Review Category : Entertainment

Zoe Saldana Says ‘It’s Been Difficult’ Getting Back in Shape After Twins

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been a long journey for Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana getting her body back after having twins last November.

But she recently posted an inspiring picture to Facebook, showing off her toned stomach, writing, “Almost there! It’s been difficult but so rewarding. I feel strong. All it takes is determination! Mommies we can all do it, damn it!!!”

After receiving such positive feedback from women and fellow moms, Saldana commented on her own post.

She added, “Beautiful ladies, thank you for your positive comments. You have no idea the joy and pride I feel when I read your comments saying you feel inspired and want to do it for yourself. Please continue to share, I was inspired by so many mommies around me to get back into shape because they shared their journey with me.”

“We are stronger when we stick together,” Saldana continued. “[I’m] wishing each other good, cheering each other along. So please continue to share, I do read your comments and I do see the pictures you post of yourselves. I am sending you love and good vibes always! Love you Ladies!!!”

Saldana and her husband of two years, Marco Perego are parents to 7-month-old twins Cy and Bowie.

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Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Off-Broadway Production

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Lupita Nyong’o has starred in some of the biggest movies, graced the cover of some of the biggest magazines and has even won an Oscar. Still, the actress’ next move is an off-Broadway production.

E! News reports Nyong’o is set to star in Eclipsed at New York City’s Public Theater The play, written byThe Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, is about captive wives of a rebel officer during the Liberian Civil War.

“Danai Gurira has written a brilliant play, ripped from the headlines, that looks at the terrible conflicts in post-colonial Africa with an eye that is both incisive and deeply compassionate,” said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. “A feminist reading of the Liberian Civil War, a war that was ended by women, Eclipsed is both heart-breaking and profoundly life-affirming. We are delighted to welcome the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o to The Public in this vitally important play.”

Eclipsed will begin previews September 29, and will premiere October 14.

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“Harry Potter” Stars Wish J.K. Rowling Happy 50th Birthday

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — J.K. Rowling’s 50th birthday is Friday.

The Harry Potter author was celebrated by Time magazine, which asked the Potter films’ stars to say something nice on her big day. Here’s what they had to say:

Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the series, said: “The Happiest of Birthdays, Jo. A breeze for the supreme Time-traveler.”

Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, said, jokingly, “You don’t look a day over 40. …Perhaps you could celebrate your half century by writing a hilarious film. Perhaps, starring, I don’t know, a large Scottish man.”

Matthew Lewis, who played Neville in the series, said, “I would like to thank Jo for changing MY life …That’s not even to mention her generosity and loyalty when it has come to supporting everything that I have done in the years since Harry Potter.”

Other actors to send Rowling birthday wishes are Oliver and James Phelps, Imelda Staunton, Natalia Tena, David Thewlis, Jason Isaacs, Clemence Poesy, Chris Columbus, Katie Leung, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch, Sean Biggerstaff, Frances de la Tour, Mark Williams and Bonnie Wright.

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“Harry Potter” Stars Wish J.K. Rowling Happy 50th Birthday

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — J.K. Rowling’s 50th birthday is Friday.

The Harry Potter author was celebrated by Time magazine, which asked the Potter films’ stars to say something nice on her big day. Here’s what they had to say:

Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the series, said: “The Happiest of Birthdays, Jo. A breeze for the supreme Time-traveler.”

Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, said, jokingly, “You don’t look a day over 40. …Perhaps you could celebrate your half century by writing a hilarious film. Perhaps, starring, I don’t know, a large Scottish man.”

Matthew Lewis, who played Neville in the series, said, “I would like to thank Jo for changing MY life …That’s not even to mention her generosity and loyalty when it has come to supporting everything that I have done in the years since Harry Potter.”

Other actors to send Rowling birthday wishes are Oliver and James Phelps, Imelda Staunton, Natalia Tena, David Thewlis, Jason Isaacs, Clemence Poesy, Chris Columbus, Katie Leung, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch, Sean Biggerstaff, Frances de la Tour, Mark Williams and Bonnie Wright.

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Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence Vacation Together

Justin Stephens((LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer seem to be the newest celebrity BFFs.

On Thursday, the Trainwreck star tweeted photos of a recent vacation with some of her girlfriends.

A group shot, captioned “Binders of women,” shows a group shot of the funny woman, 34, and her friends on the float in the water. In the back, a bikini-clad Lawrence, 24, can be seen lifting her arms and feet in the air.

In another, Amy and Jennifer are seen zipping along the water on a jet ski, with the caption, Jlaw #maniac.

Schumer and J-Law’s friendship began when the Hunger Games star sent a tweet during Comic-Con earlier this month, in which she pitched the idea of a Kickstarter to get Schumer to sign on as the next Bachelorette. Schumer later tweeted a funny reaction video.

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Cara Delevingne’s Awkward Interview Defended by “Paper Towns” Author

Fox(LOS ANGELES) — Cara Delevingne’s now-infamous morning TV show interview in support of the film Paper Towns, in which the anchors accused her of being “in a mood,” has sparked a heated debate over whether or not her behavior was justified, and now the book’s author has come to Cara’s defense.

