"He was telling them ‘Here’s a camera, there’s a camera and here’s where you are going to run away,’ " Rodriguez added.

The trial comes over a month after Judge James Linn denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss the criminal case against Smollett on Oct. 15, setting a date for the trial. Judge James allowed one of the newest members of Smollett’s team of defense lawyers, Nenye Uche, to plead for dismissal again.


The best Cyber Monday 2021 tech deals at Amazon I’m eyeballing right now

We may receive commission from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. Amazon’s Black Friday tech deals include historic-low pricing on items like the Roborock S7 robot vacuum, Ring Video Doorbell Wired and Fire HD 10 tablet. Are you experiencing post-Black Friday FOMO? Feel like you missed out on the best deals? Have no fear: Cyber Monday is here, and nearly every Amazon tech deal that was available last week is still available today.

Below I’ve rounded up the best Cyber Monday tech deals you can get at Amazon . Some of them are historic, like the 10-inch Fire tablet for just $75. All of them would make great gifts, though I won’t judge if you’re just shopping for yourself.

(Pro tip: If you have Amazon Prime , you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day Amazon Prime trial here .) I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that this full-featured 10-inch tablet is only $75. (Shhh! Nobody tell Bezos!) (Photo: Amazon) Not too long ago, the option to buy a 10-inch tablet for just $75 would have set the internet on fire. Sure, it would have been a low-resolution slowpoke with compatibility issues and a battery that required hand-cranking, but we’d have overlooked all that. Because $75!

The Fire HD 10, in contrast, delivers an embarrassment of riches for that price. Consider: Full HD screen, 32GB of expandable storage, USB-C charging, hands-free Alexa voice controls, compatibility with countless accessories and a battery that’s good for up to 12 hours.

A few other notable Fire deals right now: If you want a device that’s equal parts smart screen and photo frame, the Facebook Portal is a solid choice — especially when it’s on sale for $79. (Photo: Facebook) The Facebook Portal is a smart display designed with video calls in mind, though it can do a lot more. It originally sold for $179 (and more recently $149), but right now Amazon has the Facebook Portal for $79 . That ties the lowest price on record.


Amazon Cyber Monday 2021 Fire TV sale: 4 models, lowest prices ever, starting at $330

We may receive commission from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. If you can swing the extra $30, the heavily discounted Omni Series Fire TV (pictured) is a better choice than Amazon’s also-heavily-discounted 4-Series Fire TV. (Photo: Amazon) If you’re in the market for a new TV and didn’t find what you were looking for on Black Friday, say hello to Cyber Monday. Amazon has slashed the prices of four sizable screens, all of them smart, all of them brand-new.

And by that I mean "new brand": Just a couple months ago, Amazon introduced the 4-Series and Omni Series, the company’s first TVs. (Best Buy has been doing this for a while with its Insignia brand.) Already competitively priced, these discounts represent some pretty significant savings.

OK, but what are the differences between these two series, and which of the four models should you pick? Let me queue up the deals for you, then circle back with the answers.

(Pro tip: If you have Amazon Prime , you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day Amazon Prime trial here .)

First things first: Obviously your budget and available space will be the main deciding factors for which series and size you choose.

If space isn’t a consideration, you’ll never regret going with a larger screen. Either way, there’s only $30 separating the 4-Series and Omni Series — and if that won’t break your bank, I do recommend the latter.

Why? Although the two series are very similar, especially at these sizes (the 65- and 75-inch Omni models add image-enhancing Dolby Vision to the mix, but that spec isn’t available here), the Omni stands out with a few key advantages — starting with hands-free Alexa.

That means you can say, "Alexa, turn on the TV," or "Alexa, go to Netflix," without having to touch anything. In other words, the Omni works just like an Amazon Echo smart speaker or display. With the 4-Series, you have to pick up the remote, press a button, then speak your command.


Kanye West leads tributes to Virgil Abloh with moving Sunday Service cover of Adele’s ‘Easy on Me’

Kanye West honored his late friend, barrier-breaking designer Virgil Abloh , by dedicating the latest installment of his Sunday Service series to the cultural icon as tributes poured in from around the music and fashion world.

