Review Category : Entertainment

Steve Harvey Reportedly Hires Crisis Control Expert

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) — Steve Harvey is reportedly trying to fix his image after taking a beating in the media lately over a derogatory joke about Asian men and a meeting with then-President-elect Donald Trump.

A source tells the New York Daily News that the 60-year-old comedian has hired crisis control expert Judy Smith, on whom the show Scandal is based, to see if she can fix his recent PR problems.

Some of Smith’s other famous clients include former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, TV host Paula Deen, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former pro football player Michael Vick, and actor Wesley Snipes.

Harvey lit up social media last month by joking that women weren’t interested in dating Asian men, before apologizing on Twitter a week later. Earlier, he’d met with Trump in New York City to discuss bringing change to inner cities, a move the didn’t endear himself to many of his fans who see the president as unsympathetic to African-American causes.

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“Girls” Cast to Do “Inside the Actors Studio”

Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham in “Girls”; Mark Schafer/HBO(NEW YORK) — The cast of the HBO series Girls will be featured on an upcoming episode of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, as the comedy gets ready to kick of its sixth and final season February 12.

Host James Lipton will welcome Girls creator, executive producer and star Lena Dunham, along with fellow cast members Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Allison Williams, to discuss their favorite scenes, craziest memories and and takeaways from the show.

The evening will also include some surprises, including a video message from executive producer Judd Apatow.

The Girls episode of Inside the Actors Studio airs February 9 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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First Look: Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Regina Hall Get Wild in “Girls Trip”

Getty Images/Paras Griffin(LOS ANGELES) — Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish are headed to the Essence Festival for a weekend of fun in the new trailer for Girls Trip.

The clip for the comedy shows four lifelong friends setting off to New Orleans to get “white girl wasted.” It shows the ladies “dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing,” as they discover their wild sides. Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter and Queen Sugar‘s Kofi Siriboe help to round out the star-studded cast.

The film, which is a Will Packer Production, is co-written by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and writer-actress Tracy Oliver and executive produced by James Lopez and Preston Holmes.

Girls Trip is set to hit theaters on July 21.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Melissa McCarthy Featured in Two Super Bowl Ads

Kia Motors – 2017 (HOUSTON) — Arnold Schwarzenegger will return as the voice of the mobile action game Mobile Strike, and Melissa McCarthy, who already voices ads for the Kia Niro cross-over, will be featured in spots that will air during Sunday’s Super Bowl LI.

Arnold isn’t seen in the new Mobile Strike ad, but you can hear his unmistakable accent. The spot features soldiers fighting in the desert, when it’s revealed they’re merely characters in the game, which is being played by three dudes at a fast food joint. The trio then gets owned by a beautiful brunette, who’s also playing.

The McCarthy spot is more involved. Set to Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero,” the clip shows the actress risking life and limb trying to save the planet, as she runs into a series of mishaps with a whale, a glacier, a tree and a rhino.

“For years, I’ve been trying to find the perfect project that combined the real threat of me breaking every bone in my body, with my desire to help save the environment. Thanks Kia!!! XOXO Love, Melissa,” said McCarthy in a statement that gives a nod to the vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

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Baby Boy…and Girl? Beyoncé Announces She’s Pregnant with Twins

Duane Prokop/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Congratulations seem to be in order for Beyoncé: she’s apparently pregnant with twins.

The Grammy-winning superstar posted a new picture on her Instagram account showing her holding her bare tummy, and she clearly has a baby bump. She’s wearing a burgundy bra, blue silky panties and a green veil, and she’s posing in front of an elaborate floral arrangement.

In the caption, Bey writes, “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters.”

Bey and hubby Jay Z welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy, in 2012.

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“Black Panther” to Tear Things Up in South Korea

Marvel – 2016(LOS ANGELES) — Marvel’s Black Panther is now underway, with Chadwick Boseman starring and Creed director Ryan Coogler calling the shots, and a production source tells Variety the movie will feature a major highway chase in South Korea.

It’s not known how the country figures into the story of Black Panther, the Wakandan king also known as T’Challa, but South Korea has played host for the Avengers gang before: Age of Ultron also featured a highway chase there.

There’s also the possibility that various shooting locations, including a famous bridge, might stand in for someplace else — maybe Wakanda, the fictional African nation ruled by the warrior-king.

What is known, a local production service company tells Variety, is that the chase, “will involve some 150 cars and more than 700 people,” as well as helicopters and guns blazing. It’s “a car chase scene with the protagonist and the villain,” adds the source.

Taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther boasts an all-star cast, including Michael B. Jordan, Academy Award winners and Star Wars series veterans Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker, The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.

