Review Category : Entertainment

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Jon Rudnitsky

NBC(NEW YORK) — Saturday Night Live is adding another comedian to its line-up. Jon Rudnitsky will join the rest of the cast for season 41, NBC announced Monday.

Rudnitsky, 25, is a stand-up comedian who built his fan base by creating parodies of popular shows, such as House of Cards and True Detective, then posting them to YouTube.

SNL returns to NBC Oct. 3 with host Miley Cyrus.

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Report: Chris Brown Sued By Shooting Victim in California Nightclub

Image Courtesy Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA Records(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Chris Brown is reportedly being sued by a college student who was shot at a California nightclub where Brown was performing earlier this year.

According to the Courthouse News Service, 22-year-old Paul Briley was shot in the foot at the Fiesta nightclub January 11 in San Jose, CA. He was one of five people who was wounded by gunfire. In his suit, he claims he suffered nerve damage, and is seeking medical expenses and damages in his suit.

Briley’s attorney, Richard Alexander, says, “This never should happen. Brown’s managers and promoters know that predictably violence follows in Brown’s wake.” The lawyer adds, “He can and should always demand security for his fans, especially since he has a full retinue of bodyguards right at hand to protect him.”

Following the incident, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin revoked Brown’s probation, stating the singer traveled without approval to San Jose and failed to complete community service on time. Breezy had been ordered by probation officials not to leave Los Angeles County without permission. The ruling forced Brown to delay his “Between The Sheets” tour with Trey Songz.

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Duggar Sisters Say Sexual Abuse Shouldn’t Be “Taboo” in New Doc

TLC/Discovery(NEW YORK) — In the wake of recent revelations about 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse of family members and others, TLC Sunday night aired the documentary Breaking the Silence, which featured sisters Jessa Duggar Seewal and Jill Duggar Dillard as they went through sexual abuse prevention training.

Josh Duggar admitted he inappropriately touched his sisters when he was in his teens, along with other minor girls. He later apologized for his “inexcusable” actions. TLC cancelled the Duggar family’s show 19 Kids and Counting after the news broke.

In the doc, Jessa said a conversation around sexual abuse needs to happen in every home. “I feel like this should be a discussion people are having, even regularly,” she added. “I think that it shouldn’t be a taboo subject, that we should be bringing awareness to child sexual abuse and talking about this.”

Jessa, who is expecting her first child in November, said the sexual abuse prevention training was especially helpful for her so she can “set up boundaries and safeguards for my child and children, hopefully, in the future.”

Her sister Jill said it felt good to talk about what happened to them because it formed a sort of community of those who have been abused. “It’s amazing to understand that there are so many people that deal with this exact same thing in their own families,” she said.

Other victims of sexual abuse spoke during the one-hour special, including Lois & Clark actress Teri Hatcher and Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Cheryl Burke.

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Andy Grammer Joins “Dancing with the Stars”

Sherwin Lainez(NEW YORK) — Honey, he’s good…but is he a good dancer? We’ll find out soon, because Andy Grammer has joined the cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Andy appeared on the show twice last year, and told ABC Radio at the time that competing on the show was something he hadn’t ruled out. He even said he’d talked about it to his good friend Gavin DeGraw, who was on the show a few seasons back.

Rumor has it Andy was called in at the last minute because Full House star Jodi Sweetin had to back out due to filming commitments.

The cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars will be a very musical one this year. In addition to Andy, it will include Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and R&B legend Chaka Khan.

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Why Netflix Is Losing “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and Other High-Profile Movies

Lionsgate Films(NEW YORK) — If you’ve yet to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Netflix, you better act fast.

Netflix said Sunday that the second Hunger Games movie, along with other high-profile flicks like World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction, will expire at the end of September on its U.S. service.

Why? Because, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos explained in a blog post, the company has decided not to renew its agreement in the U.S. with the cable network Epix.

“While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn out licensing periods,” Sarandos said. “Through our original films and some innovative licensing arrangements with the movie studios, we are aiming to build a better movie experience for you.”

Sarandos touted the original projects that will debut on Netflix in the coming months, including the Adam Sandler comedy Ridiculous Six, the Bill Murray holiday special A Very Murray Christmas, and the Pee-wee Herman movie Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.

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Matt Damon Says New “Bourne” Film Inspired by Edward Snowden

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Matt Damon says the reason he hasn’t done a Bourne movie since 2007 is that he and director Paul Greengrass were waiting for a big enough change in the world.

Enter Edward Snowden.

Though his first three movies were hits, the actor told BuzzFeed, “We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change.”

So, after Snowden’s privacy revelations in recent years, Damon said, “Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world….There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy.”

The film is out next July and starts in Greece, ending in Vegas.

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Watch Promo for Final “Downton Abbey” Season

ITV(NEW YORK) — While the final season of Downton Abbey won’t premiere in the U.S. until January, there’s a new promo online that will whet your appetite.

It was released over the weekend by British broadcaster ITV, which will debut the sixth and final season of the period drama in the U.K. on September 20.

In the one-minute clip, Robert Crawley, played by Hugh Bonneville, tells Jim Carter’s Mr. Carson, “If I could stop history in its tracks, maybe I would. But I can’t, Carson, for neither you nor I can hold back time.”

The new season debuts in the U.S. on PBS on January 3, 2016.

