Review Category : Entertainment

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Says He Will ‘Definitely Not’ Compete Again on “DWTS”

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Maksim Chmerkovskiy has no intention of returning to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom on a full-time basis.

Though he recently appeared on the ABC show’s 10th-anniversary special, he says he will “definitely not” compete again for the Mirrorball trophy.

Speaking with Glamour, Maks said, “You have to walk away when the time is right, and the time was right. Nothing was out of ordinary. I think the change of guard is necessary. Like a plant that in order to improve growth, you have to pull branches. It’s the same thing.”

The magazine asked Maks about recent speculation that he’s rekindled his romance with Dancing with the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd, and how things are different this time around. He didn’t address the gossip directly: “We’re cool. I think that to briefly answer your question, we’re just older. I guess things happen differently when you’re older and time’s passed and things have happened.”

“I am a very intelligent guy, contrary to what it might seem,” he laughed. “I feel different now because we’re different.”

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Anthony Anderson Defends “black-ish”: ‘That’s My Life’

ABC/Nicole Wilder(NEW YORK) — The season finale of ABC’s hit freshman comedy black-ish airs tonight.

On the series, the Johnson family is one of the few African-American families in their neighborhood, because Anderson’s character, Andre “Dre” Johnson, is a successful advertising executive, while his wife Rainbow, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, is a doctor. His only wish is that his four kids also grow up understanding his urban culture, which they seem uninterested in learning.

Anderson, who co-created the show, says that despite some criticism, the show is actually a realistic portrayal of black family life.

“Black people like that do exist because that’s my life, that’s what I live, that’s what my children live,” he tells ABC Radio. “And if you think back 30 years ago to The Cosby Show, people said, ‘That’s not reality.’ Well, it was my reality because I had several friends whose parents were professionals, in particular they were doctors and lawyers. So there are many facets to our blackness. There are many levels to our lifestyle and how we live.”

In fact, it was Anderson’s life off-screen that inspired many of the show’s story lines.

“I have black-ish moments all the time,” he says. “That’s how this show came about. My partner in this venture and the creator of our show Kenya Barris, you know this is the life that we lead. His wife is Rainbow, she is a doctor. He has five children. I have two. All of our children are in private school, born into a life of privilege. We both are from the inner-city of L.A. He’s from Inglewood. I’m from Compton. [We’re] first-generation successful, the only African-Americans living in our neighborhoods. You know, there are lot of black-ish moments.”

Anderson says, ultimately, “our show is aspirational and inspirational. And that’s what we’re about. We are just showing a different side of our community that rarely gets to be shown on network television.”

The season finale of black-ish, guest starring Mary J. Blige and Sean “Diddy” Combs, airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.

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“Dancing with the Stars Recap”: And the Winner of the Mirrorball Trophy Is…

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — After 10 weeks of grueling practice and competition and one final round of competition, Rumer Willis was declared the winner of season 20 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Tuesday, beating out Noah Galloway and Riker Lynch.

The scores for the fusion challenge, the dance assignment the competitors received after Monday’s show and performed on the finale, were added to the scores they received from that show, where Willis and Lynch had been tied for first place, with Galloway in second.

The judges’ scores were combined with viewers’ votes, with the winner being the dancer with the highest combined scores.

When co-host Tom Bergeron called her name, Willis screamed and her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, jumped into the air and then hugged her. They were quickly surrounded by the rest of the cast, which offered congratulations.

Lynch, who finished in second place, said his time on the show was a fun experience that he’ll never forget.

“The whole experience has been unbelievable. The friend that I’ve made in [pro partner] Allison Holker, I mean, it’s so unbelievable,” he said.

Galloway, who finished in third place, said he was inspired by the support of everyone on the show, adding that he received constant encouragement that helped him push through when he was having a bad day.

“You know…I thought, three weeks at the most I’d be here,” he said, standing next to pro partner Sharna Burgess. “I made it to third place and I’m so happy with that and it’s because of all the support.”

The two-hour grand finale featured performances from the other members of the cast, including musician RedFoo, actress Suzanne Somers, singer Patti LaBelle and Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec.

Pop star Jason Derulo sang, Lynch also reprised his judge-pleasing freestyle during the show, and Bergeron announced that the season-19 champion, Alfonso Ribeiro, would take over for him as the new host of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

This is the 10th year and the 20th season of Dancing With the Stars. Twelve celebrities — Willis, Lynch, Galloway, Somers, RedFoo, LaBelle, Herjavec, actress Willow Shields, Bachelor star Chris Soules, football player Michael Sam, Olympian Nastia Liukin and model Charlotte McKinnney — competed this season for a chance at the Mirrorball trophy.

