Review Category : Entertainment

Why Did Netflix Create “Full House” Spin-Off, “Fuller House”?

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Fuller House, the highly anticipated Full House spin-off, is set to come to Netflix in 2016, but the cast has already started filming, said the cable network’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

“At the taping of the episode this past week, when the cast shows up on stage the audience reacts immediately,” he added Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s Summer TV Press Tour 2015. “And the actors have fallen right back into those roles. It’s very much in the same spirit but it’s a modern take on Full House.”

Sarandos also explained why the cable network decided to create a spin-off in the first place.

Full House is a really unique show in the culture in that it never really went away,” he said. “After its network run, it’s been very successful in syndication. It is been very kind of cross-generational, where parents are watching the show with their kids.”

On Fuller House, Candace Cameron-Bure’s character will reportedly be a widowed mother of three, who has her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy — played by Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, respectively — move in to help. The show also will feature guest appearances by original stars Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin.

Although it was reported that two of the show’s biggest stars, twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, have declined to participate, Sarandos said not so fast.

“The Olsen twins are teetering whether or not they’ll be around,” he said.

Fuller House premieres in 2016.

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Why Did Netflix Create “Full House” Spin-Off, “Fuller House”?

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Fuller House, the highly anticipated Full House spin-off, is set to come to Netflix in 2016, but the cast has already started filming, said the cable network’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

“At the taping of the episode this past week, when the cast shows up on stage the audience reacts immediately,” he added Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s Summer TV Press Tour 2015. “And the actors have fallen right back into those roles. It’s very much in the same spirit but it’s a modern take on Full House.”

Sarandos also explained why the cable network decided to create a spin-off in the first place.

Full House is a really unique show in the culture in that it never really went away,” he said. “After its network run, it’s been very successful in syndication. It is been very kind of cross-generational, where parents are watching the show with their kids.”

On Fuller House, Candace Cameron-Bure’s character will reportedly be a widowed mother of three, who has her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy — played by Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, respectively — move in to help. The show also will feature guest appearances by original stars Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin.

Although it was reported that two of the show’s biggest stars, twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, have declined to participate, Sarandos said not so fast.

“The Olsen twins are teetering whether or not they’ll be around,” he said.

Fuller House premieres in 2016.

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“Paper Towns'” Cara Delevingne Angers TV Morning Show Hosts

Fox(SACRAMENTO) — Model/actress Cara Delevingne’s appearance on Good Morning Sacramento on Tuesday turned ugly.

The 22-year-old, appearing on the show remotely to plug her new movie Paper Towns, angered a few of the anchors when she appeared to be less than enthusiastic about giving the interview.

The segment got off to a bad start when one of the anchors called her “Carla,” and things just got worse from there, and the audio delay in the remote interview didn’t help.

Her co-host then asks the actress if juggling several projects helps her focus, to which Delevingne replies, “No, I don’t know where that comes from.”

Cara gives a series of playfully sarcastic responses to questions, like whether or not she relates to herPaper Towns character, Margo. “No, I actually hate her,” she jokes.

Another co-host asks if Delevingne is “just exhausted,” and Delevingne explains that the movie had its premiere the night before, and that it was “emotional.”

When the anchors ask if she’s irritated or it’s just the news show, Cara answers, “No, I think it’s just you.”

“We’ll let you go then, how about that?” one anchor fires back, before adding sarcastically, “Why don’t you go take a little nap, maybe get a Red Bull?” The actress appeared shocked by the comments.

After the interview ended, the news team ganged up on Delevingne, with one suggesting she was “in a mood.”

“You make $5 million for six weeks of work, you can pretend to talk to Good Day Sacramento with some oomph!” another host adds.

Paper Towns is playing in theaters now.

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“America’s Got Talent” Recap: The ‘Judge Cuts’ Continue with 7 Acts Advancing to Live Rounds

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — America’s Got Talent continued its “Judge Cuts” on Tuesday. Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel continued the four-week process of picking 36 acts for the live performance shows. This week, actor/comedian Marlon Wayans — invited by Howie — joined the regular panel and got to use the “Golden Buzzer” for his favorite act, sending them to Radio City Music Hall without any consultation from the AGT judges.

Only seven out of the 20 acts that performed on Tuesday’s show were allowed to move on to the next round. They were ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, mentalist Oz Pearlman, contortionist Vita Radionova, bluegrass act Mountain Faith Band, boy band Triple Threat, dance troupe Animation Crew and singerBenton Blount.

