Review Category : Entertainment

Julia Roberts Comments on Death of Half-Sister

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the first time since the death of her half-sister in February, comments from Julia Roberts following the tragedy have surfaced.

Roberts spoke to Wall Street Journal Magazine in late February about Nancy Motes’ death from a possible drug overdose, and the interview was released Monday.

“It’s just heartbreak,” she told Wall Street Journal Magazine, tearing up. “It’s only been 20 days. There aren’t words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It’s hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead.”

Motes was found dead in Los Angeles on Feb. 9 at the age of 37.

The Oscar winner added, “You don’t want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world. But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family. It’s so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family.”

Roberts, 46, who spoke to the magazine as part of her promotion for her May 25 HBO movie The Normal Heart, added candid details about her personal life with husband Daniel Moder and her children Hazel and Phinnaeus, 9, and Henry, 5.

“By the time we had kids, I had accomplished things and felt secure about that part of my life,” she said. “I was so joyful moving into the family phase of my life in a sincere way.”

She also joked that when her twins arrived in 2004, she wanted to be with them as much as possible.

“For a long time they weren’t even aware I had a job because I was home so much,” she added.

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Vin Diesel Posts Photo Alongside Paul Walker’s Brothers

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Days after it was announced that Paul Walker’s brothers will help finish Fast & Furious 7, star Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself with the late actor’s two brothers.

“After spending time with his biological brothers, I must say to the parents, you raised some great kids,” Diesel wrote Sunday in a Facebook post accompanying the photo, believed to have been taken on the set.

The star also opened up about his reaction to Walker’s death.

“When I heard the news, I left the production, grabbed a plane and took my family and Michelle [Rodriguez] back to L.A. …drove directly to his parent’s house,” Diesel wrote on Facebook. “His Father said, Paul loved you Vin…I awkwardly and nervously said, aw come on…then he said…you don’t have to get along every second to love each other…so true.”

Walker, 40, was in the midst of shooting scenes for the upcoming film when he died Nov. 30 in a fiery car crash.

Production on Fast & Furious 7 was suspended for several months following Walker’s death. The film will arrive in theaters on April 10, 2015.

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Bryan Singer’s Accuser Files Lawsuits Against 3 Hollywood Execs

Mark Davis/Getty Images for EJAF(LOS ANGELES) — The man accusing X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexual abuse has now filed similar lawsuits against three Hollywood executives.

The complaints, filed by Michael Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, in Hawaii, targets Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard. Egan alleges he was abused by the three men at an Encino, Calif., home, and in Hawaii when he was a teenager.

The claims are similar to the ones made by the now-31-year-old Egan in his lawsuit against Singer, filed last week. He stated that he was abused over the course of a few years by Singer, beginning at the age of 15.

The latest complaints were announced Monday at a Beverly Hills press conference attended by Egan, his mother, and Herman.

Ancier is the former head of programming for Fox and NBC. He co-created the 1990s talk program The Ricki Lake Show.

Neuman is the former president of Disney TV. Goddard, who directed the 1987 He-Man movie Masters of the Universe, has helped create theme park attractions for Universal Studios.

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“Game of Thrones” Director Opens up About Controversial Sex Scene

HBO/Neil Davidson(NEW YORK) — Another week, another shocking episode of Game of Thrones.

Attention: Spoiler alert

On Sunday’s episode, GoT characters are still reeling from the shocking death of Joffrey as another character took things to a very uncomfortable level.

Cersei, played by Lena Headey, is mourning Joffrey, when Jaime, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, walks in.

The two characters are brother and sister. By the end of the scene, Jaime ends up raping Cersei.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with director Alex Graves about filming such a tough scene.

“The whole thing for me was about dead Joffrey (played by Jack Gleeson) lying there, watching the whole thing,” Graves told THR. “I wanted to make sure I had Jack in there as much as I could. Of course Lena and Nikolaj laughed every time I would say, ‘You grab her by the hair, and Jack is right there,’ or ‘You come around this way and Jack is right there.’ “

On why Joffrey was so important to the rape scene, he said, “He is their first born. He is their sin. He is their lust, and their love — their everything.”

Graves added that even he was shocked when he read the script and knew he had to direct such a horrific act.

“You read the scene and go, ‘Wait, who’s directing this?’” he added. “I’m never that excited about going to film forced sex.”

What could possibly happen next on GoT?

“Episode three is in part an aftermath episode, where you settle and everything takes a turn toward the second half of the season, whether it’s Castle Black, where the battle is coming and they realize they are going to have to do something,” he teased. “Episode three is actually a series of really beautifully written scenes that smartly ends with Meereen, which is the beginning. You have all these beautiful scenes to play out, and then you get a big smashing end to the episode, which is like the opening sequence of a movie as the end. Three is really setting up the last three episodes of the season.”

