Review Category : Entertainment

Uzo Aduba, Jimmy Fallon Among Winners at Creative Arts Emmys

Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The Creative Arts Emmys were presented in Los Angeles Saturday night, a little over a week before the Primetime Emmys.

Netflix’s Orange is the New Black was a big winner, with actress Uzo Aduba nabbing her first Emmy for her guest role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren and casting director Jennifer Euston snagging a trophy for assembling the comedy series’ diverse cast.

Joe Morton scored his first Emmy for his guest role on ABC’s Scandal and Allison Janney became a five-time Emmy winner after picking up the award for her guest role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex.

The night also saw wins for Jimmy Fallon for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, and Jane Lynch for best reality host for Hollywood Game Night.

Zach Galifianakis’ interview with President Barack Obama on the Funny or Die show Between Two Ferns won the Emmy for best short-format, live-action entertainment program.

A complete list of winners is available on Emmys.com. The Primetime Emmys, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on NBC next Monday.

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“Downton Abbey” Cast Responds to Water Bottle Goof

ITV(LONDON) — The cast of Downton Abbey turned a goof into something good. It all started after a promotional photo for the show’s fifth season was released last week with a not-so-historically-accurate water bottle visible in the background. While the Internet had a field day with the gaffe, the Downton cast took action.

In an Instagram photo posted Friday, 17 cast members posed with water bottles in reference to the mistake and took the opportunity to raise awareness for WaterAid. The photo’s caption shared a link encouraging people to donate to the international charity, which helps get clean water and safe toilets to the world’s poorest communities.

The fifth season of the Emmy-nominated drama will premiere on PBS on Jan. 4, 2015.

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Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and More Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Some big names in music soaked themselves for a good cause over the weekend. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi were just a few of the stars who joined the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

After being nominated by his manager Scooter Braun, Bieber posted two videos to Instagram in which he’s seen pouring buckets of ice cold water on his head. He then nominated Ellen DeGeneres, President Barack Obama, comedian Chris D’Elia, and “my Beliebers all over the world.”

On Saturday, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Fifth Harmony, and The Vamps were all videotaped completing the challenge by dumping icy water over themselves.

Jon Bon Jovi also got in on the action over the weekend, with some special help. Fellow New Jersey native Gov. Chris Christie and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft did the honors of drenching the rocker with a large bucket of ice water.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken off since it began last month, having raised more than 13 million dollars to date. Those who are nominated have 24 hours to respond or they have to donate $100 to the cause. Many people have been doing both.

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“Rising Star” Recap: The Top Six Compete, Four Contestants Advance

ABC(NEW YORK) — ABC’s interactive singing competition, Rising Star, continued Sunday night with three contestants advancing to next week’s finale after the East Coast vote and one additional act being sent through after the West Coast broadcast. Two other acts were sent home.

Jesse Kinch, Dana Williams and Austin French advanced after the East Coast broadcast.

Audrey Kate Geiger was saved by the West Coast and also advanced to next week’s finals.

Maneepat Molloy and Joshua Peavy were sent home.

The top 6 acts went up against one another to compete for the highest score. The first three sang with the wall up. The act with the lowest score from that point on was placed in the “hot seat.” The next contestant then sang with the wall down, trying to beat that person’s score. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round.

Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star experts — Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley — presided over the performances. Votes from the experts only counted for one percent.

Here are the highlights from Sunday night:

Austin French kicked things off with OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out.” French took the advice the experts gave him earlier to move around the stage a little more and it paid off, earning him 81 percent of the vote. Kesha voted “yes,” calling the 20-year-old Tifton, Georgia, native “infectiously cute.” Paisley also voted “yes,” calling French a natural. Ludacris added his “yes” vote, noting that during the performance, Austin moved farther off stage than any other contestant so far. French advanced to the finals.

Sixteen-year-old Bangkok, Thailand, native Maneepat Molloy was the next contestant to take the stage. Earlier, she was urged by the experts to let loose and be herself. Molloy chose Sia’s “Chandelier” for her performance and was only able to collect 27 percent of the vote. Ludacris voted “no,” explaining the young singer “didn’t look as comfortable” as he would’ve liked, but complimented her on her courage in taking on such a difficult song. Brad voted “yes” because he felt she took the experts’ advice and worked on her stage presence. Kesha also acknowledged Maneepat looked nervous, but believed she “sang beautifully” and voted “yes.” Molloy was sent home.

The previous Sunday night, Jesse Kinch was challenged by Paisley to show a softer side of his voice and prove he wasn’t a “one-trick pony.” That was Brad’s advice this week as well. Kinch answered the challenge, turning Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” into a power ballad that garnered 83 percent of the vote. Brad voted “yes,” commenting that Jesse “reminded everybody how great that song is.” Kesha called the performance a “God-like experience” and voted “yes.” Ludacris took Paisley’s comment a step further by saying Kinch made everyone “forget it was a Michael Jackson song.” He also voted “yes.” Kinch moved on to the finals.

Dana Williams, who sang with the wall down, channeled Billie Holiday for her version of Maroon 5′s “Sunday Morning.” Before the performance, Kesha told Williams she believed in the Los Angeles native and fought to keep her in the competition. However, she wanted the 24-year-old to prove she wanted it just as bad. Dana raised the wall with 75 percent of the vote. Kesha voted “yes,” calling Williams a “diamond in the rough” and adding that this performance was “the best she’s had on this show.” Ludacris felt she proved to him that she wanted it more than anyone else on the show and voted “yes.” Paisley called the performance “emotional,” adding Dana connected with the audience better than she’d ever done in the past. Williams advanced to the finals.

