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Movie Review: “A Million Ways to Die in the West” (Rated R)

Universal(NEW YORK) — A Million Ways to Die in the West, the red band trailer, is hilarious.

A Million Ways to Die in the West, the movie, stinks.

There’s no denying that writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane is a funny guy. TV’s Family Guy is genius, and his raunchy 2012 summer comedy Ted was a hilarious hit. Yet what MacFarlane’s excellent reboot of the Cosmos series with physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (yup, he was behind that, too) does to advance our knowledge of science and the universe, A Million Ways to Die in the West does the exact opposite for humor.

Almost the entire movie feels like a comedian testing out new material that doesn’t work. MacFarlane plays Albert, a sheep farmer in 1882 Arizona. It’s a terrible place. How do we know? Because Albert tells us so — over and over and over and over again. When he’s not telling us how terrible things are, we’re given the same jokes, over and over and over and over again. The movie should be titled A Million Ways to Tell the Same Joke. And when we’re not being treated to different iterations of the same joke, we’re getting diarrhea in a hat (that’s not a metaphor — it’s an actual scene in the movie) and a recycled version of There’s Something About Mary’s hair gel scene, only this time it involves the side of Sarah Silverman’s face.

Might as well tell you about the so-called plot. Albert gets dumped by his girlfriend, played by Amanda Seyfried, making the Old West for him an even more miserable place than it already was. Then along comes Charlize Theron’s Anna, who, unbeknownst to Albert, is the wife of Liam Neeson’s Clinch, the deadliest gun in the territory. Anna teaches Albert how to shoot, instills in him a sense of self-worth, and, of course, they fall for each other. Neil Patrick Harris plays Seyfried’s new boyfriend, Foy, a man with a fancy mustache who owns a fancy mustache shop. Foy is the film’s most consistently funny character, and even that’s due to NPH’s excellent comedic choices, rather than the character itself.

In fairness, A Million Ways to Die in the West does include a few genuinely funny moments, but they’re few and far between, and, like the other jokes, they’re often used more than once.

MacFarlane may have predicted critics aren’t going to like A Million Ways to Die in the West because of a personal vendetta against him and his previous work. The truth is, critics aren’t going to like this movie because it’s just not particularly funny.

Two out of five stars.

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Report: “Bachelor’s” Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell to Join VH1’s “Couples Therapy”

Tom Briglia/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Just months after Juan Pablo Galavis gave Nikki Ferrell the final rose on ABC’s The Bachelor, the two are reportedly headed to therapy…VH1’s Couples Therapy.

E! News reports the pair will join other cast members for the reality series’ fifth season this fall. Also set to seek counseling from Dr. Jenn Berman and her staff are Jersey Shore’s Deena Cortese and Chris Buckner, Big Brother’s Dick “Evil Dick “Donato and Stephanie Rogness-Fischer, Jenna Jameson and John Wood, and Naughty by Nature’s Anthony “Treach” Criss and Cicely Evans.

VH1 has yet to confirm that the Bachelor couple will join the show, but did mention earlier in their announcement of the cast of season five that a mystery pair would join the show.

A source explained, “The reason it wasn’t put in the press release is due to Juan Pablo’s deal with ABC. It’s not up until August so, contractually, it can’t be mentioned until then.”

Galavis and Ferrell wouldn’t be the first Bachelor couple to appear on Couples Therapy. Season 14’s Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi sought help previously.

And on WeTV, The Bachelorette’s Trista and Ryan Sutter will get help from relationship experts when Marriage Bootcamp Reality Stars premieres May 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

VH1’s Couples Therapy returns Sept. 10.

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Judge Grants Casey Kasem’s Daughter Daily Visitation

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(BREMERTON, Wash.) — Casey Kasem’s daughter was granted daily visitation rights on Friday by a Washington State judge to see her ailing father.

In addition, Kasem’s wife Jean, who’s been embroiled in an ongoing legal dispute with the radio icon’s daughter, will get an extra week to prepare a defense about the appropriate medical care for the 82-year-old Kasem.

Jean Kasem appeared in court and requested legal proceedings be delayed until June 20. Instead, the judge reluctantly approved the move, giving them only a week.

In response to Jean’s request for a delay, Kerri Kasem’s lawyer argued it had gone on long enough and she just wants to see her father, now her legal right. Defense then proposed that Kerri come to the house, provided she not take pictures, as to avoid a media circus.

The judge granted the stay until next week, but also ordered Kerri have access up to one hour a day to see her father.

Both Kerri and Jean Kasem can bring one witness to the meetings with the radio legend.

Photos cannot be shared with anyone but legal council.

The judge also ordered an exam of Casey Kasem and medical care will be whatever care that doctor decides.

Jean Kasem has said all along that her husband has made it clear he wants to stay in his wife’s care.

The American Top 40 host, who, according to his daughter suffers from dementia, has been staying with his wife near Seattle.

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“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” Sequel in Works

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, recently confirmed that she’s working on a sequel to the 2002 hit.

“I’m working on the MBFGWedding sequel; now that I’m experiencing motherhood I feel ready to write this next chapter,” Vardalos, 51, wrote on Twitter.

John Corbett is set to return as Vardalos’ non-Greek love interest.

“A few jaded press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true,” Vardalos tweeted.

The comedian told Mashable that the script took her four years to write, and that she shelved it until finishing the book tour for her bestselling memoir, Instant Mom, about adopting her daughter in 2008 after a 10-year struggle to become a parent.

The new film will again focus on the lively Portokalos family, who will reunite for another wedding — and no, it’s not a second marriage for Vardalos and Corbett’s characters.

“The entire My Big Fat Greek Wedding family is invited back and we’ll have a few new guests,” Vardalos told Mashable. “You will not see my daughter in the movie. She’s a minor and we keep her life private, but she will be on set with the family, eating their way through craft services.”

