Review Category : Entertainment

Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger Not Rushing to Get Married

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger have been together since 2006, but don’t expect them to walk down the aisle anytime soon.

The former Fringe actor tells the November issue of Glamour magazine, “I can tell you why we’re not married: We’re not religious.”

Jackson continues, “I don’t feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party.”

The 36-year-old actor tells the magazine, “We’re both children of divorce, so it’s hard for me to take marriage at face value as the thing that shows you’ve grown up and are committed to another person,” adding, “But it may change at some point. We may get married.”

The actress, who was married to French actor Guillame Canet from 2001 to 2006, credits her divorce for teaching her that being married isn’t mandatory. “I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart, she told Glamour in 2011, adding, “There’s no paper that will make you stay.”

Kruger currently stars in the FX series The Bridge. Jackson stars in the new Showtime series The Affair.

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Body Found in Washington State Presumed to Be Missing Actress Misty Upham

Brian To/WireImage(SEATTLE) — Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington, say a body has been found that is presumed to be that of missing actress Misty Upham.

The Auburn Police Department says it received a call Thursday afternoon that a body had been found in a wooded area. The body was found at the bottom of an embankment near the White River by a member of Upham’s family.

A purse containing identification of Upham was found at the scene. Police say a positive identification of the body has not yet been made. However, TMZ reports that Upham’s uncle says it has been confirmed it was Upham who was found. The Hollywood Reporter further notes that the actress’ father, Charles Upham, confirmed her identity to authorities.

The body has been turned over to the King County Medical Examiner for positive identification and a determination of cause of death. The medical examiner’s findings are expected to be released in the next few days.

The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family on Oct. 6. The previous day, Upham’s family called police to report she was suicidal.

Upham’s acting credits include the films August: Osage County, Frozen River and Django Unchained. She appears in the upcoming Jennifer Aniston drama Cake.

Meryl Streep, who starred in August: Osage County, told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, “So so sad to hear this news — all our thoughts are with her family and with her beautiful spirit.”

Frozen River star Melissa Leo told the publication, “Such a loss… so sad, so so sad.”

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Review: “The Best of Me” (Rated PG-13)

Relativity(NEW YORK) — The Best of Me, the latest film to be based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, is so embarrassingly bad, it hurts to write about it. If you can forgive bad casting, ham-handed dialogue, obvious digital manipulation of the film, sloppy sound mixing and far-fetched plot points, then you just might be able to enjoy what I believe to be one of the worst movies of the year.

Twenty-one years after going their separate ways, former high school sweethearts Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) are reunited after older mutual friend Tuck (Gerald McRaney) passes away. Dawson is a loner who works on an oil rig, but enjoys reading books about philosophy when he has a break. Amanda is living a Stepford existence, playing the part of the dutiful, beautiful, stay-at-home mother to a teenage son in a loveless marriage.

We learn about their history through a series of flashbacks in which Luke Bracey plays the young Dawson and Liana Liberato plays young Amanda. And here’s where the movie implodes.

There’s nothing wrong with Bracey as an actor, but this has to be one of the worst pieces of casting I’ve ever seen. He’s supposed to be the high school version of Dawson, but have you ever met a high school student with crow’s feet? In real life, Bracey couldn’t pass for an undercover cop in high school, never mind the fact there’s virtually no resemblance between him and Marsden. Bracey’s casting is such a distraction, it’s a cinematic disaster. Liberato is much more convincing as a young Monaghan.

As for the plot: Dawson’s crazy, drug-running father and brothers, his relationship with Tuck, and his star-crossed relationship with Amanda past and present — it hardly matters. Other than the actors’ efforts to try to overcome this flaw-laden film, The Best of Me’s only other redeeming quality is that it finally ends.

One out of five stars.

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Movie Review: “Fury” (Rated R)

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) — Fury takes place at the end of World War 2. The conflict is clearly over for Hitler and everybody knows it, except Hitler. War is already brutal and dangerous, but it’s even more so when your enemy is desperate, and the remaining Nazis are very desperate and unimaginably brutal. To deal with them, the most hardened, skilled soldiers are called in to lead the final push into Germany.

We first meet Brad Pitt’s Don “Wardaddy” Collier in the aftermath of a battle, on a field barely visible through the literal fog of war. Using what appears to be an unmanned, damaged tank for cover, he knocks a mounted German soldier from his horse and kills him with his bare hands. Collier then gently takes the horse by the reins, lovingly strokes its mane, looks it in its eyes and sets it free. It’s the first of many scenes in Fury that highlight the incongruous nature of war.

Turns out the tank, dubbed “Fury,” wasn’t unmanned after all. Collier climbs in and we meet the rest of the crew: Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Garcia (Michael Peña) and Travis (John Bernthal). They’re a dysfunctional band of brothers, living from second to second in a mobile iron box, surrounded and accompanied by death — and we’re along for the ride.

When they get back to base, fresh-faced kid Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) introduces himself as the new member of the team. Ellison was a clerk and has no battle experience whatsoever, but this is the end of the war and it’s all hands on deck. The kid doesn’t want to be there and the guys, given Norman’s lack of experience or enthusiasm, don’t really want him there either. It won’t be long before we discover Norman’s ambivalence will become a complete liability.

