Review Category : Entertainment

“SNL” Returns with Felicity Jones; Aziz Ansari

Disney – 2016(NEW YORK) — Saturday Night Live returns this weekend, the first of two new shows.

January 14th’s installment features Rogue One star Felicity Jones — who can also be seen in theaters in A Monster Calls — and the musical guest Big Sean.

On January 21, Emmy winning stand-up comic and Parks and Rec. vet Aziz Ansari will host, with the Master of None star accompanied by another SNL first-timer as a musical guest: Grammy nominee Sturgill Simpson.

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Jamie Foxx Dismisses Hollywood Fight Reports

CBS/Terence Patrick(LOS ANGELES) — Jamie Foxx is laughing off reports that he was attacked at a West Hollywood restaurant over the weekend.

The Oscar-winning actor took to Instagram to set the record straight about an alleged fight between him and a restaurant patron on Saturday night. “I know you heard all about this s***, and saw some videos, I just want to address what happened on Saturday,” Foxx says as he holds a towel over his right eye.

“From my perspective, all I was trying to…,” the actor says as he removes the towel to reveal a crossed eye, which was uninjured. He then adds, “I’m just f****** with you all, everybody is good.”

After he uncrosses his eye, Fox continues on a more uplifting note.

“Listen 2017, we don’t want no violence,” he says. “We don’t wanna get hurt, and we don’t want nobody hurt.” Jamie then proceeded to promote his upcoming film Sleepless with a strategic pan to his movie’s poster.

TMZ claimed Foxx was attacked by a patron at Catch restaurant in West Hollywood after the man told Foxx, “You don’t want to mess with me. I’m from New York.”

The gossip site claims Foxx was “forced to defend himself,” and ended up subduing the rowdy patron.

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“La La Land”-slide Continues; Movie Leads BAFTA Award Nominations

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “La La Land”; Lionsgate(LONDON) — Fresh off its sweep at the Golden Globes, Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land was nominated for 11 BAFTA awards, which are sometimes called the “British Oscars.”

Next to La La Land, Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama Arrival and Tom Ford’s thriller Nocturnal Animals — both starring nominee Amy Adams — both received nine nods from the British Academy of Film Television Arts.

Manchester by the Sea, which earned Casey Affleck a Best Actor in a Drama Golden Globe on Sunday, earned six nominations from the organization.

Mel Gibson’s acclaimed war drama Hacksaw Ridge, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I, Daniel Blake, and the Nicole Kidman film Lion all tied with five nods, while the Golden Globe winner for Best Drama, Moonlight, earned four nods.

The awards will be handed out in February.

Here’s a list of the main nominations. The full list is available here.

Best Film

Arrival – Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
I, Daniel Blake – Rebecca O’Brien
La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
Manchester by the Sea – Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
Moonlight – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

Best Director
Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford

Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
I, Daniel Blake – Paul Laverty
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Leading Actor
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nocturnal Animals
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Leading Actress
Amy Adams – Arrival
Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Supporting Actor
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Dev Patel – Lion
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Supporting Actress
Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Viola Davis – Fences

Animated Film
Finding Dory – Andrew Stanton
Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight
Moana – Ron Clements, John Musker
Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Original Music
Arrival – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jackie – Mica Levi
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Lion – Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka
Nocturnal Animals – Abel Korzeniowski

Arrival – Bradford Young
Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Lion – Greig Fraser
Nocturnal Animals – Seamus Mcgarvey

13th – Ava Duvernay
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years – Ron Howard
The Eagle Huntress – Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Weiner – Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

Arrival – Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
La La Land – Tom Cross
Manchester by the Sea – Jennifer Lame
Nocturnal Animals – Joan Sobel

Outstanding British Film
American Honey – Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
Denial – Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – David Yates, J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram
I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

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No, Ben Affleck Hasn’t Abandoned “The Batman”

2016 – Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Ben Affleck had fanboys in a tizzy when he told The Guardian that his stand-alone Batman movie was “not a set thing.” The actor and Oscar-winning director seemed to imply that if the script wasn’t right, he wouldn’t want to do it.

However, on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, Affleck, who’s currently promoting his drama Live By Night, put those fanboy fears to rest.

“I’m gonna direct the next Batman, we’re working on it,” Ben said to uproarious applause.

He added that the project, which has been tentatively titled The Batman, tends to blot out everything else, like the beam from the Bat-Signal.

