Review Category : Entertainment

“Keanu,” “Mother’s Day,” “Ratchet & Clank” Open Today

L-R: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in “Keanu”; Steve Dietl/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Keanu — Comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele play cousins in the comedy. When one cousin’s kitten, Keanu, is kidnapped, the two infiltrate a gang in an attempt to retrieve the pet. Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzman, Nia Long and Will Forte also star. Rated R.

* Mother’s Day — Garry Marshall delivers another star-studded comedy based on a holiday, following Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis star. Rated PG-13.

* Ratchet & Clank — The video game featuring the titular “lombax” and robot come to the big screen. Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone lend their voices to the animated film. Rated PG.

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Search Warrant Issued for Prince’s Paisley Park Estate

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(CHANHASSEN, Minn.) — Authorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate, but the court has authorized sealing it, ABC News confirmed Thursday.

Disclosing the details of what the sheriff’s deputies are searching for, court documents say, could compromise the investigation.

The paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the possibility of assisting in the investigation if the pharmaceuticals are found to be related to the singer’s death.

The sheriff’s office says no active work is being done by the DEA at this time because the toxicology work has yet to be completed.

The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs, and a DEA official says the agency stands ready to assist if it is needed.

The week before Prince died at the age of 57, he was rushed to the hospital in Illinois, where, his rep told ABC News, he was treated for the flu.

Then, last Thursday, the music legend was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. The next day, the chief medical examiner at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office performed an autopsy on the singer’s body to determine his cause of death. A report, which will include toxicology results, could “likely take weeks,” according to the medical examiner’s office.

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Review: “Keanu” (R)

Steve Dietl/Warner Bros. (LOS ANGELES) — Keanu is one of those films where you watch the trailer and get really excited. A kitten! A Key & Peele movie! A kitten starring in an R-rated Key & Peele movie! But then that nagging concern creeps in: “Did I just see all the jokes? Will there be anything left when I get to the theater? Will the kitten be in enough scenes?”

Thankfully, there’s no need to fear. There’s plenty of catnip to chew on from Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Maybe it’s not the best stoner comedy of all time, but there’s more than enough here to make this an enjoyable 98 minutes.

The premise feels very much like one of those conversations you might have in college, sitting around with a friend or two, partaking in some herbal enhancement: “What if there was this guy, and he had a kitten, and the kitten was stolen by gangstas, and he became a gangsta kitten?”

“Totally.”

“And his name was Keanu.”

“Totally!”

Only here, the story is in the hands of a couple of celebrated writers and comedians, not your loser buddies. Peele stars as Rell, a stoner hurting from a break-up when a lost kitten brings some sunshine into his life. Key plays Clarence, Rell’s cousin, a straight-laced family man who’s wound just a tad too tight. Eventually, our titular kitten ends up in the hands of some hardcore gangbangers, and Rell and Clarence go to absurdly extreme lengths to get him back.

A lot of the humor here comes from placing these guys, and the cat, in outrageous circumstances. But the film’s funniest, sharpest and best moments come when Key and Peele are doing what they did best on their Comedy Central show — namely, playing with stereotypes about what it means to be black and what it means to be a man in today’s world. From all their years working as partners, their chemistry is so good you’ll forget that this is their first movie together. Hopefully it’ll inspire those who didn’t pay much attention to Key & Peele the show to go back see what they missed.

At times, though, Keanu does start to feel like a sketch from the TV show that’s been stretched a bit too long, but the movie rarely lingers on those moments. And when it does, you’re hit with a dose of the kitten, who is painfully cute. Seriously — why are there not more kittens in movies? I’m asking for a friend.

Mostly, Keanu is a kitten-filled gangsta stoner fever dream set to a George Michael soundtrack, and when it works, it’s gut-bustingly funny. Add some great cameos and you have a fun, funny, R-rated comedy that’s a great warm-up to next week’s official start of the summer movie season.

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

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Review: “Mother’s Day” (PG-13)

Ron Batzdorff/Open Road Films(LOS ANGELES) — When the outtakes that follow your movie are the best part of the movie, that’s generally not a good sign. Sadly, that’s the case with Mother’s Day, the latest of these bloated-cast holiday movies from director Garry Marshall.

Like New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day before it, the formula here is pretty simple: mix one heaping tablespoon of big-name stars with an upcoming holiday, and bake until golden brown. In this case they included the stars, but forgot to add the substance — creating a dessert that looks delicious from a distance but is ultimately hollow and disappointing.

Mother’s Day stars Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Sarah Chalke, Margot Martindale and more as mothers with various stories to tell. Their lives all intertwine and intersect at various points throughout the film, and that’s perhaps part of problem number one: instead of deftly concentrating on one or two or even three stories, Mother’s Day focuses poorly on six. It’s way too scattered.

