Review Category : Entertainment

“Star Wars” Actress Daisy Ridley Could Star in Holocaust Drama

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Disney(NEW YORK) — Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in the Holocaust drama, The Lost Wife, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, based on the book by Alyson Richman, will focus on a young Jewish woman separated from her husband during the Nazi invasion of Prague. She survives by working as an artist, and is ultimately reunited with her husband decades later, in America.

Ridley will next be seen reprising her role as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII, opening December 15, 2017.

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Amanda Peet Says Aging Naturally Is Her Goal, But…

John P. Johnson/HBO(NEW YORK) — Like many of us, Amanda Peet is struggling with aging. But in her profession, it comes at a greater cost.

In an essay for Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny Letter, the 44-year-old star of HBO’s Togetherness copped to bleaching her teeth, dyeing her hair, and experimenting with lasering, face peels and age-defying creams, all in an effort to look younger.

However, she’s stopped short of Botox and fillers, explaining “one visit to a cosmetic dermatologist would be my gateway drug.”

“I want the thing that makes me look younger, not the thing that makes me look like I did the thing,” says Peet. “Letting my face age naturally will be my ace in the hole. My counterclaim. Proof that I didn’t pander to the male gaze.”

Peet wrote that in her line of work, her looks influence what roles — if any — she is offered. Aging is not conducive to landing meaty parts, she added, many of which go to younger actresses like recent Oscar winner Alicia Vikander.

“You might think, ‘Wait, she’s 27 and a gorgeous movie star, and you’re 44 and a low-tier, TV-mom-type; you’re not in the same ballpark.’ But she is squeezing me out. She’s in the hot center and I’m on the remote perimeter,” she wrote. “The train has left the station and I’m one of those moronic stragglers running alongside with her purse caught in the door. Everyone’s looking at me like, ‘Let go, you bullheaded old hag! There’s no room for you.'”

Now, the mother of three is trying to come to terms with her age — and the wrinkles that come with it.

“Since we’re all going to get wrinkly and die, maybe we’ve got to move in the direction of acceptance about that,” she wrote. “It’s like what they teach you in driving school: if your car skids, turn the wheels right into it. It’s counter-intuitive, but don’t fight the slide.”

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“They” Are Coming to Get Us in Trailer for “Snowden”

Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Writer/director Oliver Stone’s back to doing what he does best — making us all paranoid about the U.S. government — in the trailer for Snowden, which dropped late Wednesday morning.

Joseph-Gordon Levitt stars as Edward Snowden, the real-life former NSA contract employee who created international headlines when he leaked highly classified information about government surveillance of private citizens. Many believe the surveillance to be illegal, while others claim it’s vital to national and international security.

In the Snowden trailer, it’s not clear which side Stone takes, if any, but he racks up the tension with of images of omnipresent cameras, grainy surveillance videos, computers doing computer things, and lots of dialogue about how “they” are coming for Snowden — and they’re not happy.

The movie’s based in part on The Snowden Files, by British journalist Luke Harding, and a forthcoming book by Snowden’s Russian attorney, Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden himself is currently living in Russia, where he fled after leaking the files.

Snowden also stars Shailene Woodley, Tom Wilkinson, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Scott Eastwood, and Rhys Ifans. It’s out September 16.

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HBO True Crime Series “The Jinx,” Netflix Nina Simone Doc Win Peabodys

Robert Durst from HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”; Marc Smerling/courtesy of HBO(ATHENS, Ga.) — HBO’s controversial true crime series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst and the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? are among this year’s Peabody Award winners in the documentary and education category.

The winners were announced Tuesday; a full list of all 30 honorees is available on PeabodyAwards.com. The entertainment and children’s winners were revealed last week.

Presented by the University of Georgia, the Peabody Awards recognize excellence in electronic media. They’ll be handed out May 21 in New York.

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Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti Have Eloped

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Chelsea Peretti and boyfriend Jordan Peele are now married. And if you’re surprised by that news, you’re not the only one.

Sharing a photo of her dog, a bouquet and a ring on Instagram, the comedian wrote that her marriage ceremony was a private one.

“Eloped a little bit ago,” she wrote. “Our only witness was this lil guy,” referencing the dog.

The Key & Peele star, 37, and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress, 38, announced their engagement in November. They’ve been dating since 2012.

You can see Peele and his comedy partner, Keegan-Michael Key, on the big screen this Friday, when their new film, Keanu, opens.

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“Captain America: Civil War” Stars Walk Red Carpet at European Premiere

The cast & producers of “Captain America: Civil War” take a selfie with a fan at the European premiere; Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(LONDON) — There was a superhero invasion in London on Tuesday.

The stars of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War walked the red carpet for the European premiere of the film.

Chris Evans is back as Captain America, who’s at odds with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in the sequel over a controversial government policy intended to regulate the superheroes.

“I don’t think there’s ever been such an effective use of so many superheroes at once. Obviously The Avengers was an accomplishment but we’ve never seen them fight each other,” Evans commented.

Elizabeth Olsen, who was introduced in last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron as Scarlet Witch and returns for Civil War, said there’s more at stake in this film. “Everyone is more invested in who we are fighting,” she explained. “We’re not fighting these clear villains, aliens that we have no connection to.”

