Review Category : Entertainment

Will Vin Diesel Direct “Furious 8”?

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Will Vin Diesel direct the next Fast & Furious sequel? He seemed to drop a hint that he might in a recent Facebook post.

The Fast & Furious star and producer wrote that he and director Justin Lin, who’s helmed several of the previous films in the series, have been “very intensely discussing” a trilogy that would wrap up the series. However, he noted, Lin has a potential conflict that would not allow him to direct Furious 8.

“I will share something crazy that my mother said six months ago after the studio had me announce the date for 8 to the world…,” Diesel continued. “‘Either you direct 8 yourself… or don’t do it.’

“Some of you vinbook pioneers are all too familiar with my mother’s wisdom, as I have posted her sayings in the past on Our page… but I wrote it off as just a mother’s love and belief in me, though she has seen first hand what I’ve done to make these movies defy expectations and become increasingly successful, even when the studio thought I was crazy… haha.”

An insider tells The Hollywood Reporter that the studio behind the franchise, Universal, isn’t happy with Diesel’s post. Regarding the possibility that Diesel will direct Furious 8, the source adds, “It is never going to happen.”

Furious 8 is scheduled for release on April 14, 2017.

The seventh film in the series, which hit theaters earlier this year and included a tribute to its late star Paul Walker, made 1.5 billion dollars worldwide.

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Tori Spelling Says She Had Sexual Relations with Two “90210” Co-Stars

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Tori Spelling says she had sexual relations with two of her Beverly Hills, 90210 co-stars…but which ones?

The actress is grilled about it in the Lifetime special Tori Spelling: Celebrity Lie Detector, airing after the premiere of The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story this Saturday night.

Spelling, 42, admits one of the cast members she had sex with was Brian Austin Green, who played her love interest on the 1990s drama. “Brian and I were the youngest. We were 16. And I remember the first time, like I shook his hand….I fancied him!” she says in one of the preview clips Lifetime released Thursday.

In the clips, she refuses to disclose the other original cast member she was intimate with, though she does rule out Ian Ziering. That would suggest it was either Jason Priestley or Luke Perry.

“Half my friends don’t even know this!” she declares.

Lifetime teases the answer will be revealed on its Tori Spelling: Celebrity Lie Detector special, airing at 10 p.m. Eastern time Saturday night.

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Report: Assault Accusations Against Chris Brown Dropped

Image Courtesy Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA Records(LOS ANGELES) — After winning joint custody of his daughter last week, Chris Brown has reportedly scored another legal victory.

According to TMZ, the singer will not be charged in connection with an assault on his tour bus earlier this month. The alleged unidentified woman, who claimed she was forcibly removed from Brown’s tour bus outside a Denver strip, has decided not to press charges.

The gossip site reports that authorities interviewed other witnesses but apparently they were unable to find evidence substantiating the woman’s allegations, which Brown initially denied on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the singer is still facing a ban from Australia over his 2009 assault on Rihanna, which could cause him to cancel his concert tour in December.

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“The Martian” Opens Friday; “Sicario” Expands

Aidan Monaghan/Twentieth Century Fox Film (LOS ANGELES) — Here’s a look at the movies that are new in theaters on Friday:

  • The Martian — Matt Damon is an astronaut stranded on Mars, and NASA and his crewmates attempt to rescue him. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis and Donald Glover star in the space drama, which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Rated PG-13.

Expanding wide:

  • Sicario — Emily Blunt stars as an FBI agent who becomes involved in the war against drugs on the U.S.-Mexico border. Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber and Jon Bernthal also star. Rated R.

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“Dr. Ken” Premieres,” Saturday Night Live” Returns This Weekend

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the season premieres scheduled for this weekend. All times Eastern:


  • Dr. Ken, 8:30 p.m. — The Hangover‘s Ken Jeong plays the titular character, a doctor who drives people crazy at home and at work.


  • Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m. — The 41st season of the sketch-comedy series begins with Miley Cyrus as its host and musical guest. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will make a cameo, according to The New York Times.


  • Madam Secretary, 8 p.m.
  • The Good Wife, 9 p.m.
  • CSI: Cyber, 10 p.m.


  • Homeland, 9 p.m.
  • The Affair, 10 p.m.

