Review Category : Entertainment

New Video Shows What Thor Was Up to During “Captain America: Civil War”

Chris Hemsworth greets a young fan while filming “Thor: Ragnarok” in Australia; Glenn Hunt/Fairfax Media via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Thor was missing in action in this year’s Marvel blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. So what was the hammer-wielding hero up to while Iron Man and Captain America were clashing with one another? He was just hanging out in Australia.

Marvel has released a mockumentary that shows how Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, was spending his time during the events depicted in Civil War.

“I guess I’m just taking a break,” Thor says at the start of the video, which premiered at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer and was posted online by Marvel over the weekend. “…I needed some ‘me’ time.”

Thor explains that he went to Australia and moved in with a guy named Darryl, who appears to be uncomfortable around his new friend.

The clip includes an appearance by Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, who gets a call from Tony Stark asking him to join Team Iron Man. Thor is visibly jealous that Stark didn’t reach out to him, too.

The mockumentary was directed by Taika Waititi, who is directing the third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok. It will be included as a bonus with the digital version of Captain America: Civil War, out September 2.

Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum will star in Thor: Ragnarok, which opens in November of 2017.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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“Don’t Breathe” Unseats “Suicide Squad” as Box Office Champ

Stephen Lang in “Don’t Breathe”; image courtesy Screen Gems/Sony(NEW YORK) — Don’t Breathe was a breath of fresh air at the box office this weekend.

The horror film ended Suicide Squad‘s three-week run in the top spot, earning an estimated 26.1 million dollars in its first three days of release.

Don’t Breathe follows three people who attempt to rob a blind war veteran, but things don’t go according to plan for them.

Suicide Squad slipped to second place after collecting 12.1 million dollars. The DC supervillain film has now made 282.9 million dollars at the domestic box office to date.

The Jason Statham action sequel Mechanic: Resurrection debuted in fifth place, raising 7.5 million dollars.

Southside with You, inspired by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s first date, and the biopic Hands of Stone, focusing on boxing legend Roberto Duran, both finished outside the top 10 after opening in just over 800 theaters.

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MTV VMAs 2016: Beyoncé’s the Top Winner but Kanye Rambles On

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV(NEW YORK) — Leave it to Kanye West to provide the highlight of the night at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

He commanded the mic for what sounded like a stream-of-consciousness speech that touched upon numerous subjects, ranging from his “Famous” video to Taylor Swift to his perceived all-around greatness.

After walking onto the stage to chants of “Yeezy,” the rapper declared, “I am Kanye West, and that feels really great to say, especially this year.”

In a nod to the infamous VMAs moment when he interrupted Taylor, Kanye joked, “Now later tonight ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé but I can’t be mad, I’m always wishing for Beyoncé to win.”

He then let loose with his thoughts, name-checking his former girlfriend, Amber Rose, who was in attendance, and one of his wife Kim Kardashian West’s exes while addressing his “Famous” video, which featured naked lookalikes of celebrities in bed.

“It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV, you know, the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump. I put Ray J in it, bro,” he said, as Kardashian West laughed in the crowd.

“If you think about last week it was 22 people murdered in Chicago,” the rapper said. “You know, people come up to me like, ‘Man, that’s right! Take, tell Taylor this. Bro, like I love all y’all. That’s why I called her,” alluding to the infamous phone call between the two that Kardashian West released.

Moments later, Kanye mentioned that his role models are “artists” and “merchants,” then proceeded to name them: “Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West.”

All of this was a prelude to Kanye unveiling his new music video for “Fade,” starring Teyana Taylor, who dances around exercise equipment before developing cat-like features while joined by fiancé Iman Shumpert.

Beyoncé was the shining star of the VMAs, though. She was the top winner, taking eight awards, including Video of the Year for “Formation.”

In accepting Video of the Year, she made sure to thank her “beautiful daughter” and “incredible husband,” Blue Ivy and Jay Z, for their support, before dedicating the prize to the people of New Orleans.

Earlier in the night, Bey ruled the stage for 15 minutes for a dramatic and sexy medley of songs from Lemonade, including “Hold Up,” which won the award for Best Female Video.

That honor was presented to her by the Final Five women’s gymnastics team — minus Gabby Douglas, who was hospitalized with a mouth infection.

Per Billboard, Beyoncé now holds the record for most career Moonmen wins with 24, surpassing Madonna’s 20.

Britney Spears, who’s had her share of famous VMAs moments herself, took a break from her Las Vegas show to grace the MSG stage in a mostly yellow sparkling outfit. She performed her new tune “Make Me…” with G-Eazy.

The broadcast began with a performance by Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient Rihanna. Pretty in pink, she ran through several of her hits, like “Only Girl (In The World),” “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been.”

The performance continued throughout the night, with Ri-Ri periodically returning to the stage to sing “What’s My Name?,” “Work,” “Pour It Up,” “B**** Better Have My Money,” “Stay,” “Diamonds” and “Love on the Brain.”

