Review Category : Entertainment

Former “Wonder Woman” Star Lynda Carter to Appear in “Supergirl”

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Wonder Woman, meet Supergirl!

Lynda Carter, who played the super-powered Amazonian princess in the 1970s TV series, will play the president of the United States in a recurring role on CW’s Supergirl, Variety reports.

Carter starred in Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979, in what was then the first female superhero ever on American television — paving the way for Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and now, Melissa Benoist as Superman’s super-powered Kryptonian cousin, Kara Zor-El.

After spending its freshman season on CBS, Supergirl season two premieres on the CW October 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Darth Vader Is Back! Villain Returns in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

20th Century-Fox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ever since the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — set during the time of the first Star Wars movie — fans have been wondering if any characters from the original film would appear in it.

Now we know the answer: Darth Vader!

Entertainment Weekly gave ABC’s Good Morning America an exclusive look at this week’s cover, which reveals the exciting news.

“Darth Vader kind of looms large over the plot even when he’s not necessarily on screen because the new villain played by Ben Mendleson, Director Krennic … He’s trying to fulfill the wishes of the emperor and he’s got kinda Vader looming in the background over his shoulder, making sure that he gets the job done,” EW‘s Anthony Breznican told Good Morning America Wednesday.

The plot of Rogue One — starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed and Oscar-winner Forrest Whitaker — focuses on a group of rebel heroes coming together on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, featured in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV– A New Hope.

Entertainment Weekly‘s new issue is on sale Friday. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16.

Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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DiCaprio, Spielberg, Downey Jr. Make “The Hollywood Reporter’s” “Most Powerful People” List

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Industry trade The Hollywood Reporter has released its list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood, and while it’s a who’s-who of prime movers behind the scenes of TV and movies, there are also lots of names known to anyone not in show business.

Leonardo DiCaprio made #10, for example, buoyed by his recent best actor Oscar win for The Revenant. Leo even managed to top his Catch Me if You Can director Steven Spielberg, who ranked #16.

Other famous names include Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, at #21. Oprah Winfrey scored the 22nd slot, just ahead of Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, who ranks 23rd.

Marvel was also well represented — not surprisingly, seeing as how the Disney-owned studio has had a string of billion-dollar-making blockbusters. The studio’s president, Kevin Feige ranked 18. His Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., who’s also the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, made it to 97. Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Chris Pratt squeaked on to the list at #99 on the strength of the billion-dollar performance of Jurassic World.

Coming it at #1 was Bob Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Company, the parent of ABC News, which also owns the Star Wars and Marvel Studios franchises, as well as animated movie studio Pixar.

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Michelle Obama to Appear on “Carpool Karaoke”

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic; Art Streiber/CBS(NEW YORK) — He’s sung with music superstars like Adele, Elton John and Stevie Wonder, and even A-List movie stars Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Now, first lady Michelle Obama will be singing along with James Corden.

The first lady announced that she will be appearing in an upcoming segment of Corden’s immensely popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment on The Late Late Show.

Mrs. Obama made the announcement via Snapchat. According to Entertainment Weekly, a stream on the first lady’s new Snapchat account on Tuesday showed Corden saying, “Hi, I am at the White House today and I’m going to take a spin in a car and sing some songs with…” when Mrs. Obama jumped in saying, “Me!”

No word yet on when the segment will air.

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“Game of Thrones” Actors Rumored to Score Big Paydays for Next Season

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”; Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones is about to conclude its sixth season this Sunday, but we know there’s at least one more season to come. And the stars of the hit HBO drama reportedly are getting substantial bumps in pay to return.

Deadline reports Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister; Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow; Lena Headey, who portrays Cersei Lannister; Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen; and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, will allegedly be paid more than $500,000 an episode for season seven — and, fans will be interested to learn, for a potential eighth season.

HBO has no comment but the rumor is the new contracts don’t guarantee that all the characters will survive through the end of the series. Then again, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’re used to major characters being killed off. Contracts for the other series regulars reportedly have yet to be negotiated.

It is rumored that Harington, Dinklage, Clarke, Headey and Coster-Waldau negotiated $300,000 each per episode going into season six, with the network securing an option for a seventh season.