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“Scandal” Recap: Olivia Pope Is America’s Mistress

ABC/Nicole Wilder(NEW YORK) — On Thursday’s episode of Scandal, the White House was still dealing with leaked photos of President Fitzgerald Grant and Olivia Pope canoodling.

“How the hell did this happen?” the president asked his Chief of Staff Elizabeth North and Press Secretary Abby Whelan.

But when Fitz wanted to wait to make a statement with Liv, Abby suggested “a game plan,” especially since she was being berated in the Press Room by the media wondering exactly what is going on.

Meanwhile, to escape the frenzy, Liv went to Quinn’s house. “I need to work,” she told Quinn. She eventually took the case of a woman, looking for her stepson Gavin, who was accused of killing his father, Walter. The client asked Liv, “Are you up to this? I’ve seen the news.” But Liv assured her she was up to the task and ended up finding Gavin in a casino states away.

Still, when people started to recognize Liv from the news, she and her ex-lover Jake Ballard, who had come to help her, ended up losing Gavin in the melee. Later, they found Gavin in the home he was building against his father’s wishes and the reason why he pushed his father down the steps, killing him. Liv and Jake eventually turned Gavin over to the police.

Back at 1600 Penn, first lady Mellie Grant returned to the White House, asking Fitz for an apology for sending her divorce papers. Still, Fitz was defiant because he believed she leaked the photos of him and Liv. And although Attorney General David Rosen discovered that the photos originated on the first lady’s computer, he said there’s no proof that she leaked the photos.

In talking to his ex-girlfriend, Abby, she figured out that Liz leaked the photos. Abby confronted Liz and asked why: “You want to take down Olivia Pope?” Liz never answered her, but she did ask Abby what she wanted in return for knowing her little secret. Abby said she just wanted them to be equals. Who knows if that’s all Abby wants…for now.

Later when Fitz realized that Liv wasn’t going to face the music with him, and that she was on the run with her ex-lover Jake, he turned to Mellie. He called her saying, “I apologize. Come home.” And she happily returned back to the White House. After all, she has a presidential run to think of.

And when Liv finally did return home, she was bombarded by media, who asked her, “Are you the president’s mistress?”

“Yes,” she replied, proudly.

Find out what fallout the White House will face next Thursday when Scandal returns to ABC at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He’s ‘Honored’ to Be New “Celebrity Apprentice” Host

ABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) — Arnold Schwarzenegger will replace Donald Trump in the boardroom on the upcoming season of The Celebrity Apprentice, and the action star can’t wait to fill Trump’s seat.

“I’m honored to see the reaction from all the fans,” he told In Touch Weekly. “It pumps me up big-time and I can’t wait to get to work!”

NBC ended its business relationship with Trump in June and declined to air his Miss USA pageant after he made controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants.

Former California governor Schwarzenegger said it’ll be easy for him to fill Trump shoes. “I’ve always been a huge fan of the show,” he admitted.

Although Schwarzenegger has had a long and varied career, he’s excited about taking on this challenge. “You know, I have loved every part of my career,” he added. “But life isn’t about how much you make, it’s how much you give.”

There’s no word when The Celebrity Apprentice will return to NBC.

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Review: “The Martian” (PG-13)

Fred Duval/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Director Ridley Scott’s The Martian is a terrific movie based on Andy Weir’s stimulating, science-based novel about an astronaut and botanist named Mark Watney who finds himself stranded on Mars.

In a genius bit of casting, Scott and friends chose Matt Damon to play Watney. Of course, the guy who played Will Hunting would be able to make Watney, a bit of a smartass who has to “science the s***” out of his situation in order to survive, exceedingly believable.

In the world of The Martian, we’ve been sending manned missions to Mars for several years. Watney’s crew, consisting of Jessica Chastain as Captain Lewis, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Aksel Hennie, is the third such mission. When a catastrophic Martian storm hits and they’re making their way back to the MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle), Watney’s struck by a communications satellite, a blow that both knocks him unconscious and carries him too far from the MAV to be recovered. Lewis has only seconds to decide whether to try to find Watney, who’s seemingly dead, or save her entire crew. She picks the crew.