Willis, 26, emerged an early favorite when she took the lead in the season premiere with an impressive foxtrot with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, and she continued to impress judges, scoring at or near the top of the leader board consistently.

Lynch, 23, too, consistently scored at or near the top of the leader board, pleasing judges with his showmanship and increasing technical ability on the dance floor. Galloway, who lost one arm and a leg in a bombing in Iraq, had scored mostly in the middle or bottom of the pack throughout the season, but the 33-year-old’s adaptability and determination won him fans and favor with the judges and propelled him to the top three.

See the three finalists Wednesday live on Good Morning America.

The Fusion Challenge

The scores from Tuesday’s fusion challenge were added to the scores from each finalist’s total from Monday, for one overall total for the two-night grand finale.

Noah Galloway: His fusion of cha-cha and Argentine tango styles earned his praise from the judges. “Noah, you’re not always the judges’ favorite, but constantly and consistently you’ve been the viewers’ favorite,” said head judge Len Goodman, who also commended Galloway’s pro partner, Sharna Burgess. Julianne Hough told Galloway he had been “the heart of this competition,” and Bruno Tonioli called Galloway “one of the most inspiring people” with whom he’d had the honor to share a stage. Carrie Ann Inaba said she was sad that this was the last time she’d see Galloway dance, saying: “You’ve done more than dance, you’ve changed peoples’ lives forever.” They awarded Galloway four 9s, for a night’s total of 36 and a two-night grand total of 108.

Riker Lynch: Hough said she couldn’t believe Lynch had only 24 hours for his salsa/quickstep fusion dance. “I mean it was sharp, it was clean,” she said, adding that it had everything someone would want to see in a dance for which they’d had a week to practice. Tonioli called Lynch “a unique and outstanding talent” with incredible range, and Inaba said Lynch was a superstar. “Every time you get out there I cheer,” she said. Goodman admitted that he didn’t always like Lynch’s style of dance “because it’s a little bit wild and wacky,” but he acknowledged: “I just love watching you.” Lynch earned four 10s for a perfect score of 40 and a perfect score of 120 points for his two-night total.

Rumer Willis: Willis’ fusion earned her rave reviews from the judges, with Goodman telling the actress that she was as good as anyone who has ever been on the show. Inaba called her “the real deal,” while Hough said Willis’ performance was brilliant. Tonioli added high praise, saying: “This girl is on top of her game. It’s amazing to see how dance has transformed you. You really have become and utterly irresistible, shining, big star.” Willis earned a perfect 40, and a perfect 120 for her two-night grand total.

Total Scores
(Tuesday’s Fusion challenge + Monday’s first routine, second routine. Grand Total)

  • Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 40; 40; 40. Total: 120 (Willis won.)
  • Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: 40; 40; 40. Grand total: 120
  • Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: 36; 32; 40. Grand total: 108

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“The Voice” Recap: The Winner Is…

Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Pharrell Williams triumphed in the eighth-season finale of The Voice on Tuesday night.

An artist from his team, 16-year-old contemporary folk musician Sawyer Fredericks, was declared the winner during a two-hour results show. The teen from upstate New York receives a recording contract.

Sawyer closed the broadcast by reprising the original song he debuted the previous night, “Please,” written by Ray LaMontagne.

This is Pharrell’s first win as a coach on the NBC competition.

Meghan Linsey of Team Blake Shelton was the runner-up. Team Adam Levine’s Joshua Davis finished third. Team Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne ended up in fourth.

The finale was filled with musical performances. Sawyer teamed up with John Fogerty on a Creedence Clearwater Revival medley. Meghan joined forces with Kelly Clarkson on Kelly’s “Invincible.” Joshua collaborated with Sheryl Crow on Sheryl’s “Give It To Me.” Koryn and Kelly Clarkson covered Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind.”

Each finalist also delivered a “bring back” performance, in which he or she invited eliminated contestants to join them on stage. Sawyer sang Jonny Lang’s “Lie to Me” with Brooke Adee, Lowell Oakley and Mia Z. Meghan and Sarah Potenza took on Janis Joplin’s “Piece Of My Heart.” Joshua brought back Brian Johnson, Deanna Johnson, Corey Kent White and Kimberly Nichole for The Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels.” Koryn welcomed Lexi Dávila, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Caitlin Caporale, Mia Z and India Carney for “Uptown Funk.”

