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Movie Review: “Poltergeist” (Rated PG-13)

“Poltergeist” – Fox(NEW YORK) — A few months back, a Poltergeist cast member described the movie to me as a “family adventure film.” That hardly sounded appealing. Now that I’ve seen the movie, I know what the actor meant. It is a family adventure film, kind of, though not a particularly good one. But more telling: it’s Poltergeist. It should be a horror film.

The original Poltergeist from 1982 is a classic. It’s an incredibly creepy film without being graphic or bloody — a good old-fashioned horror thriller and very much a product of its era. This new Poltergeist, however, is a product of a tired Hollywood formula: a remake that lacks creativity, hoping to trade on an established brand.

This time, instead of the Freeling family, we have the Bowen family. Sam Rockwell, simply one of the best film actors on the planet, is father Eric Bowen — out of work but level-headed, funny and extremely likeable. Rosemarie DeWitt plays his wife, Amy, a writer who isn’t writing. Due to their tight money situation, they’re forced to move into a new house in a subpar neighborhood.

That house is haunted by restless spirits who are unhappy because the house — the whole neighborhood, in fact — is built on top of the cemetery in which they’re buried. The spirits express their displeasure by attacking the Bowens’ son with a toy clown, trying to pull their teenage daughter through the garage floor, and kidnapping the Bowens’ youngest daughter.

With such a talented cast, it’s completely confounding how this movie is so low on emotional impact. Their daughter has been kidnapped by a poltergeist, yet mom and dad seem about as concerned as if they’d misplaced the TV remote. Furthermore, this is supposed to be a family with very little money, and yet their house has a nice HD TV in every room, and everybody apparently has a computer, an iPhone or an iPad.

If you scare easily, you’ll probably find at least parts of Poltergeist a bit creepy. But if you’re a real fan of the genre, and of the original Poltergeist, you’ll be extremely disappointed.

Two out of five stars.

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Jennifer Garner Says She’s a Strict Mom: ‘No Is No’

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Garner and her husband Ben Affleck may be A-list celebrities, but that doesn’t mean their kids get special treatment. Garner, a mother of three, says she works very hard to keep her kids grounded.

“We’re so involved,” she tells US Weekly. “I just took a year and a half off of work and I’ve been home. You treat them like real kids. They have boundaries and they have rules and they throw fits.”

Such as? “Yesterday, we were at a bike store getting their bikes serviced and getting new helmets that fit and…my littlest one [3-year-old Samuel] saw something he wanted,” Garner says. “I had just said, ‘We’re not buying anything,’ and he threw a fit. The people at the store said to me, ‘Please let us just give this to you’ because he was so unhappy. And I said, ‘I’m sorry that he’s throwing a fit in your store and you’re so sweet to want to give this to him. And thank you for asking me first. But he’s going to have to throw a fit.’ I said no. No is no.”

Garner and Affleck, who wed in 2005, are also parents to Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6.

Garner said her children understand she’s pretty strict. “I said to my girls, ‘What do I mean when I say no?'” Garner said. “And they were like, ‘She really means no!’ So you just have to do it. It’s not pretty. I don’t think that I’m always the best at it but I try my best to be consistent and for them to know what they can expect from me.”

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“Grey’s Anatomy” Creator Snaps Back at Fan Still Upset over McDreamy’s Death

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Grey’s Anatomy fans are still upset about the surprise departure of Patrick Dempsey, who played Dr. Derek Shepherd, and they’re letting creator Shonda Rhimes know. Still, the writer/producer isn’t afraid to speak her mind, either.

When one fan tweeted, “@shondarhimes WE HATE YOUUUUUUUUUUUU #GreysAnantomy,” earlier this week, Rhimes had a response.

“Then do not waste your valuable time tweeting me, boo. Go and do something fun that brings u joy!” she said in response.

Rhimes’ Twitter account has nearly one million followers.

Dr. Shepherd, lovingly known as McDreamy, was killed off last season on Grey’s Anatomy when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer.

Fans have even launched a Change.org petition to bring Dempsey back to the series. It has raked in over 100,000 signatures.

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“Entourage” Creator Explains Why Movie Will Have So Many Cameos

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Fans of HBO’s hit series Entourage are used to celebrity cameos. But in the big-screen adaptation, moviegoers can expect over 50 spottings. Creator Doug Ellin explained why so many celebs pop up in the film.

