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Ben Affleck’s Batman Fighting Jared Leto’s Joker in “Suicide Squad”?

Friday, May 29th, 2015 by

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Ben Affleck’s Batman faced off against Jared Leto’s Joker on the set of Suicide Squad, though it’s not clear if the actors themselves were part of the action.

In pictures on Twitter and from the set, Batman is clearly on top of the Joker’s car, trying to take down the villain and his accomplice Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie. This is the first time the two adversaries will appear in a major motion picture since The Dark Knight in 2008.

During the day, the film’s director, David Ayer, posted a note to Twitter, saying, “I believe in old school filmmaking. Real stunts. Real people. Real places. It makes all the difference on the screen. Thank you #Toronto.”

Suicide Squad hits theaters in August of 2016. It also stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

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David Oyelowo Unravels in HBO’s “Nightingale”

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Dorothy Hong(NEW YORK) — David Oyelowo stars on the small screen as Peter Snowden, a war veteran struggling to adjust when he comes back home, in HBO’s Nightingale.

The Golden Globe-nominated actor in the single-scene film portrays a man clearly unraveling after he’s committed a horrible crime against his mother. Oyelowo tells ABC Radio what else is wrong with Snowden.

“We deliberately didn’t want to necessarily define what it is, but in talking to a psychiatrist, who I gave the script to read, he has what’s called dissociative identity disorder, which is what we used to know as multiple personality disorder,” he explained at a private New York City screening Thursday night. “And basically how that comes about is people are shattered into different personalities in order to deal with trauma.”

To perform solo for nearly 90 minutes, the actor said he had to stay in character for three weeks while he shot the film.

“It was the first time I had done it. I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as a method actor but I thought it was necessitous for this particular role just because he’s so in his head,” Oyelowo said. “He’s so self-involved. Loneliness is something I wanted to really feel. I have a wife and four kids. I’m never alone so I moved into a friend’s apartment for three weeks. I just wanted to immerse myself in what it must be like to a certain degree to be him in order to be able to tell the truth.”

Part of the truth that Oyelowo wanted to display is the fact that his character is gay. It’s something Snowden can’t wrap his own head around, although he’s borderline-obsessed with an old war colleague.

“He’s in denial about his sexual disposition,” he said. “And I think that’s borne out of a very repressed upbringing. I think it’s also borne out of a loathing he has for himself, both in terms of his sexual orientation, how that is perceived by those around him, including by his mother, including having been in the military and society in general.” 

HBO’s Nightingale premieres Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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Melissa Rivers Opens Up About Decision to Let Joan Go

Friday, May 29th, 2015 by

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Brian Bowen Smith/E!(NEW YORK) — After being in the hospital unresponsive for a week, Joan Rivers died on September 4 of last year. The comedic icon had been on life support, and now her daughter Melissa, 47, is opening up about the decision to take her off.

“She had a living will and an advance directive that was very specific. My mother’s definition of quality of life was having all her faculties and being able to go on stage for one hour and, here was the kicker, be funny. As hard as it was, I knew the right decision,” she told AARP magazine.

She also explained where she is in the grieving process.

“You miss even the sh******* things: I miss when she’d come in and rearrange my furniture and tell me how I ran my house wrong and criticize everything. I miss the criticism! I’m still in that phase,” she said. “I was part of a comedy team. I was the straight man. And now I’m a solo act. That’s the hard part. I’m trying to find my voice.”

Melissa Rivers lost her father, Edgar Rosenberg, in 1987.

“When one parent dies, it’s a comma,” she said. “When the second parent dies, it’s a period.”

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Lindsay Lohan Off Probation After Finishing Community Service

Friday, May 29th, 2015 by

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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Lindsay Lohan’s probation stemming from a 2012 Santa Monica, California, traffic crash has now been terminated after her attorney provided proof she completed her community service.

The actress was not on hand for a progress report hearing Thursday, but she posted an Instagram picture of a TMZ story celebrating her finishing 125 hours of service for the 2012 incident. The clerk of courts in New York confirmed to ABC station KABC that her probation was finished.