Former AGT judge Piers Morgan returns as next week’s guest judge.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Nerdy boy band Triple Threat, three guys from Arkansas, mixed singing and rap on the Ariana Grande hit “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea. Mel thought they were “likeable” and wanted them to do well in the competition. Marlon was impressed by how “seasoned” they were. Howard noted they had the talent, but not the looks, which, unfortunately, is a factor for a boy band. The trio responded by noting that since their first appearance on AGT, they’ve had a lot of girls reaching out to them on Twitter. In spite of Stern’s reservations, the act moves on.

Animation Crew was a group of men who pretended to be a robot band, showing off some impressive robotic dance moves. Heidi noted they “really stand out” from the other dance acts in the competition. Mel B loved the troupe’s originality. Howard noted they were “entertaining in robot form,” but he was disappointed that they “broke character” during the performance. They advance to the next round.

Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin amused the judges by pulling out a baby puppet he introduced as his son, whom he couldn’t find a sitter for. In his routine, Zerdin tried unsuccessfully to read the baby a bedtime story. Howie noted AGT is a family show and Paul is a family act. Heidi called the comedian’s material “clever,” adding Zerdin made her feel like there were really two people on stage. Howard declared the ventriloquist was “a cartoon come to life” and a “major contender.” After noting that Zerdin made him “feel joy” and wanted everybody to feel that, Wayans pushed his Golden Buzzer, moving Paul straight through to Radio City Music Hall.

Mentalist Oz Pearlman pulled out a book with the names of 60 female celebrities and asked Heidi to read them off. He then gave the book to Howard and asked him to look at a name, then toss the book away. He handed another book with male stars to Howie and asked him to do the same. Then Oz asked Howie to focus on the movie star and a movie. He correctly guessed Tom Cruise is the star and Top Gun is the movie. He then cut up a piece of paper and not only guesses that Stern’s pick is Oprah Winfrey, but opened up the paper to reveal a cutout of Winfrey’s face. Howie declared he was “flabbergasted” and that Oz “delivered.” Wayans added that the act was “incredible.” The act left Klum “speechless.” Pearlman advances to the next round of competition.

Mountain Faith Band brought the house down with its bluegrass version of The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Mel B noted they made everybody happy, but left the band’s lead singer in tears. “This is my dream,” the girl replied. Stern, while admitting the band was good, warned that their music was “not contemporary,” which could hurt them in the competition. Howie countered that the panel wasn’t there to judge the genre of the music, but the talent, which they had. The group moves on to the live rounds.

Vita Radionova wowed the panel with her mix of hand balancing, contortions, dance and acrobatics. Howie noted Vita “moved beautifully” and was “beautifully talented.” Wayans exclaimed, “You don’t have bones.” Heidi noted Radionova had the girls — as well as the guys — wrapped around her finger. Howard called the performer “hypnotizing and captivating.” Vita moves on to the next round.

Stay-at-home dad Benton Blount sang Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” which Stern called a good, solid audition. Klum declared the performance was “a little rough around the edges and I like it.” Wayans said that if the song was on the radio, he’d buy it. Mel B noted she was impressed at the beginning, but asked herself halfway through if it “was enough.” Mandel, noting how tough it is for a singer to hold people’s attention with just a guitar as backup was difficult, but Blount “pulled it off.” He advances to the next round.

It was the end of the line for other acts, including hand balancer Oleksiy Mogylnyy, who worked with a headless mannequin. Stern said the act was “either the most brilliant joke in the world” or Oleksiy was really in love with that “thing.” Klum thought the doll took away from what he could do and made the act “weird.” Mel B, however, thought it was more “funny” than weird. He was sent home.

Also leaving the competition was singer/songwriter Johnny Shelton, 26, who dove into music after his son died of cancer at just five years old. His version of Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” impressed the judges, but didn’t stand up against the other singers in the competition.

Pretty Big Movement, a group of plus-sized ladies, danced to Jessie J’s “Bang Bang.” Stern hit his buzzer, noting they didn’t bring a routine that was “special” or “distinguished” them. Klum agreed. Marlon, however, thought it was “entertaining.” Mel noted she loved the group’s “message,” and hoped to see them make it through to the next round. Unfortunately, they were sent packing.