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“Dancing With the Stars”: Drew Carey Voted Off on Party Anthem Week

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — It was a party hit theme on Dancing With the Stars on Monday, but the party’s over for TV game show host Drew Carey, who was voted off the show.

“I got farther than I thought I would, to tell you the truth,” Carey said, thanking the show for allowing him to fulfill a fantasy and saying that his partner, Cheryl Burke, was great.

“Thanks for all the kindness and the love,” Carey said, referring to the cast and his supporters.

Carey had delivered entertaining routines throughout the season, but he had struggled with perfecting the technique of the various dance styles. He and actress Candace Cameron Bure were both in jeopardy of going home.

The star with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes from the previous week’s performance is generally voted off.

Pop singer Cody Simpson was voted off last week.

Monday’s guest judge was Redfoo of the electronic dance music duo LMFAO.

Here’s a rundown of Monday’s performances:

NeNe Leakes: The Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s saucy salsa with pro partner Tony Dovolani won judges’ approval for its spirit, but head judge Led Goodman had some advice for the reality TV star. “You’ve cornered the market, I tell you, on fun and entertainment … if you want to progress, I’d like you to work a little bit more on your technique now,” he said. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said the routine looked like Leakes’s “most comfortable dance,” while judge Bruno Tonioli called Leakes “one of a kind.” Guest judge Redfoo said Leakes “owned” the performance. “That was hot!” he added. Leakes earned three 8′s and a 9 for a total of 33 out of a possible 40 points.

Candace Cameron Bure:
The Full House actress and her pro partner, Mark Ballas, delivered a fun, confident cha-cha that had judges praising Bure’s improvement. “Candace, when you hit it, it is so great …,” Inaba said. Tonioli and Goodman both commended her improved leg action — but Tonioli told Bure that she had “moments of brilliance” but didn’t sustain it all the way through, and Goodman said Bure needed to work on making her arms more rhythmic. Redfoo called Bure “cute,” but agreed with Tonioli that she didn’t sustain the attitude throughout the routine. She earned four 8′s for a total of 32 points.

James Maslow: The singer/actor and his pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, were coming off of a season high of last week’s perfect score, but with Monday’s quickstep – channeling Danny Zuko from the film, Grease – he drew mixed reviews. Inaba told him he was “such a leading man,” and Redfoo also liked the performance, but Goodman questioned the technique, called the footwork heavy and spotted a “rule infringement.” He also said Maslow’s speed came at the expense of technique. Tonioli agreed that Maslow could have been lighter on his feet, but said the star turned in a “classically performed quickstep.” Maslow earned three 9′s and an 8, for a total of 35 points.

Danica McKellar: The Wonder Years actress won strong reviews for her cha-cha with pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. “Danica! You just put love in the club. I mean, that was wooo!” Redfoo said. Goodman was also enthusiastic, saying: “I tell you, that’s the best dance of the night so far!” Tonioli told McKellar that she had the “verve and vivacity of a purring little kitten, adorable all the way through …,” while Inaba said she saw the “full blossom” of McKellar’s strength and femininity. McKellar earned four 9′s for a total of 36 points.

Meryl Davis:
The Olympic ice dancer earned rave reviews for her frenzied tango with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Goodman told Davis that she was the first celebrity to be able to match Chmerkovskiy’s intensity, and he called the performance “special.” Tonioli said the choreography was incredible, noting: “the tension in the room – you could taste it.” Inaba said Davis’s technique was “beyond anything I’ve ever seen. You look like one of the pros,” while Redfoo quipped: “I say E.T. phone home. You know why? ‘Cause that was out of this world!” Judges gave Davis four 10′s, for a perfect score of 40.

Drew Carey: Judges acknowledged technique issues with the TV game show host’s funky tango with pro partner Cheryl Burke, but they praised his determination and commitment. Inaba told Carey: “You were the life of the party tonight.” Added Tonioli: “The technique was a little bit all over the place … but I have to say you put on a great show.” Redfoo said Carey was “all swagged out,” adding that the routine was “pimped to the tenth degree.” Goodman said he appreciated that Carey tried his hardest every week, despite feeling discouraged. Carey earned a 7, two 8′s and a 9 for a total of 32 points.

Charlie White: The Olympian’s electrifying cha-cha – which finished with a crowd-pleasing glow-in-the-dark effect – had judges smiling in enjoyment. “It was hot, it was sexy, it was funky,” Inaba said, while Redfoo added: “Hey, man. I liked it because you had so many different styles … it made me want to dance.” Goodman praised White’s musicality. “It was just terrific,” he said, adding that he “wasn’t too keen” on the glow-in-the-dark portion of the routine, but he conceded that his reaction could be because of his age. Tonioli said the style was spot-on. “You managed to make it look flawless,” he told White. White earned four 9′s for a total of 36 points.