Viewers were also treated to Ed Sheeran performing his song “Photograph”; Meghan Trainor singing “Dear Future Husband”; Luke Bryan entertaining with “Kick the Dust Up”; and Adam Levine’s band,Maroon 5, playing their new single, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf****r.”

All four coaches paid tribute to the late B.B. King with a rendition of “The Thrill Is Gone.”

The Voice will return for its ninth season in the fall.

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“The Bachelorette” Recap: One Bachelorette Goes Home

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Bye-bye, Britt.

The Bachelorette now has only one “Bachelorette” after Britt Nilsson was sent home during the second half of the two-part season premiere of the ABC series on Tuesday night.

Kaitlyn Bristowe’s search for love will continue as the sole “Bachelorette.”

The new season debuted the previous night with Britt and Kaitlyn meeting 25 men, who were asked to vote for the bachelorette they wanted to see remain on the show. Britt was told by host Chris Harrison early on in Tuesday night’s episode that she lost a close vote. Afterward, she reacted, “I didn’t see that coming at all.”

As a limo drove her away from the Bachelorette mansion, Britt said through tears, “I’m still grateful for the experience, but I almost wish I hadn’t met [the bachelors] because that makes it a lot harder to walk away from.”

Kaitlyn, of course, was thrilled to learn from Harrison that she received more votes than Britt, though she confessed, “I feel wrong being that excited.”

After the men were informed of the results, she joined them, and was greeted with applause.

Before her first rose ceremony as the official “Bachelorette,” Kaitlyn had the opportunity to spend more time with the guys. Joshua, an industrial welder, presented her with a rose he welded.

The first kiss of the season went to a dentist, Chris. However, Kaitlyn gave the first impression rose toShawn B., a personal trainer, who also got a kiss.

The rose ceremony offered an unexpected twist when Brady admitted to Kaitlyn that his heart belonged to Britt, and that he was removing himself from the competition. The episode ended with Brady chasing after Britt.

Nineteen men remain on The Bachelorette, which airs a new episode next Monday night. However, a preview for the rest of the season promises the return of Nick Viall, the runner-up from Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette.

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David Letterman Says Goodbye to Late-Night TV Wednesday Night

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — After 33 years in late-night TV, David Letterman signs off on Wednesday night.

It remains to be seen how Letterman, 68, will say goodbye to the program he’s hosted on CBS for more than two decades, Late Show. CBS has only said his finale will be “an hour filled with surprises, memorable highlights, the show’s final Top Ten List and more.”

Letterman launched Late Show in 1993, after defecting from NBC.

As of Wednesday, he’ll have hosted more than six thousand broadcasts in late night, including more than 42 hundred on CBS.

There have been more than 19 thousand guest appearances on his programs during that time. Regis Philbin made the most visits to Late Show: 136, not including Tuesday night’s surprise cameo.

Letterman’s programs, which won 16 Emmy Awards over the years, brought us several memorable segments — The Top Ten List and Stupid Pet Tricks/Stupid Human Tricks among them. He presented more than 46 hundred Top Ten Lists during his late-night career.

Letterman’s shows also boasted a wide array of sidekicks and recurring characters, including bandleader Paul Shaffer; the late Calvert DeForest, a.k.a. Larry “Bud” Melman; stage manager Biff Henderson; deli worker Rupert Jee; and many more.

After a failed experiment in morning TV, Letterman premiered Late Night on NBC 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. In 2000, he missed time after undergoing quintuple bypass heart surgery. Upon his return, he brought onto the show many of the doctors and nurses who treated him.

Letterman 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.

In recent days, Letterman has welcomed a number of popular guests to Late Show, including George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Bill Murray.

Stephen Colbert will replace Letterman as Late Show host in September.

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Jon Hamm Reveals What He Really Thought of the “Mad Men” Finale

Carin Baer/AMC(NEW YORK) — SPOILER ALERT!

A lot has been said about the way Mad Men ended on Sunday night. However, Jon Hamm, who starred in the AMC series as Don Draper, has his own interpretation of what happened to his character.

After being adrift for some time, Draper found himself at a commune on the West coast, and, after finally achieving inner peace by connecting with another lonely man, he seemingly created Coca-Cola’s iconic “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” commercial.

