Review Category : Entertainment

‘Beauty and the Beast’ star Luke Evans says playing Gaston is an ‘honor’

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Beauty and the Beast live-action star Luke Evans said playing Gaston is an “honor.”

“You’re bringing an animated character that people have known for so long to life,” Evans, 37, said on Good Morning America Monday. “It’s an honor, but it’s so much fun. I couldn’t go far enough with the character. It was just brilliant.”

Evans, whose Hollywood resume includes movies like The Fast and the Furious, The Hobbit and The Girl on the Train, said getting to be a part of the revamped Beauty and the Beast was “very, very near the top, if not the top.”

“It’s one of those jobs you just love going into work to play. I didn’t want it to finish,” he said.

Evans was able to utilize his musical theater background in this role.

“I played Roger in Rent and Chris in Miss Saigon,” he recalled. “I was even in Avenue Q. I was one of the puppets. Singing was my first love, and I wanted to bring it back, and it was nice to be able to merge the film career with the musical theater career. And this was it. This was the role.”

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Robert Downey, Jr. to star in movie based on podcast

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Robert Downey Jr. will go from from superhero to con artist for an upcoming movie.

The Captain America: Civil War star will head the cast of a currently untitled film directed by Boyhood director Richard Linklater, based on an episode of the Reply All podcast that aired in January, called “Man of the People,” according to Variety.

The film is based on the true story of Dr. John Brinkley, a scam artist who rose to fame by fooling people into thinking he was a real doctor, with a cure for a number of male ailments. Dr. Morris Fishbein, an editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, launched a successful quest to expose Brinkley as a fraud.

Downey will also co-produce the film with Linklater.

But first, Downey will suit up as Iron Man for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, also starring Tom Holland as the web-slinging superhero. The film opens nationwide in July.

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Rey and Kylo Ren share ‘connection’ according to “Star Wars” database

Lucasfilm – 2015(NEW YORK) — On Monday, fans and sites covering Star Wars lost their minds when they noticed an alleged update to the official bios of Rey and Kylo Ren.

The Star Wars site now makes it clear that the two characters are connected in some way.

Now, this could be nothing or it could be something big, it won’t be known until The Last Jedi comes out in December.

“She rejected this call to destiny, but was captured by the dark side warrior Kylo Ren, with whom she shared a strange connection,” Rey’s bio reads, while Kylo’s reads, “A mysterious connection seemed to link the two.”

Fans of The Force Awakens know the two battle via lightsabers and that Rey is victorious. But aside from that, a strong connection isn’t clear. What is known is that she is able to resist Ren’s powers to read her mind and that she has Force powers. Could the bio update be a reference to the Force or is it something even bigger?

Fans are buzzing about the theories on Rey’s past, which is still mostly unknown heading into Episode VIII. Some even assume that they are long-lost siblings, as Rey was able to defend herself against Ren with no training.

Ren also helped to slaughter a new wave of young Jedi before the events of The Force Awakens, so it’s possible that she could be a past student of Luke’s that survived Ren’s purge.

It’s very important to note, there is no verifiable proof behind any of these theories. Sites like Gizmodo and SlashFilm reported that, before this update, their bios were last updated in late 2016. So, the update may be recent, as they are tweaked after trailers, shows and movies to add more information to canon biography.

Disney PR was checking on the request for comment.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News and Lucasfilm.

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“The Bachelor” recap: Corinne’s caper backfires, Raven gets a rose

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — On Monday night’s new episode of The Bachelor, Nick Viall managed to bounce back after a dismal week in St. Thomas, cancelling both the scheduled cocktail party and the rose ceremony, to set out for Bimini with the remaining six women.

Vanessa scored the first one-on-one date, taking a yacht to the site of a shipwreck to do some snorkeling and underwater kissing with Nick. Emboldened by how well the day had gone, she decided to confess her love for Nick at dinner, but was disappointed by his hesitancy to do the same.

Having never had a one-on-one date with Nick, Corinne was incensed when she was sent on another group outing, this time with Kristina and Raven. Things only got worse for Corinne, as Kristina seemed to steal the spotlight as Nick rubbed lotion on her and comforted her when she got scared as the group swam with sharks. Corinne grew even more insecure as Nick awarded the only rose of the week to Raven, and then took her to dance on the beach.