The movie opens February 16, 2018, from Marvel Studios which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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There and Back Again: “Lord of the Rings” Fellowship Reunites

Photo: Dominic Monaghan’s Instagram(LONDON) — Lord of the Rings stars Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, and Orlando Bloom reunited yesterday, and photos on Instagram show a fun guys’ night out.

Monaghan shared pictures on Instagram in which the onscreen Frodo, Aragorn, Pippin, Merry, and Legolas, respectively, struck poses channeling their Lord of the Rings characters. They pretend to hold swords, bows and arrows in the photos — in Mortensen’s case, anachronistically a rifle — as if poised to return to battle in Middle-Earth.

“They have a cave troll,” the caption read, mirroring a line from the Trilogy’s first film, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Only Ian McKellen’s Gandalf, Sean Astin, who played faithful Hobbit Sam, and John Rhys-Davies, who played strong-willed dwarf Gimli, would have rounded out the snap.

The co-stars showed their friendship has withstood the test of time: The Return of the King, the third installment of the Oscar winning film series, was released in December 2003.

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Lady Gaga’s Manager on Super Bowl: “She’s Training for This Just Like an Athlete”

Courtesy of Lady Gaga/NFL/Pepsi/Interscope(HOUSTON) — Lady Gaga is getting hyped for her big Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday: she recently posted an Instagram video of herself and her mother doing cartwheels in the end zone in Houston. But behind the scenes, Gaga’s manager says the singer is working as hard as the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots are to make sure of a winning performance.

In a Pepsi behind-the-scenes video posted on Twitter, Gaga’s manager Bobby Campbell says, “For us, the Super Bowl performance is her showing up the way the players are gonna show up that day for their game. She’s training for this just like an athlete: She stops at nothing to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime performance.”

“This is the type of performance that you work a whole lifetime for,” he adds. “And there’s no question that she’s absolutely made for this moment.”

So far, we don’t know whether or not Gaga will sing her old hits, or new material from her current album Joanne, though based on behind-the-scenes video, it seems as though we can expect a performance of “Bad Romance” at the very least, as well as some kind of eye-popping stunt.

“She has a heart that speaks through everything that she does,” says Campbell. “We want to bring everyone together for that 12 and a half minutes, to celebrate the game, the athletes, the sport. But also I just want them to remember she knows how to conquer a stage like the Super Bowl.”

Gaga will give reporters a preview of what we can expect Thursday when she addresses the media at a press conference ahead of her Sunday performance.

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Laurence Fishburne Humbled, Intimidated to Play Nelson Mandela in BET’s “Madiba”

BET – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Laurence Fishburne plays Nelson Mandela in the new BET miniseries Madiba, based on the life of the late South African president and civil rights activist, debuting tonight. Fishburne says ABC he was both honored and a little intimidated to take on the role.

“I said yes immediately. I was completely honored to be asked, he recalls. “And then, 15 minutes later you know, panic set in you know, ‘What are you doing?'”

Fishburne, who also stars on ABC’s black-ish, says their story depicts Mandela as a courageous, but flawed leader. “We’ve tried to reveal how the man became the man,” says Fishburne. He was very impatient. He was a firebrand. He was angry. He was frustrated. He was not perfect.”

Madiba premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on BET.

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Jon Stewart Reveals New Trump Executive Orders on “The Late Show with Steven Colbert”

Michele Crowe/CBS(NEW YORK) — If Jon Stewart has been itching for an opportunity to comment on the Donald Trump presidency since leaving The Daily Show, he got his chance last night when Stephen Colbert welcomed his old friend and mentor to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Stewart walked out for the first post-monologue segment wearing an outrageously long red tie — at least six feet long — and a stuffed ferret strapped to the top of his head. His explanation: now that Trump was president, the height of fashion was to wear a “super long tie” and a “dead animal on [your] head.”

Colbert then launched into a freewheeling bit with Colbert in which Stewart, playing Trump, read three brand-new executive orders. The first: he would import China’s great wall and erect it between the U.S. border and Mexico, and force Mexico to pay for it by having it delivered to them C.O.D.

Order two: “The new official language of the United States is bull****.”

Executive order three was more of an observation: “I, Donald J. Trump, do declare by executive order that I, Donald J. Trump, am exhausting.”

Noting that it’s been only “eleven f***ing days” since Trump was sworn in, Stewart observed, “The presidency is supposed to age the president, not the public.”

Stewart’s final observation? “We have never faced this before,” he began. “Purposeful, vindictive chaos.” However, Stewart continued, if America worked hard to make it through Trump’s presidency “calamity-less and constitutionally partially intact,” then Trump “will have demonstrated the greatness of America, just not the way [he] thought he was gonna.”

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