“My take is that, the next day, he wakes up in this beautiful place, and has this serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is. And who he is, is an advertising man. And so, this thing comes to him,” Hamm told The New York Times. “There’s a way to see it in a completely cynical way, and say, ‘Wow, that’s awful.’ But I think that for Don, it represents some kind of understanding and comfort in this incredibly unquiet, uncomfortable life that he has led.”

Hamm has played Draper since the show’s premiere in 2007. He told the newspaper that Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, had the final image of the Coke ad in mind for some time, and that the cast had a table read of the finale last summer, so that they all knew what was coming.

And while he knows that some people found the characters’ endings hokey, he said that he doesn’t agree with those criticisms.

“There’s people saying, ‘Oh, it’s so pat, and it’s rom-com-y, or whatever it is.’ But it’s not the end of anything,” he said. “The world doesn’t blow up right after the Coke commercial ends. No one is suggesting that Stan and Peggy live happily ever after, or that Joan’s business is a rousing success, or that Roger and Marie come back from Paris together. None of it is done.”

“These aren’t the last moments of any of these characters’ lives, including Betty. She doesn’t have much time left, but damn if she’s not going to spend it the way she wants to spend it,” he continued. “Matt had said at one point, ‘I just want my characters to be a little more happy than they were in the beginning,’ and I think that’s pretty much true.”

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Jane Fonda Admits She’s ‘Not Proud’ of Plastic Surgery

Melissa Moseley/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Jane Fonda looks amazing at 77, but the icon admits she’s had some help and she regrets it.

“I did have plastic surgery. I’m not proud of the fact that I’ve had it,” she said in the June/July issue of W magazine. “But I grew up so defined by my looks. I was taught to think that if I wanted to be loved, I had to be thin and pretty. That leads to a lot of trouble.”

She continued, “I’m older now, and I have to be more self-conscious. When you’re young, you can get away with more. I always thought that being self-conscious was a negative. But now I feel differently.”

Fonda also admitted that she feels her “relationship to fashion has always been strained.”

“When I was starting out as an actress in New York, I worked as a model because I needed to pay for acting classes. But I didn’t have what it took to be a model. I hated all the emphasis on how I looked, and I never paid much attention to clothes,” she explained.

Fonda is one of the newest Netflix stars, taking on the role of an older divorcee, whose husband left her for another man, in Grace and Frankie. She told the magazine she’s entering a new phase in her life and career and embracing her age. In fact, she says TV is “more forgiving for older women.”

“I realized I didn’t have a lot of time left,” she added. “I had a vision: I wanted to give a cultural face to older women.”

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How You Can Star in a Movie with James Franco

Jamie McCarthy/NBC(NEW YORK) — If you ever dreamed of making a movie with James Franco, now is your chance.

“ATTENTION! I’ll be teaching a film class this fall,” the Oscar-nominated actor announced on InstagramTuesday morning, alongside a shirtless selfie. “3 fully financed FEATURE FILMS will be made. Enrolled students will have first priority. so Sign up for classes now!”

Franco will be teaching at Studio 4, a film and acting school he co-founded with locations in Los Angeles and New York City.

The school offers courses in acting, screenwriting and directing and includes guest lectures with industry professionals and the chance to work with Franco.

In addition to acting and directing, Franco has taught film courses, exhibited his artwork, created multi-media projects, published a book of short stories, appeared on Broadway and famously hosted the Academy Awards.

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Why “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Will Be a Re-Run During Letterman’s Final Show

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — When Late Show with David Letterman airs its final broadcast Wednesday night on CBS, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will be a re-run.

“We have decided to put no show on the night of his show out of respect to him,” host Jimmy Kimmel explained on Tuesday’s Live with Kelly and Michael. “So we will run a re-run that night because people…should have the respect for Dave, who’s been on for 33 years, to watch his show instead of my stupid show.”

Kimmel has long had a deep admiration for Letterman.

“When I was a kid, and this sounds like a joke, I idolized David Letterman to the point where my licence plate on my car said, L8NIGHT, because I loved David Letterman so much,” Kimmel revealed.

“My birthday cake when I was 16 years old — that’s my birthday, you can see I’m blowing out the candles on a Late Night with David Letterman birthday cake,” he added, referencing Letterman’s NBC late night program that ended in 1993, before he took the Late Show seat on CBS.

“Yeah, I mean, some would call me a stalker,” Kimmel quipped, laughing. “So I’m gonna miss Dave.”

Letterman announced his intention to retire last April. Stephen Colbert will replace Letterman as Late Show host in September.

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