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Selma Blair Issues Apology for Airplane Outburst

Frank Ockenfels/FX(NEW YORK) — Monday, Selma Blair reportedly was taken off a plane on a stretcher at Los Angeles International Airport. At the time, TMZ reported that the actress suddenly started crying and making comments like, “He beats me,” “He’s going to kill me” and “He won’t let me eat or drink.”

Now Blair has explained what was going on. In a statement to Vanity Fair, the former Anger Management star says, “I made a big mistake [Monday]. After a lovely trip with my son and his Dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret.”

Blair continues, “My son was with his Dad asleep with his headphones on, so there is that saving grace. I take this very seriously, and I apologize to all of the passengers and crew that I disturbed and am thankful to all of the people who helped me in the aftermath.”

The statement concludes, “I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame over this incident. I am truly very sorry.”

Blair was most recently seen in the FX miniseries The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

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“America’s Got Talent”: A Transgender Comic and Singing Teen Cancer Survivor Advance

Comic Julia Scotti; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — America’s Got Talent continued on Tuesday night with more singers, comedians and magicians.

Tuesday’s showcase included a 63-year-old transgender stand-up comic and a 16-year-old singer and cancer survivor.

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back behind the judges’ table to offer their opinions and decide which acts would advance. Also back this season is “The Golden Buzzer,” which gives each judge one opportunity to send an act straight to the live shows.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Alfredo and Anna Silva are a knife-throwing married couple whose goal is to turn “something really old into something new.” Anna isn’t your ordinary sexy knife-throwing assistant. She turns around and moves side to side as her husband throws knives at her. Mel B declared it was “entertaining in a frightening way.” Heidi called it “thrilling from the get-go.” The judges all said “yes” to advancing Alfredo and Anna.

Piano-playing 9-year-old twins Elias and Zion Phoenix dazzled the judges with their precocious personalities, as well as their keyboard skills. When Simon asked which boy is the naughtiest, they agreed it was Elias. When asked what they would do with the million-dollar prize, Zion said a “college education” while Elias replied “fast cars and luxury watches.” The duo came a step closer to realizing their dreams when all four judges voted “yes” to sending them to the next round.

Jayna Brown is a 14-year-old singer who amazed the judges with her version of the George Gershwin classic, “Summertime.” Mel B marveled at Jayna’s mature voice. Heidi called her “fabulous.” Howie said she was poised beyond her years. Simon applauded her confidence. Brown received four emphatic “yeses” from the judges.

Sos & Victoria Petrosyan performed quick change magic. They incorporated their fashion design talents and Victoria’s quick feet to create a routine that amazed the judges. Heidi said it blew her mind. Mel B called the act “brilliant.” Simon declared the performance was quick and slick, but the dancing was a little bit corny. In spite of that, they received four “yeses” from the judges.

Sports fans may know Jon Dorenbos as the snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, but he dabbles in magic and comedy on the side. His close-up magic left Simon speechless with his amazing deck of cards trick. Mel B called the routine “shockingly good.” Howie dubbed the act “entertaining, funny” and “amazing.” Jon received four “yeses” and moves on to the next round.

Ronee Martin is a 62-yar-old singer who originally auditioned with Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Simon stopped her, noting it wasn’t the right song for her and asked if she had another. She picked Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and drew a standing ovation from the crowd and most of the judges. Howie thought it was “spectacular” and that she deserved to be a star. Simon noted Ronee had an amazing voice and a great personality, but had to learn how to become “relevant and current.” He and the other judges voted “yes” to giving her that opportunity by sending her through to the next round.

Julia Scotti, 63, is a comedian with a naughty routine about her age. She had one more surprise for the judges, which she revealed after the routine – she used to be known as “Rick” Scotti. Howie noted, “Whether you’re a man or whether you’re a woman, you’re human, and you’re funny.” Mel B called Julia “funny…completely inappropriate,” adding, “You’re my kinda girl.” Simon thought the comedienne was “edgy” and “interesting.” Scotti earned four “yeses” and moved on to the next round.

