Review Category : Entertainment

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Will Remain in New York

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (NEW YORK) — The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – the successor to the Late Show with David Letterman will stay in New York and continue its broadcast from the Ed Sullivan Theatre, officials announced Wednesday.

The decision is in line with a commitment by CBS for approximately 200 local jobs to support the daily program’s schedule.

“New York has long been an international entertainment leader, and with this commitment from CBS we are beginning the next chapter in that proud history,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday.

David Letterman is set to pass down the show to Colbert in 2015 after a 21-year run. The late-night host announced his retirement during an April 3 broadcast.

“David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. “When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater. I would also like to applaud Gov. Cuomo for all that he has done to keep New York a vibrant and attractive location for all forms of television production. We’re excited to be here in late night for many years to come.”

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“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Will Remain in New York

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (NEW YORK) — The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – the successor to the Late Show with David Letterman will stay in New York and continue its broadcast from the Ed Sullivan Theatre, officials announced Wednesday.

The decision is in line with a commitment by CBS for approximately 200 local jobs to support the daily program’s schedule.

“New York has long been an international entertainment leader, and with this commitment from CBS we are beginning the next chapter in that proud history,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday.

David Letterman is set to pass down the show to Colbert in 2015 after a 21-year run. The late-night host announced his retirement during an April 3 broadcast.

“David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. “When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater. I would also like to applaud Gov. Cuomo for all that he has done to keep New York a vibrant and attractive location for all forms of television production. We’re excited to be here in late night for many years to come.”

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Weird Al Yankovic Earns His First No. 1 Album with “Mandatory Fun”

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — “It’s official,” Weird Al Yankovic tweeted early Wednesday morning after learning his new album had hit No. 1.

“MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW,” the funnyman, 54, wrote.

He added, “If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it.”

Yankovic has been entertaining fans for more than three decades with parodies of songs, including the Michael Jackson take-offs, “Eat It” and “Fat,” but came out of nowhere this year with his new album and new hits like “Tacky” and “Handy,” riffs on popular songs by the likes of Pharrell and Iggy Azalea. “Mandatory Fun” is Weird Al’s 14th studio album.

Artists have come to take Weird Al’s parodies as a sign of respect and are flattered by the comic musician’s work.

Pharrell told Billboard magazine that he “approved” Weird Al’s spoof on his song before it came to fruition.

“He wrote me a letter and I was like, ‘Aww, what?!’” he said excitedly. “Yeah!”

“I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU,” Yankovic added on Twitter.

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Weird Al Yankovic Earns His First No. 1 Album with “Mandatory Fun”

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — “It’s official,” Weird Al Yankovic tweeted early Wednesday morning after learning his new album had hit No. 1.

“MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW,” the funnyman, 54, wrote.

He added, “If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it.”

Yankovic has been entertaining fans for more than three decades with parodies of songs, including the Michael Jackson take-offs, “Eat It” and “Fat,” but came out of nowhere this year with his new album and new hits like “Tacky” and “Handy,” riffs on popular songs by the likes of Pharrell and Iggy Azalea. “Mandatory Fun” is Weird Al’s 14th studio album.

Artists have come to take Weird Al’s parodies as a sign of respect and are flattered by the comic musician’s work.

Pharrell told Billboard magazine that he “approved” Weird Al’s spoof on his song before it came to fruition.

“He wrote me a letter and I was like, ‘Aww, what?!’” he said excitedly. “Yeah!”

“I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU,” Yankovic added on Twitter.

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Weird Al Yankovic Earns His First No. 1 Album with “Mandatory Fun”

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — “It’s official,” Weird Al Yankovic tweeted early Wednesday morning after learning his new album had hit No. 1.

“MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW,” the funnyman, 54, wrote.

He added, “If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it.”

Yankovic has been entertaining fans for more than three decades with parodies of songs, including the Michael Jackson take-offs, “Eat It” and “Fat,” but came out of nowhere this year with his new album and new hits like “Tacky” and “Handy,” riffs on popular songs by the likes of Pharrell and Iggy Azalea. “Mandatory Fun” is Weird Al’s 14th studio album.

Artists have come to take Weird Al’s parodies as a sign of respect and are flattered by the comic musician’s work.

Pharrell told Billboard magazine that he “approved” Weird Al’s spoof on his song before it came to fruition.

“He wrote me a letter and I was like, ‘Aww, what?!’” he said excitedly. “Yeah!”

“I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU,” Yankovic added on Twitter.

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Ellen DeGeneres Reveals Portia de Rossi to Guest Star on “Scandal”

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Portia de Rossi will join the fourth season of Scandal, and her spouse, Ellen DeGeneres, couldn’t be prouder.

The talk show host broke the news Wednesday when she bragged on Twitter about de Rossi’s “top secret” storyline on the hit ABC series.

“So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on ‘Scandal’. Oops,” DeGeneres tweeted.

Entertainment Weekly
confirmed that de Rossi will appear in a multiple-episode arc when Scandal returns on Sept. 25.

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Justin Bieber’s Beverly Hills Parties Draw Attention of Police

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — Justin Bieber is grabbing the attention of police yet again.

Beverly Hills Police responded to six calls last weekend from Bieber’s neighbors complaining of loud parties and disruptive fans, police told ABC News.

Four of the calls were related to parties at the singer’s Beverly Hills, California condo, as well as the rooftop of his complex on July 19 and 20, while two more calls were in regard to his fans on the sidewalk, police said.

Police would like the singer, 20, to calm down if he’s going to live in their city.

“We enforce the laws of Beverly Hills and we will, of course, respond when neighbors call,” Beverly Hills Police Department Sgt. Matt Subin said. “We request that if Mr. Bieber has these parties that he tone it down. We always look at the circumstances, and if the party is too loud we will ask him to please turn down the music and/or shut down the party.”