“I remember when people said that the TV show had too many cameos,” Ellin told The Hollywood Reporter. “But that’s the reality of life in Hollywood. You get on a plane in L.A., and there’s three celebrities sitting in first class.”

While many cameos in the film were planned, such as Warren Buffett, Bob Saget, Gary Busey and Andrew Dice Clay, who did cameos on the TV series, others happened coincidentally. For instance, Common makes an appearance in the film because he just so happened to be working out at the same gym where the film was scheduled to shoot.

“It was very free-flowing,” Ellin explained. “If someone could show up on Tuesday, I’d say, ‘All right, I’ll figure out how to get them in.'”

Other cameos came together last-minute, such as Kelsey Grammer’s. In the film, he walks by in a scene when Ari Gold is just leaving his marriage counselor. According to the magazine, Grammer, who famously has been married four times, tells Gold, played by Jeremy Piven, “Don’t waste your money.”

A huge party at Turtle’s mansion in the film provides the most celebrity cameos. In that scene alone, fans will spot Pharrell Williams, Ed O’Neill and even professional football player Russell Wilson, among others.

Still, there’s one well-known figure that Ellin couldn’t wrangle into his film — President Barack Obama, who is reportedly a fan of the series.

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“Entourage” Creator Explains Why Movie Will Have So Many Cameos

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Fans of HBO’s hit series Entourage are used to celebrity cameos. But in the big-screen adaptation, moviegoers can expect over 50 spottings. Creator Doug Ellin explained why so many celebs pop up in the film.

“I remember when people said that the TV show had too many cameos,” Ellin told The Hollywood Reporter. “But that’s the reality of life in Hollywood. You get on a plane in L.A., and there’s three celebrities sitting in first class.”

While many cameos in the film were planned, such as Warren Buffett, Bob Saget, Gary Busey and Andrew Dice Clay, who did cameos on the TV series, others happened coincidentally. For instance, Common makes an appearance in the film because he just so happened to be working out at the same gym where the film was scheduled to shoot.

“It was very free-flowing,” Ellin explained. “If someone could show up on Tuesday, I’d say, ‘All right, I’ll figure out how to get them in.'”

Other cameos came together last-minute, such as Kelsey Grammer’s. In the film, he walks by in a scene when Ari Gold is just leaving his marriage counselor. According to the magazine, Grammer, who famously has been married four times, tells Gold, played by Jeremy Piven, “Don’t waste your money.”

A huge party at Turtle’s mansion in the film provides the most celebrity cameos. In that scene alone, fans will spot Pharrell Williams, Ed O’Neill and even professional football player Russell Wilson, among others.

Still, there’s one well-known figure that Ellin couldn’t wrangle into his film — President Barack Obama, who is reportedly a fan of the series.

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Records Show Rebel Wilson Is 35 Years Old, Not 29

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Rebel Wilson has been at the center of a controversy recently after Australia’s Woman’s Day reported the Pitch Perfect 2 star has been lying about her age.

On Wednesday, The Sydney Morning Herald backed the magazine’s accusation, citing business records filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission that show Wilson — who’s previously stated that she was 29 years old — was born in 1980, making her actual age 35.

Apparently, the Aussie actress’ name is an issue, too; she has said Rebel isn’t a stage name. However, People magazine notes the Australian Electoral Roll lists her birth name as Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, though she later changed her last name to Wilson.

Then again, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission reportedly had her name as “Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson.”

Rebel commented on the controversy earlier in the week, tweeting, “OMG I’m actually a 100 year old mermaid formerly known as ‘CC Chalice’ ….thanks shady Australian press for your tall poppy syndrome x.”

Wilson reprises her role of Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect 2 in theaters now.

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Records Show Rebel Wilson Is 35 Years Old, Not 29

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Rebel Wilson has been at the center of a controversy recently after Australia’s Woman’s Day reported the Pitch Perfect 2 star has been lying about her age.

On Wednesday, The Sydney Morning Herald backed the magazine’s accusation, citing business records filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission that show Wilson — who’s previously stated that she was 29 years old — was born in 1980, making her actual age 35.

Apparently, the Aussie actress’ name is an issue, too; she has said Rebel isn’t a stage name. However, People magazine notes the Australian Electoral Roll lists her birth name as Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, though she later changed her last name to Wilson.