In an essay in Medium on Thursday, John Green particularly takes issue with the fact that one of the anchors asked Delevingne if she had read the book on which the movie was based.

“Cara has read the book (multiple times), but the question is annoying —not least because her male co-star, Nat Wolff, was almost always asked when he’d read the book, while Cara was almost always asked if she’d read it,” Green writes.

Green further defends the 22-year-old model/actress’ responses by noting, “I’ve done something like 300 on-camera interviews. As you get asked the same questions again and again, you develop rote responses as a way of protecting yourself. The rote responses are true — the cast really was like a family; we really are all still friends — but in the repetition, the answers start to feel less and less honest.”

“Cara, however, refuses to stick to the script. She refuses to indulge lazy questions and refuses to turn herself into an automaton to get through long days of junketry,” he continues. “I don’t find that behavior entitled or haughty. I find it admirable. Cara Delevingne doesn’t exist to feed your narrative or your news feed — and that’s precisely why she’s so f****** interesting.”

Delevingne tweeted a screenshot of an excerpt from Green’s essay on Thursday, along with the caption, “Whoever said this! Thank you so much!”

When Green replied that he was the author, she responded, “thank you so much john!! I just read the article and it made me want to cry! You are so special!! I am so happy I know you x.”

“I am soooooo lucky and anyone who thinks I am unappreciative or ungrateful clearly doesn’t know me,” Delevingne later wrote, then added, “I work really really hard and love what I do, I don’t feel like I need to apologize for being human.”

Delevingne previously brushed off the incident on Wednesday, writing, “Some people just don’t understand sarcasm or the British sense of humour.

Paper Towns is in theaters now.

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Dwayne Johnson on Hulk Hogan Controversy: ‘We’ve All Talked Trash’

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed to learn that fellow pro wrestler Hulk Hogan used racial slurs in a sex tape. However, he does not consider the Hulkster, whose birth name is Terry Bollea, to be a racist.

Johnson, who once wrestled Hogan at a WWE WrestleMania pay-per-view, commented on the controversy Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

The man also known as “The Rock” said, “I’ve known Terry for a lot of years, and my dad helped train him in Florida in the ’70s when he was breaking into the business….I had not known the man to be racist.”

He added that he wasn’t justifying Hogan’s remarks in the sex tape, but, “We’ve all talked trash, you know, especially in private. He said what he said, and he’s paying the price.”

After Hogan’s use of slurs came to light, WWE cut ties with him and he released a statement saying, “Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.”

Johnson was at the press tour to promote his HBO series, Ballers.

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Dwayne Johnson on Hulk Hogan Controversy: ‘We’ve All Talked Trash’

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed to learn that fellow pro wrestler Hulk Hogan used racial slurs in a sex tape. However, he does not consider the Hulkster, whose birth name is Terry Bollea, to be a racist.

Johnson, who once wrestled Hogan at a WWE WrestleMania pay-per-view, commented on the controversy Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

The man also known as “The Rock” said, “I’ve known Terry for a lot of years, and my dad helped train him in Florida in the ’70s when he was breaking into the business….I had not known the man to be racist.”

He added that he wasn’t justifying Hogan’s remarks in the sex tape, but, “We’ve all talked trash, you know, especially in private. He said what he said, and he’s paying the price.”

After Hogan’s use of slurs came to light, WWE cut ties with him and he released a statement saying, “Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.”

Johnson was at the press tour to promote his HBO series, Ballers.

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HBO Exec Hoping for Many More Seasons of “Game of Thrones”

Helen Sloan/HBO(LOS ANGELES) — The fifth season of the HBO hit Game of Thrones aired this year. How much longer will the fantasy drama remain on TV? The president of programming for HBO envisions at least a few more sessions.

Speaking Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Michael Lombardo said, “Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation. The question is, how much beyond the seven seasons are we going to do.”

He added that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are “feeling like there are probably two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds but I think that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

Lombardo defended the violence depicted on Game of Thrones, which includes a brutal rape scene during season five. He said of the show’s producers, “I support them fully artistically.”

Lombardo also confirmed that Jon Snow, who was stabbed repeatedly in this year’s season finale, is indeed dead.

Season six is currently in production and will air in 2016.

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HBO Exec Hoping for Many More Seasons of “Game of Thrones”

Helen Sloan/HBO(LOS ANGELES) — The fifth season of the HBO hit Game of Thrones aired this year. How much longer will the fantasy drama remain on TV? The president of programming for HBO envisions at least a few more sessions.

Speaking Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Michael Lombardo said, “Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation. The question is, how much beyond the seven seasons are we going to do.”

He added that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are “feeling like there are probably two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds but I think that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

Lombardo defended the violence depicted on Game of Thrones, which includes a brutal rape scene during season five. He said of the show’s producers, “I support them fully artistically.”

Lombardo also confirmed that Jon Snow, who was stabbed repeatedly in this year’s season finale, is indeed dead.

Season six is currently in production and will air in 2016.

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