America’s Got Talent airs again on Wednesday with a special episode celebrating the show’s 10th anniversary. AGT returns live next Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Review: “Vacation” (Rated R)

Warner Bros. (New Line)(NEW YORK) — There’s only one Vacation. OK, there have actually been four theatrically-released Vacation movies and as of now, five.

This reboot stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, the son of Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold, who’s grown up to be a pilot for a discount airline. He’s an underachiever in both his professional and personal life. When Rusty overhears his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), complain to a friend about the vacation cabin they’ve been going to for years in Michigan, he decides it’s time to re-live his own epic family vacation to the theme park Walley World! And like the 1983 original Vacation movie, they get there via a road trip meant to be an opportunity for family bonding, but which turns out to be the family road trip from hell. Only funny.

There are a few major differences between the original Griswold trip to Walley World and this updated version — most notably, this version is dirtier, raunchier and considerably more offensive, if you’re easily offended. Another difference: Rusty and Debbie have two boys, not a son and a daughter. In fact, some of the biggest laughs in the movie are derived from the relationship between Griswold sons James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins). In this case, it’s younger brother Kevin who constantly bullies his much older and bigger brother. Kevin’s name-calling and swearing is a bit of a cheap laugh, but it works.

Chris Hemsworth also scores laughs as Rusty’s politically conservative, cattle-loving, comically well-endowed brother-in-law. Unfortunately, Leslie Mann, as Rusty’s sister, is completely underutilized.

Writer-directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (better known as Dr. Lance Sweets from TV’s Bones) and have no fear, which is both a strength and a weakness here. Their desire to push the envelope sometimes feels desperate, and when it doesn’t work it’s just shocking, instead of shocking and funny. There are a few pedophilia and rape jokes here that just were not necessary.

Helms is fine as well-meaning doofus Rusty but his performance, though solid, isn’t destined to be classic. True, few performances are, but since Helms is choosing to participate in an update of a classic film, the comparisons to the original are both inevitable and fair.

Vacation isn’t a waste of your time or money, because you will laugh. You just won’t be talking about it next week — which says something, since we’ve been talking about the original Vacation for more than 30 years.

Three out of five stars.

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Review: “Vacation” (Rated R)

Warner Bros. (New Line)(NEW YORK) — There’s only one Vacation. OK, there have actually been four theatrically-released Vacation movies and as of now, five.

This reboot stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, the son of Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold, who’s grown up to be a pilot for a discount airline. He’s an underachiever in both his professional and personal life. When Rusty overhears his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), complain to a friend about the vacation cabin they’ve been going to for years in Michigan, he decides it’s time to re-live his own epic family vacation to the theme park Walley World! And like the 1983 original Vacation movie, they get there via a road trip meant to be an opportunity for family bonding, but which turns out to be the family road trip from hell. Only funny.

There are a few major differences between the original Griswold trip to Walley World and this updated version — most notably, this version is dirtier, raunchier and considerably more offensive, if you’re easily offended. Another difference: Rusty and Debbie have two boys, not a son and a daughter. In fact, some of the biggest laughs in the movie are derived from the relationship between Griswold sons James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins). In this case, it’s younger brother Kevin who constantly bullies his much older and bigger brother. Kevin’s name-calling and swearing is a bit of a cheap laugh, but it works.

Chris Hemsworth also scores laughs as Rusty’s politically conservative, cattle-loving, comically well-endowed brother-in-law. Unfortunately, Leslie Mann, as Rusty’s sister, is completely underutilized.

Writer-directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (better known as Dr. Lance Sweets from TV’s Bones) and have no fear, which is both a strength and a weakness here. Their desire to push the envelope sometimes feels desperate, and when it doesn’t work it’s just shocking, instead of shocking and funny. There are a few pedophilia and rape jokes here that just were not necessary.

Helms is fine as well-meaning doofus Rusty but his performance, though solid, isn’t destined to be classic. True, few performances are, but since Helms is choosing to participate in an update of a classic film, the comparisons to the original are both inevitable and fair.

Vacation isn’t a waste of your time or money, because you will laugh. You just won’t be talking about it next week — which says something, since we’ve been talking about the original Vacation for more than 30 years.

Three out of five stars.