Downey said the bar remains high for Marvel sequels such as this one. “It’s kind of-mind blowing. We have to keep making good movies or it’s all for naught,” he said.

Captain America: Civil War opens in the U.S. on May 6.

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

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Report: Prince May Have Had History of Using Percocet; His Revolution Band Planning Reunion

Neil Lupin/Redferns(NEW YORK) — The cause of Prince’s sudden death last Thursday at age 57 has yet to be revealed, but sources tell People magazine the entertainer once had a history of using the prescription painkiller Percocet.

Prince’s longtime lawyer, L. Londell McMillan, however, has insisted that the singer was “not on any drugs that would be cause for concern.”

Though the performer was thought to have avoided recreational drugs, sources tell the entertainment magazine that he may have used the highly addictive drug to treat ongoing pain from his years of onstage performances, which had begun to take a toll on his body.

“His hip bothered him from jumping off risers for 20 years,” musician and ex-girlfriend Sheila E. tells People.

Surgery may not have been an option for Prince, who was a Jehovah’s Witness, the magazine suggests, since the religion prohibits its followers from accepting blood transfusions.

Meanwhile, Brown Mark, a former member of Prince’s band The Revolution, posted a video on his Facebook page revealing that he and fellow bandmates Bobby Z., Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman and Matt “Doctor” Fink will reunite for tribute shows later this year in honor of the late entertainer.

“We have decided after spending three or four days together now grieving over the loss of Prince that we would like to come out and do some shows,” Melvoin said on behalf of the band. “We want to let you know that we’ll be there soon, so we want to let you know now.”

No official schedule or locations have been announced.

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“The Voice”: Adam Levine Says Goodbye to One of His Artists

Owen Danoff on “The Voice”; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Viewers were willing to save Owen Danoff once, but not twice.

The Team Adam Levine contestant was eliminated from the 10th season of The Voice on Tuesday night — one week after he was instantly saved by fans.

This time around, it was Daniel Passino of Team Pharrell Williams who was instantly saved.

Before the results of the instant save were announced, each artist performed for a shot to advance to the top 10. Owen played “Burning House” by country singer Cam, and Daniel sang the Nick Jonas hit “Jealous.”

During the one-hour results show, the members of Team Pharrell, plus their coach, performed “Let Love Rule” by Lenny Kravitz. Christina Aguilera joined her artists for a rendition of “Live and Let Die,” by Paul McCartney’s Wings.

In addition, country singer Thomas Rhett was on hand to entertain the viewers with his song “T-Shirt.”

The top 10 artists, including members of Team Blake Shelton, will take the stage next Monday night on NBC.

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Final “X-Men: Apocalypse” Trailer Teases Wolverine Appearance

Alan Markfield/Marvel & Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — With the release of the final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox really has the claws out — Wolverine’s, that is.

The closing moments of the latest coming attraction for the film confirmed rumors that the fan favorite adamantium-boned mutant basically synonymous with Hugh Jackman at this point will appear in the movie in some capacity.

The trailer shows how Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique turns to training a team of younger mutants to battle the forces of Oscar Isaac’s appropriately named big bad Apocalypse, who has apparently captured James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier.

In the revealing closing moments, Mystique is impressed at a collection of defeated enemy soldiers strewn about a corridor, and addresses young Cyclops, played by Tye Sheridan. “Well, you’ve been busy,” she quips.

“We had a little help,” Cyclops answers — when we hear that familiar “SNIKT!” sound, and see Wolvie’s three clawed-fist come into frame, facing off against reinforcements.

The image, which closes the action-packed trailer, was also tweeted by Wolverine himself, with Jackman captioning the post, simply, “W.”

W. pic.twitter.com/afhMx2ELnr

— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) April 25, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse, which also stars Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, and Rose Byrne, opens May 27.

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Nick Gordon Says Bobbi Kristina Used Drugs to Deal with Mom Whitney Houston’s Death

Image courtesy CBS(NEW YORK) — The former boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown is talking to TV’s Dr. Phil again this week. And this time, he’s not having a meltdown, like before.

In an exclusive two-part interview airing on Dr. Phil Thursday and Friday, Nick Gordon reveals details about his private life with the aspiring singer/actress and her mother, the legendary vocalist Whitney Houston. He admits that Bobbi Kristina, whom he called his wife, had a drug problem before her tragic death last year.

“Yeah,” Gordon replied to Dr. Phil’s question about Brown having a drug problem. He added that he saw Bobbi Kristina do drugs in social settings while her mother was alive, and that he smoked drugs along with her.

Bobbi Kristina’s drug use worsened after her mother’s death, Gordon claimed: “It’s unfortunate, but at the time, that’s kind of the only way we knew how to deal with what had happened.”

Gordon, who was raised by Houston, is in the midst of fighting a $10 million civil lawsuit filed by Bobbi Kristina’s conservator, which claims he’s responsible for her death. He’s believed to be one of the last people to see her conscious before she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her George home January 31, 2015. She died July 26, 2015 at age 22, having never regained consciousness.

“Regardless of what everybody thinks, I made Krissy and Whitney’s last few years on earth as happy as they would be,” Gordon tells Dr. Phil. “I gave them somebody to trust, to talk to, to be there, someone genuine.”

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