Review Category : Entertainment

Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye to Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show”

Scott Gries/PictureGroup/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — With his new gig set to take over for David Letterman on the Late Show, it was time for Stephen Colbert to say goodbye to Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.

Colbert stopped by the set on Wednesday night to bid farewell to the friend who launched his career.

“Jon, I have some terrible news. You better sit down,” he said. “Jon, this is going to come as something of a shock to you.”

Then Stewart interrupted to say, “You’re ending your show.”

In true Colbert fashion, he responded, “I have to Jon. Don’t beg me to stay. There’s no mountain left for me to climb. It’s become clear to me that I’ve won television.”

Colbert, in character, even joked that the guy taking over for Letterman in 2015 was “some fat guy” — referring to his true self.

Colbert told ABC News that he will ditch his current alter ego for his new role.

“I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

The Colbert Report is set to end this fall.

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Joan Rivers Doubles Down on Cleveland House of Horrors Humor

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — One day after making a joke on NBC’s Today show regarding the victims who were held captive in that “house of horrors” in Cleveland, Joan Rivers refused to back down Wednesday.

The 80-year-old comedienne was talking to the Today show co-hosts Tuesday about her living arrangements in a guestroom at her daughter Melissa’s home when she declared, “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.”

Lawyers for two of the women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, called the “unfortunate comparison” both “shocking and disappointing” and demanded an apology.

According to TMZ, Rivers refused and said of the women, “They got to live rent free for more than a decade.”

Rivers said of the women, which also included Michele Knight, “One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re ok. I bet you within three years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars.”

Furthermore, the comic said her comedic colleagues often make fun of tragedies like the sinking of the Titanic and the Holocaust.

“The TV the guy [captor Ariel Castro] gave them must not have had SNL,” Rivers said.

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Meg Ryan Cast in “How I Met Your Mother” Spin-Off

Venturelli/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — When Harry Met Sally star Meg Ryan will be the voice of “future Sally” in the How I Met Your Mother spin-off, Entertainment Weekly reports.

If you recall, HIMYM tapped Bog Saget to voice future Ted in the original.

How I Met Your Dad will star Greta Gerwig and comes from the same creators — Craig Thomas and Carter Bays — that brought you HIMYM.

Gerwig spoke to Vulture earlier this month about the role.

“It’s going to be different than the original,” she told Vulture. “When the premise of the show is that it’s a young man looking for his true love, it’s a very different feeling than a young woman looking for her true love. But I’m so nervous about it that I have trouble talking about it.”

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Rihanna and Drake’s Relationship Is Getting Serious, Friends Say

Eric McCandless/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — While Drake and Rihanna have remained mum on their relationship status, sources close to the famous pair are spilling new details on their feelings toward one another.

“They got on so well and have always had a special connection from the moment they met…and now they have found each other again, everyone just feels like this is it,” a spy tells E! News.

Rihanna and Drake have been spotted at various public places, including a recent date where they hugged and kissed at the Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles on April 10.

“Their friends are so happy that they’re together. There’s a real feeling among their inner circle that they were always meant to be together,” the insider continued. “They really are made for one another. Everyone knows it. And Drake could not be happier. They couldn’t be better suited.”

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Beyoncé Tops “Time” Magazine’s 2014 ’100 Most Influential People’ List

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Since hitting the world stage as a member of Destiny’s Child, music superstar Beyoncé Knowles has shattered album records, won Grammys, secretly recorded and released a surprise album on iTunes, married a fellow music superstar — Jay Z — and become a mother, to Blue Ivy.

All of that and more has landed the 32-year-old singer atop the Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The tribute to Beyonce inside the magazine is written by Sheryl Sandberg, a female force herself in the tech industry whose book Lean In encourages woman to take charge of their careers and lives.

“Beyoncé has insisted that girls ‘run the world’ and declared, ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss,’” Sandberg writes.

Beyoncé topped other entertainment stars like Pharrell Williams, Seth Meyers and Kerry Washington in reaching Time cover status, as well as influential political, business and cultural leaders like Hillary Clinton, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Beyoncé even topped Pope Francis, who is featured inside the magazine in a piece written by President Barack Obama.

Clinton stands out for both making the Time 100 list as well as writing about another honoree on the list, Secretary of State John Kerry.

Other Time 100 honorees, and the luminaries writing about them, include:

  • Miley Cyrus by Dolly Parton
  • Rand Paul by Mitch McConnell
  • Serena Williams by Dwayne Wade
  • Vladimir Putin by Madeleine Albright
  • Robert Redford by Harvey Weinstein
  • Eric Holder by John Lewis
  • Alice Waters by Ruth Reichl
  • Charlie Rose by Michael Bloomberg

The issue of Time hits newsstands Friday.

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Beyoncé Tops “Time” Magazine’s 2014 ’100 Most Influential People’ List

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Since hitting the world stage as a member of Destiny’s Child, music superstar Beyoncé Knowles has shattered album records, won Grammys, secretly recorded and released a surprise album on iTunes, married a fellow music superstar — Jay Z — and become a mother, to Blue Ivy.

All of that and more has landed the 32-year-old singer atop the Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The tribute to Beyonce inside the magazine is written by Sheryl Sandberg, a female force herself in the tech industry whose book Lean In encourages woman to take charge of their careers and lives.