Abloh, the acclaimed menswear designer for Louis Vuitton, founder of haute-streetwear label Off-White and prolific DJ , died aged 41 on Sunday after a private, two-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer.

The famed artist was a longstanding collaborator of West, now known as Ye, and served as creative director for the rapper’s design agency Donda. He was also the creative brains behind the concepts of West’s album covers for "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" and "Yeezus."

Their partnership took Abloh to Paris in 2009, after West had inked a sneaker deal with Louis Vuitton. They made waves at fashion week, with a photo of the duo outside a show going viral. It was that early appearance that put streetwear on the radar of the big fashion houses, Abloh later told GQ . Shortly after news broke of Abloh’s passing on Sunday, West’s ensemble choir sang a moving rendition of Adele’s "Easy on Me," the single off her latest album, "30," in his honor. The message, "IN LOVING MEMORY OF VIRGIL ABLOH, THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DONDA," appeared on the screen during a livestream of the service.

The rousing cover was among a torrent of tributes from musicians, celebrities, reality stars and editors to the visionary designer, whose work re-imagined the meaning of fashion and how clothes convey identity in an industry that notoriously lacks diversity.

American singer-songwriter Frank Ocean shared memories of Abloh on his Instagram story, calling him "a hero" and saying the designer had inspired his own late brother, Ryan Moore, who died in a car crash last year, to pursue a career in fashion.

In 2018, Ocean recalled asking Abloh how he was able to balance his demanding career and still manage to respond to text messages "with enthusiasm and emojis and encouragement and seemingly.. with ease," describing him as an inspiration who "was interested in living and living to the maximum extent."

"My family was proud of you like you were our family," he added.

Others in the music industry, including Drake and Justin Timberlake, also shared their condolences. Drake posted a series of photos of the pair over the years on Instagram, calling Alboh his "brother."

"My plan is to touch the sky 1000 more times for you… love you eternally brother. Thank you for everything," the "Certified Lover Boy" rapper wrote.

Singer Justin Timberlake shared his shock, writing on Instagram: "What can you say when a force like @virgilabloh is taken too soon? You gave the world so much, in so little time. And created with intensity… Knowing better than the rest of us that life is too short, but anything is possible. I’m honored to have known you."

Fellow fashion designer Victoria Beckham shared a photo of Virgil on Instagram, saying she would miss him and describing him as: "A true inspiration in so many […]


Jussie Smollett trial: Judge orders no cameras, press in courtroom during jury selection

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Autoplay A Cook County judge has ordered that cameras and press will not be allowed inside the courtroom when Jussie Smollett’s trial kicks off Monday.

Judge James Linn denied a request for extended media coverage. At the time of his ruling last Friday, he did not immediately give an explanation. However, Fox News has learned that there will simply be no room in the court during jury selection.

Because of guidelines present to help stop the spread of COVID-19 , Judge Linn decided that seating within the courtroom must be reserved for potential jurors. However, the courtroom will reportedly keep its doors open to provide some insight to the public as to what’s going on inside, provided that does not become a disruption. It’s expected that, once the jury is selected, there will be more room for reporters and cameras to film or stream the proceedings. Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Courthouse after his court appearance on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The former " Empire " actor contends he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in downtown Chicago on a frigid night in January 2019. However, siblings Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who worked with him on the TV show, say he paid them $3,500 to pose as his attackers.


Smollett is accused of lying to police about the alleged attack and has been charged with felony disorderly conduct. A class 4 felony, the crime carries a sentence of up to three years in prison. However, experts have said it is more likely that if the 39-year-old is convicted, he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service. Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Feb. 24, 2020. Still, the actor has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings. After the brothers were taken into custody and released without charge, police noted at the time that the investigation had shifted. Shortly after, Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Jury selection in Jussie Smollett’s trial begins. (AP) A Cook County grand jury returned a 16-count indictment charging the actor with falsely reporting an offense, but those charges were dropped. However, U.S. Attorney Dan Webb was later appointed as special prosecutor to investigate why those charges were dropped, ultimately leading a grand jury to return a six-count indictment against Smollett.

He has since pleaded not guilty to the restored charges and will argue his case in court starting Monday with jury selection. The Associated Press contributed to this report.