Review Category : Entertainment

“The Force Awakens” Star Daisy Ridley Excited for “Rogue One’s” Felicity Jones

Lucasfilm/Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Daisy Ridley knows a thing or two about launching a new Star Wars film. The star of the new franchise is less than a year out from the debut of the blockbuster first film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and a little more than a year away from the December 2017 debut of its sequel, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which finished principal photography in July.

So Ridley knows what Felicity Jones, the star of the upcoming standalone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is going through. But there’s no rivalry between the new Star Wars stars. Ridley tells ABC Radio that while she hasn’t seen an advance of Rogue One, she and Jones just had drinks a few weeks ago.

“I have not seen it. I’m very excited to though. I hear very good things,” says Ridley. “And me and Felicity had a drink a couple of weeks ago and it was really interesting talking to her because I’ve had so many conversations this year, but she’s literally about to do the same exact thing I was doing this time last year, and it’s super exciting.”

Ridley added that she has great admiration for Jones, saying, “She’s like the greatest, and also I’m a huge fan of hers so I was trying to keep it together.”

Ridley’s new documentary, The Eagle Huntress, which she narrates and executive-produces, opens November 2, 2016.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 15, 2017 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Good Grief! It’s The Great Pumpkin’s 50th Anniversary: Classic Peanuts Special Airs Tonight

©1966 United Feature Syndicate Inc./ABC(NEW YORK) — Linus has been waiting a long time for The Great Pumpkin to arrive. Fifty years, to be exact.

Tonight, ABC airs the classic Peanuts special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which premiered back on October 27, 1966.

In the beloved animated special, written by late Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, Linus, Charlie Brown’s blanket-loving pal, anxiously awaits in a pumpkin patch the coming of The Great Pumpkin, which he believes delivers toys to children.

Sally chooses to stay with Linus in the patch but lets him have it when — spoiler alert! — The Great Pumpkin doesn’t show.

While Linus is preoccupied with The Great Pumpkin, the rest of the gang goes trick-or-treating — poor Charlie Brown gets rocks in his bag — and then celebrates Halloween at Violet’s party.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs at 8 p.m. ET.

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Tom Cruise Talks “Top Gun” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Tom Cruise stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night to promote his latest action film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Also appearing on the show was special musical guest Kenny Loggins, who sat in with the band. Ahead of his appearance, Jimmy asked Kenny if he would play “Danger Zone” — the theme from Cruise’s 1986 blockbuster film Top Gun — when Cruise comes out. Kenny joked that he didn’t know it, then assured Jimmy “Oh, it will happen!”

Sure enough, when Cruise was introduced, Loggins played the song. “When you hear ‘Danger Zone,’ does that make you want to jump in your jet, grab Goose and go hunt down some bogeys or whatever?” Kimmel asked. Cruise laughed and said it made him want to jump on his motorcycle. He also mentioned that Tuesday was actually the first time he’d ever met Loggins.

Jimmy spent much of the interview on Top Gun, pointing out that the film is now 30 years old and asking Cruise if he ever catches the film on Netflix, Cruise responded, “I watch it every day.”

But will there be a Top Gun sequel? Cruise didn’t say no, declaring, “You know, it’s just gotta be right, that’s all. I mean, we just gotta figure it out.”

The two did chat a little about Cruise’s new film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Kimmel pointed out that Cruise’s character spends a lot of the movie beating people up. He asked the actor if he enjoyed watching himself do that, to which Cruise replied, “It’s very satisfying.”

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens Friday.

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President Obama Hones His Job-Hunting Skills with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show”

Screen image courtesy CBS(NEW YORK) — President Obama brushed up on his job-hunting skills with the help of Stephen Colbert on Monday night’s The Late Show.

Colbert introduced the prerecorded segment by noting that “a friend of his” will be losing his job soon. Acting as an office manager named “Randy,” he attempts to help POTUS transition into his next career by engaging him in a mock job interview.

Colbert asks “Mr. O’Balmer” why he hasn’t gotten a promotion in the last eight years. “Honestly, there wasn’t a lot of room for advancement in my last job,” notes the president. “The only one with a more powerful position was my wife.”

“It doesn’t say here. Where were you born?” Colbert asks, referring to the “birther” issue that has plagued the president’s political past. “Really?” replies Obama with a smirk.

The president’s use of executive orders also came up during the “interview,” when he explains that he used one of them to gain his 77 million Twitter followers.