Then again, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission reportedly had her name as “Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson.”

Rebel commented on the controversy earlier in the week, tweeting, “OMG I’m actually a 100 year old mermaid formerly known as ‘CC Chalice’ ….thanks shady Australian press for your tall poppy syndrome x.”

Wilson reprises her role of Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect 2 in theaters now.

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Mike Holloway Wins “Survivor: Worlds Apart”

Screen Grab/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) — Mike Holloway, a 38-year-old oil driller from Texas, outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted the competition to emerge victorious in Wednesday night’s finale of Survivor: Worlds Apart.

The former member of the Blue Collar tribe won a stunning five personal immunity challenges in a row, which helped him stave off the final dreaded torch snuffing of the 30th installment of the reality series.

The episode began with a the final five — Mike, Sierra, Rodney, Will, and Carolyn — facing an obstacle course in which tiles were gathered, balanced, and sorted to reveal the combination to an oversized lock.

With a visit from family members and an advantage in the immunity challenge at stake, Mike dominated early, but despite a late charge from Sierra, he emerged with the win.

The win earned Mike a camp sleepover with his mom Debra. The advantage Mike won — his mom guiding him blindfolded through a dry run of the immunity challenge maze — didn’t help the player while they practiced: she couldn’t find their way out.

However, during the actual challenge, even with the other four blindfolded players working together against him, Mike found all the required totems and completed the challenge to win immunity and a spot in the final four.

During the night’s first tribal Council Sierra was voted off.

The second immunity challenge had the remaining four players run up a pyramid-steep staircase to grab keys for bags of puzzle pieces, slide down a water slide, and unlock pieces for a three-dimensional lighthouse puzzle they had to build.

Again, Mike won, snagging his 5th individual immunity. In the end, however, there were no hard feelings: the remaining 3, Rodney, Will, and Carolyn, helped put on his necklace, recognizing the accomplishment they’d gone through to get to Survivor‘s final stage.

A marathon fire challenge to determined the final three played out between Rodney and Carolyn, with the former storming off in defeat, leaving “Mama C,” Will, and Mike to plead their case before the tribal jury. In the end, Mike won handily.

The reunion portion of the finale also saw Dan and Will apologize to Shirin and for derogatory comments they made during the show, and the reveal of 20 fan-chosen former Survivor castaways who will get their another shot at their own win during next fall’s Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance.

After the names of the ten men and ten women were announced, the players were whisked away from the studio to board a bus bound for their next shot at reality show fame.

Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance Cast:

Kelly Wiglesworth
Season 1
Runner-up, Survivor: Borneo

Kimmi Kappenberg
Season 2
12th place, Survivor: The Australian Outback

Jeff Varner
Season 2
10th place, Survivor: The Australian Outback

Andrew Savage
Season 7
10th place, Survivor: Pearl Islands

Terry Deitz
Season 12
12th Place, Survivor: Panama

Peih-Gee Law
Season 15
5th place, Survivor: China

Stephen Fishbach
Season 18
Runner-up, Survivor: Tocantins

Monica Padilla
Season 19
7th place, Survivor: Samoa

Abi-Maria Gomes
Season 25
5th place, Survivor: Philippines

Vytas Baskauskas
Season 27
10th place, Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Ciera Eastin
Season 27
5th place, Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Spencer Bledsoe
Season 28
4th place, Survivor: Cagayan

Kass McQuillen
Season 28
3rd place, Survivor: Cagayan

Tasha Fox
Season 28
6th place, Survivor: Cagayan

Woo Hwang
Season 28
Runner-up, Survivor: Cagayan

Jeremy Collins
Season 29
10th place, Survivor: San Juan del Sur

Keith Nale
Season 29
4th place, Survivor: San Juan del Sur

Kelley Wentworth
Season 29
14th place, Survivor: San Juan del Sur

Joe Anglim
Season 30
10th place, Survivor: Worlds Apart

Shirin Oskooi
Season 30
8th place, Survivor: Worlds Apart

Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance will air this fall on CBS.

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David Letterman Signs Off from Late-Night TV with Final “Late Show”

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — David Letterman said goodbye to late-night TV and hello to retirement on Wednesday night, when his final episode of Late Show aired on CBS.

