Review Category : Entertainment

Alec Baldwin to Host “Match Game” Revival for ABC

ABC/Justin Jay(NEW YORK) — Get your skinny microphone out of the closet and ready those double-entendres. Alec Baldwin will host a primetime version of Match Game for ABC.

The classic fill-in-the-blank celebrity game show — which drew much of its fun from watching the celebrity panelists trying to crack up one another — originally ran for thirty years on various networks and in syndication, ending in 1982. The late Gene Rayburn was the show’s best-known host. There were also two short-lived revival attempts in the 1990s.

ABC’s ordered ten episodes of the new Match Game, to air Sunday nights starting June 26. Baldwin says he’ll and his wife, Hilaria, will donate his paycheck to various arts charities.

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Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon Reveal Secrets Behind “Thelma & Louise”

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Next month will mark 25 years since Thelma & Louise debuted on the silver screen, but today, pop culture’s most notorious BFFs remain as beloved as ever.

The 1991 film’s Oscar-winning actresses — Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis — recently spoke with Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts, and revealed some little-known facts about the groundbreaking film.

“When I read the script I said, ‘I have to be in this movie,’” Davis said. “It was so rare to find a script with two incredibly well-drawn female characters, but none of us had any idea…had any clue that it would strike. We were hoping people would see it because it was a small budget [film.]”

The movie — written by Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for the screenplay — follows the journey of Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sayer, after the latter shoots and kills a man who attacks Thelma, and they embark on a trip to Mexico. Pursued by police, the film ends with the pair intentionally driving off a cliff and plummenting into the Grand Canyon, killing themselves but regaining control of their shared destiny.

According to Sarandon, however, that now-famous and much-discussed ending wasn’t the original plan for director Ridley Scott.

“He said, ‘I know [Louise] will definitely die, I’m not sure about [Thelma],’” Sarandon recalled. “He said, ‘You might push her out at the last minute’ but actually, we only had one take.”

Davis said, “I think the ending is exactly how it should be because we get away. Despite the fact that we kill ourselves, we retain control of our lives to the bitter end.”

An alternate ending wasn’t the only secret they revealed. George Clooney had read for the part of J.D., but lost it to Brad Pitt, Davis confirmed.

“I was on a plane with George Clooney by happenstance, and we’re chatting, and he goes, ‘I hate that Brad Pitt’ and I said, ‘No you don’t, he’s your friend’ and he says, ‘No, I hate him because he got the part in Thelma & Louise…” she said.

Sarandon says she hopes Thelma & Louise is used to raise awareness about violence against women.

“I hope now, that women don’t have to get off a cliff,” Sarandon said. “They don’t get to the point where that’s the option and so many women are speaking up and supporting other women and rape and domestic abuse is now no longer such a secret — so I would hope in 25 years we don’t have to send people over the edge when something like that happens.”

Chimed in, Davis: “I’m with her.”

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Will Ferrell to Play Ronald Reagan in New Movie

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Will Ferrell has played one Republican president. Now he’s set to play another.

Variety reports the comedic actor will portray Ronald Reagan in a film titled Reagan. The film will begin at the start of Reagan’s second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince the former actor that he’s still an actor, playing the president in a movie.

Ferrell previously played President George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live and in the Broadway show You’re Welcome America.

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Kerry Washington Makes Boss Moves, Signs Major Deal with ABC Studios

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — With the ABC hit drama Scandal, Kerry Washington has made history and garnered ratings gold. Now, the actress is becoming a real boss with her latest power move.

Variety reports Washington has inked an overall deal with ABC Studios and ABC Signature, which will expand her behind-the-camera work, developing broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively.

Washington recently launched her own production company, Simpson Street, which debuted with HBO’s acclaimed film Confirmation — in which she starred as Anita Hill in the midst of Clarence Thomas infamous Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Washington also has a nanny-themed comedy-drama from Shondaland in development.

“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table which makes starting this production company thrilling for me. It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that are exciting, necessary, and truly reflect the world around us,” Washington said in a statement. “I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling.”

Washington has starred on Shonda Rhimes’ sizzling hot Scandal since 2012. Currently nearing the end of its fifth season, the Washington, D.C.-based drama has been renewed for a sixth season.

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Who Stands to Inherit Prince’s Estate?

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013(NEW YORK) — A Minnesota judge has determined Prince died “intestate,” or without a will — which means his sister and five surviving half-siblings stand to inherit his multimillion dollar estate.

The Carver County probate judge on Wedensady appointed Bremer Trust as special administrator of the late musician’s estate following an informal telephone conference with some of his possible heirs.

Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, who attended the hearing, filed paperwork Tuesday asking for the appointment of a special administrator, stating that she didn’t believe her late brother had a will, and decisions about his business interests needed to be made.

For the next six months or until a personal representative is appointed, Bremer will manage and supervise Prince’s assets and determine his heirs.

Another possible heir, Prince’s half sibling Omarr Baker, also attended Wednesday’s hearing.

Prince Rogers Nelson died at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, on April 21. He was 57. Twice divorced, he left no surviving spouse. He had one child, who died a week after birth.

His parents, John L. Nelson, a jazz musician, and Mattie Shaw, a singer, preceded him in death. They divorced in 1966 when Prince was 8 and Tyka was 6.

Prince also had seven half-siblings. Before his father married his mother, John Nelson had three daughters and two sons from a previous relationship.

After Prince’s parents split, Shaw later remarried and had two sons, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.

