Review Category : Entertainment

Study says younger viewers are natural binge watchers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — According to according to Deloitte’s annual “Digital Democracy Survey,” nearly 75% of Americans confessed to binge watching multiple episodes in one sitting; particularly younger viewers.

According to the survey, some 90% of 20 to 33 year-olds — millennials, that is — and 87% of their even younger counterparts, aged 14-19, say they have binge-watched video content.

The study also revealed younger people watch TV very differently that their older counterparts — in fact, in increasing numbers, when they’re “watching TV,” they’re not actually watching shows on TV at all.

Viewers from 14 years old through the millennial set reportedly watch their movies and TV on devices other than a TV; the TV still holds appeal for 60% of people aged 34-50, as well as more than 80% of viewers in the 51-69 demographic.

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Jenny Slate has “no regrets” about relationship with Chris Evans

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) — Jenny Slate and Chris Evans are no longer a couple, but Slate says she doesn’t regret the time they spent together.

“I don’t mind talking about him at all,” she tells Vulture. “He’s a lovely person.”

She describes Evans — whom she stars with in the upcoming film “Gifted” — in glowing terms, despite their recent split.

“Chris is truly one of the kindest people I’ve ever met, to the point where sometimes I would look at him and it would kind of break my heart,” Slate said. “He has beautiful, big, strong emotions, and he’s just really sure of them. It’s just wonderful to be around. His heart is probably golden-colored, if you could paint it.”

Slate is most famous for her roles on Parks and Recreation and Kroll Show, a short stint on Saturday Night Live, and The Lego Batman Movie. But Evans’ role as Marvel’s Captain America has boosted him to another plane of fame and success — something Slate said was hard for her to deal with.

“Chris is a very, very famous person,” she said. “For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go…. I have more freedom because I’m not Captain America. I’m mostly a cartoon.”

She added, “The stress that I saw him be put under, I’ve never seen that before, and he handled that really gracefully,” she said. “He’s not stressed. I was the person who was stressed.”

Now, Slate says she is spending time with family and focusing even more on her career, and doesn’t want her role as Evans’ girlfriend to overshadow that.

“I don’t want people to ask me more about my love life because of him than they ask me about my work,” she said.

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Cher to star in new Lifetime movie about Flint, Michigan water crisis

Getty Images/Brian Stukes(LOS ANGELES) — Cher has been an outspoken advocate for the people of Flint, Michigan, during the water crisis they’ve been suffering through since 2014. Now, she’s going to executive produce and star in a Lifetime movie about the situation.

Called Flint, the movie is inspired by a Time magazine cover story about three women from Flint who tried to expose the mishandling of the city’s water supply, which lead to the residents unknowingly drinking contaminated water. The women’s actions inspired a national call for safe drinking water. Production on the film begins in April in Toronto. No air date has been announced yet.

In early 2016, Cher teamed up with Icelandic Glacial spring water to donate more than 181 thousand bottles of water to the residents of Flint, Michigan.

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“Gong Show” creator & TV pioneer Chuck Barris dead at 87

Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chuck Barris, the TV producer responsible for The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and most famously, The Gong Show, which he hosted, has died, a family rep confirmed to ABC News. He was 87.

Barris was born in Philadelphia and got his start in TV working for American Bandstand. He formed his own production company in 1965 launching The Dating Game that year, and The Newlywed Game the following year.

While his shows became fixtures of American pop culture, Barris himself became a star in the 1970s with the launch of The Gong Show, a talent show he hosted with his own inscrutable, wacky style. It featured the schlockiest acts imaginable whose task was to stay on stage long enough not to be gonged off by panelists.

In 1984 Barris published a purported autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which, among other things, he claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA in the 1960s and 1970s. The book was adapted into a film in 2002 that was George Clooney’s directorial debut.

Barris also was a songwriter, composer of Freddy Cannon’s #3 1962 hit “Palisades Park.”

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“Mean Girls” musical, “Hamilton” coming to Washington D.C.’s National Theatre

Getty Images/Noam Galai(WASHINGTON D.C.) — The Broadway adaptation of a Mean Girls musical took a big step forward, with an announcement it will be coming to Washington’s National Theatre on October 31 of next year.

The Tina Fey-written production, which will act as a trial run for a Great White Way bow, is set to run until December 3.

What’s more, The National also announced that the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton will be coming to the Kennedy Center starting in June of next year, part of its “Broadway at The National 2017-18 subscription package.” Tickets for Hamilton will run $210, on top of the membership fee.