Colbert’s “Randy” also helped Obama express his accomplishments into more resume-friendly terms, turning, “Brokered international deals that slowed the impact of climate change and prevented Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon” into “mastering Microsoft Excel.”

“Saving the American auto industry” became “able to drive a stick.”

The Late Show host then explained that he couldn’t ask the president to officially endorse either Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton on a network TV show, and asked him to pick a favorite “snack” instead.

“Would you care for an extra fiber nutrient bar, which has traveled to more than 100 countries,” asks Colbert, “or this shriveled tangerine covered in golden retriever hair, filled with bile that I wouldn’t leave alone with the woman I love?”

“I think I will go with the fiber nutrient bar,” Obama answered.

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“The Voice”: Battle Rounds End with a Blake Steal

Bindi Liebowitz on “The Voice”; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The battle rounds wrapped up on The Voice Tuesday night, with Blake Shelton using his second and last steal in the final moments.

Blake and fellow coaches Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys now have eight artists each on their teams.

We saw three of this season’s advisers — Sammy Hagar, with Team Adam; Bette Midler, with Team Blake; and Charlie Puth, with Team Alicia — help out the contestants during rehearsals.

Team Miley was already set and was not featured Tuesday night.

The one-hour episode began with a Team Blake battle between Austin Allsup and Preston James. Adviser Bette Midler instructed them not to be afraid and have fun with their performance of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic “Bad Moon Rising.”

After watching the two artists perform, Adam said Austin was great right off the bat, while Preston showed talent at a young age — 16. Blake added that Preston is on the “fast track.” However, he named Austin the winner, citing his experience. Preston was eliminated.

Team Alicia’s Gabriel Violett went up against not one, but two singers: sister act Shannon and Whitney. Adviser Charlie Puth taught them how to reach the high notes on their rendition of “More than Words” by Extreme.

Miley said she was rendered speechless by what she saw from these artists on The Voice stage. She learned towards Shannon and Whitney because she was “infatuated” with the duo. Alicia said Gabriel was unafraid to soar with his vocals, and that the sisters emanate love and show the world what music can look and sound like. Alicia kept Shannon and Whitney on her team. Gabriel was sent home.

For the final battle of the season, Team Adam’s Bindi Liebowitz and Brendan Fletcher were paired up forMarc Broussard’s “Home.”

After the two artists belted out the song in front of the coaches, Adam described Bindi’s vocals as middle register, similar to Rihanna. He said Brendan has an “otherworldly” and “thunderous” approach to performing. Adam picked Brendan as the winner. Not surprisingly, Blake — who still had a steal to use — added Bindi to his team.

The Knockout Rounds begin Monday night on NBC, with husband-and-wife country superstars Tim McGrawand Faith Hill serving as advisers.

Here’s a rundown of each coach’s artists:

Team Adam: Jason Warrior, Dave Moisan, Riley Elmore, Billy Gilman, Brendan Fletcher, Nolan Neal, Simone Gundy, Ponciano Seoane.

Team Blake: Sundance Head, Dana Harper, Gabe Broussard, Karlee Metzger, Austin Allsup, Josh Gallagher, Courtney Harrell, Bindi Liebowitz.

Team Alicia: Courtnie Ramirez, Christian Cuevas, Sa’Rayah, Wé McDonald, Michael Sanchez, Shannon and Whitney, Kylie Rothfield, Belle Jewel.

Team Miley: Ali Caldwell, Lauren Diaz, Sophia Urista, Josh Halverson, Aaron Gibson, Darby Walker, Maye Thomas, Josette Diaz.

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Harry Shearer Sues over “Spinal Tap” Profits

Danny Martindale/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Harry Shearer, the longtime Simpsons voice star who along with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and director Rob Reiner created the legendary mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, has sued the studio that owns the rights to the movie over millions in lost profits.

According to a video tweet from Shearer, Vivendi, has ripped off the movie’s creators off for years. “….Between 1984 and 2006, Canal, a French subsidiary of Vivendi reports that our share of merchandise income worldwide for This Is Spinal Tap is 81 dollars,” Shearer said, repeating, “81 dollars for 22 years.”

Music sales between 1989-2006 totaled an alleged 98 dollars — “enough to buy a minature Stonehenge,” Shearer quipped, referring one of the movie’s signature bits.

Shearer is suing the “major multinational” for fraud — to the tune of $125 million, according to the suit. The movie’s original contract stipulated that the core four involved were to receive 40% of the profits since its release.

