Review Category : Entertainment

“Independence Day” Star Bill Pullman Says Expect a Visual “Smorgasbord Beyond Belief” from “Resurgence”

Bill Pullman in “Independence Day: Resurgence”; Claudette Barius/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(LOS ANGELES) — Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to the 1996 smash alien invasion film, had its premiere Monday night in Hollywood.

And at the event screenwriter Nick Wright told ABC Radio that he knows the new movie has big shoes to fill.

“There’s always a lot of pressure, especially with a film like this — there’s such a huge fanbase,” he says. “Will it ever be better than the first one? I don’t think so, ’cause the first one is one of the most iconic American blockbusters of all time.”

Still, Wright says, “The spectacle and scale and fun that you have watching this movie is great.”

Star Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the first film and reprises the role of Whitmore 20 years later, says people should expect something different with the new picture.

“It’s a different era and so the movie has to be, just by definition has to live with the times and so the times are that it needs to be visually a smorgasbord beyond belief,” Pullman says. “It’s visually beautiful in scale, a lot happens out in space, so there’s a whole different kind of storytelling going on.”

And speaking of a lot happening out in space, what does Pullman think about aliens off-screen? “I actually saw something about a week ago,” he says, “it was a guy at the University of Rochester who determined that the real likelihood is that they have existed….The math that they actually had existed is probably more incredible than you’d believe.”

Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters this weekend.

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“The Bachelorette” Recap: JoJo and the Bachelors Move on After Chad

ABC/Veronica Gambini(NEW YORK) — Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette picked up with the remaining 13 men toasting Chad’s departure.

Wells called Chad “arguably the worst person anyone has ever met.” The guys then gave Chad a mock memorial, each taking his protein powder and scattering it on the ground. “Death to tyrants,” added Wells.

However, Chad returned for one last confrontation with the bachelors. He told the group that Alex outed him to JoJo, explaining that when he’s backed into a corner, “sometimes you have to do things that aren’t pretty.” After Chad left, the guys responded by picking Alex up and chanting “dragon slayer.”

We haven’t seen the last of Chad though, as it was revealed that he’ll be heading to Bachelor in Paradise.

Afterwards, there was a rose ceremony in which James F. and Daniel were sent home.

Then, JoJo and the 11 guys jetted off to Punta Del Este, Uruguay, where she invited Jordan on a one-on-one date involving a yacht and swimming with hundreds of seals. However, the date was spoiled when JoJo confronted Jordan with something one of his ex-girlfriends heard about him being a lousy boyfriend. He explained that at the time he was focused solely on his football career. “I wasn’t the best person,” he admitted before denying he cheated. Jordan assured her he’s changed his ways and she offered him a rose.

Back at the hotel meanwhile, the other bachelors began to question JoJo’s intentions after discovering a tabloid magazine in which a former boyfriend claimed they were dating the entire time she was on The Bachelor and that she’s still in love with him. After the men confronted her about it, she told them she hadn’t been faking anything and insisted she was there for the right reasons. They were satisfied with her explanation and supported her.

The next day, JoJo met Luke, Derek, Chase, Evan, James, Vinny, Grant, Wells and Alex on the sand dunes of Uruguay for a fun day of sand surfing. But the outing was cut short by a torrential rainstorm. At one point, Derek told JoJo about his growing feelings of jealousy. JoJo decided to give Derek the date rose for “reassurance,” and unwisely mentioned it in front of the other guys. Alex called it a “pity rose.”

Another one-on-one date saw Robby and JoJo dive into the local culture on their one-on-one date which included rock climbing. Robby – an Olympic swimmer – eventually convinced JoJo to jump off the rocks into the water. Later, over dinner, she told him she felt “safe” with him. He then made a stunning confession, declaring he’d fallen in love with her. JoJo gave him a rose.

Before the second rose ceremony, Derek spoke to Robby, Alex, Chase and Jordan telling them they look like a high school clique. Jordan thought it was a non-issue, and Alex claimed Derek was just being sensitive.

Chris Harrison announced there would be no cocktail party. They will be going straight to the rose ceremony and three of them will be going home.

JoJo gave roses to Luke, Chase, Alex, James and Wells, which meant Vinny, Evan and Grant were sent packing.

The Bachelorette continues Monday night on ABC.

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Eddie Redmayne and Wife Hannah Welcome First Child

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(LONDON) — Eddie Redmayne became a dad, just in time for Father’s Day!

