Review Category : Entertainment

First Trailer for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Debuts

FX(NEW YORK) — The first trailer for season four of American Horror Story has been released.

The new season of the FX program, titled American Horror Story: Freak Show, will be set in the 1950s and will focus on stars of a freak show.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Emma Roberts are among the cast members of American Horror Story: Freak Show, which premieres on Oct. 8.

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Gladys Knight Wants Kelly Rowland to Play Her in Biopic

Image Courtesy Kwaku Alston/Verve Music Group(NEW YORK) — Aretha Franklin isn’t the only R&B diva with casting ideas about a potential biopic. Gladys Knight announced that she would pick Kelly Rowland as the first choice to play her in a future biographical film.

“You guys remember when I asked you all who you’d like to see play the role of Gladys Knight in my biopic? Well… Here’s what I think:) @kellyrowland,” writes Knight on Instagram.

In a video clip she also posted, Knight explains what she likes most about the former Destiny’s Child singer. “I like Kelly Rowland. We don’t know her as an actress but there’s something about her and her spirit that kind of reflects with me,” she says.

Although Rowland has yet to respond, she would have her work cut out for her — Knight’s career spans five decades and includes both solo hits and hits with The Pips including classics like “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “You’re the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me.”

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“Dexter” Star to Take on Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dexter star Michael C. Hall is the latest actor to fill the platform boots of the transgender glam rock singer in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Variety reports Hall will take over the role from Girls actor Andrew Rannells.

Neil Patrick Harris starred as the titular character, Hedwig, in the first Broadway production of the musical and earned a Tony Award for his portrayal.

Hall’s stint will run from Oct. 16 until Jan. 4.

Previously, Hall starred on Broadway in a number of productions, including The Realistic Joneses, Cabaret and Chicago.

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Ellen DeGeneres Takes Ice Bucket Challenge on Her Show; Kim Kardashian West Up Next

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — The 12th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show began Monday with a splash.

Ellen DeGeneres accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge alongside guest Anthony Carbajal. Carbajal, who suffers from ALS, posted his own Ice Bucket Challenge video a few weeks ago that went viral.

After DeGeneres and Carbajal were doused with cold water, the talk show host nominated Kim Kardashian West and Beyonce. As it happens, Kardashian West is a guest on Tuesday’s edition of the show. Judging by a teaser posted on the show’s Instagram page, Kardashian West does accept the challenge — while taking a selfie, naturally.

As of Monday, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than 110 million dollars for the ALS Association.

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Hits Blu-Ray and DVD Tuesday

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Captain America: The Winter Soldier, one of the biggest hits and best reviewed movies of the year, is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday.

The film from Marvel Productions — which like ABC News, is owned by Disney — earned nearly $715 million worldwide, and has spawned a third installment, due in theaters May 6, 2016.

The movie shows Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America coming to grips with the modern world, and coming to find the agency S.H.I.E.L.D. for which he works isn’t what he once thought. Along with his Avengers pals — Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury — as well as series newcomer Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cap uncovers a deadly conspiracy within the agency and faces off with The Winter Soldier, a legendary assassin who was once like a brother to the spangly hero.

Robert Redford also stars as Alexander Pearce, the head of the spy agency, as does Revenge’s Emily VanCamp, who plays the mysterious Agent 13.

The Blu-Ray features a gag reel, a collection of deleted scenes, commentary from directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and making-of featurettes, including an in-depth look at what went into the movie’s brutal hand-to-hand fight scenes.

On that topic, Sebastian Stan, who appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, and played The Winter Soldier in the sequel, told ABC News Radio, “It’s just about three months of repetitive, just basically practice…It’s like sitting at the piano and like pressing the right keys…Everything is…meticulously choreographed. It’s like a dance…It’s not like you have a lot of room to sort of improvise, because…yes, you want make it believable, but it’s gotta be safe.” Still, he laughed, accidents did happen. “You can’t not get hit at some point.”

The movie’s directors stressed realistic action over computer generated effects wherever possible, and it paid off for the audience — and made it easy for the actors to get into character, Stan says — particularly in a freeway shootout scene that was filmed in Cleveland. “You walk on set and there’s cars with bullet holes in them, and fires…and extras running every which way. And so as an actor that’s a gold mine to play off of.”

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Mel Brooks Brings Extra Finger to TCL Chinese Theatre Ceremony

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Mel Brooks was honored in Hollywood on Monday, when he placed his hands and feet into cement in front the TCL Chinese Theatre.

The 88-year-old comedy legend joked during the ceremony that he was “almost honored” to be recognized at the venue.

ABC News Radio later asked Brooks how he wants to be remembered 100 years from now. He replied, “I don’t want to be remembered at all, but I’d like my work to be remembered. I’d like The Producers to be remembered. I’d like The Twelve Chairs, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, I want those to be remembered. I don’t care about myself, really. Because it’s only a work that lives after you.”

Brooks wore a fake sixth finger on his left hand when he dipped it into the cement, just for laughs. He wouldn’t mind having an extra finger for real because, he explained, “When I get really hungry I eat fast. And Chinese food, you know, ribs, that extra finger helps to get a rib into your mouth very quickly.”