Rihanna’s night was capped by her rumored love interest Drake — who’d already congratulated her with a Los Angeles billboard — presenting her the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

“She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old. She is one of my best friends in the world,” he shared, before giving her the award — and what looked like a kiss on the cheek.

Future’s performance was introduced by Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps, who revealed that he was listening to the rapper’s “Stick Talk” when he made the angry #Phelpsface that went viral during the Rio Games.

Future then delivered a live version of “F*** Up Some Commas.”

Phelps seemed to get a big kick out of presenter Jimmy Fallon being dressed as Phelps’ disgraced teammate Ryan Lochte later in the broadcast, taking photos with his smartphone of the late-night host. Fallon, making light of Lochte’s “over-exaggerated” robbery tale in Rio, told all sorts of lies, joking, for example, that he taught Drake the “Hotline Bling.”

Ariana Grande was joined by Nicki Minaj for a workout-themed rendition of “Side to Side,” with Ariana demonstrating she can sing and pedal an exercise bike at the same time.

Nick Jonas sang “Bacon” inside a diner where various guests like Joe Jonas and Joe’s band, Best New Artist winner DNCE, were sitting at tables. He eventually brought the performance to the street with the help of collaborator Ty Dolla $ign.

The Chainsmokers and Halsey came together for a live version of their hit “Closer.”

Alicia Keys was a presenter, but she performed in her own way while honoring the 53-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech by reciting a poem.

“If war is holy and sex is obscene, then we got it twisted in this lucid dream,” she said.

Following the poem, she sang a cappella.

The VMAs did not have a host this year. Instead, various entertainers were enlisted to cover the show.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele offered play-by-play commentary as the characters @TheShamester and @LizardSheeple. DJ Khaled, recent Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah and comedienne Nicole Byer also took part in the coverage.

Prior to the VMAs ceremony, MTV aired an hour-long preshow with performances by Lukas Graham, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan and Jidenna.

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MTV Video Music Awards Winners List

MTV(NEW YORK) — Here are the winners for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, held at New York’s Madison Square Garden Sunday night:

Beyoncé — “Formation”

Beyoncé — “Hold Up”

Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna — “This Is What You Came For”

Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign — “Work From Home”

Drake — “Hotline Bling”

Beyoncé — “Formation”

twenty one pilots — “Heathens”

Calvin Harris & Disciples — “How Deep Is Your Love”

Beyoncé — Lemonade

Presented by Taco Bell

Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap, “All In My Head”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Presented by Orbit Gum

David Bowie — “Blackstar”

Beyoncé – “Formation”

Beyoncé – “Formation”

Beyoncé – “Formation”

Beyoncé – “Formation”

Coldplay – “Up&Up”

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MTV Exec Says They’re “Counting On Artists” to Get Political on Tonight’s MTV VMAs

MTV(NEW YORK) — The MTV Video Music Awards have given us plenty of controversial moments over the years, but this year, show organizers hope that in addition to the usual wardrobe malfunctions and onstage feuds, the stars will throw politics into the mix.

“By all means, in a political year, we’re counting on artists to take this moment and address young America and give them some point of view of what’s going on in the world,” says MTV executive Erik Flannigan. But of course, he admits they’re also counting on big musical moments, like one from performer Britney Spears.

“I think she knows what her history is,” Flannigan tells ABC Radio. “She’s walking into the building knowing what she’s done on this show before. So, just as [important as] it is for us to top ourselves, I know it is for her [too].” Flannigan says Britney’s performance of her latest hit “Make Me” will be “unprecedented.”

Pop and R&B star Rihanna will take home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award tonight. Flannigan says, “We’re gonna see a lot of different Rihanna looks — not just visually but musically. And the way you see it appear through the show is gonna be a little bit different, too.”

This year, for the first time, the VMAs are being held at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

“The moment you’re inside Madison Square Garden, you’re at a different level,” Flannigan says. “So in some ways, I think this is a show that leans into the history of the building…we’re gonna take advantage of every single inch of it.”

Flannigan’s also excited that U.S. Women’s Gymnastic Team members, as well as gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps, will be on hand as presenters. “I think they’re gonna be the ones who everyone wants to take a picture with,” Flannigan laughs. “Celebrities included!”

The MTV VMAs air at 9 p.m. ET tonight.

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Upcoming “The Simpsons” Episode Will Spoof Trump University

FOX(NEW YORK) — One story line in The Simpsons‘ upcoming season will be ripped from the Donald Trump headlines.

Executive producer Al Jean reveals to TVLine that one of the episodes coming up for season 28 will contain a not-so-subtle reference to Trump University, currently the subject of multiple lawsuits alleging fraud.

In the episode, Jean explains, financial guru Suze Orman, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writing instructor Robert McKee are educators at a school launched by the wealthy Mr. Burns.