“Beyoncé has insisted that girls ‘run the world’ and declared, ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss,’” Sandberg writes.

Beyoncé topped other entertainment stars like Pharrell Williams, Seth Meyers and Kerry Washington in reaching Time cover status, as well as influential political, business and cultural leaders like Hillary Clinton, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Beyoncé even topped Pope Francis, who is featured inside the magazine in a piece written by President Barack Obama.

Clinton stands out for both making the Time 100 list as well as writing about another honoree on the list, Secretary of State John Kerry.

Other Time 100 honorees, and the luminaries writing about them, include:

  • Miley Cyrus by Dolly Parton
  • Rand Paul by Mitch McConnell
  • Serena Williams by Dwayne Wade
  • Vladimir Putin by Madeleine Albright
  • Robert Redford by Harvey Weinstein
  • Eric Holder by John Lewis
  • Alice Waters by Ruth Reichl
  • Charlie Rose by Michael Bloomberg

The issue of Time hits newsstands Friday.

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Movie Review: “The Other Woman”

Fox(NEW YORK) — The Other Woman stars Cameron Diaz as Carly, a kick-butt lawyer who looks like, well, Cameron Diaz, and never gets played for a fool by the many men she dates. It’s impossible to find a worthy guy in the big city until Mark (Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Costar-Waldau) comes along. Could this handsome, seemingly rich investment professional be the one? Even Carly’s assistant, played by rapper Nikki Minaj, thinks he might, since Carly is actually calling him by his first name, rather than a dehumanizing nickname.

But we learn a few minutes into the movie that Mark is actually married to Kate, played with gusto and unwavering commitment by the great Leslie Mann. Kate doesn’t seem particularly smart, given that her husband has been cheating on her for a few months, possibly longer, and she doesn’t suspect a thing.

Mark’s lies begin to catch up with him when Carly decides to surprise him at his home, and Kate answers the door. What ensues is an unlikely friendship between wife and mistress. After all, Carly had no idea Mark was married, and Kate has nobody to turn to for comfort, because she shares all of her friends with Mark.

Things really get out of hand when Kate and Carly realize Mark is cheating on both of them with Amber, played by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton. Though she’s not asked to stretch much beyond what she might do in a photo shoot, you can see Upton’s potential as an actress: to her credit, she holds her own with two proven comedy talents.

The Other Woman lacks an organic flow and often drags, bogged down with unnecessary sentimentality. The movie’s laugh-out-loud funny moments are thanks to Diaz and Mann’s commitment to do anything for a laugh. Mann in particular has never been better. But what could’ve been a smart revenge comedy is instead absurd and predictable, relying too much on Diaz and Mann’s physical comedy, at times reducing both of them to vacuous archetypes.

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

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Hollywood Executive Releases Statement Denying Sex Abuse Claims

Director Bryan Singer. Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Attorneys for one of the Hollywood executives being sued by director Bryan Singer’s accuser have released a new statement denying the sex abuse allegations made by the plaintiff.

Michael Egan, 31, has claimed that Gary Goddard and two other executives, David Neuman and Garth Ancier, abused him when he was a teenager at an Encino, Calif., home, and in Hawaii.

Goddard’s attorneys say in their statement that their client “was not in Hawaii with Mr. Egan. He did not molest or touch or annoy Mr. Egan or commit any of the acts alleged. Also, he did not furnish drugs or alcohol to any minor at any time.”

The statement continues, “We have also reviewed the complaints filed against other defendants by Mr. Egan. The ‘cookie-cutter’ allegations in all of the complaints filed by Mr. Egan are so fantastical as to be unbelievable on their face.”

Goddard directed the 1987 He-Man movie Masters of the Universe and has helped create theme park attractions for Universal Studios.

Ancier, Neuman and Singer — the latter of whom was named in Egan’s first lawsuit, filed last week — previously denied the allegations made against them by Egan, who is represented by attorney Jeff Herman.

Herman also represented plaintiffs who brought three sex abuse cases against former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash. The U.S. Court of Appeals threw out the cases this month, agreeing with a previous decision by a New York judge to dismiss the complaints, according to People magazine.

Herman tells the magazine, “The case was dismissed because of the statute of limitations. There is no ruling on the merits.”

Another, similar case against Clash is still pending.

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ABC’s “Black Box” Premieres Thursday Night

ABC/Patrick Harbron(NEW YORK) — The new drama Black Box premieres on ABC Thursday night. The reason for the title: the main character’s name is Catherine Black.

Catherine, played by Heaven Is For Real actress Kelly Reilly, is a New York-based neurologist. She sees patients from around the world as the medical director of a center called “The Cube.”

Catherine also has personal issues. She’s bipolar, but she keeps her illness a secret from those around her.

Black Box debuts at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis Welcome Baby Boy

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are new parents. They have welcomed a baby boy named Otis Alexander.

Wilde, 30, made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday evening. She posted a photo of herself holding her new child, and wrote, “Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (I’m the building).”

The House and Rush actress didn’t release additional details. Otis is the first child for both Wilde and Sudeikis, 38.

The couple announced the pregnancy last October. They’ve been engaged since January of 2013.

Sudeikis and Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon divorced in 2010. Wilde divorced Tao Ruspoli in 2011.

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