Back on Earth, NASA Director Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels) delivers the news to the world: Mark Watney is dead. Back on Mars, however, Watney’s injured, but alive — for now.

It’s going to be another four years until the next astronauts show up. The good news is, Watney has all of the crew’s provisions at his disposal. The bad news: it’s not enough to sustain him for four years. Watney’s challenge is relying on his brain and his will to figure out how to survive. He’s a botanist, so he knows how to grow things. The challenge for Scott, Damon and friends is keeping Watney’s story of Martian isolation interesting.

Enter the use of GoPro cameras, which are positioned all over the HAB (habitat) in a way that feels perfectly natural. Watney’s video logs also feel organic, and necessary for his sanity and survival. To stay entertained, Watney plunders the crew’s personal items, which leads to his discovery of Lewis’ vast collection of 1970s disco.

Then there are the characters on Earth, and it’s a diverse and excellent group: Mars mission director Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), flight director Henderson (Sean Bean), PR director Montrose (Kristen Wiig), satellite expert Park (Mackenzie Davis), and disheveled astrophysicist Purnell (Donald Glover). Ultimately, they and Watney’s crew mates learn Watney’s alive, and work together to figure out how to bring him home.

One of Ridley Scott’s better films in years features one of Matt Damon’s best performances. Besides owning the physicality and body language one would imagine of a man stuck alone a distant planet, Damon is emotionally engaging on another level. The GoPro setup gives us a “found footage” aspect that in this case feels like it belongs, on occasion taking on the feel of a documentary. Further, this is a story that takes place on Mars and whether or not the science here is accurate, it’s completely believable.

While I read Weir’s novel and wish the screenplay included some of Watney’s better musings, and a particular harrowing event, screenwriter Drew Goddard delivers a well-rounded and accessible adaptation of The Martian that Scott was able to turn into one of the most realistic, intelligent and inspiring space stories Hollywood has ever delivered.

Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

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George Clooney Explains How He Found Himself in Bed with Cindy Crawford

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — George Clooney and his friends still know how to have a good time. The Oscar winner opened up to Extra about a cocktail-fueled night that ended with his best friend’s wife, Cindy Crawford, crawling into bed with him by mistake.

“She’s only human, let’s face it,” he deadpanned. “She can’t help herself!”

“We had a couple of drinks and then couldn’t go home,” he continued, calling it “one of the funnier drunken nights.”

He added: “She thought I was [her husband] Rande [Gerber] and I was wearing my boots and my jeans — that’s how drunk I was, I think — and she hopped in bed. That was pretty funny.”

More recently, however, his celebrations have been more subdued. Clooney and his wife, Amal just celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary with a quiet dinner.

“What are you gonna do, shoot off fireworks? You know, sometimes you just go to dinner,” he said. “This is the paper anniversary. You don’t want to go too crazy on the first [because] you’ve got a lot more to do.”‘

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Tom Hanks’ Son Chet Speaks Out on Addiction

Sony/Columbia(LOS ANGELES) — Chet Hanks, the son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, posted a slew of videos to Instagram, explaining why he’s been out of the spotlight lately.

“I’ve been trying to get my s*** together,” Hanks said. “I’m doing pretty damn good. I just really had to take a look at myself and my life and the way s*** was going, and all the crazy, stupid s*** I was doing and just finally admit to myself that it wasn’t working.”

Hanks, 25, also owned up to using the N-word inappropriately in the past, even though he says he didn’t use it in a malicious way.

“I know a lot of y’all understood the point I was trying to make, but the truth is it’s not my place to speak on that and I’m genuinely sorry for the people that I offended,” he said.

All the antics in the past are not who the artist wants to be, he continued.

“It’s been a long journey for me…because of all the pressures that I’ve dealt with in my life, being the son of my dad and everything,” he said. “Just trying to find where I fit in.”

He also explained his dependency on drugs before going to rehab and told others struggling with addiction to message him.

“A couple months ago, I was selling coke, doing coke until I couldn’t even snort it up my nose, it was so clogged,” he explained. “I even smoked crack. If I can change, you can change, there is a solution.”

He closed by thanking everyone for listening to his story. “If you are dealing with this s***, take yourself to a meeting,” he said.

Tom Hanks’ rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his son.

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