“We have a great episode where Burns goes to Yale and discovers, much to his horror, how politically correct it is,” Jean shares with TVLine. “So he starts his own college, Burns University, which is similar to another billionaire’s university you might have heard of lately.”

The report doesn’t say when the episode will air.

The Simpsons poked fun at the Republican presidential nominee last month in an online video that featured animated versions of him and of his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The new season of the Fox animated series begins September 25.

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Viola Davis Remembers Her Youth As “the Hungry Kid”

ABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — Viola Davis took time out of her busy schedule Thursday to talk about a mission that is near and dear to her heart: Hunger Is, her charity that aims to fight childhood hunger in America.

“We are launching a new fundraising in September,” Davis told ABC News of her charity. “We’re trying to get five million more breakfasts out there. We are doing in-store, online fundraising to get these breakfasts into schools.”

Davis said that in the last three years alone, her organization has raised $12.5 million.

“It’s so important to me because I was the hungry kid,” she said. “I grew up in poverty, but it’s not just poor kids that suffer from food-poor households. It’s middle class. It’s working class…and when you’re hungry, you cannot function.”

Davis also spoke about the “shame” of being hungry, she said.

“If I were to look at my entire childhood, if someone had thrown me a rope of just a meal, especially at the beginning of the day, it would have been my lifeline,” she said. “I can’t tell you how hard it is to talk about the fact that you were a kid that was hungry because it was like your big secret.”

Davis also spoke about her acclaimed show, How to Get Away with Murder, and said simply, “OMG” when talking about the upcoming season.

“It warrants it,” she said. “When you look at every script, every episode, you automatically channel the audience and you know how they are gonna respond. So, I say, ‘OMG!'”

She added, “A new mystery is going to be revealed and I’m telling you, I’m not just saying it to hook you…[even] we haven’t been able to figure it out as a cast.”

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“Days of Our Lives” Actress Kassie DePaiva Reveals She Has Leukemia

Paul Archuleta/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Days of Our Lives actress Kassie DePaiva has revealed she’s battling leukemia.

Thursday, the 55-year-old posted on her website that she has been “quiet lately” because she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in July.

DePaiva wrote, “I know that I have been quiet lately and I want to let you know what’s been going on in my life. I was asked back to play Eve on Days and had begun my exciting return. During the 3-week July hiatus I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and have spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the hospital. I will continue treatment over the next 3 months.”

She added, “My prognosis is good, I will not likely need a stem cell/bone marrow transplant, and we expect a complete cure.”

Despite the circumstances, DePaiva remains positive. She explained, “I consider this just a bump in the road. I have amazing prayer warriors, family, and friends that have been extremely supportive and life affirming throughout this.”

DePaiva said that her goal is to be back “stirring up trouble” in Salem soon, and she asked her fans to keep her in their thoughts and prayers.

Her most recent appearance on Days of Our Lives as Eve Donovan aired last February.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.

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“I’m with You”: Leslie Jones Gets Support from Hillary Clinton

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — In the wake of recent online trolling and attacks on her website, Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones is getting the support of a powerful political friend: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“@Lesdoggg, no one deserves this–least of all someone who brings us so much joy. I’m with you. -H,” Clinton tweeted at Jones Thursday. The ‘H’ on the end signifies it was tweeted by Clinton herself.

@Lesdoggg, no one deserves this—least of all someone who brings us so much joy. I’m with you. -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 25, 2016

Jones was the target of several vicious racist attacks on Twitter, and earlier this week, her personal website —, which remains down — was hacked and personal information and photos leaked. ABC News Radio confirmed the cyber attack is currently being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Clinton, who’s certainly experienced public attacks online and was the victim of a server hack, is one the latest celebrities to join in and show their support for Jones.

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Taylor Swift Gives $50,000 to Baton Rouge Food Bank

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift has already donated a million dollars to Louisiana flood relief. Now the pop superstar’s opened her checkbook once more to help out the residents of Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge Food Bank posted a photo on their Instagram Thursday showing the staff holding a sign that reads “Thanks, Taylor!”

“@taylorswift donated $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank!” the photo’s caption reads. “The #laflood destroyed our warehouse but we are going to shake it off!”

The Salvation Army thanked Taylor as well, tweeting, “Thank you @taylorswift13 for helping us serve the #LouisianaFlood survivors by donating to our relief efforts! #DoingTheMostGood.”

Thank you @taylorswift13 for helping us serve the #LouisianaFlood survivors by donating to our relief efforts! #DoingTheMostGood

— Salvation Army USA (@SalvationArmyUS) August 26, 2016

In a statement to ABC Radio last week via her rep, Swift noted that Louisiana residents “made us feel completely at home” when she and her touring crew launched the U.S. leg of her 1989 World Tour in the state last year.

Swift added that it’s “heartbreaking” to watch people be forced out of their homes, and encourages people to “help out and send your love and prayers” to flood victims.

The widespread flooding killed at least 11 people and damaged over 40,000 homes.

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