Problem two: a lot of the movie feels like when your aunt Sarah thinks she’s cutting-edge because she finally got on Facebook. In Mother’s Day, there’s a storyline about old-fashioned parents not approving of an interracial couple, and a gay daughter. It feels so dated, it hurts. Of course, things like this still are issues between family members, but with superior content like Transparent out there, if you’re going to bring the family drama you should at least attempt to make it fresh.

Which brings us to problem number three: director Garry Marshall. I love Garry Marshall. He’s a national treasure. From Mork & Mindy to Pretty Woman, he’s responsible for some of the happiest hours I’ve ever spent staring at a screen. But I think his best days as a director may be behind him. Mother’s Day is clunky, awkward and uneven. Shots linger for too long when they should cut much quicker. The pacing seems off. Emotional moments are devoid of any heart, and joke after joke after joke falls flat. Some of this has to do with the script, some with the editing, and some with the mostly one-note acting. But as the guy in charge, it all falls on Marshall’s shoulders, and it feels like maybe there’s so much respect for him, people might have a hard time telling him what’s working, and what’s not.

And problem number four is that this family dramedy should leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, but it mostly just makes you really uncomfortable, over and over again. There’s a bunch of humor that might have been passable 20 years ago, but comes off racist when presented to a modern audience. For example, a scene played for comedy where cops order a dark-skinned man out of a car and to the ground at gunpoint comes off as particularly tone deaf today. Same goes for an Indian mom with a completely over-the-top stereotypical Indian accent, played by an actress who is clearly not Indian. A bit where Jason Sudeikis does karaoke to “The Humpty Dance” is meant to be sincere and endearing, but ends up one of the most cringe-worthy things put on screen in the last ten years. And how anyone ever said yes to the hideous and distracting wig worn by Julia Roberts is beyond me.

Being a mom is messy, and in that mess there’s often humor, or things so tragic that you can’t help but laugh. I believe Mother’s Day is trying to celebrate those messy and awkward moments, and in so doing, celebrate moms. If that’s the case, then its heart is in the right place.

But moms deserve better. SO much better. And so do audiences. Mother’s Day is just under two hours long, but I swear it felt like four.

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

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Alec Baldwin to Host “Match Game” Revival for ABC

ABC/Justin Jay(NEW YORK) — Get your skinny microphone out of the closet and ready those double-entendres. Alec Baldwin will host a primetime version of Match Game for ABC.

The classic fill-in-the-blank celebrity game show — which drew much of its fun from watching the celebrity panelists trying to crack up one another — originally ran for thirty years on various networks and in syndication, ending in 1982. The late Gene Rayburn was the show’s best-known host. There were also two short-lived revival attempts in the 1990s.

ABC’s ordered ten episodes of the new Match Game, to air Sunday nights starting June 26. Baldwin says he’ll and his wife, Hilaria, will donate his paycheck to various arts charities.

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Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon Reveal Secrets Behind “Thelma & Louise”

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Next month will mark 25 years since Thelma & Louise debuted on the silver screen, but today, pop culture’s most notorious BFFs remain as beloved as ever.

The 1991 film’s Oscar-winning actresses — Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis — recently spoke with Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts, and revealed some little-known facts about the groundbreaking film.

“When I read the script I said, ‘I have to be in this movie,’” Davis said. “It was so rare to find a script with two incredibly well-drawn female characters, but none of us had any idea…had any clue that it would strike. We were hoping people would see it because it was a small budget [film.]”

The movie — written by Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for the screenplay — follows the journey of Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sayer, after the latter shoots and kills a man who attacks Thelma, and they embark on a trip to Mexico. Pursued by police, the film ends with the pair intentionally driving off a cliff and plummenting into the Grand Canyon, killing themselves but regaining control of their shared destiny.

According to Sarandon, however, that now-famous and much-discussed ending wasn’t the original plan for director Ridley Scott.

“He said, ‘I know [Louise] will definitely die, I’m not sure about [Thelma],’” Sarandon recalled. “He said, ‘You might push her out at the last minute’ but actually, we only had one take.”

Davis said, “I think the ending is exactly how it should be because we get away. Despite the fact that we kill ourselves, we retain control of our lives to the bitter end.”

An alternate ending wasn’t the only secret they revealed. George Clooney had read for the part of J.D., but lost it to Brad Pitt, Davis confirmed.

“I was on a plane with George Clooney by happenstance, and we’re chatting, and he goes, ‘I hate that Brad Pitt’ and I said, ‘No you don’t, he’s your friend’ and he says, ‘No, I hate him because he got the part in Thelma & Louise…” she said.

Sarandon says she hopes Thelma & Louise is used to raise awareness about violence against women.

