Review Category : Entertainment

Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone and Natalie Portman and More Perform “I Will Survive”

(LOS ANGELES) — A collection of Oscars contenders, still coming to grips with the reality of Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States in a little over a week, lent their voices to a spirited version of the Gloria Gaynor classic, “I Will Survive,” for W magazine’s Best Performances portfolio, appearing in the February edition.

Despite its unnecessarily politicized premise, the segment is actually quite fun.

Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Pine, Andrew Garfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Felicity Jones, and Taraji P. Henson are among the artists delivering Oscar-worthy performances of the disco hit, from dramatic readings of the lyrics to spirited vocal performances — and even a little original choreography.

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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Says He Can’t Watch His Film With an Audience

Photo by David Bornfriend, courtesy of A24(LOS ANGELES) — Director Barry Jenkins is fresh off of a big Golden Globes win with his film Moonlight snagging the top honor of the night as Best Motion Picture, Drama. And with that big win combined with big buzz heading into awards season, Jenkins has already found a way to keep a level head.

“I went through this process before on a much lower level,” Jenkins said in a recent appearance on “Popcorn With Peter Travers.” “And I became aware of what it can be like when you read your own press. I sat down with myself and I decided what I felt the movie was, the quality of what we’d done. And the result was I was very proud of the film. And I kind of just stay in that place.”

The film is based on a play written by Jenkins’ childhood friend Tarell McCraney. Jenkins describes the film, starring Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, as a coming-of-age film, about a kid growing up in South Central Miami.

“We kind of break it down into three chapters, three vignettes from this guy’s life, one when he’s a child, one when he’s a teenager, one when he’s a young man,” said Jenkins. “And in doing it that way, we kind of put a magnifying glass on how the world is shaping these young men in the community that I grew up in, which is the same as the playwright’s Tarell McCraney,” he said.

“The character played by Naomie Harris, Paula, who is our main character’s mom, is addicted to crack cocaine. And both my mom and Tarell’s mom were both addicted to crack cocaine. Tarell and I grew up blocks from each other. It’s quite likely that my mom and his mom used drugs together,” he said.
Jenkins, 37, told Peter Travers that because the film hit home so much, he tried to make it for an audience of two, himself and McCraney.

“I think if you create something that’s distinct and unique, you’ll get a genuine, a visceral reaction out of the person receiving it,” said Jenkins. “It’s not that the movie and its specificity is relatable to everyone. That’s not what I found. What I found is because Tarell and I are two guys from a certain block, in a certain neighborhood, in a certain era and our moms went through a certain ordeal, somebody as far as Boise, Idaho, goes, ‘My neighborhood’s nothing like Miami, and yet I went through this thing, on this corner with my uncle and my mom.’ It starts at our feet and you can see how it relates to your feet,” he said.

Jenkins added that it’s tough for him to watch the movie with an audience.

“I’ve only done it in full once,” he said. “I sat through it in Toronto. I sat through 80 percent of it. I kept finding reasons to go to the bathroom. A part of it is because the movie is so personal, and the actors do such an amazing job. There are just certain things where I’m not watching a movie. I’m watching certain elements of my life. And most of those things we think of in our heads when we’re alone. You’re not sharing that with everyone around you. In a theater, everyone is sitting there watching your memories. And this beautiful thing happens, at least it happened in the screening in Toronto and it was very emotional. I could feel people feeling the things that I was feeling.”

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Jimmy Fallon, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Seinfeld & Dave Chappelle Honor Michelle Obama on “The Tonight Show”

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC(NEW YORK) — Jimmy Fallon welcomed Michelle Obama to The Tonight Show Wednesday to honor the outgoing first lady in a show that featured conversation, games, music from Stevie Wonder, and surprise appearances from comedians Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld.

Following his monologue, Fallon introduced a touching video segment in which ordinary Americans were asked to record video messages for Michelle, who were then surprised when the FLOTUS appeared from behind a curtain to greet them.

During her interview with Fallon, Obama explained that she teared up during the president’s farewell address Tuesday when he began talking about their daughters, Sasha and Malia, because kids are so important to her. She also expressed her concern that initiatives she’s championed, like her Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, may disappear when Republicans take control of the White House. “We have to keep doing things that make sense for our future,” warned the first lady.