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“The Bachelorette’s” Kaitlyn Bristowe & Shawn Booth Look Forward to Life Together

Fred Lee/ABC(NEW YORK) — The Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe chose Shawn Booth on Monday night’s season finale, and now the couple is engaged to be married. Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America, the reality star admitted she always had her eye on the 29-year-old personal trainer from Connecticut.

“You go through the show and I think they try to confuse you, but the whole time I was like, ‘Nope! Still thinking about Shawn,'” Bristowe revealed.

Although the two had to keep their engagement a secret until the finale aired, Booth said he’s happy they can now openly plan for their future.

“Right now, we’re just so excited to finally be able to hang out and do things in public,” he said. “But more importantly, we just want to spend time with our friends and family first and we’re gonna do that for the next month — go to my hometown, go to her hometown — kind of relax and then figure out the long-term plans.”

And no, Bristowe said they haven’t even thought about wedding plans just yet. “We’re really excited to be engaged and be cute,” she added.

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“The Bachelorette” Recap: Kaitlyn Bristowe Gets Engaged To…

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — “The Bachelorette,” Kaitlyn Bristowe, has found love with Shawn Booth.

She accepted a proposal from the 29-year-old personal trainer from Connecticut on the season finale of the ABC series on Monday night.

The romantic moment came after Kaitlyn spurned Nick Viall, now a runner-up on The Bachelorette for two consecutive seasons.

When Kaitlyn chose Shawn as the winner, she told him, “The truth is you light me up and make me laugh and, most importantly, you allow me to be myself.”

“The truth is I never want you to question what we have ever again because I am completely yours,” she added.

Shawn popped the question, Kaitlyn said yes, and they enjoyed a nice, long kiss. To make it really official, Kaitlyn awarded Shawn the final rose.

“I feel like the happiest guy in the world!” Shawn announced. “We’re in love,” Kaitlyn chimed in.

On the After the Final Rose special that followed the finale, Kaitlyn said she felt as if it was Christmas morning, because she could finally go public with her relationship with Shawn. Their immediate plans: just “living life” out in the open, together.

The proposal brightened Kaitlyn’s mood after a tense breakup with Nick, with whom she’d famously had sex in Dublin, Ireland. She said to him, “I want to find something that has gone wrong and the only explanation that I have is my heart is just with somebody else.”

Kaitlyn emphasized that she didn’t regret any of the moments they’d shared during the season, but Nick, a 34-year-old software sales executive from Chicago who joined the competition a few weeks in, wasn’t buying it. “You took things from me,” he declared.

Furthermore, he argued, “It’s not fair for you to tell me that what I feel, you feel the same. ‘Cause you don’t. If you did, you’d have a ring on your finger right now.”

As he departed in a limo, Nick dramatically put the engagement ring back into its box and tossed it aside. “I’m the world’s biggest joke,” he said to himself.

The whole scene called to mind last year’s After the Final Rose special, when Nick upset then-“Bachelorette”Andi Dorfman by asking her how she could sleep with him when she knew she wasn’t in love with him.

The season finale began with Kaitlyn, a 30-year-old dance instructor from Vancouver, introducing both men to her family in Los Angeles. Her mother, father, stepmother, stepfather and sister first met with Nick.

Kaitlyn told them beforehand that she’d slept with Nick in Dublin, which could have made the meeting incredibly awkward, but that turned out not to be the case.

Kaitlyn’s mom was surprised that Nick was in the picture, and she didn’t have a flattering opinion of him, based on his previous appearance on The Bachelorette. During a private moment with him, she said that he had come off as “possessive” and “jealous” during that season.

However, Nick won Mom over by explaining how he’d formed an emotional connection with Kaitlyn from the beginning, and was in love with her. Because he’d shown such emotion while expressing his feelings for Kaitlyn, her mom changed her mind about him and gave him her blessing — as did Kaitlyn’s dad in a later conversation.

Kaitlyn’s mom had Nick on the brain when it was Shawn’s turn to be grilled by the family. She was concerned with Shawn’s jealousy over Kaitlyn’s relationship with Nick, as well as the fact that Kaitlyn had told him about her night in Dublin with Nick.

Shawn replied that he had a solid relationship with Kaitlyn, one that would only strengthen if and when their romance becomes exclusive.

Kaitlyn’s mom and dad gave Shawn permission to propose to their daughter.

