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Pee-Wee Herman Is Returning to the Big Screen

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by

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Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) — It’s been nearly 30 years since Pee-wee’s Big Adventure hit movie screened and solidified the quirky character’s cult following. Now, a new movie is in the works, according to Pee-wee himself, Paul Reubens.

“It think it first got leaked four years ago or so that the movie was going to be made, and ever since then it’s just been stalling and stalling,” Reubens told Rolling Stone magazine. “So I’m really ready for this to happen.”

The actor, 62, also played the lovable Pee-wee Herman on Pee-wee’s Playhouse from 1986 to 1990.

After speculation of the big return, Reubens announced that the new Pee-wee project will begin production in early 2015.

“It’s going to get made shortly after the new year,” he said. “I wish I could tell you about it right now, because…I mean, it’s amazing. It’s going to be amazing.”

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Amanda Bynes Released from Psychiatric Facility

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Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Amanda Bynes has been released from the facility where she had been on a psychiatric hold, a source told ABC News.

The hearing officer believed that Bynes was stable enough that it did not make sense to hold her involuntarily, so he ended the 30-day hold that had been granted last week, the source said. With that, the former child star, whose mother was also recently granted conservatorship over her finances, was free to go.

Bynes, 28, was hospitalized earlier this month after displaying erratic behavior, including going on a worrisome Twitter rant against her father. The 72-hour hold was extended twice before it was reversed Thursday. She was photographed in Los Angeles Thursday night.

“My clients are very concerned about their daughter,” Tamar Arminak, the lawyer for the Bynes family, told ABC News in a statement just prior to Bynes’ hospitalization. “They are doing everything they can to help Amanda.”

Last summer, Bynes was also hospitalized and spent time in rehab before moving back in with her parents last winter. She enrolled in fashion school and things appeared to be improving for the actress until just recently.

In September, the actress was arrested for an alleged DUI, when authorities claim she stopped in the middle of an intersection. She has yet to enter a plea.

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Chelsea Handler Posts Topless Pic to Highlight Sexism

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Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) — Chelsea Handler posted a topless photo of herself on Instagram Thursday to highlight the different reactions social media has to men and women.

In the photo, she imitated Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose topless horse riding pic has become an Internet sensation. After being up for a few minutes, it was taken down by Instagram.

Handler, 39, responded to the photo being deleted with a picture of the message she received and her own opinion.

The picture shows that Handler’s photo was “removed because it doesn’t follow our Community Guidelines,” Instagram wrote to the comedian.



“If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it’s ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?” Handler captioned the new pic.

A request for comment from Handler’s rep was not immediately returned to ABC News.

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Iggy Azalea Claims “SNL” Photoshopped Her Facial Moles

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Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) — You might know Iggy Azalea from the song “Fancy,” one of the big hits of the year. The rapper is known also for her platinum blonde hair and signature facial moles, but she alleges that those moles were digitally removed in photos that promoted her appearance on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

The 24-year-old Australian aired her feelings on Instagram, writing: “I loved the promo pictures but I wish they hadn’t photoshopped all my moles off my face (hey, I like those things!!)”

Merle Ginsberg, senior style writer for The Hollywood Reporter, reacted to Azalea’s statement.

“It’s almost like she wanted to head off the masses before they blamed it on her. So before they said ‘Iggy took all her moles off her face,’ she got to say ‘no! SNL took them off. I like them’, which was a brave, funny thing to do, I think,” Ginsberg said.

Saturday Night Live isn’t commenting on Azalea’s claim.

Celebrities are often accused of photoshopping their own bodies, but many cry foul when others digitally alter their appearance to change things the stars like about themselves. Hollywood A-listers including Lena Dunham and Kate Winslet have spoken about having been digitally downsized on magazine covers, and supermodel Cindy Crawford said she initially faced backlash over her now-iconic facial mole.

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“Nightcrawler,” “Before I Go To Sleep,” “Saw” Re-Release Open Friday

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“Nightcrawler” – Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

NightcrawlerJake Gyllenhaal plays a “nightcrawler” — a cameraman who searches for sensational news stories to capture on tape and make money off of. Rene Russo co-stars as a news producer. Rated R.