Mrs. Obama also vowed to lend support to president-elect Donald Trump and his family, explaining that democracy “is not about demonizing the other side” because “We’re all trying to get stuff done.”

At one point, Fallon invited Mrs. Obama to join him for a special edition of his recurring segment, “Thank-You Notes,” which included the first lady thanking her husband, whom she said wasn’t a “lame duck,” but rather a “silver fox.”

Fallon drew cheers from the audience when he thanked Mrs. Obama for “always promoting physical fitness,” before adding, “Since you like exercising so much, how about running for president?”

Fallon and Mrs. Obama were then joined by Chappelle and Seinfeld for a game of “Catchphrase,” which Fallon and the first lady won.

Finally, musical guest Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Mrs. Obama with special versions of his classics “Isn’t She Lovely” and My Cherie Amour,” rewritten especially for her.

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Tony Rosato, Cast Member of “SNL” and “SCTV,” Dead at 62

Tony Rosato in an “SNL” publicity photo circa 1980; NBC/NBCU Photo Bank(TORONTO) — Tony Rosato, a former cast member of both Saturday Night Live and SCTV, has died at the age of 62.

His death was confirmed to the CBC by his former agent, Larry Goldhar. It’s believed Rosato died from a heart attack.

The Italian-born Rosato, along Martin Short and Robin Duke, was one of only three performers to have been cast members of both Saturday Night Live and SCTV. He joined the latter in 1980, and a year later joined the cast of SNL alongside Duke, Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo.

One of his memorable SCTV sketches was “Cooking with Marcello,” about a TV chef whose show always ended in disaster.

Rosato continued to work as an actor and was a regular on the Canadian TV police drama Night Heat between 1985 and 1989. He also did considerable animation voiceover work.

In later years, Rosato’s life was put on hold when was imprisoned in 2005 after allegedly threatening his wife and daughter, believing they’d been replaced by impostors. He was ultimately diagnosed with the mental illness known as Capgras syndrome. He spent some four years total in both prison and a mental health facility before he was released in 2009.

Rosato remained active in the entertainment industry, working through 2016. Funeral details have yet to be revealed.

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“CHiPs” Movie Trailer Premieres on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

L-R: Michael Pena and Dax Shepherd in “CHiPs”; Peter Iovino/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — The first trailer from big-screen remake of the 1970s TV motorcycle cop show CHiPs premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night.

The clip was introduced by the movie’s stars, Michael Peña and Dax Shepard, who appeared dressed in California highway patrol uniforms.

The revved-up reboot of the cheesy, beloved ’70s series, which starred Erik Estrada as Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as Officer Jon Baker, features Peña and Shepard playing those parts, respectively. Shepard also wrote and directed the film, which also features Adam Brody, Jessica McNamee, Maya Rudolph and Vincent D’Onofrio.

CHiPs ran from 1977-1983 on NBC. The action cop comedy premieres March 24.

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Vivica A. Fox Formally Apologizes for Anti-Gay Comments: “I’m a Friend and Supporter of the LGBT Community”

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) — Vivica A. Fox is formally apologizing to her LGBT supporters for the recent comments she made that were viewed as anti-gay. Earlier this week, the actress started a social media firestorm when she strongly suggested that gay men were not the target audience for her male revue.

Now in an interview with Hollywood Today Live, the actress is once again apologizing, saying that her new Lifetime reality series, Vivica’s Black Magic, “is for everyone.”

“I just want to take a moment to say right now, I have been a friend and a supporter of the LGBT community for years,” Fox says as she turns and looks directly into the camera. “I would absolutely do nothing to offend or not support you guys. If I offended any of you guys — you guys are like family to me — I apologize. Everyone is welcomed to enjoy Vivica’s Black Magic.”

As previously reported, Vivica’s Black Magic director and producer, Jean-Claude LaMarre told TMZ he’s officially cutting ties with the actress after her remarks. “The comments were out of order, and it does not represent our attitudes toward the LGBT community. All are welcomed,” LaMarre told the gossip site.

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Pay Gap: Natalie Portman Was Paid Three Times Less than Ashton Kutcher for Forgettable Movie

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC(LONDON) — In 2011, Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Black Swan. It was also the year she earned three times less than Ashton Kutcher, her co-star in a flop of a romantic comedy called No Strings Attached.

The actress, who many feel will again be on the Oscar short list for the lead role in Jackie, tells Marie Claire UK that the pay gap stung. “I wasn’t as pi**** as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.”