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Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is now an animated film

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been a hit single, a ringtone and a children’s book, and now Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a movie.

Production has started on the film, an animated tale based on Mariah’s 2015 children’s book, which was inspired by the song. It’s a straight-to-DVD production that’ll also be available on Digital HD and On Demand this holiday season. Mariah narrates the movie — in a statement, she says, “I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families.”

The movie features the voices of Henry Winkler, Lacey Chabert, Phil Morris, Breanna Yde, Lana Hayes and others. It’s about a young girl named Mariah — obviously — who wants a puppy named Princess for Christmas. But before she’s trusted to take care of the puppy, she has to prove she can pet-sit a badly-behaved dog named Jack. As Mariah and her family prepare for Christmas, Jack turns their world upside down.

Mariah fans know that Jack was the name of the singer’s dearly departed Jack Russell terrier. She currently has eight other Jack Russells, according to reports.

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Anne Frank Center demands apology from Tim Allen over “Kimmel” comments regarding 1930s Germany

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — It didn’t take long for the backlash against Tim Allen regarding comments he made on Jimmy Kimmel Live! comparing the oppression conservatives in Hollywood feel to the oppression in “’30s Germany.”

In speaking about attending the inauguration of President Trump, Allen laughed, “in this town — I’m not kidding. You gotta be real careful. You’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. It’s like 1930s Germany, I don’t know what happened,” the comic said.

“Tim, have you lost your mind?” said Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said in a statement quoted by Entertainment Weekly. “No one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s — the world’s most evil program of dehumanization, imprisonment and mass brutality, implemented by an entire national government, as the prelude for the genocide of nearly an entire people.”

Taking it a step further, the center’s Twitter feed claims Allen “fomented” Antisemitism with his statement. The Twitter feed claims fans of Allen’s have targeted them with “emails filled with Antisemitic stereotype and attacks…that evoke the deep-seated hate we Jews have faced for decades.”

“Apologize & join us vs. #Antisemitism,” the post continues.

As of Tuesday morning, there was no public response from Allen.

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Puff-Puff? Pass, former pot smoker Woody Harrelson now says

Getty Images/Noam Galai(NEW YORK) — Woody Harrelson once seemed like the poster child for marijuana. But the actor, who serves on the advisory board of the marijuana law reform advocacy group NORML, says he hasn’t had a puff of weed in nearly a year.

“I am a party animal,” Harrelson tells Vulture. “But on the other hand, I haven’t … I’m now extremely moderate and … I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.”

Harrleson hasn’t turned anti-weed. “I think it’s a great drug, in terms of … Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria,” he says. But he says that after “30 solid years of just partying too f****** hard,” it was time for a change.

“I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available,” he explained. “I still drink. Bu I try to be moderate with the drinking, too.”

Harrelson is starring in the new movie Wilson, out this week — an adaptation of a Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel about a middle-aged man who reunites with his estranged wife and a daughter he never knew.

He’ll also be playing Garris Shrike in the upcoming young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff.

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“Get Out” director Jordan Peele to receive CinemaCon director of the year award

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Get Out director Jordan Peele is set to receive the CinemaCon Director of the Year Award.

CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, announced the news today that the sketch comedian-director will be presented with the honor at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on March 30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“With the phenomenon known as Get Out, Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” said CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year’s ‘Director of the Year.’”

The movie, which centers on a young African-American man visiting his white girlfriend’s family estate and the sinister plot to enslave him, has grossed more than $133 million domestically since its release. Get Out also helped Peele to make history by becoming the first African-American writer-director to cross over $100 million with his debut film.

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Penelope Cruz to play Donatella Versace in “American Crime Story”

Getty Images/David M. Benett(LOS ANGELES) — We learned in January that Lady Gaga would not be playing Donatella Versace in the third season of American Crime Story. Now we know who will.

Penelope Cruz has been cast in the role of the Italian fashion designer, reports Variety.

It will be the first major U.S. TV role for Cruz, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2011 for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Versace: American Crime Story
will explore the murder of Donatella’s brother, the designer Gianni Versaci, who was murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997.

Edgar Ramirez has been cast as Gianni while Glee alum Darren Criss will play Cunanan. The series will be the third season of the true-crime anthology series from Ryan Murphy, who is also the creator of Glee, Scream Queens and the other anthology series American Horror Story and Feud.

Production on the third season of American Crime Story begins next month, but the show will not air until 2018, the same year that the second season of the series, revolving around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will air.

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