Singer Calysta “Caly” Bevier, 16, is a survivor of stage two ovarian cancer, who touched the judges with her story and her version of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” Simon said he had a “special feeling” about Caly from the moment she walked onto the stage and predicted “great things” were in store for Bevier. He pressed his “Golden Buzzer” guaranteeing her a spot in the live shows.

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Singer Recounts Prince Airplane Incident: “His Eyes Just Fixed”

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Singer Judith Hill was one of two people with Prince April 15 when the late music legend’s plane had to make an emergency landing because he’d lost consciousness. Now she’s telling her story of that night to The New York Times.

“His eyes just fixed,” the former The Voice contestant and Prince protege tells the paper. She was dining with Prince on the private plane, talking about music and the solo concert Prince had just finished in Atlanta when he lost consciousness. “Thankfully, I happened to be looking into his face.”

Hill says she and the other passenger, Prince’s aide Kirk Johnson, unsuccessfully tried to rouse the singer.

“We knew it was only a matter of time; we had to get down,” she says. “We didn’t have anything on the plane to help him.”

The plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, where paramedics administered a shot of Narcan, a medication used to treat opioid overdoses. By the time the trio reached the hospital, Hill says, Prince was awake and talking.

Hill says Prince wanted to leave the hospital but agreed to stay overnight with Hill and Johnson by his side.

“He was very cooperative that whole night,” she said, “serious about getting help.” In fact, Hill says, after the airplane incident Prince went to a local doctor for tests. “He did it because he was concerned, and he wanted to do the right thing for his own body,” she said, noting like others close to the singer, that before the airplane incident she had no knowledge of his problems. “And that’s the part that breaks my heart, because he was trying. He was trying.”

Prince died April 21, less than a week after the plane ride, from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

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Kim Catrall: “Sex and the City 3” Won’t Work in This Bad Economy

L-R: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall at “Sex and the City 2” premiere in 2010; Claire R Greenway/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –Sorry, Sex and the City Fans: you likely won’t see Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda on the big screen ever again — or at least not until the economy turns around.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Daily Record, Kim Cattrall said that in the six years since the girls appeared in theaters in Sex and the City 2, “the climate changed.”

“To have four women talking about shopping trips and spending $400 on shoes when people are having trouble putting food on the table? It doesn’t mean we don’t need that, but I think the pendulum swung in a different direction,” noted Cattrall, who played the sexually voracious Samantha.

Logistics are also a challenge, the actress explained. “Everyone is doing their own thing,” adding, “if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now.

About her fan-favorite character, she noted — in a tres-Samantha turn of phrase — “I feel like I have completely ridden that horse and been completely satiated and satisfied.”

Cattrall seemed wistful about a third installment, however. “It could be fun, though,” she said, adding, “To say goodbye completely to Samantha would be pretty hard.”

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Liam Hemsworth Calls “ID: Resurgence” Co-Star Jeff Goldblum “One of My Favorite People”

Liam Hemsworth in “Independence Day: Resurgence”; Claudette Barius/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) — Liam Hemsworth had to be sneaky to watch Independence Day, the blockbuster sci-fi adventure film that was released in 1996.

“I was about six-and-a-half to seven years old when I first watched it and my brothers had it on VHS videotape and I sneaked in and watched it with them ,” he told ABC News.

Now, Hemsworth’s starring in the sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence.

The cast includes Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and Jessie Usher, as well as Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, all of whom are reprising their roles from the original.

Hemsworth, 26, said it was “amazing” to work with Goldblum, in particular.

“He is one of my favorite people that I ever met…he is just so passionate about it. You turn up to set every day and he is, sort of, fuels everyone with happiness and energy. It’s a good time working with him,” Hemsworth said.

Hemsworth’s older brothers, Chris and Luke, are also actors, perhaps none more famous than Chris, who plays Thor in all those Marvel movies and will soon be seen in the Ghostbusters reboot. Would Liam ever want to work with one of his siblings?

“We’ve talked about it,” he admits. “I don’t think it will happen any time soon but it would be a fun thing to do one day.”

Independence Day: Resurgence premieres June 24.

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