The 35-year-old notes, “Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar,” but added, “In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”

“We just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities,” Portman said. “We need to be part of the solution, not perpetuating the problem.”

In 2015, Jennifer Lawrence also opened up about the gender pay gap in Hollywood, when she penned an op-ed piece for Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny about how she was paid significantly less than her male co-stars in 2013’s American Hustle.

Since then, other stars, including Patricia Arquette, Sienna Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper, have spoken out about the wage gap.

Incidentally, Lawrence was the highest paid actress in Hollywood for the past two years, with a 2016 haul of $46 million, according to Forbes.

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Be Idris Elba’s Valentine in New Omaze Charity Campaign

Omaze – 2017(LONDON) — Idris Elba, arguably one of the hottest stars on the big and small screen, has just offered to take you out for Valentine’s Day.

Well, not you specifically — unless you win Omaze’s latest charity experience.

For a measly $10, according to the site, you get 100 chances to win the opportunity to join the unfairly handsome and suave star of Luther and Star Trek Beyond, “for some quality time over the most delicious meal of your life.”

“Feel all the feelings that go along with being Idris’ Valentine,” the site notes, adding the caveat, “It won’t actually be Valentine’s Day, but Idris will make you feel like it is.”

Best of all, it’s all for a good cause.

The grand prize includes airfare and a 4-star hotel room, and dinner with Idris at one of his favorite restaurants. You even get an extra seat at dinner with the star for a friend…as if you’d let somebody else hog the experience.

As is always the case with Omaze, the more you donate can score you other perks as well, such as autographed swag, and a thank you message from the man himself.

The contest will benefit the actor and recording artist’s favorite charity, W.E. Can Lead, which safeguards educations for girls in Africa.

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Alec Baldwin Says He’s Looking for “Other Venues” to Spoof Trump

LR: John Goodman as Rex Tillerson, Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump; Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin has played President-elect Donald Trump for Saturday Night Live since last year, and he’s not planning to stop any time soon.

In fact, the actor, who hosts the ABC game show The Match Game, told ABC News that while SNL is a major time commitment, he’ll continue to “do it some.” Baldwin also said that at some point, his Trump impersonation may not be limited to the occasional SNL appearance.

“I’m gonna do [it] as much as I can,” he said, “and there’s discussions about other venues we might pursue to further express our gratitude and admiration for the Trump administration.”

There is a “presidential” precedent here; Will Ferrell brought his popular imitation of George W. Bush to Broadway, in a show called, You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush, which was filmed for HBO and aired at the close of the president’s second term.

Baldwin, 58, said Match Game is, “one of the most fun things I’ve ever done,” noting of the Wednesday night show, “We’re not really influencing anybody’s political opinions here. We’re here just to have a good time and tell some jokes and have it be silly and fun.”

Impersonating Trump hasn’t been too bad for the actor either. When asked about the president-elect and his plans to hold him accountable over the next four years, Baldwin said that he won’t have to do anything, and credited Trump with being “the head writer of all the material we do.”

“We just sit back and we look at Twitter, we read the news and we go, ‘There it is!’ And we probably should be, according to the WGA [Writers Guild of America], giving Trump some writing credits for what he’s done for us,” he said. “We’re just gonna sit back and just let the good times roll.”

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It’s Official: Woody Harrelson Joins Young Han Solo “Star Wars” Film

Alexander Koerner/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Woody Harrelson has officially stepped into that galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm has confirmed the Oscar-nominated actor has joined the cast of the second “anthology” Star Wars film, this one centering on a young Han Solo.

Alden Ehrenreich is stepping into Harrison Ford’s boots as a younger version of the smuggler and space pirate, while newly-minted Golden Globe winner Donald Glover will play a young version of Billy Dee Williams’ suave scoundrel Lando Calrissian. Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke will also appear in a still-to-be-announced role.

It is rumored that Harrelson will be playing a mentor of sorts to the young Solo, who was orphaned at an early age and became a pickpocket before winning his prized ship, the Millennium Falcon, from Lando in a dice game. Of course, he eventually became a general in the Rebel Alliance.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said in a statement posted on StarWars.com. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

The Han Solo stand-alone film will hit theaters in 2018.

Lucasfilm and ABC News share a parent company in Disney.

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