“It’s one of those things that’s really frustrating because with Live By Night it took me a year and a half to write it and get it ready and I worked really hard. It’s just no one gave a s**t!” he laughed.

“No one was like, ‘WHERE’S LIVE BY NIGHT? But with Batman I keep getting the, “WHERE’S THE F**KING BATMAN?” I’m like, “Whoa, I’m working! Give me a second!”

Kimmel joked that Ben’s brother Casey might have written himself out as Robin, since he snubbed his big brother while accepting his Golden Globe for Manchester By the Sea. The slight led Ben to bust Casey’s chops by revealing embarrassing details about his brother’s past to Kimmel, including the fact that Casey could be the first Oscar winner to ever ask someone “if Back to the Future was a true story.”

Live by Night hits theaters Friday. Ben’s next stint as the Caped Crusader, the team-up movie Justice League, opens next November. He first donned the cape and cowl for 2016’s Batman vs. Superman.

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B.J. Britt Wants His “Being Mary Jane” Character to “Stop Making Bad Decisions”

BET Networks/Annette Brown(NEW YORK) — B.J. Britt is ecstatic to once again play Paul “P.J.” Patterson, Jr., on the fourth season of BET’s Being Mary Jane and says he hopes this time around, his character will make better life decisions.

Britt, who is set to reprise his role as the younger, and often irresponsible, brother of Gabrielle Union’s character Mary Jane Paul, says playing P.J. has been a blessing — and somewhat of a surreal experience.

“Just like on the show, we’re so close as a family,” Britt tells ABC Radio. “My friends tell me all the time, ‘Why is BET paying you to play yourself, like seriously?’ It’s just certain roles where you just feel like, ‘Wow, how did I even get this?’ And that’s one of those roles.”

Like a brother in real life, Britt, who recently starred as the bachelor on Lifetime’s UnReal, says he’s down to help Mary Jane find “a good man,” but not quite willing to jeopardize their relationship when it comes to money.

“But at the same time I still do need her pocketbook… So you know what? I’m going to let Mary Jane do her thing,” he says.

Instead, the actor is focused on the evolution of his character –who often needs to be bailed out from his get-rich money schemes. “I mean there’s a lot going on with my character…And P.J. just continues to grow as a human being and stop making some of the bad decisions that he’s making in order to make a couple of dollars.”

Being Mary Jane airs tonight at 10 p.m. on BET.

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Kim Kardashian West’s Limo Driver Reportedly Arrested in Connection with Paris Robbery

E!/Timothy White(PARIS) — French police are reportedly looking into the possibility that Kim Kardashian West’s Paris robbery was an inside job.

The French newspaper Le Monde first reported and Us Weekly has confirmed a report claiming that one of the 17 suspects arrested in connection with the October 3, 2016 robbery works for the limo company that the Kardashian-Jenner family regularly used during their trips to the French capital.

According to Le Monde, the chauffeur was the last person to drive Kardashian West before the robbery, during which she was bound and held at gunpoint by five masked assailants who made off with an estimated $10 million worth of jewelry, including her new diamond ring from husband Kanye West. Police are reportedly trying to determine whether the driver passed information to the thieves.

The five men who entered the reality star’s private residence are among the 17 people arrested on Monday. DNA discovered on a piece of duct tape used to restrain the Keeping Up with the Kardashiansstar reportedly helped identify one of the five.

Three women and a 72-year-old man are also believed to be involved in organizing the heist. Two of the people in police custody were allegedly seen in Antwerp, Belgium, where police think the stolen gems were taken, according to Le Monde.

All 17 people will be held for up to 96 hours before being charged or released. A source tells Us that the suspects’ homes are still being searched and evidence is being seized. Prior to the arrests, there was “months of surveillance,” adds the source.

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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Agree to Handle Divorce Privately

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have agreed to handle their divorce privately, the couple said in a joint statement obtained Monday by ABC News.

“The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues,” the statement reads. “The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.”

Pitt, 53, and 41-year-old Jolie were together for more than a decade and married for two years before Jolie filed for divorce last September. They have six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Last month, a judge denied a request by Pitt to seal documents in his custody battle with Jolie. Pitt said in court documents that he was “extremely concerned” that if the records weren’t sealed, his children’s privacy rights would be irreparably damaged. Jolie’s attorneys countered that Pitt’s request was a “thinly-veiled attempt to shield himself, rather than the minor children, from the public view.”

