‘New Amsterdam’ star: ‘When you’re confident you can rarely be brilliant’

Anupam Kher’s 35-year career encompasses Bollywood stardom, a best-selling self-help book, an acclaimed acting school, appearances in innumerable plays and TV shows and over 13 million followers on Twitter. But the native of Shimla, India, had never acted on an American television series. That all changed with Kher’s role as the compassionate, emotionally uptight Dr. Vijay Kapoor on “New Amsterdam,” NBC’s freshman hospital drama and the network’s only new series renewed for next season (so far). “I needed a shift in my life,” says Kher, 63, who’s starring in the…

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How will Oscars 2019 survive no host, Bryan Singer and Netflix?

It’s 2019, and even a fluffy ceremony designed to celebrate a simple leisure-time activity you’re meant to eat Goobers to is a veritable minefield. As seems inevitable these days, controversy has been slowly building around this Oscars ceremony pretty much since the staff started running a vacuum down the aisle after last year’s show. Planning to watch Sunday’s telecast and need something to keep you awake during those third-hour doldrums? Here are five interesting storylines that will be playing out. Can Netflix take home Best Picture? A top-prize win for…

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The Queen should totally steer clear of this Princess Diana musical

Princess Diana may have stolen the show at Buckingham Palace, but it’s Queen Elizabeth II who’s stealing “Diana,” the new musical that started previews this week at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse. Everybody’s raving about Judy Kaye’s performance as both the durable monarch and as Barbara Cartland, the prolific romance novelist and Diana’s step-grandmother. As the queen, Kaye is “chilly, imperious, a little scary,” says a source. As Cartland, she’s “deliciously fun.” If Kaye is walking away with the show, how easy lies the crown on the head of Jeanna…

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Wanda Sykes on Cardi B and politics: ‘What the hell is going on?’

Three years after her last televised stand-up special, Wanda Sykes is ready to let loose. “This one is a little more annoyed Wanda. I’m back in my sweet spot,” the fiery comedian tells The Post about her current comedy tour, “Oh Well,” which comes to Town Hall on Feb. 28 and March 1 and will be filmed for an upcoming Netflix show. Her last special, “What Happened… Ms. Sykes?,” aired just two weeks before the 2016 presidential election. A primary target was then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. She’s ready to dig…

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‘A Star Is Born’ ’77 Best Song winner talks Lady Gaga’s Oscar chances

If, as expected, “Shallow” wins the Oscar for Best Original Song on Sunday, it won’t be the first “A Star Is Born” tune to cop the prize: “Evergreen,” the No. 1 single from the third version of the movie, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, sailed above the competition in 1977. Songwriters Hall of Famer Paul Williams, who penned “Evergreen” with Streisand, says that the magic is in the “emotional peaks” of the story. “The story is so amazing,” says the 78-year-old, who co-wrote five other songs for 1976’s “A Star…

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How Ray Romano balances ‘comedic genius’ with dramatic chops

How does an inherently funny guy get into a dramatic mindset? “Normally I have to prepare and, like, put on headphones and listen to sad music and think of bad things to get into that little bubble,” Ray Romano tells The Post. “But I didn’t do that for this. It came very easily. The emotions just poured out of me.” “This” is the new Netflix movie “Paddleton,” in which the comedian and actor plays Andy, best friend of Michael (Mark Duplass), a middle-aged man who finds out he has terminal…

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Oscars 2019: ‘Green Book’ is the one to beat for Best Picture

Final ballots for the 91st Academy Awards were turned in Tuesday after two months of controversies, upsets and aggressive campaigning. And while it’s safe to say that “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Vice” won’t be taking home the Best Picture Oscar on Sunday night, the race is more wide open than it was the day after January’s Golden Globes. Here’s where the other nominees stand. “Green Book” (way up) [embedded content] The movie about black pianist Don Shirley and Italian-American chauffeur Tony Lip’s journey through the Jim Crow South racked up…

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Sansa Stark might fight in final ‘Game of Thrones’ season

Sansa Stark fights with her wits, not her fists — but that might change in the final season of “Game of Thrones.” Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, recently told EW that she’s getting an intriguing costume change for Season 8: armor. “This is the first time I’ve had armor,” she said. “She’s like the warrior of Winterfell.” When we last saw her in Season 7, Sansa was holding down the fort at Winterfell, ruling the North while the King in the North Jon Snow traveled south. Of course, Sansa doesn’t…

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Chris Hemsworth set to play Hulk Hogan in Netflix biopic

In a strange bit of casting news, Chris Hemsworth will be playing wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan in a biopic coming to Netflix. This is surprising because — with “Thor” having catapulted him into the Marvel stratosphere — Hemsworth has the freedom to choose whatever roles he wants. In his downtime from donning a cape and hammer, he’s downright wholesome, known as a low-key family man and dad. He even moved his brood to a remote corner of Australia to get out of the Hollywood spotlight. Hulk Hogan, on the other…

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Spy games laid bare in ‘The Enemy Within’

‘The Americans” might be over — but espionage is still alive and well on TV. “The Enemy Within,” a new NBC drama series premiering Monday (10 p.m.), follows Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter, “Dexter”) — an incarcerated former CIA operative and notorious traitor — and FBI agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut), who comes to her for help in catching a criminal spy. In other words, it’s the “Silence of the Lambs” dynamic— but with spies this time. “I think [that’s true] if you switch the gender roles,” says the show’s creator…

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