Nick reunited with Danielle for the second one-on-one, but the fun of riding bikes and playing basketball with some local kids was tempered by the pair’s inability to make conversation. Setting his sights on next week’s hometown dates, Nick decided he didn’t see a future with Danielle and sent the nurse back to Nashville.

More desperate than ever, Corinne decided to pull out all the stops to try to cement her future with Nick. She surprised the Bachelor by going to his hotel room, intent on seducing him. When Nick stopped her in her tracks, Corinne was left feeling like she’d failed and that her future was growing increasingly uncertain.

Nick’s final one-on-one before the hometown dates start was a carefree visit to a local bar with Rachel.

Though he’d seemed to have a strong connection with Kristina earlier, Nick ultimately decided to send her home during a private conversation. When he arrived at the house to talk to Kristina, the other girls were perplexed and uncertain exactly what was happening.

Find out what happens next, as the remaining four girls prepare for hometown dates, next week on The Bachelor on ABC.

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“The Bachelor” recap: Corinne’s caper backfires, Raven gets a rose

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — On Monday night’s new episode of The Bachelor, Nick Viall managed to bounce back after a dismal week in St. Thomas, cancelling both the scheduled cocktail party and the rose ceremony, to set out for Bimini with the remaining six women.

Vanessa scored the first one-on-one date, taking a yacht to the site of a shipwreck to do some snorkeling and underwater kissing with Nick. Emboldened by how well the day had gone, she decided to confess her love for Nick at dinner, but was disappointed by his hesitancy to do the same.

Having never had a one-on-one date with Nick, Corinne was incensed when she was sent on another group outing, this time with Kristina and Raven. Things only got worse for Corinne, as Kristina seemed to steal the spotlight as Nick rubbed lotion on her and comforted her when she got scared as the group swam with sharks. Corinne grew even more insecure as Nick awarded the only rose of the week to Raven, and then took her to dance on the beach.

Nick reunited with Danielle for the second one-on-one, but the fun of riding bikes and playing basketball with some local kids was tempered by the pair’s inability to make conversation. Setting his sights on next week’s hometown dates, Nick decided he didn’t see a future with Danielle and sent the nurse back to Nashville.

More desperate than ever, Corinne decided to pull out all the stops to try to cement her future with Nick. She surprised the Bachelor by going to his hotel room, intent on seducing him. When Nick stopped her in her tracks, Corinne was left feeling like she’d failed and that her future was growing increasingly uncertain.

Nick’s final one-on-one before the hometown dates start was a carefree visit to a local bar with Rachel.

Though he’d seemed to have a strong connection with Kristina earlier, Nick ultimately decided to send her home during a private conversation. When he arrived at the house to talk to Kristina, the other girls were perplexed and uncertain exactly what was happening.

Find out what happens next, as the remaining four girls prepare for hometown dates, next week on The Bachelor on ABC.

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“Playboy” is publishing nude photos again

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Playboy(LOS ANGELES) — Playboy is returning to its roots.

Though a representative for Playboy Enterprises, Inc. announced in 2015 that the magazine would no longer feature nudity, the company’s chief operating officer, Cooper Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s son, confirmed on Monday that’s no longer the case.

The change will go into effect with the March/April 2017 issue.

“I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake,” Hefner said in a statement. “Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today we’re taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are.”

Model Elizabeth Elam will appear on the cover, and on Instagram, she wrote that she’s proud to be a part of a dialogue about sexuality.

“Women’s bodies have always been a topic of conversation. We can be oversexualized and we can be made to feel ashamed of our bodies. I’ve never subscribed to those narratives, and this issue of Playboy celebrates that,” she wrote. “Naked really is normal. On top of that Playboy has always put a person behind the face. I was so excited to talk about things that are important to me, and read them echoed throughout the issue.”

In December 2015, Pamela Anderson graced the cover of what was then expected to be the magazine’s final nude edition. Playboy‘s 2016 circulation figures were not immediately available.

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Rachel Lindsay Is New “Bachelorette”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — It’s official. Rachel Lindsay — already a fan favorite on the current season of The Bachelor — will be handing out roses and searching for love as the star of the next season of The Bachelorette, set to begin May 22 on ABC.