The ceremony was held one day before Young Frankenstein is released on Blu-ray, in honor of the classic comedy’s 40th anniversary.

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“Thor” Star Tom Hiddleston Channels Hank Williams at Music Festival

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing Thor’s adopted brother and archenemy Loki in the Marvel Films franchise, got to show off his singing talent at Michigan’s Wheatland Music Festival this past weekend.

A YouTube video shows the 33-year-old actor appearing on stage Saturday, singing the Hank Williams classic, “Move It On Over.”

He was back again Sunday, according to a tweet by Carson City Gazette editor Elisabeth Waldon, this time joining singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell on stage for a performance of Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

The surprise performance was in preparation for Hiddleston’s next role, playing Williams in the upcoming biopic, I Saw the Light. The film follows the legendary singer’s rise to fame and its tragic effect on his personal life and health.

Williams died at the age of 29 due to heart failure.

Filming is set to begin next month in Louisiana.

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Why Taylor Swift Doesn’t ‘Walk Around Naked with My Windows Open’

ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Being a world-famous celebrity can certainly have its downside.

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Taylor Swift addresses the pitfalls of her fame.

“At the end of the day, I can’t be ungrateful, because I chose this,” she told the magazine. “But sometimes -– sometimes –- you don’t want to have a camera pointed at you.”

Swift, 24, said even in the confines of her own home or in other places that should be private, she feels a bit exposed because she’s a celebrity.

“There’s someone whose entire job it is to figure out things that I don’t want the world to see,” she said. “They look at your career, they look at what you prioritize, and they try to figure out what would be the most revealing or hurtful. Like, I don’t take my clothes off in pictures or anything –- I’m very private about that.”

“So it scares me how valuable it would be to get a video of me changing. It’s sad to have to look for cameras in dressing rooms and bathrooms. I don’t walk around naked with my windows open, because there’s a value on that,” she added.

That lack of privacy even invades Swift’s very public dating life.

“I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime,” admitted Swift, who famously writes songs about her exes. “And I’m just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore. I don’t like seeing slide shows of guys I’ve apparently dated. I don’t like giving comedians the opportunity to make jokes about me at award shows. I don’t like it when headlines read ‘Careful, Bro, She’ll Write a Song About You,’ because it trivializes my work. And most of all, I don’t like how all these factors add up to build the pressure so high in a new relationship that it gets snuffed out before it even has a chance to start.”

And with that, Swift has a simple solution: “I just don’t date.”

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Toronto Assault Charges Against Justin Bieber Dropped

Theo Wargo/Getty Images(TORONTO) — Assault charges against Justin Bieber for an incident that happened late last year in Toronto have been dropped, his lawyer told ABC News on Monday.

“On January 29, 2014, Justin Bieber was charged with assault in relation to an incident in Toronto that had allegedly occurred on December 29, 2013. Today we appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto at which time that charge was withdrawn at the request of the Crown,” Bieber’s attorney Brian Greenspan said in a statement to ABC.

The altercation for which Bieber, 20, was originally charged involved the pop singer, friends and a limo driver who picked the group up from a local Toronto club this past December.

“We welcome the decision of the office of the Crown Attorney to withdraw the charge, having reached the conclusion that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction,” the statement continued. “We have always maintained Mr. Bieber’s innocence. The withdrawal of the charge is the product of a thorough and thoughtful review of the evidence by responsible prosecutors. We thank them for their consideration.”

This is good news for Bieber, who was recently arrested on Aug. 29 for an unrelated charge of dangerous driving and assault.

OPP Constable Kees Wijnands said at the time of Bieber’s arrest that his driving last month in his native Canada while driving an all terrain vehicle had resulted in a collision with a van and was “a danger to the public” — hence the arrest.

Greenspan is also Bieber’s attorney in this separate case and told ABC at the time of the arrest that “Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’ peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi. This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault. …We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”

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George Clooney Reveals Where He and His Fiancée Will Tie the Knot

AFP/Getty Images(FLORENCE, Italy) — George Clooney has dropped a major tidbit regarding his upcoming wedding.

The actor, who is engaged to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, attended a fundraising event for the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Florence, Italy, on Sunday.

At the event, People magazine reports, Clooney shared this bit of news: “I met my lovely bride-to-be here in Italy, whom I will be marrying, in a couple of weeks, in Venice, of all places.”

The actor-director was at the event to accept a humanitarian award.

Meanwhile, E! News reports Alamuddin and her mother, Barria, stopped by the Alexander McQueen headquarters in London on Thursday, which may suggest that her wedding dress could come from the design house. Reportedly, she was there for two hours.

If Alamuddin does wear McQueen, she’d follow in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who also wore an Alexander McQueen gown on her wedding day.

There have also been whispers that Clooney’s bride may wear Elie Saab or Zuhair Murad on the big day.

Clooney, 53, proposed to the 36-year-old Alamuddin in April. It had been rumored for a while that they’ll exchange vows in Italy, where he has a villa in Lake Como.

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