How Collier and company handle Norman is a showcase of deft writing, acting and directing, of which this movie has many. Particularly stunning is a scene in which Collier and Norman enter the apartment of two German women in a town they just liberated. While the rest of the soldiers are in the streets celebrating, the war-hardened soldier and the boy who’s learning to be a soldier experience a taste of normalcy, but a reality check comes knocking on the door when the rest of the unit, drunk, enters the apartment and antagonizes their brothers in arms, and the women. It will leave a lump in your throat a few tears in your eyes.

Fury is not a great World War 2 film, but it is one of the better ones. Absolutely no punches are pulled here in displaying the anxious, intense, horrific and violent nature of battle, while at the same time exploring the camaraderie and hearts of the men who lived and died in the midst of it. Writer/director and producer David Ayer is carving a niche for himself with films that explore male bonding in extraordinary, life-threatening situations. There were flashes of that theme early in his career but his brilliance became apparent in 2012’s cop drama End of Watch, which also starred Pena, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.

There is brilliance in Fury, but Ayer sells out a bit when this very human story at times becomes too Rambo-esque. And I get it: it’s probably what he needed to do to get Hollywood to pony up for a film that is otherwise a seemingly true-to-life war tale – perhaps too true-to-life. Even so, it’s one worth seeing.

Four out of five stars.

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Movie Review: “Fury” (Rated R)

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) — Fury takes place at the end of World War 2. The conflict is clearly over for Hitler and everybody knows it, except Hitler. War is already brutal and dangerous, but it’s even more so when your enemy is desperate, and the remaining Nazis are very desperate and unimaginably brutal. To deal with them, the most hardened, skilled soldiers are called in to lead the final push into Germany.

We first meet Brad Pitt’s Don “Wardaddy” Collier in the aftermath of a battle, on a field barely visible through the literal fog of war. Using what appears to be an unmanned, damaged tank for cover, he knocks a mounted German soldier from his horse and kills him with his bare hands. Collier then gently takes the horse by the reins, lovingly strokes its mane, looks it in its eyes and sets it free. It’s the first of many scenes in Fury that highlight the incongruous nature of war.

Turns out the tank, dubbed “Fury,” wasn’t unmanned after all. Collier climbs in and we meet the rest of the crew: Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Garcia (Michael Peña) and Travis (John Bernthal). They’re a dysfunctional band of brothers, living from second to second in a mobile iron box, surrounded and accompanied by death — and we’re along for the ride.

When they get back to base, fresh-faced kid Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) introduces himself as the new member of the team. Ellison was a clerk and has no battle experience whatsoever, but this is the end of the war and it’s all hands on deck. The kid doesn’t want to be there and the guys, given Norman’s lack of experience or enthusiasm, don’t really want him there either. It won’t be long before we discover Norman’s ambivalence will become a complete liability.

How Collier and company handle Norman is a showcase of deft writing, acting and directing, of which this movie has many. Particularly stunning is a scene in which Collier and Norman enter the apartment of two German women in a town they just liberated. While the rest of the soldiers are in the streets celebrating, the war-hardened soldier and the boy who’s learning to be a soldier experience a taste of normalcy, but a reality check comes knocking on the door when the rest of the unit, drunk, enters the apartment and antagonizes their brothers in arms, and the women. It will leave a lump in your throat a few tears in your eyes.

Fury is not a great World War 2 film, but it is one of the better ones. Absolutely no punches are pulled here in displaying the anxious, intense, horrific and violent nature of battle, while at the same time exploring the camaraderie and hearts of the men who lived and died in the midst of it. Writer/director and producer David Ayer is carving a niche for himself with films that explore male bonding in extraordinary, life-threatening situations. There were flashes of that theme early in his career but his brilliance became apparent in 2012’s cop drama End of Watch, which also starred Pena, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.

There is brilliance in Fury, but Ayer sells out a bit when this very human story at times becomes too Rambo-esque. And I get it: it’s probably what he needed to do to get Hollywood to pony up for a film that is otherwise a seemingly true-to-life war tale – perhaps too true-to-life. Even so, it’s one worth seeing.

Four out of five stars.

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Joan Rivers’ Cause of Death Revealed

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers died because her brain was damaged due to lack of oxygen. That’s the official finding of the New York City Medical Examiner, who released the news Thursday.

Rivers was undergoing a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan August 28 to evaluate acid reflux and changes in her voice, and was sedated with the anesthetic propofol when she suffered hypoxia, or not enough oxygen in her blood. The official manner of death is “therapeutic complication,” meaning her death resulted from a “predictable complication from medical therapy.”

Propofol was also the drug that Dr. Conrad Murray administered to Michael Jackson before the entertainer’s death in 2009.

Rivers subsequently suffered cardiac arrest and was taken to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died Sept. 4 at age 81, having never regained consciousness.

The New York State Health Department told ABC News not long after Rivers’ death that it had opened a “full investigation” of the clinic where Rivers was being treated. A source said there was no suspicion of wrongdoing and the investigation was routine.

