Review Category : Entertainment

How Did Jake Gyllenhaal Physically Prepare for “Southpaw”?

Anthony Behar/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Jake Gyllenhaal trained extremely hard to play boxer Billy “The Great” Hope in Southpaw. Not only did he hit the gym twice a day, but he immersed himself in the boxing world for the movie that is already getting Oscar buzz.

“I knew very little about the science, the techniques of boxing before we started,” the Oscar-nominated actor told reporters at the amfAR gala in France, according to People magazine. “My thought was, if I trained twice a day, I can make five months, 10 months [of training]. That’s what we did. I spent all my time surrounded by Antoine [Fuqua, the director], my trainer and [the fighters] I was boxing with.”

Gyllenhaal worked with Terry Claybon who said, according to People, “We trained Jake just like a boxer and his body developed that way. …He gained 15 pounds of muscle.”

He added that he had the actor do 1,000 sit-ups a day; 100 pull-ups; 100 dips and two sets of 100 squats, in addition to jumping rope, running eight miles a day and sparring rounds.

This isn’t the first time Gyllenhaal has transformed for a role. Last year, he admitted that he lost 30 pounds for his role in Nightcrawler.

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Why “Game of Thrones” Star Emilia Clarke Won’t Google Herself Again

HBO(NEW YORK) — It’s safe to say that if you write something on the Internet about Emilia Clarke she won’t read it. That’s because the Game of Thrones actress refuses to search stories about herself on the web after the hit HBO series premiered in 2011 and she stripped down.

“I remember when everything first kicked off, I Googled myself. You just do; it’s instinct,” she said in Marie Claire U.K.‘s July issue. “But never again. It just takes that one person who says, ‘She’s a fat b***h,’ and you’re like, ‘I’m a fat b***h!'”

Clarke, who was often seen naked on the series’ first season, said she’s now cautious about being nude on screen. It’s that very reason why she turned down the role of Anastasia Grey in the film adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey.

“I really wanted to work with [director] Sam Taylor-Johnson because she’s f***ing amazing. But there is a huge amount of nudity in the film. I’ll never say ‘I’m never doing nudity,’ because I’ve already done it, but I thought I might get stuck in a pigeonhole that I would have struggled to get out of,” she explained.

One film in which Clarke doesn’t strip down is Terminator Genisys, which hits theaters July 1. She’s set to portray Sarah Connor opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney. Clarke said she tried her hardest to keep up with the guys in the film.

“Those f***ing guns are super heavy. You’re running with them a lot of the time, and I needed to keep up with, be better than the boys,” she said. “I needed to know what to do to have Arnold go, ‘Very nice.’ That was my goal.”

When Clarke isn’t filming on the big or small screen, she doesn’t have much time for a personal life. She doesn’t even date, she said.

“I kept thinking that for clarity of mind, I had to be in one place. And then I just realized that’s not how this life is going to work. It makes [dating] absolutely impossible,” she explained. “I’m soppy and I do like to believe that when the right person comes along, it will work, because you want to make it work. Everyone else seems to manage it.”

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Laverne Cox Posts Stunning Selfie Without Makeup

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Laverne Cox took our breath away while starring as Sophia on Orange Is the New Black, and she’s proved once is just not enough. While taking some much needed time off, the transgender actress took to Instagram to display one of the rarest of celebrity looks — a makeup-free face.

“Finally a few days to relax. I feel so privileged to be able to do work that I love and very privileged to be able to take time off occasionally. I take none of it lightly. Always good to have days with no makeup to let my skin breath. #washfacenobase #TransIsBeautiful,” the LGBT advocate captioned the photo.

The actress also showed off some of her sexy assets in a black sheer one-piece bathing suit to compliment her clean, vibrant skin.

Cox joins the likes of Rhianna, Heidi Klum and Kim Kardashian, who have all gone without makeup for their social media followers.

Cox will be reprising her role, orange jumpsuit and all, when Orange Is the New Black returns June 12 on Netflix.