Following the meet-and-greets, Kaitlyn had her final one-on-one dates with the men. She enjoyed a romantic boat ride with Nick, after which he presented her with a gift: a framed photo of their first date, accompanied by a sweet message describing his feelings for her.

Kaitlyn’s date with Shawn was set at a winery. Both seemed to be uncomfortable around one another. “I just want to be normal with you, but….,” Kaitlyn said, eventually explaining that she had a lot to ponder, considering she would receive a proposal the next day.

Shawn’s insecurity emerged again, admitting he’d been wondering what she’d been up to with Nick on the other date.

“I wasn’t nervous at all coming into today. I was excited to see her. I knew 100 percent I was going to propose to her tomorrow,” Shawn told the cameras. “But now after talking to her I don’t know anymore because I’m starting to get a pit in my stomach and I don’t know if she’s having doubts about me.”

The conversation warmed up once they left the winery. When Kaitlyn asked him what he saw in their future if they were to get married, Shawn gushed, “It would be amazing…It will never not be fun with you.”

Like Nick, Shawn gave Kaitlyn a gift: a jar filled with notes and other memories of their romance.

The next day, Kaitlyn and Shawn got engaged, and Nick was sent on his way.

After the Final Rose served as a platform to unveil Kaitlyn and Shawn as an engaged couple. But it also featured Nick, giving Shawn and him an opportunity to discuss their differences. Shawn conceded that they didn’t “click at all,” because he “just had a bad feeling” about his rival.

Was Shawn jealous of Nick, though? Shawn didn’t seem to think so. He implied that he was just a man who wears his heart on his sleeve.

Kaitlyn spoke with Nick on After the Final Rose, too. She again tried to explain why she rejected him: “No love that I had was as strong as the one that I had for Shawn.”

Nick lamented the fact that he was eliminated only after he picked out a ring and worked on his proposal, though he didn’t think Kaitlyn intentionally hurt him by waiting so long to break the news to him.

Though The Bachelorette season has ended, it won’t be long before you’ll be able to get your fix of the dating franchise again: Bachelor in Paradise premieres next Sunday night on ABC. It features some of the guys who appeared on The Bachelorette this summer.

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Alec & Ireland Baldwin Poke Fun at Infamous ‘Thoughtless Little Pig’ Voicemail

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Ireland Baldwin can laugh off the fact that her dad, Alec Baldwin, called her a “rude, thoughtless little pig” in an infamous voicemail that leaked eight years ago.

Ireland, 19, on Sunday tweeted a photo of herself and her father, who’s holding a children’s book titled If I Were a Pig….

She joked, “If I were a pig… I would be a rude and thoughtless one of course!”

In 2007, TMZ posted an angry voicemail from the actor in which he referred to his then-11-year-old daughter as a “rude, thoughtless little pig” and said he would “straighten [her] a** out,” after she missed his phone call.

The voicemail was leaked amid a bitter custody dispute between Baldwin and his ex-wife and Ireland’s mother, Kim Basinger.

Ireland downplayed the incident in a 2012 interview with the New York Post’s Page Six, saying, “For me it was like, ‘OK, whatever.’ I called him back I was like, ‘Sorry Dad, I didn’t have my phone.’ That was it.”

Ireland spent time in rehab earlier this year for what she described as “emotional trauma.”

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Alec & Ireland Baldwin Poke Fun at Infamous ‘Thoughtless Little Pig’ Voicemail

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Ireland Baldwin can laugh off the fact that her dad, Alec Baldwin, called her a “rude, thoughtless little pig” in an infamous voicemail that leaked eight years ago.

Ireland, 19, on Sunday tweeted a photo of herself and her father, who’s holding a children’s book titled If I Were a Pig….

She joked, “If I were a pig… I would be a rude and thoughtless one of course!”

In 2007, TMZ posted an angry voicemail from the actor in which he referred to his then-11-year-old daughter as a “rude, thoughtless little pig” and said he would “straighten [her] a** out,” after she missed his phone call.

The voicemail was leaked amid a bitter custody dispute between Baldwin and his ex-wife and Ireland’s mother, Kim Basinger.

Ireland downplayed the incident in a 2012 interview with the New York Post’s Page Six, saying, “For me it was like, ‘OK, whatever.’ I called him back I was like, ‘Sorry Dad, I didn’t have my phone.’ That was it.”

Ireland spent time in rehab earlier this year for what she described as “emotional trauma.”

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