“Hard work pays off. Thank you to all those that allowed me to volunteer while in nyc. God bless you all. Amen,” she wrote.

Lohan was ordered earlier in the month to come to New York City to complete the service. She had been living in London.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Young told Lohan’s lawyer in early May that she had to return to Brooklyn to complete her community service by May 28 or face “consequences.” That’s exactly what she did.

Lohan had been charged with three misdemeanors, including reckless driving and allegedly lying to Santa Monica police, in connection with a June 2012 traffic accident that involved her Porsche.

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Is on the Market for $100 Million

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Jason Kirk/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is on the market, and it can be yours for $100 million.

The property, located in Los Olivos, California, about 40 miles from Santa Barbara, is now called “Sycamore Valley Ranch,” Suzanne Perkins, one of the realtors, tells the Wall Street Journal.

The amusement park rides are gone, according to the agents, as are the orangutans and elephant. However, there is currently a llama on the property, as well as the railroad tracks and train station built at Jackson’s request. The famous floral clock, which spells out “Neverland,” is also still there, along with the building that once housed the Neverland Valley Fire Department, although it’s no longer staffed by full-time firefighters.

The roughly 2,700-acre property has about 22 structures on it, according to Perkins. The Normandy-style main house, which sits between the property’s two lakes, measures about 12,000 square feet, with six bedrooms plus an attached staff quarters.

There’s also a four-bedroom guesthouse near the main home and a two-bedroom guesthouse a little farther away, a swimming pool with a cabana, a barbecue area, a basketball court and tennis court, a 50-seat movie theater with a private viewing balcony and a stage that includes trap doors for magic shows.

Jackson paid $19.5 million for the ranch in 1987 and lived there more than 15 years. He defaulted on a $24.5 million loan backed by the ranch, according to the daily business publication, which adds that real-estate investment firm Colony Capital bought the note in 2008 for $23 million and put the title into a joint venture it formed with the pop star.

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Movie Review: “Aloha” (Rated PG-13)

Friday, May 29th, 2015 by

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Sony/ColumbiaCameron Crowe is a great writer.  Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire and the Oscar-winning Almost Famous are some of the most quotable movies from the past 30 years.  Though his efforts since 2000’s Almost Famous have been uneven, my love for Crowe has not diminished, and I remain hopeful he’ll recapture that former magic. In his new movie, Aloha, the best of his trademark idiosyncratic banter and character interactions occasionally bubble to the surface.

Bradley Cooper is Brian, an innovative military contractor with a keen interest in space who used to live in Hawaii. He returns there expecting to complete a deal for a billionaire for whom he’s been working, named Carson Welch (Bill Murray). He didn’t necessarily expect to see his ex-girlfriend, Tracy (Rachel McAdams), who’s married to and has two kids with military pilot Woody (John Krasinski). Enter Emma Stone’s Allison Ng, a pilot assigned to be Brian’s watchdog. She’s very by-the-book, and very interested in Brian in more ways than just professionally.

Then there’s Hawaii. Crowe’s efforts to make Hawaiian culture part of this story are a bit convoluted and feel forced.  So does the Brian-Allison sub-plot. On the flip side, Tracy feels like an amalgam of Diane and Corey from Say Anything, with a bit Penny Lane from Almost Famous sprinkled in — three of Crowe’s best and most beautifully written characters, so I can’t complain about that. Also, Cooper’s chemistry with McAdams is considerably better than his chemistry with Stone.

There are plenty of likeable nuggets in Aloha, particularly Danny McBride’s quirky Colonel “Fingers” Lacy character; the two young actors who play McAdams’ children, Danielle Rose Russell and Jaeden Lieberher (the latter of whom was also outstanding opposite Murray in last year’s St. Vincent); and the scenes between Cooper and Krasinski. Unfortunately, it all just isn’t enough to make Aloha a truly good movie.

Three out of five stars.