Rita Wilson, who famously saw Vardalos’ one-woman play about her life in a big Greek family and brought it to the attention of her husband, Tom Hanks, will also return as producer, along with Hanks.

The original film grossed $241 million domestically, earned Vardalos an Oscar nomination for best screenplay and led to the sitcom spin-off, My Big Fat Greek Life.

Judging by the response from Vardalos’ 250,000 Twitter followers, fans can’t wait for the sequel.

“Thank you for the love,” Vardalos tweeted.

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“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” Sequel in Works

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, recently confirmed that she’s working on a sequel to the 2002 hit.

“I’m working on the MBFGWedding sequel; now that I’m experiencing motherhood I feel ready to write this next chapter,” Vardalos, 51, wrote on Twitter.

John Corbett is set to return as Vardalos’ non-Greek love interest.

“A few jaded press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true,” Vardalos tweeted.

The comedian told Mashable that the script took her four years to write, and that she shelved it until finishing the book tour for her bestselling memoir, Instant Mom, about adopting her daughter in 2008 after a 10-year struggle to become a parent.

The new film will again focus on the lively Portokalos family, who will reunite for another wedding — and no, it’s not a second marriage for Vardalos and Corbett’s characters.

“The entire My Big Fat Greek Wedding family is invited back and we’ll have a few new guests,” Vardalos told Mashable. “You will not see my daughter in the movie. She’s a minor and we keep her life private, but she will be on set with the family, eating their way through craft services.”

Rita Wilson, who famously saw Vardalos’ one-woman play about her life in a big Greek family and brought it to the attention of her husband, Tom Hanks, will also return as producer, along with Hanks.

The original film grossed $241 million domestically, earned Vardalos an Oscar nomination for best screenplay and led to the sitcom spin-off, My Big Fat Greek Life.

Judging by the response from Vardalos’ 250,000 Twitter followers, fans can’t wait for the sequel.

“Thank you for the love,” Vardalos tweeted.

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Bret Michaels Rushed Off Concert Stage After Medical Emergency

Janette Pellegrini/WireImage(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Rocker Bret Michaels was rushed off stage during a Thursday concert because of a medical emergency.

Michaels, 51, left the stage after performing three songs during his show at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Pete Evick, Michaels’ friend and guitarist, said Michaels was being evaluated by paramedics.

“I’ve never seen a look like the one on his face as if I was a complete stranger,” he said in a statement. “One of the crew returned instantly to notify me that Bret’s blood sugar was extremely low.”

Michaels has had Type 1 diabetes since he was a child. He’s best known as the frontman of the group Poison, as well as a successful reality-TV career.

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“Maleficent,” “A Million Ways to Die in the West” Open Friday

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Maleficent Angelina Jolie is transformed into the titular Sleeping Beauty villain in this Disney film. The story begins with Maleficent placing a curse upon a human king’s infant, Aurora, only to realize later that the child can bring peace to their land. The teen version of Aurora is played by Elle Fanning. Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple also star in the movie, which is screening in 3D and IMAX 3D. Rated PG.

A Million Ways to Die in the WestIn Seth MacFarlane’s latest live-action comedy, a farmer named Albert falls for a beautiful woman, whose husband, an outlaw, seeks revenge against him. MacFarlane plays Albert. Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, and Neil Patrick Harris also star. Rated R.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Heat for Comparing Nasty Online Comments to Being in a War

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Gwyneth Paltrow’s decision this week to compare the effects of online bulling to fighting in a war has generated at least one negative reaction.

While speaking at a Code Conference earlier this week in California, Paltrow compared the experience of dealing with nasty Internet comments to surviving a war.

“You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it,” the actress said.

Senator John McCain’s wife Cindy McCain is not buying the analogy. She tweeted, “Gweneth Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her.”

McCain added, “Perhaps Gweneth [sic] Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!”

Gweneth Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her.

— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) May 29, 2014

Perhaps Gweneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!

— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) May 29, 2014

Paltrow has not yet publicly responded to McCain’s criticism.

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Casey Kasem’s Wife Due in Court Friday to Discuss Legendary DJ’s Medical Care

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Jean Kasem, the wife of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem, has been ordered to appear in a Washington state courtroom Friday to talk about her husband’s care.

Jean Kasem is involved in an ongoing dispute with her step-daughter Kerri, who obtained a court order demanding she see her 82-year-old father, best known as the voice of American Top 40, and the original voice of Shaggy in Scooby Doo.

Kasem is battling Parkinson’s disease.

ABC News Legal Analyst Royal Oakes says Jean Kasem will be quizzed about the medical care her husband has been receiving, and although she is expected to appear, if she doesn’t, she’s subject to arrest.

Several weeks ago, the radio legend was the subject of a brief but frantic search: Kerri Kasem had filed a missing persons report with the Santa Monica Police Department in connection with the apparent disappearance of her father.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office later found Casey Kasem alive and well in Washington State. Cops concluded that Mr. Kasem was vacationing with his wife and was cognizant of his location.

There have been multiple legal battles between Casey Kasem’s children and their stepmother in the past year over access to their father.
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Wedding Kiss Is the Most-Liked Picture on Instagram

Marc Piasecki/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were more than happy to share every detail of their lavish Italian wedding last weekend, and a picture from the affair is now the most-liked Instagram photo ever.

Entertainment Weekly reports the picture of Kim and Kanye’s first kiss, posted on her Instagram page this past Tuesday, has set a record, attracting nearly two million likes.

The previous record-holder was a photo Justin Bieber posted on his Instagram page of him and on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez captioned, “Love the way you look at me.”

West, 36, and Kardashian, 33, tied the knot in Florence, Italy last Saturday.

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