Amy Purdy: The Paralympian snowboarder’s rapid jive earned her wild applause from the audience and praise from the judges. “Wooo! That blew my mind!” Redfoo said. Goodman called it a “fantastic” performance, but pointed out a slip-up in the middle of the routine. Inaba also noticed the slip, but said Purdy had the best kicks and flicks of anyone she’d seen doing the jive on the show. Tonioli called Purdy “a real-life superhero.” Purdy earned two 10′s and two 9s’, for a total of 38 points.

Here a rundown of the judges’ scores:

  • Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 40
  • Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 38
  • Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 36
  • Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 36
  • James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 35
  • NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 33
  • Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 32
  • Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: 32

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Reports: Gwen Stefani in Talks to Join “The Voice”

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Looks like Christina Aguilera’s pregnancy has given Gwen Stefani a new opportunity: Both TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter say that the No Doubt frontwoman is likely to step in for Aguilera on the seventh season of The Voice.

While NBC hasn’t confirmed anything, TMZ says that Stefani will be in the big red chair when season seven begins taping this June, alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, who’s replacing the departing Cee Lo Green. The website claims that Aguilera wanted to continue on the show throughout her pregnancy, but ultimately decided it would be too difficult and stepped aside.

Stefani’s deal is for only one season, TMZ claims, as Aguilera is expected to be back for season eight.

Stefani knows all about putting things on hold due to pregnancy: she recently gave birth to her third child, son Apollo Bowie Flynn, with hubby Gavin Rossdale.

Meanwhile, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Stefani is “in talks” for the job. The publication notes that earlier this month at Coachella, Williams brought Stefani out on stage with him for a version of “Hollaback Girl” and said big things would be coming for her. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he may have been referring to their impending reunion on The Voice.

The current season’s lineup of Voice judges includes Levine, Shelton, Usher and Shakira. The show’s finale takes place on May 20.

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Melissa Rycroft Welcomes a Son

JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) — It’s a boy for Melissa Rycroft.

The former Dancing with the Stars competitor and her husband, Tye Strickland, welcomed a son on April 20 in Dallas.

Beckett Thomas weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.2 inches long.

“This little guy has been teasing us about his arrival for the last month so it is only fitting that he surprise us with his arrival on Easter Sunday,” Rycroft, 31, said in a statement. “He’s perfect and beautiful.”

Beckett is the couple’s second child. Their daughter Ava was born in February 2011.

“Ava can’t wait for us to bring him home to be able to show us all of the big sister duties she’s been practicing!” Rycroft added.

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Melissa Rycroft Welcomes a Son

JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) — It’s a boy for Melissa Rycroft.

The former Dancing with the Stars competitor and her husband, Tye Strickland, welcomed a son on April 20 in Dallas.

Beckett Thomas weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.2 inches long.

“This little guy has been teasing us about his arrival for the last month so it is only fitting that he surprise us with his arrival on Easter Sunday,” Rycroft, 31, said in a statement. “He’s perfect and beautiful.”

Beckett is the couple’s second child. Their daughter Ava was born in February 2011.

“Ava can’t wait for us to bring him home to be able to show us all of the big sister duties she’s been practicing!” Rycroft added.

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Chris Brown’s Bodyguard Found Guilty of Assault

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Chris Brown’s bodyguard was found guilty Monday morning of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel last year.

Judge Patricia W. Wynn’s conviction of Christopher Hollosy follows two days of testimony last week.

Both Hollosy and Brown face charges of misdemeanor assault in the attack, during which they’re accused of punching a man outside of the W hotel. Hollosy claimed the man was trying to board Brown’s tour bus, but the victim said he was trying to insert himself into a photo Brown was taking with two women.

Hollosy will be sentenced on June 25.

The bodyguard’s conviction may not bode well for Brown, who himself goes on trial Wednesday for the same crime. He’s denied hitting his accuser.

If Brown is convicted of assault, he not only faces a possible six months in jail and a $1,000 fine in Washington, D.C., but also could face problems in California, where he’s on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. If he’s found to have violated his probation in that case, he could face four years in a California prison.

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Justin Bieber’s Deportation Request Rejected by White House

Theo Wargo/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Justin Bieber will be staying here in the U.S., despite an online petition on the White House website, We the People, seeking to have him deported.

The White House responded to the request with, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”

The statement went on to explain that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.”

The White House added, “We’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case.”

The petition, which was launched in January, claimed the troubled 20-year-old pop star is “a terrible influence on our nation’s youth.” It drew nearly 274,000 signatures, well beyond the 100,000 needed to generate an official response.

The petition came on the heels of several run-ins Bieber had with the law, including his DUI arrest in Miami Beach.

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