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Movie Review: “San Andreas” (Rated PG-13)

Friday, May 29th, 2015 by

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Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson an impressive action star? Yes and no. Lately, he’s had moments when it seems he’s on the verge of becoming an above-average actor. Then he backslides.

I found Johnson backsliding a bit in San Andreas, though I by no means think he’s bad. He’s charming and has excellent comedic timing, but some of his more emotional scenes aren’t quite as believable as they need to be. Then again, they work for an audience that just wants to watch perfectly rendered earthquake destruction and doesn’t mind an unbelievable, ham-fisted story that has more plot holes than the moon has craters.

Quick synopsis: Johnson plays Ray, a helicopter pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department whose personal life is in turmoil. His wife, Emma (Carla Gugino), is divorcing him and dating a rich guy she’s about to move in with, along with Ray’s daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario). Ray was scheduled to take Blake to her volleyball tournament, but that was before a massive earthquake in Nevada requires all first responders on deck, even in Los Angeles. But no worries — Emma’s rich boyfriend will fly Blake to her tournament on his private plane. What’s a handsome, mountain-of-a-man with a thousand-watt smile supposed to do? Sulk a bit, return to his heroic job and then call Emma from his chopper to apologize. Conveniently, Emma’s having lunch on the roof of a downtown skyscraper when the first devastating earthquake hits Los Angeles. And off we go.

The plot, the beats, the character arcs? They all seem like they come from a Hollywood build-your-own-disaster movie kit. Yet as dumb as the story gets, Gugino and Paul Giamatti, who plays a Caltech seismologist, turn in terrific performances. Solid as her career’s been to date, Gugino’s best days as an actress may be ahead of her. It was almost a disservice to Johnson to put him in emotional scenes with someone whose game is so good. Daddario, yet another actress in her late 20s who’s asked to play somebody roughly 10 years younger, is also a gem.

But San Andreas isn’t about the acting. It’s disaster porn on another level. I’m not talking about the cheap disaster porn you can download for free. I’m talking about premium disaster porn you need a subscription for, and don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. The destruction is a work of art — we’re talking other-level CGI. It’s jaw-dropping, and if you love that sort of thing, you’ll eat it up. If you also love intelligent movies? Not so much.

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

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NBC Unveils 2015-2016 Schedule

Monday, May 11th, 2015 by

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Heidi Gutman/NBC(NEW YORK) — NBC has announced its new 2015-2016 primetime schedule.

It includes the drama Blindspot; Heroes Reborn, a reboot of Heroes; Heartbreaker, which stars Melissa George as a fearless doctor inspired by real-life renowned surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato; and the thriller The Player, starring Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester as a former military operative turned security agent drawn into a high-stakes game in Las Vegas.

Other dramas include Chicago Med, a spin-off of Chicago Fire, and Game of Silence, in which three childhood friends reunite 25 years later to right the wrongs of the past. And Jennifer Lopez stars in Shades of Blue, in which she plays a single mother and New York cop who is forced to work with the FBI.

On the comedy side, the cast from Undateable will return for a new season, but every episode will be shot live.  Also for fall is People Are Talking, which is about two diverse couples who talk and share their everyday experiences. Meanwhile, Crowded looks at a couple who are enjoying their empty nest after the kids have moved out, only to have them move back home again.

Superstore stars America Ferrera of Ugly Betty fame as a supervisor in a big-box megastore who works with a team that doesn’t always put the customer first. There’s also You, Me and the End of the World, starring Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally and Jenna Fischer.  It’s about an unlikely group of unconnected characters trying to find shelter when an apocalyptic event is threatening the existence of Earth.

Eva Longoria stars in Hot & Bothered as the lead in a telenovela in which she plays a woman grappling with life and romance; and Craig T. Nelson reprises his role as Hayden Fox in Coach.

And look out for Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. It will include stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways and many other surprises. Also ordered to series is Little Big Shots, which is hosted by Steve Harvey and features extraordinarily talented kids. The show is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Harvey.