Pitt was warmly received when he made a surprise appearance onstage at Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards. He introduced a clip from the film Moonlight, which went on to win Best Motion Picture, Drama.

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“The Bachelor” Recap: Two Roses, A Villain and a Ticket Home

Nick with Corrine; ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — On Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor, two favorites seemed to emerge, as Nick Viall handed out two roses — and sent one bachelorette home, one who at first appeared to possibly have an edge.

In the first group date, the ladies posed for themed wedding pictures with Nick, with the photographer picking a winner who’d enjoy a mystery prize. Corinne, who’d earlier shared a kiss with Nick, was excited to explore her beach-themed wedding, wearing a skimpy bikini top. That all changed however, when she discovered Brittany was poised to upstage her with an Adam & Eve photo shoot, which involved wearing bikini bottoms and going topless.

After Nick and Brittany emerged wearing only skivvies made out of leaves, Corinne knew she had to up the ante. When it came her turn, she achieved just that, dragging Nick into the pool and removing not only his top, but hers as well, and guiding him through a photo shoot reminiscent of Janet Jackson’s famous Rolling Stone cover.

Corinne’s strategy may have ultimately worked with Nick, but it backfired with the other women. She won both a rose and the photography challenge, and was awarded an extra opportunity to ride off into the sunset with Nick and a “Just Married” sign. Meanwhile, the other girls seethed over her constant interruptions as they tried to have their time with the potential Mr. Right.

Nick chose Danielle M., with whom he shares the same hometown, for his first one-on-one date. A helicopter ride led to a yacht in Newport Beach, which segued into an intimate dinner. Danielle opened up about her past, confessing she’d been engaged to a fiancée she’d ultimately found dead of an overdose. The dramatic story led to an emotional moment with Nick — and a rose for Danielle.

Meanwhile back at the mansion, Liz couldn’t keep the secret that she’d slept with Nick earlier at the wedding of a friend, and confided in Christen.

For the final group date, Nick took his potential love interests to the Museum of Broken Relationships, where the engagement ring he’d earlier picked out for Katelyn Bristowe on The Bachelorette is on display. While most of the girls used a break-up exercise to have fun and laugh with Nick, Liz seemed intent on using hers to address the fact that they’d slept together — but it ultimately backfired.

Nick grew increasingly uncomfortable with Liz, and wondered about her motivations. He seemed to give her the benefit of the doubt, until Christen revealed she knew Liz’s secret. Deciding to cut his losses, Nick sent Liz home, and confessed to the other girls that he’d had sex with Liz at a wedding.

Nick deals with the fallout from his revelation next Monday, when The Bachelor returns on ABC.

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Elizabeth Banks Launches “Pitch Perfect 3” Comedy Contest

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(LOS ANGELES) — Actress and Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks has just launched a Pitch Perfect 3 contest in conjunction with her comedy website WhoHaHa.

The contest is looking for video submissions from funny women from the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia, with an eye towards what makes each hopeful “perfectly imperfect.”

Submissions will be reviewed by tracking social posts with the campaign’s hashtags #PitchPerfect3 and#GoPitchYourself across all social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Info can be found at The threequel, which again stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, hits theaters in December of 2017.

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White House Defends Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech as “Thoughtful” and “Carefully Considered”

NBC/Paul Drinkwater(WASHINGTON D.C.) — While President-elect Donald Trump took issue with Meryl Streep’s criticism of him in her Golden Globes speech, the White House is now defending the actress’ comments.

“She clearly was delivering a thoughtful, carefully considered message that she believes in deeply,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in Monday’s press briefing. “And it seemed to me to be a fairly straightforward exercise of her First Amendment rights as a citizen of the United States.”

During her speech, Streep singled out “one performance this year that stunned me…it sank its hook in my heart not because it was good…but it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.” She was referring to then-candidate Donald Trump’s imitation of a disabled reporter, though she didn’t say Trump’s name.

She then went on to say that when powerful people humiliate others, “It filters down into everybody’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence.”

When a reporter followed up to note that President Obama has been measured and cautious in his criticisms of the president-elect since the election, Earnest pointed out that the president, unlike Streep, has a specific set of institutional responsibilities in ensuring a smooth transition.

“I’m not aware that the United States Constitution includes any institutional responsibilities for the lifetime award winner of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” he said.

Earnest said he has not spoken to the president about his views on Streep’s speech.

Trump tweeted, “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big.” He also denied mocking the reporter and added, “Just more very dishonest media!”

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