“I hope now, that women don’t have to get off a cliff,” Sarandon said. “They don’t get to the point where that’s the option and so many women are speaking up and supporting other women and rape and domestic abuse is now no longer such a secret — so I would hope in 25 years we don’t have to send people over the edge when something like that happens.”

Chimed in, Davis: “I’m with her.”

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Kerry Washington Makes Boss Moves, Signs Major Deal with ABC Studios

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — With the ABC hit drama Scandal, Kerry Washington has made history and garnered ratings gold. Now, the actress is becoming a real boss with her latest power move.

Variety reports Washington has inked an overall deal with ABC Studios and ABC Signature, which will expand her behind-the-camera work, developing broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively.

Washington recently launched her own production company, Simpson Street, which debuted with HBO’s acclaimed film Confirmation — in which she starred as Anita Hill in the midst of Clarence Thomas infamous Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Washington also has a nanny-themed comedy-drama from Shondaland in development.

“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table which makes starting this production company thrilling for me. It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that are exciting, necessary, and truly reflect the world around us,” Washington said in a statement. “I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling.”

Washington has starred on Shonda Rhimes’ sizzling hot Scandal since 2012. Currently nearing the end of its fifth season, the Washington, D.C.-based drama has been renewed for a sixth season.

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Will Ferrell to Play Ronald Reagan in New Movie

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Will Ferrell has played one Republican president. Now he’s set to play another.

Variety reports the comedic actor will portray Ronald Reagan in a film titled Reagan. The film will begin at the start of Reagan’s second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince the former actor that he’s still an actor, playing the president in a movie.

Ferrell previously played President George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live and in the Broadway show You’re Welcome America.

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Who Stands to Inherit Prince’s Estate?

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013(NEW YORK) — A Minnesota judge has determined Prince died “intestate,” or without a will — which means his sister and five surviving half-siblings stand to inherit his multimillion dollar estate.

The Carver County probate judge on Wedensady appointed Bremer Trust as special administrator of the late musician’s estate following an informal telephone conference with some of his possible heirs.

Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, who attended the hearing, filed paperwork Tuesday asking for the appointment of a special administrator, stating that she didn’t believe her late brother had a will, and decisions about his business interests needed to be made.

For the next six months or until a personal representative is appointed, Bremer will manage and supervise Prince’s assets and determine his heirs.

Another possible heir, Prince’s half sibling Omarr Baker, also attended Wednesday’s hearing.

Prince Rogers Nelson died at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, on April 21. He was 57. Twice divorced, he left no surviving spouse. He had one child, who died a week after birth.

His parents, John L. Nelson, a jazz musician, and Mattie Shaw, a singer, preceded him in death. They divorced in 1966 when Prince was 8 and Tyka was 6.

Prince also had seven half-siblings. Before his father married his mother, John Nelson had three daughters and two sons from a previous relationship.

After Prince’s parents split, Shaw later remarried and had two sons, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.

Prince’s half-sister Lorna Nelson died in 2006 and his half-brother Duane Nelson, who once worked as head of security at Paisley Park, died in 2011.

In her petition, Tyka listed the five remaining half-siblings as possible heirs or “interested persons.” They are half-brothers John Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker and half-sisters Norrine Nelson and Sharon Nelson.

According Minnesota law, since Prince died without a will or trust, his estate would be divided among his sister and half-siblings.

Tyka said the value of Prince’s assets, including real estate and cash, are “unknown,” but it’s sure to have increased since his death. More than 2.3 million of his songs and over half a million of his albums albums have sold since last Thursday, according to Nielsen Music.

Besides royalties from dozens of albums, Prince owned his master recordings following his well-publicized dispute with Warner Bros., and was believed to also have a trove of unheard, unreleased recordings.

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Tweaking Ted Cruz, Caitlyn Jenner Hits the Ladies Room at Trump Building

Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Days after Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump mentioned his buildings wouldn’t discriminate against trans people using the restroom of their choice, Caitlyn Jenner took him up on his comments, and posted video of her trip to the ladies room on Facebook.

Jenner visited Trump Hotel & Tower, on the West Side of Manhattan, and after asking where the rest rooms were, she spotted the men’s room door. “‘M?'” Jenner asked out loud, “Not anymore!”

She then locates the ladies’ room and enters.

At issue is North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, which would mandate people use the rest room that correlates to their birth gender, not the gender with which they identify.

Critics of the law say because of this, it discriminates against trans people. Supporters, like Trump’s Republican rival Ted Cruz, say it protects females from being molested by men who would be able to use the female bathroom.

“Thanks, Donald!” a relieved Jenner says after emerging later, taking a swipe at Cruz: “and by the way, Ted, nobody got molested.”

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