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Joan Rivers’ Cause of Death Revealed

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers died because her brain was damaged due to lack of oxygen. That’s the official finding of the New York City Medical Examiner, who released the news Thursday.

Rivers was undergoing a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan August 28 to evaluate acid reflux and changes in her voice, and was sedated with the anesthetic propofol when she suffered hypoxia, or not enough oxygen in her blood. The official manner of death is “therapeutic complication,” meaning her death resulted from a “predictable complication from medical therapy.”

Propofol was also the drug that Dr. Conrad Murray administered to Michael Jackson before the entertainer’s death in 2009.

Rivers subsequently suffered cardiac arrest and was taken to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died Sept. 4 at age 81, having never regained consciousness.

The New York State Health Department told ABC News not long after Rivers’ death that it had opened a “full investigation” of the clinic where Rivers was being treated. A source said there was no suspicion of wrongdoing and the investigation was routine.

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Zoe Saldana Finally Opens Up About Her Pregnancy

Randy Holmes / ABC(LOS ANGELES) — For months, Zoe Saldana has played coy about her pregnancy. However, on Wednesday night, she revealed that her due date is eight to 10 weeks away and that so far, things have been going well.

“I feel great,” she told said during an appearance The Late, Late Show. “I’m hungry all the time!”

The actress, 36, is reportedly expecting twin boys with her husband, Marco Perego, though she has yet to confirm that tidbit. One thing is for sure, though: Pregnancy has increased her appetite. During her appearance on the talk show, the actress dug into ribs that host Craig Ferguson provided for her.

“It feels good. Food just tastes so delicious,” she gushed. “It’s really good because you trick yourself. Working in Hollywood, you trick yourself, going, ‘That burger’s disgusting. A burger is awful,’ but now that you’re pregnant, you’re like, ‘I can eat all of that together at the same time! I can have the pickle with the doughnut and it will probably be life-changing.'”

However, Saldana said that she isn’t craving anything specific, nor has she sent Perego out on a food-finding mission. Instead, her sleepless nights are spent watching crime mysteries and dreaming about receiving compliments on her changing physique.

“Now that I’m pregnant, I’m kind of itching for sex comments, compliments,” she said. “Not getting picked up because my husband will kill you, but, [for someone to say], ‘Your wife is looking really hot!’ We like that.”

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Brad Pitt Tells “Details” Magazine ‘I Don’t Suck at Being a Dad’

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Brad Pitt is an A-list actor and a family man, and he discusses how he manages to balance the two in the latest issue of Details magazine, declaring he doesn’t “suck at being a dad.”

Much of the 50-year-old actor’s time is spent being dad to his and wife Angelina Jolie’s six children, and he thinks he’s pretty good at it.

“I’ve discovered I don’t suck at being a dad,” he tells the magazine.

Another thing Pitt has learned to deal with is living in the public eye. He notes, “My soul was stolen by the camera so long ago, I don’t have to think about it anymore.”

“One definition of freedom is the ability to follow your bliss without being watched, recorded, scrutinized,” Pitt added.

The actor has been riding motorcycles since he was a kid and tells the magazine he tries to find time to do it as often as he can. “I try to carve out time for a solo ride in every country I travel to, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the belly of India.”

“I haven’t even come close to fulfilling my list — yet,” he admits. “But, in the traffic of L.A. with a helmet on, I’m just another a**hole on the road.”

Even when he’s not riding, Pitt loves being outdoors.

“The woods, rivers, bluffs, lakes and caves have all left an indelible mark on me,” he reveals. “And I’m quite reverential when it comes to a tree. On my forearm, I had tattooed 94.9m — the height of the largest sequoia.”

Pitt will next be seen in the World War II drama Fury, opening Friday.

The latest edition of Details magazine hits newsstands Oct. 28.

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Chris Noth on “Sex and the City 3″ Rumors, His Mr. Big Character

Warner Bros. (New Line)(NEW YORK) — Amid rumors of a third Sex and the City movie, actor Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big, recently discussed the topic with the Australian news website News.com.au and said he’ll “believe it when they say ‘Action.'”

Noth adds, “…Until then I don’t pay any attention. Sure, I’ve heard rumors, but they’ve been saying that s**t for 10 years.”

The 59-year-old actor also talked about Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw, and cleared up a misconception about his character’s money and power giving him the upper hand in the relationship, noting that “emotionally he was a wreck.”

“It was [Carrie] who tried to pretend he was something he wasn’t. He was always honest about himself — he never cheated on her,” Noth explains.

“The relationship just didn’t work, and he went on to get married while she went on to…how many boyfriends did she have? She was such a whore,” Noth declares with a laugh.

“There’s a misconception that Carrie was a victim of him, and that’s not the case — she was a strong, smart woman,” Noth adds.

When asked why he thinks the critical response to the second Sex and the City movie was mostly negative, Noth blamed poor timing.

“I think it was considered an indulgence and a distraction because it hit right when the recession happened,” he tells the Australian website. “People were like, ‘Who gives a f**k about these broads going to Dubai when we can’t pay our mortgage?'”

“It was originally intended as a romp between these friends, but I think it was a mistake to leave New York City, because New York is an integral part of that show,” he added.

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