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Judge Joe Brown in Jail for Contempt of Court

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Former TV judge Joe Brown turned himself in to authorities Thursday night and is serving a five-day stint for being found in contempt of court dating back to an incident from last year, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to ABC News.

Brown, 68, surrendered himself to Memphis police, then was transferred to Shelby Corrections, police add.

The contempt of court charge comes from a March 2014 incident after Brown attempted to help a woman in her child support case. He ignored the judge’s warning to quiet down after getting loud with court employees, Shelby County Juvenile Court told ABC News at the time.

Last year, Brown himself spoke to ABC News about the arrest and the incident.

“When I insisted that the woman’s charges be dismissed. He started talking about, I’m not an attorney so-and-so….I said, ‘You know, it’s wrong….You’re better than this,'” Brown explained, adding he should only have been fined.

Dan Michael, chief magistrate of the Shelby County Juvenile Court that Brown interrupted, told ABC News, “This is not Hollywood. This is the real thing and as an officer of the court he should have known better.”

Brown was in jail for a few hours right after the incident, then had a hearing a month later to set the five-day jail stint he is now serving.

Brown’s lawyer did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Brown’s show, Judge Joe Brown, ran from 1998 to 2013.

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Robin Wright and Fiancé End Engagement

David Giesbrecht for Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Robin Wright and and her fiancé Ben Foster have called off their engagement, a source tells People magazine.

The couple actually broke up months ago, according to the insider.

Wright, 49, and Foster, 34, met on the set of the 2011 film Rampart, and got engaged in February of 2014. They broke up the following November, but were back together a few months later.

The House of Cards actress was married to Sean Penn from 1996-2010. They have two children together: a 24-year-old daughter and a 22-year-old son.

House of Cards returns for its fourth season on Netflix in 2016.

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“Fear the Walking Dead” Recap: Episode 2 – ‘So Close Yet So Far’

Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC(NEW YORK) — SPOILERS AHEAD: The second episode of Fear the Walking Dead shows the outbreak swiftly starting to spread, though it’s the survivors — not the walkers — who kick-start the end of the world.

The episode kicks off with the high school’s Principal Costa (Scott Lawrence) walking through his eerily empty school.

Meanwhile, after he didn’t answer her texts towards the end of the pilot, Alicia walks over to her boyfriend Matt’s house, to find the door open, place apparently ransacked. She comes upon something gasping and says, “Oh my God.”

After Calvin was shot dead — then rendered undead — at the end of last week’s episode, Madison, Nick, and Travis are panicked, driving through increasingly chaotic streets when they get a call from Alicia, who’s hovering over a fever-wracked Matt.

They all meet at Matt’s house and Travis discovers Matt’s been bit.

While addict Nick raids the family medicine cabinets, Matt tells Alicia she has to leave him to be with her family. Hesitantly, she complies.

Back in the city, Travis’ son Chris is on a bus, its windows on the world showing the unfolding emergency in the streets. The bus stops after word spreads that cops shot an unarmed man nearby. Chris and some of the other outraged riders pile out to join a growing protest.

Travis and the family return to their suburban home to find neighbors blissfully unaware; one family across the street is even readying a bouncy house for a birthday party that has a lot of cancellations, “from that bug that’s going around.”

As Nick starts going through withdrawal at home, things are worse in the city; cops are battling unfolding chaos.

Knowing what Nick is about to go through, Madison heads to her empty workplace to raid the school nurse’s office for medicine, only to be discovered by Tobias, the troubled student she helped in the first episode. Appropriately, given the situation at hand, she gives him his confiscated knife back.

In the city, Travis sets off to find Chris, who is filming the growing protest of the cops’ killing what we know was a walker.

At home, Alicia is supposed to babysit a withdrawing Nick, but stubbornly wants to visit Matt; a seizure from Nick turns her back.

Travis heads to the home of his ex, Liza, in an effort to find Chris, who they later discover in a phone call is part of the a growing apparent Walker Lives Matter demonstration in the city.

The couple puts aside their bickering and decide to meet their son there.

Back at the school, Maddie’s student Tobias shows her the value of stocking up on food; together, the pair run through the halls and run into the principal, who’s by now has been zombified. Maddie doesn’t understand his condition at first and tries to tend to him, only to find out the hard way: he attacks her.

Tobias jumps into help, handy pen knife in hand, only to have the walker turn on him. They tussle and Maddie learns an apocalyptic survival tip; she brains the walker principal with a fire extinguisher.

Meanwhile, the Walker Lives Matter protest is, on cue, turning into a riot.

Looting and chaos lead Travis, Chris, and his mom Eliza into a barbershop owned by Daniel (Ruben Blades), who only takes them in because his wife (Patricia Reyes Spíndola) insists. They all set about trying to ride it out behind the store’s shuttered gates.

Madison returns home to find Nick recovering and Alicia by his side. Madison gets a call from Travis, who fills her in on the riot and insists she takes the kids and go to the desert without him and his group.

By nightfall, however, hell reaches the burbs. The bouncy house is down across the street and Maddie blocks the door to prevent Alicia from helping as their neighbor is attacked; the episode ends with the pair reacting to the neighbor’s screams.

Fear the Walking Dead returns next Sunday night, September 13, at 9 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.

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