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“The Bachelor’s” Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff Split

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) — It’s a sad day for Bachelor fans. Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff have ended their engagement, ABC News has confirmed.

“Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement,” his rep said in a statement. “They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey.”

The news was first confirmed by Bachelorette Executive Producer Mike Fleiss, who tweeted, “Sad news to report: @souleschris and @whitbisch are no longer engaged…”

The franchise’s host Chris Harrison told E! News, “I’m truly sorry to learn that Chris and Whitney have ended their engagement. I consider them both friends and will do anything I can to support them during a tough time.”

Soules, who starred in the last season of the ABC reality show, proposed to the Chicago-based fertility nurse in the March finale. She was a mainstay in L.A. during his stint on Dancing with the Stars, and more recently joined him in Iowa, where his family owns a farm.

However, as of last week, she was back in Chicago, according to her tweets, while he remained in Arlington.

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Lori Loughlin Confirms “Fuller House” Involvement

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Aunt Becky — the wife of John Stamos’ Uncle Jesse on Full House — will be back for Fuller House, the Netflix spinoff of the ’90s sitcom.

“I’m very excited,” Lori Loughlin, the actress who played Rebecca Katsopolis, said Thursday on Good Morning America. “Officially I am going to be a part of the reboot, or spin off, Fuller House.”

Loughlin previously told Access Hollywood she’d appear on the planned show only if “the powers that be are fair to all of us.”

Three of Loughlin’s Full House co-stars — Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber — are already signed on to the show, scheduled to premiere in 2016. Bure’s character will reportedly be a widowed mother of three, who has her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy, played by Sweetin and Barber, respectively, move in to help.

As far as how Loughlin fits into the series, the actress said, “We’re gonna help Candace and Jodie and Andrea spin-off the new show Fuller House. So we’ll come back, and we’ll do the first episode and then maybe throughout the season we’ll pop up here and there.”

The show will also feature guest appearances by original stars Dave Coulier and Loughlin’s on-screen husband, John Stamos, but two of the show’s biggest stars, twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, have declined to participate.

“We would have loved it, it would have been great but I understand,” Loughlin said of the Olsen sisters’ reluctance to reprise their role of Michelle, Aunt Becky’s niece.

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Chris Pratt Gets Patriotic, Teaches Son Pledge of Allegiance

Universal(NEW YORK) — Chris Pratt is proving that he’s all-American. The actor posted a video to Facebook Wednesday, teaching his son the Pledge of Allegiance.

The video, which has been viewed over 880,000 times, was paired with this caption: “Meant to post this on #MemorialDay but I was in China and my phone wasn’t working. I’m proud to be American. I’m blessed to get to travel the world! #IPledgeAllegiance.”

In the 34-second video, his son Jack repeats everything he says.

Pratt is gearing up to star in Jurassic World, which opens nationwide June 12.

Meant to post this on #MemorialDay but I was in China and my phone wasn’t working. I’m proud to be American. I’m blessed to get to travel the world! #IPledgeAllegiance

Posted by Chris Pratt on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Jeremy Renner Crashes Houston Couple’s Wedding

Peter Kramer/NBC(HOUSTON) — Jeremy Renner had a little downtime during a trip to Houston, Texas, for the Comicpalooza convention, so he decided to crash a wedding.

“There was a reception at the bar in the hotel I stayed in,” the Avengers: Age of Ultron star tells People magazine. However, he was careful not to upstage the guests of honor.

“I was approached by many people to take photos,” he explains, “and I said that this is the bride and groom’s special night, so out of respect I declined photos not to take away attention from the real stars of the evening.”

Renner notes he went so far as to hide “in the corner of the bar as to not draw attention and have a beverage after my day of work.”

“I did enjoy conversations with many of the guests for about 15 minutes and went off to enjoy the sights of Houston for the night,” recalls the 44-year-old actor, who adds, “I also shared my congratulations to the guests and the bride and groom.”