Before I Go To Sleep
Nicole Kidman is a woman who wakes up every day with no memories as a result of an accident. She soon finds herself wondering who she can trust, including her husband and doctor. Colin Firth and Mark Strong also star in the adaptation of the S.J. Watson novel. Rated R.  

Saw – The first film in the popular horror series returns to theaters for one week only, in honor of its 10th anniversary. Rated R.

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“SNL’s” Michael Che Slammed for Comments on Viral Catcall Video

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Lloyd Bishop/NBC(NEW YORK) — Saturday Night Live castmember Michael Che has been blasted on social media for Facebook posts he wrote in response to a viral video showing a woman being verbally harassed more than 100 times while walking down a New York City Street this past Tuesday.

The posts linked to Che’s account have been deleted, but Business Insider captured a screenshot of the Facebook post, in which the 31-year-old comedian likens catcalls to fans recognizing him from SNL.

“i wanna apologize to all the women that ive harrassed with statements like ‘hi’ or ‘have a nice day’ or ‘youre beautiful’. i cant imagine what that must feel like. the closest thing I’ve experienced is maybe when a girl recognizes me from tv and they say things like ‘AHHHH!! OH MY GOD!! SNL SNL SNL!! TAKE A PICTURE!! TAKE A PICTURE!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! WHATS YOUR NAME AGAIN?! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! WAIT SAY SOMETHING FUNNY!!’ but even that is nothing like the harrassment of having a complete stranger tell me to ‘smile,’” Che writes.

He followed that with a somewhat sarcastic apology for the comment: “i wanna apologize for my last apology. sometimes i forget that i belong to all of you now, and that any thought i have should be filtered through you, and receive ur approval. it’s tough, because i’m used to taking risks and finding humor in places of discomfort. but thats all over cause i have a job on tv. and if i say the wrong thing youll see to it that its taken away. so the next time i have a silly thought, ill giggle to myself, keep my mouth shut, & post a picture with my arm around a more famous person i met somewhere.”

Che defended his remarks on Twitter, writing, “i think some of u are misunderstanding that post. im simply just making fun of something that is important to a lot of people.”

The video that prompted Che’s posts has received over 20 million views.

Che co-anchors SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment.

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“Game of Thrones” Cast Gets Big Pay Raise

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HBO(NEW YORK) — The cast of Game of Thrones is getting a huge pay raise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The main actors on the HBO series had only been signed on through season six of the show, but their contracts were renegotiated to include the option for a seventh. In exchange for the option, HBO is shelling out the big bucks.

According to the report, the so-called “A” tier actors are being paid the highest amount. That includes Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

The “B” tier actors — Natalie Dormer, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams — also secured raises at a lower salary level.

It wasn’t specified how much of a pay bump each cast member will be receiving.

Game of Thrones is currently filming its fifth season.

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After Internet Leak, Kaley Cuoco Advises, ‘Don’t Take Naked Photos’

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Earlier this year, Kaley Cuoco was one of the stars whose nude photos were leaked to the Internet. Now, she’s advising others to put down their cameras.

“Don’t take naked photos. That would be a good start. How about that?” she told Extra. “Just don’t take pictures. I’ve now taken to Polaroid cameras, so I just carry a big Polaroid around my neck, self-aroid, that’s what I do now. No one can get those. Polaroid cameras, that’s the way to go.”

Cuoco, 28, added that some of the photos that appear to be of her are not.

“Just so everyone knows, a lot of those were not real,” she said. “A lot were completely fake, if you look closely!”

Last month, the Big Bang Theory star told Jimmy Kimmel that after the leak, she alerted her family about what happened and then tried to find humor in the situation. Ultimately, she decided to post a fake nude photo on her Instagram page.

“It was just a really bad situation but I took it in my own hands and make a joke about it because what are you gonna do?” she said. “You gotta make fun of yourself.”