It was a star-studded finale for Letterman, who welcomed 10 favorite guests for one last Top Ten List: Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Peyton Manning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters and Alec Baldwin.

The topic was “Top Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave.” Murray read the #1 item on the list: “Dave, I’ll never have the money I owe you.”

Here’s the complete list:

10. Alec Baldwin: “Of all the talk shows, yours was the most geographically convenient to my home.”
9. Barbara Walters: “Did you know you wear the same cologne as Moammar Gadhafi?”
8. Steve Martin: “Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity and a mistake.”
7. Jerry Seinfeld: “I have no idea what I’ll do when you go off the air. You know, I just thought of something. I’ll be fine.”
6. Jim Carrey: “Honestly, Dave, I’ve always found you to be a bit of an over-actor.”
5. Chris Rock: “I’m just glad your show is being given to a white guy.”
4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”
3. Peyton Manning: “You are to comedy what I am to…comedy.”
2. Tina Fey: “Thanks for finally proving men can be funny.”
1. Bill Murray: “Dave, I’ll never have the money I owe you.”

The episode began with a taped introduction in which President Gerald Ford’s famous declaration following President Richard Nixon’s resignation, “Our long national nightmare is over,” was repeated byPresident Barack Obama and former Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Obama added, “Letterman is retiring.” Letterman then joined Obama and asked, “You’re just kidding, right?”

Letterman’s farewell, which extended beyond the Late Show‘s usual one-hour time slot, also featured a short animated bit from The Simpsons, clips of the host’s most memorable sketches, and a behind-the-scenes look at Letterman at work.

In a poignant moment, Letterman, 68, thanked his wife Regina and their son Harry, who were in the audience. He remarked, “Seriously, just thank you for being my family. I love you both and, really, nothing else matters, does it?”

He also thanked Paul Shaffer and the members of the CBS Orchestra; various Late Show staffers; and the viewers at home.

Letterman acknowledged his successor, Stephen Colbert, during the broadcast, saying, “I’m very excited. I think he’s going to do a wonderful job and I wish Stephen and his staff and crew nothing but the greatest success.”

Foo Fighters closed the show with a performance of one of their biggest hits, “Everlong” — a song the band previously performed on Late Show when Letterman returned following heart surgery in 2000. The performance was accompanied by highlights of Letterman’s 33 years in late night.

In introducing the Foo Fighters, Letterman said, “The only thing I have left to do, for the last time on a television program, thank you and good night.”

After a failed experiment in morning TV, Letterman launched his late-night TV career with NBC’s Late Night in 1982. Letterman moved on to CBS and Late Show after losing out on The Tonight Show hosting gig to Jay Leno in the wake of Johnny Carson’s retirement a decade later.

Letterman experienced a few bumps during his Late Show run. As previously mentioned, he missed time in 2000 after undergoing heart surgery. Upon his return, he brought onto the show many of the doctors and nurses who treated him.

He also missed a month in 2003 due to a bout with shingles.

In 2009, Letterman shocked viewers by admitting he’d had affairs with staff members that led to him being the target of an extortion plot by a CBS producer.

Letterman hosted more than six thousand broadcasts on late-night TV, including more than 42 hundred on CBS.

Following Letterman’s finale, The Late Late Show host James Corden saluted him both in his monologue and in a taped segment in which he and Sting performed “Every Breath You Take” in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, where Letterman taped his program.

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Sam Smith Shares Birthday Words of Wisdom

Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) — Sam Smith may be only 23 years old, having celebrated his birthday Tuesday, but he has some words of wisdom to impart. The singer, who’s recovering from vocal cord surgery, posted a lengthy message on Instagram in which he shares what he’s learned in life so far.

“Prepare yourself for dramatic speech,” he begins. “I’ve only lived on this earth for 23 years and I have so much more to learn and so many more mistakes to make but there is one thing I’ve learnt in my not so many years. And that is love is the most important thing in life.”

The picture accompanying the post shows Sam surrounded by his loved ones. He advises everyone to surround themselves with “people who genuinely love you.”

Sam concludes, “I am so lucky and these past few years have been so amazing but also so challenging and I would definitely be in a world full of troubles right now if it wasn’t for the people in this picture and my family and friends who can’t be with me today. Dramatic as f**k I know, but I thought I’d share my emotional but I hope wise words with y’all.”

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