So called “Hollywood accounting” tricks sometimes manage to make hit movies seem less profitable on paper than they actually were, with the studio taking the difference. In the case of the studio here, Shearer claims Vivendi et al claimed Tap was never profitable at all — despite two theatrical releases and sales from Beta to Blu-ray and beyond, the actor claims.

The low budget film has been a cult hit since its 1984 release; the fake band reformed for a 1992 album and concert tour behind its Break Like the Wind record.

Shearer posted his tweet with the hashtags #fairnessrocks, adding “Time for #fairplayfairpay @Vivendi, @studiocanal & @canalplus.”

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Changes: “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Cast Faces the Strange

Stephen Iervolino/ABC(NEW YORK) — ABC’s show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began as a spin-off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the government agency cleaning up — sometimes literally — for The Avengers and their big-screen adventures.

However, while the show was spinning up, its creators learned of the major twist coming in Captain America: The Winter Solider: that S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t what it seemed — it had, for decades, been infiltrated by the rogue Nazi group Hydra. “So what are we now, ‘Agents of nothing?'” Chloe Bennet’s character, then called Skye, asked for the viewers.

The cast and creatives embraced the changes, in terms of plot, time slot, and character development. Skye’s real name was revealed to be Daisy; she’s since become the earth-shaking superhero Quake, while Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson — who was killed in The Avengers, only to be resurrected in the TV series — has gone from agent, to director, to fugitive, and back to agent again. And they’re both fine with the changes.

After more than 77 shows, Gregg tells ABC Radio, “I can’t really conceive of doing this many episodes of something if it was literally the same show every week that we started with out of the gate.”

Bennet agrees. “It’s been pretty crazy to, you know, get cast as a computer hacker, and then four seasons later being a bad*** goth superhero who means so much to so many people. It’s been kind of crazy. But I feel like the growth — it feels organic; you know, because when I was cast on the show…I think I was 20, and now I’m 24 years old and it’s been such a…time of growth for me.”

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Michael Fassbender Takes the Plunge in the New “Assassin’s Creed” Trailer

Kerry Brown. – Copyright © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. ASSASSIN’S CREED Motion Picture Copyright © 2016 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. and Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved. Not for sale or duplication.(LOS ANGELES) — 20th Century Fox has unveiled the final trailer to Michael Fassbender’s game-based action film Assassin’s Creed. In the film, Fassbender plays a prisoner named Callum Lynch, who finds out he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins.

He is chosen to virtually go back in time to 15th Century Spain in order to take-on the Templar organization in the present day.

Featuring the game’s trademark death-and-gravity-defying, parkour-heavy stunts, the film also stars Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons, as well as Brendan Gleeson, and The Wire veteran Michael K. Williams.

The movie opens December 21.

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Caught on “Kimmel” – Cobie Smulders Spills the Beans on “Avengers: Infinity War”

Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Cobie Smulders can be seen this weekend in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, but during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote the Tom Cruise movie, comic book fan Kimmel got Smulders to spill the beans on a massive new project.

That’s right: Smulders, who plays spy Maria Hill in the Marvel movie series, spilled the beans on Avengers: Infinity War, and it was everything.


No, she literally spilled an actual can of beans on the actual poster to the 2018 film that will star dozens of Marvel heroes, and said the words, “it was everything.”

All this was a massive bit of clickbait on Kimmel’s part, to generate the headline: “Cobie Smulders Spilled the Beans on Avengers: Infinity War, and It Was Everything.”

Infinity War, which will star Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and more superheroes than you can shake Loki’s staff at, will be released May 4, 2018, from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Kim Kardashian West Is Taking “Some Much Needed Time Off,” Says Assistant

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) — Kim Kardashian West has been quiet on social media since she was robbed in Paris earlier this month. Her assistant provided a brief update Monday, saying the reality star is taking “some much needed time off.”

The assistant, Stephanie Sheppard, posted a photo of a handwritten note to Kardashian West’s website and app that begins, “Hey group, so you may have noticed we haven’t updated the app in a couple weeks. Keeks is taking some much needed time off.

“But not to worry…we’ve called upon Kim’s closest friends, fam & yours truly to save up some exclusives,” Sheppard adds. “Stay tuned for new posts and app takeovers!! Thank you so much for your support for my girl.”

Kardashian West was robbed of millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry in Paris on October 3 after two masked men broke into her rented apartment.

Her sister, Khloe Kardashian, told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview last week that Kim is “not doing that well.”

“It’s incredibly traumatic what happened to her, but our family is super close and great, and we’ll get through it together,” Khloe said at the time.

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