Katherine Heigl’s State of Affairs was among the shows cancelled by NBC.

Here’s a rundown of NBC’s fall schedule:


8-10 p.m., The Voice
10-11 p.m., Blindspot


8-9 p.m., The Voice
9-10 p.m., Heartbreaker
10-11 p.m., Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (through November)
10-11 p.m., Chicago Fire (premieres in November)


8-9 p.m., The Mysteries of Laura
9-10 p.m., Law & Order: SVU
10-11 p.m., Chicago P.D.


8-9 p.m., Heroes Reborn
9-10 p.m., The Blacklist
10-11 p.m., The Player


8-8:30 p.m., Undateable
8:30-9 p.m., People Are Talking
9-10 p.m., Grimm
10-11 p.m., Dateline


8-10 p.m., Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
10-11 p.m., Saturday Night Live (Classic encores)


7-8:20 p.m., Football Night in America
8:20-11 p.m., Sunday Night Football

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“Avengers” Tops Box Office for Second Weekend

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 by

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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron continued to dominate the domestic box office for its second weekend.

In ten days, The Avengers has earned $312.9 million, tying with another superhero film favorite, The Dark Knight, to become the second-fasted film to do so.

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara’s buddy comedy, Hot Pursuit, failed to impress at the box office with only $13.3 million in its first weekend.

Avengers may be on top for now, but next weekend there will be the highly-anticipated releases of Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron: $77.2 million
2. Hot Pursuit: $13.3 million
3. The Age of Adaline: $5.6 million
4. Furious 7: $5.3 million
5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: $5.2 million
6. Ex Machina: $3.5 million
7. Home: $3 million
8. Woman In Gold: $1.7 million
9. Cinderella: $1.6 million
10. Unfriended: $1.4 million

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Kelly Ripa Gives Inspiring Speech at 2015 GLAAD Media Awards

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 by

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ABC / Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Kelly Ripa was honored with the Excellence in Media Award at the 26th GLAAD Media Awards in New York City and the co-host of Live With Kelly and Michael gave an impassioned speech about equality and acceptance.

Ripa, 44, spoke at the awards ceremony Saturday night about how being close friends with the likes of Anderson Cooper, who introduced the talk show host, makes her three children — Michael, Lola and Joaquin — much better human beings.

“I feel it’s kind of odd in a way, I should be given an award based on the fact that I’ve had the privilege of being surrounded by and influenced by this community [LGBT] my entire life,” she said. “And that I should be celebrated for treating people like people.”

Watch the full speech below.

Other highlights from the night, hosted by Ross Matthews, include:

Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light spoke about the “responsibility” of being part of a groundbreaking and Emmy Award winning show about the transgender community.

“We are so honored to be part of this change and this revolution,” said Tambor, who stars as transgender parent Maura Pfefferman on the show.

The biggest applause and surprise of the night came when Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter took the stage — and yes, she did her heroic twirl — to introduce her friend MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts, who accepted the Vito Russo Award for promoting equality in the gay community. Roberts came out as gay in 2006.

Game-changing and openly gay pro athletes Michael Sam and Jason Collins took the stage to join in as Sports Illustrated was honored with outstanding overall magazine coverage.

Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox spoke not only about the LGBT community but “all communitites, from Baltimore to Ferguson.”

“Although trans people are more visible than ever, visibility is only one part of the equation,” she said. “We must still fight for LGBTQ rights in the workplace … and for protection from violence that devastates LGBTQ people and trans women, particularly trans women of color in horrific numbers.”

The event was sponsored by Ketel One and Calvin Burwell, head of marketing for Diageo North America, said: “These nights … you get to see for a moment the full diversity and splendor of the LGBT community, all the allies.

“This is the year everything changes,” he continued. “This is the tipping point … it’s not just LGBT people fighting for equality, it’s all of the millions of allies. The fact that the Supreme Court is going to rule on marriage equality this year, that probably is the largest symbol of the progress that we’ve made.”

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