The 34-year-old Oscar-winning actor and his wife, Hannah Bagshawe, welcomed Iris Mary Redmayne on June 15, ABC News confirmed.

Redmayne announced the news in the print edition of Britain’s The Times newspaper.

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starr announced his engagement to Bagshawe in the same manner in 2014. The two wed later that year.

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The Boys Are Back for “Fuller House” Holidays

Michael Yarish/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — We’re about to have a fuller house on Fuller House.

John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are returning to the Netflix sequel for the holidays, reports TVLine.

The original Full House trio, who have not all been in an episode together since the spin-off’s debut episode, will team up once again for the show’s season-two Thanksgiving installment.

Photos of the guys on the set and at the A Fuller House Thanksgiving table read were posted on Instagram this week by series stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Scott Weinger.

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Coroner Rules Anton Yelchin’s Death an Accident; Vehicle Known to Have Issues

Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office confirms to ABC News that the death of Star Trek reboot series star Anton Yelchin was accidental, caused by “blunt traumatic asphyxia.”

A spokeswoman didn’t know if any toxicology or other tests would be performed on the 27-year-old actor, who was found dead early Sunday morning, pinned by his own 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee against a brick mailbox in the driveway of his Studio City, California home.

Meanwhile, there is some speculation whether a particular characteristic found in model year 2012 through 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees could have contributed to the deadly accident. Jeep previously acknowledged that its electronic shifter design in those model years led many owners to mistakenly think their vehicles were in park, only to have the vehicles roll because they were actually in neutral. Whether that contributed to Yelchin’s death hasn’t been determined.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last August opened an investigation into the matter after receiving 14 complaints alleging the vehicle had rolled away after the driver thought they had shifted it into park. As of last April, Fiat Chrysler — which owns the Jeep brand — had received about 700 complaints about the issue, including 41 reports of resulting injuries.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler says it’s launched its own investigation into the actor’s death. “FCA US extends its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin,” the statement reads. “The Company is in contact with the authorities and is conducting a thorough investigation. It is premature to speculate on the cause of this tragedy.”

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“The Bachelorette” Sneak Peek: Chad and Jordan Face Off

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — The Bachelorette is getting dramatic.

In tonight’s episode, this season’s villain, Chad Johnson, faces off with former NFL quarterback Jordan Rodgers.

In last week’s episode, “Bachelorette” JoJo Fletcher said goodbye to Johnson after she learned that he’d threatened Rodgers. Tonight, Johnson returns to the house to face the other men.

As seen in an exclusive sneak peek, Johnson tells the other contestants that was placed in a position “where I had to say things that I wouldn’t normally say.”

“If you really think that [you didn’t], you don’t have half a brain,” he added, poking Rodgers in the head.

What happens after? Find out tonight when The Bachelorette airs at 8:00 ET on ABC.

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HBO Releases New “Westworld” Trailer

Image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) — HBO released a new trailer for Westworld Sunday.

The highly anticipated sci-fi drama from executive producers J.J. Abrams and Person of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris.

The series, loosely based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same time, is set in a futuristic theme park called Westworld, where artificially intelligent androids play the parts of the citizens as humans immerse themselves in the experience. But then, of course, something goes wrong.

The 10-episode first season is set to make its premiere in October.

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“Finding Dory” Nets Biggest Domestic Opening for Animated Movie

Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) —Finding Dory made a huge splash at the box office this weekend.

Thirteen years after Finding Nemo first hit theaters, Pixar and Disney’s sequel had the largest domestic opening ever for an animated film with a $136.2 million in it’s opening weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The previous highest animated debut in the U.S. was DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third, which debuted to $121.6 million in 2007. Until now, Pixar’s best opening weekend was 2010’s Toy Story 3 with $110.3 million

The story, which centers on Dory’s attempts to reunite with her parents, whom she lost years ago, features Ellen DeGeneres returning as voice of the titular character, and Albert Brooks reprising his role as Marlin. Newcomer Hayden Rolence voices the character of Nemo.

Modern Family stars Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill also supply voices, along with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Kaitlin Olson.

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“Finding Dory,” “Central Intelligence” Dominate Weekend Box Office

Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) — Finding Dory, the animated Disney sequel to Finding Nemo hooked the number one spot at the box office this weekend, June 17 – 19. The family comedy features the voices of Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres, reprising their roles as Marlin and Dory, the forgetful fish. The film opened at 4300 theaters nationwide and reeled in $136,183,170.

Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson finished second with the spy comedy, Central Intelligence. The movie opened in 3,500 hundred theaters and took in $34,500,000.

Sequels also did well this weekend with the horror flick The Conjuring 2 and the magician thriller Now You See Me 2 taking the third and fourth slots. Both films opened June 10. The Conjuring 2 scared up $15,555,000, for a two-week total of $71,730,086; while Now You See Me 2 made $9,650,000 appear for a two-week total of $41,362,529.

Captain America: Civil War continues to impress with its heroics, finishing 10th with a weekend total of $2,296,207 for a domestic total of $401,277,176.

Here’s the weekend box office top ten:

1) Finding Dory — $136,183,170
2) Central Intelligence — $34,500,000
3) The Conjuring 2 — $15,555,000
4) Now You See Me 2 — $9,650,000
5) Warcraft — $6,520,000
6) X-Men: Apocalypse — $5,210,000
7) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows — $5,200,000
8) Me Before You — $4,155,000
9) Alice Through the Looking Glass — $3,615,385
10) Captain America: Civil War — $2,296,207

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“Game of Thrones” Recap: “Battle of the Bastards”

Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton; Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — The epic showdown between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton has finally arrived, and the fate of Winterfell revealed. But before we get to the battle in the icy North, Daenyrs Targaryen has a fiery message for the Masters who have attacked Mereen.

Mereen
As the Masters lay siege to Mereen, Daenyrs and Tyrion talk about what to do next. Daenrys wants to bring fire down on the Masters and burn their cities to the ground, but Tyrion reminds her that her father was similarly merciless without any regard for any innocents who may die in the process. The Dragon Queen sees her adviser’s point, and she meets with the Masters to negotiate her enemies’ terms of surrender. When the Masters laugh off Daenyrs threats, she calls her dragon Drogon and rides him to attack the invaders’ ships. Her other two dragons, whom Tyrion had unchained earlier in the season, join their queen to spray fire on their enemies. Meanwhile, the Dothraki army takes out the remaining Sons of the Harpy. Realizing that they’ve been beaten, two of the Masters offer the third as a sacrifice to Daenrys’ victory. Grey Worm then kills those two, and leaves the other one to tell his comrades of what happened.

Later, Yara and Theon Greyjoy arrive in Mereen to offer their ships to Daenrys. In return, they ask her to install Yara as the rightful leader of the Iron Islands. Daenrys agrees, provided that Yara promises the Iron Islands will recognize the authority of Daenyrs over the Seven Kingdoms. They agree, and a pact is made.

Winterfell
Up North, Ramsay Bolton and Jon Snow meet before the episode’s eponymous battle. Jon proposes Ramsay battle him one-on-one to spare the lives of both of their armies, but Ramsay, whose army is much bigger, refuses.

Team Stark returns to their camp to map strategy for the battle. Sansa insists that they can’t win with the army they have, but Jon says they have to strike now with what they have. Knowing that there is a good chance he won’t survive the battle, Jon visits with the Red Priestess Melisandre and tells her not to bring him back to life again should he die.

Finally, the battle is here. Ramsay brings out Rickon Stark, Sansa and Jon’s little brother, who’s his prisoner. It looks like Ramsay will kill Rickon right there, but, ever the sadist, he makes the littlest Stark try to run to Jon’s army while he fires arrows at him. While he avoids a few arrows, eventually an arrow strikes Rickon through the heart. Even angrier than he already was, Jon charges Ramsay’s army, with his own platoon charging behind him.

The two armies fight hard against each other, but eventually Ramsay’s encircles Jon’s. When it looks like they’re about to be slaughtered, Sansa and Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger, arrive with the Knights of the Vale, which drives Ramsay to retreat. However, Jon, the wildling leader Tormund and the wildling giant Wun break down the doors of Winterfell. Ramsay tries to kill Jon himself, but the Stark bastard evades his arrows and beats Ramsay nearly to death.

With the Bolton army defeated, the wolf banners of House Stark fly over Winterfell once again. Sansa visits Ramsay, now a prisoner. She sics Ramsay’s vicious dogs on her former captor, and walks away, satisfied.

“The Winds of Winter,” the tenth and final episode of Game of Thrones season six, airs next Sunday night on HBO.

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