Next, it was Audrey Kate Geiger’s turn to “raise the wall or go home.” Earlier, Paisley called her “one of a kind,” but Ludacris and Kesha felt her stage presence needed work. She chose Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and failed to raise the wall with only 69 percent of the vote. The judges disagreed with America. Ludacris, who voted “yes,” noted the song choice might’ve turned voters off. Otherwise, he thought the performance was top-notch. Kesha was also disappointed with the song choice, but praised Audrey’s execution. Paisley voted “yes” and urged America to save her. Geiger was sent home after the East Coast performance, but was saved by the West Coast and moves on to the finals.

The last performer of the night was Joshua Peavy. Josh originally wanted to sing John Newman’s “Love Me Again.” Brad, however, wanted to hear the Georgia native sing a country song and suggested Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most.” Peavy collected 72 percent of the vote, not enough to raise the wall. Paisley was pleased with the performance and voted “yes.” Brad, who has a recording studio on his farm, even told Peavy, “If you get saved, we’ll see you next week. If you don’t get saved, come over to the farm, we’ll record something.” Ludacris voted “no,” confessing that it came down to a choice of eliminating Dana Williams or Peavy and reiterated his earlier comment that Williams wanted it more. Kesha said she was “on the fence” at first, but Joshua won her over at the end and voted “yes.” Peavy was eliminated.

The Rising Star
season finale airs next Sunday on ABC.

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Keeps Top Spot at the Box Office

Paramount(LOS ANGELES) — Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row.

The Paramount flick starring Will Arnett and Megan Fox earned $28.4 million this weekend, falling short of its opening weekend earnings of $65.57 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy stayed in second place this weekend, bringing in $24.7 million.

Three new films– Let’s Be Cops, The Expendables 3, and The Giver– came in third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

Here are the weekend’s top ten films according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $28.4 million
2. Guardians of the Galaxy: $24.7 million
3. Let’s Be Cops: $17.7 million
4. The Expendables 3: $16.2 million
5. The Giver: $12.76 million
6. Into The Storm: $7.7 million
7. The Hundred-Foot Journey: $7.1 million
8. Lucy: $5.3 million
9. Step Up All In: $2.7 million
10. Boyhood: $2.15 million

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Report: Christina Aguilera Gives Birth to Baby Girl

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(LOS ANGELES) — Christina Aguilera gave birth to a baby girl via C-section on Saturday, according to US Weekly magazine.

According to the publication, the singer and her fiance, Matt Rutler, welcomed the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

This is the couple’s first child together, but Christina’s second — she has a six-year-old son, Max, with her ex-husband, Jordan Bratman.

Christina and Rutler got engaged this past February and news broke soon after that they were expecting. The singer’s baby shower was July 12.

On August 11, Christina posted a photo of herself heavily pregnant in the studio, with a pair of headphones on her baby bump, and captioned it, “Baby girl getting first listen to what mama’s been creating in the studio.”

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Report: Christina Aguilera Gives Birth to Baby Girl

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(LOS ANGELES) — Christina Aguilera gave birth to a baby girl via C-section on Saturday, according to US Weekly magazine.

According to the publication, the singer and her fiance, Matt Rutler, welcomed the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

This is the couple’s first child together, but Christina’s second — she has a six-year-old son, Max, with her ex-husband, Jordan Bratman.

Christina and Rutler got engaged this past February and news broke soon after that they were expecting. The singer’s baby shower was July 12.

On August 11, Christina posted a photo of herself heavily pregnant in the studio, with a pair of headphones on her baby bump, and captioned it, “Baby girl getting first listen to what mama’s been creating in the studio.”

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Why Joseph Gordon Levitt ‘Absolutely’ Calls Himself a Feminist

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s parents taught him about the history of feminism at a young age.

Now 33, the actor was shocked to learn that there are people who proudly declare themselves anti-feminist.

“What [feminism] means to me is that you dont let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique,” the Sin City: A Dam to Kill For actor told the Daily Beast. “So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist.”

Gordon-Levitt added that to him, the idea of equality for women is especially important given the history of “women suffering abuse, injustice and not having the same opportunities as men.”

“I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole,” he said. “I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.”

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“19 Kids and Counting” Star Jessa Duggar Is Engaged to Ben Seewald

D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra(NEW YORK) — Get ready for another Duggar wedding!

Jessa Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting is engaged to Ben Seewald, ABC News has confirmed.

“We are so blessed to be engaged!” the couple said in a statement. “God has written an amazing story through our courtship, and another chapter has just begun! We are thrilled to see what the future holds — especially the wedding bells!”

Duggar, 21, began a courtship with Seewald last September. Not long after, she took his name for her Twitter handle.

“Courtship is a new season of life. It’s exciting,” she told Good Morning America last year. “We call it dating with a purpose and not just frivolous, really considering the person as a potential life partner.”

Duggar will be the third of her parents’ 19 kids to tie the knot. Her brother Josh, now a father of three, tied the knot in 2008, while her sister Jill wed Derick Dillard this past June.

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“Mrs. Doubtfire” Star Mara Wilson Remembers Her ‘Favorite Teacher’ Robin Williams

Richard Cartwright/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — When Robin Williams died, many of his former co-stars expressed their grief in prepared statements or via social media.

However, his Mrs. Doubtfire co-star, Mara Wilson, wasn’t ready to do that — until now.

“While Robin and I had not talked in a few years, there is no question he had a great impact on my life,” she wrote on her blog. “He was as warm and talented as everyone says, and a joy to be around. It’s as if my favorite teacher died.”

Wilson, now 27, played Williams’ youngest child in the 1993 film, Mrs. Doubtfire. When he was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide, she said that news outlets asked her to do interviews, which she didn’t — and doesn’t — feel ready to do just yet.

“Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin’s death, I was shocked, confused, angry, regretful, and above all, sad,” she wrote. “All I wanted was to talk to my family and friends and cry.”

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