Subin added that Bieber has cooperated when they show up and that “he does turn down the music.”

“But it is often a cat-and-mouse game,” Subin said. “We are reaching out to his staff to advise them of certain penalties of the party calls that we are receiving in the hopes we can work together to eliminate these calls. We request he is a good neighbor of Beverly Hills. We want him to be respectful to his neighbor’s wishes, as he is again in a condo that is densely populated in close proximity of other residents.”

In the end, Bieber was not cited, just given verbal warnings.

These incidents were Bieber’s latest in a string of run-ins with the law, including an alleged egging incident in January to which the singer pleaded no contest, got probation and was required to attend an anger management course.

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Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose, Coroner Rules

Ian Gavan/Getty Images(LONDON) — A coroner has ruled that Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, according to the BBC, which attended the inquest in Britain Wednesday.

The TV presenter and daughter of musician Bob Geldof had been a heroin addict and was taking the substitute drug methadone for two-and-a-half years before her death, but had apparently begun using heroin again.

The 25-year-old was found by her husband, Tom Cohen, slumped in a spare room of the home they shared in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7. He had been away with the older of their two sons, Astala, leaving Peaches Geldof at home with their 11-month old son, Phaedra.

Geldof was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police later found 6.9 grams of heroin in the house. A syringe containing the fatal dose was discovered hidden in a box of candy next to the bed.

Cohen told the inquest looking into Geldof’s death that his wife had begun using the drug again earlier this year in February, according to the BBC.

He said he witnessed her flushing drugs down the toilet but was unaware of other drugs in the house until they were found by police.

Cohen added that his wife had taken weekly drug tests since seeking treatment for her addiction two years ago, but he now believes that she lied about the tests being negative.

According to the BBC, pathologist Peter Jerreat said the levels of heroin in Geldof’s body were in a “fatal range.” Traces of codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her blood. The pathologist also noted that puncture wounds were found on Geldof’s body on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.

“It’s said that the death of Peaches Geldof-Cohen is history repeating itself but this not entirely so,” coroner Roger Hatch said at the inquest, according to the BBC.

Geldof’s mother, Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41 when Peaches was 11 years old.

“By November last year, she had ceased to take heroin as a result of the considerable treatment and counseling that she had received,” Hatch said. “This was a significant achievement for her but, for reasons we will never know, prior to her death she returned to taking heroin.”

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Report: How Joss Whedon Assembled “Avengers”

The Walt Disney Company/Marvel Comics(NEW YORK) — While the screenplay credits to Marvel’s The Avengers feature the names of Zak Penn and director Joss Whedon, an upcoming book about the quintessential geek filmmaker details just what Whedon thought of the original script.

“I don’t think you have anything,” Whedon reportedly told Marvel President Kevin Feige, according to the upcoming Joss Whedon: The Biography, which hits stores Aug. 1. “You need to pretend this draft never happened.”

In an interview with GQ, Whedon said as much, telling the magazine, “There was a script…There just wasn’t a script I was going to film a word of.”

Instead, Whedon re-wrote the script completely, adapting the Marvel comics story lines he knew so well into the blockbuster the movie became.

According to the book, which was excerpted in Business Insider, Whedon’s blueprint was five pages of material centering on the tagline: “The Avengers: Some Assembly Required” — a take on the comics’ well-known “Avengers Assemble” slogan. Penn, meanwhile, lamented not being more involved, telling GQ, “We could have collaborated more, but that was not his choice. He wanted to do it his way, and I respect that. I mean, it’s not like on the Hulk, where I got replaced [as a writer] by…lead actor [Edward Norton]. That was a weird one.”

Whedon’s outline also detailed the infighting between the disparate heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and The Hulk, and how they had to put aside their differences in order to defeat Loki, Thor’s trickster adopted brother — the inclusion of which was also a Whedon “must have.”

Joss’ take on Loki — and actor Tom Hiddleston’s delivery of Whedon’s words — became a fan favorite. After Whedon’s movie became a global blockbuster, Marvel reportedly retained him to consult on other movies, and he did rewrites of another hit, Thor: The Dark World.

Whedon is currently filming the 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens next May.
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San Diego Comic-Con About to Blast Off

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — The high holiday of geekdom is almost here — Comic-Con International: San Diego starts Thursday, though the festivities kick off with preview night on Wednesday.

Chris Hardwick is the founder of pop-culture outlet Nerdist, and his geek cred also boasts hosting @Midnight on Comedy Central, as well as AMC’s Talking Dead. Not surprisingly, he’s become the go-to guy to moderate the major Comic-Con celebrity Q&A panels, which break news on upcoming projects and for which diehards wait in line for hours to witness the bleeding edge of pop culture news. This year he’s the ringleader for panels from Marvel, Warner Bros., The Walking Dead, and more.

So what’s it like to be on stage in the fabled Hall H in front of 7,000 fans, giving them sneak peeks that often make them cry?

He tells ABC News Radio, “There’s nothing like the experience of being on stage in Hall H and they’re showing some footage that people have never seen before, and the stage is rattling, and everyone just loses their mind…[T]here’s no other energy like that that I can imagine anywhere else.”

Considering his pop-culture bona fides, however, Hardwick explains he’s not privy to many spoilers ahead of time. Marvel, for example, will have a huge presence at this year’s Comic-Con, though Hardwick says he doesn’t know who’s going to be on their panel or what will be revealed: “…[T]hose are all things I’ll find out like the night before,” he tells ABC News Radio. “You know, we’ll do sort of a walk-through of what the panel’s going to be. But I don’t know anything yet.”

The pop culture-infused, game-show formatted @Midnight airs on Comedy Central on weeknights at — when else? — midnight.

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