Prince’s half-sister Lorna Nelson died in 2006 and his half-brother Duane Nelson, who once worked as head of security at Paisley Park, died in 2011.

In her petition, Tyka listed the five remaining half-siblings as possible heirs or “interested persons.” They are half-brothers John Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker and half-sisters Norrine Nelson and Sharon Nelson.

According Minnesota law, since Prince died without a will or trust, his estate would be divided among his sister and half-siblings.

Tyka said the value of Prince’s assets, including real estate and cash, are “unknown,” but it’s sure to have increased since his death. More than 2.3 million of his songs and over half a million of his albums albums have sold since last Thursday, according to Nielsen Music.

Besides royalties from dozens of albums, Prince owned his master recordings following his well-publicized dispute with Warner Bros., and was believed to also have a trove of unheard, unreleased recordings.

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Tweaking Ted Cruz, Caitlyn Jenner Hits the Ladies Room at Trump Building

Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Days after Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump mentioned his buildings wouldn’t discriminate against trans people using the restroom of their choice, Caitlyn Jenner took him up on his comments, and posted video of her trip to the ladies room on Facebook.

Jenner visited Trump Hotel & Tower, on the West Side of Manhattan, and after asking where the rest rooms were, she spotted the men’s room door. “‘M?'” Jenner asked out loud, “Not anymore!”

She then locates the ladies’ room and enters.

At issue is North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, which would mandate people use the rest room that correlates to their birth gender, not the gender with which they identify.

Critics of the law say because of this, it discriminates against trans people. Supporters, like Trump’s Republican rival Ted Cruz, say it protects females from being molested by men who would be able to use the female bathroom.

“Thanks, Donald!” a relieved Jenner says after emerging later, taking a swipe at Cruz: “and by the way, Ted, nobody got molested.”

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Sources: Prescription Drugs Found in Prince’s Possession, Home

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — ABC News has learned prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home the day he died.

It’s still too early to know if the drugs had anything to do with the legendary musician’s death. However, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota has contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration about helping with the investigation, if needed.

If the drugs are found to be a factor, the DEA would then get involved. The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs.

Prince died last Thursday at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at the age of 57. An autopsy was completed Friday, but a cause of death has not yet been revealed. The results of toxicology tests might take weeks.

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Is Chloë Grace Moretz Dating Like Beckham?

Chloe Grace Moretz and Brooklyn Beckham in August, 2014; Michael Buckner/Getty Images for American Eagle(NEW YORK) — Chloë Grace Moretz and Brooklyn Beckham have gone “Instagram official.”

Moretz, 19, and Beckham, 17, appear to have made their rumored relationship public by posting photos of themselves together on social media.

The duo was originally linked in 2014, and in multiple new photos posted on Instagram this week, both Moretz and Beckham seem to publicly acknowledge their relationship.

Beckham, the eldest son of David and Victoria Beckham, recently posted two photos of himself and the If I Stay actress posing together.

In one Instagram pic, Beckham has his arm draped around Moretz’s shoulder as they pose for a selfie, and in the second, Moretz is shown resting her head on Beckham’s shoulder inside of a car.

Beckham did not include a caption on either of the photos he posted, letting the images speak for themselves.

Moretz also posted a telling photo on Instagram Monday night. The black-and-white pic shows two arms intertwined.

Although the actress doesn’t say who’s in the photo, fans believe that the members of the photo are Moretz and Beckham.

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“Star Wars” Actress Daisy Ridley Could Star in Holocaust Drama

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Disney(NEW YORK) — Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in the Holocaust drama, The Lost Wife, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, based on the book by Alyson Richman, will focus on a young Jewish woman separated from her husband during the Nazi invasion of Prague. She survives by working as an artist, and is ultimately reunited with her husband decades later, in America.

Ridley will next be seen reprising her role as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII, opening December 15, 2017.

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Amanda Peet Says Aging Naturally Is Her Goal, But…

John P. Johnson/HBO(NEW YORK) — Like many of us, Amanda Peet is struggling with aging. But in her profession, it comes at a greater cost.

In an essay for Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny Letter, the 44-year-old star of HBO’s Togetherness copped to bleaching her teeth, dyeing her hair, and experimenting with lasering, face peels and age-defying creams, all in an effort to look younger.

However, she’s stopped short of Botox and fillers, explaining “one visit to a cosmetic dermatologist would be my gateway drug.”

“I want the thing that makes me look younger, not the thing that makes me look like I did the thing,” says Peet. “Letting my face age naturally will be my ace in the hole. My counterclaim. Proof that I didn’t pander to the male gaze.”

Peet wrote that in her line of work, her looks influence what roles — if any — she is offered. Aging is not conducive to landing meaty parts, she added, many of which go to younger actresses like recent Oscar winner Alicia Vikander.

“You might think, ‘Wait, she’s 27 and a gorgeous movie star, and you’re 44 and a low-tier, TV-mom-type; you’re not in the same ballpark.’ But she is squeezing me out. She’s in the hot center and I’m on the remote perimeter,” she wrote. “The train has left the station and I’m one of those moronic stragglers running alongside with her purse caught in the door. Everyone’s looking at me like, ‘Let go, you bullheaded old hag! There’s no room for you.'”

Now, the mother of three is trying to come to terms with her age — and the wrinkles that come with it.

“Since we’re all going to get wrinkly and die, maybe we’ve got to move in the direction of acceptance about that,” she wrote. “It’s like what they teach you in driving school: if your car skids, turn the wheels right into it. It’s counter-intuitive, but don’t fight the slide.”

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