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Movie Review: “Before I Go to Sleep” (Rated R)

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“Before I Go to Sleep” – Clarius Entertainment(NEW YORK) — Before I Go to Sleep is writer/director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of the best-selling novel by S.J. Watson. Nicole Kidman plays Christine, a 40-something woman who wakes up one morning next to a man she doesn’t recognize, with no recollection of what happened the day before — or anything that’s happened since her early 20s.
The man introduces himself as Ben (Colin Firth), Christine’s husband.  Christine has amnesia, he explains, the result of a terrible accident over a year before, and her memory lasts no more than 24 hours.
After Ben leaves for work, Christine receives a call from Dr. Nasch (Mark Strong), a neurologist who’s been helping her recovery.  He tells her to retrieve a box from the back of her closet.  Inside is a video camera Dr. Nasch gave Christine so she can keep a daily video diary.  He also advises Christine not to tell Ben about the diary, or indeed about Dr. Nasch.
This form of therapy jogs Christine’s memory just enough for her to start asking Ben some uncomfortable questions. Christine’s discovered Ben has been lying about a few things, most notably that her brain injury is the result not of an accident, but of a vicious attack. Why would Ben lie to Christine about that?  More telling, what other secrets is he keeping from her?
In order for this movie to really work, the script needs a little more urgency and conflict. Also, Joffe had to know critics would compare Before I Go to Sleep to Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Memento from 14 years ago. Joffe clearly thought it was a risk worth taking, particularly when he scored a cast featuring two Oscar winners in Kidman and Firth, along with the outstanding Mark Strong.
Even so, while it doesn’t come close to matching the visceral impact of
Memento, Before I Go to Sleep does have a decent payoff — it just takes too long to get there.  Though only 92 minutes in length, it would’ve been far more engaging had it been 20 minutes shorter.
Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Movie Review: “Nightcrawler” (Rated R)

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by

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Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Part Taxi Driver, part Network with a dash of Rain Man thrown in, Nightcrawler is a savvy story about the media’s often compromised moral compass, built around a searing and indelible performance by the consistently impressive Jake Gyllenhaal.

Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a repugnant, fast-talking petty criminal who has no problem resorting to violence to acquire bounty he can pawn off to a local construction site or consignment shop. Lou’s a bit different, though, treating his sales like legitimate business transactions, bargaining with prospective buyers using language he learned from online business classes. But as smart as he sounds, his customers ain’t buyin’ it. Lou needs a new racket.

Lou stumbles upon that very thing when he decides to pull over, late at night on one of Los Angeles’ many busy freeways, to witness two cops attempting to pull a woman out of burning car.  When he’s shoved aside by a freelance news crew of two men with cameras, led by Joe (Bill Paxton), Lou is inspired. He peppers Joe with questions about the business of “nightcrawling,” listening to police scanners and getting to the scene of an accident or crime to shoot video and sell it to news shows.

Lou steals a bike and trades it for a cheap camcorder and police scanner.  It doesn’t take him long to record his first salable video, which he offers to a struggling local news station run by Nina Romina (Rene Russo), a former news anchor desperate to boost her ratings. Nina pays Joe $250 for his trouble, tells him to buy better equipment, and whenever he’s got something special, to contact her first.

Lou’s in business, and so are we. Nightcrawler writer and director Dan Gilroy gives us a smart, thrilling, though somewhat embellished story about sensationalism in the media, with some pretty damning commentary about its decision makers. Lou is a predator of violent crimes and accidents with no concern for the humanity of the story. Not only will he move bodies to frame a better shot, he’ll withhold information from the police if it’ll lead to an exclusive story. Nina’s aware of Lou’s lack of ethics and yet becomes dependent on him, in stark contrast to the construction site foreman who refused to hire Lou because he knew he was a thief.

Gyllenhaal dropped weight and changed his hair for Nightcrawler.  Just imagine De Niro’s Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver with an MBA and Mark Cuban’s sales moxie. Gyllenhaal’s is a perfect performance in one of the year’s smartest films.

Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

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