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Lindsay Lohan Has Completed Community Service Obligations

Adam Rose/FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Some positive news for Lindsay Lohan — she’s completed the community service obligations required of her in connection with a 2012 reckless driving case.

Santa Monica City Attorney Terry White told E! News Wednesday that the Mean Girls star has fulfilled her obligations ahead of Thursday’s deadline, which coincides with a court hearing in the matter.

In February, a Los Angeles judge ordered Lohan, 28, to perform an additional 125 hours of community service after a prosecutor questioned community service credit the actress received while in London working on her play, Speed-the-Plow.

Lohan was ordered to perform community service as part of her sentence related to her crash with a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Amy Schumer on Hollywood Sexism: ‘People Just Hate Women’

The Hollywood Reporter(LOS ANGELES) — Amy Schumer thinks she’s figured out the reason for the inequality of women in show business.

“I think people hate women,” the Inside Amy Schumer creator and star declared during a roundtable of comedic actresses assembled by The Hollywood Reporter for its June 5 edition.

“I don’t think they want to hear a woman talk for too long,” adds the 33-year-old comedian. “A lot of people project their mom yelling at them.”

“My [career] has been about tricking people into listening. I’m not saying all men hate women, but there’s such an aggression,” she states.

Schumer was joined by Girls‘ Lena Dunham, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Ellie Kemper, Jane the Virgin‘sGina Rodriguez, Black-ish‘s Tracee Ellis Ross and Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon for a discussion about the struggles of being a woman in the entertainment business and the sexism they’ve encountered throughout their careers.

“I was up for a role and auditioned in character,” Rodriguez, 30, tells the industry trade publication. “They’re like, ‘We love her. But can she come back in with a tight black dress?'”

“I said, ‘That doesn’t make any sense for the character.’ They were like, ‘We need to know if you’re pretty enough to be on the cover of a magazine,'” notes Rodriguez.

Dunham, 29, recalls a man who not only refused to take her seriously as the creator, writer, producer and star of her HBO series, but also body-shamed her afterwards.

“I heard a guy on my show say into his microphone, ‘I hate this job. I can’t wait to be back on a show where there’s a man at the helm,'” she recalls. “Later, that same guy came up to me at lunch and said, ‘You’re really enjoying that buffet, aren’t you?'”

The Hollywood Reporter‘s June 5 edition is available now.

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“Entourage” Cast Dishes on Film at New York City Premiere

Claudette Barius/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — The boys are back in Hollywood. In the film adaptation of the hit HBO series Entourage, Adrian Grenier’s Vincent Chase wants to step behind the camera to write and direct his first big-budget film. Grenier told ABC Radio what else fans can expect from the film.

“It’s everything that you always want from Entourage. It’s the American dream,” he said at the New York City premiere inside the Paris Theater Wednesday night. “It’s the lifestyle that’s the most exciting and indulgent with no consequences. But fundamentally it’s about doing it with your friends, your family and living a ride with the people you love.”

Kevin Dillon, who portrays his older brother Johnny “Drama” Chase, agreed.

“It’s just a little more Entourage. We haven’t strayed away from it too much. It’s going to be almost more like season two [or] season three when the guys are together more, but yet it’s bigger and it’s longer. We have moments where we can actually take a beat. On the show, we couldn’t even really take a dramatic pause or a comedic beat here and there. So, from an actor’s point of view it’s better because you can do that kind of stuff.”

What can we expect from fan-favorite Vinny? Grenier said of his character, “He’s got such a big heart and he’s so selfless. Even though he could and has earned the right to be selfish and indulge everything he always wanted, he still remains like a selfless guy.”

In the film, moviegoers can expect tons of cameos, including from Liam Neeson, Ed O’Neill, Kelsey Grammer and Andrew Dice Clay.

For Grenier, one musician who made a cameo was his favorite. “I’m a huge fan of Pharrell’s and love his environmental work as well as his music so it was an honor to work with him.”

Entourage, also starring Jerry Ferrara as Turtle and Jeremy Piven as agent Ari Gold, hits theaters June 3.

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