The announcement came on Monday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Of course the announcement is a bit of a spoiler, since on the currently airing episodes of The Bachelor, Rachel has yet to be sent home. “I think it’s safe to say your hometown date with Nick did not go as planned?,” Kimmel joked with Rachel, who used her late-night TV introduction to put out the call for contestants.

“We’re ready to get this started, I’m ready to find love, find a husband, so if you know anybody out there who needs to apply, sign up, go ahead and get started,” she said.

“Oh, you’re soliciting?” asked Kimmel. “Yeah, just a little bit,” came the reply.

Rachel, an attorney from Dallas, will be the first African American Bachelorette. In a statement, ABC programming executive Robert Mills said, “This coveted role is always reserved for a fan-favorite from the previous season, and Rachel is no exception and has been the fans’ choice since she exited the limo. She is an accomplished, confident and beautiful woman who knows what she wants in life. We all look forward to joining her on the joyous journey as she looks for that one special man.”

The Bachelorette season 13 premieres Monday, May 22 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Tia Carrere “parties on” for the 25th anniversary of “Wayne’s World”

Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Wayne’s World, the iconic 1990s movie comedy starring Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey as Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar respectively, turns 25 on Tuesday, and Tia Carrere, who played Wayne’s girlfriend Cassandra, was among those heading to the city of Aurora, Illinois, where the film is set, for a number of events this month marking the anniversary.

Carrere, who starred in the original film, as well as its 1993 sequel, says she turned down a potential role on the hit TV series Baywatch so she could play Cassandra. She tells ABC 7’s Windy City Live in Chicago, “I read this script Wayne’s World. And it’s 18-23 year old chick, kicks butt, speaks with a heavy Asian accent, but rocks like nobody’s business. And I read it and I said, ‘It will be mine! Oh yes, it will be mine!'”

As much as she enjoyed making the film, the 50-year-old actress admits that its success took everyone by surprise. “It was a snippet on…Saturday Night Live. And when it came out we didn’t even have a premiere,” she says. “It was the lowest budget picture at Paramount that year.”

There’s no word on whether Carrere will recreate her performance of Sweet’s 1974 hit, “Ballroom Blitz,” from the movie, but she plans to revive her Wayne’s World character in the near future.

“I haven’t sung ‘Ballroom Blitz’ in about 25 years, and Comedy Central asked me to do this special that’s coming up in March that’s called Comedy Jams,” she tells Windy City Live.

The Wayne’s World 25th anniversary celebrations in Aurora have included movie screenings and air guitar competitions, and an attempt to break a headbanging record to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” recreating one of the film’s classic scenes.

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Tom Cruise’s mother has passed away at age 80

Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Tom Cruise’s mother, Mary Lee South, has died, a representative for Cruise confirmed to ABC News.

According to People, South died peacefully in her sleep last week. The magazine reports she has dealt with health issues in recent years, and a memorial service was held in her honor at her local Church of Scientology this past weekend. Cruise attended the memorial along with his sisters, Lee Ann DeVette, Cass Mapother and Marian Henry, People said.

Cruise was close with his mother throughout his life, People reported, and she encouraged him to participate in a local theater group when he was a child. She continued to support his acting career into adulthood, and told Rolling Stone magazine in 1986 that she thought it was a “God-given talent.”

“To make a long story short, we gave him our blessing,” she said. “And the rest is history.”

South was 80 years old.

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20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death to be marked with four-hour ABC documentary

Tim Graham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Twenty years ago this August, the world lost the “People’s Princess,” Princess Diana. That anniversary will be commemorated in August with a two-night, four-hour primetime documentary airing on ABC.

“Even 20 years after her untimely death, Princess Diana’s legacy continues to impact our world,” said ABC programming executive Robert Mills in a statement. “Our special will honor her memory and all the good that she did in her tragically brief life.”

The documentary, produced in partnership with People magazine, will use interviews with those closest to Diana, as well as experts and archival footage to show how her life, and her story, remains relevant today.

On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana died at age 36 following a car crash in Paris. Her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and the car’s driver, Henri Paul, also died in the accident.

People magazine reports that Diana’s son, Prince William, and his wife Princess Kate will travel to Paris next month, though their visit isn’t connected with the anniversary of Diana’s death. They’ve been asked to visit by the British government.

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